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US a victim of own doing

A lot of experts are now writing off the US as a world basketball power after coach Gregg Popovich’s Stars and Stripes squad fell to seventh place at the recent FIBA World Cup in China......»»

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NCAA games postponed

The NCAA called off its three-game offering yesterday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan due to bad weather......»»

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Sta Elena still in control; Forest Hills makes move

Forest Hills cashed in on its local knowledge and came away with victories in Classes A and C while Sta. Elena hung on to the overall lead with a runner-up finish in Class B after the penultimate leg of the 2019 Champion WGAP Circuit at Forest Hills’ Nicklaus and Palmer courses in Antipolo recently......»»

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LGBA circuit attracts 154 entries

The 2019 Luzon Gamecock Breeders Association (LGBA) Breeder of the Year derby circuit has drawn 154 entries after four rounds at the Pasay City Cockpit, with two more elimination rounds to go......»»

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Palma entry rules Sta. Monica derby

Tady Palma’s entry TMP Sta. Monica posted five wins and a draw to top the 6-stag derby at the Sta. Monica Cockpit last Saturday......»»

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Blue Dragons, Brahmans remain on top

Defending champion Diliman College and University of Batangas kept their share of the lead by downing their respective rivals last Monday in the PG Flex Linoleum-UCBL at the Olivarez College gym in Parañaque City......»»

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Elite fall against Korean side

Shorthanded Blackwater fell prey to the SK Seoul Knights, 93-77, in the opener of the 2019 East Asia League Terrific 12 at the Tap Seac Stadium in Macau yesterday......»»

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Tigers tackle Falcons; Maroons play Bulldogs

Santo Tomas and University of the Philippines seek to stay within striking distance of pacesetting Ateneo as the Tigers and the Maroons take on separate foes in the 82nd UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the MOA Arena in Pasay City......»»

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Creamline, BaliPure clash in key match

Creamline puts its long unbeaten run on the line minus two key players while PacificTown Army and Motolite try to keep their own streak going against struggling teams in the PVL Open Conference at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan today......»»

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Short, sweet PSL Invt’l set

The Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference kicks off on Sept. 24 under a “short but sweet” format that aims to boost the country’s campaign in the 30th SEA Games......»»

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TERRIFIC 12: Blakely vows to get better after letting BWE “down” in Macau

MACAU — Marqus Blakely has been a member of the Elite for like three days and yet he already wants to see his new team succeed. In his first game Blackwater however, the former PBA Best Import felt like he let his new team down. While he finished with 14 points, five rebounds, and five assists Tuesday in The Terrific 12 tournament here, Blakely only played 24 minutes for Blackwater. He had three fouls in the opening period alone, forcing him to be glued on the bench. The Elite took a 93-77 beatdown at the hands of South Korea’s Seoul SK Knights. “I feel like I kinda let my team down in the beginning,” Blakely said. “They kinda look at me as a leader and a veteran, to gel everybody together. For me not to be out there on the floor realy hurt my team, and it hurt me too,” he added. Despite the rough start, things should get better for Blakely and the Elite. It’s not going to be easy though as Blackwater has a Japanese powerhouse in the Chiba Jets up next in the Terrific 12 at the Tap Seac Multi-sport Pavillion. “I left Friday from Florida and now I’m here playing. My body is still adjusting,” Blakely said. “I’m still adjusting to the team and players are adjusting to me. We’re still fresh from where we are in the season, we just gotta get better, we can’t look for excuses,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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EYES ON YOU, KID: NCAA 95 Jrs. players to watch

