Scorpions, Altas Pace FilOil Groups

Alfred Batino defies the defense of Christian Kakonda to power CEU over UST.

Alfred Batino defies the defense of Christian Kakonda to power CEU over UST.  (photo courtesy of Dante Peralta)

10847994_961256130560942_3593677251247011386_n     SAN JUAN City – Centro Escolar University assumed solo leadership of Group B of the 2015 FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup by thrashing the University of Santo Tomas, 82-77, Saturday (May 23) at the San Juan Arena. The Scorpions rose to 5-1 and are in good position to make the quarterfinals next month.

After Kevin Ferrer scored to begin the fourth period and put the Tigers within four points, 59-63, the Scorpions answered with an 11-5 blast that restored their twin digit lead, 74-64. The Tigers tried to recover but timely baskets by Joseph Celso, Kenneth Kurt de Leon and Rodrigue Ebondo helped preserve the win.

UST drew superlative performances from Ed Daquioag who scattered 34 points on top of five rebounds and six assists in 37 minutes and Ferrer who finished with 28 points and five rebounds. Sadly, the rest of the team could only chip in 15 markers in total.

“We decided to let Daquioag and Ferrer do their thing and focus on stopping their teammates and it worked,” said Coach Edgar Macaraya.

Alfred Batino took home his second Freego Best Player of the Game citation with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Ebondo had equally impressive statistics with 13 points, 15 rebounds and two blocks.

The Scorpions had to play the game minus several key players, including scoring leader Samboy de Leon. “They broke team rules so the coaching staff had no choice but to discipline them,” explained Coach Macaraya refusing to further elaborate on the circumstances.

In the main game, defending champion De La Salle University joined idle San Beda College and University of the East in a three-way tie for Second Place in Group B by frustrating the Southwestern University Cobras, 90-80. DLSU, UE and SBC all tote 4-1 win-loss records, half a game behind the pacesetting Scorpions.

The Green Archers were powered by marvelous efforts by super rookies Joshua Andrei Caracut who had 18 points and Joshua Torralba with 17. The Cobras were paced by Mark Tallo with 17 markers and Boko Mupungo with 14 points and 13 rebounds as the CeSAFI champions fell to 0-2.

In the day’s curtain raiser, the University of Perpetual Help System-Dalta Altas remained the only undefeated squad in the 18-team field by taming the Far Eastern University Tamaraws, 70-64. The Altas are now at 5-0 while the Tamaraws dropped to 3-3 in Group A.

How They Scored:

Second Game

CENTRO ESCOLAR (82) – Batino 20, Ebondo 13, Anunciacion 12, Casino 12, Celso 10, K. de Leon 10, Abundo 5, Saber 0, Aquino 0, Aranas 0.

SANTO TOMAS (77) – Daquioag 34, Ferrer 28, Lao 6, Lee 3, Bonleon 3, Sheriff 2, Kakonda 1, Caunan 0, Huang 0, Faundo 0, Mayor 0, Garrido 0.

Period Scores: 13-20, 40-37, 63-57, 82-77.

Third Game

DE LA SALLE (90) – Caracut 18, Torralba 17, Teng 14, Torres 10, Perkins 9, Muyang 8, Tratter 5, Go 3, Navarro 2, Van Opstal 2, Gob 2, Pascual 0.

SOUTHWESTERN (80) – Tallo 17, Mupungo 14, Parker 13, Goloran 13, Holper 8, Auditor 8, Luz 5, Habagat 2, Bregondo 0, Acuno 0.

Period Scores: 27-15, 46-31, 67-60, 90-80.

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AMA, Jumbo Plastic Press For Playoffs

2015 Foundation Cup     QUEZON CITY – The AMA University Titans did their part to have a shot at the playoffs by blasting the MP Hotel Warriors, 99-87, as the 2015 PBA D-League Foundation Cup entered its homestretch at the Jesus Christ Saves Global Outreach Gym Thursday (May 21). Ending their campaign with a 4-5 win-loss card, the Titans are just out of the picture at Seventh Place but could still make it depending on the results of the remaining four games.

