Val Chauca sets lofty goals for himself and for Adamson in one-and-done season

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Val Chauca is trying to make the most out of his one-and-done stint as he sets some lofty goals for himself and for the team while gunning for a spot at the Final Four this season.

And five games in his lone season at the UAAP, the Fil-Peruvian guard is showing everyone what he’s got for the Adamson Soaring Falcons.

Chauca spearheaded a fourth-period comeback to stun the UST Growling Tigers, 78-71, on Wednesday afternoon at the Mall of Asia Arena. He pumped in 18 points with 11 of those coming in the penultimate period. He, along with Jerrick Ahanmisi who had 24 markers, were the only double-digit scorers for the Franz Pumaren-mentored squad.

“It was really ugly on the offensive end. We didn’t really play too efficiently. A lot of careless turnovers, myself included. But at the end of the day, if you just fight. This came down to what’s inside like your heart. It was all heart. I’m just glad we came out with the win and I’m glad we did it as a team,” said Chauca post-game.

“We got a big lift from Val. That’s why he’s here. He’s here to guide this young team. We needed this game to boost our confidence back,” added head coach Franz Pumaren.

With the victory, Adamson is now tied with UST for the third seed with a 3-2 slate, and Chauca believes that the team is just getting started. They still have a long way to go but expectations are high for San Marcelino-based squad.

“The goal is pretty simple, go to the finals, win the finals. Personally, I wanna win the MVP. I wanna be very efficient, keep my turnovers down. Shoot it efficiently,” bared the floor general.

“I just wanna keep winning,” he concluded.

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Lester Prosper feels right at home with San Miguel after impressive debut

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Buoyed by the strong play of Terrence Romeo, Lester Prosper, and Dez Wells, the San Miguel Beermen are off to an auspicious start after winning against the Shenzhen Aviators, 90-76, for their first game in the 2019 East Asia Super League Terrific 12 tournament. 

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Terrence Romeo led all locals in scoring with 17 points. He was backstopped by Chris Ross who chipped in 11 of his own.

On the other hand, Dez Wells poured in 29 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and five steals to lead the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup champions.

Witnessing firsthand his teammate perform at a high level, Prosper couldn’t help but be in awe of his fellow import — whom he believes will be a great asset for the Leo Austria-coached squad in the upcoming PBA Governors’ Cup.

“He is a straight dog. It’s going to be really tough for opponents to guard him this season,” Prosper said about Wells in an exclusive interview with FOX Sports Philippines.

The 30-year-old Prosper, meanwhile, also did well for himself in his SMB debut. The hulking import notched a strong double-double of 10 points and 15 rebounds as he filled in the center spot with June Mar Fajardo out due to an injury.

He provided the much-needed size and firepower for SMB, as he’s shown his capability to finish well off of pick-and-rolls and by asserting his presence inside the paint.

When asked about his performance, Prosper bared that he was simply just playing his role, while savoring the opportunity in indirectly representing the country as well.

“It’s been amazing playing with them. I’m just playing my role by playing hard and there’s more work to do,” said Prosper.

“I’m not only playing for myself but I’m also representing the country on an international level so I take this personally. We are just going to play hard and live with the results,” he ended.

(Image from EASL)

 

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Phoenix bolsters lineup by signing RR Garcia, Davon Potts

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PBA free agents RR Garcia and Davon Potts have both found a new home after officially signing up for the Phoenix Fuel Masters in the upcoming 2019 Governors’ Cup, as reported by the league’s official website.

The said players are expected to fill in the void left by the suspended Calvin Abueva and LA Revilla, who is recovering from his left foot surgery months ago.

Garcia last played for TNT KaTropa last year but was left without a home after not being resigned by the team. The former UAAP MVP was seen playing for the Rain or Shine Elastopainters in a couple of tune-up games but he didn’t make the final cut.

On the other hand, Davon Potts was also relegated to the free-agent pool after his two-year contract with the Alaska Aces expired at the end of the Commissioner’s Cup. He recently competed in the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 League representing Phenom Basilan.

The Fuel Masters are slated to face the NLEX Road Warriors in their first game of the Governors’ Cup on Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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Philam Life 7s Football League S4 Match Day 2: Mondo International upsets defending champions Ghana FC

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Match Day 2 commenced with an upset victory of Mondo International over the defending champions Ghana FC. Laro FC, Real Amigos and Bohemian Sporting Club remain undefeated while Super Eagles and Tondo FC score their first wins of the season.

