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Red Lions devour Generals to take second win

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The San Beda College (SBC) Red Lions, for the second game in a row, displayed suffocating defense in a blowout win over the Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) Generals, 108-80, Thursday afternoon at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan City.

The Generals opened the game in high hopes with a three-point connection by spitfire guard Francis Munsayac. However, their defense was quickly exposed by the defending champions in blasting the Generals with a huge 14-2 run behind Art Dela Cruz, Dan Sara and Pierre Tankou. The pressing San Beda defense also forced their opponents to turnovers that led to easy baskets. The Ermita-based squad was able to cut into the lead behind stretch big man Mbang Adoumbaba. Adoumbaba scored six of the next nine points of the Generals to cut the lead to five 19-14 with 2:51 remaining in the first. The quarter though ended with an 8-2 San Beda rally with SBC up 25-16.

The game broke open in the second quarter as the Mendiola-based squad exploded behind their suffocating defense and excellent ball movement. The Red Lions connected on five three pointers in the quarter, with AC Soberano hitting back-to-back shots from downtown. Moreover, Dela Cruz feasted on the lax interior defense of the Generals as he scored eight points in the quarter. Also in the quarter, Baser Amer made his Season 91 debut at the six minute mark of the game. Amer was able to knock down a three pointer immediately. The Generals were only able to score the majority of their points through put backs. To make matters worse for the Generals, starting center Laminou Hamadou was assessed with his fourth personal foul in the quarter. SBC held a huge 58-37 lead before halftime.

Things got chippy in the third quarter as both teams were in the penalty zone midway through the third. Both teams were overanxious on defense as EAC became impatient to cut down the lead while SBC were frustrated that they were being outrebounded on the offensive glass. Both teams combined for 22 free throw attempts in the quarter. The San Beda lead grew further in the third canto behind the offensive creativity of Dela Cruz. The second unit of San Beda also got into the act as well in the offensive explosion to give San Beda an imposing 88-57 lead.

A late General rally behind Francis Munsayac’s back-to-back three pointers and the shooting of Christ Mejos were the only bright spot for the Generals. Unfortunately for Emilio Aguinaldo, their back-up big Mbang Adoumabba also fouled out in the quarter while leading scorer Munsayac was assessed a disqualifying foul after an elbow to Soberano’s nose. The game ended with the score of 108-80.

After the game, coach Jamike Jarin was disappointed that the team allowed a 17-4 rally to open the quarter. “What if that happened in the opening quarter? Patay na kami. We can never be complacent at any point in the game,” Jarin said. Nonetheless, he was happy with the overall defensive intensity the team played. “I’m happy we scored 100 plus points and the defense was better. We only allowed 80 points,” he said laughingly.

Art De La Cruz had another monster outing with 22 points, four assists, two steals, and 13 rebounds. Five other Red Lions scored in double digits with Soberano scoring 12 (3/6 from downtown), the returning Adeogun with 12, Dan Sara with 11, and Tongco and Cabanag scoring 10 points apiece. Munsayac, before being ejected, scored 20 points to lead EAC. Mbang had a double-double as well with 17 points and 15 rebounds.

San Beda shot an excellent 53% from the field and connected on nine three pointers compared to Emilio Aguinaldo’s 37%. Moreover, SBC attempted 29 free throws in the game, connecting on 21, compared to the 8/16 for EAC. EAC also committed 26 turnovers.

The Red Lions next face the San Sebastian Stags on Thursday, July 9 at 4:00pm while the Generals face the Pirates at 2:00pm on the same day.

The Scores:

SBC (108) – Dela Cruz 22, Adeogun 12, Soberano 12, Sara 11, Cabanag 10, Tongco 10, Solera 9, Tankoua 9 ,Reyes 6, Amer 3, Koga 2, Sedillo 2, Bonsubre 0, Presbitero 0

EAC (80) – Munsayac 20, Mbang 17, Mejos 16, Bonleon 6, Mallari 5, Hamadou 4, Diego 4, Pascua 3, Pascual 3, Morada 2, General 0, Estacio 0, Serrano 0

Quarters: 25-16, 58-37, 88-57, 108-80

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PBA slaps fines on Yeng Guiao, Chris Ross

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Yeng Guiao and Chris Ross opt to move on

The much-talked about tilt that pitted the San Miguel Beermen and the NLEX Road Warriors last January 18 featured numerous confrontations and exchanges. But none was more heated than what happened between fiery head coach Yeng Guiao and emotional defensive cog Chris Ross.

