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Mapua dominates EAC in morale boosting win



As the season gains momentum, the Mapua Institute of Technology (MIT) Cardinals were able to score a 101-72 victory over the winless Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) Generals and notch their second win of the 91st season, held at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan Friday afternoon.

The two teams went to play a slow start offensively as they struggled to find rhythm in the early minutes of the game. Mapua had good execution as they located their shooters from the perimeter, but even wide-open shots were not falling. On the other hand, the Generals were forced to committing turnovers that gave them a near five-minute drought in scoring, despite making the game’s first basket. On the last stretch of the frame, Exequiel Biteng fired two three-pointers, while Francis Munsayac provided key assists as they raced to a 15-14 finish at the end of the first, in favor of the Cardinals.

In the start of the second quarter, Mapua opened it up with an 8-0 blitz capped by a Josan Nimes layup after Biteng and Menina drained two triples. The stretch was done within two minutes and opened up the game for Mapua. The Cardinals were able to maintain the double-digit advantage just before the Generals finally put up a string of points in the scoreboard. With less than two minutes to go left in the first half, EAC erected a 7-0 run, but was extinguished by five straight points by Stephen Que as his squad led by a dozen at the break.

The Generals played the passing lanes as Mapua committed turnovers in the first part of the second half. However, EAC were unable to capitalize on such as they let go of opportunities on even point-blank attempts. Every mini-rally put up by the EAC were quickly answered by the Cardinals. They were able to hold on to their comfortable lead for the second half. The Generals were able to score their best quarter offensively as they tallied 21 points in the frame but Mapua was still in clear control as they were up by 18 after the third.

Entering the last quarter armed with all sorts of momentum, Mapua kept on increasing their lead as the game became ugly scoring-wise. The Cardinals left their opponents dazzled as the entire fourth period became a seemingly 10-minute garbage time, with only the final score just waiting to be settled. With four minutes to go, Mapua already matched its first half total in scoring while EAC struggled to even put up double-digit scoring in the final frame.

Head Coach Atoy Co said that this was a tough game to play. “I’m really emotional right now because it’s hard to play a 0-4 team. They have nothing to lose. For us, we are 0-3 [the past three games]. We needed to play good defense,” the PBA all-time great said.

For the game, Coach Co assessed that it was a good all-around performance by the team. “We played good defense. If we play good defense the offense will come. The ball movement was excellent and we were able to find the shooters.”

Mark Brana did not play due to back spasms, while Andretti Stevens was still recuperating from a sore knee.

The Cardinals had five players score in double digits. They were led by Josan Numes’ 18 points. Stephen Que and Justin Serrano combined for 33 points as well. Serrano shot 8/12 from the field and grabbed six boards. For the Generals, Laminou Hamadou and Sidney Onwubere played 33 minutes apiece with Hamadou scoring 16 points, while Onwubere notched another double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds.

As a team, the Cardinals shot an outstanding 51% from the field and assisted on all but ten of their field goals.

Mapua improves to a 2-3 record while the cellar-dealing EAC squad is still winless after five outings. Mapua’s next game will be up against the Lyceum Pirates while the Generals will tackle San Sebastian. The games will be played on Friday, July 31 still at the Filoil Arena.

The Scores:
MIT (101) – Nimes 18, Que 17, Serrano 16, Biteng 12, Isit 12, Nieles 7, Menina 6, Aguirre 5, Oraeme 4, Villasenor 2, Dela Rosa 2, Layug 0, Raflores 0.
EAC (72) – Hamadou 16, Munsayac 15, Onwubere 13, Pascua 11, General 8, Mejos 5, Diego 4, Bonleon 0, Estacio 0.
Quarterscores: 15-14, 45-33, 72-54, 101-72

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Christian Standhardinger goes perfect from stripe in Hong Kong’s rout of Formosa



After going a horrid 5-for-17 from the stripe during their first loss of the season last January 9, Christian Standhardinger made sure to make good on his free throws to power the Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Club to a dominant 99-79 rout of the Formosa Dreamers, Thursday evening in Southorn Stadium.

The 6-foot-8 Filipino-German, who tallied 37 points and 19 rebounds in the overtime loss to Saigon, went a perfect 9-for-9 from the foul line. He finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds.

The contest itself was not close, as the defending champions were able to impose their will on the bottom-ranked squad, leading by as much as 23 points, 93-70, after two free throws by Standhardinger with 2:58 remaining.

If Standhardinger was having a good day with his free throws, the entire Formosa squad could not say the same, going 13-of-27 from the line.

Tyler Lamb had 25 markers as well for Hong Kong, while Ryan Moss grabbed a triple-double with 19 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists.

Lenny Daniel paced Formosa with 25 points and 11 rebounds. World Import Ronnie Aguilar had 14 points and 16 rebounds but went just 5-for-14 from the field.

With the win, Hong Kong goes to 8-1, while the Dreamers fell to 1-8.

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2018 FIBA 3X3 World Cup

Chooks-to-Go President hopes 3×3 World Cup breaks Philippine Arena record



Last October 27, 2017, Game Seven of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals between heated rivals Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and Meralco Bolts saw 54,083 people troop to the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. The attendance broke all records for both the venue and the PBA.

Come June this year, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and Chooks-to-Go are hoping that the upcoming 2018 FIBA 3×3 World Cup will surpass that record.

