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Do’s & Dont’s: PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals 2015 Game 5



Both teams have won two games apiece. TNT won twice when both teams scored under 100 points (Games 1 and 4), while RoS garnered two victories when both teams exploded for over 100 points (Games 2 and 3). Moreover, the last game also featured an undercard bout between Matt Ganuelas-Rosser and Jireh Ibañes. Both guys got tossed for fighting over a game worn jersey that belonged to MGR. Also, JR Quiñahan got ejected for throwing the ball squarely on MGR’s head. Quiñahan’s pitch was perfect. Anyway, the winner of Game 5 in a tied series, more often than not has gone on to win the series. Here are some keys to winning the game for both teams.

Rain or Shine

Run in transition all the time.
RoS always uses a deeper rotation and they have utilized more players in the Finals. This means that their players are generally more rested, thus, they can run more than TNT. In Game 4, both teams were tied in fastbreak points. RoS needs to regain their advantage in running up/down the floor because TNT cannot match that pace and tempo for 48 minutes.

Your time to shine.
Different players for RoS have stepped up in the Finals. One game it was Jireh Ibañes, next was Jericho Cruz, and the latest one was Chris Tiu, who poured in a career-high of 21 points to lead his team in scoring. This balanced scoring must continue for RoS because they are deadlier when the offense comes from different players.

Ang pikon ay laging talo.
We all know that RoS loves to play physical, and they use mind games to annoy you and distract you from playing your game. However, RoS cannot succumb to their own tactics and get themselves ejected or suspended. They rely more on the contributions of their bench so every player is important especially with Jeff Chan hurting.

Avoid silly and cheap fouls.
With the way RoS plays defense, it is no surprise that they get called for a lot of fouls. Some of the fouls were warranted, while others were not. In any case, Wayne Chism should avoid placing himself in situations where silly fouls might be called on him. Chism barely played in the first half because he got into early foul trouble. He only played under 27 minutes and finished with 13 points and eight rebounds. Those were easily his least productive numbers in the Finals. If Chism played his usual 40 minutes, RoS could have eked out a win in Game 4.

Talk ‘N Text

Better ball movement and ball protection.
Since TNT had awful numbers for assists (11) and turnovers (13) in Game 3, it wasn’t that difficult to vastly improve on them. In Game 4, they had 15 assists compared to just nine turnovers. The bonus effect of having fewer turnovers resulted to decreased fastbreak opportunities for RoS. TNT managed to hold their own in fastbreak points since both teams only scored eight fastbreak points.

The dynamic duo must deliver.
The bench has been non-existent for TNT in this series. They rarely score more than 15 points as a unit. This means that the starters need to provide almost all of the scoring. Thus, Jayson Castro and Ranidel de Ocampo must deliver monster numbers to give TNT a chance to win Game 5. Castro already scored 44 points in a losing effort, while RDO erupted for 33 points in their Game 4 win. One or both of them need to have a huge game if TNT has any hopes of acquiring a 3-2 edge.

Control the paint.
TNT made sure that they dominated the paint when Wayne Chism played sparingly due to foul trouble. TNT had more points in the paint (44-34) that mostly came from layups by Jayson Castro and dunks from RDO. TNT also displayed better paint protection by finishing with 7 blocks compared to only 3 by RoS. However, the Tropang Texters failed to win the rebounding battle yet again. For teams that love to shoot from the perimeter, it would be ironic that this series could be won by controlling the shaded lane.

Stay on the court.
Even with all the transgressions and extra motions in this brutal series, TNT import, Ivan Johnson has managed to avoid getting ejected or fouling out. Johnson played about 41 minutes in Game 4, and he finished with 19 markers to go along with 10 boards. Johnson did not necessarily dominate the game, but he did just enough to help TNT win the game. His presence opened up driving lanes for Castro, and RoS was unable to double team RDO because Johnson would hurt them on the weak side. Game 4 was also the first time in the Finals that Johnson finished with better numbers than Wayne Chism.

Prediction for Game 5: We might see more WWE/UFC/MMA action since the punishment handed out seemed rather tame. Players who leave the bench should be AUTOMATICALLY suspended for a game. Anyway, I think TNT will grab the series edge because RDO and Castro are booming with confidence, plus RoS will be playing with a hurting Jeff Chan and without JR Quiñahan.


Mixed Martial Arts

ONE Championship pledges to help Global Citizen in fight against poverty



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During the pre-fight showdown between the fighters main evening ONE Championship: Global Superheroes, the biggest mixed martial arts promotion in Asia also forged a partnership, Monday afternoon.

