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Basilan trips KCS, stays a win away from VisMin Grand Finals crown

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Jumbo Plastic-Basilan Peace Riders is one victory away from hoisting the South Finals trophy of the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup after escaping the KCS Computer Specialists-Mandaue City, 96-91, in Game Two of their best-of-five finals series on Thursday evening, at the Pagadian City gymnasium in Zamboanga del Sur. […] The post Basilan trips KCS, stays a win away from VisMin Grand Finals crown appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerAug 12th, 2021

Basilan clobbers Computer Specialists, takes 1-0 lead in VisMin Cup Grand Finals

CEBU CITY, Philippines– The Jumbo Plastic-Basilan Peace Riders manhandled the Visayas leg champions, KCS Computer Specialists-Mandaue City, 94-67, to take Game One of the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup best-of-five Grand Finals, Wednesday at the Pagadian City Gymnasium in Zamboanga del Sur. The Computer Specialists converted the first basket of the game which also […] The post Basilan clobbers Computer Specialists, takes 1-0 lead in VisMin Cup Grand Finals appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 12th, 2021

Basilan, Roxas open VisMin Super Cup Grand Finals series Sunday

CEBU CITY, Philippines — After sweeping the eliminations and taking an 11-day break, the Jumbo Plastic-Basilan Peace Riders return to action tomorrow, August 8, in the much-awaited best-of-3 finals series of the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup Mindanao Leg at the Pagadian City gymnasium in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur. The Peace Riders gained […] The post Basilan, Roxas open VisMin Super Cup Grand Finals series Sunday appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 7th, 2021

Basilan captures VisMin Cup Southern Conference crown via sweep

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The KCS Computer Specialists-Mandaue City have overcome adversities after adversities in their journey towards basketball stardom. Given up for dead in the Visayas leg playoffs, they climbed all the way to a surprising championship appearance and relied on pure guts to upset an unbeaten foe in capturing the Visayas leg crown. […] The post Basilan captures VisMin Cup Southern Conference crown via sweep appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 13th, 2021

Computer Specialists, Peace Riders start VisMin Grand Finals battle tomorrow

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Mike Reyes, the veteran and multi-titled head coach of the reigning Visayas leg champions, the KCS Computer Specialists-Mandaue City is upbeat about their title chances in the grand finals of the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur. The Specialists already proved that they can topple […] The post Computer Specialists, Peace Riders start VisMin Grand Finals battle tomorrow appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 10th, 2021

VisMin Cup Southern Finals Game 1 blasts off Wednesday

Pagadian, Zamboanga del Sur—Mindanao Leg champion Jumbo-Plastic Basilan aims to continue its unbeaten run when the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup Southern Finals kicks off today. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 10th, 2021

Basilan shifts focus to overall VisMin Super Cup title vs Mandaue

Newly crowned Mindanao Leg champion Jumbo Plastic-Basilan plunges back to action right away, setting its sights on the overall Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup crown against Visayas Leg titlist KCS-Mandaue at the Pagadian City Gym in Zamboanga del Sur......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 10th, 2021

Basilan one step closer to title

Jumbo Plastic-Basilan ace guard Hesed Gabo claimed the Season MVP honors as the Peace Riders moved closer to winning the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup Mindanao Leg crown at the Pagadian City Gym in Zamboanga del Sur......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 10th, 2021

Basilan sweeps Roxas to rule Mindanao leg of VisMin Super Cup

CEBU CITY, Philippines– The Jumbo Plastic-Basilan Peace Riders were crowned the inaugural champions of the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup Mindanao Leg after winning Game Two of their best-of-three finals series against the Petra Cement-Roxas Vanguards on Monday evening, August 9, at the Pagadian City gymnasium in Zamboanga del Sur. The Peace Riders stormed […] The post Basilan sweeps Roxas to rule Mindanao leg of VisMin Super Cup appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 10th, 2021

Gabo of Basilan Peace Riders is MVP of VisMin Super Cup Mindanao leg

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Hesed Gabo of the Jumbo Plastic-Basilan Peace Riders was crowned the “Most Valuable Player” of the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup Mindanao Leg on Sunday.  Gabo led the Peace Riders to an immaculate 8-0 record in the eliminations to gain an outright finals berth. “Unang una, salamat sa Panginoon na […] The post Gabo of Basilan Peace Riders is MVP of VisMin Super Cup Mindanao leg appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 8th, 2021

Roxas Vanguards march into VisMin Super Cup finals vs Basilan

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Petra Cement-Roxas Vanguards eliminated the JPS Zamboanga City, 83-72, in their do-or-die Game 3 of the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup semifinals showdown on Friday evening at the Pagadian City gymnasium in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur. The Vanguards barreled their way into the much-awaited Mindanao leg finals where […] The post Roxas Vanguards march into VisMin Super Cup finals vs Basilan appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 6th, 2021

