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DLSU Green Batters bombard the AdU Soaring Falcons; still solo 2nd



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The De La Salle Green Batters bombarded the Adamson University with 16 hits that churned in 11 runs in an 11-5 win last Thursday at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium to keep solo second place in the tournament.

DLSU lead off batter, rookie Paolo Salud immediately hit a single to open the game. Salud was able to steal second base and then move to third after a single by Gabriel Pineda. Salud punched in the first run of the game due to a fielder’s choice.

At the bottom half of the first inning, current leader in the best pitcher race Boo Barandiaran struggled with the Adamson batters. Manuel Navasero was walked due to balls while Gerald Riparip hit a single to load up two bases for the Soaring Falcons. After the defense putout the next batter, sophomore Jerome Yenson hit a 2 RBI double to give Adamson a 2-1 lead. Yenson then scored a run of his own afterwards. The inning ended with a double play that put Melvin Rosita and Edmark Leoncio out at third base and a shortstop tag respectively.

The Green Batters regained the lead immediately at the top of the second inning. With one out, Kiko Gesmundo and Cholo Dominguez hit consecutive singles. The two DLSU runners were able to steal bases to give them the prime real estate to score. Rookie Joaquin Bilbao then hit a 2 RBI double that paved the way for runs by Gesmundo and Dominguez. Gesmundo then scored a run of his own courtesy of a Paolo Salud single.

Barandiaran and the DLSU defense held the Soaring Falcons scoreless in the next two innings with putouts of the next six batters, including a strikeout.

For Adamson, starting pitcher Marvin Camposanto was subbed out for Raymond Matic at the top of the third inning. Matic found success in the third and fourth innings by allowing no runs and no hits, including a strikeout of Gabriel Pineda.

The Soaring Falcons continued to score a run at the bottom of the fourth inning. Sophomore Jerome Yenson connected on his second hit of the day, a triple, to open the inning. With two outs, Eric Gesmundo hit a single into center field that allowed a Yenson run to tie the game.

With the game tied but with the team’s top batting order due up to open the fifth, the batters from Taft Avenue seized the opportunity to bomb away the Adamson pitching. Last year player Carly Laurel immediately hit a double deep into center field. An RBI single by Gabriel Pineda gave DLSU the lead once more. Carlos Muñoz then hit a double that led to a Pineda run. Dino Imperial then knocked a single of his own that gave Carlos Muñoz a run, the third for DLSU in the inning. With the defense crumbling, the Adamson switched out Matic for Jerome Yenson to take over pitching duties. Ruiz was unable to quell the rally as Imperial scored a run of his own coming from a Kiko Gesmundo RBI. Dominguez then hit a single and later stole second to move Gesmundo to third base. A wild pitch by Yenson gave Gesmundo a run. Adamson then subbed out Yenson for Lourence Ruiz for their third pitching change for the inning. Ruiz was able to strikeout Joaquin Bilbao and Francisco Hasimoto consecutively while Adamson catcher Edmark Leoncio was able to putout Salud to close the inning with DLSU up 9-4.

Adamson rookie Erwin Bosito tried to rally Adamson back into the game at the bottom of the fifth. Bosito hit a single and then stole second base. Manuel Navasero was then walked to first base. An unsuccessful fielder’s choice led to a Bosito run. With Barandiaran visibly fatigued, Coach Joseph Orillana subbed Barandiaran out for Carly Laurel. The DLSU defense then successfully putout the next three batters that left Navasero stuck at second base.

The Green Batters then scored two more runs at the sixth inning with runs scored by Carly Laurel and Carlos Muñoz. Moreover, Adamson made their sixth and final pitching change of the day with Lourence Ruiz relieved for Chaplick Fernandez.

The DLSU defense did not allow anymore runs the rest of the way including LOB’s of Rosita and Navasero at third base at the sixth and seventh innings respectively.

The Green Batters were led by the all-around performance of team captain Carlos Laurel. Laurel, on offense logged in two runs and three hits (2 1Bs, 2B). On defense, Laurel only allowed four hits in closing the game. Carlos Muñoz and Kiko Gesmundo also chipped in two runs for the Green side.

After the game, Tiebreaker Times asked team captain Carlos Laurel about how different this year’s squad is compared to last year’s.

“I think we peaked too early last year. In the first round (last year), we were winning by large margins and as the season went on the games were becoming close. We did not want to pick early but we still wanted to play at high level. The practices are becoming more intense now,” Laurel told us.

