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UAAP: FEU takes care of business against NU to tie UP at fourth

Far Eastern University made certain it still has complete command of its own fate now in the stretch run of the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Arvin Tolentino waxed hot from start to finish as the Tamaraws wielded all of its weapons in a 79-74 triumph over hapless National University on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum. Tolentino was on-point from the get-go and fired all of his 16 points in the first half. “So far, these boys are playing really well the past two games. Hopefully, we can sustain this,” head coach Olsen Racela said post-game. Right beside him was team captain Kenneth Tuffin and promising rookie L-Jay Gonzales who totaled 15 and nine points, respectively, to help FEU hike its record to 7-6. It was still a close contest after the opening salvo until the floodgates opened for the Tamaraws with Tolentino and Tuffin spearheading their 25-10 surge in the second quarter. The Bulldogs would only come as close as six points for the remainder of the game. FEU now stands on even ground with the University of the Philippines at the fourth spot. “Yun na yun. We’re still in the hunt,” their mentor said. Another win for the Tamaraws against Adamson University coupled with a Fighting Maroons loss to De La Salle University will send the former to the Final Four. “We are going all-out for that win. Whatever happens sa ibang games ng teams, we’re going for that win,” coach Olsen said. For NU, John Lloyd Clemente dropped 38 points, the most points from a player in this season, while Dave Ildefonso also added a 12-marker, 10-rebound double-double. That still wasn’t enough, though, as they dropped to 3-10 in the standings. They hope to salvage a winning end to their campaign up against fellow cellar-dwelling team University of the East. BOX SCORES FEU 79 – Tolentino 16, Tuffin 15, Gonzales 9, Stockton 7, Parker 6, Inigo 6, Orizu 6, Bienes 5, Ebona 4, Comboy 3, Bayquin 2, Cani 0, Escoto 0 NU 74 – Clemente 38, Ildefonso D 12, Diputado 4, Yu 4, Rike 2, Aquino 2, Tibayan 2, Galinato 2, Gallego 2, Salim 2, Gaye 2, Ildefonso S 1, Malonzo 1, Joson 0, Sinclair 0 QUARTER SCORES: 19-18, 44-28, 69-61, 79-74 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 11th, 2018Related News

More than just standings

Whenever Ateneo and La Salle clash, it doesn’t matter what their standings are in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsNov 10th, 2018Related News

PVL: Lady Eagles eye first semis seat

Ateneo-Motolite goes for the first Final Four seat in a rematch against first round tormentor Banko on Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference at the Malolos Sports and Convention Center. The Lady Eagles are on top of the standings with a 9-2 win-loss record and are on a four-game winning streak. Another victory by Ateneo-Motolite in the 6:00 p.m. duel will hand the Lady Eagles a seat in the best-of-three Final Four. The game will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183 and via livestream.   Behind the solid games of Kat Tolentino, Maddie Madayag, rookie Vanessa Gandler and Bea De Leon, the Lady Eagles went on a tear in the second round, beating Pocari Sweat-Air Force, Creamline, Tacloban and Iriga-Navy. But Ateneo-Motolite is bracing for a tough challenge against the Perlas Spikers. BanKo beat the Lady Eagles in straight sets in the first round. The Perlas Spikers hold a 7-2 card at second to third place tied with the Cool Smashers and are coming off back-to-back victories. Dzi Gervacio, Nicole Tiamzon, Joy Dacoron and Kathy Bersola will lead the charge BanKo.   ---    Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 9th, 2018Related News

Hot-shooting Arvin Tolentino focused on making up for lost time

      MANILA, Philippines – The FEU Tamaraws finally won their first game in the second round of the UAAP Season 81 with an 80-61 revenge win over the UE Red Warriors. After losing 4 straight games and getting stuck in a standings war with UP, UST and NU, the Tams avoided ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 4th, 2018Related News

