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    Exclamation Bombing Away In NCAA Season 89

    Lyceum Pirates stun Red Lions

    By Cedelf P. Tupas

    10:15 pm | Monday, June 24th, 2013

    Lyceum couldn’t have picked a better way to send shock waves in the NCAA men’s basketball competition.

    Aggressive throughout, the Pirates pulled off a shocking 70-66 victory over defending champion San Beda last night at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

    Shane Ko fired 23 points, grabbed six rebounds and three assists to carry the Pirates, who prevailed over the Lions for the first time since joining the league in 2011.

    Ko iced the game with 6.7 seconds remaining by hitting two free throws to restore a four-point cushion after the Lions battled back from a 50-65 deficit in the last seven minutes.

    The Lions showed signs of vulnerability in the 71-70 triumph over St. Benilde last Saturday and the Pirates came up with a relentless game right from the start for the wire-to-wire victory.

    “It’s always nice to see the hard work of the players pay off with this victory,” said Lyceum coach Bonnie Tan.

    Earlier, a Jose Rizal U squad known for producing deadly shooters in recent years unveiled a new one in Philip Paniamogan, who powered the Bombers to an 83-72 pummeling of Mapua.

    Paniamogan, sophomore from Cagayan de Oro, knocked in 13 of his 24 points in the final period as the Bombers regained their form after watching their 20-point advantage vanish in the third quarter.

    The loss was a rude welcome for PBA great and debuting Mapua coach Atoy Co, who found encouragement at the way his Cardinals rallied from the large deficit. “I’m happy with the effort but not with the execution,” said Co. “It’s a young team and I’m hoping they make better decisions next time.”

    In the juniors division, San Beda kicked off its drive for a fifth straight title in style with a 119-38 demolition of Lyceum, while JRU barged into the win column with a 69-61 win over Mapua.

    Senior scores

    First Game

    JRU 83—Paniamogan 24, Pontejos 18, Mabulac 10, Dela Paz 10, Abanto 8, Sanchez 4, Balagtas 4, Juanico 3, Lasquety, Grospe 0, Salaveria 0.

    MAPUA 72—Ighalo 22, Brana 11, Eriobu 11, Saitanan 10, Estrella 9, Cantos 5, Isit 2, Magsigay 2, Gabo 0.

    Quarters: 26-14, 43-33, 60-62, 83-72

    LYCEUM 70—Ko 23, Zamora 9, Taladua 7, Azores 6, Mendoza 6, Baltazar 6, Mbomiko 6, Ambohot 4, Francisco 3, Evangelista 0, Alanes 0.

    SAN BEDA 66—Amer 18, Adeogun 11, Abarcar 9, Koga 8, Dela Cruz 8, A. Semerad 5, D. Semerad 3, Villaruz 2, Dela Rosa 2, Mendoza 0, Bonsubre 0, K. Pascual 0, Ludovice 0.

    Quarters: 22-18, 35-28, 56-48, 70-66

  2. #2
    ^^^ Looks like Philip Paniamogan is the new superstar for JRU.

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    Altas defuse Bombers, share ‘NC’ lead

    (The Philippine Star) | Updated July 2, 2013 - 12:00am

    Joey Villar

    Games Thursday

    4 p.m. – St. Benilde vs EAC

    6 p.m. – San Beda vs Arellano U

    MANILA, Philippines - Perpetual Help survived a furious Jose Rizal U rally at endgame and carved out a 78-70 decision to tie idle Letran in the lead in the 89th NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan last night.

    Rookie Juneric Baloria fired 25 points while Nosa Omorogbe backed him up with 20 markers while providing the poise in the clutch when the rookie-laden Bombers pulled to within six, 68-74.

    Jose Rizal then forced a couple of stops but failed to connect from the long range, enabling the Altas to post their second straight victory after thumping the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, 69-49, last week.

    The Bombers fell to 1-1.

    Earlier, sophomore Mark Braña stepped up in second overtime as Mapua fought back from 20 points down and wore down San Sebastian to pull off a come-from-behind 104-99 victory and gift coach Atoy Co his first win in the league.

    Braña scattered eight of his 15 points in the second extra period that gave the Cardinals a big cushion to thwart the Stags for their first victory after dropping their opening day match to the Jose Rizal Heavy Bombers, 72-83, last week.

