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Rodriguez: We do it together

For fourth year Atenean Cam Rodriguez, it was the heart she and her teammates displayed in the games that was the most impressive aspect of their 2015 PFF Women’s Cup campaign

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Third place playoff games can be some of the most uninspiring and dull football matches a fan can ever watch. Players from both teams are heartbroken knowing and feeling that the last game they play in the tournament should be the cup final and not a game which determines who finishes third. It’s not everyday that a third place playoff can be so easily enjoyed in football.

However, there are exceptions to this rule.

The PFF Women’s Cup third place playoff between the women’s football teams of UST and ADMU was a thrilling encounter with the Ateneans scoring three goals in the last ten minutes to win the game 4-3 and end their campaign in a high note.

It’s safe to say Camille Rodriguez was one of the most decisive players on the pitch in that game. Not that the fourth year midfielder gave much meaning into it since she puts an emphasis on team spirit. “Our goal from the very start is that whatever we do, whatever result is going to come, we do it together. So that was the aim from the start of the game, to work as a team and this game we proved that we can win and do so much more.”

Moreover for Rodriguez, it was the heart she and her teammates displayed in the game which was the most impressive aspect for her. “I think tactically and technically we can play better but in terms of the heart we’ve put into the game, it’s the best we’ve done and the best we’ve proven to each other and I guess that’s the most important thing coming out of this win.”

Cam Rodriguez hugs Martie

Barring another PFF competition, the PFF Women’s Cup may very well be ADMU’s last tournament before the UAAP with the shift in academic calendar potentially hindering their participation in the UNIGAMES. While it may not be the ideal situation going into the UAAP, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any positives that can be carried over from this tournament come February. Rodriguez believes that team chemistry is one such positive. “Looking at the team roster, we have a lot of new players. We have around eight rookies and I guess that the aim of this tournament is to work with the team chemistry, especially merging with the new ones and I can say that our team has become so much closer on and off the field.”

Collegiate athletics has the endless cycle of student-athletes entering a school and team as rookies and then graduating after a few years with others waiting in the wings to replace them. Student-athletes will normally be entrusted with leadership roles in a team once they reach their third playing year.

With her fourth playing year in the UAAP six months away, Rodriguez is expected to be one of the leaders of the Lady Eagles. She emphasized that she won’t be the type of leader who’ll command her teammates but the one who wants to guide and learn from them. “I guess it’s not a case of me leading them or them learning from me but it’s me learning from them and working what I’ve learned and really without them, I wouldn’t be here. So, always be just supportive in the team and working on it together. I’m just the one that guides them” said Rodriguez. These are great words from one of the key members of this ADMU side who are determined to bring a UAAP Women’s Football Championship to Loyola Heights.

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Kent Salado re-injures MCL, out for Go for Gold campaign

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Kent Salado suffers a setback

The worst fear of the Go for Gold Scratchers came true Monday evening as all-around combo guard Kent Salado re-injured the medial cruciate ligament in his right knee.

The injury was confirmed by Kent Salado and the officials of Go for Gold and he will miss the entire 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup.

With under three minutes left in the third quarter of Go for Gold’s opening game against the Gamboa-St. Clare Coffee Lovers Monday afternoon, the 5-foot-9 guard went for a drive but could not get the proper lift. He tried to walk it off but limped towards the audience section of the Pasig Sports Center.

“Parang may narinig nga siya na may tumunog daw,” shared Scratchers head coach Charles Tiu after their 75-68 win.

“We’re very worried.

“I think our PT said baka MCL ‘yun, so that might be a month or two, so that’s a big problem for us,” the youthful mentor added.

Salado finished the game with nine points, five rebounds, four assists, and three steals. He was immediately rushed to the Makati Medical Center afterwards. At around nine in the evening, the MRI showed that he tore his ACL as was initially reported by Tiebreaker Times. A second opinion, however, contradicted the initial diagnosis, showing only an MCL tear.

Prior to this, the native of Cagayan de Oro suffered a partial tear on medial collateral damage on the same knee last October 10, 2017 during Arellano’s 85-79 win over the San Sebastian Golden Stags.

With this setback, Salado was also advised to not play in the summer leagues to fully recover in time for the NCAA Season 94 Seniors Basketball tournament.

“Okay lang para NCAA na ko makapaglaro,” he said.

“Mas importante naman yun.”

The 23-year-old averaged 19.1 points, 5.0 assists, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.3 steals last season. He is eligible to enter the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft.

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Calvin Abueva, Raymond Almazan cut from pool

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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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23 for 2023 cadets fill up Gilas practice

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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

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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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