Coming off a two-week break, the Titans jumped the gun on the Warriors and turned the game into a shootout and leading after the first period, 26-23. Despite using only an eight-player rotation, AMA continued to pour it on and the tally had jacked up to 53-46 by halftime.

By then, the Warriors began to crank up their defense and managed to stay within striking distance. A Jan Colina basket followed by back-to-back hits by Mark Cruz restored to the lead back to MP Hotel at the end of the third, 71-70.

AMA recovered their bearings in time with James Martinez tying the count at 74-74 and Dexter Maiquez hitting the go-ahead shot at the 7:30 mark, 76-74. From there, Jarelan Tampus took over and combined with Martinez in a pivotal 7-0 that stretched AMA’s lead to 87-79 with 2:45 on the clock.

The Titans were not yet finished as they tried to add on to their lead. Martinez fittingly capped his hot shooting with his sixth triple at the buzzer to settle the final score.

“At least we improved by getting our fourth win compared to the last Aspirants Cup where we only had three wins,” said Coach Mark Herrera. “Our destiny is not in our hands so we will just wait and pray.”

The 28 points of Martinez was the most by any Titan in the tournament. Maiquez chipped in 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Rey Nambatac paced the Warriors with 22 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Khasim Mirza followed with 13 points and seven rebounds.

Apparently, the Titans’ collective prayers were not heard as the Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Giants made short work of the LiverMarin Guardians in the day’s second game, 87-66. The Giants moved half a game ahead of the Titans at 4-4 in a tie with the idle KeraMix Mixers at Fifth and Sixth Place.

All the Giants needed was a telling 10-0 run in the first period started by Jaymo Eguilos followed by eight straight points by Philip Paniamogan and it was an all-Jumbo Plastic show hence, 14-5.

Silent in the middle two periods after his opening explosion, Paniamogan found his range anew at the start of the final canto as he combined with Dennice Villamor to give the Giants their biggest lead of the contest, 74-58, and 5:30 remaining.

Paniamogan knocked in three triples en route to 15 points in the fourth to hike his total to 23 points on top of five rebounds and three assists. Villamor made nine of his 16 points in the fourth to go with 10 rebounds and six assists.

“I will be happy if we make the quarterfinals after all the injuries and roster changes that affected our team’s performance,” said Coach Stevenson Tiu. “The key is for the players to maintain their intensity and aggression in our last game.”

AMA’s hopes now hinge on the Tanduay Light Rhum Masters (3-5) beating the Mixers on May 28 and make the playoffs via the quotient system. A win by the Mixers will boot out the Titans regardless of the outcome of the Giants-Warriors tussle.

How They Scored:

First Game

AMA (99) – Martinez 28, King 20, Maiquez 16, Taganas 14, Tampus 12, Jordan 5, Camasura 2, Asuncion 2.

MP HOTEL (87) – Nambatac 22, Mirza 13, Colina 11, de la Pena 11, Acidre 9, Cruz 7, Quinto 7, Mendoza 2, Apreku 2, Luib 2, Custodio 1, Calvo 0.

Period Scores: 26-23, 53-46, 70-71, 99-87.

Second Game

JUMBO PLASTIC (87) – Paniamogan 23, Villamor 16, Avillanoza 12, Mandani 8, Eguilos 6, Almario 5, Tiongson 4, Khobuntin 4, Perez 4, Sanga 3, Purdy 2, Arellano 0.

LIVERMARIN (66) – Guinto 17, Calisaan 13, Ignacio 8, Costelo 7, de la Cruz 5, Fabian 4, Marcus 3, Ortuoste 3, Bangga 2, de Vera 2, Santos 2, Laude 0.

Period Scores: 15-11, 36-33, 61-44, 87-66.

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Subic Marathon November 21-22

Save the date runners!

Save the date runners!

