Bacoor Strikers’ Fil-foreign player gets green light to play

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by Rey Joble

LOOKS like the Bacoor Strikers are really making a serious push for another playoff run.

The Strikers will get an additional boost in their campaign, this after the MPBL Commissioner’s Office approved the status of Nick Demusis, the team’s Fil-foreign player.

League commissioner Kenneth Duremdes confirmed to FOX Sports Philippines the eligibility of Demusis.

“Yes, he’s eligible to play in Bacoor’s next game,” wrote Duremdes in a text message.

Chaye Cabal-Revilla, the team owner of the Strikers, also revealed the good news, saying the player is now more comfortable playing with his teammates.

Demusis has been waiting for his eligibility even before the start of the season.

Gilas women’s team unfazed by WNBA players, crack rivals in FIBA Asia Cup

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Head coach Patrick Aquino and the rest of the Gilas Pilipinas women’s team will be facing the daunting task of going up against crack rivals in the FIBA Women’s Asia Cup, including big names from the WNBA.

Bec Allen of the New York Liberty and Liz Cambage of the Las Vegas Aces are two of the current players seeing action in the WNBA and they are playing for the Australian national team which will battle the Philippine squad on Wednesday.

Other WNBA players who are included in the Aussies roster include Steph Talbot and Leilani Mitchell of Phoenix Mercury and Ezi Magbegor of the Seattle Storm.

Allen, a 26-year-old, 6-foot2 forward is currently on her fifth season with the Liberty.

Cambage is the scoring champion in the WNBA in 2018 and was named to the league’s first team and All-Star squad.

Talbot, a 6-foot-2 player, who averaged 6.3 points and 5.3 rebounds last season and became one of the solid performers for the Mercury.

Her teammate, Mitchell, is a veteran guard who saw action in more than 300 games in the WNBA.

Magbegor is a promising star selected by the Storm as their 12th pick in the Draft.

Gilas women’s coach Aquino believes Australia, ranked no. 3 in the world, will be his team’s toughest opponent, but the Filipinas are also bracketed with China, the no. 1 team in Asia and New Zealand, the second-best team in Oceania, in the Group of Death — Group B.

“Australia is going all out with several WNBA players in their line up. Then we’re also facing China, our best competitor in Asia and New Zealand,” Aquino told FOX Sports Philippines. “It’s really, really a tall order for us.”

Despite the gargantuan task of playing the big dogs in the tournament, Aquino and his troops remain unfazed and they will try to use this as a good build-up for this year’s Southeast Asian Games to be hosted by the Philippines for the fourth time.

“This is definitely the exposure that we needed. We were really looking for a good tournament and this one gives us an opportunity to play some of the world’s best. We’ll show everyone that we can compete,” added Aquino.

The Gilas Pilipinas women’s team was sent by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas headed by Al Panlilio to represent the country in this tournament.

Aside from competing against some of the world’s best, Aquino is excited to finally have Kelli Hayes on board.

The 6-foot-1 stalwart of the UCLA Bruins will bring in her wealth of experience for our cagebelles.

Hayes has been under the radar of Aquino as early as 2015 and the coach is excited to have her on board. Just recently, he acquired the Fil-Am player to become part of his coaching staff with the NU Bulldogs.

“Malaking bagay si Kelli lalo na thru his experience playing in the US,” added Aquino. “I’ve been asking her some pointers on some situations. Mataas yung basketball IQ niya.”

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Jolas on Cone’s possible return as PHL 5 coach: ‘He’s the best, logical choice’

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Since the PBA started sending players to represent the national team in major international competition, Jojo Lastimosa played for the Philippine quintet only once and that happened in 1998 when he skippered the Centennial Team to a bronze medal finish in the Asian Games.

That team was coached by Tim Cone, then the head mentor of the Alaska Aces, where Lastimosa was also a huge part.

Twenty-one years since he last coached the Philippine squad, Cone is once again being seriously considered and the American mentor admitted to FOX Sports Philippines that he’s in discussions with the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas regarding his possible return as a coach — beginning the Southeast Asian Games this November.

“I’ve been in conversation with SBP President Al Panlilio regarding the SEA Games Head Coaching position for basketball,” wrote Cone in a text message.

