FilOil: San Beda d. DLSU, 82-80

2017 FilOil Flying V Premier Cup     SAN JUAN City – It’s nothing personal whenever Robert Bolick faces his former team De La Salle University.  The do-it-all guard was all-business when his San Beda College clipped the defending champion Green Archers, 82-80, in the main game of the 11th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup at the FilOil Flying V Centre Sunday evening (May 28).

Bolick scattered 27 points on top of nine rebounds, six assists and a steal for good measure. He got a lot of back up from the trio of Javee Mocon, Davon Potts and Benedict Adamos who all chipped in 11 points each with Mocon completing a double-double with 13 rebounds.

Despite the glowing numbers, Coach Boyet Fernandez pointed out the Red Lions’ 34 turnovers which DLSU translated into 32 points.  “This is only an elimination round game but a lot of pride is at stake and this win will surely boost our morale entering our next games,” said Coach Fernandez.

Mocon hit the game’s biggest basket – a triple at the 45-second mark to give San Beda an 82-76 advantage.  La Salle came fighting back with a three-point play from Benoit Mbala off the final foul of Arnaud Noah to threaten, 79-82, and 39 ticks remaining.

After a botched play, Bolick was forced to foul Aljun Melecio who made his first but intentionally missed his second charity with San Beda grabbing the defensive rebound to protect their 82-80 lead.  Still, the door remained open as Jose Presbitero committed a five-second inbound violation to hand the ball back to DLSU with a good seven seconds to play but they could not capitalize as Melecio missed a hurried triple and Ricci Rivero missed the follow up and forcing them to give up fouls until the clock expired.

Mbala topped the Green Archers with 20 points and eight rebounds.  Melecio followed with 19 points as they absorbed their second loss in five games.

How They Scored:

SAN BEDA (82) – Bolick 27, Mocon 11, Potts 11, Adamos 11, Soberano 8, Noah 4, Eugene 4, Presbitero 2, Tongco 2, Bahio 2, Oftana 0, Doliguez 0, Carino 0, Abuda 0.

DE LA SALLE (80) – Mbala 20, Melecio 19, R. Rivero 15, Baltazar 9, Santillan 7, Caracut 6, Go 3, Tratter 1, Capacio 0, Gonzales 0.

Period Scores: 22-18, 33-33, 53-48, 82-80.

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FilOil: Adamson d. UP, 58-50

2017 FilOil Flying V Premier Cup     SAN JUAN City – Adamson University handed University of the Philippines its first loss at the 11th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup to the tune of 58-50 Sunday afternoon (May 28) at the FilOil Flying V Centre. It was a defensive game throughout with the Falcons making key stops down the stretch.

Paul Desiderio tied the count for the last time on a drive with 4:31 to play, 46-46.  From there, the defense limited the Maroons to only a free each from Jun Manzo and Desiderio while rattling off 10 points led by Papi Sarr for a secure 58-48 margin at the 17-second mark.

“This is a sign that we are improving but we are still a work in progress,” said Coach Franz Pumaren.  “For now, anyone on the team can be the go to guy.”

Robbie Manalang and Sean Mangati spearheaded the Falcons’ charge with 11 markers each.  The duo also combined for nine rebounds and six assists as the squad is assured of a spot in next month’s quarterfinals with their sixth win in seven outings.

Desiderio led UP with 17 points and nine rebounds while Manzo had 13 points as they saw they winning streak end at three games.  A crucial statistic was that the Maroons could only churn out two assists compared to Adamson’s 11.

How They Scored:

ADAMSON (58) – Manalang 11, Manganti 11, Pingoy 8, Ahanmisi 7, Hill 6, Sarr 5, Camacho 4, Ochea 2, Bernardo 2, Zaldivar 2, Paranada 0, Chua 0.

UP-DILIMAN (50) – Desiderio 17, Manzo 13, Quattara 4, Lim 4, Webb 4, Ju Lopez de Liano 3, Ricafort 2, Prado 2, Dario 1, Lao 0, Vito 0, Harris 0.

Period Scores: 16-10, 28-25, 41-38, 58-50.

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FilOil: Far Eastern d. Mapua, 99-84

2017 FilOil Flying V Premier Cup    SAN JUAN City – Far Eastern University extended its winning run at the 11th FilOil Fying V Premier Cup to four games by clobbering winless Mapua University, 99-84, in an awesome display of teamwork Sunday (May 28) at FilOil Flying V Centre. The Tamaraws seized control for good in the second period and were never threatened as they coasted to the victory.

Underscoring their impressive teamwork was their grand total of 25 assists.  “In the PBA, 25 assists is already good for a 48-minute game but we play only 40 minutes here so 25 assists is very good,” observed winning coach Olsen Racela, who commended rookie guard Jasper Parker for leading the way with six assists to go with his 14 points.

