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Global revitalize campaign with massive home triumph over Yadanarbon



A change of venue resulted in a change of fortunes for Global FC. The UFL champions erased the bitter memory of losing 6-1 at home to South China, in Manila earlier in the group stage of the 2015 AFC Cup, with a vital 4-1 victory against Burmese club Yadanarbon FC, who went down to nine men following two dismissals in the second half, earlier tonight at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan.

This marked the first professional football game held at the stadium, and the reigning UFL champions gave the stadium a well-deserved baptism by playing well enough to earn a magnificent outcome. Key players Misagh Bahadoran, the skipper of the club, Patrick Deyto, and Ray Jonsson led the returning pack after Global played their last game in Myanmar with a near-empty bench. The boost from the crop of returning players proved valuable as Mark Hartmann, Bahadoran, and Renato Gonzalez all scored with the Filipino-British midfielder-cum-forward drilling two goals from set pieces in the box.

Bahadoran immediately made his presence felt in the second minute of action, after his determination to win the ball led to a free kick within dangerous range. The attempt from the set piece may have been dealt with easily, but Bahadoran came up again with an opportunity to find the opening goal inside the box. After penetrating into the box, the winger’s shot was blocked by a swarm of the Burmese club’s players. He was, then, in the mix in the 13th minute, just moments after teammate, Raul Martinez, shot far wide from outside the box. His attempt, erstwhile was almost sublime. The Azkals midfielder gathered the ball inside the box before shrugging off his marker and finding himself open. He was unable to make it count, however, as his attempt drifted slowly past the wrong side of the post. The returning captain’s impact was really felt in the match as he won a free kick from outside the box that eventually resulted in a spotkick. Martinez fired the dead ball towards the goal, but on the way it was handled by Yan Paing, forcing Sri Lankan referee Nivon Robesh Gamini to award Global a penalty. Hartmann buried his spot kick to make sure Global take a lead for the first time in the tournament.

The advantage did not last long, however, as the next chance of the match took place just four minutes after Global went in front. Unfortunately for the Filipino champions, Yan Paing got to strike well enough to beat Deyto and level the score at 1-1. After drawing the equalizer, Yadanarbon threatened to jump on the lead. Nanda Lin and Thet Naing had decent looks in openplay, but neither tested goalkeeper Deyto. On the other end, Global’s Bahadoran and Hartmann combined again to work their way around the Yadanarbon backline, but to no avail in the 35th minute. The breakthrough may have not arrived that moment, but it came soon after. A costly defensive error by Sithu presented an indirect free kick for Global just a couple of meters away from the six-yard box. Taking advantage of the situation, dead ball specialist, Hartmann, restored the Filipinos’ lead that stood for the rest of the match.

At the restart, Yadanarbon faced Bahadoran anew. Just four minutes into the second half, Sithu had to block the Fil-Iranian’s shot to keep his team within touching distance. Two quick chances, then, took place after eight minutes of fair exchange between the two squads. It was Bahadoran again who almost connected with Hartmann’s excellently whipped cross. On the other side, Yan Paing teed up Maximin Djawa, whose shot from outside of the box was palmed away by Deyto. The fourth goal of the match is clearly crucial as it could bring the visitors level once more, or possibly opening a gap in favor of the home side. Just a couple of minutes after the quick spree of chances, Bahadoran outpaced everyone in blue before slotting the ball clinically past Sithu to make it 3-1 just before the hour mark.

With 21 minutes to go, Zaw Lin Tun was sent off after a horrible foul inside the box. It prompted Hartmann, the recipient of an elbow from ZL Tun, to collect his hat-trick with another go from the spot. However, Sithu managed to get his foot on it to keep the floodgates from opening. The frustration of the visitors was evident when Tin Win Aung was also dismissed with only 14 minutes left, further reducing Yadanarbon to nine men. There were not a lot of chances that came with Global ahead by two goals, and having two more men on the pitch, but Renato Gonzalez sprinkled the icing on the cake with a well-struck free kick sneaking past the Yadanarbon defense. Jonsson came on late in the game and almost scored twice, if not for him mistiming his lunge on the first one, and his sneaky flick cleared off the line. The game ended in a few moments, cueing a joyous celebration from the stands as the more than 2,000 people in attendance were treated to a spectacular display of football from the home side

After tonight’s games, Global find themselves tied for second place with Pahang FA, who lost their game in Hong Kong against the undefeated South China AA, 3-1. This sets up the fight for second place nicely, as three teams behind the Hong Kong team—who also assured top spot in the group— are in the running to join them in the knockout stages.

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Cardinals blast Golden Stags for third win



After absorbing a sorry defeat from the San Beda College Red Spikers in their last outing, the Mapua University Cardinals subdued the San Sebastian College-Recolletos Golden Stags, 26-24, 25-16, 26-24, to take their third victory of the season, Tuesday morning at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Mark Jason Egan paced the Intramuros-based squad with 14 points on eight attacks and three each of blocks and serves. Team captain Anjo Pertierra finished with 13 markers, while Alfred Pagulong had 10.

Despite a miserable reception output, Cardinals setter Raven Evangelista still had a field day as he produced 32 excellent sets on the 41 attack points of his squad.

