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Pinoy import dazzles in ABL tourney

MANILA, Philippines – Former University of the East point guard Rudy Lingganay wasn’t picked in the PBA draft last August but instead of sulking, the 5-9 hotshot from Zamboanga City decided to sign a second contract with the Kuala Lumpur Dragons in the Asean Basketball League (ABL).

One of four Dragons and the only Filipino import standing below six feet, Lingganay has turned skeptics into believers in the ABL where he is averaging 12.5 points in 11 games so far this campaign. He’s shooting 85 percent from the line, 29 percent from three-point distance and 44 percent from two-point range. In his season opener last Oct. 2, Lingganay poured in 30 points, including 10-of-10 free throws without a single triple, in 33 minutes.

As a rookie with the Dragons last season, Lingganay hit at a 12.0 clip in 14 games.

When the Dragons beat the Philippine Patriots, 96-81, in K. L. last Nov. 28, Lingganay collected nine points and three rebounds without a turnover in 16 minutes. And when the Patriots returned the favor in a 73-71 squeaker at the Ynares Sports Arena last Thursday, he netted 12 points in 22:52 minutes.

Lingganay, 24, heads a growing list of underrated Filipino cagers making a name for themselves in the ABL where each team is allowed to recruit three Asean imports. With the Dragons, the other Filipino imports are Patrick Cabahug and Raymundo Angeles.

Satria Muda Indonesia’s Filipino imports are Kiko Adriano, J. R. Aquino and Don Camaso. Bryan Faundo, Chester Tolomia and Ramsey Williams are the Filipino imports with the Brunei Barracudas whose coach is Filipino Bong Ramos. Leo Avenido and Al Vergara are the Filipino reinforcements with the Singapore Slingers. Filipino coach Raha Mortel calls the shots for the Chang Thailand Slammers whose Filipino imports are Froilan Baguion, Roel Huganatan and Ardy Larong.

Lingganay said he thought his basketball career was over when he was snubbed in the PBA draft. “I was super disappointed,” he recalled. “I know I can play in the PBA but I was never given a chance to show what I can do. I prayed to the Lord to show me the way. I was with my girlfriend that day and I couldn’t talk to her after the draft because I felt so low. My parents and friends told me not to give up. The next day, I left for Malaysia. I’m grateful to God that He still gave me the opportunity to play in the ABL. I hope someday to play in the PBA because that’s every Filipino player’s dream. Maybe, now is not yet the time. I know God has a reason for everything.”

Lingganay said given a choice, he would choose to play for Alaska. “My UE teammates Elmer Espiritu and Val Acuna told me I shouldn’t lose hope, that I should continue playing hard,” he said. “My time will come to make it to the PBA like my other college teammates Bonbon Custodio, Mark Borboran, Marcy Arellano, Kelvin Gregorio and Hans Thiele.”

Lingganay said he owes everything to his father Rudy Sr., a retired Philippine Navyman. “My first coach was Papa,” he said. “When I was a kid, he would teach me how to play even in the heat of the day. My first formal coach was Ednie Morones at Southern City Colleges in Zamboanga City. He taught me a lot of things about playing point guard. I also owe a lot to my UAAP coaches Dindo Pumaren and Lawrence Chongson. They motivated me during my UAAP career and coach Lawrence, in the UAAP and PBL with Bacchus and Cobra. Now, I’m grateful to be playing for Dragons coach Goh Cheng Huat who has faith and trust in my game.”

Lingganay said playing as an ABL import has given him the chance to travel. “Overall, it’s a wonderful experience playing in different countries,” he said. “I’m happy but I also get exhausted. In terms of exposure, I couldn’t ask for more with my three Best Player of the Game awards last season. I’m now more confident in my playing ability. Even if I’m defended by a bigger player, I’m not afraid because my confidence level is high and I’m enjoying myself on the court. What’s important to me is I’m able to lead my team to victory every game.”

Lingganay said he came from the same barangay as FEU guard R. R. Garcia. “We’re both from Southcom Village in Zamboanga City, that’s where we started to play,” he said. “I was ahead of R. R. in school but we learned from the same coach Morones. As for my favorite point guards, they are Johnny Abarrientos, Dindo Pumaren and Olsen Racela. In the NBA, my favorites are Mike Bibby, Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups.”

