CafeFrance Wins Bread Wars

Joseph Sedurifa fires a triple off Aziz Mbomiko, part of his 32-point explosion.

Joseph Sedurifa fires a triple off Aziz Mbomiko, part of his 32-point explosion.  (photo courtesy of Dante Peralta)

2014-2015 Aspirants Cup

PASIG CITY – CaféFrance banked on the volcanic scoring of Joseph Sedurifa to win bragging rights over business rival Bread Story-Lyceum, 88-74, and return to the winning track of the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena last Thursday (December 18). More importantly, the Bakers of Coach Edgar Macaraya further cemented their grip on Third Place with an improved 6-2 win-loss card.

Tied at 62-62 at the start of the fourth period, Sedurifa quickly went to work by sinking three free throws followed by a rare four-point play by Rodrigue Ebondo to set the tone for the Bakers’ breakaway. Sedurifa would later add two more triples, the latter giving his side an unassailable 86-72 edge with still 1:45 to play.

“Joseph is really one of the best defensive guards in the league and his scoring is a big bonus,” observed Coach Macaraya who recruited the 6’1” Cebuano. “The team really wanted to have a merry Christmas so they played well today.”

Sedurifa, the 2013 NAASCU Most Valuable Player, shot an incredible 32 points to go with 12 rebounds and a steal in 27 minutes of play. Ebondo followed with 13 points, eight rebounds and three blocks.

CaféFrance looked to turn the game into a blowout early as they easily took the first canto, 30-16. By then, Sedurifa by himself outscored the entire Bread Story squad with 17 markers.

The 32 points of Sedurifa bettered the 31-point effort of teammate Maverick Ahanmisi in their 82-73 romp over MJM M-Builders last December 11. In their last outing three days ago, the Bakers bowed to the still undefeated Hapee Fresh Fighters, 55-70.

Bread Story valiantly fought back but their campaign hit a roadblock as ace guard Jiovani Jalalon was ejected with 28 ticks to go before halftime due to a flagrant foul on Aaron Jeruta. The arrival at the break of Coach Bonnie Tan from a family gathering to mark the 40th day of his father’s passing away further fired up the team as Joseph Gabayni, Mike Gamboa and Aziz Mbomiko led the rally capped by back-to-back baskets by Louie Vigil to tie the score after three periods.

Gabayni paced Bread Story with 19 points, six rebounds and four steals but was held scoreless in the fourth period. Gamboa was next with 16 points and four assists as they fell to 2-5.

In the curtain-raiser, the Tanduay Light Rhum Masters roared to their third straight win by halting the rusty Racal Motors Alibaba, 70-57, and enhanced their playoff chances with an even 4-4 card. Playing in only his second game this conference, forward Aljon Mariano scattered 12 points in the opening period to push Tanduay Light ahead, 20-6.

The opening salvo was sufficient for the Rhum Masters of Coach Lawrence Chongson. Jam Jamito led a 12-0 Racal run early in the second period to threaten, 18-25, but that was the best they could muster as Tanduay Light held on by halftime, 34-23.

Mariano resumed his scoring spree in the third by uncorking seven consecutive points and found good support from Adrian Santos to up their lead, 57-34. Two free throws by JP Belencion to open the fourth period scoring gave Tanduay Light its biggest lead, 59-34.

“I told my players that they have to win or else there will be no Christmas,” said Coach Chongson. “We still have a chance to go up in the standings so why not grab the chance.”

Despite being rested by Coach Chongson in the fourth period, Mariano finished with a team-high 21 points on top of six rebounds in 22 minutes. Santos and Gab Banal supported him with 11 markers each with Santos plucking 11 rebounds for a double-double.

Reyes made 13 of his 22 total points in the fourth period while Jamito had another double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds.  Racal Motors entered the game coming off a 17-day break since their 77-66 triumph over Jumbo Plastic last December 1.

How They Scored:

First Game

TANDUAY LIGHT (70) – Mariano 21, Santos 11, Banal 11, Belencion 10, Rono 5, Escueta 4, de Vera 3, Ilagan 2, Foronda 2, Mandani 1, Ignacio 0, Sumang 0, Tagarda 0.

