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Paguican, Benjamen lead Adamson in taking Game 1 of the Finals



UP (7-5, PS: 2-2)0000000023
AdU (12-0, PS: 1-0)002220691

“Magaling naman silang lahat, lahat ng kakampi ko. Tulong-tulong dapat kasi team effort ang kailangan namin para manalo.” – Reigning Most Valuable Player Annalie Benjamen on Krisna Paguican’s performance

Adamson senior Krisna Paguican made up for a slow start from their sluggers in leading the defending champions, and take Game 1 of the UAAP Season 77 Softball Finals, 6-0, over the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons, Tuesday at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.

The Lady Maroons were without, fourth year center fielder, Sella Mendoza for the game as she was attending to her thesis. Gelai Penales moved to Sella’s position, while Chantal Bongat moved to left field for the UP defense.

The Lady Falcon defense opened the game with usual suspect, Annalie Benjamen, on the mound. Benjamen and the Adamson defense opened the top half of the initial inning with a 1-2-3 of the UP batters including two strikeouts. At the bottom end of the initial inning, the UP defense also held the Adamson Lady Falcon offense scoreless with putouts of Queeny Sabobo and Lorna Adorable, and a flyout of Flor Adorable.

In the next inning, the Lady Maroons had prime scoring position with two outs and Seiko Hashimoto at third base. Benjamen was able to strikeout Lily Gonzales, her fourth strikeout in two innings, to strand Hashimoto at third base.The lady batters from San Marcelino threatened to score at the bottom end of the second inning. With two outs, Gelyn Lamata connected with a single to give Adamson their first hit of the day. An error by, second basewoman, Seiko Hashimoto with Clariz Palma at bat gave Adamson the corners. The Lady Maroons were able to putout Riflayca Basa for third out to leave both runners stranded.

Scoring opened at the bottom end of the third inning, Krisna Paguican managed to reach base due to a wild throw by Dennise Cruz to Hashimoto. An RBI double by Queeny Sabobo to right center gave Adamson a run. With one out, Sabobo picked up a run of her, own due to a fielder’s choice that resulted to an out of Pabiana. The inning ended with Adamson up 2-0.

The Adamson Lady Falcons doubled their lead in the fourth inning. After two consecutive singles by Gelyn Lamata and Clariz Palma, and a groundout of Riflayca Basa, Krisna Paguican connected with a long grounder for a 2 RBI triple. Paguican was left stranded at third to end the inning.

In the bottom of the fifth inning and with one out, Benjamen was able to connect with a double and was replaced by pinch runner Reizel Calumbres. Furthermore, Calumbres was able to steal third base off a wild pitch. Angelie Ursabia was, then, able to pop a fly to left field to score Calumbres. In addition, another wild pitch by Cochise Diolata with two outs gave Ursabia a run of her own. UP Head Coach, Kiko Diaz then retired Diolata from the mound and replaced her with rookie Mary Bernabe to close the game.

After a scoreless sixth inning at both ends, the Lady Maroons needed at least six runs to extend the game. The Adamson Lady Falcons were able to putout lead-off batter Gelai Penales, while Benjamen struck out DC Cruz for second out. An error by, Adamson third basewoman, Angelie Ursabia gave Dennise Cruz third base. Then, Chantal Bongat connected with a single by Bongat to give UP the corners. However, it was not meant to be, as reigning best pitcher, Annalie Benjamen, struck out Seiko Hashimoto to seal the game for the Lady Falcons.

The Lady Falcons had an excellent defensive outing for this game. Annalie Benjamen was again the stronghold for the team in giving up just two hits for the entire game. Moreover, Benjamen and the Adamson defense only allowed 24 Iskas to bat, while Benjamen struckout 12 of them. On offense, Krisna Paguican had her best game of the season with one run, a double and two RBIs.

We had a chance to talk to Paguican after the game to talk about her performance. “Sa akin lang po kelangan magfocus sa game. Kasi pag ako naglalaro, sa sobrang focus ko pati ang crowd ‘di ko na napapansin,” the senior told us.

