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Ateneo Completes Historic Sweep of UAAP Swimming



While the Men’s Division lead of Ateneo de Manila University simply increased with each day of the tournament, the Women’s team could only hope to hold on to theirs. At the end of the four-day UAAP Season 77 Swimming Tournament, Ateneo emerged on top, besting defending champions University of the Philippines in both the Men’s and Women’s Division. University of Santo Tomas and De La Salle University were third in the Men’s and Women’s division, respectively. Ateneo’s succes would also come in the Juniors’ division as their Boys’ team completed a 10-peat feat while UST won in the Girls’ division to end UE’s three year reign.

The Blue Tankers also swept all individual awards as olympian Jessie Lacuna and national swimmer Hannah Dato both completed their seven events with seven gold medals and seven new UAAP records each. Rookie Aldo Batungbacal also concluded his season with a remarkable two gold, five silver and one new UAAP record performance to win the Men’s Division Rookie of the Year award. Ariana Herranz won the same award for the Women’s Division by collecting two golds, two silvers and one bronze medal. For dethroning Men’s champion and Women’s five-peat champion UP, coaches Sherwin Dela Paz and Candice Esguerra both of Ateneo were awarded Coach of the Year of the Men’s and Women’s Divisions, respectively.

The final day of comeptition in the Men’s division saw a total domination of Ateneo as they set three new UAAP records en route to a six gold, two silver, one bronze finish in six events. Axel Ngui won three gold medals for the day in 1500m Freestyle (17:03.81), 50m Backstroke (27.77) and 50m Freestyle (24.21). Batungbacal (17:26.44) won the silver in 1500m Freestyle while Jux Solita of UST (17:37.50) took home the bronze. In 50m Backstroke, it was UP’s Charlie Walker (28.40) walking away with the silver and Ateneo’s Jan Jeric Santos (29.00) with the bronze. Walker (24.73) again finishes second to Ngui in 50m Freestyle while DLSU’s Red Silvestre (25.15) finished third.

Lacuna capped his first season swimming for Ateneo by erasing the 2007 mark of Enchong Dee (2:07.91) in 200m Butterfly by recording a time of 2:05.22 in the preliminary session and 2:03.93 in the finals session. Rookies Rydell Ayroso of UP (2:12.39) and Getty Reyes of Ateneo (2:12.88) finished second and third, respectively.

An unexpected result came in the remaining two events of the day as Batungbacal not only touched first but also broke the 2001 record of olympian Timmy Chua (2:25.08) in Men’s 200m Breaststroke by touching at 2:24.23. Teammate Paolo Mutuc followed next at 2:28.42 while UP’s Orpheus Magbanlac touched at 2:31.79. In 400m Medley Relay, Ateneo’s Santos, Mutuc, Gio Palencia and Geoffrey Que teamed up to outlast the favorites from DLSU of Miggy Narciso, Robby Agustin, Pierce Beltran and Troy Espiritu (4:09.90) by surpassing the 1999 record of UP of 4:10.03 with their 4:08.83 finish. UP’s Mark Jayson Alindogan, Jerem Esguerra, Benssen Ong and Joshua Balinas (4:14.78) completed the podium.

It was not the same story in the Women’s side as UP made its final stand at sneaking past Ateneo with mostly events they are favorites in at stake. UP snagged two gold medals in 50m Backstroke and the 400m Medley Relay. A third gold medal was lost as UP’s bet Denjylie Cordero in 200m Breaststroke was disqualified for making an illegal touch at the wall.

Anna Dominique Bartolome of UP (31.36) won the 50m Backstroke gold followed by Ateneo’s Ariana Herranz (31.53) and UP’s Anna Nicole Tan (31.92). Due to the disqualification of Cordero, DLSU’s Sabrina Ingrid Ilustre (2:48.87) won her first gold in 200m Breaststroke. UP’s Joy Rogers (2:49.98) and Jodie De Leon (2:50.00) rounded out the podium.

Dato of Ateneo continued to show her brilliance in the pool by besting Delia Cordero’s 200m Butterfly mark (2:21.34) with her time of 2:19.71 to conclude her campaign this season. Delia Cordero touched next at 2:24.95 while Ilustre came back for the bronze at 2:30.00.

