Cardiac ending leaves the Green Archers out of the Final Four

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers bowed out of their UAAP Season 81 Final Four hopes after suffering a horrendous defeat to the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws, 70-71, on Wednesday, November 21, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

With 73 seconds remaining in the game, Aljun Melecio found a way to split the Tamaraws’ double team, drove to the basket, and converted the reverse layup. That placed the Taft-based squad up by four, 70-66, in what seemed to be the dagger to the Morayta-based squad.

Still down by two, 68-70, seventy seconds later, Arvin Tolentino hit the biggest shot of the night, a wide open triple from top of the key that put FEU up by one, 71-70, with three seconds left. A triple that huge eventually allowed the Tamaraws to break into the Final Four and knock the Green Archers out. To add to that, it brought back memories from three years ago when former Tamaraw Mac Belo hit the dagger three that also booted La Salle out of the playoffs.

La Salle started the game a bit flat, allowing Kenneth Tuffin to hit back-to-back triples to put his team up by four, 8-4. Wendell Comboy and Tolentino each connected from downtown to extend their lead to seven, 17-10. Then, the Green Archers answered with an 8-2 run capped by a triple from Joaqui Manuel to cut their deficit to a single point, 18-19, with 1:10 remaining in the opening period. Team captain Kib Montalbo buried a long bomb that eventually gave the lead back to La Salle, 21-19. However, Axel Iñigo beat the buzzer with his own three to put FEU up by one, 22-21, after one quarter.

At the 6:48 mark of the second frame, Andrei Caracut drilled a triple from top of the key and completed the four-point play. The Green and White led by four, 29-25. A few moments later, the Green Archers found themselves down by one again, 35-36, following consecutive baskets by Barkley Eboña. Jollo Go swished a deep three-pointer from the right wing to give La Salle the lead, 38-35, heading into the dugout.

Early into the second half, the Green Archers struggled with their defense, once again leading to a slow start. They allowed the Tamaraws five straight charities that placed them back at the driver’s seat, 41-40. Tolentino extended the FEU run with a fast break off an in-bound steal. However, Melecio kept La Salle within striking distance after tying it at 45-all with 3:50 remaining. The Green Archers had their chances to retake the lead, but they failed to grab the offensive rebound off a Richard Escoto missed free throw. As a result, they trailed the Tamaraws, 51-54, at the end of the third canto.

Escoto continued to punish La Salle after converting a three-point play to open the final period. Down by six, 51-57, the Green Archers continued to attack the cup and relied on their free throws to put their team at bay. Santi Santillan and Montalbo nailed consecutive freebies to make it a one-point game, 58-59, still in favor of the opponents. Melecio knotted it at 60-all with another pair of free throws. Then, Santillan drew a foul on Prince Orizu and finally gave La Salle a two-point cushion, 62-60, after draining yet another pair. Moreover, the foul on Orizu was already his fifth, still with 4:30 remaining.

Santillan drove to the basket and connected a layup as the Green Archers maintained their four-point lead, 68-64. However, Jasper Parker sank two free throws in their next possession to bring FEU back to within two, 68-66. The following sequences were huge shots by Melecio and Tuffin, and the biggest shot of the night for the FEU Tamaraws.

Comfortably ahead the FEU Tamaraws and University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons at third place, the DLSU Green Archers ended their Season 81 campaign with three straight losses, including a 81-97 defeat from the Fighting Maroons that set up their showdown with the Tamaraws. Their last two defeats saw the Green Archers slid from third seed to fifth seed, one loss at a time.

La Salle bid goodbye to Kib Montalbo, who finished with seven points, and Santi Santillan, who led the team with 20 markers.

Arvin Tolentino led his team with 15 points, while Barkley Eboña, Kenneth Tuffin, and Richard Escoto also finished in double figures with 12, 11, and 10, respectively.

Scores:

DLSU 70 – Santillan 20, Melecio 9, Caracut 9, Montalbo 7, Baltazar 6, Manuel 5, Samuel 4, Dyke 3, Go 3, Bates 2, Serrano 2

FEU 71 – Tolentino 15, Eboña 12, Tuffin 11, Escoto 10, Comboy 8, Parker 7, Iñigo 5, Cani 2, Orizu 1, Stockton 0, Gonzales 0, Bienes 0

Lady Paddlers climb to 10-0, Green Paddlers suffer fifth straight loss

The DLSU Green and Lady Paddlers are going opposite directions midway through the UAAP Season 81 Table Tennis tournament. The Lady Paddlers continue to assert their dominance as the defending champions in the Women’s Division. Meanwhile, the Green Paddlers struggle to find answers against their opponents in the Men’s Division.

Lady Paddlers vs UE

Jannah Romero and Emy Dael would usually open the first two singles matches with destructions of their opponents. And versus UE, it was no exception. Romero swept Celina Vasquez in the opener (11-8, 11-5, 11-1). Then, Dael continued her undefeated streak in all her matches this season with another sweep of Elaine Garrucho (11-8, 11-6, 11-3). However, the Lady Paddlers also continued to struggle against the pair of Mich Abello and Ila Lague. After losing in five sets in Round 1, Caressha Bernaldez this time teamed up with Ina Co instead of Kimberly Lumenda. Bernaldez and Co suffered a defeat in four sets (3-11, 7-11, 11-4, 6-11). Nonetheless, Jhoana Go dominated Joyce San Agustin just like in their first round meeting. The rookie from Taft routed San Agustin (11-9, 13-11, 7-11, 11-2) as La Salle claimed the victory.

