Mark Nonoy steals spotlight away from Sotto-Green matchup as Hustle beats Heart in NBTC All-Star

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True to their name, Team Hustle out-hustled Team Heart, 94-86, in the 2019 Chooks-to-Go NBTC All-Star Game presented by SM on Saturday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

Providing Team Hustle with much-needed veteran presence in the endgame were UST’s Mark Nonoy who hit 16 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and FEU’s RJ Abarrientos who got 13 markers and eight rebounds.

The 5-foot-8 playmaker turned it on when it mattered most, scoring 14 straight points in the last four minutes of the showpiece event of the national championship for high school.

“Iba yung feeling kasi dati, pangarap ko lang makalaro sa ganitong arena tapos ngayon, na-award pa ako ng Most Outstanding Player,” he said about his inspired play. “Malaking tulong para sakin na mag-strive pa sa basketball kasi ito na yung buhay namin.”

With the game neck-and-neck midway through the payoff period, Nonoy began his brilliant takeover with a go-ahead triple at the 4:09 mark for the 80-78 lead.

After Kai Ballungay’s layup knotted the game at 80-all, the Tiger Cub turned Growling Tiger then went ahead and scored nine straight, ending with a booming triple for an 89-82 lead with 37 ticks left.

Green got a dunk right after, but it was too little, too late as Abarrientos sealed the deal with two free throws.

San Beda Tony Ynot was a per-minute beast for Team Hustle, dropping nine points in just six minutes while JRU’s John Amores chipped in eight points.

“Guys just keep getting better and better from last year to this year,” said Team Hustle head coach Chris Gavina. “Great seeing the development of our youth. Philippine basketball is in good hands with these kids coming up.”

Mark Nonoy (Photo from Chooks-to-Go)

Team Hustle, which also had San Miguel star Alex Cabagnot, got huge contributions as well from Ateneo’s Kai Sotto, Geo Chiu and Forthsky Padrigao; UST’s Bismarck Lina; FilAm Sports’ Brandon Wilson; Mapua’s Jonnel Policarpio; AusPinoy’s Jasper Rentoy; Durham Crossover’s Tyler Garcia; and National U’s star trio of Kevin Quiambao, Terrence Fortea, and Gerry Abadiano.

For Team Heart, FilAm Sports standout Jalen Green showed the way with 19 points and 12 rebounds while Ballungay followed suit with 16 points and five rebounds.

National U big man Carl Tamayo also added 11 points and six rebounds while La Salle Green Hills Inand Fornilos fired nine points on a perfect 4-of-4 clip.

Team Heart, mentored by Charles Tiu and NBA champion Metta World Peace, was boosted by FilAm Sports’ Jeron Artest; Mapua’s Dan Arches and Paolo Hernandez; Arellano’s Aaron Fermin; Joshua David of LSGH; Hope Christian’s Harvey Pagsanjan; Lyceum’s Mac Guadana’ UV Joshua Yerro; Chiang Kai Shek’s Rafael Go; and Adamson’s Joem Sabandal and Adam Doria.

The week-long festivities will culminate in the 2019 Chooks-to-Go NBTC League National Finals championship game between NU-Manila and LSGH-Mandaluyong. That showdown is still free of admission, with fans only needing to present a valid ID to enter the venue.

The last day of the week-long tournament, backed by Chooks-to-Go, Darlington-Exped Socks, EPSON, Huawei, Freego, Purefoods, Gatorade, Go for Gold, SM, Molten and also presented by 5 Plus and Lighthouse Events, will still be aired live on ESPN5 and streamed live over at tv5.espn.com.

BOX SCORES
TEAM HUSTLE (94) — Nonoy 23, Abarrientos 13, Ynot 9, Amores 8, Sotto 6, Quiambao 6, Fortea 5, Lina 5, Wilson 5, Chiu 4, Abadiano 4, Padrigao 3, Policarpio 3, Rentoy 0, Garcia 0.

TEAM HEART (86) — Green 19, Ballungay 16, Tamayo 11, Fornilos 9, Arches 6, Fermin 6, David 5, Pagsanjan 4, Guadana 3, Artest 2, Yerro 2, Cagulangan 2, Hernandez 1, Sabandal 0, Doria 0, Go 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 18-19, 45-38, 66-61, 94-86

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Jalen Green, David Carlos battle to stalemate in NBTC Slam Dunk Contest

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Jalen Green and David Carlos put on a show as they were hailed as co-champions for the Dunk Contest of the 2019 Chooks-to-Go NBTC All-Star presented by SM on Saturday.

Both dunkers gave it their all as they gave a treat to the delight of a packed SM Mall of Asia Arena crowd.

Green and Carlos both scored perfect 50 points in the dunk-off, with the latter throwing down two balls one after the other and the former responding with a difficult behind-the-back one-handed slam that sent everyone to their feet.

The two also brought the goods back in the championship round.

Carlos unveiled his scorpion dunk, slamming the ball with his left hand while also paying homage to judge Metta World Peace as he jumped over four people.

Meanwhile, Green converted on an off-the-bounce two-handed slam, as well as a forceful tomahawk jam off a lob from his FilAm Sports USA teammate Jaden Saunders.

Jalen Green (Chooks-to-Go)

Kai Ballungay of FilAm Sports and viral dunker Darwin Cantong were also part of the field in the side event of the national championship for high school.

Meanwhile, John Erolon of St. Louis of Don Bosco-Dumaguete reigned supreme in the Three-Point Shootout.

