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Teodoro game-winner saves the day for JRU



Guard, Tey Teodoro starred for the Jose Rizal University (JRU) Heavy Bombers, as his go-ahead one-hander with 1.9 seconds left were enough to send them at third place over Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws, 71-69, in the 2015 FilOil-Flying V Hanes Premier Cup, Sunday afternoon at the FilOil-Flying V Arena in San Juan City.

It was a low-scoring affair in the curtain-raising quarter, with both teams starting slow in the offensive end. Both squads found themselves still in a 6-all knot with less than four minutes to go, but JRU went to a 10-6 lead with 1:50 on the clock after back-to-back baskets from Abdel Poutouochi and Paolo Pontejos. FEU Guard, Monbert Arong, sank a jumper to end the quarter trailing by two, 10-8.

JRU opened the second quarter widening the gap to seven, 15-8. FEU, with Arong, Raymar Jose, and Ron Dennison chipping in baskets, sparked an 8-2 run to inch closer, 17-16, with 5:40 to go. The Heavy Bombers, meanwhile, got boosts from Teodoro, Pontejos, and Ervin Gorospe to sprint towards an 11-5 run to close the first half ahead by seven, 28-21.

The Heavy Bombers, in the third canto, were able to post their biggest lead, 40-25, in the 5:27 mark. The Tamaraws were able to trim JRU’s lead to just eight, 42-34, with less than three minutes left, but JRU re-established their double-digit lead, 46-35, six seconds after the two-minute mark. FEU ended the quarter by scoring five more points capped by an Arong layup to head to the fourth down by seven, 47-40.

The Tamaraws surged back on in the final frame, converting their press defense to baskets that trimmed JRU’s lead gradually. Lagging 56-46, FEU, through Dennison, Jose, and Achie Iñigo, closed by just two, 58-56, with 3:34 in the game. JRU took care of the lead, pushing it to 65-59, but the Tamaraws splurged to a 10-4 run to tie, 69-all, after a Mike Tolomia triple with 11.6 seconds to go. But, it was JRU who had the last laugh, as Teodoro sank a leaner with 1.9 seconds to go to lift JRU up, 71-69. Tolomia put up a half-court heave, but his shot went too far, thus sealing the win for JRU.

Assistant Coach, Cholo Villanueva, who took place of Head Coach, Vergel Meneses, was all praises for the feisty Teodoro. “He just wanted the big moment,” said he.

When asked if their third-place finish in the tourney is a big achievement for JRU, Villanueva shared that it is something that they can carry to the real battle, in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). “It is an achievement, and it is one step closer to our goal, and that is to win the NCAA championship.”

Teodoro led all scorers with 23 points, while Gorospe and Pontejos backed him up with 14 and 11 points respectively. Achie Iñigo had 14 markers to lead FEU, who played without their Head Coach, Nash Racela, and top three players in Mac Belo, Russel Escoto, and Roger Pogoy.

The Scores:

JRU 71 – Teodoro 23, Gorospe 14, Pontejos 11, Abdulwahab 9, Poutouochi 7, Dela Paz 3, Sanchez 3, Aurin 1, Dela Virgen 0, Balagtas 0.

FEU 69 – Iñigo 14, Arong 13, Tolomia 8, Jose 7, Dennison 7, Orizu 6, Trinidad 6, Tamsi 6, Escoto 2, Bienes 0, Delos Santos 0, Comboy 0, Roxas 0, Holmqvist 0.




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AJ Mandani sparks Singapore in win over Joshua Munzon-led Westsports



Back to his role as the sixth man of the Slingers after two games, AJ Mandani provided the firepower needed by Singapore in a fourth quarter surge to stop the Westsports Malaysia Dragons, 93-85, Sunday afternoon at the MABA Stadium in Malaysia.

The win arrested the Slingers’ two-game losing streak, raising their slate to 6-6. Westsports, a team coming off a two-game winning streak that included a 91-87 win over Mikey Williams and the Saigon Heat last January 18, fell to 3-5.

Struggling in the first three quarters, Mandani six of his eight points in the final frame. And those points were povital in fending off Westsports.

With Singapore clinging to a solitary point lead early in the fourth quarter, the Filipino-Canadian scored four straight points 8-0 run to gain a 74-67 lead with under seven minutes left. Another basket by Mandani followed it up with a breakaway layup with with 5:18 remaining to give Singapore an 81-72 cushion.

Filipino exports Joshua Munzon and Patrick Cabahug tried to rally the home team back as a triple by the latter cut the lead down to just three with 1:40 on the clock. Big buckets by Delvin Goh and Chris Charles sealed off the Malaysia-based club team.

Munzon went just 5-for-18 from the field to finish with 15 points, seven rebounds, and three steals. Cabahug chipped in eight points on 3-for-4 shooting off the bench.

Xavier Alexander led Singapore with 33 points while Charles tallied a double-double with 25 points and 13 rebounds to go along with three swats. Singaporean Goh had 16 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.

Marcus Marshall paced Westsports with 22 points, playing all 40 minutes as fellow World Import AJ West had a tough outing.

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Impervious Lady Chiefs stay perfect after sweep of Lady Pirates



The Arellano University Lady Chiefs extended their winning streak to 17, dating back to last season, after clobbering the Lyceum of the Philippines Lady Pirates, 25-16, 25-17, 25-11, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The defending champions were unrelenting, with four Lady Chiefs scoring in double-digits. Rookie Necole Ebuen powered in 11 points. Third-year open hitter Regine Arocha and Arellano’s middle blockers Mary Anne Esguerra and Andrea Marzan each provided 10 markers.

