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UNBLEMISHED: Lady Paddler Yanyan Lariba caps impressive UAAP career untouched

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In the sporting world in general, there will be wins and there will be losses. For some events, there will be phenoms and high-caliber athletes, but it’s a norm for them to lose at some point, or have their downfalls eventually. However, DLSU Lady Paddler, Ian “Yanyan” Lariba, defied all odds and exhausted all of her five playing years for the Green-and-White on an undefeated slate in her games.

For a brief pass-through, Lariba was hailed as the Rookie of the Year of the tournament back in Season 74, and got the Most Valuable Player award in Season 75 and Season 77. For two years, she was named the Athlete of the Year for the entire league. For this 78th season, her team capped back-to-back championship in the women’s division of the sport. Lariba garnered another MVP plum to put the icing in the cake in her productive UAAP career.

After the Lady Paddlers defeated FEU in the championship, 3-1. Lariba shared her thoughts on ending her career with her team. She says “Sobrang overwhelming kasi for five years minsan lang mangyari yung double back-to-back. Sobrang happy ko kasi lahat ng team, coaches, lineup nagtiyaga talaga, nagsipag talaga. Nagsakripisyo. Mindset lang po talaga namin is one game at a time. We weren’t forward-looking and we took it step by step”.

Yan Lariba

She reminisced that her 2013 was a painful defeat, but it was used by her team to motivate themselves to capture the crown in the next two years.

“Nung 2013 na-sweep din namin (elims) pero nung finals na thrice to beat (loss), so it was really a lesson learned from us and then siguro dun namin na-realize na kahit thrice-to-beat ka, pwede ka matalo. Then 2014, dun kami tumatag bilang athletes kasi yung team namin last year very young and sobrang nakaka-proud sila. Kahit mga bata, kaya nila i-handle yung pressure” Lariba recalls.

She added “Everyone really taught and inspired each other. This year, we know that yung lineup namin matatag and sinasabi ko sakanila na may tiwala ako. We really wanted to focus on every point and we tell each other win it first for ourselves. Then we find our inspiration. If you know you have an inspiration, you know that whatever you do is worth it.”

Aside from the championships, one striking feat of the Cagayan de Oro native in her table tennis career was being undefeated in all of her games. She says that the road to achieving it is not easy but attainable. She shares “Hindi siya imposible kasi alam ko naman na I got my team’s back, I got the Lasallian community’s support. I’m really just happy and thankful for La Salle for giving me the opportunity. It’s really a great privilege.”

Furthermore, the drive and hunger for success was fueled by her mental toughness and said that having an on-point mindset helps a lot. “Sinasabi ko sa sarili ko na if I play, I wanted to play like an underdog, but with a heart of a champion so parang alam ko kasi na inaasahan ako ng team. Sobrang pasasalamat ko din na pinagkatiwalaan ako. I’m blessed to have them.”

Ian Lariba Hugs

An emotional Lariba ended her 5-year stint in one of the prestigious collegiate leagues in the country and shares “I’ll really miss this feeling. Pagkasabi nilang mami-miss nila ako, dun palang naiiyak na ako. Being part of this team and being part of this family and sabi ko tuloy niyo lang ginagawa natin”. In addition, she shared the “ANIMO” recipe to her success:

“Yung animo parang A-As we play, always give all, N-Never giving up, I-Inspiring others, M-Motivate each other kahit anong mangyari and O-Ohana, meaning family kasi for the last five years, family really helped me a lot to grow as a person and everything else”.

As she exits as a Lady Paddler, she believes that there will be no sorts of difficult in filling up her spot as she explains “Naniniwala ako na malakas yung team na to kasi it’s a sisterhood, a family. And andyan naman yung mga coach para mag gabay and I always tell them to show other people about being a Lasallian athlete because being a Lady Paddler is something you can be proud of.”

Personally, the National team member lives in the moment and pointed out that she plans to finish her Finance degree in the university and embrace whatever comes after that. “(I have) three terms left for me in La Salle, and I will be graduating in Oct(2016) and kung ano mang opportunity, kukunin ko. I just want to live everyday of my life as if it’s my moment and I just want to cherish that”.

Bottom-line, the humble Lariba was simply thankful for the blessed career she had and the opportunity to carry the name of her school with it. “Sobrang thankful talaga sa teammates ko, sa managers, Lasallian community, sa OSD(Office of Sports Development), and especially kay God kasi binigay niya samin to kasi sobrang worth it.”

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Christian Standhardinger goes perfect from stripe in Hong Kong’s rout of Formosa

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After going a horrid 5-for-17 from the stripe during their first loss of the season last January 9, Christian Standhardinger made sure to make good on his free throws to power the Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Club to a dominant 99-79 rout of the Formosa Dreamers, Thursday evening in Southorn Stadium.

The 6-foot-8 Filipino-German, who tallied 37 points and 19 rebounds in the overtime loss to Saigon, went a perfect 9-for-9 from the foul line. He finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds.

The contest itself was not close, as the defending champions were able to impose their will on the bottom-ranked squad, leading by as much as 23 points, 93-70, after two free throws by Standhardinger with 2:58 remaining.

If Standhardinger was having a good day with his free throws, the entire Formosa squad could not say the same, going 13-of-27 from the line.

Tyler Lamb had 25 markers as well for Hong Kong, while Marcus Elliott grabbed a triple-double with 19 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists.

Lenny Daniel paced Formosa with 25 points and 11 rebounds. World Import Ronnie Aguilar had 14 points and 16 rebounds but went just 5-for-14 from the field.

With the win, Hong Kong goes to 8-1, while the Dreamers fell to 1-8.

