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UAAP Season 81: Kailangan naming panindigan ang mga championships na yun -- Carlos

Veteran hitter Tots Carlos and the rest of the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons are determined to prove that their twin titles in the pre-season are no fluke. UP will try to translate its success in the Premier Volleyball League and Philippine Superliga into a good showing if not a championship in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.  “Two championships hindi naman ibinigay yun na free lang, pinagtrabahuhan namin yun. Sabi nila coach yung championships namin motivation but at the same time pressure,” said Carlos, one of the Lady Maroons’ veterans who is expected to deliver the goods for the Godfrey Okumu-mentored squad. “Kailangan naming panindigan ang mga championships na ‘yun and mag-perform ng maayos this UAAP. Siyempre di kami makakapag-perform kung di kami magtatrabaho.” The Lady Maroons are coming into the season brimming with confidence after their Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference and Philippine Superliga Collegiate Grand Slam conquests. UP crushed Far Eastern University in the PVL Finals highlighted by an amazing fifth set comeback while University of Sto. Tomas became the victim of the Lady Maroons in the PSL championship. Those twin crowns were UP’s first major titles after ruling the UAAP 36 years ago.  The Diliman-based squad is also parading an intact core with fourth-year veteran Carlos, who skipped the PVL to recover from a foot injury, Isa Molde and graduating setter Ayel Estranero leading the charge. And for the first time in years, UP is considered as one of the legitimate contenders to challenge the reign of four-peat-seeking De La Salle University.   “Kailangan naming maging confident pero at the same time kasi lahat ng teams pantay-pantay talaga. ‘Di mo alam kung ano ang laro nila eh especially La Salle kasi wala akong nakita nilang laro before the season,” said Carlos. “Sabi nga namin ‘di kami puwedeng pumunta ng season na hindi kami handa. Lalaruin namin ang laro namin and middle of the game mag-adjust kami kung sino man ang opponent namin.” With the showing they made in the pre-season, Carlos admits that it gave their opponents a glimpse of their game, play patterns and strategy.  “Siyempre may fear din pero at the same time sabi ni coach, kasi skills pantay-pantay naman lahat ng mga teams eh pero more on mental and emotional kailangan. ‘Yun ang labanan na lang dito.” Mental toughness, according to her, is one of the most important things that they learned during the pre-season. “I think oo (nakuha ang mental toughness sa pre-season). Kasi winning the championship hindi naman yun madali lang like straight three sets lang eh. Very crucial. Doon ko nakita na sobrang taas ng confidence ng team at ‘yung gusto talaga nila ang game eh,” she said.       --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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UAAP Season 81: Dapat gampanan ko ang pagiging Best Blocker ko -- Domingo

Far Eastern University head coach George Pascua has one mission order for Celine Domingo for UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament. “(Dapat) gampanan ko ang pagiging Best Middle Blocker ko last season and consistency sa game ko,” said Domingo. The middle blocker will have much responsibility in her hands after the exit of top hitter Bernadeth Pons last year and with veteran opposite hitter Chin-Chin Basas sidelined with a shoulder injury. Domingo averaged 11.14 points per game last year and helped the Season 80 runner-up Lady Tamaraws advance to the Finals for the first time after a decade. She was FEU’s third best scorer in the previous edition behind Pons (15.3 points per game) and Basas (11.7 points per game) Domingo normed 0.73 kill blocks per set to bag the individual award.  Marching into a new war and without the top two scoring options last year, Domingo will have to up the ante in her game to lead the charge of the Lady Tams.     “Dagdag pressure kasi nabawasan ng beterano na maasahan sa loob ng court,” Domingo admitted. Domingo will have returning seasoned players Jerrili Malabanan, Heather Guino-o, Jeanette Villareal, setter Kyle Negrito and libero Buding Duremdes to back her up in FEU’s quest to bring the title back to Morayta. “Hindi kami nagi-expect ng sobra. Parang ang mindset namin ay one game at a time,” said Domingo. “’Di kami nagi-expect pero siyempre gusto naming makabalik ulit ng Finals.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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FEU will have to wait longer for Flying RJ s liftoff in UAAP Srs.