UAAP: Franz Pumaren after Adamson-Ateneo: Playoffs started tonight

For the first time in the UAAP, the men's basketball games were played in the Ynares Center in Antipolo. One might have expected that the games would be sparsely attended due to the out-of-town venue, but the UAAP Season 81 fans did not disappoint. In the Ateneo de Manila University versus Adamson University game, rabid fans filled the ringside and the lower box section of the arena adding to the intense action on the hardwood. Considering the game and the crowd, even though it is still just the second round, Falcons head coach Franz Pumaren felt the playoff atmosphere. "Tonight's game is a testament that the playoffs started tonight. Atmosphere was different, the intensity was different," said Pumaren after his Adamson squad was dealt with its third loss of the season after eleven games. The Soaring Falcons had a statement victory over the Blue Eagles in the first round. However, as much as they wanted to sweep Ateneo in the eliminations, they failed as the Eagles' defense limited them to 26.4 points lower than their average. "We were too relaxed, I guess, thinking we can always turn it on and off. We have to give credit to Ateneo. They came out with a lot of fire, a lot of intensity. Its just a matter of simple analysis. They played well. We played bad. We were taken out of our comfort zone," he said. Jerrick Ahanmisi, who usually scores an average of 18.8 points, was held to just 10 points while Sean Manganti, who has averaged 15.1 points, was limited to just six. With Adamson's two top gunners having an off night offensively, Pumaren looked at the silver lining and thought that they did a decent job defensively. "Coming from a team that's been on a massacre mission, they scored 62 points. We still had a decent defensive effort for tonight's game. It's just we couldn't convert," he said, "They really wanted this victory. In spite of that, we forced them to 22 errors, for a number one team I think that's an accomplishment on our part. Just imagine if we don't force them, baka mas malaki pa ang lamang." Regardless of the outcome of the latest Adamson versus Ateneo tiff, Pumaren hopes to meet the Blue Eagles again this season. After all, he has been very honest that he loves coaching against Tab Baldwin. "It's nice playing against Ateneo. Hopefully, we can still meet each other. They make the best out of me and the best out of the team because coaching against a very experienced coach," Pumaren said. With Ateneo currently the league-leading team with a 10-2 record and Adamson coming in second with an 8-3 slate, Pumaren might just get his wish. But he made it clear that he is not banking on the current standings. They still have three more games to play -- versus University of Santo Tomas, University of the East, and Far Eastern University. "We're not even sure of everything. We just have to do our own job. We cannot rely on other teams beating the other school for us to be assured. Who knows. We still have three games. I think the last games, this is the most [important], there's a logjam with 2, 3, 4," said the Adamson mentor. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @the9cruz.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 4th, 2018Related News

IN NUMBERS: FEU vs UE – UAAP Season 81

MANILA, Philippines – Safe to say, the FEU Tamaraws have fallen hard. Once at the top of the UAAP Season 81 standings, the Morayta-based squad now finds themselves reeling with 5 straight losses at a 5-6 win-loss slate due to untimely suspensions and injuries to key players. With their Final Four hopes ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 4th, 2018Related News

IN NUMBERS: Ateneo vs Adamson – UAAP Season 81

MANILA, Philippines – While the rest of the UAAP are scraping and clawing for position in the Season 81 Final Four, the top two teams are perched comfortably atop the standings tree. But now, it's time once again for some elite-level battle between the Ateneo Blue Eagles (9-2) and Adamson Soaring ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 4th, 2018Related News

Maroons bully Bulldogs to fan Final Four hopes

        ANTIPOLO, Philippines –The UP Fighting Maroons stay alive in the UAAP Season 81 standings war with an 82-71 win over the NU Bulldogs at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City on Saturday, November 3. Bright Akhuetie powered the Maroons with 21 points and 10 rebounds as the Maroons completed ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 3rd, 2018Related News

