UCBL: CEU d. Lyceum-Batangas, 85-56

Our Time To Shine     PARANAQUE CITY – Centro Escolar University is back alone at the top of the Universities and -Colleges Basketball League (UCBL) after dealing Lyceum of the Philippines University another defeat, 85-56, at Olivarez College Thursday afternoon (October 19).  The Scorpions now tote an 8-1 win-loss card as they begin life without top player Rodrigue Ebondo.

The 6’6” Ebondo was called up by the Basketball Federation of the Democratic Republic of Congo to be part of their national squad for the coming Africa qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA-World Cup set for November 24 to 26 in Angola.  Because of that, he will most likely miss the remainder of the UCBL season.

In Ebondo’s absence, guards Judel Ric Fuentes and Paul Galinato stepped up together with their other exchange Ebuka Umeanozie.  Fuentes and Galinato provided the offense while the Nigerian Umeanozie worked on defense and rebounds and CEU rocketed to an imposing 49-31 margin at halftime that stretched to as high as 35 markers midway through the fourth period, 83-48.

Fuentes burned the hoop for four triples en route to a team-best 18 points.  Galinato added 14 points followed by Christian Uri with 13 and Umeanozie missing a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds.

Aliane Lapasaran paced the now 2-7 Pirates with 19 points and seven rebounds off the bench while John Patrick Villaluna chipped in nine markers.  The Pirates have no choice but to sweep their remaining five games in order to have a shot at the playoffs.

How They Scored:

CENTRO ESCOLAR (85) – Fuentes 18, Galinato 14, Uri 13, Umeanozie 10, Wamar 8, Guinitaran 7, Intic 6, Manlangit 5, Arim 4, Caballero 0, Demigaya 0, Cruz 0, Baconcon 0.

LYCEUM-BATANGAS (56) – Lapasaran 19, Villaluna 9, Fernandez 7, Saliente 7, Axalan 6, Buen 5, Villanueva 2, Solitario 1, Olarte 0.

Period Scores: 22-16, 49-31, 72-42, 85-56.

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UCBL: Olivarez d. Diliman, 64-57

Our Time To Shine     PARANAQUE CITY – Olivarez College scored an inspiring come from behind victory over visiting Diliman College, 64-57, at the resumption of the Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UCBL) Thursday afternoon (October 19).  The Sea Lions struck hardest in the fourth period as their three-point shooting and defense took down the Blue Dragons.

Diliman led all throughout the first three and a half periods, at one time by as much as 15 markers in the third, 44-29.  Olivarez made their move in the fourth as they dropped 10 unanswered points featuring a pair of triples from Dwight Saguiguit that gave them the lead for the first time with 3:44 to play, 57-55.

The Blue Dragons managed to force the game’s last deadlock on two free throws from Jerico Mondala, 57-57, but that was the last to be heard from their side.  Jayboy Solis shattered the tie with a triple, 60-57, and the defense held form for the remaining 2:34 to hang on to their victory, the Sea Lions’ seventh in 10 games and moving them into a tie with the Blue Dragons in the standings.

Paulo Castro led Olivarez with 20 points and five rebounds.  Vinny Begaso was next with 10 points, including the exclamation basket at the buzzer for the final tally.

Rickson Gerero was the high man for Diliman with 23 points.  Adama Diakhite followed with 13 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks but was held scoreless by the suffocating Olivarez defense in the final chapter.

Meanwhile, the games scheduled last Monday (October 16) pitting Lyceum of the Philippines University-Batangas versus Technological Institute of the Philippines and Bulacan State University versus Colegio de San Lorenzo will now be played on November 16.  The said games were postponed due to the nationwide transportation strike.

How They Scored:

OLIVAREZ (64) – Castro 20, Begaso 10, Saguiguit 6, Rabe 5, Solis 5, Navarro 4, Almajeda 4, Geronimo 4, Bermudes 2, Sunga 2, Lalata 2, Uduba 0, Elie 0.

DILIMAN (57) – Gerero 23, Diakhite 13, Ligon 6, Mondala 6, Darang 3, Brutas 3, Salazar 2, Chavenia 1, Bauzon 0, Sombero 0, Mbiya 0.