Ghana FC tasted their first defeat of the Season 4 in the hands of Mondo International, 2-1. Both teams were tied at 1-1 at full time and Mondo’s Jangobah Johnson scored the golden goal in extra time for the victory.

“All our hard work paid off. Our first game, we weren’t very tuned in yet. We weren’t synced in but we proved our worth. Today was worth it. We played our hearts,” said Mondo International Academy founder and coach Butch Mondenedo.

“The key thing is we played our tactics, we played our game. That is the one thing that we didn’t implement on the first game. The first game was very difficult because we are feeling out each player. Now, that the players are training more often, we are connecting much better,” shared Mondenedo on how they overcame Ghana FC.

In another extra-time thriller, Laro FC’s Kevin Skinker scored the lone goal of the match to defeat Matu Deportivo. Laro FC is one of the teams that still have an unblemished record after Match Day 2.

“The good energy of the team, that was important.  We got good coaching, good experience and the young guys stepped up today,” said Laro’s Aly Borromeo. “It is good to come off with a clean sheet today at the same time we can’t be too overconfident. We look forward to play with the big boys like Super Eagles and Ghana in the next few rounds.”

On the other hand, Real Amigos and Super Eagles dominated their opponents. DMatsunaga experienced their first loss of the season against Real Amigos, 5-1, while Monte Manila falls to 0-2 after losing to the Super Eagles, 1-6. Both winning teams want to make a statement in their Match Day 2 wins.

“Two wins, it is very important for our confidence but moving forward, we want the teams to talk about us. We want them to talk if we are the team to beat or not,” said Real Amigo’s head coach Lerche on the statement win.

“We just needed to make a statement today,” said Super Eagles head coach Danny Cross who lost their opening day game against Ghana FC. “From now on, the momentum is on. Last weekend, was disappointing but that is football. Today, we got the victory, we are happy and good to go.”

Tondo FC registered their first win of Season 4 with a tough match against Futbol Funatics, 2-1. Roberto Corsame and Leonardo Kabalungan each scored goals for Tondo FC before the Futbol Funatics scored one late in the end but time ran out for a comeback.

“We addressed the stamina. For the past three training sessions, we build up our stamina,” said Dennis Balbin of Tondo FC. “This win is important because it will bring more momentum for our team and brings more motivation.

Bohemian Sporting Club is still undefeated after Match Day 2 with Hajime Hajimehdi scoring a hat-trick over Superbad FC, 3-1.

 

7s Football League: Premier Division

Laro FC 1 – Matu Deportivo 0

Real Amigos 5 – DMatsunaga FA 1

Super Eagles 6 – Monte Manila 1

Bohemian Sporting Club 3 – Superbad Pride FC 1

Tondo FC 2 – Futball Funatics 1

Mondo International 2 – Ghana FC 1

 

7s Football League: Women’s Division

Stallions 2 – Outkast FC 1

Futbol Funatics 4 – Azzuri 2

Azzuri 4 – Sims 1

Kaya FC 4 – Superbad 1

Nomads 6 – Payatas 1

Bohemian Sporting Club 4 – Beach Hut 1

 

7s Football League: Men’s Division

Paha FC 4 – Komrads 3

DNO 11 – Mendiola 3

Manila Kings 6 – Socerroo 1

Manhur 4 – Laro B 3

Coast Guard 3 – Spoly 2

 

7s Football League: U15

Tuloy sa Don Bosco 1 – Carribean 0

Makati Football Club 4 – Bohemian Sporting Club 0

Nomads 3 – Socceroo 0

De La Salle Zobel 4 – Tondo FC 0

Tuloy sa Don Bosco 11 – Socceroo 1

Bohemian Sporting Club 4 – Tondo FC 3

Nomads 1 – Carriben 0

Tondo FC 3 – Bohemian Sporting Club 4

 

7s Football League: U13

Tuloy sa Don Bosco 2 – Makati Football Club 0

Socceroo 2 – Makati Football Club (Girls) 0

Nomads 3 – Angono FC 0

De La Salle Zobel 0 – Patayas 0

Tuloy sa Don Bosco 2 – Nomads 0

De La Salle Zobel 3 – Makati Football Club (Girls) – 1

Makati Football Club 5 – Angono FC 0

Socceroo 6 – Payatas 0

 

7s Football League: U9

Mondo FC 3 – San Lorenzo FC 1

Makati Football Club 3 – G8 0

Total FC 4 – Aspire 0

Striker FC Marikina 3 – Xavier FC 0

Mondo FC 3 – Total FC 0

Striker FC Marikina 0 – G8 0

Aspire FC 2 – San Lorenzo FC 0

Makati Football Club 10 – Xavier FC 0 

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Rising star Rhenz Abando credits UST’s system for his stellar play

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Rhenz Abando’s late explosion couldn’t have come at a better time for UST, as they grabbed a 87-74 victory against the hapless NU Bulldogs last Saturday afternoon at the MOA Arena.

