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Arellano’s reign from deep dices San Sebastian

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Jiovanni Jalalon’s 16 assists leads Arellano University (AU) Chiefs to its fourth straight win in a 104-92 win over the San Sebastian College-Recoletos (SSC-R) Stags early Friday evening at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan City.

The first half was close with the Chiefs clinging on to a 43-39 lead. Right in the opening minutes of the first quarter, Arellano rookie, and Cagayan native, Brylle Meca fell to a sprained ankle after scoring the game’s opening points. Moreover, the zone defense of San Sebastian clogged the lanes that resulted to a dismal one of six shooting for star guard Jiovanni Jalalon. Fortunately for the Chiefs, the bench more than stepped up for them in scoring 30 of their 43 points led by Zachary Nicholls and Kent Salado’s 12 combined points. The Stags were able to keep close behind the hot shooting of Jon Ortouste, who scored 11 first half points with three conversions from downtown, and the inside scoring of San Sebastian twin towers Bradwyn Guinto and Michael Calisaan.

In the first half, San Sebastian shot 54% from the field and were on the charity stripe ten times, converting on seven. The Chiefs, on the other hand, had no attempts from the stripe as the Stags committed just three fouls in the first two quarters. However, the Stags committed 16 turnovers just in the first half. Those turnovers led to 19 turnover points for the Chiefs.

To open the third quarter, San Sebastian was able to gain a solitary point lead behind a putback by Jeick Fabian and a three-point play by Calisaan. The two squads then exchanged leads before Jalalon took over. Already having five assists in the first half, the Cagayan-native broke down the zone of the Stags and dished out to open teammates. During that span, Jalalon was able to gain five more assists with John Zamora and Salado being the main beneficiaries, connecting on three shots from downtown. The Stags then staged a rally of their own as Ortouste and Pretta converted on three pointers of their own while free throws by Jayson David with 5.3 remaining cut the lead back down to just two, 68-66. However, an unnecessary foul by David on Salado resulted to a free throw conversion to give Arellano a 69-66 lead to enter the final frame.

Jalalon took over the game in the fourth quarter. As the Stags defense collapsed on him, the league leader in assists found the right angles to dish out to his teammates. Donald Gumaru converted on back-to-back three pointers but was answered right back by Pretta. Jalalon was then able to find Holts for a three pointer and a layup to give the Chiefs a ten-point lead with 7:48 to go. In two straight sequences, Jalalon found Nicholls for a layup and a three-pointer but was answered right back by Guinto’s six straight points. A floater by Jalalon and another three pointer by Gumaru, the Chiefs’ sixth in the quarter, maintained their cushion with 2:26 to go. The Stags tried to stage a late rally, cutting the lead to just five 92-97, but eventually fell due to turnovers and free throw conversions by their opponents. The Chiefs won their fourth straight with the score of 104-92.

After the game, Coach Jerry Condinera said that as the season goes deeper, he is seeing the improvements of the team. “We are improving and I saw on what we need to work sa defense namin,”  he said. Moreover, they expected to be in a dog fight against the Stags like they did today. “Talagang alam ko na San Sebastian will put up a good fight,” the Defensive Minister said. “They started strong and si Ortouste delivered and especially their big guys. Lahat kasi ng team na may big time na big man, we get dominated.”

American student-athlete Dioncee Holts top scored for the Chiefs with 21 points while also grabbing 12 rebounds. Four other Chiefs scored 13 points each, Nicholls, Gumaru, Enriquez, and Salado. But the man of the game was Jalalon as he was able to dish out 16 assists, a season-high. For the Stags, Guinto again had a monster double-double with 26 points and 18 rebounds.

As a team, the Chiefs converted on a total of 14 three pointers, a season-high. In addition, they committed just 11 turnovers in the game oppose to the 24 committed by the Stags that resulted to 28 turnover points.

