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PSL Beach Volley Day 1: Foton, Champion Infinity teams shine



The Cignal HD Spikers B Team and two teams from Foton ruled Day 1 of the Philippine Super Liga Beach Volleyball Challenge Cup Saturday at the Sands SM By The Bay, Manila.

The Cignal B duo of April Hingpit and Wensh Tiu defeated Petron XCS’ Gretchen Ho and Charo Soriano, 21-16, 21-13 in Pool B before winding up the first day of action with another victory over Accel Quantum Plus B’s Aurora Tripoli and Rochet Dela Paz, 21-12, 21-13.

The Foton Tornadoes tandem of Fiola Ceballos and Patty Orendain meanwhile asserted its might in Pool C after toppling Benaco’s Cindy Benitez and Florence Madulid, 21-9, 21-18.

The other Foton team, Hurricanes, composed of Bea Tan and Pau Soriano, also won its opener against Fille Cayetano and Alexa Micek of Petron Sprint 4T in Pool D, 21-19, 21-14.

Other teams which picked up wins on opening day are Amy’s, Giligan’s, Philips Gold, and Meralco.

In the men’s division, Champion Infinity A’s Angelo Espiritu and Nestor Molate as well as Champion Infinity B’s Marjun Alingasa and Tippy Tipgos both scored two wins to top their respective pools.

The Cignal HD A duo of Sandy Montero and Edmar Bonono were also undefeated after Day 1.

Below are the full results of Day 1.


Champion Infinity A (Espiritu/Molate) def. Perpetual Molino A (Alboro/Del Mundo), 21-18, 21-9.

Cignal HD A (Montero/Bonono) def. SM By The Bay B (T. Young/D. Young), 21-15, 21-14.

Cignal HD B (Luces/Dela Cruz) def. Perpetual Molino B (Gamat/Alona), 21-12, 21-4.

Champion Infinity B (Alingasa/Tipgos) def. IEM (Conde/Dela Calzada), 21-15, 21-13.

Cignal HD A (Montero/Bonono) def. Centerstage (Melgar/Lozada), 21-17, 21-19.

Champion Infinity A (Espiritu/Molate) def. SM By The Bay B (T. Young/D. Young), 21-12, 21-8.

Sm By The Bay A (Becaldo/Gilbuena) def. IEM (Conde/Dela Calzada), 21-17, 21-13.

Champion Infinity B (Alingasa/Tipgos) def. Cignal HD B (Luces/Dela Cruz), 21-15, 19-21, 15-13.


Amy’s (Dawson/Cortel) def. Accel Quantum Plus A (Pastor/Ygay), 21-7, 21-13.

Giligan’s (Gendrauli/Diaz) def. Cignal HD A (Cruz/Laborte), 21-15, 21-13.

Foton Hurricanes (Tan/P. Soriano) def. Petron Sprint 4T (Micek/Cayetano), 21-19, 21-14.

Foton Tornadoes (Ceballos/Orendain) def. Beneco (Benitez/Madulid), 21-9, 21-18.

Cignal HD B (Hingpit/Tiu) def. Petron XCS (Ho/C. Soriano), 21-16, 21-13.

Philips Gold (Fajardo/Abuel) def. Accel Quantum Plus A (Pastor/Ygay), 21-12, 21-16.

Meralco (Gutierrez/Brillo) def. Beneco (Benitez/Madulid), 21-11, 21-12.

Cignal HD B (Hingpit/Tiu) def. Accel Quantum Plus B (Tripoli/Dela Paz), 21-12, 21-13.

Standings after Day 1


Pool A

Champion Infinity A 2-0
Cignal HD A 2-0
Perpetual Molino A 0-1
Centerstage 0-1
SM By The Bay B 0-2

Pool B

Champion Infinity B 2-0
SM By The Bay A 1-0
Cignal HD B 1-1
Perpetual Molino B 0-1
IEM 0-2


Pool A

Philips Gold 1-0
Amy’s 1-0
Accel Quantum Plus A 0-2

Pool B

Cignal HD B 2-0
Petron XCS 0-1
Accel Quantum Plus B 0-1

Pool C

Foton Tornadoes 1-0
Meralco 1-0
Beneco 0-2

Pool D

Foton Hurricanes 1-0
Giligan’s 1-0
Cignal HD A 0-1
Petron Sprint 4T 0-1

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Loaded Wangs-Letran wallops AMA in debut



Armed with new recruits, the Wangs Basketball-Letran Knights embarked on its new chapter with a rousing 93-75 rout of the AMA Online Education Titans, Tuesday afternoon at the Pasig Sports Center.

