D-League: Marinerong Pilipino d. Wang’s Basketball, 83-82

2017 Foundation Cup    PASIG CITY – Marinerong Pilipino stretched its winning run to three games thanks to a late basket by John Lopez to lift them over Wang’s Basketball, 83-82, in continuing action from the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena Thursday (July 20).  With the Wang’s defense concentrating on their other teammates, Julian Sargent found the suddenly open Lopez underneath the hoop with 27 seconds on the clock for the game-winner.

The duo’s heroics capped another grand escape for the Skippers from as high as 13 points down in the fourth period, 67-80, with team captain Mark Isip and Achie Inigo fuelling their rally.  Inigo hit the triple that trimmed the difference to a single point, 82-83, at the 54-second mark and Christopher Bitoon’s jumper sent the ball out of bounds in the ensuing play to set up the dramatic finish.

“It was the grace of God at work and I kept on believing that He will help us even if we were trailing by 13,” declared a very emotional Coach Koy Banal after the game.  “We are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel but we still have to respect our remaining opponents the same way we respected the others.”

Isip was a workhorse on both ends of the court with 29 points and nine rebounds.  Lopez had 12 points and eight rebounds.

Jun Gabriel had a chance to win the game but his shot at the buzzer missed but still led Wang’s with 19 points and five rebounds. Michael Juico followed with 11 of 17 points in the second half marking his return after being stretchered out of the game late in the second period with a bloodied nose.

Wang’s became the first team to end its elimination round schedule, posting an even 5-5 win-loss card and temporarily hold the sixth and final playoff spot.  They lost their last two games and their playoff hopes now hinge on the other teams’ winning or losing.

How They Scored:

MARINERONG PILIPINO (83) – Isip 29, Lopez 12, Alabanza 9, Inigo 8, Sargent 8, Subido 7, Moralde 5, Marata 4, Javelona 1, Javillonar 0.

WANG’S BASKETBALL (82) – Gabriel 19, Juico 17, Herndon 15, Tayongtong 11, Habelito 6, Montemayor 6, Sorela 4, Ambulodto 2, Arambulo 2, Riley 0, Bitoon 0, Dechavez 0.

Period Scores: 12-18, 40-38, 63-69, 83-82.

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D-League: Tanduay Rhum d. Wang’s Basketball, 93-81

2017 Foundation Cup     PASIG CITY – Tanduay Rhum continued its search for better playoff positioning as they disposed of closest pursuer Wang’s Basketball, 93-81, at the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena Thursday evening (July 18).  The Rhum Masters solidified their hold on third place with their sixth win in eight games and in the process creating more separation between them and the 5-4 Wang’s.

Tanduay was all business in dictating the tempo towards erecting a 62-47 advantage in the third quarter.  However, Wang’s came storming back behind the gallant plays of Michael Juico to threaten early in the fourth period, 64-66.

The celebration was temporary as Jay-R Taganas quickly issued a baseball pass to the sprinting Renz Pallma for an easy layup and James Martinez and Paul Varilla put in crucial baskets to restore their double-digit lead on a Jom Sollano field goal, 91-81.

Martinez led the Rhum Masters’ assault with 16 points, including seven in the fourth period.  Von Tambeling followed with 15 points and six rebounds.

Juico topped Wang’s with 24 points, eight rebounds and four assists.  Robert Herndon followed him with 16 markers.

How They Scored:

TANDUAY RHUM (93) – Martinez 16, Tambeling 15, Eguilos 13, Alvarez 11, Taganas 10, Varilla 9, Palma 6, Gaco 5, Sollano 4, Villamor 4, Santos 0, Sanga 0, Vigil 0.

WANG’S BASKETBALL (81) – Juico 24, Herndon 14, Dechavez 11, Gabriel 9, Bitoon 7, Ambulodto 5, Habelito 4, Montemayor 2, Arambulo 2, Sorela 1, Riley 0, King 0.

Period Scores: 27-16, 46-38, 66-57, 93-81.

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D-League: Marinerong Pilipino d. Zark’s Burger, 119-74

2017 Foundation Cup     PASIG CITY – Marinerong Pilipino entered into its first winning streak in franchise history by razing also-ran Zark’s Burger, 119-74, at the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena Tuesday (July 18).  More importantly, the win kept the Skippers’ playoff hopes alive with their third win in seven outings.

The best that the Jawbreakers could offer was score five points in a row for their only lead of the game, 5-4, and it was all Skippers from thereon.  Team captain Mark Isip led Marinero’s breakaway with help from John Lopez and substitute Dave Moralde to take the first period by a mile, 27-15, and everyone fielded by Coach Koy Banal did their share in stretching the lead beyond recall.

