D-League: Batangas d. Gamboa Coffee Mix, 95-88

2017 Foundation Cup     PASIG CITY – Batangas scored the last nine points of the game to formally clinch a playoff berth at the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena Thursday (July 27) at the expense of Gamboa Coffee Mix, 95-88.  Guard Cedric de Joya and forwards Jhygruz Laude and Jerald Bautista banged in the big baskets for their fifth win in nine games.

Playing coach Leo Avenido just gave the Coffee Lovers the lead for the last time on a triple nearing the last two minutes, 88-86.  Gamboa then turned cold as de Joya and Laude forced a series of turnovers that led to easy baskets beginning with de Joya’s three-point play that restored the lead to the Batanguenos for good, 89-88, followed by three more field goals for the final tally.

Standing at only 5’6”, de Joya stood tallest with 11 of his 31 points in the fourth period on top of eight assists to power the victory.  He was ably supported by Cedrick Ablaza with 17 points and seven rebounds while Bautista added 15 markers.

“We achieved our goal which is to make the playoffs and the players are continuously learning and improving,” said Coach Eric Gonzales.  “It was really a tough journey considering our line-up is not that deep and experienced but we have the full support of management.”

Coach Avenido topped the Coffee Lovers with 22 points on three triples. After scoring 15 points in their previous games this conference, Jett Vidal finally broke out of his slump with 14 points but it was not enough to prevent his side from absorbing their ninth straight setback for a share of the cellar with AMA Online Education and Zark’s Burger at 1-9.

Batangas can still claim a twice to beat advantage in the quarterfinals if they hurdle their final assignment against undefeated league leader Flying V on Tuesday (August 1).  They also pray that also-ran Racal Motors play spoiler and upset Centro Escolar University in the day’s opening game.

How They Scored:

BATANGAS (95) – de Joya 31, Ablaza 17, Bautista 15, Ragasa 11, Laude 7, Zamora 4, de la Pena 4, Mendoza 2, Anderson 2, Isit 2, Mag-isa 0, Saitanan 0, Napoles 0.

GAMBOA COFFEE MIX (88) – Avenido 22, Vidal 14, Montuano 12, Jumao-as 12, Parala 12, Acibar 6, Padilla 6, Sarangay 2, Arellano 2, Riva 0.

Period Scores: 23-22, 39-43, 68-64, 95-88.

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D-League: Tanduay Rhum d. Racal Motors, 81-72

2017 Foundation Cup     PASIG CITY – Tanduay Rhum needed a strong start to outlast Racal Motors, 81-72, in continuing action from the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena Thursday (July 27).  Despite having no bearing in the final standings, both sides still gave it their all.

The Rhum Masters scored the first seven points of the game and that was basically it as timely baskets prevented Racal’s repeated attempts to threaten.  When Tanduay built its biggest lead of the game, 49-34, Racal countered with 12 unanswered markers but the Rhum Masters held form to hang on to the driver’s seat at halftime, 49-44.  Paul Varilla and Renz Palma then took turns at making sure the victory would not slip away by putting in eight markers each in the second half.

Von Tambeling typified Tanduay’s strong start with eight of his game-high 13 points in the first period.  James Martinez came off the bench to add eight of his 12 points in the second period.

Allan Mangahas led the way for Racal with 14 points but was held scoreless in the fourth period.  Mac Tallo was the only other Racal player in double figures with 10 but was likewise held scoreless in the fourth period.

How They Scored:

TANDUAY RHUM (81) – Tambeling 13, Martinez 12, Palma 11, Varilla 10, Gaco 9, Sollano 7, Eguilos 4, Taganas 4, Vigil 4, Terso 3, Santos 2, Alvarez 2, Villamor 0.

RACAL MOTORS (72) – Mangahas 14, Tallo 10 Cabrera 9, Pontejos 9, Lozada 8, Capacio 6, Faundo 4, Ortuoste 3, Gomez 3, Octubre 2, Grimaldo 2, Cortes 2, Ayonyon 0, Apreku 0.

Period Scores: 21-16, 49-44, 68-60, 81-72.

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D-League: Marinerong Pilipino d. AMA, 125-71

2017 Foundation Cup    PASIG CITY – Marinerong Pilipino completed its rise from the deeps of the standings and advance to the playoffs of the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup by torpedoing AMA Online Education,125-71, in the penultimate day of the elimination round Thursday (July 27) at the Ynares Sports Arena. The Skippers unleashed another display of firepower and close out their slate at 6-4.

Julian Sargent, a one-time AMA Titan, punished his former team with 10 points in the opening period as the Skippers jumped to a 33-26 lead.  Sargent then turned over the scoring cudgels to Mark Isip and Donald Gumaru and the outcome was settled by halftime, 64-39, as AMA put up token resistance in the second half.

Sargent led all scorers with 20 points on top of seven rebounds, five assists and four steals.  Gumaru followed with 18 points, 11 coming in the fourth period.