THE LONG wait for the Subic International Marathon is over after it was announced recently that the 10th edition of the iconic footrace will be held from November 21 to 22, 2015 at Remy Field. Usually held every January, the event was moved to coincide with the anniversary celebration of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA).

Aside from the change in date, another major innovation is that the centerpiece full marathon (42.195 kilometers) will blast off at 5:00 PM. As the runners cross the finish line on the Remy Field track oval, they will be greeted with a party-like atmosphere complete with bands and other entertainment acts.

Together with the full marathon is the 21-kilometer race which will start an hour later at 6:00 PM. The partying should continue well into the next morning when the 10, seven, five and three-kilometer fun runs are held.

“We want to present a world-class event that Filipinos can be proud of,” said race founder Police Gen. Samson Tucay during the media launch. Starting this year, the race course is certified by the Association of International Marathons (AIMS) thus assuring participants of accurate distances.

Since the race will be held in the darkness of night, organizer eXtribe of Eric Imperio has made sure that the runners will be safe with aid stations every 1.5 kilometers. The route will be essentially the same as the 2014 edition.

Local tourism will surely get a major boost. After completing their Saturday night races, runners can stay overnight and enjoy the tourist sights of Subic Bay and Olongapo City.

SIM founder Gen. Samson Tucay (4th from left) leads organizers, stakeholders and beneficiaries in the recent event launching.

SIM founder Gen. Samson Tucay (4th from left) leads organizers, stakeholders and beneficiaries in the recent event launching.

Registration fees are pegged at PHP 1,250.00 (42.195 kilometers), PHP 900.00 (21 kilometers), PHP 400.00 (10 kilometers), PHP 300.00 (seven kilometers), PHP 200.00 (five kilometers) and PHP 150.00 (three kilometers). The race kit is expected to contain the basic bib and singlet with medals for both 42.195 and 21-kilometer finishers.

The official designs of the medals and singlets will be released later. At the moment, a headlamp is not included in the kit so participants may want to prepare one as a safety investment.

Being the 10th year of the race is testament to its popularity and longevity. Who would have thought that a simple graduation exercise in 2005 for a special school for the Philippine National Police would metamorphose into a much-awaited annual tradition with entries from all over the world?

Billed as a run for fun and transformation, the race has chosen several beneficiaries including the Dilaab Foundation, Bukas Loob Sa Diyos and Bless Our Cops. Many of the individual beneficiaries of the past SIMs have gone on to better lives as productive members of society.

Expect a well-organized and no-frills race this November. Running around the clean environment of Subic Bay is indeed a welcome relief from all those urban races.

Both online and in-store registration will begin in August, 2015. Interested parties are encouraged to like the Subic International Marathon Page on Facebook for more details and breaking news.

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Bakers In Semis; Gems Fall

2015 Foundation Cup     SAN JUAN City – The Cebuana Lhuillier Gems’ bid for a perfect 2015 PBA D-League Foundation Cup disappeared as resurgent Hapee Fresh Fighters inflicted the first loss on the pacesetters, 71-70, at the San Juan Arena Monday (May 18). In the other game, the CaféFrance Bakers quietly sewed up the second outright semifinal berth with an 83-72 battering of the Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Giants.

Baser Amer converted on a running floater with 20 seconds left to provide the marginal points for the Fresh Fighters. Given ample time, the Gems failed to hoist a shot in their final possession, allowing the ball to go out of bounds in Hapee’s favor with 1.5 ticks to go and snapping their seven-game winning streak.

“They were out to preserve their undefeated record, we were fighting for survival,” said Coach Ronnie Magsanoc. True enough the Fresh Fighters had to contend without center Ola Adeogun who was thrown out with 5:26 in the final period after incurring two technical fouls.

Already assured of the top seeding since their last game, the Gems allowed the Fresh Fighters to pull away and lead by as high as 19 markers late in the second period, 40-21. Moala Tautuaa then sank a triple to trigger the Gems’ 9-2 windup and close in at the break, 42-30.

