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UE joins La Salle, UST in top spot to open UAAP Taekwondo competition

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Powerhouses University of Santo Tomas and De La Salle University, along with a surprise University of the East squad, lead the standings after Day 1 of the UAAP 78 women’s taekwondo tournament, Tuesday, October 13 at the Blue Eagle Gym.

UST swept their assignments for the day after escaping Far Eastern University, 4–3, and overpowering Ateneo de Manila University, 7–0, in succession. Korina Paladin, Coleen Heria, Abigail Cham, and Marjelle Sy finished at a perfect 2–0 for the Tigresses at the day’s end with wins in these two matches. Ronnielette Balancio started the day off with a win for the Lady Tamaraws, 5–4, at the golden point round before they conceded the next two matches. At the bantamweight category, Lovely Balmes tied the match with come-from-behind victory over Zay Cajes, 4–3. The Thomasians then secured the victory with Cham and Sy in the featherweight and lightweight classes with close 1–0 and 2–1 decisions, respectively. FEU’s Clouie Bolinas ended the gruelling match with a win in the middle/heavyweight category with a rousing 7–3. The Tigresses then left no tables unturned as they blanked last year’s tormentors Ateneo in their following pairing.

La Salle had a similar route as UST, as the Taft-based squad sneaked past stubborn National University, 4–3, and dispatched Far Eastern University, 6–1. In their first match against NU, the Lady Green Jins started with two straight wins from Cleio Banez and Lovely Avanceña, 10–8 and 8–5, over Charisse Viray and Angela Loren, respectively. NU levelled the match after with Irish Razon and last year’s gold medallist Shiryl Badol overtaking their opponents. The tall Rheza Aragon then grabbed the lead for the Lady Bulldogs with a high-scoring 19–15 victory, but Paola Amon and Gabrielle Yuchingtat closed the match off in favor of the Green and White.

In the following match for the Lady Green Jins, FEU’s Balancio pulled off in the first bout against Banez in another golden point round. From there, DLSU did not look back as Avanceña, Apriel Solimen, Shanelle Romuar, last year’s top rookie Camille Bonje, Amon, and Yunchingtat swept the next six bouts to keep the team’s undefeated record for the day.

However, the story of the day is the University of the East, who shared the top spot in the standings after stunning defending champions University of the Philippines, 5–2, and quashing Ateneo, 6–1. In the first match, UE’s Karen Cells set the tone for the upset with 9–0 blanking of fifth-year senior Nicoele Sibug. Jessica Canabal, Darlene Arpon, Nicole Mc Cann, and Dymyr Lobaton picked up from where Cells left off and emerged victorious over their opponents to register their team’s first win of the season.

Along with Angie Dayag, the Lady Red Jins stepped up against the Ateneans in their second assignment, to take the share of the lead alongside UST and DLSU.

After that shocking loss in their opening game, reigning titlists Lady Maroons gained their bearings after pulling off NU, 4–3. Former captain Sibug showed her true form in winning the first bout against Viray with a convincing 14–5 victory. It was a tussle from there as NU equalized every after UP victory. Veterans Sibug and Chesca Torres, with second-year Osio, took the respective wins for the last year’s queens, while Angela Loren, Badol, and Grace Garfin, pulled off for the Lady Bulldogs. In the deciding bout, first-year player Katrina Gargoles threw a last-second head kick, which broke a deadlock at 10, to lift UP past NU and over a potential 0–2 hole, to revive their title defense.

Here are the team standings at the end of an exciting Day 1:

UST 2–0
DLSU 2–0
UE 2–0
UP 1–1
NU 0–2
FEU 0–2
ADMU 0–2

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Morning Series
UAAP Women’s Taekwondo Tournament: UP vs. UE
October 13, 2015 – Blue Eagle Gym, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City


