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Bianca Carlos, ADMU avenge loss last Sunday in beating DLSU



Bianca Carlos, the #1 ranked female shuttler in the country, left the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall visibly frustrated last Sunday in their loss against the De La Salle University Lady Shuttlers that forced a tiebreaker match between the Ateneo Lady Shuttlers and the DLSU Lady Shuttlers. This time, Carlos would not allow her team to lose in a back-to-back against their rivals. The Lady Shuttlers from Katipunan would beat DLSU 3-1 to seal the 2nd spot in the UAAP Season 77 Women’s Badminton Tournament.

Women’s Singles Match 1: Patricia Edrika Malibiran (ADMU) def. Danica San Ignacio; 2:0


Last Sunday, Patricia Malibiran was the opener for the Ateneo while Danica San Ignacio was the same for De La Salle. Malibiran lost to San Ignacio in a match that lasted just 30 minutes. Different day, same match-up. This time however, a more focused Patricia Malibaran would be the one sweeping Danica San Ignacio in straight sets.

After getting her feet loose, and with the score tied 4-all in the opening minutes of the initial set, Patricia Malibiran would blast her way to a quick 11-4 lead by the 11th point break. The game was blown open by Malibiran with San Ignacio never gaining any sort of momentum. Malibiran would breeze through the 1st game 21-10.

The 2nd game was another amazing display of strength by Patricia Malibiran. She would continue to smash every lob set by her opponent throughout the game. San Ignacio would fail to return almost every return of Malibiran. Malibiran would gain vengeance from her regular season loss with another 21-10 victory.

Aggregate Score: Malibiran 42 – San Ignacio 20

Total Match Time: 20 mins


Women’s Singles Match 2: Ma. Bianca Ysabel Carlos (ADMU) def. Monica Arriane Rivera (DLSU); 2:0


Last Sunday, Coach Owen Lopez would match Alyssa Leonardo against Bianca Carlos which resulted to a blow-out by Carlos. This time, it was the lankier Monica Rivera who was designated to face-off against Bianca Carlos.

The line-up adjustment seemed to work in the early goings of the 1st set as the length of Rivera became a problem for Carlos. Rivera would be able to return each drop from Carlos and easily convert them into excellent returns resulting to an early 7-3 lead by the lady shuttler from Taft. Ever the masterful strategist, Carlos was able to adjust mid-game, storming with an amazing 8-point rally to give her an 11-7 lead by the break. Bianca Carlos would continue to control the pace of the entire game in routing Rivera 21-12.

In a masterful display, the MVP-candidate, Carlos, would continue controlling the pace of the 2nd game by beating Rivera at both ends of the court. A series of deceiving pendings, shots that Rivera thought would be smashes but resulted into drop, gave Carlos an imposing 18-7 lead. To cap her performance off, Bianca Carlos would win the match with very low excellent serve, a signature move of hers which delves away from her extremely high service. Carlos wins with a 21-9 score and give ADMU a comfortable 2-0 lead.


Aggregate Score: Carlos 42 – Rivera 21

Total Match Time: 25 mins


Women’s Doubles Match 1: Aires Amor Montilla and Kristelle Dawn Salatan (DLSU) def. Janelle Gloriane De Vera and Dia Nicole Magno (ADMU); 2:1


The De La Salle Lady Shuttlers would need to sweep all remaining matches to gain a twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs. Aires Montilla and Kristelle Salatan were tasked with the job to start the rally. Dia Magno would be paired with Janelle De Vera for the Blue Side in an experiment by Coach Kennie Asuncion.

Hannah Montilla would lead her team to an early 11-5 lead for the La Sallians. An out-of-sync team from the Blue Side would never recover. Both lady shuttlers from Katipunan looked confused in spacing resulting to no returns on defense. The 1st set would result in a 21-12 victory for Aires Montilla and Salatan.

The team of Montilla and Salatan would continue to perform in perfect harmony during the early parts of the 2nd game. The DLSU pair would hold an 11-7 lead by the 11th point break. Janelle De Vera, hungry for her first doubles win for the season, would rally her team back with successful drops to tie the game at 16-all. The match would go into advantage points after being tied at 20-all. The deceivingly quick Dia Magno would bully Salatan with smashes directed to her. Magno and De Vera would take the 2nd game 24-22.

The pace of the 2nd set would take its toll on the Ateneo team in the 3rd set. Again, the pair of Magno and De Vera were out-of-sync, confused as to which quarter of the court they would set in. Montilla and Salatan, on the other hand, displayed perfect court control on defense. The DLSU tandem would take a 11-7 lead before scoring the games final 7 points to give the Lady Shuttlers from Taft a 21-12 win and a chance to steal the series from the defending champions.

Aggregate Score: Montilla and Salatan 64 – De Vera and Magno 48

Total Match Time: 45 mins


Women’s Singles Match 2: Ma. Bianca Ysabel Carlos and Patrisha Edrika Malibiran (ADMU) def. Alyssa Isabel Leonardo and Danica San Ignacio (DLSU); 2:0

DLSU 1 – 3 ADMU (ADMU wins)

Last Sunday’s encounter between the 4 shuttlers saw the tandem of Leonardo and San Ignacio go the distance with the DLSU pairing of San Ignacio and Leonardo coming out on top. Pundits criticized that Carlos and Malibiran were not fit to play doubles, even if they were excellent singles players. Bianca Carlos and Patrisha Malibiran would silence their critics after the match was over.

Bianca Carlos would lead the Atenean pair in the 1st set. She would be a one-woman show in controlling 3/4’s of the court. It was an effective strategy as Carlos would have her way against the DLSU tandem enroute to a quick 21-14 victory for the Ateneo tandem.

The 2nd set saw Patricia Malibiran take the lead. In a back and front formation with Malibiran at the back, Malibiran would smash every lob sent by the DLSU pair. San Ignacio hardly made her presence felt in what would be the deciding set as she would fail to return Malibiran’s smashes. Carlos and Malibiran would seal the series with a 21-17 win.

Aggregate Score: Carlos and Malibiran 42 – Leonardo and San Ignacio 31

Total Match Time: 45 mins

With the win, the defending champions, the Ateneo de Manila University Lady Shuttlers, will be seeded at #2 in the playoffs. De La Salle would have to face the winner of the UST-FEU eliminator tomorrow.

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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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