Ronda Pilipinas 2012 Stage 6 Recap

30 05 2012

Route: Tacloban City to Calbayog City (160 Kms)

Stage Honors

  1. Sherwin Diamsay (One Tarlac) 3:58:22
  2. Jay Tolentino (Mindanao) same
  3. Warren Davadilla (Metro Manila) 24 seconds behind
Top 3 teams of Stage 6
  1. One Tarlac 11:56:57
  2. Mindanao 1:46 behind
  3. Y101FM/Cebu 3:09 behind
Top 6 in Individual Over-all Classification after 6 stages (Red Jersey)
  1. Baler Ravina (Roadbike Philippines) 24:53:59
  2. Joseph Millanes (One Tarlac) 00:00:59 behind (up from No. 5)
  3. Oscar Rindole (V-Mobile) 00:01:37 behind (down from No.2)
  4. Cris Joven (American Vinyl/LPGMA) 00:01:56 behind (down from No.3)
  5. Rey Martin (V-Mobile) 00:02:25 behind (down from No.4)
  6. Ronald Gorantes (Metro Manila) 00:00:03:24 behind

Top 3 Teams Overall after 6 stages

  1. V-Mobile 73:54:58
  2. One Tarlac 00:00:07 behind
  3. Roadbike Philippines 00:01:33 behind

Top 3 in Best Young Rider Classification (Yellow/Gold Jersey)

  1. George Oconer (RP Team) 25:00:21
  2. Danver Casayuran (Metro Manila) 00:05:52 behind
  3. Rudy Roque (American Vinyl/LPGMA) 00:06:42 behind

Top Sprinter (Blue Jersey): Cris Joven (American Vinyl/LPGMA)

King of the Mountain (White Jersey): Irish Valenzuela (American Vinyl/LPGMA)

Stage 6 was won by One Tarlac’s Sherwin Diamsay after Mindanao’s Jay Tolentino in the final sprint.  3rd place honors was captured by veteran Warren Davadilla.  It was a big day for One Tarlac as they best all the teams in Stage 6. The victory enable the team from Tarlac to just trail V-Mobile by mere 7 seconds in the over-all classification.  One Tarlac’s Joseph Millanes also leapfrogged from 5th over-all to 2nd after finishing 4th in the stage. Millanes trails Red Jersey holder Baler Ravina by 59 seconds as he gained 39 seconds in Stage 6.  There was no change in the jersey wearers.

Diamsay wins Stage 6

Ronda Pilipinas 2012 Stage 5 Recap

30 05 2012

Route: Ormoc City – Tacloban (146.6 Km)

Stage Honors:

Winner: Rudy Roque (American Vinyl/LPGMA)

2nd Place: Ronnel Hualda (AMV)

3rd Place: Ericson Obosa (Roadbike Philippines)

Top 5 cyclists in Overall Classification after 5 stages (Red Jersey)

  1. Baler Ravina (RBP) 20:54:35
  2. Oscar Rindole (V-Mobile) 30 seconds behind
  3. Cris Joven (AMV) 48 secs behind
  4. Rey Martin (VMB) 1:16 behind
  5. Joseph Millanes (One Tarlac) 1:37 behind

Top 3 teams after 5 stages:

  1. VMB V-Mobile 61:53:22
  2. RBP Roadbike Philippines 2:15 behind
  3. MML Metro Manila 4:10 behind

Top 3 Young Rider (Yellow Jersey)

  1. George Oconer (RP Team) 20:58:40
  2. Danver Casayuran (MML) 6:48 behind
  3. Rudy Roque (AMV)7:51 behind

Top Sprinter (Blue Jersey): Cris Joven (AMV)

Top Climber (White Jersey): Irish Valenzuela (AMV)

Roque sprints to a stage win! 