Daniel Salonga paced the Titans with 14 points.  Jun Alas and Embons Bonleon were next with 13 and 12 points respectively.

The Skippers now await the outcome of the remaining games to determine their final seeding.  Flying V, Cignal HD and Tanduay Rhum are now assured of the top three positions.

How They Scored:

MARINERONG PILIPINO (125) – Sargent 20, Gumaru 18, Isip 15, Publico 13, Subido 10, Alabanza 8, Javelona 8, Javillonar 7, Marata 7, Inigo 6, Lopez 5, Moralde 4, Salcedo 2, Gavieres 2.

AMA ONLINE EDUCATION (71) – Salonga 14, Alas 13, Bonleon 12, Paras 9, Carpio 6, Macaranas 5, Celso 4, Tobias 4, Jordan 3, Calma 1, Magpantay 0, Malones 0.

Period Scores: 33-26, 64-39, 94-51, 125-71.

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Castaneto, Gutang Take Laoag

     LAOAG CITY – The 41st National MILO Marathon continued its search for participants with the successful staging of the Laoag City qualifiers Sunday (July 23) at the Don Mariano Marcos Stadium.  Veteran runners Cesar Castaneto and Silamie Apolistar-Gutang led the pack of those who made the grade for the National Finals set for December 3 in Cebu City.

Castaneto, the back to back winner of the qualifiers hosted by Dagupan in 2015 and 2016, led the way in the Men’s Division with a time of 1:14:47 on the 21-kilometer route.  Castaneto left behind Second Placer Ricky Gagarin (1:18:40) and Third Placer Archie Patubo (1:21:44) to battle it out.

Gutang, a frequent winner and podium finisher of fun runs in Metro Manila, topped the distaff side in 1:37:35.  The duel for Second Place was more exciting with Maricris Melchor (1:51:11) edging out Marychiel Morales (1:52:25).

Both champions received trophies, PHP 10,000.00 in cash and gift items from sponsors.  Through the years, the MILO Marathon has grown to be the country’s most awaited and prestigious running event.

With two regional qualifying races already in the books, the stage is set for the Metro Manila qualifiers at the SM Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City this Sunday (July 30).  The said leg is always in the biggest in terms of participation and athletes may opt to earn spots in the Cebu Nationals either through the 21 or 42-kilometer categories.

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D-League: Cignal HD d. CEU, 96-89

2017 Foundation Cup     PASIG CITY – Cignal HD clinched the second and last outright semifinal berth of the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup thanks to their 96-89 triumph over Centro Escolar University Tuesday (July 25) at the Ynares Sports Arena.  Coming off a 19-day vacation and playing without head coach Boyet Fernandez, the Hawkeyes leaned on the big fourth period plays of Jason Perkins and Pamboy Raymundo at crunch time to seal the deal.

Assistant coach Jude Roque was tasked to call the shots in lieu of Coach Fernandez who handled San Beda College in their NCAA game over at San Juan City. “Credit still to Coach Boyet for making today’s game plan and we really benefited from our long break to prepare for this game,” said Coach Roque.

Rodrigue Ebondo gave the Scorpions their last taste of the lead in the third period, 60-59, but Cignal countered with a crippling 10-0 run from which CEU never recovered.  Perkins and Raymundo went to work as their timely hits preserved the win, the Hawkeye’s eighth in 10 games and sixth in a row.

Byron Villarias paced the Hawkeyes with 19 points via five triples.  Perkins was next with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds, hitting seven markers in the fourth period.

Aaron Jeruta and Ebondo led the way for the Scorpions with 23 points apiece.  At 5-4, CEU has to win their last game against Racal Motors to get a sure spot in the quarterfinals and avoid complications of going through a tiebreaker via the quotient system.

Idle Tanduay Rhum (7-2), which was hoping for a Scorpions victory for them to stay in contention for a semifinal slot, automatically garnered third spot and a twice to beat advantage in the quarterfinals.  Still in contention for the remaining three quarterfinal berths are Batangas (5-3), CEU (5-4), Marinerong Pilipino (5-4) and Wang’s Basketball (5-5).

Undefeated league leader Flying V seized the first outright semifinal spot as early as last week.  The Thunder beat cellar-dweller Zark’s Burger in the day’s opener, 97-59, for their ninth straight win.

How They Scored:

CIGNAL HD (96) – Villarias 19, Perkins 18, Sumalinog 13, Raymundo 11, Jose 10, Bringas 8, Arong 5, Cahilig 5, Sara 3, Arboleda 2, Batino 2, Belencion 0.

CENTRO ESCOLAR (89) – Jeruta 23, Ebondo 23, Casino 15, Guinitaran 8, Wamar 7, Cruz 7, Uri 2, Manlangit 2, Arim 2, Aquino 0, Fuentes 0, Intic 0.

Period Scores: 21-28, 48-44, 71-65, 96-89.