 

“I know that Mr. Panlilio and my boss, Alfrancis Chua, have also had discussions regarding the position. At this time, however, my total focus is on our Ginebra game vs Alaska tomorrow (Sunday) to open the Governor’s Cup. On Monday and after talking to my family, Mr. Panlilio and I will continue our conversation regarding the appointment, at which time we will come to a resolution.”

For Lastimosa, Cone is always a logical choice for obvious reasons.

“He’s the best coach in the country,” Lastimosa wrote in a text message. “That’s why he’s always a logical choice be it short term or long term. The only question is if he wants it or not.”

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Philippines succumbs to powerhouse Thailand in ASEAN Grand Prix

The Philippines could not maintain rhythm after snatching the third set against Thailand as they succumbed in four sets to the southeast Asian powerhouse, 13-25, 21-25, 25-23, 20-25 in the 2019 ASEAN Grand Prix, Saturday at the Terminal 21 Mall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

With better passing and ball distribution, the Philippines leaned on a total team effort in the third set behind Eya Laure, Ces Molina, and Jov Gonzaga, 25-23.

Come the fourth set, the Nationals lost steam as the Thais found their groove with the trio of Onuma Sittirak, Thatdao Nuekjang, and Pimpichaya Kokram taking charge for the home team.

Nuekjang and Onuma led the charge for the Thai team with 17 points each while Chatchu-on Moskri and Kokram added 11 and 10 points, respectively.

For the Philippine side, Mau, while only played two full sets, still scored 12 points all from attacks as Frances Molina added 11 markers.

In four sets, Thailand produced more attacks (65-45) and blocks (10-7). Philippines, on the other hand, had more aces (6-4) all for naught.

With the loss, the Philippines dropped to 0-2. They seek to score a win when they face Viet Nam tomorrow at 3 p.m (Philippine time) before heading home for the second leg of the tournament to be held in Sta. Rosa, Laguna from October 4 to 6.

 

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MPBL: Ex-pros Najorda, Gottladera sent to Pasig Realtors for 3 obscure players

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The MPBL on late Friday night has approved the trade that would send ex-pros Leo Najorda and Alfonso Gottladera to the Pasig-Sta. Lucia Realtors for Jonathan Ballon, Wilson Bartolome, and John Bautista.

Commissioner Kenneth Duremdes, deputy commissioner Zaldy Realubit, operations head Enmer Oreta and league founder and chief executive officer Senator Manny Pacquiao deliberated on the trade and in the end, they reached an agreement to approve the two-for-three trade between Bataan and Pasig.

This is the second trade transaction approved by the MPBL this week and the league even extended it to a week more.

Najorda, a multi-titled champion in the PBA, was part of the southern division champions Davao Occidental Tigers before deciding to join the Bataan Risers in the offseason.

But Najorda barely saw action as he was one of those who had troubles with Zetapro, which previously managed Bataan’s squad.

Along with Gottladera, a former player of the NLEX Road Warriors, the two searched for teams to play and they ended up with the Realtors, an up and coming team, which has been making strides this season.

“In the end, Senator Manny decided to approve the trade,” Commissioner Duremdes told FOX Sports Philippines.

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Boost Your Gym Performance Using These Techniques

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Across the globe, men and women of all shapes and sizes go to the gym for various reasons. For many, working out is a sport – a thing they do for fun or leisure. But while this is the case for others, many spend hours lifting bars and running on mills to improve their health and physique.

For most men, however, going to the gym is already part of their ritual – a routine that completes their day-to-day grind. The reason for this is that men, according to several studies, are more conscious of body images. Above health reasons, men go to the gym to build muscle and get chiseled to look better physically.

Gym performance, though, demands a lot of hard work and concentration to achieve one’s desired frame.’

FOX Sports Philippines provides our men audience some useful tips to boost their gym performance, and hence engage in a meaningful workout with excellent results.

Tip no. 1. Set a time for just working out 

While it is understandable that most men are busy with their schedules such as work and school, it is essential to find the best time just for working out. This way, the activity does not become a burden, but something that is part of one’s activity.