ABL Playoffs: Beermen, Patriots meet contrasting fates in Game 1

29 05 2012
ASEAN Basketball League

ASEAN Basketball League (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The playoffs of the 3rd season of the AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League is underway. San Miguel Beermen faces the Westports Malaysia Dragons while the  Air Asia Philippine Patriots is up against the Indonesia Warriors.  When the regular season ended, the top 2 teams of the league were both from the Philippines. Many pundits are expecting an All-Filipino finals.  Malaysia and Indonesia are bent to prevent the dream match-up. The first games of each series have shown that it is quite possible that there will be no Filipino team in the Finals. Both visiting teams gave the home teams a hard time and one team even managed to snatch a victory over a higher seed foe.  Here are the game recaps of the Game 1 of each series:

San Miguel Beermen 111 – 104 OT Westports Malaysia Dragons

San Miguel won the first playoff match in their inaugural season in the ABL by beating the Malaysia Dragons. The  Beermen needed five extra minutes to secure a 1-0 in the best of 3 semifinal match-up. Led by super import Brian Williams, who finished with a near triple-double 32 points 15 rebounds and 9 assists, Malaysia almost game 1 from the top seeded team of the regular season.  The Beermen got a magnificent performance from Chris Bachero who dished out 15 assists along with 18 points and 6 steals.

The game was very close in regulation as it was marked by several lead changes and impressive clutch shooting from both teams. In overtime, San Miguel took control early by scoring 5 straight points and they never looked back.  Nick Fazekas and Duke Crews combined for 57 points while ABL local MVP candidate Leo Avenido added 17.  Aside from Williams, Malaysia got big games from import Tiras Wade and Filipino import Patrick Cabahug who finished with 23 and 24 points respectively. Game 2 will be played in Malaysia on June 2.


Beermen: Nick Fazekas – 32, Duke Crews – 25, Chris Banchero – 18, Leo Avenido – 17, Junmar Fajardo – 11, Roger Yap – 6, Norman Gonzales –  2.

Dragons: Brian Williams – 32, Patrick Cabahug – 24, Tiras Wade – 23, Nic Belasco – 11, Guga Batumalai – 6, Chris Pacana – 5, Seelan Kuppusamy – 3.

Air Asia Philippine Patriots 64-73 Indonesia Warriors

The Indonesia Warriors stole home court advantage in their playoff series as they upset the No.2 seed Air Asia Philippine Patriots. Indonesia used a fast start and excellent defense to grab an unexpected 44-23 lead at half-time. The Patriots rallied in the 3rd to cut margin to six at 52-58 but Indonesia held on to win the defensive battle and grab a 1-0 lead in their series.

Filipino-American Stanley Pringle led the underdogs with 23 points.  He was ably backed up by the double-double of import Steve Thomas (17 points 19 rebounds). Anthony Johnson had 21 points in the losing effort.  Game 2 will be held at Britama Arena in Jakarta, Indonesia on June 3.

Patriots: Anthony Johnson – 21, Al Vergara – 12, Nakiea Miller – 9, Jonathan Fernandez – 8, John Aldrech Ramos – 6, Francis Adriano – 4, Eder John Saldua – 2, Ardy Larong – 2. 

Warriors: Stanley Pringle – 23, Steve Thomas – 17, Evan Brock – 8, Amin Prihantono – 6, Joseph Allan Salangsang – 5, Mario Wuysang – 4, Jerick Canada – 4, Rony Gunawan – 4, Christian Ronaldo Sitepu – 2.

Want to join the Philippine Volcanoes?

25 05 2012

Time to represent the Philippines!

Rugby is a very young sport here in the Philippines but it has been gaining popularity in recent months. From a sport mostly played by expats, more and more Filipinos are loving the sport. The Philippine National Rugby team named Philippine Volcanoes is among the emerging teams in the Asian region. The Volcanoes recently captured Asian Five Nations Division One championship plum by beating higher seeded squads.

For the Glory!

