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Rough-edged Gilas needs more polish for World Cup, says Guiao

MANILA, Philippines – Yeng Guiao said Gilas Pilipinas still needs some fine-tuning if it wants to compete at a high level in the FIBA World Cup even after beating the Adelaide 36ers in a tune-up game. The Philippine crew squandered a nine-point lead in the first half before grinding it out ........»»

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FIBA: Near triple-double for Blatche as Gilas Pilipinas beats Adelaide 36ers

Gilas Pilipinas gets a huge boost in its preparations for the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China. The Philippine national team beat Australia’s Adelaide 36ers, 92 - 83, in a practice game Monday at the Meralco Gym. It’s the first of two games between the two teams and Gilas improved to 4-1 overall in its tune-ups ahead of the World Championships. Gilas was in control for most of the game until the 36ers’ strong fourth-quarter effort that gave them the lead, 81-80. Fortunately for the national team, Andray Blatche found RR Pogoy for a booming triple with 3:32 to go that sparked a 10-0 run for Gilas, regaining the lead that they’ll never lose until the final buzzer. Pogoy scored eight in that 10-0 run with Blatche assisting on all three baskets. Japeth Aguilar then dropped a two-hand power slam with 35 seconds left for a 92-83 lead that pretty much sealed the win. Blatche posted a near triple-double and finished with 19 points, 18 rebounds, and nine assists. Japeth Aguilar added 17 for Gilas while CJ Perez came off the bench and scored 12 points. RR Pogoy and Paul Lee were likewise in double figures with 10 points each.     The scores: GILAS PILIPINAS 92 - Blatche 19, Aguilar 17, Perez 12, Pogoy 10, Lee 10, Bolick 8, Almazan 7, Barroca 5, Fajardo 4, Norwood 0, Rosario 0. ADELAIDE 83 - Moore 16, Froling 11, Teys 10, Dillon 10, Taylor 9, Griffin 9, Kyei 8, Johnson 6, McVeigh 4, White 0. Quarterscores: 25-16, 50-49,73-68, 92-83.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports10 hr. 47 min. ago Related News

PVL: Cool Smashers seek payback on Angels

Defending champion Creamline gets a chance to exact revenge at Reinforced Conference championship tormentor PetroGazz in an explosive duel of powerhouse teams on Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference. Expect fireworks inside the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan when the unbeaten Cool Smashers and the Angels troop on the court for their 6:00 p.m. encounter that will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. Led by do-it-all imports Wilma Salas and Janisa Johnson, PetroGazz dethroned Creamline in a hard-fought best-of-three Finals series that went the full distance. But the Cool Smashers have shown that they have already moved on from that setback as they swept their first four matches in the season-ending tournament including emphatic straight set victories over Air Force, Motolite and Chef’s Classic. Creamline is coming off a four-set win over BanKo on Wednesday with Alyssa Valdez scoring 26 points with significant contributions coming from Risa Sato, Jema Galanza and Michele Gumabao. Unlike the Cool Smashers, PetroGazz had a shaky start after opening its campaign with a four-set loss to BanKo before bouncing back against BaliPure last week. The Angels will need the A-game and collective effort of the whole team led by Paneng Mercado, Jeanette Panaga, Jovielyn Prado, Jonah sabete and Cherry Nunag to measure up with Creamline.       --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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PVL: Flying Titans eye return to win column

ChocoMucho tries to rebound from a stinging setback as it tangles with struggling newcomer Chef’s Classics on Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Flying Titans opened their campaign on a winning note only to be shot down by PacificTown Army on Wednesday in a record-setting match that saw ChocoMucho walk away with a disappointing result. Licking its wounds that came off a 41-39, 25-19, 19-25, 20-25, 12-15, loss at the hands of the Lady Troopers, ChocoMucho wants to bounce back big time in its 4:00 p.m. assignment. 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.       Kat Tolentino and Maddie Madayag, who scored 23 and 15 points, respectively, the last time out, are expected to deliver their usual numbers with Bang Pineda, Arianna Angustia, Shannen Palec and Cindy Imbo as back up for the Flying Titans. Bea De Leon’s availability to suit up remains a game time decision after missing the squad’s first two games to rest her sore muscles. The Red Spikers have yet to win a game in their maiden stint in the league after absorbing a heavy beating at the hands of Motolite and defending champion Creamline last week in their back-to-back weekend schedule.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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PVL: Lady Eagles eye second win

