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Lady Bulldogs cruise past Lady Radicals; clinch playoffs berth

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The National University (NU) Lady Bulldogs experienced zero turbulance as it soared past the Polytechnic University of the Phiippines (PUP) Lady Radicals in straight sets, 25-15, 25-18, 25-15 in the Shakey’s V-League Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Fying V Arena.

The Lady Bulldogs did not miss the services of guest player, Dindin Manabat and fifth-year open hitter Myla Pablo, who just finished their stints with the National Team at the VTV Cup in Vietnam. Manabat’s younger sister, Jaja Santiago had a field day against PUP’s shorter and much slower blockers, netting 12 points on 11 for 20 spiking. Second-year open hitter, Jorelle Singh paced the NU offense with her 11 points while rookie Audrey Paran contributed a season-high nine points.

Opening the first set down 0-3, the ladies from Sampaloc immidiately retaliated with blistering 13-0 blitz, higlighted by five aces from rookie Roselyn Doria. The PUP service reception continued to fail with NU tallying nine aces in the opening set alone.

PUP’s ball control recovered in the following frame. With NU’s offense putting up a lax effort, the Lady Radicals were able to keep the set close and even force a tie at 17-all prompting an NU timeout. However, the Lady Bulldogs were again quick to adjust and surrendered just a single point for the rest of the set to close in on a sweep.

NU’s rookies and sophomores closed out the match in the third set. Paran scored six of her nine points in the set while sophomore opposite spiker, Roma Doromal contributed two points in the third set. Fifth-year setter, Ivy Perez played the entire third frame and was marvelous in setting up her younger teammates while also contributing three points, all off aces.

With the win, the Lady Bulldogs advanced their record to 3-1 and clinched a spot on the Top Eight phase of the tournament. The Lady Radiclas’ loss marked their fourth in as many games.

Joining NU in the Top 8 are fellow Group A members 2-2 UP Lady Maroons, 4-0 FEU Lady Tamaraws, and 3-1 Arellano Lady Chiefs while Group B’s 4-0 Ateneo Lady Eagles, 2-2 CSB Lady Blazers, and 3-1 UST Tigresses are also through to the next phase. The final spot in the Top 8 is still in contention with the DLSU-D Lady Patriots, SSC-R Lady Stags, and TIP Lady Engineers all stuck in a three-way tie with identical 1-3 records.

NU caps their first round against the FEU Lady Tamaraws, a rematch of last season’s Collegiate Conference Finals on August 8, Saturday. PUP closes its season on August 9, Sunday when it faces fellow winless team, UB Lady Brahmans.

Team Scores:

NU (3) – Santiago 12, Signh 11, Paran 9, Doria 7, Diolan 3, Perez 3, Urdas 3, Doromal 2, Nabor 1, Pablo Ma. 1, Valdez (L), General (L)

PUP (0) – Romo 10, Clemente 9, Quintana 4, Madrinico 4, Cada 1, Ilasco 1, Arano 0, Tenorio (L)

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Calvin Abueva, Raymond Almazan cut from pool

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SMART Gilas Pilipinas’ third session for the second leg of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers ended early 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 furthered.

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 just one month away, Gilas could not 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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23 for 2023 cadets fill up Gilas practice

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With just 31 days away from the second window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, only 10 players from the pool attended the team’s third session, Monday evening at the Meralco Gym.

Suiting up in the session presided over by Coach Chot Reyes were June Mar Fajardo, Gabe Norwood, Troy Rosario, Jio Jalalon, Mac Belo, Kiefer Ravena, Kevin Alas, and Roger Pogoy. Carl Cruz and Jayson Castro were in attendance but was in street clothes.

Not present were Matthew Wright, Japeth Aguilar, and Allein Maliksi. Calvin Abueva and Raymond Almazan have yet to attend practice.

Joining the seniors team to prep them up for the World Cup Qualifiers were 10 players from the 23 for 2023 pool.

Ateneo Blue Eagle Matt Nieto attended his first Gilas practice. Joining him were Ateneo teammates Isaac Go and Thirdy Ravena.

Completing the night’s cast were CJ Perez, Abu Tratter, Will Gozum, J-jay Alejandro, Arvin Tolentino, and Juan Gomez de Liano. Joshua Sinclair watched on the sidelines as he is still recovering from an ACL injury.

Gilas will take on Australia in Melbourne on February 22. The Philippine will then host Japan three days later at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

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San Beda fends off Letran for back-to-back wins

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With seasoned setter John Carlo Desuyo steering the wheel to near perfection, the San Beda College romped to its second straight win.

The Red Spikers carved double-digit outings from four players to upend archrival Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights, 19-25, 25-13, 25-21, 25-22, and registered their fourth win of the season, Monday early evening at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

It was the Knights, however, who started on the right foot, overhauling a 4-10 deficit to snag the first set. Better passing from liberos Aljune Centeno and Johnsen Timbreza resulted to kills from captain Bobby Gatdula.

Nonetheless, San Beda picked up the service game in the next three sets to ultimately finish off the blue-shirts.

Despite the win-loss record they currently, the Red Spiker playmaker admitted that they are far from the form they expected. “Sabi nga ni coach [Nes Pamilar], kulang pa ‘yung nilalaro man in kada game,” he said.

“‘Yung dapat tapusin in straight sets; hindi magawa sa game ‘yung sa training,” he added.

Desuyo finished with 41 excellent sets as his batchmate Mark Enciso led the Mendiola-based squad with 17 markers. Middle hitter Limuel Patenio unleashed a double-digit output for the second consecutive match at 15.

The Red Spikers (4-1) will gun for its third straight victory when they take on Lyceum of the Philippines University (1-4) on Wednesday.

Letran skipper Gatdula carried the cudgels for his team with 22 points.

The Knights (0-5) will try to arrest their skid as the battle with San Sebastian College (1-3) on Thursday.

The Scores:

SBC 3 – Enciso 17, Patenio 15, Amagan 13, Santos 10, Viray 9, Desuyo 2, Gonzales E 1, Zabala 0, Genobaten 0, Manliclic 0, Casin L.

CSJL 1- Gatdula 22, Cistina 14, Alilio 6, Almoguerra 4, Dizon 3, Domingo 1, Ladeon 1, Sison 1, Tumbali 0, Orsini 0, Brioso 0, Timbreza L, Centeno L.

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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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