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Daniels, Kaya bamboozle Team Socceroo; solidify bid for second place



Given a golden opportunity for the full points, Kaya FC dismantled hapless Team Socceroo, 7-0, to strengthen their claim for a runner-up finish in the United Football League (UFL), Wednesday evening, at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.

Kaya wasted no time to put something at the back of the net, as soon as the kickoff. At the third minute, Carlo Liay sent a ball into the penalty box, only to be denied by Team Socceroo Keeper, Baba Sampana. Three minutes after the play, however, Kaya’s great passing inside the box was rewarded with the breakthrough goal. Junior Muñoz delivered the ball inside the box, which connected to Kenshiro Daniels. The versatile winger then flicked the ball to Tishan Hanley, who headed the ball into the goal.

At the 13th minute, two straight opportunities for the black-shirts occurred, but neither produced another goal. Chris Greatwich connected to Hanley and Porteria on these instances, only the two players were called for offside. Six minutes from these muffed chances, Porteria doubled the lead for Kaya. Daniels found himself with enough room to operate and made a timely cross to his long-time teammate, who slotted the ball past Sampana. The away side continued to dominate possession and, consequently, kept on attacking the opposing defense. Three minutes after that second goal, Team Captain Aly Borromeo sent a lovely ball forward to Daniels, who then connected once more to a rushing teammate. Alfred Osei made sure the pass was not be for naught as he tapped it into the onion bag for his team’s third.

On the other hand, Team Socceroo was finally able to advance the ball pass the midfield at the 25th minute. Joseph Fermin found himself with support from Alu Kigbu. The incoming University of the Philippines skipper sent it first to Kigbu, who sent it back to him for the shot. Fermin was, nonetheless, denied by Kaya custodian Matthew Silva. That would be the last hurrah for the white-shirts in the half, as their opponents resumed with their aggressive play. At the half-hour mark, Porteria was left unmarked inside the box on the counter attack. The former Philippine U23 standout smothered the ball into the goal to widen the gap for Kaya. The halftime whistle was sounded with the Fabian Lewis-mentored team comfortably ahead, 4-0.

Despite the lead, Kaya did not stop from moving forward albeit letting up with the pressure. Team Socceroo took advantage of this and tried to score. Kaya’s Masanari Omura fouled Alexandre Reche outside the box, giving the white-shirts a free kick. Benjamin Bowra took the free kick, and the first shot was denied by the defense. Reche attempted on the follow up, but sent the ball over the bar. At the half-hour mark, the floodgates opened for the second-seeded team. Daniels, who was sending timely passes to his fellow forwards, took it upon himself to score. The Azkal, from inside the box, blasted the shot past Sampana to blow the game wide open, 5-0.

At the 74th minute, Kaya scored another goal, when, once again, Daniels connected to Hanley on the free kick. The Kittian international fired his second of the match and his team’s sixth. To deliver the final nail on the coffin on Team Socceroo’s demise in stoppage time, Hanley completed his hattrick and put the exclamation point on this comprehensive win by Kaya FC. The final whistle was sounded with the scoreline at 7-0 in favor of the black-shirts.

With the win, Kaya remained in the hunt for second place finish, with their final game of the league against fellow chasers Global FC. Global FC is playing Loyola FC as of presstime. The three teams, along with Stallion, can still end up at that coveted runner-up spot and possible 2016 AFC Cup playoff berth.

In the interview after, Kaya Head Coach Fabian Lewis was pleased with how his team played. Lewis shared that in their hunt for that second-place finish, “This win – all wins – is very important for us. I am very happy that we [the boys] won the game.” The tactician reiterated to his team that, “If you want to be champion of any league in any part of the world, you must beat every team. Unfortunately, we fell short of first [place], and now second [place] is up for grabs, so our objective remains the same.”

Daniels, on his part, shared his happiness with his performance. The winger said, “It feels good. I feel like I haven’t been playing the way I should have in the past couple of games. So, getting today with [four] assists and a goal; brings a lot to my confidence.” He also was pleased that he was able to help his team being back on the front line.

Team Socceroo ended their season at ninth place with a single point off a solitary draw. Meanwhile, Kaya will take on archrivals Global on a very important battle on Saturday, August 1.


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Christian Standhardinger goes perfect from stripe in Hong Kong’s rout of Formosa



After going a horrid 5-for-17 from the stripe during their first loss of the season last January 9, Christian Standhardinger made sure to make good on his free throws to power the Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Club to a dominant 99-79 rout of the Formosa Dreamers, Thursday evening in Southorn Stadium.

The 6-foot-8 Filipino-German, who tallied 37 points and 19 rebounds in the overtime loss to Saigon, went a perfect 9-for-9 from the foul line. He finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds.

The contest itself was not close, as the defending champions were able to impose their will on the bottom-ranked squad, leading by as much as 23 points, 93-70, after two free throws by Standhardinger with 2:58 remaining.

If Standhardinger was having a good day with his free throws, the entire Formosa squad could not say the same, going 13-of-27 from the line.

Tyler Lamb had 25 markers as well for Hong Kong, while Ryan Moss grabbed a triple-double with 19 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists.

Lenny Daniel paced Formosa with 25 points and 11 rebounds. World Import Ronnie Aguilar had 14 points and 16 rebounds but went just 5-for-14 from the field.

With the win, Hong Kong goes to 8-1, while the Dreamers fell to 1-8.

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2018 FIBA 3X3 World Cup

Chooks-to-Go President hopes 3×3 World Cup breaks Philippine Arena record



Last October 27, 2017, Game Seven of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals between heated rivals Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and Meralco Bolts saw 54,083 people troop to the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. The attendance broke all records for both the venue and the PBA.