With 1:46 remaining in that game, Guiao and Ross figured in a verbal altercation that resulted to the latter being slapped with his second technical foul of the contest.

San Miguel head coach Leo Austria alledged that Guiao threw a racial slur at Ross that triggered the Filipino-American.

The league though could not find any hard evidence that this occurred.

“Upon review of the incident, consulting possible witnesses to the event and discussing the matter with both parties, the alleged racist remark attributed to Coach Guiao could not be established,” the league said in a statement. “Coach Guiao has denied such allegation while Chris Ross has opted to move forward and said that he would not want to discuss the matter further. However, Coach Guiao and Chris Ross will be subject to appropriate fines for their respective misconduct.

“As a result, the Office of the Commissioner finds no sufficient basis to discuss the matter of an alleged racist remark uttered by Coach Guiao. It may be recalled that in a previous incident, a heavy penalty was imposed for a racist remark that was clearly proven.

“Rest assured that any act that is racially derogatory and pejorative in nature will be dealt with sternly by the league,” the statement ended.

As a result, Guiao is fined PHP 11,000 for obscene gesture, use of profane language and engaging in a verbal altercation while Ross is fined the amount of PHP 2,600 for incurring two technical fouls, both for verbal altercation.

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MPBL aims to give local talent biggest exposure

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After months of planning, the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League will finally raise its curtains on Thursday, January 25 at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum. Unlike the other leagues in the country, the MPBL wants to give Filipino aspirants from local communities a chance to shine on national TV.

“I would like to say, this is the noble project of our founder and chairman, Senator Manny Pacquiao, Talagang dream niya ito, matulungan ‘yung mga grassroots,” said MPBL head of marketing Arnold Vegafria during the league’s press conference. “And from the grassroots, to the collegiate players and also professionals na gusto niyang tulungan, mabigyan ng chances, makalaro at ma-expose ang skills nila para matulungan ang mga basketbolista not only sa Metro Manila but this is gonna be all over the Philippines.

“Simula muna sa Metro Manila and key cities in Luzon. Soon it will go to Visayas and Mindanao.”

The first conference for the league is the Anta Raja Cup. 10 teams from Luzon will compose the league, namely Bataan, Batangas, Bulacan, Caloocan, Imus, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Paranaque, Quezon City, and Valenzuela.

Though it may be ambitious, the league wants to continue the dream started by the Metropolitan Basketball Association which is to create a league that has a home and away format.

“For the longest time, after ng MBA, I think it’s 20 years ago na ‘yun, I think it’s due na rin for our basketball fans around the country, ‘yung mga sa provinces, ‘cause ‘yung advantage nito is ‘yung games mismo, dadalhin mo sa kanila. Unlike before sa mga liga natin, naka-stay lang sila sa isang venue,” said league commissioner Kenneth Duremdes.

“Maraming factors ngayon, traffic and time-consuming. Pero itong liga natin, tayo ang magdadala mismo sa mga tao, sa mga basketball fans. Sa tagal-tagal ng walang organized, or high-level na basketball tournament, ito na ‘yung time na makikita ng mga basketball fans natin na up close and personal ang mga ini-idolo nila, lalo na ang mga hometown hero nila,” the PBA legend furthered.

Armed with this vision, the league plans to be the country’s premier amateur league, helping build the dreams of the Filipino youth.

“It’s an amateur league. Kaya nga natin siya tinatawag na liga para sa lahat ng Pilipino, kasi lahat dito as long as Filipino ka, kasali ka,” shared Duremdes.

“Kagaya ng sinasabi ni Sen. Manny, matutulungan natin ang mga players ng grumaduate sa college na walang mapaglaruan, mga ex-pro na hindi masyado nabigyan ng exposure sa PBA, may exposure sila dito. Tapos yung mga grassroots player natin, malay mo springboard nila ang MPBL and who knows they will represent the country in the national team.

“Ito ang nakikita ni Sen Manny, mga players na out of school or the big leagues, ma-expose sila sa MPBL at mapansin sila ng national team or pro team,” he furthered.

