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RARING TO RUN

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Category: newsSource: manilatimes_net manilatimes_netMay 23rd, 2020

Jeepney drivers in CDO told: comply physical distancing

A regional board regulating public transportation urges jeepney drivers to follow protocols on social distancing, while drivers are raring to go back to the road to earn for their family......»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2020

Magsayo raring to fight world featherweight champions

UNDEFEATED and potential world champion Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo is raring to fight world champions in the featherweight or 126-lb division such as Leo Santa Cruz, Gary Russell Jr. and Josh Warrington once worldwide quarantines allow boxing rings to signal matches again. World Boxing Association champion Santa Cruz, having a 37-1-1 win-loss-draw record with 19 knockouts; World Boxing Council (WBC) champion Russell, having a 31-1 record with 18 knockouts); and International Boxing […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 18th, 2020

Is Virtual Racing The Future of Exercise?

This article was originally published on womaninaction.ph It’s one thing to say you’ll keep working out during quarantine, and it’s another to be constantly motivated and consistent about it. Professional athletes usually have targets to hit that keep them motivated, or games to prepare for. For enthusiasts, signing up for races does the trick, because races feel like “tournaments” they have to be in condition for. With games cancelled and races postponed, how do you stay motivated in a COVID world? For those who have been raring to go out of their homes, it’s a good thing that restrictions on working out outside have already been somewhat eased. Walking, jogging, running and cycling are now allowed. However, is it recommended that face masks be worn and social distancing must be observed (at least 2 meters). With all of these measures in place, can virtual racing be the future of exercise? Don Velasco, a professional triathlete and coach, says joining the IronMan Virtual Races every weekend has helped him and his clients stay disciplined. “The hardest part is staying motivated. Because some people lose sight of why we’re doing this. Like if walang race, bakit pa magtrain (if there’s no training, why train?). But it transcends that. It’s about having this lifestyle.”, Velasco says. Apart from personal training, Don has been racing with his athletes as a way to monitor and motivate them. How does it work? Since swimming is not allowed at this time, the IronMan Virtual Club features challenges centered around running and cycling, much like a duathlon. The way it works is you register online (for free) and then sync your tracking device with your account. You can also train with different coaches and groups on their website. “I think running and cycling are actually great options during the MECQ because it's relatively easy to perform social distancing while doing them. I feel that running and cycling will be bigger in the next few months. Running is a relatively easy sport to get into and needs minimal equipment to participate in. Cycling, on the other hand, will not only be an excellent form of exercise, it will even be a great means of transportation as well. At the end of the day, more and more people will value health and wellness because of this pandemic.” For the weekly IronMan races, there are rankings based on your time, as you get to compete with all the other athletes around the world. Training and racing earns you points that add up to rewards with IronMan partners, but that’s not what we’re working hard for right? Want to join a virtual race, even as a beginner? Apart from IronMan, World Vision has come up with its own virtual race called World Vision Run for Children to help support its causes on Education and Food & Nutrition. You can choose from the different distances — 21km, 50km, 100km and 200km, and you must complete it in a span of a month and a half, from June 15 to July 31. Unlike IronMan, this race has a much simpler process. No need for syncing of apps, you just need to submit screenshots as proof of your progress. When this is all verified, your finisher shirt and medal will be delivered to your doorstep. “We want you to have the freedom to run where, when, how often and how far you prefer. Walk, run, ride a bike whether indoors or outdoors, in your treadmill or on a trail, every morning or just one time, whether you’re alone or with your friends. As long as your heart beats for children”, according to World Vision’s press release. The proceeds of the virtual race will go to the funding of 4,500 sanitation kits and 28,000 back to school kits for all registered kids of World Vision. You may register at www.worldvision.org.ph/virtual-run-for-children/. Honesty system Virtual racing is all about doing your own workouts, tracking your progress and submitting reports. It is definitely possible to cheat but remember that when you do, you’re only cheating on yourself. We know it isn’t easy to be disciplined in this pandemic, especially with all the limitations, adjustments and changes, but here is what Don Velasco says. “Focus on what you can do, not what you can't do. Having a more positive mindset will not only influence your success, it can also help a lot with mental and emotional well-being. Adjust your goals. Most things in our world are put on hold. Having the same set of goals for yourself is somewhat unrealistic. Maybe adjusting a few things here and there are in order. This can mean changing the timeframe in which you want to achieve something or adjusting your definition of "success." Remember, the mere fact we're alive and well is already cause for celebration. Being able to workout and enjoy are just bonuses!”. Spoken like true athlete.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 17th, 2020

Pinoy golfers raring to go; Korea kicks off action

Filipino golfers gear up for some local action following the easing of lockdown restrictions in some regions where golf courses abound......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 13th, 2020

NAIA Consortium ready to finalize airport rehab deal once ECQ is lifte

A consortium of conglomerates seeking to rehabilitate the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport is raring to finalize the terms of its contract with the government once the enhanced community quarantine is lifted as it hopes to advance its proposal to the Swiss challenge phase soon......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2020

