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Bulldogs eye No. 2 vs winless Generals

National U goes for a follow-up to its come-from-behind win over Far Eastern U the last time out as it takes on winless Emilio Aguinaldo College today in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup 2019 at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarMay 16th, 2019

NCAA Season 95: Pirates try to stay afloat in semis race

Lyceum of the Philippines University tries to keep up with the furious race for a Final Four seat in an all-important battle with Mapua University on Thursday in the NCAA Season 95 women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Sitting at sixth spot with a 2-4 win-loss record, the Lady Pirates are in a must-win situation in all of their remaining games for a chance to at least force a playoff for a semis seat. The 12:00 noon encounter will air via iWant. LPU needs to win all of its last three assignments convincingly and pray that University of Perpetual Help (5-1), San Beda University (4-2) and Letran (3-3) won’t reach six wins to force sa playoff for the no. 4 spot. The Lady Pirates are coming off a sorry five-set loss to Letran but are still tipped to top the Lady Cardinals, who are on a four-game losing skid. Mapua holds a 1-5 card tied with San Sebastian College. Meanwhile, the Lady Stags shoot for back-to-back wins in a showdown with lowly Emilio Aguinaldo College at 2:00 p.m. SSC-R snapped a five-game slump with quick work of Mapua last week. The Lady Generals are winless in six games and are on a 16-game win drought since Season 93. In men’s play, the Generals gun for the first Final Four seat at 3:30 p.m. against the Stags. EAC is unbeaten in six games and shares the top spot with grand slam-seeking Perpetual. SSC-R carries a 1-5 mark. Facing off at 10:00 a.m. are the Cardinals (3-3) and the Pirates (1-5). Mapua (1-5) and LPU (2-4) open the juniors’ playdate at 8:30 a.m. while EAC (5-1) and SSC-R (3-3) meet at 5:00 p.m.     ---     Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2020

NCAA Season 95: Lady Red Spikers out to stop skid

San Beda University tries to get out of a two-game slump when it takes on winless Emilio Aguinaldo College on Monday in the NCAA Season 95 women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. After a red-hot 3-0 start, the Lady Red Spikers went cold to slide down to fourth spot tied with Letran. Hoping to keep its Final Four hopes alive in a very tight race, San Beda is in a must-win situation in its encounter with the Lady Generals at 12:00 noon that will air via iWant. The Lady Red Spikers suffered losses at the hands of three-time defending champion Arellano University (5-1) and league-leading College of St. Benilde (6-0). EAC, on the other hand, has yet to win a game after dropping its first five matches and is on a 15-game losing skid since Season 93. Meanwhile, Jose Rizal University is also on a mission to stay alive in the semis race in its 2:00 p.m. battle with Mapua University. Carrying a 2-4 win-loss card tied with Lyceum of the Philippines, the Lady Bombers still have a shot at a spot in the Final Four but must sweep all of its remaining games to at least force a playoff for a semis seat. The Lady Cardinals hold a 1-4 mark. In men’s play, EAC (5-0) goes for a tie at the top with reigning two-time champion Perpetual in a showdown with San Beda (3-2) at 10:00 a.m. while battling at 3:30 p.m. are Mapua (2-3) and JRU (1-5). The juniors’ pairings will feature the Brigadiers (5-0) and Red Cubs (3-2) at 8:30 a.m. while marching on court at 5:00 p.m. are winless teams Red Robins (0-5) and Light Bombers (0-6).   ---       Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2020

NCAA Season 95: Lady Bombers arrest skid

Jose Rizal University arrested an alarming four-game losing skid at the expense of winless Emilio Aguinaldo College, 25-22, 25-17, 25-19, on Thursday in the NCAA Season 95 women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Dolly Verzosa finished with 16 points and added 12 digs to help the Lady Bombers improve to a 2-4 win-loss record. Mary May Ruiz and Sydney Niegos backed Verzosa with 10 markers each. The win kept JRU, which opened its campaign on a high note before skidding, in the race for a Final Four spot. On the other hand, the Lady Generals’ losing woes extended to five games. Jan Cabrera and Dhariane Gallardez posted 10 points each for EAC, which suffered its 15th straight defeat since Season 93. Meanwhile, the unbeaten Generals added the Heavy Bombers to their list of victims with a straight sets, 25-22, 25-19, 25-20, win. Danrich Melad scored 13 points, Joshua Mina got 12 while Aeron Daduya added 11 markers for EAC, which kept its hold of the second spot with 5-0 slate behind two-time champion University of Perpetual Help (6-0). JRU dropped to a 1-5 record.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles          .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 30th, 2020

