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DLSU survives injury scare, tops UST in reprise of S76 finals

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The championship rematch turned into a repeat performance. The DLSU Green Archers bucked another rash of injuries and notched their 5th consecutive victory, 83-70, pulling away late from their Season 76 Finals opponents, the reeling UST Growling Tigers. Jeron Teng led the banged-up Archers with a stat sheet-stuffing 22 points, 6 boards and 5 assists. Aljon Mariano continued his hot streak for the back-sliding Tigers, scoring 20 points on 47% shooting. Teng, along with Jason Perkins (15 points, 9 rebounds) and rookie Prince Rivero (12 points, 8 rebounds) were pressed into extra action after early injuries side-lined top centre Norbert Torres and key rotation cog Kib Montalbo. DLSU’s 5th straight win after a 0-2 start puts them near the head of the pack, while UST’s back-to-back losses holds them back at 3-3.

The opening salvo was extremely competitive, as Teng and UST’s sharpshooting Louie Vigil traded shots. Teng would lead the La Salle charge with 7 quick points in the quarter, putting the Taft-based ballers ahead by 6, 10-4, early. Vigil scored a cool 6 points of his own in the period, a necessity with Growling Tiger tower of power Karim Abdul wilting under the pressure of DLSU’s imposing frontline. Abdul’s 0/5 FGs in the first quarter were a testament to the bruising battle between him and Norbert Torres.

Norbert Torres would end up playing no other part in the game, as a scuffle for the ball midway through the period sent the big man to the lockers. A cut on his hand would require stitches and his participation in the contest. With the ailing Arnold Van Opstal dressed in civilian clothes from the outset, DLSU Head Coach Juno Sauler was forced to hand extended minutes to undersized rookie Prince Rivero. UST capitalized on his absence, as Vigil would go on a tear in the second, knocking down consecutive threes in a stretch that gave UST the lead late, 35-32. The Archer’s Almond Vosotros would silence the raucous Tigers fans with an instant response from downtown. The two teams would have to settle for a 35-35 tie as the half-time buzzer sounded.
DLSU’s snake-bitten roster would suffer another blow to start the third period, as reserve guard Kib Montalbo would pull his calf muscle while battling for a rebound. With La Salle’s backcourt thinned, seldom-used Green Archers Robert Bolick and Julian Sargent stepped up to the court. The tactical shift also compelled Sauler to slide Jeron Teng defensively over to UST’s big men. The formation change also freed Aljon Mariano from Teng’s attention, allowing the Growling Tigers star to punish La Salle with 8 3rd quarter points. The inexperienced Prince Rivero, struggling with the bigger UST frontcourt, picked up his 4th foul, further complicating DLSU’s situation. Despite all this, it was the Green Archers who began to rise above the Tigers, as reserves Bolick, Abu Tratter, and Yutien Andrada combined for 11 points. The excellent play of La Salle’s benchwarmers allowed them to weather Mariano’s offensive outburst, and carried the Archers to a 59-51 lead with only the fourth quarter to play.

It was the fourth where DLSU well and truly separated itself from UST, as the toxic combination of foul trouble and poor shooting marooned the Tigers’ hopes. Mariano and Kevin Ferrer, who had a pedestrian 11 points on 11 shots, began to toss up brick after brick. Meanwhile, a DLSU reserve was showing UST’s stars how to get things done. Julian Sargent nailed 3 of 4 shots to score 9 in the decisive period. Perkins would also contribute 5 points as DLSU began to tighten their hold on the win. Interestingly, UST would not quit until the final buzzer, pressing DLSU relentlessly even with the result no longer in doubt. The chippy play frustrated Jeron Teng, who, in response, padded his stats with an uncontested jumper as time expired. The La Salle star would refuse to shake hands with his vanquished foes post-game.

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

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After showing tentativeness during their PBA D-League debut last Thursday that resulted to a loss to Marinerong Pilipino Skippers, the Zark’s Burger-Lyceum Jawbreakers have seemingly caught up with the league’s style of play 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 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 AMA Online Education. And for Perez, he strongly believes that they will be able to carry over this momentum of theirs.

“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 is carrying the Wang’s Basketball Couriers franchise.

And the 5-foot-11 guard unleashed 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 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 makes him beam even more 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 at the backfoot. Italian striker Massimo Maccarone handed the home side the lead at 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 already made Philippine football proud at halftime. By this stage last year, Brisbane accrued a 4-0 halftime cushion against Global Cebu en route to a 6-0 rout.

Today, though, Brisbane faced tougher resistance at the hands of Ceres. This resistance turned into a full-fledged revolt at 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 space at the 75th minute when Omid Nazari scored from close range to give Ceres a two-goal cushion from Brisbane.

Nazari’s goal not only sealed the win for Ceres as it also propelled Philippine football into the big leagues. Not even a late goal from French midfielder Éric Bauthéac can 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 ever 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 its hype as it clobbered the Batangas-EAC Generals to score a 37-point beatdown, 112-75 for its 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 will 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, while 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 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 looks to continue to roll when it faces the AMA Online Education Titans on Thursday, January 25. EAC-Batangas, on the other hand, takes 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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