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PXC 48: Cacdac, Pitpitunge, Dy ready for fight night



In a press conference held at the Privato Hotel in Pasig City. The main protagonists for the PXC 48 event on Saturday at the Ynares Sports Center also in Pasig City.

Just a couple of days before PXC 48, PXC Flyweight Champion Alvin Cacdac, his opponent Team Lakay’s Cris Pitpitunge, and #1 contender for the PXC Bantamweight championship Rolando Dy took the mics and sounded-off for the upcoming event.

MMA journeyman Filipino-American Alvin Cacdac did not reserve any hesitation about his training going into Saturday night’s title fight. Even if fighting a striker, Cacdac told the members of the press present that he did not change anything during his training camp. “Nothing really has changed. I prepared like any other fight, just work on my fighting and on the ground. It’s nothing any different like any other fight, just keep on training hard.”

His opponent, however, admitted that the feeling of winning and getting his arms raised at fight night is what motivates him. Moreover, he does not think about the rare feat that he could accomplish if he wins the fight as he will have the rare opportunity to become a two division champion. “Sa lahat ng laban ko, lagi ako namomotivate. This championship fight is nothing new to me, I’m just really motivated to win winning is the best feeling,” Pitpitunge confidently declared.

Pitpitunge added that, “last fight when i won the belt in the bantamweight division, I knew the feeling [of being a champion]. I want to get back that feeling again. Im 100%, let’s say 101% very motivated to win this fight.”

Rolando Dy, however, still holds a grudge about the razor-thin decision loss he received from current PXC Bantamweight Champion Kyle Aguon. “Actually meron pang part of me na hindi pa nakakamove on sa PXC45. Kasi alam ko na deep inside na ako yung nanalo nun, pero nagkataon lang na nasa hometown nila. Kaya nung humingi kami ng rematch, binigyan kami ng rematch mismo sa araw na natapos yung PXC45.”

Dy, as confident as ever, vowed that he will go home the winner. “Sabi ni Coach Stephen, ‘wag mong isipin na tinalo mo siya dati, wag mong isipin na ginawa mo ‘to sa kanya dati,isipin mo na bagong laban nanaman, huwag mong i-underestimate.’ Pero alam ko, hindi ko lang iniisip na mananalo ako, alam ko na mananalo ako ngayon.”

As the presser closed, the son of famed boxer Rolando Navarette, thanked the avid followers of the PXC and made a wish. “Nagpapasalamat ako sa lahat, sa mga laging nagfofollow sa PXC, kung wala kayo wala kaming pinaglalaruan talaga. Sana manood kayo live ngayong Sabado, at sa awa ng Diyos ibibigay niya sa atin ‘yung belt, dalawa pa,” Dy closed to the delight of the people present.

In addition, Pitpitunge and Cacdac promised to put on a hard hitting show this Saturday. “It’ll be a good fight, action packed. The card is full of lightweights, bantamweights and featherweights so you know there’ll be a lot of action. Don’t take your eyes off the fighters because anything can happen. Its gonna be war inside that cage and I hope you guys can make it.”

PXC 48 takes place this Saturday, June 13, 2015 at the Ynares Sports Center in Pasig City. The full card is as follows including a double main event!

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Calvin Abueva, Raymond Almazan cut from pool



SMART Gilas Pilipinas’ third session for the second leg of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers ended early on Monday evening.

Prior to the end of the practice, head coach Chot Reyes talked to team veterans Jayson Castro, Gabe Norwood, and June Mar Fajardo. The outspoken mentor told the seniors of the team that he is cutting Calvin Abueva and Raymond Almazan from the pool.

“The reason why we’re dropping Abueva and Almazan for the second window is because they haven’t showed up,” lamented Reyes.

“It’s already our third practice at hindi pa sila nagpapakita. It’s simply a matter of disinterest.

“I guess they’re not interested so we have to move on we can’t wait for those guys,” he pointed out.

Both Abueva and Almazan were part of the teams that competed in the 2017 SEABA Championship, the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup, and the first window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

Only 10 players from the pool showed up for the team’s third session. And with the second leg exactly one month away, Gilas cannot let a slip up happen especially against Australia.

“Aside from those two we don’t know where Matt Wright is, while Allein [Maliksi] is attending a wedding in Australia. Other than that it’s really just an issue of Calvin and Raymond if they don’t want to be a part of the pool.” expressed Reyes.