Erolon drilled 16 points in the Finals to edge out Ethan Galang of FilAm Sports USA who only had 13.

Also joining the fray are Jerric Palma of Top Flight Hoops-Vancouver, Jordan Perez of Camp David-New Zealand, Jason Diaz of Durham Crossover-Canada, Luigi Cuevas of Italy Europe Proudly Pinoy, Jarred Lao of La Salle Green Hills, and Angelo Cacho of University of Baguio.

Jasper Rentoy of AusPinoy also came away with the Skills Challenge title, blowing out Carl Tamayo of Nazareth School of National University in the championship match.

RJ Abarrientos of FEU-Diliman and Kai Sotto of Ateneo made it to the semifinals, while eliminated in the first round were Geo Chiu of Ateneo, Ladis Lepalam of LSGH, Reimar Cruz of Camp David-New Zealand, and Robert Norombaba of Dolores National HS-Eastern Samar.

The Division 1 All-Star Game is still to come in the centerpiece weekend of the week-long tournament being aired live on ESPN5 and streamed live over at tv5.espn.com.

This tournament is backed by Chooks-to-Go, Darlington-Exped Socks, EPSON, Huawei, Freego, Purefoods, Gatorade, Go for Gold, SM, Molten and also presented by 5 Plus and Lighthouse Events.

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Desiderio, Ababou to coach NBTC Div. 2 All-Star Game

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Paul Desiderio and Dylan Ababou have been named as coaches for the 2019 Chooks-to-Go NBTC Division 2 All-Star Game presented by SM on Saturday at SM Mall of Asia Arena.

Desiderio, the UP cult hero who has been a part of Gilas Pilipinas’ 23-for-23 cadets pool and has since taken his act to the Blackwater Elite in the PBA, and Ababou, the UST stalwart who was a member of the original iteration of the Smart Gilas national team and is now suiting up for the Pasig Grindhouse Kings in the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 League, were tasked to take the lead for Team Passion and Team Dedication, respectively.

Top players from Division 2 schools of the 2019 Chooks-to-Go NBTC League National Finals presented by SM were selected to partake in the showpiece event for Day Six of the national high school basketball championship sponsored by Chooks-to-Go, Darlington-Exped Socks, EPSON, Huawei, Freego, Purefoods, Gatorade, Go for Gold, SM, Molten and also presented by 5 Plus and Lighthouse Events.

Paul Desiderio and Dylan Ababou will call the shots for the Division 2 All-Stars in the 2019 NBTC All-Star Game. (Photo from Chooks-to-Go)

Making up Desiderio’s Team Passion are Jarlo Ningasca of Holy Trinity College-General Santos, John Bravo and Ken Laquibla of First City Providential College-Bulacan, John Barba of Lyceum of the Philippines University-Cavite, Joshua Guiab of Calayan Educational Foundation, Inc.-Quezon, Paulo Casia of Narvacan NHS-Candon, Jiam Quiambao of St. Augustine Institute-Pampanga, Icy Patrocino of St. Louis Don Bosco-Dumaguete, Vance Caterbas of Southern Philippines College-Cagayan de Oro, Mark Picardal and Robert Norombaba of Dolores NHS-Eastern Samar, Ken Pondoc of Zamboanga del Sur NHS-Pagadian, Steven Tono of Sta. Clarita International School-Iloilo, Justin Ramirez of Isabela College-Cauayan, and Tyler Puletua of AusPinoy-Australia.

Meanwhile, Ababou’s Team Dedication will be made up of Lloyd Borbe and Medwin Ariate of Sto. Domingo NHS-Legazpi, John Paras and Michael Homo of Perpetual-JONELTA-Laguna, Magnus Ines of University of Baguio, Junnie Perdido of St. Mary’s College of Tagum-Davao del Norte, Ralph Bajon of Sta. Clarita International School-Iloilo, Mctroi Crisostomo of Holy Trinity College-General Santos, Drexler Villanueva of Southwestern University-PHINMA, Cholo Anonuevo and Vince Gomez of Team Italy Europe Proudly Pinoy, Jerric Palma and Kit Aviso-Mramor of Top Flight Hoops Vancouver, and Reimar Cruz and Tyler Martin of Camp David New Zealand.

The NBTC Division 2 All-Star will take place on Saturday at 12 p.m. at SM Mall of Asia Arena, with the All-Star side events at 2 p.m., and the NBTC Division 1 All-Star Game at 3 p.m.

The week-long tourney is still free of admission, with fans needing just a valid ID to enter SM Mall of Asia Arena.

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NU, LSGH meet again in Finals of 2019 NBTC Nationals

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For the second straight year, National U-Manila and La Salle Green Hills-Mandaluyong are set to meet in the 2019 Chooks-to-Go NBTC National Finals presented by SM after clearing their respective Fearless Four matchups, Friday at SM Mall of Asia Arena.

NU-Manila barely hung on to beat San Beda-Manila, 91-90, if not for Gerry Abadiano’s heroics while LSGH-Mandaluyong turned back FEU-Manila, 87-77, to advance to the Div. 1 championship game set for Sunday still at the same venue.

Team captain Abadiano led the Bullpups with 23 points, four steals and three assists while Cyril Gonzales and Terrence Fortea each tallied 18 markers in the nail-biting win in the Fearless 4 of the national championship for high school backed by Chooks-to-Go, Darlington-Exped Socks, EPSON, Huawei, Freego, Purefoods, Gatorade, Go for Gold, SM, Molten, and presented by 5Plus and Lighthouse Events.

