#SHOESDAYTUESDAY 3/1/2020: INTER PICK-UP

Every Tuesday, our players get to flex the heat they have on foot. Look Good, Feel Good, Play Goo...

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By Gab Canlas – Published April 3, 2020
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Every Tuesday, our players get to flex the heat they have on foot. Look Good, Feel Good, Play Good, these hardwood kings brought some serious flame. They’re\n up on this week’s #ShoesdayTuesday.\n
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Here's a recap of the kicks featured in the March 1, 2020 edition of #ShoesdayTuesday:\n
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Rei Sambo (ADIDAS N3XT L3V3L – “Tech Olive”) \n
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1. For me functionality and aesthetic goes hand in hand, yung pwede na rin pang lifestyle and comfortable and maganda support sa paa, plus yung over all\n functionality ng shoes. And siyempre depends rin sa mga players na gumagamit.

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2. What is the part/feature/design you like the most? Futuristic design by Adidas, lace-less shoe, good support

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3. What is the part/feature/design you like the least? It ‘sometimes’ gets too hot inside my shoes. Fireeeeeee

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What are essentially “socks” on top of a midsole and TPU Wings, Sambo puts on the Adidas N3XT L3V3L. A personal favorite of Atlanta Hawks Star, Trae Young,\n the Adidas N3XT L3V3L is arguably the most minimal shoe out in the market.\n
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Featuring Adidas’ “prime” woven material called PrimeKnit, the is primarily a one-piece build providing a sock-like, one-to-one, yet lightweight secure\n fit and breathability. The shoe is held together by TPU Wings for stability and Adidas’ new cushioning system called Lightstrike, providing a plush\n yet responsible ride.

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Moochie Bacani – DU Basketball (JORDAN XI – “BRED”) \n
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1. Ako more on porma, design & color

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2. Design, color & comfort

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3. Shoelace

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Classic, anyone? DU’s Moochie Bacani opting to “Be Like Mike” rocking a favorite, Air Jordan XI in the “BRED” (Black/Red) color way. The Air Jordan XI,\n at a time, was the pinnacle of on court performance. Despite being dated now, it features some tech that could still hold up in today’s game.\n
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The Air Jordan XI is made up of a Ballistic Mesh Upper with the iconic Patent Leather overlay for structure. It sits on top of a phylon midsole carrier,\n housing the patented Full-Length Nike Air mid-sole. For support, a full-length carbon fiber plate runs under foot housed within the also iconic translucent\n out sole.

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Mark Magleo - LSBC (Jordan Brand – Why Not 0.2 – “IDC/I Don’t Care”) \n
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1. If I buy, shoes I'm looking for performance and brand. I like wearing Nike and Jordan

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2. The feature of the shoes I'm looking for is comfort and traction. I like also having unique and fancy color when it comes to shoes

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3. The least part is the color ways sometime. They don't release some fancy and nice color ways at i like

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Much like his opinion on his opponent, the “I Don’t Care” color way of the Why Not 0.2 is what Mark Magleo chose for his on-court excursions. Following\n the success of Russell Westbrook’s 1st installment of his signature, the Why Not 0.2 takes a more creative (and loud) approach, while keeping\n true to Westbrook’s intensity on court, and packing some serious punch in shoe technology.\n
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A decoupled forefoot and heel setup is chosen midsole and outsole tooling, the Why Not 0.2, takes the inspiration from another performance monster,\n the Air Jordan 28, which a Westbrook favorite. It features an unlocked large-volume forefoot Zoom Unit and injected phylon in the heel, to cater explosive\n landings and hard cuts to the rim. The upper consists of a combination of mesh and woven materials to provide a very secure yet lightweight locked\n down fit. A TPU Midfoot Shank and Heel Counter help keep the movements supportive yet free.

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Jay Magleo – LSBC (Nike KD12 – “YOUTUBE”) \n
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1. Performance/Functionality

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Cushion, Traction, Comfort/Fit

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2. Part i like most: Cushion

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3. Design I like least: Adidas N3XT L3V3L

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Jay Magleo is straight up business on court, much like his chosen sneaker, the Nike KD12 in the “YouTube” colorway. The 12th installment in\n the Nike KD series, the KD12 is at the forefront of Nike Innovation, sporting their re-tooled, reimaging of the classic, Nike Zoom Air. It is implemented\n in a way where the wearer’s foot sits directly on top of Full-Length Nike Zoom Air A.K.A the Zoom Strobel.\n
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The Zoom Strobel provides the spring back that Zoom Air provides, and it is housed within a cored-out phylon midsole to provide plushness and court\n feel. The outsole cups the entire bottom of the shoe and provides some very serious traction for cuts, curls, and stops on court. A textile upper combined\n with Nike’s new Quad-Axial Fly wire provides a lightweight, secure fit, to keep the foot supported at all times.

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Xander Sarmiento – EINZ (LeBron XVI Low – “Agimat”) \n
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1. The first thing I consider when buying basketball shoes is of course its performance. Being a lebron fan, I’ve bought his other designed shoes before,\n so i already know that it will perform well. Also, the comfort, the design and color way of the shoes are important as well.