Ateneo de Manila University guns for its second straight win when the Lady Eagles take on San Sebastian College in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Saturday. Coming off a win to start their campaign in Group A, the Lady Eagles are looking to keep its hold of the lead and add Lady Stags to their list of victims in their 10:00 a.m. affair and will be available via iWant and livestream. Rookie Faith Nisperos introduced herself last week as she led the reigning UAAP champion Ateneo to a 25-16, 22-25, 25-13, 25-20, win over Letran. Nisperos will again anchor the Lady Eagles charge with Vannie Gandler, Erika Raagas, Jules Samonte and setter Jaja Maraguinot while veteran Ponggay Gaston is expected to make her debut after skipping last week’s game after feeling under the weather. The Lady Stags, on the other hand, want to rebound from a 24-25, 22-25, 25-2, 17-25, loss to University of Perpetual Help last Sunday. Meanwhile, the Adamson University Falcons and Lady Altas meet at 12:00 noon with both teams putting their unblemished records at stake in the other Group A clash. Rookie Lucille Almonte teamed up with Ceasa Pinar and sophomore Trisha Genesis on offense to power the Lady Falcons to a 25-18, 25-22, 25-16, sweep of San Beda University last week.   In Group B, NCAA champion Arellano University squares off with Lyceum of the Philippines University at 8:00 a.m. The Lady Chiefs defeated TIP, 25-12, 25-7, 25-13, to begin their campaign while the Lady Pirates absorbed a 18-25, 13-25, 21-25, beating at the hands of University of Sto. Tomas last week.   ---       Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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Jr. Pirates scare off Braves to seize solo second in NCAA 95

STANDINGS San Beda 7-1 LPU 6-3 CSB-LSGH 5-3 Arellano 5-3 JRU 4-4 Letran 4-5 Perpetual 4-5 Mapua 3-5 San Sebastian 2-5 EAC 1-7 John Barba and Mac Guadana were not letting Lyceum of the Philippines University get denied a shot at school history in the NCAA 95 Juniors Basketball Tournament and propelled the Jr. Pirates right through Arellano High School, 81-64, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre. Guadana remained a force with 16 points, seven assists, four rebounds, and two steals while Barba remained on the rise with 19 markers, five boards, and two dimes. Those two remained the fuel for the Jr. Pirates' drive back into the win column now at 6-3. More importantly, those two allowed the Cavite-based squad to register its best first round finish in school history. "Masaya kami kasi first time lang sa history ng Lyceum na second kami sa dulo ng first round," a more than satisfied head coach JC Docto said post-game. Impact rookie Gyle Montano and returning forward Matthew Ragasa also provided a big boost off the bench with the former finishing with 12 points and four rebounds and the latter ending with 10 markers and seven boards. Thanks to that total team effort, LPU wasted no time in moving forward following a close loss to traditional powerhouse San Beda High School last Tuesday. Still, coach JC and his wards know full well they haven't won anything yet. As he put it, "Swak pa rin naman sa goal namin. Ang goal namin, top 1 o top 2 kasi mga nakaraang season, goal namin top 4 tas lagi kaming nabitin." He then continued, "So kailangan pa namin mag-work hard lalo." For the Braves, Adrian Rellama fronted the effort with 13 points, eight rebounds, and four assists while Chris Recto also added 11 markers and six boards. BOX SCORES LPU 81 - Barba 19, Guadana 16, Montano 12, Ragasa 10, Garing 8, Omandac 7, Caduyac 3, Garro 3, Panganiban 3, Dumon 0, Gamlanga 0, Caringal 0, Santos 0, Dejelo 0, Gudmalin 0. ARELLANO 64 - Rellama 13, Recto 11, Nepomuceno 9, Villarante 9, Tolentino 7, Salinel 5, Lopez 4, Lime 2, Sahali 2, Templonuevo 2, Cuenco 0, Sablaon 0, Tan 0. QUARTER SCORES: 22-14, 37-31, 60-50, 81-64. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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FIBA: Every win counts for Gilas Pilipinas as World Cup nears