RJ Abarrientos has played his last game for Far Eastern University-Diliman High School. Whatever happens, though, Abarrientos is certain he will keep wearing green and gold. This, even though, as it turns out, it is yet to be determined if he can seamlessly transition from being a Baby Tamaraw to becoming a Tamaraw. “Si RJ, Grade 11 pa lang siya, no, so kailangan niya munang tapusin yung high school,” head coach Allan Albano told reporters after they were booted out on Friday. Yes, apparently, Abarrientos may very well have to wait a year before being eligible to play for Morayta’s Seniors squad. As he himself put it, “Siguro nga po, baka mag-sit out muna ako.” He is currently completing Grade 11, but because he’s already 19-years old, he will no longer eligible to play next season in the UAAP Juniors where the age limit is 19. That means that, while the all-around guard is finishing up with high school, he will not be able to play for their varsity teams. Of course, there’s also an option for Abarrientos to take the Philippine Educational Placement (PEP) Test that grants students an opportunity to accelerate from a certain level to another. Still, he is well aware that is a long shot – and he may very well have to sit out for a while. Whatever happens, though, the nephew of Philippine basketball legend Johnny “Flying A” Abarrientos said that he believes patience is a virtue. “Sa akin naman, hindi ako nagmamadali. Kung anong ibibigay sa akin na opportunity, kung level up yun sa Seniors, ready naman akong anytime na ipasok ni coach Olsen [Racela],” he shared. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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UAAP Season 81: Lady Maroons, Lady Warriors clash in season opener

Pre-season favorite University of the Philippines and University of the East cross paths Saturday in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The two squads will duke it out at 2:00 p.m. in a match that will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. The Lady Maroons are coming into the season as one of the top contenders after their impressive pre-season showing and an intact lineup. UP ended a 36-year title drought in any major tournament after the Lady Maroons ruled the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference. The Diliman-based squad followed it up with its conquest in the Philippine Superliga Collegiate Grand Slam that also earned them an all-expense paid training camp in Thailand. Expectations are high for the Lady Maroons especially with an intact core. Top hitters Tots Carlos and Isa Molde are back with other holdovers in Ayel Estranero, Marist Layug, Marian Buitre and Justine Dorog. But UP is sure to face a tough resistance from an inspired Lady Warriors side. UE bagged third place in the PSL Collegiate Grand Slam, its first tournament podium finish in years. The Lady Warriors will also parade an intact core led by prized libero Kath Arado, Me-Anne Mendrez, Judith Abil, Roselle Baliton, setter Lai Bendong and Seth Rodriguez.           --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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UAAP Season 81: Lady Tams not taking Lady Bulldogs lightly

Last year’s runner-up Far Eastern University easily has the advantage in terms of experience against a very young and rebuilding National University team. But the Lady Tamaraws are still wary of the Lady Bulldogs’ bite when they meet on Saturday in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament. “Wala ‘yan sa mindset namin. Same approach pa rin ang gagawin namin,” said FEU veteran Celine Domingo, who will lead the Lady Tams in their 4:00 p.m. clash with the Lady Bulldogs. “Hindi naman porke’t puro rookies ang NU bababa na namin ang level ng game namin. Siyempre respect na rin ‘yun and siyempre bilog ang bola maraming pwedeng mangyari,” added last year’s Best Blocker award winner. The match will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. Domingo is expected to step up her game as well as other veterans Jerrili Malabanan, Heather Guino-o, Jeanette Villareal and setter Kyle Negrito after the exit of Bernadeth Pons and the absence of injured Chin-Chin Basas. The Lady Bulldogs, who finished fourth last year, are rebuilding their foundations after the departure of Season 80 Most Valuable Player Jaja Santiago, Aiko Urdas and libero Gayle Valdez. NU is under a different system with new head coach Norman Miguel, who replaced Babes Castillo last December. The Lady Bulldogs’ character will be tested with only a handful of veterans after playmaker Jasmine Nabor, Jorelle Singh and Roma Doromal decided to sit out the season while middle blocker Risa Sato was deemed ineligible to play (academic problems). The leadership role is now at the hands of remaining veterans Audrey Paran, Roselyn Doria and Joni Chavez Rookies Princess Robles, Ivy Lacsina, setter Joyme Cagande and libero Jennifer Nierva, who are all part of NU’s four-peat girls volleyball team, will get their baptism of fire.   ---      Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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NU Bullpups, Ateneo Eaglets set UAAP juniors finals rematch