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2. I really like the shoes, as it is a tribute to the Philippines. Apart from that, it’s even more unique because it is 1 of only 3 designs of the LeBron\n 16 low that has a zipper in front by the laces. And of course it’s limited edition.

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3. Genuinely, for me it’s perfect. From the design, to its performance, it’s the best Lebron Agimat to date.

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Feeling pride for the motherland, “Player” laces (and zips) up the Nike LeBron XVI Low in the “Agimat” Color way. The LeBron XVI Low has tech\n features similar to the LeBron XVI (called the mid). It features a full-length, segmented Max Zoom Air setup that provides the wearer a flexible yet\n explosive ride, cushioning every hard landing and providing that little “pep in your step” feel when attacking the rim.\n
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A one-piece textile upper finishes the look of the shoe, providing a lightweight, supportive upper. This particular color way of the shoe has a built\n in zipper that provides extra security aside from the laces.

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Patrick Librando – DU Basketball (Nike PG3 – “Black Aqua”) \n
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1. Comfort and Functionality

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2. The color contrast looks good aesthetically. The black goes well with the aqua highlights of the shoes.

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3. It would be much better if the Paul George design was made a little smaller or placed where it's a little less obvious to make it simpler.

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As simple as his game, Patrick Librando is no-frills, all game, rocking the Nike PG3 “Black Aqua”.

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The Nike PG3 is a favorite among hoopers, due to its very affordable price and straight up performance on the hardwood. It’s all business for this shoe,\n sporting a textile mesh upper, sitting on top of a phylon mid-sole with a large volume forefoot Nike Zoom Air. No extra gimmicks, no cheap tricks,\n nothing. Much like PG’s game.

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#ShoesdayTuesday 2/8/2020: Inter Pick-Up

Let's take a short trip down memory lane and look back at the best of #ShoesdayTuesday - beginnin...

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By Gab Canlas - Published March 24, 2020\n

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It’s another week of heat on KOTC Shoesday Tuesday and we’re here to feature some of the best sneakers that graced the hardwood. Remember our first episode of 2020? We go back and ask our ballers of their thoughts on their weapon of choice:\n
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Here's a recap of the kicks featured in the February 8, 2020 edition of #ShoesdayTuesday:\n
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JC Fernandez - MNL Kingpin (KOBE AD NXT 360 FastFix – “Blue Hero”)

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1. Considerations in buying a basketball shoe: For me Weight first, then stability and cushion. Idol Lebron, but most of his shoes, mabigat. Favorite Shoe:\n LeBron 9

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2. Pros: Light and comfort

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3. Cons: Robotic too futuristic design

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Seen on JC Fernandez’ feet are the Kobe AD NXT 360 FF – “Blue Hero”. It features a “snake scale” traction pattern to provide top-tier traction, Nike React\n + Cushion midsole for plush and responsive cushioning, a one-piece neoprene upper to provide a lightweight fit combined with a rubber cup sole for\n support. Nike’s patented Fast Fit System is the headliner of this shoe, providing a secure locked down fit with just one pull.\n

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Allen Zabala - MNL Kingpin (KOBE V PROTRO – “CHAOS”)

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1. Considerations in buying a basketball shoe: Porma and siyempre idol ko si Kobe.

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2. Pros: The colorway and the sole. Very comfortable pang laro.

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3. Cons: None. For me ‘pag Kobe shoes maganda talaga eh.

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Allen Zabala rocking the recently “pro-tro’ed” (performance retro), Kobe V in the “Chaos” colorway. A classic silhouette sporting a football inspired low\n cut, TPU-based upper called Skinfuse with first generation Flywire. Old design with new technology, sporting a Cushlon Midsole with Nike Zoom Turbo\n in the forefoot.\n

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Mark Cruz - MNL Kingpin (KYRIE LOW 2 – NIKE X SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS “SANDY CHEEKS”)

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1. Considerations in buying a basketball shoe: I go with the performance and reviews… kung saan mas comfortable ung paa ko when I’m playing and\n siyempre ung porma na din kung sino NBA player nagsusuot nito.

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2. Pros: Yung traction niya and fit sa paa when you’re playing. And at the same time yung mga materials na ginamit sa shoes.

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3. Cons: None! Since fan ako ni Kyrie Irving and Spongebob. Rare din yung colorway ng sandy cheeks for Kyrie 2 low. Good ang review at performance ng Kyrie\n low for balling, nagustuhan ko din colorway niya which is white.

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A special collab of the Nike Kyrie Low 2, is what Mark Cruz flexed on the hardwood. The Kyrie Low 2 is a sub-signature line of the Kyrie Series, sporting\n a lower cut for those looking for more mobility and range of motion. Much like the main signature line, the Kyrie Low 2 boasts excellent traction,\n a low-profile phylon mid-sole with Heel and Forefoot Zoom Air for a balance of court feel and impact protection, and a textile upper to keep things\n light while remaining supportive.

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Vince Esprescion – Hoyas (KYRIE 6 – “ENLIGHTENMENT”)

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1. Considerations in buying a basketball shoe: Kyrie 6 -Softness of heel

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2. Pros: Comfortable, provide lot of support

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3. Cons: Stability because of the strap.

