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UAAP 82: Ateneo cruises to 6-1 win over UST in Men s Football

Ateneo de Manila University's offense was running on all cylinders, as the defending champions cruised to a 6-1 victory over University of Santo Tomas to record their first win in the UAAP Season 82 Men's Football Tournament, Sunday afternoon at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.  Team captain Nino Herrera was in the forefront of the Blue Eagles' offensive attack, as he was able to draw first blood just ten minutes in, firing from outside the box off a Luka Alleje assist.  In the 27th minute, Mark Nacional was the reciepient of a well-placed cross as he was charging into the box, leading to an easy tip-in past UST keeper Ralph Logronio.  At the 40-minute mark, Nacional again made his presence felt on the offensive end, this time being the playmaker as he found Alleje for Ateneo's third goal. Two minutes later, Herrera's risky pass inside the box found its way to the back of the net, courtesy of a Sam Lim header, making it a 4-0 drubbing at the midway point.  The scoring spree spilled over into the second half for Ateneo, as Herrera made good on a penalty kick in the 53rd minute following a UST foul inside the box to make it a comfortable 5-0 cushion. It was Herrera's third goal of the young UAAP season.  The Growling Tigers managed to pull one back in the 69th minute, courtesy of rookie Stephen Marasigan, who recorded his second goal of the year.  Jabez Setters put the finishing touches in the 75-minute mark, as he easily scores on a header off a keeper miscue.  "Yung target talaga namin for this game was to get the three points," said Ateneo head coach Jaypee Merida. "Yun din, to improve palagi, so na-improve namin yung movement namin from the UP game. Yung movement ng UP, talagang unpredictable, di mo ma-control kung saan nang-gagaling, so yung nangyari siguro against UST dito is talagang nag-improve yung movement and yung hunger to score talaga.  With the win, Ateneo snags their first win of the tournament, bouncing back from their opening day draw to University of the Philippines. The defending champions now have 4 points in the tournament.  UST meanwhile absorbs their first loss of the season after taking their opening matchup against National University. The Growling Tigers sit at 3 points. .....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnMar 8th, 2020

LIGA Schedule for Wednesday, May 27th, 2020

ABS-CBN S+A may be off the air for now, but don't worry! You can still catch your favorite sports events on LIGA!  Here's what's showing for Wednesday, May 27th!   12:00 AM - 2019 SEA Games Men's Volleyball Bronze Medal Match: Thailand vs. Indonesia 12:30 AM - ONE Warrior Spirit 1:30 AM - 2019 SEA Games Men's Football: Philippines vs. Cambodia 3:30 AM - LIGA Rewind - NCAA Season 94 Men’s Basketball: JRU vs. Lyceum 5:30 AM - Team FitFil 6:00 AM - LIGA Rewind - NCAA Season 94 Men’s Basketball: Mapua vs. San Beda 8:00 AM -  KALYE CONFESSIONS Stay at Home Edition: Jia Morado and Bea De Leon 8:30 AM - Kapamilya Daily Mass 9:00 AM - LIGA Rewind - Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Battle for 3rd Place: PacificTown Army vs. BanKo Perlas 11:00 AM - LIGA Rewind - Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Finals Game 1: Creamline vs. PetroGazz 1:00 PM - KALYE CONFESSIONS Stay at Home Edition: Jia Morado and Bea De Leon 1:30 PM - LIGA Rewind - UAAP Season 79 Men's Volleyball: FEU vs. UST 3:30 PM - Team FitFil 4:00 PM - LIGA Rewind - UAAP Season 79 Women's Volleyball: UP vs. NU 6:00 PM - KALYE CONFESSIONS Stay at Home Edition: Jia Morado and Bea De Leon 6:30 PM - LIGA Rewind - UAAP Season 81 Men's Basketball: Ateneo vs. UE 8:30 PM - LIGA Rewind - UAAP Season 81 Men’s Basketball: UP vs. FEU 10:30 PM - ONE Championship Greatest Rivalries 11:30 PM - 2019 SEA Games Swimming   Catch your favorite sports events on LIGA channel 86 and LIGA HD channel 183 on Sky Cable!  LIGA is also available nationwide thru its 200 Cable affiliates......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 26th, 2020

LIGA Schedule for Monday, May 25th, 2020

ABS-CBN S+A may be off the air for now, but don't worry! You can still catch your favorite sports events on LIGA!  Here's what's showing for Monday, May 25th!    12:00 AM - 2019 SEA Games Women's Football Semis: Vietnam vs. Philippines 1:30 AM - 2019 SEA Games Men's Football: Malaysia vs. Myanmar 3:30 AM - LIGA Rewind - NCAA Season 94 Men’s Basketball: Lyceum vs. San Sebstian 5:30 AM - Team FitFil 6:00 AM - LIGA Rewind - NCAA Season 94 Men’s Basketball: San Beda vs. JRU 8:00 AM -  HOMEWORK 8:30 AM - Kapamilya Daily Mass 9:00 AM - LIGA Rewind - UAAP Season 80 Men's Football: Adamson vs. Ateneo 11:00 AM - LIGA Rewind - UAAP Season 80 Men's Football: UST vs. UE 1:00 PM - HOMEWORK 1:30 PM - LIGA Rewind - UAAP Season 79 Men's Volleyball: UP vs. Ateneo 3:30 PM - Team FitFil 4:00 PM - LIGA Rewind - UAAP Season 79 Women's Volleyball: DLSU vs. Ateneo 6:00 PM - HOMEWORK 6:30 PM - LIGA Rewind - UAAP Season 81 Men's Basketball: DLSU vs. Adamson  9:30 PM - LIGA Rewind - UAAP Season 81 Men’s Basketball: FEU vs. Ateneo 11:30 PM - ONE Championship Best of 2019   Catch your favorite sports events on LIGA channel 86 and LIGA HD channel 183 on Sky Cable!  LIGA is also available nationwide thru its 200 Cable affiliates......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 24th, 2020

