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Caida avoid late-game collapse to Wang’s



Coming from a highly emotional win against the Mindanao Aguilas, the Wangs Basketball Couriers were looking to upset the highly-favored Caida Tile Masters Tuesday afternoon.

The Couriers were able to keep the game close for a good 46 minutes. However, the Tile Masters displayed better end-game execution that gave them their third win in as many games, 110-106, in the 2016 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Tournament.

The two teams were neck-and-neck in the first half. Jio Jalalon and Jason Perkins paced the Caida to a 52-47 lead in combining for 18 first half points. Moreover, the deep Caida bench supported the duo, with Jonathan Grey putting up seven points and Chris Javier grabbing six points and three boards. However, John Montemayor was unstoppable on the block during the half, scoring 16 points on 7/8 shooting, while Sharpshooter Clark Bautista was on-point, converting on three triples to keep Wangs in the game.

Caida were able to open the third canto with a huge 12-0 rally to extend their lead to 60-47 behind Grey and Rey Nambatac. The lead ballooned to a game-high 15 points, 65-50. The Couriers fought back to close out the quarter, capped by a buzzer-beating triple by Francis Munsayac to end the quarter down six, 77-71.

Rey Publico, not known for his three-point shooting, was able to knock down a triple and score on a three-point play to open the final frame. The two teams then exchanged baskets, with the Tile Masters clinging on to a single digit lead. With Caida up 96-89 after a Jalalon find to Grey for a corner three, Gwynne Capacio posted Nambatac in a mismatch, and converted on a hoop and the harm. A turnover by Caida then led to a three-pointer by James Mangahas to cut the Caida lead to just a solitary point, 96-95, with 2:50 left.

After a split by Billy Robles on the stripe, Mangahas was able to find John Montemayor deep in the post. Javier had no choice but to foul the big man, resulting in two free throw conversions to tie the game. In the next possession, Grey drove to the basket, sucking in three defenders, and threw a behind the back pass to a wide-open Perkins for a three that broke the deadlock, 100-97. Perkins then converted on two free throws in the next possession. Francis Munsayac quickly ran past the defense for a quick layup but Jalalon answered right back with a floater and two free throws.

With 55 seconds left, Publico scored on a three-point play and sent Perkins packing due to six fouls. Unfortunately for Wangs, even with Jalalon and Grey missing, they could not secure a rebound. Late-game free throws gave Caida a 110-106 win to stay perfect in the tournament.

“This also happened in our game against AMA. We were up 20 points and it got down to 20,” Caloy Garcia said after the game. “Today we were fortunate that Jayson hit that three and then they committed a turnover. The good thing about it is that when we play close games, we get to learn and mature.”

Jio Jalalon was the high point man for Caida with 22 points. In addition, he dished out nine assists and stole the ball twice in a great all-around performance. Garcia, though, said that the Arellano senior still needs to be consistent at all times. “I think he still has to improve on his consistency. There was a time and we were up, medyo nag-relax,” the Caida mentor said about Jalalon. “Sa line-up kasi namin, whoever comes in dapat you give a 100%. Gusto ko napapagod sila. If they don’t get tired, they’re not working hard.”

2016 PBA D-League second pick Jayson Perkins also had his best outing for the Tile Masters so far, grabbing a double-double with 19 points and 14 boards. Jonathan Grey also scored in double-figures with 17 points.

For Wangs, Francis Munsayac, John Montemayor, and James Mangahas all scored 18 points each. Montemayor was 7/10 from the field while Mangahas grabbed 11 boards in the loss.

The Caida Tile Masters (3-0) will next face the Cafe France Bakers on Thursday, February 11 at 4:00pm in a battle of the unbeatens. On the same day, the Wangs Basketball Couriers (1-2) look to bounce back against the Tanduay Rhum Masters at 2:00pm.

