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UP Lady Shuttlers continue their first day victory with a 4-1 win over ADU.



UP's Bernardo

UP’s Bernardo

Women’s Singles 1: Paola Beatriz Bernardo (UP) def. Maggie Villacorta (ADU) 2:0
UP 1 – ADU 0

Bernardo would pretty much own the first set, as she defeats Villacorta 21 – 5. Villacorta would start the 2nd set strong with 3 straight points to lead 0 -3. Points would become hard to come by for the ADU athlete, as she would be outscored by Bernardo, 13 – 4 to trail 13 – 7. Bernardo would not look back as she eventually wins, 21 – 13.

Aggregate score:  Bernardo (UP) 42 – Villacorta (ADU) 18
Total match time: 25 mins


UP's Maranon

UP’s Maranon

Women’s Singles 2: Mary Ann Maranon (UP) def. Jean Lucas (ADU) 2:0
UP 2 – ADU 0

Despite being down 2 – 5, Maranon would be able to rally back to tie the game at 5 all. She would, however, fall behind, as Lucas would take the lead with a score of 17 – 20. Regaining her composure, Maranon would score 5 straight points to win the first set, 22 – 20. The second set wouldn’t be as close as the first, as Maranon would start with a 9 – 2 run. Things wouldn’t get any better for Lucas as she would score only 8 more points for the match, ending with a Maranon victory, 21 – 10.

Aggregate score: Maranon (UP) 43 – Lucas (ADU) 30
Total match time: 39 mins.

UP's Ongcuangco and Francisco

UP’s Ongcuangco and Francisco

Women’s Doubles 1: Maria Elisha Ongcuangco and Jessi Francisco (UP) def. Mikaela Aquino and Ysabelle Marie Daez (ADU) 2:0
UP 3 – ADU 0 (UP wins)

The third match would start out pretty evenly as the pair from UP began with a 6 – 5 lead over their ADU counterparts. Francisco’s 4 straight points would put UP ahead by 5 points, giving them a comfortable lead. They would never look back, outscoring the Adamson squad 11 – 5 with a final score of 21 – 10. The second set would start out similarly to the first, with both squads trading points early on. With UP up by 1 with a score of 4 – 3, Jessie Francisco would score 3 consecutive points, giving them a comfortable 4 point lead at 7 – 3. Adamson would score sparingly, unable to get any run going, and end up with just 5 more points before UP finally defeats them with a score of 21 – 8.

Aggregate score: Ongcuangco (23) and Francisco (19) 42 – Aquino (9) and Diaz (9) 18
Total match time: 25 mins

AdU's Grain and Ochoa

AdU’s Grain and Ochoa

Women’s Doubles 2: Christine Garin and Gellyn Ochoa (ADU) def. Mitzel Desiree Buiza and Marina Caculitan (UP) 2:0
UP 3 – ADU 1 (AdU wins)

The first set was a close affair with both teams trading points, and neither one taking a decisive lead either. The climax of the set came when Bulza was able to give her team the lead 20 – 19. Unfortunately for the UP squad, this would be their last point of the set, as Ochoa would score 3 straight points for Adamson, giving them the win, 20 – 22. The UP team would be able to keep the game close during the second set with a 6 – 7 deficit, but 4 straight points from Garin would give ADU the lead, as well as the momentum to pull away for the win. With Adamson ahead, 12 – 16, they would go on a scoring run that allowed UP to post only 1 more point, giving Adamson the victory, 13 – 21.

Aggregate score:  Buiza (15) Caculitan (18) 33 – Garin (21) Ochoa (22) 43
Total match time: 37 min

UP's Francisco

UP’s Francisco

Women’s Singles 3: Jessie Francisco (UP) def. Mikaela Aquino (ADU) 2:0
UP 4 – Adu 1 (UP wins)

Continuing the dominance she displayed during the 1st doubles match, Francisco outplayed her opponent during the 3rd singles match against Adamson’s Aquino. The first set saw Francisco take a 9 – 3 lead at the start, and she never looked back. The final score was 21 – 12. The 2nd set was no different, with Francisco going off to a quick 7 – 2 lead. She would dominate her opponent again with a 21 – 10 victory.

Aggregate score: Francisco (UP) 42 – Aquino (ADU) 22
Total match time: 23 mins.


Aggregate sets won:  UP 8 – ADU 2


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Cardinals blast Golden Stags for third win



After absorbing a sorry defeat from the San Beda College Red Spikers in their last outing, the Mapua University Cardinals subdued the San Sebastian College-Recolletos Golden Stags, 26-24, 25-16, 26-24, to take their third victory of the season, Tuesday morning at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Mark Jason Egan paced the Intramuros-based squad with 14 points on eight attacks and three each of blocks and serves. Team captain Anjo Pertierra finished with 13 markers, while Alfred Pagulong had 10.

Despite a miserable reception output, Cardinals setter Raven Evangelista still had a field day as he produced 32 excellent sets on the 41 attack points of his squad.

Such would not go unnoticed as Pertierra lauded his playmaker’s production that led to the win. He said, “Sobrang ganda kung performance ni Raven. Nakapag-adjust siya sa bad reception. Kino-commend ko siya today.”

Losing that second set big, the Stags threatened to steal the third as they led 21-18 off back-to-back hits from James Eugenio and even forced a deuce. Nonetheless, a quick attack from Pertierra and an ace off Pagulong sealed the win for the Cards.

Pertierra admitted their lack of intensity almost cost them the first and third sets, and hopes the team address it as soon as the next game against the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals.

“Kilala naman EAC na maganda floor defense, sobrang makapit. Sasabayan namin sila, we’ll give our best,” he shared.

That important tussle between the Cards (3-2) and the Generals (2-3) will happen on Thursday.

