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Bombs away! Teodoro’s late-game fury slams Mapua



“Kadalasan, it’s not about the coaching, it’s about the player,” JRU head coach Vergel Meneses said about the huge performance of Tey Teodoro.

The Jose Rizal University (JRU) Heavy Bombers, behind Smart Elite Ambassador Teodoro, staged a huge 24-3 rally in the last 3:21 minutes of the game, in a huge 90-87 win over the season hosts, the Mapua Institute of Technology (MIT) Cardinals, Tuesday afternoon at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan City.

The Cardinals playing without floor general CJ Isit (elbow injury) and leading scorer Josan Nimes (sore hamstring). But even without their leaders, the Cardinals backcourt stepped up huge to keep close with the Heavy Bombers. The backcourt rotation of Exeqiel Biteng and Stephen Que paced Mapua in the first half win scoring six and nine points respectively. Moreover, the defense was clicking for the season hosts as Allwell Oraeme, playing all 20 minutes in the first half, anchored the defense while Andretti Stevens was active on the perimeter in stealing the ball thrice.

The Heavy Bombers, however, limited the Cardinals to 13 points in the second quarter with their pressing defense. With his team only up three points with 4:07 remaining, Teodoro scores five straight points for the Heavy Bombers to put them up 38-34 at halftime.

During the third canto, every player from the backcourt of Mapua took charge in replacing the production of Nimes. Biteng scored eight points until the 3:43 mark of the third while Denniel Aguirre and Oraeme to put Mapua up 54-49. Biteng’s substitute Stephen Que then took over to close out the quarter in scoring ten straight points, capped by a three pointer, to give the hosts a 64-53 lead.

Disciplined defense by the Cardinals and the hot shooting of the team blitzed the Heavy Bombers. The Mapua lead would go to as high as 84-66 with a three pointer by Darell Menina with 3:31 remaining. Coach Vergel Menseses then called a timeout but did not speak to his players and let the players call the shots. Teodoro responded with a three pointer but was answered right back with a Oraeme putback. However, the JRU press forced Mapua to five straight turnovers. A free throw by Pontejos and a layup by Jordan Dela Paz cut the lead to 86-72 with 1:32 remaining. This was then followed by a three point play by Abdel Poutouochi and back-to-back three pointers by Teodoro to cut the lead to just five 86-81. With just 20.5 ticks to go, Oraeme missed a free throw and was rebounded by Paolo Pontejos, who nailed a top of the arc three-pointer to cut the lead to three with 11.7 to go. Teodoro managed to steal the ball of the inbound and converted on a layup and the harm by Stevens, fouling out the defensive ace as well. Teodoro missed the free throw, but Oraeme’s rebound fell out of bounds. After calling JRU’s final timeout, Teodoro spun in the paint and hit a layup over Allwell Oraeme to give the Heavy Bombers the lead 88-87. Another turnover by the Cardinals resulted to free throws by Dave Sanchez to extend the lead to three. In the final play, Justin Serrano threw a hail mary from beyond half court that could’ve sent the game into overtime. With the miss, the Jose Rizal University faithful celebrated the team’s miraculous comeback.

“It’s hard to play catch-up basketball,” an exhausted Vergel Meneses said after the game. However, he commended the late game instinct of his team especially Tey Teodoro. He called Teodoro a big time player who hit big time shots.

Teodoro, on the other hand, said that he has played in games were his team fell to a huge lead and eventually came back. However, this was the biggest stage he has done this.

Smart Elite ambassador Tey Teodoro scored a career-high 32 points on 12/20 shooting, including four triples in the game. This feat included 13 points in the last four minutes of the game. Paolo Pontejos complimented the effort with 16 points, with three triples from downtown.

In the loss, Allwell Oraeme played all but one minute in the game in collating 25 points and 19 rebounds. Spitfire point guards Biteng and Que combined for 33 points as well.

As a team the Cardinals shot 47% compared to the 45% of the victors. The main difference was the 33 turnovers committed by the Cardinals that resulted to 25 turnover points.

The Cardinals (4-4) will face the Letran Knights in their final assignment in the first round on Friday, August 14 at 2:00pm while the Heavy Bombers (5-3) face the UPHSD on Tuesday, August 18 at 2:00pm.

The Scores:

JRU (90) – Teodoro 32, Dela Paz 20, Pontejos 16, Cruz 8, Dela Virgen 5, Abdul Wahab 4, Poutouochi 3, Sanchez 2, Lasquety 0, Aurin 0, Balagtas 0, Grospe 0, David 0

MIT (87) -Oraeme 25, Que 19, Biteng 14, Menina 8, Stevens 6, Aguirre 5, Brana 4, Raflores 4, Serrano 2, Villasenor 0, Nieles 0

Quarters: 20-21, 38-34, 53-64, 90-87.



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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