Period Scores: 15-18, 27-32, 45-51, 64-57.

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Nutrilite Health Run Goes To Chepsiror, Martes

Another win for Christabel Martes at the Nutrilite Health Run 2017 recently at the SM Mall of Asia.

     KENYAN RUNNER Eric Chepsiror became PHP 20,000.00 richer after he was hailed as the fastest finisher of the successful Nutrilite Health Run 2017 at the SM Mall of Asia last Sunday (October 15).  Chepsiror blazed through the 21-kilometer course in a time of 1:09:25 to outclass compatriot Jackson Chirchir (1:12:47) and local bet Roy Dacutanan (1:26:32).

In the distaff side, there was no doubt of the dominance of the multi-titled Christabel Martes as she easily won in 1:26:50 and almost edged out Dacutanan for the honor of being the fastest Filipino.  The duel for runner-up places turned out to be more exciting with Isabel Gallon (2:00:47) nipping Keisha Fule (2:00:58).

PHP 10,000.00 was also given away to the fastest finish in the 10-kilometer category and this went to Rowell Galvero with a photo finish clocking of 34:44.1.  It turned out that he was faster by a mere 1.8 seconds over rival Kevin Capangpangan (34:45.9) while Third Place went to Boyet Sabalande (36:54.8).

Duathlon national athlete Miscelle Gilbuena ruled the Women’s Division in 46:18.0.  She was followed by Dr. Kristine Santillan (47:57.8) and Patrice Anne Quiday (49:32.0).

Eric Chepsiror receives PHP 20,000.00 as the fastest finisher of the Nutrilite Health Run 2017 from Amway’s Leni Olmedo.

In the other distance categories, the five kilometers was won by Immuel Camino of Team Philippines Athletics (16:06) and Maricar Camacho (20:15).  The one-kilometer race went to Carlito Fantillaga of Team Soleus (4:01.9) and Jennymae Canaman (4:57.1).

After the race and awarding of winners, the runners and the Sunday crowd was treated to a free concert by popular band Sponge Cola.  Davao City and nearby areas will get to experience the same level of fun when the Nutrilite Health Run stages its Davao Leg on October 29 at SM City Davao.

The proceeds of the fun runs will help fund the Amway One By One Campaign for Children which seeks promote reading and providing good reading materials for the youth.  At this point, Amway has already helped construct several libraries in selected public schools nationwide.

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UCBL: Olivarez d. TIP, 80-70

Our Time To Shine     PARANAQUE CITY – Olivarez College leaned on the support of the noisy home fans to get the better of Technological Institute of the Philippines, 80-70, at the resumption of the Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UCBL) Saturday afternoon (October 14).  The win is important because it increased the gap between Olivarez and TIP for fourth spot and the last berth in the semifinals.

TIP jumped to a 7-2 start but the Sea Lions came charging back anchored on a pair of triples by Dwight Saguiguit to take the lead for good at the end of the first period, 22-11.  The Engineers hung tough and threatened via a Kevin Lara triple, 39-40, and that was the cue for the Sea Lions to drop 13 unanswered points in the break the game wide open in the third, 53-39.

Veteran forward Jorey Napoles tried his best to bring back his Engineers into contention but he lacked support.  Guards Jose Mamer Navarro and Pruvil Bermudes provided the finishing touches to repel all of TIP’s attempts to close in.

Navarro topped Olivarez with 16 points and five assists to up their mark to 6-3.  Saguiguit finished with 12 markers, all coming from the three-point arc while Chris Lalata also had 12 points to go with his six rebounds.

Napoles’ big effort of 31 points and nine rebounds was not enough to prevent TIP from dropping to 3-6. Tevita Latu was the only other Engineer in twin digits with 11 points on top of four rebounds, five assists and four steals.

How They Scored:

OLIVAREZ (80) – Navarro 16, Saguiguit 12, Lalata 12, Bermudes 8, Rabe 8, Solis 7, Uduba 7, Castro 5, Geronimo 3, Almajeda 2, Sunga 0, Begaso 0, Prado 0, Elie 0.

TIP-MANILA (70) – Napoles 31, Latu 11, Daguro 9, Quiambao 9, Mallari 3, Lara 3, Palisoc 2, Soriano 2, Ramos 0.

