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  1. Heir apparent to the throne of a PBA star

    By: Paolo Manuel C. Fule

    For a father, there would be no higher compliment than the one which came from a son. And that act of gratitude shown by the son will always leave a mark every step of the way.
    This is what college freshman Marcus Jerome Ejercito, one of the players in the NCR team in the recently concluded Palarong Pambansa held in Laguna last May, wants to impart on his dad who is a former PBA player, Gherome Eric Ejercito who played for the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.
    Born Marcus Jerome R. Ejercito on November 4, 1996 in Mandaluyong City to parents Mr. Gherome Ejercito and Ms. Matz Ejercito, the 5’ 11” shooting guard from San Beda College is on his way to achieving his goal as one of the names to look out for in the collegiate basketball ranks.

    Here is my interview with basketball’s future superstar Marcus Jerome Ejercito of San Beda Red Lions.
    Paolo: What is your career high in points and what tournament is it?
    MJ: In the Junior PBA I scored 31 points. I was a member of the Laguna team at that time.
    Paolo: If there is an NBA player you wished to play with one-on-one, who will it be?
    MJ: It will either be San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili or Houston Rockets’ James Harden. They are lefty and plays guard just like me.
    Paolo: Who among the players you played with is the hardest to guard?
    MJ: My dad. He is a tall point guard.
    Paolo:What is your favorite shot?
    MJ: Step back shot or side step shot.
    Paolo: What exercises do you do and foods that you eat to be strong while playing?
    MJ: Core and push ups, more on body weight. I eat steaks, more on protein and rice.
    Paolo: How do you balance your studies and playing basketball?
    MJ: There is time for basketball and there is time for studies. After practice, I do extra work then after that, the rest would be for school.
    Paolo: What is your ambition in life?
    MJ: I want to finish my school and also play basketball. I also want to have a business of my own.
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  2. Rose-less Bulls thwart rising Grizzlies; snap 6-game win streak

    By: Tom Joel Paliangayan

    Without their illing backcourt general Derrick Rose, Bulls’ Stellar rookie Nikola Mirotic covered the sore for Chicago Bulls as he blasted a career-high 27 points including his perfect six out of six shooting beyond the arc to pull off an upset triumph over the Memphis Grizzlies, 103-97, at FedEx Forum, Memphis, Dec. 19.
    Jimmy Butler also contributed big with 31 points and 10 rebounds together with his series of short daggers at the crucial moments almost tying up his career-high 35 point break-out at their last game with New York Knicks.
    Struggling Mike Conley of Memphis managed to produce 21 points with 7/18 outing along the double-double stats of Marc Gasol, 13 points and 10 rebounds but not enough to beat his older brother, Pau Gasol with 6 points and 11 rebounds in their basketball rivalry.
    Bulls built-up a reachable nine point-lead with less than five minutes remaining on the clock courtesy of hard slashes and impeccable timing by Butler, 87-78 that put the pressure on the other side.
    Home team Grizzlies trimmed down the gap little by little through younger Gasol’s might at the shaded area with more than 1 minute away but the white shirts failed to stop the heroic deeds of Butler down the stretch that sealed their loss.
    Both teams started the opening quarter with the slow pace together with the bad start of the Gasol Brothers infecting the whole team that resulted to a low 22-20 finish in the opening salvo in favor of Grizzlies.
    Grizzlies had their chance to come closer at the end of the first half but Mirotic’s hot hands from downtown executed well that lifted up their momentum entering the third quarter,51-43.
    Aside from missing Rose, Bulls also lost their Power Forward, Taj Gibson due to sprained right ankle but still managed to keep up with the pace of Grizzlies inside the paint.
    Chicago improved their standings with their 17-9 campaign after pulling down the soaring Grizzlies with 21-5 win-loss record.
    “He’s not afraid. He makes tough plays, he hustles all the time, he’s never satisfied, and I love that about him.” Bulls’ coach Tom Thibodeau said about the impressive performance of Mirotic.
    Editor’s note: Tom Joel Paliangayan is a 4th year high school student in Liceo de San Pedro. He is a qualifier for the RSPC in Lipa City this January for Sports Writing.
  3. Lorenz Gerard ‘Warrior Prince’ Viajar elevates UE to greater heights

    By: Paolo Manuel C. Fule

    Perseverance and the will to win amidst difficulties are qualities that UE Red Warrior Lorenz Viajar has in store for his stint in this year’s UAAP juniors tournament. Let us take a glimpse of this future superstar’s preparations for his basketball career and more.

    Born Lorenz Gerard A. Viajar on May 13, 1998 to Leon Viajar and Ma. Ophelia Viajar, this 6-foot-2 UE juniors stand out has a lot of what it takes to become the next basketball sensation in the country. Born in Butuan City, Agusan Del Norte, this shooting guard cager from UE has become a part of the top 10 players in Mindanao leg twice for the Junior NBA. He also received Jr. NBA hustle player award and Jr. NBA top 20 players. He also played for the Palarong Pambansa twice, and became a member of the mythical five in Balanghai Sports Elite League.

