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Alaska Back in Action Against Phoenix

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After almost two weeks, Alaska will return to action in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup as the club takes on Phoenix at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Friday.

The Aces will battle the Fuel Masters in the 4:15 p.m. game with both teams trying to bounce back from painful defeats.

Alaska fell prey to Meralco on April 8 that eventually saw its 4-0 start snapped.

On the other hand, Phoenix saw a 17-point lead vanish and lost in the end to Rain Or Shine four nights later.

Calvin Abueva, however, is questionable for Friday as he suffered a busted lip during Gilas practice at the Kerry’s Sports Gym in Taguig and was not present during the succeeding training nights back at the Meralco Gym in Pasig and even at the Aces’ practice at the nearby Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong.

In the nightcap at 7 p.m., GlobalPort looks to build a winning run as it goes up against TNT.

With Terrence Romeo slowly regaining his form following a typhoid fever, the Batang Pier will try to establish a winning streak as they battle the KaTropa, who have won four straight. (PNA)IVAN SALDAJENO

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Philippine Arena to Host FIBA 3×3 World Cup

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After drawing back-to-back 53,000-strong crowds during last year’s PBA Governors’ Cup finals, the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan is set to host another historic event.

The latest prized possession of the province of Bulacan was named the venue for the 2018 FIBA 3×3 World Cup happening on June 8-12.

A far cry from the usual setting, where a basketball court is set up at a park or inside a mall, the 55,000-seater arena will hold all the games pitting the best 3×3 basketball teams in the world.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive director Sonny Barrios said during the official launch of the event at the Bonifacio High Street in Taguig City on Thursday, that the official NSA for basketball agreed to hold the event in Bocaue. “We evaluated it,” said Barrios.

Explaining how they came up with the decision only the day before, he said it is part of determining the venue’s readiness as the probable main venue of the 2023 FIBA World Cup.

“The truth is FIBA encouraged us to try the Philippine Arena even for the 2023 hosting,” Barrios said.

While admission to the event may require fans to buy tickets, Barrios said the SBP will try to make it affordable for them.

“Pinag-uusapan pa namin how to make it very easy for the fans to come in,” he said.

Barrios added that shuttle services to and from the Philippine Arena will be provided, but he also bared that he harnessed Senator Joel Villanueva to convince the fans from adjacent provinces of Bulacan to flock to the venue as well.

“Senator Joel will cater to the nearby communities,” Barrios said.

By virtue of being last year’s champions, Serbia (men’s division) and Russia (women’s division) will join the host nation Philippines among the automatic seeds to the tournament.

The other 18 competing teams per division will be based on FIBA’s 3×3 national federation ranking system, which is totally different from the 5-on-5 ranking system and is primarily based on a country’s activeness and success in joining 3×3 tournaments.

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Hot Squads Face Off with Reeling Clubs in PBA Doubleheader

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Rain Or Shine will battle Phoenix, while TNT will collide with Blackwater in a PBA Philippine Cup twinbill on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

The E-Painters and the Fuel Masters play first 4:30 p.m., while the KaTropa battle the Elite in the main game at 7 p.m.

Phoenix and Blackwater have been on a roll, winning their last two games with the latter issuing a statement with a rout over heavily-favored Ginebra.

A win for the Fuel Masters and the Elite will put them at a tie with idle Magnolia Hotshots for second place at 3-1, just behind the 3-0 San Miguel Beermen.

ROS and TNT, on the other hand, are looking to bounce back from their recent losses and keep in step at the middle of the pack and stay out of the seventh and eighth spots, which can put them at a twice-to-beat disadvantage in the next round.

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PH Delegation to 10th Pacific School Games Exhibits Notable Performance

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Philippine student-athletes delivered impressive performances and brought home medals in the 10th Pacific School Games in Adelaide, Australia.

Philippine goalball and softball teams landed second place during the championship game, while the basketball team ranked 7th.

Raising the Philippine flag to the finals in goalball, held at Heathfield High School, were: Shayra Erum, Fionah Mariey Lorena, and Dan Jorens Luzanes who earned a total of 101 points during the three consecutive days of the game. Goalball is a team sports specifically for athletes with vision impairment and is played by boys and girls aged 15 years and under.