Gilas Pilipinas’ first game against Australia’s Adelaide 36ers has served its purpose. The Philippine national team got valuable input as it played its penultimate tune-up game ahead of the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China. Against an athletic 36ers team, Gilas got a glimpse of things that work and things that won’t within their current system. “I felt like it was a good practice for us. Good practice game,” center Andray Blatche said. “We see some of our weaknesses and some things we got to fix and be better at,” he added. Against the 36ers, Blatche posted strong all-around numbers of 19 points, 18 rebounds, and nine assists. The stat that carried more weight though is the number nine, which was Gilas’ final margin of victory against Adelaide. “Overall I feel like we competed, we stayed in the game, no matter how tough times got, we didn’t lose our composure,” Blatche said. “And we came away with the win and that’s the most important thing, the win,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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Blatche dominates as Gilas tops 36ers in tune-up game

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas toppled the Adelaide 36ers in the first of their two tune-up matches with a hard-fought 92-83 victory at the Meralco Gym in Pasig City on Friday, August 23.  Andray Blatche showed the way with a near triple-double performance of 19 points, 18 rebounds, and 9 ........»»

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Duterte to watch Gilas FIBA World Cup game vs Italy in China

Duterte will be watching the cagers' game against Italy on August 31 as part of his visit to the country from August 28 to September 1......»»

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San Beda deals CSB 31-point beating

The Red Lions were dominant from the get-go and didn't look back all game long......»»

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It s Go Time : Kiefer Ravena on brink of basketball return

With his 18-month suspension to wrap up on August 24, the former Ateneo star is raring to play his first official game back......»»

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US Open 19: No. 1 Osaka defends; Serena Williams eyes 24th

