FilOil: EAC d. Saint Benilde, 78-70

2017 FilOil Flying V Premier Cup     SAN JUAN City – Emilio Aguinaldo College marched to its second win by continuing the woes of College of Saint Benilde, 78-70, in continuing action from the 11th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup at the FilOil Flying V Centre Friday (May 26). It was a good bounce back win by the Generals who lost their last game against University of the Philippines while the Blazers went further down the standings with their fifth loss in a row.

Jerome Garcia led the way with four triples en route to 20 points to go with four rebounds.  The Generals hardly missed big man Hamadou Laminou who had his knee diagnosed after getting injured against UP.

The Generals also drew step up games from Francis Munsayac with 13 and eight assists and Sidney Onwubere who patrolled the inside for 12 points and 10 rebounds.  EAC built enough cushion by halftime, 42-31, to minimize the effects of a third period run by the Blazers that saw them close in entering the final period, 51-59.

Clement Leutcheu topped Saint Benilde with 21 points and 17 rebounds.  Edward Dixon was the only other Blazer in twin figures with 11 points and six rebounds.

In the first game, La Salle Green Hills routed winless Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 77-60, to finally barge into the win column after two defeats.  Joshua David starred for the victorious Greenies with 17 points and four rebounds in 20 minutes play.

How They Scored:

First Game (Juniors)

LA SALLE GREEN HILLS (77) – David 17, Cagulangan 13, Natividad 9, Sangco 7, Pedrosa 7, Espinosa 7, Cruz 6, Lao 5, Marcos 4, Lepalam 2, Asuncion 0, Mosqueda 0, Belgica 0.

LETRAN (60) – Monje 12, Aniban 9, Ganapathy 9, Tolentino 7, Tamayo 5, Labrador 4, Valdez 3, Montes 3, Peralta 2, Cordero 2, Reyson 2, Tabajen 2, David 0, Abastillas 0.

Period Scores: 19-13, 40-25, 55-43, 77-60.

Second Game (Seniors)

EMILIO AGUINALDO (78) – Garcia 20, Munsayac 13, Onwubere 12, Bautista 10, Bugarin 8, Guzman 8, Diego 4, I. Mendoza 3, N. Mendoza 0, Tampoc 0, Pascua 0, Gonzalez 0, Corilla 0, J. Mendoza 0, Altiche 0.

SAINT BENILDE (70) – Leutcheu 21, Dixon 11, Sta. Maria 8, Bunyi 8, San Juan 6, Naboa 5, Castor 5, Pili 4, Suarez 2, JJ Domingo 0, Mercado 0, Young 0, Velasco 0.

Period Scores: 25-17, 42-31, 59-51, 78-70.

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D-League: Flying V d. Cignal, 86-84

2017 Foundation Cup     PASIG CITY – Jeron Teng completed a three-point play with four seconds remaining to lift newcomer Flying V Thunder over Cignal HD, 86-84, on opening day of the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena Thursday (May 25).  Defense then sealed the deal as the Hawkeyes could not convert in their final possession.

Earlier, Raymar Jose gave the Hawkeyes a solid 79-73 lead entering the final two minutes.  Suddenly, Teng hit a triple followed by back-to-back baskets by Thomas Torres and Teng to give the Thunder the upper hand for the first time, 80-79, and 1:45 remaining.

Gab Banal then added another triple for more breathing room, 83-79, but Cignal quickly retaliated with a Jason Perkins field goal and a triple by Davon Potts at the seven-second mark to give back the lead to Cignal and prompting Coach Eric Altamirano to sue for time.  That allowed the Thunder to pave the way for Teng’s heroics as he barrelled through the defense for the go-ahead basket while fishing a foul from Jose.

“I told the players to stick to the system and their sheer will to win carried them today,” said Coach Altamirano. “We played good defense especially in the final three possessions.”

Teng was on fire all game with 33 points.  He was ably supported by Torres with 16 points and eight rebounds and Banal with 11 points, eight rebounds and three assists.

Perkins paced the Hawkeyes with 22 points and four rebounds.  Jose had a double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds.

