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.


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.


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.

Vergara scores brace as Green Booters return to winning column

After struggling to find their groove into the second round, the De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Booters return to the winning column after frustrating the Adamson University (AdU) Soaring Falcons, 4-2, on Sunday at the FEU Fern Diliman.

Rookie John Rhey Lagura, who suffered from an injury back in the first round, got the chance to play again after getting inserted in the starting lineup of the Green Booters.

Adamson drew first blood as Pilarca maximized the opportunity to score a goal coming from a corner kick. However, just before the end of the half, Mateo Alegre managed to put up a game-changing equalizer to restore the morale of his team.

La Salle banked on an improved passing as the Green Booters were able to connect more in the second half. Lagura had a “welcome back” game after contributing a goal for his squad at the 63rd minute. Consistent scorer Shanden Vergara followed it up with another brace for the Green and White at the 67th and 69th minute. The Taft-based squad were up, 4-1, before Adamson converted a late goal for a final score of 4-2.

“Kailangan namin manalo kasi three games na kami hindi pa nananalo,” Vergara said. “We needed to win because crucial na and kailangan namin maging consistent as we move towards the end of eliminations.”

The Green Booters improved to 5-1-5 for 16 points as they hang on to their fourth place standing.

Head coach Alvin Ocampo, however, was not the most satisfied as he demands consistency from his team as they inch closer to the end of the eliminations. “We have to be consistent. We have to do better than our results during the first round.”

Ocampo emphasized that his team can score as early as the first half, and they do not have to wait for the second half to convert goals. “Kung kaya naman nila magtrabaho ng first half, then gawin na nila para makahinga ng konti ang team at para makalaro lahat ng players for their exposure, lalo na we are a very young team.”

The DLSU Green Booters will face their first round tormentors, the UE Red Warriors on Thursday, April 11, 9 AM at the same venue.

Green Tennisters snap losing skid with rout of winless Adamson

Co-written by: Genrev Josiah Villamin
Photo by: Dara Evangelista

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Tennisters returned to the win column in the second round of the UAAP Season 81 Lawn Tennis Tournaments last Sunday, March 17, at the CSA Bulacan Tennis Courts.

Green Tennisters vs UE

Prior to their match on Sunday, the Green Tennisters fell to 1-7 after suffering their fifth straight defeat at the hands of the UE Red Warriors, 2-3, last Saturday, March 16.

Jonah Cano started the day off for the Green and White with a tough battle against RJ Saga of UE. The first set proved to be too much for the veteran as Saga won, 6-2. The second set spark some glimpses of hope, but Cano fell short, 4-6.

The pair of Raprap Teng and Jose Miguel Gran were unable to get a win as UE’s duo of Jeric Delos Santos and Justine Guira swept them, 6-1, 6-2.

Veteran Al Andrade faced Ranz Javier and gave the Green and White their first victory of the day, 6-0, 6-1.

The second doubles match, however, was no different story from the first. King Golfo and Rey Mayo succumbed to Ryle Singson and Harry Karon. The UE Red Warrior pair won the match, 6-2, 6-3, to seal the win for the Recto-based squad.

Nonetheless, Betto Orendain earned another win for the Taft-based squad to cap the day. The Green Tennisters’ team captain torched Mark Marquez, 6-1, 6-3.

Green Tennisters vs ADU

The Green Tennisters looked to bounce back and they did so, after keeping the Adamson Soaring Falcons winless in the competition. The Green and White brigade proved their worth, winning four of the five matches in the game.

Orendain asserted his dominance against Angelo Manlangit in the first singles. He toppled the Soaring Falcon in two sweeping sets, 6-0, 6-0.

But, Adamson bounced back quickly in the first doubles. Teng and Golfo succumbed to Jezzi Chiong and Ken Dela Cruz, also in straight sets, 3-6, 6-7.

