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Yeo rallies Barako Bull to best start in franchise history



The Barako Bull Energy, after being down 12-31 in the early goings of the game, rallied behind their bench in outscoring the Meralco Bolts the rest of the way to a 105-99 victory and stay unbeaten in the 2015 PBA Governor’s Cup Sunday afternoon at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Barako Bull Energy started the game with a quick 6-2 start with Chico Lanete and Liam McMorrow powering the squad to open the game. Cliff Hodge’s energy on defense powered the Bolts to a huge 11-0 rally. In addition, Japanese import Seiyo Ando pressured the point guards into turnovers and converting them with layups on the other end. The Bolts lead grew to as high as 31-12 with Barako Bull not finding their offense. The Energy shot a poor 31.6% from the field in the quarter while the Bolts shot an outstanding 61.9%. Moreover, Andre Emmett made his presence known in scoring 12 points in the opening stanza of the game.

Super sixth man joseph Yeo entered the game in the second quarter. He then led a Barako Bull push with back-to-back three pointers. However, just when the Ninja was heating up, Yeo was accidentally swiped by Cliff Hodge that caused a cut on his left cheek, momentarily subbing him out of the game.

McMorrow and Chua helped their team in cutting down the lead in the quarter with offensive rebounds and putbacks against a smaller Bolts squad. In the half, the Energy were able to collect 17 second chance points. However, Meralco still maintained a 52-41 lead to enter halftime.

A furious 14-4 rally, with just five minutes in the third canto, was unleashed by the Barako Bull Energy. The quintet of McMorrow, Jake Pascual, Yeo, Chico Lanete, and RR Garcia flawlessly moved the ball and locked in on defense to cut the Bolts lead to just a solitary point 56-55. Free throws by Justin Chua tied the game at 58-all with 5:52 remaining. A flabbergasted coach Norman Black called a timeout afterwards to try to quell the Energy rally. Free throws by Emmett and a three-point shot by Mike Cortez gave the Bolts a 63-60 lead, but the lead was taken over by Barako Bull behind the hot hands of Yeo and RR Garcia. National team player Gary David then gave the suddenly stagnant Bolts-offense a boost to keep the game close, but a layup by Justin Chua, gave Barako a 75-73 lead before entering the final frame of the game. The Energy outscored the Bolts 34-21 in the quarter.

Yeo and Intal extended the lead for the Barako Bull Energy with three pointers to give their team an 81-75 lead. However, free throws by Rey Guevarra and jump shots by Emmett and Sando tied the game at 81-all. The two teams then exchanged shots and leads with big shots coming from Emmett and Yeo. Former San Beda big man Jake Pascual then joined in the fray with excellent rebounds and inside shots to help keep Barako afloat. In addition, former UAAP MVP Garcia stayed hot as he connected with a three point shot that gave Barako a 97-91 lead with 3:45 remaining. McMorrow and Pascual then scored on back-to-back baskets to give Barako a 101-96 lead with 1:27 remaining but was quickly answered by a three pointer by Cliff Hodge. 101-99 was the closest the Bolts could get. Free throws by Joseph Yeo sealed the game for the still-perfect Barako Bulls, 105-99.

Coach Koy Banal in the postgame press conference, told the members of the media that this is an exciting time for the franchise. “We got a lot of good players from the trades we made. And a lot of guys stepped up, this time it was Justin [Chua] and RR [Garcia]. Joseph also played huge with 28 points,” Banal said. Moreover, with McMorrow facing foul trouble almost the entire game, Banal commended the performance of his locals, especially Pascual, Willie Wilson and Chua.

Joseph Yeo led Barako Bull with 28 big points, with six assists and five three pointers. Liam McMorrow also had another monster outing with 19 points and 23 rebounds. For the other side, only two players scored in double digits with Andre Emmett scoring 32 points and Cliff Hodge having 17. Sean Anthony also grabbed 12 rebounds in the losing effort.

As a team, Meralco had a better outing from the field shooting at 48% compared to just the 41.5% of Barako Bull. However, the frontline of the Energy led by McMorrow, Chua and Pascual outrebounded the Bolts 55-41 which turned the tides of the game. In addition, Barako Bull scored 28 second chance points and 25 points off of turnovers.

The Meralco Bolts will next face the Blackwater Elite on Friday, May 29 at 4:15pm, while the Barako Bull Energy will play again on Wednesday, May 27 at 4:15pm against the San Miguel Beermen. Both games will be played at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Scores:

Barako Bull 105 – Yeo 28, McMorrow 19, Garcia 14, Pascual 12, Chua 12, Lanete 8, Intal 5, Wilson 3, Lastimosa 2, Ababou 2, Hubalde 0, Maierhoffer 0

Meralco 99 – Emmett 32, Hodge 17, Cortez 9, David 9, Ando 8, Anthony 7, Guevarra 7, Ferriols 4, Ildefonso 2, Dillinger 2, Nabong 2, Sena 0

Quarterscores: 18-33, 41-52, 75-73, 105-99

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Renzo Subido to bring Marinerong Pilipino experience to UST



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



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



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



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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