RACAL MOTORS (57) – Reyes 22, Jamito 16, Ortuoste 4, Gil 3, Ruaya 3, Ibay 2, DiGregorio 2, Ambulodto 2, Viernes 2, Gabawan 1, Mercader 0, Saitanan 0, Publico 0, Canta 0.

Period Scores: 20-6, 34-23, 57-34, 70-57.

Second Game

CAFÉFRANCE (88) – Sedurifa 32, Ebondo 13, Ahanmisi 12, Abundo 9, Batino 6, Galanza 5, Cortes 4, de Leon 3, Jeruta 2, Andrada 2, Huertas 0, Celso 0, Noble 0.

BREAD STORY (74) – Gabayni 19, Gamboa 16, Baltazar 14, Mbomiko 9, Bulawan 5, Vigil 5, Daquioag 4, Jalalon 2, Corpuz 0, Lao 0, Zamora 0, Elmejrab 0.

Period Scores: 30-16, 46-37, 62-62, 88-74.

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Bad Dreams This Christmas

These adidas Bad Dreams shoes are a perfect Christmas gift for sneaker lovers.

These adidas Bad Dreams shoes are a perfect Christmas gift for sneaker lovers.

AS PART of a continuing holiday tradition, adidas will unveil a special set of basketball shoes to be used during the National Basketball Association (NBA) Christmas Day games. Dubbed as the “Bad Dreams” collection, the iconic shoe brand’s ambassadors are expected to wear these shoes during the five-game bill.

Apart from the new holiday color schemes, the collection will feature glow-in-the-dark elements. Each shoe will contain the Roman numeral graphic representing “December 25, 2014”.

First to take the court that day will be John Wall and the Washington Wizards as they visit the New York Knicks at 12:00 PM EST. The J Wall 1 features a two toned green canvas upper with black stitching details and silver reflective vertical three stripes accented with multiple glow-in-the-dark elements including the outsole, J Wall logos on the tongue and lateral side and the adidas logo on the back.

Later in the day at 8:00 PM EST, Derrick Rose will lead the Chicago Bulls as they host the struggling Los Angeles Lakers. The D Rose 5 Boost has a black canvas upper with white multi-directional striping and glow-in-the-dark panels highlight key elements of the shoe including the outsole, heel, back and tongue logo.

Other adidas athletes will lace up the Crazylight Boost, highlighted by a black mesh upper with a white reflective screen printed design and red three-stripes on the lateral side accented by a speckled print midsole and glow in the dark outsole. The day’s other games pit the Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs (2:30 PM EST), Cleveland Cavaliers at Miami Heat (5:00 PM EST) and the Golden State Warriors at the Los Angeles Clippers (10:30 PM EST).

Local sneaker connoisseurs can get these latest models in their Christmas stockings this month as they will be made available at selected adidas and Titan branches and at the NBA Store in Glorietta. Suggested retail prices are PHP 8,495.00 for the D Rose 5 Boost, PHP 7,495.00 for the Crazylight Boost and PHP 5,995.00 for the J Wall 1.

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Seven And Counting For Hapee

Samboy de Leon swats away Ray Parks' attempt but Parks and Hapee still had the last laugh.

Samboy de Leon swats away Ray Parks’ attempt but Parks and Hapee still had the last laugh.  (photo courtesy of Dante Peralta)

2014-2015 Aspirants Cup

MARIKINA CITY – Hapee Fresh Fighters moved a step closer to an outright semifinal berth by bamboozling the CaféFrance Bakers, 70-55, as the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup visited the Marikina Sports Center for the first time this conference last Monday (December 15). The Fresh Fighters continued to rule the roost of the 12-team tournament with an unblemished 7-0 win-loss record while the Bakers dropped to 5-2.

The Bakers enjoyed a slim one-point advantage courtesy of a twisting layup by Jonar Huertas at the buzzer, 36-35. That proved to be their last hurrah as the Fresh Fighters upped the defensive intensity and scored the first eight third period points, 43-36.

So suffocating was the Hapee defense that the Bakers managed to cough up only eight markers with Art de la Cruz, Garvo Lanete, Troy Rosario and Ray Parks taking turns at peppering the Bakers for a 55-44 tally entering the final 10 minutes.

It was smooth sailing hence for Hapee. Baser Amer buried a killer three and Ola Adeogun sank another basket for good measure as the Fresh Fighters erected their biggest lead, 70-50, and still two minutes to play.

