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Sta. Lucia guns for 2nd Superliga win; Petron, Foton debut

Sta. Lucia shoots for its second straight win and the solo lead while holder Petron and fancied F2 Logistics eye winning debuts against separate opponents today in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at the Filoil Flying V Center......»»

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Saso eyes big start as Philippine Ladies Open reels off

Yuka Saso hopes to cash in on good form and an early start as she kicks off her drive for a second straight championship in the Champion Philippine Ladies Amateur Open, confident but wary of her chances against a field teeming with talent at the Manila Golf and Country Club in Forbes Park......»»

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Tigers pounce on Generals; FEU tops NU

University of Santo Tomas threw its full weight on Batangas-Emilio Aguinaldo College, 94-70, leaning mostly on fresh faces for an auspicious start in the PBA D-League at Paco Arena in Manila yesterday......»»

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Bullpups show who they are in Game 1

National U-Nazareth School cranked it up in the second half to romp off with a 70-58 disposal of Ateneo and move on the cusp of dethroning the Blue Eaglets as UAAP Season 81 juniors’ basketball champion yesterday at the Filoil Flying V Center......»»

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Scorpions prick Mariners, close in on NCRAA title

Centro Escolar University is one win closer to an NCRAA men’s basketball tournament crown under veteran mentor Derick Pumaren......»»

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UAAP Season 81: DLSU players impose social media ban

De La Salle University’s signature swagger is definitely back. Haters and bashers can say whatever they want on social media against the Lady Spikers, for all they care. They won’t even see them anyway. DLSU players made a self-imposed rule among themselves to have a social media ban for at least the duration of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament to avoid distractions and keep their focus on the goal of putting their names on history books with a four-peat championship.   “Wala na, deleted na Twitter namin before mag-start ng season,” said new Queen Spiker Des Cheng, who is in her final year for the green and white. The Lady Spikers opened their title-retention bid with a masterful, 25-14, 25-17, 16-25, 25-19, dismantling of archrival Ateneo de Manila University Sunday at the MOA Arena. “Sa amin lang (nag-impose). Kahit sa mga rookies sinabihan namin kasi ‘yung hype sa Twitter sobrang iba. Sobrang iba talaga,” said Cheng, who scored 13 points. “Ayun shutdown muna ang Twitter namin. Sabi namin. ‘Kahit hindi nyo i-delete ang Twitter basta ‘wag na kayong magsi-search ng whatever na gusto n’yong i-search.’” “’Pabayaan n’yo na lang. Kung gusto n’yong mag-tweet OK lang pero ‘yung magbabasa kayo na maapektuhan kayo ‘wag na kasi makakasira ng talaga ng laro ‘yun’. So um-OK naman sila,” Cheng added. The graduating hitter became the spark plug and energizer of DLSU during the early clash of powerhouse teams with her on-court antics that Lady Spikers’ fans love to watch and their opposing team’s supporters love to hate. Her contagious energy rubbed in to her teammates and even got head coach Ramil De Jesus, who’s known to be a dead-serious mentor during games, animated by exchanging high fives and flaunting his dimpled smile in DLSU’s earned points. It may be too much for others’ taste but Cheng cleared that it was just a way of pumping up the team.         “Siyempre kailangan nga may magsisimula ng spark para sumunod sila. Parang doon nga na lahat kami nabuhayan,” she said.       --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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Tamayo-Quiambao outduels Sotto-Chiu as NU gets Game 1