Jiam Quiambao contributed 30 points and 11 rebounds.

After being down 26 late in the first half, the Red Cubs stormed all the way back and Penny Estacio’s layup even gave them the lead, 85-84, with 2:10 left to play.

Both squads then traded leads until ex-NU star and now-San Beda main man Rhayyan Amsali knotted it up again at 89-all with 22 ticks left.

After a timeout, Abadiano wasted away the clock before silencing the Red Cubs once and for all with a game-winning midrange jumper.

“Siguro, iniisip ko lang, syempre pina-practice ko lagi (yun). Iniisip ko lang, last shot na ‘to para mag-championship na kami,” shared Abadiano. “Pag tinira ko ‘to, bahala na. Bahala na kung pumasok or hindi, manalo or overtime. Nung tinira ko pumasok naman siya, sobrang saya.”

With two seconds still on the clock, Estacio had a shot to send the game into overtime after getting fouled at the buzzer, but missed his first freebie.

“That’s what I’ve been pointing out from the very first game, sinasabi kong pinakaimportante yung pagiging consistent namin,” said coach Goldwin Monteverde. “We were leading by 26 points pero once na matulog ka diyan, in a short span, pwedeng mahabol, which is what happened. San Beda played very well in the second half and on the other end naman, sama ng depensa namin.”

Amsali powered San Beda with 26 points and 10 rebounds while two-way guard Tony Ynot sparked the fightback and seized 16 markers and 7 boards.

Meanwhile, Joshua David led LSGH to an 10-point triumph over FEU with 21 points and six rebounds while Kobe Palencia gave a 17-point boost off the bench.

National U’s Gerry Abadiano vs San Beda in the 2019 NBTC Nationals Fearless 4. (Photo fro Chooks-to-Go)

But the highlight of the game was the surprise return of NCAA 94 Juniors MVP Joel Cagulangan who is coming off ankle surgery, but still tallied eight points and three assists in eight minutes on the floor.

“Sobrang sarap sa pakiramdam kasi nakalaro ko na uli mga kakampi ko,” Cagulangan said. “Dapat nga bawal pa ako pero sabi ni coach. Gusto namin mag-Finals e.”

RJ Abarrientos did everything he could for FEU but eventually saw his 38-point eruption go to waste. The spitfire guard went down swinging, hitting 7-of-16 three-pointers.

The Greenies were well within control halfway through the fourth quarter, opening up a 14-point gap, 77-63, after a Jared Lao three-ball.

Staying true to his new reputation as the Baby Tamaraws’ “King of the Fourth,” however, Abarrientos then responded with two straight contested triples to trim the lead to seven with 3:57 left to play.

However, Cagulangan proved he has not lost his killer instinct and responded with two threes of his own in the last two minutes, effectively dousing cold water on Abarrientos’ hot streak and FEU’s finals hopes.

Before NU and LSGH square off for the national championship, however, fans will first get to see the best of the best high school ballers duke it out on Saturday in the NBTC All-Star Game, also at SM MOA Arena.
That exhibition, alongside the tournament Finals, will be aired live on ESPN5 and streamed live over at tv5.espn.com.

The centerpiece weekend of the week-long tourney is still free of admission, with fans needing just a valid ID to enter SM Mall of Asia Arena.

Jalen Green defends crown in 2019 NBTC Slam Dunk Contest

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Jalen Green will be facing stiff competition as he looks to retain his title as the king of aerial acrobatics in the Slam Dunk Contest of the 2019 NBTC Chooks-to-Go All-Star Game presented by SM, on Saturday noon at SM Mall of Asia Arena.

USA’s top-ranked high school player will be up against the Philippines’ best, with professional dunker David Carlos and internet sensation Darwin Cantong battling him for the crown.

But Green is up to the challenge as he anticipates a great showdown, particularly with Carlos who wasn’t a hundred percent when they last met.

“Last year, I felt like it was given to me. The professional dunker (David Carlos) was hurt so he did not really like put on a show,” said Green as he gears up for another go-round in the side event to the national championship for high school backed by Chooks-to-Go, Darlington-Exped Socks, EPSON, Huawei, Freego, Purefoods, Gatorade, Go for Gold, SM, Molten, and presented by 5Plus and Lighthouse Events.

“I hope this year, it’s more of a (show). I feel like it’s going to be fun and I’m ready to go,” he added.
There will be three dunk attempts per round for each competitor, with the top two advancing to the final round.

NBA champion Metta World Peace will be part of the five-man panel of judges which also includes Kobe Paras, Dylan Ababou, Joshua Munzon, and Karl Dehesa.

The Slam Dunk Contest, though, is just one of the highlights for the All-Star festivities.

Jalen Green will yet again meet David Carlos for the Slam Dunk Contest title in the 2019 NBTC All-Star Game. (Photo from Chooks-to-Go)

Towering teens Kai Sotto and Carl Tamayo will also banner a talented pool in the Skills Challenge which will pit big men against cat-quick guards.

The 7-foot-2 Sotto will be battling 6-foot-9 Ladis Lepalam of La Salle Green Hills while Tamayo, the 6-foot-8 reigning UAAP 81 Finals MVP from National U, takes on Ateneo’s Gio Chiu, also 6-foot-8, in the other giant pairing.