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Not lacking “expression” on court, Vince Esprescion rocked the Nike Kyrie 6 “Enlightenment”. Built for Kyrie’s shifty movements, the Nike Kyrie 6 brings\n it with GOAT-Like story-telling traction housed in a rounded outsole paired with soft injected phylon and Nike’s Zoom Turbo. Appealing for both off\n and on-court use, the Kyrie 6 provides a touch of premium with a leather build in the back with soft textile upfront.

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JR Puducay – Hoyas (LeBron III – “Midnight Navy”)

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1. Considerations in buying a basketball shoe: Kung ano suot ni King James. Idol ko siya kasi pareho kami ng shooting form

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2. Pros: Gusto ko makapit yung shoes, easier to do the euro step

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3. Cons: Ayaw ko ng mabigat na shoes kasi nakaka bawas sa pagiging high-flyer

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Built for the explosive, JR Puducay chose to wear the LeBron III Retro in the “Midnight Navy” Colorway. With a “boot”-like build, the LeBron III Retro\n features an all-leather build to help explosive players stay supported and in the shoe. The upper sits on a Phylon Midsole with a Full-Length Nike\n Zoom Air unit encased with a Pebax shell, to keep landings soft, explosive, yet supportive.

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JC Mendones – Hoyas (LeBron XVII – “Lakeshow”)

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1. Considerations in buying a basketball shoe:Matic sa kin kapag may bago si Lebron yun talaga binibili at ginagamit ko pang basketball.

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2. Pros: Comfort, sa Lebron 17 yung Air Max (air sole) unit niya ang pinakagusto ko. Solid yung impact support when jumping.

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3. Cons: Yung laces, para sa kin mas ok sana kung velcro straps like nung sa Soldier 10 and 11.

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At the forefront of Nike’s latest and greatest, the LeBron XVII was JC Mendones’ weapon of choice. Much like later iterations of LeBron’s Signature line,\n the Nike LeBron XVII keeps things, light yet supportive, featuring Nike’s new Knitposite (combination of Posite and BattleKnit) for the one piece upper.\n To compensate for LeBron’s insane stature and athleticism, the Knitposite Upper sits on a phylon carrier with segmented Max Zoom Pods in the forefoot\n and one of the biggest Air Max Units Nike has ever designed, in the back.

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VIX Legis caps Advocatus League Season 1 with the championship

VIX Legis ruled the 2019 Season of the Advocatus Basketball League after conquering a tough battl...

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By Frank Leo Aniscal - Kings of the Court PH
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VIX Legis ruled the 2019 Season of the Advocatus Basketball League after conquering a tough battle against Sigma Rho Warriors in the finals, 75-64, held\n at The Upper Deck Lifestyle Center in Pasig City.

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They started off on a strong note and delivered the same effort in the endgame as they always found answers to nullify the opposition's attacks until taking\n away the victory and officially be called as the champions. Jang Moreno proved that he deserved the Most Valuable Player title after giving an unwavering\n force to lead VIX Legis as he finished with 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and two steals to add the Finals MVP award to his collections.\n \"Coming into this game, my mindset was to trust my teammates. And in return, they trusted me too so I gave my best to contribute and win the championship,\"\n Moreno said.

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Mythical team member Raniel Miranda was one rebound away from making a double-double performance as he dropped 12 points, while Darryll Matthew Santos\n and MJ Bayang provided huge help as well with 15 and 10 markers, respectively. Showing a collective effort on defense, VIX Legis starters pulled off\n a fiery start as they quickly took the momentum through a 12-2 run. And as the second unit entered, they kept the intensity and built a 12-point cushion\n at the end of the opening period, 22-10. VIX Legis continued the spurt as they stretched the lead to 18 points with only a few minutes burned in the\n second quarter, 30-12.

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John Voltaire Almeda got his groove in the offense as he lifted Sigma Rho Warriors, but a late jumper by Moreno helped VIX Legis stay on top by double\n figures, 36-25. Staying aggressive in the offense, Almeda dropped eight straight points, including two triples, and Richard Carlos punctuated Sigma\n Rho Warriors' 11-2 rally as they came back to within one possession, 38-36. Unfortunately, their offense was suddenly disrupted by the defensive adjustments\n of VIX Legis as the latter answered back with their own 12-3 attack to regain a double digit lead, 50-39.

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VIX Legis brought an eight-point advantage into the fourth period, 54-46. VIX Legis wasted no time at the beginning of the final canto as they rebuilt\n a 14-point margin in the 7:50 mark, 62-48. Keeping their efforts on defense and using the clock wisely on the other end, VIX Legis was able to hold\n the comfortable lead down to the final second and eventually won the Advocatus Basketball League title.

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Almeda led all scorers with his 23-point performance, while Philip Miguel Ranada put up a double-double game after collecting 19 markers and 14 boards.\n Dion Africa added 10 points for Sigma Rho Warriors. \"We also want to congratulate Sigma Rho Warriors. They really made it hard for us. Hindi kami nagulat\n sa kanila dahil they have a lot of talented players. It has been a great competitive finals game,\" Moreno concluded.

