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Explosive Daquioag is this week’s UAAP Player of the Week



The seniors are leading the charge for the still-perfect University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers.

The six-foot Ed Daquioag has emerged as the biggest revelation so far, powering the Growling Tigers to three straight victories and the solo lead in the UAAP Season 78 men’s basketball tournament. The 24-year-old Ilokano gained notoriety three seasons ago after a scintillating dunk during a second round encounter against the Ateneo Blue Eagles.

However, the explosive guard was hampered by injuries during the past two seasons. Fortunately for the UST faithful, Daquoiag is now a 100% and is ready to lead the charge for the Espana cagers. “I used to be one of the top defenders of the team before. But right now, we need to have some scorers so I just grabbed the opportunity given to me by coach [Bong dela Cruz],” said Daquioag, who was named as the hands-down choice for the first ACCEL Quantum/3XVI-UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week award this season.UAAP 78 UST vs. AdU - Daquiaog jumper

The rebuilding Adamson Falcons initially bore the brunt of Daquioag’s offensive machine, with the Dingras, Ilocos Norte native firing away a career-high of 28 points while leading the Growling Tigers to an opening-day 70-64 win last Sept. 5 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Four days after, Daquioag continued his brilliance at the expense of title favorite Far Eastern U, banging in 12 of his game-best 18 points in the payoff canto, on their way to a dramatic 72-71 victory also at the Big Dome. 

Not even a mild right ankle sprain he suffered early in the third canto could stop Daquioag from making the damage against host University of the Philippines last Sunday infront of 11,705 fans at the Mall of Asia Arena. In the match-up between two unbeaten squads, Daquioag proved to be the biggest difference in the pivotal canto where he fired 17 of his game-high 27 markers, most of them off daring drives in the lane, while steering the Tigers to a 67-59 victory over the Fighting Maroons.

Dela Cruz, 44, was among those left impressed with Daquioag’s exploits. “Ed’s confidence is very high and he’s enjoying the game,” he said. The UST seniors is averaging a league-high 24.3 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.3 APG, and 52.6% shooting in Week 1 action. Moreover, he is playing 36.2 minutes of action.

Ed Daquioag beat out the following for this week’s plum:
Kevin Ferrer (University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers)
UAAP 78 UST vs. UP - Ferrer
Week 1 Average: 17.7 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 48.6% FG%, 32 MPG
Wins over Adamson, Far Eastern University, University of the Philippines

Paul Desiderio (University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons)
UAAP 78 UP vs. UE - DesiderioWeek 1 Average: 10.7 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 25.7 MPG
Wins over University of the East, De La Salle University
Lost to University of Santo Tomas

Jett Manuel (University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons)UAAP 78 UST vs. UP - Manuel layupWeek 1 Average: 10 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 1 SPG
Wins over University of the East, De La Salle University
Lost to University of Santo Tomas

Mike Tolomia (Far Eastern University Tamaraws)
UAAP 78 FEU vs. DLSU - Tolomia jumperWeek 1 Average: 15.0 PPG, 5 RPG, 5.4 APG, 58.1% FG% on 25.1 MPG
Wins over Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University
Lost to University of Santo Tomas

Mac Belo (Far Eastern University Tamaraws)
UAAP 78 FEU vs. DLSU - Belo layupWeek 1 Average: 16.7 PPG, 2.3 BPG, 58.1% FG%, 66.7% 3P% on 27.9 MPG
Wins over Ateneo de Manila UniversityDe La Salle University
Lost to University of Santo Tomas

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Late whistle costs San Beda against Sousse to fall 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 had 27 points. Fellow 23 for 2023 cadet Javee Mocon added 11 points and seven rebounds.

Sousse, the second-best club team in Tunisia and 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 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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Marc Pingris wants Rafi Reavis to break Robert Jaworski’s record



Marc Pingris was all praises for veteran Rafi Reavis Saturday night, as the 40-year-old center made his presence felt in the Magnolia Hotshots’ 97-91 victory — their third straight win — over Phoenix Fuel Masters at the Cuneta Astrodome.

The six-foot-nine Reavis finished with 11 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks — a performance perfectly punctuated by a follow-up of a Paul Lee miss with 12.5 seconds left to play that knocked out the Fuel Masters for good.

“Papasalamat ako kay Rafi na talagang kababalik lang niya pero binigay niya talaga lahat,” said Pingris after the bout, as Saturday night was just Reavis’ second outing in the 2018 Philippine Cup after recovering from a hip injury.

“Nag-usap nga kami kanina e, hindi pa siya 100 percent. So bukas, ang sabi niya babalik daw siya sa gym dahil gusto niya ibalik yung lakas ng legs dahil wala pa daw,” added the 36-year-old, who also suffered a hip injury last season.

