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Jalalon wills Arellano past San Beda, keeps Final Four hopes alive



Two heartbreaking losses to the Mapua Cardinals and the Letran Knights were enough to motivate Jio Jalalon and the Arellano Chiefs

With a loss haunting to end their season, Jiovani Jalalon powered the Arellano University Chiefs in sweeping their season series against their last year’s championship foes, San Beda College Red Lions in an 91-72 victory and more importantly keep their Final Four hopes alive, Thursday night at the Filoil Flying V Arena.

The bus driver Jio Jalalon was early with his first trip as he romped up the game’s first seven points including two quick bombs from downtown. This dictated the pace for the Chiefs as they were on a scoring streak early and eventually build an 11-4 lead with just three minutes into the game. They increased their lead to as high as 14 during the first half with Brylle Meca also punching in big for the Arellano starters. Javee Mocon was huge off the bench as he scored six of San Beda’s 8-0 run with 2:18 left in the first but was extinguisjed by a triple by Donald Gumaru in the last Arellano play.

Gaining some sort of momentum heading their way, the bench players scored the points to slice Arellano’s lead with Donald Tankoua and Acee Soberano combining for a 7-2 spurt with 7:40 left in the second period. With pressure defense and Arellano’s bench players struggling to get the offense going, Baser Amer’s basket halfway through the second cut the deficit to 33-30, the closest the Red Lions has been in the first half. However, Arellano had the last laugh of the period with Jalalon and company stringing up a 15-7 ending to it with a combination of jumpers and fast break layups during the stretch.

The battle of the centers ensued scoring-wise with Ola Adeogun and Dioncee Holts making the offense work for their respective teams. In addition for the Red Lions, they were able to run again in transition and back to back layups by Ryusei Koga made it a 50-54 game, still in favor of the Chiefs with six mins left in the third. Afterwards, Holts punched in a three-ball that was followed up by a 16-6 scoring rampage by the Chiefs. The stretch included stops from steals and deflections that led to baskets for Jalalon, Zac Nichols and Kent Salado to finish the third canto on top by 17.

While the starters were still on the floor to start the period, Arellano put on the finishing touches to pound the five-time defending champions. Points came the hard way for the Red Lions as offense was on full tank for Arellano. As he drew defense, Jalalon started dishing to his teammates as they secured the wire-to-wire win and stay very much alive in the season.

The win ties Arellano University with the JRU Heavy Bombers and the Perpetual Altas for the third and fourth Final Four slot. The San Beda Red Lions though need just one more win to clinch a twice-to-beat advantage

“Hirap talaga. Sabi ko sa kanila before the game, ‘this is your last chance,’” coach Jerry Condinera said after the game. The defensive minister was proud of his team because they did not waver in after two crushing losses. “Ang bibigat ng last two games namin yung Mapua and Letran. I’m just so happy that their character sticked well. Di sila na dishearten.”

Moreover, he was proud of how Jalalon powered and guided his teammates all throughout the game in saying, “Yung mga teammates niya alam naman to handle the lead pero si Jio talaga nag stabilize.” While for Jalalon, he was laser-focused on the game as his teammates could not talk to him even in practice. “Kanina nag fofocus lang ako. Kahit nung kinakausap ako ni Dioncee, nakakatutok lang ako sa game. Nagpapasalamat ako sa teammates ko kasi nagtulong tulong kami,” Jalalon disclosed.

Smart Elite ambassador Jio Jalalon led all scorers with 25 points. He almost notched a triple-double also in adding seven boards and eight dimes. He was also excellent from the field in shooting 9/13. Allen Enriquez also had his best outing for the season with 15 points and four boards.

The big three of Art Dela Cruz, Baser Amer, and Ola Adeogun were limited to a combined 31 points. Adeogun scored 17 points to topscore for the defending champions while dela Cruz scored just 7 points and committed ten turnovers. Baser Amer only had four points on 2/12 shooting but was able to grab six boards and dish six assists.

As a team, the Chiefs shot excellent from the field in shooting 48%, including 39% from three-point country. Furthermore, excellent ball movement resulted to Arellano assisting on 25 of their 36 made field goals.

The Arellano Chiefs (11-6) will have the Emilio Aguinaldo Generals in their final assignment at 2:00pm on Tuesday, October 6 while the San Beda Red Lions (12-5) will face their rivals, the Letran Knights, on the same day at 4:00pm.

The Scores:

AU (91) – Jalalon 25, Enriquez 15, Meca 11, Holts 10, Salado 10, Gumaru 9, Cadavis 6, Nicholls 5, Capara 0, Bangga 0, Ongolo-ongolo 0, Ortega 0, De Guzman 0, Zamora 0, Tano 0

SBC (72) – Adeogun 17, Dela Cruz 10, Mocon 8, Soberano 7, Koga 6, Tankoua 6, Tongco 6, Amer 4, Reyes 2, Bonsubre 2, Presbitero 2, Solera 2, Cabanag 0

Quarters: 27-18, 48-37, 73-56, 91-72



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



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 are carrying the Wang’s Basketball Couriers franchise.

And the 5-foot-11 guard showed 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 the 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 has him even more satisfied 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 on the back foot. Italian striker Massimo Maccarone handed the home side the lead in 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 had already made Philippine football proud at halftime. By this stage last year, Brisbane had accrued a 4-0 halftime cushion against Global Cebu en route to a 6-0 rout.

Today, though, Brisbane faced tougher resistance at Ceres’ hands. That resistance turned into a full-fledged revolt in 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 room in the 75th minute when Omid Nazari scored from close range to give Ceres a two-goal cushion over Brisbane.

Nazari’s goal not only sealed the win for Ceres, it also propelled Philippine football into the big leagues. Not even a late goal from French midfielder Éric Bauthéac could 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 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 their hype, as they clobbered the Batangas-EAC Generals to score a 37-point beatdown, 112-75 for their 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 would 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. 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 the 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 look to continue to roll when they face the AMA Online Education Titans on Thursday, January 25. EAC-Batangas, on the other hand, take 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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