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Bo’s 38 was for Philips, Paris, Peace



There was more than volleyball on Bojana Todorovic’s mind coming into their match against Petron last Monday.

Philps Gold’s star import dropped a season-best 38 points en route to a resounding victory over the defending PSL Grand Prix champs, sealing their top-seed entry into the semifinals.

Days before the match, heinous terrorist acts hit Paris, where Todorovic played volleyball for a season in the past. Todorovic admitted that she definitely had her French friends in mind. “I have a lot friends there (Paris), I have a lot of friends in Portières. When I first heard, it really struck me. I was quiet all day. Just sending a bunch of messages to them asking ‘How are you? Is everything ok?’. And it was tough to wait all day to get those messages back,” Todorovic said.

“But it’s not just Paris, it’s the whole world. This has been a crazy, crazy week,” she continued. Before their match against Petron, the Lady Slammers drew peace signs on their wrists. While they were without a key player, those peace signs seemed to help steady their wrists for Petron’s punishing attacks. With heavy hearts and minds, Philips did what no other had done before – sweep their season series against the Petron Blaze Spikers.

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Before Todorovic’s 38-point explosion, the former UCLA Bruin had already cemented her status as the best player in the PSL, providing Philips with a consistent scoring option and devastatingly efficient floor defense and ball control.

When asked about her potential MVP season, Todorovic relished the thought of winning an individual award in the twilight of her career. Only 24 years young, Todorovic wants to pursue avenues where she can help the most people she can. “It would mean a lot to me (winning an MVP). I’ve worked really hard to be the best volleyball player I can be and I’m nearing the end of my career. I’m not gonna be playing for the next two years, maybe I play one more season in January but I’m gonna be done after that. I wanna do other things. I love playing volleyball, I really do. But I wanna do something bigger that maybe helps the world overall. Volleyball is great for me: the fans are great, it’s really fun. But I wanna do something more than just fun now. I’m gonna be 25 next year and I’m going to start building a career. It’s no sad thing, really. It’s a very conscious choice I’m making.”

Bo is working on finishing her Masters Degree in Sports Management at Long Beach State University. She hopes to start from there and build up. “If I can somehow take sports and start a non-profit (organization) or somehow give back to either my community, my country, the world, whatever I can do. I’ll start small, of course. You have to smart small and build something big – something I can look back on in 20 years and say, ‘You know what, I made a difference in people’s lives’,” she told.

With her boundless energy and impenetrable focus, Todorovic fulfilling her altruistic dream is only inevitable.

Now, can she help the Lady Slammers to their first PSL title? They collide with the Foton Tornadoes at 4 p.m. at the FilOil Flying V Arena.


Miguel Luis Flores fell face first into sports writing in high sch9l and has never gotten up. He reluctantly stumbled into the volleyball beat when he started with Tiebreaker Times three years ago. Now, he has waded through everything volleyball - from its icky politics to the post-modern art that is Jia Morado's setting.

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  • Jason Paul Monlinong

    Really impressed with this woman. Very engaging when playing and her maturity is admirable.


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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