Saturday, April 22, 2017

STI NBT: STI College Santa Rosa gets first win

RJ Guerrero got the ball rolling for Santa Rosa

STI College Santa Rosa engaged STI College Caloocan in a game of defense and whoever blinks first loses. Unfortunately for STI College Caloocan, they are the ones who blinked first as their last stand in the final minutes proved to be a little bit too late as the talented Santa Rosa team proved to be steadier in the pay-off period to seal a hard earned 57 – 48 win.  The win gave the Santa Rosa team some leeway in their group since they will be facing the hottest team (STI College Balagtas) next.

Rafael Almoro scores inside

The first half was filled with in your face defense “stay home” defense for both teams with both teams bleeding for offense. Jerico Guerrero started out with a three pointer and June Aliparo added a free throw to give the Santa Rosa team a 4 – 0 start. Aliparo bled for his points in this game as the sticky defense of STI College Caloocan on all his seven three point attempts had a hand on his face which led him to sink only two three pointers the whole game.  STI College Santa Rosa led 14 – 5 in the first quarter      and 25 – 11 at the half which looked like the first quarter for if you will compare this game to the previous three games preceeding it.

Intense rebound action

The first five minutes of the third quarter saw a rejuvenated STI College Caloocan team as they started off with a 14 – 7 run to somewhat catch up at 25 – 32. Jomar Salazar waxed hot as he sank two consecutive three pointers while Sebastian Berceno added another three pointer to give life to the Caloocan offense which was sleeping in the first half.  The quarter ended with STI College Santa Rosa still up a notch 39 – 31 in a turnover filled third quarter.

Sebastian Berceno fueled the Caloocan comeback

STI College Caloocan’s last stand came in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter as they went on a 9 – 4 run to cut the 39 – 48 deficit into four 48 – 52 with 39 seconds left in the game. STI College Santa Rosa’s experience showed in the final minutes as Jestoni Hercia, Aliparo and Kent Fabic combined for the final five points to put the game away. STI College Santa Rosa will face STI College Balagtas and STI College Koronadal next to determine the top two teams in Group B of the STI National Basketball Touranament which is now in the National Finals phase.

June Aliparo had a hand on his face the whole game

Aliparo  17, Almoro 8, Guerrero  7, Hercia Jes. 6 , Fabic  6, Romualdo  3, Hercia Jer. 3, Regalado  2, Dimaranan 2, Karamihan  2, Ursabia 1, Proximo  0,
Berceño 13, Salazar  8, Lazaro  6, Perez  5, Laysico  5, Patricio 5,  Flores 4, Salapong 2,  Atienza 0, Schmidt 0 , Sarmiento  0,

Quarter scores: 14 – 5, 25 – 11, 39 – 31, 57 – 48 

STI NBT: STI College Balagtas routs STI College Koronadal

Jason Maglalang sizzles with his jump hook

STI College Balagtas flexed its muscles from start to finish and the result was an 85 – 52 massacre of STI College Koronadal to open the STI National Finals with a well-deserved win.  Still smarting from their elite 8 loss to STI College Ortigas-Cainta that relegated them to Group B, the Bulacan based Balagtas team was no nonsense this time as their physical plays, superb defense and free flowing offense got on track as all 11 players scored while limiting their opponents to just 52 points.

Ivan Macapagal scores on a three pointer

The Bulacan based Balagtas team opened the game with a 7 – 4 run as Jayson Maglalang opened the scoring while Paul Macapagal scored on a fastbreak and three pointer. This jumpstart helped STI College Balagtas erect an early 12 – 6 lead. STI College Koronadal sued for time, regrouped and countered with a 6 – 3 that saw them catch up at 15 – 12 with barely a  minute left in the quarter. This was the closest STI College Koronadal ever had in the game because after that the as the quarter ended with STI College Balagtas on top 19 – 11.

Ronald Famulag for a jumper

In the second quarter STI College Balagtas steeped on the pedal as Angelito Oraye presided over a lopsided quarter that saw the team Bulacan score 25 points while limiting their opponents to only 11 points.  STI College Koronadal bled for their points as the resilient Balagtas team looked like they were the ones behind when the defended their opponents.