Lady Paddlers vs FEU

With barely a change in the lineup of both squads, the Lady Paddlers proved they can repeat their Round 1 win against the Lady Tamaraws. Romero and Dael were armed once again with brooms after making quick works of Josephine Talay (13-11, 11-8, 11-4) and Princess Verano (11-6, 11-1, 11-4), respectively. Co and Kimberly Sorongon finished FEU in a four-setter versus Danah Cruz and Jandra Sacay (11-4, 9-11, 11-2, 11-3) to make official their 10th straight win.

Green Paddlers vs UE

After defeating the Red Warriors in five thrilling sets in Round 1, the Green Paddler ran out of fuel in the second round. UE’s Sandro Cortez trounced La Salle team captain Tarak Cabrido in five sets (11-8, 7-11, 11-7, 5-11, 11-6). First year Paddler Patrick Pasumbal also suffered a beating from Justin Pacana in the second singles match (6-11, 11-9, 9-11, 2-11). Carrying a pivotal 2-1 set lead in the doubles match, Edhric Eder and Vince Remitio had the golden chance to strike one against UE. However, McDranreb Africa and Serge Benoya were able to force a knockout set after winning Set 4, 11-6. Eder and Remitio were comfortably ahead, 7-3, in the fifth set when the Paddlers from Recto exploded for eight straight points to steal the set and seal the five-set win (8-11, 11-7, 11-13, 11-6, 11-7).

Green Paddlers vs UST

Although rookie Marwin Eder lost his opening singles match against UST’s Josh Castro (6-11, 12-14, 11-9, 6-11), the Green Paddlers were able to recover and gain a 2-1 lead after winning the next two matches. Cabrido defeated Alvin Sevilla in four sets (11-8, 6-11, 11-8, 11-9). Then, the duo of Pasumbal and Remitio swept UST’s Danhil Monares and Carl Victorio (11-9, 12-10, 11-8). However, La Salle could not close out and avenge their first round loss to the same team. The España-based squad tied the match at 2-all with Paul Que’s four-set victory over Espinosa (9-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-6). Reymark Mabuang edged Ocon in the deciding match to clinch the W for UST and give La Salle its fifth straight loss.

Up next:

The Lady Paddlers confidently sit at the top of the mountain with a 10-0 win-loss record. They look to extend their unbeaten run to 12 as they next meet Ateneo and NU, 8 AM and 1 PM, respectively, today. The defending champions demolished both teams in straight sets in their first round meetings.

On the other hand, through 10 games, the Green Paddlers sit at fifth place with a 4-6 slate. They next face UP at 8 PM today and Ateneo at 1 PM with a hope of ending their losing streak. The Green Paddlers defeated UP (3-0) and Ateneo (3-1) back in the first round.

Lady Paddlers sweep Round 1, Green Paddlers tied for third

The DLSU Lady Paddlers stayed on top of the standings after sweeping Round 1 of the Women’s Division of the UAAP Season 81 Table Tennis tournament on Saturday.

On the other hand, the DLSU Green Paddlers dropped to 4-3 following back-to-back losses to UST and Adamson on Friday and Saturday, respectively, at the tail of the first round.

Lady Paddlers remain unblemished at 7-0

The Lady Paddlers asserted their dominance as the defending champions of the Women’s Division with straight set victories over NU and Ateneo on Friday. Then, they capped the first round with a backbreaking thriller against UST on Saturday. With these three wins, the Lady Paddlers swept the first round of the tournament and gained a 7-0 record.

Lady Paddlers vs NU

Jannah Romero and Emy Dael were in their usual deadly forms, demolishing every opponent that came their way. NU’s Sardalla and Bañares became their respective victims, with the former suffering a 1-11, 3-11, 4-11 loss against Romero. The latter absorbed an even awful 1-11, 1-11, 4-11 dismantling from Dael. In the third and eventual final match of the game, the well-established tandem of Ina Co and Kimberly Sorongon defeated NU’s Castro and Ramirez in four sets. Although they lost the first set, they made it sure that NU would work hard for it, 17-15. Co and Sorongon, nonetheless, bounced back with three straight sets, 11-7, 11-7, 11-7, to seal the win.

Lady Paddlers vs Ateneo

It was Romero and Dael again who played the first two singles matches of the game. This time, against arch-rivals Ateneo, Dael played first. The former MVP made quick work of Ateneo’s Dela Cruz, 11-2, 11-4, 11-8. Then, Romero picked up in the second match with yet another series of low-scoring sets, 11-1, 11-4, 11-1, versus Ateneo’s Cruz. Bernaldez teamed up with Caressha Bernaldez to knock Ateneo’s Calvo and Carado out, 13-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-6, and push La Salle to 6-0.

Lady Paddlers vs UST

In the rematch of last year’s finals, Romero got into a tight matchup against UST’s Derecho. After taking Set 1, 12-10, she found herself trailing by one set, 1-2, following Derecho’s 11-8, 11-8 wins in Sets 2 and 3, respectively. The rookie avoided a collapse and forced a decider with an 11-5 rout. She then completed the comeback after sealing Set 5, 11-7. Meanwhile, Dael continued her spectacular plays with yet another three-set win, 11-5, 11-4, 11-7, over UST’s Draug. Both Dael and Romero were undefeated in all their matches through the first round, with Dael not even dropping a single set.