LIGA Schedule for Saturday, May 23, 2020

ABS-CBN S+A may be off the air for now, but don't worry! You can still catch your favorite sports events on LIGA!  Here's what's showing for Saturday, May 23rd!    12:00 AM - 2019 SEA Games Men's Weightlifting 1:30 AM - 2019 SEA Games Men's Football: Myanmar vs. Cambodia 3:30 AM - LIGA Rewind - NCAA Season 94 Men’s Basketball: Perpetual vs. CSB 5:30 AM - Team FitFil 6:00 AM - LIGA Rewind - NCAA Season 94 Men’s Basketball: Arellano vs. San Beda 8:00 AM -  The Score 8:30 AM - Kapamilya Daily Mass 9:00 AM - LIGA Rewind - 2019 PVL Reinforced Conference: PetroGazz vs. BanKo Perlas 11:00 AM - LIGA Rewind - 2019 PVL Reinforced Conference Semifinals: BanKo Perlas vs. PetroGazz 1:00 PM - The Score 1:30 PM - LIGA Rewind - UAAP Season 79 Men's Volleyball: DLSU vs. Ateneo 3:30 PM - Team FitFil 4:00 PM - LIGA Rewind - UAAP Season 79 Women's Volleyball: UST vs. NU 6:00 PM - The Score 6:30 PM - ONE eSports: Dota 2 Singapore World Pro Invitational 9:30 PM - LIGA Rewind - UAAP Season 81 Men’s Basketball: Ateneo vs. UP 11:30 PM - 2019 SEA Games Men's Gymnastics   Catch your favorite sports events on LIGA channel 86 and LIGA HD channel 183 on Sky Cable!  LIGA is also available nationwide thru its 200 Cable affiliates......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2020

LIGA Schedule for Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

ABS-CBN S+A may be off the air for now, but don't worry! You can still catch your favorite sports events on LIGA!  Here's what's showing for Tuesday, May 19th!    12:00 AM - Best of ONE Championship 2019: ONE: Warrior Spirit 1:30 AM - 2019 SEA Games Men's Football:  3:30 AM - LIGA Rewind - NCAA Season 94 Men’s Basketball: Mapua vs. Perpetual 5:30 AM - Team FitFil 6:00 AM - LIGA Rewind - NCAA Season 94 Men’s Basketball: San Sebastian vs. San Beda 8:00 AM -  Extra Rice 8:30 AM - Kapamilya Daily Mass 9:00 AM - LIGA Rewind - UAAP Season 80 Men's Football: UE vs. FEU 11:00 AM - LIGA Rewind - UAAP Season 80 Men's Football: Ateneo vs. NU 1:00 PM - Extra Rice 1:30 PM - LIGA Rewind - UAAP Season 79 Men's Volleyball: Ateneo vs. Adamson 3:30 PM - Team FitFil 4:00 PM - LIGA Rewind - UAAP Season 79 Women's Volleyball: FEU vs. NU 6:00 PM - Extra Rice 6:30 PM - LIGA Rewind - UAAP Season 81 Men's Basketball: UST vs. UP 8:30 PM - LIGA Rewind - UAAP Season 81 Men’s Basketball: Ateneo vs. FEU 10:30 PM - 2019 SEA Games Men's Volleyball: Semifinals - Philippines vs. Thailand   Catch your favorite sports events on LIGA channel 86 and LIGA HD channel 183 on Sky Cable!  LIGA is also available nationwide thru its 200 Cable affiliates......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 18th, 2020

LIGA Schedule for Monday, May 18th, 2020

ABS-CBN S+A may be off the air for now, but don't worry! You can still catch your favorite sports events on LIGA!  Here's what's showing for Monday, May 18th!    12:00 AM - 2019 SEA Games Women's Football: Philippines vs. Myanmar 1:30 AM - 2019 SEA Games Men's Football: Philippines vs. Timor Leste 3:30 AM - LIGA Rewind - NCAA Season 94 Men’s Basketball: CSB vs. EAC 5:30 AM - Team FitFil 6:00 AM - LIGA Rewind - NCAA Season 94 Men’s Basketball: Perpetual vs. JRU 8:00 AM -  Homework 8:30 AM - Kapamilya Daily Mass 9:00 AM - LIGA Rewind - UAAP Season 80 Men's Football: Adamson vs. Ateneo 11:00 AM - LIGA Rewind - UAAP Season 80 Men's Football: UST vs. UE 1:00 PM - Homework 1:30 PM - LIGA Rewind - UAAP Season 79 Men's Volleyball: NU vs. FEU 3:30 PM - Team FitFil 4:00 PM - LIGA Rewind - UAAP Season 79 Women's Volleyball: UST vs. Adamson 6:00 PM - Homework 6:30 PM - LIGA Rewind - UAAP Season 81 Men's Basketball: UP vs. NU 8:30 PM - LIGA Rewind - UAAP Season 81 Men’s Basketball: Adamson vs. FEU 10:30 PM - Best of ONE Championship 2019   Catch your favorite sports events on LIGA channel 86 and LIGA HD channel 183 on Sky Cable!  LIGA is also available nationwide thru its 200 Cable affiliates......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 17th, 2020

