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NU Bulldogs escape the AdU Falcons in marathon game



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In a game that took five hours and 14 innings, the NU Bulldogs escaped another collapse in scoring a clutch run at the top of the 14th inning to go up to solo fourth place in the team standings last Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.

It was a sophomore vs. sophomore pitching matchup to open the game as AdU’s Raymond Matic was pitted against NU’s Junmar Diarao. Both pitchers held their opponents to scoreless first innings.

The scoring for the Bulldogs opened at the top of the second inning. Lead-off batter Clarence Caasalan and Junmar Diarao connected on singles to load two bases for NU. A catching error by Adamson pitcher Raymond Matic led to a Caasalan run. Then, an RBI single by Julius Mondragon paved the way for a Diarao run.

With NU up 2-0 prior to the bottom of the second inning, the Adamson Soaring Falcons picked up a run due to a throwing error by NU third baseman Keneth Ybanez. Eric Gesmundo scored the run for Adamson that cut the NU lead to 2-1.

The NU Bulldogs further extended their lead at the top of the fourth inning. A single by Alfredo de Guzman opened the inning. Then, two consecutive doubles by Julius Mondragon and Orlando Miranda gave NU three runs in the inning. With Matic’s pitches slowing down, it was deemed by the Adamson coaching staff to replace Matic for rookie Marvin Camposanto. Camposanto managed to close the next three batters including a strikeout of Rich Calivoso.

The Soaring Falcons were able to score their second run of the day at the bottom of the sixth. With two outs, consecutive errors by the NU fielders led to a run by Jerome Yenson.

With National University up 6-2 at the bottom of the ninth inning, the errors piled up for the batters from Sampaloc. A single opened the inning by sophomore Kenneth Badrina. Another single by Melvin Rosita and a throwing error that gave Eric Gesmundo first base, loaded the bases for Adamson. An unsuccessful fielder’s choice gave Salazar a run. Then, a single by rookie James Barzaga cut the UP and a sacrifice fly by Melvin Rosita cut the lead to one. With two outs, Manuel Navasero was hit by a pitch to again give Adamson two bases. Chaplick Fernandez hit a clutch RBI single to center field to tie the game and extend the game into extra innings.

At the bottom of the 10th inning, a visibly fatigued Junmar Diarao was relieved of pitching duties and was replaced by third year player Ronel Peralta.

The NU Bulldogs almost gained the lead with a run at the 12th inning but was rescinded by the umpire due to a third out coming first before the runner slid to home.

The Adamson Soaring Falcons almost took the game at the bottom of the 13th inning. An error by NU right fielder Alfredo de Guzman gave Adamson first base. Next batter Kenneth Badrina was then walked due to balls. With the next batter thrown out, the Adamson offense loaded all the bases when Edmark Leoncio was walked. However, the Bulldogs were not able to take advantage of the situation when the next two batters were struck out by Ronel Peralta.

The game winning run was scored by rookie Orlando Miranda when a Ronel Peralta RBI single conneted at the top of the 14th inning. Then it was the NU Bulldogs defense holding up to close the game.

The NU offense was led by Junmar Diarao two runs and RBI. Clarence Caasalan was able to connect on three hits and score a run.

After the game, we caught up with NU Coach Isaac Bacasiras who was proud of his squad. Coach Bacasiras told us that even though the team struggled with recruitment this year, the team still manages to keep the games close. “Ang mga player natin ngayon puro galing probinsya. Kelangan pang turuan ng basic baseball. Siguro in a year, magmamature na ang laro nila.”

The NU Bulldogs close out their UAAP Season 77 campaign against the UP Fighting Maroons on Thursday, February 25 at 7am while the Soaring Falcons face the UST Golden Sox in their last game of the season at 1:30pm. Both games will still be played at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.

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AJ Mandani sparks Singapore in win over Joshua Munzon-led Westsports



Back to his role as the sixth man of the Slingers after two games, AJ Mandani provided the firepower needed by Singapore in a fourth quarter surge to stop the Westsports Malaysia Dragons, 93-85, Sunday afternoon at the MABA Stadium in Malaysia.

The win arrested the Slingers’ two-game losing streak, raising their slate to 6-6. Westsports, a team coming off a two-game winning streak that included a 91-87 win over Mikey Williams and the Saigon Heat last January 18, fell to 3-5.

Struggling in the first three quarters, Mandani six of his eight points in the final frame. And those points were povital in fending off Westsports.

With Singapore clinging to a solitary point lead early in the fourth quarter, the Filipino-Canadian scored four straight points 8-0 run to gain a 74-67 lead with under seven minutes left. Another basket by Mandani followed it up with a breakaway layup with with 5:18 remaining to give Singapore an 81-72 cushion.

Filipino exports Joshua Munzon and Patrick Cabahug tried to rally the home team back as a triple by the latter cut the lead down to just three with 1:40 on the clock. Big buckets by Delvin Goh and Chris Charles sealed off the Malaysia-based club team.

Munzon went just 5-for-18 from the field to finish with 15 points, seven rebounds, and three steals. Cabahug chipped in eight points on 3-for-4 shooting off the bench.

Xavier Alexander led Singapore with 33 points while Charles tallied a double-double with 25 points and 13 rebounds to go along with three swats. Singaporean Goh had 16 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.

Marcus Marshall paced Westsports with 22 points, playing all 40 minutes as fellow World Import AJ West had a tough outing.

