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Adamson punctuate Season 77 with morale-boosting draw with UP

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A late Brian Jumo II goal cancelled Jinggoy Valmayor’s first half strike to finish Adamson’s UAAP Season 77 campaign with good vibes after their 1-1 stalemate earlier this afternoon at the Moro Lorenzo Football Field.

Adamson got the ball rolling in the sixth minute when Khristian Melliza launched a shot that was saved by Micah Alampay. UP had more of the ball and their dominance surfaced in the latter minutes. Soheil Bidar sent a couple of consecutive crosses to Rogie Maglinas but Adamson keeper Carl Viray deciphered Maglinas’ intentions. At the 13th minute, Niño Muros connected with Valmayor who returned it to the midfielder whose attempt was kept out by Viray. UP controlled the game’s pace from then on but a lapse on defense by Lou Rafanan almost presented Bless Jumo I with a clean look on goal, but the young forward reacted slower than UP’s back line.

The flurry of opportunities for UP started with Valmayor 15 minutes in. The striker misfired from close range after receiving Rafanan’s pass from the byline. Four minutes later, Ryan Fermin blasted his shot over the goal. Then, Bidar overshot inside the 20th minute mark. The Falcons’ resistance was eventually broken down 18 minutes before halftime. Valmayor was left wide open on the right hand side of the box, giving the star striker an easy way to put his team ahead.

UP’s advantage was almost doubled when Fermin robbed Goldwyn Espina on the Maroons’ left flank. With teammates in the box, Fermin drilled a cross but Jackson Ramos towered over everyone else and cleared the ball from play. It was the last threatening sequence of the Maroons in the first half as the trailing Falcons looked for an equalizer. Ten minutes before the break, Jumo I’s nifty ball caused a scramble for the ball in the edge of the box, eventually finding teammate Gerald Etis whose attempt was nowhere near Alampay and the goal. Moments after, Jumo II was fouled by Feb Baya just outside the box. Cyril Orcine, however, wasted the free kick by hitting off target. Just before halftime, Jumo I sent a pass intended for twin brother Jumo II but the latter lacked pace to meet the ball. UP led at halftime by a goal to nil.

In the second half, UP regained the rhythm for good. The Maroons pummeled Adamson with several shots. At the 53rd minute, a UP goal was disallowed. Bidar’s shot looked to roll into the goal but Fermin assured the ball ended up in the back of the net. It would have counted had Fermin been onside when Bidar was shooting. Before reaching the hour mark, Ian Clarino tested Viray twice from long range. In between those came a wild sequence which almost led to UP cushioning their lead. James Condat headed a shot that was cleared off the line by Marc de Guzman. Baya got to the rebound but Viray reacted well to keep the deficit within reach.

The game’s pace gradually toned down as the starters slowly exited the game. Unrelenting, the young Adamson team did all they could in getting something from the match. What they were longing for arrived just two minutes before normal time expired. Jumo II kept possession until he was within a good range of blasting it past Alampay, much to the delight of the Adamson players and supporters. It was enough for them to hold UP to a 1-1 draw.

Adamson coach Nolan Manito was happy with the way his players matured. “Ngayon, parang mas natututo sila sa mga mali nila,” he said while suggesting that had there been an extra round, the Falcons may have reached better placing. They finish the season in last place but with two points in their last two games, it’s a good way to look forward to next season.

Meanwhile, UP coach Anto Gonzales voiced out a huge concern he identified after the game. “I don’t see us competing in the semifinals. I don’t think we’re playing as a team right now. If things don’t change drastically, goodbye finals I think,” he frustratingly said. There is still a week for the Maroons- who finish the elimination round at third- to regroup. “I hope we can turn this around, but it’s a difficult thing especially if it’s something about their mentality,” Gonzales uttered.

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Impervious Lady Chiefs stay perfect after sweep of Lady Pirates

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The Arellano University Lady Chiefs extended their winning streak to 17 dating back to last season, after clobbering the Lyceum of the Philippines Lady Pirates, 25-16, 25-17, 25-11, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The defending champions were unrelenting with four Lady Chiefs scoring in double-digits with rookie Necole Ebuen powering in 11 points. Third-year open hitter Regine Arocha and Arellano’s middle blockers Mary Anne Esguerra and Andrea Marzan each provided 10 markers.

Conversely, no Lady Pirate managed to score in double-figures.

“Maganda naman talaga ang nilalaro ng mga bata. Lahat kasi kami determinado na makakuha ulet ng championship. Alam nila (Lady Chiefs) na kailangan pataas nang pataas ang ginagalaw namin,” said Arellano head coach Obet Javier.

The Lady Chiefs also limited their errors to a season-best 16 while the Lady Pirates surrendered 24 miscues.

The Lady Chiefs look for their sixth win of the season when they face the red-hot University of Perpetual Help System DALTA (4-1) on Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Christine Miralles and Monica Sevilla each supplied the struggling Lyceum with eight point apiece.

The Lady Pirates (1-4) take on the undefeated San Beda College (4-0) on Wednesday also at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Scores

AU (3) – Ebuen 11, Arocha 10, Esguerra 10, Marzan 10, Prado 3, Ramirez 3, Liu 2, Balanoba 1, Donato 1, Verutiao 0, Buemia (L), Flores (L)

LPU (0) – Miralles 8, Sevilla 8, Juanilla 7, Patio 4, Genova 1, Romanban 0, Bongabong 0, Marcella (L)

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Late whistle costs San Beda against Sousse to fall to 0-2

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23 for 2023 cadet Robert Bolick is averaging 27.5 points per game in the tournament

After struggling to close out the UAE National Team in their opener last Friday, the San Beda College Red Lions figured in a late judgment call that did not fall into their favor, Saturday at the Shabab Al Ahli Club in Dubai. Due to this, the defending NCAA Champions lost to Tuniasian club team Sousse, 78-79.

