Green and Lady Shuttlers mop up ADU, UST in season-opener sweeps

(Photo by Jed Aquino) The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Shuttlers were a house on fire in their first game of the UAAP Season 82 after blanking the Adamson University (ADU) Soaring Falcons, 5-0, yesterday morning, September 18, at the Centro Athletico Badminton Court. Later in the afternoon, the Lady Shuttlers also mopped the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Golden Tigresses, 5-0.

GREEN SHUTTLERS VS ADU

Team captain Jan-e Mangubat gave La Salle its first won match with a three-set thriller against Elbren Concha. Mangubat trailed in sets, 0-1, after losing the first set, 15-21. He then bounced back in the second set, 21-15, and went on to clinch the match in the third set, 21-10.

Graduating Green Shuttler Andrew Pineda made quick work of Kevin Fabros, 21-13, 21-16, for a commanding 2-0 match lead.

Mangubat and Hanz Bernardo, who were teammates in Ateneo before moving to La Salle, clinched the victory for the Taft-based squad after sweeping Fabros and David Libanan, 21-17, 21-18.

Pineda and rookie Joshua Morada likewise won a tightly-contested second doubles match against Concha and Johnrick Macabenta, 21-18, 22-20.

Bernardo capped the sweep for the Green-and-White with an easy victory over Libanan, 21-13, 21-10.

LADY SHUTTLERS VS UST

Despite missing the services of former Most Valuable Player Nicole Albo, who committed to the upcoming SEA Games, the Lady Shuttlers seemed fine as they started with a bang.

Team captain Iyah Sevilla gave her opponent Elij Pena a hard time to score to open the tie, 21-7, 21-10.

Rookie Mia Manguilimotan defeated Kristeen Geronimo in the second singles match, 21-13, 22-20.

Sevilla partnered with sophomore Shuttler Kanna Baba in the first doubles match. The duo dominated, 21-14, 21-10, as La Salle officially logged the win over UST.

Manguilimotan and fellow rookie Palma Cruz trounced Geronimo and Stephanie Mortera, while Baba sealed the deal with a 21-9, 21-19 decision over Mortera in the third singles match.

The DLSU Green Shuttlers and Lady Shuttlers will continue their quest tomorrow, September 20, at the same venue. The Green Shuttlers will face the UE Red Warriors at 8 AM, while the Lady Shuttlers will meet their archrivals ADMU Lady Eagles at 1 PM.

Gallant Lady Archers stand not enough as FEU escapes in one-point win

(Photo by Karl Dela Cruz) The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Archers received their third loss of the UAAP Season 82 after a comeback fell short against the Far Eastern University (FEU) Lady Tamaraws, 66-67, yesterday, September 18, at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion.

The Morayta-based squad had control almost the entire game. FEU put on an early 14-11 lead and extending it to 31-25 at the end of the first half. The Lady Tamaraws continued to sizzle in the second half. Later on, they built their biggest lead at 11, 66-55, midway through the final frame. But, the Lady Archers were not about to raise the white flag already.

A 6-1 run by La Salle put them behind by only six points, 61-67, with less than two minutes in the game clock. A basket by Kent Pastrana, who sparked the run for the Taft-based squad, then cut it down to four, 63-67, with 38 seconds to go. La Salle closed the gap to just a solitary point, 66-67, on a triple with 22 remaining, forcing the Lady Tamaraws to a timeout. However, a desperation attempt by Bea Dalisay would just not go in as FEU managed to escape.

Pastrana continued her sensational performance, leading her team anew with 18 big points, eight rebounds, three assists, and two steals. However, the rookie out of Silay City also committed four turnovers and was 0/5 from deep.

Bernice Paraiso and team captain Bennette Revillosa each finished with 13 and 11 markers. The latter contributed eight boards, three swipes, and four rejections.

The DLSU Lady Archers (2-3) seek to return to the win column when they face the ADU Soaring Lady Falcons on Saturday, September 21, at the Ynares Center Antipolo.

Scores:

DLSU (66) – Pastrana 18, Paraiso 13, Revillosa 11, Sario 8, Quingco 7, Camba 4, Dalisay 3, Okoli 2

FEU (67) – Mamaril 21, Antiola 14, Castro 13, Bahuyan 8, Delos Santos 5, Jumuad 3, Abat 2, Quiapo 1

Quarterscores: 11-14, 25-31, 46-54, 66-67

Outrebounded, turnover-prone Green Archers fall to Tamaraws for 1-3 record

(Photo by Karl Dela Cruz) The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers suffered back-to-back losses, and their third in four outings, after falling to the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws, 55-66, earlier today at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

Fresh off a heartbreaking loss against the UE Red Warriors, the Green Archers were determined to bounce back. With the return of Keyshawn Meeker (knee) and Jamie Malonzo (wrist) to the lineup, the Archers expected a different outcome to this crucial match. Unfortunately, it was the same old story for the Taft-based squad.

