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Blue Tankers Sustain Strong Start In Day Two



Two days into the UAAP Season 77 Swimming Championships and we’re halfway done. After the near flawless start of Ateneo in Day One, they emerge still on top with UP still in contention.

In the Men’s Division, UP squeezed in two gold medals but yielded the other three to Ateneo. Gaston Beloso of UP swam the 50m Breaststroke Finals as a 7th seed but scored a major upset by touching first at 31.49. Ateneo’s rookie Aldo Batungbacal earned his 3rd silver medal by finishing at 31.72 while DLSU Captain Kito Zialcita closely followed at 31.75.

UP’s other gold medal performance came in the 400m Freestyle Relay. With a star-studded crew of Joshua Balinas, Jao Elamparo, Gabe Castelo and Charlie Walker, the UP team turned a toe to toe battle with Ateneo into a complete mastery of their rivals by the time Walker swam the fourth and last leg. They clocked 3:47.23, clearly ahead of Ateneo’s team of Jan Jeric Santos, Geoffrey Que, Sylver Sison and Robie Batungbacal who finished at 3:51.06 and DLSU’s team of Joey Pronove, Blaise Ampil, JM Ereneta and Troy Espiritu touching at 3:52.08.

For the other three events, it was all Ateneo. Swimming in his third event, Ateneo Rookie of the Year candidate Getty Reyes turned up a gold medal performance in 200m Backstroke by registering a time of 2:13.99, becoming the first rookie to win a gold this season. Incidentally, the podium was filled with rookies in Francis Marquez of UST for the silver (2:17.14) and Brandon Sing of Ateneo and Joshua Ranque of UP tied for bronze (2:19.14).

The remaining two events were won by Jessie Lacuna of Ateneo in record fashion. In the morning session, he erased the 100m Butterfly mark set by Enchong Dee in 2007 (56.38) with a time of 55.79. In the afternoon session, he only managed a 56.01 finish but was still good for the gold medal. Pierce Beltran of DLSU finished in 58.73 for the silver while Gio Palencia of Ateneo held his ground for the bronze at 59.31.

Lacuna was not done for the day though as he dominated the 400m Freestyle event with another phenomenal feat, resetting the 4:08.06 record of teammate Axel Ngui in 2013 by clocking 4:04.86. Ngui was only good enough for a silver medal at 4:08.22 while Franz Marquez ended third at 4:16.80. Lacuna now has three gold medals and UAAP records in as many events he swam.

Almost the same story played out in the Women’s Division as Ateneo finished first in four out of the five events. Leading the way for the Blue Tankers was Hannah Dato, who has matched fellow Atenean Jessie Lacuna’s two gold medals and two UAAP records for the day in the same two events – 400m Freestyle and 100m Butterfly.

Dato took it easy on the preliminary session of 400m Freestyle by clocking 4:52.31 but showed her true form in the finals session by submitting a time of 4:30.76, improving on the 4:33.69 UAAP mark of Ma. Claire Adorna of UP last year. Dato’s teammate Kimberly Uy managed a silver medal at 4:39.07 while UP bet Delia Cordero rounded out the podium with a time of 4:43.77.

In her second event of the day, Dato would prove too much for her competition as she broke the 1:03.44 UAAP record in 100m Butterfly of teammate Anna Celina Gonzalez with a time of 1:02.52 in the preliminary session and a time of 1:02.22 in the finals session. Gonzalez was still good enough for a silver medal at 1:05.20 while Delia Cordero collected another bronze medal at 1:05.61.

Record breaking feats are certainly not limited to Ateneo as Denylie Cordero of UP has again shown us that the 50m Breaststroke UAAP record is not just hers to keep but also break. She surpassed her old record of 34.01 with a time of 33.77 in the preliminary session. It was an all Maroons show in the finals session as Cordero clocked 34.39 while teammates Joy Rodgers (34.53) and Ma. Kristina Bartolome (36.39) filled the podium.

Outside of the 50m Breaststroke event, it was an Ateneo show again as rookie Ariana Herranz went away with the gold medal finishing at 2:26.67 closely followed by Claire Galang of UE who clocked 2:27.73. Anna Dominique Bartolome of UP made sure her team would not be left behind by finishing 3rd at 2:31.36.