“It boiled down to the players’ desire to play good defense,” said winning Coach Ronnie Magsanoc. “The Bakers are a disciplined and well-coached team so it was another test for us.”

The Fresh Fighters started slow and the Bakers were quick to capitalize with Maverick Ahanmisi, JM Noble and Alvin Abundo leading the charge. Adding to Hapee’s problems was the early ejection of forward Chris Newsome at the 8:18 mark of the second period thanks to technical foul for rough play coupled with his first period unsportsmanlike foul.

Parks had an outstanding overall game with 20 points, eight rebounds, four assists and a steal in 35 minutes of action. Lanete supported him with 14 points plus five rebounds and two steals.

Coming off a 31-point explosion in their last assignment, Ahanmisi still topped the Bakers but with only 13 points this time, nine made in the first half. Abundo and Noble followed with 10 markers each.

In the day’s other games, the Cagayan Valley Rising Suns stayed half-a-game behind Hapee by torching the Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Giants, 82-74, and likewise kept their clean slate at 6-0. The Giants fell to 5-3 but stayed well within range for the playoffs.

A lot was not going well for the Rising Suns despite leading at the halftime break, 37-30. Prized big man Moala Tautuaa was rendered ineffective due to foul trouble and Coach Alvin Pua was thrown out before the start of the third canto for physically contacting the referees while arguing with them as everyone retreated to their dugouts for the halftime break.

The banishment of Coach Pua seemed to fire up the Rising Suns further as Tautaa combined with Abel Galliguez in keying their breakaway, capped by back-to-back triples by Randy Dilay for their biggest lead of the game, 58-41. The Giants tried one last comeback in the fourth and cut their deficit to only six points, 72-78, but Tautuaa hit two crucial free throws with 1:30 remaining to ice the game.

“The loss of Coach really made us work extra hard,” said Tautuaa. “But we still missed him a lot during the second half because I look up to him as our leader.”

True to his word, Tautuaa woke up in the second half to fire 11 of his 16 points on top of six rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Galliguez came off the bench to chip in 14 points.

Joseph Terso was the lone bright spot for the Giants with 13 of his 14 points made in the fourth period. Kris Rosales was next with nine points as the rest of the team struggled.

In the first game, the Cebuana Lhuillier Gems plastered the AMA University Titans, 70-55. Norbert Torres and Kevin Ferrer frolicked against the much smaller AMA frontline as they presided over a big fourth period run that saw the Gems outscore the Titans, 20-10.

The win proved crucial for the Gems as both teams were battling to for a possible shot at the sixth and final playoff berth. The win allowed the Gems to have winning record at 4-3 while temporarily booting out the Titans from the playoff picture at 3-5.

“I’m satisfied with the team’s performance today as we end the year on a positive note,” said Coach Boycie Zamar. “However, the real test of our maturity will be our game with CaféFrance on January 8.”

Torres mocked all the defenders thrown at him en route to 21 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. Ferrer had a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds plus five assists and two steals.

Joseph Eriobu paced the Titans with 14 points and seven rebounds. Joshua Cubillo was the only other Titan in twin digits with 11 points and six rebounds.

How They Scored:

First Game

CEBUANA LHUILLIER (73) – Torres 21, Ferrer 12, Villahermosa 11, Zamar 7, Vosotros 7, Bautista 5, Lopez 4, A. Mangahas 3, Sarangay 2, Guinto 1, Enciso 0, Banal 0, J. Mangahas 0.

AMA COMPUTER (55) – Eriobu 14, Cubillo 11, Olivarez 9, Martinez 7, Taganas 5, Balucanag 4, Rosales 3, Sabangan 2, Magpantay 0, Francisco 0, Dizon 0.

Period Scores: 21-20, 36-30, 53-45, 73-55.

Second Game

CAGAYAN VALLEY (82) – Tautuaa 16, Galliguez 14, Dilay 11, Trollano 8, Salamat 8, Celada 8, Mabulac 6, Austria 5, Flores 4, Melano 2, Mag-isa 0, Capacio 0, Tayongtong 0.

JUMBO PLASTIC (74) – Terso 14, Rosales 9, Eguilos 8, Javier 8, Tiongson 8, Paniamogan 8, Cruz 6, Magat 4, Villamor 4, Rios 3, Petilos 2, Maiquez 0.

