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Kaya topple Pachanga-Diliman; secure group win



Among the two qualifiers that played in the last Group B match, it was Kaya who finished on top at the final whistle against Pachanga Diliman, 3-0, at the penultimate day of the 2015 United Football League (UFL) Cup group stage action, Sunday, May 24 at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

Kaya made their offense click early at the sixth minute when Joshua Beloya was left unmarked on the left wing. The former U23 standout connected to Tishan Hanley, who found the back of the net for the go-ahead goal. Following the goal came another attempt by Louis Clark from way out, but this did not bother Pachanga Diliman’s Steve Yambou. However, at the 10th minute, Clark finally slotted one into the goal off a corner kick to double the lead for the former Cup champions. The leading team kept on piling the pressure, but the shots were either muffed by the defense or the forwards are called offside. Pachanga Diliman had a few chances to score towards the end of the period, but they could not finish. The halftime whistle sounded with the yellow shirts ahead, 2-0.

The second period opened up for both teams with Kaya having better chances on offense. OJ Porteria, who came in a substitute in the 55th minute, peppered the defense only to be denied by Yambou. Pachanga Diliman was finally able to bring the ball to their attacking third in this half. At the 72nd minute, Kaya’s keeper Matthew Silva stopped a chance by Hossein Doustdarsefidmazgi off a Davide Cortina pass. Ten minutes before the end of the match, Diego Barrera entered for the leading team. And as soon as he entered the pitch, he was able to put the game out of the opponent’s reach. Barrera received a pass from Ayu, who eluded Patxi Santos, and tapped the ball to the goal for his team’s third and peg the final score. At the 87th minute, Pachanga tried to get a goal back only for Silva to collect Doustdarsefidmazgi’s shot from way out. The match ended with Kaya clinching the top spot in the group with a 3-0 victory.

Kaya FC Team Manager Tolentino expressed his delight that his wards finished the group matches with a clean sheet. The long-time mentor said, “They got the job done. So, [it’s] good on them for doing that. I definitely want them to get the win today to get the best seeding possible.” Tolentino also emphasized that his team has a history of having problems on the knockout stages and to get this victory is important. On his part, Pachanga Diliman coach Francis Liza shared his disappointment that his team started poorly and conceded two goals in 10 minutes. The young coach stated, “Nung second half nag-adjust sa midfield pero ‘di nagwork. Kaya was the better team today,” he ended.

With the win Kaya finishes on top of the group while Pachanga Diliman finishes in second. The next phase of this Cup will be Round of 16, which will on happen on July.


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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 its 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 looks to make it two in a row when it takes on the Wangs-Letran Couriers on Monday, January 29 at 5:00pm. Perpetual, on the other hand, hopes it can notch its first win when it takes 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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Lady Red Spikers subdue Lady Knights to remain unbeaten



With their undefeated record at stake, last season’s Rookie of the Year Cesca Racraquin pulled the San Beda College Lady Red Spikers from a huge deficit in the fifth frame and guided them to a 17-25, 25-15, 25-16, 27-29, 15-12 win over arch-rivals Colegio San Juan de Letran Lady Knights at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The open hitter saw her team out of a 2-8 hole in the decider through steady serving that produced two aces in an 8-0 run. The Lady Red Spikers closed the match out thanks to quick transition plays, ending the match after an errant Letran attack.

San Beda head coach Nemesio Gavino lauded his team’s maturity in tight situations. However, he acknowledged that their slow starts might eventually cost them against better teams.

“Alam naman natin na malalakas ‘yung mga susunod naming kalaban kaya sana malimitahan namin ‘yung mga pagkakamali namin sa mga susunod na game,” said Gavino. “Alam ko namang nandiyan ‘yung maturity ng mga bata. Hindi naman nawawala ‘yun. Hindi din nawala ‘yung tiwala ko sa kanila na mananalo kami kanina.”

Racraquin finished with 17 points while Nieza Viray added 14 to pace four Lady Red Spikers who scored in double-digits.

San Beda (5-0) takes on Lyceum of the Philippines University (1-4) on Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Glayssa Torres towed the Lady Knights with 18 points while Charm Simborio managed 14.

Letran (2-3) figures in a pivotal tiff with Final Four implications when they take on San Sebastian College – Recoletos (3-2) on Thursday.

