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Stallion ends UFL campaign in style, outplays Pachanga-Diliman



Stallion FC capped off their United Football League (UFL) Division 1 tournament campaign on a high note after defeating Pachanga-Diliman FC, 3-1, early Wednesday evening, at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.

An aggressive Pachanga-Diliman FC greeted Stallion FC in the initial minutes of the match. In just the second minute, Pachanga almost tallied the first goal when Hamed Hajimehdi found a rushing Jinggoy Valmayor inside the box. The former UP Maroon’s shot, however, was easily deflected by Stallion custodian Johann Noetzel. The deflected ball, despite landing in front of Valmayor, was unfortunately sent over the bar. A see-saw battle ensued after, with both teams’ defense holding down their respective forts, with Pachanga showcasing timely clearances, and Stallion consistently bringing the ball to their attacking third. Nevertheless, Stallion would finally end the deadlock at the 38th minute. Pachanga’s Valmayor mistimed his pass to teammate Stephen Permanes, which led Louis Kaole to take the ball and send it to Ruben Doctora inside the box. Having enough space, Doctora sent the ball out of Pachanga Goalkeeper Steve Yambou’s reach and into the back of the net. Trying to immediately take back the goal he caused, Valmayor, in the following play rushed into the penalty box and blasted the ball towards the net, sadly his shot did not meet its intended target. Before the whistle was blown, neither team managed to convert on their chances, and it was Stallion who ended the half ahead of Pachanga, 1-0.

It was a different second half for both teams as Stallion regularly threatened Pachanga Keeper, Yambou, early. Despite the red shirts’ charge, Pachanga was able to force another deadlock at the 60th minute. After a timely clearance by Reuben Silitonga, Permanes received the ball in their attacking third. The Veteran then rushed towards the goal, before he was fouled by Matthew Nierras inside the penalty box. The consequent penalty kick was taken by Hajimehdi, who easily directed the ball into the goal. Pachanga’s celebration however, was short-lived after Stallion Winger Emmanuel Mbata parried their defense and easily tapped the ball past Yambou immediately after the restart, to give his team the lead once more. With a 2-1 lead, Stallion continued to pressure and eventually tallied another goal. After intercepting an awkward clearance by Jed Rances, the ball ended on the right flank where Nathan Alquiros sent a cross inside the box where Mbata was. The Nigerian winger forced his way towards the goal and rolled the ball into the onion bag despite being heavily guarded from both sides.

Now down by two, Pachanga switched gears and tried to get one back. Led by Hajimehdi, Valmayor, and Davide Cortina, Pachanga produced numerous chances at goal, but none threatened the Stallion defense and lead. On the other side of the pitch, it was Azkal Simone Rota, Alquiros, and Mbata who tried to add more to their lead. Both teams tried to score until the final whistle, but both teams were able to hold, and the game ended with a 3-1 score line for the red shirts.

Stallion Head Coach Ernie Nierras was satisfied with how his boys ended the season, “Overall, they did well.” He believes that his team can still do better, but was happy that they were able to sustain a great performance all through out the season.

Stallion finished their UFL campaign with a 10-1-6 Win-Draw-Loss card enough for fifth place. Meanwhile, Pachanga-Diliman FC lands in eighth place, only ahead of Team Socceroo FC.

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Calvin Abueva, Raymond Almazan cut from pool



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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2019 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers

23 for 2023 cadets fill up Gilas practice



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



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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Michael Calisaan tows Che’lu-San Sebastian past Perpetual



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Michael Calisaan poured 20 points as he captained newcomer Che’Lu-San Sebastian Revellers to a decisive 83-70 win over the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas to start their voyage, Monday evening at the Pasig City Sports Center.

Doing it all for the Revellers, the veteran forward provided the stability for his side as he shot 8-of-15 from the field while also hauling down nine rebounds, two assists, and two steals in the conference-opening win.

But it wasn’t all Calisaan as Che’Lu got contributions from all over its roster.

Samboy de Leon chimed in 16 markers and nine boards. RK Ilagan went 2-of-5 from threes to collect 13 points, eight dimes, and three rebounds, while big men Alfred Batino and Jeepy Faundo combined for 20 in the victory.

Despite the triumph, coach Stevenson Tiu gave all the praise to his players, noting the team’s lack of time preparing for the tourney.

“Nanalo kami dahil sa talent ng players. Medyo mali ko rin kasi nahirapan pa ako mag-adjust sa players. Hopefully, we play much better in the coming games,” he said.

The Revellers used a 16-4 run to finally break away from the Altas, taking a 77-60 lead with 4:03 to play as they punished their foes for their turnovers, turning Perpetual’s 30 miscues to 28 points in their favor.

Prince Eze anchored the Altas with 15 points, 11 rebounds, and seven blocks in their first game under new head coach Frankie Lim.

Che’lu-San Sebastian look to make it two in a row when they take on the Wangs-Letran Couriers on Monday, January 29 at 5:00pm. Perpetual, on the other hand, hope they can notch their first win when they take on Mila’s Lechon Mighty Roasters.

The Scores:

Che’lu-SSCR 83 — Calisaan 20, De Leon 16, Ilagan 13, Batino 10, Faundo 10, Bulanadi 6, Costelo 6, Calma 2, David 0, Lao 0, Santos 0, Valdez 0.

UPHSD 70 — Eze 15, Coronel 13, Villanueva 13, Jimenez 9, Charcos 7, Peralta 7, Gallardo 5, Pido 1, Antonio 0, Aurin 0, Tamayo 0, Tongco 0.

Quarterscores: 17-22, 34-38, 59-53, 83-70.

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