Period Scores: 14-18, 37-30, 58-45, 82-74.

Third Game

HAPEE (70) – Parks 20, Lanete 14, de la Cruz 8, Rosario 7, Amer 6, Van Opstal 6, Long 5, Adeogun 4, Thompson 0, Newsome 0, Hayes 0.

CAFÉFRANCE (55) – Ahanmisi 13, Abundo 10, Noble 10, de Leon 6, Huertas 4, Sedurifa 4, Batino 3, Ebondo 3, Andrada 2, Galanza 0, Cortes 0.

Period Scores: 19-16, 35-36, 55-44, 70-55.

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Tabal, Poliquit Hit MILO Marathon Jackpot

38th MILO Marathon Queen Mary Joy Tabal and King Rafael Poliquit with race director Rio de la Cruz and MILO's Andrew Neri.

38th MILO Marathon Queen Mary Joy Tabal and King Rafael Poliquit with race director Rio de la Cruz and MILO’s Andrew Neri.

#BuildChampions

PASAY CITY – Youth was served at the 38th MILO Marathon National Finals Saturday (December 13) at the SM Mall of Asia as reigning Queen Mary Joy Tabal retained her throne while a new King arose in the person of Rafael Poliquit. At 25 years of age, both champions bring the promise of more titles in the years to come.

Tabal negotiated the 42.195-kilometer course in 2:51:55, a far cry from her record-setting performance of 2:48:00 last season. The petite Cebuana actually finished second overall in the Open Female Category to Kenya’s Rose Nyangacha (2:47:33) while edging out Third Place Immaculate Chemutai of Uganda (2:52:49).

It was a major upset to say the least for Tagum City’s Poliquit, who dethroned defending champion Eduardo “Vertek” Buenavista. As they were dueling for the lead, Poliquit made his move in the final 10 kilometers as Buenavista faded on the stretch of Gil Puyat Avenue going back to MOA.

Poliquit clocked 2:32:29 ahead of Buenavista’s 2:33:56 and Third Placer Ireneo Raquin at 2:35:50 in the Local Male Category. It was a podium sweep for Team Kenya in the Open Male Category led by 2012 MILO King James Tallam at 2:21:09 followed by a photo finish between Josphat Kiptanui and Joel Kiplimo Kemboi who both submitted similar times of 2:21:32.

The Local Female Category was a star-studded showcase that saw former MILO Queens battle it out and try to unseat Tabal. Four-time winner Cristabel Martes was tops at 3:03:49 followed by two-time winners Mary Grace de los Santos (3:05:34) and Jho-An Banayag (3:07:59).

“I was not satisfied with my performance because I had big expectations,” admitted Tabal who pocketed PHP 250,000.00. “I tapered too much after the race was rescheduled and this is a different course from last year.”

Nevertheless, Tabal joined the elite circle of multiple MILO Marathon Queens. It capped a good 2014 that saw her capture 17th Place at the Schneider Electric Paris Marathon while dominating local races in her native Cebu and all over the Philippines.

Meanwhile, Poliquit was all smiles over his unexpected first MILO Marathon victory as his prize of PHP 150,000.00 will mean a merry Christmas for his mother, a market vendor back in Tagum, and their family. Poliquit, a member of the Philippine Air Force, finished in Third Place at this year’s Manila 42-kilometer qualifier behind Raquin and Jeson Agravante.

Aside from their cash prizes and trophies, the MILO King and Queen will represent the Philippines in an international race, most likely the Los Angeles Marathon on March 15, 2015. The Tokyo Marathon was originally announced but the plan was scrapped after the Japanese organizers could not guarantee the Filipinos’ slots.

Race Director Rio de la Cruz announced that 19,242 runners signed up for the various categories of the National Finals, a drop from last season’s 26,681. However, MILO Sports Executive Andrew Q. Neri quickly point out that the 2014 season saw a new overall attendance record of over 228,000 total runners from all 18 regional legs.

Originally calendared for December 7, organizers made the tough decision to move the race in light of the threat of Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) less than 24 hours before the initial gun start. Based on initial results, around 8,500 runners answered Saturday’s starting guns including only 373 of the over 1,000 qualifiers in the centerpiece marathon.

