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UST edges Adamson in Women’s Badminton Opener



A come-from-behind win by Patricia Barredo gave the University of Santo Tomas Women’s Badminton Team the narrow 3-2 match victory over Adamson University. After blowing out the first set of the third Women’s Singles match, 17-21. Barredo bounced back against opponent Mikaela Aquino to bag the second and third sets 21-12 and 21-13 to give UST the opening day victory. UST and Adamson had earlier the four matches, with UST’ Airish Ann Macalino and Steffie Denise Aquino winning the first two singles matches and Adamson duos Christine Garin and Geilyn Ochoa and Mikaela Aquino and Jean Lucas bagging Doubles victories to help the Ermita-based squad bounce back.


Women’s Singles 1: Airish Ann Macalino(UST) def. Christine Garin(AdU)

UST 1-0 AdU


After leading early in the first set, Macalino found herself trailing opponent Garin, 15-19. However, momentum would once again tilt in favor of Macalino, as she would hold Garin to only one more point while managing to dish out seven points herself to cruise to a 22-20 first set win. Macalino would come into the second set strong, leading Garin 10-5 early in the set. She would hold on to the lead and close out the match with a 21-14 second set victory.


Aggregate score: Macalino-43, Garin- 34

Total match time: 35 mins


Women’s Singles 2: Steffie Denise Aquino (UST) def. Jean Lucas(AdU)

UST 2-0 AdU


Aquino came in strong for her first match of the day, beating back Adamson’s Jean Lucas 21-16 in the first set. The second set saw Aquino off to another great start, 15-8 but a late tilt gave Lucas a boost to 20-14. Aquino would however hold on to score the decisive 21st point and give UST’s lady shuttlers their second match victory.


Aggregate score: Aquino- 42, Lucas- 30.

Total match time: 40 mins


Women’s Doubles 1: Christine Garin and Gellyn Ochoa(AdU) def. Christine Barredo and Ma. Kristine Gaspar(UST)

UST 2- 1 AdU

A hotly-contested first set saw the schools exchange points. However, the Adamson duo rallied for a tilt that gave Garin and Ochoa three straight points to take a 20-18 edge. The UST shuttlers would respond to hit their 19th point of the match, but another Adamson point would give them their 21st point and first set victory. Garin and Ochoa would maintain their form in the second set, closing out the match with a 21-15 win for the set and securing victory in only 25 minutes.


Aggregate score: Garin and Ochoa- 42, Barredo and Gaspar: 34

Total match time: 25 mins


Women’s Doubles 2: Mikaela Aquino and Jean Lucas(AdU)def. Elaine Vinluan and Ma. Victoria Vizmonte(UST)

UST 2- 2 AdU


Taking the stage for the first time, the UST duo of Vinluan and Vizmonte bagged the first set of the match, 21-16. Aquino and Lucas would however bounce back stronger in the second set, taking on a six-point rally that boosted them to a 20-14 lead. Safely in the lead, the Adamson would hold on for the deciding point and even the score with a 21-16 second set win. The deciding third set saw Adamson slowly build a 19-13 lead. Once again, Aquino and Lucas would hold on to seal the 21-16 set victory over UST, and bringing the game to a 2-2 deadlock.


Aggregate score: Lucas and Aquino- 56, Vinluan and Vizmonte- 52

Total match time: 55 mins


Women’s Singles 3: Patricia Barredo(UST) def. Mikaela Aquino(AdU)

UST3- 2AdU


The deciding match of the game saw a rested Barredo return to the field for UST against Aquino, who had just finished a doubles match with Barredo’s teammates. Despite having just played a three-set match, Aquino closed out the first set, 21-17 to gain the upper hand against Barredo. Barredo would back strong in the second set, taking an early 9-3 lead to start the set. Three straight points after building a 19-12 lead would give Barredo the set and force a third set. Barredo and Aquino, fighting for the day’s game victory, exchanged points for most of the third set. However, after taking a 15-13 lead, Barredo would go on a massive six-point rally to leave her opponent behind a take home the set and the victory for UST.


Aggregate score: Barredo- 49, Aquino- 46

Total match time: 40 mins


Aggregate sets won: UST 7 ADU 5

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PBA slaps fines on Yeng Guiao, Chris Ross



Yeng Guiao and Chris Ross opt to move on

The much-talked about tilt that pitted the San Miguel Beermen and the NLEX Road Warriors last January 18 featured numerous confrontations and exchanges. But none was more heated than what happened between fiery head coach Yeng Guiao and emotional defensive cog Chris Ross.