ONE, through chief executive officer and chariman, Chatri Sityodtong vowed to help Global Citizen in its fight to end poverty.

“It is with great excitement that I announce ONE Championship’s partnership with Global Citizen, an NGO with the goal of ending extreme poverty across the world by the year 2030,” said Sityodtong. “Just like Global Citizen, ONE Championship aims to inspire the people of the world to come together to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges.”

“We are thrilled to be joining forces with ONE Championship to bring Global Citizen to Asia. ONE Championship reaches millions of young people around the region and together we will engage them on issues that impact the entire world,” expressed Global Citizen co-founder Wei Soo. “Since we launched Global Citizen in 2012, over 13 million actions have been taken, and we are excited to drive more actions and increase our impact for the world’s most marginalized people through this partnership.”

Headquartered in New York with offices in Canada, Australia, Germany, and the United Kingdom, Global Citizen was founded in 2012 with the goal of building the largest platform where people can learn about issues, take action on what matters most, and join a global movement working to end extreme poverty by 2030. Since then, millions of Global Citizens around the world have taken over ten million actions, which includes millions of emails, tweets, petition signatures, and phone calls targeting world leaders to end extreme poverty by 2030.

To date, the actions by Global Citizen’s global community, along with its high-level advocacy efforts and various partners, have resulted in 130 commitments and policy announcements from leaders, including financial aid valued at over US $35-billion, that is set to affect the lives of over 1.3 billion people.

Also present in the launch were ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon Vera, ONE Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee, and former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang.

The partnership launching at ONE’s upcoming event in Manila, Philippines on Friday, January 26, will harness the power of ONE’s platform to engage millions of martial arts fans around the world to support initiatives and find solutions to the issues associated with extreme poverty.

Global Citizen and ONE will collaborate across 24 live ONE events scheduled in 2018, and various outreach activations throughout Asia. Fans will have the opportunity to take action and engage with specific policy areas including, education, food security, hunger and nutrition, global health, gender equality and empowerment.

“Our ONE Championship athletes embody the spirit of perseverance and many have risen through poverty through martial arts, inspiring millions of people around the world with their journey,” Sityodtong added. “Through our collaboration across all 24 of our live events scheduled in 2018, ONE Championship and Global Citizen aim to affect positive movement in our society.”

The first action ONE fans can take will be centred on global education. Fans will be able to call on donor countries such as Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, and India, to attend the Global Partnership for Education’s replenishment conference in Dakar, Senegal on February 2, 2018, and make a commitment to GPE to support better education for all. Currently, 264 million children around the world are missing out on an education.

Over half are girls, and over 75 million have had their schooling disrupted by conflict or natural disasters. At the replenishment conference, the GPE will raise much needed funds that will allow it to continue to support quality, inclusive education to hundreds of millions of children around the world.

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Unscathed Altas on another plane, hands Chiefs first loss



Eighteen straight sets won

NCAA Men’s Volleyball powerhouse University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas showed no signs of letting up and crushed fellow erstwhile undefeated Arellano University Chiefs in just three sets, 25-14, 25-22, 25-17, to notch their sixth consecutive victory, Tuesday afternoon at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Skipper Jun Taneo scattered his quiet 13 points throughout the match to lead the Season 91 champions. Rookie Joebert Almodiel finished with 10 spikes.

The Altas edged out the opposition in all scoring skills and dominated them in the non-scoring ones to bag the win. Nonetheless, it was the uncharacteristic 34 errors from the Chiefs that ultimately caused their doom.

With expectations minimized at the start of the season, head coach Sammy Acaylar shared his pride on how his wards have been playing so far.

“Sabi ko nga, hindi ako satisfied sa team ko kasi maraming nawala. Pero dinaan ko sila sa force, sa discipline, sa training. And I always motivate them na everything will come into place,” the seasoned mentor shared.

Acaylar was pleased that what they trained on showed up in the game. “Nakita ko ‘yung galaw nila, almost perfect,” he ended beaming.

The now 6-0 Perpetual will try to seal another semifinals appearance as they battle fellow day winners Mapua University (3-2) on Tuesday, January 30.

John Cabillan rallied the tribe with 10 markers.

The Chiefs (5-1) and the San Beda College (4-1) will figure in an all-important battle on Friday.