LIGA Schedule for Thursday, May 14th, 2020

ABS-CBN S+A may be off the air for now, but don't worry! You can still catch your favorite sports events on LIGA!  Here's what's showing for Thursday, May 14th!    12:00 AM - 2019 SEA Games Swimming 1:30 AM - 2019 SEA Games Women's Football 3:30 AM - LIGA Rewind - NCAA Season 94 Men’s Basketball: Lyceum vs. Perpetual 5:30 AM - Team FitFil 6:00 AM - LIGA Rewind - NCAA Season 94 Men’s Basketball: Mapua vs. San Sebastian 8:00 AM -  Upfront 8:30 AM - Kapamilya Daily Mass 9:00 AM - 2019 PVL Reinforced Conference: BaliPure vs. PetroGazz  11:00 AM - 2019 PVL Reinforced Conference: Motolite vs. Pacifictown Army 1:00 PM - Upfront 1:30 PM - LIGA Rewind - UAAP Season 79 Men’s Volleyball: NU vs. UST 3:30 PM - Team FitFil 4:00 PM - LIGA Rewind - UAAP Season 79 Women’s Volleyball: Ateneo vs. UP  6:00 PM - Upfront 6:30 PM - LIGA Rewind - UAAP Season 81 Men’s Basketball: UST vs. UE 8:30 PM - LIGA Rewind - UAAP Season 81 Men’s Basketball: Ateneo vs. DLSU 10:30 PM - Pinoy Pride Presents: Young Warriors 11:30 PM - 2019 SEA Games Swimming   Catch your favorite sports events on LIGA channel 86 and LIGA HD channel 183 on Sky Cable!  LIGA is also available nationwide thru its 200 Cable affiliates......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 13th, 2020

LIGA Schedule for Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

ABS-CBN S+A may be off the air for now, but don't worry! You can still catch your favorite sports events on LIGA!  Here's what's showing for Wednesday, May 13th!    12:00 AM - 2019 SEA Games Men’s Volleyball 12:30 AM - ONE Warrior Spirit 1:30 AM - 2019 SEA Games Men’s Football 3:30 AM - LIGA Rewind - NCAA Season 94 Men’s Basketball: San Beda vs. Mapua 5:30 AM - Team FitFil 6:00 AM - LIGA Rewind - NCAA Season 94 Men’s Basketball: San Sebastian vs. EAC 8:00 AM -  Kalye Confessions 8:30 AM - Kapamilya Daily Mass 9:00 AM - 2019 PVL Reinforced Conference: PetroGazz vs. Banko Perlas  11:00 AM - 2019 PVL Reinforced Conference: Banko Perlas vs. Creamline 1:00 PM - Kalye Confessions 1:30 PM - LIGA Rewind - UAAP Season 79 Men’s Volleyball: Ateneo vs. FEU 3:30 PM - Team FitFil 4:00 PM - LIGA Rewind - UAAP Season 79 Women’s Volleyball: Adamson vs. Ateneo 6:00 PM - Kalye Confessions 6:30 PM - LIGA Rewind - UAAP Season 81 Men’s Basketball: DLSU vs. UST 8:30 PM - LIGA Rewind - UAAP Season 81 Men’s Basketball: NU vs. FEU 10:30 PM - ONE Championship Greatest Rivalries 11:30 PM - 2019 SEA Games Swimming   Catch your favorite sports events on LIGA channel 86 and LIGA HD channel 183 on Sky Cable!  LIGA is also available nationwide thru its 200 Cable affiliates......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 13th, 2020

LIGA Schedule for Tuesday, May 12, 2020

ABS-CBN S+A may be off the air for now, but don't worry! You can still catch your favorite sports events on LIGA!  Here's what's showing for Tuesday, May 12th!    12:00 AM - Best of ONE Championship 2019 - ONE: EDGE OF GREATNESS 1:30 AM - 2019 SEA Games Men’s Football 3:30 AM - LIGA Rewind - NCAA Season 94 Men’s Basketball: EAC vs San Beda  5:30 AM - Team FitFil 6:00 AM - LIGA Rewind - NCAA Season 94 Men’s Basketball: Letran vs. CSB 8:00 AM -  Extra Rice 8:30 AM - Kapamilya Daily Mass 9:00 AM - LIGA Rewind - UAAP Season 80 Men’s Football: Adamson vs. Ateneo 11:00 AM - LIGA Rewind - UAAP Season 80 Men’s Football: UST vs. UE 1:00 PM - Extra Rice 1:30 PM - LIGA Rewind - UAAP Season 79 Men’s Volleyball: UP vs. NU 3:30 PM - Team FitFil 4:00 PM - LIGA Rewind - UAAP Season 79 Women’s Volleyball: FEU vs. UE 6:00 PM - Extra Rice 6:30 PM - LIGA Rewind - UAAP Season 81 Men’s Basketball: DLSU vs. UP 8:30 PM - LIGA Rewind - UAAP Season 81 Men’s Basketball: FEU vs. UE 10:30 PM - 2019 SEA Games Men’s Volleyball   Catch your favorite sports events on LIGA channel 86 and LIGA HD channel 183 on Sky Cable!  LIGA is also available nationwide thru its 200 Cable affiliates......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 11th, 2020