With the Bulldogs keying their defense on him, Abando only scored eight points in the first three quarters. He scored 13 points in the fourth period and in overtime by making clutch plays on both ends to give UST its third win of the season.

The rangy forward also poured in six rebounds and two assists and even made five out of his 10 three-point shots.

Abando admitted that it took him a while to get into his groove, but he credits his mentor Aldin Ayo for his continuous guidance and trust in him.

“Nung overtime na, dun ko lang naramdam na nasa loob lang ako ng sistema eh. Yun yung mali ko,” said Abando postgame.

“Nung una masyado kami nag kumpyansa kasi yun nga, masyadong kaming na hype sa media. Buti [na lang], sa last quarter sinapian kami ng swerte. Tama yung sinasasabi ni coach na hahanapin at hahanapin ako [ng sistema],” he further mentioned.

Aldin Ayo, on other hand, never doubted his ward’s capabilities to go off at any moment. With all the potential that Abando has, the UAAP champion coach continues to provide some timely advice for his prized rookie especially with tougher games ahead.

“Hayaan niya lang dumating sa kanya yung laro. Huwag niya hanapin yung laro niya,” remarked Ayo.

“Antayan niya lang, dumating sa kanya yung laro niya because alam namin kung gaano siya ka-talented and skilled. Kailangan lang niya maglaro ng laro niya, [and again] huwag niya pipilitin,” he added.

UST’s next assignment will be against Adamson on September 18 at the same venue.

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One Sports Philippines: Plunge, Pasig Smashers to clash in Metropolitan Basketball League Division 3 Finals

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by Yves Santos

Plunge and Pasig Smashers advanced to the finals of the Metropolitan Basketball League Division 3 after defeating their opponents. Meanwhile, the final four matchups of the Metro East Hoops Gold Division have finally been determined.

In the first semifinal, Plunge was able to squeak through past the previously undefeated Southern Cross, 103-99, in an game that went to overtime. The trio of Perez, Quejada, and Gregorio conspired to lift Plunge to a hard-earned victory. Jason Santos tried to lift Southern Cross on his shoulders, but his career-high effort just fell a little short.

The second semifinals matchup was more of a complete demolition job as the Pasig Smashers dominated the first half and never looked back for a 84-55 victory, setting up a rematch against Plunge. Companero led the way for the balanced attack of the Pasig Smashers, compiling 14 points, nine rebounds, and two assists.

In the Metro East Hoops Gold Division, Bratpack completed a clean sweep of the elimination round with a tight victory over the Tanduay Hoyas, 112-108. Eloie Tan led the way for Bratpack with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists.

Zone XII All-Stars pounced on an undermanned Aga.ph squad who are already assured of a playoff spot, completing a blowout win, 121-101. Arenillo led the way with 32 points, 16 rebounds, and seven assists.

Arnel & Cel Meat Shop gained a critical victory as Congen opted to forfeit their match.

In third week of the Hoops Army Corporal Division, Hoops I Did It Again entered the win column with an upset win over Narcos, 89-87. Richard Corleto led the way with 13-point, 13-rebound double-double.

Meanwhile, Foggoat Vape Shop continued their flawless run as they defeated En Route, 96-88. Glyco Buco and JP Bantique’s double-double performances led the way for their 3rd straight win.

Hoopstown won over Pines Royale, 92-88, in the last game. Charles Vicencio delivered a strong performance with 28 points and 11 rebounds as he outdueled Pines Royale’s Kenneth Pablo in what was a battle of two MVP frontrunners. Vicencio was adjudged as this week’s top performer.

Jayson Castro, other Terrific 12 star players share excitement on the games ahead

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The world will soon witness a battle royale when top club teams from China, Japan, South Korea and the Philippines face off in The Terrific 12 from September 17-22 at Macao’s Tap Seac Multi-Sport Pavilion. The Terrific 12 is filled to the brim with All-Star and national team talent from the best teams across East Asia, each of whom are championship contenders in their respective leagues.

Teams are leaving nothing to chance and have assembled their best rosters, including national team players and foreign imports. “I can’t wait to play in The Terrific 12 with my new teammates. I’m excited to play in such a great tournament this early in the season. It should really help us unite as a team and help me acclimate to this new style of play more easily,” said Liaoning Flying Leopards’ new star guard, Lance Stephenson.

