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WVRAA 2019: Capiz Golden Warriors rule secondary basketball

By: Felipe V. Celino ROXAS CITY, Capiz – The secondary basketball team of Capiz ended a 57-year drought in the regional games after defeating Negros Occidental, 77-63, in the finals of the 2019 Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association Meet on Feb 21, 2019. The last time Capiz won the WVRAA meet crown in secondary basketball was […] The post WVRAA 2019: Capiz Golden Warriors rule secondary basketball appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

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Blazers in familiar territory but with 2 new additions

By Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers find themselves in much the same position as last season heading into the post-All-Star break stretch run. They’re coming off a confidence-boosting win over Golden State. One thing is new this year, however. The Blazers made a couple of key moves before the break to shore up their bench and to help propel them into the playoffs. Portland resumes its season Thursday (Friday, PHL time) at the Brooklyn Nets, the first of a grueling seven-game road swing. The game will likely mark the Blazers debut of Enes Kanter, signed just before the break. Kanter was waived by the Knicks following the trade deadline. He was once a starter in New York but he fell out of the rotation when the team turned its focus to younger players. The center from Turkey averaged 14 points and 10.8 rebounds in 115 games over two seasons. “As far as the rotation, that should be pretty seamless. He’ll get the backup five minutes,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “He’s a proven NBA player. He can score, he can rebound. He’s played in big games. So it shouldn’t be too difficult.” Kanter will join a second unit that, as it stands, includes Jake Layman, Seth Curry, Evan Turner and another newcomer, Rodney Hood. Acquired at the trade deadline in a deal with Cleveland, Hood has played in four games with the Blazers, averaging 9.72 points a game. The moves give Portland better depth as the team heads into the critical part of the season. The Blazers are 34-23 and in fourth place in the Western Conference. They’re seven games back of first-place Golden State, the team they bested by 22 points last week. “To go into the All-Star break and be confident knowing that we beat one of the best teams, if not the best team in the NBA, it’s huge for us,” forward Zach Collins said. There are still 25 games left, but for the past two years the Blazers have mounted post-break rallies. Last year at this time, Portland was 32-26, sitting in sixth place in the West, and also coming off a victory over the Warriors. The win touched off a 13-game winning streak that helped the team secure the West’s third seed for a fifth straight playoff appearance. The team’s streak matched the franchise record. The previous season, Portland lost three straight games to go into the break at 23-33, and an overtime loss at Detroit shortly thereafter put the Blazers 11 games under .500. But Portland caught fire from there and went 13-3 in March. Damian Lillard was named the conference’s Player of the Month, averaging 29.1 points in 16 games, and Stotts was named Coach of the Month. Following the latest victory over the Warriors, Lillard said he was happy with the team’s position heading into the remainder of the season, even if they let a few slip away. “I like it, I think it’s better than it has been in the past going into the break,” he said, referring to the team’s current record. “A big win going into the break. So that’s a positive, but obviously for us we look back at the opportunities we let slip away. The Dallas game, the Miami game at home. ... But all things considered, I think we all like where we are.”.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 21st, 2019Related News