Renzy Ecamin lays the ball in

Unfortunately for the Mindanao champions, the second half had the same story as STI College Balagtas stamped will on the Koronadal team and never looked back to score a rout.The lone bright spot for STI College Koronadal was Cris Valencia who was the only player in double figures with 11 markers. The other players were shut down including their scorer Bernard Caguisano Jr. who was held to 3 points.  The road to redemption for STI College Balagtas is clearer now and they are just a few steps away from the National title.

Jonas Reyes scores on the run

Maglalang 14, Macapagal 14 , Oraye 12 , Ecamin  9, Peralta 9, Reyes  7, Mallari  7, Plastina  4, Mendoza  4, Baltazar 3, Joson  2,
Valencia 11, Morte 8, Soliva 8, Castillo 6, Famulag 6, Sulit 5, Ala-an 4, Caguisano B.  3, Bejasa 1, Libdan 0, Caguisano J.  0, Lopez 0,

Quarter scores:  19 – 11, 44 – 22, 67 – 39, 85 – 52

STI NBT: STI College Las Pinas secures first win in Nationals

Joshua Ruallo scores on the fastbreak

STI College Las Pinas came, saw and conquered as they pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat STI College Ortigas-Cainta 87 – 65 to join STI West Negros University as the early winners in Group A of the National Finals of the STI National Basketball Tournament 2017.  Both teams entered the game with pristine records and STI College Las Pinas bucked the loss of four players due to various reasons to eke out the win and remain unbeaten and more importantly a chance to make it to the final four.

John del Rosario counters with a basket

The duo of Danico Merced and Joshua Ruallo carried the fight for the Las Pinas squad as each player chipped in 21 points apiece with most of the damage coming from the three point area. The two shot 8 of 23 from beyond the arc for a decent 35% from three point area. John Del Rosario and Vincent Vigil on the other hand carried the fight for the Ortigas-Cainta team as the duo scored 14 and 11 points respectively.

Carlo Apachicha was the Las Pinas surprise package

The two teams started the game on equal footing with both teams seizing up each other and STI College Las Pinas trying to seize the upperhand after leading by a basket 13 – 11. Then Merced went to work as he fueled a 14 – 5 closing run to put the Las Pinas cagers on top 27 – 16. Merced and Ruallo combined for five three pointers with Merced burying two consecutive threes from way out the three point line to end the quarter.

Vincent Vigil gets two points

The first part of the second quarter saw STI College Las Pinas extend their lead to 34 – 16 as they opened the quarter with a 7 – 0 run to race to an 18 point lead with 8 minutes and 50 seconds to go in the quarter. STI College Ortigas-Cainta sued for time and after the ceasefire came out with their guns blazing as the Rizal based OrCa team unleashed a paralyzing 18 – 6 run as they cut the Las Pinas lead to six 34 – 40 at the end of the half.

Danico Merced hangs high

The third and fourth quarter saw STI College Ortigas-Cainta inch closer as they were down 42 – 44 with still seven minutes left in the quarter. STI College Las Pinas then presided over an 11 – 0 run to come out on top again 55 – 42 and STI College OrCa, which won their last two games after overcoming fourth quarter deficits could not match the firepower of STI College Las Pinas. With STI College OrCa breathing down the necks of the Las Pinas squad 59 – 63 with six minutes left, Merced presided over a crippling 24 – 6 closing run that zapped the strength off the Rizal based Orca cagers. The win gives STI College Las Pinas the opportunity to make it to this year’s final four.

