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Jaro demolishes Alcoy; Hidaka, Akita capture vacant WBC Asia Continental belts



Former WBC and Ring Magazine flyweight champ Sonny Boy Jaro of the Jaro Boxing stable made sure that he stays in his best fighting form as he made quick work of Albert Alcoy of Marinduque City on Sunday night at the Angono Sports Complex, Rizal.

The 32-year-old Jaro who is aiming for another world title crack following a successful 2014 overpowered Alcoy with brutal body shots in the 2nd round that forced the referee to stop the fight after Alcoy went down twice. Official time was 1:51.

“I always want to be in shape because a title fight could happen anytime,” said Jaro. “We are targeting the winner of the WBC super flyweight fight between champion Carlos Cuadras and former WBA champion Luis “Nica” Concepcion of Mexico. I want to be a world champion again, I’m willing to fight them anywhere, anytime,” he closed.

This was Jaro’s 1st win this 2015 after racking four straight impressive victories last year. With the KO win, the Negros Occidental native improved his record to 39-13-5 with 28 big wins coming by way of knockout.

In the evening’s main event, the sellout crowd at the Angono Sports Complex witnessed history as the 2nd heavyweight championship match held in the Philippines, after the “Thrilla in Manila”, took place.

Muscular Rio “The Typhoon” Hidaka of Japan displayed his superior power and physical strength against David Koswara of Indonesia en route to a sensational knockout at 1:01 of the 1st round to capture the vacant WBC Asia Continental heavyweight title.

The Japanese sensation wasted no time in going for the kill from the opening bell. A perfectly placed left hook to the body flattened his Indonesian counterpart for good. Hidaka improved to 11-2 with 9 KO’s after the title victory.

Takamori Akita of Japan captured the vacant WBC Asia Continental Super Lightweight championship with an annihilating first round knockout of Filipino Dizon Cag-Ong.

The 32-year-old Akita was too much for Cag-Ong as a powerful right hook to the body ended the night for the Filipino title aspirant. Official time was 40 seconds.

This was Akita’s 3rd straight knockout victory after dropping a split decision loss to Australian Mohammed Elomar last June 2013. The victory also improved the Japanese’s record to 10-4-1 with eight wins coming by way of knockout.

Unbeaten super featherweight favorite Boyose Singwangcha of Cebu (14-0-1, 10 KOs) was impressive again with a second round knockout over Cris Leon of Mandaluyong City.

Singwangcha dominate Leon in the first round, then knocked out his fellow Filipino with a brutal left uppercut to the body in the second. Referee waved the fight at the 2:51 mark of the round.

Thrilla in Angono
February 15, 2015 – Angono Sports Complez, Rizal City

WBC Asia Continental Heavyweight Championship: Rio Hidaka def. David Koswara by KO, Rd 1
WBC Asia Continental Super Lightweight Championship: Takamori Akita def. Dizon Cag-ong by TKO, Rd 1 (:40)
Bantamweight bout: Sonnyboy Jaro def. Albert Alcoy by TKO, Rd 2 (1:51)

Super Flyweight bout:
 Kyota Otsuka vs. Jeven Villacite ended in a Split Draw (77-75, 75-77, 76-76)
Super Bantamweight bout: Former WBO Asia Pacific champion Kenichi Yamagichi def. Hendrik Borongsay of Indonesia by unanimous decision (60-53, 60-53, 60-53)
Super Featherweight bout: Jung Mun Sun vs. Danny Manosa ended in a split draw (58-56, 58-56, 57-57)
Super Featherweight bout: Boyose Singwangcha def. Cris Leon by KO, Rd2 (2:51)
Super Bantamweight bout: Danny Tampipi def. Lee Ji hwan of Korea by split decision (56-55 55-56, 56-55)*
Featherweight bout: Benjie Suganob def. Ryan Soliveres by KO, Rd1
Super Bantamweight bout: Crisanto Contemprato def. Remus Orcada by KO, Rd1 2:47
Flyweight bout: Vincent Bautista def. Suh Da Won by majority decision (58-56, 58-56, 57-57)
Super Bantamweight bout: Daniel Pena and Pablito Canada ended in to a Technical Draw**
Featherweight bout: Roman Canto def. Marco Niones by TKO, Rd2
*Tampipi deducted a point in the 4th due to an illegal punch to a downed opponent
**Fight was stopped after Pena suffered a cut in his right eye in the 2nd round

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Christian Standhardinger goes perfect from stripe in Hong Kong’s rout of Formosa



After going a horrid 5-for-17 from the stripe during their first loss of the season last January 9, Christian Standhardinger made sure to make good on his free throws to power the Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Club to a dominant 99-79 rout of the Formosa Dreamers, Thursday evening in Southorn Stadium.

The 6-foot-8 Filipino-German, who tallied 37 points and 19 rebounds in the overtime loss to Saigon, went a perfect 9-for-9 from the foul line. He finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds.

The contest itself was not close, as the defending champions were able to impose their will on the bottom-ranked squad, leading by as much as 23 points, 93-70, after two free throws by Standhardinger with 2:58 remaining.

If Standhardinger was having a good day with his free throws, the entire Formosa squad could not say the same, going 13-of-27 from the line.

Tyler Lamb had 25 markers as well for Hong Kong, while Ryan Moss grabbed a triple-double with 19 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists.

Lenny Daniel paced Formosa with 25 points and 11 rebounds. World Import Ronnie Aguilar had 14 points and 16 rebounds but went just 5-for-14 from the field.

With the win, Hong Kong goes to 8-1, while the Dreamers fell to 1-8.

