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Tubino leads Army in bringing down pesky Lady Maroons



The Philippine Army Lady Troopers banked on Honey Royse Tubino’s 28-point-explosion to defeat the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons 23-25, 25-18, 25-14, 25-23, to end their Shakeys V- League Reinforced Conference elimination campaign with an unblemished record at the FilOil Flying V Arena, Saturday afternoon.

The Lady Troopers found themselves at a 19-14 disadvantage against the Lady Maroons in the first set, and needed to rely on Tubino to get back and tie things at 23. Marian Buitre and Nicole Tiamzon then provided crucial points for the Diliman-based squad to avoid a collapse at the end of the set.

Tubino scored a drop shot through the Lady Maroons floor defense to give Army a 12-6 lead in the second set. Jovelyn Gonzaga and Nerissa Bautista also joined in overwhelming the younger Lady Maroons squad. Justine Dorog and Tiamzon tried to keep the Lady Maroons in touch, but Army had a response to every rally the Lady Maroons tried to start.

Tubino and Gonzaga continued their dominance in the following set as UP struggled to fight back against the experienced Army. But the Lady Maroons quickly blasted Army in the fourth set with 13-9 lead courtesy of Isa Molde, Kathy Bersola, and Dorog. Errors from the Lady Maroons and timely points from Gonzaga, Remy Palma, and Sarah Jane Gonzales forced a 14-all deadlock. A net touch violation against UP, and a block on Palma from Sheena Chopitea, enabled the Army to take a 16-14 lead in the second technical timeout. Gonzaga and Bautista took over in the latter part of the set for a 23-20 lead. Molde and Rose Mary Cailing helped cut the Army lead to one, 24-23. Gonzaga then ended the match with a quick hit to notch the Lady Troopers’ fifth straight win.

“Congrats sa UP, hanga ako sa team ni coach Jerry (Yee), hindi mo pwedeng buruhin kaya dapat mas magpursige kami kahit sa huli nako-control namin,” said Army Head Coach Kungfu Reyes about the Lady Maroons, whose younger squad had put up a good fight.

“Dapat makuha agad namin ang first ball, lalo na threat ang attackers nila, lalo na sina Molde at Dorog na akala mo tatlong taon na naglalaro sa UAAP. Samahan mo pa sina Kathy (Bersola) at Nicole (Tiamzon), kaya ang receiving pinagtitibay naming at lagi ko sinasabi sa mga manlalaro ko na walang mananalo ng dalawang sets,” Reyes added.

Tubino fired 28 points, 22 coming from attacks, while Gonzaga chipped in 17 points along with nine digs. Bautista added 10 points together with 11 excellent digs for Army. Setter Sarah Jane Gonzales also tossed 32 excellent sets.
Molde finished with 15 points, and Dorog contributed 12 points along with 11 digs. Bersola and Tiamzon had eight markers apiece for the Lady Maroons.

The Lady Troopers finished the elimination round with 5-0 win-loss card and grabbed the number one seed. The Lady Maroons had a 2-3 win-loss record, tied with Philippine Navy Lady Sailors, but finished third due to quotient.

The Lady Troopers will face fourth-seed Lady Sailors at 12:45 PM, while second-seed PLDT Home Ultra Fast Hitters will tangle with the Lady Maroons at 3:00 PM in another semifinals series on November 22. The Lady Troopers and Ultra Fast Hitters both hold a twice-to-beat advantage against their opponents in the semifinals.
The Scores:

PHI Army(3) – Tubino 28, Gonzaga 17 , Bautista 10, Balse 4, Palma 4, Bunag 3, Gonzales 2, Carolino 0, Nunag 0, Salak 0, Agno (L), Torres(L)

UP(1) – Molde 15, Dorog 12, Bersola 8, Tiamzon 8, Carlos 6, Buitre 4, Chopitea 3, Lai 1, Basarte 0, Gaiser (L)



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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