Lakers raring to play, refute report to scrap NBA season

New York --Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James said Thursday he’s ready for the NBA to return, refuting a report some agents and team executives want the league to scrap the 2019-20 season......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 2nd, 2020

Now they ve met, RK Ilagan knows he can t let down idol Jimmy Alapag

RK Ilagan is one of the best point guards in all of collegiate basketball. As San Sebastian College-Recoletos' lead guard in NCAA 95, he put up per game counts of 15.8 points, 4.0 assists, and 4.0 rebounds while also posting a total of 48 threes. When asked to be part of an online learning session with legendary Jimmy Alapag, however, he actually doubted if he deserved to be there. "Sobrang nahihiya po talaga ako. Nagsabi pa nga ako kay kuya Mikee [Reyes] na parang ayoko kasi po, siyempre, UAAP players kasama ko dun," he shared. Ilagan, alongside Ateneo de Manila University's SJ Belangel, De La Salle University's Aljun Melecio, and Mapua University's Laurenz Victoria were the four collegiate stars who got to talk with Alapag last Monday through a Zoom meeting initiated by GOAT Academy. The fledgling program has organized several online learning sessions that aim to connect pros with collegiate stars and let the former enrich the minds of the latter. Humble as always, however, the Golden Stags' primetime playmaker thought he was yet to be on that level. Once he was conversing with his idol, though, all his fears were allayed. "Sobrang nakaka-amaze kasi sobrang down-to-earth ni Coach Jimmy. Sobrang excited ko nun kasi alam kong marami akong matututunan sa kanya," he said of his first-ever meeting with Alapag. For Ilagan, the big heart is what defines the six-time champion and one-time MVP in the PBA. As he put it, "Idol ko po si Coach Jimmy kasi nakita ko sa kanya yung competitiveness every game. Kahit maliit siya, gusto niyang i-prove na kaya niyang gawin kung ano yung mga nagagawa ng mga mas matangkad sa kanya." Interestingly enough, big heart, big game could also be used to describe Baste's star. With that, Ilagan is only ready and raring to keep following the footsteps of Alapag. "Sobrang nakaka-inspire po kasi yung makakuha ka ng advice galing sa legend katulad niya. Sino ba naman ako para hindi sundan yung ginawa niya para maging successful din," he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 24th, 2020