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2018 FIBA 3X3 World Cup

Chooks-to-Go President hopes 3×3 World Cup breaks Philippine Arena record



Last October 27, 2017, Game Seven of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals between heated rivals Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and Meralco Bolts saw 54,083 people troop to the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. The attendance broke all records for both the venue and the PBA.

Come June this year, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and Chooks-to-Go are hoping that the upcoming 2018 FIBA 3×3 World Cup will surpass that record.

“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. Kanina pinag-uusapan na, if we’re going to break the record in attendance,” said Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. president Ronald Mascariñas on Thursday afternoon during a press conference held at BGC High Street in Taguig.

“I think the question there is not if we’re going to break, but how many more times. Because FIBA should see how passionate the Filipinos are about basketball. That’s a given,” one of the patrons of Gilas Pilipinas added.

Besides the event itself, the local government of Bulacan has pledged to make the week of the tournament filled with activities to celebrate the Philippines’ 120th year of Independence.

For their part, Chooks-to-Go vowed to help out the SBP in organizing the event and in building the team.

“We are throwing our support not to improve on our finish, but we want to help SBP organize, to win the championship — not just to improve our ranking,” Mascariñas shared.

And the experience he and his company gained after backing the Pilipinas 3×3 team during last year’s tournament will only help.

“In past tournaments, we’ve lost some games na maninipis lang talaga,” he recalled about the team composed of Kobe Paras, Kiefer Ravena, Jeron Teng, and JR Quinahan that competed in Nantes, France.

“This time around, with five months to go, we need to organize and put in the best t

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Ilocos United takes leave from PFL



Another one bites the dust

After months of speculation, Ilocos United has formally announced their absence from the Philippines Football League for the 2018 season.

A statement signed by Ilocos Chief Executive Officer Tony Lazaro and posted on the club’s Facebook page broke the big news.

“Unfortunately, after months of negotiation, efforts to attract a new naming sponsor for the Team were unsuccessful,” the statement opened. “Consequently, it has become financially prohibitive to continue participation in the PFL.

“Primarily, the lack of broadcasting exposure in 2017 created an apprehension in the corporate community, cascading into a series of afflictions that has ultimately led to our withdrawal from the competition.”

Ilocos finished last during the inaugural season, tallying 1 win, 6 draws, and 21 losses with a -49 goal differential.

Still, Ilocos gave their thanks to those who supported the club during the inaugural PFL season.

“We are cautiously optimistic of a potential return to the PFL for the 2019 season, whereby secured broadcasting exposure will hopefully lead to higher confidence from potential sponsorship partners.”

While their PFL operations will fold for the time being, Ilocos will continue the grassroots programs they have started within the area. ¨In the meantime, the foundation of football development we helped to build in Ilocos will continue, including grassroots initiatives at local schools, women’s futsal, Special Olympics, and, of course, the IUFC Academy.¨

The latest development will be another big blow for the young league. Meralco Manila pulled out of the competition beforehand, and now Ilocos´ absence leaves only six teams in the competition.

Now more than ever, something needs to be done by the PFL or even the Philippine Football Federation to ensure the feasibility of the clubs and the league itself for years to come.

Football is a hard sport to build in the Philippines despite its resurgence since 2010. There are limited corporate boosters for the sport which is in dire need of a financial push to sustain its growth.

Ilocos´ leave and Meralco´s folding now forces local football´s stakeholders to take a step back and examine the next moves to build the sport.

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CJ Perez, Jaycee Marcelino in unison: D-League is a whole other level



After falling just two games short of copping Lyceum’s first-ever NCAA crown, the Pirates went to the PBA D-League to gain experience. However, in their first foray in the second league, the Lyceans realized that it was a whole different beast.

Going up against the veteran-laden Marinerong Pilipino Skippers, the Zark’s Burgers-backed squad suffered a slow start as they adjusted to the tougher calls of the league. The Jawbreakers were down by as much as 17 points early in the third frame, 37-54.

“Yung physicality hindi naman ako masyadong nagulat pero sa mental toughness, yung pagod ka na, tapos may babanggga pa sa ‘yo, ang iniisip ko kailangan mas maging tough,” admitted reigning NCAA Most Valuable Player CJ Perez.

“Nangangapa kami nung una lahat kasi first game namin ito, pati dito sa court na ‘to first game din namin,” added Jaycee Marcelino.

It served as a wake-up call. Adjusting on the fly, Perez and Marcelino rallied the Jawbreakers back — even fashioning multiple attempts to take over the contest late in the game. However, they fell short, 92-94.

“Binalik lang namin yung laro namin dati, pass the ball, hindi yung puro dribble, i-run lang namin yung plays,” shared Marcelino, as he and Perez combined to score 16 points in the final frame.

The 21-year-old Marcelino finished with a game-high 20 points on an efficient 7-of-9 shooting to go along with four rebounds, three assists, two steals, and a block. The 24-year-old Perez added 19 points, five assists, two steals, and a block.

With their first game in the bag, the duo — and the rest of the Jawbreakers — now have the experience under their belts. And they plan to put in the work to prove that they belong.

“Sa NC naman kasi puro ka-level namin kalaro namin, dito puro beterano ang naglalaro,” said Marcelino. “Hindi talaga namin masabi na yung ginawa namin sa NC magagawa din namin dito.

“Mageextra work pa kami para masustain namin kung ano kami sa Lyceum.”

“It’s a good experience. Ibang iba pala talaga yung laro ng D-League sa NCAA,” expressed Perez, who is a consensus top three pick for the upcoming PBA Rookie Draft.

“Sobrang grateful kami na nakalaro na rin kami sa D-League.”

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