UCBL: San Lorenzo d. Olivarez, 78-61

Our Time To Shine     PARANAQUE CITY – Pro-bound big man Jun Gabriel returned to active duty to power Colegio de San Lorenzo into the finals of the Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UCBL) by trashing Olivarez Colllege, 78-61, in a knockout game Thursday (November 23).  The Griffins will now challenge defending champion Centro Escolar University in a best of three series starting this Saturday (November 25).

The 6’7” Gabriel came off the bench and immediately fired five points to complement starters Soulemane Chabi Yo, Raymart Angelo Sablan and Charles Callano as they pushed San Lorenzo ahead, 21-16.  Sablan then starred in the third canto as he unloaded 11 markers as the Griffins enjoyed their biggest lead, 52-35.

Chabi Yo and Callano then continued from their good first period to combine for 19 points and provide the exclamation point in the final canto.  Chabi Yo would go on to lead all scorers with 22 points and 14 rebounds while Callano came next with 21 points, ten rebounds and six assists.

Paulo Castro paced the Sea Lions with 19 off the bench while starter Archie Sunga added 15 markers.  Olivarez had hoped to complete the upset and book a return ticket to the finals.

Despite the return of Gabriel, the Griffins remain heavy underdogs as they have yet to defeat the Scorpions in their five meetings since last season and losing by an average of 18.8 points per game.  Both schools faced each other in last year’s semifinals where CEU immediately dispatched San Lorenzo, 99-57.

How They Scored:

SAN LORENZO (78) – Chabi Yo 22, Callano 21, Sablan 16, Gabriel 13, Alvarado 4, Ancheta 2, Formento 0, Borja 0, Laman 0, Rojas 0.

OLIVAREZ (61) – Castro 19, Sunga 15, Bermudes 9, Saguiguit 6, Solis 6, Elie 6, Navarro 0, Rabe 0, Begaso 0, Almajeda 0, Uduba 0, Lalata 0, Geronimo 0.

Period Scores: 21-16, 36-29, 52-40, 79-61.

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ISAA: PATTS d. PWU, 99-97 3OT

ISAA Unstoppable @ 9     MANILA – The quest for a rare three-peat is still alive for PATTS College of Aeronautics.  The Seahorses survived a triple overtime basketball marathon against a very game Philippine Women’s University, 99-97, to enter the finals of the Ninth Inter-Scholastic Athletic Association (ISAA) Senior Basketball tournament at La Consolacion College Wednesday afternoon (November 22).

With their teammates tired and hurting, the PATTS five on the floor did their best to salvage the win in the third and final overtime.  After Norman Torreno tied the score for the last time at the 15-second mark, Jan Carlo Mounib quickly stole the ball and passed to a sprinting Jayson Orada for the game’s most important basket with a second left and settling the final tally.

Both sides did not run out of heroes like Gilbert Salting who drained an open triple to tie the game and force the first overtime, 64-64.  Salting capped the Patriots’ intense rally from 17 points down after three periods, 38-55, with Lorenzo Domingo and Edward Oebanda leading the way.

Arvee Capinding likewise hit a late triple to set the stage for the second overtime, 86-86.  Later, it was the turn of pint-sized Peter John Tiongson to hit two giant free throws that paved the way for the third extension, 75-75.

Torreno put up a shooting display with 25 points.  He was followed by Capinding with 24 and Orada with 16.

Domingo topped the Patriots with 21 points followed by Salting with 18.  Oebanda fouled out in the first overtime but still had 16 markers.

The Seahorses will now await the winner of the rubber match between second seed La Consolacion and third seed Saint Dominic College of Asia this Friday (November 24) at Manila Tytana Colleges.  Game One of the best of three finals series is tentatively set for November 28 to be hosted by PATTS.

How They Scored:

PATTS (99) – Torreno 25, Capinding 24, Orada 16, Diaz 13, Loyola 8, Mounib 5, Reed 5, Bautista 2, Mengoy 1, Fandalian 0, Tumbagohon, Abueme 0.

PHILIPPINE WOMEN’S (97) – Domingo 21, Salting 18, Oebanda 17, Andaya 15, Carbonell 10, Tiongson 9, Tubig 4, Navarro 3, Fajardo 0, Bilolo 0, de los Santos 0.

Period Scores: 23-15, 42-29, 55-38, 64-64 (reg.), 75-75 (OT), 86-86 (2OT), 99-97 (3OT).

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ISAA: Saint Dominic d. La Consolacion, 72-71 OT

ISAA Unstoppable @ 9     MANILA – The semifinals of the Ninth Inter-Scholastic Athletic Association (ISAA) never runs out of surprises and shockers.  Francisco de Leon tipped in the miss of teammate Morris Oraliza with a second left in overtime to push third seed Saint Dominic College of Asia past second seed La Consolacion College, 72-71, at the LCCM Gym Wednesday afternoon (November 22).