In other distance categories, honors in the 21 kilometers went to Kenya’s John Samoei (1:09:39) and Susan Chepkwony (1:29:50) in the Open Category and Limuel Camino (1:16:05) and Ellen Tolentino (1:36:39) in the Local Category. Kenyans also excelled in the 10 kilometers through Aburaham Cheruyot (31:56) and Our Lady of Fatima University exchange student Patroba Kembol (44:25).

Southeast Asian Games 3,000-meter steeplechase champion Christopher Ulboc ruled the five kilometers in 16:03 together with teenager Mary Anne Crishelle Perez of Gen. Ricardo Papa Memorial High School (19:20). The three-kilometer kiddy race for those aged seven to 12 years was won by Modrick Cuyom representing the Calaca Road Runners in 10:52, beating out Girls Division winner Tara Borlain by a mere two seconds.

“Since our two champions this year are quite young, we hope this will encourage more youth to join next year,” said Coach Rio. As part of the MILO Marathon’s advocacy, public school children will continue to receive athletic shoes.

The 38th MILO Marathon was made possible by Timex, Asics, Gatorade, Manila Bulletin, Lenovo and Bayview Park Hotel Manila. The Department of Education, Philippine Olympic Committee and Philippine Sports Commission have also thrown their endorsements to the country’s oldest and most prestigious footrace.

Complete results of the 38th MILO Marathon Nationals as well as those of this season’s 17 regional qualifiers are available at www.milo.com.ph. Check out MILO’s official social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for latest information and promos.

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Amazing Ahanmisi Lifts Bakers

Maverick Ahanmisi scores two of his 31 points versus MJM M-Builders.  (photo courtesy of Dante Peralta)

Maverick Ahanmisi drives for two of his 31 points versus MJM M-Builders. (photo courtesy of Dante Peralta)

2014-2015 Aspirants Cup

PASIG CITY – CaféFrance rode on the broad shoulders of guard Maverick Ahanmisi as he was a virtual one-man army in lifting the Bakers past MJM M-Builders, 82-73, last Thursday (December 11) at the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena. The Bakers of Coach Edgar Macaraya upped their win-loss record to 5-1 and stayed within range for one of two outright semifinal seats.

A former University of Minnesota standout, Ahanmisi churned out a total of 31 points and 10 rebounds in one of the best individual performances of the conference. He made 12 in the third and 11 in the pivotal fourth period.

Jam Cortes put the Bakers on top for good with a stab, 65-64, and this was followed by an Ahanmisi triple and two free throws by Bong Galanza for a 70-64 count with still 5:54 to play. The Builders gamely clawed back to come within two markers, 73-75, but Mac Belo bungled two free throws that could have tied the game entering the final two minutes.

After exchanging several botched plays, Ahanmisi buried a dagger triple with 58 ticks remaining, 78-73. The Builders failed to convert from there as Rodrigue Ebondo added two more free throws and Joseph Sedurifa chipped in a late unmolested layup for the final tally.

The Builders gave the Bakers a tough challenge, leading at the end of each of the second and third periods. However, the Bakers saved enough energy for the final canto, sending the Builders further down the table at 1-6.

Thanks to back-to-back triples by Mike Tolomia, the Builders held a shaky 59-58 edge after three periods. Ahanmisi scored the first five points of the final period to grab back the lead but this was quickly neutralized by a five-point cluster by Carl Bryan Cruz and Tolomia, 64-63, setting the stage for the Bakers’ final surge.

“It was a total team effort and I thank my teammates for our good ball movement and for the screens they set,” said Ahanmisi whose mother Marissa Frankera is from Alcala, Pangasinan. “This game also taught us how to handle pressure.”

Galanza was the only other Baker in twin digits with 10. Ebondo and JM Noble also provided key support with eight markers each.

Glenn Khobuntin topped the Builders with 15 points and six rebounds, but was held to a lone basket in the fourth period after unloading 13 in the first half. Gelo Alolino and Tolomia added 11 points each.

Adding further inspiration to the Bakers’ play was a contingent of orphans from Hospicio de San Jose who watched and cheered behind their bench. The orphans’ visit was part of the continuing corporate social responsibility program of CaféFrance.

Ahanmisi’s herculean effort overshadowed the Hapee Fresh Fighters’ 65-43 slaughtering of Wang’s Basketball in the earlier contest. Hapee reinstalled itself as the tournament solo leader with an immaculate 6-0 record while Wang’s sunk to 2-4.