    “It’s not me who should be getting the credit, it’s the players. They didn’t give up and really wanted this win,” said Co, who intentionally skipped the pre-season tournaments to focus on strengthening the team’s offensive and defensive plays as well as improve team chemistry.

    “But I’m so happy. Really so happy and it’s double overtime. Because the pressure is really on me,” said the former King Cardinal and PBA star.

    Joseph Eriobu exploded with a career high 30 points and pulled down 11 rebounds while Kenneth Ighalo, Jessie Saitanan and Carlos Isit added 21, 15 and 10, respectively for the Cardinals, who scored 20 unanswered points to tie the Stags at 57 then unleashed a series of runs in the fourth quarter to force the first overtime.

    With Braña hitting his mark, the Cardinals pulled away by eight with 49.7 seconds left in the contest, but the Stags rallied to within three again on a five-point binge by Raffy Gusi and aided by Mapua’s misses from the line.

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    ^^^ The Heavy Bombers could have used Jon Villarias in this game. Too bad he's done with varsity ball.

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    Si Vergel naman. Huwag kang gagawa ng ganyan pagkagaling sa talo, walang kakampi sa iyo, aakalain lang ng lahat ng tao pikon ka dahil sa pagkatalo. Kung talagang tingin mong may straso sa iyo si Josel Angeles, abangan mong lumabas ng Arena at hamunin mo ng suntukan.

    Meneses confronts UPHR deputy in offshoot of Heavy Bombers' loss

    By Mei-Lin Lozada

    July 01, 2013, 09:12 pm

    JOSE Rizal University coach Vergel Meneses had a heated exchange of words with Perpetual Help deputy Josel Angeles shortly after the Bombers lost to the Altas, 70-78, in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament Monday night at The Arena.

    The incident took place just as the coaching staff of the two teams were making their customary handshake at center court just after the match.

    Cooler heads prevented the situation from getting out of control.

    Witnesses to the incident said Meneses was already exchanging a handshake with Perpetual Help head coach Aric del Rosario and assistant Lester del Rosario when Angeles approached them and shortly after had some words with the JRU mentor.

    “Based on what I saw, nagkakamayan na nga `yung mag-amang del Rosario at si coach Vergel, tapos ayun biglang dumating `yung isa pang coach,” recalled JRU Management Committee representative Paul Supan, referring to Angeles as the `other coach.’

    But Angeles said it was Meneses who instigated the confrontation, bringing up a punching incident of which the Perpetual Help deputy said he has no knowledge of.

    “Lumapit ako sa kanya (Meneses) para makipag-kamay. Eh, mainit ang ulo niya, ang dami niyang sinasabi na hindi ko maintindihan,” said Angeles, the former PBA player who had stints with San Miguel, Alaska, and Talk `N Text.

    “Tungkol daw sumuntok, eh wala naman akong alam doon.”

    Meneses, the one-time PBA MVP voted as one of the 25 Greatest Players of the league, kept mum about the incident when asked by Spin.ph shortly after emerging from the JRU dugout.
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    Pirates rip Cardinals; Knights up

    By June Navarro

    Philippine Daily Inquirer

    12:45 am | Sunday, July 7th, 2013

    SHOWING they’re for real, the Lyceum Pirates shot down the Mapua Cardinals, 74-59, last night in the NCAA men’s basketball at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

    Struggling the past two games, Dexter Zamora fired 22 points and Shane Albert Ko added 15 as the Pirates seized another victory that validated their status as a serious contender this season.

    In the main game, Letran slipped past Jose Rizal U in overtime, 69-66, to gain the solo lead.

    The Knights remain unbeaten in three games while the Heavy Bombers dropped their second match in a row after opening the season with a win over the Cardinals.

    The Pirates started making a case for themselves last week when they ambushed defending champion San Beda College, 70-66, in a game nobody expected the Red Lions to squander.

    They’re at it again opposite the Cardinals, who put up a decent fight but struggled in an uphill battle throughout.

    Jeson Ray Cantos and Mark Jayson Brana provided the scoring punch for the Cardinals with 31 points combined but the Pirates forced them into costly turnovers aside from putting the cuffs on Kenneth Ighalo and Joseph Eriobu.