Ateneo would finish the day strong by dominating the 400m Freestyle Relay event. The team of Ma. Andrea Torres, Shayn Ting, Jacquelyn Cruz and Roanne Yu led from start till finish en route to the team’s eighth gold medal in ten events so far. They finished at 4:17.87, way ahead of UP’s Michaela Alcover, Erica Lukang, Caitlin Cruz and Monica Padilla who only obtained a time of 4:23.15. UST’s team of Jana Toledo, Zsuzsanna Gatchalian, Isabelle Gubat and Zoe Elisha Teodoro finished third at 4:34.64.

Ten events done, twelve events in two days remain. A lot can still happen. 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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After getting first D-League experience, Zark’s-Lyceum ready to get loose



After showing tentativeness during their PBA D-League debut last Thursday that resulted to a loss to Marinerong Pilipino Skippers, the Zark’s Burger-Lyceum Jawbreakers have seemingly caught up with the league’s style of play Tuesday.

Zark’s-Lyceum displayed their true form and stamped their class all over the Batangas-EAC Generals with a 37-point destruction, 112-75 — so far the biggest winning margin the franchise has ever had in its’ D-League history.

“Medyo adjusted na kami on everything — the calls and the teams we’re playing against with,” said Zark’s-Lyceum head coach Topex Robinson after the match at Pasig Sports Center. “But the things we want to mind are those things we control.

“We just have to keep on doing what we are doing. It’s more on replenishing na lang on our old ways.”

Robinson’s claim was strongly backed up by the numbers the Jawbreakers produced.

CJ Perez had 21 points and 10 rebounds; MJ Ayaay produced 15 points and 10 boards; and Mike Nzeusseu delivered 14 markers and 11 boards.

Even the bench made their presence felt in the victory. With guard Jaycee Marcelino spearheading the supporting cast’s charge with 12 markers, the bench contributed a remarkable 56 points to their total output.

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“Ano lang, cinontrol lang namin yung pace kasi yun naman talaga yung laro namin, yung mabilisan,” said the 24-year-old do-it-all forward, who also collected three steals.

“Kailangan talaga mabilisan para ma-execute namin yung mga ginagawa namin.”

This week will be a rough one for the Pirates as they will play right away this Thursday against AMA Online Education. And for Perez, he strongly believes that they will be able to carry over this momentum of theirs.

“Oo. Nandun pa. Energy talaga yung puhunan namin para makalaro ng maayos.”

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Bonbon Batiller shows what he can bring to Letran in D-League debut



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Tuesday proved to be a double debut for Bonbon Batiller. Aside from beginning his first foray in the PBA D-League, it also marked his debut for the Letran Knights, who is carrying the Wang’s Basketball Couriers franchise.

And the 5-foot-11 guard unleashed what he can bring to the table. Batiller collected 15 points, five rebounds, and three assists to help the Knights raise the curtains of their campaign with a 93-75 rout of Batangas-EAC Generals.

“Nagworkout yung pinagpraktisan namin,” said Batiller. “Nagbunga rin yung tinuro samin ni Coach Jeff (Napa) lalo sa depensa. Tsaka siguro sa rebounds — laking lamang namin sa rebound. Nagsipag mga bigs namin.”

But what makes him beam even more is the warm reception and trust he’s had from the Knights, even if he has spent barely a year with them after transferring from University of the East last 2017.

“Masaya po kasi tinanggap nila ako sa Letran ng buong-buo,” said Batiller, who normed 10.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.6 steals with UE in two years. “Tsaka yung tiwala nila na makakatulong ako sa team nandoon.

“Kaya masaya ako sa pinakita nila sa akin.”

That is why the General Santos-native is hard-pressed to prove himself to Letran, saying that he’s all about giving back to the school that gave him another opportunity to resume his young, up-and-coming basketball career.

“Kailangan kong may mapatunayan na deserving ako sa binigay na second chance sa akin ni Letran,” said Batiller, who decided to switch schools partly due to academic reasons.

“Malaki ang utang ko sa Letran.”

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Bienvenido Maranon scores brace as Ceres-Negros eliminates Brisbane Roar



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Philippine club football just achieved its biggest continental result yet

The inaugural Philippines Football League champions Ceres-Negros Football Club eliminated three-time Australian champions Brisbane Roar in the 2018 AFC Champions League’s second preliminary round with a 3-2 stunner away at the QSAC Stadium in Brisbane.

With the win, the 2017 AFC Cup ASEAN Zonal Champions are set to face Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian next January 30, 2018 at the Haihe Educational Football Stadium in Tianjin, China to book a seat in the group stages.