With the loss, the Red Lions fell to a 0-2 hole in the 29th Dubai Basketball Championship. But the record does not reflect how the Filipinos played.

Robert Bolick, who scored 28 points against the UAE National Team, led the charge for San Beda in their second outing had 27 points. Fellow 23 for 2023 cadet Javee Mocon added 11 points and seven rebounds.

Sousse, the second-best club team in Tunisia and boasts four national team players and an American import, led by as much as 10 points, 70-60 in the final frame.

Fired-up by the Filipinos who stormed the venue, the Red Lions answered right back with an 18-8 run capped by a booming Bolick triple with six ticks left to gain a 78-76 lead.

However, a foul was called on a Red Lion on a three-point attempt by a Sousse player. He calmly sank all three free throws with 1.5 seconds remaining to seal the win.

Donald Tankoua had eight points and 13 rebounds as he was saddled with foul trouble all throughout the game.

The Tunisian club team was paced by Radzhouane Slimane with 18 points while Ibrahim Nadarri and Joshua Cassady had 13 markers each.

San Beda will have a day break before taking on Moroccan club team Al Sale on Monday, January 22.

The Scores:

San Beda 78 – Bolick 27, Mocon 11, Tankoua 8, Noah 8, Toba 6, Soberano 6, Prebitero 4, Tongco 4, Bahio 2, Carino 2, Oftana 0, Adamos 0.

Sousse 79 – Slimane 18, Naddari 13, Cassady 13, Mouhli 11, Knioua 9, Toumi 8, Monastiri 4, Gaddour 3.

Quarterscores: 23-17, 36-39, 57-62, 78-79.

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Perpetual overpowers JRU to keep pace of Final Four

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Strutting their decisive height and power advantage, the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Lady Altas slammed the Jose Rizal University Lady Bombers, 25-21, 22-25, 25-14, 25-21, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Lady Altas were still heavy-handed with their errors, surrendering 35 miscues, including 12 in the second set, the only frame they lost.

The Las Piñas-based program, however, kept a scorching offensive pace, bombarding the Lady Bombers with six blocks and 12 aces. JRU had just five points combined crom those categories.

“Mataas pa talaga ‘yung tendency ng mga bata mamigay ng mga puntos. Sabi ko nga hindi kami mananalo kung tutulungan pa namin ‘yung kalaban maka-score,” rued Perpetual head coach Michael Cariño.

“Pero, unti-unte namang gumaganda ‘yung galaw ng mga bata. Lahat naman ng pagkukulang nila, tinatrabaho namin para maayos sa ensayo,” the champion mentor added.

Perpetual’s six-foot-three middle blocker Lourdes Clemente towered over the Lady Bombers with a season-high 19 points which included 14 attacks, two blocks, and three aces. Winger Cindy Imbo added 15 points.

The Lady Altas (4-1) take on the undefeated defending champs Arellano University (5-0) on Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Rookie Dolly Versoza paced the Lady Bombers with a game-high 21 points while captain Shola Alvarez managed 15.

The Lady Bombers (2-3) face the College of Saint Benilde (3-1) on Wednesday also at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Scores

UPHSD (3) – Clemente 19, Imbo 15, Sangalang 8, Llorente 7, Tripoli 7, Gual 6, Versoza 2, Umandal 1, Estanislao 0, Medalla (L)

JRU (1) – Versoza 21, Alvarez 15, Ebuenga 5, Montojo 2, Rivera 2, Sibangan 1, Bodiongan 0, Macaraya (L)

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Marc Pingris wants Rafi Reavis to break Robert Jaworski’s record

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Marc Pingris was all praises for veteran Rafi Reavis Saturday night, as the 40-year-old center made his presence felt in the Magnolia Hotshots’ 97-91 victory — their third straight win — over Phoenix Fuel Masters at the Cuneta Astrodome.

The six-foot-nine Reavis finished with 11 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks — a performance perfectly punctuated by a follow-up of a Paul Lee miss with 12.5 seconds left to play that knocked out the Fuel Masters for good.

“Papasalamat ako kay Rafi na talagang kababalik lang niya pero binigay niya talaga lahat,” said Pingris after the bout, as Saturday night was just Reavis’ second outing in the 2018 Philippine Cup after recovering from a hip injury.

“Nag-usap nga kami kanina e, hindi pa siya 100 percent. So bukas, ang sabi niya babalik daw siya sa gym dahil gusto niya ibalik yung lakas ng legs dahil wala pa daw,” added the 36-year-old, who also suffered a hip injury last season.

Reavis has been playing in the league for 16 years. Seeing the work he has put in, Pingris, who finished the game with 17 rebounds, four assists, four points and two blocks, believes that the 10-time PBA champion can play for 10 more years — at least.

“You know naman Rafi eh, katulad ko rin yan eh – rebound and depensa. At tsaka sobrang vocal siya sa team eh,” beamed Pingris, who himself is a 14-year veteran. “Walang siyang inaano, talagang sinasabihan niya kung sino yung mga nagmi-mistake, kung paano kami mag-adjust, so nakikinig naman lahat sa kanya.

“Talagang nandun yung respeto namin kay Rafi.”

And if Reavis stays healthy for the next decade, Pingris wants Reavis to exceed Jaworki’s 958 games played — third most all time.

“Nasa kanya yun, basta kaya mo ba eh. As a player, kung masipag ka naman at may disiplina sa sarili mo, kaya niya yun.”

Still, Reavis has a lot of catching up to do.

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