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Arellano rolls to second straight with romp of San Beda

Posted: September 7, 2017

From TieBreaker website: 
By Migs Flores


Defending NCAA champions Arellano University Lady Chiefs maintained their spotless record in the Women’s Collegiate Conference with a sweep of the San Beda College Lady Red Spikers, 25-22, 25-21, 25-18, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

According to head coach Obet Javier, the Lady Chiefs came in with boundless motivation after they had sustained a loss to San Beda in another preseason tournament.

“Napaghandaan lang talga namin ‘yung game sa Beda ngayon kasi nung nakaraan na naglaro kami sa Founder’s Cup, kami ‘yung na-straight set nila,” Javier emphasized.

The Lady Chiefs exacted their revenge with precision serving and defense. San Beda was a measly 30 percent on reception for the entire match, allowing five aces and fueling Arellano’s 40 percent attacking clip.

“Ang sakit kasi ng Arellano talaga ever since, kapag nakakuha kami ng dalawang sets, ‘yung third set talagang hirap na hirap kaming makauna talaga. Laging ito yung crucial step dapat maungusan namin ‘to,” added the two-time NCAA champion mentor.

Budding open hitter Regine Arocha provided 16 points, while captain Jovielyn Prado managed 13 markers.

Nieza Viray towed the Lady Red Spikers with 13 markers, while NCAA Rookie of the Year Cesca Racraquin picked up nine markers.

The Lady Chiefs will try to keep their streak going when they face UAAP squad Adamson University Lady Falcons (1-0) on Saturday. On the other hand, the Lady Red Spikers (1-1) face the CSB Lady Blazers (0-1) next Wednesday in a rematch of the NCAA Season 93 stepladder Final Four.

The Scores

AU (3) – Arocha 16, Prado 13, Esguerra 10, Ebuen 9, Marzan 4, Ramirez 3, Balanoba 0, Verutiao 0, Buemia (L), Flores (L)

SBC (0) – Viray N. 13, Racraquin C. 9, Viray J. 7, Espiritu 5, Paras 4, Cuevas 3, Baluarte 1, Amador 0, Manuel 0, Buno (L)



King Brave Fermin towering above all in MVP conversation

Posted: September 2, 2017

From website:
By Norman Lee Benjamin Riego

GOT THIS. Aaron Fermin is the clear-cut top individual performer thus far in the NCAA 93 Juniors Basketball Tournament.

On the more than capable shoulders of Aaron Fermin, Arellano High School remains in contention even with the big-time losses of Carlo Abadeza and Guillmer dela Torre.

With per game counts of 17 points, 18 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks, Fermin has lifted the Braves still inside the top four with a record of 5-4.

Along with that, the six-foot-five center has lifted himself atop the list of contenders for MVP.

Fermin has compiled 60.9 Statistical Points (SPs) at the end of the elimination round – eight points better than his closest competitor in Mapua University’s Warren Bonifacio who has 52.1 SPs.

The second-year big man is the league’s rebounding leader, second-leading scorer, and fifth-leading blocker.

Without a doubt, Fermin has played even bigger as longtime pillars Abadeza and dela Torre graduated from Arellano.

Chasing him is another big man in Bonifacio who is norming 12 points, nine rebounds, and 2.1 blocks and his fellow Red Robin in Clint Escamis who is averaging 14 points, 7.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and two steals.

The College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhils duo of Inand Fornilos and Joel Cagulangan are then tied for fourth both with 44.4 SPs.

Mapua’s Will Gozum, Lyceum of the Philippines University’s Vincent Cunanan, San Beda High School’s Evan Nelle, LPU’s Mac Guadana, and University of Perpetual Help’s Jielo Razon complete the top 10.


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