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gameface_one
10-29-2005, 01:37 PM
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gameface_one
10-29-2005, 01:40 PM
Mustangs near UniGames crown



Toughened by stints in major national tournaments, the West Negros College Mustangs finally got over the hump against a powerhouse team from Manila yesterday, stunning defending UniGames champion Emilio Aguinaldo College, 72-64, in the semifinals at the University of St. La Salle Coliseum.

Sharing the limelight with the Mustangs were the Adamson University Lady Falcons, who got back at UAAP champion Ateneo de Manila University, 73-65, for the women's cage crown.

The victory shoved the Mustangs to a championship showdown with St. Francis of Assisi School, which defeated Ateneo de Manila University, 81-75. Gametime is set at 10 a.m.

West Negros caught EAC napping in the first half with its smooth offensive execution and pressure defense as the Mustangs became the first Bacolod team to reach the finals in an event dominated by Manila teams in the past few years.

Swingman Ely Olarte exploded for 23 points, including five in the final 3 minutes, to quell the Generals' late surge. It was Olarte and Joel Deocadis who set the tone for the victory by connecting on 6 triples in the first half that eventually opened the EAC defense and allowed big men Sivirino Baclao and Sunny Abaring to operate.

The Mustangs led by as much as 15 points in the third period before the Generals went on a 15-4 run to trim WNC's advantage to 68-63 with 1:01 left. Stanley Tizon and Deocadis sank four free throws down the stretch to clinch the win.

JC Intal scored five out of 7 points of ADMU to cut the Doves' lead to 75-72 with 57 seconds remaining, but he missed a wide-open lay-up with 43 ticks left that sealed the Blue Eagles' doom.

The AdU cagebelles, coached by Emilia Vega, was led by Ewon Arayi who amassed 23 points, while Karen Lomogoa canned 14 markers. Dulce Bombeo and Yhing Ravago ended up with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Anchoring the Lady Blue Eagles' offense was Trina Limgenco who scored 15 points. The trio of Celine Cruz, Caroline Tanchi and Cassy Tioseco combined for 35 points.

Far Eastern University placed third after edging the Holy Angel University Lady Flyers, 59-56.

gameface_one
10-29-2005, 01:43 PM
La Salle under siege, vows wider probe--source

First posted 00:46am (Mla time) Oct 29, 2005
By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer News Service




AFTER BEING CRITICIZED FOR the partial report of its fact-finding committee, De La Salle University yesterday vowed a deeper and thorough probe on the eligibility scandal involving two Green Archers.

"The school officials are hurt over insinuations that they have not done enough or that there's a whitewash," an alumnus privy to the ongoing La Salle investigation said yesterday. "But there are no sacred cows in this case."

"The committee is not limiting the scope of the investigation to [Manny] Salgado and [Raul] Lacson," the unimpeachable source added. "If new verifiable information will be obtained, it will be acted upon. If there are more things that will come out or will be provided, the committee will definitely pursue it."

The university implicated Salgado and Lacson as the team officials who helped secure the fake eligibility documents of players Mark Lester Benitez and Timoteo Gatchalian III.

Both Salgado and Lacson denied the allegations reported in the "initial findings" of the four-man committee.

La Salle officials announced they would not comment on the case for the meantime after revealing the committee's report in a press conference last Wednesday.

"There is a procedure the school officials and the committee have to follow," added the source. "As of now, they've only acted on the information that is verifiable."

Rumors even spread yesterday that La Salle had fired coach Franz Pumaren. Team officials, however, readily denied the report.

"The committee did what they're supposed to do, given the information they had," the source said. "Right now, they are only acting on the basis of information that is verifiable."

The source added La Salle officials haven't set a resumption date of the investigation even as several UAAP board members expressed dissatisfaction with La Salle's initial findings.

"We hope they would come up with more discoveries," said Anton Montinola, Far Eastern University's representative to the board. "There are deeper issues they should be looking into. For example, falsification of a public document is a crime. I wonder what they'll do about that."

"The UAAP board cannot base its decision on partial conclusions," added Montinola. "The board may also seek further clarification on items that may not be clear [in the La Salle report]."

gameface_one
10-29-2005, 02:02 PM
Fierce rivals clash in PBL Heroes Cup

First posted 04:02am (Mla time) Oct 29, 2005
Inquirer News Service



COHESIVENESS PROMISES TO be a bigger asset for the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters following the departure of go-to guys Anthony Washington and Leo Najorda to the pros.

"This season, we have to rely more on teamwork rather than individual talent," said coach Caloy Garcia as Rain or Shine kicks off its quest for a second straight PBL title against Toyota Otis in the Heroes Cup today at the La Salle Greenhills Gym.

Garcia, who steered Rain or Shine, formerly known as Welcoat Paints, to its first title in three years in the PBL Unity Cup last June, said they lost two key players but now have a more potent bench.

Magnolia Wizards and Granny Goose Tortillos, semifinalists in the last conference, battle at 2 p.m., right after the opening rites at 1 p.m. Admission is free.

Returning veterans Jojo Tangkay and Marvin Ortiguerra will lead the Elasto Painters campaign, along with key additions Yousif Aljamal and Jun Cabatu.

Aljamal played a key role for the disbanded Nenaco-San Beda last conference, while Cabatu is coming off a strong showing for La Salle in the UAAP.

But they’ll be facing a pumped up Toyota Otis Knights, who will bring back the core of reigning NCAA champion Letran.

The Knights will also be parading their highly touted new recruit, Joe Calvin Devance, the No. 1 overall pick in the recent rookie draft.

Devance, a 6-foot-7 center-forward from Hawaii, has reportedly been a strong offensive force during the pre-season scrimmages.

Unlike the Knights, however, Magnolia and Granny Goose will still be turning to their old reliables.

The Wizards remain a title-favorite with Arwind Santos and Fil-Am Kelly Williams at the helm.

Santos, UAAP’s back-to-back Most Valuable Player, averaged 12.6 points and 10.1 rebounds last conference. Williams also posted a double-double norm of 16.3 points and 10.9 rebounds.

Hefty center JR Quinahan will again spearhead the Tortillos’ campaign. The 6-foot-6 center from Cebu had strong performance last conference when he was averaging 13.2 markers, 8.5 rebounds and 2.2 blocks. Admission is free.

gameface_one
10-29-2005, 02:04 PM
In Huddle : La Salle riding on scapegoats?

First posted 00:53am (Mla time) Oct 29, 2005
By Beth Celis
Inquirer News Service



I FOUND IT ODD THAT ABS-CBN REPORTER Anne Lou Yosuico had to describe last Wednesday's press conference at the Harana Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency as exciting when all the other scribes I talked to claimed De la Salle U's announcement of two names behind the ineligibility issue was anything but hot.

"It was exciting Ms Beth, because one of the DLSU alumni who attended the presscon created a scene. He lashed out at the hosts while asking many questions, and accused them of making Manny Salgado and Raul Lacson scapegoats. It came to a point where he had to be escorted out by a couple of DLSU ushers," related Anne Lou.

The alumnus was identified as Serviliano de la Cruz, a golden jubiliarian who was in the batch of Sen. Jun Magsaysay.

"Mr. Serviliano said his batch was planning to donate P1.5 million to the school, but they don't like what's currently happening," the reporter said.

Anne Lou and her crew followed De la Cruz all the way down to his car, a Starex, where his driver was waiting. The ushers made sure he was leaving the premises.

"He was really upset. His eyes were bloodshot, I was afraid he might have an attack," she said.

***

A Mapua alumnus who's now in media called the other day to ask if I knew where and how Ateneo cager Japeth Aguilar graduated from high school.

"He simply vanished into thin air. The next thing we knew, he was sitting on the Ateneo Blue Eagles bench at the opening of the 2004 UAAP season, dressed in a Blue Eagles jersey. We had no idea how he got there. Did he also get the PEP test like two of his Green Archers counterpart in lieu of a high school diploma? I'd like to know, because Ateneo's Ricky Palou (Varsity Sports Director) is always bragging about how strict his school is on incoming student cagers," related our complainant whom we shall call G.N.

"Assuming, as he claims, hindi sila gumagawa ng ganun, guilty naman sila of pirating players."

***

Although someone else was holding his current position at that time, Ricky Palou told us exactly what happened after Japeth left Mapua in 2003.

"Fearful that he might not be able to pass the Ateneo entrance exam, Japeth was enrolled by his recruiters at the Reedley International School in Pasig where he was heavily tutored in Math and English, the pitfall of most Ateneo aspirants."

"Marami kasing bumabagsak sa dalawang subjects na ito, so we gave Japeth a huge dose of tutoring in these two areas. Even Magnum Membrere and L.A. Tenorio, both San Beda graduates, had difficulty with Math and English. You know what? To our suprise, he passed the entrance exam on his first try," Ricky said.

***

Except for the deportation order on BAP secretary general Graham Lim, all has been very quiet on the RP basketball front, you could hear a fish burp.

Unknown to most of us, though, BAP president Joey Lina has been trying to move heaven and earth to get the FIBA ban on the Philippines lifted.

He has written a heart-rending letter to FIBA secgen Patrick Baumann imploring for his kindness and mercy, but I heard that the latter has stood firm. Again, Baumann told Joey that the only way to get the ban lifted is for the BAP to get reinstated in the POC.

Meanwhile, word has it that the Senate committee on games, amusement and sports is about to release its report on the inquiry it conducted on the BAP-POC controversy over a month ago.

Incidentally, we also got a report that First Gentleman Mike Arroyo openly expressed his displeasure when told that the Philippines would not be able to defend its basketball crown in the SEAG. Our source said this was within the hearing range of only a handful of people.

gameface_one
10-29-2005, 02:06 PM
Franz believes La Salle probe findings ‘factual’


By JOEL ORELLANA, The Manila Times Reporter


De La Salle University found an ally in—who else?—coach Franz Pumaren in its investigation of varsity basketball players Mark Benitez and Tim Gatchalian, who were found to be ineligible when they entered the school.

The Green Archers coach on Friday said he believes the findings of the school’s four-man committee are true, and was satisfied with the way the group handled the probe.

A firm "yes" was Pumaren’s reply when Sports Times asked if he was convinced by the results of his alma mater’s investigation on Benitez and Gatchalian, who were found to use fake Philippine Educational Placement Test Certificates of Rating to gain entry into college.

Owing to its disclosure about the players, La Salle offered to forfeit its 2004 University Athletics Association of the Philippines men’s basketball championship and its second-place trophy this year. Benitez and Gatchalian played for the Archers in both years.

DLSU System President Bro. Armin Luistro and Executive Vice-President Dr. Carmelita Quebengco, in a press conference on Wednesday, said team officials Raul Lacson, a contractual team statistician, and assistant team manager Manny Salgado were involved in the fiasco—but did not blame them.

As a result, the school ordered a major overhaul of its sports program beginning next school year, drawing speculations that Pumaren might be dismissed from his post. The coach refused to comment on the matter.

Majority of the UAAP board members were not happy with the results, saying the investigation was "half-baked."

"I cannot comment on that," said Pumaren when informed of the UAAP Board’s displeasure. "That’s their prerogative."

UAAP President Fr. Maximino Rendon of Adamson University, Ricky Palou of Ateneo De Manila University, Bren Perez of University of the East, Prof. Francisco Diaz of University of the Philippines and Felicitas Francisco of University of Santo Tomas, were quoted in newspaper reports noting dissatisfaction of the La Salle inquiry.

On October 12, La Salle admitted that it had an ineligible player that used a spurious PEP test, who turned out to be Benitez. Then the school also found out that Gatchalian was ineligible for college for having a similar document.

Lacson and Salgado were tagged as the persons who obtained the papers, but both denied having any involvement in the affair. La Salle will conduct more interviews to see if they were really involved in the fiasco.

The school’s top executives cleared Pumaren of having any involvement in the case. The coach told Quebengco he knew Benitez flunked his first take of the PEP test and passed on his second try.

With its board dissatisfied with the results of La Salle’s investigation, the UAAP will now conduct its own inquiry and may seek the help of National Bureau of Investigation.

La Salle faces a possible ban in the UAAP next season, which Luistro has strongly denounced since he believes the school did deliberately cover up the issue.

Asked about the possible ban, Pumaren said: "I can’t comment on that because it has not yet happened."

Pumaren signed a three-year contract extension with the school last year after leading the Green Archers to the 2004 title.

gameface_one
10-29-2005, 02:08 PM
FEU’s Santos brings his MVP act to PBL
New season starts with a twinbill


ARWIND SANTOS, Jun Jun Cabatu, JR Quiñahan and Mark Andaya — the league’s marquee players — take center stage once again as the 2006 PBL Heroes Cup unfurls today at the La Salle Greenhills.


Santos, widely regarded as the country’s finest homegrown talent, will be the spearhead of Magnolia Dairy Ice Cream when it tackles the Quiñahan-backed Granny Goose Tortillos in the opener at 2 p.m. where the Wizards are hoping to test their arsenal for another serious run at the championship.

Cabatu, the 6-foot-5 son of former two-time MVP Sonny Cabatu, on the other hand, will be at the forefront of Rain or Shine’s (formerly Welcoat Paints) title campaign starting at 4 p.m. against Toyota Otis, a team backstopped by a pair of 6-foot-7 players in Andaya and Joe Calvin Devance.

The opening rites, which will be shown live over Studio 23, start at 1 p.m. with archer Jasmine Figueroa, one of the country’s top gold medal hopefuls for the coming SEA Games, as the guest of honor. Admission is free to the public.

Commissioner Chino Trinidad said the presence of the charming Figueroa, the pride of Balut, Tondo, should be more than enough to challenge and inspire the country’s rising cage stars to work doubly hard and attain the stardom the country’s top archer and other sports heroes are enjoying right now.

"Jasmine is one of modern-day heroes and I hope the feat she accomplished in the Athens Games will inspire and challenge our players," said Trinidad. "Just like our previous tournaments, the Heroes Cup will be one big event before the SEA Games and I’m sure our loyal fans will have another great time watching our games."

Trinidad’s optimism is understandable.

Aside from the league’s established stars, the league will also unveil a bevy of rookies who, given extended minutes, would be as versatile and electrifying as Santos and comebacking star Joseph Yeo of Harbour Centre.

Among the rookies to watch are, of course, Devance, this tournament’s top pick, Harbour’s Marcey Arellano, Red Vicente and Kelvin dela Peña, HapeePCU’s 6-foot-8 Francis de Leon and Far Eastern Insurance’s Jay Sierra.

"We have a lot of young players who are ready to challenge the league’s big guns and that what makes our coming tournament more exciting," said Trinidad.

The Wizards won their first ever title after beating Rain or Shine in the 2004 Unity Cup finals but were a huge disappointments the past two conferences. But with a solid and almost intact line-up, the Koy Banal-mentored squad is tagged as the heavy favorite to win the championship this time.

Aside from the 6-foot-4 Santos, the Wizards are boast of having an athletic Fil-Am in 6-foot-7 Kelly Williams and efficient role players like Mark Isip, Gerard Jones, Jason Misolas and Francis Barcellano.

gameface_one
10-29-2005, 02:09 PM
La Salle coaching staff to be axed?

The Philippine Star 10/29/2005

Are heads about to roll at La Salle?

A reliable source yesterday said school officials are now seriously considering a revamp of the coaching staff as a result of the raging player eligibility controversy.

"When someone said last week that ‘heads will roll,’ it was indeed bound to happen," said the source, adding that news of the revamp had started to circulate within the school community.

"It looks like it’s going to happen. And it seems that it’s (revamp) the only thing that was left hanging during the press conference," said the source.

"The bigger names in this controversy have yet to come out. And it seems that La Salle officials had the revamp in their minds when they said they will continue investigating," he said.

La Salle admitted last Oct. 12 that it had fielded two ineligible players over the last couple of years and was willing to forfeit and surrender the championship it won over FEU in 2004.

Last Wednesday, La Salle staged a press conference that only confirmed everything that had come out of the newspapers.

They identified Mark Benitez and Tim Gatchalian as the players who used fake documents to gain entry into the school, and added the names of statistician Raul Lacson and former assistant team manager Manny Salgado as those probably behind the offense.

Lacson and Salgado have both denied any involvement.

They said they weren’t even informed by La Salle officials that their names would be mentioned in the press conference.

Head coach Franz Pumaren said he was informed of the discovery of the player ineligibility case during the recent UAAP finals where La Salle got swept by the FEU Tamaraws.

The public perception is that there are bigger names from La Salle that are truly behind the mess that has rocked the foundations of the institution.

La Salle is now facing the prospects of being banned from the UAAP. — Abac Cordero

gameface_one
10-29-2005, 02:11 PM
Abandoned cager offered US contract
By Joaquin Henson
The Philippine Star 10/29/2005



For a while, Mark Magsumbol didn’t know if it was worth pursuing a basketball career.

The 6-2 shooting guard from Calauag, Quezon, earned a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management at the College of St. Benilde in 2001 but instead of applying what he learned in the classroom, decided to try his luck on the court.

Magsumbol, 25, went from team to team and from league to league.

He thought he’d found a home with the Cebuana Lhuillier national squad but after a disastrous showing in the Jones Cup last year, the team was disbanded.

Magsumbol didn’t mind moving around. He was determined to find his place in the sun, no matter how long it took.

Magsumbol played for four teams in the Philippine Basketball League (PBL), three teams in the National Basketball Conference and a team in the Cebu Basketball Federation and gained a reputation as a journeyman. He never applied for the Philippine Basketball Association draft.

This year, Magsumbol showed up to try out for Granny Goose in the PBL and was told a slot was assured for him. Because of Granny Goose’s assurance, he didn’t bother to try out with other teams. But he was later informed Granny Goose decided to sign up somebody else and it was too late to try out for another team.

"Natapos na ang tryouts sa PBL kaya nawalaan ako ng chance to play for other teams," said Magsumbol. "I have nothing against Granny Goose and I thank them for the opportunity to play in Cebu before and for not taking me because dumating ang chance to try out in the ABA (American Basketball Association)."

Last week, Magsumbol and 14 others joined the tryouts for the ABA team San Jose Skyrockets conducted by coach Marc Joffe at the PhilSports Arena. Among those who attended the tryouts were Rob Johnson, Johnedel Cardel, Antoine Clinton, Richard Hardin and Nick Fasano.

Skyrockets president Kazumi Hasegawa, a lawyer, and Joffe planed in from the US to scout for Filipino players. Last August, they held tryouts in Japan and zeroed in on 6-1 Yosuke Sugawara.

"We’re putting together a team that’s reflective of the ethnicity of San Jose and the Bay Area," said Hasegawa. "This is our first year in the ABA and we’re excited. The ABA really appealed to us because its philosophy is centered on community participation and involvement."

The ABA was established in 1967 and merged with the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1975. It was revived in 2000 with seven teams, expanded to 34 in 2004-05 and now lists 55 franchises. Each team plays 36 games, 18 at home, during the regular season,which begins in November. Two ABA teams are the Beijing Aoshen of China and the Long Beach Jam, both of which lost to the Philippine national team at the Global Hoops Summit in Las Vegas last July.

Hasegawa said based on Magsumbol’s showing at the tryouts, he has the potential to become a "great" player.

"Mark played hard at both ends of the court and played within the team concept," said Ravi Chulani who coordinated the tryouts. "He made crisp passes, played tenacious defense and hit open shots. Mark ran the break and went to the basket at will. Mark did not have the flashiest game but his fundamentals and team style are consistent with coach Joffe’s objective."

Chulani, whose cousin Girish Mirchandani is based in San Francisco and suggested to Hasegawa to recruit a Filipino for the Skyrockets, said Magsumbol will be offered a five-month contract with a monthly salary of about $3,000 plus free board, lodging and round-trip plane ticket.

Magsumbol said he is in the process of getting a new passport and once it is issued, will apply for a US visa.

"First time akong pupunta sa US," said Magsumbol. "Swerte lang at maganda ang pinakita ko sa tryouts. Parang lahat ng tinira ko, pumasok. Outside, inside, drive. Sabi ni coach, dapat mag-hustle kami, huwag kaming matakot and give it your all. Even if pagod na ako, sige pa rin."

The aspirants were split into three teams of five players each and scrimmaged for 15 minutes each game. The scrimmages lasted three hours. Joffe rearranged matchups as the games went on. The red-white-and-blue ABA ball was used. Players were introduced to the ABA 3-D rule where after forcing a turnover in the opponent"s backcourt, a team is given an extra point for a field goal, meaning a two-pointer will count for three and a three-pointer will count for four.

After the tryouts, Hasegawa and Joffe interviewed Magsumbol, Fasano and Clinton. Then they decided to offer a contract to Magsumbol.

Joffe said the Skyrockets held tryouts for 81 players in the US last Sept. 25 and Oct. 9. Of the 81, four were invited to a camp last weekend. The team opened a two-week camp yesterday in San Jose for 20 to 25 players to prepare for the coming season.

Magsumbol said he will be ready to play either point or offguard in the ABA. He said playing for different coaches in different leagues has turned out to be a blessing because the experience will go a long way in preparing him for the ABA.

Magsumbol said he learned a lot from his coaches Bong Go, Dong Vergeire, Franz Pumaren, Jing Ruiz and Nel Parada.

Hasegawa, a Japanese who was born in Taiwan and moved to the US when she was 13 with his parents, learned about the ABA while working as a legal counsel for the Ontario, California, franchise.

"I’ve always loved basketball," she said. "I went to UCLA so I grew up with Wooden basketball and I love March Madness. When I was a student, I dreamed of working for the United Nations or Unicef.

With the Skyrockets, I’ve got a chance to fulfill that dream because the team is a wonderful avenue to reach out to different ethnic groups and get them together."

Joffe said the Skyrockets may end up with players from China, India, Japan, the Philippines and the US.

gameface_one
10-29-2005, 02:13 PM
Sportsfan
Ding Marcelo

Gatecrasher




I HAVE been informed that a number of La Salle faithful have ganged up on its now famous high school alumnus, Cevellano de la Cruz, who in Wednesday’s press conference called DLSU President Bro. Armin Luistro "the biggest hypocrite." That was the brightest thing anyone heard anyone say that day.


As if on cue, La Salle unleashed a cacophony of voices that went about dismissing the 70-year-old La Salle graduate as a "gatecrasher" and as someone "planted" to disrupt proceedings.

Oh my. I have not heard anything more ludicrous than this claim of La Salle that De la Cruz was planted.

By whom? By Ateneo? By Manny Salgado and Raul Lacson –the two non-DLSU guys so conveniently branded as scapegoats by La Salle?

