Month: May 2017

Manzo, Lim Steps Up Big Time at Q4 in Come-from-behind Win vs Mapua

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UP Fighting Maroons began their Filoil Premier Cup journey with a win, after they rallied a come-from-behind effort to beat Mapua University, 80-72 at Filoil Flying V Centre, San Juan Arena, May 19. The UP Fighting Maroons were trailing 54-61 at the third quarter but Jarrell Lim and Jun Manzo took over which resulted to UP leading the game halfway into the fourth quarter.

Manzo, who had 13 points, scored two quick layups which gave State U the lead, 68-65. He was lauded the player of the game. Prized rookie Juan Gomez de Liano chipped in 12 points for his #Filoil2017 debut. Paul Desiderio contributed both offensively and defensively, scoring 10 points which was topped with a steal that resulted to a breakaway laup for Manzo at the end minutes of the fourth quarter.

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UP held to a 23-20 after first quarter but the Cardinals came alive in the second quarter and even lead as much as 9 points from efforts of Victoria, Gabo and Estrella. Ibrahim Ouattara also debuted in his first #Filoil2017 gamem, with a double-double – 16 points, 14 rebounds.

According to Perasol, he is delighted with the composure the boys have shown, saying Manzo’s plays at the end game were excellent: “One of the few things I emphasized to them going in this tournament is that we have to practice overcoming adversities. When we practice going into our main tournament which is the UAAP, we need to bounce back coming from behind or ahead kami, those are the things that we need to do as a team also.”

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BOX SCORES

UP (80) – Quattara 16, Manzo 13, Ju. De Liaño 12, Desiderio 10, Prado 6, Dario 6, Lao 5, Ja. De Liaño 4, Lim 4, Ricafort 2, Vito 2, Harris 0,

MAPUA (72) – Victoria 14, Raflores 10, Bunag 8, Magboo 8, Gabo 8, Estrella 7, Orquina 7, Biteng 6, Pelayo 4, Serrano 0, Nieles 0, Gamboa 0, Aguirre 0.

QUARTER SCORES

23-20, 36-40, 54-61, 80-72.

UP Fighting Maroons Filoil 2017 Line-up Announced; No Bright Akhuetie, Pio Longa

On their official UP Men’s Basketball Team Facebook page, UP Fighting Maroons will be fielding a 20-man line-up to be bannered by Paul Desiderio, Juan and Javi Gomez de Liano, Jarrell Lim and Diego Dario.

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After using Bright Akhuetie for their previous tournaments, he will be skipping the Filoil 2017 tournament for UP’s center for the upcoming season, Ibrahim Outtara. Also missing in the line-up is Pio Longa. Here is the official line-up from the UP Men’s Basketball page!

13 MANZO, Jun
12 LIM, Jarrell
07 ESPANOLA, JJ
09 BATTAD, Enzo
04 LAO, Kyles
18 DESIDERIO, Paul
01 GOMEZ DE LIANO, Juan
17 JABONETA, Janjan
26 MADRIGAL, AJ
06 GOMEZ DE LIANO, Javi
05 DARIO, DIEGO
25 WEBB, NOAH
02 RICAFORT, ROB
19 ROMERO, PAOLO
03 VILLARUZ, RICHIE
21 HARRIS, ANDREW
11 OUTTARA, IBRAHIM
20 PRADO, JERSON
19 VITO, GELO
08 ONG, KYLE

Tots Carlos Debuts for Perlas Spikers in PVL

UP Fighting Lady Maroons main scoring option, opposite spiker Tots Carlos is finally joining the semi-pro leagues! This time, she was tasked to complete the Perlas Spikers line-up, reuniting with her former teammates, Nicole Tiamzon and Kathy Bersola in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL). UP fans have long been waiting for the Fighting Lady Maroons to suit up for either PVL and PSL.

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However, according to Carlos, she only started training for the PVL last Monday. Tots Carlos’ inclusion in the Perlas Spikers squad comes after the ITC issue hounding the LVPI and PSL head Tats Suzarra. Several former Ateneo players had expressed their disappointment to imports not being able to play because of the delay in release of the ITC’s for PVL.

Good news for everyone, though! Marian Buitre will also be suiting up for Ayala-Generika for the next PSL season while Isa Molde will be part of Foton.

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What can you say about the recent developments regarding the UP Fighting Lady Maroons? Share your comments below!

Jett Manuel, UP Fighting Maroons ex-Captain is now a Civil Engineer

Jett Manuel has definitely brought back the winning culture for the UP Fighting Maroons after he and his crew had five wins in his final year at UAAP Season 79, but after that – everyone kept an eye on him to joining the PBA D-League, but he did not. Why?

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It is because the hardcourt heatthrob has different plans – and that is to pursue his profession, to become a licensed civil engineer. He had passed on the opportunity last September 2016 when his batchmates had taken the Civil Engineering board exams but now that he had decided to take his final year at the UAAP and now it is done, there is no hindering him to achieve his goal and he did it with flying colors!

Engr. Jose Anton Teodoso Villarama Manuel – yes, the basketball star from UP Fighting Maroons is now a registered civil engineer. He was among more than 2500 aspirants who passed the May 2017 Board Exam for civil engineers, according to the Professional Regulatory Commission.

