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DLSU Green Shuttlers demolishes UE, now at 2nd place

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The De La Salle Green Shuttlers showed why they are one of the perineal favorites to win the UAAP Season 77 badminton crown by completely outclassing the University of the East Shuttlers. It was a showcase performance by DLSU’s highly-ranked John Kenneth Monterubio, Elijah Boac, the exciting tandem of Sibayan and Cayanan, the other Monterubio Prince and Jericson Obaob.

Men’s Singles Match 1: John Kenneth Monterubio (DLSU) def. Arman Manlalangit (UE), 2:0
DLSU 1 – 0 UE

In the first of many blowouts in this series, John Kenneth Monterubio blew-out Arman Manlalangit in two games and in just under 34 minutes. The first set was never close as the elder Monterubio would score on 16 of the games last 20 points in a masterful performance, including a 10 point rally. The game ended with a score of 21 – 10. The second set saw Arman Manlalangit gain a little bit of momentum leading Monterubio 9 to 7. Monterubio was flat during this run by Manlalangit. After the 11th point break wherein Manlalangit was holding on to a single point lead, Monterubio would once again regain his control of the court, returning every smash of Manlalangit and converting it into ins. Monterubio would only Manlalangit to score only on 4 points, half of it because of unsuccessful drops by him. Monterubio won the 2nd game 21 – 15.

Aggregate Score: Monterubio 42 – Manlalangit 25
Total Match Time: 34 mins.

Men’s Singles Match 2: Elijah Boac (DLSU) def. Benjamin Silva (UE), 2:0
DLSU 2 – 0 UE
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Just like the first match, Elijah Boac’s match against Benjamin Silva was never in doubt. In fact, Silva never led at any point during the two games. The result was a drubbing by Elijah Boac, winning the first set 21 – 15 and the second 21 – 12.

Aggregate Score: Boac 42 – Silva 27
Total Match Time: 25 mins.

Men’s Doubles Match 1: Gerald Sibayan and Carlos Cayanan (DLSU) def. Arman Manlalangit and John Kenneth Cruz (UE), 2:0
DLSU 3 – 0 UE (DLSU wins)
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The Green Shuttlers duo of Sibayan and Cayanan continue to hit perfect harmony during this season. This time they would clobber the UE duo of Manlalangit and Cruz in 22 action. The two clearly outclassed their opponents as the two scored at will. They would win the first set 21 – 13. The 2nd game saw Arman Manlalangit, who is playing his 2nd game of the day, visibly exhausted as the game went on. The game would be close during the 11th point break but the shuttlers from Taft would go into overdrive, successfully smashing lobs by the UE squad and returning all UE smashes in return. Sibayan and Cayanan win 21-13.

Aggregate Score: Sibayan (27) and Cayanan (15) 42 – Manlalangit (15) and Cruz (11) 26
Total Match Time: 22 mins.

Men’s Doubles Match 2: Prince Monterubio and John Kenneth Monterubio (DLSU) def. Ramon Guerrero and Jose Luiz Gomez (UE), 2:1
DLSU 4 – 0 UE (DLSU wins)
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In what many may call an upset, Ramon Guerrero and Jose Luiz Gomez would beat the highly-touted Monterubio brothers during the first game of this match. The Monterubios, Prince specifically, was flat-footed during the first game. His drops were fell short and could not return on long lobs. The UE duo took advantage of this winning the first set 21 – 17. The next two sets saw both Monterubios regain their composure and find their winning form. They would blow-out their opponents with scores of 21 – 15 and an outstanding 21 – 9 in the 3rd game to win the match.

Aggregate Score: Prince Monterubio (22) and John Kenneth Monterubio (37) 59 – Guerrero (23) and Gomez (22) 45
Total Match Time: 50 mins.

Men’s Singles Match 3: Jericson Obaob (DLSU) def. Mc Niel Roldan (UE), 2:0
DLSU 5 – 0 UE (DLSU wins)
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Jericson Obaob put the finishing touches to the series that saw them totally outclass the Red Warriors. Obaob and Roldan’s first set saw Obaob cruise through a small lead, while showing excellent control of the court. However, a string of short returns from Obaob gave Roldan a chance to steal the match cutting the lead and tie the game at 19-all. Obaob would be fortunate to have a Roldan lob go astray and capped the game with a successful drop to gain the set. The second set saw Roldan gain a 9 to 4 advantage over Obaob. In an amazing display of both offense and defense, Obaob would score 17 straight points and to a DLSU victory.

Aggregate Score: Obaob 42 – Roldan 28
Total Match Time: 27 mins.

Aggregate Matches Won: DLSU 10 – 1 UE

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Chooks-to-Go President hopes to break PH Arena record come 3×3 World Cup

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Last October 27, 2017, Game Seven of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals that pitted 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 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 that was 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 team to win the championship.”

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Ilocos United takes leave from PFL

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Another one bites the dust

After months of speculation, Ilocos United formally announced its 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 its 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 its PFL operations will fold for the time being, Ilocos will continue the grassroots programs it 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 aren’t a lot of 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

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After falling just two games short to cop 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 animal.

Going up against the veteran-laden Marinerong Pilipino Skippers, the Zark’s Burgers-backed squad had 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 however served as a wake-up call. Adjusting on the fly, Perez and Marcelino rallied the Jawbreakers back — even having 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 while the 24-year-old Perez added 19 points, five assists, two steals, and a block.

With their first game in the bag, the two and the rest of the Jawbreakers now have this 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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Renzo Subido to bring Marinerong Pilipino experience to UST

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When Renzo Subido decided to skip out the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers’ UAAP Season 80 campaign, he had only one thing in mind: to improve on his craft. And he was able to do so under coach Koy Banal in the Marinerong Pilipino Skippers.

After the AMA Online Education Titans had a quick end to their campaign during the 2017 Foundation Cup, the 5-foot-9 floor general was immediately picked up by Marinerong Pilipino for the playoffs. Liking his style of play, he was again tapped for the 2018 Aspirants Cup.

And he showed a lot of growth from then, leading the Skippers to a 94-92 victory over fellow contenders Zark’s Jawbreakers. The 21-year-old tallied 20 points, three rebounds, and five assists while knocking down the crucial free throws to seal off the Lyceum-backed team.

“It was a good win for us. We’re happy that we won the game because it’s a good way to start the conference,” beamed Subido. “I’ve played against Lyceum in the past so I had familiarity with how they play.

“It was a good experience for us.”

Expectations are high for Marinerong Pilipino this conference as they are pegged as their blend of veterans and young guns are seen too overwhelming for the rest of the field. Still, Subido knows that it will be a tough climb as the other teams, especially the collegiate-based squads, have familiarity on their side.

“We’re taking it one game at a time but the goal is to win the championship,” he said. “But we know that it’s not going to be easy since we are going up against the top collegiate teams.

“So we’re just going to go all out every game.”

Besides winning the championship, Subido is on a personal mission. Being one of the seniors for the Growling Tigers next season, he hopes to learn to become a better leader for next season.

“I want to become a better leader. I know that everything I can learn this conference, I can bring to UST,” Subido expressed.

“For all I can see, coach Aldin [Ayo] is a guard-oriented coach. So I’m using all the experience I get here in Marinero, I’ll bring it to UST.”

For sure, Subido wants to make up for lost time.

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