Basketball

By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

IRAN continued to roll in the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, defeating the Philippines, 81-73, at the start of the second round of the competition on Thursday night at the Azady Gym in Tehran.

Opted not to play big man Hamed Haddadi for much of the contest, the Iranians still proved themselves a handful for the Philippine team, anchoring their attack on their size advantage and timely shooting from the outside.

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THE defending champions Ateneo Blue Eagles notched their first win in Season 81 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines after defeating the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons, 87-79, in their “Battle of Katipunan” on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Lost in their season opener previously, the Eagles bounced back by taking on everything the Maroons threw at them, banking on balance and collective composure.

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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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