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Valdez’s 32 carries Ateneo past CSB

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Reigning UAAP MVP Alyssa Valdez once again carried the scoring load for the Ateneo De Manila University Lady Eagles, as they staged a comeback win against the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Lady Blazers 23-25,18-25,25-8, 25-20,15-10 in the Shakeys V-League Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Arena earlier today.

Both teams exchanged attacks and showed their superior floor defense throughout the tight first set, a Valdez attack error allowed the Lady Blazers to take the lead at 23-22, followed by a Monica Torres kill that gave the Taft based squad the set point at 24-22. Valdez was able to score through the block to keep the Lady Eagles afloat at 23-24 but Jeanette Panaga blocked Jhoanna Maraguinot to award the nerve cracking first set to Benilde.

Shortly into the second set, the Lady Eagles struggled with their reception that was capitalized by the Lady Blazers to erect an 8-4 lead in the first technical timeout. The Lady Blazers banked on the Lady Eagles’ difficulties to further increase the lead at 22-11 with Panaga and Jannine Navarro leading the Benilde offense. The Lady Eagles managed to trim the lead to six from the collective effort of Valdez, Bea De Leon and Maddie Madayag putting Ateneo at a 22-17 disadvantage. However, Madayag committed a service error followed by Maraguinot getting blocked by Torres to bring Benilde to another set point at 24-17. Similar to the first set, Valdez once again scored, attempting to give Ateneo life, but on the next play Panaga once again put away the set for the Lady Blazers with a block on Valdez to put Benilde in a two to nothing set advantage against the reigning UAAP champions.

The Lady Eagles finally showed its fury in offense in blistering the Lady Blazers. Errors coming from the Lady Blazers further helped Ateneo to maintain a huge lead throughout the set.Valdez scored off the block to gave the Lady Eagles a comfortable 17-7 lead. Afterwards De Leon put some finishing touches including an ace to extend the match for the Katipunan based squad.

In the fourth set, with both teams tied at nine, Valdez scored three straight points to give Ateneo a 12-9 separation. However, Navarro counter attacked to give Benilde a slight 14-13 lead against the Lady Eagles. Ateneo bounced back, with Maraguinot scoring for a 15-14 advantage, and from there Ateneo never gave the Lady Blazers a chance to recover, with Valdez ending the set with a kill to level the match sets at two all.

Benilde started the fifth set with a 2-0 lead but back-to-back errors from the Lady Blazers helped the Lady Eagles enter the score board at two all. Both teams once again exchanged points until Valdez once again scored three consecutive points for Ateneo, this time followed by an Amy Ahomiro block on Torres for an 8-5 lead. The Lady Blazers refused to surrender with Panaga and Navarro leading the charge to keep Benilde at distance, 12-10. Still the Lady Eagles managed to hang on, coupled by errors from Navarro that gave the Lady Eagles its hard earned fourth straight win.

Ateneo Team Captian Alyssa Valdez said the team is now really affected by the injuries but never lose a chance against the Lady Blazers.

“We really affected sa mga injuries sa team. As a team kailangan gawin ang part namin and si Coach Tai(Bundit) naman remained positive,” said Valdez.

Valdez also praised the Lady Blazers on their effort in this game.

“Hands on talaga, defense and offense, all of them really played well and work hard,” Valdez added.

Valdez top scored the Lady Eagles with 32 points from 26 attacks points and five services aces, while setter, Gizelle Tan tossed 35 excellent sets.

Panaga finished with 17 points and Navarro added 14 points for the Lady Blazers. The Lady Eagles will next play against the Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP) Lady Engineers on August 8 at 5:00 PM while the Lady Blazers next assignment is against the De La Salle-Dasmarinas Lady Patriots on August 9 at 5:00 PM at the same venue.

The Scores:

ADMU (3) – Valdez 32, De Leon 11, Maraguinot 9, Gequillana 7, Ahomiro 5, Madayag 3, Tan 2, De Jesus (L)

CSB (2) – Panaga 17, Navarro 14, Torres 9, Dolorito 6, Musa 2, Cheng 2,Borrero 1, Ramos 1, Austero 0, Santillan 0, Enclona (L)

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Calvin Abueva, Raymond Almazan cut from pool

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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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23 for 2023 cadets fill up Gilas practice

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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

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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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