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Arellano escapes Lyceum’s late-game rally to clinch first win

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Squandering a seemingly-comfortable lead built in the first half, the Arellano Chiefs survived a tremendous Lyceum Pirates’ fourth quarter run and win their first game of the NCAA tournament, 80-78 in Friday’s triple-header held at the FilOil Arena in San Juan City.

Running in transition was the name of the game for Arenallo in the match as their fast break game powered them to an early lead against LPU. Early turnovers made the Pirates enabled Brylle Meca to drain the game’s first shot from downtown and give the Chiefs a 7-3 lead. As the teams get sloppy in the ensuing possessions, 4 lead changes and two deadlocks were formed halfway in the first period.

Tied at 13 after two free throws by Jean Nguidjol, Arellano bursted a 14-4 spark to end the first ten minutes of action. During the stretch, the Pirates’ offense was scattered with the way Arellano defending the passing lanes. Jiovani Jalalon also scored six points in the run while Zac Nichols punched in a triple to help their team build a double-digit lead after the first quarter.

Joseph Gabayani played a good second period as he scored Lyceum’s first eight points of the period. However, his team failed to make successive stops on the other end with Arellano still answering on buckets made by the Pirates. Nichols also started to catch fire from three-point territory as he inked in two more and surpassing his subpar 1/11 shooting in their last outing against JRU.

Arellano built its largest lead of the half at 41-23 while the reinsertion of Jalalon started the running game again of the Chiefs. A mini 7-2 spurt put up by Lyceum including a transition three by rookie Noah Lugo trimmed the lead down to 13. Unfortunately for the Pirates, they were on a losing end of a counter run as six more fastbreak points gave the Chiefs a 16-pt cushion after 20 minutes.

For majority of the third quarter, Arellano maintained its double-digit edge despite Jalalon cramping up in the 4:26 mark of the third while his team was still up, 63-49. This enabled the Pirates to double the output of Arellano in the last four minutes, 10-5 including timely free throws that trimmed the lead down to nine heading into the last quarter, 59-68.

Two outside jumpers by Dioncee Holts restored Arellano’s double-digit gap as the Pirates seemed to have a tough time to break the nine-point barrier in the first three minutes of the last quarter. However, Gabayani was still muscling his presence inside while Nichols knocked down another three-ball to trigger their late-game rally. The rookie MJ Ayaay also played a huge fourth period as him and a free throw by Gabayani scored and pulled through within six at 78-72 with exactly three minutes to play.

Looking to close their opponents, Jalalon stepped up and hit a tough floater to give Arellano some sorts of breathing room down the stretch. However, one last run by the Pirates made it a close encounter with Ayaay and Shaq Alanes converting on a tough transition layup to make it 80-76 with a over sixty seconds to play. Afterwards, Lyceum got a stop that led to another Gabayani basket underneath in a 2-for-1 play. Another stop the Pirates off a missed shot by Arellano gave them a crack to win the game with 3.4 seconds left. Unfortunately, Gabayani lost the ball after a good play as the Pirates were unable to pull off even an attempt to tie the game in regulation.

After the game, Arellano head coach Jerry Condinera was relieved that the Chiefs were able to hold on to the huge lead they had in the first half of the game. “Buti na-sustain up to that last second. Lyceum was there, they were breathing down our necks.” He added that it was tough for him since there are a lot of new rookies in the team. Finally, the Defense Minister credited the great play of his rookies, especially Michael Salado and Brylle Meca, “they are really impressive.”

Gilas Cadet member Jiovani Jalalon scored 20 points and dished out 12 dimes in the win. Sharpshooter Zachary Nicholls punched in 16 markers as well, including five from downtown. For the Pirates, big man Joseph Gabayni put up a monster performance with 20 points and grabbing 18 rebounds while fourth year guard Shaq Alanes continued his hot start with 20 points and five rebounds.

Arellano improves to a 1-1 slate while LPU drops to 0-2 start to the season. Lyceum’s next game will be up against Emilio Aguinaldo College, 2pm on July 9. On the other hand, Arellano will face St Benilde next week Friday at 4pm.

The Scores:

AU (80) – Jalalon 20, Nicholls 16, Salado 10, Meca 8, Enriquez 6, Cadavis 6, Tano 4, Bangga 4, Holts 4, Ortega 2, Baltazar 0, Soliman 0, Malabanan 0

LPU (78) – Gabayni 20, Alanes 20, Ayaay 10. Nguidjol 8, Lacastesantos 6, Mbida 5, Lugo 3, Bulawan 2, Marata 2, Enriquez 0, Zamora 0, Capara 0, Ongolo 0

Quarters: 29-17, 51-35, 68-59, 80-78

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ONE Championship pledges to help Global Citizen in fight against poverty

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During the pre-fight showdown between the fighters main evening ONE Championship: Global Superheroes, the biggest mixed martial arts promotion in Asia also forged a partnership, Monday afternoon.

