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Phoenix shuts down AMA in fourth quarter hijack



Just like a phoenix the Accelerators rose above foul trouble and a 21 point deficit!

The Phoenix Petroleum-FEU Accelerators turned to the troika of King Tamaraws Mike Tolomia, RR Pogoy, and Mac Belo in a huge fourth quarter rally to pull the plug on the AMA Online Education Titans 114-102 to notch their second win in the 2016 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Tuesday afternoon at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.

After an early 6-0 lead, the Titans torched the Accelerator defense in a 21-7 blast to take a 21-13 lead late in the first quarter. Filipino-American Jerramy King slashed through the lanes in scoring ten first quarter points and assisting on four made field goals. Back-to-back finds by King to Jamito Jammer, the latter a three-point play, gave AMA a 26-17 lead to end the period.

AMA continued to surge in the second period. The troika of King, Jammer, and Julian Sargent combined for 19 second quarter points to help sustain the lead for the Titans. Moreover, foul trouble plagued the Accelerators with Ed Daquioag being penalized with three fouls early in the second stanza. Mac Belo and Raymar Jose carried the load for Phoenix but were dealt with a 53-42 deficit to enter halftime.

The Titan lead continued to surge early in the third quarter as Phoenix could not find an answer for the inside-outside combination of King and Jamito. The lead grew to a game-high 22 points, 71-49, after a Sargent find to a King triple with 5:40 left in the third. Tolomia though exploded late in the quarter. The former King Tamaraw exploded for 16 points in the quarter capped by a buzzer-beating pull-up three from way outside to cut the lead to just 11, 87-76, to enter the final frame. In addition, AMA was limited to just free throws and were forced to turnovers by the pressing Phoenix defense the rest of the way.

The Phoenix Accelerators went on a 19-4 rally to cut the lead to just a single-point, 91-90, with 7:21 remaining. Pogoy scored seven points in the rally while Belo provided the last five points of the rally. After a split on the stripe by Sargent, Tolomia converted on a four-point play to finally give Phoenix the lead, 94-92. Back-to-back baskets by Mark Romero gave AMA their last taste of the lead with 4:46 left. Belo continued to pound that paint the rest of the way while Al Francis Tamsi and Daquioag put on the finishing touches to complete the hijack, 114-102.

“Sabi ko sa kanila, nung first half hindi naman kayo naglalaro. Kapag hindi kayo naglalaro ng matino, nagyayabang kayo,” a frustrated Phoenix head coach Eric Gonzales said after the game. “Sana wala kayong pipiliin na kung sino ang kalaban. Wala namang magic dito, kelangan niyo magtrabaho.”

With two dominating wins to open their campaign, Gonzales does not want to say that they are one of the favorites in the tournament. “May mas malakas pa sa amin. Yung Cafe France at yung Jam. Makakalaban nga namin yung Jam next game,” he closed.

Mike Tolomia notched a triple-double with 28 points, ten rebounds, and ten assists. He was 10/21 from the field and 6/8 from the foul line as well. RR Pogoy added 21 points while Belo scored 18, 11 in the final frame.

For the Titans, Jerramy King almost notched a triple-double with 29 points, seven rebounds, and nine assists. He was 16/18 from the charity stripe but was just 33% from the field. Jamito Jammer was excellent from the field in shooting 8/13 for 25 points.

As a team, Phoenix shot 49% from the field while AMA shot at a 45% clip. However, the Accelerators were able to knockdown ten triples in the game and were able to outrebound their opponent 50-40.

The Phoenix Petroleum-FEU Accelerators (2-0) will next face the UP-QRS/Jam Liner Maroons (2-0) on Tuesday, February 9 at 2:00pm while the AMA Online Education Titans (0-2) have the BDO-National University Bulldogs (0-2) on the same day at 4:00pm.

The Scores:
Phoenix Petroleum (114) – Tolomia 28, Pogoy 21, Belo 18, Jose 16, Tamsi 10, Daquioag 7, Escoto Ri. 4, Escoto Ru. 4, Mendoza 4, Elmejrab 2, Dennison 0, Inigo 0, Lee Yu 0.
AMA Online (102) – King 29, Jamito 25, Sargent 16, Romero 14, Dagangon 8, Balucanag 4, Dela Cruz 4, Calma 2, Arambulo 0, Carpio 0, Castro 0, Hernandez 0, Macaranas 0, McCarthy 0.
Quarterscores: 17-26, 42-53, 76-87, 114-102.

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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 is carrying the Wang’s Basketball Couriers franchise.

And the 5-foot-11 guard unleashed 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 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 makes him beam even more 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 at the backfoot. Italian striker Massimo Maccarone handed the home side the lead at 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 already made Philippine football proud at halftime. By this stage last year, Brisbane accrued a 4-0 halftime cushion against Global Cebu en route to a 6-0 rout.

Today, though, Brisbane faced tougher resistance at the hands of Ceres. This resistance turned into a full-fledged revolt at 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 space at the 75th minute when Omid Nazari scored from close range to give Ceres a two-goal cushion from Brisbane.

Nazari’s goal not only sealed the win for Ceres as it also propelled Philippine football into the big leagues. Not even a late goal from French midfielder Éric Bauthéac can 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 ever 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 its hype as it clobbered the Batangas-EAC Generals to score a 37-point beatdown, 112-75 for its 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 will 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, while 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 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 looks to continue to roll when it faces the AMA Online Education Titans on Thursday, January 25. EAC-Batangas, on the other hand, takes 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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