UAAP: From the bench, Prince Orizu proves to be FEU s game-changer

Far Eastern University ended the first round of eliminations in the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament in first place. Since then, however, they have dropped four games in a row and have dropped to the bottom half of the standings. The common theme in those losses? Prince Orizu has been injured in the last three games. “Of course, it’s frustrating. Actually, I was shedding (tears) a little bit earlier because I know if I’m out there, those guys can’t those easy buckets,” he said after the Tamaraws fell to De La Salle University last Sunday. “Those easy buckets, they’re gonna bleed for it.” Orizu got injured against Ateneo de Manila University and witnessed Angelo Kouame rampage to a 33-point, 27-rebound career game. He sat out against the University of the Philippines and then saw Bright Akhuetie go on a 20-point, 11-rebound, seven-assist tear. Against the Green Archers, he was suited up, but was not put in. As such, he had front row seats to watching Justine Baltazar get 15 points and six rebounds, Santi Santillan get 12 boards and 14 markers, and Brandon Bates get seven points and 10 rebounds. Without a doubt, the Nigerian powerhouse left a big, big void FEU has not been able to fill. Even more frustrating for him is the fact that this is the first time in quite a while that he was forced to sit out. As he put it, “Nobody was expecting I’m gonna get injured. I’ve not been injured for over four years. It’s really frustrating and I just have to get back and do better when I get back.” In that light, Orizu gladly reported that he has been recovering well from the high sprain on his left ankle. As he put it, “I’m recovering well and I could jog now, but I can’t really run fast because there’s still pain in the ankle. I’m just hoping I get okay before next game.” He then continued, “I’m doing everything I can to come back because I don’t like seeing my team like that. If I was there, it’s gonna be a lot different than what is going on in the team.” FEU’s sidelined center will be a game time decision when they take on University of the East on Sunday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 2nd, 2018Related News

UAAP: La Salle out to protect place at third against UST

Games on Saturday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo 2:00 PM – La Salle vs UST 4:00 PM – NU vs UP De La Salle University is the frontrunner among those teams in the middle of the pack of the standings in the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament. The Green Archers want nothing more than to stay there as they brace for oncoming University of Sto. Tomas on Saturday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo. La Salle (6-4) looks for back-to-back wins even as the Growling Tigers (5-5) look to forge a tie for third-place at 2:00 PM. As always, all of the action will be on S+A, S+A HD, and livestream. Meanwhile, the University of the Philippines (5-6) is plotting to push National University (3-7) to the brink of elimination at 4:00 PM. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 2nd, 2018Related News

Prince Orizu aching to return for skidding FEU

    MANILA, Philippines – The FEU Tamaraws are in the middle of a four-game losing streak in the UAAP Season 81 – their worst skid in 12 years. It couldn’t have happened at a worse time, with FEU now holding a 5-6 record and in the thick of an all-out standings war with ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 1st, 2018Related News

BLOGTABLE: Are there any coaches feeling the heat?

NBA.com blogtable The Cavs fired Ty Lue after an 0-6 start. Any other coaches out there who could be feeling the heat? * * * Steve Aschburner: This is as scientific a question as we get at the Blogtable lab. The methodology for answering: Work from the bottom of the standings up. Compare records to expectations. Factor in the years and money remaining on the coach’s contract, and voila! So in the West, I’m wondering about the Lakers’ Luke Walton (given the impatient LeBron factor) and OKC’s Billy Donovan. Washington’s Scott Brooks has an underachieving team on his hands in the East but three years on his contract. None of the other teams under water in that conference is fretting, with either low expectations, newish coaches or, in Miami’s case, a proven commodity and one of the league’s best. Shaun Powell:  Better keep an eye on Scott Brooks in Washington, especially if the Wizards go in the tank during their upcoming homestand. Not that he's the issue -- the Wizards have awful roster chemistry -- but you know how this usually ends. John Schuhmann: There are a few other teams off to disappointing starts, but I won't speculate on the job status of any coaches, which can be affected by internal relationships or the coach's contract status as much as it is by on-court success or failure. Sekou Smith: Cleveland's panic move to fire Tyronn Lue just six games into this season should not set off a vigorous round of coach purging. This was a very specific situation the Cavaliers were dealing with, what with the departure of LeBron James in free agency. That said, seats could be heating up in Washington and Minnesota. The Wizards have been disappointing early on and the Timberwolves are still operating with the uncertainty of the Jimmy Butler situation hanging over everything. As we all know, a coach's fate often rides the frantic rails of an owner or general manager's whims. So seats that aren't particularly warm now could heat up depending on what transpires between now and Christmas Day......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 1st, 2018Related News

