ISAA: PWU d. PATTS, 83-80

ISAA Unstoppable @ 9     PASAY CITY – Fourth seed Philippine Women’s University scored a major upset by stopping top seed and defending champion PATTS College of Aeronautics, 83-80, at the start of semifinal play in the Ninth Inter-Scholastic Athletic Association (ISAA) Seniors Basketball tournament at Manila Tytana Colleges Monday (November 20).  The Patriots thus forced a do or die game for a seat in the semifinals this Wednesday at La Consolacion College starting at 1:30 PM.

Trailing for majority of the contest, the Patriots turned it up in the fourth period when it matters the most as they outscored the Seahorses, 17-11.  In the elimination round, PWU lost twice to PATTS, 49-70 last September 26 and 87-89 in overtime last October 27.

Peter John Tiongson led the way for the victorious Patriots with 21 points.  Edward Oebanda chipped in 18 followed by Lorenzo Domingo with 12.

Joshua Diaz paced the Seahorses with 22 points.  Also in double figures were Jayson Orda with 17 and Arvee Capinding with 12.

The other semifinal pairing between second seed La Consolacion and third seed Saint Dominic College of Asia will also be played on Wednesday.  Both teams split their elimination round games with SDCA winning on September 26, 63-58, but LCCM exacted revenge in overtime last October 12, 71-69.

How They Scored:

PHILIPPINE WOMEN’S (83) – Tiongson 21, Oebanda 18, Domingo 12, Andaya 9, Salting 6, Carbonell 5, Navarro 4, Tubig 4, Bilolo 2, de los Santos 2.

PATTS (80) – Diaz 22, Orada 17, Capinding 12, Torreno 9, Loyola 6, Bautista 5, Reed 4, Mounib 3, Abueme 2.

Period Scores: 20-24, 34-37, 56-59, 83-80.

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UCBL: CEU d. Diliman, 90-86 OT

Our Time To Shine    PARANAQUE CITY – Defending champion Centro Escolar University barged into the finals of the Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UCBL) via a 90-86 win in overtime over Diliman College in semifinal action Monday (November 20) at Olivarez College.  The top seed Scorpions rallied from 13 points down in the fourth period, 56-69, to frustrate the fourth seed Blue Dragons.

Forward O’Neal Arim sent the game into overtime on a layup in traffic with three seconds left on a baseline assist from Keanu Caballero.  Arim’s shot capped CEU’s mad comeback started by a four-point play from Orlan Wamar and followed by more triples from Wamar and Rich Guinitaran to slowly nip at the Blue Dragons’ lead.

With momentum on their side, the Scorpions took over in the extra period with Judel Ric Fuentes picking up the scoring left by Wamar who ejected in the dying seconds of regulation due to a second technical foul.  Fuentes scored five straight points to help push CEU to a comfortable 88-80 lead with 1:16 to play.

Still, Diliman refused to quit and came storming back with Rickson Gerero cutting the deficit two only two with 20 ticks to go, 86-88.  Key defensive stops and a free throw each from Ebuka Umeanozie and Jordan Intic settled the final tally.

Despite his ejection, Wamar still led CEU with 21 points, seven rebounds and six assists, 15 of those points coming in their fourth period rally.  Fuentes followed with six of his 16 points in the overtime on top of six rebounds.

Gerero paced the Blue Dragons with 22 points and seven rebounds followed by man mountain Adama  Diakhite with 20 points, 19 rebounds and seven blocks.  Diliman though managed to inflict on CEU its only loss of the season, a 59-56 squeaker last October 7 to close the first round of eliminations.

The Scorpions’ finals opponent will be determined on Thursday (November 23) after third seed Olivarez College forced second seed Colegio de San Lorenzo to a winner take all showdown in the day’s earlier game, 74-69.  Game time is set at 12:00 PM.

How They Scored:

CENTRO ESCOLAR (90) – Wamar 21, Fuentes 16, Arim 14, Guinitaran 13, Intic 6, Manlangit 5, Umeanozie 5, Baconcon 5, Cruz 3, Galinato 2, Caballero 0.

DILIMAN (86) – Gerero 22, Diakhite 20, Mondala 15, Ligon 11, Brutas 8, Salazar 5, Darang 3, Corpuz 2, Tay 0, Bauzon 0, Sombero 0.

Period Scores: 16-12, 33-30, 47-49, 77-77 (reg.), 90-86 (OT).

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UCBL: Olivarez d. San Lorenzo, 74-69

Our Time To Shine    PARANAQUE CITY – Third seed Olivarez College forced a knockout game for a spot in the championship series of the Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UCBL) by shocking second seed Colegio de San Lorenzo 74-69, at the start of semifinal action Monday.  Crucial scoring spurts anchored on Dwight Saguiguit, Vinny Begaso and Paulo Castro did the trick for the home squad who hope to make their second trip to the finals.

San Lorenzo built and an early 24-14 lead but the Sea Lions rallied to grab the lead by halftime, 34-31, thanks to three triples from Saguiguit.  Begaso then took over in the third with 12 markers as he joined forces with Castro as they held on entering the fourth, 55-50.

