2014 AFC U14 Girls’ Regional Championship for the ASEAN: Philippines to meet Thailand in the Finals

14 06 2014

It is Philippines versus Thailand for all the marbles in the 2014 AFC U14 Girls’ Regional Championship for the ASEAN region after both teams hurdled their respective semifinal opponents.   The pair will enter the finals as the 2 remaining undefeated teams in the tournament. The Philippines topped Group A by beating Singapore, Vietnam, and Cambodia while Thailand dominated Malaysia and Myanmar. The Philippines won 2-1 over Myanmar in their semifinal match while Thailand survived a rugged game against hosts and defending champions Vietnam, 2-0.


In the Philippines-Myanmar tiff, it was Myanmar that struck first in the 9th minute with a goal by Hnin Mya Thazin. The Philippines got an equalizer 5 minutes later courtesy of a goal from Itsuko Maree Bacatan. The game was knotted at 1 apiece for more than 50 minutes until Joyce Omboy Semacio struck the game winner at the 66th minute sending the Philippines to the finals.


The Thailand vs. Vietnam match was also very competitive. Dassama broke the ice for Thailand by scoring in the 15th minute. Tipkritta sealed the deal for the Thais after scoring from a penalty in 54th minute. The Thais have maintained a clean so far throughout the tournament.


Thailand will be the favorites in the championship match but they cannot underestimate the gritty Philippine side who only conceded 1 goal in 4 games. A victory by the Philippines in the finals would be historic in nature and could encourage the nation’s leadership to continue supporting and developing football in a country long dominated by basketball. The third place battle will also be tough as the dethroned Vietnamese would try to salvage their campaign with big win over Myanmar in the battle for 3rd

2013 PBA Governor’s Cup Semi-Finals Recap: San Mig, Petron book seats in the Finals

8 10 2013

It is going to be a battle between sister teams as two teams from the San Miguel Corporation group made it to the finals of the 2013 PBA Governor’s Cup. San Mig Coffee eliminated the Meralco Bolts, 3-1 while the Petron Blaze Boosters crushed the hopes of the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters for a repeat with a similar 3-1 series win.

San Mig Coffee Mixers 3 – 1 Meralco Bolts

The main factor in the series was the ability of the San Mig defenders to limit Bolts import Mario West.  West was limited to a pedestrian 15.25 points per game and 28% shooting percentage.  West averaged 28.33 ppg and a decent 43% shooting in the eliminations.  James Yap, meanwhile raised his scoring average to 15 ppg from just 11.6 ppg in the eliminations. Big Game James capped his brilliant semifinal series with a 19 point performance in the deciding game.

Petron Blaza Booster 3 -1 Rain or Shine Elasto Painters

The streaking Petron Blaze Boosters somehow caught a lucky but could have been unnecessary break as they faced a depleted Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. The Painters were not the type that would just roll over but they just cannot match the intensity and the star power of the No.1 seeded Petron. June Mar Fajardo asserted his dominance in the inside as he dominated the first two games of the series with a massive double-double of 15 points and 17 rebounds in Game 1 and a more impressive 26 points and 14 rebounds  performance in Game 2.  RoS saved some pride by winning Game 3 behind the efforts of Arizona Reid and Jeffrei Chan who combined for 43 points and 22 rebounds.  Petron however, finished them off in Game 4 with a 21-point rout.  Elijah Millsap, Marcio Lassiter, Alex Cabagnot and Fajardo combined for 93 points to outscore the all the players of RoS who just finished with 89 points.


Suzuki Cup: Semifinal tickets now on Sale

2 12 2012

Tickets for the first ever Suzuki Cup semifinal match held in Philippine soil is now out on sale. Filipino football fans can now purchase tickets for the December 8 match-up between the Philippine Azkals and Singapore Lions at the historic Rizal Memorial Stadium.  Those who want to root for the beloved Azkals can now buy tickets at Ticketworld outlets.  Fans can also get their tickets via online purchase at ticketworld.com.ph.  Suzuki Cup semifinal tickets are priced at P3,000, P2,000, P1,000, P500, and P300. Online purchases will have ticket fees.

