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Cielo Honasan’s golden heater continues; Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta delivers once again



The Philippines, headed by teenage sprint phenom Cielo Honasan and seasoned powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta, rode on its eight-gold haul the day before by raking in five yesterday in the ninth ASEAN Paralympic Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Cielo Honasan’s golden heater continues

ASEAN-Paralympic-Games---Athletics---Cielo-HonasanHonasan, 15, blitzed her way to the 400m gold for T44 and T45 combined in 63.35 seconds to add to her mints in the 100m and 200m the previous days that underscored her status as the games’ queen of the tracks.

She bested Thailand’s Gagun Pagjiraporn, who started out strong but fizzled in the end to settle for the silver in 66.41.
Cambodian Vet Chanta the bronze in 76.43.

Interestingly, Honasan, classified as T44, beat a higher classified runner in Pagjiraporn, who is a T45.

It was a scintillating performance by Honasan, a polio victim who was discovered competing in the regular event of the Palarong Pambansa, as she will go home as the newest face of the country’s Para Games campaign.

Or you can call her the Lydia de Vega-Mercado of the Filipino para-athletes.

After her triumph, Honasan could only lay on her back and cried out of a combination of exhaustion and euphoria.

“I just couldn’t control my emotions, that’s why I cried,” said Honasan, who is set to receive a P150,000 for each gold she won as an incentive mandated by law.

Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta delivers once again

Dumapong-Ancheta, one of the Filipino Para Games pioneers, for her part, continued to cast her mammoth shadow at the powerlifting competition as she captured the over 86kg gold with a lift of 116kg.

Indonesia’s Sriyanti and Malaysia’s Sharifah Raudzah Binti were reduced to ashes by Dumapong-Ancheta’s dominating effort by 105kg and 95kg, respectively.

Dumapong-Ancheta could have broken her record of 118kg but opted not to attempt anymore knowing she had achieved what she hoped for.

“I just want the gold, nothing else,” said the 43-year-old Dumapong-Ancheta, the country’s first Paralympic medal winner after taking home a bronze in Sydney 17 years ago.

Honasan’s mint was the Philippines’ eighth in centerpiece athletics, three more than the five it won in the 2015 Singapore staging.

It was also the country’s 16th gold overall on top of 17 silvers and 18 bronzes to match its Singapore output.

Three more golds in athletics

The other three triumphs were provided for by three-wheeled sprinter Prudencia Panaligan, wheelchair-bound thrower Cendy Asusano and blind thrower Rosalie Terrefiel.

Panaligan nailed gold Nnumber 15 after she reigned supreme in the 200m for T53/54 in 33.46, besting Thai Tpat Chatyotsakorn (33.93) and Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Xuan Anh (34.50).

Ruth Opena was fourth in 34.77.

Asusano, 27, heaved 14.06m to cop the discus throw gold for F54, besting Vietnam’s Tran Thi Tu with a 12.46m, who claimed the silver.

Marites Burce grabbed the bronze with an 11.88m.

It was Asusano’s second gold after she ruled javelin for F54 and F55 combined Monday.

Malaysian Hemala Devi Eni Kutty, the gold winner in the last two Para Games edition, ended up with a silver with a 20.37m.
Jesebel Tordecilla added a bronze to her javelin silver by heaving 13.59m in the women’s discus throw for F55.

Over at the Dataran Putrajaya track, Arthus Bucay (C5) and Godfrey Taberna (C4) went hard for the gold but wound up with a silver each.

Bucay, a 36-year-old Paralympian who is coming off a golden effort in the individual time trial Wednesday and two more silvers in the one-kilometer track and 4000 individual pursuit days before, checked in with the same time as Zuhaire Bin Ahmad Tarmzi in 1:24.11 but lost via photo finish.

It was the same story for Taberna, who had the same clocking of 1:24.11 with Malaysian Mohd Najib Bin Turano and Indonesian Sufyan Saori but consoled himself with a silver.

Turano took the gold wile Saori the bronze.

Swimming fails to match Wednesday’s output

After a two-gold harvest the day before, the National Anthem wasn’t played at the Aquatics Center in Bukit Jalil as the Philippines settled for a pair of bronzes by Roland Sabido in the 100m backstroke for S9 and Gary Bejino in the 100m back for S7.

On deck

The Philippines is expecting more on Friday when it is expected to win more golds at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium and Hall 3 of the MITEC grounds where the chess team, spearheaded by double-gold medal winner Sande Severino, is eyeing to improve its three-gold collection.



PBA tweaks format for 2017-18 Philippine Cup playoffs



From 10 teams in the past, only eight teams will advance into the 2018 Philippine Cup playoffs as the PBA made a few changes in its’ format for the 43rd season’s Philippine Cup, making every single game important for all teams.

The way the playoffs will be played out though remains the same. The top two teams will have a twice-to-beat edge over teams ranked seventh and eight, while the ones in the middle (3 vs 6, 4 vs 5) will figure in best-of-three contests.

Both the semifinals and finals will still be best-of-seven affairs.

Meanwhile, the league has also released the full schedule of the Philippine Cup Friday, eight days after publicizing a partial sked that only showed games from December 17 to 29.

SMART-Araneta Coliseum, SM Mall of Asia Arena, and Ynares Center in Antipolo will serve the main venues of PBA games. The FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan and the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay will also hold a few matches.

