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La Salle shoots down UP for initial win

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Last year’s finalists, De La Salle University Green Shuttlers (DLSU) pulled through against a stubborn University of the Philippines (UP), 4–1.

Kenneth Monterubio kicked off DLSU’s campaign with a straight games win over Miggy Leonardo of UP, in the first singles match. UP took charge of the early goings of the first game and moved a point away from the interval, 10-6. Monterubio countered and leveled the game to 10-all, before UP snatched the following point for the break. After the two-minute ceasefire, a tight exchange ensued before DLSU pulled away with scoring runs. Monterubio seized the first game, 21–15. Picking up from his scoring binge in the tail-end of the first, the long-time Green Shuttler built up a 9–5 lead, which he retained into the break. Leonardo made the match interesting by closing in to within a one point deficit, 11–12. Monterubio, however, had other plans, as he forced his good friend Leonardo into errors, while scoring massive kills. La Salle took the second game and the match, with the same 21–15 score line.

In the second singles, DLSU’s Anton Cayanan survived the challenge of batchmate, UP’s Jojo Malelang in three games to put La Salle to within one match of etching win number 1. Malelang pulled four straight points to begin the match, before uncorking five unanswered to take the interval. Another five-point swing from the UP veteran made it hard for the Cayanan to keep in step. The latter tried to trim the lead, but the 11-point lead, 19-8, is just too much even for the experienced La Sallian. UP took the first game, 21-13. Cayanan, however, picked up from this momentum in the tail-end of the previous game for the second, and mounted his biggest lead of the game at 7, 19-12. Malelang, then leveled the game at 19. Cayanan, however, took the last two points to knot the match at 1-game all. Malelang started the deciding game on a high with a 7-3 advantage. The UP senior got the game to the court change with the upperhand, 11-6. From there, Cayanan unleashed several scoring bundles to get within two of taking the taking the match, 19-14. UP launched a last-ditch run, but DLSU would clinch the match, 21-18.

UP’s CK Clemente and Joaquin Deato outhustled veterans Monterubio and Gerald Sibayan to take one for their team in three intense sets at the first doubles match. In the first game, both teams stood their ground, and neither were able to take control, until the UP pair snatched a slim 11–10 lead into the break. The Maroons got to within two points of winning the game, but it was Monterubio and Sibayan who registered two straight points to get to game point first. In the middle of the heated action, Sibayan was warned for taunting. After three deuces, the Clemente and Deato won the first game, 24-22. La Salle took control of the early goings of the following frame as the team mounted a lead that went as high as five points. After the two-minute interval, the Taft-based duo kept UP at bay, as DLSU dismantled them in the second game en route to leveling the match. The Maroons picked up from their momentum at the start of the third canto, and built a 5-1 lead, which Deato celebrated to the point of taunting Sibayan. The sophomore was also given a warning as a result. After an intense and tight exchange of rallies and points, Deato kept getting into the heads of the opponents, and was consequently given a red card. This was crucial, as La Salle wrestled the momentum to lead 15-12. Deato got his bearings right, and UP pulled through to knot the match at 16-all. After Monterubio and Sibayan secured the following point, the Maroons closed the heated battle with five straight points, 21-17.

After that down-the-wire match, Cayanan and Jerickson Obaob survived another three-game war against Betong Pineda and Vinci Manuel to get the maiden win for the Green Archers, in the second singles. Following a tight start in the first game, DLSU pulled away, answering everything UP threw at them, powered through, and clinched the opening frame, 21-11. It was similar story in the following canto, but it was UP who broke free from the deadlock into the break, 11-9. After DLSU trimmed the lead to 3, Pineda and Manuel leveled the match at 1 game each, 21–17. The third game was no different as both teams exchanged scoring runs, ending with DLSU leading before the court change, 11-8. After the break, the Diliman-based tandem kept the game close, as they cut the lead to one, 16-17. The La Sallians then took over the match and secured the game, the match, and the opening victory, 21-18.

Team Captain EJ Boac completed the celebration for DLSU after beating second-year upstart Joseph Lopez in another three-game match in the final singles match of the tie. As what happened in the other matches, Boac and Lopez fought toe-to-toe with each other in the first game. The Maroon registered a four-point swing to get some breathing room, 16-12, and pushed the lead up to game point. Boac closed the gap after scoring three consecutive, but UP finished the game, 21-19. At the second frame, it was the Green Shuttler who emerged from the tight battle leading into the interval, and asserted his might to move within two points from leveling the match. Lopez then powered his way with a five-point run and got to match point. Boac, however, replied with three unanswered points to force a final game, 22–20. After wrestling for control of the match, Lopez got to within two of winning the match first, 19-18. DLSU then uncorked another three-point swing to clinch the match and put exclamation point on his team’s first win of the season.