NCAA Season 95: CSB shoots for a hold of the lead

College of St. Benilde puts its unbeaten card on the line once again when the Lady Blazers take on struggling San Sebastian College in the NCAA Season 95 women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Tuesday. Game time is at 2:00 p.m. and will air via iWant. The Lady Blazers, behind a competitive crew led by prized rookies Gayle Pascual and Mycah Go, bulldozed their first four opponents to sit at solo second spot behind league-leading three-time defending champion Arellano University (5-0). Veteran Klarisa Abriam woke up from a scoring slump the last time out as she led CSB to a straight sets win over winless Emilio Aguinaldo College last week with a personal season-best 16 points. The Lady Blazers will face a squad that is still in search for its breakthrough win after dropping its first four outings. Meanwhile, Lyceum of the Philippines University hopes to capitalize on its first win that broke a three-game slump when it takes on the Lady Generals at 12:00 noon. In men’s play, EAC (3-0) and LPU (1-3) clash at 10:00 a.m. while CSB (2-2) and SSC-R (1-3) collide at 3:30 p.m. The juniors’ game between EAC (3-0) and LPU (2-2) is at 8:30 a.m. while SSC-R (1-3) and CSB-La Salle Greenhills (0-4) will meet at 5:00 p.m.     ---     Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 27th, 2020

NCAA Season 95: CSB wins fourth in a row, keeps solo lead

Klarisa Abriam woke up from a scoring slumber to lead College of St. Benilde to its fourth win in a row in a 25-20, 25-21, 25-17 crushing of Emilio Aguinaldo College to tighten its grip of the solo lead in the NCAA Season 95 women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Thursday. Abriam started for the Lady Blazers and delivered 16 points, all coming off kills, in just two sets for her best game so far in the tournament after averaging just six points in CSB’s first three outings. Pitted against a winless squad, CSB coach Jerry Yee tweaked his rotation with his bench players getting the nod to start including Abriam, who in the first three games played as a reserve while nursing an ankle injury.   “Gusto niya kasi lahat nayu-utilize para din sa conditioning ng mga bata para hindi sila masyadong pagod,” said Lady Blazers assistant coach Charmaine Geronimo. “Especially this NCAA masyadong dikit ang mga games, nagta-thrice a week tapos short lang din ang season. Hangga’t maaari ma-utilize lahat, wag ma-overuse ang mga bata.” Michelle Gamit added 11 markers while Marites Pablo had seven markers for CSB. Rookie Gayle Pascual, who averaged 12.6 points in her first, played only in the third set but still managed to come up with seven markers for the Lady Blazers. CSB smashed 48 attack points with Jewel Lai tallying 19 excellent sets to orchestrate the squad’s fluid offense. Krizzia Reyes was the lone bright spot for the Lady Generals with 13 points including 12 kills. EAC dropped its third straight game in as many outings. The Lady Generals’ losing woes since Season 93 extended to 13 straight. Meanwhile, the Generals marched to a share of the lead with a 25-15, 25-21, 26-28, 25-17, win over the Blazers. EAC joined defending two-time champion University of Perpetual Help and Arellano U at the top spot with 3-0 slate while snapping CSB's two-game winning streak for a 2-2 card.      ---       Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2020

Serrano stars in Pampanga s strong start to NBL Season 3

Encho Serrano powered Converge Pampanga Delta to a 100-73 win over Marikina Best Shoemakers last Sunday in the resumption of the National Basketball League (NBL) Season 3 Black Arrow Express-President’s Cup at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center in San Fernando. The La Salle cager from Apalit entertained the home fans with his exploits after he scored 26 points and dished out five assists for the Delta to win their first game of the season in the league for homegrown talents. Jerome Tarucan had 24 points for Marikina but the Best Shoemakers were unable to withstand the Delta attack to fall to 0-2 in Group B of the first conference of Season 3. Meanwhile, Keanu Caballero scored a jumper with 1.8 seconds left to lift reigning champion Taguig Generals to a 73-72 win over the Muntinlupa Emeralds in their first game of their title defense. In games last Saturday at Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex, Joseph Penaredondo had 24 points and 10 rebounds as the Lifenet Corp Caloocan Executives picked up their first win in three games with a 92-88 victory over the Pasig El Pirata in Group A. The El Pirata slipped to 1-2. Shin Manacsa had 26 points and 10 rebounds as the Laguna Pistons improved their record to 2-1 with a 91-87 victory over the Zamboanga Valientes in Group B. The Valientes are still winless in three games......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 8th, 2020

Ateneo manhandles winless NU for 5th straight win

    ANTIPOLO CITY, Philippines – The Ateneo Blue Eagles had no problem dispatching the winless NU Bulldogs with a 71-50 masterclass in the UAAP Season 82 men's basketball tournament at the Ynares Center on Sunday, September 22.  Angelo Kouame posted a whopping 7 blocks to highlight an all around-game of 15 points, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2019

