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FEU Lady Tams defeat cross-street rivals UE; keep top-4 slot



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The coaching staff of the Far Eastern University decided to line-up just 5 shuttlers for the day against their rivals University of the East. The five-strong lineup of Michai Dei Duquilla, Thea Marie Pomar, Hannah Tudtud and Maridel Rivera would be enough to do the job as the team would only give-up one match to keep the 4th spot over the UST Golden Shuttlers.


Women’s Singles Match 1: Michai Dei Duqilla (FEU) def. Rochelle Andres (UE); 2:0

FEU 1 – 0 UE


Michai Dei Duqilla would route Rochelle Andres in the first game. It was highlighted by a 9 point rally by Duqilla to finish the game 21-11 in just under 10 minutes. The 2nd set would need advantage points as Andres would rally back from 18 to 16 hole to tie the match at 20 and at 21. Duqilla however would not allow Andres a 3rd set with a net return by Andres to give Duqilla the match 23 – 21.


Aggregate Score: Duqilla 42 – Andres 32

Total Match Time: 25 mins


Women’s Singles Match 2: Thea Marie Pomar (FEU) def. Heidi Rosal (UE); 2:0

FEU 2 – 0 UE


Thea Pomar would storm out of the bench to blast Heidi Rosal in the first game of this match with a routing at 21-11. Finally able to get her footing, Heidi Rosal would bounce back in the 2nd game. Rosal, having the lead at 19-14, would have a cold run by letting Pomar tie things up at 19. Rosal would win the set with a sharp return and a low drop 22-20. The deciding set would turn the tides of this series. It would either give UE a tie or FEU an imposing 2-0 lead. Rosal however would fall to a 9-2 hole in the early part of the 3rd set. She would not be able to rally back and fall to Thea Pomar 21-9.


Aggregate Score: Pomar 62 – Rosal 42

Total Match Time: 35 mins


Women’s Doubles Match 1: Thea Pomar and Hannah Tudtud (FEU) def. Rochelle Andres and Kimverly Gatpolintan (UE); 2:0

FEU 3 – 0 UE (FEU wins)


The tandem of Pomar and Tudtud would storm to a 12-4 lead right-off the bat in the first 5 minutes of the 1st game. The UE pair would never recover as they would fall to the FEU tandem 21-11. The 2nd game would be the same as Thea Pomar and Hannah Tudtud would have an 11 to 6 lead, then a game-high 18-8 lead afterwards. The lady shuttlers from Morayta would win the game in another 21-11 blowout.


Aggregate Score: Pomar (22) and Tudtud (20) 42 – Andres (9) and Gatpolintan (13) 22

Total Match Time: 25 mins


Women’s Doubles Match 2: Heidi Rosal and Lyra Rosal (UE) def. Maridel Rivera and Michai del Duquilla (FEU); 2:1

FEU 3 – 1 UE (FEU wins)


The Rosal sisters, the best doubles pairing in the UE team, would survive a 1st game loss to bounce back and win the next two to give FEU its only loss in the series. The Rosals would be dominated by the tandem of Maridel Rivera and Michai del Duquilla in the 1st game by scoring only 10 points. Rivera and Duquilla would take the 1st game 21-10. The 2nd game would be a close encounter with no team gaining any sort of momentum all trough-out. They would trade point for point with the Rosal tandem only breaking away in the late-stages of the set winning 21-19. The deciding set would be a game of runs with the game going to advatage points. With the game tied at 20, Heidi Rosal would not let her team lose, scoring the games last 2 points to give the UE squad a match win at 22-20.


Aggregate Score: H. Rosal (24) L. Rosal (29) 53 – Rivera (26) Duquilla (34) 60

Total Match Time: 40 mins


Women’s Singles Match 3: Hannah Tudtud (FEU) def. Kimverly Gatpolintan (UE); 2:0

FEU 4 – 1 UE (FEU wins)


Hannah Tudtud, knowing that every match and every game matters in this tournament format, would play as if they were the one down in the series. She would beat Kimverly Gatpolintan 21-7 in the 1st set. The 2nd game saw Gatpolintan take an early lead but Tudtud would find her footing once more to sweep the match with a score of 21-16.