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VIX Legis finished the season the same way they started it. Carrying a 5-1 elimination round record, the top seeded squad together with the second seed\n LEGALL.PH enjoyed an advanced seat in the semifinals. Finalists and 1st runner-up, Sigma Rho Warriors on the other hand, escaped past quarterfinalists\n Director's Club, before edging LEGALL.PH to punch a ticket to the finals.

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DENR Lawyers Guild Inc., the lone team to beat the eventual champions, also had a tough yet eventful stint in the playoffs, beginning in the quarterfinals\n against IBP Rizal, where they salvaged a slim win to set up a date with VIX Legis. This time around in the knockout semis, the Jang Moreno-led squad\n avenged their early season loss and punched a ticket to the finals, where they would go all the way.

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From eight competing teams to kick off season one, six teams marched on the very first playoffs stages of the league. Four teams survived and carried on\n to the war in the semifinals, but only two remained in the battle for the title. One team came out victorious, but in the end, everyone was a winner.\n In between the games and the tough competition, these warrior lawyers got to play the sport that they love, and were able to fulfill the mission of\n the league- to build camaraderie, satisfy their thirst for quality basketball, and above all- promote health and wellness as part of their work-life\n balance as licensed professionals.

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IPPCA Basketball Tournament Season 2 opens

The Independent Philippine Petroleum Companies Association (IPPCA) returned in hardcourt action a...

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By Frank Leo Aniscal - Published March 10, 2020
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The Independent Philippine Petroleum Companies Association (IPPCA) returned in hardcourt action as it commenced the IPPCA Basketball Tournament Season\n 2 at The Upper Deck Lifestyle Center in Ortigas, Pasig City, last March 7, 2020.

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Loud noise of the crowd, bodies dropping down, emotions running high, and all the hustle plays of the players were all missed by everyone in the organization.\n But now that the IPPCA is back, no more feeling of longing but a more grueling level of competition is to be expected.

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\"In having this basketball tournament, we actually wanted to build camaraderie and good relationship for all the Independent Petroleum players. This is\n to show the sportsmanship of all contending teams,\" said Mr. Seymour Go, IPPCA Basketball Tournament Commissioner.

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Seven teams are vying for the coveted crown, namely; TOIC (Season 1 Champions), SEAOIL, Unioil, Petro Gazz, Clean Fuel, METRO, and FilOil.

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\"We were able to see and evaluate the lineups of each team. They made changes and we knew it’s for their own improvement. For now we have the same number\n of teams just like in the first season, but we are hoping to get more teams next season to make the competition more exciting,\" Go explained.

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As he concluded, Go said that we can expect a tight competition in Season 2 and TOIC might have a hard time in defending its championship.

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Dominant teams in opening week - As season openers, reigning IPPCA champions TOIC shrugged off rusts and started its title defense with a victory over\n Petro Gazz, 52-46, while Season 1 runner-up SEAOIL annihilated Unioil, 66-28.

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Mark Egie Asuncion starred in TOIC's debut win as he gathered 14 points to go along with four rebounds and one steal. Kim Gregorio, IPPCA reigning MVP,\n and Rizaldy Barroso added seven markers each.

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Ernesto Tablang Jr. led all scorers as he finished with 15 points, but wasn't enough to lift Petro Gazz.

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In the second game, Luke Enriquez and Christian Simbulan both came out impressive in their first game, collecting 15 and 13 points respectively, to anchor\n SEAOIL to a blowout victory. Chrizalde Buban, Paul Abaca and Marito De Jesus Jr. combined for 23 markers.

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\"Hopefully we want to repeat the championship that we had last season, but we're not expecting too much. I just want my players to give their one hundred\n percent every game for us to win, “said Rommel Roque, TOIC head coach.

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IPPCA taps KOTC anew- The inaugural season of IPPCA Basketball Tournament was definitely a successful one with Kings of the Court being its official organizer.\n So with no hesitation, they continued the partnership with the latter company for its Season 2.

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As stated by Go in an interview, he described IPPCA's relationship with KOTC as a \"solid\" team up.

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\"We are very happy with the outcome of the first season of IPPCA. Since we have no experience in handling basketball tournament, KOTC was able to provide\n all the assistance and help that we needed. And that's why for our second season, we are very happy that we have KOTC once again to assist and provide\n the service that we needed,\" Go said.

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Exile bags first Aquinas Alumni 3X3 Basketball title

Exile was perfect in five games as they won the championship in the Aquinas School Alumni 3X3 Tou...

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By Frank Leo Aniscal - Published February 12, 2020\n

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Exile was perfect in five games as they won the championship in the Aquinas School Alumni 3X3 Tournament.

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A team led by Joey Valencia alongside Larry Rivera, Paul Gan and Mario Reyes, Exile had an easy job going to the finals after defeating four other\n teams - the 96ers, Ninja Kids, Batch 94, and Mamba.

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The Ninja Kids opened the exit door for the Mamba in the first round of playoffs, while the 96ers kept Batch 94 winless to qualify for the semifinals.\n

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It was an intense action in the semifinals, but the 96ers was able to escape Ninja Kids to set a match with Exile.

