Saturday, October 31, 2015

International presence dot NBA rosters

The NBA continues to make itself a more global league, with over a hundred international players making opening night rosters this season.

It is the second consecutive year that the NBA has at least that number of players from abroad, including a record number of African (ten) and Brazilian (nine) players.

Canada once again comprises the biggest bulk of international players with twelve, while France has ten. Completing the top five are Australia (eight), Croatia and Spain (four each).

All thirty teams have one international player on their roster for the second straight season. Interestingly enough, the only non-American team has the most number of international players. Toronto has seven international players, with Cleveland, Minnesota, San Antonio, and Utah each have six. Atlanta, Dallas, and Denver have five players each, while Chicago, Milwaukee, New York, and Orlando each have four.

Already three of the newest international players have had impressive debuts with their teams:

Mario Hezonja contributed eleven points, three rebounds, and two assists off the bench for Orlando in their 88-87 loss to Washington.

Emmanuel Mudiay almost logged in 38 minutes in Denver's 105-85 win over Houston. He almost secured a double-double with seventeen points and nine assists.

Kristaps Porzingis scored sixteen points in his debut for New York's 122-97 win over Milwaukee, then followed that up with almost a double-double (ten points, eight rebounds) in their 112-101 loss to Atlanta.

The increased international presence of the NBA continues to manifest itself, with games and programming available in 215 countries and territories, in 47 languages. NBA merchandise are already available in over 125,000 stores in a hundred countries worldwide, including two NBA Stores in the Philippines.

Here are the international players on NBA rosters:

Argentina: Pablo Prignoni (LA Clippers), Manu Ginobili (San Antonio), Luis Scola (Toronto)
Australia: Cameron Bairstow (Chicago), Matthew Dellavedova (Cleveland), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland), Aron Baynes (Detroit), Andrew Bogut (Golden State), Patty Mills (San Antonio). Dante Exum (Utah), Joe Ingles (Utah)
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Jusuf Nurkic (Denver), Mirza Teletovic (Phoenix)
Brazil: Tiago Splitter (Atlanta), Cristiano Felicio (Chicago), Anderson Varejao (Cleveland), Leandro Barbosa (Golden State), Marcelo Huertas (LA Lakers), Bruno Caboclo (Toronto), Lucas Nogueira (Toronto), Raul Neto (Utah), Nene (Washington)
Cameroon: Luc Mbah a Moute (LA Clippers), Joel Embiid (Philadelphia)
Canada: Kelly Olynyk (Boston), Tristan Thompson (Cleveland), Dwight Powell (Dallas), Joel Anthony (Detroit), Robert Sacre (LA Lakers), Tyler Ennis (Milwaukee), Andrew Wiggins (Minnesota), Andrew Nicholson (Orlando), Nik Stauskas (Philadelphia), Anthony Bennett (Toronto), Cory Joseph (Toronto), Trey Lyles (Utah)
Cape Verde: Walter Tavares (Atlanta)
Congo: Serge Ibaka (Oklahoma City)
Croatia: Bojan Bogdanovic (Brooklyn), Damjan Rudez (Minnesota), Mario Hezonja (Orlando), Duje Dukan (Sacramento)
Democratic Republic of the Congo: Emmanuel Mudiay (Denver), Bismack Biyombo (Toronto)
Dominican Republic: Al Hofrord (Atlanta), Luis Montero (Portland)
France: Nicolas Batum (Charlotte), Joffrey Lauvergne (Denver), Ian Mahinmi (Indiana), Damien Inglis (Milwaukee), Alexis Ajinca (New Orleans), Kevin Seraphin (New York), Evan Fournier (Orlando), Boris Diaw (San Antonio), Tony Parker (San Antonio), Rudy Gobert (Utah)
Georgia: Zaza Pachulia (Dallas)
Germany: Dennis Schroeder (Atlanta), Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas), Tibor Pleiss (Utah)
Greece: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee)
Israel: Omri Casspi (Sacramento)
Italy: Andrea Bargnani (Brooklyn), Danilo Gallinari (Denver), Marco Belinelli (Sacramento)
Latvia: Kristaps Porzingis (New York)
Lithuania: Donatas Montejunas (Houston), Jonas Valanciunas (Toronto)
Montenegro: Nikola Mirotic (Chicago), Nikola Pekovic (Minnesota), Nikola Vucevic (Orlando)
New Zealand: Steven Adams (Oklahoma City)
Nigeria: Festus Ezeli (Golden State)
Poland: Marcin Gortat (Washington)
Puerto Rico: JJ Barea (Dallas)
Russia: Sergey Karasev (Brooklyn), Sasha Kaun (Cleveland), Timofey Mozgov (Cleveland)
Senegal: Gorgui Dieng (Minnesota)
Serbia: Nikola Jokic (Denver), Nemanja Bjelica (Minnesota), Boban Marinovic (San Antonio)
Slovenia: Beno Udrih (Memphis), Goran Dragic (Miami), Sasha Vujacic (New York)
South Sudan: Luol Deng (Miami)
Spain: Pau Gasol (Chicago), Marc Gasol (Memphis), Ricky Rubio (Minnesota), Jose Calderon (New York)
Sweden: Jonas Jerebko (Boston)
Switzerland: Thabo Sefolosha (Atlanta), Clint Capela (Houston)
Tunisia: Salah Mejri (Dallas)
Turkey: Ersan Ilyasova (Detroit), Omer Asik (New Orleans), Enes Kanter (Oklahoma City)
Ukraine: Alex Len (Phoenix)
US Virgin Islands: Tim Duncan (San Antonio)
Venezuela: Greivis Vasquez (Milwaukee)

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

La Salle secures finals berth in UAAP women's table tennis

La Salle swept its way through the eliminations in UAAP women's table tennis at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium on Wednesday.