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ONE Championship pledges to help Global Citizen in fight against poverty

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During the pre-fight showdown between the fighters main evening ONE Championship: Global Superheroes, the biggest mixed martial arts promotion in Asia also forged a partnership, Monday afternoon.

ONE, through chief executive officer and chariman, Chatri Sityodtong vowed to help Global Citizen in its fight to end poverty.

“It is with great excitement that I announce ONE Championship’s partnership with Global Citizen, an NGO with the goal of ending extreme poverty across the world by the year 2030,” said Sityodtong. “Just like Global Citizen, ONE Championship aims to inspire the people of the world to come together to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges.”

“We are thrilled to be joining forces with ONE Championship to bring Global Citizen to Asia. ONE Championship reaches millions of young people around the region and together we will engage them on issues that impact the entire world,” expressed Global Citizen co-founder Wei Soo. “Since we launched Global Citizen in 2012, over 13 million actions have been taken, and we are excited to drive more actions and increase our impact for the world’s most marginalized people through this partnership.”

Headquartered in New York with offices in Canada, Australia, Germany, and the United Kingdom, Global Citizen was founded in 2012 with the goal of building the largest platform where people can learn about issues, take action on what matters most, and join a global movement working to end extreme poverty by 2030. Since then, millions of Global Citizens around the world have taken over ten million actions, which includes millions of emails, tweets, petition signatures, and phone calls targeting world leaders to end extreme poverty by 2030.

To date, the actions by Global Citizen’s global community, along with its high-level advocacy efforts and various partners, have resulted in 130 commitments and policy announcements from leaders, including financial aid valued at over US $35-billion, that is set to affect the lives of over 1.3 billion people.

Also present in the launch were ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon Vera, ONE Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee, and former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang.

The partnership launching at ONE’s upcoming event in Manila, Philippines on Friday, January 26, will harness the power of ONE’s platform to engage millions of martial arts fans around the world to support initiatives and find solutions to the issues associated with extreme poverty.

Global Citizen and ONE will collaborate across 24 live ONE events scheduled in 2018, and various outreach activations throughout Asia. Fans will have the opportunity to take action and engage with specific policy areas including, education, food security, hunger and nutrition, global health, gender equality and empowerment.

“Our ONE Championship athletes embody the spirit of perseverance and many have risen through poverty through martial arts, inspiring millions of people around the world with their journey,” Sityodtong added. “Through our collaboration across all 24 of our live events scheduled in 2018, ONE Championship and Global Citizen aim to affect positive movement in our society.”

The first action ONE fans can take will be centred on global education. Fans will be able to call on donor countries such as Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, and India, to attend the Global Partnership for Education’s replenishment conference in Dakar, Senegal on February 2, 2018, and make a commitment to GPE to support better education for all. Currently, 264 million children around the world are missing out on an education.

Over half are girls, and over 75 million have had their schooling disrupted by conflict or natural disasters. At the replenishment conference, the GPE will raise much needed funds that will allow it to continue to support quality, inclusive education to hundreds of millions of children around the world.

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Unscathed Altas on another plane, hands Chiefs first loss

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Eighteen straight sets won

NCAA Men’s Volleyball powerhouse University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas showed no signs of letting up and crushed fellow erstwhile undefeated Arellano University Chiefs in just three sets, 25-14, 25-22, 25-17, to notch their sixth consecutive victory, Tuesday afternoon at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Skipper Jun Taneo scattered his quiet 13 points throughout the match to lead the Season 91 champions. Rookie Joebert Almodiel finished with 10 spikes.

The Altas edged out the opposition in all scoring skills and dominated them in the non-scoring ones to bag the win. Nonetheless, it was the uncharacteristic 34 errors from the Chiefs that ultimately caused their doom.

With expectations minimized at the start of the season, head coach Sammy Acaylar shared his pride on how his wards have been playing so far.

“Sabi ko nga, hindi ako satisfied sa team ko kasi maraming nawala. Pero dinaan ko sila sa force, sa discipline, sa training. And I always motivate them na everything will come into place,” the seasoned mentor shared.

Acaylar was pleased that what they trained on showed up in the game. “Nakita ko ‘yung galaw nila, almost perfect,” he ended beaming.

The now 6-0 Perpetual will try to seal another semifinals appearance as they battle fellow day winners Mapua University (3-2) on Tuesday, January 30.

John Cabillan rallied the tribe with 10 markers.

