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UAAP Season 77 Men’s Track and Field Day 1 Recap

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It was an exciting first day of competition for the annual UAAP Track and Field championships held in the Philsports Arena Oval in Pasig City. 4-time defending UAAP champion Far Eastern University made a heavy case in their defense as they took home 3 Gold medals on the first day of competition.

With Jomar Angus winning in the 10km run, Brayan Pacheco dominating the shotput, and a masterful sub-11 second performance for Clinton Bautista who won the 100m dash over his teammate and 2nd generation athlete Isidro Del Prado; the defending champions aren’t just about ready to give up their crown.

Track Events

Angus even went head to head with his University of Sto. Tomas counterpart, Kevin Capangpangan in the last 100m of the 10,000m run. The long distance runner from FEU finished with a time of 33:55.59 seconds while his counterpart from UST barely lost to him by clocking in at 33:56.33 seconds; giving the crowd a treat with one of the best head to head duels for the day. Still showing their dominance in the distance events, the bronze medal finish went to Philip Gongob from FEU as well with a registered time of 34:09.27 seconds.

In the tightly contested 100m dash, the heats were one of the most entertaining qualifying rounds in the sport’s history as it displayed a lot of both old and new faces in the top 8. FEU’s Bautista led the way in the elimination round with a sub-11 second showing of 10.96 seconds. The rest of the top 8 qualifiers all ran under 11.20 seconds, one of the fastest qualifying times in a long time. Romnick Nor from UST ran with a time of 11.04 seconds to put him in the 2nd spot, 2nd generation athlete Isidro Del Prado registered 3rd in the heats with a time of 11.05 seconds, Season 76 100m dash champion Jasper Tanhueco from De La Salle University ran 11.13 seconds to place 4th, and rounding out the top 5 is University of The Philippine’s Gabriel Soriano who ran the 100m dash with a time of 11.16 seconds. The finals would prove to live up to the hype of the elimination round as Bautista clocked in an even quicker time of 10.91 seconds while his teammate Del Prado almost broke the 11-second barrier with a time of 11.03 seconds. DLSU’s Tanhueco bagged the bronze medal finish, losing by only .08 seconds to Del Prado.

Not to be outdone would be the 800m dash event. The event which a lot of athletes dread due to its blistering pace and equally frightening distance saw the return of an athlete who has placed silver for several times behind legendary distance runner Christopher Ulboc who has graduated into the National Team. UST’s own Elbren Neri topped the list of qualifiers for the 800m finals to be held on day 2 of the competition. Neri’s 1:54.14 second finish was good enough for the top spot. His training partner ran 1:57.62 seconds which would place him in the 2nd spot while Arlon John Hipona would round up the top 3 with a time of 1:58.56 seconds. With FEU’s Ulboc gone, can Neri finally win that elusive gold medal in the 800m run that has plagued him for the past 2 years? Or will he fall short?

FEU’s Bautista, also contested for another gold medal but lost by a hair against another 2nd generation athlete and current UAAP record holder Patrick Unso in the 110m high hurdles. In the previous UAAP season, Unso and Bautista went head to head as the two were the only ones who ran sub-15 seconds in the event with Unso outdiving Bautista to be crowned king of the hurdles. This event proved to be one of the most exciting for the day as the two knew that coming into the race all eyes were on them as they had to go head to head once again. With a strong showing from the Junior National Record holder despite a slow start, Unso finished with a time of 14.47 seconds while Bautista only finished .07 seconds behind the hurdler from De La Salle, son of Philippine Track and Field legend Renato Unso.

Field Events

In the lone individual field event for the day, FEU’s Pacheco threw 1 meter more than the rest of the pack with a masterful 12.85 meter throw. The closest to his 12-meter throw was UP’s Michael Baguisa with a throw of 11.69 meters. Baguisa’s teammate; Elijah Guevarra threw 11.57 meters for the bronze medal finish. Everyone in the top 8 threw at least 10.34 meters but the top 6 all threw past the 11-meter mark.

