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De La Salle Green Archers: UAAP S78 Starter Pack



Hauling the Best of this Class

UAAP Season 77
Record: 10-4 (3rd – Eliminated semifinals)
Offense: 72.5 ppg (4th)
Defense: 66.4 ppg (3rd)
Rebounds: 46.9 rpg (1st)
Assists: 14.9 apg (2nd)

Pomp and Circumstance:
Yutien Andrada, Almond Vosotros, Norbert Torres, Matt Salem (transferred to NU), Robert Bolick (transferred to San Beda), Terrence Mustre (transferred Adamson), Arnold Van Opstal (transferred to Bench)

Depth Chart:

Tratter, Abu (2)Perkins, Jason (3)Teng, Jeron (4)Caracut, Andrei (1)Torres, Thomas (4)
Muyang, Larry (1)Rivero, Prince (2)Torralba, Joshua (2)Langston, Andrew (1)Go, Jollo (1)
Gob, J-Boy (1)Joson, Leandro (1)Pascual, Daryl (1)Sargent, Julian (2)Navarro, Renzo (1)

Who can forget the corner triple that shatter the hearts of the Lasallian community back on a rainy Final Four Wednesday match made by FEU’s Mac Belo? The DLSU Green Archers were one stop away from extending their rubber match against the Tamaraws and gave their team a shot to advance to the finale.

However, it was also that game that marked the last outing for some of the Green Archer squad, who failed to defend their throne. In their next two tournaments PCCL and Filoil, they also came up short in making in retaining their championship status as they ended up all in bridesmaid finishes.

After a long layoff, the DLSU Green Archers will start their 78th UAAP Season with an almost entirely new squad as they will parade 9 incoming fresh faces while also losing members due to graduation and injuries. They won’t have the services of now PBA-bound Norbert Torres, Yutien Andrada and Almond Vosotros. Arnold Van Opstal also announced that he will sit out his fifth year with the team, while Kib Montalbo is not part of this year’s roster due to an injury he obtained from the preseason tournament. In addition, Robert Bolick, Matt Salem, and Terrence Mustre are soon to be playing in new schools.

Everyone, however, knows that a new season comes a new chance for every team to contend to the top. As the race for even the final four spots is wide open for the eight schools, the DLSU Green Archers are up to the challenge of getting to the top once again despite having a fresh start in terms of their “new” roster.

Key holdovers to the team include 4th year tandem of Jeron Teng and Thomas Torres, who are expected to lead the way for the squad. Teng was second behind Ateneo’s Kiefer Ravena in terms of scoring last season and also had a terrific season numbers-wise. Second year duo of Prince Rivero and Abu Tratter, together with league-leader last year in rebounds Jason Perkins, are expected to man the front court after the departure of their main bigs.

Their incoming players however, include Joshua Torralba, Larry Muyang and Darryl Pascual, who were also part of the team’s PCCL roster and have all been training with the team for quite some time now. In addition, they also had key recruits in Jollo Go and Andrei Caracut, who amazed a lot of people in his preseason games.

Last season, they were the top rebounding team averaging 46.7 a game and second best assist team with close to 15 per outing. They also committed the second least turnovers per game at 10.3 and averaged at least 10 points in second chances.

What’s interesting with this team this year is the kind of versatility each new player can bring. The starting five did the most damage in the Filoil games as we saw Andrei Caracut’s brilliance in shooting. They also ran plays for Jollo Go and Renzo Navarro using a small lineup on the floor. Joshua Torralba is a versatile forward who can bring the ball down the court, Jboy Gob and Larry Muyang showed promises in crashing the boards while Darryl Pascual can play a stretch four role can also give height underneath. Meanwhile, Andrew Langston and Leandro Joson are completely new to the team but both showed good sniping from the perimeter in practice games.

Despite not being the absolute favorites this season due to key losses and a lot of faces in the lineup, the DLSU Green Archers will still be a top contender due to the “redemption” factor in terms of losing all their past three tournaments joined. They have this feeling that they were shocked and shattered by the way they were eliminated last season and use this setback to bounce back big in this brand new year.

They open up their campaign against the National University Bulldogs in a match between the last two champions of the UAAP. In Season 77, they won both games against NU. Meanwhile, the much-awaited Ateneo and La Salle game will be played on October 4.