UAAP Season 81: Blue Eagles, Tams eye back-to-back wins

Opening day winners Ateneo de Manila University and Far Eastern University look to keep their hold of the early lead as they take on separate foes in the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Blue Eagles will march first inside the court against University of Sto. Tomas at 8:00 a.m. before the Tamaraws’ 10:00 a.m. meeting with University of the Philippines. Both games 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. After skipping last year’s action, Season 79 Finals MVP Tony Koyfman announced his return by pouring 15 points in Ateneo’s 25-23, 25-22, 25-15, rout of De La Salle University on Sunday. The victory gave the Blue Eagles a morale boost in as they face the post-Marck Espejo era under new coach Timmy Sto. Tomas. “(The win) is a morale-booster for the team especially with people saying, ‘na since wala na si Marck (Espejo), wala na si Ish (Polvorosa) paano na. How will score? How will you get points?’ Eventually, ngayon I was able to instill to them that this time it will be a collective effort,” said Sto. Tomas. The Tigers, on the other hand, absorbed a sorry 31-33, 25-23, 25-16, 15-25, 14-16, loss against Adamson University on Sunday. Meanwhile, FEU shocked repeat-seeking National University with an emphatic, 25-12, 25-18, 25-17, win to open its campaign Saturday. The Tams will face an opponent coming off a painful five-set upset loss to University of the East but head coach Rey Diaz remains wary of the Fighting Maroons ability to bounceback. “Hindi pwedeng mag-relax. Kung paano kami naghanda sa champion team ganoon din ang paghahanda namin sa ibang teams. Lahat ng teams sa UAAP dapat pinaghahandaan,” he said. UP suffered a 25-20, 10-25, 22-25, 21-25, loss at the hands of the Red Warriors, who snapped their two-year, 20-game losing streak.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles   .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 19th, 2019Related News

Alab routs Wolf to remain perfect at home - Inquirer Sports

San Miguel Alab Pilipinas bucked the absence of the suspended PJ Ramos and completed a season sweep of the Wolf Warriors, 108-81, last Sunday night in the Asean Basketball League Season 9 at Santa Ros.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsFeb 19th, 2019Related News

Brandon Rosser nets career-high for Alab amid PJ Ramos suspension

MANILA, Philippines – The "next man up" mentality is a luxury that championship teams follow by heart. And that's exactly what San Miguel Alab Pilipinas showed in its 108-81 rout of the Zhuhai Wolf Warriors on Sunday, February 17. With their 7-foot-3 behemoth PJ Ramos ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 18th, 2019Related News

WATCH: Durant lights up NBA All-Star Game 2019 en route to MVP

MANILA, Philippines – Kevin Durant earned Most Valuable Player honors in the 2019 NBA All-Star Game by powering Team LeBron to a 178-164 win over Team Giannis on Sunday, February 17 (Monday, February 18, Philippine time).  The Golden State Warriors star sank 6 triples to deliver 31 points with ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 18th, 2019Related News

LOOK: Elbow dunk over Shaq wins Diallo Slam Dunk title

LOS ANGELES, USA – Oklahoma City Thunder's Hamidou Diallo used Shaquille O'Neal as a prop to capture the NBA Slam Dunk title on Saturday, February 17 (Sunday, February 18, Philippine time). The high-flying rookie put out a call over the loudspeaker for the "biggest person in the building" and out strolled ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 17th, 2019Related News

Playoff-bound Alab Pilipinas dominates Zhuhai anew

      MANILA, Philippines – For the second time in 3 days, San Miguel Alab Pilipinas demolished the bottom-dwelling Zhuhai Wolf Warriors, 108-81, in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) at the Sta. Rosa Sports Complex on Sunday, February 17. One day after qualifying for the playoffs, Alab further pulled away from ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 17th, 2019Related News

Alapag seeks quick turnaround as SMB-Alab eyes sweep of Wolf Warriors - Inquirer Sports

San Miguel Alab Pilipinas seeks a season sweep of the Wolf Warriors on Sunday night when the Filipino club hosts the Chinese squad in Asean Basketball League Season 9 at Santa Rosa Multi-Purpose Sport.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsFeb 17th, 2019Related News