Well, La Salle will certainly not talk about "planted" journalists because its as guilty as hell about orchestrating the conference so that a group, that wasn’t even smart enough to hide its La Salle affiliation, could practically hijack the microphone and disable the real media from asking the difficult questions.

How can anyone believe these people were journalists when they prefaced every question with praises and hallelujahs for La Salle officials? Praising them for their wisdom and courage and throwing them such a softie question like: "What help can you provide Mark and Tim now that they can’t study at La Salle anymore?"

Then came Cevellano de la Cruz who shook them from their cozy, little conspiracy. And the guy got crucified!

I don’t know this man De la Cruz but, believe me, he was the most sensible man in that press conference. Instead of dismissing him as a crackpot, La Salle should sit down and listen to what the man has to say. He can be the missing La Salle conscience.

The man had a simple argument: If Mark Benitez and Tim Gatchalian could not pass what should be a fairly easy government-administered high school test, how could they pass a college entrance exam from De La Salle? Or is La Salle now saying that all that intellectual rigor associated with the university is a sham?

Well, these two "students," said Lita Quebengco, a PhD and DLSU executive vice president, took the exam for Sports Management, and questions there are different from those, say, taking the exam for Engineering.

I doubt this was the case. Entrance exams are not specialized, as far as I know, and are the same for students who two years down the road may want to take up rocket science or physical education. In any case, I dare La Salle to disclose this so-called different test given to Benitez and Gatchalian.

But such is the poverty of La Salle’s defense against the suspicion that it knowingly fielded two ineligible players, it has threatened to "go all the way to the Supreme Court" should the UAAP so much as suggest there was a conspiracy to deceive the league, La Salle brandishes the legal threat.

What it still fails to answer satisfactorily is how two non-high school graduates could have played college basketball!

What it fails to acknowledge is that in its desire to satisfy the alumni’s clamor to "win at all cost," the school had allowed people of questionable character to control its recruitment program.

Instead, what La Salle wants the public to do is pin the badge of courage on its school administrators for volunteering the information that the school had "unknowingly" fielded two unqualified players.

As La Salle puts it, its officials were "forthright, honest and straight forward" with the information.

"We could have kept this matter to ourselves and no one would have known," said a La Salle official who asked not to be identified. "But we came out in the open and I think you should thank us for doing this. Other schools are probably not as honest."

Wait, we’re supposed to thank and cheer La Salle for making a mistake? And a mistake it took all of three years to discover? Heck, the least La Salle could have done was apologize to its constituents, the league and the public for this unpardonable miscue.

Instead, it wants to be patted on the back. It’s like a man who robs a bank and then when his conscience bothered him, returned the money. And we should thank him for that?

Yes, the wrongdoing might not have been discovered now, but eventually it would have been. After all, how many secrets can you keep? Especially in a league where passions run so high, schools always seem on the lookout for infractions to discredit each other with?

The truth is that before La Salle confessed, there was already talk that a bomb was about to explode in the UAAP – and that this one was bound to stink to high heavens.

If La Salle were really honest, why has it refused to open the school records of MacMac Cardona, also whispered about as having failed his PEP Test?

And, if the league truly wanted a major cleansing, it should have pushed for all schools in its roster to open the academic records and entrance papers of all its players in the last five years.

That would not only be honest, that would be transparent! And in a day and age when we’re all shouting for transparency from our government leaders — as we should – that is the only way to go.

gameface_one
10-29-2005, 06:34 PM
Wizards beat Tortillos, 79-70, as PBL opens


The Magnolia Wizards beat the Granny Goose Tortillos, 79-70, as the Philippine Basketball League Heroes’ Cup opened the season Saturday.

Kim Valenzuela lifted Magnolia ahead of Granny Goose with 17 points and three assists during the match at the De La Salle gym in Greenhills, San Juan.

Both teams were almost at the same playing level during the first quarter with Magnolia ahead with only a point against Granny Goose.

The Wizards started putting up their defense in the second quarter, limiting the Tortillos’ scoring to 12 points. The first half ended with 57-47, in favor of Magnolia.

Valenzuela, Fil-Am Kenny Williams and defense specialist Arwind Santos maintained the scoring gap at the third canto to chalk 62-50 for the Wizards.

RJ Quinahan and spitfire Marvin Cruz launched a late-minute rally for Granny Goose in the fourth quarter to cut down the lead to five points at 74-69.

They, however, ran out of steam as the Wizards maintained composure down the stretch to fashion out a 79-70 victory.

The PBL kicked off the season with an opening ceremony at 1 p.m. with archer Jasmine Figueroa, one of the country's top gold medal hopefuls for the coming Southeast Asian Games, as guest of honor.

Commissioner Chino Trinidad said the presence of the charming Figueroa, the pride of Balut, Tondo, should be more than enough to challenge and inspire the country's rising cage stars to work doubly hard to attain the stardom the country's top archer is enjoying right now.

gameface_one
10-30-2005, 04:49 PM
Athletic Mind: Serious Repercussions
by Sid Ventura

The press is right in saying that last Wednesday’s press conference organized by La Salle to reveal its findings on the ineligibility issue revealed nothing we didn’t already know. If anything, it just reinforced the notion that Mark Benitez and Tim Gatchalian could not have obtained their fake certificates without a little help from somebody connected to the DLSU basketball team.

There has been little doubt in the public’s mind that someone from the team was involved. But who specifically – well, that’s what everyone was hoping would be satisfactorily answered in the presscon. Needless to say, when revealed, the answer was met with skepticism.

Awoo Lacson and the already-disgraced Manny Salgado. For some, this has “fall guys” written all over it. After all, Lacson is pretty expendable since he’s just a statistician, while Salgado is already a persona non-grata so it wouldn’t hurt to further besmirch is reputation, right? Both men have strongly denied their involvement, of course, but unless Benitez and Gatchalian conspired to concoct their own story, their denials are about as useful as, well, as fake PEPTCR certificate.

Those who feel that Lacson and Salgado could not have moved without orders from above can’t be blamed for thinking this way. The insinuation is that the coaching staff couldn’t have not known about this, and that is certainly a valid argument.

But my view is, either way, whether or not he was in on it, Franz Pumaren must be held accountable.

Even if Lacson and Salgado acted on their own, then Pumaren should be made to answer why he was not aware of what his subordinates were doing behind his back. This is clearly a breakdown in leadership. Franz has been giving statement after statement to the press about his having nothing to do with the academic requirements of his recruits. If this is so, then why did Lacson and Salgado get involved with the requirements of Benitez and Gatchalian?

What aggravates the situation for Pumaren has been his rather cocky, if not defensive, attitude towards this whole mess ever since it started. Sure, if you’ve won five championships over the past eight seasons, then maybe you do have the right to be cocky at some point. But it also wouldn’t hurt to exhibit some humility when the occasion calls for it.

Take that statement about academic eligibility for instance. By saying he has nothing to do with verifying the requirements of his recruits, and claiming his only job is to evaluate their talent level, he was in effect implying that this is all the school’s fault. Shame on them for allowing a couple of fake certificates to get through.

He followed this up by reasoning out that Benitez and Gatchalian were not worth getting into all that trouble since they were “marginal” players. But the implication of that statement is that either A) he thinks the PEPTCR certificates are authentic because surely no one in his right mind would take that big a risk on a pair of second stringers, or B) if they’re not, then don’t look at him because if ever he’s gonna cheat, then he might as well cheat on a more talented player.

That argument does not address this simple fact: if you are going to field an ineligible player, it does not matter how good he is, because the punishment will remain the same. You will forfeit all your won games. Whether that player scores two points or twenty is immaterial. In fact, it might be better to cheat on a not-so-talented ineligible player because down the road that player may not be used in as many games as a more talented one. Hence, less games to forfeit.

I’m not saying that all wrongs would be righted if Pumaren would have been contrite. But certainly it would have done both the team and school more good if he would have said something like, “I’m really sorry this happened. I will fully support any investigation” or at the very least “I’ll let the school conduct its investigation first before I blame them for letting a fake document get through.”

I received an unverified report that as early as last Wednesday night, a change in the La Salle coaching staff was already underway. My contacts in La Salle have not confirmed this as of this writing, so I’m not 100% sure yet. But I wouldn’t exactly blame the school administration if they were to do this. Considering the repercussion of this controversy, punishing only Lacson and Salgado just wouldn’t seem right.

That being said, on the flipside, I have a problem with what some UAAP representatives have reportedly been telling some reporters. If they were correctly quoted when they reportedly said that they will push for a three-year ban on La Salle because they (La Salle) have been getting away with so much for so long, then that is just a very irresponsible statement to make, even if it was made anonymously.

In effect, when they will decide on La Salle’s fate, apparently they will not limit themselves solely to the case at hand. They will now also factor in whatever resentment they have had for La Salle all these years.

I am sincerely hoping that the representatives were merely misquoted, because an accurate quote would mean that they have already pre-judged the case even before a formal league investigation has started. It also means that a fair investigation is virtually impossible, since the school representatives themselves, or at least their underlings, will be the ones doing the investigating.

It’s no secret that some schools have privately resented La Salle’s success and their supposedly underhanded recruitment practices. The uncovering of the fake PEPTCR certificates naturally reinforced their belief that La Salle has been cheating ever since. But ladies and gentlemen of the Board, be reminded that you should mete the appropriate punishment based exclusively on the facts of this ongoing case. If you think that this isn’t the first time that La Salle has cheated, then conduct a separate investigation for that. If a thief is caught and punished, then his punishment should match that one crime, and not be increased on the mere suspicion that he has committed various other thefts in the past. That’s a basic legal tenet, if I’m not mistaken.

And while you’re at it, would you mind checking on those other rumors about your own schools? Enough of the “it’s only cheating if you get caught” mentality.

This is why once again, for the nth time, I really feel there is a need for an impartial body to govern not just the UAAP, but all collegiate leagues. Conduct a thorough investigation of all schools and let the chips fall where they may. Because sooner or later, this “barkadahan” mentality within the Board may prove to be the UAAP’s ultimate downfall.

gameface_one
10-30-2005, 04:54 PM
DLSU should return trophy
By Abac Cordero
The Philippine Star 10/30/2005

It’s time to return the trophy.

A senior board member of the UAAP yesterday said La Salle has no more business holding on to the 2004 championship trophy after admitting that it had fielded two ineligible players that year.

"I think it’s automatic. The fact that they didn’t contest the eligibility or ineligibility of those players is already an admission of guilt. La Salle has to return the trophy to the board," said the official.

La Salle admitted last Oct. 12 that it had used ineligible players the last couple of years, including in 2004 when they defeated FEU in the finals. At the same time, La Salle said it was willing to return the trophy.

La Salle formally identified the players as Mark Benitez and Tim Gatchalian during a press conference last Wednesday or two weeks after the school investigated if the players did use fake documents to gain entry into La Salle.

They did.

During the presscon, La Salle also pointed to statistician Raul Lacson and former assistant team manager Manny Salgado as those probably behind the mess. The two vehemently denied any wrongdoing.

No other names were mentioned although many believe that the players and the two team officials couldn’t have acted on their own, and that may be officials of higher rank were involved in the mess.

La Salle is still under fire especially after the press conference where school officials merely confirmed what had already come out of the newspapers.

But they said the investigation would continue.

A revamp of the coaching staff is reportedly being seriously considered. La Salle officials have remained tight-lipped since holding the press con.

"I think that’s automatic. La Salle has to return the trophy now. You declare an ineligible player and therefore you forfeit your games. And it means that you didn’t win those games.

"And if you’re not the champion then you don’t have any business holding on to that trophy," said the board member.

A La Salle official recently told The STAR that they are just waiting for the UAAP board to decide if and when they should return the trophy

"They should return the trophy to the board — now. The board has nothing to decide on. Even if the board does not ask for it, they should return in. There’s no need for the board to decide whether or not they should return it. It’s automatic," he said.

gameface_one
10-30-2005, 04:58 PM
Rain or Shine, Magnolia down opening rivals

First posted 02:49am (Mla time) Oct 30, 2005
By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer News Service



GAMES THURSDAY (JCSGO Gym)
2 p.m.—Far Eastern Insurance vs Hapee
4 p.m.—Harbour Centre vs Montana

RAIN or Shine rallied from several double-digit deficits yesterday to nip Toyota Otis-Letran, 81-75, and share opening-day honors with Magnolia in the PBL Heroes Cup at the La Salle Green Hills Gym.

After a shaky start, Rain or Shine turned to veterans Jojo Tangkay and Ronjay Enrile in the final seven minutes to fashion out the come-from-behind win even as Magnolia turned back Granny Goose, 79-70, in the opener.

Tangkay scored 21 points and completed a double-double with 10 rebounds, while Enrile shot 16 markers against his former team.

New recruit Kim Valenzuela, who had a forgettable season in the Philippine Basketball Association with Barangay Ginebra last year, impressed for the Ice Cream Wizards with 17 markers with Mark Isip backing him up with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

“We practiced as a team only two weeks ago, that’s why I’m thankful for the energy that they poured into this game,” said Magnolia coach Koy Banal.

Valenzuela sparked a decisive third-quarter run by Magnolia, which turned a 40-37 edge into a 50-39 buffer.

Enrile spearheaded the searing Rain or Shine charge, hitting two triples in a row that got his team to within 67-68 before four straight Tangkay free throws gave Rain or Shine the lead to stay, 71-68, 3:01 remaining.

Toyota knotted the score for the last time at 73, before six unanswered points by Rain or Shine put the game out of reach.

Joe Calvin Devance, Toyota’s prized Fil-Am rookie, finished with 16 points on top of six rebounds, four steals and three blocks.

Earlier, Olympian archer Jasmine Figueroa graced the league’s opening rites, along with the RP basketball team that will compete in the third Asean Para Games this December.

The scores:

First Game

MAGNOLIA 79—Valenzuela 17, Isip 13, Williams 10, Rizada 7, Santos 7, Chan 6, Angeles 6, Bombeo 6, Misolas 4, Barcellano 2, Jones 1, Te 0.
GRANNY GOOSE 70—Quinahan 13, Santos 9, Ibañes 8, Grijaldo 8, Lanete 7, Latonio 7, Cruz 6, Almeda 5, David 4, Pribhdas 3, Alfad 0, Concha 0, Ferrer 0, Cervantes 0.
Quarters: 21-20, 39-32, 62-50, 79-70

Second Game

RAIN OR SHINE 81—Tangkay 21, Enrile 16, Ortiguerra 9, Aljamal 8, Tan 7, Reyes 5, Malabanan 5, Guevarra 4, Cabatu 4, Orbeta 2, Sagad 0, Sta. Maria 0.
TOYOTA 75—Devance 16, Bautista 15, Aban 10, Oreta 10, Aldave 7, Capati 4, Andaya 4, Rodriguez 3, Tagupa 2, Alcaraz 2, Daa 1, Larong 1.
Quarters: 15-19, 36-44, 54-63, 81-75

gameface_one
10-31-2005, 10:32 AM
Hapee days are here again in PBL


AFTER A year of absence, Hapee Toothpaste, in tandem with Philippine Christian University, is raring to get back into action and make its loyal fans happy again.

Winner of three titles, including back-to-back championships last year, the Lamoiyan-franchise, owned by Cecilio Pedro and Jack Huang, is hoping to bring back its glory days when the Teeth Masters start competing in the 2006 PBL Heroes Cup which opened last Saturday with a bang.

Although gone were the stars like Rich Alvarez, Larry Fonacier and Peter Jun Simon, coach Junel Baculi and team manager Bernard Yang are convinced that Hapee-PCU squad has what it takes to seriously challenge the top guns for the crown.

The Teeth Masters, for one, are young, quick and talented squad.

And resolute, too.

Much of their optimism is centered on the team’s three musketeers — Gabby Espinas, Jason Castro and the rugged but efficient Robert Sanz — all veterans in the league having played for Harbour Centre last conference.

"The task is difficult but nothing is impossible. We have make do with whatever we have in the team," said Yang. "We’ll be happy if we could make it to the Final Four, so for now that will be our mission and we are determined to achieve it."

Baculi, who also handles PCU in the NCAA, also believes that their quickness and stingy defense are enough to make up for their lack of ceiling, saying: "We have to use our quickness to shut them down."

Baculi also said that they have to be patient and tough to reach their goal, adding that: "We have to be patient in our offense and tough on the defensive end. If we can do both things then we have good chances of reaching our initial goal."

Aside from the 6-foot-5 Espinas whose lean frame belies his brute power in the shaded lane, the team also boasts of several prized recruits in Aries Gloria, Mark Moreno and Joferson Gonzales — all deadly from the 3-point zone.

Expected to provide Espinas the much-needed muscle and hustle in the middle are Carlos Cecilia, Beau Belga, James Razon and the highleaping Ian Garrido and Joel Solis, while Kiel Misa, Ramon Retaga and Bryan Baculi will alternate in plotting the team’s offense.

With a solid supporting cast, Espinas looks certain now to cement his status one as one of the country’s top amateur players.

The partnership between Hapee and PCU was signed four weeks back by Pedro, Huang, Yang, PCU President Oscar Suarez and PCU athletic director Al Olano.

With the support they are getting from their sponsors, it’s not surprising if the Teeth Masters are expected to sparkle once again.

Wang-Bu
10-31-2005, 04:46 PM
Abandoned cager offered US contract
By Joaquin Henson
The Philippine Star 10/29/2005



For a while, Mark Magsumbol didn’t know if it was worth pursuing a basketball career.

The 6-2 shooting guard from Calauag, Quezon, earned a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management at the College of St. Benilde in 2001 but instead of applying what he learned in the classroom, decided to try his luck on the court.

Magsumbol, 25, went from team to team and from league to league.

He thought he’d found a home with the Cebuana Lhuillier national squad but after a disastrous showing in the Jones Cup last year, the team was disbanded.

Magsumbol didn’t mind moving around. He was determined to find his place in the sun, no matter how long it took.

Magsumbol played for four teams in the Philippine Basketball League (PBL), three teams in the National Basketball Conference and a team in the Cebu Basketball Federation and gained a reputation as a journeyman. He never applied for the Philippine Basketball Association draft.

This year, Magsumbol showed up to try out for Granny Goose in the PBL and was told a slot was assured for him. Because of Granny Goose’s assurance, he didn’t bother to try out with other teams. But he was later informed Granny Goose decided to sign up somebody else and it was too late to try out for another team.

"Natapos na ang tryouts sa PBL kaya nawalaan ako ng chance to play for other teams," said Magsumbol. "I have nothing against Granny Goose and I thank them for the opportunity to play in Cebu before and for not taking me because dumating ang chance to try out in the ABA (American Basketball Association)."

Last week, Magsumbol and 14 others joined the tryouts for the ABA team San Jose Skyrockets conducted by coach Marc Joffe at the PhilSports Arena. Among those who attended the tryouts were Rob Johnson, Johnedel Cardel, Antoine Clinton, Richard Hardin and Nick Fasano.

Skyrockets president Kazumi Hasegawa, a lawyer, and Joffe planed in from the US to scout for Filipino players. Last August, they held tryouts in Japan and zeroed in on 6-1 Yosuke Sugawara.

"We’re putting together a team that’s reflective of the ethnicity of San Jose and the Bay Area," said Hasegawa. "This is our first year in the ABA and we’re excited. The ABA really appealed to us because its philosophy is centered on community participation and involvement."

The ABA was established in 1967 and merged with the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1975. It was revived in 2000 with seven teams, expanded to 34 in 2004-05 and now lists 55 franchises. Each team plays 36 games, 18 at home, during the regular season,which begins in November. Two ABA teams are the Beijing Aoshen of China and the Long Beach Jam, both of which lost to the Philippine national team at the Global Hoops Summit in Las Vegas last July.

Hasegawa said based on Magsumbol’s showing at the tryouts, he has the potential to become a "great" player.

"Mark played hard at both ends of the court and played within the team concept," said Ravi Chulani who coordinated the tryouts. "He made crisp passes, played tenacious defense and hit open shots. Mark ran the break and went to the basket at will. Mark did not have the flashiest game but his fundamentals and team style are consistent with coach Joffe’s objective."

Chulani, whose cousin Girish Mirchandani is based in San Francisco and suggested to Hasegawa to recruit a Filipino for the Skyrockets, said Magsumbol will be offered a five-month contract with a monthly salary of about $3,000 plus free board, lodging and round-trip plane ticket.

Magsumbol said he is in the process of getting a new passport and once it is issued, will apply for a US visa.

"First time akong pupunta sa US," said Magsumbol. "Swerte lang at maganda ang pinakita ko sa tryouts. Parang lahat ng tinira ko, pumasok. Outside, inside, drive. Sabi ni coach, dapat mag-hustle kami, huwag kaming matakot and give it your all. Even if pagod na ako, sige pa rin."

The aspirants were split into three teams of five players each and scrimmaged for 15 minutes each game. The scrimmages lasted three hours. Joffe rearranged matchups as the games went on. The red-white-and-blue ABA ball was used. Players were introduced to the ABA 3-D rule where after forcing a turnover in the opponent"s backcourt, a team is given an extra point for a field goal, meaning a two-pointer will count for three and a three-pointer will count for four.

After the tryouts, Hasegawa and Joffe interviewed Magsumbol, Fasano and Clinton. Then they decided to offer a contract to Magsumbol.

Joffe said the Skyrockets held tryouts for 81 players in the US last Sept. 25 and Oct. 9. Of the 81, four were invited to a camp last weekend. The team opened a two-week camp yesterday in San Jose for 20 to 25 players to prepare for the coming season.

Magsumbol said he will be ready to play either point or offguard in the ABA. He said playing for different coaches in different leagues has turned out to be a blessing because the experience will go a long way in preparing him for the ABA.

Magsumbol said he learned a lot from his coaches Bong Go, Dong Vergeire, Franz Pumaren, Jing Ruiz and Nel Parada.

Hasegawa, a Japanese who was born in Taiwan and moved to the US when she was 13 with his parents, learned about the ABA while working as a legal counsel for the Ontario, California, franchise.

"I’ve always loved basketball," she said. "I went to UCLA so I grew up with Wooden basketball and I love March Madness. When I was a student, I dreamed of working for the United Nations or Unicef.

With the Skyrockets, I’ve got a chance to fulfill that dream because the team is a wonderful avenue to reach out to different ethnic groups and get them together."

Joffe said the Skyrockets may end up with players from China, India, Japan, the Philippines and the US.


