Tigers, Valientes clash in MPBL opener today

Last season’s runner-up Davao Occidental begins its redemption tour when it clashes with Zamboanga in a battle of South Division teams highlighting the inaugurals of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Season 3 today at the Mall of Asia Arena......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarJun 11th, 2019

UAAP volleyball’s most memorable Finals five-setters (2010-19)

UAAP volleyball fans just love to see matches go the full five sets. It means more action, more suspense and more drama as the game goes to an exciting climax. What more if it happens in the Finals? We’ve listed down some of the exciting five-set championship games in the past decade.     SEASON 74: FEU-UST Men’s Finals Game 2 (Feb. 29, 2012) For the past four years prior to Season 74, University of Sto. Tomas dominated the men’s competition. For two straight seasons, the Emil Lontoc-mentored Tigers had Far Eastern University’s number in the Finals.    In Season 74, the Tamaraws finally got their long-awaited revenge but not after surviving a war of attrition in Game 2. FEU went down, 1-2, in the match with the Mark Alfafara and Salvador Depante-led Tigers determined to keep UST’s five-peat bid alive following a stinging straight-set defeat in the series opener. The Tamaraws, who topped the eliminations, but was forced by De La Salle University to a do-or-die in the Final Four, fought back in the fourth behind JR Labrador and Arvin Avila to drag the match to a dramatic decider. The fifth set went as close at it could get with FEU just keeping a slim lead heading into the final stretch. The Tams moved at championship point off a Labrador off the block hit only to see the Tigers save two match points on a middle attack by Season Most Valuable Player Jayson Ramos and a Depante crosscourt hit. FEU coach George Pascua called time to stop the bleeding before setter Pitrus De Ocampo set up the then graduating Kirk Beliran for the finishing blow off a combination attack to complete the 25-27, 25-15, 19-25, 25-21, 15-13, victory. The Tams ended a four-year title drought for their 25th title overall.              SEASON 76: Ateneo-DLSU Women's Finals Game 3 (March 12, 2014) We all know how great Ateneo de Manila University was when they toppled the then four-peat-seeking and thrice-to-beat De La Salle University in the women’s Finals of UAAP Season 76. But in the four games that two proud teams fought, Game 3 decided the fate of the series. Yes, the series didn’t end here, but it definitely shifted the momentum to the eventual champion Lady Eagles and broke the Lady Spikers’ will. The Finals protagonists split the first two games with DLSU moving just a win away from extending its reign. Ateneo took control of the first two sets, but the Lady Spikers were able to mount a comeback to claim the next two to set up a decisive fifth frame. The race to the finish became thrilling as well as controversial.       It started out as a nip-and-tuck battle before DLSU built a 12-8 separation to move within three points from the crown. Drawing energy from crowd, the Alyssa Valdez-led Lady Eagles answered with a 6-1 blitz to move at match point. Ara Galang answered with a hit and a kill block to put the Taft-based squad at championship point. Valdez delivered at crunch time with a kill followed by a through the block kill by Michelle Morente for a 16-15 match point advantage. Then came the controversial call in the last play. DLSU setter Kim Fajardo was whistled for a double-contact as she tried to setup a play close to the net after a poor reception that ended the game, 25-21, 25-23, 18-25, 16-25, 17-15, as the shocked DLSU side held their hands in the air in disbelief.      It was the series’ backbreaker as Ateneo, with momentum on its side, finished off the Lady Spikers in straight sets in the series decider for the Lady Eagles’ breakthrough title and first of back-to-back crowns.   SEASON 78:  Ateneo-DLSU Women's Finals Game 2 (April 27, 2016) The then grand slam-seeking Ateneo Lady Eagles and DLSU Lady Spikers faced off in the Finals for the fifth straight time in Season 78. Eyeing redemption after finishing second for two straights seasons, DLSU shocked favored Ateneo led by its graduating hero Valdez in the series opener. The Lady Spikers were looking to finish off the Lady Eagles in Game 2. DLSU seemed to be on the right track when they took the first two sets. But Valdez, the Season Most Valuable Player, carried Ateneo on her back as the Lady Eagles rallied in the next two frames to force a deciding frame. With Valdez leading the way and momentum shifting on their side, the Lady Eagles were able to create a 10-7 separation. DLSU closed the gap, 11-13, only to see Ateneo hammer down the final blows. Jho Maraguinot scored an off the block kill before Amy Ahomiro turned back Majoy Baron to seal Ateneo’s 18-25, 26-28, 25-17, 25-16, 15-11. Valdez registered her then second-best scoring performance of 34 points including 32 kills. But the feat just delayed DLSU’s redemption season as the Lady Spikers took Game 3 and knocked the crown off the Lady Eagles’ heads for a victorious sendoff to graduating stars Mika Reyes, Ara Galang and Cyd Demecillo.     