With the momentum on their side, Allan Mangahas presided over the big Cebuana fight back in the third by scoring 12 points and put the Gems closer entering the fourth period, 52-55. Their patience finally paid off as Paul Zamar returned the lead to the Gems for the first time since the first period via a triple, 57-55.

Two deadlocks and five lead changes later, Hapee looked all set to walk away with the victory when Art de la Cruz scored twice to hike the Fresh Fighters’ advantage to six points and 2:17 to play, 69-63. Hoping to preserve their immaculate slate, Roider Cabrera fired a triple followed by back-to-back baskets by Almond Vosotros to put the Gems back ahead at the 1:06 mark, 70-69.

Amer topped the Fresh Fighters with 18 points and three assists in only his second game of the tournament. Troy Rosario followed with 15 points and nine rebounds as Hapee tied the idle Cagayan Valley Rising Suns for Third and Fourth Place at 5-3.

After his third period scoring spree, Mangahas went scoreless in the fourth period but still led the Gems with 17 points. Tautuaa chipped in 15 points and eight rebounds.

CaféFrance weathered a late Jumbo Plastic surge anchored on Philip Paniamogan and Glenn Khobuntin that saw their once-imposing 23-point lead (62-39) chopped down to a mere nine points, 70-61, and 1:39 on the clock. Time was not on the side of the Giants with the Bakers shooting steadily from the free throw line to preserve their win.

Eliud Poligrates again proved to be an important acquisition by the Bakers with 11 of his team-best 16 points in the fourth period to stave off the Giants’ rally to go with five rebounds and three assists. Maverick Ahanmisi supported him with 14 points and six rebounds.

“I’m very happy with the team’s improvement and this is our first time to make the semifinals outright which was our first goal,” said Coach Edgar Macaraya. “We now go for our second goal which is to make the finals for the first time.”

Paniamogan paced the Giants with 21 points while Khobuntin added 14. Now at 3-4, they are hanging on to the sixth and last playoff berth holding a shaky half-game lead over the pursuing Tanduay Light Rhum Masters and AMA University Titans who are both at 3-5.

How They Scored:

First Game

CAFÉFRANCE (83) – Poligrates 16, Ahanmisi 14, Galanza 13, de Leon 13, Sedurifa 7, Ebondo 6, Batino 5, Jeruta 3, Andrada 3, Cortes 3, Miranda 0, Abundo 0.

JUMBO PLASTIC (72) – Paniamogan 21, Khobuntin 14, Sanga 12, Tiongson 7, Mandani 4, Eguilos 4, Villamor 4, Perez 4, Arellano 2, Purdy 0, Almario 0, Avillanoza 0.

Period Scores: 19-11, 41-27, 60-39, 83-72.

Second Game

HAPEE (71) – Amer 18, Rosario 15, Parks 12, de la Cruz 8, Adeogun 6, Thompson 5, Newsome 5, Elorde 2, Villahermosa 0, Long 0, Romero 0, Koga 0.

CEBUANA LHUILLIER (70) – A. Mangahas 17, Tautuaa 15, Cabrera 9, Vosotros 9, Corpuz 7, Torres 5, Enciso 4, Zamar 4, Van Opstal 0, Bautista 0, Sarangay 0.

Period Scores: 18-14, 42-30, 55-52, 71-70.

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NAASCU Champ Beats NCAA Champ

10847994_961256130560942_3593677251247011386_n     SAN JUAN City –Centro Escolar University got the better of San Beda College, 80-69, in a titanic clash of league champions Friday (May 15) in continuing action from the 2015 FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup at the San Juan Arena. The reigning back-to-back NAASCU champion Scorpions improved to 4-1 inflicted the first defeat on the many-time NCAA champion Red Lions who fell to 3-1 in Group B.

Well in control of the game since late in the first period, the Scorpions managed to fend off all of the Red Lions’ rallies with timely scores. NAASCU MVP Samboy de Leon put up another scoring display with 11 of his team-high 27 points in the second period to give CEU its biggest lead, 37-24.

