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DLSU Lady Jins win the Taekwondo Nationals



LPU takes 2nd, UP wins bronze

De La Salle University – White avenge PTL Loss, beats Lyceum University of the Philippines

The DLSU-White Lady Jins avenged their 2013 Philippine Taekwondo League loss to the LPU Lady Jins to win the 38th Annual Taekwondo Nationals. The team of Alyssa Bonifacio, Leigh Nuguid, Apriel Solimen, Jyra Lizardo and Patricia Gonzalez made a clean sweep of their rivals from Lyceum.

Apriel Solimen was honored with winning the best player of the tournament. DLSU head coach Roberto Cruz bestowed the medal upon her. In a light moment, Coach Cruz told the press that all of his players deserved the medal with their dominating performance but it was Apriel Solimen who deserved the best player award for her consistent performance for the one-day tournament.

During their Philippine Taekwondo League championship match that occurred last December 8, 2013, Lyceum defeated De La Salle in a close match-up. However, with the majority of the 2013 De La Salle Lady Jin roster graduating the past year, majority of this year’s roster are first-year student athletes. This was the first major tournament wherein the new recruits are showcased and they passed their first test with flying colors.

With this win, the De La Salle University Lady Jins are now looking forward to the UAAP Season 77 Taekwondo Tournament and are one of the contenders to win the tournament for this year. Meanwhile, second-place finisher Lyceum University of the Philippines will look to bounce back during the NCAA Season 90 Taekwondo Tournament.

University of the Philippines Maroon 5 triumphs over De La Salle – Green to take home 3rd place

The UP Maroon 5 bounced back from their semi-finals loss over De La Salle – White with a win over the De La Salle – Green team in the bronze medal match of the 38th Annual Taekwondo Nationals.

De La Salle – Green was looking for two podium-finishes to prove their dominance in the women’s taekwondo division. DLSU – Green started of strong with Cleio Banez defeating Nicole Sibug via points 3-1.

The Maroons would bounce back in the next three matches to secure the bronze medal finish. Chazza Alambra defeated Regis Farah via points 5-3, Ke Lozada won a nail-biter over Camille Bonje 10-9, and Janin Marcaida won the first round and never looked back against Paola Amon 8-5.

With the bronze medal in hand, Cymyn Perlas won the final match of the series against Gabrielle Yuchingtat in a close match via points 5-4.

Total aggregate points over the course of the UP Maroon 5 – DLSU-Green was 29-24 advantage Maroon 5.

Mens Bracket

Rules of the tournament:

Teams/Clubs are composed of 5 jins from different weight divisions
Teams/Clubs win a series with 3 wins out of 5 matches
2 rounds of 90 seconds per match

Point System:
1 point is scored with a solid body kick
2 points is scored with a solid turning body kick
3 points is scored with a solid head kick
4 points is scored with a solid turning head kick
1 point is scored with a solid punch to the body
8 seconds is given for a fallen jin. If the jin cannot continue, the opposing jin wins via knockout

A kyong-go (warning) is given with a certain foul. 2 kyong-go’s would result to a point deduction.
A gam-jun (deduction) is given when a jin commits a heavy foul. A gam-jun would result to a point deduction.
If a jin accumulates 4 total point deductions, the jin is disqualified.

*In case of a tie after two rounds, a golden round of 2 minutes occurs with the first jin scoring winning the match.
** In case no one scores in the golden round, the jury decides the victor via superiority. Superiority is based on aggressiveness and court control.

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AJ Mandani sparks Singapore in win over Joshua Munzon-led Westsports



Back to his role as the sixth man of the Slingers after two games, AJ Mandani provided the firepower needed by Singapore in a fourth quarter surge to stop the Westsports Malaysia Dragons, 93-85, Sunday afternoon at the MABA Stadium in Malaysia.

The win arrested the Slingers’ two-game losing streak, raising their slate to 6-6. Westsports, a team coming off a two-game winning streak that included a 91-87 win over Mikey Williams and the Saigon Heat last January 18, fell to 3-5.

Struggling in the first three quarters, Mandani six of his eight points in the final frame. And those points were povital in fending off Westsports.

With Singapore clinging to a solitary point lead early in the fourth quarter, the Filipino-Canadian scored four straight points 8-0 run to gain a 74-67 lead with under seven minutes left. Another basket by Mandani followed it up with a breakaway layup with with 5:18 remaining to give Singapore an 81-72 cushion.

Filipino exports Joshua Munzon and Patrick Cabahug tried to rally the home team back as a triple by the latter cut the lead down to just three with 1:40 on the clock. Big buckets by Delvin Goh and Chris Charles sealed off the Malaysia-based club team.

Munzon went just 5-for-18 from the field to finish with 15 points, seven rebounds, and three steals. Cabahug chipped in eight points on 3-for-4 shooting off the bench.

Xavier Alexander led Singapore with 33 points while Charles tallied a double-double with 25 points and 13 rebounds to go along with three swats. Singaporean Goh had 16 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.

Marcus Marshall paced Westsports with 22 points, playing all 40 minutes as fellow World Import AJ West had a tough outing.

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Impervious Lady Chiefs stay perfect after sweep of Lady Pirates



The Arellano University Lady Chiefs extended their winning streak to 17, dating back to last season, after clobbering the Lyceum of the Philippines Lady Pirates, 25-16, 25-17, 25-11, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The defending champions were unrelenting, with four Lady Chiefs scoring in double-digits. Rookie Necole Ebuen powered in 11 points. Third-year open hitter Regine Arocha and Arellano’s middle blockers Mary Anne Esguerra and Andrea Marzan each provided 10 markers.

