Championship shifts to Katipunan Anew as Ateneo outlasted La Salle in Game 3 of UAAP Finals

After missing a hook shot in the eliminations that may have given an outright finals berth, Isaac Go may have drained the biggest 3-point shot of his young collegiate career.
With 2 seconds remaining in their shot clock, Go received a pass from Thirdy Ravena and with no choice but to put up a shot, Go put up a looper and swishes the net as the buzzer sounds.
It was a grit and grind game as usual as La Salle managed to take the lead midway the 3rd quarter but Ateneo made a huge run in the 4th quarter to give them an 8 point lead. But again, La Salle fought back and cut the lead into 2 with Andrei Caracut 3-pointer. Then the Isaac Go Title-Clinching shot happened.

The supporter of both teams made the game more exciting as 22,012 fans made it to the venue to watch their favorite teams.
Thirdy Ravena was crowned Finals MVP as he finished the game with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists while Matt Nieto. Chiz Ikeh and Antos Asistio combined for 37 points to help Ravena.
Meanwhile, Season MVP Ben Mbala managed to collect 19 points, 14 rebounds, 1 assists, 2 steals and 4 blocks while Aljun Melecio, Ricci Rivero, Andre Caracut and Leonard Santillan managed to contribute, 16, 14, 13 and 11 points respectively.
With this championship, Ateneo Blue Eagles will get an iPhone X and Trip to Hongkong bonus from “MVP” Manny V. Pangilinan.

RECAP: Ateneo Blue Eagles Get Their Revenge Against DLSU, Capture Their 9th Championship Title.

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The greatest sports rivalry in Philippine history squared off Sunday afternoon at the Araneta Coliseum in the two best words any UAAP fan can hear: Game. 3.

Ateneo celebrated their 9th championship Thursday night (Photo Courtesy of LJ Mendoza)

The day before, tickets sold out before any announcement could be made, as fans already started camping outside Araneta coliseum as early as 1 am, leaving only General Admission tickets and tickets from resellers/scalpers the only ones available to purchase. The rivalry between DLSU and ADMU could be well seen through social media and fans. 

Like the first two games of the finals, the game had lots of physicality and spirit, as 22,012 were in attendance. ADMU quickly jumped to a 4-0 lead off buckets from C Chibueze Ikeh and F Thirdy Ravena. Threes were going in everywhere from both sides. At the end of the first, the Eagles led DLSU by double digits at 24-14. La Salle turned the ball over 10 times, mostly off deflections and fouls, in just the first quarter. 

In the second quarter, the Green Archers came back charging as their excellent defense led to a 10-1 run. Ateneo didn’t get their first field goal of the quarter until the 5:34 mark. ADMU was able to maintain their 2-4 point lead during the last 5 minutes of the quarter until DLSU Guard Ricci Rivero grabbed an offensive rebound and scored on the post for a second chance opportunity, handing them a 38-37 lead, their first of the game. The Blue Eagles closed the first half on an 8-0 run including a heavily contested bank shot from three made by G Anton Asistio at the buzzer. DLSU outscored ADMU 24-21 in this quarter.

At the end of the first half, the score was 45-38 in Ateneo’s favor. Thirdy Ravena led all scorers with 11 points while the reigning back-to-back MVP Center Ben Mbala and G Andrei Caracut led the Green Archers with 7 points apart. the Green Archers had 14 turnovers with 3 steals compared to Ateneo’s 8 turnovers with 6 steals, but DLSU was able to outrebound the Eagles, 27-22. ADMU was shooting 44 percent from the field while being able to hold DLSU at just 37 percent. 

During the beginning of the second half, shots were going in for both sides as was the great defense. DLSU G Aljun Melecio was able to drive through the lane for the 51-50 lead over Ateneo but Matt Nieto quickly responded with a three of his own to take back the lead for ADMU, his first since missing his first three in the game. The next few possessions turned to a three point shootout, with a total of three lead changes in a span of just 2 minutes. Ricci Rivero came up with two highlight plays during this stretch, one being a behind the back dribble slicing through defenders and a one handed baseline jam off a steal to snatch a 60-59 lead over Ateneo. At the end of the third, the game is tied at 66. La Salle again outscored Ateneo 28-21.

Now in the last 10 minutes of the season, DLSU’s star players Ben Mbala and Ricci Rivero were both playing with three fouls each. Matt Nieto finally recaptured the lead for the Eagles with a three pointer and Asistio made it a back-to-back three which was all part of their 8-0 run to make the lead 76-68 in Ateneo’s favor with just 5 minutes left in the game. DLSU shot poorly from the perimeter as they were 0-for-7 until Aljun Melecio shot a three to keep DLSU’s hopes for a repeat alive. DLSU came up with several clutch plays including a 4 point play from Mbala and Rivero and a clutch three from G Andrei Caracut to cut Ateneo’s lead to just 2. With less than a minute left, Ateneo led 82-80. Ateneo C Isaac Go came up for the dagger once again with a contested three. Aljun Melecio’s second chance three wasn’t enough as ADMU sealed the game with two free throws. As time expired, Andrei Caracut threw a three pointer that counted. 