UAAP 81 Football: Four Tamaraws score as FEU drops UE, 4-1

Far Eastern University picked up a massive opening day win as they trounced University of the East, 4-1, Sunday afternoon at the FEU-FERN Football Field in Diliman, Quezon City. Coming off their worst campaign in years, finishing seventh in UAAP Season 80, FEU looked every bit like the program that once won back-to-back titles as they dominated a contender in UE. Early on however, it looked like the Red Warriors were primed to get on the board first after a foul inside the box from FEU resulted in a penalty attempt from for UE. Red Warriors striker Mar Diano flubbed the penalty attempt however, as his shot hit the cross bar and bounced out. Immediately on the other end, it was FEU who drew first blood, with rookie Jermi Darapan scoring in the 29th minute. Three minutes into the second half, former Baby Tamaraws star Chester Gio Pabualan announced his arrival into the men’s tournament with a header to give the Tamaraws a 2-0 advantage. Opening day was a good one for tournament rookies, as the Red Warriors managed to pull one back in the 51st minute courtesy of first year-wingback Champ Marin, who became the fourth rookie to score a goal in the first matchday. The Tamaraws regained momentum as they widened their advantage to 3-1, courtesy of a free kick conversion from Nicky Canonigo in the 60th minute. FEU continued to pull away in the 66th minute, with Alex Rayos blasting one from way outside the box to make it a three-goal advantage for the Tamaraws. "Winning the first game of the season is the most important," said head coach Bobae Park. "Our players, I know they're also a little bit nervous, but they just tried their best, and their spirit is together."  With the win, FEU joins UST at the top of the early leaderboard with a win and three points each. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 17th, 2019Related News

Joe Harris tops Stephen Curry for 3-point title

Brooklyn's Joe Harris held off Golden State's Stephen Curry to win the 3-point contest at All-Star Saturday night. Harris made 12 consecutive shots at one point in the final round on his way to a score of 26 points. Curry was second with 24 in the finals, and Sacramento's Buddy Hield was third with 19 points. Joe Harris goes perfect on his money ball rack and wins the #MtnDew3PT contest with a final round score of 26! #NBAAllStar #WeGoHard #StateFarmSaturday on @NBAonTNT pic.twitter.com/xw7WABBHeW --- NBA (@NBA) February 17, 2019 The Warriors' star made his first nine shots of the final round, then missed three of five shots from the top of the key. Stephen Curry won the...Keep on reading: Joe Harris tops Stephen Curry for 3-point title.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Feb 17th, 2019Related News

UP Lady Maroons escape UE in UAAP volley season opener

    MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The University of the Philippines (UP) Lady Maroons survived the pesky University of the East (UE) Lady Warriors in 5 sets, 25-12, 22-25, 23-25, 25-19, 15-12, at the start of the UAAP Season 81 volleyball tournament on Saturday, February 16, at the ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 16th, 2019Related News

Opening game loss not dampening UE Lady Warriors’ confidence

MANILA, Philippines---A defeat in the opening game of the UAAP Season 81 women's volleyball tournament isn't enough to dampen University of the East's confidence. Captain Kath Arado said the Lady Warriors' five-set loss to University of the Philippines, 25-12, 22-25, 23-25, 25-19, 15-12, Saturday at Filoil Flying V Center is just a cross mark in their schedule. "Yeah, we can still do it, we have 13 more games and some additional in the Final Four," said Arado in Filipino. READ:UP rallies to take five-setter over UE in UAAP volleyball opener "We just didn't have it in the end, our tank ran out. The coaches told us in the end that it became a battle of maturity and UP alrea...Keep on reading: Opening game loss not dampening UE Lady Warriors’ confidence.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Feb 16th, 2019Related News

UAAP men’s volleyball: FEU slams NU, UE denies UP

  MANILA, Philippines---Far Eastern University produced a season-opening upset after sweeping National University, 25-12, 25-18, 25-17, in the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball tournament Saturday at Filoil Flying V Center. Richard Solis led the Tamaraws with nine points while John Paul Bugaoan and Jude Garcia added eight points apiece. Bryan Bagunas had 15 points to lead the defending champions who played without setter Kim Dayandante who was deemed ineligible three days before the start of the tournament. In the other game, University of the East brushed off University of the Philippines in four sets, 20-25, 25-10, 25-22, 25-21. Clifford Inoferio led the Red Warriors ...Keep on reading: UAAP men’s volleyball: FEU slams NU, UE denies UP.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Feb 16th, 2019Related News

