CSB Blazers’ ‘Chinito Heartthrob’ Carlo Young in brink of basketball stardom

By: Paolo Manuel C. Fule

When he side steps from way beyond the arc and hit that lethal dagger three, the crowd goes wild. The pandemonium doesn’t end there, because the throng of girls who wanted to take a photo op with him piles up in the athlete’s entrance. Indeed, he is more than just his boy-next-door image in campus because he is also an ace player, playmaker, and shooter of the College of St. Benilde Blazers. Let us take a peek of this young athlete’s path to stardom and beyond.
Born Carlo Michael L. Young on January 22, 1995 in Bacolod City Negros Occidental to Mr. Franklin Young Sr. and Ms. Maria Fe Fernandez, the 5-foot-10 CSB Blazers shooting guard is currently studying as a 3rd year college student in College of Saint Benilde.
“I balance my studies and basketball by practicing good time management skills which I developed since high school” quipped the chinito cager. His career high in points is 35 during the Metro Manila Tiong Lian Basketball Association (MMTLBA) while he scored his career high 24 points in the NCAA. In the NBA, he idolizes 3-point shooter JJ Redick of the LA Clippers. In the UAAP, he likes Ren Ren Ritualo. Aside from basketball, he is also into track and field sports. His favorite shot is his bread and butter 3-point shot. In the recently concluded NCAA All-Star game, he joined the 3-point shooting contest.
Carlo wants to fulfill his dream of becoming a successful entrepreneur someday. With unmatched perseverance and the will to excel in every game that he is in, his dreams are not far-fetched to reach. For the time being, determination and faith in God is his armor in each battle he is at.
·         Photo by Mr. Teddy Manansala
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Edward “Tower Heartthrob” Dixon steps up for CSB Blazers basketball

By: Paolo Manuel C. Fule
He who controls the rebound, controls the game. If one is gifted with a 6’ 4” height and muscular physique, that will not be a problem. This center-forward teen heartthrob from Western Visayas is taking his time with the CSB Blazers for the second consecutive year. Meet Edward Christopher Dixon.
Born on March 30, 1998 in Iloilo City to Mr. Ron Dixon and Maryflor Doce, the 6-foot-4 cager is currently studying as BS-HRM student and is playing as forward/center for the College of St. Benilde Blazers Seniors basketball this year.
Edward started playing basketball when he was just 8 years old. “My cousins taught me how to play the game and also my Mom because she’s really a fan of basketball since she was with my Dad”, said the cager from Benilde. His best asset in the court would be his hustle and giving his 100% in every game he’s in. He idolizes 5-time NBA world champion Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers. In the PBA, he like James Yap who also hails from Iloilo just like him. He admires James as he admires Kobe. In the NCAA, he likes former CSB guard Jonathan Grey. “Kahit graduate na siya, siya pa rin idol ko kasi nagging team mate ko siya ay yung mga galawan nya grabe talaga. Siyempre grabe din galawan niya off the court, haha” quipped the beaming cager. His career best in points was 53 during a local tournament in Iloilo.
Edward played in the 2014 Palarong Pambansain Laguna to represent the Western Visayas region. His ambition in life is to make his family happy in the near future by finishing his studies and play basketball in the pro league.
* Photo by Teddy Manansala
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From ‘Captain’ to ‘General’: Cager Sean Andrew Neri in brink of basketball stardom

By: Paolo Manuel C. Fule
Mindanao is rich in talent especially in the world of sports. The likes of Manny Pacquiao, Scottie Thompson and Jiovani Jalalon all came from the southern part of our country. Meet one of the most promising athletes in Emilio Aguinaldo College who came from Cagayan De Oro City:  Sean Andrew Neri.  
Born Sean Andrew Neri on July 27, 1997 in Dipolog City to Mr. Wilbourne Neri and Ms. Shella Marie Neri, the 5-foot-11 shooting guard who hails from Cagayan De Oro City, is currently playing for Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals.
He started playing basketball when he was in grade 3. “It was my dad who taught me to play the game. When I was starting to play basketball, he was training me the basic skills like dribbling and shooting.  I used to cry before because of the ten pushups I have to do early in the morning. I have to dribble the ball on the wall before I go to school. It was a hard training but only now that I knew that those trainings would lead me to become a better athlete. I have also seen how my father, together with my uncles, plays basketball. I was watching them then, and from then on, I also started to like the game. That’s why I told my father that I want to play basketball. My father started to teach me the ways of the game. I was inspired to play because of my father” said Sean. 
Asked on who he thinks is the best basketball player for him, “For me, it would be my dad simply because I learned how to play the game because of him. He also motivated me and he became my inspiration. That’s why for me, the greatest player of all time would be my father”, quipped the beaming cager from EAC.  
“I make my family in Cagayan de Oro City my inspiration in every game. I hope that we (EAC) can make it to the final four. We will do our best” said Sean Andrew. With determination, perseverance and faith in God, this young athlete can achieve greater heights and carve a niche in the world of professional basketball in the near future.
*Photo by Mr. Teddy Manansala
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AU Braves spitfire point guard Guilmer Dela Torre is NCAA Jr’s newest toast

