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Ateneo sustains strong start; UP plays catch-up

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After day two of the four-day UAAP Swimming Championship, the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Tankers racked up even more points to pull away from challengers De La Salle University and University of the Philippines in the Men’s Division. On the other hand, the UP Fighting Maroons began to close the gap on the Ateneo Lady Tankers in the Women’s Division.

The Men’s Division competition looks more like a fight for the runners-up spot, as Ateneo added another four gold medals, two of them in UAAP record fashion, and two silver and bronze medals each. DLSU remains on top of UP in second after collecting one gold, silver and bronze medal each.

Like the previous day, Axel Ngui started things off for the Blue Tankers with a record-breaking win in the 400m Freestyle, after surpassing teammate Jessie Lacuna’s year-old UAAP mark of 4:04.86 with his time of 4:04.86. Rookie teammate Eman Dapat was a far second in 4:16.09, just enough to hold of Jux Solita of UST who clocked 4:18.40.

But the story of the day has to be the record-breaking win of débutante Carlo Silva of Ateneo, who surpassed the eleven year old record of UP Olympian Timmy Chua in the 50m Breaststroke by finishing in 29.69 seconds during the preliminary session. He came back in the afternoon finals session to register a time of 29.76, ahead of UST rookie Skyler Claveria (30.27) and Aldo Batungbacal (30.41). Silva is a graduate of Ramona High School in the US and had to serve a year of residency last season.

Ateneo’s Jessie Lacuna was back to winning ways as he dominated the 100m Butterfly, finishing in 55.93 seconds. DLSU’s Red Silvestre went second in 58.74 seconds while UP’s Lans Donato managed a time of 59.79 seconds.

DLSU rookie Neil Puyo prevented another gold medal sweep by Ateneo as he sped to a 2:10.98 finish in the 200m Backstroke, touching ahead of Ateneo’s Getty Reyes (2:12.10) and Brandon Sing (2:14.02).

Day two ended with another Ateneo record-breaking win as Brandon Sing, Justin Sy, Getty Reyes and Paolo Mutuc teamed up in the 400m Freestyle Relay for a gold medal and record breaking time of 3:43.54. UP’s Lans Donato, Joshua Balinas, Joaquin Burgos and Alfred Rojo went second in 3:45.80 while DLSU’s John Velecina, Jose Mari Ereneta, Troy Espiritu and Red Silvestre touched next in 3:45.82.

In the Women’s Division, UP started to close the gap, as in the previous season, even as Ateneo continued to collect gold medals. UP landed two gold medals, one of them a record-breaker, two silver medals and one bronze medal. Ateneo, on the other hand, gathered three gold medals, three silver medals and one bronze medal.

Ateneo’s Kim Uy led from start to finish in the 400m Freestyle to register a time of 4:40.44 ahead of teammate Romina Gavino (4:44.56) and UST’s Angelic Saavedra (4:46.62).

In the 50m Breaststroke, UP’s Joy Rodgers broke the record of former teammate Denjylie Cordero in the morning preliminaries by clocking 33.62. She went on to win the afternoon finals after getting a time of 34.18. Ateneo’s Ramona Datu squeezed past the Fighting Maroons’ dominance in the event to emerge as the silver medalist with a time of 35.64 while UP’s Teresa Dela Rosa won the bronze medal in 35.69.

Hannah Dato of Ateneo continued her supremacy in the 100m Butterfly as she sped to a time of 1:02.39, leaving the rest of the field to vie for silver. Kyla Taguibao of UP emerged victorious in second with a time of 1:08.05, while Romina Gavino of Ateneo got in third at 1:08.49.

Like last year, Ateneo’s Ariana Herranz reigned supreme in the 200m Backstroke by leading from start to finish on her way to a time of 2:26.58. Taguibao again won silver with her time of 2:29.78 while DLSU’s Cathy Bondad took the bronze in 2:34.42.

