FilOil: East d. Mapua Tech, 98-91

10th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup     SAN JUAN City – University of the East woke up just in time to escape past a shorthanded Mapua Institute of Technology side, 98-91, in continuing action from the 2016 FilOil Flying V Premier Cup Sunday night (May 29) at the San Juan Arena.  The Red Warriors’ defense limited the Cardinals to just a single field goal in the final three minutes as they overhauled a five-point deficit.

Mapua’s lone field goal came courtesy of Darrell Menina that gave them the lead for the last time, 91-89.  Edson Batiller quickly tied the score anew and Edgar Charcos delivered the go-ahead shot at the 1:17 mark, 93-91.

Playing with just 10 players suited up, the Cardinals finally gave in as they threw the ball away resulting in a layup and bonus free throw by Paul Varilla with 58 seconds left, 96-91.  That proved to be enough as an inconsequential basket at the buzzer settled the final score.

“This is an ugly win,” lamented Coach Frederick Pumaren.  “You don’t give up 31 points like what happened in the first, we should only be giving up 16 to 18 points at the most.”

However, Coach Pumaren praised his players for not giving up to keep them in contention for the playoffs.  “They have to get used to playing with pressure, it will serve them well come the UAAP,” he added.

Batiller continued to play big with 24 points, four assists and three steals.  Charcos likewise was key with 12 points and six rebounds.

The Cardinals missed NCAA MVP Allwell Oraeme for the second straight game.  Exeqiel Biteng paced the Cardinals with 19 points while Andrew Estrella returned from the injured list to add 17 points and five assists followed by Menina with 16 points and seven assists.

Meanwhile, Coach Pumaren is looking forward to final elimination round game next Sunday (June 5) when they play UAAP rival Adamson University which is coached by his younger brother Franz.  Mapua will wind up their schedule against Ateneo de Manila University on June 2.

How They Scored:

EAST (98) – Batiller 24, Charcos 12, P. Varilla 11, de Leon 10, Palma 10, Acuno 7, Larupay 5, Olayon 4, Pasaol 4, Sta. Ana 3, Manalang 3, Armenion 3, Penuela 2, Gagate 0, J. Varilla 0, Poblete 0, Bartolome 0.

MAPUA TECH (91) – Biteng 19, Estrella 17, Menina 16, Isit 12, Raflores 9, Gamboa 4, Bunag 4, de la Rosa 4, de la Cruz 4, Serrano 2.

Period Scores: 20-31, 47-54, 72-75, 98-91.


Arellano 5-1
National 4-1
Perpetual Help 4-2
Far Eastern 3-3
San Sebastian 3-3
UP-Diliman 2-3
Saint Benilde 1-5
Emilio Aguinaldo 1-5

De La Salle 5-0
San Beda 4-1
Ateneo de Manila 3-3
Adamson 3-2
East 3-3
Letran 2-4
Lyceum 1-5
Mapua Tech 1-5


Nazareth-NU 4-0
Far Eastern-Diliman 2-1
La Salle Green Hills 2-2
Malayan Science 1-2
Immaculate Conception-EAC 0-4

Adamson 3-0
San Beda-Rizal 2-1
De La Salle-Zobel 1-2
Lyceum-Cavite 1-2
Ateneo de Manila 0-2

Note: Games through May 29, 2016.

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FilOil: DLSU d. Ateneo, 98-66

10th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup     SAN JUAN City – It was not even close.  De La Salle University maintained its undefeated run at the 2016 FilOil Flying V Premier Cup by bulldozing archrival Ateneo de Manila University, 98-66, Sunday (May 29) at the San Juan Arena.

Benoit Mbala continued to terrorize all defenses thrown at him as he notched a double-double as early as the first half with 17 points and 10 rebounds.  Jeron Teng and Kib Montalbo also put in their share as the Green Archers took a comfortable 51-35 lead.

From there, DLSU showed no mercy by unloading 31 points in the third period to stretch their margin further, 82-55.  The Blue Eagles managed to pare down the final difference by holding their foes to a single field in the last two minutes but the damage was already beyond repair.

“We are still working on our team chemistry that’s why we always play with intensity,” said Coach Aldin Ayo.  “I think this is the best game that the team executed its defense and we rely on our defense.”

“I am also thankful for the chance to coach against Coach Tab Baldwin because I am always a student of the game and I learn from my fellow coaches,” added Coach Ayo.  The Green Archers had the opportunity to give playing time to its role players and experiment on combinations with scrub time coming early.

