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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......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnAug 23rd, 2019

MPBL: Pampanga sends statement at expense of Bulacan

Pampanga gave its home crowd inside the Angeles University Foundation Gym every reason to be happy on Saturday and ultimately took a thrilling 69-63 triumph over MPBL Lakan Cup contender Bulacan. Reil Cervantes was solid as always with 14 points and four rebounds, but it was Mark Cruz and his game-long brilliance that lit the home team for its second win in four games With Cruz steering the ship, Pampanga dominated the final frame and outscored their opponents, 23-15. The forward tandem of Felix Apreku and Michael Juico also had a big role in that, merging for 17 points and 22 rebounds. On the other hand, the Kuyas just ran out of gas in the endgame and succumbed to their second setback in five outings. Dan Sara paced them with 19 points while JR Alabanza also added 16 markers and six rebounds of his own. More importantly, this is the biggest win thus far for a revamped Pampanga side. Meanwhile, Bataan finally got back on track at the expense of newcomer Mindoro, 97-87. Byron Villarias topped the scoring column with 19 points to go along with five rebounds and four assists while Sean Manganti and Anton Asistio delivered key contributions as well with the former finishing with 12 points, five rebounds, and five assists and the latter ending with 10 markers, three dimes, and three boards. The Risers also got strong showings from Alfred Batino who had nine points and 12 rebounds and Santi Santillan who had nine markers and 14 boards to even their standing to 2-2. Also able to register that record is Quezon City which fought off Iloilo, 84-80. John Tayongtong made his presence felt everywhere with 20 points, five rebounds, and four assists while Tonino Gonzaga chimed in 13 markers. With their respective losses, the Royals fell to 2-1 and the Tamaraws fell to 1-2......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 6th, 2019

MPBL: Batangas bounces back against Zamboanga

BATANGAS -- Fourth ranked Batangas City-Tanduay claimed vengeance, weathering a late rally from fifth-seeded Zamboanga Family's Brand Sardines, 84-75, to forge a Game Three in the 2019-20 Chooks-to-Go/MPBL Lakan Season South quarterfinals here at the Batangas State University, Friday. Down by 18 points entering the fourth frame, the Zamboanga quintet of Alvin Pasaol, Robin Roño, Santi Santillan, and Raffy Reyes took charge and trimmed Batangas' sizeable lead to just seven points, with 29 seconds remaining. However, Jeff Viernes fished a foul from Roño and went 2-of-2 from the line to completely put the game out of Zamboanga's reach. "Zamboanga is a strong team, babalik at babalik at babalik 'yan. So suwerte kami na na-sustain namin yung [lead]," said Batangas head coach Woody Co. Jhaymo Eguilos spearheaded Batangas with a statline of 17 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, and two blocked shots. Jason Melano provided 14 points and eight rebounds while Moncrief Rogado has 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field. However, Adrian Santos -- who was a non-factor in Game One -- made the biggest impact with 11 points, nine rebounds, three assists, and a block off the bench for the Athletics. Batangas once again missed the services of Gilas pool members Rey Suerte and Jaydee Tungcab. On the other hand, Santi Santillan tallied 23 points and 11 rebounds for Zamboanga while Roño added 20 points on 7-of-16 shooting in a losing cause. The win-or-go-home Game Three will be on February 27, Thursday at Davao. The Scores: Batangas City-Athletics (84) -- Eguilos 17, Melano 14, Rogado 12, Santos 11, Viernes 8, Koga 5, Teodoro 5, Bragais 4, Lopez 3, Sara 3, Grimaldo 2. Zamboanga-Family's Brand Sardines (75) -- Santillan 23, Rono 20, Pasaol 14, Manzo 7, Bonsubre 4, Reyes 2, Thiele 2, Villamor 2, Black 1, Arboleda 0, Asistio 0, De Vera 0. Quarterscores: 18-23, 39-33, 62-44, 84-75......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2020

MPBL: Pasaol takes charge for Zambo in Game 1 victory over Batangas

DAVAO CITY -- Fifth seed Zamboanga Family's Brand Sardines gutted out a 78-74 victory over fourth-seeded Batangas-Tanduay, to take Game One of the 2019-20 Chooks-to-Go MPBL Lakan Cup best-of-three quarterfinals, Monday at the Rizal Memorial Colleges Gym here. It was Davaoeno Alvin Pasaol who led the charge for Zamboanga, finishing with 17 points, five rebounds, two steals, one block, and an assist. With the crowd cheering them on largely thanks to Pasaol, Zamboanga led by 10, 42-32, early in the third canto. Trailing 76-67 with 3:37 left in the game, the Athletics launched a spirited comeback, scoring six straight points, capped by Jeff Viernes's two freebies with 28.8 ticks, to slash their deficit to just three, 76-73. Then on the other end, Alvin Pasaol's inbound was stolen by Jayson Grimaldo. A scramble for the loose ball occurred and Viernes was fouled by Anton Asistio. However, Viernes split his charities with 15.3 seconds remaining, 76-74, before Robin Roño was fouled. Roño calmly sank both free throws before Viernes missed two triple attempts to end the match. "We need to stay composed kasi playoffs na ito. Good thing we stuck on our defensive plan in the end. We made stops, we controlled the rebounds and hit the crucial free throws," head coach Britt Reroma said. Roño added 13 markers and eight rebounds while Aaron Black chipped in 11 points, four boards, and three dimes. Harold Arboleda chalked up 10 markers and seven rebounds as well. Viernes paced the Athletics with 18 points, six rebounds, and five assists while Jhaymo Eguilos had 16 markers and nine boards. The Family's Brand Sardines-backed squad looks to close the series on February 21, Friday, at their foes' home turf at the Batangas City Coliseum. The Scores: Zamboanga-Family's Brand Sardines 78 - Pasaol 17, Roño 13, Black 11, Arboleda 10, Santillan 7, Asistio 7, Bonsubre 4, De Vera 3, Villamor 3, Thiele 3, Manzo 0, Reyes 0. Batangas-Tanduay 74 - Viernes 18, Eguilos 16, Santos 11, Melano 10, Bragais 9, Teodoro 5, Grimaldo 4, Koga 1, Basibas 0, Rogado 0, Lopez 0. Quarterscores: 22-25, 40-32, 57-54, 78-74......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2020

MPBL: Cunanan scores 20 to lead Imus to impressive home win

TEAM STANDINGS NORTH San Juan 20-3 Makati 20-4 Manila 19-4 Pasig 14-8 Bulacan 14-8 Bataan 14-9 Pampanga 14-9 Caloocan 14-10 Pasay 13-10 Valenzuela 9-14 Quezon City 9-15 Parañaque 8-15 Navotas 6-18 Nueva Ecija 5-16 Rizal 4-17 Marikina 4-17 SOUTH Davao 19-3 Bacoor 18-5 GenSan 15-7 Basilan 15-8 Iloilo 15-8 Batangas 13-8 Zamboanga 14-10 Bicol 13-12 Cebu 9-12 Biñan 10-14 Bacolod 8-15 Mindoro 8-17 Muntinlupa 5-18 Imus 6-20 Sarangani 1-22 The Imus Bandera Luxxe Slim put an end to their six-game losing streak by outplaying Navotas Uni-Pak, 86-71, in Monday night's main game of the Chooks To Go Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season at the Imus City Sports Complex. The visitors were without forward Jhong Bondoc, who watched the game in street clothes from the bench. Imus exploited his absence brilliantly, out-assisting their foes 31-13 and never really looking like they would lose. "Sabi ni coach dumepensa lang kami ng maayos at yung opensa, darating," said Jojo Cunanan, who copped best player of the game honors with a 20-point night highlighted by six triples from nine attempts. Led by Jeric Nacpil's 12 points, Luxxe Slim carved out a 50-33 lead at the half. A variety of Navoteños got on the scoresheet in the third and fourth quarters but Cunanan dropped three triples, two in the fourth, as Imus skated to an easy win in front of their fans to go to 6-19. The Bandera played their second game in three days, losing to Biñan on Saturday. Navotas falls to 5-20 despite 11 points from Osama Abdurasad and 10 from Kojak Melegrito. Imus were also without their talisman, Gerald Anderson, who had prior commitments and missed a rare Imus home game in their newly-renovated arena. In the second game, Bacolod Master Sardines took down the Bicol Volcanoes LCC Stores, 76-72, in overtime. Bacolod homegrown star Pao Javelona sent the game into the extension with a daring driving lay-up down the throat of the Bicolano defense with ninr ticks left for 70-70. There was exactly one field goal in overtime, a driving lay-up off the glass from Edgar Charcos that gave Master Sardines a 74-72 lead with 40 seconds remaining. After Volcano Alwyn Alday muffed a fast break lay-up, Javelona iced the game with two free throws. Ramil Tansingco led Bacolod with 15 points as the Sardine men go to 8-15. Alday had a game-high 23 points for Bicol but LCC Stores shoots just 31% from the field and do themselves no favors in the playoff race, stumbling to 13-12. The day began with the Iloilo United Royals shrugging off a gritty Rizal Xentro Malls Golden Coolers team, 71-65. The Royals led by as much as 16 in the third but the Golden Coolers hacked their way back into the game with the steady play of Rommel Saliente. A three-pointer from Kelvin Gregorio pulled them to within six, 56-50, going into the final segment of the game. A Jordan Rios layup with just under four minutes meant Rizal had their nose in front, 63-62. But Jerson Prado scored four straight points and Al Tamsi converted a big triple for a 69-65 lead with a little over a minute to go. United ran out winners to improve to 15-8 despite the absence of center Jay Javelosa, who is out for four weeks with a broken hand. Tamsi led Iloilo with 16 points while Gregorio's 15 markers paced Xentro Malls, who drop to 6-17......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 17th, 2019