The first round of the NCAA 95 Juniors Basketball Tournament is over and done with. And with the second round already underway, we’re getting even more glimpses of the future of Philippine basketball courtesy of these players: MAC GUADANA – Lyceum of the Philippines University ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 18.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.1 steals LPU is on the brink of its first playoff appearance in school history – and throughout its quest to do just that, Mac Guadana has been its constant. For a long time, the 6-foot playmaker has stood as the pillar for the Jr. Pirates, but now, he has taken the leap all the way up there as one of the best players in all of high school. The former Batang Gilas guard has been stuffing the stat sheet and is tops in steals, fourth in scoring, and fifth in assists in the league. Without a doubt, he can and he is doing it all in his fifth and final year in maroon and grey. Most importantly, LPU has only followed his lead all the way to a place well inside the playoff picture. Of course, it remains to be seen if the Jr. Pirates can continue their sail to treasure island. What’s certain, though, is that their 18-year-old homegrown star will keep giving his all for them. RHAYYAN AMSALI – San Beda High School ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 16.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.7 steals For four years running now, Rhayyan Amsali has been one of the most promising prospects in the Jrs. Now in his last year in high school, he has only brought over all the confidence and capabilities he had honed in National U all the way to San Beda. Now donning red and white, the 6-foot-3 forward has unleashed a more well-rounded game as he is actually the league’s best playmaker while at the same time, its third-best pilferer and fifth-best scorer. And if not for a controversial suspension, he would have also been the frontrunner for MVP as he has been a key cog for the league-leading Red Cubs. Still, what matters most for the now 18-year-old is another championship – and at the end of it all, he may very well be in select company of players who have won two titles in two different high schools in two different leagues. JONNEL POLICARPIO – Mapua High School ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 16.1 points, 10.6 rebound, 2.6 assists, 1.3 blocks The biggest reason Mapua has found itself in the bottom third of the standings is the inconsistency of main man Jonnel Policarpio. From missing the first three games due to personal problems to getting irregular playing time due to mental lapses, the 6-foot-4 energizer has only proven he has got much room for improvement when it comes to intangibles. Still, whenever he’s on the floor, Policarpio has always made his presence felt and that is very much evident with him being the MVP leader even after only playing seven games. However, the league’s top rebounder needs to prove he can stay on the court and lead his team to victory if he wants to have a hold of that top individual trophy and, more importantly, extend his team’s title reign. JUSTINE SANCHEZ – San Beda High School ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 12.5 points, 62.8 percent shooting, 7.5 rebounds Justine Sanchez is turning in a career year in his last year for San Beda. From coming off the bench a year ago to claiming a starting spot for himself, the long-limbed forward is on pace to be hailed as the league’s Most Improved Player. All the proof he needs for that is already there as he is an automatic finisher of set-ups by his teammates, with an astounding 62.8 shooting clip from the field. At the same time, though, he has also shown flashes of shooting and playmaking – showing that even the favorite for Most Improved Player looks like he can still keep growing. JOHN BARBA – Lyceum of the Philippines University ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 20.4 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists Mac Guadana does it all, but if and when LPU needs a basket badly, it turns to John Barba. A fearless slasher that boasts of one of the best – if not the best – upper body strengths, the 6-foot-2 swingman can score however he wants once he gets to the paint. That is exactly why he is the league’s second-best scorer. Of course, Barba has to work on his shooting, but as of right now, that hole in his game is only offset by his energy and activity that allow him to haul in offensive rebounds and make good on second chance points. TONY YNOT – San Beda High School ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 10.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.3 steals Tony Ynot missed San Beda’s first five games due to a knee injury, but once he was good to go, he did nothing but make an immediate impact. A defensive specialist who made noise in the preseason with a poster block on Jalen Green, the Filipino-American blue-chip recruit in the US NCAA, he is only proving to be more of a two-way force now in his second season in red and white. The 5-foot-11 wing now has the confidence to let it fly from deep or venture inside the paint for a closer look, but when it all boils down to it, defense is and will always be his calling card. RC CALIMAG – College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 20.7 points, 23-of-60 from three, 5.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.0 steals RC Calimag has always been in love with the midrange shot in his time in DLSZ and now in his second season in LSGH. The 6-foot-2 forward knocks those down at a respectable rate, but his transition into taking more threes this year has unlocked his entire offensive arsenal. Calimag is the league’s top scorer, with a bulk of his output coming from deep where he has hit 23 in total. Without a doubt, he has always been a deadly scorer, but with his outside shot now a legitimate threat, he has become an elite offensive player. JOSHUA RAMIREZ – Colegio de San Juan de Letran ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 15.1 points, 29-of-90 from three, 5.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists Joshua Ramirez’s game will not blow anybody away at all as he is yet to have a skill that will put him above everybody else. What the 6-foot-3 forward is, however, is an all-around player who will do whatever it takes to help out his team – if Letran needs points, he will be there; if Letran needs playmaking, he will be there; if Letran needs defense, he will be there. No doubt about it, he is the quintessential glue guy that any other team will want to have on their side. EMMAN GALMAN – University of Perpetual Help ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 19.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.5 steals One word perfectly encapsulates Emman Galman – gunner. The 6-foot-2 swingman is a volume shooter who has the greenest of green lights to take shots for Perpetual. That’s not a bad thing at all, though, because he actually makes good on many of those and finds himself as the third-best scorer in all of the league. SHAWN UMALI – Colegio de San Juan de Letran ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 9.7 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.4 blocks, 1.1 steals What Joshua Ramirez is from the perimeter, Shawn Umali is inside the paint for Letran. The undersized big man will not wow everybody, but his do-it-all game has been the engine that has kept the Squires running for two years now. And don’t let his 6-foot-4 height and wide frame fool you, he actually has great timing and is the league’s fifth-best shot blocker. HONORABLE MENTIONS Yukien Andrada – San Beda High School Gholam Garcia – Jose Rizal University High School CJ Saure – Colegio de San Juan de Letran Ezdel Galoy – University of Perpetual Help --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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TERRIFIC 12: San Miguel scores sensational win over Shenzhen in Macau

