D-League: Marinerong Pilipino d. Batangas, 80-74

2018 Foundation Cup     PASIG CITY – Marinerong Pilipino banked on a huge rally in the fourth period to dispose of Batangas, 80-74, in continuing action from the 2018 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena Monday.  The Skippers fought from 18 points down in the third, 41-59, then turned to the heroics of Trevis Jackson, Kim Medina, Jorey Napoles and new recruit Irven Palencia to reverse the outcome in their favor.

Palencia, who played five games for AMA Online Education earlier in the tournament, tied the game at 72-72 and set the stage for Medina to give them the lead on a strong drive at the two-minute warning, 74-72.  Cyrus Tabi would then tie the score for the last time but Jackson restored the lead via a technical free throw off Neljun Saldana followed by a pair of defensive stops that led to easy scores for Palencia.

“I can’t believe it, positive attitude gives positive results,” declared Coach Koy Banal.  “I always remind the players that they are in this team because they are winners and they showed it again today.”

Jackson pumped in seven of his 20 points in the pivotal fourth on top of six rebounds and four steals.  Robbie Manalang was next with 11 all coming in the first half while Palencia and Napoles added 10 each.

Clark Bautista paced Batangas with 15 points but was held scoreless in the final period.  Earvin Mendoza and O’Neil Arim were the other double figure scorers with 12 and 11 respectively.

In the first game, an undermanned Go For Gold poured it on in the final period to take care of Centro Escolar University, 75-60.  New recruit Rey Publico more than made up for the absence of four teammates as the Scratchers improved to 6-2 and a share of the league leadership with idle Che’Lu Bar.

In what could be his final game as a Scratcher, Paul Desiderio made sure he would be remembered by combining well with Jai Reyes in a crippling 11-0 run that gave them the lead for good in the third period, 49-43.  From there, Desiderio was joined by Publico and Matt Salem in preserving the win with timely baskets in the fourth as the Scorpions suddenly folded.

Publico was consistent throughout the game to chip in team highs of 18 points and 11 rebounds.  Desiderio followed with 17 while Salem fired 10 of his 16 points in the fourth.

“Our weakness is our rebounding and Rey answers that plus he is an energy guy,” said Coach Charles Tiu. Go For Gold failed to suit up Ron Dennison, James Martinez and Jerwin Gaco due to injury or illness and Gab Banal has yet to return from Australia while Desiderio is scheduled to leave for Serbia to join the University of the Philippines varsity for a training camp and will be available if Go For Gold will play in the best-of-five championship series next month.

Rich Guinitaran paced the Scorpions with 16 points while Keanu Caballero scored 10 of his 11 points in the first period.  However, the team’s top scorers struggled with Tyron Chan making only four and Orlan Wamar going scoreless.

Marinerong Pilipino’s win thus pushed Che’Lu and Go For Gold into the semifinals.  The remaining two spots are still up for grabs with only AMA out of the running.

How They Scored:

First Game

GO FOR GOLD (75) – Publico 18, Desiderio 17, Salem 16, Reyes 8, Porter 8, Pili 5, Castor 3, Capistrano 0, Tolentino 0, Wong 0.

CENTRO ESCOLAR (60) – Guinitaran 16, Ke Caballero 11, Oloume 9, Rojas 9, Fuentes 6, Chan 4, Formento 3, Ko Caballero 2, Wamar 0, Intic 0.

Period Scores: 22-19, 34-37, 54-47, 75-60.

Second Game

MARINERONG PILIPINO (80) – Jackson 20, Manalang 11, Napoles 10, Palencia 10, Medina 9, Tratter 7, Johnson 6, Thiele 3, Ndiaye 2, Liwag 2.

BATANGAS (74) – Bautista 15, Mendoza 12, Arim 11, Mabulac 8, Bulawan 7, Saldana 5, Tabi 4, de Joya 4, de Guzman 4, de la Pena 3, Derige 1.

Period Scores: 18-20, 33-43, 48-65, 80-74.

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Martes, Lamparas Open 42nd MILO Season

     URDANETA CITY – Veteran runner Christabel Martes showed that she still has the speed and power by taking home the crown in the 42nd National MILO Marathon Urdaneta City qualifying race Sunday morning at the Urdaneta Sports and Cultural Center.  This marks the first of 10 races that will find participants for the National Finals set for December 9 in Laoag City.