By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press Women to watch at the U.S. Open, where play begins Monday: ___ NAOMI OSAKA Seeded: 1 Country: Japan Age: 21 2019 Match Record: 26-10 2019 Singles Titles: 1 Career Singles Titles: 3 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 2 — U.S. Open (2018), Australian Open (2019) Last 5 U.S. Opens: 2018-Won Championship, 2017-3rd, 2016-3rd, 2015-Did Not Play, 2014-DNP Aces: Defends Slam title for first time. ... 2 of 3 tour-level titles came at hard-court majors. ... 4th this season in total aces; averages 7.2 per match. Topspin: After winning two major titles in a row, has lost two Grand Slam matches in a row. If her head is in the right place, certainly capable of a deep run, given how good her serve, strokes and movement are. Matchup to Watch For: Could play 15-year-old Coco Gauff in 3rd round. ___ ASH BARTY Seeded: 2 Country: Australia Age: 23 2019 Match Record: 42-8 2019 Singles Titles: 3 Career Singles Titles: 6 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 1 — French Open (2019) Last 5 U.S. Opens: 2018-Lost in 4th Rd, 2017-3rd, 2016-Did Not Play, 2015-DNP, 2014-1st Aces: Made second week of last 4 majors, including first Slam title in Paris. ... 27-5 on hard courts in 2019. ... Played professional cricket while away from the tennis tour for about 1½ years after 1st-round exit at 2014 U.S. Open. Topspin: Really came into her own this season, but renaissance started with fourth-round showing at Flushing Meadows last year. A title threat on all surfaces. Matchup to Watch For: Could play two-time major champ Angelique Kerber in 4th round. ___ KAROLINA PLISKOVA Seeded: 3 Country: Czech Republic Age: 27 2019 Match Record: 42-12 2019 Singles Titles: 3 Career Singles Titles: 14 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0 — Best: Runner-Up, U.S. Open (2016) Last 5 U.S. Opens: 2018-QF, 2017-QF, 2016-Runner-Up, 2015-1st, 2014-3rd Aces: Might be best server not named Williams — leads tour in total aces (averages 7.4), service games won (80.6. ... Tied with Ash Barty for most match wins this year. Topspin: 14-3 U.S. Open record over past three years shows what she's capable of when her serve is clicking and the rest of her game helps support that skill. Matchup to Watch For: Could play Johanna Konta, Marketa Vondrousova, Daria Kasatkina or 2011 U.S. Open champ Sam Stosur in 4th round. ___ SIMONA HALEP Seeded: 4 Country: Romania Age: 27 2019 Match Record: 39-12 2019 Singles Titles: 1 Career Singles Titles: 19 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 2 — French Open (2018), Wimbledon (2019) Last 5 U.S. Opens: 2018-1st, 2017-1st, 2016-QF, 2015-SF, 2014-3rd Aces: Winning 44.4% of return games, second on tour in 2019. ... Hasn't won a match in New York since 2016. Topspin: Tends to play better with less pressure and outside expectations — see results at French Open vs. Wimbledon this year — so maybe will show her best at Flushing Meadows. Matchup to Watch For: Could play Wimbledon semifinalist Barbora Strycova in 3rd round. ___ SERENA WILLIAMS Seeded: 8 Country: United States Age: 37 2019 Match Record: 19-5 2019 Singles Titles: 0 Career Singles Titles: 72 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 23 — U.S. Open (6: 1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014), Australian Open (7: 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2017), French Open (3: 2002, 2013, 2015), Wimbledon (7: 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016) Last 5 U.S. Opens: 2018-RU, 2017-DNP, 2016-SF, 2015-SF, 2014-W Aces: Winning 74.3% of first-serve points this season, No. 1 on tour. ... Runner-up at 3 of past 5 Slams, including last year in New York. ... Trying for 24th major singles trophy to equal Margaret Court for most in history. Topspin: Ankle, knee, back issues in 2019. Health could be key for her at U.S. Open, where she has been to the final in 7 of last 9 appearances. Matchup to Watch For: Plays five-time major champ Maria Sharapova in 1st round. ___ SLOANE STEPHENS Seeded: 11 Country: United States Age: 26 2019 Match Record: 21-15 2019 Singles Titles: 0 Career Singles Titles: 6 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 1 — U.S. Open (1: 2017) Last 5 U.S. Opens: 2018-QF, 2017-W, 2016-DNP, 2015-1st, 2014-2nd Aces: 11-2 in tiebreakers this season. ... Reunited with coach Kamau Murray after splitting with Sven Groeneveld. Topspin: Will be interesting to see how returning to work with Murray, her coach when she won her title at Flushing Meadows two years ago, sparks Stephens. Matchup to Watch For: Could play two-time major champ Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2nd round. ___ BIANCA ANDREESCU Seeded: 15 Country: Canada Age: 19 2019 Match Record: 38-4 2019 Singles Titles: 2 Career Singles Titles: 2 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0 — Best: 2nd Round, Australian Open and French Open (2019) Last 5 U.S. Opens: 2018-DNP, 2017-DNP, 2016-DNP, 2015-DNP, 2014-DNP Aces: 7-0 against top-10 opponents, including 4-0 against top 5, during breakout season. Topspin: Biggest impediment is injuries, including to her right shoulder, but if she feels well, should be able to make a run in her U.S. Open debut. Matchup to Watch For: Could play 2018 Australian Open champ Caroline Wozniacki in 3rd round......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 23rd, 2019Related News