The Philippine Rugby Football Union is actually for players who want represent the count in various categories.  They are looking for players for the following programs:

  • Boys Under 18s
  • Mens Under 20s
  • Mens 7s
  • Mens 15s
  • Womens 7s
  • Womens 15s
If you think you have what it takes then click here and sign-up!  Anybody can join, even Filipinos based abroad specially those who have some training in Rugby in countries like Australia, New Zealand, England, Ireland, and France. Local players are also much welcome because PRFU needs more players to promote the sport. Since it is for the national team, players must either be Filipino passport holders or at least have some Filipino blood.

Stanley Cup: 8th seeded LA Kings is the king of the West

23 05 2012
Los Angeles Kings

Los Angeles Kings (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Southern California will be represented in the Stanley Cup Finals after the Los Angeles Kings beat the 3rd seeded Phoenix Coyotes ,4-3, in Game 5 of their Best of 7 Western Conference Finals match-up. LA will be battling NHL’s grand trophy for the first time after 19 years of waiting.  It was the last finals played by the legendary Wayne Gretzky. The Kings are hoping for a better result this time as they lost to the Montreal Canadiens in the 1993 Finals.

The LA Kings just became the 2nd 8th seeded team to reach the finals.  They defeated the top 3 teams of the West. They eliminated the President’s Cup winner Vancouver in the first round before disposing off St. Louis and Phoenix both in 5 games.  Los Angeles has been proving that they are the Kings of the road in this year’s playoffs as they won their 8th straight away from the Staples Center.  The victory of the Kings somehow erases some pain felt by the sports fans in California when its two NBA teams were both manhandled in the Western Conference semifinals.

Game 5 needed an overtime to be decided. Dustin Penner scored an improbable goal 17:42 into overtime to secure the Stanley Cup finals trip for LA. Here is ESPN’s Game Recap.

The other goal scorers for LA were Anze Kopitar, Crew Doughty, and Mike Richards. The Coyote goal scorers were Taylor PyattMarc-Antoine Pouliot, and Keith Yandle.

AIBA Women’s Boxing World Championships 2012: Josie Gabuco wins gold

20 05 2012

Josie Gabuco earned the Philippine‘s first ever gold medal in the history of AIBA Women’s Boxing World Championships. Gabuco beat hometown bet Xu Shiqi for the light-flyweight gold medal, 10-9.  While her victory did not give her an olympic slot, it was nevertheless a good news for Philippine boxing specially amateur boxing. With only one boxer going to London, the well-funded Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines (ABAP) are looking for new heroes to show that the country is still relevant in the olympic sport which we used to dominate in the Asian level. Gabuco is no stranger in giving the country honor as she is a back to back Southeast Asian games gold medal winner and a bronze medallist in the 2008 women’s boxing world championships.

Here are the other results of the final matches:


 XU Shiqi                 9

 GABUCO Josie    10


 REN Cancan        14

 ADAMS Nicola    10 


 GORDINI Terry                      10

 KULESHOVA Aleksandra    16


 BROWN Tiara    24

 KRUK Sandra    21


 TAYLOR Katie       11

 OCHIGAVA Sofya    7


 STELMACH Magdalena    5

 PAK Kyong                      10


 ADULINA Mariia    14

 MILLER Raquel       8


 VYSTROPOVA Elena       15

 MARSHALL Savannah    17


 YUAN Meiqing          18

 CREWS Franchon    11


 LI Yunfei                             21

 MAMATKULOVA Yulduz    13

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AIBA Women’s Boxing World Championships 2012: Josie Gabuco gains finals slot

19 05 2012

Qinhuangdao, ChinaFilipina Light-flyweight Josie Gabuco won over Russian Svetlana Gnevenova, 12-7 to set up a finals match against  Xu Shiqi of host China in the 2012 World Championships. Gabuco is already assured of a silver.  There will be no olympics slots at stake because light-flyweight is not included in the weight classes for the 2012 London Games.

