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Clutch Charcos lifts UE over MIT in thriller match-up



The University of the East (UE) Red Warriors maintain a perfect slate in the FilOil Flying V Premiere Cup with a tantalizing 79-77 come from behind win over the Mapua Institute of Technology (MIT) Cardinals Wednesday afternoon, at the FilOil Flying V Arena, San Juan City.

The dreaded Pumaren press was in full display during the opening minutes of the game. Behind the hustle of Emil Palma, the Red Warriors put up a quick 11 points in the first four minutes of the game while limiting the Cardinal offense to just four points. Josan Nimes tried to rally the Cardinals during the opening quarter, but constant turnovers by his team led to points for the Sampaloc-based squad. Back-up point guard Philip Manalang closed the quarter with a spurt of his own to give the Red Warriors an 18-8 lead.

The clock was ticking with five minutes left in the second quarter and with UE up by just three points, 25-22, the Cardinals made the adjustments needed to stifle to UE offense. Mapua big man, Allwell Oraeme, even with 6’8” Bertrand Awana defending him, was unstoppable as he scored 10 points in the last five minutes of the quarter. Around that time saw the Cardinal defense hold the Red Warrior offense to just eight points to take over the lead 37-30. However, a timely three by Dan Alberto with just seven seconds remaining cut the MIT lead to just 33-37 entering the halfway mark of the game.

Allwell Oraeme continued his dominance in the paint with a 6-0 run on his own to open the third quarter and give MIT a 43-35 lead. Emil Palma kept the game close with hard drives that led to conversions. The defense of UE though could not contain the hot hands of Josan Nimes as he converted on tough shots to score eight points in the quarter. In addition, almost all the Red Warriors, except for Palma, could not convert on wide-open shots. MIT led by seven 56-49 before entering the final regulation quarter of the game.

The Cardinals lead went as high as 13 points, 71-58, behind the offense of spitfire guard, Stephen Que and Nimes, along with the collective effort of the team on defense. Five minutes to go, and the Red Warriors went on a blitzing 11-0 rally to cut the MIT lead to just two points with 1:44 remaining in the game. With only two minutes left, Mapua’s starting two-guard, JP Nieles, and big man Oraeme, who collected 24 points and 17 rebounds in the game, fouled out leaving a huge hole in the Mapua defense. This is where, third-year guard, Edgar Charcos willed his team as he scored six straight points to tie the game at 75-all with 55.6 seconds remaining. RR de Leon, who freely roamed the point with Oraeme out of the game, tipped a missed shot to give UE a 77-75 lead with 31.9 ticks remaining. However, Stephen Que answered back with a high-looping lay-up to tie the game at 77-all with 17.4 remaining. After a timeout by UE coach Derick Pumaren, Charcos drove hard to the hoop to get a foul on big man Justin Serrano. Charcos was able to convert on both free throws to regain the lead with 2.6 seconds remaining. Amidst no timeouts remaining, Que was able to put up a shot that was could have tied the game but was waved off as the shot came after the horns sounded.

Emil Palma paced the Red Warriors with 18 points, five assists, and four steals. Edgar Charcos, who scored eight points in the final minutes of the game, tallied 15 points and seven rebounds. On the other side, Allwell Oraeme led MIT with 24 points and 17 rebounds before fouling out of the game.

As a team the UE Red Warriors were outrebounded by the Cardinals by a huge margin 40-51. Moreover, the Cardinals made 11 more free throws compared to the victors.

The UE Red Warriors next play the CEU Scorpions in a battle of the unbeatens on Wednesday, May 13 at 3:15pm while the MIT Cardinals face the CEU Scorpoions on Saturday, May 9 at 5:00pm.

The Scores:
UE 79 – Palma 19, Charcos 15, De Leon 9, Gonzales 9, Alberto 8, Abanto 4, Javier 4, Varilla 3, Manalang 3, Cudal 2, Larupay 2, Battiler 1.

MIT 77 – Nimes 26, Oraeme 24, Que 15, Biteng 6, Brana 2, Villasenor 2, Raflores 2.

