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Ateneo blast Adamson to open title defense bid



With five of their marquee stars graduating, the three-time defending UAAP Baseball champions Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles debuted a rookie-laden team to open their UAAP Season 78 campaign.

In their first game of the season, the rookies passed their first test with flying colors, in a 7-3 win over the Adamson University Soaring Falcons to cap the opening day festivities at the historic Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium in Manila City.

Adamson senior Laurence Ruiz shut out the high-powered Ateneo batting in the first two innings of the game, while on the offensive end, the batters from San Marcelino street took advantage of errors from the Ateneo fielders. A passed ball in the second inning gave Jerome Yenson a run to open up the scoring for Adamson. In the top of the third inning, Adamson junior Kenneth Badrina connected on a base hit to open the inning lead-off batter Gerard Riparip gained base due to an error by first baseman Ryon Tionloc. With the two Adamson players gaining prime scoring position, Ruiz popped a sacrifice fly to center field that paved the way for a Badrina run and a 2-0 lead.

The sleeping giant woke up at the bottom of the third inning, though, as Ateneo blasted a 4-run inning that altered the course of the game. Rookie Marquis Alindrogan, making his first bat in the UAAP Men’s division, connected with a base hit to open the bottom end of the 3rd. After a failed fielder’s choice and a tag out of Marco Mallari at first base, team captain Dio Remollo connected with a single that led to a Alindrogan run to put Ateneo on the board. With two outs, former UAAP Juniors MVP Gino Tantuico continued the Ateneo rally with a single that led to another run for Ateneo. The rally was capped by former Blue Eaglets catcher Javi Macasaet. The younger brother of Ateneo ace pitcher Paulo Macasaet popped a huge double that brought home Remollo and Tantuico that gave the Blue-and-White a 4-2 lead.

“When we were down by two runs, I knew we will be able to come back. The question was will we be able to hold them to just two runs,” Ateneo baseball program director Randy Dizer shared to Tiebreaker Times.

Led by the constant communication of catcher Dio Remollo and sophomore pitcher, RP team member Paulo Macasaet, the Ateneo defense frustrated the Adamson batters the rest of the way. On the other end, it was a showcase of the offensive prowess of the blue-chip Ateneo recruits. Javi Macasaet brought home another runner during the bottom of the fifth inning while Alindogan brought in another run after a passed ball to give Ateneo a 6-2 lead.

“Javi did well, Alindogan did well 3 for 4. Si Javi 2 for 3. So it’s there. I’m looking forward to Ryan, Igarashi, and Kai in the next few games. I’ve been telling everyone, Igarashi is the next Matt Laurel,” Dizer said about the plethora of first-year student-athletes in the team’s roster.

Even with a huge lead, the Ateneo coaches continued to push their players to go for base hit and to continue to push. “They’re used to practicing in Barangka, which is a small field, so they’re used to hitting home runs. But here [at Rizal], the field is bigger. So I kept pushing them to get base hits,” the program director shared. Dizer’s push was highlighted with Ateneo’s final run for the game at the 8th inning. Alindogan was able to gain base due to balls to open the bottom end of the inning. The team continued to push the rookie up until he was able to return home after a sacrifice fly by Rapho Balagtas.

The Falcons were able to gain a run at the top of the 9th inning after the elder Macasaet gave up his third and fourth hits after pitching the entire game. The run came from Mark Manaig, assisted by Melvin Rosita to end the game with a final score of 7-3.

“Siyempre it’s going to be hard,” Dizer said about the title defense this year. “There won’t be easy games. Earlier today UST defeated UP and NU defeated La Salle. It’s anybody’s ball game this season. La Salle is hungry to get the crown so it’s going to be really tough.”

Ace pitcher Paulo Macasaet ran the marathon, pitching all nine innings of the game. The sophomore was able to strikeout nine batters and only gave up four hits, 31B and 2B, for the entire game.

With Paulo Macasaet serving national duty in the next two to three games as he is in the lineup of the RP Team for the World Baseball Classic qualifiers, Dizer shared that he will divide pitching duties between Nacho Cojuangco, Miguel Dumlao, and the other pitchers during that span. “With our pitching rotation, it will be hard for us in the next three games since we won’t have Paulo. I told my pitchers ‘hahatiin natin yung next games. Two innings, three innings hahatiin namin para hindi maka-adjust yung kalaban.’”

“I told them [the batters] that we need to work hard to score to help the pitchers,” Dizer closed.

The Ateneo Blue Eagles (1-0) will open the second day of competition against the National University Bulldogs (1-0) on Sunday, February 7 at 7:00am while the Adamson Soaring Falcons (0-1) try to notch their first win for the season as they face the University of Santo Tomas Tiger Batters (1-0) later in the day.

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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 its hype as it clobbered the Batangas-EAC Generals to score a 37-point beatdown, 112-75 for its 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 will 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, while 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 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 looks to continue to roll when it faces the AMA Online Education Titans on Thursday, January 25. EAC-Batangas, on the other hand, takes 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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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



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



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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