The Lady Paddlers from Taft eked out a 3-2 win over Far Eastern University to complete a 14-game sweep of the elimination round, thus securing a finals berth with the thrice-to-beat advantage.

They had been dominant in the second round, securing 3-0 scorelines throughout until this matchup.

In spite of the defeat, the Morayta-based paddlers finished second with an 11-3 record. They already secured a twice-to-beat advantage and will await the winner of the stepladder playoff between UP and UST slated later.

On the men's bracket, La Salle topped the eliminations with a 3-2 victory over UST, finishing with a 13-1 record and the twice-to-beat advantage against fourth seeds NU.

In spite of the defeat, the Tiger Paddlers ended up with a 12-2 record and will have the twice to beat advantage against FEU in the Final Four.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Ateneo seeks to replicate feat in UAAP Swimming

The Rizal Memorial Swimming Pool is set to host the UAAP Season 78 Swimming tournament, which starts today at 8am and lasts until the end of the week.

Ateneo is set to defend its triple crown this season, having been the dominant powerhouse in the boys' portion of high school swimming for the past decade, while having success in the collegiate ranks.

The Blue Eagles, who are seeking their third title in four seasons, are led by Season 77 MVP and veteran international tanker Jessie Khing Lacuna, team captain Axel Ngui, and Season 77 Rookie of the Year Aldo Batungbacal.

The Lady Eagles, who are seeking a back-to-back nod after ending a six-year drought, are led by Season 77 MVP and veterna international tanker Hannah Dato, team captain Basille Uy, and Season 77 Rookie of the Year Ariana Herranz.

Lacuna and Dato each won seven gold medals last season, all of them in record time, on their way to being named as Ateneo's Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year.

Leading the charge in trying to topple these Blue Tankers are UP, UST, and La Salle, while National University is making its debut this season. UST is also the only non-Ateneo team holding a Season 77 swimming championship, thanks to its girls' division crown.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Second Philippine NBA Store opens in SM Megamall

Pinoy NBA fans had a blast last Friday, as the league opened its second NBA Store in the country at the SM Megamall.

Located at the Mega Fashion Hall,  the SM Megamall NBA Store had five-time NBA champion Ron Harper as a special guest to open the facility and conduct a "meet and greet" with select fans.

Much like the first store in Glorietta, the NBA store will offer authentic NBA merchandise and memorabilia, with an extensive selection of products from all 30 teams. There will also be a personalized jersey service to be offered. Also, items from the different apparel brands (Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, New Era, Spalding, Stance, et al) will be made available for purchase.

International Athletic Trading Company, Inc. President and CEO Melvin Lloyd Lim gushed about the upcoming opening, "The initial flagship NBA Store in Glorietta has established itself as the premier destination for NBA fanatics in the country and we could not be more excited to fuel their passion with the unveiling of our second store. By opening our doors in the heart of Metro Manila, we look forward to providing more fans access to a comprehensive assortment of NBA merchandise, bringing the authentic NBA shopping experience to Filipinos." IATC manages both NBA Stores here in the country, and in fact, IATC and NBA Philippines were rewarded with a Gold Award from the 2015 Asia Sports Industry Awards for "Best Sports Retail Campaign."

NBA Asia's AVP and Country Manager for the Philippines Carlo Singson is thrilled "to expand our footprint with the opening of the second NBA Store in the Philippines." He adds, "IATC is the ideal partner in our efforts to outfit more Filipinos in their favorite NBA apparel and to offer the widest range of NBA merchandise in the Philippines."

Friday, October 16, 2015

Manila North set for 3x3 World Tour

In a matter of hours, the Philippines' lone representative in the 2015 FIBA 3x3 World Tour is set to begin its campaign at Abu Dhabi.

Manila Masters runners-up Team Manila North, composed of Calvin Abueva, Karl Dehesa, Troy Rosario, and Vic Manuel, will battle it out in Pool D play against Slovenia's Kranj and Qatar's Doha early Friday Manila time.

Only two teams per pool will advance to the quarterfinals, which will then turn into a knockout tourney until a champ is crowned.

On their chances, Abueva says, "Laban lang kami para sa bayan. Basta kami, ibibigay namin lahat ng makakaya para sa Filipinas."

Manila North dethroned last year's lone Pinoy representatives Manila West in the semifinals back in August, before bowing to defending FIBA 3x3 World Tour final champions Novi Sad Al-Wahda in the final.

The other teams participating in the tournament are:

Pool A: Novi Sad, Rio, Vilnius
Pool B: Ljubljana, Santos, Denver
Pool C: Trbovlje, Kolobrzeg, New York-Harlem

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Consolidated UAAP Season 78 second round basketball schedule

Here are the games for the second round. Games in italics are women's games, all of which will be played at the Blue Eagle Gym.

