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Anotado hat-trick fuels UST to pivotal win against UE

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Steven Anotado found the net thrice to give UST a crucial 3-0 victory over UE at the FEU Diliman Football Field on Thursday afternoon. The result restores life to UST’s UAAP Season 77 Final Four bid as it is now a point behind fifth-placed NU.

The Tigers pounced on attack early on. At the fourth minute, Efren Menares sent a cross to Gino Clariño whose header was tipped over by UE goalkeeper Lendon Clores. Three minutes after, a corner from Marvin Bricenio found Anotado. Among the players crowding near the UE six-yard box, it was the forward who guided the ball into the net.

UST Coach Marjo Allado credits his team’s aggression right from the start of the match.”Maganda doon ngayon mga attacking namin, mga early attacks namin na co-convert na before mga attacks namin hindi na co-convert.”

UE tried to respond right away but they lacked control in maintaining possession going into the final third. A more even passage of play meant UE’s defense was less intact. Just 13 minutes into the game, Jogi Celiz’s through ball sliced the UE back line and Anotado sprinted to meet the ball before whipping a half volley to breach Clores’ goal again.

Then on, UST moved comfortably throughout the first half, cutting off any chances of providing good looks on goal for the trailing UE team. At the same time, UST pushed forward with the aim of getting a third goal in the half. A couple of penalty claims were dismissed at the 25th and 26th minutes. UST’s Anotado and UE’s Raymart Santiago both fell to challenges inside the box but neither convinced the referee.

Both teams had little attempts afterwards as most of the action happened in the middle of the field. The closest chance generated within the last minutes of the opening half belonged to UE’s Kyhndale Manzo after he blasted a shot over goal from close range. The halftime whistle sounded with UST’s lead steady at two goals to nil.

Just two minutes after the restart, Anotado completed his hat-trick. Menares’ pass located the lurking forward who smashed a half volley past Clores to give UST a commanding 3-0 advantage. As for UE, they never got to respond with a goal but they played better after giving away the third goal. It was unfortunate for the Warriors when John Rey Catalino parried away Regil Galaura’s shot inside the box. The UE player sprinted into the area with a couple of good touches but lacked enough pace and power to squeeze one against Catalino. Santiago ran his fastest to meet the ball but was a second slower in making a pivotal touch that would have bagged them a consolation goal.

UE assistant coach Shem Bensurto expressed that his team was still shorthanded against UST. “Wala si [Jo] Mallen, si [Richard] Mayor, at si [Ramil] Feliciano,” he added while noting the importance of the triumvirate. Mallen is a national youth team member, Mayor is a reliable senior, and Feliciano is one of their quickest wing players. He also lamented the team’s attitude on defense primarily in the first half, but stated that, “noong second half na, nacontain na naman na. Umaatake na kami. So nahirapan kami mag adjust kasi mga rookies yung players namin.”

Allado and his team were ecstatic with the result. “Malaking bagay siya (3-0 win).” He also praised Anotado who now leads the league in goals scored with six to his name. “Iyong scoring, si Steven sumo-score every game except sa UP, pero may mga attempts siya noon.” Lastly, the UST mentor was also pleased with how his gamble on defense has started to pay off. “Iyong back line namin, mga bata pa. Hindi naman center backs mga yun, mga midfielders sila. The more games na ma-experience nila, I think mas nag-aadjust na yung mga bata,” he revealed.

Entering the break, UST now sits in solo sixth, just a point adrift of FEU and NU who both sport seven points in fourth and fifth place respectively. They are also within distance of top teams UP and Ateneo who only have four points more than them, effectively boosting their Final Four chances. Meanwhile, UE stays in seventh but now three points apart from the Tigers, the same points they have more than last-placed Adamson.

UAAP Season 77 football action will resume on the 10th of January with UE trying to grab its second win against the league-leading UP Fighting Maroons.

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  • ji87olp

    parang wlang system of play yung UE kaya palaging talo. Long balls lng ang alam nila wlang short passes masyado plus yung backline kulang sa teamwork. if they don’t play short passes then its another forgetful season for the Red Warriors..

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KIA signs Carlo Lastimosa

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After being released by the NLEX Road Warriors during the off-season, gunner Carlo Lastimosa has found a new home.

KIA Picanto team governor Bobby Rosales confirmed to Tiebreaker Times Thursday evening that they have tapped Carlo Lastimosa for the rest of the PBA Philippine Cup campaign.

“Yes, we have already come to terms,” Rosales said in a text message.

Lastimosa, a two-time All-Star, averaged 8.8 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in his one-year stay with the Road Warriors. Coach Yeng Guiao cited that NLEX already had too many guards that resulted to Lastimosa’s release.

The product of College of Saint Benilde was drafted as the 20th overall pick in the 2013 Rookie Draft by Barako Bull. A year later, he was traded to the Blackwater Elite for Brian Heruala.

The 27-year-old is set to make his debut on Saturday when the Picanto take on the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.

The Kia Picanto are in the midst of a 16-game losing streak.

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Marinerong Pilipino withstands furious Zark’s rally to open season on high note

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The Marinerong Pilipino Skippers averted a collapse and held off the Zark’s Burger-Lyceum Jawbreakers to come away with the 94-92 thriller to open the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Losing hold of a 17-point edge, 56-39 with 7:57 left in the third frame, the Skippers survived the furious rally from the Jawbreakers in the clutch as Mike Nzeusseu and CJ Perez missed their three-pointers in the final minute before Rian Ayonayon and Renzo Subido sealed off the win for their side at the charity stripe

Subido topscored for Marinerong Pilipino with 20 points, five assists, and three rebounds, while Ayonayon unleashed 15 markers, three boards, and two dimes in the early battle between the two contenders.