Lance Stephenson is one of many former NBA players who will join top teams as a foreign import player in The Terrific 12. After signing with the Leopards earlier this offseason, Lance is ready for his debut with the club and to bring The Terrific 12 trophy to Liaoning. He also added, “Our plan is to win the championship, so that momentum will help us as a club heading into the regular season.”

READ — Lance Stephenson leads cast of former NBA players to watch out for in Terrific 12

The best clubs and players go up against their international champion counterparts which has players chomping at the bit. The Filipino star from TNT KaTropa known as “The Blur”, Jayson Castro, will go head to head with Lance Stephenson specified, “I’m going to show them what speed really looks like. They’ll never see me coming. We’re going to show these other teams how the PBA does things.”

The Terrific 12 presents an opportunity to showcase respective leagues and players to basketball fans in other geographies. International sensation from Utsunomiya Brex, Makoto Hiejima, mentioned “Although the Japanese teams are getting stronger, there’s a need to experience more games against top opponents through EASL. We will energize not only Asia but also the world via the games!”

Each club will clash with new challengers they’ve never faced before. The diverse opponents galvanize player development and improve club performance. The Super 8 Finals champion and leader of the Chiba Jets, Ryumo Ono, stated “I am so excited to enjoy and participate in the games of The Terrific 12, because it’s totally different from our league. Each team is very sophisticated and just as strong as any team we’ve ever gone up against. I cannot wait!.”

The Terrific 12 features key positional matchups and players are eager to find out how they’ll fare. Shenzhen big man, Li Muhao, stated “I really look forward to going up against Filipino big man, June Mar Fajardo. He’s a legendary player, but I don’t think he knows what he’s getting himself into.” San Miguel Beermen’s big man responded, “We’ve got a pretty tough group. We’ll be up against some strong big men, especially the guys from Shenzhen. But, we’ve seen it all in terms of competition and will be relying on our team effort and championship experience to carry us through.”

The Zhejiang Guangsha Lions return to Macao led by star guard, Sun Minghui. It’s championship or nothing for this team as Sun noted “This is my third year participating in an EASL event and I’m not going home empty handed.” Shen Zijie of the Shenzhen Aviators also returns to EASL and is eager to compete, “We’re ready to prove that we deserve to be here and showcase what the CBA brings to the table.”

Last year’s champion, The Ryukyu Golden Kings, return to defend their title. However, this time around, everyone wants their shot at the champs. San Miguel Beermen’s “Golden Boy” Terrence Romeo stated “I really feel like I’m on my game and the experience with San Miguel enhanced my skills and confidence. Ryuichi Kishimoto is good so it will be an interesting matchup individually and a team basis.”

KCC Egis All-star, Lee Junghyun, stated “The best way to become an elite club is through competition. The Terrific 12 provides that opportunity and the ability for the KBL to showcase its clubs and star talent.” The games are sure to provide an action-packed week of basketball featuring the best club to club competition East Asia has to offer.

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Blackwater taps Marqus Blakely as replacement import for injured Aaron Fuller

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The Blackwater Elite is set to field in PBA resident import Marqus Blakely to bolster their lineup for the upcoming Terrific 12 tournament and in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup, as reported by ABS-CBN Sports.

Blakely will be returning to the country and he will be replacing Aaron Fuller, who suffered an ankle injury just recently. He will make his Elite debut starting on September 17 where the team will be competing in the Terrific 12 East Asia Super League tournament in Macau.

READ — These 6 imports will reinforce PBA teams in Terrific 12 tourney

The 30-year-old forward will be teaming up with fellow reinforcement Alex Stepheson in the said tournament.

He played for the TNT KaTropa in last year’s Governors’ Cup where he posted norms of 23.0 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game. However, the MVP-backed squad didn’t make it to the postseason.

Sicne then, Blakely has had stints playing for the Shiga Lakestars and Rizing Zephyr Fukouka in the Japanese B.League.

(Image from PBA)

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SBP president Al Panlilio praises Yeng Guiao for contributions to Gilas

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The Philippine basketball community was left surprised with Yeng Guiao’s decision to step down as Gilas Pilipinas’ head coach days after returning to the country fresh from their disappointing FIBA World Cup campaign.

READ — Yeng Guiao steps down as Gilas Pilipinas coach

SBP president Al Panlilio expressed his gratitude to the veteran mentor for all his contributions to the Gilas program since taking over last year despite all odds stacked against him.