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With enough rest going to the final match, Exile did not need the 10-minute time to lapse as they easily reached the 21-point mark to complete a sweep\n of the one-day contest.

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\"Masaya ako na naging MVP ako dito sa Aquinas 3X3. Nagpapasalamat ako sa suporta ng boss namin, si Joey Valencia, and masaya akong nakatulong sa school\n namin,\" said 3X3 MVP Larry Rivera.

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3X3 as a sport for Aquinians

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The game of 3X3 Basketball is continuously gaining popularity in the country. A lot of basketball organizers have ventured in the sport and were successful\n in this program. And so to experience how 3X3 Basketball is being played, the Aquinas Alumni set up their own one-day competition.

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Five teams battled for the first Aquinas Alumni 3X3 Basketball title - Exile, 96ers, Mamba, Ninja Kids, and Batch 94 - which was eventually held by\n team of Exile, consisting of Joey Valencia, 3X3 MVP Larry Rivera, Paul Gan, and Mario Reyes.

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After the exhausting collisions, some of them gave their thoughts on how the game was played.

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\"It's a fast pace game. Mabilis ang transition and halos tuluy-tuloy ang laro. It's a brand new way of playing basketball,\" said Vincent Cortez of\n team Mamba.

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Exile's Valencia expressed that this sport is a lot more tiring than the full court matches because of its fast pace nature.

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\"It's been 25 years since the last time na naglaro ako ng 3X3. High school pa. Sobrang nakakapagod pala and nakakapaibago yung liit ng bola,\" said\n Exile player Joey Valencia said.

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For 96ers' Ibanez, \"Sobrang nanibago ako dito sa 3X3. Napakalaki ng difference nya sa 5 on 5. Sobrang bilis and nakakapagod dahil sa pace ng laro.\"

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Upon the success of their first 3X3 Tournament, Cortez said that they would like to make it a bigger event in the future with more teams to participate.

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Kings of the Court welcomes Exile Inc. as Newest Partner

Recently, Exile Inc. has joined the pool of partners of Kings of the Court PH. The former as a gi...

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By Frank Leo Aniscal - Published February 12, 2020

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Sports and entertainment are two different fields that are closely related to each other. And if these two joined forces, a huge success in the business\n industry is what to be expected.

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Recently, Exile Inc. has joined the pool of partners of Kings of the Court PH. The former as a giant in the entertainment production and equipment, and\n the latter as a well-built sports organizing body in the metro.

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But before we discuss the partnership of these two companies, let's talk about the background and history of the newest sponsor of KOTC.

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What is Exile Inc.?\n
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The Exile Inc. is a professional provider of sound reinforcement, lighting, special lighting effects, LED's and LCD projectors, rigging/aluminum trusses\n and generators for corporate events, product launchings, and a wide variety of touring artists both local and foreign.

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Led by its founder and president, Mr. Joey Valencia, Exile Inc. aims to become the country's leading corporate choice partner in providing the most technologically\n sophisticated equipment in the industry.

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\"Exile is a provider of lights and soubds for entertainment production. Anything about technical concern, kami ang nagsu-supply,\" said Valencia.

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Related to former President Ferdinand Marcos ousting, Valencia and his partners decided to use the term \"Exile\" as the origin of their company name.

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The company has been around for 34 years and has catered services to well-known organizations in the entertainment industry, including the two entertainment\n giants, ABS-CBN and GMA.

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Exile Inc. Road to Success\n
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How Exile Inc. started was quite similar to KOTC. According to Valencia, venturing to this business began as a hobby that eventually turned into a\n serious business.

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Just like any other company, Exile climbed up from the bottom to the top and faced hindrances along the way, which according to Valencia was part of\n his company's growth.

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\"Financially, since we only started it as a hobby, hindi naging madali. We borrowed capital sa parents namin and 'yon ang ginamit namin to startup,\"\n Valencia remembered.

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Partnership With KOTC

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Basketball became a part of Valencia's youth. Although he got no time to play for some years before, he is giving the sport another try to help in\n keeping his body healthy.

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\"During my high school days, naglalaro talaga kami dito sa Aquinas School. Laro-laro lang, 3 on 3, ganun. Then five years ago, na-invite ako ng kaibigan\n ko maglaro hanggang sa nakahiligan ko ulit and hanggang ngayon, naglalaro pa rin ako,\" Valencia narrated.

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\"Sobrang laki ng benefit ng basketball lalo na sa health ko. I'm already 50 (years old), kaya yung pagiging active especially sa basketball ay nakakatulong\n sa katawan. Syempre stop din sa ilang bisyo, sa pag-iinom and sa pagpupuyat.\"

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Part of his enthusiasm to basketball is joining some leagues, which became the way for him to know about Kings of the Court. Mike De Castro, also an\n alumnus of Aquinas School, invited Valencia to be part of their team in the OTBL which was co-organized by KOTC.

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By then, Valencia has been an active participator in some of KOTC's leagues and formed the team of Exile as a heavy competitor in the Corporate Division.

