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At The Games Day 3 Roundup: Mr. Cool saves the day

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Some failed to impress, some missed a shot, some floundered a return. It was the story of the Day 3 campaign of the country, even as the first medals of the 28th Southeast Asian Games were awarded last Tuesday, June 2. At the day’s end, someone provided hope by winning the last event of the day for Team Philippines. Something that could hopefully usher in a new lease of life as the rest of the delegation arrives the morrow.

Synchro swimmers fail to impress

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As the OCBC Arena opened its first events of the Games, the Philippines’ return to the SEA Games synchronized swimming event was a wakeup call to how much we need to improve in the sport.

Sending just a pair of swimmers in the Games for the duet technical and free routine, the Philippines finished last in a pool of eight competitors. 15-year old Allyssa Salvador and 24-year old Jemimah Tiambeng finished with a 43.7238 mark. The duo scored 11.2238 on elements, but did well enough to score 16’s on execution and overall impression.

Siklab falters in ‘Battle of Newbies’

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In a battle of freshly-formed teams, the Philippine women’s netball squad failed to deliver on the win, as Myanmar took the victory, 56-31, Tuesday, June 6 at the OCBC Arena Hall 1.

It was a tight first quarter at 3-all until Myanmar pulled away to lead by 9, 17-8, after the period. The Burmese team continued to score in double digits in each quarter, whereas limiting the Pinays to less than 10 points. The Nationals kept it close in the payoff period, but the run was not enough to register their first victory.

Gonzales pulls though to end PH woes

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It was not the age, but experience that paved the way for reigning men’s singles bronze medallist, Richard Gonzales, to remain undefeated in the pool phase of the said event for this edition. That proved to be the saving grace in a gloomy day for the paddlers, and Team PH in general.

The women’s singles entries had a bad start as they lost their first matches of their respective pool phases. Sendrina Balatbat and Ian Lariba were both defeated in straight sets. Mai Hoang My Trang of Vietnam took the win against Balatbat, 11-7 11-5 and 11-6, while defending champions, Feng Tian Wei of Singapore overpowered Lariba, 11-6 11-6 and 11-2. Lariba showed some signs of brilliance on her returns,  unfortunately, Feng was just too strong for the La Sallian.

Young upstart Ryan Jacolo succumbed to a fellow fresh talent, Thailand’s Tanviriyavechakul Padasak, also in straight sets, 12-14 5-11 6-11, to kick of his men’s singles group campaign. With a win badly needed, it was up to veteran Gonzales to provide the silver lining.

Ficky Supit Santoso of Indonesia took the first set 11-6 with great attacks that disrupted the Filipino’s defensive stance. Gonzales mixed it up in the following sets to get the second and third. Then, Santoso raced to a big lead in the crucial fourth frame and never looked back and forced a decider. It was a see-saw battle in the fifth and final set, until the Indonesian pulled away. The 44-year old veteran forced his younger opponent to committing errors to get to the match point first, 10-9. An exchange of great rallies ensued, and an error by Santoso ended the match in favor of Gonzales, 12-10.

June 3 schedule:

The national fencers take the pistes starting at 9am at the OCBC Arena Hall 2 for the pools of women’s individual foil, men’s individual epee, and men’s individual sabre.

Salvador and Tiambeng will be completing their participation at the Games with the free routine, 1pm at the OCBC Aquatic Center.

Our paddlers continue their battle in the singles pools phase with Ian Lariba taking on Sawettabut Suthasini of Thailand at 2:50pm. Ryan Jacolo hopes to bounce back against Le Tien Dat of Vietnam at 3:30pm, while Richard Gonzales wants to extend his run to propel his semifinals chances as he battle Tran Tuan Quynh, also of Vietnam. Matches will be at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Siklab Pilipinas hopes to have a better performance in their next game against Asian champions and hosts Singapore at 7pm, at the OCBC Arena Hall 1.

