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Nietes victorious over Mexican foe; fellow Pinoys victorious in Pinoy Pride 31



Donnie “Ahas” Nietes (35-1-4) continued his reign as he successfully defended his WBO world flyweight belt against Mexico’s Francisco Rodriguez Jr. (17-2-1) via unanimous decision in the main event of Pinoy Pride 31 held at the Cebu Waterfront Hotel & Casino, Cebu City, Saturday night.

In a hard-fought battle between two champions, Nietes dictated the fight early with his crisp combinations but the young challenger was able keep the fight close thanks to his counter punches that gave the Filipino champion a cut in the fourth round.

Midway through the fight, the boxing pride of Murcia, Negros Occidental was able to adjust to his opponent’s aggressive style, slowing his challenger down with body shots which enabled him to take the driver seat until the final bell. Judges scored the bout 115-113, 119-109, 118-110, all in favor of Nietes.

“Nahirapan ako kasi may iniinda ako during the fight,” revealed Nietes. He also added that he will take a rest after this fight for his hand to recuperate.

On the other hand, Rodriguez Jr. thought the fight was close that could have gone either way but didn’t felt any bias from the officials.

“We expect the result to be at least split (decision) because we hit him (Nietes) with multiple hard shots especially in the 10th round,” Rodriguez told Tiebreakertimes. “But I respect the decision because the referee did his job and I didn’t feel any bias (in the fight).”

The win gives Nietes his 36th overall in 41 fights and hasn’t lost since 2004, while the 22-year old Rodriguez Jr. drops to 17 wins 3 losses and 1 draw.

In the co-main event, 20 year old ALA sensation Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo (10-0) scored a thrilling fifth round knockout victory over 19 year old Rafael Reyes (16-4) to win the IBF Youth Featherweight Championship. Magsayo bucked a slow first round performance in finding his footing in the latter rounds. “Magnifico” fought a more methodical  game in counter-punching the aggressive Mexican.

After scoring a knockdown at the third round, the fight was then marred by constant fouls that resulted to a slow-paced fight. In the fifth round, Magsayo turned up the volume in scoring huge combinations. “Magnifico” capped off the amazing round with a huge uppercut that knocked Reyes out. The match ended at the 2:29 mark of the fifth round with Mark Magsayo winning the IBF Youth Featherweight Championship.

Meanwhile, Filipino pugilists Roli Gasca and Kevin Jake Cataraja were also triumphant in their respective bouts. Gasca snapped his two fight losing streak after he made quick work of Indonesian Rasmanudin, winning via knockout at the 24 second mark in the second round. Cataraja on the other hand, made a successful pro debut, after dropping Ardi Tefa in the 6th round of their fight.

Here are the full results for Pinoy Pride 31:

Pinoy Pride 31: Clash of World Champions Results
July 11, 2015 – Cebu Waterfront Hotel and Casino, Cebu City

WBO World Light Flyweight Championship: Donnie Nietes def. Francisco Rodriguez via unanimous decision (115-113, 119-109, 118-110) to retain championship
IBF Youth Featherweight Championship (10 rounds): Mark Magsayo def. Rafael Reyes via knockout (5th round, 2:29) to win championship
Minimumweight Bout (8 rounds): Vic Saludar (9-1) def. Michael Kaibigan (3-2-2) via knockout (4th round, 1:54)
Featherweight Bout (8 rounds): Roli Gasca (22-6-1) def. Rasmanudin (19-9-3) via knockout (2nd round, 0:24)
Lightweight Bout (8 rounds): Elmo Traya (8-1) def. Bryan Macamay (9-2-2) via knockout (3rd round, 1:47)
Bantamweight Bout (6 rounds): Carlo Demecillo (3-2) def. Virgel Vitor (4-0) via unanimous decision (58-55, 57-56, 57-56)
Bantamweight Bout (6 rounds): Raul Yu (6-1) vs. Richard Sueno (2-0-1) bout ends in a split draw (58-56, 57-57, 58-56)
Cruiserweight Bout (6 rounds): Jorge Kahwagi (11-0) def. Ramon Olivas (13-3) via technical knockout (1st round, 0:57)
Flyweight Bout (4 rounds): Kevin Cataraja (1-0) def. Ardi Tefa (6-4) via knockout (6th round, 2:19)

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After getting first D-League experience, Zark’s-Lyceum ready to get loose



After a hesitant performance in their PBA D-League debut last Thursday that resulted in a loss to the Marinerong Pilipino Skippers, the Zark’s Burger-Lyceum Jawbreakers seemingly caught up with the league’s style of play on Tuesday.