“It is with a heavy heart that we accept coach Yeng’s resignation as the head coach for Gilas Pilipinas Men. The SBP thanks him for his contributions and wishes him well in all of his future endeavors,” said Panlilio in a statement.

 

“Coach Yeng Guiao had the unenviable task of picking up the pieces for Gilas Pilipinas Men. Even if the odds were stacked against him from the start, he took on the challenge head on and gave it his best shot,” he added.

Gilas Pilipinas went through a major overhaul after the team got involved in the infamous Philippines-Australia brawl during the World Cup Qualifiers. Yeng Guiao took over from there and he guided the national team to its second straight appearance in the FIBA World Cup.

The team went 0-5 in their campaign and they were ranked last in all of the 32 teams who competed in the quadrennial meet. Despite the result, Panlilio was highly complimentary of Guiao’s demeanor and composure, all while earning everyone’s respect in the process.

“His selection to take over was unanimous and it spoke volumes about the respect that he has gained throughout his career from all members of the Philippine basketball community,” bared Panlilio.

It remains to be seen on what steps are to be done for the next few months, and it looks like Gilas Pilipinas will be back to the drawing board once again.

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Gilas Pilipinas review: How did each player perform in World Cup? (Part 2)

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To say that Gilas Pilipinas had an underwhelming run in the 2019 FIBA World Cup would be an understatement.

Oftentimes, it was painful to watch. It simply was a nightmare — for the players, the coaches, and the millions of fans back home. Not only did the Philippines lost five consecutive contests in the world stage, they did so with an average margin of 29.4 points. Gilas finished dead last among the 32 nations after accumulating the worst point differential among the other winless teams.

The beating they took against the Italians and the Serbians showed just how far behind our basketball program is compared to some of the world’s best. The supposed morale-building victory we could have had against Angola probably hurt the most, considering it was the only competitive outcome we’ve had.

The last two blowout losses to Tunisia and Iran were simply just the nail in the coffin of an otherwise disappointing turnout.

There’s no denying that our players gave it all they got regardless of the turnout. Most struggled against the bigger, better, and more prepared competition, while a select few rose to the occasion and still gave hope to the future of Philippine basketball moving forward.

This time, we review each Gilas Pilipinas player’s performance in Part 2 of this series.

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June Mar Fajardo

With his fine performance in the World Cup, perhaps it’s time for the critics to heap some praise his way.

The five-time PBA MVP did a decent job on manning the center spot for Gilas, even if he may look to be over-matched at times. The Cebu native tallied norms of 7.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 0.8 steals, and 0.4 blocks per game. Some of his best performances include his efficient outing versus Italy and his 10-point game against Iran.

But for me, it was refreshing to see him going up against the mastodons of Serbia in Nikola Jokic and Boban Marjanovic. While those two were way better skills-wise, Fajardo showed his #Puso by standing his ground against those NBA players.

Robert Bolick 

He, along with CJ Perez, were bright spots indeed for the Philippine national team as both of them showed energy, hustle, and courage against their much bigger counterparts.

The Northport Batang Pier guard was one of the leading scorers for the national team, posting norms of 8.6 points on 47-percent shooting from the field. Many pundits are expecting him to headline Gilas’ 2023 squad, but he’ll have to improve on his defense and three-point shooting if he wants to take his game to the next level.

Paul Lee

Paul Lee was expected to fill the shooting void left by Marcio Lassiter and Matthew Wright, but his usual shots weren’t falling for some reason in this tourney.

His main highlight, however, was his game against Serbia were he chipped in 15 points on 46-percent shooting from the field. The former UE cager has shown the ability to be creative on his shots but a few dimes or rebounds here and there could’ve propped up his numbers even further.

RR Pogoy

Like Lee, RR Pogoy was supposed to be one of the 3-and-D threats for Coach Yeng Guiao, but it hasn’t come into fruition as he struggled to make an impact on both ends on the floor.

The TNT wing averaged only four points per game and he shot poorly from beyond the arc at only 25-percent. Along with his offensive woes, he also had a hard time stopping the other forwards from the other teams. Well, if you’ll get to guard the likes of Belinelli, Bogdanovic, and Nikkahbahrami on straight occasions, maybe you could cut him some slack.

Mark Barroca

Mark Barroca’s value doesn’t necessarily reflect on the box score since his primary role is to defend and make the correct plays for the SBP-backed squad. From time-to-time, the Magnolia Hotshots floor general would be in the starting lineup and served as a stabilizing presence given his previous international experience.

He averaged only 3.8 points and 0.3 assists per game for the squad on around 11 minutes of playing time. But more importantly, Barroca was a helpful mentor to guys like CJ Perez, Robert Bolick, and Kiefer Ravena.