UAAP football stars express sadness, disappointment over Season 82 cancellation

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic that has greatly affected the Philippines, among the rest of the world, many of the country’s sporting leagues have been left with no choice but to postpone or cancel their tournaments. For the University Athletic Association of the Philippines or the UAAP, the decision to cancel their 82nd season completely came after the Enhanced Community Quarantine in Luzon was extended until April 30th. For a lot of the second-semester sport athletes, it meant an abrupt end to a tournament that they’ve been preparing for for months, which is the case for the participants of the UAAP football tournaments. Already delayed two weeks due to an initial COVID-19 scare, the UAAP football tournaments lasted a total of three playdates. (READ ALSO: UAAP volleyball players react to Season 82 cancellation) “As a team we're all devastated of course, that this is how our season had to end. Months of preparation and sacrifice for the UAAP season and we weren't able to play it out,” said AJ Arcilla, goalkeeper for the defending champion Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles. “It's heartbreaking honestly, knowing that we won't be able to play the sport that we all love.” Arcilla added that he was fortunate enough to be able to fly home to his family in California before travel bans and lockdowns were put in motion. With that, he sees a silver lining to the otherwise difficult situation. “Personally, I was able to go home to my family in California and spend time with them, which is something I don’t get to do very often so I’m very grateful for that. I just hope and pray that everyone is able to spend time at home and stay healthy and safe despite the current situation.” For Adamson University sophomore Rey Poncardas, what stings the fact that the months of preparation have been all for naught. “Siyempre nasasayangan ako, kasi almost one year yugn pag-hihirap namin sa training, araw-araw gumigising ng maaga.” Poncardas admits however that he saw the cancellation coming because of the rising number of cases of the COVID-19 virus in the country. “Expect ko din na maca-cancel yung season kasi palala ng palala yung virus eh.” Now, with an extended off season in front of him, the second-year midfielder plans to work on improving himself for the coming season. “Para sa akin, sakripisyo lang sa training and stay focused lang po palagi, disiplina sa sarili.” While Ateneo’s Arcilla and Adamson’s Poncardas still have some playing years left on their UAAP careers, there are others who might be looking at the end of their days as collegiate athletes. “Personally, I was quite disappointed when I heard the season won’t push through because I really wanted to leave the team with good results,” said senior University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons forward JB Borlongan. “But with what is going on right now, our number one priority is the safety of everyone so I just have to accept everything that’s happening.” Borlongan was instrumental in UP’s last two title reigns in UAAP Season 78 and UAAP Season 80. If this is indeed this is the end of the line for Borlongan in his college career, the two-time UAAP champion says he can hold his head high and be proud what he was able to achieve. “Personally, I’m happy with what the team and I achieved during those 5 years. My most memorable moments with the team were Season 78 and 80 because I think those were the seasons were we played really well as a team and every game, we were really hungry to play,” Borlongan concluded. Far Eastern University Tamaraws right back Martin Salilig was expecting for the season to be cancelled, but admits that the news hit him differently once his expectations became reality. “I was in my workout yesterday when I found out about the cancellation of UAAP season 82. I was shocked and disappointed. Disappointed because of the situation and not because of the decision of the board,” Salilig explained. “Actually, I’m expecting that to happen, pero iba pala pag official cancelled na talaga. Sobrang sakit.” It was all the more difficult for Salilig who had hoped his final year could have played out differently. “It’s all about hard work, dedication and sacrifice, me and whole team gave it our all to show our best shot this season. I was not able to continue my workout because of sadness, naupo na lng ako sa sala, reminiscing all the memories I had with UAAP and with FEU.” “Knowing it’s my last playing, it broke my heart so much because I know inside of me, I want to do more, I want to play more. It never came to my mind that I will end my UAAP this way. I don’t know what’s next but still hoping for a positive outcome. We still want to play,” Salilig continued. Like Salilig, De La Salle University Green Archers team captain Jed Diamante was expecting for the worst, but actually hearing it happen was a different story. “From the time the games were postponed due to the pandemic, you can’t avoid thinking about all