UAAP Season 81: Lady Maroons survive opening day scare

University of the Philippines weathered University of the East’s upset scare with a hard-earned, 25-12, 22-25, 23-25, 25-19, 15-12, opening day win Saturday in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.   The veteran duo of Isa Molde and Tots Carlos delivered the goods for the Lady Maroons, who are considered as one of the top contenders after winning two pre-season titles, in the fifth set to silence the feisty Lady Warriors.   "They are very good five sets. We played as a team that is why we we're able to get the last two sets. As I said before nothing comes easy. We win but we struggle some times," said UP head coach Godfrey Okumu. "The sets we won we won with ease but the ones we lost, we lost terribly. I hope we put this behind us and move forward to our next game."     Molde posted 23 points off 19 kills, two aces and two kill blocks to pace the Dilima-based squad. The Season 78 rookie of the year added 10 excellent receptions for the Lady Maroons.  Carlos chipped in 17 markers icluding 15 off spikes while Justine Dorog added 12 points for UP, which landed 61 spikes behind setter Ayel Estranero's 44 excellent sets. The Lady Maroons recovered from a 1-2 match deficit to force a deciding frame but found the Lady Warriors a tough nut to crack. UP went up 13-9 before  UE answered with straight points. Dorog put the Lady Maroons at match point , Judith Abil saved a point for the Lady Warriors before Jessma Ramos sealed the win for UP with a strong swipe off UE's block.        The Lady Maroons survived a scare in the fourth set, staving off the Lady Warriors’ charge from a nine-point deficit, 1-10. UE chopped its deficit to 14-16 behind Judith Abil and Me-Anne Mendrez’s heroics but UP answered with a scorching rally to force a deciding frame.       Judith Abil led the Lady Warriors’ fightback in the third set after trailing, 13-19. The graduating hitter Abil tied the frame at 21. Both squads traded points in the next plays before Mariella Gabarda pushed UE at set point. The Lady Warriors stole the frame after Marist Layug’s soft shot went out.     Abil got 20 points and 21 excellent receptions while Mendrez had eight markers for UE. Prized libero Kath Arado tallied 32 digs and 18 receives in a lost cause.    --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 16th, 2019Related News

UAAP 81: Different UE team gives favored UP worthy challenge

Yep, this is a different UE Lady Warriors team. As if it wasn’t obvious enough, the Lady Warriors made sure to remind everyone that they’re no longer pushovers, pushing preseason favorite UP to five full sets Saturday at the San Juan Arena to open the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament. Not only did UE push the Lady Maroons to the limit, the Lady Warriors also actually led the game two sets to one. UE’s breakthough win wouldn’t come Saturday though as the Lady Maroons, winners of two preseason champions and were clearly the favorites entering the game, narrowly escaped an upset in five. “Malaking bagay samin yun [five sets], nakaka-taba ng puso,” libero Kat Arado said. “Kasi yun nga, marami ako nakikita sa social media na straight sets kami, never ko nakita na lalaban ang UE. So malaking bagay to. Sayang man but at the same time, confident pa rin kami,” she added. After going through seasons of winless campaigns, the Lady Warriors have come out as a veteran, mature group. However, execution late in sets remain a weak spot for UE and the Lady Warriors are aware that that’s something they need to polish moving forward. “Kinapos talaga kami sa dulo,” Arado said. “Labanan ng maturity talaga, nandoon na yung maturity namin kasi nagku-kulang kami na kumbaga sa UP, ang smooth ng galaw nila. Yun yung trabahuhin namin, yung buo talaga [late in games],” she added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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UAAP Season 81: They’re not an easy team -- Okumu on UE