The four-time MILO Marathon Queen Martes finished the basically flat 21-kilometer course in 1:31:25, much slower than her winning time of 1:23:45 in the same event last year.  “I am coming from an injury so I planned to join 10 kilometers only but I was advised by the organizers that I could be disqualified from competing in succeeding legs if I win or finish high so I decided to enter and defend my title even if I lacked training,” explained Martes.

She also admitted that she started quite slow and only made her move to overtake the early leaders by the one-kilometer mark as the pack entered MacArthur Highway and she never looked back from there.  Coming in a far second was Rowena Valdez of Sante Barley (1:40:19) followed by Jocelyn Elijeran (1:46:53).

Meanwhile, a new name emerged in the Men’s Division in the person of Kurt Jomar Lamparas, a member of the Arellano University Athletics varsity in a time of 1:14:26.  This is the first time the Dagupan City native participated in the 21-kilometer distance and he managed to upset the likes of last year’s Laoag champion Cesar Castaneto by a mere five seconds (1:14:31) and multi-titled national Duathlon team member Robeno Javier (1:16:48) who is from Urdaneta.

“At first, Coach Paul Coloma did not allow me to join because I am only 19 years old but he eventually agreed to do so,” said Lamparas, who is on his third year of Sports Management.  “I would run alone from the school to Luneta via Malacanang as my training but I will have to change that for the National Finals and I will ask my coach for tips.”

Other winners for the day included Jelsie Sabado (40-:43) of the national Triathlon team and Rey Mark Quezada (34:52) in the 10 kilometers and Ira Mae Gali (20:38) and James Darrell Orduna (16:47) in the five kilometers.  Jena Valdez (13:55) and Glenn Cunanan (12:24) were victorious in the special three-kilometer race for children aged 12 and under.

Check out the new hoodie given to 21-kilometer runners who meet the 2:30 cut off.

The next MILO qualifier will be the highly-anticipated Metro Manila qualifier at the SM Mall of Asia on July 29.  After that, the remaining races in Luzon will be hosted by the cities of Tarlac (August 26), Batangas (September 16) and Lucena (September 30).

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NCAA94: Perpetual Help d. Letran, 78-75

NCAA Season 93

SAN JUAN City – Season host University of Perpetual Help System-Dalta finally scored its first win under new coach Frankie Lim via a 78-75 thumping of Colegio de San Juan de Letran at the 94th National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Friday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.  Edgar Charcos and Kim Aurin, a pair of transfer students, and defensive anchor Prince Eze shone the brightest as the Atlas rose to 1-1 in the standings.

Former with the University of the East guard Charcos ex-Jose Rizal University forward Aurin hit back to back baskets to give the Altas the 77-73 edge with 1:35 remaining.  Jeo Ambohot then scored to threaten, 75-77, but Eze blocked John Paul Calvo’s attempt thus forcing the Knights to foul Charcos who split his free throws to keep the door open for Letran with 13 ticks on the clock.

Eze then imposed his will inside as he joined Aurin in swatting away consecutive Letran attempts to preserve the win.  It was a tough loss for the Knights who savoured a 73-65 lead with seven minutes to go but AJ Coronel hit a triple followed by another Charcos field goal and capped by a three-point play by rookie Jielo Razon to knot the count at 73-73 and 3:22 to play.

Charcos picked up his fourth foul in the first half and missed the entire third but still led the Altas with 27 points on nine of 12 shooting plus four assists.  Razon supported him with 13 points and seven rebounds while Eze had only seven points but plucked 15 rebounds along with six blocks.

Bong Quinto led the Knights with 15 points and eight rebounds.  Calvo was next with 14 while Ambohot added 11.

The Junior Altas then made it a double celebration in the nightcap as they scuttled the Squires in the Juniors Division, 73-57, and assume the early leadership following their 72-69 triumph over San Beda University-Rizal last July 8.  Yukihiro Kawamura paced Perpetual Help with 18 points despite going scoreless in the fourth.

How They Scored:

Seniors Division

PERPETUAL HELP (78) – Charcos 27, Razon 13, Coronel 12, Aurin 10, Eze 7, Peralta 4, Mangalino 3, Gallardo 2, Cuevas 0, Canoy 0.

