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UST survives UP, boosts semis hopes

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University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses survived a five-set thriller against the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons 18-25, 25-17, 25-23, 17-25, 15-9 to boost their semifinals chances in the Shakey’s V- League Collegiate Conference quarterfinals at the FilOil Flying V Arena, Saturday afternoon.

The Lady Maroons capitalized on the Golden Tigresses’ poor reception late in the first set to run away with the victory. Justine Dorog and Diana Carlos led the charge, and buried UST in a set where both teams kept things close in the early parts.

In the second set, the Golden Tigresses played catch-up in the early frame. Behind EJ Laure, Jessey De Leon and Ria Meneses, UST was able to take the lead at 16-15 in the second technical timeout. Afterwards Laure, Meneses and De Leon went on an attacking spree as the errors of the Lady Maroons helped them to tie the set at one apiece.

With the Lady Maroons in the driver’s seat at 20-19 in a tight third set, De Leon scored to tie the game at 20-all. Carlos answered back for a 21-20 lead for UP. The Golden Tigresses scored two straight points to take a 22-21 lead. UP had some gas left in the tank, as Dorog and Carlos scored to give the Lady Maroons a 23-22 lead. Luckily for UST, Carmela Tunay, who returned from a three-game absence due to a fractured nose, as well as Laure, stepped up to give the third set to the España-based squad.

The Lady Maroons blasted the Golden Tigresses in the fourth set, with Marian Buitre unloading two service aces to give the Lady Maroons a 12-11 lead. The Diliman-based squad relied on Isa Molde, Dorog and Carlos to completely dominate UST in the set. The Tigresses struggled to find answers for the offensive onslaught of the Lady Maroons as the match extended to a fifth and deciding set.

With Meneses and Tunay leading the charge, UST quickly pounced on UP as they took a 5-1 lead at the beginning of the fifth set. The Lady Maroons were able to close the gap behind Carlos and Dorog’s attacks for an 8-5 disadvantage. UP committed errors late in the set that allowed UST to establish a 14-9 lead. The set ended with Tunay scoring on a down-the-line kill to end the intense match.

After the game UST coach Kungfu Reyes proclaimed that the team’s errors once again caused the team to struggle to dispatch the young and talented Lady Maroons. “Sa dami ng mali na ginagawa namin, namimigay kami ng puntos sa kalaban,” he said.  Moreover, the rookie coach commended the Lady Maroons in playing beyond their age. “In terms of age parang walang pinagkaiba. May talent ang bata ni Coach Jerry [Yee] hindi mo makita ang lamang ng experience ng team ko,” Reyes closed.

Reyes was also glad that Tunay is now back she helps add depth to the bench. “Since bumalik si Carmela [Tunay], lumalim ang bench namin, bunot kami ng bunot,” Reyes added.

Laure led UST with 15 points, 12 points coming from attacks and two via blocks, while Tunay chipped 11 points in her return.

Carlos top scored the Lady Maroons with 21 points, 16 points coming from attacks, along with six service aces, while Dorog and Molde contributed 17 points each.

The Golden Tigresses will continue their quarterfinals campaign against the National University Lady Bulldogs on August 30 at 12:45 PM, while the Lady Maroons’ next assignment is against the College of Saint Benilde Lady Blazers at 3:00 PM at the same day in the same venue.

The Scores:

UST (3) – Laure 15, Tunay 13, Meneses 10, Lastimosa 9, De Leon 6, Sandoval 3, Teope 2, Cortez 1, Verutiao 1, Cabanos 0, Rasmo (L), Hachero (L)

UP (2) – Carlos 21, Dorog 17, Molde 17, Buitre 7, Chopitea 2, Layug 1, Basarte 1, Lai 1, Alinas 0, Gaiser (L), Estranero (L)

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Renzo Subido to bring Marinerong Pilipino experience to UST

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When Renzo Subido decided to skip out the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers’ UAAP Season 80 campaign, he had only one thing in mind: to improve on his craft. And he was able to do so under coach Koy Banal in the Marinerong Pilipino Skippers.

After the AMA Online Education Titans had a quick end to their campaign during the 2017 Foundation Cup, the 5-foot-9 floor general was immediately picked up by Marinerong Pilipino for the playoffs. Liking his style of play, he was again tapped for the 2018 Aspirants Cup.

And he showed a lot of growth from then, leading the Skippers to a 94-92 victory over fellow contenders Zark’s Jawbreakers. The 21-year-old tallied 20 points, three rebounds, and five assists while knocking down the crucial free throws to seal off the Lyceum-backed team.

“It was a good win for us. We’re happy that we won the game because it’s a good way to start the conference,” beamed Subido. “I’ve played against Lyceum in the past so I had familiarity with how they play.

“It was a good experience for us.”

Expectations are high for Marinerong Pilipino this conference as they are pegged as their blend of veterans and young guns are seen too overwhelming for the rest of the field. Still, Subido knows that it will be a tough climb as the other teams, especially the collegiate-based squads, have familiarity on their side.

“We’re taking it one game at a time but the goal is to win the championship,” he said. “But we know that it’s not going to be easy since we are going up against the top collegiate teams.

“So we’re just going to go all out every game.”

Besides winning the championship, Subido is on a personal mission. Being one of the seniors for the Growling Tigers next season, he hopes to learn to become a better leader for next season.

“I want to become a better leader. I know that everything I can learn this conference, I can bring to UST,” Subido expressed.

“For all I can see, coach Aldin [Ayo] is a guard-oriented coach. So I’m using all the experience I get here in Marinero, I’ll bring it to UST.”

