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Tamaraws survive feisty Falcons to sit atop standings



The Far Eastern University Tamaraws dodged a bullet.

With the cellar-dealing Adamson Squad playing good basketball to finally barge into the win column, the FEU Tamaraws crushed their hopes by pulling off a 64-60 thriller to cap off the UAAP weekend on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Joseph Nalos and Prince Orizu scored the game’s first baskets but both teams took a while before getting their groove offensively in the slow-paced opening period. The two squads piled up blanks from the perimeter as no team dictated momentum due to poor shooting from the field. Adamson started without big man Papi Sarr but despite the entry of the center, the Falcons were down by two points after a period with Achi Inigo and Mac Belo combining for the last seven points for FEU.

For a brief moment, Adamson snatched the lead in the first minutes of the second quarter but RR Pogoy ignited the Tamaraws rally to make distance in favour of FEU. The Tamaraws built a 12-4 spurt in the middle of the canto in the still slow-scoring second with the help of good ball movement in their sets. The Tamaraws also built their largest lead of the first half at 27-16 just before Adamson answered with four quick points to end it capped by a tip in by JD Tungcab.

FEU maintained a good hold for their lead but Adamson started to threaten the Tamaraws and avoid getting manhandled. Hustle provided by the Falcons gave them the momentum in the third period as Joseph Nalos and Papi Sarr anchored the offense. By the 4:30 mark of the quarter, Nalos sealed a serious game-tying run by the Falcons as the Tamaraws looked rattled on their offensive end.

Suddenly, the match was played on a back-and-forth affair with Adamson answering to hold on with their mini lead. In the fourth period, Sarr was a force in denying the attempts of FEU underneath but his squad had a tough time to extend their lead to at least two-possessions. Still down, the Tamaraws located their veterans as Belo, Tolomia and Escoto anchored the offense and defense to make stops while a jumper by Russell Escoto gave FEU the lead back.

A crucial spin move that led to a layup by Nalos helped AdU snatch the lead back but a good timeout play led to Mike Tolomia wide open for a wing triple that gave FEU the lead for good with less than a minute to play. Nalos had another chance at the rim but failed to convert then added a crucial turnover late while Pogoy and Belo iced the game with free throws.

“Inconsistent pa rin but at least we only had 15 turnovers,” FEU coach Nash Racela opened his post-game conference. “Going into this week we knew we have a tough three games. Every single game that we played this week was really hard.”

Racela though did not say that fatigue was the case for the close games they have been in. “There was an intention on our part to manage the minutes of our players,” he said. “Especially si Mike. He has been playing hurt since the La Salle game. That’s why he is only playing limited minutes.”

The FEU mentor though was amazed at the stellar play of Pape Sarr, who notched a 20-20. “Impressive. When we played them during the Filoil tournament, he had 28 points on us. Matigas talaga ulo namin as coaches to not focus on him,” he quipped.

It was another balanced scoring outing for the Tamaraws with Russel Escoto leading the way with 11 points. Both Tolomia and Smart Elite ambassador Mac Belo had 10 markers each with the latter adding 10 boards.

As stated earlier, Pape Sarr grabbed a huge double-double with 26 points and 22 boards in 33 minutes of action. He was 7/17 from the field and was 12/16 from the foul stripe. Smart Elite ambassador Dawn Ochea is still on a bad run in scoring just 2 points on 1/7 shooting.

Both team’s shot poorly with the victors having a 33% shooting clip while the opposition shot 26%.

FEU (5-1) are now the league leaders in the standings as they will round up their first round of elimination against UST on October 7 while Adamson is still winless in six games and looks to finally win this season against UP, on October 4.

The Scores:
FEU (64) – Escoto Ru. 11, Tolomia 10, Belo 10, Pogoy 9, Inigo 8, Jose 5, Arong 4, Tamsi 3, Orizu 2, Escoto Ri. 2, Dennison 0, Ebona 0, Holmqvist K. 0, Holmqvist S. 0, Trinidad 0.
AdU (60) – Sarr 26, Nalos 9, Tungcab 7, Escalambre 6, Ng 2, Ochea 2, Garcia 2, Bernardo 2, Margallo 2, Polican 2, Camacho 0, Villanueva 0.
Quarterscores: 13-11, 27-20, 48-45, 64-60.

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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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