    Mapua flubbed 12 of 22 freethrow attempts and committed 24 turnovers.

    The Pirates now share second spot with the Lions at 2-1 while the Cardinals, out to prove their double-overtime win over the San Sebastian Stags was no stroke of luck, absorbed their second defeat in three games.

    Lyceum tightened its defense around Ighalo and Eriobu, who led the Cardinals in their San Sebastian conquest, that forced Co to find other options in offense.

    “Our game plan was to stop their top two scorers, Ighalo and Eriobu, and we were successful,” said Pirates’ coach Boni Tan.

    The high-scoring duo of Ighalo and Eriobu finished with a combined output of nine points.

    Earlier, the JRU Light Bombers outlasted the Letran Squires, 67-61, to remain unbeaten in three games along with the idle San Sebastian Staglets and the defending champion San Beda Red Cubs.

    The Mapua Red Robins snatched their first victory of the season with a 91-58 thrashing of the Lyceum Junior Pirates. The Red Robins tied the Squires at 1-2 while the winless Junior Pirates fell for the third consecutive game.

    The scores:

    Seniors First Game

    LYCEUM 74—Zamora 22, Ko 15, Baltazar 10, Francisco 8, Mbomiko 8, Azores 7, Ambohot 2, Mendoza 2, Soliman 0, Lacastesantos 0, Taladua 0, Alanes 0, Garcia 0, Lesmoras 0.

    MAPUA 59—Cantos 16, Brana 15, Saitanan 9, Eriobu 6, Magsigay 4, Ighalo 3, Estrella 3, Isit 3, Gabo 0.

    Quarters: 14-10, 32-28, 50-47, 74-59
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    Bombers extend Blazers’ woes with overtime win

    By June Navarro

    Philippine Daily Inquirer

    11:05 pm | Thursday, July 11th, 2013

    JOSE Rizal University survived a late onslaught by College of St. Benilde to pull off a 73-71 overtime win last night in the NCAA basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

    Cris Jordan Dela Paz scored five of his team’s last six points capped by a free throw in the dying seconds of the extension as the Heavy Bombers picked up their second victory in four games.

    The Blazers, who battled back from 14 points down in regulation to force the extension period at 61-all, still had a chance to win but Mark Romero threw an errant outlet pass in the final play.

    It was another heart-breaker for coach Gabby Velasco and the Blazers, who lost their two previous games by a point to both the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals and the San Beda Red Lions.

    Michael Mabulac missed a short jumper with the clock winding down but luckily tapped the leather to Dela Paz, who was fouled in a rebound scuffle.

    With the game tied at 71, Dela Paz made his second free throw, giving the Bombers a one-point edge, 5.9 seconds left.

    “It was a lucky break for us although we could have won it earlier,’’ said JRU coach Vergel Meneses.

    Anthony Benavides gave the Bombers a 61-47 lead earlier but they went scoreless in the final seven minutes.

    Juan Paolo Taha, Roberto Bartolo and Saavedra combined for the Blazers, who finally knotted the count on Bartolo’s three-point play, 61-all, with 39 seconds left in regulation time.

    Arellano outlasted Mapua, 65-59, in the second game to tie Lyceum and idle San Sebastian in fourth spot at 2-2. Mapua fell to 1-3.

    In juniors play, Alexis Barrera scored 20 points as La Salle Green Hills subdued Jose Rizal University, 74-63, for its second win in three games. The JRU Light Bombers absorbed their first defeat in four outings.

    In the other juniors game, Mapua leaned on Justin Oliver Serrano and Ronnel Villaseñnor to pummel Arellano, 73-54, and move up the standings with a 2-2 record. The AU Braves fell to 1-3.

    The seniors scores:

    First Game

    JRU 73—Pontejos 17, Paniamogan 17, Juanico 8, Mabulac 8, Dela Paz 7, Lasquety 6, Abanto 4, Benavidez 4, Salaveria 2, Balagtas 0, Grospe 0.

    ST. BENILDE 71—Romero 17, Saavedra 15, Sinco 11, Bartolo 10, Taha 7, Grey 4, Argamino 2, Garcia 2, Deles 2, Ongteco 1, Jonson 0, Carlos 0.