Madrid goes after new coach to save its season

  MADRID--- The search is on for a new coach at Real Madrid. With the team reeling from a demoralizing loss to Barcelona and far from the top in the Spanish league standings, Madrid is looking for someone who can turn things around and save the season. Former player Santiago Solari, coach of Madrid's "B'' team, was in charge of practice on Tuesday, but the club was in a hurry to find a replacement who could quickly put the team back on track. Madrid fired Julen Lopetegui on Monday, saying it was time to "change the team's dynamic while all of its objectives for the season were still reachable." The club said the team deserved better results with the quality of pla...Keep on reading: Madrid goes after new coach to save its season.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Oct 30th, 2018Related News

PBA: Standhardinger muscles way to Player of the Week

Fil-German rookie Christian Standhardinger captured his second Cignal-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week award for the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup following another monster effort that helped San Miguel Beer clinch a playoff berth. The 6-foot-8 Standhardinger has been a picture of consistency for the Beermen, who won back-to-back games this past week to stretch their winning run to four en route to sealing a playoff spot. The Beermen currently occupy the sixth spot in the standings with their 6-4 card, behind Barangay Ginebra’s 8-2 record, Magnolia (8-3), Alaska (8-3), Phoenix and Blackwater, which carry similar 7-3 records. Standhardinger, last year’s top overall rookie pick averaged 21.5 points, 20 rebounds and 2.5 assists in San Miguel’s victories over NorthPort and Rain or Shine, respectively the past week. The standout from Nebraska and Hawaii registered 21 points and 22 boards in a scintillating effort to help SMB subdue NorthPort, 114-107 last Wednesday at the Cuneta Astrodome. The 29-year-old Gilas Pilipinas mainstay continued his explosive form after finishing with 22 points, 18 rebounds and four assists in leading San Miguel to a 109-97 spanking of Rain or Shine last Saturday. Standhardinger’s blue-collar attitude bodes well for SMB, which overcame a slow start to make the playoffs.   The SMB freshman beat teammate Alex Cabagnot, Phoenix forward Calvin Abueva, NLEX’s JR Quinahan, Blackwater’s Mark Belo, along with Ginebra’s Greg Slaughter and Sol Mercado for the weekly citation for the period of Oct. 22-28. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 30th, 2018Related News

Mahrez nets Man City winner, pays tribute to Leicester owner

LONDON (AP) — Riyad Mahrez paid tribute to the Leicester owner killed in a helicopter crash after scoring Manchester City's goal in a 1-0 win over Tottenham in the English Premier League on Monday. The winger celebrated his sixth-minute strike at Wembley Stadium by pointing both of his arms skyward in memory of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who died with four other people when his helicopter crashed outside Leicester's stadium after a match on Saturday. Mahrez played for Leicester from 2014 until moving to City this summer, and was a star of its 2016 Premier League-winning team bankrolled by Vichai. "The boss was very special to me," Mahrez said. "He was such a good person. I was very, very sad — that's why when I scored, I put my hands up for him. "It was heartbreaking and shocking to have this news, and of course with the other people who died with him. It's a difficult situation." Mahrez said it had been "difficult to sleep" since the tragedy that has sparked an outpouring of grief in English soccer and beyond, but added that he always wanted to play in Monday's match. "I know he would have wanted me to play," Mahrez said of Vichai. "He was very passionate about football." City returned to the top of the standings, on goal difference from Liverpool, after an eighth win in 10 games, and remained unbeaten in its title defense. Not only did the champions have to overcome a Tottenham side that had made its best nine-game start to a Premier League, they did so on a field damaged and discolored by an NFL game on Sunday. Coming a day after a game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Wembley field had a faded NFL crest in the center circle, yardage markings all over, and an uneven surface. Both flanks were heavily discolored. That hardly made for great PR for the most marketed soccer league in the world, and it probably didn't help the quality on show between two of the Premier League's top clubs, who both play an attractive passing game. City manager Pep Guardiola said the state of the pitch made the game "so complicated." "It's a question for the Premier League and for Tottenham," Guardiola said, when asked if the standard of the playing surface was "unacceptable." "We were invited to come here for the fixture. But hopefully they can solve that problem." Mahrez swept in the only goal after an impressive run from Raheem Sterling, who pounced on a defensive mistake from Kieran Trippier to latch onto the loose ball and then go round the Tottenham defender before reaching the byline. Sterling's low cross was met with a first-time finish from Mahrez from close range. The Algeria international also had a shot tipped onto the post by goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in the first half, while Harry Kane passed up Tottenham's best chance when he overran the ball in a one-on-one with City goalkeeper Ederson Moraes and was tackled. Erik Lamela squandered a great chance for an equalizer in the 80th minute, blazing a shot over the crossbar with just Ederson to beat. He won't have been helped by the ball bouncing up off the bobbly surface before he took his shot. City has conceded only three goals in the league, and has already played Arsenal, Liverpool, and Tottenham away from home — taking seven points from a possible nine in those games......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 30th, 2018Related News

