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Teng leads DLSU, crushes UST’s playoff hopes

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Fighting for their playoff lives, the undermanned UST Growling Tigers fought defending UAAP champions De La Salle University tooth and claw for 40 minutes, before ultimately costing themselves a win through haphazard ball handling and shoddy rebounding, dropping their game, 67-60 on September 6 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

UST played the game without key players Louie Vigil, who was lost to suspension after earning two unsportsmanlike fouls and star forward Kevin Ferrer who is out indefinitely with a broken hand.

UST’s 5-7 record eliminates them from Final Four contention. La Salle can secure a Final Four berth with a win against UE next Wednesday, September 10.

The La Salle’s offense was carried by Jeron Teng’s performance on the line. Despite shooting just 1/6 from the field, Teng put up seven points in the opening period buoyed by a perfect 5/5 performance from the charity stripe. Jason Perkins dominated the glass for La Salle grabbing six rebounds in the quarter contributing to a 14-8 advantage for the Green Archers on the glass.

Despite strong performances from Teng and Perkins, UST would win the quarter behind strong team basketball. Five different players scored for the Growling Tigers and five of their seven field goals were assisted. UST also shot a scorching 3/7 from the three point arc.

La Salle rookie, Prince Rivero had a chance to give the Green Archers the lead in the dying seconds of the first quarter after drawing a foul on Kim Lo on a three point attempt but missed all three free throw attempts.

La Salle guards Kib Montalbo and Julian Sargent picked up the offense after Teng picked up his third foul midway through the second quarter, combining for 10 points in the quarter. Sargent hit on both his three point attempts, accounting for all of La Salle’s three pointers in the half.

Despite facing the most imposing front court in the UAAP, Karim Abdul found his rhythm scoring seven points in the period, tallying nine by halftime. Rangy forward Kent Lao hit all three of his three point attempts for an efficient nine points in ten minutes.
UST led 34-30 at the half.

Jeron Teng took control of the game in the second half, scoring 17 of his game high 26 after the halftime break. Much of his offense was powered by his sublime 14/17 performance at the free throw line.

UST kept pace with La Salle in the third quarter behind the career efforts of Ed Daquioag and Kent Lao who scored 19 and 14 points respectively. Daquioag overcame ‘concussion-like symptoms’ after taking an elbow to the face from Kib Montalbo in a loose ball situation. Daquiaog hit a career-high three 3-point attempts after making just three three pointers all season.

The final quarter was a nightmare period for the Growling Tigers, seeing their chance at a repeat trip to the playoffs literally slip through their hands totalling 8 turnovers in the quarter, five of which were registered by center Abdul.

Green Archer center Arnold Van Opstal came alive in the payoff period, scoring 10 points and playing crucial defense against Abdul. Van Opstal erased UST’s final lead with a driving scoop lay up around Karim Abdul with 2:15 left in the game. After an empty possession from UST, Jeron Teng split a pair of free throws to give La Salle a lead they would not relinquish. Abdul travelled on the ensuing possession to seal the game for the Green Archers.

La Salle head coach Juno Sauler lauded his defense, attributing the win to their mettle on that end of the floor.

“We wanted to focus on their scorers like Aljon Marino and Karim Abdul. We were able to pull this out because of our defense. Abdul shot 2/12 and Aljon 3/15.”

“More than what Arnold contributed on offense, what was more important was rotating and helping out on Abdul.”

Looking ahead to Wednesday’s crucial match up against UE, Coach Sauler had this to say, “We just want to play well on Wednesday [against UE]. We only have a couple of games left, we need to get the most out of those couple of opportunities. Whatever happens, sometimes we need to accept that things are out of our control.”

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Renzo Subido to bring Marinerong Pilipino experience to UST

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When Renzo Subido decided to skip out the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers’ UAAP Season 80 campaign, he had only one thing in mind: to improve on his craft. And he was able to do so under coach Koy Banal in the Marinerong Pilipino Skippers.

After the AMA Online Education Titans had a quick end to their campaign during the 2017 Foundation Cup, the 5-foot-9 floor general was immediately picked up by Marinerong Pilipino for the playoffs. Liking his style of play, he was again tapped for the 2018 Aspirants Cup.

And he showed a lot of growth from then, leading the Skippers to a 94-92 victory over fellow contenders Zark’s Jawbreakers. The 21-year-old tallied 20 points, three rebounds, and five assists while knocking down the crucial free throws to seal off the Lyceum-backed team.

“It was a good win for us. We’re happy that we won the game because it’s a good way to start the conference,” beamed Subido. “I’ve played against Lyceum in the past so I had familiarity with how they play.

“It was a good experience for us.”

Expectations are high for Marinerong Pilipino this conference as they are pegged as their blend of veterans and young guns are seen too overwhelming for the rest of the field. Still, Subido knows that it will be a tough climb as the other teams, especially the collegiate-based squads, have familiarity on their side.

“We’re taking it one game at a time but the goal is to win the championship,” he said. “But we know that it’s not going to be easy since we are going up against the top collegiate teams.

“So we’re just going to go all out every game.”

Besides winning the championship, Subido is on a personal mission. Being one of the seniors for the Growling Tigers next season, he hopes to learn to become a better leader for next season.

“I want to become a better leader. I know that everything I can learn this conference, I can bring to UST,” Subido expressed.

“For all I can see, coach Aldin [Ayo] is a guard-oriented coach. So I’m using all the experience I get here in Marinero, I’ll bring it to UST.”

