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Altas maintain unbeaten record in FilOil tournament

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The University of Perpetual Help Dalta System (UPHSD) continue to surge after sending Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws down, 70-64, to post their fifth straight victory in the 2015 Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan City.

A tight affair between the two squads opened up the first frame. From a six-all knot, the Altas converted baskets inside to get on top with just a point, 12-11, after a Gabriel Dagangon layup with less than three minutes left. From the one-point deficit FEU sprinted to a 9-3 run behind Raymar Jose and Roger Pogoy to end the quarter in their favor, 20-15.

An eight-point, 23-15 lead opened up the second quarter for the Tamaraws after a Monbert Arong triple in the 9:01 mark. UPHSD, not backing down, regained their touch in the offensive end to snatch the upper hand once more, 32-31, after a pair of free throws from Earl Thompson with 2:42 left. The Tamaraws used another run, 8-3, to close out the first half ahead, 39-35.

The Perps were down 45-37 with less than eight minutes into the third quarter after back-to-back baskets from Mike Tolomia and Raymar Jose. But UPHSD, behind baskets from Dagangon, Prince Eze, and Bright Akhuetie, erased FEU’s lead to tie, 45-all, with 3:04 remaining. Akhuetie starred for the Altas in the third quarter, scoring 11 points to help put his team back up, 54-50, heading into the fourth and final canto.

UPHSD furthered the lead to six, 56-50, after another Dagangon layup to open the fourth quarter. FEU managed to claw back, closing within one, 58-57, after a Tolomia three-pointer with less than seven minutes left. The Altas, meanwhile, provided answers to every FEU basket down the stretch, eventually leading 66-59 after a Thompson lay-up in the 4:59 mark. The Tamaraws closed in 66-63 after a pair of made free throws by Russel Escoto, but UPHSD scored four more in the dwindling seconds to stretch their winning streak to five.

“Tiyaga lang talaga ginawa namin,” said UPHSD Head Coach Aric Del Rosario about the team’s fifth straight victory. “Mapa-opensa, mapa-depensa, nagtiyaga lang kami,” he reiterated.

Akhuetie posted a double-double to pace the Altas, leading all scorers with 28 points and grabbing a team-high 13 rebounds. Dagangon had nine points and 11 boards, while Eze added 8 and 10. Tolomia and Escoto led the Tamaraws, now with a 3-3 slate, with 15 points apiece in a losing effort.

The Altas will face Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers next Saturday, May 30, at 11:45 AM. FEU’s next game date will also be on May 30, against Adamson University Soaring Falcons at 1:30 PM.

The Scores:

UPHSD 70 – Akhuetie 28, Dagangon 9, Eze 8, Thompson 6, Elorpe 4, Ylagan 4, Gallardo 3

FEU 64 – Tolomia 15, Escoto 15, Arong 11, Jose 11, Pogoy 6, Orizu 4, Bienes 2

TEAMS1ST2ND3RD4TH
UPHSD (A, 5-0)15355470
FEU (A, 3-3)20395064
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Kent Salado re-injures MCL, out for Go for Gold campaign

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Kent Salado suffers a setback

The worst fear of the Go for Gold Scratchers came true Monday evening as all-around combo guard Kent Salado re-injured the medial cruciate ligament in his right knee.

The injury was confirmed by Kent Salado and the officials of Go for Gold and he will miss the entire 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup.

With under three minutes left in the third quarter of Go for Gold’s opening game against the Gamboa-St. Clare Coffee Lovers Monday afternoon, the 5-foot-9 guard went for a drive but could not get the proper lift. He tried to walk it off but limped towards the audience section of the Pasig Sports Center.

“Parang may narinig nga siya na may tumunog daw,” shared Scratchers head coach Charles Tiu after their 75-68 win.

“We’re very worried.

“I think our PT said baka MCL ‘yun, so that might be a month or two, so that’s a big problem for us,” the youthful mentor added.

Salado finished the game with nine points, five rebounds, four assists, and three steals. He was immediately rushed to the Makati Medical Center afterwards. At around nine in the evening, the MRI showed that he tore his ACL as was initially reported by Tiebreaker Times. A second opinion, however, contradicted the initial diagnosis, showing only an MCL tear.

Prior to this, the native of Cagayan de Oro suffered a partial tear on medial collateral damage on the same knee last October 10, 2017 during Arellano’s 85-79 win over the San Sebastian Golden Stags.

With this setback, Salado was also advised to not play in the summer leagues to fully recover in time for the NCAA Season 94 Seniors Basketball tournament.

“Okay lang para NCAA na ko makapaglaro,” he said.

“Mas importante naman yun.”

The 23-year-old averaged 19.1 points, 5.0 assists, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.3 steals last season. He is eligible to enter the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft.

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San Beda overwhelmed by Sale, out of title contention

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Against a taller Moroccan club team, the San Beda College Red Lions could not get the ball rolling against Al Sale, falling 77-104, early Tuesday morning (Manila time) at the Al Ahli Club in Dubai.

With the loss and the UAE National Team defeating Sagesse earlier in the day, the 0-3 Red Lions can no longer advance to the next stage of the 29th Dubai International Basketball Tournament.

San Beda ace Robert Bolick continued his string of sensational outings. After putting up 28 and 27 points respectively in their first two games, the 23 for 2023 Gilas cadet had 20 markers in this game to lead San Beda.

Bolick’s fellow 23 for 2023 teammate Javee Mocon had 10 points but shot just 4-for-14 from the field while NCAA Season 93 Seniors Basketball Finals Most Valuable Player Donald Tankoua had six points, eight rebounds, three steals, and two blocks.

Sale, a team that has three national team players including 6-foot-11 Soufiane Kourdou and two American reinforcements, imposed their will right from the get-go — leading 28-7 to end the first frame.

Sale led by as much as 37 points midway through the second quarter, 51-14. On the other hand, San Beda could not muster a strong run as their longest rally was just a 6-0 spurt late in the third canto.

Sniper AC Soberano and Jeramer Cabanag played their best games in the tournament so far, finishing with 11 and eight points respectively. Co-captain Joe Presbitero also had eight markers.

American Patrick Rembert led six Sale players in double-figures with 22 points. Abderrahim Najah went 7-for-8 from the field for 17 points while Kordou had 16 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks.

San Beda-Pilipinas ends its campaign against Sagesse on Wednesday, January 24 (Manila time).

The Scores:

San Beda 77 – Bolick 20, Soberano 11, Mocon 10, Presbitero 8, Cabanag 8, Tankoua 6, Noah 4, Oftana 4, Carino 3, Adamos 3, Toba 0, Tongco 0.

Sale 104 – Rembert 22, Najah 17, Kourdou 16, Baery 14, Cutis 14, Arnold 13, Almahini 4, Jaddi 4, Elmadini 0, Belhaddar 0.

Quarterscores: 7-28, 22-54, 53-82, 77-104.

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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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