MPBL: Derige s monster night helps QC secure comeback win against Pampanga

The Quezon City Capitals - WEMSAP stormed back from a 14-point first half deficit to throttle the Pampanga Giant Lanterns - ADG Group of Companies 81-75 to kick off Friday night's games in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season. QC big man Clark Derige achieved a career-best 31 points to go along with 7 rebounds as his team resuscitates their drive for the playoffs. The win at the Pasig Sports Center concludes a three-game losing skid and leaves Quezon City at 9-13. It's also a winning debut for new QC coach Christian Coronel at the expense of the Kapampangans, who drop to 13-9. ADG Group of Companies went to the dressing room at the half up comfortably, 42 to 28. But the Capitals ran roughshod in the third quarter with 29 points, one more than they had scored in the entire first half. Derige hit three triples early in the period as part of a 15-2 streak that pulled them to within one, 44-43. The teams kept it close, with Pampanga's Reil Cervantes and Dexter Maiquez dueling with QC's Ryan Costelo and Derige in the fourth. With just over a minute left Costelo scooped in a soaring finger-roll driving lay-up to give the Capitals a 75-71 lead. Lantern Mark Cruz replied with a three-ball that was instantly negated by a triple from Derige. The former UE Red Warrior would drain two free throws with 32 seconds left to ice the game for the Caps at 80-74. Maiquez's triple-double, 18 points and 12 rebounds, would not be enough for the Kapampangans to get the W. In the featured game the Pasig Sta. Lucia Realtors gave the massive home crowd in the arena what they wanted: a big win against Muntinlupa Cagers - Angelis Resort. The final score was 98-79 as the Realtors go to 14-8 and solidify their playoff standing. The three-headed offensive monster of coach Bong de la Cruz was in lethal form. Rob Manalang scored 22 points to lead his team, Josan Nimes was not far behind with 20 and Leo Najorda collected 17 markers. The home side raced to a 26-12 lead after one quarter, with Nimes scoring 7 points . By the half the lead had ballooned to 48-33. The Realtors never took their foot off the gas in the second half, even when the result was beyond doubt. Sta. Lucia welcomed back gunner Jeric Teng from sick bay and he contributed 15 points. Edzel Mag-isa's 16 points was tops for the Muntinlupeños, who are now second from bottom in the South Division at 5-17. Pasig hit 13 from 33 attempts from beyond the arc for 39% and were an equally impressive 46% from the field overall. In the middle game of the triple-header Zamboanga Family's Brand Sardines prevailed in the battle for canned fish supremacy, defeating Navotas Uni-Pak Sardines 80-65. Anton Asistio was the overall top gun for Zamboanga with 20 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals. Alvin Pasaol was their leading scorer with 21. Pasaol amassed 13 points as Family's Brand took a 40-35 lead at the half. Zamboanga widened their advantage in the third with 7 points from Asistio, as the Navoteños trailed 63-52 going into the last 10 minutes. There would be no resurgence for Uni-Pak as 7 fourth quarter points from Reggie Morido helped snuff out any hope for Navotas. Defensive intensity was key for the Zamboangueños as Britt Reroma's team stole the ball 11 times as opposed to just 4 by Navotas. Family's Brand puts an end to a two-game losing streak and goes to 13-10 in the South Division, within striking distance of the top four teams. Navotas drops to 5-16 with a fifth straight setback. Kojak Melegrito was their top scorer with 9 points as no Navoteño was able to breach the double-digit mark in scoring......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2019

MPBL: Rivero s double-double lets Batangas overcome Gensan at home

The Batangas City Athletics - Tanduay leaned on a raucous home crowd at the Batangas State University Gym on Wednesday to dismiss a gritty Gensan Warriors Burlington side, 85-79, in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season. Moncrief Rogado's 14 points led Rum City but Prince Rivero copped the best player of the game award with a sterling 13-point, 11-rebound night. "Inulit-ulit ng mga coaches na pag close game it will come down to our character. They formed us well for that," said Rivero afterwards. Batangas rises to 12-5 in the standings with the win while Gensan drops to 13-6. Batangas took the first quarter while the visitors responded well in the second to take a 41-34 lead at the half. Buoyed by the jam-packed arena the Batanguenos pulled to within 62-60 at the end of the third due to the efforts of Jason Melano and Rogado. In the final canto Rum City reeled off an 8-0 run with baskets from Dan Sara, Rivero, Med Salim and Melano to find themselves up 78-74 with three minutes left. But a Pamboy Raymundo lay-up, two of eight that he scored in the final quarter, plus a Marlon Basco triple pulled Gensan to within one, 80-79 with 22 seconds to go. Rogado split from the line for Batangas then got fouled as he grabbed the rebound on the second attempt. He made both of the ensuing pair of charities to ice the game. Even in defeat, Raymundo was outstanding with 21 points and 10 assists. In the second game of the day, Makati Super Crunch steamrolled the Mindoro Tamaraws, 97-65, to improve to 14-3. Super Crunch got 19 points from Juneric Baloria, 15 of which were in a hellacious 37-point first quarter for Makati. The lead was 57-41 at the half but in the third quarter Makati went for the jugular, unspooling a 12-0 run bookended by triples from Josh Torralba for a 69-41 lead. The Tams could only muster six points in the period as Makati went ahead 86-47. Mark Niel Cruz dropped four straight baskets for Makati as Super Crunch cruised to victory. Cruz finished with 18 points while Torralba has 13. Mindoro's offense was centered on Mark Doligon and Rodel Vaygan who collected 25 and 19 points respectively. No one else in the Mindoro roster hit double figures in scoring as the club slides to 6-12. In the afternoon game the misery continued for the SOCCSKSARGEN Marlins Armor On as Bataan Risers - Camaya Coast dealt them a 17th loss in as many games via a 102-71 scoreline. Byron Villarias was on point for Bataan, winding up with 24 points. The Risers showed their intent early taking a 27-14 lead at the first quarter, with Villarias accounting for 11 of those points and Reed Juntilla with eight. Both teams were in an offensive rhythm in the second period as the half ended with Bataan on top 57-45. The third quarter ended with an 8-0 Bataan spurt for a 77-57 lead. Juntilla and James Castro combined for a similar 8-0 run to begin the fourth quarter, ending any hopes of an Armor On fightback. Bataan goes to 10-8 with the win. The Marlins were led in scoring by Exe Biteng's 20 points......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 17th, 2019