Up two matches to none, UST came back to even the game at 2-all. Co and Sorongon dropped their doubles match against Ronquillo and Tempiatura in five sets, 4-10, 10-12, 12-10, 11-8, 6-11. Rookie Jhoana Go also fell to UST’s Gabisay, 11-8, 9-11, 11-6, 5-11, 8-11. But, it was co-captain Chantal Alberto who came to rescue the Lady Paddlers with a straight set slap over UST’s Alburo, 11-9, 11-5, 13-11. La Salle’s victory that moved them to 7-0 also stained UST’s erstwhile likewise pristine win-loss record at 6-0.

Green Paddlers still struggling to find their groove at 4-3

While their Lady counterparts are enjoying their winning streak, the Green Paddlers are still looking for consistency midway through the elimination round. After establishing a three-game winning streak, the Green Paddlers failed to sustain their momentum. They finished the first round with losses against UST and Adamson.

Green Paddlers vs UP

Patrick Pasumbal defeated UP’s Cagas in four sets, including a nerve-racking 20-18 Set 3 win. Team captain Tarak Cabrido continued to carry his team after hammering Lamayan, 11-9, 6-11, 11-5, 11-9. In the doubles match, Edhric Eder and Vince Remitio made quick work of UP’s Lim and Ruelo, 11-9, 11-7, 11-8.

Green Paddlers vs UST

Later in the afternoon of Friday, the Green Paddlers faced UST, their Season 79 Finals tormentor. Contrary to his morning output, Pasumbal lost in straight sets, 4-11, 4-11, 3-11, to UST’s Castro. But, Cabrido avenged the loss quickly with a four-set win against Sevilla, 11-6, 11-7, 4-11, 11-9, to keep the match tied. The España-based paddlers stepped on the gas in the third and fourth matches to win the game. Eder and Remitio received a straight set beating from Monares and Victorio, 8-11, 5-11, 10-12. Then, Daniel Ocon suffered another straight set defeat from UST’s Que, 7-11, 9-11, 6-11.

Green Paddlers vs Adamson

The Green Paddlers’ mindset was on bouncing back and finishing the first round on a high note. Rookie Josiah Espinosa did not fail to deliver. He gave an early lead to La Salle after holding down Adamson’s Monforte in four sets, 11-6, 8-11, 13-11, 16-14. However, Cabrido faced an unfortunate five-set loss after falling short against Rarama, 11-8, 9-11, 11-7, 9-11, 8-11. The loss blemished Cabrido’s untainted record in the first round. The pair of Eder and Remitio could not deliver and absorbed a four-set defeat from Balanquit and Coraza, 11-8, 7-11, 8-11, 8-11. Finally, Daniel Ocon as well picked up a wrong timing as he lost to Eneria, 11-5, 9-11, 8-11, 10-12. The Green Paddlers bowed to Adamson and tied them at third place with identical 4-3 records.

Green Shuttlers smash Golden Shuttlers to start Season 81

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Shuttlers started their UAAP Season 81 campaign on a high note after a convincing 4-1 win over the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Golden Shuttlers on Monday, September 24, at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.

Composure was the mantra of the game for the Green Shuttlers as they rolled past every Golden Shuttler rally to notch their first win of the season.

Andrew Pineda opened the game making quick work of Lorenzo Del Rosario, winning the first set by a mile, 21-8. He then slowed down early in Set 2, trailing by as much as three, 8-11, entering the mandatory timeout. After the break however, he accelerated and blasted a huge 13-3 run to claim the set, 21-14, and the match, 2-0.

In the second singles, Louie Khairial played a seesaw game with UST’s John Paul Yabut as the two were closely tied early in their match. Khairial broke free midway through the opening frame to mount a comfortable 16-12 advantage, which Yabut could no longer overtake. Khairial took the set, 21-15. It was a different song in Set 2 as the Green Shuttler rode on his momentum, leaving the Golden Shuttler behind for most of the period. Khairial took an 18-12 cushion before suddenly seemingly running out of nitro. Yabut made him pay by stringing six unanswered points to eventually tie it at 19-all. The España-based shuttler, with all the fortunes and momentum quickly reversed in his favor, was ready to stage a comeback. But, the Taft-based shuttler kept his composure to salvage the set, 21-19, avoid a monumental collapse, and sweep Yabut’s hopes.

[WATCH Louie Khairial’s winning point in Set 2 of his match against John Paul Yabut.]

Bless Linaban and Cayel Pajarillo represented the Green Shuttlers, who were already up 2-1 in matches, in the first doubles game. On the other hand, with their backs against the wall, UST relied on Kristian Barrios and Juan Miguel Santiago. The Golden Shuttlers couple immediately made their presence felt. They took an 11-5 lead going into the timeout. La Salle did not give up without a fight, even so, as the Taft duo threatened to snatch the set by cutting their erstwhile 9-15 deficit to only one, 19-20. Nonetheless, UST carried on to win Set 1, 21-19. In Set 2, it was a nip and tuck affair between the two tandems as each took turns with the lead, but only up to one point. At 18-all, Linaban and Pajarillo lost their track as Barrios and Santiago completed the sweep, 21-18, and extended the game.

In the second doubles, Paolo Malabanan and Pineda raced to a hot start to quickly drive their opponents away. They led by as much as eight, 16-8, and carried on to a 21-15 Set 1 win. UST’s Josh Defensor and Russel Enriquez made adjustments in the second, tying the match at 13-all. La Salle built a three-point gap, 16-13, but UST answered with a 3-1 run to keep the ropes tied, 17-all. The Taft-based squad then made it a 20-19 set. Unfortunately, Malabanan and Pineda could not finish it as an attack from España paved way for an epic 24-22 finish, won nonetheless by La Salle.

[WATCH Paolo Malabanan and Andrew Pineda’s winning point in Set 2 of their match against Josh Defensor and Russel Enriquez.]