SUPER SHOWDOWN: Ayo s Mayhem Letran vs Tan s Big, Bad Letran

In the last decade, only one school has stood between San Beda University and its complete and utter dominance of NCAA Men's Basketball. That school? The Red Lions' archrival Colegio de San Juan de Letran. In 2015, the Knights came from out of nowhere to put a stop to San Beda's search for a sixth straight title. Four years later, the Red Lions were going for a fourth consecutive championship and, more impressively, a season sweep only to be resoundingly rejected, yet again, by their archrivals. And so, Mendiola is home to 80 percent of total trophies since 2010. The other 20 percent, though? They are proudly presented in Intramuros. Come to think about it, though, which triumph over its fierce foe was sweeter for Letran? Here in ABS-CBN Sports Super Showdown, that is what we aim to answer. To determine who comes out on top between the blue and red's proud champions, we will be judging them in five categories (frontcourt, backcourt, coaching, level of competition, and shock factor) with a boxing-style 10-point must system determining the decision. FRONTCOURT The trademark of Aldin Ayo's very first championship team was that of playing much bigger than its expectations, its own size, and its, more often than not, bigger opponents. Ayo's nominal center was 6-foot-5 Jom Sollano while his regular 4-man was 6-foot-4 Kevin Racal. Off the bench, his first quote-unquote big was 6-foot-3 Felix Apreku. Still, those three played their roles to a tee and, along with the rest of the team, assembled a well-oiled machine that made the most of its speed advantage. Fast forward four years and "undersized" could no longer be used to describe Letran. In 6-7 Christian Balagasay, 6-6 Jeo Ambohot, 6-6 Pao Javillonar, 6-5 Larry Muyang, 6-4 Ato Ular, and 6-4 Mark Sangalang, Bonnie Tan finally had big, bad weapons in his arsenal. And for sure, those big, bad weapons flipped what was once a chink in the armor of the Knights into a super strength. And for sure, this department would be dominated by that rotation of ready and raring big men. Advantage 2019 Letran, 10-8 BACKCOURT The two teams' Finals MVP both come from the backcourt. Mark Cruz, like he has always done, came up big for Letran and averaged 17.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 3.0 steals Fran Yu, meanwhile, used the big stage and bright lights to break out to the tune of norms of 13.7 points, 6.0 assists, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.0 steals. In those two, the Knights had capable and confident counters to San Beda's own primetime playmakers in Baser Amer and Evan Nelle. The edge here, however, would have to go to Cruz whose signature play in the winner-take-all Game 3 was not a shot. Rather, it was a setup - after driving through the lane and drawing defenders with under a minute left, he found Sollano open at the baseline. Sollano only made good on the assist and his shot proved to be the go-ahead basket for the title. Add Rey Nambatac's offense and Mcjour Luib's defense here and Ayo's Letran just had a more well-rounded backcourt compared to Tan's which also included Jerrick Balanza and Bonbon Batiller. Advantage 2015 Letran, 10-9 COACHING Ayo is one of the best collegiate coaches in all of the Philippines. He has seen Tab Baldwin win the last three titles in the UAAP, but it still wasn't that long ago when he won back-to-back championships with different teams and in different leagues. Time and time again, the youthful mentor has proven to get the most out of his players - from the Cruz-Nambatac-Racal triumvirate in Letran to Ben Mbala-Jeron Teng De La Salle University and now, University of Sto. Tomas with Soulemane Chabi Yo, Rhenz Abando, CJ Cansino, and Mark Nonoy. What he doesn't have, however, are the so-called "super friends" of Tan. Through the NCAA 95 Finals, NorthPort head coach Pido Jarencio and assistant Jeff Napa were sharing their mind with the Knights themselves during timeouts. They were informal additions to regular assistants Rensy Bajar, Lou Gatumbato, Raymond Tiongco, and Ginebra point guard LA Tenorio. Even more were behind the bench in Letran special assistant to the rector for sports development and San Miguel Corporation sports director Alfrancis Chua, NorthPort team manager Erick Arejola, Columbian governor Bobby Rosales and head coach Johnedel Cardel, and Magnolia governor Rene Pardo. Asked about all those behind his back, Tan answered then, "In business, you need partners to be successful and in sports naman, we need friends lalo na yung mga may alam kung paano manalo. Friends ko yan lahat so welcome sila - brainstorm and synergy kami." Still, it's already a given by this point that competition only fuels the already burning fire inside Ayo. With that, there is just no doubt that he would only push himself harder and farther in the face of Tan and his so-called "super friends." And the one-time NCAA and one-time UAAP champion coach much more motivated than ever is nothing but a scary thought. Advantage 2015 Letran, 10-9 LEVEL OF COMPETITION NCAA 91 was the year of "Kagulo sa NCAA." Then, six squads out of 10 had a legitimate claim to a playoff berth. So competitive was the field that Jiovani Jalalon and Kent Salado's Arellano University as well as a University of Perpetual Help side that had Scottie Thompson, Prince Eze, and Bright Akhuetie fell short of the Final Four. Illustrating the competition even further, the season's Finalists only had one member of the Mythical Team between them - San Beda's Art Dela Cruz. On the other hand, NCAA 95's playoff cast was completed a week before the end of the elimination round. Yes, there was a Red Lion team that automatically advanced to the Finals and had three out of five Mythical selections. Still, that tournament's fourth-seed was San Sebastian College-Recoletos who had an 11-7 standing. Comparing that to NCAA 91's fourth-seed in Mapua University who sported a 12-6 slate and the 2019 Golden Stags wouldn't even make the 2015 playoffs. Advantage 2015 Letran, 10-9 SHOCK FACTOR It was a shock to see Letran upset San Beda in Game 1 of the NCAA 95 Finals after the latter won each and every game in the elimination round, It was even more of a shock to see the Knights actually topple the dynastic and season sweep-seeking Red Lions. Still, there was always an outside shot of that happening. "Letran is one of three shoo-ins for the Final Four – as well as a strong contender to wage war in the Finals and even possibly, hoist the trophy," ABS-CBN Sports stated in its preseason preview for the blue and red then. "This fully loaded lineup has the makings of a dynasty-ender – what’s only up in the air is if it would be motivated enough to do just that." On the other hand, nobody, nobody at all aside from Ayo had Letran contending in NCAA 91 - much more, winning it all. As ABS-CBN Sports stated in its preseason preview then, "It remains to be seen if the Knights' fortified defense and added offensive firepower can overcome their lack of size especially against the Final Four teams, all of whom have only gotten bigger." Even when the Knights finally charged to the championship round, not that many gave them a chance. In fact, all that doubt became tattooed on the mind of Ayo whose first words in the post-game conference when they finally claimed the crown was, "Joey, follow your heart!" The fiery mentor was referring to the Philippine Star's Joey Villar who said in the leadup to the Finals that his heart wants to root for Letran, but his mind knows San Beda would win. He wasn't alone. Even Ayo had to admit that his players themselves didn't believe until the season was already underway. "Sa totoo lang, nung team-building namin nung preseason, nung tinanong ko kung naniniwala ba silang magcha-champion tayo, they laughed. Nung natalo lang namin yung JRU nung (second game of the season), dun lang sila naniwala.," he said then. Advantage 2015 Letran, 10-9 FINAL SCORE: 48-46 for 2015 Letran.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 21st, 2020