Zark’s-Lyceum displayed their true form and stamped their class all over the Batangas-EAC Generals with a 37-point destruction, 112-75 — so far the biggest winning margin the franchise has ever had in its D-League history.

“Medyo adjusted na kami on everything — the calls and the teams we’re playing against with,” said Zark’s-Lyceum head coach Topex Robinson after the match at Pasig Sports Center. “But the things we want to mind are those things we control.

“We just have to keep on doing what we are doing. It’s more on replenishing na lang on our old ways.”

Robinson’s claim was strongly backed up by the numbers that the Jawbreakers produced.

CJ Perez had 21 points and 10 rebounds. MJ Ayaay produced 15 points and 10 boards, and Mike Nzeusseu delivered 14 markers and 11 boards.

Even the bench made their presence felt in the victory. With guard Jaycee Marcelino spearheading the supporting cast’s charge with 12 markers, the bench contributed a remarkable 56 points to their total output.

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“Ano lang, cinontrol lang namin yung pace kasi yun naman talaga yung laro namin, yung mabilisan,” said the 24-year-old do-it-all forward, who also collected three steals.

“Kailangan talaga mabilisan para ma-execute namin yung mga ginagawa namin.”

This week will be a rough one for the Pirates, as they will play right away this Thursday against the AMA Online Education. And for Perez, he strongly believes that they will be able to carry over their momentum.

“Oo. Nandun pa. Energy talaga yung puhunan namin para makalaro ng maayos.”

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Bonbon Batiller shows what he can bring to Letran in D-League debut



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Tuesday proved to be a double debut for Bonbon Batiller. Aside from beginning his first foray in the PBA D-League, it also marked his debut for the Letran Knights, who are carrying the Wang’s Basketball Couriers franchise.

And the 5-foot-11 guard showed what he can bring to the table. Batiller collected 15 points, five rebounds, and three assists to help the Knights raise the curtains of their campaign with a 93-75 rout of the Batangas-EAC Generals.

“Nagworkout yung pinagpraktisan namin,” said Batiller. “Nagbunga rin yung tinuro samin ni Coach Jeff (Napa) lalo sa depensa. Tsaka siguro sa rebounds — laking lamang namin sa rebound. Nagsipag mga bigs namin.”

But what has him even more satisfied is the warm reception and trust he’s had from the Knights, even if he has spent barely a year with them after transferring from University of the East last 2017.

“Masaya po kasi tinanggap nila ako sa Letran ng buong-buo,” said Batiller, who normed 10.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.6 steals with UE in two years. “Tsaka yung tiwala nila na makakatulong ako sa team nandoon.

“Kaya masaya ako sa pinakita nila sa akin.”

That is why the General Santos native is hard-pressed to prove himself to Letran, saying that he’s all about giving back to the school that gave him another opportunity to resume his young, up-and-coming basketball career.

“Kailangan kong may mapatunayan na deserving ako sa binigay na second chance sa akin ni Letran,” said Batiller, who decided to switch schools partly due to academic reasons.

“Malaki ang utang ko sa Letran.”

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Bienvenido Maranon scores brace as Ceres-Negros eliminates Brisbane Roar



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Philippine club football just achieved its biggest continental result yet

The inaugural Philippines Football League champions Ceres-Negros Football Club eliminated three-time Australian champions Brisbane Roar in the 2018 AFC Champions League’s second preliminary round with a 3-2 stunner, away at the QSAC Stadium in Brisbane.

With the win, the 2017 AFC Cup ASEAN Zonal Champions are set to face Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian next January 30, 2018 at the Haihe Educational Football Stadium in Tianjin, China, to book a seat in the group stages.

Brisbane were the favorites for this tie and it showed, as Ceres started the contest on the back foot. Italian striker Massimo Maccarone handed the home side the lead in the 35th minute when he turned in Brett Holman’s pass.