Paolo Javelona turned it up in the second half with nine of his 17 points to emerge as the Skippers’ leading scorer.  Lopez followed with 15 and Isip, Moralde and Ralph Salcedo added 12 each as their 119-point total was a team-high after averaging a tournament-worst 71.5 points in their first six games.

Robby Celiz continued to pace Zark’s with 16 points while James Mangahas was next with 12.  New signee Mark Cardona debuted with 11 points, same total as RR de Leon.

“I strongly believe we still have a chance for the playoffs,” declared Isip.  “It starts in our practices where we push each other to do well and in today’s game everyone did their contribution to the win.”

How They Scored:

MARINERONG PILIPINO (119) – Javelona 17, Lopez 15, Salcedo 12, Isip 12, Moralde 12, Gumaru 11, Publico 11, Alabanza 7, Subido 7, Inigo 5, Gavieres 4, Sargent 4, Javillonar 2, Marata 0.

ZARK’S BURGER (74) – Celiz 16, Mangahas 12, de Leon 11, Cardona 11, Argamino 9, Nalos 6, Bautista 5, Cudal 4, Ferrer 0.

Period Scores: 27-15, 55-38, 87-57, 119-74.

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D-League: Flying V d. AMA, 114-91

2017 Foundation Cup     PASIG CITY – Make it eight in a row for the streaking Flying V Thunder as Jeron Teng submitted a triple double to pulverize AMA Online Education, 114-91, and clinch the top playoff seeding in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena Monday (July 17).  Even if the Thunder drops their remaining two games, they are assured of an outright entry into the semifinals.

Teng had a field day against his former team, the same team that made him the top overall pick in this year’s rookie draft, with 21 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists in 34 minutes of play.  Eric Salamat also sizzled on offense with seven triples for 33 points, 16 of which came in the pivotal third period wherein the Thunder seized control and never looked back.

The Titans had a good start by racing to an 18-2 lead but Flying V patiently fought back to tie the game, 40-40, before AMA recovered to lead at halftime, 45-43.  Teng then opened third period hostilities with a triple to give them the lead for the first time since 2-0 and they never looked back as Salamat, Hans Thiele and Thomas Torres joined him scoring 41 points for an unassailable 84-65 advantage.

Daniel Salonga was one of the few bright spots on AMA’s side with 10 of his 20 points coming in the second period but it did not prevent them from falling to 1-7.  Embons Bonleon followed with 16 points while Andre Paras had 15 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks.

How They Scored:

FLYING V (114) – Salamat 33, Teng 21, Canada 15, Banal 14, Torres 9, Thiele 7, Dionisio 6, Tampus 4, Austria 3, Colina 2, Gamboa 0. Webb 0, Paredes 0, Mendoza 0.

AMA ONLINE EDUCATION (91) – Salonga 20, Bonleon 16, Paras 14, Calma 13, Celso 9, Flores 7, Jordan 4, Carpio 3, Macaranas 3, Tobias 2, Asuncion 0, Alas 0.

Period Scores: 18-27, 43-45, 84-65, 114-91.

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D-League: CEU d. Gamboa Coffee, 100-96

2017 Foundation Cup     PASIG CITY – Centro Escolar University further enhanced its chances of making the playoffs of the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup by formally eliminating Gamboa Coffee Mix, 100-96, in action from the Ynares Sports Arena Monday (July 17).  The Scorpions made up for a poor first half to collect their fifth win in eight games and rise to a share of fourth and fifth spot with idle Wang’s Basketball.

Art Patrick Aquino came off the bench to key CEU’s big comeback in the second half by scattering 14 points on perfect shooting from the field.  His heroics completed their big turnaround from their biggest deficit at the end of the first period, 17-30, to their biggest lead of the game entering the final period, 83-66.

“We prepared for today knowing that (Rodrigue) Ebondo would not play so credit to our big men for stepping up,” said Coach Yong Garcia who opted to rest his Congolese center who had just recovered from a bout with pneumonia.  It was a chance for the suddenly all-Filipino Scorpions to display their bench depth.

The veteran-laden Coffee Lovers though proved to be a tough nut to crack as they slowly climbed back to tie the game for the last time on a triple by playing coach Leo Avenido with 3:05 to play, 88-88.  However, a triple from Rich Guinitaran and a basket from Mark Cruz gave CEU enough breathing room, 93-88, and hang on to the tough victory.

After scoring only 10 points in his first five games, Rich Guinitaran exploded for six triples en route to a team-best 24 points.  Aquino finished with a total of 18 points in 16 minutes of action, a lone free throw his only miss of the day.

Coach Avenido fired nine triples for a total of 28 points to pace the Coffee Lovers who absorbed their seventh straight loss after taking their opener.  Mike Parala followed with 17 points.

