[shadow=red,left]San Sebastian tears up Ateneo’s win run
CALVIN Abueva hit two big free throws with 9.8 seconds left to give his Stags the lead, and Kiefer Ravena missed a potential game-winning fadeaway for Ateneo de Manila University, allowing San Sebastian College-Recoletos to wipe away the “undefeated” tag from their opponent, 73-72 in the 2011 FilOil Flying V Pre-Season Premier Cup last May 11 at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan City.
The upset-minded Stags scored eight straight points in the last minute and thirty seconds, overcoming a lead that once stood as high as nine points.
Despite not being fielded in the entire first quarter, “The Beast” Abueva, was his usual monstrous self on both ends of the court, leading all scorers with 22 points while hauling down nine rebounds and blocking two shots. Ian Sangalang and Ronald Pascual combined for 22 points and 23 rebounds, with Sangalang swatting away three attempts.
Early shooting woes for the Eagles put them in a 21-11 hole after the game’s first minutes, but Ateneo’s second unit once again worked to turn the tables on their opponents. The reserves were led by Ravena, who accounted for nine markers in a 13-3 run at the start of the second period, including five points after an unsportsmanlike foul from Stags captain Anthony del Rio to knot the count at 24.
After a jumper by Greg Slaughter put the defending UAAP champions up by three, 33-30, the Stags responded with seven straight, 37-33. And it took a triple by Bacon Austria and two charities with 0.9 seconds remaining from Ravena to ensure the Eagles went into halftime on top, 38-37.
In the fourth quarter, Abueva scored on three straight field goals to put the Stags up, 61-58, but Ateneo responded with a 14-4 run, capped off with back-to-back triples by Oping Sumalinog and Emman Monfort, to build a 72-65 cushion. The Eagles though, missed their next five shots, allowing San Sebastian to come from behind and seize the win.
Despite a poor shooting performance that saw him go 4-of-15 from the field, Ravena led all Ateneo scorers with 15 points. He also finished with five rebounds, two assists and two steals. Kirk Long added 10 points and five dimes, while Nico Salva missed a double-double by a point, finishing with nine and 10 boards.
“Mahirap kalabanin ang isang team na well-organized,” said Stags coach Turo Valenzona after the game.
Through a quirk of the schedule, San Sebastian has played all the UAAP teams in Group A, emerging with a 3-1 record. Its sole loss came in double-overtime to the UST Growling Tigers last April 16, 104-102.
Despite the three-game win streak, Valenzona was still not happy, commenting, “Hindi pa kami team, bara-bara lang. Kanya-kanya lang…There’s still room for improvement. Pagkatapos ng [PBA] D-League, makakapractice kami na kumpleto,” referring to some of his players like Abueva, Pascual and Sangalang.
The defeat put Ateneo at 5-1 with one game to play in the elimination round. Despite the loss, the Blue Eagles are in a prime position to advance to the knockout quarterfinal round.
Reserve Ateneo center JP Erram was in civilian clothes and sat on the sideline due to a sprained ankle suffered in practice the previous day. Rookie Stag and former Staglet Gino Jumao-as missed his second straight game due to illness.
San Sebastian drew thrice as many trips to the foul line, 24-8, and held the Eagles to just 34 percent shooting.
The Stags went to a 2-3 zone in the latter part of the game. And though the Eagles made triples, finishing 9-of-24 from beyond the arc, San Sebastian stuck with it. The result was, despite Ateneo’s ball movement, a 19-of-59 performance by the blue shirts from inside the three-point line. W5
The scores: San Sebastian 73 – Abueva 22, Sangalang 17, Pascual 15, Semira 8, Balucanag 8, Antipuesto 2, del Rio 1, J. dela Cruz 0, Ferrer 0, Miranda 0, Vitug 0, Maiquez 0
[font=Verdana]Latest MVP Race In FilOil 2011: Calvin The Beast Abueva Beasting
Two weeks ago it was Bobby Ray Parks Jr. of the NU Bulldogs was on top of the 2011 FilOil Flying V Pre-season MVP race but now, the Beast of San Sebastian, Calvin Abueva is now leading the MVP race. With the help of Abueva, the San Sebastian Stags is sharing the top spot in the 2011 FilOil team standings with Ateneo in group A. Both teams have 5 wins and 1 loss. To prove the importance of Abueva for San Sebastian let's look at his stats. Abueva is currently averaging 20 points and 13.33 rebounds per game. He's a double-double player. That's why he's known as the Beast Of Baste.
