NBA 3X winners



UNDERDOG EGS Elite held steadier down the stretch to stun Blackwater Sports, 21-18, and clinch the men’s Open division crown in the NBA3X Philippines 2013 presented by Sprite over the weekend at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Tent. 

        With NBA stars James Harden and Eric Gordon watching at the stands, EGS, composed of former NCAA players Rocky Acidre, Mark Doligon and Acidre’s younger brother Rutger, used its tough defense in the final minute to overcame the Elite, who were bannered by Gio Ciriacruz, Robby Celiz, Bacon Austria and Louie Vigil. 

         The Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws, behind Allana Lim, Soc Borja, Karen Columna and Mary Angeli Cabochan, prevailed over Team Mickey, which made up mostly of former University of the Philippines Lady Maroons, in a low-scoring duel, 8-4, to seize the women’s Open tiara. 

        In other divisions, AMA JRS, starring Clark Quijano, Jayson David, Russel Fuentes and Michael Perez dominated CKSC Blazing Dragons, 20-7, to take home the men’s Under-18 division crown, while the National University Lady Bulldogs quartet of Nica Villegas, Jack Danielle Animam, Ana Del Rosario and Kimberly Illut ruled the women’s Under-18 side without a sweat after the JASMS Patriots failed to show up in the championship match.

        University of St. La Salle standouts Jan Gabriel Sobrevega, Peter John Rabor and Astrolave Vista dominated  the men’s Under-16 division, while Team CAYS, composed of Alexis Aguirre, Leezah Sorallo, Mae Ann Herradura and Jeivie Nama, ruled the distaff side.

        The boys Under-13 title went to Escuela de Sophia-1, with Saymond Male, Andrei Cariato, Nelle Suminig and Christopher Perio leading the way.

        Team Alcaraz, which is made up of GMA talents Marco Alcaraz, Ervic Vijandre, Jose Sarasola and Jack Corpuz, ruled the Celebrity division. 

        The NBA 3X Philippines event was also highlighted by an NBA Cares activity for Special Olympic Athletes, while Harden and Gordon had a meet and greet session with the Jr. NBA All Stars Alumni who dropped by. 




Arriba Letran

Okay, another NCAA story in Filipino. Here we go! =)

INILABAS ang kanilang pinakamagandang offensive game ng season, magaan na dinispatsa ng Letran ang Mapua, 87-68, kahapon upang manatiling walang talo sa NCAA seniors basketball tournament sa Filoil Flying V Arena sa San Juan. 

        Dinala ang kanyang matikas na porma nitong nakalipas na laro, bumira si Mark Cruz ng 22 points at umakyat ang Knights sa 7-0 upang manatiling wala pang talo si coach Caloy Garcia sa kanyang pagbabalik sa liga.

          Sa ikalawang laro, namayani ang Emilio Aguinaldo College sa Lyceum,83-76, upang makasama ang kanilang biktima sa 2-5.

        Nasa pinakamagandang simula ang Letran magmula nang buksan ang 2005 season na may 11-0 kartada, ang taon na nagwagi ang Knights ng kanilang ika-16 na kampeonato.

        “Mahaba-haba pa yung next game namin so they have to let it all-out,” sambit ni Garcia.  “Hat’s off to my players, we didn’t do nothing special.”

        “Surprisingly, we are seven and oh. Ang maganda rito yung last two games, I think we are starting to pick up, ang pangit lang is mahaba-haba pa bago ang next game,” aniya.

        Umiskor si Raymond Almazan ng 13 points at humugot ng 14 rebounds para sa kanyang ikalimang double-double sa tournament, habang nagdagdag si Jojo Belorio ng 12 points sa kanyang ikaapat na laro pa lamang sa Letran, na hindi nabaon sa laro. 

        Nagsalansan si Kenneth Ighalo nh 17 points at 10 boards para sa Cardinals, na natalo sa ikaanim na pagkakataon sa pitong asignatura.

        Samantala, tinalo ng Mapua Red Robins ang Letran Squires, 66-58, para sa kanilang ikaapat na juniors victory sa pitong salang sa pamamagitan ni Justin Serrano na may 25 points at 11 rebounds.

