27th SEA GAMES: 'SINAG' CAPPED ITS WAY TO CONQUEST OF GOLD MEDAL

World champion Josie Gabuco (photo below right) was fighting for more than just the gleaming Southeast Asian Games gold medal. The fearless lady pug from Puerto Princesa outclassed Indonesian Betarix Suguru in the first two rounds then relaxed for a 40-36, 40-36, 38-38 majority decision victory Saturday in the women’s light flyweight finals—a victory she offered to victims of Supertyphoon “Yolanda. The Philippines bucked a strong start from Indonesia to earn an 83-52 victory on Saturday at the 27th Southeast Asian games men's basketball tournament, held at the Zayar Thiri Indoor Stadium, Naypyidaw, Myanmar. Up by just six after two, Sinag went on to pepper the Indonesians in the second half with 43 points allowing only nine in the last two quarters. ”PHOTO FROM GMA NEWS TV: Sinag Pilipinas winning gold in 26th SEA games, November 2011. (Photo Credit: Interaksyon.com)

ALSO: Bemedalled women boxers rue hometown decisions

The boxing association finished its campaign with a 100 percent performance, with a medal by each of the 10-member squad – six men and four women – at the close of the boxing competitions in the 27th Southeast Asian Games here Saturday. The team won three gold medals, four silver and three bronze medals by figuring in the medal rounds, from the quarterfinal to the final rounds. Still, team manager Ed Picson said they deserved more than that – at least five golds – but they lost to hometown bets in the finals and were denied of at least two in the earlier rounds where Rey Saludar and Irish Magno lost their semifinal matches. “I’m not happy with three (golds). We deserved five, but we lost two to hometown decisions,” said Picson, referring to losses to hometown heroes by Nesthey Petecio and Wilfredo Lopez.

ALSO: Brandon Rios fails post-fight drug test

Three weeks after taking punishment from Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao, Brandos Rios could be facing another one. Rios, the former lightweight champion, has reportedly failed his post-fight drug test after badly losing to Pacquiao in their 12-round welterweight bout last November 24 at The Venetian in Macau, China. According to Yahoo! Sports expert Kevin Iole, Rios tested positive for dimenthylamylamine, commonly known as DMAA, a stimulant banned both by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) and the World Anti-Doping Agency. The two fighters took tests given by VADA. Pacquiao cleared all the tests while Rios passed the first four but failed the final test.


27th SEA GAMES: 'SINAG' PH CAPPED ITS WAY TO CONQUEST OF GOLD MEDAL


Team Philippines parades during the Southeast Asian Games opening ceremony

MANILA
, DECEMBER 16, 2013 (INQUIRER) By Celest R. Flores  Sunday, December 15th, 2013 - Philippines capped its conquest of the gold medal in the 27th Southeast Asian Games men’s basketball with an 84-56 dismantling of Malaysia Sunday.

The Filipinos swept their way to the top, handily beating all six nations to retain supremacy in Southeast Asia.

Former UAAP MVP Bobby Ray Parks sizzled with 18 points for Sinag Pilipinas in its last game in Myanmar while skipper Kevin Alas added 13 points.

EARLIER REPORT FROM GMA NEWS TV

SEA Games: Sinag one win away from gold after clobbering Indonesia By RENEE FOPALAN,GMA NewsDecember 14, 2013 1:25pm

The Philippines bucked a strong start from Indonesia to earn an 83-52 victory on Saturday at the 27th Southeast Asian games men's basketball tournament, held at the Zayar Thiri Indoor Stadium, Naypyidaw, Myanmar.

Up by just six after two, Sinag went on to pepper the Indonesians in the second half with 43 points allowing only nine in the last two quarters.

The Philippines now only needs to win against Malaysia to sweep the field and secure the gold medal.

The Indonesians had a surprising strong start, as Kaleb Gemilang and ABL standout Ronaldo Sitepu connected for a 5-0 lead. Another Gemilang basket kept the Philippines at bay, while Sinag found some points from the line. Back-to-back makes from Marcus Douthit finally knotted the game at 7-all at the 6:49 mark.