Real Madrid fires coach Lopetegui after big loss to Barca

By Tales Azzoni, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — In just months, Julen Lopetegui has lost two of the most high-profile coaching jobs in the world. Lopetegui was finally fired by Real Madrid on Monday, less than five months after he was sacked by Spain before the World Cup for not telling federation officials he accepted the Madrid job. The latest firing followed a meeting by the club's board of directors on Monday, a day after the team was crushed by Barcelona 5-1 at Camp Nou Stadium. Santiago Solari, coach of Real Madrid B, will take charge for the Copa del Rey match against third-division club Melilla on Wednesday. Spanish media speculated Solari, a former Madrid player, was in the running for the permanent job along with former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and Belgium manager Roberto Martinez. The firing caps a horrible few months for Lopetegui and is likely to deal a significant setback to his career. After doing well with Spain's youth teams, he had a lackluster stint with Portuguese club Porto, but gained prominence after revamping Spain and turning it into a contender entering the World Cup. "I want to thank the club for the opportunity it gave me and the players for their effort," Lopetegui told the local news agency EFE. "I wish the team the best for the rest of the season." Madrid said in a statement it sacked 52-year-old Lopetegui to "change the team's dynamic while all of its objectives for the season were still reachable." The board of directors believed there was a huge difference between the quality of the squad and the results it was achieving. The board noted the team has eight players nominated for the Ballon d'Or award, something unprecedented in the club's history. They have lost five of their last seven matches. "We know that results are important for a coach," Madrid captain Sergio Ramos said after the Barcelona match. Lopetegui, who led the team practice on Monday morning, was hired by Madrid to replace Zinedine Zidane, who quit after leading the club to the last three Champions League titles. Losing the clasico left Madrid ninth in the Spanish league, seven points behind leader Barcelona after 10 rounds. It hasn't won in five straight league matches, with four losses, and recently reached its worst scoring drought ever. The club had a decent start to the season but things went sour as the squad struggled to produce goals in its first season without Cristiano Ronaldo in nearly a decade. Madrid didn't replace the superstar; its only high-profile signing was goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. In 14 matches with Lopetegui, Madrid won six, lost six, and drew two. After the Copa match on Wednesday, Madrid hosts Valladolid in the Spanish league, and visits Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League. "We have to move on as soon as possible because there is a lot of season left," Ramos said. To make things worse, veteran left back Marcelo is expected to be out for a few weeks because of a muscle injury. Forward Mariano Diaz is also injured and is likely to be out for at least a week. Solari, aged 42, is a former Argentina midfielder who played for Real Madrid in the early 2000s and helped the team win the 2002 Champions League. He also played for Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan. He has been coaching Real Madrid B since 2016, taking over not long after Zidane left to coach the main squad. Lopetegui is the second La Liga coach to be fired. The first was Leo Franco of promoted club Huesca, currently last in the 20-team standings......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 30th, 2018Related News

UAAP Season 81 Starting 5: Week 7

(The Inquirer Sports' Starting 5 weekly ranking is based on the players' individual numbers and their respective team's outcomes during the competition week.) Hold on to your seats because the Final Four just became a six-team race. Ateneo and Adamson University are well ahead of the pack as the top two seeds but there are still four more teams vying for the other two spots in the Final Four. De La Salle has a solid hold on the third spot while University of Santo Tomas emerged from the depths of the standings to take the fourth seed. Far Eastern University, which finished the first round as one of the top teams, dropped to a tie with University of the Philippines in the fift...Keep on reading: UAAP Season 81 Starting 5: Week 7.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Oct 29th, 2018Related News