Sayang nga itong si Magsumbol. Mukhang sa NCAA championship team nila sa Benilde si Sunday Salvacion lang ang binwenas na makapag-PBA. Al Magpayo applied for this year's draft pero hindi ko alam kung may kumuha sa kanya, baka damaged goods ang tingin sa kanya kasi coming off a broken arm siya nung last PBL conference. Si Ron Capati naman bouncing around the PBL hanggang ngayon. Maswerte pa din sila, si Jay Lapinid naglaho na lang, ewan baka nasa NBC or URBL.

Wang-Bu
10-31-2005, 05:32 PM
High Ground : La Salle lost by trying to win at all cost

First posted 08:41am (Mla time) Oct 31, 2005
By William Esposo
INQ7.net



It was a big blow to De La Salle’s pride when media gave De La Salle’s assistant team manager Manuel Salgado a dressing down for smacking the nape of Arwind Santos, the star player of the winning FEU Tamaraws. This now infamous ‘batok’ incident was followed by the big scandal about fraudulent De La Salle players who presented falsified high school papers with the connivance of La Salle team officials – in effect making them non-eligible to play in the seniors. But what proved most mortifying for De La Salle were the articles written by their very own Tommy Manotoc, a highly respected sports icon, in which he castigated the wrongdoers of his beloved alma mater for their blind allegiance to the cause of “winning at all cost.”

In his October 12 and 26 columns (headlined “Winning at all Cost – Part I and II”) in the Philippine STAR, Manotoc recalled the admirable honesty of intent and sense of sportsmanship of players in his time when he and his brothers used to play for La Salle.
In contrast to today’s highly commercialized collegiate cagefests, players then were home-grown and played for the sheer love of the sport, pride of the colors and the team kinship that came with it. They needed no incentives, no special privileges, and no ego-boosting slap on the back.

Manotoc faulted the current team management philosophy of the La Salle community which practiced the “win at all cost” battle cry. He wrote on October 12: “Theirs (La Salle’s) is a “Win At All Cost” motto. This is made evident from how its basketball players are recruited or chosen to how they are treated by the school once they make it to the team. Being a true La Sallite myself, it pains me to see what my alma mater has developed into.”
“It frightens me that a school known to educate the country’s future leaders has developed an attitude such as this which is passed down to its players, students and all who watch the UAAP games.” Manotoc added.

Because of the double-whammy of an embarrassment that La Salle suffered from the ‘batok’ incident and the fraudulent players, all their five UAAP championships which were won over the past seven years have now become questionable. Even the brilliant bench job achieved by Coach Franz Pumaren to win those five titles has been obscured by the resulting stigma. What makes it more tragic is that this happened to one of the country’s most esteemed Catholic educational institutions. And having come not very long after La Salle President Bro. Armin Luistro joined the ranks of militant Filipinos asking for the resignation of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the scandal gives a discrediting effect on the righteous and leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

Like its arch-rival Ateneo, La Salle is regarded as one of the top producers of the country’s captains of industries and leading citizens. When you are elevated to such a high pedestal, people also expect much from you. The “batok” incident and the falsified credentials issue are simply not acceptable conduct of behavior for La Sallians.

Of course, all this unfortunate turn of events that has unraveled in La Salle is not something that should be seen in isolation, as an odd-man-out of the bigger setting. The moral slide that had been going on since the 1960s has swept the entire Philippine landscape like Hurricane Katrina inundating New Orleans in slow motion.

I am a baby boomer and I have heard the stories of my parents and maternal grandmother about how peaceful and uncomplicated things were before the Second World War disrupted life in this virtual paradise of islands. Our younger generation will find the contrast to today’s realities hard to visualize, more so the fact that we, at one time, were second to Japan in prosperity in the Asian region.

Before World War II, the peso was P2 to US$1. One centavo could even buy you a couple of items at the Sari Sari store. My mother used to tell me that my Scottish grandfather received an executive’s salary of P500 a month in the 1930s. When she compared that to the P3, 500 monthly salary of my Dad in the 1960s when he was president of the Philippine Education Company (then the biggest book wholesaler and retail shop in the country), she said my grandfather’s P500 bought them more things. Today, I cannot avail of the services of a driver with a monthly salary offer of P3, 500, much less one for P500!

But more than living standards, it is the moral values of the people then that make the difference between our honorable past and our miserable and confused present. Before World War II, Filipinos were honest, polite, and respectful of authorities, their elders and even of each other. The custom of leaving footwear outside other people’s homes is one manifestation of this respect and extended even to the abodes of friends and kin. Distrust, suspicion and ill-will towards another had once been non-existent and a door left unlocked at night was testimony to this.

In the past, the term “buen familia” was used to describe a really good family and it had nothing to do with the content of one’s treasure cache. When someone was described to be of buen familia, it was a tribute to his or her family’s integrity and positive contributions to country and community.

Today’s yardstick for buen familia however has assumed a materialistic and superficial connotation. A buen familia in today’s Filipino contextual social dictionary would mean a family of wealth and political advantage, regardless if this is in a positive or negative context. Under those terms, should a survey be conducted among parents to see who they would prefer to have as a father-in-law for their son or daughter, without doubt Mike Arroyo would top it. In our pre-war milieu, Mike would not even make it in the guest lists of noteworthy occasions. Folks then shunned the company of controversial people. Stature then was measured more by what you are and not by what you have in the bank. In the pre-war era, professors and doctors were among the most esteemed. Today, it is the BIR Commissioner, Customs Collector, Provincial Commander, Taipans who don’t pay correct taxes and crooked elected public officials.

The Japanese are a people who remain loyal to their values. Japan’s prosperity and ability to bounce back from the most extreme situations as a nation are a reflection of the fortifying effects of living with deeply rooted values. The very first time I visited Japan – that was in 1977 when I was then advertising head of SEIKO in the Philippines – I was surprised at the way my Japanese hosts made a big deal of my stint as a college teacher of advertising. They would highlight my teaching career rather than other aspects of my background relevant to the ongoing series of SEIKO conferences that required my presence. Considering that young executives like me – I was a 28 year old vice president then – were a rarity in seniority-oriented Japan, it puzzled me why they chose to proudly introduce me as a teacher of advertising. Understanding the Japanese culture more, it dawned on me that the Japanese honor teachers with the term ‘sensei’, literally meaning one born before you, and is therefore senior to you. In Shakespearean terms, your “better.”

Such respect for teachers certainly denotes a culture that honors higher values and one’s origins much more than the wealth and circumstance of a big business top honcho. Japan’s prosperity did not come from each person’s selfish desire to be rich – it came from each person’s gentle act of sacrifice and humility to serve the common good.

If you’re still wondering why Japan, a country without natural resources, can be so advanced and progressive whereas the Philippines, with all the natural resources that we are blessed with, has remained stagnant – a good starting point would be to review the values that we have vis-à-vis those of the Japanese.

This is why the La Salle affair is very disturbing. If a respected educational institution like La Salle can be involved in conduct grossly untypical and even opposed to the teachings and precepts of Catholic education, it is certainly time to sound the alarms against a very serious moral degeneration seeping throughout our national fiber.

If this can happen in a university that is in the wish list of most parents wanting the best education for their children, what hope is there left for this country? If a university that postures to be one of the best and is, in fact, seen as one of the best – second only to Ateneo of course, (that is the Blue Eagle in me speaking) – who should we turn to (other than Ateneo) to show us the light? This happened to one of two Catholic universities which are expected to produce the leaders of the land, the role models of society, the captains of our industries and the movers of our economy.

Fake collegiate basketball players who do not have the eligibility to play in the seniors can only reflect the fake president who insists on staying in Malacanang. Win at all costs could well be the same motto of our politicians who steal, lie, and cheat – just to ensure victory during elections. Win at all costs, even if that meant subverting the truth, could well be the ‘guiding light’ of Joe de Venecia and his ilk when they massacred the impeachment case against Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

La Salle is lucky that it had nothing to do with the education of Madame Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. In the one-upmanship with Ateneo, with all the mobile text brick bats that La Sallians have been getting, they can always take comfort that Ateneo has Jose Velarde and Jose Pidal to account for.

It is a sad time for La Sallians but sadder still for the Filipinos.

Galing sa inq7.net online column ni William Esposo. Talk about an OA Atenista...

Agent 008
11-02-2005, 04:06 PM
Wang-bu,

What exactly is the definition of OA?

I am one who enjoys the well-written articles to come out in this forum as well as the friendly, witty exchanghes relating to basketball. Your comment has no place here.

Out_Of_The_Blue
11-04-2005, 09:47 AM
Easy Agent 008. What Wang-bu meant was OA - as in Over Achieving. He he he.

Agent 008
11-04-2005, 02:46 PM
Out of the Blue...

Thank you for setting me straight. I was probably venting and picked Wang-bu's last post to press the release valve. I sincerely apologize to the readers and members and to Wang-bu for getting hot under the collar.

Anyway here's a question...Now that Lasalle plans to bring in the government agencies into the picture, how do you guys think this affair/investigation will unravel?

Sam Miguel
11-04-2005, 05:57 PM
Wang-Bu has been issued the pertinent warning for being impertinent.

As for the Lasalle investigation, the basketball public can only hope that making this a criminal / legal investigation will finally clear up what the Hyatt presscon did not.

Some points:

1) The extent of the offense perpetrated must be fully investigated and disclosed. If it stops at some bigshot's door then so be it. In the midst of this entire episode people seem to have neglected the fact that an actual crime / violation of the law may have occured. Bringing this to the authorities is exactly the right thing to do.

2) The investigation must be done by the book. Assuming a crime has indeed been committed then those who perpetrated it must be investigated and prosecuted in accordance with the law. The only thing I can imagine worse than that presscon would be if a case is filed and then dismissed on procedural / technical grounds.

3) The UAAP must be fully cooperative and transparent with the authorities in this investigation. Clamming up or being recalcitrant as far as opening up league records, explaining league rules, etc. will definitely not bode well for the league and may be seen by the general public as an act of defiance by respected institutions i.e. obstruction of justice.

A crime is a crime is a crime, especially when there is a paper trail that points to it. Getting the authorities involved is the best thing to happen in this whole sorry affair.

Agent 008
11-09-2005, 03:16 PM
Sirs,

Are there any updates on the UAAP Board Meeting held today at 10 am?

canmaker
11-09-2005, 05:02 PM
Agent -

Preliminary info as follows :

(1) The uaap board created a 5-man fact finding committee to look deeper into the benitez/gatchalian issue.
(2) Player records from the past 5 years will be checked DAW (at this point the source is not sure if all schools are
covered by this move).

Wang-Bu
11-09-2005, 05:20 PM
Mas magandang tanong: Talaga bang involved ng mga awtoridad sa imbestigasyon? Tingin ko lang mas mainam ng fully involved ang mga awtoridad sa ganitong sitwasyon. Gaya nga ng iba ng nasabi, maaring may naganap na krimen gawa ng pagpalsipika ng mga papeles nung dalawang player. Siguro naman pwede na itong ituring na isang kaso ng pagiging "against public morals" or kung ano man ang tamang salita sa batas.

Ano naman kaya ang gagawing nung 5-man committee ng UAAP? Kung wala rin lang marunong magimbestiga diyan, gaya ng isang abogado o pulis o reporter man lang, ano pang silbi nila? Ano ang itatanong nila at meron ba silang kapangyarihang magpatawag ng saksi? Kunwari, technically dahil ineligible ang dalawang player hindi na sila under ng UAAP. So papano ngayon silang patatawag? Hindi na din sila technically under ng Lasalle kasi nga technically wala nga silang K na mag-college at sabit sa PEP test. E silang pinakaimportanteng saksi sa kasong ito. Papano kung ayaw nilang humarap sa committee? Mapipilit ba sila?

Baka imbis na lumiwanag ang kaso lalong gumulo...

chief
11-09-2005, 05:32 PM
As they feared, this has become a witchhunt.

bchoter
11-09-2005, 07:06 PM
If they are really serious in cleaning the college ranks I think they also have to check on the players' scholastic records. They just might find some hidden Marlou Aquinos out there. However, it may be harder to uncover the pseudo student-athletes who are undeserved passing grades. Or maybe they can discover some Harrick Jr. types of tests.

Sam Miguel
11-10-2005, 04:32 PM
Given the sensitive nature of the investigation I would like to think that the Committee would have some idea what exactly it is they are after. To paraphrase another great investigator named "Pontius": What is Truth?

Here - as a basketball fan in general and not merely as a college basketball guy - is my take on the truth as far as this investigation is concerned:

1) It must specify who are involved, and I do mean ALL parties involved. We already have Benitez and Gatchalian as players, and Lacson and Salgado as the team officials. But ALL of these people categorically DENY any wrongdoing. So if they are telling the truth, then who did perpetrate this offense?

2) It must specify the roles of those found involved. What exactly were the steps taken, who was approached, who brokered the deals, did money exchange hands, was there an "insider" or "fixer" in the Dep Ed who was involved in this case?

3) It must specify the entire process as to how this came to be. Everything has a beginning, especially a wrongdoing, and it was done for an end. Throughout the process means and methods were employed. What exactly are all of these?

4) A FULL disclosure of what happened must be made. Lasalle had their Hyatt presscon. The Committee must have its own afterwards as well.

All of this must be done because there might be other schools pulling the same tricks and they may be doing it through the same people using the same means and methods but with some variations. In which case a whole SYNDICATE may running a very sophisticated operation and making victims of kids who only want to provide for their families and have some measure of security for the future. If this is the case, to hell with the UAAP, but let's get to the bottom of this case, please.

chba_dude
11-11-2005, 08:03 AM
Pumaren resigns
By Dante Navarro
The Philippine Star 11/11/2005

Franz Pumaren has resigned as coach of the De La Salle basketball team, bringing to five the number of school and team officials who had quit their posts in the aftermath of the UAAP eligibility scam.

Highly-placed sources told The STAR last night that Pumaren resigned after a one-hour meeting with La Salle president Bro. Armin Luistro last Monday. The team left for Hawaii for a series of goodwill games the following day.

Pumaren, architect of La Salle’s five cage titles in eight years at the helm, has quit his post after piloting La Salle to the 2004 UAAP crown but was prevailed upon to stay on for three more years.

Pumaren and his coaching staff are under pressure from the La Salle community and alumni who have reportedly called for their resignation for the ineligibility mess that dragged down the institution.

The embattled mentor, however, denied any wrongdoing.

Earlier, team manager Terry Capistrano, Bro. Bobby Casingal, La Salle sports development director, Danny Jose, sports development director for internal affairs, and university registrar Edwin Santiago also resigned to give the administration a free hand to institute reforms.

No details of Pumaren’s resignation was made available but the same sources said La Salle will act on it, including those of the four others, upon the arrival of DLSU executive vice president Dr. Carmelita Quebengco from Rome next week.

Pumaren and the Archers are also expected to be back on Nov. 15.

Although he was not mentioned in the report of the school’s fact-finding body, many sectors felt that Pumaren, as coach, might have had knowledge of how two of his players — Mark Benitez and Tim Gatchalian — were able to secure spurious documents to be able to enter La Salle.

The report only named Raul Lacson, a contractual statistician, as the one who furnished the players the PEP test certificates while tagging former assistant team manager Manny Salgado as the other person who may have had knowledge of how the faked documents were acquired. Both Lacson and Salgado denied the allegations.

Expectedly, the UAAP board, in a meeting last Wednesday, found the report incomplete and ordered a thorough investigation of the case by putting up its own five-man committee to get into the bottom of the scandal that has not only rocked the school but the entire league as well.

And then what?

gameface_one
11-11-2005, 11:38 AM
We are having some technical problems again posting the news and other articles. We will post again here.

gameface_one
11-11-2005, 11:40 AM
BAP still hopes POC will change its mind


By FRANK CALAPRE, The Manila Times Correspondent

The Philippine Olympic Committee holds the key in getting basketball into the Southeast Asian Games calendar of events, the Basketball Association of the Philippines said Thursday.

A day after the POC declared it scrapped basketball from the list of disciplines in the 23rd SEAG starting November 27, the BAP insisted the sport could still be saved if the umbrella body of national sports associations changes its mind and reinstates it to its ranks "even on a temporary basis."

In a general assembly meeting on June 30, the POC expelled the BAP as a member for allegedly reneging on an agreement to form the national men’s team for the Games. That resulted in the country’s suspension from joining regional and world events by the International Basketball Federation.

"The key is the reinstatement . . . into the POC family," said the BAP press statement from its president Joey Lina.

"[If that is done] FIBA will lift the suspension on the Philippines, basketball will then be in the SEA Games calendar of events and the Philippines can defend its five consecutive SEA Games basketball crowns right before the very eyes of our basketball-adoring countrymen."

Lito Alvarez, the BAP deputy secretary-general and FedEx team manager, said that despite the POC’s decision to cancel the popular event in the 11-nation meet, the BAP is still praying the Olympic body will change its mind.

"The BAP, together with millions of Filipino basketball followers, are still praying that the POC will change its mind. It is never too late," said Alvarez.

HE added that it is useless for the FIBA to lift its suspension when the BAP, the only association it can authorize to organize and run the basketball games in the SEAG, remains expelled by the POC.

Alvarez said the FIBA saw BAP’s expulsion from the POC as "inappropriate and out of proportion," and the series of events that led to its removal "was a maneuver to get the BAP out of the POC" to accommodate another basketball entity, the Philippine Basketball Federation Inc. whose creation was sponsored by the POC itself.

The PBFI was then rejected by the FIBA when the POC pushed for the recognition of the Mauricio Martelino-led organization.

Meanwhile, Chot Reyes, the POC-designated head coach of the national team, said that even if the SEAG is not among the events his all-professional team is preparing for, he has been preparing the squad for the biennial meet just in case.

"We are always ready to play if called to represent the country," said Reyes, whose wards won the Brunei Open this year.

Even the BAP’s own coach, Boyzei Zamar, said his all-amateur team is still practicing daily with the hope of playing in the Games.

"We hope everything turns out OK so that the efforts of the boys will not be wasted," said Zamar.

gameface_one
11-11-2005, 11:42 AM
Pumaren resigns
By Dante Navarro
The Philippine Star 11/11/2005

Franz Pumaren has resigned as coach of the De La Salle basketball team, bringing to five the number of school and team officials who had quit their posts in the aftermath of the UAAP eligibility scam.

Highly-placed sources told The STAR last night that Pumaren resigned after a one-hour meeting with La Salle president Bro. Armin Luistro last Monday. The team left for Hawaii for a series of goodwill games the following day.

Pumaren, architect of La Salle’s five cage titles in eight years at the helm, has quit his post after piloting La Salle to the 2004 UAAP crown but was prevailed upon to stay on for three more years.

Pumaren and his coaching staff are under pressure from the La Salle community and alumni who have reportedly called for their resignation for the ineligibility mess that dragged down the institution.

The embattled mentor, however, denied any wrongdoing.

Earlier, team manager Terry Capistrano, Bro. Bobby Casingal, La Salle sports development director, Danny Jose, sports development director for internal affairs, and university registrar Edwin Santiago also resigned to give the administration a free hand to institute reforms.

No details of Pumaren’s resignation was made available but the same sources said La Salle will act on it, including those of the four others, upon the arrival of DLSU executive vice president Dr. Carmelita Quebengco from Rome next week.

Pumaren and the Archers are also expected to be back on Nov. 15.

Although he was not mentioned in the report of the school’s fact-finding body, many sectors felt that Pumaren, as coach, might have had knowledge of how two of his players — Mark Benitez and Tim Gatchalian — were able to secure spurious documents to be able to enter La Salle.

The report only named Raul Lacson, a contractual statistician, as the one who furnished the players the PEP test certificates while tagging former assistant team manager Manny Salgado as the other person who may have had knowledge of how the faked documents were acquired. Both Lacson and Salgado denied the allegations.

Expectedly, the UAAP board, in a meeting last Wednesday, found the report incomplete and ordered a thorough investigation of the case by putting up its own five-man committee to get into the bottom of the scandal that has not only rocked the school but the entire league as well.

gameface_one
11-11-2005, 11:45 AM
Rookie propels Port Masters

The Philippine Star 11/11/2005

Rookie Marcy Arellano played like a grizzled warrior last night as Harbour Centre repulsed Far Eastern Insurance, 87-78, and gained piece of the lead in the 2006 PBL Heroes Cup at the JCSGO Gym in Cubao.

Five players from Harbour Centre produced noteworthy performances but it was the 5-foot-10 Arellano who spelled the big difference.

Showing great resolve and offensive creativity seldom seen from a rookie, Arellano, a stalwart of the University of the East Warriors, scattered 16 points, including 10 in the fourth, to thwart repeated comebacks of the Insurers.

Earlier, Granny Goose Tortillos leaned on the gutsy plays of Jett Latonio and Toti Almeda to score a 74-59 win over Montana Pawnshop and give coach Joe Lipa a grand welcome.

Hardly a factor in the first quarter where he missed his first three attempts from beyond the three-point arc, Latonio caught fire in the final half, scoring 11 of his team-high 14 points spiked by two triples in the third.

With the win, the Port Masters tied Magnolia Dairy Ice Cream for the lead while dealing the Insurers their second straight defeat. The Insurers, who was led by Michael Bravo with 18 points, fell to 0-2. Joseph Yeo also did well, scoring 14 points while Kelvin dela Peña — in his best game so far, added 12.

Paterno and Jerwin Gaco combined for 21 points as they dominated the Insurers from the start.

"Medyo settled na si Marcy and some other big guys like Jerome (Paterno) and Rob (Reyes) sa team," said coach Dindo Pumaren. "We played well defensively but we have to be more aggressive."

The six-foot Almeda tallied 12 points, most of them on medium jumpers, as he anchored the team’s searing breakaway in the third that saw them posting several 14-points leads despite Alex Compton’s sniping.

gameface_one
11-11-2005, 11:50 AM
Harbour Centre rips FEI, gains tie for No.1

First posted 11:59pm (Mla time) Nov 10, 2005
By Marc Anthony Reyes
Inquirer News Service



Editor's Note: Published on Page A27 of the November 11, 2005 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer



DIMINUTIVE ROOKIE MARCY Arellano hit 10 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter to lead Harbour Centre to an 87-78 victory over Far Eastern Insurance yesterday and a share of the lead in the PBL Heroes Cup at the JCSGO Gym in Cubao.

The 5-foot-10 University of the East point guard made sure the Insurers won't be able to come back in the payoff period as the Port Masters notched their second straight win.

Harbour Centre joined idle Magnolia at the top while the Insurers suffered their second loss in a row.