The Chiefs (5-1) and the San Beda College (4-1) will figure in an all-important battle on Friday.

The Scores:

UPHSD 3 – Taneo 13, Almodiel 10, Rosales 8, Ramos 6, Muhali 3, Solamilo 1, Catipay 0, Kalingking L.

AU 0 – Cabillan 10, Dela Paz 8, Segovia 5, Lapuz 4, Liberato J 3, Liberato K 1, Arellano T 0, Soriano 0, Domingo 0, Arellano K 0, Blanco L, Esguerra L.

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Tireless J-Jay Alejandro heads from D-League game to Gilas training

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Former NU Bulldogs captain J-Jay Alejandro was at the Pasig Sports Center Monday afternoon, making his debut for the Go for Gold Scratchers. After their 75-68 win over Gamboa-St. Clare Coffee Lovers, he immediately packed his bags and headed for the exit.

Why was he in a rush? He did not want to be late for Gilas later on.

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“Sayang, malapit na ako eh. Pasig lang. Walang showbiz-showbiz, malapit lang talaga,” shared Alejandro, who had five points, five rebounds, seven assists, and two steals for Go for Gold. “Wala rin akong gagawin kasi.

“Tsaka minsan lang magpa-tawag ng practice, every Monday lang, so sayang ‘yung chance makapag-practice.”

The 6-foot-2 combo guard was a much-needed body by the pool of Gilas as only eight players suited-up for Monday’s session. Besides helping out the seniors team, the 22-year-old is looking at the sessions as a way to not just improve but also get in touch with his former collegiate foes.

“Well, ganoon talaga eh. Player, mapapagod at mapapagod ka talaga,” said the All-UAAP team member.

“Pero nakakasama ko sila Arvin Tolentino, sila CJ Perez, tsaka ‘yung ibang mga PBA players, siyempre experience ‘yun eh, tsaka learning process din sa akin.”

Moreover, he knows that being under the tutelage of coach Chot Reyes will only do wonders for him, especially with the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft just months away.

“Mas pisikal talaga sa PBA. ‘Yun, kung paano mo gagamitin ang utak mo pati ‘yung katawan mo sa tamang posisyon sa laro, makukuha ko yun rito,” he said.

“Well sa akin kasi, ‘yung mapabilang ka sa Gilas, mapabilang lang ang pangalan mo sa Gilas, sobrang fortunate na ako, sobrang blessed na ako,” Alejandro added.

“And siguro sa akin, may opportunity na nag-open, so iga-grab ko na lang — either PBA or Gilas.”

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Loaded Wangs-Letran wallops AMA in debut

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Armed with new recruits, the Wangs Basketball-Letran Knights embarked on its new chapter with a rousing 93-75 rout of the AMA Online Education Titans, Tuesday afternoon at the Pasig Sports Center.

Everyone clicked for the Couriers with Bong Quinto spearheading the blowout with 19 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists.

Newcomer Bonbon Batiller added 15 markers, five boards, and three dimes in his debut, while starting point guard JP Calvo chipped in 12 points, eight rebounds, and two assists.

Christian Fajarito also registered 11 markers and nine boards, while Alex Mandreza had 10 points for Wangs-Letran.

Despite the promising showing, coach Jeff Napa said that he still wants to see more from his Couriers moving forward.

“Masaya kami syempre dahil nanalo. Pero marami pa rin kaming kailangang gawin,” he said as he wanted more from the Knights after outrebounding the Titans, 57-44.

Quinto and Calvo triggered Wangs-Letran’s second quarter pullaway to establish the 38-26, lead which grew to as high as 22 points, 81-59 in the payoff period.

Michael Cañete topscored AMA with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Kris Porter had 13 in the defeat.

Wangs-Letran will have vengeance on their minds on Monday, January 29 when it takes on NCAA tormentors Che’lu- San Sebastian Revellers. AMA, on the other hand, will have a tough assignment when it takes on the Zark’s-Lyceum Jawbreakers on Thursday, January 25.

The Scores:

Wangs-Letran 93 — Quinto 19, Batiller 15, Calvo 12, Fajarito 11, Mandreza 10, Trinidad 8, Publico 6, Vacaro 4, Balagasay 3, Ambohot 3, Muyang 2.

AMA Online Education 75 — Cañete 20, Porter 13, Escalambre 11, Casiño 10, Antonares 6, Manalang 6, Garcia 4, Ng 3, Parcero 2, Bragais 0, Carpio 0, Paras 0, Raflores 0, Salonga 0.

Quarterscores: 16-13, 44-35, 67-52, 93-75.

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