RTU, PMMS, CEU Volleyball Midterm Leaders

NAASCU on Facebook     QUEZON CITY – Rizal Technological University continued to lord it over the field of the 15th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) Volleyball tournaments for Women and Men at the New Era University Gym. Both the Lady Thunder and Blue Thunder remained undefeated in their respective divisions at the halfway point of the tournament.

The defending champion Lady Thunder dismissed guest squad Philippine Merchant Marine School Lady Mariners last Thursday (February 11) in four sets, 26-24, 25-10, 23-25 and 25-15. They followed this up the next day with a three-set demolition of winless Philippine Christian University Lady Dolphins, 25-7, 25-6 and 25-15 for a clean 3-0 win-loss card.

Not to be outdone, the Blue Thunder also chalked up their third straight victory with a draining five-setter against the AMA University Titans, 25-18, 27-29, 22-25, 25-23 and 15-9. The PMMS Mariners likewise kept their three-game winning streak alive by handing the Titans a second straight defeat 24 hours later, 25-16, 20-25, 25-15 and 25-15.


Rizal Tech 3-0
Centro Escolar 3-0
New Era 1-1
Saint Clare 1-1
PMMS 1-2
AMA 0-2
Philippine Christian 0-3

Rizal Tech 3-0
PMMS 3-0
Centro Escolar 1-1
AMA 1-2
New Era 0-2
Philippine Christian 0-3

Meanwhile, the Centro Escolar University Lady Scorpions stayed on pace with the Lady Thunder with a pair of victories themselves. CEU first survived the tough challenge of AMA, 25-15, 23-25, 25-15 and 25-19, which was followed by a dramatic thriller against the Lady Mariners, 25-18, 25-18 and 28-26.

Also making their tournament debut were the Saint Clare College of Caloocan Lady Saints who split their two assignments. The Lady Saints had an easy time against the Lady Dolphins, 25-14, 25-9 and 25-17, but were sent back to reality by the NEU Huntresses the following day, 25-14, 25-22, 22-25 and 25-19.

The tournament takes a 10-day break and resume on February 22 (Monday) at the NEU Gym. Three matches in the Women’s Division will be played starting at 9:00 AM and capped by a Men’s Division clash between PCU and host NEU at 2:00 PM.

February 11 scores:

Saint Clare d. Philippine Christian, 3-0 (25-14, 25-9 and 25-17)
Centro Escolar d. AMA, 3-1 (25-15, 23-25, 25-15 and 25-19)
Rizal Tech d. PMMS, 3-1 (26-24, 25-10, 23-25 and 25-15)

Centro Escolar d. Philippine Christian, 3-0 (25-10, 25-18 and 25-13)
Rizal Tech d. AMA, 3-2 (25-18, 27-29, 22-25, 25-23 and 15-9)
PMMS d. New Era, 3-2 (25-17, 22-25, 18-25, 25-21 and 15-8)

February 12 scores:

New Era d. Saint Clare, 3-1 (25-14, 25-22, 22-25 and 25-19)
Rizal Tech d. Philippine Christian, 3-0 (25-7, 25-6 and 25-15)
Centro Escolar d. PMMS, 3-0 (25-18, 25-18 and 28-26)

PMMS d. AMA, 3-1 (25-16, 20-25, 25-15 and 25-15)

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CafeFrance Alone At The Top

2016 Aspirants Cup     PASIG CITY – CafeFrance-CEU assumed the solo leadership of the 2016 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup by escaping Caida Tiles, 90-87, Thursday (February 11) at the Ynares Sports Arena. The Bakers slowly rallied from as much as 24 points down in the second period, 28-52, to hack out their fourth win in as many outings.

A scolding from Coach Edgar Macaraya during their halftime powwow woke up the lethargic Bakers. A third period explosion from Rodrigue Ebondo, Paul Zamar and Carl Bryan Cruz effectively erased their deficit and deadlock the count entering the final period, 67-67.

Cruz then hit a triple followed by back to back shots from Zamar and Aaron Jeruta to give the lead to CafeFrance for good, 74-71. Good lead management did the trick for the Bakers as they repelled a late run by the Tile Masters.

Ahead by three markers, Zamar hoped to ice the game with a drive but it missed with Jalalon grabbing the defensive rebound and suing for time with 14 ticks to go. New signee Philip Paniamogan had a chance to force an extension but his two triple attempts bounced off the rim as the buzzer sounded.