SEASON 79: Ateneo-DLSU Women's Finals Game 2 (May 6, 2017) Just like the previous year, DLSU stared at an Ateneo squad determined to drag the Season 79 Finals series to a deciding battle. The Lady Eagles were able take a 1-2 match advantage. The Lady Spikers regrouped in the fourth to put the match in another wild wind up. Riding the momentum of its fourth set win, DLSU raced to an early 6-2 advantage and looked poised to go for the kill as the Lady Spikers stretched their advantage to 10-4. Ateneo fought back, chipping away DLSU’s lead to close in, 9-12. Tin Tiamzon gave the Lady Spikers more breathing room only for Jho Maraguinot to cut DLSU’s lead to three once again. A Majoy Baron quick attack pushed the Lady Spikers at championship point before Maraguinot threw in the white towel after sending her attack long as DLSU walked away with a 19-25, 25-14, 18-25, 25-18, 15-10, victory and a 10th overall title.       SEASON 79: Ateneo-NU Men's Finals series (May 2 and May 6, 2017) It was the Ateneo Blue Eagles perfect season. The Marck Espejo, Rex Intal, Josh Villanueva and Tony Koyfman bannered Blue Eagles completed a rare 16-0 season sweep. But the Ateneo had to go through the proverbial eye of the needle to achieve the feat especially in the Finals series where the Blue Eagles needed stave off the gritty Bryan Bagunas and Fauzi Ismail-led NU Bulldogs in five sets twice. And in both games, Ateneo had to comeback from a 1-2 match deficit. Espejo dropped 29 points to lead the Blue Eagles to a 25-22, 21-25, 22-25, 25-18, 15-13, Game 1 win. The Season MVP again went firing on all cylinders in Game 2 as he scored 27 points including a 25-of-49 attacking clip in Ateneo’s 18-25, 25-16, 20-25, 25-18, 15-13, title-clincher. Ateneo claimed its third straight crown.    WORTH MENTIONING SEASON 70: FEU-Adamson Women's Finals Game 3 (March 2, 2008) When we talk about dramatic five-set finishes, the meeting between FEU and Adamson in Game 3 of Season 70 women’s will always be included in the classic list.   Yes, it happened 12 years ago. But hey, it deserves recognition. The Lady Tams boasted of a deep roster of talents in Rachel Anne Daquis, Maica Morada, Season MVP Wendy Semana, Majo Cafranca, Anna Abanto and rookie Shaira Gonzales. On the other hand, the Lady Falcons had Sang Laguilles, Angela Benting, Jill Gustillo, Michelle Segodine, prized libero Lizlee Ann Gata and Janet Serafica. After splitting the first two games, Adamson came a set close to its first-ever crown in Game 3 after taking a 2-1 match lead. But Daquis came alive in the fourth helping breathe new life to the Nes Pamilar-mentored Lady Tams. The fifth frame started out close before FEU unleashed five unanswered points to turn a 2-4 deficit to a 7-4 lead. Adamson responded with two straight points to move within one, 7-6, only to allow the Lady Tams to again pull away. Shirt-tugging Morada pushed FEU at match point, 14-8, off a kill before Benting saved a point for Adamson. But a late substitution on Segodine, who was supposed to take serve, by service specialist Jennifer Hiponia proved to be fatal. Hiponia under tremendous pressure put too much power on her serve as FEU escaped with a 14-25, 25-19, 23-25, 25-21, 15-9, victory and its 29th title overall.             SEASON 80: Ateneo-FEU men’s Final Four (April 21, 2018) It wasn’t a Finals game but the performance of Marck Espejo in this historic Final Four battle against FEU in Season 80 made this five-set clash worth mentioning. The then four-peat-seeking Ateneo was pitted against twice-to-beat Tamaraws. Espejo rewrote history as he carried the Blue Eagles on his back with a 55-point game to escape with a 18-25, 25-13, 24-26, 25-23, 15-9, win that forced a do-or-die match. The five-time MVP had a monster production of 47 attacks, six kill blocks and two aces. He scored 11 of Ateneo’s fifth set output. The Blue Eagles eventually clinched the last Finals spot but were dethroned by the Bulldogs.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 22nd, 2020

