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Ten-man Global FC survives Kaya FC; finishes in second place



Just as Kaya FC was about to steal the full points, Global FC put on the finishing touches on a dramatic 3-1 win to secure the coveted runner-up finish at the 2015 United Football League (UFL) Division I action, Saturday evening at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.

Global responded well in the early part of the match from the pressure that was imposed by the earlier victory of Loyola Meralco Sparks.

The blue-shirts turned to their fast-paced offense to catch the Kaya defense off guard. At the very first minute of the game, the fastest recorded goal in the league was made by Paolo Salenga. The U23 Azkal slotted a loose ball from a missed clearance of Kaya’s defense for the go-ahead goal. The away side kept up this intensity and at the fourth minute, Kaya’s Junior Muñoz fouled a rushing Misagh Bahadoran inside the box, conceding a penalty kick. Izo Elhabib was denied on the ensuing spot kick by Kaya custodian Nicholas O’Donnell; but in the following play, Jason De Jong connected to Bahadoran, who headed it into the back of the net to double the lead for Global FC.

Kaya FC then settled down and put their imprint on the match. Kenshiro Daniels picked off from his stellar performance in their last outing with good passes into their attacking third. The home side had their closest chance at the 35th minute from Jovin Bedic off a pass from Daniels in the middle of the top of the box, but Bedic was not able to launch an attempt. Despite the offensive spell from the opponents, Global FC held their fort against the onslaught. The halftime whistle sounded with the blue-shirts leading 2-0.

At the turn of the second half, Global started the way they executed in the first 15 minutes of the match. At the 50th minute, substitute OJ Clarino found some space at the left flank, but he was timely tackled before he could put the ball into the dangerous area. A buildup at the 55th minute ensued as De Jong connected to Elhabib, who sent the ball to Clarino. The former University of Santo Tomas skipper was once again denied by the Kaya defense.

Not wanting to give up, Kaya again regrouped and turned the defensive intensity to an attempt on putting something on the scoreboard. After winning the ball in the previous play, De Jong was called for a foul on a dangerous tackle on Bedic. To make things worse for Global FC, the former Azkal defender was sent off for receiving his second yellow card. With the man advantage, Kaya played with more urgency and was able to connect on their final third. At the 65th minute, Daniels tried to keep the ball inside the penalty area, but the defense cleared the ball out of danger. Fourteen minutes after, the winger headed the ball to his captain Louis Clark, who was running towards Global keeper Roland Sadia. Clark sent it back to Daniels, only for his shot to go off target.

Nevertheless, at the 83rd minute, the aggression paid off with a goal for Kaya FC. Tishan Hanley found himself with acres of space inside the box, and blasted the ball into the onion bag for his squad’s first and only goal of the match. The pressure from the yellow-shirts did not diminish as they tried to steal some points from Global FC.

The People’s Club sealed the deal in the final minute of stoppage time. Matt Hartmann stole the ball from the midfield, saw Hikaru Minegishi going towards the goal, and then passed the ball to the latter. The Japanese midfielder fired the ball pass the outstretched arms of O’Donnell for his team’s third and last point. The final whistle was sounded as Global celebrated with the 3-1 victory and the bridesmaid finish in the League.

Global Head Coach Leigh Manson was visibly pleased with his boys and attributed the win to raw emotion. “I think the boys showed the kind of spirit that we were missing in some of our games in this season.” Manson was also proud that his team showed character after losing stalwart De Jong, as they still managed to stay composed and end the match with the win. With the way they finished the league, the tactician expressed that, “I think we set ourselves up now nicely for the UFL Cup and the Singapore Cup. We’re on a bit of a roll now.”

On the other hand, Kaya Head Coach Fabien Lewis was optimistic despite ending the league season with a loss. Lewis believed that the way they were the better team in the second half. “My team [are the] better warriors and I am very proud of them.” When asked about what was next for Kaya, the gaffer exclaimed that they want to win the UFL Cup. Being the top-seeded team, his team will approach the Cup just the same as League. He added that, “We want to continue [to] be a footballing team. We want to be entertaining. We want to make sure we have cohesiveness. In a Cup, a level of cohesion is important.”

With the win, Global FC secured the runner-up finish of the 2015 UFL Division I tournament with 35 points off 10 wins and 5 draws. Meanwhile, Kaya FC is currently in fourth spot with 31 points, pending the results of the matches of Stallion FC tomorrow.


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Yeng Guiao denies using racial slur against Chris Ross



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’



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



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



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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