Never giving an inch to Kai Sotto and never allowing a breather for Forthsky Padrigao – that was Nazareth School of National University’s game plan in Game 1 of the Finals of the UAAP 81 Juniors Basketball Tournament. Perfectly executing that in the second half, the Bullpups re-asserted their mastery over Ateneo de Manila High School for a well-earned 70-58 win on Monday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Carl Tamayo and Kevin Quiambao was at the forefront of that effort at both ends, with the former finishing with a 15-point, 12-rebound double-double and the latter ending with 14 markers and 13 boards of his own. Those two went toe-to-toe with the Blue Eaglets’ twin towers of Sotto and Geo Chiu. Gerry Abadiano and Terrence Fortea then took care of the backcourt for NU which has now won all three of its head-to-head matchups with Ateneo in the season. More importantly, they are now one win away from reclaimimg the championship they last won in 2016. That didn’t look like it was going to be the case in this one as in the earlygoing of the third quarter, it was the Blue Eagles who were ahead, 34-29. “First half, medyo nagmamadali kami sa execution,” head coach Goldwin Monteverde said post-game. It was at that point, however, that Tamayo and Quiambao engineered a 25-11 drive that, all of a sudden, thrust their team in front, 54-45, early in the final frame. “Good thing nakabawi naman sila sa second half,” their mentor saidz Still, the defending champions kept coming and pulled to within 58-63 inside the last two minutes only to see Fortea and Quiambao keep them at bay once and for all. Fortea wound up with 11 points while Abadiano also added 11 markers and eight rebounds. That total team effort was also in full effect at the defensive end where they limited Sotto to just, for his standards, 16 points and 15 rebounds to go along with five turnovers and frustrated Padrigao to four markers in 2-of-12 shooting as well as eight errors. NU brings out its brooms and looks to bring home the trophy in Game 2 on Friday still at the same venue. “We still have to be consistent. ‘Di pa tapos e,” coach Goldwin said. For Ateneo, Chiu showed up to backstop Sotto with a 12-point, 11-rebound double-double. For all his scoring struggles, Padrigao also had eight assists, six boards, and three steals. They get one more try to finally solve the Bullpups. BOX SCORES NU 70 – Tamayo 15, Quiambao 14, Abadiano 11, Fortea 11, Gonzales 9, Felicilda 9, Torres 1, Dayrit 0, Alarcon 0, Javillonar 0, Mailim 0 ATENEO 58 – Sotto 16, Chiu 12, Fetalvero 11, De Ayre 7, Diaz 5, Padrigao 4, Espinosa 2, David 1, Jaymalin 0 QUARTER SCORES; 14-11, 25-30, 53-45, 70-58 —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports16 hr. 14 min. ago Related News

ONE Championship: Amid ‘Split’ Judges, Gina Iniong Relieved To Win With Conviction

Gina "Conviction" Iniong is finally back in contention for the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship.   She returned to the World Title picture following a split decision victory over the previously unbeaten Jihin "Shadow Cat" Radzuan at ONE: CLASH OF LEGENDS, which took place from the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on Saturday, 16 February.   The Benguet native dictated the tempo from the get-go. She continually landed her patented right hand over and over, and then mixed her striking attack with well-executed takedowns.   A late third-round surge from the Malaysian put Iniong at the edge of her seat when the judges’ scorecards were read.   Though confident she did enough to win, the Filipina was surprised to hear that a split decision was to be announced after three grueling rounds.   Fortunately for her, the result went in her favor.   “To be honest, I got nervous when they announced that it was a split decision,” said Iniong, who improved her mixed martial arts record to 8-4.   “I thought it should have been won by unanimous decision. I almost lost my breath when I heard that, but it’s okay. I think I did well. I was able to execute our game plan during the fight.”   After going 1-2 in her last three outings, a close loss is something “Conviction" could not really afford.   Iniong’s hopes of one day becoming the first Filipina World Champion in mixed martial arts is still very much alive, and she certainly needed that win to stay the course.   "It was a big relief,” she admitted.   “I struggled in my last bouts, so it feels really good to get back on track. Hopefully, this is a start of another run for me at the belt.”   "I was confident that I did enough to get my hands raised in the end. [Jihin] Radzuan is a tremendous warrior, and I wasn't expecting this to be an easy fight at all. Thankfully, our game plan worked.".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports16 hr. 14 min. ago Related News