Castro would then score heavily when it mattered most as he unloaded 11 more points in the fourth that saw them enjoy their biggest lead, 63-50, before San Lorenzo rallied.  Castro provided the dagger basket for the final tally with 20 seconds to go after the Griffins threatened for the last time on Charles Callano field goal at the 45-second mark, 69-72.

Castro led the winners with 18 points, all coming in the second half. Begaso followed with 15 points and eight rebounds.

Callano topped the Griffins with 21 points, six rebounds and four steals.  Soulemane Chabi Yo added 13 points, 20 rebounds and five blocks but was limited to only two free throws in the fourth and went scoreless in the third.

The Griffins and Sea Lions will tangle anew on Thursday (November 23).  Last year, the then third seed Sea Lions upset second seed Technological Institute of the Philippines to make the finals against eventual champion Centro Escolar University.

How They Scored:

OLIVAREZ (74) – Castro 18, Begaso 15, Saguiguit 13, Sunga 7, Solis 7, Navarro 6, Rabe 6, Uduba 2, Bermudes 0, Almajeda 0, Lalata 0, Geronimo 0.

SAN LORENZO (69) – Callano 21, Chabi Yo 13, Sablan 8, Formento 8, Rojas 6, Alvarado 6, Laman 3, Ancheta 2, Vargas 2, Borja 0, Baldevia 0.

Period Scores: 14-18, 34-31, 55-50, 74-69.

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UCBL: Olivarez d. Bulacan State, 103-89

Our Time To Shine     PARANAQUE CITY – Olivarez College closed out the elimination round of the Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UCBL) with a resounding 103-89 demolition of Bulacan State University Saturday (November 18).  More importantly, the victory allowed the Sea Lions to move up to third spot in the final standings and enter next week’s semifinals on a positive note.

Olivarez will now play second seed Colegio de San Lorenzo (12-2) this Monday starting at 12:00 PM.  The Sea Lions actually tied idle Diliman College at 9-5 but prevailed via the tiebreaker thus sending the Blue Dragons into a collision course with rampaging defending champion and top seed Centro Escolar University (13-1) at 2:00 PM.

Dwight Saguiguit, a Masters of Business Administration student, took care of business early and scattered 12 of his 16 points in the first period.  He got a lot of help from John Uduba who added seven of his 12 points as the Sea Lions raced to a 36-22 margin after the first period.

The Gold Gear decided to engage the home squad in a shootout but to no avail as the good start was enough cushion for the Sea Lions.  Dominick Fajardo made a strong case for a second Most Valuable Player award with 26 points and 12 rebounds while Paul de la Cruz backed him up with 24 points and eight assists.

All players fielded by Coach Michael Saguiguit scored as the 103 points is the highest total for Olivarez this season.  It is one point short of the 104 they churned out against the same Gold Gear last season on November 7, 2016.

How They Scored:

OLIVAREZ (103) – Saguiguit 16, Uduba 12, Bermudes 10, Elie 10, Sunga 9, Begaso 9, Navarro 7, Geronimo 7, Rabe 6, Lalata 5, Solis 4, Castro 2, Almajeda 2, Prado 2, Maganga 2.

BULACAN STATE (89) – Fajardo 26, de la Cruz 24, Crisostomo 10, Solayao 8, Necio 6, Cristobal 4, Sellano 4, Enrile 4, Ledesma 3, Penaflor 0, Odoy 0, J. Mendoza 0.

Period Scores: 36-22, 59-42, 80-66, 103-89.

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UCBL: CEU d. San Lorenzo, 69-57

Our Time To Shine     PARANAQUE CITY – Defending champion Centro Escolar University clinched the number one seeding in the semifinals of the Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UCBL) after they took care of Colegio de San Lorenzo, 69-57, in the penultimate game of the elimination round Saturday (November 18) at Olivarez College.  The touted championship preview between the two best teams in the league turned out to be one-sided affair as CEU led all the way.

Surprise starter Paul Galinato joined Judel Ric Fuentes in popping five points each to push the Scorpions comfortably ahead after one quarter, 26-8.  CEU enjoyed its biggest lead of the game early in the second period, 35-12, but they suddenly relaxed and nearly paid dearly for it.

The Griffins patiently rallied with Raymart Angelo Sablan and James Ryan Alvarado hitting back to back baskets to open the final period and come to within their closest, 47-53.  However, the Scorpions countered with a 12-4 run anchored on a pair of triples from Orlan Wamar and undergoal stabs from Mark Neil Cruz to quell the rally nearing the final two minutes, 65-51, and cruise to their 13th win against a lone defeat.

Galinato led all scorers with 15 points and five rebounds.  Wamar followed with 12 points off the bench all coming from the three-point line.

Sablan and Soulemane Chabi Yo paced the Griffins with 10 points each.  San Lorenzo also saw its seven-game winning streak come to an end and finish the eliminations with a 12-2 record.

Both teams will now enter the semifinals this Monday (November 20) carrying the twice to beat advantage.  Their opponents will be determined by the final game on the schedule between Olivarez College and Bulacan State University.