From Cellar-Dweller to Contender: Basilan s phenomenal rise in the MPBL

Coming off a rough 2018-19 MPBL Datu Cup campaign, Basilan Steel-Jumbo Plastic has no way to go but up, with the help of Phenom Sports, its new management team. Phenom, led by Jax Chua, took over Basilan late last season when the Steel have already spiraled down to the bottom of the MPBL and finished the tournament tied with Rizal for the last spot of the Southern division behind a dismal 7-18 win-loss record. From there, Phenom rebuilt the team, starting with the coaching staff that has what it takes to maneuver a losing team to a victorious one. “Coming in, ‘yung outlook naming sa team, we want to bring a winning culture ditto sa Basilan. We took the challenge kahit alam naming cellar-dweller noong Datu Cup,” said Chua, who also serves as the general manager of the Steel. Coach Jerson Cabiltes took the helm for Basilan, alongside deputies Noy Catalan, Florian Pineda, Arnold Oliveros, Jinino Manansala, Joseph Guion, Migs Montero, and Dands Javier. Then came the task to build a team that exhibits the same qualities of the Basileños: determined, full of perseverance, hardworking, and has something to prove. Phenom, who also ventured into player management aside from sportswear-making, then made the moves to improve Basilan’s lineup by taking players who are no big names but can contribute in a variety of ways. “To have a winning team, not necessary naman to get big name players. Ang hinanap namin ay mga hardworking players who will buy into the system at magsa-sacrifice talaga,” Chua said. The management retained veteran Dennis Daa for his leadership while activating Cris Dumapis, who has emerged as a reliable force in the paint. They then acquired the services of shifty playmaker Hesed Gabo and sharpshooting big man Jay Collado from Quezon City, marksman Jhapz Bautista from Makati, high-leaping Bobby Balucanag and Shaq Alanas from Pasay, sparkplug Gab Dagangon from Bataan, and Michole Sorela from Navotas. They also signed PBA veterans Jonathan Uyloan and Anthony Bringas alongside Irven Palencia, an integral cog for St. Clare in NAASCU, who is also managed by Phenom. Philip Manalang, Mark Trinidad, Ar Raouf Jilkipli, Junjie Hallare, Darwin Lunor, Jett Vidal, Melgar Murillo, Harold Ng, and Reiner Bazan completed the lineup of Basilan. The Turnaround When the Chooks-to-Go MPBL Lakan Cup opened, the retooled Basilan started on the right foot with two straight wins against Bicol and Pampanga. But when the adrenaline ran out, the Jumbo Plastic-backed squad saw its win-loss standing at 9-8 midway through the season. Then Basilan scorched the league in its remaining 13 games, tallying 11 victories while only losing two matches. The main reason for the brilliant playoff push? The arrival of Phenom-managed collegiate talents in Allyn Bulanadi, NCAA Season 95 leading scorer and San Sebastian College-Recoletos superstar, and Philip Manalang, lead floor general of University of the East. Bulanadi, a 6-foot-3 up-and-coming star, played in the Steel’s last seven games in the elimination round on an impressive 21.71 points on 46 percent clip and 4.5 rebounds averages. Meanwhile, Manalang is a sparkplug off the bench who brings the tenacity on the defense all while contributing on the other end in various ways. Basilan entered the playoffs with a 20-10 record, good for the third spot in the tough Southern division just behind top seed Davao Occidental and second-ranked Bacoor. “Our main goal was to for a competitive team and we want to redefine Basilan through basketball. In this way, I think we have garnered so many fans and inspired yung buong Basilan province that’s why I think we have already succeeded in redefining Basilan,” Chua said. But the grind did not stop for the Steel as they marched into the postseason with the whole Basilan province rallying behind their backs. In the quarterfinals, Basilan swept Iloilo advancing into the semifinals, with a daunting task of beating second seed powerhouse Bacoor City. The Steel survived a grueling three-game series against the Strikers, coming up on top despite having home-court disadvantage for Games Two and Three. In the division finals, Basilan faced the toughest team in the South, the Davao Occidental Tigers. But Basilan showed, again and again, its heart, escaping Game One with a 74-72 victory at the Davao Sports and Tourism Complex in Tagum City. And with a shot to glory and barging into the National Finals, Basilan looked to become South kings in front of their huge following at Lamitan City Gym in Game Two, but the Tigers have other plans, spoiling Basilan’s home court and surviving with an 81-76 win. Game Three was supposed to happen last March 14, but MPBL decided to suspend the Division Finals due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “Nandito na rin kami eh, we are not here to participate lang. Given the chance and we will gladly take it. We will go all out to bring more pride to the Basileños and to repay the trust na binigay sa amin ng leaders ng Basilan especially Congressman Mujiv Hataman, Mayor Julz Hataman Governor Jim Hataman Salliman and Councilor Hegem Furigay,” added Chua. Will Basilan Steel continue their astounding playoff run to the National Finals or will Davao Occidental retain its crown in the South? No matter what, Basilan has already won the hearts of the Basileños and the whole MPBL fanbase with its tremendous turnaround from a lowly team in Datu Cup to a powerhouse in the Chooks-to-Go MPBL Lakan Season. More than Basketball But “Redefining Basilan” is more than basketball. Phenom Sports not only wanted to turn around people’s perception of Basilan the basketball team but give Basilan the province the appreciation it deserves. Basilan has been a hotbed of misconceptions due to the armed conflicts that happened there, but those were the days and the province has moved on. “Right from the start na nakapunta ako sa Basilan, sobrang iba nito kasi akala natin magulo ang Basilan, ang mga tao iba ang ugali pero hindi. Basilan has been enjoying a long peace na. For more than 15 years now under the leadership ng mga Hataman, naging maayos, naging focused sila sa peace and progress,” Chua on Basilan province. And basketball has played a huge part in giving the young Basileños a dream to hold on. “Yung mga kabataan, nabibigyan ng chance na mangarap na maging katulad ng idols nila,” said Chua. “They want to be the next Allyn Bulanadi, the next Hesed Gabo, the next Irven Palencia. This is what basketball is giving to the Basilan people.” The Steel has built a cult following in Basilan and it is the best feeling a player could feel. “Paglapag pa lang ng pier, everybody knows the players. They follow them like rockstars, like celebrities. They send food to the hotels, they watch our practices. Ganoon kamahal ng Basilan yung mga players nila. They saw a hardworking team who really represents Basilan’s culture - the determination, the perseverance and the hard work of the Basileños,” Chua concluded. But how did Basilan Steel get popular in the province? Meet the team behind Phenom Sports. Phenom is all-in in redefining Basilan and that’s why they have a team to do so. They have photographers in Marl Castro, Thel Suliva, and Michael Ordoñez who captured in-game pictures and the team’s interaction with the fans. Rion Balin and Jeff Palaganas are the videographers who make the video highlights of the Basilan players for the fans. Juls Claudio and Dands Javier are graphic artists who create the posters and other publication materials to be posted on the team’s social media accounts. The latter also serves as the marketing man of Phenom. Emma Bueno and Joseph Guion complete the team as coordinator and director, respectively. In a span of just a year, Phenom Sports has reached its goal of redefining Basilan, turning it to #BasilanRedefined......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 19th, 2020

MPBL: Bacoor s passion for their club keeps their title hopes alive

Even in the undercard of Thursday night's South Semifinals game 2 between Bacoor and Basilan, the STRIKE Gymnasium in Baccor City was already packed to the gills. While Davao Occidental was busy eliminating Zamboanga, there was already a crush of people trying to jam themselves into the arena through the corner entrance. At the final buzzer there was an awkward moment when some fans tried to squeeze out the door while many other Bacoorenos were forcing themselves in. A man who seemed to be in charge of the traffic tried to close the door and prevent others from streaming in. But it was useless. Bacoor has fallen hard for their Strikers, and nothing could stop them from catching their team in a do-or-die home playoff game against Basilan Steel Jumbo Plastic. Basilan took the first game, Bacoor had to have this one. The situation was a bit less chaotic from the VIP entrance, which leads to the stage behind one of the goals. From there the sight of so many Bacoor fans crammed into the arena could be properly beheld. The STRIKE Gym is a small arena, but on top of its first level of seating is a second tier. Both areas had every single square inch filled with humanity. Sure, the Strikers had their backs against the wall in this series, down 0-1 in this best-of-three, but some Bacoor fans literally had their backs against the wall as well. As in glued to the back windows and walls because there simply was no other place to be. On either side of the gym there are staircases with a view of the court. They were crammed as well, with Bacoor fans all looking to take a peek, no matter how obstructed, of their beloved team. The upper level of seating has a stainless steel railing in front. Fans were leaning on the railing, two or three deep, all around. Below them sat youngsters fixated on the action, clinging on to the lower bars of the railings. Many dangled legs over the edge. One wonders what would happen if one of them suddenly needed to go to the bathroom. These young urchins were pretty much trapped. In every MPBL game there is a DJ playing music and other sound effects to boost the atmosphere. Tonight his work can barely be heard, as the crowd itself makes an avalanche of noise. Bacoor fancies itself as the Marching Band Capital of the Philippines. There is a band in one corner, with a tuba sticking out into the air, playing lustily, even though this time there is nowhere to march. The home team races to a 20-6 first quarter lead, with the joint heaving with noise with every Bacoor basket. Bacoor fans choose passion over passiveness, roaring with every hustle play, and bombarding the Basilan coach with jeers of “EEE-YA-KIN” every time he complains to the referee. Mac Andaya is an obvious fan favorite. With his old testament beard paired with a messy man bun, the big man draws an extra-large helping of oohs and whenever he goes to the cup. The Strikers lead 43-21 at the half, with Basilan's offense in disarray. In the third quarter Striker King Destacamento executes a perfect putback jam, and underneath the din you can almost hear the rivets of the roof creak as they strain to hold the arena together in one piece. The Philippines has never really had a history of home-and-away sports. Basketball, volleyball and football have mostly been played in shared venues, where fan allegiance is split. Apart from a brave section of Basilan fans, everyone here tonight is cheering on the Strikers. Gilas games are home games, but they are mostly played in cavernous venues, with pricey tickets that only wealthy, “prawn sandwich” fans can afford. It seems that these fans would rather sit and watch than actively participate. The atmosphere is often wanting. But Bacoor fans, like many in MPBL communities, are blue collar, and the league is slaking their long-suppressed thirst for quality live hoops. And it happens in small, intimate bandboxes all over the country, where the cheering bounces off the walls and is amplified tenfold. This makes the MPBL playoff game is an experience unlike any other in Filipino hoops. There is a speedbump in the fourth quarter, as the visitors unleash a late run to cut the deficit to just seven with a minute and a half remaining. But when Bacoor marksman Michael Mabulac hauls down a crucial offensive board, the jugular is well and truly severed, and the party can begin. Final score: 80-69 Bacoor. What else is there left to do for the fans but stream out onto the court for selfies and hugs with the players. Bacoor is alive in the playoffs as the series goes 1-1. And best of all: as the higher seed, Bacoor fans get to do it all over again on Saturday in the deciding Game 3......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 6th, 2020