Highly-touted FEU guard RJ Abarrientos will be pitted against Robert Norambaba of Eastern Samar’s Dolores National HS while it’s a battle of Fil-foreign guards as Jasper Rentoy of AusPinoy battles Reimar Cruz of Top Flight Hoops Vancouver.

The winners of each bracket will face in the finals.

Completing the annual showcase is the Three-Point Shootout which will feature the eight best snipers in the tournament.

St. Louis School of Don Bosco-Dumaguete’s John Erolon will be the early favorite after putting up an average of five three-pointers through three games.

Battling Erolon is Jerric Palma of Top Flight, Jason Diaz of Durham Crossover Toronto, Jarred Lao of LSGH, Jordan Perez of Camp David New Zealand, Luigi Cuevas of Proudly Pinoy Italy, Ajay Lameseria of Calayan Education Foundation Inc. Lucena, and Angelo Cacho of University of Baguio.

That exhibition, alongside the tournament Finals, will be aired live on ESPN5 and streamed live over at tv5.espn.com.

The centerpiece weekend of the week-long tourney is still free of admission, with fans needing just a valid ID to enter SM Mall of Asia Arena.

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NBTC Fantastic 8: San Beda ousts Jalen Green, FilAm Sports

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San Beda-Manila ruined FilAm Sports’ best-laid plans in the 2019 Chooks-to-Go NBTC League National Finals as the Red Cubs pulled off a 97-91 upset over USA Thursday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Rhayyan Amsali starred with 25 points, nine rebounds, and three assists while Joshua Lazaro scored all but two of his 11 points in the last eight minutes to help the MMBL champions boot out a FilAm Sports side led by Jalen Green and supposedly on its way to a rematch with National U.

“Wala akong masabi. Nagpapasalamat lang kami kay Lord sa blessings na binigay niya,” said first-year head coach Manu Inigo. “Sa boys, nakita niyo naman yung effort nila lalo na sa defense.”

The key to the win, though, was a defense that turned all its attention to Green who still poured in 39 points on top of 13 rebounds, three steals, and two assists, but also turned the ball over six times.

This was in stark contrast to just a day ago when USA’s No. 1-ranked high school player recorded several highlight dunks at the expense of Ateneo.

“Sabi namin sa mga bata, pag naka-dunk yan, mabubuhay lahat ang crowd so pilitin niyong hindi maka-dunk,” said Inigo. “Stay in front of him, talagang hindi dapat siya makabwelo ng talon.”

This time, Green’s first and only dunk came at the 8:07 mark of the final frame, pulling his team to within 77-78.
Lazaro had the answer for San Beda, however, with four points in a 7-2 run that built their lead back up to 85-79.

The FilAm Sports standout again willed his squad back to 90-92 with 58.1 seconds left only to see Tony Ynot get a pair of easy layups as well as the win-sealing block to keep them at bay.

It also didn’t hurt the Red Cubs that Green muffed on three of his four free throws in the endgame and nine overall out of 22 attempts.

Ynot wound up with 16 points, four rebounds, and two blocks, but it was his defensive effort on USA’s 6-foot-6 swingman that was his biggest contribution to what is the most shocking decision thus far in the national championship for high school.

Tony Ynot (Photo from Chooks-to-Go)

Awaiting San Beda in the Fearless 4 on Friday still at the same venue is National U which romped over Letran-Manila, 96-71.

Terrence Fortea stayed hot with 21 points to go along with three rebounds, three assists, and two steals while Carl Tamayo also added 13 markers and five boards in just 16 minutes of play.

The UAAP champions are entering the semifinals with an average winning margin of 59.7.

For the Squires, Stacy Tibayan topped the scoring column with 26 points. Despite the loss, they have recorded their best finish in the annual tournament.

Backstopping Green for FilAm Sports are Kai Ballungay and Jeron Artest as the former finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds and the latter ended with 13 markers and seven boards.

The three, alongside Brandon Wilson, will still be seeing action in the NBTC All-Star Game. That exhibition, alongside the tournament semis and finals, will be aired live on ESPN5. All games, from the seeding round to the championship round, will also be streamed live over at tv5.espn.com.

Meanwhile, Holy Trinity-GenSan punched a ticket to the Division 2 Fearless 4 after getting the better of St. Louis School of Don Bosco-Dumaguete, 79-70.

GenSan will face the winner between First City Providential College-Bulacan and St. Augustine Institute of Pampanga.

The week-long tourney, sponsored by Chooks-to-Go, Darlington-Exped Socks, EPSON, Huawei, Freego, Purefoods, Gatorade, Go for Gold, SM, Molten and also presented by 5 Plus and Lighthouse Events, is still free of admission, with fans needing just a valid ID to enter SM Mall of Asia Arena.

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The FWD North Pole Marathon 2019: The Who’s Who of the World’s Coolest Marathon (Part I)

Tsui, Annie & Andy – FWD 78° North Marathon

THE FWD North Pole Marathon, which takes place on 9th April 2019, will feature athletes from the world over in an extraordinary Arctic adventure.

Powered by FWD insurance for the third year running, the world’s coolest marathon is designed to push participants to their limits where they can break their own barriers and overcome their fears.

The secluded track in the FWD North Pole Marathon requires the runners to cover 42.195 km (26.2 miles) while battling against extreme cold in one of the most deserted regions in the world.

Currently, Thomas Maguire from Ireland holds the record in the men’s category at 3 hours and 36 minutes while Germany’s Anne-Marie Flammersfeld holds the record at 4 hours and 52 minutes for the women.