With 1:46 remaining in that game, Guiao and Ross figured in a verbal altercation that resulted to the latter being slapped with his second technical foul of the contest.

San Miguel head coach Leo Austria alledged that Guiao threw a racial slur at Ross that triggered the Filipino-American.

The league though could not find any hard evidence that this occurred.

“Upon review of the incident, consulting possible witnesses to the event and discussing the matter with both parties, the alleged racist remark attributed to Coach Guiao could not be established,” the league said in a statement. “Coach Guiao has denied such allegation while Chris Ross has opted to move forward and said that he would not want to discuss the matter further. However, Coach Guiao and Chris Ross will be subject to appropriate fines for their respective misconduct.

“As a result, the Office of the Commissioner finds no sufficient basis to discuss the matter of an alleged racist remark uttered by Coach Guiao. It may be recalled that in a previous incident, a heavy penalty was imposed for a racist remark that was clearly proven.

“Rest assured that any act that is racially derogatory and pejorative in nature will be dealt with sternly by the league,” the statement ended.

As a result, Guiao is fined PHP 11,000 for obscene gesture, use of profane language and engaging in a verbal altercation while Ross is fined the amount of PHP 2,600 for incurring two technical fouls, both for verbal altercation.

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MPBL aims to give local talent biggest exposure




After months of planning, the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League will finally raise its curtains on Thursday, January 25 at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum. Unlike the other leagues in the country, the MPBL wants to give Filipino aspirants from local communities a chance to shine on national TV.

“I would like to say, this is the noble project of our founder and chairman, Senator Manny Pacquiao, Talagang dream niya ito, matulungan ‘yung mga grassroots,” said MPBL head of marketing Arnold Vegafria during the league’s press conference. “And from the grassroots, to the collegiate players and also professionals na gusto niyang tulungan, mabigyan ng chances, makalaro at ma-expose ang skills nila para matulungan ang mga basketbolista not only sa Metro Manila but this is gonna be all over the Philippines.

“Simula muna sa Metro Manila and key cities in Luzon. Soon it will go to Visayas and Mindanao.”

The first conference for the league is the Anta Raja Cup. 10 teams from Luzon will compose the league, namely Bataan, Batangas, Bulacan, Caloocan, Imus, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Paranaque, Quezon City, and Valenzuela.

Though it may be ambitious, the league wants to continue the dream started by the Metropolitan Basketball Association which is to create a league that has a home and away format.

“For the longest time, after ng MBA, I think it’s 20 years ago na ‘yun, I think it’s due na rin for our basketball fans around the country, ‘yung mga sa provinces, ‘cause ‘yung advantage nito is ‘yung games mismo, dadalhin mo sa kanila. Unlike before sa mga liga natin, naka-stay lang sila sa isang venue,” said league commissioner Kenneth Duremdes.

“Maraming factors ngayon, traffic and time-consuming. Pero itong liga natin, tayo ang magdadala mismo sa mga tao, sa mga basketball fans. Sa tagal-tagal ng walang organized, or high-level na basketball tournament, ito na ‘yung time na makikita ng mga basketball fans natin na up close and personal ang mga ini-idolo nila, lalo na ang mga hometown hero nila,” the PBA legend furthered.

Armed with this vision, the league plans to be the country’s premier amateur league, helping build the dreams of the Filipino youth.

“It’s an amateur league. Kaya nga natin siya tinatawag na liga para sa lahat ng Pilipino, kasi lahat dito as long as Filipino ka, kasali ka,” shared Duremdes.

“Kagaya ng sinasabi ni Sen. Manny, matutulungan natin ang mga players ng grumaduate sa college na walang mapaglaruan, mga ex-pro na hindi masyado nabigyan ng exposure sa PBA, may exposure sila dito. Tapos yung mga grassroots player natin, malay mo springboard nila ang MPBL and who knows they will represent the country in the national team.

“Ito ang nakikita ni Sen Manny, mga players na out of school or the big leagues, ma-expose sila sa MPBL at mapansin sila ng national team or pro team,” he furthered.

The league’s first game will feature Caloocan taking on Paranaque at the Big Dome. Tickets are priced at P300, P200, P150, P100 while the Gen Ad will be open for all.

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Blazers rally from 0-2 deficit, fend off Generals for fourth win



Defending NCAA men’s volleyball champions College of Saint Benilde Blazers completed a huge comeback from an 0-2 hole and upended the gritty Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, 19-25, 20-25, 25-7, 25-14, 15-11, Monday morning at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Generals stormed through the first two sets, leaning on better transition and their service game. Joshua Mina and Chris Ilano poured in most of their combined 27 points in these frames.

