ISAA September 26 Recap

ISAA Unstoppable @ 9     MANILA – Defending champion and season host PATTS College of Aeronautics completed a clean sweep of the first round of the Ninth Inter-Scholastic Athletic Association (ISAA) basketball tournament by taking care of Philippine Women’s University, 70-49, at La Consolacion College Tuesday (September 26).  In their five victories, the Seahorses routed the opposition by an average of 25.4 points.

Team captain Joshua Diaz played his best game of the season thus far by leading the way with 22 points.  Also providing the heavy hits were Jayson Orada with 14 and Arvee Capinding and John Raphael Bautista with 10 apiece.

Saint Dominic College of Asia also sent shockwaves by clipping last season’s runner-up La Consolacion College, 63-57.  Both teams entered the game tied for second spot with the victorious Pikemen staying within striking range of the pacesetting Seahorses.

Jian Carlo Casem and Dean Morris Oraliza fuelled Saint Dominic’s scoring drive with 16 and 10 markers respectively.  The Pikemen improved to 4-1 while the Blue Royals saw their three-game winning streak end for a 3-2 record.

Meanwhile, Manila Tytana Colleges finally barged into the win column after four setbacks by annihilating FEATI University, 96-76.

John Paulo Villaflor led four other Titans in double figures with 18 points.  He was followed by Kenit Llauderes with 17.

How They Scored:

First Game

MANILA TYTANA (96) – Villaflor 18, Llauders 17, Umengan 12, Bobadilla 10, Ma Regonil 10, Mi Regonil 8, Granado 4, Rosales 4,Santiano 4, Villondo 4, Zamudio 3, Viray 2, Gutierrez 0.

FEATI (76) – Pacleb 21, Viado 17, Cabal 15, Katimbang 10, Caingcoy 6, del Rosario 4, Mariano 2, Ramos 0.

Period Score: 27-27, 53-48, 80-60, 96-76.

Second Game

SAINT DOMINIC (63) – Casem 16, Oraliza 10, Lagman 8, Regala 8, Monzon 6, Domingo 5, Paculan 2, Mocorro 2, de Leon 2, Inigo 2, Hilario 2, Cruz 0, Yap 0.

LA CONSOLACION (57) – Yap 26, Rivota 10, Magwale 7, Talag 3, Grealy 3, Bardaje 3 Versoza 3, Topinio 2, Domagtay 0, Carino 0, de Lazo 0.

Period Scores: 21-17, 40-32, 55-42, 63-57.

Third Game

PATTS (70) – Diaz 22, Orada 14, Bautista 10, Capinding 10, Loyola 4, Tumbagohon 3, Mengoy 3, Reed 2, Jacob 2, Mounib 0, Gula 0, Fandalian 0.

PHILIPPINE WOMEN’S (49) –Oebanda 12, Carbonell 8, Salting 8, Tubig 5, Bilolo 5, Domingo 5, Andaya 4, Tiongson 2, de los Santos 0, Navarro 0, Fajardo 0.

Period Scores: 20-8, 41-19, 55-33, 70-49.

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Comendador, Sorongon Win Again MILO Tagbilaran

     TAGBILARAN CITY – Emmanuel Comendador is back in familiar territory, the top of the podium at the conclusion of the 41st National MILO Marathon Tagbilaran qualifiers at the Island City Mall Sunday (September 24).  This marks his fourth championship in the Bohol capital after completing a grand slam from 2013 to 2015.

Comendador, who is also a member of the national Triathlon team, finished the 21-kilometer course in 1:15:56.  He was followed by Azlan Pagay (1:17:22) and Michael Largo (1:17:27).

In the distaff side, it was another crown for Ruffa Sorongon who won handily in 1:28:30 compared to her runner-ups Mereeis Ramirez (1:40:49) and Sandra Soliano (1:40:49).  Sorongon first won in Tagbilaran way back in 2014 and she followed it up with back-to-back victories in Cebu City in 2015 and 2016.