PBA: SMB will be scary in the playoffs with or without 2x-to-beat

BINAN, Laguna --- There's a very slim chance that San Miguel might actually take a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup. But even if the Beermen ultimately miss out on the playoff bonus, it's safe to say that no team would want to play San Miguel in the first round of the postseason. "I think we're a tough team to play against even if we don't make the top-4," forward Christian Standhardinger said. "We just gotta keep going and work hard and hope that we get lucky, that luck is on our side," he added. After a 109-97 decision over Rain or Shine Saturday at the Alonte Sports Arena here, the Beermen have won four straight games to improve to 6-4 in the standings. Despite struggling earlier in the conference, losing three straight games, the Beermen have powered through. San Miguel also have four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo back, making them even more formidable. Just like in the Commissioner's Cup, where they endured similar early tournament struggles before eventually still making it to the Finals, the Beermen know the time to pick things up. And the time is now. "Last conference we struggled the same way. This is the San Miguel way I guess. I hope I don't eat my words and I can be wrong but normally we play our best basketball at the end of the season," Standhardinger said. "That's where it counts the most," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 27th, 2018Related News

UAAP 81 Final Four-bound Blue Eagles swoop down on Bulldogs

Ateneo de Manila University had no problems whatsoever as it clinched the first playoff berth in the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Thirdy Ravena stroked the nets for a total of 23 points and the Blue Eagles staked claim to a place in the Final Four after making quick work of National University, 79-64, on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum. Ravena was red-hot from the get-go and had 16 points in just 11 minutes in the first half. He definitely wasn’t alone, however, as Ange Kouame also remained a force even against Issa Gaye who is just as tall and long-limbed as he is. It was Ravena and Kouame who scored all but two points in the defending champions’ 10-0 start. They would never trail until the final buzzer The Ateneo lead would only increase to as much as 24 points and would eventually end as their ninth win in 11 games. Ravena also added 12 rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one block while Kouame posted another double-double of 19 points and 17 boards to go along with six denials Prized rookie SJ Belangel also had much-welcome contributions of 11 points, three assists, and two rebounds as lead guard Matt Nieto continues to sit out. With that, they have also increased their lead in the standings over second-running 8-2 Adamson University. And the Soaring Falcons just so happen to be up next on the Blue Eagles’ calendar. For the Bulldogs, their super rookies were the lone bright spots as John Lloyd Clemente scored a career-high 25 points while Dave Ildefonso had 13 markers of his own. Now at 3-7, they have been pushed to the brink of elimination. BOX SCORES ATENEO 79 – Ravena 23, Kouame 19, Belangel 11, Verano 7, Go 7, Tio 3, Black 3, Mendoza 2, Mamuyac 2, Daves 2, Asistio 0, Wong 0, Navarro 0, Andrade 0 NU 64 – Clemente 25, Ildefonso D 13, Ildefonso S 7, Diputado 5, Yu 5, Gaye 4, Joson 3, Rike 2, Gallego 0, Sinclair 0, Galinato 0, Morido 0, Malonzo 0 QUARTER SCORES: 22-11, 47-25, 65-47, 79-64 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 27th, 2018Related News