Fans are really encouraged to go out and support the Azkals as they face a very familiar foe.  In fact, the Azkals have beaten Singapore in a friendly held in Cebu City just last month.  If the Azkals manage to hurdle Singapore, they will be in their first ever Suzuki Cup finals.

For more information about tickets you may email ticketworld at tickets@ticketworld.com.ph or call them at +632 891.9999 or Fax at +632 891.5634.


2012 Women’s Trans National Golf Association Amateur Championship Match Play: Super Princess Superal makes it to the finals

28 07 2012

Members Club at Woodcreek in Columbia, South Carolina  – Princess Superal of the Philippines continued her winning romp in the 2012 Women’s Trans National Golf Association Amateur Championship.  After being the lone Filipina bet to be in the last 8, she continued her winning ways as she won 2 matches yesterday to move into the finals. She needed 20 holes to beat Rika Park for a semifinal spot. She had an easier time at the semis as she beat Rinko Mitsunaga 3 and 2. She will be facing Breanna Elliott for the championship.



Match Hole
1 Mitsunaga, Rinko < 1 up Plasencia, Regina F
2 Park, Rika 20 holes > Superal, Princess F
3 Elliott, Breanna < 2 and 1 Grunden, Susannah F
4 Seo, Hanule Sky 21 holes > Koechli, Vanessa F




Match Hole
1 Mitsunaga, Rinko 3 and 2 > Superal, Princess F
2 Elliott, Breanna < 4 and 3 Koechli, Vanessa


Steady Superal (Philstar.com file photo)


2012 PBA Governor’s Cup Semifinals: Kings eliminates Tropang Texters

19 07 2012

The Barangay Ginebra Kings‘ championship hopes are alive as they ended the 5-conference finals streak of Coach Chot Reyes and the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters, 73-71.  The Texters have won 3 of the last 5 PBA conference titles. The loss was a sad farewell for Coach Chot who will be leaving the storied Manny V. Pangilinan-owned franchise for a stint as men’s National team head coach. He will be replaced by Norman Black at the helm of the Tropang Texters in the 2012-13 season.

Last night’s game was close all-throughout.  The first period was a bit high scoring before the game turned into a defensive battle. Ginebra was only leading by 2 at the end of the second, and third quarters. Talk and Text grabbed the lead in the 4th canto at 68-66 after a basket by import Paul Harris. Ginebra fought back with a 7-1 run capped by a Kerby Raymundo three-pointer to grab a 4 point lead at 73-69 with 2:56 left in regulation.  The game went scoreless for over 2 minutes after both teams tightened up their defense. Harris broke the lull by scoring on a drive with 39.9 seconds left to bring the Tropang Texters closer at 73-71.  In the ensuing possession, the Barangay Kings could not make a decent attempt at the basket resulting to a shot clock violation giving the Talk ‘N Text 15.3 seconds to design a play to tie or grab the lead. Harris, however, stepped on the baseline after being hounded by Ginebra import Cedric Bozeman resulting to turnover with 3.9 seconds left.  In the next inbound play, Bozeman was able to find Willy Wilson who ran out the clock by throwing the ball in the air and clinching the win for the crowd favorites.

Mark Caguioa top scored for the Kings with 18 points, a stark contrast to his 3 point performance against B-Meg last Sunday. Raymundo, Bozeman, and Mike Cortez scored in double figures for Ginebra. Harris had a monster 25-point 18-rebound performance for the Texters. No other Talk ‘N Text player scored more than 8 points.

Ginebra will battle B-Meg Llamados for the chance to fight for the championships against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. The do or die battle will be played on Friday while Game One of the finals will be Sunday.