Since Cebu will be hosting this year’s National Finals on December 3, there will be no regional qualifier there.  Cebuanos who wish to qualify have to travel to other provinces in order to do so just like last year’s local champion Rafael Pescos who travelled all the way to Pasay City and emerged the champion of the Metro Manila 42.195-kilometer qualifier last July 30.

In the 10-kilometer side event, Ian Refuela (36:13) and Engel Estelloro (45:25) went home victorious.  Meanwhile, it was Dodong Vosotros (16:14) and Marymarie Rose Salvador (19:43) that were fastest over five kilometers.

Two more races are scheduled to be held in the Visayas in the cities of Roxas (October 1) and Iloilo (October 8).  What comes next will be more races in Mindanao as the search for the best runners for the country’s oldest and most prestigious footrace moves forward.

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UCBL: CEU d. San Lorenzo, 82-76

Our Time To Shine     PARANAQUE CITY – Centro Escolar University remained the only undefeated team of the Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UCBL) after taking down erstwhile fellow undefeated side Colegio de San Lorenzo, 82-76, in the featured game at Olivarez College Monday afternoon (September 25).  Rodrigue Ebondo made his presence felt as he lifted the Scorpions to their fifth straight victory of the season.

Ebondo was supposed to suit up for Chooks To Go Pilipinas in the ongoing FIBA-Asia Champions Cup in China but visa problems prompted the Congolese exchange student to stay behind.  After a silent first period, Ebondo rose to the challenge and scattered 11 points and combining with 10 points from Orlan Wamar gave the Scorpions the halftime lead, 41-30, and they never looked back.

CEU then went for the knockout blow with back to back steals and unmolested layups from Rich Guinitaran to open the fourth and followed by a pair of triples from Judel Ric Fuentes and Ebondo to erect their biggest lead, 70-55.  San Lorenzo would try their best to inch closer but paltry free throw shooting down the stretch greatly affected their chances.

Ebondo finished with 26 points and 13 rebounds as he clearly outplayed Soulemane Chabi Yo.  Wamar followed with 17 points on four triples.

Chabi Yo, despite being shadowed all game by the smaller Joseph Manlangit, still paced the Griffins with 21 points and 15 rebounds but only had seven points in the second half.  Jun Gabriel was next with 17 points but he accounted for six of their 14 missed free throws.

How They Scored:

CENTRO ESCOLAR (82) – Ebondo 26, Wamar 17, Fuentes 10, Guinitaran 9, Caballero 8, Uri 4, Manlangit 4, Arim 2, Umeanozie 2, Intic 0, Baconcon 0.

SAN LORENZO (76) – Chabi Yo 21, Gabriel 17, Baldevia 16, Sablan 12, Callano 8, Alvarado 2, Formento 0, Ancheta 0, Borja 0, Laman 0, Rojas 0.

Period Scores: 16-13, 41-30, 60-51, 82-76.

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UCBL: Lyceum-Batangas d. Batangas, 88-84

Our Time To Shine     PARANAQUE CITY – History was made as expansion team Lyceum of the Philippines University-Batangas registered its first win in the Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UCBL) by stunning neighbor University of Batangas, 88-84, at Olivarez College Monday afternoon (September 25).  The Pirates had to fight off a late rally by the Brahmans with timely hits after squandering their 13-point lead, 62-49.

John Jerrick Caspe restored the lead to the Brahmans for the last time, 81-80, but the Pirates quickly recovered behind a triple by Bryan Buen and a sideline shot by Leo Fernandez, 86-81, and 1:14 to play.  Caspe then canned two free throws followed by a split from Timmy Alade to briefly threaten, 84-86.  A mad scramble for the ball ensued as the Brahmans were forced to give up fouls in succession to send Buen to the free throw line and fittingly ice the game with two gift shots and six ticks left to play.

Buen actually keyed the Pirates’ onslaught in the third that gave them their biggest lead by knocking in 11 of his game-high 31 points to end their losing skid at three games.  Fernandez sank five triples en route to 17 points whole Rommel Saliente added 14.