That proved to be their lone win of the game as La Salle’s JR Arguelles picked up a great win against Samuel Nillasca, 6-3, 6-2.

The Green Tennisters continued their streak in the second doubles after Cano and Gran routed Chad Galindo and Jeffrey Burgos, 6-1, 7-6.

Andrade capped the day for La Salle after trouncing Jemar Sanchez in straight sets, 6-0, 6-4.

The DLSU Green Tennisters (2-7) will face their rivals Ateneo Blue Eagles (6-2) next Saturday, March 23, 8 AM at the same venue.

Green Tennisters split assignments versus Adamson, Ateneo

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Tennisters finally barged into the win column after defeating Adamson University (AdU). But, they were denied of a streak by Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) in the UAAP Season 81 Lawn Tennis Tournament.

Green Tennisters VS. ADU

The erstwhile winless Green Tennisters showed heart for the school’s spirit as they clinched their first victory of the season against their fellow cellar-dwellers Soaring Falcons on Saturday, March 2, at the CSA Bulacan Tennis Courts.

Proving they can be dominant, Al Andrade led the first singles win over Ken Dela Cruz, 6-0, 6-1. Jona Cano and Jose Miguel Gran followed suit with a 6-1, 6-2 win against Adamson’s Chad Galindo and Brandon Albito. Yet again, team captain Betto Orendain claimed another seemingly perfect match in the second singles after defeating Jefrey Burgos, 6-0, 6-1. La Salle succeeded in the second doubles with the efforts of Raprap Teng and King Golfo. The duo beat Jezzi Chiong and Samuel Nillasca, 6-1, 7-6. In the last singles, Adamson’s Jemar Sanchez took over Gelo Cerezo in three sets, 6-1, 2-6, 5-7. Nonetheless, the Green Tennisters were already certain to prevail.

Green Tennisters VS. ADMU

Aiming for a victorious weekend, the Green Tennisters instead fell short against the second-seeded Blue Eagles, 2-3, on Sunday at the same venue.

The first singles match was snatched by Marcen Gonzales, who defeated Andrade, 7-5, 6-3. Then, Teng and Golfo succumbed to Bong Gonzales and Julian Dayrit, 2-6, 4-6. In the second singles match, Cano notched a victory against Gab Tiamson in three sets, 4-6, 7-5, 2-0. However, Luke Flores and Erj Gatdula of Ateneo sealed the victory for their school after winning the doubles match against Rey Mayo and Cerezo, 6-1, 6-1. Orendain gained a match in the third singles against Iyo Canlas, 6-2, 6-3, wrapping the game up.

The DLSU Green Tennisters (1-4), who sit at sixth place, look to rank up as they face fourth-seeded UST in their final game of the first round on Saturday, March 9, 8 AM, at the same venue.

Melecio puts on a show anew as Green Archers outlast Soaring Falcons in OT

After a disappointing loss at the hands of bitter rivals Ateneo Blue Eagles, the De La Salle Green Archers bounced back to close out the first round on a high note.

The Taft squad took down the league-leading Adamson University Soaring Falcons, 79-78, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament at the MOA Arena, Saturday.

DLSU once again leaned on the heroics of spitfire point guard Aljun Melecio who posted 22 points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal in 35 minutes of play.

The frontcourt duo of Santi Santillan and Justin Baltazar also made an impact on both ends of the floor with the former adding 16 points and nine rebounds, while the latter chipped in a double-double of 16 points and 10 boards for La Salle.

La Salle came into the first quarter with guns blazing as they built a 20-11 lead late in the opening period. Adamson finally got its feet wet, rallying back to cut the deficit to 16 to end the first.

The Green Archers tightened up their defense in the second frame. They contained the Soaring Falcons to just 1/10 shooting from beyond the arc with over 6 minutes still to go in the quarter as they stretched the lead to 10.  However, Jerrick Ahanmisi put AdU on his back. The hot-shooting guard scored the last 10 points of the San Marcelino-based crew to trail by just one at halftime, 33-32.