Fran Yu introducing himself even more with YouTube channel

Fran Yu broke out in the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Finals. Not only that, he broke through all the way to the level of the best point guards in college basketball. Once a castoff, Yu has now, without a doubt, found a home and in doing so, found himself as well. That 21-year-old is only ready and raring to make even more noise entering his last year in Colegio de San Juan de Letran. To help with that, he has created a YouTube channel where the faithful over in Intramuros and just about everybody else could get to know him better. "Ginawa ko ito para mapakita ko yung ginagawa naming mga athletes sa pag-araw-araw," he said. "Para rin mas lalo nila akong makilala hindi lang sa court kundi pati rin sa labas. Siyempre, gusto ko ring mag-share ng knowledge ko sa basketball." In his first video, Yu put on display a sample of his workout routine. And to his delight, the feedback has been nothing but positive. As he put it, "Masaya ako kasi maraming naka-appreciate nung ginawa ko kahit saglit lang, kahit mahirap pala." Even better, video production has been some sort of bonding experience for the 5-foot-10 playmaker and his younger sister. "Maraming kailangang gawin - andaming kuha, andaming edit, pero tinatiyaga talaga namin ng kapatid ko," he shared. It's moments like those that are only welcome especially during the continuing COVID-19 crisis. "Dahil dito, mas nagiging close din kami," he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 21st, 2020

Young golfers raring to get back to the swing of things

Ira Alido and Keanu Jahns, two of the pro golf circuit’s emerging stars, can’t seem to wait for things to normalize, honing their skills and building up some kind of confidence during the long break......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 15th, 2020

