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San Beda escapes late Perpetual rally



In a back-and-forth game, free throws made the difference as the San Beda College (SBC) Red Lions took advantage of late free throws by the University of Perpetual Help DALTA (UPHSD) Altas in an 83-81 win, early Tuesday evening at the Filoil Flying V Arena.

The game was close in the first half as both teams fought tooth and nail in gaining the lead. Arthur dela Cruz was all over the court in collating a stat line of 17 points and eight rebounds to enter halftime. Moreover, dela Cruz converted on six free throws before the half ended to keep his team on pace with the Altas. However, the Altas, led by the troika of Bright Akhuetie, Gab Dagangon, and Scottie Thompson. The trio combined for 32 of the Altas’ 39 points. The Nigerian student-athlete scored eight of the Altas’ 14 points, highlighted by a huge dunk at the 1:50 mark of the second quarter. In addition, he had already notched a double-double with 13 markers and 10 rebounds. The Altas held a 39-35 lead entering the second half.

The Red Lions blitzed the Altas in the opening minutes of the third quarter with a 6-0 run to regain the lead. The Altas answered back as Prince Eze found an open Antonio Coronel underneath and scored on a putback to regain the lead. The Red Lions then switched to a 3-2 zone with Donald Tankoua on top that baffled the Altas offense. The Altas had no answer for the defensive scheme as it forced the Las Pinas squad into turnovers. On offense, fifth year Red Lion Micole Sorela created shots for his teammates that led to a three pointer by AC Soberano and a breakaway dunk by Donald Tankoua to the delight of the San Beda faithful. Missed free throws by Thompson and a jumper by Ranbill Tongco gave the Red Lions a 60-54 lead entering the final quarter.

The Mediola-based squad was able to extend their lead to a game-high 11-point lead due to a 6-0 run at the 9:04 mark. The rally was capped by a sneaky inbound play by Dan Sara that led to a free layup by Javee Mocon. Gab Dagangon then came alive to singlehandedly bring his team back into the game. Thompson and Nikolo Cabiltes were able to find an open Dagangon, who converted on three straight triples to cut the lead to just two points, 65-63. Unfortunately for the Altas, they did not take advantage of the miscues the Red Lions had on offense. Back-to-back conversions by Ola Adeogun with 3:26 remaining gave them a 74-69 lead with 3:26 to go. Thompson was able to score on a 6-0 run all by himself to cut the lead to just four points with 1:47 remaining. However, missed free throws by Thompson in crunch time helped San Beda keep a four point lead with 33.4 to go. After a conversion by Akhuetie to cut the lead to just two points, Tongco missed a wide-open three pointer. After an out of bounds play that resulted to a sideline inbound by Thompson, Sorela was able to tap the inbound and was fouled. To add to the series of unfortunate breaks for the Altas, Sorela missed his first free throw but was rescinded since Akhuetie inadvertently walked below the rim during the miss. Sorela was able to convert on both free throws. With 2.9 remaining Sorela crashed into Thompson who was attempting a three-pointer. Thompson missed the first free throw and converted on the final two to cut the lead to just 83-81 with 2.9 to go. No fouls were given up by the Altas to give San Beda its fifth win in six games.

“Well they just kept coming back,” SBC head coach Jamike Jarin said about the Altas. “We played a great third quarter and a very good fourth quarter. Both teams played their A-game and we are fortunate to come out the victors.”

Arthur De La Cruz led the Red Lions with a huge double-double with 25 points and 17 rebounds. He also added six assists. Solera added 15 points and 10 rebounds. For the Altas, Akhuetie also had 25 points and grabbed 16 boards. Scottie Thompson had 10 points but was just 5/13 from the free throw line; missing five free throws during crunch time. Thompson was 25/30 from the line prior to this game.

As a team San Beda shot 48% from the field compared to 39% by Perpetual. In addition, the Red Lions had 37 free throw attempts, 13 more than the Altas. They were able to convert on 23 free throws compared to the 12 misses the Altas had.

The SBC Red Lions (5-1) will next face the JRU Heavy Bombers (4-2) on Tuesday, August 4 at 2:00pm while the UPHSD Altas (4-2) face the AU Chiefs on Thursday, August 6 at 4:00pm.

The Scores:
SBC (83) – Dela Cruz 25, Solera 15, Adeogun 11, Tongco 10, Tankoua 7, Sara 5, Soberano 4, Koga 2, Cabanag 2, Mocon 2, Reyes 0.
UPHSD (81) – Akhuetie 25, Thompson 20, Dagangon 18, Coronel 6, Dizon 3, Eze 3, Tamayo 2, Gallardo 2, Cabiltes 2, Oliveria 0, Ylagan 0, Bantayan 0, Sadiwa 0, Elopre 0.
Quarterscores: 19-18, 35-39, 60-54, 83-81.

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PBA slaps fines on Yeng Guiao, Chris Ross



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




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



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



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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