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Thompson’s triple double, Akhuetie’s 31 aid Perpetual in OT win over JRU

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In the first game of the last game day before the NCAA All-star break, the Perpetual Altas took care of business in overtime as they escaped the JRU Heavy Bombers, 86-83 on Tuesday afternoon at the Filoil Arena.

Carrying the hot streak after their miraculous comeback in their last outing, Teytey Teodoro scored his team’s first 6points as the game was poised to be played on a fast-paced tempo. On the other hand, former MVP Scottie Thompson made his noise early on despite being a game-time decision prior to this match. Perpetual had a 9-2 spurt in the middle of the period with their frontcourt doing a good job crashing the offensive glass.

Trailing 13-10 with 2 1/2 minutes left in the opening quarter, JRU fought back with eight straight points from the foul stripe with Paolo Pontejos converting six of it. The last stretch of the first slowed down due to both teams entering the penalty situation but a mini 5-0 run with a strong and-one play by Bright Akhuetie closed the first ten minutes tied at 18.

As the teams get their defensive games going, a tightly-contested second quarter featured a swarming lockdown on shooters from both squads. JRU fielded in a 3-guard lineup that paid dividends from the perimeter with Pontejos and Dave Sanchez finding their mark from outside while Teodoro played as the distributor.

The Heavy Bombers led by as much as seven nearing the tail-end of the first half at 34-27 but coming up huge are the Altas down the stretch as they countered six markers of their own. To cap off their surge, Prince Eze blocked Teodoro in the last play of the second quarter to keep them at bay and only trailing by a solitary point. By the end of the first 20 minutes of action, there were already four deadlocks and eight lead changes.

In the third quarter, JRU threatened to break the game wide open with Teodoro clicking from all cyclinders as the guard made a consistent effort of attacking the Altas’ defense. The Heavy Bombors also made free throws to build a 47-39 middle of the 3rd against Perpetual, who went blanking on long-ranged attempts.

Despite shooting a bad clip from the field, Thompson continued his role as a facilitator by piling up the assists for his teammates to counter and pile consecutive points for his team. They closed out the third frame with a 15-7 run as him and Akhuetie were responsible for the late rally to take the lead as well.

The lead kept on swinging in both sides with a good exchange of points from both teams opened up the final period of play. Fortunately for JRU, AJ Coronel made an unsportsmanlike foul that enabled the Bombers to make a 7-0 run that gave their squad another separation. Meanwhile, John Grospe kept on scoring from down low with great catches from his teammates and help JRU erect a 63-57 advantage with 5 minutes left.

After another exchange of baskets from both teams, JRU maintained to hang on the lead despite Akhuetie still salvaging some points for Perpetual. With a minute left, Thompson made a bad pass that hurt their chances of taking the lead. However, the Altas made a huge stop that led to a fastbreak completed by an 3-point play by John Ylagan from a dish by Akhuetie to give Perpetual a 72-70 lead with 17.6 ticks lect. In the next plays, Thompson split his free throws that led to the game-tying triple by Dave Sanchez from the right wing to tie the game at 73 and send it to an extension.

Sanchez made two key field goals to open the overtime period to give JRU a good head start. However, the deficit was quickly erased by Perpetual as the unstoppable duo of Thompson and Akhuetie did the damage offensively to take back the lead and cap an 85-81 lead with 34 seconds left. After an exchange of turnovers, Pontejos missed a triple as Thompson was taken out of the court due to back issues. Meanwhile, Elopre converted on a free throw to ice the game.

“Ang hirap kalaban [JRU] kasi ang daming shooter,” Coach Aric del Rosario quipped after the game. “Kahit nung dulo tumitira pa rin, mahirap bantayan.” The veteran coach also added that he was proud of how his boys responded in the closing seconds of the fourth and in overtime.

On Scottie Thompson’s injury, the coach remarked that Thompson wanted to play the game from the start. “’Basta makatakbo ako lalaro ako,’” Thompson said to his coach. However, his back has been a recurring for his star guard through the years. He was brought out of the game due to this and Thompson will most probably miss the All-Star Game on Friday.

The Altas were led by foreign student-athlete Bright Akhuetie’s 31 points. He also grabbed 12 rebounds, dished out three assists, stole the ball twice and blocked two shots. Smart Elite ambassador Scottie Thompson, before going out of the game with 5.8 ticks remaining in overtime, had his third triple-double of the season with 13 points, 13 rebounds, and 17 assists.

For the Heavy Bombers, Smart Elite ambassador Tey Teodoro top scored for his team with 28 big points on 8/16 shooting from the field and 9/10 form the charity stripe. Teodoro also had six rebounds, four assists, and two steals but committed four turnovers. Clutch Dave Sanchez had 11 points, five rebounds, and seven assists in the losing effort.