The Granny Goose Tortillos earlier welcomed coach Joe Lipa with a resounding 74-59 win over Montaña Pawnshop behind Jett Latonio and Toti Almeda.

The Tortillos improved to 2-1 while Montaña fell to 1-2.

The Port Masters also got inspired performances from Joseph Yeo and Kelvin dela Peña, who scored 12 markers.

gameface_one
11-11-2005, 11:55 AM
Sans fanfare, DLSU returns UAAP trophy


By richard dy


In sharp contrast to the tumultuous moment when La Salle received the 2004 UAAP basketball championship trophy, the same symbol of collegiate basketball supremacy was quietly returned to the league yesterday.


There was no fanfare, no bands, no confetti and no delirious fans as the three-foot trophy which La Salle captured following a 2-1 win over Far Eastern University in their best-of-three series last year, was received by UAAP Season 68 president Fr. Maximino Rendon at his Adamson University office.

La Salle’s move, which had no precedent in local basketball history, was precipitated by its admission last month that it had discovered that two players who saw action in that championship team were ineligible as members of the Green Archers.

The two were Mark Benitez and Tim Gatchalian who were found to have submitted spurious high school documents to enter La Salle.

Benitez played from 2003 to 2005, while Gatchalian played in 2003 and 2004.

"La Salle already surrendered the trophy at my office this morning (which was carried) by two persons from La Salle. I’ve actually asked the board, who should first keep the trophy, and FEU’s UAAP representative) Anton Montinola has asked me to keep it first," Rendon said.

The trophy will eventually be handed over to FEU making the school a three-peat winner. The Tamaraws also won the title in 2003 and 2005.

The awarding of the trophy to the Tamaraws, however, would have to take some time until after the fact-finding committee, formed by the UAAP board, submits its final report.

The UAAP board voted Wednesday to conduct its own probe after reading La Salle’s report and hearing its officials. Rendon had described La Salle’s report as "too shallow."

"For the meantime, I’ll keep the trophy at my office. Kung puwede nga lang eh, sa amin na lang yung trophy, tutal ayaw na nila ( La Salle) eh," said Rendon in jest.

Rendon also mentioned that he isn’t expecting a swift resolution of the La Salle ineligibility scandal despite the formation of the fact-finding committee, which will be led by UAAP secretary and treasurer Ricardo Matibag.

"We are only expecting an initial report to be given to us when the board meets again on Dec. 14, so malamang next year pa iyan matapos. Kailangan kasi ng mas in-depth na report," he added.

On Wednesday, Rendon branded La Salle’s furnished report to the board as "shallow." After scrutinizing the details of the report, the board unanimously agreed to form the five-man fact-finding committee to dig deeper into the eligibility controversy that shook not only La Salle but the UAAP as a whole.

Rendon said La Salle has agreed to support the UAAP’s investigative body in its pursuit for the truth and its determination to finally close this dark chapter in league history.

"La Salle has promised to cooperate with the committee and is willing to forward some of the documents they (La Salle officials) have obtained from the Department of Education," Rendon said

gameface_one
11-11-2005, 11:57 AM
Rookie stars for Harbour; Lipa gets warm welcome




ROOKIE MARCY Arellano played like a grizzled warrior last night as Harbour Centre repulsed Far Eastern Insurance, 87-78, and gained a piece of the lead in the 2006 PBL Heroes Cup at the JCSGO Gym in Cubao. Five players from Harbour Centre produced noteworthy performances but it was the 5-foot-10 Arellano who spelled the big difference.


Arellano, a stalwart of the University of the East Warriors, scattered 16 points, including 10 in the fourth, to thwart the repeated comebacks of the Insurers.

Earlier, Granny Goose Tortillos leaned on the gutsy plays of Jett Latonio and Toti Almeda to score a 74-59 win over Montaña Pawnshop and give coach Joe Lipa a grand welcome.

Hardly a factor in the first quarter where he missed his first three attempts from beyond the 3-point arc, Latonio caught fire in the final half, scoring 11 of his team-high 14 points spiked by two triples in the third.

With the win, the Port Masters tied Magnolia Dairy Ice Cream for the lead while dealing the Insurers their second straight defeat. The Insurers, who was led by Michael Bravo with 18 points, fell to 0-2.

Joseph Yeo also did well, scoring 14 points while Kelvin dela Peña – in his best game so far, added 12. Paterno and Jerwin Gaco combined for 21 points as they dominated the Insurers from the start.

"Medyo settled na si Marcy and some other big guys like Jerome (Paterno) and Rob (Reyes) sa team," said coach Dindo Pumaren. "We played well defensively but we have to be more aggressive."

The 6-foot Almeda tallied 12 points, most of them on medium jumpers, as he anchored the team’s searing breakaway in the third that saw them posting several 14-points leads despite Alex Compton’s sniping.

Aside from beating one of the strongest squads in the league, the win – its second in three games, made Granny Goose a strong title contender this time. They finished fourth on their maiden campaign last year and third in the Unity Cup early this year.

The Jewels, finalists in the last two tournaments, dropped to 1-2.

Unlike before, Lipa was a picture of peace and poise – perhaps satisfied with the way his charges played.

The Snackmasters, especially Almeda and Latonio, did almost everything on the court. They scored, rebounded and defended. Team hustle also contributed to the victory as the Snackmasters scored 18 points on fastbreaks.

Latonio also finished with six rebounds, four steals and three assists while Almeda added five boards, three assists and a steal in 23 minutes.

gameface_one
11-11-2005, 11:59 AM
lean Living : Who needs the Fiba?

First posted 00:04am (Mla time) Nov 11, 2005
By Manolo Iñigo
Inquirer News Service



Editor's Note: Published on Page A28 of the November 11, 2005 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


I AM TAKING UMBRAGE at the belligerent attitude of the Fiba toward millions of basketball-loving Filipinos and its continuous bias against the Philippine Olympic Committee.

Methinks it's time to break our ties with misguided International Basketball Federation (Fiba) secretary general Patrick Baumann, who has been listening only to the expelled Basketball Association of the Philippines and not to the POC. If Baumann does not care for us, why should we bother to care for him?

As Mexico-based reader Honorio Ybera Jr. once asked: "Why are we insisting on a sport that promises us nothing?"

We should stop our obsession with basketball. Too much basketball has virtually "killed" the promotion and development of the other sports in the country so much so that we no longer has outstanding athletes in track and field, tennis, swimming, baseball, soccer, etc.

In the Philippines, it's basketball all year round. This is also true in Mexico where soccer is the No. 1 sport.

Said Ybera: "Mexicans love the country. But the Mexicans' fanaticism about soccer can be rationalized. Mexico is one of the top nations in the world that plays the game."

However, this is not the case in the Philippines despite our love for basketball. For example, the superstars of the Philippine Basketball Association could not even make the country the king of Asian basketball. The players' professional tag is even a misnomer because they would be looking like fumbling oafs against many amateur teams in the world, particularly those from the United States. To say that basketball is like a plate of rice in a Filipino meal is embracing the wrong logic. We should accept the fact that basketball is not the sport for the Filipinos. We have no chance in it. What we should do is to concentrate more in sports where height is not an advantage like boxing, taekwondo, archery, billiards, bowling, chess, golf and soccer, where the country can excel better because the ball is on the ground.

Even though the Philippines won third place in the World Basketball Championship in Rio de Janeiro in 1954, cynics say the RP team could not have been third had the Soviet Union and Argentina participated then. In the next world championship in 1959 (Valparaiso, Chile) and 1974 (San Juan, Puerto Rico) when the field was stronger, the Philippines could only finish eighth and 13th, respectively.

gameface_one
11-12-2005, 12:24 PM
Pumaren still eyeing return as DLS coach

First posted 00:03am (Mla time) Nov 12, 2005
By Francis Ochoa
Inquirer News Service


WHEN ALL THIS IS OVER AND done with, Franz Pumaren hopes for two things to happen: One, that the probe of the La Salle scandal will snare the right culprits. Two, that he will be cleared and be reinstated as La Salle head coach.

A day after word of his resignation came out, La Salle announced that it had accepted the resignation of Pumaren and four other school and basketball officials even as the champion mentor bared hopes of being at the helm of the team.

"It is my earnest hope that, when the investigation reconfirms my innocence, I be reinstated as head coach in order to put all speculations to rest," Pumaren said in a resignation letter submitted to La Salle president Bro. Armin Luistro, FSC.

Luistro also issued a statement yesterday, saying the school accepted the resignations of Pumaren, team manager Terry Capistrano, office of sports development head Bro. Roberto Casingal, FSC, Daniel Jose and university registrar Edwin Santiago to "embark on a thorough and comprehensive review of its sports program."

"The entire Lasallian community is highly appreciative of their selfless acts," Luistro said.

Pumaren said he reached the decision "with the welfare of the institution in mind" and clarified that he was not "asked by any official from the university to make this move."

"Though my name has never been mentioned by anyone or at anytime during the investigation, my detractors have nevertheless used this unfortunate incident to continue to malign my good name and reputation with baseless and unjustifiable accusations," Pumaren wrote.

gameface_one
11-12-2005, 12:25 PM
Harbour Centre, Magnolia aspire to keep clean slates

First posted 04:25am (Mla time) Nov 12, 2005
Inquirer News Service




HARBOUR CENTRE and Magnolia Dairy Ice Cream hope to keep their unblemished records when they take on separate opponents in the 2006 PBL Heroes Cup today at the FEU Gym.

The Port Masters are expected to hurdle past winless Toyota Otis in the 2 p.m. opening game and claim win No. 3, judging from the way they disposed of the Insurers (87-78) last Thursday.

Likewise, the Wizards are picked against Hapee-Philippine Christian University at 4 p.m. for their third straight win.

Rain or Shine, seeking to jump back in orbit after getting derailed by Magnolia, will train its sights on hapless Far Eastern Insurance in the nightcap at 6.

The Elasto Painters and Teeth Masters, the protagonists in last year's championship series, share 1-1 slates while Toyota and Far Eastern Insurance have yet to win in two games.

Rookie Marcy Arellano is the marked man for Harbour after his spectacular game against Far Eastern where he scored most of his points in the crucial fourth quarter experience for the Port Masters are Joseph Yeo, Jerome Paterno, Rob Reyes and Jerwin Gaco.

Yet Harbor coach Dindo Pumaren wasn't satisfied with the way his wards are playing, noting the big imbalance in their aggressiveness. The Port Masters, he said, need to ratchet up the offense especially against the taller Toyota squad.

Joe Devance and Boyet Bautista are counted upon to deliver for Toyota Otis which is nursing a two-game losing run.

Providing drama in the Hapee-Magnolia showdown is the bitter rivalry between Magnolia's Arwind Santos, the back-to-back UAAP MVP, and Hapee's Gabby Espinas, the former NCAA MVP.

Both standing 6-foot-4 with lean, athletic frames, Santos and Espinas possess distinct styles of play that would practically ensure them of a career in the professional league.

Santos is the all-around go-to-guy with a mean outside shooting, while Espinas operates inside and creates vast opportunities for his teammates. Backing up Espinas is the backcourt duo of Jason Castro and Mark Moreno.

Jojo Tangkay will be the take-charge guy for Rain or Shine, proving it in their first two games where he averaged 24 points. He will be needing a lot of help from Marvin Ortiguera, JR Reyes, Ronjay Enrile, Jay Coching and Erwin Sta. Maria.

gameface_one
11-12-2005, 12:28 PM
In Huddle : Franz beaten to the draw?

First posted 04:32am (Mla time) Nov 12, 2005
By Beth Celis
Inquirer News Service


AT FIRST I THOUGHT Green Archers coach Franz Pumaren was beaten to the draw.

His older brother Derick said Franz had considered resigning from his post as head coach of the Green Archers after team manager Terry Capistrano set the precedent some days ago. According to Derick, Franz had in fact discussed this matter with a high-ranking DLSU official prior to his departure for Hawaii, but nothing was finalized during the talk.

If at all, I was told that Franz would have handed in his resignation when he returns from his trip to Hawaii where the Green Archers are playing a series of goodwill matches.


* * *

As of now, Franz is still coaching the team, which is expected to fly back to Manila next Tuesday, Nov. 15. From Hawaii, Franz will proceed to San Francisco and Los Angeles, where he will take a return flight for home. He should be here by Nov. 25, said Derick.

Franz must have received dozens of overseas calls from media and friends yesterday, seeking confirmation of his resignation, but I doubt if anyone got a response from him.

I know I didn't. Not from him, not from his father Pilo nor from his brothers Derick and Dindo.

I thought they were all being on the level. Or might it be that they didn't really know that Franz had actually submitted his letter of resignation to Bro. Armin Luistro dated Nov. 8. A copy of the letter was sent to the PDI office, reason why I had to rewrite this portion of my column.

Otherwise, I would have looked utterly clueless. If Franz has resigned, satisfying the clamor of many alumni, does this mean that the rally scheduled today at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium is off?


* * *

The entire tennis community is upbeat. After years of wooing and getting rejected, Fil-Am tennis pros Cecil Mamiit and Eric Taino, ranked 207 and 213, respectively, in the ITF ranking, have finally agreed to play for the Philippines in the Southeast Asian Games.

With the two leading the national team, newly appointed manager for the SEAG tennis squad Jean Henri Lhuillier believes we now have the right ingredients to become overall champion in the event.

Former Philta president Col Buddy Andrada shares Jean Henri's optimism. He described the RP players as "formidable."


* * *

According to the Professional Tennis Ratings website, Taino played a total of 34 matches the past year with an 18-win, 16-loss record. This was an excellent year for him.

Mamiit, on the other hand, has a highest recorded rating of 1825, which indicates that he is an expert tennis player, among the top 10 percent of all tennis professionals.

Best friends, the two are arriving in Manila on Nov. 22.


* * *

According to Jean Henri, wife Bea (formerly Lucero), a gymnastics and Taekwondo champ, had wanted to compete in the Wushu event of the SEAG.

According to Jean, Bea was so serious about her plan that she even hired a personal trainer, working practically all day to master the new event she was eyeing.

"I was amazed when I and our two boys saw, for the first time, the result of her training. The boys said, 'Wow mommy's flying in the air.' Indeed she could fly. Even I was very impressed," Jean said.

Unfortunately, Bea only took runner-up honors in the qualifying tournament for wushu, where only the top finisher can gain entry to the national team.


* * *

The illegal expulsion case filed by the BAP against the POC had its third hearing at the sala of Judge Manuel Barrios yesterday. No one showed up to represent the POC.

Realizing that time is of the essence, the fourth and last hearing has been set next Tuesday, Nov. 15.

Judge Barrios announced that he will be handing down a decision after Tuesday, which BAP legal counsel Carlos "Bonito" Alentajan believes will be in the BAP's favor.

gameface_one
11-12-2005, 12:29 PM
Franz, 4 other La Salle officials leave school
abs-cbnnews.com


De La Salle University on Friday accepted the resignations of Franz Pumaren, head coach of the Green Archers, and four other school officials in the wake of the basketball scandal that will cost the school its 2004 University Athletics Association of the Philippines men’s championship.

In a statement, DLSU president Brother Armin Luistro said Pumaren, team manager Terry Capistrano, Office of Sports Development officials Brother Roberto Casingal and Daniel Jose and university registrar Edwin Santiago handed in their courtesy resignations "to give the University a free hand to embark on a thorough and comprehensive review of its sports program."

"The entire Lasallian community is highly appreciative of their selfless acts," Luistro said in the statement, which included Pumaren’s resignation letter.

"The University calls on all members or the Lasallian community to come together and support its efforts to review and revitalize its sports program," added the school president, aware that a group of alumni are meeting Saturday to ask Pumaren to step down.

The resignations came weeks after La Salle disclosed that two Green Archers, later identified as Mark Benitez and Tim Gatchalian, had forged their high-school equivalence papers to enter college. That made them ineligible to play for DLSU, which won the title last year with both cagers playing key roles for the squad mentored by Pumaren.

Besides offering to surrender its ’04 championship, the school said it would also surrender its runner-up trophy this year.

The coach, meanwhile, said he was quitting "with only the welfare of the institution in mind," noting that he neither obliged nor asked by any La Salle official to resign.

"I am also a DLSU alumnus and have been instilled with the values of a Christian gentleman," said Pumaren, who also led the Archers to four straight UAAP crowns from 1998 to 2001.

He also lashed out at detractors who used the scandal "to continue to malign my good name and reputation with baseless and unjustifiable accusations."

"This courtesy resignation is not intended to prove them right or satisfy their cause, but rather to do what is best for the institution that I love so much," added the former pro point guard.

Pumaren said he did not fear his stepping down would be perceived as an admission of guilt in letting Benitez and Gatchalian play because he was at peace with the truth "that my only motivation is to preserve the very program that I have worked so hard to build over these past eight years."

"The truth is all I need because it is the only thing that really matters," he said.

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11-12-2005, 12:29 PM
SEAGFC agrees to shelve basketball

The Philippine Star 11/12/2005

Members of the Southeast Asian Games Federation Council yesterday supported the move of the Philippines in excluding the men’s and women’s basketball event from the 23rd Southeast Asian Games putting an end to the controversy that has hounded the host country with barely two weeks to go before the biennial meet.

In a meeting in Bangkok, Thailand attended by nine of the 11-member countries, the SEAGFC unanimously passed the motion of Singapore’s Chris Chan and seconded by Malaysia’s S. Jahendran after deliberating on existing rules that prevent host Philippines from staging the event.

SEAGFC and Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose Cojuangco presided over the meeting at around 11 a.m. while POC chairman Robert Aventajado discussed the relevant rules and the chronology of events that led to the suspension of the country by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).

Also present was Frank Elizalde, the Philippines permanent representative to International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Aventajado pointed to Section 42 of the SEAGFC Statutes and Rules, which stipulates that the national federation of the host country should appoint the judges, referees and other officials in all the disciplines included in the Games.

At present, there is no basketball federation in the Philippines duly recognized by the POC.

Cojuangco cited the poor performances of the RP teams in international events as the basis of POC’s uncompromising stand on the issue of reinstating the expelled Basketball Association of the Philippines.

"The Council made a solid stand not because of threats of sanction from the international federation of basketball but because a specific rule of the SEAGFC prevents the Philippines from staging basketball," said Cojuangco after the session.

Malaysia supported the Philippines at the pain of losing a substantial sponsorship from oil firm giant Petronas while Vietnam cited that FIBA, the international federation of basketball, had sent the wrong signals to SEA Games countries when it made a veiled threat in a letter to the POC on Nov. 1.

"For its part, Thailand expressed disappointment because it had prepared its teams early but backed the Philippine stand just the same because the decision is constructive for the Council since it adheres to the existing rules," added Aventajado.

With the SEAGFC decision, the 23rd SEAG will now be reduced to 439 events spread over 40 sports.

Absent during the meeting were delegates from Brunei and Timor Leste.

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11-12-2005, 12:31 PM
Harbour, Magnolia clash
abs-cbnnews.com


Harbour Centre and Magnolia Dairy Ice Cream try to keep their perfect records intact when they clash with separate rivals as the Philippine Basketball League Heroes Cup starts its campus tour Saturday with a heavy triple bill at the Far Eastern University gym in Manila.

Inspired by an 87-78 win over Far Eastern Insurance on Thursday, the Port Masters are going for win No. 3 when they battle winless Toyota Otis at 2 p.m.

The Wizards also gun for a third straight win against Hapee-Philippine Christian University at 4 p.m., while Rain or Shine hopes to bounce back from a crushing defeat to Magnolia when it faces Far Eastern Insurance at 6 p.m.

The Elasto Painters and Teeth Masters, who figured in a gripping championship series last year, have similar 1-1 slates, while Toyota and Far Eastern Insurance have yet to win in two games.

Rookie Marcy Arellano, who had a breakout game against the Insurers, is again expected to spearhead Harbour Centre’s assault along with the prolific Joseph Yeo, Jerome Paterno, vastly improving Rob Reyes and rugged Jerwin Gaco.

The 5-foot-10 Arellano baffled Far Eastern Insurance’s defenders with his devastating mix of jumpers to finish with 16 points, including 10 in the final quarter that kept the Insurers at bay.

Though he’s already quite impressed with the efforts dished out by his charges in their first two games, Harbour coach Dindo Pumaren said they have to play consistently and aggressively at both ends of the court to beat the taller Toyota squad, which is out to end a two-game losing run.

The Mutt-and-Jeff combination of Joe Devance and Boyet Bautista must have to play smarter and harder this time to pull Toyota out of the rut. The Louie Alas-mentored Toyota squad must also be more patient, especially down the stretch, to avoid another meltdown.

While Magnolia boasts of tall but quick players in Arwind Santos and Kelly Williams, Hapee is hoping to use its quickness in the hope of pulling off an upset win.

The Hapee-Magnolia showdown will be highlighted by the exciting rivalry between Santos, the back-to-back UAAP Most Valuable Player, and Gabby Espinas, former NCAA MVP.

Though both players stand 6-foot-4 and have lean frames, their distinct talents would surely give them mega-contracts in the pro league in the future.

Santos can play outside and inside with equal efficiency, but he’s more known for his booming outside shots, while Espinas is a terror inside the paint.

But Espinas much have to check his temper if he wants to outshine Santos.

Besides the PCU stalwart, Hapee is also banking on backcourt tandem of Dolphin Jason Castro and Mark Moreno.

Jojo Tangkay will be again at the forefront of Rain or Shine’s onslaught after averaging 24 points in the team’s first two games. But to beat the Insurers, Marvin Ortiguera, JR Reyes, Ronjay Enrile, Jay Coching and Erwin Sta. Maria must exert extra effort this time.

Only Tangkay shone offensively for Rain or Shine the last time, as the rest came out flat.

gameface_one
11-12-2005, 12:32 PM
BAP still hopes POC will change its mind


By FRANK CALAPRE, The Manila Times Correspondent

The Philippine Olympic Committee holds the key in getting basketball into the Southeast Asian Games calendar of events, the Basketball Association of the Philippines said Thursday.

A day after the POC declared it scrapped basketball from the list of disciplines in the 23rd SEAG starting November 27, the BAP insisted the sport could still be saved if the umbrella body of national sports associations changes its mind and reinstates it to its ranks "even on a temporary basis."

In a general assembly meeting on June 30, the POC expelled the BAP as a member for allegedly reneging on an agreement to form the national men’s team for the Games. That resulted in the country’s suspension from joining regional and world events by the International Basketball Federation.

"The key is the reinstatement . . . into the POC family," said the BAP press statement from its president Joey Lina.