To end the night, the U23 Azkals aims to get their first win in a crucial tiff against Cambodia at 8:30pm at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

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D-League to hold three-day showcase for players

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Seeking to further display the greatness of the Filipino basketball players, the PBA is giving more chances to the cagers as the league is set to hold the first-ever PBA D-League Showdown later this conference.

Opening the eighth season with this ground-breaking news, PBA officer-in-charge Willie Marcial is hopeful that this will serve as another motivation for the players to perform at their best this 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.

“Ginagawa naman natin ito para mas galingan ng mga players natin para rin maipakita nila yung tunay nilang talento,” he said Thursday during the opening ceremonies at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Marcial bared that the plan is to hold a two-day summit for the players suiting up in the ongoing conference to allow them to showcase their talents in front of coaches and scouts, not just from the PBA but also from countries in the Southeast Asian region.

“Lahat ng mga players ay maglalaro dito at mapapanood hindi lang ng mga PBA coaches,” he said.

“Iimbitahin din namin ang mga coaches ng ibang bansa tulad ng Malaysia, Thailand, at Vietnam na kumukuha ng imports sa atin.”

Marcial acknowledged that as much as players seek to make the jump to the pro league, securing spots in the PBA teams have been hard to crack over the past few years, forcing the players to look elsewhere for opportunities.

That has made playing in overseas leagues an option for these less fortunate ballers, keeping them earning while also hoping to impress scouts while keeping their PBA dreams alive.

Some of the players who suited up in the D-League and are currently playing outside of the country are Paul Zamar and Almond Vosotros in Thailand, AJ Mandani in Singapore, and Reil Cervantes in Indonesia.

With this project, Marcial is hopeful that this would keep the players in line while also delivering the best competition the D-League could dream of.

“Iwasan natin ang bisyo at galingan ninyo.”

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CSJL

Letran overpowers Lyceum for second win

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After a string of losses, the Colegio San Juan de Letran Lady Knights returned to the NCAA Season 93 win column with a gritty win over the short-handed Lyceum of the Philippines University Lady Pirates, 28-26, 20-25, 26-24, 25-20, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Lady Knights won out in a sloppy match which had both teams combine for 25 aces, 15 coming from Letran. According to assistant coach Ron Dulay, Letran needed to solve their reception problems on the fly.

“Weakness nga siguro namin ‘yung receive, pero inaayos namin siya ensayo. Kanina medyo shaky lang ‘yung mga bata. Mabuti noong dulo naka-adjust kami sa ginagawa ng kalaban,” said Dulay.

Both sides also had a whooping 34 errors apiece. Letran’s miscues, however, came early in the match and were lessened by the deciding fourth set which they won convincingly.

“Unti-unte tumataas ‘yung level ng team. Kailangan talaga namin mag-double time pa sa mga susunod na laban kung gusto namin umabot doon sa Top Four,” Dulay added.

Second-year Lady Knight Charm Simborio led the way with 17 points while Glayssa Torres added 15 which includes two blocks and three aces.

The Lady Knights (2-2) take on perennial rival San Beda College (4-0) on Monday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Christine Miralles topped the Lady Pirates with a career-high 21 points. Team captain Bien Juanillo added 17 markers.

The Lady Pirates (1-3) face the undefeated defending champs Arellano University (4-0) on Sunday also at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Scores

CSJL (3) – Simborio 17, Torres 15, Abitan 11, Barrinuevo 8, Parin 8, Mendoza 3, Bangcola 2, Uriza 1, Perez 0, Larioque (L)

LPU (1) – Miralles 21, Juanillo 17, Sevilla 11, Bongabong 5, Patio 5, Genova 2, Marcella (L), Romanban (L)

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2018 FIBA 3X3 World Cup

FIBA 3×3 World Cup to be a huge boost for country’s Olympic bid

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All roads will lead to Bocaue, Bulacan as the 2018 FIBA 3×3 World Cup will head to the Philippine Arena. The biggest tournament in 3×3 basketball will be played from June 8-12, 2018.

The announcement was made Thursday afternoon by Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executives. The event was graced by Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. president Ronald Mascariñas, SMART Sports’ Christopher Quimpo, and FIBA’s 3×3 Managing Director Alex Sanchez.