It was seventeen years ago that an individual first ran the North Pole Marathon in a solo effort and ever since, the number of participants has only increased year after year. Some run to conquer the terrain, some run to conquer themselves while others run for a worthy cause.

However, what brings them all together is courage, determination and a will to celebrate life by exploring every facet of it, no matter how challenging.

 

The COO of FWD group, Rob Schimek is one of the most enthusiastic participants in the marathon that will be held in one of the coldest regions in the world. An apt embodiment of his company’s ethos of breaking barriers, the 54 year old still enjoys the physical and mental challenge of extreme events.

Mr Schimek is also a two-time competitor in the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii (‘15 and ‘17) and a three-time competitor in the World’s Toughest Mudder – a 24-hour endurance event held in Nevada (‘14, ‘16 and ‘17).

He has completed more than ten marathons including London, Boston, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and most recently, Hong Kong.

He currently lives in Singapore where temperatures range between hot and hotter but has plenty of experience competing in cold weather.

Honouring FWD Insurance’s commitment towards powering dreams and providing support to worthy causes, his participation in the marathon is geared towards raising awareness and funds for the Special Olympics 

 

Fitness show host Ittiphol Sammuthong, also known as ‘Pok’, hails from Thailand and has been an active proponent of marathon running since the 80s, when he used to run professionally.

The 50-year old’s celebration of fitness and life hasn’t dimmed one bit with age, as he prepares for the FWD North Pole Marathon by subjecting himself to extremely cold temperatures in a cryotherapy chamber kept at minus 100 degree Celsius.

READ MORE: THE FWD North Pole Marathon 2019: The Who’s Who of the World’s Coolest Marathon (Part II)

Joyette Jopson from the Philippines – or the ‘pocket rocket’ as she is better known –  is a renowned triathlete who works as a FWD Financial Officer.

She has the incredible experience of having participated in the Ironman World Championships held in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii among many other triathlons.

She was one of the top 5 female athletes in her nation and perfectly embodies her company’s core values of Asian achievement, endurance and excellence.

Having recovered from an injury sustained a few years back, Joyette will take to the freezing cold in the hopes of supporting the Special Olympics alongside Ittiphol Sammuthong and colleague Rob Schimek.

Vietnam’s Phan Thanh Nhien conquered Mount Everest when he was just 22. In the eleven years since, he has established himself as a motivational speaker who inspires people to celebrate life and constantly strive to become better versions of themselves.

How fitting then that he was approached by FWD, a company that empowers people to break their boundaries and confront their fears by supporting and giving them confidence every step of the way, to challenge his own limits yet again – this time at the FWD North Pole Marathon 2019.

It is almost poetic how Phan Thanh Nhien will be running to raise funds to offer prosthetic legs to the disabled.

Click here to read more about FWD Insurance.

 

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The FWD North Pole Marathon 2019: The Who’s Who of the World’s Coolest Marathon (Part II)

Tsui, Annie & Andy – FWD 78° North Marathon

THE FWD North Pole Marathon, which takes place on 9th April 2019, will feature athletes from the world over in an extraordinary Arctic adventure.

Powered by FWD insurance for the third year running, the world’s coolest marathon is designed to push participants to their limits where they can break their own barriers and overcome their fears.

However, in their pursuit of pushing their own boundaries, many of the runners involved in the marathon are also aiming to run for a worthy cause.

Misaki Izuoka – FWD North Pole Marathon

From Run For The Cure for Breast Cancer awareness to the Special Olympics to the Hong Chi Association, these runners will associate their FWD North Pole Marathon run with the organisations that are working tirelessly to support those who are in need.

Read more: THE FWD North Pole Marathon 2019: The Who’s Who of the World’s Coolest Marathon (Part I) 

Alongside the FWD Insurance employees like Rob Schimek and Joyette Jopson, the THE FWD North Pole Marathon will also feature personalities from Japan and Hong Kong, echoing the strong pan-Asian presence of the company.

Misaki Izuoka, a Japanese model and social media influencer, is taking part in her second FWD North Pole Marathon this year.

She completed the half-marathon last year and she is now looking to push her limits to try and see through the entire distance in an effort to raise awareness and funds to find a cure for breast cancer.

Hideake Oono, FWD’s 44 year old Regulatory Relations Manager, will participate in the North Pole Marathon to honour his late father-in-law’s zeal for marathons.

In addition to his personal reasons, his participation will also contribute towards the Run For The Cure for Breast Cancer awareness.

Japanese Social Media Influencer Joe Vlog is someone who loves to challenge the extremes.

However, a broken leg sustained in Feb 2019 dealt a severe blow to his chances of competing at the event.

With immense determination and grit, Joe Vlog has been charting a course for recovery – one that he hopes would lead straight to the FWD North Pole Marathon in April 2019.

A passionate, full-time marathon runner from Hong Kong, Hard Tsui has received a lot of support from his family and friends after quitting his full time job to chase his dreams.

He now aims to break the North Pole Marathon record which currently stands at 4 hours and 30 minutes.

Hong Kong showbiz stars Annie and Andy cap off the list of popular personalities that will be participating in the FWD North Pole Marathon.

Like most of the other well-known participants, the duo will aim to raise funds for worthy causes, namely the Special Olympics and Hong Chi Association.

These runners have taken it upon themselves to showcase to the world that determination can help you chase the remotest of dreams and still walk out victorious.

