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UE upends Adamson, takes first win



University of the East took care of business in the first three matches to register their first win of the UAAP 78 men’s badminton tournament before Adamson University Soaring Falcons took the consolation matches, 3–2, Wednesday morning at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.

Red Warriors veteran Arman Manlalangit finally broke his slump after surviving fellow senior EJ Viloria in three grueling sets. Viloria rose to a strong start at the opening game before Manlalangit seized control to lead at the break, 11–10. The Falcons’ Captain then scored several points in bundles to go on and take the game, 21–16. Manlalangit returned the favor in the following game and used a slim three-point advantage in the interval, 11–8, to level the match and force a deciding game, 21–15. The third-year UE veteran continued the momentum and took hold of the start of the final game before the court change at 11–8. Viloria tried to steal the game, but Manlalangit pulled through to register UE’s first win of the day, 21–17.

In the second singles, UE’s Angelo David nosed out fellow rookie Kevin Fabros in two close games. David initiated of the early goings of the first set and led 11–7 at the interval. Fabros kept the game close and forced his Recto-based opponent to trade points. However, David halted the tug-of-war in the end after conceding two separate game-clinching points from both sides, 23–21. The Adamson newcomer unleashed a strong start in the following set, but David slowly crept into the lead and wrestled control before the break, 11–10. Stringing a couple of points after the ceasefire, the Red Warriors took the set and the match, 21–18.

King Espiritu and Clarence Camacho clinched the Warriors’ maiden win of the season after overpowering Joshua Antonio and Jelo Iquiña in two consecutive sets for the first doubles match. After a close start at the first set, the Warriors duo mounted a huge lead at the middle part to put the set away and win it, 21–13. It was a similar story in the succeeding set, as UE never gave Adamson the chance. Espiritu and Camacho secured the set and the match, 21–10.

With nothing to gain but some matches on the scoreboard, Adamson took one back in the second doubles. Viloria and Elben Concha dispatched Manlalangit and Kenneth Cruz in two games. Both Adamson and UE wrestled for control at the start, before the Falcons took the initiative after the break. Viloria and Concha pulled through their opponents and won the first, 21–13. The second game had the same tight start and Adamson took the lead at the break, 11–10. From there, the San Marcelino-based tandem cruised to the win, 21–14.

In the final singles, Adamson sophomore Gerloth Delizo outlasted Espiritu in two sets. The first set was a tight affair before Delizo pulled through with the win. Espiritu wrestled the lead after the break, but Delizo slowly took the upper hand and the first set point. After two missed chances to secure the game, Adamson finished it with a score of 23–21. The following game was no different, but the Falcon seized control after the interval and never looked back to get the set and the match for his squad, 21–12.


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Calvin Abueva, Raymond Almazan cut from pool



SMART Gilas Pilipinas’ third session for the second leg of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers ended early on Monday evening.

Prior to the end of the practice, head coach Chot Reyes talked to team veterans Jayson Castro, Gabe Norwood, and June Mar Fajardo. The outspoken mentor told the seniors of the team that he is cutting Calvin Abueva and Raymond Almazan from the pool.

“The reason why we’re dropping Abueva and Almazan for the second window is because they haven’t showed up,” lamented Reyes.

“It’s already our third practice at hindi pa sila nagpapakita. It’s simply a matter of disinterest.

“I guess they’re not interested so we have to move on we can’t wait for those guys,” he pointed out.

Both Abueva and Almazan were part of the teams that competed in the 2017 SEABA Championship, the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup, and the first window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

Only 10 players from the pool showed up for the team’s third session. And with the second leg exactly one month away, Gilas cannot let a slip up happen especially against Australia.

“Aside from those two we don’t know where Matt Wright is, while Allein [Maliksi] is attending a wedding in Australia. Other than that it’s really just an issue of Calvin and Raymond if they don’t want to be a part of the pool.” expressed Reyes.

“That’s the reason we’re dropping them for the second window.”

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2019 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers

23 for 2023 cadets fill up Gilas practice



With just 31 days until the second window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, only 10 players from the pool attended the team’s third session, Monday evening at the Meralco Gym.