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Satisfied with the services of KOTC, Valencia and KOTC president Cholo Legisma had a meeting and talked about their plan to create a partnership between\n the two companies.

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\"I talked to Cholo and sabi ko sa kanya interesado ako suportahan ang KOTC, and in return syempre suportahan niya rin ako. Ganun'ng partnership. Gusto\n ko din maging part ng success ng KOTC and madala din 'yung pangalan ng Exile,\" Valencia concluded.

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For Mr. Valencia, to become successful in business, number one is to give focus and be hands on to your business and value your clients well.

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Start of a Long Relationship\n
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Now that Exile Inc. and KOTC are working as one, a more exciting basketball experience awaits the teams and the players. There is no doubt these\n two companies can be considered as perfect partners, a lasting relationship that we can expect.

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Aero Center is Architects Basketball Union's new home as 2020 season begins

This 2020, Architects Basketball Union (ABU) promised to elevate the game experience of its membe...

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New season, new home, new basketball experience.\n
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This 2020, Architects Basketball Union (ABU) promised to elevate the game experience of its members as it launched the 2020 1st Boysen Cup at their newest\n home, Aero Center in Quezon City last February 8, Saturday.

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\"It's a turning point for the club, a milestone na nakapagpalit kami ng court for the past 12 years, from CCP (Central Colleges of the Philippines) dito\n na tayo ngayon sa Aero Gym,\" said ABU President Don Ferrer.\n
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\"As the direction of Board of Trustees, we want to improve the experience of the members and first para doon is 'yung pagpapalit ng court,\" he added.\n
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Ferrer also commended the facility of their newest venue as it provided everything they needed, such as the sound system, shower and comfort rooms, parking\n space, accessibility to public transportation, client relation assistants, and especially the wooden basketball court.\n
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In the first three games of the season, Wood Prime won against Permacoat as Lester Ong tallied 20 points, 15 rebounds, and two blocks, while Jonathan Dy-Sun\n and Emil Ilagan contributed 28 and 16 markers, respectively.\n
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Wylland Oppuer banked on Patrick Rogando's double-double of 15 points and 15 rebounds, and Guio Banigued's 25 as they defeated Titan Elastomeric, 76-69.\n
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Bumi Asanza had 10 points, 15 rebounds, and five blocks, Jeff De Guzman contributed 23 markers and 12 boards, and Earl Bello posted a game-high of 30 points\n as they beat Wallguard, 88-73.\n
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Being the club's consistent major sponsor, Ferrer acknowledged the continuous support of Boysen which helped in their success.\n
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\"We are always grateful sa support ng Boysen dahil sila ang major sponsor ng ABU. But in return, continuous din and support ng ABU members sa products\n ng Boysen to keep the strong relationship,\" Ferrer explained.\n
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Like the past years, ABU will be having three conferences for this season: two Boysen Cups and the Corporate Cup in the middle of the year.\n
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For the second straight year, ABU tapped Kings of the Court as the official organizing partner for the whole season.\n
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Concluding his statement, \"To our members, keep on supporting the club and enjoy the game.\"

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DLSZ Junior Archers bow to the UE Baby Warriors After a Fourth Quarter Rally

Eionn Montecastro and Naz San Juan drilled back-to-back threes with 1:16 left in the third to era...

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By Cholo Legisma - Published January 20, 2020

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 The DLSZ Junior Archers absorbed its 6th  loss in nine outings after succumbing to a momentum shift\n by the UE Baby Warriors in the fourth, 81-68 in the 2nd Round of the UAAP Season 82 Juniors Division. \n

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Eionn Montecastro and Naz San Juan drilled back-to-back threes with 1:16 left in the third to erase a 47-deadlock, sparking an ensuing rally that buried\n the Alabang-based squad on this Sunday morning at the Filoil Flying V Arena.

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What was a five-point lead at the end of the third ballooned in the payoff period. UE finally sat with its biggest lead at 17 after outscoring DLSZ 24-12,\n avenging its bitter 1stround loss via a Ranz Unisa buzzer-beater.

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Vhoris Marasigan erupted for 21 points and 12 rebounds, while Jann Cruz scored 14, as both spearheaded UE’s glaring advantage in fastbreak points 22-8.

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While DLSZ had the slight advantage in points in the paint 38-32, cold shooting couldn’t come at a worse time, as they were held to 5/32 from three-point\n territory. Kobe Dalisay was 1/10 from downtown. He would finish with seven points. UE, meanwhile had everything going for them so much that Marasigan\n banked a three with the shotclock winding down at the 3:20 mark of the fourth.

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Kean Baclaan held his own with 18 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists, while Ibrahim Omer contributed 12 markers and 5 boards as both heard Coach Boris Aldeguer’s\n directive to attack the basket and not just settle for outside shots.

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DLSZ went off to a 6-0 run early in the game care of threes by Uno Del Mundo and Ranz Unisa, but UE countered with a 7-0 of its own. From then on, the\n game became a cat-and-mouse affair wherein the Junior Archers made runs but the Baby Warriors always had a counter.