MPBL: Asistio and Villarias heat up as Bataan downs Zamboanga at home

In an awesome display of long-range sniping, the Bataan Risers held off Zamboanga Family's Brand Sardines 92-79 in Thursday night's featured game at the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season. Playing in front of their fans at the Bataan People's Center in Balanga, the Risers shot 50 percent from rainbow country, 13 from 26, to help bury the Mindanaoan team. Their shooting percentage from three-point land was nine percentage points better than their clip from within the arc. Two names stood out for the home team: Byron Villarias and Anton Asistio. Villarias led all scorers with 23 points on six for eight shooting from three point range while Asistio was white-hot in the third quarter, hitting all five of his three-point attempts in a surreal 5-minute span where he picked up all 15 of his points. "Ang confidence ko galing sa coaches at teammates ko. Alam nila na ang strength ko is shooting. Yan ang hinahanap nila sa akin," said the former Ateneo Blue Eagle. Asistio's jaw-dropping outburst early in the third looked to have doomed Zamboanga, who trailed 35-53 at that juncture. But Zamboanga who had shot just 24 percent from the field in the first half, suddenly found their groove and unspooled an astonishing 16-0 run to pull to within two, 53-51. Leading the way was a razor-sharp Ryan Costelo, who detonated with 19 points in the quarter including four triples of his own. Zamboanga scored 35 points in that quarter, 10 more than they amassed in the entire first half. At the start of the fourth, it was anyone's game with Jong Uichico's men in front 64-60. But whatever momentum the visitors gained in the third vaporized in the last period. Buoyed by a throaty Bataeno crowd, Villarias scored eight points early on, Alvin Pasaol conributed seven and Bataan coasted to victory as Zamboanga ran out of steam. Costelo could only add one more point to his tally as he finished with 20 points. Bataan level their record at 5-5 while Zamboanga, still missing injured cogs Harold Aroleda and Joseph Nalos, are at 6-5. In the second match-up of the day new father Jopher Custodio was the hero as Bacolod Master Sardines emerged 69-68 victors over the Binñan City Krah Heroes. Custodio drained a top-of-the-key triple with 44 seconds left that proved to be the game-winner. Custodio only arrived at halftime reportedly because he rushed to Balanga from a hospital in Quezon City, where his wife had just given birth. He finished with 5 points in 17 minutes of action. Pao Javelona topscored for the Negrenses with 22 points along with 10 assists. Outside-sniping Bacolod was level 52-52 with inside-banging Biñan after three quarters. In a battle of former NU Bulldogs, Javelona dueled withy Krah's Kyle Neypes, and with under two minutes to go the score was knotted again at 66. After Custodio's triple, Biñan homegrown Allan Mangahas cut the deficit to 69-68 with an audacious drive down the middle. After Custodio missed on the next possession Macky Acosta flubbed a lay-up, but when the ball went out the refs reviewed the play and gave the ball to Krah with six tenths of a second left. Neypes' catch and shoot was no good and Bacolod escaped with the win to go to to 4-7. The Laguna side slips to 4-9. Neypes paced the Heroes with 20 points. In the first game on the day's schedule Iloilo United Royals used a ferocious fourth-quarter burst to dismiss the Marikina Shoemasters, 70-55. The Mariqueños were competitive through the first 30 minutes, helped by a strong 19-point third quarter that left them level with the Royals at 44-44 entering the final canto. But midway through the fourth Iloilo showed their class and ruthlessly pounded the Shoemasters to submission. Marikina's Daryl Pascual produced a layup to put them ahead 50-46 with six minutes to go. It would be the Shoemasters' last field goal of the game. Iloilo went on a 24-5 run to finish the contest, highlighted by seven points from Samboy De Leon, a triple from Eric Rodriguez, and baskets and dimes from Aaron Jeruta. Meanwhile on the flip side Marikina served up brick after brick. De Leon topped the scoring charts for Iloilo with 14, followed by Richard Escoto's 13. The Mariqueños could only shoot 27% from the field and were led by Yves Sazon's 15 markers. The Ilonggos improve to 6-4 while Marikina continues to languish in the bottom of the North division with a 1-9 slate......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 23rd, 2019Related News

