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Lady Maroons edge DLSU counterparts via late scoring spree



Two goals inside the last 10 minutes of normal time courtesy of Kali Huff and Molly Manalansan separated the Finals-bound UP Lady Maroons from the fourth-placed DLSU Women’s Football Team to close out the elimination round of UAAP Season 77 Women’s Football at the Moro Lorenzo Football Field on Saturday night.

UP had much of the chances in the game but their opponents threatened initially. Nina Arrieta’s free kick went straight to UP goalkeeper Nicole Adlawan nine minutes in. Three minutes after, Chelo Hodges penetrated towards the UP penalty area but Marie Huff provided ample defending to keep DLSU’s top scorer from altering the score. Shortly, Kyla Inquig had a glimpse of goal but her 19th minute effort was dealt with well by Adlawan. All but one of the succeeding chances then fell to the Lady Maroons.

A minute following Inquig’s chance, M. Huff barged into the DLSU box but lost possession after being adjudged to have committed an infraction. First year player Sabrina Nierras almost gave UP the lead but her 28th minute attempt was saved by DLSU goalkeeper Inna Palacios. Four minutes after, Mary Obra was legally impeded by Mary Duran inside the box according to the referee who instantly signaled to turn down the penalty claim. K. Huff then entered on the next dead ball to replace Blessie Perez. The substitute made impact right away, testing the DLSU defense by firing two attempts blocked by Palacios and Regine Metillo. Against the run of play, Nicole Andaya saw an opening but her tame shot had no way of getting past Adlawan. Entering halftime, Cristina Delos Reyes launched two dangerous crosses but La Salle’s defense survived to go into halftime goalless.

The second half was more of the same. UP dominated the tempo but La Salle opened the period with a shot at goal. Just three minutes into the second half, Arrieta’s free kick almost caused a stir in the UP box but Manalansan got to clear the ball away from danger. Two quick chances from Delos Reyes and K. Huff then followed inside the first five minutes but were kept out by La Salle’s unwavering defense. Chances then were limited as both teams coped with each other as time expired. UP had the better of the exchanges with K. Huff finding Christille Ardiente inside the DLSU penalty area only for the latter to misfire in front of Palacios.

The Lady Maroons’ perseverance and dominance were eventually rewarded with two quick goals coming in the 81st minute and 83rd minute. The first one saw M. Huff locate her sister K. Huff with space up front. The younger sister then managed to flick the ball into the net to score the opening goal. With the advantage clearly held by UP, they immediately guaranteed the three points when Manalansan drilled in a shot as she was unmarked inside La Salle’s 18-yard box. The two-goal lead was too much for DLSU to overcome after only having one clear chance, which fell to Metillo whose attempt from 20 yards sailed wide. The final whistle sounded with UP heading into the finals as winners.

UP coach Anto Gonzales delightfully said, “They have to be happy with their performance. Everyone, parang gutom pa rin. ‘Yon ‘yung maganda. They really did not want to settle for just qualifying. I thought we really played well today.” He also noted that the team still needs polishing in an aspect or two as they brace for the challenge of dethroning FEU 15 days from now.

As for DLSU coach Hans Smit, the rebuilding process from last year’s dismal bottom finish is still far from complete. “I didn’t expect too much talaga from this team,” he uttered. He revealed that there is a long way to go for his players who will have to prove their worth once tryouts commence later this year. DLSU improves slightly as they finish the season in fourth place in the five-team tournament.

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  • Sabrina Nierras

    are there more photos? 🙂


Calvin Abueva, Raymond Almazan cut from pool



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

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 one month away, Gilas cannot 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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2019 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers

23 for 2023 cadets fill up Gilas practice



With just 31 days until 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 were 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 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 from 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



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

The Red Spikers pulled 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 register 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 in 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 sport, the Red Spiker playmaker admitted that t

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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 their 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 look to make it two in a row when they take on the Wangs-Letran Couriers on Monday, January 29 at 5:00pm. Perpetual, on the other hand, hope they can notch their first win when they take 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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