Conversely, no Lady Pirate managed to score in double-figures.

“Maganda naman talaga ang nilalaro ng mga bata. Lahat kasi kami determinado na makakuha ulet ng championship. Alam nila (Lady Chiefs) na kailangan pataas nang pataas ang ginagalaw namin,” said Arellano head coach Obet Javier.

The Lady Chiefs also limited their errors to a season-best 16, while the Lady Pirates surrendered 24 miscues.

Christine Miralles and Monica Sevilla each supplied the struggling Lyceum with eight point apiece.

The Lady Chiefs will look for their sixth win of the season when they face the red-hot University of Perpetual Help System DALTA (4-1) on Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre. The Lady Pirates (1-4) take on the undefeated San Beda College (4-0) on Wednesday also at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Scores

AU (3) – Ebuen 11, Arocha 10, Esguerra 10, Marzan 10, Prado 3, Ramirez 3, Liu 2, Balanoba 1, Donato 1, Verutiao 0, Buemia (L), Flores (L)

LPU (0) – Miralles 8, Sevilla 8, Juanilla 7, Patio 4, Genova 1, Romanban 0, Bongabong 0, Marcella (L)

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Late whistle costs San Beda against Sousse, drops Red Lions to 0-2



23 for 2023 cadet Robert Bolick is averaging 27.5 points per game in the tournament

After struggling to close out the UAE National Team in their opener last Friday, the San Beda College Red Lions figured in a late judgment call that did not fall into their favor, Saturday at the Shabab Al Ahli Club in Dubai. Due to this, the defending NCAA Champions lost to Tuniasian club team Sousse, 78-79.

With the loss, the Red Lions fell to a 0-2 hole in the 29th Dubai Basketball Championship. But the record does not reflect how the Filipinos played.

Robert Bolick, who scored 28 points against the UAE National Team, led the charge for San Beda in their second outing with 27 points. Fellow 23 for 2023 cadet Javee Mocon added 11 points and seven rebounds.

Sousse — the second-best club team in Tunisia, who boasts four national team players and an American import — led by as much as 10 points, 70-60 in the final frame.

Fired up by the Filipinos who stormed the venue, the Red Lions answered right back with an 18-8 run capped by a booming Bolick triple with six ticks left to gain a 78-76 lead.

However, a foul was called on a Red Lion on a three-point attempt by a Sousse player. He calmly sank all three free throws with 1.5 seconds remaining to seal the win.

Donald Tankoua had eight points and 13 rebounds as he was saddled with foul trouble all throughout the game.

The Tunisian club team was paced by Radzhouane Slimane with 18 points, while Ibrahim Nadarri and Joshua Cassady had 13 markers each.

San Beda will have a one-day break before taking on Moroccan club team Al Sale on Monday, January 22.

The Scores:

San Beda 78 – Bolick 27, Mocon 11, Tankoua 8, Noah 8, Toba 6, Soberano 6, Prebitero 4, Tongco 4, Bahio 2, Carino 2, Oftana 0, Adamos 0.

Sousse 79 – Slimane 18, Naddari 13, Cassady 13, Mouhli 11, Knioua 9, Toumi 8, Monastiri 4, Gaddour 3.

Quarterscores: 23-17, 36-39, 57-62, 78-79.

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Perpetual overpowers JRU to keep pace for Final Four



Strutting their decisive height and power advantage, the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Lady Altas slammed the Jose Rizal University Lady Bombers, 25-21, 22-25, 25-14, 25-21, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Lady Altas were still heavy-handed with their errors, surrendering 35 miscues, including 12 in the second set — the only frame they lost.

The Las Piñas-based program, however, kept a scorching offensive pace, bombarding the Lady Bombers with six blocks and 12 aces. JRU had just five points combined from those categories.

“Mataas pa talaga ‘yung tendency ng mga bata mamigay ng mga puntos. Sabi ko nga hindi kami mananalo kung tutulungan pa namin ‘yung kalaban maka-score,” rued Perpetual head coach Michael Cariño.

“Pero, unti-unte namang gumaganda ‘yung galaw ng mga bata. Lahat naman ng pagkukulang nila, tinatrabaho namin para maayos sa ensayo,” the champion mentor added.

Perpetual’s six-foot-three middle blocker Lourdes Clemente towered over the Lady Bombers with a season-high 19 points which included 14 attacks, two blocks, and three aces. Winger Cindy Imbo added 15 points.

Rookie Dolly Versoza paced the Lady Bombers with a game-high 21 points, while captain Shola Alvarez managed 15.

The Lady Altas (4-1) take on the undefeated defending champs Arellano University (5-0) on Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre. The Lady Bombers (2-3) face the College of Saint Benilde (3-1) on Wednesday, also at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Scores

UPHSD (3) – Clemente 19, Imbo 15, Sangalang 8, Llorente 7, Tripoli 7, Gual 6, Versoza 2, Umandal 1, Estanislao 0, Medalla (L)

JRU (1) – Versoza 21, Alvarez 15, Ebuenga 5, Montojo 2, Rivera 2, Sibangan 1, Bodiongan 0, Macaraya (L)

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