Nonetheless, when the Blazers realized that they needed to turn up its aggressiveness, it was cruise control from there.

“Nung first two sets, nag-relaxed kami, ‘di kami aggressive sa atake, sa blocking,” Benilde senior middle blocker Jethro Orian lamented. “Eh yung kalaban, masipag sila.”

EAC imploded in the next two sets, coughing up most of its 41 miscues during the frame. The reigning champions capitalized on the situation with heightened aggression.

Halfway into the eliminations, Orian shared that the Blazers needed to continue their hard work.

“Kailangan pa naming mas maging aggressive. Mas tumrabaho sa dapat naming again,” he said.

Captain Isaah Arda registered a 19-point outing, 17 coming off attacks. Orian’s fellow center attacker Francis Basilan finished with 12 markers.

The Blazers (4-1) will battle the Jose Rizal University (0-5) on Wednesday.

Mina starred for the Generals with 16 points.

The Generals (2-3) will lock horns with Mapua University (2-2) on Thursday, in a tussle for survival.

The Scores:

CSB 3 – Arda 19, Basilan 12, Orian 9, Bacani 9, Bautista 9, Magsino 4, Rojas 1, Saldavia 0, Dy L.

EAC 2 – Mina 16, Ilano 11, Rasing 11, Castellano 8, Lim 6, Garcia 2, Guinto 1, Panoy 0, Lumbar 0, Magadan L, Bagdoc L.

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Vic Manuel says Alaska yet to return to contender status



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Even if they have won their third straight game coming from a 0-2 start in the 2018 Philippine Cup, Vic Manuel thinks that it’s still not enough to tell that the Alaska Aces should be considered as one of the topflight teams in the league.

“Hindi pa rin masabi, kasi lahat ng team ngayon, talagang malalakas na eh, hindi na basta-basta easy yung mga game eh,” said “The Muscleman” Sunday night, after he and the Aces took down Barangay Ginebra, 97-83, at the Ynares Center.

The way the Aces have been playing this 2018 is remarkably different from the way they did last 2017, where they raked in more losses than wins. For Manuel, it’s partly because of the team regaining their competitive fire.

“Sa practice pa lang, talagang nakikipag-compete eh. Walang easy kahit sa practice, talagang bigay-todo lahat,” said the 30-year-old, who has been with Alaska since 2014.

“Sobrang aggressive, kaya yun, nadadala namin sa game.”

It also helps that the Milkmen have been healthy so far this season, unlike last year where they couldn’t even field a complete line-up in almost every outing. Manuel knows it too well, as he had been injury-plagued last season.

“Yung injury ko talaga, hindi madali eh, kasi sa tuhod talaga, sa left knee,” said the six-foot-four forward from Nueva Ecija. “So pinu-push nila ako kung ano ang kailangan ko gawin. Ayun, nagbubunga naman lahat.”

Now, eyes are on the Aces if they can keep this streak of theirs going. And for Manuel, who led the Aces with 18 points and five rebounds against the Gin Kings, all they need to do is to sustain what they have right now in their next games.

“Kailangan every game, focused pa rin kami, mas maging aggressive kami,” he said.

“Kung anong mga ginagawa namin nitong mga last three games namin, kailangan dalhin pa namin sa mga susunod naming games.”

Apologies to LA Tenorio

After the bout, Manuel had actually planned to approach Ginebra’s star point guard LA Tenorio regarding the spat they figured into late in the third quarter, after the former undercut the much bigger Manuel near the rim.

But Manuel made it clear that he wasn’t going after Tenorio to get back at him. All that he wanted to do was to apologize, as he found out that Tenorio was just trying to help him get back up and not trying to instigate something.

“Sabi niya, ‘bakit mo ako binigyan? Itatayo na nga kita eh.’ Nahiya din ako sa kanya. Magso-sorry sana ako, eh wala eh, lumayo na siya eh,” Manuel shared with a chuckle.

“Lalapitan ko sana eh, pero umalis agad.”

That incident was just one of the many things that frustrated Tenorio. Aside from absorbing their second straight loss, he couldn’t get things going, as he only scored five on a dismal 1-of-13 shooting from the floor.

“Magandang bonus din sa’min yun kasi medyo masama yung nilaro niya,” said Manuel.

“Swerte na lang siguro kami.”

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