Top defender Dionisio rescues Stars with ‘chasedown’


first_img‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “That’s my favorite play, the chasedown block,” Dionisio, the reigning MPBL Defensive Player of the Year, said in Filipino. “But this one is special, because it helped us win the game.”Dionisio finished with 21 points, 12 rebounds and 2 blocks for the Stars, who spoiled the debut of former Ateneo star Aaron Black in the league.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBlack finished with seven points in 20 minutes of action as the Capitals failed to finish off the Stars even after taking an 85-82 lead on Joco Tayongtong’s triple with 24 seconds remaining.Later, the Makati Super Crunch crushed the Rizal Golden Coolers, 73-51. Manila Stars forward Aris Dionisio could have easily let this one go. Not this play, though. Not when the game was on the line.With Quezon City’s Peejay Barua ready to complete a fast break layup in the dying seconds, Dionisio swatted away the shot, preserving the Stars’ 86-85 victory over the Capitals in their season opener in the MPBL Lakan Season at Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo.ADVERTISEMENT Still smarting from his team’s postseason collapse three months ago, Makati coach Cholo Villanueva drew solid outputs from former Meralco guard Joseph Sedurifa and John Rey Villanueva, who had 15 and 14 points, respectively.“At the back of our minds, the setback from last season is still there,” said Villanueva, whose team went on a 15-game winning streak before bowing to Quezon City in the first round of the playoffs.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City PLAY LIST 01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:16CJ Peralta says QC judge followed rules in giving nod to raids on militant offices01:51SC gives QC court one month extension to resolve Maguindanao massacre case02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ Petron vows no letup in All-Filipino Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportlast_img

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