Placing second in the MVP race is Bobby Ray Parks Jr. of NU. He is averaging 20.85 points per game and 7.29 rebounds per game. He has less rebounds than Abueva. He needs to grab more rebounds for him to regain the number one spot. Also, his team is currently struggling. They recently lost to De La Salle and they are going down in the team standings with 4 wins and 3 losses. I just hope that everything will fall into its proper place for NU. I just wanna say goodluck to Bobby Parks Jr.. I still look up to this player because his father is my idol when I was still young and I hope Bobby Jr. can surpass his father because if he makes it big in the world of basketball, Philippines will be synonymous with his name.
Placing third in the race is Pippo Noundou of the FEU Tamaraws. His team is still unbeaten with 7 wins and 0 losses. He is a big factor for FEU. He is averaging a solid 11.29 points per game and 9.43 rebounds per game. Considering that his team has a lot of scorers with the likes of Terence Romeo and RR Garcia, this guy, Noundou still have big numbers. He really knows how to score when his team needs it the most. For him, it's not about how much you score, it's about when you score that counts.
Placing fourth on the race is another San Sebastian Stag. This guy is the highlight reel of his team. While wearing his Adidas Adipure blue colorway, he is averaging 16.67 points and 7.33 rebounds per game. He usually gets his points through pull up jumpers and strong drives to the hoop. You can see this guy in the top plays. If he's not dunking, he's hanging in the air like Mike.
And finally, rounding off the top 5 player of the 2011 FilOil, we have Ian Sangalang. He's known as the prodigy of Kobe Bryant when Kobe was still in the Philippines. He personally chose this guy to be in his camp. He's a lefty but he is effective in the paint for San Sebastian. He can score in bunches using his 6'7 height. He is currently averaging 16.17 points and 9.67 rebounds per game.
As you can see, last week we had 3 players from the UAAP that's in the Top 5 of the MVP race. Now we have 3 players from the NCAA and they are all from San Sebastian. Wow! Looks like they are looking to get back at the NCAA teams who beat them last season. This is getting more interesting. Hopefully we can chronicle their journey back to the NCAA highlands.
Red Lions roar past San Sebastian
Wednesday, 1 June 2011
MAR Villahermosa scored 14 of his game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter as San Beda College upended its archrival San Sebastian College-Recoletos, 97-81 in the 2011 FilOil Flying V Pre-Season Premier Cup at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan last June 1.
The testy encounter saw both teams score on huge runs, with the Red Lions ultimately coming out on top after beginning the final quarter with a 10-2 blast that put them up 79-63. “That’s expected,” said Red Lions head coach Frankie Lim, referring to San Sebastian’s comeback attempts. “Hindi naman mahina ang Baste.”
Villahermosa was a scorching 9-of-11 from the field, including 5-of-6 from downtown. Dave Marcelo added 12 points, nine rebounds and three blocks, while Jake Pascual and Rome dela Rosa scored 10 each.
San Beda continued to hold out Sudan Daniel for fear of injury, while the Stags sat out Calvin Abueva and Ian Sangalang.
Despite playing without two of their best players, the reigning FilOil Flying V Pre-Season tournament champs were down just two, 24-22, after the first quarter. By the end of the second, though, San Beda had gone on a mighty 19-2 run to close out the half. With a 54-37 deficit staring at them, and limited scoring options, the Stags looked seemingly out of this one.
