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Howard the Duck
04-22-2006, 12:55 AM
Since I'm bored, lets start a new thread here, nang may discussion naman :)

Who will be the champion?
Will Letran repeat?
May gulo kaya?
And other questions...

razor
04-22-2006, 06:51 AM
My fearfull forecast:

Final 4 in no particular order:

SBC
PCU
Letran
Mapua

J.B.
04-22-2006, 11:43 AM
My final 4

Mapua
SBC
Letran
PCU

ahh w8, preho lng pla din sa naunang ngpost

JRU will also be a strong contender
CSB also because they're the host
SSC is really quiet
what's going on in UPHDS?

Letran will really have a hard time being the NCAA champions again

ESCALERA JR.
04-22-2006, 11:26 PM
PCU - having Gabby Espinas, Jason Castro and Retaga on the lineup makes them the team to beat

MIT- Kevin dlPena will lead them to promise land

LETRAN - still a team to reckon with but not as solid as last year

SBC or CSB - both with good line-up and better coaches, altho still untested in pressure games... will choke in end games but becoming solid in a couple of seasons.

JRU,SSC and UPHDS- bottom 3 in any order.

christian
04-23-2006, 06:30 PM
dark horse: SSC-R

oca
04-24-2006, 01:45 PM
dark horse: SSC-R


I watched SSC-Rs game against Leo Isaac coached Arellano at the FMC. The Flaming arrows won convincingly.

If that game will be used as a yardstick on how far the Stags will go this forthcoming NCAA, I say they won't even make it to the semis.

Without a Najorda, it is easier to check Vicente.

Unless they have a gem of a player or players not in this line-up whom they will parade in June, this same line-up at FMC will be planning for their semestral break by late September.

christian
04-25-2006, 09:33 PM
Sir, it's just on the assumption that SSC-R has always been a threat in the NCAA for the past decade, notwithstanding the fact that they have a very good basketball program and a very good coach/coaching staff at that.

Haven't seem them played though, so i'm taking your words for that. Anyway,looking on the bright side I hope your right, at least we'll have one less thorn on SBC's campaign in season 82. :)

oca
04-26-2006, 08:41 AM
Sir, it's just on the assumption that SSC-R has always been a threat in the NCAA for the past decade, notwithstanding the fact that they have a very good basketball program and a very good coach/coaching staff at that.

Haven't seem them played though, so i'm taking your words for that. Anyway,looking on the bright side I hope your right, at least we'll have one less thorn on SBC's campaign in season 82. :)


My low opinion of SSC-Rs chances in Season 82 is made in the context of... Mapua having an intact lineup, and the same can be said of PCU and Benilde. Letran remains strong as evidenced by their stint in the previous FMC events. San Beda now has a line-up w/c is obviously c'ship caliber.

That's 5 teams with strong chances for the F4.

The Stags barely made it to the F4 in season 81, and all they had was a Najorda- Vicente tandem in offense. Without Leo Najorda, Vicente won't have those open looks as he had last year.

Pana-panahon lang yan...Season 82 will not be for SSC-R.

Mang_Roger
04-26-2006, 09:55 AM
PCU - there is no question about it that the Dolphins has a formidable trio- Castro, Espinas and Belga. But the question is, are there any reliable reliever for these three marquee players? I believe everyone would agree that these players need a breather.

Letran - their winning tradition would play a big factor. Sanay kasing nagpapanalo. But with the exodus of several key players in their cog, they won't be that cohesive and formidable compared last year.

Mapua - their line-up is still intact and that is one huge advantage they would have against the rest of the teams. However, since they don't have a tall line-up, they would generally rely on a running game and their perimeter shooting.

San Beda - Replete with young and talented players but lack of familiarity with one another will be the biggest loophole in their game.

San Sebastian - this ain't their season. If the Stags was able to retain Salamat, they can build a team around him and Vicente and be a team to reckon with in the next few years.

As to Benilde, JRU and Perpetual, I have no idea as to their line-up.

Howard the Duck
04-26-2006, 12:48 PM
There is a 90% Gabby Espinas won't play next season because he is overage already. (Sabi sa akin ng mga insiders)

My rankings:
MIT
SBC
CSB
CSJL
PCU
UPHSD
SSC-R
JRU

gamberro
04-26-2006, 07:35 PM
There is a 90% Gabby Espinas won't play next season because he is overage already. (Sabi sa akin ng mga insiders)

My rankings:
MIT
SBC
CSB
CSJL
PCU
UPHSD
SSC-R
JRU


As far as i know, 24 lang si Gabby Espinas. (Jan,1982). And 25 ang maximum age.

toti_mendiola
04-30-2006, 05:53 PM
Host CSB is quite quiet about their plans for season 82. I just hope that they do their jobs. Also i hope that they choose an athlete who could properly read. I dont want a "oth opt isfortsmanshift" repeat. It puts athlete down suicide lane.

toti_mendiola
05-02-2006, 01:34 PM
Since I'm bored, lets start a new thread here, nang may discussion naman :)

Who will be the champion?
Will Letran repeat?
May gulo kaya?
And other questions...


for the first question, i have three in my mind who could, PCU,Letran and San Beda. I would leave it at that. Mahirap mag predict o kaya ay manghula, tumatanda daw agad pero hindi mamatay tulad ni madam auring. :o

Will Letran repeat with boyet bautista the speech "pang hall of fame oath of sportsmanship", guess not because CSB will host this season. :D

For the third question, May gulo kaya? wala siguro kasi wala naman atang nag submit ng fake peptest results at hindi naman lilipat ang DLSU sa NCAA. Kung lumipat talagang magulo kasi dalawa na ang teams ng La Salle. ;)

Lastly for the other questions? like is there complicity or is it negligence? hindi naman concern ng NCAA ito eh yung UAAP ang me concern dito. ;D

christian
05-02-2006, 04:54 PM
i read somewhere that jay sagad won't be part of CSB this coming season, because of academic deficiencies. can anyone clarify this?

ArtAttack
05-03-2006, 12:01 AM
sana may saturday games na ulit..

Sam Miguel
05-09-2006, 01:47 PM
Aaron Aban and Boyet Bautista will have their hands full leading the charge for Letran on a back-to-back championship quest. Mark Andaya, Buboy Rodriguez and Jonathan Pinera will be the ones most sorely missed. These three provided a solid if unspectacular inside rotation for the Knights. Their rebounding, post defense and shotblocking made a lot of things possible for Letran last season, and those will be hard to replace this time around. Jonathan Aldave and JP Alcaraz will also be sorely missed. These two took a lot of heat off Abana and Bautista and were a pain for any other bench player. Coach Louie Alas has to find a way to keep the Knights competitive. If they make it to the Final 4 anything is possible. No one wants to take on a determined defending champion.

San Beda made the most noise in the hardcore tournaments with three straight championship appearances - two in the FMC and one in the HAIL - and boast a big, athletic lineup across the board. However the relative youth of the Red Lions "kiddie corps" will be severely tested by the banging, bumping and grinding of regular NCAA play. Pong Escobal and Sam Ekwe bring passion and talent to San Beda, but both will not find the goings quite as easy against veteran NCAA counterparts. Coach Koy Banal's cerebral system especially on defense may be a bit too cerebral for his players, as evidenced by the erratic defense of the Red Lions in the hardcore tournaments where they gave up points almost as easily as they scored. Veteran Youssif Al-Jammal must be a steadying influence in the NCAA trenches or the young players will fold.

Gabby Espinas and Jason Castro return with less help than they are used to - Rob Sanz and Mon Retaga are done. They do however still have Beau Belga and Joel Solis, two guys who have improved a lot with PBL exposure. Castro has emerged as one of the best combo guards in the country but will have to play a lot of point, something he has not done all that well so far in his career. Espinas may have to force a lot of action from the post, unless Coach Junel Baculi gives him free reign to play more 3 with Belga at 4 and Solis at 5 in a very tall and athletic combination. Espinas and Castro will be carrying a heavy load for this PCU team but definitely have more reliable help.

Everyone else is a crapshoot. Mapua, Perpetual, Benilde all have a shot at cracking the Final 4. San Sebastian will return Red Vicente and Jing Viray but will be severely challenged against the Big 3. I see a lot of blowouts this coming season and maybe one or two reversals, but the it wll be any of the Big 3 slugging it out for the Season 82 diadem.

My money is on PCU.

Sam Miguel
05-10-2006, 01:37 PM
Consistency will be the key for teams trying to make a serious bid for the Season 62 championship. This is where the relatively weaker teams can always ambush the favored teams. San Sebastian, with Red Vicente and Jing Viray at the firing end can make things difficult for any team. Viray is a dead-eye shooter while Vicente has become a more aggressive slasher and a more accomplished ballhandler. Mapua can lean on Jofferson Gonzales and Kelvin Dela Pena to explode at any time. If Benilde can bring Jay Sagad back for another year, he and Martin (?) Urra can combine with "JR" Johnston to bring some much needed sizzle into the erratic Benilde game.

The Big 3 can be expected to win any game but they can also wind up getting ambushed. There is just enough talent all over the league for one or two players to have career games when the Big 3 least expect it. Kiel Misa of Perpetual (is he still coming back?) and Floyd Dedicatoria pf JRU (ditto?) can simply go nuts against say San Beda or Letran and put a real knocker into those teams's Finals aspirations.

souljah_boy
05-19-2006, 03:09 PM
Artattack,nagkaroon ba ng Saturday games dati?

onthebluecorner
05-29-2006, 12:53 AM
Sana champion tayo this coming season.

Arriba Letranista!

ArtAttack
05-30-2006, 06:58 PM
Artattack,nagkaroon ba ng Saturday games dati?


alam ko nung hindi pa televised by studio 23

gameface_one
06-03-2006, 10:44 AM
Letran maybe a class above rest in NCAA
mb.com.ph


By Kristel satumbaga

LETRAN, the defending champion, remains as the team to beat when the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball championship kicks off its 82nd season on June 24 at the Araneta Coliseum.



At least that’s the consensus of most coaches, claiming that Letran’s vast championship experience would be its most lethal weapon.

Letran’s stock was further boosted after Toyota Otis, bannered by some Letran stars, made it to the finals of the ongoing 2006 PBL Unity Cup.

Besides clinching their first-ever finals, the Toyota Sparks, backstopped by Boyet Bautista and Aaron Aban, swept pro-bound Rain or Shine in the best-of-five semis series.

"Letran should be there on top. They may have lost a lot of good players but they can rely on championship experience," said Mapua coach Horacio Lim during yesterday’s SCOOP sa Kamayan Forum at Padre Faura in Manila.

The Knights will be without Mark Andaya. Erick Rodriguez, Jonathan Aldave and Rey Anabon who have completed their playing years in the league.

Alas failed to attend the forum, probably to avoid being in the limelight.

But like last year, Philippine Christian University remains the biggest thorn in Letran’s title-retention bid. Letran ruined PCU’s back-to-back bid last year – thanks largely to the gutsy plays of Aban, Bautista and Aldave.

And for that, PCU coach Junel Baculi is desperate to get back at the Knights, saying they want to regain the crown they won two years ago – their first-ever – at all costs.

"We wanted to avenge our loss to Letran last year," said Baculi in the forum sponsored by Accel.

While other coaches rated Letran as the strongest squad, they did not discount their chances of pulling off a big surprise at the end of the tournament.

Lim, for one, is convinced his Mapua boys are now ripe for the picking, the same thing for the San Beda Red Lions.

With veteran mentor Koy Banal around, the Red Lions are expected to make it to the Final Four this time. They have beefed up their squad by tapping two Fil-foreign dribblers.

College of St. Benilde will be without last year’s MVP Jay Sagad and Paolo Orbeta but coach Caloy Garcia remains optimistic of their chances.

San Sebastian will have a new coach in Raymond Valenzona, who took over from his veteran father, Turo. The elder Valenzona decided to become a team consultant instead after decades of coaching, starting with the FEU Tamaraws in the UAAP and in the pro league.

gameface_one
06-03-2006, 10:46 AM
Knights open title defense vs Blazers

The Philippine Star 06/03/2006

It will bthe Letran Knights , the defending champion, and the St. Benilde Blazers, this year’s host, in the opening game of the 82nd NCAA basketball season, which unfolds June 24 at the Araneta Coliseum.

This year’s inaugural match in the senior’s division is set to begin at 2 p.m. after the traditional parade of the eight competing teams, including those in volleyball, starting at 1 o’clock.

The other basketball matches will pit 2004 champion and 2005 runner-up Philippine Christian U vs Mapua at 4 p.m., San Sebastian vs Perpetual at 6 p.m. and Jose Rizal vs San Beda at 8 p.m.

Bernie Atienza of St. Benilde, this year’s chairman of the NCAA management committee, said aside from the opening games, the Final Four and the best-of-three finals will also be at the Big Dome.

The elimination round matches are scheduled Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The Rizal Memorial Coliseum might also host some second-round matches.

Only games on Wednesdays and Fridays will be carried live by ABS-CBN.

Atienza yesterday bared the opening-day schedule before mediamen during a luncheon hosted by Bro. Dodo Fernandez of St. Benilde, the NCAA policy board president.

Newly-designated NCAA commissioner Emilio "Jun" Bernardino said balanced officiating will be his primary concern as he takes over the post held by Joe Lipa last year. — Abac Cordero

gameface_one
06-03-2006, 10:47 AM
NCAA sets Tougher ‘screens’ with Jun B
abs-cbnnews.com

By FRANK CALAPRE, Correspondent

National Collegiate Athletic Association commissioner Jun Bernardino on Friday said he will exercise "utmost authority" to protect the name of the country’s oldest school-based league, which opens shop June 24 at the Araneta Coliseum.

The newly appointed chief of the 82nd NCAA season said the eligibility of the league’s more than 120 players is his top concern, in a bid to avoid the controversy that hit De La Salle University in the University Athletics Association of the Philippines late last year.

"First of all, we have to insure all players are eligible to play in the 82nd season. That is my foremost concern as commissioner of the [Philippines’] oldest collegiate league," said Bernardino at the Scoop Sports Forum at the Kamayan restaurant in Malate, Manila.

He said managing the NCAA, which started in 1924, is a much more challenging job than running the professional Philippine Basketball Association, where he also served as commissioner for nearly a decade.

"As much as possible we want to avoid problems that may cast a question on the credibility of the NCAA. We don’t want this to happen, not on my watch," added Bernardino.

He was clearly referring to the eligibility scandal that rocked the UAAP, which led to the one-year suspension of the multititled De La Salle Green Archers after two of its players were found to have submitted spurious records to enroll in the school.

"The NCAA is much harder [to cheat against] simply because all these student-players are more serious [about playing] than those in any other league. Officiating here is a more serious job," added Bernardino, who once played for Ateneo de Manila University when the Blue Eagles were still an NCAA member before it joined the UAAP in the early ’80s.

Meanwhile, most coaches predicted defending champion Letran, 2004 titlist Philippine Chrisitian University and San Beda College as the teams to watch in the coming season.

"Letran should be there on top," said Mapua coach Horacio Lim, whose Cardinals made it to the Final Four last year.

Among the coaches present, only Junel Baculi of the Philippine Christian University Dolphins expressed confidence of winning the crown this year after finishing runner-up behind Letran in the 81st season.

"We want to erase the stigma of our loss to Letran last year. So, we are going to win the crown this time," said Baculi, whose Dolphins won their first NCAA title in 2004 under former coach Loreto Tolentino.

University of Perpetual Help’s Rod Pasco said the Altas do not have championship-caliber players but are aiming for another berth in the Final Four, while the San Beda Red Lions admitted to having 6-foot-9 Sam Ekwe of Nigeria and 6-foot-7 Michael Burt Scher of Switzerland.

SBC assistant coach Jude Roque, however, said both Ekwe and Scher are still raw and need more playing time to develop.

toti_mendiola
06-04-2006, 12:20 PM
"As much as possible we want to avoid problems that may cast a question on the credibility of the NCAA. We don’t want this to happen, not on my watch," added Bernardino.

He was clearly referring to the eligibility scandal that rocked the UAAP, which led to the one-year suspension of the multititled De La Salle Green Archers after two of its players were found to have submitted spurious records to enroll in the school.

"The NCAA is much harder [to cheat against] simply because all these student-players are more serious [about playing] than those in any other league. Officiating here is a more serious job," added Bernardino

Commissioner Jun B. has his gun drawn against would be cheaters. Not on Kume's watch!

christian
06-04-2006, 06:08 PM
University of Perpetual Help’s Rod Pasco said the Altas do not have championship-caliber players but are aiming for another berth in the Final Four, while the San Beda Red Lions admitted to having 6-foot-9 Sam Ekwe of Nigeria and 6-foot-7 Michael Burt Scher of Switzerland.

SBC assistant coach Jude Roque, however, said both Ekwe and Scher are still raw and need more playing time to develop.




hehehe nandyan pa si burtscher... who is Rod Pasco?

AnthonyServinio
06-08-2006, 10:14 AM
University of Perpetual Help’s Rod Pasco said the Altas do not have championship-caliber players but are aiming for another berth in the Final Four, while the San Beda Red Lions admitted to having 6-foot-9 Sam Ekwe of Nigeria and 6-foot-7 Michael Burt Scher of Switzerland.

SBC assistant coach Jude Roque, however, said both Ekwe and Scher are still raw and need more playing time to develop.




hehehe nandyan pa si burtscher... who is Rod Pasco?
Conrado "Rad" Pasco is the long-time deputy of Coach Arturo "Bai" Cristobal at Perpetual Help and whereever Coach Cristobal coaches like the national women's team. Coach Pasco is also a former PBA player with Gilbey's Gin. Coach Cristobal remains at the helm of the Altas in NCAA 82.

christian
06-08-2006, 10:54 PM
thanks, i guess he's the one who has white hair ;D

Wang-Bu
06-12-2006, 06:49 PM
Niyari pala ng Baste ang UE sa Finals ng FMC Summer League, ayos 'yan. Tila yata sadyang hindi sineryoso ng mga UAAP schools ang mga koponan ng NCAA, ayan nayari tuloy. Congrats sa Baste. Mukhang magandang pangitain ito para sa Season 82 ng Stags.

J.B.
06-12-2006, 08:06 PM
ha??? panalo UE...80-71 ata ang score...SSC-R Cavite ang nakalaban nila

gameface_one
06-13-2006, 08:13 AM
Stags bring in young blood on the bench
mb.com.ph


By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA

WITH THE failure of the "old guard" to relive the glory days of the team, San Sebastian College is bringing in the "young turk" when the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball championship starts on June 24 at the Araneta Coliseum.


Raymund Valenzona will be calling the shots for the Stags, a team handled by his father, Arturo, for many years before stepping down early this year to become the squad’s consultant.

While he considered his father’s record as a tough act to follow, Raymund remains undaunted.

"It will be a challenge for me to coach this team especially now that its key players are gone. But I won’t let myself get pressured by it and instead, try to continue what my father had started," said the 31-year-old Valenzona, who played for the FEU Tamaraws during his college days.

With the elder Valenzona at the helm, the Stags claimed a piece of history in the NCAA when they reigned for five straight years, starting in 1993.

Aside from being a "rookie" in the bigger stage, Raymond’s main concern now is lack of dependable players following the exit of several stars, including 2004 MVP Leo Najorda.

"Though most of my players are veterans, we have to work doubly hard. Sa tingin lalaban kami if they put their heart into our game," said the young Valenzona whose biggest claim to fame so far is steering the SSC Staglets to the championship at the expense of the heavily-favored San Beda Red Cubs last year.

The Stags are out to improve their fourth-place finish last year and hoping to satiate their thirst for a championship.

Though Valenzona will be up against veteran mentors such as Louie Alas of Letran College and Koy Banal of San Beda, he’s confident he can pass the test with flying colors.

gameface_one
06-17-2006, 12:11 PM
PCU Dolphins back with a vengeance
abs-cbnnews.com



Second best. As hurtful as it may sound, Philippine Christian University’s 81st National Collegiate Athletic Association season campaign was all but that throughout the league’s basketball season.

Trailing eventual champions Colegio de San Juan de Letran all season long and succumbing to the Knights in the best-of-three title series, the Dolphins were forced to give up the crown in the men’s basketball event, which they won in 2004 for the first time since joining the league.

This year, the Dolphins are bent on pulling out all the stops to make it back to the top. They start their bid for a second championship when they battle Mapua Institute of Technology in the second game of the inaugural matches of the NCAA 82nd season at the Ara-neta Coliseum on June 24.

The season is also dubbed "Proud and True at 82: Blazing Beyond Limits."

Just like in his first year of coaching PCU, the 2006 wars will again be difficult for Junel Baculi, especially with the departure of several key players, specifically Ramon Retaga Jr., Robert Sanz, Joel Solis and Yenz Salangsang.

All four players have completed their respective college courses.

Retaga, Baculi’s starting point guard, may not be big enough to be an efficient slasher but was nonetheless sharp from the perimeter, which made him a dangerous man to leave open by the defense. He notched 6.9 points, 2.4 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game.

Sanz, the trusty forward who can penetrate, run the break or shoot from the outside, was the right hook in the PCU’s vaunted one-two punch on offense alongside fellow forward Gabriel Espinas. The Dolphins will surely miss Sanz’s numbers—8.9 points, 1.5 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game.

Salangsang and Solis, Baculi’s top shock troopers, contributed a combined 5.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.

"We re trying to cope with the graduation of keys players," said Baculi, who took over the bench chores after the departure of former PCU head coach Ato Tolentino.

Espinas, the first NCAA Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year awardee in the same year, led the team last year with 13.1 points and 11.4 rebounds per game. He will again be the pillar of the Dolphins both on offense and defense.

Ready to provide firepower are Baculi’s wingmen led by Jason Castro, who registered an impressive 12.7 points and 6.4 rebounds last year. Backing up Espinas and Castro are Lisztian Amparado, Beau Michael Vincent Belga and Ian Garrido.

"Espinas and Castro will play a major role in our campaign, especially Espinas, who might be in the pro ranks by next year," said Baculi.

The Dolphins, which joined the league in 1996 and has since produced cagers who have already found a niche in the pro ranks—Nelbert Omolon, Bernzon Franco and Jojo Roque—will suit up rookie cagers Jumel Louie Chien, Los Angeles-born Clarence Bernell Graham Jr., Sam Jordan Hermosa, Destine Marwhil Javelona and Jetterson Vidal.

The Dolphins managed a six-game winning streak in the first round, which Letran broke by demolished PCU, 64-70. Still, they posted their biggest winning margin in the first round against Jose Rizal University on July 11, 68-51.

gameface_one
06-18-2006, 05:14 PM
Mapúa 5 to end heartbreak
abs-cbnnews.com


They took home the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) men’s basketball title 14 years ago, but lately Mapúa Institute of Technology has been one of the league’s heartbreak kids.

Although they consistently manage to reach the Final Four, the Cardinals always come up short of the big "W" to advance to the Finals. This year, the Intramuros-based team hopes to end the drought.

Mapúa takes on heavyweight Philippine Christian University in the second game of the inaugurals of the 82nd NCAA season, dubbed Proud and True at 82: Blazing Beyond Limits, on June 24 at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Cards will be without Raymond Gorospe, Jose Malgapo, Harvey Ng, Andrew Salud, Tristan Veranga and for some time Gilbert Migrazo as well. Gorospe is already done with his studies, while Veranga and Malgapo have already reached the age limit set for NCAA players.

Salud is already out of playing years, while Ng voluntarily withdrew from the team to focus more on studies.

However, the exit of these players will not leave any deep mark in the offense of Mapua, as it was only Veranga who managed to average 4.6 points per game.

"I have six rookies and nine holdovers with Migraso on the injured list. He might play on the second round," said Mapua coach Horacio Lim, whose team finished with a 9-5 record and earned a Final Four seat.

However, the Cardinals, who became an official NCAA member-school in 1930, lost to the Dolphins 53-76 in the semifinals.

Veteran forward Joferson Gonzales, the team’s leading scorer and Philippine Basketball League campaigner, is still expected to lead the Cardinals, backstopped by 2005 Rookie of the Year and PBL mainstay Kelvin de la Peña.

"With God as our team leader, we’ll be there to give every team a good fight. They have to prepare against us or they will be ambushed," said Lim, who will also rely on veterans Raymund Tiongco, Neil Pascual, Hermes Sumalinog and Jerby del Rosario.

kryptonite
06-20-2006, 02:57 AM
NCAA basketball season kicks off Saturday
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 06/20/2006

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) kicks off its 82nd season on Saturday with the staging of the centerpiece basketball competitions among eight teams with varying characters but with the same goal — win the crown of the country’s oldest collegiate league.

Letran has been tagged as the team to beat this early, but with the graduation of the core of its champion squad, the Knights will be hard pressed to go for a second straight crown especially with practically the rest of the pack keeping their respective rosters intact.

"Everybody is in contention, but in terms of experience, Letran has the big edge because they’ve been in the finals in the last three seasons, winning two titles," said San Beda coach Koy Banal.

But Mel Alas, speaking in behalf of brother and Letran coach Louie, downplayed the Knights’ chances this year.

"If you will take a closer look at our line-up, only two of the members of our two championship teams were left," said Alas.

He was referring to Boyet Bautista and Aaron Aban, who played big roles in the Knights’ title romp in 2003 and 2005 and who would be seeing action for the Muralla-based squad for the last time.

Mark Andaya, Jonathan Aldave, Fred Rodriguez, JP Alcaraz and Jonathan Pinera played out their last tour of duty last season when the Knights beat the Philippine Christian University Dolphins in the finals for the crown.

Letran’s mettle will be tested early as the Knights take on the St. Benilde Blazers in the 2 p.m. opener of a heavy four-game bill at the Araneta Coliseum.

Using the theme "Proud and True at 82!" the country’s oldest league was ushered in by members of all participating schools in a press conference at the ELJ Building in Quezon City yesterday.

Former PBA chief Jun Bernardino is this year’s league commissioner, replacing Joe Lipa who is now coach of University of the Philippines in the UAAP league.

"There is no perfect officiating just like there’s no perfect game so I hope you bear with us," said Bernardino. "But this I can assure you, we will be fair and will favor no one."

But while the Knights will have to make do with new combinations, the rest of the competing teams will be relying on their veteran players, each hoping to come out strong and sustain the momentum for a crack at the championship.

Alex Angeles, Yousif Aljamal and the sophomore pair of Rogemar Menor and Jay-R Taganas will lead the Red Lions’ bid while Gabby Espinas, Beau Belga, Jason Castro and Ian Garrido are the players to watch in the Philippine Christian Univ. Dolphins’ side.

"All the teams have realistic chances of winning the title this year," said PCU mentor Junel Baculi, who steered the school to the 2004 NCAA crown.

Like PCU, Letran and San Beda, Mapua, St. Benilde, Perpetual Help and San Sebastian will be parading solid rosters.

The Carlos Garcia-coached Blazers boasts of the talented tandem of Kris Robles and Gerald Layug while the troika of Khiel Misa, Vladimir Joe and Conrad

Bauzon and the group of Kelvin dela Pena, Jofferson Gonzales, Raymund Tiongco, Jerby del Rosario and Hermes Sumalinog will spearhead Perpetual Help and Mapua’s bids, respectively.

San Sebastian, on the other hand, has the prolific Red Vicente and a new coach in Raymund Valenzona, son of veteran mentor Turo Valenzona.

Jose Rizal, in contrast, will banner a new coach in Ariel Vanguardia, Alas’ long-time assistant who was named to the post only yesterday following the resignation of Cris Calilan.

"I’m thankful to JRU for giving me a chance to coach for them," said Vanguardia.

gameface_one
06-20-2006, 07:22 AM
Letran plays down NCAA title bid
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By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA

WITH A depleted line-up, coach Louie Alas of Letran College admits his team will have a hard time winning the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball crown for a second straight time.



"I don’t think we’re one of the teams to beat this year," said Alas. "There’s a big misconception about our team."

But nobody seems to believe him.

For some coaches, Letran is still the strongest squad in the league because of Alas’ impressive stint in the just-concluded PBL Unity Cup where he guided Toyota Otis to a runner-up finish. Two of his mainstays – Boyet Bautista and Aaron Aban – figured prominently in Toyota’s PBL campaign.

Alas thinks this is the reason why they are wary of Letran.

"Maybe they are threatened because of our stint in the PBL, but honestly, there are only two players from Letran who played with Toyota Otis," said Alas.

He believes they are also being overrated, despite having lost six players from graduation.

Alas was referring to the exit of Mark Andaya, Eric Rodriguez, JP Alcaraz, Jonathan Aldave, Jonathan Pinera and Billy Ray Anabo – who all played key roles in the team’s title-clinching win against Philippine Christian University.

It’s big blow to the team’s back-to-back bid, but Alas is taking it as a challenge.

"‘Yung experience talaga ang nawala sa amin kaya malaking pagsubok sa amin itong season na to. Pero sa NCAA naman, habang tumatagal, doon din nade-develop lahat ng teams. Proper handling lang ng squad at tamang training ang kailangan para lumakas ulit kami," Alas said.

The challenge will start on Saturday when the country’s oldest collegiate league opens shop.

Besides PCU, also aching to unseat the Knights are the San Beda Red Lions, San Sebastian Stags, and the Mapua Cardinals.

The Knights will face College of St. Benilde right in the opening game at 2 p.m. with Alas still uncertain whether Aban, a bright first prospect in the pro league for his gutsy plays, could start. Aban sprained his left hand, an incident that may have contributed to Toyota Otis’ defeat to Harbour Centre during last week’s PBL finals.

Aban, a springy 6-foot-3 forward, and Bautista will remain as the team’s focal point on offense.

"Depende pa kung makakalaro si Aaron sa opening. As of now kasi sabi ng doktor kailangang magpagaling muna siya ng injury," Alas said.

Newcomer Bryan Faundo, a 6-foot-7 center, will fill the void left by the 6-foot-8 Andaya.

The league will also welcome rookies and two promising coaches, all dreaming to become a "somebody" in the near future.

They also have a new commissioner in Jun Bernardino, who guided the PBA to several record-breaking feats in the 90s. His presence is expected to bring more prestige to the league.

"This season will certainly have a different level of competition and we’re anticipating another thrilling season," said Bernardino.

Bernie Atienza of host College of St. Benilde, is just as upbeat as Bernardino, saying the league will try to make this season a memorable one.

Raymond Valenzona, son of multi-titled coach Turo Valenzona, is one of the new coaches, having inherited the position of his father in San Sebastian College.

Jose Rizal College will also have a new mentor in Ariel Vanguardia, who is tasked to bring the school back to the Promised Land.

Vanguardia will take the place of grizzled tactician Cris Calilan, who likewise failed in his bid to win the team’s second championship.

gameface_one
06-20-2006, 07:23 AM
No clear pick as NCAA gets going Saturday

First posted 04:06am (Mla time) June 20, 2006
By Marc Anthony Reyes
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A21 of the June 20, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


ONLY three mainstays from last year’s champion squad will return when the Letran College Knights open defense of their National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) basketball crown against the College of St. Benilde Blazers this Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Boyet Bautista, Aaron Aban and Dennis Daa now serve as the nucleus of the Knights, who lost to graduation stalwarts John Paul Alcarez, Jonathan Aldave, Mark Andaya, Frederick Rodriguez, Jonathan Pinera and Billy Panabo.

“We will have a new team and the changes may affect our chances of retaining the title, but our will to win is stronger than ever and that’s what is important for us,” said Letran assistant coach Mel Alas, brother of head coach Louie, during yesterday’s NCAA press conference at the ELJ Building in Quezon City.

The rest of the eight-team field will also see action to usher in the 82nd season after the Letran-St. Benilde opener at 2 p.m.

The league has two new coaches -- Ariel Vanguardia of Jose Rizal University and Raymond Valenzuela of San Sebastian College.

Vanguardia, a former member of the Talk ‘N Text coaching staff, takes over from Cris Calilan.

The Heavy Bombers last won the NCAA crown 34 years ago with a lineup starring the legendary Philip Cezar and Calilan himself. They had only two victories to show in 14 games last season.

Raymond Valenzona will take the place of his father, Turo, who has retired.

The Stags will be without prolific scorer Leo Najorda, who is now with the pro league.

The Blazers will count on Kristian Angelo Aldover, Jingle Devaras and Gerald Christopher Layug in their bid to win the title they last won in 2001 when Sunday Salvacion was still around.

Koy Banal will have his full year mentoring San Beda College which is hoping to improve last year’s 4-10 record.

University of Perpetual Help System Dalta will rely on a mix of veterans Fritz Bauzon, Vladymir Joe and Josef Racho and fresh talents Jayjay Aransazo and Michael Johnson Kong.

Mapua Institute of Technology now pins its hopes on Philippine Basketball League stalwart Joferson Gonzales and last year’s rookie of the year Kelvin dela Peña.

The Dolphins ended last year’s season with a 10-4 slate behind a lineup led by Gabby Espinas, the league’s first Rookie-MVP awardee in 2004. He will still be around as well as Jason Castro, Lisztian Amparado, Beau Belga and Ian Garrido.

gameface_one
06-20-2006, 07:32 AM
NCAA coaches pick Letran to win
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Two new coaches and 52 rookies can hardly wait for the opening of the 82nd National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Ariel Vanguardia, an assistant coach with Talk N’ Text in the Philippine Basketball Association, is now the new mentor of the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers, who are seeking to end a 24-year title drought in the oldest collegiate league in the country.

Raymund Valenzona will also replace his father Arturo on the bench of the San Sebastian College Stags, who are seeking their 11th title in the league since joining in 1976.

The elder Valenzona, who was responsible for the four of the Stags’ eight titles, has already retired from coaching.

"I’ll just do my best. There is big pressure on my part to deliver because San Sebastian has been champion for so many times, and the expectation from the school administration and students is great," said the young Valenzona during Monday’s press conference to introduce the new NCAA season at the ABS-CBN Penthouse in Quezon City.

Vanguardia, also Louie Alas’ assistant on the Toyota Otis squad in the Philippine Basketball League, said he just took over from former coach Cris Calilan the responsibility of putting back the five-time titlist Heavy Bombers in the Final Four.

"I’m still new. I was just told to assume the coaching job during the finals of the PBL. We are still in the process of getting to know each other. I will just follow the system of Cris Calilan and I’ll start from there," said Vanguardia.

All eight NCAA coaches, however, picked defending champion Letran College, last year’s runner-up Philippine Christian University and five-time champion Mapua Tech Cardinals as the teams to beat this season.

"I think it’s Letran, PCU and Mapua in that order are the strongest teams," said coach Bay Cristobal, who is tasked to deliver University of Perpetual Help Dalta System’s first crown since 1984.

Coach Koy Banal of San Beda Red Lions shared the same prediction in the 2006 edition of the league, which also features competitions in athletics, swimming, volleyball, beach volleyball, tae kwon do, table tennis, lawn tennis, football and chess.

"The championship experience of Letran makes it my No. 1 choice plus PCU as No. 2 and Mapua as No. 3," added Banal.

New NCAA commissioner Jun Bernardino promised to provide the best officiating and other technical aspects to all the eight school owners and players in the league.

The league will miss several big stars, such as former MVP Leo Najorda of the Stags to the PBA and Letran’s Mark Andaya. John Paul Alcaraz, Jonathan Aldave and Frederick Rodriguez, who are set to join the pro league drafting in August.

ABS-CBN vice-president Peter Musngi also said that because the broadcast giant’s contract with the NCAA expires this year, they will be seeking another five-year deal for the exclusive live coverage of the games.

Among other reasons, Musngi cited the league’s strong viewership among the country’s overseas foreign workers in the Middle East, Guam and other countries.

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06-21-2006, 08:13 AM
PCU, San Beda fire NCAA warnings
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By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA

HAUNTED BY their failed campaign last season, Philippine Christian University and San Beda College eye a more successful finish when the 82nd season of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) unwraps on Saturday.


The Dolphins fell short in their bid to retain the crown they won two years ago with the Letran Knights foiling their back-to-back title campaign while the Red Lions lost steam in the late stages of the tournament to end up in a tie for seventh spot with Jose Rizal University.

Now, with major alterations in their line-ups and and with new a coaching philosophies, the two squads are raring to make a go at it.

"We’ll make it to the finals at all cost," vowed Dolphins mentor Junel Baculi.

"We’re trying to cope with the graduation of our key players, but Gabby (Espinas) and Jason (Castro) will surely play a major role in our campaign."

Espinas was named the NCAA Most Valuable Player while the sweet-shooting Castro was voted the 2005-06 top rookie. The two, according to Baculi, will anchor the team’s quest for a second championship in three years.

Out to complement them are rookies Jumel Louie Chien, Clarence Graham Jr, Sam Hermosa, Destine Javelona and Jetterson Vidal who will fill the spots left by his veteran cagers — Rob Sanz, Joel Solis, Ynez Salangsang and pointguard Mon Retaga.

Over at Mendiola, the Red Lions, whose last title was 28 years ago, will be parading Nigerian Samuel Ekwe who is expected to augment the power of starters Yousif Aljamal and Alex Angeles, as well as sophomore standouts Jay-R Taganas and Ogie Menor.

Ekwe, 24, a 6-foot-8 exchange student, was given the green light to play by the league’s Management Committee after San Beda produced the necessary school documents, including the certification from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

Ekwe finished serving the mandatory one-year residency and made his debut for the Red Lions in the ongoing Philippine Olympic Festival.

Team manager Mike Advani said the presence of Ekwe will not only fill the void in the shaded line, specifically now that Jerome Paterno had already exhausted his playing years along with Jeff Bombeo.

"There’s always that emptiness in the shaded lane so his (Ekwe) presence inside the court will surely add threat from our team," Advani said.

San Beda coach Koy Banal and his wards will open their campaign on Saturday when they face the Heavy Bombers at 8 p.m.

Baculi and the Dolphins tangle with the mapua cardinals at 4 o’clock.

MonL
06-21-2006, 03:39 PM
According to the Manila Standard Today, PCU coach Junel Baculi faces a 7-game suspension from the NCAA as penalty for his conduct in the Philippine Olympic Fest game between PCU and San Beda, which the latter won. He refused to leave the playing court after incurring two technicals for contesting the referees' calls. He eventually left, bringing along the entire PCU team with him. With the intervention of NCAA Commissioner Jun Bernardino, the team returned after several minutes to finish the game. According to the report, PCU officials are already conferring with Baculi. The suspension will be imposed beginning with the Dolphins' game with MIT this saturday.

LION
06-21-2006, 06:42 PM
Sayang si Coach Baculi. Kaya ganun ang demeanor ni Gabby Espinas sa loob ng court, natututo siya kay Coach Baculi.

razor
06-21-2006, 08:58 PM
Who will takeover? Dualan?

kryptonite
06-22-2006, 04:15 AM
Lions to lean on Banal for way to title

Reason dictates that changing horses in midrace is not a good move.

For San Beda College, switching steeds was the best option—both for the short and long term. After all, the Red Lions weren’t in any way poised to win the 81st National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s basketball tournament.

But this year marks the first full year of Koy Banal—who replaced Nash Racela in mid-tournament last year—as head coach of SBC, and the Bedan community is looking forward to a better finish in the NCAA’s 82nd season.

By losing their first five games, against PCU (50-68), Letran (54-65), Saint Benilde (55-65), Mapua (53-62) and San Sebastian (74-77), the Red Lions dug themselves a hole too deep, finishing the first round with just a win to show, a 27-point blowout versus JRU, 71-44.

A two-game winning streak signaled the start of their second-round campaign, displaying mastery over PCU (78-62) and San Sebastian (69-63). SBC’s run was short-lived, after it suffered successive losses, yielding to Letran (58-68), Mapua (59-60), Perpetual Help (60-66) and Saint Benilde (86-91).

SBC ended the season with a win against JRU, 77-76, closing their 81st NCAA season win-loss card at 4-10.

This year, Banal will rely on veteran Philippine Basketball League campaigner Yousif Aljamal Jr. and Alexander Angeles and his pool of experienced cagers—Riego Gamalinda, Raymond Maggay, Rogemar Menor, Jay-R Taganas and Eduardo Tecson.

Among Banal’s newfound talents that will hopefully offset the exit of Marco Arbole, Marvin Baldivia, Jerome Paterno, Edilgusto Soriano, Francis Albert Cruz and James Ian Timonera are the Nigerian Samuel Ekwe and high-school standout John Carlos Hermida.

Aljamal, currently one of the best forwards in the league, is set for his third season as a Red Lion, while high-school standout Menor has already shed his showboat brand of basketball, and stabilized both his game and his role as one of SBC’s current leaders.

Also making heads turn up is the towering Ekwe, who will be playing his first collegiate basketball year. Last year’s Red Cubs campaigner Hermida will also play a key role for SBC’s campaign.

San Beda is the second oldest member school still affiliated with the NCAA and boasts of 27 basketball titles—16 from the juniors division and 11 from seniors division, third best all-time behind Letran and Ateneo de Manila and equal with San Sebastian College.

gameface_one
06-22-2006, 07:46 AM
MIT, CSB may pull a surprise
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By Kristel satumbaga

DON’T BE surprised if Mapua and College of St. Benilde would make it all the way to the NCAA finals.


The Cardinals, for one, have trained long and hard to prepare for this year’s war where they hope to get into the finals.

Last year, the Cardinals, behind rookie sensation Kelvin dele Peña and streak-shooter Joeferson Gonzales, defied the odds to reach the semis. But their effort fell short and got ambushed in the semis.

Learning a valuable lesson from that campaign, MIT Coach Horacio Lim believes that their 14-year title drought may end this year.

"We were underdogs when we entered the season last year, but we fought hard after that. It would be different this time," said Lim.

The team’s readiness will be put to test right away when they clash with the Philippine Christian University in the opening game of the NCAA on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Cardinals will be without Raymond Gorospe, Joel Malgapo, Harvey Ng, Andrew Salud and Tristan Veranga but Lim remains unfazed.

The Blazers are just hungry and motivated as the Cardinals.

The team may have lost some of its stars, among them Paolo Orbeta and last year’s MVP Jay Sagad, but coach Caloy Garcia is determined to bring the Blazers to the semis this time.

"I’ll be happy if we can reach the semis but we have to be consistent," said Garcia. "I don’t want to experience what happened to us last year."

The Blazers got off to a fine start last year after winning their first three games but the team’s performance nosedived suddenly, thus losing eight straight games and spoiling Garcia’s coaching debut to the team.

Even without star players in his squad, Garcia is still confident they could improve on their seventh-placed finish last year.

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06-24-2006, 01:23 PM
Knights open title defense vs Blazers

The Philippine Star 06/24/2006

A new-look Letran College opens defense of its National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s basketball crown against host St. Benilde today even as three new coaches and a Nigerian try to create an immediate impact in their NCAA debut at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Knights, who reached the finals the last three years, winning two of them, will be taking on the Blazers in the first game of a heavy four-game bill at 2 p.m., kicking off hostilities in the 82nd season of the country’s oldest collegiate league.

Former PBA chief Jun Bernardino, now the new NCAA commissioner, has vowed a fair and just officiating.

Boyet Bautista, one of the only two players left from last year’s champion squad, is expected to lead the Muralla-based school’s bid for a back-to-back title conquest against the cream of the crop in their side of the league.

But they would have to do it without versatile swingman Aaron Aban, who is still recuperating from a wrist injury he sustained in the PBL two weeks ago.

"It would be a tough game because both teams are inexperienced," said Letran coach Louie Alas, who steered the school to the 2003 and 2005 championships.

"It would also make it harder for us with Aaron still hurting," he added.

Meanwhile, Joel Dualan of PCU, Raymund Valenzona of San Sebastian and Ariel Vanguardia of Jose Rizal hope to steer their respective teams to victories against separate rivals in their first coaching jobs.

Dualan replaced Junel Baculi, who resigned Thursday for health reasons, while Valenzona succeeded his father Arturo "Turo" Valenzona, who steered the Stags to a five-peat from 1993-97 and a back-to-back title romp from 2001-02.

"I just resigned as head coach due to health reasons," said Baculi, who piloted the Taft-based school to the NCAA crown on his coaching debut in 2004.

"I just want to rest but I’ll watch every game and support the team," he added.

Vanguardia, a long-time assistant of Alas, was recently named coach of the rookie-laden Heavy Bombers in a surprising change weeks before the opening of the new season.

Focus will also be on Samuel Ekwe, the 21-year-old Nigerian who got his approval from the NCAA Management Committee to suit up for the Red Lions.

The 6-foot-8 Ekwe is expected to provide muscle inside in the Red Lion’s bid to do better this time following a dismal effort last season.

Actually, Ekwe has already showed his worth when he helped power the Mendiola-based cagers to a surprising win over the fancied Far Eastern U Tams to capture the first Philippine Olympic Festival basketball crown in Taguig recently.

Dualan and the Dolphins take on the intact Mapua Cardinals at 4 p.m. while Valenzona and the Stags battle the Perpetual Help Altas at 6 p.m.

Vanguardia’s Bombers face the Koy Banal’s Lions in the nightcap at 8 p.m. — Joey Villar

gameface_one
06-24-2006, 01:24 PM
Letran starts defense of NCAA title

Knights play CSB Blazers, 3 other matches on tap

By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA
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JAW-DROPPING crossover, booming three point shots and mid-air magic – stuff that normally characterize college basketball – take centerstage as the country’s oldest league – the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball championship – unfurls today at the Araneta Coliseum.



Aside from the league’s bevy of promising rookies – a product of their massive manpower build-up, College of St. Benilde, this year’s host, has also brought in an old hand in the sport – former PBA Commissioner Jun Bernardino – in the hope of reliving the glory days of the league which enjoyed unrivaled popularity in the 50s’, 60’s and 70s.

As league commissioner, Bernardino is tasked to oversee the officiating and conduct of players on the court which could contribute to the success of the league.

Though some of the league’s big guns are still around, some of the teams will have their own surprise packages.

And some are ready to unveil it right on the opening day.

For the San Beda Red Lions, they will have 6-foot-8 Nigerian Samuel Ekwe as the cornerstone of their offense and defense.

Ekwe, who wishes to join a seminary in Bukidnon after he finishes his marketing course, is expected to provide constant threat, especially in the middle which the Red Lions lacked the past five years.

Even defending champion Letran College will also have to lean on a rookie center in 6-foot-7 Bryan Facundo this time following the departure of three of its big men – 6-foot-7 Mark Andaya, 6-foot-5 Eric Rodriguez and 6-foot-5 Jonathan Pinera.

The mettle of Facundo will be put to test when the Knights battle the host squad at 2 p.m.

Letran coach Louie Alas admits the road to the top appears to be long and bumby this time, saying: "I lost six good players. Still, I’m lucky that Boyet (Bautista) and Aaron (Aban) are still around."

Toughened by their stint in the PBL where they powered Toyota Otis to a runner-up finish, Aban and Bautista are expected to dominate the league along with Mapua’s Joeferson Gonzales and Kevin dele Pena.

"It will be a struggle for us at the start of the season but we are ready to sacrifice at whatever cost," said Alas.

Aside from Ekwe, the Red Lions are also boast of several top players, among them, former Rain or Shine player Yousif Aljamal and Magnolia Ice Cream’s Alex Angeles.

They will meet the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers in the nightcap at 8 p.m.

Mapua battles Philippine Christian University at 4 p.m. with the Cardinals heavilly favored to prevail following the sudden resignation of Dolphins coach Junel Baculi.

The coaching skills of neophyte tactician Raymond Valenzona of San Sebastian College will also be tested when the Stags collide with 2004 runner-up University of Perpetual Help Altas at 6 p.m.

The traditional parade of teams is set at 12 noon highlighted by cheering, dancing and singing of students from various schools of the NCAA, which have "Proud and True at 82: Blazing Beyond Limits" as a theme.

Invited as keynote speaker is Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Jose "Peping" Cojuangco Jr., while special guests are Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman William "Butch" Ramirez and Presidential Adviser on Youth and Sports and Manila Sports Council (MASCO) chief Arnold "Ali" Atienza.

Other sports leaders from various organizations are also expected to join the affair together with the NCAA Policy Board members led by Bro. Dodo Fernandez and the Management Committee (MANCOM) headed by Bernie Atienza both from CSB.

"We’ve been waiting for this opportunity to host the NCAA, that’s why we really prepared hard for the opening. But not just that, our preparation is for the entire season, which we hope would be memorable and successful one," said Atienza.

full battle gear
06-24-2006, 01:49 PM
NCAA kicks off today: Baculi bolts Dolphins

By Marc Anthony Reyes
Last updated 02:28am (Mla time) 06/24/2006

Published on page A23 of the June 24, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


GAMES TODAY (Araneta Coliseum)
12 noon -- Opening Ceremonies
2 p.m. -- St. Benilde vs Letran (Srs)
4 p.m. -- Mapua vs PCU (Srs)
6 p.m. -- San Sebastian vs UPHD (Srs)
8 p.m. -- Jose Rizal vs San Beda (Srs)

TOP AMATEUR and collegiate coach Junel Baculi bolted the Philippine Christian University on Thursday, rocking the NCAA men’s basketball hours before it unveils its 82nd season at the Araneta Coliseum today.

League officials refused to give details, although they promised to issue a formal statement just before defending champion Letran and host St. Benilde open hostilities at 2 p.m.

Baculi steered the Dolphins to a runner-up finish last year after they set a milestone for winning the 2004 title through the efforts of coach Ato Tolentino and prized forward Gabby Espinas.

PCU will now enter the 4 p.m. tussle against Mapua without a head coach, although assistant coach Joel Dualan is expected to call the shots temporarily.

Baculi was the third coach to have jumped ship before the season began, following Cris Calilan of Jose Rizal University and Turo Valenzona of San Sebastian.

Calilan, who was part of the school’s last championship in 1972, didn’t offer an explanation. He was replaced Ariel Vanguardia, a former member of the Talk ‘N Text coaching staff in the PBA.
Valenzona has since given up the reins to his son Raymund.

Eight teams see action after the lunchtime opening ceremony with the Knights expected to come out strong in their quest for back-to-back championships.

San Sebastian collides with University of Perpetual Help System-Dalta at 6 p.m., while Jose Rizal U meets San Beda at 8 p.m.

With the theme “Proud and True at 82: Blazing Beyond Limits,” the season will be ushered in by keynote speaker Jose “Peping” Cojuangco, president of the Philippine Olympic Committee.

Special guests include Philippine Sports Commission chair William “Butch” Ramirez and Presidential Adviser on Youth and Sports Ali Atienza, and members of the NCAA policy board headed by Bro. Dodo Fernandez, FSC.

“We’ve been waiting for this opportunity to host the NCAA, that’s why we really prepared hard for the opening,” said Management Committee chair Bernie Atienza of St. Benilde.

full battle gear
06-24-2006, 02:03 PM
Letran-CSB duel opens NCAA
By FRANK CALAPRE, The Manila Times Correspondent
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Defending champion Colegio de San Juan de Letran starts its title retention bid when the Knights battle season host College of Saint Benilde in the opening Saturday of the 82nd National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.

NCAA officials said all eight teams in the league have equal chances to win the title this year. Minus key players the 15-time champion Knights, the winningest team in the oldest league in the country, is expected to encounter rough sailing against the Blazers.

The Intramuros-based dribblers meet Saint Benilde at 2 p.m., while Philippine Christian University—whose coach Junel Baculi unexpectedly resigned Friday, citing health reasons—and Mapua Tech clash at 4 p.m.

San Sebastian College-Recoletos and University of Perpetual Help System Dalta take the floor at 6 p.m., while Jose Rizal University, seeking to end a 24-year title drought, faces San Beda College at 8 p.m.

The traditional parade of teams is set at noon, highlighted by cheering, dancing and singing of students from various schools of the league whose theme this year is "Proud and True at 82: Blazing Beyond Limits."

Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose "Peping" Cojuangco Jr. was invited to be the keynote speaker, while Philippine Sports Commission chairman William "Butch" Ramirez and Arnold "Ali" Atienza, Presidential Adviser on Youth and Sports and Manila Sports Council chief, are special guests.

Sports leaders from various organizations are also expected to join the affair together with the NCAA Policy Board members led by Bro. Dodo Fernandez and the league’s Management Committee (Mancom) headed by Bernie Atienza, both from CSB.

"We’ve been waiting for this opportunity to host the NCAA, that’s why we really prepared hard for the opening. But not just that, our preparation is for the entire season, which we hope would be memorable and successful," said Atienza.

All eyes though will be on the match pitting Letran and CSB, which won the title in 2000, the fastest school to do so after joining the NCAA in 1998.

JP Alcaraz, Jon Aldave, Mark Andaya and Erick Rodriguez will no longer suit up for Letran. The Knights will have to rely on the playmaking of last season’s Finals Most Valuable Player Boyet Bautista while Most Improved Player Aaron Aban recuperates from a left wrist injury and is out for two weeks.

"We are inexperienced Knights, except for Boyet and Aaron, who has an injury, so we expect to struggle in the early part of the season. But this group is more than willing to sacrifice to win," said Letran coach Louie Alas.

Together with the PCU Dolphins, who are eager to reclaim the title after losing to the Knights, the SBC Red Lions (1978) and the Mapua Cardinals (1991) are also favored to end their respective droughts.

The last team to win back-to-back championships is San Sebastian (2001-02), but the Stags will be pressed to vie for the title with the departure of ex-MVP Leomar Najorda.

The Heavy Bombers of JRU last won the title in 1972, while the Perpetual Altas are still searching for one since joining the NCAA in 1984.

gameface_one
06-25-2006, 07:30 AM
NCAA season 82

Letran sizzles

By Kristel Satumbaga
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LETRAN COLLEGE coach Louie Alas never felt the absence of his six key players from last year’s champion squad as the Knights trounced host College of St. Benilde, 65-44, to jumpstart their title-retention bid at the start of the 82nd National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Araneta Coliseum.


"The first three games, expected ko talaga na struggling ang laro ng mga rookies ko. But they went into the game and played above par. I was impressed," said Alas moments after chalking up their first win in grand fashion.

Led by spitfire Boyet Bautista, one of the few remnants in the team, the Knights got off to a fiery start as they piled up points behind heir brilliant transition plays and hard-nosed defense.

One of the finest guards to pop out of the league in recent years, Bautista fired 10 of his 16 points in the first half as he proved too much to handle. He also had eight rebounds and four assists in 28 minutes of action as he signified his desire to go out of the league with a bang.

Bautista is playing his last year in the league and wants to give Letran its 17th crown before turning pro late this year.

Also shining for the Knights were neophytes Rafael Jazul and Mark Balneg who stood their ground against the Blazers.

Jazul and Balneg combined for 11 straight points late in the third that enabled the Knights to erect a 52-27 advantage. As if it was not enough, Jazul fired another trey entering the final canto to post Letran’s biggest lead of 28 points, 55-27.

In the second game, Mapua outplayed Philippine Christian University, 47-42.

The Cardinals, third placers last year, rode on the four charities of Joferson Gonzales in the final 30 seconds to defeat the Dolphins, who announced that the school formally accepted the resignation of head coach Junel Baculi.

gameface_one
06-25-2006, 07:31 AM
Knights off to flying start in NC
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 06/25/2006

Letran College bucked the absence of versatile player Aaron Aban as it walloped host St. Benilde, 65-44, yesterday to jumpstart its title-retention bid in Season 82 of the NCAA basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.

Boyet Bautista, the other veteran mainstay left in the Letran lineup, carried much of the fight for the Knights as he came through with 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists.

"He was the team’s stabilizing force on the court," said Letran coach Louie Alas of his prized point guard.