ONE, through chief executive officer and chariman, Chatri Sityodtong vowed to help Global Citizen in its fight to end poverty.

“It is with great excitement that I announce ONE Championship’s partnership with Global Citizen, an NGO with the goal of ending extreme poverty across the world by the year 2030,” said Sityodtong. “Just like Global Citizen, ONE Championship aims to inspire the people of the world to come together to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges.”

“We are thrilled to be joining forces with ONE Championship to bring Global Citizen to Asia. ONE Championship reaches millions of young people around the region and together we will engage them on issues that impact the entire world,” expressed Global Citizen co-founder Wei Soo. “Since we launched Global Citizen in 2012, over 13 million actions have been taken, and we are excited to drive more actions and increase our impact for the world’s most marginalized people through this partnership.”

Headquartered in New York with offices in Canada, Australia, Germany, and the United Kingdom, Global Citizen was founded in 2012 with the goal of building the largest platform where people can learn about issues, take action on what matters most, and join a global movement working to end extreme poverty by 2030. Since then, millions of Global Citizens around the world have taken over ten million actions, which includes millions of emails, tweets, petition signatures, and phone calls targeting world leaders to end extreme poverty by 2030.

To date, the actions by Global Citizen’s global community, along with its high-level advocacy efforts and various partners, have resulted in 130 commitments and policy announcements from leaders, including financial aid valued at over US $35-billion, that is set to affect the lives of over 1.3 billion people.

Also present in the launch were ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon Vera, ONE Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee, and former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang.

The partnership launching at ONE’s upcoming event in Manila, Philippines on Friday, January 26, will harness the power of ONE’s platform to engage millions of martial arts fans around the world to support initiatives and find solutions to the issues associated with extreme poverty.

Global Citizen and ONE will collaborate across 24 live ONE events scheduled in 2018, and various outreach activations throughout Asia. Fans will have the opportunity to take action and engage with specific policy areas including, education, food security, hunger and nutrition, global health, gender equality and empowerment.

“Our ONE Championship athletes embody the spirit of perseverance and many have risen through poverty through martial arts, inspiring millions of people around the world with their journey,” Sityodtong added. “Through our collaboration across all 24 of our live events scheduled in 2018, ONE Championship and Global Citizen aim to affect positive movement in our society.”

The first action ONE fans can take will be centred on global education. Fans will be able to call on donor countries such as Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, and India, to attend the Global Partnership for Education’s replenishment conference in Dakar, Senegal on February 2, 2018, and make a commitment to GPE to support better education for all. Currently, 264 million children around the world are missing out on an education.

Over half are girls, and over 75 million have had their schooling disrupted by conflict or natural disasters. At the replenishment conference, the GPE will raise much needed funds that will allow it to continue to support quality, inclusive education to hundreds of millions of children around the world.

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Unscathed Altas on another plane, hands Chiefs first loss

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Eighteen straight sets won

NCAA Men’s Volleyball powerhouse University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas showed no signs of letting up and crushed fellow erstwhile undefeated Arellano University Chiefs in just three sets, 25-14, 25-22, 25-17, to notch their sixth consecutive victory, Tuesday afternoon at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Skipper Jun Taneo scattered his quiet 13 points throughout the match to lead the Season 91 champions. Rookie Joebert Almodiel finished with 10 spikes.

The Altas edged out the opposition in all scoring skills and dominated them in the non-scoring ones to bag the win. Nonetheless, it was the uncharacteristic 34 errors from the Chiefs that ultimately caused their doom.

With expectations minimized at the start of the season, head coach Sammy Acaylar shared his pride on how his wards have been playing so far.

“Sabi ko nga, hindi ako satisfied sa team ko kasi maraming nawala. Pero dinaan ko sila sa force, sa discipline, sa training. And I always motivate them na everything will come into place,” the seasoned mentor shared.

Acaylar was pleased that what they trained on showed up in the game. “Nakita ko ‘yung galaw nila, almost perfect,” he ended beaming.

The now 6-0 Perpetual will try to seal another semifinals appearance as they battle fellow day winners Mapua University (3-2) on Tuesday, January 30.

John Cabillan rallied the tribe with 10 markers.

