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UP Lady Shuttlers defeat ADMU Lady Shuttlers, 4-1 to win their season opener.



Despite dropping the first set, UP Lady Shuttlers managed to win 4 in a row to beat the ADMU Lady Shuttlers. UP was led by Mary Ann Maranon, who won the 2nd singles set and the 2nd doubles set alongside Marina Caculitan.


Women’s Singles 1: Ma. BiancaYsabel Carlos (ADMU) def. Paola Beatriz Bernardo (UP) 2:0,

ADMU 1 – UP 0.

The first set saw Bianca go on an early 6 – 3 lead against her opponent. She would then manage to keep the lead, where she would eventually take an 18 – 14 lead versus Paola. Paola would however go on a 5 – 1 run and end up tying the score at 19 all. Things would start to get scrappy as they both begin to trade points, but with the score tied at 22, Bianca would be able to score 2 in a row to net a 24-22 victory. The final set would see Paola take an early 3-0 lead, but everything would start to go downhill from there as Bianca would proceed to bounce back and take a 17 – 12 lead, and eventually end the match at 21 – 14.

Aggregate score: Carlos 45 – Bernardo 36

Total match time: 39 mins.


Women’s Singles 2: Mary Ann Maranon (UP) def. Cassandra Grace Lim (ADMU) 2:0,

ADMU 1 – UP 1.

In the first set, both players would go on their own individual runs, starting with Cassandra’s quick 4-0 start. Mary Ann would then come charging back to take a 14-10 lead, but Cassandra would respond and lead the set with a score of 18-16. Unfortunately, Cassandra was only able to score 1 more point as Mary Ann came roaring back to win 21 – 19. For the second set, Mary Ann would not let go of the momentum she gained during her 1st set comeback, and trounce Cassandra to take the victory 21 – 10.

Aggregate score: Maranon 42 – Lim 29

Total match time: 30 mins.


Women’s Doubles 1: Jessie Francisco and Maria Elisha Ongcuangco (UP) def. Janel Adrianne Dihiansan and Dia Nicole Magno (ADU) 2:1,

ADMU 1 – UP 2

The first set would see the duo of Francisco, who scored all but 1 point during this run, and Ongcuangco take a big 8-1 lead against their opponents. Their opponents from the other side of Katipunan would try to fight their way back, but would get no closer than 4 points. UP would then go on to take the first set, 21-17. The second set would promise to be a much closer affair, as both teams would go on numerous runs, but neither team taking a significant advantage. The final tie of the game would be at the 20 point mark on a Ongcuangco score, but Dihiansan would then make 2 in a row to win the set, 22-20. The third and final set would be a close one all throughout, but the UP Lady Shuttlers would manage to take the win, 21 – 19.

Aggregate score: Francisco (36) & Ongcuangco (25) 61 – Dihiansan (28) & Magno (31) 59

Total match time:66 mins.


Women’s Doubles 2: Maria Caculitan and MaryAnn Maranon (UP) def. Ma. Bianca Ysabel Carlos and Janelle Gloriane De Vera (ADMU) 2:1,

ADMU 1 – UP 3 (UP wins)

The duo from UP would begin the first set strong, notching a 13-6 advantage over their rivals from Ateneo. With the score at 18-11, the ladies from Ateneo would mount one final rush to stave off defeat, going on a 7-1 run to keep the game close at 19-18. Despite this onslaught, UP would maintain their composure and manage to beat Ateneo 21-19 for the first set. Ateneo fought back harder during the second set, notching an early 5-0 lead versus their UP counterparts. They would continue this hot start to lead 17-11, but UP would blitz them for 7 straight points to take the lead at 17-18. Both teams would fight for victory, eventually tying the game at 20 all, but the Ateneans would take the victory with 2 straight points, 22 – 20. Complacency might have been Ateneo’s downfall as their 2nd set victory was quickly vanquished when UP would go on a 9 to 0 run. UP would not relinquish this lead and would eventually win, 21 – 16.

Aggregate score: Caculitan (42) & Maranon (21) 63 – Carlos (32) & De Vera (25) 57

Total match time: 60 mins.


Women’s Singles 3: Jessie Francisco (UP) def. Dia Nicole Magno (ADMU) 2:0

ADMU 1 – UP 4 (UP wins)

During the first set, Magno would take an early 4-2 lead, but quickly lose it when Francisco goes on the offensive for 5 straight points to take the lead, 4-7. Magno would rally back to tie the game at 11, but would eventually falter and fall to Francisco, who would win 21 – 17 for the first set. At the start of the 2nd set, it would seem like Magno would regain her composure as she nets 3 straight points to lead 3-0, but Francisco would charge at her for 4 straight points, and while Magno would try to fight back initially, Francisco would not relent and take the victory, 21-17.

Aggregate score: Francisco (42) – Magno (34)

Total match time: 40 mins.

Aggregate sets won: UP 8 , ADMU 4

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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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