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SouthWestern University Cobras: PCCL 2014 Primer



SouthWestern University Cobras 2014 Season
2014 RecordWins18Losses7
2014 Premiere Cup: 4th placeWins6Losses3
Elimination Round (Group A)Wins5Losses1
Quarterfinals (2014/6/2)SWU65JRU57
Semifinals (2014/6/6)DLSU72SWU64
Battle for 3rd (2014/6/9)CEU73SWU58
2014 CESAFI Men’s Basketball Tournament: ChampionsWins12Losses4
Elimination RoundWins8Losses2
Semifinals (2014/9/20)SWU75USJ-R72
Finals Game 1 (2014/10/13)SWU59USC55
Finals Game 2 (2014/10/14)USC53SWU46
Finals Game 3 (2014/10/16)SWU60USC49
Finals Game 4 (2014/10/17)USC56SWU48
Finals Game 5 (2014/10/19)SWU64USC49


One shining moment:

2014 was the coming out party for the SouthWestern University Cobras. During the Premiere Cup, the Cobras showed that they could hang with the big boys of Manila after a 5-1 slate in Group A of the summer league. That group included fellow CESAFI members University of the Visayas and University of San Carlos and NCAA Final Four entries Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers and the University of Perpetual Help System Dalta Altas. The school only had three losses in the tournament, two against eventual Premiere Cup champions DLSU and to NAASCU Champions Centro Escolar University Scorpions.

If the team had one shining moment in the 2014 season, it has got to be Game 3 of the CESAFI finals against the University of San Carlos Warriors. The game was tied 10-all after the 1st quarter and was still close until the end of the 3rd quarter at 44-41. In a great display of defense, the Cobras limited the Warriors to just 8 points in the 4th quarter to take the pivotal Game 3 with a score of 60-49. It was an amazing group effort by the Cobras with Mac Tallo leading the way for the Cobras by chipping in 12 points, 4 rebounds, a steal and a block shot.

Who’s in, who’s out: 

The team will bring in a complete line-up to the PCCL. They have a solid starting five with Landry Sanjo at Center, midrange shooter Bernie Bregondo at the four, lockdown defender Adams Mohammed at the 3 spot, and the great back court of Jasper Parker and Mac Tallo. The team also has a deep bench with Daryl Goloran and Justin Aboude backing-up Sanjo and Bregondo and former FEU standout Jovanie Luz backing-up Tallo.

Imaginary trade alert #1: Was Jovanie Luz traded for next year FEU guard Monbert Arong?

Line-up cheat sheet

SWU Line-up
C – Landry Sanjo
PF – Bernie Bregondo
SF – Adams Mohammed
SG – Mark Tallo
PG – Jasper Parker
Rey Mark Acuno
Melvin Holper
Kim Anthony Labitad
Dan Audris Lagbas
Jovanie Luz
Antonio Tomas Pardo
Mark Racho
Justin Aboude
Daryl Goloran


Player to watch 

Mark Tallo

Everyone knows the story of Mark Tallo. Tallo committed to the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles, was lined-up by the De La Salle Green Archers but moved back to Cebu in a span of one year.

Imaginary trade alert #2: Was Mark Tallo traded for next year DLSU Center Benoit Mbala?

Anyway, it was a good move for Mark Tallo as the kid became a superstar down south. During the 14th season of the CESAFI, Mark Tallo averaged 11.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.2 apg and 2.6 spg. The glaring stat is Tallo’s rebounding rate. For a guard and in a league dominated by giants, 5.5 is a lot! Moreover, Tallo’s defense has improved leaps and bounds.


The marquee match-up for the Cebu leg of the PCCL has got to be the 1st game between the DLSU Green Archers vs. the SWU Cobras. There are a lot of storylines behind the game including Mbala and Tallo facing-off against their former teams. The PCCL life of SWU hangs in this game as they could either end the elite eight 3-1 or 2-2 (yes, we are predicting them to beat AU and USC).