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Composed Ceres-Negros expels Shan United in shootout victory



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2017 AFC ASEAN Zone Champions Ceres-Negros banked on their poise and composure from the spot as they knocked out Myanmar’s Shan United via a 4-3 penalty shootout (1-1 after extra time) triumph, Tuesday evening at the Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.

The Negrenses punched their ticket to Brisbane, Australia after emerging the better spotkick takers. Four Busmen were on target, while two of their Shan Warriors counterparts fluffed their lines.

The two domestic champions were inseparable after 120 minutes, with the hosts holding their own against the Philippine champions. Ceres-Negros looked the more dominant of the two teams. However, they couldn’t make the advantage count where it mattered, as they failed to breach the sturdy Shan United defense inside the first two regulation halves.

The visitors were visibly more comfortable in the first half, but with the scores staying level at the break, the less-fancied Myanmar champions eventually found their footing in the encounter. While there were several half-chances from either side to open the scoring, both defenses remained defiant en route to unwanted extra time.

“It was a tough game. We weren’t ready to play 120 minutes because we only had four training sessions before the game but everytime we wear this jersey, we represent Ceres, we represent Bacolod, we represent the Philippines, so we have to give our best,” Ceres’ defender Carli de Murga elaborated to the Inquirer after the match. The Asian Football season has yet to start, and with both teams not too busy with pre-season preparations, rust and fatigue in a demanding affair were evident.

Come extra time, Ceres-Negros took the initiative when Stephan Schröck’s deflected effort went past the helpless Thiha Si Thu just three minutes into the first half.

Nonetheless, the hosts refused to go down without a fight, and their resilience was rewarded later in the opening half. Substitute Patrick Asare found the back of the net to restore parity in Yangon.

Another 15 minutes of goalless action took place in the second half as both teams looked more cautious, perhaps with the collective aim of avoiding a costly error or two. Among all the chances, Schröck’s in the 114th minute may have proved to be the closest to changing the scores, as his attempt shaved the post.

Shan United took to the spot first, where Asare made his penalty attempt count. Nay Lin Tun also made his, but not before teammate Chizoba smashed his attempt over Toni Doblas’ goal.

While the hosts squandered a shot, the visitors remained calm in front of a hostile Myanmar crowd. De Murga, Schröck and Mike Ott nailed their turns, with Marañon also not missing a vital kick from 12 yards.

It set up William Biassi Nyakwe, the man credited with the own goal when he deflected Schröck’s opener, with the chance to prolong his team’s campaign in the AFC Champions League. Unfortunately for him, he couldn’t atone for his earlier mistake, as his attempt soared high and wide — much to the delight of the visiting team from Bacolod, the Philippines.

The reward for Ceres-Negros is a trip to Queensland, Australia, where they will seek to do one better than compatriots Global-Cebu. The 2016 Philippine champions also played against the Brisbane Roar, who dealt them a staggering 6-0 hammering this time last year. The match will be held at the Suncorp Stadium on January 23.

As for Shan United, a spot in the AFC Cup Group Stage awaits them and they may not have seen the last of Ceres-Negros just yet. If the Negrenses lose to either Brisbane Roar or Tianjin Quanjian, they will be reacquainted with the Burmese champions in Group F.

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Abu Tratter plans to work his way to 2023 by continuing to do ‘the dirty work’



Abu Tratter may have missed the jersey-giving ceremony that the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas held for the 23 for 2023 cadets last Monday but he made sure to help out when the current batch needed him the most.

After helping the Marinerong Pilipino Skippers win the Sinulog Cup in Cebu a week ago, the 6-foot-7 Filipino-American did not hesitate to heed Gilas’ call, as they were undermanned for their second session in preparation for the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

“I think it’s just an honor to put on this jersey, to be able to represent our country, to possibly represent our country in the future. It’s an honor,” shared the Laguna-native.

