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ADMU Blue Batters crush NU Bulldogs in 7th inn stoppage win



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10 runs in the 4th.

The defending champions, the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Batters, were able to defeat the National University Bulldogs in a 19-7, 7th inning drubbing last Thursday at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium. 

The Blue Batters starting pitcher, last season’s most valuable player Andy Tan suffered a high fever last Tuesday but was able to start this game. However, the effects of Andy Tan’s illness clearly showed in his game.

At the top half of the first inning, Andy Tan gave up five runs in the first inning with Herxel Fortunato, Julius Mondragon, Junmar Diarao, Clarence Caasalan, and Keneth Ybanez scoring runs for the Bulldogs to give NU an early 4-0 lead. Throwing errors by the team paved way for the NU runs.

“When I asked him (Andy Tan) kanina, I was supposed to start with Paulo (Macasaet) or (Miguel) Dumlao. Pero ang nangyari when we talked to him he was okay so I started with him. Makikita mo naman sa first inning, it’s different even ang speed nung bola iba,” Blue Batter Head Coach Randy Dizer told us after the game.

During the bottom part of the initial inning, the ADMU Blue Batters bombarded the Bulldogs with four runs from Adriane Bernardo, Inigo Untalan, Matthew Laurel, and Claudio Remollo. Right in the middle of the run, the NU staff subbed out starting pitcher Lester Sollos for Ronel Peralta. The inning ended with NU leading by 1, 5-4.

A run in the 2nd inning by Inigo Untalan was scored after a catching error by NU first baseman Clarence Caasalan to give ADMU another point.

A pitching change occurred in the 3rd inning with Nacho Cojuangco replacing Andy Tan. NU grabbed the lead again in the 3rd inning when Caasalan hit a triple that led to a Junmar Diarao run. The Blue Batters took the lead for good in the bottom half of the 3rd inning with runs scored by Claudio Remollo, from a Lorenzo Ramos RBI, and Ryon Tionloc.

Then, the 4th inning run happened. 10 total runs were scored in the inning that sealed the game in favor of the Blue Batters. Inigo Untalan scored first for ADMU after a throwing error by NU shortstop Julius Mondragon. A double by Ryon Tionloc gave Matt Laurel a run. A triple by Carlos Remollo led to runs for Lorenzo Ramos and Cesar Esguerra. The NU Bulldogs pitchers were subbed out left and right to try to quell the rally but to no avail. Five more runs were scored in the inning that gave ADMU a huge 17-4 lead.

The Bulldogs scored a single run in the 5th courtesy of Herxel Fortunato.

Two runs in the 6th for ADMU sealed the game for the defending champions. Matthew Laurel sent a deep homer onto center field for login two runs and extend the ADMU lead to 19-7.

Matt Laurel led the Blue Batters with 4 runs, 2 hits, and 5 RBI’s. 10 other batters for ADMU scored runs as well. Substitute pitcher, sophomore Nacho Ramos also had a good outing for the Blue Batters in giving up just 2 runs and 2 hits while striking-out two NU batters.

Coach Randy Dizer had high praise for his sophomore pitcher Nacho Cojuangco. “Cojuangco pitched well. Ganda ng laro. I have two sophomore pitchers si Cojuangco and si (Miguel) Dumlao. Kung titignan mo the way they move, they are seasoned. Si Nacho kung titignan mo has the biggest curve in the tournament right now. Malaking bagay ang experience na nakuha nila.”

In closing out the interview, Coach Dizer had this to say about Sunday’s big rivalry game against the DLSU Green Batters:

“Every time we play La Salle it will always be close. The advantage that our team has is that we have six seniors. The experience and the age ang lamang natin sa kanila.” 

He even gave this prediction for the game, “Pagka nakauna kami, mamemercy namin sila.”

The Ateneo de Manila University Blue Batters will next face the De La Salle University Green Batters on Sunday, 10am with Paulo Macasaet set to start for the defending champions. The NU Bulldogs look to bounce back as they face the Adamson Soaring Falcons also on Sunday. Both games will be played at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.



AJ Mandani sparks Singapore in win over Joshua Munzon-led Westsports



Back to his role as the sixth man of the Slingers after two games, AJ Mandani provided the firepower needed by Singapore in a fourth quarter surge to stop the Westsports Malaysia Dragons, 93-85, Sunday afternoon at the MABA Stadium in Malaysia.

The win arrested the Slingers’ two-game losing streak, raising their slate to 6-6. Westsports, a team coming off a two-game winning streak that included a 91-87 win over Mikey Williams and the Saigon Heat last January 18, fell to 3-5.

Struggling in the first three quarters, Mandani six of his eight points in the final frame. And those points were povital in fending off Westsports.

With Singapore clinging to a solitary point lead early in the fourth quarter, the Filipino-Canadian scored four straight points 8-0 run to gain a 74-67 lead with under seven minutes left. Another basket by Mandani followed it up with a breakaway layup with with 5:18 remaining to give Singapore an 81-72 cushion.

Filipino exports Joshua Munzon and Patrick Cabahug tried to rally the home team back as a triple by the latter cut the lead down to just three with 1:40 on the clock. Big buckets by Delvin Goh and Chris Charles sealed off the Malaysia-based club team.

Munzon went just 5-for-18 from the field to finish with 15 points, seven rebounds, and three steals. Cabahug chipped in eight points on 3-for-4 shooting off the bench.

Xavier Alexander led Singapore with 33 points while Charles tallied a double-double with 25 points and 13 rebounds to go along with three swats. Singaporean Goh had 16 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.

Marcus Marshall paced Westsports with 22 points, playing all 40 minutes as fellow World Import AJ West had a tough outing.

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Impervious Lady Chiefs stay perfect after sweep of Lady Pirates



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. Rookie Necole Ebuen powered 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.

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

The Lady Chiefs will 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. 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, drops Red Lions to 0-2



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 with 27 points. Fellow 23 for 2023 cadet Javee Mocon added 11 points and seven rebounds.

Sousse — the second-best club team in Tunisia, who 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 one-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 for Final Four



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 from 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.

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

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