the possible scenarios the tournament could take, and the cancellation was honestly one of those being considered.” “However, mentally preparing ourselves for the decision of the board may not have been enough to prepare us from hearing the news because honestly it took us, especially the seniors, by surprise,” he continued. “I believe everyone has their own reasons for how they reacted to the news because we are all going through different situations amidst this global crisis.” “Although disheartening as it may seem, the decision of the board may be what is best for everyone at this stage. What we're going through is beyond sports and I sincerely hope that everyone is safe and healthy wherever they may be,” Diamante continued. Diamante hopes that fate would allow him to return to the pitch for one more season. If not, then he’s nothing but grateful for the opportunity and the experience. “Hopefully it's not [my last year yet] but if it were, then what I can say is I enjoyed every second of [my UAAP career]. By being able to wear the Green and White alone opened so many opportunities for me to grow as a student-athlete and as a person.” “I’ll also keep close to my heart the connections that were built throughout the years with my family on the field - my teammates and coaches. I'm profoundly blessed to have experienced all the challenges and victories with this group of respectable and genuine men,” he added. Although disheartening as it may seem, the decision of the board may be what is best for everyone at this stage. What we're going through is beyond sports and I sincerely hope that everyone is safe and healthy wherever they may be,” Diamanted concluded. Because of his transfer to National University, Bulldogs striker Rico Andes had to sit UAAP Season 81 out due to residency. In Season 82, he was supposed to be one of the focal points of a revamped NU side. “Nanghihinayang ako lalo na’t last playing year ko na sa UAAP, at gusto ko rin sanang suklian yung NU sa binigay nila sa akin na opportunity,” Andes said. “Pero wala namang may gustong mangyari ito. Lahat ng teams naman ang nag-handa ng ilang months at may gustong maabot this season, pero ngayon po, ang pinaka-importante ay ang kalusugan at kaligtasan ng lahat.” “Nakakapang-hinayang man pero alam kong ito ang ika-bubuti ng lahat,” he added. Because of the year off, Andes says that having the season end this way hurts a little more. “[Sobrang sakit po]. Naghintay ako ng mahigit isang taon para bumawi at makabalik sa UAAP tapos ito pa nangyari,” he stated. Andes may not have been able to taste UAAP glory, but the speedy scorer says he’s grateful for the experiences he was able to go though during his five-year UAAP career, if this is indeed the end. “Hindi man ako nakaranas na maka-kuha ng championship, pero sa limang taon ko sa UAAP, sobrang grateful ko sa tiwalang ipinadama ng mga coaches, teammates, friends, at familiy ko, especially sa nanay ko. Sobrang thankful ako sa FEU na nag-bukas sa akin ng football opportunity at naging tahanan ko ng ilang taon.” “Sobrang pasasalamat ko din sa NU na nag-bigay sa akin ng pangalawang tahanan. Walang kapantay na saya. Napaka-raming maliit at malalaking bagay ang natutunan ko sa UAAP career ko,” Andes concluded.      “Sa totoo lang, talagang nasayangan ako nung nag-cancel na yung UAAP ng mga natitirang games, kasi unang-una, sayang yung one year o higit pa na preparation para lang dun,” shared University of the East goalkeeper Franklin Rieza, who could also be on his way out. “Sakin kasi, parang last ko na din, kaya sayang talaga.” If given the chance to return next year, Rieza added the he wouldn’t hesistate, especially if the team still needs him by then. “Depende na, kasi graduation na lang hinihintay ko for this year eh, pero kung kakailanganin pa ako sa team, bakit hindi?” Following their forgettable UAAP Season 81 campaign, senior University of Santo Tomas striker Conrado Dimacali was hoping that Season 82 would be a bounce-back season for himself and the Growling Tigers. “Siyempre una po nalulungkot ako kasi last year na namin nila [Aljireh] Fuchigami, AJ Pasion, Jayson Rafol, at Ralph Logornio. Kaming mga graduating, gusto namin bumawi dahil nung last year na nangyari sa amin na hindi kami naka-pasok sa top-4, kaso yun lang nga, dahil sa nangyayari ngayon, wala din kami magagawa, pero masakit talaga,” Dimacali expressed. “Sobrang nakakalungko talaga, hindi nami ine-expect na magiging ganito yung last year namin.” While the future remains unclear for seniors like Dimacali, he’s hoping for the best and hoping for another chance to don the blue and gold of Espanya. Whatever happens, it was still quite the memorable collegiate run for the Growling Tigers scorer. “Yung pinaka-memorable sa akin yung Season 80 kasi yun yung nasa Finals kami, kaso hindi lang talaga para sa amin yun. Yung natutunan ko bilang college player ay maging strong sa loob ng football field at i-command yung mga teammates ko ng maayos sa loob at labas ng football field.”  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 8th, 2020