After a good start to take an early 13-7 lead, the Green-and-White fizzled as momentum swung to FEU. As La Salle struggled to buy a basket, the Tamaraws kicked into overdrive and went on a scorching 12-1 run, giving them the lead, 19-14, at the end of the first frame.

The opening minutes of the ensuing quarter spelled disaster for the Green Archers as the scoring drought continued. After starting the game shooting 66% from the field, the Taft-based squad went 0/11 bridging the first two quarters. The Tamaraws pushed extended their run to 23-3. Malonzo finally broke the dry spell on a trey that got the lid off the basket for La Salle, 17-21. La Salle failed to get into their groove before the break, surrendering to a double-digit deficit, 24-36.

Off the break, La Salle played with more urgency after a lackluster first half. Back-to-back baskets by Malonzo and Justine Baltazar gave the Green Archers a much needed boost to open the second half. Buckets began to fall as it was now the Tamaraws’ turn to struggle. Another triple by Malonzo cut the deficit to single digits, 31-40, with 7:50 remaining. La Salle kept the game close until a quick cut by Aljun Melecio got the Archers within striking distance, 39-44, forcing a timeout by FEU.

The fourth quarter got underway with DLSU still trailing, 43-49. La Salle looked to ride their momentum early until FEU reasserted control with a Comboy triple to open the quarter. The Tamaraws relied on the sweet-shooting guard’s stellar play as FEU seemed to have an answer for every La Salle rally. A layup by Comboy pushed the lead to 11, 64-53, with 1:35 remaining. That basket proved to be the final nail in the coffin as the succeeding possessions for the Green Archers ended in wild misses and desperate heaves.

The superb display continued for Malonzo, who finished with a double-double of 20 points and 15 rebounds as the lone bright spot for the Green Archers.

On the other hand, Patrick Tchuente led the Tamaraws with a strong game of 19 markers.

Scores:

DLSU (55) – Malonzo 20, Caracut 10, Baltazar 6, Serrano 6, Melecio 5, Bates 2, Lojera 2, Meeker 2, Laput 2

FEU (66) – Tchuente 19, Comboy 11, Bienes 9, Eboña 8, Alforque 7, Gonzales 5, Tuffin 4, Torres 3

Quarterscores: 14-19, 24-36, 43-49, 55-66

The Green Archers’ next three assignments are never going to be any easier as they are set to face three teams currently among the top four in the standings. They start this Saturday, September 21.

Catch the DLSU Green Archers (1-3) as they try to regain their footing against the ADU Soaring Falcons (3-2) at the Ynares Center Antipolo.

UAAP Season 82 Team Preview: DLSU Lady Shuttlers

(Photo by Jed Aquino) The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Shuttlers were brimming with hope as they entered UAAP Season 81. After all, they became successful in breaking a seven-year championship drought and bringing the gold back to Taft Avenue in Season 80. The celebration, however, could not extend for one more year as the squad fell flat in retaining the title and instead settled for a third place finish.

The Lady Shuttlers now look to complete a mission they failed as they enter Season 82. With a lineup composed of young and promising athletes, the Green-and-White have never been hungrier in meeting one goal: to win the championship once more.

OVERCOMING PRESSURE

“Nung Season 80, champion sila. Tapos nung Season 81, nag second runner-up na lang. Ang hirap din kasi nung pressure, galing ka sa champion,” admitted head coach Owen Lopez. He continued, “May time na minsan, may nagcho-choke.”

The soft-spoken mentor bared that motivating the Lady Shuttlers and giving them the extra push in knowing how to handle the pressure on their shoulders are the biggest things that the coaching staff had to handle. “Kailangan namin masabihan para ma-motivate pa sila kung ano ba talaga yung goals ng team,” he shared.

MISSING PIECES

The Taft-based squad lost several veterans last season owing to graduation and maxing out of eligibility. This left the team with a huge void that was filled by new and inexperienced faces.