Decathlon Update

Even in the Decathlon FEU proved to be dominant through Season 76 pole vault, high jump, and long jump champion Janry Ubas who garnered 3691 points after 5 events. Ubas, who is on steady pace to break former tamaraw, Jason Cid’s record; posted impressive results on the decathlon’s first day of competition. In a class all by himself, Ubas managed to top 4 out of the 5 events on the first day of competition. With a time of 11.15 seconds in the 100m dash, his time was good enough to break into the top 8 of competition in the individual 100m dash. The only event he didn’t manage to top was the 400m dash and he lost it to teammate and training partner; Mark Ian De Los Santos. De Los Santos kept Ubas company in the 3000-point mark with a total of 3,225 points but not far behind was Ateneo de Manila University’s Joseph Bernard Capinpin with 3,038 points. Day 2 will be just as jam-packed for these athletes as they will have to participate in at least 5 more events on top of their individual events. 

Still a Toss-Up

Even with what seemed like a dominant day for FEU, 3 other schools are still in the running for a silver medal finish or even snatch the top spot from FEU. DLSU is still in the running for the top spot with 1 gold medal and 1 bronze medal, each coming in the 110m high hurdes and 100m dash. Another team with a total of 2 medals is UP and with more throwing events coming up, expect their throwers to haul in more silverware and the rest of the team to contribute in other events for the team based in Diliman, Quezon City. With just 1 day of competition in the books, UST still has a chance to crack the top 3 with most of the events they are heavily favored in will still unravel in the next few days with the individual jumps and throws coming up. With other teams still in the running, this could still be a long 4 days of competition for the boys from Morayta.

GOLDSILVERBRONZETOTAL
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DLSU1012
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FEU3227
UP0112
ADMU0000
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1ST DAYADUADMUDLSUFEUUEUSTUP
10,000M527818
100M1035418
SHOT PUT112324
110MH1822810
TOTAL FOR DAY 151128107122742

 

DECATHLON
100M – DECATHLON 1
HEATR/HBIB#Name (Family name, First name)TeamRESULTSWVPOINTS
11180UBAS, JANRYFEU11.15+00.40827
12123CAPINPIN, JOSEPH BERNARDADMU11.36+00.40782
13227LESONDRA, ROQUEUST11.56+00.40740
14185GARAY, PETER JEFFREY H.UE12.10+00.40631
15219TANGPOS, MON WALTERUP12.29+00.40595
21165DELOS SANTOS, MARK IANFEU11.17+01.70823
22169GADIAN, REJOHN CLIFFFEU11.83+01.70683
23144DE JESUS, ANTONDLSU11.96+01.70659
24214QUEZADA, CHRISTIANUP12.03+01.70645
25187GAUDIA, ARDWIN P.UE12.62+01.70534
LONG JUMP – DECATHLON 2
BIB#Name (Family name, First name)TeamRESULTSWVPOINTS
180UBAS, JANRYFEU7.23+00.40869
123CAPINPIN, JOSEPH BERNARDADMU6.56-00.70711
165DELOS SANTOS, MARK IANFEU6.55-01.90709
169GADIAN, REJOHN CLIFFFEU6.13-00.10615
227LESONDRA, ROQUEUST5.97+00.90580
214QUEZADA, CHRISTIANUP5.94-02.10574
187GAUDIA, ARDWIN P.UE5.84-01.40552
185GARAY, PETER JEFFREY H.UE5.68-01.10519
144DE JESUS, ANTONDLSU5.22-00.40425
219TANGPOS, MON WALTERUP4.69-02.00324
SHOT PUT – DECATHLON 3
BIB#Name (Family name, First name)TeamRESULTSPOINTS
169GADIAN, REJOHN CLIFFFEU10.70528
180UBAS, JANRYFEU10.00486
123CAPINPIN, JOSEPH BERNARDADMU9.44452
165DELOS SANTOS, MARK IANFEU8.88419
187GAUDIA, ARDWIN P.UE7.58341
144DE JESUS, ANTONDLSU7.53339
227LESONDRA, ROQUEUST7.49336
185GARAY, PETER JEFFREY H.UE7.40331
214QUEZADA, CHRISTIANUP7.10313
219TANGPOS, MON WALTERUP
HIGH JUMP – DECATHLON 4
BIB#Name (Family name, First name)TeamRESULTSPOINTS
180UBAS, JANRYFEU2.04840
144DE JESUS, ANTONDLSU1.74577
165DELOS SANTOS, MARK IANFEU1.71552
169GADIAN, REJOHN CLIFFFEU1.65504
214QUEZADA, CHRISTIANUP1.65504
123CAPINPIN, JOSEPH BERNARDADMU1.59457
185GARAY, PETER JEFFREY H.UE1.59457
227LESONDRA, ROQUEUST1.59457
187GAUDIA, ARDWIN P.UE1.50389
219TANGPOS, MON WALTERUPNR
400M – DECATHLON 5
HEATR/HBIB#Name (Family name, First name)TeamRESULTSPOINTS
21227LESONDRA, ROQUEUST51.39752
11165DELOS SANTOS, MARK IANFEU52.07722
12180UBAS, JANRYFEU53.30669
22123CAPINPIN, JOSEPH BERNARDADMU54.08636
23187GAUDIA, ARDWIN P.UE55.46580
24185GARAY, PETER JEFFREY H.UE55.82566
13214QUEZADA, CHRISTIANUP56.12555
14144DE JESUS, ANTONDLSU57.41506
25169GADIAN, REJOHN CLIFFFEU58.67460