Arjay Castillo hangs in mid-air for this lay-up

The Scores:

Merced 21, Ruallo 21 , Apachicha 16, Nograles  9, de la Cruz  7, , Rico 6, Salvia  5, Ocampo 2,
 Del Rosario  14, Palanca  12, Vigil 11  , Al-Balushi  7, Reyes  7, Alcantara 6, Castillo 5, Zapanta  2, Cadiente 1, Afuang 0 , Domo  0,

Quarter scores: 27 – 16, 40 – 36, 59 – 51, 87 – 65 

STI NBT: STI West Negros beats STI College Novaliches 87 - 64

Jay Carmona on the fastbreak

Defending champion STI West Negros University started its title defense on the right track as they waylaid STI College Novaliches to open the National Finals of the STI National Basketball Tournament.  STI WNU leads Group A in this five day finals with a win and is once again one of the favorites to retain their title.

Renz Solomon scores for STI WNU

STI NBT 2016 Mythical 5 selectee Renz Solomon started the game with two fastbreak baskets while Charry Cadase scored on a three pointer to give the defending champs a 7 – 0 lead to start the quarter. STI College Novaliches sued for time and started to neutralize the pressure defense of STI WNU to get back in the game. Both teams seem to be measuring each other as the quarter ended with STI WNU on top 18 – 12.

Joash Rupisan stretches for two

The second quarter started the same way as the first, STI WNU scattered six straight points to give the Bacolodians a 25 – 12 lead with still eight minutes to go. STI College Novaliches countered as Nesty Taguba scored off a three pointer to cut the lead to six 21 – 27. STI WNU would counter with Ronel Panogadia, Cadase and Solomon scoring on the run. The team from Bacolod settled for a 39 – 30 halftime lead.

This is an exciting point guard match-up

The second half was the same as STI WNU pulled away with timely hits and good defense. Solomon orchestrated the STI WNU offense with utmost precision and anchored their pressure defense as they gave their Quezon City counterparts no chance to mount a comeback.

Jaycee Adjei blocked this shot

Joash Rupisan and Rico Camposano led the Novaliches team with 12 points apiece. STI College Novaliches shot only 39% from the field while the defending champs had a field day by shooting 57% as they did it with less attempts but more conversions. Solomon’s over-all brilliance also included eight rebounds, seven assists and six steals.

Rouichi Belocura scores on the lay-up

The box scores:
Solomon 24  , Cadase 10 , Adjei 10, Belocura 8, Carumba 7, Panogadia 7, Carmona 6 , Dunlap 6, Pontevedra 4, Tan Jr.  3, Garde 2, Astorga 0 ,
Rupisan 12, Camposano 12, Ma 11, Taguba 9, Camay 8,  Lee 6,  Esternon 2, Dagondong 2, Parinas 2, Cuadra 0, Varcas 0,

Quarter scores: 18 – 12, 39 – 30, 64 – 49, 87 – 64

Thursday, April 20, 2017

STI National Basketball Tournament National Finals

Good luck to all teams competing in the STI National Basketball Tournament

Here is the schedule of Day 1 to 3
Day 4 will be the crossover semifinals while
Day 5 will be the Battle for third and the Championship game.


Saturday, April 8, 2017

STI Women's Volleyball Challenge Honor Roll

2017 STI Women's Volleyball Challenge 
STI College Sta. Maria

STI Women's Volleyball Challenge
Most Valuable Player
Margie Bermeo 
STI College Sta. Maria
seen here being awarded by STI  ESG's
Vice-President for School Operations
Mr. Resty O. Bundoc

 STI Women's Volleyball Challenge
Mythical Six Selectee
Josephine Victorio 
STI College Sta. Maria

STI Women's Volleyball Challenge
Margie Bermeo 

STI Women's Volleyball Challenge
Josephine Victorio 

 2017 STI Women's Volleyball Challenge
STI College Global City

STI Women's Volleyball Challenge
Mythical Six Selectee
Lyka Caniya of
STI College Global City
Ms. Caniya is also the Best Muse of the league

 STI Women's Volleyball Challenge
Daisy Salimbacod
STI College Global City

STI Women's Volleyball Challenge
Dyanara Daquil of
STI College Global City

2017 STI Women's Volleyball Challenge
STI College Santa Rosa

 STI Women's Volleyball Challenge
Mythical Six Selectee
Camille Tiongco of
STI College Santa Rosa