LETRAN (75) – Quinto 15, Calvo 14, Ambohot 11, Muyang 10, Fajarito 7, Yu 6, Balanza 5, Batiller 5, Balagasay 2, Agbong 0, Mandreza 0.

Period Scores: 21-23, 45-44, 60-61, 78-75.

Juniors Division

PERPETUAL HELP (73) – Kawamura 18, Gallano 14, Galoy 12, Coloma 8, Lauchengco 5, Duka 4, Barcuma 3, Orgo 3, Romilla 2, de la Cruz 2, Nunez 2, Defante 0, Galman 0, Agbayani 0.

LETRAN (57) – Yanes 11, Romenez 9, Umali 7, Argente 7, Santiago 7, Saure 6, Tabaje 6, Tolentino 3, Tibayan 1, Lontok 0, Culanay 0,Caugiran 0, Miranda 0, Omega 0, Guarino 0.

Period Scores: 21-11, 40-25, 58-40, 73-57.

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NCAA94: San Sebastian d. Saint Benilde, 85-78

NCAA Season 93     SAN JUAN City – San Sebastian College recovered from their opening day loss to shock College of Saint Benilde, 85-78, in continuing action from the 94th National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the FilOil Flying Centre Friday.  Rookie Arjan de la Cruz saved his best for last and veterans Michael Calisaan and RK Ilagan provided the big shots for the Stags who levelled their record to 1-1.

De la Cruz shattered the game’s final deadlock then assisted to JM Calma for a 74-70 count with six minutes left to play.  Calisaan then hit two baskets to keep the Blazers at bay and De la Cruz hit another followed by a dagger triple from Ilagan at the 1:36 mark for an unassailable 85-76 advantage.

Calisaan registered a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds.  Ilagan had four triples en route to 16 points.

Edward Dixon paced the Blazers with 12 points.  Yankie Haruna was the only other teammate in twin figures with 10 points.

In the Juniors Division, La Salle Green Hills began defense of their championship on a high note by plastering the Staglets, 93-80.  Last year’s Finals Most Valuable Player Joel Cagulangan continued from where he left off by scattering 20 points while Jacob Zion Cortez, son of PBA star Mike Cortez, added 14 points for the Greenies.

How They Scored:

Seniors Division

SAN SEBASTIAN (85) – Calisaan 18, Ilagan 16, Bulanadi 13, Calma 10, Capobres 7, Villapando 7, de la Cruz 6, Are 4, Sumoda 4, Desoyo 0, Valdez 0.

SAINT BENILDE (78) – Dixon 12, Haruna 10, Pasturan 9, Gutang 8, Young 6, Leutcheu 6, Belgica 6, Naboa 5, Carlos 5, Velasco 4, Pagulayan 3, Domingo 2, Nayve 2, Barnes 0.

Period Scores: 24-27, 44-44, 63-64, 85-78.

Juniors Division

LA SALLE GREEN HILLS (93) – Cagulangan 20, Cortez 14, Sangco 13, Calimag 12, Fornillos 11, David 6, Palencia 4, Mosqueda 4, Natividad 4, Lopez 3, Valenzuela 2, Lepalam 0, Morales 0, Lao 0, Arciaga 0.

SAN SEBASTIAN (80) – Janao 16, Are 10, de la Cruz 10, Baclaan 7, Balo 7, Pinero 6, Austria 6, Loristo 6, Timbancaya 4, Bonalos 4, Cortes 2, Suico 2, Perez 0, Solatorio 0.

Period Scores: 25-24, 49-43, 71-56, 93-80.

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NCAA94: Lyceum d. EAC, 106-97

NCAA Season 93     SAN JUAN City – Lyceum of the Philippines blew a big 31-point lead in the third period but held strong in the end to subdue Emilio Aguinaldo College, 106-97, for their second straight win and early solo leadership of the 94th National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the FilOil Flying V Centre.  Jaycee Marcelino saved the day for the Pirates as he took over in the final period.

The Pirates looked headed for the easy win early in the third, 72-41, until the Generals went on a tear and closed the gap to only three entering the fourth period, 77-80, behind the good plays of Hamadou Laminou, Jerome Garcia and Jethro Mendoza who all tallied 11 or more points each.