Semi-finals Results:

Women’s Light-flyweight (Non-Olympic)

 XU Shiqi                     17

 KYZAIBAY Nazym    10

 GABUCO Josie               12

 GNEVANOVA Svetlana    7

Flyweight (Olympic)

 REN Cancan                      27

 MICHALCZUK Karolina    18

 SAVELYEVA Elena    6

 ADAMS Nicola          11


Bantamweight (Non-Olympic)

 CRUZ Christina     7

 GORDINI Terry    11

 LIU Kejia                               10

 KULESHOVA Aleksandra    19

Featherweight (Non-Olympic)

 BROWN Tiara              22 

 STANEVA Svetlana    14 

 WHITESIDE Lisa Jane    16
 KRUK Sandra                  26

Lightweight (Olympic event)

 TAYLOR Katie             16

 CHORIEVA Mavzuna    6

 OCHIGAVA Sofya    18

 JONAS Natasha      10

Light-Welterweight (Non-Olympic)

 STELMACH Magdalena    14

 ABRAMOVA Daria            10

 PAK Kyong           25

 MAYER Mikaela    24

Welterweight (Non-Olympic)

 de JONG Marie     10

 ADULINA Mariia    18

 MILLER Raquel      13

 POTEYEVA Irina    10

Middleweight (Olympic)

 LAURELL Anna             15

 VYSTROPOVA Elena    16

 MARSHALL Savannah     18

 TORLOPOVA Nadezda    10

Light-Heavyweight (Non-Olympic)

 YUAN Meiqing           23

 KOSOVA Svetlana    13 

 CREWS Franchon    22

 NAGY Timea              8

Heavyweight (Non-Olympic)

 LI Yunfei                     25

 SINETSKAYA Irina    15

 MAMATKULOVA Yulduz    15 

 Kavita                                     9

Men’s Ice Hockey IIHF World Championship 2012 QF: US, Canada eliminated

18 05 2012

Here are the quarterfinal results in the ongoing 2012 Men’s Ice Hockey World Championships:

Canada  3 –  Slovakia

(1-2, 2-0, 0-2)

May 17th 2012, h. 13:00

Slovakia ended a string of seven straight defeats against Canada by eliminating the later in their quarterfinal pairing with a magical 4-3 victory.  The last time Slovakia won was in the 2002 finals. The defeat sent Canada bowing out in the quarterfinals for the 3rd straight year. The Slovaks struck early as they gained a 2 goal advantage in the first period via goals from Branko Radivojevic  and Miroslav Satan. Canada’s lackadaisical first period was redeemed by a goal by Evander Kane that was setup by Ryan Getzlaf .  The second period was all Canada as they outshot their opponents 17-7 which resulted to 2 goals from Jeff Skinner and Alexandre Burrows.  Trailing 3-2, Slovakia responded by tying the game with a Milan Bartovic‘s goal with 6:30 left in the game. The game winner came on a power play goal by Michal Handzus with 2:28 left.

Russia  5 – 2  Norway

(2-1, 0-1, 3-0)

May 17th 2012, h. 14:45

Top-seeded Russia took care of business by beating Norway, 5-2. It was not an easy win as the score line suggest as the game was tied at 2-2 going into the final period. The win brought Russia to the semifinals for the 6th straight year. Norway has never defeated Russia in the 9 times they met in the World Championships. Alexei Yemelin, Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Popov, Nikolai Zherdev, and Ilya Nikulin scored for Russia who needed a 3 goal outburst in the 3rd period to put the game away. Patrick Thoresen and and Per-Åge Skrøder  were the scorers for the fast rising Norwegian team.