October 10 at the Mall of Asia Arena

2pm UP vs Adamson
4pm NU vs UE

October 11 at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum

9am Adamson vs UP
11am NU vs UE
11am FEU vs Ateneo
1pm La Salle vs UST
3pm Ateneo vs FEU
4pm UST vs La Salle

October 14 at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum

2pm La Salle vs UE
4pm FEU vs UP

October 17 at the Mall of Asia Arena

2pm Ateneo vs Adamson
4pm UST vs NU

October 18 at the Mall of Asia Arena (Since been postponed. Women's games moved to November 4, men's games to November 18)

9am UST vs UP
11am NU vs Ateneo
1pm UE vs FEU
2pm UE vs UP
3pm Adamson vs La Salle
4pm FEU vs La Salle

October 21 at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum

2pm NU vs Adamson
4pm Ateneo vs UST

October 22 at the Blue Eagle Gym

9am Ateneo vs UP
11am La Salle vs UE
1pm Adamson vs FEU
3pm NU vs UST

October 24 at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum

2pm La Salle vs Adamson
4pm FEU vs UE

October 25 at the Mall of Asia Arena

9am FEU vs La Salle
11am UP vs UE
1pm NU vs Adamson
2pm Ateneo vs NU
3pm UST vs Ateneo
4pm UP vs UST

October 28 at the Mall of Asia Arena

2pm Adamson vs FEU
4pm NU vs La Salle

November 4 at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum

2pm UST vs UE
4pm UP vs Ateneo

November 7 at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum

2pm UE vs Adamson
4pm FEU vs UST

November 8 at the SMART-Araneta Coliseim

9am UE vs Ateneo
11am La Salle vs UP
11am NU vs UP
1pm FEU vs NU
3pm UST vs Adamson
4pm La Salle vs Ateneo

November 11 ar the SMART-Araneta Coliseum

9am UP vs NU
11am La Salle vs Ateneo
1pm UST vs FEU
2pm UST vs Adamson
3pm UE vs Adamson
4pm UP vs La Salle

November 14 at the Mall of Asia Arena

2pm Ateneo vs UE
4pm NU vs FEU

November 15 at the Blue Eagle Gym

9am NU vs La Salle
11am FEU vs UP
1pm Ateneo vs Adamson
3pm UE vs UST

Saturday, October 10, 2015

UAAP Season 78 Beach Volleyball kicks off

The first day of UAAP women's beach volleyball at The Sands at the SM By the Bay saw last season's finalists stumble on their opening matches and Ateneo impress on its debut.

The duo of Alyssa Valdez and Bea Tan beat the UP tandem of Arielle Estranero and Vina Alinas, 21-9 and 21-19 to kick off the Lady Eagles' season.

Both ladies are playing their final season for the Blue and White, focused on getting the championship this year.

Meanwhile, defending champions UST lost its opening assignment, a 21-16 17-21 and 15-13 defeat to Adamson's Mylene Paat and Jessica Galanza. Cherry Rondina and Rica Rivera did bounce back for the Tigresses in their second assignment of the day, a 21-14 21-14 win over NU's Roma Doromal and Jasmine Nabor.

The same can be said for La Salle, as they were tripped up by the FEU duo of Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza, 21-15 17-21 and 17-15. Kim Fajardo and Cyd Demecillo did manage to reassert themselves in their 21-14 and 21-15 win over UP.

Completing the list of women's beach volleyball matches is NU's 20-22 21-19 and 15-5 triumph against UE.

In the men's side, Ateneo also making a stand, as the partnership of Marck Espejo and Ysay Marasigan defeated the UP duo of Alfred Valbuena and Evan Raymundo, 21-15 and 21-19, then followed that with a 21-16 21-23 and 15-11 hard-fought win over defending champions NU.

The Bulldog tandem of Bryan Bagunas and Madzlan Gampong did manage to notch a win, a 21-14 19-21 15-10 triumph against the Falcon pair of Rence Melgar and Michael Sudaria.

Joining Ateneo at 2-0 is UST, as the Tiger Spikers managed to secure wins against FEU (21-19 13-21 and 19-17) and UE (21-10 and 21-12).

Completing the men's matches is La Salle's 21-10 19-21 and 15-13 victory against UE.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Ateneo triumphs in UAAP women's badminton stepladder playoff

Buoyed the victory of their male counterparts in the morning, Ateneo secured the semifinal berth in UAAP women's badminton with a 3-1 win over FEU in the stepladder playoff at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.

The Lady Eagles kicked things off with Bianca Carlos' 21-15 and 21-17 triumph over Thea Pomar in the first singles, while Cassie Lim doubled things up with a 23-21 and 22-20 win over Michal Duquilla.

FEU managed to prevent a sweep, as Pomar and Hannah Tudtud managed to secure a 21-18 and 22-20 result over Geva de Vera and Janel Dihiansan, cutting the lead to 2-1.

But Carlos and Lim clinched the tie for these shuttlers with a 21-9 and 21-16 decision over Duquilla and Maridel Rivera.

With the win, La Salle, which finished second in the eliminations, now serves as the final obstacle for the Lady Eagles from making a return trip to the finals, a trip that would allow them a chance to avenge last season's defeat to the University of the Philippines. The Taft-based shuttlers own a twice-to-beat advantage against their bitter rivals, whom they defeated on the opening tie of the season, highlighted by an injury to team captain Trixie Malibiran that forced two matches to be forfeited.

The semifinal is slated to take place at 1pm at the same venue.


Ateneo wins UAAP men's badminton stepladder

It was a reprise from this past weekend, as the Ateneo defeated the University of the Philippines in the stepladder playoff for UAAP men's badminton at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall this past Wednesday.

The Blue Eagles needed Hans Bernardo's heroics in the final singles match to secure the semifinal berth, as he dispatched Carl Clemente, 21-11 and 21-18.

The Maroon Shuttlers drew first blood as Miguel Leonardo needed three sets to beat Carlo Remo, 21-10 17-21 and 21-10, but Clarence Filart tied it 1-1 by defeating Wilson Lopez, 16-21 21-10 and 21-18.