MPBL: Pampanga takes Game 1 of quarters over Bataan

Pampanga-ADG Group of Companies halted 1Bataan-Camaya Coast's late uprising, 71-64, to take Game One of its best-of-three quarterfinals series in the 2019-20 Chooks-to-Go/MPBL Lakan Season, Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Pampanga went on a 17-0 start to start the game with Mark Cruz, Levi Hernandez, and Reil Cervantes leading the charge. The Giant Lanterns sustained their blazing start in the second frame, leading by as big as 30 points, 48-18, off a lay-in from Jeric Fabian. “We prepared yung skills namin. We were able to prepare defensively. Maganda yung depensa namin nung first half pero medyo nagkaroon kami ng lapses sa schemes. Sabi ko nga, importante that we were still ahead and we just have to score,” said Pampanga head coach Bong Ramos. 1Bataan though did not go down without a fight. Riding the hot hands of Reed Juntilla, Bataan went on a 25-8 run to slice Pampanga's 25-point advantage to eight points, 58-64, with 6:26 remaining in the game. “Nag-relax. Well, actually yung yung sinasabi ko na it can't happen. Buti na lang may puhunan kami. I'm still happy the way that we played,” lamented Ramos. But that's the closest the Risers could get as Hernandez and Cruz drained shots to quell the run. Hernandez poured in 18 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the field along with five rebounds to lead Pampanga, who is now on a nine-game winning streak dating back from November 22 last year. Cervantes added 13 points built on three three-pointers while Jeric Fabian had 10 markers, four boards, and two steals for the Giant Lanterns. Ryan Batino paced Bataan with a double-double performance of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Gino Jumao-as finished with 12 points, six rebounds, and four assists while Juntilla poured eight of his 10 points in the Risers’ final run. Pampanga will look to end the series on February 20, Thursday at 6:30 pm at its homecourt, the Angeles University Foundation Gymnasium. The Scores: Pampanga (71) -- Hernandez 18, Cervantes 13, Fabian 10, Juico 8, Cruz 8, Maiquez 5, Thompson 5, Apreku 2, Alberto 0, Enriquez 0, Concepcion 0, Baltazar 0. 1Bataan (64) -- Batino 19, Jumao-as 12, Juntilla 10, Villarias 9, Llanto 4, Nalos 4, Castro 3, Gozum 2, Jaime 1, Inigo 0, Bregondo 0, David 0. Quarterscores: 25-8, 48-23, 56-40, 71-64. Chooks-to-Go/MPBL Lakan Quarterfinals Game One: 1Bataan (dark) vs Pampanga (light) February 15, 2020 - Filoil Flying V Centre, San Juan City.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2020

MPBL: North repeats as champions in Executive game

For the second straight year, the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Executive game went to the North. The North Executive All-Stars repeated over their counterparts from the South, taking a 79-68 win Thursday at the MOA Arena in the 2020 MPBL All-Star Games. Makati-Super Crunch team owner Paolo Orbeta bagged MVP honors for a second year in a row after leading all scorers with 29 points. He also had eight rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Orbeta partnered with former UST Growling Tiger Jemal Vizcarra for a17-7 run late that ultimately won them the game. "Siyempre hardest is to win back-to-back championship. We have to motivate ourselves kung paano kami magcha-champion. Kailangan namin kunin ito sa other team," Orbeta said. The North Executives were made up of Nueva Ecija’s assistant team manager Mike Baldos, Caloocan head coach John Kallos, Quezon City team owner Onyx Crisologo, Bataan team manager Gary Palmero, Pasay co-owner Miguel Ligot, Navotas team owner Rico Quicho, Valenzuela congressman Eric Martinez, Pampanga team owner AG Gonzales, Manila owner Roman Ang, Marikina team owner and head coach Elvis Tolentino, San Juan team executive Chris Conwi, and Bulacan team owner and congressman Jonathan Alvarez. Meanwhile, the South were composed of Bacoor team manager JR Navarro, Basilan general Manager Danny Rebosura, Muntinlupa team manager Kaizer Galvez, Binan team owner Gel Alonte, Cebu owner Miguel Wong, Zamboanga team manager Alvin Munio, Davao assistant team manager Raul Alao, Batangas team manager Gerrin Tee, Bacoor team owner Dennis Abella, and Mindoro team owner Justin Tan. The South got 22 points from Javelosa in the loss. MPBL founder Manny Pacquiao didn't suit up this yeaar. the Fighting Senator scored 28 points in a South loss in 2019. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2020

