Kalilintad frustrates Gen San to bag FMBT title

Kalilintad frustrated the boys of Gen San to clinch the coveted championship title at the recently concluded third Season of the Filipino Muslim Basketball Tournament (FMBT) organized by the Maranao Community in UAE (MARCOM).
FilClub Officials, Chairperson Engr. Tata Dayot and Vice Chair Ericson Reyes
This season of the FMBT League was participated in by 12 teams representing the major Filipino Muslim tribes including the converts, or “Balik Islam” expatriates with the aim to foster unity and camaraderie among them through sports.

The event was well attended by most of the fans of every team and members of various Muslim groups that enlightened the crowd and inspired the players with a much intense play. Maranao cultural dance performances like Kapamalo malong and Pakiring made the night cooler as an ice breaker.

The event was also graced by the presence of Engr. Tata Dayot, chairperson of the Filipino Clubs in Dubai and Northern Emirates as well as the group’s vice chair, Ericson Reyes.

It was an initiative by the Marcom group with Roy Tamano, as the FMBT overall chairman for seasons 1 to 3, assisted by the League Commissioner Shaharullah Wattari Tahir and Dep. Commissioner Jamel Pangandaman as well as with support of the Marcom committee officials and active members led by its President Jalil Paudac.

The championship game and awarding ceremony was held at Al Shaab Sports Complex, Sharjah, UAE on Friday, March 10, 2017, exactly four months when the tournament kicked off.

Underdog Banayad Boys frustrates Spartans in cliffhanger knockout match, 55-50

Standing at sixth place in their bracket Banayad Boys were the underdog in the recent match against Spartans who was ranking third. But this did not deter them to play good ball and frustrate their opponent with a five-point victory at the first season of the Samahang Basketbolista sa Umaga tourney.

The game took off on quite an exciting note as both teams played tough defense, considering that winner enters the semis.

And so as the gods and the spirits would have it, Spartans broke first blood but Banayad Boys (smooth boys in Filipino) indeed it smooth with more defense and a dynamic team work to finish the first frame at 12-8 to their advantage.

As the boys started heating up in the second quarter, so did the crowd – with the Spartans closing the second half by a mere three point lead, 21-19

Third frame was when the action got to the boiling point with the Banayad Boys’ Baste (#20) and Lingat (#15) doing a scathing defense enabling Estolero (#21), Maghirang (#15) and the best player of the game, Rico (#18) to rain treys to bury the Spartans 39-31.

“Never say die!” brought the Spartans into the game on to the fourth quarter, doing an 8-0 run to tie the score at 39. But as luck would have it, Banayad Boys saw an opening and put in a two-pointer field goal – which as it would turn out, was however, not enough: the Spartans have broken loose and was letting out a spectacular show of their own even clinching the lead at 43-42.

Pushed to the wall, Banayad Boys called a time-out to break the Spartans’ momentum with five minutes remaining and returned with a better defense to win the match, 55-50.

Banayad Boys will meet Batangas Angas in the semis. (JD)

Volcanoes dominate Doha rugby tilt

The Philippine National Men's Rugby Sevens Team, the

Volcanoes, bested 10 other countries to win the top prize in the

recent Asian Rugby Sevens Trophy competition in Doha, Qatar.

Coming out of the first day on top of their pool with dominant

wins versus Nepal and Qatar, the Volcanoes started day two of

the competition by defeating Iran 42 to 0 in the Quarter Final to

set up a Semi-Final battle with SEA Games rivals, Singapore,

according to a dispatch from the team’s Facebook page.

A strong start had Singapore leading the match 10 – 7, but the

Volcanoes kept their composure and produced try by Vincent

Amar Young on the final play, ending the match at 12-10. The

narrow win pushed the Philippines into the Grand Final against

Thailand, which had also yet to drop a game in the competition,

the report added.

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“In the Final, the Globe Ph Volcanoes wasted no time and

produced a rapid series of tries which gave them a commanding

29 points to 0 lead at halftime. Thailand attempted a comeback

in the second half, but only managed one try and conversion

before the Philippines finished them off with a final two tries

ending the match 41 – 7,” it said. 

Team Capt. Daniel Bembo Matthews was awarded Most

Valuable Player, while Timothy Bweheni was proclaimed Man of

the Match.

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"It was a real team effort to win this tournament. The players put

in the hard yards and really played for each other. This win was

for all our supporters, we appreciate all the support we have

received," Matthews was quoted as saying.

With this win, the Philippines gains entry back into the Asian

Sevens Series (A7S) which is the Rugby Sevens competition

among top tier teams in Asia such as Japan, Hong Kong and

Korea. The A7S will be played  through September and October

in Hong Kong, Korea and Sri Lanka. 

The Globe Ph Volcanoes will compete next month at the

Singapore SEA 7s on April 14 and 15.

