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ONE Warrior’s Quest: Doliguez falls in SG; controversial finish to match



Former boxer turned MMA fighter Roy “the Dominator” Doliguez displayed amazing heart and courage in taking a world championship fight in just a month’s notice. Doliguez clearly showed the same heart and courage in his ONE World Strawweight Championship match against Evolve MMA’s Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke.

Roy Doliguez ended up at the wrong side of the win column, however, as he fell to DSA by fifth round technical decision Friday night at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, Kallang, Singapore. But not without controversy.

 “Defense and counter sa striking ang game plan. I’ll try to take him down for most of the fight and go for the submission,” was what Doliguez told us prior to the match and right from the opening moments of the match, Doliguez immediately went for the shoot but was quickly sprawled by the Thai fighter. DSA was able to reverse a Doliguez-takedown into the mount, which is the story for most of the match. A flying knee by the muay thai artist was reversed into a takedown by the Filipino. After a scramble, Doliguez ended up with a leg lock attempt on his opponent. The Filipino eventually ended up on his back. Short punches by Amnuaysirichoke ended the round culminating with a huge shot that resulted to a cut above the left eye of Doliguez.

Again, Doliguez opened the second round with a takedown but was quickly reversed by DSA. The Thai then pinned the right arm of Doliguez and started connecting with short elbows. The two then went on a stand-up exchange but huge body kicks by DSA proved to be the difference in the round.

With Doliguez’s wrestling not going for him, the Submission Sport Philippines member utilized his boxing to try and exchange with the muay thai practitioner. After a few jabs and straights by Doliguez, the momentum again switched for DSA with his stinging body kicks which were coming from all sorts of angles. Doliguez was then cornered down by DSA. DSA connected with soccer kicks with 2:15 to go. With Doliguez again on his back, the muay thai world champion connected with short elbows. The former boxer tried to go for the takedown once more to end the round but was again reversed to the mount to close the round.

At the 4:45 mark of the championship rounds, the match had to be halted due to an inadvertent eye poke by DSA. The Dominator utilized the full five minutes to recover his vision. Then at the 3:58 point of the fourth, the Thai again committed an accidental foul, this time a low blow. After another two minutes of recovery time, the match continued but the Filipino ate a flying knee to the body. A head kick by DSA resulted to a takedown by Doliguez. Doliguez, who told us that he needed to take the match to the ground, was active on the mat as he went from side mount to the north-south position with 2:33 remaining. Doliguez was able to connect with huge knees to the head of DSA but the referee, Joey Lepiten, controversially stood them up.

After 20 minutes of action, a visibly fatigued Roy Doliguez got out of his corner. Doliguez went for one last exchange but head kicks by DSA resulted to the Filipino going for the takedown once more. It was an unsuccessful attempt however. Closing in on the last two minutes of the match, the Thai stalked Doliguez like a predator stalking his prey. At the 1:38 point of the final round, it appeared that another accidental foul occurred, this time a headbutt*. The referee waved off the match after but with Doliguez and his camp protesting the stoppage.

It was a great performance by “the Dominator” but the breaks did not go to him. Moreover, the controversial stand-up during the fourth round with Doliguez on the advantageous position in the north-south could have turned the tides of the match in his favor.

*According to Erwin Tagle, a member of Submission Sport Philippines, it was not an eye poke that ended the match but an accidental headbutt.

ONE Championship 27: Warrior’s Quest
May 23. 2015 Singapore Indoor Stadium, Kallang, Singapore

ONE World Strawweight Championship: Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke def. Roy Doliguez via Technical Unanimous Decision (1:38, Rd5)

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KIA signs Carlo Lastimosa



After being released by the NLEX Road Warriors during the off-season, gunner Carlo Lastimosa has found a new home.

KIA Picanto team governor Bobby Rosales confirmed to Tiebreaker Times Thursday evening that they have tapped Carlo Lastimosa for the rest of the PBA Philippine Cup campaign.

“Yes,” Rosales confirmed in a text message.

Lastimosa, a two-time All-Star, averaged 8.8 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in his one-year stay with the Road Warriors. Coach Yeng Guiao cited that NLEX already had too many guards that resulted to Lastimosa’s release.

The product of College of Saint Benilde was drafted as the 20th overall pick in the 2013 Rookie Draft by Barako Bull. A year later, he was traded to the Blackwater Elite for Brian Heruala.

The 27-year-old is set to make his debut on Saturday when the Picanto take on the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.

The Kia Picanto are in the midst of a 16-game losing streak.

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Marinerong Pilipino withstands furious Zark’s rally to open season on high note



The Marinerong Pilipino Skippers averted a collapse and held off the Zark’s Burger-Lyceum Jawbreakers to come away with the 94-92 thriller to open the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Losing hold of a 17-point edge, 56-39 with 7:57 left in the third frame, the Skippers survived the furious rally from the Jawbreakers in the clutch as Mike Nzeusseu and CJ Perez missed their three-pointers in the final minute before Rian Ayonayon and Renzo Subido sealed off the win for their side at the charity stripe

Subido topscored for Marinerong Pilipino with 20 points, five assists, and three rebounds, while Ayonayon unleashed 15 markers, three boards, and two dimes in the early battle between the two contenders.

Gab Banal also registered a double-double of 14 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, and four steals against his 10 turnovers in the win, while Papot Paredes got 12 of his 14 markers in the first half to help the Skippers establish control at halftime.