Eliminated in the Elite Eight with a record of 2-2

Source: Various articles from the voice of southern basketball, Jay Panerio. Follow him on Twitter for all your southern basketball updates @jaypanerio

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D-League to hold three-day showcase for players



Seeking to further display the greatness of the Filipino basketball players, the PBA is giving more chances to the cagers as the league is set to hold the first-ever PBA D-League Showdown later this conference.

Opening the eighth season with this ground-breaking news, PBA officer-in-charge Willie Marcial is hopeful that this will serve as another motivation for the players to perform at their best this 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.

“Ginagawa naman natin ito para mas galingan ng mga players natin para rin maipakita nila yung tunay nilang talento,” he said Thursday during the opening ceremonies at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Marcial bared that the plan is to hold a two-day summit for the players suiting up in the ongoing conference to allow them to showcase their talents in front of coaches and scouts, not just from the PBA but also from countries in the Southeast Asian region.

“Lahat ng mga players ay maglalaro dito at mapapanood hindi lang ng mga PBA coaches,” he said.

“Iimbitahin din namin ang mga coaches ng ibang bansa tulad ng Malaysia, Thailand, at Vietnam na kumukuha ng imports sa atin.”

Marcial acknowledged that as much as players seek to make the jump to the pro league, securing spots in the PBA teams have been hard to crack over the past few years, forcing the players to look elsewhere for opportunities.

That has made playing in overseas leagues an option for these less fortunate ballers, keeping them earning while also hoping to impress scouts while keeping their PBA dreams alive.

Some of the players who suited up in the D-League and are currently playing outside of the country are Paul Zamar and Almond Vosotros in Thailand, AJ Mandani in Singapore, and Reil Cervantes in Indonesia.

With this project, Marcial is hopeful that this would keep the players in line while also delivering the best competition the D-League could dream of.

“Iwasan natin ang bisyo at galingan ninyo.”

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Letran overpowers Lyceum for second win



After a string of losses, the Colegio San Juan de Letran Lady Knights returned to the NCAA Season 93 win column with a gritty win over the short-handed Lyceum of the Philippines University Lady Pirates, 28-26, 20-25, 26-24, 25-20, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Lady Knights won out in a sloppy match which had both teams combine for 25 aces, 15 coming from Letran. According to assistant coach Ron Dulay, Letran needed to solve their reception problems on the fly.

“Weakness nga siguro namin ‘yung receive, pero inaayos namin siya ensayo. Kanina medyo shaky lang ‘yung mga bata. Mabuti noong dulo naka-adjust kami sa ginagawa ng kalaban,” said Dulay.

Both sides also had a whooping 34 errors apiece. Letran’s miscues, however, came early in the match and were lessened by the deciding fourth set which they won convincingly.

“Unti-unte tumataas ‘yung level ng team. Kailangan talaga namin mag-double time pa sa mga susunod na laban kung gusto namin umabot doon sa Top Four,” Dulay added.

Second-year Lady Knight Charm Simborio led the way with 17 points while Glayssa Torres added 15 which includes two blocks and three aces.

The Lady Knights (2-2) take on perennial rival San Beda College (4-0) on Monday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Christine Miralles topped the Lady Pirates with a career-high 21 points. Team captain Bien Juanillo added 17 markers.

The Lady Pirates (1-3) face the undefeated defending champs Arellano University (4-0) on Sunday also at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Scores

CSJL (3) – Simborio 17, Torres 15, Abitan 11, Barrinuevo 8, Parin 8, Mendoza 3, Bangcola 2, Uriza 1, Perez 0, Larioque (L)

LPU (1) – Miralles 21, Juanillo 17, Sevilla 11, Bongabong 5, Patio 5, Genova 2, Marcella (L), Romanban (L)

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2018 FIBA 3X3 World Cup

FIBA 3×3 World Cup to be a huge boost for country’s Olympic bid



All roads will lead to Bocaue, Bulacan as the 2018 FIBA 3×3 World Cup will head to the Philippine Arena. The biggest tournament in 3×3 basketball will be played from June 8-12, 2018.