Another rookie guard RJ Ramirez shone for the second game in a row with 18 points on two triples.  Arvin Tolentino patrolled the inside for 17 points on top of nine rebounds.

Andrew Estrella paced the losing Cardinals with 17 points while Cedric Pelayo added 13.  With their fifth loss, Mapua formally bowed out of contention for a spot in next month’s quarterfinals.

How They Scored:

FAR EASTERN (99) – Ramirez 18, Tolentino 17, Parker 14, Escoto 7, Ebona 7, Bienes 7, Dennison 6, Nunag 5, Orizu 5, Inigo 4, Bayquin 3, Stockton 2, Denila 2, Tuffin 2, Comboy 0, Trinidad 0.

MAPUA (84) – Estrella 17, Pelayo 15, Victoria 11, Bunag 9, Raflores 8, Serrano 7, Gamboa 6, Nieles 6, Orquina 5.

Period Scores: 26-20, 52-42, 72-62, 99-84.

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FilOil: Jose Rizal d. Santo Tomas, 61-55

2017 FilOil Flying V Premier Cup     SAN JUAN City – Jose Rizal University gained a foothold into the quarterfinals of the 11th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup by rallying to beat University of Santo Tomas, 61-55, at the FilOil Flying V Centre Sunday (May 28). This marks the fifth win in six games for the Heavy Bombers as they cemented their hold on solo Second Place in Group A.

Darius Estrella and Ervin Grospe drained back-to-back triples to bail out JRU and shatter a 55-55 stalemate.  Grospe’s triple barely beat the 24-second shot clock with 19 ticks on the game clock for the final tally as the Tigers bungled their ensuing possession.

“I challenged them at halftime by telling them I did not like the way they were playing with no energy,” said winning coach Vergel Meneses.  “We fought their scoring run with defensive stops and our offense followed.”

UST briefly looked headed for the victory by controlling the second and third periods but JRU made their move in the fourth period to erect a nine-point lead, 55-46.  Suddenly, the Tigers clawed back with nine straight points capped by the tying basket by Wendell de Guzman entering the final two minutes for the game’s final deadlock.

Grospe paced the Heavy Bombers with 18 points to go with three rebounds and two assists.  Bernabe Teodoro followed with 10 points.

De Guzman topped UST with 17 markers.  Christian Garcia was next with 13 points as the Tigers dropped to 1-4 and in danger of missing the quarterfinals.

In the day’s opening game, Ateneo de Manila University maintained its perfect record in the Juniors Division after dealing Nazareth School of National University its first loss, 76-66.  SJ Belangel led the way for the Blue Eaglets with 19 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals as they hardly missed 6’11” beanpole Kai Sotto who went to the United States for a training camp.

How They Scored:

First Game (Juniors)

ATENEO DE MANILA (76) – Belangel 19, Manuel 13, Angeles 12, Ildefonso 10, Gusi 8, Credo 4, David 4, Escalona 2, Ong 2, Chiu 2, Lopa 0, Narciso 0, Tanedo 0, Fetalvero 0, Jaymalin 0, Santos 0, Sahali 0.

NAZARETH-NU (66) – Fortea 13, Gonzales 10, Oczon 9, Coyoca 8, Javillonar 7, Sarip 7, de la Cruz 4, Baluyot 3, Pradella 3, Pangilinan 1, Minerva 1, Manalang 0, Felicilda 0, Gayola 0, Lantaya 0, Puray 0, Calamaan 0.

Period Scores: 23-14, 37-32, 60-47, 76-66.

Second Game (Seniors)

JOSE RIZAL (61) – Grospe 18, Teodoro 10, Estrella 7, Mendoza 5, de la Virgen 4, Mate 4, Poutouochi 3, Lasquety 2, Abdulwahab 2, Bordon 2, Mariano 2, Sawat 2.

SANTO TOMAS (55) – de Guzman 17, Garcia 13, Sta. Ana 8, Akomo 6, Faundo 4, Escalambre 3, Basibas 2, Lee 2, Garrido 0, Caunan 0, Huang 0, Afoakwah 0.

Period Scores: 15-13, 22-26, 40-42, 61-55.

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FilOil: San Beda d. UE, 68-55

2017 FilOil Flying V Premier Cup     SAN JUAN City – San Beda College bucked a slow start to thwart University of the East, 68-55, at the 11th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup Friday (May 26) at the FilOil Flying V Centre.  The Red Lions are now 2-0 to pace Group A.

UE jumped to a 21-12 lead after one period but the Red Lions turned up the defense to limit the Warriors to only seven points in the second.  By then, San Beda had built an imposing 38-28 advantage at the halftime break which they never gave up coasting to the easy win.

Arnaud Noah powered the Red Lions with 16 points and eight rebounds while Javee Mocon had a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.  The rest of the team churned out a balanced attack.

Alvin Pasaol was the lone bright spot for UE with 19 points and six rebounds despite being saddled with early foul trouble.  Vince Magbuhos was next with only nine points.

