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Lady Blazers salvage one win to end campaign

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The NCAA Season 91 champions College of Saint Benilde Lady Blazers struggled for much of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference, but ended their campaign on a winning note. CSB started sluggishly but closed strong to put away the Technological Institute of the Philippines Lady Engineers, 18-25, 25-19, 25-22, 25-22, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Lady Blazers head coach Michael Cariño rued his team’s effort in the first set, a bad habit that they have developed this conference.

“Relaxed kami noon,” said Cariño. “Parang di namin gusto manalo. Sa mga ganitong laro kasi na parehong team walang panalo, nananalo na lang ‘yung gusto talaga manalo.”

“Sabi ko sa kanila, hindi kami mananalo sa ginagalaw nilang ganoon. Kung lalaruin namin ‘yung talagang laro namin at magiging consistent kami, doon lang kami mananalo. Mabuti na lang lumabas noong dulo.”

Middle blockers Ranya Musa and Rachel Austero topped all scorers with 19 and 17 points apiece. The Lady Blazers surrendered a whooping 47 errors, but made up for them with 48 spikes and eight aces.

Finishing the season at 1-5, Cariño is still optimistic his team can turn things around once NCAA Season 93 rolls around.

“Ganito din ang simula namin noong nag-champion kami last Season 91. Ngayon, alam na ng mga players kung gaano kami kahina, kailangan na lang mag-focus kami sa preparation ngayon,” the youthful mentor furthered.

Alyssa Layug led the winless Lady Engineers with 12 points, while Ashley Jinon added nine. TIP finish last in Group A.

The Scores

CSB (3) – Musa 19, Austero 17, Cui 10, Engico 4, Pablo 4, Ventura 3, Abriam 1, Cardiente 0, Lim (L)

TIP (1) – Layug 12, Jinon 9, Gentapa 8, Mabayao 7, Agustin 2, Rosales 2, Acuzar 0, Cahigao 0, Gamit 0, Espinosa (L)

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Go for Gold survives Kent Salado injury to turn back Gamboa-St. Clare

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The Go for Gold Scratchers got their act together late as they slipped past the Gamboa-St. Clare Coffee Lovers with a 75-68 win, Monday afternoon at the Pasig City Sports Center.

It was a total team effort for the Scratchers, with veterans Jerwin Gaco and J-Jay Alejandro stabilizing their camp as they closed the game out with a 23-point finishing salvo.

Senegalese center Clement Leutcheu proved to be a solid force for his side as he tallied 14 points, seven rebounds, and two blocks. Gaco just missed out on a double-double with his 13 markers and nine boards.

Justin Gutang also corralled 10 points and 13 rebounds in the win. Kent Salado had nine markers, five boards, four assists, and three steals before suffering an MCL sprain in his right knee with 2:48 to play in the third frame.

Despite Salado’s absence in the payoff period, Go for Gold coach Charles Tiu praised his wards for their late defensive effort.

“We cut down our turnovers and we rebounded well, and then we executed very well,” he said.

It was a complete turnaround from the Scratchers’ lackluster start, where they fell behind by as much as 10, 28-18 midway in the second quarter.

We’re a new team and hindi pa kami sanay sa isa’t isa. As you can see in the first half, ang dami naming turnovers because we’re not that familiar with each other,” said Tiu. “But I’m happy naman kasi the guys, we needed a test like this as a young team, to learn how to come from behind against a very good team like St. Clare.“

Aris Dionisio carried the load for the Coffee Lovers with 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Raymond Rubio had 11 markers and six boards in the defeat.

Go for Gold will face a familiar foe in the JRU Heavy Bombers on Tuesday, January 30, at the Ynares Sports Arena. Gamboa-St. Clare, on the other hand, will take on the Batangas-EAC Generals on Monday, January 29.

The Scores:

Go for Gold 75 — Leutcheu 14, Gaco 13, Gutang 10, Salado 9, Naboa 8, Salem 8, Alejandro 5, Dixon 3, Pili 2, San Juan 2, Domingo 1.

Gamboa-St. Clare 68 — Dionisio 19, Rubio 11, Pare 10, Ambuludto 8, Hallare 6, Rebugio 6, Jackson 4, Acuno 2, Bitoon 2, Alcober 0.

Quarterscores: 14-19, 30-33, 52-53, 75-68.

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Lady Blazers evade upset-hungry Lady Generals

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The College of Saint Benilde Lady Blazers avoided a major upset, slipping past the winless Emilio Aguinaldo College Lady Generals, 25-17, 18-25, 21-25, 25-18, 15-7, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

After winning the opening set, the Lady Blazers collapsed in the following frames, surrendering errors and fumbling passes. The Lady Generals took full advantage and grabbed all the momentum, rued Saint Benilde head coach Arnold Laniog.

“Nabigyan nga namin ‘yung kalaban ng confidence, kaya tuloy-tuloy na sila kanina. Mataas pa rin ‘yung tendency ng team ko mag-relax,” Laniog said. “Kung tutuusin, may advantage talaga ‘yung team namin. Nahihirapan lang talaga kami makabangon kapag nauunahan kami. Mabuti na lang kanina nakabawi kami noong huling dalawang sets.”