Reavis has been playing in the league for 16 years. Seeing the work he has put in, Pingris, who finished the game with 17 rebounds, four assists, four points and two blocks, believes that the 10-time PBA champion can play for 10 more years — at least.

“You know naman Rafi eh, katulad ko rin yan eh – rebound and depensa. At tsaka sobrang vocal siya sa team eh,” beamed Pingris, who himself is a 14-year veteran. “Walang siyang inaano, talagang sinasabihan niya kung sino yung mga nagmi-mistake, kung paano kami mag-adjust, so nakikinig naman lahat sa kanya.

“Talagang nandun yung respeto namin kay Rafi.”

And if Reavis stays healthy for the next decade, Pingris wants Reavis to exceed Jaworki’s 958 games played — third most all time.

“Nasa kanya yun, basta kaya mo ba eh. As a player, kung masipag ka naman at may disiplina sa sarili mo, kaya niya yun.”

Still, Reavis has a lot of catching up to do.

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Altas surge to fifth straight win, slam Heavy Bombers



Pulling double-digit scoring outings from three spikers, the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas remained unbeaten in NCAA Season 93 after a straight-set triumph over thr Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers, 25-17, 25-16, 25-20, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Middle blocker Ronniel Rosales topped the Altas with 13 points off 10 attacks and three blocks. Team captain Rey Taneo and Joebert Almodiel added 12 markers apiece.

The Altas dominated every scoring category, recording 44 attacks to JRU’s 26, five blocks to the Bombers’ zero, and three aces to JRU’s one.

Breezing through the first half of the season, Altas head coach Sammy Acaylar lauded his team’s consistency and hoped they continue getting better as they aim for a championship.

“So far, masasabi kong maganda ang nilalaro ng mga bata. Consistent naman ang mga galaw nila and focused sila sa mga laban,” said Acaylar.

“Pero alam nilang may ibubuga pa sila. We still need to get better and reach the championship level. Kailangan hindi mawala ‘yung ganito naming killer instinct,” the decorated mentor added.

The Altas take on a major test on Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre when they face fellow undefeated squad Arellano Chiefs (4-0).

Wenjo Lahaylahay led the Bombers with 10 points while captain Patrick Rabaja managed seven.

JRU (0-5) limps into their Wednesday showdown against defending champs College of Saint Benilde (3-1).

The Scores

UPHSD (3) – Rosales 13, Almodiel 12, Taneo R. 12, Muhali 7, Ramos 5, Atentar 1, Catipay 1, Salo 1, Bation 0, Solamilo 0, Taneo S. 0, Kalingking (L)

JRU (0) – Lahaylahay 10, Rabaja 7, Sulivas 6, Salazar 4, Cebrero 1, Soriano 1, Cruz 0, Ferwelo 0, Defensor (L), Flor (L)

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Mixed Martial Arts

Rene Catalan continues rampage with TKO win



Rene Catalan continues to turn critics into believers

Filipino fighter Rene Catalan made his sixth appearance inside the ONE Championship cage at ONE: Kings of Courage, held at the Jakarta Convention Center in Indonesia, Saturday evening. He faced 21-year-old Chinese athlete Peng Xue Wen in the opening main card bout, and leaned on his elite wushu skills to stop the young star at the 4:22 mark of the second round.

The victory improves Catalan’s record to 4-2 (1 NC), extends his winning streak to four, and gives him the first TKO stoppage of his martial arts career, as he bids to climb the strawweight ladder in search of the ONE Strawweight World Championship.

“The Challenger” came out in the southpaw stance to open the bout, throwing big hooks and a head kick that narrowly missed as he established the center of the cage from the start of the contest.

The Filipino landed a host of powerful strikes, including a perfectly-placed uppercut and a melee of punishing leg kicks, but Peng’s conditioning and composure kept him in the match as he looked to stand and trade with the man 18 years his elder.

Catalan picked up where he left off when the bout resumed in the second round, this time operating out of the orthodox stance, landing more leg kicks and continuing to deny Peng any space to work.

Despite his dominance on the feet, there was a brief moment of concern for the Filipino on the mat when he jumped into the Chinese wrestler’s guard mid-way through the second round, and immediately found himself in a triangle choke. But the Filipino kept his composure and managed to work himself free.

Once the fighters returned to their feet, Catalan poured on the pressure in search of a finish, and he got it with just 38 seconds remaining in the stanza.

“The Challenger” scored big with a liver shot, then unloaded a fierce flurry of punches that forced Peng onto his back foot. Another shot forced Peng to the mat, where a salvo of ground and pound from Catalan eventually forced the TKO stoppage as referee Olivier Coste stepped in to halt the contest.

Photo, story, and video from ONE Championship

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