The Philippines continued to play catch up as Xaverius Prawiro converted on charities to keep the Indonesians on top. A pair of baskets from Douthit and Mac Belo finally pushed Sinag ahead, 18-15, but Prawiro converted on a triple with 29 seconds remaining to tie the game after one.

A 10-0 run greeted the Indonesians to start the second, as Belo, Keifer Ravena and Jake Pascual took turns scoring, 28-18. Sinag led by as much as 12 in the period after a Roi Sumang basket, but Prawiro, Sitepu and Andakara Dhyakasa fought back to bring Indonesia within eight, 33-25. Free throws from Bobby Ray Parks looked to give the Philippines a comfortable lead at the half, but a Chrismas Bonanza Siregar three cut the lead to six, 40-34, leading to the break.

Mac Belo and Marcus Douthit led the Philippines at the half with nine points each. Jake Pascual had six, while Keifer Ravena had nine. In contrast, Indonesia relied heavily on Prawiro and Sitepu, who combined for 19 of the team's 34. The Indonesians only got six form their bench, compared to 24 for the Philippines.

Garvo Lanete and Kevin Ferrer opened up the third with twin triples, as the Indonesians struggled for three and a half minutes for their first bucket, care of Galank Gunawan, 48-36. Kevin Alas, Ferrer and Parks then turned up the heat, pushing the lead to 20 with 2:50 remaining in the third, 58-38. Indonesia failed to end the period strong, stringing just five more points while allowing nine to Sinag, as a Matt Ganuelas basket made it a 24-point game entering the payoff period.

In the fourth, Indonesia was again limited to nine points, while the Philippines tallied 16. Baskets from Jericho Cruz gave Sinag its biggest lead of the game en route to the final score, 83-52.

Except for Ronald Pascual, all Sinag players scored at least three points each. Marcus Douthit paced the Philippines with 11 points and 11 boards, while Keifer Ravena had 10. Mac Belo and Kevin Ferrer had nine each, while Kevin Alas, Matt Ganuelas and Jake Pascual had eight apiece.

Xaverious Prawiro had 14 points and four assists, while Ronald Sitepu had 11.

The Philippines countered their sour shooting from beyond the arc (3-of-14) with a 49 percent clip from within (34-of-69). The Indonesians settled for 32 percent, going 26-for-79. Sinag also led in rebounds (38-21) and assists (14-8) - AMD, GMA News

Gabuco nails 3rd gold By Cedelf P. Tupas Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:36 am | Sunday, December 15th, 2013

NAYPYITAW—World champion Josie Gabuco was fighting for more than just the gleaming Southeast Asian Games gold medal.

The fearless lady pug from Puerto Princesa outclassed Indonesian Betarix Suguru in the first two rounds then relaxed for a 40-36, 40-36, 38-38 majority decision victory Saturday in the women’s light flyweight finals—a victory she offered to victims of Supertyphoon “Yolanda.”

“I’m happy I won another gold,” said Gabuco, who clinched a third SEA Games title after topping the pinweight division in the 2009 and 2011 editions.

“This is our way of lifting the spirits of the victims of Yolanda. We may not give financial support but we hope this will make the victims happy.”

Things quickly turned sour for the PH contingent as Nesthy Petecio dropped a majority decision to Myanmar’s New Ni Oo, 38-38, 37-39, 37-39, in the featherweight finals that had Filipino sports officials crying robbery.

Surprisingly not as aggressive as in previous matches, Petecio picked her spots and landed cleaner blows against the hometown bet, who was egged on by a noisy flag-waving gallery. In a stunning twist, Oo was given the decision.

Organizers couldn’t get the copy of the national anthem in time for Gabuco’s awarding and Filipino radio reporter Ric Yap Santos was asked to sing the Lupang Hinirang as the Philippine flag was raised.