MACAU — Strong start and strong finish for San Miguel to open the East Asia Super League’s The Terrific 12 tournament here. The Beermen shook off China’s Shenzhen Aviators Tuesday at the Tap Seac Multi-sport Pavillion, scoring a sensational 90-76 win in Group B play. Behing import Dez Wells, San Miguel was off to a flying start and led by as many as 20, 33-13. But the Aviators would fight back, eventually cutting the deficit to one, 61-62, early in the fourth. The Beermen responded and back-to-back booming triples from Terrence Romeo capped an 18-6 run for San Miguel that pushed them ahead, 80-67. It was cruise control for San Miguel from then on. Dez Wells was a force in his San Miguel debut, leading the Beermen with 29 points, eight rebounds, five steals, and four assists. Romeo added 17 points on four triples for the Beermen while Chris Ross and Christian Standhardinger were good for 11 points each. Pierre Jackson was the high man for the Aviators with 18 points. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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FIBA: Alapag humbled and honored to be considered as next Gilas coach

MACAU — Gilas Pilipinas has no head coach following Yeng Guiao’s resignation last week. Several names have been mentioned as possible replacements and one such name has been that of Jimmy Alapag. Alapag, who hit perhaps the most significant shot in Gilas history back when he was still playing, has seen the posts and comments on social media. Coach Jimmy is honored to be mentioned but says that kind of stuff is way out of his control. “It’s hard to comment because that decision-making process is out of my control. But I’ve seen the comments and it’s humbling,” Alapag told a handful of Filipino reporters here. “It’s an abosolute honor. You all know how much the Gilas program means to me,” he added. Gilas legend Jimmy Alapag is humbled and honored to be considered as next head coach of the national team ????????????#Gilas #GilasPilipinas #FIBAWC #PBA2019 pic.twitter.com/v76EHNOgOI — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) September 17, 2019 Coach Yeng’s resignation from Gilas came at the heels of the national team’s last-place finish in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Despite losing by a combined 147 points in China, Alapag says Gilas is still more than capable of competing against the world’s best, it’s just a matter of putting it all together overall. The countdown for the national team is at four years as the country will be the main host of the 2023 World Championships. “This last World Cup, it was tough. I think we all know it wasn’t our best performance and we’re capable of much better. It happens,” Alapag said. “Rather than blame anyone or anything like that, it’s just a matter of how can we move forward and be better. We have time to prepare but that time will pass really fast so it’s gonna be important for whoever makes the decision that we understand what we want to do,” he added. There’s no clear favorite on who will take over as head coach for Gilas Pilipinas. But if Alapag gets the call, he’s ready to go. “I would be ready,” he said. “I think that job is a unique opportunity but it’s also a huge responsibility. We all know how passionate we are about basketball, I share that same passion. If ever that were the case, we’ll see,” Alapag added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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TERRIFIC 12: SMB has a “mini C-Mac” in Dez Wells

MACAU — San Miguel is focused on the East Asia Super League’s The Terrific 12 tournament here but the Beermen have some important business to attend to when they get back to Manila. That business is to win a second PBA Grand Slam in franchise history. With that goal in mind, San Miguel has tapped import Dez Wells to help power the team’s chase for a triple crown. Tuesday against China’s Shenzhen Aviators, everyone got a good look at Dez Wells in a San Miguel jersey and well... he’s pretty good. Wells shot an even 50 percent and led the Beermen with 29 points on top of eight rebounds, five steals, and four assists. After winning a title with Chris McCullough, the Beermen have found their mini C-Mac in Wells. “Just like what I’ve said before, he’s the small version of the role of Chris McCullough,” head coach Leo Austria said. “He could manufacture some points when needed and I think he will do well on our team,” he added. The more crucial part of Wells’ stint with San Miguel is how well he’ll fit with the Beermen. Judging by early returns, his integration to the Beermen will be smooth and unproblematic. “I think he’s fit into our team,” Austria said of Wells. “He’s really a nice player and everybody loves him.”   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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TERRIFIC 12: Stephenson leads Liaoning to big win over TNT

MACAU — In the end, TNT couldn’t handle too much of Lance Stephenson. The one-time LA Laker dazzled Tuesday at the Tap Seac Multi-sport Pavillion here, leading China’s Liaoning Flying Leopards to a 96-91 win over TNT KaTropa in the East Asia Super League’s The Terrific 12 tournament. With the game hanging in the balance, Stephenson scored on a powerful one-hand slam to put Liaoning ahead, 83-77. Stephenson then added a steal and an assist on the next play for an eight-point Flying Leopards lead. The KaTropa tried to make one last run at it in the final two minutes but the Flying Leopards would hold on to win this Group D showdown.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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Forest Hills makes move at home; Sta. Elena stays ahead

Forest Hills cashed in on its local knowledge and came away with victories in Classes A and C even as Sta. Elena hung on to the overall lead with a runner-up finish in Class B after the penultimate leg of the 2019 Champion WGAP Circuit......»»

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Next Gilas coach could be European

The Philippine men’s basketball team could be handled by a European coach in the future......»»

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Cool Smashers seek perfect 10 sans Valdez, Morado

Creamline puts its long unbeaten run on the line sans two key players while PacificTown Army and Motolite likewise try to keep their own streak going against struggling rivals.....»»

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Allyson Felix named to US 4x400 relay pool for worlds

Allyson Felix named to US 4x400 relay pool for worlds.....»»

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