The Green Shuttlers have virtually already defeated the Golden Shuttlers, 3-1, entering the fifth match. Pajarillo played the last match against John Henrick Peralta. Just way powerful against his opponent, Pajarillo punished Peralta in the opening set, 21-11. Then, he sealed a 21-16 Set 2 win as his team formalized their victory over UST.

The DLSU Green Shuttlers will next face University of the East on Thursday at the same venue.

Green and Lady Paddlers look to sustain win streaks

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green and Lady Paddlers are now on a roll after winning all their games in the second day of the UAAP Season 81 Table Tennis tournament last Sunday, September 23, at the University of the Philippines (UP) Gym.

Green Paddlers establish winning streak

The Green Paddlers defeated Ateneo de Manila University in the morning, 3-1. Then, they overcame University of the East (UE) in the afternoon, 3-2.

Ateneo had the early advantage over La Salle following Blue Eagle Parman’s four-set win over Daniel Ocon, 11-7, 11-8, 9-11, 11-3. La Salle, though, responded with three straight match victories to put the Katipunan-based squad away. Team captain Tarak Cabrido overcame Ateneo’s Chua with a five-set thriller, 11-9, 11-9, 8-11, 8-11, 11-5. Then, graduating Edhric Eder and rookie Vince Remitio took their doubles match against Rondolo and Somontina by storm. They sealed it in three quick sets, 11-6, 11-1, 11-7. Marwin Eder, the younger of the Eder brothers of the team, finished the game with his own 3-1 triumph over De Asis.

The game against UE was a different story as it reached five matches. Cabrido continued to dominate his opponents after defeating Valdemoro in four sets, 9-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-2. The Red Warriors answered, with Cortez sweeping Marwin Eder, 11-9, 11-4, 11-6. In the doubles match, the tandem of the older Eder and Remitio carried on with another win. They punished UE’s Wu and Africa in five grueling sets, 11-9, 8-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-6. The Recto-based squad then countered, with Pacana sweeping Josiah Espinosa, 11-7, 12-10, 11-7, to force a decider. Ocon, who lost earlier in his match against Ateneo, bounced back big time with a straight-set victory over UE’s Ingeniero, 11-9, 12-10, 11-7, to give Green Paddlers their third win in four outings.

Defending champs still immaculate

The Lady Paddlers swept their matches against UP and Adamson University to keep their record immaculate through four games.

Jannah Romero once again started the first singles match for the defending champions. She made a quick work of UP’s Labian with a suffocating 11-3, 11-6, and 11-8 sweep of the match. Then, Erny Dael rode on their momentum with an even strangling conquest against UP’s Royeca, 11-4, 11-4, and 11-5. The combo of Ina Co and Kimberly Sorongon continued the Lady Paddlers’ dance. They lost a set to the pair of Duro and Garcia, but still finished it in four sets, 11-8, 11-7, 9-11, 11-8.

Versus Adamson, Lady Paddlers co-captain Chantal Alberto started off with an 11-9, 11-2, 11-5 smashing of the Falcon’s Romaguera. Then, Dael sustained her splendid performance, sweeping yet another victim in Adamson’s Ricanor, 11-2, 13-11, 11-2. Co and team captain Kimberly Bernaldez lost the first set of their doubles match against Pangantijon and Dinglasan, 14-12. Nonetheless, they got the better of their opponents in the succeeding periods, 11-6, 11-7, 11-6. Their four-set victory also sealed their fourth win of the season.

Up next:

The DLSU Green Paddlers will next face UP and University of Santo Tomas tomorrow, 8 AM and 1 PM, respectively, at the same venue. Meanwhile, the Lady Paddlers will try to preserve their spotless card as they go against National University and Ateneo, 8 AM and 1 PM, also tomorrow at the same venue.

Green Paddlers split assignments, Lady Paddlers spotless in Day 1

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Paddlers opened their UAAP Season 81 campaign with a five-match win, 3-1, 3-1, 2-3, 1-3, 3-2, against Far Eastern University (FEU) on Saturday, September 22 at the University of the Philippines (UP) Gym.

Later in the same day, they followed it up with a 1-3 loss, 2-3, 3-2, 2-3, 0-3, to National University (NU).

On the other hand, the DLSU Lady Paddlers emerged triumphant in their first two outings after making quick work of FEU, 3-0, 3-0, 3-1, and routing University of the East in four sets, 3-0, 3-0, 2-3, 3-1.

Green Paddlers Game 1: vs FEU

La Salle got the momentum early in their campaign as they swiftly mounted a 2-0 lead following Daniel Ocon and team captain Tarak Cabrido’s four-set wins against FEU’s Angcos and Villanueva, respectively.

Then, the pair of Green Paddler veteran Edhric Eder and rookie Patrick Pasumbal took a 2-1 cushion over the combination of Tamaraws Lara and Sombilon in their doubles match. Entering the fourth set, however, the former lost grip of their momentum as the latter made them pay. The Tamaraws kept their hopes alive by claiming the fourth and fifth sets, 13-11 and 11-5, respectively, and eventually the match.

The Green Paddlers remained silent as another first-year player in Vince Remitio could not deliver the goods to Taft. He trailed for most of the time in his opening set, before dominating the next period. While he was on the verge of winning the third set at 11-10, FEU’s Siachua strung three straight points to steal the set from him, 13-11.