SUPER SHOWDOWN: Black s Ateneo vs Baldwin s Ateneo

Ateneo de Manila University has, put simply, reigned supreme over UAAP Men's Basketball in recent history. Blue Eagle has been the king eight times out of the last 12 tournaments. That dominance has bookended just three other teams who have won championships in that same timeframe. The first bookend was a five-peat that was engineered by then-already multi-titled mentor Norman Black from 2008 to 2012. The other - from 2017 and still counting - bookend has former national team coach Tab Baldwin calling the shots And Ateneo does not look like its slowing down anytime soon as its future remains secure in the hands of Ivorian tower Ange Kouame, emerging primetime playmayer SJ Belangel, and Filipino-American recruit Dwight Ramos. Between the two bookends, however, which Blue Eagle string of championships shines brighter? That is what we set out to figure out in this ABS-CBN Sports Super Showdown. In grading the greatness of Black's five-peat and Baldwin's three-peat, we will be judging them in five categories (talent, system, level of competition, dominance, and legacy) with a boxing-style 10-point must system determining the decision. TALENT Black's five-peat had Kiefer Ravena while Baldwin's three-peat had Thirdy Ravena. So let's call that a draw. In terms of everything else, however, there is just no doubt that Ateneo had the most talented team for majority of its five-peat. The twin towers of Rabeh Al-Hussaini and Nonoy Baclao were followed by Justin Chua and then Greg Slaughter. Steady Chris Tiu was replaced by Jai Reyes and Eric Salamat who were then replaced by Kirk Long and Emman Monfort who were then replaced by Ravena and Juami Tiongson. At the wings were then likes of Ryan Buenafe, Nico Salva, and Oping Sumalinog. Majority of these players were true blue-chip recruits who decided to go to Ateneo, get-together with other promising prospects, and just run roughshod over the UAAP. Let's be clear here, anybody and everybody would want to go to war with that championship core of Ravena (Thirdy, that is), Isaac Go, and Nieto twins Mike and Matt to go along with whoever the versatile four-man is - be it Vince Tolentino or Raffy Verano or Will Navarro - and either Chibueze Ikeh or Kouame, but in terms of sheer top-level talent, the five-peat has the three-peat beat. Advantage Black's Ateneo, 10-8 SYSTEM The signature of Black's Ateneo teams was a complete team that had a killer inside-outside combo. Tiu and Al-Hussaini. Monfort and Chua. Ravena and Slaughter. And whenever it mattered most, there was always a clutch player to come through - be it Tiu or Salamat or Buenafe. That's the benefit of having the most talented team most of the time. The slight edge here, however, would have to go the egalitarian system Baldwin has installed in these Blue Eagles. Baldwin's boys take pride in the fact that, indeed, all of them are ready and raring to contribute whenever called upon. More often than not, the core plays somewhere between 12 to 24 minutes, but not one player could say his minutes are assured as their mentor always preaches that each and every one of his boys should never stop being better. That means that at any given point in time, somebody is always there to step up for somebody - "next man up" as they love to call it. Take for instance, that four-spot which first saw Tolentino doing the dirty work and once he graduated, Verano just filled in the spot. And when the Filipino-American ran into academic issues, was there any problem whatsoever? None at all because Navarro was there to come to be known as "Mr. Efficiency." Most definitely, there is no better system in collegiate basketball than what Baldwin has in place through this Ateneo three-peat. Advantage Baldwin's Ateneo, 10-9 LEVEL OF COMPETITION Six other member-schools made it to the playoffs at least once during Ateneo's five-peat - the lone exception being the University of the Philippines which was then still trudging through its so-called "dark days". In that run, the Blue Eagles had to contend with Far Eastern University with the likes of Mac Baracael, Mark Barroca, RR Garcia, and Terrence Romeo; University of the East with the likes of Marcy Arellano, Elmer Espiritu, Paul Lee, and James Martinez; Adamson University with the likes of Lester Alvarez, Rodney Brondial, and Alex Nuyles; De La Salle University with the likes of Jvee Casio, Rico Maierhoffer, and Jeron Teng; University of Sto. Tomas with the likes of Dylan Ababou, Karim Abdul, and Jeric Teng; and National University with the likes of Emmanuel Mbe and Ray Parks Jr. For their part, Ateneo's three-peat team saw the Bulldogs and the Red Warriors both fail to make the Final Four during its time on top. Still, they had to run through a gauntlet of good to great teams such as the Ben Mbala and Ricci Rivero-led Green Archers, the Jerrick Ahanmisi and Sean Manganti-led Soaring Falcons, and the Arvin Tolentino and Wendell Comboy-led Tamaraws. Through it all, the Blue Eagles also had to play spoiler in the climb to contention of the Fighting Maroons with Bright Akhuetie, Kobe Paras, Rivero, and Gomez de Liano brothers Javi and Juan as well as the return to relevance of the Growling Tigers with Rhenz Abando, CJ Cansino, Mark Nonoy, and Soulemane Chabi Yo. The difference here then becomes the arrival of MVP-level foreign student-athletes. In La Salle's Mbala, UP's Akhuetie, and UST's Chabi Yo, Ateneo's three-peat team had to wage war with three of the best recruits from abroad before winning the championship. For sure, Al-Hussaini, Chua, and Slaughter mentored by Black would have been able to make something happen if ever they were matched up with those three, but the fact remains that nowadays, there is just more foreign talent in the UAAP. Advantage Baldwin's Ateneo, 10-9 DOMINANCE With a five-peat, Black did something that has not been done in the UAAP since UE won seven titles in a row in the '60s under the legendary Baby Dalupan. Through that time, Ateneo registered a couple of one-loss and a pair of two-loss seasons - and the only struggle, relative to them, was a 10-4, second-seed elimination round finish in Season 73. Still, through that time, the Blue Eagles only had one loss in all of its playoff series - a 68-88 shocker of a defeat to the Red Warriors in Game 2 of the Season 72 Finals. Somehow, though, Baldwin's historic feat was more impressive as their 16-0 romp through Season 82 is the first-ever of its kind in men's basketball. Before this, all previous season sweeps in men's basketball wound up with 14-0 records. The three-peat Blue Eagles also boast of a better elims standing as they only lost a total of three times there in three years. Their two losses in the playoffs are worse compared to the five-peat team, but Season 82's 16-0 is still better than either Season 71 or Season 74's 16-1. Advantage Baldwin's Ateneo, 10-9 LEGACY Black opened the floodgates for Ateneo to be a destination for blue-chip recruits from outside Katipunan. Remember, before this, the Blue Eagles' 2002 championship was built on the shoulders of former Blue Eaglets Rico Villanueva, Wesley Gonzales and Larry Fonacier - the non-homegrown key cogs being LA Tenorio from San Beda High School and two-time UAAP Srs. MVP Rich Alvarez, who played high school ball overseas. Through that five-peat, though, the blue and white became the undisputed king of recruiting as it got Salva from San Beda, Buenafe and Salamat from San Sebastian College-Recoletos, Tiu and Chua from Xavier and Chiang Kai Shek, respectively, and Baclao, Slaughter, and Sumalinog from the Visayas. Yes, Ravena was there, but many of Black's key cogs were still blue-chip recruits from outside Katipunan. In comparison, Baldwin's championship core, for the most part, are former Blue Eaglets in Ravena (again, Thirdy, that is), Anton Asistio, SJ Belangel, Gian Mamuyac, and the Nieto twins. Even Kouame is, in essence, a homegrown key cog as he was taken in by Ateneo even before college and finished his high school in nearby Multiple Intelligence International School In all, the blueprint may have been different, but the building was the same in the end - a blue and white dynasty. Draw, 10-10 FINAL SCORE: 48-47 for Baldwin's Ateneo.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 14th, 2020