“Pinaghandaan kasi namin yung pitch ni Diolata, nagpahinga kami ng two weeks pero sa two weeks na yun nag tune-up games kami.” “Di sumagi sa isip namin na nakakapagod kasi hard pa rin kami ng hard sa training kahit finals din namin sa school,” Paguican concluded.

On the other hand, UP Head Coach Kiko Diaz told us that the hole Sella left was not an excuse to lose the game. “Yes it was a loss and we had to adjust out batting order and fielding line-up, but I know we can still win with this line-up.” Moreover, there is no such thing as a consolation prize in not losing via mercy rule since the UP Lady Maroons were able to snap the 12 game mercy rule streak of the Lady Falcons. “A loss is still a loss.”

Finally, we asked the UP coach about whether Diolata was already fatigued with the long grind of the season. “Baka nga, pero we were not able to take advantage of perfect pitch counts [two strikes with no or one ball]. Pero the heart of Diolata, kahit bata pa siya, is truly palaban.”

Game 2 of the finals will be on Thursday, March 26 at 9am. The game will still be played at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.

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Marc Pingris wants Rafi Reavis to break Robert Jaworski’s record



Marc Pingris was all praises for veteran Rafi Reavis Saturday night, as the 40-year-old center made his presence felt in the Magnolia Hotshots’ 97-91 victory — their third straight win — over Phoenix Fuel Masters at the Cuneta Astrodome.

The six-foot-nine Reavis finished with 11 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks — a performance perfectly punctuated by a follow-up of a Paul Lee miss with 12.5 seconds left to play that knocked out the Fuel Masters for good.

“Papasalamat ako kay Rafi na talagang kababalik lang niya pero binigay niya talaga lahat,” said Pingris after the bout, as Saturday night was just Reavis’ second outing in the 2018 Philippine Cup after recovering from a hip injury.

“Nag-usap nga kami kanina e, hindi pa siya 100 percent. So bukas, ang sabi niya babalik daw siya sa gym dahil gusto niya ibalik yung lakas ng legs dahil wala pa daw,” added the 36-year-old, who also suffered a hip injury last season.

Reavis has been playing in the league for 16 years. Seeing the work he has put in, Pingris, who finished the game with 17 rebounds, four assists, four points and two blocks, believes that the 10-time PBA champion can play for 10 more years — at least.

“You know naman Rafi eh, katulad ko rin yan eh – rebound and depensa. At tsaka sobrang vocal siya sa team eh,” beamed Pingris, who himself is a 14-year veteran. “Walang siyang inaano, talagang sinasabihan niya kung sino yung mga nagmi-mistake, kung paano kami mag-adjust, so nakikinig naman lahat sa kanya.

“Talagang nandun yung respeto namin kay Rafi.”

And if Reavis stays healthy for the next decade, Pingris wants Reavis to exceed Jaworki’s 958 games played — third most all time.

“Nasa kanya yun, basta kaya mo ba eh. As a player, kung masipag ka naman at may disiplina sa sarili mo, kaya niya yun.”

Still, Reavis has a lot of catching up to do.

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Altas surge to fifth straight win, slam Heavy Bombers



Pulling double-digit scoring outings from three spikers, the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas remained unbeaten in NCAA Season 93 after a straight-set triumph over thr Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers, 25-17, 25-16, 25-20, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Middle blocker Ronniel Rosales topped the Altas with 13 points off 10 attacks and three blocks. Team captain Rey Taneo and Joebert Almodiel added 12 markers apiece.

The Altas dominated every scoring category, recording 44 attacks to JRU’s 26, five blocks to the Bombers’ zero, and three aces to JRU’s one.

Breezing through the first half of the season, Altas head coach Sammy Acaylar lauded his team’s consistency and hoped they continue getting better as they aim for a championship.

“So far, masasabi kong maganda ang nilalaro ng mga bata. Consistent naman ang mga galaw nila and focused sila sa mga laban,” said Acaylar.

“Pero alam nilang may ibubuga pa sila. We still need to get better and reach the championship level. Kailangan hindi mawala ‘yung ganito naming killer instinct,” the decorated mentor added.

The Altas take on a major test on Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre when they face fellow undefeated squad Arellano Chiefs (4-0).

Wenjo Lahaylahay led the Bombers with 10 points while captain Patrick Rabaja managed seven.