UP fights off National U for first win run in UAAP 82

The University of the Philippines took time to get going, Wednesday at MOA Arena, but once it did, it blitzed its way past still winless National University, 80-79. Kobe Paras had a second straight 20-point outing with 25 points on top of six rebounds in this one, but all of the Fighting Maroons were also on-point in their back-to-back wins following a 1-1 start to the season. Issa Gaye actually got the Bulldogs off to a blazing beginning and they led, 23-18, after the opening salvo. Come the second quarter, though, Paras was joined by Javi Gomez de Liano in a 23-4 tear that sped their side way ahead, 41-27. Still, Dave Ildefonso and National U were threatening at 79-80 with 11.3 ticks to go and even got a golden opportunity to complete a comeback as David Murrell muffed on two free throws. "We need to learn how to close out games as a team and that's a process," head coach Bo Perasol said post-game. Ildefonso, however, found himself locked down by Murrell and Kobe Paras and gave the ball up to John Lloyd Clemente who was forced into a long two that was well-defended by Jaydee Tungcab. Not long after, UP was celebrating its first winning streak in the tournament. "I think we are smart enough or wise enough to close out games now. The fact of that is I know we can," coach Bo said. Flanking Paras were Bright Akhuetie and Javi GDL as the former finished with a 19-point, 12-rebound double-double and the latter ended with 17 markers of his own built on a 5-of-7 shooting clip from deep. At the same time, the decision was the fourth heartbreak in a row for the Bulldogs - after being at the wrong side of game-winners by Adamson University and then De La Salle University and then an overtime loss to University of Sto. Tomas. Ildefonso topped the scoring column for them in this one with 25 points to go along with five rebounds while Gaye wound up with 13 markers and 13 boards of his own. BOX SCORES UP 80 - Paras 25, Akhuetie 19, Ja. Gomez de Liano 17, Tungcab 6, Manzo 4, Rivero 4, Longa 3, Murrell 2, Ju. Gomez de Liano 0, Gozum 0, Jaboneta 0, Prado 0, Spencer 0. NU 79 - D. Ildefonso 25, Gaye 13, S. Ildefonso 13, Gallego 9, Joson 8, Minerva 7, Clemente 2, Mosqueda 2, Diputado 0, Galinato 0, Malonzo 0, Oczon 0, Tibayan 0, Yu 0. QUARTER SCORES: 18-23, 44-36, 67-59, 80-79. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 18th, 2019

UAAP 82: NU s Shaun I.: I believe we re gonna make the Final Four

For the second straight game in the UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Tournament, National University lost in heartbreaking fashion. The Bulldogs battled back from a 14-point deficit to snare away a one-point lead, 82-81, late in their game last Wednesday. Still with 28.1 ticks to go, however, Kurt Lojera emerged as the unlikely hero for De La Salle University with a baseline jumper that proved to be the game-winner. And so, National U remained winless in two tries. This, just four days after their hearts were also broken by Lenda Douanga's improbable game-winning three for Adamson University. Coming from that contest, team captain Shaun Ildefonso promised a mighty rebound. "The night after the Adamson game, we couldn't really sleep. Sabi talaga namin sa sarili namin, we hope that never happens again," he said. Ildefonso, without a doubt, did his part and turned in a career game of 26 points on top of five steals against the Green Archers. "To be honest, I didn't really know I would play like this. I think, career-high ko na 'to sa buong buhay ko e," he told reporters through chuckles. As it turns out, however, the third-year forward was only inspired by the inspired play of his younger brother. As he put it, "Ang ganda nung game ni Dave nung first game e so sabi ko, ako naman kaya? Sinasabihan ko sila, 'Pre, pasahan mo lang ako sa labas, bibitaw talaga ako,'" he shared. He then continued, "One thing I lacked the first game was confidence, pero ngayon, no hesitation na. Good thing they were going in." Unfortunately, each of the Ildefonsos' big games eventually ended as heartbreaking losses. Still, kuya Shaun has full faith that the Bulldogs will get going sooner than later. As he put it, "We still have 12 games left. No reason to give up now kasi I really believe we're gonna make the Final Four." He then continued, "Malakas ang paniniwala ko dun kahit dalawang talo na kami ngayon." For that to happen, the NU skipper knows full well he has to build on his big-time outing. "Hopefully, mas maging consistent ako not just in bringing energy to the team, but also helping on offense," he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 12th, 2019