    MANILA, Philippines – The NU Bullpups sustained their dominance in the UAAP juniors basketball division with a 94-72 rout of the Adamson Baby Falcons in the Season 81 Final Four at the FilOil Flying V Centre on Friday, February 15......»»

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No Michelle Morente for La Salle in UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bs94TpkHbvS/ MANILA, Philippines---Michelle Morente caused some stir when she left Ateneo and transferred to De La Salle in September 2017. Morente, though, won't be suiting upat all for the Lady Spikers in women's volleyball with the defending champions instead slotting in former University of Perpetual Help star Lourdes Clemente in the final lineup for Season 81. Morente represented De La Salle in the UAAP Season 81 beach volleyball tournament and her inclusion in the first-semester sport meant that she's exhausted all her playing years in the UAAP. Clemente, who passed the UAAP's mandatory eligibility period for a student coming in from the NCAA...Keep on reading: No Michelle Morente for La Salle in UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball.....»»

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NU, Ateneo set up UAAP juniors finals rematch

MANILA, Philippines---It's going to be a championship rematch as National University and Ateneo handled its respective foes in the semifinals of the UAAP Season 81 junior's basketball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Center. The Bullpups had themselves a feast after an easy 94-72 victory over Adamson University. Terrence Fortea lit up for 30 points to lead last year's runners-up with 22 of those coming in the first half to put the Bullpups up 54-35, essentially setting up their return to the title round. "He really played well. Day in and day out, that's how he is. He will try his best," said NU coach Goldwin Monteverde of Fortea. "We really played well, we executed our ...Keep on reading: NU, Ateneo set up UAAP juniors finals rematch.....»»

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Fortea shines as NU books 8th straight UAAP juniors finals stint

NU now awaits the winner of the Ateneo-FEU Diliman final four matchup to complete the UAAP juniors Season 81 finals cast......»»

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Longtime volleyball referee tapped as UAAP Season 81 commissioner - Inquirer Sports

Longtime volleyball referee Yul Benosa has been tapped as the commissioner for UAAP Season 81 volleyball which kicks of on Saturday. The post Longtime volleyball referee tapped as UAAP Season 81 commi.....»»

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FIBA WORLD CUP: Nervous Thirdy preparing for Gilas Pilipinas role

Ateneo de Manila University star and UAAP Season 81 Finals MVP Thirdy Ravena is the only amateur included in the current Gilas Pilipinas pool. As if that’s not a big enough deal, Thirdy is also in the line-up during the time that the Philippine national team is under the most pressure. Currently sitting at fourth place in Group F, Gilas Pilipinas is faced with two must-win situations as the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers draws to a close. Thirdy, who’s in the running to make the final 12 for the Philippines-Qatar and Philippines-Kazakhstan games, is naturally nervous. However, if he makes the main roster, those nerves will have to go away immediately because there’s simply no room for error once Gilas takes the court next week. “Unang-una medyo kinakabahan ako kasi first time ko sila makasama, lahat ng mga players ng Gilas,” Ravena said. “But kapag nandoon na, wala na room para kabahan, kailangan mag-perform ako,” he added. Thirdy’s slot in the final 12 is no sure thing. Even if he makes it, who knows how many minutes he’ll play in a national team stacked with international veterans. Still, the high-flying Blue Eagle is making sure he’s on his toes, ready to take flight when he’s number is up. “I need to prepare as best as a I can para if ever the time comes na kailangan ko, may role ako na kailangan gawin sa team, dapat ready ako,” he said. “I’m preparing the best I can to give back the to the trust na binigay ni Coach Yeng sakin in getting me and bringing me to the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers,” Thirdy added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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10 things to know about NBA All-Star 2019