Everyone clicked for the Couriers with Bong Quinto spearheading the blowout with 19 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists.

Newcomer Bonbon Batiller added 15 markers, five boards, and three dimes in his debut, while starting point guard JP Calvo chipped in 12 points, eight rebounds, and two assists.

Christian Fajarito also registered 11 markers and nine boards, while Alex Mandreza had 10 points for Wangs-Letran.

Despite the promising showing, coach Jeff Napa said that he still wants to see more from his Couriers moving forward.

“Masaya kami syempre dahil nanalo. Pero marami pa rin kaming kailangang gawin,” he said as he wanted more from the Knights after outrebounding the Titans, 57-44.

Quinto and Calvo triggered Wangs-Letran’s second quarter pullaway to establish the 38-26, lead which grew to as high as 22 points, 81-59 in the payoff period.

Michael Cañete topscored AMA with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Kris Porter had 13 in the defeat.

Wangs-Letran will have vengeance on their minds on Monday, January 29 when it takes on NCAA tormentors Che’lu- San Sebastian Revellers. AMA, on the other hand, will have a tough assignment when it takes on the Zark’s-Lyceum Jawbreakers on Thursday, January 25.

The Scores:

Wangs-Letran 93 — Quinto 19, Batiller 15, Calvo 12, Fajarito 11, Mandreza 10, Trinidad 8, Publico 6, Vacaro 4, Balagasay 3, Ambohot 3, Muyang 2.

AMA Online Education 75 — Cañete 20, Porter 13, Escalambre 11, Casiño 10, Antonares 6, Manalang 6, Garcia 4, Ng 3, Parcero 2, Bragais 0, Carpio 0, Paras 0, Raflores 0, Salonga 0.

Quarterscores: 16-13, 44-35, 67-52, 93-75.

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Jovie Prado, Arellano make epic comeback against Perpetual to remain unscathed



The defending NCAA Women’s Volleyball champions Arellano University Lady Chiefs would just not give up.

Down two sets, the Lady Chiefs turned back the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas in five thrilling sets, 22-25, 19-25, 25-21, 25-20, 15-5, Tuesday afternoon at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Outside hitter Jovielyn Prado and middle attacker Andrea Marzan showed up and produced their expected numbers in this crucial tussle at 20 and 16 points, respectively.

Head coach Obet Javier was still optimistic that his players can pull it off after the 0-2 hole. “Siyempre, kailangan mong magtiwala sa players mo,” he said.

The long-time coach added, “Nung first two sets, ang pangit ng laro namin. Siguro sa game, lumabas lang ‘yung maturity ng players ko at ‘yung pusong champion.”

It was a nip-and-tuck affair throughout the day, but the deciding set was all Arellano as setter Sarah Verutiao fired off vicious serves after another and virtually bag the win with a 10-1 lead.

The reigning queens at 6-0 will try to extend their longest winning run in the league to 19 when they face fellow unscathed San Beda College (5-0) on Friday.

Bianca Tripoli registered 20 markers to pace the Lady Altas.

Perpetual (4-2) will take on Mapua University (0-5) on Tuesday, January 30.

The Scores:

AU 3 – Prado 20, Marzan 16, Arocha 14, Ebuen 7, Esguerra 4, Ramirez 1, Bello 1, Balanoba 0, Donato 0, Flores L, Buema L.

UPHSD 2 – Tripoli 20, Imbo 19, Clements 12, Verzosa 6, Llorente 5, Gual 3, Sangalang 3, Estanislao 0, Rosal 0, Umandal 0, Medalla L.

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Matt Nieto looks forward to learning from Jio Jalalon, Jayson Castro



When Matt Nieto made his way into the Meralco Gym on Monday evening, the 20-year-old quickly changed his clothes after receiving his Gilas jersey. And once he got dressed, the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles’ floor general quickly went to work, as he wanted to absorb everything he can from the night’s session.

“Actually na-star struck ako. ‘Di ako makapaniwala na nandito ako eh,” expressed the six-foot point guard.

Playing and practicing with the players they idolized growing up has been a theme for almost all of the 23 for 2023 cadets. The same could be said about the wide-eyed Nieto, as he could not believe he was side-by-side with the present and the future of the game in Jayson Castro and Jiovani Jalalon.

“Nakita ko pa lang si idol Jiovani Jalalon, nakikita ko parang… di ako makapaniwala na sa isang practice magkasama kami.