For sure, Subido wants to make up for lost time.

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KIA signs Carlo Lastimosa

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After being released by the NLEX Road Warriors during the off-season, gunner Carlo Lastimosa has found a new home.

KIA Picanto team governor Bobby Rosales confirmed to Tiebreaker Times Thursday evening that they have tapped Carlo Lastimosa for the rest of the PBA Philippine Cup campaign.

“Yes,” Rosales confirmed in a text message.

Lastimosa, a two-time All-Star, averaged 8.8 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in his one-year stay with the Road Warriors. Coach Yeng Guiao cited that NLEX already had too many guards that resulted to Lastimosa’s release.

The product of College of Saint Benilde was drafted as the 20th overall pick in the 2013 Rookie Draft by Barako Bull. A year later, he was traded to the Blackwater Elite for Brian Heruala.

The 27-year-old is set to make his debut on Saturday when the Picanto take on the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.

The Kia Picanto are in the midst of a 16-game losing streak.

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Marinerong Pilipino withstands furious Zark’s rally to open season on high note

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The Marinerong Pilipino Skippers averted a collapse and held off the Zark’s Burger-Lyceum Jawbreakers to come away with the 94-92 thriller to open the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Losing hold of a 17-point edge, 56-39 with 7:57 left in the third frame, the Skippers survived the furious rally from the Jawbreakers in the clutch as Mike Nzeusseu and CJ Perez missed their three-pointers in the final minute before Rian Ayonayon and Renzo Subido sealed off the win for their side at the charity stripe

Subido topscored for Marinerong Pilipino with 20 points, five assists, and three rebounds, while Ayonayon unleashed 15 markers, three boards, and two dimes in the early battle between the two contenders.

Gab Banal also registered a double-double of 14 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, and four steals against his 10 turnovers in the win, while Papot Paredes got 12 of his 14 markers in the first half to help the Skippers establish control at halftime.

Victorious as Marinerong Pilipino maybe in the marquee matchup, coach Koy Banal refused to brand his side as the undisputed team-to-beat, noting: “This win means nothing. We need to keep on working get better every day because everybody will now prepare for us.”

Banal also lauded top rookie picks Alvin Pasaol and Abu Tratter, who were both fielded in the second half and stepped up to help the Skippers’ cause.

“Those guys have been with us since January 2 lang, and pretty much, medyo nangangapa pa sila sa sistema. But good thing is that they were able to deliver especially when their number were called,” he said.

The Skippers used a huge 12-0 run to end the second quarter to grab a 47-35 halftime lead, which further ballooned to 17, 56-39 in the third quarter.

Jaycee Marcelino paced Zark’s Burger-Lyceum with 20 points, four rebounds, and three assists in the loss, while Perez had 19 markers and five assists.

Earlier, PBA officer-in-charge Willie Marcial and PBA vice chairman Dickie Bachmann of Alaska graced the opening ceremonies, which was made special thanks to league newcomer Mila’s Lechon.

Marinerong Pilipino looks to sustain the momentum it gained in this game when it faces the Akari-Adamson Falcons on Thursday, January 25 at 5:00pm. Zark’s Burgers, on the other hand, takes on the Batangas-EAC Generals on Tuesday, January 23 at 4:00pm.

The Scores:

Marinerong Pilipino 94 – Subido 20, Ayonayon 15, Paredes 14, Banal 14, Robles 10, Tolentino 4, Tratter 4, Pasaol 4, Terso 3, Lopez 2, Inigo 2, Babilonia 2, Toth 0.

Zark’s 92 – Marcelino JC 20, Perez 19, Nzeusseu 18, Ayaay 11, Ibanez 6, Marcelino JV 6, Cinco 5, Tansingco 3, Santos 2, Pretta 2, Marata 0, Liwag 0

Quarterscores: 17-19, 47-34, 69-58, 94-92

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Pirates notch first win at struggling Knights’ expense

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After floundering in their first three games, the Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates broke into the win column after trouncing the Colegio San Juan de Letran Knights, 20-25, 27-25, 25-20, 25-22, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Pirates, after a sluggish start, got the best of their Intramuros neighbors by limiting their miscues in the latter three sets. According to head coach Emil Lontoc, Lyceum needed every bit of momentum they gained in their rousing win in the second set.

“Nabuhayan sila (Pirates) ng loob noong makalusot kami noong second set,” Lontoc said. “Mababa ‘yung nilaro namin nung simula tapos medyo struggle pa din noong sumunod na set. Pero nakabangon din. Crucial ‘yun kasi baka hindi na kami naka-angat kung natalo pa kami noong second set.”

The Pirates delivered three of their four aces in the final set to close the match. They also shored up their reception, finishing at 38 percent, after an atrocious start.

Jhonel Badua topped the Pirates with 19 points while Joeward Presnede added 14.

Lyceum (1-3) takes on the undefeated Arellano University (4-0) on Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Paul John Alilio and Bobby Gatdula each provided Letran with 19 points. Christopher Cistina managed 11 markers.

Letran (0-4) aims for their first win against rivals San Beda College (3-1) on Monday.

The Scores

LPU (3) – Badua 19, Presnede 14, Lajara 9, Ilano 7, Samonte 5, Uy 5, Rubio (L)

CSJL (1) – Alilio 19, Gatdula 19, Cistina 11, Almoguerra 3, Ladeon 3, Dizon 2, Domingo 2, Brioso 0, Tumbali 0, Centeno (L), Timbreza (L)

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