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Teodoro’s heroics helps JRU survive Grey’s career-high, Benilde



Tey Teodoro keeps the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers in the Final Four race!

In a highly intense game that went down the wire, Teytey Teodoro once again came up clutch as his team’s closer and pull off a 73-69 victory against the College of Saint Benilde Blazers at the Filoil Flying V Arena on Tuesday afternoon.

Despite missing early attempts from the perimeter, the Blazers tasted a minimal lead at 7-6 with JR Ongteco drilling two free throws. The first quarter was tight with Jonathan Grey and Teytey Teodoro leading their respective teams scoring-wise. The Blazers’ defense also stood tall that limited jumpers from the JRU as the Bombers went cold in the first quarter points. JRU entered double-digit scoring at the 1:42 mark of the first with Abdel Poutouchi making two baskets underneath and eventually help his squad to tie the game at 12 at the end of the first ten minutes of action.

CSB opened up the second quarter on a hot start with an 8-0 run capped by a triple by Grey. The Blazers were also crashing the boards and making the extra passes on their plays to extend their second quarter rally. Meanwhile, Teodoro’s reinsertion aided JRU as he snapped a cold start of his team to the second quarter with a three point play off a fastbreak lay in and trim CSB’s lead to 25-20 with a little over five minutes to go.

With JRU’s one-two punch of Paolo Pontejos and Teodoro fielded in, the duo ignited JRU’s fight back in the second quarter as they built a 13-2 run in the middle of the quarter to take the lead. Despite Grey’s 17 points at the end of one half, JRU held a three point edge after the first half as they shot a better 48% clip compared to CSB’s 33% in addition to more paint points, 18-10.

The level of intensity notched a level with the offensive exchange showcased by the two teams. CSB clogged the paint defensively but they had a hard time barging into the slim two-point lead of JRU during the opening minutes of the second. The Heavy Bombers responded to the baskets put up by the Blazers to retain their lead as Marco Balagtas nailed a wide open jumper to extend the lead to 46-40 halfway into the third.

Afterwards, Grey was still scoring for his squad as a triple during a 10-2 response gave Benilde the lead once again. However, Teodoro, Pontejos and Grospe scored the quarter’s last six points as JRU retake the lead at 57-52 at the end of 30 minutes of play. Fast forward after another intense exchange of baskets in the final period, Benilde rallied behind Grey’s career game together with JJ Domingo’s bank shot three to tie the game at 64 with 4:17 left.

Four more points added by JRU answered another triple by Grey to make it a 68-67 match entering the dying minutes of regulation. Grey missed a top of a key triple attempt and suffered from cramps after and eventually had to sit out the last minute of the game. After successive exchanges, Teodoro split his free throws, but had a crucial steal in the last 15 seconds and convert it to a layup en route to the two-possession lead and ice the game.

“Ang JRU, lagi naman nasa situation na yan,” Vergel Meneses said after the game. “I just tell my players pag gusto niyo maglaro, okay lang sa akin, pag hindi, okay lang din,” he said about how he keeps his players motivated even with a slim chance of going back to the Final Four. “The more I put pressure on them, di kakayanin ng mga bata.”

The Heavy Bombers were led by Tey Teodoro’s 17 markers. Even in shooting just 5/13 from the field, the Smart Elite ambassador was clutch. He added six boards, three assists, and two steals. Paolo Pontejos and Abdoul Poutouochi both added 13 points each as well with the latter grabbing 15 rebounds as well.

For the losing team, Jonathan Grey had a career-high 34 points. He was 11/20 from the field and 7/8 from the charity stripe. He also grabbed seven boards and dished out four dimes. JR Ongteco complemented the effort with 10 points and 8 rebounds.

The JRU Heavy Bombers (8-6) will face the league-leading Letran Knights on Friday, September 18 at 4:00pm while the CSB Blazers (3-11) have the Perpetual Altas as their next assignment on the same day at 12:00nn.