EAC then had a big chance as Lyceum center Mike Harry Nzeusseu fouled out with still 7:19 to play but it hardly mattered as the Generals also had to play all-Filipino with the disqualification of Laminou at the 4:30 mark after a technical foul for taunting.  From there, the Pirates began their final breakaway with Marcelino at the helm.

Marcelino scored 13 of his team-high 24 points in the fourth on top of eight rebounds and five steals.  CJ Perez followed with 20 points, five rebounds and six steals.

Laminou registered monster numbers of 34 points and 16 rebounds.  Garcia and Mendoza were next with 20 and 13 markers respectively but it was the Generals’ 32 turnovers that greatly hurt their chances.

In the Juniors Division, the Junior Pirates got the better of the Brigadiers, 74-63.  John Ronald Barba scored 10 of his game-high 22 points in the second period to key their breakaway and even their win-loss record at 1-1.

How They Scored:

Seniors Division

LYCEUM (106) – JC Marcelino 24, Perez 20, Tansingco 11, JV Marcelino 10, Nzeusseu 7, Serrano 7, Ayaay 6, Caduyac 5, Ibanez 4, Valdez 4, Yong 3, Lumbao 3, Pretta 2, Cinco 0, Santos 0.

EMILIO AGUINALDO (97) – Laminou 34, Garcia 20, Mendoza 13, Bautista 10, Robin 9, Maguliano 5, Natividad 3, Cruz 2, Tampoc 1, Cadua 0, Bugarin 0, Gonzales 0, Neri 0, Diego 0.

Period Scores: 30-13, 59-38, 80-77, 106-97.

Juniors Division

LYCEUM-CAVITE (74) – Barba 22, de Leon 11, Guadana 9, Jugar 8, Ragasa 7, Gudmalin 5, Tulabut 4, Omandac 4, de Guia 2, Pagdanganan 2, Caringal 0, Santos 0, Nocal 0.

EAC-ICA (63) – Boado 16, Balowa 10, Ilustrisimo 9, Sumagaysay 6, Murillo 6, Sanosa 4, Lozano 4, Encila 3, Papa 2, Rodrin 2, Quebral 1, Calara 0, Pascual 0, Rivera 0.

Period Scores: 19-14, 41-27, 59-46, 74-63.

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NCAA94: Mapua d. Jose Rizal, 72-60

2018 Foundation Cup     MANDALUYONG CITY – Mapua University spoiled the party of host Jose Rizal University, 72-60, at the start of the “NCAA On Tour” at the JRU Gym Thursday afternoon.  A strong first period was all the Cardinals needed as they reserved enough spunk down the stretch to hold off the Heavy Bombers’ repeated rallies.

Coach Atoy Co leaned on substitutes Warren Bonifacio and Justin Serrano to power an 8-2 closing run to give Mapua the 25-14 lead after the first period.  The Cardinals’ hot shooting tapered but timely hits kept the Heavy Bombers in check.

Richard David provided JRU’s last threat via back to back baskets early in the fourth, 51-55.  Christian Bunag quickly countered followed by more crucial shots from Erick Jabel and Cedric Pelayo to preserve the victory.

Laurenz Paul Victoria presided over Mapua’s balanced attack with 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists.  Bonifacio was next with 10 points and nine rebounds.

David paced JRU with six of his 12 point coming in the fourth period.  Jed Mendoza followed with 11 points all coming in the second half.

Earlier in the day, the JRU Light Bombers registered an upset of the highly favored MU Red Robins, 80-70.  Marwin Dionisio came off the bench to pump in 19 points and grab 11 rebounds to key the win.

How They Scored:

Seniors Division

MAPUA (72) – Victoria 11, Bonifacio 10, Jabel 9, Biteng 8, Serrano 8, Pelayo 8, Gamboa 6, Lugo 6, Bunag 4, Aguirre 2, Salenga 0, Garcia 0.

JOSE RIZAL (60) – David 12, Mendoza 11, Bordon 9, Silvarez 6, Esguerra 6, de la Virgen 5, Santos 4, Padua 4, Miranda 3, Mallari 0, Aguilar 0, Estrella 0.

Period Scores: 25-14, 34-31, 52-47, 72-60.

