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Amit gearing up for SEA Games duty



For the sixth time, Rubilen Amit will be participating in the biennial Southeast Asian Games and the veteran campaigner goes into the competition ready. Tiebreakertimes caught up with Bingkay after her successful stint as captain of Team Asia in the 2015 Queen’s Cup.

Aeron Valderrama: From the last time we talked up until this point, what preparations have you done?
Rubilen Amit: Well, after the Queen’s Cup, I rested muna kasi dalawang magkasunod na tournaments yun. [The other one was Amway Cup in Taiwan.] And then after that, back to serious training na kami under coach Boy Luat. Parang, all year round naman kaming nag-eensayo. But siyempre, SEA Games, importante talaga for [the] country so pumukpok talaga. Normally, I do three times a week; nitong before the SEA Games, four times a week ako ng long hours.

What do you feel about your chances in the SEA Games?
Going into the tournament, I’d like to think that we have a very good chance of winning the gold medal, but ayaw kong isipin na parang kailangan talaga kasi I don’t want to pressure myself. Tsaka it’s anybody’s ball game; it’s a short race. I’m just praying lang talaga na sana ibigay Niya sa ‘tin itong ginto medalya.

The billiards team is composed of tested veterans, was there any pressure on you to perform well?
Siyempre, we feel pressured also. We feel the pressure na yung expectation nga for the billiards team ay andoon, tsaka medyo mataas. Pero ano talaga eh, ang pinaka-nagagawa kasi namin talaga is to prepare for it and hope for the best na sana nga mabibiyayaan tayo ng gintong medalya.

When are you usually informed of the draw?
I think meron na yata, pero ako hindi ko inaalam eh. Hindi ko inaalam kung sino yung kalaban ko. Ang inaalam ko lang ay yung schedule, not because parang hindi nagma-matter yun, kundi dahil isip ako ng isip napepressure ako kung sino ang kalaban ko. Ang ginagawa ko lang ay inaalam ko yung schedule at alam yun [draw] ng coach ko.

Was it added pressure that you know who you will be facing in the coming tournament?
It’s more of isip ka ng isip. Iisipin mo kung ano yung game niya. Sometimes it plays with your head eh. Until yung moment na malapit na kong lumapit sa table, dun lang [aalamin yung kalaban.]

How is your young colleague Chezka [Centeno] doing? What did you tell her?
Ngayon kasi we’re still here, ang paalala ko naman sa kanya parati is to take her of herself. “Matulog ka ng maaga kasi medyo uso ngayon yung sakit eh. Drink lots of water.” Pag andun syempre it’s more of the competition. Being here in a way, parang ate.

What were the words of motivation that you gave to her?
I guess I’ll be telling her dun pa, pero it’s more just to do her best, give her best, and not, kumbaga, pressure-in yung sarili niya – to motivate her without pressuring her. Yun yung gagawin ko for her kumbaga as guidance sa kanya.

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Talking about chances to win; although we know that there are some events that were scrapped, what do you think of the chances of the whole team? Is there any projection from your camp?
I don’t know; I think they have projections pero ako hindi ko na inaalam yun yung mga projections na yan. So, ang ano ko dun is magtatrabaho na lang talaga. Pupukpok kami ng laro. We’ll really give our best at sana mauwi natin yung gintong medalya.

Have you seen how your competitors have been playing recently?
[Yung from] Indonesia alam ko – they trained in Taiwan for a month. Tapos ang Singapore, they got of the best players [of the sport], Allison Fisher, as their coach. So, talagang naghahanda rin talaga sila. They really improved din throughout the years eh. In the same way na kami rin, I would like think na nag-improve rin kami.

Where have you seen them play lately?
We competed dun sa Amway Cup sa Taiwan, two months ago.

Who did you see there?
Nakita ko dun is yung siguro pinaka-competition talaga, si Angeline Ticoalu [ng Indonesia]. She placed third actually. Natuwa nga ako, she played very well. I went to her and told her na parang “I’m proud of how you performed. I’m happy that you placed third.” We’re friends din talaga off the hall.

Pre-quarterfinals of women’s 9-ball event are scheduled on Saturday, June 6. Amit hopes to last up to June 9, when the gold medal match for this lone billiards event for women cue artists this 2015 Games happens.