MPBL Commissioner Duremdes: 'We’re going to finish the season'

The Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season will push through with its stalled division and national finals. MPBL Commissioner Kenneth Duremdes gave this assurance Wednesday to quash speculations the league is going to cancel the remaining games of its third season in the wake of the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic. As to when will be the resumption of the division finals, Duremdes said it will depend on the national government’s decision on easing up restrictions on the staging of public gatherings, including sports events. “We’re going to finish the season, said Duremdes, who is holed up in his hometown of Koronadal, South Cotabato. “We’re just waiting for the clearance of the national government.” President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to announce whether the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), in effect until April 30, will be lifted, extended, or modified. Though the consensus is a modified ECQ will be implemented, Duremdes said there are a lot of issues to be tackled before the MPBL can resume. “First, we need to advice the four teams (San Juan Knights, Makati Super Crunch, Davao Occidental Tigers, Basilan Steel) involved since they are all coming from inactivity and the players need to get back in shape,” said Duremdes. “Then we need to consider the stand of the LGUs (local government units). Other factors to be considered, according to Duremdes, are land travel, resumption of domestic flights, sea travel, and the availability of hotels, restaurants, and game venues. “We can play as soon as the ECQ is lifted but behind closed doors,” said Duremdes. “Hopefully the situation brightens up.” Both the South division finals between San Juan and Makati and the North division finals between Davao and Basilan are tied at 1-1, forging Game 3 deciders. San Juan beat Makati, 76-60, in their series opener but Makati rebounded with a 91-88 victory in Game 2 held behind closed doors at FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan. Basilan edged Davao, 74-72, in Game 1 in Tagum City, but Davao equalized with an 81-76 triumph in Game 2 held at the jampacked Lamitan City Gymnasium. The division winners will dispute the Lakan Season national crown in a best-of-five series. The Batangas City Tanduay Athletics ruled the inaugural MPBL Anta Rajah Cup participated in by 10 teams, while the San Juan Knights emerged champions of the 26-team Datu Cup. Now boasting 31 teams, MPBL is supposed to open its fourth season on June 12, but it will be moved back owing to recent developments. Like Duremdes, MPBL founder and CEO (chief executive officer) Sen. Manny Pacquiao is also bent on finishing the Lakan Season once the coronavirus gets contained. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 22nd, 2020

MPBL: San Juan s Ayonayon believes ECQ levels the playing field

After overwhelming Makati in the series opener of the 2020 Chooks-to-Go MPBL Lakan North Division Finals, San Juan-Go for Gold was supposed to go for the jugular come Game Two. However, disaster struck for the Knights, shifting the momentum they once had to Makati's side. The third-ranked Super Crunch-backed squad was able to live to fight another day, outlasting the defending Datu Cup champions in a heart-stopping 91-88 victory to force a deciding Game Three. But with the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) implemented in Luzon extended due to the country's ongoing war against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the entire sporting world, including the MPBL, has been on pause for over a month now. And San Juan star shooting guard Mike Ayonayon believes that this development will only level the playing field for both sides. "Sa akin may advantage at disadvantage yung lockdown. Advantage kasi galing sa panalo yung Makati, so nasa kanila yung momentum kaya nung nagkaroon ng quarantine, nahinto yung momentum nila," shared the reigning Datu Cup Finals MVP, who is averaging 12.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.4 steals per game. "Sa tingin ko patas lang kami ng Makati ngayon, kasi parehas nakapahinga parehas wala sa timing, so parang back to zero ulit." The 27-year-old also stressed that the extra break will give his teammates, especially injured players like Larry Rodriguez, more time to recuperate from their respective injuries. "Saka sa amin, si Kuya Larry galing injury so makakapahinga din siya. Hopefully, makalaro na siya sa Game Three," said Ayonayon. Now wary of Makati, Ayonayon bared that the Knights must stick to the coaching staff's schemes for them to be able to take out a hungry Makati squad. "Sa tingin ko yung team defense namin at ball movement namin magpapanalo sa amin at yung kagustuhan manalo," said the 6-foot guard out of Rizal. "Ang palagi naman nireremind sa amin ni Coach Randy [Alcantara] ay kung sino malaki ang puso yun ang mananalo." With a cloud of uncertainty shadowing the division finals' return, Ayonayon vows to stay in shape and be ready for San Juan's do-or-die clash......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 16th, 2020