        Tumabo si Ariel Aguilar ng 28 markers at namayani ang Emilio Aguinaldo College Brigadiers sa Lyceum Junior Pirates, 80-63, sa duelo ng last-place teams. 

Romeo favored in UAAP race

CRAFTY Far Eastern University guard  Terrence Romeo is two-time MVP Bobby Ray Parks’ biggest threat on his reign after topping the statistical race at the end of the UAAP seniors basketball first round action.

         With 79 statistical points, Romeo is holding a 2.86-point lead over the second-running Parks in the figures released yesterday by the league’s official statistician Imperium Technology and Smart Bro.

        Romeo, who led the Tamaraws’ in sweeping all of their seventh matches in the first round, leads the league in scoring with 22.6 points per game, and is averaging 6.3 rebounds and 4.1 assists this season.

        The former FEU-Diliman high school star hopes to be the first Tamaraws cager to win the highest individual honor since his backcourt partner RR Garcia last did the trick in 2010.

        Seeking to be the first player in the 76-year old league to win three MVP plums, Parks posted averages of 18.9 points, 9.4 boards and 4.4 assists per outing.

        Fancied to win the crown after another remarkable pre-season showing, the Bulldogs struggled in the first round with a 4-3 record and NU needs a strong showing in the second round for Parks to retain his trophy.

        University of the East center Charles Mammie is in third place with 74.83 SPs but is already out of the running for the MVP race, as the Sierra Leone native was suspended for one game in the first round due to unsportsmanlike conduct.

        A force to reckon with in the shaded lane, Mammie is lording it over in the rebounding department with 17.8 per game.

        Bulldogs slotman Emmanuel Mbe is in fourth spot with 67.28 SPs, while Red Warriors guard Roi Sumang rounds up the Top 5 with 66.14 SPs.

        Mbe is posting double-double averages of 17.1 points and 11.9 rebounds per game, while Sumang is second behind Romeo in the scoring parade with 19 per outing.

        With Mammie’s disqualification, University of Santo Tomas big man Karim Abdul, who is in sixth place with 62.71 SPs, boosted his chance to clinch a spot in the Mythical Five.

       Abdul is among the top five rebounders with 10.3 per game.

       As the league is taking a two-week hiatus before the second round, FEU is hoping that Romeo will continue to improve on his shot selections.

       “That’s one thing that he is starting to learn. At times, he would really, really look for his shots,” said Tamaraws coach Nash Racela.

       Action resumes on August 14 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, with a marquee match-up between FEU and NU at 4 p.m., right after La Salle and Adamson take on the floor at 2 p.m. 

UST, La Salle win (late post)

UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas kept its hold of second spot, even as La Salle forged a four-way logjam in third place in the UAAP seniors basketball tournament yesterday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

         Priming up to their much-anticipated rematch of last year’s championship with Ateneo, the Growling Tigers banked on Aljon Mariano and Kevin Ferrer to turn back University of the Philippines, 79-69.

        The Green Archers averted another late game meltdown, as La Salle halted a two-game losing skid with a 70-67 victory over Adamson.

        Booking its fourth win in six outings, UST is two games behind league-leading Far Eastern University, which is on the verge of sweeping its first round assignments.

        The Archers moved to 3-3 card, joining the Falcons, National University and University of the East in third to sixth spot.

        Adamson rallied from a 22-40 deficit to tie the count at 65-65, and La Salle went 5-of-6 from the stripe in the last 42.9 seconds to escape with the win.

        “I’m not satisfied with how we finished the game. We are still have to work on that,” said Archers coach Juno Sauler. “The problem in the endgame is we commit mistakes in the fourth quarter. We have to learn playing 40 minutes. We have to learn to play four full quarters. We have to sustain and know what the players are doing.”

       Norbert Torres finished with 13 points, Jason Perkins also had 13 points, and grabbed 13 rebounds, while Jeron Teng added 12 points, eight rebounds, and five assists for La Salle. 

        Celedonio Trollano posted career-highs of 14 points and 11 boards for the Falcons, who have not yet won back-to-back this season.

        Mariano recorded 18 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals, while Ferrer had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers, who will wrap up their first round campaign against the Blue Eagles.

        UST coach Pido Jarencio used his reserves to keep his starters fresh going to the much-anticipated showdown with Ateneo on Saturday. 

