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Lady Tamaraws dodge La Salle to notch second win

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Two first half goals from Charmaine Fagaragan and Roselle Lecera proved sufficient for FEU to march into solo second place after a hard-earned 2-1 win against DLSU Saturday afternoon at the Moro Lorenzo Football Field.

Fagaragan netted at the 17th minute after outpacing the La Salle defenders en route to a shot inside the box. Aware that La Salle goalkeeper Inna Palacios went forward, the FEU forward lashed a shot to an empty net to make it 1-0 for FEU. Before that, there were a couple of good shots from the UAAP 76 Champions.

At the sixth minute, Lecera almost made Regine Metillo pay but her shot off the Lasallian’s error hardly bothered Palacios. Nine minutes after that, Sharmine Siaotong’s shot was blocked off the line.

After going up, FEU continued to press for a luxurious second goal. Kimberly Cupal and Lecera both had a go but their shots were stopped by the well-positioned La Salle goalkeeper. On the other hand, La Salle’s Chermaine Guancia and Nicole Andaya attempted shots from around 20 yards but all were gathered by Joy Chavez.

At the 32nd minute, Lecera finally breached Palacios’ goal when her header went to the goalkeeper’s far side into the net. FEU were then comfortably ahead and looked like they would stroll against a woeful La Salle squad. The teams walked into half time with FEU ahead by two goals.

But the complexion of the game changed in the second half. La Salle pressed forward to reduce the deficit. Guancia had space to launch a shot but a poor touch sent the ball out of play three minutes into the second half. Alexi Arrieta also had a shot saved at the 52nd minute. It took 11 minutes for La Salle to claim a reward.

Chelo Hodges found space in the right side of FEU’s 18 yard box before clinically burying it into the bottom left corner. The goal brought La Salle back into contention of getting at least a good result in the game. Sensing momentum in their favor, the girls in green went all out to find an equalizer.

Kyla Inquig and Andaya tested the defense but their shots lacked the power to get past Chavez. The closest chance to score even fell to FEU, when Barbie Sobredo produced a goal-bound shot but her attempt was cleared just before it crossed the line. La Salle kept a goal deficit which, sadly for them, was the situation at full time.

A foul was called in favor of FEU at the 90th minute, just as La Salle was knocking on the door for an equalizer. Almost half of the three added minutes were used in setting up the free kick which led to an easy catch for Palacios. It left little time to cook up a game-tying goal for La Salle who suffered their second straight loss in the process.

Coach Let Dimzon praised her team after slowly gathering form in their last two games. She said her team is in good shape both physically and mentally, although still finding the need to work on a few areas like positioning and communication during games. “Naka-focus ‘yung players. Kung ano ‘yung nagagawa nila during practice, nagagawa sa games. Lahat nagwo-work,” she added.

In the loss, coach Hans Smit expressed disappointment in officiating as it prevented his squad from making critical advances into full time. Nevertheless, the veteran coach conceded that FEU were the stronger team and the result was deserved.

The Lady Tamaraws are now at par with the Lady Maroons on top with six points. UP will see action tomorrow against UST at 1PM in the same venue. As for La Salle, they stay in a three-way tie at third, but are in fifth due to inferior goal difference.

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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 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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23 for 2023 cadets fill up Gilas practice

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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

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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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