In the deciding match, Josiah Espinosa, one more of the team’s four rookies, avoided a meltdown in Set 1 after leading FEU’s Santiago, 9-7, near the end of the set. The latter came back and was able to snatch the driver’s seat, 10-9. Nonetheless, Espinosa connected three consecutive points to seal it for La Salle, 12-10. He then stormed back from down four, 6-10, to slowly steal the second period from Santiago, 14-12. The Tamaraws charged in the third set to get on the match scoreboard, but Espinosa finished Santiago and FEU’s chances in the final set.

Green Paddlers Game 2: vs NU

Marwin Eder, the last of the four rookies of the Green Paddlers, started the first match of the team in the second tie. Eder got off to a smooth start in the opening period, playing seesaw with NU’s Ramiro and even posting a 2-1 match lead after three sets. But, as soon as the defending champions stepped on the gas, the rookie could not catch up and fell short in the fourth and fifth sets, 4-11 and 5-11, respectively.

Cabrido lost two tightly contested sets in his match against Sinchongco, 10-12, 9-11, but that did not keep him from coming up big in the next sets. The Green Paddlers team captain raced to a hot start in the third canto to quickly pull himself to within one set, 11-8. Then, with another close finish brewing in the fourth set, Cabrido did not allow his opponent to force an extension of the period, knocking him at 11-9. He finished Sinchongco early in the deciding set after waxing seven quick points to only one from the latter.

Stakes were high in the third match as the winner would claim the pivotal 2-1 game lead. La Salle’s combination of Nathan Siasico and Remitio and NU’s couple of Celeridad and Mogol were in a tug of war as the two teams exchanged wins in their five-set match. The Season 80 champions NU claimed the first and third sets, while the Season 79 champions DLSU took the second and fourth frames. However, it was the former who outgunned the latter in the deciding set, 6-11, to take the 2-1 game lead.

La Salle just completely surrendered to the reigning champions in the fourth set as Daniel Ocon had no answer to Diez of NU. Ocon lost to Diez in straight sets, 5-11, 7-11, 5-11.

Lady Paddlers Game 1:  vs FEU

Jannah Romero started off the title defense for the Lady Paddlers with a dominating victory in her singles match against FEU’s Talay, 11-8, 11-4, 11-1. Then, Erny Dael gave La Salle a commanding 2-0 game lead after pouncing on Verano in another straight-set match, 11-2, 11-5, 11-4.

The duo of Lady Paddlers veteran Ina Co and rookie Kimberly Sorongon claimed the first set, 11-5, of their doubles match versus FEU’s Alzado and Sacay before losing Set 2, 7-11. However, they bounced back by claiming two more sets, 11-7, 11-7, to clinch the third match and ultimately the victory for La Salle.

Lady Paddlers Game 2: vs UE

Coming off an impressive sweep of the Lady Tamaraws, the defending champions picked up where they left off after quickly mounting a commanding 2-0 game lead against the Lady Warriors. Romero and Dael each swept UE’s Vasquez and Garrucho, respectively.

The combo of Lady Paddlers team captain Kimberly Lumenda and Caressha Bernaldez took a 2-0 match lead over their counterparts Abello and Lague. Curiously in the succeeding sets, the two just completely lost their direction to sweeping UE. With a 10-8 lead in the third canto, they were shut down while Abello and Lague were able to sneak three unanswered points to steal the set. In the fourth and fifth sets, the duo never even tasted the lead when it mattered the most.

Fortunately, they could still afford one more set as Jhoana Go rushed to a two to none match lead over UE’s San Agustin. The Lady Warrior was able to strike a set against Go, but the Lady Paddler ended her hopes of forcing a do-or-die in the fourth set, 11-7.

Up next:

The DLSU Green Paddlers will face Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) and University of the East (UE) tomorrow, 8 AM and 1 PM, respectively, at the same venue. Each of the three universities has identical 1-1 records.

On the other hand, the DLSU Lady Paddlers will face UP and Adamson University (AdU) also tomorrow, 8 AM and 1 PM, respectively, at the same venue. Each of the three universities likewise has identical 1-1 slates.

DLSU Green Archers short in late comeback, drop season opener against FEU

Santi Santillan led the Green Archers with 19 points, but his team fell to the FEU Tamaraws.
Santi Santillan led the Green Archers with 19 points, but it was not enough to power his team against the Tamaraws.

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers fell short in their late comeback as they yielded to the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws, 61-68, on Sunday, September 9, at the Mall of Asia Arena.

La Salle opened the game doubling up on FEU, 12-6, after Santi Santillan hit consecutive baskets. The 6-foot-5 forward flexed his muscles and was unstoppable en route to nine quick points. The Green Archers led the Tamaraws, 14-11, at the end of the first period.

FEU tied the game at 16 with free throws at the 6:44 mark of the second frame. Then, Ken Tuffin and Wendell Comboy made five straight points as their team pulled away, 21-16. But, Fourth year Green Archer Andrei Caracut tied the game at 21 with 4:22 remaining in the first half. Rookie guard Encho Serrano eventually gave La Salle back the lead, 23-22, off a swipe from team captain Kib Montalbo.

After two quarters, La Salle was ahead by a single-point, 26-25. Santillan who was held scoreless in the second period, nonetheless still led the team with nine points across his jersey.

Tied at 34 at the 7:24 mark of the third canto, the Taft-based squad burst with seven quick points to create a distance, 41-34. That then forced FEU head coach Olsen Racela to burn a timeout. Coming off the break, the Morayta-based squad responded with five unanswered points to bring themselves to within two, 39-41. However, the Green Archers, courtesy of Santillan and Caracut, respectively, were able to keep the Tamaraws at bay. Trailing by three, Axel Iñigo knocked down a buzzer-beating trey from top of the key to even the game at 48 entering the final period.

