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Ateneo blows out Adamson in highly physical contest



The Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles have been looking for its identity as the team lost three out of its last four games.

The Katipunan cagers might have done so in an 87-72 win over the Adamson University Soaring Falcons. However, this game might have cost Smart Elite ambassador Kiefer Ravena his shot of gaining the Most Valuable Player crown.

Even with Cameroonian student-athlete Pape Sarr coming off the bench to start the game, the Adamson Soaring Falcons were able to grab an early lead in the game behind sharpshooter Jerome Garcia. The Blue Eagles though were able to bounce back and recover from their early turnovers with Von Pessumal gaining a hot hand. Pessumal eight points in the opening quarter, including two triples. Pape Sarr entered the game midway through the quarter but G-Boy Babilonia was able to move Sarr away from the paint to give Raven space to drive through the lanes. The Blue Eagles held a 22-19 lead to end the opening the quarter.

Fouls and turnovers plagued the second quarter as the Blue Eagles could not commit on defense resulting to fouls while the Falcons hardly moved the ball around resulting to turnovers. J-Gars was aggressive in penetrating the paint in grabbing fouls to keep pace with the aggressiveness of Ravena and Capacio in the quarter during the start of the quarter. However, the Blue Eagles went on a scoring surge in scoring 28 points in the quarter. Fortunately for the San Marcelino cagers, the Blue Eagles committed eight fouls in the quarter resulting to 14 foul attempts and just a nine-point lead for Ateneo, 50-41.

The Blue and White squad continued its surge in the third quarter as Racena and Pessumal teamed up to continue a 14-0 blitz that gave their team a 58-41 lead with 6:39 to go in the quarter. JD Tungcab was able to halt the rally with a three-point play and a find to an open Garcia for a triple.

The physicality of the game though resulted to an unsportsmanlike call on two of the stars in the game. As Vince Tolentino was freed underneath for an easy layup, Joseph Nalos tried to foul Tolentino but was only able to grab the shoulders of the Atenean. It resulted to Tolentino crashing hard to the floor resulting to a flagrant two. Seeing his teammate down and bloodied, Kiefer Ravena went to his teammates aid and confronted Nalos resulting to an unsportsmanlike foul. Ravena later apologized to coach Mike Fermin and Vince Hizon after.

As the game resumed, the Blue Eagles continued its surge as the lead grew to a game-high 21 points. Aeron Black led the way in the blitz in scoring 12 points for a huge 79-58 lead.

The Soaring Falcons were able to limit the Blue Eagles to just eight points in the quarter. As the lead went down to just 13 with five minutes ago, sophomore center Isaac Go was able to halt the Adamson momentum. Go was also able to make a mark on defense in the quarter as he limited Sarr to just two points in the quarter.

After the game, Ateneo head coach Bo Perasol said that “at this point, we are in the position to be in the Final Four. We need all the wins we can get.”

The Ateneo mentor and team captain commended the work done by Black, Capacio, Tolentino, and Go. “We’ve been looking hard on who could score for us outside of Kiefer and Von,” the third-year Ateneo coach said. “Aaron [Black] played great, Gwayne [Capacio] did too.” Ravena also added that Isaac Go had a huge defensive game as well.

Ravena though was quick to say that it was just his teammate instincts that made him confront Nalos. “It just my instincts since I saw Vince’s head hit the floor. I apologized to coach Mike and Vince after,” he said with regret. The unsportsmanlike foul call on Ravena will result to a five point deduction in the Statistical Points tally.

Kiefer Ravena, after shooting at a horrible clip in is last three games, shot 50% from the field for a game-high 20 points. He almost tallied a triple-double as he was able to dish out 11 assists and grab eight boards as well. Co-captain Von Pessumal added 17 points, including three triples while Black and Capacio combined for 27 points.

For the Soaring Falcons, Pape Sarr continued to lead the team in scoring, this time notching 16 points and nine boards. JD Tungcab added 12 points.

As a team the Blue Eagles shot an outstanding 50% from the field. Moreover the team moved the ball well in assisting on 26 of their 33 made field goals. The Falcons on the other hand shot 26/37 from the foul stripe but was just 41% from the field. In addition, the Blue Eagles were able to outrebound the Falcons 43-30.

The Ateneo Blue Eagles (5-4) will next face the league-leading UST Growling Tigers on Wednesday, October 21 at 4:00pm while the Adamson Soariang Falcons (1-8) look to upset the NU Bulldogs on the same day at 2:00pm.