PVL: Reyes lauds Army s grit in marathon match win

Head coach Kungfu Reyes added another classic to his already long list of quotable lines. The PacificTown Army mentor amused the media on Wednesday with a humorous analogy to laud his veteran-laden crew’s gritty five-set win in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference against the youthful ChocoMucho squad. Reyes compared the gutsy Lady Troopers to a shellfish deeply embedded in a rock following their hard-fought epic comeback win over the Flying Titans, 39-41, 19-25, 25-19, 25-20, 15-12, that needed two hours and 46 minutes to conclude.   “Kumbaga sa talaba, patay na kumakapit pa,” said Reyes as the press room at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan echoed with laughter.   PacificTown Army refused to just go down and surrender after getting buried to a 0-2 hole in the match and rallied to score one of the most memorable comebacks in league history. The Lady Troopers won their second straight game in as many outings and handed ChocoMucho its first loss in two starts. “Ganoon kami. Hindi kami umaayaw. The moment na umaayaw ka lalo ka naming pupukpukin. Patay na kami pero kakapit pa rin kami hanggang dulo, up to the last point, to the last whistle, sa long whistle ng referee na it’s time na tapos na saka lang kami aayaw,” said Reyes.   One for the books The first frame turned out to be one for the books. PacificTown Army and ChocoMucho engaged in a thrilling exchange of points and the winning set score came just nine markers short of doubling a regular set.    It was a 51-minute set that saw the Flying Titans save 11 set points, the Lady Troopers had three saved set points and 17 deadlocks since ChocoMucho came back from a 20-23 deficit. Reyes said that it was the longest set played he experienced in his career both as a player and as a coach. Unfortunately for him and the Lady Troopers, they were on the side of the stinging set loss. “Masakit nga lalo na kung talo,” quipped Reyes The wind-up of that frame was just insane. Kat Tolentino tied the set at 23 to cap 3-0 blast. Honey Royse Tubino put the Lady Troopers at set point before ChocoMucho displayed a gallant stand to save six straight set points. Tolentino put the Flying Titans on top, 30-29. PacificTown Army saved two set points and went back on top, 32-31, off a Jovelyn Gonzaga hit.            The Flying Titans saved two consecutive set points before moving in front, 34-33, after a Shang Berte ace. Jem Gutierrez knotted it at 34 on a hit before Bang Pineda’s down the line kill to put the Flying Titans at set point advantage. Madayag sent her serve long for another deadlock followed by ChocoMucho’s three straight set points saved. The Flying Titans again went ahead, 39-38, off a Gonzaga attack error. A service error by Arianne Angustia locked the score at 39 before Luth Malaluan’s service error and Tolentino’s kill as ChocoMucho emerged on top after a draining set. “Ang masasabi ko lang swerte ng mga fans,” said Reyes. “’Yun lang ang tumakbo sa isip ko, kasi naka-first time sila [na makapanood ng mahabang set].”   Slowing down the pace ChocoMucho’s athleticism and intensity worked to its advantage in the first two frames. But the battle-hardened and grizzled veteran core of Army turned it around by slowing down the pace and making the Flying Titans play on the Lady Troopers tempo. “Pero sabi ko nga play at the present. Tapos na yung first two sets sa kanila na, bawiin na lang natin sa tempong gagawin na namin,” said Reyes. ChocoMucho danced to Army’s tune. Reyes laid an ambush and the Flying Titans just stepped on the Lady Troopers’ kill zone.   “Padamihan kami ng bala, so hanggang sa dulo pumuputok kami. So malaking bagay,” he said. Reyes also gave credit to setter Alina Bicar, the squad’s young playmaker and civilian recruit who had 24 excellent sets that helped Army land 65 attack points. “’Yung setter namin ang nagdala. So takbo ng takbo ang setter namin, deliver ang bola sa mga spikers,” said Reyes. “Tapos ang spikers namin on the right position, on the highest percentage na pwedeng paluin so nakaka-deliver kami.” In the end, Reyes praised the Lady Titans for pushing a more senior team to the limit. “Young team pero promising kaya kailangan mong paghandaan,” he said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 22nd, 2019Related News