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After getting first D-League experience, Zark’s-Lyceum ready to get loose



After a hesitant performance in their PBA D-League debut last Thursday that resulted in a loss to the Marinerong Pilipino Skippers, the Zark’s Burger-Lyceum Jawbreakers seemingly caught up with the league’s style of play on Tuesday.

Zark’s-Lyceum displayed their true form and stamped their class all over the Batangas-EAC Generals with a 37-point destruction, 112-75 — so far the biggest winning margin the franchise has ever had in its D-League history.

“Medyo adjusted na kami on everything — the calls and the teams we’re playing against with,” said Zark’s-Lyceum head coach Topex Robinson after the match at Pasig Sports Center. “But the things we want to mind are those things we control.

“We just have to keep on doing what we are doing. It’s more on replenishing na lang on our old ways.”

Robinson’s claim was strongly backed up by the numbers that the Jawbreakers produced.

CJ Perez had 21 points and 10 rebounds. MJ Ayaay produced 15 points and 10 boards, and Mike Nzeusseu delivered 14 markers and 11 boards.

Even the bench made their presence felt in the victory. With guard Jaycee Marcelino spearheading the supporting cast’s charge with 12 markers, the bench contributed a remarkable 56 points to their total output.

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“Ano lang, cinontrol lang namin yung pace kasi yun naman talaga yung laro namin, yung mabilisan,” said the 24-year-old do-it-all forward, who also collected three steals.

“Kailangan talaga mabilisan para ma-execute namin yung mga ginagawa namin.”

This week will be a rough one for the Pirates, as they will play right away this Thursday against the AMA Online Education. And for Perez, he strongly believes that they will be able to carry over their momentum.

“Oo. Nandun pa. Energy talaga yung puhunan namin para makalaro ng maayos.”

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Bonbon Batiller shows what he can bring to Letran in D-League debut



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Tuesday proved to be a double debut for Bonbon Batiller. Aside from beginning his first foray in the PBA D-League, it also marked his debut for the Letran Knights, who are carrying the Wang’s Basketball Couriers franchise.

And the 5-foot-11 guard showed what he can bring to the table. Batiller collected 15 points, five rebounds, and three assists to help the Knights raise the curtains of their campaign with a 93-75 rout of the Batangas-EAC Generals.

“Nagworkout yung pinagpraktisan namin,” said Batiller. “Nagbunga rin yung tinuro samin ni Coach Jeff (Napa) lalo sa depensa. Tsaka siguro sa rebounds — laking lamang namin sa rebound. Nagsipag mga bigs namin.”

But what has him even more satisfied is the warm reception and trust he’s had from the Knights, even if he has spent barely a year with them after transferring from University of the East last 2017.

“Masaya po kasi tinanggap nila ako sa Letran ng buong-buo,” said Batiller, who normed 10.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.6 steals with UE in two years. “Tsaka yung tiwala nila na makakatulong ako sa team nandoon.

“Kaya masaya ako sa pinakita nila sa akin.”

That is why the General Santos native is hard-pressed to prove himself to Letran, saying that he’s all about giving back to the school that gave him another opportunity to resume his young, up-and-coming basketball career.

“Kailangan kong may mapatunayan na deserving ako sa binigay na second chance sa akin ni Letran,” said Batiller, who decided to switch schools partly due to academic reasons.

“Malaki ang utang ko sa Letran.”

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Bienvenido Maranon scores brace as Ceres-Negros eliminates Brisbane Roar



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Philippine club football just achieved its biggest continental result yet

The inaugural Philippines Football League champions Ceres-Negros Football Club eliminated three-time Australian champions Brisbane Roar in the 2018 AFC Champions League’s second preliminary round with a 3-2 stunner, away at the QSAC Stadium in Brisbane.

With the win, the 2017 AFC Cup ASEAN Zonal Champions are set to face Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian next January 30, 2018 at the Haihe Educational Football Stadium in Tianjin, China, to book a seat in the group stages.

Brisbane were the favorites for this tie and it showed, as Ceres started the contest on the back foot. Italian striker Massimo Maccarone handed the home side the lead in the 35th minute when he turned in Brett Holman’s pass.