It was a seesaw battle for the protagonists as neither of them gave up the driver’s seat. FEU regained it finally, 55-53, after Tuffin nailed a three-pointer from the left with 5:14 remaining. Santillan answered with his own, but Tolentino’s triple at the 3:25 mark gave the Tamaraws the lead for good.

Santillan was a powerhouse on the court, carrying most of the load for the now Mbala-less Green Archers. He finished with a double-double performance of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Aljun Melecio added 11 points, but was 1/7 from deep, as only the two of them finished in double figures in scoring.

The Green Archers shot a decent 34% from the field. However, they were only 20% from outside the arc after missing all but five of their 24 attempts. It also did not help that 6-foot-8 rookie big man Taane Samuel sustained foot injury early in the game.

On the other hand, Tolentino led FEU after finishing with a team-high 13 points. Tuffin and Iñigo combined for 21 points.

Moreover, the Tamaraws converted 13 points off the Green Archers’ 15 turnovers, a far cry from the latter’s two points off the former’s 12 turnovers.

The DLSU Green Archers will attempt to claim their first win of the season on Saturday, September 15, as they face the Adamson University Soaring Falcons at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Scores:

DLSU (61) – Santillan 19, Melecio 11, Caracut 9, Baltazar 8, Montalbo 5, Serrano 3, Bates 2, Samuel 2, Manuel 1, Dyke 1, Go 0, Corteza 0, Capacio 0

FEU (68) – Tolentino 13, Tuffin 11, Iñigo 10, Comboy 9, Stockton 9, Cani 7, Parker 5, Eboña 2, Escoto 2, Orizu 0

UAAP Season 81 Team Preview: DLSU Lady Archers

DLSU Lady Archers in Season 80: 3-11 (7th Place)

Holdovers: Khate Castillo, Kat Nunez, Joe Arciga, Charmaine Torres, Vea Malarde, Bernice Paraiso, Marga Jimenez, Lauryn Del Campo

Additions: Camille Claro, Bennette Revillosa, Angel Quingco, Rhea Castillo, Rossini Espinas, Bettina Binaohan, Jel Jajurie

Departures: Marga Dagdagan, Chay Vergara, Angel Figueroa, Charlene Javier, Jamie Roxas, Noreen Gabriana

In Season 70, the De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Archers hit their lowest finish in the UAAP Women’s Basketball Tournament. Meanwhile, their head coach Pocholo Villanueva was still playing for the DLSU Men’s Basketball Team and was co-Finals MVP as the Green Archers won the UAAP Men’s Basketball Championship. The Lady Archers, since then, became a permanent fixture in the Top 4, making the semifinals in each of the succeeding seasons except for Season 71, where they finished with fifth place.

Roughly a decade later, Villanueva and his team found themselves in an unfamiliar territory. Entering Season 80 eager to bounce back from their Finals loss against the NU Lady Bulldogs, the Lady Archers instead saw their Season 79 eliminations win-loss record of 11-3 reversed as they only won three games and failed to advance to the semifinals.

They opened their campaign with three straight defeats versus FEU, NU, and Adamson. Then, they clinched their first win at the expense of UP. However, the Taft-based squad again lost back-to-back against UST and UE. They ended the first round of eliminations with a victory against their arch-rivals Ateneo for a 2-5 slate. Nightmare happened in the second round, though, as the Lady Archers suffered six losses in a row. Before winning their final game of the season against UP, they were already out of contention for the Final Four.

Villanueva rued injuries that struck all but one of his starters. He expressed, “It was a year of injuries. We had four major injuries last year, and it was a big adjustment since all four injured players were my starters.” Top guns Camille Claro, Bennette Revillosa, Susan Ali Mohamed El Hadad, and Joe Arciga all suffered injuries that reduced them to mere observers in Season 80.

“We had less players. The rotation was short,” he said. “We can play defense, but the problem was we cannot score the basketball,” added the Lady Archers’ mentor.

Claro echoed her coach’s sentiments, while also mentioning that the squad struggled since the veterans were not on the court. As a result, heavy minutes were played by then rookies Bernice Paraiso, Lauryn Del Campo, and Marga Jimenez. “Hirap sila last year kasi wala yung mga veterans,” she said.

Villanueva, nonetheless, was quick to see the silver lining as Paraiso, Del Campo, and Jimenez are quickly maturing in terms of learning experience entering their sophomore year. The former Green Archer observed that they matured and developed quicker compared to last year. “They gained a lot of experience because they played a lot of minutes even though they were rookies,” he noted.

In Season 81, meanwhile, the Lady Archers will be bannering a mix of young guns and veterans anchored by Claro, Revillosa, and Arciga. Helping them are rookies Rhea Castillo, Rossini Espinas, Bettina Binaohan, and Jel Jajurie.

Despite not playing last season, Villanueva, who had his injured players alongside him in the La Salle benches during their games, believes that his returning veterans will surely be able to apply everything that they have observed from the sidelines. He stated, “It was also a learning experience for them (injured players), looking from the outside what they could have done during games.” The former UAAP Champion declared that this time is their chance to do it.

Villanueva is also convinced that his incoming sophomore players, who as mentioned earlier took a lot of playing time in just their rookie year, will have breakout seasons of their own. “I think they’re going to have a better season—gaining a lot of experience from last season,” he claimed. Villanueva also added, “I’m expecting more from them.”

