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Adamson, UE split points after heated 2-2 draw



A highly-physical heated matchup between the Adamson University Soaring Falcons and the University of the East that saw hard fouls, stylish goals, and a thrilling final ten minutes ended in a 2-2 draw, Thursday afternoon at the FEU-Diliman Football Field.

The first half opened to an intense midfield battle that led to a couple of early hard fouls in just the opening minutes of play. Both sides’ aggression however, translated to effective ball movement, as both UE and Adamson had shots on goal. At the seventh minute, Bless Brian Jumo II almost scored for Adamson, powering his way through the midfield to go one-on-one with UE keeper Lendon Clores, but the goalie easily flicked the ball out of play before Jumo II could get an extra tap to send the ball in the path of the net. Four minutes later, UE’s Stephane Dagaraga came inches from scoring for the Warriors, launching the ball amid the clutter in the center of the box. However, Adamson goalie Carl Viray dove in time to stop the ball in its tracks before it could hit the net. The UE players cried foul, claiming that the ball had already crossed the goal by the time Viray had his hands on the ball.

At the 17th minute, Rino John Saldivar became the first person on the pitch to be booked a straight red card, after a powerful sliding tackle on Goldwyn Espina that left the latter sprawled on the ground for a few minutes. The ten-man UE squad continued to maintain their aggressive ball movement in place. Ten minutes later, it was Adamson who drew first blood, care of Jumo II who collected the volley from Joshua Pilarca to go one-on-one with Clores and eventually striking from point-blank range to give Adamson the lead, 1-0. For the first time this season, the Falcons had the lead.

But the feisty Warriors kept their attack going, and at the 31st minute, Regil Kent Galaura equalized for UE, redirecting a cross by Ramil Feliciano with a powerful header that sent the ball into the net. With less than 15 minutes left in the half, the score was tied at 1-1. Attackers from both squads scrambled to try and break the deadlock in the last few minutes, but neither were able to penetrate the other’s defenses. At the half, the score remained unchanged.

The Falcons came close to breaking the deadlock at the 49th minute, when Bless Brian Jumo I managed to take the ball to the top of the field, closing in on the goal to get Adamson goalie Jupiter out of position. Despite this, Jumo I could not keep control of the ball and had to pass to Gerard Etis waiting a few feet away from the left post. Etis was able to corral the pass and strike, but his kick turned out to be too weak to send the ball into the net, as keeper Viray had no difficulty scooping up the shot. With momentum on their side and the fiery Warriors slowing down on their attack, the first 20 minutes of the half saw Adamson control possession of the ball, making their way into the box several times but failing to score against the hardworking UE defense.

The 70th minute marked a return to the first-half complexion of the game, with both squads attacking aggressively once more. At the 76th minute, Jumo II fed the ball to his brother Jumo I who made his way through the left wing and into the center of the box. Though Jumo I was able to let out a powerful shot, the ball ended up whizzing past the left post.

Scrambling to break the deadlock, the Warriors found themselves renewing their push for the top of the pitch. At the 84th minute, Jeffrey Lacsamana almost scored on a point-blank header, but his shot was parried away by Adamson keeper Viray. The ball however bounced back into play, into the direction of Regil Galaura, who easily nudged the ball into an opening in front of the goal, bagging the point for UE.

The Warriors’ celebration was cut short though. Just a minute later, Jumo I, the other half of the Falcons’ twin combo managed to bring the ball all the way into the box after getting a pass from his brother, and launched from point-blank range, sending a powerful shot that flung the ball past the goalie and into the net. With five minutes of regulation left, the score was tied at 2-2.

The final minutes of the game saw both squads earn chances to score. At the 89th minute, Galaura almost completed the hat-trick to steal the three points for UE with a header off the cross from teammate Lacsamana, but his shot was caught by Viray. A minute later, Jumo II came close to scoring from point-blank range after getting into the center of the box, but lost control before he could position himself to score. At the final whistle, the score was still 2-2.

“Lumaban sila. Lumaban, hindi bumigay,” said Adamson head coach Nolan Manito in an interview after the game. “Lumalaban na ngayon (team character), and sana tuloy-tuloy na until next season.”

UE head coach Ryan Marinay admitted that he was not satisfied with his team’s performance in the game. “Sumabay sila sa laro ng Adamson.” Marinay further stated that his team was still aiming for a victory in their remaining assignment this season. “Ganun pa rin, maglaro pa rin ng football. Kahit no bearing, [para pa rin sa] pride ng team.” The Falcons have their first point of the season following the draw, while UE sits at seventh in the league with five points.

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PBA slaps fines on Yeng Guiao, Chris Ross



Yeng Guiao and Chris Ross opt to move on

The much-talked about tilt that pitted the San Miguel Beermen and the NLEX Road Warriors last January 18 featured numerous confrontations and exchanges. But none was more heated than what happened between fiery head coach Yeng Guiao and emotional defensive cog Chris Ross.

