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PSL Beach Volley Day 2: A look at the playoff-bound teams

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After 19 matches in Day 2 of the Philippine Super Liga Beach Volleyball Challenge Cup, the playoffs is set.

8 teams from the women’s division, plus 4 squads from the men’s side, advanced to the next round, and here is a look at some of the highlights of Day 2.

The Petron XCS duo of Gretchen Ho and Charo Soriano punched the last ticket to the quarter-final in Pool B after picking up an easy win over Accel Quantum Plus B’s Aurora Tripoli and Rochet Dela Paz, 21-7, 21-9.

The duo finished in Pool B, behind undefeated Cignal HD B’s April Hingpit and Wensh Tiu.

The other Petron team, however, bannered by Alexa Micek and Fille Cayetano, Sprint 4T, failed to make it past the elimination round after splitting their last two affairs in Day 2.

Micek and Cayetano were able to fend off Cignal HD A’s Micmic Laborte and Cha Cruz at first, winning 22-20, 21-15 to eliminate the latter, but were outlasted by Giligan’s pair of Danica Gendrauli and Jane Diaz in their second match.

Petron Sprint 4T took the opening set, 21-18 but Giligan’s fought back, bagging the final two sets, 21-17, 15-9 to wind up with a 2-1 record in Pool D. Errors hounded Petron Sprint 4T towards the final two sets as the team yielded against a less-heralded foe.

Foton Hurricanes, composed of Bea Tan and Paul Soriano, is the other team which advanced from Pool D.

Laborte and Cruz were able to salvage some measure of pride after taking down the Foton Hurricanes in their final match, 25-23, 21-14, but not before a delay caused by a heavy downpour at the Sands SM By The Bay.

The Foton Hurricanes topped Pool C after Fiola Ceballos and Patty Orendain survived Meralco’s Jem Gutierrez and Jusabelle Brillo in a tightly contested affair, 21-14, 15-21, 17-15.

The Amy’s tandem of Marleen Cortel and Samantha Dawson meanwhile emerged on top of Pool A after defeating Philips Gold’s Aileen Abuel and Rosanne Fajardo, 21-18, 21-12.

In the men’s division, SM By The Bay A’s powerhouse pair of Jade Becaldo and Hachaliah Gilbuena prevailed in what could be a preview of the finals against an also tough Champion Infinity B side led by Marjun Alingasa and Tippy Tipgos, 21-17, 18-21, 15-10.

SM By The Bay A went undefeated in Pool B, 4-0 while Champion Infinity B finished with a 3-1 card as both teams advanced.

In Pool A, Cignal HD Spikers A’s Edmar Bonono and Sandy Montero went unblemished at 4-0, followed by the last team to make the semi-final, Centerstage’s Rence Melgar and Carlo Lozada.

Below are the full results of Day 2.

Men’s

Perpetual Molino A (Alboro/Del Mundo) def. SM By The Bay B (T. Young/D. Young), 21-18, 21-18.

Centerstage (Melgar/Lozada) def. Champion Infinity A (Espiritu/Molate), 21-19, 21-23, 15-9.

Champion Infinity B (Alingasa/Tipgos) def. Perpetual Molino B (Gamat/Alona), 21-13, 21-7.

SM By The Bay A (Becaldo/Gilbuena) def. Cignal HD B (Luces/Dela Cruz), 21-11, 21-16.

Cignal HD A (Bonono/Montero) def. Champion Infinity (Espiritu/Molate), 18-21, 21-12, 15-6.

Centerstage (Melgar/Lozada) def. Perpetual Molino A (Alboro/Del Mundo), 21-10, 21-9.

Cignal HD B (Luces/Dela Cruz) def. IEM (Dela Calzada/Conde), 21-19, 21-14.

SM By The Bay A (Becaldo/Gilbuena) def. Perpetual Molino B (Gamat/Alona), 21-7, 21-4.

Centerstage (Melgar/Lozada) def. SM By The Bay B (T. Young/D. Young), 21-16, 18-21, 15-11.

SM By The Bay A (Becaldo/Gilbuena) def. Champion Infinity B (Alingasa/Tipgos), 21-17, 18-21, 15-10.

Cignal HD A (Bonono/Montero) def. Perpetual Molino A (Alboro/Del Mundo), 21-14, 21-10.

IEM (Dela Calzada/Conde) def. Perpetual Molino B (Gamat/Alona), 21-13, 21-10.

Women’s

Foton Hurricanes (Tan/P. Soriano) def. Giligan’s (Gendrauli/Diaz), 21-18, 18-21, 15-12.

Petron XCS (Ho/C. Soriano) def. Accel Quantum Plus B (Tripoli/Dela Paz), 21-7, 21-9.

Petron Sprint 4T (Cayetano/Micek) def. Cignal HD A (Cruz/Laborte), 22-20, 21-15.