Maccarone’s goal could have lowered the Busmen’s moral, but Risto Vidakovic’s men took it as a motivation rather than a downer. In fact, Ceres replied in the best way possible when Bienvenido Maranon scored his first goal of the match two minutes from halftime, thanks to a scramble in the Brisbane box.

By all accounts, Ceres had already made Philippine football proud at halftime. By this stage last year, Brisbane had accrued a 4-0 halftime cushion against Global Cebu en route to a 6-0 rout.

Today, though, Brisbane faced tougher resistance at Ceres’ hands. That resistance turned into a full-fledged revolt in the 65th minute when Maranon directed the ball past a helpless Jamie Young to give the Busmen their first taste of the lead.

Maranon’s goal well and truly turned the tide in Ceres’ favor. Brisbane were stunned. The home side are the defending A-League champions, but are currently eighth in the table this season and would soon face elimination from Asia’s premier club competition.

Already up 2-1, the Busmen finally achieved some breathing room in the 75th minute when Omid Nazari scored from close range to give Ceres a two-goal cushion over Brisbane.

Nazari’s goal not only sealed the win for Ceres, it also propelled Philippine football into the big leagues. Not even a late goal from French midfielder Éric Bauthéac could prevent the Busmen’s victory.

After five minutes of stoppage time, Ceres emerged 3-2 winners against Brisbane Roar. Come what may against Tianjin seven days from now, the Busmen have already achieved Philippine football’s biggest result since their own achievement in last season’s AFC Cup.

Who knows? Maybe Ceres can pull off another upset?

Ceres-Negros XI: Doblas (GK), Super, Mike Ott, Ingreso, Maranon, Porteria, Schrock, De Murga (C), Munoz, Nazari, Christaens.

Brisbane Roar XI: Ingham, Bowles, Papadopoulos, Maccarone, Holman, Khalfallah, Oxborrow, McKay (C), Hingert, Young (GK), Franjic.

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CJ Perez, Zark’s-Lyceum vent ire on Batangas-EAC with 37-point romp



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CJ Perez and the Zark’s Burger-Lyceum Jawbreakers finally lived up to their hype, as they clobbered the Batangas-EAC Generals to score a 37-point beatdown, 112-75 for their first win, Tuesday at the Pasig Sports Center.

It was an all-out attack from the Jawbreakers, as they beat the Generals to the bite and took control of the game early, with Mike Nzeusseu and Jaycee Marcelino guiding their side to the 48-33 lead at halftime which they would never surrender.

Perez paced Zark’s Burger-Lyceum with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while MJ Ayaay tallied a double-double with his 15 markers, 10 boards, and three assists.

Cameroonian student-athlete Nzeusseu also delivered 14 points, 11 rebounds, and two assists. Marcelino had eight first half points and wound up with 12 off the bench, as the reserves chipped in 56 huge points in the tussle.

Coach Topex Robinson lauded the Jawbreakers for quickly adjusting to the style of the PBA D-League just days after falling to the Marinerong Pilipino, 92-94, back in opening day.

“Medyo adjusted na kami on everything — the calls and the teams were playing against with. But the things we want to mind are those things we control. We just have to keep on doing what we are doing. It’s more on replenishing na lang on our old ways,” he said.

Earvin Mendoza and Cedric de Joya both had 16 points for the Generals in the losing effort.

Zark’s-Lyceum look to continue to roll when they face the AMA Online Education Titans on Thursday, January 25. EAC-Batangas, on the other hand, take on the Gamboa-St. Clare Coffee Lovers on Monday, January 29.

The Scores:

Zark’s-Lyceum 112 — Perez 21, Ayaay 15, Nzeusseu 14, Jc. Marcelino 12, Serrano 10, Baltazar 8, Santos 8, Jv. Marcelino 6, Tansingco 6, Marata 4, Liwag 4, Ibañez 2, Cinco 2, Pretta 0.

Batangas-EAC 75 — E. Mendoza 16, De Joya 16, Tampoc 12, Laude 9, Pate 8, Maguliano 6, Altamirano 5, Diego 3, Garcia 0, Dela Peña 0, Martin 0, J. Mendoza 0, Neri 0.

Quarterscores: 19-14, 48-33, 84-47, 112-75.

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