Taguig still the standard in WNBL

Taguig remained undefeated last Sunday after beating Pampanga, 87-51, in the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) at the Hagonoy Sports Complex in Taguig City. Vangie Soriano had 22 points, eight rebounds, and six assists, and Lhen Flormata had 15 points and 12 rebounds as the Lady Generals won their fifth game in as many outings. The Lady Generals won in lopsided fashion and led by as many as 36 points despite missing Janine Pontejos and Chack Cabinbin due to national team duties. Taguig also outscored Pampanga, 28-6, in the first quarter to start the pullaway. Meanwhile, the Philippine Navy-Go for Gold defeated Pampanga, 79-52, to improve its card to 3-1. Trixie Antiquiera had 12 points, and Bernadette Mercado had 11 points for the Lady Sailors in winning their third straight game after leading by as many as 34 points in the match. The Lady Sailors occupy the third spot behind Cleon and Clyde, which holds a 4-1 win-loss record. With the two losses over the weekend, the Pampanga Delta Amazons are still winless in five matches......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 31st, 2019

La Salle scores big in Filoil Preseason; JRU gets first win in new era

The inside-outside combo of Justine Baltazar and Aljun Melecio worked wonders for De La Salle University as it overwhelmed Arellano University, 95-62, Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre. Baltazar posted a powerful 21-point, 16-rebound double-double while Melecio scored 16 of his own to go along with seven assists and two rebounds for the Green Archers who rumbled to a 4-1 standing in the 2019 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament. Encho Serrano and Jordan Bartlett also added 16 and 11 points, respectively, as the Taft-based team went wild in the second half when they turned a three-point deficit into a 32-point win. For the Chiefs, Darrel Bayla showed the way with 19 points and seven rebounds. Returning court general Kent Salado chipped in 14 markers as well only to see his side remain winless in four games. Meanwhile, Jose Rizal University gifted new head coach Louie Gonzalez his first win, an 84-78 decision against Emilio Aguinaldo College. Second-year swingman Agem Miranda topped the scoring column with 25 points on top of four steals while rookie point guard John Delos Santos chimed in 16 markers as the Heavy Bombers finally lifted off for a 1-3 record. The Generals hold a similar slate even after the best efforts of Chester Carlos who had 17 points. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME JRU 84 -- Miranda 25, Delos Santos 16, Dela Rosa 14, Vasquez 8, Bordon 6, Dionisio 5, Abaoag 4, Dulalia 4, Arenal 2, Jungco 0, Aguado 0. EAC 78 -- Carlos 17, Luciano 12, Maguliano 10, Gurtiza 10, Taywan 8, Mendoza 6, Martin 5, Cadua 4, Estacio 4, Boffa 2, De Guzman 0, Dayrit 0, Padilla 0, Fuentes 0, Gonzales 0. QUARTER SCORES: 18-22, 36-39, 58-59, 84-78. SECOND GAME LA SALLE 95 -- Baltazar 21, Melecio 16, Serrano 16, Bartlett 11, Caracut 8, Lojera 8, David 5, Escandor 3, Cu 3, Capacio 2, Lim 0, Manaytay 0. ARELLANO 62 -- Bayla 19, Salado 14, Arana 8, Concepcion 5, Alcoriza 4, Sacramento 4, Villar 4, Segura 2, Loyola 2, Sablan 0, Espiritu 0, Santos 0, Gayosa 0, Cruz 0, Sunga 0, Sera Josef 0. QUARTER SCORES: 17-19, 35-38, 61-48, 95-62. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2019