The UPHSD Altas finish the first round with a 7-2 slate while the JRU Heavy Bombers have a 5-4 slate.

The Scores:
UPHSD (86) – Akhuetie 31, Thompson 13, Ylagan 10, Coronel 10, Elopre 8, Eze 7, Dizon 2, Bantayan 2, Cabiltes 2, Oliveria 1, Tamayo 0, Gallardo 0, Sadiwa 0.
JRU (83) – Teodoro 0, Pontejos 14, Sanchez 11, Grospe 8, Poutouochi, 4, Cruz 4, Dela Virgen 3, Astilla 0, Estrella 0.
Quarterscores: 18-18, 33-34, 54-53, 73-73, 86-83.

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ONE Championship pledges to help Global Citizen in fight against poverty

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During the pre-fight showdown between the fighters main evening ONE Championship: Global Superheroes, the biggest mixed martial arts promotion in Asia also forged a partnership, Monday afternoon.

ONE, through chief executive officer and chariman, Chatri Sityodtong vowed to help Global Citizen in its fight to end poverty.

“It is with great excitement that I announce ONE Championship’s partnership with Global Citizen, an NGO with the goal of ending extreme poverty across the world by the year 2030,” said Sityodtong. “Just like Global Citizen, ONE Championship aims to inspire the people of the world to come together to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges.”

“We are thrilled to be joining forces with ONE Championship to bring Global Citizen to Asia. ONE Championship reaches millions of young people around the region and together we will engage them on issues that impact the entire world,” expressed Global Citizen co-founder Wei Soo. “Since we launched Global Citizen in 2012, over 13 million actions have been taken, and we are excited to drive more actions and increase our impact for the world’s most marginalized people through this partnership.”

Headquartered in New York with offices in Canada, Australia, Germany, and the United Kingdom, Global Citizen was founded in 2012 with the goal of building the largest platform where people can learn about issues, take action on what matters most, and join a global movement working to end extreme poverty by 2030. Since then, millions of Global Citizens around the world have taken over ten million actions, which includes millions of emails, tweets, petition signatures, and phone calls targeting world leaders to end extreme poverty by 2030.

To date, the actions by Global Citizen’s global community, along with its high-level advocacy efforts and various partners, have resulted in 130 commitments and policy announcements from leaders, including financial aid valued at over US $35-billion, that is set to affect the lives of over 1.3 billion people.

Also present in the launch were ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon Vera, ONE Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee, and former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang.

The partnership launching at ONE’s upcoming event in Manila, Philippines on Friday, January 26, will harness the power of ONE’s platform to engage millions of martial arts fans around the world to support initiatives and find solutions to the issues associated with extreme poverty.

Global Citizen and ONE will collaborate across 24 live ONE events scheduled in 2018, and various outreach activations throughout Asia. Fans will have the opportunity to take action and engage with specific policy areas including, education, food security, hunger and nutrition, global health, gender equality and empowerment.

“Our ONE Championship athletes embody the spirit of perseverance and many have risen through poverty through martial arts, inspiring millions of people around the world with their journey,” Sityodtong added. “Through our collaboration across all 24 of our live events scheduled in 2018, ONE Championship and Global Citizen aim to affect positive movement in our society.”

The first action ONE fans can take will be centred on global education. Fans will be able to call on donor countries such as Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, and India, to attend the Global Partnership for Education’s replenishment conference in Dakar, Senegal on February 2, 2018, and make a commitment to GPE to support better education for all. Currently, 264 million children around the world are missing out on an education.

Over half are girls, and over 75 million have had their schooling disrupted by conflict or natural disasters. At the replenishment conference, the GPE will raise much needed funds that will allow it to continue to support quality, inclusive education to hundreds of millions of children around the world.

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Unscathed Altas on another plane, hands Chiefs first loss

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Eighteen straight sets won

NCAA Men’s Volleyball powerhouse University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas showed no signs of letting up and crushed fellow erstwhile undefeated Arellano University Chiefs in just three sets, 25-14, 25-22, 25-17, to notch their sixth consecutive victory, Tuesday afternoon at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Skipper Jun Taneo scattered his quiet 13 points throughout the match to lead the Season 91 champions. Rookie Joebert Almodiel finished with 10 spikes.

The Altas edged out the opposition in all scoring skills and dominated them in the non-scoring ones to bag the win. Nonetheless, it was the uncharacteristic 34 errors from the Chiefs that ultimately caused their doom.

With expectations minimized at the start of the season, head coach Sammy Acaylar shared his pride on how his wards have been playing so far.

“Sabi ko nga, hindi ako satisfied sa team ko kasi maraming nawala. Pero dinaan ko sila sa force, sa discipline, sa training. And I always motivate them na everything will come into place,” the seasoned mentor shared.

Acaylar was pleased that what they trained on showed up in the game. “Nakita ko ‘yung galaw nila, almost perfect,” he ended beaming.

