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Tudtud, FEU Lady Tams shock DLSU to advance in stepladder



The core-four of Michal Dei Duquilla, Thea Pomar, Hannah Tudtud and Maridel Rivera dodged another elimination game in an emotional series against the De La Salle University Lady Shuttlers. This series would include a classic ironman match-up between Alyssa Leonardo and Thea Pomar that took 70 minutes to finish.

Women’s Singles Match 1: Michal Dei Duquilla (FEU) def. Danica San Ignacio (DLSU); 2:0

DLSU 0 – 1 FEU

The 1st set of the first match of the knockout game for 3rd saw Michal Dei Duquilla take a huge 13-6 lead over Danica San Ignacio. The length of San Ignacio would help her in cutting the lead of Duquilla to just a solitary point with excellent saves. San Ignacio would take a 19-16 lead over her opponent before Duquila would make a rally to tie things up at 19-all. Duquilla would cap-off her come back with a close to out score to give her the set 21-19.

Danica San Ignacio would be given a warning by umpire Reynaldo for continuous complaining that delayed the game to start the 2nd set. Tilted, San Ignacio would fall to an early 11-6 deficit. During the break, Coach Lopez reminded San Ignacio to keep her composure and calm herself down. With those words of encouragement, San Ignacio would regain her form and used her length in connecting with various drops to tie the game at 16-all. The game would go to advantage points but it was Michal Dei Duquilla who would take the 2nd set 22-20.

Aggregate Score: Duquilla 43 – San Ignacio 39

Total Match Time: 45 mins


Women’s Singles Match 2: Thea Marie Pomar (FEU) def. Alyssa Isabel Leonardo (DLSU); 2:1

DLSU 0 – 2 FEU

The match between Thea Pomar and Alyssa Leonardo was the all-important match that would either give the FEU Lady Tamaraws a comfortable 2-0 lead or give DLSU a 1-all tie in match wins.

The 1st game was a heated contest for both shuttlers. Leonardo would start with an early 5 point rally to gain a 10-7 lead over Thea Pomar. Pomar would counter with 6 straight excellent returns to grab a 16-13 lead. With the game tied at 19, Pomar would close the game with two drops that were good to give her the set 21-19.

The start of the 2nd game saw both shuttlers go point-for-point in a tight affair. The game would be tied an unprecedented 12 times. With the game tied at 19, it was Alyssa Leonardo gaining the upper hand in the closing moments of the game, with two excellent returns to tie the match 21-19.

The Escoses-trained Thea Pomar would start the deciding set with a 9-5 lead. Both shuttlers were visibly exhausted at this point of the match with the game almost hitting the hour point. After an 11-8 lead by Pomar by the 11th point break, Alyssa Leonardo would take 13-12 lead before Pomar would again make another 4-0 rally. A string of errors would ensue from both shuttlers as the heat in the badminton hall and fatigue would become a factor. Thea Pomar would will her way in the last few rallies to win the match 21-18.


Aggregate Score: Pomar 61 – Leonardo 56

Total Match Time: 70 mins


Women’s Doubles Match 1: Aires Montilla and Kristelle Dawn Salatan (DLSU) def. Thea Pomar and Hannah Tudtud (FEU); 2:0

DLSU 1 – 2 FEU

With their backs against the wall, Coach Owen Lopez would have to rely on the tandems of Aires Montilla & Kristelle Salatan and Alyssa Leonardo & Danica San Ignacio, the 2 pairs that beat both doubles teams of ADMU just 7 days ago.

Montilla and Salatan would outclass the Lady Tamaraw pair in the 1st set in a blowout. The lady shuttlers from Taft would take an 11-5 lead enroute to a 21-13 victory to give them a 1-0 lead in the match-up. The 2nd set would be the same as Montilla and Salatan would jump to an early 11-4 lead. Thea Pomar and Hannah Tudtud would try to make a comeback, cutting the deficit to 11-14. Pomar and Tudtud would not be able to gain any momentum due to a string of errand returns in the set. Montilla and Salatan would take the set 21-15.

Aggregate Score: Montilla and Salatan 42 – Pomar and Tudtud 28

Total Match Time: 45 mins


Women’s Doubles Match 2: Alyssa Isabel Leonardo and Danica San Ignacio (DLSU) def. Michal Dei Duquilla and Maridel Rivera (FEU); 2:0

DLSU 2 – 2 FEU

The ever-stable pair of Alyssa Leonardo and Danica San Ignacio used their length against the athletic tandem of Duquilla and Rivera. After being down 8-5 in the early part of the 1st set, Leonardo and San Ignacio would utilize excellent court formations to string together 6 straight points to gain a 12-9 lead over the FEU tandem. They would never look back as Duquilla and Rivera would not have an answer for the length of the lady shuttlers from Taft to give up the game 21-15.

The next game saw Leonardo and San Ignacio continue to control the pace of the match-up. They would take an 11-4 lead by the 11th point break. The excellent set-up from Danica San Ignacio which would eventually lead to a Leonardo smash was the key for the Lady Archers. They would take the 2nd game 21-11 to set-up a do-or-die match-up between FEU’s Hannah Tudtud and Aires Montilla.

