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Big third quarter powers NU past AdU



The National University Bulldogs used a huge third quarter rally to stave off the Adamson University Soaring Falcons 65-52 in Group A action of the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premiere Cup early Friday evening at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan City.

The Falcons immediately pumped in a fast pace in the early minutes of the game as rookies JD Tungcab and Harold Ng punched in two fast break lay-ups to give AdU a quick 6-3 lead. After a quick timeout by NU’s coach Eric Altamirano, the Bulldogs settled in their offense and were able to grab the lead as Rev Diputado and Angelo Abatayo scored on the inside to give NU a 13-11 edge. The Bulldogs were able to quell a 6-0 spurt courtesy of Nico Cabote’s back-to-back three pointers as Rden Celda was able to score four straight free throws. The Bulldogs went up 19-14 to end the opening quarter.

The second quarter was a low scoring affair as both teams struggled on offense. JD Tungcab was able to keep the Falcons afloat scoring four points in the quarter. On the other end, Gelo Alolino was aggressive on the drive to grab fouls and converting on free throws. With 1.5 seconds remaining on the game clock to end the quarter, Alolino was able to get a quick steal and passed the ball to Mohammad Salim for an and-1 play to put NU up 31-26 at halftime.

Just like in the opening quarter, the Falcons quickly cut down the NU lead behind a three pointer and a lay-up by Matthew Aquino. At the 7:45 mark of the game, Nico Capote found a cutting Joseph Nalos for a lay-up to tie the game at 33. After an NU timeout, the defending UAAP champions went on a huge 10-3 run behind two shots from beyond the arc by Jay Alejandro and another one by Reggei Morido. Two more three pointers by Morido and Javelona gave NU a 51-41 lead entering the final frame.

The pace again slowed down in the final period as first year Senegalese big man Seny Gaye continued to anchor the NU defense while Alejandro headed the offense. Adamson slowly crept in at the 3:19 mark with NU holding on to a slim 51-57 lead, Pao Javelona was able to cross his defender out and connected on a jumper to give NU a 59-51 lead. However, Javelona awkwardly landed on his left ankle. NU was able to close the game with a Gaye dunk coming from a Salim pass to win the game 65-52.

After the game, the NU physical therapists told Tiebreaker Times that their early prognosis was that the injury was just an ankle sprain.

In the post-game interview, Coach Eric Altamirano expressed pride with regards to the 18-year old Seny Gaye. “Gaye went to high school at NU for two years but did not play with us. He only practiced with us three weeks ago in our camp [in Tagaytay]. He is a quick learner but has to learn more about the game.”

Gaye grabbed a huge double-double with 13 points and 16 rebounds while also blocking four shots. Jay Alejandro had 11 points while Salim had nine points. NU Team captain Gelo Alolino had six points, six rebounds, and six assists. For Adamson, Capote top scored with 13 markers, while sophomore Matthew Aquino only had eight points but was able to block seven shots.

As a team, NU greatly outrebounded their opponents 52-29. In addition, the Bulldogs’ ball movement was crisp — evident in their 15 assists on 24 made field goals.

The NU Bulldogs will have the JRU Heavy Bombers next on their assignment on May 27 at 6:45pm while the AdU Falcons look to bounce back against the CSB Blazers on the same day at 3:15pm.

The Scores:

NU 65 – Gaye 13, Alejandro 11, Salim 9, Javelona 7, Alolino 6, Celda 6, Morido 5, Abatayo 5, Diputado 2, Javillonar 1, Neypes 0, Tansingco 0

AdU 52 – Capote 13, Tungcab 10, Aquino 8, Ochea 5, Polican 5, Nalos 4, Bernardo 2, Bernardo 2, Baytan 2, Ng 2, Pasturan 1, Barrera 0, Margallo 0, Gumtang 0, Pedrosa 0

NU (A, 4-1)19315165
AdU (A, 1-3)14264152


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Calvin Abueva, Raymond Almazan cut from pool



SMART Gilas Pilipinas’ third session for the second leg of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers ended early on Monday evening.

Prior to the end of the practice, head coach Chot Reyes talked to team veterans Jayson Castro, Gabe Norwood, and June Mar Fajardo. The outspoken mentor told the seniors of the team that he is cutting Calvin Abueva and Raymond Almazan from the pool.

“The reason why we’re dropping Abueva and Almazan for the second window is because they haven’t showed up,” lamented Reyes.

“It’s already our third practice at hindi pa sila nagpapakita. It’s simply a matter of disinterest.

“I guess they’re not interested so we have to move on we can’t wait for those guys,” he pointed out.