Raoul Yemeli paced the still winless Brahmans with 26 points and 14 rebounds while Caspe chipped in 19 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.  The taller Brahmans dominated the rebounds, 53-41, but this was negated by their 27 turnovers which the Pirates translated into 33 points of their own.

How They Scored:

LYCEUM-BATANGAS (88) – Buen 31, Fernandez 17, Saliente 14, Olarte 8, Solitario 5, Villaluna 4, Villanueva 4, Axalan 3, Lapasaran 2, Eranes 0.

BATANGAS (84) – Yemeli 26, Caspe 19, Alade 12, Gotam 10, Castro 8, Tabol 7, Espiritu 2, Heidelburg 0, Villegas 0, Clarion 0.

Period Scores: 16-22, 44-43, 66-56, 88-84.

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UCBL: Diliman d. Bulacan State, 81-66

Our Time To Shine     PARANAQUE CITY – A week after suffering its first loss, Diliman College vented its frustrations on Bulacan State University, 81-66, in continuing action from the Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UCBL) at Olivarez College Saturday afternoon (September 23).  Adama Diakhite likewise bounced back to put up another monster performance for the now 3-1 Blue Dragons.

The Gold Gear raced to an early 6-0 lead but that was all that was heard from their end as Diakhite began to work by opening his attack with a three-point play.  There was no stopping the 6’9” Senegalese man mountain as he mocked all defenses while putting up solid defense of his own and the Blue Dragons suddenly saw themselves ahead by as high as 25 points in the fourth period, 79-54.

Diakhite hit a season-best 38 points on top of 18 rebounds and falling two blocks short of a triple double with eight while hitting twin digits in three of the four periods.  Jerico Mondala supported him with 11 points and seven rebounds.

Dominick Fajardo paced the Gold Gear with 12 of his 22 points coming in the first period on top of 15 rebounds, five assists and five steals in an outstanding all-around performance that went to naught.  Paul Vincent de la Cruz followed with 11 points, four rebounds and four assists.

Diliman College won its first two games against Technological Institute of the Philippines (67-65) and University of Batangas (75-60) before being stopped in their tracks by Colegio de San Lorenzo, 47-66.  Foul trouble hampered Diakhite against the Griffins but this time he managed to commit only one foul in 34 minutes of action.

How They Scored:

DILIMAN (81) – Diakhite 38, Mondala 11, Gerero 10, Brutas 9, Sombero 6, Salazar 2, Handag 2, Bauzon 2, Chavenia 1, Darang 0, Corpuz 0, Tay 0, Buenaobra 0, Ligon 0, Mbiya 0.

BULACAN STATE (66) – Fajardo 22, de la Cruz 11, Necio 8, Ledesma 8, M. Mendoza 6, Solayao 6, Cristobal 5, Odoy 0, Jauco 0, Sellano 0, Crisostomo 0, J. Mendoza 0.

Period Scores: 19-16, 38-24, 61-41, 81-66.

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UCBL: Olivarez d. Batangas, 91-78

Our Time To Shine     PARANAQUE CITY – Olivarez College is now on a two-game winning roll after they took care of visiting University of Batangas, 91-78, at the Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UCBL) games Saturday (September 23).  After a so-so first half, the Sea Lions opened the second with a flourish and coast to the victory and even their card at 2-2.

Leading slightly at the break, 44-41, Dwight Saguiguit and Paulo Castro starred in a crippling 17-1 run that gave the home team a 61-47 advantage from which the visiting Brahmans never recovered.  Olivarez’ suffocating defense resulted in turnovers and easy baskets for the duo and Pruvil Bermudes and Vinny Begaso joined the fray as the Sea Lions pulled away by as much as 19 markers late in the contest, 87-68.

Bermudes bucked an ankle injury to lead the way with five triples en route to 27 points on top of five assists.  Castro and Begaso followed with 14 points each while Saguiguit added eight all in the critical third period run.