Remo and Bernardo collaborated to give the blue shuttlers a 21-14 and 21-14 win over Leonardo and Ethan Malelang for the 2-1 lead, but Roberto Pineda and Vincent Manuel tripped Fides Bagasbas and Emilio Mangubat, 21-17 and 21-18, to force a decider.

Ateneo head coach Kennie Asuncion-Robles was proud of how the Blue Eagles performed against their Katipunan neighbors, and added that they "are ready against La Salle."

The Green Shuttlers are seeded second due to their 6-1 record and have a twice-to-beat advantage over their bitter rivals. The matchup is set to take place on Saturday, 8am, at the same venue.

The winner of this semifinal will face defending champions National University, which owns a thrice-to-beat advantage due to their sweep of the elimination round.

Pinoy Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA All-Stars rewarded with Shenzhen trip

The Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA 2015 All-Stars with Nerlens Noel and Ruth Riley (L-R):
(First Row) : Joshua Garing, Heart Paraga Donor, Luisa Krizelle San Juan, Micaela Pentecostes, Nelia Jean David, Kyla Flores, Robert Alomar Castro, Ernest John Felicidad;
(Second Row): Nerlens Noel, Jeffy Mailim, Christian Allen Magno, Daniel Coo, Lloyd Raphael Oliva, Miguel Luigi Santos, Luis Sebastian Locsin, Edrian Custodio and Ruth Riley.
The Pinoy 2015 Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA All-Stars, as well as the 2015 Coach of the Year Winners are set to make the trip this weekend to China for the upcoming NBA Global Games in Shenzhen between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Charlotte Hornets, joining 56 of their counterparts from the ASEAN region.

This particular opportunity to watch the Shenzhen preseason game is part of the program's commitment to provide a fun and enriching NBA experience for its top participants. They would also have the chance to play against the ASEAN counterparts, meet NBA players / legends, as well as be able to check out some of the local landmarks.

Representing the Jr. NBA All-Stars are La Salle-Greenhills' Robert Alomar Castro and Lloyd Raphael Oliva, La Salle-Zobel's Luis Sebastian Locsin and Edrian Custodio, La Salle-Lipa's Joshua Garing, Ateneo's Miguel Luigi Santos, Corpus Christi College (Cagayan de Oro)'s Ernest John Felicilda and Jeffy Mailim, St. Albert the Great (Dagupan)'s Christian Allen Magno, and St. John's Institute (Bacolod)'s Daniel Anthony Coo.

Representing the Jr. WNBA All-Stars are Diliman Preparatory School (Quezon City)'s Nelia Jean David and Micaela Denise Pentecostes, Paranaque Science High School's Kyla Flores, Amazing Grace School (Laguna)'s Luisa Krizelle San Juan, and Assumption College (Davao)'s Heart Pagara Donor.

Accompanying the All-Stars are the Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA Coaches of the Year in Gabriel Victor Tan of Lucena City and Sunshine Echavez of Puerto Princesa City.

The trip puts a bow on the 2015 Jr. NBA / Jr. WNBA Program, in which over 2,500 aspirants participated from all over the country. Since its establishment in 2007, the said program has reached out to over 100,000 kids, parents, and coaches.

According to Alaska Milk Corporation's President and CEO Wilfred Steven Uytengsu, they "expect to reach more young aspiring basketball players by bringing the Jr. NBA program to more cities nationwide, and making this more inclusive with fun, engaging activities for everyone."

The Jr. NBA / Jr. WNBA is the NBA's flagship youth development program aimed to promote basketball participation, sportsmanship, teamwork, and an active lifestyle. It is in line with Alaska's campaign to help foster a healthy lifestyle for Pinoy families with proper nutrition and an active lifestyle, especially with the "Nutrition. Action. Champion." program set to counter the growth of overweight and undernourished Pinoy children.

More details on the Jr. NBA program can be seen here ( and here (

NU set to claim top seed in UAAP HS volleyball

National University continues to hold serve atop both divisions of high school volleyball heading into the penultimate set of matches in the UAAP at the Adamson Gym.

The Lady Bullpups are assured of the top seeding in the Final Four of the girls' division after defeating UE, 25-15 25-22 and 25-14. They now tote a 10-1 record.

Last season's finalists UST secured the other available twice-to-beat advantage at 9-2, as the Junior Tigresses beat La Salle-Zobel, 25-18 25-16 and 25-15.

In spite of the defeat to UST, the Junior Lady Spikers are assured of the third seed.

The race to the fourth seed will be determined on the final day, as 5-6 UE will need to win against La Salle-Zobel to snatch the berth. Otherwise, Adamson and FEU-Diliman still have a chance to secure the right to go against the defending champions next week.

On the boys' side, the Bullpups are just one win away from an automatic finals bid after a marathon against UST, 26-28 25-6 18-25 25-21 and 15-12. Defeating La Salle-Zobel will assure them that and its incentive of a thrice-to-beat advantage.

Long-time champion UE also survived a grueling duel against FEU-Diliman, 18-25 25-19 20-25 25-20 and 15-13 to go 9-2 and secure the other twice-to-beat advantage. In spite of the loss, the Baby Tamaraws are locked in as the third seed.

Ateneo and UST remain locked in a battle for the fourth seed at 5-6

UAAP Season 78 beach volleyball kicks off

UST's women's beach volleyball team won the UAAP Season 77 title last year.
UST is set to kick off its title defense for beach volleyball today, with the start of the UAAP giving them two matches for opening day at the SM by The Bay.

The Tigresses, who will have Rica Rivera and Cherry Rondina back after beating La Salle in three games last year, open the tournament against Adamson at 8am, then face NU at noon.

