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Tigers bow to Red Lions, settle for fourth

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     AFTER leading in the first half, the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers failed to maintain composure and fell short against the San Beda College Red Lions, 70-74, in the 2013 FilOil Flying V Premier Cup battle for third place at The Arena in San Juan today.

     Jeric Teng led the Tigers with 27 markers while Karim Abdul, Aljon Mariano, and Clark Bautista added 30 combined points.

     After a slow start, the Tigers pulled ahead to take over the Red Lions, 35-32, at the end of the first half. However, the Red Lions ignited a 14-0 run to slump the Tigers, 38-46, with 5:44 left in the third quarter.

     The Tigers managed to comeback thru downtown, shooting three treys to put the game within one, 53-54 at the end of the third frame.

     The Red Lions held a commanding nine-point lead with 4:42 left in the payoff period, 64-55., but the UST bounced back highlighted by a triple of Bautista with 12.4 ticks left that cut the deficit, 72-70 until Arthur dela Cruz sank his charities that sealed the deal for the Mendiola-based squad.

     “Alam mo naman na ‘yung UST talagang babalik at babalik yan, credit to their coach’s never-say-die attitude, coach Pido.” said San Beda’s headcoach, Boyet Fernandez.

     Baser Amer led the way for the Red Lions by tallying 15 points including seven rebounds while Rome Dela Rosa chipped in 13 markers.

 

UST, 70: Teng 27, Abdul 12, Mariano 9, Buatista 9, Lo 6, Daquioag 5, So 2, Pe 0, Ferrer 0, Sherrif 0, Tan 0, Macasaet 0, Lao 0, Hainga 0

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SBC, 74: Amer 15, Dela Rosa 13, Adeogun 12, Pascual 12, Dela Cruz 10, Mendoza 4, Abarcar 4, Koga 2, Ludovice 2, A Semerad 0, D Semerad 0, Sara 0, Villaruz 0

Quarter scoring: 16-17, 35-32, 52-53, 70-74

By Allen Baluyot
Photo taken by Hans Lagman

 

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#SoloGrind: PH esports is full of potential, but lacks government support

While organizations such as Mineski and TNC have laid the groundwork for the Philippine esports community, the lack of government support has affected the ability of local gamers to maximize their full potential.

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What could have been one of the most significant achievements in Philippine esports history turned into a heartbreaker that the esports community may endure for a long time.

Riot Games announced that Bren Esports, the top-seeded team in Southeast Asia’s VALORANT Champions Tour, could not secure their visas for the Stage 3 Masters event to be held in Berlin from September 10 to September 19.

“Unfortunately, with tightening travel restrictions around the world due to changing COVID-19 developments, we were unable to secure the necessary travel visas for Bren Esports, the number one seeded team from Southeast Asia,” Head of Competitive Operations for VALORANT Esports Alex Francois said in the statement.

The esports scene in the Philippines has boomed, and it continues to do so as Filipino gamers have earned their way to go international.

In 2017, the Games and Amusement Board (GAB) announced that pro gamers are considered athletes and will also get necessary government support.

Bren Esports was an inch away from possibly giving the biggest achievement for the PH first-person shooter (FPS) esports scene. Yet, the GAB officials seemed to have failed in giving the promised support for the top-seeded team that could have allowed them to procure the necessary visa and travel requirements for the competition.

Teletigers Valorant team manager John Louis Lagazo admitted that he was furious at this unfortunate event.

“Para sa PH FPS scene ‘yan ‘yong pinakamalaking achievement nila, pero hindi nila ginawan ng paraan para tanggapin ‘yong visa and [asikasuhin] ‘yong schedule na nandoon na sila dapat kahapon sa Berlin. Hindi nila ginawan ng paraan,” Lagazo said in an exclusive interview with TomasinoWeb.

Even with the drive of Bren to represent and establish a reputation for the Philippines in the field of esports, there are things out of their control.

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‘Yung unfortunate events lang na nangyari sa Bren ay it is just [out] of their control. And, if halimbawa, tumagal and ganito pa rin ‘yong mangyayari, I think PH esports will not bloom at all,” Lagazo added.

The rollercoaster of events came as no surprise to him due to the past experiences of other esports teams such as Execration and TNC’s DOTA 2 teams when they also had a hard time procuring their visas for the Internationals 6 tournament.

If unforeseen circumstances like this Bren mishap continue to happen, then the Philippines will be left in the dust with the rest of the world’s competition for future international e-sports events.

“It will have no impact, it will just remain the same. ‘Pag patuloy na nangyayari ‘yon na hindi tayo makapagdala ng players outside, nothing will happen,” the Teletigers’ Valorant team manager said.

While organizations such as Mineski and TNC have laid the groundwork for the Philippine esports community, the lack of government support has affected the ability of local gamers to maximize their full potential.

“Like what I said, If hindi sila makakapagdala ng players playing international tournaments then nothing will happen,” he added.

Bren’s Valorant team is composed of Jessie “JessieVash” Cuyco, Jayvee “Dubstep” Paguirigan, Jim “Borkum” Timbreza, Kevin “Dispenser” Te, and Riley “Witz” Go.

