NCR bet sizzling throw breaks 26-yr old mark

The Philippine Star - - SPORTS - By NEL­SON BELTRAN By JOEY VILLAR

Chris­tian Stand­hardinger will be ar­riv­ing Fri­day to join the San Miguel Beer train­ing camp ear­lier than ex­pected fol­low­ing the early exit of his team in the ABL ousted by an­other SMC team – San Miguel Pale Pilsen Alab Pilip­inas – in the semi­fi­nals.

“We did ex­pect him to come be­fore the start of the sec­ond con­fer­ence, but not the start of our train­ing. But be­cause their ABL play­off ride was cut short, he’ll be with us just on the sec­ond day of our train­ing,” said San Miguel coach Leo Aus­tria.

The Beer­men re­sume train­ing two days be­fore the PB A Com­mis­sioner’ s Cup open­ing twin­bill at the Smart Araneta Coli­seum fea­tur­ing Black­wa­ter ver­sus Columbian Dyip (Kia Pi­canto) and TNT KaTropa op­po­site Glob­alPort.

San Miguel and Mag­no­lia, how­ever, won’t play a game at least in the first week of the tour­ney, be­ing the fi­nal­ists in the re­cent al­lFilipino tour­ney.

Stand­hardinger made an im­pres­sion in his ABL stint al­though his team Hong Kong Eastern failed to make it past the semi­fi­nals, swept by SMB Alab in their best-of-three se­ries.

“He’s a con­sis­tent dou­ble-dou­ble per­former. He’s even de­liv­er­ing 30-point games. He just had a hard time in the last two games as he had to con­tend with Re­naldo Balk­man and Justin Brown­lee. His im­port part­ner was a mere role player,” said Aus­tria.

He added that the 6-foot-8 Fil-Ger­man player is ca­pa­ble of play­ing the small for­ward, big for­ward and cen­ter spots.

“He’s an ag­ile big man and he would give us much flex­i­bil­ity,” said Aus­tria.

“Against Alab, he was even de­fend­ing Justin Brown­lee who’s play­ing from the out­side, and he did a good job. It means he can play the No. 3 po­si­tion and be on the floor to­gether with Ar­wind San­tos and June Mar Fa­jardo,” Aus­tria added.

San Miguel also fea­tures an im­port that can play multi-po­si­tion as the team chases a pos­si­ble sec­ond jewel to a pos­si­ble grand slam sea­son. VIGAN, Ilo­cos Sur – Kasan­dra Hazel Al­can­tara of the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion grabbed the spot­light as she broke the 26-year old record in sec­ondary girls shot put even as Soc­sar­gen’s Princess Sh­eryl Valdez racked up four gold medals in ar­nis in Palarong Pam­bansa yes­ter­day at the Pres­i­dent El­pidio Quirino Sta­dium here. Cal­abar­zon’s El­iza Cuyom also pulled off one of the most re­mark­able feats in the an­nual games in re­cent years, shat­ter­ing both the na­tional ju­niors and meet records in sec­ondary girls’ 100m hur­dles. Cuyom, 17, clocked 14.73 sec­onds in the morn­ing tri­als to eclipse the na­tional ju­nior girls hand time record of 15-flat Julie Rose Forbes set in the Na­tional Open in Manila 18 years ago.

She also broke the Palaro stan­dard of 14.9 recorded by Zam­boanga’s Michelle Patasha in Gen. San­tos 22 years ago.

“My coaches helped me (on this feat),” said Cuyom, a Grade 11 stu­dent at Das­mar­iñas East In­te­grated High School, in Filipino, re­fer­ring to Kennedy Quer­i­jero.

Al­can­tara, a grad­u­at­ing Grade 12 stu­dent at Uni­ver­sity of the East, heaved 11.88 me­ters to claim the gold and bet­ter the 11.20 record set by an­other NCR bet Marites Bar­ios in Zam­boanga City in 1992.

“The goal here is to break the record be­cause it’s my last Palaro year,” said Al­can­tara in Filipino. “My coach (Jeremy Garay) told me to im­prove on my leg move­ment and lessen the spin – and it worked.”

The record-break­ing throw came on Al­can­tara’s fifth of six at­tempts al­though she had al­ready ripped it on her sec­ond try with a heave of 11.70m.

Jamela de Asia of West­ern Visayas and Mary Jean Maloloy-on of Bi­col took the sil­ver and bronze with 11.29m and 10.61m, re­spec­tively.

Over at the San Vi­cente Mu­nic­i­pal gym, Valdez, 12, struck in el­e­men­tary girls ar­nis, win­ning four golds in the sin­gle weapon, dou­ble weapon and sin­gle es­pada event in­di­vid­ual. She then teamed up with Maria Veron­ica Ila­gan and Stephane Mones to snare the sin­gle weapon anyo team gold and be­come the first quadru­ple gold medal win­ner.

The Grade Six stu­dent at New Is­abela Na­tional high school in Tacurong will still see ac­tion in four events to­day.

For her feats, Valdez is re­port­edly set to re­ceive a P60,000 in­cen­tive from Soc­sar­gen’s Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion divi­sion, which promised P15,000 to ev­ery gold.

An­drei Fritz Jus­tine Al­car­i­oto de­liv­ered the fifth ar­nis gold for Soc­sar­gen with a vic­tory in the el­e­men­tary boys’ sin­gle weapon of anyo event in­di­vid­ual.

Lo­cal bet Fran­cis James San Gabriel of Ilo­cos joined the record-break­ing spree as he clocked 9:33.01 in the sec­ondary boys 2000m walk to erase the 10:11.3 mark set by NCR’s Bryan Oxales in San Jose, An­tique last year.

In­ter­est­ingly, the event was only in­cluded as a reg­u­lar event in the an­nual multi-sports meet for el­e­men­tary and sec­ondary stu­dent ath­letes last year.

Cal­abar­zon’s Veruel Ver­dadero, the sec­ondary boys 100m dash gold medal­ist, posted the fastest time in the heats of the cen­tury dash, clock­ing 10.65 sec­onds, which broke the 10.75 mark set by Soc­sar­gen’s Fe­beroy Kasi two years ago in Legzapi, Al­bay.

JOEY MENDOZA

Kasan­dra Al­can­tara of NCR makes a big heave to win the shot put gold in record fash­ion in the Palarong Pam­bansa in Vigan, Ilo­cos Sur.

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