Suiting up in the session presided over by Coach Chot Reyes were June Mar Fajardo, Gabe Norwood, Troy Rosario, Jio Jalalon, Mac Belo, Kiefer Ravena, Kevin Alas, and Roger Pogoy. Carl Cruz and Jayson Castro were in attendance but were in street clothes.

Not present were Matthew Wright, Japeth Aguilar, and Allein Maliksi. Calvin Abueva and Raymond Almazan have yet to attend practice.

Joining the seniors team to prep them up for the World Cup Qualifiers were 10 players from the 23 for 2023 pool.

Ateneo Blue Eagle Matt Nieto attended his first Gilas practice. Joining him were teammates Isaac Go and Thirdy Ravena.

Completing the night’s cast were CJ Perez, Abu Tratter, Will Gozum, J-jay Alejandro, Arvin Tolentino, and Juan Gomez de Liano. Joshua Sinclair watched from the sidelines as he is still recovering from an ACL injury.

Gilas will take on Australia in Melbourne on February 22. The Philippine will then host Japan three days later at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

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San Beda fends off Letran for back-to-back wins



With seasoned setter John Carlo Desuyo steering the wheel to near perfection, the San Beda College romped to their second straight win.

The Red Spikers pulled double-digit outings from four players to upend archrival Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights, 19-25, 25-13, 25-21, 25-22, and register their fourth win of the season, Monday early evening at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

It was the Knights, however, who started on the right foot, overhauling a 4-10 deficit to snag the first set. Better passing from liberos Aljune Centeno and Johnsen Timbreza resulted in kills from captain Bobby Gatdula.

Nonetheless, San Beda picked up the service game in the next three sets to ultimately finish off the blue-shirts.

Despite the win-loss record they currently sport, the Red Spiker playmaker admitted that t

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Michael Calisaan tows Che’lu-San Sebastian past Perpetual



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Michael Calisaan poured 20 points as he captained newcomer Che’Lu-San Sebastian Revellers to a decisive 83-70 win over the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas to start their voyage, Monday evening at the Pasig City Sports Center.

Doing it all for the Revellers, the veteran forward provided the stability for his side as he shot 8-of-15 from the field while also hauling down nine rebounds, two assists, and two steals in the conference-opening win.

But it wasn’t all Calisaan as Che’Lu got contributions from all over its roster.

Samboy de Leon chimed in 16 markers and nine boards. RK Ilagan went 2-of-5 from threes to collect 13 points, eight dimes, and three rebounds, while big men Alfred Batino and Jeepy Faundo combined for 20 in the victory.

Despite the triumph, coach Stevenson Tiu gave all the praise to his players, noting the team’s lack of time preparing for the tourney.

“Nanalo kami dahil sa talent ng players. Medyo mali ko rin kasi nahirapan pa ako mag-adjust sa players. Hopefully, we play much better in the coming games,” he said.

The Revellers used a 16-4 run to finally break away from the Altas, taking a 77-60 lead with 4:03 to play as they punished their foes for their turnovers, turning Perpetual’s 30 miscues to 28 points in their favor.

Prince Eze anchored the Altas with 15 points, 11 rebounds, and seven blocks in their first game under new head coach Frankie Lim.

Che’lu-San Sebastian look to make it two in a row when they take on the Wangs-Letran Couriers on Monday, January 29 at 5:00pm. Perpetual, on the other hand, hope they can notch their first win when they take on Mila’s Lechon Mighty Roasters.

The Scores:

Che’lu-SSCR 83 — Calisaan 20, De Leon 16, Ilagan 13, Batino 10, Faundo 10, Bulanadi 6, Costelo 6, Calma 2, David 0, Lao 0, Santos 0, Valdez 0.

UPHSD 70 — Eze 15, Coronel 13, Villanueva 13, Jimenez 9, Charcos 7, Peralta 7, Gallardo 5, Pido 1, Antonio 0, Aurin 0, Tamayo 0, Tongco 0.

Quarterscores: 17-22, 34-38, 59-53, 83-70.

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