The Scores:
JRU (73) – Teodoro 17, Pontejos 13, Poutouochi 13, Balagtas 10, Grospe 10, Sanchez 4, Abdulwahab 3, Estrella 2, Dela Paz 1, Lasquety 0, Cruz 0, Dela Virgen 0.
CSB (69) – Grey 34, Ongteco 10, Domingo JJ 9, Deles 7, Jonson 3, Nayve 3, Fajarito 3.
Quarterscores: 12-12, 35-32, 57-52, 73-69

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After getting first D-League experience, Zark’s-Lyceum ready to get loose



After a hesitant performance in their PBA D-League debut last Thursday that resulted in a loss to the Marinerong Pilipino Skippers, the Zark’s Burger-Lyceum Jawbreakers seemingly caught up with the league’s style of play on Tuesday.

Zark’s-Lyceum displayed their true form and stamped their class all over the Batangas-EAC Generals with a 37-point destruction, 112-75 — so far the biggest winning margin the franchise has ever had in its D-League history.

“Medyo adjusted na kami on everything — the calls and the teams we’re playing against with,” said Zark’s-Lyceum head coach Topex Robinson after the match at Pasig Sports Center. “But the things we want to mind are those things we control.

“We just have to keep on doing what we are doing. It’s more on replenishing na lang on our old ways.”

Robinson’s claim was strongly backed up by the numbers that the Jawbreakers produced.

CJ Perez had 21 points and 10 rebounds. MJ Ayaay produced 15 points and 10 boards, and Mike Nzeusseu delivered 14 markers and 11 boards.

Even the bench made their presence felt in the victory. With guard Jaycee Marcelino spearheading the supporting cast’s charge with 12 markers, the bench contributed a remarkable 56 points to their total output.

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“Ano lang, cinontrol lang namin yung pace kasi yun naman talaga yung laro namin, yung mabilisan,” said the 24-year-old do-it-all forward, who also collected three steals.

“Kailangan talaga mabilisan para ma-execute namin yung mga ginagawa namin.”

This week will be a rough one for the Pirates, as they will play right away this Thursday against the AMA Online Education. And for Perez, he strongly believes that they will be able to carry over their momentum.

“Oo. Nandun pa. Energy talaga yung puhunan namin para makalaro ng maayos.”

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Bonbon Batiller shows what he can bring to Letran in D-League debut



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Tuesday proved to be a double debut for Bonbon Batiller. Aside from beginning his first foray in the PBA D-League, it also marked his debut for the Letran Knights, who are carrying the Wang’s Basketball Couriers franchise.

And the 5-foot-11 guard showed what he can bring to the table. Batiller collected 15 points, five rebounds, and three assists to help the Knights raise the curtains of their campaign with a 93-75 rout of the Batangas-EAC Generals.

“Nagworkout yung pinagpraktisan namin,” said Batiller. “Nagbunga rin yung tinuro samin ni Coach Jeff (Napa) lalo sa depensa. Tsaka siguro sa rebounds — laking lamang namin sa rebound. Nagsipag mga bigs namin.”

But what has him even more satisfied is the warm reception and trust he’s had from the Knights, even if he has spent barely a year with them after transferring from University of the East last 2017.

“Masaya po kasi tinanggap nila ako sa Letran ng buong-buo,” said Batiller, who normed 10.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.6 steals with UE in two years. “Tsaka yung tiwala nila na makakatulong ako sa team nandoon.

“Kaya masaya ako sa pinakita nila sa akin.”

That is why the General Santos native is hard-pressed to prove himself to Letran, saying that he’s all about giving back to the school that gave him another opportunity to resume his young, up-and-coming basketball career.

“Kailangan kong may mapatunayan na deserving ako sa binigay na second chance sa akin ni Letran,” said Batiller, who decided to switch schools partly due to academic reasons.

“Malaki ang utang ko sa Letran.”

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Bienvenido Maranon scores brace as Ceres-Negros eliminates Brisbane Roar



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Philippine club football just achieved its biggest continental result yet

The inaugural Philippines Football League champions Ceres-Negros Football Club eliminated three-time Australian champions Brisbane Roar in the 2018 AFC Champions League’s second preliminary round with a 3-2 stunner, away at the QSAC Stadium in Brisbane.

With the win, the 2017 AFC Cup ASEAN Zonal Champions are set to face Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian next January 30, 2018 at the Haihe Educational Football Stadium in Tianjin, China, to book a seat in the group stages.

Brisbane were the favorites for this tie and it showed, as Ceres started the contest on the back foot. Italian striker Massimo Maccarone handed the home side the lead in the 35th minute when he turned in Brett Holman’s pass.