San Beda leaned on Donald Tankoua to hold the fort against the raging plays of CEU’s Rodrigue Ebondo in an entertaining battle of exchange students. Compounding the Red Lions’ problems was the ejection of top center Ola Adeogun with 6:25 left in the game on two technical fouls for excessive complaining.

Jaypee Mendoza put San Beda at its closest, 65-70, and 1:43 to go. This was quickly neutralized by an Ebondo basket followed by a steal and breakaway layup for Alvin Abundo for a 74-65 CEU lead with less than a minute to play.

Shooting bricks all game, Art de la Cruz converted a late field goal but it proved to be San Beda’s final say as Ebondo settled the final count via the free throw line at the 31-second mark. A failed offensive returned the ball to the Scorpions who dribbled the remaining 20 seconds away.

“It was a good test of character for us on how to bounce back coming from a tough loss last time against UE,” said Coach Edgar Macaraya. The game somewhat also erased the bitter memories of last year’s tournament where the Scorpions lost by a single point to the Red Lions in the knockout semifinals, 62-63.

Ebondo backed up de Leon with 22 points and 14 rebounds. Also providing key numbers was Alfred Batino with eight points and five rebounds.

Tankoua topped San Beda with 16 points and nine rebounds. De la Cruz finished with 15 points, six rebounds and six assists but had to endure five out of 17 shooting from the field as the rest of the team groped for form.

In the other Group B encounter, the Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates finally notched a win by toppling the University of the Philippines Maroons, 70-65. Over in Group A, National University Bulldogs routed Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, 74-52, while Letran College Knights nipped Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers, 58-52.

The Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eaglets returned to action in the Juniors Division via a 101-56 crushing of the Jose Rizal University Light Bombers. ADMU assumed the leadership of Group at 2-0, half a game ahead of idle De La Salle-Zobel (1-0).

How They Scored:

First Game

ATENEO DE MANILA (101) – Rosales 16, S. Ildefonso 11, J. Berjay 10, Andrade 9, R. Berjay 8, Mendoza 8, Gatmaitan 7, Flores 7, Eustaquio 6, Mamuyac 5, Belangel 5, Credo 4, Angeles 3, D. Ildefonso 2, David 0, Tanedo 0, Termoso 0, Santos 0.

JOSE RIZAL (56)– Torre 18, Agustin 12, Baliad 8, Carreon 7, Abrigos 4, Tierra 3, Indiongco 2, Macompas 1, Nazareno 1, Caballero 0, Rellente 0, Servillion 0, Pallares 0, Espiritu 0, Cayabyab 0.

Period Scores: 24-16, 48-30, 74-43, 101-56.

Second Game

LYCEUM (70) – Soliman 12, Gabayni 10, Zamora 9, Bulawan 8, Mbida 6, Taladua 6, Alanes 5, Nguidjol 5, Baltazar 4, Sunga 2, Marata 2, Caduyac 1, Malabanan 0, Magbuhos 0.

UP-DILIMAN (65) – Lim 16, Desiderio 15, Jaboneta 10, Asilum 8, Gallarza 5, Amar 4, Tekoudjou 4, Romero 2, Dario 1, Webb 0, Longa 0, Vito 0, Harris 0.

Period Scores: 15-14, 34-32, 49-42, 70-65.

Third Game

NATIONAL (74) – Celda 13, Gaye 11, Javelona 11, Alejandro 9, Alolino 7, Diputado 6, Tansingco 4, de Castro 3, Abatayo 2, Salim 2, Javillonar 2, Rangel 2, Morido 1, Neypes 1, Senining 0.

EMILIO AGUINALDO (52) – Munsayac 9, Mbang 7, Diego 6, Onwubere 6, Esplana 5, Pascual 5, Morada 5, Laminou 5, Corilla 2, Pascua 2, Mejos 8, Indin 0, Saludo 0, General 0, Aderes 0, Estacio 0.

Period Scores: 14-15, 40-23, 55-37, 74-52.