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — With All-Star festivities set to officially begin Friday (Saturday, PHL time), here are 10 things to know going into the weekend: BACK TO CHARLOTTE Charlotte hosted NBA All-Star weekend in 1991, and now gets it back a second time to join 14 other cities that can say it hosted the league’s showcase midseason event on multiple occasions. Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Seattle, St. Louis, Los Angeles and the L.A. suburb of Inglewood, California, are the other previous multi-hosting All-Star cities. The Bay Area, the Detroit area and the Dallas area are also two-time hosts, though never technically twice in the same city. LEBRON’S RECORDS LeBron James now has the record for most All-Star captaincies: Two. He and Stephen Curry had the jobs last year when the captain’s format was first introduced to the All-Star weekend, and he and Giannis Antetokounmpo have the jobs this year. But James’ records revolving around this game hardly stop there. By starting on Sunday (Monday, PHL time), James will tie Kobe Bryant with 15 starts in the All-Star Game. James will also extend his record of consecutive starts, which will also rise to 15. Some of the other All-Star records James already holds include total points (343), field goals (141) and three-pointers (35). And by playing two minutes, James will increase his All-Star total in that stat to 416 — one more than Bryant for No. 2 on the all-time list. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has played the most All-Star minutes, 449. FOULING OUT Bold prediction: No one will foul out on Sunday (Monday, PHL time). The last player to foul out of an All-Star Game was Hakeem Olajuwon in 1987. Chris Paul was the most recent to come close, when he was whistled for five fouls in the 2008 game. There have been only 14 instances of someone fouling out of an All-Star Game. Rick Barry and Bob Cousy each fouled out twice; 10 others, including Olajuwon, have done so once. MVPs AT HOME Kemba Walker, the lone Charlotte player in this year’s All-Star Game, has suggested that he’s hoping he can wow the home crowd with an MVP-worthy performance. There’s a history of that sort of thing happening. There have been 14 players who have won All-Star MVP honors in their home cities, spanning a total of 15 games. The list of hometown All-Star MVPs: Anthony Davis (New Orleans, 2017), Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles, 2011), Shaquille O’Neal (Phoenix, 2009 and Los Angeles, 2004), Karl Malone and John Stockton (Utah, 1993), Michael Jordan (Chicago, 1988), Tom Chambers (Seattle, 1987), Jerry West (Los Angeles, 1972), Rick Barry (the San Francisco area, 1967), Adrian Smith (Cincinnati, 1966), Bob Pettit (St. Louis, 1958 and 1962), Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia, 1960), Bob Cousy (Boston, 1957) and Ed Macauley (Boston, 1951). AGE MARK Assuming he plays, Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki — one of the special additions to the rosters by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who also added Miami’s Dwyane Wade to the list — will become the second 40-something to appear in the All-Star Game. Nowitzki is 40; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played in the game when he was 40 and 41. Michael Jordan almost pulled off the feat; he was eight days shy of turning 40 when he last played in the All-Star Game in 2003. Jordan, now the owner of the Charlotte Hornets and the unofficial host of the weekend, will turn 56 on Sunday. Wade, also assuming he gets into the game, will become the 12th player to be an All-Star at 37 or older. Wade turned 37 last month. HEROES Jason Weinmann and James Shaw Jr. might not be “celebrities,” at least not in the classic sense. But the NBA rightly believes they should be celebrated. Weinmann and Shaw were invited to play in Friday’s All-Star Celebrity Game to commemorate heroic acts. Weinmann, a retired Marine, used a military transport vehicle — which he bought at a government auction years ago — during Hurricane Florence last September to help rescue flood victims in North Carolina and bring them to safety. Shaw disarmed a man who had opened fire at a Waffle House restaurant near Nashville last April and has been heralded as a life-saving hero since for wrestling the AR-15 out of the alleged shooter’s hands by the barrel. G LEAGUE FIRST Khris Middleton of the Milwaukee Bucks is the first member of a new club. He’s the first G League alum to become an NBA All-Star. Middleton spent a short time during the 2012-13 season in the G League, before blossoming into one of the league’s best players and a key to Milwaukee going into the break with an NBA-best 43-14 record. There will be plenty of G League graduates participating on All-Star Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) as well — Middleton, Seth Curry, Danny Green and Joe Harris are all slated to be in the 3-point contest. CASH MATTERS There is some money at stake during All-Star Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) events, and everybody gets something. Everyone in the dunk contest will receive at least $20,000, everyone in the skills challenge gets at least $15,000 and all participants in the 3-point shootout take home at least $10,000. From there, prize money varies by finish — the skills challenge winner gets $55,000, the 3-point shootout champion wins $60,000 and the dunk contest winner takes home $105,000. In all, the Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time) participants will split $610,000. EASTBOUND This All-Star weekend is the first of four straight in Eastern Conference cities. Chicago gets it next year, Indianapolis in 2021 and Cleveland in 2022. The site for the 2023 game remains unknown; Salt Lake City and Sacramento are two sites often mentioned as candidates for that year, and Orlando is a likely suitor for the 2024 game. THE REFS Sunday’s (Monday, PHL time) All-Star Game will be officiated by Scott Foster, Curtis Blair and David Guthrie. It’s a home game of sorts for Guthrie, who resides in Charlotte. Foster worked the 2010 All-Star Game in Dallas. It’s the first All-Star Game for Blair and Guthrie. The Friday and Saturday (Saturday and Sunday, PHL time) events will be worked by a crew of newer refs — third-year official Aaron Smith and fourth-year officials Mitchell Ervin and Gediminas Petraitis......»»