"[If that is done] FIBA will lift the suspension on the Philippines, basketball will then be in the SEA Games calendar of events and the Philippines can defend its five consecutive SEA Games basketball crowns right before the very eyes of our basketball-adoring countrymen."

Lito Alvarez, the BAP deputy secretary-general and FedEx team manager, said that despite the POC’s decision to cancel the popular event in the 11-nation meet, the BAP is still praying the Olympic body will change its mind.

"The BAP, together with millions of Filipino basketball followers, are still praying that the POC will change its mind. It is never too late," said Alvarez.

HE added that it is useless for the FIBA to lift its suspension when the BAP, the only association it can authorize to organize and run the basketball games in the SEAG, remains expelled by the POC.

Alvarez said the FIBA saw BAP’s expulsion from the POC as "inappropriate and out of proportion," and the series of events that led to its removal "was a maneuver to get the BAP out of the POC" to accommodate another basketball entity, the Philippine Basketball Federation Inc. whose creation was sponsored by the POC itself.

The PBFI was then rejected by the FIBA when the POC pushed for the recognition of the Mauricio Martelino-led organization.

Meanwhile, Chot Reyes, the POC-designated head coach of the national team, said that even if the SEAG is not among the events his all-professional team is preparing for, he has been preparing the squad for the biennial meet just in case.

"We are always ready to play if called to represent the country," said Reyes, whose wards won the Brunei Open this year.

Even the BAP’s own coach, Boyzei Zamar, said his all-amateur team is still practicing daily with the hope of playing in the Games.

"We hope everything turns out OK so that the efforts of the boys will not be wasted," said Zamar.

gameface_one
11-12-2005, 12:33 PM
Franz confident he’d be cleared
By Dante Navarro
The Philippine Star 11/12/2005

Franz Pumaren, who quit as head coach of De La Salle basketball team early in the week, said his resignation was not an acceptance of culpability in the raging UAAP eligibility scandal but was made out of delicadeza and at the same time to give the school administration a free hand to institute reforms on its sports program.

"Though I am neither obliged nor has been asked by any official of the university to make this move, I do so with only the welfare of the institution in mind," said Pumaren in his resignation letter to La Salle president Bro. Armin Luistro dated Nov. 8.

While his decision is expected to draw varied reactions from all sectors, Pumaren, who with the Archers left for Hawaii Tuesday for a series of goodwill games, believed he would be cleared of any wrongdoing in the end and would be able to return to the La Salle bench once again.

"Even if it is inevitable that this action may be misinterpreted and maliciously perceived as an acceptance of culpability, I am at peace with the truth that my only motivation is to preserve the very program that I have worked so hard to build over these past eight years," said Pumaren, who steered the Archers to five UAAP championships.

But he stressed his decision to quit had nothing to do with the clamor from the La Salle community and alumni who have reportedly called for his resignation for the ineligibility mess that rocked the institution.

"Though my name has never been mentioned by anyone or at anytime during the investigation, my detractors have nevertheless used this unfortunate incident to continue to malign my good name and reputation with baseless and unjustifiable accusations," he said. "This courtesy resignation is not intended to prove them right but rather to do what is best for the institution."

Pumaren has been dragged into the eligibility mess involving two of his players — Mark Benitez and Tim Gatchalian, who entered the school with spurious documents.

In a statement, Luistro accepted Pumaren’s resignation as well as those of team manager Terry Capistrano, Bro. Bobby Casingal, La Salle sports development director, Danny Jose, sports development director for internal affairs, and university registrar Edwin Santiago. He said this will give the University a free hand to embark on a thorough and comprehensive review of its sports program.

"The entire Lasallian community is highly-appreciative of their selfless acts," said Luistro.

Meanwhile, the Archers hurdled Huaqiao team of China, 95-77, to atone for their sorry one-point loss to New Zealand in the Asia Pacific Basketball Classic in Hawaii. Pocholo Villanueva led the team with 21 points, while Ryan Arana, Joseph Casio, Paul Rico Maierhofer and Kish Gover Co had 17, 13, 9 and 8 points, respectively.

Tyrone Tang failed to suit up against the Chinese after sustaining an injury in their game against the Kiwis.

gameface_one
11-12-2005, 12:34 PM
After submitting resignation
Franz presses probe to clear his name




MULTI-TITLED La Salle coach Franz Pumaren has pressed the school to continue its investigation of the ineligibility scandal as a condition of his courtesy resignation which he submitted Tuesday and said he should be reinstated should the inquiry find him innocent of any wrongdoing.


In submitting his resignation, Pumaren also lashed at his critics whom he said used the incident "to malign my good name and reputation with baseless and unjustifiable accusations."

Although La Salle left Pumaren untouched during its two-week investigation, several quarters, many from within the La Salle community, have sought his ouster and planned to hold a rally today to press for the coach’s resignation.

La Salle has yet to act on the resignation of Pumaren who left with the Green Archers in a trip to Hawaii last Saturday.

In his letter, Pumaren maintained his innocence, but felt compelled to quit saying the welfare of the school was paramount.

"Not only am I the head coach of the men’s basketball team but more importantly, I am also a DLSU alumnus and have been instilled with the values of a Christian Gentleman," said Pumaren.

During his eight years at the helm of La Salle’s basketball program, Pumaren steered the Green Archers to five UAAP titles, among them the 2004 championship which they were forced to return in the aftermath of an eligibility scandal.

He said his resignation is not intended to prove his critics right or satisfy their cause, "but rather to do what is best for the institution that I love so much."

He also said that his resignation will inevitably be "misinterpreted and maliciously perceived as an acceptance of culpability."

But he said he is "at peace with the truth" and his motivation "is to preserve the very program I worked so hard to build."

While pressing the school to continue its probe, Pumaren said that the school should reinstate him if he is cleared.

"It is my earnest hope," he said, "that when the investigation reconfirms my innocence, I be reinstated as head coach to put all speculations to rest."

La Salle also received the resignation of team manager Terry Capistrano and three senior officials, namely: Bro. Roberto Casingal and Daniel Jose of the Office of Sports Development, and Edwin Santiago, the university registrar.

The resignations became the latest of a series of setbacks suffered by La Salle since admitting last month that it fielded two ineligible players in the last three seasons of the UAAP.

La Salle had earlier come under fire for its shallow report on the controversy, prompting the UAAP to form its own fact-finding committee to look into the circumstances surrounding ineligible players Mark Benitez and Tim Gatchalian.

gameface_one
11-12-2005, 12:35 PM
SEAG council backs RP decision on basketball




THE SOUTHEAST Asian Games Federation Council expressed its full support behind the decision of the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee to the men’s and women’s basketball event from the 23rd SEA Games.


In a meeting in Bangkok, Thailand attended by nine of the 11 member countries, the SEAGFC unanimously passed the motion of Singapore’s Chris Chan and duly seconded by Malaysia’s S. Jahendran after deliberating on existing rules that prevent host Philippines from staging the event.

SEAGFC and Philippine Olympic Committee President Jose Cojuangco presided over the meeting at around 11 a.m. while POC Chairman Robert Aventajado articulated the relevant rules, the chronology and effect of events that influenced the basketball situation in the Philippines.

Also present was Frank Elizalde, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) representative to the country.

Aventajado pointed to Section 42 of the SEAGFC Statutes and Rules, which stipulates that the national federation of the host country should appoint the judges, referees and other officials in all the disciplines included in the games.

At present, there is no basketball federation in the Philippines duly recognized by the POC.

During the discussions, Cojuangco took the opportunity to explain the basis of POC’s uncompromising stand on the issue of reinstating the expelled Basketball Association of the Philippines citing the string of dolorous performances of RP teams in international tournaments.

"The Council made a solid stand not because of threats of sanction from the international federation of basketball but because a specific rule of the SEAGFC prevents the Philippines from staging basketball," said Cojuangco after the session.

Malaysia supported the Philippines at the pain of losing a substantial sponsorship from oil firm giant Petronas while Vietnam cited that FIBA, the international federation of basketball, had sent the wrong signals to SEA Games countries when it made a veiled threat in a letter to the POC on November 1, 2005.

"For its part, Thailand expressed disappointment because it had prepared its teams early but backed the Philippine stand just the same because the decision is constructive for the Council since it adheres to the existing rules," added Aventajado.

With the SEAGFC decision, the 23rd SEAG will now be reduced to 439 events spread over 40 sports.

Absent during the meeting were delegates from Brunei and Timor Lester.

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11-16-2005, 09:52 PM
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gameface_one
12-04-2005, 06:22 PM
We received info that Ateneo's Team Mahusay lost against UST in the Women's Basketball League Championships today. We'll post details here as soon as we get them.

gameface_one
12-10-2005, 10:37 AM
Eala mulls banning Yeo in PBA draft
By Nelson Beltran
The Philippine Star 12/10/2005

La Salle’s Joseph Yeo faces possible disqualification from future draft in the Philippine Basketball Association following his unsportsmanlike conduct in the PBA-sanctioned Ateneo-La Salle Dream Game.

PBA commissioner Noli Eala said this is one of the options he is considering after Yeo’s hard foul on Ateneo’s Rico Villanueva that nearly triggered a free-for-all between the two teams and their supporters at the Araneta Coliseum Thursday night.

"Right now we don’t have any hold on him. But this is not the first game he’s gonna play for or with the PBA. His actuation will have a bearing on his eligibility in the draft," said Eala.

"His application, if he has plans (to submit one), will certainly be scrutinized. What he did can be likened to what (Jimwell) Torion did to (Jimmy) Alapag and that merited a (long indefinite) suspension," Eala added.

Following the incident that delayed the "Dream Game" for almost an hour because of the melee that nearly ensued, the PBA commissioner said he’s studying his options on the star Archer’s bid once he decides to turn pro.

"He (Yeo) should realize that basketball doesn’t end with playing for Ateneo or La Salle. We’re now studying our options. One is to disqualify him from the draft. Two, make him ineligible for some time.

Three, let him be drafted then suspend him," said Eala.

For Villanueva who suffered a bloodied nose and busted lower lip after being hacked by Yeo with a closed fist said he hoped that the La Salle stalwart is given a disciplinary action.

"It’s up to the good judgment of the commissioner but I think he should be given a disciplinary action because he made a mockery of the PBA rules since it’s considered a PBA event," said Villanueva.

"Hopefully, it won’t be so harsh nor light," Villanueva added.

Red Bull team manager Tony Chua also called for the league to investigate the incident. "He (Yeo) put some of our players in danger of missing our game (in the PBA last night). If a full-blown fight happened there, our players (Villanueva, Paolo Bugia and Larry Fonacier) could be suspended in the PBA," said Chua.

PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad said he might talk with the Harbour Centre stalwart but ruled out any sanction.

"It would be funny if we sanction him. It would be unfair to the league, his ball club and the player because the game wasn’t played under the auspices of the PBL," said Trinidad.

Trinidad didn’t agree that Yeo hacked Villanueva unprovoked. "Sinuutan ng paa at binagsakan ng siko sa dibdib," said Trinidad.

Villanueva went on to become Ateneo’s biggest hero in the game when he made the decisive three-point shot in the closing seconds.

"I feel sorry for the loss but at the same time, I wouldn’t want to lose any other way because my own boys (Villanueva with 27 points and Fonacier with 30) beat me," said Red Bull mentor Yeng Guiao who called the shots for the La Salle team.

"They put in practice exactly what I taught them — to fight it out, not literally, and play 100 percent all the time. Rico beat us with one big shot and Larry winning the MVP is a testimony to his full recovery," Guiao added.

gameface_one
12-10-2005, 10:40 AM
Yeo’s PBA future dim after angry outburst--Eala

First posted 01:45am (Mla time) Dec 10, 2005
By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A22 of the December 10, 2005 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


IF LA SALLE star Joseph Yeo wants to turn pro, his application could be in peril after he figured in a scuffle during a Philippine Basketball Association (PBA)-sanctioned exhibition game late Thursday night.

“His actions will have a big bearing on his eligibility in the draft,” said commissioner Noli Eala yesterday. “The criteria for acceptance are strictly followed.”

Yeo, who just played his final year in the University Athletics Association of the Philippines, hit former Ateneo standout Rico Villanueva on the face with his forearm with 10:27 minutes left in the third quarter of the Ateneo-La Salle Dream Game at the Araneta Coliseum. The Eagles were ahead, 44-39.

Villanueva, Red Bull’s 6-foot-5 center, suffered cuts on the nose and upper lip, and Yeo was ejected from the supposedly friendly match between the rival schools.

“We are already studying our options,” said Eala. “One, to disqualify him from the (rookie) draft. Two, make him ineligible for some time.

Three, let him be drafted then suspend him.”

Added Eala: “He should realize that basketball doesn’t end with playing for Ateneo or La Salle.”

The commissioner recalled a similar incident in the 2003 quarterfinal match between Red Bull and Talk ‘N Text when Jimwell Torion broke Jimmy Alapag’s nose.

“What (Yeo) did can be likened to what Torion did to Alapag and that merited a suspension,” said Eala.

Yeo, the 6-foot-1 guard known for his acrobatic drives to the basket, was tabbed as among the early favorites in next year’s PBA rookie draft, along with amateur stars Arwind Santos of Far Eastern University and LA Tenorio of Ateneo.

“There’s a big question mark following his actions,” said Eala. “His application will certainly be scrutinized. What can Joseph Yeo do? Very little.”

After Villanueva was assaulted, Ateneo almost pulled out of the All Stars exhibition game that featured top PBA and varsity players from the two schools.

“I wanted to end it,” said Ateneo’s All Star coach Chot Reyes, noting that Ateneo president Fr. Bienvenido Nebres, SJ, had relayed similar instructions. “I felt that it’s not worth it. I was afraid that if we continued, it would escalate. But the organizers decided to just let the pros to continue, so that settled it.”

The game was stalled for about 45 minutes before the Eagles triumphed over the Archers, 88-85, with Villanueva burying a three-pointer with one second remaining.

Most Valuable Player Larry Fonacier delivered a game-high 30 points.

In the Legends match, La Salle turned to ’80s varsity standout Joey Sta. Maria for a 63-59 victory over the Ateneo Legends.

Named MVP, Sta. Maria scored 15 points. San Miguel head coach Jong Uichico added 14.

The scores:
First Game (Legends)
LA SALLE 63--Sta. Maria 15, Uichico 14, Manguera 8, Eng Beng 6, Perez 6, Yap 5, Puentabella 4, Malixi 2, Sagarbaria 2, Ley 1, Tanjuatco 0, Gonzales 0, Misa 0, Mirasol 0, Uy 0, Marquez 0, Uichico 0, Liwag 0, Velasco 0, Garcia 0, Bautista 0.
ATENEO 59--G. Afable 11, Carpio 9, Lastimosa 8, C. Afable 7, Rabat 4, Tioseco 4, Reyes 4, Gamboa 3, Nieto 3, Campos 2, Mistades 2, Ijares 1, Panlilio 1, Alabanza 0, Estacio 0, Henares 0, Labadan 0, Morales 0, Mendoza 0.
Quarters: 6-11, 22-29, 42-48, 63-59
Second Game (All Stars)
ATENEO 88--Fonacier 30, Villanueva 27, Alvarez 12, Bugia 6, Gonzales 4, Intal 4, Chia 3, Tenorio 2, Racela 0, Kramer 0, Hizon 0, Aguilar 0.
LA SALLE 85--Allado 18, Cardona 14, Telan 11, Ritualo 13, Cortez 8, Yeo 7, Araña 6, Limpot 4, Cuan 2, Cabatu 2, Maierhofer 0, Wilson 0.
Quarters: 20-22, 44-37, 62-56, 88-85

gameface_one
12-10-2005, 10:42 AM
In Huddle : Ateneo-La Salle: A verdict not fit to print

First posted 02:39am (Mla time) Dec 10, 2005
By Beth Celis
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A22 of the December 10, 2005 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


FROM WHERE I was seated at press row, I could tell the dream was starting to turn into a nightmare for Vintage’s Bobong Velez, promoter of last Thursday’s Ateneo-La Salle Dream Game.

It was now over 30 minutes since the second and main match was halted following a violent skirmish between Ateneo’s Enrico Villanueva and La Salle’s Joseph Yeo during a rebound play. No one could be sure if the game would resume, since Ateneo was agitating to end it right there, with almost two quarters still left unplayed.

“To prevent further violence and possibly even a riot,” argued Ateneo sports official Ricky Palou who accused Philippine Basketball Association commissioner Noli Eala, a fellow Ateneo alumnus, of failing to control his players.

Ricky and Noli were inside the court, where almost all the game officials were milling around. There was only one issue to settle: Would the match continue or not?

With the movement of their lips, and the arch of their eyebrows, I was sure they were hollering at each other. Those who got within earshot confirmed that they were. The verbal tussle was very lengthy and very heated, witnesses swore.

Ricky accused Noli of not being able to control his players. Noli corrected him, saying that on the contrary, he could definitely control his players because he’s in a position where he could sanction them. He told Bobong, who looked pale and stunned at this point, that the game could continue even with only the PBA players in each team.

* * *

I must have been chatting with my seatmate because I missed that important piece of action. My attention was only caught when filled beer cans, coins and all sort of missiles started flying onto the court from the general direction of the Ateneo fans who--I only noticed for the first time--was up in arms.

At this point, another commotion started somewhere near the exit. Witnesses said Yeo had made a finger sign (not dirty) to Villanueva which infuriated the latter. It took several pairs of muscled arms to restrain Villanueva from wringing Yeo’s neck. I noticed that Villanueva’s lips had now swelled like a pair of sausages and they were bleeding.

* * *

“What happened?” I asked the scribe beside me who had watched the game intently.
He said Green Archer Yeo was hit when Villanueva swung his elbows sideways after hauling down the rebound. Thinking it was intentional, Yeo retaliated by hacking Villanueva across the face.

Some witnesses said Yeo did it with a clenched fist, others swore his palms were open and visible.

A Blue Eagle rooter was certain Villanueva’s elbow blow was accidental, a Green Archers fan saw it differently. The swing was too strong and deliberate, the latter said.

After almost an hour (50.1 minutes to be exact), Eala and Velez finally succeeded in convincing the Ateneo camp to continue with the game. The coliseum barker announced that the game would resume, but only two amateur cagers would be allowed to play in each team.

For a while, the players just went through the motion, seemingly just to put a closure to the event. But 15.1 seconds into the final buzzer, the crowd came back to life. The score was tied at 85, and La Salle had ball possession. A turnover, a three-point shot from Enrico and the game was over 88-85 in favor of Ateneo.

“Poetic justice,” Tempo scribe Tito Talao remarked.

After that, it appeared that the incident was quickly forgotten. Or so it seemed.

* * *

“Close shave,” Bobong admitted the morning after. “Mahal pa rin ako ng Diyos because if the game was discontinued, all the months of preparation and hard work would have gone to waste.”

Not to mention that the spectators might have asked for a refund and the television sponsors could insist on a rebate with contracts left unfulfilled. It could have been a financial catastrophe, but it wasn’t.

In fact, Bobong admitted it was a financial success, as he thanked everyone, in particular Eala who played the role of negotiator between him and Ateneo.

“It’s unfortunate that such an exciting game and worthy endeavor was marred by Yeo’s unsportsmanlike conduct. Things like these happen, though. It’s all part of the game,” said Noli.

As for La Salle coach Yeng Guiao, while he was pleased with the performance of the Archers, he was even more so with his Red Bull cagers who all played for the opponent. “The Red Bull players killed us. That’s the attitude I try to instill in them whenever they play,” Yeng said.

Ateneo coach Chot Reyes refused to comment. So did Ricky Palou.

“What I feel is not fit for print,” Chot said.

gameface_one
12-10-2005, 10:44 AM
DREAM GAMES ORGANIZERS GIVE THANKS
greenarcher.net

Submitted by chili on Fri, 2005-12-09 22:51. Opinion

JJ Atayde and Bong de Ocampo, the hardworking pair from La Salle-Greenhills Batch '81 who put together the recent Ateneo-La Salle Dream Games 2005 at the Araneta Coliseum would like to share with the community their heartfelt thanks for a successful event.

To my fellow La Sallites/La Sallians,

In behalf of the Tribu Verde Foundation (LSGH Batch 81), we would like to thank the entire La Salle community, beginning with the La Salle Brothers, Alumni, students, parents and the Adult Night High School, and Kuya Center representatives, Gawad Kalinga Baseco community, for the resounding success of the PBA La Salle Ateneo Dream Games 05. Special thanks to the alumni players and coaches of the games which so unselfishly participated and gave their for this event.

Special thanks also to members of Tribu Verde Batch 81 members who came out in full force and were all set to come to the court when Joseph Yeo and I were being pelted with coins and cans when I personally escorted Joseph out of the court.

The Animo spirit was truly in the air. The band, the pep squads, the La Salle Dance Troupe were there in full force.

All the elements of a the usual La Salle Ateneo game were present. Full of drama and suspense. The Legends came up with an amazing come from behind victory. The best thing about the Legends game was the 4th quarter run which won the game was played by the 70's stars led by the legendary Lim Eng Beng (played the entire 4th quarter), Alex Marquez, Kenneth Yap, Boy Manguera, Titong Sagarbarria, and of course Jong Uichico, and the games MVP Joey Santamaria of the 80's. Coach Virgil Villavicencio had it all planned and concentrated his strategy for the fourth quarter. He expected to be behind in the 60's and the 70's was going to be close. He planned for a strong third and fourth quarter and counted on the experienced players of the 70's and 80's to carry La Salle from an exciting come from behind victory. Congratulations to the Legends who practiced very hard to make sure the team was fit and ready to win. Though there were technical fouls called for rough plays, the game ended with both teams shaking hands and everyone had fun.

The Dream Team game, was very physical. It was indeed decided by the breaks of the game. In the first minute of the third, there was an incident with Yeo and Enrico Villanueva. Villanueva elbowed Yeo in the chest in a rebound. Joseph retaliated with a wrestling clothesline that busted Villanuevas lips and got him bloodied. Joseph was ejected. Joseph felt very sorry about the incident and was very worried that the games were not going to push through because of the incident. When Villanueva gave him the elbow oh the chest, he just lost it. In fairness to Joseph, he has matured a lot and acknowledged that he should have checked himself. But to quote him, "Sir, buong laro sinasaktan na kami ni Villanueva. Hindi ko na napigilan ang sarili ko po. Pasensya na po kayo." We spirited Joseph out of the coliseum with Araneta security as we were afraid that there might be an incident after the game. We just ensured his safety and made sure he got out of Araneta safely thanks to the Araneta Coliseum security.

