THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters’ (AB) Women’s Basketball Team on Friday suffered a crushing defeat in their semifinal game versus the Institute of Physical Education and Athletics (IPEA) anew, 26-64. IPEA started strong with an immediate nine-point run led by Romina Regine Manahan who sank multiple jump shots ahead of the paint. AB ended the first quarter with a run of their own to narrow the gap, 9-15. AB stepped up their defense in the second quarter, preventing IPEA from clinching a field goal until the six-minute mark. However, AB soon crumbled on the back of their sloppy ball handling and grip that allowed IPEA to bolster their lead, 16-29. Despite Marienne Renee Durano’s eight-point contribution past halftime, AB lost control of the game with IPEA successfully converting
By LUIS MIGUEL B. ARUCAN THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters’ (AB) Men’s Basketball Team exited the Thomasian Goodwill Games after dropping their quarterfinal match against the College of Commerce, 54-79. Commerce easily dominated the first half with their superior defense, preventing AB from converting steals into points. The multiple three-pointers and penalty shots by Nicko Bahia were not enough to overtake Commerce, 22-37. The men in blue sank deeper in the third quarter on the back of penalty shots and a technical foul. The aggressive fastbreaks of Alleyne Lapira and Bahia still failed to close the gap, 36-59. The 26-point deficit was too big to overcome in the last two minutes, 49-75, even with Robert Aldrin Obleno’s consecutive field goals. AB Men’s Coach Carlo Tomaca
By LUIS MIGUEL B. ARUCAN THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters (AB) Men’s basketball team suffered their first loss in this year’s Thomasian Goodwill Games after trailing behind Senior High School (SHS) the entire game, 58-80. SHS quickly racked up a lead in the first half by relying on safe two-point shots versus AB’s riskier and often unsuccessful three-point attempts. Paul Lopez’s three field goals behind the paint were not enough to carry AB, 26-32. Jethro Escoto of SHS ran through AB in the third quarter, again with safe two-pointers, and pulled his team farther with an 11-2 run, 28-44. The men in blue clearly lost spirit in the final quarter after sinking to a 20-point deficit, 53-73, while SHS showed superb presence of mind by constantly denying AB’s fast breaks and layups
By CRIS EUGENE T. GIANAN THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters’ (AB) Women’s and Men’s basketball teams both advanced to the quarterfinals of the Thomasian Goodwill Games after their flawless runs in the round robin stage. AB Women’s trashed the College of Architecture (Arki), 49-18, on the back their steel defenses. Arki’s sloppy start allowed AB to gain an early lead, 12-8, with Celine Cordero landing back-to-back field goals with a three-pointer in the first quarter. Multiple steals and interceptions by Trizia Oliver widened the gap in the second quarter, 29-14, keeping Arki at bay. An opening three-pointer from AB’s Rain Mabanag preceded a 15-2 run in the third quarter, with Arki failing to get shots in due to AB’s stalwart defense. The women in blue got away with an 1
By JOAHNA LEI E. CASILAO THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters (AB) Men’s Basketball Team is a step closer to securing a semifinals spot after dominating the College of Education (Educ), 88-54, to snatch their second win in the Thomasian Goodwill Games. AB effortlessly earned their lead in the first quarter by taking advantage of Educ’s bad passes, allowing them to end the quarter with an 11-point lead, 24-13. Tight defenses and good ball rotation allowed AB a 15-0 run in the second quarter, furthering the lead to 26 points and ending the first half of the game. AB did not let up in the third quarter and forced numerous turnovers from Educ, 70-38. The team kept the lead with under-the-net passes that gave AB easy scores, ending the game with a 34-point lead. AB Men’s Team
By ANGEL B. DUKHA III THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters (AB) Women’s basketball team dominated on Tuesday the College of Rehabilitation Sciences (CRS) to grab their second win in the Thomasian Goodwill Games, 41-25. Artlets opened the game with a 5-0 run courtesy of team captain Micah Atienza’s back-to-back jumpers. Combined with their early press defense, AB nailed CRS to a 10-2 score at the end of the first quarter. Turnovers plagued both teams, allowing the other to score via fastbreak. AB’s big men took over in the second quarter, leading the team to a 6-0 run with the help of their layups, 16-2. CRS’s efforts proved no match for AB’s defense, scoring them only 7 points, 21-9. CRS tried to retaliate against AB’s stalwart defense, 29-16, but the Artlets pushed their a
By JOAHNA LEI E. CASILAO and MA. LEANDREA A. TAMARES THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters (AB) basketball teams dominated in their opening games in this year’s Thomasian Goodwill Games, with the men’s team sweeping the Alfredo M. Velayo (AMV) College of Accountancy, 72-58, while the women overcame the Institute of Information and Computing Sciences (IICS), 50-18. AB Men’s readable passes and lack of rebounds in the first quarter allowed AMV a 10-point lead. The team decreased the deficit to four points through more aggressive attacks, 16-12. Nicko Bahia and Paul Lopez led AB’s offense in the second quarter with two three-pointers each, forcing four deadlocks. AMV could not regain their footing and allowed AB to take the lead and end the quarter, 34-28. AB’s 15-point lead in the
By ANGEL B. DUKHA III THE Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) Women's and Men's Volleyball teams were wiped out in the quarterfinals of the Thomasian Goodwill Games on Wednesday. AB Women's went home with two losses, 23-25 and 21-25, against the College of Tourism and Hospitality Management (CTHM). Both teams refused to give their opponent a huge advantage in the first set. AB managed to stay in the game despite the spiking arsenal of CTHM which left AB's score nailed at 9 points, 9-10 and 9-13. CTHM ran a series that again pinned AB's score at 19-21. Despite AB's strong defenses, CTHM prevailed, 25-23. The second frame began neck and neck but CTHM's consecutive errors allowed AB to take the lead, 10-5. However, AB choked on their own errors while CTHM deadlocked the game at 13-13...
By JOAHNA LEI E. CASILAO THE Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) Men's Volleyball Team suffered its first loss in the Thomasian Goodwill Games to the College of Commerce (Commerce), 25-23, 20-25, and 23-25 on Monday. Both teams had a rocky start filled with service errors but solid blocks by Commerce gave them a five-point lead, 10-15, and later came 2 points away from winning at 18-23. AB came back through a series of sharp spikes by Mon Laurence Madeja that tied the score at 23-23 and eventually won them the frame. Beginning with a neck and neck rally for the second set, Commerce pulled ahead with four service aces, 24-20. A service error from AB gave Commerce the win. Nerves choked AB during the third set, leading to several service errors and out-of-bound spikes, all wh...
By LUIS MIGUEL B. ARUCAN The Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) Women’s Volleyball Team secured a spot in the quarter finals of the Thomasian Goodwill Games after defeating the College of Architecture (Arki), 25-15 and 26-24. AB swiftly left Arki in the dust from 15-14 to a crushing 25-15 by stepping up their defenses in the first frame. The second frame began neck and neck, 10-10, with multiple service errors from both sides. Miscommunication among AB allowed Arki to briefly hold the lead, 16-13, but AB stayed close behind until a standoff at 21-21. AB overtook Arki, 23-22, after a blinding ace by Francette Flores. After a total of nine deadlocks in the frame, Arki choked and failed to react to AB’s finishing volley. AB team coach Bren Dion Mendoza said his players won