Women’s Finweight Match (UP 0-1 UE)
Karen Celis (1-0) def. Nicoele Sibug (0-1), 9-0
Women’s Flyweight Match (UP 0-2 UE)
Francis Agojo (1-0) def. Baby Jessica Cabanal (0-1), 13-2
Women’s Bantamweight Match (UP 1-2 UE)
Stephanie Osio (1-0) def. Angie Dayag (0-1), 6-5
Women’s Featherweight Match (UP 1-3 UE)
Darlene Mae Arpon (1-0) def. KC Lozada (0-1), 11-1
Women’s Lightweight Match (UP 1-4 UE)
Nocile Ann McCann (1-0) def. Cheska Torres (0-1), 13-2
Women’s Welterweight Match (UP 2-4 UE)
Janin Marcaida (1-0) def. Jigie Jeremy Parpan (0-1), 5-1
Women’s Middle/Heavyweight Match (UP 2-5 UE)
Ysabelle Mercado (1-0) def. Katrina Gargoles (0-1), 11-8

UAAP Women’s Taekwondo Tournament: DLSU vs. NU
October 13, 2015 – Blue Eagle Gym, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City


Women’s Finweight Match (DLSU 1-0 NU)
Cleio Banez (1-0) def. Charisse Viray (0-1), 10-8
Women’s Flyweight Match (DLSU 2-0 NU)
Lovely Jean Avancena (1-0) def. Angela Kim Loren (0-1), 8-5
Women’s Bantamweight Match (DLSU 2-1 NU)
Irish Jae Razon (1-0) def. Farah Regis (0-1), 16-13
Women’s Featherweight Match (DLSU 2-2 NU)
Shiryl Badol (1-0) def. Shanelle Romuar (0-1), 8-7
Women’s Lightweight Match (DLSU 2-3 NU)
Rheza Aragon (1-0) def. Camille Bonje (0-1), 19-15
Women’s Welterweight Match (DLSU 3-3 NU)
Paola Amon (1-0) def. Grace Oneida (0-1), 13-11
Women’s Middle/Heavyweight Match (DLSU 4-3 NU)
Gabrielle Yuchingtat (1-0) def. Rhezie Aragon (0-1), 17-5

UAAP Women’s Taekwondo Tournament: UST vs. FEU
October 13, 2015 – Blue Eagle Gym, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City


Women’s Finweight Match (UST 0-1 FEU)
Ronnielette Balancio (1-0) def. Jamaica Karen de Guzman (0-1), 4*-4
Women’s Flyweight Match (UST 1-1 FEU)
Korina Paladin (1-0) def. Andrea Janna Lim (0-1), 4*-4
Women’s Bantamweight Match (UST 2-1 FEU)
Colleen Heria (1-0) def. Geena Mae Gadit (0-1), 5-2
Women’s Featherweight Match (UST 2-2 FEU)
Lovely Cindy Balmes (1-0) def. Zay Louise Cajes (0-1), 4-3
Women’s Lightweight Match (UST 3-2 FEU)
Nicole Cham (1-0) def. Fila Saberon (0-1), 5-1
Women’s Welterweight Match (UST 4-2 FEU)
Marjelle Sy (1-0) def. Virhannah Laica Glindo (0-1), 2-1
Women’s Middle/Heavyweight Match (UST 4-3 FEU)
Clouie Bolinas (1-0) def. Charm Ragutana (0-1), 7-3

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Afternoon Series
UAAP Women’s Taekwondo Tournament: ADMU vs. UST
October 13, 2015 – Blue Eagle Gym, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City


Women’s Finweight Match (ADMU 0-1 UST)
Jamaica Karen de Guzman (1-1) def. Irene Bermejo (0-1), 12-9
Women’s Flyweight Match (ADMU 0-2 UST)
Korina Paladin (2-0) def. Weedee Valenzuela (0-1), 12-2
Women’s Bantamweight Match (ADMU 0-3 UST)
Colleen Heria (2-0) def. Jenevieve De Asis (0-1), 5-3
Women’s Featherweight Match (ADMU 0-4 UST)
Zay Louise Cajes (1-1) def. Camila Sta. Ana (0-1), 14-3
Women’s Lightweight Match (ADMU 0-5 UST)
Nicole Cham (2-0) def. Frances Siapno (0-1), 8-4
Women’s Welterweight Match (ADMU 0-6 UST)
Marjelle Sy (2-0) def. Arianne Agojo (0-1), 12-10
Women’s Middle/Heavyweight Match (ADMU 0-7 UST)
Charm Ragutana (1-1) def. Geraldine Mae Sandoval (0-1), 6-2

