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DLSU remains in 2nd place after sweeping UST, 5 – 0

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Despite being swept, UST showed a lot of guts during their games versus their opponents from Taft. Unfortunately, there was not much the UST shuttlers could do to stop the onslaught that was the DLSU team.

 

Men’s Singles 1: Gerald Sibayan (DLSU) def. John Paul Yabut (UST) 2:0

DLSU 1 – UST 0

 

Sibayan gained an early edge over his opponent by outscoring him 7 – 1. He was able to increase his lead to 9 at 13 – 4. Although Yabut would decrease the lead to 3 at 17 – 14, 4 consecutive points from Sibayan would give him the victory, 21 – 14.  The 2nd set was a tighter match, with Yabut even pulling ahead at 12 – 14. Sibayan would recover and score 3 straight points to put him back in the lead. The set would eventually settle into an 18-point die, but Sibayan would proceed to score 3 straight points to give him the victory.

 

Aggregate score:  Sibayan (42) Yabut (32)

Total match time: 38 mins.

 

Men’s Singles 2: John Kenneth Monterubio (DLSU) def. Alacaed Lee Sabani (UST) 2:0

DLSU 2 – UST 0

 DLSU-Monterubio

Monterubio dominated from the start of the match when he went on a 10 – 0 run on the 1st set. There was not much Sabanal could do as he lost badly, 21 – 8. The 2nd set started out similar to the 1st, but not as badly for Sabanal. Monterubio was up early, 9 – 4. Sabanal, however, was able to tie the game at 10 apiece. Monterubio would go up again, 15 – 12, but Sabanal would go on a 3 point run to tie the game once again. Unfortunately for the UST shuttler, those would be the last points he would score for the game, as Monterubio would score 6 straight points to win, 21 – 15.

 

Aggregate score: Monterubio (42) Sabanal (23)

Total match time: 40 mins.

 

Men’s Doubles 1: Carlos Antoine Cabayan and Gerald Sibayan (DLSU) def. John Edgard Reyes and Paul John Pantig (UST) 2:1

DLSU 3 – UST 0 (DLSU wins)

DLSU-Cayanan-Sibayan 

Despite conceding the first 2 points of the game to their opponents, DLSU got to catch up and post an early 9 – 2 lead over their opponents. The pair from UST would fight back and try to close the gap, but they would never get closer than 3 points from DLSU. DLSU would go on to win the set, 21 – 14. Things would start to get interesting in the 2nd set as both teams would trade points early on to eventually settle to a 5 all tie. Reyes would then go on a 7-point binge to put his team ahead for good. This run would prove vital for the UST squad as both teams would go on to trade points once again, ending up with a 14 – 21 victory for UST. The 3rd and final set started out just like the 2nd, with both teams trading points that eventually led to a 7 – 8 advantage for UST. But this time it would be DLSU’s turn to go on a run as Sibayan would score 5 consecutive points for his squad, putting them ahead, 12 – 8. UST would fight back to bring the gap down to 1 at 15 – 14, but another run from Sibayan would end UST’s hopes of a win. DLSU won the 3rd set, 21 – 15.

 

Aggregate score: Cayanan (24) Sibayan (32) 56 – Reyes (29) Pantig (21) 50

Total match time: 43 mins.

 

Men’s Doubles 2: John Kenneth Monterubio and Prince Joshua Monterubio (DLSU) def. Patrique Francisco Magnaye and John Mark Sotea (UST) 2:1

DLSU 4 – UST 0 (DLSU wins)

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The 1st set was close to start with UST taking a 1-point lead over DLSU, 6 – 7. However, 7 consecutive points from Prince Monterubio would give them the lead for good. UST showed some grit when they were able to fight back from the deficit to get within 1-point at 20 – 19, but Prince would not allow them to tie the game with his game winning shot, 21 – 19. The 2nd set was close all throughout, with both teams eventually settling on a tied score at 6 all. 4 consecutive points broke the tie and gave UST the lead for good. DLSU would try to catch up, repeatedly getting the lead down to 1, but UST would pull back far enough that DLSU would not be able to catch up. The set would eventually end on a victory for UST, 16 – 21. Not wanting to disappoint their teammates, DLSU started strong for their team. They would jump out early, taking a 10 – 3 lead which would eventually balloon to 19 – 8. UST would never recover and they would lose 21 – 9

 

Aggregate score: John Monterubio (24) Prince Monterubio (37) 58 – Magnaye (20) Sotea (29) 49

Total match time: 50 mins.

 

Men’s Singles 3: Elijah Abdel Boac (DLSU) def. Paul John Pantig (UST) 2:1

DLSU 5 – UST 0 (DLSU wins)

 DLSU-Boac

Boac would jump to an early 5 – 1 lead, but Pantig would fight back to tie the game at 6 all. However, 4 consecutive points from Boac would give DLSU the lead for good. Pantig would eventually get the deficit down to 1 at 16 – 15, but 2 points from Boac would keep the victory out of reach. Boac would win the 1st set, 21 – 18. The 2nd set saw Pantig take an early 9 – 5 lead over Boac, but 5 consecutive Boac points would give him a temporary lead that Pantig would eventually tie. The game would have both players trade points, with neither going on a big scoring run. With the score at 19 – 20, Pantig would land the killing blow to keep his hopes of a victory alive, 19 – 21. On the 3rd set, down 6 – 3, Pantig would score 3 consecutive points to tie the game. However, he was answered by 4 straight points from Boac that would give him the lead that he would not relinquish. Down 8, Pantig would give a last ditch effort to catch up by scoring 4 straight points. Unfortunately, he would not be able to stop the Green Archer, as Boac would win the set and match, 21 – 16.

 

Aggregate score: Boac (61) Pantig (51)

Total match time: 46 mins.

 

Aggregate sets won: DLSU 10 – UST 3

 

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

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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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