Computer Specialists tap asst coach to augment depleted lineup

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The KCS Computer Specialists-Mandaue City has tapped its assistant coach, Jabby “Jax” Bautista to play in the grand finals of the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup to augment the team’s badly depleted lineup. Bautista, one of the assistant coaches of Mike Reyes of the reigning Visayas leg champions was tapped […] The post Computer Specialists tap asst coach to augment depleted lineup appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 5th, 2021

Basilan makes VisMin finals

Pagadian, Zamboanga del Sur -- The ever-dominant Jumbo Plastic-Basilan punched its outright ticket to the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup Mindanao Leg Finals, Tuesday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 27th, 2021

VisMin Super Cup: Basilan sweeps Mindanao leg elims, gains outright finals seat

CEBU CITY, Philippines— The Jumbo Plastic-Basilan Peace Riders stamped their dominance in the Mindanao leg of the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup after sweeping the elimination round. Basilan earned its eighth straight win by beating the Petra Cement-Roxas Vanguards, 85-64, in its final elimination match at the Pagadian city gymnasium in Pagadian City, Zamboanga […] The post VisMin Super Cup: Basilan sweeps Mindanao leg elims, gains outright finals seat appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 27th, 2021

KCS Computer-Mandaue plans to keep roster intact for Grand Finals

CEBU CITY, Philippines—After winning the inaugural Visayas leg title of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup, the KCS Computer Specialists-Mandaue City is  planning to keep its roster intact for the grand finals in August. The Specialists bagged the Visayas title of the tournament by defeating the MJAS Zenith Talisay Aquastars on Sunday, May 9, 2021, […] The post KCS Computer-Mandaue plans to keep roster intact for Grand Finals appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 10th, 2021

Specialists go for Super Cup Visayas crown on Mandaue’s Fiesta Day

CEBU CITY, Philippines—- After their stunning victory against the heavily-favored MJAS-Zenith Talisay City Aquastars Friday night, the KCS Computer-Specialists Mandaue City will go all-in for today’s game two to seal the best-of-three finals series of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup on Mandaue City’s fiesta day celebration. Although divine intervention is far from play in their […] The post Specialists go for Super Cup Visayas crown on Mandaue’s Fiesta Day appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 8th, 2021

Tigers, Knights start series for MPBL crown

Davao Occidental booked a return ticket to the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League national finals after a default win against Basilan in the South Division knockout match yesterday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 17th, 2021

MPBL resumes March 10 with division finals in Subic

The San Juan Knights and the Makati Super Crunch will dispute the MPBL Chooks-to-Go Lakan Season North crown while the Davao Occidental Tigers and the Basilan Steel tangle for the South title at the closed-door Subic Bay Gymnasium......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 6th, 2021

BREN Esports stuns field, rules MLBB M2 World Championships

BREN Esports completed its Cinderella Run as it clinched the crown after a nail-biting Grand Finals of the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang M2 World Championship......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 25th, 2021