Come June this year, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and Chooks-to-Go are hoping that the upcoming 2018 FIBA 3×3 World Cup will surpass that record.

“We look at 3×3 as our best hope, really, to get a medal in the Olympics. Kami naman sa Chooks, we are behind SBP realizing that dream. Kanina pinag-uusapan na, if we’re going to break the record in attendance,” said Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. president Ronald Mascariñas on Thursday afternoon during a press conference held at BGC High Street in Taguig.

“I think the question there is not if we’re going to break, but how many more times. Because FIBA should see how passionate the Filipinos are about basketball. That’s a given,” one of the patrons of Gilas Pilipinas added.

Besides the event itself, the local government of Bulacan has pledged to make the week of the tournament filled with activities to celebrate the Philippines’ 120th year of Independence.

For their part, Chooks-to-Go vowed to help out the SBP in organizing the event and in building the team.

“We are throwing our support not to improve on our finish, but we want to help SBP organize, to win the championship — not just to improve our ranking,” Mascariñas shared.

And the experience he and his company gained after backing the Pilipinas 3×3 team during last year’s tournament will only help.

“In past tournaments, we’ve lost some games na maninipis lang talaga,” he recalled about the team composed of Kobe Paras, Kiefer Ravena, Jeron Teng, and JR Quinahan that competed in Nantes, France.

“This time around, with five months to go, we need to organize and put in the best t

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Ilocos United takes leave from PFL



Another one bites the dust

After months of speculation, Ilocos United has formally announced their absence from the Philippines Football League for the 2018 season.

A statement signed by Ilocos Chief Executive Officer Tony Lazaro and posted on the club’s Facebook page broke the big news.

“Unfortunately, after months of negotiation, efforts to attract a new naming sponsor for the Team were unsuccessful,” the statement opened. “Consequently, it has become financially prohibitive to continue participation in the PFL.

“Primarily, the lack of broadcasting exposure in 2017 created an apprehension in the corporate community, cascading into a series of afflictions that has ultimately led to our withdrawal from the competition.”

Ilocos finished last during the inaugural season, tallying 1 win, 6 draws, and 21 losses with a -49 goal differential.

Still, Ilocos gave their thanks to those who supported the club during the inaugural PFL season.

“We are cautiously optimistic of a potential return to the PFL for the 2019 season, whereby secured broadcasting exposure will hopefully lead to higher confidence from potential sponsorship partners.”

While their PFL operations will fold for the time being, Ilocos will continue the grassroots programs they have started within the area. ¨In the meantime, the foundation of football development we helped to build in Ilocos will continue, including grassroots initiatives at local schools, women’s futsal, Special Olympics, and, of course, the IUFC Academy.¨

The latest development will be another big blow for the young league. Meralco Manila pulled out of the competition beforehand, and now Ilocos´ absence leaves only six teams in the competition.

Now more than ever, something needs to be done by the PFL or even the Philippine Football Federation to ensure the feasibility of the clubs and the league itself for years to come.

Football is a hard sport to build in the Philippines despite its resurgence since 2010. There are limited corporate boosters for the sport which is in dire need of a financial push to sustain its growth.

Ilocos´ leave and Meralco´s folding now forces local football´s stakeholders to take a step back and examine the next moves to build the sport.

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CJ Perez, Jaycee Marcelino in unison: D-League is a whole other level



After falling just two games short of copping Lyceum’s first-ever NCAA crown, the Pirates went to the PBA D-League to gain experience. However, in their first foray in the second league, the Lyceans realized that it was a whole different beast.

Going up against the veteran-laden Marinerong Pilipino Skippers, the Zark’s Burgers-backed squad suffered a slow start as they adjusted to the tougher calls of the league. The Jawbreakers were down by as much as 17 points early in the third frame, 37-54.

“Yung physicality hindi naman ako masyadong nagulat pero sa mental toughness, yung pagod ka na, tapos may babanggga pa sa ‘yo, ang iniisip ko kailangan mas maging tough,” admitted reigning NCAA Most Valuable Player CJ Perez.

“Nangangapa kami nung una lahat kasi first game namin ito, pati dito sa court na ‘to first game din namin,” added Jaycee Marcelino.

It served as a wake-up call. Adjusting on the fly, Perez and Marcelino rallied the Jawbreakers back — even fashioning multiple attempts to take over the contest late in the game. However, they fell short, 92-94.

“Binalik lang namin yung laro namin dati, pass the ball, hindi yung puro dribble, i-run lang namin yung plays,” shared Marcelino, as he and Perez combined to score 16 points in the final frame.

The 21-year-old Marcelino finished with a game-high 20 points on an efficient 7-of-9 shooting to go along with four rebounds, three assists, two steals, and a block. The 24-year-old Perez added 19 points, five assists, two steals, and a block.

With their first game in the bag, the duo — and the rest of the Jawbreakers — now have the experience under their belts. And they plan to put in the work to prove that they belong.

“Sa NC naman kasi puro ka-level namin kalaro namin, dito puro beterano ang naglalaro,” said Marcelino. “Hindi talaga namin masabi na yung ginawa namin sa NC magagawa din namin dito.

“Mageextra work pa kami para masustain namin kung ano kami sa Lyceum.”

“It’s a good experience. Ibang iba pala talaga yung laro ng D-League sa NCAA,” expressed Perez, who is a consensus top three pick for the upcoming PBA Rookie Draft.

“Sobrang grateful kami na nakalaro na rin kami sa D-League.”

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