The Scores:
ADMU (87) – Ravena 20, Pessumal 17, Black 14, Capacio 13, V. Tolentino 6, A. Tolentino 4, Ikeh 3, Gotladera 2, Ma. Nieto 2, Mi. Nieto 2, Wong 2, Go 2, Apacible 0, Babilonia 0, Cani 0.
ADU (72) – Sarr 16, Tungcab 12, J. Garcia 11, Nalos 10, Polican 9, Ochea 8, C. Garcia 4, Ng 2, Fernandez 0, Margallo 0.
Quarterscores: 22-19, 50-41, 79-58, 87-72.

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  • aouie

    excuse me, nalos did not grab the shoulders. one of his hands was on tolentino’s face while the other was on the chin. his muscles were flexed and you could see how hard he was pulling on tolentino. more than the head bouncing on the floor, nalos could have also broken tolentino’s neck.


Calvin Abueva rejuvenated with return of physical play: ‘Masarap maglaro’



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For Calvin Abueva, it feels great to play in the PBA nowadays.

The Beast, who has always been known as one of the league’s most physical players since entering in 2012, was all praises for the way the officiating has changed this 43rd season — by just letting all the players play.

“Mas gumanda yung tawagan ngayon, naging physical nga. Naging exciting para sa mga tao, mas marami na nanonood ngayon eh,” said Abueva moments after their 97-83 victory over the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, Sunday night.

As has been said many times, physicality had become something controlled over the last two years. Abueva knows it too well, having been a casualty, as he has paid a bevy of penalties during that time.

And now that it is a thing of the past, the 6-foot-2 bruiser feels much better, knowing that he can display his brand of basketball once more.

“Masarap maglaro, talagang pisikalan,” said the 29-year-old forward from Angeles, Pampanga. “Siyempre makikita naman natin kung sinasadya o hindi, basta katawan lang.

“Pisikal. Yun yung magandang laro di ba?”

Aside from the comeback of physicality, what makes Abueva beam even more is the way the Aces have been playing in the 2018 Philippine Cup. After a 0-2 start in the tourney, they have now booked their third straight win.

“Nung 2017 parang nilubog na namin yung losing streak namin doon. Ito 2018 na at panibagong destination na naman yung ina-ano namin,” said Abueva, who had nine points, nine rebounds, and five assists against Ginebra.

“Sustain muna namin ‘to… Sana magtuloy-tuloy ‘tong winning streak namin.”

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Alaska takes advantage of Greg Slaughter’s absence



For the streaking Alaska Aces, their stunning 97-83 victory over the favored Barangay Ginebra San Miguel on Sunday night was partly made possible by the absence of one key player: seven-foot behemoth Greg Slaughter.

The 28-year-old center, who was averaging 20.67 points and 10.3 rebounds prior to Sunday, did not play against the Aces due to a hamstring injury. How he incurred the injury has yet to be determined.

“There’s a small person named Greg Slaughter who didn’t play; I think he has an impact on the game,” quipped coach Alex Compton after the match.

“[They missed] a guy who I think is gonna win an MVP soon in Greg Slaughter.

“Sometimes dito sa liga natin, you have to take advantage when opportunities come your way. You don’t want anybody to get hurt [though],” added Compton.

With Slaughter out of the way, the Aces’ big men feasted.

Vic Manuel top-billed with 18 points and five rebounds, and elder statesman Sonny Thoss turned back the clock with a 17-point, four-rebound outing.

“Malaking bonus na rin sa amin, kasi wala nga si Greg kaya nakuha namin yung panalo,” said Manuel.

“Yeah it definitely helped,” added the six-foot-seven Thoss, who shot 6-of-12 from the floor and made four of his freebies.

“He’s a big guy, he’s a big presence inside so it took one big guy off our shoulder.”

Slaughter was approached and asked by scribes regarding his injury, but he was not in the mood to comment. No one can blame him, though, since the Barangay have slipped to their second straight defeat after a 2-0 start.

“I’m always there in practice, going over our gameplans. But it’s better if you ask our PT,” he said.

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Alaska completes turnaround at Greg Slaughter-less Ginebra’s expense



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A strong second half surge was all the Alaska Aces needed to turn back the heavily-favored Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, 97-83, and book their third straight victory, Sunday night at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.

The Aces, who have yet to lose this 2018, have now improved to 3-2. Meanwhile, the Barangay absorbed their second straight loss and have dropped to 2-2.

“I was telling the guys na parang ang dami nating iniisip, hindi natin ginagawa yung ginagawa natin noong nakaraang dalawang linggo. Sabi ko relax lang tayo,” said coach Alex Compton, sharing what he told his wards that sparked the win.

Vic Manuel led the Milkmen with 18 points and five rebounds. Sonny Thoss turned back the clock as he made 17 markers on 6-of-12 shooting, while Chris Banchero supplied 14 points, six assists, and five rebounds.