The 25-year old, who just celebrated his birthday last January 9, admitted that he was in awe of the talent inside the Meralco Gym. Like a fan, he wanted to take a few photo ops with the senior team’s Gabe Norwood and June Mar Fajardo.

“Actually, at first I was just shocked to see June Mar and Gabe, just to be able to be in the midst of them,” gushed the former DLSU Green Archer, who will suit-up for Marinerong Pilipino in the D-League. “I even asked them for a picture, and hopefully they’ll still give me one.

“It’s just humbling, definitely.”

However, the work has only began for Tratter. With five years to go until the 2023 FIBA World Cup, the two-time UAAP champion plans to continue to do what he does best — be the same scrapper that he is and hopefully catch the eye of Gilas’ brass.

“I think just doing the dirty work, of course. Giving whatever the team needs, rebound or any steals, any thing a dirty player would need to pick up on,” he said.

“That’s how it is, garbage into gold. Get anything, sweep up anything and try to put it back.”

Moreover, he will continue answering the call when Gilas needs him, as he himself is learning a lot from being surrounded by the country’s topflight cagers.

“Whenever I can. I want to be able to absorb all the information coming from here and hopefully apply it in the D-League and hopefully apply it on future practices, future games.”

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2018 FIBA 3X3 World Cup

Terrence Romeo invited to join Pilipinas 3×3 for World Cup



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Scoring sensation Terrence Romeo has been invited by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas to join the Philippine team in the upcoming FIBA 3X3 World Cup, according to Philippine Star columnist Quinito Henson.

Romeo, who is currently out due to a right knee injury, has been in rehabilitation and is expected to miss the entire Philippine Cup campaign of the Globalport Batang Pier and the second window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

“Baka sa second conference na ko makabalik kasi talagang gusto ko malakas ako pagbalik ko,” the 25-year-old shared during Chooks-to-Go Live last January 2.

SBP Executive Director Sonny Barrios personally met with the 6-foot guard, inviting him to be part of the Philippine team.

Romeo has plenty of 3×3 basketball experience under his belt.

Back in 2014, Romeo was part of the Manila West 3×3 team during the Manila Masters. He was adjudged as the tournament Most Valuable Player.

The 2018 3X3 World Cup will take place from June 8-12 at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.

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Red Spikers extinguish Blazers for second win



Shaking off a forgettable outing against the Perpetual Help Altas last January 11, the San Beda College Red Spikers vented their ire on defending champions College of Saint Benilde Blazers in four sets, 25-15, 25-16, 23-25, 26-24, and claimed their second win of the season, Friday afternoon at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

“Sabi ng coaches kalimutan na yung talo,” shared captain Lorenze Santos of what transpired after that match.

So, in this game, the San Beda team poured on what they worked hard for to regain momentum. “Binuhos po namin lahat ng ginawa namin sa training [ngayon].”

After tight starts in all the first two sets, the Mendiola-based side pulled away to register the seemingly insurmountable 2-0 lead.

Nonetheless, summoning the heart of a champion and led by seniors Isaah Arda and Jethro Orian, the reigning champions pulled off gritty runs to snag the third set and making a tussle of the fourth.

Ultimately, Adrian Viray virtually ended the match with a vicious serve, which the Blazers failed to convert.

The prolific outside hitter finished with 17 points, 11 coming from attacks and five off blocks. Former skipper Mark Encino also registered 17 markers.

The Red Spikers (2-1) will face the Mapua University, also at 2-1, on Friday, January 19.

Orian was such a presence at the net, ending up with 20 points for the Taft-based squad.

The defending champions Blazers (2-1) will try to bounce back later that day against San Sebastian College (0-3).

The Scores:

SBC 3 – Viray 17, Enciso 17, Santos 11, Patenio 7, Amagan 7, Desuyo 3, Zabala 0, Genobaten 0, Manliclic 0, Casin L.

CSB 1 – Orian 20, Arda 18, Bacani 6, Basilan 4, Bautista 4, Magsino 2, Martinez 0, Garcia 0, San Miguel 0, Saldavia 0, Dy L.

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