Sophomores Rafael Jazul, Andro Quinday and Mark Balneg combined for 29 points in backing up Bautista in the absence of Aban who’s nursing an injured left wrist.

What was expected to be a tight match turned to a rout as the Knights dominated the Blazers with a full-court pressing defense and a searing attack presided over by Bautista.

"I was surprised with the result. I was expecting a close game because they (St. Benilde) did well in pre-season tournaments," said Alas.

With Jay Jay Sagad and Paolo Orbeta having played out their final season with the team, Blazers coach Caloy Garcia obviously had a hard time finding the right combination and the answer to Bautista.

Martin Urra Jr. was the only shining light for St. Benilde as the sophomore forward made 15 points, nine of which coming from the foul line.

In the second game, Mapua leaned on a big finishing kick as it shocked last year’s runner-up Philippine Christian U, 47-42.

The Cardinals outscored the Dolphins, 11-6, in the homestretch with Patrick Tiongco pumping in a three-pointer to trigger their lethal run from a 36-all standoff en route to victory.

The Dolphins surely missed Junel Baculi, who resigned as their head coach on the eve of the season opener.

Though Baculi cited health reasons for his resignation, talks revolved around a suspension reportedly slapped on him by the NCAA for his unsportsmanlike behavior in the recent RP Olympic Festival cagefest where PCU represented the collegiate league.

"It’s a sad story and a black eye not only for PCU but the entire league because he was the second coach to resign days before the season started," said Mapua coach Horacio Lim.

Earlier, Cris Calilan left his job at Jose Rizal. He was succeeded by Ariel Vanguardia.

gameface_one
06-25-2006, 07:32 AM
Knights off to strong start
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BY FRANK CALAPRE, The Manila Times Correspondent

Games Monday (N. Aquino Stadium)

12 p.m. – Jose Rizal vs San Beda (Jrs.)

1:45 p.m. – San Sebastian vs Perpetual Help (Jrs.)

3:30 p.m. – Saint Benilde vs Letran(Jrs.)



Defending champion Colegio de San Juan de Letran showed it was still a force to reckon with, as the Knights demolished season host College of Saint Benilde, 65-44, Saturday for an auspicious start in the 82nd National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.

Veterans Boyet Bautista, Rafael Jazul, Mark Balneg and Andro Quinday worked on a solid defensive game to limit the 2000 titlist Blazers to only six points in the first period.

"We were struggling, but Saint Benilde was struggling more. I was expecting a close match because they were able to perform well during the Nike Summer League," said Letran coach Loiue Alas, who is aiming for his first back-to-back NCAA championships.

The Knights, the winningest team in the country’s oldest collegiate league, showed no sign of missing the services of key men Mark Andaya, Jonathan Aldave, Eric Rodriguez and JP Alcaraz, as they surged to an early 28-14 advantage at the end of the half.

Bautista, Jazul, Balneg and Quinday combined for 18 points to post the Knights’ biggest lead, 55-27, still 7:50 left in the final period, capping a lopsided match for Letran, which is seeking their 17th title in the tourney.

"I’m glad Boyet [Bautista] was there. He was the stabilizing factor for us, although our rookies were also able to put up a good start," added Alas.

In the second game, Mapua Institute of Technology showed a lot of promise for this season by forging a close 47-42 upset over last year’s runner-up Philippine Christian University.

"I told the boys during our practice the other day that PCU has only Jason Castro and Gabby Espinas. If we can check them we have a good chance of winning and that was what we did today," said Mapua coach Horacio Lim.

Meanwhile, officials of the Philippine Christian University accepted with deep regrets the resignation of head coach Junel Baculi, who cited health reasons in quitting Friday.

Baculi’s assistant Joel Dualan, who has played four years with the Shell Turbochargers in the pro league and was a former star of the University of Manila Hawks, replaced the veteran Philippine Basketball League coach.

NCAA Management Committee Chairman Bernie Atienza said they received the letter of PCU president Dr. Oscar Suarez informing the league about the 2004 champion Dolphins’ coaching change.

"It is very sad, we are going to miss Junel Baculi, and it came when we had everything set. But we all knew he was suffering from hypertension for the past six months," said Atienza of host Saint Benilde.

The Scores:

First Game

LETRAN 65—Bautista 16, Jazul 12, Quinday 9, Balneg 8, Guevarra 5, Dangcal 4, Faundo 3, Melegrito 3, Mondragon 2, Realista 2, Foronda 1

SAINT BENILDE 44—Urra 15, Robles 9, Aldover 5, Johnson 3, Manlapaz 2, Layug 2, D. Urra 2, Sevilla 1, Trillo 0.

Quarters: 20-6; 28-14; 52-27; 65-44.

Second Game

MAPUA 47 – Del Rosario 10, Mazo 7, Tiongco 7, Gonzales 6, Co 6, De la Peña 6, N. Pascual 4, Samalinog 1, J. Pascual 0.

PCU 42 – Espinas 9, Castro 8, Belga 7, Santos 4, Navarro 4, Garrido 3, David 2, Salem 2, Amparado 2, Chien 1, Vidal 0.

Quarters: 14-10; 22-19; 30-30; 47-42.

toti_mendiola
06-26-2006, 04:57 PM
I just cant help to make a comment about the speeches made by Brother Fernandez of La Salle Greenhills and the Guest of Honor POC Chairman Jose Peping Cojuangco about winning isnt everything, totally in contrast with winning is the only thing and winning at all cost. I wonder what the DLSU crowd on the opening last saturday felt?
It was obviously a subtle swing at the UAAP's suspended school, or am i just paranoid?

oca
06-27-2006, 08:09 AM
I don't think it was a swing at anyone. More so at a school that is not a member of the NCAA.

As this year's theme is, to me the speeches were consistent with the being "Proud and True at 82".

Take note also, Conjuangco is a La Salle alumnus, and with CSB/LSGH as host, I don't think they would intend their speeches to take a dig at a school run by same religious order.

toti_mendiola
06-27-2006, 10:56 AM
If it was so, i assume it is intended to swing at the lost principles and ill practices of teams or institutions who practice it then.

gameface_one
06-28-2006, 08:52 AM
Opening day victors gun for win No. 2

The Philippine Star 06/28/2006

Mapua Tech and San Beda College try to sustain the momentum of their opening day victories as they take on separate rivals today at resumption of action in the 82nd National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The Cardinals thwarted the Philippine Christian U Dolphins, last year’s runners-up, in a low-scoring ballgame, 47-42, while the Red Lions, behind Nigerian Samuel Ekwe, blasted the Jose Rizal Heavy Bombers, 81-51, in the league’s inaugurals at the Araneta Coliseum last Saturday.

Focus will be on the San Beda-PCU duel at 4 p.m., which features the clash of two of the league’s talented big men in Ekwe and Gabby Espinas, the PCU slotman who is expected to atone for his so-so showing against Mapua.

While the 6-foot-6 Espinas, who bagged the Rookie of the Year and MVP honors in 2004, struggled for nine points against the Cardinals, the 6-foot-8 Ekwe debuted with impressive numbers, finishing with 13 points, including three thunderous dunks, and 13 rebounds.

"Hopefully, Gabby, as well as Jason (Castro) and Beau (Belga) will step up because if we play like we did against Mapua, we don’t have a chance against San Beda," said PCU coach Joel Dualan.

Mapua, on the other hand, takes on San Sebastian Stags in the 2 p.m. opener with Jeofferson Gonzales, who knocked in three of his four charities in the final minute to anchor the Cards’ victory over the Dolphins, expected to lead the charge of the Muralla-based cagers.

Like PCU, San Sebastian dropped its opening day game, 67-73, to Perpetual Help System DALTA.

"We have to be aggressive on defense because Mapua likes to run and they have good perimeter players. We also have to be consistent on our free throw shooting," said Raymond Valenzona, now the man at the helm at SSC.

San Beda and PCU tangle in the lone junior game at 6 p.m.

Meanwhile, College of St. Benilde beat Letran, 79-69, in the third game of the NCAA juniors tournament last Monday.

gameface_one
06-28-2006, 08:53 AM
Mapua, San Beda aim for early lead
mb.com.ph


By Kristel satumbaga

THE MAPUA Tech Cardinals and San Beda Red Lions shoot for their second straight wins when they collide against separate rivals today in the 82nd National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball championship at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.


The Cardinals battle the San Sebastian Stags at 2 p.m. while the Red Lions tangle with the Philippine Christian University (PCU) at 4 p.m. with both teams slightly favored to prevail.

Clashing in the lone junior match at 6 p.m. are the San Beda Red Cubs and the PCU Baby Dolphins.

The Red Cubs, the winningest squad in the league, are hoping to bounce back from a shocking defeat to the Jose Rizal University Light Bombers the other day.

The Light Bombers nipped the Red Cubs, 75-72, to end a 25-year of futility against the Mendiola-based squad.

Behind the exploits of veterans Alex Angeles, Yuosif Aljamal and a rookie from Nigeria in Samuel Ekwe, the Red Lions devoured the hapless Heavy Bombers, 81-51, a win that installed them as one of the early title contenders for the crown.

But San Beda coach Koy Banal isn’t taking any chances against the Dolphins, saying: "PCU is a very dangerous team despite what they showed in the opener."

The Dolphins were a disorganized lot in their maiden campaign as they absorbed a stinging 42-47 defeat to the Cardinals.

Even interim coach Joel Dualan, who filled the void following the sudden resignation of Junel Baculi, was furious with the performance of his veteran players, especially Gabby Espinas and Jason Castro.

The 6-foot-5 Espinas, who made history two years ago by becoming the league’s first Rookie-MVP winner, struggled for 9 points, while Castro was held to just eight points.

Dualan and team manager Bernard Yang are confident the Dolphins will finally play as one big fighting unit, not the team that made only 17 of 73 tries the last time.

"Naapektuhan lang sila sa pag-resign ni coach Junel pero I’m sure makaka-recover din sila," said Yang.

The 6-foot-8 Ekwe, a former football player, made a good account of himself in his debut, scoring 13 points, including three rim-rattling dunks, and grabbing 13 boards.

The Cardinals are again expected to lean on the hot hands of Joeferson Gonzales and Kelvin dela Peña.

Volleyball action resumes at 8 a.m. with Letran College clashing with College of St. Benilde. Their women counterparts collide at 10 p.m.

gameface_one
06-28-2006, 08:56 AM
Ekwe-Espinas matchup to spice up Lions-Dolphins clash



Inquirer
Last updated 03:13am (Mla time) 06/28/2006

Published on page A27 of the June 28, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

GAMES TODAY
(Ninoy Aquino Stadium)
2 p.m. -- San Sebastian vs Mapua (Srs)
4 p.m. -- San Beda vs PCU (Srs)
6 p.m. -- San Beda vs PCU (Jrs)

NIGERIAN student Samuel Ekwe struts his wares today as San Beda College takes on Philippine Christian University, even as Mapua Institute of Technology seeks its second straight win in the NCAA basketball tourney at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium in Manila.

The 6-foot-9 Ekwe was sparingly used in the Red Lions’ 81-51 crushing of the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers last Saturday after incurring two fouls in the first quarter. But he still put in 13 points, punctuated by three slam dunks.

The burly Ekwe will be up against Gabby Espinas, the PCU Dolphin who happens to play like an import himself, in the second game of a triple bill at 4 p.m.

Espinas, the 6-foot-4 Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in 2004, is raring to redeem himself after a miserable performance on opening day of the National Collegiate Athletics Association season, when he only scored nine points in the Dolphins’ 42-47 loss to Mapua.

“Whoever coaches a team which plays like that will surely get hypertension,” said PCU coach Joel Dualan, the replacement for Junel Baculi who resigned due to high blood pressure.

Mapua plays San Sebastian College at 2 p.m. with the Stags still smarting from a 67-73 loss to the University of Perpetual Help System-Dalta last Saturday.

Meanwhile, Indonesian student Ferdinand -- who like many Indonesians uses only one name -- combined with forward Martin Reyes as La Salle Green Hills overpowered Letran College, 79-69, in the nightcap of first-day junior play Monday at the same venue.

Ferdinand had 23 points, 12 rebounds, four blocks and two steals, and Reyes contributed 16 points, 11 rebounds and two steals for the Greenies.

The Greenies touched off the rout by limiting the Squires to just nine points in the first quarter. Marc Anthony Reyes
The scores (Jrs)

LSGH 79 -- Ferdinand 23, Reyes 16, Crespo 11, Sia 7, Liwag 6, De Guzman 5, Musngi 4, Dela Paz 2, Villanueva 2, Bienvenida 2, Guiao 1, Raganas 0, Yulo 0, Carbonilla 0, Quebral 0.

LETRAN 69 -- San Jose 18, Rosales 17, Wong 13, Alas, Kris 11, Alas Kev 10, Munsayac 0, Ruiz 0, Bagsit 0, Cruz 0, Gonzalez 0, Javier 0.

Quarters: 22-9, 39-32, 62-51, 79-69

kryptonite
06-29-2006, 03:29 AM
Stags trample Cards; Dolphins sink Lions

By FRANK CALAPRE, The Manila Times Correspondent

San Sebastian College-Recoletos bounced back from an opening-day setback to clobber Mapua Institute of Technology, 76-68, Wednesday in the 82nd National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Jim Viray, a three-year veteran, and sophomore Jayson Ballesteros combined for 20 points in the final half to lead the Stags to their first win after losing to University of Perpetual Help System Dalta, 67-72, on Saturday.

"We just stuck to our game plan the whole game. Mapua’s outside shooting was off, so I told the boys to break their defense," said new head coach Raymond Valenzona, who replaced his father Arturo on the SSC-R bench.

Earlier in the day in volleyball, College of Saint Benilde needed four sets before carving out a close 25-12, 24-26, 25-22, 25-21 win over Letran College, but the Lady Blazers got even with a victory over the Lady Knights, 25-16, 22-15, 21-25, 28-25, 17-15.

In the second basketball game, last year’s runner-up Philippine Christian University outscored San Beda College in the final five minutes to carve out a come-from-behind 70-66 win.

Viray scored five points while Ballesteros and Red Vicente added four apiece in a 13-5 Stags run to cut their deficit to only five points, 43-38, from 37-24 midway in the second period.

The Dolphins’ Gabby Espinas, the 2004 Rookie-Most Valuable Player, and Jason Castro led a 10-7 run to end the match, nail their first triumph in two games and hand the Red Lions their first setback.

Robby David scored 15 points while Beau Belga and Castro made 14 apiece for PCU. Espinas finished with 8 points. John Escobal made 11 points for the Red Lions while Samuel Ekwe, the Nigerian exchange scholar, added 10 and Yousif Aljamal 8.

A jumper by Jose Carlo Juan triggered a 12-6 run by the Stags anchored on Vicente, who scored six points to grab the lead for good, 50-49, still 2:33 remaining in the third quarter.

From there, the 11-time champion Stags never relinquished the lead and even stretched it to its biggest, 70-61, only 5:08 left in the match.

"We never made any adjustment after that loss to Perpetual Help on Saturday. The boys just did their best to keep us on track," added the 31-year-old Valenzona, who last year steered the Staglets to their first juniors title since 1972.

The 20-year-old Viray, of Puerto Princesa, Palawan, paced the Stags with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 2 steals, while Ballesteros added 13 and 9 rebounds and Vicente had 11 points and 7 rebounds.

Raymond Tiongco was the Cardinals main man with 14 points, followed by Jerby del Rosario with 10 and 8 for Sean Co.

The scores:

SSC-R 76–Viray 24, Ballesteros 13, Vicente 11, Lindaya 9, Delgado 4, Bulawan 4, Aquino 4, Juan 3, Sagad 2, De Leon 2, Raymondo 0

MIT 68–Tiongco 14, Del Rosario 10, Co 8, Gonzales 7, Sumalinog 6, Pascual N 6, Mazo 6, Guillermo 6, De la Pena 5, Pascual J 0.

Quarters: 14-22; 38-43; 56-53; 76-68.

Second game:

PCU 70–David 15, Belga 14, Castro 14, Amparado 8, Espinas 8, Salem 5, Santos 2, Navarro 2, MacCoy 2, Graham 0.

SAN BEDA 66–Escobal 11, Ekwe 10, Aljamal 8, Tecson 7, Menor 7, Hermida 7, Maggay 6, Gamalinda 5, Angels 5, Taupa 0.

Quarters: 13-19; 33-38; 48-55; 70-66.

Games Friday (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)

Basketball

12 p.m.–UPHD vs. CSB (Jrs.)

1:30 p.m.–UPHD vs. CSB (Srs.)

3 p.m.–PCU vs. SSC-R (Srs.)

4:40 p.m.–PCU vs. SSC-R (Jrs.)

Volleyball

8 a.m.–SSC-R vs. CSB (Jrs.)

10 a.m.–SSC-R vs. PCU (Srs.)

kryptonite
06-29-2006, 03:41 AM
SENIORS STANDINGS:

SCHOOL--W----L

CSJL--------1---0
UPHDS-----1---0
PCU---------1---1
SBC---------1---1
SSCR-------1---1
MIT---------1---1
CSB---------0---1
JRU---------0---1

bigfreeze_bibby
06-29-2006, 07:55 AM
Naglaro ba yung Robbie David during PCU's opening game against Mapua? Parang di ko nakita ito maglaro. Belga finally got his game going. But I thought that Red Lions will take the win since my last update said that Beda was still leading over PCU. Tingin ko Benilde and JRU yung medyo mahihirapan this season based from their opening day losses. I don't know about JRU but if I were to assess CSB's game, i would say para silang nawawalang tupa sa loob and no leader on the floor to guide them.

gameface_one
06-29-2006, 07:56 AM
Dolphins nip Lions; Stags bounce back


By Marc Anthony Reyes
Inquirer
Last updated 02:27am (Mla time) 06/29/2006

Published on page A23 of the June 29, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

PHILIPPINE Christian University finally showed its worth, posting a 70-66 come-from-behind victory over San Beda College last night in the National Collegiate Athletics Association men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium in Malate, Manila.

Gabby Espinas capped a 9-2 blast that finally tied the game at 57-all midway in the fourth quarter and then joined hands with Beau Belga and Jason Castro in repulsing the San Beda Lions down the stretch.

It was the first win in two games for PCU which trailed at 35-45 late in the third period while former coach Junel Baculi watched from the sidelines.

“At last the boys showed up ready to win. They also showed their character,” said PCU interim coach Joel Dualan as he noted the big comeback of the Dolphins in the last quarter.

Earlier, San Sebastian College-Recoletos redeemed itself from an opening-day loss by downing Mapua Institute of Technology, 76-68.

Jim Viray unloaded 24 points on top of 10 rebounds, two steals and one assist as the Stags bounced back from their 73-67 loss to University of Perpetual Help System-Dalta in the inaugurals last week.

“It was a good feeling getting my first win as San Sebastian head coach,” said Stags’ mentor Raymond Valenzona who took over the reins from his father Turo.

The Red Lions fell to 1-1 like the Mapua Cardinals, who pulled off a 47-42 win over the PCU Dolphins last Saturday.

San Beda scored only three points in the final three minutes and 11 overall in the last quarter while PCU unloaded 22 in the payoff period.

The scores:

First Game (Srs)

SSC-R 76 -- Viray 24, Ballesteros 13, Vicente 11, Lindaya 9, Delgado 4, Bulawan 4, Aquino 4, Juan 3, Sagad 2, de Leon 2, Raymundo 0, Najorda 0.

MAPUA 68 -- Tiongco 14, del Rosario 10, Co 8, Gonzales 7, Sumalinog 6, Pascual N. 6, Mazo 6, Guillermo 6, dela Pena 5, Pascual J. 0.

Quarters: 14-22; 38-43; 56-53; 76-68.

Second Game (Srs)

PCU 70 -- David 15, Belga 14, Castro 14, Amparado 8, Espinas 8, Salem 5, Santos 2, Navarro 2, McCoy 2, Graham 0, Javelona 0, Chien 0.

SAN BEDA 66 -- Escobal 11, Ekwe 10, Aljamal 8, Tecson 7, Menor 7, Hermida 7, Maggay 6, Gamalinda 5, Angeles 5, Taupa 0, Evangelista 0, Taganas 0.

Quarters: 13-19, 33-38, 48-55, 70-66.

gameface_one
06-29-2006, 10:07 AM
Rookie Stags coach gets first win
mb.com.ph


By Kristel satumbaga

SAN SEBASTIAN College bounced back from an opening day setback to beat Mapua Tech, 76-68, in the 82nd National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball tournament yesterday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.


The Stags got off to another tentative start, falling behind by 10 points in the first half before stepping on the gas in the third quarter to seize the initiative through the concerted effort of Jim Viray, Red Vicente, and Jason Ballesteros.

The win was the first for Raymond Valenzona as coach of the Stags. He piloted the San Sebastian’s junior squad to the championship last year at the expense of heavy favorite San Beda.

"It was a nice feeling, getting my first victory as a head coach. Para ka na ring nanalo ng championship," said Raymond Valenzona, who also guided San Sebastian’s junior team for the 2005 championship title.

Not to be outdone, last season’s runner-up Philippine Christian University (PCU) also avenged its first game loss with a 70-66 come-from-behind win over San Beda College to forge a four-way tie for second at 1-1.

The Dolphins surged their way to victory by taking the lead midway in the fourth quarter behind the inspired performances from the team’s old reliables -- Beau Belga, Gabby Espinas and Jason Castro.

The three, who played for Hapee in the PBL, conspired for seven straight points in the last five minutes for a 67-63 edge, enough to rattle the Red Lions.

Robby David topscored for the Dolphins with 15 points but it was the double-double performances of Castro and Espinas that spelled the difference.

Castro collected 14 points and 12 rebounds while the 6-foot-5 Espinas, the 2004 Rookie-MVP winner, also contributed 14 points and 10 boards. The two combined for just 17 points in their stinging loss to the Cardinals the last time.

Nigerian recruit Samuel Ekwe had another decent figures with 17 rebounds, 10 points, four assists and two steals for the Red Lions. Ekwe, however, failed to get enough support from his teammates.

"Kapag maganda ang laro nina Gabby and Jason, 80 to 90 percent ang chance namin na manalo sa game. This game proved it," said coach Joel Dualan.

Viray pumped in 24 points for the Stags, including 11 in the last two quarters that helped touch off the team’s searing comeback. The 20-year-old star also collared 10 boards and two steals in 30 minutes of action.

Down by 38-43 after two quarters, the Stags slowly clawed their way back to grab the lead 48-47 on Viray’s back-to-back jumpers.

The Stags firmed up their lead in the final stretch as Ballesteros completed a crucial three-point play for a 61-55 advantage.

Ballesteros and Vicente chipped 13 and 11 points, respectively.

In the lone juniors encounter, San Beda routed Philippine Christian U, 62-51.

The scores:

First Game (Srs.)

SAN SEBASTIAN 76 – Viray 24, Ballesteros 13, Vicente 11, Lindaya 9, Delgado 4, Bulawan 4, Aquino 4, Juan 3, De Leon 2, Sagad 2, Najorda 0, Raymundo 0.

MAPUA 68 – Tiongco 14, Del Rosario 10, Co 8, Gonzales 7, N. Pascual 6, Sumalinog 6, Mazo 6, Guillermo 6, Dela Pena 5, J. Pascual 0.

Quarters: 14-22; 38-43; 56-53; 76-68.

Second Game (Srs.)

PCU 70 – David 15, Castro 14, Belga 14, Espinas 8, Amparado 8, Salem 5, Navarro 2, McCoy 2, Santos 2, Graham 0, Chien 0, Javelona 0.

SAN BEDA 66 – Escobal 11, Ekwe 10, Aljamal 8, Menor 7, Tecson 7, Hermida 7, Maggay 6, Angeles 5, Gamalinda 5, Taganas 0, Taupa 0, Evangelista 0.

Quarters: 13-19; 33-38; 48-55; 70-66.

gameface_one
06-29-2006, 10:11 AM
Stags trample Cards; Dolphins sink Lions
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By FRANK CALAPRE, The Manila Times Correspondent

San Sebastian College-Recoletos bounced back from an opening-day setback to clobber Mapua Institute of Technology, 76-68, Wednesday in the 82nd National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Jim Viray, a three-year veteran, and sophomore Jayson Ballesteros combined for 20 points in the final half to lead the Stags to their first win after losing to University of Perpetual Help System Dalta, 67-72, on Saturday.

"We just stuck to our game plan the whole game. Mapua’s outside shooting was off, so I told the boys to break their defense," said new head coach Raymond Valenzona, who replaced his father Arturo on the SSC-R bench.

Earlier in the day in volleyball, College of Saint Benilde needed four sets before carving out a close 25-12, 24-26, 25-22, 25-21 win over Letran College, but the Lady Blazers got even with a victory over the Lady Knights, 25-16, 22-15, 21-25, 28-25, 17-15.

In the second basketball game, last year’s runner-up Philippine Christian University outscored San Beda College in the final five minutes to carve out a come-from-behind 70-66 win.

Viray scored five points while Ballesteros and Red Vicente added four apiece in a 13-5 Stags run to cut their deficit to only five points, 43-38, from 37-24 midway in the second period.

The Dolphins’ Gabby Espinas, the 2004 Rookie-Most Valuable Player, and Jason Castro led a 10-7 run to end the match, nail their first triumph in two games and hand the Red Lions their first setback.

Robby David scored 15 points while Beau Belga and Castro made 14 apiece for PCU. Espinas finished with 8 points. John Escobal made 11 points for the Red Lions while Samuel Ekwe, the Nigerian exchange scholar, added 10 and Yousif Aljamal 8.

A jumper by Jose Carlo Juan triggered a 12-6 run by the Stags anchored on Vicente, who scored six points to grab the lead for good, 50-49, still 2:33 remaining in the third quarter.

From there, the 11-time champion Stags never relinquished the lead and even stretched it to its biggest, 70-61, only 5:08 left in the match.

"We never made any adjustment after that loss to Perpetual Help on Saturday. The boys just did their best to keep us on track," added the 31-year-old Valenzona, who last year steered the Staglets to their first juniors title since 1972.

The 20-year-old Viray, of Puerto Princesa, Palawan, paced the Stags with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 2 steals, while Ballesteros added 13 and 9 rebounds and Vicente had 11 points and 7 rebounds.

Raymond Tiongco was the Cardinals main man with 14 points, followed by Jerby del Rosario with 10 and 8 for Sean Co.

The scores:

SSC-R 76–Viray 24, Ballesteros 13, Vicente 11, Lindaya 9, Delgado 4, Bulawan 4, Aquino 4, Juan 3, Sagad 2, De Leon 2, Raymondo 0

MIT 68–Tiongco 14, Del Rosario 10, Co 8, Gonzales 7, Sumalinog 6, Pascual N 6, Mazo 6, Guillermo 6, De la Pena 5, Pascual J 0.

Quarters: 14-22; 38-43; 56-53; 76-68.

Second game:

PCU 70–David 15, Belga 14, Castro 14, Amparado 8, Espinas 8, Salem 5, Santos 2, Navarro 2, MacCoy 2, Graham 0.

SAN BEDA 66–Escobal 11, Ekwe 10, Aljamal 8, Tecson 7, Menor 7, Hermida 7, Maggay 6, Gamalinda 5, Angels 5, Taupa 0.

Quarters: 13-19; 33-38; 48-55; 70-66.

Games Friday (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)

Basketball

12 p.m.–UPHD vs. CSB (Jrs.)

1:30 p.m.–UPHD vs. CSB (Srs.)

3 p.m.–PCU vs. SSC-R (Srs.)

4:40 p.m.–PCU vs. SSC-R (Jrs.)

Volleyball

8 a.m.–SSC-R vs. CSB (Jrs.)

10 a.m.–SSC-R vs. PCU (Srs.)

kryptonite
06-30-2006, 02:15 AM
Altas seek early lead vs CSB

By FRANK CALAPRE, The Manila Times Correspondent

University of Perpetual Help System Dalta guns for its second win and the early league lead, while Philippine Christian University and San Sebastian College-Recoletos collide Friday in the 82nd National Collegiate Athletics Association basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The Altas meet College of Saint Benilde at 2 p.m., while the Stags battle the Dolphins at 4 p.m. in the seniors’ games

In the juniors matches, defending champion SSC-R Staglets shoot for their second win against the Baby Dolphins at 6 p.m., while the Greenies tackle the Perpetual Altalettes at noon.

Perpetual Help will lean on veterans Vladymir Joe and playmaker Khiel Misa over the rookie-laden crew of Saint Benilde.

"I guess we can match up with them. We have good big men to contain Joe, and at the guard spot I’m sure my players can match up well against Misa," said CSB coach Caloy Garcia, whose team lost to defending champion Letran College, 65-44, last Saturday.

"What’s important is that we have to be consistent with our shooting, we have to improve on that particularly on our free throws," added Garcia, after his team shot a miserable 13 of 58 from the field against the Knights.

While team skipper Martin Urra had his usual numbers against Letran with 15 points, no other Blazer scored in double digit. Garcia hopes the others like Kris Robles, Carlo Manding and Gerald Layug will step up.

Expect an equally exciting game between PCU and San Sebastian, currently tied with San Beda College and Mapua all holding similar 1-1 win-loss records as they gun for their second straight win.

After an embarrassing opening-day loss, the Dolphins and Stags bounced back with impressive come-from-behind wins Wednesday. PCU downed the fancied Red Lions (70-66) while SSC-R edged the Mapua Cardinals (76-68).

The Taft-based team will rely on its veteran players led by forward Gaby Espinas, the 2004 Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year, guard Jason Castro and big man Beau Belga.

SSC-R, the last team to record back-to-back titles in the NCAA (2002-03), will have explosive forward Jim Viray, who torched Mapua with 24 points, versatile swingman Red Vicente and big man Jayson Ballesteros

Games Friday (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)

Basketball

12 p.m.–UPHD vs. CSB (Jrs.)

1:30 p.m.–UPHD vs. CSB (Srs.)

3 p.m.–PCU vs. SSC-R (Srs.)

4:40 p.m.–PCU vs. SSC-R (Jrs.)

Volleyball

8 a.m.–SSC-R vs. CSB (Jrs.)

10 a.m.–SSC-R vs. PCU (Srs.)

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06-30-2006, 07:43 AM
Altas eye solo lead in NCAA cage wars



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Last updated 02:53am (Mla time) 06/30/2006

Published on page A30 of the June 30, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

AN EARLY lead is what University of Perpetual Help System Dalta has in mind when it takes on College of St. Benilde even as Philippine Christian University and San Sebastian College go against each other for a second win today in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Vladimir Joe and Khiel Misa will take centerstage for the Altas who began their 2006 season with a 73-67 victory over San Sebastian in the opener. The duo scored 18 points apiece in their opening game, underscoring Perpetual’s arsenal which went in full display against the Stags.

But the host St. Benilde Blazers, coming from a sorry loss to defending champion Letran College also in the opener, are expected to come out strong with a bid to get back their lost pride in the 2 p.m. match

“I guess we can match up with them,” said St. Benilde coach Caloy Garcia. “We have good big men to contain Joe, and at the guard spot I’m sure my players can match up well against Misa.”
“What’s important is that we have to be consistent with our shooting, we have to improve on that particularly on our free throws.”

Garcia was talking about his team’s 13 of 58 field goal shooting accuracy against the Knights who took the 65-44 victory.

He is hoping Martin Urra will have his usual numbers and get ample support from Kris Robles, Carlo Manding and Gerald Layug.

In the junior division, defending champion SSC-R and DLSU-CSB shoot for their second straight win as the Staglets meet the debuting PCU Baby Dolphins at 6 p.m. while the La Salle Greenies tackle the Perpetual Altalettes at noon.

PCU downed San Beda College, 70-66, while San Sebastian edged Mapua Institute of Technology, 76-68, last Wednesday.

PCU, hoping to put behind the controversial issue about its sacked coach a day before the season began, will rely on veterans Gabby Espinas, the 2004 Most Valuable Player, guard Jason Castro and big man Beau Belga.

San Sebastian, the last team to win back-to-back titles in the NCAA (2002-03), will rely on forward Jim Viray, who scored 24 points against Mapua, aside from Red Vicente and big man Jayson Ballesteros. Marc Anthony Reyes

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06-30-2006, 07:44 AM
Altas target solo lead vs Blazers

The Philippine Star 06/24/2006

Perpetual Help shoots for win No. 2 and the solo lead in the early going of the 82nd NCAA basketball tournament as it takes on St. Benilde today even as Philippine Christian U and San Sebastian clash in the other seniors game at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The Altas actually share the lead with the idle Letran Knights following their opening-day victories last Saturday with the former raring to come up with a followup to their 73-67 win over the Stags for the early hold of the leadership in the eight-team field.

Veteran forward Vladymir Joe and playmaker Khiel Misa fired 18 points apiece against the Stags and they are again expected to carry the scoring cudgels for the Altas, who are bidding to score their first-ever NCAA crown this year.

But beating the Blazers in their 1:30 p.m. encounter would take a lot of hard work.

"We were beaten in our first game because the boys were nervous," said St. Benilde coach Caloy Garcia, who hopes to steer the school to a title like what he did to Welcoat Paints in the PBL last year. "But we will bounce back strong, I know we can."

While team captain Martin Urra played true to form and shot 15 points against Letran, no other Blazer scored in double digit with Garcia hoping to draw better performances from Kris Robles, Carlo Manding and Gerald Layug this time.

The Dolphins and the Stags also hope to come out strong again like they did last Wednesday when they trampled the San Beda Red Lions, 70-66, and the Mapua Cardinals, 76-68, respectively, to even their cards to 1-1.

That should make the PCU-SSC duel at 4 p.m. interesting with the Dolphins expected to lean on Gabby Espinas, Jason Castro and Beau Belga and the Stags pinning their hopes on Jim Viray, Red Vicente and Jayson Ballesteros.

Meanwhile, defending champion San Sebastian and CSB gun for their second win in the junior division with the Staglets facing the debuting PCU Baby Dolphins at 6 p.m. and the Greenies tackling the Altalettes at 12 noon

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06-30-2006, 07:45 AM
NCAA Basketball Tournament

Perpetual targets solo lead
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UNIVERSITY OF Perpetual Help guns for the solo lead today when it battles College of St. Benilde in the 82nd National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.


Their confidence boosted by their 73-67 win over San Sebastian in the opener last Saturday, the Altas are slightly favored over the Blazers when they tangle at 2 p.m.

Expected to lead the Altas are Khiel Misa and Fritz Bauzon whose perimeter sniping in a heated fourth quarter battle keyed the team’s victory.

Providing the Altas the much-needed strength in the middle is Vladymir Joe who scored 18 points the last time. The three dribblers actually combined for 40 points in that match.

Clashing at 4 p.m. are Philippine Christian University and San Sebastian College with both teams out to sustain their momentum following impressive wins the last time out.

The Dolphins, who scored a breakthrough championship two years, recovered from a stinging defeat to Mapua in the opener to crush San Beda, 70-66, just two days back.

The Stags also made their presence felt by turning back the Cardinals, 76-68, also last Wednesday to forge a four-way tie for second at 1-1.

La Salle Greenhills and San Sebastian try to keep their share of the lead in the junior division when they battle separate rivals.

The Greenies square off with the Perpetual Altalettes at 12 noon while the Staglets meet the PCU Baby Dolphins at 6 p.m.

Despite Perpetual’s convincing win in the opener, St. Benilde’s coach Caloy Garcia is unfazed.

Garcia, however, admits they need to improve their shooting to have a fair chance against the Altas.

In their 44-65 loss to defending champion Letran also last Saturday, the Blazers had an awful shooting from the field.

"If we want to win, we have to improve our shooting. Iyon ang pumatay sa amin," Garcia said. "Pero kung mag-click ang shooting namin, malaki ang chance namin."

PCU coach Joel Dualan will again rely on veterans Gabby Espinas, Jason Castro, Beau Belga and sophomore Robby David. —Kristel SATUMBAGA

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07-01-2006, 02:30 AM
Dolphins turn back Stags for lead; Blazers score


By Marc Anthony Reyes
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Last updated 00:22am (Mla time) 07/01/2006

Published on page A29 of the July 1, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

JASON Castro came through with a shot stab with 13.9 seconds left to lift Philippine Christian University to the solo lead with a 74-72 triumph over San Sebastian last night in the National Collegiate Athletics Association men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The Dolphins squandered a nine-point lead in the final three minutes before clinching their second victory in three games.

“Next time, we have to learn to protect our lead, but I will take this win anytime,” said PCU coach Joel Dualan.

Gabby Espinas led the Dolphins with 24 points, eight rebounds and two steals.

Castro finished with 11 points and six rebounds.

Earlier, Martin Urra Jr. completed a three-point play with 41.7 seconds left as host St. Benilde made up for its lackluster debut last week by trouncing Perpetual, 79-76.

Fouled by Michael Kong as he drove in, the 6-foot-3 Urra made the bonus shot to give the Blazers a 79-74 cushion en route to their first win in two games.

“Credit should go to the players,” said St. Benilde coach Caloy Garcia. “My players showed that we can win as a team.”

The Altas dropped to 1-1, in a tie with San Beda and Mapua. The Stags, meanwhile, took their second loss in three outings.

The Stags rallied from as far down as 46-58 to tie the game at 72 on free throws by Miguel Lindaya in the last 40 seconds.

But their effort went to waste as Castro got away with the game-clinching twinner.

The senior scores:

Second Game

ST. BENILDE 79 -- Layug 19, Robles 15, Johnston 14, Sevilla 10, Manding 7, Urra Jr. 5, Manlapaz 5, Aldover 4, Urra III 0, Trillo 0, Libunao 0, Cadiz 0.

PERPETUAL 76 -- Misa 26, Joe 14, Bauzon 12, Kong 8, Reyes 6, Lee 4, Manuel 3, Galabin 3, Racho 0, Perturbos 0, Mendoza 0.

Quarters: 21-22, 39-35, 58-56, 79-76

Third Game

PCU 74 -- Espinas 24, David 13, Castro 11, Garrido 7, Santos 7, Graham 5, Amparado 4, Navarro 2, Belga 1, Salem 0, McCoy 0.

SSC 72 -- Vicente 21, Viray 16, Lindaya 12, Bulawan 6, Juan 6, raymundo 5, De Leon 4, Ballesteros 2, Quiamco 0, Najorda 0, Sagad 0.

Quarters: 22-25, 45-34, 58-50, 74-72

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07-01-2006, 02:36 AM
PCU wins; CSB downs Perpetual
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By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA

PHILIPPINE CHRISTIAN University (PCU), getting a big lift from Jason Castro, outsteadied San Sebastian, 74-72, to claim solo second in the 82nd National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball tournament yesterday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.



With the Dolphins facing the specter of an embarrasing meltdown, Castro rose to the occasion, hitting a running jumper with 13.9 ticks left that stopped the Stags in their tracks.

"Hindi ko alam kung tsina-challenge lang nila ang sarili nila dahil hinayaan nilang mahabol ang lamang namin tapos kukunin nila ang panalo sa crunch time," said PCU coach Joel Dualan. "But I guess the boys just love to be challenged. We’ll just have to make up for those lapses."

It was the second straight win for the Dolphins since absorbing a 42-47 defeat at the hands of the Mapua Cardinals in the opener last week.

Earlier, host College of St. Benilde turned back University of Perpetual Help, 79-76, for its first victory in two games.

Putting their crushing 44-65 defeat to defending champion Letran in the opener behind, the Blazers came out with guns blazing this time to hand the Altas their first setback.

For a while, the Dolphins appeared headed for an easy win after posting a 72-63 lead, but the Stags, behind the hot hands of Red Vicente, came through with a vicious 9-0 attack to tie the game with still 43.9 ticks left.

The Stags had the chance to either send the game into overtime or win it with a three-point shot but Vicente, perhaps distracted by Castro’s pesky defense, missed the potential game-winning basket from 3-point region.

Gabby Espinas led the Dolphins with 24 points and eight rebounds. Vicente paced Stags with 21 points and nine rebounds.

So sharp were the Blazers they made 11 3-point shots, a big turnaround from their 0-of-20 shooting from the same area the last time out.

They Blazers and Altas are now tied with Mapua and San Beda College.

"Mabuti na lang nag-click ang outside shooting namin ngayon. It was horrible the last time," said a visibly-relieved St. Benilde coach Caloy Garcia. "We don’t have a big man, so I want this team to be a three-point and running team."

Gerald Layug sizzled for the Taft-based crew with 19 points, including 3-of-3 from trifectaville. The 6-foot-5 Layud also haulded down seven rebounds.

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07-01-2006, 09:15 PM
Castro jumper propels Dolphins
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 07/01/2006

Jason Castro scored on a running jumper from the right flank in the last 13.9 seconds as Philippine Christian U hacked out a 74-72 victory over San Sebastian College to seize the lead in the the 82nd NCAA basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Castro’s game-winner saved the day for the Dolphins, who took control in the second and third quarters behind Gabby Espinas’ imposing presence inside but sputtered at endgame. It was PCU’s second straight victory in three starts.

Idle Letran, the defending champion, is the only unbeaten team with a 1-0 mark.

Espinas, the 2004 rookie MVP, dominated the paint and pounded his way for 24 points while Castro finished with 11 behind Robby David’s 13-point output.

The Dolphins led by as many as 12 points, 58-46, late in the third quarter but turned cold, enabling the Stags to bounce back and knot the count at 72-all with less than a minute to go in the contest.

But the Stags failed to convert on their scoring opportunities before Castro, who actually struggled in the early going, seized the moment to shine with that winning jumper.

The Stags had two more opportunities to snatch the win but Jim Viray and Red Vicente misfired from the three-point area.

"They are big time players, it’s really up to them to shine," said PCU mentor Joel Dualan referring to the power duo of Espinas and Castro.

Earlier, host St. Benilde showed up with an improved three-point shooting as it repulsed Perpetual Help, 79-76, to even its mark to 1-1.

After going 0-of-20 from behind the arc in their 44-65 loss to the Knights last week, the Blazers came out with guns blazing this time as they buried 11 triples, including nine in the second half that anchored their victory.

Gerald Layug accounted for three of them to finish with 19 points while Kris Robles, William Johnston and Garri Sevilla chipped in 15, 14 and 10 points, respectively.

"It’s a big improvement in our first game," said St. Benilde coach Caloy Garcia, referring to their three-point shooting. "It’s a must for us to have that weapon because we’re not that big compared to other teams."

Khiel Misa led all scorers with 26 points but failed to get the job done down the stretch as the Altas slid to a share of third spot with the Blazers, the Mapua Cardinals and the San Beda Lions on 1-1 (win-loss) slates.

In juniors’ action, the St. Benilde Greenies walloped the Perpetual Help Altalettes, 87-75, to notch their second straight victory.

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07-03-2006, 03:32 PM
Knights ride out for 2nd win vs Stags



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Last updated 03:30am (Mla time) 07/03/2006

Published on page A34 of the July 3, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

LETRAN College guns for the lead against San Sebastian College even as San Beda College and the College of St. Benilde try to move up in the standings of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The defending champion Letran Knights seek a second straight win at 2 p.m. against the San Sebastian Stags with a complete lineup as Aaron Aban rejoins Letran after missing the first game due to a hurting left wrist.

That is bad news for the Stags who are smarting from a 74-72 loss to Philippine Christian University last Friday which boosted the Dolphins on top with a 2-1 record.

St. Benilde and San Beda clash at 4 p.m. with the winner also improving to 2-1.

The Caloy Garcia-mentored CSB Blazers seemed to have recovered after a 65-44 loss to the Knights in the inaugurals, hitting 11 of their 20 three-point attempts in nipping University of Perpetual Help, 79-76, last Friday.

The Red Lions will lean on sensational rookie Pong Escobal and Nigerian Samuel Ekwe.

Escobal, a hotshot from Holy Cross of Davao, and the 6-foot-8 Ekwe have been averaging in double figures the past two games and their partnership could spell trouble for St. Benilde.

Slotman Gee Layug, guard Kris Robles and forward William Johnston will form the offensive core of the Blazers. Marc Anthony Reyes

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07-03-2006, 03:44 PM
Well-rested Knights tackle sturdy Stags
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By FRANK CALAPRE
The Manila Times Reporter

Fresh from a nine-day rest, defending champion Colegio de San Juan de Letran collides with San Sebastian College-Recoletos on Monday in the 82nd National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The long rest, however, doesn’t bother head coach Louie Alas, as the 16-time titlist Knights face the Stags at 2 p.m.

Season host College of Saint Benilde meets San Beda College at 6 p.m.

The long layoff certainly gave the Knights time to fully regain their strength and recover from injuries, as they resume their campaign for back-to-back titles and 17th overall in the NCAA men’s basketball wars.

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07-04-2006, 08:00 AM
Aban’s return fires up Knights
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 07/04/2006

Letran drew inspiration from the comebacking Aaron Aban as it thumped San Sebastian, 81-73, yesterday to notch its second straight victory in the 82nd NCAA basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Although Aban appeared rusty after making only three of his 15 attempts, his presence was enough to inspire the Knights, particularly in the second quarter where they turned a 16-17 deficit into a 44-30 lead at the turn.

"He may be rusty in this game but he contributed in some other things," said Letran coach Louie Alas, referring to his prolific swingman, who was hobbled by a wrist injury when Letran routed St. Benilde, 65-44, in the league’s inaugurals last June 24.

Aban finished nine points, six rebounds, two assists and one steal.

Boyet Bautista fired 16 points for Letran, which maintained its 14-point lead after three quarters before holding off the rallying Stags to complete the victory and remain the only unbeaten team in the fold.

It was St. Benilde’s second loss against a win.

The Knights also held the Stags’ top scorers — Red Vicente and Jim Viray — to just a combined score of 17 points, a far cry from their 35-plus per game average.

In the other seniors’ game, San Beda whipped St. Benilde, 71-57, to tie Philippine Christian U at second with 2-1 (win-loss) slates.

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07-04-2006, 08:03 AM
Knights rip Stags to stay unbeaten
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By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA

DEFENDING CHAMPION Letran thumped San Sebastian College, 81-73 yesterday to post its second straight win in the NCAA basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.


DEFENDING CHAMPION Letran thumped San Sebastian College, 81-73 yesterday to post its second straight win in the NCAA basketball Tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Getting a big lift from the return of main man Aaron Aban, the Knights practically toyed with the Stags who absorbed their third loss in four games.

Aban, who is playing his first game after a left wrist injury he suffered in the Philippine Basketball League finals, poured in six of his nine markers in the second half and also collared six rebounds. His two gift shots off a technical foul from San Sebastian coach Raymond Valenzona gave Letran its biggest lead at 55-38, with still 4:42 left in the third period.

But even as the Knights remaioned the only unbeaten team in the eightteam league, Coach Louie Alas was still not satisfied.

"Kulang pa. Hindi ko pa rin nakikita ‘yung defensive toughness namin. It just turned out na sumabay lang kami sa opensa ng San Sebastian, " Alas lamented.

"We gave up too much energy in the first half so naging rusty ang performance namin after halftime. Pero malaking bagay si Aaron (Aban). Hindi ko pa sana siya palalaruin pero sabi ko sa sarili ko kailan ko pa siya susubukan," he added.

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07-04-2006, 08:41 AM
Knights charge past Stags, grab top spot
Posted: 3:30 AM | Jul. 04, 2006
Marc Anthony Reyes
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Published on page A22 of the July 4, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

LETRAN College, with veteran Boyet Bautista leading a balanced attack, outclassed San Sebastian College, 81-73, yesterday and took solo top spot in the NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Bautista topscored with 16 points and added two rebounds, two assists and a steal as the defending champion Knights picked up their second straight win.

The 5-foot-8 point guard presided over the smooth transition game of Letran, which pulled away by as many as 17 points, 55-38, midway through the third quarter on two charities by the comebacking Aaron Aban.

After skipping the first game with a hurting left wrist, Aban rejoined the Knights to score nine points, including two free throws, after SSC coach Raymund Valenzona was slapped a technical for stepping onto the court to protest a call.

San Beda College demolished host College of St. Benilde, 71-57, and moved up to second spot in a tie with idle Philippine Christian University with a 2-1 record.

With coach Koy Banal deftly shuffling his talent-laden line-up, the San Beda Red Lions pulled away in the second quarter, leading by double figures the rest of the way through veteran Rogie Menor and rookies Samuel Ekwe and Pong Escobal.

Rookie John Raymundo and Jim Viray kept the SSC Stags in the fight in the first half before the Letran Knights pulled way in the third quarter.

"I was planning to rest him (Aban) for this game, but he said he is okay," said Letran coach Louie Alas of his prized mainstay, who played for Toyota Otis in the recent Philippine Basketball League series.

The defending champion SSC Staglets earlier routed the Letran Squires, 66-47, for their third straight victory.

The San Beda Red Cubs trounced La Salle Green Hills-CSB, 88-74, to post their second win in three games. The LSGH-CSB Greenies suffered their first loss after posting back-to-back wins.

The scores:

Second Game (Srs)

LETRAN 81 -- Bautista 16, Balneg 11, Jazul 10, Mondragon 9, Aban 9, Quinday 6, Faundo 6, Guevarra 5, Daa 5, Realista 2, Dangcal 2, Ranises 0.

SSC 73 -- Raymundo 12, Viray 10, Juan 9, Najorda 8, De Leon 8, Vicente 7, Bulawan 6, Ballesteros 6, Lindaya 3, Sagad 2, Aquino 2, Quiamco 0.

Quarters: 16-17, 44-40, 65-51, 81-73

Fourth Game (Srs)

SAN BEDA 71 -- Aljamal 13, Menor 12, Escobal 11, Maggay 10, Ekwe 8, Tecson 4, Hermida 4, Angeles 3, Gamalinda 2, Antonio 2, Taganas 2, Evangelista 0, Espinosa 0, Taupa 0.

ST. BENILDE 57 -- Urra Jr 29, David 8, Sevilla 5, Johnston 4, Layug 3, Manding 3, Robles 2, Trillo 2, Manlapaz 1, Aldover 0.

Quarters: 22-15, 26-43, 63-42, 71-57

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07-04-2006, 08:47 AM
Knights trample Stags for 2nd win, NCAA lead
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By FRANK CALAPRE
The Manila Times Correspondent

Games Wednesday (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)

12 p.m. – Letran vs. JRU (Jrs./Srs.)

4 p.m. – PCU vs. UPHDS (Srs./Jrs.)

Despite a long rest, defending champion Letran College showed no sign of rustiness as the Knights defeated San Sebastian College-Recoletos, 81-73, Monday to remain on top in the 82nd National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquno Stadium.

The 16-time NCAA champion Knights, who last played during the opening on June 24, got the needed lift from Aaron Aban, who came off an injury and finished with 9 points. He scored 6 in the second quarter to move Letran to a big 44-30 advantage from a 16-17 deficit in the first 10 minutes of play.

"I should not have used Aaron Aban, but I have to because were struggling in the first quarter. It was really our defense that made it because we could not match San Sebastian’s offense," said Letran coach Loiue Alas.

The juniors match showed the reigning titlist San Sebastian Staglets pulling off a 66-47 win over the Letran Squirres to keep its clean 3-0 slate.

In volleyball, the San Sebastian men’s team downed Letran in straight sets, 25-19, 25-18, 29-27, but the Letran volleybelles avenged the loss against the Lady Stags, 25-19, 25-20, 26-24.

The 23-year-old Aban of Cagayan de Oro City played for the first time after hurting his left hand during the recent Philippine Basketball League championship series, where he played for Toyota Otis.

"At the start, I could not even hold the ball. It took me a little while to adjust myself into the game," said the four-year veteran Aban, whose plastic cast on his hand has just been removed by noted sports doctor Dr. Raul Canlas on Sunday.

With the win, Letran is right on track towards its quest for back-to-back championships with a 2-0 card, while the 11-time champion Stags dropped to the bottom of the eight-team field with a 1-2 win-loss slate.

San Sebastian was only in the game early on when it took a 1-point lead after the first period, but as soon as Aban and Boyet Bautista took the cudgels for the Knights, it became a lopsided match the rest of the way.

Aban and Bautista scored a basket each to widen the Knights’ lead to its biggest, 44-30, at the half. Bautista scored 7 points and Rey Guevarra made 5 in the third quarter to maintain the big lead, 65-51 going into the final period.

Bautista topscored for the Knights with 16 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists, while Mark Balneg finished with 11 points and Rafael Jazul added 10, with 9 points each from Aban and Hafer Mondragon.

John Raymundo was the Stags’ main point man with 12, plus 10 points by Jim Viray.

The Scores:

LETRAN 81 – Bautista 16, Balneg 11, Jazul 10, Mondragon 9, Aban 9, Quiday 6, Faundo 6, Guevarra 5, Daa 5, Realista 2, Dangcal 2, Ranises 0.

SSC-R 73 – Raymundo 12, Viray 10, Juan 9, Najorda 8, De Leon 8, Vicente 7, Bulawan 6, Ballesteros 6, Lindaya 3, Sagad 2, Aquino 2, Quimaco 0.

Quarters: 16-17; 44-30; 65-51; 81-73.

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07-05-2006, 08:01 AM
Knights eye 3rd win, battle Heavy Bombers
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By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA

DEFENDING CHAMPION Letran shoots for its third straight win today when the Knights tangle with the Jose Rizal University Bombers in the NCAA basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.


The Kinghts and the Heavy Bombers take to the court at 2 p.m. after the 12 noon match between the Squires and the Lighties.

Completing the day’s schedule will be the Philippine Christian University and University of Perpetual Help Dalta System doubleheader starting at 4 p.m.

Letran, eyeing a 17th title, is the only unbeaten squad in the eight-team league and is heavily favored to disarm the Bombers who are seeing action for only the second time after dropping their initial match against San Beda.

Despite their immaculate 2-0 slate, Letran Coach Louie Alas remained apprehensive, stressing that the Knights have not fully been playing as they were projected to do.

The return of veteran forward Aaron Aban asserted Letran’s defensive might in their latest triumph, but Alas wants to see more power, especially on the shaded lane.

"Hindi pa talaga nila naibubuhos ‘yung defensive toughness nila. Hindi lang basta-bastang kalaban ang JRU. Malaki pa ang mailalaro nila," Alas said.

Alas also bared that he is wary of what the Bombers and their new coach, Ariel Vanguardia, would offer against his Knights.

"He (Vanguardia) is already familiar with my coaching system so I have to be ready for that. At saka malaking bagay ‘yung matagal na pahinga nila dahil ‘yun iyong time na na-organize na nila ‘yung sistema nila," Alas said.

The Heavy Bombers are coming off from an 11-day rest and the rookie-laden squad are expected to have studied their lessons.

The Dolphins, on the other hand, are also favored against the Altas to notch their third straight win by virtue of their back-to-back victories after an opening day loss.

The Dolphins will draw power from Gabby Espinas and Jason Castro, who combined for 35 points and 14 rebounds in their last outing.

The 1-1 Altas, for their part, are aching to regain their winning touch after a 79-76 defeat from the College of St. Benilde.

gameface_one
07-05-2006, 08:05 AM
Knights gun for 3rd win vs Bombers

The Philippine Star 07/05/2006

Defending champion Letran College shoots for its third straight victory as it plays Jose Rizal U today even as Philippine Christian U guns for its third win in four games against Perpetual Help in the 82nd NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Coming off a convincing 81-73 win the other day following a nine-day layoff, the Knights, boasting of a league-best 16 championships, are heavily favored against the rookie-laden Heavy Bombers in their 2 p.m. encounter.