MPBL: ECQ giving Davao s Mark Yee time to heal from injury

With the 2020 Chooks-to-Go MPBL Lakan Season Division Finals put on hold due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Davao Occidental-Cocolife main man Mark Yee is putting all his spare time to good use. After being initially diagnosed with a torn plantaris muscle on his right knee due to a collision during the Game Two of their quarterfinals match-up against Bicol last February 21, MRI results revealed that the 38-year-old bruiser suffered a partial anterior cruciate ligament tear and a torn calf. Despite the injuries, Yee battled through the pain and managed to suit up in four of Davao Occidental’s last five playoff games. But with Luzon placed under enhanced community quarantine due to the country’s on-going fight against the pandemic, Yee is maximizing his extra time to work out, making sure that he’s a hundred-percent ready once their Game Three clash against Basilan-Jumbo Plastic resume. “Sobrang malaking bagay ‘to para sa akin kasi makakapag rehab ako kahit dito sa bahay at makakapaghanda para sa game. Bahay lang talaga, kaunting papawis. Sa ngayon ang iniisip ko sana matapos muna ‘tong COVID virus, dasal lang saka tiwala kay God talaga,” Yee shared. “Pinagaling na ako ni God, pero masaya na malungkot ako dahil sa quarantine. Siyempre, masaya kasi may time ako makapag-workout at makapaghanda para sa Game Three pero malungkot kasi maraming mga tao yung naapektuhan at ‘di makapagtrabaho." Despite the future of the Lakan playoffs being uncertain, Yee insisted that the Tigers need to brace for every possible scenario -- including a win-or-go-home Game Three. “Walang nakakalamang e, kahit home court namin or nasa amin yung momentum, kailangan namin pagtrabahuhan nang maigi para makuha namin yung panalo.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 5th, 2020

Beermen, Hotshots clash in PBA opener

San Miguel Beer begins its title-retention bid of the Philippine Cup sans June Mar Fajardo as the 45th Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) reels off today at the Smart Araneta Colisuem. The Beermen, eyeing their sixth straight All-Filipino crown, battle Magnolia at 7:30 in the evening in the lone game right after the annual Leo Awards and […] The post Beermen, Hotshots clash in PBA opener appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMar 7th, 2020

Tigers, Steel near finale

Davao Occidental-Cocolife and Basilan-Jumbo Plastic moved a win away from setting up a gigantic South Division finale after turning back their respective opponents in the MPBL Chooks-to-Go/Lakan Season semifinals opener Monday night at the RMC Petrogazz Gym in Davao City......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 3rd, 2020