Best Case: 12-2 (UAAP Finals)
Worst Case: 10-4 (Eliminated in the semifinals)

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Mixed Martial Arts

ONE Championship pledges to help Global Citizen in fight against poverty



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During the pre-fight showdown between the fighters main evening ONE Championship: Global Superheroes, the biggest mixed martial arts promotion in Asia also forged a partnership, Monday afternoon.

ONE, through chief executive officer and chariman, Chatri Sityodtong vowed to help Global Citizen in its fight to end poverty.

“It is with great excitement that I announce ONE Championship’s partnership with Global Citizen, an NGO with the goal of ending extreme poverty across the world by the year 2030,” said Sityodtong. “Just like Global Citizen, ONE Championship aims to inspire the people of the world to come together to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges.”

“We are thrilled to be joining forces with ONE Championship to bring Global Citizen to Asia. ONE Championship reaches millions of young people around the region and together we will engage them on issues that impact the entire world,” expressed Global Citizen co-founder Wei Soo. “Since we launched Global Citizen in 2012, over 13 million actions have been taken, and we are excited to drive more actions and increase our impact for the world’s most marginalized people through this partnership.”

Headquartered in New York with offices in Canada, Australia, Germany, and the United Kingdom, Global Citizen was founded in 2012 with the goal of building the largest platform where people can learn about issues, take action on what matters most, and join a global movement working to end extreme poverty by 2030. Since then, millions of Global Citizens around the world have taken over ten million actions, which includes millions of emails, tweets, petition signatures, and phone calls targeting world leaders to end extreme poverty by 2030.

To date, the actions by Global Citizen’s global community, along with its high-level advocacy efforts and various partners, have resulted in 130 commitments and policy announcements from leaders, including financial aid valued at over US $35-billion, that is set to affect the lives of over 1.3 billion people.

Also present in the launch were ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon Vera, ONE Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee, and former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang.

The partnership launching at ONE’s upcoming event in Manila, Philippines on Friday, January 26, will harness the power of ONE’s platform to engage millions of martial arts fans around the world to support initiatives and find solutions to the issues associated with extreme poverty.

Global Citizen and ONE will collaborate across 24 live ONE events scheduled in 2018, and various outreach activations throughout Asia. Fans will have the opportunity to take action and engage with specific policy areas including, education, food security, hunger and nutrition, global health, gender equality and empowerment.

“Our ONE Championship athletes embody the spirit of perseverance and many have risen through poverty through martial arts, inspiring millions of people around the world with their journey,” Sityodtong added. “Through our collaboration across all 24 of our live events scheduled in 2018, ONE Championship and Global Citizen aim to affect positive movement in our society.”

The first action ONE fans can take will be centred on global education. Fans will be able to call on donor countries such as Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, and India, to attend the Global Partnership for Education’s replenishment conference in Dakar, Senegal on February 2, 2018, and make a commitment to GPE to support better education for all. Currently, 264 million children around the world are missing out on an education.

Over half are girls, and over 75 million have had their schooling disrupted by conflict or natural disasters. At the replenishment conference, the GPE will raise much needed funds that will allow it to continue to support quality, inclusive education to hundreds of millions of children around the world.

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Unscathed Altas on another plane, hands Chiefs first loss



Eighteen straight sets won

NCAA Men’s Volleyball powerhouse University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas showed no signs of letting up and crushed fellow erstwhile undefeated Arellano University Chiefs in just three sets, 25-14, 25-22, 25-17, to notch their sixth consecutive victory, Tuesday afternoon at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Skipper Jun Taneo scattered his quiet 13 points throughout the match to lead the Season 91 champions. Rookie Joebert Almodiel finished with 10 spikes.

The Altas edged out the opposition in all scoring skills and dominated them in the non-scoring ones to bag the win. Nonetheless, it was the uncharacteristic 34 errors from the Chiefs that ultimately caused their doom.

With expectations minimized at the start of the season, head coach Sammy Acaylar shared his pride on how his wards have been playing so far.

“Sabi ko nga, hindi ako satisfied sa team ko kasi maraming nawala. Pero dinaan ko sila sa force, sa discipline, sa training. And I always motivate them na everything will come into place,” the seasoned mentor shared.

Acaylar was pleased that what they trained on showed up in the game. “Nakita ko ‘yung galaw nila, almost perfect,” he ended beaming.

The now 6-0 Perpetual will try to seal another semifinals appearance as they battle fellow day winners Mapua University (3-2) on Tuesday, January 30.

John Cabillan rallied the tribe with 10 markers.

The Chiefs (5-1) and the San Beda College (4-1) will figure in an all-important battle on Friday.