Fourth Game

LETRAN (58) – Cruz 15, Sollano 12, Nambatac 9, Publico 7, Luib 6, Quinto 5, Balanza 2, Apreku 2, Bernabe 0, de la Pena 0.

JOSE RIZAL (52) – Teodoro 14, Balagtas 11, de la Paz 11, Sanchez 5, Lasquety 3, Astilla 2, Pontejos 2, Abdulwahab 2, Aurin 2, Poutouochi 0, Grospe 0, de la Virgen 0.

Period Scores: 19-15, 35-27, 44-40, 58-52.

Fifth Game

CENTRO ESCOLAR (80) – S. de Leon 27, Ebondo 22, Batino 8, Celso 7, Abundo 7, Jeruta 3, Anunciacion 2, Opiso 2, Vargas 2, Silverie 0, Casino 0, Pagkatipunan 0.

SAN BEDA (69) – Tankoua 16, de la Cruz 15, Koga 8, Sara 8, Adeogun 4, Mocon 4, Sedillo 4, Cabanag 2, Mendoza 2, Reyes 2, Tongco 2, Sorela 2, Soberano 0, Amer 0, Presbitero 0, Abude 0, Carlos 0.

Period Scores: 16-14, 39-28, 63-55, 80-69.

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Hapee, Cagayan Bolster Semis Bids

2015 Foundation Cup     PASIG CITY – The race for the second outright semifinal berth got a bit more interesting as chasers Cagayan Valley Rising Suns and Hapee Fresh Fighters fashioned convincing victories over separate rivals Thursday (May 14) at the resumption of the 2015 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena. The undefeated Cebuana Lhuillier Gems (7-0) are assured of the first spot regardless of the outcome of their two remaining assignments.

While the Rising Suns were clinical in their demolition of the LiverMarin Guardians, 106-94, their coach Alvin Pua became the biggest newsmaker after he was ejected from the game for physically contacting a referee while protesting a call with only 1:39 remaining in the first half and Rising Suns on top, 47-41. Sans their coach and with team consultant Francis Rodriguez taking over, Cagayan Valley shifted to high gear and unloaded 32 points in the third period to match their biggest lead of the game, 79-65.

The Guardians opted to engage the Rising Suns in a shootout and the latter responded with Abel Galliguez knocking in 10 of his 15 points in the fourth period to scuttle all of the Guardians’ rallies. Choi Ignacio tried his best to close the gap but Cagayan Valley always had a ready counter move to raise their win-loss card to 5-3, a game behind the second-running CaféFrance Bakers (6-2).

“Yes, we are still thinking about making the semifinals,” said Coach Rodriguez as he refused to comment further on Coach Pua’s ejection. “This win is very important for us.”

A total of six Rising Suns scored in double figures led by Don Trollano with 17 and Michael Mabulac with 16 plus eight rebounds. Jason Melano also had a good stat line with 13 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists.

With their seventh loss in eight games, LiverMarin became the first team to be formally eliminated from playoff contention. Jovit de la Cruz and Bradwyn Guinto paced the Guardians with 19 and 16 markers respectively.

In the second game, the Fresh Fighters experienced a few scares before finally running away from the Tanduay Light Rhum Masters, 88-75. Playing their second game with the San Beda College players back in the roster, Hapee gave glimpses of what their opponents could expect in the playoffs as they moved to 4-3 and provisional Fourth Place.

“Entering the quarterfinals is enough for us,” said Coach Ronnie Magsanoc. The 2014-2015 Aspirants Cup champions were 2-3 and on a two-game slump and in danger of missing the playoffs before the Bedans were recalled.

Missing the last game due to injury, Baser Amer finally made his tournament debut by coming off the bench midway in the first period to score nine unanswered points and turn the game in Hapee’s favor for good, 16-6. From there, the Fresh Fighters patiently increased their cushion to as high as 25 points in the third period, 61-36, on a five-point cluster by Amer.

