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Adeogun, Cabanag pace San Beda in win over Benilde

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The San Beda College (SBC) Red Lions, in their penultimate game before facing the Altas in a marquee game, avoided a late game collapse against the College of St. Benilde (CSB) Blazers with a 73-67 win Thursday afternoon at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan City.

The defending NCAA champions quickly opened the game with an 8-2 lead to open the game. Ola Adeogun and Art De La Cruz broke down the defense of the Blazers in penetrating the paint and powering their way to easy baskets. On the other end, the San Beda defense contested almost every shot St. Benilde was attempting. In the quarters, the Blazers were only able to convert on four field goals, two coming from energy guy Christian Fajarito. Adeogun and De La Cruz feasted their way until the end of the quarter. A layup by Jeramer Cabanag closed the quarter with SBC leading 20-8.

Jonathan Grey started a mini Benilde spurt to cut the San Beda lead to just eight points. Grey assisted on a three pointer by JJ Domingo and an and-one by Rene Sta. Maria. The frontcourt duo of Adeogun and De La Cruz again halted any momentum gained by the Blazers in an 8-0 run capped by a dunk by Adeogun coming from De La Cruz. The San Beda lead grew to a game-high 19 points, 35-16, with 4:14 remaining. Two conversions from downtown by Saavedra and a layup by JR Ongteco cut the lead to just 13, 41-28 to end the quarter.

By the half, San Beda had already attempted 15 free throw attempts and converted on 10. The Blazers had a hard time in defending as they committed 12 fouls. In addition, the Red Lions shot 55% from the field compared to 33% by the Blazers.

The Red Lions’ starters went out of the dugout lackadaisical to open the second half. The pick and fade game of the Blazers resulted to free jumpers for the Green squad. Saavedra converted on a three pointer to open the quarter followed by conversions by Amando San Juan and Sta. Maria to cut the lead to six 45-39 with 2:41 remaining. Another jumper by Sta. Maria and a three pointer by Domingo cut the lead to just 2 50-48 to end the quarter. The Beda offense was only able to produce nine points in the quarter with five coming from Adeogun.

The bench of the Mendiola-based squad sparked a huge rally to open the final frame of the game. West Negros University transferee Jeramer Cabanag sparked a game breaking 11-0 rally. Cabanag scored seven in that run that included a three pointer and capped by a fast break layup to give SBC a 61-50 lead. An aggressive Grey then responded with an 8-0 run of his own to cut the lead to just five once more. However, Adeogun returned to the game and continued his dominance in the paint to extend the lead to ten once more 72-62 with 1:39 remaining. A three by Castor and a jumper by Farito cut the lead to just six with 37 ticks remaining but misses in crunch time gave San Beda the win 73-67.

After the game, Coach Jamike Jarin praised sophomore guard Cabanag and his patience. “He was the go-to-guy when he was in Western Visayas. He’s making all these sacrifices and all-around team guy. He has a bright future,” said the mentor. In addition, he credited the defense of Benilde in the third quarter but also questioned the consistency of his team.

After averaging just 14 points and six rebounds in four games, Nigerian foreign student-athlete Ola Adeogun led the Red Lions with 25 points and 13 rebounds on 10/12 shooting. Art De La Cruz notched another double-double with ten points and 10 rebounds while sixth man Jeramer Cabanag scored nine points on 4/6 shooting. For the Blazers, Jonathan Grey again led the team with 16 points while also grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out five assists. Fons Saavedra had 15 points, including three triples.

As a team San Beda shot 50% from the field. However, the team just shot 11/24 from the charity stripe. Even in committing more turnovers (22-16), the Red Lions outrebounded the Blazers 48-32 that proved to be the difference in the game.

The SBC Red Lions (4-1) next face the UPHSD Altas on Tuesday, July 28 at 4:00pm while the CSB Blazers (1-4)  face the JRU Heavy Bombers at 2:00pm at the same day.

The Scores:
SBC (73) – Adeogun 25, De La Cruz 10, Cabanag 9, Sara 6, Tankoua 6, Koga 5, Tongco 5, Reyes 3, Solera 2, Sedillo 2, Soberano 0, Mocon 0, Bonsubre 0, Presbitero 0.
CSB (67) – Grey 16, Saavedra 15, Domingo 8, Fajarito 8, Sta. Maria 7, Castor 7, Ongteco 4, San Juan 2, Jonson 0, Nayve 0, Young 0.
Quarterscores: 20-8, 41-28, 50-48, 73-67.

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Calvin Abueva, Raymond Almazan cut from pool

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SMART Gilas Pilipinas’ third session for the second leg of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers ended early on Monday evening.

Prior to the end of the practice, head coach Chot Reyes talked to team veterans Jayson Castro, Gabe Norwood, and June Mar Fajardo. The outspoken mentor told the seniors of the team that he is cutting Calvin Abueva and Raymond Almazan from the pool.

“The reason why we’re dropping Abueva and Almazan for the second window is because they haven’t showed up,” lamented Reyes.