UAAP Women’s Taekwondo Tournament: NU vs. UP
October 13, 2015 – Blue Eagle Gym, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City


Women’s Finweight Match (NU 0-1 UP)
Nicoele Sibug (1-1) def. Charisse Viray (0-2), 14-5
Women’s Flyweight Match (NU 1-1 UP)
Angela Kim Loren (1-1) def. Baby Jessica Cabanal (0-2), 12-3
Women’s Bantamweight Match (NU 1-2 UP)
Stephanie Osio (2-0) def. Irish Jae Razon (1-0), 7-5
Women’s Featherweight Match (NU 2-2 UP)
Shiryl Badol (2-0) def. KC Lozada (0-2), 13-1
Women’s Lightweight Match (NU 2-3 UP)
Cheska Torres (1-1) def. Rheza Aragon (1-1) , 4-1
Women’s Welterweight Match (NU 3-3 UP)
Grace Oneida (1-1) def. Janin Marcaida (1-1), 7-5
Women’s Middle/Heavyweight Match (NU 3-4 UP)
Katrina Gargoles (1-1) def. Rhezie Aragon (0-2), 13-10

UAAP Women’s Taekwondo Tournament: ADMU vs. UE
October 13, 2015 – Blue Eagle Gym, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City


Women’s Finweight Match (ADMU 0-1 UE)
Karen Celis (2-0) def. Irene Bermejo (0-2), 3*-3
Women’s Flyweight Match (ADMU 0-2 UE)
Francis Agojo (2-0) def. Weedee Valenzuela (0-2), 14-11
Women’s Bantamweight Match (ADMU 0-3 UE)
Angie Dayag (1-1) def. Jenevieve De Asis (0-2), 11-5
Women’s Featherweight Match (ADMU 0-4 UE)
Darlene Mae Arpon (2-0) def. Camila Sta. Ana (0-2), 9-0
Women’s Lightweight Match (ADMU 1-4 UE)
Frances Siapno (1-1) def. Nocile Ann McCann (1-1), 12-5
Women’s Welterweight Match (ADMU 1-5 UE)
Jigie Jeremy Parpan (1-1) def. Arianne Agojo (0-2), 4-1
Women’s Middle/Heavyweight Match (ADMU 1-6 UE)
Ysabelle Mercado (2-0) def. Geraldine Mae Sandoval (0-2), 11-1

UAAP Women’s Taekwondo Tournament: FEU vs. DLSU
October 13, 2015 – Blue Eagle Gym, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City


Women’s Finweight Match (FEU 1-0 DLSU)
Ronnielette Balancio (2-0) def. Cleio Banez (1-1), 8-5
Women’s Flyweight Match (FEU 1-1 DLSU)
Lovely Jean Avancena (2-0) def. Andrea Janna Lim (0-2), 12-3
Women’s Bantamweight Match (FEU 1-2 DLSU)
Irish Jae Razon (2-0) def. Geena Mae Gadit (0-2), 8-0
Women’s Featherweight Match (FEU 1-3 DLSU)
Shanelle Romuar (1-1) def. Lovely Cindy Balmes (1-1), 6-1
Women’s Lightweight Match (FEU 1-4 DLSU)
Camille Bonje (1-1) def. Fila Saberon (0-2), 7-0
Women’s Welterweight Match (FEU 1-5 DLSU)
Paola Amon (2-0) def. Virhannah Laica Glindo (0-2), 4-3
Women’s Middle/Heavyweight Match (FEU 1-6 DLSU)
Gabrielle Yuchingtat (2-0) def. Clouie Bolinas (1-1), 6-0

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Calvin Abueva rejuvenated with return of physical play: ‘Masarap maglaro’

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For Calvin Abueva, it feels great to play in the PBA nowadays.

The Beast, who has always been known as one of the league’s most physical players since entering in 2012, was all praises for the way the officiating has changed this 43rd season — by just letting all the players play.

