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Adamson shuttlers outclass opponents from FEU to take home point in third day of men’s badminton

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Shuttlers from the Adamson University Men’s badminton squad took home victories in all five matches against Far Eastern University, leading the squad from Ermita to their first point in the men’s badminton tournament.

All five matches lasted for no more than thirty minutes, as Adamson finally takes home a point after losing both assignments during the opener last weekend. FEU’s shuttlers would only score two match victory’s against Adamson’s ten.

Men’s Singles 1: Jerome Pechera(AdU) def. Josh Mark Maquelabit(FEU) 2:0
AdU 1- 0 FEU

Adamson’s Pechera opened the game with a strong start, marching to an 8-2 lead. Maquelabit would quickly answer back and bring the score to 8-7 for the set. After trading points for the next few minutes, Pechera would go on another rally, building a 17-11 lead that would set the foundation for a 21-15 victory and the first game point. Pechera had another strong start in second set, but a late rally by Maquelabit would lead to a narrow 19-18 lead for Pechera. Pechera would however give up only one point while scoring two, taking home the match point and give Adamson the early lead in the day.

Aggregate score: Pechera- 42, Maquelabit- 34
Total match time: 30

Men’s Singles 2: EJ Villoria(AdU) def. Joshua John Bernardo(FEU) 2:0
AdU 2-0 FEU
ADU-Viloria
The first set of the match proved to be a nailbiter, as a back-and-forth affair between the two shuttlers that saw several rallies, lead changes, and deadlocks resulted in a 20-20 draw. With both players seeking a twenty-second point, it was Adamson’s Villoria who held on two straight points to take home the game point, 22-20. The second set saw Villoria taking an early 5-1 lead, though Bernardo would eventually find a way to match his opponent’s output. A tilt later saw Villoria build a 17-12 lead. Though Bernardo’s swats would prove effective in giving him a few more minutes, Villoria would only need to pip in a few more points to hold on to the 21-16 victory in the set to claim the second game point and give Adamson the edge in match points, 2-0.

Aggregate score: Villora- 43, Maquelabit- 36
Total match time: 31 mins.

Men’s doubles 1: Keith Reyes and E.J Villoria(AdU) def. Joel Christian Mendez and Rafael Dionisio jr.(FEU) 2:1
AdU 3- 0 FEU
ADU-Reyes-Villoria
Villoria would return to the pitch, fresh from a singles victory, while his partner Reyes and opponents Mendez and Dionisio were all coming in fresh from the stands. Most of the scoring would come from Villoria, who scored five straight points to give him and Reyes the 17-13 edge after a narrow contest earlier in the set. The FEU duo would find a way to keep their scoring alive, but Reyes would alive and rake in three of Adamson’s final five points for the 21-17 game point. Reenergized, the FEU duo would come in strong in the next set to duel their opponents in another flashy trade of rallies. Dionisio would be consistent in raking in the points, with fourteen points to his name. With the 20-17 edge over Adamson, Dioniso and Mensez would keep strong after two straight points awarded to their opponents and take the narrow 21-19 game victory, after another point to Mendez. The final set however ended in a much different fashion, with the Adamson duo capitalizing from an early start to pile on their opponents. Unable to find a way to cut off Adamson scoring, the FEU tandem could only watch as their opponents escaped with a 21-9 blowout in the final set to give Adamson their third match point and secure victory for the day.

Aggregate score: Villoria and Reyes- 61, Dioniso and Mendez- 47
Total match time: 30 mins.

Men’s Doubles 2: Jerome Pechera and Gerloth Delizo(AdU) def. Joshua Mark Maquelabit and Joshua John Bernardo(FEU) 2:0
AdU 4- 0 FEU
ADU-Pochera-Delizo
Pechera and Delizo opened the match relentless in spite of Adamson assured of the day’s point. The FEU duo were however relentless themselves, making sure to respond to every Adamson point. Three straight points awarded to Adamson’s Delizo would however give him and Pechera a 17-14 edge. Though the FEU duo would continue the fight, the Adamson would only need to hold on to score a few more points and take the narrow 21-18 victory for the game. The second set proved to be another hotly-contested one, with FEU giving their all to respond to their opponents’ attacks. A five-point streak to Adamson’s Delizo would however boost the Soaring Shuttlers to a 15-11 lead. Though FEU would be unwavering in chipping away at their opponents’ lead, Delizo and Pechera only needed to make sure to answer every point awarded to FEU to escape with a 21-17 victory.