Holding on to a precarious 16-12 lead after one period, the Fresh Fighters finally unleashed their deadly form by going on a 10-0 blitzkrieg to begin the second canto starring Earl Scottie Thompson. John Allen Montemayor finally broke Wang’s silence with a basket at the 6:44 mark which ended up as their side’s only points as Hapee scored nine more to close the first half, 35-14.

Wang’s leaned on forward Macky Acosta’s seven points to go ahead, 12-10, but had to leave after he picked up his third personal foul which Hapee exploited by scoring the first period’s last six points. The Fresh Fighters could have had a bigger cushion but they missed eight of their 16 free throws.

“Wang’s energy was commendable,” said Coach Ronnie Magsanoc. “Today it was a test of the players’ readiness so it’s good they gave a good effort at the start of the second period.”

Garvo Lanete paced the Fresh Fighters with 15 points. Ray Parks and Thompson followed with 11 each.

Despite his personal foul woes, Acosta still led Wang’s with 15 points. Montemayor was next with seven points and six rebounds.

In the first game, Tanduay Light Rhum Masters notched its second win in a row by thrashing the MP Hotel Warriors, 69-59. For a while the Warriors looked headed for an easy win by taking the first period, 24-6, but could not sustain the effort as the Rhum Masters came roaring back in the next three periods.

Reden Celda marked his MP Hotel debut by combining with Jumabon Bulac for nine points each in the first period. However, Coach Lawrence Chongson countered with surprise performances from Choy Ignacio and new recruit Aljon Mariano to fuel Tanduay Light’s rally.

Ignacio hit a triple and followed it up with a field goal to give Tanduay Light a 62-53 advantage with 4:56 remaining. Jessie James Collado the led MP’s final gasp to threaten, 58-62, but this was quickly doused by timely baskets by JP Belencion, Robin Rono and Raymond Ilagan to preserve the win.

“Good thing the team woke up on time,” said Coach Chongson. “I kept reminding the players that we still have a chance.”

Ignacio drained a total of four triples en route to a team-high 16 points. Mariano backed him up with 12 points and seven rebounds.

After their first period stellar play, Celda and Bulac disappeared but still went on to pace the Warriors with 16 and 12 respectively. Celda added six rebounds and four assists to his output as the squad tumbled further down the cellar at 1-6 while the Rhum Masters rose to 3-4.

How They Scored:

First Game

TANDUAY LIGHT (69) – Ignacio 16, Mariano 12, Tagarda 9, Foronda 9, Rono 8, Belencion 5, Mandani 4, de Vera 4, Ilagan 2, Escueta 0, Santos 0, Cenal 0, Banal 0.

MP HOTEL (58) – Celda 14, Bulac 12, Pacquiao 11, Escosio 7, Rogado 7, Collado 6, Allen 1, Yaya 0, Quiro 0, Blanco 0, Calo 0, Jamon 0, Palma 0.

Period Scores: 8-24, 27-29, 53-47, 69-58.

Second Game

HAPEE (65) – Lanete 15, Parks 11, Thompson 11, Van Opstal 8, Adeogun 8, Hayes 5, Amer 3, Rosario 2, Mendoza 2, Koga 0, Long 0, Sorela 0, de la Cruz 0, Newsome 0.

WANG’S BASKETBALL (43) – Acosta 15, Montemayor 7, Ferrer 6, Mendoza 5, Acuna 4, Vijandre 3, Morillo 1, Rosopa 1, Lina 1, Pontejos 0, Montuano 0, Arambulo 0.

Period Scores: 16-12, 35-14, 51-32, 65-43.

Third Game

CAFÉFRANCE (82) – Ahanmisi 31, Galanza 10, Noble 8, Ebondo 8, Cortes 7, Huertas 6, Abundo 4, Sedurifa 4, Andrada 2, Batino 2, Jeruta 0, de Leon 0.

MJM M-BUILDERS (73) – Khobuntin 15, Alolino 11, Tolomia 11, Cruz 10, Belo 8, Mendoza 6, Jose 4, Javelona 4, Neypes 4, Pogoy 0, Alberto 0.

Period Scores: 16-16, 34-37, 58-59, 82-73.

