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SMB shuts Ginebra room for comeback

Saturday, 17 March 2018 00:00 Published in Sports

By John Bryan Ulanday

San Miguel Beer could not afford to give Ginebra San Miguel any space for a comeback.
And with a 3-1 lead, tonight is the best chance for the Beermen to finish off the Gin Kings to advance in the finals and get the chance at a fourth straight Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup finals appearance.
Game 5 of their best-of-seven semifinals series is set at 6:30 pm at the Cuneta Astrodome, with the Beermen hot on chase of fourth straight All-Filipino crown.
But the Gin Kings, wounded or not, are no pushovers in this kind of situation. That would make the Beermen extra careful but motivated in shortening the series which fans view in their favor.
On the Thursdat when their San MIguel Beer's former pillar Ramon Fernandez and Ginebra's former playing coach Robert Jaworksi showed up, the real Beermen showed up to crush the Gin Kings, 102-81 for 3-1 series gap on Thursday night.
A win in Game Five would put the Beermen closer to what no team has ever accomplished in the 43-year league history.
San Miguel coach Leo Austria is aware that Ginebra had come back from 1-3 deficit in the past. It is not impossible for the "never say die" squad to achieve it once again.
"3-1 is still manageable para sa opponent. Dahil hindi ko makakalimutan, we're leading 3-1 against Ginebra noong player pa ako ng Shell, and then we lost," Austria looked back at the 1991 PBA First Conference Finals they lost to the then Jaworski-led Ginebra despite a 3-1 series lead.

Ateneo eyes rebound vs NU

Saturday, 17 March 2018 00:00 Published in Sports

Ateneo hopes to get another payback, this time against National University today in the UAAP Season 80 women's volleyball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
The Lady Eagles suffered a five-set defeat at the hands of the Lady Bulldogs last Feb. 7 that dropped them at 0-2, the team's worst start under coach Tai Bundit.
The 4 pm match is very crucial, as Ateneo is eyeing to force a three-way tie in second place and to keep within striking distance of defending champion La Salle.
“The second round is a fresh start for us. Siguro, ngayon we just need to show how we can really

Oranza just waiting for Ronda celebration

Saturday, 17 March 2018 00:00 Published in Sports

CALACA, Batangas—Navy-Standard’s Ronald Oranza posted his seventh podium finish in the 147.8-kilometer Tagaytay-Calaca Stage 10 won by teammate Junrey Navara yesterday to move two stages away from officially claiming his first ever title in the Ronda Pilipinas 2018 presented by LBC.
Oranza, 25, outlasted 13 other riders to claim third place in three hours and 26.02 minutes in the stage, from the Tagaytay Convention Center to the Calaca Municipal Hall here, that Navara won in 3:21:47, or a second ahead of Go for Gold’s Boots Ryan Cayubit with 3:21:48.
The seventh podium finish underscored Oranza’s domination of this 12-stage race staking P1 million to the champion as it was highlighted by stage victories in Vigan, Pagudpud and Tarlac.
Trailing fellow Navyman Jan Paul Morales by a few seconds after the opening stage in Vigan, Oranza imposed his will in the Vigan-Pagudpud Stage Two to seize the overall lead and the red LBC jersey and never looked back from there.
With two stages to go, the Villasis, Pangasinan native, who has an aggregate time of 30:15:03, has practically sealed the crown, as Morales, his closest pursuer with 30:35:18, had conceded as early as Stage Eight.
Oranza, however, isn’t celebrating yet.
“Maybe after Stage 11, we can talk about it,” said Oranza.
Oranza was referring to today’s 92.72km Calaca-Calaca Stage 11 that is practically a smaller sample size of Stage 10.
The race concludes with the Stage 12 criterium in Filinvest, Alabang tomorrow. The event is presented by LBC and supported by MVP Sports Foundation, Filinvest, Philippine Rabbit, CCN, Petron,, 3Q Sports Event Management, Inc., Boy Kanin, Franzia, Standard Insurance, Bike Xtreme, SH+, Guerciotti, Prolite, Green Planet, Maynilad, NLEX Sports, Lightwater, LBC Foundation and PhilCycling.
Navara, 26, was at his best as he had an easier time negotiating the mountain passes in Ticub and Payapa to register his first lap victory in a long while.
It also gave Navara the lead in the King of the Mountain race with 35 points against Morales’ 21 to close in on his fourth KOM title.






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