How They Scored:

CENTRO ESCOLAR (100) – Guinitaran 24, Aquino 18, Wamar 16, Casino 14, Cruz 10, Uri 8, Fuentes 6, Saber 2, Baconcon 2, Jeruta 0, Manlangit 0, Intic 0, Arim 0.

GAMBOA COFFEE MIX (96) – Avenido 28, Parala 17, Cawaling 13, Padilla 11, Acuna 11, Montuano 10, Vidal 3, Acibar 2, Knuttel 1, Dadjilul 0, Arellano 0.

Period Scores: 17-30, 45-47, 83-66, 100-96.

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Sermona, Martes First In Urdaneta

     URDANETA CITY – Former champions Julius Sermona and Cristabel Martes showed that they can still match strides with the new generation of runners by ruling the inaugural regional qualifying race of the 41st National MILO Marathon Sunday morning (July 16).  They will also lead the first batch of qualifiers for the National Finals set for December 3 in Cebu City.

Sermona, the MILO King way back in 2006 and a soldier in the Philippine Air Force, clocked 1:15:31 in the 21-kilometer race that started at the old City before proceeding to a round trip along the MacArthur Highway and finally ending at the Urdaneta Cultural and Sports Center.  He was followed by Hernani Sore (1:17:21) and Romulo Balinas Jr. (1:20:45).

Martes showed the strength and form that gave her four MILO Queen titles with a time of 1:23:45, almost 24 minutes ahead of runner-up Rowena Valdez (1:47:12) and 31 minutes over third placer Isabel Milagros Quipsie (1:54:10).  So dominating was Martes that she placed fifth overall with only four males faster than her in the field that attracted 12,000 runners.

In last year’s Nationals hosted by Iloilo City, Martes finished in second place to Mary Joy Tabal thus allowing her to match the former’s record of four titles.  Sermona landed in third place behind eventual champion Jeson Agravante.

The next regional qualifier will be hosted by Laoag City a week from now on July 23.  What follows is the highly anticipated Metro Manila qualifier to be held at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City on July 30.

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NCAA93: San Sebastian d. Arellano, 65-56

NCAA Season 93    MANILA – The 93rd National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) officially launched its NCAA On Tour with visiting San Sebastian College shaming Arellano University, 65-56, at the packed Arellano University Gym Thursday afternoon (July 13).  Team captain Michael Calisaan scored eight points in th 24-8 opening periods as the Stags led all the way from the opening buzzer.

Egged on by the partisan crowd, the Chiefs fought back to threaten through Kent Salado and Michael Canete but the visitors always had a ready answer.  The next NCAA On Tour games will be a week from now on July 20 when Mapua University hosts University of Perpetual Help System-Dalta.

Calisaan went on to top the Stags with 12 points and 13 rebounds as the game turned defense-oriented in the second half.  Ally Bulanadi and JM Calma followed with 10 points each.

Salado led the Braves with 15 points but lacked offense support from his teammates, especially his fellow starters as they were outscored 29 to 37.  Brylle Meca came off the bench to chip in eight points.

Earlier in the day, the Arellano Braves gave the home fans something to cheer about as they defeated the San Sebastian Staglets in Juniors Division play, 86-80.  Kobe Camacho and Fred Segura starred for the winners with 23 and 20 markers respectively while big boy Aaron Fermin had a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds.

How They Scored:

Juniors Division

ARELLANO (86) – Camacho 23, Segura 20, Fermin 11, Bataller 8, Espiritu 8, Tamayo 7, Manacho 5, Velasco 4, Baltazar 0, Liangco 0, Fornis 0, de Leon 0, Camilosa 0, Codinera 0.

SAN SEBASTIAN (80) – Desoyo 24, Umayao 13, Calahat 11, Cuntapay 9, Aguilar 9, Rodriguez 5, Baclaan 5, Pasamante 2, Villapando 2, Magbanua 0, Pelias 0.

Period Scores: 15-13, 31, 54, 86-80.

Seniors Division

SAN SEBASTIAN (65) – Calisaan 12 Calma 10, Bulanadi 10, Ilagan 9, David 5, Navarro 5, Mercado 4, Are 4, Capobres 4, Valdez 1, Baytan 1, Gayosa 0, Baetiong 0.

ARELLANO (56) – Salado 15, Meca 8, Nicholls 6, de la Cruz 5, Canete 4, Abanes 4, Flores 4, Enriquez 3, Alcoriza 3, Villoria 2, Taywan 2, Concepcion 0, Ongolo-Ongolo 0, Padilla 0.

Period Scores: 24-8, 30-25, 46-43, 65-56.

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