The Dolphins, last year’s runner-up, also eye their third win in row after dropping their opening day game to the Knights as they battle the Altas at 4 p.m.

The Knights’ latest win saw the return of versatile swingman Aaron Aban to action after missing the team’s first game due to a sprained left wrist.

Letran coach Louie Alas was satisfied with the performance of Aban, as well as his team — offensively. But in defense, he admitted that they must improve in order to be competent against other teams, including the Bombers.

Coming off an 11-day break, the Bombers are expected to have familiarized themselves with the system of newly-installed head coach Ariel Vanguardia, who took over the job vacated by veteran mentor Chris Calilan.

Vanguardia acted as assistant to Alas when they steered the Manila Metrostars to the 1999 title of the now-defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA). He was also an assistant to former Talk n Text coach Joel Banal.

In the previous PBL Unity Cup, Vanguardia was a member of Alas’ coaching staff with Toyota Otis.

"Hungry ang team na ‘yan after they lost to San Beda. We expect them to come out strong," said Alas. "Besides, coach Ariel knows my system kaya ‘di na n’ya kailangan mag-scout. Me, I have no idea kung ano ang gagawin n’ya."

The Dolphins try to follow-up their 74-72 win over the Stags last Friday, where 2004 MVP and Top Rookie Gabby Espinas dropped 24 points, which earned him NCAA Press Corps Player of the week honors.

Perpetual, on the other hand, hopes to avenge its 79-76 loss to St. Benilde also last Friday. While the Dolphins will rely on their deadly duo of Espinas and Jason Castro, the Altas will have big man Vladymirr Joe and guard Khiel Misa.

gameface_one
07-05-2006, 08:09 AM
Both ends meet in NCAA today


By Marc Anthony Reyes
Inquirer
Last updated 00:39am (Mla time) 07/05/2006

Published on Page A24 of the July 5, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE TOP AND BOTTOM ENDS OF THE standings meet today with one team hoping to keep its unblemished slate and the other trying to score its first win.

Defending champion Letran will stake its 2-0 win-loss slate against the only winless team, Jose Rizal University, at 2 p.m. in the NCAA men’s basketball at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

And a rout is on the horizon as the Knights showed championship form in their first two games. Veteran Aaron Aban is also back on the fold and played a big role in Letran’s 81-73 whipping of San Sebastian last Monday.

But the Heavy Bombers had an 11-day break that could work wonders for them, especially since they are just warming up with new coach Ariel Vanguardia.

Providing subplot from the sidelines are coach Louie Alas and Vanguardia, who was Alas’ assistant coach for the Manila Metrostars when it won the MBA title in 1999. They also share the bench with the successful Toyota Otis team in the PBL.

“The team (Bombers) is hungry after losing to San Beda,” said Alas. “We expect them to come out strong. Besides, Ariel knows my system, that’s why he doesn’t have to spend time scouting us. I have no idea what he’s going to do tomorrow.”

Last year’s runner-up, Philippine Christian U, tries to extend its own winning streak to three when it battles Perpetual Help at 4 p.m.

The Knights are currently on top of the standings with a 2-0 card, followed by the Dolphins and the San Beda College Red Lions with similar 2-1 records. The Altas and the Mapua Cardinals are locked at 1-1.

The Dolphins try to follow up their 74-72 win over the Stags last Friday, where 2004 MVP and Rookie of the Year Gabby Espinas scored 24 points.

Perpetual Help, on the other hand, hopes to avenge its 79-76 loss to St. Benilde, also last Friday.

gameface_one
07-05-2006, 08:34 AM
Letran eyes 3rd straight win vs JRU
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Defending champion Letran College seeks its third straight win as the Knights meet the winless Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers Wednesday in the 82nd National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Fresh from their 81-73 conquest of San Sebastian College on Monday, the 16-time NCAA champion Knights are heavily favored against the rookie-laden Heavy Bombers when they collide at 2 p.m.

Last year’s runner-up, Philippine Christian University, faces University of Perpetual Help System Dalta at 4 p.m.

The juniors matches pit the Squires against the Light Bombers at noon and the Baby Dolphins against the Altalettes at 6 p.m.

Letran, which swept PCU in the finals last year, is leading the first round of the eliminations with a clean 2-0 card, followed by the Dolphins and the San Beda College Red Lions with similar 2-1 records.

The Altas and the Mapua Cardinals are at fourth and fifth spots with identical 1-1 slates.

Season host College of Saint Benilde (1-2), the San Sebastian Stags (1-3) and the Heavy Bombers (0-1) complete the eight-team cast.

The Knights’ latest win saw the return of versatile swingman Aaron Aban after missing the team’s first game against Saint Benilde on June 24 owing to an injured left hand.

Games Wednesday (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)

Volleyball

8 a.m. – PCU vs. UPHD (Men/Women)

Basketball

12 p.m. – CSJL vs. JRU (Jrs./Srs.)

4 p.m. – PCU vs. UPHD (Srs./Jrs.)

Frank Calapre

gameface_one
07-06-2006, 08:19 AM
Letran wins and learns a lesson
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By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA

LETRAN COACH Louie Alas tried an experiment by using his second stringers to close out what he thought was a won game. The experiment nearly backfired as the Knights had to scramble to save victory against a resurgent Jose Rizal University in the NCAA basketball tournament yesterday.


The Knights were leading, 72-59, with less than three minutes left when Alas pulled out his first five to allow his bench warmers to finish the game at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

But the Heavy Bombers exploded with 11 straight points during that span to narrow the gap at 70-72 and was poised to bring the game into extra period when Bomber Floyd Dedicatoria forced Rafael Jazul to a jump ball, 1.1 seconds left.

The Bombers took possession under the "possession arrow" rule, but faced with time constraints, Jose Rizal’s Fenequito Wilson erred on his inbound pass giving Letran possession. During Letran’s inbound, Knight Boyet Bautista was fouled and delivered Letran’s final two points to preserve the win, 74-70.

The great escape gave the unbeaten Knights their third straight win and the solo lead in the eight-team league.

Letran coach Louie Alas admitted he was wrong in sending his bench warmers.

"Medyo malayo na rin kasi ang lamang kaya nagexperiment ako. Nag-backfire, pero ang positive effect naman is nagkaroon ng experience ‘yung mga rookie players ko sa ganoong situation," said Alas.

Bautista finished with 16 points, 12 of them from behind the arc. The 5’8" pointguard also hauled six rebounds and dished off four assists.

Wilson and Dedicatoria scored in double figures for the Heavy Bombers with 15 and 13 points, respectively.

In the second seniors game, Philippine Christian University similarly claimed its third straight victory for a 3-1 card at the expense of University of Perpetual Help-Dalta System, 66-63.

The Altas, who slipped to 1-2, threatened to put the game under protest after they claimed that a goal-tending violation should be assessed on Dolphin Ian Garrido who warded off Daltas’ Khiel Misas’s half court attempt as time expired.

Game officials, however, claimed that the final buzzer has sounded when Garrido committed the alleged violation. The Management Committee said the Altas may file a formal protest until today.

In juniors action, the Light Bombers outhustled the Squires, 110-98, for its second straight win while the Squires slipped on a 0-3 record.

First Game (Juniors)

JRU 110 – Lituania 30, Cipriano 26, Kabigting 24, Gabriel 14, Sta Cruz 6, Bejado 6, K. Santos 2, S. Santos 2, Pineda 0, Ungco 0, Del Rosario 0, Escarta 0.

LETRAN 98 – Rosales 28, Kr. Alas 23, Ke. Alas 17, Wong 15, San Jose 11, Cruz 2, Bagsit 2, Ruiz 0, Munsayac 0, Javier 0, Gonzales 0, Azurin 0.

Quarters: 23-28, 54-45, 80-72, 110-98.

Second Game (Seniors)

LETRAN 74 – Bautista 16, Aban 15, Balneg 14, Jazul 7, Daa 6, Mondragon 5, Dangcal 5, Quinday 2, Realista 2, Faundo 2, Guevarra 0, Del Rosario 0.

JRU 70 – Wilson 15, Dedicatoria 13, Fenequito 9, Nocom 8, Sena 7, Pradas 6, Cagoco 6, Hayes 4, Se 2, Pria 0, Caspe 0, Bucao 0.

Quarters: 9-14, 30-34, 53-51, 74-70.

Third Game (Seniors)

PCU 66 — Navarro 19, Espinas 13, Castro 9, Amparado 7, David 6, Garrido 4, Belga 4, Santos 2, Graham 2, Salem 0.

UPHDS 63 — Bauzon 32, Misa 16, Joe 8, Reyes 5, Kong 2, Mendoza 0, Manuel 0, Lee 0, Racho 0, Pertubos 0.

Quarters: 13-21, 29-39, 48-54, 66-63.

gameface_one
07-06-2006, 08:20 AM
Knights buck big scare vs Bombers
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 07/06/2006

Letran flirted with disaster but pulled off a 74-70 victory over Jose Rizal U just the same as the defending champions posted their third straight win to remain on top in the 82nd NCAA basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Boyet Bautista and Aaron Aban delivered as expected, finishing with 16 and 15 points, respectively, while Mark Balneg tossed in 14 points in his best performance thus far for the Knights, who trailed in the first three quarter before seizing control in the fourth.

"I’m expecting a tough game because their coach knows us really well," said Letran coach Louie Alas, referring to long-time assistant and now Jose Rizal mentor Ariel Vanguardia.

The Bombers showed their familiarity with the Knights’ system, even outplaying them as they took 14-9, 34-30, and 53-51 leads in the first three quarters. They also battled the Muralla-based cagers into three deadlocks and eight lead changes, the last at 51-47 with over a minute to go in the third quarter.

But Letran clamped down on defense and started connecting from the three-point area as the Knights pulled ahead at 72-59 behind a stirring 21-6 run at the onset of the fourth period.

In control, Alas pulled out his mainstays and sent in the second stringers but nearly paid dearly for it as the Bombers struck back to close with in two, 70-72, with four and three-tenth seconds left in the play.

JRU’s Floyd Dedicatoria then forced Rafael Jazul to a jump ball that gave the Bombers possession and 1.1 seconds to come up with a make-or-break play.

But Carlos Fenequito made a poor inbound pass to a John Wilson, dashing the Bombers’ hopes of pulling off a shocker. It was JRU’s second straight defeat.

In the other seniors’ game, Philippine Christian U rallied from 11 points down in the fourth quarter to turn back Perpetual Help, 66-63, in a game that was later put under protest by the Altas.

Perpetual Help contended that a goal-tending violation should have been called on Ian Garrido for deflecting a three-point shot by Khiel Misa. But officials said the buzzer had sounded before the shot was launched.

gameface_one
07-06-2006, 08:26 AM
Knights escape Bombers scare for 3rd win
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By FRANK CALAPRE, The Manila Times Correspondent

Defending champion Letran Knights escaped with a scary 74-70 win over Jose Rizal Heavy Bombers Wednesday to stretch its winning streak to three in the 82nd National Collegiate Athletic Association seniors basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

After taking a 13-point lead, the Knights suddenly went cold, allowing the Heavy Bombers to come closer, 70-72, in the final 2:50 of the match.

But Rafael Jazul and Boyet Bautista refused to cave in to the pressure and saved the day for the 16-time NCAA champions.

Letran’s 28 turnovers, four in the crucial stretch, almost cost the clean slate of the Knights as Jose Rizal’s John Wilson and Floyd Dedicatora scored a basket each that triggered a 9-4 run for JRC.

Jose Rizal only made 19 turnovers in the entire game.

"We were scouted. But we have no excuses, I gave the credit to the Heavy Bombers because they played very good today," said Letran coach Loiue Alas, referring to the new Jose Rizal coach Ariel Vanguardia.

Vanguardia was the assistant coach of Alas when he mentored Talk ’N Text in the Philippine Basketball Association and Toyota-Otis in the Philippine Basketball League.

With the win, the Knights remained on top with a clean 3-0 record, while the Heavy Bombers remained winless in three outings.

Bautista topscored for Letran with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists, while Aaron Aban added 15 and 14 points for Mark Balneg, who connected a triple to move the Knights within four points, 30-34, at the end of the half.

"At least the boys learned a very important lesson in this game. They should be consistent all throughout the match," Alas added.

Wilson, one of the 12 rookies in JRC’s roster, finished with 15 points while the one-year veteran Floyd Dedicatora scored 13 and 9 points for Carlos Fenequito.

The juniors match saw Carlo Lituania and BJ Cipriano combining for 56 points to lift the Jose Rizal Light Bombers past Letran Squires, 110-98, to secure their second straight victory in the first game.

In volleyball, it was a double celebration for the Philippine Christian University spikers as the men’s team proved too much for the University of Perpetual Help Dalta System, 25-19, 25-18, 25-17.

The scores:

Letran 74–Bautista 16, Aban 15, Balneg 14, Jazul 7, Daa 6, Mondragon 5, Dangcal 5, Realista 2, Quinday 2, Faundo 2, Guevarra 0

Jose Rizal 70–Wilson 15, Dedicatora 13, Fenequito 9, Nocom 8, Sena 7, Pradas 6, Cagoco 6, Hayes 4, Se 2, Pria 0, Caspe 0

QS: 9-14; 30-34; 53-51; 74-70

The Lady Dolphins, on the other hand, defeated the Lady Altalettes also similar three sets, 25-20, 28-26, 25-11.

Games Friday (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)

12 p.m.–St. Benilde vs. San Sebastian (Jrs/Srs)

4 p.m.–Mapua vs. San Beda (Srs.)

gameface_one
07-07-2006, 11:35 AM
Lions favored vs Cards; Benilde plays Sebastian



By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA

PRE-TOURNAMENT FAVORITE San Beda College goes for a share of second spot today when it tangles with Mapua in the NCAA basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.


The Red Lions, who will be the odds-on favorites what with their 6’8" Nigerian recruit Samuel Ekwe at the forefront of their offensive, meet the Cardinals at 4 p.m.

But despite their big edge at the slot, SBC Coach Koy Banal remained apprehensive, knowing it takes more than one player to win.

"We will have a very good chance of winning if we believe that we can win as a team. Teamwork and communication are really important in this sport," said Banal after his team’s recent 88-74 victory over College of St. Benilde.

The Red Lions, sporting a 2-1 record, must play with cohesiveness as evidenced by the miscommunications between their veterans and rookies which resulted in a 66-70 loss to Philippine Christian University last week.

But Banal said it happens to all teams which are having continuous adjustments.

"The guys are just pressured because most teams think of us as one of the teams to beat this year, especially with a recruit like Samuel in the lineup. But we’re working on it. We continue to believe that we can win if we can play as a team," Banal said.

Ekwe, who averages 10 points and 13 rebounds, is expected to showcase another fiery performance with the help of teammates Yousif Aljamal, Ogie Menor and John Escobal.

While the dark-skinned giant is still in the adjustment phase, Banal said Ekwe has been performing way beyond his expectations.

"I expect more of him in the future games. He’s been showing his power," Banal said.

In the other senior tussle, San Sebastian College and St. Benilde hope to redeem themselves from their recent setbacks in their 2 p.m. date.

gameface_one
07-07-2006, 11:37 AM
Lions roarin’ for third win

The Philippine Star 07/07/2006

San Beda College, one of the pre-season favorites, guns for its third win in four outings and keeps pace with league leaders Letran College and Philippine Christian U in the 82nd NCAA basketball wars today at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Riding the crest of an impressive 71-57 win over host College of St. Benilde last Monday, the Mendiola-based dribblers aim for their first back-to-back wins .

The Red Lions will face the unpredictable Mapua Cardinals, a team eager to avenge its recent defeat, in the first seniors’ match at 2 p.m. St. Benilde and San Sebastian College-Recoletos clash in the main game at 4 p.m.

In the lone juniors game at 12 noon, reigning titlist SSC-R Staglets try to keep their record clean as they shoot for win No. 4 against the CSB-La Salle Green Hills Greenies (2-1).

The defending champion Knights sport a clean 3-0 record, followed by the Dolphins (3-1), Red Lions (2-1), Cardinals (1-1), the Perpetual Help DALTA Altas and Blazers (2-1), Stags (1-3) and the Jose Rizal U Heavy Bombers (0-2).

The addition of Nigerian national Samuel Ekwe put the Red Lions among the top contenders this season.

At 6-foot-8, Ekwe has created mismatches, helping San Beda at both ends of the floor. In three games, he’s averaging at least 10 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and a steal, while gaining celebrity status in the country’s oldest collegiate league.

SBC coach Koy Banal admitted that having Ekwe is a big plus in their campaign to end the school’s 27-year title drought. But for them to be successful, the champion mentor said consistent team play is the key.

"If we believe that we can win as a team I think we have a very good chance of achieving our goal. But we have to continue working hard, every game," said Banal, whose team will face a Mapua side that lost to SSC-R last June 28 (76-68).

Aside from Ekwe, Banal will rely on veteran point guard Alexander Angeles, rookie guard JP Escobal, third year forward Yousif Aljamal, big man Jay-R Taganas and ace gunner Rogie Menor.

Equally exciting is the match between SSC-R and St. Benilde, with both teams hoping to avenge their recent defeats. The Blazers bowed to the Lions (71-57), while the Stags lost to the Knights (81-73) last Monday. — Joey Villar

gameface_one
07-07-2006, 11:40 AM
Rookies set to stir Lions vs Cardinals



Inquirer
Last updated 02:56am (Mla time) 07/07/2006

Published on page A24 of the July 7, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

PINNING its hopes on two exciting rookies, San Beda College guns for its third straight victory against Mapua Institute of Technology, even as College of St. Benilde and San Sebastian College attempt to bounce back today in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Focus will be on towering center Nigerian Samuel Ekwe and daring Davaoeño guard Pong Escobal when the Red Lions face the Cardinals at 4 p.m., after the 2 p.m. match between the Blazers and the Stags.

The 22-year-old Ekwe, a marketing sophomore, has been getting attention because of his fine moves down low where his turnaround jumpers are hardly challenged.

“There are a lot possibilities we are facing with this guy around,” said San Beda coach Koy Banal of the 6-foot-9 Ekwe, who was brought to the country last year by a Filipino priest and is averaging 10 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and one steal so far.

The 6-foot Escobal’s barreling drives are slowly earning him respect in a team that includes big names like Rogie Menor and Yousif Aljamal. The former Holy Cross off-guard is averaging 12 points and 7 rebounds per game.

Banal said that since his lineup is a combination of old hands and fresh faces the team’s campaign is anchored on greater teamwork.

Both the Stags and the Blazers are hoping to recover lost ground following their recent defeats to the Lions (71-57) and the Letran Knights (81-73), respectively. Marc Anthony Reyes

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07-07-2006, 11:48 AM
Lions take on Cards
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By FRANK CALAPRE

Games Friday (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)

Volleyball

8 a.m. – SSC-R vs. CSB (M/W)

Basketball

12 p.m. – CSB vs. SSC-R (Jrs/Srs.)

4 p.m. – MIT vs. SBC (Srs.)



The San Beda College Red Lions try to gain a share of second place Friday as they battle Mapua Institute of Technology in the 82nd National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Fresh from an impressive 71-57 win over season host College of Saint Benilde last Monday, the Mendiola-based dribblers meet the Cardinals at 4 p.m. following the encounter between the San Sebastian Stags and CSB Blazers at 2 p.m.

The Red Lions are facing the unpredictable Mapua Cardinals, a team eager to avenge their defeat to San Sebastian, 76-68, on June 28.

In the lone juniors game at noon, the reigning titlist SSC-R Staglets (3-0) try to keep their record clean against the CSB-La Salle Green Hills Greenies (2-1).

The defending champion Knights are currently leading the seniors with an unblemished 3-0 record, followed by the Philippine Christian University Dolphins (3-1), the Red Lions (2-1), the Cardinals (1-1), the Perpetual Help Dalta Altas and Blazers (2-1), the Stags (1-3) and the Jose Rizal U Heavy Bombers (0-2).

Howard the Duck
07-07-2006, 06:50 PM
Panalo baste at beda...

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07-08-2006, 10:32 AM
Lions mangle Cards; Stags gore Blazers


By Marc Anthony Reyes
Inquirer
Last updated 00:23am (Mla time) 07/08/2006

Published on page A24 of the July 8, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

VETERAN point guard Alex Angeles found room to shine in the talent-thick lineup of San Beda, scoring all his points from beyond the arc to power the Red Lions to a 69-55 rout of the Mapua Cardinals yesterday in the National Collegiate Athletics Association men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Angeles finished with 15 points, making five of seven attempts from beyond the arc to lead the Lions to their third win in four outings. His heroics eased the load on top guns Rogie Menor and Nigerian rookie Samuel Ekwe.

“We forced them to play man to man,” said SBC coach Koy Banal. “But that is because we were hitting our shots.”

Ekwe finished with 11 points, 13 rebounds, six blocks and one steal to provide the backbone for the San Beda win. His slam dunk with 7:05 to go gave the Red Lions their biggest lead, 60-44.

The Cardinals clawed back with eight unanswered points to make a last stand, but Menor drilled two free throws and Angeles drained the last of his triples for a 65-52, three minutes left.

Menor had nine points, 13 rebounds, four assists and one steal, while rookie guard Pong Escobal added nine points for the Red Lions, on top of four assists.

Jim Viray did just about everything to power San Sebastian to an 89-85 overtime victory over St. Benilde in the other seniors game.

The 6-foot-4 Viray had 23 points, eight rebounds and two blocks to seal the Stags’ second win in five games and help snap his team’s two-game slide.

In the first game, the Staglets tripped the CSB-LSGH Greenies, 78-70, to post their fourth victory in as many games. The Greenies are now 2-2.

The senior scores:

SECOND GAME (srs)

SSC 89 -- Viray 23, Vicente 21, Aquino 17, Bulawan 8, Lindaya 4, Raymundo 4, Najorda 4, Juan 3, Delgado 3, Sagad 2, Quiamco 0, De Leon 0, Ballesteros 0, Tioseco 0.

CSB 85 -- Urra Jr. 21, Layug 18, Johnston 16, Sevilla 12, Robles 7, Aldover 5, Manding 4, Cadiz 2, Urra III 0, Manlapaz 0, Trillo 0, Devaras 0, David 0, Umias 0, Libunao 0.

Quarters: 10-14, 28-35, 50-58, 76-76, 89-85 OT

THIRD GAME (srs)

SBC 69 -- Angeles 15, Ekwe 11, Escobal 9, Menor 9, Maggay 8, Gamalinda 8, Aljamal 5, Tecson 4, Hermida 0, Taganas 0.

MAPUA 55 -- Dela Peña 15, Co 11, Del Rosario 10, Gonzales 8, Pascual 6, Mazo 3, Tiongco 2, Sumalinog 0, Pascual 0.

Quarters: 20-17, 33-30, 56-40, 69-55

gameface_one
07-08-2006, 10:36 AM
San Beda clips Mapua
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By Kristel Satumbaga

SAN BEDA College roared past Mapua, 69-55, yesterday to claim a share of second spot in the NCAA basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.


Alex Angeles and Nigerian Samuel Ekwe dished out monster games as they anchored the Red Lions to their third win in four starts.

Angeles, a 5’11" pointguard from Laguna, pumped in all of his 15 points from the rainbow area, eliciting praises from Head Coach Koy Banal.

"This is his (Angeles) breakout performance. I told him to be a pointguard to us and his shot will really come. And it did. He was focused on his game and helped a lot in this win," Banal said before rushing to the PBA finals game of Purefoods, where he is an assistant coach, at the Cuneta Astrodome.

"The desire of the boys to win this game gave the edge for us to stop our opponents. Defense did it and we were able to make a stop on their attempts," he added.

San Beda led by as many as 16 points, 60-44, early in the final canto with Ekwe putting on a show capped by a thunderous dunk.

Ekwe finished with a double-double effort of 11 points and 13 rebounds on top of six blocks.

Sean Co tried to instigate a Mapua rally but all the Cardinals could do was to trim the gap to 52-60 before the Red Lions roared back to life to win with plenty to spare.

Last year’s Rookie of the Year Kelvin dela Peña topscored for the Cardinals with 15 points while Co and Jerby Del Rosario added 11 and 10, respectively.

Earlier, San Sebastian College hacked out an 89-85 overtime win over College of St. Benilde to break out of a two-game losing spell.

The Stags, bannered by veterans Jim Viray and Red Vicente, registered their second win in five starts while the Blazers slid to 1-3.

Viray sizzled with 23 points from a 5-of-10 shooting behind the arc while collaring eight rebounds and issuing three assists, while Vicente drilled in 21 points, including four in the extra period.

San Sebastian coach Raymond Valenzona said his wards displayed their might on both ends, but still lacked the mental toughness needed to overcome crucial situations.

"We still need to have that mental toughness during crunch time. Dapat tapos na n’ung fourth quarter pero hindi namin na-box out ‘yung mga shooters nila," said San Sebastian coach Raymond Valenzona.

Vicente and Viray teamed up for five straight markers in the last minute of the regulation to grab the upperhand at 76-74 but an ill-advised foul from Gilbert Bulawan allowed Blazer Martin Urra to tie the game, 76-76, and bring the game into overtime.

In the extra five minutes, the Palawan native Viray broke the tie with a triple before anchoring a stifling defense that derailed the Blazers.

gameface_one
07-08-2006, 10:41 AM
Angeles, Ekwe boost Lions past Cardinals
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 07/08/2006

San Beda leaned on the outside shooting of Alex Angeles and drew another big game by Nigerian Samuel Ekwe as it smashed Mapua, 69-55, yesterday to join Philippine Christian U at second place in the 82nd NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

After so-so stints in the first three games, Angeles finally found his shooting touch as he unleashed five triples to finish with 15 points while Ekwe dominated the paint again with 11 points, 13 boards and a season-high six shot blocks to power the Lions to their third victory in four games.

Idle Letran, the defending champion, shows the way with a 3-0 slate.

"We stayed focused and we were able to make the necessary stops," said San Beda coach Koy Banal, who had to rush to the Astrodome to join Purefoods coach Ryan Gregorio in Game 2 of their PBA title duel with Red Bull.

For a while, the Cardinals, one of the pre-season favorites, appeared ready to engage the Lions in a tough, physical contest as they trailed by just three points, 30-33, at the turn.

But Angeles fired away from the outside while the long-limbed, high-leaping Ekwe made his move inside as San Beda, seeking a 28-year title drought, broke away from a tight game to pull away, 56-40.

Kelvin dela Peña, last year’s top rookie, paced Mapua with 15 points as the Cardinals reeled to their second setback against a lone victory.

Earlier, San Sebastian leaned on Jim Viray and Red Vicente as it rallied to beat St. Benilde, 89-85, in overtime and snap a two-game skid.

Held down to just a combined 17 points in a 73-81 loss to the Letran Knights Monday, Viray and Vicente fired 23 and 21 points, respectively, this time to power the Stags to their second win against three losses.

The duo also drew support from the bench headed by Jimbo Aquino and Gilbert Bulawan.

Aquino, a sophomore from Tarlac, had 16 points, including nine from behind the arc, seven rebounds and six assists while Bulawan, a high-leaping rookie from Legaspi, Albay, chipped in eight points and had four shot blocks.

"We started slow but we recovered in time with a good defense," said San Sebastian coach Raymond Valenzona in Filipino.

It was the Blazers’ third setback against a win.

gameface_one
07-08-2006, 10:43 AM
Stags need Viray, OT to hold off Blazers; Lions win


BY FRANK CALAPRE, The Manila Times Correspondent
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Games Monday (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)

12 p.m. – JRU vs. PCU (Jrs.)

2 p.m. – JRU vs. PCU (Srs.)

4 p.m. – UPHDS vs. MIT (Srs.)



San Sebastian College leaned on the junior Jim Viray and Red Vicente in the late periods to pull out a close 89-85 win over College of Saint Benilde on Friday in the 82nd National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Three-year veteran Viray made up for a big error at the close of regulation by firing a triple that shattered the last 76-all deadlock and triggered a 10-6 blast that eventually gave the Stags’ second win in four matches.

In the second game, San Beda College played like a well-oiled machine as the Red Lions blasted Mapua Institute of Technology, 69-55, to notch their third win in four matches.

Alex Angeles topscored for the Red Lions with 15 points, six in the third quarter that stretched their lead to its biggest, 56-40.

Nigerian exchange scholar Samuel Ekwe finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds for San Beda, which is seeking to end a 26-year-long title drought.

"We really played well today and our defense was good, we were able to stop them even in the early part of the game. God is good. He blessed us all today," said San Beda head coach Koy Banal.

The lone juniors match saw the defending champion San Sebastian Staglets securing their fourth win at the expense of the Saint Benilde Baby Blazers, 78-70.

In volleyball, the San Sebastian Lady Spikers surged to the win column by defeating Saint Benilde, 27-25, 25-16, 25-14, but the CSB spikers struck back by dealing the SSC men’s team a humiliating 25-27, 16-25, 14-25 defeat.

The 19-year-old Viray attempted a hurried triple in the final 3.3 seconds of the fourth period that enabled the 2004 champion Blazers to forge a five-minute extension.

He finished with 23 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals, while Vicente added 21 and 5 rebounds to keep the 11-time titlist Stags at fifth place in the eight-team league.

"We really have to improve on our players’ mental toughness most especially in the fourth period. That’s what we really need to do more," said Raymund Valenzona, the Stags’ new head coach and son of longtime SSC mentor Arturo Valenzona.

It was a sorry loss for the Blazers, who were leading by as many as 11 points early in the fourth quarter until Viray of Legazpi City connected on back-to-back triples to move SSC to within 58-56, still 8:49 remaining in the match.

"I am already satisfied with our defense now, but I think we have still plenty to improve, although when we started it is already different now," added the 31-year-old Valenzona.

The Scores:

First Game

SAN SEBASTIAN 89 – Viray 23, Vicente 21, Aquino 17, Bulawan 8, Lindaya 4, Raymundo 4, Najorda 4, Juan 3, Delgado 3, Sagad 2, Ballesteros 0.

SAINT BENILDE 85 – M. Urra 21, Layug 18, Johnston 16, Sevilla 12, Robles 7, Aldover 5, Manding 4, Cadiz 2, D. Urra 0.

Quarters: 10-14; 28-35; 50-58; 76-76; 89-85.

Second Game

SAN BEDA 69 – Angeles 15, Ekwe 11, Menor 9, Escobal 9, Gamaliinda 8, Maggay 8, Aljamal 5, Tecson 4, Taganas 0.

MAPUA 55 – De la Pena 15, Co 11, Del Rosario 10, Gonzales 8, Pascual 6, Mazo 3, Tiongco 2, Sumalinog 0, Palomique 0.

Quarters: 20-17; 33-30; 56-40; 69-55.

toti_mendiola
07-08-2006, 12:02 PM
Stags need Viray, OT to hold off Blazers; Lions win


BY FRANK CALAPRE, The Manila Times Correspondent
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Games Monday (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)

12 p.m. – JRU vs. PCU (Jrs.)

2 p.m. – JRU vs. PCU (Srs.)

4 p.m. – UPHDS vs. MIT (Srs.)



San Sebastian College leaned on the junior Jim Viray and Red Vicente in the late periods to pull out a close 89-85 win over College of Saint Benilde on Friday in the 82nd National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Three-year veteran Viray made up for a big error at the close of regulation by firing a triple that shattered the last 76-all deadlock and triggered a 10-6 blast that eventually gave the Stags’ second win in four matches.

In the second game, San Beda College played like a well-oiled machine as the Red Lions blasted Mapua Institute of Technology, 69-55, to notch their third win in four matches.

Alex Angeles topscored for the Red Lions with 15 points, six in the third quarter that stretched their lead to its biggest, 56-40.

Nigerian exchange scholar Samuel Ekwe finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds for San Beda, which is seeking to end a 26-year-long title drought.

"We really played well today and our defense was good, we were able to stop them even in the early part of the game. God is good. He blessed us all today," said San Beda head coach Koy Banal.

The lone juniors match saw the defending champion San Sebastian Staglets securing their fourth win at the expense of the Saint Benilde Baby Blazers, 78-70.

In volleyball, the San Sebastian Lady Spikers surged to the win column by defeating Saint Benilde, 27-25, 25-16, 25-14, but the CSB spikers struck back by dealing the SSC men’s team a humiliating 25-27, 16-25, 14-25 defeat.

The 19-year-old Viray attempted a hurried triple in the final 3.3 seconds of the fourth period that enabled the 2004 champion Blazers to forge a five-minute extension.

He finished with 23 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals, while Vicente added 21 and 5 rebounds to keep the 11-time titlist Stags at fifth place in the eight-team league.

"We really have to improve on our players’ mental toughness most especially in the fourth period. That’s what we really need to do more," said Raymund Valenzona, the Stags’ new head coach and son of longtime SSC mentor Arturo Valenzona.

It was a sorry loss for the Blazers, who were leading by as many as 11 points early in the fourth quarter until Viray of Legazpi City connected on back-to-back triples to move SSC to within 58-56, still 8:49 remaining in the match.

"I am already satisfied with our defense now, but I think we have still plenty to improve, although when we started it is already different now," added the 31-year-old Valenzona.

The Scores:

First Game

SAN SEBASTIAN 89 – Viray 23, Vicente 21, Aquino 17, Bulawan 8, Lindaya 4, Raymundo 4, Najorda 4, Juan 3, Delgado 3, Sagad 2, Ballesteros 0.

SAINT BENILDE 85 – M. Urra 21, Layug 18, Johnston 16, Sevilla 12, Robles 7, Aldover 5, Manding 4, Cadiz 2, D. Urra 0.

Quarters: 10-14; 28-35; 50-58; 76-76; 89-85.

Second Game

SAN BEDA 69 – Angeles 15, Ekwe 11, Menor 9, Escobal 9, Gamaliinda 8, Maggay 8, Aljamal 5, Tecson 4, Taganas 0.

MAPUA 55 – De la Pena 15, Co 11, Del Rosario 10, Gonzales 8, Pascual 6, Mazo 3, Tiongco 2, Sumalinog 0, Palomique 0.

Quarters: 20-17; 33-30; 56-40; 69-55.




This one has mis stated facts.
hehe. it should have been 28 years and not 26. Exchange scholar?

chba_dude
07-08-2006, 04:20 PM
Ekwe dunk on youtube...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ep-qrWmC1bM

luranski
07-08-2006, 06:54 PM
ok yan ah... san galing?

full battle gear
07-10-2006, 11:47 AM
Streaking Dolphins gun for 4th straight win

The Philippine Star 07/10/2006

Philippine Christian University guns for its fourth straight victory as it plays winless Jose Rizal U today while Mapua and Perpetual Help eye a share of fourth place at resumption of action in the 82nd NCAA basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The Dolphins are hot on a three-game streak after dropping their opening day game to the Mapua Cardinals, 42-47, making them the heavy favorites in their 1:30 p.m. encounter with the team seeing its first victory in three games.

The early surge by the Dolphins, who scored a come-from-behind 66-63 victory over the Perpetual Help Altas Wednesday, gave the 2004 champions a share of second place with San Beda at 3-1, half-a-game behind pacesetting defending champion Letran, which swept its first three games.

"We’re always going for the win but we have to respect all our opponents, even Jose Rizal, a team capable of beating any team if you’ll allow them," said PCU coach Joel Dualan in Filipino.

Dualan is expected to pin his hopes on the flashy tandem of 2004 rookie MVP Gabby Espinas and Jason Castro, who have been dishing out big games for the Dolphins. In PCU’s victory over Mapua, Dualan also drew a solid performance from Lei Navarro, who churned out a career-best 19 points.

"I always tell my players that this is not just the team of Gabby and Jason, it’s all about everyone, all the players have to contribute," said Dualan.

In the other seniors game, Mapua and Perpetual Help, bunched at fifth spot on 1-2 (win-loss) cards, hope to end a two-game slump as they two collide at 3 p.m.

After hurdling their opening day assignments, the Cardinals and the Altas dropped their next two games with the winner in today’s encounter joining idle San Sebastian, which rallied to beat St. Benilde, 89-85, in overtime Friday, in fourth place at 2-3.

gameface_one
07-11-2006, 07:55 AM
Dolphins sustain win run, thwart Bombers
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 07/11/2006

Philippine Christian U bucked the absence of Jason Castro as it foiled Jose Rizal’s upset bid, 81-77, yesterday to extend its win run to four in the 82nd NCAA basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Sophomore Robby David filled the slack left by Castro, who had to rush home to Guagua, Pampanga to attend to her ailing grandmother, as he fired a career-best 22 points to help power the Dolphins to their fourth victory in five games for solo second place.

The Letran Knights paces the eight-team field with a 3-0 slate.

"He told me has a personal problem so I have to let him go home," said PCU coach Joel Dualan referring to his prolific guard who averages 10.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, four assists and a steal in his first four outings.

"Fortunately, someone stepped up for us," said Dualan.

The Bombers dictated the pace majority of the way and even led by as many as 12 points, 53-41, midway in the third quarter.

Jose Rizal hung tough until the final two minutes of play as it protected a 75-69 advantage until it cracked up in the face of the Dolphins’ fiery finish.

Gabby Espinas and Ian Garrido combined for eight points in a decisive 9-0 blitz by the Taft-based cagers that turned the game around.

Espinas, the 2004 rookie MVP, finished with 17 points, nine rebounds, five shot blocks, three assists and a steal while Garrido had a game-high 10 rebounds, scored five points, came up with three shot blocks, dished off three assists and made two steals.

The Bombers, who drew a solid game from the vastly improved Floyd Dedicatoria with 19 points, fell to their third straight setback.

In the other game, Mapua rode on a hot start to demolish Perpetual Help, 68-54, and even its card at 2-2.

Sean Co, Jerby del Rosario and Kelvin dela Pena combined for 35 points for the Cardinals, who dealt the Altas their third loss in row against a lone victory.

gameface_one
07-11-2006, 08:05 AM
Dolphins slip past Bombers; Cardinals win


By Marc Anthony Reyes
Inquirer
Last updated 04:31am (Mla time) 07/11/2006

Published on page A21 of the July 11, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

SOPHOMORE Robby David starred for Philippine Christian University as the Dolphins turned back the Jose Rizal University Bombers, 81-77, yesterday to sustain their winning run in the National Collegiate Athletics Association men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Taking over from starting guard Jason Castro, David took charge in the fourth quarter along with Gabby Espinas and Ian Garrido as the Dolphins scored their fourth straight victory after dropping their opening game to the Mapua Institute of Technology Cardinals last month.

The 6-foot David finished with 22 points, three assists, two rebounds, two steals and two blocks while Castro watched from the bench as his penalty for missing the team’s practice last Saturday.

Sean Co scored 14 points to lead a balanced attack as the Cardinals blasted the University of Perpetual Help Altas, 68-54, in the second game to improve to 2-2.

Jerby del Rosario added 11, while last year’s best rookie Kelvin dela Peña chipped in 10 as the Cardinals sent the Altas in the company of host College of St. Benilde with 1-3 records.

Espinas, the 2004 Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year of PCU, scored five of his 17 points in the last two minutes, including a tip-in that gave the Dolphins a 76-75 lead.

Garrido added two free throws off a foul by Jason Nocom as PCU made it 78-75 with 41.7 seconds to go.

JRU, which blew a 53-41 lead, absorbed a third straight loss that came after the Light Bombers took a first setback in three games from the Baby Dolphins, 70-68.

Junel Navaja unloaded 22 points for the Baby Dolphins, who now have a 2-2 mark.

The scores:

First Game (Jrs)

PCU 70 -- Navaja 22, Guevarra 11, Anacta 10, Lansang 8, Pascual 7, Dalaten 5, Importante 4, Faurillo 3, Ibrao 0, Asucion 0, Degano 0.

JRU 68 -- Lituania 17, Bejado 11, Gabriel 9, Santos 8, Cipriano 8, Kabigting 6, Pineda 4, Ungco 3, Sta. Cruz 2, Escarta 0.

Quarters: 18-14, 35-29, 49-48, 70-68

Second Game (Srs)

PCU 81 -- David 22, Espinas 17, Navarro 11, Belga 6, Garrido 5, Amparado 5, Hermosa 5, Salem 4, Santos 4, Graham 2, Vidal 0, Javelona 0, Chien 0.

JRU 77 -- Dedicatoria 19, Pradas 18, Nocom 13, Wilson 11, Cagoco 5, Hayes 5, Calilan 3, Bucao 2, Sena 1, Fenequito 0, Caspe 0, Se 0, Pria 0, Echane 0.

Quarters: 23-22, 33-38, 53-60, 81-77

Third Game (Srs)

MAPUA 68 -- Co 14, Del Rosario 11, dela Pena 10, Mazo 8, Sumaliunog 7, Tiongco 6, Gonzales 5, Pascual J. 3, Pascual N. 2, Guillermo 2, Palomique 0, Cinco 0.

PERPETUAL 54 -- Misa 17, Manuel 8, Joe 8, Bauzon 8, Lee 6, Mendoza 5, Kong 2, Reyes 0, Liaz 0, Galabin 0.

Quarters: 22-10, 45-26, 55-44, 68-54

gameface_one
07-11-2006, 08:08 AM
Dolphins chalk up 4th win in a row


By FRANK CALAPRE
The Manila Times Correspondent

Games Wednesday (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)
12:00 p.m. – UPHDS vs. JRU (Jrs/ Srs)
4:00 p.m. – SBC vs, SSC-R (Srs/Jrs.)

The Philippine Christian University Dolphins held the Jose Rizal Heavy Bombers to only two points in the final two minutes to pull a close 81-77 come-from-behind win Monday in the 82nd National Collegiate Athletic Association seniors basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Veteran Gabby Espinas scored six and Robby David added four in the Dolphins’ 10-2 blast down the stretch to secure their fourth straight win and remain a strong second midway in the first round of the eliminations.

The win was also the 2004 champion’s fourth straight close victory since losing to the Mapua Cardinals, 42-27, during the opening on June 24.

In the second game, Mapua bounced back from two straight defeats as the five-time champion Cardinals dumped the University of Perpetual Help Dalta System, 68-54, to remain in fifth place.

Scores:

PCU (81)—David 22, Espinas 17, Navarro 11, Belga 6, Hermosa 5, Amparado 5, Garrido 5, Salem 4, Santos 4, Graham 2

JRU (77)—Dedicatora 19, Pradas 18, Nocom 13, Wilson 11, Hayes 5, Cagoco 5, Calilan 3, Bucao 2, Sena 1, Se 0

QS: 23-22; 33-38; 53-60; 81-77.

gameface_one
07-11-2006, 01:42 PM
PCU on a roll, posts 4th win
mb.com.ph


By Kristel satumbaga

PHILIPPINE CHRISTIAN University overcame a stiff challenge from Jose Rizal University, 81-77, for its fourth straight win after an opening game loss in the NCAA basketball championship yesterday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.



There were 15 lead changes and four deadlocks until Ian Garrido finally put the Dolphins ahead to stay on two free throws, 78-77, 27 seconds left.

Gabby Espinas provided a cushion with a split of free throws, 79-77, and Robby David put in PCU’s final points on a fastbreak after Jose Rizal missed the tying marker in the dying seconds.

Espinas, however, was the star of the day as he tallied 17 points, nine boards and five blocks as he typified PCU’s gritty effort. The Dolphins, who dropped their opening game assignment against Mapua, fell behind by 12 points midway in the final canto but Espinas and David sparked the team’s furious rally.

In the other game, the Mapua Cardinals snapped a two-game losing run with a 68-64 triumph over University of Perpetual Help.

Sean Co led the Cardinals with 14 points while center Jerby Del Rosario almost made a double-double effort with 11 points and nine rebounds. Kelvin Dela Pena also shone as he drained all his 10 markers in the second half.

The Altas dropped to 1-3.

David, a sophomore guard from Pampanga, led all scorers with 22 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the 3-point zone. His game-long brilliance cushioned the impact of Jason Castro’s absence on the court.

Castro was benched by the coach for missing Monday’s practice, which is team policy even if the absence is excusable such as Castro’s who asked and was given permission to attend to a personal matter.

The coach said he was a bit worried by the absence of Castro, a starter, but he was confident the others would be able to carry the load.

"Malaki rin naman ang kumpiyansa ko sa mga bench players. Maganda na rin at nasubukan sila, at least nalaman namin na kaya pa rin naming lumaban kahit wala ‘yung isang starting player namin," said PCU coach Joel Dualan.

Even team manager Bernard Yang was satisfied with David’s performance, saying: "He’s really a revelation. We hope to get more from him."

For a while, the Heavy Bombers appeared headed for their first win after posting a 53-41 lead but the Dolphins refused to roll over as David joined hands with Espinas in a whirlwind attack that caught the Mandaluyong-based squad off-guard.

It was a twin kill for PCU as the Baby Dolphins squeaked past the JRU Light Bombers, 70-68, in the juniors match.

The Baby Dolphins improve their record to 2-2 in a tie with College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills, while the Light Bombers dropped to 2-1.

gameface_one
07-12-2006, 08:29 AM
Red Lions eye share of lead versus Stags



Inquirer
Last updated 03:22am (Mla time) 07/12/2006

Published on page A26 of the July 12, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

STREAKING San Beda College challenges San Sebastian College even as embattled teams University of Perpetual Help and Jose Rizal University battle each other today in the National Collegiate Athletics Association men’s basketball at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The San Beda Red Lions are on a roll with three straight victories going into the 4 p.m. game against the San Sebastian Stags who are on a roller-coaster ride so far in the eliminations.

With electrifying rookies Samuel Ekwe and Pong Escobal providing the spark, the Red Lions are hoping to join idle Philippine Christian University at the top with a victory against the Stags who are at the middle of the pack with a 2-3 record.

But San Beda coach Koy Banal admitted that it won’t be a walk in the park for his charges as the Stags are raring to prove themselves after former star Leo Najorda left them to join the pro ranks.

“You can’t take the Stags lightly because they are young and the coach is full of enthusiasm and vision for the team,” added Banal.

Coached by newcomer Raymund Valenzona, the Stags will have to count on big men Jayson Ballesteros and Francis de Leon and big scorers Jim Viray and Red Vicente to realize that dream.

Their first task, of course, is to stop Ekwe, the 6-foot-8 Nigerian import who has taken the league by storm with his overwhelming presence in the court.

Ekwe, the exchange student from Lagos, has been keeping the Red Lions together, taking the scoring chores from resident gunners Rogie Menor and Yousif Aljamal. The 6-foot Escobal, on the other hand, is playing the starting guard position with aplomb, enjoying the license to shoot from the floor.

In the other seniors game, University of Perpetual Help and JRU hope to catch a lift that will put them back in orbit in the 2 p.m. match.

Both on a three-game slide, the Altas and the Heavy Bombers scramble to get out of the bottom end of the standings although Perpetual has a better record having won its first game. Marc Anthony Reyes

gameface_one
07-12-2006, 08:33 AM
Red Lions eye 3rd straight win
mb.com.ph




SAN BEDA College tries to extend its winning run to three when it faces San Sebastian College today in a showdown dubbed as "Battle of Mendiola" in the NCAA basketball champioships at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.


Getting huge numbers from Nigerian Samuel Ekwe, the Red Lions, out to end a long title drought, have won their last two games – the latest was a 69-55 drubbing of Mapua last Friday – for a 3-1 record and a momentum on their side when they clash with the Stags at 4 p.m.

A victory by the Mendiola-based San Beda over the Recto-based Stags will shove the Red Lions into a share of second with the streaking Philippine Christian University at 41.

In the other senior game, University of Perpetual Help and Jose Rizal University clash at 2 p.m. with the Heavy Bombers out to barge into the win column after dropping their first three games.

The Altas will have to exert more effort to improve their 1-3 mark.

While San Beda coach Koy Banal is all praise for his 6-foot-8 center, he was far from satisfied with the performance of some of his key players.

"We should not rely on one player, we have to let everybody involved," said Banal. "We need more adjustments offensively and defensively."

The 21-year-old Ekwe averages 10.5 points, 13 rebounds, and two blocks a game, thus making him one of the league’s most productive players. He was at his best during their win over Mapua where he produced a double-double performance.

Aside from Ekwe, Banal is also pinning his hopes on PBL veterans Alex Angeles and Yousif Aljamal.

"Our opponents will always find ways to stop Ekwe and we have to be ready for that," Banal said. "San Sebastian is among the top teams this year despite their losses and we cannot underestimate a team like them."

The Stags, bannered by hotshots Red Vicente and Jim Viray, ended a string of heart-breaking setbacks with an 89-85 win over College of St. Benilde.

Unforced errors in the final minute denied JRU a chance to put an end of their bad lucks against Letran (70-74) and PCU (7781).

The Heavy Bombers will lead on the deadly hands of Floyd Dedicatria, Mark Pradas and Jayson Nocom.

gameface_one
07-12-2006, 08:41 AM
Lions tipped to pick 4th win

The Philippine Star 07/12/2006

San Beda College tries to keep its win run going as it takes on San Sebastian today while Perpetual Help and Jose Rizal U clash in a duel of struggling teams in the 82nd NCAA men’s basketball wars at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Enjoying one of their finest starts in years, the Red Lions are favored to notch their fourth win in five games over the Stags in their 4 p.m. encounter owing to their solid roster led by the hulking Nigerian Samuel Ekwe and veterans Yousif Aljamal, Alexander Angeles, Rogemar Menor and Riego Gamalinda.

"We’re doing pretty well, but there are some things we must improve. Sam (Ekwe) is going well with the other players. It’s just a matter of trusting one another if we want to be successful," said SBC coach Koy Banal.

Ekwe has averaged 9.5 points and 12 rebounds with the 6-foot-8 cager expected to carry the scoring cudgels for the Red Lions again and dominate the boards the way he did in the first four games.

On the other hand, the Stags, in solo fifth with a 2-3 mark, hope to ride on their 89-85 overtime victory over the St. Benilde Blazers last Friday with coach Raymond Valenzona to pin his hopes on Jayson Ballesteros, Francis de Leon, Jim Viray and Red Vicente.

"We can’t deny the fact that San Sebastian is among the top teams this year despite losing their best player from last season," said Banal, referring Leo Najorda. "We can’t take them lightly. All the teams are actually dangerous."

Meanwhile, the Altas and the Heavy Bombers tangle at 2 p.m. with the former eyeing win No. 2 against three losses and the latter out to snap a three-game losing skid.

gameface_one
07-12-2006, 08:49 AM
Red Lions seek win vs Stags
abs-cbnnews.com



San Beda College guns for its fourth win Wednesday against the equally tough San Sebastian College-Recoletos in the 82nd National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The Red Lions, who are seeking their third consecutive win, meet the 11-time NCAA champion Stags at 4 in the afternoon while University of Perpetual Help Dalta System tries to end a three-game losing skid against Jose Rizal University in the first game at 2.

Defending champion Letran College is currently at the top of the standings with a clean 3-0 card, followed by last year’s runner-up Philippine Christian University (4-1), San Beda (3-1), Mapua (2-2), San Sebastian (2-3), host College of Saint Benilde and UPHD (1-3) and Jose Rizal (0-3The Mendiola-based Lions posted convincing back-to-back wins last week, defeating the Blazers, 71-57, and the Cardinals, 69-55, thanks to the Nigerian rookie sensation Sam Ekwe.

The 6-foot-8 Ekwe averaged 9.5 points, 12 rebounds and 3.5 shot blocks in their two-game winning run to earn the NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week honors.

"We’re doing pretty well, but there are some things we must improve. Sam is going well with the other players. It’s just a matter of trusting one another if we want to be successful," said Red Lions coach Koy Banal.

San Beda faces a San Sebastian team coming off an 89-85 overtime win against Saint Benilde last Friday that snapped a two-game losing skid, although the Stags will be hard-pressed against the taller Red Lions.

Still, Banal is wary of SSC-R despite having a new, youthful mentor in Raymond Valenzona, son of longtime Stags coach Turo.

"We can’t deny the fact that San Sebastian is among the top teams this year despite losing their best player from last season," added Banal, referring to 2004 league MVP Leo Najorda. "We can’t take them lightly. All the teams are actually dangerous."

For the Stags to be successful, they have to find ways to deny Ekwe, and the task belongs to big men Jayson Ballesteros and Francis de Leon. Their 1-2 punch on offense, Jim Viray and Red Vicente, should also contribute.

On the other hand, expected to provide help for Ekwe are veterans Yousif Aljamal, Alexander Angeles, Rogemar Menor, Riego Gamalinda, and newcomers John Escobal and John Hermida.

The match between the Altas and the Heavy Bombers is expected to be as exciting as the second game. The two teams dropped their respective assignments last Monday, as PCU trounced JRU, 81-77, while Mapua defeated UPHD, 68-54.

gameface_one
07-13-2006, 08:43 AM
Lions mangle Stags; Altas clip Bombers


By Marc Anthony Reyes
Inquirer
Last updated 03:41am (Mla time) 07/13/2006

Published on page A23 of the July 13, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

YESTERDAY’S heavy downpour provided a perfect backdrop for San Beda College’s cold-blooded massacre of San Sebastian College.

The Red Lions held the Stags to only five points in the first quarter and went on to score a 71-52 rout for their fourth straight win in the National Collegiate Athletics Association basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

San Beda tied Philippine Christian University for second with a 4-1 record behind unbeaten defending champion Colegio de San Juan de Letran (3-0). SSC fell to 2-4.

Khiel Misa unloaded 31 points and Korean rookie Lee Sang-myeon completed a three-point play in the final minute as University of Perpetual Help averted an endgame meltdown to nip Jose Rizal University, 78-77, in the other seniors match.

The Altas broke a three-game skid for a 2-3 record while the Bombers fell to their fourth straight loss.

Lee’s three-point play boosted the Altas to a 78-75 lead after JRU had closed in at 75-76 behind John Wilson, Jayson Nocom and Mark Pradas in the last two minutes.

Samuel Ekwe also delighted the crowd as the 6-foot-8 Nigerian grabbed 23 rebounds on top of seven points, five blocks, three assists and one steal.

Earlier, the Light Bombers routed the Altalettes, 109-93, to post their third win in four games while handing their victims their fourth straight loss. The Red Cubs-Staglets clash was reset for tomorrow.

Second Game (Srs)
PERPETUAL 78 -- Misa 31, Kong 15, Bauzon 14, Lee 8, Manuel 7, Mendoza 2, Racho 1, Reyes 0, Perturbos 0, Manalang 0, Liaz 0.

JRU 77 -- Wilson 12, Pradas 12, Nocom 12, Dedicatoria 12, Cagoco 12, Sena 9, Hayes 3, Bucao 3, Fenequito 2, Caspe 0.

Quarters: 25-17, 44-31, 67-57, 78-77.

Third Game (Srs)

SAN BEDA 71 -- Maggay 13, Aljamal 11, Angeles 11, Gamalinda 9, Menor 8, Ekwe 7, Tecson 5, Escobal 4, Hermida 3, Taganas 0

SAN SEBASTIAN 52 -- Vicente 14, Bulawan 8, Aquino 7, Viray 6, Raymundo 5, Delgado 5, Ballesteros 4, Lindaya 3, Juan 0, Sagad 0, Najorda 0, De Leon 0, Ampatuan 0

Quarters: 18-5, 37-20, 51-42, 71-52.

gameface_one
07-13-2006, 08:44 AM
San Beda whips SSC; Perpetual nips JRU
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SAN BEDA College whipped up a storm of its own in the final quarter yesterday to crush San Sebastian, 71-52, and gain a share of second place in the NCAA basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.