“Sila Kiefer [Ravena], lalo na si Jalalon talaga at si Jayson Castro kasi talagang idol ko talaga sila eh. Napapasma nga ako nung una eh kasi parang baka akalain nila ‘sino ba to?’,” the one-time UAAP champion shared.

Nervous, Nieto tried to talk to Castro and Jalalon numerous times during the practice. The two did not turn, welcoming the young buck with open arms.

“Nung nakausap ko na sila medyo na ano na kasi hindi lang sila magaling, sobrang bait pa nila. Madali akong naka-adjust kaagad dito,” he beamed.

Coach Chot Reyes has high expectations with Nieto, as he is being groomed as one of the leaders for the 2023 team. Still, he knows that there is still a long way to go for him.

To become a better leader, the second-generation Blue Eagle knows who to reach out to.

“Gusto ko matuto kay Jayson pati kay Jiovani kasi same position kami. And of course yung leadership ni Kiefer, yung mentality na talagang laban kung laban.

“Gusto ko marami matutunan sa kanila kasi wala pa eh, wala pa ako sa peak ko. Sila andun na. So marami talaga akong matututunan sa kanila kasi sobrang galing nila at sobrang dami na nilang na-achieve sa kanilang basketball career,” Nieto gushed.

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SJ Belangel makes leap to top 3 of Chooks-to-Go/NBTC 24




Ateneo Blue Eaglets towering teen Kai Sotto and La Salle Greenhills Junior Blazers court general Joel Cagulangan remained the top two high school players in the Chooks-to-Go/National Basketball Training Center 24, but there was a lot of movement this week, including the rise of SJ Belangel.

Belangel, Ateneo’s graduating floor leader, had a sensational week, helping steer the Blue Eaglets to an unblemished 10-0 record. With his exploits, he was the consensus third-ranked player of the week, leapfrogging Mapua High School’s and NCAA MVP Will Gozum.

FEU-Diliman do-it-all guard L-Jay Gonzales and Katipunan swingman Dave Ildefonso also moved up the ladder, while UST Tiger Cub ace CJ Cansino dropped to eighth after finishing fourth last week.

Besides movement at the top, there were also a lot of debutatants in this week’s list.

Blue Eaglets double-double machine Joaqui Manuel’s workhorse type of game paid off, as he was ranked 21st this week.

After firing 51 markers last weekend, Bacolod Tay Tung High School’s Harold Alarcon was named as the 22nd top prospect.

Joshua Yerro of University of Visayas then rounded out the list.

Here is the complete Chooks-to-Go/NBTC 24 Week 2:

1. Kai Sotto, center, Ateneo (1)
2. Joel Cagulangan, guard, La Salle (2)
3. SJ Belangel, guard, Ateneo (5)
4. Will Gozum, center, Mapua (3)
5. L-Jay Gonzales, guard, FEU-Diliman (6)
6. Dave Ildefonso, forward, Ateneo (8)
7. Rhayyan Amsali, forward, NU (7)
8. CJ Cansino, forward, UST (4)
9. Clint Escamis, guard, Mapua (10)
10. Aaron Fermin, center, Arellano (9)
11. Terrence Fortea, guard, NU (16)
12. RJ Abarrientos, guard, FEU-Diliman (15)
13. Inand Fornilos, forward, La Salle (11)
14. Evan Nelle, guard, San Beda (12)
15. Warren Bonifacio, center, Mapua (13)
16. John Galinato, guard, Chiang Kai Shek (14)
17. Mac Guadaña, guard, Lyceum (18)
18. Raven Cortez, center, La Salle Zobel (19)
19. Harvey Pagsanjan, guard, Hope Christian (20)
20. Maui Cruz, guard, EAC (23)
21. Joaqui Manuel, forward, Ateneo (N/A)
22. Harold Alarcon, guard, Tay Tung-Bacolod (N/A)
23. Jancork Cabahug, forward, UV (17)
24. Joshua Yerro, guard, UV (N/A)

On Tuesday, January 23, the second episode of Chooks-to-Go/NBTC 24 will air live at 7:00pm. Tonight’s special guest will be former Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas player and NBTC alumnus Jeron Teng.

The Chooks-to-Go/National Basketball Training Centre 24 is the first-ever attempt to rank the top high school prospects in the country today.

The weekly ranking used the following criteria: league stats, impact in team, team record, leadership, defense, offense, and level of competition.

These rankings will be used to determine the 24 players who will take part in the annual SM-NBTC High School All-Star Game on March at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

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