For sure, Subido wants to make up for lost time.

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KIA signs Carlo Lastimosa

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After being released by the NLEX Road Warriors during the off-season, gunner Carlo Lastimosa has found a new home.

KIA Picanto team governor Bobby Rosales confirmed to Tiebreaker Times Thursday evening that they have tapped Carlo Lastimosa for the rest of the PBA Philippine Cup campaign.

“Yes,” Rosales confirmed in a text message.

Lastimosa, a two-time All-Star, averaged 8.8 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in his one-year stay with the Road Warriors. Coach Yeng Guiao cited that NLEX already had too many guards that resulted to Lastimosa’s release.

The product of College of Saint Benilde was drafted as the 20th overall pick in the 2013 Rookie Draft by Barako Bull. A year later, he was traded to the Blackwater Elite for Brian Heruala.

The 27-year-old is set to make his debut on Saturday when the Picanto take on the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.

The Kia Picanto are in the midst of a 16-game losing streak.

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Marinerong Pilipino withstands furious Zark’s rally to open season on high note

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The Marinerong Pilipino Skippers averted a collapse and held off the Zark’s Burger-Lyceum Jawbreakers to come away with the 94-92 thriller to open the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Losing hold of a 17-point edge, 56-39 with 7:57 left in the third frame, the Skippers survived the furious rally from the Jawbreakers in the clutch as Mike Nzeusseu and CJ Perez missed their three-pointers in the final minute before Rian Ayonayon and Renzo Subido sealed off the win for their side at the charity stripe

Subido topscored for Marinerong Pilipino with 20 points, five assists, and three rebounds, while Ayonayon unleashed 15 markers, three boards, and two dimes in the early battle between the two contenders.

Gab Banal also registered a double-double of 14 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, and four steals against his 10 turnovers in the win, while Papot Paredes got 12 of his 14 markers in the first half to help the Skippers establish control at halftime.

Victorious as Marinerong Pilipino maybe in the marquee matchup, coach Koy Banal refused to brand his side as the undisputed team-to-beat, noting: “This win means nothing. We need to keep on working get better every day because everybody will now prepare for us.”

Banal also lauded top rookie picks Alvin Pasaol and Abu Tratter, who were both fielded in the second half and stepped up to help the Skippers’ cause.

“Those guys have been with us since January 2 lang, and pretty much, medyo nangangapa pa sila sa sistema. But good thing is that they were able to deliver especially when their number were called,” he said.

The Skippers used a huge 12-0 run to end the second quarter to grab a 47-35 halftime lead, which further ballooned to 17, 56-39 in the third quarter.

Jaycee Marcelino paced Zark’s Burger-Lyceum with 20 points, four rebounds, and three assists in the loss, while Perez had 19 markers and five assists.

Earlier, PBA officer-in-charge Willie Marcial and PBA vice chairman Dickie Bachmann of Alaska graced the opening ceremonies, which was made special thanks to league newcomer Mila’s Lechon.

Marinerong Pilipino looks to sustain the momentum it gained in this game when it faces the Akari-Adamson Falcons on Thursday, January 25 at 5:00pm. Zark’s Burgers, on the other hand, takes on the Batangas-EAC Generals on Tuesday, January 23 at 4:00pm.

The Scores:

Marinerong Pilipino 94 – Subido 20, Ayonayon 15, Paredes 14, Banal 14, Robles 10, Tolentino 4, Tratter 4, Pasaol 4, Terso 3, Lopez 2, Inigo 2, Babilonia 2, Toth 0.

Zark’s 92 – Marcelino JC 20, Perez 19, Nzeusseu 18, Ayaay 11, Ibanez 6, Marcelino JV 6, Cinco 5, Tansingco 3, Santos 2, Pretta 2, Marata 0, Liwag 0

Quarterscores: 17-19, 47-34, 69-58, 94-92

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Pirates notch first win at struggling Knights’ expense

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After floundering in their first three games, the Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates broke into the win column after trouncing the Colegio San Juan de Letran Knights, 20-25, 27-25, 25-20, 25-22, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Pirates, after a sluggish start, got the best of their Intramuros neighbors by limiting their miscues in the latter three sets. According to head coach Emil Lontoc, Lyceum needed every bit of momentum they gained in their rousing win in the second set.

“Nabuhayan sila (Pirates) ng loob noong makalusot kami noong second set,” Lontoc said. “Mababa ‘yung nilaro namin nung simula tapos medyo struggle pa din noong sumunod na set. Pero nakabangon din. Crucial ‘yun kasi baka hindi na kami naka-angat kung natalo pa kami noong second set.”

The Pirates delivered three of their four aces in the final set to close the match. They also shored up their reception, finishing at 38 percent, after an atrocious start.

Jhonel Badua topped the Pirates with 19 points while Joeward Presnede added 14.

Lyceum (1-3) takes on the undefeated Arellano University (4-0) on Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Paul John Alilio and Bobby Gatdula each provided Letran with 19 points. Christopher Cistina managed 11 markers.

Letran (0-4) aims for their first win against rivals San Beda College (3-1) on Monday.

The Scores

LPU (3) – Badua 19, Presnede 14, Lajara 9, Ilano 7, Samonte 5, Uy 5, Rubio (L)

CSJL (1) – Alilio 19, Gatdula 19, Cistina 11, Almoguerra 3, Ladeon 3, Dizon 2, Domingo 2, Brioso 0, Tumbali 0, Centeno (L), Timbreza (L)

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