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FEU’s fairytale run over; ADMU returns to the finals



The core-four of the rejuvenated FEU women’s badminton program is one of the surprises for Season 77 of the UAAP. Young up-and-comers Hannah Tudtud and Thea Pomar gave life to this year’s team, as they would display veteran-like instincts and excellent end-game poise all throughout the season.

After staving off elimination twice last weekend, the Lady Tamaraws are at a twice-to-beat disadvantage in the semifinals against the defending champions, the Ateneo De Manila University Lady Shuttlers. Bianca Carlos and Patricia Malibiran, with their big game experience, avoided an Ateneo collapse in beating the FEU Lady Tamaraws in 4 matches, 3-1, to book another finals appearance, their 3rd in 3 years.


Women’s Singles Match 1: Patrisha Edrika Malibiran (ADMU) def. Michal Dei Duquilla; 2:1

ADMU 1 – 0 FEU

Patrisha Malibiran was quicker on both ends during the opening set of this match-up. Malibiran would execute excellent drops and sharp lobs that would force Duquilla into return errors. She would take an 11-7 during the break before extending the lead to 17-10. More forced errors from Duquilla would give the set to Malibiran 21-12.

Michal Duquilla would blast her way to an early 13-2 lead. Malibiran would be slow on her legs during the 2nd set. Her returns all fell short resulting in a 2nd game blowout 21-14. The win would tie the match at 1 game apiece.

30 minutes into the match, Duquilla would be visibly fatigued. The long season taking a toll on her, as she would fail to return even easy lobs. Patrisha Malibiran started the game with a huge 12-3 lead before blowing the game wide open in a 21-9 routing.

Aggregate Score: Malibiran 56 – Duquilla 42

Total Match Time: 45 mins


Women’s Singles Match 2: Maria Bianca Ysabel Carlos (ADMU) def. Thea Marie Pomar (FEU); 2:0

ADMU 2 – 0 FEU

Last year’s Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year Bianca Carlos has been blowing-out her opponents all throughout the season. In Ateneo’s last series against the Lady Tamaraws earlier this season, Carlos blew-out Michal Duquilla. This time it was Thea Pomar who tried to even stay close to Carlos.

Bianca Carlos blitzed the 1st set with a wide array of drops and smashes. The game would not be close as Carlos won with a 21-9 1st set score. The 2nd game would be one of the closer matches of Carlos for this season. The game would be tied early at 7-7 as Carlos’ smashes and lobs went astray. Carlos would just have a tiny 11-8 lead going into the 11th point break. A calmer Carlos went out of the huddle. She would slowly and meticulously break the game of Pomar. Carlos would take a 20-14 lead before closing the match with a backhanded drop to take the match 21-15.

Aggregate Score: Carlos 42 – Pomar 24

Total Match Time: 25 mins


Women’s Doubles Match 1: Thea Marie Pomar and Hannah Tudtud (FEU) def. Janelle Gloriane De Vera and Dia Magno (ADMU); 2:1

ADMU 2 – 1 FEU

Just like in their elimination match last Sunday, the Lady Tamaraws are down 2 matches to none going into the doubles matches. The ever-reliable tandem of Pomar and Tudtud went head-to-head against the tandem of Janelle De Vera and Dia Magno.

Janelle De Vera played like a woman on a mission during the 1st set. Being the back at the back and forth position that the lady shuttlers from Katipunan used, she would smash all the straight returns that came her way. However, the court generalship of both Pomar and Tudtud countered all those returns in their returns. The 1st set was a tight contest with both pairs exchanging mini-spurts to alternate leads. De Vera converted on 2 successful returns to give the Blue Shuttlers a 20-18 lead. Pomar would respond with her own 2-point rally to extend the game into advantage points. De Vera, hungry to break her doubles losing streak, would lead her team in the extension. She would score on an excellent push shot and force an error return from Pomar to take the 1st set 23-21.

With their season on the line, Hannah Tudtud and Thea Pomar showed that they thrive when they have their backs against the wall. Tudtud and Pomar, playing with a sense of urgency, displayed amazing reflex throughout the remainder of the match. After being down 18-14, Thea Pomar would convert on 3 wild returns from De Vera before Hannah Tudtud would finish with her own 4-point rally to tie the match with a 21-19 win.

With the momentum on their side, Thea Pomar would lead the FEU pair to a 10-2 lead in the deciding set for the match-up. The lead would extend to 12-4. Janelle De Vera had a hard time keeping-up with the pace at this point of the contest in accounting for a string of unforced errors. Dia Magno tried to carry her team on her shoulders but the lead was insurmountable. Pomar and Tudtud 21-17 to give life to a comeback bid and try to extend the semifinals.

