Monday, August 30, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Bautista cans a three pointer
GONE IN 60 seconds. That can be an apt title to the much awaited Cyber wars as the STI College Olympians got the upperhand against their rivals, the AMA Computer University Titans as the Olympians dictated the tempo in the first quarter and never looked back as they hacked out a 61-41 win at the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Gym in Subic Olongapo. It was the only out of town game for the season for the NAASCU as all six teams played at the SBMA Gym. The Olympians opened the first four minutes with a 5 – 2 lead and then clamped on defense on the hapless Titans to secure a 20 – 8 first quarter lead. The game also featured the much awaited match up of the two Cameroonian imports of the NAASCU – Henri Atanga Betayene of STI College and Aziz Mbomiko of AMACU. Seeing the two dark skinned Cameroonians battle for every possession while they were inside the court is reminiscent of the PBA Wars. It’s just like watching the PBA with their imports inside the court. Betayene was a monster on the boards and just about changed almost every shot hurled inside the shaded lane. Betayene, together with Maclean Sabellina underscored the OIympian’s defense by blocking at least four shots each. This defense led to a 41- 21 lead at the half.
Gabo passes the ball to Cedric Ablaza who scores off the drive
At the start of the third quarter, everyone was anticipating the Olympians to put their offensive gear up another notch but unfortunately the Olympians offense was in disarray. The Titans opened the quarter with eight consecutive points to lower the cut their deficit 41 – 29. The efficient offensive flow of the Olympians went sour as they could not buy a basket for eight minutes! If they were going up against other teams, the Olympians would have been buried alive but fortunately their defense once again worked wonders and when they finally scored on two fastbreaks and a buzzer beating three pointer by Jerald Bautista the Olympians were back on the groove and ended the quarter on top by 16 points. By the time the fourth quarter started everything was moot and academic as the Titans never had a chance in this game as the Olympians coasted to a 20 point victory to get a hold of a tie for 2nd place.
Six foot three Forward Cedric Ablaza and veteran forward Gerald Bautista once again topscored for the Olympians with 13 points each. Center Maclean Sabellina made up for his so – so performance against the UM Hawks by swatting countless shots and scoring points off nice passes and tear drop shots. He scored 10 points. Betayene, sore knees and all did not make much offensively but is still the big intimidating man in the middle whose defensive presence changed the complexion of the game.
STI COLLEGE (61)
Ablaza 13, Bautista 13, Sabellina 10, Morales 7, Ihalas 7, Daguplo 4, Gabo 3, Melano 2, Betayene 2, Bocablo 0, Riva 0, Po 0, Villadoz 0,
Ibarra 7, Edibag 7, dela Rosa 7, Mbomiko 5, Mangalindan 4, Maravilla 4, Narag 4, Regala 2, Matias 2, Cabico 0, Alvarado 0, del Rosario 0
Quarterscores: 20 – 8, 41 – 21, 48 – 32 , 61 - 41
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Coming off a loss in their last outing, the STI College Junior Olympians came back strong, stumbled for a bit but regained their bearing as they outlasted the stubborn stand of the San Sebastian College Recoletos de Cavite Junior Baycats 68 - 61. The Olympians leaned on the hot shooting of the La Union duo of Ervin Silverie and Vincent Amparo who hit 5 three pointers as Silverie hit two in the first half while Amparo hit two crucial ones in the second half.
The Junior Olympians started hot as Silverie went two of three from way beyond the arc and the defense of the Olympians made it hard for the Junior Baycats to penetrate. STI College center Elmer Labis was the focal point of the Junior Olympians defense as he changed a lot of shots of the Junior Baycats while swatting 9 shots. After one quarter the Junior Olympians were on top 19 – 10 and was still on top after the first half 32 - 18.
By the third quarter the Junior Olympians were threatening to blow the game open until the Junior Baycats made a last stand to salvage a win. Leading 51 – 38, the Baycats employed a crippling full court press that gave the cavite based recoletos the lead 55 -54 with three minutes and 25 seconds to go. The fourth quarter had the makings of another monumental breakdown for the Junior Olympians in the last two minutes but they eventually recovered their bearing just in the nick of time. With the score tied at 57 – all, Junior Olympian Forward John Pariñas scored on two straight ten foot jumpers to give the Junior Olympians enough breathing room which eventually turned into a win.
It was the fourth time the Junior Olympians lost a lead as with the last one ending up in a loss to their rival AMA Junior Titans. The Junior Olympians improve to 3 wins and a loss and is raring to test league leading CEU Junior Scorpions next week.
Silverie 15, Pariñas 10, Amparo 8, Sanchez 7, Sabacahan 6, Labis 4,Sarmiento 4, Ortega 4, Untalan 4, Dulalia 3, Intong 2, Saldaña 0
Barnales 19, Victa 12, Enriquez 11, Eugenio 6, Monera 5, Cruz 2, Pono 2, Alcober 2, Macaraig 2, Cruz 0
19 – 10, 32 – 18, 46 – 36, 68 – 6 1
Monday, August 9, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
In just the second game of this year’s STI College Junior Olympians, they have already surpassed last year’s win record. Center Elmer Labis made sure that the Junior Olympians would not falter as he scored 14 points to help the Junior Olympians recover from a monumental collapse to win against the St. Clare College Junior Saints 63 – 57 at the STI Gym at the fort in Taguig City. More than his scoring, the defensive presence of Labis was all the young Olympians needed to salvage the win.
The Olympians started the game like a house on fire as they raced to a 17 - 9 first quarter lead mainly on the timely hits of Labis and the scoring of point guard Charlon Untalan. The Junior Olympians were in control of game but the Junior Saints kept on coming back as they cut the lead in the second quarter 24- 20. In came La Union shooter Erven Silverie as he found himself open most of the time as Labis was double teamed. The 16 year old Silverie scored 12 points on four three point shots as he gave the Junior Olympians breathing room after the Junior Saints came close, the half ended with the Junior Olympians on top 35 – 30.
The third quarter saw the Junior Olympians start in a maze of errors that made the Junior Saints come back and take the lead. From a 30 – 35, the Junior Saints clamped down on the STI team as they uncorked an 11 – 0 run to give them a six point lead. The Olympians did not know what hit them as they went scoreless for six minutes until Pari Pariñas scored on two free throws. The team was pulverized by the Saints defense as the STI team failed to counter the St Clare attack. After that tumultuous third quarter, STI Coach Raymond Tiongson brought in the two team spark plugs, Elmer Labis and Jerome Ortega. Ortega’s no nonsense defense created opportunities for the STI team as he dictated the tempo of the game through his defense. With the score tied at 53 – all with 3:09 left in the game, the Junior Olympians uncorked a 10 – 4 wind up anchored on Labis as the STI team booked their second straight win. Next stop, the AMACU Junior Titans.
STI COLLEGE (63)
Labis 14, Silverie 12, Untalan 9, Dulalia 8, Ortega 5, Amparo 4, Sanchez 3, Sabacahan 3, INtong 2, Pariñas 2,Saldaña 0,
ST. CLARE (57)
Albalos 13, Mercado 9, Paltao 8, Barte 7, Macapulay 7, de Mesa 6, Pantanugan 3, Federez 2,
Quarter scores: 17 – 9, 35 – 30, 42 - 49, 63 - 57