Mac Tallo wins PBAPC Player of the Week – Governors’ Cup

Free-agent pick up Mac Tallo is making the most of the minutes he’s getting in the absence of NLEX’s top guards as he helped the Road Warriors get off to a quick 2-0 start in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup.

Only in his second month with NLEX since being picked up from the free agent pool, the shifty Cebuano guard now seems at home with his new team after averaging 15.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists to become the first Cignal-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the conference.

The former Southwestern U star playmaker beat teammate Larry Fonacier and TNT guard Terrence Romeo for the weekly citation.

Tallo, the 10th overall pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, banged in 16 points, along with three assists and a rebound as NLEX shocked powerhouse TNT on opening day, 103-90 at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.

Two days later, the son of former Pepsi guard Mark Tallo, contributed 14 points, four rebounds and one assist as NLEX hammered a Stanley Pringle-less NorthPort, 123-107.

Tallo averaged 24 minutes of play in the first two games, capitalizing on the playing time given to him by acting coach Jojo Lastimosa as the Road Warriors continue to miss starting guards Kiefer Ravena and Kevin Alas.

Making NLEX’s win even more impressive was the fact that the team did it with an injured import Olu Ashaolu, who valiantly played with a ruptured patellar tendon.  The Road Warriors also played the first two games of the import-spiced conference without head coach Yeng Guiao and slotman Asi Taulava, both currently serving the Philippine men’s team in the Jakarta Palembang Asian Games.

The Road Warriors will play their third game in six days this Wednesday when they go up against the Magnolia Pambansang Manok.

Aaron Fuller, who played for NLEX, is coming in to replace Ashaolu. 

Carlos zeroes in ICTSI Iloilo, OOM titles

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Jobim Carlos can’t wait to get going in Iloilo.(pr)

ILOILO – Jobim Carlos hopes to come out better, stronger from a playoff setback to veteran Juvic Pagunsan as he shoots for another crown and tries to zero in on the Order of Merit title in the ICTSI Iloilo Golf Challenge beginning tomorrow (Wednesday, Aug. 22) in Sta. Barbara here.

Carlos, whose game went on an upswing after scoring a breakthrough at Philippine Golf Tour Asia Riviera leg last June, nearly upended the fancied Pagunsan in last Saturday’s ICTSI Negros Occidental Classic finale, losing on the second playoff, a setback many believe will only make the hottest player on the circuit today a lot better, tougher.

“Juvic hits consistent short game shots and that’s I think what I should do,” said Carlos when asked what aspect of the former Asian Tour No. 1’s game had impressed him most during their encounter.

That should make him the marked man in the P3 million event sponsored by ICTSI at the quaint Iloilo Golf and Country Club, which requires accuracy off the tee and a solid short game to buck the challenges lurking from the trees, tall hills, rolling terrains and water hazards that come into play in most holes.

Cassius Cassius reigned when the country’s oldest golf course last hosted a PGT event in 2004 with the now-retired former hotshot edging Elmer Salvador by one on an eight-under 270 aggregate.

This week’s winning total, however, is expected to be a lot lower given the form and condition of the men of the tour, particularly Carlos, who also won at Apo, placed second twice at Pueblo de Oro and Negros, tied for third in Bacolod and shared sixth place at Del Monte. He has piled up earnings of P1,813.750 to lead the OOM race.

But the rest of the competing field are going all out to foil Carlos’ bid, including PGT Asia leg winners Jhonnel Ababa and Jay Bayron, PGT Bacolod leg champion Justin Quiban, reigning Phl Masters winner Jerson Balasabas and PGT Eagle Ridge titlist Guido Van der Valk, running second to Carlos in the OOM derby with P1.039,392 in winnings.

Reigning OOM winner Clyde Mondilla and multi-titled Tony Lascuña are also itching to break a long title spell with only three events left in this year’s circuit organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc, along with Johvanie Abaño, Ira Alido, Ferdie Aunzo, Rufino Bayron, Jun Bernis, Michael Bibat, Marvin Dumandan, Keanu Jahns, Anthony Fernando, Jelbert Gamolo, Mars Pucay, Joenard Rates, Gerald Rosales, Dino Villanueva, Arnold Villacencio and Salvador.

Young Korean Kim Joo Hyung, who beat Carlos to claim the PGT Del Monte crown, is also in the fold, eager to atone for his final round foldup in Negros where he succumbed to pressure in a final round duel with Pagunsan and Carlos and ended up at fifth.

