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Fourbees survives errors; tops Coast Guard in five sets

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Fourbees-Cavite Lady Altas overcame a sluggish performance to edge out Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Lady Dolphins in five sets, 25-16, 19-25, 25-22, 26-28, and 15-11, in the preliminary stages of Shakey’s V-League Season 12 Open Conference this afternoon at the FilOil-Flying V Arena in San Juan.

The Lady Altas displayed dominant volleyball right in the opening set as they surged to post an eight-point lead, 20-12, behind the offensive outburst of Jamel Suyat and Shallane Eniong. PCG scored three straight points, capped by a Mary Rosale quick attack, to narrow the gap to within five, 20-15. But their would-be comeback to snatch the first set fell short, as Fourbees-Cavite ignited a 5-1 scoring spree to close out the set, 25-16.

Things went different for Fourbees-Cavite come the second frame of the match, as they succumbed to strings of errors that compromised their level of play. Their rusty movement on the court helped the Lady Dolphins to pacify the Lady Altas’ offense, not letting the latter to post huge leads. Hence, PCG capitalized and posted a five-point lead at the near-end of the set, 22-17, as Decie Ann Montero nailed a quick hit. After a few rallies, Fourbees-Cavite inched within four, 23-19, but their unforced errors cost them the set. A net ball from Suyat led PCG to match point, 24-19, and an open hit by Rossan Fajardo closed the set for the orange-clad volleybelles, 25-19.

Coast Guard started well in the third set, sustaining the momentum they had from the previous set. However, errors on their side started to pile up, letting Fourbees-Cavite equalize midway up to the latter part of the set. From a 17-all tie, five more deadlocks occurred, but Fourbees-Cavite pulled away to score three straight points from a 22-all knot, with the last two points coming from Suyat’s back-to-back open hits, to grab the third set, 25-22, and post a 2-1 set lead.

The fourth set started in favor of Fourbees-Cavite as they posted a nine-point lead, 16-7, despite the errors they committed. But despite the huge lead, the Lady Altas was unable to sustain it for long, as PCG was able to close within three, 18-15, behind Fajardo, Rosale, and Kath Magsumbol’s services and attacks. After a few more rallies, the Lady Altas saw themselves at match point, 24-21.

Fourbees-Cavite could not close the set and the match, enabling PCG to send the match into a 24-all deadlock after a drop ball from Magsumbol. Both teams exchanged points during rallies, until Coast Guard scored two straight points from a 26-all tie, thus sending the match into the fifth and final set.

Not to be outdone, Fourbees-Cavite regained composure in the fifth set as Suyat, Eniong, Marijo Medalla, and Ana Diocareza provided enough firepower to clinch the set, 15-11, and the match, 3-2.

Suyat led all scorers with 24 big points coming from 20 spikes. Medalla supplied 15 points, three of which were service aces. Diocareza and Eniong each had 14 and 10, respectively. Fajardo led Coast Guard with 18 points in a losing effort. Magsumbol and Rosale scored 12 points apiece, while Montero and Arnie Yumul each had 10.

Fourbees-Cavite Assistant Coach Michael Molino attributed the players’ sluggish performance with their playing conditions. “Nagpahinga ng mahaba yung players nitong Holy Week at exams, kaya ‘di pa rin sila nakakarecover,” said Molino.

Fourbees-Cavite will face Philippine Navy Lady Sailors next Thursday, April 16, also at the same venue.

The scores:

Fourbees-Perpetual (3) – Versoza 24, Medalla 15, Diocareza 14, Eniong 10, Cabriana 9, Abcede 9, Imbo 3, Condada L

Coas Guard (2) – Fajardo 18, Magsumbol 12, Rosale 12, Montero 10, Yumul 10, Espelita 3, Valencia 1, Acepcion L

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

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After a hesitant performance in their PBA D-League debut last Thursday that resulted in a loss to the Marinerong Pilipino Skippers, the Zark’s Burger-Lyceum Jawbreakers seemingly caught up with the league’s style of play on 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 that 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 the AMA Online Education. And for Perez, he strongly believes that they will be able to carry over their momentum.

“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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