With 3×3 basketball being declared an Olympic event last 2017, the SBP is looking at this tournament as a way to prove to the world that we are capable of hosting and that we can compete with the world’s finest.

“As mentioned earlier, I think we’ve been very successful holding it in the malls, 3,000 to 4,000 people watching the games. We chose to move it to a bigger venue, I think we want to give an opportunity for more people to see the games,” said SBP president Al Panlilio.

“From a Philippine basketball point of view, that gives an opportunity for the youth to watch the game. From an SBP, FIBA perspective, we want bigger crowds in 3×3 and that’s something we want to deliver to FIBA,” he added.

There will be 40 teams split into two divisions that will compete in this annual tourney.

For the men’s side, the Philippines will take on teams from Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Ecuador, Estonia, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Ukraine, and Uruguaz.

In the women’s division, the hosts will face Andorra, Argentina, Bahrain, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkmenistan, United States, and Venezuela.

With this task of hosting a world class tournament, Chooks-to-Go vowed to help in the organization of it.

“We look at 3×3 as our best hope, really, to get a medal in the Olympics. Kami naman sa Chooks, we are behind SBP realizing that dream,” said Mascariñas.

“Kanina pinag-uusapan na, if we’re going to break the record in attendance. I think the question there is not if we’re going to break, but how many more times.”

FIBA, on the other hand, is looking forward to helping groom a possible Philippine team that will compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“I’m sure the event this year, we’re starting the countdown, is going to be amazing,” Sanchez said. “I think this is going to be helpful for us in developing.

“I’m coming from Tokyo where we’re discussing the venue and layout of the Olympics. We should make an effort with Al and SBP to see if we have a Filipino team in Olympics. In my opinion Filipinos have a real chance to make it. Hopefully this can give us a nice push to get a PH team to the Olympics,” the Spanish executive added.

“See you in June.”

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EAC

Perpetual escapes upset-hungry EAC

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Fighting off a sluggish start, the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Lady Altas came alive late to slip past the Emilio Aguinaldo College Lady Generals, 22-25, 25-19, 25-14, 23-25, 15-13, and remain on pace for a spot in the NCAA Season 93 Final Four at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Taking on a struggling EAC side, Perpetual head coach Michael Cariño knew that there was a possibility that his squad would relax. His team has had trouble starting and finishing off matches, as evidenced in their first set performance and lack of finishing push in the fourth frame.

“May tendency talaga ‘yung team ko na mag-relax. Sabihin na nating hindi kasi sobrang lakas ng kalaban. Pero alam naman natin sa volleyball na wala namang team na ibibigay sa’yo ‘yung panalo, kailangan kunin mo talaga,” Cariño lamented.

The fifth frame came down to late breaks. The Lady Altas broke a 13-all tie with back-to-back transition conversions from Cindy Imbo and Lourdes Clemente.

“Siyempre, nage-expect ako nang mas maganda pang performance sa team ko. Alam din naman nila na mas may ibubuga pa sila kaya kailangan mas maganda ang ipakita namin sa mga huli naming laro,” the NCAA champion mentor added.

Imbo tallied a game-high 17 points, while Clemente and Maria Aurora Tripoli added 15 points, apiece. The Lady Altas needed all of their 11 aces and 11 blocks to offset their season-high 42 errors.

Aira Binondo was the only Lady General in double-digits with 13 points.

The Lady Altas (3-1) next face the Jose Rizal University (2-2) on Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre. EAC (0-4) will look for their first win on Monday against the College of Saint Benilde (2-1).

The Scores

UPHSD (3) – Imbo 17, Clemente 15, Tripoli 15, Sangalang 11, Llorente 10, Versoza 4, Estanislao 1, Gual 1, Umandal 0, Medalla (L)

EAC (2) – Binondo 13, Tongco 9, Pablo 8, Lumbao 7, Magbanua 7, Reyes A. 3, Reyes K. 3, Tasis 2, Yongco 1, Medina (L)

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