Basketball

THE battle of the defending champions and the team many consider as a dark horse in Season 93 of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) headlines today’s seniors basketball feature at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan City.

Debut winners in their first outing in the brand-new season of the country’s longest-standing collegiate league, both reigning champs San Beda Red Lions and the Lyceum Pirates are out to extend their winning ways and chalk up early the tournament lead when they collide at the scheduled 4 p.m. game.

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IN two days’ time Season 93 of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) officially rolls out with San Beda College expressing readiness to defend its men’s basketball title albeit recognizing that it is up against souped-up competition.

Handled anew by comebacking NCAA coach Boyet Fernandez, the Mendiola-based Red Lions are looking to claim back-to-back titles this season and 21st overall to further solidify their hold as the most successful team in NCAA seniors basketball.

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CLEVELAND—Excitement abounds in basketball’s birthplace about the fast-paced 3-on-3 version of the game being added to the Olympic lineup Friday by the International Olympic Committee.

With roots in Harlem’s legendary Rucker Park playground games and the Gus Macker series that has toured US cities for 30 years, 3-on-3 has reached a renaissance that includes an eight-team US pro league tipping off in two weeks and Olympic status starting at Tokyo in 2020.

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THE Bull Squad squared off against seven other fellow finalists and emerged champion of the Red Bull Reign Finals at the Nagtahan Bridge Court, Pasig River, in Manila.

The team also got the chance to represent the Philippines at the Red Bull Reign World Finals, the brand’s signature 3x3 basketball tournament that pits hopefuls against one another in a high-endurance, offensive-driven battle.

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THE Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines and Department of Justice clinched important wins on opening day of the UNTV Cup Executive Faceoff last Sunday at the Pasig Sports Center.

In the curtain raiser, the PNP Responders continued their dominant performance from the Season 5 finals series as they crushed the Bureau of Customs Transformers, 82-37.

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LATER this year, the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers kick off which also signal the start of the new competition system and calendar instituted by the world basketball governing body which it touts as “bringing the sport home.”

A product of careful study and considerable deliberation time, FIBA said the timing of the changes is apt.

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GILAS Pilipinas dominated anew in its third game in the ongoing 2017 Southeast Asian Basketball Men’s Championship, beating Malaysia, 106-51, in the nightcap on Day 3 yesterday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Much like in their first two games in the regional basketball tournament, the Gilas players used a strong start to the game and never looked back.

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ENES Kanter of the Oklahoma City Thunder gave his simple piece of advice to all Filipino basketball players who are continuously chasing their dreams.

“First, they should have a big dream. Second, they have to work for it. You have to give yourself 100%. There’s gonna be people out there and they’re not gonna believe, so you just prove them wrong by working really hard. Education is number one. Never leave school, stay in school and do your work,” the big man said during his Thursday visit at the Fountain International School in San Juan.

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DILIMAN College  welcomed   the  entry of  JPA  Freight Logistics as its partner in the 2017 Millennium Basketball League (MBL) Open basketball championship  and other major collegiate leagues.

Diliman College president and  former Sen.  Nikki Coseteng and head coach Rensy Bajar  underscored  the  importance of  the  support of  JPA, headed  by businessman-sportsman Jerry Alday.

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