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DLSU Lady Paddlers end the first round at the top of the standings



The De La Salle University Lady Paddlers, like their counter parts, the DLSU Green Paddlers stood at the top of the standings in the end of the 1st round of the Table Tennis eliminations last September 13-14, 2014 at the Ateneo Blue Eagle Gym.


DLSU vs AdU (1-0)


The Lady Paddlers started the round against the Adamson Lady Falcons. The Lady Paddlers started on good footing behind Lariba’s 3-0 1st match win. With the 1-0 match record, DLSU’s 2nd player, Gamila would continue DLSU’s winning ways, defeating her opponent, 3-2. The combo of Galera and Talento would start slow and lose the 1st set, but eventually gain their footing and finished with a 3-2 record.


DLSU vs FEU (2-0)


Gamila started against the Far Eastern University Tamaraws, strong, getting the wins during the first two sets of her match, FEU however would rally and grab the 3rd and 4th set. The 5th set was a melee, wherein both players would continuously score against each other. In the end, it was DLSU’s Gamila who would win, 14-12. J. Lariba would cruise against her opponent, 3-1 in the second match. The same thing would happen in the lone doubles competition, where DLSU’s tandem of Galera and Talento wins, 3-1.


DLSU vs ADMU (3-0)


The Taft based squad would sweep their rivals,the Ateneo de Manila Lady Paddlers. Lariba and Co, both singles competitors, breezed through their counterparts from Katipunan, listing 3-0 for DLSU. The doubles competition however, went down the wire. Galera and Talento would grab the first two sets, while dropping the third and fourth. During the final set the pair would close out strong and record the “W”for the Lady Paddlers.


DLSU vs UP (3-1)


Like their male counterparts, the Lady Paddlers tasted defeat on the second day. The last had them go against the defending champions, University of the Philippines Lady Maroons. DLSU did not go down without a fight though. DLSU’s I. Co would lose to UP’s R. Morales in a close, 2-3. Lariba avenged Co’s loss by defeating UP’s L. Maderal, 3-2. DLSU would succumb to a UP rally led by the doubles pair of B.Magpantay and R.Ching. It would be last year’s rookie of the year, Joma Sibal of UP, would win in the deciding match, 3-2. DLSU lose, 1-3.


DLSU vs UST (4-1)


After the loss, the Lady Paddlers would rally and end the day with on a high note, shutting out the University of Santo Tomas Tigresses. Gamilla’s impressive outing continued with a come from behind win against UST’s Lupeba, 3-2. The second match would feature DLSU’s J.Sy going head-to-head with UST’s Nacasabog and win in convincing fashion, 3-0. Although DLSU lost the double competition, Lariba stepped up, beating UST’s Apas in a gruelling 5-set match, 3-2.


DLSU vs NU (5-1)


Coming from a 3-1 win over UST, DLSU would now face the hungry, National University Lady Bulldogs. D. Gamilla, the perennial starting singles competitor, struggled, dropping her 1st two sets. She would bounce back and win, scoring 11-7, 11-7, and 11-6 in the 3rd, 4th and 5th sets respectively. Lariba, like the lady paddler before her, struggled at the beginning of her match, losing the 1st set, 7-11 and bounce back strong dominating the next three sets, 11-4, 11-3 and 11-1. With a 2-0 lead, the doubles pair followed Lariba’s strong outing, sweeping their opponents, 3-0

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Yeng Guiao denies using racial slur against Chris Ross



During the post-game of the San Miguel Beermen’s victory over the NLEX Road Warriors, reigning Coach of the Year Leo Austria said that NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao called Chris Ross the “N” word that caused the commotion.

According to Chris, tinawagan siya ng nigger or ganiyan,” said Austria. “I don’t know but that’s what he explained to me because I confronted Chris Ross because he’s one of the most important players in my team.

“But that’s the thing he doesn’t want to hear so nagflare up yung bata so I cannot blame him.”

Guiao though denied that he blurted out racial slurs against San Miguel’s Chris Ross.

“Hindi. Hindi ko tinawag na N-word. Ewan ko kung may nakarinig. Pero hindi,” clarified the fiery tactician moments after their 98-109 defeat, their third straight after starting the 2018 Philippine Cup with two straight wins.

That tussle, according to Guiao, was just filled with trash talking against each other, as he felt the need to retaliate. In fact, Guiao was even caught by the TV camera saying “son of a bitch” towards the Filipino-American point guard.

“Daldal siya ng daldal eh. Eh sa akin naman kapag ganon, siguro respeto nalang. Lumayo ka nalang tutal mananalo naman na kayo,” he said. “I didn’t understand what he was saying, what he was talking about.

“Nakipagtrash-talking din ako sa kanya.”

Furthermore, the 58-year-old was also caught by the cameras flipping the bird — in one quick motion — also against Ross.

“Oo. Kasama na rin yun.

“Pero ano naman eh, it’s part of, siguro, psychological warfare. Malakas din siya mang-asar. Hindi lang naman sa amin. Everytime naman na mga ganoong skirmishes, he also knows what he’s capable of,” the seven-time champion coach furthered.

But more than this scuffle, it really has become a stressful time for Guiao and the Road Warriors. They have now went down to 2-3 in the team standings, and the mentor sees the great need to end this slump immediately.