MPBL: Makati demolishes Caloocan in 42-point rout; Davao bounces back

Makati-Super Crunch ended its two-game skid in emphatic fashion, romping Caloocan-Victory Liner by 42 points, 119-77, in the 2019-20 Chooks-to-Go MPBL Lakan Season at the San Andres Sports Complex in Manila, Wednesday. Joshua Torralba powered the romp with 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting including six treys, helping Makati to a 21-6 win-loss record, still at third spot in the Northern division. Josrph Sedurifa chipped in 16 points, six rebounds, and six assists while Cedric Ablaza added 15 markers and nine boards. John Rey Villanueva and Rudy Lingganay also finished in double figures in points with 13 and 11, respectively. "We are still in the adjustment phase pero sobrang happy ako kasi inaccept ng players yung challenge. The win should be really credited to the players because they played very well," said coach Beaujing Acot, who earned his first win as Makati's head tactician. The Super Crunch-backed squad opened the game scorching, zooming to a 14-2 advantage, punctuated by back-to-back triples by Torralba, and never looked back. Joseph Manlangit's rim-rattling jam in the waning seconds of the game gave Makati its biggest lead of the game at 42, 119-77. Makati's bench did the heavy lifting with 64 points against Caloocan's 34. Paul Sanga paced Caloocan with 17 points and six rebounds while Damian Lasco had 14 markers. The loss allowed the Supremos to drop their fourth-straight game and slip to the ninth spot in the North behind a 14-13 card, half-a-game behind Pasay at 14-12 in the same division. In the earlier game, Nueva Ecija broke away late, thwarting Bulacan, 85-78. Leading by just a point, 72-71, Jai Reyes took over for the Rice Vanguards. He scored the next 10 points for his team - a floater, an and-one, and five freebies - to restore order with 2:09 left, 82-73. However, the Kuyas wouldn't go without a fight as Dennis Santos and Jovit Dela Cruz cut Nueva Ecija's lead to five, 82-77 with 37.89 ticks left. But they could not buy a basket in the waning seconds to give their foes the victory. "Our pick and roll today was good, marami kaming nakuha out of that. We just slowly chipped away even though Bulacan was in control most of the game," said Rice Vanguards assistant coach Carlo Tan. Reyes registered 20 points and 15 assists as the also-ran Nueva Ecija improved to 9-18 in the Northern division. Tonino Gonzaga also delivered 20 markers of his own with seven rebounds while Justin Arana beasted in the paint, tallying 19 points, 14 rebounds, and four blocked shots. The Rice Vanguards flexed their muscles on the defensive end, limiting Bulacan to a measly 25-of-78 clip, good for just 32.1 percent, while they buried 43.5 percent of their attempts. Dela Cruz led the Kuyas with 14 points and six rebounds while JR Taganas contributed 13 markers, eight boards, and four dimes. With the loss, Bulacan halted its six-game winning streak and fell to 18-9, tied with 1Bataan-Camaya Coast for the fourth and fifth spots in the North. In the first contest, Davao Occidental-Cocolife got back on the winning track after topping Parañaque-Yabo Sports, 78-70. The Tigers raised their win-loss card to 22-4, three days after absorbing a humiliating 84-65 defeat at the hands of San Juan -- their Datu Cup finals tormentor. "Parañaque played tough. This is another learning experience for us. It is good playing against those hungry and young teams," said Davao coach Don Dulay. Trailing, 63-76 with 3:40 remaining in the fourth quarter, Parañaque made one last run, launching seven unanswered points, capped by Keith Pido's jumper, 70-76, with 45 ticks left. But it was too little, too late as Bogs Raymundo answered with a deuce on the other end before the Patriots missed their shots to end the match. With Parañaque ahead 27-21 in the second period, the Tigers unleashed a 16-1 surge, capped by Mark Yee's layup to gain control, 37-28, with 3:28 left. Yee came through with a big double-double of 17 points and 17 rebounds alongside six assists, Emman Calo had 13 markers built on three treys. Chester Saldua added 11 points, five steals, and four boards. James Abugan's 14 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two steals, and a block could not stop Parañaque from dropping its seventh-straight loss as they slipped to 8-20, 13th in the Northern division. The Scores: FIRST GAME Davao Occidental-Cocolife 78 - Yee 17, Calo 13, Balagtas 12, Saldua 11, Robles 10, Raymundo 10, Ludovice 3, Bonleon 2, Gaco 0, Mocon 0, Forrester 0, Adormeo 0. Paranaque-Yabo Sports 70 - Abugan 14, Pido 12, Sunga 11, Solis 10, Mangalino 10, Saguiguit 7, Banzali 4, Begaso 2, Larotin 0, Antonares 0, Lucente 0, Menguez 0. Quarterscores: 18-23, 43-34, 64-52, 78-70. SECOND GAME Nueva Ecija 85 - Reyes 20, Gonzaga 20, Arana 19, Sarao 7, Sabellina 6, Monte 6, Martinez 3, Garcia 2, Dela Cruz L. 2, Celada 0, De Leon 0. Bulacan 78 - Dela Cruz J. 14, Taganas 13, Escosio 11, Diputado 9, Alabanza 9, Nermal 8, Alvarez 5, Santos 5, Capacio 2, Arim 2, Siruma 0. Quarterscores: 11-21, 36-39, 56-61, 85-78. THIRD GAME Makati-Super Crunch 119 - Torralba 24, Sedurifa 16, Apinan 16, Ablaza 15, Villanueva 13, Lingganay 11, Baloria 8, Asoro 8, Cruz 2, Manlangit 2, Importante 2, Morales 2, Cayanan 0, Sta. Maria 0. Caloocan-Victory Liner 77 - Sanga 17, Lasco 14, Escalambre 11, Labing-isa 9, Tongco 7, Ambulodto 5, Cervantes 5, Marilao 4, Sarangay 2, Gonzales 2, Cayson 1, Garcia 0. Quarterscores: 29-16, 60-42, 89-59, 119-77......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2020