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Currys excited for mini family reunion at All-Star weekend

By Steve Reed, Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dell Curry looks forward to those nights when he can open a bottle of wine, take a seat on his recliner in front of the fireplace alongside wife Sonya and watch their NBA sons play basketball simultaneously on two large-screen television sets in his living room. Those are the nights he has to pinch himself realizing how blessed his family is. Everyone in the Curry clan has been pinching themselves lately; the family has been downright giddy about NBA All-Star Weekend. “It’s going to be incredible,” said Curry, a former NBA player and color commentator for the Hornets TV network who still lives in Charlotte. “It’s going to be a mini family reunion.” There will be plenty of fellowshipping in Charlotte, including family dinners and group outings. Of course there also will be a little basketball. Stephen and Seth Curry will be returning to their hometown for the festivities. Stephen, a two-time league MVP, will join younger brother Seth in the 3-point shootout Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time) at the Spectrum Center and then play in his sixth straight All-Star game Sunday (Monday, PHL time). “This just has the feel of the Curry family All-Star weekend,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. The fact that Seth is involved makes it extra special. Stephen said that the family group text was “buzzing” when everyone learned Seth was invited to compete in the 3-point contest. The Currys have been prepping for this weekend for months. Sonya is taking care of the family’s logistics, including tickets, travel plans and hotel reservations. On top of the invite list are the boys’ grandmothers, who haven’t been to an All-Star weekend since Dell competed in the 3-point shootout in Orlando in 1992. “It was very important to us that they were here to see this,” Dell said. Former coaches including Davidson’s Bob McKillop and other family friends will be there, too. The NBA is accommodating the Currys with extra tickets, knowing how big of a weekend it is for the family. Stephen has his own guest list — separate from the rest of the family — and hopes to limit it to 30 people. “I want you to write that loud and clear so you can help me keep the list small,” Stephen said with a laugh. Most of the out-of-towners will be staying in a downtown Charlotte hotel, and Dell and Sonya are considering bunking there, too, so they can be close to everyone and not miss a minute. “I want to see my grandchildren as much as possible,” Dell said. Stephen and Seth arrived Thursday (Friday, PHL time) together in Charlotte after Seth’s Trail Blazers hosted Stephen’s Warriors on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time) in Portland, Oregon. Their families came here, too. Stephen is married to Ayesha and the couple has three children. Seth has a child with Callie Rivers, the daughter of NBA coach Doc Rivers. And the players’ sister, Sydell, who recently married Stephen’s Warriors’ teammate Damion Lee, a two-way player with Golden State, will be in town, too. The Curry family has a community event planned in Charlotte in association with Stephen’s partnership with Under Armour. “We want to give back and remind people, hey, this is where they were raised,” Dell said. “We want to make this a special weekend.” One of the highlights of the Curry family reunion weekend might be the 3-point shootout where the highly competitive brothers will square off against each other on a national stage. Trash talking is almost sure to be part of the