FREEMAN SPORTS NEWS: LHUILLIER BOUNCES BACK, PACMAN STUMBLES
 

THE FREEMAN, December 18, 2005 
(STAR) By Emmanuel B. Villaruel - Smarting from a shocking loss to Gensan Pacman, the Cebu City-M. Lhuillier Jewelers fought with a renewed challenge and vented their wrath on the hapless West Negros College Mustangs of Bacolod City via a 97-83 romp in the Mindanao Visayas Basketball Association (MVBA) pre-season salvo dubbed as "Governor Gwen Garcia Cup" yesterday at the Cebu Coliseum.

It was a different scenario in the main game as Gensan Pacman failed to sustain their momentum, dropping a 79-89 loss to Manila's Bacchus- Harbour Centre. The setback was not a good news so to speak to Pacman's big boss Manny Pacquiao, who was celebrating his 28th birthday yesterday in the United States. Games today 3:00 pm WNC-Bacolod vs. Pacman 4:30 pm M. Lhuillier vs. Manila Bacchus

The Jewelers nailed the crucial victory sans three of their key players in James Laygo, Leo Bat-og, and Champion Canoneo, who were slapped with one-game suspension by coach Raul "Yayoy" Alcoseba as a disciplinary measure for coming in late during their practice yesterday morning.

In their absence, power-playing center Don Enrico Llanto bravely picked up the slack to topscore with 18 points in the same way with Danny Aying, who contributed 16 points, 11 of which he unloaded in the fourth quarter that enabled the Jewelers to post their biggest lead, 90-71, with 3:05 left in the game.

"Coach Yayoy (Alcoseba) told us before the game to step up because we're playing without three of our key players. Also, we need to win badly to avoid elimination that is why I played aggressively," Aying told The Freeman.

Jayford Rodriguez chipped in 16 points, while Jessie Lumantas donated 10 markers for M. Lhuillier, which took full command right from the opening tip-off and led by as much as 16 points, 70-54, late in the third canto.

The closest Bacolod-WBC could come from there was at 59-70 as the red-hot Aying went on a furious scoring spree to help M. Lhuillier take a 19-point advantage twice, the last was at 92-73 on Woodrow Enriquez's short stab with 2:25 left in the game. Olarte drilled in three consecutive triples and Stanley Tizon added one 3-pointer, but their heavy bombardments did not in any way threaten the Jewelers, who sailed off smoothly to triumph with time on their side.

The Jewelers shoot for a championship slot when they clash with Manila-Bacchus/Harbour Centre in today's main game at 4:30 pm.

The scores first game M. Lhuillier (97) - Llanto 18, Aying 16, Rodriguez 16, Lumantas 10, Sayon 9, Enriquez 8, Piodo 6, Ocaņada 5, Caputolan 4, Tangarorang 3 Bacolod-WNC (83) - Olarta 19, Tizon 18, Deocadis 14, Baclao 11, Abaring 6, Quilantang 6, Merced 4, Vergara 3, Jangayo 2

Second game Manila-Bacchus (89)- Aquino 17, Membrere 17, Hubalde 12, Hardin 10, Reroma 9, Koyukang 8, Reyes 8, Cuevas 6. GenSan-Pacman (79)- Farochilin 18, Ramos 13, Tadena 12, Medalla 10, Coronado 8, Daja 7, Rubi 3, Miller 2, Cabanlit 2, Sandoval 2, Locsin 2

Lapu-Lapu stuns Mandaue to pace GUV Cup semifinals The Freeman 12/18/2005

Lapu-Lapu City won all of its assignments to pace the 1st Governor Garcia Volleyball Unity Cup semifinal round yesterday at the Mandaue Sports and Cultural Complex.

The Lapu-Lapu City volleybelles, who finished as runner-up in cluster six, were simply overpowering as they overwhelmed their respective opponents.

Backed by a solid rooster from different varsity players of University of Southern Philippines and Southwestern University, stalwarts from Lapu-Lapu bucked a 15-25 first set loss in the opening match to dominate over Minglanilla, 25-16, 26-24, 25-21.

Michelle Simbajon of University of San Jose-Recoletos, who is also an Asian Girls Volleyball Championship campaigner, was the prominent figure in the Lapu-Lapu squad as she dished out important volleys to buoy her team in stunning erstwhile tormentor Mandaue City, who denied them of the championship during their cluster meeting.

Lapu-Lapu stunned Mandaue City in straight sets, 25-23, 25-23, 25-19.

The semifinal battles continues today with the top two teams fighting for the title and the P100,000 prize in the tournament organized by Cebu Volleyball Association. - Sona Mae V. Povadora

Manzano nets championship plum of Christmas Charity Fun golf The Freeman 12/18/2005

Ed Manzano withstood the rain and the soggy course and emerged as the overall lowest net champion of the Christmas Charity Fun Golf Tournament at the Cebu Country Club last Friday.

Edwin Espina had the lowest gross shooting ten-over-par 82 strokes.

Manzano had nines of 43 and 44 for a total gross of 87 strokes. Less his handicap of 20, he finished with a net 67.

The Friends Forever For Charity Foundation put the tournament together as a venue to share their blessings to the less fortunate.

The beneficiaries this year were the Tzu Chi Foundation, which received an Isuzu Forward truck and P150,000; the Missionaries of Charity, which got P350,000; and the Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation (ERUF), which was also given P350,000.

The FREEMAN Foundation and a parish based in Maya, Daanbantayan got checks of P30,000 each.

The class A title for the event went to Ernesto 'Dodong' Siguan with a net score of 70 strokes. First runner-up was Ben Li with a net 72 while Kenneth Dyguani bagged the 2nd runner-up plum with his net 73 after edging Roy Damole in the countback.

The class B title went to Davao's Winston Yap with a net 68 beating Korean Kwak Moon Sub in the countback. Kwak settled for the first runner-up honors while Edgar Lao with a net 71 bagged the 2nd runner-up honors after slipping past Edrian Tirol in the countback.

The ladies title went to Korean Michelle Lee while Gina Yap of the Manang Gina's Lutong Bahay fame was the runner-up.

Stephen Osmeņa retained his most exercised golfer title.

Several individuals and companies from here and abroad donated to the tournament to share the less fortunate. Members of the FFFCF, a SEC-registered organization also chipped in to gather the amount needed for the donations.

The awards ceremony was held late Friday night at the clubhouse of North Town Homes. - NLQ


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