“I am glad that despite having a lot of new players, we are able to win games through our defense,” said Coach Edgar Macaraya. “Zamar showed that he can play in the next level while Cruz’ three-point shooting really fits our style of play.”

True enough, Cruz was a perfect four of four from three-point distance to lead the Bakers with 26 points, 12 coming in the fourth period. Zamar was next with 25 point followed by Ebondo with 18 points and 14 rebounds.

It was a tough loss for Caida who absorbed their first loss after three wins. Paniamogan topped Caida with 15 points but went scoreless in the fourth period followed by Rey Nambatac with 13 points on top of nine rebounds and seven assists.

In the first game, Tanduay Rhum scored its second win in a row by whipping Wang’s Basketball, 90-75. The Rhum Masters levelled their record to 2-2 for a share of Fourth Place with idle QRS JAM Liner-UP.

“This win is a product of our daily hard work and we really want to make up for our first two losses,” said Coach Lawrence Chongson. “We worked on developing the players’ basketball IQ.”

The results showed as the Rhum Masters had a ready antidote for every attempt by Wang’s to close the gap. Rudy Lingganay and Reden Celda played the role of firemen to the hilt, snuffing Wang’s fourth period rallies with timely baskets.

In the end Wang’s imploded and Tanduay went on a 10-0 tear in the final two minutes to close out the contest that they effectively controlled since midway in the first period. Lingganay and Adrian Santos paced the Rhum Masters with 16 points apiece.

Clark Bautista and new recruit Mark Romero, formerly of AMA Online Education, led Wang’s with 13 points each. Wang’s played without leading scorer Gwyne Capacio who was sidelined with a suspected case of dengue fever.

Games on Monday (February 15) will be at the San Juan Arena. The ZC Mindanao Aguilas face QRS JAM Liner-UP at 2:00 PM while Caida tries to recover against undefeated Phoenix Petroleum at 4:00 PM.

How They Scored:

First Game

TANDUAY RHUM (90) – Santos 16, Lingganay 16, Celda 14, Pessumal 12, Llagas 9, Belencion 7, Wetherell 6, Javillonar 5, Gotladera 3, Tagarda 2, Koga 0, Cenal 0.

WANG’S BASKETBALL (75) ­– Romero 13, Bautista 13, Mangahas 10, Banal 9, Jo. Montemayor 8, Publico 6, Acosta 5, Cueto 5, Je. Montemayor 4, Munsayac 2, Ilad 0, Tumalip 0, Vijandre 0.

Period Scores: 23-19, 41-33, 64-52, 90-75.

Second Game

CAFEFRANCE-CEU (90) – Cruz 26, Zamar 25, Ebondo 18, Jeruta 9, de Leon 8, Villahermosa 3, Manlangit 1, Opiso 0, Celso 0, Casino 0, Abundo 0, Arim 0.

CAIDA TILES (87) – Paniamogan 15, Nambatac 13, Perkins 12, Cabrera 11, Jalalon 9, Lozada 7, Grey 6, Javier 6, Gabawan 2, Maiquez 2, Robles 2, Corpuz 2, Terso 0.

Period Scores: 24-23, 40-56, 67-67, 90-87.

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Ruel, Capadocia Win Peugeot-MM

Peugeot-Tennis Logo     PASIG CITY – Rolando Ruel easily outlasted fellow Davis Cup veteran PJ Tierro to top the Metro Manila qualifying leg of the 2015-2016 Peugeot Philippine Tennis Open last Sunday (February 7) at the Valle Verde Country Club courts. The Men’s Single’s was over in two sets, 6-2 and 6-1.

In the distaff side’s finale, Marian Capadocia got the better of Khim Iglupas in three sets, 6-0, 2-6 and 6-0. Both champions received trophies, PHP 20,000.00 in cash and gifts from Wilson and other tournament sponsors plus coveted slots in the National Finals set for March 14 to 20 at the same venue.

The Nationals will gather all the champions and qualifiers from the legs held since last year in Cagayan de Oro, Bacolod, Cebu, Cabanatuan and Metro Manila. Aside from the bigger cash prizes at stake, the winners will be sent on an all-expense paid trip to watch the world’s best tennis players at the 2016 French Open.