Both Abueva and Almazan were part of the teams that competed in the 2017 SEABA Championship, the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup, and the first window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

Only 10 players from the pool showed up for the team’s third session. And with the second leg exactly one month away, Gilas cannot let a slip up happen especially against Australia.

“Aside from those two we don’t know where Matt Wright is, while Allein [Maliksi] is attending a wedding in Australia. Other than that it’s really just an issue of Calvin and Raymond if they don’t want to be a part of the pool.” expressed Reyes.

“That’s the reason we’re dropping them for the second window.”

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2019 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers

23 for 2023 cadets fill up Gilas practice



With just 31 days until the second window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, only 10 players from the pool attended the team’s third session, Monday evening at the Meralco Gym.

Suiting up in the session presided over by Coach Chot Reyes were June Mar Fajardo, Gabe Norwood, Troy Rosario, Jio Jalalon, Mac Belo, Kiefer Ravena, Kevin Alas, and Roger Pogoy. Carl Cruz and Jayson Castro were in attendance but were in street clothes.

Not present were Matthew Wright, Japeth Aguilar, and Allein Maliksi. Calvin Abueva and Raymond Almazan have yet to attend practice.

Joining the seniors team to prep them up for the World Cup Qualifiers were 10 players from the 23 for 2023 pool.

Ateneo Blue Eagle Matt Nieto attended his first Gilas practice. Joining him were teammates Isaac Go and Thirdy Ravena.

Completing the night’s cast were CJ Perez, Abu Tratter, Will Gozum, J-jay Alejandro, Arvin Tolentino, and Juan Gomez de Liano. Joshua Sinclair watched from the sidelines as he is still recovering from an ACL injury.

Gilas will take on Australia in Melbourne on February 22. The Philippine will then host Japan three days later at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

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San Beda fends off Letran for back-to-back wins



With seasoned setter John Carlo Desuyo steering the wheel to near perfection, the San Beda College romped to their second straight win.

The Red Spikers pulled double-digit outings from four players to upend archrival Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights, 19-25, 25-13, 25-21, 25-22, and register their fourth win of the season, Monday early evening at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

It was the Knights, however, who started on the right foot, overhauling a 4-10 deficit to snag the first set. Better passing from liberos Aljune Centeno and Johnsen Timbreza resulted in kills from captain Bobby Gatdula.

Nonetheless, San Beda picked up the service game in the next three sets to ultimately finish off the blue-shirts.

Despite the win-loss record they currently sport, the Red Spiker playmaker admitted that t

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Michael Calisaan tows Che’lu-San Sebastian past Perpetual



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Michael Calisaan poured 20 points as he captained newcomer Che’Lu-San Sebastian Revellers to a decisive 83-70 win over the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas to start their voyage, Monday evening at the Pasig City Sports Center.

Doing it all for the Revellers, the veteran forward provided the stability for his side as he shot 8-of-15 from the field while also hauling down nine rebounds, two assists, and two steals in the conference-opening win.

But it wasn’t all Calisaan as Che’Lu got contributions from all over its roster.

Samboy de Leon chimed in 16 markers and nine boards. RK Ilagan went 2-of-5 from threes to collect 13 points, eight dimes, and three rebounds, while big men Alfred Batino and Jeepy Faundo combined for 20 in the victory.

Despite the triumph, coach Stevenson Tiu gave all the praise to his players, noting the team’s lack of time preparing for the tourney.

“Nanalo kami dahil sa talent ng players. Medyo mali ko rin kasi nahirapan pa ako mag-adjust sa players. Hopefully, we play much better in the coming games,” he said.

The Revellers used a 16-4 run to finally break away from the Altas, taking a 77-60 lead with 4:03 to play as they punished their foes for their turnovers, turning Perpetual’s 30 miscues to 28 points in their favor.

Prince Eze anchored the Altas with 15 points, 11 rebounds, and seven blocks in their first game under new head coach Frankie Lim.

Che’lu-San Sebastian look to make it two in a row when they take on the Wangs-Letran Couriers on Monday, January 29 at 5:00pm. Perpetual, on the other hand, hope they can notch their first win when they take on Mila’s Lechon Mighty Roasters.

The Scores:

Che’lu-SSCR 83 — Calisaan 20, De Leon 16, Ilagan 13, Batino 10, Faundo 10, Bulanadi 6, Costelo 6, Calma 2, David 0, Lao 0, Santos 0, Valdez 0.

UPHSD 70 — Eze 15, Coronel 13, Villanueva 13, Jimenez 9, Charcos 7, Peralta 7, Gallardo 5, Pido 1, Antonio 0, Aurin 0, Tamayo 0, Tongco 0.

Quarterscores: 17-22, 34-38, 59-53, 83-70.

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