This season’s Christmas Games, which features GlobalPort Batang Pier-NLEX Road Warriors and Barangay Ginebra-Magnolia Hotshots, will be staged at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.

And just like in the past seasons, the league will also hold playdates in out-of-town venues such as Ilo-ilo City, Legazpi in Albay, Calasiao in Pangasinan, Dumaguete City, and Cagayan de Oro City. All of these are set on Saturdays.

The PBA will raise the curtains of its’ 43rd year this Sunday, December 17, at the Big Dome, with defending champions San Miguel Beermen starting their four-peat bid against a revamped Phoenix Fuel Masters at 6:45 PM.

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SBP, Robbie Puno still looking for ‘right player’ to naturalize for 2023 World Cup



Though a lot of foreign cagers have presented themselves as willing to play for SMART Gilas Pilipinas and become naturalized Filipino, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has yet to pick on who will be the heir apparent to Andray Blatche come the 2023 FIBA World Cup.

“At this point in time, we do not have any particular player yet. My understanding is we’re still looking for the best possible candidate,” shared SBP vice chairman Robbie Puno during the celebration of the 2023 World Cup hosting held at Crowne Plaza in Pasig City.

Blatche, who last played for Gilas during the first window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, will be 37 years old when the 2023 edition rolls around. Names that have been thrown out during the calendar year were former Blackwater Elite import Greg Smith, who will be 33 years old in 2023, and Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas reinforcement Isaiah Austin, who will turn 30 by that time.

Still, Puno and his group are taking their time, carefully filtering the candidates as to not hamper the process of the legislative body of the Philippines.

“If our target is 2023, there will be probably enough time for us to make sure we have the right player in terms of his basketball skills, but also his age as well as his attitude,” said Puno, a former congressman representing the first district of Antipolo City.

Moreover, the 55-year-old politician has already planted the seeds for this long process by already talking to the members of the Lower House who will author the bill.

“Right now, we’re ready to spearhead that process. We’ve spoken with a couple of congressmen who will author the bill,” Puno disclosed.

“What we’re waiting for is the imprimatur as to who we will really make the effort to naturalize, because when you start that process, it becomes really difficult.”

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SOURCES: Perpetual Help taps Frankie Lim as consultant



Frankie Lim looks to bring a championship to a school that is hungry for it/PBA Images

Frankie Lim will steer a once-heated rival to the promised land

The multi-titled mentor has been appointed as a team consultant of the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas as the 57-year-old tactician will be tasked to reboot the team after a lackluster run in the NCAA Season 93 Seniors’ Basketball tournament.

Sources closely monitoring the situation bared that Lim is now running practice for the Altas as he works side-by-side with coach Jimwell Gican.

“Consultant na siya sa Perpetual, pero siya rin ang nagpapatakbo sa practice,” the source said.

Another source confirmed the development and also shared that Lim is looking to bring in two of his assistants in the coaching staff, further proving his seriousness for the job. The names of the assistants, however, were not disclosed.

The Altas went 4-14 last season with Gican at the helm as he relied on Prince Eze, Gab Dagangon, and AJ Coronel to lead the squad.

According to a third source, it was either Lim or NCAA Season 93 commissioner Bai Cristobal who was being picked by Perpetual Help to serve as the team’s consultant. However, Cristobal still wanted to assume his role as league commissioner for one more year, especially since Perpetual Help is hosting the 94th season of the Grand Old League.

Perpetual is looking for an early preparation for NCAA Season 94 as it joins the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup in January.

Lim was last seen in the sidelines in the PBA when he coached Ginebra in 2015. He won four titles with his alma mater San Beda from 2007 to 2011 Before briefly going to Indonesia to coach Stadium Jakarta.

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Ms. Everything proves Ms. Clutch in F2 Logistics’ comeback win



For much of the 2017 Chooks-to-Go/Philippine Superliga Grand Prix conference, F2 Logistics’ veteran winger Cha Cruz sat on the bench and watched as their imports did most of the heavy-lifting, offensively.

However, when F2 Logistics was grasping for straws in Game Two, the now 29-year-old Cruz was ready to step in and show why she was a two-time Finals MVP in the UAAP.

The former PSL ambassador came in with F2 Logistics down 0-9 in the fourth set with Petron up 2-1 in sets.

Cruz not only produced eight points, but was also a main boon to F2 Logistics’ late defensive resurgence. The Cargo Movers ended up dominating and forcing a winner-take-all match on Saturday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

“For the second and third set, we focused on the score. Sa fourth set? we didn’t wanna focus on the score, especially kasi ang layo,” recalled the 5-foot-11 spiker. “We had to take it one step at a time, one point at a time para pag nakapunta na kami doon, we can do our game na.

“It was all timing.”

Cruz, in all her time on the bench, never lost her zeal to win.

“Ako, as in deep in my heart, I have the spirit na I really wanna play.

“I wanna contribute for the team. Perfect timing na-pasok ako and I was able to deliver,” she thought.

Cruz is a proven winner, winning a total of four UAAP crowns and a PSL championship to boot. For Game Three, she believes that whatever happens, her team will be able to show their winning culture that they have developed throughout the years.

“This is our passion. I think kung ano passion mo, everything will come out especially alam namin ginawa sa training. Everything is paying off,” the former DLSU Lady Spikers shared.

“Continue lang na i-enjoy bawat moment na magkakasama.”

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