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D-League: Flying V d. Zark’s Burger, 97-59

2017 Foundation Cup     PASIG CITY – With their spot in the semifinals already secured, Flying V still displayed sharp form in punishing Zark’s Burger into submission, 97-59, at the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena Tuesday (July 25).  Jeron Teng was another picture of all-around excellence by registering his second triple double of the conference and put the Thunder one win away from a 10-game sweep of their elimination schedule.

Teng’s stat line totalled to 20 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists in 31 minutes of action.  He was ably supported by Thomas Torres and Oda Tampus with 14 markers respectively.

The Thunder started on the right note by jumping to a 10-0 lead en route to a comfortable 56-29 halftime cushion.  That allowed Coach Eric Altamirano to once again shuffle his men and give everyone playing time and the role players responded by erecting their biggest lead of the game come the fourth period, 91-48.

“I just want to improve on other aspects on my game as I prepare to enter the PBA Draft this year,” said Teng after the game. “I never thought about the triple double but when I was informed that I was about to hit one, I began to look for my teammates and they responded well.”

Coach Altamirano once again praised his players for their hard work in practice.  He also reminded them to keep on respecting their opponents and work double on defense – the 59 points of the Jawbreakers was the least allowed by Thunder in their nine games.

Teng also relished the idea of playing for the first time against Mac Cardona.  “He was my idol since his days with De La Salle University and I look forward to playing with him again because I believe Mac can still make it back to the PBA,” added Teng.

Cardona and Teng guarded each with Cardona submitting 20 points, seven rebounds and two assists in 27 minutes.  RR de Leon followed with 13 points, six rebounds and five assists but leading scorer Robby Celiz failed to hit a point in the team’s final game of their maiden conference, finishing with a 1-9 win-loss card.

How They Scored:

FLYING V (97) – Teng 20, Torres 14, Tampus 14, Banal 11, Dionisio 10, Paredes 6, Salamat 6, Colina 4, Ongteco 4, Gamboa 2, Webb 2, Thiele 2, Austria 2, Canada 0.

ZARK’S BURGER (59) – Cardona 20, de Leon 13, Nalos 8, Mangahas 6, Ferrer 6, Cudal 4, Argamino 2, Bautista 0, Sheriff 0, Celiz 0, Cayabyab 0.

Period Scores: 26-14, 56-29, 77-42, 97-59.

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Mururi, Lacson Top 1st Siargao International Marathon

First ever champions of the Siargao International Marathon Ryzan Lacson and Joseph Mururi.

     DEL CARMEN, Surigao del Norte – Joseph Mururi of Kenya and Ryzan Lacson of the Philippines were hailed as the champions of the First Siargao International Marathon held last Sunday (July 23).  The footrace started and ended at the Del Carmen Elementary School via the Siargao Circumferential Road and passing the adjacent towns of San Benito and Santa Monica on the western coast of the island tourism hotspot.

Mururi, who registered just hours before the rainy early morning gun start, breezed throughout the 42.195 kilometers with a winning time of 2:43:43.  Second Place went to Cris Aclo (3:22:54) while July Bandojo (3:37:19) took Third Place.

Lacson had a relatively easier time in the Women’s Division with her clocking of 4:21:19 almost an hour faster than closest pursuer Pam Apuhin (5:19:16).  Third Place went to Sheila Mae Montero (5:31:27).

Aside from the full marathon, a half-marathon was also staged.  Elmer Bartolo (1:15:38), Johnrey Tumanda (1:24:56) and Aldrin Batac (1:25:08) and Michelle Aclo (1:47:31), Madelyn Carter (1:55:30) and Andrea Calleja (1:59:17) landed podium finishes in the Men’s and Women’s Divisions respectively.

There was also a five-kilometer fun run exclusive for the youth and residents of Siargao. All the 42 and 21-kilometer winners received their trophies, cash prizes and gifts from sponsors at the post-race party held that same evening at the Boulevard in General Luna town.

The First Siargao International Marathon was staged in order to raise awareness and educate the public about propagating and preserving our mangrove forests.  According to Mayor Alfredo Matugas Coro II, his town of Del Carmen is where one can find one of the largest mangrove forest in the Philippines.

The young mayor also expressed elation that the marathon was successfully completed and that another international sporting event has come to Siargao after Surfing and Game Fishing.  The SIM 2017 was organized by RunRio Events of Coach Rio de la Cruz with the help of the Municipal Government of Del Carmen, Gov. Soledad F. Matugas of Surigao del Norte, Rep. Francisco Jose “Bingo” Matugas II of the First District of Surigao del Norte, Department of Tourism, Skyjet Airlines, H & M Sport, Pascual Greek Yogurt, The Live Fit Lab, Tetra Pak and Gatorade.

The fun does not end with the last runner crossing the finish line.  A mangrove planting activity and talk will be held on July 25 (Tuesday) in Del Carmen with one seedling pledged in the name of every runner who signed up.

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