2020 king of recruiting crown remains on UP’s head

Who was our King of Recruiting in 2018? Find out here. Who was our King of Recruiting in 2019? Find out here. --- From 2007 to 2015, the University of the Philippines only had 13 wins to show in 126 games total. That time is self-deprecatingly called in Diliman as the dark days. Due to that disappointing standing, the Fighting Maroons had the toughest time bringing in recruits. And due to that lack of pieces to the puzzles, they lost even more. Safe to say, State U was stuck in a vicious cycle in the dark days. That’s not to say they didn’t have blue-chip recruits back then as in their time, all of Woody Co, Mark Juruena, Mike Gamboa, Kyles Lao, Jett Manuel, and Mikee Reyes were among the best high school players. Only, a blue-chip recruit or two does not make a team. Fast forward to now and oh, how things have changed. Last year, UP was hailed as ABS-CBN’s King of Recruiting alongside University of the East. “On the strength of the transfers of Kobe Paras and Ricci Rivero, the Fighting Maroons… are worthy of the title,” it said then. And the season before that, the maroon and green was also up there with the best of them in terms of recruitment, having brought in the likes of eventual Season MVP Bright Akhuetie, Will Gozum, and Jaydee Tungcab. Indeed, there was nowhere to go but up. That has only continued this year as UP has left no doubt that it is now a force to reckon with in terms of recruitment. Early on, they already had a solid haul in Joel Cagulangan, once the best point guard in high school, and tireless workhorse Malick Diouf. And then, the shock of shocks. As it turned out, Nazareth School of National University stalwarts Carl Tamayo and Gerry Abadiano were going to be Fighting Maroons. Meaning, for the first time in recent history, the most promising prospect coming out of high school is headed to Diliman. Not only that, State U also answered its biggest question heading into next season – the question at point guard, filling in for Jun Manzo. But as it turned out, they weren’t done just yet - no, our friends, they weren’t done just yet. Tamayo and Abadiano’s departure from National U was shocking, without a doubt, but CJ Cansino’s exit from University of Sto. Tomas was even more so. Cansino, against his will, decided to move on from his alma mater since 2015 due to personal reasons. Fortunately for him, he landed on his feet. Now, the Fighting Maroons have ready-made replacement for Rivero as well as a leader in the shades of Paul Desiderio for UAAP 84. And that, our friends, is why we have no choice but to put the 2020 King of Recruiting crown on UP’s head once more. Tamayo and Abadiano are the bluest of blue-chip recruits this year and Cagulangan, Cansino, and Diouf are among the most talented transferees, but also joining them in the maroon and green will be scoring machine RC Calimag from La Salle Green Hills, burly big Miguel Tan from Xavier High School, Filipino-American playmaker Sam Dowd, Filipino-Australian tower Ethan Kirkness, physical forward Jancork Cabahug from University of Visayas, and versatile wing CJ Catapusan from Adamson University. The former Bullpups are guaranteed ato be contributors even as rookies while Calimag, Tan, and Dowd are going to shore up a bench that had just lost Gomez de Liano brothers Javi and Juan. Of course, Diouf, Kirkness, Cansino, Cabahug, and Cagulangan are still serving residency, but when they will be eligible, they will get a shot at a squad that will look brand new. All of Bright Akhuetie, J-Boy Gob, David Murrell, Noah Webb, and Rivero are graduating players while Paras is only guaranteed to play one more year. That means that after Season 83, the Fighting Maroons may very well have to fill six spots. That means that UP is not only beefing up for UAAP 83, it is also securing its future. If not for the shock of shocks, though, the crown would have been claimed by De La Salle University which sent a statement that it is back and better than ever. Justine Baltazar and Aljun Melecio may be playing their fifth and final years in college, but the green and white’s future has only brightened following this prolonged preseason. First and foremost, Kevin Quiambao, the third leg in that National U tripod of talent out of high school, has the capability and confidence to follow in the footsteps of Baltazar. Hopefully, he will be eligible for Season 83, but if not, what’s certain is he will be playing in UAAP 84. Alongside him as pieces for the future are super scorers CJ Austria and Emman Galman, all-around swingman Joshua Ramirez, and Filipino-Americans Jeromy Hughes, Kameron Vales, and Philips bros. Benjamin and Michael. Among all those, Jonnel Policarpio, likened to a young Arwind Santos, has the highest upside, but the Fil-Ams have much potential as well. And don’t forget that Evan Nelle, the primetime playmaker from San Beda University, is just getting primed and prepped to take the reins when Melecio leaves. Of course, the caveat here is that we are all in uncharted territory due to the continuing COVID-19 crisis. And in that light, the next season of the UAAP remains far away and a lot could still happen until then. While majority of the local blue-chip recruits have already committed, talents from abroad and transferees from other schools could still come and change the game. With that being said, there remains no doubt that UP and La Salle have made the biggest noise in the offseason. However, it’s not actually the Fighting Maroons or the Green Archers who got the lion’s share of the best graduating players in the 2020 NBTC 24. Yes, that honor belongs to Lyceum of the Philippines University which is finally reaping the rewards of its rising Jrs. program with NCAA 95 Jrs. MVP John Barba and Batang Gilas playmaker Mac Guadana being promoted as full-fledged Pirates. Guadana could do it all and looks like the next great guard in the Grand Old League while fearless slasher is Barba is a perfect complement to him. Add another fiery guard in John Bravo and sweet-shooting big man Carlo Abadeza and LPU has restocked its coffers after losing Marcelino twins Jaycee and Jayvee and Cameroonian powerhouse Mike Nzeusseu. In all though, the 2020 NBTC 24 was dominated by UP… and San Beda. Of the annual rankings’ 15 graduating players, four would be Fighting Maroons and another four would be Red Lions. Yes, San Beda’s grassroots program is back on track with its Jrs. championship core all remaining in red and white. Rhayyan Amsali, ranked no. 1 in the 2020 NBTC 24, is the most college-ready high school player while Justine Sanchez is a long-limbed forward who could turn out to be the next Calvin Oftana, you know, the NCAA 95 MVP. Yukien Andrada, meanwhile, is only continuing to develop his two-way game and Tony Ynot is a 3-and-D weapon who had even left an impression on Jalen Green. And hey, as somebody said, don’t sleep on the UAAP’s three-time defending champions. Ateneo may already be missing Isaac Go, Thirdy Ravena, Adrian Wong, and Nieto twins Mike and Matt and they may not be making noise as of late, but they are still welcoming Dave Ildefonso and Dwight Ramos with open arms. Ildefonso will only be good to go come UAAP 84, but Ramos is already being seen by head coach Tab Baldwin as a difference-maker for the Blue Eagles in Season 83. Eli, Dwight’s younger brother, is also in the mix to backstop SJ Belangel and Tyler Tio. Note also that former blue-chip recruit Inand Fornilos may very well finally get his shot while both Jolo Mendoza and Raffy Verano are also back. Ateneo’s foe in the Finals last year also reloaded quite a bit as for the third year in a row, UST will be sending the Tiger Cubs’ best player to the Srs. squad. Following in the footsteps of Cansino and Mark Nonoy, post player Bismarck Lina will be a Growling Tiger next season. Alongside him to fortify the frontcourt are Christian Manaytay, Bryan Samudio, and Bryan Santos while bolstering the backcourt are Joshua Fontanilla and Paul Manalang. Speaking of fortifying the frontcourt, Far Eastern University is the team that got the biggest boost in terms of size. With 6-foot-7 Nigerian Emman Ojoula’s residency over and done with, the go-go guards of the Tamaraws have yet another weapon to burn opponents with. CESAFI MVP Kevin Guibao and transferee Simone Sandagon are no slouches either while Cholo Anonuevo has a roster spot waiting for him if and when he decides to come home after trying his luck in the US. RJ Abarrientos no longer appears here as he was already in FEU’s list last year. These are the new faces to see for the other teams: CSB Blazers LETRAN Knights JRU Heavy Bombers MAPUA Cardinals ADAMSON Soaring Falcons UE Red Warriors --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 26th, 2020

