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Ceres-La Salle outguns Green Archers United in highly physical match, secures semifinals spot



League Champions Ceres-La Salle FC shrugged-off an intense and rowdy Green Archers United (GAU) FC, 5-0, to clinch a semifinals berth in the 2015 United Football League (UFL) Cup late Friday evening at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.

After sitting out almost two weeks, Green Archers United FC entered the pitch and instantly brought intensity to the game. In just the opening minute, GAU was called for three consecutive fouls courtesy of forwards Robert Lopez-Mendy, Jhan jhan Melliza, and winger Jovanie Simpron. A yellow card awarded to Simpron in the fourth minute would paint the complexion of the game.

Despite the very physical showing of their opponents, Ceres-La Salle was able to execute well and almost took the first goal in the fifth minute. Orman Okunaiya managed to breakthrough the GAU backline and fired a shot. The still fresh Kim Versales was able to tap the ball, but failed to secure it. The custodian had luck on his side as Manny Ott was called offside after going for the rebounded ball right in front of the net.

The following minutes was a showing of lethargic football as both teams struggled to execute their offensive sets with a lot of fouls and offsides being called against them while the small number of chances both teams produced were either wide or defended well.

It was not until the 36th minute that a goal was finally scored. Ceres winger Okunaiya found the ball near the center circle and skillfully launched the ball towards the box where a cutting Lee Jeong Woo was able to slot it past GAU custodian Versales, who was off of his line.

The goal reinvigorated Ceres as their ball movement and team play seemed to have improved and rewarded them with another goal within two minutes of tallying their first. Once again, Ceres grabbed hold of the ball on the right flank. The ball eventually found its way to Okunaiya who was in the right post. The Nigerian winger then quickly headed the ball towards Patrick Reichelt in front of the net. The Azkal masterfully volleyed the ball out of Versales’ reach and into the goal.

Both teams continued their physical showing and had more attempts at goal before the halftime whistle was blown, but none would find their intended target. The half ended in favor of Ceres, 2-0.

The Archers desperate to get one back, began the second half aggressively and maintained their physical plays. In the early goings of the second half GAU had numerous attempts at goal; but to their dismay, couldn’t break the Negrense’s defense nor threaten the opposing team’s goalkeeper.

The aggression backfired on GAU as Ceres was able to capitalize on their backline’s miscue. Ceres’ midfielder Ott intercepted a lazy pass and easily tapped the ball past Versales.

GAU’s troubles continued when their goalkeeper was called for a handball infraction in the succeeding play. The infraction caused further problems as it led to a scuffle between Simpron and Lee. Luckily for both players, it was only the handball infraction that was called by the officials.

The scuffle helped change the tide of the game in favor of the home team, who continuously broke through GAU’s defense and eventually added another point 15 minutes before full-time. Marwin Angeles, after being subbed in for Ott, found enough space on the top left area of the box and fired one towards goal. The shot, however, only hit the right post. A speeding Jeffrey Christiaens was quick enough to rebound the lose ball and crossed it towards Reichelt inside the box. The Filipino-German, after seeing Versales helpless, sent the ball into the onion bag for his teams fourth goal.

Ceres completed their rout of GAU when their Spanish forward Bienvenido Marañon weaved through the latter team’s defense and was recklessly fouled by Versales inside the box. The consequent penalty kick was taken by the Spaniard, who easily sent it into the net.

With time running out, the Archers tried to get a consolation goal. To their dismay, the whistle was blown before they could tally a point. The game ended with a scoreline of 5-0 for the League Champions.

The League Champion’s head coach Ali Go believed that his team performed quite well and executed their game plan smoothly. When asked about how physical the opposition was coach simply shared that it was expected. “I just told the boys that expected, but don’t retaliate. I think it got into some of the boys’ heads.” He further shared that it was frustrating to see his boys get carded despite their lead but fully understands that football is an emotional game. “We’ll be cautious in the semifinal, but we’ll give our 100 percent. Yellow card or none, I’ll tell them to play 100 percent,” he ended.

Ceres-La Salle FC will now prepare to face the winner of tomorrow’s match between Loyola Meralco Sparks FC and Manila Jeepney FC on Tuesday, August 25 2015.

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KIA signs Carlo Lastimosa



After being released by the NLEX Road Warriors during the off-season, gunner Carlo Lastimosa has found a new home.

KIA Picanto team governor Bobby Rosales confirmed to Tiebreaker Times Thursday evening that they have tapped Carlo Lastimosa for the rest of the PBA Philippine Cup campaign.

“Yes,” Rosales confirmed in a text message.

Lastimosa, a two-time All-Star, averaged 8.8 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in his one-year stay with the Road Warriors. Coach Yeng Guiao cited that NLEX already had too many guards that resulted to Lastimosa’s release.

The product of College of Saint Benilde was drafted as the 20th overall pick in the 2013 Rookie Draft by Barako Bull. A year later, he was traded to the Blackwater Elite for Brian Heruala.

The 27-year-old is set to make his debut on Saturday when the Picanto take on the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.

The Kia Picanto are in the midst of a 16-game losing streak.

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Marinerong Pilipino withstands furious Zark’s rally to open season on high note



The Marinerong Pilipino Skippers averted a collapse and held off the Zark’s Burger-Lyceum Jawbreakers to come away with the 94-92 thriller to open the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Losing hold of a 17-point edge, 56-39 with 7:57 left in the third frame, the Skippers survived the furious rally from the Jawbreakers in the clutch as Mike Nzeusseu and CJ Perez missed their three-pointers in the final minute before Rian Ayonayon and Renzo Subido sealed off the win for their side at the charity stripe

Subido topscored for Marinerong Pilipino with 20 points, five assists, and three rebounds, while Ayonayon unleashed 15 markers, three boards, and two dimes in the early battle between the two contenders.