The league’s first game will feature Caloocan taking on Paranaque at the Big Dome. Tickets are priced at P300, P200, P150, P100 while the Gen Ad will be open for all.

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Lady Blazers evade upset-hungry Lady Generals

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The College of Saint Benilde Lady Blazers avoided a major upset, slipping past the winless Emilio Aguinaldo College Lady Generals, 25-17, 18-25, 21-25, 25-18, 15-7, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

After winning the opening set, the Lady Blazers collapsed in the following frames, surrendering errors and fumbling passes. The Lady Generals took full advantage and grabbed all the momentum, rued Saint Benilde head coach Arnold Laniog.

“Nabigyan nga namin ‘yung kalaban ng confidence, kaya tuloy-tuloy na sila kanina. Mataas pa rin ‘yung tendency ng team ko mag-relax,” Laniog said. “Kung tutuusin, may advantage talaga ‘yung team namin. Nahihirapan lang talaga kami makabangon kapag nauunahan kami. Mabuti na lang kanina nakabawi kami noong huling dalawang sets.”

The Lady Generals took their turn making errant plays, allowing the Lady Blazers to grab a 15-7 lead in the fourth set and force a decider. Anchored by the imposing presence of their middle blockers Ranya Musa and Rachel Austero, the Lady Blazers raced to a 10-2 in the final set and sealed the win.

Austero finished with 17 points while Musa added 15. The pair also combined for seven of CSB’s 13 blocksm Austero also provided five aces.

The Lady Blazers (3-2) take on fellow Final Four aspirant Jose Rizal University (2-3) on Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Lady Generals had no player score in double-digits as they pulled 48 points from Benilde’s errors. Yvette Tongco and Arina Reyes, nonetheless, provided nine points apiece.

The Lady Generals (0-5) get their best chance at their first of the season when they face also-ran Mapua University (0-4) also on Wednesday.

The Scores

CSB (3) – Austero 17, Musa 15, Cui 8, Ventura 8, Abriam 5, Daguil 5, Enginco 5, Cardiente 1, Pablo 1, Dolorito 0, Lim (L), Torres (L)

EAC (2) – Reyes 9, Tongco 9, Binondo 8, Lumbo 8, Tasis 4, Pablo 3, Magbanua 2, Chan 0, Yongco 0, Medina (L)

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Blazers rally from 0-2 deficit, fend off Generals for fourth win

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Defending NCAA men’s volleyball champions College of Saint Benilde Blazers completed a huge comeback from an 0-2 hole and upended the gritty Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, 19-25, 20-25, 25-7, 25-14, 15-11, Monday morning at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Generals stormed through the first two sets, leaning on better transition and their service game. Joshua Mina and Chris Ilano poured in most of their combined 27 points in these frames.

Nonetheless, when the Blazers realized that they needed to turn up its aggressiveness, it was cruise control from there.

“Nung first two sets, nag-relaxed kami, ‘di kami aggressive sa atake, sa blocking,” Benilde senior middle blocker Jethro Orian lamented. “Eh yung kalaban, masipag sila.”

EAC imploded in the next two sets, coughing up most of its 41 miscues during the frame. The reigning champions capitalized on the situation with heightened aggression.

Halfway into the eliminations, Orian shared that the Blazers needed to continue their hard work.

“Kailangan pa naming mas maging aggressive. Mas tumrabaho sa dapat naming again,” he said.

Captain Isaah Arda registered a 19-point outing, 17 coming off attacks. Orian’s fellow center attacker Francis Basilan finished with 12 markers.

The Blazers (4-1) will battle the Jose Rizal University (0-5) on Wednesday.

Mina starred for the Generals with 16 points.

The Generals (2-3) will lock horns with Mapua University (2-2) on Thursday, in a tussle for survival.

The Scores:

CSB 3 – Arda 19, Basilan 12, Orian 9, Bacani 9, Bautista 9, Magsino 4, Rojas 1, Saldavia 0, Dy L.

EAC 2 – Mina 16, Ilano 11, Rasing 11, Castellano 8, Lim 6, Garcia 2, Guinto 1, Panoy 0, Lumbar 0, Magadan L, Bagdoc L.

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