NU bigs on facing Kai: Di pwedeng isiping mas magaling siya

Kai Sotto has found no match in the UAAP 81 Juniors Basketball Tournament. That is, except each and every time he’s up against Nazareth School of National University and its endless supply of bigs to throw at him – from Carl Tamayo to Pao Javillonar, from Kevin Quiambao to Aaron Buensalida, and even from Reyland Torres to Dom Dayrit. In their first meeting, Sotto had 23 points, 12 rebounds, four blocks, and two steals only to be outdone by Tamayo who had his own 13-marker, 10-board double-double all while keying the Bullpups’ win. Come Round 2, Ateneo de Manila High School’s towering teen posted 24 points, 18 rebounds, five assists, and three blocks, but was again bested by Tamayo who only had seven markers to go along with nine boards, but dropped the dagger in the endgame With that, NU completed an elimination round sweep of Sotto and company. Afterward, though, the Season MVP did nothing but will his team into the Finals. Only, waiting for them there were the very same Bullpups. And in the opener of the three-game Finals series, the story was the same. Sotto muscled his way to a 16-point, 15-rebound double-double and had twin tower Geo Chiu, standing at 6-foot-8, backing him up with 12 markers and 11 boards of his own. Tamayo, also at 6-foot-8, and Quiambao, an agile 6-foot-7, went toe-to-toe with them, however, with the former finishing with a 15-point, 12-rebound double-double and the latter ending with 14 markers and 13 boards of his own. In the end, it was the Tamayo-Quiambao connection which got the win at the expense of the Sorto-Chiu pairing. And for those two, matching up with the Blue Eaglets’ talented tower is pretty simple – it’s all in the mind. “‘Di pwedeng isipin naming mas magaling siya sa amin. Ang pinaka-mindset talaga namin is ma-stop siya,” Tamayo said. Quiambao can only agree, noting that NU’s game plan starts with them as Sotto is the end-all and be-all for Ateneo. As he put it, “Ako po, one at a time lang. Iniisip ko lang talagang i-stop si Kai kasi siya ang main scorer nila.” With its bigs having that mindset, NU has time and again proven to be the biggest speed bump thus far in Sotto’s promising career. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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UST, Chadao-FEU rout respective foes

Games Tuesday: (Paco Arena, Manila) 2:00 p.m. - AMA Online Education vs McDavid 4:00 p.m. - CEU vs Diliman College-Gerry's Grill   University of Santo Tomas obliterated Batangas-EAC, 94-70, to kickstart its 2019 PBA D-League campaign on a high Monday at Paco Arena in Manila. Coach Aldin Ayo proudly paraded his new recruits with Beninese forward Soulemane Chabi Yo uncorking 19 points, 11 rebounds, and two blocks to lead the charge.  Pangasinense forward Rhanz Abando also had a rousing debut with his 17 points, nine boards, two dimes, while Brent Paraiso collected eight points, six rebounds, and five assists. Meanwhile, Chadao-FEU hardly broke a sweat in its 84-62 victory over SMDC-NU in the second game. Alec Stockton triggered the rout, firing seven of his 15 points in the Tamaraws' scorching 21-8 first quarter as they easily cruised to their first victory in the Foundation Group. Sophomore guard L-Jay Gonzales did his part for Chadao-FEU with 12 points, three boards, and three assists as he slowly eases in to a bigger role with the team. Ken Tuffin and Branrey Bienes combined for 22 points and six rebounds, as Cameroonian slotman Patrick Tchuente impressed with his nine points, four rebounds, and a block. It was all Tamaraws in this game as they limited the Bulldogs to just 27-percent clip from the field and even took a lead as high as 28, 53-28, midway through the third quarter. Dave Ildefonso carried SMDC-NU in the losing cause with 14 points, five rebounds, and five assists. The Growling Tigers, on the other hand, also unveiled 18-year-old guard Mark Nonoy, who lived up to the hype to pour 15 points, five rebounds, two assists, and one steal as he became the youngest player in PBA D-League history. "Masaya kami kasi nakapaglaro agad ng maayos yung mga bago. Nakapag-adjust sila agad," he said. "Unang liga namin ito na big league. Masaya naman ako na hindi kami masyadong tight and nailabas nila yung laro nila. Yun lang naman, gusto lang namin na mailabas yung pineprepare namin." Abando led the blazing 10-0 start for the Growling Tigers that set the tone for the game, where the boys from Espana annexed the lead to as much as 33, 75-42, late in the third courtesy of Germy Mahinay's free throws. Senior playmaker Renzo Subido chipped in 11 points, five assists, and four rebounds for UST to gain an early headstart in the Aspirants Group. Earvin Mendoza led Batangas-EAC in the loss with 14 points, three steals, and two rebounds off the bench, as Allan Martin scored 10.   The Scores: First Game: UST 94 -- Chabi Yo 19, Abando 17, Nonoy 15, Subido 11, Paraiso 8, Lee 7, Mahinay 6, Pangilinan 5, Ando 4, Caunan 2. BATANGAS-EAC 70 -- E. Mendoza 14, Martin 10, Maguliano 8, Gonzales 8, De Joya 7, Dela Pena 4, Boffa 4, J. Mendoza 3, Tampoc 2, Fuentes 2, Corilla 2, Cadua 2, Taywan 2, Estacio 2. Quarters: 24-11, 45-27, 75-46, 94-70.   Second Game: CHADAO-FEU 84 -- Stockton 15, Gonzales 12, Tuffin 11, Bienes 11, Tchuente 9, Jopia 6, Ebona 5, Comboy 5, Cani 4, Flores 4, Celzo 2, Nunag 0, Bayquin 0, Casino 0, Mantua 0. SMDC-NU 62 -- D. Ildefonso 14, Gaye 12, S. Ildefonso 7, Chatman 7, Clemente 6, Galinato 3, Minerva 3, Sinclair 2, Rangel 2, Diputado 2, Oczon 2, Tibayan 2, Mangayao 0, Gallego 0, Malonzo 0. Quarters: 21-8, 45-23, 68-46, 84-62......»»

