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UP gives up only 1 set, defeats season-host UE



With majority of the crowd still buzzing about the UP MBT’s first win in two years the day before, the University of the Philippines badminton team gave the crowd another thing to cheer about with a dominant 5 match sweep of UAAP Season 77 host UE Red Warriors at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum Badminton Hall.


Men’s Singles Match 1: Wilson Joseph Lopez (UP) def. Benjamin Silva (UE), 2:0

UP 1 – 0 UE


In the first set of the opening match of this series, Benjamin Silva would take a 12-8 lead over his foe from Diliman. Wilson Lopez was not able to properly return majority of his opponent’s hits early on in the contest. Able to get his footing mid-set, Lopez would limit his opponent to just a single point. Lopez won the first set 21-13. The 2nd set would be a different story however, as there would be no downtime for the U19 ranked Wilson Lopez as he coasted through his opponent.  Lopez would lead by as much as 7 points in the middle of the second set and would never look back as Wilson Lopez won the set 21 to 13 over Benjamin Silva.


Aggregate Score: Lopez 42 – Silva 26

Total Match Time: 29 mins.


Men’s Singles Match 2: Jon Jelson Masongsong (UP) def. Lorenz Gatpolintan (UE), 2:0

UP 2 – 0 UE


Jon Jelson Masongsong, ranked #10 in the boys’ division, made quick work of his outclassed opponent Lorenz Gatpolintan in just 25 minutes of action. Masongsong overmatched his opponent in the first set limiting his opponent to just 10 points. Majority of those 10 points were service errors from Masongsong. The set was out-of-hand for Gatpolintan with Masongsong leading 20-9 before the set ended at 21-10. The second set saw a suddenly-rejuvenated Gatpolintan take the lead for the majority of the set. During the 11-point break, with Gatpolintan leading, Coach Go from the UP-side reminded Masongsong to not coast through his opponent. Masongsong would only give up 7 points from there. Masongsong won the set 21-18.


Aggregate Score: Masongsong 42 – Gatpolintan 28

Total Match Time: 25 mins.


Men’s Double Match 1: Lorenzo Miguel Leonardo and Ethan Joshua Malelang (UP) def. John Kenneth Cruz and Arman Joseph Manlalangit (UE), 2:0

UP 3 – 0 UE (UP wins)


Both Leonardo and Malelang are highly-ranked in the U19 doubles’ division. It was clearly shown in this match why. The UP duo displayed good teamwork, highlighted by an excellent decoy sequence in the second set. The first set was a route with Leonardo and Malelang making short work of their opponents, winning the set 21 – 10. In the second set, the duo from Diliman would lead 20-13. With their opponents at match point, and after an errand serve by Malelang, Kenneth Cruz and Arman Manlalangit would churn in 6 straight points. The swing of momentum from the red-side would fall short as Ethan Malelang blasted the only point they need to secure the match. The UP shuttlers won the set 21-19.


Aggregate Score: Leonardo (19) and Malelang (23) 42 – Cruz (11) and Manlalangit (18)

Total Match Time: 28 mins.


Men’s Double Match 2: Carl Kristian Clemente and Joaquin Raphael Deato (UP) def. Jose Luiz Gomez and Ramon Lorenzo Guerrero (UE), 2:0

UP 4 – 0 UE (UP wins)


With the series locked in their favor, Clemente and Deato never let their guard down to continue the set-streak of the Fighting Maroons with a sweep of their foes from the University of the East. The tandem from Diliman started slow but took a three point lead against the Red Warriors during the 11th point break.  The lead would jump to 17 to 9 after it, highlighted by two smashes by Clemente. The UE-squad would lose the first set 21 to 13. The second set would see the team from UP rally to 11 to 4 lead. However, Ramon Guerrero kept the game close after the set-break. Jose Gomez would cut the UP lead down to 2 with the score at 16 to 18. Deato would shut the run down and keep the perfect set streak of UP alive, 21-17.


Aggregate Score: Clemente (23) and Deato (19) 42 – Gomez (15) and Guerrero (15) 30

Total Match Time: 31 mins.


Men’s Singles Match 3: Lorenzo Leonardo (UP) def. Arman Manlalangit (UE), 2:1

UP 5 – 0 UE (UP wins)


Rank #4 in the U19 division Lorenzo Leonardo defeated Arman Manlalangit in 3 sets. The young Leonardo never relinquished the lead in the first set. Manlalangit only managed to go point-for-point with Leonardo, not taking advantage of errors set by his highly ranked opponent. Lorenzo Leonardo won the first set 21 to 15. The second set would see Lorenzo Leonardo slow on his feet and his returns during the 2nd set looked flat. Manlalangit seeing this grabbed the opportunity to steal a set from the Fighting Maroons. Arman Manlalangit would tie the set at 1 apiece. Looking to score an upset, Manlalangit, during the final set, would grab a 5-1 lead early on. Lorenzo Leonardo, not wanting to be the only guy who loses on his side, played with fire after falling 6-3. He would then answer all returns of his opponent with hard smashes giving him the win, 21-15.


Aggregate Score: Leonardo 61 – Manlalangit 51

Total Match Time: 66 mins.


Aggregate Sets Won: UP 10 – 1 UE

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Calvin Abueva, Raymond Almazan cut from pool



SMART Gilas Pilipinas’ third session for the second leg of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers ended early on Monday evening.

