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Six-goal Clark steers Kaya in demolition of Fleet Marine

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Only scoring one goal in the first half, Kaya turned up the heat by netting 10 times in the game’s last 45 minutes to record a resounding 11-0 win against winless Fleet Marine FC. In doing so, they moved closer in securing a spot in the UFL Cup 2015 quarterfinals at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.

Louis Clark tallied an overwhelming six goals, including a lone goal that separated the teams at the half. Also in the spotlight is Kenshiro Daniels. Serving as the team’s left winger, the Philippine international provided four assists while also scoring once in another dominant win for the team currently placed fourth in Division I.

Kaya entered the match as staunch favorites to take all three points, having registered convincing wins over Agila and Team Socceroo in their first two UFL Cup matches. They may have controlled the action throughout the match, but the score at halftime did not reflect such mastery.

The current Group B leaders hunted for their first goal right at the get go, virtually limiting the action inside Fleet Marine’s half. The attacking crew of Clark, Joshua Beloya, Jovin Bedic, Kenshiro Daniels, and Diego Barrera were busy in bombarding the stubborn defense of their opponents. Eleven minutes into the game, Beloya whipped a cross from the left flank towards Clark who was standing with acres of space near the six-yard box. As he received the ball, Clark touched it neatly before smashing it into Nevie Tambot’s net. The other chances, however, did not result in a score change. It was Bedic who was the most unfortunate of amongst the Kaya players after all four of his chances did not lead to a goal, two of which were narrowly off target and one saved by Tambot, who himself had a wonderful opening period.

The chance Fleet Marine had in limiting Kaya’s output appeared to be strong as the referee blew the halftime whistle, but the same cannot be said after the restart. Tishan Hanley and OJ Porteria were sent on before play resumed in place of Bedic and Barrera, who did their part but were unable to make their chances count in the opening half.

With only two minutes gone by in the second half, Jorge Butron drilled a cross inside the box geared towards Clark and Hanley. The former chested the ball down inside the box before easily finishing past Tambot to make it 2-0. A minute later, Clark teed up Hanley but the latter was denied by the crossbar. Amidst a sea of Kaya chances came a rare one for Fleet Marine. Gerard Brown found space inside the Kaya half but did not get past Aly Borromeo, prompting Matt Silva to routinely collect the ball. Not long after, Clark grabbed his third by converting the first of Daniels’ assists at the 58th minute, which looked like the goal that sealed another victory for Kaya. At that point the game was virtually over, but Kaya’s attacking rampage only just began.

For most of the game, Kaya occupied the attacking third with the aim of exploiting the waning Fleet Marine defense. Not letting their opponents retain possession into their half, Kaya unleashed a forceful approach on the attack. With 20 minutes left, Daniels fed Porteria the ball inside the box to make it 4-0 for their team. Barely a minute later, Clark broke the offside trap to score an easy goal, his fourth and Kaya’s fifth, in a one-on-one situation against the helpless Tambot. There seemed to be no end in Kaya’s pursuit for more with Clark returning the favor to Daniels, who struck the ball first time into the net at the 75th minute. Not willing to end the game without a goal, Hanley joined the goalscoring party by finding the net twice at the 81st and 88th minutes. In added time, Clark and Porteria enhanced their respective hauls to cap off an efficient second half performance.

In a game of two halves, Kaya Manager Paul Tolentino expressed contrasting emotions in Kaya’s biggest win to date. “[It was a] sloppy game. It was really a bad first half. [I’m] happy the guys came out and played better in the second half and got the goals that they should have put away in the first half, which they didn’t,” he assessed. Tolentino also shared that the coaching staff voiced their displeasure over what they considered was an unprofessional showing in the first half. “Best thing that happened in the first half was the smashing they got in the locker room. I guess they were motivated. Everyone needed to wake up,” he elaborated.

Fleet Marine, already eliminated in the UFL Cup, will avoid going out without a point at the very least in battling Agila this Sunday, May 17, at 6:15 in the evening. Meanwhile, Kaya will eye to top the group by getting a win against fellow unbeaten side Pachanga-Diliman on May 24 at 1:45 PM.

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Yeng Guiao denies using racial slur against Chris Ross

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During the post-game of the San Miguel Beermen’s victory over the NLEX Road Warriors, reigning Coach of the Year Leo Austria said that NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao called Chris Ross the “N” word that caused the commotion.

According to Chris, tinawagan siya ng nigger or ganiyan,” said Austria. “I don’t know but that’s what he explained to me because I confronted Chris Ross because he’s one of the most important players in my team.

“But that’s the thing he doesn’t want to hear so nagflare up yung bata so I cannot blame him.”

Guiao though denied that he blurted out racial slurs against San Miguel’s Chris Ross.

“Hindi. Hindi ko tinawag na N-word. Ewan ko kung may nakarinig. Pero hindi,” clarified the fiery tactician moments after their 98-109 defeat, their third straight after starting the 2018 Philippine Cup with two straight wins.

That tussle, according to Guiao, was just filled with trash talking against each other, as he felt the need to retaliate. In fact, Guiao was even caught by the TV camera saying “son of a bitch” towards the Filipino-American point guard.

“Daldal siya ng daldal eh. Eh sa akin naman kapag ganon, siguro respeto nalang. Lumayo ka nalang tutal mananalo naman na kayo,” he said. “I didn’t understand what he was saying, what he was talking about.

“Nakipagtrash-talking din ako sa kanya.”

Furthermore, the 58-year-old was also caught by the cameras flipping the bird — in one quick motion — also against Ross.

“Oo. Kasama na rin yun.

“Pero ano naman eh, it’s part of, siguro, psychological warfare. Malakas din siya mang-asar. Hindi lang naman sa amin. Everytime naman na mga ganoong skirmishes, he also knows what he’s capable of,” the seven-time champion coach furthered.