As Season 80 was a “year of injuries”, Villanueva’s priority from day one of the team’s off-season was keeping the team injury-free. He imparted that they have been doing yoga and ice baths to keep the ladies conditioned for the games. “The first thing that we adjusted this season was our recovery. We’ve been doing yoga and ice baths to keep each and everyone healthy.”

Unfortunately, with just a week before their first game of the season, the Lady Archers took a huge blow as incoming rookie and 3×3 standout Lee Sario tore her ankle. She is set to undergo a surgery and thus was withdrawn from the Season 81 lineup. Moreover, Charmaine Torres suffered an MCL injury, which will keep her from playing for a few more days.

“It was an unfortunate incident,” lamented Villanueva. But he quickly stressed that the team is in good shape. “Everything is right on track,” according to him. As for the remaining Lady Archers, the main concern still is keeping everyone injury-free throughout the campaign.

The Lady Archers core for this season will mostly comprise of players who were also part of their first runner-up finish a couple of years ago, and Villanueva does not see the need for any major adjustment in terms of the system that they are currently running. He expressed, “On our offensive and defensive systems, it’s still the same. We’ll still be pressuring the whole 40 minutes. We’ll still be running the ball every time.”

For Claro who was a non-factor in her team’s forgettable campaign, their 3-11 record should be enough motivation for them to play a lot harder this season. “We always remember yung 3-11 standing last year. Every practice, nire-remind kami ni coach about that. Ayaw na naming mangyari ulit.” Aside from that, playing her final year in the UAAP is an added motivation for her, who was a rookie when they won the Season 76 title.

The pint-size playmaker has a lot of reasons to be confident with her team’s chances this season despite losing some veterans in former team captain Marga Dagdagan, Pau Vela, Kathy Gonzales, and Chay Vergara, respectively. “Medyo malaki yung team namin ngayon compared to last year. Puro veterans din maglalaro,” she cited.

“Nag-rehab kami for almost one year so we are stronger this season,” Claro added.

Their rookies are also quick to adapt to the system they are running.

Eager this time to return to their familiar territory, Villanueva alerts the Lady Archers to take it one game at a time. “Our mindset is what happened last year will not happen again.” He said that the team’s approach is to take it one game at a time. “Of course our number one goal is to win the Championship,” he quickly added.

On the other hand, Claro repeated her coach’s ideas and added, “Wag dapat kabahan. Wag maging sobrang eager kasi baka mawala sa laro.”

Villanueva vowed that they will represent the Green and White with pride and compete with a heart every game. Meanwhile, Claro boldly claimed that the Lady Archers are returning to their familiar territory this season.

La Salle will take on Adamson on Sunday, 11 AM at the Blue Eagle Gym. Coming off from a dismal campaign, Villanueva remains hopeful that they can start the season on the right note. Moreover, he hopes the team in the end can contribute to the University’s bid for a fourth UAAP General Championship. “Hopefully we get our first win on Sunday and get a good start.”

DLSU Lady Archers in Season 81:

AdU – September 9 (Sun), 11 AM, Blue Eagle Gym
UST – September 15 (Sat), 8 AM, Smart Araneta Coliseum
UE – September 19 (Wed), 10 AM, Mall of Asia Arena
NU – September 24 (Mon), 3 PM, Filoil Flying V Centre
FEU – September 30 (Sun), 10 AM, Mall of Asia Arena
UP – October 6 (Sat), 8 AM, Mall of Asia Arena
ADMU – October 10 (Wed), 9 AM, Blue Eagle Gym

AASM, DLSU-RVRCOB hold three-day AASM Conference 2018

In partnership with the De La Salle University – Ramon V. del Rosario College of Business (DLSU-RVRCOB), the Asian Association for Sport Management (AASM) and the Sport Management Council of the Philippines (SportPhil) will hold the 14th AASM Conference from August 2 to 4 in De La Salle University – Manila.

With the theme “Discovering and Developing the Sport Industry Potential in Asia,” the three-day convergence aims to raise knowledge and awareness about sport management in the Philippines. This year’s conference will include talks, lectures, and workshops from leading scholars and educators in Asia and North America. Among the expected participants are international delegates from Southeast Asian countries, as well as students, teachers, athletes, and coaches from the UAAP and NCAA schools.

The 14th AASM Conference will focus on management and governance in the sports context, a first of its kind in the Philippines. With diverse topics that center to elevating the culture of sports in the country, SportPhil Founder and Sport Management professor Geraldine Bernardo sees the international gathering as a source of new knowledge in sports management for students, teachers, athletes, and coaches, among others.

On the first day, Prof. Hercules Callanta of Lyceum of the Philippines University will have a lecture about Strategic Athletic Administration. Subsequently, Mr. Edwin Reyes of De La Salle University will hold a talk on Fundraising for School Organizations and Programs.

Guest of Honor Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman Hon. William Ramirez will deliver his speech on The Promise of SEAG 2019 to kick off the second day. Another Guest of Honor and Former PSC Chairman Philip Juico, Ph.D., on the other hand, will speak about The Synergy between Sport Development and Sport Business.

A keynote speech on Critical Factors Behind Pursuit of Excellence in International Sport will be delivered by Packianathan Chelladurai, Ph.D. of Troy University, Canada. Afterward, University of North Colorado, USA Professor David Stotlar, Ed.D. will talk about Making Dollars and Sense of Sport Sponsorship and Fan Management for the second keynote speech.

The conference will then proceed with panel discussions from professors from various Asian nations and Victorico Vargas of the Philippine Olympic Committee.