Aligning forces with FWD Insurance – both in name and ethos – these remarkable men and women will attempt to conquer the Arctic as they participate in the FWD North Pole Marathon in order to prove that barriers are meant to be broken and fears are meant to be overcome.

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Kevin Belingon acknowledges tough bout ahead

ONE Championship: Enter the Dragon – HIGHLIGHTS

Reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon is all geared up to defend his title at the Ryōgoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan on 31 March against rival Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes. The highly-anticipated trilogy bout is one of three co-main events at ONE: A NEW ERA.

Belingon’s title defense was the last announcement to be made for the card among the Team Lakay World Champions. Although Belingon had been enjoying the beginning of the year, he was doing some light training just in case he got the call to defend his belt in Tokyo.

“I started 2019 enjoying the company of my family and friends,” Belingon said.

“I wasn’t worried at all that I didn’t have a schedule to defend my title yet. I was in light training just in case. You never know when the call could come, and it was best to be prepared.”

Belingon had a gut feeling he would be getting the call soon, so when the news broke, he wasn’t surprised at all. A feeling of excitement came over him, because he would get to join his Team Lakay brothers Eduard Folayang and Danny Kingad on the card.

“I had a feeling I would be defending my title against Bibiano again,” Belingon said.

“It was inevitable given how close the last bout was. I don’t mind. I’m excited and willing to prove myself once again.”

Belingon and Fernandes first met back in January 2016 where the Team Lakay stalwart tapped to a kimura in the first round. In 2018, they met for a second time. This time, Belingon was ready for the Brazilian’s grappling, and the Filipino outperformed the champion to win via razor-thin split decision.

It’s a feat Belingon wishes to repeat at the end of this month.

“I know this is going to be the toughest bout of my career,” said Belingon. “I have prepared well for him again. I think I know him very well now. It’s going to be a tough fight.”

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Abarrientos leads FEU in come from behind win over Durham Crossover-Toronto

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FEU continues to make the most of its wildcard entry in the 2019 Chooks-to-Go NBTC League National Finals presented by SM even as La Salle Green Hills advanced to the semifinals for the third year in a row.

The Baby Tamaraws representing Manila battled back from 15 points down to bounce out Durham Crossover-Toronto, 87-84, Thursday at SM Mall of Asia Arena.

RJ Abarrientos fired 20 of his 32 points in the final frame to go along with eight rebounds and seven assists. “Ganun talaga si RJ. Talagang magde-deliver at magde-deliver yan,” said head coach Allan Albano.

The Canadians had a nine-point lead, 67-56, after three quarters, but had no answer for the veteran guard in the clutch. “Sa lahat ng tournament, consistent kami sa slow start. Buti na lang, nagigising kami sa dulo,” said Albano.

Abarrientos, by his lonesome, outscored their opponents, 20-17, in the pivotal period. Much of his outburst came courtesy of three-point plays, including a couple of triples and one basket and bonus.

FEU is the first wildcard to advance to the Fearless Four in the 12-year history of the national championship sponsored by Chooks-to-Go, Darlington-Exped Socks, EPSON, Huawei, Freego, Purefoods, Gatorade, Go for Gold, SM, Molten and also presented by 5 Plus and Lighthouse Events. Meeting the Baby Tamaraws in the semifinals is Mandaluyong-based LSGH which dispatched Vancouver’s Top Flight Hoops, 99-69.

Joshua David showed the way with 23 points, three rebounds, and three assists while Inand Fornilos and RC Calimag merged for 25 markers, seven boards, and four dimes.

The NCAA runner-up took charge from tip-off and never trailed in the win that sends them to the Fearless 4 on Friday still at the same venue.

For the Canadian teams, Kit Mramor top-scored for Top Flight with 23 points while Brendon Ocampo got 18 markers to lead four teammates in double-digits for Durham Crossover.

In Division 2, Lyceum-Cavite breezed to the semifinals after cruising to a 93-61 triumph over St. Mary’s College of Tagum.

Mac Guadana had 15 points and five rebounds while John Barba had 14 markers and five boards for the Junior Pirates.

They will be matched up with Italy’s Proudly Pinoy which downed Sto. Domingo National HS from Legazpi, 83-75.

The week-long tourney is still free of admission, with fans needing just a valid ID to enter SM Mall of Asia Arena. The tournament semis and finals, alongside the annual All-Star Game, will be aired live on ESPN5. All games, from the seeding round to the championship round, will also be streamed live over at tv5.espn.com.

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Fil-Ams Green, Artest banner international additions to NBTC All-Star Game

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High-flying Jalen Green and defensive guard Jeron Artest of FilAm Sports USA will see action in the 2019 Chooks-to-Go SM NBTC All-Star Game, Saturday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

Green, Artest, and fellow Fil-Am forward Kai Ballungay will reinforce Team Heart of captain Joel Cagulangan as they were part of the six players picked to mix it up with the top local high school basketball players.

The Fil-Am trio will join NU’s Carl Tamayo, LSGH’s Inand Fornilos and Joshua David, Hope Christian’s Harvey Pagsanjan, Arellano’s Aaron Fermin, Mapua’s Paolo Hernandez and Dan Arches, University of Visayas’ Joshua Yerro, Lyceum’s Mac Guadana, Chiang Kai Shek’s Rafael Go, and Adamson’s Joem Sabandal and Adam Doria.