Sweden  3 –  Czech Republic

(1-2, 1-1, 1-1)

May 17th 2012, h. 20:15

In a “Big Six” match-up, the Czech Republic eliminated 2012 co-hosts Sweden from the competition with a dramatic 4-3 victory.  The 2 countries met in an do or die match for the fifth straight year. Sweden eliminated the Czech Republic in 2008, 2009, and last year while the Czechs booted out the Swedes in 2010 en route to their world championship trophy that year.  Loui Eriksson found the net early for the hosts for a 1-0 lead.  Czech Republic tied it with a goal by Petr Nedved.  Jiri Novotny’s goal gave the Czechs a 2-1 lead after the first period of play. Martin Erat’s power play goal doubled the lead.  Detroit Red Wing’s Henrik Zetterberg and Jonathan Ericsson rallied the home team with goals to tie the game to 3-all.  The heartbreaking game winner though came with 29 seconds left when Milan Michalek stole the puck from Niklas Kronwall and beat goalkeeper Viktor Fasth.  The Czechs will face the Slovaks in a tough battle for a final slot.

United States  2 –  Finland

(0-0, 1-1, 1-2)

May 17th 2012, h. 18:30

Co-hosts Finland remained in the competition after showing the U.S.A. the exits with 3-2 win. Jesse Joensuu scored 2 goals for the defending champions. He scored the game’s first goal while his second was the game winning goal that was made with only 8.8 seconds left in the game clock. Kyle Palmieri and Bobby Ryan scored goals for USA for a 2-1 lead early in the third period.  The game was tied with 6:58 left when Valtteri Filppula’s shot was deflected by Mikko Koivu’s skate for a goal.  The tied game was an excellent set-up for the game winner by Joensuu.  The Finns will be battling the Russians for place in the finals.

Pagunsan opens with a 6 under par 66 in Japan PGA Championship Nissin Cupnoodles Cup 2012

11 05 2012

Karasuyamajo Country Club, Japan – Filipino Juvic Pagunsan opened with a 6-under par 66 at the  PGA Championship Nissin Cupnoodles Cup 2012.  The 2011 Asian Tour Order of Merit winner is a stroke behind provisional first round leader Toru Taniguchi. The JPY 150 M event ($1.9M) will award JPY 30,000,000 ($376,000) to its winner.

Another Filipino campaigner is Angelo Que who opened with a 2 under par 70 for a provisional joint 12th place.  Several players have not yet finished their rounds but 2 Filipinos have a big chance to make it into the weekend play.

The last 6 champions of the tournament are Japanese.  The last non-Japanese to win was South Korean SK Ho who captured his 2nd straight title in 2005.  Current leader Toru Taniguchi won it in 2010.

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2012 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Game 7: B-Meg “Bowles” over TNT

7 05 2012

Filipino basketball fans cannot ask for a better ending of the 2011-12 Philippine Basketball Association‘s second conference.  The game 7 of the Commissioner’s Cup finals needed five minutes more to finish. It seems that one of the best conferences ever in the history of the PBA did not want to end.  In the overtime period, the Best Import awardee Denzel Bowles took over and handed Tim Cone his first title outside of Alaska Aces.

The B-Meg Llamados won 90-84 over the vaunted Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters. It was a heart breaker for the MVP franchise as they led most of the game and was leading by two with Bowles at the line with 1.2 seconds left. Bowles made the biggest free throws of his basketball career to bring the game to overtime. He continued his superb play in the extra period by scoring 11 of the 14 points of B-Meg.  He capped his first season for B-Meg with 39 points, 21 caroms, and 3 blocks. Jimmy Alapag led TNTs valiant stand with 29 points, his best scoring performance in the series. The loss spoiled TNT’s attempt to win its 4th title in 5 conferences.  James Yap was chosen as the finals MVP.

The scores:

B-MEG 90 – Bowles 39, Simon 14, Yap 12, Urbiztondo 11, Villanueva 5, De Ocampo 4, Devance 2, Pingris 2, Barroca 1, Intal 0, Reavis 0

Talk ‘N Text 84 – Alapag 29, Harvey 16, Fonacier 11, Peek 10, Dillinger 8, Castro 5, De Ocampo 3, Reyes 2, Gamalinda 0, Williams 0, Carey 0

Quarters: 21-18, 34-35, 56-61, 76-76, 90-84

caloycomment: This game and series will be remembered for the call made with 1.2 seconds left… MORE