    Quarters: 17-17, 35-33, 55-47, 61-61(reg), 73-71 (OT)

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    Heavy Bombers thwart Generals

    By Cedelf P. Tupas

    Philippine Daily Inquirer

    10:06 pm | Monday, July 15th, 2013

    Jose Rizal U found an unlikely spark in Marco Balagtas as the Heavy Bombers repulsed the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, 85-79, last night for their second straight win in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

    Balagtas, a 6-foot-2 find from Malolos, Bulacan, delivered 14 points, built on 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc to help the Bombers hold off the Generals and climb to solo fourth spot with a 3-2 card.

    Philip Paniamogan sustained his stellar play for the Bombers with a game-high 23 points, but it was Balagtas’ treys that sparked an early fourth quarter burst that gave JRU enough cushion to survive a late run by the Generals.

    “We know he (Balagtas) can shoot, but I needed him more for rebounding,” said JRU coach Vergel Meneses.

    “Personally, I’m happy he was able to deliver because I was the one who recruited him from our hometown.”

    In the other seniors game, Baser Amer and Art Dela Cruz sustained their strong play as San Beda kept its cool and survived a bruising encounter with Mapua, 78-53, to seize solo second.

    On attack-mode right from the start, Amer dished out a double-double with 17 points and 10 boards, while Dela Cruz pumped in 13 points and seven rebounds to carry the defending champion Lions to their third straight victory .

    San Beda improved to 4-1, while Mapua lost for the third straight time and fell to 1-4.

    The Generals got more production from the hurting Happi Noube this time as the Cameroonian center finished with 20 points and 15 boards.

    But the Generals, struggling to cross the midcourt lane due to the Bombers’ pressure defense, faded early in the final quarter after a strong finish in the third period.

    With Balagtas finding his range, the Bombers extended a four-point lead to 14 after outscoring the Generals, 20-10, in the first seven minutes of the final period.

    The Generals made a last-ditch assault to close in at, 83-79, with 35 seconds remaining but the Bombers were beyond recall by then.

    Center Michael Mabulac bucked a horrific fall in the third period to finish the game with 16 points and nine boards for the Bombers, who prevailed despite losing the rebounding battle, 38-48.

    The Bombers seized control at 29-21 with Paolo Pontejas scoring eight of his 12 points in the first four minutes of the second quarter.

    The scores:

    Seniors First Game

    JRU 85—Paniamogan 23, Mabulac 16. Balagtas 14, Pontejos 12, Juanico 6, Lasquety 5, Salaveria 4, Dela Paz 3, Abanto 2, Benavides 0.

    EAC 79—Happi 20, Arquero 14, Paguia 12, Tayongtong 10, King 8, Jamon 6, Castro 4, MOrada 3, Munsayac 2, Monteclaro 0.

    Quarters: 21-21, 37-34, 63-59, 85-79

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    Red Lions subdue Altas

    San Beda keeps 2nd; JRU slips past San Sebastian

    By June Navarro

    Philippine Daily Inquirer

    12:29 am | Sunday, July 28th, 2013

    DYNAMIC guard Baser Amer fired a game-high 23 points to power San Beda past University of Perpetual Help, 72-65, last night and keep second place alone in the NCAA basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

    The sophomore point guard from Zamboanga City unloaded his last 10 points in the fourth quarter, eight of them coming in a row, as the Lions stayed behind idle leader Letran at 6-1 while sending the Altas to third at 5-2.

    “Baser knows that he has to deliver for the team to beat Perpetual and he gladly responded to the challenge,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez.

    Cameroonian Nosa Omorogbe finished with 21 points and rookie Juneric Baloria added 16 for the Altas, who rallied from a 16-point deficit late in the third period.

    But Rome Dela Rosa, Arthur Dela Cruz and Ola Adeogun combined well with Baser, whose last triple atop the arc provided a five-point cushion for the defending champion Lions with three minutes remaining.

    Jordan Dela Paz scored 21 points on top of nine rebounds and a pair of steals as Jose Rizal University survived San Sebastian College, 67-63, in the other game.

    The Heavy Bombers foiled San Sebastian’s bid to stretch its win-streak to four games and tied the Stags at 4-2.

    Up by seven early in the payoff period, the Heavy Bombers saw their lead vanish as forward Jaymar Perez, Jovit Dela Cruz and Raffy Gusi fired at will.