As expected, Nigerian 6-foot-8 center Samuel Ekwe anchored the Red Lion’s third straight victory by coming up with another monstrous peformance as he tallied 23 rebounds – the highest in years. He also had seven points, five blocks and three assists.

With the win, the Mendiola-based squad tied Philippine Christian University for second at 4-1 while the Stags dropped to a 2-4 record.

"We know how good San Sebastian offensively and this proved to be the acid test for us — to stop their offensive runs," San Beda coach Koy Banal said. "The guys are willing to walk the extra mile and it showed that good defense equals good offense."

Truly, the Red Lions relied on their defensive might as the team collared 66 rebounds as against 41 for the Stags.

Earlier, University of Perpetual Help snapped its three-game losing run with a 78-77 squeaker over a hardluck Jose Rizal University.

Struggling with the absence of veteran forward Vladymir Joe due to a knee injury, the Altas leaned on the torrid shooting of Khiel Misa, South Korean Sang Lee and Michel Kong to improve their record to 2-3 while handing the Heavy Bombers their fourth straight setback.

Raymond Maggay topscored for the Red Lions with 13 points and seven boards, while Yousif Aljamal and Alex Angeles chipped in 11 points each. Sophomore Ogie Menor could do only eight points but he gave Ekwe the much-needed support in the middle by grabbing 13 rebounds.

After posting a 51-42 lead at the end of the third quarter, the Red Lions tore the game wide apart as JR Tecson and Angeles combined for four three-pointers for a 63-52 lead. The Stags never recovered after that jolt.

Red Vicente was the only double-digit scorer for the Stags with 14 points.

Misa exploded with 31 points on an impressive 7-of-9 shooting from behind the arc on top of eight rebounds, two asists and two steals. But it was Lee who made the difference.

Lee’s tough basket with still 58 ticks left turned out to be the game’s biggest play as the Altas took a 78-75 lead.

First Game (Juniors)

JRU 109 – Kabigting 29, Lituania 19, Santos 13, Bejado 12, Gabriel 10, Ungco 8, Cipriano 7, Sta Cruz 5, Santos 2, Pineda 2, Del Rosario 0, Escarta 0, Bautista 0, Reyes 0.

UPHDS 93 – Rich Mojado 21, Dizon 17, Biscocho 17, Pasilong 11, Villamor 8, Amores 8, Orbe 6, Labapis 2, Mancio 2, Papa 1, Pagkalinawan 0, Rick Mojado 0, Chacon 0.

Quarters: 21-20; 57-40; 83-65; 109-93.

Second Game (Seniors)

UPHDS 78 – Misa 31, Kong 15, Bauzon 14, Lee 8, Manuel 7, Mendoza 2, Racho 1, Reyes 0, Pertubos 0, Manalang 0, Liaz 0.

JRU 77 – Wilson 12, Pradas 12, Nocom 12, Dedicatoria 12, Cagoco 12, Sena 9, Hayes 3, Bucao 3, Fenequito 2, Caspe 0.

Quarters: 25-17; 44-31; 67-57; 78-77.

Third Game (Seniors)

SBC 71 – Maggay 13, Aljamal 11, Angeles 11, Gamalinda 9, Menor 8, Ekwe 7, Tecson 5, Escobal 4, Hermida 3, Taganas 0.

SSCR 52 – Vicente 14, Bulawan 8, Aquino 7, Viray 6, Raymundo 5, Delgado 5, Ballesteros 4, Lindaya 3, Juan 0, Sagad 0, Najorda 0, De Leon 0, Ampatuan 0.

Quarters: 18-5; 37-20; 51-42; 71-52.

gameface_one
07-13-2006, 08:45 AM
Lions shackle Stags, gain share of lead

The Philippine Star 07/13/2006

San Beda held San Sebastian to just five points in the first quarter while scoring 18 of its own as it cruised to a 71-52 victory to gain a share of the lead with idle Philippine Christian U in the 82nd NCAA basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium yesterday.

Nigerian Samuel Ekwe dominated the paint with a season high 23 rebounds while three Red Lions — Raymond Maggay, Yousif Aljamal, Alex Angeles — churned out double-digit scores to power San Beda to its fourth victory against a loss in a tie with the Dolphins.

Angeles buried three triples to star in a 12-0 blitz at the start of the fourth quarter as San Beda padded a 51-42 lead to a 63-42 advantage to take the starch out of the Stags, who took their fourth loss against two wins.

But San Beda coach Koy Banal said defense keyed the Red Lions’ victory.

"They push themselves harder to play that kind of defense, they were just willing to walk the mile," said Banal, who then rushed to the Araneta Coliseum to join Purefoods as one of coach Ryan Gregorio’s assistants.

The Lions roared to double-digit leads in the first half then thwarted the Stags’ repeated rallies behind Angeles and rookie Abraham Tecson.

In the other game, Perpetual Help bucked the absence of Vladimir Joe to eke out a 78-77 thriller over Jose Rizal for its second win in five outings.

Stepping up for the Altas was Khiel Misa, who fired 31 points, including seven triples to help Perpetual end a three-game losing skid. Joe sustained a knee injury last week.

The Altas actually sat on a 12-point cushion, 64-52, in the third quarter but the Bombers rallied to within a point, 75-76, with a minute to go in the game Perpetual came through with timely stops to preserve the lead and the win.

It was Jose Rizal’ fourth straight loss, the last three coming in cliffhangers.

gameface_one
07-13-2006, 08:50 AM
Red Lions rip Stags
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By FRANK CALAPRE, The Manila Times Correspondent

Not even Typhoon Florita could stop San Beda College from shining in the face of San Sebastian College on Wednesday, as the Red Lions showed the form that made them title favorites this season by routing the Stags, 71-52, in the 82nd National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Raymond Maggay and Yousif Aljamal combined for 24 points to lead the Lions to their fourth win in five matches, and their third straight since losing to Philippine Christian University, 70-66, on June 28. They now share second place with the idle PCU Dolphins.

"We have seen how strong San Sebastian offensively. They averaged something like 75 points offensively. So I told the boys, this is our biggest test, particularly on how we can stop them," said San Beda coach Koy Banal, who is aiming to end the Lions’ 22-year title drought.

The Nigerian exchange scholar Samuel Ekwe also grabbed the limelight, as the 6-foot-8 Lions rookie hauled down 23 rebounds besides 7 points, 3 assists, 1 steal and a season-high 5 blocks. He capped his effort with a thunderous two-hand dunk in the final 3:55 minutes, to the delight of the crowd.

"I always believe good defense is the best offense for us to win all our games. The boys are willing to walk the extra mile, they are willing to sacrifice for team," Banal added.

Earlier, Khiel Misa and Michael Kong combined for 46 points as University of Perpetual Help Dalta System escaped with an 78-77 win over Jose Rizal University to snap a three-game losing streak.

The first juniors match saw Raycon Kabigting scoring 29 points to propel the Jose Rizal Light Bombers to a 109-93 triumph over the Perpetual Altalettes.

However, the NCAA Management Committee decided to postpone the second juniors game between the defending champion San Sebastian Staglets and the multititled San Beda Red Cubs to Friday owing to the downpour caused by Florita, which forced the suspension of elementary and high-school classes in Metro Manila.

Mancom chief Bernie Atienza of season host College of Saint Benilde said the cancelled match will be played at noon tomorrow.

The scores:

First Game (Juniors)

JRU 109–Kabigting 29, Lituania 19, S. Santos 13, Bejado 12, Gabriel 10, Ungco 8, Cipriano 7, Sta. Cruz 5, K. Santos 2, Pineda 2, Del Rosario 0, Escarta 0, Bautista 0, Reyes 0.

UPHD 93– Rich Mojado 21, Dizon 17, Biscocho 17, Pasilong 11, Villamor 8, Amores 8, Orbe 6, Labapis 2, Mancio 2, Papa 1, Pagkalinawan 0, Rick Mojado 0, Chacon 0.

Quarters: 21-20; 57-40; 83-65; 109-93.

Second Game (Seniors)

UPHD 78–Misa 31, Kong 15, Bauzon 14, Lee 8, Manuel 7, Mendoza 2, Racho 1, Reyes 0, Pertubos 0, Manalang 0.

JRU 77–Wilson 12, Pradas 12, Nocom 12, Dedicatoria 12, Cagoco 12, Sena 9, Hayes 3, Bucao 3, Fenequito 2, Caspe 0.

Quarters: 25-17; 44-31; 67-57; 78-77.

Third Game (Seniors)

SBC 71–Maggay 13, Aljamal 11, Angeles 11, Gamalinda 9, Menor 8, Ekwe 7, Tecson 5, Escobal 4, Hermida 3, Taganas 0.

SSC-R 52–Vicente 14, Bulawan 8, Aquino 7, Viray 6, Delgado 5, Raymundo 5, Ballesteros 4, Lindaya 3, Najorda 0, De Leon 0.

Quarters: 18-5; 37-20; 51-42; 71-52.

Games Friday (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)

2 p.m.–MIT vs. CSB (Srs.)

4 p.m.–PCU vs. Letran (Srs./Jrs.)

LION
07-13-2006, 09:39 AM
sam's season high is 6 blocked shots against Mapua.

Again, San Beda's total rebounds of 64 (23 by Ekwe) is higher than SSC's total point production of 52 points.


Sam currently leads the league in rebounding with an awesome 15.4 rebounds per game. He is also the leading shotblocker with 2.6 per game.

He is currently second in efficiency ranking, just 2 points behind the leader Khiel Misa mainly because the latter hit 7 out of 9 3 pointers last night.

oca
07-13-2006, 10:22 AM
More than the above stats by Ekwe, what should scare the opposition is the unforgiving attitude of San Beda Coach Koy Banal.

Kagabi, tambak na ang Stags, end game na, naroon pa rin sa loob ang first five. Kahit siya mismo, hindi makuhang umupo sa last 2 minutes ng laro.

Tsk...tsk...tsk.

Not that I find it wrong. But I just want to stress the point, my observation actually, that Koy is obviously developing that killer instinct in the Red Lions.

The way I look at Koy's demeanor in the sidelines, alam niyang malakas ang line-up niya. Maybe, alam niyang sa kanila na ang isang championship slot. Now, if he can develop in his players that attitude of being merciless on court, then that long drought will surely end this season.

He may not say it out loud, but Koy wants his team to be relentless, merciless and unforgiving.

Bad and mean coach he is...Banal pa man din ang surname.* ;)

MonL
07-13-2006, 10:29 AM
More than the above stats by Ekwe, what should scare the opposition is the unforgiving attitude of San Beda Coach Koy Banal.

Kagabi, tambak na ang Stags, end game na, naroon pa rin sa loob ang first five. Kahit siya mismo, hindi makuhang umupo sa last 2 minutes ng laro.

Tsk...tsk...tsk.

Not that I find it wrong. But I just want to stress the point, my observation actually, that Koy is obviously developing that killer instinct in the Red Lions.

The way I look at Koy's demeanor in the sidelines, alam niyang malakas ang line-up niya. Maybe, alam niyang sa kanila na ang isang championship slot. Now, if he can develop in his players that attitude of being merciless on court, then that long drought will surely end this season.

He may not say it out loud, but Koy wants his team to be relentless, merciless and unforgiving.

Bad and mean coach he is...Banal pa man din ang surname.* ;)



During the lull during the middle of the 2nd half when the game was momentarily halted due to the leakng coliseum, the Stags were just resting, waitng for the game to continue. But not the Lions. They were all huddled together, intently listening to Coach Koy as he diagrammed plays for them to execute.

No rest, no letup in the teaching and learning.

christian
07-13-2006, 09:33 PM
killer instincts...

gameface_one
07-14-2006, 01:08 AM
Letran, PCU set ‘rematch’

The Philippine Star 07/14/2006

Letran and Philippine Christian U clash today in a rematch of last year’s finals with no less than the solo lead at stake in the 82nd NCAA basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The Knights and the Dolphins are on a streak with the former picking up three straight wins in as many games and the latter winning four after dropping their opening day game.

Mapua, meanwhile, tries to keep its grip of fourth spot as it takes on St. Benilde at 2 p.m.

The Cardinals tote a 2-2 (win-loss) record while the Blazers dropped three of their first four matches for seventh place in the eight-team field.

Boyet Bautista and Aaron Aban, members of the Muralla-based school’s title romps in 2003 and 2005, are expected to lead Letran’s bid in their 4 p.m. encounter.

On the other hand, the Dolphins, the 2004 champions, are dishing one big game after another, all in come-from-behind fashions.

"They won four straight close games because of their depth and experience," said Letran coach Louie Alas, who steered the school to NCAA titles in 1998, 2003 and 2005. "For us to beat them, we really have to wear them out," he added.

Wearing out the Dolphins would mean containing their top two players — Gabby Espinas and Jason Castro — and pressuring their second stringers who have been playing solid games the last four outings.

They include Robby David, Lei Navarro and Ian Garrido.

"Hard practice on our part, we know we can win the game but it’s not going to be easy," said PCU mentor Joel Dualan.

gameface_one
07-14-2006, 01:12 AM
Letran tries to keep slate clean
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By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA

DEFENDING CHAMPION Letran College hopes to keep its immaculate record intact when it collides with bitter-rival Philippine Christian University (PCU) in a showdown of the titans in the NCAA basketball tournament today at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.


The Knights and Dolphins will meet for the first time since the Intramuros-based squad beat PCU in an emotional title series last year.

Game time is set at 4 p.m. with coach Louie Alas looking wary of their chances against the Dolphins who are on a four-game winning roll.

The Knights, who won their first three games, will again be spearheaded by the exciting duo of Aaron Aban and Boyet Bautista – both PBL veterans.

"Malalim ang bench ng PCU so medyo lamang sila sa manpower," said Alas. "So we have to play hard from start to finish to beat them."

In the other senior match, Mapua Tech and College of St. Benilde clash at 2 p.m. with both teams determined to improve their records. The Cardinals have a 2-2 record while the Blazers have a dismal 1-3 record.

Junior match pitting the San Sebastian Staglets and the San Beda Red Cubs, which was originally scheduled last Wednesday, raises the curtain at 12 noon. The match was cancelled due to bad weather conditions.

Joel Dualan, who inherited the coaching job following the sudden resignation of Junel Baculi, exudes guarded optimism in their duel with the Knights, saying: "We’re doing fine in our last four games but Letran remains as a tough squad. Even if they lost several key players, their starters and their bench players have a lot of experience."

Expected to pose a big headache for Alas is former MVP Gabby Espinas, who is itching to get back at the Knights. He starred in the team’s 81-77 victory over Jose Rizal University last Monday in preparation for today’s crucial game.

The return of Jason Castro is another cause of concern for the Knights. The wily guard was not allowed to play the last time out as a matter of team policy for missing the team’s practice.

Also expected to provide firepower for the Dolphins are Robby David, Beau Belga, Ian Garrido and Lei Navarro.

danny
07-14-2006, 01:44 AM
More than the above stats by Ekwe, what should scare the opposition is the unforgiving attitude of San Beda Coach Koy Banal.

Kagabi, tambak na ang Stags, end game na, naroon pa rin sa loob ang first five. Kahit siya mismo, hindi makuhang umupo sa last 2 minutes ng laro.

Tsk...tsk...tsk.

Not that I find it wrong. But I just want to stress the point, my observation actually, that Koy is obviously developing that killer instinct in the Red Lions.

The way I look at Koy's demeanor in the sidelines, alam niyang malakas ang line-up niya. Maybe, alam niyang sa kanila na ang isang championship slot. Now, if he can develop in his players that attitude of being merciless on court, then that long drought will surely end this season.

He may not say it out loud, but Koy wants his team to be relentless, merciless and unforgiving.

Bad and mean coach he is...Banal pa man din ang surname. ;)



During the lull during the middle of the 2nd half when the game was momentarily halted due to the leakng coliseum, the Stags were just resting, waitng for the game to continue. But not the Lions. They were all huddled together, intently listening to Coach Koy as he diagrammed plays for them to execute.

No rest, no letup in the teaching and learning.


Relentless, merciless and unforgiving. Yes. However, Coach Koy is also teaching the boys to be magnanimous in victory and honorable in defeat. That I like. ;)

gameface_one
07-15-2006, 10:21 AM
Bautista sizzles as Letran sinks PCU
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 07/15/2006

Letran drew another huge number from Boyet Bautista who unleashed a shooting blitz as the defending champions downed Philippine Christian U, 62-54, yesterday to remain unscathed in the 82nd NCAA basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Bautista fired his season-best 30 points including 21 from behind the arc as the Knights solidified their grip of the top spot with four straight wins.

"He’s the heart and soul of this team, I’m always confident we’ll pull through if he’s around," said Letran coach Louie Alas of his 23-year-old pointguard, who is turning pro this year.

Bautista came to his team’s rescue by scoring four points in an 8-0 splurge in the stretch that doused cold water on PCU’s last-ditch effort to steal the win.

Down 40-52, Jason Castro sparked an 8-0 run as PCU clawed back to within four points midway in the final period but it turned out to be the team’s last stand as Bautista entered the fray to defuse the Dolphins’ rally.

Gabby Espinas, the 2004 rookie MVP, had a solid 13-point, 15-rebound performance but he found little help from the rest of the Dolphins.

In the other seniors’ game, Mapua outgunned St. Benilde in a shootfest, 79-74, to remain inside the magic four with a 3-2 (win-loss) slate.

Castro, who missed the team’s 81-77 win over Jose Rizal Monday because he had to attend to his ailing grandmother in Pampanga, struggled offensively and simply had no answer to Bautista’s firepower.

The Amerasian from Lubao was good for only nine points after missing 11 of his 15 shots, one of the factors that sent the Dolphins to their second defeat after stringing up four wins in row.

gameface_one
07-15-2006, 10:28 AM
Bautista shines as Letran keeps card unblemished


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 02:10am (Mla time) 07/15/2006

Published on page A25 of the July 15, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

DON’T LET his size fool you.

Diminutive playmaker Boyet Bautista stood tall when it mattered most, steering defending champion La Salle to a 62-54 triumph over Philippine Christian Unviersity last night in the National Collegiate Athletics Association men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Billed as the first rematch between the two teams that slugged it out for the title last year, the game ended exactly the same way, with Bautista highlighting a crucial run that allowed the Knights to climb to a 4-0 card.

The Dolphins, on the other hand, slipped to 4-1 in a tie with idle San Beda.

“If not for Boyet, we don’t know where Letran would be in the standings,” said Knights coach Louie Alas of his prized guard, who finished with 30 points and six rebounds.

In the other senior’s game, veteran forward Jeofferson Gonzales made five triples in the third quarter to help Mapua win back-to-back games with a 79-74 victory over host College of St. Benilde.

Second Game (Senior’s)

MAPUA 79 -- Gonzales 19, Mazo 17, Dela Peña 14, Pascual N. 10, Sumalinog 6, Del Rosario 6, Co 5, Guillermo 2, Tiongco 0, Pascual J. 0, Palomique 0, Acosta 0.

ST. BENILDE 74 -- Robles 22, Urra 14, Johnston 12, Sevilla 9, Manlapaz 7, Libunao 7, Umias 3, Aldover 0, Layug 0, Devara 0, Trillo 0, Manding 0.

Quarters: 14-10, 29-28, 59-49, 79-74.

Third Game (Senior’s)

LETRAN 62 -- Bautista 30, Quinday 9, Balneg 7, Jazul 6, Aban 6, Realista 4, Mondragon 0, Guevarra 0, Forondo 0, Faundo 0, Dangcal 0, Daa 0.

PCU 54 -- Espinas 13, David 12, Castro 9, Navarro 5, Belga 4, Garrido 3, Amparado 2, Santos 0, Mccoy 0.

Quarters: 18-17, 39-28, 49-40, 62-54.

gameface_one
07-15-2006, 10:34 AM
Letran keeps lead and clean slate
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By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA

DEFENDING CHAMPION Letran trampled Philippine Christian University, 62-54, yesterday to remain unbeaten in the NCAA basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.


Pivotman Boyet Bautista exploded for 30 points, 21 of them from downtown, and forward Andro Quiday added nine markers and nine boards to lead the Knights to their fourth straight victory.

The loss snapped the Dolphins’ four-game winning run and pushed them down to third spot behind the Knights and idle San beda College (4-1)

"We just stayed in control of the game. Pinilit namin na hindi mag-panic on instances na unti-unting lumiliit na ang lamang namin sa kanila and exerted extra effort in pressuring Espinas (Gabby) and Castro (Jason) in the offensive lane," Letran mentor Louie Alas said.

Knowing their rivals will be eager to vindicate their finals loss last year, the Knights imposed themselves early and with Bautista unloading 21 points, Letran raced to a 39-028 halftime lead.

The Knights padded this to 47-30 and coasted along before the Dolphins made their biggest stand — an 8-0 blast going into the final five minutes — to threaten 48-52.

Bautista, however, joined Quinday and Rafael Jazul for an 8-1 blast for a 60-49 elad going into the finla two minutes and the Knights were never headed from there.

Gabby Espinas led the Dolphins with 13 points and 15 rebounds on top of four blocked shots.

In the other seniors match, Mapua outsteadied College of St. Benilde, 79-74, for its third win in five outings.

Fresh from a 68-54 triumph over University of Perpetual Help, the Cardinals overcame their complacency in the second half to hand the Blazers their fourth loss in five games.

The Cardinals’ win, however, did not come easy as the Blazers, behind the duo of Kris Robles and Martin Urra, put on a big rally in the final quarter, coming back from a 49-59 third quarter deficit to within five points, 63-68, five minutes left.

"We were on our eager offensive side in the first half. Lahat ng players ko gustong maka-score, gigil na manalo kaagad. So I reminded them to just let the ball flow and move to the system to make it work," said winning coach Horacio Lim.

Joferson Gonzales came out smoking for Mapua and poured all his 19 points in the last two quarters while Ian Mazo chipped in 17 points.

Robles finished with 22 points while Urra added 14 markers for St. Benilde but their collective effort failed to lift the Blazers.

In the first juniors encounter, the San Beda Cubs derailed erstwhile unbeaten San Sebastian Staglets, 72-60.

Four Red Cubs finished in double figures in their third win against a solitary loss.

The Staglets, despite sliding to a 4-1 card, kept the top position.

gameface_one
07-15-2006, 10:38 AM
Bautista guides Knights past PCU 5
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Games Saturday (PCU Gym)

Volleyball

8:30 a.m. – St. Benilde vs. Letran (Jrs.)

10:30 a.m. – PCU vs. Perpetual Help (Jrs.)

12:30 p.m. – SSC vs. Jose Rizal U (Srs.)

2:30 p.m. – St. Benilde vs. San Beda (Srs.)

Games Monday (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)

Basketball

12 p.m. – Letran vs. Perpetual Help

(Jrs./Srs.)

3p.m. – St. Benilde vs. Jose Rizal U (Jrs./Srs.)

Height isn’t always might, especially if you ask Boyet Bautista.

The 5-foot-7 point guard for Letran College shamed bigger, taller defenders on Friday in leading the Knights to a 62-54 win over Philippine Christian University in the 82nd National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

In a rematch of last year’s Finals, Bautista dropped 30 points on the Dolphins—21 in the first half—on top of 6 rebounds, an assist and a steal for Letran.

He shot 8-of-22 from the field, making 7-of-13 from three-point territory, and was perfect from the free throw line, making all seven shots and four straight in the final three minutes that kept PCU at bay.

"If not for Boyet we don’t know where Letran would be in the standings. He’s the team leader," Knights coach Louie Alas said of his prized point guard, who is playing his final year in the NCAA.

The Scores:

First Game (Juniors)

SAN BEDA (72)—Lanete 16, Yulo 13, Revilla 13, Padilla 12, Panaligan 7, Babilonia 4, Marcelo 2, Cua 2, Ranises 1, Cruz 1, Lobaton 1.

SAN SEBASTIAN (60)—Buenafe 12, Nasayao 12, Zulueta 6, Bringas An. 6, Carlos 6, Bringas Ar. 5, Sikat 4, Penaflor 4, Del Rio 3, Soledad 2, Juan 0.

Quarters: 22-10; 39-21; 59-38; 72-60.

Second Game (Seniors)

MAPUA (79)—Gonzales 19, Mazo 17, dela Pena 14, Pascual N. 10, Sumalinog 6, del Rosario 6, Co 5, Guillermo 2, Tingco 0, Pascual J. 0, Palomique 0, Acosta 0.

SAINT BENILDE (74)—Robles 22, Urra 14, Johnston 12, Sevilla 9, Manlapaz 7, Libunao 7, Umias 3, Aldover 0, Layug 0, Devara 0, Trillo 0, Manding 0.

Quarters: 14-10; 29-28; 59-49; 79-74.

Third Game (Seniors)

LETRAN (62)—Bautista 30, Quinday 9, Balneg 7, Jazul 6, Aban 6, Realista 4, Mondragon 0, Guevarra 0, Forondo 0, Faundo 0, Dangcal 0, Daa 0.

PCU (54)—Espinas 13, David 12, Castro 9, Navarro 5, Belga 4, Garrido 3, Amparado 2, Santos 0, McCoy 0.

Quarters: 18-17; 39-28; 49-40; 62-54.

gameface_one
07-16-2006, 08:00 AM
Bautista earns weekly NCAA best player nod
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Boyet Bautista has already proven how good he is, helping Letran College win two championships in the past three years.

But as the Knights gun for back-to-back titles, the pressure is even bigger on the 5-foot-7 point guard this year in the 82nd National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s basketball tournament.

With six veterans graduating from last year’s champion team, Bautista is leading a group of reserves and rookies. So far he’s been consistent, producing numbers expected of him while directing the Knight’s offense.

Letran has yet to lose, currently leading the pack with a 4-0 win-loss record. Its latest win was a 62-54 victory against PCU, which it defeated in the 2005 Finals.

Bautista riddled the Dolphins with 30 points, including four pressure-packed free throws that kept PCU at bay. He also shot 7-of-13 triples—and his impressive play earned him NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week honors.

"There’s always the pressure to deliver, it never goes away. So what I do is to focus on the game," said Bautista, who helped his alma mater win NCAA championships in 2003 and 2005, when he was named Finals MVP.

Besides Aaron Aban, who like Bautista is in his final season and has played a crucial role in the two championships, the other Knights are either benchwarmers from a year ago or newcomers.

Letran mentor Louie Alas, however, is confident of the leadership of the cerebral Bautista, who is averaging 19.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3 assists in four games.

"You won’t get nervous at crunch time as long as Boyet’s around," said Alas. "He can create situations for himself as well as for his teammates. He’s the kind of player who makes his teammates look good."

gameface_one
07-17-2006, 07:49 AM
Rampaging Knights eye 5th win
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DEFENDING CHAMPION Letran College shoots for a fifth straight victory today when the Knights tanglewith the University of Perpetual Help Altas in the NCAA basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.


Gametine is set at 1:30 p.m. with the unbeaten Knights installed anews as the odds-on favorites to hand the Altas their fourth loss in six games.

Letran Coach Louie Alas, however, remains cautious knowing the fierce determination of the Altas.

"Our last game will be the barometer of our intensity in going up against Perpetual. With my players playing consistent basketball, may kumpiyansa ako," said Alas. "Kaya lang may history na kami sa Altas na talagang hirap kami sa kanila, so it’s going to be a really tough game for us."

Alas will again bank on the expertise of pivotman Boyet Bautista in shooting for his fifth straight win.

"When Boyet is inside the court, who would panic? We don’t. Alam naming kaya niyang dalhin ang team lalo na sa mga crucial na situations," Alas said.

To complement Bautista on the defensive side are veteran forward Aaron Aban and Rafael Jazul, who collared 10 and six rebounds, respectively, in their last outing.

Altas coach Bai Cristobal accepted the fact that the Knights are the favorites but he remained optimistic.

"It is still not an excuse to get threatened by their experience as a team. We will still fight them courageously," Cristobal vowed.

In the other senior match at 4 p.m., league doormats Jose Rizal University and College of St. Benilde try to crawl out from the cellar.

The winless Heavy Bombers hope to gain the luck they failed to get in their last four games while the 1-4 Blazers are eyeing to start a winning run.

The Squires and the Altalettes also go for a first win when they clash in the juniors division at 12 noon while the Light Bombers and the CSB-La Salle Greenies tangle at 3 o’clock.

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07-17-2006, 07:50 AM
Knights try to defend clean slate against Altas



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Last updated 01:39am (Mla time) 07/17/2006

Published on Page A30 of the July 17, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

PEOPLE ARE LOOKING AT LETRAN differently now, after the Knights passed what amounts to a litmus test against Philippine Christian University last Friday. They're now seeing a team far different from the one ranked lowly in preseason previews.

"I felt sad they ranked Letran [as low as] sixth in the preseason," said Letran coach Louie Alas. "On the other hand, I felt that it has been our motivation to play the best we can every game."

The Knights have squeezed four wins in four games out of that motivation and they try to make it five-for-five when they battle the Perpetual Help Altas at 1:30 p.m. today in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino stadium.

St. Benilde takes on JRU at 3 p.m. Marc Reyes

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07-17-2006, 07:51 AM
Knights seek fifth straight vs Altas

The Philippine Star 07/17/2006

Letran shoots for its fifth straight win as it plays unpredictable Perpetual Help today while St. Benilde and Jose Rizal clash in a duel of struggling teams in the 82nd NCAA basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Drawing an explosive 30-game effort from Boyet Bautista, the Knights downed the Philippine Christian U Dolphins, 62-54, Friday to remain the only undefeated squad in the eight-team field with four victories.

The Altas, on the other hand, will also come into their 1:30 p.m. game with a winning feeling following their scary 78-77 victory over the winless Jose Rizal Bombers to move up to fifth spot with a 2-3 (win-loss) slate.

"It’s going to be an interesting match-up," said Perpetual Help coach Arturo "Bai" Cristobal, who steered the school to a runner-up finish to PCU in 2004.

The match will feature two of the league’s, if not the country’s, top scoring guards — Bautista and Perpetual Help’s Khiel Misa, who also scored a season-high 31-point output the last time out, including seven triples.

"I’ll just go out there and play my best. But I have to stay focused to help the team win," said the 23-year-old Bautista, last week’s best player.

Both teams are also riding the crest of a superb shooting performance from behind the arc with the Knights making 10 and the Altas sinking 14, thus making their encounter a virtual shootout.

"If we can contain their shooters, we’ll have a chance of beating them," said Letran mentor Louie Alas.

Jose Rizal, meanwhile, tries to end a four-game slump as it collides with St. Benilde at 4:30 p.m. The Bombers dropped their first four games while the Blazers lost four of their five for seventh place.

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07-17-2006, 07:52 AM
Knights eye 5th win
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By FRANK CALAPRE
The Manila Times Correspondent

Defending champion Collegio de San Juan de Letran guns for its fifth straight win as the Knights collide against University of Perpetual Help Dalta System Monday in the 82nd National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s basketball wars at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Fresh from their convincing win against the Philippine Christian Dolphins on Friday, the 15-time titlist Knights, face the Altas at 1:30 p.m. following the Letran Squires and the Altalettes match at 12 noon.

Host College of St. Benilde tries to end a three-game losing skid when it tackles a Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers at 4:30 p.m.

The Knights are currently on top with a 4-0 win-loss card followed by the San Beda Red Lions (4-1), Dolphins (4-2), Mapua Cardinals (3-2), Altas (2-3), San Sebastian Stags (2-4), Blazers (1-4) and the Jose Rizal U Heavy Bombers (0-4).

In Letran’s 62-54 win against the Taft-based Dolphins, point-guard Boyet Bautista shone the brightest as he dropped 30 points.

But unlike against PCU, which lacks a legitimate point guard, Bautista will be up against another excellent playmaker in Khiel Misa, who fired 31 points in a 78-77 Perpetual Help win over JRU on Wednesday.

Not only they play the same position, but Bautista and Misa are deadly from beyond the three-point territory and likes to run the breaks besides orchestrating their respective teams’ offense with enough ease.

While the two are expected to go at it, the main factor, however, would come from their supporting cast.

In Bautista’s case, they are swingman Aaron Aban, gunner Mark Balneg, big man John Realista and forward Andro Quinday, while Misa will have power forward Vladymir Joe, shooter Fritz Bauzon and guard Michael Kong.

Games Monday (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)

12 p.m. – Letran vs. Perpetual Help (Jrs/Srs)

3 p.m. – St. Benilde vs. Jose Rizal U (Jrs/Srs)

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07-18-2006, 07:53 AM
Knights ground Altas for fifth win
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 07/18/2006

Defending champion Letran College leaned on its defense when its offense began to sputter as it trounced Perpetual Help, 60-48, yesterday to remain unscathed in five games in the 82nd NCAA basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Boyet Bautista, one of the aspirants in the coming PBA rookie draft, bucked a double, triple-teaming defense thrown at him by the Altas as he came away with a game-high 14 points, including a pair of triples in the fourth quarter that capped the Knights’ breakaway victory.

"He was really defended well in the first half and I told him to pass out on his teammates in the second half, which he did," said Letran coach Louie Alas, who steered the school to titles in 1998, 2003 and last year.

Aaron Aban added 12 points for the Knights, who trailed in the first two quarters but seized control in the third period before cruising to the win in the fourth.

Letran also made the right stops, limiting Perpetual Help’s top two scorers — Khiel Misa and Conrad Fritz Bauzon — to a combine 23-point output.

Misa, who was the league’s leading scorer with a per-game norm of 21.6 points before this match, was held to just 11 points while Bauzon, who was fourth in scoring with a 16-point average, finished with 12.

Misa was also slowed down by an early foul trouble, committing four fouls at the break.

"Our main focus was to really stop Misa and Bauzon because we know they can score," said Alas.

The win also augured well for the Knights’ bid for a sweep of the first round. Letran faces Mapua on Friday and before tangling with San Beda next week.

The Red Lions trail the Knights with a 4-1 (win-loss) slate while Cardinals, who defeated the Muralla-based school thrice before the season, is in fourth place with a 3-2 card.

With Bautista shackled, the Altas roared to an 18-7 lead and barely kept it at the end of the first half, 28-27.

That proved to be Perpetual Help’s last taste of the lead as Bautista started to find his open teammates and the rest coming up with a fine defensive game to turn what had been a close contest into a rout.

It was the Altas’ fourth defeat against two win.

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07-18-2006, 07:55 AM
Knights stay unscathed
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By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA

DEFENDING CHAMPION Letran College overcame a sluggish start en route to a runaway 60-48 victory over University of Perpetual Help yesterday and keep its unblemished record intact in the NCAA basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.


The backcourt tandem of Boyet Bautista and forward Aaron Aban delivered the telling blows for the Knights as they combined 16 points in the second half to turn a close contest into a rout.

Bautista finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and two steals as he boosted his bid to win Most Valuable Player honors.

Aban was equally impressive.

The 6-foot-3 Aban posted a double-double performance, knocking in 12 points and the same number of rebounds. He also had four assists.

With the win, the Knights, who won the championship last year by beating Philippine Christian University in an exciting series, moved within two wins of sweeping the first round.

Next for Letran is Mapua on Friday, a game it should win. But the Knights’ final first round outing should be interesting as they go up agains the second-running San Beda Red Lions.

In the other senior game, Jose Rizal University finally ended a series of misfortunes as the Heavy Bombers pulled off a pulsating 72-70 win over College of St. Benilde.

The Altas fell to 2-4 slate in tie with San Sebastian College.

"We just simplified things in the second half and tried limiting our turnovers. I anticipated that this will be a tight fight so we worked so hard to polish our game in the last two quarters and that worked wonders," said winning coach Louie Alas.

The Muralla-based squad bell behind, 12-24, in the second quarter but they managed to overcome it through the inspired play of Bautista and Aban.

With Perpetual’s top gunner Khiel Misa felling into foul trouble, the Knights managed to close in at 27-28 before the break.

They continued to intensify their attack and a blistering 16-2 attack in the last 2:49 minutes of the third enabled the Knights to grab the upperhand, 42-30.

So dominant were the Knights defense in that period that the Altas were limited to just six points.

Bauzon nailed 12 points for Perpetual even while Misa was held to just 11 markers.

It was a different story in the juniors match as the Perpetual Altalettes downed the Letran Squires, 80-72, for their first win in five matches. The Squires remained winless in five games.

In the other junior match, the Jose Rizal Light Bombers crushed a helpless College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenies, 91-75.

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07-18-2006, 07:57 AM
Red-hot Knights repulse Altas


By Marc Anthony Reyes
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Last updated 04:56am (Mla time) 07/18/2006

Published on page A21 of the July 18, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE LAW of averages almost caught up with Colegio de San Juan de Letran yesterday. Well, at least in the first half.

The defending champion Knights struggled at the outset before making key adjustments in the final two quarters to trounce University of Perpetual Help, 60-48, and keep their record immaculate in the National Collegiate Athletics Association men’s basketball at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Boyet Bautista was stumped by the Altas’ trapping defense, throwing the Knights’ usually fluid game into disarray and limiting them to just seven points in the first quarter. The misery continued till the second canto, which saw Letran trail by as many as 12 points, 24-12, on a jumper by Fritz Bauzon.

“We noticed that they double-team Boyet right on the first dribble,” said Letran coach Louie Alas. “The double was there right away and he couldn’t find room to pass the ball.”

Alas’ immediate prescription was to anticipate a double on top of the key once the double-team sets in. But the veteran point-guard often challenged the defense thrown at him.

“The rest of the team got confused because Boyet wasn’t moving the ball well,” said Alas.

The Knights learned fast, however, and foiled the defense with speedier ball movement and superb shooting (23-of-57) to register their fifth straight win.

The Altas, who fell to 2-4, didn’t have a counter-move up their sleeves and toiled the rest of the way with key gunner Khiel Misa nursing four fouls just before halftime.

Bautista topscored with 14 points and added seven rebounds and two steals, while Aaron Aban made 12 points and 12 rebounds.

In the other seniors game, Jose Rizal University nailed its first victory at the expense of host De La Salle-College of St. Benilde, 72-70. It was the Heavy Bombers’ first win after losing their first four games.

In junior play, Richard Mojado scored 22 of his game-high 27 points in the second half as the Perpetual Help Altalettes bested the Letran Squires, 80-72, for their first win in five games. The Knights absorbed their fifth straight loss.

The Light Bombers dealt the Greenies their third straight loss with a 91-75 victory in the other juniors game. It was the fourth win against one loss for JRU.

The varsity scores:

Second Game

LETRAN 60 -- Bautista 14, Aban 12, Mondragon 8, Daa 7, Balneg 6, Quinday 5, Jazul 5, Faundo 2, Melegrito 1, Realista 0, Guevarra 0, Dangcal 0.

PERPETUAL 48 -- Bauzon 12, Misa 11, Reyes 6, Joe 6, Manuel 5, Racho 4, Kong 4, Mendoza 0, Manalang 0, Lee 0.

Quarters: 7-18, 27-28, 44-34, 60-48

Fourth Game

JOSE RIZAL U 72 -- Dedicatoria 22, Wilson 16, Sena 10, Nocom 8, Pradas 6, Cagoco 4, Se 4, Hayes 2, Fenequito 0, Bucao 0, Montemayor 0, Echane 0, Calilan 0, Pria 0.

ST. BENILDE 70 -- Urra Jr. 21, Robles 13, Johnston 13, Layug 7, Sevilla 5, Aldover 4, David 4, Manlapaz 2, Libunao 1, Manding 0, Devaras 0, Cadiz 0, Urra III 0.

Quarters: 16-15, 42-28, 60-47, 72-70

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07-18-2006, 08:06 AM
Letran wallops Perpetual for fifth straight win
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By FRANK CALAPRE
The Manila Times Correspondent

Defending champion Collegio de San Juan de Letran held University of Perpetual Help Dalta to only six points in the third period en route to a lopsided 60-48 win Monday in the 82nd National Collegiate Athletic Association seniors basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Despite the double teaming defense of the Altas, Boyet Bautista still managed to top score with 14 points for the 15-time champion Knights, who remained unbeaten after stretching their winning streak to five.

"Immediately at the start, they were like putting a handcuff on Boyet [Bautista]. So I told him not to challenge them and just play his usual game," Letran coach Loiue Alas said.

It was not an easy win for the Knights, though, as they had to struggle from a 12-point deficit midway in the second quarter before grabbing the lead, 28-27, on Bautista’s two charities entering the final half.

"We have 17 turnovers in the first half, that’s why we have to make adjustments especially on our offense," Alas added.

Aaron Aban scored four points and Bautista added three to widen the Knights’ lead to, 44-34, some 24 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

From there, Letran, which is aiming to surpass its 11-game winning streak last year, had the match in complete control the rest of the way as Baustista connected with two straight triples for a big 57-42 edge going to the final two minutes of the match.

Aside from Bautista, who also grabbed 7 rebounds and 2 steals, Aban finished with 12 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists while Hafer Mondragon scored 8.

Conrad Bauzon and Khiel Misa were the only two who scored with double digits for the Altas with 12 points and 11 respectively.

In the juniors game, Richard Mojada scored 27 points to lift the UPHD Altalettes past Letran Squires, 80-72, in the first game.

Scores:

First Game (Jrs.)

UPHD (80)—Mojado 27, Pasilong 17, Orbie 14, Dizon 9, Villamor 7, Amores 4, Labapis 2, Pagkalinawan 0, Biscocho 0, Chacon 0

Letran (72)—Rosales 13, Alas 13, Wong 12, San Jose 9, Bagsit 5, Javier 4, Munsayac 2, Cruz 2, Ruiz 0

Quarterscores: 17-23; 35-42; 56-60; 80-72

Second Game (Srs)

Letran (60)—Bautista 14, Aban 12, Mondragon 8, Daa 7, Balneg 6, Quinday 5, Jazul 5, Faundo 2, Melegrto 1, Realista 0, Guevarra 0

UPHD (48)—Bauzon 12, Misa 11, Reyes 6, Joe 6, Manuel 5, Racho 4, Kong 4, Mendoza 0, Manalang 0, Lee 0

Quarterscores: 7-18; 27-28; 44-34; 60-48.



Games Wednesday (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)

12 p.m. - Jose Rizal vs. San Sebastian (Jrs./ Srs)

4 p.m. - Perpetual Help vs. San Beda (Srs./Jrs)

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07-19-2006, 07:33 AM
San Beda eyes 4th straight win
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SAN BEDA College guns for its fourth straight victory when it faces University of Perpetual Help Dalta System today in the NCAA basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.


Game time is at 4 p.m. with the Mendiola-based squad aiming to cement its hold of second place while the Altas are hoping to bounce back from a stinging 60-48 setback they suffered against defending champion Letran last Monday.

In that game, the Altas appeared to be heading to a surprise win over the Knights after leading as many as 12 points in the second quarter. But they fell into poor shot selections in the finals half that allowed the Knight to win in runaway fashion.

Though they’re holding a 4-1 mark, the second best in the league, San Beda coach Koy Banal is not taking any chances against the Altas whom he described as "dangerous."

"There are no easy-to-handle teams or top-rated teams in the league. We always look at our opponents as tough threats because of unexpected performances," Banal said. "In case of Perpetual, we need to be extra sharp and resilient all throughout."

In the other senior match, a rejuvenated Jose Rizal University shoots for back-to-back wins when it plays San Sebastian College at 2 p.m.

The Heavy Bombers posted their first win in five starts by pulling off a 72-70 win over College of St. Benilde.

The Stags, toting a 2-4 card, are aching to get back on the winning track to boost their bid for a Final Four appearance.

Banal will again lean on the broad shoulders of Nigerian center Samuel Ekwe and his equally talented homegrown talents like Alex Angeles, Yousif Aljamal and Raymund Maggay.

In their win over the Stags, the 6-foot-8 Ekwe haulded down a conference best of 23 rebounds. He also had seven points, five blocks, three assists and a steal in a brilliant show of force.

The Altas is expected put 6-foot-4 team Vladymir Joe on Ekwe in the hope of limiting the production of the bull-strong center.

—Kristel SATUMBAGA

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07-19-2006, 07:35 AM
Lions going for 5th win versus Altas

The Philippine Star 07/19/2006

San Beda tries to sustain its fine start as it goes for a fourth straight win and fifth overall in six games against Perpetual Help today at resumption of action in the 82nd NCAA basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

With Nigerian Samuel Ekwe dominating, the Red Lions are off to an impressive start, including a 71-52 rout of the San Sebastian Stags last week for their third straight win and fourth overall in five games.

"If we just keep on working harder and play as a team, we’ll have a chance of finishing big this year," said San Beda coach Koy Banal, hoping to steer the school to its first title in 28 years.

The key in accomplishing that mission remains the 6-foot-8 Ekwe, who has been imposing his height and heft inside in offense and has proved to be a force to reckon with in defense.

In San Beda’s last three victories, Ekwe averaged a season-high 15 rebounds, 10 points and four shot blocks.

"He has the ability to dominate on both ends, and he’s improving every game," said Banal, whose wards’ three-game streak kept the Red Lions’ just a shade behind unbeaten Letran (5-0).

Ekwe is expected to dominate again in their 4 p.m. encounter with the Altas, who dropped four of their first six games to share fifth spot with the Stags.

Jose Rizal, meanwhile, seeks to score a follow up to its 72-70 win over St. Benilde (1-5) Monday as it tackles San Sebastian at 2 p.m.

Floyd Dedicatoria fired 22 points to lead the Bombers to their first win after dropping their first four matches.

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07-19-2006, 07:40 AM
San Beda takes on Perpetual
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Fresh from a weeklong rest, San Beda College seeks its fifth win against unpredictable University of Perpetual Help Dalta on Wednesday in the 82nd National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The Red Lions, gunning for their fourth straight victory in six games overall, meet the fifth-placed Altas at 4 p.m. The Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers and San Sebastian College Stags face off at 2 p.m.

San Beda, which is aiming to end a 27-yearlong NCAA title drought, is heavily favored to prevail over Perpetual Help, which bears a 2-4 win-loss slate. The Red Lions last won the crown in 1979.

Defending champion Letran is currently leading the pack with a clean 5-0 card, followed by San Beda (4-1), Philippine Christian University (4-2), Mapua Tech (3-2), San Sebastian (2-4), Jose Rizal (1-4) and season host College of Saint Benilde (1-5).

The Heavy Bombers hope to score their second straight win after a 72-70 victory over the Blazers on Monday.

The Red Lions defeated the Stags, 71-52, on Wednesday thanks to 6-foot-8 Nigerian rookie Samuel Ekwe, who grabbed a season-high 23 rebounds while adding 7 points, 3 assists, a steal and 5 shot blocks.

Frank Calapre



Games today (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)

Volleyball

8 a.m. – St. Benilde vs. Jose Rizal (Srs.)

10 a.m. – San Beda vs. Perpetual Help (Srs.)

Basketball

12 p.m. – Jose Rizal vs. San Sebastian (Jrs./Srs.)

4 p.m. – Perpetual Help vs. San Beda (Srs./Jrs.)

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07-20-2006, 07:42 AM
Lions rip Altas for fifth win


By Marc Anthony Reyes
Inquirer
Last updated 03:54am (Mla time) 07/20/2006

Published on page A22 of the July 20, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

YOUSIF Aljamal scattered a game-high 23 points but it was Samuel Ekwe who provided pretty much of everything as San Beda College ripped University of Perpetual Help, 61-45, last night for its fourth straight victory in the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The veteran forward Aljamal piled up points as the Perpetual Help defense collapsed on the 6-foot-8 Ekwe, who still came through with 13 markers on top of 22 rebounds.

The Red Lions, who dominated both boards, 54-37, improved to 5-1 while handing the Altas their sixth loss against two wins.

San Sebastian College-Recoletos finished strong in subduing Jose Rizal University, 95-86, to move up to 3-4 while pulling JRU back to the cellar with a 1-5 slate.

The Heavy Bombers, inspired by their maiden victory last Monday over De La Salle-College of St. Benilde, pulled ahead by as many as 15 points, 65-50, in the third quarter.

But the Stags mounted a last-ditch rally starring Miguel Lindaya, who hit 10 of his 17 points in the last period.

“I’m glad the rest of the guys stepped up especially Mike (Lindaya),” said SSC-R coach Raymund Valenzona, who missed the services of slotman Jason Ballesteros and playmaker Franz Delgado. “We are lacking in key men but still came out with solid stand.”

Alvin Se didn’t see action for JRU after being slapped with a one-game suspension for “unsportsmanlike behavior and provocative gesture” during their game against St. Benilde last Monday.

It was a double for SSC-R as the Staglets rolled back the Light Bombers, 79-76. San Beda also scored a sweep as the Cubs mangled the Altalettes, 100-59.

The seniors scores:

SECOND GAME

SSC-R 95 -- Aquino 22, Lindaya 17,Vicente 16, Viray 15, Raymundo 11, Bulawan 7, Quiamco 4, De Leon 2, Najorda 1, Juan 0, Sagad 0.

JRU 86 -- Dedicatoria 25, Pradas 16, Cagoco 15, Nocom 13, Wilson 8, Fenequito3, Sena 2, Hayes 2, Bucao 2, Pria 0, Echane 0, Caspe 0, Calilan 0.

Quarters: 20-20, 38-45, 59-65, 95-86.

THIRD GAME

SAN BEDA 61 -- Aljamal 23, Ekwe 13, Gamalinda 7, Escobal 6, Menor 5, Tecson 3, Maggay 2, Angeles 1, Hermida 1, Espinosa 0, Taganas 0, Canlas 0, Evangelista 0, Antonio 0, Taupa 0.

PERPETUAL 45 -- Misa 14, Joe 12, Kong 7, Galabin 5, Bauzon 3, Racho 2, Mendoza 2, Reyes 0, Perturbos 0, Manuel 0, Lee 0.

Quarters: 18-8, 31-19, 40-31 61-45.

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07-20-2006, 07:43 AM
Lions roar to fifth win; Stags defuse Bombers
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 07/20/2006

San Beda, a team powered by a couple of scoring stalwarts, smothered Perpetual Help with its stifling defense, 61-45, yesterday to post its fourth straight victory and fifth overall in six games in the 82nd NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Yousif Aljamal burned the hoops with 22 points while Nigerian ace Samuel Ekwe fired 13 points and pulled down 22 rebounds , the second time in the season he had more than 20 rebounds.

But it was in defense where the Red Lions shone early as they held the Altas to just eight points in the first quarter while scoring 18 points to set the tone for the rout.

The Altas fell to 2-5.

"I’m thankful that I’m blessed with players who will do the little things consistently," said San Beda coach Koy Banal, who immediately left to join coach Ryan Gregorio at the Purefoods camp in the PBA Finals at the Araneta Coliseum.

The win also gave the Lions the much-needed momentum for their much-awaited confrontation with the Letran Knights, unbeaten in five starts, next week.

And Banal looks forward to that confrontation.

" But I have to admit I’m pressured right know," said Banal, referring to the school’s bid for a first NCAA crown since reigning supreme 28 years ago.

Meanwhile, Management Committee chair Bernie Atienza of St. Benilde said there were 10 to 12 agents from the National Bureau of Investigation tapped to look deeply into allegations of game-fixing in the country’s oldest collegiate basketball league.

"There are agents who would be watching our games, maybe 10 to 12 of them," said Atienza, who was accompanied by NCAA commissioner Jun Bernardino.

Earlier, San Sebastian rode on a big fourth quarter explosion by Jimbo Aquino and Miguel Lindaya as the Stags rallied to beat the Jose Rizal Bombers, 95-86, and finish the first round with a 3-4 (win-loss) slate.

Aquino shot a perfect nine-of-nine from the field to finish with 22 points, including 12 in the last quarter, while Lindaya scored 10 of his 17 points in the same stretch to anchor the win for the Recoletos-based cagers.

Floyd Dedicatoria led all scorers with 25 but he fouled out down the stretch that hastened the Bombers’ downfall. It was Jose Rizal’s fifth loss against a lone victory.

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07-20-2006, 07:45 AM
Red Lions roar to fifth victory
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By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA

SAN BEDA College drew another monstrous performance from Yousif Aljamal and rookie sensation Samuel Ekwe to pummel University of Perpetual Help, 61-45, and solidify its hold of second place in the NCAA basketball tournament yesterday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.


Aljamal, a PBL veteran, came out with gun ablaze while the 6-foot-8 Ekwe imposed his will in the middle as the Red Lions coasted to their fourth straight win for a 5-1 overall record.

Aljamal sizzled with 23 points as he mocked all guards thrown at him with his deadly sniping. He also hauled down 12 rebounds.

For his part, the 6-foot-8 Ekwe came through with a double-double feat, sinking 13 points and bringing down 22 boards as the Altas absorbed their fifth loss in seven games.

Despite the win, San Beda Coach Koy Banal remained cautious as he looked into an all-important matchup against tournament leader Letran later next week that could decide the first round leader.

"I can still feel the pressure. But I am thankful that I have a bunch of players who are willing to do things consistently and fight till the end," Banal said.

Aljamal did the most damage in the first half by nailing 12 points to help push the Lions to a 31-19 halftime lead.

In the final half, Ekwe went to work, sinming eight markers that gave the Mendiola-based dribblers a 40-22 spread late in the third period. This gave the Lions enough cushion against a last-ditch effort by the Altas to get back into the game.

A triple by the Altas’ John Galabin ignited a Perpetual Help rally that saw the Altas come to within 36-45 in the fourth quarter, a threat quickly difused by the Lions with their control on both ends of the court.

Khiel Misa topscored for Perpetual with 14 points, four rebounds and three steals while Vladymir Joe chipped in 12 markers and five boards.

Earlier, San Sebastian College rediscovered how to win again as it turned back Jose Rizal University, 95-86.

The Stags rode on the heroics of Jimbo Aquino and Miguel Lindaya to rip the game wide open and finish the first round with a 3-4 record.

It was a twin kill for both San Sebastian and San Beda as their junior teams scored similar big wins.

The defending champions Staglets outplayed the Light Bombers, 95-86, to gain the solo lead while the Red Cubs thumped the Altalettes, 100-59.

First game (Juniors)

SSCR 79 – Buenafe 30, Nasayao 11, Del Rio 9, An. Bringas 6, Zulueta 6, Ar. Bringas 4, Sikat 3, Penaflor 2, Tagoc 0.

JRU 76 – Kabigting 27, Gabriel 20, Lituania 13, Santos 8, Bejado 6, Ungco 2, Sta. Cruz 0, Cipriano 0, Derpo 0.

Quarters: 24-21, 38-37, 58-53, 79-76.

Second Game (Seniors)

SSCR 95 – Aquino 22, Lindaya 17, Vicente 16, Viray 15, Raymundo 11, Bulawan 7, Quiamco 4, De Leon 2, Najorda 1, Sagad 0, Juan 0.

JRU 86 – Dedicatoria 25, Pradas 16, Cagoco 15, Nocom 13, Wilson 8, Fenequito 3, Hayes 2, Sena 2, Bucao 2, Caspe 0, Pria 0, Echane 0, Calilan 0.

Quarters: 20-20, 38-45, 59-65, 95-86.

Third Game (Seniors)

SBC 61 – Aljamal 23, Ekwe 13, Gamalinda 7, Escobal 6, Menor 5, Tecson 3, Magay 2, Angeles 1, Hermida 1, Taganas 0, Evangelista 0, Espinosa 0, Canlas 0, Antonio 0, Taupa 0.

UPHDS 45 – Misa 14, Joe 12, Kong 7, Galabin 5, Bauzon 3, Mendoza 2, Racho 2, Manuel 0, Lee 0, Reyes 0, Pertubos 0.

Quarters: 18-8, 31-19, 40-31, 61-45.