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UE was constantly pressuring Baclaan, so DLSZ always had to switch things up. Both Miko Reyes and Uno Del Mundo got the call to help inside and assist\n executing plays, respectively. For Del Mundo, however, there is still a vast room for improvement.

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“Hindi ko ineexpect na bibigyan ako ng ganitong minutes. Sa practice kasi, pinakita ko naman kanila coach kung ano kaya kong gawin. Pero kailangan pa dagdagan\n ang effort ko sa defense at pagtulong sa pag execute ng plays”. Del Mundo was best in efficiency at +4.

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John Quimado, last game’s beast, was held to four points but managed to grab the team-high 10 boards. John Cudiamat, meanwile tallied 10 points in the\n game, including a 3rdquarter three that sparked DLSZ’s run to tie the the game.

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Ranz Unisa had four, while Jose Milan and Junjun Melecio both finished with two points.

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The DLSZ Junior Archers’ next assignment is the defending champions and still undefeated NU Bullpups, January 22, 3:00pm at the Filoil Flying V Arena.

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For Coach Boris, the season will always be about learning and improvements. This is a young and growing team that is bound for great things. However, the\n fact that these boys have been fighting throughout is already victory in itself, and the pride they bring in representing the green and white.

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DLSZ Juniors Archers begin the Second Round on a Winning Note

After a month-long break, the DLSZ Juniors Archers are back on the winning column. The green and ...

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By Cholo Legisma - Published January 13, 2020

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After a month-long break, the DLSZ Juniors Archers are back on the winning column.

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The green and white shook off the rust in the first half to unleash a furious 16-point turnaround, completing a mastery of the UPIS Junior Fighting Maroons\n 94-81 in Season 82 of the UAAP Juniors Division, Sunday noon at the Filoil Flying V Arena.

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Weathering a first quarter UPIS rally that saw them trailing as much as 15 early on, the team got a huge boost from John Quimado who finished with 17 points\n and 11 rebounds, and Kean Baclaan who totaled 18 markers including 12 boards and 5 dimes.

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How they did it was simple. The coaches recognized the advantage, and the players responded.

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Seeing the advantage inside the paint, John Quimado came out the second half owning the boards in almost every possession, and going hard to the basket\n amidst taller opponents. With him on the floor, DLSZ outscored UPIS 34-10 inside, and 22-4 in the second chance category.

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The right mindset and proper conditioning, according to him, was key to his stellar performance. “Palagi kong iniisip nung holiday na nung 1stround,\n hindi ako komportable sa cinontribute ko. Kaya hindi ako nagrelax sa probinsya. I always did extra work. Kahit na may lakad yung pamilya ko, hindi\n na ako masyado sumasama kasi inuuna ko yung kunidsyon ko. Two years nang wala ang La Salle sa Final Four, kaya nagusap usap kami na hindi namin dapat\n pabayaan sarili namin.”

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Baclaan, meanwhile, came out a man possessed, scoring 16 of his 18 points in the second half. He drove through the lane any chance he got, both in set\n plays and transition. Come fourth quarter, he would simply become unstoppable. He drilled the dagger trey as he flashed his jersey to the crowd to\n cap off his brilliant outing.

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“Bubuhayin ko yung sarili ko at bubuhayin ko yung team para makabalik kami sa 2ndhalf” said the former San Sebastian standout on his performance.\n While he understood the process it takes to be at the top, Baclaan acknowledged the progress of the team, and how he will contribute further. “Ngayong\n second round, mas buo na kami. Mas lalaban na kami at wala na kami kinakatukan. Gusto ko isa ako sa mga maging leader kahit isa ako sa pinakabata.”

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DLSZ outscored UPIS 28-19 in the third quarter, and 24-17 in the fourth.

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Also notable in this game is team captain Jac Macasaet, who scored all 10 of his points in the first half, keeping his team afloat amidst a lackluster\n first quarter. More importantly, he tallied the highest efficiency rating of +17 in this game. Reynold Tupas, meanwhile had +15 in efficiency.

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Ibrahim Omer was Quimado’s partner-in-crime inside, finishing with 10 points and 9 rebounds in the contest. Kobe Dalisay meanwhile, who torched UPIS in\n the first round, did the part once again as he scored 14 points off of four three-pointers. Jon Cudiamat and Ranz Unisa finished with 8 and 7 markers,\n respectively.

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The win improved the team’s record to 3-5, providing a much needed springboard in their next outings. For Coach Boris Aldiguer, this win showed the\n fight in them.

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“It’s already natural for the players to think that our backs are against the wall. I was telling them about the sense of urgency; I don’t have to\n motivate them anymore. The status we are in is already motivation to fight back”.

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He also acknowledged the progress of his team, given the short period of preparation.

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“They’re playing together now. Remember, when we formed this team, it was midway August, so we are still trying to find out our identity. But they’re\n playing well with each other already, and while there are things to work on, this game will help us with that.”

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Ray Torres finished with 29 points in full 40 minutes of action for UPIS, while Jose Gomez De Liano tallied 20 in the contest. Sean Torculas and Jean\n Canillas contributed with 11 and 10 markers, respectively.

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The team will look to use this win as momentum when they face a dangerous FEU Baby Tamaraws squad (7-1) on Wednesday, 9:00am at the Filoil Flying V\n Arena.