The Red Lions now brace for a blockbuster showdown with defending champion De La Salle University on Sunday (May 28).  The Green Archers tote a 3-1 card, good for Third Place, half a game behind Jose Rizal University (4-1).

How They Scored:

SAN BEDA (68) – Noah 16, Mocon 10, Bolick 8, Oftana 5, Potts 5, Eugene 5, Bahio 4, Soberano 3, Tongco 3, Cabanag 2, Presbitero 2, Carino 2, Abuda 2, Adamos 1, Carlos 0, Doliguez 0, Giussani 0, Abude 0.

EAST (55) – Pasaol 19, V. Magbuhos 9, Cruz 4, Maloles 4, Derige 4, G. Green 3, Toribio 3, Varilla 2, Gagate 2, Acuno 2, Manalang 2, Conner 1, Armenion 0, Conner 0, J. Green 0, Abanto 0, Cullar 0, W. Magbuhos 0.

Period Scores: 12-21, 38-28, 50-38, 68-55.

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FilOil: Jose Rizal d. Perpetual Help, 70-56

2017 FilOil Flying V Premier Cup     SAN JUAN City – Days after absorbing their first loss, Jose Rizal University regrouped to clobber University of Perpetual Help System-Dalta, 70-56, at the resumption of the 11th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup Friday (May 26) at the FilOil Flying V Centre.  Bernabe Teodoro starred in a crippling 13-0 run that delivered the knockout blow as the Heavy Bombers improved to 4-1.

Alta Daryl Singontiko scored on a drive to peg the count at 52-57.  That was the cue for JRU to begin their final run highlighted by three triples from Teodoro as the margin ballooned to 70-52 and 38 seconds left on the clock.

“I credit the good defense and effort of the team especially in the fourth,” said Coach Vergel Meneses.  “Our loss to Lyceum earlier this week was a wakeup call.”

Teodoro paced the Heavy Bombers with five triples for 19 points on top of five rebounds.  Ervin Grospe followed with 12 points and five rebounds.

GJ Ylagan topped the Altas with 13 points as no other teammate had double figures.  Prince Eze returned to active duty to contribute eight points but could only grab four rebounds as they fell to 2-3.

How They Scored:

JOSE RIZAL (70) – Teodoro 19, Grospe 12, Poutouochi 9, Estrella 9, de la Virgen 8, Lasquety 4, Abdulwahab 4, Sawat 4, Mendoza 1, Bordon 0, Mate 0, Mariano 0.

PERPETUAL HELP (56) – Ylagan 13, Eze 8, Dagangon 7, Singontiko 7, Coronel 6, Lucente 4, Sadiwa 4, Pido 4, Clemente 2, Mangalino 1, Yuhico 0.

Period Scores: 15-8, 32-29, 51-42, 70-56.

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FilOil: Far Eastern d. National, 88-77

2017 FilOil Flying V Premier Cup     SAN JUAN City – Far Eastern University maintained its perfect record at the 11th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup by holding off National University, 88-77, in continuing action Friday (May 26) at the FilOil Flying V Centre.  Rookie RJ Ramirez starred all game long to deliver the third straight triumph for the Tamaraws.

FEU was well in control in the fourth period when the Bulldogs rallied to trim the deficit to only four points, 77-81, with 1:30 to play. Coach Olsen Racela settled down his wards and they responded with a thundering dunk by Prince Orizu followed by a steal and breakaway layup by Ramirez to up their lead to eight with 45 ticks on the clock, 85-77.

“When NU cut our lead to four I reminded the players to fight via defensive stops,” said Coach Racela.  “Whenever we play our fellow UAAP teams, it is a chance for us to gauge where we are right now.”

Ramirez led all scorers with 15 points on top of five assists and three steals.  He drew support from Ron Dennison and Arvin Tolentino with 12 markers each.

“I’m doing this for my mother who passed away two years ago,” said Ramirez, a balikbayan from Toronto, Canada whose family traces their roots to Rosario, Cavite.  “That’s why I’m here to play basketball and possibly go to the next level.”

Issa Gaye topped the Bulldogs with 14 points and nine rebounds. Reggie Morido followed with 12 points as NU dropped to 3-2.

How They Scored:

FAR EASTERN (88) – Ramirez 15, Dennison 12, Tolentino 12, Cani 9, Escoto 8, Bienes 8, Orizu 8, Comboy 7, Tuffin 4, Inigo 3, Parker 2, Trinidad 0, Ebona 0, Bayquin 0.

NATIONAL (77) – Gaye 14, Morido 12, Alejandro 11, Salem 11, Tibayan 9, Diputado 4, Yu 4, Bartlett 4, Aquino 2, Rangel 2, Lastimosa 2, Abatayo 0, Galvelo 0.

Period Scores: 26-26, 46-45, 67-62, 88-77.

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