By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

TOURNAMENT favorites Adamson Soaring Falcons and Far Eastern University Tamaraws got their University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 81 campaigns to a good start after booking big victories in their debut outings on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Adamson got the better of the defending champions Ateneo Blue Eagles, 74-70, while FEU survived the De La Salle Green Archers, 68-61, in the double-header in Day Two of the new season yesterday.

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The Philippine National Police Responders hope to start their title drive on a high note even as the PhilHealth Plus target a memorable debut when they clash against separate rivals on Sunday in the 7th UNTV Cup at the Pasig City Sports Center.

Led by former University of the East player Ollan Omiping, the Responders collide with the GSIS Furies at 5 pm with the former slightly favored over the team that is seeking a finals’ appearance in the annual tournament for public servants. 

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES, July 23, 2018 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced today that the NBA 3X Philippines presented by AXA will return to Manila for an eighth consecutive year on Aug. 25-26 at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall, and will feature an NBA player, an NBA legend, and a slam dunk team.

The league’s international grassroots event platform will showcase a 3-on-3 tournament featuring men’s and women’s teams combined with authentic NBA entertainment. Registration for NBA 3X Philippines 2018 begins on July 25 on a first-come, first-served basis at and runs until Aug. 8, or until all slots are full.

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The Philippine quintet imposed itself against a badly handicapped Japanese side Tuesday in the 18th Asian Games here, hacking out a 113-80 victory for a guaranteed improvement from the country's seventh-place finish in the Incheon Asiad in 2014.

Christian Standhardinger and Jordan Clarkson were in the forefront of Gilas’ attack. The Filipino-German forward had a double-double of 27 points and 13 rebounds, Clarkson had 22 markers.

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Gilas Pilipinas will try to advance to the semifinal round of the 2018 Asian Games when it takes on South Korea Monday in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Tipoff is at midnight ET, and the game can be live-streamed on YouTube for fans who are interested in seeing the Gilas take on the undefeated Koreans.

The Philippines go into the knockout-round game with a 1-1 record, having trounced Kazakhstan 96-59 and dropping an 82-80 decision to China.

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Jakarta, Indonesia—The Philippines’ basketball coach said a referee from “Chinese territory” should not have officiated his side’s narrow loss to China at the Asian Games, querying the number of fouls his side was awarded.

A Philippines side bolstered by newly arrived NBA star Jordan Clarkson lost 82-80 in Tuesday’s thrilling match after China scored two free throws awarded by the Hong Kong referee with just 13 seconds left.

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By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

CHINA survived a spirited challenge from the Philippines in their preliminary Group D match at the 18th Asian Games on Tuesday, winning, 82-80, at the Gelora Bung Karno Basketball Hall in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Regaining their composure just in time to snatch back the win, the Chinese avoided opening their Asiad bid with a disaster as they held on for the win in a game that proved to be too close for comfort for them.

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Jakarta, Indonesia—Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson has called on the NBA to let players compete in more global tournaments to boost the sport’s popularity worldwide, ahead of his first appearance for the Philippines at the Asian Games.

Clarkson, who dashed to Jakarta last week after the US league released him in a last-minute U-turn, said Sunday he had wanted to play for the Philippines for years but had been repeatedly blocked. 

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IT will be a battle of leagueleaders and undefeated teams today at the National Collegiate Athletic Association as the Lyceum Pirates and defending champions San Beda Red Lions take on one another in a marquee matchup set for 4 p.m. at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.

Currently occupying the one and two spots, respectively, Lyceum (8-0) and San Beda (6-0) seek to extend their strong run in the opening round of Season 94 and fortify their top-perch team status in the ongoing tournament.

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