MPBL: Gary David explodes for Bataan in crucial win

BALANGA, BATAAN -- 1Bataan-Camaya Coast made sure to give Gary David the perfect homecoming, fending off a late rally from the Marikina Shoemasters, 82-76, in the 2019-20 Chooks-to-Go/MPBL Lakan Season at the Bataan People's Center Here, Wednesday. Bataan's prodigal son Gary David, who poured 11 markers in the second quarter, finished the game with 16 points on a 5-of-9 shooting clip. He also buried four triples and two free throws. Behind David, the Risers held a 12-point lead heading into the second half. Facing a huge 21-point deficit in the fourth frame, 52-73, Marikina's Daryl Pascual and Renato Ular kick-started a 23-8 blast to cut Bataan's lead to just six points, 75-81, with 26.4 seconds in the game. But Gino Jumao-as fished a foul from Irvin Mendoza, draining 1-of-2 from the line to bag the game for good for the Risers with 14 seconds left. "Yung Marikina they adjusted, they went with the press and yun yung isang naging problem namin last game against Cebu. So it shows kung ano yung kailangan namin i-work out before the playoffs," said Bataan head coach Jonas Villanueva. Bryron Villarias topped the scoring column for the Risers with 19 points along with eight assists and three rebounds. The Camaya Coast-backed squad ended their elimination round campaign with 20-10 standing to keep the fifth seed in the North. Marikina, who missed the services of Yves Sazon due to flu, was led by Von Tambeling with 19 points and seven rebounds. Pascual scored 13 points and grabbed four boards while Ular had a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds. The Shoemasters fell to 6-21 in the South Division. In the earlier game, Cebu-Casino Ethyl Alcohol kept its playoff chances alive, coming out with a 79-70 victory against the also-ran Parañaque-Yabo Sports. Trailing by eight points in the final frame, the troika of Dale Begaso, Rommel Mangalino and Rene Boy Banzali conspired in a 7-0 blast to cut Cebu's lead to two points, 70-72, with 5:07 still on the clock. But that's the closest the Patriots could get, as AJ Coronel sparked a 7-0 fight back for Cebu to end the game. Playing without Kraniel Villoria, Rhaffy Octobre, and Zachy Huang, Cebu guard Bongbong Nuñez was the latest to step up from the Sharks' roster. Nuñez dropped 20 points on an 8-of-17 shooting clip, while also collecting 10 rebounds, five assists, and two steals to push Cebu to a 15-14 slate in the South Division. In order for Cebu to enter the playoffs, it has to win its last game against Batangas-Tanduay and hope that General Santos-Burlington will drop its last two games. "Sobrang halaga kasi may game pa yung Gen San e. So sana, sana matalo yung Gen San twice," said Cebu head coach Noy Falcasantos Jayboy Solis and Dale Begaso both had 12 points apiece for Parañaque with the former grabbing seven rebounds while the latter had six. The Patriots dropped to an 8-21 win-loss slate in the South Division. In the first game, Pampanga locked the fourth seed in the North after a 71-62 victory over Pasig-Sta. Lucia. Up by three points, Mark Cruz orchestrated an 11-5 run capped off by a floater from Larry Muyang to put the Giant Lanterns up by nine points, 71-62, with 59.6 seconds remaining in the game. Cruz's hands were all over the crucial rally, pumping in four points while also assisting on seven baskets in the process. And it proved to be the exclamation point for Pampanga, as Pasig could not overcome the deficit. The diminutive guard out of Letran finished the game with eight points, eight assists, two rebounds, and two steals. "We want to go for a win all the time kasi we're building a character going to the playoffs. Ngayon nakuha pa namin yung number four spot for the advantage sa playoffs," said Pampanga head coach Bong Ramos on his team's seven-game winning streak heading into the playoffs. Michael Juico top-scored Pampanga with 20 points and six rebounds, helping the Giant Lanterns secure the fourth spot in the North with a 21-9 card. Reil Cervantes added 11 points, six boards, and two assists while Dexter Maiquez scored eight points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Meanwhile, Josan Nimes paced Pasig with 17 points, three rebounds, and two assists. The Realtors ended their elimination round campaign at the seventh seed with an 18-12 win-loss slate. The Scores: FIRST GAME Pampanga (71) -- Juico 20, Cervantes 11, Cruz 8, Maiquez 8, Hernandez 8, Muyang 6, Fabian 5, Thompson 3, Apreku 2, Alberto Pasig-Sta. Lucia (62) -- Nimes 17, Teng 14, Najorda 12, Manalang 7, Gotladera 5, Adriano 4, Canon 2, Tamayo 1, Velchez 0, Medina 0, Grealy 0, Chavenia 0 Quarterscores: 15-16, 30-30, 49-49, 71-62 SECOND GAME Cebu-Casino Ethyl Alcohol (79) -- Nuñez 20, McAloney 19, Lao 11, Mantilla 9, Lee Yu 9, Galvez 4, Saycon 3, Coronel 3, Cortes 0, Ubalde 0 Parañaque-Yabo Sports (70) -- Begaso 12, Solis 12, Sunga 11, Vizcarra 7, Saguiguit 6, Abugan 4, Banzali 4, Menguez 3, Antonares 3, Mangalino 2, Lucente 2, Rabe 0 Quarterscores: 18-21, 35-36, 65-54, 79-70 THIRD GAME 1Bataan-Camaya Coast (82) -- Villarias 19, David 16, Jumao-as 10, Llanto 9, Jaime 8, Castro 7, Juntilla 4, Iñigo 2, Espuelas 2, Gozum 0, Nalos 0, Cudal 0, Gallardo 0 Marikina (76) -- Tambeling 19, Pascual 13, Ular 12, Mendoza 9, Española 9, Gines 7, Casajeros 4, Salvador 2, Padua 1, Fortuno 0, Ybañez 0, Dysam 0 Quarterscores: 20-19, 43-31, 61-46, 82-76.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2020

An array of MPBL stars have been drafted in the PBA. Who will shine?

A passel of Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League ballers have been drafted into the PBA. These gifted young Pinoys prove that the MPBL is a worthy proving ground for the pro league. We asked a few observers of the league to give their two cents on who they think will fly in the pros, namely commentators Migs Gomez and Martin Antonio as well as league head of ops, Emmer Oreta. Both Gomez and Oreta think that Manila Frontrow Star Aris Dionisio will make the biggest splash in the pros. “Aris Dionisio is the best MPBL player in the (PBA) draft,” says Gomez. “I think his length and athleticism can translate his defensive abilities to the PBA easily. Offensively, he is also capable of running the floor and shooting threes, so converting him from center to small forward will not be a problem.” The 6 foot 5 Dionisio was nabbed by Magnolia with the 9th choice in the first round. “Aris Dionisio is a versatile player who can play a lot of positions, and can also can play off the ball,” notes Oreta. “And the most important thing is he can play defense, for sure.” “Dionisio is next in line to Marc Pingris,” adds Martin Antonio. Oreta and Gomez also agree that Mike Ayonayon will be an impact player immediately in the PBA. The 6-foot San Juan Knight is “a baller, a lengthy swingman who is very athletic and likes the open floor,” says Gomez. The former PCU Dolphin was selected third by NLEX and is etched in league lore because of his Reggie Miller-esque 12-point, two-minute outburst for San Juan that enabled the Knights to a close comeback win versus Bataan earlier in the season. Antonio believes that Ayonayon will thrive and develop under Road Warriors mentor Yeng Guiao. “Ayanayon + Guiao = Killer,” says Coach Hammer. “Yeng Guiao loves players like Mike,” adds Antonio. Gomez even gives the high-flying Antipoleno the ultimate compliment. “I came up with my signature line “Magic in the Air” because of him.” When it comes to sleeper picks and project players, the experts are split. Oreta and believes that Chris Bitoon, Dionisio's teammate in Manila, could be a surprise package. “A late pick, but for sure coach Nash Racela knows this guy well, and he can really play.” The former Manuel L. Quezon University Stallion had his number called in the third round by Blackwater Elite. Also getting drafted by Elite was Richard Escoto, who played for the Iloilo Royals, where Racela was an assistant before getting the Blackwater head coaching job. Gomez believes that Aaron Black is a worthy project for Meralco. The Zamboanga combo guard who also played for QC early in the season was corralled by the Bolts, who are coached by his father, Norman. “The pressure has always been there for Aaron to live up to his last name, but he has embraced it and blossomed in the MPBL,” explains Gomez. “He has a good relationship with his father, and with the skillset and body that he has now, I can only see him improving more and more. Aaron can play point guard and get triple-doubles.” Gomez also throws another name into the ring when it comes to project players: Yankie Haruna. The former CSB Blazer, currently with the Bacolod Master Sardines club, was drafted 9th in the second round by Magnolia. The 6 foot 2 New Jersey-native is an enticing prospect. “He’s tall enough, very athletic, and likes to penetrate with full authority. I think his body can translate into an explosive scorer in the PBA,” explains Gomez. Oreta on the other hand thinks Cris Dumapig can rise up from obscurity to become a PBA player. “He is a workhorse of a big man, for sure this kind of a player Coach Pido Jarencio really wants. I'm hoping he can sign with the team.” Dumapig was taken by NorthPort in the middle of the third round. The rebounding machine is a vital cog for a Basilan Steel Jumbo Plastic side that is third in the South Division as of the writing of this piece. Oreta also thinks another big man can make waves: Cebu Sharks – Casino Ethyl Alcohol's Will McAloney. “Coach Yeng really loves players from the south, playing physical and all-out every time,” said Oreta. The burly homegrown Cebuano was the first of NLEX's two second round selections. There are so many MPBL stalwarts who are testing the waters in the PBA, like Allyn Bulanadi, the stylish scorer taken by Alaska, and Rey Publico, the Iloilo big man also absorbed by the same PBA team. Rey Suerte of Batangas will don the colors of Blackwater after his early selection (Editor's note: Bulanadi and Suerte were selected as part of the special Gilas Draft and will focus on national team duties before suiting up in the PBA). Big names like Prince Rivero and Arvin Tolentino will also attempt to show their wares at the country's highest stage. Most if not all of these players will remain with their MPBL teams until April. Whether it's in the Liga ng Bawat Pilipino or at the PBA, we can expect tons of fireworks from this bumper crop of young Pinoy hoops talent......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 24th, 2020