It was a tough loss for the home squad Blue Royals that controlled majority of the contest and appeared coasting to a return trip to the championship series until the visiting Pikemen staged a sizzling fourth period romp led by Oraliza and Grant Regala and capped by a triple by John Paul Hilario with 13 seconds to go that forced the extra five minutes.

Scoreless up to that point, Cris Dominic Yap took over in the extension and provided nearly all of the Blue Royals’ offense including a triple that gave them the lead for the last time at the 11-second mark, 71-70.  Then came the Pikemen’s miracle.

Hilario paced the winners with 15 points.  He was supported by Jian Carlo Casem wth 11 and de Leon with 10, including the game-winner.

Thurlough Grealy slumped to the floor at the buzzer as his 22-point effort went to waste.  Also hitting double figures were TJ Carino and Yap with 10 each.

The Blue Royals and Pikemen mix it up again on Friday (November 24) at Manila Tytana Colleges for a spot in the finals.  The winner will battle the winner of the other series between defending champion and top seed PATTS College of Aeronautics and fourth Philippine Women’s University which was also stretched to a deciding game after PWU’s 83-80 upset last Monday (November 20).

How They Scored:

SAINT DOMINIC (72) – Hilario 15, Casem 11, de Leon 10, Regala 7, Oraliza 7, Dolor 4, Monzon 4, Lagman 3, Paculan 3, Mocorro 3, Inigo 3, Elazegui 2, Cruz 0, Yap 0, Domingo 0.

LA CONSOLACION (71) – Grealy 22, Carino 10, Yap 10, Bardaje 7, Versoza 7, Domagtay 5, Rivota 5, de Lazo 3, Martin 2, Clemente 0, Talag 0, Topinio 0, Magwale 0.

Period Scores: 13-17, 32-35, 42-48, 60-60 (reg.), 72-71 (OT).

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Zabala, Tolentino Best of MILO CdeO

    CAGAYAN DE ORO – Former champion Jerald Zabala is back on top of the podium after ruling the 41st National MILO Marathon Cagayan de Oro qualifiers last Sunday at the Centrio Mall.  In the distaff side, veteran campaigner Ailene Tolentino showed the way by easily outdistancing the opposition.

Zabala clocked 1:12:42 to beat out challengers Bryan Quiamco (1:13:12) and Ramil Neri (1:14:55) and retain the title he last won in 2014.  Zabala’s winning time is also the year’s fastest after completion of all 15 21-kilometer regional qualifying races.

Tolentino of the Philippine Army was too fast at 1:26:18, a time almost good to make the Top 10 in the Men’s category.  Coming in at second was Esterlita Organiza (1:31:28) followed by Evamie Villarin (1:34:59).

Tolentino’s time is only the second fastest for the year.  Former MILO Marathon Queen Christabel Martes registered the fastest time among the females at 1:23:45 in taking the season-opening Urdaneta leg last July 16.

In the side events, last year’s leg champion Keenan Lou Caburnay opted not to defend his title and instead took home the 10-kilometer race in 33:05 together with female winner Jhelie Mansueto (42:10). The five kilometers was ruled by Erwin Mancao (17:16) and Emmalyn Taypin (21:50) while the three-kilometer kid’s race was won by Jason Gumamo (12:07) and Sophia Psalm Belican (13:19).

This marks the final race to determine participants in the National Finals scheduled for December 3 in Cebu City.  Reigning MILO Marathon King Jeson Agravante and Queen Mary Joy Tabal are already seeded and set to defend their titles and aiming for the PHP 300,000.00 grand prize plus the chance to represent the Philippines in an overseas race in 2018.

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ISAA: Back To Back For Junior Titans

Manila Tytana Colleges Junior Titans celebrates back to back ISAA Juniors titles! (ISAA photos)

ISAA Unstoppable @ 9     PASAY CITY – Manila Tytana Colleges captured the Juniors Division championship of the Ninth Inter-Scholastic Athletic Association (ISAA) Basketball tournament via a tough 73-65 win over La Consolacion College Monday at the MTC Gym.  The Junior Titans of Coach Ronjay Enrile thus completed a seven-game sweep of all their games to retain the title they also took last season.

The home squad allowed the visitors to take the first period, 18-17, but went to work in the second as they limited La Consolacion to only seven points while scoring 25 to erect a 42-25 halftime lead.  That was enough as the Juniors Titans held off repeated attempts by the Junior Royals to close the gap in the second half.

Mark Jayson Morada led all scorers with 26 points.  He was ably supported by Fernando Puyo with 13 and Steven Kaylle de la Cruz with 10.

Calvin Buenavista paced La Consolacion with 20 points.  Juluis Lorenzo added 18.

The eight-point win marked the first time the Junior Titans won by single digits after blasting the opposition by an average of 33.5 points per game in the elimination round.

Other members of the champion team are Nionel Omana, Kyle Andrew Mendoza, Charles Oribello, Julius Angelo Tambis, Christian Aquino, Johannes Pinuela, Romeo Viray, Sean Miguel Escabarte, John Yambao, Nick Justin Ramirez, Jericho Bandalan and Lourd Conrad Bagatan.