Aggregate score: Pechera and Delizo- 42, Maquelabit and Bernardo- 35.
Total match time: 29 mins.

Men’s Singles 3: Johnric Macabenta(AdU) def. Joshua Mark Maquelabit(FEU) 2:1
AdU 5- 0 FEU
ADU-Macabenta
FEU’s Maquelabit took to the field for the third time that day against Adamson’s Macabenta, playing in his first match. Showing no sign of being worn out, Maquelabit would go on a six point rally that gave him an 18-12 lead that his opponent found no way to cut, holding on for the 21-14 victory. Macabenta would however come in stronger in the second set, finally finding away to match his opponent’s scoring. A late tilt would help him to a 21-18 victory for the game. Macabenta would have to topple a strong early start in the third game to overtake his opponent and soon gain momentum for the final set, scoring two points for every one point awarded to Maquelabit. Macabenta would overpower his opponent, 21-15, and complete Adamson’s domination of FEU for the day.

Total Game Score:
Adamson- 10
FEU- 2

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Composed Ceres-Negros expels Shan United in shootout victory

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2017 AFC ASEAN Zone Champions Ceres-Negros banked on their poise and composure from the spot as they knocked out Myanmar’s Shan United via a 4-3 penalty shootout (1-1 after extra time) triumph, Tuesday evening at the Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.

The Negrenses punched their ticket to Brisbane, Australia after emerging the better spotkick takers. Four Busmen were on target, while two of their Shan Warriors counterparts fluffed their lines.

The two domestic champions were inseparable after 120 minutes, with the hosts holding their own against the Philippine champions. Ceres-Negros looked the more dominant of the two teams. However, they couldn’t make the advantage count where it mattered, as they failed to breach the sturdy Shan United defense inside the first two regulation halves.

The visitors were visibly more comfortable in the first half, but with the scores staying level at the break, the less-fancied Myanmar champions eventually found their footing in the encounter. While there were several half-chances from either side to open the scoring, both defenses remained defiant en route to unwanted extra time.

“It was a tough game. We weren’t ready to play 120 minutes because we only had four training sessions before the game but everytime we wear this jersey, we represent Ceres, we represent Bacolod, we represent the Philippines, so we have to give our best,” Ceres’ defender Carli de Murga elaborated to the Inquirer after the match. The Asian Football season has yet to start, and with both teams not too busy with pre-season preparations, rust and fatigue in a demanding affair were evident.

Come extra time, Ceres-Negros took the initiative when Stephan Schröck’s deflected effort went past the helpless Thiha Si Thu just three minutes into the first half.

Nonetheless, the hosts refused to go down without a fight, and their resilience was rewarded later in the opening half. Substitute Patrick Asare found the back of the net to restore parity in Yangon.

Another 15 minutes of goalless action took place in the second half as both teams looked more cautious, perhaps with the collective aim of avoiding a costly error or two. Among all the chances, Schröck’s in the 114th minute may have proved to be the closest to changing the scores, as his attempt shaved the post.

Shan United took to the spot first, where Asare made his penalty attempt count. Nay Lin Tun also made his, but not before teammate Chizoba smashed his attempt over Toni Doblas’ goal.

While the hosts squandered a shot, the visitors remained calm in front of a hostile Myanmar crowd. De Murga, Schröck and Mike Ott nailed their turns, with Marañon also not missing a vital kick from 12 yards.

It set up William Biassi Nyakwe, the man credited with the own goal when he deflected Schröck’s opener, with the chance to prolong his team’s campaign in the AFC Champions League. Unfortunately for him, he couldn’t atone for his earlier mistake, as his attempt soared high and wide — much to the delight of the visiting team from Bacolod, the Philippines.

The reward for Ceres-Negros is a trip to Queensland, Australia, where they will seek to do one better than compatriots Global-Cebu. The 2016 Philippine champions also played against the Brisbane Roar, who dealt them a staggering 6-0 hammering this time last year. The match will be held at the Suncorp Stadium on January 23.

As for Shan United, a spot in the AFC Cup Group Stage awaits them and they may not have seen the last of Ceres-Negros just yet. If the Negrenses lose to either Brisbane Roar or Tianjin Quanjian, they will be reacquainted with the Burmese champions in Group F.

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Abu Tratter plans to work his way to 2023 by continuing to do ‘the dirty work’

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Abu Tratter may have missed the jersey-giving ceremony that the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas held for the 23 for 2023 cadets last Monday but he made sure to help out when the current batch needed him the most.