        “Masama yung nakaraang laro. Nag-collapse kami sa fourth quarter against FEU. Yung rotation ko medyo mababaw. Napagod ang mga players pagdating ng dulo,” said Jarencio, referring to the Tigers’ 67-77 loss to the Tamaraws last Sunday.

        “Napag-isip isip tayo na kailangang gumamit ng mga players na puwedeng makatulong sa team. Nagamit ko lahat at tinesting ko yung mga players na puwedeng gamitin for next game or sa next round,” he added.

        No UST player played more than 28 minutes.

        Joseph Marata fired 16 points for the Fighting Maroons, who missed the services of suspended center Raul Soyud.

        UP went down to its sixth consecutive setback. 

        In juniors play, defending champion FEU-Diliman Baby Tamaraws extended their win streak to three games as they clobbered Adamson Baby Falcons, 63-43, with national under-16 mainstay Richard Escoto tallying a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds.

        Michael Nieto and Aaron Black combined 39 markers as the Ateneo Blue Eaglets downed the UP Integrated School Junior Maroons, 85-75, to join FEU in third spot at 3-2.

Petron beach volley ngayong weekend

ANOTHER Filipino language story. This time, it’s all about Petron beach volley. Here it is:

MAKAKATIKIM ang mga veteran spikers mula sa University of the East at La Salle University–Dasmarinas ng matinding hamon sa third leg ng 2012 Petron Ladies’ Beach Volleyball tournament.
       Ang mga pambato mula sa UAAP, NCAA at maging sa National Capital Region Athletic Association ay magiging palaban rin sa two-day tournament na papalo sa Biyernes sa UE Caloocan sand court.
        Pinapaboran sina UE bets Jessica Paron, at Pia Sarmiento at ang La Salle-Dasma pairs na sina Iari Yongco at Cindy Amutan, at Iumi Yongco at Marra Garcia, at sila ay handa na upang masuungan ang matinding pagsubok.
       “There are participants from the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the NCRAA, and the University Athletic Association of the Philippines, kaya magkakaroon tayo ng malakas na competition sa third leg,” sambit ni organizer Tisha Abundo kahapon sa Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum sa Shakey’s Malate.
        Ang tatlong koponan ay makakasagupa ng pito pang teams nq naghahangad ng puwesto sa Battle of Champions sa Boracay sa October.
        “I’m looking forward to playing with Ate Iari,” sambit ni Amutan, ang physical education freshman, na unang sumabak sa beach volleyball katuwang si Galicia sa 2013 Philippine National Games.
       Ibabandera ni Far Eastern University’s Sam Dawson ang kanyang bagong kakampi na si Bernadette Pons, habang magpapasiklab para sa Trinity sina Carissa Martinez at Mary Paz Soteco.
       Magbabalik rin sina UE’s Sarina Faith Bulan at Krysel Cueva, Letran spikers Jan Carreon and Queenie Mondejar, at San Beda’s Janine Marciano at Ces Molina.
       Kasali rin sina Philippine School of Business Administration’s Naomi Otoshi at Jona Abueg at ang isa pang Letran pair, sina Monique Joy Pablo at Eva Evangelista.

PSL updates, Filipino version


NAKAWIT ng Cagayan Valley at Petron ang dalawang nalalabing semifinals slots matapos gapiin ang kani-kanilang mga katunggali sa Philippine Super Liga women’s volleyball tournament kahapon sa Philsports Arena.

Nalusutan ng Lady Rising Suns ang gitgitang opening set upang sibakin ang PLDT MyDSL, 27-25, 25-20, 25-15, habang nasingitan ng Blaze Spikers ang Bingo Milyonaryo,  27-29, 25-13, 22-25, 25-22, 15-12.

Haharapin ng Cagayan Valley, na naputol ang kanilang two-game losing skid, ang top seed TMS-Philippine Army sa knockout semifinals sa Biyernes sa Mall of Asia Arena.

Sasagupain naman ng Petron ang second-ranked Cignal sa isa pang ‘Final Four’ pairing,

Nagpakawala si Maika Ortiz ng 12 kills at tatlong blocks upang tumapos na may 15 points para sa Blaze Spikers.         Kumayod si Ortiz sa krusyal na fourth set sa pamamagitan ng walong puntos at pahirapan ang Puffins.