The AU Chiefs will next face the CSJL Knights on Friday, July 31 at 4:00pm while the SSC-R Stags will square-off EAC Generals on the same day at 2:00pm

The Scores:
AU (104) – Holts 21, Nicholls 13, Gumaru 13, Enriquez 13, Salado 13, Zamora 9, Jalalon 8, Ortega 5, Bangga 4, Meca 3, Cadavis 2, Ongolo 0, Tano 0.
SSC-R (92) – Guinto 26, Calisaan 20, Ortuoste 17, Costelo 9, Pretta 9, Fabian 5, Bragais 2, David 2, Mercado 2, Sibal 0, Vera 0, Capobres 0.
Quarterscores: 23-21, 43-39, 69-66, 104-92.

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Composed Ceres-Negros expels Shan United in shootout victory

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2017 AFC ASEAN Zone Champions Ceres-Negros banked on their poise and composure from the spot as they knocked out Myanmar’s Shan United via a 4-3 penalty shootout (1-1 after extra time) triumph, Tuesday evening at the Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.

The Negrenses punched their ticket to Brisbane, Australia after emerging the better spotkick takers. Four Busmen were on target, while two of their Shan Warriors counterparts fluffed their lines.

The two domestic champions were inseparable after 120 minutes, with the hosts holding their own against the Philippine champions. Ceres-Negros looked the more dominant of the two teams. However, they couldn’t make the advantage count where it mattered, as they failed to breach the sturdy Shan United defense inside the first two regulation halves.

The visitors were visibly more comfortable in the first half, but with the scores staying level at the break, the less-fancied Myanmar champions eventually found their footing in the encounter. While there were several half-chances from either side to open the scoring, both defenses remained defiant en route to unwanted extra time.

“It was a tough game. We weren’t ready to play 120 minutes because we only had four training sessions before the game but everytime we wear this jersey, we represent Ceres, we represent Bacolod, we represent the Philippines, so we have to give our best,” Ceres’ defender Carli de Murga elaborated to the Inquirer after the match. The Asian Football season has yet to start, and with both teams not too busy with pre-season preparations, rust and fatigue in a demanding affair were evident.

Come extra time, Ceres-Negros took the initiative when Stephan Schröck’s deflected effort went past the helpless Thiha Si Thu just three minutes into the first half.

Nonetheless, the hosts refused to go down without a fight, and their resilience was rewarded later in the opening half. Substitute Patrick Asare found the back of the net to restore parity in Yangon.

Another 15 minutes of goalless action took place in the second half as both teams looked more cautious, perhaps with the collective aim of avoiding a costly error or two. Among all the chances, Schröck’s in the 114th minute may have proved to be the closest to changing the scores, as his attempt shaved the post.

Shan United took to the spot first, where Asare made his penalty attempt count. Nay Lin Tun also made his, but not before teammate Chizoba smashed his attempt over Toni Doblas’ goal.

While the hosts squandered a shot, the visitors remained calm in front of a hostile Myanmar crowd. De Murga, Schröck and Mike Ott nailed their turns, with Marañon also not missing a vital kick from 12 yards.

It set up William Biassi Nyakwe, the man credited with the own goal when he deflected Schröck’s opener, with the chance to prolong his team’s campaign in the AFC Champions League. Unfortunately for him, he couldn’t atone for his earlier mistake, as his attempt soared high and wide — much to the delight of the visiting team from Bacolod, the Philippines.

The reward for Ceres-Negros is a trip to Queensland, Australia, where they will seek to do one better than compatriots Global-Cebu. The 2016 Philippine champions also played against the Brisbane Roar, who dealt them a staggering 6-0 hammering this time last year. The match will be held at the Suncorp Stadium on January 23.

As for Shan United, a spot in the AFC Cup Group Stage awaits them and they may not have seen the last of Ceres-Negros just yet. If the Negrenses lose to either Brisbane Roar or Tianjin Quanjian, they will be reacquainted with the Burmese champions in Group F.

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Abu Tratter plans to work his way to 2023 by continuing to do ‘the dirty work’

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Abu Tratter may have missed the jersey-giving ceremony that the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas held for the 23 for 2023 cadets last Monday but he made sure to help out when the current batch needed him the most.

After helping the Marinerong Pilipino Skippers win the Sinulog Cup in Cebu a week ago, the 6-foot-7 Filipino-American did not hesitate to heed Gilas’ call, as they were undermanned for their second session in preparation for the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

“I think it’s just an honor to put on this jersey, to be able to represent our country, to possibly represent our country in the future. It’s an honor,” shared the Laguna-native.

