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Ateneo inches closer to the crown even as UP tries to stage a comeback



The Blue Tankers of Katipunan kept the medals and records coming with a terrific 9 Gold, 6 Silver, 2 Bronze and 6 new UAAP Records haul in Day Three of the four day UAAP Season 77 Swimming Championships. The other 3 Gold medals were split between UP (2) and DLSU (1). This dominance translated into an insurmountable lead in the Men’s competition. However, UP attempts to stage a comeback as they cut the deficit of Ateneo in the Women’s division.

Jessie Lacuna of Ateneo could very well be this season’s Most Valuable Player as he added three golds coupled with three UAAP records to his total. That’s a running total of six gold medals with six UAAP records in three days of competition. He will complete his conquest in the final day of competition swimming 200m Butterfly.

Likewise, teammate Hannah Dato, who swam exactly the same events as Lacuna so far, managed to come up with exactly the same result – three golds and three UAAP records for a sum total of six golds and six UAAP records. She is definitely this season’s best candidate for MVP.

Day three of the competition began with an all-blue performance in Men’s 200m Freestyle as Ateneo bets Lacuna (1:53.02), Axel Ngui (1:56.28) and Gio Palencia (2:00.91) filled the podium. Lacuna set the UAAP mark in the morning session with a time of 1:53.81 but quickly broke that in the afternoon finals session.

This event would be followed by another dominating performance, this time by Lacuna’s teammate Aldo Batungbacal. The rookie Batungbacal won the gold medal in 100m Breaststroke by registering a time of 1:07.38. Coming in as second was DLSU bet Robby Agustin (1:09.55) followed by UP’s Orpheus Magbanlac (1:09.66).

Lacuna would immediately come back to swim 50m Butterfly. He again touched first with a UAAP record time of 25.47 while DLSU’s Pierce Beltran followed next in 26.23 and UP’s Gabe Castelo rounding out the podium at 26.63.

It was a tighter competition in the Men’s 100m Backstoke event as Charlie Walker of UP and Getty Reyes of Ateneo battled it out stroke per stroke till the end with Walker reigning supreme at 1:02.46 and Reyes left with the silver at 1:02.52. Jan Jeric Santos of Ateneo finished third at 1:02.96.

The day’s final individual event, 400m Individual Medley, would be ruled by Lacuna again as he broke the UAAP record in his 4:41.29 finish in the preliminary session but clearly bested that in the finals session by achieving a 4:37.10 time. Teammate Batungbacal followed next in 4:45.65 while UST’s Franz Marquez finished in 4:50.79.

DLSU’s team of Joey Pronove, Miggy Narciso, Red Silvestre and Pierce Beltran surprised everyone in 200m Freestyle Relay with a record performance by breaking the old UAAP mark of 1:41.95 with their time of 1:41.10. The Ateneo team of Sylver Sison, Brandon Sing, Geoffrey Que and Paolo Mutuc only managed a time of 1:41.76 for second while UP’s team of Joshua Balinas, Carl Dela Cruz, Rafael Agtarap and Gabe Castelo was at third in 1:42.49.

Meanwhile, Dato began her day by erasing the 2:09.56 UAAP mark in Women’s 200m Freestyle with her time of 2:07.87. She would be followed by teammate Kim Uy who finished at 2:13.22 while UP’s Delia Cordero touched next at 2:14.24.

Dato’s next event was 50m Butterfly where top seed Delia Cordero of UP established a new UAAP record in the preliminary session with her time of 28.73. But this only fueled Dato to come in stronger in the finals session. She would register 28.20 in the afternoon, clearly ahead of her competition. Teammate Celina Gonzalez ended second with 29.40 while Cordero slid to third at 29.80.

To cap her remarkable day off, Dato came back to swim in the 400m Individual Medley finals in record fashion. In the morning session, her time of 5:09.30 already surpassed the old UAAP record. In the finals session, she further improved with a new UAAP record of 5:05.58. Siblings Denjylie And Delia Cordero of UP came next at 5:16.28 and 5:24.30, respectively.

Denjylie Cordero also broke her old UAAP record in 100m Breaststroke with her preliminary session time of 1:13.88. She only achieved 1:13.98 in the finals but was way ahead of her teammates Ma. Kristina Bartolome (1:18.08) and Joy Rodgers (1:18.76). UP proves to be the masters of Breaststroke having ruled the podium in both the 50m and 100m distances.

In 100m Backstroke, rookie Ariana Herranz of Ateneo continued to prevail. Her time of 1:05.77 would be the fastest in the finals. Anna Dominique Bartolome of UP came next at 1:07.08 while another rookie, Claire Galang of UE, finished with 1:09.51. Herranz has so far conquered the backstroke events this weekend.

Finally, in the 200m Freestyle Relay, Ateneo’s team of Ma. Andrea Torres, Sandra Gojar, Celina Gonzalez and Roanne Yu clocked 1:54.37 proving too much for UP’s team of
Monica Padilla, Antoinette Aquino, Anna Nicole Tan and Denjylie Cordero who were only good for 1:57.96. DLSU’s Ma. Isabelita Teano, Ma. Carina Guanio, Mariel Carandang and Sarah Castaneda were third at 2:00.75.

Entering the final day of competition, Ateneo continues to rule the Men’s Division, breaking away from UP. In the Women’s Division, UP is slowly catching up with pace-setting Ateneo. Only six events remain for the Men’s Division – 1500m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke, 200m Breaststroke, 200m Butterfly, 50m Freestyle and 400m Medley Relay. For the Women’s Division, five events are up for grabs – 50m Backstroke, 200m Breaststroke, 200m Butterfly, 50m Freestyle and 400m Medley Relay. Catch our live Twitter updates for the UAAP Season 77 Swimming Championships in @TiebreakerTimes.






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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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’



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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2018 FIBA 3X3 World Cup

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



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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



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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