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Ateneo Tankers make a big splash in Day One

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One of the goals of the Ateneo Swimming Team in this year’s UAAP Swimming Championships is to make their competition know from Day One that they are plotting a coup. And boy did the Blue Tankers from Katipunan put on a show to the small crowd in the Rizal Memorial Swimming Complex.

Five events were at stake in Day One, namely: 200m Medley Relay, 100m Freestyle, 200m Individual Medley, 800m Freestyle and 800m Freestyle Relay. The Blue Tankers managed to grab the gold medal in ALL five events of the day with two new UAAP records in the 200m Medley Relay and 200m Individual Medley. Meanwhile, the Lady Tankers of Ateneo managed to grab four out of five golds as well as two new UAAP records in 200m Individual Medley and 800m Freestyle. The only other gold medal going to the 200m Medley Relay team of UP which was another UAAP record finish.

None other than Season 75 Rookie of the Year and multiple record holder, Axel Ngui lead the way in Day One for the Ateneo Men’s Swimming Team with gold medal finishes in the 800m Freestyle (8:41.15) and 100m Freestyle (53.05), events he has now won for the third straight year. He will still be swimming five events in the last three days of the competition.

Not to be outdone, London Olympics campaigner Jessie Lacuna, also of Ateneo, brought home the gold medal in 200m Individual Medley with a UAAP record time of 2:05.59, erasing the 2:09.46 mark set by DLSU graduate Johansen Aguilar back in UAAP Season 76. Jessie, who is swimming in his first year for Ateneo after serving a year of residency, still has six events to go in his maiden season for the Blue and White.

Since the UAAP Swimming Championships is not so much a competition about landing in the podium as it is about scoring the most number of points by getting all four allowed entries in the Top 8 of each event, it is important to note that Ateneo rookie Aldo Batungbacal, a record holder and former Rookie of the Year in the Juniors’ level, ended up with two silver medals at the end of the day, one in 200m Individual Medley (2:12.86), and the other in 800m Freestyle (8:59.81). Futhermore, another Ateneo rookie, Getty Reyes, a two-time MVP in the Juniors’ level, was able to manage a bronze medal in 800m Freestyle (9:12.86). Other podium finishers were Charlie Walker of UP (54.31) and Alfred Rojo also of UP (55.98) in 100m Freestyle. Finally, Franz Marquez of UST took the bronze medal in 200m Individual Medley (2:14.21).

As for the relay events, the Ateneo team in 200m Medley Relay represented by Jan Jeric Santos, Miguel Pesueña, Gio Palencia and Paolo Mutuc (1:52.06) surpassed expectations and surprised the crowd by not only touching ahead of favorites Charlie Walker, Joseph Beloso, Gabriel Castelo and Joshua Balinas of UP (1:52.07) and Jhonmar Gonzales, Kito Zialcita, Pierce Beltran and Red Silvestre of DLSU (1:52.53), but also establishing a new UAAP Record. They truly showed grit and the desire to regain the championship the team lost to UP last season.

Another Ateneo team in the 800m Freestyle Relay with swimmers Jan Jeric Santos, Brandon Sing, Robie Batungbacal and Gio Palencia (8:27.11) led the event by a huge margin on route to the last gold medal of Ateneo for the day. In second place was the team from DLSU with swimmers JM Ereneta, Benjo Narciso, Sage Yabut and Troy Espiritu (8:35.65) and in third was UST’s Justin Jamias, Jux Solita, Allen Miranda and Michael Bunag (8:37.32).

Meanwhile, in the Women’s Division, the Ateneo Lady Tankers refused to be left out by their male counterparts. It was a total team effort that gave Ateneo several gold medals and the lead in the team tally. Providing the team with its first gold medal in 800m Freestyle in record fashion was Kimberly Uy with a time of 9:26.11, re-establishing the 9:28.46 mark she set a year ago. She still has four events in the competition.

Another Ateneo veteran, Roanne Yu, was good for a gold in 100m Freestyle (59.69) with her teammate Anna Celina Gonzalez touching a few seconds after for the silver (1:01.34) and Green Tanker Sabrina Ingrid Ilustre rounding out the podium (1:01.87). Roanne, a sprinter, will only swim in three other individual events.

National athlete Hannah Dato of Ateneo showed her mastery of the 200m Individual Medley event for which she owns the Philippine Record. In the preliminary session, she debuted for Ateneo by establishing a new UAAP Record of 2:24.55 before erasing that mark in the finals with a time of 2:21.66. The super rookie is still competing in six other events in the next three days.

Additional support came in for Ateneo in the form of another rookie in Ariana Herranz. Ariana finished 2nd in 800m Freestyle (9:49.11) and then 3rd in 200m Individual Medley (2:32.32). It was Denjylie Cordero of UP, the former record holder, who won the silver in 200m Individual Medley (2:29.81) while her sister, Delia Cordero, also from UP, won the bronze in 800m Freestyle (10:02.62).