SUPER SHOWDOWN: Ayo s 15 Letran vs Ayo s 16 La Salle

Aldin Ayo is one of the best collegiate coaches in all of the Philippines. He has seen Tab Baldwin win the last three titles in the league he has been competing in, but it still wasn't that long ago when he did something so special that it may very well never ever be seen again. In 2015, Ayo came from out of nowhere to lead alma mater Colegio de San Juan de Letran not only to a surprise playoff berth, but to a shocking crown coming at the expense of archrival and defending champion San Beda, no less. A year later, he crossed over to De La Salle University and wasted no time assembling its Ben Mbala and Jeron Teng-powered machine into a juggernaut that went 16-1 and took the title from archrival Ateneo. Yes, Ayo won back-to-back championships in 2015 and 2016 - but they came with different teams and in different leagues. Even more, he did it all by driving two definitely different vehicles - one aging, well-worn, and not expected to go anywhere far and the other customized, souped-up, and assumed to win it all. Which Ayo-coached championship is better? That's what we look into in the return of ABS-CBN Sports' Super Showdown. To determine who wins between Aldin Ayo's couple of championship teams, we will be judging them in five categories (frontcourt, backcourt, depth, mayhem, and intangibles) with a boxing-style 10-point must system determining the decision. FRONTCOURT Mbala. That's it. That's more than enough for La Salle to dominate this department. The 6-foot-8 Cameroonian was so dominant in UAAP 79 that he ultimately became the first foreign student-athlete to win MVP in over two decades as he posted per game counts of 20.5 points in 53.3 percent shooting from the field, 15.6 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, 1.4 steals, and 1.1 assists. Letran took pride in having gone all-Filipino and still giving the likes of Ola Adeogun and Allwell Oraeme all they could handle, but Mbala is Mbala and there will be nothing at all that 6-foot-5 Jom Sollano, 6-foot-4 Kevin Racal, and 6-foot-3 Felix Apreku could have done to even slow him down. And if by some miracle, the Knights find a way to have done so? Then the Green Archers could have just sent in Jason Perkins or Abu Tratter or even Justine Baltazar. But wait, there's more as when it mattered most, it was actually Teng who came through for the Taft-based team. Putting up per game counts of 19.0 points on 52 percent shooting, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in the Finals opposite archrival Ateneo, he was the undisputed MVP of the championship round as he just willed his way through the likes of Mike Nieto, Vince Tolentino, and Raffy Verano. Just imagine what he would do to the undersized Knights. Advantage La Salle, 10-8. BACKCOURT Mark Cruz is the prototype point guard for all Ayo-coached teams - fearless, fiery, and fast. Since then, Aljun Melecio and Mark Nonoy have followed his footsteps, but either is yet to put it all together like Cruz did back in 2015. Letran was not necessarily a good offensive team then and it fed off of its full-court pressure for easy looks and baskets. Still, whenever they needed a basket bad, the smallest player on the floor was, more often than not, there to come up big as he averaged 18.6 points, 4.2 assists, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.6 steals and totaled a league-best 73 triples. Indeed, "Ant-man", who was named the NCAA Season 91 Finals MVP, would have posed problems for Melecio, Andrei Caracut, Thomas Torres, and even Kib Montalbo and Julian Sargent. And that's not even taking into account Cruz's fellow guards Mcjour Luib and Rey Nambatac also ready and raring to do damage. Advantage Letran, 10-9. DEPTH Mbala is scary. Teng is scary. Another thing that makes La Salle's 2016 championship team scary is the fact that its second unit would have been the starting five of several squads. Mbala, Teng, Torres, and Melecio were regulars in the first five while waiting in the wings were Caracut, Montalbo, Perkins, Sargent, Brent Paraiso, Prince Rivero and Abu Tratter On the other hand, Letran could only go six-deep with Apreku, Cruz, Luib, Nambatac, Racal, and Sollano while the likes of Jerrick Balanza, JP Calvo, and Bong Quinto were far from ready from delivering the goods just yet. And oh, La Salle's end-of-bench players for majority of the season? Well, it just included names like Baltazar, Mark Dyke, Jollo Go, and Ricci Rivero. Advantage La Salle, 10-8. MAYHEM In terms of physicality, Letran has La Salle beat in imposing the full-court pressure that was Ayo's then-trademark as the former forced opponents into 27.9 turnovers which were quickly converted into 24.6 points. What the Green Archers had far more, however, were more players who had more talent - as already ascertained by them winning the aforementioned "depth" department. That allowed them to put their opponents, including Baldwin-coached Ateneo, inside a pressure cooker where they forced 24.9 turnovers which were quickly converted into 24.2 points. In particular, Montalbo was at his very best in 2016, as he transformed into the "Man of Steal" and became the stuff of nightmares for opposing backcourts by norming a league-leading 2.8 steals. Make no mistake, Cruz and Luib would have eaten just about anybody alive who lost their nerves in the face of the blue and red "Mayhem" as they combined for 2.8 steals per game, but the green and white's deeper bench just meant their "Mayhem" never stopped. And with Montalbo, channeling his best Patrick Beverley back then, fronting the charge? Good luck to all the other teams trying to set up their offense. Advantage La Salle, 10-9. INTANGIBLES Rewind to Game 3 of the NCAA 91 Finals with Letran leading San Beda, 84-82, and Sollano at the line for one more free throw. With 6.7 ticks to go on the clock, Luib intentionally steps onto the lane even before Sollano puts up his shot. Looking at one another with questions in their eyes, Art Dela Cruz and Ola Adeogun follow Luib onto the lane. As it turns out, Luib wanted them to do just that. All along, the Knights knew the possession arrow pointed to them - and so, with the two teams committing lane violations, a jumpball was called and the ball was awarded to Letran. “Second free throw, rattles out.” “Samin!” “Nice one, Jour!” “And possession arrow points in favor of the Letran Knights!”#NCAASeason91 was, mos def, a good one. pic.twitter.com/42ODXWN9wK — Normie Riego (@riegogogo) March 19, 2020 Not long after, Cruz converted a couple of charities, but without a doubt, the play that clinched the championship for the Knights was Luib's outsmarting of Dela Cruz and Adeogun - a play that not many players would have been able to take and make, or even think about. Advantage Letran, 10-8. FINAL SCORE, 47-45 for Ayo's '16 La Salle.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 19th, 2020