“Mas gumanda yung tawagan ngayon, naging physical nga. Naging exciting para sa mga tao, mas marami na nanonood ngayon eh,” said Abueva moments after their 97-83 victory over the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, Sunday night.

As has been said many times, physicality had become something controlled over the last two years. Abueva knows it too well, having been a casualty, as he has paid a bevy of penalties during that time.

And now that it is a thing of the past, the 6-foot-2 bruiser feels much better, knowing that he can display his brand of basketball once more.

“Masarap maglaro, talagang pisikalan,” said the 29-year-old forward from Angeles, Pampanga. “Siyempre makikita naman natin kung sinasadya o hindi, basta katawan lang.

“Pisikal. Yun yung magandang laro di ba?”

Aside from the comeback of physicality, what makes Abueva beam even more is the way the Aces have been playing in the 2018 Philippine Cup. After a 0-2 start in the tourney, they have now booked their third straight win.

“Nung 2017 parang nilubog na namin yung losing streak namin doon. Ito 2018 na at panibagong destination na naman yung ina-ano namin,” said Abueva, who had nine points, nine rebounds, and five assists against Ginebra.

“Sustain muna namin ‘to… Sana magtuloy-tuloy ‘tong winning streak namin.”

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Alaska takes advantage of Greg Slaughter’s absence

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For the streaking Alaska Aces, their stunning 97-83 victory over the favored Barangay Ginebra San Miguel on Sunday night was partly made possible by the absence of one key player: seven-foot behemoth Greg Slaughter.

The 28-year-old center, who was averaging 20.67 points and 10.3 rebounds prior to Sunday, did not play against the Aces due to a hamstring injury. How he incurred the injury has yet to be determined.

“There’s a small person named Greg Slaughter who didn’t play; I think he has an impact on the game,” quipped coach Alex Compton after the match.

“[They missed] a guy who I think is gonna win an MVP soon in Greg Slaughter.

“Sometimes dito sa liga natin, you have to take advantage when opportunities come your way. You don’t want anybody to get hurt [though],” added Compton.

With Slaughter out of the way, the Aces’ big men feasted.

Vic Manuel top-billed with 18 points and five rebounds, and elder statesman Sonny Thoss turned back the clock with a 17-point, four-rebound outing.

“Malaking bonus na rin sa amin, kasi wala nga si Greg kaya nakuha namin yung panalo,” said Manuel.

“Yeah it definitely helped,” added the six-foot-seven Thoss, who shot 6-of-12 from the floor and made four of his freebies.

“He’s a big guy, he’s a big presence inside so it took one big guy off our shoulder.”

Slaughter was approached and asked by scribes regarding his injury, but he was not in the mood to comment. No one can blame him, though, since the Barangay have slipped to their second straight defeat after a 2-0 start.

“I’m always there in practice, going over our gameplans. But it’s better if you ask our PT,” he said.

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Alaska completes turnaround at Greg Slaughter-less Ginebra’s expense

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A strong second half surge was all the Alaska Aces needed to turn back the heavily-favored Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, 97-83, and book their third straight victory, Sunday night at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.

The Aces, who have yet to lose this 2018, have now improved to 3-2. Meanwhile, the Barangay absorbed their second straight loss and have dropped to 2-2.

“I was telling the guys na parang ang dami nating iniisip, hindi natin ginagawa yung ginagawa natin noong nakaraang dalawang linggo. Sabi ko relax lang tayo,” said coach Alex Compton, sharing what he told his wards that sparked the win.

Vic Manuel led the Milkmen with 18 points and five rebounds. Sonny Thoss turned back the clock as he made 17 markers on 6-of-12 shooting, while Chris Banchero supplied 14 points, six assists, and five rebounds.

The Aces were trailing by eight, 36-44 at the half, but it became a different ball game come the third chapter as they outscored the Gin Kings, 37 to 19, to erect a favorable 73-63 cushion heading into the game’s final 12 minutes.

From there, Alaska kept their foot on the gas to sustain their lead, which grew to as much as 18, 85-67, after their 6-0 spree — punctuated by Banchero’s lay-up plus a foul — with 6:14 remaining in the final frame.