Amy’s (Dawson/Cortel) def. Philips Gold (Fajardo/Abuel), 21-18, 21-12.

Foton Tornadoes (Ceballos/Orendain) def. Meralco (Gutierrez/Brillo), 21-14, 15-21, 17-15.

Cignal HD A (Cruz/Laborte) def. Foton Hurricanes (Tan/P. Soriano), 25-23, 21-14.

Giligan’s (Gendrauli/Diaz) def. Petron Sprint 4T (Cayetano/Micek), 18-21, 21-17, 15-9.

Standings after Day 2:

Men’s

Pool A

Cignal HD A 4-0
Centerstage 3-1
Champion Infinity A 2-2
Perpetual Molino A 1-3
SM By The Bay B 0-4

Pool B

SM By The Bay A 4-0
Champion Infinity B 3-1
Cignal HD B 2-2
IEM 1-3
Perpetual Molino B 0-4

Qualified teams in the semi-final:

Cignal HD A
Centerstage
SM By The Bay A
Champion Infinity B

Women’s

Pool A

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

Pool B

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

Pool C

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

Pool D

Foton Hurricanes 2-1
Giligan’s 2-1
Cignal HD A 1-2
Petron Sprint 4T 1-2

Qualified teams in the quarter-final

Amy’s
Philips Gold
Cignal HD B
Petron XCS
Foton Tornadoes
Meralco
Foton Hurricanes
Giligan’s

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Defense has been key for Globalport to even slate, beams Sean Anthony

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GlobalPort’s horrid start is now a thing of the past

Sean Anthony was all praises for the way GlobalPort Batang Pier has been executing their defensive schemes, following he and his team’s 101-76 demolition of the Blackwater Elite for their second straight victory.

“[It was] Defense again. We held them under 80 points. Our offense just flowed and we stayed aggressive on defense,” said the 31-year-old forward.

“Coach [Pido Jarencio] wants us to keep teams under 80, so another great defensive win for us.”

“We again met our target of limiting our points to below 80 points,” beamed Jarencio.

After a 0-2 start into the 2018 Philippine Cup and allowing their opponents to score at an average of 109.5 points per game, the Batang Pier have gone on a roll and have improved to 2-2. In this mini streak of theirs, with Rain or Shine and Blackwater as casualties, they have limited their opponents to just 73 points.

For the eight-year pro, it’s mostly because of the team’s growing chemistry, considering that they are running a new system under Jarencio, who took the coaching reins from Franz Pumaren in the offseason.

“A lot of it is the chemistry – we have a lot of new guys, so many young guys, a new coach, too, so our chemistry’s building,” said Anthony, who paced the Batang Pier with 22 points, seven rebounds, and five assists.

“It’s getting better every day.”

GlobalPort though has a tall order infront of them on January 24 as they are set to face reigning three-time all-Filipino champs San Miguel Beermen. But Anthony believes that they have ample time to prepare against the giants.

“San Miguel is three-time defending champs, so they’re going to be the team to beat, and definitely a barometer,” said the Filipino-American, who is currently averaging 18.25 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 5.75 assists.

“We’ve got some time to get better, so we’ve got to keep working on our weaknesses and continue to get better every day.”

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After second straight loss, Poy Erram laments: ‘Nagkanya-kanya kami’

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For Blackwater Elite’s top big man Poy Erram, their 76-101 defeat into the hands of GlobalPort Batang Pier Friday night at the Cuneta Astrodome was a result of the players resorting to play as individuals rather than as a single unit.

Erram himself nearly finished with a triple double of eight points, seven rebounds, and seven blocks, but his efforts were put in vain as the Elite never had a chance to show their brand of basketball right from the opening tip to the final buzzer.

“‘Di namin sinunod si coach. Nagkanya-kanya kami. Simula pa lang, nakita naman talaga na nagkanya-kanya kami,” lamented the 28-year-old moments after the lopsided affair.

“Di namin ginawa yung sistema ni coach.”

And it also didn’t help that Erram failed to display his best form no thanks to an ankle sprain, which he incurred late in the opening frame.

“Nilalaro ko lang buong game. Actually masakit talaga, namamaga talaga siya,” added the 6-foot-7 big man.

“Kasi kung di ako maglalaro, walang ibang maglalaro (center spot), so pinilit ko na lang talaga.”

The Elite have now fallen to their second straight loss after their huge 94-77 triumph over Ginebra last week. And this skid is something they regret, for they feel like they failed to prove that their win against the Gin Kings was no fluke.

“May chance na kami eh, pinakawalan pa namin. Sobrang sayang,” said the four-year pro out of Ateneo de Manila. “Yung mga players sobrang down (tonight) kasi inexpect namin lalaban kami, tapos tinambakan kami ng sobra.”