Aggregate Score: Tudtud 42 – Gatpolintan 23

Total Match Time: 30 mins


Total Games Won: FEU 9 – UE 3

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Renzo Subido to bring Marinerong Pilipino experience to UST



When Renzo Subido decided to skip out the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers’ UAAP Season 80 campaign, he had only one thing in mind: to improve on his craft. And he was able to do so under coach Koy Banal in the Marinerong Pilipino Skippers.

After the AMA Online Education Titans had a quick end to their campaign during the 2017 Foundation Cup, the 5-foot-9 floor general was immediately picked up by Marinerong Pilipino for the playoffs. Liking his style of play, he was again tapped for the 2018 Aspirants Cup.

And he showed a lot of growth from then, leading the Skippers to a 94-92 victory over fellow contenders Zark’s Jawbreakers. The 21-year-old tallied 20 points, three rebounds, and five assists while knocking down the crucial free throws to seal off the Lyceum-backed team.

“It was a good win for us. We’re happy that we won the game because it’s a good way to start the conference,” beamed Subido. “I’ve played against Lyceum in the past so I had familiarity with how they play.

“It was a good experience for us.”

Expectations are high for Marinerong Pilipino this conference as they are pegged as their blend of veterans and young guns are seen too overwhelming for the rest of the field. Still, Subido knows that it will be a tough climb as the other teams, especially the collegiate-based squads, have familiarity on their side.

“We’re taking it one game at a time but the goal is to win the championship,” he said. “But we know that it’s not going to be easy since we are going up against the top collegiate teams.

“So we’re just going to go all out every game.”

Besides winning the championship, Subido is on a personal mission. Being one of the seniors for the Growling Tigers next season, he hopes to learn to become a better leader for next season.

“I want to become a better leader. I know that everything I can learn this conference, I can bring to UST,” Subido expressed.

“For all I can see, coach Aldin [Ayo] is a guard-oriented coach. So I’m using all the experience I get here in Marinero, I’ll bring it to UST.”

For sure, Subido wants to make up for lost time.

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KIA signs Carlo Lastimosa



After being released by the NLEX Road Warriors during the off-season, gunner Carlo Lastimosa has found a new home.

KIA Picanto team governor Bobby Rosales confirmed to Tiebreaker Times Thursday evening that they have tapped Carlo Lastimosa for the rest of the PBA Philippine Cup campaign.

“Yes,” Rosales confirmed in a text message.

Lastimosa, a two-time All-Star, averaged 8.8 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in his one-year stay with the Road Warriors. Coach Yeng Guiao cited that NLEX already had too many guards that resulted to Lastimosa’s release.

The product of College of Saint Benilde was drafted as the 20th overall pick in the 2013 Rookie Draft by Barako Bull. A year later, he was traded to the Blackwater Elite for Brian Heruala.

The 27-year-old is set to make his debut on Saturday when the Picanto take on the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.

The Kia Picanto are in the midst of a 16-game losing streak.

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Marinerong Pilipino withstands furious Zark’s rally to open season on high note



The Marinerong Pilipino Skippers averted a collapse and held off the Zark’s Burger-Lyceum Jawbreakers to come away with the 94-92 thriller to open the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Losing hold of a 17-point edge, 56-39 with 7:57 left in the third frame, the Skippers survived the furious rally from the Jawbreakers in the clutch as Mike Nzeusseu and CJ Perez missed their three-pointers in the final minute before Rian Ayonayon and Renzo Subido sealed off the win for their side at the charity stripe

Subido topscored for Marinerong Pilipino with 20 points, five assists, and three rebounds, while Ayonayon unleashed 15 markers, three boards, and two dimes in the early battle between the two contenders.

