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PXC 51: Championship bouts set; Mosquera misses weight



After a disastrous weigh-in during the Pacific Xtreme Combat’s 14th show in the Philippines that saw both former PXC Flyweight Champion Alvin Cacdac and challenger Crisanto Pitpitunge miss the 125 pound limit, all the fighters in the championship bouts made weight for PXC 51 Friday morning at the Solaire Theatre in Pasay City.

Crisanto Pitpitunge, who was a pound overweight during PXC 48, made a seamless weight-cut in weighing 124 pounds. Iloilo-native Jinel “the Demolition Man” Lausa meanwhile also made the limit as he weighed 124.5 pounds.

“Very easy,” the Fighting Cop said regarding his weight-cut. “Ganun lang talaga pag nagbabawas ng timbang iniisip mo pagkain. Pero okay lang kasi nakuha naman yung timbang.”

Pitpitunge then added that he hopes that he entertains the crowd with his fight come PXC 51. “Just expect the way. It will be interesting,” he closed.

In the co-main event of the card, Guamanian PXC World Bantamweight Champion Kyle Aguon again was punctual in making the 135 pound limit with 134.3 pounds. His challenger, Korean Kwan Ho Kwak, also passed the scales in weighing 134.8 pounds.

I feel like I’m a veteran in the sport. I’ve been in this game longer,” Aguon said during the press conference. “My wrestling, submission and kickboxing is my biggest advantage in the sport and it will be no different come fight night,” he vowed.

The challenger, making his PXC debut, though is promising that he will be no push-over for the champion. “All the fighters I faced before have said the same thing but everyone fell to me via KO. This fight wouldn’t be any different,” Kwan said in Korean.

Almost all the fighters made weight for their respective bouts including Rolando Gabriel Dy. Dy missed the weight limit for his supposed Bantamweight Championship bout against Aguon during PXC 48 by half a pound.

The only fighter who did not make weight for PXC 51 was URCC veteran Miguel Mosquera. Mosquera was a whopping 5.6 pounds overweight.

According to PXC officials, a percentage of his fight purse will be deducted due to missing weight. Dy however was disappointed that his opponent did not make weight and was confident that he will go out as victorious tomorrow night.

Here are the results of the weigh-in:

PXC 51: Pitpitunge vs. Lausa weigh-in results
January 15, 2016 – Solaire Theatre, Pasay City

Vacant PXC World Flyweight Championship:
Crisanto Pitpitunge (8-3)
124 lbs
Jinel Lausa (5-2)
124.5 lbs

PXC World Bantamweight Championship:
PXC 51 Aguon vs Kwan Ho Kwak
Kyle Aguon (9-4)
134.3 lbs
Kwan Ho Kwak (7-0)
134.8 lbs

Flyweight bout:
PXC 51 Corton
Farmon Gafarov (3-0)
125.9 lbs
Jon Cris Corton (3-2)
124.5 lbs

Featherweight bout:
PXC 51 Machado vs Sho Kogane
Sho Kogane (8-2)
145.4 lbs
Wesley Machado (0-1)
143.8 lbs

Welterweight bout:
PXC 51 Nao Yoneda vs Han Seul Kim
Han Seul Kim (5-3)
170.9 lbs
Nao Yoneda (5-2-1)
169.6 lbs

Women’s Strawweight bout:
PXC 51 Iniong Fernandez
Vanessa Fernandez (2-1)
105.3 lbs
Gina Iniong (3-2)
105.2 lbs

Featherweight bout:
PXC 51 Rolando Gab Dy
Miguel Mosquena (2-0)
151.6 lbs (over)
Rolando Dy (5-4)
144.7 lbs

Bantamweight bout:
PXC 51 Braca vs Urrutia
Emilio Urrutia (7-2)
135.5 lbs
Ernie Braca (1-2)
134.9 lbs

Bantamweight bout:
PXC 51 Rex De Lara
Rex De Lara (17-7-1)
133.8 lbs.
Stephan Loman (5-1)
133.7 lbs.