NU, FEU hunt for back-to-back wins

Defending champion National University goes for its second straight win squares off with debuting Adamson University on Sunday in the UAAP Season 82 men’s volleyball tournament at the MOA Arena. Game time is at 9:00 a.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. The Bulldogs opened its three-peat bid on the right track albeit in shaky fashion, beating University of Sto. Tomas, 27-25, 23-25, 25-19, 27-25, last Wednesday. NU will again bank on its deep arsenal led by Nico Almendras, Edward Camposano and James Natividad, who all scored in double figures the last time out, to extend the current winning streak of the Bulldogs to 18. “’Yung focus namin is ‘yung pagiging consistent hindi lang sa blocking, pati sa rotation naming,” said NU coach Dante Alinsunurin. The Falcons are out for payback against the same team that beat them in the Final Four last year. Back for another tour of duty are Leo Miranda and George Labang. Meanwhile, Far Eastern University is also on the lookout for a second win in a row, facing off with University of Sto. Tomas. The Tamaraws, last year’s runners-up, crushed University of the East, 25-10, 25-22, 25-23, behind rookie JJ Javelona and graduating middle Peter Quiel. Mark Calado, Jude Garcia, setter Owen Suarez and JP Bugaoan will provide support for Javelona and Quiel. The Golden Spikers, on the other hand, are raring to get in the win column after suffering a stinging setback in their opening day assignment. Joshua Umandal, who had 25 points in his first game, Jhun Senoron and Wewe Medina will lead the charge for the Espana-based squad.     Show your school spirit. Get official UAAP university licensed merchandise from www.uaapstore.com.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 7th, 2020

MPBL: Time for Juan GDL to turn into leader with Nueva Ecija

Mighty Sports-Pilipinas, Gilas Pilipinas-Men’s, Marinerong Pilipino, and now, Nueva Ecija - Juan Gomez de Liaño is making the most out of the greener pastures he has found outside Diliman. Juan GDL will be suiting up for the Rice Vanguards in the brand new MPBL season tipping off in a month or two and, of course, he is nothing but thankful for another shot on a big stage and under bright lights. The 6-foot-1 playmaker is fresh off helping Mighty to a breakthrough championship and Gilas to a big triumph over Indonesia as well as a dominant debut for Marinerong Pilipino in the 2020 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup. With that, Nueva Ecija head coach Charles Tiu is only expecting big things from Juan GDL. “It’s no secret how much I like his game. I think he has the potential to be dominant in this league and maybe even one of the faces of the MPBL,” he said. For that to that happen, Coach Charles is challenging his prized ward to take the next step - that of being a leader. As he put it, “People forget to realize he’s only 20-years-old. Once he starts maturing even more and becomes more of a leader, his game will really be elavated to another level.” The third GDL brother put up per game counts of 8.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in his third year for the University of the Philippines. He had long been seen as next in line in terms of leadership after taking a backseat to the likes of Paul Desiderio, Bright Akhuetie, and Kobe Paras. With the Rice Vanguards, however, there is no next in line as Juan GDL is their undisputed lead guard. For his part, he is nothing but ready and raring to take the challenge head-on - especially as he sees the MPBL as the perfect playground for him. “I feel like it’s a good league. It’s very physical and has a quick pace and a lot of running so I feel like my game definitely fits here,” he said. In the end, the proud product of Diliman just vows to continue going all-out. “I’m just grateful and blessed to be given another opportunity to play the game I love the most. I’m really looking forward to representing the Nueva Ecija Rice Vanguards,” he said. He then continued, “I’m really excited to play to the best of my abilities and help the team win.” —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 3rd, 2020

MPBL: Javi GDL can’t wait to unleash full potential for Nueva Ecija

Javi Gomez de Liaño transformed from a double-double machine into a super sniper as he moved on up from Jrs. to Srs. That is far from his ceiling yet, however, and he is nothing but determined to find out just what it is. Now with Nueva Ecija, the 6-foot-4 swingman is only ready and raring to take on his biggest challenge thus far - that of the MPBL. “This is a good case to showcase my skills as well as my leadership. I’m really excited the be in this new environment,” he said. He then continued, “I’ll finally get to unleash my full potential here.” In his fourth season for the University of the Philippines, Javi GDL scored 10.5 points per game with a 35 percent clip from deep. He was still coming off the bench, but wound up as the team’s third-leading scorer. With the Rice Vanguards, the 21-year-old will be given a bigger burden and he is nothing but determined to make the most of this shot. As he put it, “I wanted to try something new to get out of my comfort zone so this is just what I was looking for.” Even better, Nueva Ecija head coach Charles Tiu has no doubt Javi GDL will not stop being better. “Javi has improved so much last year and he will now have a huge role with us. We plan to give him more opportunities as a wing to further help him in his development,” he said. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 3rd, 2020