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UAAP: Kai calls on Eaglets to fight Bullpups fire with their own fire

Ateneo de Manila High School got swept in the elimination round of the UAAP 81 Juniors Basketball Tournament by modern-day rival Nazareth School of National University. However, the Blue Eaglets got a golden opportunity to get back at the Bullpups as the two teams were pitted against one another for all the glory in the Finals. There, Sotto expected one thing and one thing only – for the challengers to their throne to keep bringing it to them. “Alam naman natin na yung NU, talagang physical maglaro,” he said. And that is exactly why, in the Season 81 MVP’s eyes, the defending champions had to bring it right back. “Dapat kami, ‘di kami mag-back down. Talagang i-aaccept namin yung challenge,” he said. He then continued, “Kung maging physical sila, magiging physical din kami. Lalaban din kami.” In the first half and early third quarter of Game 1, Ateneo did just that. Sotto teamed up with twin tower Geo Chiu to power their side to a five-point lead. Only, the Blue Eaglets took their foot off the pedal the rest of the way and never recovered. And in the end, NU took a well-earned 70-58 win and took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series. For the 7-foot-1, 16-year-old, it was clear that they fell short of sustaining the physicality needed to match up with the Bullpups. As he put it, “Nandun yung effort, kaso may times na nawawala. Inconsistent kami.” That is exactly what they will be working on as they head into a must-win Game 2 on Friday. There, Sotto had but one promise. “’Di namin basta-basta ibibigay yung championship,” he said, full of confidence. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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UAAP Juniors Finals Preview: NU favored over Ateneo

Can NU finish off Ateneo in two, and does Ateneo have what it takes to overcome NU?.....»»

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Stalzer to miss F2 Logistics first 2 matches

Fans will have to wait before seeing Lindsay Stalzer back in action......»»

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PBA: Helterbrand gets triple-double in Manila Clasico Legends win

The Fast hasn’t lost a step. Jayjay Helterbrand led Ginebra to yet another Manila Clasico win as the Gin Kings got one over Purefoods Sunday, 97-89, in the PBA Legends Return of the Rivals game at the Big Dome. Helterbrand, who retired in 2017, messed around and finished with a triple-double, going for 21 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists. The Fast also had four steals for good measure.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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UAAP Season 81: Eh dun na kami kilala -- Cheng on DLSU swag