Lingganay, one of three boys, said despite his international achievements, his most memorable basketball experience was playing for Western Mindanao in the PRISAA in Zamboanga City five years ago. “We won the championship and I was named best point guard and chosen to the Mythical Five,” he said. “It’s something I’ll never forget, more than my best player awards in the UAAP, PBL and ABL.”

Lingganay said he’s proud to be a Filipino import with the Dragons. “It’s hard being a Filipino athlete playing for a foreign team,” he said. “I know I’m playing for Malaysia but that doesn’t mean I’m not loyal to my country. I think it’s an honor for a Filipino to be chosen as an import because it’s a recognition of his skills. My biggest challenge is myself. Each game, I give it my all. I have nothing more to prove. All I want is to give my 101 percent to win.”

No doubt about it, Lingganay will find his way to the PBA sooner or later just like other undrafted players like Josh Urbiztondo, Chico Lanete, Lou Gatumbato, Mark Yee, Jerwin Gaco, Dennis Daa and Reed Juntilla, because you can’t keep a good man down.

Written by: Joaquin Henson (The Philippine Star)
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UE 4-peat champ in women’s fencing

MANILA, Philippines – University of the East (UE) swept the six gold medals at stake to achieve a four-peat in the women’s division of the UAAP Season 73 fencing competitions that ended Saturday at the Blue Eagle Gym.

MVP Jamie Nicanor (foil), Christine Almas (epee) and Nicanor’s younger sister Jylyn (sabre) spiked the Lady Warriors’ charge in the individual events then spearheaded them to a sweep of the three team mints to romp off with crown No. 4.

UE’s other medal in the three-day competition – a silver – came from sabre bet Mary Rose Alfonso, who finished second to Jylyn Nicanor.

Emerging a far second was La Salle with two silvers, courtesy of Anna Gabriella Estimada’s silver in individual foil and their team sabre entries, along with three bronzes.

Ateneo came in third with a two-silver, one-bronze output, followed by Far Eastern U (0-1-3), University of the Philippines (four bronze) and University of Santo Tomas (one bronze).

The Fighting Maroons, however, foiled a double celebration for UE as they dethroned the Warriors in the men’s division.

Joshua Paunil grabbed the individual epee gold and the Maroons bagged the team sabre title while Rafael Ramos netted the individual sabre silver as UP captured its first men’s fencing diadem since 1996.

Ateneo took runner-up honors with a close 2-0-1 medal harvest followed by UST (1-2-1), FEU (1-1-3), UE (0-2-4) and DLSU (one bronze).

Written by: Olmin Leyba (The Philippine Star)
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FMC Open Division 2010-2011: Plan of Campaign for the Generals of Emilio Aguinaldo College

The Red Warriors had a short and ugly stint in the PCCL Sweet 16 after the team was completely devours by 2nd-seeded NCAA Champions SBC Red Lions. Many Red followers has said that the team that went against SBC was similar with the UE of the previous UAAP Season 73 1st round elimination. Anyway, that game was really a mismatch in the 1st place especially the way Paul Lee and Ken Acibar together with an ill-scouted and lame coaching staff have shown.

Now, another post season tournament has started, the Father Martin Cup Open Division, unlike its Division 1 which occurs during the preseason were majority of the participants sent their initial draft of their official roster for their respective mother leagues; and the Division 2 tournament which mostly concentrates on developmental teams or Team B lineup. In the Open Division a particular team can sent both their A and B teams, or mix their A and B team lineup.

In this FMC Open Division, the University of the East Red Warriors has sent one team and no distinction whether it’s our A or B team, so this an early sign of building up team chemistry and teamwork with potential players in our developmental squad.

The intial addition: (1) the Sudanese Ahmed Isam is eligible next year, so might see him in action together with Lee and Acibar; (2) Roi Sumang, the former Letran Squires was expected to be in the 2010 lineup but wasn’t included due to injury. He is a welcome replacement for James Martinez; (3) Carlos Ortiz, a project player, after spending time in the team B, his height is very much needed next year; and (4) the Cameroonian Henri Betayene, his eligible to play in 2012, but we might see him play in FMC Open Division to bind with the rest of the players.