The Scores:

UPHSD 3 – Taneo 13, Almodiel 10, Rosales 8, Ramos 6, Muhali 3, Solamilo 1, Catipay 0, Kalingking L.

AU 0 – Cabillan 10, Dela Paz 8, Segovia 5, Lapuz 4, Liberato J 3, Liberato K 1, Arellano T 0, Soriano 0, Domingo 0, Arellano K 0, Blanco L, Esguerra L.

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Tireless J-Jay Alejandro heads from D-League game to Gilas training



Former NU Bulldogs captain J-Jay Alejandro was at the Pasig Sports Center Monday afternoon, making his debut for the Go for Gold Scratchers. After their 75-68 win over Gamboa-St. Clare Coffee Lovers, he immediately packed his bags and headed for the exit.

Why was he in a rush? He did not want to be late for Gilas later on.

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“Sayang, malapit na ako eh. Pasig lang. Walang showbiz-showbiz, malapit lang talaga,” shared Alejandro, who had five points, five rebounds, seven assists, and two steals for Go for Gold. “Wala rin akong gagawin kasi.

“Tsaka minsan lang magpa-tawag ng practice, every Monday lang, so sayang ‘yung chance makapag-practice.”

The 6-foot-2 combo guard was a much-needed body by the pool of Gilas as only eight players suited-up for Monday’s session. Besides helping out the seniors team, the 22-year-old is looking at the sessions as a way to not just improve but also get in touch with his former collegiate foes.

“Well, ganoon talaga eh. Player, mapapagod at mapapagod ka talaga,” said the All-UAAP team member.

“Pero nakakasama ko sila Arvin Tolentino, sila CJ Perez, tsaka ‘yung ibang mga PBA players, siyempre experience ‘yun eh, tsaka learning process din sa akin.”

Moreover, he knows that being under the tutelage of coach Chot Reyes will only do wonders for him, especially with the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft just months away.

“Mas pisikal talaga sa PBA. ‘Yun, kung paano mo gagamitin ang utak mo pati ‘yung katawan mo sa tamang posisyon sa laro, makukuha ko yun rito,” he said.

“Well sa akin kasi, ‘yung mapabilang ka sa Gilas, mapabilang lang ang pangalan mo sa Gilas, sobrang fortunate na ako, sobrang blessed na ako,” Alejandro added.

“And siguro sa akin, may opportunity na nag-open, so iga-grab ko na lang — either PBA or Gilas.”

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Loaded Wangs-Letran wallops AMA in debut



Armed with new recruits, the Wangs Basketball-Letran Knights embarked on its new chapter with a rousing 93-75 rout of the AMA Online Education Titans, Tuesday afternoon at the Pasig Sports Center.

Everyone clicked for the Couriers with Bong Quinto spearheading the blowout with 19 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists.

Newcomer Bonbon Batiller added 15 markers, five boards, and three dimes in his debut, while starting point guard JP Calvo chipped in 12 points, eight rebounds, and two assists.

Christian Fajarito also registered 11 markers and nine boards, while Alex Mandreza had 10 points for Wangs-Letran.

Despite the promising showing, coach Jeff Napa said that he still wants to see more from his Couriers moving forward.

“Masaya kami syempre dahil nanalo. Pero marami pa rin kaming kailangang gawin,” he said as he wanted more from the Knights after outrebounding the Titans, 57-44.

Quinto and Calvo triggered Wangs-Letran’s second quarter pullaway to establish the 38-26, lead which grew to as high as 22 points, 81-59 in the payoff period.

Michael Cañete topscored AMA with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Kris Porter had 13 in the defeat.

Wangs-Letran will have vengeance on their minds on Monday, January 29 when it takes on NCAA tormentors Che’lu- San Sebastian Revellers. AMA, on the other hand, will have a tough assignment when it takes on the Zark’s-Lyceum Jawbreakers on Thursday, January 25.

The Scores:

Wangs-Letran 93 — Quinto 19, Batiller 15, Calvo 12, Fajarito 11, Mandreza 10, Trinidad 8, Publico 6, Vacaro 4, Balagasay 3, Ambohot 3, Muyang 2.

AMA Online Education 75 — Cañete 20, Porter 13, Escalambre 11, Casiño 10, Antonares 6, Manalang 6, Garcia 4, Ng 3, Parcero 2, Bragais 0, Carpio 0, Paras 0, Raflores 0, Salonga 0.

Quarterscores: 16-13, 44-35, 67-52, 93-75.

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