Graduating De La Salle University hitter Des Cheng roared as she walked backwards while staring at Ateneo de Manila University’s Kat Tolentino following a monster block in the second set. It was Cheng’s classic swagger that volleyball fans just love to love or hate depending on which side they're on.      But the open spiker cleared that it just came out naturally, especially in this kind of exciting and intense match between two proud schools.    “’Di ko alam kasi siyempre, hello! It’s Ateneo-La Salle. So parang kahit anong sabihin mo may rivalry talaga kahit sabihin mong wala,” said Cheng, who scored 13 points in the defending three-time champion Lady Spikers’ 25-14, 25-17, 16-25, 25-19, victory over the Lady Eagles Sunday in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament at the MOA Arena. Cheng was very animated during the match smiling, laughing, doing the finger wag and whatever gesture she could think of to celebrate a point.   OH MY, DES CHENG 😱 #UAAPSeason81Volleyball pic.twitter.com/ePvIxjxREe — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) February 17, 2019 “Uy, ang hirap kaya kumuha ng puntos kung mapapansin mo. Kaya sabi ko before mag-start ang game sabi ko, ‘Every point ise-celebrate natin. Hindi ‘yung every point makakapuntos ka tapos tatahimik ka tapos parang, ‘Yeheey!’ ganun lang,’” said Cheng, who added 14 receives and nine digs for an all-around performance. The veteran expected that non-DLSU supporters would think that the Lady Spikers went over the top with their on-court reactions but this is what they’re known for and they are not gonna change that. Des Cheng breaks out the finger wag ☝ #UAAPSeason81Volleyball pic.twitter.com/bbVBMIYoGK — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) February 17, 2019 “Eh dun na kami kilala bakit kailangang (i-hold back),” said Cheng. “’Dun kami kilala eh. Sabihin nyo na mayabang kami, swag kami, whatever kung ano ang pagka-interpret nyo it’s OK. Eh kasi yun na ang pagkakakilala nyo sa amin eh di dun nyo na kami i-ano talaga. Pero hindi kami mayabang. Ayun lang po talaga.” Even head coach Ramil De Jesus got into the celebration during that second set highlight, exchanging high-fives with Cheng.       The mentor, according to Cheng, actually asked her to be the spark plug and energizer of the team. “Kasi kailangan. Sabi ni coach, ‘Hindi gagalaw ang team mo kapag walang mag-spark.’ Meaning, kailangan may gagalaw para magi-spark sa kanila tapos susunod lang sila. Kaya kapag nakapuntos ako parang kahit hindi nga ako nakapuntos naga-ano ako na ‘Yeheey, yeheey!’ ganun-ganun,” she said. “Kasi kailangan nila yun kasi kapag walang isang tao na ganoon sino ang magli-lead sa kanila.” And to end her night, Cheng finished off Ateneo with an ace... and a finger wag as exclamation point.   Des Cheng. FOR THE WIN. #UAAPSeason81Volleyball pic.twitter.com/KHyg6qECPs — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) February 17, 2019     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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UAAP Season 81: Siguro nasa 60% ang galaw kanina -- De Jesus on rookie Dela Cruz

Rookie Jolina Dela Cruz announced her arrival as part of the defending three-time champion De La Salle University with an impressive debut against the Lady Spikers’ archrival Ateneo de Manila University. The 19-year old, Bulacan-native poured in 11 points in DLSU’s 25-14, 25-17, 16-25, 25-19, win over the Lady Eagles in an early battle of titans in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at the MOA Arena. It was a good outing for a player whose baptism of fire came in the most anticipated match of the season – the first opening day Ateneo-DLSU clash in the Final Four era.     But head coach Ramil De Jesus said that Dela Cruz has yet to show her full potential.   “Well, as rookie siguro nasa 60% ang galaw kanina. Expected ko na ‘yun kasi bago sa kanya ang lahat ng nangyayari. And siguro ‘yung dami ng crowd, tapos ang ingay ng crowd,” said De Jesus of the Palarong Pambansa standout.   “Sabi ko nga kanina after ng second set, ‘Jolina, sobrang confused mo na kasi ang likot na ng mata mo.’ So ni-remind ko lang na kailangan ko lang ng makakatulong sa loob. Kailangan ko ng tulong mo,” the 11-time champion mentor added. “Ganoon talaga sa first game siguro sa susunod hindi na ganoon.”             The Academia de San Lorenzo recruit and member of the Philippine youth team in the 2017 ASEAN Schools Game in Singapore admitted that her first Ateneo-DLSU experience was quite overwhelming.   “As a rookie bago lang po ako sa ganito and ‘yun po nire-remind ako lagi ng mga ates na kahit anong mangyari nandyan sila sa likod may backup ako,” she said. Dela Cruz added that there were times that she just got carried away with the crowd and energy inside the arena.   “Opo, masyado po akong nadala. Nire-remind naman po nila ako parati na, ‘Jolina balik ka, balik ka. Kaya mo yan. Nandyan ang mga ates mo. Di ka naman nila iiawanan. Iko-cover ka nila kahit anong mangyari.’ Yung mga coaches naman lagi akong nire-remind na focus ka, focus, na balik ka lagi. Once na magkamali ka may ibang way pa na pwede kang gawin,” said Dela Cruz.   Asked on how she would address the missing 40% that De Jesus wanted to see for her, Dela Cruz answered,  “Siguro kailangan pa magtiwala sa sarili ang kailangan balik ka kaagad once nagkamali ka.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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UAAP Season 81: DLSU uses element of surprise in dismantling Ateneo