Mapua, EAC barge into win column in Filoil Preseason

Mapua University and Emilio Aguinaldo College both scored convincing victories, Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre to break through into the winner's circle of the 2019 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament. The Cardinals routed Arellano University, 85-65, on the back of a powerful double-double Warren Bonifacio. Bonifacio, their incoming second-year versatile forward, was tireless en route to 14 points and 14 rebounds in just 24 minutes of play. Fellow big men Christian Bunag and Denniel Aguirre brought the backup with 14 and 13 points, respectively, as they got off to a strong 25-4 opening frame and never looked back en route to their first win in four games. Meanwhile, the Generals dug deep and stood strong in the face of a late rally from National University to come away with a 77-73 decision. Jethro Mendoza top-scored with 20 points and five rebounds while JP Maguliano also added 12 markers and five boards of his own for the San Marcelino-based squad which evened its standing to 1-1. For the Chiefs (0-2), returning guard Kent Salado showed the way with 17 points while for the Bulldogs, Dave Ildefonso fronted the effort with 17 markers, six rebounds, and four assists. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME MAPUA 85 -- Bonifacio 15, Bunag 14, Aguirre 13, Lugo 10, Victoria 9, Jabel 8, Garcia 7, Hernandez 6, Pido 3, Nocum 0, Bautista 0. ARELLANO 65 -- Salado 17, Alcoriza 13, Arana 11, Ongolo Ongolo 6, Sablan 5, Espiritu 4, Santos 4, Segura 3, Bayla 2, Concepcion 0, Sunga 0, Loyola 0, Sera Josef 0, Gayosa 0. QUARTER SCORES: 25-4, 39-20, 65-41, 85-65. SECOND GAME EAC 77 -- Mendoza 20, Maguliano 12, Taywan 8, Tampoc 8, Martin 7, Estacio 6, Carlos 5, De Guzman 4, Gonzales 3, Luciano 2, Gurtiza 2, Boffa 0, Dayrit 0, Cadua 0. NU 73 -- D. Ildefonso 17, Mosqueda 11, Gaye 10, Clemente 7, Tibayan 7, Gallego 5, Diputado 4, Chatman 4, Oczon 3, S. Ildefonso 3, Yu 2, Abatayo 0, Galinato 0, Minerva 0, Mangayao 0, Sinclair 0, Rangel 0, Salim 0. QUARTER SCORES: 15-16, 41-31, 58-52, 77-73. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 16th, 2019

Mapua-Arellano, NU-EAC banner Filoil Thursday hoops

The National University Bulldogs shoot for their second win in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup when they take on the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals on Thursday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 15th, 2019

La Salle, Adamson, FEU all bounce back in Filoil Preseason

De La Salle University, Adamson University, and National University all barged back into the winner’s circle of the 2019 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament following separate wins, Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre. Encho Serrano made sure the Green Archers moved on from heartbreak, shooting his side to a 68-61 win. The incoming second-year swingman had 15 points, eight rebounds, and three assists. Andrei Caracut and Justine Baltazar brought the backup as the former had 11 points, four rebounds, and three assists and the latter nine markers, 12 boards, and three blocks. That was more than enough for the Taft-based team to bounce back from a heartbreaking overtime loss to the University of the Philippines they suffered last Sunday. For their part, the Soaring Falcons leaned on new foreign student-athlete Lenda Douanga to get the better of College of St. Benilde, 82-75. Congolese Douanga posted a powerful 19-point, 16-rebound double-double and was backstopped by the backcourt of Jerrick Ahanmisi and Jerom Lastimosa who scored 17 and 16 markers, respectively. Those three were on-point from start to finish and ultimately brought their team to a 2-1 standing.   Also scoring a well-earned win are the Bulldogs who rallied by Far Eastern University, 82-77. Dave Ildefonso topped the scoring column with 19 points on top of five rebounds as the Bulldogs rode a 29-9 final frame all the way to their first win after a tournament-opening loss. With their respective losses, the Cardinals remained winless in three tries and the Blazers and Tamaraws both fell to 0-2. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME NU 82 -- D. Ildefonso 19, Minerva 14, Clemente 10, Gaye 9, Mosqueda 7, Oczon 7, Tibayan 6, Rangel 6, Galinato 2, Chatman 2, Abatayo 0, Diputado 0, Mangayao 0, Gallego 0. FEU 77 -- Stockton 15, Comboy 13, Ebona 10, Tuffin 8, Alforque 8, Bienes 6, Flores 6, Nunag 5, Tchuente 4, Gonzales 2, Celzo 0, Gloria 0. QUARTER SCORES: 21-28, 36-42, 61-68, 82-77. SECOND GAME ADAMSON 82 -- Douanga 19, Ahanmisi 17, Lastimosa 16, Camacho 9, Bernardo 6, Sabandal 6, Fermin 5, Yerro 2, Capulong 2, Manlapaz 0, Ad. Doria 0, V. Magbuhos 0, An. Doria 0. CSB 75 -- Naboa 12, Pasturan 11, Leutcheu 10, Gutang 8, Dixon 8, Javillonar 6, Haruna 5, Nayve 4, Belgica 4, Carlos 3, Pangalangan 2, Young 2, Flores 0, Lepalam 0. QUARTER SCORES: 13-15, 38-26, 57-55, 82-75. THIRD GAME LA SALLE 68 -- Serrano 15, Caracut 11, Baltazar 9, Cu 6, Lojera 6, Lim 5, Bartlett 4, Melecio 4, Manaytay 4, Manuel 2, Escandor 2, David 0, Bates 0, Bonggay 0. MAPUA 61 -- Victoria 14, Serrano 10, Bunag 8, Aguirre 7, Pido 6, Lugo 5, Bonifacio 4, Gamboa 4, Garcia 3, Hernandez 0, Jabel 0. QUARTER SCORES: 12-15, 31-30, 56-52, 68-61. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 14th, 2019