Other foreign aces in the event, backed by BDO, KZG, Custom Clubmakers, Meralco, Sharp, Champion, Summit Mineral Water and PLDT, are Americans Lexus Keoninh and Pete Vilairatana, Macedonian Peter Stojanovski, Japanese Keisuke Takahashi and Yu Ikeda, Korean Park Jun Sung and Salvador Paya Vila of Spain and sponsor invitees Simon Viitakangas and Damien Jordan of Australia and Venezuelan Rafael Parra.(pr)

Strategic Move Sets Philippine Rugby’s Future


Tigresses, Lady Falcons clash in key PVL duel

UST                5    0
AdU                4    0
FEU                4    1
UP                          3   2
SBU                        1    3
CSB                1    4
UPHSD                  1    4
SSC-R                       0    5
Games today
9 a.m. – NU vs AdU (men’s)
11 a.m. – FEU vs San Beda (men’s)
2 p.m. – UST vs Adamson (women’s)
4 p.m. – FEU vs UP (women’s)
6 p.m. – St. Benilde vs La Salle (men’s)
University of Santo Tomas and Adamson U finally face off today (Saturday) with no less than the top seeding in the semifinals at stake in the much-awaited clash of unbeaten teams in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan.
The Tigresses, behind Eya Laure, Milena Alessandrini and Tin Francisco, swept their five matches in smashing fashion, including four via routs, making them the slight favorites over the Lady Falcons, with four straight victories, in the featured 2 p.m. encounter of the league’s top spiking team against the best blocking squad.
The winner will virtually clinch the top spot heading to the Final Four where the No. 1 takes on the fourth-ranked squad after the single round elims and the Nos. 2 and 3 teams clashing in the other semis duel.
But while the Tigresses look intimidating and poised to move to within a game from sweeping the qualifiers, expect the Lady Falcons to come out strong and foil their fancied rivals’ run while keeping their own sweep bid in the mid-season conference of the league organized by Sports Vision.
Eli Soyud, the current leading scorer in the league with a total of 79 points, is all fired-up to go up against UST’s top hitters in what promises to be a slam-bang duel of teams also priming up for the UAAP wars. Providing backup to Soyud are Bernadette Flora, Lea Ann Perez, Trisha Genesis and Jane Igao.
Third-running Far Eastern U and No. 4 University of the Philippines collide at 4 p.m., capping a clash of the top four teams in the tournament backed by Mikasa and Asics.
The Lady Tams go all-out to improve their 4-1 mark and stay in the hunt for the top spot while the Lady Maroons, toting a 3-2 slate, are likewise out to firm up their hole of the fourth spot and drive a wedge between them and the other semis bidders.
They include San Beda (1-3) while St. Benilde and Perpetual Help, both with 1-4 cards, still remain in the race provided they sweep their last two matches and hope UP to drop its last two games.
But focus will surely be on the UST-Adamson match with Laure and Alessandrini bracing for a strong challenge from Soyud and company.
While leading the scoring parade, Soyud is also tops in blocks with the Lady Falcons also emerging as the top blocking team at this stage of the tournament.
Matches can be viewed live via streaming on (pr)

PPS-Pulilan age-group netfest gets going

New faces are expected to emerge with the young guns from Pulilan, Bulacan and nearby cities and towns clash in today’s (Saturday) start of the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Pera Padala Pulilan Youth-Bulacan national age group tennis tournament at the Pulilan Tennis Club outdoor tennis courts.
Close to 200 entries are all geared up for the five-day battle in the nine-division event, a Group 2 tournament hosted by Larry Pascua and members of the Pulilan Tennis Club in support of the country’s long-running talent-search put up by Palawan Pawnshop.
Denise Bernardo, member of the Unified Tennis Philippines’ national junior team, and Mikaela Vicencio banner the girls’ 18-and-under cast that also drew Julia Ignacio and Katherine Mercado while Jester Ocio and Daniel Estanislao III loom as the top contenders in the boys’ side of the premier category of the event presented by Dunlop and backed by Asiatraders Corp.
“With so many young players wanting to get a feel of tournament play, the PPS-PEPP circuit provides the proper venue for these future stars to showcase their talent and skills,” said Palawan Pawnshop president/CEO Bobby Castro.
Justine Maneja and Gaby Zoleta, meanwhile, lead the chase in the girls’ 16-U play with Ocio and Estanislao likewise gaining the top two seedings in the boys’ side of the event sanctioned by the UTP, made up of PPS-PEPP, Cebuana Lhuillier, Wilson, Toby’s, Dunlop, Slazenger and B-Meg.
Keen competition is also expected in the rest of the categories with Maneja and Ignacio also topbilling the 14-U group with Axi Gonzaga, Thomas Bernardo, Keno Enriquez and Miguel Vicencio tipped to slug it out in the boys’ division.
The Lim sibings, John Price and Kris Roque, look to dispute the 12-U and 10-unisex titles but both face strong challenge from the likes of Kean Enriquez and Joshua Diva in the 12-U hostilities.
Meanwhile, PPS-PEPP action shifts to Zamboanga del Norte next week. Listup is ongoing. For details, call PPS-PEPP Program Development director Bobby Mangunay at 0915-4046464. (pr)