Iyah Sevilla is aware of this but keeps her squad inspired despite the departure of some former teammates. “It happens every year naman, that’s why it isn’t a big deal anymore,” mentioned Sevilla.

LEADING THE PACK

Sevilla, the only graduating player for the Lady Shuttlers, will be taking on the captain duties for a team composed of rookies and sophomores. “I try to console and talk to them (rookies) now and help them prepare for the upcoming season,” she added.

The team also spent extra time together after training to improve their relationship. “Our team sessions helped us prepare ourselves mentally. It strengthened our bond as a team.” She continued, “We eat together after training, and go out and hang.”

As Sevilla consumes her last playing year, she believes that it is the best time for her to give the best version of herself. The pride of Santa Maria, Bulacan stated, “It is my last playing year, that’s why I intend to give my best shot in every game that I will play.”

She vows to support her teammates until the end of the season. ” We will do our very best and fight for the Green-and-White with pride and camaraderie.”

DEFINING EXPECTATIONS

Meanwhile, as the Lady Shuttlers are a day away from their UAAP Season 82 debut, Lopez believes that their offseason preparations were enough. However, he mentioned that the pairings were the most difficult adjustment. “Yun (pairings) yung pinaka-mahirap eh. Kahit hindi sila mag-usap tapos pag naglaro sila ay may connection.” Nonetheless, he stressed that for the meantime, the players should still enjoy the games.

Keeping in mind that there is always a room for improvement, the long-time head coach manages his expectations. “We will do our best. Ayaw naman namin na mabigyan ng pressure yung mga players, pero siyempre alam naman nila (kung) ano yung main goal ng team.”

The DLSU Lady Shuttlers will start their quest tomorrow, September 18, 1 PM as they go against the UST Golden Tigresses at the Centro Athletico Badminton Court.

UAAP Season 82 Team Preview: DLSU Green Shuttlers

(Photo by Jed Aquino) Poised to redeem themselves after coming off a lackluster finish in the preceding season, the De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Shuttlers had a hot opening to start the UAAP Season 81. Their inspired campaign had all the indications of a podium finish, if not a championship. They started with a victory, before winning two of their next three.

However, what looked to be a promising season ended up in a heartbreak. Instead, the Taft-based squad absorbed a premature exit despite a strong showing from then graduating team captain Cayel Pajarillo. They lost to the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Blue Eagles in the first step ladder match to finish the season at fourth.

DLSU Green Shuttlers in Season 81: finished the eliminations 4-2, lost to ADMU to finish 5th

With their campaign underway, the Green Shuttlers come into Season 82 with a renewed sense of focus as well as a new set of personnel.

LOOKING FOR CONSISTENCY

Their disappointing finish despite a strong start reflected the Green Shuttlers’ inconsistency last season. None other than head coach Owen Lopez himself noted, “Sometimes ang nangyayari sa amin is malakas sa umpisa, biglang nawawalan ng dulo.” But, Lopez also added that the team worked on it during the offseason.

NEW FACES

Holdovers: Eljee Gavile, Bless Linaban, Andrew Pineda

Additions: Hanz Bernardo, Clark Golez, Jan-e Mangubat, Joshua Morada, Yugin Tan

Departures: Louie Kharial, Paolo Malabanan, Cayel Pajarillo

With the departure of some seniors including Pajarillo, the Green Shuttlers will now rely on some new faces to help lift the team this season. The Taft-based squad had two key additions in the offseason in former Blue Eagles Hanz Bernardo and Jan-e Mangubat. The latter will be taking the mantle as the team captain.

Despite not playing last season after serving a year of residency, Mangubat had been actively observing from the sidelines and taking notes of the team’s struggles. “From what I observed from the previous season, the team lacked consistency, relationship, and acceptance.” Mangubat, who will be bringing in to the team his rich UAAP experience, stressed the importance of the team believing in one another as well as having the confidence to stay consistent. He added, “We should have the composure and confidence for us to be consistent all throughout the season.”

Bernardo and Mangubat were part of the Ateneo team that eliminated the Green Shuttlers in the quarterfinals three years ago. The same Blue Eagles team went on to the Finals, but lost to National University.

EXPECTATIONS AND OUTLOOK

With Season 82 just around the corner, Lopez is hopeful that his squad will be more prepared and can finish with a better standing. He acknowledges the huge pressure on his players, but is confident that they will do their best and move towards the team’s goals. “Ayaw naman namin na mabigyan ng pressure yung mga players, pero siyempre alam naman nila (kung) ano yung main goal ng team,” the amiable tactician said.