 

100M – MEN (HEATS)
HEATR/HBIB#Name (Family name, First name)TeamResultWVRemarks
11234NOR, ROMNICKUST11.04+00.20Q
12166DEL PRADO, ISIDRO JR.FEU11.05+00.20Q
13155TANHUECO, JASPERDLSU11.13+00.20Q
14183BAUTISTA, JOHANN KYLE A.UE11.21+00.20
15211MEJIA, JAIME IMMANUELUP11.24+00.20
16128MAGTURO, JOSEADMU11.25+00.20
17133VALERA, LEOADMU11.47+00.20
18111PARREÑAS, II, AQUILINOADU12.07+00.20
21164BAUTISTA, CLINTON KINGSLEYFEU10.96+00.00Q
22218SORIANO, JOSE QUINTIN GABRIELUP11.16+00.00Q
23167EBCAS, JERWENFEU11.20+00.00Q
24157UICHICO, TIMOTHYDLSU11.40+00.00
25184DE VERA, JAYARR O.UE11.44+00.00
26233NIELES, JAYUST11.44+00.00
27103CUEVAS II, ELIAS RUTHERADU11.57+00.00
28112SAPALLO, ARCHIEADU11.82+00.00
31186GARCIA, MARK ALBERT T.UE11.17+00.50Q
32168GALCERAN, WILLIAMFEU11.19+00.50Q
33215RAMOS, JULIAN RUSSELUP11.37+00.50
34222DE VERA, DUSTINEUST11.42+00.50
35201ANDRESIO, ALVIN LLOYDUP11.53+00.50
36104DAIN, RUSSEL LOUIEADU11.69+00.50
37191PACIS, RAFDIE G.UE11.74+00.50

 

800M – MEN (HEATS)
HEATR/HBIB#Name (Family name, First name)TeamResultRemarks
11163ANGUS, JOMARFEU1:59.23Q
12229MEDALLA, RUDYUST1:59.37Q
13152PARCON, ERWINDLSU1:59.43Q
14106LAPU-OS, JOSEADU2:05.43
15212MORALES, CARL BRYANUP2:07.56
16188MIGUEL, BLAISE N.UE2:09.13
21232NERI, ELBRENUST1:54.14Q
22172HIPONA, ARLON JOHNFEU1:58.56Q
23150MORENO, JOHN REYDLSU1:59.15Q
24181ARENA, JAYSON D.UE2:01.17
25146EJERCITO, JERICHODLSU2:03.63
26113SENIT, CHRISTIAN LLOYDADU2:15.40
31145DEL PRADO, MICHAELDLSU1:58.95Q
32231NAVA, RUSTOMUST1:57.62Q
33190NARIDO, DAVESON KYLEUE2:00.42 
34162ABANADOR, MICHAELFEU2:01.00 
35102CAPORADO, JUAN CARLOSADU2:07.84 
36194VERDERA JR., EDWIN Q.UE2:08.39 

 