Raymond Almazan

Filling in one of Gilas’ last spots, it’s safe to say that Raymond Almazan didn’t make much of an impact in this World Cup but it’s largely due to the limited minutes given to him.

The Meralco Bolts big man only played an average of 5.3 minutes and only made a shot once for the whole tourney. With June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar, and Andray Blatche soaking up all the minutes in the rotation, Almazan shouldn’t be criticized much for his performance this time around.

(Images from FIBA)

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One Sports Philippines: Pasig Smashers, Aga.ph, Foggoat get key wins

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by Yves Santos

The Metropolitan Basketball League has just reached the final week of the elimination round. And with the final four cast already set, the teams played as if they are warming up for bigger wars ahead.

In the first game of the day, Pasig Smashers took on the undefeated Plunge. Buoyed by Vergara’s 34 points and some help from his teammates, Pasig Smashers outlasted Plunge, 77-69, allowing them to enter the semifinals on a high note.

In the second game, Southern Cross locks horns with PH Avengers. It was Southern Cross who showed that they are ready for the bigger challenges the playoff brings, running over the PH Avengers with the score of 89-63. Raymond Arcon led the way with 25 points and 15 rebounds.

Raymond Arcon of Southern Cross was named player of the week, notching 25 points and 15 rebounds in their convincing win over PH Avengers.

The Metro East Hoops Gold Division has just entered the 4th week of its elimination round. With only 2 games on hand for all 6 teams, they know that the time is now to make their move up the standings.

Aga.ph won over Congen 114-103 behind MVP frontrunner Chris Baarde’s efforts. Baarde scored 44 points, 23 of them coming in the 2nd quarter, and added 10 rebounds in another dominating performance.

Meanwhile, Tanduay Hoyas used a searing 1st quarter to create early separation, and then relying on their defense to hold off Zone XII All-Stars, 78-57. Valentino led the Hoyas’ balanced attack with 18 points and 5 rebounds.

Bratpack continued their winning ways, staying undefeated after walloping Arnel & Cel Meat Shop, 107-82. Justin Angel led the way with 20 points and 11 rebounds, 14 of them scored during their critical 4th quarter run.

Chris Baarde of Aga.ph was named best player of the week for Metro East Hoops Gold Division, leading Aga.ph to a statement victory over Congen with his 44 points and 10 rebounds.

It is only the 2nd week of the elimination round for the Hoops Army Corporal Division, but all teams have showed up ready for battle, understanding that in this season’s format, every game counts.

In what was easily the game of the day, Foggoat Vape Shop and Pines Royale tangled in a closely contested affair. Foggoat escaped with a 77-76 victory, thanks to Ralf Dimaala’s 25 points.

In the second game, Narcos was able to hold off a game Hoopstown team, with the score of 98-94. Narcos’s RJay Alvaran had his handprints all over the game, finishing with team-highs of 17 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals.

In the last game of the day, En Route dismantles cold-shooting Hoops I Did It Again, 70-52. Balag led the way for En Route with his 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists.

RJay Alvaran of Narcos won best player of the week honors, with his 17-point, 11-rebound effort in their win against Hoopstown deemed as the standout performance for this week’s Hoops Army action.

Gilas Pilipinas couldn’t stop Iranian’s interior attack in 5th straight World Cup loss

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The Iranian national team proved to be a thorn once again for the Gilas Pilipinas side as they dealt them their fifth loss in the 2019 FIBA World Cup with a score of 95-75, at the Wukesong Sport Arena in Beijing, China last Sunday night.

READ — Gilas Pilipinas goes winless in World Cup after 20-point drubbing from Iran

After an encouraging first half for the Yeng Guiao-coached squad, the Iranians unleashed a dizzying run that would give them a 25-point lead in the third period. The Gilas quintet couldn’t find a way to counter the strong play of Hamed Haddadi, Samad Nikkahbahrami, Mohammad Jamshidi.

Northport Batang Pier point guard Robert Bolick led the scoring for Gilas with 15 markers, while Andray Blatche and June Mar Fajardo tallied 12 and 10, respectively.

The aforementioned Iran players, meanwhile, poured in 19, 17, and 16, respectively as they clinched a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Today, FOX Sports Philippines gives you some insights on what happened in this game.

Iran dominated the shaded area

With their size advantage, it’s no secret that the Iranians would use it much to their advantage especially with Hamed Haddadi leading the squad.