MPBL: Wilson establishes new record as San Juan rules North

John Wilson’s milestone game highlighted San Juan-Go-for-Gold’s 109-99 rout of Pasig-Sta. Lucia in the 2019-20 Chooks-to-Go/MPBL Lakan Cup at the FilOil Flying V Centre, Saturday. Wilson, who only needed four points to reach the 1000-point club heading to this game, drained a three-pointer in the 4:35 mark of the first quarter to become the first player to achieve the feat. He now has 1,020 total points in his tally. The product of Jose Rizal University ended the match 24 points, five rebounds, and four assists to help San Juan keep the title as the Kings of the Northern Division with a 22-3 record. “Kay John, siyempre nakita naman namin na talagang masipag yung bata. Talagang tinrabaho niya yung nakuha niya ngayon, he deserves yung pagkakakuha niya sa achievement na ‘yon,” said San Juan head coach Randy Alcantara. After a tight first quarter, the Knights rallied behind Wilson and Mike Ayonayon, who then led a 15-6 swing in the second quarter which proved to be the difference-maker as it helped the home team take an 11-point lead, 56-45, heading into the second half. The Go-for-Gold-backed squad kept their distance from there, dousing water on the Realtors’ comeback attempts. Ayonayon provided 18 points, eight boards, and five assists while Art Aquino and Orlan Wamar added 12 points apiece for San Juan. The Knights also made it rain from deep, shooting 17-of-33 from three-point distance. On the other hand, Jeric Teng’s 31 points, nine rebounds, and six assists went down the drain as Pasig went down to 14-11, tied with Caloocan in the seventh spot also in the Northern Division. In the earlier contest, Bacolod-Master Sardines pumped life into to its playoff chances after outlasting Basilan-Jumbo Plastic, 96-89. Pao Javelona dropped 21 points, five rebounds, and five assists for the Masters Sardines-owned club -- who moved up to the 11th spot of the Southern Division with a 9-16 card, four games behind eight-running Bicol. "We're not thinking of our chances, what we're doing right now is to play and enjoy also to win as much as we can," said Bacolod head coach Vic Ycasiano. Down by seven points in the final canto, Allyn Bulanadi drilled a three-pointer while Jay Collado converted an and-one play to make it a two-point game for Basilan, 75-77, with 5:49 remaining. Through Ben Adamos and Yankie Haruna, Bacolod managed to widen their lead to six points. Bulanadi and Irven Palencia trimmed the deficit to two once more for Basilan, but Jeric Cañada and Javelona drained consecutive three-pointers, 89-81, to fend off the pesky Steel with under two minutes left. Jess Villahermosa had 15 points while Cañada provided 14 markers founded on four triples. Meanwhile, Bulanadi's 33-point explosion went to waste as Basilan went down to 16-10 and is now tied in the fourth slot with Zamboanga, also in the Southern Division. In the first game, behind Gab Banal’s all-around brilliance, Bacoor City stretched its winning streak to six games after dealing Muntinlupa-Angelis Resort a rough 98-67 beating. Banal posted 11 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists to help Bacoor tighten its hold of the second spot in the Southern Division with a 21-5 standing. The Strikers opened the flood gates right from the first whistle, taking a 27-14 lead in the opener before ending the first half with a 52-29 advantage. Looking to close things out, Banal ignited a 10-0 run by draining a three-pointer then dishing out a perfect half-court lob to Ian Melencio. Ken Mark Miranda capped off the spurt with a four-point play, chalking up Bacoor’s biggest lead of the game at 34, 98-64 with 3:07 left in the game. “We just need to stay steady, stay humble and hungry, just keep putting the work and trusting the work. The result will show,” said Bacoor head coach Chris Gavina as he hopes that his wards can sustain their momentum throughout the elimination round. Oping Sumalinog and RJ Ramirez added 13 points apiece, with both drilling three three-pointers each while Mark Montuano chipped in 10 markers. Meanwhile, Jamil Ortouste paced the Cagers – who dropped to 7-20 also in the Southern Division – with 21 points on 9-of-20 shooting from the field.   The Scores: FIRST GAME Bacoor City (98) – Banal 13, Sumalinog 13, Ramirez 13, Canete 11, Montuano 10, Melencio 7, Acidre 6, Mabulac 6, Aquino 6, Acuna 4, Miranda 4, Ochea 3, Andaya 2, Malabag 0 Muntinlupa-Angelis Resort (67) – Ortouste 21, Moralde 10, Ylagan 9, Enguio 7, Mag-isa 7, Rebugio 7, Salaveria 2, Pamulaklakin 2, Po 2, Reyes 0, Buenaflor 0, Gonzales 0 Quarterscores: 27-14, 52-29, 77-52, 98-67 SECOND GAME Bacolod-Masters Sardines (96) -- Javelona 21, Villahermosa 15, Cañada 14, Haruna 14, Adamos 11, Camacho 8, Custodio 6, Gayosa 4, Tansingco 3, Charcos 0 Basilan-Jumbo Plastic (89) -- Bulanadi 33, Collado 15, Dagangon 9, Lunor 6, Bautista 6, Palencia 4, Gabo 3, Alanes 3, Sorela 3, Dumapig 3, Hallare 2, Balucanag 2, Manalang 0 Quarterscores: 18-28, 48-53, 72-67, 96-89 THIRD GAME San Juan-Go for Gold (109) – Wilson 24, Ayonayon 18, Aquino 12, Clarito 12, Wamar 12, Rodriguez 7, Tajonera 6, Ubalde 4, Victoria 3, Subido 3, Bonifacio 2, Reyes 2, Isit 2, Estrella 2, Bunag 0 Pasig-Sta. Lucia (99) – Teng 31, Najorda 21, Nimes 17, Gotladera 13, Manalang 8, Mendoza 7, Velchez 2, Medina 0, Chavenia 0 Quarterscores: 25-23, 56-45, 80-69, 109-99.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 12th, 2020

MPBL: Pasaol leads Zambo to fourth straight win in Canada

Alvin Pasaol and the Zamboanga Family's Brand Sardines handed the also-ran Imus-Luxxe Slim a beating while Senator Manny Pacquiao dazzled the crowd in the 2019 Chooks-to-Go/MPBL Lakan Cup Canada Invasion, Saturday morning (Manila time) at the Seven Chiefs Sportsplex in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Zamboanga roughed up Gerald Anderson and the Bandera, 88-72, to keep sixth place in the Southern Division of the league with a 17-10 card. Pasaol finished with 21 points and six rebounds to lead the Family's Brand Sardines-owned Zamboanga to its fourth-straight victory. Raffy Reyes and Reggie Morido, along with Pasaol capped off the first half with seven unanswered points to turn an eight-point lead to a wide 46-31 gap. The Chooks-to-Go 3x3 star continued the assault, firing five points in an 8-0 run to put up Zamboanga's biggest lead of the ball game at 23, 54-31, with 9:10 remaining in the third. Gerald Anderson, Jayjay Helterbrand, and Jojo Cunanan fought back with a 14-0 swing to cut the lead to nine with 6:24 left in the third. However, it was the closest that Imus could get as Zamboanga's Anton Asistio and Aaron Black were quick to douse off the run. Black added 13 points, seven rebounds, and three assists while Asistio chipped in 12 points built on four triples. Anderson paced Imus former tallying 14 points and five assists while Jeric Nacpil had 13 markers and eight boards. The Luxxe Slim-backed squad dropped to 6-21 also in the Southern Division. Meanwhile, Pacquiao flaunted his all-around game as Team Pacquiao cruised past Casem Calgary, 116-99, in the MPBL exhibition match. Pacquiao finished with a triple-double of 31 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds to lead his squad's 17-point rout of the Calgary squad which was composed of several Overseas Filipino Workers. On the other hand, the Mark Yee-led MPBL All-Stars settled for a draw against Calgary Storm, 95-95. Yee posted 27 points on 10-of-15 shooting on top of 12 rebounds. The Calgary-based team owned by Filipino Tony Tan was led by Kenny Oteneo with 24 points, six assists, and five boards. The Scores: Zamboanga Family's Brand Sardines (88) -- Pasaol 21, Black 13, Asistio 12, Bonsubre 7, Reyes 6, Manzo 6, Rono 6, Morido 4, Santillan 3, Ignacio 3, Argamino 2, De Vera 2, Villamor 0, Arboleda 0, Bederi 0 Imus-Luxxe Slim (72) -- Anderson 12, Nacpil 13, Cunanan 12, Cantimbuhan 10, Helterbrand 5, Deles 4, Vito 3, Morales 3, Ong 3, Munsayac 3, Arellano 2, Daroya 0, Ng Sang 0, Lim 0, Cawaling 0, Gonzaga 0 Quarterscores: 24-18, 46-31, 70-55, 88-72.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 29th, 2019