The game was delayed by 50 minutes, as Ateneo wanted to walk out as they felt they could not control their players. Fr. Bienvenido Nebres also called and wanted the game stopped. I vehemently disagreed and reminded the PBA of their responsibility and the organizing committee's responsibility to the paying public, sponsors and the beneficiaries. I stressed that it will not be in La Salle's hand that this game was not completed, and whatever repercussion of that decisions will be squarely in Ateneo's shoulder. After consulting Coach Yeng Guiao, he gave me a free hand to make the decision and that he will abide by it. This made Commissioner Noli Eala realize and convinced Ateneo to continue to play. After 30 minutes of negotiations, Ateneo agreed to go on with the game.

The game went on and it was close all the way. La Salle got the lead going into the last minute, but Ateneo was not about to collapse and continued their onslaught. The game was tied in the last 15 seconds with La Salle having possession. Coach Yang had a play set up for Ren Ritualo to be the first option with Mike Cortez going through the back door with a pick from Mac Cardona. After the inbound of Cotez to Mark Telan, he threw a pass to Ren-Ren, who was marked and tightly defended during the entire game, though the pass was little to strong Ren Ren swears the ball was tapped out by Wesley Gonzales. The Refs, saw it otherwise and gave ball possession to Ateneo. A last second desperation three-point shot by Villanueva found its marked and snatched the victory for Ateneo. Clearly, the breaks of the game did not go La Salles way in the dying seconds and that allowed Ateneo to have the final possession which they converted via a miraculous three-point shot by Villanueva.

After the game, I had a short talk with Chot Reyes and to quote him, "I had eight options in that last play, and that 3 point shot of Enrico was not among them."

We are very much relieved that the game was continued and finished, despite the incident between Joseph Yeo and Villanueva. Tempers and emotions of the players were high and Ateneo wanted to stop the game. I had to put my foot down and insisted that La Salle will continue to play. This incident caused a 50 minute delay in the game. The game started at 6:45 and it ended at 11:00 PM.

There were so many things that were happening on court, which I cannot write about because of time constraints. I would gladly share them with you on-line or personally. I must also give credit to our counterparts in Ateneo HS Batch 81 of Ateneo HS, Bobong Velez and Commissioner Eala.

Bottom line is that the results were secondary for the organizers. The objective of the Dream Games 05 was for both schools "Come Together and Make a Difference." This objective was achieved and that was our measure of success.

For the specific blow by blow accounts of the games, you will surely read this in the dailies. All I can say is that those two games (Legends and Dream Teams) will go down as one of the greatest in the history of La Salle /Ateneo Basketball.

With this e-mail, I would just want to reiterate our Batch' sincere gratitude to everyone whom one way or the other contributed to the success of the event. I do not need to mention names, you all know who you are. But it was the community's inspiration and support that gave us the resilience to go on, despite so many challenges we faced.

Sincerely, thank you very much for all the support.

Next and finally activity for our Batch is the LSGH Homecoming in Feb. 4, 2006. We look forward to having all of you there.

ANIMO LA SALLE!

Live Jesus in our Hearts, forever.

Sincerely,

JJ Atayde and Bong de Ocampo
Project Directors for La Salle

gameface_one
12-10-2005, 10:48 AM
DLSU LEGENDS CARVE CLOSE WIN, 63-59
greenarcher.net


News | Green Legends

La Salle again wins the battle of the hoops legends

By ANTHONY E. SERVINIO

QUEZON City – The De La Salle Legends poured it on in the crucial fourth period to waylay the Ateneo Legends, 63-59, to open the Ateneo-La Salle Dream Games 2005 Thursday (December 8) at the Araneta Coliseum. Trailing most of the way, the Archers banked on game MVP Joey Santamaria who made all his 15 points via the free throw line, including nine in the final period.


Joey Santamaria battles old foe Eric Reyes

The 6’4” power forward Santamaria, who suited in the UAAP for DLSU from 1986 to 1989, anchored the Archer Legends’ interior defense in the second half. Receiving the ball while manning the post, he then took advantage of the Eagle Legends’ early foul trouble by taking it strong to the hoop.

Due to the game’s special rule that split playing time equally among the players from the eras of the 60s, 70s and 80s in the first three quarters, it was only in the second half that the Archers made their mark. Former Archers head coach Joseph Uichico started like a house on fire and bombed the Eagles for eight points in the first two minutes and give the Archers the lead for the first time, 32-31. However, Ateneo countered via the 11 markers of Gene Afable and four from Jojo Lastimosa to seize back control of the game entering the final period, 48-42.


Joseph Uichico: eight points in two minutes

With Ateneo on top with eight minutes left, 52-47, the Eagles suddenly could not buy a basket. Santamaria converted seven free throws in a three-minute span to give back the Archers the lead for good. Vice Mayor Boy Manguera then returned to game after last playing with the 70s group in the second quarter to bang in back-to-back baskets to give La Salle its biggest lead of the game at the 3:22 mark, 58-52.

Ateneo would not just give up as Joy Carpio, Jet Nieto and Eric Reyes were tested from the foul line, bring the Eagles closer, 57-59. In a key point of the match, Uichico took a long three-pointer that bounced off the rim triggering a fastbreak lay-up by Lastimosa with 32 ticks on the clock that tied the game, 59-59.


Things stay the same through the years

Santamaria then drew a foul and sank both pressure-packed free throws at the 19-second mark and push La Salle ahead, 61-59. Ateneo playing coach Ricky Palou sued for time. In the ensuing play, Nieto tried to win the game with a triple that missed. In the scramble, Afable was whistled for a loose ball foul on Titong Sagarbarria who made both his free throws and setle the final tally with seven seconds to play, 63-59. Sagarbarria then gave a duty foul on Lastimosa but the latter missed both his free throws to seal the deal for the DLSU Legends.

Santamaria topped all scorers with 15 followed by Uichico with 14 and Manguera with eight. Afable was the lone Eagle in twin digits with 11. Carpio added nine while Lastimosa finished with eight.


Juancho Liwag, Alex Marquez, Jojo Misa, Joaqui Garcia, Titong Sagarbarria, Perry Uy and Joel Uichico

After the game, not one but four championship trophies were awarded. Ateneo received some consolation as their 60s and 70s stalwarts bested their La Salle counterparts in the first and second quarters. La Salle won the third period en route to the strong fourth period push that won the game.

The Ateneo 60s crew raced to a 5-0 lead to open hostilities. Rep. Monico Puentevella then came of the bench to power the Archers’ comeback by hitting two baskets, 4-6. Still, Ateneo banked on the good plays of Gene’s uncle Chito Afable to prevail, 11-6.


In the end, the Green side wins

Searching for answers, Archers coach Virgil Villavicencio shuffled his men of the 70s in the second period as Ateneo erected their biggest lead of the game, 23-9, behind Carpio, Mikko Rabat, Chito Mistades and Jojo Gamboa. Kenneth Yap and the immortal Lim Eng Beng finally found their groove late to move the Archers closer, but Ateneo hung on at the half, 29-22.

How They Scored:

DE LA SALLE (63) – Santamaria 15, Joseph Uichico 14, Manguera 8, Lim 6, Perez 6, Yap 5, Puentevella 4, Malixi 2, Sagarbarria 2, Ley 1, Tanjuatco 0, Gonzalez 0, Misa 0, Mirasol 0, Uy 0, Marquez 0, Joel Uichico 0, Liwag 0, Velasco 0, Garcia 0, Bautista 0.

ATENEO DE MANILA (59) – G Afable 11, Carpio 9, Lastimosa 8, C Afable 7, Rabat 4, Tioseco 4, Reyes 4, Gamboa 3, Nieto 3, Campos 2, Mistades 2, Ijares 1, Panlilio 1, Alabanza 0, Estacio 0, Palou 0, Henares 0, Sevilla 0, Ladaban 0, Morales 0, Mendoza 0.

Period Scores: 6-11, 22-29, 42-48, 63-59.

gameface_one
12-10-2005, 10:51 AM
DREAM GAME DRAMA IN DEFEAT
Submitted by chili on Fri, 2005-12-09 01:08.
greenarcher.net

Jun Limpot schools Paolo Bugia on post-play

By ANTHONY E. SERVINIO

QUEZON City – Burly center Enrico Villanueva hit a three-pointer with a second left on the clock to lift the Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles over bitter rival De La Salle Green Archers, 88-85, in the Ateneo-La Salle Dream Games 2005 Thursday (December 8) at the Araneta Coliseum.

Sadly, the classic game organized by sportsman Carlos “Bobong” Velez for charitable causes was marred by a scuffle that delayed the proceedings for almost an hour. The Dream Game thus became a nightmare.


A bloodied Enrico Villanueva

The game was stopped with 10:27 to play in the third quarter and Ateneo ahead, 44-39. Villanueva and Joseph Yeo figured in a very physical rebound scuffle. With Villanueva grabbing control of the ball, Yeo suddenly tagged him with a forearm blow on the face. Larry Fonacier picked up the ball and threw it towards Yeo. The referees promptly threw Yeo out of the game and slapped Fonacier with a technical foul. As Yeo was being escorted out of the court, Villanueva tried to attack Yeo but was restrained by the Ateneo bench. The fans then began to pelt the court with debris but he proverbial cooler heads prevailed and both teams retreated to their benches. Meanwhile, Villanueva received treatment for his bloodied upper lip and nose.

Discussion on the floor began mediated by Velez, PBA Commissioner Noli Eala and organizers from La Salle-Greenhills and Ateneo High Batch ’81. Initially, Ateneo officials led by Fr. Bienvenido Nebres SJ wanted to forfeit the game in order to safeguard the players. Commissioner Eala reasoned that the interests of the paying public must be considered. After almost an hour of debate, a compromise was reached wherein only two non-PBA players would be allowed to play and another similar brouhaha would automatically cause stoppage of the game. Ateneo then ordered their three players with varsity eligibility in JC Intal, Japeth Aguilar and Doug Kramer to change into street clothes leaving the pro-bound LA Tenorio to continue the game.


Coach Yeng Guiao listens to the debate with organizers JJ Atayde and Vince Araneta

Finally, the game resumed with both sides making the free throws awarded from the incident. Possession was give to the Eagles with Villanueva making an emphatic baseline dunk to express his ire. Yeo left the game with seven markers, so Mark Cardona and Renren Ritualo took over the scoring cudgels but the Eagles still led entering the final 12 minutes, 62-56, thanks to three free throws by Fonacier off a foul by Mark Telan at the buzzer.

Villanueva and Fonacier proved to be the biggest thorns on the Archers’ sides, as the dynamic duo kept the Archers at bay. In one final rally, Ritualo combined forces with Telan, Don Allado and Mike Cortez and give the Archers the lead for the last time on two Ritualo free throws off with 49 ticks left in the game, 83-82. The Eagles panicked and Wesley Gonzalez launched an ill-advised triple but Richard Alvarez grabbed the offensive rebound just to fail anew. Cortez grabbed the loose ball and was quickly fouled by Villanueva. Cortez calmly sank both gift shots at the 35-second mark to give the Archers more breathing room.


Mike Cortez catches LA Tenorio flatfooted

Gonzalez struggled all throughout the game but shone when it counted the most. Ateneo skipper Olsen Racela came off a high pick from Alvarez to dish to the waiting Gonzalez for an open three-pointer that tied the game with 15 seconds to play. Archers Coach Yeng Guiao called a timeout for one final play. Ritualo received the ball only to be met by the tight defense of Gonzalez, who tapped the ball off Ritualo’s leg thus returning possession to the Eagles and setting the stage for Villanueva’s game-winning heroics.

Fonacier scattered a game-high 30 points to the lead the Eagles and claim game MVP honors. Villanueva added 27 while Alvarez added 12 markers. Allado paced the Archers with 18 points. Cardona, Ritualo and Telan also submitted twin digits with 14, 13 and 11 respectively. Alvarez and La Salle’s Jun Limpot were honored with the Sportsmanship Award.


Promoter Bobong Velez gives the Sportsmanship Award to Jun Limpot

Stung by the Eagles’ recent miseries against the Archers, Ateneo started strong and raced to a 12-3 lead. The Archers countered with a 14-0 run of their own starring Allado to turn the tide in their favor, 17-12. The Archers then stayed on top after 12 minutes, 22-20.

By the second period, the Eagles recovered their bearings. An alley-oops dunk by Alvarez from a Racela assist put the Eagles in the lead at 36-35. Cardona then split his free throws to tie the game anew before Fonacier converted a booming three that broke the tie as the Eagles cruised to the halftime lead, 44-37.

How They Scored:

ATENEO DE MANILA (88) – Fonacier 30, Villanueva 27, Alvarez 12, Bugia 6, Gonzales 4, Intal 4, Chia 3, Tenorio 2, Kramer 0, Racela 0, Hizon 0, Aguilar 0.

DE LA SALLE (85) – Allado 18, Cardona 14, Ritualo 13, Telan 11, Cortez 8, Yeo 7, Arana 6, Limpot 4, Cuan 2, Cabatu 2, Maierhofer 0, Wilson 0.

Period Scores: 20-22, 44-37, 62-56, 88-85.

gameface_one
12-10-2005, 10:52 AM
Lipa’s wards stop ‘Rain’
abs-cbnnews.com


Coach Joe Lipa proved that Granny Goose Tortillos is not just about JR Quiñahan, as the Snackmasters claimed another big fish in Rain or Shine on Thursday.

Drawing big games from Jett Latonio and Marvin Cruz in the payoff period, the Snack masters out-steadied the Elasto Painters in an exciting shootout in the final 5 minutes to emerge 77-71 winners in the Philippine Basketball League Heroes Cup at the JCSGO gym in Cubao, Quezon City.

After a sluggish start, Latonio scattered 9 of his team-high 15 points, while Cruz held his ground against a pair of Rain or Shine’s veterans to score all his 8 points in the final period that gave Granny Goose the needed push to beat the Elasto Painters.

"We played bad defense in third quarter, but we tightened it up in the fourth to beat Rain or Shine," said Lipa of his third win in four games for Granny Goose.

Far Eastern Insurance completed the day of upsets by downing erstwhile-unbeaten Magnolia Dairy Ice Cream, 65-60, in the second game behind another splendid performance from Nino Marquez and the reliable shooting of Boyet Guerrero.

Guerrero topscored for the Insurers with 11 points, including back-to-back triples midway in the final period to snap the Wizards’ five-game winning run.

With the win, the Insurers, who also beat the Snackmasters in Cavite three weeks back, forged a three-way tie for 6th to 8th places with Harbour Centre and Toyota Otis at 2-4.

Quiñahan, who averages close to 13 points a game, did not see action due to a torn ligament, but his absence hardly mattered as the Snackmasters played with great resolve throughout the game.

A bristling 6-0 run, four of them coming from Latonio, broke a 54-54 count and gave Granny Goose a 60-54 lead, which proved big enough to survive Rain or Shine’s last-ditch comeback.

After Rain or Shine managed to close in at 68-71, Cruz played the fireman’s role by coming up with a tough turnaround drive to finally take the sting out of the Elasto Painters.

With Abby Santos leading a well-balanced attack in the first half, the Snackmasters posted their biggest lead at 31-19 on a backbreaking 17-4 run.

But Rain or Shine methodically cut Granny Goose’s lead until they momentarily grabbed it, 49-45, behind the guns of Jojo Tangkay and Gilbert Malabanan.

The scores:

First Game

Granny Goose 77 – Latonio 15, Santos 15, Grijaldo 12, Concha 9, Cruz 8, Saladaga 4, Almeda 3, David 3, Pribhdas 3, Lanete 2, Ibanes 2, Gavino 2, Cervantes 1, Alfad 0, Ferrer 0.

Rain or Shine 71 – Tangkay 20, Ortiguerra 14, Cabatu 8, Enrile 8, Sta. Maria 5, Reyes 5, Oreta 3, Tan 0, Aljamal 0.

Quarters: 13-10, 34-25, 54-56, 77-71.

gameface_one
12-10-2005, 10:57 AM
Far Eastern Insurers 65 : Magnolia 60
mypbl.com

Guerrero topscored for the Insurers with 11 points, including back-to-back triples midway in the final period to snap a five-game winning run of the Wizards.

With the win, the Insurers, who also beat the Snackmasters in Cavite three weeks back, forged a three-way tie for 6th to eight places with Harbour Centre and Toyota Otis at 2-4.

The scores:

Far Eastern Ins. 65 - Guerrero 11, Marquez 8, Villamin 7, Estrada 7, Yee 6, Gamboa 6, Gatumbato 5, Bravo 5, Latoreno 4, Sierra 4, Coronel 2, Bonus 0.

Magnolia 60 - Valenzuela 15, Williams 13, Santos 11, Rizada 5, Bombeo 5, Misolas 4, Chan 4, Isip 3, Angeles 0, Jones 0, Te 0, Co.

Quarters: 12-12, 30-22, 47-41, 65-60.

gameface_one
12-10-2005, 11:00 AM
20 Questions: Chris Tiu
Robin Tong | December 2005
Teamateneo.com



While the ongoing controversy about "student/athletes" rages on, Blue Eagle CHRIS TIU is thousands of miles away, in a foreign country, studying.



I remember when, as a high school senior, he was being wooed by the different schools. Many of his dad's friends would ask, "Where is Chris going to play?" and he would have to correct them, saying "Don't you think the proper question should be 'where is he going to study'?". This is a simple difference, but that difference speaks volumes about the priorities of this young man (and his family).



Thus, the Blue Eagles campaign for Season 68 started without this university junior who elected to spend a semester in France as part of Ateneo's "Junior Term Abroad" (JTA). Can you imagine another school allowing its team's players to skip a season of playing in order to study abroad?I don't think so, but then, perhaps, that's "the Ateneo way".



What has life been like for Chris--not just away from basketball, but from practically everything familiar? He explains how he had to forsake basketball for the time being in order to pursue another dream, and gives us a peek into an Atenean's life abroad.



1. When did you leave for France and how long have you been away? When are you scheduled to return to Manila?



I left for France mid-August 2005, under the JTA Program of the JGSOM (John Gokongwei School of Management); I return around the first week of Jan. 2006.



2. How many are in your group and who are they?



There are nine of us: KAZIMIR ANG , DANI BOLONG, MONIQUE BUENSALIDO, CARMELA CANCIO, CHARLES CHUA, GENA CHUA, SOPFIA GUIRA, JONI ONG, and myself. Together, we represent the following courses: Business Management (with Honors), Communications Technology, Legal Management, Management, and Management Engineering,



3. How long has this AdMU exchange program been going on? Did you talk to anyone who had studied abroad first in this manner before deciding to go?



The JTA was first launched two years ago. My sister, Cheryl, was part of the initial batch. She went to Hungary then and her experiences really encouraged me to take part in this program. I consulted my parents and friends as well before making the decision to go.



4. Was it difficult to take your leave from the team? Why didn't you take off, say, next year?



Yes, it was really difficult to leave the team because basketball has always been

part of me, especially playing for the Blue Eagles. I really wanted to play in this

year's UAAP season but unfortunately, the schedule of the JTA program did not

fit well with that of the UAAP season. This program is only offered to Junior

students in the JGSOM.



5. When did you start thinking of studying abroad? What got you thinking about it? Did you have a hard time convincing your parents to let you go?



I started thinking about studying abroad after my sister got back from Hungary. I

wanted to learn, do and experience things that I normally wouldn't be exposed to

in the Philippines.



Living in a different cultural setting was very appealing; so was meeting people

from all over the world (and listening to their insights/way of thinking). Living

on your own also makes you more independent--here I do my own laundry, cook

my own meals, take public transportation, etc. My parents were, in fact, very

supportive and they encouraged me to join the program; convincing them wasn't

a problem at all.



6. How has this semester been for you? Did you have any idea what it would be like? Has it turned out the way you expected?



My semester in France has been quite hectic, but I'm also gaining a more global perspective of things and becoming aware of different international issues. I have to admit that I expected it to be easier and more relaxed than what I am experiencing right now, but I'm enjoying it anyway!



7. How has this experience been for you? Did you have to learn to speak French? What are the similarities to studying here? The differences?



Yes, I'm learning French and it's not been easy. People here don't speak English

very well and communication was a problem when we first arrived. I think it's

been a really worthwhile experience. The work ethic of the French students is

very different from Manila students. People back home seem to be more "grade-conscious", but then they also work much harder.



French students seem to be more laid back and relaxed--they even party during

weekdays. It's amazing also how they find the time to work part-time while studying. As for similarities, "French time" is similar to "Filipino time--they're also usually

late!



8. What's a typical day like there for you? What are your sports there?



I usually have classes all throughout the day during weekdays. Weekends are usually free for traveling. I try to play basketball with my school team once a week but it's not organized at all--they don't even have coaches or referees during games! The sports complex is 15 minutes away by car. I try to hit the gym at least twice a week. Weekdays are usually devoted to studying and nothing else.



9. What have you liked about studying there? What has been the downside?



There's not much pressure, compared to studying in the Ateneo. There are no

expectations. Life is slower, not as busy--mainly because there are no basketball

practices to attend, no SK work and M.E. work. The African-French people here

can be discriminatory!



10. Who is with you in France? Why France and not another country? How do you find the instruction there?



I'm with other Filipinos. I chose France because it has a different culture and is

far from home. There are also lots and lots of places to travel nearby, like Italy,

UK, Spain, etc. The classes that I chose are in English. Therefore, communication

is not so difficult. However, I have also been taking business subjects that are

really interesting and are not available in the Philippines, such as International
Retailing and Distribution; International Dimensions of Consumer Behavior;

Fundamentals of Futures Markets; etc.



11. What's the hardest thing about being away? What's been your most unforgettable experience/funny incident? Have you met other (non-Ateneo) Pinoys, or bumped into anyone unexpected?



FOOD! The hardest thing about being away is having to cook my own food or

buy food because everything is very expensive here! It also takes both time

and money to do my laundry (2 euros for the washing machine, approx. 1 euro

= Ps 70). Yes, we've met some Filipino families here who were kind enough

to invite us over and have dinner together. They also lent us rice cookers, which

are of great help!



12. What do you miss most about being away--the food or basketball? How is the food there?



I miss both! I miss being able to eat as much as I want to, at any time of the

day. The food here is not bad. We usually eat potatoes and bread.



13. How big are the classes there in terms of teacher-to-student ratios?



It depends. Sometimes, it's 1:20; other times, it's 1:40.



14. How are the girls there? Do you have a "Fans Club" like here in

the Philippines (ha ha!)?



