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Capote’s five threes lifts ADU over EAC

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The Adamson University Soaring Falcons blitzed the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals in a huge 24-9 third quarter run en route to an 84-73 win Friday afternoon at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan City.

The Soaring Falcons started the game with an early 10-7 lead with majority of the points coming from rainbow country courtesy of Nico Capote and Jimboy Pasturan. After a timeout by EAC head coach Andy de Guzman, the Generals were able to close the gap and eventually take the lead due to the lackadaisical perimeter defense of Adamson. Three pointers by Francis Munsayac and Pau Pascual gave EAC a 17-15 lead. The quarter ended with EAC on top 19-18.

In the second quarter, the Generals went on a huge 17-5 run ignited by back-to-back three pointers by Joshua General that gave EAC a 37-27 lead. Adamson’s foreign student-athlete Papi Sarr went on a 6-0 run on his own to cut the EAC lead to just five points 41-36.

According to Adamson coach Kenneth Duremdes that during the halftime break, he emphasized that the team needs better ball movement to create better shots and to easily setup their defense. That is what the Soaring Falcons did during a huge third quarter explosion. The Falcon defense limited the Generals to just nine points in the quarter. A game-changing 17-3 run gave Adamson a 56-46 cushion with 2:24 remaining in the quarter powered by three shots from downtown by Nico Capote. The quarter ended with Adamson on top 60-50.

Papi Sarr and rookie JD Tungcab were able to quell any General rally in the fourth. With the game out of reach, EAC’s spitfire point guard Francis Munsayac was accidentally hit by a shoulder from an Adamson player and was stretchered out of the playing court for precautionary measures. Emilio Aguinaldo College head coach Andy De Guzman said that Munsayac is alright and was suffering from a sinusitis prior to the game.

In using a short 10-man rotation for the majority of the game, coach Kenneth Duremdes deemed that this line-up was the best the team has as of the moment. However, he is still giving a chance for the other Adamson players to crack the rotation but those guys need to work hard for it.

Papi Sarr led all scorers with 20 points on 7 of 19 shooting. He also grabbed nine rebounds. Outside of Matthew Aquino, all Adamson starters scored in double-figures with Capote scoring 19, Dawn Ochea with 13, Tungcab with 12, and Pasturan scoring 10. For EAC, Munsayac had 15 markers to lead the team.

As a team, Adamson shot the ball well with a 46% clip compared to just 37% from EAC. Moreover, the Falcon offense was sharp as the team assisted on 20 of the team’s 29 made field goals.

The ADU Falcons next face the FEU Tamaraws tomorrow, May 30 at 1:30pm while the EAC Generals face the same team on Friday, June 5 at 3:00pm.

The Scores:

ADU (84) – Sarr 20, Capote 19, Ochea 13, Tungcab 12, Pasturan 10, Aquino 3, Polican 2, Garcia 2, Bernardo 2, Ng 1

EAC (73) – Munsayac 15, Onwubere 14, Pascual 11, General 8, Mbang 5, Corilla 4, Morada 4, Pascua 4, Laminou 2, Diego 2, Estacio 2,Mejos 2

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ADU (A, 2-4)18366084
Eac (A, 1-6)19415073
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PBA moves Ginebra-NLEX showdown from Legaspi to Pasay

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Due to the troubling activity of the Mayon Volcano in Bicol, the PBA has decided to postpone their tour in the said province.

In a short statement released on Wednesday afternoon, the league said that they will be transferring the venue of the Ginebra-NLEX match on February 3 from Legaspi City in Albay to Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.

In view of the worsening condition of Mayon Volcano, we are transferring the venue of the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel-NLEX Road Warriors game on February 3, 2018 from Legaspi City to the Cuneta Astrodome.

Albay has been put under a state of calamity as declared by its governor Francis Bichara due to the hazardous activity of the Mayon. The volcano, which was seen slowly spewing lava just days ago, is now on Alert Level 3.

The game will be the first-time Kiefer Ravena takes on the crowd-favorites.

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Willie Marcial on next PBA Commissioner: ‘It should either be an attorney or a marketing expert’

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The PBA is still in the midst of finding the league’s 10th commissioner. And if current officer-in-charge Willie Marcial is to be asked, the league’s next top executive should either be a legal or a marketing expert.

“Sa akin yung attorney o kaya (marunong) sa marketing,” Marcial told scribes during the Philippine Sportswriters’ Association Forum, Wednesday afternoon at the Tapa King restaurant inside Araneta Center in Cubao.