MPBL: Jaime drives Bataan to a victory over Basilan

Buoyed by their home fans, the 1Bataan Risers rose to the occasion on Thursday night, defeating Basilan Steel - Jumbo Plastic, 91-83, in the Chooks to Go Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season. The large gallery at the Bataan People's Center in Balanga witnessed their side pick up a sixth straight win against a resolute Basilan outfit. The Steel cut a 22-point deficit down to six in the last few minutes before running out of steam. "Sobrang hirap na kalaban ang Basilan kaya kailangan namin mag double effort, offense and defense. Mabuti naman sinwerte kami at nakuha namin ang panalo," said best player of the game Chito Jaime, who scored 13 points for Bataan and took down five boards. Ten points from Jaime helped the Risers take a 67-47 lead into the fourth quarter. But Basilan's Allyn Bulanadi came alive in the fourth, detonating with 23 points in that period. A reverse lay-up from the former Baste Stag sliced the lead further to 89-83. Finally Joseph Nalos put the game out of reach with a pair of charities to complete the scoring. Bulanadi finished with a game-high 26 points but Jumbo Plastic shot a measly 30 percent from the field and they fall to 15-9. In the first game of the day the Mindoro Tamaraws eked out a 74-73 win over the hard-luck Rizal Xentro Malls Golden Coolers. Richard Abanes' three-ball with 2:34 to go seemed to give the Mindoreños a comfortable 73-67 cushion. But the Golden Coolers responded with a 6-0 run capped by a Richard Leynes lay-up to knot the game. Leynes fouled Abanes with two seconds left and the former Arellano Chief made a split from the line to win the game. The Tamaraws advance to 9-17 to keep their hopes of a playoff berth alive. Abanes led the team with 22 points. Jordan Rios' game-high 24 points was not enough to prevent another heartbreaking loss for the Rizalenos, who battled hard against Iloilo the other day before losing 71-65. Xentro Malls is now at 4-18 for the season. In the second game Biñan City Luxxe White thwarted a determined Caloocan Supremos Victory Liner 72-68. Clark Bautista was the top scoring Laguneño with 20 markers. Caloocan recovered from a poor first quarter to slowly chip away at the Biñan lead thanks to the offense of Paul Sanga and Cedric Labing-isa. Sanga fired in a game-tying triple with 52 seconds left for 68-all. But Biñan answered in style, with an alley oop from Kyle Neypes and another late lay-up off an Allan Mangahas dish. Mangahas was crucial to Luxxe White's success with eight assists to go with his 10 points. Biñan is now sporting an 11-14 slate and has a playoff spot in sight with 8th place Bicol (13-12), in their crosshairs. Sanga was Victory Liner's top producer with 15 points but the team shot a poor 33 percent from the field and thus drop to 14-11, on the bubble for a North Division playoff spot at 8th in the table......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 20th, 2019

MPBL: Makati hopes team ethos and a balanced roster leads them to glory

The Makati Super Crunch have certainly established themselves as one of the elite squads in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League. They have consistently hung with the league's best. Not bad for a nomadic team that only played on their home court two weeks ago. According to Cholo Villanueva, the team's head coach, there is no one player who has contributed to this promising season. "In every game there would be different players pulling through. It's just evident anybody can step up any given night from our rookies to our veterans,” remarked the former DLSU Green Archer.  There's no particular player that stands out at this point but whoever can provide the good, better or best shot will shoot the open shot. Villanueva identifies Rudy Lingganay, Jeckster Apinan and Cedric Ablaza as his most consistent players this season. The last two were on point in crunch time a recent joust with San Juan but Super Crunch fell just short, 88-86. San Juan's former La Salle standout, Justin Baltazar, blocked Apinan's potential game-winner from behind in the last seconds. Despite that loss against the champs, Makati is still upbeat and hopeful that they can take anything dished out to them. Remember, this is the team that hacked out a wild triple overtime win against Zamboanga Family's Brand Sardines two weeks ago. The side won 111-106 after three extensions. They bucked the absence in the end of Simon Atkins, who got thrown out of the game, and Apinan, who fouled out. If you listen to the coach, the backbone of the team can be found much deeper than the starters and the second unit. "People don't see the players who prepare our rotational players in practices for the game. Mostly these are composed of our homegrown and amateur players like Babap Sta. Maria, Ace Lacsamana, Rhoy Cayanan, Kako Morales, Edwin Asoro and Carlo Lloren. They simulate our opponents in practice to execute our game plans and adjustments for the game. They make it tough in practices for the guys who have many minutes during the game to create the right habits integrated in our game plans," shared Villanueva.  Makati hopes to lean on a strong home crowd. The team and its sponsor have also been clever about how to build an atmosphere. In their first home game against the Muntinlupa Cagers two weeks ago, fans had the choice of wearing white to watch for free at the newly-renovated Makati Coliseum, or buying a P20 bag of Super Crunch chips. Judging from the large crowd in white, most opted to support the team with their choice of attire. The scheme needs some work, though. In both of their first two home games, Makati fans wore white only to see their opponents wear that color. In the two games Makati sported dark jerseys. Whatever the color scheme, the newly spriced-up Makati Coliseum is a boon to the squad. "Definitely, having your own home court provides you a different kind of energy especially playing infront of the Makatizens who waited so long for the opportunity to cheer for their home team. Having a new floor, rims and comfortably big locker rooms for each teams provides us the space for pre-game talks, muscle activation and proper mind setting for the games," said Villanueva. The coach is also grateful for the brand's support. Super Crunch is a snack from Prifood Corporation, a Filipino snack food manufacturer based in Laguna that was founded in 1990. "Super Crunch has been a big boost for us. Stability in maintaining a semi-pro team is very financially taxing but they have been consistent in providing the needs of the team which provides our confidence in just thinking about playing and representing the brand," added Villanueva.  The sponsor could have splashed some cash for new cogs in the recent transfer period. But instead the team management expressed their confidence in the current squad by staying put. "I think we are one of the most boring teams during trading period," admitted Cholo. "We haven't acquired or traded for players since the start of the conference. That's how much confidence I have in this group to go all the way. They have good chemistry and treat each one like family. We have each others back and trust that why you don't want to disrupt the bond that these guys have formed throughout the course of the year." The camaraderie was evident last Thursday when Makati endured yet another triple overtime game, this time against the Batangas City Athletics - Tanduay. Makati watched in horror as the Batanguenos hit the last six points of regulation to force overtime. Then one more extension and then yet another. But in the end it was one of Villanueva's shock troopers, Joseph Sedurifa, who knocked in the dagger three with 30 seconds left in the third OT to finally secure the win. "It as all heart and collective competitiveness of each and every player on the team to not lose the game," said a frazzled coach Cholo afterwards. Makati are now sporting a gaudy 19-4 record and have the top teams like DavOcc, Manila, and San Juan in their crosshairs. Villanueva knows it's not the time to slack off. "We will take it one game at a time and learn from the mistakes along the way. Yes, I'm optimistic of going all the way with this group, but we are still far away. We need to put in more work to achieve our ultimate goal of winning the title.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 29th, 2019

MPBL: Ruthless Iloilo mows down Supremos in Caloocan

The Iloilo United Royals delivered an impressive road win on Tuesday, smoking the Caloocan Supremos Victory Liner 90-67 in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season. The big crowd at the Caloocan Sports Complex had little to cheer about as their Supremos wilted in the second half in the face of torrid Iloilo shooting. Chief among the Ilonggo marksmen was Richard Escoto, who lorded it over the Supremos defense with 19 points and 8 rebounds. "Sumusunod lang ako sa tinuturo sa akin ng coaches ko. At binibigyan din ako ng kumpiyansa ng coaches and teammates ko," said the sweet-shooting forward. The home team led 38-37 at the half, but Iloilo owned the third period. The Royals unleashed an astonishing 19-2 run to kick off the second half, with Escoto and Alfrancis Tamsi supplying firepower. It was 64-48 to United at the end of the third. There was more of the same in the final period as Iloilo cruised to victory. Eric Gonzales' team wins a fifth game in a row to charge up to 14-8 in the standings while Caloocan stumbles to 14-10. Thomas Torres and Reil Cervantes were unavailable for Caloocan due to injury. In the first game of the day, Zamboanga Family's Brand Sardines won decisively against the Mindoro Tamaraws, 84-64. A mammoth 37-point third quarter explosion did the trick for the Zamboangueños, who climb to 14-10 in the South Division. Robin Roño was on target on four occasions from outside the arc in that period, while Dennice Villamor poured in 7 points. There were 10-0 and 12-0 runs from Family's Brand in the third quarter that lifted them to a 68-40 lead with a quarter remaining. Zamboanga then coasted to victory in the final chapter of the game. Roño and Pasaol provided 18 points each to lead Zamboanga while Kim Cinco topped Mindoro's scoring charts with 16. The Tams drop to 8-17 in the South Division table. In the early evening game, Navotas Uni-Pak Sardines relied on big points down the stretch from homegrown guard Marwin Taywan to subdue the Muntinlupa Cagers Angelis Resort, 89-83. Taywan, a former EAC General, poured in 11 of his 12 points in the payoff period to lead his team to a 6-16 slate. Munti drops to 5-18. Cager Biboy Enguio had a big day with 23 points and 3 blocks but he fouled out with two and a half minutes left, severely hampering Munti's chances of winning. Taywan scythed through the middle of the Muntinlupeño defense for a lay-up and an 86-81 lead with 46 seconds left. He then eased in three free throws to seal the result. Mark Guillen led Navotas with 17 points......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 27th, 2019