110MH – MEN (HEATS)
HEATR/HBIB#Name (Family name, First name)TeamResultWVRemarks
11165DELOS SANTOS, MARK IANFEU15.28+00.40Q
12156TERCERO, NESTLYDLSU16.15+00.40Q
13182BALBUENA, TOMMY B.UE16.76+00.40
14126JESUS, LUIS MIGUEL DEADMU16.87+00.40
15204BUGARIN, RYANN REMOUP17.43+00.40
16101ASUNCION, ANTHONYADU18.37+00.40
21164BAUTISTA, CLINTON KINGSLEYFEU15.00+00.90Q
22230MORALES, GERARDUST15.31+00.90Q
23211MEJIA, JAIME IMMANUELUP15.64+00.90Q
24157UICHICO, TIMOTHYDLSU15.99+00.90Q
25134VILLANUEVA, RABBIADMU16.35+00.90
26107MARQUINA, FLORENZEADU17.76+00.90
31158UNSO, PATRICKDLSU15.02+00.90Q
32213NASIS, ROBERT MIGUEL FRANCEUP15.93+00.90Q
33225HERA, JOELUST16.41+00.90
34124GONZALEZ, HENRYADMU16.59+00.90
35227LESONDRA, ROQUEUST16.72+00.90

 

10000M – MEN (FINAL)
RANKBIB#Name (Family name, First name)TeamRESULTSREMARKS
1163ANGUS, JOMARFEU33:55.59GOLD
2221CAPANGPANGAN, KEVINUST33:56.33SILVER
3171GONGOB, PHILIP JOHNFEU34:09.27BRONZE
4195VILLAFRANCA, REYNOLD F.UE34:57.73
5231NAVA, RUSTOMUST35:08.85
6106LAPU-OS, JOSEADU35:09.83
7161ABUTAS, EVELOUFEU35:25.56
8113SENIT, CHRISTIAN LLOYDADU37:17.59
9102CAPORADO, JUAN CARLOSADU37:53.13
10220VELASCO, FRANZ RAPHAELUP38:28.69
11173HIPONA, ACE JOSHUAFEU39:24.10
12189NAKILA, FERNAN M.UE41:29.35

 

100M – MEN (FINAL)
RANKBIB#Name (Family name, First name)TeamResultWVRemarks
1164BAUTISTA, CLINTON KINGSLEYFEU10.91+00.30GOLD
2166DEL PRADO, ISIDRO JR.FEU11.03+00.30SILVER
3155TANHUECO, JASPERDLSU11.11+00.30BRONZE
4218SORIANO, JOSE QUINTIN GABRIELUP11.16+00.30
5167EBCAS, JERWENFEU11.22+00.30
6186GARCIA, MARK ALBERT T.UE11.23+00.30
7168GALCERAN, WILLIAMFEU11.27+00.30
8234NOR, ROMNICKUST11.34+00.30

 

SHOTPUT – MEN (FINAL)
RANKBIB#Name (Family name, First name)TeamRESULTSREMARKS
1175PACHECO, BRAYAN-JAYFEU12.85GOLD
2203BAGUISA, MICHAEL ROMMELUP11.69SILVER
3207GUEVARA, ELIJAHUP11.57BRONZE
4178QUITAIN, JOHNWELFEU11.55
5127LORENZO, GASPARADMU11.50
6131TABUSALLA, FAISALADMU11.02
7216RODRIGUEZ, GEOFFUP10.34
8121ASINAS, JUSTINADMU10.34
9108OTEYZA, CHRISTOPHERADU9.84
10151PADILLA, SEBASTIANDLSU9.76
11192SOLIMAN, JOAL T.UE9.74
12169GADIAN, REJOHN CLIFFFEU9.70
13114VILLAMOR, RYAN CHRISTIANADU8.05

 

110MH – MEN (FINAL)
RANKBIB#Name (Family name, First name)TeamRESULTSWVREMARKS
1158UNSO, PATRICKDLSU14.47+00.20GOLD
2164BAUTISTA, CLINTON KINGSLEYFEU14.54+00.20SILVER
3165DELOS SANTOS, MARK IANFEU15.17+00.20BRONZE
4230MORALES, GERARDUST15.63+00.20
5211MEJIA, JAIME IMMANUELUP15.67+00.20
6213NASIS, ROBERT MIGUEL FRANCEUP15.85+00.20
7156TERCERO, NESTLYDLSU16.10+00.20
8157UICHICO, TIMOTHYDLSU16.49+00.20

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Calvin Abueva rejuvenated with return of physical play: ‘Masarap maglaro’

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For Calvin Abueva, it feels great to play in the PBA nowadays.