Charles Tiu will serve as Team Heart’s mentor in the annual showdown of the best young talent in the Philippines sponsored by Chooks-to-Go, Darlington-Exped Socks, EPSON, Huawei, Freego, Purefoods, Gatorade, Go for Gold, SM, Molten and also presented by 5 Plus and Lighthouse Events.

FilAm Sports’ Brandon Wilson, meanwhile, will team up with Tyler Garcia of Durham Crossover Canada and Jasper Rentoy of AusPinoy as they beef up Team Hustle of captain Kai Sotto.

They will go to war with Mark Nonoy and Bismarck Lina from UST; the NU trio of Gerry Abadiano, Terrence Fortea, and Kevin Quiambao; Geo Chiu and Forthsky Padrigao of Ateneo; RJ Abarrientos of FEU; John Amores of JRU; Jonnel Policarpio of Mapua; San Beda’s Tony Ynot; and injured Clint Escamis of Mapua.

Chris Gavina will coach Team Hustle in the side event for the national high school championship. The week-long tourney is still free of admission, with fans needing just a valid ID to enter SM Mall of Asia Arena.

The tournament semis and finals, alongside the annual All-Star Game, will be aired live on ESPN5. All games, from the seeding round to the championship round, will also be streamed live over at tv5.espn.com.

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NBTC Supreme 16: Jalen Green poster on Kai Sotto highlights FilAm Sports rout of Ateneo-QC

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A thunderous dunk from 6-foot-6 Fil-Am Jalen Green over 7-foot-2, 16-year-old Kai Sotto highlighted the action-packed third day of the 2019 Chooks-to-Go NBTC League National Finals presented by SM, Wednesday night at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

Green’s one-handed sledgehammer was the crowning moment of FilAm Sports USA’s emphatic 90-67 victory over Ateneo-Quezon City in the Supreme 16 phase of the tournament. With the win, the US team advances to the Fantastic 8 and inches closer to its goal of winning the national championship for high school presented Chooks-to-Go, Darlington-Exped Socks, EPSON, Huawei, Freego, Purefoods, Gatorade, Go for Gold, SM, Molten, and presented by 5Plus and Lighthouse Events.

The 17-year-old Green got the better of the Blue Eaglets’ towering teen early in the second quarter as he drove baseline, met his defender at the rim, and delivered the vicious slam. He finished with a game-high 31 points and collected six rebounds, nine assists, and three steals.

“I thought we played really well. We came out with energy. We didn’t have that in the first two games,” Green said.

Jalen Green hammers one home on Kai Sotto. (Photo from Chooks-to-Go)

Aside from Green, forward Kai Ballungay also showcased his hops to end up with 16 points and nine boards. FilAm Sports shot 45 percent from the field while also doing damage at the defensive end, forcing Ateneo to 28 turnovers.

“We’re glad to have at least one [win] under our belt against Metro Manila teams,” beamed FilAm Sports coach Bong Ulep. “We already know coming here that they’re the teams to beat in the tournament so we’re just glad the guys started to play together.”

“We came out and actually played hard from the jump. We played defense. We held them to [67 points]. We were playing together and offense was flowing well,” Green added as he and his team led by as much as 32 points in the lopsided contest.

USA now awaits the winner between San Beda-Manila and Southern Philippine Colleges-Cagayan de Oro to determine their matchup for the Fantastic 8.

Sotto meanwhile did all he could with 24 points and eight rebounds. Forthsky Padrigao put up eight points, six boards, and six dimes, but was also unfortunately responsible for eight turnovers as Ateneo bowed out of the competition.

Meanwhile, FEU-Manila got the better of NCAA champs Mapua-Manila, 67-58, to also advance to the next round. RJ Abarrientos led a balanced attack for the Baby Tamaraws with 10 points and seven rebounds.

In the Supreme 16 of Division 2, Pampanga’s St. Agustine Institute of Pampanga walloped Zamboanga Del Sur National HS-Pagadian 83-47 and St. Mary’s College of Tagum blasted Dolores National HS-Eastern Samar with a 75-42 decision.

Completing the Fantastic 8 class are the San Beda Red Cubs-Manila cruising through a 99-56 win over Southern Philppine Colleges-Cagayan De Oro.

Zachary Estacipo top-scored 16 points in the victory while Justine Sanchez tallied a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Pacing the squad out of Cagayan de Oro is Vance Caterbas, who had 21 markers built on eight freebies.

Topping the event in Division 2 was a thrilling come-from-behind 68-66 win by Holy Trinity College-General Santos of AusPinoy – Australia. Ednor Akad poured in 28 of his 29 points all in the second half as Gen San squad had to overcome a 16-point deficit.

The week-long tourney is still free of admission, with fans needing just a valid ID to enter SM Mall of Asia Arena.
The tournament semis and finals, alongside the annual All-Star Game, will be aired live on ESPN5. All games, from the seeding round to the championship round, will also be streamed live over at tv5.espn.com.

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NBTC Supreme 16: Fortea fuels NU to 64-point rout of Lucena

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Nazareth School of National University followed up its 90-point rout to start the 2019 Chooks-to-Go NBTC League National Finals presented by SM by dominating Calayan Educational Foundation-Lucena, 120-56, Wednesday afternoon at SM Mall of Asia Arena.

Terrence Fortea waxed hot for the second straight game with 28 points built on seven triples to go along with four assists and three rebounds. Backcourt partner Gerry Abadiano also added 15 markers and four dimes.