Iglupas did not go home empty handed as her team up with Shaira Hope Rivera produced a championship in the Women’s Doubles over the Capadocia sisters Marian and Jella, 3-6, 6-1 and 6-4. The Men’s Doubles went to National University tennis coaches Karl Santamaria and Ronard Joven who gave youngsters Noel Damian and Davis Alano of San Beda College a neat lesson, 6-4 and 7-5.

Among the champions who are expected to vie in the Nationals with Ruel and Capadocia are Johnny Arcilla, Hannah Grace Espinosa, Alberto Villamor, Edilyn Balanga, Elbert Anasta, Alexie Santos and the brother and sister tandem of Nino and Sally Mae Siso. They will be joined by the runner-ups and selected elite players.

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Phoenix Joins Leaders; BDO Wins

2016 Aspirants Cup     SAN JUAN City – Phoenix Petroleum-FEU streaked to its third straight win by shading QRS JAM Liner-UP, 98-84, at the resumption of the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Tuesday (February 9) at the San Juan Arena. Banco de Oro-NU also barged into the win column by escaping AMA Online Education in the second game, 93-87.

Limited to only two points the third period, Mohammad Salim exploded for seven crucial points in the fourth period including a three-point play off new AMA recruit RR de Leon at the 3:09 mark that raised their lead further, 84-79. That capped a 7-2 run by BDO as they broke away from the game’s final tie at 77-77 after a Rashawn McCarthy drive with 6:11 to play.

From there, J-Jay Alejandro scattered five points beginning with a breakaway layup off a steal that sealed the deal with 1:20 on the clock, 88-82. Alejandro was not finished as he added a basket and a free throw to secure the victory and finish with a total of 14 points.

Matthew Salem scored 10 of his team-best 16 points in the first period on top of seven rebounds. Alfred Aroga returned to active duty and chipped in 14 points and 12 rebounds.

“Finally, we are playing with a complete lineup,” said a very relieved Coach Eric Altamirano. “It’s just a matter of the younger players adjusting to the D-League style of play and also gelling with our alumni reinforcements like Tristan Perez and Robin Rono.”

McCarthy, who sat out AMA’s last game due to illness, tried to lift the Titans with 21 points and 10 rebounds but the effort was not enough. Jam Jamito and another new recruit Mark Jovet Mendoza followed with 13 markers each as the Titans remain in search of their first win.

After a sluggish first period wherein they allowed the Maroons to surge ahead, 26-21, the Accelerators went on a pivotal 13-0 run to begin the second period that gave them the lead for good, 34-26. So unforgiving was Phoenix that they stretched their margin to as high as 24 markers in the third canto, 65-41.

Phoenix is now in a three-way tie for the league leadership with idle teams CafeFrance-CEU and Caida Tiles at 3-0. The Maroons have now lost two in a row after winning their first two outings.

Mac Belo paced the Accelerators with 20 points and seven rebounds in only 19 minutes of action off the bench. The starting backcourt of Ed Daquioag and Mike Tolomia backed up Belo with 16 and 14 points respectively.

Raymond Aguilar was the high man for the Maroons with 10 of his 28 points in the final period on top of 10 rebounds. Jong Baloria was his only teammate in twin figures with 12, all made in the fourth as well.

A juicy matchup between undefeated sides CafeFrance-CEU and Caida Tiles will banner the games this Thursday (February 11) at the Ynares Sports Arena at 4:00 PM. The first game pits Wang’s Basketball against Tanduay Rhum at 2:00 PM.

How They Scored:

First Game

PHOENIX PETROLEUM-FEU (98) – Belo 20, Daquioag 16, Tolomia 14, Pogoy 10, Tamsi 10, Jose 9, Ru. Escoto 8, Inigo 7, Ri. Escoto 3, Elmejrab 1, Mendoza 0.

QRS JAM LINER-UP (84) – Aguilar 28, Baloria 12, Ferrer 9, Dario 8, Batino 7, Soyud 5, Moralde 4, Sorela 4, Desiderio 4, Alolino 3, Neypes 0.

Period Scores: 21-26, 55-39, 79-56, 98-84.

Second Game

BANCO DE ORO-NU (93) – Salem 16, Alejandro 14, Aroga 14, Salim 9, Diputado 8, Labing-isa 7, Perez 7, Javelona 6, Yu 6, Tansingco 6, Rono 0.