In most cases, the best time to do workouts is the beginning of the day since there’s still a lot of energy. Beginning the day with an exercise, likewise, increases the likelihood for one to be productive for the whole day.

Tip no. 2. Warm-up properly

Most people with hectic schedules want everything to be instant. This, though, is not advisable for those who would like to engage themselves in strenuous activities like working out.

Vital in working out is to have proper warm-ups. A good warm-up increases blood flow in the whole body, which has a direct impact on one’s strength. Strength is essential in working out; hence warming up properly is a must.

Tip no. 3.  Stay well-fed, hydrated, and rested

To get a good physique, working out should go hand-in-hand with proper nutrition. Staying well-fed and hydrated are critical ingredients in boosting gym performance because a hungry stomach could not function well both physically and mentally.

More than having a well-fed body, getting enough rest is also vital in building muscle while working out. A tired body can only do so much during workouts, so it is a must to have enough rest.

Tip no. 4. Do not over-workout

Anything taken or done beyond the ideal is terrible, and too much working out is no exception to this. Studies have shown that excessive time spent in the gym could instead destroy one’s muscles rather than enhance them. For example, one could get rhabdomyolysis, a result of the death of muscle fibers caused by overworking out.

To avoid this, identify which aspect of your body you want to improve the most. Focus on the specified goals you have set first instead of burning out to death. Additionally, three to five days a week, or an hour per day, is enough to attain good results, especially for beginners.

Tip no. 5. Have a training buddy/Hire a gym trainer

To keep oneself motivated in going to the gym, having a training buddy who will serve as a guide or rival is necessary. If it is within one’s budget, hiring a professional trainer should be one of the top considerations, especially for beginners. Having a gym buddy or a trainer will guide you with the necessary things you need to know about working out and designing the program suitable for you.

Tip No. 6. Choose the right workout look

As mentioned above, most men go to the gym to improve their overall physical look. Therefore, it is important to look fresh all the time, on and off the gym.

One of the most common problems that men face is hair fall. This is particularly embarrassing whenever there are strands of hair left on gym machines or benches after every workout.

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Eli Soyud to play for Sta. Lucia in PSL

The Sta. Lucia Lady Realtors is beefing up its roster ahead of the Philippine Superliga Invitational Cup this September 24.

Their latest acquisition is no less than Eli Soyud, who previously played for Motolite in the rival league. The announcement was made through the team’s social media accounts, specifically Facebook and Twitter.

In the post, the team bared that Soyud is already training with the Realtors and is soon suiting up for the team in the professional league.

Sta. Lucia is expected to join seven other stacked teams vying for the PSL Invitation Cup, which will commence run from September 24 to October 17.

Before deciding to play for the Realtors, Soyud maxed her collegiate playing years for the Adamson University. In her senior year in the UAAP Season 81, the opposite hitter averaged a little less than 10 points per game.

She will reunite with college teammate Joy Dacoron and other core members of the Sta. Lucia squad like Becca Rivera, Ruby de Leon, Pamela Lastimosa, Amanda Villanueva, among others.

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No Valdez and Morado? Galanza steps up to push Creamline to 10th straight victory

The absence of Jia Morado and Alyssa Valdez in Creamline’s match against BaliPure was hardly felt as Jema Galanza rose up to the occasion to push the team to their 10th straight victory in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.

This after the open spiker registered 17 points built from 14 attacks, two aces, and a block to lead Creamline’s offensive arsenals versus the Water Defenders, 25-11, 25-15, 25-17, in the second round of eliminations today at the Filoil Flying V Arena.

Even without Morado, who is fulfilling her duties for the national team, and Alyssa, who is nursing an ankle injury, it was Galanza who carried the scoring cudgels for her team.

Galanza admitted that the absence of Morado and Valdez is a blow for the team, but she is thankful that other members of the team are willing to step up.

For her part, the former Adamson standout said that she makes it a point to listen to the suggestion of her teammates when it comes to her performance.

“Actually, kumukuha ako ng lakas sa mga teammates ko at lagi akong nagtatanong ako kung may problema [ako sa laro]. At nakikinig ako sa kanila at ginagawa ko ‘yung best ko para mag-improve,” she said.