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Chooks-to-Go President hopes 3×3 World Cup breaks Philippine Arena record

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Last October 27, 2017, Game Seven of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals between heated rivals Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and Meralco Bolts saw 54,083 people troop to the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. The attendance broke all records for both the venue and the PBA.

Come June this year, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and Chooks-to-Go are hoping that the upcoming 2018 FIBA 3×3 World Cup will surpass that record.

“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. Kanina pinag-uusapan na, if we’re going to break the record in attendance,” said Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. president Ronald Mascariñas on Thursday afternoon during a press conference held at BGC High Street in Taguig.

“I think the question there is not if we’re going to break, but how many more times. Because FIBA should see how passionate the Filipinos are about basketball. That’s a given,” one of the patrons of Gilas Pilipinas added.

Besides the event itself, the local government of Bulacan has pledged to make the week of the tournament filled with activities to celebrate the Philippines’ 120th year of Independence.

For their part, Chooks-to-Go vowed to help out the SBP in organizing the event and in building the team.

“We are throwing our support not to improve on our finish, but we want to help SBP organize, to win the championship — not just to improve our ranking,” Mascariñas shared.

And the experience he and his company gained after backing the Pilipinas 3×3 team during last year’s tournament will only help.

“In past tournaments, we’ve lost some games na maninipis lang talaga,” he recalled about the team composed of Kobe Paras, Kiefer Ravena, Jeron Teng, and JR Quinahan that competed in Nantes, France.

“This time around, with five months to go, we need to organize and put in the best t

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Ilocos United takes leave from PFL

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Another one bites the dust

After months of speculation, Ilocos United has formally announced their absence from the Philippines Football League for the 2018 season.

A statement signed by Ilocos Chief Executive Officer Tony Lazaro and posted on the club’s Facebook page broke the big news.

“Unfortunately, after months of negotiation, efforts to attract a new naming sponsor for the Team were unsuccessful,” the statement opened. “Consequently, it has become financially prohibitive to continue participation in the PFL.

“Primarily, the lack of broadcasting exposure in 2017 created an apprehension in the corporate community, cascading into a series of afflictions that has ultimately led to our withdrawal from the competition.”

Ilocos finished last during the inaugural season, tallying 1 win, 6 draws, and 21 losses with a -49 goal differential.

Still, Ilocos gave their thanks to those who supported the club during the inaugural PFL season.

“We are cautiously optimistic of a potential return to the PFL for the 2019 season, whereby secured broadcasting exposure will hopefully lead to higher confidence from potential sponsorship partners.”

While their PFL operations will fold for the time being, Ilocos will continue the grassroots programs they have started within the area. ¨In the meantime, the foundation of football development we helped to build in Ilocos will continue, including grassroots initiatives at local schools, women’s futsal, Special Olympics, and, of course, the IUFC Academy.¨

The latest development will be another big blow for the young league. Meralco Manila pulled out of the competition beforehand, and now Ilocos´ absence leaves only six teams in the competition.

Now more than ever, something needs to be done by the PFL or even the Philippine Football Federation to ensure the feasibility of the clubs and the league itself for years to come.

Football is a hard sport to build in the Philippines despite its resurgence since 2010. There are limited corporate boosters for the sport which is in dire need of a financial push to sustain its growth.

Ilocos´ leave and Meralco´s folding now forces local football´s stakeholders to take a step back and examine the next moves to build the sport.

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CJ Perez, Jaycee Marcelino in unison: D-League is a whole other level

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After falling just two games short of copping Lyceum’s first-ever NCAA crown, the Pirates went to the PBA D-League to gain experience. However, in their first foray in the second league, the Lyceans realized that it was a whole different beast.

Going up against the veteran-laden Marinerong Pilipino Skippers, the Zark’s Burgers-backed squad suffered a slow start as they adjusted to the tougher calls of the league. The Jawbreakers were down by as much as 17 points early in the third frame, 37-54.

“Yung physicality hindi naman ako masyadong nagulat pero sa mental toughness, yung pagod ka na, tapos may babanggga pa sa ‘yo, ang iniisip ko kailangan mas maging tough,” admitted reigning NCAA Most Valuable Player CJ Perez.

“Nangangapa kami nung una lahat kasi first game namin ito, pati dito sa court na ‘to first game din namin,” added Jaycee Marcelino.

It served as a wake-up call. Adjusting on the fly, Perez and Marcelino rallied the Jawbreakers back — even fashioning multiple attempts to take over the contest late in the game. However, they fell short, 92-94.

“Binalik lang namin yung laro namin dati, pass the ball, hindi yung puro dribble, i-run lang namin yung plays,” shared Marcelino, as he and Perez combined to score 16 points in the final frame.

The 21-year-old Marcelino finished with a game-high 20 points on an efficient 7-of-9 shooting to go along with four rebounds, three assists, two steals, and a block. The 24-year-old Perez added 19 points, five assists, two steals, and a block.

With their first game in the bag, the duo — and the rest of the Jawbreakers — now have the experience under their belts. And they plan to put in the work to prove that they belong.

“Sa NC naman kasi puro ka-level namin kalaro namin, dito puro beterano ang naglalaro,” said Marcelino. “Hindi talaga namin masabi na yung ginawa namin sa NC magagawa din namin dito.

“Mageextra work pa kami para masustain namin kung ano kami sa Lyceum.”

“It’s a good experience. Ibang iba pala talaga yung laro ng D-League sa NCAA,” expressed Perez, who is a consensus top three pick for the upcoming PBA Rookie Draft.

“Sobrang grateful kami na nakalaro na rin kami sa D-League.”

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