Hanging on dim hopes for the playoffs, the Rhum Masters responded with a 15-4 run highlighted by a barrage of three triples by Jaypee Belencion and two more from Aljon Mariano to close in entering the final canto, 51-65.

Belencion continued his hot shooting into the fourth with two more triples plus a rare four-point play that put Tanduay Light at their closest, 70-80, and 1:39 on the clock. However, time was not on the side of the Rhum Masters as Troy Rosario, Amer and Ray Parks preserved the win from the free throw line.

Amer finished with 24 points. Chris Newsome and Ola Adeogun supported him with 10 points each and a combined 11 rebounds.

Belencion scored 19 of his team-high 21 points in the second half to go with five rebounds and four assists. Kris Rosales hit a career-high 11 points, the same output as Mariano as Tanduay Light slid to 3-5, a full game behind idle Jumbo Plastic (4-4) for the sixth and final playoff berth.

How They Scored:

First Game

CAGAYAN VALLEY (106) – Trollano 17, Mabulac 16, Galliguez 15, Dilay 13, Melano 13, Celada 12, Magat 6, Rogado 5, Austria 4, Flores 4, Tayongtong 1, Salamat 0, Santos 0.

LIVERMARIN (94) – de la Cruz 19, Guinto 16, Bangga 13, Ignacio 12, Balucanag 9, Ortuoste 8, Fabian 7, Santos 5, Costelo 3, de Vera 2, Marcus 0, Calisaan 0, Laude 0.

Period Scores: 30-20, 47-44, 79-65, 106-94.

Second Game

HAPEE (88) – Amer 24, Adeogun 10, Newsome 10, Parks 9, Long 8, Koga 8, de la Cruz 6, Thompson 5, Rosario 4, Elorde 2, Romero 2.

TANDUAY LIGHT (75) – Belencion 21, Rosales 11, Mariano 11, Escueta 7, Santos 6, Sumang 5, Eriobu 5, Rono 3, Tagarda 2, Ilagan 2, de la Paz 2, Jumao-as 0, Cenal 0, Lo 0.

Period Scores: 16-11, 49-25, 65-51, 88-75.

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UE Stops CEU’s Streak in OT

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SAN JUAN City – This time, guard Edson Batiller made sure he would go home the winner as he keyed the University of the East’s 65-62 overtime clipping of Centro Escolar University in a clash of undefeated squads Wednesday (May 13) from the 2015 FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup at the San Juan Arena. The Red Warriors became the first team to go 4-0 while the Scorpions absorbed their first setback for a 3-1 record in Group B.

Batiller hit a crucial triple with 1:37 left in the extra period to shatter the 60-60 deadlock. CEU then committed a 24-second violation but the Warriors failed to capitalize, returning the ball and Alfred Batino scoring to threaten 62-63.

Batiller then completed his heroics with a basket at the 31-second mark to stretch their lead, 65-62. The Scorpions lapsed into a series of errors that sealed the win for UE.

It was a sorry loss for CEU, which led by seven markers with 3:34 to play in regulation, 56-49. Batiller signaled the Warriors’ rally with a triple followed by four straight points by the erstwhile scoreless Paul Varilla to force the 58-58 standoff and 23 seconds left.

Rodrigue Ebondo tried to win the game but his hurried triple bounced off the rim at the buzzer. Earlier, the Scorpions committed to key errors with Aaron Jeruta being whistled for an offensive foul Alvin Abundo slipping as he drove to the basket that resulted in Varilla’s game-tying basket.

The Warriors actually started hot, rushing to a 7-0 lead before Jeruta nailed back-to-back triples to tie the game, 7-7. With momentum on their side, the Scorpions slowly pulled away and led by as much as 13 points in the third canto, 44-31, on three free throws by Samboy de Leon.

Batiller topped the Warriors with 15 points, including the two crucial triples. Center Chris Javier followed with 13 points and six rebounds.

Batino paced the Scorpions with 18 points and eight rebounds while de Leon was next with 11 points and seven rebounds but only one triple connection. Also scoring big for CEU were Jason Opiso and Ebondo with 10 points each and Ebondo grabbing 15 rebounds.