Gab Banal also registered a double-double of 14 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, and four steals against his 10 turnovers in the win, while Papot Paredes got 12 of his 14 markers in the first half to help the Skippers establish control at halftime.

Victorious as Marinerong Pilipino maybe in the marquee matchup, coach Koy Banal refused to brand his side as the undisputed team-to-beat, noting: “This win means nothing. We need to keep on working get better every day because everybody will now prepare for us.”

Banal also lauded top rookie picks Alvin Pasaol and Abu Tratter, who were both fielded in the second half and stepped up to help the Skippers’ cause.

“Those guys have been with us since January 2 lang, and pretty much, medyo nangangapa pa sila sa sistema. But good thing is that they were able to deliver especially when their number were called,” he said.

The Skippers used a huge 12-0 run to end the second quarter to grab a 47-35 halftime lead, which further ballooned to 17, 56-39 in the third quarter.

Jaycee Marcelino paced Zark’s Burger-Lyceum with 20 points, four rebounds, and three assists in the loss, while Perez had 19 markers and five assists.

Earlier, PBA officer-in-charge Willie Marcial and PBA vice chairman Dickie Bachmann of Alaska graced the opening ceremonies, which was made special thanks to league newcomer Mila’s Lechon.

Marinerong Pilipino looks to sustain the momentum it gained in this game when it faces the Akari-Adamson Falcons on Thursday, January 25 at 5:00pm. Zark’s Burgers, on the other hand, takes on the Batangas-EAC Generals on Tuesday, January 23 at 4:00pm.

The Scores:

Marinerong Pilipino 94 – Subido 20, Ayonayon 15, Paredes 14, Banal 14, Robles 10, Tolentino 4, Tratter 4, Pasaol 4, Terso 3, Lopez 2, Inigo 2, Babilonia 2, Toth 0.

Zark’s 92 – Marcelino JC 20, Perez 19, Nzeusseu 18, Ayaay 11, Ibanez 6, Marcelino JV 6, Cinco 5, Tansingco 3, Santos 2, Pretta 2, Marata 0, Liwag 0

Quarterscores: 17-19, 47-34, 69-58, 94-92

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Pirates notch first win at struggling Knights’ expense



After floundering in their first three games, the Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates broke into the win column after trouncing the Colegio San Juan de Letran Knights, 20-25, 27-25, 25-20, 25-22, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Pirates, after a sluggish start, got the best of their Intramuros neighbors by limiting their miscues in the latter three sets. According to head coach Emil Lontoc, Lyceum needed every bit of momentum they gained in their rousing win in the second set.

“Nabuhayan sila (Pirates) ng loob noong makalusot kami noong second set,” Lontoc said. “Mababa ‘yung nilaro namin nung simula tapos medyo struggle pa din noong sumunod na set. Pero nakabangon din. Crucial ‘yun kasi baka hindi na kami naka-angat kung natalo pa kami noong second set.”

The Pirates delivered three of their four aces in the final set to close the match. They also shored up their reception, finishing at 38 percent, after an atrocious start.

Jhonel Badua topped the Pirates with 19 points while Joeward Presnede added 14.

Lyceum (1-3) takes on the undefeated Arellano University (4-0) on Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Paul John Alilio and Bobby Gatdula each provided Letran with 19 points. Christopher Cistina managed 11 markers.

Letran (0-4) aims for their first win against rivals San Beda College (3-1) on Monday.

The Scores

LPU (3) – Badua 19, Presnede 14, Lajara 9, Ilano 7, Samonte 5, Uy 5, Rubio (L)

CSJL (1) – Alilio 19, Gatdula 19, Cistina 11, Almoguerra 3, Ladeon 3, Dizon 2, Domingo 2, Brioso 0, Tumbali 0, Centeno (L), Timbreza (L)

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D-League to hold three-day showcase for players



Seeking to further display the greatness of the Filipino basketball players, the PBA is giving more chances to the cagers as the league is set to hold the first-ever PBA D-League Showdown later this conference.

Opening the eighth season with this ground-breaking news, PBA officer-in-charge Willie Marcial is hopeful that this will serve as another motivation for the players to perform at their best this 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.

“Ginagawa naman natin ito para mas galingan ng mga players natin para rin maipakita nila yung tunay nilang talento,” he said Thursday during the opening ceremonies at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Marcial bared that the plan is to hold a two-day summit for the players suiting up in the ongoing conference to allow them to showcase their talents in front of coaches and scouts, not just from the PBA but also from countries in the Southeast Asian region.

“Lahat ng mga players ay maglalaro dito at mapapanood hindi lang ng mga PBA coaches,” he said.

“Iimbitahin din namin ang mga coaches ng ibang bansa tulad ng Malaysia, Thailand, at Vietnam na kumukuha ng imports sa atin.”

Marcial acknowledged that as much as players seek to make the jump to the pro league, securing spots in the PBA teams have been hard to crack over the past few years, forcing the players to look elsewhere for opportunities.

That has made playing in overseas leagues an option for these less fortunate ballers, keeping them earning while also hoping to impress scouts while keeping their PBA dreams alive.

Some of the players who suited up in the D-League and are currently playing outside of the country are Paul Zamar and Almond Vosotros in Thailand, AJ Mandani in Singapore, and Reil Cervantes in Indonesia.

With this project, Marcial is hopeful that this would keep the players in line while also delivering the best competition the D-League could dream of.

“Iwasan natin ang bisyo at galingan ninyo.”

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