It was a game of runs in the second half. Both teams refused to let go as they exchange rallies from one point to another. The Archers and the Falcons found themselves all knotted at 49 at the end of the third canto.

Adamson looked like it would finally pull away as Ahanmisi gave his team a 58-51 lead midway through the fourth period. La Salle, though, had other ideas in mind, countering with a run of their own capped off by a floater from Melecio to tie the game at 64 that eventually sent the game into overtime.

The boys in green showed their experience as they left AdU in the dust, 73-64 with 2:08 left. It was not all over for Coach Franz Pumaren and his wards. The Falcons still had a lot left in them with Sean Manganti drilling a long bomb to cap off another run by Adamson, cutting the DLSU edge, 77-75, 10 ticks remaining in the game.

Fortunately for La Salle, time was on its side as they chalked win no. 4 against to 3 losses to hold solo 4th place. On the other hand, Adamson gained a 5-2 card tying Ateneo and at first.

Ahanmisi led the Falcons with 27 points and seven rebounds, while Manganti tallied 23 points, seven boards and four assists.

AdU dominated DLSU on offensive rebounding, 26-9, that resulted in 14 second-chance points against La Salle’s 4.

The Green and White made 24 of 41 free throws, while Adamson only had eight in 15 attempts from the stripe.

Box scores:

DLSU 79 – Melecio 22, Santillan 16, Baltazar 16, Caracut 8, Montalbo 8, Serrano 5, Bates 2, Manuel 2, Dyke 0, Go 0.

AdU 78 – Ahanmisi 27, Manganti 23, Sarr 9, Catapusan 5, Camacho 4, Lastimosa 3, Bernardo 2, Colonia 2, Espeleta 2, Magbuhos 1, Mojica 0, Pingoy 0.

Quarter scores: 22-16, 33-32, 49-49, 64-64, 79-78 (OT).


Claro returns as Lady Archers shoot down Lady Falcons to start UAAP campaign

The De La Salle University Lady Archers overpowered the Adamson University Lady Falcons, 72-57, in the UAAP Season 81 Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Blue Eagles Gym, Sunday.

La Salle started the season on a high note after a disappointing performance the previous year. Camille Claro, who missed the entire season 79 due to an ACL injury, came back with the Lady Archers and immediately made an impact leadership-wise for the Green side.

“We want to start the tournament with a win so to build up confidence coming into our next games so it’s a very good win for us, especially Adamson. I think (Adamson) is one of the top teams here in the UAAP so it’s a good confidence booster for us.” Coach Cholo Villanueva said.

Claro only had seven points, an assist and two rebounds but the veteran experience she has spread on her teammates was evident as the team notched its first win.

“Camille’s our core general so she dictates everything for us on offense and on defense so having her inside, having that veteran presence gives me another extension na I think controls the game from start to finish.” The former Green Archer marveled.

Khate Castillo led all scorers with 21 points, grabbed three rebounds against four turnovers. Rookies Angel Quingco and Bettina Binaohan had a solid debut, tallying six and five points while hoarding 13 and 10 boards respectively.

La Salle and Adamson went toe-to-toe in the first period. Neither of the teams was a step slower than the other as they were tied at 18-all at the end of the quarter.

The Lady Archers created some separation in the second frame, tightening their defense to make it hard for the Lady Falcons on their way to a 38-31 lead at halftime.

To begin the third canto, DLSU picked up from where they left off in the first half as the duo of Claro, Castillo and Quingco teamed up to stretch their lead to 16. Adamson kept themselves within shouting distance as the Taft squad took a 53-40 advantage after the third.

DLSU never looked back as it continued to score a barrage of points against AdU in the payoff period. The former built its biggest edge of the game at 19 via a Castillo breakaway layup off a Claro outlet pass, 66-47, en route to an impressive victory.

