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Scorpions use second stringers in win against UST



Even with the absence of four of their key players, the CEU Scorpions displayed a complete team effort in defeating the UST Growling Tigers 82-77 to keep a 5-1 slate in Group B of the 2015 FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup Saturday afternoon at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan City

In the first quarter, UST co-captains Kevin Ferrer and Ed Daquioag went on a tear in scoring all but one point in UST’s 20 point outing. CEU’s Alfred Batino and Carlo Casino had a hard time in covering the two Tigers. The inside presence of Joseph Celso and the shooting of Mon Abundo and Batino kept the Scorpions in the game as UST took a 20-14 lead entering the second frame of the game.

The pace of the game changed as CEU big man Rodrigue Ebondo entered the game. The Growling Tigers had a hard time slashing into the paint with Ebondo in the game and settled for jumpers. Furthermore, the bench of UST did not pick-up where the starters left off. The Scorpions then slowly chipped in to the lead behind Kenneth de Leon’s hot shooting and Batino’s dominance inside the paint. UST coach Bong dela Cruz decided to bring back Daquioag and Ferrer into the game. Daquioag continued to score at will as he scored 23 points in the first half but his team went down 40-37 before halftime.

Daquioag sparked a quick 8-3 rally to open the third canto to give UST a 45-43 lead. With the España-based squad gaining a 52-47 lead at the halfway point of the quarter, Kenneth de Leon created open shots for his teammates that broke down the UST defense. It sparked a 7-0 rally that gave CEU a 55-52 lead. Ebondo was then fielded to close out the quarter that gave Batino more free shots to give CEU a 63-57.

Joseph Celso then stepped up for CEU to help extend their lead to 10 points with 4:58 remaining in the game. In that stretch, the Growling Tigers were only able to convert on three field goals, including a three by Kent Lao. After a timeout, Marvin Lee dished out two excellent assists to Ferrer and Daquioag to cut the lead down to six with 3:33 remaining. The CEU Scorpions, however, stepped up in clogging the lanes. In the final three minutes of the game, UST was only able to convert on two shots while Ebondo scored on the inside to close-out his team’s fifth win in six outings.

After the game, Coach Edgar Macaraya did not elaborate on the reason why four of his players were sanctioned as it was a “ CEU family matter.” However, the winning coach could not hide how proud he was of the players who stepped up their game. “Everyone played like a team today. This win shows how hard these boys work”

With key players JM Vargas, Aaron Jeruta, Samboy De Leon, and Jason Opiso not partaking in the game due to a disciplinary sanction by Coach Edgar Macaraya and his staff, the Scorpions had a hard time defending UST’s two spot the entire game. “The two-guards, especially Daquioag, of UST exploited our guards [on defense], dahil maliit kasi mga natira [sa amin],” CEU head coach Edgar Macaraya said.

Batino led six CEU players in double figures with 20 points and 12 rebounds with 11 of his points coming from the charity stripe. Ebondo also had a double-double with 13 points and 15 rebounds. For UST, it was a two-man show as Daquioag and Ferrer, scoring 34 and 28 respectively, were the only who hit double digits for UST. The rest of the team combined for just 15 points.

As a team, CEU shot 41% from the field and 44% from three point country compared to UST’s dismal 35% shooting. In addition, CEU outrebounded UST 56-43.

The CEU Scorpions next face the DLSU Green Archers on Saturday, May 30 at 5:00pm while UST face LPU on Wednesday, at 11:45am.

The Scores:

CEU 82 – Batino 20, Ebondo 13, Casino 12, Anunciacion 12, De Leon 10, Celso 10, Abundo 5, Aquino 0, Saber 0, Aranas 0

UST 77 – Daquioag 34, Ferrer 28, Lao 6, Lee 3, Bonleon 3, Sheriff 2, Kakonda 1, Huang 0, Caunan 0, Garrido 0, Faundo 0, Mayor 0

CEU (B, 5-1)13406382
UST (B, 2-3)20375777
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After getting first D-League experience, Zark’s-Lyceum ready to get loose



After a hesitant performance in their PBA D-League debut last Thursday that resulted in a loss to the Marinerong Pilipino Skippers, the Zark’s Burger-Lyceum Jawbreakers seemingly caught up with the league’s style of play on Tuesday.