The 400m Freestyle Relay provided enough excitement to end the day as the teams of UP (Monica Padilla, Teresa Dela Rosa, Michaela Alcover and Ariana Canaya) and Ateneo (Andee Torres, Hannah Castaneda, Shayn Ting and Shaye Uy) engaged in a tight battle for the gold. UP would prevail in this one with a time of 4:15.75 against Ateneo’s 4:17.01.

By the day’s end, Ateneo racked up 246 points against DLSU’s 121 and UP’s 89 in the Men’s Division. The Women’s Division is a contrasting story as UP now has 178 points, cutting the 55 point lead established by Ateneo in the first day to 45. Ateneo ended with a total of 223 points while DLSU was third at 74 points.

Day Three of the UAAP Swimming Championship continues at the Rizal Memorial Swimming Complex, where the medals for 200m Freestyle, 100m Breaststroke, 50m Butterfly, 100m Backstroke, 400m Individual Medley and 200m Freestyle Relay are up for grabs.

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Event 21 Men’s 400 Meter Free
Men's 400m Free Awarding
GOLD – Ngui, Axel Toni Steven (ADMU) 4:04.45 – NEW UAAP RECORD
SILVER – Dapat, Eman Nuellito (ADMU) 4:16.09
BRONZE – Solita, Jux (UST) 4:18.40

Event 22 Women’s 400 Meter Free
Women's 400m Free Awarding
GOLD – Uy, Kimberly (ADMU) 4:40.44
SILVER – Gavino, Romina Rafaelle (ADMU) 4:44.56
BRONZE – Saavedra, Mary Angelic (UST) 4:46.62

Event 25 Men’s 50 Meter Breast
Men's Breastroke 50m Awarding
GOLD – Silva, Gian Carlo (ADMU) 29.76
SILVER – Claveria, Skyler (UST) 30.27
BRONZE – Batungbacal, Alberto (ADMU) 30.41

Event 26 Women’s 50 Meter Breast
Women's Breaststroke Awarding
GOLD – Rodgers, Joy (UP) 34.18
SILVER – Datu, Ramona Angelina (ADMU) 35.64
BRONZE – Dela Rosa, Ma. Teresa (UP) 35.69

Event 29 Men’s 100 Meter Fly
Men's Fly awarding
GOLD – Lacuna, Jessie Khing (ADMU) 55.93
SILVER – Silvestre, Leon Red (DLSU) 58.74
BRONZE – Donato, Lans Rawlin (UP) 59.79

Event 30 Women’s 100 Meter Fly
Women's Fly Awarding
GOLD – Dato, Hannah (ADMU) 1:02.39
SILVER – Taguibao, Janna Mikayla (UP) 1:08.05
BRONZE – Gavino, Romina Rafaelle (ADMU) 1:08.49

Event 33 Men’s 200 Meter Back
Men's Backstroke awarding
GOLD – Puyo, Arian Neil (DLSU) 2:10.98
SILVER – Reyes, Gerard Christo (ADMU) 2:12.10
BRONZE – Sing, Brandon Willis (ADMU) 2:14.02

Event 34 Women’s 200 Meter Back
Women's Backstroke awarding
GOLD – Herranz, Ariana (ADMU) 2:26.58
SILVER – Taguibao, Janna Mikayla (UP) 2:29.78
BRONZE – Bondad, Catherine (DLSU) 2:34.42

Event 37 Men’s 400 Meter Free Relay
Men's Freestyle relay awarding
GOLD – Sing, Brandon Willis, Sy, Justin Vito, Reyes, Gerard Christoffe, & Mutuc, Paolo Gabriel (ADMU) 3:43.54 NEW UAAP RECORD
SILVER – Donato, Lans Rawlin, Balinas, Joshua Chace, Burgos, Joaquin Miguel, & Rojo, Alfred Valentin (UP) 3:45.80
BRONZE – Velecina, John Edward, Ereneta, Jose Mari Luis, Espiritu, Troy Jordan, & Silvestre, Leon Red (DLSU) 3:45.82