Only Lady Falcons Jamie Alcoy and Rose Rosario barged into double digits in scoring with 13 and 10 respectively. Nathalie Razalo made a mark in the rebounding category as she hugged 20 boards.

The next game for the Lady Archers is against UST on Saturday, September 15 at the Araneta Coliseum.

“UST is a very very tough team. They have an import, again, we’ll watch film and we’ll see what kind of gameplan we’re going to have for the next game.” Coach Villanueva said.

Box scores:

DLSU 72 – K. Castillo 21, Claro 7, Arciga 6, Revillosa 6, Quingco 6, Del Campo 6, Binaohan 5, Paraiso 5, Torres 5, Nunez 4, Jimenez 1, R. Castillo 0, Espinas 0.

AdU 57 – Alcoy 13, Rosario 10, Osano 9, Prado 7, Razalo 6, Araja 2, Bilbao 2, Camacho 2, Tandaan 2, Cacho 2, Aciro 2, Tacitac 0, Cabug 0.

Quarter scores: 18-18, 38-31, 53-40, 72-57


DLSU Green Batters fall anew to Adamson, take home silver

The De La Salle University Green Batters finished second place in the UAAP Season 80 Baseball Tournament after suffering a sweep from the Adamson University Soaring Falcons, losing Game 2 of the Finals, 6-13, on Friday at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.

Despite a hot start on both ends, the Green Batters, who lost Game 1 and were eager to force a Game 3, could not protect the lead as the Soaring Falcons capitalized and never looked back.

La Salle started the game on a good note, both offensively and defensively. Best Right Fielder Diego Lozano sent his team up on the scoreboard after he completed a run. Season MVP Kiko Gesmundo followed with his own run for a 2-0 La Salle lead at the top of the first inning.

The Green Batters continued to wax hot offensively, racking up more points in the third canto after three players cycled the diamond. Gesmundo scored his second run of the game off an Iggy Escaño bat. Boo Barandiaran put La Salle up by four, 4-0, while Rookie of the Year Angelo Tantuico also sent Escaño home.

After the top of the third inning, La Salle led Adamson by five, 5-0.

However, things started to change at the bottom of the third inning. Eventual Finals MVP Jerome Yenson sent two Falcons home to cut La Salle’s lead to three, 5-2. Then, Villafaña swung a good bat that allowed two more Falcons to reach the homeplate. After three innings, La Salle’s lead shrunk to one, 5-4.

Not only defensively, but also offensively did the Green Batters’ performance declined. Through the next four innings, La Salle never reached home. Despite having several opportunities to score, the San Marcelino-based squad’s defense still did not allow the Taft-based squad to at least get to the bases and regain the momentum.

Speaking of momentum, the Soaring Falcons just continued to pound on the Green Batters, scoring three more runs in the fourth inning. Despite having two quick outs, Adamson still managed to get all bases filled off a Riparip walk. Yenson’s bat sent one home as they tied the game at 5-all. Two more Falcons completed runs to give their team a 7-5 lead after four innings.

Coming from that point, top-seeded La Salle was completely shut down by second-seeded Adamson. The latter made an impossible 13-0 run to overtake and gain complete control of the former. The Soaring Falcons led, 13-5, after six innings.

However, in the seventh inning, the Green Batters were able to halt Adamson’s frenzied offense. The latter was held to zero at the bottom of the seventh inning, only their third scoreless inning. Nonetheless, it was still the same eight point deficit for La Salle.

The Green Batters momentarily found their rhythm in the eighth inning after finally ending their scoring drought. Barandiaran hit a good angle that eventually sent Paolo Salud home. La Salle, though, still trailed by seven, 6-13. Moreover, that eventually becamse the last run for La Salle.

La Salle handed Adamson three quick strikeouts at the bottom of the eighth inning. But, the Green Batters could not convert seven points at the top of the ninth inning to at least tie the game at 13-all. As a result, the game did not see a bottom of the ninth and Adamson walked away with the gold.