Phenom tops UAAP basketball s best monikers since 2000

The UAAP has long been a breeding ground - and a proving ground - for young talent before they make their way into the professional ranks. In the last 20 years alone, names such as Arwind Santos, Ben Mbala, and Thirdy Ravena have showcased their skills in the UAAP. Of course, all the highlights, all the headlines, and all the wins have helped define all those players. If those weren't enough, however, a lucky few also had nicknames that easily identified them. Here, we have gathered the best of the best monikers in the UAAP since 2000. And we have broken them down into these categories: MONIKERS THAT DESCRIBE HOW A PLAYER PLAYS When you think about La Salle' Mac Cardona, you think about his semi-hook shot - whether it be while he's standing still or he's rushing into the lane. That is why he's "Captain Hook." When you think about Ateneo's Matt Nieto, you think about his free throws and his long-range missiles that sealed the deal for Ateneo several times over in its three-peat. (Photo courtesy of Chinese Taipei Basketball League) That is why he's "Matty Ice." When you think about Green Archer Mike Cortez, you think about his smooth and silky moves around and through defenders and even when finishing at the rim. That is why he's "The Cool Cat." The same goes for Joseph Yeo's sneaky forays inside the paint as "The Ninja," JC Intal's explosive leaping ability as "The Rocket," or Nino Canaleta's versatility as a forward, much like "KG" Kevin Garnett. Following this logic, you would know why Larry Fonacier is "The Baby-Faced Assassin," Rico Maierhofer is "The Kite," Emman Monfort is "Pocket Rocket," Kib Montalbo is "Man of Steal," and Jason Perkins is "Hefty Lefty." MONIKERS THAT PLAYED ON GIVEN NAMES It's fun to be witty - and it's even more fun to use a player's very name for a moniker. Take Paul Lee, for instance, a feared gunslinger even from his time in UE. So you take Mr. Lee's last name and put it in a phrase that represents the effectiveness and efficiency of a weapon - and you have "Lethal Weapon." (Photo courtesy of Mon Jose Instagram) La Salle had a shooter just as deadly, if not even more so, in the form of Renren Ritualo. And because Renren made it rain threes all the way to having his jersey retired in Taft Avenue, he was "The Rainman." Kirk Long was never the fastest, was never the strongest, was never the best at shooting, was never the best at playmaking, but what he always had were the smarts to put it all together. That was very much evident especially in his latter years in Ateneo where he was one of the team's leaders - and that was more than enough for him to be mentioned as if he were William Shatner as "Captain Kirk," guiding the USS Enterprise to boldly go where no man has gone before. Also included here are "Wild Wild Wes" for Wesley Gonzales and "Super Sumang" for Roi Sumang. MONIKERS ABOUT ONE DEFINING MOMENT UP has not had an iconic moment in UAAP basketball since it won it all back in 1986. "Atin to, papasok to!" -- Paul Desiderio during the timeout. Moments later...#UAAPSeason80 pic.twitter.com/7yafSpldJM — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) September 10, 2017 Enter Paul Desiderio who, in the first game of UAAP 80, uttered two words that would become the rallying cry for all the Fighting Maroons. From then on, Desiderio became known as "Mr. Atin 'To" - and in Diliman, he will always be known as the legend who led State U's breaking of the proverbial glass ceiling. THE ULTIMATE UAAP MONIKER Monikers can be descriptive. Monikers can be fun. Monikers can be iconic. Not one moniker in the UAAP since 2000, however, has had as much of an impact as "Phenom." Kiefer Ravena has been known as Ateneo's "Phenom" ever since he donned the blue and white in high school. Without a doubt, he did nothing but live up to that billing as he ultimately became a two-time champion and two-time MVP as a Blue Eagle. His moniker, though, lived on in Katipunan long after he had left - with the school having "Phenoms" in women's volleyball, men's volleyball, and football. Make no mistake, Alyssa Valdez, Marck Espejo, and Jarvey Gayoso are great in their own right, but they will always have a nickname that, first and foremost, belonged to Kiefer Ravena. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 25th, 2020

UAAP working on alternative formats for collegiate events

With the National Capital Region placed under Public Health Emergency due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) has declared the current format collegiate tournaments cancelled. This is due to the stringent social distancing measures being implemented from March 15 to April 14, 2020 which prohibits mass gatherings such as "sporting events and other entertainment activities". Classes at all levels have also been suspended until April 14, 2020. The collegiate tournaments will only resume if the government declares it is safe to resume classes on April 15, 2020 and does not prohibit mass gatherings. If so, the league will work toward alternative formats of competition, to begin no earlier than May 1, 2020.   "We will continue to coordinate with lead government agencies to determine the protocols for the safety of everyone in or connected with the UAAP community," read the statement co-signed by UAAP President Emmanuel Fernandez and Executive Director Atty. Rebo Saguisag. Collegiate events that have stopped are the women's and men's volleyball tournaments and the men's football tournament. Currently, National University sits atop the women's volleyball standings with a 2-0 slate. De La Salle University sits at second with a 1-0 record. University of Santo Tomas, Ateneo de Manila University, Far Eastern University, and University of the Philippines are 1-1. Adamson is 0-1, while University of the East is 0-2. For the men's side, NU and FEU are on top with 2-0 records. UP, Ateneo, and UE are 1-1. La Salle and Adamson are 0-1, while UST is at 0-2. In Men's Football, Ateneo, FEU, La Salle, and UP are on top of the table with four points each. UE and UST hold three points while Adamson and NU have yet to notch a point. Yet to begin are the women's football tournament, baseball, softball, athletics, lawn tennis, and 3x3 basketball. "The UAAP intends to do the greater good for the greater number, without disregarding the hard work of its coaches and student-athletes. We thank you for your patience and understanding in this most trying of times.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 14th, 2020

UAAP 82: UP grinds out 1-0 win vs. NU in Men’s Football

University of the Philippines dug deep to get its first win in the UAAP Season 82 Men’s Football Tournament. The Fighting Maroons emerged victorious with a 1-0 outcome against National University, Sunday at Rizal Memorial Football Stadium. UP was dominant throughout the game and it took the Diliman school the 50th minute of the match to finally get what it deserved. Fighting Maroons forward Anton Guariña found himself through on goal and he performed a spectacular finish to draw first blood. Guarina then had a big opportunity to double State U’s cushion but he failed to hit the target that time around. Arturo Alleje also had a chance to put the contest safely to bed as he was through on goal, only for NU goalkeeper Jhonrel Salintao to deny him with a fine stop. “I thought first half we really executed well. We delivered on the gameplan. We created opportunities. We just didn’t finish,” said UP head coach Anto Gonzales. Unfortunately, things then turned ugly in the contest between both teams.  A small commotion broke out between the two camps and NU’s Elmer Sampaga was ejected for his role in the incident The Fighting Maroons should have gained the lead within the first half but magnificent shot-stopping by but Salintao kept them at bay time and time again. The Bulldogs also had a goal ruled out late in the game due to a foul. The result raises UP’s points tally to 4 while coach Dan Padernal’s NU has yet to make its mark this season. “In the second half, we expect the boys to manage the games better. It also happened against Ateneo. We were already leading and then we lose steam for whatever reason. We start to get disorganized so it’s something we really need to work on,” added Gonzales......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 8th, 2020