Seeking to redeem themselves after losing in the finals is the La Salle duo of Cyd Demecillo and Kim Fajardo, with the Lady Spikers set to face FEU at 830am, as well as against UP at 1230pm.

Meanwhile Alyssa Valdez joins forces with a comebacking Bea Tan to give a boost for Ateneo, as the Lady Eagles go up against UP at 10am.

Completing the women's matches is NU vs UE at 9am.

On the men's side, National University kicks off its quest for a fourth straight title against Adamson at 10am and against Ateneo at 1pm.

The Bulldogs will rely on Madzlan Gampong and Bryan Bagunas to extend their title reign, now that both Josephenry Tipay and Edwin Tolentino have graduated.

The other men's matches sees UST against FEU at 1030am, Ateneo vs UP at 11am, UE against La Salle at 1130am, and UST vs UE at 130pm.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Pinoy skaters make waves on the overseas rinks

Pinay skaters set to participate in the Asian Junior Figure Skating Challenge in Hong Kong on October 5-7
21 Pinay figure skaters represented the Philippines in the just-concluded Hong Kong leg of the Asian Junior Figure Skating Challenge (October 5-7). These ladies, who are between 8-17 y/o, will be going up against their counterparts from China, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Chinese-Taipei, Thailand, and the hosts in various competitive divisions, including Elite Junior, Basic Junior, Basic Novice, and Basic Juvenile.

These young athletes (who are named below, along with their coaches) train regularly at the SM Skating rinks in the SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, and SM Southmall.

1) Bianca Vinarao
2) Julienne Ang
3) Emee Dy
4) Mikayla Fabian
5) Ysabelle Abis
6) Charmaine Skye Chua
7) Alexa Gonzaga
8) Kara Frances Guzman
9) Aliya Isidoro
10) Dianne Gabriel Panlilio
11) Aikon Shibata
12) Aleckxis Chuidian
13) Sofia Nagrampa
14) Elaine Solomon
15) Aicel Johanna Tecson
16) Felicity Eco
17) Veronica Claire Eid
18) Ann Cathryn Lagemann
19) Kate Venturina Orrock
20) Ryza Takahashi
21) Amanda Hernandez


1) Abraham Domdom
2) Noni Nerida
3) Ronan Capili
4) Jerico Lim
5) Clarisse Roman
6) Al Marinas


Michael Martinez with some of the Pinoy skaters
In addition to the ladies above, four skaters, including the lone Pinoy Winter Olympian Michael Martinez, participated in the ISU Asian Open Figure Skating Trophy in Bangkok a few months ago (August 5-8).

Martinez defeated eight other skaters from Japan, Chinese-Taipei, Hong Kong, Australia, and India for the Senior Men's nod, while Sofia Guidote finished fourth in Basic Novice B Girls division.

Also participating are Diane Panlilio, who finished 19th of 23 in Basic Novice A Girls division, and Jules Alpe, who finished 9th of 11 in the Junior Men division.

Recap of September 23 matches in UAAP women's badminton

Ateneo continued to survive the absence of team captain Trixie Malibiran, as the Lady Eagles escaped with a 3-2 win over Far Eastern University.

Cassie Lim needed three sets to defeat Thea Pomar, 15-21 21-19 and 21-17, while Bianca Carlos easily handled Michal Duquilla, 21-9 and 21-15, which gave Ateneo a 2-0 lead.

Geva de Vera and Janel Dihiansan claimed the clinching win for these lady shuttlers with a 21-10 and 21-9 triumph over Pomar and Hannah Tudtud.

The Lady Tamaraws did manage to win the two remaining matches in play, a 21-19 19-21 23-21 win by Duquilla and Maridel Rivera over Carlos and Lim, as well as Tudtud's 21-12 and 21-18 victory over Samantha Santos.


The University of Santo Tomas secured a 4-1 victory over NU in their tie, bouncing back from being thrashed by the defending champions in their previous match.

Steffi Aquino kicked things off with a 21-13 and 21-9 win over Marinel Diansay, while Patricia Barredo survived Jiselle Capillo's game to take a 19-21 21-12 and 21-10 triumph.

NU managed to get on the board with a 12-21 21-17 and 21-15 win from Loverly Magallano and Amica Du-ay over Ma. Victoria Vismonte and Airish Macalinao.

But the Espana-based shuttlers claimed the tie with Barredo and Aquino joining forces to secure a 22-20 and 21-9 victory over Diansay and Capillo.

Capping off the tie is Macalinao's 21-17 17-21 and 21-10 win over Magallano.


Adamson secuired their first win of the season, defeating UE, 3-2.

The Lady Warriors got on the board first, as Lyra Rosal defeating Clydel Pada, 13-21 21-17 and 21-15. But the Lady Falcons equalized with Christine Garin's 23-21 10-21 and 21-13 triumph over Heide Rosal.

UE would retake the lead after the Rosal siblings defeating Garin and Mikaela Aquino, 21-15 and 21-15, but Pada and Jhay Anne Macabenta tied it again with a 18-21 21-18 and 21-16 victory over Erycka Labay and Pamela Fernandez.

Aquino would then clinch the tie with a 21-14 and 21-14 decision over Labay.


Defending champions UP extended their winning run with a 3-2 victory over La Salle.

Mary Ann Maranon set the table with a 15-21 21-15 and 21-11 win over Arianne Rivera, while the Lady Maroons doubled up with a 21-16 and 21-15 decision over Maria Angela Sevilla, 21-16 and 21-15.

Jessie Francisco and Lea Inlayo secured the tie for the Diliman-based shuttlers with a 22-20 and 21-19 result against Alyssa Leonardo and Kristelle Salatan.