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No Stopping 38th MILO Marathon This Saturday

Over 1,000 runners will aim to wrest the trophies from Mary Joy Tabal and Eduardo Buenavista.

Over 1,000 runners will aim to wrest the trophies from Mary Joy Tabal and Eduardo Buenavista.

#BuildChampions

NOT EVEN the threat of a coming super typhoon will stop the 38th MILO Marathon National Finals this Sunday (December 7) Saturday (December 13) at the SM Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City starting at 3:00 AM. For sure, the field of over 1,000 qualifiers headed by defending champions Eduardo Buenavista and Mary Joy Tabal will storm the roads as they vie for top honors in the Philippines’ oldest and most prestigious footrace.

A whopping PHP 300,000.00 and trophies awaits the winners plus the chance to represent the country in the Tokyo Marathon on February 22, 2015. After 17 21-kilometer regional races held since June 29, this looms as the biggest MILO Marathon field ever.

Buenavista is aiming for his sixth MILO title since 2002 to match the record held by Roy Vence. Tabal is going for a back-to-back after she set a new all-time event record of 2:48:00 last season.

Cebu’s pride Tabal served notice of her title intentions by registering the fastest qualifying time of 1:20:46 in winning the Butuan City leg last October 19. The fastest male time belongs to Cagayan de Oro champion Juneil Languido at 1:10:16.

The Men’s Division will also feature former King Julius Sermona and national athletes Eric Panique and Rene Herrera and the expected contingent of overseas runners from Africa. The Women’s Division is just as exciting with the entry of former MILO Queens Cristabel Martes and Mary Grace de los Santos out to regain their thrones.

Other runners can join in the fun via the 21, 10, five and three-kilometer side events starting at 4:30 AM and share the road with the top 42-kilometer contenders. There will also be a lot of fun activities at the race village including the much-awaited inter-school cheering competition.

“Our team is closely monitoring the situation regarding Typhoon Hagupit,” said MILO Sports Executive Andrew Q. Neri. “So far, the race is a go but we will always prioritize the safety of everybody.”

As another successful MILO Marathon season draws to a close, new records have been already set as far as attendance is concerned. This has further fueled MILO’s continuing advocacy of providing athletic shoes to poor but deserving public school children in coordination with the Department of Education.

The 38th MILO Marathon National Finals is made possible with the assistance of Timex, Asics, Manila Bulletin, Lenovo, Gatorade and Bayview Park Hotel Manila with endorsements from the DepEd, Philippine Olympic Committee and Philippine Sports Commission. For more information, log on to www.milo.com.ph and follow MILO’s official social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Check out the official 38th MILO Marathon route map.

Check out the official 38th MILO Marathon route map.

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Tanduay Light Ends Slump; Cagayan Valley 5-0

2014-2015 Aspirants Cup

PASIG CITY – Tanduay Light Rhum Masters ended its four-game losing slumping by edging out a game Wang’s Basketball in overtime, 77-74, in continuing action from the 2014-2015 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Thursday (December 4) at the Ynares Sports Arena. Coach Lawrence Chongson returned to active duty as his Rhum Masters improved to 2-4 and move to within striking distance of the upper half of the standings.

Roi Sumang owned the overtime by scoring Tanduay Light’s last eight points, beginning with two free throws that tied the game for the last time at 71-71 and 1:51 to go. Wang’s then committed a 24-second violation and Sumang responded with a killer three-point play to put the Rhum Masters on top for good with 30 ticks on the clock, 74-71.

Playing it safe, Jovet Mendoza drove strong to the hoop to close in by a point, 73-74. The ploy nearly worked as Sumang could only make one free throw to stretch their lead to two, 75-73, but Paolo Pontejos turned the ball over leading to two more Sumang gift shots to ice the contest.

Wang’s fought back gallantly to erase their twin-digit deficit in the fourth period behind Rocky Acidre and new recruit Jeff Morillo, who scored a key basket but failed to convert the bonus free throw to still trail with 41 seconds remaining, 64-65. After Tanduay Light failed to convert, Mark Montuano was quickly fouled at the five-second mark but could only split his free throws and tie the score, 65-65, to set the stage for the extra five minutes.

“We still need to toughen the team’s character, just look at what happened in the fourth when Wang’s came back,” said Coach Chongson who went to Las Vegas to participate in a tournament with former PBA players during the Thanksgiving weekend. Tanduay Light’s only other victory came during their tournament debut against MJM M-Builders, 78-77, last November 3.

