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NU sweeps Ateneo to win UAAP Season 80 men’s volleyball title

first_imgJo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Manila Throwdown 2018 Individual Edition Finals is back LATEST STORIES View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “This is our sweetest championship because we waited so long for this day that we will win it again,” said NU head coach Dante Alinsunurin in Filipino.Bryan Bagunas fired 22 points after scoring 19 in the Bulldogs’ straight-sets win in Game 1 four days ago and was named Finals MVP.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We really instilled in our minds that this will be our time to get the championship. We told each and every one of us that we’re not going to give up until we win,” Bagunas told reporters in Filipino.Bagunas led the way but he wasn’t NU’s only weapon. The NU Bulldogs celebrate after winning their third UAAP men’s volleyball title. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University survived Ateneo in four grueling sets, 25-20, 31-29, 22-25, 33-31, in Game 2 to sweep their best-of-three UAAP Season 80 men’s volleyball Finals Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.It took seven match points before the Bulldogs finally put the Blue Eagles away after falling short against them in the finals for the past three seasons and win their third volleyball crown overall.ADVERTISEMENT James Natividad added 18 points, including a hit that made it, 32-31, before an attempt by Ateneo’s Ron Medalla went out that sealed NU’s first title since winning back-to-back in Season 75 and 76.Newly-minted five-time MVP Marck Espejo finished with a game-high 30 points after only tallying two points in the opening set. Espejo kept Ateneo alive, saving four championship points.But while the Blue Eagles leaned heavily on Espejo, the Bulldogs drew solid outings from several players with the likes of Kim Malabunga, Madz Gampong and Francis Saura.Five of Malabunga’s 10 points came off blocks while Gampong and Saura chipped in eight apiece. Gampong came up with the game’s best defensive play when he denied Espejo with a single block to close the second set.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ MOST READ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

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Failure to form competitive Gilas team led to SBP Asiad pullout, says Guiao

first_imgTrump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Atlanta Hawks agree to deal with veteran Vince Carter “I want to bring a team that can compete and we can be proud of. In the process of completing the lineup, there were doubts on whether we can really compete with the players we requested.”READ: ‘Miracles can happen’ with Guiao as Asian Games coachGuiao added that their request for players “from other teams was denied” but did not elaborate.Guiao’s roster for the national team was supposed to be composed of Rain or Shine’s core, three players from NLEX and Gilas Cadets Abu Tratter, Ricci Rivero, and Kobe Paras.While trying to complete his roster for Jakarta, Guiao said other teams like Iran will send its senior team to the Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Yeng Guiao, the chosen head coach for the Asian Games, however, has another reason why the SBP decided against sending a Philippine team to the continental sporting event.READ: SBP makes U-turn, withdraws from Asian GamesFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Guiao said he and SBP were struggling to form a competitive roster for the Asian Games and this was one of the factors why the governing basketball body withdrew from Jakarta.“If we can’t form a competitive team, why must we embarrass ourselves if we will go unprepared and not equipped,” said Guiao late Thursday in a phone conversation. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? READ: Clarkson, Standhardinger in Asiad lineup unlikely SBP’s decision was first relayed to Rain or Shine owner Raymond Yu and to Elasto Painters head coach Caloy Garcia.Guiao said Rain or Shine accepted the decision after SBP president Al Panlilio explained what happened.“I told Rain or Shine that the country itself should thank them for their service because they went beyond their call of duty,” said Guiao.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThe Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas pulled the rug from under the Philippine basketball community when it decided to withdraw from the 2018 Asian Games a few minutes before the stroke of midnight.SBP said it would focus on trying to recover the national team’s image after the brawl against Australia in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifier led to suspensions of 10 players and two coaches and whopping fines for the organization.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View commentslast_img read more

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