UAAP 82: FEU’s Pocholo Bugas snags Juniors Football MVP plum

In line with their 10th consecutive championship in the UAAP Season 82 High School Boys Football Tournament, two members of Far Eastern University-Diliman earned themselves three individual gongs for stellar displays during the season. Pocholo Bugas and Jacob Garciano added the cherries on top of another glorious chapter in FEU’s program as the former was named the Most Valuable Player while the latter bagged the Best Striker and Best Midfielder gongs. Bugas, a member of the Philippine Men’s Under-23 National Football Team that competed in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, alternated between defense and midfield throughout the season. The came can be said for Garciano as he played in both the middle of the pitch and the final third and got six goals in the process, two of which came in the finals against Nazareth School of National University. Alimar Ambong, a stalwart in the backline for the Bullpups, was given the Best Defender Award for his valiant displays for NS-NU this season. A trio from De La Salle-Zobel completed the individual awardees with Enrico Mangaoang being hailed as Best Goalkeeper while Rafael Aldeguer was crowned as Rookie of the Year. Lastly, Ateneo High School was awarded the Fair Play Award......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 7th, 2020

UAAP 82: Ateneo scores late, holds UP to draw to begin Men’s Football title defense

Defending champions Ateneo de Manila got off to a slow start but scored late to hold Katipunan rivals University of the Philippines to a 1-1 to begin their title defense in the UAAP Season 82 Men’s Football Tournament, Thursday afternoon at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.  The Fighting Maroons were able to control the pace early on and were able to get a number of good opportunities but could not convert.  In the second half, rookie Francis Tacardon announced his arrival to the UAAP ranks with a crafty goal inside the box to give the Fighting Maroons the lead in the 57th minute.  With less than 20 minutes left, Ateneo continued to push and eventually got a chance to equalize after UP’s Ray Sanciangco committed a foul inside the box to lead.  Ateneo captain Niño Herrera calmly sank the penalty in the 83rd minute to tie things up at 1-1.  Neither side could manage a second goal as the match ended in a draw.  "I'm happy, even if na UP dictated the first half and even the second half, in the early 15 minutes, pero nakikita ko yung boys na talagang they pushed themselves to give their best nung game," said Ateneo head coach Jaypee Merida. "When we conceded a goal, I think yun yung nag-wake up talaga sa team ko. After we conceded a goal, for me, I think we controlled the last, until the 90th minute." "Average satisfaction," UP head coach Anto Gonzales said when asked how pleased he was with his team's performance. "I think we achieved our goal of controlling the game, managing the game. Execution-wise, I thought we also did well, but it was that killer mentality of really scoring goals." Ateneo and UP split points with one point apiece. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 5th, 2020

UAAP 82: Rookie Stephen Marasigan powers UST to opening day win in Men’s Football

Thanks to late heroics from goalkeeper Ralph Logronio and rookie Stephen Marasigan, University of Santo Tomas secured a 1-0 victory over National University in the UAAP Season 82 Men's Football Tournament, Thursday morning at Rizal Memorial Football Stadium. After a nip-and-tick first 80 minutes, the breakthrough goal finally came at the 81st minute when Marasigan, who was brought on as a substitute, delivered an instant impact for Allado’s men as he unleased a fine strike that eventually became the first goal of the season. “At least kahit papano nakakuha kami ng 1-0, kahit tight siya,” said UST coach Marjo Allado. “Kailangan namin i-organize ulit yung team and then questionable talaga dun yung match fitness." Both sides went close to breaking the deadlock in the first half.  The Golden Booters were awarded a freekick right at the edge of the NU box near the end of the period. UST’s Glen Ramos then stepped up to unleash a powerful strike, which ended up getting denied by the goalpost.  On the other end, in stoppage time, Bulldogs forward Angelo Paring was through on goal but his attempt his the side-netting. Things then got heated in stoppage time.  A commotion broke out between the two squads and the Bulldogs were cunning enough to try and take advantage of it via a quick throw-in. Rookie Bryan Ybanez was through on goal, but his attempt was parried away by Logronio’s magnificent stop. The result gives UST three valuable points to open its campaign while NU has to make do with none.  Additionally, the Bulldogs can only lament the fact Keivenn Banagodos was sent off after being given two yellow cards. "Hopefully, this Sunday against Ateneo, it will be much better," said Allado......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 5th, 2020

Ateneo starts title-retention football bid

Ateneo opens its title-retention bid against Katipunan rival University of the Philippines Thursday in the UAAP Season 82 Men’s Football Tournament at the Rizal Memorial Stadium......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 5th, 2020