“That’s the reason we’re dropping them for the second window.”

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2019 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers

23 for 2023 cadets fill up Gilas practice



With just 31 days until the second window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, only 10 players from the pool attended the team’s third session, Monday evening at the Meralco Gym.

Suiting up in the session presided over by Coach Chot Reyes were June Mar Fajardo, Gabe Norwood, Troy Rosario, Jio Jalalon, Mac Belo, Kiefer Ravena, Kevin Alas, and Roger Pogoy. Carl Cruz and Jayson Castro were in attendance but were in street clothes.

Not present were Matthew Wright, Japeth Aguilar, and Allein Maliksi. Calvin Abueva and Raymond Almazan have yet to attend practice.

Joining the seniors team to prep them up for the World Cup Qualifiers were 10 players from the 23 for 2023 pool.

Ateneo Blue Eagle Matt Nieto attended his first Gilas practice. Joining him were teammates Isaac Go and Thirdy Ravena.

Completing the night’s cast were CJ Perez, Abu Tratter, Will Gozum, J-jay Alejandro, Arvin Tolentino, and Juan Gomez de Liano. Joshua Sinclair watched from the sidelines as he is still recovering from an ACL injury.

Gilas will take on Australia in Melbourne on February 22. The Philippine will then host Japan three days later at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

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San Beda fends off Letran for back-to-back wins



With seasoned setter John Carlo Desuyo steering the wheel to near perfection, the San Beda College romped to their second straight win.

The Red Spikers pulled double-digit outings from four players to upend archrival Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights, 19-25, 25-13, 25-21, 25-22, and register their fourth win of the season, Monday early evening at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

It was the Knights, however, who started on the right foot, overhauling a 4-10 deficit to snag the first set. Better passing from liberos Aljune Centeno and Johnsen Timbreza resulted in kills from captain Bobby Gatdula.

Nonetheless, San Beda picked up the service game in the next three sets to ultimately finish off the blue-shirts.

Despite the win-loss record they currently sport, the Red Spiker playmaker admitted that t

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Michael Calisaan tows Che’lu-San Sebastian past Perpetual



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Michael Calisaan poured 20 points as he captained newcomer Che’Lu-San Sebastian Revellers to a decisive 83-70 win over the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas to start their voyage, Monday evening at the Pasig City Sports Center.

Doing it all for the Revellers, the veteran forward provided the stability for his side as he shot 8-of-15 from the field while also hauling down nine rebounds, two assists, and two steals in the conference-opening win.

But it wasn’t all Calisaan as Che’Lu got contributions from all over its roster.

Samboy de Leon chimed in 16 markers and nine boards. RK Ilagan went 2-of-5 from threes to collect 13 points, eight dimes, and three rebounds, while big men Alfred Batino and Jeepy Faundo combined for 20 in the victory.

Despite the triumph, coach Stevenson Tiu gave all the praise to his players, noting the team’s lack of time preparing for the tourney.

“Nanalo kami dahil sa talent ng players. Medyo mali ko rin kasi nahirapan pa ako mag-adjust sa players. Hopefully, we play much better in the coming games,” he said.

The Revellers used a 16-4 run to finally break away from the Altas, taking a 77-60 lead with 4:03 to play as they punished their foes for their turnovers, turning Perpetual’s 30 miscues to 28 points in their favor.

Prince Eze anchored the Altas with 15 points, 11 rebounds, and seven blocks in their first game under new head coach Frankie Lim.

Che’lu-San Sebastian look to make it two in a row when they take on the Wangs-Letran Couriers on Monday, January 29 at 5:00pm. Perpetual, on the other hand, hope they can notch their first win when they take on Mila’s Lechon Mighty Roasters.

The Scores:

Che’lu-SSCR 83 — Calisaan 20, De Leon 16, Ilagan 13, Batino 10, Faundo 10, Bulanadi 6, Costelo 6, Calma 2, David 0, Lao 0, Santos 0, Valdez 0.

UPHSD 70 — Eze 15, Coronel 13, Villanueva 13, Jimenez 9, Charcos 7, Peralta 7, Gallardo 5, Pido 1, Antonio 0, Aurin 0, Tamayo 0, Tongco 0.

Quarterscores: 17-22, 34-38, 59-53, 83-70.

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