Ginebra still tried to make one last push as they inched within 10, 75-85, but baskets by Thoss and Kevin Racal propelled Alaska to an 89-75 lead with 3:42 left to play — more than enough to knock out their counterparts.

“I was glad to come away with the win,” added Compton. “Sometimes, we have to take advantage of opportunities coming your way. You don’t want anybody to get hurt but when two number one picks on the other team aren’t playing… There.”

Jvee Casio had 13 markers for Alaska, while Calvin Abueva nearly had a double-double of nine points and nine boards along with five assists in 20 minutes.

Aljon Mariano had 15 points, nine rebounds, and three dimes for Ginebra, who — despite having Sol Mercado back in the fold after ankle issues — missed the services of Joe Devance and Greg Slaughter due to injuries.

Japeth Aguilar, Scottie Thompson, and Kevin Ferrer each scored 12 for the Barangay, with Thompson adding five assists. The trio combined for 15 of Ginebra’s 43 rebounds.

Alaska will aim to extend their streak versus the Blackwater Elite on Saturday, January 27 at 4:30 PM, while Ginebra will look to end their slump against the Phoenix Fuel Masters on Friday, January 26 at 7:00 PM. Both games are at SMART Araneta Coliseum.

The Scores:

Alaska 97 — Manuel 18, Thoss 17, Banchero 14, Casio 13, Abueva 9, Teng 9, Cruz 5, Enciso 3, Potts 3, Exciminiano 2, Magat 2, Racal 2, J. Pascual 0.

Ginebra 83 — Mariano 15, J. Aguilar 12, Ferrer 12, Thompson 12, Caguioa 8, Cruz 8, R. Aguilar 5, Tenorio 5, Mercado 2, Taha 2, Wilson 2, Jamito 0.

Quarterscores: 26-23, 36-44, 73-63, 97-83.

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Frustrated Jared Dillinger admits ‘he’s getting sick’ of Meralco’s bad PH Cup runs

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It’s no secret that the Meralco Bolts have struggled in the Philippine Cup for the last three years. During the last two seasons, the eight-year-old franchise’s win-loss tally is four wins and 18 losses.

And in the 2018 edition, the narrative has been the same, with little to no hope of it turning the other way around.

The Bolts bowed to the TNT Katropa, 99-81, Sunday night — their third straight defeat after winning over Blackwater Elite in their opener last December. If things continue as they are, it looks like another poor all-Filipino tilt run is looming.

“We’re 1-3 and there’s nothing to be happy about,” said Jared Dillinger, who had 14 points and five caroms in the match at Ynares Center in Antipolo. “It’s a long season though… We [shouldn’t] panic but it’s not fun right now.

“The Philippine Cup has been our Achilles heel and every damn Philippine Cup we get our ass kicked. I’m getting sick of it.”

In this game, Meralco missed the services of top forwards Ranidel De Ocampo and Cliff Hodge due to injuries. But for Dillinger, those issues shouldn’t be excuses.

“When you get two guys like Ranidel and Cliff out, as a team, that’s the opportunity for the guys below them to step up,” asserted Dillinger, who has been with the franchise since 2013.

“It doesn’t have to mean scoring, getting the assists or rebound, it’s just making the right play, being smart.”

Asked what went wrong in this particular loss versus their sister team, where they shot just 39.2 percent from the floor and had committed 17 turnovers, the 10-year veteran lamented the poor effort that the Bolts put up.

“TNT didn’t do anything much, given that they played well. But they didn’t have any secret schemes against us. They just passed the ball around, and they got open shots,” added the 10-year pro, as TNT made 23 assists and shot 18 triples.

“Our effort wasn’t there. We got to put up the intensity cause it sucks right now.”

Meralco have a chance to end their slump against the Kia Picanto this Wednesday. Dillinger sees it as a do-or-die affair, warning that it will be a grind-out affair knowing that the Picanto is coming off a skid-ending win over Rain or Shine.

Do-or-die ’cause that’s gonna be a playoff game. Thank God they beat Rain or Shine ’cause you don’t want to be that one team that gives the win to a 0-16 [team]. You don’t want to play teams like that,” stressed the all-around forward.

“Nothing to take away from Kia though. It’s gonna be tough.”

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