The Lady Generals took their turn making errant plays, allowing the Lady Blazers to grab a 15-7 lead in the fourth set and force a decider. Anchored by the imposing presence of their middle blockers Ranya Musa and Rachel Austero, the Lady Blazers raced to a 10-2 in the final set and sealed the win.

Austero finished with 17 points, while Musa added 15. The pair also combined for seven of CSB’s 13 blocks. Austero also provided five aces.

The Lady Generals had no player score in double-digits as they pulled 48 points from Benilde’s errors. Yvette Tongco and Arina Reyes, nonetheless, provided nine points apiece.

The Lady Blazers (3-2) take on fellow Final Four aspirants Jose Rizal University (2-3) on Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre. The Lady Generals (0-5) get their best chance at their first win of the season when they face also-ran Mapua University (0-4), also on Wednesday.

The Scores

CSB (3) – Austero 17, Musa 15, Cui 8, Ventura 8, Abriam 5, Daguil 5, Enginco 5, Cardiente 1, Pablo 1, Dolorito 0, Lim (L), Torres (L)

EAC (2) – Reyes 9, Tongco 9, Binondo 8, Lumbo 8, Tasis 4, Pablo 3, Magbanua 2, Chan 0, Yongco 0, Medina (L)

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Blazers rally from 0-2 deficit, fend off Generals for fourth win

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Defending NCAA men’s volleyball champions College of Saint Benilde Blazers completed a huge comeback from an 0-2 hole and upended the gritty Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, 19-25, 20-25, 25-7, 25-14, 15-11, Monday morning at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Generals stormed through the first two sets, leaning on better transition and their service game. Joshua Mina and Chris Ilano poured in most of their combined 27 points in these frames.

Nonetheless, when the Blazers realized that they needed to turn up their aggressiveness, it was cruise control from there.

“Nung first two sets, nag-relaxed kami, ‘di kami aggressive sa atake, sa blocking,” lamented Benilde senior middle blocker Jethro Orian. “Eh yung kalaban, masipag sila.”

EAC imploded in the next two sets, coughing up most of their 41 miscues during the frame. The reigning champions capitalized on the situation with heightened aggression.

Halfway through the eliminations, Orian shared that the Blazers needed to continue their hard work.

“Kailangan pa naming mas maging aggressive. Mas tumrabaho sa dapat naming again,” he said.

Captain Isaah Arda registered a 19-point outing, 17 coming off attacks. Orian’s fellow center attacker Francis Basilan finished with 12 markers.

Mina starred for the Generals with 16 points.

The Blazers (4-1) will battle the Jose Rizal University (0-5) on Wednesday. The Generals (2-3) will lock horns with the Mapua University (2-2) on Thursday, in a tussle for survival.

The Scores:

CSB 3 – Arda 19, Basilan 12, Orian 9, Bacani 9, Bautista 9, Magsino 4, Rojas 1, Saldavia 0, Dy L.

EAC 2 – Mina 16, Ilano 11, Rasing 11, Castellano 8, Lim 6, Garcia 2, Guinto 1, Panoy 0, Lumbar 0, Magadan L, Bagdoc L.

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Saint Benilde regains winning form, sweeps San Sebastian

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Following a shocking defeat to San Beda College, the defending champions College of Saint Benilde Blazers rolled back into the NCAA Season 93 win column with a quick triumph over the San Sebastian College-Recoletos Stags, 25-20, 25-19, 25-21, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Blazers outclassed the Stags in every scoring category, recording twice as many spikes (40-20), and blocks (10-5).

Saint Benilde head coach Arnold Laniog wanted to see high-level play from his team after, what he deemed, a lackadaisical effort in their last outing.

“Marami kaming naging struggles last game na alam namin na kaya naman sana namin iwasan. Sabi ko sa kanila na one game at a time tayo, kailangan bawat game kami nagi-improve,” said Laniog

“Kung may maganda mang naidulot ‘yung talo, nakita namin doon ‘yung weakness namin. Nasa sa amin na talaga kung paano kami magre-respond. Maganda naman ‘yung pinakita nila kanina,” the champion tactician added.

Team captain Isaah Arda topped the Blazers with 14 points while his fellow winger Owen Bacani added 12 markers off 10 attacks, one block, and one ace.

The Blazers (3-1) take on Emilio Aguinaldo College (2-2) on Monday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Jahir Ebrahim continued to tow the Stags’ offense, notching 12 points but was again the only Stag in double-digits.

The Golden Stags (1-3) try to snap their losing streak on Tuesday when they face Mapua University (2-2).

The Scores

CSB (3) – Arda 14, Bacani 12, Orian 8, Basilan 7, Magsino 4, Rojas 3, De Sequena 2, Martinez 2, Garcia 0, Saldavia 0, Dy (L)

SSC-R (0) – Ebrahim 12, Ronato 6, Eugenio 5, Lana 5, Eusebio 2, Lazaro 2, Onque 0, Enano (L), Toledo (L)

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