Raoul Yemeli was the high man for the still winless Brahmans with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Lowell Castro was next with 13 points.

How They Scored:

OLIVAREZ (91) – Bermudes 27, Castro 14, Begaso 14, Saguiguit 8, Navarro 4, Solis 4, Almajeda 4, Uduba 4, Lalata 4, Geronimo 4, Sunga 2, Elie 2, Maganga 0.

BATANGAS (78) – Yemeli 16, Castro 13, Caspe 11, Gotam 9, Alade 9, Heidelburg 8, Villegas 7, Espiritu 4, Cervantes 1, Tabol 0.

Period Scores: 21-18, 44-41, 73-59, 91-78.

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ISAA September 22 Recap

ISAA Unstoppable @ 9     MANILA – Saint Dominic College of Asia picked up a very important win by outlasting La Consolacion College in double overtime, 60-59, at the close of the first round of the Ninth Inter-Scholastic Athletic Association (ISAA) Juniors Division games at LCC Friday morning (September 22).  The win gave the Junior Pikemen sole possession of second spot and enhanced chances of snaring a championship berth in the four-team tournament.

Saint Dominic had to actually rally as the Blue Royals held control through the first three periods.  Deyjin Reyes paced the Junior Pikemen with 18 points followed by Allen Secillano with 13.

While Saint Dominic and La Consolacion provided the day’s fireworks, defending champion Manila Tytana Colleges silently swept the first round by steamrolling Manila Adventist College, 88-25.  The Junior Titans limited the Angels to single-digit outputs in three of the four periods to run away easily.

Christian Aquino and Mark Jayson Morada powered the blowout with 14 points each.  Steven de la Cruz added eight points.

Meanwhile in the day’s lone Seniors Division offering, Philippine Women’s University annihilated FEATI University, 56-22, and remain at fourth place. The Seahawks remained in search of their first win after four setbacks.

Edward Oebanda led the winning Patriots with 11 points.  Peter John Tiongson and Ivan Andaya followed with nine and eight points respectively.

The Ninth ISAA will resume with three games this Tuesday (September 26) to close out the first round schedule of the Seniors Division at LCCM.

How They Scored:

First Game (Juniors)

MANILA TYTANA (88) – Aquino 14, Morada 14, de la Cruz 8, Omana 7, Puyo 7, Tambis 6, Bandalan 6, Oribello 5, Viray 5, Bagatan 4, Escabarte 4, Pinuela 3, Mendoza 2, Ramirez 2, Yambao 0.

MANILA ADVENTIST (25) – Antonio 6, Bago 6, Obera 4, Esto 4, Capinda 2, Casinillo 2, Sigua 1, Rodelas 0, Hipolito 0, Palayan 0.

Period Scores: 20-3, 39-14, 64-22, 88-25.

Second Game (Juniors)

SAINT DOMINIC (60) – Reyes 18, Secillano 13, Daisog 10, Bacol 8, Alazegui 4, Lira 2, Bundalian 2, Bonavente 2, Anselmo 1.

LA CONSOLACION (59) – J. Lorenzo 19, Villacrucis 11, Talaban 9, Sequitin 6, Deala 5, Solmerano 5, Buenavista 2 Santos 1, R. Lorenzo 0, Carodan 0, Peralta 0.

Period Scores: 14-19, 27-29, 34-42, 52-52 (reg.), 54-54 (OT), 60-59 (2OT).

Third Game (Seniors)

PHILIPPINE WOMEN’S (56) – Oebanda 11, Tiongson 9, Andaya 8, Domingo 7, Salting 5, Navarro 2, Fajardo 4, Carbonell 3, Bilolo 3, de los Santos 2, Tubig 0.

FEATI (22) – Pacleb 6, Cabal 5, Tumanono 4, Viado 2, Manongson 2, Ramos 2, Ariola 1, Katimbang 0, Agda 0, Caingcoy 0.

Period Scores: 8-4, 24-10, 46-14, 56-22.

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