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Cabagnot bares business back in US… Jalalon drops 33-point bomb… Douthit flies PH flag anew


The San Miguel playmaker said he’s just lending a hand to his former coach Bo Perasol. “I asked coach Bo if I could help out in UP in any way possible, and he assigned me to the skills of the guards,” he said. “It’s ball handling, just to teach the guys stuff, how to have less turnovers and stuff like that.” “I’ve been wanting to do this. I have a sports academy back in the States that’s been running for the last eight years. It’s called Edge International, and it’s been going on for the last eight to nine years. We’ve been teaching young kids from 10 all the way to 17, so it’s just another progression in my career,” he said. Sports Inquier


Jio Jalalon took over in the fourth quarter to push Arellano University past Lyceum, 78-75, in the NCAA Season 92 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. “We really needsd that,” Arellano head coach Jerry Codiñera said of his prized guard’s sterling performance. “His decision making was very precise and accurate.” “Nakakatakot kasi bumabalik talaga yung Lyceum. Akala ko nga talo na kami,” Jalalon said. Sports Inquier


JIO Jalalon delivered in the clutch and wound up with 33 points, leading Arellano to a 78-75 win over Lyceum on Tuesday in the NCAA Season 92 seniors basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Jalalon came through down the stretch with crucial baskets as the Chiefs downed the pesky Pirates for an 11-3 record. Sports Inquirer


MARCUS Douthit has returned to the country to represent the Philippines in international basketball once again, but this time the naturalized player will be playing not for Gilas Pilipinas but for Mighty Sports. Mighty team manager Jean Alabanza confirmed Douthit has been signed by Mighty Sports to play for the club in the Merlion Cup this month in Singapore, where the club is eyeing another title after capturing the Jones Cup last month. “His size and experience will definitely increase our chances of success in the tournament,” Alabanza said.


Eight years since Barangay Ginebra celebrated its last PBA championship, the Kings’ popularity doesn’t seem to wane as evidenced by an estimated 2,000 strong fans that showed up during the team’s rare open practice on Sunday at the Fil-Oil Flying V Arena in San Juan. “I was talking to some of the players and bilib ka rin sa mga tao kasi rest day or family day ito pero somehow, they chose to spend their Sunday to see us in practice and para makita nila paano kami mag-trabaho,” Tenorio told FOX Sports. “It’s a good thing, we’re happy and we feel blessed seeing all those people na nandun talaga at nagpunta kahit malakas din ang ulan.” Fox Sports Asia


SAN MIGUEL Beer’s two-time Best Import awardee Arizona Reid flew back to the United States Monday reportedly to have his leg injury examined by doctors there. It is not certain whether Reid, who was replaced in the San Miguel lineup by Michael Singletary two weeks ago, will be able to come back soon to help in the team’s defense of its PBA Governors’ Cup championship. The high-scoring Reid had stayed in the country hoping his injury would heal quickly. Sports Inquirer


A GILAS Pilipinas crew made up of former collegiate stars now playing for different PBA D-League teams leaves for Tehran, Iran, Tuesday to take part in the Fiba Asia Challenge Cup. Josh Reyes, in his biggest head coaching stint, calls the shots for the Filipinos in the tournament where the Philippines will be shooting to finish in at least the top five. Former Far Eastern University stars Mike Tolomia, Mac Belo and Russel Escoto, ex-Santo Tomas aces Kevin Ferrer and Ed Daquioag and former La Salle center Arnold Van Opstal form the core of the national squad. Sports Inquirer


GILAS Pilipinas 5.0 pummeled SCTEX, 106-83, at the Meralco Gym on Monday night to put an encouraging finish to what had been a rocky buildup for the Fiba Asia Challenge Cup. “I’m very thankful sa SCTEX team for helping us out,” said Reyes, who will have multi-titled coach Ryan Gregorio by his side in the September 9-18 tournament in Tehran. “Its’ a good practice game for us. There are still a lot of corrections but hopefully with this game we will be able to correct our mistakes.”


THE NCAA Final Four picture could get clearer Tuesday when the league’s top three teams shoot for crucial victories against separate rivals at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. THE NCAA Final Four picture could get clearer Tuesday when the league’s top three teams shoot for crucial victories against separate rivals at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. “We have to step up as a team not just rely on one, two or three players,” said Jarin. Sports Inquirer


JOSE Rizal University went wire-to-wire in beating San Beda, 97-88, in an NCAA upset on Tuesday in the NCAA Season 92 seniors basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre. The Heavy Bombers gained their ninth victory in 15 games, sweeping their elimination round matches against the Red Lions, who slipped to 11-4. San Beda’s defeat also allowed Arellano to take the top spot with an 11-3 record after its victory over Lyceum.


Despite having one of the best games of his career, Louie Vigil was left to rue what he wasn’t able to do after University of Santo Tomas dropped its opening game to Ateneo Sunday. “Personally, I’m frustrated kasi we didn’t get the W (win),” Vigil said. “Individually din, hindi ako contented sa game ko kasi I know I’m a good 3-point shooter and then I went 0-for-7. So initially, hindi ko talaga nagustuhan yung game ko ngayon.” “Last three minutes in the third quarter, they were making their shots. Hilaw yung close out namin, we didn’t change our defense, and we stuck to that plan,” he said. “Kung may extra minute pa nung fourth quarter panalo na sana. But yun, yung oras, kinulang sa oras. And yung sa offensive side naman, yung outside shooting namin hindi talaga gumana.” “Yun nga yung sinasabi ko sa kanila, two or three weeks ago pa, na may first game jitters pero hindi na dapat maging reason yun. But as you could see, may mga teammates pa ako na nangangapa kasi ngayon lang din nakalaro talaga. Yung iba, ngayon lang din nakabalik.” Sports Inquirer


DE La Salle will only have 15 players in its roster for UAAP Season 79 after Andrew Langston was declared ineligible by the league on Monday. A source said Langston was not allowed to suit up for the Green Archers this season after failing to meet the academic requirements of the Taft-based school. Langston, a back-up guard and incoming sophomore, was initially included in the La Salle roster before the eligibility meetings.


THE eligibility of Matthew Aquino to play for National University in Season 79 of the UAAP has been put in a cloud of doubt by certain issues, a source confirmed to on Tuesday. A source said Aquino’s chances of playing this season came under question amid claims that the 6-foot-9 son of former PBA star Marlou didn’t meet the required number of days a student-athlete should attend school. Aquino, however, has already completed his one-year residency at NU after his transferr from Adamson.