Renzo Subido hopes breakthrough leads all the way to PBA

Renzo Subido began his fifth and final year for University of Sto. Tomas as a potent scoring option. He closed his collegiate career as an all-around point guard that steered the Growling Tigers to a pleasant surprise of a Finals run. Now, the 5-foot-8 playmaker is hoping to bank on this breakthrough campaign for the 2019 PBA Draft. “I feel excited about living my dream which is being able to play in the PBA if given a chance,” he said a day after his application to the rookie selection process was filed last Wednesday. “After all, the PBA is what all my hard work was for.” In the recently concluded season, he averaged 8.8 points, 3.8 assists, and 2.1 rebounds - and hit the big-time triple that essentially shot the black and gold from fourth-seed to the Finals. For Subido, getting drafted will also be yet another big-time win for UST’s rejuvenated basketball program. As he put it, “I owe UST so much. I would have not been where am I today of it were not for UST.” He then continued, “Hence, if given a chance to play in the PBA, I will always live up to the ideals of being a Thomasian.” It is yet to be determined if the 23-year-old will finish what he had already started with San Juan in the MPBL. Because the new PBA season is being penciled in for March of next year, though, he will still play with the Knights for the foreseeable future. Alongside Subido, Far Eastern University’s Hubert Cani, Wendell Comboy, and Barkley Ebona as well as College of St. Benilde’s Yankie Haruna and San Sebastian College-Recoletos’ Alvin Capobres have also declared for the 2019 PBA Draft on December 8. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 28th, 2019

MPBL: Robles the hero as DavOcc stops Manila in heated game

In a clash of contenders that lived up to its billing, the Davao Occidental Tigers - Cocolife successfully defended their home court in beating the visiting Manila Stars - Frontrow 79-76 in Saturday night's main game of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season. The large crowd at the Rizal Memorial College gym in Davao City witnessed a testy, see-saw encounter that ended with a game-clinching triple from DavOcc's Billy Robles. "Sabi ni coach mag-focus lagi at huwag magpadala sa sinasabi ng kalaban, nagbunga naman," said the Ilonggo gunner afterwards. His stunning triple off the glass with 12 seconds gave the Tigers a two point lead that held up until the end. Cocolife's Emman Calo scored all of his team-high 16 points in the first half, which ended with the Davaoenos up 40-31. Midway through the third period and down 50-40, Manila's Gabby Espinas was whistled for throwing an arm at DavOcc's Chester Saldua while the two battled for a rebound. Espinas also seemed to step on or near Saldua before walking away. The refs gave him an unsportsmanlike foul and then a technical, which equals a disqualifying foul. On the way to the dugout Espinas was seen, with his two hands, making a motion that appeared to be like that of someone stirring a bowl. Then just before the third quarter ended, Frontrow assistant coach Ariel Vanguardia vehemently protested a call against Mac Tallo. He was slapped with two technicals and also sent packing as the period finished with the Tigers up 62-55. The ejections seemed to flip a switch with Manila, with Chris Bitoon stroking in a pair of three-bombs as a devastating 13-0 Manila run gave them a shock 68-62 lead with seven minutes left. But Tiger Bonbon Custodio caught fire and reeled off a series of baskets, including a bucket off the glass with a foul as well. He made the free throw to cut the Manila lead to one, 74-73, with two minutes to go. Then with 38 seconds left Billy Robles coaxed the ball in as Cocolife retook the lead, 75-74. Manila grabbed the advantage back when Ronnie Matias collected a perfect bounce pass from Bitoon and finished off the baseline. Twenty-seven seconds showed on the clock. Robles then sunk his brilliant banked 3-pointer with 12 seconds left for 78-76. Mac Tallo missed, Gian Abrigo rattled the follow-up, and Tallo got an unsportsmanlike foul for barging into rebounder Ivan Ludovice, resulting in his dismissal and a chance for Ludovice to pad the lead just before the game ended. Manila rued a subpar 36% clip from the field including a poor 19%, or 5/26 from outside. Davao Occidental strengthens their position atop the South Division at 18-3 while Manila loses for just the fourth time in 21 Lakan Season games. Chris Bitoon and Aris Dioniso were the best scorers for Frontrow, with 15 points apiece. The undercard saw the Batangas City Athletics Tanduay prevail in the battle for bragging rights across the Verde Island Passage. The Batanguenos, who are now coached by former UP Fighting Maroon Woody Co, outgunned the Mindoro Tamaraws 106-99, with Jason Melano providing 26 points and 8 rebounds for Tanduay, with Jaymo Eguilos just a point behind. Batangas led by as much as 15 in the first half before a late five-point barrage by Mark Doligon helped the Tamaraws pull to within 9, 55-46 at halftime. The lead stayed put at the end of the third at 78-69 despite eight points in the period from Mindoro's Mac Baracael. Athletics big man Eguilos was good for 11 in those 10 minutes. In the fourth quarter Mindoro's Sandy Cenal brought his team to within three possessions of Batangas, 102-93 with a free throw with 2:30 remaining. But hopes of a late surprise were quashed by a Melano split and Jeff Viernes layup for a 12-point lead with 1:49 left. Batangas City were a superb 48% from the field and feasted inside, scoring 66 points in the paint against 48 from their rivals. Baracael led Mindoro with 18 points, Justin Tan's team slides to 8-16 while the Athletics are now sporting a 13-8 card good for 4th in the South Division......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 24th, 2019