Conversely, no Lady Pirate managed to score in double-figures.

“Maganda naman talaga ang nilalaro ng mga bata. Lahat kasi kami determinado na makakuha ulet ng championship. Alam nila (Lady Chiefs) na kailangan pataas nang pataas ang ginagalaw namin,” said Arellano head coach Obet Javier.

The Lady Chiefs also limited their errors to a season-best 16, while the Lady Pirates surrendered 24 miscues.

Christine Miralles and Monica Sevilla each supplied the struggling Lyceum with eight point apiece.

The Lady Chiefs will look for their sixth win of the season when they face the red-hot University of Perpetual Help System DALTA (4-1) on Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre. The Lady Pirates (1-4) take on the undefeated San Beda College (4-0) on Wednesday also at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Scores

AU (3) – Ebuen 11, Arocha 10, Esguerra 10, Marzan 10, Prado 3, Ramirez 3, Liu 2, Balanoba 1, Donato 1, Verutiao 0, Buemia (L), Flores (L)

LPU (0) – Miralles 8, Sevilla 8, Juanilla 7, Patio 4, Genova 1, Romanban 0, Bongabong 0, Marcella (L)

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Late whistle costs San Beda against Sousse, drops Red Lions to 0-2



23 for 2023 cadet Robert Bolick is averaging 27.5 points per game in the tournament

After struggling to close out the UAE National Team in their opener last Friday, the San Beda College Red Lions figured in a late judgment call that did not fall into their favor, Saturday at the Shabab Al Ahli Club in Dubai. Due to this, the defending NCAA Champions lost to Tuniasian club team Sousse, 78-79.

With the loss, the Red Lions fell to a 0-2 hole in the 29th Dubai Basketball Championship. But the record does not reflect how the Filipinos played.

Robert Bolick, who scored 28 points against the UAE National Team, led the charge for San Beda in their second outing with 27 points. Fellow 23 for 2023 cadet Javee Mocon added 11 points and seven rebounds.

Sousse — the second-best club team in Tunisia, who boasts four national team players and an American import — led by as much as 10 points, 70-60 in the final frame.

Fired up by the Filipinos who stormed the venue, the Red Lions answered right back with an 18-8 run capped by a booming Bolick triple with six ticks left to gain a 78-76 lead.

However, a foul was called on a Red Lion on a three-point attempt by a Sousse player. He calmly sank all three free throws with 1.5 seconds remaining to seal the win.

Donald Tankoua had eight points and 13 rebounds as he was saddled with foul trouble all throughout the game.

The Tunisian club team was paced by Radzhouane Slimane with 18 points, while Ibrahim Nadarri and Joshua Cassady had 13 markers each.

San Beda will have a one-day break before taking on Moroccan club team Al Sale on Monday, January 22.

The Scores:

San Beda 78 – Bolick 27, Mocon 11, Tankoua 8, Noah 8, Toba 6, Soberano 6, Prebitero 4, Tongco 4, Bahio 2, Carino 2, Oftana 0, Adamos 0.

Sousse 79 – Slimane 18, Naddari 13, Cassady 13, Mouhli 11, Knioua 9, Toumi 8, Monastiri 4, Gaddour 3.

Quarterscores: 23-17, 36-39, 57-62, 78-79.

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Perpetual overpowers JRU to keep pace for Final Four



Strutting their decisive height and power advantage, the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Lady Altas slammed the Jose Rizal University Lady Bombers, 25-21, 22-25, 25-14, 25-21, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Lady Altas were still heavy-handed with their errors, surrendering 35 miscues, including 12 in the second set — the only frame they lost.

The Las Piñas-based program, however, kept a scorching offensive pace, bombarding the Lady Bombers with six blocks and 12 aces. JRU had just five points combined from those categories.

“Mataas pa talaga ‘yung tendency ng mga bata mamigay ng mga puntos. Sabi ko nga hindi kami mananalo kung tutulungan pa namin ‘yung kalaban maka-score,” rued Perpetual head coach Michael Cariño.

“Pero, unti-unte namang gumaganda ‘yung galaw ng mga bata. Lahat naman ng pagkukulang nila, tinatrabaho namin para maayos sa ensayo,” the champion mentor added.

Perpetual’s six-foot-three middle blocker Lourdes Clemente towered over the Lady Bombers with a season-high 19 points which included 14 attacks, two blocks, and three aces. Winger Cindy Imbo added 15 points.

Rookie Dolly Versoza paced the Lady Bombers with a game-high 21 points, while captain Shola Alvarez managed 15.

The Lady Altas (4-1) take on the undefeated defending champs Arellano University (5-0) on Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre. The Lady Bombers (2-3) face the College of Saint Benilde (3-1) on Wednesday, also at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Scores

UPHSD (3) – Clemente 19, Imbo 15, Sangalang 8, Llorente 7, Tripoli 7, Gual 6, Versoza 2, Umandal 1, Estanislao 0, Medalla (L)

JRU (1) – Versoza 21, Alvarez 15, Ebuenga 5, Montojo 2, Rivera 2, Sibangan 1, Bodiongan 0, Macaraya (L)

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