Marcial’s own criteria for the next commissioner is solidly based from the characteristics of previous commissioners he had worked with, from Leo Prieto in the early 1980s up to Chito Narvasa from 2015 to 2017.

The last two PBA commissioners have been Chito Salud, a lawyer, and Chito Narvasa, a businessman.

“May commisioner na ‘pag ito nagsabi nirerespeto. May commissioner na magaling sa marketing. May commissioner na magaling sa mga rules. May commissioner naman na talagang disiplinado,” he said.

But for the former media bureau chief, it does not matter on whoever will assume the head office next, as he believes that the league has enough manpower to run the league regardless of the next commish.

“Tatakbo naman ang PBA ‘pag ito mga kasama mo,” said the league’s long-time external affairs and communications head, pointing at his technical committee in Eric Castro, Roscelle Teotico, and Jun Bengua. “Alam na nila eh. Alam nila mga sistema, lalo sa mga matatagal na sa PBA. Mahal nila ang PBA. Kaya kung sino magiging susunod na commissioner, ‘wag silang magalala sa mga empleyado ng PBA.

“Hindi nila pababayaan ang PBA.”

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OIC Willie Marcial insists ‘walang pagbabago’ in return of physical play in PBA

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The return of physicality in PBA games early this 43rd season has drawn raves from the coaches and the fans. At last, the matches are decided by the players themselves and not by the way the referees blow their whistles.

All the fans, the players, and ultimately the coaches have been longing for this, as physical play had been heavily controlled during the administration of former commissioner Chito Narvasa from 2015 to 2017.

“The games are being called a little differently now. They’re allowing a little bit more contact or a lot more contact,” said Meralco Bolts head coach Norman Black.

“I love it. I’m an old school guy so you can imagine. No harm, no foul.”

“The physicality’s good. It’s good for the game. It’s real men going at it,” opined Alaska Aces head coach Alex Compton on the other hand, seconding Black’s sentiments.

“I like the direction the league is going in with officiating.”

It is just one of the many positive changes that are currently taking place in the league under the management of officer-in-charge Willie Marcial. But he insisted that tweaks haven’t really been made in terms of calling games.

“Wala, pinapalaro lang namin. Walang pagbabago yun,” said the amiable league official on Monday evening, when he paid Gilas Pilipinas a surprise visit at the Meralco Gym in Pasig City.

“Pinapalaro lang namin yung mga players.”

All that he’s doing, according to Marcial, is simply reminding the referees to be firm with their calls.

“Sinabihan ko lang yung mga referees na, ‘Manindigan kayo kung ano talaga.'”

With more consistent calls comes the shorter duration of games compared to the past two seasons, as time-consuming reviews by referees and officials has not occurred in matches too often this season.

“Mas mabilis na (mga laro ngayon),” said Marcial, also the league’s former external affairs and communications head.

“One hour (and) 56 (minutes), one hour 52… ‘Di umaabot ng dalawang oras eh.”

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Manny Pacquiao eyes bout against Vasyl Lomachenko

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Even if he has hinted at retirement numerous times, Senator Manny Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38KO) continues to stress that the time is not yet now.

In an interview with ANC’s Headstart on Wednesday morning, the 39-year-old sure hall of famer reiterated his stance that he and his camp are still looking for the best fights possible.

“I am not retired yet. Alam mo na-mimiss ko yun boxing e,” Pacquiao told Karen Davilla.

“I’m still okay.”

Pacquiao, who lost his last bout against Jeff Horn last July 2, is not afraid that another loss might affect his legacy.

Pressed about who he wants to fight next, boxing’s only eight-division world champion disclosed that he is currently under negotiations with the camp of WBO Super Featherweight Champion Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1, 8KO).

“Wala akong problema kung Amir Khan. May discussion din ngayon kay Lomachenko, he is the number one pound-for-pound fighter,” Pacquiao shared.

“Hindi pa na-finalize pero this year.”

Pacquiao is eyeing an April date for the bout, as it will be the time the senate goes on a break.

“This year, by April. Pangako ko sa mga tao na hindi maapektuhan ang trabaho ko. April, magandang idea dahil off kami from March 23 to May 13. April wala kaming trabaho,” a confident Pacquiao added.

“Three months is more than enough time to prepare.”

However, there is still one hindrance to the bout, according to Pacquiao. The two camps have yet to agree on which weight class the bout will be held.

According to reports, Lomachenko wants the bout to be at lightweight — a division Pacquiao has not been in for the last 10 years.

“Hindi pa sure. Nag-uusap pa about sa timbang.”

One thing is for sure — Pacquiao is hungrier than ever.

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