 STI Women's Volleyball Challenge
Mythical Six Selectee
Hiennah Trinos of
STI College Santa Rosa

STI Women's Volleyball Challenge
Jayan Sajonia of 
STI College Santa Rosa

 STI Women's Volleyball Challenge
Mythical Six Selectee
Sabrina Umali of
STI College Ortigas-Cainta

 STI Women's Volleyball Challenge
Maria Loren Encisa of
STI College Ortigas-Cainta

STI Women's Volleyball Challenge
Kate Irish del Rosario of
STI College Ortigas-Cainta

STI College Sta. Maria wins STI Women's Volleyball title

The Champions

Determination, resiliency and consistency - these are just some traits that champions are made of. True enough the determined and resilient spikers from Sta. Maria Bulacan willed their way to the championship and stuck with their consistency on their attacks to eke out a hard earned 25 – 18, 23 – 25, 25 – 20, 25 – 20 win over the hard fighting STI College Global City team.  The win enabled STI College Sta. Maria to capture the first STI Women’s Volleyball Challenge that was participated by 24 STI schools.

 Margie Bermeo skies for the ball

STI College Sta. Maria started like a house on fire as they raised to an early lead in the first set and held on to it and never relinquished it.  The Sta. Maria spikers wanted to start on a good note since they played catch up against STI College Santa Rosa in the semifinals. The team wanted to show much energy and it rubbed on to the rest of the team.

A spectacular joust at the net

Leading the way for STI College Sta. Maria was the awesome twosome of Margie Bermeo and Josephine Victorio.  Prior to the game the two high flyers received special awards with Bermeo getting the best attacker award and Victorio the Best Spiker award. On the other side of the court STI College Global City’s Daisy Salimbacod was given the Best Blocker award while Dyanara Daquil garnered the Best Server award. Victorio also joined Global City’s captain Lyka Caniya as part of the Mythical 6.

The Best Offense vs. The Best Defense

Looking at the resume of the players on both sides gives you a sense of excitement for the match. That excitement came in the second set when both teams bled for every point with STI College Global City equalizing on the account of a 25 – 23  hard-earned second set win. In their past two games, STI College Global City would lose badly the first set but come back strong to take the next three sets and with them equalizing, the championship was on to a thrilling finale with both teams now in full gear.

Lyka Caniya attacks the Sta. Maria defense

At the top of the third set, STI College Global City’s renewed confidence fueled their games as they fought their Bulacan based opponents for every point. Five feet Ten inch middle blocker Daisy Salimbacod was an intimidating force in the middle that kept Bermeo and Victorio from scoring at will. STI College Global City’s Paula Princesa on the other hand alternated with Lyka Caniya in Global City’s attack on the Sta. Maria team that gave them the upper-hand early on.

Sta. Maria players on the same page

This prompted the STI College Sta. Maria team to regroup, come out more determined in answering back the Global City attack and more resilient in attacking their opponent’s defense. The result was a 25 – 20 third set win that put the Bulacan spikers one step closer to the title.  After that third set win, the Sta. Maria Bulacan team’s renewed confidence made them gear up for the knock-out punch to put their opponents away. But STI College Global City did not go out without a fight. Trailing 14 – 18 in the fourth set, 4th year Travel Management Senior and team Captain Lyka Caniya carried her team one last time as they equalized 18 – all with Caniya rifling off three aces.

The Tournament MVP Margie Bermeo

That was the cue that Sta. Maria Spiker Margie Bermeo needed to fuel her team’s attack once again as her booming hits penetrated the Global City defense that helped STI College Sta. Maria end the set with a 25 – 20 win and claim the crown. Margie Bermeo was declared the tournament Most Valuable Player as she displayed her all around brilliance with monster numbers to boot as she came out with her best performance in the biggest stage as she scored 32 big points. Congratulations STI College Sta. Maria the 2017 STI Women’s Volleyball Challenge Champions.

STI College Sta. Maria and STI College Global City players pose for a pic after the game