How They Scored:

CENTRO ESCOLAR (69) – Galinato 15, Wamar 12, Fuentes 10, Arim 7, Umeanozie 6, Cruz 6, Manlangit 5, Caballero 4, Baconcon 3, Intic 1, Demigaya 0.

SAN LORENZO (57) – Sablan 10, Chabi Yo 10, Rojas 8, Formento 7, Gojar 6, Alvarado 4, Callano 4, Borja 2, Laman 2, Vargas 2, Baldevia 2, Calizo 0, Ancheta 0.

Period Scores: 26-8, 38-26, 53-43, 69-57.

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Clark Sunset Marathon On December 9

     DO YOU have a hard time waking up for an early morning fun run?  Is the morning sun too hot for you?

If so then check out the inaugural Clark Sunset Marathon that will be held on December 9, 2017 (Saturday) at the Clark Parade Grounds starting at 4:00 PM.  The novel race presented by the Tourism Promotions Board, Clark Development Corporation and organized by Runrio Events offers runners a respite from the hot weather, pollution and the Metro Manila traffic as they travel around the Clark Freeport Zone and then get treated to the Clark Sunset Music Festival at the finish line featuring top DJs Tom Taus and Ashley Rivera dishing out their brand of beats.

CDC’s Noemi Julian is flanked by Runrio’s Franco Bambico and Andrew Neri as they launch the Clark Sunset Marathon.

Runners will also get to experience a new AIMS-certified course thus allowing them to use the race as a qualifier for major international races like the Boston Marathon.  The certification is also sure to draw interest from overseas runners as Clark has the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport coupled with sufficient hotel facilities and road network as well as a host of tourist attractions.

Aside from the main 42.195-kilometer marathon, runners may opt to join the side events of 21, 10 and five kilometers.  Online registration is now ongoing until November 25 at www.runrio.com while onsite registration will be held at Garmin branches located at SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM City North EDSA, Uptown BGC and Alabang Town Center and at Cycles and Brew located near the Clark Parade Grounds.

Cash prizes as much as PHP 100,000.00 await the overall champion of the marathon while the fastest Filipino will receive PHP 30,000.00.  All runners 42, 21 and 10km runners will receive medals while 42 and 21km finishers will get an additional adidas shirt.

CSM ace singlet and adidas finisher shirt (separate cuts for women and men).

Registration fees are set at PHP 1,800.00 (42km), PHP 1,400.00 (21km), PHP 850.00 (10km) and PHP 650.00 (5km) with the rates doubling for overseas runners.  The race kit includes an event singlet, race bib, loot bag and ticket to the Clark Sunset Music Festival.

The CSM is just the beginning.  Clark Development Corporation’s Noemi Julian bared during the recent media launch that CDC and Runrio just inked a 10-year memorandum of agreement to hold fun runs and other events in the area thus assuring that the CSM would grow and achieve its goal of being one of the premier destination races in the region while promoting Philippine tourism.

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UCBL: San Lorenzo d. Bulacan State, 96-71

Our Time To Shine     PARANAQUE CITY – Colegio de San Lorenzo set the stage for a monumental showdown with defending champion Centro Escolar University for the number one seeding in the semfinals of the Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UCBL).  The Griffins swept Bulacan State University, 96-71, at Olivarez College Thursday afternoon (November 16) to tie the Scorpions for the league leadership with 12 wins in 13 games.

It was total domination for the Griffins as they only allowed the Gold Gear to score the first two points, 2-0, and that was basically it.  Soulemane Chabi Yo, Jan Dominic Formento and Raymart Angelo Sablan combined for 19 markers as San Lorenzo ran away for good after the first 10 minutes, 27-16.

Coach Boni Garcia took advantage of the opportunity to experiment and give more playing time to his role player but their lead still ballooned further to as high as 25 points just before the final buzzer, 94-69.  Chabi Yo led the way with 24 points and 14 rebounds followed by Formento who canned three triples for 11 points.

Dominick Fajardo paced the Gold Gear with 27 points, eight rebounds and six assists.  He was followed by Abraham Crisostomo with 25 points and 11 rebounds but the duo got minimal help from the rest of their teammates.

San Lorenzo and CEU will clash this Saturday (November 18) at 12:00 PM, the final day of the elimination round.  This will be immediately followed by the matchup between Olivarez College (8-5) and Bulacan State (3-10) with the former needed a win in order to clinch the third seed and leapfrog over idle Diliman College (9-5).

How They Scored:

SAN LORENZO (96) – Chabi Yo 24, Formento 11, Vargas 9, Rojas 9, Sablan 8, Borja 8, Calizo 7, Callano 7, Ancheta 5, Alvarado 5, Laman 3, Gojar 0, Baldevia 0.

BULACAN STATE (71) – Fajardo 27, Crisostomo 25, de la Cruz 10, Necio 2, Ledesma 2, M. Mendoza 1, Cristobal 1, Enrile 1, Penaflor 0, Solayao 0, J. Mendoza 0, Adebola 0.

Period Scores: 27-16, 46-32, 68-52, 96-71.

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