Philippine NCAA Season 87: San Beda captures 5th basketball crown in 6 years

27 10 2011
Have Courage San Beda! Animo San Beda!

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Manny V. Pangilinan has another collegiate double as San Beda won the NCAA 87 title over rivals San Sebastian Stags, 57-55, for their 5th title in 6 years. MVP also supported UAAP Champs Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles, who defended their title earlier this month.

Coach Frankie Lim still relied on his second stringers to pull off the win in Game 2. After using guard Mar Villahermosa for the big win in Game 1, Lim used David Semerad to close out the series. Semerad finished 15 points including 7 in the pivotal fourth quarter. Semerad scored the marginal basket with 53.6 ticks left over Season 87 MVP Calvin Abueva. His basket gave the Lions a 4 point lead at 57-53.

Jovit Dela Cruz answered for Baste to trim down the lead to 2 with only 37 seconds left in regulation. The Stags had a chance to tie or grab the lead in its final possession but Ronald Pascual threw an airball from rainbow territory to end the Stag’s season.

It was a tough loss for the Topex Robinson-mentored San Sebastian squad as they zoomed to a 15-0 record early in the season only to lose 5 of their last six games. There were even talks then of a sweep but they faltered to give the roaring Red Lions the top seeding then the Stags lost the first game against Letran in their semifinal series. It is a really bitter pill to swallow as they even captured many of the awards but the biggest award eluded them this year.

As for San Beda, winning their 5th title in 6 years has been sweet as they lost Sudan Daniel before the season even started. This is the first time in their 5 title romp that they do not have a foreign reinforcement. Sam Ekwe led them to three titles while Daniels was with them last year. In the finals, the Lions countered the Stag’s star power with an overachieving bench. Their leading scorers in Game 2 were Semerad, Anjo Caram, Villahermosa and Rookie Baser Amer. The Abueva-Pascual-Sangalang trio led the Stags with a combined effort of 40 points.

Dave Marcelo was chosen as the Finals MVP. He averaged an astounding 13.5 boards per game in the Finals while battling the likes of Abueva and Pascual. Mythical team member Garvo Lanete of San Beda was not a 100% in the finals but the reserve guards filled in nicely.


SAN BEDA 57 — D. Semerad 15, Caram 10, Villahermosa 8, Amer 7, Dela Rosa 5, K. Pascual 4, A. Semerad 2, J. Pascual 2, Marcelo 2, Lanete 2.

SAN SEBASTIAN 55 — Pascual 15, Sangalang 13, Abueva 12, Miranda 5, Antipuesto 4, Dela Cruz 4, Del Rio 2, Vitug 0, Maiquez 0.

Quarterscores: 14-15, 27-32, 48-50, 57-55

Corteza rules Malaysian 9-Ball Tourney

23 08 2011

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Filipino pool player Lee Van Corteza won $7,000 after defeating Chinese-Taipei’s Ko Pin-chung, 13-8, in the final match of the Malaysian Golden Break 9-Ball Asian Invitational tournament held at the Golden Break Snooker and Pool Club.

He earlier beat Indonesian bet Riyan Setiawan 11-1, to set up a match against Taiwenese cue artist who beat his elder brother Ko Pin-yi, 11-7. Ko Pin-chung was given $3,500 for his second place finish.

Three other Filipinos, Rodolfo Luat, Antonio Lining and Allan Cuartero who represented Kuwait joined the tournament but lost in the earlier rounds.


Seaba U-16: Energen Pilipinas sweeps competition

14 08 2011

Energen Pilipinas sweeps SEABA U-16

The Energen Pilipinas Under-16 Youth Team completed the expected sweep yesterday of the 1st Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) U16 for Men by beating the Singapore U-16 Team, 70-52. It was the lowest scoring output for the squad in the tournament after averaging over 100 points a game in its first 3 games.

The Philippines (4-0) along with Malaysia (3-1), and Indonesia (2-2) will represent South East Asia in the  Fiba Asia U16 tournament set on October 18 to 28 in Nha Trang City, Vietnam.  The top teams of that tournament will represent Asia in the 2012 Fiba U17 World Championship.

Big men Gelo Vito (La Salle Greenhills) and tournament MVP Arvin Tolentino (San Beda) lead all scorers with 13 markers each. The Philippines only shot 31% in the field but had a 46-36 advantage in rebounds.

The loss dropped Singapore (1-3) to 4th place. Laos (0-5) is in last place in the tournament.

The scores:
PHILIPPINES 70–Vito 13, Tolentino 13, Diputado 9, Pascual 8, Cani 8, Lao 8, Asilum 5, Brill 2, Tongco 2, Javelosa 2, Babilonia 0.
SINGAPORE 52—Lim 11, Goh 10, Tay A. 8, Toh 7, Chua 5, Tay W. 4, Han 4, Lee 3, Cheok 0, Tee 0, Ng 0, Ridzuan 0.
Quarters: 17-6, 34-18, 50-41, 70-52

2011 PBA Governor’s Cup Finals: Petron steals Game 1

7 08 2011

Petron Blazers takes Game One

The Petron Blazers stole Game One of its best-of-seven final series against the grand slam-seeking Talk N’ Text Tropang Texters. Veteran Danny Ildefonso made a winning shot t the buzzer to stun the highly-favored Texters. He scored the last 4 points for Petron. He finished with 13 points and 7 rebounds.

Talk N’ Text led most of the tight game but have relinquish the lead with 17 seconds remaining after turnover turned the score 87-86 in favor of Petron. Jimmy Alapag then draw the Petron defense before passing to an open Ryan Reyes to take back the lead 88-87. With 3 seconds left, Petron Import Anthony Grundy fed Ildefonso who sanked the 12-footer at the buzzer.

Game 2 will be on Wednesday in Tubod, Lanao del Sur.

Petron (89) — Salvacion 19, Grundy 17, Ildefonso 13, Santos 12, Miranda 12, Cabagnot 9, Pennisi 5, Duncil 2, Baclao 0, Hubalde 0.

Talk `N Text (88) — Alapag 18, Fonacier 16, De Ocampo 13, Williams 10, Reyes 8, Castro 7, Carey 6, Peek 6, Reynolds 4, Yee 0, Dillinger 0, Aban 0.

Quarterscores: 32-40, 51-55, 67-74, 89-88

2011 World 9-Ball Championships: It’s Alcano vs. Akagariyama for the Crown!

2 07 2011

Doha, Qatar – The 2011 World 9 Ball Championships is down to 2 players.  2006 World Champ Ronnie Alcano faces Japan’s Yukio Akagariyama for the championship after both hurdled tough opponents. A capacity crowd witnessed the 11-9 victory of Alcano over World No.1 Dennis Orcullo, and the 11-10 win by Akagariyama over Britain’s Mark Gray.

The 2 winners will now play a race to 13 championship match with the winner getting $36,000 while the loser will settle for $18,000.  For live coverage check out :

Smart-Gilas strolls to SEABA crown

27 06 2011

BritAma Arena Sports Mall, Jakarta, Indonesia– The Pilipinas-Smart Gilas juggernaut was simply stoppable as they beat hosts Indonesia 89-50 to rule the 9th SEABA men’s championship.  They will lead the Southeast Asian contingent for the 26th FIBA-Asia Championship in Wuhan, China.

Mark Barroca topscored with 17 points.  The Philippines average 96.5 points per game while limiting its opponents to 56.5 ppg. The 4 game sweep proved that the Philippines still the best in basketball in the region.

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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