Nagbigay si Aiza Maizo ng 12 kills habang nagpaulan si setter Rhea Dimaculangan ng anim na service aces para sa Petron.

Sa pangunguna ni Venus Bernal, inaasahang mapapahirapan ng HD Spikers ang Blaze Spikers sa semis.

Nagwagi ang Cignal laban sa Petron sa straight sets sa kanilang unang pagtutuos sa torneo.

Samantala, lalasapin muna ng Blaze Spikers ang tagumpay.

“We defeated a well-prepared PCSO Bingo Milyonaryo team,” wika ni Petron mentor Vilet Ponce-de Leon.

Inamin ni Ponce-de Leon na nagulat ang Blaze Spikers sa magandang depensa ng Puffins.

“My girls were rattled down the stretch. So I told them to focus again; remove all the noise around, all the distractions and play as a team. I know they are mentally tough. And they responded with this victory,” sabi ni Ponce-de Leon.

Nanguna si Maureen Penetrante na may 17 points habang nagdagdag si Maica Morada ng 12 hits para sa Puffins.

FEU now 6-0, Ateneo wins

PLAYING disciplined basketball, Far Eastern University moved closer in sweeping the UAAP first round with a 77-67 victory over University of Santo Tomas in front of almost 15,000 fans last night at the Mall of Asia Arena.

         Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia were harmonious again in the backcourt as the Tamaraws continue to defy all the pre-season odds by extending their perfect run to six games.

         “I’ll be consistent, 6-0 is the same feeling as 1-0. 6-0 doesn’t guarantee anything. It’s just numbers,” said FEU coach Nash Racela, who is still unbeaten in his UAAP career.

         Earlier, Kiefer Ravena shot 10 of his personal season-high 15 points in the second half as defending five-time champion Ateneo clipped University of the Philippines, 72-64, for its second win in six matches.

         Romeo tossed in 19 points, while Garcia chipped in 17 points, six assists and four rebounds for the Tamaraws.   

         Mac Belo had 14 points and nine boards, while reserve center Christian Sentcheu was also a revelation, swatting away three shots and forcing the Growling Tigers to alter their attempts in a crucial stretch of second half.

        “The teamwork is getting better. It’s a work in progress, but the more important thing is that we sustain and we are looking for consistency (every game),” said Racela.

         With FEU slowly pulling away from the rest of the pack, UST failed to keep abreast with the league leader, as it dropped in a tie with Adamson in second place with a 3-2 card.

         Karim Abdul recorded 21 points, 11 rebounds, and two blocks, while Kevin Ferrer contributed 18 points, seven boards, two assists for the Tigers, who missed injured skipper Jeric Teng for the second straight match.

         Slowly recovering from an ankle injury which sidelined him for two games this season, Ravena scored nine in the Blue Eagles’ big third quarter breakaway to erect a 57-40 advantage.

        “I think Kiefer is already 50 percent. We will still watch out for the other 50 percent and that gives us confidence also,” said Ateneo mentor Bo Perasol.

        The Eagles, who remain in seventh place despite the victory, finally played their best third quarter of the season.

        “The four games (that we lost), our third quarter was always our waterloo talaga. Coming off the half, we were always leading, sometimes big pa nga. But we can’t maintain that. Laging nahahabol at nagkakatalo sa crunchtime,” said Ravena. 

        “At least this time, we learned a lot of those experiences na ayaw naming maulit yun. We started strong in the third period,” he added.

        Chris Newsome and Ryan Buenafe both finished with 13 points and seven boards for Ateneo.

        The Fighting Maroons, paced by Joseph Marata with 22 markers, remain winless in five starts.

         In juniors play, Thirdy Ravena had 25 points and 10 rebounds, while national under-16 mainstay Michael Nieto chipped in 19 points and 24 boards as the Ateneo Blue Eaglets dealt the La Salle-Zobel Junior Archers their first loss with a 73-68 victory for a 2-2 record and join idle defending champion FEU-Diliman in third place.

         Mark del Rosario tallied 12 points and 11 boards as the UE Junior Warriors stunned the UST Tiger Cubs, 62-55, to tie their victims in fifth place with a 2-3 card.