The DLSU Green Shuttlers will face the ADU Soaring Falcons tomorrow, September 18, 8 AM the Centro Athletico Badminton Court.

Lady Woodpushers back on winning ways, Green Woodpushers still on hunt

(Photo by Karl Dela Cruz) The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green and Lady Woodpushers went opposite ways in the second day of the UAAP Season 82 Chess Tournament on Sunday, September 16, at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion.

The defending champions bounced back from a 1.5-2.5 loss to the ADMU Lady Eagles in their opener as they turned back the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Lady Maroons, 2.5-1.5. Franchell Javier and Marie San Diego won their respective matches, while Samantha Revita’s match resulted in a draw.

The victory pushed the Lady Woodpushers up to the middle of the standings with 4.0 points.

Meanwhile, both rookie Francis Guimalan and Green Woodpushers team captain Tristan Ibaoc, who provided a win and a draw in their opening matches, came up short. However, Diomel Escutin showcased his talent and led the Green-and-White in preventing a UST sweep.

Following a loss from FEU the other day, the Green Woodpushers remained at the bottom of the standings with 2.5 points.

The DLSU Green and Lady Woodpushers will continue to battle and improve their standings as they respectively face NU and Adamson on September 21, Saturday, 1 PM at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion.

Green and Lady Woodpushers come up short versus FEU and Ateneo in season-openers

(Photo by Karl Dela Cruz) The De La Salle University (DLSU) Woodpushers absorbed losses in the opening day of the UAAP Season 82 Chess Tournament earlier at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion.

The Green Woodpushers bowed to the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws, 1.5-2.5. On the other hand, the Lady Woodpushers, defending champions of the tournament, also lost to the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Lady Eagles, 1.5-2.5.

Rookies Daniel Lemi and Kris Olvido each dropped their season-opening matches, while team captain Tristan Ibaoc figured in a draw. On a bright side, Francis Guimalan provided the Green Woodpushers a win.

The defending champions suffered a similar fate as only Marie San Diego led the Green-and-White to a victory. Team captain Ella Moulic’s match fell short and resulted in a draw. Franchell Javier and Samantha Revita also lost to their opponents.

Action will continue tomorrow, September 15, 1 PM at the same venue for the DLSU chess teams as they seek to break the win column. The Green Woodpushers will take on UST, while the Lady Woodpushers will face UP.

Green Archers find themselves on wrong end of game-winner in failed resurgence against UE

(Photo by Trinity Matias) SM MALL OF ASIA ARENA – Down by one with less than 15 seconds remaining, it seemed as if the De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers were back to the same ending they composed in their previous game against the NU Bulldogs last Wednesday.

Fourth year spitfire Aljun Melecio, after missing all but one of his first eight attempts from beyond the arc, hit an all-important triple to bring La Salle up by two, 88-86. The Green Archers lagged almost all game long, trailing UE by as many as 13 points.

Instead, the story all changed when Rey Suerte buried an ice cold three to put them up, 89-88, with less than six ticks to go. And just like how DLSU managed to salvage the game after blowing a huge lead, the Red Warriors were able to secure the victory, sending the Green Archers to their second loss in three outings.

Both squads came up firing on all cylinders in a high-octane affair in the opening period of the game. James Laput, who filled in for an injured Jamie Malonzo, did not disappoint after tallying several markers off offensive putbacks. La Salle trailed UE at the end of the opening period, 24-28.

It was yet another disastrous second quarter showing for La Salle. The Red Warriors pounded on the Green Archers as a 5-0 spurt by Neil Tolentino pushed their lead to its biggest, 48-35. At the end of the first half, La Salle’s deficit was at 37-48.

After struggling in the second quarter, a hungrier Taft-based squad was seen as Kurt Lojera drained a trey to start the third period. The Green Archers followed it with seven more unanswered points to come to within a single possession, 53-55. But, UE found an answer as they held on to a 70-63 advantage heading into the fourth.

The Green-and-White mounted a huge comeback in the final period. Coming off the bench, Encho Serrano made loud noise after knocking a three from the logo. Melecio carried his squad with his personal run that brought them to within one with 1:40 remaining. The Green Archers finally grabbed the driver’s seat, 83-81, when Serrano made a layup with just a little over a minute to go.

Baltazar’s double-double performance of 21 points and 17 rebounds went for naught as Melecio also finished with a team-best 21 markers. Caracut came up with 16 points and six assists.