Defending three-time champion De La Salle University kept its team under wraps during the offseason and it worked wonders for the Lady Spikers. Head coach Ramil De Jesus thought that they had the element of surprise when DLSU demolished Ateneo de Manila University, 25-14, 25-17, 16-25, 25-19, Sunday in their UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament opener at the MOA Arena.         The Taft-based squad didn’t join any major pre-season tournament as a team, opting to field just a few of its regular players in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference and in the UniGames. “Mayroon siguro. Malaking advantage ‘yun na wala silang idea sa team namin kung sino ang starter, ano ang position, kung anong klase ng set play ang nangyayari sa team na pina-practice namin,”said De Jesus, whose squad defeated Ateneo for the fifth straight time since Season 79 Finals. DLSU lost three key players in Kim Kianna Dy, former MVP Majoy Baron and libero Dawn Macandili after graduating last season. During the pre-season, Gyra Barroga and Arriane Layug left the team to move up to the semi-pro league. Pundits thought that the Lady Spikers will have a hard time rebuilding but again, De Jesus' battle-tested system that produced 11 titles in two decades proved them wrong.      Graduating player Des Cheng delivered the same numbers that was expected from her but it was rookie Jolina Dela Cruz and fourth year player May Luna that did most of the damage with their production. Dela Cruz and Luna scored 11 points each to back Cheng’s 13 markers and Aduke Ogunsanya’s 10. Luna did the most damage in the fourth set as she helped the Lady Spikers pull away for good midway in the frame with her heady plays that frustrated the Lady Eagles.      As for their archrivals, the Lady Spikers were able to scout the Lady Eagles’ set plays and asses the tendencies of their players based on Ateneo’s performance in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.     De Jesus and his coaching staff devised a good game plan to dismantle Ateneo in front of 17,166-strong crowd.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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PBA: Helterbrand after masterful trip-dub: “I need an ice bath”

Jayjay Helterbrand never lost a step. Playing his first organized game of basketball since his 2017 retirement, the man they call the Fast dazzled Sunday during the PBA Legends Return of the Rivals at the Big Dome. Helterbrand led Brgy. Ginebra to a Manila Clasico win over Purefoods, putting up a 21-point, 10-rebound, 11-assist triple-double. Yep, still got it. “Oh man, it feels good. It’s really an honor to be able to play on the court with all the legends man. Just the stories I’ve heard in practice, getting a chance to be coached by the legend himself and be able to play for a good cause, that was fun,” Helterbrand said of the whole experience. “I was in awe trying to absorb everything. I didn’t really plan on playing that hard, but I didn’t want to let them down. I came out there and I wanted to get that win for them,” he added. Helterbrand’s masterful performance naturally comes with talks that he should have never retired in the first place. But the 42-year-old insists he’s done and he’s not coming back. Sorry, Ginebra fans. “I don’t think so, that was just for fun. Na-ano lang ako sa energy, and I didn’t want to let the team down,” Helterbrand said. “I think I pushed myself a little bit over the limit, ang sakit na ng katawan ko. I need an ice bath now,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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NU, Ateneo reignite rivalry for all the glory in UAAP 81 Jrs.

Game on Monday at the Filoil Flying V Centre 3:00 PM – NU vs Ateneo For the second season in a row, it will be Nazareth School of National University and Ateneo de Manila High School disputing the championship. Hostilities between the Bullpups and the Blue Eaglets erupt once more on Monday at the Filoil Flying V Centre as the bell rings on the title bout between the two heavyweights in the UAAP 81 Juniors Basketball Tournament. NU, last year’s runners-up, and defending champion Ateneo go at it in Game 1 of the best-of-three series tipping off at 3:00 PM. All of the action will be LIVE and EXCLUSIVE over on S+A and S+A HD, LIGA, LIGA HD, iWant as well as on streaming. The Bullpups have had the Blue Eaglets’ number this year. Gerry Abadiano, Terrence Fortea, and Carl Tamayo have all taken turns to make sure the Jocson ballers swept their two meetings thus far. Still, it was just last year when Ateneo took home the title at NU’s expense. This time around, they will have Season MVP Kai Sotto as well as feisty playmakers Forthsky Padrigao and Ian Espinosa leading the way. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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Taiwanese seek to steal show in PH Ladies& rsquo; Open

Taiwanese seek to steal show in PH Ladies& rsquo; Open.....»»

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