Aggregate Score: Tudtud and Pomar 63 – De Vera and Magno 59

Total Match Time: 60 mins


Women’s Doubles Match 2: Bianca Ysabel Carlos and Patrisha Edrika Malibaran (ADMU) def. Michal Dei Duquilla and Maridel Rivera (FEU); 2:0

ADMU 3 – 1 FEU (ADMU advances)

The tandem of Bianca Carlos and Patrisha Malibaran has seen its ups-and-downs throughout the season. It can be best magnified during their back-to-back match-ups against the DLSU Green Shuttlers. They were completely out-of-sync during the last game of the regular season but dominated the rematch 6 days after. Their match-up against the other half of FEU’s core four showed that Carlos and Malibiran could closeout tight matches.

Michal Duquilla and Maridel Rivera would storm to a 14-7 lead over the Ateneans. The lead would extend to a 17-11 lead. The Ateneo crowd gasped as the FEU comeback might come into fruition. Slowly, Bianca Carlos would play her heart out; taking ¾’s of the court during returns and converting on excellent drops to tie the game at 19. Carlos would then convert on two successful services and a drop to steal the game away from the FEU pair 21-19.

The 2nd set was a match-up between the will of Duquilla and Rivera and the court mastery of Carlos and Malibiran. It was the big game experience of both Bianca Carlos and Patrisha Malibiran that made the difference in the game, as they were the more composed shuttlers, even when being down 10-7, to slowly breakaway and win the set 21-18.

Aggregate Score: Carlos and Malibiran 42 – Duquilla and Rivera 37

Total Match Time: 35 mins


The Cinderella-run of the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws has ended in the hands of the defending champions. It was a good season for the team as they winded up placing 3rd after closing the regular season tied at 4th with the UST Lady Shuttlers just a week ago. With a young core, the team will be a force to be reckoned with for the seasons to come.

The Ateneo de Manila Lady Shuttlers are now in their 3rd straight finals appearance. They have a tough task in front of them as they try to win their 3rd straight championship against a solid University of the Philippines team that has a thrice-to-beat advantage. The 1st game of the finals series will be on Sunday with a 1pm start-time at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.

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Composed Ceres-Negros expels Shan United in shootout victory



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2017 AFC ASEAN Zone Champions Ceres-Negros banked on their poise and composure from the spot as they knocked out Myanmar’s Shan United via a 4-3 penalty shootout (1-1 after extra time) triumph, Tuesday evening at the Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.

The Negrenses punched their ticket to Brisbane, Australia after emerging the better spotkick takers. Four Busmen were on target, while two of their Shan Warriors counterparts fluffed their lines.

The two domestic champions were inseparable after 120 minutes, with the hosts holding their own against the Philippine champions. Ceres-Negros looked the more dominant of the two teams. However, they couldn’t make the advantage count where it mattered, as they failed to breach the sturdy Shan United defense inside the first two regulation halves.

The visitors were visibly more comfortable in the first half, but with the scores staying level at the break, the less-fancied Myanmar champions eventually found their footing in the encounter. While there were several half-chances from either side to open the scoring, both defenses remained defiant en route to unwanted extra time.

“It was a tough game. We weren’t ready to play 120 minutes because we only had four training sessions before the game but everytime we wear this jersey, we represent Ceres, we represent Bacolod, we represent the Philippines, so we have to give our best,” Ceres’ defender Carli de Murga elaborated to the Inquirer after the match. The Asian Football season has yet to start, and with both teams not too busy with pre-season preparations, rust and fatigue in a demanding affair were evident.

Come extra time, Ceres-Negros took the initiative when Stephan Schröck’s deflected effort went past the helpless Thiha Si Thu just three minutes into the first half.

Nonetheless, the hosts refused to go down without a fight, and their resilience was rewarded later in the opening half. Substitute Patrick Asare found the back of the net to restore parity in Yangon.

Another 15 minutes of goalless action took place in the second half as both teams looked more cautious, perhaps with the collective aim of avoiding a costly error or two. Among all the chances, Schröck’s in the 114th minute may have proved to be the closest to changing the scores, as his attempt shaved the post.

Shan United took to the spot first, where Asare made his penalty attempt count. Nay Lin Tun also made his, but not before teammate Chizoba smashed his attempt over Toni Doblas’ goal.

While the hosts squandered a shot, the visitors remained calm in front of a hostile Myanmar crowd. De Murga, Schröck and Mike Ott nailed their turns, with Marañon also not missing a vital kick from 12 yards.

It set up William Biassi Nyakwe, the man credited with the own goal when he deflected Schröck’s opener, with the chance to prolong his team’s campaign in the AFC Champions League. Unfortunately for him, he couldn’t atone for his earlier mistake, as his attempt soared high and wide — much to the delight of the visiting team from Bacolod, the Philippines.

The reward for Ceres-Negros is a trip to Queensland, Australia, where they will seek to do one better than compatriots Global-Cebu. The 2016 Philippine champions also played against the Brisbane Roar, who dealt them a staggering 6-0 hammering this time last year. The match will be held at the Suncorp Stadium on January 23.