The Green Batters, after winning it all in Season 78 and failing to reach the Finals in Season 79, finished first runners-up in Season 80.

DLSU Green Batters take home win over Adamson to sweep second round

Defense was the main game for De La Salle University on Wednesday as the Green Batters topped the Adamson University Soaring Falcons, 14-5, at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium to secure the top spot.

Coming in undefeated so far in the second round, the Green Batters showed no signs of mercy, as the team capitalized on both ends of the game to pull off the victory.

Both teams were still getting a feel for each other to begin as the first inning saw the score still deadlocked at zero. La Salle then drew first blood during the second inning, when a homer from Jonathan Park ignited the Taft-based squad. Adamson would not score at the bottom of the second, thanks to great defense from La Salle.

The Green Batters would then answer back at the top of the third inning with a Barandiaran homer courtesy of a perfect bat from Jameson Esparas.

Everything seemed to go well for La Salle, until a huge Adamson run late in the third put them right back in the game. After tying the match at 2-all, a pitcher-catcher miscommunication from La Salle gave the Falcons their first lead. Catching errors from the green side would then put Adamson on top, 4-2 to end the third inning.

La Salle recollected their composure to reclaim a lead that once was. The fourth inning ended with a homerun from Amado, followed by fantastic defense for La Salle to give Adamson another scoreless inning, 4-4.

The Green Batters would then have their fingerprints all over the rest of the game.

The fifth inning began with a homerun from Vicente Barandiaran to put La Salle back up, 5-4. Esparas then took advantage of the shoddy Adamson defense to score a homerun of his own.

Lorenzo Amado then continued the outpour for La Salle with two RBIs that took Park and Pineda home. Jose Acuna then capped off the monstrous run by the Green and White, bringing Amado to a homerun. It was 9-4 for La Salle after the top of the fifth inning. Adamson would score at the bottom to give them their fifth and final point of the game.

La Salle dominated the rest of the match, with Joaquin Bilbao putting the final nails to the coffin after recording three RBIs to take Barandiaran, Pascual, and Park home.

The win gave the Green Batters a sweep of the second round, ending the eliminations on top with a 9-1 card. La Salle also booked a finals match with the very same Adamson University, who finished the eliminations at second place.

DLSU Woodpushers lay solid foundation to kick off UAAP Season 80

The De La Salle University Woodpushers opened their Season 80 with a solid weekend, as both the men’s and women’s team notched wins ovber their opponents at the University of Santo Tomas Quadricentennial Pavilion last weekend, February 17-18.

For Day 1 of the weekend chess games, the Green side got off to a blazing start, as both men’s and women’s teams bagged wins over their opponents.

Starting with the women’s division, the team of Bernadette Galas, Mira Mirano, Marie San Diego, and Ella Moulie of the Lady Woodpushers notched a 3.0-1.0 standing, winning 3 games and giving up just 1 to National University on Saturday.

The men’s team, likewise, picked up a victory to start the season. Against the University of Santo Tomas, the Green Woodpushers won 3 of their games and drew 1 to end the first day with a 3.5-0.5 standing, led by the foursome of Giovanni Mejia, Christian Nanola, Denzel Amar, and Jeazzir Surposa.

For their second foray of the weekend, La Salle garnered draws in both of their games last Sunday.

Taking on Far Eastern University, the Lady Woodpushers won 2 and lost 2 against the Morayta-based squad. As for the Green Woodpushers, they also recorded a 2.0-2.0 card against University of the Philippines’ chess team.

La Salle looks to build from a solid weekend of game as UAAP Season 80 chess continues. The Green Woodpushers will take on Adamson University, while the Lady Woodpushers will take on Ateneo on Saturday, February 24. As for the games on Sunday, February 25, the Green Woodpushers will take on Ateneo while the Lady Woodpushers will take on University of the East.