The Scores:
Caida Tiles (110) – Jalalon 22, Perkins 19, Grey 17, Javier 10, Robles 10, Nambatac 9, Maiquez 8, Gabawan 4, Terso 4, Lozada 3, Lozada 3, Cabrera 2, Pascual 2, Corpuz 0, Pasculado 0.
Wangs (106) – Mangahas 18, Montemayor Jo 18, Munsayac 18, Publico 15, Capacio 12, Bautista 9, Ilad 5, Vinjandre 4, Namocatcat 3, Tumalip 3, Banal 1, Asuncion 0, Cueto 0, Montemayor Je 0, Pascual 0.
Quarterscores: 28-24, 52-47, 77-71, 110-106.

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AJ Mandani sparks Singapore in win over Joshua Munzon-led Westsports



Back to his role as the sixth man of the Slingers after two games, AJ Mandani provided the firepower needed by Singapore in a fourth quarter surge to stop the Westsports Malaysia Dragons, 93-85, Sunday afternoon at the MABA Stadium in Malaysia.

The win arrested the Slingers’ two-game losing streak, raising their slate to 6-6. Westsports, a team coming off a two-game winning streak that included a 91-87 win over Mikey Williams and the Saigon Heat last January 18, fell to 3-5.

Struggling in the first three quarters, Mandani six of his eight points in the final frame. And those points were povital in fending off Westsports.

With Singapore clinging to a solitary point lead early in the fourth quarter, the Filipino-Canadian scored four straight points 8-0 run to gain a 74-67 lead with under seven minutes left. Another basket by Mandani followed it up with a breakaway layup with with 5:18 remaining to give Singapore an 81-72 cushion.

Filipino exports Joshua Munzon and Patrick Cabahug tried to rally the home team back as a triple by the latter cut the lead down to just three with 1:40 on the clock. Big buckets by Delvin Goh and Chris Charles sealed off the Malaysia-based club team.

Munzon went just 5-for-18 from the field to finish with 15 points, seven rebounds, and three steals. Cabahug chipped in eight points on 3-for-4 shooting off the bench.

Xavier Alexander led Singapore with 33 points while Charles tallied a double-double with 25 points and 13 rebounds to go along with three swats. Singaporean Goh had 16 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.

Marcus Marshall paced Westsports with 22 points, playing all 40 minutes as fellow World Import AJ West had a tough outing.

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Impervious Lady Chiefs stay perfect after sweep of Lady Pirates



The Arellano University Lady Chiefs extended their winning streak to 17, dating back to last season, after clobbering the Lyceum of the Philippines Lady Pirates, 25-16, 25-17, 25-11, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The defending champions were unrelenting, with four Lady Chiefs scoring in double-digits. Rookie Necole Ebuen powered in 11 points. Third-year open hitter Regine Arocha and Arellano’s middle blockers Mary Anne Esguerra and Andrea Marzan each provided 10 markers.

Conversely, no Lady Pirate managed to score in double-figures.

“Maganda naman talaga ang nilalaro ng mga bata. Lahat kasi kami determinado na makakuha ulet ng championship. Alam nila (Lady Chiefs) na kailangan pataas nang pataas ang ginagalaw namin,” said Arellano head coach Obet Javier.

The Lady Chiefs also limited their errors to a season-best 16, while the Lady Pirates surrendered 24 miscues.

Christine Miralles and Monica Sevilla each supplied the struggling Lyceum with eight point apiece.

The Lady Chiefs will look for their sixth win of the season when they face the red-hot University of Perpetual Help System DALTA (4-1) on Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre. The Lady Pirates (1-4) take on the undefeated San Beda College (4-0) on Wednesday also at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Scores

AU (3) – Ebuen 11, Arocha 10, Esguerra 10, Marzan 10, Prado 3, Ramirez 3, Liu 2, Balanoba 1, Donato 1, Verutiao 0, Buemia (L), Flores (L)

LPU (0) – Miralles 8, Sevilla 8, Juanilla 7, Patio 4, Genova 1, Romanban 0, Bongabong 0, Marcella (L)

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Late whistle costs San Beda against Sousse, drops Red Lions to 0-2



23 for 2023 cadet Robert Bolick is averaging 27.5 points per game in the tournament

After struggling to close out the UAE National Team in their opener last Friday, the San Beda College Red Lions figured in a late judgment call that did not fall into their favor, Saturday at the Shabab Al Ahli Club in Dubai. Due to this, the defending NCAA Champions lost to Tuniasian club team Sousse, 78-79.