Women’s Singles Match 3: Hannah Tudtud (FEU) def. Aires Amor Montilla (DLSU); 2:0

DLSU 2 – 3 FEU

You could cut the tension in the air in the badminton hall of Rizal Memorial. The FEU contingent would bang their empty shuttlecock containers to the seats in support of Tudtud while the DLSU crowd would use those same containers and bang them onto to their water jugs to make a makeshift drum. It’s win or go home time for the FEU Lady Tamaraws and the DLSU Lady Shuttlers.

An aggressive Aires Montilla would start the set with an early 5-2 lead on excellent returns for her side. This was just a warm-up for the calm Hannah Tudtud. She would then blast her way to an 11-6 lead going to the break. The Tudtud storm would not end there as the lead would extend to 19 to 8 to the delight of Tudtud’s friends on the stands.

However, the shuttler from the FEU camp could not close-out the match. Slowly, Aires Montilla would chip into the Tudtud lead. Erroneous returns from Tudtud and excellent drops from Montilla would cut the lead to 20-18. A comeback for the ages was about to happen. The chants of Animo to the tune of Seven Nation Army filled the hall. Hannah Tudtud would not allow upset to happen. During the rally, Tudtud would be stone-faced and not fazed. She would blast a serve that would ricochet off of Montilla’s racket to win the set 21-18.

The 2nd set saw a demoralized Aires Montilla not able to respond to Tudtud’s rallies. It would never be close. With the Tudtud lead going to as high as 19-9, Tudtud’s teammates would go surround the court. 20-9. Tudtud would be heard saying “isa na lang!”. Her teammates would echo that statement. “Isa na lang! Isa na lang!” Hannah would then execute an excellent drop to seal the match. 21-9, the FEU Lady Tamaraws would live to fight another day!

Aggregate Score: Tudtud 42 – Montilla 27

Total Match Time: 27 mins


After the final point, Coach Escoses would run towards Hannah Tudtud, the savior of their season. Escoses, together with his team, would hug Tudtud and celebrate. In an interview with Coach Escoses, he told us that the goal of the team was simple, to take it day-by-day.

“Noong start ng season, habol lang namin maka-top 4. Noong isang araw, matalo lang UST. Kanina, top 3. Ngayon may pag-asa ng mag top 2.”

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D-League to hold three-day showcase for players



Seeking to further display the greatness of the Filipino basketball players, the PBA is giving more chances to the cagers as the league is set to hold the first-ever PBA D-League Showdown later this conference.

Opening the eighth season with this ground-breaking news, PBA officer-in-charge Willie Marcial is hopeful that this will serve as another motivation for the players to perform at their best this 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.

“Ginagawa naman natin ito para mas galingan ng mga players natin para rin maipakita nila yung tunay nilang talento,” he said Thursday during the opening ceremonies at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Marcial bared that the plan is to hold a two-day summit for the players suiting up in the ongoing conference to allow them to showcase their talents in front of coaches and scouts, not just from the PBA but also from countries in the Southeast Asian region.

“Lahat ng mga players ay maglalaro dito at mapapanood hindi lang ng mga PBA coaches,” he said.

“Iimbitahin din namin ang mga coaches ng ibang bansa tulad ng Malaysia, Thailand, at Vietnam na kumukuha ng imports sa atin.”

Marcial acknowledged that as much as players seek to make the jump to the pro league, securing spots in the PBA teams have been hard to crack over the past few years, forcing the players to look elsewhere for opportunities.

That has made playing in overseas leagues an option for these less fortunate ballers, keeping them earning while also hoping to impress scouts while keeping their PBA dreams alive.

Some of the players who suited up in the D-League and are currently playing outside of the country are Paul Zamar and Almond Vosotros in Thailand, AJ Mandani in Singapore, and Reil Cervantes in Indonesia.

With this project, Marcial is hopeful that this would keep the players in line while also delivering the best competition the D-League could dream of.

“Iwasan natin ang bisyo at galingan ninyo.”

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Letran overpowers Lyceum for second win



After a string of losses, the Colegio San Juan de Letran Lady Knights returned to the NCAA Season 93 win column with a gritty win over the short-handed Lyceum of the Philippines University Lady Pirates, 28-26, 20-25, 26-24, 25-20, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Lady Knights won out in a sloppy match which had both teams combine for 25 aces, 15 coming from Letran. According to assistant coach Ron Dulay, Letran needed to solve their reception problems on the fly.

“Weakness nga siguro namin ‘yung receive, pero inaayos namin siya ensayo. Kanina medyo shaky lang ‘yung mga bata. Mabuti noong dulo naka-adjust kami sa ginagawa ng kalaban,” said Dulay.

Both sides also had a whooping 34 errors apiece. Letran’s miscues, however, came early in the match and were lessened by the deciding fourth set which they won convincingly.

“Unti-unte tumataas ‘yung level ng team. Kailangan talaga namin mag-double time pa sa mga susunod na laban kung gusto namin umabot doon sa Top Four,” Dulay added.

Second-year Lady Knight Charm Simborio led the way with 17 points while Glayssa Torres added 15 which includes two blocks and three aces.