After helping the Marinerong Pilipino Skippers win the Sinulog Cup in Cebu a week ago, the 6-foot-7 Filipino-American did not hesitate to heed Gilas’ call, as they were undermanned for their second session in preparation for the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

“I think it’s just an honor to put on this jersey, to be able to represent our country, to possibly represent our country in the future. It’s an honor,” shared the Laguna-native.

The 25-year old, who just celebrated his birthday last January 9, admitted that he was in awe of the talent inside the Meralco Gym. Like a fan, he wanted to take a few photo ops with the senior team’s Gabe Norwood and June Mar Fajardo.

“Actually, at first I was just shocked to see June Mar and Gabe, just to be able to be in the midst of them,” gushed the former DLSU Green Archer, who will suit-up for Marinerong Pilipino in the D-League. “I even asked them for a picture, and hopefully they’ll still give me one.

“It’s just humbling, definitely.”

However, the work has only began for Tratter. With five years to go until the 2023 FIBA World Cup, the two-time UAAP champion plans to continue to do what he does best — be the same scrapper that he is and hopefully catch the eye of Gilas’ brass.

“I think just doing the dirty work, of course. Giving whatever the team needs, rebound or any steals, any thing a dirty player would need to pick up on,” he said.

“That’s how it is, garbage into gold. Get anything, sweep up anything and try to put it back.”

Moreover, he will continue answering the call when Gilas needs him, as he himself is learning a lot from being surrounded by the country’s topflight cagers.

“Whenever I can. I want to be able to absorb all the information coming from here and hopefully apply it in the D-League and hopefully apply it on future practices, future games.”

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Terrence Romeo invited to join Pilipinas 3×3 for World Cup

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Stronger than ever

Scoring sensation Terrence Romeo has been invited by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas to join the Philippine team in the upcoming FIBA 3X3 World Cup, according to Philippine Star columnist Quinito Henson.

Romeo, who is currently out due to a right knee injury, has been in rehabilitation and is expected to miss the entire Philippine Cup campaign of the Globalport Batang Pier and the second window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

“Baka sa second conference na ko makabalik kasi talagang gusto ko malakas ako pagbalik ko,” the 25-year-old shared during Chooks-to-Go Live last January 2.

SBP Executive Director Sonny Barrios personally met with the 6-foot guard, inviting him to be part of the Philippine team.

Romeo has plenty of 3×3 basketball experience under his belt.

Back in 2014, Romeo was part of the Manila West 3×3 team during the Manila Masters. He was adjudged as the tournament Most Valuable Player.

The 2018 3X3 World Cup will take place from June 8-12 at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.

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Red Spikers extinguish Blazers for second win

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Shaking off a forgettable outing against the Perpetual Help Altas last January 11, the San Beda College Red Spikers vented their ire on defending champions College of Saint Benilde Blazers in four sets, 25-15, 25-16, 23-25, 26-24, and claimed their second win of the season, Friday afternoon at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

“Sabi ng coaches kalimutan na yung talo,” shared captain Lorenze Santos of what transpired after that match.

So, in this game, the San Beda team poured on what they worked hard for to regain momentum. “Binuhos po namin lahat ng ginawa namin sa training [ngayon].”

After tight starts in all the first two sets, the Mendiola-based side pulled away to register the seemingly insurmountable 2-0 lead.

Nonetheless, summoning the heart of a champion and led by seniors Isaah Arda and Jethro Orian, the reigning champions pulled off gritty runs to snag the third set and making a tussle of the fourth.

Ultimately, Adrian Viray virtually ended the match with a vicious serve, which the Blazers failed to convert.

The prolific outside hitter finished with 17 points, 11 coming from attacks and five off blocks. Former skipper Mark Encino also registered 17 markers.

The Red Spikers (2-1) will face the Mapua University, also at 2-1, on Friday, January 19.

Orian was such a presence at the net, ending up with 20 points for the Taft-based squad.

The defending champions Blazers (2-1) will try to bounce back later that day against San Sebastian College (0-3).

The Scores:

SBC 3 – Viray 17, Enciso 17, Santos 11, Patenio 7, Amagan 7, Desuyo 3, Zabala 0, Genobaten 0, Manliclic 0, Casin L.

CSB 1 – Orian 20, Arda 18, Bacani 6, Basilan 4, Bautista 4, Magsino 2, Martinez 0, Garcia 0, San Miguel 0, Saldavia 0, Dy L.

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