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Dimzon: Everything Came According to Plan

Dimzon admits that training sessions haven’t been as thorough as they should be because of her players’ need to fulfill academic requirements. However, Dimzon has no problem dealing with the cards she’s dealt with.




Two goals from Jovelle Sudaria and one from Barbie Sobredo booked the FEU Women’s Football Team a place in the finals of the 2015 PFF Women’s Invitational Cup at the expense of UST.

For FEU coach Let Dimzon, everything went according to plan. Having scouted UST extensively with how they attack and defend, her players were drilled well enough to cope up with their opposition’s aggressiveness. Come the second half, a few adjustments were made not least with the technique of her players in playing the ball as Dimzon instructed them to poke it with their toes for them to control it properly on a wet pitch.

Adjusting the positions of her two central midfielders is what Dimzon notes to have changed the game for FEU in the second half. “Medyo ang problema din namin ang passing naming sa gitna, so medyo masikip, medyo naging crowded ang gitna namin so yung adjustment namin sa second half medyo naluwagan na.”

During her halftime team talk, Dimzon says that she had to modify her players’ positions on the pitch in order to find shorten the gap between her team’s defense and midfield while reiterating that central midfield was too crowded for her liking. Dimzon narrates, “So yung nga naging masyadong malaki ang distance sa defense line at midfield line so pinaakyat ko yung dalawang defenders and then pinaluwag ko yung dalawang central midfield. Kase yung nagiging problem, everytime nasa amin yung bola ay masyadong nakadikit si Barbie at Bidang so nawawala yung chances namin.”

Furthermore, Dimzon states that she told her team to modify how they pass the ball so as to take care of it better on the wet pitch. Continuing their pressing against UST and taking full advantage of the flanks were her last instructions for her players before the start of the second half.

Solidifying her team’s defensive backline is what Dimzon wants to do in preparation for the finals game against DLSU. “Yung isang nasa likuran ko is first year and then yung balance nung line, yung distance nila from side to the middle tapos kung sinong kukuha sa tao so siguro dun lang ako magfofocus.” Dimzon wants FEU to be an attacking team because she feels that with the ball being retained by her players in the opposition’s half of the field, whoever will play against them will have a hard time scoring and will eventually falter in the end.

This past game and the finals which will take place on Sunday, September 20, 2015 is a bad time for FEU as their players have to deal with their academic workload.

FEU Lady Tamaraw Alesa Dolino shares that their training sessions before their win versus UST were disrupted because of the players’ examinations which will also be a factor coming into the finals game against DLSU. “Everyday po kasi kaming nagtetrain though this past week, exam week namin. So tactical, basic skills ginawa namin. Marami kaming rookies na tinutulungan naming lahat para mag-excel.”

Aleasa Dolino Before Kick

Dimzon admits that training sessions haven’t been as thorough as they should be because of her players’ need to fulfill academic requirements.

“It’s either nagtatraining lang kami sa campus so hindi kami nakapagpractice ng play. So puro it’s either jogging and then mga drills lang kasi hindi nacocomplete ang team. So by next week, same pa rin. Finals week pa rin.”
However, Dimzon has no problem dealing with the cards she’s dealt with.

Shooting on target from just above the penalty area is one of Dimzon’s pre-requisites from her players and nothing is going to change that having pointed out that the first goal came from her main instruction. “So siguro ayun pa rin. Wala kaming magagawa so although since yung first team ko is from last year pa rin, although may mga kaunting bago, lagi ko na lang nirerecap ang laging play. May mga times nga na once in a week, pinapractice lang namin yung attacking play from defense to attack hanggang strikers and then more on finishing kami. Kaya yung mga attempt namin, top of the box kasi yun yung kinukuha ko sa kanila. Pag top of the box, laging shots lang ng shots kaya yung first goal came from that situation.”


Lorenzo’s a frustrated author who knows a thing or two about Football and Basketball. Went all green from Ortigas to Taft. Supports Liverpool FC, FC Bayern Munich and the Alaska Aces

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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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