“We have to arrest it very soon. Ang susunod na laro namin ay versus Rain or Shine sa Friday. So we need to go back to 50 percent win-loss level para at least may chance ka na maka-playoffs. That’s going to be a crucial game for us,” he stressed.

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Kiefer Ravena shocked with Von Pessumal’s shove: ‘I did not expect that at all’



Kiefer Ravena and Von Pessumal have been teammates ever since they were in high school, winning three UAAP juniors crowns together. They won two championships together in the seniors level and even played together in Gilas. They were inseparable.

Friday evening however, they were playing for separate camps.

Ravena admitted that he never expected a shove to come from Pessumal during the NLEX Road Warriors’ clash with San Miguel Beermen.

In an off-ball situation, Pessumal charged at Ravena, sending the rookie down to the floor with 9:50 remaining in the final frame. He was then whistled for an unsportsmanlike foul, and Ravena sank one from the line.

“I did not expect that at all,” admitted Ravena after the match in which they lost, 98-109 — their third straight defeat after a 2-0 start. “But hopefully Von doesn’t take it personal.

“I’m just doing my job. They won the game.”

Ravena insisted that there wasn’t any physicality between him and Pessumal prior to that, but he thinks that his former Gilas teammate may have gotten irked by his staredown after blocking him on a fastbreak play early in the fourth.

“When that fastbreak happened — the same exact possession na I challenged him, I looked at him, and after that yun na yung nangyari,” said the 23-year-old guard. “But I never instigated something to provoke Von to do that.

“Probably nung tinignan ko siya.”

Moreover, the second overall pick of the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft felt that that incident “started all the commotions during the end game (laughs). Yun yung pinaka-una eh. And with that, the team got fired up and it worked for them.”

He may be right, for the game saw more skirmishes after that: from teammate Michael Miranda kicking Chris Ross to the groin, and with his head coach Yeng Guiao figuring in a heated verbal war also against Ross.

But then, Ravena made it clear that it was never a plan of his to put down somebody, especially someone like Pessumal who he sees as a brother for life.

“You know, Von and I, we go way back. Things like this hopefully don’t become too personal.

“I have no intention na ipapahiya yung tao or sasaktan mo yung tao. Wala namang ganun. Laro-laro lang,” said NLEX’s leading scorer.

It was somehow a night to remember for Ravena, but for all the wrong reasons. After Friday’s loss that sent their card to 2-3, the veteran internationalist now sees the need for him and the Road Warriors to push the panic button.

“‘Di na pwedeng sabihin palaging kailangan namin matuto eh. Pangatlong sunod na,” the second-generation cager expressed.

“Kailangan siguro naming umaksyon.”

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Downcast Chris Ross chooses to stay mum after heated altercation with Yeng Guiao



Through wins or losses, Chris Ross has always accommodated the members of the press asking for interviews and fans requesting for photo ops every after game. But Friday evening, the nine-year pro was despondent.

Visibly agitated with the events that had transpired during the San Miguel Beermen’s tilt against the NLEX Road Warriors, Ross, with his hoodie covering his head, left the Cuneta Astrodome without saying a word.

The reigning Defensive Player of the Year had figured in physical play after physical play and verbal exchange after verbal exchange with the frustrated Road Warriors.

Ross and Alex Mallari were both slapped with technicals after a confrontation with 9:06 left. This was just the start of many things to come for the Filipino-American defensive specialist

After knocking down a triple and receiving a taunt from Ross, Michael Miranda was assessed a disqualifying foul for an apparent kick to the groin against Ross with 4:35 left.

The tip of the iceberg came with 1:46 left to play and the game all but settled.

Yeng Guiao and Ross figured in a heated word war that resulted in Ross’ second technical foul for the game. Referees and players from both sides had to separate the two to prevent things from escalating.

San Miguel coach Leo Austria alleged that the fiery NLEX mentor said the “N” word, while some said Guiao called Ross a “bitch”.

Ross finished the game with four points, eight rebounds, and four steals in 37 minutes of action.

For sure, penalties and suspensions will come out of this game.

And it was better for Ross to stay silent.

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Jason Brickman flirts with triple-double as Mono holds off Singapore



After playing his worst game of the season last Sunday against Tanduay Alab Pilipinas, Jason Brickman bounced back, steering the Mono Vampire to a 91-88 road victory over the Singapore Slingers, Friday evening at the OCBC Arena.

The 26-year-old, who finished with just seven points and three assists in their 71-104 loss to Alab, tallied 10 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists. The league-leader in assists did not take a break, playing all 40 minutes.

But it was not a walk in the park for the Thailand-based squad.

Mono led by as much as 22 points, 60-48, with 7:46 left, 16 points entering the final frame. A furious fourth quarter rally by Singapore sliced the lead, turning the game into a single-possession contest with a minute left. The steady hands of Samuel Deguara and Mike Singletary from the stripe fended off Singapore.

Brickman’s compatriot Paul Zamar chipped in 13 markers for Mono.

Since torching Alab last January 3, Filipino-Canadian AJ Mandani has been on a slump, going just 3-for-11 from the field for nine points.

Mono’s World Imports Samuel Deguara and Mike Singletary both finished with 26 points with the former hauling down 18 rebounds. For Singapore, Xavier Alexander paced the Slingers with 29 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists.

With the win, the Vampire kept solo third with a 7-4 slate. On the other hand, the Slingers dropped its second straight game since winning against Alab, falling to 5-6.

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