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GREATEST PERFORMANCES: Joel Cagulangan s NCAA 93 playoff run

Joel Cagulangan was, hands-down, the best player in all of the NCAA Jrs. in the Season 93 playoffs. And he had to be because College of St. Benilde-La Salle Green Hills lost five of its last six games in the elimination round and had to win a knockout bout against San Sebastian College-Recoletos just to get into the Final Four. There, they had to down powerhouse San Beda High School not once, but twice before moving on to a date with defending champion Mapua High School. Safe to say, the odds were all against the Jr. Blazers in that playoff run - but one player, one player who only stood at 5-feet, 8-inches willed them to do the impossible. That was no more evident than in the winner-take-all Finals Game 3 where LSGH was trailing by one with less than a minute remaining. After getting a defensive rebound, Cagulangan got a foul for his troubles and was sent to the line where he coolly converted both free throws. Not long after, two defensive stops by partner-in-crime Joshua David finished off an improbable championship. In the end, the Butuan native had 19 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, and four steals to his name - unquestionably recognized as the Finals MVP. Inand Fornilos, the green and white's tireless forward then, perhaps put it perfectly when he said, “Pag wala siya, parang magiging imposible. Pag nandun siya, kayang-kaya.” And yet, that wasn't even Cagulangan's most impressive game. In another do-or-die game, this one, Game 2 against the top-seeded and twice-to-beat Red Cubs, the Jr. Blazers found themselves all even with their opponents at 103-all with less than a minute remaining in the third overtime. It was at that point, that the pint-sized playmaker sliced and diced his way to a left-handed layup. That proved to be the go-ahead basket en route to a 110-108 decision in the classic contest. There wasn't even supposed to be a third extra period as LSGH was down by three with 11 ticks to go in the clock in the second overtime before Cagulagan buried a booming triple to emphatically exclaim that the game was far from over. In the end, he had 29 points to go along with nine assists, nine rebounds, and two steals and played all but three of the possible 55 minutes in a matchup that had 22 lead changes and seven deadlocks. That performance will always be known as the first and foremost show of just how great his will to win is. Fortunately for the University of the Philippines, it will be getting to know just that as Joel Cagulangan is now its point guard of the future. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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Pogoy backs Finals rival McCullough for Gilas Pilipinas

Chris McCullough is a trendy pick to be the next naturalized player for Gilas Pilipinas. He's young, tall and lanky, a gifted scorer, and can help out on defense, especially on the weak side of the ball. Oh and he's a winner too, having led the San Miguel Beermen to the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup title. A lot of people back C-Mac to Gilas, including RR Pogoy, the national team mainstay and PBA Finals rival to McCullough. "Malaki rin yung matutulong niya kasi parang fit siya sa laro ng mga Pinoy," Pogoy said on 2OT with PBA broadcasters Magoo Marjon and Carlo Pamintuan. "Malaki, 6'10" ata siya na may laro sa labas at loob. Tapos, parang pwede siya sa depensa na shot blocker, kasi yan kailangan sa Gilas eh, yung shot blocker tsaka rebounder na offensive player," he added. Despite being a trendy pick, there's still some concerns about C-Mac on Gilas. For one, he wasn't a known one-on-one defender, and his lanky frame could be all the more questionable against the bigger centers in the Asian region. But for Pogoy, McCullough pairing up with San Miguel teammate June Mar Fajardo can solve those problems, and the positives of C-Mac's versatility can outweigh the negatives of his supposed defensive struggles. "Mayroon naman tayong June Mar so pwede naman siguro," Pogoy said. "Yung all-around talaga ang kailangan kapag mag-naturalize tayo so feel ko, pwedeng-pwede siya [McCullough] pang-Gilas," he added. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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Daquis leads morning exercise for COVID-19 patients

Volleyball star Rachel Anne Daquis joined the Pasiguenos in celebrating the 447th Araw ng Pasig through a workout class on Thursday. Pasig City mayor Vico Sotto invited the Cignal HD Spiker and former national team hitter to lead the morning exercise routine for coronavirus (COVID-19) patients staying at the city's centralized quarantine facility.         View this post on Instagram                   Morning Exercise with the Pasiguen?os! Do you know that exercise in general can help boost your body's natural defenses against illness and infection. Stay Safe & Stay Awesome everyone. Thank you Mayor @vicosotto & Doc Gar Eufemio for Inviting me. Maligayang Araw ng Pasig!???? A post shared by Rachel Anne Daquis, XFS (@rachdaquis13) on Jul 1, 2020 at 10:18pm PDT Sotto, on his Twitter post, thanked the former Far Eastern University standout for gracing the celebration of the city’s foundation. MALIGAYANG IKA-447 NA ARAW NG PASIG! Mukhang masigla ang mga pasyente ng Centralized Quarantine Facility natin kaninang umaga. Maraming salamat kay Ms. Rachel Anne Daquis sa pag lead sa exercise routine! pic.twitter.com/PaSrJEMhLK — Vico Sotto (@VicoSotto) July 2, 2020 The youthful mayor has been hailed for his quick response and ‘creative’ approach in addressing the health crisis in the city.   .....»»

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PSC OIC Fernandez, national boxers undergo COVID-19 swab tests

Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Commissioner and newly appointed Officer-In-Charge Ramon Fernandez led the coronavirus (COVID-19) swab testing on Thursday at the PhilSports Complex in Pasig City. Fernandez was accompanied by his wife Karla Kintanar-Fernandez and is expected to complete the 14-day quarantine while doing his OIC functions until July 17. “We will comply with the standard procedures to ensure that we are helping in curbing the spread of the virus,” shared Fernandez. Aside from Fernandez, national boxers from Baguio City, including 2021 Tokyo Olympics qualifier Irish Magno and 2019 AIBA Women’s World Champion Nesthy Petecio with 10 more boxers - six males and four females - and one coach, also went through swab testing. Athletes residing in Philsports from boxing and fencing, and para-athletes from athletics, wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, table tennis, and chess also underwent swab tests.  The boxers who are coming off a training camp in Baguio City are on a 14-day quarantine and are under observation until their test results are out. They will be provided with food, shelter, and necessary assistance from the PSC staff. “Hindi muna sila pinalalabas ng assigned rooms nila. Until lumabas swab test results nila, hinahatiran sila food,” shared Philsports Dormitory manager Roselle Destura. “Kung may ipapabili, ipapa-withdraw, at ipapadala sa pamilya, pinapaiwan namin sila ng note sa harap ng room nila and then kami na gagawa for them,” she added. The PSC will also assist the athletes in securing their travel passes going back to their hometowns once their results turn out clear and flights become available......»»

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Philippines eyes 3 more boxers in Tokyo Olympics

Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines president Ricky Vargas said he is looking at three more Filipino boxers qualifying to the Tokyo Olympics next year alongside Eumir Felix Marcial and Irish Magno......»»

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Daquis, who is also fitness coach, on Thursday brought her entire team to lead a morning exercise in front of patients at the Pasig City centralized quarantine facility in celebration of the city’s 447th foundation......»»

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Alonso unveils car for Indy 500, Triple Crown run

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