Prior to the end of the practice, head coach Chot Reyes talked to team veterans Jayson Castro, Gabe Norwood, and June Mar Fajardo. The outspoken mentor told the seniors of the team that he is cutting Calvin Abueva and Raymond Almazan from the pool.

“The reason why we’re dropping Abueva and Almazan for the second window is because they haven’t showed up,” lamented Reyes.

“It’s already our third practice at hindi pa sila nagpapakita. It’s simply a matter of disinterest.

“I guess they’re not interested so we have to move on we can’t wait for those guys,” he pointed out.

Both Abueva and Almazan were part of the teams that competed in the 2017 SEABA Championship, the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup, and the first window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

Only 10 players from the pool showed up for the team’s third session. And with the second leg exactly one month away, Gilas cannot let a slip up happen especially against Australia.

“Aside from those two we don’t know where Matt Wright is, while Allein [Maliksi] is attending a wedding in Australia. Other than that it’s really just an issue of Calvin and Raymond if they don’t want to be a part of the pool.” expressed Reyes.

“That’s the reason we’re dropping them for the second window.”

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2019 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers

23 for 2023 cadets fill up Gilas practice



With just 31 days until the second window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, only 10 players from the pool attended the team’s third session, Monday evening at the Meralco Gym.

Suiting up in the session presided over by Coach Chot Reyes were June Mar Fajardo, Gabe Norwood, Troy Rosario, Jio Jalalon, Mac Belo, Kiefer Ravena, Kevin Alas, and Roger Pogoy. Carl Cruz and Jayson Castro were in attendance but were in street clothes.

Not present were Matthew Wright, Japeth Aguilar, and Allein Maliksi. Calvin Abueva and Raymond Almazan have yet to attend practice.

Joining the seniors team to prep them up for the World Cup Qualifiers were 10 players from the 23 for 2023 pool.

Ateneo Blue Eagle Matt Nieto attended his first Gilas practice. Joining him were teammates Isaac Go and Thirdy Ravena.

Completing the night’s cast were CJ Perez, Abu Tratter, Will Gozum, J-jay Alejandro, Arvin Tolentino, and Juan Gomez de Liano. Joshua Sinclair watched from the sidelines as he is still recovering from an ACL injury.

Gilas will take on Australia in Melbourne on February 22. The Philippine will then host Japan three days later at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

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San Beda fends off Letran for back-to-back wins



With seasoned setter John Carlo Desuyo steering the wheel to near perfection, the San Beda College romped to their second straight win.

The Red Spikers pulled double-digit outings from four players to upend archrival Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights, 19-25, 25-13, 25-21, 25-22, and register their fourth win of the season, Monday early evening at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

It was the Knights, however, who started on the right foot, overhauling a 4-10 deficit to snag the first set. Better passing from liberos Aljune Centeno and Johnsen Timbreza resulted in kills from captain Bobby Gatdula.

Nonetheless, San Beda picked up the service game in the next three sets to ultimately finish off the blue-shirts.

Despite the win-loss record they currently sport, the Red Spiker playmaker admitted that t

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Michael Calisaan tows Che’lu-San Sebastian past Perpetual



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Michael Calisaan poured 20 points as he captained newcomer Che’Lu-San Sebastian Revellers to a decisive 83-70 win over the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas to start their voyage, Monday evening at the Pasig City Sports Center.

Doing it all for the Revellers, the veteran forward provided the stability for his side as he shot 8-of-15 from the field while also hauling down nine rebounds, two assists, and two steals in the conference-opening win.

But it wasn’t all Calisaan as Che’Lu got contributions from all over its roster.

Samboy de Leon chimed in 16 markers and nine boards. RK Ilagan went 2-of-5 from threes to collect 13 points, eight dimes, and three rebounds, while big men Alfred Batino and Jeepy Faundo combined for 20 in the victory.

Despite the triumph, coach Stevenson Tiu gave all the praise to his players, noting the team’s lack of time preparing for the tourney.

“Nanalo kami dahil sa talent ng players. Medyo mali ko rin kasi nahirapan pa ako mag-adjust sa players. Hopefully, we play much better in the coming games,” he said.

The Revellers used a 16-4 run to finally break away from the Altas, taking a 77-60 lead with 4:03 to play as they punished their foes for their turnovers, turning Perpetual’s 30 miscues to 28 points in their favor.

Prince Eze anchored the Altas with 15 points, 11 rebounds, and seven blocks in their first game under new head coach Frankie Lim.

Che’lu-San Sebastian look to make it two in a row when they take on the Wangs-Letran Couriers on Monday, January 29 at 5:00pm. Perpetual, on the other hand, hope they can notch their first win when they take on Mila’s Lechon Mighty Roasters.

The Scores:

Che’lu-SSCR 83 — Calisaan 20, De Leon 16, Ilagan 13, Batino 10, Faundo 10, Bulanadi 6, Costelo 6, Calma 2, David 0, Lao 0, Santos 0, Valdez 0.

UPHSD 70 — Eze 15, Coronel 13, Villanueva 13, Jimenez 9, Charcos 7, Peralta 7, Gallardo 5, Pido 1, Antonio 0, Aurin 0, Tamayo 0, Tongco 0.

Quarterscores: 17-22, 34-38, 59-53, 83-70.

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