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F2, Foton clash for PSL’s No. 2

Saturday, 17 March 2018 00:00 Published in Sports

Games Today
(Muntinlupa Sports Center)
1:45 pm – Foton vs F2 Logistics
4:10 pm – Cignal vs Smart

With Petron formally sweeping the first round, the race for the second spot heats up with F2 Logistics and Foton figuring in another action-packed encounter in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix today at the Muntinlupa Sports Center.
Action starts at 1:45 pm before the encounter between struggling Smart and Cignal in the 4:10 featured battle of prestigious women’s club tourney bankrolled by Isuzu and UCPB Gen with ESPN5 as official broadcast partner.
After demolishing Cocolife late Thursday, 26-24, 25-18, 21-25, 25-20, Petron posted a 7-0 sweep of the first round, leaving F2 Logistics, Cocolife, Foton, Sta. Lucia Realty and Cignal in the thick of the fight for the second spot.
The Cargo Movers fashion a 4-1 slate, while the Asset Managers are in third with a 4-3 card and the Tornadoes, Lady Realtors and HD Spikers are bunched at the fourth spot with 2-3 as the first round of this tourney that has Senoh, Mikasa, Asics, LGR and Grand Sport as technical sponsors enters its crucial stretch.
Based on the league format, the top team after the first round will join the third, sixth and eighth seeds in Pool A while Pool B will be composed of the second, fourth, fifth and seventh ranked teams for another round of action to determine their quarterfinal standing.
The survivors in the quarterfinals will figure in a best-of-three semifinal series where tickets to a best-of-three finals showdown are at stake.
F2 Logistics coach Arnold Laniog said things would start to get tough, especially with Foton also looking to avoid a collision with top seed Petron in the second round.
“Our last two games against Foton and Generika-Ayala are very crucial to our standing in the first round,” said Laniog after posting a 25-21, 25-17, 25-14 victory over Cignal also last Tuesday.
“But we’re taking it one game at a time. It’s still a long way to go so we just have to work hard in practice and training to get to where we want to be.”
Foton, on the other hand, is also tipped to go hard as it tries to rebound from a sorry five-set loss to Petron last weekend.
In that match, the Tornadoes had an explosive start, but crumbled down the stretch as their reception went offline, prompting Lindsay Stalzer and Frances Molina to dominate at the attack zone.
Foton head coach Rommel Abella is expected to push imports Elizabeth Wendel of Canada and Brooke Kranda of United States to the limit while drawing enough support from the local crew of Dindin Manabat, Maika Ortiz, Gyselle Sy and Gen Casugod.

Superal ends LPGT slump with record 16-shot win

Saturday, 17 March 2018 00:00 Published in Sports

TAGAYTAY – Princess Superal broke a near two-year spell on the Ladies Philippine Golf Tour in smashing fashion, ruling the P1 million ICTSI Tagaytay Highlands Ladies Challenge via a record 16-stroke victory over Cyna Rodriguez here yesterday.
Finally flashing the form that won her a number of pro tournaments as an amateur and as a newly-minted pro, Superal tamed the wind-raked Highlands layout with solid driving and superb iron play, netting four birdies that negated a lone bogey on No. 4 for a closing three-under 67 and outclassing the field that included a slew of Thai aces with a 54-hole total of three-under 207 worth P250,000.
That was whopping 16 shots over Rodriguez, who hardly recovered from two bogeys in the first five holes with a birdie on the sixth and limped with a closing 40 and a 75 for 223. She took home P120,000.
Superal had a number of top five finishes since winning last in late 2016 via a one-stroke victory over then amateur Pauline del Rosario at Eastridge.
Superal’s feat likewise erased the previous largest winning margin of 15 which Thai and now-LPGA campaigner Meechai Wichanee posted at Splendido in 2015 over compatriot Walailak Satarak and former leg winner Sarah Ababa.
The runaway victory should also make Superal the player to beat in next week’s LPGT leg at Riviera, her final local tournament before kicking off her 2018 campaign in the Symetra Tour in the IOA Championship in Beaumont, California on April 6-8.
Like Rodriguez, Chihiro Ikeda, who grabbed the first round lead despite playing with a slight wrist injury, failed to rebound from a poor start marred by a triple bogey on the par-5 No. 4, finishing with a horrible 40-43 (83) and ending up third at 228 worth P85,000.
Amolkan Phalajivin, the first Thai winner in the circuit organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. in 2014 at Splendido, bogeyed the last two holes for a 75 but emerged as the top finisher among the aces from Thailand at fourth at 231.
She nipped Tiranan Yoopan, who settled for fifth at 232 despite a 72 while Kristine Torralba closed out with back-to-back pars to edge Korean Bang Choeun by two in their spirited battle for low amateur honors in the fifth leg of the circuit sponsored by ICTSI.
Torralba closed out with a 77 to finish sixth at 233 while Bang bogeyed the last four holes for a 76 and ended up eighth at 235 behind Thai Saruttaya Ngam-usawan, who had a 234 after a 73.
Ababa carded a 78 and finished tied for ninth at 237 with Sarinee Thitiratanakorn, also of Thailand, who fumbled with an 83 in the event backed by Custom Clubmakers, BDO, Meralco, Sharp, KZGm PLDT, Champion, Summit Mineral Water and K&G Golf.
Five ahead of Ikeda after 36 holes, Superal played pressure-free all day, coming through with back-to-back birdies from No. 2 and bouncing back from a bogey on the par-5 fourth hole with birdies on Nos. 11 and 14 to turn in the tournament-best 67 card and post the circuit’s biggest winning margin in six years.
With Ikeda bowing out early, Rodriguez tried to press her bid but fumbled with bogeys in her desperate hunt for birdies. While Superal

Adamson cops UAAP baseball crown

Saturday, 17 March 2018 00:00 Published in Sports


Adamson University ended an eight-year baseball drought while its softball squad extended its UAAP Season 80 campaign at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium yesterday.
Jerome Yenson produced a scintillating performance as the Falcons turned back De La Salle, 13-6, to complete a two-game sweep of the baseball Finals.
Adamson University displayed tremendous poise to beat University of Santo Tomas, 8-5, sending the softball championship series to a decider.
With pitcher Lexter Carandang starting for the Falcons, Boo Barandiaran, Iggy Escaño and season MVP Kiko Gesmundo gave the Green Batters a 5-0 lead - the first in the series.
Then Game 1 starter Yenson led the Falcons' turnaround from that deficit at the bottom third.
Adamson University scored 14 runs bridging the third to sixth inning to build a nine-run cushion and never looked back.
Yenson, a native from Nueva Ecija who was named the Finals MVP Best Pitcher, struck out six batters and tallied three RBIs in the title-clinching victory for the Falcons.
Adamson University thus won its 11th baseball crown - and the first since the 2009-10 season - as it finally came out from being also-rans during that dry spell.
A RBI single by Leslie Benabaye sparked the Lady Falcons five-run sixth inning to break the 3-3 tie despite having two outs.
"Sinabi ko sa kanila na kapag umiskor tayo sa sixth inning, panalo tayo. Naging inspiration nila yung sinabi ko sa kanila," said Adamson Univerdity coach Ana Santiago, who made a major overhaul on her batting order in Game 2.



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