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James Yap breaks out of personal shooting slump



James Yap came out of Rain or Shine’s locker room at the SMART Araneta Coliseum with a sigh of relief Wednesday night. Two slumps have finally been put to rest.

First, the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters’ two-game skid saw its end with a 120-99 victory over the Phoenix Fuel Masters — a one-sided affair nobody ever thought due to the fact that Phoenix is coming off two straight victories.

More importantly, Yap’s personal slump had also come to an end. After shooting just a combined 4-of-26 in the last three games, the two-time league MVP shot 8-of-10 from the floor en route to a conference-high 20 markers.

“Well ako keep working hard lang,” said the 35-year-old of his performance. “Kung pangit yung last two games ko, last three games ata, huwag ka mawalan ng pag asa. Pag-aralan mo yung pagkukulang mo… I’m not 100 percent sa kundisyon.

“Yun ang winowork out ko lagi.”

“I think everybody expects James to play well but tao lang din naman siya. Pero you know, what we want from James is to basically play his best. Whether he’s in a slump, we still want him taking shots,” added Rain or Shine head coach Caloy Garcia.

Aside from Yap, six more Elasto Painters scored in double figures in the victory. According to the 14-year league veteran, it was mostly because of the advice he gave his teammates: pull the trigger when given the chance.

“Lagi kong sinasabi sa kanila wala nang isip-isip pa, pag open, tira. Ganun. Yun yung usap-usapan namin sa loob. Pag nasa loob na kami ng court, wala nang isip-isip pa. Tira! So at least yung kumpyansa nandoon,” he said.

“Sana tuloy-tuloy na, madala namin for next game.”

Wednesday’s victory truly means a lot for Yap and the Elasto Painters, who are now 2-2 in the team standings. Now, all that the seven-time champion aims to do is to sustain this rhythm of his as the 2018 Philippine Cup rolls on.

“Malaking bagay ‘to. Sa lahat ng kumbaga, pinaghirapan mo sa papakundisyon, at least nagbubunga,” said Yap.

“So pagpatuloy ko pa rin ginagawa ko or higitan ko pa para kahit papano masustain or tuloy tuloy na.”

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Caloy Garcia downplays misunderstanding with Raymond Almazan



The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters were already missing the services of Jericho Cruz, Jay Washington, and Jireh Ibanes Wednesday evening. Adding to their woes was that their ace big man Raymond Almazan did not suit up in their game against the Phoenix Fuel Masters.

But the 6-foot-8 big man, who missed the last two Gilas practices, was not injured. He figured in a soft confrontation with head coach Caloy Garcia during their game against Globalport last January 12.

“Hindi kasi nakapag-practice the last two days so sabi namin pahinga na lang muna. Actually, after the loss against Global, medyo nagka-anuhan lang kami but I think everything is good right now,” said Garcia after Rain or Shine’s 120-99 against Phoenix.

“Well siyempre, frustration.”

During their 70-78 loss against Globalport, Almazan shot just 1-for-5 from the field, finishing with just two points, four rebounds, and three turnovers.

“We know that he can perform better than the way he did against Global,” furthered the second-year head coach. “Actually I told Raymond before the start of this season that one of my goals was to basically make him a double-double player. Yun yung target ko nung simula.

“But the way he played against Global, I felt that it wasn’t Raymond.”

The rest of the Elasto Painters are confident that the two will get a chance to settle things out.

“I’m positive that would be resolved and we just have to hold the fort. I think we’ll be okay,” said Tiu, who is one of Rain or Shine’s leaders.

“Hopefully, the guys can step up and when Raymond’s back we’ll be even stronger.”

Garcia hopes that Almazan understands that this is just part of the game. Moreover, he just wants what’s best for the five-year veteran.

“So ayun, medyo napagalitan, nagkatampuhan but that’s it. I think kasama naman sa trabaho namin yun eh.”