FROM PHILSTAR

Bemedalled pugs rue hometown verdicts By Gerry Carpio (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 16, 2013 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


The Pinay fighters show their medals at the close of the boxing competitions in the 27th SEA Games in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. They are (from left) Josie Gabuco (gold), Nesthey Petecio (silver), Irish Magno (bronze) and Maricris Igam (bronze). JOEY MENDOZA

NAY PYI TAW – The boxing association finished its campaign with a 100 percent performance, with a medal by each of the 10-member squad – six men and four women – at the close of the boxing competitions in the 27th Southeast Asian Games here Saturday.

The team won three gold medals, four silver and three bronze medals by figuring in the medal rounds, from the quarterfinal to the final rounds.

The tally also matched the perfect score of the wushu team, which had three gold medals.

Still, team manager Ed Picson said they deserved more than that – at least five golds – but they lost to hometown bets in the finals and were denied of at least two in the earlier rounds where Rey Saludar and Irish Magno lost their semifinal matches.

“I’m not happy with three (golds). We deserved five, but we lost two to hometown decisions,” said Picson, referring to losses to hometown heroes by Nesthey Petecio and Wilfredo Lopez.

Petecio lost to Myanmar fighter Nwe Ni Oo in the featherweight (54-57 kg) class while Lopez lost his bout to a Myanmar rival after a ring physician from Taiwan declared him unfit to fight because of injury to the head.

“I called up the physician who is my friend and asked him how he could have been so unfair to disqualify my boxer who suffered only from a scratch,” said Picson.

“We always abide by the decisions, but it doesn’t mean we agree,” he added.

Thailand and Vietnam shared top honors in the women’s division with two golds each while the Philippines and Myanmar had one apiece.

In the men’s division Thailand had five gold medals, losing one, while the Philippines had three and Myanmar one.

In all Thailand maintained anew its supremacy with seven out of 10 gold medals, just like what Thailand’s Cuban coach Omar Fuentes said before the final matches.

The Philippines had three, one short of the 2011 team’s four gold haul.

The gold medal winners were Josie Gabuco (light flyweight), Mark Anthony Barriga (light flyweight) and Mario Fernandez (bantamweight).

The silver medalists were Petecio, Junel Cantancio (lightweight), Dennis Galvan (light welterweight) and Wilfredo Lopez (middleweight).

The bronze medalists were Maricris Igam (flyweight), Magno (bantamweight) and Saludar (flyweight).

There were 14 events – eight for men and six for women – in the 2013 SEA Games, but each country is allowed only 10 entries – six men and four women.

Under new amateur boxing rules, women boxers fight over four rounds at two minutes per round while the men fight three rounds. Males play without helmets while women wear protective head gear. There are five judges but three are picked at random to choose the three scores which will determine the winner. A 10-point must scoring system applies.

Brandon Rios fails post-fight drug test By Mark Giongco INQUIRER.net 10:49 am | Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Three weeks after taking punishment from Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao, Brandos Rios could be facing another one.

Rios, the former lightweight champion, has reportedly failed his post-fight drug test after badly losing to Pacquiao in their 12-round welterweight bout last November 24 at The Venetian in Macau, China.

According to Yahoo! Sports expert Kevin Iole, Rios tested positive for dimenthylamylamine, commonly known as DMAA, a stimulant banned both by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) and the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The two fighters took tests given by VADA. Pacquiao cleared all the tests while Rios passed the first four but failed the final test.

Top Rank honcho Bob Arum, who serves as promoter for Pacquiao and Rios, confirmed to ringtv.com that the hard-as-nails Mexican-American indeed failed his post-match test.

“There was a little something in his urine after the fight,’’ Arum said. “It was something they (VADA) reported to the Chinese commission after the fight. He passed all the tests before that.”

The Hall-of-Fame promoter, though, said that the substance “wasn’t a steroid.”

“It was probably something he took to make weight,” Arum added.


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