Of course not! But the girls here are very pretty.



15. Have you been keeping up with current events here? What are

your thoughts regarding the imbroglio at Taft?



Yes. It's sad to know that one of the country’s more prestigious schools

resorted to faking documents for some athletes. Its reputation has really

suffered but at the same time, I feel bad for its players who prioritize their

academics, but are affected by this issue just the same.



16. What's the first thing you will do when you get back?



Spend time with my family and friends. Eat; play basketball, golf and piano!



17. How does studying in France rate up there with your other experiences? How do you think will it contribute to your growth, both short-term and long-term?



I think studying here in France has been one of the major highlights of my life

so far. The interaction with foreigners has given me a broader perspective of

things. Classes have given me an international perspective of business.



Traveling around Europe has also given me new knowledge and a better

appreciation of different cultures, civilizations, and histories of different

cities and countries. Living by myself has taught me to be more independent

and self-reliant.



All in all, this experience has helped me to understand things more clearly and

grow as a person. Moreover, it has given me time to reflect upon the direction

of my life.



18. What would you say to someone contemplating what you did? Would you recommend this to them? Why/why not?



Definitely! One should not pass up the chance of taking this experience. It's

really worthwhile. However, one must have a clear set of values before leaving

for a particular country so as not to be swayed by the differences in beliefs and

way of thinking.



19. Would you like to say anything to your friends and fans back home?



Thanks for always supporting the Blue Eagles, win or lose! We can't always

win, but do know that we'll always do our best. For any team, support from

family, alumni, friends, students, fans, really plays a significant and integral

role in that team's success! It gets the players motivated and working hard,

knowing that there are people behind them, people who will stand up for them

and believe in them.



20. Would you like to say anything to our Lady Eagles, the 2005 UAAP

Women's Basketball Champions?



Great job, girls--congratulations!!! You have truly made all of us proud! I

really believe you deserve the championship! Last year, you came tantalizingly

close; it's amazing how you guys bounced back from that heartbreaking loss

and didn't let the opportunity pass you by this time!



How about another one next year, but this time with the Men's and Juniors

teams also (he he!)? Well done!

Agent 008
12-12-2005, 04:19 PM
I think that some journalists who wrote the recaps for the Ateneo-Lasalle game were very good at putting on the right spin for their own readers' consumption. Saying that ADMU President, Fr. Nebres wanted to discontinue the game "because Ateneo could no longer control their players" is a big fat distortion of a quote from Ricky Palou who actually told this to Noli Eala referring to the latters influence on the PBA players. And saying that Villanueva had to be restrained by security when he "tried to attack" Yeo made no mention about the taunting and the provocation from the latter as he was passing by the Ateneo bench. What can one call biased writers who pretend to be journalists?

One thing I saw for sure was how quickly the green-shirt-wearing crowd left araneta after Villanueva made the 3-pointer. The wave of green folks parted quicker than the Red Sea. There were a few who remained and showed true school spirit. They get my respect for staying despite the bitter end.

gameface_one
12-22-2005, 12:20 PM
Tiong Lian student wins Accel shootout

By Joaquin Henson
The Philippine Star 12/22/2005

Computer application sophomore student Taffy Lim of the Tiong Lian Community won the first-ever Accel 3-Point Shootout Challenge by the slimmest of margins over Uno High School’s Andrei Leonel Tanlo, 30-29, in the finals at the Blue Eagle Gym on the Ateneo campus in Loyola Heights last Saturday.

Lim, 19, advanced to the finals after topping the 11th of 20 elimination legs involving over 4,000 contestants at the Chiang Kai Shek College. The St. Stephen’s High School star joined 39 other survivors in the culmination of 10 months of eliminations in schools and towns all over Luzon, from Vigan in the north to Naga City in the south.

Tournament director and Accel endorser Allan (Triggerman) Caidic supervised the conduct of the competitions for 16 to 19 year-olds from start to finish. The 10 top finishers in the finals gained a scholarship to enroll in Caidic’s Academy of 3-Point Shooting which will open next year.

Aside from Lim and Tanlo, the other top 10 placers were Roman Ferrer of Valenzuela City, John Marion Wilson of Rizal, Jaypee Beleucion of Letran, Ojie Maniquiz of Manila, Khasim Minza of Rizal, Dylan Ababou of the University of Santo Tomas, Mark Saquilayan of San Sebastian College in Cavite and Santiago Bornilla of Caloocan City.

Sporteum chairman Philip Go and president Willie Ortiz said Accel will sponsor a second 3-Point Shootout Challenge next year, possibly to include eliminations in the Visayas and Mindanao.

"Three-point shooting is a dying art," said Ortiz. "We’ve seen how good outside shooting is the key to victory in international competitions. We lost by a three-point shot to South Korea in the Busan Asian Games semifinals in 2002 and South Korea went on to upset China in the finals, also because of good outside shooting. We are fortunate that Allan has agreed to supervise our tournament and open his own school to develop better outside shooters."

Aside from the scholarship, Lim took home P20,000 cash and P10,000 worth of Accel products. Tanlo earned P10,000 cash and P5,000 worth of Accel products while third placer Ferrer P5,000 cash and P2,500 worth of Accel products. The other finalists received P1,000 cash and P1,000 worth of Accel products.

It wasn’t an easy road to the finals. The 40 elimination survivors shot two consecutive one-minute rounds of 25 balls in five racks each to determine the 10 finalists. There were four players tied for the eighth spot and a tiebreak elevated Wilson and Maniquiz to the finals, leaving behind Elson Lee of Xavier School and John Patrick Umali of Batangas.

Caidic explained that the two successive rounds were meant to test the players’ accuracy, concentration, focus and stamina.

"When I was playing, I used to take at least 200 practice three-point shots a day," said Caidic. "That was to make my shot more consistent even when I’m tired. So we decided to test the boys’ pulse in two straight rounds. We did it to push the boys to the limit."

Caidic said he also positioned each rack in front of the player instead of at the side because a shooter usually takes a pass straight not sideways. In the finals, Caidic allowed a second round where each shooter was given a maximum of three minutes to finish the 25 balls "without pressure."

To show the contestants how it’s done, Caidic went through two rounds of shooting in an exhibition. He proved he still has what it takes in scoring 18 points in his second round. Nobody scored higher the entire tournament.

In a celebrity contest, Red Bull’s Mick Pennisi combined forces with comedian Berwin Meily and a fan picked out of the audience, Dan Chan, to top a three-way shootout. San Miguel Beer’s Denver Lopez, two-time pro MVP Benjie Paras, Sta. Lucia Realty’s Paolo Mendoza and 1996 Atlanta Olympics silver medalist Onyok Velasco also participated in the celebrity shootout.

The whole-day Accel program started with a morning band challenge where Balaraw Ni Miguel emerged the champion. The rap group Twyz 2 Beat and the ASAP Bounce Dancers performed entertainment numbers during the afternoon program.

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12-22-2005, 12:22 PM
Spirit of Christmas

SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
The Philippine Star 12/22/2005

It took a lot of inner strength for La Salle’s Joseph Yeo to write a letter of apology and personally ask forgiveness from Ateneo’s Enrico Villanueva in a meeting arranged by "Dream Games" organizer Carlos (Bobong) Velez last Sunday.

It also took a lot of guts for Villanueva to agree to attend the meeting and accept Yeo’s apology especially since he was the aggrieved party.

All in the spirit of Christmas.

The players figured in an unsavory skirmish during the "Dream Games" at the Araneta Coliseum last Dec. 8. No need to relate the details. Depending on which side you’re on, your version of what transpired may be different. But the fact is Yeo was ejected for clotheslining Villanueva who wound up with a fat lip and bloodied nose. Whether Yeo was provoked or not is beside the point.

Yeo’s uncle and adviser William Ong has appealed for leniency and understanding, particularly from Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) commissioner Noli Eala who said the pro league may mete out sanctions if the Ninja from La Salle applies for the draft next year.

Villanueva didn’t have to show up for the meeting. He could’ve given Yeo the cold shoulder. But he found it in his heart to forgive. I’m sure his Red Bull coach Yeng Guiao had something to do with it. Guiao, of course, called the shots for La Salle during the "Dream Games."

Velez said he couldn’t have arranged for a more pleasant closure to the incident. Ateneo’s Arben Santos came for the meeting along with Ong, Guiao and the two players.

No, Yeo and Villanueva didn’t kiss and make up. But they shook hands and that’s good enough. Will it mean that when they face each other next on the court, they’ll play soft? No way. Yeo and Villanueva know how to play the game only one way–flat out and that’s how the fans want it.

On the court, they’ll always be fierce competitors. Because that’s how it’s supposed to be when the ball’s in play. But off the court, they’ll be friends from now on. * * *
On the topic of the Christmas spirit, here’s a story I’d like to share.

The other night, my brother Ramon was at the airport to fetch his 14-year-old daughter Emma who was arriving as an unaccompanied minor on a Cathay Pacific flight from Newark, New Jersey, via Hong Kong.

Ramon has lived in the US for over 30 years and flew in a few days ago to attend our mother’s 90th birthday celebration. His daughter couldn’t fly in earlier because of school commitments.

Ramon and I waited at the arrival area for Emma to show. Then, a Cathay representative came to escort Ramon to the terminal. Ramon was brought to the ID and Pass Control office to be registered for entry into the terminal. He surrendered his passport for a terminal pass.

After Emma cleared immigration and customs, my brother went back to the ID and Pass Control office to retrieve his passport only to find out the passport was given to somebody else. The ID and Pass Control officer Reynante Gonzales inadvertently gave my brother’s passport to another man.

Gonzalez profusely apologized for his mistake and chased after the man whom he had given my brother’s passport. Apparently, the man mentioned he would go to a cargo warehouse in front of the Casino Filipino to pick up a dog.

This happened shortly after midnight. Emma’s plane touched down at 11:50 p.m. so when my brother went to the ID and Pass Control office to retrieve his passport, it was close to 1 a.m.

Gonzales ran quite a distance to find the man with my brother’s passport. At first, he couldn’t locate him at the warehouse. He went back to the ID and Pass Control office to ask my brother and his daughter if he could just send the passport to where they’re staying. They decided to stay until the passport was found. We were apprehensive that this could be some kind of ruse or scam.

So Gonzales ran back to the warehouse to wait for the man. At about 2:30 a.m., Gonzales–perspiration all over his face–returned to the ID and Pass Control office with my brother’s passport.

An airport employee the last two years, Gonzales works the graveyard shift from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. with his supervisor Romeo de la Cueva.

Gonzales repeatedly asked for my brother’s understanding. He admitted his mistake and gave no excuses. Gonzales did everything he could to correct his mistake and made amends. The bottom line was he produced the passport in the end.

Gonzales could’ve brushed my brother aside and told him to go home and wait for his passport to be found and delivered. He could’ve been arrogant, knowing how helpless my brother was. He could’ve even extracted some money from my brother. But he didn’t.

Gonzales went out of his way to correct his mistake and for that, he should be commended. Of course, it doesn’t mean he’s off the hook. He gave somebody else’s passport to another and that was a clear case of incompetence. Sure, the person who got the passport should’ve checked if it was his or somebody else’s but that shouldn’t diminish Gonzalez’ culpability.

Anyway, like in the Yeo case, all’s well that ends well. Yeo and Villanueva are friends again and my brother has his passport back.

There’s a lesson to be learned from these two incidents. Forgiveness is a Christmas gift that comes from the heart.

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12-27-2005, 12:00 AM
La Salle's 'problem' casts pall on UAAP


By Joel Orellana, The Manila Times Reporter



The integrity of a fabled academic institution, the likely end of a long and bitter school rivalry that was at the heart of the league’s success, and potential millions of pesos of revenue lost as a result of the controversy.

These were the dire consequences following the admission by the De La Salle University that it fielded two ineligible players who forged their academic papers when the Green Archers won the University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball crown in 2004.

The issue somewhat took the luster off the 2005 men’s title series where Arwind Santos ended his UAAP swan song on a high note by powering the Far Eastern University Tamaraws to the championship at the Green Archers’ expense.

The top Tamaraw led FEU to a 2-0 sweep of La Salle on the way to his second straight Most Valuable Player Award in a playoffs made even more memorable after Santos was at the receiving end of a cheap shot by Green Archer assistant team manager Manny Salgado.

Salgado hit Santos at the back of the head at the end of Game 1. He later promptly apologized for the incident then resigned from his post.

But the former La Salle team official found himself further in hot water when he was allegedly involved in tampering the high school documents of Mark Lester Benitez and Timoteo Gatchalian III. Salgado denied the allegation.

La Salle school management informed the UAAP board of the matter on October 12 after learning that both players had furnished faked Philippine Educational Placement Test Certificate Ratings when they enrolled in the university.

A third player, Mark Cardona, who is now playing in the Philippine Basketball Association, was also questioned in some news reports but was cleared by the UAAP Board in the end.

Besides Salgado, contractual statistician Raul Lacson was also tagged for his involvement in the scam but he also denied being involved in the scam.

Although he was not linked to the anomaly, La Salle coach Franz Pumaren resigned weeks later after the issue broke out, triggering a mass resignation of school officials including sports directors Danny Jose and Bro. Bobby Casingal, team manager Terry Capistrano and registrar Edwin Santiago.

The UAAP board has formed a panel to investigate the issue although some of its members have voiced their individual opinions and have been quoted as saying that La Salle should at least be banned for a year for the offense.

La Salle officials view the penalty as too harsh considering that they came out publicly with the misdeed in good faith.

The probe panel is chaired by Ermito de Sagun of University of Santo Tomas while the other committee members are Fr. Max Rendon and Ricardo Matibag of Adamson University, Josie de Leon of FEU and Arlene Royo of National University with Atty. Rene Villa as league counsel.

Banning the Green Archers would not only be a disgrace to the school but also likely harm the box-office appeal of what is undoubtedly the top varsity basketball league.

Without the boys in green-and-white, gone, too, is the traditional rivalry with the Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles, which has always been one of the major UAAP draws.

TV ratings are also bound to dip, which would be too bad for ABS-CBN’s Channel 23, the league’s official broadcaster, after making the UAAP into one of its huge advertising cash cows.

The 2006 UAAP season was supposed to be a year of comebacking coaches with Joe Lipa and Aric del Rosario being wooed by the University of the Philippines and UST, respectively, to call the shots for the two schools.

But without the Green Archers, the league definitely won’t be the same.

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12-27-2005, 12:17 AM
OSD CLEANSING UNDERWAY

By ROYCE ROBERT ZUNIGA
University Editor, The La Sallian



IN furthering its goal of overhauling the sports program of DLSU, triggered by the ineligibility controversy that beleaguered DLSU in the past months, the Administration has formed an Ad Hoc Committee on Sports Development. It has formally started its deliberations, signaling the beginning of the cleansing process.

Fruitful Meeting

Nov. 23 marked the beginning of a series of meetings that the Ad Hoc Committee for Sports Development will hold to thresh out the problems that plague the school’s sports development program and propose necessary changes for its improvement.

The committee is chaired by DLSU EVP Dr. Carmelita Quebengco. Also part of the of the group are Student Affairs Dean Dr. Carmelita Pabiton, PUSO President Yolanda Yao, AVP Academic Services Agnes Yuhico, Student Council President Army Padilla, Admissions Director Melisse del Rosario, Alumni Association President Juanito Gervasio, and Br. Bobby Casingal, FSC, who serves as resource person.

The EVP discussed the developments regarding the school’s efforts to address the problems facing DLSU’s sports program. She shared that, initially, she intended the committee to be a small group only but after discussions with Yuhico and del Rosario, she decided that representatives of alumni, parents and students should be included.

Intensification of Recruitment

Currently, the recruitment of athletes has been suspended, pending the Board of Trustees’ (BOT) approval of the policies that were drafted by the Ad Hoc Committee.

Considering the ineligibility debacle that recently hounded the school, the committee saw the need to cultivate school-grown talents and give premium on the recruitment of athletes coming from La Salle high schools. To facilitate the development of La Salle athletes, the Office of Sports Development (OSD) will strengthen its linkages with La Salle high schools, housing perspective collegiate athletes.

According to Padilla, the priority that will be given to La Salle high school graduate means that “if you have a very good player from a school from the province versus a player from La Salle Greenhills, all things being equal, you will get the one from La Salle Greenhills.” The SC President added that the suggestion came from the alumni to avoid recruiting players “who only use La Salle so that they can have a break and then proceed to the PBA; it is not their goal to finish college, which defeats the purpose of the University.”

To ensure that the athletes who will be recruited would give their best in any competition, incentives like scholarships would be granted to active athletes and clear cut standards of performance would be created to serve as a gauge of whether or not athletes would still be part of the team.

More Stringent Admission

At the height of the ineligibility controversy, some DLSU alumni cast the blame on the school’s lax admission policies. To address this problem, members of the Ad Hoc saw it fit to remove any perceived preferential treatment for athletes by coming up with an admission policy that will make sure that “all College Admissions Office policies and procedures will apply to all applicants of DLSU-Manila, including athlete-recruits.”

Student-athletes who have hand carried documents and PEPTCR would still be accepted, provided that these documents are verified before enrolment and are submitted way ahead of time to prevent another conundrum like that of Mark Benitez’s and Timoteo Gatchalian III’s, who both have fake PEPTCR documents.

Moreover, nobody but the “applicants and/or their parents would be allowed to transact directly with the College Admissions Office.” An athlete who wants to apply in the university could not be represented by any personnel from the school so that a repeat of what happened to former team manager Manny Salgado and statistician Raul Lacson would not resurface.

There would be no acceptance of fraudulent application forms, since the OSD Director, as the members agreed, may only request for application forms in bulk, in cases that involve the recruitment of athletes from the province, as long as he justifies the number of application forms he requested and accounts for it.

Commensurate Benefits

Granting of privileges to athletes will depend on the approval of the EVP or any other “authorized officer of the University higher than the OSD Director.”

The financial need of an athlete would be considered in awarding scholarships grants so that non-athletes would be given more opportunities to benefit from scholarships.

Padilla shares, “on athletic scholarships, before, even well-off athletes are given scholarships, which defeats the purpose of scholarships. So, comparing it to Ivy League schools in The States, they are not given sports scholarships. If you want a scholarship, and you’re an athlete, you still have to make the grade requirement and so, we’re going to move towards that direction.”

The Ad Hoc committee also convened last Nov. 30 to tackle more about the benefits of athletes, their academic development, including tutorials, and policies for the retention of athletes.

The approved policies will become effective come SY 2006-2007.

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12-27-2005, 10:47 AM
Sports In Review: A year of controversies
By Dante Navarro
The Philippine Star 12/27/2005

With the Filipino athletes’ historic victory in the recent 23rd Southeast Asian Games, it was indeed the best of times for Philippine sports.

But the scandals and controversies that hounded it leading to that momentous feat showed the ugly side of Philippine sports, and they would forever be remembered by a discerning public, particularly those that involved the very sport so dear to the Filipinos.

Basketball, a national pastime, was stricken off the calendar of events in the SEA Games, marking the first time that the most popular sport in the land was scrapped from the biennial meet.

Then there was the shocking controversy involving La Salle.

The school actually got involved in three major issues, particularly concerning its men’s basketball squad that somehow tarnished the reputation of one of the country’s most respective educational institutions.

It buried other basketball-related controversies like the country’s suspension from the FIBA, the world governing cage body that led to that SEAG cage ban, and the return of the so-called Fil-sham players to the Philippine Basketball Association.

The first controversy to hit La Salle came on Sept. 29 when then assistant team manager Manny Salgado slugged Arwind Santos at the back of his head minutes after Far Eastern University nipped La Salle, 75-73, in Game 1 of their best-of-three UAAP title series. The Tams went on to win the title while Salgado was banned for life by the UAAP board.

Days later, La Salle admitted Mark Benitez and Tim Gatchalian used spurious Philippine Educational Placement Test Certificate of Rating (PEPTCR), or a document used for college admission in the absence of a diploma, that rocked the foundation of the 68-year-old varsity league.

For weeks, La Salle hogged the limelight, even generating reactions and commentaries from the country’s top opinion makers.

The school put up a probe team and investigated the scam but, with no police powers, could only come up with what many perceived as half-baked findings.

Dissatisfied with the La Salle findings, the UAAP formed a four-man committee to investigate the case further. Meanwhile, team officials involved in the school’s basketball program, led by coach Franz Pumaren, were forced to quit while the school decided to return the 2004 UAAP championship trophy.

The UAAP board is expected to come up with its own finding in January and observers say there is a possibility that the league would suspend La Salle for a year similar to what happened to Adamson, which was suspended in 1994 for fielding in an ineligible player in Marlou Aquino.

Just when La Salle thought it had heard the last of those controversies, then came Joseph Yeo, who nearly turned the Ateneo-La Salle "Dream Games" into a nightmare when he hacked Enrico Villanueva in an exhibition game at the Araneta Coliseum.

Yeo was subsequently ejected, and the game, though stopped for almost an hour, was resumed amidst threats of a walkout by Ateneo, which went on to win the contest, 88-85, with no less that Villanueva hitting the marginal triple.

But Yeo’s deplorable act didn’t go unnoticed with PBA chief Noli Eala threatening to ban Yeo, a certified PBA material who has since apologized to the Red Bull cager, from joining the league’s rookie draft in January.

Still, for some, the scrapping of basketball in the SEA Games was a shiner for RP sports.

No thanks to the seemingly endless spat between the Philippine Olympic Committee and the Basketball Association of the Philippines, severely hit for allegedly stunting the growth of the sport with its mismanagement of the country’s basketball program.

It came to a head when the RP training pool lost to a newly-formed team in a minor cage tournament, prompting the POC to call on its General Assembly, which in turn voted unanimously to expel the BAP from the POC family.

The Philippine Basketball Federation, Inc. was then formed but may be dissolved to conform with the conditions set by the FIBA as part of RP’s possible reinstatement next year.

The BAP later went to court to force the POC to reinstate the association into its fold to further muddle up the issue.

Also, Fil-foreign players like Eric Menk of Barangay Ginebra, Asi Taulava of Talk N’ Text, Rafi Reavis and Rudy Hatfield of Coca-Cola and Mick Pennisi of Red Bull Barako have found their way back into the PBA on different routes.

Menk and Reavis benefited from a recent PBA ruling giving amnesty to Fil-foreign cagers with incomplete citizenship papers while Taulava and Pennisi made it through court decisions. All four are back and playing for their respective squads.

Hatfield, for his part, got his return paper from the Office of the President, which overturned a DOJ decision naming him as one of the reported Fil-shams.