The 25-year old, who just celebrated his birthday last January 9, admitted that he was in awe of the talent inside the Meralco Gym. Like a fan, he wanted to take a few photo ops with the senior team’s Gabe Norwood and June Mar Fajardo.

“Actually, at first I was just shocked to see June Mar and Gabe, just to be able to be in the midst of them,” gushed the former DLSU Green Archer, who will suit-up for Marinerong Pilipino in the D-League. “I even asked them for a picture, and hopefully they’ll still give me one.

“It’s just humbling, definitely.”

However, the work has only began for Tratter. With five years to go until the 2023 FIBA World Cup, the two-time UAAP champion plans to continue to do what he does best — be the same scrapper that he is and hopefully catch the eye of Gilas’ brass.

“I think just doing the dirty work, of course. Giving whatever the team needs, rebound or any steals, any thing a dirty player would need to pick up on,” he said.

“That’s how it is, garbage into gold. Get anything, sweep up anything and try to put it back.”

Moreover, he will continue answering the call when Gilas needs him, as he himself is learning a lot from being surrounded by the country’s topflight cagers.

“Whenever I can. I want to be able to absorb all the information coming from here and hopefully apply it in the D-League and hopefully apply it on future practices, future games.”

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Terrence Romeo invited to join Pilipinas 3×3 for World Cup

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Stronger than ever

Scoring sensation Terrence Romeo has been invited by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas to join the Philippine team in the upcoming FIBA 3X3 World Cup, according to Philippine Star columnist Quinito Henson.

Romeo, who is currently out due to a right knee injury, has been in rehabilitation and is expected to miss the entire Philippine Cup campaign of the Globalport Batang Pier and the second window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

“Baka sa second conference na ko makabalik kasi talagang gusto ko malakas ako pagbalik ko,” the 25-year-old shared during Chooks-to-Go Live last January 2.

SBP Executive Director Sonny Barrios personally met with the 6-foot guard, inviting him to be part of the Philippine team.

Romeo has plenty of 3×3 basketball experience under his belt.

Back in 2014, Romeo was part of the Manila West 3×3 team during the Manila Masters. He was adjudged as the tournament Most Valuable Player.

The 2018 3X3 World Cup will take place from June 8-12 at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.

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Red Spikers extinguish Blazers for second win

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Shaking off a forgettable outing against the Perpetual Help Altas last January 11, the San Beda College Red Spikers vented their ire on defending champions College of Saint Benilde Blazers in four sets, 25-15, 25-16, 23-25, 26-24, and claimed their second win of the season, Friday afternoon at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

“Sabi ng coaches kalimutan na yung talo,” shared captain Lorenze Santos of what transpired after that match.

So, in this game, the San Beda team poured on what they worked hard for to regain momentum. “Binuhos po namin lahat ng ginawa namin sa training [ngayon].”

After tight starts in all the first two sets, the Mendiola-based side pulled away to register the seemingly insurmountable 2-0 lead.

Nonetheless, summoning the heart of a champion and led by seniors Isaah Arda and Jethro Orian, the reigning champions pulled off gritty runs to snag the third set and making a tussle of the fourth.

Ultimately, Adrian Viray virtually ended the match with a vicious serve, which the Blazers failed to convert.

The prolific outside hitter finished with 17 points, 11 coming from attacks and five off blocks. Former skipper Mark Encino also registered 17 markers.

The Red Spikers (2-1) will face the Mapua University, also at 2-1, on Friday, January 19.

Orian was such a presence at the net, ending up with 20 points for the Taft-based squad.

The defending champions Blazers (2-1) will try to bounce back later that day against San Sebastian College (0-3).

The Scores:

SBC 3 – Viray 17, Enciso 17, Santos 11, Patenio 7, Amagan 7, Desuyo 3, Zabala 0, Genobaten 0, Manliclic 0, Casin L.

CSB 1 – Orian 20, Arda 18, Bacani 6, Basilan 4, Bautista 4, Magsino 2, Martinez 0, Garcia 0, San Miguel 0, Saldavia 0, Dy L.

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