Maroons, Tigers clash in KO match

Who gets to face Ateneo in the UAAP best-of-three finals will be known today when University of the Philippines and Santo Tomas figure in a do-or-die contest at the MOA Arena......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 12th, 2019

Tams, Tigers clash in KO tiff

It’s win or go home for FEU and Santo Tomas as they lock horns in a knockout battle kicking off the stepladder semifinals of the 82nd UAAP men’s basketball tournament today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 5th, 2019

Ateneo, UST clash in Round 2 opener

Enjoying the view from the top, unbeaten defending champion Ateneo battles dangerous Santo Tomas today at the start of the 82nd UAAP men’s basketball tournament second round at the MOA Arena......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 4th, 2019

Pacquiao to play basketball in Dubai exhibition

The Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League goes international on Friday when the Batangas Athletics tangle with the Davao Occidental Tigers in a regular game of the Lakan Season today at Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai. The Tanduay-backed Athletics, along with the other members of the MPBL contingent, will be flying to the United Arab Emirates capital […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsSep 26th, 2019

Eagles, Tigers collide

Ateneo and Santo Tomas clash in a duel of unbeaten squads, disputing the early solo lead in the 82nd UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum today......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 10th, 2019

UAAP hostilities on today

Reigning champ Ateneo and consensus top contender Adamson clash in a key battle right in the opener of 82nd UAAP basketball tournament today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2019

Souped-up F2, Generika clash in PSL opener

Filipino-American sensation Kalei Mau makes her keenly awaited debut with the rejigged F2 Logistics versus Generika-Ayala today in the opener of the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 14th, 2019

Eagles, Saints favored sides in DL Final 4

Top-ranked squads Cignal-Ateneo and Valencia City Bukidnon-SSCR fight for first blood when they clash in the opener of their PBA D-League best-of-three semifinals today at the Paco Arena in Manila......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2019

Beermen, Bolts clash in do-or-die Game 2

The San Miguel Beermen’s quest for a historic sixth consecutive PBA Philippine Cup crown is on the line as they face the marauding Meralco Bolts in the do-or-die quarterfinals today, November 15, at the Angeles University Foundation (AUF) Sports and Cultural Center in Angeles, Pampanga. The fifth-seeded Bolts nullified the fourth-seeded Beermen’s twice-to-beat advantage with […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsNov 15th, 2020

Old rivalry renewed as Gin Kings, Bolts clash today

NINE months after their Governor’s Cup title showdown, rivals Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings and Meralco Bolts will collide anew, this time inside the PBA bubble in Clark, Pampanga. The Gin Kings and the Bolts will meet in the 6:45 p.m. main game of PBA Season 45 Philippine Cup at the Angeles University Foundation Sports Arena […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

A shooting guard like & lsquo;Super Mark& rsquo;

Ken Mark Miranda, a cager from Bacoor Strikers in the MPBL, has gone a long way. From being a skinny young varsity player at Arellano University High School to UPHSD Las Pinas and played for Adamson University in his college days en route to his MPBL today, the story of this young guy’s determination to succeed is unwavering. .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2020