Other players we might see in the FMC are: (1) Don Trallano, wingman and a Val Acuña type of a player; (2) another guard named Belleza, a former SBC Red Cubs; (3) William Turner, the Fil-American pesky defender; and (4) Jairoid Flores.

On the other hand, our opponent Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, who just like us has also sent 1 team. The EAC Generals had a miserable NCAA campaign this year, but the Red Warriors should never under estimate them. The Generals may parade their prized *foreign recruits that are eligible to play for next year, the Serbian 6’10 center Mark Prljevic and Malaysian guard Wei Lim.

* We don’t know if these players are still in their team. EAC Generals has a good reputation of recruiting good foreign players, but had a hard time keeping them from teams’ attention. As I read in some online forums, there is a Serbian giant who is redshirting in Mendiola. 🙂

In December 4, 2:30 P.M. at the Arellano Gym, the UE Red Warriors will face the EAC Generals.

Tira UE! Fight for Victory!


UAAP Season 73 | Softball Round 1 Schedule

UAAP Season 73 | Softball Round 1 Schedule

Date: Dec 1, 2010
<Venue: TBA

9:00 A.M. – UST vs DLSU
11:00 A.M. – UP vs UE
1:00 P.M. – AdU vs ADMU

Date: Dec 4, 2010
<Venue: TBA

9:00 A.M. – ADMU vs UST
11:00 A.M. – UP vs AdU
1:00 P.M. – DLSU vs UE

Date: Dec 8, 2010
<Venue: TBA

9:00 A.M. – DLSU vs AdU
11:00 A.M. – UST vs UE
1:00 P.M. – UP vs ADMU

Date: Dec 11, 2010
<Venue: TBA

9:00 A.M. – AdU vs UE
11:00 A.M. – DLSU vs ADMU
1:00 P.M. – UST vs UP

Date: Dec 15, 2010
<Venue: TBA

9:00 A.M. – DLSU vs UP
11:00 A.M. – ADMU vs UE
1:00 P.M. – UST vs AdU


UE Lady Warriors (Women Senior Volleyball Team Official Line-up)

UAAP Season 73 | WSVT Official Line-up

Balmaceda, Mary Ann L.
Caballero, Maria Teresa C.
Crescini, Franchesca Dominique F.
Dizon, Jimberly Dawn B.
Evangelista, Noelle D.
Longalong, Lorie Lyn L.
Manso, Ma. Cleo S.
Martinez, Maureen S.
Nebrida, Shiesa S.
Paril, Alyssa Johan S.
Pedrosa, Shane Marnilow C.
Ponon, Abegail A.
Rosale, Mary Cristel M.


UE Red Warriors (Men Senior Volleyball Team Official Line-up)

UAAP Season 73 | MSVT Official Line-up

Acaya, Ramon C.
Acot, Amenolah M.
Cruz, Kim Dwight N.
Dean, John Kristian R.
Eugenio, Jerome Cyril B.
Garcia, Morrissey Claude F.
Lauresta, Homer M.
Mandani, Ace B.
Padilla, Alvin E.
Pedrano, Benchard S.
Pradel, Ralph Carlo L.
Quinto, Richard Roi N.
Soria, Angelone T.
Subiaga, Jay Kim M.


PCCL Sweet 16: Red Warriors’ Journey to Oblivion

The Red Warriors’ journey at the road of redemption finally ended when they met the mighty Red Lions of Mendiola. This year having bestowed by the heaven, the Red Lions appeared just too big and strong for the Red Warriors to handle. The too proud Red Warriors have no choice but to go into the battle with the huge Red Lions.

Yes, even with a great roster of players the Red Warriors on its arsenal, they were still no match. The problem arises when in the 1st few minutes of the fight the team were unable to find any solution to the mighty Red Lions sufficating defense that resulted for the Red Warriors’ no way to get their offensive attempt to be successful. From the very start the Red Lions were very serious to defeat the Red Warriors and that resulted to total disorganization to the Red Warriors emotion-driven system and after 40 minutes of trying of even closing the scores to acceptable margin, the Red Warriors were devoured and left out defeated by the Red Lions.

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2010-2011 Father Martin's Cup Open Division

December 4, 2010
Arellano Gym
2:30 P.M.

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Kenneth Acibar

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Lord Casajeros

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Biboy Enguio

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Paul Lee

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