UAAP Season 81: Sobra sa ini-expect – Miguel on NU’s campaign

National University head coach Norman Miguel gave a good assessment of his team as the Lady Bulldogs overachieved in a very challenging season for the rookie-laden squad. The mentor lauded his squad’s resiliency and gallant stand in UAAP Season 81 women’ volleyball tournament despite the adversities NU faced throughout the tournament. “Para sa amin malaking achievement na ang four wins,” said Miguel after NU finished the season with a 4-10 win-loss record.  “Para sa akin sobra ito sa ini-expect,” added Miguel, whose squad closed their campaign with a 25-27, 17-25, 25-20, 16-25, loss to semifinals-bound University of Sto. Tomas. Coming into the season, the Lady Bulldogs, who saw the exit of Jaja Santiago and Aiko Urdas, made a coaching change just two months before the start of the tournament as NU parted ways with Babes Castillo last December and was replaced by Miguel. The Lady Bulldogs also lost their veteran core with Jasmine Nabor, Jorelle Singh and Roma Doromal skipping the season for personal reasons while middle Risa Sato was deemed ineligible to play because of academic deficiencies.       It left Miguel with only a handful of players led by veterans Joni Chavez, Audrey Paran and graduating Roselyn Doria and rookies Princess Robles, Ivy Lacsina, libero Jennifer Nierva and setter Joyme Cagande. Fate played a cruel joke on the Lady Bulldogs as Cagande sustained a season-ending knee injury in NU’s debut game against Far Eastern University.      “Bago pa lang mag-start ‘yung season alam naman namin composition ng team na puro rookies and then Risa Sato wasn’t able to play then Joyme got injured,” said Miguel. “Maski di pa nangyayari injury ni Joyme, nag-uusap kami ng coaching staff na di kami nagi-expect na we will be in the Final Four,” he added. “Actually, to be honest, iniisip namin nina coach Reg (Diego), wag lang kaming winless in two rounds. Yun lang ang para sa amin basta ito muna ang mangyari, basta di mangyari na 0-0 sa two rounds because of the composition of the team compared sa other teams na competitive sila sa lineup nila.” After losing their opening game and Cagande out for the season, NU converted Chavez from libero to setter and tasted victory at the expense of University of the East.    “And it happened. Nu’ng nagkaron na kami ng first win sobrang tumaas yung momentum na kaya pala ma-increase namin yung ano nu’ng game namin and baka madagdagan ang wins namin,” said Miguel. The Lady Bulldogs then tripped University of the Philippines for a two-win first round run. NU had a string of misfortunes to open the second round before scoring a win over its first round tormentor Adamson. Then came the biggest win of the Lady Bulldogs when NU showed UP the exit door in the race for the Final Four that completed the young team’s domination of the Lady Maroons, who coming into the season were one of the title contenders following their pair of offseason championships. “Alam mo sa totoo lang itong team namin, we all have the reasons para gumive up. Unang una panglimang coach na nila ako, panglima o pang-apat? O whatever. Tapos may na-injure, ineligible to play, merong mga injuries during training pa, during the game. Ang dami tapos from 11 naging 10 naging 9. Di ba ang daming reason para gumive up? Pero hindi,” he said. “Eto kami nagsama-sama, nag-stay put.” “Those are the things that we have to be thankful for na marami kaming natutunan sa journey na ito,” Miguel said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 27th, 2019