Event 38 Women’s 400 Meter Free Relay
Women's Freestyle relay awarding
GOLD – Padilla, Monica, Dela Rosa, Ma. Teresa, Alcover, Michaela Alyssa, & Canaya, Ariana Mikaela (UP) 4:15.75
SILVER – Torres, Maria Andrea Katrina, Castaneda, Hannah Emmanuelle, Ting, Shayn, & Uy, Shaye Chantal (ADMU) 4:17.01
BRONZE – Rivera, Dominique Joyce, Belen, Althea Aira, Aguelo, Katrina Nicole, & Gubat, Isabelle (UST) 4:24.67

Men’s DivisionWomen’s Division
1. Ateneo de Manila University246 points1. Ateneo de Manila University223 points
2. De La Salle University1212. University of the Philippines178
3. University of the Philippines893. De La Salle University74
4. University of Santo Tomas524. University of Santo Tomas56
5. National University515. University of the East16
6. Adamson University10
7. University of the East8

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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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Yeng Guiao denies using racial slur against Chris Ross

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During the post-game of the San Miguel Beermen’s victory over the NLEX Road Warriors, reigning Coach of the Year Leo Austria said that NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao called Chris Ross the “N” word that caused the commotion.

According to Chris, tinawagan siya ng nigger or ganiyan,” said Austria. “I don’t know but that’s what he explained to me because I confronted Chris Ross because he’s one of the most important players in my team.

“But that’s the thing he doesn’t want to hear so nagflare up yung bata so I cannot blame him.”

Guiao though denied that he blurted out racial slurs against San Miguel’s Chris Ross.

“Hindi. Hindi ko tinawag na N-word. Ewan ko kung may nakarinig. Pero hindi,” clarified the fiery tactician moments after their 98-109 defeat, their third straight after starting the 2018 Philippine Cup with two straight wins.

That tussle, according to Guiao, was just filled with trash talking against each other, as he felt the need to retaliate. In fact, Guiao was even caught by the TV camera saying “son of a bitch” towards the Filipino-American point guard.

“Daldal siya ng daldal eh. Eh sa akin naman kapag ganon, siguro respeto nalang. Lumayo ka nalang tutal mananalo naman na kayo,” he said. “I didn’t understand what he was saying, what he was talking about.

“Nakipagtrash-talking din ako sa kanya.”

Furthermore, the 58-year-old was also caught by the cameras flipping the bird — in one quick motion — also against Ross.

“Oo. Kasama na rin yun.

“Pero ano naman eh, it’s part of, siguro, psychological warfare. Malakas din siya mang-asar. Hindi lang naman sa amin. Everytime naman na mga ganoong skirmishes, he also knows what he’s capable of,” the seven-time champion coach furthered.

But more than this scuffle, it really has become a stressful time for Guiao and the Road Warriors. They have now went down to 2-3 in the team standings, and the mentor sees the great need to end this slump immediately.

“We have to arrest it very soon. Ang susunod na laro namin ay versus Rain or Shine sa Friday. So we need to go back to 50 percent win-loss level para at least may chance ka na maka-playoffs. That’s going to be a crucial game for us,” he stressed.

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Kiefer Ravena shocked with Von Pessumal’s shove: ‘I did not expect that at all’

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Kiefer Ravena and Von Pessumal have been teammates ever since they were in high school, winning three UAAP juniors crowns together. They won two championships together in the seniors level and even played together in Gilas. They were inseparable.

Friday evening however, they were playing for separate camps.

Ravena admitted that he never expected a shove to come from Pessumal during the NLEX Road Warriors’ clash with San Miguel Beermen.

In an off-ball situation, Pessumal charged at Ravena, sending the rookie down to the floor with 9:50 remaining in the final frame. He was then whistled for an unsportsmanlike foul, and Ravena sank one from the line.

“I did not expect that at all,” admitted Ravena after the match in which they lost, 98-109 — their third straight defeat after a 2-0 start. “But hopefully Von doesn’t take it personal.

“I’m just doing my job. They won the game.”

Ravena insisted that there wasn’t any physicality between him and Pessumal prior to that, but he thinks that his former Gilas teammate may have gotten irked by his staredown after blocking him on a fastbreak play early in the fourth.