By: Paolo Manuel C. Fule

His speed on the court can be likened to that of an unstoppable bullet train in full throttle. Better mark his name in the halls of future basketball stars of this country because he is definitely the real deal. Meet Guilmer B. Dela Torre. The 5’ 9” cager who plays shooting guard and point guard for the Arellano University Braves is indeed a revelation in this year’s NCAA.
In his debut for the NCAA, he rattled 18 points in their game against LPU Junior Pirates, while he registered 13 points against five-time champions San Beda Red Cubs. Last year, he led his team with 33 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists and 4 steals against their rival Letran Squires. He made his career high 78 points during an inter barangay 13-under game in Bataan. This year, he was one of the participants for the Slam Rising Stars Challenge held at Mandaluyong City.
Born November 25, 1997 in Balut 2, Pilar, Bataan to Maricar Dela Torre and Guillermo Dela Torre, Guilmer hopes to make it someday in the pros, and what better way than to start in the NCAA.
Guilmer is a student athlete so he learns to manage is basketball and studies. “If it’s training time, I am focused on my training. For my studies, I make sure to ask my classmates or teachers
about the lessons or activities I missed”, quipped the cager from Bataan.
His favorite shot is teardrop shot like that of PJ Simon’s. His favorite players include all-time great Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls, Ateneo’s Kiefer Isaac Ravena, AU Chief’s John Pinto, and San Mig Coffee’s PJ Simon of the PBA. His ambition in life is to finish his studies and for his dreams to become a reality.
Photo courtesy of UBL. 
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Lions, Cardinals draw first blood in NCAA opener as favorite Chiefs play today

By: Paolo Manuel C. Fule

On June 25, 2016, Saturday, at the Mall of Asia Arena, the oldest collegiate basketball in the country opened once more with the San Beda College as its host for the 92nd season.
The Opening ceremony at the Mall of Asia Arena was highlighted by the first two games courtesy of the defending champions Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights versus the San Beda College Red Lions at 2:00pm and was followed by Mapua Institute of Technology Cardinals versus the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers at 4:00pm. The San Beda Red Lions nipped the defending champs Letran Knights, 89-85, while reinging MVP Allwell Oraeme recorded a double-double to help Mapua Cardinals beat JRU Heavy Bombers, 74-71.
The Scores: (first game)
SAN BEDA (89) – Mocon 18, Potts 16, Sara 14, Tankoua 13, Tongco 9, Bolick 7, Noah 4, Presbitero 3, Soberano 2, Navarro 2, Bonsubre 1, Carlos 0, Oftana 0, Adamos 0, Alas 0.
LETRAN (85) – Quinto 23, Nambatac 18, Calvo 13, Sollano 11, Balanza 8, Apreku 7, Luib 5, Pambid 0, de la Pena 0, Balagasay 0, Sario 0.
Quarter Scores: 27-17, 45-36, 62-60, 89-85.
The Scores: (second game)
MIT (74) – Oraeme 24, Isit 17, Estrella 10, Victoria 8, Menina 5, Eriobu 3, Magboo 3, Orquina 2, Serrano 2, Raflores 0, Biteng 0.
JRU (71) – Pontejos 16, Teodoro 13, Poutouochi 8, Grospe 7, Dela Paz 5, AbdulWahab 4, Cruz 4, Lasquety 4, Mendoza 4, Dela Virgen 3, Evardo 3, Dada 0.Quarter scores: 12-20, 36-38, 59-58, 74-71.
On Sunday, June 26, Arellano University Chiefs, the second runner up in the NCAA season 90, will clash with University of Perpetual Help Altas at 12:00hn at the FilOil Flying V San Juan Arena. Other match ups in the same day include College of Saint Benilde Blazers and San Sebastian College-Recoletos Golden Stags at 2:00pm and Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals versus Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates at 4:00pm.
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