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With Rain or Shine ailing, Ed Daquioag seizes opportunity



For Ed Daquioag, his big outing Wednesday night was just a result of him grabbing opportunities, with some of his teammates still recovering from injuries.

The sophomore guard was instrumental in the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters’ 120-99 drubbing of the Phoenix Fuel Masters, top-billing with 21 points on top of five rebounds and five assists — his best outing for the franchise so far.

“Yung mga guards like Jericho [Cruz] ‘di pa siya nakakalaro, so yung sa puwesto niya kailangan ko mag-step up,” said Daquioag. “At dalawang sunod kaming talo. Ang sama ng game namin nung nakaraan.

“Kailangan namin manalo.”

The Elasto Painters still have Cruz, Jay Washington, and Jireh Ibañes on the injured list, and it is feared that Daquioag may add up to it as he left the game for good with 7:33 remaining in the third canto after hurting his hip.

But the former UST Growling Tiger quickly allayed fears regarding his injury.

“‘Di naman siya malala. Baka nabigla lang. ‘Di ko kasi mailakad ng maayos eh,” said Daquioag.

“Pinahinga ko na lang kasi sunud-sunod yung games. E kung pilitin ko baka may maanong ugat or ano, kaya ‘di ko na lang pinilit.”

“Tinanong ko, sabi niya mukhang okay naman,” said Rain or Shine head coach Caloy Garcia of Daquioag’s condition. “Masakit lang daw talaga.”

It was still a huge night for the six-foot-one cager from Ilocos Norte despite being hurt and not being able to finish the match. But Daquiaog deflected credit to the Elasto Painters’ defense, which he said played a major factor in the win.

“Maganda lang yung defense namin,” said Daquioag, who averaged 5.8 points last season. “Nagkataon lang na yung points eh napupunta sakin. And yung mga opportunity sa transition, ginagrab ko kasi yun yung alam kong strength ko.

“Pero nanalo kami dahil sa team defense namin.”

But Daquioag hopes that he can sustain this kind of outing in their next games to help Rain or Shine rake more wins, as they aim for a strong push for the playoffs. “Hopefully madala kahit maglaro na si Jericho,” said the Gilas Pilipinas cager.

“Depende pa rin naman sa performance mo yan every game eh.”

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Jeff Chan still can’t get one over Rain or Shine



It’s been 163 days since Jeff Chan was shockingly traded by the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters to the Phoenix Fuel Masters. Even if the 6-foot-2 sniper from Bacolod has already faced his former team twice, the sight of Chan wearing a jersey outside of the Elasto Painters’ blue and yellow is still something to behold.

Chan, on the other hand, has already moved on.

“Wala na. Medyo matagal na yun,” said the 33-year-old when asked whether he still feels odd whenever he faces Rain or Shine.

“Habol ko na lang is sana makaisa na ko sa kanila.”

After losing to his former team last September 13, 116-111, Chan — who won two championships with Rain or Shine — was eyeing payback. However, it was not meant to be, as Phoenix wound up on the wrong side of a blowout, 120-99, Wednesday evening.

It was a disappointing outing for the Fuel Masters, especially as they were coming off two straight impressive wins. Phoenix were already down by 26 points entering the second frame and fell behind by as much as 39 points in the third canto.

“Medyo masama yung gising namin today. Rain or Shine shot just better good today and we were not able to stop them,” rued Chan, who scored all 11 of his points during the third quarter.

“Yung first quarter pa lang, natambakan na kami at hindi na kami naka-recover.”

Though his team had suffered their second setback in four games, the 10-year pro was relieved that it happened early in the season instead in the crucial stages of the tournament.

“Mas maganda na nagkakamali ka ng maaga para makita namin saan kami magkamali at hindi maulit ito,” added Chan, who averaged 18.0 points prior to this game.

And Chan hopes that they can regain their bearings by Saturday when they face the formidable Magnolia Hotshots.

“Siyempre lahat masama yung loob kasi talo. Again, we have a game on Saturday. We’ll go hard and hopefully we get the win.”

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