Softball players for the 17 years and under category who bagged the silver medal were: Neo May Mahinay, Glecilyn Alipato, Mary Joy Maguad, Madaelene Domauag, April Rose Gonzales, Glory Alonzo, Angela Solidarios, Chastene Jover, Mea Tubongbanua, Marian Andrei Davis, Henna Aireen Santiago, and Kristine Joy Rodriguez. Alonzo was chosen as one of the most valuable players (MVPs) of said sport. The game was held at Adelaide Shores Sports Complex in West Beach.

Meanwhile, the basketball team for the 12 years old and under category, which ranked 7th in the championship game, was composed of: Martin Lorenzo Bonalos, Prince Roger Luarca, Daniel Cole Bathan, Marion Glen Alcera, John Irboy Padua, Lourd Ice Pematawaran, Jan Jabez, Lurazan, Deandre Jerucho Largueza, Liam Rasheed Salangsang, Nathaniel Angelo Manarang, Carlos Alfonso Cantorna, and Lanze Gabriel Ronquillo.

Undersecretary for Legislative Affairs, External Partnerships and Linkages, and School Sports Tonisito MC. Umali, Esq. congratulated the impressive performance of the athletes: “All of our players were astonishing. They all executed great and extraordinary energy and talents. With that, I would like to congratulate our athletes. This participation is important because athletes who are competing now may be the same athletes who will compete in other international competition in the future which I am sure will bring honor and pride to our country.”

About 4,100 participants from South Australia, Victoria, Western Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, Northern Territory, First Nation, India, and the Philippines competed in the annual event.

The Pacific School Games is an annual sporting event in Australia that aims to deliver outstanding sporting, educational, cultural, social, and life-long experience to students from around the world.

Complete results may be accessed at http://pacificschoolgames.edu.au/. (DepEd)

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Cebu Marathon Draws Record Participants

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The Cebu Marathon exceeded its target participants for this year, hitting 5,081 entries for the January 14 event at the Cebu Business Park.

The Cebu Marathon, which is now on its eighth year, is the first major event in Cebu City this year and has attracted participants from 36 countries, as well as runners from Bacolod, Baguio, Manila, Davao, and Cagayan de Oro.

“Our target is 5,000 runners but we exceeded that with 5,081 runners,” said Kenneth Casquejo of the organizing Cebu Executive Runners Club (CERC) in a press conference at the Cebu Grand Hotel on Monday.

The 21K category has the most number of entries with 2,200, while the 42K has more than 1,800 entries, a huge jump from last year’s numbers.

“Last year we had only 1,100 for the 42K and about 1,500 for the 21K,” said John Pages, another CERC member.

This year also marks the return of CERC as the organizer of the event, which was handled by Manila’s RunRio for the past two years.

“We will try to make it festive again. We have a lot of surprises for the participants,” said Joel Taborada, the group’s former president.

There will be 18 water stations for the event, all manned by volunteers. Each water station is also required to have an entertainment team for the runners aside from their hydration team.

Since the South Road Properties has been off limits to running events since last year, the organizers were forced to come up with a new route for this year’s marathon, something that has turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

“I think this is the best route so far. It’s very flat although there are a lot of turns,” said Meyrick Jacalan, another CERC stalwart.

To ensure the safety of the participants, Casquejo said the organizers would have eight-man teams manning each intersection — two from a communications group, two from the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO), two from the Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO), and two medical personnel.

“I made it at least two so that if one has to go somewhere, there is someone who can take over,” said Casquejo.

Some 177 personnel from CCPO and village watchmen (tanods) from 18 barangays will also help secure the route. There will also be personnel from five medical teams led by the Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation, which will deploy at least 15 ambulances along the route.

“We require that each ambulance be at least two minutes away from any emergency,” said Casquejo.

For this year, the organizers will award a total of Php419,000 in cash prizes for the winners.

“We will give cash prizes to the top three in the 42K foreign category, top 10 finishers in the 42K local and 21K divisions, and the top five finishers in the 10K and 5K,” said Casquejo.

Meanwhile, the organizers also moved the venue of the Race Expo from Ayala Center Cebu to Vibo Place starting Wednesday.

“We are not sure when Ayala Cebu could reopen again, so we moved it to Vibo Place. Participants can claim their race kits from noon until 8 p.m. from Wednesday to Saturday,” said CERC’s Pages.

Ayala Center Cebu is still closed after a 39-hour fire hit Metro mall in the commercial center late Friday night. (MP/PNA)

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