With Galanza’s heroics, Creamline remains unbeaten in 10 outings. They seek to continue this winning ways as they face Philippine Air Force on September 29.

To be updated

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Only 8 players show up in Jonas Villanueva’s coaching debut for Bataan

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BALANGA — Making his coaching debut in the MPBL, Jonas Villanueva faced the daunting task of trying to keep a hold of a team that tore each other apart.

An internal conflict, a change in management, coaching staff and players left Villanueva to work with only a handful of active bodies hours before Bataan’s home game against inaugural staging champion Batangas City Athletics-Tanduay.

Villanueva welcomes the challenge.

“It’s really a big challenge, but sometimes you have to go through problems like this one to toughen you up,” Villanueva told FOX Sports Philippines.

Villanueva will take over as head coach of the Risers team that was orphaned by several key members of the squad — from previous mentor Jong Uichico to assistant coaches Junel Baculi and Ryan Betina.

Only eight players were spotted inside the Bataan locker room among them include Byron Villarias, Ryan Batino, Bernie Bregondo, James Castro, Joe Prisbitero and homegrown Gio Espuelas among others.

Players like Anton Asistio, Jai Reyes, Chito Jaime, Sean Manganti, Alvin Pasaol, Leo Najorda, Fonso Gottladera, and Santi Santillan were nowhere in sight.

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Army trashes BaliPure in straight-sets to score 4th win

Pacific Town Army Lady Troopers scored their fourth win in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference after sweeping BaliPure Purest Water Defenders, 25-17, 25-16, 27-25, today at the Filoil Flying V Arena.

The Purest Water Defenders tried to extend the match after scoring a tie in the third set, 25-all, before a service error committed by Carrie Pronuevo.

Army’s Mary Jean Balse ended BaliPure’s resurgence with a down-the-line kill, 27-25, to improve her team’s win-loss record to 4-3 for the fourth spot.

Three Lady Troopers scored in double digits as Royse Tubino had 13 points. Lut Malaluan and Jem Gutierrez chipped in 10 and nine points, respectively.

 

The Lady Troopers seek to build on this momentum as they end their first round on Saturday against Philippine Air Force.

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Nuval, Air Force spoil Kat Tolentino’s 30-point explosion for back-to-back wins

Choco Mucho’s Kat Tolentino had another stellar game, producing 30 big points against Air Force in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference today at the Filoil Flying V Arena.

Tolentino’s monstrous game, however, got spoiled by a gritty Air Force squad as Abegail Nuval took charge to complete a come-from-behind win for the Jet Spikers, 26-24, 14-25, 21-25, 25-22, 15-7.

While she came off the bench, Nuval did not disappoint as she dished out nine total points off seven attacks and two aces – both unleashed during the last two points to give Air Force the victory, 15-7.

Dell Palomata topscored for the Air Force side with 14 attacks and four kill blocks for an 18-point output while Angel Antipuesto and Jozza Cabalsa chipped in 16 and 11 markers, respectively.

Cabalsa only saw limited playing time as she was only tapped in the third set. From then on, she delivered for the Jet Spikers, including four crucial points in the final set.

 

 

The victory marks Air Force second-straight win for a 2-5 record. They will close out the first round when they face Pacific Town Army on Saturday.

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Ateneo survives gritty UST to remain unbeaten

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Ateneo escaped a gallant challenge from University of Santo Tomas, 71-70, to stay immaculate in the UAAP Season 82 Men’s Basketball Tournament Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Ange Kouame scored the go-ahead tip with 3:40 left that put the Blue Eagles, 68-67, before emphatically denying Soulemane Chabi Yo’s jumper in the final minute, before Thirdy Ravena and Matt Nieto iced the game at the charity stripe in the waning seconds.

The Ivorian Kouame finished with 11 points, 10 boards, and two blocks, while the senior Ravena topped Ateneo with 17 points, 11 of which coming in the second half, to go with 10 rebounds, two assists, and two steals.

“We understood that game was going to be a really tough game. I feel fortunate we won the game. That’s the kind of game that you can credit the team as much as you want, talk about character, and all of that, but I think that every applaud you give your team, you give the other. That could have gone either way,” said coach Tab Baldwin of what he regarded as a “track meet” and lived up to everyone’s expectations.