Unfazed by the presence of NBA star Jordan Clarkson at courtside, the Green Archers played it out like any other ordinary game.  “The thing about rivalries, there are no rankings, only pride is at stake,” observed Coach Ayo.

Mbala went on to total 28 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks.  Teng was next with 24 points and four assists.

Thirdy Ravena topped the Blue Eagles with 10 points, five rebounds and three assists.  Chibueze Ikeh also had 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

DLSU remains the sole undefeated team in the tournament with five wins in as many starts.  ADMU fell to 3-2 but remained in the hunt for one of four playoff slots for Group B.

How They Scored:

DE LA SALLE (98) – Mbala 28, Teng 24, Tratter 10, Torres 9, Melecio 8, Montalbo 8, Caracut 5, R. Rivero 4, P. Rivero 2, Langston 0, Paraiso 0, Dyke 0, Go 0, Muyang 0, Gob 0.

ATENEO DE MANILA (66) – Ravena 10, Ikeh 10, A. Wong 8, Porter 8, Black 7, Ma Nieto 6, Mi Nieto 4, Allmond 3, Tio 3, V. Tolentino 2, Babilonia 2, Mendoza 2, Banzon 1, Go 0.

Period Scores: 22-14, 51-35, 82-55, 98-66.

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FilOil: San Beda d. Letran, 84-70

10th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup     SAN JUAN City – Defending champion San Beda College drew inspired plays from its forwards to put away current NCAA champion Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 84-70, in a featured match from the 2016 FilOil Flying V Premier Cup Sunday (May 29) at the San Juan Arena.  Led by Jayvee Mocon and surprise package William Navarro, the Red Lions broke away late in the second period and coasted to the easy victory.

It was the 6’5” Navarro, a discovery from the Filipino community in Greece, who got the ball rolling with back-to-back triples and a layup for San Beda’s last eight points in first half, 38-34.  Limited to a triple in the first period, Mocon then caught fire by scoring the Red Lions’ first 10 points in the third period to signal the start of the rout.

Mocon and Navarro’s good showing rubbed on to their teammates.  San Beda enjoyed its biggest lead on a triple by AC Soberano, 83-64, late in the fourth period.

“I saw in the body language of Mocon, Navarro and even Calvin Oftana that they will do something good today,” said Coach Jamike Jarin. “The good thing about Mocon is that he has three more years to play after this and he and his teammates will only get better.”

After allowing San Beda a good start after one period, 21-17, the Knights settled down and managed to get control of the game and led several times in the second.  Letran enjoyed a five-point lead, 31-26, just before Navarro took the spotlight.

Mocon led all scorers with 19 points on top of eight rebounds and five assists.  Donald Tankoua was a force underneath with 17 points and 10 rebounds while Navarro registered 15 points in only eight minutes to boost the Red Lions’ slate to 4-1.

The loss puts the Knights on the brink of elimination from the playoffs with a 2-4 record.  Nambatac and Bong Quinto paced Letran with 13 points each while Jomari Sollano had a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds.

How They Scored:

SAN BEDA (84) – Mocon 19, Tankoua 17, Navarro 15, Soberano 8, Bolick 5, Potts 4, Adamos 3, Cabanag 2, Oftana 2, Sara 2, Bonsubre 2, Presbitero 2, Noah 2, Decapia 1, Carlos 0, Bahio 0, Tongco 0, Alas 0.

LETRAN (70) – Nambatac 13, Quinto 13, Sollano 11, Sario 8, Balanza 7, Calvo 6, Apreku 4, Balagasay 4, Luib 2, Pambid 2, Bernabe 0, de la Pena 0, Ambohot 0.

Period Scores: 21-17, 38-34, 65-52, 84-70.

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FilOil: Far Eastern d. Saint Benilde, 64-55

10th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup     SAN JUAN City – After losing its stars to graduation, reigning UAAP champion Far Eastern University will now be identified through its defense.  The Tamaraws defense was the key as they clamped down on the College of Saint Benilde Blazers, 64-55, in continuing action from the 2016 FilOil Flying V Premier Cup Sunday (May 29) at the San Juan Arena.

With FEU ahead, 43-38, the Blazers opened the final canto with a dunk by Yankee Haruna followed by back-to-back triples from JJ Domingo and Alfonso Saavedra to seize back the lead, 46-43. Acting head coach Eric Gonzales then settled down his players and they responded with a crucial 11-2 run that put the Tamaraws on top for good, 54-48, and 3:35 on the clock.