The Ateneo Lady Tankers kept their lead in the overall tally by ruling the 50m Freestyle event. Celina Gonzalez (27.41), Roanne Yu (27.48), Thea Caluma and UST’s Edlyn Son (28.77) filled the podium. But the UP Women’s squad finished their season strong by fielding a star-studded lineup in 400m Medley Relay. Anna Dominique Bartolome, Denjylie Cordero, Denice Cordero and Whitney Dy teamed up to smash the 2012 record of UP (4:39.97) with their time of 4:35.74. Ateneo’s Ma. Andrea Torres, Ramona Datu, Jacquelyn Cruz and Shayn Ting were only able to manage a time of 4:54.72 while UST’s Danica Locsin, Samantha Cambronero, Zsuzsanna Gatchalian and Jana Toledo registered a time of 5:02.72.

This season’s swimming tournament saw twenty-one new UAAP records across the Men’s and Women’s division. Defending champions UP ceded both men’s and women’s crowns to Ateneo. At the end of the competition, all teams came together to congratulate each other in the spirit of sportsmanship. There is no rivalry in this sport – all swimmers are one big family!





Aldo is an ultimate sports enthusiast who watches and plays a multitude of sports like basketball, volleyball, swimming and water polo. His heart bleeds blue as he graduated in Jesuit institutions and is currently employed in one. Purefoods (or whatever name they call it now) in the PBA and the LA Lakers in the NBA are his favorite basketball teams.

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Marc Pingris wants Rafi Reavis to break Robert Jaworski’s record



Marc Pingris was all praises for veteran Rafi Reavis Saturday night, as the 40-year-old center made his presence felt in the Magnolia Hotshots’ 97-91 victory — their third straight win — over Phoenix Fuel Masters at the Cuneta Astrodome.

The six-foot-nine Reavis finished with 11 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks — a performance perfectly punctuated by a follow-up of a Paul Lee miss with 12.5 seconds left to play that knocked out the Fuel Masters for good.

“Papasalamat ako kay Rafi na talagang kababalik lang niya pero binigay niya talaga lahat,” said Pingris after the bout, as Saturday night was just Reavis’ second outing in the 2018 Philippine Cup after recovering from a hip injury.

“Nag-usap nga kami kanina e, hindi pa siya 100 percent. So bukas, ang sabi niya babalik daw siya sa gym dahil gusto niya ibalik yung lakas ng legs dahil wala pa daw,” added the 36-year-old, who also suffered a hip injury last season.

Reavis has been playing in the league for 16 years. Seeing the work he has put in, Pingris, who finished the game with 17 rebounds, four assists, four points and two blocks, believes that the 10-time PBA champion can play for 10 more years — at least.

“You know naman Rafi eh, katulad ko rin yan eh – rebound and depensa. At tsaka sobrang vocal siya sa team eh,” beamed Pingris, who himself is a 14-year veteran. “Walang siyang inaano, talagang sinasabihan niya kung sino yung mga nagmi-mistake, kung paano kami mag-adjust, so nakikinig naman lahat sa kanya.

“Talagang nandun yung respeto namin kay Rafi.”

And if Reavis stays healthy for the next decade, Pingris wants Reavis to exceed Jaworki’s 958 games played — third most all time.

“Nasa kanya yun, basta kaya mo ba eh. As a player, kung masipag ka naman at may disiplina sa sarili mo, kaya niya yun.”

Still, Reavis has a lot of catching up to do.

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Altas surge to fifth straight win, slam Heavy Bombers



Pulling double-digit scoring outings from three spikers, the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas remained unbeaten in NCAA Season 93 after a straight-set triumph over thr Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers, 25-17, 25-16, 25-20, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Middle blocker Ronniel Rosales topped the Altas with 13 points off 10 attacks and three blocks. Team captain Rey Taneo and Joebert Almodiel added 12 markers apiece.

The Altas dominated every scoring category, recording 44 attacks to JRU’s 26, five blocks to the Bombers’ zero, and three aces to JRU’s one.

Breezing through the first half of the season, Altas head coach Sammy Acaylar lauded his team’s consistency and hoped they continue getting better as they aim for a championship.

“So far, masasabi kong maganda ang nilalaro ng mga bata. Consistent naman ang mga galaw nila and focused sila sa mga laban,” said Acaylar.

“Pero alam nilang may ibubuga pa sila. We still need to get better and reach the championship level. Kailangan hindi mawala ‘yung ganito naming killer instinct,” the decorated mentor added.

The Altas take on a major test on Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre when they face fellow undefeated squad Arellano Chiefs (4-0).