UAAP 82: Ateneo opens Men s Football title defense vs. UP

GAMES on THURSDAY, MARCH 5th (Rizal Memorial Football Stadium) 8:00 AM - UST vs. NU (Men's) 1:30 PM - DLSU vs. FEU (Men's) 4:00 PM - Ateneo vs. UP (Men's) 6:30 PM - Adamson vs. UE (Men's)   Ateneo opens its title-retention bid against Katipunan rival University of the Philippines Thursday in the UAAP Season 82 Men's Football Tournament at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. The Blue Eagles and the Fighting Maroons clash in the featured televised match at 4:00 PM.  Jarvey Gayoso, Julian Roxas, Rupert Baña and Jeremiah Rocha, key players from last season's championship run, are gone, as Ateneo hopes to dig deep on its arsenal to remain in the throne. The Blue Eagles hope to move on without their biggest star Gayoso, a two-time MVP who recently decided to forego his fifth and final year. In the other nationally-televised game, last season's runner-up De La Salle and Far Eastern University take the pitch at 1:30 PM King Miyagi has decided to sit out this season to recover from an injury, but UP still has a lot of weapons in its disposal with Dan Saavedra, Miggy Clarino, Christian Lapaz, Orlan Togores, last year's high school MVP Macky Tobias, and goalkeeper Harrel Dayan leading the charge. Luke Alleje, Iñigo Herrera, Colin Mercado, William Grierson and Richard Fuentes will be the vital cogs for Ateneo along with its keeper AJ Arcilla. The Green Archers, who lost to the Eagles in the one-game championship last year that extended their more than two decades of heartbreaks, lost Rookie of the Year winner Shanden Vergara, who went to the United States for better football opportunities. With a young crew led by Xavi Zubiri and Jovan Marfiga, as well as Jed Diamante's leadership, De La Salle is still a force to reckon with the acquisition of former high school Best Goalkeeper Jason Blanco and Best Defender French Talaroc from FEU-Diliman. Gio Pabualan will lead the Tamaraws' charge. In other opening day fixtures, University of Santo Tomas and National University collide at 8:00 AM, while Adamson University and University of the East duke it out in the 6:30 PM nightcap.   The 8:00 AM matches on Thursdays will be available via livestream and iWant while the 1:30 PM and 4 PM matches will be live on S+A, S+A HD, Liga, Liga HD and via livestream and iWant. 6:30 PM matches will be available on Liga, livestream, and iWant......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 4th, 2020

Ateneo s Jaypee Merida on defending UAAP football crown without Jarvey Gayoso

As the Ateneo men’s football team prepares to defend their UAAP title, head coach Jaypee Merida spoke about the upcoming season and dealing with the loss of star striker Jarvey Gayoso......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2020

UAAP 82: Finals-bound FEU beats DLSU in High School Boys Football

Far Eastern University-Diliman completed its second straight rout of the UAAP Season 82 High School Boys' Football Tournament, dominating De La Salle-Zobel, 4-1, even as University of Santo Tomas rescued their title aspirations with a win over Ateneo High School, 2-1, Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. The Baby Tamaraws, who have clinched their 11th consecutive appearance last Wednesday, now carry 17 points. La Salle remains with seven points. Jacob Garciano drilled in the insurance goal just before the halftime break to put the Baby Tamaraws out of reach at 3-0. Pocholo Bugas opened the scoring for the defending champs at the 12th minute, before a mistimed clearance from Miguel De Mesa resulted to an own goal 15 minutes later. Despite the huge lead, FEU still brandished its offense and eventually opened the rout with a fourth goal five minutes into the second period with a screamer from Karl Absalon. Head coach Park Bobae was pleased to see his squad getting at ease with their offensive adjustments. "Actually after we drew with UST, we addressed our problem with scoring," he shared. "So we practiced our scoring detail. We also studied how to play La Salle. So we know how we would also know how to prepare to play against them." The match got testy after a commotion saw Jerome Ang getting sent off, bringing the Baby Tams down to 10 men. La Salle's Yuki Ferrer was cautioned after the incident. The ruckus fueled the Junior Green Archers as they eventually notched a goal courtesy of Rafael Aldeguer in the 80th minute. The goal, however, was too late as the final whistle signaled the end of La Salle's Finals hopes. Park shared that despite their place in the Finals already booked, the Tamaraws might still go full force in their final elimination match as preparation for the championship match. "Josh Abundio is still injured, but his recovery is very fast. So, there's a chance, he'll play. We'll see," the Korean mentor ended. UST, on the other hand, scored twice in the second period to repulse Ateneo for a chance at making it to the Final match. The Junior Golden Booters zoom to third place eight points, while the Blue Eaglets finished the season with seven points. Denzel Celebrado registered a brace with a late winner at the 90th minute to follow up on his 74th-minute strike to level the match. His two goals made amends of a defensive lapse off Diego Luna in the 37th minute to put Ateneo ahead at 1-0. UST will try to push for at least a playoff for the second Finals berth with a win against La Salle on Thursday, February 13 at 1:30 p.m. FEU and Nazareth School of National University will take on each other in a potential preview of the Finals later at 4 p.m......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 10th, 2020

Jarvey Gayoso reflects on leaving Ateneo, the Azkals and the next stage of his career

Ateneo football star Jarvey Gayoso recently announced on Instagram that he’s foregoing his final playing season with the Blue Eagles this UAAP Season 82......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 7th, 2020