The Chiefs (5-1) and the San Beda College (4-1) will figure in an all-important battle on Friday.

The Scores:

UPHSD 3 – Taneo 13, Almodiel 10, Rosales 8, Ramos 6, Muhali 3, Solamilo 1, Catipay 0, Kalingking L.

AU 0 – Cabillan 10, Dela Paz 8, Segovia 5, Lapuz 4, Liberato J 3, Liberato K 1, Arellano T 0, Soriano 0, Domingo 0, Arellano K 0, Blanco L, Esguerra L.

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Tireless J-Jay Alejandro heads from D-League game to Gilas training

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Former NU Bulldogs captain J-Jay Alejandro was at the Pasig Sports Center Monday afternoon, making his debut for the Go for Gold Scratchers. After their 75-68 win over Gamboa-St. Clare Coffee Lovers, he immediately packed his bags and headed for the exit.

Why was he in a rush? He did not want to be late for Gilas later on.

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“Sayang, malapit na ako eh. Pasig lang. Walang showbiz-showbiz, malapit lang talaga,” shared Alejandro, who had five points, five rebounds, seven assists, and two steals for Go for Gold. “Wala rin akong gagawin kasi.

“Tsaka minsan lang magpa-tawag ng practice, every Monday lang, so sayang ‘yung chance makapag-practice.”

The 6-foot-2 combo guard was a much-needed body by the pool of Gilas as only eight players suited-up for Monday’s session. Besides helping out the seniors team, the 22-year-old is looking at the sessions as a way to not just improve but also get in touch with his former collegiate foes.

“Well, ganoon talaga eh. Player, mapapagod at mapapagod ka talaga,” said the All-UAAP team member.

“Pero nakakasama ko sila Arvin Tolentino, sila CJ Perez, tsaka ‘yung ibang mga PBA players, siyempre experience ‘yun eh, tsaka learning process din sa akin.”

Moreover, he knows that being under the tutelage of coach Chot Reyes will only do wonders for him, especially with the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft just months away.

“Mas pisikal talaga sa PBA. ‘Yun, kung paano mo gagamitin ang utak mo pati ‘yung katawan mo sa tamang posisyon sa laro, makukuha ko yun rito,” he said.

“Well sa akin kasi, ‘yung mapabilang ka sa Gilas, mapabilang lang ang pangalan mo sa Gilas, sobrang fortunate na ako, sobrang blessed na ako,” Alejandro added.

“And siguro sa akin, may opportunity na nag-open, so iga-grab ko na lang — either PBA or Gilas.”

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Loaded Wangs-Letran wallops AMA in debut

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Armed with new recruits, the Wangs Basketball-Letran Knights embarked on its new chapter with a rousing 93-75 rout of the AMA Online Education Titans, Tuesday afternoon at the Pasig Sports Center.

Everyone clicked for the Couriers with Bong Quinto spearheading the blowout with 19 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists.

Newcomer Bonbon Batiller added 15 markers, five boards, and three dimes in his debut, while starting point guard JP Calvo chipped in 12 points, eight rebounds, and two assists.

Christian Fajarito also registered 11 markers and nine boards, while Alex Mandreza had 10 points for Wangs-Letran.

Despite the promising showing, coach Jeff Napa said that he still wants to see more from his Couriers moving forward.

“Masaya kami syempre dahil nanalo. Pero marami pa rin kaming kailangang gawin,” he said as he wanted more from the Knights after outrebounding the Titans, 57-44.

Quinto and Calvo triggered Wangs-Letran’s second quarter pullaway to establish the 38-26, lead which grew to as high as 22 points, 81-59 in the payoff period.

Michael Cañete topscored AMA with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Kris Porter had 13 in the defeat.

Wangs-Letran will have vengeance on their minds on Monday, January 29 when it takes on NCAA tormentors Che’lu- San Sebastian Revellers. AMA, on the other hand, will have a tough assignment when it takes on the Zark’s-Lyceum Jawbreakers on Thursday, January 25.

The Scores:

Wangs-Letran 93 — Quinto 19, Batiller 15, Calvo 12, Fajarito 11, Mandreza 10, Trinidad 8, Publico 6, Vacaro 4, Balagasay 3, Ambohot 3, Muyang 2.

AMA Online Education 75 — Cañete 20, Porter 13, Escalambre 11, Casiño 10, Antonares 6, Manalang 6, Garcia 4, Ng 3, Parcero 2, Bragais 0, Carpio 0, Paras 0, Raflores 0, Salonga 0.

Quarterscores: 16-13, 44-35, 67-52, 93-75.

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