event. Dell doesn’t know what to expect once his sons take the floor. He said both are equally competitive, whether it’s on the golf course or at family get-togethers. “At my daughter’s wedding we played Liar’s Dice for about two hours and that was the most competitive thing I have seen in a long time,” Dell said with a laugh. “Anytime there is a game that somebody has to win or lose, you can’t give anyone the edge as to who is more competitive. We all are competitive.” Added Seth: “I’m trying to win it, so I’m going to target everybody. It should be very entertaining to watch us both shoot out there. But I gotta beat everybody, not just him, to win it.” Warriors All-Star guard Klay Thompson said he decided not to participate in the 3-point shootout this year simply so he could just sit back and “be a fan” and watch the Currys go at it. For Stephen, the whole idea of the amped-up circus-like atmosphere that is looming has him excited about the weekend. “It will be a packed house with our family supporting us for sure,” Stephen said. “It’s rare when we are all together during basketball season,” Seth said. “So to have everyone there, it’s always fun. It’ll be a good weekend.” ___ AP Sports Writer Janie McCauley in San Francisco, California, and Anne Peterson in Portland, Oregon, contributed to this report......»»

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UAAP: Sotto too much for FEU as Ateneo sets up Finals date with NU

As expected, Kai Sotto and Ateneo de Manila High School were pushed to the limit by Far Eastern University-Diliman. Only, Sotto and the Blue Eaglets did nothing but push back as they got the better of the Baby Tamaraws for a 90-82 decision on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. The runaway Season MVP remained a force in this one, posting a 22 points, eight rebounds, and three assists. “Na-(mild) sprain ako nung first halk so nung time na wala akong ginagawa, nag-isip akong mabuti paano ako mag-bounce back sa second half,” he told reporters post-game. None of Cedrick Ona, Chiolo Anonuevo, and Mario Barasi had an answer for him, especially in the second half where he dropped 19 points. Right there with him was rookie playmaker Ian Espinosa who had 19 points, four assists, and three rebounds as well as second-year swingman Joaqs Jaymalin who had 17 markers of his own. The defending champions were in complete command for majority of the matchup, but FEU-Diliman didn’t quit and pulled to just within seven, 80-87, with 42.6 ticks to go. “With only five guys coming back from our championship team, kitang-kita naman sa endgame na kailangan pa namin ng experience,” coach Reggie said. It was at that point, though, that Sotto and Geo Chiu made good on three of four free throws to seal the deal for their team. And so, just as top-seed Nazareth School of National University took care of business earlier, so did Ateneo. With that, the Blue Eaglets will clash with the Bullpups once more for all the glory beginning on Monday. For the Baby Tamaraws, RR Tolentino topped the scoring column with 19 points to go along with 14 rebounds while main man RJ Abarrientos also added 17 markers, eight boards, and five assists. BOX SCORES ATENEO 90 – Sotto 22, Espinosa 19, Jaymalin 17, Chiu 11, David 7, Fetalvero 6, Padrigao 4, Diaz 4, De Ayre 0, Coo 0, Lechoncito 0. FEU-DILIMAN 82 – Tolentino 19, Abarrientos 17, Torres 14, Alforque 12, J. Bautista 7, Sajonia 6, Barasi 4, Anonuevo 3, Ona 0, Armendez 0. QUARTER SCORES: 18-18, 39-29, 66-52, 90-82. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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LOOK: UAAP Season 81 Men s and Women s Football Lineups