“When that fastbreak happened — the same exact possession na I challenged him, I looked at him, and after that yun na yung nangyari,” said the 23-year-old guard. “But I never instigated something to provoke Von to do that.

“Probably nung tinignan ko siya.”

Moreover, the second overall pick of the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft felt that that incident “started all the commotions during the end game (laughs). Yun yung pinaka-una eh. And with that, the team got fired up and it worked for them.”

He may be right, for the game saw more skirmishes after that: from teammate Michael Miranda kicking Chris Ross to the groin, and with his head coach Yeng Guiao figuring in a heated verbal war also against Ross.

But then, Ravena made it clear that it was never a plan of his to put down somebody, especially someone like Pessumal who he sees as a brother for life.

“You know, Von and I, we go way back. Things like this hopefully don’t become too personal.

“I have no intention na ipapahiya yung tao or sasaktan mo yung tao. Wala namang ganun. Laro-laro lang,” said NLEX’s leading scorer.

It was somehow a night to remember for Ravena, but for all the wrong reasons. After Friday’s loss that sent their card to 2-3, the veteran internationalist now sees the need for him and the Road Warriors to push the panic button.

“‘Di na pwedeng sabihin palaging kailangan namin matuto eh. Pangatlong sunod na,” the second-generation cager expressed.

“Kailangan siguro naming umaksyon.”

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Downcast Chris Ross chooses to stay mum after heated altercation with Yeng Guiao

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Through wins or losses, Chris Ross has always accommodated the members of the press asking for interviews and fans requesting for photo ops every after game. But Friday evening, the nine-year pro was despondent.

Visibly agitated with the events that had transpired during the San Miguel Beermen’s tilt against the NLEX Road Warriors, Ross, with his hoodie covering his head, left the Cuneta Astrodome without saying a word.

The reigning Defensive Player of the Year had figured in physical play after physical play and verbal exchange after verbal exchange with the frustrated Road Warriors.

Ross and Alex Mallari were both slapped with technicals after a confrontation with 9:06 left. This was just the start of many things to come for the Filipino-American defensive specialist

After knocking down a triple and receiving a taunt from Ross, Michael Miranda was assessed a disqualifying foul for an apparent kick to the groin against Ross with 4:35 left.

The tip of the iceberg came with 1:46 left to play and the game all but settled.

Yeng Guiao and Ross figured in a heated word war that resulted in Ross’ second technical foul for the game. Referees and players from both sides had to separate the two to prevent things from escalating.

San Miguel coach Leo Austria alleged that the fiery NLEX mentor said the “N” word, while some said Guiao called Ross a “bitch”.

Ross finished the game with four points, eight rebounds, and four steals in 37 minutes of action.

For sure, penalties and suspensions will come out of this game.

And it was better for Ross to stay silent.

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Jason Brickman flirts with triple-double as Mono holds off Singapore

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After playing his worst game of the season last Sunday against Tanduay Alab Pilipinas, Jason Brickman bounced back, steering the Mono Vampire to a 91-88 road victory over the Singapore Slingers, Friday evening at the OCBC Arena.

The 26-year-old, who finished with just seven points and three assists in their 71-104 loss to Alab, tallied 10 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists. The league-leader in assists did not take a break, playing all 40 minutes.

But it was not a walk in the park for the Thailand-based squad.

Mono led by as much as 22 points, 60-48, with 7:46 left, 16 points entering the final frame. A furious fourth quarter rally by Singapore sliced the lead, turning the game into a single-possession contest with a minute left. The steady hands of Samuel Deguara and Mike Singletary from the stripe fended off Singapore.

Brickman’s compatriot Paul Zamar chipped in 13 markers for Mono.

Since torching Alab last January 3, Filipino-Canadian AJ Mandani has been on a slump, going just 3-for-11 from the field for nine points.

Mono’s World Imports Samuel Deguara and Mike Singletary both finished with 26 points with the former hauling down 18 rebounds. For Singapore, Xavier Alexander paced the Slingers with 29 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists.

With the win, the Vampire kept solo third with a 7-4 slate. On the other hand, the Slingers dropped its second straight game since winning against Alab, falling to 5-6.

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