GREATEST PERFORMANCES: Arellano U’s sweep of thrice-to-beat SSC-R

Arellano University has been the dominating force in the NCAA women’s volleyball for the past three seasons. If not for the cancellation of Season 95 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Lady Chiefs would’ve made a strong case for a four-peat. But while the Lady Chiefs displayed great character to extend their reign, it was Arellano U’s impressive showing in Season 92 Finals series that built the solid foundation of its grand slam. Three years ago, the Lady Chiefs redeemed themselves from surrendering the crown the previous season by dethroning College of St. Benilde in the stepladder semifinals. Arellano U thus earned a return ticket to the Finals. However, the Lady Chiefs had to face an uphill climb in the championship series as they took on an unbeaten Grethcel Soltones-led San Sebastian College armed with a thrice-to-beat advantage. The Lady Stags handed Arellano U its only loss in the elimination round, before coming into the Finals with nine straight wins. Led by the graduating Soltones backed by a veteran crew, SSC-R looked poised to avenge its humiliating defeat the season before when they squandered the same series advantage. But the Lady Chiefs proved that they were the hungrier team. Using the death of head coach Obet Javier’s wife, Amy Marie, after a long bout with lung cancer as added motivation, Arellano U pulled off a shocker in the series opener. The Lady Chiefs swept the Recto-based squad, 25-18, 25-20, 25-16, with Rialen Sante, Jovie Prado, Andrea Marzan and Mary Anne Esguerra leading the way. Drawing first blood, Arellano U quickly shifted momentum to its favor. They played spoiler to Soltones’ third straight Most Valuable Player award in Game 2 when the Lady Chiefs survived a thrilling five-set match, 18-25, 25-16, 25-11, 26-28, 15-13, to inch closer to its second title since joining the league in 2009. Arellano kept its composure in a very tight fifth set breaking a 13-all deadlock with Regine Arocha’s off speed. SSC-R was the first top blink when Dangie Encarnacion committed an attack error that brought back the nightmare of the Lady Stags’ Season 91 Finals defeat. Then in Game 3, the Lady Chiefs celebrated Valentine’s Day by breaking the hearts of the Lady Stags, 25-15, 22-25, 25-23, 25-16. “Napakalaki sa amin ito kasi 'yung mga bata, pinaghirapan talaga namin ang taon na ito," Javier said then. "Noong first round, natalo kami sa Baste kaya nag-set kami ng goal na hindi na dapat mangyari ito. Nangyari naman."    That feat set the tone for Arellano U’s next two conquests. From there, the Lady Chiefs established its current domination of the country’s oldest collegiate league.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 13th, 2020