Lady Altas keep Final Four bid alive in sweep of Lady Pirates

strong>Games Wednesday: /strong> (The Arena, San Juan) 8:30 a.m. --- Arellano vs. LPU (jrs) 10:00 a.m. --- Arellano vs. LPU (m) 11:30 a.m. --- Arellano vs. LPU (w) 1:00 p.m. --- JRU vs Letran (w) 2:30 p.m. --- JRU vs Letran (m)   With its season on the line, University of Perpetual Help survived to fight another day with a 25-21, 29-27, 25-23, win over Lyceum of the Philippines University Friday in the 92nd NCAA women’s volleyball competition at The Arena in San Juan. The Lady Altas improved their record to 4-3 and more importantly fanned the flames their flickering Final Four bid alive to escape an early elimination while snapping the Lady Pirates’ three-game winning streak. “During our practice hind ko na sila pinagalitan. Binigyan ko na lang sila ng motivation. Hindi ko rin binabanggit sa kanila ang mangyayari sa amin (kapag natalo kami) kasi ayokong madagdagan pa sila ng pressure,” said head coach Sammy Acaylar, whose wards are coming off a straight sets loss at the hands of unbeaten and semis-bound San Sebastian College.            “Nakita ko ang heart nila ngayon sa game nila,” added Acaylar, who was appointed as the school’s athletic director last month and recently tapped by Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc, as national men’s team mentor for the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur on August. Jamela Suyat led the assault for the Las Pinas-based squad by hammering 17 kills in her 19-point output while Coleen Bravo had a block party with seven blocks in her total of 13 points. Jowie Versoza added 11 markers for Perpetual, which still needs to win its last two elims assignments against eliminated Jose Rizal University on January 20 and Arellano University on January 25 to secure at least a playoff for a semis berth.    LPU absorbed its second loss in seven games.  Christine Miralles and skipper Cherilyn Sindayen, who committed a crucial service error in the last play that sealed the Lady Pirates’ doom, scored 10 points each. LPU still has Arellano and SSC-R in its list of assignments. In the other women’s result, Emilio Aguinaldo College captured its first win in eight outings as the Lady Generals buried Mapua deeper down the cellar, 25-18, 25-13, 26-24. Ladeisheen Magbanua finished with 18 while Jaylene Lumbo got 13 for EAC, which will close its campaign on January 23 against Letran (1-6). The Lady Cardinals are winless in eight games and will end their season in a clash with San Beda College on January 20.  In men’s division, Mapua (5-3) kept its Final Four bid alive with a 25-21, 25-22, 14-25, 25-15, win over listless EAC (0-8).          --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 13th, 2017

Arellano, LPU seek a share of the second spot

strong>Games Wednesday: /strong> (The Arena, San Juan) 8:30 a.m. --- EAC vs LPU (jrs) 10:00 a.m. --- EAC vs. LPU (m) 11:30 a.m. --- EAC vs LPU (w) 1:00 p.m. --- Arellano vs JRU (w) 2:30 p.m. --- Arellano vs JRU (m)   Action in the 92nd NCAA volleyball competition resumes on Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan. Arellano University looks to extend its winning streak to five when the Lady Chiefs take on the struggling Jose Rizal University in the women’s play at 1:00 p.m. Behind the steady games of Jovielyn Prado and Rialen Sante, the Lady Chiefs won four straight after dropping its opening game against unbeaten San Sebastian College. Arellano is coming off a straight sets win over San Beda Lionesses, 25-22, 25-22, 25-14, almost a month ago for a 4-1 win-loss record tied with Lyceum of the Philippines University Lady Pirates, who will open 2017 with a clash with listless Emilio Aguinaldo College Lady Generals in the scheduled 11:30 a.m. match. A win by the Lady Chiefs and the Lady Pirates will move them at second place tied with defending champion College of St. Benilde (5-1) behind league-leading Lady Stags (6-0). The Lady Bombers, on the other hand, are on a three-game skid for a 2-4 slate and are on the brink of elimination in the race for a semis spot. JRU absorbed a 15-25, 10-25, 23-25, beating at the hands of SSC-R last December 12. Meanwhile, LPU is on a two-game roll after a big five-set upset over the Lady Blazers and a straight sets dismantling of Mapua to end 2016. The WNCAA multi-titled squad, which joined the league five seasons ago, is just a few steps closer to breaking into its first-ever Final Four appearance. The Intramuros-based Lady Pirates will bank on Cherilyn Sindayen, who is averaging 14.8 points per game, Czarina Orros and La Rainne Fabay against the Lady Generals, who are winless in six games. EAC is at the cellar with other eliminated teams Mapua (0-6) and Letran (0-5). In the men's game LPU takes on EAC at 10:00 a.m while Arellano U face-off with JRU. In the lone juniors game the Brigadiers collide with the Junior Pirates at 8:30 a.m.        ---  Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles          .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2017

NU aims to book a quarterfinals ticket sans Santiago

Defending champion National University seeks to clinch a seat in the quarterfinals when the undefeated Lady Bulldogs face the winless Perpetual Help Lady Altas on Wednesday in Group A preliminary round of the 13th V-League Collegiate Conference at the P.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 16th, 2016

WHAT IF… Bea De Leon missed the rest of Season 77?