The team of Ma. Andrea Torres, Julia Balanag, Kimberly Uy and Jacquelyn Cruz would later on provide Ateneo its 4th gold medal of the day in 800m Freestyle Relay (9:26.59) by finishing ahead of the team of Erica Lukang, Monica Padilla, Michaela Alcover and Caitlin Cruz of UP (9:37.81) and Isabelle Gubat, Rhezel Jugar, Danica Locsin and Kristine Libat of UST (10:04.59).

It would not be an all Ateneo show in Day One as the defending champions UP refused to yield the 200m Medley Relay. With a solid lineup in record holders Anna Dominique Bartolome, Joy Rodgers, Antoinette Aquino and Anna Nicole Tan, the UP Tankers erased their old UAAP mark of 2:06.75 with a time of 2:05.98. The Ateneo team of Anna Celina Gonzalez, Ramona Datu, Nathania Rockwood and Roanne Yu would closely follow at 2:06.73 while the UST team of Coralyn Lim, Samantha Cambronero, Edlyn Son and Zoe Teodoro finished 3rd in 2:15.91.

Even as the Men’s and Women’s team of Ateneo have mounted a big lead in Day One, the competition is expected to be close in the last three days of competition. Defending champions in both the Men’s and Women’s Division, UP will not make it easy for the Ateneo Blue Tankers to take the crown away from them. The stage is set for a showdown between the two teams. If heart is the basis for the championship, it would seem that the Blue Tankers have got more and want the trophy more by managing to produce a few surprise finishes defying all odds. In the Women’s Division, UP did not seem to want to end their five-year reign as champions while Ateneo seems to want to finally end their five-year runner-up finish to UP by emerging as champions.

Three days remain and plenty more points to build a solid lead or turn things around. Another five events are at stake in Day Two of the UAAP Swimming Championships – 400m Freestyle, 50m Breaststroke, 100m Butterfly, 200m Backstroke and 400m Freestyle Relay.

Stay tuned to our twitter account (@TiebreakerTimes) for live updates in the UAAP Season 77 Swimming Championships!

DAY ONE TEAM TALLY


MEN’S DIVISION


SchoolPoints
ADMU136
UP69
DLSU26
UST25
UE8
ADU0


WOMEN’S DIVISION


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ADMU119
UP68
UST45
DLSU32
ADU6
UE4
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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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D-League to hold three-day showcase for players

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Seeking to further display the greatness of the Filipino basketball players, the PBA is giving more chances to the cagers as the league is set to hold the first-ever PBA D-League Showdown later this conference.

Opening the eighth season with this ground-breaking news, PBA officer-in-charge Willie Marcial is hopeful that this will serve as another motivation for the players to perform at their best this 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.

“Ginagawa naman natin ito para mas galingan ng mga players natin para rin maipakita nila yung tunay nilang talento,” he said Thursday during the opening ceremonies at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Marcial bared that the plan is to hold a two-day summit for the players suiting up in the ongoing conference to allow them to showcase their talents in front of coaches and scouts, not just from the PBA but also from countries in the Southeast Asian region.

“Lahat ng mga players ay maglalaro dito at mapapanood hindi lang ng mga PBA coaches,” he said.

“Iimbitahin din namin ang mga coaches ng ibang bansa tulad ng Malaysia, Thailand, at Vietnam na kumukuha ng imports sa atin.”

Marcial acknowledged that as much as players seek to make the jump to the pro league, securing spots in the PBA teams have been hard to crack over the past few years, forcing the players to look elsewhere for opportunities.

That has made playing in overseas leagues an option for these less fortunate ballers, keeping them earning while also hoping to impress scouts while keeping their PBA dreams alive.

Some of the players who suited up in the D-League and are currently playing outside of the country are Paul Zamar and Almond Vosotros in Thailand, AJ Mandani in Singapore, and Reil Cervantes in Indonesia.

With this project, Marcial is hopeful that this would keep the players in line while also delivering the best competition the D-League could dream of.

“Iwasan natin ang bisyo at galingan ninyo.”

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Letran overpowers Lyceum for second win

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After a string of losses, the Colegio San Juan de Letran Lady Knights returned to the NCAA Season 93 win column with a gritty win over the short-handed Lyceum of the Philippines University Lady Pirates, 28-26, 20-25, 26-24, 25-20, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Lady Knights won out in a sloppy match which had both teams combine for 25 aces, 15 coming from Letran. According to assistant coach Ron Dulay, Letran needed to solve their reception problems on the fly.

“Weakness nga siguro namin ‘yung receive, pero inaayos namin siya ensayo. Kanina medyo shaky lang ‘yung mga bata. Mabuti noong dulo naka-adjust kami sa ginagawa ng kalaban,” said Dulay.

Both sides also had a whooping 34 errors apiece. Letran’s miscues, however, came early in the match and were lessened by the deciding fourth set which they won convincingly.

“Unti-unte tumataas ‘yung level ng team. Kailangan talaga namin mag-double time pa sa mga susunod na laban kung gusto namin umabot doon sa Top Four,” Dulay added.

Second-year Lady Knight Charm Simborio led the way with 17 points while Glayssa Torres added 15 which includes two blocks and three aces.