In the recent Aspirants Cup, Cignal lost their opening game against an AMA Online Education squad led by Teng who unloaded 16 points.  The Hawkeyes eventually regrouped and went on to take home the championship last April, the seventh for Coach Boyet Fernandez after six with the NLEX Road Warriors.

How They Scored:

FLYING V (86) – Teng 33, Torres 16, Banal 11, Thiele 8, Tampus 6, Webb 5, Colina 4, Salamat 3, Canada 0, Gamboa 0, Mendoza 0, Austria 0.

CIGNAL HD (84) – Perkins 22, Jose 19, Raymundo 14, Villarias 7, Potts 6, Cahilig 4, Sara 3, Arboleda 3, Atkins 2, Bringas 2, Sumalinog 2, Arong 0, Bartolo 0, Batino 0.

Period Scores: 20-23, 41-42, 59-64, 86-84.

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D-League: Gamboa d. Zark’s, 85-84

2017 Foundation Cup     PASIG CITY – With the game on the line, playing coach Leo Avenido decided to take matters into his own hands as the keyed Gamboa Coffee Mix’s thrilling 85-84 escape against fellow expansion team Zark’s Burger in the opening game of the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Thursday (May 25) at the Ynares Sports Arena.  Avenido sank two free throws off a James Mangahas foul with three seconds left in the game for the winning points.

The coach’s heroics completed the Coffee Lovers’ rally from 13 points down early in the second period, 19-32, prompting him to insert himself into the action for the first time.  The 38-year old Avenido finished with a total of 15 points on top of two assists and two steals in 17 minutes on the floor.

“I know it’s hard but it was the task given to me and I am not a (Robert) Jaworski,” said Avenido referring to the legendary PBA playing coach.  “On the team, we are all coaches and we are open to anyone’s suggestions.”

Kenneth Acibar was the high man for Gamboa with 17 points and seven rebounds.  “It was not intentional that the ball landed on my hands during the crucial stage of the game, as a veteran I had to handle the ball and take the shot,” added Coach Avenido.

Robby Celiz tried to win the game for Zark’s but his triple attempt at the buzzer missed.  He ended up with a game-high 26 points but none of his teammates hit twin digits.

Celiz put his side on top for the last time on two free throws off Avenido’s second foul at the 26-second mark, 84-83.  Val Acuna then attempted but missed with Marcy Arellano collaring the offensive rebounds and kicking it out to Acuna who then issued a drop pass to the waiting Avenido for the winning moment.

How They Scored:

GAMBOA COFFEE (85) – Acibar 17, Avenido 15, Knuttel 12, Acuna 9, Sarangay 8, Vidal 7, Padilla 7, Arellano 6, Montuano 2, Jumao-as 2, Riva 0, Dadjilul 0.

ZARK’S BURGER (84) – Celiz 26, Cayabyab 9, Mangahas 9, Sheriff 8, Argamino 8, de Leon 6, Ferrer 6, Bautista 5, Cudal 5, Juruena 2, Nalos 0.

Period Scores: 17-29, 34-46, 66-68, 85-84.

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FilOil: UP d. EAC, 61-59

2017 FilOil Flying V Premier Cup     SAN JUAN City – Diego Dario hit a running three-point shot with seven seconds left to push University of the Philippines over Emilio Aguinaldo College, 61-59, in the main game of the 11th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup Wednesday (May 24) at the FilOil Flying V Arena.  This marks the third straight win for the Maroons as they zoomed to the solo leadership of Group B in the 18-team tournament.

It was a tense final minute of the game beginning with Noah Webb’s block of Jerome Garcia that led to a drive to the basket by Jun Manzo to give UP a 58-55 lead with 24 seconds remaining.  Francis Munsayac then trimmed the deficit with a layup of his own, 57-58, forcing Coach Bo Perasol to call their final timeout.

Suddenly, Juju Bautista intercepted the inbound pass and sprinted down the floor for two more points and the lead for the Generals, 59-58.  The ensuing confusion saw the ball being tossed to the waiting Dario who then hit the game-winner.