Juniors Division

JOSE RIZAL (80) – Dionisio 19, Buno 18, Amores 13, Vasquez 12, Baluyut 8, Mendoza 6, Portales 4, Icban 4, Garcia 0, Macatangay 0, Fortuna 0, de los Santos 0.

MAPUA (70) – Sarias 16, Mariano 13, Escamis 9, Policarpio 8, Quimado 8, Hernandez 7, Smith 6, Arches 3, Fransman 0, Dennison 0, Diaz 0, Chavez 0.

Period Scores: 18-12, 43-33, 63-60, 80-70.

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D-League: CEU d. Batangas, 84-75

2018 Foundation Cup     PASIG CITY – Centro Escolar University picked up a very important win over Batangas, 84-75, as the PBA D-League Foundation Cup nears the homestretch at the Ynares Sports Arena Thursday afternoon.  The win pushed the now 4-3 Scorpions into temporary hold of Third Place in the standings wherein only the best four of the six teams advancing to the semifinals at the end of the month.

CEU went for the knockout blow by erecting a 19-point early lead in the fourth period behind a five-point cluster from Jan Dominic Formento, 74-55.  However, Batangas came charging back through Cyrus Tabi and Michael Mabulac to trim the gap to only five at the 53-second mark, 75-80.

After Coach Frederick Pumaren called a 30-second timeout to settle down his troops, Gilles Oloume gave the Scorpions breathing room with a jumper, 82-75.  In the turning point of the contest, Clark Bautista dribbled the ball on his foot to send it out of bounds and return possession to CEU with Orlan Wamar getting fouled and settling the final tally via two free throws.

Batangas defeated CEU in the first encounter, 96-90, last June 11.  The Scorpions knew that they had to beat their opponent by more than six points just in case they would be tied at the end of the elimination round.

“We were protecting the ball and the lead, we were playing not to lose instead of playing to win,” said Coach Frederick Pumaren.  “We’ll take this win and prepare for Go For Gold on Monday.”

Wamar led CEU with 17 points, six rebounds and eight assists.  Tyron Chan followed with 13 points and 10 rebounds as the franchise became the first to get 100 wins in D-League history.

Mabulac topped Batangas with 27 points and 14 rebounds but it was not enough to avoid them falling to 3-4 and out of the playoff picture for the moment.  Tabi was the only teammate in double figures with eight of his 10 coming in the fourth period on top of five rebounds and four steals.

In the second game, Che’Lu Bar gained a foot into the semifinal by punishing AMA Online Education, 139-101.  The Revellers continued to pace the six-team field with their sixth win in eight games.

Jeff Alvin Viernes put on a shooting clinic with seven triples and 13 of 26 from the field overall en route to 35 points plus four assists.  Levi Hernandez fired 22 points on top of six rebounds and four assists in only his second game in a Che’Lu uniform.

Andre Paras topped the Titans with 16 points and 12 rebounds.  Carlo Garcia and Khent Soriano were next with 15 markers each with Garcia issuing 10 assists.

How They Scored:

First Game

CENTRO ESCOLAR (84) – Wamar 17, Chan 13, Fuentes 12, Oloume 11, Formento 10, Intic 8, Guinitaran 5, Uri 4, Rojas 4, Ke Caballero 0, Ko Caballero 0.

BATANGAS (75) – Mabulac 27, Tabi 10, de Joya 8, Mendoza 6, de Guzman 6, Derige 5, Bautista 5, Arim 2, Manalo 2, Austria 2, de la Pena 1, Laude 1, Saldana 0, Harris 0.

Period Scores: 26-21, 47-34, 62-51, 84-75.

Second Game

CHE’LU BAR (139) – Viernes 35, Hernandez 22, Melano 12, Bitoon 12, Collado 11, Siruma 10, Ng 9, Flores 8, Lao 5, Taganas 5, Mallari 4, Sta. Ana 4, Ochea 2.

AMA ONLINE EDUCATION (101) – Paras 16, Garcia 15, Soriano 15, Graham 13, Jordan 9, Matillano 8, Escalambre 7, Serrano 6, Calma 5, Nacpil 3, Sabile 2, Rivera 2, Barde 0, Alao 0.

Period Scores: 29-20, 60-42, 99-83, 139-101.

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