JRU (0-5) limps into their Wednesday showdown against defending champs College of Saint Benilde (3-1).

The Scores

UPHSD (3) – Rosales 13, Almodiel 12, Taneo R. 12, Muhali 7, Ramos 5, Atentar 1, Catipay 1, Salo 1, Bation 0, Solamilo 0, Taneo S. 0, Kalingking (L)

JRU (0) – Lahaylahay 10, Rabaja 7, Sulivas 6, Salazar 4, Cebrero 1, Soriano 1, Cruz 0, Ferwelo 0, Defensor (L), Flor (L)

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Mixed Martial Arts

Rene Catalan continues rampage with TKO win



Rene Catalan continues to turn critics into believers

Filipino fighter Rene Catalan made his sixth appearance inside the ONE Championship cage at ONE: Kings of Courage, held at the Jakarta Convention Center in Indonesia, Saturday evening. He faced 21-year-old Chinese athlete Peng Xue Wen in the opening main card bout, and leaned on his elite wushu skills to stop the young star at the 4:22 mark of the second round.

The victory improves Catalan’s record to 4-2 (1 NC), extends his winning streak to four, and gives him the first TKO stoppage of his martial arts career, as he bids to climb the strawweight ladder in search of the ONE Strawweight World Championship.

“The Challenger” came out in the southpaw stance to open the bout, throwing big hooks and a head kick that narrowly missed as he established the center of the cage from the start of the contest.

The Filipino landed a host of powerful strikes, including a perfectly-placed uppercut and a melee of punishing leg kicks, but Peng’s conditioning and composure kept him in the match as he looked to stand and trade with the man 18 years his elder.

Catalan picked up where he left off when the bout resumed in the second round, this time operating out of the orthodox stance, landing more leg kicks and continuing to deny Peng any space to work.

Despite his dominance on the feet, there was a brief moment of concern for the Filipino on the mat when he jumped into the Chinese wrestler’s guard mid-way through the second round, and immediately found himself in a triangle choke. But the Filipino kept his composure and managed to work himself free.

Once the fighters returned to their feet, Catalan poured on the pressure in search of a finish, and he got it with just 38 seconds remaining in the stanza.

“The Challenger” scored big with a liver shot, then unloaded a fierce flurry of punches that forced Peng onto his back foot. Another shot forced Peng to the mat, where a salvo of ground and pound from Catalan eventually forced the TKO stoppage as referee Olivier Coste stepped in to halt the contest.

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Gelo Alolino regrets Phoenix’s failure to close out Hotshots



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Gelo Alolino had his best game for the Phoenix Fuel Masters on Saturday night at the Cuneta Astrodome with 19 points, eclipsing his previous career-high of 16 markers which he made last May 21, 2017 in a loss to the Mahindra Floodbuster.

But his achievement won’t be too memorable, as it went for naught following a 91-97 defeat at the hands of Paul Lee and the Magnolia Hotshots, who have now collected their third straight victory.

For the second overall pick in the regular 2016 Rookie Draft, it was all because of their failure to sustain momentum up until the game’s final buzzer.

“Sayang, nandun na. We felt na sa amin na nung dulo kaso lang ganun talaga,” rued the 24-year-old sophomore after the match, where he shot an excellent 7-of-10 from the floor.

“Breaks of the game napunta sa kabila.”

Phoenix were in contention all throughout the match. In fact, they were even ahead, 89-84, with just three minutes left to play. But the Hotshots’ comeback skills were unleashed, leading to the narrow win.

“Siyempre kami lahat nasayangan. Maganda naman yung team effort talaga namin,” admitted the 6-foot floor general of their end-game collapse, which wasted their efforts in assists (21) and on defense, where they forced Magnolia to 21 turnovers.

“Kami as players talagang gusto namin bumawi coming from a loss last game sa Rain or Shine.

The Fuel Masters have now lost their second straight outing and have dropped to 2-3. And for Alolino, all they have to do is learn as much as they can from this loss, especially now that they are about to face the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel next.

“Yun nga. Medyo masakit para sa’min ‘to,” admitted the National University product.

“All we have to do is magviview ulit kami ng tape para makita kung saan kami mas pwede mag-improve as a team and bawat isa — including me.”

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