Fourth Game (Juniors)

SBC 100 – Lanete 31, Padilla 14, Cruz 13, Marcelo 12, Revilla 8, Ranises 6, Yulo 4, Panaligan 3, Cua 2, Lobaton 2, Vergara 2, Alabastro 2, Babilonia 1, Del Rosario 0.

UPHDS 59 – Ric. Mojado 17, Orbe 10, Dizon 8, Biscocho 8, Pasilong 6, Chacon 4, Amores 3, Rick Mojado 3, Labapis 0, Villamor 0, Pagkalinawan 0, Papa 0, Mancio 0.

Quarters: 20-11, 48-29, 6843, 100-59.

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07-20-2006, 07:46 AM
NBI scares NCAA ‘fixers’
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WITH AGENTS from the National Bureau of Investigation practically saturating the place, suspected game-fixers plying their trade in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) were nowhere around when the league resumed its tournament yesterday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.


"The NBI men are all around the place. We don’t see the usual suspects. The presence of about 10 to 12 NBI agents intimidated them which is probably why we don’t see them," said NCAA management committee head Bernie Atienza of host St. Benilde when interviewed yesterday.

"Apparently, it’s beginning to look like a cat and mouse game," said Atienza, who said photos of the suspects have been forwarded to the NBI. Unfortunately, he said, "the shots did not turn out clear, but we submitted them to the NBI."

Atienza said the NBI sent a "full contingent" yesterday at the stadium after it was noted that the suspects appeared shortly after the agents left the premises last Monday during the endgame of the match between Jose Rizal and St. Benilde.

"I want to make it clear that the NBI has been supporting us in our campaign to eradicate the alleged game-fixing. The coordination of the league with the NBI is a big step in our campaign."

Atienza clarified that no one from the league are being considered suspects or in cahoots with the alleged fixers.

"We’re not accusing players, coaches, team officials or referees. We’re not tagging anybody, at least not yet," said Atienza.

In last Monday’s NCAA game, Atienza said that league officials had observed that there were people acting strangely just before the final buzzer sounded with one individual making phone calls using two cell phones.

Last year, rumors of game-fixing also attended the conduct of the tournament. But nothing came out of the investigation which also involved the participation of the NBI. – Nick GIONGCO

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07-20-2006, 08:02 AM
Lions, Stags post easy victories
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Samuel Ekwe and Yousil Aljamal teamed up to hurt University of Perpetual Help inside and lift San Beda College to its fourth straight win on Wednesday.

Ekwe had 13 points and 22 rebounds and Aljamal had 23 points as the Red Lions routed the Altas, 61-45, in the 82nd National Collegiate Athletics Association men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The 6-foot-8 Ekwe, a Nigerian exchange student, was one rebound shy of matching his season-high 23 boards against San Sebastian College.

The Lions’ fifth win in six games overall tightened the grip on solo second place behind the clean 5-0 card of defending champion Letran College. The Altas ended their first-round campaign at 2-5.

In the first game, San Sebastian rode a big fourth-quarter run to end its first-round campaign with a 95-86 victory over Jose Rizal University.

The Stags got 22 points from sophomore forward Jimbo Aquino, who scored 16 in the last two quarters. Veteran playmaker Migs Lindaya dropped all 17 of his points in the second half for San Sebastian.

The win improved the Stags’ record to 3-4, while the Heavy Bombers fell to the cellar with a 1-5 card, tied with College of Saint Benilde.

"I told my players if they wanted to win, they have to work hard. JRU wanted another victory after winning their last game, and we were on our last match in the first round," said San Sebastian coach Raymond Valenzona.

Meanwhile, 12 agents of the National Bureau of Investigation watched the games Wednesday to find out if the games were being rigged.

NCAA management committee chairman Bernie Atienza of Saint Benilde said the NBI agents were part of the league’s measures against game fixing.

"We didn’t see the usual suspects, maybe the presence of the NBI agents intimidated them," said Atienza in a press briefing after the San Sebastian-Jose Rizal game.

A league insider, who requested anonymity, claimed that Monday night’s game between the Heavy Bombers and the CSB Blazers was fixed.

In that game, Jose Rizal led by as many as 17 points in the third period before winning 72-70.

A group of Chinese-looking men at courtside were seen making calls on mobile phones before the game ended, the NCAA source said.

Atienza, however, said that the league’s Mancom is not accusing anyone of rigging the games.

"We’re not accusing any player, coach, team official or referee. We’re not tagging anybody, at least not yet," he said.

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07-20-2006, 08:05 AM
NBI agents monitoring NCAA games



Inquirer
Last updated 03:54am (Mla time) 07/20/2006

Published on page A22 of the July 20, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE NATIONAL Bureau of Investigation has intensified its watch over game-fixing activities by fielding a “full contingent” during yesterday’s National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) men’s basketball tournament four-game bill at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

NCAA management committee chair Bernie Atienza of host College of St. Benilde didn’t want to reveal the number of NBI agents who were present but confirmed that they were in full force after reports of renewed game-fixing came out in the papers.

“We still rely on them (NBI) with regard to the (game-fixing) problem,” said Atienza. “We need their full cooperation which NBI, in fairness to them, generously provides us.”

He added that some NBI agents were “hurt” by the Inquirer report that their assigned agents were not there when the “suspects” surfaced Monday during the Jose Rizal University- College of St. Benilde game.

“They have assigned 12 agents to cover the games but that doesn’t mean that they have to be here all the time. They also take turns,” said Atienza, who talked to the media men covering the games along with league commissioner Jun Bernardino.

Suspicions of game-fixing were raised when a group of persons near the playing area were seen furiously making multiple phone calls in the closing seconds of the JRU-St. Benilde match won by the Heavy Bombers by two points after leading by as many as 17 points. The game was not televised but Atienza said the league has a videotape of the game taken by the league staff. Marc Anthony Reyes

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07-21-2006, 07:46 AM
MIT vs Letran today
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By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA

LETRAN IS just two wins away from sweeping the first round of the NCAA basketball tournament.



But before thinking about the "sweet sweep," the Knights, the defending champion, must first hurdle Mapua, one of the tournament’s dark horses.

After Mapua, there’s San Beda College, a team perceived by many as the most serious of Letran’s challengers.

Letran coach Louie Alas, however, isn’t thinking of the Red Lions yet. That can wait, he said

His main concern is how to beat Mapua which has gotten strong as the tournament moves on.

"Our next two games will show if our team is really tough. But we have to focus first on Mapua," said Alas. "Mapua’s lineup is very intact and we have to keep a good eye on their shooters like Kelvin Dela Pena and Joferson Gonzales."

The Cardinals have been playing consistent basketball and are coming off back-to-back wins.

Their 4 p.m. battle is dubbed as "Battle of Intramuros."

But the Knights almost have little to prove any more. They have won five straight games, they are the only unbeaten team in the series and they have two players, Boyet Bautista and Aaron Aban, who are turning pro at the end of the tournament.

"I have strong faith in them. They are much matured compared to other players," said Alas. "It’s going to be a close and exciting game.".

In the other senior match, third-running Philippine Christian University hopes to bounce back from a heartbreaking loss to the Knights last week when the Dolphins collide with host St. Benilde at 2 p.m.

The Dolphins slipped to 4-2 following a 62-54 setback against Letran while the Blazers are out to snap a four-game losing run. So far, they have only won once in five starts.

Bautista and Aban combined for 26 points and 19 rebounds the last time out.

Apart from Dela Pena and Gonzales, veterans Sean Co and Jerby Del Rosario are expected to provide the much-needed fireworks.

The PCU Baby Dolphins collide with St. Benilde-La Salle Greenies at 12 noon in the lone junior action.

The Baby Dolphins have a 3-2 mark while the Greenies tote a 2-3 record.

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07-21-2006, 07:53 AM
Knights try to avoid chink in their armor

The Philippine Star 07/21/2006

Enjoying one of its finest starts in team history, defending champion Letran tries to keep its win run going as it goes for a sixth straight victory against Mapua today in the 82nd NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

But things could be a little more difficult for the Knights when they face the Cardinals in their 4 p.m. encounter.

"We’re on a roll, but Mapua has won its last two games," said Letran coach Louie Alas, who steered the Knights to the 2003 and 2005 title romps. "They’re playing excellent lately, executing their plays and shooting the ball well."

Mapua is currently in solo fourth place with a 3-2 (win-loss) card and a victory over Letran would enable idle San Beda, another streaking team, a share of the lead.

The Knights are fresh from a 60-48 win over the Perpetual Help Altas last Monday where veteran playmaker Boyet Bautista and swingman Aaron Aban combined for 26 points to power the team to its fifth straight win.

"The key for us is to have a strong start. It’s difficult playing catch up like what we did against Perpetual. We also have to toughen our defense at the perimeter because they have good shooters," said Alas.

Mapua, on the other hand, is coming off a week-long layoff after it downed CSB, 79-74, where the Cardinals displayed their shooting prowess by nailing seven straight triples in the final period, including five by Jeofferson Gonzales.

"We know how strong Letran is, even without their veterans who helped them win the title last year. With Bautista and Aban, for me they’re still tough to beat," said Mapua coach Horacio Lim.

"Our strategy is to make life difficult for Bautista and Aban by continuously attacking them and defending them well," he added.

"We know that they play the zone defense well because of their taller wingmen," said Letran mentor Louie Alas. "But we’ll be ready."

Last year’s runner-up Philippine Christian U (4-2) tackles host College of St. Benilde (1-5) at 2 p.m. in the other seniors game with the Dolphins hoping to bounce back from their 62-54 loss to the Knights last Friday, and the Blazers raring to snap a four-game skid, including their 72-70 defeat to the Jose Rizal Heavy Bombers.

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07-21-2006, 07:54 AM
Letran aims for 6th straight win against Mapua Cards
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Enjoying one of the best starts in team history, defending champion Letran College tries to keep its unbeaten slate intact Friday in the 82nd National Collegiate Athletics Association men’s basketball wars at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

But things will be a bit more difficult this time, as the Knights aim for their sixth straight victory against their Intramuros rivals, the Mapua Tech Cardinals.

The Walled City teams have had memorable battles in the past, and for Letran coach Louie Alas, this one has the trimmings of another exciting encounter.

"We’re on a roll, but Mapua has won its last two games. They’re playing excellent lately, executing their plays and shooting the ball well," said Alas, who steered the Knights to the 2003 and 2005 championships.

Letran and Mapua, currently at solo fourth place with a 3-2 win-loss card, collide in the main seniors’ game at 4 p.m. Last year’s runner-up Philippine Christian University (4-2) tackles season host College of Saint Benilde (1-5) at 2 p.m.

The Knights are fresh from a 60-48 win over the University of Perpetual Help Altas—their fifth straight—on Monday, where veteran playmaker Boyet Bautista and swingman Aaron Aban combined for 26 points.

"Key for us is to have a strong start. It’s difficult playing catch-up like we did against Perpetual. We also have to toughen our defense at the perimeter because they [Cardinals] have good shooters," Alas added.

Mapua is coming off a weeklong layoff after it downed Saint Benilde, 79-74, where the Cardinals nailed seven straight triples in the final frame—five by Jeofferson Gonzales.

"We know how strong Letran is, even without their veterans who helped them win the title last year. With Bautista and Aban, for me they’re still tough to beat," said Mapua coach Horacio Lim.

PCU’s Dolphins, meanwhile, hope to avenge their 62-54 loss to Letran last Friday. The CSB Blazers, however, are eager to end a four-game slide, including a 72-70 defeat opposite Jose Rizal University.

Frank Calapre

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07-21-2006, 07:56 AM
Knights ride out for No. 5 vs Cardinals; PCU-CSB up



Inquirer
Last updated 04:01am (Mla time) 07/21/2006

Published on page A26 of the July 21, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

DEFENDING champion Letran College shoots for a sixth straight win against Mapua Institute of Technology today in the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The unbeaten Knights are favored in the 4 p.m. tussle which could serve as a warm-up for their showdown with the second-running San Beda College Lions (5-1) on July 26.

Philippine Christian University (4-2) closes out its first-round schedule against cellar-dweller and host De La Salle-College of St. Benilde (1-5) earlier at 2 o’clock.

“Right now, our concern is to maintain our level of play and pile up wins that will help us later in the tournament,” said Colegio de San Juan de Letran coach Louie Alas.

Trampling the opposition

Led by veteran playmaker Boyet Bautista and Aaron Aban, the Knights have been trampling the opposition. Their last victims were no less than last year’s runners-up, the PCU Dolphins, last week.

But Mapua mentor Horacio Lim is confident his Cardinals can rise to the challenge, especially after posting rousing wins over St. Benilde and University of Perpetual Help in their two previous games.

“They (Letran) are a tough team but they can be beaten just like any other team,” said Lim, whose charges are at the upper half of the standings with a 3-2 record.

The Dolphins, whose four-game streak was cut short by the Knights, are odds-on picks over the Blazers. Marc Anthony Reyes

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07-22-2006, 10:02 AM
Letran prevail over Mapua
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By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA

DEFENDING CHAMPION Letran College survived a third quarter scare and banked on the late heroics of Andro Quinday yesterday as the Knights turned back the Mapua Cardinals, 74-71, to remain undefeated in the NCAA basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.


The 6-foot-2 Quinday unloaded four of his six charities in the final two minutes to keep the Knights afloat en route to a sixth straight win that moved the Muralla-based squad to within a win of sweeping the first round of eliminations.

Mapua, which got sterling performances from veterans Raymund Tiongo, Jerby Del Rosario and Kelvin Dela Peña, absorbed its third loss in six games.

Trailing, 68-71, after a Del Rosario jumper barely three minutes left, the Knights saw Quinday team up with Hafer Mondragon for a 6-0 blast and put Letran on top again, 74-71.

Their effort more than made up for the Knights meltdown in the third period that saw them lose a 46-31 halftime lead in the face of a big onslaught by the cardinals.

"We were complacent and passive in the third quarter and allowed Mapua to execute their plays. Naging kuntento kami sa fact that we’re leading but the boys didn’t know na kaya kaming ungusan ng Mapua," said winning coach Louie Alas.

Their fourth quarter recovery gave Alas a gauge on how his bots will perform against San Beda on Wednesday.

"This game tested our mental character. We survived the acid test, but it is not yet finished because we still have San Beda to battle," Alas said.

The Knights went scoreless for a long spell in the third period while Gonzales, Tiongco and Sean Co combined for a 13 Mapua points explosion that pushed the cardinals to within 44-46.

It took a basket by Rey Dangcal with 5:11 left in the period to awaken the Knights from their deep slumber.

In the other seniors game, Philippine Christian University tripped College of St. Benilde, 66-61, to ends its firts round assignments with a 5-2 slate.

The Dolphins drew big numbers from twin towers Gabby Espinas and Ian Garrido with Espinas exploding for 15 points while hauling down 14 rebounds and Garrido coming through with 12 markers and five boards.

The loss was the sixth for the Blazers in seven outings.

"At least nakapagpondo na kami sa first round. Pero malayo pa ang itatakbo namin para makasabay sa mga laro ng leaders ngayon," Dualan said.

"Hopefully makuha na naming ‘yung kind of game namin sa second round. Every game will count and we will not waste any time."

In the lone juniors match, the Baby Dolphins made it a double for PCU with a 73-62 decision over the St. Benilde-La Salle Greenies.

The Baby Dolphins now have a 4-2 slate while the Greenies dropped to 2-4.

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07-22-2006, 10:03 AM
Knights clip Cards for 6th win
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 07/22/2006

Letran blew a 20-point lead in the first half but held Mapua scoreless in the last three minutes of play as the defending champions hacked out a 74-71 victory over the Cardinals yesterday to remain unbeaten with six victories in the 82nd NCAA basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Boyet Bautista came away with 19 points in another fiery stint he highlighted with five triples while Aaron Aban tossed in 17 points for the Knights, who moved within a victory from sweeping the first round elims.

Kelvin dela Peña, noted for hitting buzzer-beating shots in the PBL, couldn’t make one this time as he muffed a potential game-tying trey at the buzzer.

"We made the necessary stops, that’s one of the keys," said Letran coach Louie Alas, who steered the Muralla-based school’s title romps in 1998, 2003 and 2005.

The win also gave Letran the momentum and confidence it needs when it plays second-running San Beda, the other streaking squad on a four-game run and a 5-1 record, on Wednesday in what many believe would be a preview of this year’s championship.

"It would be a tough match because San Beda is the best defensive team in the league right now," said Alas.

Employing a combination of sleek running game and pesky full-court defense, the Knights controlled the tempo early and built leads of as many as 20, 41-21, in the second quarter.

But Letran came out of the half a disorganized lot, falling into a maze of errors and poor shot selections, enabling Mapua to strike back before eventually seizing the lead at 71-68 lead behind dela Peña and Jerby del Rosario.

However, the Knights clamped down on defense while Andro Quinday stepped up and nailed four foul shots in a 6-0 windup that sealed the victory for Letran.

Mapua fell to 3-3.

Earlier, Philippine Christian U imposed its will underneath as it downed St. Benilde, 66-61, to close its stint in the first round with a 5-2 (win-loss) slate.

Gabby Espinas scored 15 points, pulled down 14 rebounds and had four shot blocks while Ian Garrido and Beau Belga combined for 12 points and 14 boards to power the Dolphins to the victory.

St. Benilde absorbed its sixth setback against a triumph.

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07-22-2006, 11:04 AM
Letran slips past gritty Mapua

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 02:23am (Mla time) 07/22/2006

Published on page A25 of the July 22, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

GAMES WEDNESDAY (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)

2 p.m. -- Mapua vs JRU (Srs)
4 p.m. -- San Beda vs Letran (Srs/Jrs)


COMPLACENCY almost did the defending champions in.

Blowing a huge 20-point cushion, the Letran Knights weathered a fumbling performance in the second half to slip past the Mapua Cardinals, 74-71, and keep the solo lead in the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) men’s basketball tournament yesterday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

And this time, it took more than just coach Louie Alas’ two trusted stars to secure his team’s sixth straight win.

Boyet Bautista and Aaron Aban combined for 36 points for the Knights, who nevertheless needed key contributions from Andro Quiday and Rey Dangcal in the closing minutes to preserve their unbeaten slate.

“We were passive,” said Alas. “Good thing Quinday and Dangcal clicked off the bench.”

Earlier, the Philippine Christian U Dolphins wrapped up its first-round campaign with a 66-61 triumph over the struggling St. Benilde Blazers.

After a fairly quiet performance in the opening minutes, Gabby Espinas regained his composure and fired 11 of his 15 points in the second half on top of 14 rebounds and four blocks.

Although the Dolphins boosted their record to 5-2, coach Joel Dualan insists that they are still playing below potential: “The way we’re playing, we’re still far from contenders Letran and San Beda.”

The Cardinals dropped to 3-3 after a potential game-tying three pointer by Kelvin dela Peña missed at the buzzer.

The Knights posted a commanding 20-point lead, 41-21, in the second period behind the strong early showing of Bautista and Aban.

The scores:

Second Game (Srs)

PCU 66 -- Espinas 15, Garrido 12, Santos 12, Castro 9, David 7, Navarro 6, Hermosa 2, Amaparado 2, Salem 1, McCoy 0, Belga 0, Vidal 0.

ST. BENILDE 61 -- M. Urra 14, Layug 9, David 8, Aldover 7, Robles 6, Manlapaz 6, Devaras 4, Manding 4, Johnston 3, D. Urra 0, Cadiz 0, Libunao 0.

Quarters: 12-13, 25-30, 43-42, 66-61

Third Game (Srs)

LETRAN 74 -- Bautista 19, Aban 17, Daa 10, Quinday 8, Mondragon 8, Dangcal 7, Faundo 2, Balneg 2, Jazul 1, Realista 0, Guevarra 0.

MAPUA 71 -- Tiongco 19, Del Rosario 13, Dela Pena 10, Mazo 9, Gonzales 7, Co 7, N. Pascual 3, J. Pascual 3, Sumalinog 0, Guillermo 0.

Quarters: 23-18, 46-31, 54-53, 74-71

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07-22-2006, 11:11 AM
Letran rallies to nip Mapua, take 6th win

By GERALD PETER ARCE, The Manila Times Correspondent
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Defending champion Letran College survived its biggest test yet to post its sixth consecutive win.

The Knights escaped the dangerous Mapua Tech Cardinals, 74-71, on Friday in the 82nd season of the National Collegiate Athletics Association men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

In a battle of Intramuros-based teams, Letran made the big free throws and defensive stops in the last three minutes to take a come-from-behind victory and keep its unbeaten slate intact.

Andro Quinday and Hafer Mondragon scored six crucial points in less than two minutes, and the Knights held the Cards to a single basket from Jerby del Rosario in the same span to take the win.

"This game gave us a lesson to not let our opponents take our lead away. I’m glad we won," said Letran coach Louie Alas.

Veteran playmaker Boyet Bautista played almost whole the game, leading the Knights with 19 points, eight of them in the final quarter. He also made an assist to Mondragon, who gave them a 72-71 lead with 1:20 to play.

Quinday then nailed two free throws on two different fouls, and Mapua guard Kelvin de la Peña missed a three-point shot at the buzzer to drop the Cardinals to their third loss in sixth games.

In the first game, Philippine Christian University leaned on its veterans to beat College of Saint Benilde, 66-61.

Gabby Espinas, Ian Garrido and Derryl Santos converted crucial baskets and free throws to help the Dolphins rebound from a 62-56 loss to Letran. They closed their first-round campaign with five wins in seven matches.

Espinas led PCU with 15 points and 14 rebounds, while Garrido and Santos finished with 12 points each.

"The way we play now is way too far against the other top contenders. Someone should adjust coming the second round," said PCU coach Joel Dualan. "We’re still feeling out our game. I just hope we get the quality of games we need in the next round."

Forward Martin Urra scored 14 points to lead the Blazers, who lost their fifth consecutive game, putting its Final Four campaign in peril with a 1-6 card.

In volleyball matches, PCU’s men and women both emerged victorious.

The Lady Dolphins defeated the CSB women, 25-12, 25-23 18-25, 25-11, while the men trounced the Blazers, 25-16, 25-12, 25-18.

In the lone juniors basketball game, the Baby Dolphins outclassed Saint Benilde, 73-62, for their fourth victory. Elvin Pascual led all scorers with 20 points and had 17 rebounds.

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07-23-2006, 09:34 AM
Aban, Bautista share NCAA ‘Player’ honors
By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA
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IT’S EASY to figure out why Letran is on top of the NCAA standings again.

With Boyet Bautista and Aaron Aban at the helm, the Knights won their first six games, including two harrowing victories that best reflected the team’s resolve and character.

In Letran’s 60-48 triumph over University of Perpetual Help last Monday, the 5-foot-8 Bautista sizzled with 14 points and grabbed seven boards while the high-leaping Aban finished also in double-double with 12 points and the same number of rebounds.

Four days after, the duo put on another sterling performance to lift the Knights to a 74-71 win against Mapua Tech. In that game, Bautista tallied 19 points, three assists and three steals while Aban wound up with 17 markers and 10 rebounds.

For their consistent showing, Bautista and Aban shared the Play of the Week honors.

No one was more elated with the early success of Bautista and Aban than Letran coach Louie Alas.

For Bautista, it was his second citation, having won the same award last week.

"They (Bautista and Aban) continued to rise to the challenge and I’m very happy they are living to their roles. When they perform well, the team does not get pressured. Their consistent performance was a really big boost to us," Alas said of his two stalwarts.

The biggest test for the dynamic duo will be on Wednesday when the Knights battle the taller and heftier San Beda Red Cubs in what could be the preview of the Finals. The Red Lions are sporting a 5-1 mark.

It’s going to be a war but Alas is convinced that Aban and Bautista are equally up to the task ahead.

"I believe in their abilities to lead this team," he said.

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07-23-2006, 09:41 AM
Letran vets Aban, Bautista share NCAA 'PoW' award
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Before the season began, many thought that defending champion Letran College would have a tough time in the 82nd National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s basketball wars, since six veteran players had graduated during the summer.

But six games into the season, the Knights have yet to lose a game, turning doubters into believers and critics into admirers.

All thanks to two veterans, Aaron Aban and Boyet Bautista.

Considered the heart and soul of Letran, Aban and Bautista came through with clutch performances in the Knights’ two previous wins, earning them NCAA Press Corps' Player of the Week honors.

"They simply refused to give up every game," said Letran mentor Louie Alas. "As long as Boyet and Aaron are around, I know we have a good chance of winning the title again. They are hardworking players, and they inspire their teammates."

Without the key players from both the 2003 and 2005 champion teams, the duo was left to lead a bunch of reserves, second stringers and inexperienced rookies.

Against the gritty University of Perpetual Help, Letran flirted with disaster before stepping on the gas in the second quarter to post a convincing 60-48 victory. Aban and Bautista combined for 26 points and 19 rebounds in the win.

Against Mapua Tech, they nearly blew a 15-point halftime lead before flaunting their championship poise behind Bautista (19 points) and Aban (17 points) to escape with a scary 74-71 win.

"That game did not only test our skills but also our mental character. It prepared us for our match next week against a very strong team, San Beda," added Alas.

When the Knights face the Red Lions on Wednesday, expect the stats from Aban and Bautista, plus the quality that doesn’t show up on the scorekeeper’s tally—leadership.

"They are my leaders. We won’t go this far without them," said Alas.

gameface_one
07-24-2006, 09:36 AM
Knights, Lions saddle up for important duel
mb.com.ph


By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA

IT’S HARD to predict which team will emerge the victor in the much-awaited showdown between defending champion Letran College and San Beda College on Wednesday by merely looking at the stats sheets.


It’s mind-boggling.

The two squads, pre-ordained to meet in the finals, have been impressive in their previous games, winning one big game after another, thus making their showdown an all-important one.

For the Knights, they are hoping to sustain their winning drive and a win on Wednesday will enable them to sweep the first round.

The Red Lions, on the other hand, are out to end their losing streak to the Knights that started seven years ago.

With a 5-1 card, the Red Lions are likewise seeking to become the fist team this season to score over defending champions.

But it’s not going to be easy. The only certain is that the game will be a blockbuster, one that will be worth telling many times over.

Behind the exploits of pro-bound Boyet Bautista and Aaron Aban, the Knights posted a winning margin of 11 points in their first six victories.

They also have an impressive percentage from the three-point zone where they knocked in at least eight triples a game. They biggest was 14.

While Letran is shooting remarkably well from the field, San Beda has been dominating the defensive end.

The Red Lions averaged 57.3 rebounds and 3.83 blocks a game. The big bulk , of course, came from the 6-foot-8 Nigerian recruit Samuel Ekwe.

The hard-working center is leading the rebounding department with an average of 16.5 rebounds a game, He also posted 2.91 blocks per game.

The Red Lions can also brag about the way they mangled their foes. They posted a winning margin of 18.6 points. Their only loss was inflicted by Philippine Christian University, 66-70.

But coach Koy Banal was absent when the Red Lions lost to the Dolphins, so that’s understandable.

In terms of field goal percentage, the Knights shot much better than the Red Lions as the Intramuros-based squad registered a 37.67 percent against 35 for the Red Lions.

However, San Beda is averaging 16.5 assists per game compared to Letran’s 12.17.

But these stats will take a backseat when they clash on Wednesday.

For coach Louie Alas, it’s heart and proper execution that will decide the game.

lekiboy
07-24-2006, 07:22 PM
Sorry, Kristine. It is not mind boggling. It is very simple - San Beda will win by 10 points or more....
Go San Beda Fight!

ESCALERA JR.
07-24-2006, 08:05 PM
My money goes for the Letran Knights...by the slimmest of margin, lets say 3-5pts.

However a defeat would also be probable by the slimest of margin too, also by 3-5 pts.

ARRIBALETRAN!!! ANIMOSANBEDA!!! GO NCAA!!!

Good Luck to both teams.

gameface_one
07-25-2006, 12:50 AM
Rookie Ekwe on line for MVP plum
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 07/25/2006

Nigerian behemoth Samuel Ekwe of San Beda is on his way to becoming a rookie MVP in the 82nd NCAA basketball tournament.

And the only one that could stop him from achieving that feat is a former rookie MVP himself, Gabby Espinas of Philippine Christian University.

Ekwe, a 6-foot-8 center who packs his dunks and blocks with power, currently leads the MVP statistical race after getting a league-high 20.5 efficiency rating points, barely ahead of Espinas’ 20.1 points.

In six games, Ekwe, a native of Nigeria capital Lagos, averaged 16.5 rebounds, 10.6 points and about three blocks a game, the main reason why the Lions are currently at second place with a 5-1 (win-loss) slate behind the Letran Knights (6-0).

Ekwe posted season-highs 23 boards and six blocks in wins over San Sebastian and Mapua, Final Four qualifiers last year, respectively, and his numbers could improve in the coming games including the much-awaited San Beda-Letran showdown tomorrow.

"He has the ability to dominate the game on both ends of the court," said San Beda coach Koy Banal of Ekwe.

"And the scary thing about it is that he’s just starting to love the game."

Espinas, who was rookie MVP two years ago, for his part, has a per game norms of 14.1 points, 11 rebounds and 2.9 blocks to trail the African giant.

Perpetual Help’s Khiel Misa was at distant third with 17 points as he led the league in scoring with 19 points an outing.

Also in MVP contention were Jose Rizal’s Floyd Dedicatoria (14.8), 2005 Finals MVP Letran’s Boyet Bautista (12.7), Perpetual Help’s Virgilio Manuel (12.6), PCU’s Robby David (12.1), San Sebastian’s Jim Viray (11.9) and St. Benilde’s William Johnston (11.4) and Martin Urra (11.1).

lekiboy
07-25-2006, 09:11 AM
Imagine that Sam has 3 or 4 years more with San Beda... what a blessing indeed.
Go San Beda Fight!
Watch for the Borgie- Sam combination. This will be another combination for the books!

leondealabang
07-25-2006, 03:33 PM
ANIMO SAN BEDA! BEAT LETRAN!

full battle gear
07-26-2006, 09:56 AM
Knights-Lions match reset to Friday
www.abs-cbnnews.com


Fans of the Letran College Knights and San Beda College Red Lions will have to wait two more days to see a blockbuster rematch between their favorite teams.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association management committee decided Tuesday to move the Letran-San Beda clash and two other games scheduled Wednesday to Friday because of typhoon Glenda, which flooded several parts of Metro Manila and forced classes to be suspended.

In a meeting at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium, the NCAA Mancom considered an advisory from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration (PAGASA).

"The advisory said the [stormy] weather condition will continue until tomorrow," said Mancom chairman Bernie Atienza of NCAA season host College of Saint Benilde.

"Because of this, classes might be suspended again, and we don’t want to take chances. First is the safety of our athletes and students, and second the ticket sales. We have two big games and if there are no classes, it could affect our gate receipts," Atienza added.

Besides the Knight-Lions rematch originally set at 4 p.m. today, also moved to Friday are the other seniors match between Mapua Tech and Jose Rizal University at 2 p.m. and the San Beda-Letran juniors’ game at 6 p.m.

The Knights boast of a 6-0 record, with the Lions second at 5-1. Mapua’s Cardinals have a 3-3 mark, while JRU’s Heavy Bombers are 1-5.

full battle gear
07-26-2006, 01:09 PM
NCAA dream tiff reset
The Philippine Star 07/26/2006


The much-awaited showdown between big school rivals Letran College and San Beda will have to wait a little longer.

The NCAA Management Committee yesterday decided to reset today’s 4 p.m. duel of the Knights and the Lions at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium to Friday, same time and venue, due to heavy rains spawned by typhoon Glenda that flooded parts of the city the past few days.

"We received an advisory that bad weather condition will continue until tomorrow," said Mancom chair Bernie Atienza of St. Benilde.

Other games moved on Friday are the seniors’ match pitting the Mapua Cardinals and the Jose Rizal Bombers and the juniors’ game between the San Beda Red Cubs and the Letran Squires.

The Knights, the reigning champions, currently lead the way with a 6-0 (win-loss) slate with the Samuel Ekwe-led Lions lurking behind with a 5-1 card.

The Knights have won two of the last three titles and are raring to add another one while the Lions are raring to end a 28-year-old title drought.

gameface_one
07-27-2006, 09:33 AM
Huge turnout expected in SBC-Letran clash

The Philippine Star 07/27/2006

If ticket sales would be any gauge, the Letran-San Beda College encounter tomorrow would be a surefire hit.

While students, alumni and supporters of both schools have to wait for two more days before the big game after Wednesday’s matches were called off due to heavy rains, the Management Committee of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is still expecting a big crowd at the 6,000-seater Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

"Their rivalry is actually the oldest in the country as far as team sports competition is concerned," said NCAA Mancom chairman Bernie Atienza of host school College of St. Benilde.

The Knights and the Red Lions collide at 4 p.m. with the former eyeing a sweep of the first round action and the latter seeking a share of the lead.

Hardly affected by the departure of six veteran players, the Knights are drawing solid games from mainstays Aaron Aban, Boyet Bautista, Andro Quinday and Mark Balneg.

For the Red Lions, the presence of 6-foot-8 Nigerian rookie Sam Ekwe has firmed up their bid for the first crown since 1978.

According to 82nd NCAA finance officer Benson Bocboc, aside from the 6,000 sure-seats, the league will add 600 more tickets at the General Admission section. Of the 6,000 tickets, 1,000 went to Letran and 1,200 went to San Beda.

"It’s actually the schools who asked the number of tickets. We had a feed-back that with the resumption of classes (yesterday), students were already lining up to buy tickets, while alumni made reservations," he said.

In other games, Mapua faces Jose Rizal U at 2 p.m., while the Red Cubs clash against the Squires in the lone junior’s match at 6 p.m.

The last time the Knights and the Red Lions disputed the NCAA title was in 1950, when Larry Mumar powered Letran against San Beda, led by Caloy Loyzaga.

gameface_one
07-27-2006, 09:34 AM
Letran-San Beda tiff a blockbuster match
mb.com.ph




IF TICKET sales would be the basis, the showdown between defending champion Letran and San Beda College should be a blockbuster match.


The 6,000 tickets prepared by Management Committee of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for the much-awaited showdown have already been sold out.

MANCOM Chairman Bernie Atienza is arranging for 600 more tickets as alumni and students are still asking for tickets so they can watch the all-important showdown.

Of the 6,000 tickets, 1,000 went to Letran and 1,200 to San Beda.

"It’s actually the schools who asked the number of tickets. We had a feed back that with the resumption of classes (yesterday), students were already lining up to buy tickets, while alumni are making reservations," said Benson Bocboc, the league’s finance officer.

The game was supposed to be played Wednesday but MANCOM suspended it due to bad weather condition. The game will be played tomorrow also at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Atienza said the renewed rivalry must have stirred the NCAA community.

"Their rivalry is actually the oldest in the country as far as team sports competition is concerned," said Atienza.

The Knights and the Red Lions collide tomorrow at 4 p.m. with both teams hoping to end their respective first round campaigns on a high note.

In the history of the league, the only time the Knights and the Red Lions disputed the coveted NCAA title was in 1950, when cerebral forward Larry Mumar powered Letran against Caloy Loyzaga-backed San Beda.

That time, the Intramuros-based dribblers were actually gunning for a clean 10-0 sweep and an outright championship, but the Mendiola-based team spoiled it with a victory in the final elimination game.

The Knights avenged that loss in the do-or-die Finals.

Aside from Letran-San Beda tiff, Mapua will meet Jose Rizal U at 2 p.m., while the Red Cubs clash against the Squires in the lone junior’s match at 6 p.m.

gameface_one
07-27-2006, 09:37 AM
Tickets added for Knights-Lions duel
abs-cbnnews.com


If ticket sales are the basis, the encounter between defending champion Letran College and San Beda College is indeed a must-see ballgame.

While students, alumni and avid supporters of both schools have to wait until Friday after the games were called off Wednesday, the management committee of the National Collegiate Athletic Association is still expecting a big crowd at the 6,000-seater Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

"Their rivalry is actually the oldest in the country, as far as team sports competition is concerned," said NCAA Mancom chairman Bernie Atienza of season host College of Saint Benilde.

Besides 6,000 "sure" seats at the Ninoy, the league will add 600 more tickets for the General Admission section, according to NCAA finance officer Benson Bocboc.

Of the 6,000 tickets, 1,000 went to Letran and 1,200 went to San Beda.

"It’s actually the schools who asked the number of tickets. We had feedback that with the resumption of classes [yesterday], students were already lining up to buy tickets, while alumni made reservations," he said.

The Knights and the Red Lions collide tomorrow at 4 p.m. with both teams hoping to end their respective first round campaigns in the 82nd NCAA men’s basketball wars on a positive note.

The only time Letran and San Beda disputed the NCAA title was in 1950, when cerebral forward Larry Mumar powered Letran against San Beda led by Caloy "The Great Difference" Loyzaga.

That time, the Intramuros-based dribblers were actually gunning for a clean 10-0 sweep and outright championship, but the Mendiola-based team spoiled it with a victory in the final elimination game.

The Knights avenged that loss in the do-or-die Finals.

With Letran protecting a clean 6-0 win-loss card—followed by San Beda with a 5-1 record—the two glamour teams look like they’re heading to their first title showdown after 56 years.

Hardly affected by the departure of six veteran players, the Knights are getting solid performance from mainstays Aaron Aban, Boyet Bautista, Andro Quinday and Mark Balneg as they gun for NCAA title No. 17.

For the Red Lions, the addition of 6-foot-8 Nigerian rookie Sam Ekwe strengthened their bid to win their 12th championship—but only the first since 1978.

Besides the Letran-San Beda tiff, Mapua Tech will meet Jose Rizal University at 2 p.m., while the Red Cubs clash against the Squires in the lone juniors match at 6 p.m.

bugleboy
07-27-2006, 07:14 PM
^actually, letran's "murder inc." was led by lauro mumar, not larry. larry, i think, went to ust instead of letran.

ESCALERA JR.
07-27-2006, 07:29 PM
^CORRECT. LAURO "the Fox" Mumar is father to LARRY, the bitter half of Coney Reyes Mumar. ;D

lekiboy
07-28-2006, 01:06 AM
Lions, Knights duel in clash of NC titans

The Philippine Star 07/28/2006

Letran and San Beda finally meet today in what could be a preview of the championship with the Knights seeking a sweep of the first round elims and the Red Lions eyeing a share of the lead in the 82nd NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Originally set last Wednesday but was reset due to inclement weather, the postponement of the Letran-San Beda match only heightened interest among students, alumni and fans of both teams touted to dispute this year’s crown owing to their solid rosters.

Gametime is at 4 p.m. with the Knights, on a six-game win run, out to complete their domination of the first round action.

But the Red Lions, at second with a 5-1 mark, are also expected to go flat-out to deny the Knights of their sweep bid and grab a piece of the lead halfway through the double-round elims.

Mapua and the Jose Rizal U, meanwhile, clash in the other senior’s match at 2 p.m., while the SBC Red Cubs and the Letran Squires collide in the lone junior’s game at 6 p.m.

Though the Knights have steamrollered the first six teams they faced, coach Louie Alas said San Beda remains their biggest challenge this season.

"With due respect to the other teams, I guess San Beda is the strongest team this year. Aside from the fact they have a deep bench, they even have (Samuel) Ekwe, who can dominate the game even without scoring," said Alas.

The 6-foot-8 Nigerian sensation, who joined the Lions after serving the required one-year residency in 2005, is averaging a league-best 16.5 rebounds, including a season-high 23 against San Sebastian last July 12.

With Ekwe around, who also norms 10.3 points, 1.6 assists, a steal and 2.3 shot blocks in six games, San Beda is averaging 57 rebounds compared to Letran’s 46.5 per game

gameface_one
07-28-2006, 09:11 AM
Letran vs SBC rekindles glorious past



By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA
mb.com.ph




LEAGUE TITANS Letran College and San Beda College will try to settle who’s the real boss when they clash today in what many believed will be the start of a revival of their storied 50’s rivalry in the NCAA basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.



Game time is set at 4 p.m. with the Knights, the defending champions, and the Red Lions, the strongest among the title contenders, aching to cancel each other and establish their dominance in the league that is fast catching up with the popularity of UAAP – its rival league.

"Tickets for this game have been sold out," said NCAA Commissioner Jun Bernardino who reminded reporters that once upon a time, Letran and San Beda had a rivalry matching that of Ateneo and La Salle.

"In the 50s’" he said, "Lauro Mumar starred for Letran and Carlos Loyzaga for San Beda."

The two later became icons of Philippine basketball leading Philippine teams to various international victories such as the Asian Games and the World Championship where the country placed third.

Under this backdrop, the Knights are hoping to complete a seven-game sweep of the elims today, a feat they have not done for years. That explains why Letran supporters reportedly had taken a large chunk of ticket sales.

San Beda, too, which has not figured as prominently as now, reportedly has a large number of alumni who are eager to watch today’s all-important game.

In other matches, Mapua Tech and Jose Rizal University collide at 2 p.m. while junior squads of Letran Squires and San Beda close the curtains at 6 p.m.

The Cardinals, toting an even 3-3 mark and Heavy Bombers, carrying a dismal 1-5 card, collide at 2 p.m. with both teams hoping to end their first round campaign on a positive note.

Inspired by their 74-71 victory over the Cardinals last Friday, the Knights are expected to do what it takes to protect their unblemished record.

Letran coach Louie Alas is expected to rely heavily on veteran playmaker Boyet Bautista and power forward Aaron Aban.

Alas, however, admits he needs all the firepower he could muster from his players to beat the Red Lions.

Just like the Knights, the Red Lions are also on a roll, having won their last four games in runaway fashion.

With a tall line-up, led by the 6-foot-8 Nigerian Samuel Ekwe and hardworking 6-foot-4 Yousif Aljamal, the Red Lions are enjoying a slight edge in the middle.

"Our defense has always been our weapon," said San Beda coach Koy Banal. "We need to contain, if not stop, their leaders, Aban and Bautista, and take them out of their comfort zone."

"They are the best defensive team right now. We have to find ways to stop their big men, particularly Ekwe," Alas said. "I keep challenging Boyet and Aaron to lead this team because I know San Beda’s defense will be focused on them.

Ekwe, who currently leads the efficiency rating for the coveted Most Valuable Player plum, is averaging 16.5 rebounds, 10.6 points and 2.3 blocks per game.

The Red Lions, for their part, normed 57.3 rebounds and 3.83 blocks a game while limiting their past opponents to below 60 points in a game.

gameface_one
07-28-2006, 09:13 AM
All seats taken as Letran, SBC collide today



Inquirer
Last updated 04:01am (Mla time) 07/28/2006

Published on page A29 of the July 28, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

WITH ALL seats taken, unbeaten Colegio de San Juan de Letran and arch rival San Beda College take the floor today in an all-important National Collegiate Athletics Association men’s basketball game at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The 4 p.m. game could very well be a sneak preview of this year’s championship series.

The Letran Knights are going for a seven-game sweep of the first round while the San Beda Lions (5-1) are hoping to forge a tie for the lead and give Samuel Ekwe, their prized 6-foot-8 Nigerian exchange student, a chance to polish his game some more.

League officials said tickets for the game -- originally set three days ago but was washed out by Typhoon Glenda -- were already sold out. The postponement apparently whetted the appetite of fans anticipating topnotch action between the Knights and the Lions.

The Letran-San Beda rivalry is among the fiercest in the league with old-timers recalling one such clash in the 1950s when the Knights, then known as Murder Inc. because of their rousing wins, were ambushed by the Lions as they went for a title sweep.

Playing for the Knights then were Lauro “The Fox” Mumar, Louie Tabuena and Julian Malonzo while the Lions were bannered by Pons Saldaña and a young Caloy Loyzaga, who was then in high school but was elevated to seniors duty.

“It’s going to be exciting not just for the fans and alumni but certainly for us, players and coaching staff,” said San Beda mentor Koy Banal.

It will be Mapua Institute of Technology against Jose Rizal University in the other seniors contest at 2 p.m. Marc Anthony Reyes

gameface_one
07-28-2006, 09:18 AM
Letran-San Beda tiff Friday
abs-cbnnews.com




The National Collegiate Athletic Association expects an overflow crowd on Friday when Letran College finally takes on San Beda College as the league’s 82nd men’s basketball tournament resumes at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

San Beda coach Koy Banal admits the meeting with the defending champion Knights is the real acid test for his Red Lions, who are seeking to end a 27-year title drought.

Letran, the 16-time NCAA champion and the only team with an immaculate record so far this season, tackle resurgent San Beda at 4 p.m., following the Mapua Tech-Jose Rizal University battle at 2 p.m.

The matches today were originally set Wednesday, but typhoon Glenda forced a suspension of classes—and gave the league time to drum up interest among Letran and San Beda’s students, alumni and fans, who are expecting a close battle.

The Red Lions and the Knights last met in the NCAA finals in 1950, with Letran prevailing with the help of the late Lauro "The Fox" Mumar.

Letran currently leads the pack with a 6-0 win-loss card, with San Beda right behind at 5-1. Last year’s finalist Philippine Christian U is at third place (5-2), followed by Mapua (3-3), San Sebastian College (3-4), Perpetual Help (2-5) JRU (1-5) and host College of St. Benilde (1-6).

"With due respect to the other teams, I guess San Beda is the strongest team this year. Aside from the fact that they have a deep bench, they have a Samuel Ekwe who can dominate the game even without scoring," said Letran coach Louie Alas.

Ekwe, the 6-foot-8 Nigerian sensation who joined the Lions after serving a one-year residency, is averaging a league-best 16.5 rebounds per game and holds the season-high of 23 against San Sebastian (July 12).

With Ekwe, who also norms 10.3 points, 1.6 assists, a steal and 2.3 shot blocks in six games, around the shaded lane, San Beda is averaging 57 rebounds compared with Letran’s 46.5 per game, which concerns Alas.

"We can only limit [Ekwe’s] production, deny him in the paint, but we can’t stop him. We have to toughen our team defense," added Alas, whose team is coming off a 74-71 win over Mapua last week.

Since losing to the Dolphins on June 28 (70-66), the Lions have won four straight games. Coach Koy Banal is expected to rely anew on Ekwe, Yousif Aljamal, Alex Angeles, John Escobal and Rogemar Menor.

The Knights, on the other hand, will have their reliable 1-2 punch of playmaker Boyet Bautista and swingman Aaron Aban, with able backing from Andro Quinday, Haifer Mondragon, Mark Balneg and Rey Dangcal.

Frank Calapre

***

Games Friday (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)

2 p.m. – Mapua vs Jose Rizal (Srs.)

4 p.m. – Letran vs San Beda (Srs./Jrs)

danny
07-29-2006, 01:44 AM
By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA
mb.com.ph




LEAGUE TITANS Letran College and San Beda College will try to settle who’s the real boss when they clash today in what many believed will be the start of a revival of their storied 50’s rivalry in the NCAA basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.



Game time is set at 4 p.m. with the Knights, the defending champions, and the Red Lions, the strongest among the title contenders, aching to cancel each other and establish their dominance in the league that is fast catching up with the popularity of UAAP – its rival league.

"Tickets for this game have been sold out," said NCAA Commissioner Jun Bernardino who reminded reporters that once upon a time, Letran and San Beda had a rivalry matching that of Ateneo and La Salle.

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Ano daw?

Kahit mga Letranista hindi maniniwala sa kwentong ito.

Storied daw?

Where are the stories? ;D I never heard a single story from my ninongs and cousins from the 60s, 70s and 80s. No stories either when I was in San Beda in the early 90s.

Eto na naman po ang NCAA Mancom at ang ABS-CBN. Basta pagkakakitaan, sige tira ng tira. No offence to our friends from Letran, but the NCAA Mancom and ABS-CBN should realize that a single finals encounter in the 1950s is not a "storied rivlary".

For crying out loud, we've been losing to Letran for the past 7 years. We don't want to make stories about that ;D Thank goodness we won this time. :D

letranense1620
07-29-2006, 08:16 AM
Danny, ok lang sa amin yun. Wala naman talaga. Alam naman naming desperado lang ang ABS at MANCOM. Kudos to RL. Bawi na lang kami sa next round. :)

gameface_one
07-29-2006, 12:05 PM
Red-hot Lions cage Knights
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 07/29/2006

The name of the game was defense and San Beda put up a relentless one all night for a 57-49 victory over defending champion Letran at the close of the first round elims in the 82nd NCAA basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium yesterday.

The Red Lions forced the Knights to miss 39 of their 62 attempts, including 16 from behind the arc for the decisive victory that gave them a share of the lead before the biggest roaring crowd in the season.

San Beda also limited Letran to just five free throws en route to posting its sixth win against a loss to tie its victim at the helm.

Of the five Letran free throws, Bryan Faundo went to the line thrice, making only one while Andro Quinday muffed his two foul shots.

San Beda also held pro-bound Boyet Bautista and Aaron Aban to just eight points apiece, a far cry from their averages of 18 and 12 points, respectively, with Bautista, who came into the game with 23 three-point average, failing to sink even one in eight tries.

"Boyet and Aaron are PBA potentials and are ready to play the next level so I told my players it’s a big challenge if they can limit them to a certain number of points," said San Beda coach Koy Banal.

"I’m glad the players responded," he added.

What made the win sweeter was the fact that the Red Lions did it practically minus the offensive game of the Nigerian behemoth Samuel Ekwe.

The 6-foot-8 Ekwe, the frontrunner in the MVP derby, went into foul trouble early and had to sit out majority of the game. He finished with just five points, including a thunderous slam that sent the red-clad San Beda crowd, led by its president Fr. Anscar Chopungco, OSB, in frenzy.

But Yousif Aljamal was his usual fiery self, exploding for 22 points, a point shy of his 23-point production in San Beda’s win over Perpetual Help, 61-45, last week.

"He kept assuring me that he’s going to take care of things, and he did," said Banal of his 6-foot-3 Aljamal, who last played in the PBL for Rain or Shine.

Earlier, Mapua drew a 23-point performance from Sean Co as it repulsed Jose Rizal, 64-59, to finish the first round of elimination in the magic four with a 4-3 slate.

It was the Bombers’ sixth loss against a win.

gameface_one
07-29-2006, 12:07 PM
San Beda rips Letran for first time in seven years
abs-cbnnews.com


BY FRANK CALAPRE, The Manila Times Correspondent

Games Monday (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)

2 p.m. – Mapua vs San Sebastian (Srs.)

4 p.m. – San Beda vs Jose Rizal (Jrs./Srs.)

San Beda College ended a seven-year losing streak to Letran College in the National Collegiate Athletics Association on Friday, thanks to its star big man.

No, the Red Lions’ star wasn’t Samuel Ekwe this time.

Power forward Yousif Aljamal scored 22 points and combined for 13 points with John Escobal in the final period to lift San Beda over the defending champion Knights 57-49 at the packed Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

With their sixth win in seven games, the Lions—seeking an end to a 28-year NCAA title drought—tied the previously unbeaten Letran squad on top of the 82nd season of the men’s basketball tournament.

"It’s good that Yousif stepped up big in this game," said San Beda coach Koy Banal, whose wards ended a 13-game losing streak to the Knights dating to 1999.

"He assured me before the match that I don’t have to worry because he is going to give his all, and he did."

Letran, which was 6-0 entering the game, succeeded in limiting Ekwe, the Lions’ 6-foot-9 Nigerian center, to just 5 points and six rebounds.

The Scores:

First Game (Seniors)

MAPUA 64—Co 23, Del Rosario 12, Sumalinog 8, Dela Peña 7, Gonzales 5, N. Pascual 5, Mazo 4, Tiongco 0, J. Pascual 0, Palomique 0, Guillermo 0.

JOSE RIZAL 59—Dedicatoria 11, Sena 10, Wilson 9, Pradas 8, Hayes 7, Cagoco 6, Nocom 4, Echane 4, Pria 0, Se 0, Calilan 0, Fenequito 0, Caspe 0, Bucao 0.

Quarters: 13-16; 35-26; 51-42; 64-59.

Second Game (Seniors)

SAN BEDA 57—Aljamal 22, Escobal 12, Angeles 8, Ekwe 5, Maggay 4, Tecson 3, Hermida 1, Gamalinda 0.

LETRAN 49—Faundo 9, Mondragon 9, Aban 8, Bautista 8, Quinday 6, Balneg 5, Guevarra 2, Daa 2, Dangcal 0, Realista 0.

Quarters: 17-11; 28-19; 43-32; 57-49.

gameface_one
07-29-2006, 12:09 PM
Lions end Knights’ unbeaten run



By Kristel Satumbaga
mb.com.ph

THIS TIME, the growls of the Lions muted the clanking sounds of the Knights’ armor. San Beda College proved steadier in a much-awaited showdown as the Red Lions unhorsed the Letran Knights, 57-49, to hand the defending champions their first defeat in seven games in the NCAA basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.


Banking on a sturdy defense and a good rotation built around Yousif Aljamal, John Escobal and Alex Angeles, the Red Lions surprisingly controlled the game as the Knights’ vaunted lineup was repeatedly outgunned by a team obviously determined to regain its lost glory.

With the victory, San Beda, which last won and NCAA championship in 1978, caught Letran at the top of the standings, both with a 6-1 record, with the Red Lions’ only loss coming during their second game meeting with Philippine Christian University which is sitting in third spot with 5-2,.

More important, the victory has somehow revived what the NCAA has been missing all these years – a legitimate rivalry that could animate the league which has played second fiddle to the UAAP which boasts of a surefire Ateneo vs La Salle blockbuster.

That matchup, however, will wait another year following La Salle’s suspension for fielding ineligible players which is good for the NCAA, if only it could sustain a healthy San Beda vs Letran rivalry.

Aljamal banged in 22 points, grabbed nine rebounds and issued an assist to lead San Beda which got 12 points, eight rebounds and two assists from Escobal and eight from Angeles.

"I’m very thankful that I have these kind of players who are ready to take the challenge. I’ve been pushing the guys to take a step into the next level," said San Beda coach Koy Banal.

The Red Lions surprised the Knights with an initial 17-11 explosion in the opening minutes. That set the trend for the game as the Red Lions, who has lost 13 straight games against the Knights dating back to 1999, never surrendered the lead.

The Knights hastened their downfall by shooting blanks from the downtown area, making only two of their 18 tries from the three-point arc.

The Lions also clamped down hard on defense, denying the usually high-scoring Knights from getting to their comfort zone.

The result of which was that no Knight scored more than nine points while two of their hottest players going to this game -- Boyet Bautista and Aaron Aban – scored just eight points apiece.

Top scorers were Hafer Mondragon and rookie Bryan Faundo with nine points each.

San Beda posted its biggest lead late in the third period at 43-29 when the troika of Raymond Maggay, Samuel Ekwe and Ed Tecson shot seven straight points.

Bautista and Andro Quinday combined for three jumpers to cut the deficit at 44-51 but this proved to be the Muralla-based squad’s last counter attack.

In the first game, Mapua tripped Jose Rizal University, 64-59, to close its first round assignment with a 4-3 card.

Veteran guard Sean Co drilled in 23 points and seven rebounds to lead the Cardinals who dealt the Heavy Bombers their sixth loss in seven outings.

En route to the win, Mapua shrugged off a lowly 2-of-26 from the three-point area and relied heavily defense.

Jerby Del Rosario and Niel Pascual combined for 17 points and collared 12 and nine boards, respectively, for the Cardinals.