The Lady Knights (2-2) take on perennial rival San Beda College (4-0) on Monday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Christine Miralles topped the Lady Pirates with a career-high 21 points. Team captain Bien Juanillo added 17 markers.

The Lady Pirates (1-3) face the undefeated defending champs Arellano University (4-0) on Sunday also at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Scores

CSJL (3) – Simborio 17, Torres 15, Abitan 11, Barrinuevo 8, Parin 8, Mendoza 3, Bangcola 2, Uriza 1, Perez 0, Larioque (L)

LPU (1) – Miralles 21, Juanillo 17, Sevilla 11, Bongabong 5, Patio 5, Genova 2, Marcella (L), Romanban (L)

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2018 FIBA 3X3 World Cup

FIBA 3×3 World Cup to be a huge boost for country’s Olympic bid

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All roads will lead to Bocaue, Bulacan as the 2018 FIBA 3×3 World Cup will head to the Philippine Arena. The biggest tournament in 3×3 basketball will be played from June 8-12, 2018.

The announcement was made Thursday afternoon by Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executives. The event was graced by Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. president Ronald Mascariñas, SMART Sports’ Christopher Quimpo, and FIBA’s 3×3 Managing Director Alex Sanchez.

With 3×3 basketball being declared an Olympic event last 2017, the SBP is looking at this tournament as a way to prove to the world that we are capable of hosting and that we can compete with the world’s finest.

“As mentioned earlier, I think we’ve been very successful holding it in the malls, 3,000 to 4,000 people watching the games. We chose to move it to a bigger venue, I think we want to give an opportunity for more people to see the games,” said SBP president Al Panlilio.

“From a Philippine basketball point of view, that gives an opportunity for the youth to watch the game. From an SBP, FIBA perspective, we want bigger crowds in 3×3 and that’s something we want to deliver to FIBA,” he added.

There will be 40 teams split into two divisions that will compete in this annual tourney.

For the men’s side, the Philippines will take on teams from Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Ecuador, Estonia, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Ukraine, and Uruguaz.

In the women’s division, the hosts will face Andorra, Argentina, Bahrain, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkmenistan, United States, and Venezuela.

With this task of hosting a world class tournament, Chooks-to-Go vowed to help in the organization of it.

“We look at 3×3 as our best hope, really, to get a medal in the Olympics. Kami naman sa Chooks, we are behind SBP realizing that dream,” said Mascariñas.

“Kanina pinag-uusapan na, if we’re going to break the record in attendance. I think the question there is not if we’re going to break, but how many more times.”

FIBA, on the other hand, is looking forward to helping groom a possible Philippine team that will compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“I’m sure the event this year, we’re starting the countdown, is going to be amazing,” Sanchez said. “I think this is going to be helpful for us in developing.

“I’m coming from Tokyo where we’re discussing the venue and layout of the Olympics. We should make an effort with Al and SBP to see if we have a Filipino team in Olympics. In my opinion Filipinos have a real chance to make it. Hopefully this can give us a nice push to get a PH team to the Olympics,” the Spanish executive added.

“See you in June.”

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Perpetual escapes upset-hungry EAC

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Fighting off a sluggish start, the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Lady Altas came alive late to slip past the Emilio Aguinaldo College Lady Generals, 22-25, 25-19, 25-14, 23-25, 15-13, and remain on pace for a spot in the NCAA Season 93 Final Four at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Taking on a struggling EAC side, Perpetual head coach Michael Cariño knew that there was a possibility that his squad would relax. His team has had trouble starting and finishing off matches, as evidenced in their first set performance and lack of finishing push in the fourth frame.

“May tendency talaga ‘yung team ko na mag-relax. Sabihin na nating hindi kasi sobrang lakas ng kalaban. Pero alam naman natin sa volleyball na wala namang team na ibibigay sa’yo ‘yung panalo, kailangan kunin mo talaga,” Cariño lamented.

The fifth frame came down to late breaks. The Lady Altas broke a 13-all tie with back-to-back transition conversions from Cindy Imbo and Lourdes Clemente.

“Siyempre, nage-expect ako nang mas maganda pang performance sa team ko. Alam din naman nila na mas may ibubuga pa sila kaya kailangan mas maganda ang ipakita namin sa mga huli naming laro,” the NCAA champion mentor added.

Imbo tallied a game-high 17 points, while Clemente and Maria Aurora Tripoli added 15 points, apiece. The Lady Altas needed all of their 11 aces and 11 blocks to offset their season-high 42 errors.

Aira Binondo was the only Lady General in double-digits with 13 points.

The Lady Altas (3-1) next face the Jose Rizal University (2-2) on Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre. EAC (0-4) will look for their first win on Monday against the College of Saint Benilde (2-1).

The Scores

UPHSD (3) – Imbo 17, Clemente 15, Tripoli 15, Sangalang 11, Llorente 10, Versoza 4, Estanislao 1, Gual 1, Umandal 0, Medalla (L)

EAC (2) – Binondo 13, Tongco 9, Pablo 8, Lumbao 7, Magbanua 7, Reyes A. 3, Reyes K. 3, Tasis 2, Yongco 1, Medina (L)

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