Gian Mamuyac also did his damage with 10 points and four rebounds, while Will Navarro had eight points, five rebounds, and five assists in the win to keep the Blue Eagles at the top of the standings at 3-0.

There’s no doubt, though, that UST left a lot of impression on Ateneo with Baldwin having a lengthy talk with counterpart Aldin Ayo after the game.

Chabi Yo paced the Growling Tigers in the valiant stand with 25 points, 13 rebounds, two assists, and two blocks as they fell to a 2-1 slate.

Rhenz Abando, Mark Nonoy, and Renzo Subido all had nine in the losing cause.

The Scores:

ATENEO 71 — Ravena 17, Kouame 11, Mamuyac 10, Navarro 8, Belangel 6, Maagdenberg 6, Ma. Nieto 5, Go 3, Wong 3, Mi. Nieto 2, Andrade 0, Daves 0, Tio 0.

UST 70 — Chabi Yo 25, Abando 9, Nonoy 9, Subido 9, Huang 6, Cansino 4, Concepcion 4, Ando 2, Paraiso 2, Bataller 0.

Quarterscores: 23-13, 33-37, 53-56, 71-70.

Pumaren insists Douanga’s game-winning trey versus NU a ‘designed play’

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Adamson’s Lenda Douanga had a rousing debut in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament as he did not only topscore for his team but also sunk the game-winning trey way out of the three-point line at the buzzer to shock National University (NU), 84-83, in overtime.

With only 1.4 seconds left in overtime, the rookie center took what could have been a luck shot, but eventually was the game-winner of their first match in UAAP Season 82 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Adamson coach Franz Pumaren, however, was quick to say that it was a designed play more than a lucky shot.

“[Y]ou don’t think it was a lucky shot, it was a designed play, the last shot,” Pumaren said in jest.

After the Douanga triple, though, the coach looked bombshell as the ball went inside the basket.

For Pumaren, the win is a welcome development, especially they came from a loss last Sunday at the hands of defending champions Ateneo de Manila University.

“We needed that win. I guess we’re searching for the right combination and I think that’s the downside of having a young team and having new guys. We’re still searching for our chemistry,” said Pumaren.

More than the game-winning triple, Douanga likewise forced the OT after he buried a pull-away put-back from a Simon Camacho missed floater to tie the game at 74.

Douanga had 26 points, 19 rebounds, and a block to spoil NU’s Dave Ildefonso’s 29-point output.

The Congolese big man received enough help from Camacho, Val Chauco, Jerom Lastimosa, and Jerrick Ahanmisi as the quartet combined for 47 points.

The scores:

Adamson 84 – Douanga 26, Camacho 14, Chauca 13, Lastimosa 10, Ahanmisi 10, Flowers 7, Zaldivar 2, Fermin 2, Bernardo 0, Yerro 0, Mojica 0, Manlapaz 0, Magbuhos 0.

NU 83 – Ildefonso 29, Gaye 16, Clemente 11, Oczon 7, Joson 5, S. Ildefonso 5, Mosqueda 3, Minerva 2, Mangayao 2, Diputado 2, Rangel 1, Tibayan 0, Yu 0, Gallego 0.

Quarterscores: 15-21; 31-30; 54-58; 74-74; 84-83.

Petro Gazz goes back to win column after trouncing Pacific Town Army in straight sets

Petro Gazz surely learned their lesson after they got severely punished by last season’s champions Creamline in straight sets in their last huddle.

The Angels got back to their winning ways after making quick work of Pacific Town Army, 25-15, 25-15, 25-19, in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at the Filoil Flying V Arena.

Aside from a dominant showing, the Angels likewise handed down the Lady Troopers its first loss in three games. Pacific Town Army remained unscathed as they beat BanKo Perlas and Choco Mucho, respectively, until this game against Petro Gazz.

Jovi Prado showed the way for the Angels side as she scored 12 points.

 

The victory improved Petro Gazz’ win-loss standing at number five with a 2-2 slate. They will face Philippine Air Force on September 1 for their next game.

(to be updated)

 

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