Moreover, he was proud of the standout performances of the team’s rookies. “Half of our starting line-up are rookies. It took them a while to adujst to the college play and now they picked-up and they are now key players. Boo (Barandiaran), Kiko (Gesmundo), Pau (Salud) and Joaquin (Bilbao) are all playing really well.”

Finally, the team is focused for the final stretch on the season. “Compared to the first round, we are seeing the pitches better and we’re choosing the right time to swing.”

The DLSU Green Batters next face the UP Fighting Maroons on Sunday, February 22 at 1:30pm in a game that will either clinch a finals spot for DLSU or keep UP in the race while the Adamson Soaring Falcons next face the NU Bulldogs at 7am. Both games will still be played at Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.

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After getting first D-League experience, Zark’s-Lyceum ready to get loose



After a hesitant performance in their PBA D-League debut last Thursday that resulted in a loss to the Marinerong Pilipino Skippers, the Zark’s Burger-Lyceum Jawbreakers seemingly caught up with the league’s style of play on Tuesday.

Zark’s-Lyceum displayed their true form and stamped their class all over the Batangas-EAC Generals with a 37-point destruction, 112-75 — so far the biggest winning margin the franchise has ever had in its D-League history.

“Medyo adjusted na kami on everything — the calls and the teams we’re playing against with,” said Zark’s-Lyceum head coach Topex Robinson after the match at Pasig Sports Center. “But the things we want to mind are those things we control.

“We just have to keep on doing what we are doing. It’s more on replenishing na lang on our old ways.”

Robinson’s claim was strongly backed up by the numbers that the Jawbreakers produced.

CJ Perez had 21 points and 10 rebounds. MJ Ayaay produced 15 points and 10 boards, and Mike Nzeusseu delivered 14 markers and 11 boards.

Even the bench made their presence felt in the victory. With guard Jaycee Marcelino spearheading the supporting cast’s charge with 12 markers, the bench contributed a remarkable 56 points to their total output.

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“Ano lang, cinontrol lang namin yung pace kasi yun naman talaga yung laro namin, yung mabilisan,” said the 24-year-old do-it-all forward, who also collected three steals.

“Kailangan talaga mabilisan para ma-execute namin yung mga ginagawa namin.”

This week will be a rough one for the Pirates, as they will play right away this Thursday against the AMA Online Education. And for Perez, he strongly believes that they will be able to carry over their momentum.

“Oo. Nandun pa. Energy talaga yung puhunan namin para makalaro ng maayos.”

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Bonbon Batiller shows what he can bring to Letran in D-League debut



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Tuesday proved to be a double debut for Bonbon Batiller. Aside from beginning his first foray in the PBA D-League, it also marked his debut for the Letran Knights, who are carrying the Wang’s Basketball Couriers franchise.

And the 5-foot-11 guard showed what he can bring to the table. Batiller collected 15 points, five rebounds, and three assists to help the Knights raise the curtains of their campaign with a 93-75 rout of the Batangas-EAC Generals.

“Nagworkout yung pinagpraktisan namin,” said Batiller. “Nagbunga rin yung tinuro samin ni Coach Jeff (Napa) lalo sa depensa. Tsaka siguro sa rebounds — laking lamang namin sa rebound. Nagsipag mga bigs namin.”

But what has him even more satisfied is the warm reception and trust he’s had from the Knights, even if he has spent barely a year with them after transferring from University of the East last 2017.

“Masaya po kasi tinanggap nila ako sa Letran ng buong-buo,” said Batiller, who normed 10.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.6 steals with UE in two years. “Tsaka yung tiwala nila na makakatulong ako sa team nandoon.

“Kaya masaya ako sa pinakita nila sa akin.”

That is why the General Santos native is hard-pressed to prove himself to Letran, saying that he’s all about giving back to the school that gave him another opportunity to resume his young, up-and-coming basketball career.

“Kailangan kong may mapatunayan na deserving ako sa binigay na second chance sa akin ni Letran,” said Batiller, who decided to switch schools partly due to academic reasons.

“Malaki ang utang ko sa Letran.”

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Bienvenido Maranon scores brace as Ceres-Negros eliminates Brisbane Roar



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Philippine club football just achieved its biggest continental result yet

The inaugural Philippines Football League champions Ceres-Negros Football Club eliminated three-time Australian champions Brisbane Roar in the 2018 AFC Champions League’s second preliminary round with a 3-2 stunner, away at the QSAC Stadium in Brisbane.

With the win, the 2017 AFC Cup ASEAN Zonal Champions are set to face Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian next January 30, 2018 at the Haihe Educational Football Stadium in Tianjin, China, to book a seat in the group stages.