Maccarone’s goal could have lowered the Busmen’s moral, but Risto Vidakovic’s men took it as a motivation rather than a downer. In fact, Ceres replied in the best way possible when Bienvenido Maranon scored his first goal of the match two minutes from halftime, thanks to a scramble in the Brisbane box.

By all accounts, Ceres had already made Philippine football proud at halftime. By this stage last year, Brisbane had accrued a 4-0 halftime cushion against Global Cebu en route to a 6-0 rout.

Today, though, Brisbane faced tougher resistance at Ceres’ hands. That resistance turned into a full-fledged revolt in the 65th minute when Maranon directed the ball past a helpless Jamie Young to give the Busmen their first taste of the lead.

Maranon’s goal well and truly turned the tide in Ceres’ favor. Brisbane were stunned. The home side are the defending A-League champions, but are currently eighth in the table this season and would soon face elimination from Asia’s premier club competition.

Already up 2-1, the Busmen finally achieved some breathing room in the 75th minute when Omid Nazari scored from close range to give Ceres a two-goal cushion over Brisbane.

Nazari’s goal not only sealed the win for Ceres, it also propelled Philippine football into the big leagues. Not even a late goal from French midfielder Éric Bauthéac could prevent the Busmen’s victory.

After five minutes of stoppage time, Ceres emerged 3-2 winners against Brisbane Roar. Come what may against Tianjin seven days from now, the Busmen have already achieved Philippine football’s biggest result since their own achievement in last season’s AFC Cup.

Who knows? Maybe Ceres can pull off another upset?

Ceres-Negros XI: Doblas (GK), Super, Mike Ott, Ingreso, Maranon, Porteria, Schrock, De Murga (C), Munoz, Nazari, Christaens.

Brisbane Roar XI: Ingham, Bowles, Papadopoulos, Maccarone, Holman, Khalfallah, Oxborrow, McKay (C), Hingert, Young (GK), Franjic.

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CJ Perez, Zark’s-Lyceum vent ire on Batangas-EAC with 37-point romp



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CJ Perez and the Zark’s Burger-Lyceum Jawbreakers finally lived up to their hype, as they clobbered the Batangas-EAC Generals to score a 37-point beatdown, 112-75 for their first win, Tuesday at the Pasig Sports Center.

It was an all-out attack from the Jawbreakers, as they beat the Generals to the bite and took control of the game early, with Mike Nzeusseu and Jaycee Marcelino guiding their side to the 48-33 lead at halftime which they would never surrender.

Perez paced Zark’s Burger-Lyceum with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while MJ Ayaay tallied a double-double with his 15 markers, 10 boards, and three assists.

Cameroonian student-athlete Nzeusseu also delivered 14 points, 11 rebounds, and two assists. Marcelino had eight first half points and wound up with 12 off the bench, as the reserves chipped in 56 huge points in the tussle.

Coach Topex Robinson lauded the Jawbreakers for quickly adjusting to the style of the PBA D-League just days after falling to the Marinerong Pilipino, 92-94, back in opening day.

“Medyo adjusted na kami on everything — the calls and the teams were playing against with. But the things we want to mind are those things we control. We just have to keep on doing what we are doing. It’s more on replenishing na lang on our old ways,” he said.

Earvin Mendoza and Cedric de Joya both had 16 points for the Generals in the losing effort.

Zark’s-Lyceum look to continue to roll when they face the AMA Online Education Titans on Thursday, January 25. EAC-Batangas, on the other hand, take on the Gamboa-St. Clare Coffee Lovers on Monday, January 29.

The Scores:

Zark’s-Lyceum 112 — Perez 21, Ayaay 15, Nzeusseu 14, Jc. Marcelino 12, Serrano 10, Baltazar 8, Santos 8, Jv. Marcelino 6, Tansingco 6, Marata 4, Liwag 4, Ibañez 2, Cinco 2, Pretta 0.

Batangas-EAC 75 — E. Mendoza 16, De Joya 16, Tampoc 12, Laude 9, Pate 8, Maguliano 6, Altamirano 5, Diego 3, Garcia 0, Dela Peña 0, Martin 0, J. Mendoza 0, Neri 0.

Quarterscores: 19-14, 48-33, 84-47, 112-75.

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