Zark’s-Lyceum displayed their true form and stamped their class all over the Batangas-EAC Generals with a 37-point destruction, 112-75 — so far the biggest winning margin the franchise has ever had in its D-League history.

“Medyo adjusted na kami on everything — the calls and the teams we’re playing against with,” said Zark’s-Lyceum head coach Topex Robinson after the match at Pasig Sports Center. “But the things we want to mind are those things we control.

“We just have to keep on doing what we are doing. It’s more on replenishing na lang on our old ways.”

Robinson’s claim was strongly backed up by the numbers that the Jawbreakers produced.

CJ Perez had 21 points and 10 rebounds. MJ Ayaay produced 15 points and 10 boards, and Mike Nzeusseu delivered 14 markers and 11 boards.

Even the bench made their presence felt in the victory. With guard Jaycee Marcelino spearheading the supporting cast’s charge with 12 markers, the bench contributed a remarkable 56 points to their total output.

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“Ano lang, cinontrol lang namin yung pace kasi yun naman talaga yung laro namin, yung mabilisan,” said the 24-year-old do-it-all forward, who also collected three steals.

“Kailangan talaga mabilisan para ma-execute namin yung mga ginagawa namin.”

This week will be a rough one for the Pirates, as they will play right away this Thursday against the AMA Online Education. And for Perez, he strongly believes that they will be able to carry over their momentum.

“Oo. Nandun pa. Energy talaga yung puhunan namin para makalaro ng maayos.”

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Bonbon Batiller shows what he can bring to Letran in D-League debut



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Tuesday proved to be a double debut for Bonbon Batiller. Aside from beginning his first foray in the PBA D-League, it also marked his debut for the Letran Knights, who are carrying the Wang’s Basketball Couriers franchise.

And the 5-foot-11 guard showed what he can bring to the table. Batiller collected 15 points, five rebounds, and three assists to help the Knights raise the curtains of their campaign with a 93-75 rout of the Batangas-EAC Generals.

“Nagworkout yung pinagpraktisan namin,” said Batiller. “Nagbunga rin yung tinuro samin ni Coach Jeff (Napa) lalo sa depensa. Tsaka siguro sa rebounds — laking lamang namin sa rebound. Nagsipag mga bigs namin.”

But what has him even more satisfied is the warm reception and trust he’s had from the Knights, even if he has spent barely a year with them after transferring from University of the East last 2017.

“Masaya po kasi tinanggap nila ako sa Letran ng buong-buo,” said Batiller, who normed 10.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.6 steals with UE in two years. “Tsaka yung tiwala nila na makakatulong ako sa team nandoon.

“Kaya masaya ako sa pinakita nila sa akin.”

That is why the General Santos native is hard-pressed to prove himself to Letran, saying that he’s all about giving back to the school that gave him another opportunity to resume his young, up-and-coming basketball career.

“Kailangan kong may mapatunayan na deserving ako sa binigay na second chance sa akin ni Letran,” said Batiller, who decided to switch schools partly due to academic reasons.

“Malaki ang utang ko sa Letran.”

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Bienvenido Maranon scores brace as Ceres-Negros eliminates Brisbane Roar



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Philippine club football just achieved its biggest continental result yet

The inaugural Philippines Football League champions Ceres-Negros Football Club eliminated three-time Australian champions Brisbane Roar in the 2018 AFC Champions League’s second preliminary round with a 3-2 stunner, away at the QSAC Stadium in Brisbane.

With the win, the 2017 AFC Cup ASEAN Zonal Champions are set to face Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian next January 30, 2018 at the Haihe Educational Football Stadium in Tianjin, China, to book a seat in the group stages.

Brisbane were the favorites for this tie and it showed, as Ceres started the contest on the back foot. Italian striker Massimo Maccarone handed the home side the lead in the 35th minute when he turned in Brett Holman’s pass.