More triples from Wendell Comboy and Brandrey Bienes gave FEU valuable breathing room until Prince Orizu scored underneath to give them a double-digit margin at the 31-second mark, 62-52.  A triple from CSB’s Carlo Young countered by free throws from Joe Trinidad settled the final count.

Orizu paced the Tamaraws with 12 points and 10 rebounds as they rose to 3-3 and stay in contention for a playoff slot.  Richard Escoto also had 12 points to go with six rebounds.

Christian Fajarito, who spent his high school days at FEU, topped the Blazers with 10 points and nine rebounds. Saavedra and Clement Leutcheu also had 10 markers for CSB as they joined Emilio Aguinaldo College in the Group A cellar with similar 1-5 win-loss cards.

FEU played without head coach Nash Racela who was in Thailand together with player Raymar Jose for national team duties at the SEABA Cup.

How They Scored:

FAR EASTERN (64) – Orizu 12, Escoto 12, Trinidad 9, Comboy 9, Bienes 5, Ebona 4, Arong 4, Nunag 4, de los Santos 3, S. Holmqvist 2, Lee Yu 0, Tuffin 0, Delfinado 0, Inigo 0.

SAINT BENILDE (55) – Leutcheu 10, Fajarito 10, Saavedra 10, Young 9, Haruna 5, JJ Domingo 3, Pajarillaga 2, Sta. Maria 2, Belgica 2, Pasamante 1, JS Domingo 1, Suarez 0, Dixon 0, San Juan 0.

Period Scores: 8-13, 26-23, 43-38, 64-55.

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FilOil: National d. EAC, 72-68

10th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup     SAN JUAN City – National University earned its third straight win the hard way with a strong second half and subdue Emilio Aguinaldo College, 72-68, at the 2016 FilOil Flying V Premier Cup Sunday morning (May 29) at the San Juan Arena.  The Bulldogs improved to 4-1 while the Generals dropped to 1-5 in Group A action.

Center Mohammad Salim scored on a layup in traffic with 1:33 to give National an unassailable 71-65 advantage.  EAC gave the Bulldogs a brief scare with Raymond Pascua answering with a triple in the ensuing play, 68-71.

Defense saved the day for National as they held EAC scoreless from that point onwards.  JV Gallego added a free throw for the final tally with 29 ticks to go.

Salim made nine of his 13 points in the second half as the Bulldogs rallied from a 27-38 halftime deficit.  Chino Mosqueda followed with 11 and Adven Jess Diputado added 10.

Francis Munsayac led the Generals with 14 points, eight rebounds and three assists.  Hamadou Laminou submitted a double-double of 11 points and 15 rebounds.

How They Scored:

NATIONAL (72) – Salim 13, Mosqueda 11, Diputado 10, Gallego 7, Morido 6, Go 6, Yu 5, Aroga 5, Aquino 4, Abatayo 3, Labing-isa 2, Lastimosa 0, Salem 0, Cauilan 0.

EMILIO AGUINALDO (68) – Munsayac 14, Laminou 11, Onwubere 10, Guzman 7, Corilla 6, Mendoza 4, Aguas 4, Diego 3, Neri 1, General 0.

Period Scores: 13-24, 27-38, 54-53, 72-68.

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Jumbo Plastic Back To Back PCBL Champs

A PCBL dynasty is brewing for Jumbo Plastic.

A PCBL dynasty is brewing for Jumbo Plastic.

2016 PCBL Chairman's Cup    MARIKINA CITY – Jumbo Plastic made it back-to-back championships after capturing the 2016 Pilipinas Commercial Basketball League (PCBL) Chairman’s Cup at the expense of Mighty Sports, 80-68, in front of a packed Marikina Sports Center Friday night (May 27).  Jeff Alvin Viernes delivered seven unanswered points in a crucial stretch of the fourth period to help secure the trophy and end the best-of-three series, 2-1.

Coupled with his 31-point output in Game Two last Wednesday, Viernes eventually got the nod as Most Valuable Player of the Finals, matching his feat in last year’s Founders Cup wherein he won the same honor.  The score was deadlocked at 63-63 when Viernes began his game-winning heroics with a three-point play off Andrian Celada followed a scooping layup and a long two-pointer that set the count at 70-63 and 2:52 remaining on the game clock.