Scores:

DLSU (88) – Baltazar 21, Melecio 21, Caracut 16, Serrano 14, Laput 9, Lojera 3, Bartlett 2, Manuel 2

UE (89) – Suerte 31, Tolentino 19, Cruz 13, Pagsanjan 8, Apacible 6, Conner 4, Mendoza 4, Natividad 4

The DLSU Green Archers (1-2) will return to the same venue on Wednesday, September 18, to face the FEU Tamaraws at 4 PM.

Lady Archers return to win column with blowout victory over Lady Red Warriors

(Photo by Trinity Matias) The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Archers ended their losing skid after a strong showing against the University of the East (UE) Lady Red Warriors, 91-58, earlier today, September 14, at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

Coming off a crushing defeat at the hands of the Lady Bulldogs the previous game, the Lady Archers swung for the fences in this match. Right from the starting tip, the Green-and-White blasted UE. A basket coming from Benette Revillosa opened up the scoresheet for DLSU. The points continued to pile up for the green shirts as they buried the Lady Warriors in a 15-point deficit. The barrage was capped by a three from Vea Malarde to make it 15-0 in the first three minutes of the game. UE tried to regain their footing but were unable to stop the hot start of DLSU. Despite the buzzer-beater make, they found themselves in a 10-point hole, 16-26.

The Lady Archers continued to showcase their offensive chops in the second frame while the Lady Warriors continued to struggle. The lead ballooned to 16, 45-29, coming into the break. From then on, the outcome of this match was never really in doubt. With them in the driver’s seat, the Lady Archers stepped on the pedal and never looked back, making quick work of UE to end the match on a blowout, 91-58.

Spearheading the scoring department for DLSU for the third time in four outings was rookie Kent Pastrana, who finished with 20 points on 3/6 shooting from downtown. The super rookie received help from her teammates as well, with Malarde, Quingco, and Revillosa adding 15, 14, and 12, respectively.

DLSU (91) – Pastrana 20, Malarde 15, Quingco 14, Revillosa 7, Sario 7, Okoli 6, Torres 6, Dalisay 4, Paraiso 4, Castillo 3

UE (58) – Cortizano 15, Pedregosa 13, Ganade 10, Ordas 7, Terrinal 5, Caraig 4, Cuadero 4

Quarterscores: 26-16, 45-29, 67-47, 91-58

Support the DLSU Lady Archers (2-2) as they try to go for their first consecutive wins in their match against the FEU Lady Tamaraws at the UST Quadricentennial Pavillion on Wednesday, September 18, at 10 AM.

UAAP Season 82 Team Preview: DLSU Green and Lady Woodpushers

(Photo by Trinity Matias) The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green and Lady Woodpushers found themselves on opposing ends of the standings at the tail of the UAAP Season 81. Looking forward, the former aim to bounce back from a disappointing outing. The latter, two-time defending champions, seek to make it three in a row.

The Green Woodpushers, who finished at the bottom, are keen on making a significant improvement in their upcoming campaign at the UAAP Season 82.

Despite parading a veteran-laden squad, the Green Woodpushers still failed to capitalize, collecting losses one after another. Tristan Ibaoc, then a rookie in that campaign, expressed that “it was a good experience” for him as it nonetheless gave him a perspective of how tight the competition in the UAAP is. He noted the value of not giving up as the squad’s biggest lesson. “We always did our best in all of the games despite always losing,” he said.

This time around, the Taft-based squad will sport a rookie-heavy group. Ibaoc, who was once the only rookie in his team, will enter his second playing year as the lone holdover for the Green Woodpushers. He is now given the task to captain the rookies as they seek a podium finish in Season 82.

The team captain shared the adjustments that they made during the offseason. “We changed our focus on not just playing and playing, but also studying deeper the theories of the game itself.” And he expects these things to be reflected in their games. He added, “All we trained and prepared are the things that should be seen in the competition.”

The Green-and-White will bank on confidence, determination, trust, and hardwork. The sophomore team captain believes that winning the title is not an impossible feat. “I believe the teams can go wherever they want. Championship is not that far away from this team.”

Ibaoc gave an assurance that the Lasallian community can expect from them the best that they have got. He especially continued, “not just from the competition but also from our academic performances.”

Support the DLSU Green and Lady Woodpushers in their UAAP Season 82 campaigns that will start tomorrow, September 14, 1 PM at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion. They will face the FEU Tamaraws and ADMU Lady Eagles, respectively.