The Beast, who has always been known as one of the league’s most physical players since entering in 2012, was all praises for the way the officiating has changed this 43rd season — by just letting all the players play.

“Mas gumanda yung tawagan ngayon, naging physical nga. Naging exciting para sa mga tao, mas marami na nanonood ngayon eh,” said Abueva moments after their 97-83 victory over the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, Sunday night.

As has been said many times, physicality had become something controlled over the last two years. Abueva knows it too well, having been a casualty, as he has paid a bevy of penalties during that time.

And now that it is a thing of the past, the 6-foot-2 bruiser feels much better, knowing that he can display his brand of basketball once more.

“Masarap maglaro, talagang pisikalan,” said the 29-year-old forward from Angeles, Pampanga. “Siyempre makikita naman natin kung sinasadya o hindi, basta katawan lang.

“Pisikal. Yun yung magandang laro di ba?”

Aside from the comeback of physicality, what makes Abueva beam even more is the way the Aces have been playing in the 2018 Philippine Cup. After a 0-2 start in the tourney, they have now booked their third straight win.

“Nung 2017 parang nilubog na namin yung losing streak namin doon. Ito 2018 na at panibagong destination na naman yung ina-ano namin,” said Abueva, who had nine points, nine rebounds, and five assists against Ginebra.

“Sustain muna namin ‘to… Sana magtuloy-tuloy ‘tong winning streak namin.”

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Alaska takes advantage of Greg Slaughter’s absence

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For the streaking Alaska Aces, their stunning 97-83 victory over the favored Barangay Ginebra San Miguel on Sunday night was partly made possible by the absence of one key player: seven-foot behemoth Greg Slaughter.

The 28-year-old center, who was averaging 20.67 points and 10.3 rebounds prior to Sunday, did not play against the Aces due to a hamstring injury. How he incurred the injury has yet to be determined.

“There’s a small person named Greg Slaughter who didn’t play; I think he has an impact on the game,” quipped coach Alex Compton after the match.

“[They missed] a guy who I think is gonna win an MVP soon in Greg Slaughter.

“Sometimes dito sa liga natin, you have to take advantage when opportunities come your way. You don’t want anybody to get hurt [though],” added Compton.

With Slaughter out of the way, the Aces’ big men feasted.

Vic Manuel top-billed with 18 points and five rebounds, and elder statesman Sonny Thoss turned back the clock with a 17-point, four-rebound outing.

“Malaking bonus na rin sa amin, kasi wala nga si Greg kaya nakuha namin yung panalo,” said Manuel.

“Yeah it definitely helped,” added the six-foot-seven Thoss, who shot 6-of-12 from the floor and made four of his freebies.

“He’s a big guy, he’s a big presence inside so it took one big guy off our shoulder.”

Slaughter was approached and asked by scribes regarding his injury, but he was not in the mood to comment. No one can blame him, though, since the Barangay have slipped to their second straight defeat after a 2-0 start.

“I’m always there in practice, going over our gameplans. But it’s better if you ask our PT,” he said.

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Alaska completes turnaround at Greg Slaughter-less Ginebra’s expense

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A strong second half surge was all the Alaska Aces needed to turn back the heavily-favored Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, 97-83, and book their third straight victory, Sunday night at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.

The Aces, who have yet to lose this 2018, have now improved to 3-2. Meanwhile, the Barangay absorbed their second straight loss and have dropped to 2-2.

“I was telling the guys na parang ang dami nating iniisip, hindi natin ginagawa yung ginagawa natin noong nakaraang dalawang linggo. Sabi ko relax lang tayo,” said coach Alex Compton, sharing what he told his wards that sparked the win.

Vic Manuel led the Milkmen with 18 points and five rebounds. Sonny Thoss turned back the clock as he made 17 markers on 6-of-12 shooting, while Chris Banchero supplied 14 points, six assists, and five rebounds.

The Aces were trailing by eight, 36-44 at the half, but it became a different ball game come the third chapter as they outscored the Gin Kings, 37 to 19, to erect a favorable 73-63 cushion heading into the game’s final 12 minutes.

From there, Alaska kept their foot on the gas to sustain their lead, which grew to as much as 18, 85-67, after their 6-0 spree — punctuated by Banchero’s lay-up plus a foul — with 6:14 remaining in the final frame.