The Lady Knights (2-2) take on perennial rival San Beda College (4-0) on Monday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Christine Miralles topped the Lady Pirates with a career-high 21 points. Team captain Bien Juanillo added 17 markers.

The Lady Pirates (1-3) face the undefeated defending champs Arellano University (4-0) on Sunday also at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Scores

CSJL (3) – Simborio 17, Torres 15, Abitan 11, Barrinuevo 8, Parin 8, Mendoza 3, Bangcola 2, Uriza 1, Perez 0, Larioque (L)

LPU (1) – Miralles 21, Juanillo 17, Sevilla 11, Bongabong 5, Patio 5, Genova 2, Marcella (L), Romanban (L)

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2018 FIBA 3X3 World Cup

FIBA 3×3 World Cup to be a huge boost for country’s Olympic bid



All roads will lead to Bocaue, Bulacan as the 2018 FIBA 3×3 World Cup will head to the Philippine Arena. The biggest tournament in 3×3 basketball will be played from June 8-12, 2018.

The announcement was made Thursday afternoon by Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executives. The event was graced by Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. president Ronald Mascariñas, SMART Sports’ Christopher Quimpo, and FIBA’s 3×3 Managing Director Alex Sanchez.

With 3×3 basketball being declared an Olympic event last 2017, the SBP is looking at this tournament as a way to prove to the world that we are capable of hosting and that we can compete with the world’s finest.

“As mentioned earlier, I think we’ve been very successful holding it in the malls, 3,000 to 4,000 people watching the games. We chose to move it to a bigger venue, I think we want to give an opportunity for more people to see the games,” said SBP president Al Panlilio.

“From a Philippine basketball point of view, that gives an opportunity for the youth to watch the game. From an SBP, FIBA perspective, we want bigger crowds in 3×3 and that’s something we want to deliver to FIBA,” he added.

There will be 40 teams split into two divisions that will compete in this annual tourney.

For the men’s side, the Philippines will take on teams from Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Ecuador, Estonia, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Ukraine, and Uruguaz.

In the women’s division, the hosts will face Andorra, Argentina, Bahrain, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkmenistan, United States, and Venezuela.

With this task of hosting a world class tournament, Chooks-to-Go vowed to help in the organization of it.

“We look at 3×3 as our best hope, really, to get a medal in the Olympics. Kami naman sa Chooks, we are behind SBP realizing that dream,” said Mascariñas.

“Kanina pinag-uusapan na, if we’re going to break the record in attendance. I think the question there is not if we’re going to break, but how many more times.”

FIBA, on the other hand, is looking forward to helping groom a possible Philippine team that will compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“I’m sure the event this year, we’re starting the countdown, is going to be amazing,” Sanchez said. “I think this is going to be helpful for us in developing.

“I’m coming from Tokyo where we’re discussing the venue and layout of the Olympics. We should make an effort with Al and SBP to see if we have a Filipino team in Olympics. In my opinion Filipinos have a real chance to make it. Hopefully this can give us a nice push to get a PH team to the Olympics,” the Spanish executive added.

“See you in June.”

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Perpetual escapes upset-hungry EAC



Fighting off a sluggish start, the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Lady Altas came alive late to slip past the Emilio Aguinaldo College Lady Generals, 22-25, 25-19, 25-14, 23-25, 15-13, and remain on pace for a spot in the NCAA Season 93 Final Four at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Taking on a struggling EAC side, Perpetual head coach Michael Cariño knew that there was a possibility that his squad would relax. His team has had trouble starting and finishing off matches, as evidenced in their first set performance and lack of finishing push in the fourth frame.

“May tendency talaga ‘yung team ko na mag-relax. Sabihin na nating hindi kasi sobrang lakas ng kalaban. Pero alam naman natin sa volleyball na wala namang team na ibibigay sa’yo ‘yung panalo, kailangan kunin mo talaga,” Cariño lamented.

The fifth frame came down to late breaks. The Lady Altas broke a 13-all tie with back-to-back transition conversions from Cindy Imbo and Lourdes Clemente.

“Siyempre, nage-expect ako nang mas maganda pang performance sa team ko. Alam din naman nila na mas may ibubuga pa sila kaya kailangan mas maganda ang ipakita namin sa mga huli naming laro,” the NCAA champion mentor added.

Imbo tallied a game-high 17 points, while Clemente and Maria Aurora Tripoli added 15 points, apiece. The Lady Altas needed all of their 11 aces and 11 blocks to offset their season-high 42 errors.

Aira Binondo was the only Lady General in double-digits with 13 points.

The Lady Altas (3-1) next face the Jose Rizal University (2-2) on Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre. EAC (0-4) will look for their first win on Monday against the College of Saint Benilde (2-1).

The Scores

UPHSD (3) – Imbo 17, Clemente 15, Tripoli 15, Sangalang 11, Llorente 10, Versoza 4, Estanislao 1, Gual 1, Umandal 0, Medalla (L)

EAC (2) – Binondo 13, Tongco 9, Pablo 8, Lumbao 7, Magbanua 7, Reyes A. 3, Reyes K. 3, Tasis 2, Yongco 1, Medina (L)

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