Maccarone’s goal could have lowered the Busmen’s moral, but Risto Vidakovic’s men took it as a motivation rather than a downer. In fact, Ceres replied in the best way possible when Bienvenido Maranon scored his first goal of the match two minutes from halftime, thanks to a scramble in the Brisbane box.

By all accounts, Ceres had already made Philippine football proud at halftime. By this stage last year, Brisbane had accrued a 4-0 halftime cushion against Global Cebu en route to a 6-0 rout.

Today, though, Brisbane faced tougher resistance at Ceres’ hands. That resistance turned into a full-fledged revolt in the 65th minute when Maranon directed the ball past a helpless Jamie Young to give the Busmen their first taste of the lead.

Maranon’s goal well and truly turned the tide in Ceres’ favor. Brisbane were stunned. The home side are the defending A-League champions, but are currently eighth in the table this season and would soon face elimination from Asia’s premier club competition.

Already up 2-1, the Busmen finally achieved some breathing room in the 75th minute when Omid Nazari scored from close range to give Ceres a two-goal cushion over Brisbane.

Nazari’s goal not only sealed the win for Ceres, it also propelled Philippine football into the big leagues. Not even a late goal from French midfielder Éric Bauthéac could prevent the Busmen’s victory.

After five minutes of stoppage time, Ceres emerged 3-2 winners against Brisbane Roar. Come what may against Tianjin seven days from now, the Busmen have already achieved Philippine football’s biggest result since their own achievement in last season’s AFC Cup.

Who knows? Maybe Ceres can pull off another upset?

Ceres-Negros XI: Doblas (GK), Super, Mike Ott, Ingreso, Maranon, Porteria, Schrock, De Murga (C), Munoz, Nazari, Christaens.

Brisbane Roar XI: Ingham, Bowles, Papadopoulos, Maccarone, Holman, Khalfallah, Oxborrow, McKay (C), Hingert, Young (GK), Franjic.

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CJ Perez, Zark’s-Lyceum vent ire on Batangas-EAC with 37-point romp



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CJ Perez and the Zark’s Burger-Lyceum Jawbreakers finally lived up to their hype, as they clobbered the Batangas-EAC Generals to score a 37-point beatdown, 112-75 for their first win, Tuesday at the Pasig Sports Center.

It was an all-out attack from the Jawbreakers, as they beat the Generals to the bite and took control of the game early, with Mike Nzeusseu and Jaycee Marcelino guiding their side to the 48-33 lead at halftime which they would never surrender.

Perez paced Zark’s Burger-Lyceum with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while MJ Ayaay tallied a double-double with his 15 markers, 10 boards, and three assists.

Cameroonian student-athlete Nzeusseu also delivered 14 points, 11 rebounds, and two assists. Marcelino had eight first half points and wound up with 12 off the bench, as the reserves chipped in 56 huge points in the tussle.

Coach Topex Robinson lauded the Jawbreakers for quickly adjusting to the style of the PBA D-League just days after falling to the Marinerong Pilipino, 92-94, back in opening day.

“Medyo adjusted na kami on everything — the calls and the teams were playing against with. But the things we want to mind are those things we control. We just have to keep on doing what we are doing. It’s more on replenishing na lang on our old ways,” he said.

Earvin Mendoza and Cedric de Joya both had 16 points for the Generals in the losing effort.

Zark’s-Lyceum look to continue to roll when they face the AMA Online Education Titans on Thursday, January 25. EAC-Batangas, on the other hand, take on the Gamboa-St. Clare Coffee Lovers on Monday, January 29.

The Scores:

Zark’s-Lyceum 112 — Perez 21, Ayaay 15, Nzeusseu 14, Jc. Marcelino 12, Serrano 10, Baltazar 8, Santos 8, Jv. Marcelino 6, Tansingco 6, Marata 4, Liwag 4, Ibañez 2, Cinco 2, Pretta 0.

Batangas-EAC 75 — E. Mendoza 16, De Joya 16, Tampoc 12, Laude 9, Pate 8, Maguliano 6, Altamirano 5, Diego 3, Garcia 0, Dela Peña 0, Martin 0, J. Mendoza 0, Neri 0.

Quarterscores: 19-14, 48-33, 84-47, 112-75.

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