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Impervious Lady Chiefs stay perfect after sweep of Lady Pirates



The Arellano University Lady Chiefs extended their winning streak to 17, dating back to last season, after clobbering the Lyceum of the Philippines Lady Pirates, 25-16, 25-17, 25-11, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The defending champions were unrelenting, with four Lady Chiefs scoring in double-digits. Rookie Necole Ebuen powered in 11 points. Third-year open hitter Regine Arocha and Arellano’s middle blockers Mary Anne Esguerra and Andrea Marzan each provided 10 markers.

Conversely, no Lady Pirate managed to score in double-figures.

“Maganda naman talaga ang nilalaro ng mga bata. Lahat kasi kami determinado na makakuha ulet ng championship. Alam nila (Lady Chiefs) na kailangan pataas nang pataas ang ginagalaw namin,” said Arellano head coach Obet Javier.

The Lady Chiefs also limited their errors to a season-best 16, while the Lady Pirates surrendered 24 miscues.

Christine Miralles and Monica Sevilla each supplied the struggling Lyceum with eight point apiece.

The Lady Chiefs will look for their sixth win of the season when they face the red-hot University of Perpetual Help System DALTA (4-1) on Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre. The Lady Pirates (1-4) take on the undefeated San Beda College (4-0) on Wednesday also at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Scores

AU (3) – Ebuen 11, Arocha 10, Esguerra 10, Marzan 10, Prado 3, Ramirez 3, Liu 2, Balanoba 1, Donato 1, Verutiao 0, Buemia (L), Flores (L)

LPU (0) – Miralles 8, Sevilla 8, Juanilla 7, Patio 4, Genova 1, Romanban 0, Bongabong 0, Marcella (L)

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Late whistle costs San Beda against Sousse, drops Red Lions to 0-2



23 for 2023 cadet Robert Bolick is averaging 27.5 points per game in the tournament

After struggling to close out the UAE National Team in their opener last Friday, the San Beda College Red Lions figured in a late judgment call that did not fall into their favor, Saturday at the Shabab Al Ahli Club in Dubai. Due to this, the defending NCAA Champions lost to Tuniasian club team Sousse, 78-79.

With the loss, the Red Lions fell to a 0-2 hole in the 29th Dubai Basketball Championship. But the record does not reflect how the Filipinos played.

Robert Bolick, who scored 28 points against the UAE National Team, led the charge for San Beda in their second outing with 27 points. Fellow 23 for 2023 cadet Javee Mocon added 11 points and seven rebounds.

Sousse — the second-best club team in Tunisia, who boasts four national team players and an American import — led by as much as 10 points, 70-60 in the final frame.

Fired up by the Filipinos who stormed the venue, the Red Lions answered right back with an 18-8 run capped by a booming Bolick triple with six ticks left to gain a 78-76 lead.

However, a foul was called on a Red Lion on a three-point attempt by a Sousse player. He calmly sank all three free throws with 1.5 seconds remaining to seal the win.

Donald Tankoua had eight points and 13 rebounds as he was saddled with foul trouble all throughout the game.

The Tunisian club team was paced by Radzhouane Slimane with 18 points, while Ibrahim Nadarri and Joshua Cassady had 13 markers each.

San Beda will have a one-day break before taking on Moroccan club team Al Sale on Monday, January 22.

The Scores:

San Beda 78 – Bolick 27, Mocon 11, Tankoua 8, Noah 8, Toba 6, Soberano 6, Prebitero 4, Tongco 4, Bahio 2, Carino 2, Oftana 0, Adamos 0.

Sousse 79 – Slimane 18, Naddari 13, Cassady 13, Mouhli 11, Knioua 9, Toumi 8, Monastiri 4, Gaddour 3.

Quarterscores: 23-17, 36-39, 57-62, 78-79.

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Perpetual overpowers JRU to keep pace for Final Four



Strutting their decisive height and power advantage, the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Lady Altas slammed the Jose Rizal University Lady Bombers, 25-21, 22-25, 25-14, 25-21, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Lady Altas were still heavy-handed with their errors, surrendering 35 miscues, including 12 in the second set — the only frame they lost.

The Las Piñas-based program, however, kept a scorching offensive pace, bombarding the Lady Bombers with six blocks and 12 aces. JRU had just five points combined from those categories.

“Mataas pa talaga ‘yung tendency ng mga bata mamigay ng mga puntos. Sabi ko nga hindi kami mananalo kung tutulungan pa namin ‘yung kalaban maka-score,” rued Perpetual head coach Michael Cariño.

“Pero, unti-unte namang gumaganda ‘yung galaw ng mga bata. Lahat naman ng pagkukulang nila, tinatrabaho namin para maayos sa ensayo,” the champion mentor added.

Perpetual’s six-foot-three middle blocker Lourdes Clemente towered over the Lady Bombers with a season-high 19 points which included 14 attacks, two blocks, and three aces. Winger Cindy Imbo added 15 points.

Rookie Dolly Versoza paced the Lady Bombers with a game-high 21 points, while captain Shola Alvarez managed 15.

The Lady Altas (4-1) take on the undefeated defending champs Arellano University (5-0) on Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre. The Lady Bombers (2-3) face the College of Saint Benilde (3-1) on Wednesday, also at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Scores

UPHSD (3) – Clemente 19, Imbo 15, Sangalang 8, Llorente 7, Tripoli 7, Gual 6, Versoza 2, Umandal 1, Estanislao 0, Medalla (L)

JRU (1) – Versoza 21, Alvarez 15, Ebuenga 5, Montojo 2, Rivera 2, Sibangan 1, Bodiongan 0, Macaraya (L)

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