UAAP Season 82: NU begins three-peat bid

Two-time defending champion National University faces an early challenge in its bid to retain its stranglehold of the throne on Wednesday in a clash with University of Sto. Tomas in the UAAP Season 82 men’s volleyball tournament at the MOA Arena. Game time is at 9:00 a.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. All eyes are on the Bulldogs as they try to win it all for the third straight time despite the departure of seniors and national team members Season 81 Most Valuable Player Bryan Bagunas, Kim Malabunga and Francis Saura after their last year’s conquest. Returning for another tour of duty for NU are PHI team standouts sophomore setter Owa Retamar and libero Ricky Marcos, who with head coach Dante Alinsunurin wrote history by winning the silver medal in the 30th Southeast Asian Games, together with James Natividad and Nico Almendras. Also out to make an impact for the Bulldogs is Edward Camposano, who is returning to action after a two-year absence following his transfer from University of the East. Camposano, also a former national team member, will play in his first and last year as a Bulldog. But the Golden Spikers are sure to give NU a tough fight led by PHI team member Jau Umandal, Wewe Medina and the debuting Genesis Redido. Meanwhile, facing off at 2:00 p.m. are Ateneo de Manila University and University of the Philippines. The Blue Eagles are raring to get another crack at the crown after falling short of advancing to the Finals last season for the first time in six years. Back to banner Ateneo are Chu Njigha, Ron Medalla, Gian Glorioso and Manuel Sumanguid. The Fighting Maroons, on the other hand, are on a mission to cultivate a winning culture after a forgettable outing last year. Leading UP are veterans Mac Millete and John Mark Castillo.   ---  Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 3rd, 2020

PBA: Parks Jr. raring to prove self with latest 1-year deal

Bobby Ray Parks Jr. is just ready to play basketball. After a long contract stalemate with TNT, which ultimately ended by him signing a 1-year deal with the KaTropa, Parks Jr. can shift his full focus to basketball. He'll use his latest one year deal to prove himself. "I wanna prove myself, to make sure na TNT trusts me and I'm worth the value that they put on me," Parks Jr. said. "I still have to prove myself in the PBA, bata pa naman ako. I'm still learning and I'm still growing," he added. Entering his second season, Parks Jr. is looking forward to the Philippine Cup. It's his first All-Filipino after missing last year due to his ABL duties. "I love playing in the PBA. It's just another opportunity for me to grow, All-Filipino naman, it's going to be my first time," he said. "I'm excited to get the opportunity to play. I felt like last year was a great year, pero I could have done better. I did my role naman when nalipat ako sa TNT. I felt we accomplished as much as we could, yeah sayang, but at the end of the day we're still growing for the long haul," Parks Jr. added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2020

Fiery start up as PAL Srs Interclub unwraps

Luisita shoots for a back-to-back title romp but Canlubang is out for a payback, Negros Occidental is raring to cash in on its home-court edge and Cebu is ready and itching to foil them......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 25th, 2020

Gilas youth crew raring to go

The Gilas youth brigade is ready for their baptism of fire in the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers game against Indonesia tomorrow......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 21st, 2020

Canlas sheds bandana, shifts focus to leading San Beda in NCAA 96

"The Bandana Bros." are no more. And so, James Canlas' trademark look is no more as well. With former running mate Evan Nelle having taken his talents to De La Salle University, Canlas has ditched the bandana the two had worn for all of last season. Then, the bandana represented that skillful scorer Canlas and primetime playmaker Nelle were here to lead San Beda University in the present and into the future. Now, however, "The Bandana Bros" have gone their separate ways and the Filipino-Canadian is, of course, already adjusting. "Honestly, it's very different, but we just have to play through it. He will always be my teammate, but he is just one guy," he said. With Nelle moving on, Canlas is now the Red Lions' lead guard and is nothing but ready and raring to take a step forward of his own. "This is going to be a big step for me because I have to be a leader now, I have to take charge," he said. He then continued, "But I won't rush anything. I will take it game by game." Fortunately for the 6-foot-2 guard, he doesn't have to go at it by his lonesome as Season MVP Calvin Oftana remains by his side while high school standouts Rhayyan Amsali, Justine Sanchez, and Tony Ynot are also all determined to make an immediate impact. As for his former running mate, Canlas is only wishing him well. "I was surprised, of course, by at the end of the day, that's his decision. I got love for him and I respect his decision," he said. He then continued, "Good luck to him in La Salle." --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2020