But more than this scuffle, it really has become a stressful time for Guiao and the Road Warriors. They have now went down to 2-3 in the team standings, and the mentor sees the great need to end this slump immediately.

“We have to arrest it very soon. Ang susunod na laro namin ay versus Rain or Shine sa Friday. So we need to go back to 50 percent win-loss level para at least may chance ka na maka-playoffs. That’s going to be a crucial game for us,” he stressed.

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Kiefer Ravena shocked with Von Pessumal’s shove: ‘I did not expect that at all’

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Kiefer Ravena and Von Pessumal have been teammates ever since they were in high school, winning three UAAP juniors crowns together. They won two championships together in the seniors level and even played together in Gilas. They were inseparable.

Friday evening however, they were playing for separate camps.

Ravena admitted that he never expected a shove to come from Pessumal during the NLEX Road Warriors’ clash with San Miguel Beermen.

In an off-ball situation, Pessumal charged at Ravena, sending the rookie down to the floor with 9:50 remaining in the final frame. He was then whistled for an unsportsmanlike foul, and Ravena sank one from the line.

“I did not expect that at all,” admitted Ravena after the match in which they lost, 98-109 — their third straight defeat after a 2-0 start. “But hopefully Von doesn’t take it personal.

“I’m just doing my job. They won the game.”

Ravena insisted that there wasn’t any physicality between him and Pessumal prior to that, but he thinks that his former Gilas teammate may have gotten irked by his staredown after blocking him on a fastbreak play early in the fourth.

“When that fastbreak happened — the same exact possession na I challenged him, I looked at him, and after that yun na yung nangyari,” said the 23-year-old guard. “But I never instigated something to provoke Von to do that.

“Probably nung tinignan ko siya.”

Moreover, the second overall pick of the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft felt that that incident “started all the commotions during the end game (laughs). Yun yung pinaka-una eh. And with that, the team got fired up and it worked for them.”

He may be right, for the game saw more skirmishes after that: from teammate Michael Miranda kicking Chris Ross to the groin, and with his head coach Yeng Guiao figuring in a heated verbal war also against Ross.

But then, Ravena made it clear that it was never a plan of his to put down somebody, especially someone like Pessumal who he sees as a brother for life.

“You know, Von and I, we go way back. Things like this hopefully don’t become too personal.

“I have no intention na ipapahiya yung tao or sasaktan mo yung tao. Wala namang ganun. Laro-laro lang,” said NLEX’s leading scorer.

It was somehow a night to remember for Ravena, but for all the wrong reasons. After Friday’s loss that sent their card to 2-3, the veteran internationalist now sees the need for him and the Road Warriors to push the panic button.

“‘Di na pwedeng sabihin palaging kailangan namin matuto eh. Pangatlong sunod na,” the second-generation cager expressed.

“Kailangan siguro naming umaksyon.”

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Downcast Chris Ross chooses to stay mum after heated altercation with Yeng Guiao

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Through wins or losses, Chris Ross has always accommodated the members of the press asking for interviews and fans requesting for photo ops every after game. But Friday evening, the nine-year pro was despondent.

Visibly agitated with the events that had transpired during the San Miguel Beermen’s tilt against the NLEX Road Warriors, Ross, with his hoodie covering his head, left the Cuneta Astrodome without saying a word.

The reigning Defensive Player of the Year had figured in physical play after physical play and verbal exchange after verbal exchange with the frustrated Road Warriors.

Ross and Alex Mallari were both slapped with technicals after a confrontation with 9:06 left. This was just the start of many things to come for the Filipino-American defensive specialist

After knocking down a triple and receiving a taunt from Ross, Michael Miranda was assessed a disqualifying foul for an apparent kick to the groin against Ross with 4:35 left.

The tip of the iceberg came with 1:46 left to play and the game all but settled.

Yeng Guiao and Ross figured in a heated word war that resulted in Ross’ second technical foul for the game. Referees and players from both sides had to separate the two to prevent things from escalating.

San Miguel coach Leo Austria alleged that the fiery NLEX mentor said the “N” word, while some said Guiao called Ross a “bitch”.

Ross finished the game with four points, eight rebounds, and four steals in 37 minutes of action.

For sure, penalties and suspensions will come out of this game.

And it was better for Ross to stay silent.

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Jason Brickman flirts with triple-double as Mono holds off Singapore

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After playing his worst game of the season last Sunday against Tanduay Alab Pilipinas, Jason Brickman bounced back, steering the Mono Vampire to a 91-88 road victory over the Singapore Slingers, Friday evening at the OCBC Arena.

The 26-year-old, who finished with just seven points and three assists in their 71-104 loss to Alab, tallied 10 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists. The league-leader in assists did not take a break, playing all 40 minutes.

But it was not a walk in the park for the Thailand-based squad.

Mono led by as much as 22 points, 60-48, with 7:46 left, 16 points entering the final frame. A furious fourth quarter rally by Singapore sliced the lead, turning the game into a single-possession contest with a minute left. The steady hands of Samuel Deguara and Mike Singletary from the stripe fended off Singapore.

Brickman’s compatriot Paul Zamar chipped in 13 markers for Mono.

Since torching Alab last January 3, Filipino-Canadian AJ Mandani has been on a slump, going just 3-for-11 from the field for nine points.

Mono’s World Imports Samuel Deguara and Mike Singletary both finished with 26 points with the former hauling down 18 rebounds. For Singapore, Xavier Alexander paced the Slingers with 29 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists.

With the win, the Vampire kept solo third with a 7-4 slate. On the other hand, the Slingers dropped its second straight game since winning against Alab, falling to 5-6.

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