Period Scores: 22-11, 35-30, 61-47, 80-70.

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UCBL: San Lorenzo d. Diliman, 62-57

Our Time To Shine     PARANAQUE CITY – Colegio de San Lorenzo opened its second round campaign on a positive note by turning back Diliman College, 62-57, in continuing action from the Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UCBL) at Olivarez College Saturday afternoon (October 14).  The Griffins continued to be without ailing main big man Jun Gabriel but big plays from their small men in the final period saved the day.

Maintaining a nine-point lead entering the final 10 minutes, 48-39, San Lorenzo allowed the Blue Dragons to score the first eight points to threaten, 47-48.  Guards James Ryan Alvarado and Charles Callano were joined by John Edcel Rojas and Soulemane Chabi Yo in defusing the rally but Diliman hung tough and kept it close with Adama Diakhite’s stab making it a 57-60 count with 1:26 on the clock.

Defense plus a few breaks saved the day for San Lorenzo.  Raymart Angelo Sablan’s attempt went out of bounds but the ball remained with the Griffins and the Blue Dragons had no choice but to send Callano to the free throw line to settle the final tally with five seconds remaining.

Alvarado scored five of his 14 points in the critical fourth period on top of seven rebounds.  Chabi Yo had a double-double of 12 points and 15 rebounds to up their record to 7-1 and move into a tie with idle defending champion Centro Escolar University at the top of the eight-team field.

Diakhite still paced the Blue Dragons with 19 points and 14 rebounds.  He was followed by Jerico Mondala with 14 points and seven rebounds as they absorbed their second loss of the tournament the other being a 47-66 decision at the hands of the same Griffins last September 16.

How They Scored:

SAN LORENZO (62) – Alvarado 14, Chabi Yo 12, Callano 11, Sablan 7, Rojas 7, Formento 5, Ancheta 2, Borja 2, Vargas 2, Laman 0.

DILIMAN (57) – Diakhite 19, Mondala 14, Gerero 6, Brutas 6, Salazar 4, Darang 2, Handag 2, Ligon 2, Mbiya 2, Corpuz 0, Chavenia 0, Bauzon 0, Sombero 0.

Period Scores: 11-14, 31-25, 48-39, 62-57.

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ISAA October 13 Recap

ISAA Unstoppable @ 9     PASAY CITY – It will be Manila Tytana College against La Consolacion College for the Juniors Division championship of the Ninth Inter-Scholastic Athletic Association (ISAA) Basketball tournament after both schools hacked out wins at the close of the double elimination round at the MTC Gym Friday (October 13).  For registering a six-game sweep, the defending champion Junior Titans need to beat the Junior Royals just once in order to retain the crown while the latter has to chalk up two straight to wrest the title.

La Consolacion did its part in the first game by keeping Manila Adventist College winless, 67-37, to even their win-loss record at 3-3 then wait for the results of the next game.  The Angels lost all their six games by an average of 42.2 points.

John Vincent Santos presided over the easy win with 13 points.  Juluis Lorenzo provided support with 10 points.

The Junior Titans then clinched for themselves then gave the Junior Royals a free ride into the championship series by downing Saint Dominic College of Asia, 71-50.  A win by the Junior Pikemen could have given them the second finals seat but fate had other ideas.

Mark Jayson Morada again topped the Junior Titans with 16 markers.  Also hitting double figures were Steven de la Cruz with 14 and Romeo Viray with 10.

Both La Consolacion and Saint Dominic ended with similar 3-3 win-loss cards but the former got the nod by virtue of superior quotient.  Saint Dominic barely took their first meeting, 60-59, in overtime while La Consolacion bounced back convincingly in their second round rematch, 51-34.

In the day’s single game in the Seniors Division, the Pikemen made up for the loss of their junior counterparts by shellacking still winless FEATI University, 113-54.  The Pikemen improved to 6-3 and remained in third spot half a behind second placer La Consolacion (6-2).

Saint Dominic flexed their scoring muscles with Kristopher Paculan banging in 25 points followed by John Paul Hilario with 16 and Nico Elazegui with 14 as the trio exceeded the opposition’s total by themselves.  Six other Pikemen submitted eight or more markers each.