The Asian powerhouse scored 44 points inside the paint and they got 16 second chance points compared to Philippines’ three. Aside from Haddadi, other guys like Nikkahbahrami, Jamshidi, and even Yakchali had their way as well given their good shooting percentages from two-points.

Better three-point shooting (finally) for Gilas Pilipinas

Outside shooting has been missing for the Gilas quintet in this tournament, which is why seeing them shoot it well especially in first period gave the fans something to cheer about.

As mentioned, the SBP-backed squad knocked down six out of their 11 attempts in the first quarter. All in all, they shot 41-percent from downtown with Robert Bolick leading the way with three makes.

Everyone produced for Gilas

For Gilas to have a chance to win this game, everyone had to contribute. And that was sorely missed over this last four games.

In this match, however, the Philippine national team got some production from everyone in the roster especially from the bench where they churned out 47 points compared to Iran’s 25.

Leading the bench mob was the duo of June Mar Fajardo and CJ Perez who scored 10 and nine in this game. Those two have continued to be the bright spots for the national team.

(Images from FIBA)

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Philam Life 7s Football League S4 Match Day 1: Ghana FC starts title defense with win over rivals Super Eagles

“Let’s get out of here quickly” – Wilder jokes after Sheffield Utd 2-0 win at Everton

Season 4 of the Philam Life 7s Football League kicked off at the McKinley Hill Stadium with 66 teams across the Premier Division, Women’s Division, Men’s Division, U15, U13, U11, and U9.

The rematch of the Premier Division finals for the past two seasons opened the tournament with defending champions Ghana FC going up against the Super Eagles. Scoring the first goal at the 10-minute mark was Stanley Edeme of the Eagles. Ghana FC countered with three consecutive goals from David Asare, Hosni Aosso, and HenosDabo. With ten minutes left, YohannFofanna countered with a goal but Ghana FC held on to the victory.

“Coming to this game, I told them, we are not going for anything. We just have to play. For them, they are coming for revenge. That is in their mind. We just have to keep calm and work what we know best,” said Ghana F.C. head coach Ayi Bimbo.

Making a rousing debut, DMatsunaga FA scored their first victory over Bohemian Sporting Club. The game was tied at 2-2 at full time. The game was decided via penalty shootout with DMatsunaga FA edging Bohemian Sporting Club, 3-2.

“There are things that we still have to improve as a team. We will be working for it for sure for the next days. We will be working on our mistakes and try to get the next round again,” said Daniel Matsunaga, who faced off against his former team.

Laro FC scored two consecutive goals with two minutes apart to kick off their opening game against debuting Monte Manila FC. David Kaman and Maroo Yhico combined for the two Laro FC goals and it was enough for the team to seal the victory, 2-1. William Gueridon scored the only goal of Monte Manila FC at the 23-minute mark.

“It is really important to start the tournament with a good win—getting the confidence of the players going. Especially in this league today, there is a lot of good competition out there. It is important we got the first win today,” said Aly Borromeo of Laro F.C.

“What is important is the rotation of the players in a tournament like this.  You go all out for 3-4 minutes, sub, get the rotation going. We are lucky enough to get a good coach to take care of the substitutions. We did the rotations pretty well and we came out with two crucial goals, and we caught one in the end due to six fouls. We still got the victory, that is what is important,” Borromeo adds.

Starting off at the right foot, Superbad Pride FC, who struggled last season, are looking formidable with a 4-2 victory over Tondo FC to secure early in the tournament their first win.

“We wanted to win this one so bad. We talked before the start of the game—last season we started at the bottom, the best way for us is to win our first game,” said Iggy Halili of Superbad Pride FC.

Real Amigos made a good impression in their first game by shutting down the Futbol Funatics, 2-0. With the team’s intense preparation, Coach Lerche Njang hopes to live up to the expectations of their fans.

“We are really prepared for this. We hope to live to the expectations. We know that the league is very tough now. There are a lot of players coming in, ex-professionals—it is a strong league. I think we have what it takes to go far,” said Coach Lerche Njang.

Bohemian Sporting Club had a hot start with two consecutive goals from Hamed Hasimehdi and Izo El Habib to control the game. A comeback fell short for Mondo International’s WushomaTatzuda scored the team’s first goal but time ran out on them.