The scores:

Barangay Ginebra 73 – Caguioa 18, Raymundo 15, Bozeman 14, Cortez 11, Maierhofer 4, Mamaril 4, Hatfield 4, W. Wilson 2, Villanueva 1, Ababou 0, Helterbrand 0.

Talk ‘N Text 71 – Harris 25, Reyes 8, De Ocampo 8, Castro 7, Alapag 7, Peek 7, Williams 3, Aguilar 2, Fonacier 2, Carey 2, Aban 0.

Quarter scoring: 27-21, 42-40, 61-59, 73-71

2012 PBA Governor’s Cup Semifinals: Talk ‘N Text wins over Rain or Shine to set up do or die with Ginebra

18 07 2012



Talk ‘N Text Import Paul Harris is starting to show his real worth by leading the Tropang Texters to a 98-90 win over the reeling Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.  Harris sent a strong message to other teams as he finished with 34 points and 16 boards in a game where Talk ‘N Text cannot afford to lose.  A loss would have ended the string of Finals appearances of the MVP-owned franchise.

The Texters were in control in the first half as they led by 13 going to the half-time break. They started the 3rd period with a 5-0 run to push the lead to 18 at 62-44. A 20-3 run by Rain or Shine capped by a triple by big man Beau Belga cut the Texters lead just one at 65-64.  The game was close from then on as the Texters managed to keep a one point lead going to the final quarter. Talk ‘n Text took control in the middle of the 4th period to win with an 8 point margin.

Aside from Harris, Ranidel de Ocampo and Jimmy Alapag finished in double figures for Talk ‘N Text. Five players scored more than 10 points for RoS led by import Jamelle Cornley’s 27.

Talk ‘N Text (8-5) will face Barangay Ginebra for a right to play for a spot in the Governor’s Cup Finals and Rain or Shine will face B-Meg Llamados for a guaranteed slot in the Finals.  Both games will be  played today.

The scores:

Talk ‘N Text 98 – Harris 34, De Ocampo 17, Alapag 10, Fonacier 9, Castro 8, Williams 6, Peek 6, Aguilar 5, Aban 3, Raymundo 0, Reyes 0.

Rain or Shine 90 – Cornley 27, Chan 15, Quinahan 14, Lee 13, Belga 11, Norwood 6, Buenafe 4, Matias 0, Tang 0, Arana 0, Ibanes 0.

Quarter scoring: 30-21, 57-44, 80-79, 98-90

2012 PBA Governor’s Cup Semifinals: B-Meg gains finals playoff berth

17 07 2012



The B-Meg Llamados ended Barangay Ginebra‘s semifinal winning run by beating their sister team, 82-70, in the main game last Sunday.  The win moved B-Meg to nine wins and just needs just one more victory for an automatic spot in the finals.

B-Meg was able to limit Ginebra’s main scorer, Mark Caguioa to an anemic 3 points. Coach Tim Cone made Peter June Simon Caguioa’s primary defender and his moved proved effective. B-Meg’s big men took over the second half to help the 2012 Commissioner’s Cup Champions move closer to shot for back to back titles.

Marc Pingris led all scorers with 24 points. Marcis Blakely and Rafi Reavis had double-doubles while James Yap finished with 11 markers.  Cedric Bozeman had 22 points for the Gin Kings who will still be able to earn a playoff for the 2nd finals slot if they win their last semifinals assignment against Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters.


The scores:

B-MEG 82 - Pingris 24, Blakely 17, Yap 11, Reavis 11, Urbiztondo 9, Simon 4, De Ocampo 4, Villanueva
2, Barroca 0.

GINEBRA 70 - Bozeman 22, Helterbrand 16, Raymundo 14, Mamaril 4, Cortez 4, Caguioa 3, Maierhofer 2,
W. Wilson 2, Hatfield 2, Villanueva 1, Maliksi 0, Ababou 0, Canaleta 0, Menk 0.Quarters: 19-16, 32-25, 62-51, 82-70