Because of this, the 23-year-old was really happy that all his hard work and patience had paid off – that includes four months of review, and he felt it’s worth it. On his Twitter, he said:

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The rookie selection for the next season, slated for October, will be tough but Manuel has a lot of time in his hands. There are a lot of outstanding players, especially in his position, so he is still weighing his best options moving forward. Manuel also emphasized the part on why he took Civil Engineering – he always counts the part that if he do not get drafted and won’t be lucky enough to play in the PBA, there is something he can do other than basketball and so he studied hard and worked for it – both basketball and engineering.

In his interview with ABS-CBN Sports, he said: “I can finally focus on basketball again. I’m gonna focus on preparing my body and mind naman for the PBA. The ultimate goal was always to get drafted in the PBA.”

 

UP Fighting Maroons #Filoil2017 Journey Starts with Mapua Cardinals

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The UP Fighting Maroons may have won twice off-season but their loss in the recent Ilo-ilo Invitational Tournament held at Pototan Coliseum, Ilo-ilo served as a rude awakening. For them, they are ever hungrier this time to take the next tournament title to ultimately regain their confidence for the upcoming UAAP Season 80 wars this September.

In their bid to start things off with dominance, Paul Desiderio and the rest of the Maroon crew will be battling it out with Mapua Cardinals on May 19. They will be facing off EAC Generals and much-improved Benilde Blazers on May 21 and May 24.

Their first real battle against a UAAP team will be on May 28 against Adamson Soaring Falcons, which will be followed by a re-match of their Ilo-ilo duel against FEU Tamaraws on May 31.

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Aside from Desiderio, the Maroon crowd has something to watch out for as Juan Gomez de Liano will have his Filoil debut with the UP Fighting Maroons this season. It will definitely be put on full display as they square off against stingy San Sebastian College Stags and Arellano Chiefs on June 7 and 12 before facing another tough UAAP team, NU Bulldogs for their final eliminations match on June 14.

Once they enter the Top 4 of their bracket, a single elimination playoffs will commence. UP is eyeing to make it at playoffs at least for this season.

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UP Fighting Lady Maroons vs FEU Lady Tamaraws Exhibit Game on May 27!

UP Fighting Lady Maroons fans out there! Here is your chance to watch Isa Molde, Tots Carlos, Justine Dorog and other members of the team! Playing against the FEU Lady Tamaraws, the UP Women’s Volleyball is set for an exhibit game at the FSUU Gymnasium on May 27, 2017!

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The said exhibit game will be the first time this off-season that the girls will play together without the super seniors Kathy Bersola, Nicole Tiamzon and Pia Gaiser. It will also be the first time that the girls will visit Mindanao as a team.

Aside from this game against FEU, the UP Fighting Lady Maroons is expected to join the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference. Among those in the current line-up that are expected to be joining Molde, Carlos and Dorog in Butuan are Aie Gannaban, Sheena Chopitea, Marist Layug, Ayel Estranero, Caca Sandoval, Jessma Ramos and Mae Basarte.

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Kathy Bersola Leads Perlas Spikers in five setter against Power Smashers

Kathy Bersola scored 18 points in Perlas Spikers’ big five-setter win against the Power Smashers in a grueling battle, that ended in a 29-31, 24-26, 25-19, 25-23, 21-19 decision in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference held May 6th at the Filoil Flying V Center, San Juan.

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Steadier with tough defense and sure offense, Perlas proved they have their heads in the game as they won the last set in a back-and-forth decider, smashing with back-to-back blocks, with their record currently at 2-1.

Bali Pure remains to be unbeatable on top while Power Smashers tied with Air Force Lady Jet Spikers at 1-2. Last Tuesday, Perlas Spikers shocked the Alyssa Valdez-lead Creamline but their efforts came up short after they dropped the fifth set.

Bersola topped Perlas Spikers, with 13 attacks and five blocks, to be hailed the best player of the game. Amanda Villanueva scored 18 markers and 14 digs as well.

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Cynthia Escutin, Fil-am Setter Joins UP Lady Fighting Maroons

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After fifth place finish this UAAP Season 79, the UP lady Fighting Maroons may have remedied their setter woes after departure of Jewel Lai, with Ayel Estranero. But their receiving and defense suffered a lot, which made it hard for them to recover after getting downed by stronger offensive teams. The answer to that? Bring back a natural setter and send Estranero back to the libero position. That adds a whole new level of flexibility and unpredictability coming into Season 80 or 81 when Cynthia Escutin, a Filipino-American setter will be joining the UP Fighting Maroons in their bid to the Final 4 and ultimately a chance to the championship.

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Cynthia Escutin is a 5’6″ playmaker from the Minesota Volleyball Academy and is expected to be training with the UP Fighting Maroons on June this year. Coach Jerry Yee and the UP WVT Facebook page already published the news. On the NCSA recruitment page, she said: “I work extremely hard not only at volleyball but also with my academics. I have learned how to balance academics and volleyball. I have played volleyball for half my life and I feel that I am a hard worker. Leading my team is a strength of mine and I focus a lot on becoming a better volleyball player each practice.”

She started for Mounds View Senior High School in Arden Hills, Minnesota last year and will be taking up Bachelor of Sports Science in UP. For those who are curious about the setter, here are some of her shining moments – watch her make her plays!

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