    “The person who taught me to lay the sport is my dad Leon Viajar”, said Lorenz who scored his career high 23 points in a single game. In the NBA, he idolizes Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, while in the PBA, he looks up to James Yap. In the UAAP, his idol is co-UE Warrior Roi Sumang. “Being a student-athlete, student comes first. I make sure to follow my schedule and finish my school projects first before playing basketball”, added the beaming cager from UE. His goal for this year’s UAAP juniors basketball tournament is for their team to be at the final four. His ambition in life is to become a professional basketball player in the PBA.

    Currently, he is playing for the University of the East Red Warriors. We hope that Lorenz can make a name for him and be an inspiration to every young Filipino that with perseverance and a brave heart, they can reach for their respective goals in life. Let us wait and see this upcoming superstar battle it out in the arena.
  4. Anton Miguel Yang: Hope Christian’s “White Mamba” unleashes fury in MMBL tourney

    By: Paolo Manuel C. Fule
    The Philippines is a country known for world-class sports figures like boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, kegler Paeng Nepomuceno, runner Lydia De Vega, the magician Efren “Bata” Reyes, and Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire. These athletes are products of hard work and training that they developed when they were still young. Such is the case of this upcoming star from Hope Christian High School.

    Born Antonio Miguel Yeo Yang on December 26, 1998 to Mr. Anthony Yang and Ms. Cheri Yang, this Manila-born 6-foot-1 forward of Hope Christian High School

    “My dad Anthony Yang inspired me to play basketball”, quipped the chinito cager who scored his career high of 28 points in the Tiong Lian basketball tournament. In their game against the Lyceum of the Philippines Junior Pirates in the recent MMBL tournament, he scored a team best 19 points as they routed their opponent, 95-65.

    In the NBA, he looks up to Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard and five time NBA Finals champion Kobe Bean Bryant, while in the PBA, he likes Gabe Norwood of Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. In the collegiate ranks, he likes Clint Dolinguez, an Alumnus of HSCHS, who now plays for Ateneo Blue Eagles. Anton acknowledges the fact that the basketball program of HCHS is still the best, and the team is still in the process of rebuilding.

    Aside from basketball, he also likes swimming. He used to compete before as a tanker for his school. “I want to be a professional basketball player someday. I also want to be a businessman and a motivational speaker”, added Anton Yang who is now a fourth year student of Hope Christian High School.

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  5. Hope Christian’s Ken Mark ‘SuperMan’ Miranda ready to take flight on cape of greatnes

    His towering height and pretty boy looks can turn the head of any Louis Lane on his way, but this 6’ 2” Senior High School student from Hope Christian High School has more to offer in the hard court than just his boy-next-door image.

    HCHS’s so-called ‘Superman’, the shooting guard who dons jersey # 15 Ken Mark Miranda
    has played for several tournaments including FilOil Flying V, Metro Manila Basketball League
    (MMBL), Las Pinas Private Schools Athletic Association (LAPRISSA) where he was awarded as the league’s Most Valuable Player (MVP), and now in the Pilipinas Chinese Amateur Basketball League (PCABL).

    Born Ken Mark C. Miranda on April 1, 1996, in Cardona, Rizal, to Raffy Miranda and Marivic C. Miranda, the cager is on his way to pursue his dream in the world of hoops sports.

    No Kryptonite hindered SuperMark from draining shots in his basketball games. In his MMBL game against Ateneo de Manila University, he scored 40 points and 8 rebounds with 6 assists while he poured in 20 points against the Adamson University also in the same tourney. In their FilOil tournament against the Mapua Institute of Technology, he scored 16 points, 9 boards and 2 steals. In his last games, Ken Mark averages 29.25 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4 assists per game. This guy’s stats speak volumes of his talent as a future playmaker and star player in the big basketball leagues of this country.

    On February 7 of this year, the Las Pinas Private Schools Association (LAPRISSA) handed out its Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in their high school basketball tournament to Ken Mark Miranda. He is currently playing in the PCABL for Hope Christian High School where he pitched in 13 points, 20 rebounds and 1 block in his last game against UPHSD. “I’d like to thank God and my family for this achievement. Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am right now. Thank you also for all those who supported me and my teammates.” quipped the beaming cager of Hope Christian who hails from Pangasinan province.

    In the PBA, he looks up to the reigning Governor’s Cup and All-Filipino Cup champion team San Mig Coffee Mixers, and one of its star players, Peter Jun “The Scoring Apostle” Simon. “Sobrang galing niya, magaling yung skills at matalino siya maglaro” said Ken Mark. In the
    NBA, he likes the 4-time Regular Season MVP Lebron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and the young squad of Golden State Warriors. “I like Lebron James as a player because he doesn’t only work for his points but also for his team. He assists, he blocks, he scores, and he steals. He is an all-around player.” said Kenmark. His ambition in life is to make it big someday in basketball leagues like the PBA so he can help his family.

    With his persistent training and love for the game, Ken Mark’s vision is not far-fetched to become a reality in the future. He is currently in the roster of the Junior team that will play for this year’s PCABL for multi-titled Hope Christian High School. Playing for his respective school is a privilege in itself, but helping them to make his team at the top of their game is also another achievement that he always likes to share with the rest of his teammates. May SuperMark be a true hero inside and outside of the basketball court and be a good role model for the young to emulate.

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