The Aces were trailing by eight, 36-44 at the half, but it became a different ball game come the third chapter as they outscored the Gin Kings, 37 to 19, to erect a favorable 73-63 cushion heading into the game’s final 12 minutes.

From there, Alaska kept their foot on the gas to sustain their lead, which grew to as much as 18, 85-67, after their 6-0 spree — punctuated by Banchero’s lay-up plus a foul — with 6:14 remaining in the final frame.

Ginebra still tried to make one last push as they inched within 10, 75-85, but baskets by Thoss and Kevin Racal propelled Alaska to an 89-75 lead with 3:42 left to play — more than enough to knock out their counterparts.

“I was glad to come away with the win,” added Compton. “Sometimes, we have to take advantage of opportunities coming your way. You don’t want anybody to get hurt but when two number one picks on the other team aren’t playing… There.”

Jvee Casio had 13 markers for Alaska, while Calvin Abueva nearly had a double-double of nine points and nine boards along with five assists in 20 minutes.

Aljon Mariano had 15 points, nine rebounds, and three dimes for Ginebra, who — despite having Sol Mercado back in the fold after ankle issues — missed the services of Joe Devance and Greg Slaughter due to injuries.

Japeth Aguilar, Scottie Thompson, and Kevin Ferrer each scored 12 for the Barangay, with Thompson adding five assists. The trio combined for 15 of Ginebra’s 43 rebounds.

Alaska will aim to extend their streak versus the Blackwater Elite on Saturday, January 27 at 4:30 PM, while Ginebra will look to end their slump against the Phoenix Fuel Masters on Friday, January 26 at 7:00 PM. Both games are at SMART Araneta Coliseum.

The Scores:

Alaska 97 — Manuel 18, Thoss 17, Banchero 14, Casio 13, Abueva 9, Teng 9, Cruz 5, Enciso 3, Potts 3, Exciminiano 2, Magat 2, Racal 2, J. Pascual 0.

Ginebra 83 — Mariano 15, J. Aguilar 12, Ferrer 12, Thompson 12, Caguioa 8, Cruz 8, R. Aguilar 5, Tenorio 5, Mercado 2, Taha 2, Wilson 2, Jamito 0.

Quarterscores: 26-23, 36-44, 73-63, 97-83.

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Frustrated Jared Dillinger admits ‘he’s getting sick’ of Meralco’s bad PH Cup runs



It’s no secret that the Meralco Bolts have struggled in the Philippine Cup for the last three years. During the last two seasons, the eight-year-old franchise’s win-loss tally is four wins and 18 losses.

And in the 2018 edition, the narrative has been the same, with little to no hope of it turning the other way around.

The Bolts bowed to the TNT Katropa, 99-81, Sunday night — their third straight defeat after winning over Blackwater Elite in their opener last December. If things continue as they are, it looks like another poor all-Filipino tilt run is looming.

“We’re 1-3 and there’s nothing to be happy about,” said Jared Dillinger, who had 14 points and five caroms in the match at Ynares Center in Antipolo. “It’s a long season though… We [shouldn’t] panic but it’s not fun right now.

“The Philippine Cup has been our Achilles heel and every damn Philippine Cup we get our ass kicked. I’m getting sick of it.”

In this game, Meralco missed the services of top forwards Ranidel De Ocampo and Cliff Hodge due to injuries. But for Dillinger, those issues shouldn’t be excuses.

“When you get two guys like Ranidel and Cliff out, as a team, that’s the opportunity for the guys below them to step up,” asserted Dillinger, who has been with the franchise since 2013.

“It doesn’t have to mean scoring, getting the assists or rebound, it’s just making the right play, being smart.”

Asked what went wrong in this particular loss versus their sister team, where they shot just 39.2 percent from the floor and had committed 17 turnovers, the 10-year veteran lamented the poor effort that the Bolts put up.

“TNT didn’t do anything much, given that they played well. But they didn’t have any secret schemes against us. They just passed the ball around, and they got open shots,” added the 10-year pro, as TNT made 23 assists and shot 18 triples.

“Our effort wasn’t there. We got to put up the intensity cause it sucks right now.”

Meralco have a chance to end their slump against the Kia Picanto this Wednesday. Dillinger sees it as a do-or-die affair, warning that it will be a grind-out affair knowing that the Picanto is coming off a skid-ending win over Rain or Shine.

Do-or-die ’cause that’s gonna be a playoff game. Thank God they beat Rain or Shine ’cause you don’t want to be that one team that gives the win to a 0-16 [team]. You don’t want to play teams like that,” stressed the all-around forward.

“Nothing to take away from Kia though. It’s gonna be tough.”

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