A 5-0 blast by the Red Lions grew the lead to 59-37 to start the third quarter, but San Sebastian refused to bow out, outscoring San Beda 24-15, behind shots by Jonathan Semira and Anthony del Rio, to make it 69-61 with ten minutes left to play.
The Stags couldn’t build off their successful third quarter though, as Semira was ejected for throwing the ball at the face of Jake Pascual at the 8:27 mark, leading to a tense moment as a jawing Pascual had to be pulled away towards the San Beda bench. With just del Rio and Ronald Pascual left to carry the Stags, the Lions ran rampant, with the fourth quarter lead ballooning to as much as 20, 97-77. “It’s [San Sebastian's physicality] no surprise, but we’re not going to back down. They want to play physical, we can play physical,” added Lim.
Pascual led the Stags with 23 markers, though he shot just 8-of-26 from the field. He also contributed five boards and six dimes. Del Rio added 21, while Semira fired 11 before his ejection.
The Stags finished the elimination round at 5-2, its only other blemish coming against the UST Growling Tigers in triple overtime, last April 16.
San Beda’s 4-2 record gives them a shot at muddying the standings of Group A. A win on June 4 versus the UST Growling Tigers could force a three-way tie with San Sebastian, and possibly Ateneo, if it loses to nemesis De La Salle. A loss would drop them to 4-3, where a fourway tie with UST, NU, and DLSU is also not inconceivable.
When asked how the Red Lions will approach the Growling Tigers, Lim said, “They go for a freewheeling style, so we have to play great man-to-man defense.” W5
San Beda 97 – Villahermosa 24, Marcelo 12, J. Pascual 10, dela Rosa 10, Amer 9, Lanete 8, Lim 8, Adeogun 7, Caram 4, A. Semerad 3, K. Pascual 2, D. Semerad 0, Pontejos 0
San Sebastian 81 – Pascual 23, del Rio 21, Semira 11, Balucanag 5, J. dela Cruz 6, Maiquez 3, Miranda 3, Antipuesto 3, Ferrer 3, Pagkatipunan 2, Magno 0, Gatchalian 0, Vitug 0
Quarter scoring: 24-22, 54-37, 69-61, 97-81
San Sebastian hotshots Ronald Pascual and Ian Sangalang will miss the country’s championship bid in the Southeast Asian Games.
Pascual, a 6-foot-2 wingman, and the 6-foot-6 Sangalang were recently cut from Sinag Pilipinas, a squad of collegiate stars heavily favored to again capture the men’s basketball gold medal in the Indonesia biennial games set Nov. 11-22.
From 22 aspirants, Sinag coach Norman Black has trimmed the roster to 17 and will decide on the final 12 on the eve of the tournament to be held in Jakarta.
A team official who refused to be identified said Sangalang, a former Under-16 standout, and the hot-shooting Pascual have not showed up at Sinag practices since the NCAA Finals where the San Beda Red Lions swept the Stags.
Smart Gilas skipper Chris Tiu and slotman Greg Slaughter are expected to lead the PH squad. The other strong contenders for slots are top collegiate players Bobby Ray Parks, Kieffer Ravena, RR Garcia, Jeric Fortuna, Jeric Teng, Garvo Lanete, Dave Marcelo, Nico Salva, Eman Monfort and Jake Pascual.
Filipino-foreign players JR Buensuceso, Kieth Jansen, Clifford Hodge, Chris Ellis and Chris Mewsome are also bidding to make it to Indonesia.
Sinag Pilipinas, set to leave for the SEA Games on November 12, will play Cobra Energy Drink, a campaigner in the PBA D-League, on Saturday and San Miguel Beer of the Asian Basketball League the following day.
The Nationals dropped their first tuneup game against the Beermen and played to a tie with Cebuana Lhuillier early this week.