Ginebra still tried to make one last push as they inched within 10, 75-85, but baskets by Thoss and Kevin Racal propelled Alaska to an 89-75 lead with 3:42 left to play — more than enough to knock out their counterparts.

“I was glad to come away with the win,” added Compton. “Sometimes, we have to take advantage of opportunities coming your way. You don’t want anybody to get hurt but when two number one picks on the other team aren’t playing… There.”

Jvee Casio had 13 markers for Alaska, while Calvin Abueva nearly had a double-double of nine points and nine boards along with five assists in 20 minutes.

Aljon Mariano had 15 points, nine rebounds, and three dimes for Ginebra, who — despite having Sol Mercado back in the fold after ankle issues — missed the services of Joe Devance and Greg Slaughter due to injuries.

Japeth Aguilar, Scottie Thompson, and Kevin Ferrer each scored 12 for the Barangay, with Thompson adding five assists. The trio combined for 15 of Ginebra’s 43 rebounds.

Alaska will aim to extend their streak versus the Blackwater Elite on Saturday, January 27 at 4:30 PM, while Ginebra will look to end their slump against the Phoenix Fuel Masters on Friday, January 26 at 7:00 PM. Both games are at SMART Araneta Coliseum.

The Scores:

Alaska 97 — Manuel 18, Thoss 17, Banchero 14, Casio 13, Abueva 9, Teng 9, Cruz 5, Enciso 3, Potts 3, Exciminiano 2, Magat 2, Racal 2, J. Pascual 0.

Ginebra 83 — Mariano 15, J. Aguilar 12, Ferrer 12, Thompson 12, Caguioa 8, Cruz 8, R. Aguilar 5, Tenorio 5, Mercado 2, Taha 2, Wilson 2, Jamito 0.

Quarterscores: 26-23, 36-44, 73-63, 97-83.

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Frustrated Jared Dillinger admits ‘he’s getting sick’ of Meralco’s bad PH Cup runs

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It’s no secret that the Meralco Bolts have struggled in the Philippine Cup for the last three years. During the last two seasons, the eight-year-old franchise’s win-loss tally is four wins and 18 losses.

And in the 2018 edition, the narrative has been the same, with little to no hope of it turning the other way around.

The Bolts bowed to the TNT Katropa, 99-81, Sunday night — their third straight defeat after winning over Blackwater Elite in their opener last December. If things continue as they are, it looks like another poor all-Filipino tilt run is looming.

“We’re 1-3 and there’s nothing to be happy about,” said Jared Dillinger, who had 14 points and five caroms in the match at Ynares Center in Antipolo. “It’s a long season though… We [shouldn’t] panic but it’s not fun right now.

“The Philippine Cup has been our Achilles heel and every damn Philippine Cup we get our ass kicked. I’m getting sick of it.”

In this game, Meralco missed the services of top forwards Ranidel De Ocampo and Cliff Hodge due to injuries. But for Dillinger, those issues shouldn’t be excuses.

“When you get two guys like Ranidel and Cliff out, as a team, that’s the opportunity for the guys below them to step up,” asserted Dillinger, who has been with the franchise since 2013.

“It doesn’t have to mean scoring, getting the assists or rebound, it’s just making the right play, being smart.”

Asked what went wrong in this particular loss versus their sister team, where they shot just 39.2 percent from the floor and had committed 17 turnovers, the 10-year veteran lamented the poor effort that the Bolts put up.

“TNT didn’t do anything much, given that they played well. But they didn’t have any secret schemes against us. They just passed the ball around, and they got open shots,” added the 10-year pro, as TNT made 23 assists and shot 18 triples.

“Our effort wasn’t there. We got to put up the intensity cause it sucks right now.”

Meralco have a chance to end their slump against the Kia Picanto this Wednesday. Dillinger sees it as a do-or-die affair, warning that it will be a grind-out affair knowing that the Picanto is coming off a skid-ending win over Rain or Shine.

Do-or-die ’cause that’s gonna be a playoff game. Thank God they beat Rain or Shine ’cause you don’t want to be that one team that gives the win to a 0-16 [team]. You don’t want to play teams like that,” stressed the all-around forward.

“Nothing to take away from Kia though. It’s gonna be tough.”

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