“We look at 3×3 as our best hope, really, to get a medal in the Olympics. Kami naman sa Chooks, we are behind SBP realizing that dream. Kanina pinag-uusapan na, if we’re going to break the record in attendance,” said Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. president Ronald Mascariñas on Thursday afternoon during a press conference held at BGC High Street in Taguig.

“I think the question there is not if we’re going to break, but how many more times. Because FIBA should see how passionate the Filipinos are about basketball. That’s a given,” one of the patrons of Gilas Pilipinas added.

Besides the event itself, the local government of Bulacan has pledged to make the week of the tournament filled with activities to celebrate the Philippines’ 120th year of Independence.

For their part, Chooks-to-Go vowed to help out the SBP in organizing the event and in building the team.

“We are throwing our support not to improve on our finish, but we want to help SBP organize, to win the championship — not just to improve our ranking,” Mascariñas shared.

And the experience he and his company gained after backing the Pilipinas 3×3 team during last year’s tournament will only help.

“In past tournaments, we’ve lost some games na maninipis lang talaga,” he recalled about the team composed of Kobe Paras, Kiefer Ravena, Jeron Teng, and JR Quinahan that competed in Nantes, France.

“This time around, with five months to go, we need to organize and put in the best t

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Ilocos United takes leave from PFL



Another one bites the dust

After months of speculation, Ilocos United has formally announced their absence from the Philippines Football League for the 2018 season.

A statement signed by Ilocos Chief Executive Officer Tony Lazaro and posted on the club’s Facebook page broke the big news.

“Unfortunately, after months of negotiation, efforts to attract a new naming sponsor for the Team were unsuccessful,” the statement opened. “Consequently, it has become financially prohibitive to continue participation in the PFL.

“Primarily, the lack of broadcasting exposure in 2017 created an apprehension in the corporate community, cascading into a series of afflictions that has ultimately led to our withdrawal from the competition.”

Ilocos finished last during the inaugural season, tallying 1 win, 6 draws, and 21 losses with a -49 goal differential.

Still, Ilocos gave their thanks to those who supported the club during the inaugural PFL season.

“We are cautiously optimistic of a potential return to the PFL for the 2019 season, whereby secured broadcasting exposure will hopefully lead to higher confidence from potential sponsorship partners.”

While their PFL operations will fold for the time being, Ilocos will continue the grassroots programs they have started within the area. ¨In the meantime, the foundation of football development we helped to build in Ilocos will continue, including grassroots initiatives at local schools, women’s futsal, Special Olympics, and, of course, the IUFC Academy.¨

The latest development will be another big blow for the young league. Meralco Manila pulled out of the competition beforehand, and now Ilocos´ absence leaves only six teams in the competition.

Now more than ever, something needs to be done by the PFL or even the Philippine Football Federation to ensure the feasibility of the clubs and the league itself for years to come.

Football is a hard sport to build in the Philippines despite its resurgence since 2010. There are limited corporate boosters for the sport which is in dire need of a financial push to sustain its growth.

Ilocos´ leave and Meralco´s folding now forces local football´s stakeholders to take a step back and examine the next moves to build the sport.

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CJ Perez, Jaycee Marcelino in unison: D-League is a whole other level



After falling just two games short of copping Lyceum’s first-ever NCAA crown, the Pirates went to the PBA D-League to gain experience. However, in their first foray in the second league, the Lyceans realized that it was a whole different beast.

Going up against the veteran-laden Marinerong Pilipino Skippers, the Zark’s Burgers-backed squad suffered a slow start as they adjusted to the tougher calls of the league. The Jawbreakers were down by as much as 17 points early in the third frame, 37-54.

“Yung physicality hindi naman ako masyadong nagulat pero sa mental toughness, yung pagod ka na, tapos may babanggga pa sa ‘yo, ang iniisip ko kailangan mas maging tough,” admitted reigning NCAA Most Valuable Player CJ Perez.

“Nangangapa kami nung una lahat kasi first game namin ito, pati dito sa court na ‘to first game din namin,” added Jaycee Marcelino.

It served as a wake-up call. Adjusting on the fly, Perez and Marcelino rallied the Jawbreakers back — even fashioning multiple attempts to take over the contest late in the game. However, they fell short, 92-94.

“Binalik lang namin yung laro namin dati, pass the ball, hindi yung puro dribble, i-run lang namin yung plays,” shared Marcelino, as he and Perez combined to score 16 points in the final frame.

The 21-year-old Marcelino finished with a game-high 20 points on an efficient 7-of-9 shooting to go along with four rebounds, three assists, two steals, and a block. The 24-year-old Perez added 19 points, five assists, two steals, and a block.

With their first game in the bag, the duo — and the rest of the Jawbreakers — now have the experience under their belts. And they plan to put in the work to prove that they belong.

“Sa NC naman kasi puro ka-level namin kalaro namin, dito puro beterano ang naglalaro,” said Marcelino. “Hindi talaga namin masabi na yung ginawa namin sa NC magagawa din namin dito.

“Mageextra work pa kami para masustain namin kung ano kami sa Lyceum.”

“It’s a good experience. Ibang iba pala talaga yung laro ng D-League sa NCAA,” expressed Perez, who is a consensus top three pick for the upcoming PBA Rookie Draft.

“Sobrang grateful kami na nakalaro na rin kami sa D-League.”

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