Paul Desiderio led all scorers with 18 points.  Dario added 14 points including the game-winner, his fourth triple of the game.

“That was a lucky shot by Diego,” said Coach Perasol.  The Maroons started flat allowing the Generals to take the first period, 19-6, but the Maroons came back to close in by halftime, 24-29.

Jerome Garcia paced the Generals with 11 points and seven rebounds.  Munsayac also had 11 points but missed a jumper at the buzzer that could have forced overtime.

How They Scored:

UP-DILIMAN (61) – Desiderio 18, Dario 14, Ju Gomez de Liano 9, Lim 6, Manzo 5, Vito 5, Quattara 4, Ricafort 0, Romero 0, Prado 0, Harris 0, Webb 0.

EMILIO AGUINALDO (59) – Munsayac 11, Garcia 11, Onwubere 10, Laminou 8, Guzman 6, Bautista 5, Diego 4, Pascua 2, Gonzalez 2, I. Mendoza 0, Tampoc 0, Corilla 0, Neri 0, J. Mendoza 0.

Period Scores: 6-19, 24-29, 41-39, 61-59.

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FilOil: San Beda d. Lyceum,96-79

2017 FilOil Flying V Premier Cup     SAN JUAN City – The wait for San Beda College’s debut was truly worth it as the Red Lions demolished Lyceum of the Philippines University, 96-79, at the resumption of the 11th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup Wednesday (May 24) at the FilOil Flying V Centre.  The Red Lions managed to settle down after a poor start and turn the game wide open in the second half.

Lyceum jumped to an 8-0 lead and it was their best effort as it was all-San Beda since then.  “The players were so excited to play their first game so I told them to relax,” said Coach Boyet Fernandez.

Coach Fernandez was unhappy that SBC gave up 50 points in the first half.  Come the second half, it was a different story as the defense limited Lyceum to only 29 points.

Robert Bolick combined well with Arnaud Noah in spearheading the Red Lions’ attack.  Suddenly, San Beda found themselves on top by 20 markers, 90-70.

Bolick led the way with 16 points and nine assists.  AC Soberano sizzled early with 11 of his 13 points in the first half to start SBC’s initial breakaway.

CJ Perez topped the now 4-2 Pirates with 15 points and seven rebounds.  Jayvee Marcelino followed with 14 points while Jeffrey Santos added 12.

In Juniors Division play earlier in the day, the Red Cubs crushed the debuting Junior Pirates, 88-76.  SBC outscored LPU in the pivotal third period, 37-18, to turn the tight contest into a blowout.

Joshua Tagala and Prince Alfaro top scored for the Red Cubs with 14 points each.  Evan Nelle had a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds.

How They Scored:

First Game (Juniors)

SAN BEDA-RIZAL (88) – Tagala 14, Alfaro 14, Nelle 12, Barbero 9, Mahinay 9, Sese 9, Abuhijleh 8, Obenza 6, Etrata 3, Lagumen 2, de la Rosa 2.

LYCEUM-CAVITE (76) – Barba 20, Sandoval 18, Umpad 8, Guadana 8, Cunanan 6, Jungco 6, Salazar 5, de Leon 4, Arenal 1, Manuel 0, Ruiz 0, Caringal 0, Cuevas 0.

Period Scores: 22-18, 34-37, 71-55, 88-76.

Third Game (Seniors)

SAN BEDA (96) – Bolick 16, Soberano 13, Mocon 12, Noah 12, Doliguez 7, Carino 7, Tongco 6, Presbitero 5, Bahio 4, Eugene 4, Oftana 3, Guissani 3, Potts 2, Adamos 2, Cabanag 0, Bonsubre 0, Abuda 0.

LYCEUM (79) – Perez 15, JV Marcelino 14, Santos 12, Nzeusseu 9, Ibanez 5, Caduyac 5, Ayaay 5, Liwag 4, Serrano 4, Marata 3, Tansingco 2, Pretta 1, Cinco 0, JC Marcelino 0, Pallares 0, Valencia 0.

Period Scores: 21-26, 55-50, 79-64, 96-79.