NCAA 95: Melo Banua s big win all for longtime mentor Egay Macaraya

San Sebastian College-Recoletos' campaign hasn't gone as planned in the earlygoing of the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament. The Golden Stags had been seen as title contenders, but have instead stumbled out of the gates with a 2-3 record. Worse, standing in their path to get back on track was another title contender in Colegio de San Juan de Letran. And even worse, head coach Egay Macaraya wasn't there to guide them in their matchup opposite the Knights as he was serving a one-game suspension. Still, Baste found a way to win last Tuesday, besting their age-old rivals in an overtime classic. Of course, much credit goes to acting coach Melo Banua for that as he remained cool, calm, and collected and made sure they stood strong in the face of Letran's late rally. This, only hours after he and his Staglets suffered a setback to the Squires. According to Coach Melo, it was actually somebody who wasn't even at the venue who pushed him to move forward and turn his attention to the Srs. game between San Sebastian and Letran. "After ng (Jrs.) game namin, tumawag si coach Egay at sabi niya, 'Okay lang yan, focus ka na sa Srs. Wala tayong magagawa kasi puro bago ang players natin sa high school so move on na tayo,'" he shared. He then continued, "Talagang ni-motivate niya ako na bumawi na lang sa Srs." The young mentor and the Golden Stags did just that and in the end, dedicated their well-earned win to the head of their basketball program. As Banua put it, "Ino-offer namin ito kay Coach Egay talaga. Lalo na ako kasi parang tatay ko na siya talaga." --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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FIBA: Coach Yeng satisfied with Gilas ahead of 36ers showdown

Gilas Pilipinas is ready for action against Australia’s Adelaide 36ers. As part of the national team’s final preparations for the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China, Gilas will take on the 36ers on two occassions this weekend. The first one is this Friday and Gilas had a meaningful practice Thursday in anticipation of the game. “I’m happy and satisfied with the way we’re moving,” said head coach Yeng Guiao. “We’re going to the homestretch of our preparations. Medyo malalim na yung pina-practice natin,” he added. Coach Yeng is also happy to reveal that June Mar Fajardo, Troy Rosario, and RR Pogoy have transitioned well back to Gilas after playing a grueling PBA Finals series. With the trio back, the national team has been doubling down on the more crucial details in training. “June Mar, Troy, and Pogs are more or less integrated into our system already,” Guiao said. “We’re running our defenses already. We’ve seen the scouting reports so we’re going towards devising our schemes defensively,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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Valdez, Creamline affected by long delay vs BanKo Perlas

"It's really hard to wait that long. Kasi alam mo yun, nawawala yung ritwal mo, di mo nagagawa talaga yung mga normal na mga warmups niyo," Valdez said after the game......»»

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Messi back in training, could be fit for weekend s game

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi was back in full training again on Wednesday and may be fit to face Real Betis in the Spanish league on Sunday. Messi had been training separately from the squad since injuring his right calf in the preseason. He missed the team's 1-0 loss to Athletic Bilbao in the league opener on Friday. Barcelona has not said how long it expects Messi to be sidelined. Coach Ernesto Valverde is also dealing with injuries to forwards Luiz Suárez and Ousmane Dembele. Dembele is certain to miss Sunday's match at the Camp Nou because of a left thigh injury that should keep him out for about five weeks. Suárez also isn't likely to play this weekend because of a muscle injury sustained before halftime of Friday's game in Bilbao. Two-time defending champion Barcelona hadn't loss a league opener in 10 seasons......»»

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Olympiakos, Dinamo Zagreb win Champs League playoff 1st legs

BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Olympiakos and Dinamo Zagreb took big steps toward returning to the Champions League group stage with convincing wins in the first leg of their playoff-round games on Wednesday. Olympiakos scored three late goals to beat Russian debutant Krasnodar 4-0, and Dinamo struck twice in the first half hour in a 2-0 win over Rosenborg. Young Boys was the only home team not to win, needing a 76th-minute penalty awarded by video review — and scored by French veteran Guillaume Hoarau — to secure a 2-2 draw with Red Star Belgrade. Red Star, playing its seventh qualifying game in seven weeks, is trying to advance from the first qualifying round to the group stage in back-to-back seasons. Olympiakos played the first of its 18 Champions League campaigns more than a decade before Krasnodar was founded in 2008. The Greek runner-up took the lead in the 30th through Spanish forward Miguel Ángel Guerrero. A flurry of goals from the 78th minute by Lazar Randelovic, twice, and Daniel Podence gave Krasnodar a daunting task in the second leg next Tuesday. Once a Champions League regular, Rosenborg trailed to an early penalty by Dinamo's Bruno Petkovic, and Mislav Orsic doubled the lead in the 28th. Red Star, the 1991 European champion, trailed to a seventh-minute goal by Young Boys forward Roger Assalé that was leveled in the 18th by Australia defender Milos Degenek's looping header. Mateo Garcia put the Serbian champion ahead a minute into the second half, before Hourau came off the bench to level from the spot. The 35-year-old former France international went close to winning the game for the Swiss champion with a glancing header in the 89th......»»