Ateneo de Manila University achieved perfection in UAAP Season 77 after the Lady Eagles swept their way to a second straight women’s volleyball title. Stacked with powerful hitters in Alyssa Valdez, Michelle Morente, Ella de Jesus and Jho Maraguinot, Ateneo’s offense was unstoppable. The Katipunan-based squad also had prized setter Jia Morado and libero Denden Lazaro with veteran middle Amy Ahomiro. But another vital cog that made Ateneo a super team that year was the presence of rookie middle Bea De Leon. The former Poveda standout earned a starting spot in the Tai Bundit-mentored team, which the year before completed a Cinderella story with a championship.    De Leon proved her worth and even had a strong case for the coveted Rookie of the Year award. She was having a splendid season until she was forced to miss three games after suffering a finger injury during practice with Ateneo already in a 10-game romp. De Leon chose to just have her left index finger stitched and have therapy than go under the knife. She returned just in time for the pivotal end of the elimination round match against archrival De La Salle University. Getting the green light to play on the eve of the game, De Leon was surprised as she was included in the starting line-up and she did not disappoint.       De Leon, who risked aggravating her heavily bandaged finger, scored 11 points including three kill blocks in the Lady Eagles’ 25-20, 21-25, 25-23, 27-25, victory that sent Ateneo straight to the Finals with a thrice-to-beat advantage. From there, Ateneo made history. But what if De Leon underwent surgery? One thing is for sure, De Leon would be out of commission for an extended period if not for the remainder of the season. Without her, Ateneo would surely be in a precarious situation in that decisive end of the elims match against the Lady Spikers. Taking down DLSU won’t be easy for the Lady Eagles to begin with. In their first meeting, Ateneo had to come back from a set down to outlast DLSU in a five sets match. Without De Leon, Coach Tai would be forced to put in either veteran but seldom-used Aeriel Patnongon or another rookie Maddie Madayag to help Ahomiro. Both rode the bench in the first Ateneo-DLSU encounter. DLSU, which was coming off a six-game win run, would be in a favorable position to exploit its height advantage and would’ve had an open sky for the Lady Spikers’ hitters.    And if DLSU won that game against an Ateneo squad missing its starting middle, that would put the semifinals in the usual Final Four format. The Lady Eagles will still have a twice-to-beat advantage and would still overpower Far Eastern University. As for DLSU, coming off a win over Ateneo, the Lady Spikers would be in high spirits against National University. The twice-to-beat Lady Spikers might not need to go to a do-or-die decider against the Lady Bulldogs. Probably, DLSU would have been spared of losing its best scorer Ara Galang from a harrowing knee injury. Of course, the Finals would’ve been a different story. Ateneo will be missing De Leon’s Finals average of eight points per game and a vital piece both on offense and defense.       But then again, the Lady Eagles still had its ace Valdez and their reliable wings to take care of the scoring as well as the steady Ahomiro. We can never know what the outcome of that Finals series would have been if De Leon missed the rest of the season. But we can surely say that De Leon’s return from that finger injury proved to be a decisive moment in the Lady Eagles' historic perfect season.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News18 hr. 56 min. ago

GREATEST PERFORMANCES: Afril Bernardino s almost quadruple-double

One more steal, one more steal and Afril Bernardino would have had the first and only quadruple-double in the history of the UAAP. National University's do-it-all guard tallied a triple-double of 17 points, 10, rebounds, and 10 assists at the end of their 78-42 demolition job of fellow contender Far Eastern University in the UAAP 79 Women's Basketball Tournament. At the same time, she also wound up with nine steals - falling just one shy of a feat as rare as available tickets in an Ateneo-La Salle game. Nonetheless, that game put on display all that made Bernardino one of the greatest talents the league has ever seen. As she always does, she made her presence felt all over the court from the get-go and made good on a free throw to cap off their 21-5 start. The 5-foot-7 playmaker would not let her foot off the pedal from that point and led the reigning and defending champions in a 31-9 third quarter tsunami that drowned the Lady Tamaraws once and for all. In the end, it was just another win, the 45th in a row for National U dating back to 2014. It was also just another evidence forwarded by Bernardino for the case of her being the undisputed MVP at season's end. Post-game, though, true to form, head coach Pat Aquino also made it a point to give credit to their total team effort. As he put it, "Afril almost had a quadruple-double, but without her teammates, hindi niya magagawa yun. The fact na palaging may Jack (Animam) and Gemma (Miranda), malaki yun." Indeed, Miranda had 21 points and nine rebounds while Animam had 15 points and 10 rebounds to provide backup. Still, that wasn't even the first time the then-21-year-old flirted with a quadruple-double. In an earlier game in that tournament, she collected 22 points, 11 steals, 10 assists, and seven rebounds in the Lady Bulldogs' 103-49 beatdown of University of Sto. Tomas. At the end of that game, Coach Pat could only sing the praises of his prized ward. "Siguro, siya yung pinakamagaling ngayon sa college," he said. Make no mistake, though, the multi-titled mentor again made it a point to mention Bernardino's teammates, "Again, I told her na without her teammates, she could not do this." Without a doubt, National U is a well-oiled machine that has churned six consecutive championships and 96 straight wins and counting. It was Bernardino who set the standard at how exactly that well-oiled machine should be run. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 25th, 2020