Here are the complete results for Match Day 1:

7s Football League: Premier Division

Laro FC 2 – Monte Manila FC 1

Bohemian Sporting Club 2 – Mondo International 1

Ghana FC 3 – Super Eagles 2

DMatsunaga FA 2 – Matu Deportivo 2 (3-2)

Superbad Pride FC 4 – Tondo FC 2

Real Amigos 2 – Football Funatics 0

 

7s Football League: Women’s Division

Kaya FC 5 – Beach Hut 1

Bohemian Sporting Club 4 – FutbolFunatics 2

Nomads 6 – Azzuri FC 6

Superbad 4 – Sims 1

Stallions 6 – Azzurri 0

Outkast FC 2 – Payatas FC 1

 

7s Football League: Men’s Division

Paha FC 5 – Mendiola 4

Coast Guard 5 – Komrads 4

Spoly 5 – Laro B 3

Manhur 3 – Soccerroo 2

DNO FC 4 – Manila Kings 1

 

7s Football League: U15

Tondo 1 – Socceroo 0

Makati Football Club 3 – Carribean 0

De La Salle Zobel 0 – Tuloysa Don Bosco 0

Bohemian Sporting Club 3 – Nomads 0

Makati Football Club 5 – Socceroo 0

Carribean 1 – Tondo 0

Zobel 1 – Nomads 0

Bohemian Sporting Club 3 – Tuloysa Don Bosco 2

 

7s Football Leauge: U13

Nomads 0 – De La Salle Zobel 0

Makati Football Club 5 – Socceroo 0

Tuloy sa Don Bosco 3 – Payatas FC 0

Angono FC 1 – Far 0

Nomads 1 – Socceroo 0

Makati Football Club 2 – De La Salle Zobel 0

Angono FC 2 – Payatas FC 0

Far 0 – Tuloy sa Don Bosco 0

 

7s Football League: U11

Xavier FC 1 – Socceroo 0

Mondo FC 2 – Carribean 0

Zobel 1 – Bohemian Sporting Club 0

Makati Football Club 3 – Tuloy sa Don Bosco 1

Xavier FC 4 – Carribean 0

Mondo FC 3 – Socceroo 1

De La Salle Zobel 2 – Tuloy sa Don Bosco 0

Makati Football Club 2 – Bohemian Sporting Club 0

 

7s Football League: U9

Striker FC Marikina 5 – Total FC 0

Makati Football Club 8 – Bohemian Sporting Club 0

Mondo FC 2 – XavierFC 0

G8 3 – Aspire FC 0

Makati Football Club 6 – Total FC 0

Striker FC Marikina 3 – San Lorenzo FC 1

Aspire FC 2 – Xavier FC 0

Mondo FC 1 – G8 1

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Philam Life 7s Football League to start its fourth season on September 8

“Let’s get out of here quickly” – Wilder jokes after Sheffield Utd 2-0 win at Everton

On September 8, 2019, the Philam Life 7s Football League will kick off their fourth season this Sunday at the McKinley Stadium in Taguig City.

This season, the league has expanded to 12 teams for the each of the Men’s and Women’s Division. Also, the Men’s Division 2 will be making a debut with a total of 10 teams.

The Men’s Division will feature defending champions Ghana FC with Super Eagles, Real Amigos, Laro FC, Futbol Funatics, Monte Manila, Superbad FC, Tondo FC, Bohemian Sporting Club, DMatsunaga Football Academy, Matu Deportivo and Mondo International.

Outkast FC will start defending their title in the Women’s Division. Rounding up the division are Stallion-Hiraya FC, Bohemian Sporting Club, Superbad-Azzuri, Azzurri Ladies, Azzuri Girls, Payatas FC, Beach Hut, Futbol Funatics, Kaya FC, Nomads and Sims United.

The debuting Men’s Division 2 will feature Komrads-Pangulo, DNO FC, Laro B, Manhur, Manila Kings, Mendiola, Paha FC, Philippine Coastguard Azzurri, Spoly and Team Soccerroo.

The youth divisions will simultaneously start on opening day with 8 teams each for U15, U13, U11, and U9.

Provincial legs Bacolod, Cebu, Iloilo, and Davao concurrently will hold their own openings on the same day. Batangas will also follow in October.

“The competition within the 7s is going to be strong this year,” said league founder Anton del Rosario. “All the teams are training now. All the teams have extra additions. We have players like Stephan Shrock that will be playing in the league. The league is going to be exciting.”

In addition to the weekly Sunday affair, the league will host a CSR program to 50 kids from Young Focus in Tondo. This 1-hour training program will be headed by Tondo FC’s very own Coach Mark Dennis Balbin.

The league is sponsored by Philam Life, Chronos, Jollibee, Chronos, Bell and Dragon, Potato Corner, Bruno’s Barbers, Bootcamp, Skull Candy. Wilson will the official game ball of the tournament. 5plus is the official media partner of the 7s Football League.