Maccarone’s goal could have lowered the Busmen’s moral, but Risto Vidakovic’s men took it as a motivation rather than a downer. In fact, Ceres replied in the best way possible when Bienvenido Maranon scored his first goal of the match two minutes from halftime, thanks to a scramble in the Brisbane box.

By all accounts, Ceres had already made Philippine football proud at halftime. By this stage last year, Brisbane had accrued a 4-0 halftime cushion against Global Cebu en route to a 6-0 rout.

Today, though, Brisbane faced tougher resistance at Ceres’ hands. That resistance turned into a full-fledged revolt in the 65th minute when Maranon directed the ball past a helpless Jamie Young to give the Busmen their first taste of the lead.

Maranon’s goal well and truly turned the tide in Ceres’ favor. Brisbane were stunned. The home side are the defending A-League champions, but are currently eighth in the table this season and would soon face elimination from Asia’s premier club competition.

Already up 2-1, the Busmen finally achieved some breathing room in the 75th minute when Omid Nazari scored from close range to give Ceres a two-goal cushion over Brisbane.

Nazari’s goal not only sealed the win for Ceres, it also propelled Philippine football into the big leagues. Not even a late goal from French midfielder Éric Bauthéac could prevent the Busmen’s victory.

After five minutes of stoppage time, Ceres emerged 3-2 winners against Brisbane Roar. Come what may against Tianjin seven days from now, the Busmen have already achieved Philippine football’s biggest result since their own achievement in last season’s AFC Cup.

Who knows? Maybe Ceres can pull off another upset?

Ceres-Negros XI: Doblas (GK), Super, Mike Ott, Ingreso, Maranon, Porteria, Schrock, De Murga (C), Munoz, Nazari, Christaens.

Brisbane Roar XI: Ingham, Bowles, Papadopoulos, Maccarone, Holman, Khalfallah, Oxborrow, McKay (C), Hingert, Young (GK), Franjic.

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CJ Perez, Zark’s-Lyceum vent ire on Batangas-EAC with 37-point romp



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CJ Perez and the Zark’s Burger-Lyceum Jawbreakers finally lived up to their hype, as they clobbered the Batangas-EAC Generals to score a 37-point beatdown, 112-75 for their first win, Tuesday at the Pasig Sports Center.

It was an all-out attack from the Jawbreakers, as they beat the Generals to the bite and took control of the game early, with Mike Nzeusseu and Jaycee Marcelino guiding their side to the 48-33 lead at halftime which they would never surrender.

Perez paced Zark’s Burger-Lyceum with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while MJ Ayaay tallied a double-double with his 15 markers, 10 boards, and three assists.

Cameroonian student-athlete Nzeusseu also delivered 14 points, 11 rebounds, and two assists. Marcelino had eight first half points and wound up with 12 off the bench, as the reserves chipped in 56 huge points in the tussle.

Coach Topex Robinson lauded the Jawbreakers for quickly adjusting to the style of the PBA D-League just days after falling to the Marinerong Pilipino, 92-94, back in opening day.

“Medyo adjusted na kami on everything — the calls and the teams were playing against with. But the things we want to mind are those things we control. We just have to keep on doing what we are doing. It’s more on replenishing na lang on our old ways,” he said.

Earvin Mendoza and Cedric de Joya both had 16 points for the Generals in the losing effort.

Zark’s-Lyceum look to continue to roll when they face the AMA Online Education Titans on Thursday, January 25. EAC-Batangas, on the other hand, take on the Gamboa-St. Clare Coffee Lovers on Monday, January 29.

The Scores:

Zark’s-Lyceum 112 — Perez 21, Ayaay 15, Nzeusseu 14, Jc. Marcelino 12, Serrano 10, Baltazar 8, Santos 8, Jv. Marcelino 6, Tansingco 6, Marata 4, Liwag 4, Ibañez 2, Cinco 2, Pretta 0.

Batangas-EAC 75 — E. Mendoza 16, De Joya 16, Tampoc 12, Laude 9, Pate 8, Maguliano 6, Altamirano 5, Diego 3, Garcia 0, Dela Peña 0, Martin 0, J. Mendoza 0, Neri 0.

Quarterscores: 19-14, 48-33, 84-47, 112-75.

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