DLSU did manage to clean up the remaining matches, with Sevilla and Aries Montilla's 21-10 and 21-19 victory over Maranon and Marina Caculitan, as well as Nicole Albo's 21-19 17-21 and 21-14 decision over Inlayo.

Spikers' Turf 1st Season Reinforced Conference Schedule

Here are the Spikers' Turf games scheduled starting this weekend:

October 10
3pm Air Force vs IEM (October 12 telecast)
5pm Navy vs Sta. Elena (October 13 telecast)

October 11
5pm PLDT Home Ultera vs Cignal (October 14 telecast)

October 17
3pm Cignal vs Air Force (October 19 telecast)
5pm Sta. Elena vs PLDT Home Ultera (October 20 telecast)

October 18
5pm IEM vs Navy (October 21 telecast)

October 24
3pm Navy vs Air Force  (October 26 telecast)
5pm PLDT Home Ultera vs IEM (October 27 telecast)

October 25
5pm Sta. Elena vs Cignal (October 28 telecast)

November 4
1pm Air Force vs Sta. Elena (November 5 telecast)
3pm Navy vs PLDT Home Ultera (November 6 telecast)
5pm Cignal vs IEM (November 9 telecast)

November 7
3pm IEM vs Sta. Elena (November 10 telecast)
5pm Cignal vs Navy (November 11 telecast)

November 8
5pm PLDT Home Ultera vs Air Force (November 12 telecast)

November 11
3pm playoffs (if necessary, November 13 telecast)

Top 4 teams advance to semifinals (top 2 secure twice-to-beat advantage)

November 14 & 15
3pm Game 1 of semifinals (November 16 & 17 telecast)

November 18
3pm Game 2 of semifinals (if necessary, and if only one series goes the distance, slated for November 19 telecast)

November 21 & 22
3pm Game 2 of semifinals (if necessary, slated for November 23 & 24 telecast)

November 28, December 5, and December 12 (if necessary)
3pm 3rd place game (November 30, December 7, and December 14 telecast)

November 29, December 6, and December 13 (if necessary)
3pm the Finals (December 1, December 8, and December 15 telecast)

V-League Season 12 Reinforced Conference schedule

Here are the V-League matches scheduled starting this weekend:

October 10

1245pm Navy vs UP

October 11
1245pm Coast Guard vs PLDT Home Ultera
3pm Kia Forte vs Army

October 17
1245pm Coast Guard vs Navy

October 18
1245pm Army vs UP
3pm PLDT Home Ultera vs Kia Forte

October 24
1245pm UP vs Coast Guard

October 25
1245pm Kia Forte vs Navy
3pm Army vs PLDT Home Ultera

October 31
1245pm PLDT Home Ultera vs UP
3pm Coast Guard vs Kia Forte (November 1 telecast)
5pm Navy vs Army (November 1 telecast)

November 7
1245pm PLDT Home Ultera vs Navy

November 8
1245pm Army vs Coast Guard
3pm UP vs Kia Forte

November 11
5pm playoffs (if necessary, slated for November 15 telecast)

Top 4 teams advance to semifinals (top 2 secure twice-to-beat advantage)

November 14 & 15
1245pm Game 1 of semifinals

November 18
5pm Game 2 of semifinals (if necessary, and if only one series goes the distance, slated for November 22 telecast)

November 21 & 22
1245pm Game 2 of semifinals (if necessary)

November 28, December 5, and December 12 (if necessary)
1245pm 3rd place game

November 29, December 6, and December 13 (if necessary)
1245pm the Finals

NU sweep first round of UAAP women's basketball, extend streak to 23

National University extended its winning streak to 23 games this past weekend, easily dispatching Far Eastern University, 86-43, to highlight the final playdate for the first round in UAAP women's basketball at the Blue Eagle Gym.

The defending champions went on a 22-4 run in the first period and never looked back, leading by as much as 54 points in yielding the largest beatdown so far this season.

Reigning MVP Afril Bernardino led the Lady Bulldogs with a 20-10 performance, while adding four steals and three blocks to her lone assist. Shelley Gupilan and Gemma Miranda combined for twenty points, seven rebounds, eight assists, and two steals.

Yetunde Okunlola's thirteen points and six rebounds led the Lady Tamaraws, who have struggled to a 1-6 record after making the finals last season.

Keeping pace with NU is La Salle, which won its sixth straight game after defeating UST, 67-56.

The Lady Archers pulled away in the fourth quarter to secure the victory, as Ara Abaca and Camille Claro fended off the charge of the Tigresses in the final 4 minutes.

Abaca would finish with a team-high 14 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, and two steals, while Claro added 12 points, three rebounds, six assists, and two steals. Ana Castillo contributed 13 markers.

Maica Cortes led UST with thirteen points and twelve rebounds before fouling out with 2:40 left.

The surprising University of the East kept the University of the Philippines winless in the first round with a 56-51 victory, with Ruthlaine Tacula topscoring with eighteen points, two rebounds, two assists, and a steal.

The Lady Maroons coped with Bea Daez's absence with Janeena Tatel's game-high 21 points and 18 rebounds.

Ateneo ended its first round with back-to-back wins, beating Adamson, 49-39.

Danica Jose and Hazelle Yam keyed the Lady Eagles' strong start against the Lady Falcons, then took care of things in the endgame to secure their third win of the season.

The duo combined for 27 points as the only players in double figures for Erika Dy.

Jamie Alcoy led Adamson with eleven markers.