Victorious as Marinerong Pilipino maybe in the marquee matchup, coach Koy Banal refused to brand his side as the undisputed team-to-beat, noting: “This win means nothing. We need to keep on working get better every day because everybody will now prepare for us.”

Banal also lauded top rookie picks Alvin Pasaol and Abu Tratter, who were both fielded in the second half and stepped up to help the Skippers’ cause.

“Those guys have been with us since January 2 lang, and pretty much, medyo nangangapa pa sila sa sistema. But good thing is that they were able to deliver especially when their number were called,” he said.

The Skippers used a huge 12-0 run to end the second quarter to grab a 47-35 halftime lead, which further ballooned to 17, 56-39 in the third quarter.

Jaycee Marcelino paced Zark’s Burger-Lyceum with 20 points, four rebounds, and three assists in the loss, while Perez had 19 markers and five assists.

Earlier, PBA officer-in-charge Willie Marcial and PBA vice chairman Dickie Bachmann of Alaska graced the opening ceremonies, which was made special thanks to league newcomer Mila’s Lechon.

Marinerong Pilipino looks to sustain the momentum it gained in this game when it faces the Akari-Adamson Falcons on Thursday, January 25 at 5:00pm. Zark’s Burgers, on the other hand, takes on the Batangas-EAC Generals on Tuesday, January 23 at 4:00pm.

The Scores:

Marinerong Pilipino 94 – Subido 20, Ayonayon 15, Paredes 14, Banal 14, Robles 10, Tolentino 4, Tratter 4, Pasaol 4, Terso 3, Lopez 2, Inigo 2, Babilonia 2, Toth 0.

Zark’s 92 – Marcelino JC 20, Perez 19, Nzeusseu 18, Ayaay 11, Ibanez 6, Marcelino JV 6, Cinco 5, Tansingco 3, Santos 2, Pretta 2, Marata 0, Liwag 0

Quarterscores: 17-19, 47-34, 69-58, 94-92

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Pirates notch first win at struggling Knights’ expense



After floundering in their first three games, the Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates broke into the win column after trouncing the Colegio San Juan de Letran Knights, 20-25, 27-25, 25-20, 25-22, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Pirates, after a sluggish start, got the best of their Intramuros neighbors by limiting their miscues in the latter three sets. According to head coach Emil Lontoc, Lyceum needed every bit of momentum they gained in their rousing win in the second set.

“Nabuhayan sila (Pirates) ng loob noong makalusot kami noong second set,” Lontoc said. “Mababa ‘yung nilaro namin nung simula tapos medyo struggle pa din noong sumunod na set. Pero nakabangon din. Crucial ‘yun kasi baka hindi na kami naka-angat kung natalo pa kami noong second set.”

The Pirates delivered three of their four aces in the final set to close the match. They also shored up their reception, finishing at 38 percent, after an atrocious start.

Jhonel Badua topped the Pirates with 19 points while Joeward Presnede added 14.

Lyceum (1-3) takes on the undefeated Arellano University (4-0) on Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Paul John Alilio and Bobby Gatdula each provided Letran with 19 points. Christopher Cistina managed 11 markers.

Letran (0-4) aims for their first win against rivals San Beda College (3-1) on Monday.

The Scores

LPU (3) – Badua 19, Presnede 14, Lajara 9, Ilano 7, Samonte 5, Uy 5, Rubio (L)

CSJL (1) – Alilio 19, Gatdula 19, Cistina 11, Almoguerra 3, Ladeon 3, Dizon 2, Domingo 2, Brioso 0, Tumbali 0, Centeno (L), Timbreza (L)

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D-League to hold three-day showcase for players



Seeking to further display the greatness of the Filipino basketball players, the PBA is giving more chances to the cagers as the league is set to hold the first-ever PBA D-League Showdown later this conference.

Opening the eighth season with this ground-breaking news, PBA officer-in-charge Willie Marcial is hopeful that this will serve as another motivation for the players to perform at their best this 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.

“Ginagawa naman natin ito para mas galingan ng mga players natin para rin maipakita nila yung tunay nilang talento,” he said Thursday during the opening ceremonies at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Marcial bared that the plan is to hold a two-day summit for the players suiting up in the ongoing conference to allow them to showcase their talents in front of coaches and scouts, not just from the PBA but also from countries in the Southeast Asian region.

“Lahat ng mga players ay maglalaro dito at mapapanood hindi lang ng mga PBA coaches,” he said.

“Iimbitahin din namin ang mga coaches ng ibang bansa tulad ng Malaysia, Thailand, at Vietnam na kumukuha ng imports sa atin.”

Marcial acknowledged that as much as players seek to make the jump to the pro league, securing spots in the PBA teams have been hard to crack over the past few years, forcing the players to look elsewhere for opportunities.

That has made playing in overseas leagues an option for these less fortunate ballers, keeping them earning while also hoping to impress scouts while keeping their PBA dreams alive.

Some of the players who suited up in the D-League and are currently playing outside of the country are Paul Zamar and Almond Vosotros in Thailand, AJ Mandani in Singapore, and Reil Cervantes in Indonesia.

With this project, Marcial is hopeful that this would keep the players in line while also delivering the best competition the D-League could dream of.

“Iwasan natin ang bisyo at galingan ninyo.”

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