Brisbane were the favorites for this tie and it showed as Ceres started the contest at the backfoot. Italian striker Massimo Maccarone handed the home side the lead at the 35th minute when he turned in Brett Holman’s pass.

Maccarone’s goal could have lowered the Busmen’s moral, but Risto Vidakovic’s men took it as a motivation rather than a downer. In fact, Ceres replied in the best way possible when Bienvenido Maranon scored his first goal of the match two minutes from halftime thanks to a scramble in the Brisbane box.

By all accounts, Ceres already made Philippine football proud at halftime. By this stage last year, Brisbane accrued a 4-0 halftime cushion against Global Cebu en route to a 6-0 rout.

Today, though, Brisbane faced tougher resistance at the hands of Ceres. This resistance turned into a full-fledged revolt at the 65th minute when Maranon directed the ball past a helpless Jamie Young to give the Busmen their first taste of the lead.

Maranon’s goal well and truly turned the tide in Ceres’ favor. Brisbane were stunned. The home side are the defending A-League champions, but are currently eighth in the table this season and would soon face elimination from Asia’s premier club competition.

Already up 2-1, the Busmen finally achieved some breathing space at the 75th minute when Omid Nazari scored from close range to give Ceres a two-goal cushion from Brisbane.

Nazari’s goal not only sealed the win for Ceres as it also propelled Philippine football into the big leagues. Not even a late goal from French midfielder Éric Bauthéac can prevent the Busmen’s victory.

After five minutes of stoppage time, Ceres emerged 3-2 winners against Brisbane Roar. Come what may against Tianjin seven days from now, the Busmen have already achieved Philippine football’s biggest result ever since their own achievement in last season’s AFC Cup.

Who knows? Maybe Ceres can pull off another upset?

Ceres-Negros XI: Doblas (GK), Super, Mike Ott, Ingreso, Maranon, Porteria, Schrock, De Murga (C), Munoz, Nazari, Christaens.

Brisbane Roar XI: Ingham, Bowles, Papadopoulos, Maccarone, Holman, Khalfallah, Oxborrow, McKay (C), Hingert, Young (GK), Franjic.

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CJ Perez, Zark’s-Lyceum vent ire on Batangas-EAC with 37-point romp



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CJ Perez and the Zark’s Burger-Lyceum Jawbreakers finally lived up to its hype as it clobbered the Batangas-EAC Generals to score a 37-point beatdown, 112-75 for its first win, Tuesday at the Pasig Sports Center.

It was an all-out attack from the Jawbreakers as they beat the Generals to the bite and took control of the game early with Mike Nzeusseu and Jaycee Marcelino guiding their side to the 48-33 lead at halftime which they will never surrender.

Perez paced Zark’s Burger-Lyceum with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while MJ Ayaay tallied a double-double with his 15 markers, 10 boards, and three assists.

Cameroonian student-athlete Nzeusseu also delivered 14 points, 11 rebounds, and two assists, while Marcelino had eight first half points and wound up with 12 off the bench as the reserves chipped in 56 huge points in the tussle.

Coach Topex Robinson lauded the Jawbreakers for quickly adjusting to the style of the PBA D-League just days after falling to Marinerong Pilipino, 92-94 back in opening day.

“Medyo adjusted na kami on everything — the calls and the teams were playing against with. But the things we want to mind are those things we control. We just have to keep on doing what we are doing. It’s more on replenishing na lang on our old ways,” he said.

Earvin Mendoza and Cedric de Joya both had 16 points for the Generals in the losing effort.

Zark’s-Lyceum looks to continue to roll when it faces the AMA Online Education Titans on Thursday, January 25. EAC-Batangas, on the other hand, takes on the Gamboa-St. Clare Coffee Lovers on Monday, January 29.

The Scores:

Zark’s-Lyceum 112 — Perez 21, Ayaay 15, Nzeusseu 14, Jc. Marcelino 12, Serrano 10, Baltazar 8, Santos 8, Jv. Marcelino 6, Tansingco 6, Marata 4, Liwag 4, Ibañez 2, Cinco 2, Pretta 0.

Batangas-EAC 75 — E. Mendoza 16, De Joya 16, Tampoc 12, Laude 9, Pate 8, Maguliano 6, Altamirano 5, Diego 3, Garcia 0, Dela Peña 0, Martin 0, J. Mendoza 0, Neri 0.

Quarterscores: 19-14, 48-33, 84-47, 112-75.

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