As a team, the Bullpups made good on 58 percent of their field goals, most of which came in transition where they mangled their opponents, 28-2.

They would never trail until the final buzzer, continuing their quest for historic back-to-back titles in the national championship for high school presented Chooks-to-Go, Darlington-Exped Socks, EPSON, Huawei, Freego, Purefoods, Gatorade, Go for Gold, SM, Molten, and presented by 5Plus and Lighthouse Events.

National U has imposed its will on its first two opponents by an average of 77 points.

“Right after UAAP, huminto kami for a while. So good for us na going towards next games namin, maganda tinatakbo namin in the first two games,” head coach Goldwin Monteverde said.

The UAAP champion moves on to a matchup opposite MMBL runner-up Letran in the Fantastic 8 on Thursday.

Terrence Fortea (Photo from Chooks-to-Go)

Meanwhile, La Salle Green Hills-Mandaluyong made quick work of Camp David-New Zealand, 102-80.

RC Calimag starred with 21 points and was backstopped by Inand Fornilos who posted a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double for the Greenies who return to the Round of 8 for the third year in a row.

Also into the Fantastic 8 is Top Flight Hoops-Vancouver which continued its stellar maiden campaign in the tournament by booting out NBTC Cebu champion Southwestern University, 83-81.

Jerric Palma top-scored with 22 points off the bench while Kit Miramor chipped in 19 markers and seven rebounds for Vancouver who had to survive the Baby Cobras’ late rally before punching their place to the next round.

Harvey Sanchez showed the way for the Cebuanos with 16 points, five rebounds, and four assists while Reimar Cruz paced the Kiwis with 21 markers, five boards, and five dimes.

In the Division 2 Supreme 16 over at the Palm Coast Marina, Lyceum-Cavite sailed past Perpetual JONELTA-Laguna, 80-69, and into the next round.

John Barba and Mac Guadana yet again connived with the former finishing with 23 points and seven rebounds and the latter ending with 17 markers and seven boards.

St. Louis School of Don Bosco-Dumaguete also downed University of Baguio, 75-60, while Proudly Pinoy-Italy edged out Isabela Colleges-Cauayan, 83-80, in overtime.

The week-long tourney is still free of admission, with fans needing just a valid ID to enter SM Mall of Asia Arena.
The tournament semis and finals, alongside the annual All-Star Game, will be aired live on ESPN5. All games, from the seeding round to the championship round, will also be streamed live over at tv5.espn.com.

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Metta World Peace joins Tab Baldwin, other top mentors in NBTC coaches convention

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What do Tab Baldwin, Rob Beveridge, Nash Racela, and Metta World Peace have in common?

They are all winners and who knows a thing or two and more about developing teams into winners.

Among Baldwin’s accomplishments outside numerous club titles is leading New Zealand to the 2001 FIBA Oceania championship and the semi-finals of the 2002 FIBA World Championship; steering Lebanon to the 2010 FIBA Stankovic Cup; and guiding the Philippines to the 2015 FIBA Asia silver medal. He has also mentored the Ateneo Blue Eagles to back-to-back UAAP Men’s Basketball championships.

Beveridge coached Australia’s Under-20 squad to the FIBA U20 World Championship in 2003.

Racela piloted Far Eastern University to the UAAP crown in 2015 and coached the RP team to the SEABA Cup gold medal in 2016.

Metta World Peace is a former NBA All-Star (2004) with the Indiana Pacers and NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers (2010). Aside from being named the 2004 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, he also made numerous All-Defensive fives. His son, Jeron, is currently playing with FilAm Sports USA in the ongoing Chooks to Go NBTC National Finals.

The three accomplished coaches, along with veteran FIBA doctor George Canlas, Singapore sports official Vincent Ong, and motivational speaker Ardy Abello will discuss and breakdown various aspects of basketball related to coaching the next generation of youth cagers in the Go for Gold Coaches Convention presented by SM from March 22-24 at the MOA Arena.

National Basketball Training Center director Eric Altamirano said that all the talks pertain to youth development.

“As you can see, our theme for this edition of the Coaches Convention is ‘coaching Excellence: Empowering the next generation athletes.’ And while many principles remain the same over the year, the techniques as well as understanding people in our ever-changing world have made sports and coaching even more challenging. We chose these coaches not only because of their accomplishments, but also because they are known for molding and developing young players into terrific athletes,” he said.

Breaking down the topics, Altamirano said that Ardy Abello will discuss the importance of leadership in sports and coaching, Dr. Canlas will talk about Hydration and Injury prevention, and Vincent Ong will tackle the subject, “What makes a great youth coach.”

For the big game coaches, Racela will teach “offensive concepts for high school basketball.” Joy Reyes will discuss the crucial and all-important topic of identifying young talent. Veteran and renowned strength and conditioning coach Dan Rose will reveal secrets to ultimate training without going to the weight room.

Metta World Peace will teach defense and basketball opportunities globally while Baldwin will share the secrets of finding peace in the midst of pressure.

“We believe that this current batch of coaches and instructors will provide a unique insight into developing young players and molding them into upright citizens of the world as well as top student-athletes.”

Registration for the Coaches Convention starts at 12 noon on March 22 and is open to all coaches including to teachers of public schools.

The Go for Gold NBTC Coaches Convention is also sponsored by Gatorade.

RELATED – NBTC Wednesday: Letran-Manila, Durham Crossover-Toronto book first Fantastic 8 tickets

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