In last year’s tournament, Batiller was playing for the General Santos City-based Holy Trinity College Wildcats when they bowed to the Scorpions, 61-74. By then, Coach Frederick Pumaren was impressed and began sending offers to the crafty sentinel to transfer.

In other games from Group A, the Adamson University Falcons debuted by escaping the University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars, 62-59. It was the eighth and final game for USJ-R before returning to Cebu, winning only once against the Emilio Aguinaldo Generals, 85-74.

Letran returned to the winning track by stalling Generals, 72-64. In the last game, the National University Bulldogs survived the late surge of the College of Saint Benilde Blazers, 66-62.

In Junior Division play, the Malayan High School of Science Red Robins barged into the win column and dealt the Junior Falcons their second defeat, 80-77. Malayan is now 1-1 while Adamson is at 1-2 in Group B.

How They Scored:

First Game

MALAYAN SCIENCE (80) – Serrano 14, Salenga 11, Enriquez 10, Concepcion 9, Garcia 9, Uson 8, Bonifacio 7, Junsay 7, Camilosa 3, Velvez 1, Diaz 1, Yco 0, Templonuevo 0.

ADAMSON (77) – Celis 29, Binarao 15, Natividad 7, Chua 7, Hanapi 6, Flores 5, Abadiano 4, Zaldivar 2, Prodigo 2, Waminal 0, Tamayo 0, Agbong 0.

Period Scores: 20-23, 38-38, 63-53, 80-77.

Second Game

ADAMSON (62) – Aquino 20, Polican 11, Pedrosa 8, Ochea 6, Bernardo 6, Barrera 4, Pasturan 4, Ng 3, Gumtang 0, Butron 0.

SAN JOSE-RECOLETOS (59) – Suano 9, Gastador 8, Navarra 8, Labares 7, Villafranca 7, Nzuzi 6, Regalado 6, Dinolan 4, Bayhonan 2, Galvez 2, Villarias 0, Catipay 0, Lajato 0, Villahermosa 0.

Period Scores: 15-8, 26-27, 42-43, 62-59.

Second Game

LETRAN (72) – Nambatac 15, Cruz 14, Sollano 11, Balanza 9, Publico 9, Quinto 7, Bernabe 4, Apreku 2, de la Pena 1, Malto 0.

EMILIO AGUINALDO (64) – Laminou 12, Morada 11, Mejos 9, Munsayac 6, General 6, Onwubere 6, Mbang 5, Estacio 4, Pascual 3, Aguilar 2, Esplana 0, Diego 0, Saludo 0, Pascua 0.

Period Scores: 20-17, 38-39, 54-50, 72-64.

Fourth Game

EAST (65) – Batiller 15, Javier 13, Abanto 9, Manalang 8, Awana 5, Varilla 4, Palma 3, Charcos 2, de Leon 2, Cudal 2, Gonzales 2, Gagate 0, Penuela 0, Larupay 0.

CENTRO ESCOLAR (62) – Batino 18, S. de Leon 11, Ebondo 10, Opiso 10, Jeruta 7, Abundo 4, Casino 2, Silverie 0, Celso 0, Vargas 0, K. de Leon 0, Pagkatipunan 0.

Period Scores: 15-17, 28-31, 43-48, 58-58 (reg.), 65-62 (OT).

Fifth Game

NATIONAL (66) – Alolino 19, Alejandro 12, Javelona 9, Gaye 7, Salim 5, Neypes 4, Diputado 4, Abatayo 2, Celda 2, Tansingco 2, Morido 0, Rangel 0.

SAINT BENILDE (62) – Grey 21, Nayve 14, Ongtengco 7, Sta. Maria 6, Saavedra 4, Jonson 3, Flores 3, Deles 2, de Sequerra 2, Young 0, Castor 0, J. Domingo 0, San Juan 0.

Period Scores: 20-13, 32-23, 47-49, 66-62.

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