The now 6-0 Perpetual will try to seal another semifinals appearance as they battle fellow day winners Mapua University (3-2) on Tuesday, January 30.

John Cabillan rallied the tribe with 10 markers.

The Chiefs (5-1) and the San Beda College (4-1) will figure in an all-important battle on Friday.

The Scores:

UPHSD 3 – Taneo 13, Almodiel 10, Rosales 8, Ramos 6, Muhali 3, Solamilo 1, Catipay 0, Kalingking L.

AU 0 – Cabillan 10, Dela Paz 8, Segovia 5, Lapuz 4, Liberato J 3, Liberato K 1, Arellano T 0, Soriano 0, Domingo 0, Arellano K 0, Blanco L, Esguerra L.

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Tireless J-Jay Alejandro heads from D-League game to Gilas training

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Former NU Bulldogs captain J-Jay Alejandro was at the Pasig Sports Center Monday afternoon, making his debut for the Go for Gold Scratchers. After their 75-68 win over Gamboa-St. Clare Coffee Lovers, he immediately packed his bags and headed for the exit.

Why was he in a rush? He did not want to be late for Gilas later on.

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“Sayang, malapit na ako eh. Pasig lang. Walang showbiz-showbiz, malapit lang talaga,” shared Alejandro, who had five points, five rebounds, seven assists, and two steals for Go for Gold. “Wala rin akong gagawin kasi.

“Tsaka minsan lang magpa-tawag ng practice, every Monday lang, so sayang ‘yung chance makapag-practice.”

The 6-foot-2 combo guard was a much-needed body by the pool of Gilas as only eight players suited-up for Monday’s session. Besides helping out the seniors team, the 22-year-old is looking at the sessions as a way to not just improve but also get in touch with his former collegiate foes.

“Well, ganoon talaga eh. Player, mapapagod at mapapagod ka talaga,” said the All-UAAP team member.

“Pero nakakasama ko sila Arvin Tolentino, sila CJ Perez, tsaka ‘yung ibang mga PBA players, siyempre experience ‘yun eh, tsaka learning process din sa akin.”

Moreover, he knows that being under the tutelage of coach Chot Reyes will only do wonders for him, especially with the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft just months away.

“Mas pisikal talaga sa PBA. ‘Yun, kung paano mo gagamitin ang utak mo pati ‘yung katawan mo sa tamang posisyon sa laro, makukuha ko yun rito,” he said.

“Well sa akin kasi, ‘yung mapabilang ka sa Gilas, mapabilang lang ang pangalan mo sa Gilas, sobrang fortunate na ako, sobrang blessed na ako,” Alejandro added.

“And siguro sa akin, may opportunity na nag-open, so iga-grab ko na lang — either PBA or Gilas.”

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Loaded Wangs-Letran wallops AMA in debut

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Armed with new recruits, the Wangs Basketball-Letran Knights embarked on its new chapter with a rousing 93-75 rout of the AMA Online Education Titans, Tuesday afternoon at the Pasig Sports Center.

Everyone clicked for the Couriers with Bong Quinto spearheading the blowout with 19 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists.

Newcomer Bonbon Batiller added 15 markers, five boards, and three dimes in his debut, while starting point guard JP Calvo chipped in 12 points, eight rebounds, and two assists.

Christian Fajarito also registered 11 markers and nine boards, while Alex Mandreza had 10 points for Wangs-Letran.

Despite the promising showing, coach Jeff Napa said that he still wants to see more from his Couriers moving forward.

“Masaya kami syempre dahil nanalo. Pero marami pa rin kaming kailangang gawin,” he said as he wanted more from the Knights after outrebounding the Titans, 57-44.

Quinto and Calvo triggered Wangs-Letran’s second quarter pullaway to establish the 38-26, lead which grew to as high as 22 points, 81-59 in the payoff period.

Michael Cañete topscored AMA with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Kris Porter had 13 in the defeat.

Wangs-Letran will have vengeance on their minds on Monday, January 29 when it takes on NCAA tormentors Che’lu- San Sebastian Revellers. AMA, on the other hand, will have a tough assignment when it takes on the Zark’s-Lyceum Jawbreakers on Thursday, January 25.

The Scores:

Wangs-Letran 93 — Quinto 19, Batiller 15, Calvo 12, Fajarito 11, Mandreza 10, Trinidad 8, Publico 6, Vacaro 4, Balagasay 3, Ambohot 3, Muyang 2.

AMA Online Education 75 — Cañete 20, Porter 13, Escalambre 11, Casiño 10, Antonares 6, Manalang 6, Garcia 4, Ng 3, Parcero 2, Bragais 0, Carpio 0, Paras 0, Raflores 0, Salonga 0.

Quarterscores: 16-13, 44-35, 67-52, 93-75.

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