Sumang and Gab Banal paced the Rhum Masters with 20 markers each. Banal started the ball rolling with a team-high 14 in the first half but Sumang put the final stamp by delivering six in the fourth and eight in the overtime.

Newly-activated JM Ferrer topped Wang’s with 15 points. Macky Acosta was next with 13 points and seven rebounds as Wang’s dropped to 2-3 and solo Seventh Place.

In other games, the Cagayan Valley Rising Suns displayed uncanny offensive might to dismantle the MP Hotel Warriors, 120-77, to tie idle Hapee Fresh Fighters for the best record at a pristine 5-0. Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Giants also returned to the winning track by flooring the AMA University Titans, 82-59.

The General Santos City-based Warriors showed up with four new players but the revamped roster hardly made any impact as Eric Salamat scattered 10 points and Jason Melano added six to push the Rising Suns on top after one period, 32-21. It was all-Cagayan Valley from thereon as they rained a total of 14 triples, at one point leading by as high as 43 points, 111-68, midway through the final canto which they maintained until the final buzzer.

Don Trollano presided over the rout with 24 points followed by Abel Galliguez with 16 on four triples. Seven other Rising Suns scored six points or more.

New recruit Moncrief Rogado of the University of Cebu led the Warriors with 22 points followed by Wowie Escosio with 15 points and six rebounds. Aside from Rogado, also debuting for the Warriors were Jopet Quiro of Rizal Technological University, Jan Jamon of Emilio Aguinaldo College and Christian Palma of Arellano University.

Jumbo Plastic erected a big 42-18 lead at the start of the third period. However, Joseph Eriobu and James Martinez combined in a 17-6 to begin the fourth period that put AMA to their closest with six minutes to play, 61-71.

Coach Stevenson Tiu settled down his men and they responded with eight unanswered points to spark a 21-8 windup behind Dexter Maiquez, Jeymo Eguilos and Joseph Terso. The Giants upped their record to 5-2 while AMA snapped its two-game winning run and fell to 3-4.

Maiquez was the high man for the Giants with 17 points, 10 rebounds and three steals. Eguilos backed him up with 16 points and six rebounds.

Eriobu paced the Titans with 18 while Martinez chipped in 15. AMA’s campaign hit a snag as top gunner Philip Paniamogan took a leave to focus on his final semester at Jose Rizal University.

How They Scored:

First Game

CAGAYAN VALLEY (120) – Trollano 24, Galliguez 16, Dilay 12, Flores 12, Tautuaa 11, Salamat 10, Melano 10, Capacio 7, Celada 6, Mag-isa 5, Austria 3, Olayon 2, Tayongtong 2.

MP HOTEL (77) – Rogado 22, Escosio 15, Blanco 8, Bulac 6, Yaya 5, Pacquiao 5, Allen 4, Quiro 4, Jamon 3, Calo 3, Collado 2, Palma 0.

Period Scores: 32-21, 65-39, 92-57, 120-77.

Second Game

JUMBO PLASTIC (82) – Maiquez 17, Eguilos 16, Terso 13, Cruz 9, Javier 6, Magat 5, Rosales 4, King 4, Rios 4, Petilos 3, Villamor 1.

AMA COMPUTER (59) – Eriobu 18, Martinez 15, Camasura 8, Olivarez 7, Taganas 6, Balucanag 2, Sabangan 2, Cubillo 1, Santiago 0, Calma 0, Jordan 0, Diswe 0, Angeles 0.

Period Scores: 16-4, 40-18, 55-34, 82-59.

Third Game

TANDUAY LIGHT (77) – Sumang 20, Banal 20, Escueta 15, Foronda 6, Mandani 5, Ilagan 4, Belencion 4, de Vera 2, Tagarda 1, Abrigo 0, Ignacio 0, Cenal 0, Rono 0.

WANG’S BASKETBALL (74) – Ferrer 15, Acosta 13, Morillo 11, Mendoza 9, Acidre 7, Montuano 7, Pontejos 4, Rosopa 3, Vijandre 3, Arambulo 1, Acuna 0, Montemayor 0, Lina 0.

Period Scores: 26-19, 39-30, 54-48, 65-65 (reg.), 77-73 (OT).

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