The announcement was made Thursday afternoon by Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executives. The event was graced by Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. president Ronald Mascariñas, SMART Sports’ Christopher Quimpo, and FIBA’s 3×3 Managing Director Alex Sanchez.

With 3×3 basketball being declared an Olympic event last 2017, the SBP is looking at this tournament as a way to prove to the world that we are capable of hosting and that we can compete with the world’s finest.

“As mentioned earlier, I think we’ve been very successful holding it in the malls, 3,000 to 4,000 people watching the games. We chose to move it to a bigger venue, I think we want to give an opportunity for more people to see the games,” said SBP president Al Panlilio.

“From a Philippine basketball point of view, that gives an opportunity for the youth to watch the game. From an SBP, FIBA perspective, we want bigger crowds in 3×3 and that’s something we want to deliver to FIBA,” he added.

There will be 40 teams split into two divisions that will compete in this annual tourney.

For the men’s side, the Philippines will take on teams from Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Ecuador, Estonia, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Ukraine, and Uruguaz.

In the women’s division, the hosts will face Andorra, Argentina, Bahrain, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkmenistan, United States, and Venezuela.

With this task of hosting a world class tournament, Chooks-to-Go vowed to help in the organization of it.

“We look at 3×3 as our best hope, really, to get a medal in the Olympics. Kami naman sa Chooks, we are behind SBP realizing that dream,” said Mascariñas.

“Kanina pinag-uusapan na, if we’re going to break the record in attendance. I think the question there is not if we’re going to break, but how many more times.”

FIBA, on the other hand, is looking forward to helping groom a possible Philippine team that will compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“I’m sure the event this year, we’re starting the countdown, is going to be amazing,” Sanchez said. “I think this is going to be helpful for us in developing.

“I’m coming from Tokyo where we’re discussing the venue and layout of the Olympics. We should make an effort with Al and SBP to see if we have a Filipino team in Olympics. In my opinion Filipinos have a real chance to make it. Hopefully this can give us a nice push to get a PH team to the Olympics,” the Spanish executive added.

“See you in June.”

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Perpetual escapes upset-hungry EAC



Fighting off a sluggish start, the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Lady Altas came alive late to slip past the Emilio Aguinaldo College Lady Generals, 22-25, 25-19, 25-14, 23-25, 15-13, and remain on pace for a spot in the NCAA Season 93 Final Four at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Taking on a struggling EAC side, Perpetual head coach Michael Cariño knew that there was a possibility that his squad would relax. His team has had trouble starting and finishing off matches, as evidenced in their first set performance and lack of finishing push in the fourth frame.

“May tendency talaga ‘yung team ko na mag-relax. Sabihin na nating hindi kasi sobrang lakas ng kalaban. Pero alam naman natin sa volleyball na wala namang team na ibibigay sa’yo ‘yung panalo, kailangan kunin mo talaga,” Cariño lamented.

The fifth frame came down to late breaks. The Lady Altas broke a 13-all tie with back-to-back transition conversions from Cindy Imbo and Lourdes Clemente.

“Siyempre, nage-expect ako nang mas maganda pang performance sa team ko. Alam din naman nila na mas may ibubuga pa sila kaya kailangan mas maganda ang ipakita namin sa mga huli naming laro,” the NCAA champion mentor added.

Imbo tallied a game-high 17 points, while Clemente and Maria Aurora Tripoli added 15 points, apiece. The Lady Altas needed all of their 11 aces and 11 blocks to offset their season-high 42 errors.

Aira Binondo was the only Lady General in double-digits with 13 points.

The Lady Altas (3-1) next face the Jose Rizal University (2-2) on Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre. EAC (0-4) will look for their first win on Monday against the College of Saint Benilde (2-1).

The Scores

UPHSD (3) – Imbo 17, Clemente 15, Tripoli 15, Sangalang 11, Llorente 10, Versoza 4, Estanislao 1, Gual 1, Umandal 0, Medalla (L)

EAC (2) – Binondo 13, Tongco 9, Pablo 8, Lumbao 7, Magbanua 7, Reyes A. 3, Reyes K. 3, Tasis 2, Yongco 1, Medina (L)

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