Floyd Dedicatoria led the Heavy Bombers with 11 points and 11 rebounds on top of three steals and two blocks.

gameface_one
07-29-2006, 12:10 PM
Lions stop, tie Knights for NC lead

San Beda ends Letran streak


Inquirer
Last updated 02:33am (Mla time) 07/29/2006

Published on page A21 of the July 29, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

SAN BEDA COLLEGE let loose the guns of Yousif Aljamal while keeping a tight leash on Colegio de San Juan de Letran’s own shooters to prevail, 57-49, last night and share the lead with its victim at the end of the first round of the National Collegiate Athletics Association men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Aljamal scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Red Lions’ offensive, while the rest of the team clamped on Knights Aaron Aban and Boyet Bautista for San Beda’s sixth win in seven games.

It was also San Beda’s first win over Letran in the last 13 times they had collided since 1999, thus ending the Red Lions’ subservience to the Knights. Moreover, it recharged the Red Lions’ drive for a first championship in 28 years.

“I’m happy that we have Aljamal on this team together with the rest of my players... because they did a lot in preparing for this game,” said San Beda coach Koy Banal.

San Beda’s triumph, witnessed by the biggest crowd this season -- which filled the 6,000-capacity venue -- didn’t come in one spurt. It thrived on measured attacks by Aljamal, Pong Escobal and Alex Angeles.

Defender Samuel Ekwe used up two fouls with only three minutes into the game, prompting coach Koy Banal to field him scarcely. Ekwe, though, thrilled the fans with a slam off a perfect dish-out by Jon Hermida that gave the Red Lions a 38-29 lead late in the third quarter.

Rogie Menor didn’t buy a basket but he limited the usually high-scoring Aban to just eight points. Hermida, Raymond Maggay and Angeles took turns in preventing Bautista from running the Knights’ plays, putting the defense high up the key.

Bautista, who is expected to turn pro next year, managed only eight points while missing all his eight three-point attempts.

With Aljamal hitting his mark to disrupt Letran’s defense, San Beda took the half, 28-19, on the heroics of Ekwe, the 6-foot-8 exchange student from Nigeria.

In the first game, Mapua Institute of Technology closed out its first-round assignment with a 64-59 triumph over Jose Rizal University. It was the Cardinals’ fourth victory in seven games.

The varsity scores:

First Game
MAPUA 64 -- Co 23, Del Rosario 12, Sumalinog 8, Dela Pena 7, Pascual Neil 5, Gonzales 5, Mazo 4, Tingco 0, Pascual Jason 0, Palomique 0, Guillermo 0.

JRU 59 -- Dedicatoria 11, Sena 10, Wilson 9, Pradas 8, Hayes 7, Cagoco 6, Echane 4, Nocom 4, Pria 0.

Quarters: 13-16, 35-42, 51-42, 64-59

Second Game

SAN BEDA 57 -- Aljamal 22, Escobal 12, Angeles 8, Ekwe 5, Maggay 4, Tecson 3, Taganas 2, Hermida 1, Gamalinda 0, Menor 0.

LETRAN 49 -- Faundo 9, Mondragon 9, Aban 8, Bautista 8, Quinday 6, Balneg 5, Guevarra 2, Daa 2, Dangcal 0, Realista 0, Melegrito 0.

Quarters: 17-11, 28-19, 43-32, 57-49

SIMBA
07-29-2006, 05:15 PM
the classy Letran

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4k2trYweatA

hmm. what a crowd...

classy ba kamo??? hehehe

MonL
07-29-2006, 06:02 PM
the classy Letran

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4k2trYweatA

hmm. what a crowd...

classy ba kamo??? hehehe


Pare, let's refrain from turning these forums into bashing posts. We've had enough of that already in PEX. Our opponents are civil in these forums. Let's return the favor.

letranense1620
07-29-2006, 07:10 PM
as expected from MonL. a true Bedan. :)

SIMBA
07-30-2006, 12:28 AM
posted by boredtoday in b.com. pls click the link

San Beda vs Letran Game Highlights

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWqtwTfNvas

danny
07-30-2006, 01:22 AM
Danny, ok lang sa amin yun. Wala naman talaga. Alam naman naming desperado lang ang ABS at MANCOM. Kudos to RL. Bawi na lang kami sa next round. :)


Yup. Magandang laban uli ito. Pagbigyan niyo na lang uli kami. ;D

The over eagerness of the NCAA and big business to release that PR line was expected from their bottomline-centric selves.

Noam Chomsky would call this "manufacturing consent".

gameface_one
07-30-2006, 12:37 PM
SBC’s Aljamal emerges as NCAA’s best


One man, a nearly forgotten one actually, stood tall with a big-time performance in a game considered a preview of the Finals between longtime rivals San Beda College and defending champion Letran College.

While critics doubted his ability to lead the powerhouse cast of the Red Lions, forward Yousif Aljamal delivered a strong message on Friday after leading his team to a smashing win over the Knights.

The 6-foot-4 center from Pampanga torched Letran with 22 points as San Beda carved out a 57-49 victory, extending its winning streak to five while dealing its victim its first defeat after winning six straight games.

The win also forced a two-way tie for the lead in the standings between the Lions and the Knights with similar 6-1 win-loss cards at the end of first round elimination in the 82nd National Collegiate Athletics Association men’s basketball wars.

Aljamal nailed two crucial three-pointers in the final period that foiled the Intramuros-based Letran’s comeback bid. He added nine rebounds.

His efforts earned him NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week honors, becoming the second Red Lion to win the award this season after rookie sensation Samuel Ekwe, the 6-foot-8 center from Nigeria.

"He can post up, hit the outside shots. He can play tough defense. But more than that, his passion, character and leadership are very important in our campaign this season," said San Beda coach Koy Banal.

In the Lions’ last two games, Aljamal is actually averaging a double-double in points (22.5) and rebounds (15.5).

With Aljamal getting his rhythm back, expect the Lions, who are hoping to end a 28-year championship drought, to do more damage in the pivotal second round as teams fight for Final Four berths.

gameface_one
07-31-2006, 10:36 AM
Lions shoot for solo lead



By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA
mb.com.ph

SAN BEDA College guns for the solo lead today when it battles Jose Rizal University at the start of the second round of the 82nd NCAA basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.


The Red Lions are expected to display the same form and enthusiasm in scoring a resounding 57-49 win over erstwhile unbeaten and defending champion Letran last Friday.

The Red Lions and Knights are currently tied for the lead at 6-1.

Game time is set at 4:30 p.m. with the Mendiolabased cagers out to notch their sixth straight win.

Just like last Friday, San Beda supporters and alumni are expected to come in full force – reminiscent of their glory days in the late 70s.

Backstopped then by Chito Loyzaga and Frankie Lim, San Beda won its last championship in 1978.

Their win last Friday was doubly sweet as the Red Lions finally ended a 13-game losing run to the Knights.

The level of game dished out by the Red Lions has surprised almost everybody, including coach Koy Banal.

But Banal has refused to be swayed, saying the team needs to work harder in other departments to become truly a title contender.

The Heavy Bombers won only once in the first round but Banal won’t take the Mandaluyong-based squad for granted.

"Halos lahat ng teams, nagpi-peak ang performance sa second round. We could not expect that this is the same JRU crew that we beat in the first round, kailangan andoon pa rin ang drive and desire to win," said Banal.

Behind the exploits of John Escobal, Samuel Ekwe and Yousif Aljamal, the Red Lions clobbered the Heavy Bombers, 81-51.

In the other senior game, Mapua Tech clashes with San Sebastian College starting at 1:30 p.m. The Red Cubs of San Beda and the Light Bombers of JRU collide in the lone junior match at 3:30 p.m.

Al Jamal is expected to be a marked man after averaging 21 points in the team’s last two games. In their win over the Knights, they led the Red Lions with 22 points, most of them in the first half.

Despite a good start, Banal warned his boys not to be complacent so as not to repeat their collapse in the second round three years ago.

After posting a 5-2 mark, the Red Lions lost six of their seven games, thus blowing away their chances to make it to the Final Four.

Floyd Dedicatoria and James Sena are expected to carry the load for the JRU.

The Cardinals, for their part, aim to improve their 4-3 slate.

gameface_one
07-31-2006, 10:37 AM
Red-hot Lions go for 7th win



Inquirer
Last updated 06:14am (Mla time) 07/31/2006

Published on page A27 of the July 31, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

AFTER halting the run of the hottest collegiate squad in town, San Beda College tries to prove it hasn’t cooled down yet when it takes on embattled Jose Rizal University today in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Mapua Institute of Technology, on the other hand, tries to protect its hold of the No. 4 spot when it squares off with San Sebastian College in the other match.

Tipped as a pre-season favorite despite a mild hiccup at the start of its campaign, San Beda showed just why analysts are looking its way when it snapped Letran College’s six-game winning run last Friday.

That victory allowed the San Beda Lions to share the penthouse with the Letran Knights in the eight-team standings with similar 6-1 records.

And the Red Lions are favored to corner solo first place when they take on the JRU Heavy Bombers, who are at the opposite side of the spectrum with just one win to show against six losses.

Still, Koy Banal refuses to be lulled into complacency.

“We’re on the right track, but we can’t let our guards down,” Banal said. “We have to continue doing what we were doing in the first round, which is play hard.”

The Red Lions, who haven’t won the title in 28 years, are looking every inch a championship contender with the likes of Yousif Aljamal, Alex Angeles, Rogie Menor, Samuel Ekwe and Pong Escobal providing the artillery.

The Lions routed the Bombers, 81-51, the first time they met this season.

Jose Rizal coach Ariel Vanguardia, however, remains unfazed.

“We have to start on defense,” said Vanguardia. “We have to be aggressive on trapping the ball handlers. While it’s hard to stop Ekwe, we have to limit the contributions of other players.”

He said that beating San Beda at this point could be the turnaround the Heavy Bombers are waiting for.

Mapua and San Sebastian go at each other with the hope of keeping up with the leaders in the 1:30 p.m. game. The Stags are hoping to repeat over the Mapua Cardinals after winning, 76-69, in the first round. Marc Anthony Reyes

gameface_one
08-01-2006, 09:12 AM
Lions seize lead, Ekwe posts triple double
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 08/01/2006

Nigerian Samuel Ekwe made up for a listless performance the last time out, dishing out a triple double job — 10 points, 13 rebounds and 11 shot blocks — last night to power San Beda to an 84-69 victory over Jose Rizal University for the solo lead in the 82nd NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

It was a virtual repeat of their 81-51 rout in the first round although it was only in the third quarter where the Red Lions effectively took control with Ekwe reasserting his might inside the paint for the first triple-double performance in the season.

The victory was San Beda’s seventh against a loss as it broke out of a tie with Letran, which the Red Lions stopped, 57-49, last Friday.

In contrast, Bombers took their seventh loss in eight games.

The Red Cubs also rapped the hapless Light Bombers of JRU, 107-85, to grab the solo lead with a 6-1 mark in junior play. The Light Bombers fell to 4-3.

Earlier, Mapua played true to form and dominated the paint as it subdued San Sebastian, 76-57, to firm up its bid for a Final Four berth.

Jerby del Rosario pounded his way inside and finished with 21 points and lorded it over the boards with 10 rebounds to power the Muralla-based cagers to their fifth victory against three losses for the hold of the fourth spot.

"Our game was to attack inside and Jerby played really big inside for this win," said Mapua coach Horacio Lim.

The Stags reeled to their fifth setback against three wins to remain in fifth place.

The victory also avenged Mapua’s 68-76 lost to San Sebastian last June 28, a setback which the Cardinals used as the rallying point to boost their bid for a spot in the Final Four.

"I keep reminding my players that we lost that game not because they (San Sebastian) beat us, but because we beat ourselves," said Lim.

After a closely fought first quarter that saw fought to nine lead changes and five deadlocks, the Cardinals stepped on the gas in the second quarter, scoring mostly on power plays, to go into the break sitting on a 34-24 cushion.

The Cardinals then came out of the halftime huddle with a full-court press that took the Stags by surprise as Mapua turned the game into a wide-open contest before cruising to the victory in the fourth.

"I didn’t expect it we’ll beat them this bad, maybe they got tired in the second half because of our defense," said Lim.

gameface_one
08-01-2006, 09:19 AM
Ekwe triple double lifts Red Lions to solo NCAA lead


By Marc Anthony Reyes
Inquirer
Last updated 02:35am (Mla time) 08/01/2006

Published on Page A21 of the August 1, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

SAN BEDA College enjoyed the luxury of experimenting with new plays against Jose Rizal University but still showed enough punch to win, 84-69, last night and take solo leadership in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The Red Lions played minus a slotman at one point and had no legitimate point guard in one instance but still emerged superior in scoring their seventh win in eight games.

But San Beda coach Koy Banal denied he tried out new things and insisted that they were too tired from the game against Letran College last Friday. He said the team skipped practice last Saturday to rest.

If that game with Letran indeed left them exhausted, Samuel Ekwe didn’t show it as the Nigerian player registered the first triple-double of the season with 10 points, 13 rebounds and 11 blocks on top of three steals and an assist.

“I have this big guy to thank for,” said Banal referring to the 6-foot-8 exchange student. “He asserted himself in the shaded lane.”

Aside from Ekwe, Banal -- whose Lions are on a six-game win streak -- also had good words for rookie off-guard Pong Escobal, who delivered 15 points, six assists and two rebounds.

Jerby del Rosario shot 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to power Mapua Institute of Technology to a 76-57 victory over San Sebastian College in the other seniors match.

The Mapua Cardinals raised their record to five wins against three losses while handing the San Sebastian Stags a fifth loss in eight games.

The JRU Heavy Bombers, who took their seventh loss against one win, ran into foul trouble trying to contain the Red Lions.

James Sena and Jayson Nocom fouled out, while key Bombers Floyd Dedicatoria and John Wilson nursed four fouls in the fourth quarter.

Escobal played after escaping with just a “stern warning” from the league management committee for hitting Letran’s Bryan Faundo during their game last Friday.

The incident happened in the fourth quarter where witnesses said Escobal hit Faundo with a closed fist while they jostled for position. But the Mancom decided not to suspend the guard, claiming Escobal’s action was unintentional.

The scores:

First Game (Srs)
MAPUA 76 -- Del Rosario 21, Co 11, Mazo 10, Gonzales 9, Guillermo 8, Sumalinog 4, Dela Pena 4, Acosta 4, N Pascual 2, J Pascual 2, Tiongco 1, Palomique 0.

SSC 57 -- Vicente 12, Bulawan 10, Viray 9, Aquino 9, Delgado 8, Quiamco 3, De Leon 3, Lindaya 2, Raymundo 1, Tioseco 0, Sagad 0, Najorda 0.

Quarters: 18-16, 34-24, 54-37, 76-57

Second Game (Jrs)
SAN BEDA 107 -- Cua 21, Marcelo 20, Padilla 16, Yulo 13, Lanete 10, Ranises 6, Babilonia 6, Lobaton 5, Del Rosario 4, Cruz 2, Vergara 2, Alabastro 2, Revilla 0.

JRU 85 -- Kabigting 22, Lituania 20, Gabriel 20, Bejado 10, Santos 5, Sta. Cruz 3, Ungco 2, Santos 2, Escarta 1, Cirpriano 0, Del Rosario 0.

Quarters: 30-19, 52-45, 81-62, 107-85

Third Game (Srs)
SAN BEDA 84 -- Aljamal 19, Escobal 15, Ekwe 10, Menor 9, Tecson 9, Maggay 8, Gamalinda 7, Angeles 4, Hermida 2, Taganas 1, Evangelista 0, Antonio 0.

JRU 69 -- Dedicatoria 19, Pradas 11, Wilson 10, Hayes 9, Nocom 8, Sena 6, Cagoco 4, Pria 2, Echane 0, Montemayor 0, Bucao 0, Fenequito 0.

Quarters: 20-14, 37-35, 67-56, 84-69

gameface_one
08-01-2006, 09:22 AM
San Beda’s Ekwe posts triple double



By Kristel Satumbaga
mb.com.ph




SAN BEDA College streaked to its sixth straight victory yesterday by trouncing Jose Rizal University (JRU), 84-69, to grab the solo lead at the start of the second round in the NCAA basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.


Nigerian wonder Samuel Ekwe powered the Red Lions to another easy win with a rare triple-double performance – 13 rebounds, 11 blocks and 10 points in only 20 minutes of action – a feat seldom seen in a collegiate tournament.

The win was actually the seventh for the Red Lions in eight games, thus claiming the solo lead for the first time after a long, long while.

Veteran forward Yousif Aljamal and rookie pointguard John Escobal put on another decent numbers as the Red Lions dominated the match from start to finish.

Aljamal knocked in 19 points and six rebounds while Escobal, who got a reprieve from the Management Commission earlier in the day, chipped in 15 points and six assists.

The helpless Heavy Bombers, slipped to 1-7.

While they controlled the match, the Red Lions needed one big explosion in the third to finally pull away the Heavy Bombers. The Red Lions posted a 37-35 edge at halftime but they padded it to 63-50.

The Red Cubs of San Beda also tore the halpless Light Bombers of JRU, 107-85, to grab the solo lead with a 6-1 mark.

Earlier, Mapua Tech outhustled San Sebastian College, 76-57, to boost its bid for a Final Four berth.

Veteran center Jerby Del Rosario threw his weight inside on the way to posting 21 points and 10 rebounds that improved the Cardinals’ record to 5-3.

The Stags dropped to 3-5, their own bid to advance to the next round now in jeopardy.

Apart from improving their semis bid, the Cardinals also exacted sweet revenge on the Stags after absorbing a 68-76 loss in the first round.

"The boys are really determined to get back at San Sebastian because they felt that during our first meeting, we weren’t playing with our usual game, walang stamina," said Mapua coach Horacio Lim. "We have enough power against them so we kept on pushing them and attacking them inside."

Del Rosario was at his element in the first half where he scattered 9 points that gave them a 34-24 lead before the break.

The 6-foot-5 center also conspired with Joferson Gonzales and Ian Mazo in limiting the Stags to just eight points in that period.

Compounding San Sebastian’s woes was its 30 errors which the Cardinals translated into 34 points.

gameface_one
08-01-2006, 09:23 AM
Red Lions rip Heavy Bombers to grab solo lead


By FRANK CALAPRE
The Manila Times Correspondent
mb.com.ph




San Beda College banked on a fiery breakaway in the final half to beat Jose Rizal University, 84-69, Monday to grab the solo lead in the 82nd National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Yousif Aljamal and John Escobal led the Red Lions’ 14-3 run in the third quarter en route to their seventh win in 8 matches, overtaking erstwhile coleader and defending champion Letran College (6-1).

The Mapua Cardinals leaned on its big men to fashion out a 76-57 win over San Sebastian College-Recoletos in the first game.

Down 18-7 early in the first period, the six-time champion Cardinals needed a big spark from Jerbey del Rosario and Sean Co to solidify their hold of fourth place and avenge a 68-76 loss to the Stags in the first round.

"Our game plan is to attack the inside so that when they are tired, then that’s it. But I just also happen that our big men like Del Rosario and Co stepped-up that enabled us to take the lead in the final half," said Mapua coach Horacio Lim.

The six-foot-five Del Rosario of Bataan fired nine points while Filipino Canadian Kelvin de la Pena added four in the Cardinals’ 9-2 run to post a 10-point lead, 34-24, entering the third quarter.

"We felt that we have enough manpower and this win is the turning point. But we have to be careful to the other teams now particularly Perpetual Help, St. Benilde and Jose Rizal. If we can beat them again, we can make it to the Final-Four," added Lim, who has not yet won a crown for the Cardinals since being appointed head coach in 2001.

Del Rosario topscored for Mapua with 21 points on top of 10 rebounds and a steal, while Co finished with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and 10 for Ian Mazo.

Scores:

First Game (Srs)

Mapua (76)—Del Rosario 21, Co 11, Mazo 10, Gonzales 9, Guillermo 8, Sumalinog 4, de la Pena 4, Acosta 4, N. Pascual 2, J. Pascual 2, Tiongco 1, Palomique 0

San Sebastian (57)—Vicente 12, Bulawan 10, Viray 9, Aquino 9, Delgado 8, Quiamco 3, de Leon 3, Lindaya 2, Raymundo 1, Tioseco 0, Sagad 0

QS: 18-16; 34-24; 54-37; 76-57

(Third Game Srs)

San Beda (84)—Aljamal 19, Escobal 15, Ekwe 10, Menor 9, Tecson 9, Maggay 8, Gamalinda 7, Angels 4, Hrmida 3, Taganas 1

Jose Rizal (69)—Dedicatora 19, Pradas 11, Wilson 10, Hayes 9, Nocom 8, Sena 6, Cagoco 4, Pria 2

QS: 10-14; 37-35; 67-56; 84-69.

***

Games Wednesday (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)

12 p.m. – UPHDS vs. PCU (Jrs/Srs)

4 p.m. – St. Benilde vs. Letran (Srs/Jrs)

gameface_one
08-02-2006, 08:10 AM
San Beda-Letran duel earns P.4M

The Philippine Star 08/02/2006

The San Beda-Letran showdown last weekend generated P424,430 in ticket sales with the NCAA management expecting to draw in a bigger crowd as action in the men’s basketball tournament heats up in the second round.

This after the 82-year-old league had sold out a total of 6,509 tickets during the July 28 game between the Red Lions and the Knights, which the former won, 57-49, at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

"After the first round, we expect the ticket sales to increase," said Management Committee chair Bernie Atienza of St. Benilde.

San Beda, Letran and last year’s runner-up Philippine Christian U proved to be the league’s biggest crowd-drawers.

The PCU-Letran contest last July 14, in fact, was the second best attended game with 2,685 tickets sold while the San Beda-PCU match last June 28 was third with 2,287.

"San Beda, Letran and PCU are this year’s biggest crowd-drawers and with the way they’re playing, we expect more people to come and watch them," said Atienza.

The Ninoy Aquino Stadium, which could accommodate from 6,000 to 7,000 fans, is this year’s basketball venue after it was chosen in favor of a bigger Rizal Memorial Coliseum, which has a capacity of 8,000. — Joey Villar

gameface_one
08-02-2006, 08:11 AM
Knights seek old place at helm

The Philippine Star 08/02/2006

Its six-game run snapped by a surging San Beda College squad, Letran seeks to regain its winning ways against lowly St. Benilde today even as Philippine Christian U tries to close in on the leaders against Perpetual Help in the 82nd NCAA basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The defending champion Knights are raring to bounce back from that 49-57 setback to the Red Lions last week as they take on the slumping Blazers, running second to last with a 1-6 (win-loss) slate, at 4 p.m.

Against San Beda, now at the top of the heap with a 7-1 mark, Letran shot a measly two-of-18 from the three-point range, a stark contrast to its previous average of nine three pointers.

Overall, Letran missed 39 of the 62 shots it took and no Knight finished in double figures. Hafer Mondragon and Bryan Faundo led the way with nine points apiece.

Boyet Bautista and Aaron Aban, hoping to lead the school to a fourth title in nine years before joining the pro draft this year, typified the Knights horrendous shooting as they finished with only eight points apiece, a far cry from their average of 16 and 12 points, respectively.

Compounding Letran’s woes was the sidelining of RJ Jazul, one of the team’s top shooters who is a doubtful starter with a finger injury.

The Blazers are expected to pounce on Jazul’s absence and Letran’s recent loss as they try to keep their flickering Final Four hopes alive.

Like the Knights, the Dolphins are slightly favored over the Altas in their 2 p.m. encounter.

The Dolphins blew hot and cold in the first round but managed to pull off come-from-behind wins to close out with a 5-2 card. They’ll be playing a Perpetual Help squad (2-5) also trying to remain in the hunt for a semis berth.

gameface_one
08-02-2006, 08:12 AM
Letran plays Benilde to catch up with San Beda



By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA
mb.com.ph

DEFENDING CHAMPION Letran College tries to erase the stigma of a crushing defeat to bitter rival San Beda last week when it clashes with St. Benilde today in the NCAA basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.


Game time is set at 4 p.m. with the Knights determined to get back on the winning track and catch up the streaking Red Lions on top of the standings at 7-1.

For the first time after a long, long while, the Red Lions found themselves leading the standings after beating Jose Rizal University, 84-69, the other day. It was a big follow-up to their 57-49 drubbing of the Knights.

Boyet Bautista and Aaron Aban are out to redeem themselves following disappointing performances the last time out. They were limited to just eight points each – no thanks to San Beda’s swarming defense.

Despite their failure to sweep the first round elims, coach Louie Alas is confident they can bounce back and start another winning streak. They won their first six games before their streak was snapped by the Red Lions.

"I told the boys to put that defeat to San Beda behind and stay focused because every game is important in the second round," said Alas. "We have to be ready, lahat ng teams ngayon gagawin lahat para makapasok sa Final Four."

Though they won only once in the first round, the Blazers are still capable of making it to the next round.

But they have to beat the Knights first to revive their faltering campaign.

In the other senior match, Philippine Christian University (PCU) guns for its second straight win against University of Perpetual Help at 2 p.m.

"Medyo matagal nabakante ang mga bata kaya dapat pumukpok kami ka agad," said team manager Bernard Yang. "Ang habol namin makapasok sa Final Four kaya dapat consistent kami."

The Dolphins, last season’s runners-up, are sporting a 5-2 record, while the Altas have only two wins in seven starts.

Gabby Espinas, one of the leading first round top picks in the PBA Rookie Draft on Aug. 20, and Jason Castro are again expected to carry the scoring load for the Dolphins of coach Joel Dualan.

"We’re going to make major adjustments in the second round para makasabay kami sa mga league leaders," said PCU coach Joel Dualan. "Gigil ang mga bata to make it to the top. We just have to learn to step up especially in crucial situations and hopefully win by a big margin kasi puro dikit ang mga panalo namin."

The Knights scored an easy 65-44 win over the Blazers in the first round despite missing the services of high-leaping Aban.

Against San Beda, the Knights suddenly lost their offensive touch, especially from behind the arc. Averaging eight triples a game, the Knights were limited to only two treys in 18 tries — through the efforts of Hafer Mondragon and Mark Balneg.

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08-02-2006, 08:13 AM
Knights hope to regroup, battle Blazers



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Last updated 04:46am (Mla time) 08/02/2006

Published on page A24 of the August 2, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

GAMES TODAY (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)
12 nn -- Perpetual Help vs PCU (jrs/srs)
4 p.m. -- St. Benilde vs Letran (srs/jrs)

LETRAN College hopes to regain its lost footing when it battles lowly College of St. Benilde today in the NCAA men’s basketball at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

In the other seniors match, Philippine Christian University gets back in action against University of Perpetual Help.

The Knights will take on the Blazers in the 4 p.m. game where they will attempt to get back in orbit after getting kicked out of their axis last Friday with a 57-49 loss to San Beda College.

That loss snapped a six-game winning run.

Letran routed St. Benilde the first time around (65-44) even without veteran Aaron Aban, who was then nursing an injured left wrist.

This time, the Knights will miss guard Rafael Jazul who hurt his middle finger against the Lions.

Meanwhile, the NCAA has reported a record-breaking attendance during the San Beda-Letran game at the NAS last Friday, posting a total attendance of 6,059 fans.

The tickets sold like hotcakes to walk-in fans, reported NCAA chair Bernie Atienza. Marc Anthony Reyes

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08-02-2006, 08:14 AM
Knights seek to rebound from loss to Lions
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Its ego shattered after a heartbreaking loss to a long-time rival last week, defending champion Letran College tries to regain its winning form against season host College of Saint Benilde on Wednesday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Foiled in scoring a first-round sweep of the 82nd National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s basketball tournament by San Beda College, 57-49, the Knights this time hope to gain a share of the lead with the Red Lions in their 4 p.m. game against St. Benilde's Blazers.

However, they’ll be facing a Saint Benilde side hoping to fan its flickering semifinal hopes after finishing the first round at the cellar with a 1-6 card.

Last year’s runner-up Philippine Christian University meets University of Perpetual Help Dalta System at 2 p.m. The Red Lions claimed the solo lead with a 7-1 win-loss card after an 84-69 win over the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers on Monday, extending their winning streak to six games. Frank Calapre

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08-03-2006, 07:47 AM
Letran shares lead



By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA
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DEFENDING CHAMPION Letran was probably still recovering from its shock loss to San Beda last Friday when they faced College of St. Benilde yesterday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.


The Knights were sluggish and for more than two quarters, trailed the inspired Blazers. But the thought of falling farther behind tournament leader San Beda must have awakened them from their stupor.

They soon regained their touch and pulled off a comfortable 71-63 over the Blazers that put them in familiar territory – on the top of the standings with new rival San Beda, both with seven wins and one loss.

The Knights rallied behind Aaron Aban and Boyet Bautista to overcome the Blazers who were still fighting until late in the game when they tied the count at 63-all.

That proved to be St. Benilde’s last stand, however, as it went down to its seventh loss in eight games.

Despite playing with a sprained right ankle sustained from practice, Aban pumped in 10 of his 19 points in the final period apart from hauling eight rebounds while the veteran Bautista added 12 markers and seven boards to anchor the Knights’ victory.

Rookie Fiel Daa complemented the duo’s feat with 12 points and nine rebounds.

"We expected na magiging close ang laro because Benilde is hungry for the win. Pero sluggish kami sa start kaya nakalamang sila," said Letran coach Louie Alas.

The Blazers raced to the front and were ahead, 56-52, late in the third quarter when Aban caught fire, pouring in seven straight points in an 11-4 Letran blast that gave the Knights the upperhand, 63-60 mid-fourth quarter.

Kris Robles buried a triple to tie the count, 63-63, but that was it for the Blazers as Letran scored the last 8 points.

Jeff Libunao was the lone double-digit scorer for St. Benilde with 11 points as Robles and Archimedes David finished with seven markers each.

Earlier, Philippine Christian University walloped University of Perpetual Help, 64-54, for its second straight victory and an overall third best 6-2 slate.

The Dolphins, bannered by Jason Castro and Gabby Espinas, pushed down the Altas to their sixth loss in seven outings.

Espinas sizzled with 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists to lead the Dolphins while the 2004 Rookie-MVP Espinas finished with a double-double, hauling down 13 reboundsd and scoring 12 points.

It was a double celebration for Philippine Christian as the Baby Dolphins sank the Altalettes, 86-76, for their fifth win in seven games.

The Altalettes dropped to 1-6.

The scores:

First Game (Juniors)

PCU 86 — Lansang 21, Navaja 16, Pascual 15, Asucion 12, Anacta 8, Degano 8, Importante 5, Faurillo 1, Miranda 0, Delaten 0, Ibrao 0, Bandal 0, Martinez 0.

UPHDS 76 — Dizon 20, Pasilong 13, Biscocho 10, Orbe 9, Villamor 9, Mojado 7, Amores 6, Labapis 2, Chacon 0.

Quarters: 17-10, 46-27, 58-49, 86-76.

Second Game (Seniors)

PCU 64 — Castro 16, Espinas 12, Garrido 11, David 8, Belga 8, Amparado 6, Navarro 3, Vidal 0, Salem 0, Santos 0, McCoy 0, Hermosa 0.

UPHDS 54 — Bauzon 14, Misa 13, Joe 8, Kong 7, Mendoza 6, Galabin 3, Pertubos 3, Manuel 0, Racho 0, Lee 0, Reyes 0, Liaz 0.

Quarters: 16-17, 27-25, 45-31, 64-54.

Third Game (Seniors)

LETRAN 71 — Aban 19, Bautista 12, Daa 12, Mondragon 6, Balneg 6, Quinday 4, Faundo 4, Guevarra 3, Dangcal 2, Melegrito 2, Realista 1, Ranises 0.

CSB 63 — Libunao 11, Robles 7, David 7, M. Urra 6, Manlapaz 6, Manding 6, Johnston 5, Layug 5, Umias 4, Aldover 2, Cadiz 2, D. Urra 0, Trillo 0, Devaras 0.

Quarters: 13-18, 36-32, 52-56, 71-63.

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08-03-2006, 07:48 AM
Knights thwart Blazers


By Marc Anthony Reyes
Inquirer
Last updated 03:53am (Mla time) 08/03/2006

Published on page A23 of the August 3, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

STILL reeling form its first loss this season, Colegio de San Juan de Letran managed to summon enough strength to down stubborn De La Salle-College of St. Benilde, 71-63, last night and take a share of the lead in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The Knights were visibly fatigued and dejected following their loss to San Beda College last Friday and the Blazers raised the specter of an upset by tying the match at 63 with barely three minutes left.

But St. Benilde suddenly lost its touch and Fiel Daa and Aaron Aban came to the Knights’ rescue by combining for eight straight points to seal their seventh victory in eight games that pushed Letran on top in the company of San Beda.

Aban finished with 19 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, to lead the Knights. He also had eight rebounds, three assists and one steal to make up for his poor performance against San Beda where he only made eight markers.

“Maybe we are still tired after that game last Friday, we are still affected by that loss,” said Letran coach Louie Alas. “But we expected all teams to play hard in the second round because they will be making adjustments.”

Kris Robles hit a three-pointer with just 2:48 left to level the score at 63 for the Blazers, but Daa quickly broke the tie and Aban added three free throws to secure the win, 68-63.

The Blazers, who led 56-52 after three quarters, suffered their seventh loss in eight outings.

Philippine Christian University posted their second straight victory with a 64-54 romp of University of Perpetual Help in the other seniors game.

The PCU Dolphins solidified their hold of third spot with six triumphs against two defeats, while the Perpetual Help Altas absorbed their third straight defeat in a 2-6 slate.

Veteran guard Jason Castro shone for the 2004 champion Dolphins with a team-high 16 points on top of eight rebounds, four assists and one steal. Gabby Espinas backed him up with 12 points, 13 rebounds and three steals.

In juniors play, Ralph Lansang scattered 21 points to lead the Baby Dolphins to an 86-76 victory over the Altalettes. The Baby Dolphins improved to 5-2 while the Altalettes dropped to 1-6.

The scores:

Second Game (Srs)

PCU 64 -- Castro 16, Espinas 12, Garrido 11, David 8, Belga 8, Amparado 6, Navarro 3, Salem 0, Vidal 0, Santos 0, McCoy 0, Hermosa 0.

PERPETUAL 54 -- Bauzon 14, Misa 13, Joe 8, Kong 7, Mendoza 6, Perturbos 3, Galabin 3, Reyes 0, Racho 0, Manuel 0, Liaz 0, Lee 0.

Quarters: 16-17, 27-25, 45-31, 64-54.

Third Game (Srs)

LETRAN 71 -- Aban 19, Bautista 12, Daa 12, Mondragon 6, Balneg 6, Faundo 4, Quinday 4, Guevarra 3, Melegrito 2, Dangcal 2, Realista 1, Ranises 0.

ST. BENILDE 63 -- Libunao 11, David 7, Robles 7, Manding 6, Manlapaz 6, Urra Jr 6, Johnston 5, Layug 5, Umias 4, Sevilla 2, Cadiz 2, Aldover 2, Trillo 0, Urra III 0, Devaras 0.

Quarters: 13-18, 36-32, 52-56, 71-63.

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08-03-2006, 07:49 AM
Aban steers Knights past scrappy Blazers
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 08/03/2006

Aaron Aban took over for Letran in the fourth quarter, firing 10 points in that stretch to power the Knights to a tough 71-63 victory over the St. Benilde Blazers yesterday for a share of the lead with San Beda College in the 82nd NCAA basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Aban, one of the top prospects in the coming PBA Rookie Draft, finished 19 points while Boyet Bautista and Fiel Daa tossed in 12 points apiece as the Knights bounced back from a 49-57 setback to the Red Lions last Friday to notch their seventh victory in eight games.

But Letran coach Louie Alas was far from satisfied.

"We’re still playing bad and we need to improve on a lot of things," said Alas.

"Good thing Aaron stepped up in the last five minutes to give us this win," he added.

With its starters struggling, St. Benilde went to its second stringers majority of the game as the Blazers engaged the Knights to 12 lead changes and six deadlocks.

The Blazers even took the lead, 56-52, going into the final quarter but the Taft-based cagers failed to sustain that charge as Aban seized control of the game and the Knights shackled St. Benilde playmakers with a pesky defense.

Jeff Libunao came off the bench to score a career-high 11 points but nobody from the Blazers finished in double figures. St. Benilde took its seventh loss against a win.

Earlier, last year’s runner-up Philippine Christian U stayed within striking distance of the joint leaders after beating Perpetual Help, 64-54.

Jason Castro shot 16 points while 2004 rookie MVP Gabby Espinas came through with 12 points and 13 rebounds as the Dolphins notched their sixth win in eight outings for third.

It was the Altas’ sixth loss against two wins.

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08-03-2006, 07:49 AM
Knights rebound, trounce Blazers


By FRANK CALAPRE, The Manila Times Correspondent
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Defending champion Letran College leaned on Aaron Aban’s crucial baskets down the stretch to escape with a 71-63 win over College of Saint Benilde on Wednesday in the 82nd National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament.

Aban, who played despite a sprained left ankle, scored 10 points in the fourth period, six in the final 1:31 of the match at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium that saved the day for the 16-time champion Knights.

It also enabled them to regain a share of the lead with the San Beda College Red Lions, who ended their winning streak at six games last Friday, on 7-1 win-loss cards apiece.

The 6-foot-three Aban finished with 19 points on top of 8 rebounds and 3 assists, while Boyet Bautista and Fiel Daa added 12 each.

"We were really sluggish, maybe because of our hard-fought game with San Beda last Friday. We have to thank Aaron, who sprained his ankle during our practice Tuesday," said Letran coach Louie Alas.

Last year’s runner-up Philippine Christian University defeated University of Perpetual Help Dalta System, 64-54, in the first match to stay on track for another Final Four appearance.

"I am very satisfied already with the way the boys are playing now. But I still don’t know if this is already the springboard that may catapult us once again to the top two," said coach Joel Dualan, who is seeking the Dolphins’ fourth straight semifinal stint.

The scores:

First Game (Srs.)

PCU 64–Castro 16, Espinas 12, Garrido 11, David 8, Belga 8, Amparado 6, Navarro 3, Salem 0, Vidal 0, Santos 0, McCoy 0, Hermosa 0.

PERPETUAL HELP 54–Bauzon 14, Misa 13, Joe 8, Kong 7, Mendoza 6, Pertubos 3, Galabin 3, Reyes 0, Racho 0, Manuel 0, Liaz 0, Lee 0.

Quarters: 16-17; 27-25; 45-31; 64-54

Second Game (Srs.)

LETRAN 71–Aban 19, Bautista 12, Daa 12, Mondragon 6, Balneg 6, Faundo 4, Quinday 4, Guevarra 3, Melegrito 2, Dangcal 2, Realista 1, Ranises 0.

SAINT BENILDE 63–Libunao 11, David 7, Robles 7, Manding 6, Manlapaz 6, M. Urra 6, Johnston 5, Layug 5, Umlas 4, Sevilla 2, Cadiz 2, Aldover 2, Trillo 0, D. Urra 0.

Quarters: 13-18; 36-32; 52-56; 71-63.

***

Games Friday (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)

12 p.m.–SSC-R vs. SBC (Jrs./Srs.)

4 p.m.–JRU vs. MIT (Srs.)

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08-04-2006, 08:07 AM
Lions seek top spot vs Stags



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Last updated 04:38am (Mla time) 08/04/2006

Published on page A27 of the August 4, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

SAN BEDA College, bidding to end a 28-year title drought, tries to regain solo top spot when the Lions tangle with the San Sebastian College Stags today in the National Collegiate Athletics Association men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Spearheaded by 6-foot-8 Nigerian Samuel Ekwe, the Lions are heavily favored to post their seventh straight win and improve their card to 8-1 against the fifth-running Stags (3-5) at 2 p.m.

“We can’t afford to slow down because a mistake or a loss could be crucial in our bid to get the twice-to-beat advantage,” said San Beda coach Koy Banal. “That’s definitely our goal, finish at the top two spots going to the Final Four.”

The Lions, which boosted their stock after bringing down defending champion Letran Knights last week, will pin their hopes anew on Ekwe, who has been creating mismatches with his height and defense.

Against Jose Rizal University, the 6-foot-8 Nigerian produced 10 points, 13 rebounds and 11 shot blocks.

Ekwe is currently the leader in statistical points after the first round with 341, based on points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks production.

Mapua Institute of Technology (5-3) guns for its sixth victory against Jose Rizal University in the other seniors game at 4 p.m.

The Mapua Cardinals are within sight of a Final Four slot with a 5-3 record, but they can’t be so sure against the JRU Bombers who will be playing pressure-free with a 1-7 card.

Meanwhile, Philippine Christian University’s Gabby Espinas wound up second in statistical points behind Ekwe with 331, followed by University of Perpetual Help’s Khiel Misa (305), JRU’s Floyd Dedicatoria (300), Colegio de San Juan de Letran’s Boyet Bautista (243), Mapua’s Neil Pascual (224), San Beda’s Yousif Aljamal (216), SSC’s Jim Viray (211) and De La Salle-College of St. Benilde’s Willan Johnston (211). Marc Anthony Reyes

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08-04-2006, 08:08 AM
For Lions, no time for complacency



By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA
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KNOWING HOW delicate and complicated the second round is, San Beda coach Koy Banal wants to instill consistency to his charges beginning today.



"The second round always gets more complicated because this is where the teams start to peak up. I don’t want the team to get complacent and collapse in this round," said Banal as they shoot for a seventh straight win when the Red Lions battle the San Sebastian Stags in the NCAA basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium. Game is set at 2 p.m.

"Alex (Angeles) has been reminding his teammates of what happened in 2003. We also don’t want it to happen because we’re already half way to what we really wanted to achieve. We just need to be consistent," said Banal.

Banal’s anxiety is understandable.

That season, the Red Lions appeared ready to barge into the Final Four after posting a 5-2 mark at the end of the first round. But to the horror of their supporters, they absorbed one setback after another to blow away their chance.

Another win by San Beda will enable the Red Lions to grab the solo lead once again after the Letran Knights tied them at 7-1 following a come-from-behind 71-63 win over St. Benilde the other day.

The Red Lions, who are out to end a 28-year title drought, are enjoying one of their finest starts in years.

In the other senior match, Mapua tries to boost its Final Four bid when the Cardinals clash with Jose Rizal University at 4 p.m.

The Cardinals are running fourth with a 5-3 card while the Heavy Bombers are languishing at the cellar together with the Blazers at 1-7.

Though they brought in fresh faces to the team, including coach Raymund Valenzona – he filled the slot vacated by veteran father, Turo, the Stags are still struggling to find the form that won them four straight titles in the 90s.

With a 3-5 card, the Stags have to win five of their remaining six games to have at least a chance of gaining a seat in the Final Four.

In order to do it, they have to increase their level of play much, much higher since they will be up against a powerhouse squad led by Yousif Aljamal and rookie giant Samuel Ekwe.

Aljamal, a Philippine Basketball League (PBL) veteran, is averaging close to 20 points in the team’s last three games which they highlighted by beating ertswhile unbeaten Letran.

The 6-foot-8 Ekwe, a 21-year-old find from Nigeria, has continued to amaze NCAA fans with his gutsy performance. Aside from pulling down 23 rebounds in the first round – the most by any player for more than a decade – he also posted a rare triple-double performance of 13 rebounds, 11 blocks and 10 points in the team’s 84-69 win over the Heavy Bombers.

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08-04-2006, 08:08 AM
Lions eye return to solo lead
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San Beda College tries to remain on top as the Red Lions meet San Sebastian College Friday in the 82nd National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The Red Lions, enjoying one of their finest starts in years, hope to regain solo leadership as they collide with the Stags, while the Mapua Tech Cardinals seek their sixth win against tailender Jose Rizal University.

San Beda, which finished with a 4-10 record last year, is aiming for one of two twice-to-beat incentives in the pivotal crossover Final Four.

With 6-foot-8 rookie sensation Samuel Ekwe of Nigeria leading the way, the Mendiola-based team is favored against the struggling San Sebastian.

The Lions and the Stags collide at 2 p.m., while Mapua (5-3) battles cellar-dweller Jose Rizal U (1-7) at 4 p.m. Frank Calapre

***

Games Friday (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)

Volleyball

8 a.m. – SSC vs St. Benilde (Jrs.)

10 a.m. – SSC vs San Beda (Srs.)

Basketball

12 p.m. – SSC vs San Beda (Jrs./Srs.)

4 p.m. – Jose Rizal vs Mapua (Srs.)

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08-05-2006, 11:17 AM
Lions rip Stags for 8th win; Bombers stun Mapua Cards


BY FRANK CALAPRE, The Manila Times Correspondent
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Games Monday (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)

12 p.m. – Letran vs. Perpetual Help (Jrs./Srs.)

4 p.m. – PCU vs. CSB (jrs/srs)



San Beda College continued its winning ways as the Red Lions crushed San Sebastian College-Recoletos, 77-60, on Friday in the 82nd National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament.

The win at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium assured the Lions of a playoff for the last slot to the Final Four.

Yousif Aljamal and John Escobal combined for 29 points as San Beda regained the solo leadership with their eighth win in nine games, a victory shy of formally clinching the first finals slot.

In the second game, Jose Rizal University’s Heavy Bombers dumped Mapua Tech, 73-69, to post only its second win in eight games.

James Sena, Marc Cagoco and John Wilson scored 17 of the Heavy Bombers’ 22 points in the final period to lead JRU to the stunning win, as they also handed the Cardinals their fourth setback in nine matches.

In the juniors division, David Marcelo posted 23 points and 17 rebounds to lift San Beda Red Cubs past defending champion San Sebastian Staglets, 64-59, and their 7th win in 8 matches too.

Earlier in day, San Sebastian defeated San Beda, 26-24, 25-23, 18-25, 25-19, in men’s volleyball.

Despite the absence of Ogie Menor, the Red Lions roared to an early 24-12 start en route to the big win that denied the Stags a semifinal appearance.

Menor, San Beda’s top point guard, served a one-game suspension for unsportsmanlike conduct during their game against Jose Rizal University on Monday.

The 11-time champion Stags, who dropped to a 3-6 win-loss slate at solo fifth, now need to win all their remaining five matches to at least gain a playoff for the last semis berth.

"We are not only thinking of a Final Four but we are targeting the top two slots. I think to do that we have still to improve many aspects in our game," said SBC coach Koy Banal.

Banal also appealed to the NCAA management committee to make an early announcement regarding the suspension of players. He said they received the order suspending the 6-foot-2 Manor just a few hours before the game, disrupting their game plan.

"We have always respected the decision of Mancom. But I appeal to them to make an early announcement because it affects our game plan. When we set the plan Ogie was part of it and we just knew when we arrived here that he was suspended," added Banal.

Menor elbowed JRU’s Mark Pradas on Monday, when the Red Lions won 89-69.

"The pressure was there already because Manor can not play. So we had to adjust our game plan very quickly," he pointed out.

But Menor’s absence only made the Red Lions hotter, as Aljamal scored 9 points and Ed Tecson added 5 in a 14-5 run that stretched the lead to its biggest, 43-22, midway through the third period.

Aljamal topscored for San Beda with 17 points on top of 5 rebounds and 1 assist, while John Escobal finished with 12, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and John Hermida made 11 points and 4 rebounds.

The Scores:

First Game (Srs.)

SAN BEDA 77—Aljamal 17, Escobal 12, Hermida 11, Angeles 10, Gamalinda 8, Ekwe 7, Tecson 6, Maggay 4, Antonio 2, Evangelista 0, Taganas 0, Taupa 0, Canlas 0.

SAN SEBASTIAN 60—Bulawan 21, Viray 16, Vicente 8, Aquino 8, Juan 3, Delgado 2, Raymundo 2, Ballesteros 0, de Leon 0, Sagad 0, Quiamco 0, Najorda 0.

Quarters: 24-12; 36-18; 58-40; 77-60.

Second Game (Srs.)

JOSE RIZAL 73 – Sena 16, Wilson 15, Dedicatora 9, Hayes 7, Cagoco 7, Echane 4, Pria 4, Bucao 2, Caspe 0, Se 0.

MAPUA 69 – Co 22, Tiongco 11, Sumalinog 8, De la Pena 8, Gonzales 7, Mazo 5, Guillermo 5, Acosta 3, Pascual 0, Del Rosario 0.

Quarters: 12-16; 34-30; 51-50; 73-69.

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08-05-2006, 11:18 AM
Lions gobble up Stags, stretch win streak to 6


By Marc Anthony Reyes
Inquirer
Last updated 02:02am (Mla time) 08/05/2006

Published on page A21 of the August 5, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

SAN BEDA COLLEGE was like a runaway train yesterday, and there was no way San Sebastian College could stop it.

The Red Lions, showing little effects of the absence of suspended forward Rogie Menor, rammed the Stags, 77-60, to grab their sixth straight victory and the solo leadership in the National Collegiate Athletics Association men’s basketball at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

San Beda also moved within a win of making the Final Four outright with a league-best 8-1 record after dragging San Sebastian to a 3-6 slate.

“We are not looking at the scores or at the winning streak this time,” said San Beda coach Koy Banal. “We want to stay focused and get into the two spots as soon as possible.”

They’re on the right track.

The Red Lions laid down their intentions early, posting a 24-12 first-quarter lead that the Stags were never able to recover from.

The lead ballooned to 21 points, 43-22, on a jumper by Samuel Ekwe, who finished with seven points, 12 rebounds and three blocks.

Yousif Aljamal anchored the Lions’ run, hitting 17 points and taking five rebounds, even as rookie guard Pong Escobal chipped in 12 points, six rebounds, seven assists and two steals to make up for Menor’s absence.

The 6-foot-2 Menor was slapped with one-game suspension for unsportsmanlike conduct he committed against Mark Pradas of Jose Rizal University during their game last Monday.

Banal clearly wasn’t happy with the announcement of the decision -- which was made right on game-day -- but he vented his ire on the Stags.

Banal kept key players Aljamal, Escobal, Ekwe and Alex Angeles on the floor even when the Red Lions had the game under complete control and the Stags hardly putting up a fight.

Earlier, the San Beda Red Cubs overcame the San Sebastian Staglets, 64-59. The Cubs rose to 7-1, while the Staglets fell to 5-2.

The scores:

First Game (jrs)

SAN BEDA 64 -- Marcelo 23, Laneta 14, Yulo 10, Cua 6, Padilla 4, Ranises 4, Cruz 2, Babilonia 1, Lobaton 0, Revilla 0.

SAN SEBASTIAN 59 -- Zulueta 14, Buenafe 10, Del Rio 9, Nasayao 9, Sikat 8, Penaflor 4, Soledad 4, Anthony Bringas 1, Arvie Bringas 0, Carlos 0, Mamaril 0.

Quarters: 28-10, 31-30, 43-44, 64-59.

Second Game (Srs)

SAN BEDA 77 -- Aljamal 17, Escobal 12, Hermida 11, Angeles 10, Gamalinda 8, Ekwe 7, Tecson 6, Maggay 4, Antonio 2, Evangelista 0, Taganas 0, Taupa 0, Canlas 0.

SAN SEBASTIAN 60 -- Bulawan 21, Viray 16, Vicente 8, Aquino 8, Juan 3, Delgado 2, Raymundo 2, Ballesteros 0, De Leon 0, Sagad 0, Quiamco 0, Najorda 0.

Quarters: 24-12, 36-18, 58-40, 77-60.

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08-05-2006, 11:19 AM
Hot Lions notch 7th straight win
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 08/05/2006

San Beda continued to dish out big games behind a balanced offensive attack as it thumped San Sebastian, 77-60, yesterday to regain the solo lead in the 82nd NCAA basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Yousif Aljamal fired 17 points while John Escobal, John Hermida and Alex Angeles added 12, 11 and 10 points, respectively, to underscore San Beda’s awesome combination that had the Red Lions streaking to their seventh straight victory and eighth overall against one loss.

The victory also dropped erstwhile co-leader Letran, the defending champion, to second place with a 7-1 (win-loss) slate.

While Aljamal and company took charge in offense, Nigerian Samuel Ekwe played true to form on the defensive end, terrorizing the Stags with his intimidating presence.

Although he failed to duplicate his triple-double performance of 10 points, 13 rebounds and 11 shot blocks last week, Ekwe still finished with 12 rebounds and seven points, including an alley-oop slam off an Alex Angeles assist. He also had three shot blocks.

"He’s always a big help to the team," said San Beda coach Koy Banal of his 21-year-old slotman.

Rookie Gilbert Bulawan came through with a career-high 21 points and 12 rebounds, two shot blocks and the same number of steals for San Sebastian. But he failed to draw the needed support from the rest as the Stags fell to their sixth defeat against three wins.

San Beda was in complete control that it hardly felt the absence of its top swingman Rogemar Menor, who served out a one-game suspension for elbowing Mark Pradas of Jose Rizal Monday.

Menor was the third player suspended by the Management Committee chaired by Bernie Atienza of St. Benilde this season after Jose Rizal’s Allan Se and teammate John Escobal.

Escobal’s suspension, however, was reversed after the Mendiola-based school appealed it.

In the other game, Jose Rizal shocked Mapua, 73-69, to notch its second win against seven losses. The Cardinals dropped to 5-4.

gameface_one
08-05-2006, 11:26 AM
Lions mangle Stags to regain solo lead



By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA
mb.com.ph

SAN BEDA College found no need for its star forward who sat out a one-game suspension yesterday as the Red Lions disposed of San Sebastian College, 77-60, for their seventh straight win to assure themselves of at least a playoff for one of the semifinal berths in the NCAA basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.


Ogie Menor, one of the team’s top scorers, was suspended by the NCAA Management Committee for an unsportsmanlike foul against Mark Pradas in their 84-69 win over Jose Rizal University last Monday.

The ban was announced before the game.

"I live and die sa preparation ng team for each game, so it was a big adjustment for us when we learned that Ogie (Menor) cannot play. We’re willing to submit to the decision of the Management Committee, but we wished they should have advised us sooner so that we can immediately adjust on our preparation," San Beda Head Coach Koy Banal said.

Menor, their prized acquisition from their juniors team, was sanctioned with a suspension yesterday by the Management Committee for committing an unsportsmanlike foul against Mark Pradas in their 84-69 win over Jose Rizal University last Monday.

But even without Menor, the Red Lions exuded confidence and showed their court brilliance to lead from the start en route to their eighth win in nine games and once again gave them the league’s solo lead.

The loss was the sixth for the struggling Stags in nine matches.

"It’s a good thing that everybody stepped up and stayed positive in this game. We were caught off-balanced pero naka-adjust kaagad kami," Banal said.

The Red Lions were in total control of the match that Banal had the luxury of limiting the playing time of their top rebounder, the 6-8 Nigerian center Samuel Ekwe.

Ekwe, who scored a rare triple double a few days ago, played for only 25 minutes, scored seven points, hauled down 12 rebounds, blocked three shots and had one steal.

Yousif Aljamal led the Red Lions with 17 points, 11 of them coming in the second half while John Escobal unloaded 10 of his 12 markers in the first half. The duo combined for 11 rebounds and eight assists.

The Red Lions limited the Stags to only six points in the second period and raced to their biggest lead at 43-22 midway the third.

San Beda raced away to a 60-40 lead in the fourth quarter and used this big edge as a cushion against the sporadic sorties by the Stags.

Gilbert Bulawan and Jim Viray led the Stags with 21 and 16 points, respectively.

In the other seniors game, lowly Jose Rizal University surprised Mapua, 73-69, for its second win in nine outings.

The Cardinals absorbed their fourth loss against five wins.

And in the lone juniors match, the Red Cubs stunned the defending champions Staglets, 64-49, for a San beda double victory.