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Jets Bell eager for contact, wants teammates to hit him

By Dennis Waszak Jr., Associated Press FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Le'Veon Bell wants his teammates to hit him. Nothing too hard or violent, but just enough for him to feel it. The New York Jets running back isn't playing during the preseason, so he's doing whatever he can to be ready for football when the regular season starts. "Give me a little something," he tells some of the veterans on defense. "Go for the ball, things like that, just so I can get prepared." Bell hasn't played in a game in nearly 20 months, a lengthy layoff as a result of his contract dispute with Pittsburgh. He sat out last season, signed with New York in March and is being held out of preseason games as a precaution. The three-time Pro Bowl pick has been getting plenty of action in practice, though. And he feels ready to go. But just to be sure, he goes up to guys such as nose tackle Steve McLendon, linebacker C.J. Mosley and safety Jamal Adams and asks them to get physical. He knows they might be wary, not wanting to injure him — so he'll try to make them angry by running harder, so they'll give him a pop. "I try to do that intentionally just so I can feel it," Bell said. "And, a lot of times you'll start seeing guys a little frustrated and they'll try to hit me back and that's what I need. They won't take me to the ground, they're not really going for my legs. Hitting me up top, things like that, I need all that." Coach Adam Gase understands how important Bell is to his offense, giving quarterback Sam Darnold a versatile playmaker out of the backfield. And from where Gase is watching, he sees a guy who is ready to play. "It's his body demeanor and the way he's attacking the defense," Gase said. "Those guys know the difference between how a guy is going to (practice). Either we're thudding up and they're wrapping up and then when they see him start getting lower and accelerating toward them, they know, OK, he's looking to do some damage here." The Jets have increased Bell's workload in practices the past couple of weeks, and he has been running well. Still, the running back knows the real test won't come until he touches the ball for the first time against Buffalo on Sept. 8. "Obviously, it's still practice," Bell said. "I know once I get to the game it's going to be a little different. But that's something I'll adjust to. I've been playing football my whole life." Bell has been talking to Gase all summer about the plan for how he'll be used in practice and in preseason games. Gase announced last weekend that Bell will be held out of games until the regular season, a scenario with which the running back says he's "completely fine." "It's going to come," he said. "I don't think four plays of the preseason is going to help me for Week 1 in the game." That doesn't mean Bell isn't itching to get on the field. "I really hate watching Sam play," Bell said with a smile. "I just want to be in there with him because I know how special he is and I want to play with that. "Obviously, I know everybody's eager to watch me play. I'm eager to play." That's evident in the way Bell has prepared for the first two preseason games, dressing in full uniform despite knowing he won't see the field. "Yeah, he's out there in pregame with the pads on and dancing around and he's like, 'Let's go, guys! Come on! Get fired up!'" Darnold said with a big grin. "I'm like, 'Bro, you're not even playing. Once you start playing, you can start doing that stuff.' Nah, he's been great." Bell acknowledged that this year's season opener will be different from any he experienced during his previous stint with the Steelers. He knows all eyes will be on him — including those of his coaches and teammates. "I'm excited that when we get the opportunity and it's go-time for him, I can't wait to see what he does on a Sunday," Gase said. "Watching him in practice, that's fun enough. You can tell the guy is a special player and to see him on Sunday, that's going to be fun." NOTES: LG Kelechi Osemele (pectoral), RG Brian Winters (shoulder) and WR Jeff Smith (hamstring) remain sidelined. ... RT Brandon Shell (knee) returned to team drills after missing a few days. ... LB Blake Cashman (shoulder/leg) was limited after sitting out practice since getting hurt in the preseason opener......»»

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