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Obiena, nakapag-uwi ng silver sa Paris Diamond League

Pinatunayan ng Pilipinong pole vaulter na isa siya sa pinakamagaling at mainam na manlalaro sa buong mundo matapos maitawid ang taas na 5.91 metro sa unang subok lamang.

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Obiena sa Paris Diamond League Men’s Pole Vault (Kuha ni Benoit Tessier/Reuters)

Ipinamalas muli ng Tomasinong pole vaulter na si Ernest John Obiena ang kanyang galing matapos makapagtala ng panibagong Philippine record. Nasungkit niya ang silver na medalya sa Paris Diamond League noong ika-28 ng Agosto.

Bigo man si Obiena na maiuwi ang medalya sa nakaraang  2020 Tokyo Olympics, pinatunayan ng Pilipinong pole vaulter na isa siya sa pinakamagaling at mainam na manlalaro sa buong mundo matapos maitawid ang taas na 5.91 metro sa unang subok lamang.  Hawak pa rin ni Obiena ang national record sa larangan ng pole vault sa bansa nang malagpasan niya ang kanyang sariling record sa taas na 5.87 na metro. 

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Subalit, ang taas na 5.96 na metro ang sumubok sa kakayahan at galing ng Olympian. Pagkatapos niyang makakamit ng dalawang foul, bigo si Obiena na maitawid ang 6.01 na metro sa kanyang huling talon. 

Kalahok din sa liga ang kampeon sa 2020 Tokyo Olympics na si Arnold Duplantis ng Sweden kung saan naiuwi niya ang gintong medalya pagkatapos malundag ang taas na 6.01 na metro. Si Chris Nilsen ng Amerika ang nakapag-uwi ng tansong medalya pagkatapos makatalon sa taas na 5.81 na metro.

Malaki ang tinaas ni Obiena sa standings ng Diamond League dahil sa pagkapanalo niya kung saan nagtapos siya bilang pangatlo mula sa 15 na manlalaro.

Muling lalaban si Obiena sa panibagong leg ng Diamond League na gaganapin sa Belgium sa darating na Biyernes, ika-3 ng Setyembre. Kapag nakapagtala siya ng mataas na talon dito, maganda ang magiging posisyon niya para sa finals ng Diamond League na magaganap sa ika-8 hanggang sa ika-9 ng Setyembre.

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Tubong Iloilo na si Apostol, bagong miyembro ng UST women’s volleyball team

Pinili ni Apostol ang volleyball program ng University of Santo Tomas dahil naniniwala siya na ang unibersidad ay isa sa mga pinakamagaling sa bansa.

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Bagong miyembro ng UST Women’s Volleyball Team na si Elisha Juliene Apostol (gitna) kasama sina coach Emilio “Kung Fu” Reyes (kaliwa) at si coach Christian Fernandez (kanan). Litrato mula sa Facebook page ni Elisha Julien Apostol.

Isang middle blocker at 5-foot-nine na Ilongga ang nakatakdang sumali sa koponan ng UST Golden Tigresses. 

Bago pa man ang pandemiya, namataan na ni UST Golden Tigresses head coach Emilio “Kung Fu” Reyes ang galing ni Elisha Juliene Apostol noong nagkaroon ng tryouts ang Tigresses sa Cebu noong 2019. 

Pinili ni Apostol ang volleyball program ng University of Santo Tomas dahil naniniwala siya na ang unibersidad ay isa sa mga pinakamagaling sa bansa. 

“I chose UST because of its high quality education and it is well known to have one of the best volleyball programs in the country,” sabi ni Apostol sa isang panayam sa TomasinoWeb.

Siya rin ay may tiwala sa coaching staff ng UST at handa siya sa kahit anong posisyon na ibibigay sa kanya. 

“If ever my coach wanted to convert me to another position, I will adapt to that change and be flexible anytime,” ani ni Apostol.

Kahit pa na may pandemiya, iginiit ng Ilongga na sabik na rin siyang makapag-ensayo muli sa loob ng court at makilala ang kanyang teammates.  

“I am looking forward [to] the success of the team which is to achieve our goal of winning,” dagdag niya. 

Para kay Apostol, isang karangalan at prehibiliyo ang makapaglaro para sa UST. Nais niya rin dito ilaan ang kanyang pagpapabuti bilang isang mag-aaral at manlalaro. 

Igniit din ng manlalaro na hindi biro maging student-athlete lalo na sa panahon ng pandemya kung saan kailangan niya magkaroon ng disiplina sa kanyang oras. 

“As a student-athlete, I foresee to have conflicts with my time both in sports and academics,” sabi ni Apostol.

Ngunit, naniniwala siya sa kanyang kakayahan na kaya niyang lagpasan ito sapagkat mayroon siyang tiwala sa kanyang sarili.

Ang 18 taong manlalaro ay mula sa Sacred Heart School-Ateneo De Cebu kung saan nanalo na siya sa iba’t ibang patimpalak sa larangan ng volleyball mapa inter-school o regional na kompetisyon.

Kasalukuyan na sumasailalim sa mga virtual trainings at programs ng UST si Apostol ngayon. 

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