The Fil-Ams’ return, however, didn’t sit well with the homegrown talents.

There were also apprehensions that the nation might be mired in a messy staging of the SEA Games what with the organizational foul-ups that slowed down the country’s preparations and the actual hosting of the Games, plus the fact that Filipino athletes, a poor fifth in the last SEAG in Vietnam, might not deliver under pressure.

They did. And the rest is history.

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12-27-2005, 10:52 AM
Christmas basketball loop set Dec. 29-30
sunstar.com.ph


THE Christmas Basketball Cup jointly organized by Philippine Sports Commission chairman William "Butch" Ramirez and PSC commissioner Leon G. Montemayor fires off December 29-30 at the Gaisano South SkyGym.

Seeing action are the Ateneo de Davao University Blue Knights, Jose Maria College Kings, Agro Industrial Foundation Sailors and Holy Cross of Davao College Crusaders.

The two-day event is a knockout stage with the winners on opening day disputing the title on Dec. 30 and the losers playing for third place.

The drawing of lots is scheduled at 4 p.m. on December 29.

The first game will follow, with the second game scheduled at 5:30 p.m.

The champion here will receive P15,000, while the second placer gets P10,000. The third finisher is assured of P5,000 and fourth P3,000.

Giving their support to the event is the Davao Sportswriters Association (DSA) and Basketball Association of the Philippines 11 under its regional head Regino "Boy" Cua. (CRAM)

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12-27-2005, 10:56 AM
Harbour's Reyes takes Player of the Week plum
mypbl.com

ROBB REYES is not a fancy player, much more a high-flying one just like most Fil-foreign players around.

But he's effective.

Though slowed down by a knee injury, the 6-foot-7 Reyes still managed to get his job done - almost perfectly.

Small wonder, Harbour Centre is back into business again. With Reyes' inspired performance and resolve, Harbour Centre ended a five-game losing streak - the most by any team in the 2006 PBL Heroes Cup and posted back-to-back wins again that enabled youthful owner Mikee Romero to heave a big sigh of relief.

"Finally, we rediscovered how to win again," said Romero. "It's an early Christmas gift for me and to the company. I just hope we could sustain our momentum."

For his effort, Reyes edged out Rain or Shine's Jojo Tangkay and Jay-R Reyes and Magnolia's Kim Valenzuela for the Player of the Week award.

"One good thing about Robb is that he plays with lots of passion," said Harbour Centre coach Jorge Gallent. "He's not a fancy player but I like his attitude. He's a fighter and a hard working player."

With Reyes scoring 17 points and grabbing 9 rebounds, five of them offensively, the Port Masters scored an 82-80 win over Far Eastern Insurance last Thursday, a victory that finally gave them a ray of hope.

With adrenalin still flowing, the Port Masters claimed the scalp of Granny Goose Tortillos, 74-70, last Sunday in what could be their biggest win so far this tournament.

Though Reyes scored a paltry six points, his defensive effort on JR Quinahan down the stretch turned out to be the key to their victory.

"Offensively he was not really a factor but his defensive effort spelled the difference," said team manager Erick Arejola of Reyes who also finished with 12 boards and an assist.

With a 4-5 win-loss record, the Port Masters need to win one of two remaining matches to advance into the next round. With Reyes' courage and discipline which are now rarely seen among the current crop of players these days, it won't be surprising if Harbour Centre will make it to the quarterfinal round again.

Wang-Bu
12-27-2005, 09:33 PM
OSD CLEANSING UNDERWAY

By ROYCE ROBERT ZUNIGA
University Editor, The La Sallian



IN furthering its goal of overhauling the sports program of DLSU, triggered by the ineligibility controversy that beleaguered DLSU in the past months, the Administration has formed an Ad Hoc Committee on Sports Development. It has formally started its deliberations, signaling the beginning of the cleansing process.

Fruitful Meeting

Nov. 23 marked the beginning of a series of meetings that the Ad Hoc Committee for Sports Development will hold to thresh out the problems that plague the school’s sports development program and propose necessary changes for its improvement.

The committee is chaired by DLSU EVP Dr. Carmelita Quebengco. Also part of the of the group are Student Affairs Dean Dr. Carmelita Pabiton, PUSO President Yolanda Yao, AVP Academic Services Agnes Yuhico, Student Council President Army Padilla, Admissions Director Melisse del Rosario, Alumni Association President Juanito Gervasio, and Br. Bobby Casingal, FSC, who serves as resource person.

The EVP discussed the developments regarding the school’s efforts to address the problems facing DLSU’s sports program. She shared that, initially, she intended the committee to be a small group only but after discussions with Yuhico and del Rosario, she decided that representatives of alumni, parents and students should be included.

Intensification of Recruitment

Currently, the recruitment of athletes has been suspended, pending the Board of Trustees’ (BOT) approval of the policies that were drafted by the Ad Hoc Committee.

Considering the ineligibility debacle that recently hounded the school, the committee saw the need to cultivate school-grown talents and give premium on the recruitment of athletes coming from La Salle high schools. To facilitate the development of La Salle athletes, the Office of Sports Development (OSD) will strengthen its linkages with La Salle high schools, housing perspective collegiate athletes.

According to Padilla, the priority that will be given to La Salle high school graduate means that “if you have a very good player from a school from the province versus a player from La Salle Greenhills, all things being equal, you will get the one from La Salle Greenhills.” The SC President added that the suggestion came from the alumni to avoid recruiting players “who only use La Salle so that they can have a break and then proceed to the PBA; it is not their goal to finish college, which defeats the purpose of the University.”

To ensure that the athletes who will be recruited would give their best in any competition, incentives like scholarships would be granted to active athletes and clear cut standards of performance would be created to serve as a gauge of whether or not athletes would still be part of the team.

More Stringent Admission

At the height of the ineligibility controversy, some DLSU alumni cast the blame on the school’s lax admission policies. To address this problem, members of the Ad Hoc saw it fit to remove any perceived preferential treatment for athletes by coming up with an admission policy that will make sure that “all College Admissions Office policies and procedures will apply to all applicants of DLSU-Manila, including athlete-recruits.”

Student-athletes who have hand carried documents and PEPTCR would still be accepted, provided that these documents are verified before enrolment and are submitted way ahead of time to prevent another conundrum like that of Mark Benitez’s and Timoteo Gatchalian III’s, who both have fake PEPTCR documents.

Moreover, nobody but the “applicants and/or their parents would be allowed to transact directly with the College Admissions Office.” An athlete who wants to apply in the university could not be represented by any personnel from the school so that a repeat of what happened to former team manager Manny Salgado and statistician Raul Lacson would not resurface.

There would be no acceptance of fraudulent application forms, since the OSD Director, as the members agreed, may only request for application forms in bulk, in cases that involve the recruitment of athletes from the province, as long as he justifies the number of application forms he requested and accounts for it.

Commensurate Benefits

Granting of privileges to athletes will depend on the approval of the EVP or any other “authorized officer of the University higher than the OSD Director.”

The financial need of an athlete would be considered in awarding scholarships grants so that non-athletes would be given more opportunities to benefit from scholarships.

Padilla shares, “on athletic scholarships, before, even well-off athletes are given scholarships, which defeats the purpose of scholarships. So, comparing it to Ivy League schools in The States, they are not given sports scholarships. If you want a scholarship, and you’re an athlete, you still have to make the grade requirement and so, we’re going to move towards that direction.”

The Ad Hoc committee also convened last Nov. 30 to tackle more about the benefits of athletes, their academic development, including tutorials, and policies for the retention of athletes.

The approved policies will become effective come SY 2006-2007.




OK naman kung totohanan na ito, sana nga hindi ningas cogon. Pero siguro naman alam na ng lahat kung sino-sino ang talagang dapat sisihin sa bulilyasong nangyari diyan sa PEP tests. Sana lang panindigan ng Lasalle kung anoman ang dapat nilang gawin dito sa sitwasyon nila ngayon. Nadadamay kasi ang buong Lasalle dahil lang sa kagagawan ng iilang tao. Kinasangkapan pang mga player at biglang iniwan sa ere nung magkabukingan. Ano na lang kunwari ang iisipin ng pamilya ni Mark Benitez ngayon? Andaming pinangako pero nung nagkapitpitan na ng itlog biglang nilaglag ang anak nila, tapos may ilan pa diyang pinalalabas na kasalanan lahat ito ng player.

Tapos ano kaya ito: members of the Ad Hoc saw it fit to remove any perceived preferential treatment for athletes by coming up with an admission policy that will make sure that “all College Admissions Office policies and procedures will apply to all applicants of DLSU-Manila, including athlete-recruits.”

Ibig bang sabihin inaamin ng Lasalle na dati may mga HINDI karapat-dapat na makatungtong man lang sa puerta ng Lasalle pero nakalusot at naging varsity player pa? Aba e kulang na lang sabihing tutulog-tulog sa pancitan ang Registrar ng Lasalle a, or worse, kaya siyang ma-override ng kung sino pagdating sa admissions, hindi naman yata makatarungan 'yon. Kaya naman pala nanggagalaiti ang mga kagaya nina Tommy Manotoc at Kurt Bachman. Kasi sa statement na ito para na ding sinabing HINDI PALA PANTAY ang admissions policy ng Lasalle sa kasalukuyan. Ibig sabihin meron para sa ordinaryong estudyante, tapos meron para sa mga star athletes. Kasi kung kailangang gumawa ng polisiya na ganito, ibig sabihin talagang TAGILID PALA ang KASALUKUYANG polisiya. Kaya naman pala nagkakaproblema e...

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01-02-2006, 07:48 PM
Flashy Fil-Ams rule the roost in PBL wars

First posted 02:38am (Mla time) Jan 02, 2006
By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer




EVEN IF THERE'S ONLY A HANDFUL OF THEM, THESE young Filipino-Americans are dominating the Philippine Basketball League (PBL).

Consistently flashing their all-around game, Joe Calvin Devance of cellar-dweller Toyota Otis and Kelly Williams of league-leading Magnolia Ice Cream claimed two of the top three places in the race for the top individual honors in the Heroes Cup which resumes with a double-header on Saturday.

Devance, a product of University of Texas El Paso, grabbed the top spot by ranking third in scoring with 15.7 points per game and second in rebounds with 10 boards per game.

The 6-foot-7 center, this season's No. 1 rookie draft pick, also finished fourth in blocks with 1.6 per game and averaged 1.4 in assists.

Williams, who, just like Devance played for a US NCAA Division I team at Oakland University, took the third spot in the overall statistical race.

The flashy 6-foot-7 forward led the league in rebounds with 11 rpg and normed 11.5 ppg.

The 23-year-old Williams, together with teammate Arwind Santos, were credited for the Wizards' spectacular 7-1 run as the tournament nears the semifinal round.

Stepping up for the local cagers was veteran Jojo Tangkay, who landed second overall after topping the scoring department with a 19.6 point average. Rain or Shine's 6-foot-1 forward also tallied 7 rebounds and 2.3 assists.

Rounding up the top five were two spitfirish guards from Hapee-Philippine Christian U.

Jason Castro averaged a fourth-best 15.1 points and 5.1 rebounds, while Mark Moreno registered 8.4 ppg and led both in assists at 5 apg and steals at 2.6 spg.

Other top performers were Rob Reyes, Harbour Centre's own Fil-Am standout, (7.8 ppg and 9.1 rpg); block shots leader Jay-R Reyes of Rain or Shine (9.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg and 2.4 bpg); Arwind Santos of Magnolia (10.6 ppg and 9.4 rpg); and Far Eastern Insurance's Allan Gamboa (5.4 ppg and 6.3 rpg) and Mark Yee(7.9 ppg and 5.9 ppg).

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01-02-2006, 07:52 PM
Joshua Webb: Bench warmer comes to the fore

First posted 03:13am (Mla time) Jan 02, 2006
By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer



HE COMES FROM A FAMILY SUPPOSEDLY BLESSED WITH "basketball genes."

But save for his family and friends' support, Joshua David Spider Webb admits he isn't drawing much raves for his game.

"I was a bench warmer," said Webb, the sophomore center of the La Salle Zobel Junior Archers. "During my freshman year, I couldn't do much. But I really wanted to help the team, so I promised myself that I would really step up. I wanted to improve myself, to show that I do belong in this team."

Indeed, there have been a lot of changes for the 15-year-old cager.

Webb, grandson of former RP team mainstay, pro pioneer and ex-senator Freddie Webb, got his big break when he filled in for the team's injured starting center late last year.

And 2005 turned out to be Webb's breakthrough season. He powered the Junior Archers to their first UAAP junior basketball championship three months ago, averaging a series-best 19 points and 10.5 rebounds.

"His numbers just kept getting up," said coach Boris Aldeguer of his promising ward. "It was a big surprise. Although I saw it coming because that guy's a workaholic."

Still, Webb didn't expect all the attention following the Junior Archers' historic win.

"In school, people actually came up to me to sign their jerseys," he said. "Before, I was just nothing. They just knew me as the guy who plays basketball."

Webb, along with top junior point guard Simon Atkins, led La Salle in sweeping the University of the Philippines Junior Maroons during the Finals-73-49 in Game 1 and 86-62 in Game 2. It was the school's first title since joining the league in 1986.

"Out of all the teams in Zobel, we're the special team that brought home the crown," said Atkins. "It was a great honor. It was really cool."

"You know the saying that if you work hard for something, you'll get it?" asked Webb. "I realized that it's so true."

Webb was also glad that he made his family proud, especially his grandfather Freddie and dad Fritz.

"My lolo (grand dad) always said that I should always be humble," he said, recalling how the older Webb inspired him to work on his game.

"I started in Grade 5, but I was just shooting," said the young Webb. "I joined the varsity for kicks. I had no knowledge about basketball. But when my lolo heard about it, he started getting me into it."

And it seems that his father has always envisioned him to star on the hardcourt.

"I named him Spider Webb because I thought it would be a cool jock name," laughed Fritz.

But clearly, Webb has shown the potential to live up to the flashy name.

"He's very young," noted Aldeguer. "There's no reason why he can't improve. He's one guy who doesn't give up. You should wait until he's in fourth year. By then, he must be dunking left and right."

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12-29-2006, 10:41 AM
COLLEGE CAGING
Title droughts end for Tigers, Lions


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 02:38am (Mla time) 12/29/2006

Published on page A26 of the December 29, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

LIKE a dream come true, a delirious celebration erupted when the University of Santo Tomas Tigers bagged the 69th UAAP championship crown on Oct. 2 at the Araneta Coliseum.

Only UST diehards dared expect the winning moment. With an untested crew and a rookie coach, no one took the Tigers seriously.

But new coach Pido Jarencio kept the Tigers steady throughout a year filled with adversity.

“We have the three Ps—pride, puso and palaban (pride, heart and a fighting team),” Jarencio kept on saying no matter the snickers he received from unbelievers.

Before the season started, a young UST cager hoping to rejoin the team passed away. Six-foot guard John Lee Apil, a rookie last year, died of electrocution after saving two children in a swimming pool accident in Solana, Cagayan.

Heartaches continued

The heartaches continued early in the tournament as the Tigers absorbed blowout losses and suffered from a rash of illnesses and injuries to key players.

Jarencio’s never-say-die spirit, however, clearly rubbed off on his struggling, young wards.

From their near-bottom ranking, the Tigers climbed to third place with a 6-6 win-loss record at the end of the elimination round.

In the Final Four, the Tigers toppled the second-seeded University of the East Warriors to become the fifth squad in league history to overcome the twice-to-beat advantage.

Epic finals series

Pulling out one more miracle, the gritty Tigers stunned the heavily favored Ateneo Blue Eagles in an epic best-of-three finals series that went the full distance.

Finals Most Valuable Player Jojo Duncil made the unexpected title run possible by stepping up in Game 3 to lead the Tigers to a classic 76-74 overtime victory against the Eagles.

The Tigers also drew huge performances from rookie sensation Jervy Cruz, Allan Evangelista, Anthony Espiritu, Jun Cortez and Dylan Ababou.

“It’s no longer about talent or skills, it’s about desire, heart and pride,” said Jarencio after the Tigers ended their 10-year title drought. “The boys worked hard because they want this.”

An even longer title drought ended in the NCAA as the San Beda Red Lions finally lorded it over in the league’s 82nd season.

Twelve straight wins

Boosted by 6-foot-8 Nigerian Samuel Ekwe, the Lions cruised through most games and strung up 12 straight wins in the elimination round.

The Lions’ Finals stint, however, turned out to be a different story.

Displaying extraordinary grit, the tough-fighting Philippine Christian University Dolphins overcame a 20-point deficit in Game 3 of the Finals series.

The Lions, though, managed to hang on for a 68-67 triumph that ended San Beda’s 28-year title chase.

With the collegiate fever still up, two other teams made their mark in the post-season.

Regaining their focus, the UE Warriors clinched the Collegiate Champions League crown to rule over the top 16 varsity teams in the country.

The La Salle Green Archers, who served a one-year suspension in the UAAP for fielding two ineligible players, found some cause to celebrate by winning the FilOil-Flying V Homegrown Invitational Cup.

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02-21-2008, 09:37 AM
Pinoy cager dies in Saipan league

By JON PEREZ
Special to abs-cbnNEWS.com

SAIPAN, CNMI – Tragedy struck a local tournament in Saipan after a veteran Filipino player died while playing in the 2nd Annual HANMI Cup Inter-Hotel Basketball League.

Roderick Arconado Alegre of Aqua Resort Club died during the game against Hyatt Regency Saipan Wednesday last week.

Alegre, widely known as Rick in the CNMI basketball scene and a former CNMI Men's National Basketball team player, suffered what could have been a heart attack.

An initial investigation by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) said Alegre was playing basketball and then went to the bench to rest and drink water. The DPS logged the call of an injured person at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium at 10:57 p.m

DPS spokesperson Lei Ogumoro said Alegre collapsed and then the police were called up. Medics arrived and performed CPR on the victim and immediately transported the him to the Commonwealth Health Center.

Dr. Patrick Tong pronounced Alegre dead at 11:41 p.m. He was 39.

The incident happened during a timeout in the game.

Aqua Resort coach Emi Brigino, in a telephone interview, said Alegre was still talking and discussing their next play with his teammates when he stood up and collapsed. “He just came from work and we even left Aqua Resort at the same time. We came in late so that is why he came in the game in the second quarter.”

“I did not see anything wrong with him and he was not complaining if he was feeling something. He was very athletic and physically fit, we even thought that he just passed out and all he needed was some rest. We were not expecting this tragedy.”

Brigino said Alegre's relatives have been notified. Aqua Resort management and the Philippine consulate, meanwhile, already have a plan to repatriate the remains.

Organizers of the HANMI Cup postponed the scheduled games over the weekend to allow players of participating teams to pay their respects to Alegre.

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06-10-2008, 07:32 AM
Refreshing world of collegiate sports
SPORTS FOR ALL By Philip Ella Juico
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Philstar.com


Collegiate and high school basketball returned to the sporting scene late April in the form of pre-season and summer leagues. Obviously, such tournaments allow coaches and team officials to scout their opponents in the collegiate leagues that will start in July and also to finalize their lineups based on the performance of candidates for the team during the summer tournaments.

Two companies are providing team officials these avenues and at the same time whetting the appetites of this basketball crazy country for the two popular collegiate sports organizations, the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Apparently, the second Fil-Oil Flying V Pre-Season Invitational Cup is one of two leagues which created a niche for itself as a viable prelude to the UAAP and NCAA basketball competitions.

Now on its second year as a pre-season tournament, the Fil-Oil Flying V Cup has become bigger, more competitive and exciting, even if what is really at stake are bragging rights and some sort of psychological advantage going into the UAAP and NCAA basketball seasons. It must be noted however that the champion and runner up in the first Pre-Season, the De La Salle Green Archers and the San Beda Red Lions, eventually captured last year’s UAAP and NCAA basketball titles respectively.

This year both the Archers and the Red Lions are back in the league with, originally, 13 other teams, until Letran pulled out because of what coach Louie Alas termed “conflict in schedule.” At the time Letran pulled out, the Knights had a 2-1 record.

To the credit of the league and perhaps, one of the reasons for the pre-season tournament gaining credibility and market acceptance is the fact that the people behind it are known to be certified basketball enthusiasts. The Cup commissioners are former coaches and players Ato Badolato, Aric del Rosario and Virgil Villavicencio, who had the foresight to have Fil-Oil Flying V buy into the concept of a pre-season tournament. League chairman is another athlete, Dave Dualan.

Last Saturday, my sons and I joined a good-sized crowd at the San Juan Arena for the DLSU-Ateneo game. One of the reasons for watching the game live was to see for ourselves how the much-hyped recruits of some squads would fare. There are many positive things to be said about these rookies and also a number of adjustments to be made if they are to be assets of their respective teams.

The undermanned Archers won in overtime, 78-72, despite trailing at least three fourths of the game in regulation. Coach Franz Pumaren of De La Salle said “the victory was simply the result of executing our game plan and not panicking even when Ateneo led by six points with only a few minutes left in regulation.”

The 2008 Nike Summer League is another appetizer for the UAAP and NCAA competitions this coming July. The junior competitions of this tournament should serve as an additional hunting ground for Pumaren, Jun Sy of TAO and William Hamilton-Whyte of Nokia and the Nokia RP Junior Men’s squad which will face a severe test during the Asian championships this September in Tehran, Iran.

Certainly, writing about collegiate sports and athletes is a welcome respite from professional/semi-professional sports and the lack of governance and reform in the sports set up of the country. Writing about these young men and women is like a whiff of fresh air especially if their participation in sports is genuinely devoid of extraordinary material gain for them and/or those guiding them.

There are many achievements of our young pure athletes (who compete for the sheer love of testing oneself) that go unnoticed and don’t make the headlines. Last February, practically ignored by media, was the record-breaking feat of the University of the Philippines’ Javier Luis Gomez in athletics. Gomez broke the 45-year-old UAAP record in men’s javelin at the UAAP championships at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

The 20-year-old Gomez, a former Little League Baseball player and a junior taking up Mathematics, cleared 60.66 meters to win the gold, erasing from the record books the 57.69 meters record set by Doroteo Amirallado of Manila Central University (which used to be a member of the UAAP).

Actually, Gomez’s javelin record was established while competing in the decathlon where he tallied 5,971 points, a 72-point improvement over the previous UAAP mark of 5,899 owned by Arnold Villarube of Far Eastern University. His decathlon performance consisted of, among others, three gold medals, with two of such victories resulting in new UAAP records.