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UST ends first round on positive note with win over rebuilding DLSZ, 68-65; Junior Archers vow to bounce back and hope for more support in second round

DLSZ will have some time to make adjustments during the holiday break. In fact, for a rebuilding ...

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By Aaron Brosoto - Published December 10, 2019\n

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Reynold Tupas (Photo c/o Raffy Javier)

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Calm and collected. UST’s Jacob Cortez had the timely answers against the fiery DLSZ run at the stretch to escape with a victory. The baby faced guard\n was masterful even against outstanding DLSZ defense as he scored off a euro-step layup to stave off the Junior Archers, 68-65.

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Alonzo Luna (Photo c/o Raffy Javier)

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The Tiger Cubs started by dumping the ball to John Lina, who scored the first 7 points of UST. Though height being a disadvantage of the Junior Archers,\n the DLSZ bigs weathered the storm of UST by playing hardnosed defense – highlighted by a huge block by Alonzo Luna.

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Down by 6 entering the second period, Miko Reyes was inserted to hound UST’s John Lina. Reyes guarded Lina throughout the length of the court well enough\n to draw a technical foul from the UST center. With UST’s game slightly rattled, guards Kean Baclaan and Reynold Tupas got to work as they cut the deficit\n to just 3 points. With Lina’s game sidelined momentarily, it was the turn of Jethro Escoto and Rojan Montemayor to take the spotlight as they mounted\n a 10-3 run to push their lead to double digits. Kean Baclaan and Jiro Sevilla’s pair of triples helped DLSZ to cut UST’s lead to 38-32 heading to the\n break.

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Kean Baclaan (Photo c/o Raffy Javier)

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Jacob Cortez started the third canto hot as he quickly scored 6 points to once again bring UST at the helm. Down but not out, Kean Baclaan took the game\n to his own hands as he sliced through the defense of UST to either make acrobatic layups or dropoff passes to our big men. Even slightly hurt, Baclaan\n managed to sink a layup to knot the teams at 50 apiece.

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Miko Reyes (Photo c/o Raffy Javier)

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With momentum now on DLSZ’s side, the Junior Archers were able to get contributions from other players such as John Quimado’s triple to start the last\n quarter. At the 5:53 mark of the game, Kean Baclaan was forced to leave the playing court as he was called for his second technical foul. With the\n Junior Archers’ leading scorer unavailable at the crucial stretch, Reynold Tupas stepped up to take the lead. Down 6 with two minutes remaining, Tupas\n scored 4 of the 6 DLSZ points to tie the ball game at 64. Tupas was sensational in leaking out on fastbreaks and even making double pump scoops against\n the towering defense of UST.

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Less than a minute remaining, UST put the ball in Jacob Cortez’s hands – and did they make the right decision. Hounded by the guards of DLSZ, Cortez found\n a way to weave through a hard pick then escape the help defender with a euro-step for UST to reclaim the lead at 66-64. DLSZ’s Ranz Unisa then sunk\n 1/2 free throws to cut the deficit to a solitary point. But once again Cortez drove right and eluded the block with a late-released shot to drain the\n winning basket. DLSZ drew up an effective play, leaving Kobe Dalisay free for a three but unfortunately missed the basket. DLSZ recovered the offensive\n board but was little too late to get another decent attempt.

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UST’s John Lina led all scorers with 15 points while guards Jethro Escoto and Jacob Cortez added 14 points each. Versatile wingman Rojan Montemayor also\n chipped in with 11 markers while adding 8 boards.

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John Quimado (Photo c/o Raffy Javier)

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Reynold Tupas led DLSZ with 14 points on 60% shooting. He also added 3 assists under his name. Kean Baclaan scored 13 points. John Quimado was a point\n shy of a double-double with 9 points and 10 boards. Though not evident in the stat sheet, Miko Reyes showed a lot of promise and toughness against\n the big men of UST.

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DLSZ will have some time to make adjustments during the holiday break. In fact, for a rebuilding squad, the team has done exceptionally well against the\n other “established” junior rosters. Most of their losses were winnable games – with just some lapses that cause the other teams to break away. Their\n 2-5 record is far and undermining of the talent and elite this team possesses.

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Ranz Unisa (Photo c/o Raffy Javier)

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It’s also evident that this team has HEART. They bring a fire in every game to compensate for their lack of experience. And not to mention their work goes\n beyond their minutes on the floor. With the lack of crowd support, their bench has to do all the cheering. The number of supporters of the Junior Archers\n are limited to the few relatives of the players – which can be easily counted by hand. An absent pep squad has been a shock as well, as the DLSZ Animo\n Squad has always been a backbone of support in the previous years. This first round? Not so much. The Junior Archers were left without the “Animo”\n of the pep squad in their last four games.

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The team is aware of the critics – even from their own beloved alma mater. They handle it well. They’ve braved through several absences of key players\n due to injuries – including their prized big man. Nevertheless, they still brought the Animo. But did you? The team needs your support. Come and fight\n with the team in the second round. Join their journey and experience how and why this team truly Bleeds Green.

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