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Birthday boy Yap relishes relationship with RoS - The Manila Times Online

Two-time Most Valuable Player winner James Yap said that leading Rain or Shine to the quarterfinal round of Season 44 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup is the best way heREAD The post B.....»»

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Poison politics

“In politics stupidity is not a handicap.” – Napoleon Bonaparte NEW YORK CITY – The best season to lose friends and shatter a relationship with some relatives in the Philippines is during the election season. During the elections, forget about kinship, fraternal affinity, pinagsamahan or past and present camaraderie; never mind the investment on utang […] The post Poison politics appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

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PBA D-League: Bulanadi, Valencia-Baste sink Marinero in OT

Valencia City Bukidnon-San Sebastian College Recoletos scored its breakthrough win in the 2019 PBA D-League, repulsing Marinerong Pilipino, 110-104 in overtime Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig. Allyn Bulanadi starred for the Golden Harvest, dropping a game-high 32 points, 12 coming in the big 28-point third quarter assault for his side before scoring four more to put the game away in extra time. He also had nine rebounds, three blocks, and two assists as he emerged as the new go-to-guy for San Sebastian. Coach Egay Macaraya, though, felt that the credit shouldn't be given solely to Bulanadi given how good the team recovered after squandering a 14-point fourth quarter lead. "Isang factor si Allyn, but everybody, noong extension, hindi nag-give up ang mga bata. I guess yun ang bini-build namin ngayon, building character ng Baste," he said. "Nakita ko na 'di kami nag-give up and that's the very thing na I'm very happy." Valencia-Baste looked poised to run away with the win after taking an 84-70 lead, but Mike Ayonayon and Art Aquino conspired to bring Marinerong Pilipino back in the game and tied it at 100 just as the regulation clock expired. But Bulanadi had other plans as he commanded the finishing kick the Golden Harvest needed to score the breakthrough and gain the first victory in the Foundation Group. RK Ilagan also added 28 points on a 5-of-9 shooting from threes, while also collecting seven rebounds, six assists, and three steals, while JM Calma scattered nine points, 10 boards, and two dimes for Valencia-Baste. The loss spoiled Ayonayon's 23-point night, as well as the 19 points and five rebounds from Aquino as the Skippers fell on their season opener. BOX SCORES VALENCIA-BASTE 110 -- Bulanadi 32, Ilagan 28, Calma 9, Villapando 8, Capobres 7, Dela Cruz 6, Are 5, Altamirano 5, Sumoda 4, Desoyo 3, Bonleon 3, Calahat 0, Tero 0, Loristo 0. MARINERONG PILIPINO 104 -- Ayonayon 23, Aquino 19, Wamar 15, Rodriguez 15, Santillan 12, Asistio 9, Mendoza 6, Reyes 3, Serrano 2, Victoria 0, Bonifacio 0, Bunag 0. QUARTER SCORES: 30-26, 50-53, 78-68, 100-100, 110-104......»»

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Bullpups, Eaglets go for clincher

Top-seeded National U and No. 2 Ateneo look to pounce on their twice-to-beat advantage to finish off their respective Final Four opponents and set up a title clash in UAAP Season 81 juniors’ basketball today at the Filoil Flying V Center......»»

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