Black announced Tuesday that naturalized center Marcus Douthit will not join the team in its title defense in the SEA Games.
The Ateneo Blue Eagles head coach said the 6-foot-11 Douthit is now playing in the Chinese league.
San Sebastian got stretched to the limit by Adamson but got the huge lift from its “Big 3” as the Stags edged the Falcons in overtime, 85-83, to move closer to a Final Four slot in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League at FilOil Flying V Arena yesterday.
Given relief from their duties with NLEX in the PBA D-League, Ronald Pascual (29 points, 16 rebounds), Calvin Abueva (24 points, 22 rebounds) and Ian Sangalang (18 points, 13 rebounds) delivered the goods as SSCR advanced to the next phase of the Sweet 16 stepladder playoffs.
The Stags will face the Letran Knights in a knockout match for the second and last Final Four berth in the Luzon-Metro Manila bracket Wednesday at the Ormoc Astrodome in Ormoc City.
Mark Cruz and Raymond Almazan filled up for the absence of team leader Kevin Alas as Letran thumped Far Eastern, 73-64.
Cruz erupted for 25 points to go with two rebounds and four assists while Almazan made 14 markers, 16 rebounds and six blocks as the two combined in a 10-0 windup that settled the issue for the Knights.
Letran played without Alas, who is currently in the US to train with American Basketball Assiciation (ABA) team Los Angeles Slam.
After failing to finish off the tired but stubborn Falcons despite a six-point lead in the last 16.2 seconds of regulation, the trio went to work at the start of extension, conspiring in a 9-2 blast that pushed the Stags ahead, 83-76, 2:23 left.
The ever resilient Falcons threatened to within 80-83 on a putback by Rodney Brondial and a fastbreak play of Jeric Canada with still 31.3 seconds before Pascual gave them more breathing room, 85-80, on freebies off Roider Cabrera’s preemptive foul, 11.9 ticks left.
“We only prepared for one day and only had a complete roster to practice yesterday (Wednesday) so we were sluggish in the first half,” said SSC coach Topex Robinson, whose wards fell behind by 11-26 early in the second canto.
“I told them in the second half to focus on making defensive stops and let our defense feed our offense,” he added.
Pascual, who just recovered from intestinal flu, banged in four triples, including two in the third as SSC wrested the lead, 56-55.
The Stags took hold of the upperhand until 16.2 ticks mark of the fourth, when Abueva drove in for a 74-68 tear.
As if not playing a second outing over at the D-League immediately after this match, Adamson unleashed its long bombs, courtesy of Canada (7.5 seconds) and Cabrera (2.2), to send the game into OT.
SSC could have won it outright but Sangalang’s alleyhoop off Abueva pass rimmed out as time expired.
Canada unloaded 21 points, including five of the team’s 13 triples, to pace AdU, which rushed to the Trinity Gym to play as Freego Jeans in the D-League.
Robinson expects Sangalang to be a high pick in PBA Draft
2:17 pm | Monday, June 17th, 2013
MANILA, Philippines – As talks to bring Ian Sangalang back to San Sebastian broke down, Stags head coach Topex Robinson knew it won’t be the last time he and his former player will share the basketball court.
“I guaranteed him that I’ll see him in the PBA,” said Robinson, who also serves as an assistant coach with the newly minted PBA champions Alaska Aces.
The six-foot-six Sangalang was a force in the NCAA. He was part of the team’s “Big Three” along with Calvin Abueva and Ronald Pascual that led the Stags to a championship in three Finals’ appearances.
Sangalang, 22, also imposed his will against stronger competition in the PBA D-League that also earned him an MVP. And Robinson has no doubt that Sangalang, a dependable low-post scorer with an improving mid-range game, will be a hot commodity in the big league.
“Of course [he will be a high pick in the draft]. I wouldn’t be surprised if he lands in the top five in the PBA Draft. He’s an MVP. He’s a proven fighter. Even in the D-League he posted impressive numbers.”
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