“It’s already our third practice at hindi pa sila nagpapakita. It’s simply a matter of disinterest.

“I guess they’re not interested so we have to move on we can’t wait for those guys,” he pointed out.

Both Abueva and Almazan were part of the teams that competed in the 2017 SEABA Championship, the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup, and the first window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

Only 10 players from the pool showed up for the team’s third session. And with the second leg exactly one month away, Gilas cannot let a slip up happen especially against Australia.

“Aside from those two we don’t know where Matt Wright is, while Allein [Maliksi] is attending a wedding in Australia. Other than that it’s really just an issue of Calvin and Raymond if they don’t want to be a part of the pool.” expressed Reyes.

“That’s the reason we’re dropping them for the second window.”

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23 for 2023 cadets fill up Gilas practice

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With just 31 days until the second window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, only 10 players from the pool attended the team’s third session, Monday evening at the Meralco Gym.

Suiting up in the session presided over by Coach Chot Reyes were June Mar Fajardo, Gabe Norwood, Troy Rosario, Jio Jalalon, Mac Belo, Kiefer Ravena, Kevin Alas, and Roger Pogoy. Carl Cruz and Jayson Castro were in attendance but were in street clothes.

Not present were Matthew Wright, Japeth Aguilar, and Allein Maliksi. Calvin Abueva and Raymond Almazan have yet to attend practice.

Joining the seniors team to prep them up for the World Cup Qualifiers were 10 players from the 23 for 2023 pool.

Ateneo Blue Eagle Matt Nieto attended his first Gilas practice. Joining him were teammates Isaac Go and Thirdy Ravena.

Completing the night’s cast were CJ Perez, Abu Tratter, Will Gozum, J-jay Alejandro, Arvin Tolentino, and Juan Gomez de Liano. Joshua Sinclair watched from the sidelines as he is still recovering from an ACL injury.

Gilas will take on Australia in Melbourne on February 22. The Philippine will then host Japan three days later at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

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San Beda fends off Letran for back-to-back wins

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With seasoned setter John Carlo Desuyo steering the wheel to near perfection, the San Beda College romped to their second straight win.

The Red Spikers pulled double-digit outings from four players to upend archrival Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights, 19-25, 25-13, 25-21, 25-22, and register their fourth win of the season, Monday early evening at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

It was the Knights, however, who started on the right foot, overhauling a 4-10 deficit to snag the first set. Better passing from liberos Aljune Centeno and Johnsen Timbreza resulted in kills from captain Bobby Gatdula.

Nonetheless, San Beda picked up the service game in the next three sets to ultimately finish off the blue-shirts.

Despite the win-loss record they currently sport, the Red Spiker playmaker admitted that t

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Michael Calisaan tows Che’lu-San Sebastian past Perpetual

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Michael Calisaan poured 20 points as he captained newcomer Che’Lu-San Sebastian Revellers to a decisive 83-70 win over the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas to start their voyage, Monday evening at the Pasig City Sports Center.

Doing it all for the Revellers, the veteran forward provided the stability for his side as he shot 8-of-15 from the field while also hauling down nine rebounds, two assists, and two steals in the conference-opening win.

But it wasn’t all Calisaan as Che’Lu got contributions from all over its roster.

Samboy de Leon chimed in 16 markers and nine boards. RK Ilagan went 2-of-5 from threes to collect 13 points, eight dimes, and three rebounds, while big men Alfred Batino and Jeepy Faundo combined for 20 in the victory.

Despite the triumph, coach Stevenson Tiu gave all the praise to his players, noting the team’s lack of time preparing for the tourney.

“Nanalo kami dahil sa talent ng players. Medyo mali ko rin kasi nahirapan pa ako mag-adjust sa players. Hopefully, we play much better in the coming games,” he said.

The Revellers used a 16-4 run to finally break away from the Altas, taking a 77-60 lead with 4:03 to play as they punished their foes for their turnovers, turning Perpetual’s 30 miscues to 28 points in their favor.

Prince Eze anchored the Altas with 15 points, 11 rebounds, and seven blocks in their first game under new head coach Frankie Lim.

Che’lu-San Sebastian look to make it two in a row when they take on the Wangs-Letran Couriers on Monday, January 29 at 5:00pm. Perpetual, on the other hand, hope they can notch their first win when they take on Mila’s Lechon Mighty Roasters.

The Scores:

Che’lu-SSCR 83 — Calisaan 20, De Leon 16, Ilagan 13, Batino 10, Faundo 10, Bulanadi 6, Costelo 6, Calma 2, David 0, Lao 0, Santos 0, Valdez 0.

UPHSD 70 — Eze 15, Coronel 13, Villanueva 13, Jimenez 9, Charcos 7, Peralta 7, Gallardo 5, Pido 1, Antonio 0, Aurin 0, Tamayo 0, Tongco 0.

Quarterscores: 17-22, 34-38, 59-53, 83-70.

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