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Filipino fighters all succumb in first round at ONE Pride of Lions



Heavyweight Igor Subora, debuting strawweight Natalie Gonzales Hills, and featherweights Jimmy Yabo and Edward Kelly had high hopes entering ONE’s Pride of Lions event held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang Street, Singapore. However, all their hopes were shattered at a blink of an eye as all fell to their opponents in the first round of their fights.

“The Kilapino” falls prey to Angela Lee’s twister submission

ONE Pride of Lions - Angela Lee Natalie Hills - twisterGoing into the bout, 27 year old Filipino-Australian Natalie Gonzales Hills had a wealth of experience behind her compared to Singaporean Angela Lee. A slight mistake though resulted to a first round submission loss for the debuting Filipina as she tapped to one of the rarest submission holds in MMA, the twister.

Hills was aggressive to start the match-up as she knew she had the upperhand in the striking department against Evolve MMA’s brightest young star. A flurry of rights hand and knees by the Filipino-Australian in the clinch marked the first 30 seconds of the bout. Showing her striking prowess, “the Kilapino” tried a crescent kick and a spinning back fist combination that barely glanced her opponent. A huge right hook was then landed by Hills that knocked Lee to one knee.

Smelling blood, Hills dragged Lee to the ground but proved to be a vital error as Lee is an accomplished Brazilian Jiu Jitsu grappler. After just ten seconds on top, Lee swept her oppont for the full guard and was able to mount her opponent with 3:23 left in the opening round. Hills gave up her back and tried to roll past her. However, Lee had other plans in mind as she locked in a twister, a submission that twists the opponent’s spine, and at the 2:24 mark. Hills had no other recourse but to tap.

With the win, Lee stays perfect with a 3-0 slate while Hills falls to 2-3.

Titanic clash ends with Subora flat on his back

ONE Pride of Lions - Ngalani Igor Subora - GNPDon’t blink!

In a quick clash between two heavyweights, the stucky 40 year old Hong Kong-resident Alain Ngalani needed just a minute and nine seconds to send Ukranian Philippine-resident Igor Subora crashing to the mat.

Subora preyed on Ngalani to start the contest but kicks by “the Panther” distanced himself from the Ukranian. A huge left body kick by Ngalani stunned Subora while huge body punches and a overpowering right knocked Subora down. Still feeling the effects of the kicks, Subora crumbled to the mat, leaving his head prone to hammer fists. The referee had seen enough punishment as the match was stopped with 3:51 still left on the clock in the first round.

Alain Ngalani evens his record at 2-2 while the 35 year old Ukranian falls to a 5-3 record, currently in a two-fight funk.

Cebuano “Silencer” silenced by Amir Khan

ONE Pride of Lions - Amir Khan Jimmy Yabo - GNPPrior to making his ONE Championship debut, Cebuano featherweight Jimmy Yabo was riding a four-fight win streak. That is a thing of the past now as Yabo succumbed to hometown favorite Amir Khan.

Yabo tried to keep distance against his lanky opponent to open the contest. At the 4:05 mark, the “Silencer” was able to press Khan to the cage but knees by the Singaporean led to his escape. After a minute of parrying, a Yabo body kick was caught by Khan that paved the way for a huge left by Khan and a corner clinch. Yabo was able to land a clean jab that knocked Khan down but Khan eventually took Yabo down to the half guard. The 21 year old Singaporean was able to secure a full mount and was able to land at least 35 unanswered short elbows and punches on the 34 year old Filipino. The referee fortunately stopped the action with 52 seconds remaining on the clock.

The young Singaporean raises his record to 4-2 while Yabo falls to 4-2.

Nguyen busts Kelly deep

ONE Pride of Lions - Kelly Nguyen - RNC AttemptEdward Kelly, fresh from a win against Yabo, had all the time to shake-off the rust from his short layoff. Australian Martin Nguyen had just fought a month ago and sufferred his first loss defeat during his match against Marat Gafurov. Nguyen used this as fire to stop Team Lakay’s young prospect Edward Kelly.

“The Ferocious” Kelly was immediately taken down by Nguyen to open the bout. After trying for a rear naked choke, “the Situ-Asian” then moved to an armbar attempt but the Baguio-native was able to escape. Kelly then followed it up with a head kick combination but was deraile by a huge shoot to a double-leg takedown by Nguyen from halfway accross the cage. The Filipino, fighting for dear life, attempted a guillotine choke but was easily escaped by the Australian. A sharp elbow by Nguyen busted the top of the head of Kelly at the 3:49 mark. With 41 seconds remaining, the ringside doctors checked the cut and deemed that it was too deep for the Filipino to continue. The match was stopped at the 4:11 mark.

The “Situ-Asian” moves to 5-1 while the Ferocious one will look to bounce back with a 6-3 record.

ONE Pride of Lions results
November 13, 2015 – Singapore Indoor Stadium, Kallang, Singapore

Women’s Strawweight bout: Angela Lee defeated Natalie Hills via Submission (twister), Rd 1 2:36
Heavyweight bout: Alain Ngalani defeatead Igor Subora via TKO (ground and pound), Rd 1 1:08
Featherweight bout: Amir Khan defeated Jimmy Yabo via TKO (ground and pound), Rd 1 4:03
Featherweight bout: Martin Nguyen defeated Edward Kelly via TKO (doctor’s stoppage – cut forehead), Rd 1 4:19

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



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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