The Scores:

UPHSD 3 – Taneo 13, Almodiel 10, Rosales 8, Ramos 6, Muhali 3, Solamilo 1, Catipay 0, Kalingking L.

AU 0 – Cabillan 10, Dela Paz 8, Segovia 5, Lapuz 4, Liberato J 3, Liberato K 1, Arellano T 0, Soriano 0, Domingo 0, Arellano K 0, Blanco L, Esguerra L.

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Tireless J-Jay Alejandro heads from D-League game to Gilas training



Former NU Bulldogs captain J-Jay Alejandro was at the Pasig Sports Center Monday afternoon, making his debut for the Go for Gold Scratchers. After their 75-68 win over Gamboa-St. Clare Coffee Lovers, he immediately packed his bags and headed for the exit.

Why was he in a rush? He did not want to be late for Gilas later on.

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“Sayang, malapit na ako eh. Pasig lang. Walang showbiz-showbiz, malapit lang talaga,” shared Alejandro, who had five points, five rebounds, seven assists, and two steals for Go for Gold. “Wala rin akong gagawin kasi.

“Tsaka minsan lang magpa-tawag ng practice, every Monday lang, so sayang ‘yung chance makapag-practice.”

The 6-foot-2 combo guard was a much-needed body by the pool of Gilas as only eight players suited-up for Monday’s session. Besides helping out the seniors team, the 22-year-old is looking at the sessions as a way to not just improve but also get in touch with his former collegiate foes.

“Well, ganoon talaga eh. Player, mapapagod at mapapagod ka talaga,” said the All-UAAP team member.

“Pero nakakasama ko sila Arvin Tolentino, sila CJ Perez, tsaka ‘yung ibang mga PBA players, siyempre experience ‘yun eh, tsaka learning process din sa akin.”

Moreover, he knows that being under the tutelage of coach Chot Reyes will only do wonders for him, especially with the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft just months away.

“Mas pisikal talaga sa PBA. ‘Yun, kung paano mo gagamitin ang utak mo pati ‘yung katawan mo sa tamang posisyon sa laro, makukuha ko yun rito,” he said.

“Well sa akin kasi, ‘yung mapabilang ka sa Gilas, mapabilang lang ang pangalan mo sa Gilas, sobrang fortunate na ako, sobrang blessed na ako,” Alejandro added.

“And siguro sa akin, may opportunity na nag-open, so iga-grab ko na lang — either PBA or Gilas.”

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Loaded Wangs-Letran wallops AMA in debut



Armed with new recruits, the Wangs Basketball-Letran Knights embarked on its new chapter with a rousing 93-75 rout of the AMA Online Education Titans, Tuesday afternoon at the Pasig Sports Center.

Everyone clicked for the Couriers with Bong Quinto spearheading the blowout with 19 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists.

Newcomer Bonbon Batiller added 15 markers, five boards, and three dimes in his debut, while starting point guard JP Calvo chipped in 12 points, eight rebounds, and two assists.

Christian Fajarito also registered 11 markers and nine boards, while Alex Mandreza had 10 points for Wangs-Letran.

Despite the promising showing, coach Jeff Napa said that he still wants to see more from his Couriers moving forward.

“Masaya kami syempre dahil nanalo. Pero marami pa rin kaming kailangang gawin,” he said as he wanted more from the Knights after outrebounding the Titans, 57-44.

Quinto and Calvo triggered Wangs-Letran’s second quarter pullaway to establish the 38-26, lead which grew to as high as 22 points, 81-59 in the payoff period.

Michael Cañete topscored AMA with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Kris Porter had 13 in the defeat.

Wangs-Letran will have vengeance on their minds on Monday, January 29 when it takes on NCAA tormentors Che’lu- San Sebastian Revellers. AMA, on the other hand, will have a tough assignment when it takes on the Zark’s-Lyceum Jawbreakers on Thursday, January 25.

The Scores:

Wangs-Letran 93 — Quinto 19, Batiller 15, Calvo 12, Fajarito 11, Mandreza 10, Trinidad 8, Publico 6, Vacaro 4, Balagasay 3, Ambohot 3, Muyang 2.

AMA Online Education 75 — Cañete 20, Porter 13, Escalambre 11, Casiño 10, Antonares 6, Manalang 6, Garcia 4, Ng 3, Parcero 2, Bragais 0, Carpio 0, Paras 0, Raflores 0, Salonga 0.

Quarterscores: 16-13, 44-35, 67-52, 93-75.

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