The win gave the Red Cubs a 7-1 card while the loss pushed the Staglets down to 5-2.

lekiboy
08-05-2006, 12:31 PM
Ryc wrote:
Pong's long three
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RMf4T-YYYI



Sam's Alley Oop Slam
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUR7RQSoGBI

Hermida tripped #1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2Rhcl_ivSo

Hermida tripped #2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4ztFGSjqXY

Another attempt this one on Angeles
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYoSjQct308



You can see in all these videos that there is a deliberate intention to hurt by the San Sebastian Stags. YOu can see even in SAm's slam that they are leaving a foot for our players to land on...Sobrang delikado tong mga to...A major sprain or injury on any of our players will be a disaster to the whole campaign...

I think we can ask for the assistance of our seniors here who have networks with NCAA or the media ( Anthony Servinio, MonL, etc. ... I advise calm and restraint. We have appropriate channels for this. I share the disgust but we need to let the process run its course. We will wait...

gameface_one
08-07-2006, 07:48 AM
Knights eye to join Lions in first place
abs-cbnnews.com



Defending champion Collegio de San Juan de Letran seeks its eighth win and a share of the lead when it collide against University of Perpetual Help Monday in the 82nd NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

A win for the Knights will not only enable them to regain a share of the leadership with idle San Beda College, but it also will move the 16-time champions a step closer to the Final Four.

The Knights clash with the Altas at 2 p.m., while last year’s runner-up Philippine Christian University guns for its seventh win against tailender and host College of St. Benilde at 6 p.m.

Although a bit sluggish in pulling off a come-from-behind win over host College of St. Benilde on Wendesday, the Knights are expected to perform well this time for a trouble-free ride going to the pivotal crossover semifinal round.

Veteran wingman Aaron Aban, who scored 10 of his 19 points in the final period of Letran’s 71-63 win over the Blazers, and tested campaigner Boyet Bautista are expected to lead the Knights anew.

Letran is aiming for its eighth win in nine matches, which would give them a share of the lead with San Beda (8-1) as well as push them to within one win from clinching outright Fina4 berth.

San Beda, Letran, last year’s finalist and 2004 champion PCU (6-2) and Mapua (5-4), are in a tight race for the two twice-to-beat incentives in the semis. Frank Calapre

Games Monday (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)

12 p.m. Letran vs. Perpetual Help (Jrs./Srs.)

4 p.m. – PCU vs. St. Benilde (Jrs./ Srs.)

gameface_one
08-07-2006, 07:49 AM
Knights tackle Altas



By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA
mb.com.ph



LETRAN TACKLES the University of Perpetual Help Dalta System Altas today in the NCAA basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium as it seeks a win to keep abreast of tournament leader San Beda College.


The Knights are half-a-game behind the Red Lions – the team that ruined their bid for a sweep of the first round -- and are determined to regain the form that enabled them to win six successive games.

A win by Letran over UPHDS in their 2 p.m. showdown, will again give the Knights a share of the lead.

Not only that, they will also move a step closer to gaining a berth in the Final Four.

Clashing in the other seniors division are streaking Philippine Christian University and College of St. Benilde at 4 p.m.

The Dolphins, the 2004 champions, appeared to have settled down under coach Joel Dualan as shown in their past three games.

"Medyo nakakabawi na ang bata, mukhang palagay na loob nila kay coach Dualan. Dati kasi si coach Junel (Baculi) ang nagpapatakbo lahat," said team manager Bernard Yang. "We hope we could get back to the teams that beat us in the first round."

Yang and Dualan are again pinning their hopes on Gabby Espinas who is now the hottest candidate for the MVP plum. Aside from Espinas, also expected to shine for the Dolphins are Jason Castro and Beau Belga.

After absorbing a 49-57 loss to the Red Lions, the Knights bounced back with a 72-63 win over the Blazers.

Despite that win, Alas was far from being satisfied.

"We were quite sluggish in that game. We started slow and committed a lot of errors. We still have a lot to improve in order to fully get back on track," said Alas. "We must set aside our loss and look positive in our next games because all those matches are going to be crucial for us," Alas said.

"All we have to do is learn from that fall and start all over again. I respect all our opponents, particularly Perpetual this time," said Alas.

But to regain their deadly touch, Alas must squeeze the best from Boyet Bautista and Aaron Aban.

The high-leaping Aban did well the last time but the 5-foot-8 Bautista was a disappointment. He has to step up big to lessen the burden for Aban.

gameface_one
08-07-2006, 07:50 AM
Knights take on Altas hoping to catch idle Lions



Inquirer
Last updated 05:46am (Mla time) 08/07/2006

Published on page A31 of the August 7, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

DEFENDING champion Letran College tries to keep up with idle leader San Beda College even as Philippine Christian University seeks to fortify its hold of third place in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The Knights (7-1) will gun for a share of top spot with the Lions (8-1) when they tackle the University of Perpetual Help Altas in the 2 p.m. match.

The Dolphins (6-2) tangle with the College of St. Benilde Blazers (1-7) in the 4 p.m. contest hoping to stay in strong contention for the top two slots in the Final Four.

At this stage, Mapua Institute of Technology (5-4) is the only other team with a solid chance of making it to the Final Four where the two teams with the best records are rewarded with twice-to-beat incentives in the fight for the two title berths.

The Knights and the Dolphins are favored although Letran will have to show consistent form after struggling past the Blazers, 71-63, last week

“I’m sure Perpetual will play tough, so we have to have a good start. Another key for us is our defense. We’re not consistent defending against St. Benilde, which we can’t afford against Perpetual,” said Letran coach Louie Alas.

Though Letran owns a 60-48 rout of Perpetual in the first round, Alas admits he is worried over his team’s morale after the Lions ended the Knights’ winning skein with a 57-49 victory.

Forward Aaron Aban is expected to lead the Knights while the Altas will count on Fritz Bauzon and Khiel Misa.

PCU will bank on Gabby Espinas and Jason Castro as it attempts to duplicate its 66-61 victory over St. Benilde in the first round. Marc Anthony Reyes

gameface_one
08-07-2006, 07:51 AM
Knights out to regain piece of NC lead

The Philippine Star 08/07/2006

Letran guns for a share of the lead with San Beda as it takes on struggling Perpetual Help today even as Philippine Christian U tries to stay within striking distance of the leaders against San Sebastian in the 82nd NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The Knights trail the Lions with a 7-1 (win-loss) slate after the Mendiola-based cagers blasted the San Sebastian Stags, 77-60, Friday for their seventh straight win and eighth overall against a loss.

The defending champion Knights, however, could regain a piece of the lead with a victory over the Altas, down at No. 6 with a 2-6 record, in their 2 p.m. encounter.

"We need to be more aggressive and avoid being sloppy," said Letran coach Louie Alas, who didn’t hide his disappointment after his wards pulled off a come-from-behind 71-63 win over St. Benilde Wednesday.

The Dolphins, on the other hand, battle the Stags at 4 p.m., looking for their seventh victory against two defeats for third place.

The Dolphins are coming off a 64-54 rout of the Altas while the Stags are still smarting from that loss to the amazing Red Lions. SSC is in fifth spot with a 3-6 record and would need to sweep its last five games to advance to the Final Four.

The Stags’ woes, however, could be compounded with the possibility of rookies Gilbert Bulawan and John Raymundo being suspended for tripping and extending a foot on a shooting player, respectively.

Commissioner Jun Bernardino, in fact, summoned Bulawan, who had a career-high 21 points in a setback to San Beda, and Raymundo, a point guard who can hit it from behind the arc, to explain their side today.

"We’ll know tomorrow (today)," said Bernardino, a former PBA commissioner.

If proven guilty, the two would be the fourth and fifth players to be suspended this season, the first three being Jose Rizal’s Alvin Se and San Beda’s John Escobal and Rogemar Menor.

The Management Committee chaired by Bernie Atienza, however, reversed its decision to suspend Escobal after San Beda rector, Fr. Anscar Chopungco, OSB, appealed the decision.

gameface_one
08-08-2006, 10:25 AM
Knights regain top, slip past Altas

Dolphins lean on reserves to best Blazers

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 06:40am (Mla time) 08/08/2006

Published on page A21 of the August 8, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

HARDLY showing sings of exhaustion, Boyet Bautista and Aaron Aban again came through for the Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights in a 66-54 victory over the University of Perpetual Help Altas in the National Collegiate Athletics Association men’s basketball tournament yesterday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Bautista and Aban, who participated in the Philippine Basketball Association rookie camp early in the day, secured the win by joining hands in a 10-0 run in the last five minutes that pushed the defending champion Knights within a win away from claiming an outright Final Four berth.

“I don’t think their application in the (PBA) draft will affect our campaign,” said Letran coach Louie Alas. “I trust these guys; they’re always ready to play.”

Bautista shared top scoring honors with rookie forward Dino Daa with 14 points apiece. Aban added 10 markers in the victory that gave the Knights a share of top spot with the idle San Beda College Lions at 8-1.

Still, the sputtering finish hardly impressed Alas.

“This is one of our games that I wasn’t fulfilled,” he said. “We’re becoming inconsistent again. But I’m not discounting the efforts of Perpetual, they played pretty well. But if we want to go the next level, we can’t play like this. We were very passive and we lacked mental toughness.”

And Alas, indeed, had a point. The Knights posted a 52-44 advantage just two minutes in the fourth period, but got too comfortable quite early.

Gil Manuel took over for the Altas, drilling in seven straight points to slice the deficit to two, 56-54, before the Letran stars came to the rescue.

The Altas surprisingly played tough even without veteran Vladimir Joe, who will be out for the rest of the season after tearing the MCL (medial collateral ligament) on his left knee.

With the absence of Joe, who averaged 11 points in the first round, the Altas’ campaign turned even bleaker as their record dropped to 2-7.

In the second seniors’ game, the Philippine Christian University Dolphins banked on their reserves to repulse the College of St. Benilde Blazers, 79-70, and strengthen their hold of the third spot at 7-2.

Sophomore forward Lei Navarro shot 13 points for the Dolphins, who also got key contributions from second stringers Clarence Graham and Sam Hermosa. Jason Castro and Beau Belga added 12 markers apiece.

The Blazers abandoned their Final Four bid at 1-8.

Earlier in junior play, the PCU Baby Dolphins claimed their sixth win in eight games with an 83-56 rout over the St. Benilde-La Salle Greenies. The Perpetual Altalettes also nipped the winless Letran Squires, 70-66, for a 2-6 slate.

The scores:

First Game (Srs)

LETRAN 66 -- Bautista 14, Daa 14, Aban 10, Mondragon 9, Guevarra 6, Faundo 5, Quinday 4, Dangcal 2, Balneg 1, del Rosario 1, Realista 0, Ranises 0.

PERPETUAL 54 -- Manuel 11, Bauzon 10, Lee 9, Misa 7, Mendoza 7, Kong 4, Racho 2, Perturbos 2, Reyes 2.

Quarters: 12-12, 27-33, 47-42, 66-54

Second Game (Srs)

PCU 79 -- Navarro 13, Castro 12, Belga 12, Graham 8, Hermosa 8, Garrido 7, Santos 5, Amparado 5, David 5, Vidal 2, Salem 1, Espinas 1, McCoy 0, Chen 0.

ST. BENILDE 70 -- Johnston 16, Urra M. 14, Libunao 11, Layug 11, Manlapaz 4, Manding 4, Robles 2, Urra D. 2, Umlas 2, Cadiz 2, Aldover 2, Sevilla 0, Trillo 0, Devaras 0, David 0.

Quarters: 17-23, 38-36, 59-51, 79-70

gameface_one
08-08-2006, 10:27 AM
Knights ride past Altas, share lead
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 08/08/2006

Letran went to rookie Fiel Daa when its veterans sputtered in the early going as the defending champions pulled off a 66-54 victory over the Perpetual Help Altas yesterday to regain a share of the lead with San Beda in the 82nd NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Daa came through with a season-high 14 points, including eight in the third quarter when the Knights mounted their comeback from a 27-33 deficit at the half to seize control at 47-42 at the end of the period.

Boyet Bautista and Aaron Aban, two of the top prospects in the coming PBA Rookie Draft, struggled early but settled down in the fourth quarter where they combined for 12 points to seal the Muralla-based cagers’ eighth victory in nine games for a share of the lead with the Red Lions.

However, observers Bautista and Aban held back on their game early on to conserve energy for the PBA rookie training camp late yesterday at the Philsports Arena.

Bautista, in fact, made only six of the 17 shots he took although he still wound up with 14 points. Aban, on the other hand, went three-of-11 from the field and finished with 10 points.

But those hardly mattered for Letran coach Louie Alas.

Another rookie, Virgilio Manuel, led the Altas with 11 points but Perpetual Help’s top guns failed to deliver the goods expected of them.

Khiel Misa, the league’s current leading scorer with an average of 18.2 points, struggled with just seven points. Worse, Vladimir Joe sat out the game due to an MCL (medial collateral ligament) injury.

In the other seniors game, last year’s runner-up Philippine Christian U trounced St. Benilde, 79-70, to remain at third place with a 7-2 (win-loss) slate.

It was the Blazers’ eighth setback against a win.

gameface_one
08-08-2006, 10:29 AM
Letran back on top with San Beda

Knights beat Altas for 8th win

By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA
mb.com.ph



DEFENDING CHAMPION Letran College moved a step closer from claiming a semifinal slot as the Knights hacked out a 66-54 victory over University of Perpetual Help yesterday in the NCAA basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.


Pro-bound Boyet Bautista and rookie Dino Daa starred for the Knights as they delivered the knockout punches in the final five minutes to tie San Beda for the lead once again at 8-1.

Bautista and Daa finished with 14 points apiece, apart from combining for 13 rebounds and five assists.

Power forward Aaron Aban, who also attended the PBA rookie camp earlier in the day at the Philsports Complex along with Bautista, also produced decent numbers, tallying 10 points, six boards and five assists as the Knights reaffirmed their mastery over the Altas.

The Knights and Red Lions need only to win one of their remaining five games to advance into the Final Four.

In the other senior match, Philippine Christian University also boosted its Final Four bid with a 79-70 win over St. Binelde. The win was PCU’s seventh in 9 starts

Despite the win, Letran coach Louie Alas was from satisfied.

"We still lack mental toughness and we were passive. If we keep on playing this kind of game, we won’t be able to get into the next level," rued Alas. "Sabi ko sa kanila, hindi pwedeng opensa lang. We also need to step up defensively."

It was a twinkill for PCU as the Baby Dolphins crushed La Salle Greenies, 83-56, to grab solo second at 6-2 in the high school division.

The Knights trailed 37-40 in the third but the 5-foot-7 Bautista came through with a big basket that touched off a 10-2 run for a 47-42 lead.

The Altas, however, battled back, engaging the Knights in a torrid shootout to cut Letran’s lead to 54-56. But the Knights tightened up their defenses in the next five minutes to silence the Altas while exploding for 10 straight points to seal the win.

The Altas absorbed their seventh loss in nine matches, putting their semifinal bid in peril.

The loss was doubly painful for the Altas as they will miss the services of skipper Vladymir Joe the rest of the season due to a foot injury.

gameface_one
08-08-2006, 10:30 AM
Knights whip Altas for 8th win


By FRANK CALAPRE
The Manila Times Correspondent
abs-cbnnews.com


Defending champion Letran College repulsed University of Perpetual Help Dalta System, 66-54, on Monday, gaining a playoff for the last semifinal slot in the 82nd National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

With the win, 16-time NCAA titlist Letran regained a share of the lead with idle San Beda College on identical 8-1 win-loss cards. Both the Knights and Red Lions need just one more win to formally enter the Final Four.

Letran started slow against Perpetual Help. Star guards Boyet Bautista and Aaron Aban, who both attended the Philippine Basketball Association’s rookie camp earlier in the day, appeared fatigued and dragged the team along with them.

That allowed the undermanned Altas to tie the game six times in the first two quarters and even lead, 33-27 at halftime.

Bautista and Dennis Daa, however, combined to pull the Knights ahead in the third period, and they were never threatened from there.

"If we want to go to the next level, we have to start strong. We should not be slow event at the start," said Letran coach Louie Alas.

"This is one of the games that I am not satisfied with their performance," added Alas, who is seeking his second straight title with the Knights.

Despite attending the pro league training camp, Bautista finished with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. The 6-foot-3 Aban scored 10 on top of 6 rebounds and 5 assists.

The Altas, who came with only with nine players, failed to sustain their spirited play in the first half. They led 40-37, but Aban and Baustista scored back-to-back baskets to grab the upper hand for the Knights, 47-42 at the end of the third quarter.

Without forwards Vladimir Joe and Alvin Manalang in the fold, Perpetual Help could only watch helplessly as Letran dropped a 9-2 run to post its biggest lead, 56-45, still 8 minutes remaining in the match.

Joe, a 6-foot-4 power forward, was nursing an injured ligament on his left knee.

Virgilio Manuel topscored for the Altas with 11 points followed by Conrad Bauzon with 10 and nine points for Sang Lee.

The Scores:

First Game (Jrs.)

PERPETUAL HELP 70—Orbe 17, Dizon 13, Rich Mojado 12, Pasilong 11, Rick Mojado 5, Amores 4, Villamor 3, Labapis 3, Biscocho 2, Mancio 0, Chacon 0.

LETRAN 66—Rosales 19, Wong 15, Ke. Alas 13, Gonzales 6, Kr. Alas 6, San Jose 4, Javier 3, Azurin 0, Ruiz 0, Bagsit 0.

Quarters: 18-16; 28-32; 50-47; 70-66.

Second Game (Srs.)

LETRAN 66—Daa 14, Bautista 14, Aban 10, Mondragon 9, Guevarra 6, Faundo 5, Quinday 4, Dangcal 2, del Rosario 1, Balneg 1, Realista 0.

PERPETUAL HELP 54—Manuel 11, Bauzon 10, Lee 9, Misa 7, Mendoza 7, Kong 4, Reyes 2, Racho 2, Perturbos 2.

Quarters: 12-12; 27-33; 47-42; 66-54.

***

Games Wednesday

(Ninoy Aquino Stadium)

12 p.m. – Saint Benilde vs San Beda (Jrs./Srs.)

4 p.m. – San Sebastian vs PCU (Srs./Jrs.)

gameface_one
08-09-2006, 08:17 AM
Red Lions aim for Final Four versus Blazers

The Philippine Star 08/09/2006

San Beda guns for the first Final Four berth as it plays lowly St. Benilde today while Philippine Christian U tries to firm up its own semis bid against San Sebastian in the 82nd NCAA men’s basketball wars at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Coming off a stirring seven-game win streak, the Red Lions are heavily favored over the Blazers in a clash between the league’s joint leader and the cellar dweller at 2 p.m. San Beda shares the lead with Letran with 8-1 (win-loss) slates while St. Benilde trails the eight-team field with a woeful 1-8 card.

But facing a team with nothing to lose could be dangerous if the Lions drop their guard.

"It’s really tough when you face a team that plays without any pressure. We’re confident, but we can’t be overconfident because it might backfire on us. We have to continue working hard," said San Beda coach Koy Banal.

St. Benilde lost its seventh straight game the other day after bowing to PCU, 70-79.

San Beda will also welcome sophomore guard Rogemar Menor, who served a one-game suspension for an unsportsmanlike conduct in their game against the Bombers.

Meanwhile, the Dolphins try to stay within striking distance of the leaders as they shoot for their eighth victory against two defeats against the San Sebastian Stags at 4 p.m.

The Stags, however, are expected to come out fighting as they try to remain in the thick of the fight for one of the Final Four slots. San Sebastian is currently in fifth place with a 3-6, two games behind the fourth-running Mapua (5-4).

gameface_one
08-09-2006, 08:18 AM
Focused Lions shoot for Final Four berth



Inquirer
Last updated 03:39am (Mla time) 08/09/2006

Published on page A23 of the August 9, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

SAN BEDA College coach Koy Banal knows there’s a fine line between confidence and overconfidence. And he doesn’t want the Lions to cross it during the crucial stages of the National Collegiate Athletics Association men’s basketball tournament.

Boasting a seven-game winning streak, the Lions will shoot for an outright Final Four berth against the struggling De La Salle-College of St. Benilde Blazers at 2 p.m. today at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

“We’re confident, but we can’t be overconfident because it might backfire on us,” said Banal.

Banal dismisses the notion that it will be another easy contest for the heavily favored Lions.

The Blazers, who bowed to the Lions in a 71-57 rout in the first round, has since dropped out of semifinal contention.

“It’s really tough when you face a team that plays without any pressure,” noted Banal. “We have to continue working hard.”

The Philippine Christian University Dolphins will also try to sustain their strong showing against the San Sebastian College Stags at 4 p.m.

“The players are responding very well,” said coach Joel Dualan after the Dolphins nipped the Blazers, 79-70, for a 7-2 record. “We hope it doesn’t change, because our other players are starting to deliver.”

While the Dolphins have been banking on their reserves lately, the Lions have rolled through their victories with junior forward Yousif Aljamal and Nigerian Sam Ekwe at the helm.

Asserting his leadership this season, the veteran Aljamal averages a team-high 14.4 points.

The 6-foot-8 Ekwe also remains a dominant force inside and posted a rare triple-double of 10 points, 13 rebounds and 11 blocks against the Jose Rizal University Bombers last week.

“We wanted to stay in the top two, we wanted to maintain our winning attitude,” said Banal. “There’s a sense of urgency for us because we have something to achieve this season. We know the games get crucial.”

Also delivering solid plays for the Lions are rookie Pong Escobal and Rogemar Menor, who will be back after serving a one-game suspension.

Gabby Espinas and Jason Castro remain at the forefront of the Dolphins’ campaign, but the team also got a huge boost from forward Lei Navarro in their victory over the Blazers. Jasmine W. Payo

gameface_one
08-09-2006, 08:19 AM
Red Lions gun for first semis berth



By kristel satumbaga
mb.com.ph




AFTER DROPPING their second game, the San Beda Red Lions have strung up seven straight wins, highlighted by a gutsy win over defending champion Letran.


After that, the likelihood of ending a 28-year-old title drought filled the hearts of die-hard Bedans such that every time the Red Lions take to the court, the stadium is practically a sea of red.

Today would be no different.

Another big and highly-appreciative crowd are expected to troop to the Ninoy Aquino Stadium when the Red Lions gun for the first semis berth against the St. Benilde Blazers in the NCAA basketball tournament.

The Red Lions beat the Blazers by a mile the last time but coach Koy Banal won’t take any chances when they clash at 2 p.m.

"St. Benilde is hungry for the win just like everybody else, so we always have to take that into account and be ready all the time," Banal said. "There’s this sense of urgency for us to achieve our goal this year. So we have to treat all teams equally."

The pressure is beginning to build up and Banal knows how crucial it is to keep their poise going into the homestretch of the tournament.

"We have to maintain our composure and stay focused," said Banal.

San Beda and Letran are currently tied for the lead – for the third time – at 8-1.

Clashing in the other senior match at 4 p.m. are resurgent Philippine Christian University and San Sebastian.

A victory by PCU over SSC will also send Letran to the semis.

Banking on the inspired performance of former MVP Gabby Espinas, the Dolphins have surprised everybody with their improved transistion plays – both defensively and offensively.

"If we can sustain our performance, we have a good chance of making it to the semis again. But we have to get solid game not only from Gabby but also from Jason (Castro) and the rest of the team," said team manager Bernard Yang.

For Banal, he will lean again on the deadly trio of Yousif Aljamal, Alex Angeles and rookie sensation Samuel Ekwe.

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08-09-2006, 08:20 AM
Lions eye Final 4 berth vs Blazers
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San Beda College tries to formalize its entry into the Final Four as it meets tailender College of Saint Benilde on Wednesday in the 82nd National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The Red Lions are already having a banner year this year compared to their sixth-place finish in 2005. A victory over the season host Blazers in their 2 p.m. match will also rekindle their hopes of ending a 27-year title drought.

Meanwhile, Philippine Christian University, last year’s runner-up and 2004 champion, resumes its bid to gain a twice-to-beat advantage in the semifinals when it faces San Sebastian College at 4 p.m.

Defending champion Letran College and San Beda are currently on top with similar 8-1 win-loss cards, followed by PCU (7-2), Mapua Tech (5-4), San Sebastian (3-6), University of Perpetual Help (2-7), Jose Rizal University (2-7) and Saint Benilde (1-8).

The Lions are coming off a 77-60 win against San Sebastian’s Stags on Friday. Now, besides earning a semis seat, they hope to regain the tournament lead and extend their winning streak to eight games.

But facing a team with a losing record and with a nothing-to-lose mindset could be dangerous for San Beda.

"It’s really tough when you face a team that plays without any pressure. We’re confident, but we can’t be overconfident because it might backfire on us. We have to continue working hard," said Lions head coach Koy Banal.

With the way things are going for both squads, the Lions could be the executioners of the Blazers’ semifinal hopes. Saint Benilde lost its seventh straight game on Wednesday as it bowed to PCU, 79-70.

San Beda center Samuel Ekwe, the tournament’s Mr. Triple-Double after recording the rare feat against JRU with 10 points, 13 rebounds and 11 blocks last week, will lead the Lions again.

The Nigerian center will also lean on Yousif Aljamal, John Escobal and Alex Angeles to support him scoring-wise.

San Beda will also welcome back sophomore guard Rogemar Menor, who served a one-game suspension for an unsportsmanlike foul on Mark Pradas in their game opposite the Bombers.

As for the Dolphins, their latest win against the Blazers only proved that the players are already familiar with the system implemented by new coach Joel Dualan.

"They’re responding very well, and I hope it doesn’t change, and that the other players deliver too," said Dualan, who had the luxury of resting 2004 Rookie-MVP Gabby Espinas the last time but still came through with the win. Frank Calapre

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08-10-2006, 12:05 AM
Dolphins down Stags, 81-71
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The Philippine Christian University clinched an 81-71 win over the San Sebastian College Stags in the second game of the 82nd National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s basketball at the Ninoy Aquino stadium Wednesday.

With Gabby Espinas, Deryll Santos and Jason Castro burning the hoop in the final canto, the Dolphins were able to gain a double-digit advantage against the Stags.

The Stags put up a rally in the early minutes of the last quarter by playing end-to-end offensive. The Dolphins, however, piled up charity shots after the referee called out a series of fouls committed by the Stags before the final buzzer.

Espinas, who scored a total of 23 points, was named best player of the game. He also brought down eight boards and dished out an assist.

In the first game of the double-header, the Red Lions of San Beda beat the Blazers of College of Saint Benilde, 55-48.

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08-10-2006, 07:21 AM
Lions survive Blazers in OT, enter Final 4


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 03:32am (Mla time) 08/10/2006

Published on page A21 of the August 10, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE San Beda College Lions learned a few lessons from the most unlikely source.

Overcoming a sluggish start, the Lions revved it up in overtime to post a 55-48 victory over the lowly De La Salle-College of St. Benilde Blazers and claim a Final Four berth in the National Collegiate Athletics Association men’s basketball tournament yesterday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

While everyone else looked off-form, Rogemar Menor came through with 18 points and seven rebounds to lead the Lions to their eighth straight victory.

“It was an ugly win,” admitted San Beda coach Koy Banal. “We thought we’re already ready for the semis, but we still have a lot of things to learn. I'm thankful to CSB, they pushed us to the limit.”

Menor, who got back from a one-game suspension, and Raymund Maggay opened the Lions’ charge in the extra period for a 48-43 advantage.

The Blazers, who had recently dropped their semifinal bid, skidded further with a 1-9 record.

Connecting from long range, the Lions fired 12 of their 16 points from beyond the arc in their fourth-quarter rally.

A Menor triple tied the game at 41, while Sam Ekwe's low-post basket gave the Lions their first lead, 43-41, late in the fourth period.

Blazers center Gerald Layug buried a jumper that knotted the contest, 43-43, with 54.8 seconds.

The Blazers had the opportunity to upset the Lions, but Pipo Manding was slapped with a traveling violation with only 3.3 ticks remaining.

The Lions finished with only three points in the first period, the lowest in one quarter this season.

After trailing by as many as 12 points, 17-29, Riego Gamalinda sparked the Lions’ recovery to cut the deficit to 27-33 by the end of the third period.

In the second game, the Philippine Christian University Dolphins also claimed a semifinal seat with an 81-71 victory over the San Sebastian College Stags.

Gabby Espinas shot a game-high 23 points to lead the Dolphins to their eighth win in 10 games.

The St. Benilde-La Salle Greenies proved steadier in junior play by pulling off a 64-62 stunner over the powerhouse San Beda Cubs.

Despite the loss, the Cubs remained on top at 7-2, while the Greenies improved their record to 4-5.

The scores:

Second Game (Srs)

SAN BEDA 55 -- Menor 18, Escobal 9, Gamalinda 8, Ekwe 6, Hermida 5, Angeles 4, Maggay 3, Aljamal 1, Taganas 1, Tecson 0, Canlas 0.

ST. BENILDE 48 -- M. Urra 20, Robles 11, Layug 8, Aldover 4, Libunao 3, Manding 2, Cadiz 0, D. Urra 0, Devaras 0, Sevilla 0, Trillo 0, David 0, Manlapaz 0, Johnston 0, Umlas 0.

Quarters: 3-12, 17-27, 27-33, 43-43, 55-48 (OT)

Third Game (Srs)

PCU 81 -- Espinas 23, Castro 15, Navarro 12, Garrido 9, David 5, Amparado 4, Hermosa 3, Chien 3, McCoy 2, Belga 2, Graham 2, Javelona 1, Santos 0, Vidal 0, Salem 0.

SSC 71 -- Viray 15, Vicente 15, Delgado 10, De Leon 10, Lindaya 8, Juan 7,Najorda 3, Ballesteros 3, Aquino 0, Quiamco 0.

Quarters: 21-21, 42-33, 62-53, 81-71

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08-10-2006, 07:22 AM
Lions, Dolphins, Knights gain Final 4

The Philippine Star 08/10/2006

San Beda took lowly St. Benilde lightly and nearly paid dearly for it, needing an extra period to fashion out a come-from-behind victory over the stubborn Blazers, 55-48, yesterday and clinch the first slot in the Final Four in the 82nd NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Rogemar Menor, back after serving out a one-game suspension in a 77-60 win over San Sebastian last week, came through with his season-best 18 points as San Beda stretched its win run to eight and ninth overall in 10 games for the solo lead.

"He used that suspension as his motivation to play well, " said San Beda coach Koy Banal of his sophomore guard who was a former high school MVP.

"I’m just glad he played his best when the team played its worst," he added.

Making clutch plays at the end of regulation and in overtime, the Lions scrambled past Blazers, who pounced on the league leaders‘ uninspired game to seize control early and into the fourth quarter in a low-scoring ballgame.

With Martin Urra on the firing end, the Blazers gave the Lions a dose of their own defensive medicine, holding down the Mendiola-based cagers to a season-low three points in the first quarter while scoring 12 points of their own.

St. Benilde led by as many as 12 points, 31-19, early in the third quarter, before San Beda fought its way back to tie the count at 41-all.

Nigerian phenom Samuel Ekwe, who posted the league’s only triple-double effort in a win over Jose Rizal two weeks ago, scored as the Lions seized its first lead of the match, 43-41, with over two and a half minutes to go but couldn’t score the rest of regulation.

Last year’s finalist Philippine Christian U, on the other hand, also claimed an outright semifinal seat while giving defending champion Letran (8-1) a free-ride to the Final Four by downing San Sebastian, 81-71, in the second game.

Former Rookie-MVP Gabby Espinas scored 23 points to lead the Dolphins, who improved to 8-2. The Stags dropped to 3-7.

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08-10-2006, 07:22 AM
San Beda struggles to gain Final 4

PCU, Letran also advance to the next round

By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA
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SAN BEDA College and Philippine Christian University registered contrasting wins yesterday to barge into the Final 4, towing along idle defending champion Letran with them to leave only one slot open in the NCAA basketball tournament.


The Red Lions needed an extra five minutes to pull off a 55-48 decision over the College of St. Benilde Blazers while the Dolphins boomed with their offensive throughout to thump the San Sebastian College Stags, 81-71.

The Dolphins’ eighth win in 10 outings also gave the 8-1 Knights a free passage to the next round while putting the Stags’ bid in jeopardy.

The Stags fell to 3-7 and will need to win all their remaining games and hope that Mapua loses at least two of its remaining assignments to stay in contention.

The Cardinals occupy fourth position with a 5-4 slate.

Pushed to the corner following a sluggist start, the Red Lions leaned on the gutsy play of Ogie Menor to repeat over St. Benilde, 55-48, and claim the first semis berth in the NCAA basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The win was San Beda’s eight straight and 9th overall in 10 games, a feat that boosted the team’s bid to be the No. 1 team at the end of the two-round elims.

Though they have to work extra hard, coach Koy Banal was glad they had to experience this kind of game this early.

"Claiming the semifinal ticket has always been hard for a team. I have to give the credit to coach Caloy (Garcia) because he pushed us to the limit and remind us that there are still a lot of things to improve," Banal said.

The Red Lions did bend in the face of the Blazers’ spirited challenge but the Mendiola-based squad refused to crack – thanks to Menor.

Despite coming from a one-game suspension, Menor sparkled for 18 points, including a tough jumper early in overtime to fuel a searing run that stretched their winning run.

The Red Lions posted a whopping 16-point winning margin prior to the game which the Blazers controlled from the start.

With Martin Urra at the helm, the Blazers took an imposing 31-19 lead but the Red Lions slowly got back into the game through the efforts of Menor and Samuel Ekwe.

A triple by Menor and a drive by Ekwe gave the Red Lions a chance to win in regulation as they grabbed the lead, 43-41, with 2:32 remaining.

But after trading misses and turnovers, Gerald Layug breathed life to the Blazers when he knotted the count at 43-all with 54.8 ticks left. Both had chances to win before overtime but both teams missed several chances.

In the other seniors game, 2004 MVP Gabby Espinas led the Dolphins with 23 points and eight rebounds in what turned out to be a freethrow shooting contest between the two squads.

The Dolphins managed sank 24 of their 35 gift shots while the Stags made 22 of their 27 tries from the stripe.

Earlier, St. Benilde-La Salle Greenies stunned last season’s runner-up San Beda Red Cubs, 47-42, for their fourth win in nine matches.

The Red Cubs held on to the top spot with a 7-2 card.

The scores:


First Game (Juniors)

CSB 47 – Ferdinand 17, Dela Paz 11, Liwag 10, Carbonilla 8, Reyes 6, Bienvenida 6, Crespo 4, Sia 2, Guiao 0, De Guzman 0.

SBC 42 – Padilla 17, Lanete 10, Sevilla 10, Marcelo 10, Yulo 5, Ranises 4, Cruz 3, Lobaton 3, Cruz 3, Panaligan 0, Cua 0.

Quarters: 13-14, 34-26, 47-42, 47-42.

Second Game (Seniors)

SBC 55 – Menor 18, Escobal 9, Gamalinda 8, Ekwe 6, Hermida 5, Angeles 4, Maggay 3, Aljamal 1, Taganas 1, Canlas 0, Tecson 0.

CSB 48 – M. Urra 20, Robles 11, Layug 8, Aldover 4, Libunao 3, Manding 2, Cadiz 0, D. Urra 0, Devaras 0, Trillo 0, David 0, Johnston 0, Umias 0.

Quarters: 3-12, 17-27, 27-33, 43-43, 55-48 (OT).

Third Game (Seniors)

PCU 81 – Espinas 23, Castro 15, Navarro 12, Garrido 9, David 5, Amparado 4, Chien 3, Hermosa 3, McCoy 2, Belga 2, Graham 2, Javelona 1, Santos 0, Vidal 0, Salem 0.

SSC 71 – Viray 15, Vicente 15, Delgado 10, De Leon 10, Lindaya 8, Juan 7, Najorda 3, Ballesteros 3, Aquino 0, Quiamco 0.

Quarters: 21-21, 42-33, 62-53, 81-71.

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08-10-2006, 07:24 AM
Red Lions escape Blazers in OT
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San Beda College needed an extra period before pulling out a close 55-48 victory over season host College of Saint Benilde on Wednesday in the 82nd National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Ogie Menor, John Escobal and Alex Angeles combined for 12 points in overtime to secure the Red Lions’ 9th win in 10 matches.

Despite being held to just three points in the first quarter, San Beda became the first team in the eight-team tournament to gain a berth in the semifinal round.

"It has always been like this for me even in the PBA [Philippine Basketball Association], any team I handled had a really hard time making it to the semifinal round," said SBC head coach Koy Banal, also an assistant with Purefoods in the pro league.

"But I give credit to coach Caloy Garcia for a nice game against us today," added Banal, who steered the Lions to the Final Four in only his second year after leaving Far Eastern University. Frank Calapre

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The Scores:

First Game (Jrs.)

SAINT BENILDE 64—Ferdinand 17, De la Paz 11, Liwag 10, Carbonilla 8, Reyes 6, Bienvenida 6, Crespo 4, Sia 2, Guiao 0, De Guzman 0.

SAN BEDA 62—Padilla 17, Sevilla 10, Lanete 10, Marcelo 10, Yulo 5, Ranises 4, Lobaton 3, Cruz 3, Panaligan 0, Babilonia 0, Cua 0.

Quarters: 13-14; 34-26; 47-42; 64-62

Second Game (Srs.)

SAN BEDA 55—Menor 18, Escobal 9, Gamalinda 8, Ekwe 6, Hermida 5, Angeles 4, Maggay 3, Aljamal 1, Taganas 1, Canlas 0, Tecson 0.

SAINT BENILDE 48—M. Urra 20, Robles 11, Layug 8, Aldover 4, Libunao 3, Manding 2, Cadiz 0, D. Urra 0, Devaras 0, Sevilla 0, Trillo 0, David 0, Johnston 0, Umlas 0.

Quarters: 3-12; 17-27; 27-33; 43-43; 55-48.

***

Games Friday (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)

12 p.m. – JRU vs Letran (Jrs./Srs.)

4 p.m. – Perpetual Help vs Mapua (Srs.)

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08-11-2006, 09:45 AM
Knights take on Bombers, seek 9th win
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Already assured of a Final Four berth, defending champion Letran College now tries to earn one of two twice-to-beat incentives in the semifinals on Friday in the 82nd National Collegiate Athletics Association men’s basketball tournament.

The Knights shoot for their ninth win in 10 outings as they take on the unpredictable Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Riding the crest of a two-game winning streak, the Intramuros-based Letran five (8-1) hopes to sweep its head-to-head showdown with Jose Rizal U to gain a share of the lead anew with archrival San Beda College (9-1).

The Knights tackle the Bombers (2-7) at 2 p.m., followed by the 4 p.m. encounter between Mapua (5-4) and Perpetual Help (2-7).

Letran got a free ride to the semifinal round after its opponent in last year’s Finals, 2004 champion Philippine Christian University, defeated San Sebastian College 81-71 on Wednesday, also for its eighth win in 10 matches.

Still vying for the last playoff berth are the Cardinals, Stags (3-7), Altas and Bombers.

While the battle for the remaining semifinal seat gives a clear picture which team has the edge, it’s a tight race for the twice-to-beat advantage between the Lions, Knights and the Dolphins.

"It’s a tough race. We’re just half a game ahead of PCU and San Beda is also half a game ahead of us. So every game is very crucial, we have to step our play to the next level if we want to get that incentive," said Letran coach Louie Alas.

In their last game against the Altas, even Alas was puzzled with the way the Knights performed. He admitted during the post game interview that his team was "passive" and "lacks mental toughness."

Letran survived Perpetual Help’s attack with a 66-54 win, thanks PBA-bound Boyet Bautista (14 points) and Aaraon Aban (10 points), who came through with big baskets down the stretch.

The first time Letran met Jose Rizal U, the Bombers gave the defending titlist fits before the Knights came out with a nail-biting 74-70 win. Based on that game, Alas expects another close encounter with the Mandaluyong-based squad. Frank Calapre

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08-11-2006, 09:46 AM
Letran eyes lead share, Final Four incentive

The Philippine Star 08/11/2006

Assured of its spot in the Final Four, Letran now tries to close in on one of the two twice-to-beat incentive in the next round as it takes on Jose Rizal University even as Mapua goes all out to firm up its hold of the fourth and last semis berth against Perpetual Help in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Only the last semis spot is up for grabs after the Philippine Christian U Dolphins whipped the San Sebastian Stags, 81-71, Wednesday to clinch the third semis berth with the San Beda Red Lions (9-1) and the Knights (8-1) taking the first two.

But with the Dolphins just a shade in third with an 8-2 mark, expect the Knights to dish out their best game against the Bombers in their 2 p.m. encounter in a bid to boost their bid for the twice-to-beat incentive.

The top two teams after the double-round elims will gain twice-to-beat advantage against the third and fourth-ranked squads in the Final Four.

"Our focus now is to remain in the top two," said Letran coach Louie Alas. "But for us to accomplish that, we need to work harder and avoid being over complacent."

Alas could be referring to his team’s 74-70 triumph over Jose Rizal in their first round encounter last July 5.

And with Jose Rizal coming off a big 73-69 upset win over the Cardinals last week, the Knights could be in for a big surprise from the Bombers, who are trying to crash into the next round via backdoor. Jose Rizal is tied for sixth with Perpetual with 2-7 slates.

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08-11-2006, 09:47 AM
Top NCAA teams battle for positions
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Games Today (Ninoy Aquino Stadium) 12 noon — JRU vs Letran (Jrs/Srs) 4 p.m. — UPHD vs Mapua (Srs)


AFTER GETTING a free ride to the Final Four, now comes the hard part for the defending champions Letran Knights.

The Knights, who struggled in their last two games, try to boost their bid for a twice-to-beat privilege in the next round when they clash with Jose Rizal University in the NCAA basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

With an 8-1 win-loss record, the Knights are locked in a heated race with the league-leading San Beda Red Lions (9-1) and Philippine Christian University Dolphins (8-2) for one of the two incentives offered for the top two finishers after the elims.

The Knights advanced to the semis after the Red Lions and Dolphins scored contrasting wins over their rivals last Wednesday.

The Red Lions stretched their winning run to eight with a 55-48 overtime win over St. Benilde, while the Dolphins flexed their muscles just hard enough to beat San Sebastian, 81-71.

That also left four teams – Mapua (5-4), San Sebastian (3-7), University of Perpetual Help Dalta System (7-2) and JRU (2-7) to fight it out for the fourth and last semis ticket.

The Cardinals have an inside track for the last semis ticket but they have to beat the Altas first today. They square off at 4 p.m. after the 2 p.m. tussle between the Knights and Heavy Bombers.

For the Cardinals to clinch the last semis ticket, they must at least win three of their remaining five games.

Letran coach Louie Alas said they have to improve the mental aspect of their game to have a chance to defend their title.

"We’re winning but I’m not really satisfied. The boys were passive during our last two games. Ngayon na talaga lumalabas ‘yung mga inconsistencies ng mga players," Alas admitted. "Hindi pwedeng matamlay kami sa mga susunod na laro. We have to work hard and give it all on both ends of the court if we want to play in the finals again."

Pro-bound Boyet Bautista and Aaron Aban are again expected to carry the scoring load for the Knights. The two combined for 24 points the last time despite attending the PBA Rookie Camp early in the day. —Kristel SATUMBAGA

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08-11-2006, 09:48 AM
Knights seek share of lead vs Bombers



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Last updated 03:49am (Mla time) 08/11/2006

Published on page A23 of the August 11, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

WITH A Final Four seat safely tucked away, Colegio de San Juan de Letran can forget about San Beda College in the meantime.

The defending champion Letran Knights slug it out with the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers today, shooting for a share of the lead with the idle Red Lions in the National Collegiate Athletics Association senior basketball tournament.

Game time is 2 p.m. at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium with the Knights tagged as favorites to repeat, climb back in the company of first-round tormentor Lions, and move closer toward a top-two finish in the eliminations for a twice-to-beat semifinal incentive.

In solo second with an 8-1 card, the Knights are assured of advancing to the semifinals like the Lions and Philippine Christian University Dolphins.

The only things left to be decided in the eliminations are the final rankings and who finishes as the fourth-best team.

As things stand, Mapua Institute of Technology, at 5-4, has the inside track to board the last bus. The Cardinals can get closer to this goal when they collide with the dangerous University of Perpetual Help Altas in the other seniors match-up at 4 o’clock.

San Beda, which became a rock-solid force with 6-foot-8 Nigerian Samuel Ekwe manning the middle, is pacing the field at 9-1, while the Gabby Espinas-led PCU is in third place with an 8-2 card.

The San Sebastian College Stags (3-7) are the closest side to the fourth-running Cardinals at the moment with the Altas and the Bombers sharing 2-7 records.

Only the De La Salle-College of St. Benilde Blazers are out of it all with a 1-9 slate.

The only Letran loss came at the hands of San Beda, 57-49, at the end of the first round. It was a game that failed to live up to the classy hype it generated after Letran struggled throughout.

“Every game is very crucial,” Letran coach Louie Alas said.

“We have to step up if we want to go to the next level. We can’t afford to fall into lapses again.”

Another one of those lapses came in the first round against the still unpredictable Bombers.

But the Knights, who will be coming into this game seeking to extend a two-game win streak, were still fortunate to escape with a 74-70 victory. Musong R. Castillo

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08-12-2006, 07:59 AM
Knights back in first place


By FRANK CALAPRE, The Manila Times Correspondent
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Defending champion Collegio de San Juan de Letran exploded in the final half to beat Jose Rizal University, 70-55, Friday in the 82nd National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Pro-bound Boyet Bautista and Aaron Aban combined for 30 points, 18 in the last two quarters, to keep the 16-time champion Knights’ right on track in their quest for top spot and the twice-to-beat advantage entering the semifinal round.

With the win, its second over the Heavy Bombers, Letran is back on top with San Beda College with identical 9-1 win-loss slates. The Knights’ lone setback was to the SBC Red Lions, 49-57, in the first round on July 26.

"We gave more concentration on defense. That’s what I have seen that we need to improve more and the way I see it we can still do it in our last two matches," said Letran coach Loiue Alas, whose Knights have already been assured of a semis slot along with 2005 runner-up Philippine Christian University and San Beda College.

With Letran, PCU and San Beda making it to the Magic 4 even with still 12 playing days to go, only the last semis berth remain open for Mapua (5-4) and San Sebastian College-Recoletos (3-6), fourth and fifth placers, respectively.

Khiel Misa scored four of University of Perpetual Help Dalta System’s final four points to lift the Altas to a close 58-53 win over the Mapua Cardinals in the second game and rekindled their hope of a semifinal slot alive.

The three-year veteran Misa scored a game-high 22 points, 9 in the fourth period as the Altas gained a tie for fifth with San Sebastian College Recoletos at 3-7 win-loss slate.

Scores:

First Game (Jrs)

JRU (93)—Lituania 35, Kabigting 28, Cipriano 9, Sta. Cruz 7, Ungco 5, Pineda 5, del Rosario 2, K. Santos 2, Gabriel 0, S. Santos 0, Bejado 0, Escarta 0.

Letran (89)—Rosales 24, Wong 19, Ke. Alas 16, Munsayac 9, Gonzales 7, Javier 6, Kr. Alas 6, Alcayaga 2, San Jose 0, Ruiz 0, Azurin 0.

QS: 19-14; 45-30; 73-55; 93-89

Second Game (Srs)

Letran (70)—Bautista 16, Aban 14, Daa 12, Mondragon 11, Quinday 4, Balneg 4, del Rosario 3, Guevarra 3, Dangcal 3, Realista 0

Jose Rizal (55)—Wilson 13, Sena 10, Pradas 9, Hayes 7, Cagoco 7, Dedicatora 5, Se 2, Bucao 2, Nocom 0, Fenequito 3

QS: 12-21; 32-26; 56-39; 70-55.

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Games Monday (Rizal Coliseum)

12 p.m. – PCU vs JRU (jrs/srs)

4 p.m. - MIT vs CSB (srs)

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08-12-2006, 08:00 AM
Knights catch Lions at helm anew

The Philippine Star 08/12/2006

Letran shackled Jose Rizal with a full-court press in the second half to fashion out a runaway 70-55 victory yesterday for a share of the lead with San Beda in the 82nd NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Four Knights’ churned out double-digit scores with Boyet Bautista and Aaron Aban leading the charge with 16 and 14 points, respectively. But it was Letran’s pesky trapping defense that anchored their breakaway in the final half en route to catching the Red Lions at the helm again with their ninth win in 10 games.

"We’ve realized after the first round that defense will decide which team will win this season, that’s why we’re trying to improve on our defense," said Letran coach Louie Alas, who steered the school to the championship in 1998, 2003 and last year, in Filipino.

The Knights actually came out a bit sluggish, trailing the Bombers, 12-21, after the first quarter but picked up their bearing in the second to outscore their rivals, 20-5, and seize a 32-26 lead at the break.

Jose Rizal, which pushed Letran to the limit in a 70-74 setback in the first round, never recovered from that big blitz by the Knights, who ripped the game wide open behind Bautista and Aban and a stifling defense that broke several JRU offensives.

Bautista and Aban each scored five points in a 21-4 onslaught to turn that slim halftime advantage to its biggest lead of the game, 53-30, late in the third period.

The Bombers drew 13 and 10 points from John Wilson and James Sena, but top gun Floyd Dedicatoria struggled all game under Letran’s hard-nosed defense as they virtually bowed out of the Final Four race with their eighth loss against two triumphs.

In the other game, University of Perpetual Help kept its semifinal bid alive by repulsing Mapua Tech 58-53.

The Altas thus bounced back from a four-game losing streak to card a 3-7 slate while the Cardinals fell to a 5-5.

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08-12-2006, 08:01 AM
Knights down Bombers

Altas surprise Cardinals

By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA
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DEFENDING CHAMPION Letran College leaned on its courageous defensive plays yesterday to wallop Jose Rizal University, 70-55, and solidify its bid for one of two twice-to-beat incentives in the Final Four of the NCAA basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.


Criticized at times by their supporters for their seeming lack of mental toughness in their last four games, the Knights buckled down to business in the second quarter, rattling their opponents with a paralyzing full court press while scoring nearly at will behind brilliant transition plays.

Besides catching San Beda on top of the standings – for the fourth time – at 9-1, the Knights made coach Louie Alas happy with the result.

"I am pleased with the way we played defensively and how they delivered this time," Alas said.

"Compared to our last two games, we were able to limit our opponent’s point production while stepping up offensively at the same time. Maganda ang kinalabasan ng laro namin ngayon dahil labanan ng depensa ngayon sa liga."

In the other senior game, University of Perpetual Help Dalta System leaned on the end-game heroics of Khiel Misa to stun Mapua, 58-53.

Down by one, 52-53, Misa buried a booming triple and converted three charities in the final 16 seconds to snap the team’s four-game losing run and keep their flickering semis hopes alive.

The Altas improved to 3-7 while the Cardinals slipped to 5-5. Misa finished with 22 points and four assists.

No Cardinal, however, scored in double figures as Hermes Sumalinog could do only nine points. Their main men Joferson Gonzales and Kelvin Del Rosario finished with only eight and five points, respectively.

As expected, Boyet Bautista and Aaron Aban, who toughened their skills while playing for Toyota Otis in the PBL, sparkled again as the Knights pushed the Heavy Bombers on the verge elimination.

By absorbing their eight loss, the Bombers must win their last four games to have at least a chance of forcing a playoff for the last semis berth.

San Beda, Letran and Philippine Christian University have earlier booked their seats in the Final Four. The Dolphins have an 8-2 record.

The 5-foot-8 Bautista poured 13 of his 16 points in the last two quarters and collared four rebounds while Aban chipped in 14 points and six boards.

The Knights started tentatively, falling behind 12-21 at the end of the first quarter but one big explosion orchestrated by Bautista and Abad saw Letran taking a 32-26 lead – thanks to their bid defensive plays.

They even padded their lead to 53-30 as the Bombers fell into a maze of errors, and worse, they shot horribly from the field.

After settling down, the Bombers managed to close in at 51-61 through the efforts of Marc Cagoco, Floyd Dedicatoria and Mark Pradas. But Bautista stopped their comeback with a clutch basket with only 58 ticks left.

In the lone junior match, the JRU Light Bombers tripped the Letran Squires, 93-89, to improve their record to 53.

The Squires absorbed their ninth consecutive setback in as many games.

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08-12-2006, 08:01 AM
Knights choke Bombers; Altas shuffle Cards


By Musong R. Castillo
Inquirer
Last updated 01:43am (Mla time) 08/12/2006

Published on page A22 of the August 12, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

DEFENDING champion Colegio de San Juan de Letran held Jose Rizal University to five points in the second quarter yesterday before cruising to a 70-55 demolition of the Heavy Bombers for a share of the elimination round lead in the 82nd NCAA Senior basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Letran’s solid stand practically choked the opponents, thus confirming that coach Louie Alas, shaken by a lose to a bitter rival, has indeed started transforming his Knights into a defense-oriented outfit.

“That has become the trend in the NCAA,” said Alas, referring to how teams have improved their defense and how his high-scoring Knights were shut down by San Beda, 57-49, at the end of the first round two weeks ago.

“Look at how San Beda played us,” added Alas, known to be an offensive-minded tactician in his MBA and PBA days. “There’s still a lot of room for improvement as far as our defense is concerned. We need to control the strengths of our opponents.”

Pro-bound Boyet Bautista and Aaron Aban paced the Knights with 16 and 14 points, respectively, and small forward Fiel Daa came off the bench to add 12 with Hafer Mondragon scattering 11 as Letran pulled abreast of San Beda at 9-1.

The Knights, already assured of a Final Four stint, together with the Red Lions and the Philippine Christian University Dolphins, are expected to press harder in the next games as the top two elimination finishers will gain twice-to-beat semifinal bonuses.

Perpetual Help stepped up its bid for the last semifinal berth by tripping Mapua, 58-53, after getting the goods in the stretch from veteran Khiel Misa.

The sharp-shooting Misa had some crucial baskets to highlight his 22-point, four-rebound and four-assist effort as the Altas improved to 3-7.

From 12-21 down at the end of the first 10 minutes, the full-court press which Alas has been trying to perfect clicked, as succeeding scoring spurts gave the Knights a 32-26 bubble at the break.

The varsity scores:

First Game

LETRAN 70 -- Bautista 16, Aban 14, Daa 12, Mondragon 11, Quiday 4, Balneg 4, Del Rosario 3, Guevarra 3, Dangcal 3, Realista 0, Faundo 0.

JOSE RIZAL 55 -- Wilson 13, Sena 10, Pradas 9, Hayes 7, Cagoco 7, Dedicatoria 5, Se 2, Bucao 2, Nocom 0, Fenequito 0, Echane 0.

Quarters: 12-21, 32-26, 56-39, 70-55

Second Game

PERPETUAL HELP 58 -- Misa 22, Reyes 12, Bauzon 10, Mendoza 6, Kong 5, Galabin 3, Manuel 0, Lee 0.

MAPUA 53 -- Sumalinog 9, Gonzales 8, Co 8, Mazo 6, Pascual 6, Dela Pena 5, Del Rosario 5, Tiongco 2, Pascual 2, Palomique 2, Virata 0, Guillermo 0.

Quarters: 16-8, 31-27, 40-42, 58-53

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08-13-2006, 01:49 PM
Espinas boosts stock, gets NCAA Player of Week award
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Gabby Espinas once made history in the National Collegiate Athletic Association by winning the 2004 Most Valuable Player trophy and the Rookie of the Year award at the same time.