University of the Philippines head coach Godfrey Okumu was not surprised when it took his wards five grueling sets to shoot down the pesky University of the East. The mentor, actually, expected that kind of tough match. “No, we’ve always struggled with UE,” said Okumu after the Lady Maroons’ 25-12, 22-25, 23-25, 25-19, 15-12, escape over the Lady Warriors Saturday to open their campaign in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre. The sophomore coach recalled the same struggle they had against UE during their pre-season meeting in the Philippine Superliga Collegiate Grand Slam.     “I remember last season I was sitting here the same way we won against them. When we played in the PSL we won 3-1 but it was all struggle,” he said. UP needed to come back from a 1-2 match deficit before hanging tough in the tight fifth set behind the veteran trio of Isa Molde, Tots Carlos and Justine Dorog.   “Siyempre naga-adjust din sila sa amin. And lumakas din naman sila compared last season,” said Molde, who had 23 points with 19 coming off kills. “Lalaban at lalaban din naman sila kasi may iba sa kanila na ga-graduate na eh.” Okumu also stressed that UE’s best asset is its floor defense and the presence of graduating libero Kath Arado. The defense specialist scattered 32 digs and had 18 receptions. Me-Anne Mendrez got 18 digs while Judith Abil posted 21 receives. “They have a good libero, she’s doing a good job. We have to accept that it’s very hard to play against a very strong defense,” he said. “We have to think on how we will execute in spiking. They played well and they are a very good team. They’re not an easy team.” UP hitter Tots Carlos shared the same sentiment. “Iba kasi talaga kapag mayroon kang first ball eh. Sobrang galing ni Kath kaya medyo nahirapan kami kaya medyo nag-lay low din kami sa defense namin so nahirapan kami lalo na laging nagi-struggle ang setter kaya nahihirapan din siyang mag-distribute,” she said. Okumu also rued UP’s atrocious number of errors. The Lady Maroons threw away 42 points off their miscues. “The sets we won we’re very, very up to standard but the sets we lost we gave away balls easily, and we have many unforced errors that we should correct. That’s what we talked about the unforced errors,” he said. “I think in the fifth set the opponent had one unforced error and we have around five or six,” Okumu added. “You can see the difference there and we need to work on that.”     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 16th, 2019Related News

ABL: Ramos hulks up to a triple-double in Alab s rout of Warriors

Without a doubt, Alab Pilipinas started slow up against Zhuhai on Friday at the Doumen Gymnasium in China. Once they got going, however, there was no slowing them down as the Filipinos rolled over the home team Wolf Warriors, 105-79, all the way a bounce back win in the 2018-2019 Asean Basketball League. Coming off a loss that halted their seven-game win run two days ago, all of back-to-back Local MVP Ray Parks Jr. and Puerto Rican reinforcements PJ Ramos and Renaldo Balkman took time to find their range in this one. With Zhuhai enjoying a 26-19 lead at the 6:35 mark of the second, however, Parks Jr. caught fire in the telling run that swung both the lead and the momentum in favor of his team. It was his back-to-back triples that formed the backbone of the 30-8 tear that erased Alab’s seven-point deficit and erected a 49-34 advantage just right before halftime. Their lead would not go lower than 20 points the rest of the way as they breezed to their 14th win in 17 games. In the end, Parks Jr. had 15 points, three rebounds, two assists, and two steals, staying red-hot as he has been of late. He didn’t play much in the second half, however, and then, it was the Ramos show as he did it all to tally a triple-double of 15 points, 14 rebounds, and 11 assists. Balkman also added 19 points, seven rebounds, and five assists while Caelan Tiongson and Brandon Rosser each had 10 markers. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 15th, 2019Related News

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.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 15th, 2019Related News

Davis-less Pelicans survive Thunder; Knicks end slide

Julius Randle capped a 33-point, 11-rebound performance with three clutch baskets in the final minutes, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 131-122 on Thursday night despite losing All-Star Anthony Davis to a shoulder injury after the first half......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsFeb 15th, 2019Related News