Former skipper Jahir Ebrahim led the Stags with 16 markers.

San Sebastian (1-4) will try to get back on winning track when they face winless Letran (0-5) later that day.

The Scores:

MU 3 – Egan 14, Pertierra 13, Pagulong 10, Damian 8, Navera 8, Evangelista 1, Bondoc L.

SSC-R 0 – Ebrahim 16, Lana 9, Eugenio 8, Ronato 6, Ongque A 3, Campuspos 1, Eusebio 1, Lazaro 0, Toledo 0, Ongque AC L, Enano L.

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Kent Salado re-injures MCL, out for Go for Gold campaign



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Kent Salado suffers a setback

The worst fear of the Go for Gold Scratchers came true Monday evening as all-around combo guard Kent Salado re-injured the medial cruciate ligament in his right knee.

The injury was confirmed by Kent Salado and the officials of Go for Gold and he will miss the entire 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup.

With under three minutes left in the third quarter of Go for Gold’s opening game against the Gamboa-St. Clare Coffee Lovers Monday afternoon, the 5-foot-9 guard went for a drive but could not get the proper lift. He tried to walk it off but limped towards the audience section of the Pasig Sports Center.

“Parang may narinig nga siya na may tumunog daw,” shared Scratchers head coach Charles Tiu after their 75-68 win.

“We’re very worried.

“I think our PT said baka MCL ‘yun, so that might be a month or two, so that’s a big problem for us,” the youthful mentor added.

Salado finished the game with nine points, five rebounds, four assists, and three steals. He was immediately rushed to the Makati Medical Center afterwards. At around nine in the evening, the MRI showed that he tore his ACL as was initially reported by Tiebreaker Times. A second opinion, however, contradicted the initial diagnosis, showing only an MCL tear.

Prior to this, the native of Cagayan de Oro suffered a partial tear on medial collateral damage on the same knee last October 10, 2017 during Arellano’s 85-79 win over the San Sebastian Golden Stags.

With this setback, Salado was also advised to not play in the summer leagues to fully recover in time for the NCAA Season 94 Seniors Basketball tournament.

“Okay lang para NCAA na ko makapaglaro,” he said.

“Mas importante naman yun.”

The 23-year-old averaged 19.1 points, 5.0 assists, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.3 steals last season. He is eligible to enter the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft.

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San Beda overwhelmed by Sale, out of title contention



Against a taller Moroccan club team, the San Beda College Red Lions could not get the ball rolling against Al Sale, falling 77-104, early Tuesday morning (Manila time) at the Al Ahli Club in Dubai.

With the loss and the UAE National Team defeating Sagesse earlier in the day, the 0-3 Red Lions can no longer advance to the next stage of the 29th Dubai International Basketball Tournament.

San Beda ace Robert Bolick continued his string of sensational outings. After putting up 28 and 27 points respectively in their first two games, the 23 for 2023 Gilas cadet had 20 markers in this game to lead San Beda.

Bolick’s fellow 23 for 2023 teammate Javee Mocon had 10 points but shot just 4-for-14 from the field while NCAA Season 93 Seniors Basketball Finals Most Valuable Player Donald Tankoua had six points, eight rebounds, three steals, and two blocks.

Sale, a team that has three national team players including 6-foot-11 Soufiane Kourdou and two American reinforcements, imposed their will right from the get-go — leading 28-7 to end the first frame.

Sale led by as much as 37 points midway through the second quarter, 51-14. On the other hand, San Beda could not muster a strong run as their longest rally was just a 6-0 spurt late in the third canto.

Sniper AC Soberano and Jeramer Cabanag played their best games in the tournament so far, finishing with 11 and eight points respectively. Co-captain Joe Presbitero also had eight markers.

American Patrick Rembert led six Sale players in double-figures with 22 points. Abderrahim Najah went 7-for-8 from the field for 17 points while Kordou had 16 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks.

San Beda-Pilipinas ends its campaign against Sagesse on Wednesday, January 24 (Manila time).

The Scores:

San Beda 77 – Bolick 20, Soberano 11, Mocon 10, Presbitero 8, Cabanag 8, Tankoua 6, Noah 4, Oftana 4, Carino 3, Adamos 3, Toba 0, Tongco 0.

Sale 104 – Rembert 22, Najah 17, Kourdou 16, Baery 14, Cutis 14, Arnold 13, Almahini 4, Jaddi 4, Elmadini 0, Belhaddar 0.

Quarterscores: 7-28, 22-54, 53-82, 77-104.

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Calvin Abueva, Raymond Almazan cut from pool



SMART Gilas Pilipinas’ third session for the second leg of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers ended early on Monday evening.

Prior to the end of the practice, head coach Chot Reyes talked to team veterans Jayson Castro, Gabe Norwood, and June Mar Fajardo. The outspoken mentor told the seniors of the team that he is cutting Calvin Abueva and Raymond Almazan from the pool.

“The reason why we’re dropping Abueva and Almazan for the second window is because they haven’t showed up,” lamented Reyes.

“It’s already our third practice at hindi pa sila nagpapakita. It’s simply a matter of disinterest.

“I guess they’re not interested so we have to move on we can’t wait for those guys,” he pointed out.

Both Abueva and Almazan were part of the teams that competed in the 2017 SEABA Championship, the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup, and the first window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

Only 10 players from the pool showed up for the team’s third session. And with the second leg exactly one month away, Gilas cannot let a slip up happen especially against Australia.

“Aside from those two we don’t know where Matt Wright is, while Allein [Maliksi] is attending a wedding in Australia. Other than that it’s really just an issue of Calvin and Raymond if they don’t want to be a part of the pool.” expressed Reyes.

“That’s the reason we’re dropping them for the second window.”

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