San Agustin cagers near Mayor’s Cup col­lege ti­tle

Panay News - - SPORTS -  By Adria Stewa Co

ILOILO City – Univer­sity

n of San Agustin ( USA) moved closer to tak­ing the 2017 Iloilo City In­vi­ta­tional Bas­ket­ball League ( Mayor’s Cup – 1st Con­fer­ence) col­lege cat­e­gory crown with a 94-91 win over Cen­tral Philip­pine Univer­sity (CPU) Golden Lions.

J ohn Rey Madulim l ed the way with 23 points for USA, which can cap­ture the cham­pi­onship with a re­peat vic­tory in Game 2 of the best- of-three se­ries.

Hold­ing to a slim 30-27 lead at the end of the open­ing pe­riod on Mon­day night, USA be­gan to pull away in the sec­ond frame as it hanged on to a 51-44 half­time lead be­fore widen­ing it to 73-63 af­ter the first 30 min­utes.

CPU made its move in the fi­nal quar­ter and man­aged to rally to as close as 92- 91. USA’s John Angelo Robe­jes then drained two free throws to ex­tend the lead to 94- 91 be­fore CPU mis­fired on its fi­nal at­tempt.

Game 2 was sched­uled Tues­day night at the Barangay Katil­ing­ban gym in Molo dis­trict.

MANILA – Pocari Sweat Lady War­riors closed in on a semi­fi­nals spot af­ter sur­viv­ing a tough bat­tle against Creamline Cool Smash­ers, 25-23, 25-21, 21-25, 18-25, 15-11 on Tues­day in the Pre­mier Vol­ley­ball League Re­in­forced Con­fer­ence at the FilOil Fly­ing V Cen­tre in San Juan.

Lady War­riors cap­tured Mean­while St. Roberts

rt In­ter­na­tional Acad­emy bagged the third- place tro­phy in the high school cat­e­gory af­ter scor­ing a come- from- behind 81- 77 win over Sun Yat Sen High School.

Down by as much as 16 points in the third quar­ter, St. Roberts leaned on Roy Jac­into, who top-scored with 17 points, to trim the deficit to 10 points head­ing into the fourth.

St. Roberts con­tin­ued its up­ris­ing in the fourth and was able to come to within 77-75 with over a minute left be­fore Jac­into un­corked two straight triples to give the team an 81- 77 lead.

For col­lege and 40- up cat­e­gories, first prize is P5,000 cash, while sec­ond and third prizes are P3,000 and P2,000, re­spec­tively. The high school cham­pion, on the other hand, gets P10,000, while the sec­ond and third plac­ers will have P8,000 and P5,000, re­spec­tively.

The 2017 I l oil o City In­vi­ta­tional Bas­ket­ball League is or­ga­nized by the Iloilo City govern­ment./ its sec­ond straight win in as many games in the round robin quar­ter­fi­nals.

Amer­i­can im­port Michelle Strizak and Myla Pablo pow­ered  Pocari Sweat, which  is now a win away from join­ing top seed Bal­iPure and the Power Smash­ers in the best-of-three semis se­ries start­ing Satur­day.

Lady War­riors will close the quar­ter­fi­nals on Thurs­day against Per­las.

Strizak blasted all but one of her 30 points from kills while Pablo fin­ished with 12 mark­ers for Lady War­riors. De­siree Dadang and Cai Ne­po­mu­ceno scored 11 points each and tal­lied four kill blocks apiece in the squad’s to­tal of 10.

Pocari Sweat built a 12- 8 gap but Cool Smash­ers behind Alyssa Valdez and im­ports Kut­tika Kaew­pin of Thai­land and Amer­i­can Lind­say Schaudt tried to power Creamline back with a 3- 1 spurt to close in, 13-11.

Af­ter Pablo pushed  Lady War­riors to a match point, a mis­cue from  Kaew­pin and Jema Galanza on the re­bound af­ter Valdez’s at­tack bounced off the de­fen­sive wall of Pocari Sweat sealed the match.

The Cool Smash­ers slid to a 1-1 card.

Valdez and Kaew­pin scored 19 points each while Schaudt got 14 for Creamline, which need to win its last as­sign­ment on Thurs­day against Philip­pine Air Force. ( MANILA – With f our

n rt games left in the elim­i­na­tion round, teams are gear­ing up for po­si­tion­ing in the 2017 Oppo PBA Com­mis­sioner’s Cup play­offs, which will be­gin this weekend.

Six teams — Barangay Gine­bra San Miguel Kings (8- 2), Star Hot­shots ( 8- 2), TNT Ka­t­ropa ( 8- 3), San Miguel Beer­men (7-2), Mer­alco Bolts (7-4), and Rain or Shine Elasto Painters (5-6) — were al­ready as­sured of play­offs spots.

T h r e e t e a ms were still con­test­ing for the two re­main­ing quar­ter­fi­nals slots — Alaska Aces (4-6), Glob­alPort Batang Pier (4-6) and Phoenix Fuel Mas­ters ( 4- 7) — while elim­i­nated were Mahin­dra Flood­buster (3-7), Black­wa­ter Elite ( 2- 8) and NLEX Road War­riors (2-9).

The re­main­ing games were Beer­men ver­sus Elite and Hot­shots ver­sus Aces at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City tonight, and Beer­men ver­sus Batang Pier and Flood­buster ver­sus Kings at the Smart- Araneta Coli­seum on Fri­day night.

The top two teams will have a twice-to-beat ad­van­tage over the No. 7 and No. 8 team, re­spec­tively, while No. 3 will face No. 6 and No. 4 ver­sus No. 5 in a best-of-three se­ries.

Three teams — Kings, Beer­men and Hot­shots — were still in con­tention for the No. 2 spot.

Kings and Beer­men were be­ing tipped with strong chances. They needed only to win their re­main­ing games to fill the slot.

The Hot­shots’ only chance to sneak in the No. 2 spot is a win

ARVIN LIM / ABS-CBN SPORTS

Pocari Sweat Lady War­riors is get­ting near the semi­fi­nals af­ter win­ning against Creamline Cool Smash­ers in the Pre­mier Vol­ley­ball League Re­in­forced Con­fer­ence on Tues­day, May 30.

CNN / PALM BEACH COUNTY SHER­IFF’S OF­FICE

Tiger Woods, as shown in this photo from the Palm Beach County Sher­iff’s Of­fice. The golfer was ar­rested in Florida on sus­pi­cion of driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence.

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