Eight new stars who have risen in UAAP Season 81

It all begins here. That has been the UAAP theme this year and the names you will see on this list have been embracing their new beginnings and are delivering with promise despite all the pressure. The UAAP’s 81st season has been wild right off the bat with teams pulling wins out of nowhere, impressive individual performances, and lit on-court actions, which everyone has caught live on ABS-CBN S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, and LIGA HD every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. However, eight names have already shown why they are head and shoulders above everybody else in the season. Let’s take a look at the idols of future ballers and coaches here: 1.) Ange Kouame, Ateneo De Manila University The Ivorian big man is having a great debut with the defending champs in Season 81 and has been announcing his arrival to the league big game after big game, punctuated by his 33-point 27-rebound performance against potential Final Four contender, the FEU Tamaraws. While Thirdy Ravena continues to be the Blue Eagles’ leader on the floor, Kouame is slowly turning himself into a problem on a nightly basis. He’s constantly improving and learning about the college game thanks in part to fellow Ateneo big, who saw his play blossom last year, in Isaac Go.   2.) Sean Manganti, Adamson University Jerrick Ahanmisi is the Falcons’ leading scorer and main attraction. But let it not distract you from the fact that Sean Manganti has improved vastly to be the actual barometer of the team as it continues its stellar season. To prove a point, Manganti has also hit big shots for the Falcons including that game-winning dagger against the UP Fighting Maroons. Part of the reason for his impressive season so far is due to his training with former UAAP MVP Kiefer Ravena, who has been teaching him all the tricks in his bag.   3.) Justine Baltazar, La Salle  Justine Baltazar was a diamond in the rough coming to the Green Archers’ side of the fence after a stellar UAAP Juniors showing for National University. This season, without Ben Mbala up front, people are shocked by the massive improvement of Balti’s game as he has been the Green Archers’ consistent pillar of strength next to Aljun Melecio and Leonard Santillan. Balti is yet to have a bad game this season except when he had to contend with Ateneo’s hulking Ange Kouame, who is way heavier than the lanky center.   4.) Hubert Cani, Far Eastern University What a journey it has been for the former UAAP Juniors Finals MVP Hubert Cani, who went to Ateneo for two years before transferring to FEU and debuting last year. The 5’11” point guard has trimmed down immensely in preparation for Season 81 and it has clearly shown that his deadly Juniors form is back in harness. While FEU has been see-sawing lately in the standings, Cani has been the constant as much as teams prepare to stop FEU’s top scorer Arvin Tolentino.   5.) Juan Gomez De Liano, University of the Philippines Juan’s sophomore year has been anything but a disappointment. The UAAP Season 80 Rookie of the Year recently stopped the UAAP triple double drought when he posted a 15-point, 12-rebound, 12-assist line against the UE Red Warriors last Sunday (October 21). With team captain Paul Desiderio struggling in the start of the season, the former UAAP Juniors MVP stepped up to the plate and show improvement across the board and has become a huge headache for opposing teams alongside prized recruit Bright Akhuetie everytime he steps on the court.    6.) CJ Cansino, University of Sto. Tomas The Growling Tigers rookie is living up to lofty expectations heaped on his shoulders as a UAAP Juniors MVP coming out of the UST Tiger Cubs program. Cansino is already displaying a grown man’s game despite being at the collegiate level. His basketball IQ is off the charts while maximizing the most of his physical tools at hand along with the system new Head Coach Aldin Ayo has put in place. With the keys in his hand, Cansino has responded and what a way for a rookie to, already having an 18-point, 18-rebound game and constantly hovering around a triple-double.   7.) Dave Ildefonso, National University The younger Demolition Brother has been a treat to watch. Along with Cansino, they are both starring for their teams as rookies, leading the way, and leaving fans with jaws on the floor because of the level of talent they are displaying. He has shown great scoring instincts and has been at the forefront of the Bulldogs’ rebuild. 8.) Joe Silva, University of the East We’re giving the last and final spot in the list to UE’s neophyte coach, who’s the driving force behind the rebuilding Red Warriors. Coach Joe maybe younger in terms of age and experience compared to his UAAP counterparts, but he is definitely no pushover with two UAAP Juniors championship under his belt with the Ateneo High School Blue Eaglets. So far, he is off to a good start in building a winning culture in the current UE Red Warriors lineup. This is evident in how feisty his team fights game in and game out despite the talent gap they face. These eight guys are not the only impressive names we should all watch out for as you never know who will suddenly come out of the woodwork and starts pumping impressive game after impressive game. Get to see these stars in action every UAAP Season 81 game day during Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays on ABS-CBN S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, and LIGA HD starting at 2 pm. For more sports news, follow ABS-CBN Sports on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit sports.abs-cbn.com. .....»»

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