How They Scored:

First Game (Juniors)

LA CONSOLACION (67) – J. Santos 13, J. Lorenzo 10, Solmerano 8, Deala 8, Hermosa 6, Villacrucis 4, A. Santos 4, Buenavista 4, Prado 2, R. Lorenzo 2, Carodan 2, Peralta 2, Sequitin 2, Misalucha 0, Talaban 0.

MANILA ADVENTIST (37) – Antonio 19, Capinda 10, Cudiamat 4, Bago 2, Escribe 2, Obera 0, Hipolito 0, Alfanoso 0.

Period Scores: 18-14, 33-26, 61-30, 67-37.

Second Game (Juniors)

MANILA TYTANA (71) – Morada 16, de la Cruz 14, Viray 10, Mendoza 8, Omana 6, Puyo 4, Bandalan 4, Pinuela 4, Oribello 2, Escabarte 2, Bagatan 1, Yambao 0, Tambis 0, Aquino 0, Ramirez 0.

SAINT DOMINIC (50) – Campo 15, Bacol 9, Elazegui 7, Secillano 6, Zurita 5, Daisog 4, Reyes 3, Bonavente 0, Anselmo 0, Lira 0, Culajara 0.

Period Scores: 12-11, 36-24, 51-41, 71-50.

Third Game (Seniors)

SAINT DOMINIC (113) – Paculan 25, Hilaro 16, Elazegui 14, Monzon 11, Regala 9, Lagman 8, Mocorro 8, Inigo 8, Casem 8, de Leon 6, Cruz 0.

FEATI (54) – Pacleb 20, Viado 13, Ariola 11, Caingcoy 4, Manongson 4, Villanueva 2, Albayalde 0, Bernandino 0.

Period Scores: 28-13, 55-23, 83-41, 113-54.

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ISAA October 12 Recap

ISAA Unstoppable @ 9     PASAY CITY – La Consolacion College picked up a very crucial win against Saint Dominic College of Asia in overtime, 71-69, at the Ninth Inter-Scholastic Athletic Association (ISAA) Seniors Basketball tournament at Manila Tytana Colleges Thursday (October 12).  The Blue Royals moved past the Pikemen in the standings for provisional second place behind undefeated leader PATTS College of Aeronautics.

After sitting out their last game, La Consolacion’s key players returned and helped exact revenge on Saint Dominic who emerged victorious in the first meeting, 63-58, to close the first round last September 26.  The Blue Royals’ thus remained perfect in the second round with a three-game winning run en route to a 6-2 win-loss card.

Thurlough Grealy led the way for La Consolacion with 20 points.  He was supported by Chris Dominic Yap with 13.

In the curtain raiser, Philippine Women’s University extended the woes of also ran FEATI University, 107-44.  The winning Patriots still hope to improve on their 3-4 record to cement their grip on the fourth and final playoff spot or perhaps even go further up the ladder.

Ivan Andaya paced the Patriots with 20 points followed by Leonard Carbonell with 17.  A total of eight of the 11 PWU players fielded scored seven or more markers for a balanced attack.

How They Scored:

First Game

PHILIPPINE WOMEN’S (107) – Andaya 20, Carbonell 17, Fajardo 14, Tubig 10, Bilolo 9, Salting 9, Domingo 8, Oebanda 7, Tiongson 5, Navarro 4, de los Santos 4.

FEATI (44) – Viado 13, Pacleb 11, Cabal 10, Ariola 5, Manongson 4, Caingcoy 1, Ocmen 0, Villanueva 0.

Period Scores: 29-13, 55-30, 78-35, 107-44.

Second Game

LA CONSOLACION (71) – Grealy 14, Yap 13, Carino 9, Domagtay 7, Rivota 7, Talag 6, Magwale 5, Bardaje 3, de Lazo 3, Versoza 2, Martin 0.

SAINT DOMINIC (69) – Casem 20, Oraliza 15, Regala 14, Paculan 6, Mocorro 5, Cruz 5, de Leon 2, Inigo 2, Lagman 0, Hilario 0, Domingo 0.

Period Scores: 13-14, 30-20, 45-35, 59-59 (reg.), 71-69 (OT).

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