AMA ONLINE (87) – McCarthy 21, Jamito 13, Mendoza 13, de Leon 12, Sargent 10, King 9, dela Cruz 7, Calma 1, Arambulo 1, Macaranas 0, Hernandez 0, Balucanag 0.

Period Scores: 26-18, 47-45, 69-68, 93-87.

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PMMS Strong NAASCU Debut

NAASCU on Facebook     QUEZON CITY – Philippine Merchant Marine School scored a double victory to against fancied opponents to begin their campaign in the 15th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) Volleyball tournaments on a high note Tuesday (February 9) at the New Era University Gym. The Las Pinas City-based school is making their debut as a guest team in the tournament.

The Mariners claimed a big scalp in no less than defending champion Centro Escolar University Scorpions in straight sets, 25-22, 25-14 and 25-20. Before joining the NAASCU, the team of Coach JR Libay has won a good share of other inter-school tournaments.

In the day’s first match, the Lady Mariners of Coach Robert Buenamente made easy work of the AMA University Lady Titans in three sets, 25-13, 25-15 and 25-22. The Lady Titans are making a return to the NAASCU after a championship in Season 11 and a runner-up finish in Season 12.

The Lady Scorpions of Coach Bobby Celso cushioned their male counterparts’ loss by thrashing the Philippine Christian University Lady Dolphins in straight sets, 25-7, 25-11 and 25-6. CEU is returning six players from the team that finished runner-up last season.

Meanwhile, Rizal Technological University grabbed the early lead in the Men’s Division with their second win in as many starts by stopping the Dolphins, 25-9, 25-8 and 25-11. PCU dropped to the bottom of the standings with no wins in two games.

In the day’s final match, defending Women’s Division champion RTU proved too much for host team New Era University. The Lady Thunder emerged the winners after three sets, 25-18, 25-18 and 25-11.

NAASCU Volleyball action resumes on Thursday (February 11), still at NEU. The six-game bill begins at 8:00 AM.

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PIA Football Fiesta This Valentine Weekend

Pinay in Action Football Fiesta Poster_Final   WOMEN’S FOOTBALL gets its share of the limelight as the Senator Pia Cayetano hosts the “Pinay In Action Football Fiesta” from February 13 to 14, 2016 at the Bonifacio High Street in Taguig City. The two-day event will feature a three-a-side football tournament in the under-13, under-16 and open categories.

Aside from the football tournament, a lot of side events promise a ton of fun for all. There will be a football clinic at 8:00 AM just before the formal opening ceremonies at 10:00 AM.

Participants and their companions may avail of the free yoga sessions courtesy of Beyond Yoga in between the matches. Spinning and rowing classes will also by conducted by Saddle Row.

Football superstars Phil Younghusband and James Younghusband have been invited to watch the games and award the winners. A total eight teams each in the under-13 and under-16 categories will see action while there are 16 entries in the open category.

During her student days, Senator Cayetano was a varsity athlete in volleyball and went on the represent the country in international competitions. These days, she remains active through the very tough and demanding sport of triathlon as well as marathons and fun runs.

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Bizzare Opening Day

NAASCU on Facebook     MAKATI CITY – Tension and drama surrounded the opening of the 15th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) Volleyball tournaments Friday afternoon (February 5) at the Makati Coliseum. In the end, the scheduled Men’s Division doubleheader was completed albeit with contrasting results.

Guest team AMA University, forced to play shorthanded after starters Paolo Demition and Justin Sarmiento and libero Ralph Joshua Arenas were suddenly barred from playing due to incomplete documents, cruised past Philippine Christian University, 25-9, 25-6 and 25-6.

Titans coach Michael Tobias insisted on fielding the trio but later relented to let the match begin. “I was just defending my players, they just wanted to play,” said Coach Tobias.

In the first game, host New Era University treated their fans to an amazing show of force against a much taller Rizal Technological University in a five-set thriller, 25-19, 24-26, 25-22, 23-25 and 15-12. However, the celebration was short-lived after the match was declared a forfeit because the Hunters failed to submit the needed documents for all but one of their players on time.

The Women’s Division will begin this Tuesday (February 9) with three matches at the NEU Gym in Quezon City starting at 8:00 AM. Two matches in the Men’s Division will complete the schedule.

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