Oral presentations and workshops will open the final day of the three-day summit. Assoc. Prof. Lordinio Vergara of the Philippine Normal University will deliver the third keynote, Retooling Physical Education for K-12 and Tertiary Level. Finally, closing the conference will be AASM President Issadee Kutintara, Ph.D., with a speech on ASEAN/ASIAN Prospects for Sport Management Career, Education and Research.

For more information about the conference, visit AASM on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AsianAssociationforSportManagement/

THREE-PEAT! DLSU Lady Spikers sweep FEU for Season 80 crown

The crown remains in Taft Avenue after the De La Salle University Lady Spikers defeated the brave Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws, 26-24, 25-20, 26-24, on Wednesday, May 2, in front of more than 14000 fans at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The victory gave the school its third straight championship and 11th overall, two days after the 367th birthday of founder St. John Baptist de La Salle.

With the jam-packed crowd already up on their feet as the three-peat-seeking Lady Spikers arrived at championship point, the Lady Tamaraws just refused to give up, stringing consecutive points in a wild turn of events to erase the gap and extend the third set. The defending champions, however, were able to get back on track at a no better timing as they connected back-to-back points to cap the season with the bacon.

The Lady Tamaraws, looking to spoil an early La Salle party, jumped off to a 3-6 lead in Set 1. They extended the lead to four, 7-11, with a Heather Guino-o off-the-block hit. The Lady Spikers remained behind heading into the second technical timeout, 12-16. Subsequently, third year spiker May Luna, Best Player in Game 1, brought La Salle to within one, 18-19. But, the Lady Tamaraws were quick to counter. Graduating FEU spiker Bernadeth Pons sent her team to set point, 24-21. That forced La Salle head coach Ramil de Jesus to call a timeout. Coming off the timeout, La Salle shocked FEU with a 5-0 run to steal the set from FEU, 26-24. Kim Kianna Dy unleashed the #swag including an attack from the middle which gave them the lead, 25-24.

It was a different story in the second frame. Contrast to Set 1, La Salle maintained the momentum and rose to a 7-4 cushion over FEU. Luna hit a punishing attack that pushed the Green and White’s lead to five, 12-7. Moreover, that even proved to be a spark as they strung three more points. Third year hitter Tin Tiamzon capped it with an ace to mount a 15-7 edge over the Green and Gold. FEU started to come alive midway through the set, slowly trimming their deficit to three, 17-20. But, Dy fired back-to-back markers to bring La Salle up by five, 22-17, anew. The Taft-based squad held on to win the set, 25-20, and take a commanding 2-0 lead over the Morayta-based squad.

Not wanting the third set to be their last chance, FEU toughened up on both ends. The Lady Tamaraws did not allow any pull-aways from the Lady Spikers early in Set 3. The Game 3-seeking squad answered every La Salle point as the score remained knotted at 10-all. Eventually, the Green and White regained the lead, 14-11, following a gift from middle blocker Aduke Ogunsanya. An ace from Luna gave La Salle a 21-16 lead, making them four points away from the championship. Sophomore setter Michelle Cobb fired another ace to push the Lady Spikers to championship point, 24-20.

However, just as when everybody was ready to celebrate the championship, FEU turned the tables around. Things suddenly started to get more intense. In an unexpected turn of events, action saw nerves wracking as FEU continued to hold on to the game. The Lady Tamaraws #suwagged their way to erase a four-point deficit and tie Set 3 at 24-all. But, the Lady Spikers, being the more composed team, eventually tamed the Lady Tamaraws’ rally. Dy capitalized on an opening, bringing La Salle to championship point anew, 25-24. Tiamzon finally finished the match with a crosscourt from the left wing, 26-24.

Graduating Lady Spikers Kim Kianna Dy, team captain Majoy Baron, and Dawn Macandili led the team for the last time in their UAAP careers. Dy, Season 78 Finals MVP, top-scored with 19 points on 16 attacks, two blocks, and a serve. Baron, Season 78 Best Blocker and Season 79 MVP, finished with 10 points. Macandili, Season 78 Best Digger and Seasons 78 and 79 Best Receiver, tallied 21 excellent digs and eight excellent receptions. Macandili also claimed the Finals MVP award after averaging 22.5 excellent digs and 10.5 excellent receptions in the series.

On the other hand, graduating Lady Tamaraw Bernadeth Pons finished with a team-high 17 points in the losing effort. Best Blocker Celine Domingo came up next to her but with a far seven-point output.

The Lady Spikers had never tasted a defeat since losing against Adamson University way back in the first round. That was when coach Ramil de Jesus branded their lackluster as “pambarangay” level. They swept their remaining assignments in the eliminations. Finally, they made quick works of their postseason opponents to make it an 11-game winning streak.

La Salle’s 11 championships still remain behind long-time UAAP member schools FEU (29) and UST (15). Nonetheless, the DLSU Lady Spikers are now 11-7 in the Finals, all under head coach Ramil de Jesus. Moreover, they clinched an unprecedented third grand slam in the Women’s Division since the Final Four era. They had won their first two three-peats in Seasons 66 to 68 and 73 to 75.

Scores:

DLSU (3) 77 – Dy 19, Baron 10, Tiamzon 10, Ogunsanya 7, Luna 6, Cheng 3, Cobb 1, Barroga 0, Layug 0, Macandili 0, Tiu 0, Instrella 0, Saga 0, Ipac 0.

FEU (0) 68 – Pons 17, Domingo 7, Guino-o 6, Malabanan 6, Villareal 4, Basas 2, Carandang, 2, Cayuna 1, Negrito 1, Hernandez 0, Duremdes 0, Agudo 0, Calinawan 0, Atienza 0.