Gab Banal also registered a double-double of 14 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, and four steals against his 10 turnovers in the win, while Papot Paredes got 12 of his 14 markers in the first half to help the Skippers establish control at halftime.

Victorious as Marinerong Pilipino maybe in the marquee matchup, coach Koy Banal refused to brand his side as the undisputed team-to-beat, noting: “This win means nothing. We need to keep on working get better every day because everybody will now prepare for us.”

Banal also lauded top rookie picks Alvin Pasaol and Abu Tratter, who were both fielded in the second half and stepped up to help the Skippers’ cause.

“Those guys have been with us since January 2 lang, and pretty much, medyo nangangapa pa sila sa sistema. But good thing is that they were able to deliver especially when their number were called,” he said.

The Skippers used a huge 12-0 run to end the second quarter to grab a 47-35 halftime lead, which further ballooned to 17, 56-39 in the third quarter.

Jaycee Marcelino paced Zark’s Burger-Lyceum with 20 points, four rebounds, and three assists in the loss, while Perez had 19 markers and five assists.

Earlier, PBA officer-in-charge Willie Marcial and PBA vice chairman Dickie Bachmann of Alaska graced the opening ceremonies, which was made special thanks to league newcomer Mila’s Lechon.

Marinerong Pilipino looks to sustain the momentum it gained in this game when it faces the Akari-Adamson Falcons on Thursday, January 25 at 5:00pm. Zark’s Burgers, on the other hand, takes on the Batangas-EAC Generals on Tuesday, January 23 at 4:00pm.

The Scores:

Marinerong Pilipino 94 – Subido 20, Ayonayon 15, Paredes 14, Banal 14, Robles 10, Tolentino 4, Tratter 4, Pasaol 4, Terso 3, Lopez 2, Inigo 2, Babilonia 2, Toth 0.

Zark’s 92 – Marcelino JC 20, Perez 19, Nzeusseu 18, Ayaay 11, Ibanez 6, Marcelino JV 6, Cinco 5, Tansingco 3, Santos 2, Pretta 2, Marata 0, Liwag 0

Quarterscores: 17-19, 47-34, 69-58, 94-92

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Pirates notch first win at struggling Knights’ expense



After floundering in their first three games, the Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates broke into the win column after trouncing the Colegio San Juan de Letran Knights, 20-25, 27-25, 25-20, 25-22, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Pirates, after a sluggish start, got the best of their Intramuros neighbors by limiting their miscues in the latter three sets. According to head coach Emil Lontoc, Lyceum needed every bit of momentum they gained in their rousing win in the second set.

“Nabuhayan sila (Pirates) ng loob noong makalusot kami noong second set,” Lontoc said. “Mababa ‘yung nilaro namin nung simula tapos medyo struggle pa din noong sumunod na set. Pero nakabangon din. Crucial ‘yun kasi baka hindi na kami naka-angat kung natalo pa kami noong second set.”

The Pirates delivered three of their four aces in the final set to close the match. They also shored up their reception, finishing at 38 percent, after an atrocious start.

Jhonel Badua topped the Pirates with 19 points while Joeward Presnede added 14.

Lyceum (1-3) takes on the undefeated Arellano University (4-0) on Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Paul John Alilio and Bobby Gatdula each provided Letran with 19 points. Christopher Cistina managed 11 markers.

Letran (0-4) aims for their first win against rivals San Beda College (3-1) on Monday.

The Scores

LPU (3) – Badua 19, Presnede 14, Lajara 9, Ilano 7, Samonte 5, Uy 5, Rubio (L)

CSJL (1) – Alilio 19, Gatdula 19, Cistina 11, Almoguerra 3, Ladeon 3, Dizon 2, Domingo 2, Brioso 0, Tumbali 0, Centeno (L), Timbreza (L)

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