As for Shan United, a spot in the AFC Cup Group Stage awaits them and they may not have seen the last of Ceres-Negros just yet. If the Negrenses lose to either Brisbane Roar or Tianjin Quanjian, they will be reacquainted with the Burmese champions in Group F.

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Abu Tratter plans to work his way to 2023 by continuing to do ‘the dirty work’



Abu Tratter may have missed the jersey-giving ceremony that the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas held for the 23 for 2023 cadets last Monday but he made sure to help out when the current batch needed him the most.

After helping the Marinerong Pilipino Skippers win the Sinulog Cup in Cebu a week ago, the 6-foot-7 Filipino-American did not hesitate to heed Gilas’ call, as they were undermanned for their second session in preparation for the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

“I think it’s just an honor to put on this jersey, to be able to represent our country, to possibly represent our country in the future. It’s an honor,” shared the Laguna-native.

The 25-year old, who just celebrated his birthday last January 9, admitted that he was in awe of the talent inside the Meralco Gym. Like a fan, he wanted to take a few photo ops with the senior team’s Gabe Norwood and June Mar Fajardo.

“Actually, at first I was just shocked to see June Mar and Gabe, just to be able to be in the midst of them,” gushed the former DLSU Green Archer, who will suit-up for Marinerong Pilipino in the D-League. “I even asked them for a picture, and hopefully they’ll still give me one.

“It’s just humbling, definitely.”

However, the work has only began for Tratter. With five years to go until the 2023 FIBA World Cup, the two-time UAAP champion plans to continue to do what he does best — be the same scrapper that he is and hopefully catch the eye of Gilas’ brass.

“I think just doing the dirty work, of course. Giving whatever the team needs, rebound or any steals, any thing a dirty player would need to pick up on,” he said.

“That’s how it is, garbage into gold. Get anything, sweep up anything and try to put it back.”

Moreover, he will continue answering the call when Gilas needs him, as he himself is learning a lot from being surrounded by the country’s topflight cagers.

“Whenever I can. I want to be able to absorb all the information coming from here and hopefully apply it in the D-League and hopefully apply it on future practices, future games.”

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2018 FIBA 3X3 World Cup

Terrence Romeo invited to join Pilipinas 3×3 for World Cup



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Scoring sensation Terrence Romeo has been invited by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas to join the Philippine team in the upcoming FIBA 3X3 World Cup, according to Philippine Star columnist Quinito Henson.

Romeo, who is currently out due to a right knee injury, has been in rehabilitation and is expected to miss the entire Philippine Cup campaign of the Globalport Batang Pier and the second window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

“Baka sa second conference na ko makabalik kasi talagang gusto ko malakas ako pagbalik ko,” the 25-year-old shared during Chooks-to-Go Live last January 2.

SBP Executive Director Sonny Barrios personally met with the 6-foot guard, inviting him to be part of the Philippine team.

Romeo has plenty of 3×3 basketball experience under his belt.

Back in 2014, Romeo was part of the Manila West 3×3 team during the Manila Masters. He was adjudged as the tournament Most Valuable Player.

The 2018 3X3 World Cup will take place from June 8-12 at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.

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Red Spikers extinguish Blazers for second win



Shaking off a forgettable outing against the Perpetual Help Altas last January 11, the San Beda College Red Spikers vented their ire on defending champions College of Saint Benilde Blazers in four sets, 25-15, 25-16, 23-25, 26-24, and claimed their second win of the season, Friday afternoon at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

“Sabi ng coaches kalimutan na yung talo,” shared captain Lorenze Santos of what transpired after that match.

So, in this game, the San Beda team poured on what they worked hard for to regain momentum. “Binuhos po namin lahat ng ginawa namin sa training [ngayon].”

After tight starts in all the first two sets, the Mendiola-based side pulled away to register the seemingly insurmountable 2-0 lead.

Nonetheless, summoning the heart of a champion and led by seniors Isaah Arda and Jethro Orian, the reigning champions pulled off gritty runs to snag the third set and making a tussle of the fourth.

Ultimately, Adrian Viray virtually ended the match with a vicious serve, which the Blazers failed to convert.

The prolific outside hitter finished with 17 points, 11 coming from attacks and five off blocks. Former skipper Mark Encino also registered 17 markers.

The Red Spikers (2-1) will face the Mapua University, also at 2-1, on Friday, January 19.

Orian was such a presence at the net, ending up with 20 points for the Taft-based squad.

The defending champions Blazers (2-1) will try to bounce back later that day against San Sebastian College (0-3).

The Scores:

SBC 3 – Viray 17, Enciso 17, Santos 11, Patenio 7, Amagan 7, Desuyo 3, Zabala 0, Genobaten 0, Manliclic 0, Casin L.

CSB 1 – Orian 20, Arda 18, Bacani 6, Basilan 4, Bautista 4, Magsino 2, Martinez 0, Garcia 0, San Miguel 0, Saldavia 0, Dy L.

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