NU (86) – Bernardino 20, Gupilan 10, Miranda 10, Animam 8, Tongco 6, Itesi 6, Sison 5, Nabalan 4, Del Carmen 4, Riel 4, Antiquiera 3, Paig 2, Abriam 2, Layug 2, Reyes 0, Harada 0.
FEU (43) – Okunlola 13, Arellado 11, Baldonado 6, Castro 5, Gerner 4, Ballecer 2, Quiapo 2, Adriano 0, Ventura 0, Hortaleza 0, Abat 0, Payadon 0.

Quarters: 22-4, 46-16, 68-24, 86-43.

La Salle (67) – Abaca 14, Castillo 13, Claro 12, Ong 10, Revillosa 6, Vela 4, Dagdagan 3, Penaranda 3, Vergara 2, Roxas 0, Arciga 0, Oyao 0.
UST (56) - Cortes 13, Penaflor 12, Isanan 11, Angeles 10, Anies 5, Larosa 4, Brillante 1, Magdaluyo 0, Felisarta 0, Gandalla 0, Jerez 0, Capilit 0.

Quarters: 20-10, 29-25, 44-43, 67-56.

UE (56) – Tacula 18, Ano-os 11, Sto. Domingo 8, Chan 6, Mendina 6, Ramos 3, Francisco 2, Taguiam 2, Sampaga 0, Bale 0, Nama 0.
UP (51) - Tatel 21, Pesquera 15, Isip 5, Aliermo 4, Oliva 3, Rodas 2, Esplana 1, Ordoveza 0, Medina 0, Franco 0, Eder 0, Cruz 0, Lapid 0.

Quarters: 13-15, 33-23, 47-39, 56-51.

Ateneo (49) – Jose 14, Yam 13, Guytingco 6, Go 4, Deacon 4, Tomita 3, Aseron 3, Buendia 2, Javier 0, Nitorreda 0, Newsome 0, Posadas 0, Payac 0, Moslares 0
Adamson (39) – Alcoy 11, De Castro 10, Cochico 6, Tacitac 4, Lacson 4, Osano 2, Aciro 2, Generoso 0, Araja 0, Ido 0, Diaz 0, Tabanao 0, Pingol 0

Quarters: 16-4, 28-8, 31-22, 49-39. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Kevin Ferrer nabs back-to-back Player of the Week nods

A "family" atmosphere has buoyed the strong start of UST this season, a start that got them atop the league standings.

According to head coach Bong dela Cruz, this kind of atmosphere was fostered since their off-season team-building, and that he hopes this stretch of good fortune continues on.

And much of that credit goes to Kevin Ferrer, who was named as the Player of the Week by the UAAP Press Corps, beating out La Salle's Jeron Teng and Adamson's Jerome Garcia.

Saddled with foul trouble that limited him to sixteen minutes overall, the Sinag standout opened the fourth quarter by scoring ten straight points for the Growling Tigers, allowing them to pull away against the Green Archers in their 77-61 win last September 30.

More than his scoring effort, it was his leadership that aided the team. UST struggled early on against the former champions, trailing by as much as 14. He got them together and they managed to shake off the slow start, riding on the hot hands of the likes of Kyle Suarez, Louie Vigil, Ed Daquioag and Karim Abdul.

Dela Cruz noted that Kevin is setting the example as leader to his teammates, although the 6'4" wingman is just merely elated to share his spotlight to his "brothers."

"Sobrang saya ko kasi nagse-step up na yung mga kapatid ko," he said. "Unang una pa lang, sabi ko sa kanila na kailangang lahat tayo mag-step up, lalo na sa defense kasi yun talaga ang magpapanalo sa amin. Nangyari na nga yung situation kaya masayang masaya kami.”

UAAP badminton stepladder postseason set

Games today at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall:

8 am – Ateneo vs UP (men step-ladder playoff)
1 pm – Ateneo vs FEU (women step-ladder playoff)

Badminton kicks off its postseason at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall today, with Ateneo's blue shuttlers set to face off against separate opposition in a knockout duel to kick off the step-ladder format.

The men take the court first at 8am against UP, while the women face FEU at 1pm.

In what turned out to be an eventual preview this past weekend, the Blue Eagles outlasted the Maroon Shuttlers, 3-2.

Meanwhile, the Lady Eagles also beat the Lady Tamaraws by the same scoreline in their matchup last September during the eliminations.

The winners would then face La Salle in the semifinals on Saturday, with the Green Shuttlers holding the twice-to-beat advantage after finishing second in the eliminations.

Already waiting in the finals, which is scheduled to take place starting October 14, are defending champions NU (men) and UP (women). Both squads earned their berths after finishing the eliminations with 7-0 sweeps.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

UAAP Cheerdance Competition today

National University is dead set on setting its "L3gacy" today at the Mall of Asia Arena, as its Pep Squad is set to defend its crown in the UAAP Season 78 Cheerdance Competition.

After a sixth-place finish in 2011, they have made the podium in the last three seasons, winning the last two. They are now at the cusp of replicating the feats of the Salinggawi Dance Troupe and the University of the Philippines Pep Squad if they accomplish the three-peat.

Those two squads, who completed the podium last season, lead the pack of those attempting to deny NU that historical feat.

Meanwhile, the FEU Cheering Squad seeks to defend its title in the group stunts category, with NU seeking to reclaim that crown after losing it last year.

The Cheerdance Competition comes a day before rivals Ateneo and La Salle are set to face off at the same venue.

Order of performances:

La Salle

Friday, October 2, 2015

Recap of September 20 matches in UAAP women's badminton

After dealing with Trixie Malibiran's injury that cost them their opener, the Ateneo Lady Eagles bounced back to destroy Adamson, 5-0, in the UAAP women's badminton tournament at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.