With 1:46 remaining in that game, Guiao and Ross figured in a verbal altercation that resulted to the latter being slapped with his second technical foul of the contest.

San Miguel head coach Leo Austria alledged that Guiao threw a racial slur at Ross that triggered the Filipino-American.

The league though could not find any hard evidence that this occurred.

“Upon review of the incident, consulting possible witnesses to the event and discussing the matter with both parties, the alleged racist remark attributed to Coach Guiao could not be established,” the league said in a statement. “Coach Guiao has denied such allegation while Chris Ross has opted to move forward and said that he would not want to discuss the matter further. However, Coach Guiao and Chris Ross will be subject to appropriate fines for their respective misconduct.

“As a result, the Office of the Commissioner finds no sufficient basis to discuss the matter of an alleged racist remark uttered by Coach Guiao. It may be recalled that in a previous incident, a heavy penalty was imposed for a racist remark that was clearly proven.

“Rest assured that any act that is racially derogatory and pejorative in nature will be dealt with sternly by the league,” the statement ended.

As a result, Guiao is fined PHP 11,000 for obscene gesture, use of profane language and engaging in a verbal altercation while Ross is fined the amount of PHP 2,600 for incurring two technical fouls, both for verbal altercation.

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MPBL aims to give local talent biggest exposure




After months of planning, the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League will finally raise its curtains on Thursday, January 25 at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum. Unlike the other leagues in the country, the MPBL wants to give Filipino aspirants from local communities a chance to shine on national TV.

“I would like to say, this is the noble project of our founder and chairman, Senator Manny Pacquiao, Talagang dream niya ito, matulungan ‘yung mga grassroots,” said MPBL head of marketing Arnold Vegafria during the league’s press conference. “And from the grassroots, to the collegiate players and also professionals na gusto niyang tulungan, mabigyan ng chances, makalaro at ma-expose ang skills nila para matulungan ang mga basketbolista not only sa Metro Manila but this is gonna be all over the Philippines.

“Simula muna sa Metro Manila and key cities in Luzon. Soon it will go to Visayas and Mindanao.”

The first conference for the league is the Anta Raja Cup. 10 teams from Luzon will compose the league, namely Bataan, Batangas, Bulacan, Caloocan, Imus, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Paranaque, Quezon City, and Valenzuela.

Though it may be ambitious, the league wants to continue the dream started by the Metropolitan Basketball Association which is to create a league that has a home and away format.

“For the longest time, after ng MBA, I think it’s 20 years ago na ‘yun, I think it’s due na rin for our basketball fans around the country, ‘yung mga sa provinces, ‘cause ‘yung advantage nito is ‘yung games mismo, dadalhin mo sa kanila. Unlike before sa mga liga natin, naka-stay lang sila sa isang venue,” said league commissioner Kenneth Duremdes.

“Maraming factors ngayon, traffic and time-consuming. Pero itong liga natin, tayo ang magdadala mismo sa mga tao, sa mga basketball fans. Sa tagal-tagal ng walang organized, or high-level na basketball tournament, ito na ‘yung time na makikita ng mga basketball fans natin na up close and personal ang mga ini-idolo nila, lalo na ang mga hometown hero nila,” the PBA legend furthered.

Armed with this vision, the league plans to be the country’s premier amateur league, helping build the dreams of the Filipino youth.

“It’s an amateur league. Kaya nga natin siya tinatawag na liga para sa lahat ng Pilipino, kasi lahat dito as long as Filipino ka, kasali ka,” shared Duremdes.

“Kagaya ng sinasabi ni Sen. Manny, matutulungan natin ang mga players ng grumaduate sa college na walang mapaglaruan, mga ex-pro na hindi masyado nabigyan ng exposure sa PBA, may exposure sila dito. Tapos yung mga grassroots player natin, malay mo springboard nila ang MPBL and who knows they will represent the country in the national team.

“Ito ang nakikita ni Sen Manny, mga players na out of school or the big leagues, ma-expose sila sa MPBL at mapansin sila ng national team or pro team,” he furthered.

The league’s first game will feature Caloocan taking on Paranaque at the Big Dome. Tickets are priced at P300, P200, P150, P100 while the Gen Ad will be open for all.

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Lady Blazers evade upset-hungry Lady Generals



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 blocksm Austero also provided five aces.

The Lady Blazers (3-2) take on fellow Final Four aspirant Jose Rizal University (2-3) on Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

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 Generals (0-5) get their best chance at their first 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



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 its aggressiveness, it was cruise control from there.

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

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

Halfway into 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.

The Blazers (4-1) will battle the Jose Rizal University (0-5) on Wednesday.

Mina starred for the Generals with 16 points.

The Generals (2-3) will lock horns with 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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