Cebu Niños is the first ever TOP Champs

14 09 2010

“You can never underestimate the heart of a champion!” quipped Yayoy Alcoseba, the multi-titled coach of the M.Lhullier Kwarta Padala- Cebu Niños. Cebu indeed showed last night why they are one of the most dominant basketball teams outside the Philippine Basketball Association by beating the tough Misamis Oriental Meteors 78-76 to clinch the first ever Tournament of the Philippines Championships.

It was another close game by the 2 teams who trace their rivalry way back in their Liga Pilipinas days. Cebu started really strong but allowed MisOr to rally by giving up 4 unsportsmanlike fouls. In the closing minutes, Cebu led 75-70 before Patrick Cabahug hit 2 treys to close the gap to 76-77. Froilan Baguion completed the scoring by splitting his free throws. The Meteors still had a chance but they bungled 2 point-blank attempts. Cebu Coliseum erupted to celebrate another basketball title for Cebu.

The Niños were led by Ariel Mepaña with 15 points with first TOP MVP Stephen Padilla contributing another 12 points.

caloycomment: Hopefully their will be more TOPs because I believe that this league is a solid ground for developing new basketball talents especially those who come from lesser known schools. I expect many TOP veterans to strut their wares in the pros soon. Players like Patrick Cabahug, Reed Juntilla, Neil Raneses, Stephen Padilla and Ariel Mepana would deserve a look from the pro scouts.

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My Take: Detroit and Umpires

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Oh boy, what is it with Detroit sports teams this season. A few months ago, the most famous “imperfect” game in baseball happened when umpire Jim Joyce denied Armando Galarraga and the Detroit Tigers a perfect game (one of the most difficult acts to pull off in sports).

Just yesterday, the Detroit Lions were somehow “robbed” by the referee when it’s go-ahead Calvin Johnson touchdown was ruled imcomplete. Oh, Detroit! Although it is just week 1 of the new NFL season, a win would have ended their sorry road losing streak. A win would have somehow ease the pain of the Matthew Stafford injury. But the refs said the pass was incomplete and their is NO TD. Some would way rules are rules but the decision really left a bitter taste on the mouth of the long suffering Lions fans.

Hopefully they can use this defeat to somehow have a decent season. An 8-8 record would really change the people’s outlook of the Lions. Two seasons ago they were winless but with the addition of QB Stafford, Safety Louis Delmas, DT Ndamukong Suh, and many other weapons, the Lions can probably have a respectable season. Hopefully the LBs and DBs will surprise its critics.

World Cup of Pool: Chinese pair beats Filipino tandem in the Finals

12 09 2010

Robinsons Place Ermita, Manila – Fu Jian-bo and Li He-wen will be remembered as the team that broke the hearts of Filipino fans when they successfully clinched the World Cup of Pool title at the expense of the formidable Dennis Orcullo– Roberto Gomez pairing from the Philippines. They pocketed $60,000 after posting a 10-5 winning margin. A fast 9-1 start by the Chinese made sure that the Filipinos will not make a miraculous comeback in the race to ten finals.

Earlier in the day, Team China beat Team Germany 9-7 to grab a seat in the finals while the Filipinos won a very close 9-8 match against a strong Taiwanese side.

All in all, it was a great tournament and the Philippines has shown once again there ability to host world class sporting events.

caloycomment: Congratulations to the winners. To Orcullo and Gomez, there is nothing to fret about because they definitely made the Filipino people proud. Hopefully the victory can somehow improved the strained diplomatic relations between China and the Philippines.  I look forward to seeing more international sporting events held in our country.

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TOP Finals: Cebu forces an epic Game 5

12 09 2010

Cagayan de Oro City – The Cebu Niños were able to beat the Misamis Oriental Meteors in Game 4 of the Tournament of the Philippines best of five finals. The game ended with a margin of 1 point 73-72 in favor of the visiting Cebu squad. A victory by the Meteors would have crowned them as the first ever Tournament of the Philippines Champion. The series will now shift back to Cebu for an epic Game 5.

The M.Lhullier Kwarta Padala Niños relied on the seldom-used Mark Ababon to rally from a 69-72 deficit with only a few minutes left in the game. Ababon was sent it because ace guard Stephen Padilla fouled out of the game. He scored the final 4 points of the game.

As usual, the home team was led by Patrick Cabahug and Reed Juntilla who combined for 33 points.

caloycomment: Well, my predictions were proven right that Cebu can win at the Meteors home court. Game 5 will definitely be a game to watch. If you are not planning anything, you can go to the Cebu Coliseum to root for your favorite team. It will be a great ending to a heckuva season. I hope that the TOP will have more seasons and I really hope that the players from these teams will have a chance to strut their wares in the PBA.  Game 5 prediction: Cebu by 5 points.

UAAP Cheerdance 2010: UP wins its 3rd crown in 4 yrs.

12 09 2010
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The University of the Philippines Pep Squad salvaged some pride for the school after a miserable season of its Men’s Basketball Team. With 22,000 people watching the cheerdance competition live in Araneta, the UP Pep Squad wowed the crowd with a flawless fiesta-inspired routine to garner the top prize of the Samsung-sponsored event. They beat last year’s winners, the Far Eastern University Tamaraws.  FEU’s samurai-inspired routine landed them 2nd place while UST’s Salinggawi Dance Troupe completed the podium after a disappointing 2009 result.

caloycomment: It was a big victory for my alma mater. I just hope that the Maroons Men’s Basketball Team can get a championship in the coming decade. 😉 The UP Pep Squad “dynasty” will definitely continue in the coming years although competition will be stiffer than the previous years.

World Cup of Pool: Philippines eliminates Finland

12 09 2010
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Dennis Orcollo and Roberto Gomez showed Finland’s Mika Immonen and Markus Juva the exit door in the World Cup of Pool held at the Robinsons Place Ermita, Manila. The Filipino tandem is one of the 4 teams left in the tournament. They will be facing the dangerous Taiwanese team in the race-to-10 semifinal match up.

Quarterfinal Results:

Philippines (Orcollo-Gomez) 9 – 1 Finland (Immonen-Juva)

Taiwan (Ko-Chang) 9 – 5 Poland (Babica-Skoneckzy)

Germany (Souquet-Ortmann) 9 – 7 France (Cohen-Cottance)

China (Fu-Li) 9 – 3 Indonesia (Zulfikri-Yang)

caloycomment: The semifinals will be fun to watch. I expect both match-ups to be close affairs.

TOP: MisOr Meteors a game away from TOP Championship

12 09 2010

Misamis Oriental beat Cebu at home for a 2-1 lead in the best of five Championship series of the Tournament of the Philippines. With another victory they will be the first Champion for the tournament co-organized by the Philippine Basketball League and Liga Pilipinas.

The MisOr Meteors were led by Patrick Cabahug and Ex-Pro Reed Juntilla who scored 23 and 19 points respectively. Stephen Padilla led the MLKP Cebu Niños by scoring 16 points.

The game was close with Cebu coming back from a 12 point deficit to take the lead 66-64 in the 4th quarter but cannot hold it for long. Cabahug and Juntilla waxed hot to ensure that the home team will get the victory. Coach Jun Noel gave all his players the credit for this Game 3 victory.

caloycomment: These 2 teams are definitely the best “amateur” teams in the land and I am hoping that the Niños can win Game 4 to bring the series to an epic Game 5.

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