The Scores

SBC (3) – Racraquin A. 17, Viray N. 14, Espiritu 12, Paras 11, Viray J. 10, Cuevas 6, Manuel 0, Tannagan 0, Racraquin D. (L)

CSJL (2) – Torres 18, Simborio 14, Parin 11, Mendoza 7, Abitan 4, Barrinuevo 4, Urriza 1, Bangcola 0, Perez 0, Mendoza (L)

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Go for Gold survives Kent Salado injury to turn back Gamboa-St. Clare



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The Go for Gold Scratchers got their act together late as it slipped past Gamboa-St. Clare Coffee Lovers with a 75-68 win Monday afternoon at the Pasig City Sports Center.

It was a total team effort for the Scratchers with veterans Jerwin Gaco and J-Jay Alejandro stabilizing their camp as they closed the game out with a 23-point finishing salvo.

Senegalese center Clement Leutcheu proved to be a solid force for his side as he tallied 14 points, seven rebounds, and two blocks, while Gaco just missed out on a double-double with his 13 markers and nine boards.

Justin Gutang also corralled 10 points and 13 rebounds in the win, while Kent Salado had nine markers, five boards, four assists, and three steals before suffering an MCL sprain on his right knee with 2:48 to play in the third frame.

Despite Salado’s absence in the payoff period, Go for Gold coach Charles Tiu praised his wards for its defensive effort late.

“We cut down our turnovers and we rebounded well, and then we executed very well,” he said.

It was a complete turnaround from the Scratchers’ lackluster start, where they fell behind by as much as 10, 28-18 midway in the second quarter.

We’re a new team and hindi pa kami sanay sa isa’t isa. As you can see in the first half, ang dami naming turnovers because we’re not that familiar with each other,” said Tiu. “But I’m happy naman kasi the guys, we needed a test like this as a young team, to learn how to come from behind against a very good team like St. Clare.“

Aris Dionisio carried the load for the Coffee Lovers with 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Raymond Rubio had 11 markers and six boards in the defeat.

Go for Gold will face a familiar foe in the JRU Heavy Bombers on Tuesday, January 30 at the Ynares Sports Arena. Gamboa-St. Clare, on the other hand, will take on the Batangas-EAC Generals on Monday, January 29.

The Scores:

Go for Gold 75 — Leutcheu 14, Gaco 13, Gutang 10, Salado 9, Naboa 8, Salem 8, Alejandro 5, Dixon 3, Pili 2, San Juan 2, Domingo 1.

Gamboa-St. Clare 68 — Dionisio 19, Rubio 11, Pare 10, Ambuludto 8, Hallare 6, Rebugio 6, Jackson 4, Acuno 2, Bitoon 2, Alcober 0.

Quarterscores: 14-19, 30-33, 52-53, 75-68.

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PBA slaps fines on Yeng Guiao, Chris Ross



Yeng Guiao and Chris Ross opt to move on

The much-talked about tilt that pitted the San Miguel Beermen and the NLEX Road Warriors last January 18 featured numerous confrontations and exchanges. But none was more heated than what happened between fiery head coach Yeng Guiao and emotional defensive cog Chris Ross.

With 1:46 remaining in that game, Guiao and Ross figured in a verbal altercation that resulted to the latter being slapped with his second technical foul of the contest.

San Miguel head coach Leo Austria alledged that Guiao threw a racial slur at Ross that triggered the Filipino-American.

The league though could not find any hard evidence that this occurred.

“Upon review of the incident, consulting possible witnesses to the event and discussing the matter with both parties, the alleged racist remark attributed to Coach Guiao could not be established,” the league said in a statement. “Coach Guiao has denied such allegation while Chris Ross has opted to move forward and said that he would not want to discuss the matter further. However, Coach Guiao and Chris Ross will be subject to appropriate fines for their respective misconduct.

“As a result, the Office of the Commissioner finds no sufficient basis to discuss the matter of an alleged racist remark uttered by Coach Guiao. It may be recalled that in a previous incident, a heavy penalty was imposed for a racist remark that was clearly proven.

“Rest assured that any act that is racially derogatory and pejorative in nature will be dealt with sternly by the league,” the statement ended.

As a result, Guiao is fined PHP 11,000 for obscene gesture, use of profane language and engaging in a verbal altercation while Ross is fined the amount of PHP 2,600 for incurring two technical fouls, both for verbal altercation.

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