Gab Banal also registered a double-double of 14 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, and four steals against his 10 turnovers in the win, while Papot Paredes got 12 of his 14 markers in the first half to help the Skippers establish control at halftime.

Victorious as Marinerong Pilipino maybe in the marquee matchup, coach Koy Banal refused to brand his side as the undisputed team-to-beat, noting: “This win means nothing. We need to keep on working get better every day because everybody will now prepare for us.”

Banal also lauded top rookie picks Alvin Pasaol and Abu Tratter, who were both fielded in the second half and stepped up to help the Skippers’ cause.

“Those guys have been with us since January 2 lang, and pretty much, medyo nangangapa pa sila sa sistema. But good thing is that they were able to deliver especially when their number were called,” he said.

The Skippers used a huge 12-0 run to end the second quarter to grab a 47-35 halftime lead, which further ballooned to 17, 56-39 in the third quarter.

Jaycee Marcelino paced Zark’s Burger-Lyceum with 20 points, four rebounds, and three assists in the loss, while Perez had 19 markers and five assists.

Earlier, PBA officer-in-charge Willie Marcial and PBA vice chairman Dickie Bachmann of Alaska graced the opening ceremonies, which was made special thanks to league newcomer Mila’s Lechon.

Marinerong Pilipino looks to sustain the momentum it gained in this game when it faces the Akari-Adamson Falcons on Thursday, January 25 at 5:00pm. Zark’s Burgers, on the other hand, takes on the Batangas-EAC Generals on Tuesday, January 23 at 4:00pm.

The Scores:

Marinerong Pilipino 94 – Subido 20, Ayonayon 15, Paredes 14, Banal 14, Robles 10, Tolentino 4, Tratter 4, Pasaol 4, Terso 3, Lopez 2, Inigo 2, Babilonia 2, Toth 0.

Zark’s 92 – Marcelino JC 20, Perez 19, Nzeusseu 18, Ayaay 11, Ibanez 6, Marcelino JV 6, Cinco 5, Tansingco 3, Santos 2, Pretta 2, Marata 0, Liwag 0

Quarterscores: 17-19, 47-34, 69-58, 94-92

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Pirates notch first win at struggling Knights’ expense

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After floundering in their first three games, the Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates broke into the win column after trouncing the Colegio San Juan de Letran Knights, 20-25, 27-25, 25-20, 25-22, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Pirates, after a sluggish start, got the best of their Intramuros neighbors by limiting their miscues in the latter three sets. According to head coach Emil Lontoc, Lyceum needed every bit of momentum they gained in their rousing win in the second set.

“Nabuhayan sila (Pirates) ng loob noong makalusot kami noong second set,” Lontoc said. “Mababa ‘yung nilaro namin nung simula tapos medyo struggle pa din noong sumunod na set. Pero nakabangon din. Crucial ‘yun kasi baka hindi na kami naka-angat kung natalo pa kami noong second set.”

The Pirates delivered three of their four aces in the final set to close the match. They also shored up their reception, finishing at 38 percent, after an atrocious start.

Jhonel Badua topped the Pirates with 19 points while Joeward Presnede added 14.

Lyceum (1-3) takes on the undefeated Arellano University (4-0) on Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Paul John Alilio and Bobby Gatdula each provided Letran with 19 points. Christopher Cistina managed 11 markers.

Letran (0-4) aims for their first win against rivals San Beda College (3-1) on Monday.

The Scores

LPU (3) – Badua 19, Presnede 14, Lajara 9, Ilano 7, Samonte 5, Uy 5, Rubio (L)

CSJL (1) – Alilio 19, Gatdula 19, Cistina 11, Almoguerra 3, Ladeon 3, Dizon 2, Domingo 2, Brioso 0, Tumbali 0, Centeno (L), Timbreza (L)

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D-League to hold three-day showcase for players

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Seeking to further display the greatness of the Filipino basketball players, the PBA is giving more chances to the cagers as the league is set to hold the first-ever PBA D-League Showdown later this conference.

Opening the eighth season with this ground-breaking news, PBA officer-in-charge Willie Marcial is hopeful that this will serve as another motivation for the players to perform at their best this 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.

“Ginagawa naman natin ito para mas galingan ng mga players natin para rin maipakita nila yung tunay nilang talento,” he said Thursday during the opening ceremonies at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Marcial bared that the plan is to hold a two-day summit for the players suiting up in the ongoing conference to allow them to showcase their talents in front of coaches and scouts, not just from the PBA but also from countries in the Southeast Asian region.

“Lahat ng mga players ay maglalaro dito at mapapanood hindi lang ng mga PBA coaches,” he said.

“Iimbitahin din namin ang mga coaches ng ibang bansa tulad ng Malaysia, Thailand, at Vietnam na kumukuha ng imports sa atin.”

Marcial acknowledged that as much as players seek to make the jump to the pro league, securing spots in the PBA teams have been hard to crack over the past few years, forcing the players to look elsewhere for opportunities.

That has made playing in overseas leagues an option for these less fortunate ballers, keeping them earning while also hoping to impress scouts while keeping their PBA dreams alive.

Some of the players who suited up in the D-League and are currently playing outside of the country are Paul Zamar and Almond Vosotros in Thailand, AJ Mandani in Singapore, and Reil Cervantes in Indonesia.

With this project, Marcial is hopeful that this would keep the players in line while also delivering the best competition the D-League could dream of.

“Iwasan natin ang bisyo at galingan ninyo.”

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