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FilOil: Perpetual Help d. UE, 72-68

2017 FilOil Flying V Premier Cup     SAN JUAN City – University of Perpetual Help System-Dalta leaned on the big baskets of Jack Hao and Rommel Mangalino late in the game to hold off University of the East, 72-68, in continuing action from the 11th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup Wednesday (May 24) at the FilOil Flying V Centre. The Altas thus moved back into the playoff hunt with their second win in four games in Group A.

Hao hit a triple followed by a Mangalino basket to give UPHSD a 69-61 lead nearing the last two minutes.  The Warriors came storming back as Mangalino gave up an unsportsmanlike foul on Nick Abanto who made his two free throws to threaten at the 1:11 mark, 68-72.

UE could not capitalize in the ensuing possession as they fired away from three-point distance.  The Altas gave the Warriors one more chance my committing an inbound violation but UE continued to miss, forcing them to foul Mangalino who hit a free throw for the final tally.

Hao paced the Altas with 14 points while Gab Dagangon also had 14 points on top of 14 rebound.  Mangalino added 12 points.

Alvin Pasaol topped UE with 19 points and eight rebounds.  Abanto and Mark Maloles followed with seven markers each as the Warriors fell to 2-3.

How They Scored:

PERPETUAL HELP (72) – Hao 14, Dagangon 14, Mangalino 12, Pido 9, Coronel 7, Ylagan 6, Lucente 5, Yuhico 3, Sadiwa 2, Tamayo 0, Singontiko 0.

EAST (68) – Pasaol 19, Abanto 7, Maloles 7, Olayon 6, Derige 6, Cruz 5, Cullar 5, Bartolome 4, J. Green 3, Armenion 2, Gagate 2, Conner 0, Manalang 0.

Period Scores: 17-20, 37-33, 57-48, 72-68.

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Red Cubs Rule adidas Uprising

San Beda College adds another high school hoops championship to its vast collection.

TAGUIG CITY – San Beda College-Rizal A ruled the second edition of the adidas Uprising Philippines by scuttling Malayan High School of Science, 76-64, in the championship game played last May 20 at the Titan Love Court.  The Red Cubs thus survived the gruelling weeklong knockout tournament that attracted 32 high school teams composed of players aged 16 years and below.

San Beda started strong but the Red Robins stormed back with an 11-0 closing run to come within two points by halftime, 32-30.  The Red Cubs then made their move with Joshua Buenaflor and Anfernee Estacio at the firing end with Estacio hitting a dagger triple with a minute and change left for an imposing 76-59 advantage.

Estacio’s effort in the finale was enough for him to be named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.  Joining him in the Mythical Five were teammates Buenaflor and Justine Sanchez and Malayan’s Lloyd Oliva and Gian Quiambao.

On the way to the title, the Red Cubs eliminated Malabon High School, University of Santo Tomas, Arellano University and Nazareth School of National University one after the other to reach the championship game.  The Red Robins’ path was just as tough as they faced Aquinas School, Jubilee Christian Academy, Lyceum of the Philippines University-Cavite and La Salle Green Hills A.

No member of the champion team has seen action in the NCAA although majority are expected to be elevated come 2018 when the school’s first batch of Grade 12 pupils will graduate.  The team was handled by assistant coaches Manu Inigo and VL Sandalo.

Earlier in the day, Nazareth School salvaged Third Place by blowing out LSGH A, 75-34.  A Second Mythical Five of players from the game was formed consisting of Nazareth’s Kevin Quiambao and Ernest Felicilda and the LSGH trio of Kenji Duremdes, Kyle Rivera and Julian Jugo.

Adamson University ruled the first Uprising a year ago by besting nine other entries.  “Having 32 contending teams this year, we are bound to see more emerging creators in the world of Philippine basketball,” said adidas Philippines Brand Communications and Sports Marketing Manager Jen Dacasin.

With the success of this year’s Uprising, expect nothing else but a bigger tournament next summer as adidas provides elite high school ballers another exclusive platform for them to foster their game and skills through a series of competitions. Remember the names mentioned earlier before they might become the next set of hoops stars.

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