Such would not go unnoticed as Pertierra lauded his playmaker’s production that led to the win. He said, “Sobrang ganda kung performance ni Raven. Nakapag-adjust siya sa bad reception. Kino-commend ko siya today.”

Losing that second set big, the Stags threatened to steal the third as they led 21-18 off back-to-back hits from James Eugenio and even forced a deuce. Nonetheless, a quick attack from Pertierra and an ace off Pagulong sealed the win for the Cards.

Pertierra admitted their lack of intensity almost cost them the first and third sets, and hopes the team address it as soon as the next game against the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals.

“Kilala naman EAC na maganda floor defense, sobrang makapit. Sasabayan namin sila, we’ll give our best,” he shared.

That important tussle between the Cards (3-2) and the Generals (2-3) will happen on Thursday.

Former skipper Jahir Ebrahim led the Stags with 16 markers.

San Sebastian (1-4) will try to get back on winning track when they face winless Letran (0-5) later that day.

The Scores:

MU 3 – Egan 14, Pertierra 13, Pagulong 10, Damian 8, Navera 8, Evangelista 1, Bondoc L.

SSC-R 0 – Ebrahim 16, Lana 9, Eugenio 8, Ronato 6, Ongque A 3, Campuspos 1, Eusebio 1, Lazaro 0, Toledo 0, Ongque AC L, Enano L.

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Kent Salado re-injures MCL, out for Go for Gold campaign



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Kent Salado suffers a setback

The worst fear of the Go for Gold Scratchers came true Monday evening as all-around combo guard Kent Salado re-injured the medial cruciate ligament in his right knee.

The injury was confirmed by Kent Salado and the officials of Go for Gold and he will miss the entire 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup.

With under three minutes left in the third quarter of Go for Gold’s opening game against the Gamboa-St. Clare Coffee Lovers Monday afternoon, the 5-foot-9 guard went for a drive but could not get the proper lift. He tried to walk it off but limped towards the audience section of the Pasig Sports Center.

“Parang may narinig nga siya na may tumunog daw,” shared Scratchers head coach Charles Tiu after their 75-68 win.

“We’re very worried.

“I think our PT said baka MCL ‘yun, so that might be a month or two, so that’s a big problem for us,” the youthful mentor added.

Salado finished the game with nine points, five rebounds, four assists, and three steals. He was immediately rushed to the Makati Medical Center afterwards. At around nine in the evening, the MRI showed that he tore his ACL as was initially reported by Tiebreaker Times. A second opinion, however, contradicted the initial diagnosis, showing only an MCL tear.

Prior to this, the native of Cagayan de Oro suffered a partial tear on medial collateral damage on the same knee last October 10, 2017 during Arellano’s 85-79 win over the San Sebastian Golden Stags.

With this setback, Salado was also advised to not play in the summer leagues to fully recover in time for the NCAA Season 94 Seniors Basketball tournament.

“Okay lang para NCAA na ko makapaglaro,” he said.

“Mas importante naman yun.”

The 23-year-old averaged 19.1 points, 5.0 assists, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.3 steals last season. He is eligible to enter the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft.

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San Beda overwhelmed by Sale, out of title contention



Against a taller Moroccan club team, the San Beda College Red Lions could not get the ball rolling against Al Sale, falling 77-104, early Tuesday morning (Manila time) at the Al Ahli Club in Dubai.

With the loss and the UAE National Team defeating Sagesse earlier in the day, the 0-3 Red Lions can no longer advance to the next stage of the 29th Dubai International Basketball Tournament.

San Beda ace Robert Bolick continued his string of sensational outings. After putting up 28 and 27 points respectively in their first two games, the 23 for 2023 Gilas cadet had 20 markers in this game to lead San Beda.

Bolick’s fellow 23 for 2023 teammate Javee Mocon had 10 points but shot just 4-for-14 from the field while NCAA Season 93 Seniors Basketball Finals Most Valuable Player Donald Tankoua had six points, eight rebounds, three steals, and two blocks.

Sale, a team that has three national team players including 6-foot-11 Soufiane Kourdou and two American reinforcements, imposed their will right from the get-go — leading 28-7 to end the first frame.

Sale led by as much as 37 points midway through the second quarter, 51-14. On the other hand, San Beda could not muster a strong run as their longest rally was just a 6-0 spurt late in the third canto.

Sniper AC Soberano and Jeramer Cabanag played their best games in the tournament so far, finishing with 11 and eight points respectively. Co-captain Joe Presbitero also had eight markers.

American Patrick Rembert led six Sale players in double-figures with 22 points. Abderrahim Najah went 7-for-8 from the field for 17 points while Kordou had 16 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks.

San Beda-Pilipinas ends its campaign against Sagesse on Wednesday, January 24 (Manila time).

The Scores:

San Beda 77 – Bolick 20, Soberano 11, Mocon 10, Presbitero 8, Cabanag 8, Tankoua 6, Noah 4, Oftana 4, Carino 3, Adamos 3, Toba 0, Tongco 0.

Sale 104 – Rembert 22, Najah 17, Kourdou 16, Baery 14, Cutis 14, Arnold 13, Almahini 4, Jaddi 4, Elmadini 0, Belhaddar 0.

Quarterscores: 7-28, 22-54, 53-82, 77-104.

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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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