ONE lightweight world champ set to defend title

ONE lightweight world champion Eduard Folayang of Team Lakay is all set to defend his gold plated strap for the first time against Malaysian contender Ev Ting on April 21 at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Folayang, 33, defied the odds when he halted Japanese mixed martial arts legend Shinya Aoki in November to capture the lightweight title, reported GMA News.

The Pinoy fighter reportedly feels that the his victory over Aoki was the highlight of his career, and is now focused on successfully defending the belt at home.

“Winning the title against a legend like Shinya Aoki will forever hold a special place of distinction in my career, but it is only the first step in establishing my legacy,” Folayang was quoted as saying.

“Before champions were recognized as greats and legends of the sport, every single one of them faced contenders that challenged their prowess as champions. In April, I will have the opportunity to prove why I hold the coveted title.”

Ting, on the other hand, is currently riding an impressive four-fight win streak and holds notable wins over Filipino fighters such as Honorio Banario, Eric and Edward Kelly, the report said.

And while the-27-year-old challenger has nothing but praises for Folayang, he reportedly made it clear that he’s coming to the Philippines to take the title.

“I have worked tirelessly to be where I am now. It has finally paid off because I will get an opportunity to vie for a world title. It’s every mixed martial artist’s dream to become a champion.

This is my chance to fulfill that dream,” Ting was quoted as saying by GMA News.

“Eduard Folayang is a great champion and is admired by many Filipinos, but he has what I want. I’m coming to Manila to get it from him and bring it home to Malaysia.”

LOOK: Pacquiao, Khan reach deal for April 23 fight

UAE likely to host Pacquiao-Khan bout on April 23

Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and British star Amir Khan have agreed to face off in an April 23 bout, which is most likely to take place in the UAE

Pacquiao tweeted on Sunday that both teams have agreed to a deal, calling it the fight that fans wanted, reported ABS-CBN News.
Khan also reportedly announced the “super fight” to his followers.

Khan was the landslide winner in a poll ran by Pacquiao through his Twitter account, wherein the “Pacman” asked his fans who they wanted him to fight next, the report said.

Neither fighter named a venue for the fight; Pacquiao’s adviser, Michael Koncz, said last week that it will be held either in Dubai or Abu Dhabi, said the news portal

UAE to host Manny’s fight in April

Michael Koncz (far left) making the announcement at a press conference’ with him are officials of Al Afaq Tourism.

The next Manny Pacquiao fight will be held in the UAE which will also showcase a world title fight and three UAE fighters, said Michael Koncz, Pacquiao adviser.

“We did execute an agreement. 100 percent, the fight will happen here,” Koncz told a press conference in Abu Dhabi.

He said Australian Jeff Horn could most probably be Manny’s opponent.

He said full details of the fight, which has been slated for April 22, will be announced in the next few days.

The agreement to hold the fight in the UAE was reached with Al Afaq Tourism.

Cristine Real Estate brings home the bacon!

The guts to secure the finals cup in a 2-0 commanding lead in the series belonged to the much formidable team, Cristine Real Estate, winning against Agilas Team, 77-68 to bring home the bacon.
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Agilas was led by Poks Pangan, the lone scoring gun of the team who tried his very best to regain status and cut the lead to two points with his 8-0 running shots at 3:45 minutes remaining in the fourth frame.

Three consecutive errors converted to six points in favor of Cristine Real Estate sealed the run of the day. Poy Alday was awarded Finals MVP, as he scored 16 points and directed the team to keep calm down and play basketball good.
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Kenneth Salazar meanwhile bagged the Best Player of the Conference award.

Thunderbulls, meantime, captured second runner-up, winning against Al Wahda Warriors by a razor cut in a heavily intense game, 66-65. Renato Cruz was the best player of the game with his hot shooting explosion of 27 points, and five treys in the arch.

Epic match

CHAMPIONS. SPB Riders defeated Tree House, 91-84 in a hard fought match that ran for three overtimes, an epic match indeed, at the recent Ligang Pinoy 5’9 Division title match.

RVV Ballers shreds DXB Basketbolista, 49-32

Starting up young was the name of the game for the boys under 13 at the Jazzville Basketball League.
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But they didn’t pale in comparison to the big boys in their face off last week as both teams – RVV Ballers and DXB Basketbolista – exchange field goals after field goals through out.

Something got to give and it did. DXB Basketbolista sped off in the fourth quarter to win the game, 49-32.

Mediclinic frustrates Saudi German Hospital, 54-48

Saudi German Hospital slashes Mediclinic, 54-48
It was match made in heaven, lovers of basketball would probably say as both teams never tire engaging themselves in a tit-for-tat showdown putting in field goal after field goal from first frame to the fourth.
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Saudi German got the upper hand by five points in the third quarter but no sooner has the team sat back to catch up some air when Mediclinic launched a counter-offensive fast break to get back on top well on to the seconds to win, 54-48 at the Inter-hospital tourney organized by Jazzville Sports.