Cassie Lim ably replaced Malibiran in the rotation, beating Alyssa San Pedro in the second singles match, 21-7 and 21-13. Unsurprisingly, Season 76 MVP Bianca Carlos breezed past Mikaela Aquino, 21-7 and 21-7 in the first singles match.

Geva De Vera and Jana Dihiansan clinched the win for these lady shuttlers with a 21-10 and 21-7 triumph over Christine Garin and Maggie Villacorta. Carlos and Nicole Nieto then dispatched Aquino and Clydel Pada, 21-14 and 21-12 in the other doubles match.

Completing the sweep is Samantha Santos, who took care of things against Pada, 21-14 and 21-11.


Also conducting a sweep like the Lady Eagles is Far Eastern University, who accomplished it against the University of the East.

Thea Pomar beat Erycka Labay, 21-15 and 21-12 to set the tone first for the tie. Michal Duqilla then followed suit with a 21-15 and 21-8 smashing of Lyra Rosal.

Securing the tie for the Lady Tamaraws is the doubles tandem of Pomar and Hannah Tudtud. The duo beat Labay and Pamela Fernandez, 21-10 and 21-10. Duqilla and Maridel Rivera then beat out the Rosal siblings (Heide and Lyra), 22-20 and 21-18 to make it four straight.

The sweep was then secured by Tudtud, who defeated Heide, 21-9 and 21-13.


Joining the 5-0 party are the defending champions UP. The Lady Maroons showed no mercy against the University of Santo Tomas.

Team skipper Bea Bernardo kicked things off with a 21-18 and 21-18 win over Steffi Aquino, while doubling this up is Ann Maranon's 21-9 and 21-7 demolition of Airish Macalinao.

Jessie Francisco and Lea Inlayo then secured the tie with a 21-12 and 21-16 triumph over Aquino and Patricia Barredo. Bernardo and Elisha Ongcuangco then dispatched Macalinao and Victoria Vizmonte, 21-8 and 21-16.

Capping this sweep is Inlayo's 14-21 23-21 and 21-18 win over Barredo.


The only tie that did not end in a sweep is La Salle's 4-1 result over National University.

Ariane Rivera opened with a 21-13 and 21-16 win over Amica Du-ay in the first singles. Anghela Sevilla then made it 2-0 with a 21-9 and 21-18 win over Jiselle Capillo.

Doubles action also went to DLSU's favor, as team skipper Kristelle Salatan and Alyssa Leonardo won against Du-ay and Loverly Magallano, 21-8 19-21 and 21-11, while Sevilla and Aires Montilla beat Capillo and Marinel Diansay, 21-9 and 21-17.

Magallano denied a sweep by defeating Lindsay Tercias, 21-17 and 21-17.

Recap of September 23 matches in UAAP men's badminton

Defending champions National University continued to impress in UAAP men's badminton, defeating the University of the Philippines, 5-0, at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.

Keeyan Gabuelo kicked off the proceedings with a 21-19 and 21-19 victory over Joseph Lopez, while Ross Pedrosa took care of Jon Masongsong, 21-9 and 21-15.

Ariel Magnaye and Alvin Morada clinched the tie by defeating Roberto Pineda and Vinci Manuel, 21-15 and 21-15. Pedrosa and Paul Gonzales then defeated Joaquin Deato and CK Clemente, 21-19 16-21 and 21-19, in the second doubles match, before Magnaye completed the sweep with a 21-17 and 21-15 wrap over Miggy Leonardo.


La Salle kept in-step with NU after they took care of business against Ateneo, 4-1.

Gerald Sibayan outlasted Clarence Filart, 21-19 and 22-20 in the first singles match, while Kenneth Monterubio triumphed over Jan Mangubat, 22-20 and 21-17.

The Green Shuttlers clinched the tie with Sibayan and Anton Cayanan beating Carlo Remo and Hanz Bernardo, 21-19 and 21-14. The Monterubio siblings (Joshua and Kenneth) then won against Filart and Fides Bagasbas, 22-20 and 21-16.

The Blue Eagles' only win came in the final match, with Bernardo beating EJ Boac, 21-13 18-21 and 21-18, in the third singles.


The University of the East eked out a 3-2 win against Adamson.

Arman Manlalangit survived EJ Viloria, 16-21 21-15 and 21-17, while Angelo David nosed out Kevin Fabros, 23-21 and 21-18 to give the Red Shuttlers a 2-0 lead.

UE clinched the tie with King Espiritu and Clarence Camacho's 21-13 and 21-10 win over Joshua Antonio and Jelo Iquina.

The Soaring Falcons did secure the remaining two matches, a 21-13 and 21-14 win from Viloria and Elben Concha over Manlalangit and Kenneth Cruz in the second doubles, followed by a 23-21 and 21-12 victory from Gerloth Delizo over Espiritu.


The University of Santo Tomas redeemed themselves with a 4-1 win over Far Eastern University.

Alcaed Sabanal got the Golden Shuttlers off to a positive start with a 21-12 19-21 and 21-7 win over Estarco Bacalsol, while John Mark Maque evened things up for the Tamaraws against Paul John Pantig, 13-21 21-15 and 21-10.

UST then secured the victory with its dominance in doubles. John Mark Sotea and Kristian Paolo Barrios beat Vince Lagnada and John Sy, 21-9 and 21-16, while Pantig and John Edgar Reyes won against Maque and Rafael Dionisio, 21-7 and 21-14.

Capping off the win for the Golden Shuttlers is Henrick Peralta, who dispatched Dionisio, 21-18 and 21-17.