May 7, 2022 9:58 p.m.
Alyssa Bertolano stepped up in the clutch as University of the Philippines avoided a huge meltdown in a five-set marathon against Far Eastern University, 25-12, 25-22, 24-26, 27-29, 15-11 in the UAAP Season 84 women’s volleyball tournament, Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
With the Lady Tamaraws slicing the Fighting Maroons’ eight-point advantage to just three, Bertolano rose high for a kill to put UP at match-point, 14-10, in the final set.
Bertolano was rejected by Chen Tagaod in the next play before eventually sealing the game through a combination play.
The UP rookie, who had 20 points in her debut against University of the East last Thursday, tallied a game-high 25 points – 24 of which came from attacks – along with 11 excellent receptions and 10 excellent digs to finish with a triple-double and power the team’s 2-0 start.
“The first two sets we played our game. The third and the fourth sets, we kinda stopped,” said Fighting Maroons head coach Godfrey Okumu after the game that lasted for two hours and 41 minutes. “We were playing like we won the game already so we needed to regroup for the fifth set and that’s why we were able to win.
“But again, we still have a lot of things to work on as a team. We spike well, we pass well, but we have to work on our defense especially. FEU is not an easy team to beat, they are a strong team and we give them respect,” he added.
Marianne Sotomil steered UP’s offense with 31 excellent sets while Irah Jaboneta also ended up with a triple-double, collecting 13 points, 14 excellent receptions, and 12 excellent digs for the Fighting Maroons.
Lorie Bernardo also chipped in 13 points while team skipper Jewel Encarnacion came up with 12 in the victory.
The Fighting Maroons went off in the opener, pouncing on the helpless Lady Tamaraws before taking the second set for the 2-0 advantage. FEU eventually came alive in the next two sets, surviving UP’s surge to send the match to a decider.
Tagaod led the way for the 0-2 Lady Tamaraws with 18 points. Jean Asis added 15 points on 10 attacks, four blocks, and an ace while Lycha Ebon had 10 markers.
Up next for UP is UST on Tuesday at 10:00 AM while FEU will take on UE at 12:00 PM on the same day._
Satisfy your cravings with these best-selling Nanyang drinks
September 15, 2023 3:30 p.m.
Nanyang isn’t only known for its Laksa Prawn, Cheesy Chicken Chop Noodles and Singapore’s best selling Hainanese Chicken Rice and Kopi.
It also has several best-selling drinks to whet your appetite and satisfy your sweet tooth, such as Iced Teh Melaka, Kopi Jelly Milk Tea, Milo Dinosaur and Kopi O.
Head over to your nearest Nanyang branches nationwide.
USA back on top; Germany takes Top 3 spot in FIBA World Ranking
September 15, 2023 1:28 p.m.
MIES (Switzerland) – The recent completion of the prestigious FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 has produced some eye-catching positive climbs in the latest FIBA World Ranking Men, presented by Nike.
USA reclaim pole position with 786.6 points after benefiting from their consistency at major tournaments over the last three summers. Finishing in fourth place at the FIBA Basketball World Cup where they outperformed former number one nation Spain, their run to the Semi-Finals came off the back of winning an Olympic title at Tokyo in 2021 and also taking bronze at the FIBA AmeriCup 2022.
Recently crowned FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 champions Germany have another slice of history to enjoy as they step into the top three of the rankings for the very first time after moving up a massive eight places and onto 759.7 points. Their stunning success made all the more incredible because of the fact they made the journey to the top step of the podium without tasting defeat.
Canada also have another reason to celebrate too, with their maiden FIBA Basketball World Cup medal fueling an even bigger rise of nine spots. They now occupy sixth position with 745.5 points.
Serbia performed in outstanding fashion to make the title game and their second-placed finish gave their fans something to be proud of. Those supporters can also now enjoy and reflect on their country being a top five nation again as they move up a place and into fifth position on 755.6 points.
Meanwhile, when it comes to the scale and impact of climbing the rankings in the upper echelon, nobody can match Latvia. They have rocketed up a staggering 22 places and into the top 10 after their heroic underdog displays which ensured they took fifth place at the FIBA Basketball World Cup. They now sit in 8th position on 743.7 points.
There were many other teams who impressed at the flagship event, including Brazil who recorded three wins in five games and moves up a place into 12th in the rankings on 660.5 points. The Americas region can also boast a nice move upwards of five places into 16th for Puerto Rico on 611.1 points, while Dominican Republic rise six spots into 18th place on 561.9 points.
There were also notable improvements for Georgia who move up 10 positions and into 23rd on 465.9 points, Japan jump 11 spots to 26th on 432.2 points and Lebanon claim an uplift of 16 places into 28th on 423.3.
One nation that truly made everyone sit up and take notice at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 were first-timers South Sudan. They made history by beating China to claim a first win at the event, then pushing on to beat the Philippines and Angola. This has resulted in a sensational climb of 32 spots in the rankings. They now find themselves in 31st place with 375.5 points.
For more information about the method used in the calculation of the FIBA World Ranking Men, please refer to the “How It Works” section.
Click here to view the full FIBA World Ranking Men, presented by Nike.