A double-double from Josan Mines powers Pasig to victory against a home-standing Marikina team

The Pasig Sta. Lucia Realtors strengthened their drive to the playoffs on Tuesday with a solid 69-63 win against the Marikina Shoemasters in the Maharika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season. Former Mapua standout Josan Nimes tallied 24 points and 11 rebounds to lead his club in both categories. Sta. Lucia is now at 13-7 while the hapless cobblers, playing in front of their home fans at the Marikina Sports Center, slide to 3-17. "We just focused on defense, we didn't even work on our offense in practice," admitted Nimes after his team triumphed in the game for bragging rights across M.H. Del Pilar street in Barangay Calumpang. The Realtors held the Mariquenos to just 36 percent from the field. The game began promisingly for Marikina, with Von Tambeling and Daryl Pascual performing well in the first half as they trailed 33-29. In the third Marikina got to within one, 46-45 off a Pascual free throw. Pascual was effective in the fourth as well, keeping the Shoemasters close, and when JJ Espanola hit a lay-up with 39 seconds left, the Pasig lead was down to 3, 63-60. In the next play Nimes drove hard to the cup and ball-faked around two defenders to lay the rock in for a 65-60 lead, and Marikina coughed the ball up on their next play, allowing Argel Mendoza to skate through for the final nail in the coffin, a lay-up for 67-60 with 18 ticks left. Pascual's 20 points and 10 rebounds led the Shoemasters. Pasig were without the services of Jeric Teng, but Leo Najorda played and chipped in 12 useful points. In the second match-up of the day, the Gensan Warriors - Burlington mastered the Bacolod Master Sardines 87-68 to elevate their record to 15-6. The Negrenses led 24-20 after one quarter but Gensan trampled over Bacolod in the next quarter, 20-9, with Pamboy Raymundo scoring six points. In the third, the Bacolodnon defense surrendered 29 points with Burlington's Jeramar Cabanag dropping in three triples to put the game out of reach, 69-50, with 10 minutes still left to play. Robbie Celiz topscored for Gensan with 15 points while Paolo Javelona's 21 points for his hometown Bacolod team was not enough to avert a loss. The Warriors surge to 15-6 while Bacolod falls to 6-14. In the early game the 1Bataan Risers roared back from 17 points down to stun neighbors Pampanga Giant Lanterns - ADG Group of Companies, 77-76. The Risers win the battle for bragging rights across the Palakol River for a 6th straight win. Riser Joseph Nalos scored only two points in the game, but they were important ones: the game winning jumper with one second left. Pampanga was very much in command at the half, 44-30.  However, 1Bataan's Byron Villarias netted seven markers in the third quarter to drag his team to within five, 58-53, heading into the final segment. The Risers' new pick up Achie Iñigo hit back-to-back three-bombs early on to give 1Bataan a 64-60 lead and cap an 11-2 run. Iñigo would corral another triple for 67-64 minutes later. Bataan even took a 71-64 lead with four minutes remaining on Josemari Presbitero's bucket. Giant Lantern Dexter Maiquez produced three baskets down the stretch, none bigger than a go-ahead layup for a 76-75 advantage with 43 ticks to go. But that only set up Nalos' big game-winning play. The Risers streak to 13-8, led by Villarias' 20 points. Maiquez topped the scoring charts for Pampanga with 17, but his team drops to 13-8......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 13th, 2019

MPBL: Batino is perfect as Rizal is no match for Bataan

The Bataan Risers continue their revival with a 78-57 home win against the Rizal Xentro Mall Golden Coolers on Saturday night in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season. Ryan Batino copped best player of the game honors with 13 points, 5 from 5 from the field in front of the Risers fans in the Bataan People's Center. "Since the last game consistent kami sa pasahan, nagtiwala kami sa isa't isa," said Batino, who co-topscored for Bataan alongside Chito Jaime. Bataan go back above .500 at 9-8 while it's yet another loss for Rizal, taking them to 3-12 in the North Division. The Risers fired in the last seven points of the first half with 5 from Joseph Nalos to take a 37-31 halftime lead. In the third quarter with Bataan up 43-33 Nalos was thrown out of the game for a rash punch at Jack Hoyohoy after the Golden Cooler laid a hard screen on him. Bataan reeled off an 11-0 run late in the period and lead 60-43 going into the fourth. Rizal were unable to mount any challenge in the final period as Bataan cruised to victory. Jordan Rios led the visitors with 12 points. In the opening game of the doubleheader, the Pasig Sta. Lucia Realtors weathered a furious late fightback to trip the Bicol Volcanoes LCC Stores, 75-73. A trio of Realtors provided the bulk of the scoring for Pasig, with Jeric Teng leading with 20 markers and Robbie Manalang and Leo Najorda compiling 17 and 16 respectively. Pasig led a listless Bicol squad 40-32 at the half and when Fonso Gotladera pocketed a jumper for a 71-54 lead for the Realtors five minutes left in the fourth, the game looked done and dusted. But Bicol's Ronjay Buenafe would have nothing of it. The ex-pro connected on four straight three-pointers as part of a stunning 19-2 run capped by a Hafer Mondragon trey to square the game at 73-73. However, Pasig would have the last laugh, with Leo Najorda knocking in a jumper to complete the scoring with 25 seconds left. Buenafe had one last chance to win the game but his last-second three-pointer fell short. Alwyn Alday led Bicol with 21 points. It's a sixth straight loss for Monel Kallos' Volcanoes who are slipping out of the playoff bunch at 8-11. Pasig on the other hand are now sporting an 11-5 card, good for 4th in the North Division.                .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 13th, 2019

MPBL: Balanced scoring helps Bulacan maul Valenzuela

Bragging rights across the Meycauayan river go to the Bulacan Kuyas as they hammered the Valenzuela Classic SPV Top Marketplace 97-79 in Wednesday night action at the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season from the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium in Malolos. It was a case of "pick your poison" for the visitors as six different Kuyas breached double figures in points. Bulacan goes to 5-4 with the win while SPV Top Marketplace slides to 4-6. The Kuyas first showed their intent with a 16-0 run in the second quarter to take a 37-30 lead. The Classic responded with a run of their own thanks to an astonishing nine straight points from Jaymar Gimpayan. It was 44-42 at the half for the Kuyas. However, in the third quarter it was one-way traffic for Bulacan as they terrorized the Classic defense with runs of 8-0 and 10-0, the latter featuring back-to-back triples from Dan Sara, who won best player honors with 11 points and 9 assists. Bulacan took a 70-58 lead into the final period and didn't let up even in garbage time. Antonio Bonsubre's 12 points was tops for the Kuyas as Rev Diputado, Jovit Dela Cruz, John Rey Alabanza and Jhan McHale Nermal all got ten or more points. "Kailangan talagang i-defend ang home court namin. Ginagawa talaga namin ang best namin para sa fans sa Bulacan," said Sara after. Britt Reroma's team gets a second straight win while Valenzuela continues their tailspin with a 5th straight loss. Gimpayan topscored for the Classic with 14 markers. In the early evening game Zamboanga Family's Brand Sardines walloped the SOCCSKSARGEN Armor On Marlins 100-75 in a match-up of Mindanao ball clubs. Zamboanga led 56-39 in the half but the Marlins pulled to with 12, 60-48 thanks to Exe Biteng's seven quickfire early third quarter points. Zamboanga's Robbie Costelo replied with several baskets to stretch the lead to 81-61 at the end of the third. Costelo's 19 markers led his team. There was no let up in the fourth as Leo De Vera poured in more output to add gloss to the scoreline. De Vera ended up with 16 points. Zamboanga improves to 5-4 while the Marlins continue their free-fall with a seventh loss in as many games. Jake Diwa led the scoring for SOCCSKSARGEN with 14 points. The day kicked off with Davao Occidental Tigers Cocolife sweeping away the challenge of Navotas Uni-Pak Sardines 94-74. The Tigers exploded with 27 points in the third quarter to put Navotas in the rearview mirror for good. Billy Robles led the Tigers with 14 points while DavOcc also enjoyed a breakout game from Chester Saldua who provided 13 markers. Mark Yee was good for 11 points as last season's finalists up their slate to 7-1. The Tigers were on point from beyond the arc, nailing 9 of 19 for 47 percent. Navotas was fresh from a 125-point outing against Nueva Ecija MiGuard, but were shackled by a determined Tigers D this time around. Jhong Bondoc paced Navotas, who drop to 2-3, with 16 points......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 8th, 2019