    Perez found holes in JRU’s internal defense, Dela Cruz nailed his jumpers and Gusi drilled back-to-back threes inside three minutes that set up the cardiac finish.

    Gusi’s three-pointer with 1:56 left gave them the upperhand, 63-62, before Philip Paniamogan, Cris Jordan Dela Paz and Juan Salaveria bailed out the Heavy Bombers from the stripe.

    Down by just a basket, the Stags could have forced extra time but Perez misfired his runner from the corner. Salaveria was fouled during the rebound and finished off the Stags with a pair of freebies, 3.1 seconds remaining.

    Omorogbe escaped with a drive and later converted one of two free throws to trim the gap, 62-68, inside two minutes.

    But the Altas failed to collar the rebound after an Adeogun miss that led to an easy put-back by Dela Cruz that pushed the Lions comfortably ahead. A triple by Omorogbe with 12.3 seconds left and two free throws by Lion Yvan Ludovice closed out the scoring.

    The scores:

    First Game

    SAN BEDA 72—Amer 23, Koga 14, Adeogun 9, Dela Cruz 8, Pascual 6, Ludovice 6, Dela Rosa 6, Abarcar 0, A. Semerad 0, Mendoza 0, Sara 0, D. Semerad 0.

    PERPETUAL 65—Omorogbe 21, Baloria 16, Jolangcob 10, Arboleda 7, Alano 6, Bitoy 3, Thompson 2, Dizon 0, Ylagan 0, Elopre 0, Paulino 0.

    Quarters: 20-10, 38-22, 52-39, 72-65

    Second Game

    JOSE RIZAL 67—Dela Paz 21, Pontejos 12, Mabulac 8, Salaveria 8, Abanto 4, Paniamogan 4, Balagtas 4, Lasquety 2, Juanico 2, Diego 2, Grospe 0, Benavides 0.

    SAN SEBASTIAN 63—Perez 17, Gusi 11, Tano 10, Dela Cruz 8, Guinto 7, Ortuoste 4, De Vera 3, Rebollos 2, Balucanag 1, Vergara 0.

    Quarters: 16-13, 30-34, 50-47, 67-63
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    Jordan to the rescue in Bombers' win over Stags

    By Karlo Sacamos

    July 27, 2013, 08:24 pm

    JORDAN dela Paz was named after the greatest basketball player of all-time.

    On Saturday night, the 20-year-old junior forward tried his best not to tarnish the name bestowed upon him.

    Dela Paz pumped in a career-high 21 points, including 15 in the second half to propel Jose Rizal University to a 67-63 victory over San Sebastian in the NCAA men’s cage competition at The Arena in San Juan.

    The Pasig native also missed a double-double by just a single rebound as he continued his progress from just a defensive stopper in his first two years with the team to one of the rising gunners in the league today.

    “This will be the year of Jordan, as long as he stays aggressive attacking the basket and on defense,” Bombers coach Vergel Meneses said.

    “Ginawa ko lang `yung part ko, kasi mahaba playing time ko at tiwala si coach sa akin,” Dela Paz replied. “As a veteran, I also tried to be a leader.”

    Dela Paz’s efforts helped the Bombers notch their fourth victory in seven games, tying their victims at fourth place and spoiling Stags head coach Topex Robinson’s return to the bench.

    After Dela Paz scored on a layup to give the Bombers a 60-55 lead midway through the fourth quarter, the Stags threatened and grabbed the lead for one last time at 63-62 after a Raffy Gusi triple with less than two minutes in the game.

    The Bombers, however, proved steadier in the endgame by converting their charity shots to snap the Stags’ three-game winning streak.

    “We made stops. That’s the bottom line,” Meneses said. “We weren’t trading baskets with them. The composure was there.”

    The scores

    JRU (67) -- Dela Paz 21, Pontejos 12, Salaveria 8, Mabulac 8, Paniamogan 4, Balagtas 4, Abanto 4, Lasquety 2, Juanico 2, Diego 2, Grospe 0, Benavides 0.

    SSC (63) – Perez 17, Gusi 11, Tano 10, Dela Cruz 8, Guinto 7, Ortuoste 4, De Vera 3, Rebollos 2, Balucanag 1, Vergara 0.

    Quarterscores: 16-13; 30-34; 50-47; 67-63.


 
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