Blackwater played their second game in three days after asking for a schedule revision to give way to their Hope for Lupus Run this Sunday. But Erram does not want to make the exhausting string of games as an excuse.

“Medyo naging factor din na in one week tatlong games kami. Tapos puro malalakas pa kalaban namin. Pero di yun excuse for us,” said Erram, who is averaging 13.8 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 3.6 blocks this conference.

“Dapat ready kami kahit sino kalaban namin.”

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GlobalPort thrashes tired Blackwater for second straight win

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With their opponents playing their second game in three days, GlobalPort Batang Pier easily handled a tired Blackwater Elite side, 101-76, en route to their second straight victory, Friday night at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.

The Batang Pier, who had posted their second most lopsided win in franchise history, improved their card to 2-2, while the Elite lost their second straight match and had dropped to 2-3.

“We hit our target of 80 points below. They scored 76 points. We just played good defense all the way, and that’s the result,” said Batang Pier head coach Pido Jarencio. “Everybody contributed, even the rookies, that’s why we pulled away.”

Sean Anthony top-billed for GlobalPort with 22 points on six triples, on top of seven rebounds, five assists, and two steals. Stanley Pringle finished with 17 points and 11 boards with five dimes, while Kelly Nabong scored 16.

The one-sided affair in favor of the Batang Pier started as early as the opening frame, when Anthony’s three-pointer met the bottom of the net and gave them a 24-13 cushion with 3:21 left in the said quarter.

With almost everything going their way and Blackwater failing to find ways to respond, GlobalPort was able to lead by as much as 31 points, 87-56, after Pringle swished in a jumper with exactly 9:20 remaining in the final frame.

“Actually simple lang naman ang instruction ko sa team eh. Blackwater naglaro ng back-to-back, siyempre mapapagod din yan. So takbuhan,” added Jarencio on the win, where they scored 23 off fastbreaks.

Sophomore Mac Belo and Michael Di Gregorio were the only bright spots for Blackwater in the loss, as they scored 17 and 15 points, respectively, with the former adding seven rebounds and two assists to his name.

Poy Erram, who was remarkable in their last four games, was silent with eight points and seven rebounds. Raymar Jose added 12 boards and eight points for the Elite, who played without Allein Maliksi as he is currently in Australia.

Globalport will next face San Miguel Beermen on January 24, Wednesday at 7:00 PM, while Blackwater will take on Alaska on January 27, Saturday at 4:30 PM. Both games will be at the SMART Araneta Coliseum.

The Scores:

Globalport 101 – Anthony 22, Pringle 17, Nabong 16, Grey 8, Taha 7, Gabayni 6, Juico 6, Araña 4, Elorde 4, Flores 4, Guinto 4, Sargent 3.

Blackwater 76 – Belo 17, DiGregorio 15, Sena 9, Erram 8, Jose 8, Pinto 8, Palma 6, Javier 3, Cruz 2, Banal 0, Cortez 0, Marcelo 0, Neypes 0, Sumang 0.

Quarterscores: 28-23, 61-37, 79-54, 101-76.

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Saint Benilde regains winning form, sweeps San Sebastian

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Following a shocking defeat to San Beda College, the defending champions College of Saint Benilde Blazers rolled back into the NCAA Season 93 win column with a quick triumph over the San Sebastian College-Recoletos Stags, 25-20, 25-19, 25-21, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Blazers outclassed the Stags in every scoring category, recording twice as many spikes (40-20), and blocks (10-5).

Saint Benilde head coach Arnold Laniog wanted to see high-level play from his team after, what he deemed, a lackadaisical effort in their last outing.

“Marami kaming naging struggles last game na alam namin na kaya naman sana namin iwasan. Sabi ko sa kanila na one game at a time tayo, kailangan bawat game kami nagi-improve,” said Laniog

“Kung may maganda mang naidulot ‘yung talo, nakita namin doon ‘yung weakness namin. Nasa sa amin na talaga kung paano kami magre-respond. Maganda naman ‘yung pinakita nila kanina,” the champion tactician added.

Team captain Isaah Arda topped the Blazers with 14 points while his fellow winger Owen Bacani added 12 markers off 10 attacks, one block, and one ace.

The Blazers (3-1) take on Emilio Aguinaldo College (2-2) on Monday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Jahir Ebrahim continued to tow the Stags’ offense, notching 12 points but was again the only Stag in double-digits.

The Golden Stags (1-3) try to snap their losing streak on Tuesday when they face Mapua University (2-2).

The Scores

CSB (3) – Arda 14, Bacani 12, Orian 8, Basilan 7, Magsino 4, Rojas 3, De Sequena 2, Martinez 2, Garcia 0, Saldavia 0, Dy (L)

SSC-R (0) – Ebrahim 12, Ronato 6, Eugenio 5, Lana 5, Eusebio 2, Lazaro 2, Onque 0, Enano (L), Toledo (L)

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