How They Scored:

MANILA TYTANA (73) – Morada 26, Puyo 13, de la Cruz 10, Omana 6, Oribello 5, Viray 5, Bandalan 5, Bagatan 2, Aquino 1.

LA CONSOLACION (65) – Buenavista 20, J. Lorenzo 18 Solmerano 9, R. Lorenzo 9, A. Santos 7, Hermosa 2.

Period Scores: 17-18, 42-25, 56-47, 73-65.

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ISAA: PWU d. PATTS, 83-80

ISAA Unstoppable @ 9     PASAY CITY – Fourth seed Philippine Women’s University scored a major upset by stopping top seed and defending champion PATTS College of Aeronautics, 83-80, at the start of semifinal play in the Ninth Inter-Scholastic Athletic Association (ISAA) Seniors Basketball tournament at Manila Tytana Colleges Monday (November 20).  The Patriots thus forced a do or die game for a seat in the semifinals this Wednesday at La Consolacion College starting at 1:30 PM.

Trailing for majority of the contest, the Patriots turned it up in the fourth period when it matters the most as they outscored the Seahorses, 17-11.  In the elimination round, PWU lost twice to PATTS, 49-70 last September 26 and 87-89 in overtime last October 27.

Peter John Tiongson led the way for the victorious Patriots with 21 points.  Edward Oebanda chipped in 18 followed by Lorenzo Domingo with 12.

Joshua Diaz paced the Seahorses with 22 points.  Also in double figures were Jayson Orda with 17 and Arvee Capinding with 12.

The other semifinal pairing between second seed La Consolacion and third seed Saint Dominic College of Asia will also be played on Wednesday.  Both teams split their elimination round games with SDCA winning on September 26, 63-58, but LCCM exacted revenge in overtime last October 12, 71-69.

How They Scored:

PHILIPPINE WOMEN’S (83) – Tiongson 21, Oebanda 18, Domingo 12, Andaya 9, Salting 6, Carbonell 5, Navarro 4, Tubig 4, Bilolo 2, de los Santos 2.

PATTS (80) – Diaz 22, Orada 17, Capinding 12, Torreno 9, Loyola 6, Bautista 5, Reed 4, Mounib 3, Abueme 2.

Period Scores: 20-24, 34-37, 56-59, 83-80.

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UCBL: CEU d. Diliman, 90-86 OT

Our Time To Shine    PARANAQUE CITY – Defending champion Centro Escolar University barged into the finals of the Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UCBL) via a 90-86 win in overtime over Diliman College in semifinal action Monday (November 20) at Olivarez College.  The top seed Scorpions rallied from 13 points down in the fourth period, 56-69, to frustrate the fourth seed Blue Dragons.

Forward O’Neal Arim sent the game into overtime on a layup in traffic with three seconds left on a baseline assist from Keanu Caballero.  Arim’s shot capped CEU’s mad comeback started by a four-point play from Orlan Wamar and followed by more triples from Wamar and Rich Guinitaran to slowly nip at the Blue Dragons’ lead.

With momentum on their side, the Scorpions took over in the extra period with Judel Ric Fuentes picking up the scoring left by Wamar who ejected in the dying seconds of regulation due to a second technical foul.  Fuentes scored five straight points to help push CEU to a comfortable 88-80 lead with 1:16 to play.

Still, Diliman refused to quit and came storming back with Rickson Gerero cutting the deficit two only two with 20 ticks to go, 86-88.  Key defensive stops and a free throw each from Ebuka Umeanozie and Jordan Intic settled the final tally.

Despite his ejection, Wamar still led CEU with 21 points, seven rebounds and six assists, 15 of those points coming in their fourth period rally.  Fuentes followed with six of his 16 points in the overtime on top of six rebounds.

Gerero paced the Blue Dragons with 22 points and seven rebounds followed by man mountain Adama  Diakhite with 20 points, 19 rebounds and seven blocks.  Diliman though managed to inflict on CEU its only loss of the season, a 59-56 squeaker last October 7 to close the first round of eliminations.

The Scorpions’ finals opponent will be determined on Thursday (November 23) after third seed Olivarez College forced second seed Colegio de San Lorenzo to a winner take all showdown in the day’s earlier game, 74-69.  Game time is set at 12:00 PM.

How They Scored:

CENTRO ESCOLAR (90) – Wamar 21, Fuentes 16, Arim 14, Guinitaran 13, Intic 6, Manlangit 5, Umeanozie 5, Baconcon 5, Cruz 3, Galinato 2, Caballero 0.

DILIMAN (86) – Gerero 22, Diakhite 20, Mondala 15, Ligon 11, Brutas 8, Salazar 5, Darang 3, Corpuz 2, Tay 0, Bauzon 0, Sombero 0.

Period Scores: 16-12, 33-30, 47-49, 77-77 (reg.), 90-86 (OT).

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