Ricci Rivero and Ben Mbala of DLSU hug each other in tears in defeat (Photo Courtesy of Ian Genada)

Ateneo captured their 9th championship, their first in 5 years. They now lead the all-time finals series against La Salle, 3-2. The Adamson Soaring Falcons won 2nd runner-up while the De La Salle Green Archers won 1st runner-up. Isaac Go won the Manulife Heart and Hustle Player while the PS Bank Player of the Finals and UAAP 80 Finals MVP was awarded to Thirdy Ravena, who averaged 16.3 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 4.3 APG, and 1.3 SPG in three games throughout the Finals.

Hardwork Lead Eduard Folayang To ONE Championship Title Shot

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Sidekicking news especially to Filipino MMA fans! ONE Championship announced a Big fight that could give Philippines the third world champion in mixed martial arts honor and prestige!

Eduard “The Landslide” Folayang of Baguio City’s Team Lakay is set to go in a war with Shinya Aoki for a lightweight championship bout at ONE Championship: Defending Honor in Kallang, Singapore. Let us show our overwhelming support and do not miss this another epic battle on November 11, 2016.

On the co-main event of the recent ONE Championship 45, Eduard Folayang was a stopper for Adrian Pang’s hope to fight for a lightweight belt. The Filipino warrior was announced as the winner by unanimous decision after the three rounds. There were many savage backfists and sidekicks thrown at Pang and was getting outscored by ‘The Landslide’. The only chance for Pang to win by that time was to finish Folayang, but the aussie was unable to.

Filipino fight fans have been waiting a long time for this one. Eduard Folayang has been with ONE Championship since the beginning and has performed at an extremely high level in his last couple of bouts. He is deserving of a title shot which he earned with Tetsuya Yamada and victories over Adrian Pang. The Singapore Indoor Stadium is going to erupt when fans finally get to see Folayang stand opposite Shinya Aoki ONE Championship inside the cage. “Victor Cui, ONE Championship CEO, stated.

Brandon “The Truth” Vera is the second Filipino champion when he knocked out Paul Cheng for the inaugural heavyweight championship fight last December at ONE Championship 36: Spirit of Champions in Manila. At ONE Championship 7: Return of the Warriors, Honorio Banario defeated fellow Baguio native Eric Kelly via TKO to become the first ever Filipino to win a world title in MMA.

Eduard Folayang ONE FC’s record:

⬆Win over Adrian Pang by Decision (Unanimous) and ONE 44: Heroes of the World August 13, 2016

⬆Win  over Tetsuya Yamada by Decision (Unanimous)  and ONE 38: Clash of Heroes January 29, 2016

⬇Loss to Timofey Nastyukhin by KO (flying knee kicks and soccer) and ONE FC 23: Warrior’s Way December 5, 2014

⬆Win  over Kotetsu Boku by Decision (unanimous) and ONE Fighting Championship: Rise of Heroes May 2, 2014

⬆Win over Vincent Latoel by Decision (unanimous) and ONE Fighting Championship: Moment of Truth December 6, 2013

⬇Loss to Kamal Shalorus by Decision (unanimous) and ONE Fighting Championship: Rise to Power May 31, 2013

⬆Win  over Felipe Enomoto by Decision (unanimous) and ONE Fighting Championship: Pride of a Nation August 31, 2012

⬇Loss to Ole Laursen by Decision (split) and ONE Fighting Championship: War of the Lions March 31, 2012

⬆Win  over A Sol Kwon by Decision (unanimous)  and ONE Fighting Championship 1: Champion vs. Champion September 3, 2011

UFC 201: Robbie Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley

It will take place on July 30, 2016 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.

A Welterweight Championship bout between the current champion Robbie Lawler and No. 4 Tyron Woodley will headline the event.

Fight fans prior to this card were hoping for the Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit rematch. Condit won their fight at UFC 195 in the worlds’ eyes. But with some judges a strong finish for the champion is a strong point. Lawler was not destroyed that earned him a split decision win. The Natural Born Killer vs. Damian Maia was then set for UFC 202.

In the co-main event, the no. 3 strawweight Rose Namajunas will face the Polish fighter Karolina Kowalkiewicz who is on her third fight in the UFC.
Matt Brown is returning from his loss against Damian Maia at UFC 198: Werdum vs. Miocic. The Immortal will battle with Jake Ellenberger.

Demetrious ‘The Mighty Mouse’ Johnson is supposed to make the card more exciting to watch. On July 8, however, DJ pulled out due to an injury. His fight with the No. 7 flyweight Wilson Reis was postponed. Hector Sandoval is the new opponent.

Here’s the updated UFC 201 card:

Welterweight: Robbie Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley (Championship)

Women’s Strawweight: Rose Namajunas vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz

Welterweight: Matt Brown vs. Jake Ellenberger

Bantamweight: Francisco Rivera vs. Erik Perez

Flyweight:  Ian McCall vs. Justin Scoggins

Light Heavyweight: Ed Herman vs. Nikita Krylov

Welterweight: Ross Pearson vs. Jorge Masvidal

Flyweight: Wilson Reis vs. Hector Sandoval

Flyweight:  Ryan Benoit vs. Fredy Serrano
Welterweight: Michael Graves vs. Bojan Veličković

Heavyweight: Anthony Hamilton vs. Damian Grabowski

Lightweight: Cesar Arzamendia vs.  Damien Brown