With the loss, the Red Lions fell to a 0-2 hole in the 29th Dubai Basketball Championship. But the record does not reflect how the Filipinos played.

Robert Bolick, who scored 28 points against the UAE National Team, led the charge for San Beda in their second outing with 27 points. Fellow 23 for 2023 cadet Javee Mocon added 11 points and seven rebounds.

Sousse — the second-best club team in Tunisia, who boasts four national team players and an American import — led by as much as 10 points, 70-60 in the final frame.

Fired up by the Filipinos who stormed the venue, the Red Lions answered right back with an 18-8 run capped by a booming Bolick triple with six ticks left to gain a 78-76 lead.

However, a foul was called on a Red Lion on a three-point attempt by a Sousse player. He calmly sank all three free throws with 1.5 seconds remaining to seal the win.

Donald Tankoua had eight points and 13 rebounds as he was saddled with foul trouble all throughout the game.

The Tunisian club team was paced by Radzhouane Slimane with 18 points, while Ibrahim Nadarri and Joshua Cassady had 13 markers each.

San Beda will have a one-day break before taking on Moroccan club team Al Sale on Monday, January 22.

The Scores:

San Beda 78 – Bolick 27, Mocon 11, Tankoua 8, Noah 8, Toba 6, Soberano 6, Prebitero 4, Tongco 4, Bahio 2, Carino 2, Oftana 0, Adamos 0.

Sousse 79 – Slimane 18, Naddari 13, Cassady 13, Mouhli 11, Knioua 9, Toumi 8, Monastiri 4, Gaddour 3.

Quarterscores: 23-17, 36-39, 57-62, 78-79.

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Perpetual overpowers JRU to keep pace for Final Four



Strutting their decisive height and power advantage, the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Lady Altas slammed the Jose Rizal University Lady Bombers, 25-21, 22-25, 25-14, 25-21, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Lady Altas were still heavy-handed with their errors, surrendering 35 miscues, including 12 in the second set — the only frame they lost.

The Las Piñas-based program, however, kept a scorching offensive pace, bombarding the Lady Bombers with six blocks and 12 aces. JRU had just five points combined from those categories.

“Mataas pa talaga ‘yung tendency ng mga bata mamigay ng mga puntos. Sabi ko nga hindi kami mananalo kung tutulungan pa namin ‘yung kalaban maka-score,” rued Perpetual head coach Michael Cariño.

“Pero, unti-unte namang gumaganda ‘yung galaw ng mga bata. Lahat naman ng pagkukulang nila, tinatrabaho namin para maayos sa ensayo,” the champion mentor added.

Perpetual’s six-foot-three middle blocker Lourdes Clemente towered over the Lady Bombers with a season-high 19 points which included 14 attacks, two blocks, and three aces. Winger Cindy Imbo added 15 points.

Rookie Dolly Versoza paced the Lady Bombers with a game-high 21 points, while captain Shola Alvarez managed 15.

The Lady Altas (4-1) take on the undefeated defending champs Arellano University (5-0) on Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre. The Lady Bombers (2-3) face the College of Saint Benilde (3-1) on Wednesday, also at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Scores

UPHSD (3) – Clemente 19, Imbo 15, Sangalang 8, Llorente 7, Tripoli 7, Gual 6, Versoza 2, Umandal 1, Estanislao 0, Medalla (L)

JRU (1) – Versoza 21, Alvarez 15, Ebuenga 5, Montojo 2, Rivera 2, Sibangan 1, Bodiongan 0, Macaraya (L)

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