Wenjo Lahaylahay led the Bombers with 10 points while captain Patrick Rabaja managed seven.

JRU (0-5) limps into their Wednesday showdown against defending champs College of Saint Benilde (3-1).

The Scores

UPHSD (3) – Rosales 13, Almodiel 12, Taneo R. 12, Muhali 7, Ramos 5, Atentar 1, Catipay 1, Salo 1, Bation 0, Solamilo 0, Taneo S. 0, Kalingking (L)

JRU (0) – Lahaylahay 10, Rabaja 7, Sulivas 6, Salazar 4, Cebrero 1, Soriano 1, Cruz 0, Ferwelo 0, Defensor (L), Flor (L)

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Rene Catalan continues rampage with TKO win



Rene Catalan continues to turn critics into believers

Filipino fighter Rene Catalan made his sixth appearance inside the ONE Championship cage at ONE: Kings of Courage, held at the Jakarta Convention Center in Indonesia, Saturday evening. He faced 21-year-old Chinese athlete Peng Xue Wen in the opening main card bout, and leaned on his elite wushu skills to stop the young star at the 4:22 mark of the second round.

The victory improves Catalan’s record to 4-2 (1 NC), extends his winning streak to four, and gives him the first TKO stoppage of his martial arts career, as he bids to climb the strawweight ladder in search of the ONE Strawweight World Championship.

“The Challenger” came out in the southpaw stance to open the bout, throwing big hooks and a head kick that narrowly missed as he established the center of the cage from the start of the contest.

The Filipino landed a host of powerful strikes, including a perfectly-placed uppercut and a melee of punishing leg kicks, but Peng’s conditioning and composure kept him in the match as he looked to stand and trade with the man 18 years his elder.

Catalan picked up where he left off when the bout resumed in the second round, this time operating out of the orthodox stance, landing more leg kicks and continuing to deny Peng any space to work.

Despite his dominance on the feet, there was a brief moment of concern for the Filipino on the mat when he jumped into the Chinese wrestler’s guard mid-way through the second round, and immediately found himself in a triangle choke. But the Filipino kept his composure and managed to work himself free.

Once the fighters returned to their feet, Catalan poured on the pressure in search of a finish, and he got it with just 38 seconds remaining in the stanza.

“The Challenger” scored big with a liver shot, then unloaded a fierce flurry of punches that forced Peng onto his back foot. Another shot forced Peng to the mat, where a salvo of ground and pound from Catalan eventually forced the TKO stoppage as referee Olivier Coste stepped in to halt the contest.

Photo, story, and video from ONE Championship

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Gelo Alolino regrets Phoenix’s failure to close out Hotshots



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Gelo Alolino had his best game for the Phoenix Fuel Masters on Saturday night at the Cuneta Astrodome with 19 points, eclipsing his previous career-high of 16 markers which he made last May 21, 2017 in a loss to the Mahindra Floodbuster.

But his achievement won’t be too memorable, as it went for naught following a 91-97 defeat at the hands of Paul Lee and the Magnolia Hotshots, who have now collected their third straight victory.

For the second overall pick in the regular 2016 Rookie Draft, it was all because of their failure to sustain momentum up until the game’s final buzzer.

“Sayang, nandun na. We felt na sa amin na nung dulo kaso lang ganun talaga,” rued the 24-year-old sophomore after the match, where he shot an excellent 7-of-10 from the floor.

“Breaks of the game napunta sa kabila.”

Phoenix were in contention all throughout the match. In fact, they were even ahead, 89-84, with just three minutes left to play. But the Hotshots’ comeback skills were unleashed, leading to the narrow win.

“Siyempre kami lahat nasayangan. Maganda naman yung team effort talaga namin,” admitted the 6-foot floor general of their end-game collapse, which wasted their efforts in assists (21) and on defense, where they forced Magnolia to 21 turnovers.

“Kami as players talagang gusto namin bumawi coming from a loss last game sa Rain or Shine.

The Fuel Masters have now lost their second straight outing and have dropped to 2-3. And for Alolino, all they have to do is learn as much as they can from this loss, especially now that they are about to face the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel next.

“Yun nga. Medyo masakit para sa’min ‘to,” admitted the National University product.

“All we have to do is magviview ulit kami ng tape para makita kung saan kami mas pwede mag-improve as a team and bawat isa — including me.”

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