Brisbane were the favorites for this tie and it showed, as Ceres started the contest on the back foot. Italian striker Massimo Maccarone handed the home side the lead in the 35th minute when he turned in Brett Holman’s pass.

Maccarone’s goal could have lowered the Busmen’s moral, but Risto Vidakovic’s men took it as a motivation rather than a downer. In fact, Ceres replied in the best way possible when Bienvenido Maranon scored his first goal of the match two minutes from halftime, thanks to a scramble in the Brisbane box.

By all accounts, Ceres had already made Philippine football proud at halftime. By this stage last year, Brisbane had accrued a 4-0 halftime cushion against Global Cebu en route to a 6-0 rout.

Today, though, Brisbane faced tougher resistance at Ceres’ hands. That resistance turned into a full-fledged revolt in the 65th minute when Maranon directed the ball past a helpless Jamie Young to give the Busmen their first taste of the lead.

Maranon’s goal well and truly turned the tide in Ceres’ favor. Brisbane were stunned. The home side are the defending A-League champions, but are currently eighth in the table this season and would soon face elimination from Asia’s premier club competition.

Already up 2-1, the Busmen finally achieved some breathing room in the 75th minute when Omid Nazari scored from close range to give Ceres a two-goal cushion over Brisbane.

Nazari’s goal not only sealed the win for Ceres, it also propelled Philippine football into the big leagues. Not even a late goal from French midfielder Éric Bauthéac could prevent the Busmen’s victory.

After five minutes of stoppage time, Ceres emerged 3-2 winners against Brisbane Roar. Come what may against Tianjin seven days from now, the Busmen have already achieved Philippine football’s biggest result since their own achievement in last season’s AFC Cup.

Who knows? Maybe Ceres can pull off another upset?

Ceres-Negros XI: Doblas (GK), Super, Mike Ott, Ingreso, Maranon, Porteria, Schrock, De Murga (C), Munoz, Nazari, Christaens.

Brisbane Roar XI: Ingham, Bowles, Papadopoulos, Maccarone, Holman, Khalfallah, Oxborrow, McKay (C), Hingert, Young (GK), Franjic.

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CJ Perez, Zark’s-Lyceum vent ire on Batangas-EAC with 37-point romp



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CJ Perez and the Zark’s Burger-Lyceum Jawbreakers finally lived up to their hype, as they clobbered the Batangas-EAC Generals to score a 37-point beatdown, 112-75 for their first win, Tuesday at the Pasig Sports Center.

It was an all-out attack from the Jawbreakers, as they beat the Generals to the bite and took control of the game early, with Mike Nzeusseu and Jaycee Marcelino guiding their side to the 48-33 lead at halftime which they would never surrender.

Perez paced Zark’s Burger-Lyceum with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while MJ Ayaay tallied a double-double with his 15 markers, 10 boards, and three assists.

Cameroonian student-athlete Nzeusseu also delivered 14 points, 11 rebounds, and two assists. Marcelino had eight first half points and wound up with 12 off the bench, as the reserves chipped in 56 huge points in the tussle.

Coach Topex Robinson lauded the Jawbreakers for quickly adjusting to the style of the PBA D-League just days after falling to the Marinerong Pilipino, 92-94, back in opening day.

“Medyo adjusted na kami on everything — the calls and the teams were playing against with. But the things we want to mind are those things we control. We just have to keep on doing what we are doing. It’s more on replenishing na lang on our old ways,” he said.

Earvin Mendoza and Cedric de Joya both had 16 points for the Generals in the losing effort.

Zark’s-Lyceum look to continue to roll when they face the AMA Online Education Titans on Thursday, January 25. EAC-Batangas, on the other hand, take on the Gamboa-St. Clare Coffee Lovers on Monday, January 29.

The Scores:

Zark’s-Lyceum 112 — Perez 21, Ayaay 15, Nzeusseu 14, Jc. Marcelino 12, Serrano 10, Baltazar 8, Santos 8, Jv. Marcelino 6, Tansingco 6, Marata 4, Liwag 4, Ibañez 2, Cinco 2, Pretta 0.

Batangas-EAC 75 — E. Mendoza 16, De Joya 16, Tampoc 12, Laude 9, Pate 8, Maguliano 6, Altamirano 5, Diego 3, Garcia 0, Dela Peña 0, Martin 0, J. Mendoza 0, Neri 0.

Quarterscores: 19-14, 48-33, 84-47, 112-75.

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