Best Import Bright Akhuetie tried to wake up his teammates with a thundering dunk that ended Viernes’ one-man barrage, 67-70.  Jumbo Plastic nearly lost control of the game after a 24-second shot clock violation and an offensive foul on James Martinez as they nursed their five-point advantage, 72-67.

Mac Montilla then missed a side triple with the loose ball going to Viernes who was quickly fouled and made both his gift shots, 74-67. Gab Banal then split his free throws as Jumbo Plastic players would be fouled and sent to the free throw line as time was not on Mighty Sports’ side.

As the seconds waned and Jumbo Plastic assured of victory, Moustapha Arafat dribbled the length of the court for an exclamation slam dunk.  Arafat finished with one of his better performances with seven points, 10 rebounds and four blocks.

“We are champions and we play with pride,” said a jubilant Coach Stevenson Tiu.  “Credit to the players, they really played hard today and we prepared for the both situations where Ravena would or would not play.”

Coach Tiu was referring to Mighty Sports team leader and tournament MVP Kiefer Ravena, who flew to London immediately after Game Two to attend to personal matters.  Also missing in action for Mighty Sports were Kevin Ferrer and Tyrone Tang.

Viernes showed that he could play any day and not just on a Friday by scattering 28, points, six rebounds and eight assists.  Jaymo Eguilos had eight of his 18 points in the fourth period.

Akhuetie tried to carry Mighty Sports with 14 points and 15 rebounds but it was not enough as he lacked support from the rest of the team.  John Lopez and Allan Mangahas followed with nine points each.

Other members of the champion team are players Jay-R Taganas, Allan Santos, Mark Lopez, Marcy Arellano, Stephen Siruma, Jayson Ibay, Christopher Bitoon and Tristan Perez.  Coach Tiu is assisted by Jerson Cabiltes, Gonzalo Catalan and Moriel Baligod, trainer Marlon Celis and team manager Horacio Lim.

How They Scored:

JUMBO PLASTIC (80) – Viernes 21, Eguilos 18, Martinez 15, Taganas 12, Arafat 7, Santos 5, Lopez 2, Arellano 0, Siruma 0, Ibay 0.

MIGHTY SPORTS (68) – Akhuetie 14, Mangahas 9, Lopez 9, Montilla 8, Banal 8, Celada 6, M. Bringas 6, A. Bringas 5, Regalado 3, Melocoton 0.

Period Scores: 15-16, 28-35, 53-52, 80-68.

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FilOil: Ateneo d. Letran, 66-53

10th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup     SAN JUAN City – Showing no rust from a 20-day break, Ateneo de Manila University banked on a balanced attack to halt reigning NCAA champion Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 66-53, at the 2016 FilOil Flying V Premier Cup at the San Juan Arena Thursday (May 26).  The win gives the Blue Eagles good momentum as they brace for two more games in the next three days as they catch up in the schedule.

Thirdy Ravena presided over Ateneo’s onslaught with 10 points.  CJ Perez, the highly touted transfer from San Sebastian College, made his Blue Eagle debut with eight points and eight rebounds.

“I credit the players for staying in shape throughout our layoff while they also focused on their studies,” said assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga.  Up next for the Blue Eagles is Lyceum of the Philippines University on Friday (May 27) followed by the much-awaited encounter with perennial rival De La Salle University on Sunday (May 29).

Do-it-all guard Rey Nambatac tried to lift the Knights with 22 points, 11 rebounds and four steals but it was not enough.  Bong Quinto supported him with 14 points and seven rebounds but the rest of the team struggled hitting a combined eight of 39 from the field.

Ateneo last took the court on May 6 with an 84-75 taming of Adamson University.  They lost on opening day (April 30) to the University of the East in overtime, 91-93.

How They Scored:

ATENEO DE MANILA (66) – Ravena 10, Perez 8, Black 7, Ma Nieto 6, Go 6, Porter 6, Tolentino 4, Babilonia 4, Ikeh 4, A. Wong 3, Asistio 3, Apacible 2, Cani 2, Mi Nieto 1, Almond 0, Mendoza 0, Tio 0, Banzon 0.

LETRAN (53) – Nambatac 22, Quinto 14, Balanza 4, Calvo 4, Sollano 3, Apreku 2, Sario 2, Vacaro 2, Luib 0, de la Pena 0, Balagasay 0, Ambohot 0.

Period Scores: 20-9, 37-27, 46-41, 66-53.

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