The 6-foot-4 Espinas recently made himself available for the 2006 Philippine Basketball Association Rookie Draft set on August 20 at the Market! Market! Mall in Taguig City and with his achievements, he will be highly considered as the top draft pick.

But even with all his success in the country’s oldest collegiate league, the forward from Philippine Christian University is still doing his best to prove to PBA teams he’s ready to play in the pro league.

During the past week, Espinas played an important role as the 2004 champion Dolphins, for the third consecutive season, made it to the Final Four of the 82nd NCAA men’s basketball tournament—earning the forward his second NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week honor.

PCU scored two victories to book a seat in the crossover semifinal, and they are in strong contention for one of the two twice-to-beat incentives.

In the Taft-based team’s 79-70 win over host College of Saint Benilde, Espinas played only 15 minutes after attending the PBA Rookie Camp in PhilSports early in the day and had a career-low one point.

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08-14-2006, 07:50 AM
Dolphins collide with JRU as hostilities resume
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The race for the two twice-to-beat incentives shifts to high gear as last year’s runner-up Philippine Christian University guns for its 9th against Jose Rizal University on Monday in the 82nd National Collegiate Athletic Association seniors basketball tournament at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

PCU, which won the crown in 2004, needs to win against the Heavy Bombers when they clash at 2 p.m. to at least remain a strong third in the 8-team tourney, won by Letran last year.

Riding the crest of a four-game winning streak, the Dolphins are favored against the rookie-laden Heavy Bombers, who could only muster a poor 2-8 win-loss card with only 8 playing dates to go.

On the other hand, after stunning losses to JRU (73-69) and Perpetual Help (58-53), Mapua tries to move closer to earning the last semifinal berth as it tackles host St. Benilde in the second match at 4 p.m. Frank Calapre

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08-14-2006, 07:51 AM
Dolphins seek win to get close to leaders

The Philippine Star 08/14/2006

Philippine Christian U and Mapua take on separate rivals today, each hoping to score a victory to boost their respective bids in the 82nd NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

The Dolphins battle the Jose Rizal U Bombers at 2 p.m., eyeing their ninth victory in 11 games as they try to keep their hopes alive for one of the two twice-to-beat incentives in the Final Four.

Streaking San Beda and defending champion Letran share the lead with 9-1 slates and are fancied to book the top two slots in the next round although the Dolphins remain hopeful of their chances to steal one of the two coveted berths.

The Cardinals, on the other hand, try to firm up their hold of fourth place as they collide with the St. Benilde Blazers in their 4 p.m. encounter.

With a 5-5 card, Mapua is two games ahead over San Sebastian and Perpetual Help, which both totes 3-7 slates in their battle for the last spot in the Final Four heading into the crucial phase of the elims.

However, Jose Rizal and St. Benilde, virtually out of the semis race with 2-8 and 1-9 cards, respectively, are expected to come out strong and play the spoilers’ role against their fancied opponents.

The Bombers must sweep their last four games and hope not one among the Cardinals, the Stags and the Altas surpass the six-win mark to gain a tie for the last semis slot.

But the Dolphins are out to keep their four-game streak going.

"We don’t want to stop now," said PCU coach Joel Dualan in Filipino. "But for us to do that, we need to keep on respecting our opponents and play harder."

But while PCU is hot, the same could not be said of Mapua.

Lacking the go-to guy despite boasting of an almost intact line-up, the Cardinals dropped three of their last four games, including a 53-58 setback to the Altas

Friday, that made the race for the last Final Four berth a little more interesting.

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08-15-2006, 08:42 AM
Cardinals stay at No. 4; Bombers up


By Marc Anthony Reyes
Inquirer
Last updated 05:23am (Mla time) 08/15/2006

Published on page A21 of the August 15, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

MAPUA Institute of Technology kept its firm grip of the last Final Four berth as the Cardinals walloped De La Salle-College of St. Benilde’s cellar-dwelling Blazers, 60-42, yesterday in the National Collegiate Athletics Association basketball tournament at the Rizal Coliseum.

The Cardinals improved to 6-5 as they maintained their three-game advantage over San Sebastian College (3-7), University of Perpetual Help (3-7) and Jose Rizal University (3-8) which created a minor stir by upending Philippine Christian University, 65-63, in the day’s first senior game.

Mark Pradas starred for the Bombers by scoring the game-winning triple with 2.9 seconds left.

Despite the loss, the Dolphins stayed in third place at 8-3 although they lost ground in their bid to finish in the top two and avail of the twice-to-beat incentive in the Final Four.

Defending champion Letran College, San Beda College and Mapua lead the field with identical 9-1 records.

Raymund Tiongco scored 15 points to lead the Cardinals on top of four rebounds and two assists, while Sean Co contributed nine points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Joferson Gonzales had eight points and 11 rebounds, while Neil Pascual chipped in four points and 11 rebounds for Mapua.

The Cardinals, who snapped a two-game skid, need just a win in their last three games against Letran, San Beda and PCU to clinch at least a tie for the fourth and last semifinal berth.

The Dolphins, who saw their four-game winning run cut short, blew a 52-42 advantage in the last quarter as Pradas joined hands with Mark Cagoco, who delivered 11 of his 18 points in the last period.

“We're still alive. Although our fate is not in our hands, we are hopeful this hard-praying team will pull through,” said JRU coach Ariel Vanguardia, who took over, just before the start of the season, a team that last reached the Final Four in 2001.

Floyd Dedicatoria also shone for JRU with 16 points, 10 rebounds, five steals, three blocks and three assists.

Floricel Guevarra scattered a game-high 20 points to lead the Baby Dolphins to a 68-60 win over the Light Bombers in the lone juniors game.

The Baby Dolphins improved to 7-2, while pulling down the Lighties to 5-4.

The scores:

First Game (Jrs)
PCU 68 -- Guevarra 20, Lansang 10, Degano 10, Navaja 7, Pascual 5, Importante 5, Anacta 4, Asucion 4, Delaten 3, Ibrao 0, Miranda 0, Faurillo 0, Bandal 0.

JRU 60 -- Lituania 19, Kabigting 14, Sta. Cruz 8, Gabriel 7, Santos 4, Pineda 3, Bejado 3, Cirpriano 2, Ungco 0, Del Rosario 0, Santos 0, Escarta 0.

Quarters: 20-15, 34-25, 52-42, 68-60

Second Game (Srs)
JRU 65 -- Cagoco 18, Dedicatoria 16, Pradas 8, Nocom 5, Wilson 5, Sena 4, Hayes 2, fenequito 2, Pria 2, Se 2, caspe 1, Bucao 0, Echane 0.

PCU 63 -- Espinas 14, Navarro 14, Amparado 9, Garrido 6, Santos 6, Hermosa 4, David 3, Salem 2, McCoy 2, Belga 2, Castro 1, Javelona 0, Graham 0, Vidal 0.

Quarters: 8-14, 21-27, 40-47, 65-63

Third Game (Srs)
MAPUA 60 -- Tiongco 15, Co 9, Gonzales 8, Dela Pena 7, Del Rosario 6, Mazo 6, N Pascual 4, Sumalinog 3, Migraso 2, J Pascual 0, Palomique 0, Guillermo 0, Acosta 0.

ST. BENILDE 42 -- Urra Jr 11, Sevilla 9, Johnston 6, Robles 5, Layug 4, Aldover 4, Manlapaz 2, Trillo 1, Libunao 0, Umias 0, David 0, Manding 0, Urra III 0, Devaras 0.

Quarters: 18-9, 27-22, 43-33, 60-42

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08-15-2006, 08:43 AM
Pradas triple fans Bombers slim hopes
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 08/15/2006

Mark Pradas buried a triple with two seconds to go as Jose Rizal shocked Philippine Christian U, 65-63, yesterday to keep its flickering Final Four hopes alive in the 82nd NCAA basketball tournament.

Mark Cagoco slashed through the PCU defense with the game clock winding down, then dished off the pass to Pradas, a rookie transferee from the University of the East, who flicked the game-winner that gave the Bombers what was only their third win in 11 games.

It was also Cagoco, in a team-up with Floyd Dedicatoria, who starred in the big JRU comeback in the last two minutes that saw the Bombers erase a five-point deficit and grab a 62-60 lead.

Cagoco finished with 18 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, while Dedicatoria tossed in 16 points he spiked with 10 rebounds, five steals, three assists and three shot blocks.

But for Jose Rizal to barge into the semis, the Bombers would need to sweep their remaining three games against Perpetual Help, San Sebastian and St. Benilde and hope fourth-running Mapua would post no more than seven wins.

"It’s not in our hands but we’re holding on that slim chance, nothing is impossible," said Jose Rizal coach Ariel Vanguardia.

Mapua, meanwhile, demolished St. Benilde, 60-42, in the second game to close in on the last Final Four berth with a 6-5 (win-loss) slate.

The Dolphins were in control almost all throughout, leading by 10 points twice in the first half, sitting on an eight-point cushion in the final quarter, 56-48, and holding to a 60-55 lead 1.45 minutes left in the contest.

But Jose Rizal, which last made the Final Four five years ago, fought back with a triple and a basket by Cagoco before Dedicatoria scored on a layup to snatch a 62-60 lead for the Bombers, 21 seconds left in the game.

The Dolphins regained a 63-62 lead on a triple by Derryl Santos 10 seconds later but Cagoco and Pradas came through with that two-man game at the buzzer.

The Dolphins took their third loss in 11 outings.

It was the Blazers’ 10th defeat against a triumph.

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08-15-2006, 08:44 AM
Bombers nip Dolphins to revive hopes


By FRANK CALAPRE
The Manila Times Correspondent
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Jose Rizal University leaned on Mark Pradas’ winning triple in the last 2.9 seconds as the Heavy Bombers upset Philippine Christian University, 65-63, in the 82nd National Collegiate Athletic Association seniors’ basketball tournament at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

The 6-foot-1 rookie Pradas received a pass from the driving Marc Cagoco in the left wing and connected the winning shot to keep the Heavy Bombers’ semifinal hopes alive.

JRU, which made it to the Final Four for the last time in 2001 during the time of Ernani Epondulan and Ariel Capus, is now tied with San Sebastian College-Recoletos and University of Perpetual Help with similar 3 wins each.

"We have to win our last three matches to gain at least a playoff for the last semis berth. I hope we can make it but there is a big chance because against Perpetual Help, St. Benilde and San Sebastian in the first round those were close matches," Jose Rizal coach Ariel Vanguardia said.

"I thank God for that last shot of Mark Pradas. At least now, we are holding on to that very slim chance. Pradas really is good, he is the young version of James Yap," said Vanguardia, former assistant coach of Joel Banal with Talk ’N Text in the Philippine Basketball Association.

Jose Rizal, which won its first and only NCAA title in 1972, struggled all throughout but erased a seven-point deficit on a fiery 7-0 run anchored on Pradas and Marc Cagoco that tied the match at 35-all, still 4:04 remaining in the third period.

PCU’s Gabby Espinas, the 2004 rookie-MVP, scored 8 in the Dolphins’ 12-5 rally to grab the lead, 47-40, a minute before the final quarter.

The setback, the Dolphins’ third in 11 matches, however, cast a sour note in their quest to grab the two twice-to-beat advantage in the semifinal round. Defending champion Letran and newly resurgent San Beda College are currently tied with identical 9-1 win-loss cards.

Mapua Institute of Technology, meanwhile, moved inch closer toward the Final Four as the Cardinals defeated host College of St. Benilde, 69-42, in the second seniors' game.

Raymundo Tiongco and Sean Co combined for 8 points in the fourth period to lead the Cardinals’ sixth win in 11 matches while the 2002 champion Blazers dropped to 1-10 win-loss slate.

Scores:

First Game (Jrs.)

PCU (68)—Gurvarra 20, Lansang 10, Degano 10, Navaja 7, Pascual E. 5, importante 5, Anacta 4, Asuncion 4, Delaten 3, Ibrao 0

JRU (60)—Lituania 15, Kabigting 14, Sta. Cruz 8, Gabriel 7, Santos 4, Pineda 3, Bejado 3, Cipriano 2, Santos K. 0

QS: 20-15; 34-25; 52-42; 68-60

Second Game (Srs.)

JRU (65)—Cagoco 18, Dedicatora 16, Pradas 8, Nocom 5, Wilson 5, Sena 4, Hayes 2, Fenequito 2, Pria 2, Se 2, Caspe 1

PCU (63)—Espinas 14, Navarro 14, Amparado 9, Garrido 6, Santos 6, Hermosa 4, David 3, Salem 2, Maccoy 2, Belga 2, Castro 1, Javelona 0

QS: 8-14; 21-27; 49-47; 65-63.

***

Games Wednesday (Rizal Memorial Coliseum)

12:00 p.m. – Letran vs SSC-R (Jrs./Srs.)

4 p.m. – San Beda vsUPHDS (Srs./Jrs.)

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08-15-2006, 08:45 AM
MIT improves Final 4 bid



By kristel satumbaga
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MAPUA MADE one big stride in its quest for the last Final 4 berth yesterday as the Cardinals spanked the St. Benilde Blazers, 60-42, in the NCAA basketball tournament at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.


Raymund Tiongco, taking the offensive cudgels, banged in 15 points to lead the Cardinals to their sixth win against five losses.

Joferson Gonzales complemented Tiongco with 11 rebounds, eight points and five assists as Mapua moved to within a win of cliaming at least a playoff for the fourth and last semifinals berth,

Defending champion Letran, San Beda and Philippine Christian University have earlier made the grade to the next phase and are in the thick of a separate three-team duel for the two twice-to-beat advantages in the Final 4.

The Blazers absorbed their 10th loss in 11 games.

In the other seniors match, rookie Mark Pradas boomed with a triple with only 2.9 seconds left as Jose Rizal University stunned the PCU Dolphins, 65-63, to keep its flickering hopes for a Final 4 berth alive.

The 6-foot-1 Pradas, a transferee from the University of the East, unleashed the game-winning basket off a pass from another newcomer, Marc Cagoco, to lift the Heavy Bombers to their third win in 11 games.

The Bombers now need to win their remaining three assignments and pray that the Cardinals lose all theirs and San Sebastian and University of Perpetual Help lose at least one of their last three games.

The Dolphins dropped to 8-3, jeopardizing their separate bid for a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final 4.

In the lone juniors match, the Baby Dolphins overpowered the Lighties, 68-60, to formally barge into the Final 4.

It was the eighth win in 10 games for the Baby Dolphins, who will now go for the twice-to-beat incentive in the next phase.

The loss was the fourth in nine games for the Lighties.

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08-16-2006, 07:48 AM
Letran, San Beda seek semis advantages
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Archrivals San Beda College and Letran College try to move closer to taking twice-to-beat incentives in the Final Four as they tackle separate foes Wednesday in the 82nd National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s basketball tournament at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

The league leaders clash against teams aiming to keep their semifinal bids alive, as the defending champion Knights meet the San Sebastian College Stags at 2 p.m., while the Red Lions collide against the University of Perpetual Help Altas at 4 p.m.

Tied with similar 9-1 win-loss cards, Letran and San Beda enjoy a two-and-a-half-game advantage over Philippine Christian University, which absorbed a stunning 63-65 loss to Jose Rizal University two days back.

The Dolphins dropped to 8-3 while the Heavy Bombers improved to 3-8, which still kept them in contention for the last Final Four berth against the 6-5 Mapua Cardinals and the 3-7 Altas and Stags.

After two close wins, the Intramuros-based Letran team finally displayed its deadly form particularly with its defense as it limited JRU to five points in the second quarter on its way to a convincing 70-55 win last Friday.

Now, the Knights are aiming for their fourth straight win and a season sweep of the Stags, whom they beat when they first met July 3, 81-73. "We’re already there especially on defense [against JRU]. The intensity is there, we just have to sustain it because San Sebastian is a very dangerous team and they’re out to keep their campaign alive," said Letran coach Louie Alas.

While Letran will rely on its probound play-maker Boyet Bautista and wingman Aaron Aban, San Sebastian, which lost its last three games, hopes to get big numbers from veterans Red Vicente, Jim Viray and Jimbo Aquino.

The Red Lions, on the other hand, gun for their ninth straight win and a repeat against the Altas following their first round win on July 19, 61-45. But San Beda will face a team fresh from a 58-53 win over Mapua.

"We can’t be complacent now because every win counts. We’re within reach our target of finishing at the top two, so we have to push ourselves harder to achieve that," said San Beda mentor Koy Banal.

Leading the Mendiola-based dribblers are veteran forward Yousif Aljamal and point guard Alex Aljamal, as well as rookies Sam Ekwe, the 6-foot-8 sensation from Nigeria, Pong Escobal and Borgy Hermida.

Perpetual Help will have Khiel Misa, Fritz Bauzon and big men Daryl Mendoza and Virgilio Manuel, who are expected to fill the void vacated by the injured forward Vladimir Joe (medial collateral ligament). Frank Calapre

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08-16-2006, 07:49 AM
Letran, SBC zero in on ‘incentives’

The Philippine Star 08/16/2006

Defending champion Letran and San Beda seek to solidify their place atop as the two take on San Sebastian and Perpetual Help, respectively, today in the 82nd NCAA basketball tournament at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

The Knights and the Lions are tied at the helm on 9-1 (win-loss) slates while the Stags and the Altas are at fifth spot on 3-7 cards.

A win for Letran and San Beda would push the two closer from clinching the twice-to-beat incentive in the Final Four while a loss would fan the hopes of San Sebastian and Perpetual Help of making the semifinals.

The Knights, the Lions and the Philippine Christian U Dolphins (8-3) have already made it through the semis, leaving the Mapua Cardinals, the Stags, the Altas and the Jose Rizal Bombers (3-8) in the chase for the last berth.

But for San Sebastian, Perpetual Help and Jose Rizal to stay alive, the three would need to sweep their remaining elimination round games and hope Mapua disintegrate.

Meaning, if the Cardinals beat the Knights next week, the Bombers would be out.

Another win over the Lions on Aug. 30 would do the same on the Stags and the Altas, completing the semis next.

But the way things are going, it looks like Letran and San Beda are teams on a mission.

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08-16-2006, 07:50 AM
Lions, Knights seek Final 4 playoff edge



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Last updated 03:24am (Mla time) 08/16/2006

Published on page A25 of the August 16, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

IT’S HARD to tell who is more motivated: The two teams inching toward a twice-to-beat bonus or the two clubs looking to keep their season hopes alive.

League leaders San Beda College and Colegio de San Juan de Letran may have the odds on their side as they hope to secure a crucial playoff edge against two lower-ranked teams in the National Collegiate Athletics Association men’s basketball tournament.

San Sebastian College and University of Perpetual Help, after all, have more to fight for in the senior varsity twinbill that starts at 2 p.m.

And the two coaches at the top of the rung expressed that same wariness.

“The intensity is there, we just have to sustain it because San Sebastian is a very dangerous team and they’re out to keep their campaign alive,” said Letran’s coach Louie Alas.

“We can’t be complacent now because every win counts,” said San Beda’s coach Koy Banal. “We’re within reach of our target of finishing at the top two, so we have to push ourselves harder to achieve that.”

If games were won on paper, Letran and San Beda should be very well on a strong march toward the top two and the twice-to-beat edge.

The Letran Knights defeated the Stags in their first encounter, 81-73, and San Sebastian is currently caught in a funk, having lost three straight games.

The San Beda Red Lions, on the other hand, carry with them the memories of a 61-45 rout of the Perpetual Help Altas in the first round. Worse, Perpetual goes into the match without starting forward Vladimir Joe, who injured his knee in his team’s last outing. Marc Anthony Reyes

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08-16-2006, 07:54 AM
Altas, Stags fight for NCAA survival



By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA
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UNIVERSITY OF Perpetual Help Dalta System Altas coach Bai Cristobal knows exactly what they need to do heading to their last four games.


"We need to keep on winning. There’s no more room for mistake," he said.

The Altas will try to keep their hopes alive for a trip to the Final Four when they meet co-leaders San Beda Red Lions today in the 82nd NCAA basketball tournament at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

"We need to push ourselves to the limit and hope that we won’t fall again," Cristobal added.

They also have to hope that the Red Lions will fall again. San Beda won their last eight games, the longest streak this season.

The Altas are trailing idle Mapua Cardinals by 2 ½ games in the race for the last Final Four slot.

The San Sebastian Stags are on the same boat as the Altas.

They dropped all their three games in the second round to fall below the cutoff line.

The Stags will meet the defending champions Letran Knights at 2 p.m.

The Knights and Red Lions, sporting similar 9-1 cards, and the Philippine Christian University Dolphins, toting an 8-3 mark, are already assured of tickets to the next round.

But the three are jockeying for two twice-to-beat advantages in the next round.

Both the Stags and the Altas need to sweep their last four games and hope that the Cardinals would lose two of their last three to force a playoff.

At least, the Altas are on high spirits before facing the fancied the Red Lions.

They beat the Cardinals last week, 58-53, to stay alive.

Unfortunately for both of them, the Knights and the Red Lions are also looking for something heading into the match. They are trying to inch closer to a twice-to-beat advantage.

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08-17-2006, 08:47 AM
Knights, Lions stay in step


By FRANK CALAPRE, The Manila Times Correspondent
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Defending champion Colegio de San Juan de Letran successfully repulsed San Sebastian College’ last-ditch rally to escape with a close 62-56 win Wednesday in the 82nd National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

Pro-bound Boyet Bautista and Aaron Aban scored five of the 16-time champion Knights’ final 10 points to remain on top of the NCAA standings, as they moved an closer toward claiming one of the two twice-to-beat advantages in the semifinal round.

As the Stags cut the deficit down to only four points, 58-54, the 5-foot-8 Bautista scored a fade-away jumper to bail the Knights out of trouble, 60-54, only 28.1 seconds remaining.

"We played relentless defense in the first 35 minutes, but in the last 5 minutes it seemed we were relaxing again. Good thing Boyet [Bautista] was there to finish the match in good terms," said Letran coach Louie Alas.

The San Beda College Red Lions later scored a masterful 77-57 win over the University of Perpetual Help Altas to stay in step with the Knights.

The win kept the Lions and Knights on top of the team standings with identical 10-1 (win-loss) cards, and widened their gap against Philippine Christian University (8-3) for the semifinal incentive.

As for the Stags and Altas, their respective semifinal hopes suffered a big blow as they dropped into a tie with the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers, all holding 3-8 cards.

With a slim chance of entering the semis, the three teams must win their last three games, and hope that the Mapua Cardinals (6-5) drop their remaining games against the top teams—the Knights on August 23, the Lions on August 30 and the Dolphins on September 6.

San Beda stretched its amazing winning streak to nine, as rookie guard Pong Escobal led a balanced attack with 13 points. Forward Yousif Aljamal and Ed Tecson chipped in 12 and 10, respectively.

In the juniors match, Ryan Buenafe scored 22 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead the defending champion Staglets’ 86-66 win over the Letran Squires in the first game.

The Scores:

First Game (Srs.)

LETRAN 62–Bautista 14, Aban 13, Daa 9, Dangcal 6, Quinday 6, Faundo 5, Mondragon 4, Guevarra 3, Balneg 2, Foronda 0, Realista 0, Jazul 0.

SAN SEBASTIAN 56–Viray 15, Vicente 9, Bulawan 7, Raymundo 6, Delgado 5, Juan 4, Najorda 4, De Leon 2, Ballesteros 2, Tioseco 1, Lindaya 1, Quiamco 0, Sagad 0, Aquino 0.

Quarters: 14-16; 33-21; 43-28; 62-56.

Second Game (Srs.)

SAN BEDA 77–Escobal 13, Aljamal 12, Tecson 10, Gamalinada 8, Evangelista 8, Menor 7, Ekwe 5, Maggay 4, Taupa 4, Angeles 3, Taganas 2, Antonio 1, Espinosa 0.

PERPETUAL HELP 57–Kong 11, Misa 10, Reyes 10, Bauzon 7, Lee 5, Manuel 5, Pertorbos 5, Mendoza 4, Racho 0, Galabin 0.

Quarters: 12-18; 36-28; 61-38; 77-57.

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08-17-2006, 08:48 AM
Knights, Lions draw closer to Final 4 edge
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 08/17/2006

San Beda and Letran College fashioned out contrasting victories over Perpetual Help and San Sebastian, respectively, to close in on the twice-to-beat incentives in the Final Four of the 82nd NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

The Lions, unrelenting in the third quarter run, smothered the Altas, 77-57, while the Knights needed to put their act together down the stretch to repulse the stubborn Stags, 62-56, as they remained tied on top with 10-1 (win-loss) records.

They thus built a two-game edge over Philippine Christian U, the only other team with a shot at one of the top two berths for the league’s twice-to-beat incentive in the semifinal round.

The Altas and the Stags fell to their eighth setbacks against three wins and into a three-way tie at fifth spot with the idle Jose Rizal Bombers.

Another loss though for either team or another win by the Mapua, in solo fourth with a 6-5 mark, would pave the way for the Cardinals’ entry to the next round.

Perpetual Help, San Sebastian and Jose Rizal play each other and St. Benilde in their last three games while Mapua closes out its last three assignments against the top three teams.

Pro-bound Boyet Bautista and Aaron Aban combined for 27 points, including clutch baskets in the fourth that defused the Stags’ late fightback.

"We were unrelenting in our defense in the first 35 minutes but we relaxed the rest of the way," said Letran coach Louie Alas, who hopes to steer the Muralla-based school to a fourth straight Final Four appearance.

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08-17-2006, 08:49 AM
Lions, Knights gain Final 4


By Marc Anthony Reyes
Inquirer
Last updated 04:10am (Mla time) 08/17/2006

Published on page A24 of the August 17, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

WITH A similar show of force, San Beda College and defending champion Colegio de San Juan de Letran officially secured two of the Final Four berths yesterday in the National Collegiate Athletics Association senior basketball tournament at the Rizal Coliseum.

The SBC Lions sized up the University of Perpetual Help Altas in the first quarter before unleashing their full might to score a 77-57 rout even as the Letran Knights showcased their vaunted defense before cruising to a 62-56 victory over San Sebastian College’s Stags.

The Lions and the Knights kept their first place tie at 10-1 with the Philippine Christian University Dolphins (8-1), now the only team with a chance of spoiling their bid for the twice-to-beat incentives reserved for the top two squads going into the semifinals.

The Lions allowed the Altas to take an early 12-5 lead before roaring to their ninth successive win.

Rookie point guard Pong Escobal led San Beda with 13 points, while veteran forward Yousif Aljamal added 12. Nigerian hotshot Samuel Ekwe wound up with five points but pulled down 10 rebounds as the Lions dominated the boards, 52-30.

The Knights allowed just five points in the second quarter and seven in the third to fashion out their fourth straight win.

San Sebastian and Perpetual both suffered their eighth losses in 11 games and must now win all their three remaining games to stay alive for a rubber match for the last Final Four berth.

“We simply forgot about our offense and worked hard on defense,” said Letran coach Louie Alas.

Earlier, the Staglets drubbed the Squires, 86-66, to score their sixth win against two losses. The Squires suffered their 10th loss in as many games.

In the nightcap, Richard Mojado came through with a three-pointer in the final 2.5 seconds as the Altalettes shocked the Red Cubs, 69-67. Perpetual improved to 3-6 while San Beda fell to 7-3.

The seniors scores:

Second Game

LETRAN 62 -- Bautista 14, Aban 13, Daa 9, Dangcal 6, Quinday 6, Faundo 5, Mondragon 4, Guevarra 3, Balneg 2, Jazul 0, Realista 0, Foronda 0.

SAN SEBASTIAN 56 -- Viray 15, Vicente 9, Bulawan 7, Raymundo 6, Delgado 5, Najorda 4, Juan 4, Ballesteros 2, De Leon 2, Lindaya 1, Tioseco 1, Sagad 0, Aquino 0, Quiamco 0.

Quarters: 14-16, 33-21, 43-28, 62-56.

Third Game

SAN BEDA 77 -- Escobal 13, Aljamal 12, Tecson 10, Evangelista 8, Gamalinda 8, Menor 7, Ekwe 5, Maggay 4, Taupa 4, Angeles 3, Taganas 2, Antonio 1, Espinosa 0.

PERPETUAL 57 -- Kong 11, Reyes 10, Misa 10, Bauzon 7, Perturbos 5, Manuel 5, Lee 5, Mendoza 4, Racho 0, Galabin 0.

Quarters: 12-18, 36-28, 61-38, 77-57.

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08-17-2006, 08:49 AM
Letran, San Beda all even

Knights subdue SSC Stags, Lions beat UPHD Altas

By kristel satumbaga
mb.com.ph


LETRAN COLLEGE and San Beda College downed their respective foes as expected yesterday to fortify their bids for twice-to-beat incentives in the Final Four of the 82nd NCAA basketball tournament at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.


The defending champion Knights repulsed the skidding San Sebastian Stags, 62-56, while the Red Lions tore the hapless Altas to shreds, 77-57, to claim their 9th straight win. Because the NCAA does not keep records, some say the streak is a San Beda record.


Overall, it was the 10th win for the Red Lions who won the first game and then lost the second. The victory kept them and the Knights tied for the lead at 10-1.

With their setbacks, the Altas and the Stags dropped into a share for fifth to seventh places with Jose Rizal University at 3-8 – their chances for the last semis berth now in peril.

As things stand now, Mapua looks secured at No. 4 with a 6-5 record. However, they must win one of teir remaining three games to advance into the next round.

Pro-bound Boyet Bautista and Aaron Aban led the Knights with 14 and 13 points, respectively, including clutch baskets in the fourth quarter to help the Muralla crew notched their fourth straight victory.

Hafer Mondragon and neophyte Fiel Daa shone on the defensive end with eight and seven boards, respectively, apart from conspiring for 13 points.

"We played relentless defense in our first 35 minutes, pero medyo lumuwag noong last five minutes.

Good thing nandoon sina Boyet (Bautista) and Aaron (Aban) para tapusin ang laro," said Letran coach Louie Alas.

The Stags rallied from a 30-45 deficit to close in at 54-59 and set the tone for a wild finish. But Bautista rose to the occasion, burying in a huge basket to the finally take the sting out of the Stags.

The troika of John Escobal, Yousif Aljamal and Ed Tecson came through with decent numbers again as the Red Lions reaffirmed their dominance over the Altas who offered just little resistance.

Escobal, a rookie with a fighting heart of a grizzled veteran, topscored for the Red Lions with 13 points, while Aljamal and Tecson added 12 and 10 markers, respectively.

After a sluggish first half performance where they fell behind 12-18, the Red Lions came out smoking in the second quarter by tallying 24 points that enabled them to take control of the game, 36-28.

With almost everybody contributing a little of everything, San Beda pulled away for good midway in the third quarter.

In the junior play, Ryan Buenafe powered the San Sebastian Staglets to a convincing 86-66 victory over the Letran Squires and post their sixth win in nine outings. The Squires, despite Julius Wong’s 26 points, remained winless in 10 games.

The scores:

First Game (Juniors)

SSCR 86 – Buenafe 22, Del Rio 10, Sikat 10, Zulueta 8, Tagoc 8, Juan 7, An. Bringas 6, Ar. Bringas 5, Nasayao 3, Soledad 2, Carlos 2, Penaflor 2, Delgado 1, Empleo 0, Mamaril 0.

LETRAN 66 – Wong 26, Rosales 14, Kr. Alas 10, Gonzales 5, Ruiz 4, Munsayac 3, Ke. Alas 2, Azurin 2, San Jose 0, Walthern 0, Alcayaga 0, Javier 0.

QUARTERS: 21-16, 46-29, 73-39, 86-66.

Second Game (Seniors)

LETRAN 62 – Bautista 14, Aban 13, Daa 9, Dangcal 6, Quinday 6, Faundo 5, Mondragon 4, Guevarra 3, Balneg 2, Jazul 0, Realista 0, Foronda 0.

SSCR 56 – Viray 15, Vicente 9, Bulawan 7, Raymundo 6, Delgado 5, Najorda 4, Juan 4, Ballesteros 2, De Leon 2, Lindaya 1, Tioseco 1, Sagad 0, Aquino 0, Quiamco 0.

QUARTERS: 14-16, 33-21, 43-28, 62-56.

Third Game (Seniors)

SBC 77 – Escobal 13, Aljamal 12, Tecson 10, Gamalinda 8, Evangelista 8, Menor 7, Ekwe 5, Maggay 4, Taupa 4, Angeles 3, Taganas 2, Antonio 1, Espinosa 0.

UPHD 57 – Kong 11, Misa 10, Reyes 10, Bauzon 7, Lee 5, Manuel 5, Pertubos 5, Mendoza 4, Racho 0, Galabin 0.

QUARTERS: 12-18, 36-28, 61-38, 77-57.

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08-18-2006, 07:47 AM
Stags, Altas and Bombers fight for lives
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Three teams fighting for life square off Friday in the 82nd National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

Jose Rizal University, University of Perpetual Help and San Sebastian College-Recoletos, all tied with 3-8 win-loss records, have only one goal: win or go home.

The Stags appear to have a better chance of winning when they meet tailender and season host College of Saint Benilde at 2 p.m.

The Perpetual Altas and JRU Heavy Bombers collide at 4 p.m.

With still six playing days to go, already assured of outright Final Four berths are defending champion Letran and San Beda, on top with identical 10-1 cards. Just two wins behind is 2005 runner-up Philippine Christian University (8-3) at third.

JRU, Perpetual Help and San Sebastian need to win their last three games to earn at least a playoff berth against Mapua Tech, which is in solo fourth at 6-5.

Mapua’s remaining games are against Letran on August 23, San Beda on August 30 and PCU on September 6. Should the Cardinals win any of these matches, the other three will be left out in the cold. Frank Calapre

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Games Friday (Rizal Memorial Coliseum)

12 p.m. – San Sebastian vs Saint Benilde (Jrs./Srs.)

4 p.m. – Perpetual Help vs Jose Rizal (Srs./Jrs.)

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08-18-2006, 07:48 AM
Bombers, Altas clash in vital match

The Philippine Star 08/18/2006

Jose Rizal U and Perpetual Help try to hang on to the slimmest of hopes in their backdoor bid to crash the Final Four cast as they clash today in the 82nd NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

Tied for fifth alongside the San Sebastian Stags with 3-8 (win-loss) slates, the Heavy Bombers and the Altas tangle at 4 p.m. with the winner staying in the hunt for the fourth and last berth although their chance would still depend on the Mapua’s performance in the last three games.

The Cardinals enjoy a two-and-a-half game over the Bombers and the Altas with a 6-5 mark and only a victory in their last three games would formalize their stint in the semis and slam the door shut on either Jose Rizal or Perpetual.

The Stags, on the other hand, face the ousted St. Benilde Blazers at 2 p.m

Already assured of the Final Four berths are defending champion Letran and San Beda, which share the lead with 10-1 marks. The Knights and the Red Lions are two wins away from gaining the twice-to-beat incentives.

The Philippine Christian U Dolphins are lurking behind with an 8-3 card

JRU, Perpetual Help and San Sebastian face a must-win situation to earn at least a playoff berth although they must also hope that Mapua drops its three matches.

Mapua’s remaining games are against the top teams, Letran on Aug. 23, San Beda on Aug. 30 and PCU on Sept. 6.

"Although it’s not in our hands, I’m still optimistic we can make it to the semifinals. But of course, we have to win our remaining games to stay alive," said JRU coach Ariel Vanguardia.

JRU is coming off a moral-boosting 65-63 win over PCU last Monday and will face a Perpetual side still reeling from a 57-77 loss to San Beda the other day. The Altas however, nipped the Bombers, 78-77, in their first round meeting.

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08-18-2006, 07:48 AM
Do-or-die tiff for Altas, Bombers



Inquirer
Last updated 03:37am (Mla time) 08/18/2006

Published on page A26 of the August 18, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

IT’S A no-tomorrow match for three teams while the fourth squad tries to play the role of spoiler as the schools with the worst records mix it up today in the National Collegiate Athletics Association men’s basketball tournament at the Rizal Coliseum.

With identical 3-8 slates, Jose Rizal University and University of Perpetual Help clash for the right to stay in the hunt for the fourth and last Final Four berth at 4 p.m.

San Sebastian College, also at 3-8, can’t afford to lose when they tangle with the doormat De La Salle-College of St. Benilde at 2 p.m.

Mapua Institute of Technology seems to have a lock on the remaining semifinal berth with its 6-5 record.

As things stand, the Cardinals can lose their three remaining games and still qualify outright, unless one of the 3-8 teams matches Mapua’s six-win card by winning its last three outings.

Already in the semifinals are San Beda and Colegio de San Juan de Letran, both 10-1, and Philippine Christian University which is running third at 8-3.

However, they cannot afford to relax since the top two slots, which will be rewarded with twice-to-beat incentives in the Final Four, have yet to be decided.

The Blazers, this year’s hosts but who are a mere shadow of the 2000 champion team, will enter the game minus the pressure that is expected to bear heavily on the Stags, who are desperate to end a four-game losing spell.

St. Benilde has lost its last eight assignments and is raring to avenge its 89-85 loss to San Sebastian in the first round.

The Altas-Bombers tussle is an even match.

The Cardinals’ last three games are against Letran on Aug. 23, San Beda on Aug. 30 and PCU on Sept. 6. Marc Anthony Reyes

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08-18-2006, 07:49 AM
Wins essential for 3 NCAA teams



By kristel satumbaga
mb.com.ph


THERE ARE no more second chances for San Sebastian College, University of Perpetual Help and Jose Rizal University.



Tied for fifth place to seventh places at 3-8, San Sebastian, Perpetual and JRU need to win their games today to stay in the hunt for the fourth semis berth in the NCAA basketball tournament at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

Problem is, two of them will clash against each other.

The Stags collide with the also-ran College of St. Benilde Blazers at 2 p.m., hoping that Lady Luck will smile on them to keep their flickering hopes alive.

But for the Altas and Heavy Bombers, their 4 p.m. showdown could be a war.

Defending champion Letran College, San Beda College and last season’s runner-up Philippine Christian University have already advanced into the next phase after occupying the top three seats since the start of the second round.

The Knights and Red Lions are tied for the lead at 10-1, while the Dolphins tote an 8-3 card.

With a 6-5 mark, the Mapua Cardinals appear to be standing on solid ground to claim the last Final Four ticket.

"It’s not yet over for us. We’ll still be fighting until there is a chance and we’re not going to give up," said JRU’s Ariel Vanguardia, who is hoping to steer the Heavy Bombers to a Final Four stint right on his first year as coach.

Though most of his players are young and inexperienced, Vanguardia believes they’re peaking just at the right time as proven by their stunning win over the Dolphins the last time.

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08-19-2006, 09:17 AM
Altas, Stags score, keep flickering hopes alive


By Marc Anthony Reyes
Inquirer
Last updated 01:36am (Mla time) 08/19/2006

Published on page A21 of the August 19, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

UNIVERSITY of Perpetual Help and San Sebastian College staved off outright elimination by hurdling their respective foes last night in the National Collegiate Athletics Association men’s basketball at the Rizal Coliseum.

The Altas took the tougher route, fetching some endgame brilliance from Fritz Bauzon and Ronald Reyes to defeat Jose Rizal University, 67-66, for their fourth win in 12 games.

Earlier, San Sebastian also remained in contention after downing host De La Salle-College of St. Benilde, 68-63, ending a four-game losing streak for the Stags.

The Stags, desperate to make the Final Four in the 11th hour, now have four wins against eight setbacks and will still have to hurdle Jose Rizal on Aug. 20 and Perpetual Help on Sept 1 to keep that hope alive.

“It’s a very slim chance but that’s the only thing we have,” said SSC coach Raymond Valenzona.

As crucial as the victories may have been for both squads, their hopes are also largely pinned on idle Mapua Institute of Technology, which needs just one more victory to seal the Final Four cast -- one that will not include the Stags and the Altas.

The Heavy Bombers appeared to have a win in their hands when Floyd Dedicatoria and John Wilson came through with back-to-back baskets to give them a 66-65 edge with just 17 seconds.

But Bauzon stripped Wilson of possession in the ensuing play and then hit a slicing Reyes in the lane for a 67-66 edge, 11 seconds to play.

In junior play, the Staglets secured a Final Four slot after downing the CSB-LSGH Greenies, 66-58. It was their seventh win in nine games, while CSB-LSGH absorbed its sixth loss in nine outings.

Meanwhile, another controversy threatened to rock the league after questions were raised over the eligibility of Jose Rizal guard Jeff Pria.

The varsity scores:

Second Game

SAN SEBASTIAN 68 -- Viray 12, Delgado 11, Bulawan 10, Ballestros 9, Raymundo 9, Lindaya 7, De Leon 5, Vicente 2, Ampatuan 2, Sagad 1, Najorda 0, Aquino 0, Juan 0.

ST. BENILDE 63 -- Sevilla 16, Urra Jr 7, Robles 7, Manding 5, Johnston 5, Layug 4, Cadiz 4, Aldover 4, Manlapaz 3, Libunao 3, Urra III 2, Devaras 2, Trillo 0, Umias 0, David 0.

Quarters: 13-14, 26-25, 47-45, 68-63

Third Game

PERPETUAL 67 -- Bauzon 19, Misa 15, Lee 15, Reyes 10, Mendoza 7, Perturbos 1, Manuel 0, Galabin 0, Racho 0.

JOSE RIZAL 66 -- Wilson 19, Dedicatoria 14, Sena 11, Cagoco 11, Pradas 6, Fenequito 3, Hayes 2, Bucao 2, Nocom 1, Echane 0, Caspe 0, Pria 0.

Quarters: 18-20, 33-31, 49-46, 67-66

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08-19-2006, 09:18 AM
Stags, Altas fuel last-ditch drives
By Nelson Beltran
The Philippine Star 08/19/2006

Perpetual Help and San Sebastian kept their flickering Final Four hopes alive with victories over Jose Rizal and St. Benilde, respectively, in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament yesterday although these could go for naught in the event a rookie Bomber is found ineligible to play.

The Stags rapped the Blazers, 68-63, while the Altas nipped the Heavy Bombers, 67-66, to remain tied for fifth with 4-8 (win-loss) slates behind the fourth-running Mapua side (6-5). But the Cardinals could clinch the outright berth in the semis if JRU’s rookie Jeff Pria is found to have failed to establish the one-year residency rule before playing for the school.

At the moment, the NCAA management committee awaits a formal protest or request for inquiry on Pria’s status. Mapua, however, looks poised to lodge the protest.

Reports said Pria, though enrolled as a high school senior, suited up for Perpetual Help-Biñan in the NCAA South seniors level last year, thus failing to satisfy the one-year residency rule at JRU.

If the NCAA mancom declares Pria ineligible and consequently reverses JRU’s victories, Mapua will improve its record to 7-4 and automatically gain the fourth and last seat in the semifinal round.

"As of now, it’s all hearsay. We’re still awaiting the formal protest," said NCAA mancom chairman Bernie Atienza.

JRU mancom representative Delfin Asistio said there’s no specific provision regarding this case in the league by-laws and thought they didn’t violate any rule in fielding Pria.

The Heavy Bombers denied the Cardinals outright entry into the Final Four with a 73-69 upset last Aug. 4.

Assured of slots in the Final Four are Letran (10-1), San Beda (10-1) and Philippine Christian U (8-3).

But despite the possibility of futility of it all, the Stags worked hard to repeat over the Blazers and jack up their record to 4-8.

Jim Viray, Franz Delgado and Gilbert Bulawan scored in double figures, leading the SSC assault against the Blazers who went reeling with their 11th defeat against a lone win.

Gari Sevilla scattered 16 points in the second half to pace the Blazers.

Viray, Delgado and Ballesteros themselves delivered the key baskets in the payoff period to finish off St. Benilde.

The Heavy Bombers eventually bowed out of contention for the Final Four in their heartbreaker of a loss to the Altas. They had a chance to win the game but Mike Bucao missed a prayer of a shot at the buzzer.

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08-19-2006, 09:19 AM
Stags repeat over Blazers 5


By FRANK CALAPRE, The Manila Times Correspondent
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San Sebastian College-Recoletos reaffirmed its mastery over season host College of Saint Benilde, 68-63, on Friday to keep its hopes for a semifinal slot alive in the 82nd National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

Jim Viray, Franz Delgado and Gilbert Bulawan helped hold the 2000 champion Blazers scoreless for over five minutes midway through the fourth period as the Stags snatched their fourth win in 12 matches.

San Sebastian is now just two wins away from fourth placer Mapua Tech, which is toting a 6-5 card in the elimination phase. The Stags hope the Cardinals don’t win another game while they sweep their last two matches to force a playoff for the last semis slot.

"Our problem is we don’t have a good center. What’s good is we were able to execute our game plan," said SSC-R coach Reymund Valenzona.

Winning their next two games is not far-fetched, according to the young Valenzona, because they play the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers on August 30, whom they have beaten 95-86 in the first round. Their other match is against University of Perpetual Help on September 1.

"We have still a chance. I hope Mapua loses its last three matches especially since they will be facing the big teams like San Beda College, Letran and PCU," added Valenzona, who replaced his father Arturo on the Stags’ bench this season.

Scores:

First Game (Jrs.)

SAN SEBASTIAN (66)—Buenafe 20, Del Rio 10, Bringas An. 8, Nasayao 6, Tagoc 6, Sikat 5, Zulueta 3, Bringas Ar. 2, Soledad 2, Penaflor 2, Carlos 2, Delgado 1

SAINT BENILDE (58)—Bienvenida 15, Liwag 10, Ferdinand 9, Guiao 5, Carbonilla 4, Reyes 4, Sia 4, Crespo 3, de Guzman 2, de la Paz 2, Raganas 0

QS: 27-10; 41-25; 51-42; 66-58

Second Game (Srs.)

SAN SEBASTIAN (68)—Viray 12, Delgado 11, Bulawan 10, Ballesteros 9, Raymundo 9, Lindaya 7, de Leon 5, Vicente 2, Ampatuan 2, Sagad 1, Najorda 0.

SAINT BENILDE (63) – Sevilla 16, Urra M. 7, Robles 7, Manding 5, Johnstone 5, Layug 5, Cadiz 4, Aldover 4, Manlapaz 3, Libunao 3, Urra D. 2, Devaras 2, Trillo 0,

QS: 13-13; 26-25; 47-49; 68-63.

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Games Wednesday (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)

2 p.m. – Letran vs Mapua (Srs.)

4 p.m. – San Beda vs PCU (Srs./Jrs.)

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08-19-2006, 09:19 AM
Stags, Altas boost bid



By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA
mb.com.ph




SAN SEBASTIAN College and University of Perpetual Help came through with scrambling victories yesterday to keep their semifinals bids alive in the NCAA basketball tournament.



The Stags rose to the occasion in the final canto to down tailender College of St. Benilde, 68-63, at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum while the Altas formally ousted Jose Rizal University with a 67-66 win.

The wins were the fourth in 12 outings for both the Stags and the Altas, keeping the fire burning in their quest to tie idle Mapua for the fourth spot in the next round.

The two schools, however, need to win their last two remaining matches while praying that the Cardinals lose all their three assignments to forge a playoff for the final Last 4 berths.

In the event of a triple tie for fourth, the team with the best quotient gets a bye and will duel the winner between the two teams with inferior quotient for the coveted berth. A two-way tie for the No. 4 position will result in a do-or-die game for the two teams.

St. Benilde absorbed its 10th consecutive setback, while JRU kissed its Final Four campaign goodbye with a 3-9 slate.

The San Sebastian win also snapped the Stags’ four-game losing run and this was made possible by the heroics of Jim Viray, Franz Delgado and Gilbert Bulawan.

Viray paced the Mendiola-based squad with 12 points and eight rebounds while Delgado and Bulawan chipped in 11 and 10 markers, respectively.

Down by four, 51-55, in the final stretch, the Stags exploded a 12-0 bomb to wrest the lead for good, 61-55, two minutes and 10 seconds to go. This proved enough cushion for the Stags, who coasted along until the final buzzer.

In the other game, a drive by sophomore Ronald Reyes in the final 11 seconds sealed the win for Perpetual, which battled the Heavy Bombers to three lead changes and two deadlocks in the final period.

Fritz Bauzon led the Altas with 19 points while Khiel Misa and Lee came through with 15 points each.

Meanwhile, the NCAA Management Committee announced that it will only act on the questioned eligibility of JRU pointguard Jeff Pria when a formal complaint is lodged.

Reports said that the Leyte-native neophyte Pria played for the Perpetual Help-Biñan in the NCAA South tournament last year before joining the Heavy Bombers this season.

In the junior division, the defending champions Staglets downed the La Salle-St. Benilde Greenies, 66-58, for a double celebration for San Sebastian.

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08-20-2006, 12:20 PM
Viray, Bauzon shine to keep their teams afloat in NCAA



Inquirer
Last updated 07:45am (Mla time) 08/20/2006

Published on page A24 of the August 20, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

THEIR exploits may well be too late, but San Sebastian’s Jim Viray and Perpetual’s Fritz Bauzon are doing their best to keep their respective teams afloat so far.

With their schools dangling dangerously off the Final Four fringes, Viray and Bauzon displayed never-say-die spirit in leading the embattled squads to fresh victories last week.

For the feats, they garnered the nod of the media to become the joint Players of the Week of the NCAA men’s basketball.

Viray’s claim to the plum was his 12-point performance that enabled San Sebastian to hurdle tough-fighting St. Benilde (68-63). The spike-haired swingman also added eight rebounds to his stats as the Stags registered their fourth win in 12 games.

“We can always count on Jim at crunch time,” said SSC rookie coach Raymond Valenzona. “His energy in the court almost always rubs off to his teammates, and he’s setting a good example being one of the veterans of the team.

On the other hand, flashy guard Bauzon was instrumental in Perpetual’s 67-66 triumph over Jose Rizal also last Friday.

“Bauzon really gave his best in that game against JRU. He made several big shots, and although he missed two crucial free throws, we can’t deny his determination to win,” said Perpetual Help coach Bai Cristobal.

Bauzon hit 19 points in that game and grabbed seven rebounds. But his biggest contribution proved to be that big swipe off the hands of JRU rookie John Wilson with 11 seconds remaining.

The tale of two heroes, however, could last only until Mapua gets into action on Wednesday. The Cardinals can end all complication by winning just one of the three remaining games and completing the Final Four cast with early qualifiers San Beda, Letran and Philippine Christian University. Marc Anthony Reyes

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08-23-2006, 09:11 AM
Final Four placings at stake in today’s NCAA
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By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA

MAPUA SHOOTS for the last Final 4 berth today while early semifinalists Letran and San Beda go for twice-to-beat incentives as the NCAA basketball tournament reaches the homestretch at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The Cardinals, already assured of at least a playoff for a semifinals seat, try to clinch the coveted slot when they battle the Knights of Letran at 2 p.m. while the Red Lions tangle with the Philippine Christian University Dolphins at 4 o’clock.

A victory by both the Knights and the Red lions will give them the benefit of two chances for two finals berths while relegating the Dolphins to the No. 3 spot and putting the Cardinals’ entry into the Final 4 on hold.

Victories by both the Knights and the Lions are expected.

The Knights are in a four-game roll, capped by a 62-56 win over San Sebastian last week.

And while the Dolphins gave the Red Lions their only defeat, a 70-66 decision in the opener, San Beda won nine straight games after that.

San Beda Coach Koy Banal, who missed that game, will now plot the Red Lions’ fight for a revenge win.

Banal, as usual, will rely on mainstay Yousif Aljamal and rookie Samuel Ekwe to anchor his team.

A repeat by the Dolphins is not remote since PCU is aching to gain that twice-to-beat incentive and a victory today will boost their bid. The Dolphins carry an 8-3 card.

Likewise, an upset win by the Cardinals is not far-fetched as they are trying to leave idle Perpetual Help and San Sebastian outside the circle.

"We don’t want to prolong this agony because we don’t need that added pressure in our last game. Matindi pa rin ang susunod naming kalaban," Mapua mentor Horacio Lim bared.

The Cardinals will have the Red Lions as their final opponent in the eliminations.

Lim will bank on last season’s Rookie of the Year Kelvin dela Peña and veteran Joferson Gonzales to carry the fight for the Cardinals.

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08-23-2006, 09:13 AM
Knights, Lions gun for win No. 11, semifinal bonus
Inquirer
by Marc Anthony Reyes
Last updated 05:30am (Mla time) 08/23/2006

Published on page A22 of the August 23, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

DEFENDING champion Colegio de San Juan de Letran and San Beda College try to take one step into the twice-to-beat domain when they take on separate rivals today in the National Collegiate Athletics Association men’s basketball at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Victories by the co-leaders, which hold 10-win, 1-loss slates, would assure them of at least a tie for the coveted incentive in the semifinals.

The Letran Knights go up against the Mapua Institute of Technology Cardinals at 2 p.m. before the San Beda Red Lions collide with the Philippine Christian University Dolphins at 4 p.m.

But that won’t be easy as Letran and San Beda are taking on squads raring to better their standings in the elimination round.

The Knights, however, have the momentum for having beaten the Cardinals in the first round, 74-71.

Mapua coach Horacio Lim said they have made adjustments after that game and it’s up to his boys to execute the plans he made on the floor.

“We don’t want to waste our chance, we need this win to make the semifinals,” said Lim, whose charges need only to win one of their last three assignments to reach the semifinals and quash the hopes of San Sebastian College and University of Perpetual Help.

Other than the twice-to-beat incentive, the Red Lions are raring to get back at the Dolphins, who beat them in the first round.

That time, the Red Lions led most of the way only to tumble at crunch time and lose, 66-70. They missed coach Koy Banal, who had to rush to Purefoods’ game in the Philippine Basketball Association Finals as one of the Giants’ assistant coaches.

San Beda has won all its nine games after that shocker.

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08-23-2006, 11:35 AM
Knights, Lions test virtual Final 4 foes

The Philippine Star 08/23/2006

Defending champion Letran and archrival San Beda meet Mapua and Philippine Christian U, respectively, at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium today in what could be a preview of the NCAA Final Four.

It’s crucial outings with the Knights and the Lions seeking to cement their spots at the top, the Dolphins still in chase of the twice-to-beat incentive and the Cardinals looking to clinch the last semis slot.

The Knights and the Cardinals go at it at 2 p.m., while the Red Lions and the Dolphins clash at 4 p.m. The San Beda Red Cubs and the PCU Baby Dolphins test each other’s mettle in the lone junior game at 6 p.m.

With similar 10-1 (win-loss) cards, Letran and San Beda, teams with a seething rivalry, could claim the incentives given to the top two teams at the end of the eliminations and avoid complication.

However, the Knights and the Red Lions are up against dangerous and determined teams aiming to boost their respective campaigns.

The Dolphins, although three games behind the frontrunners with an 8-3 record, are not yet out of the race for twice-to-beat, while the Cardinals hope to finally make it to the crossover stage of the tournament.

A victory by Mapua will end the Final Four bids of both San Sebastian and Perpetual Help, currently tied with 4-8 cards and are hoping for the Cardinals to drop their remaining three games.

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08-23-2006, 11:36 AM
Letran, SBC try to claim twice-to-beat perks
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As the Final Four draws near, two exciting matches could very well decide which team gets the twice-to-beat incentives and the last playoff berth.

Defending champion Letran College and archrival San Beda College try to cement their spots at the top two leading to the semifinals on Wednesday as they take on Mapua Tech and Philippine Christian University, respectively, in the 82nd National Collegiate Athletics Association men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The Knights and the Cardinals go at it at 2 p.m., while the Red Lions and the Dolphins clash at 4 p.m. The San Beda Red Cubs and the PCU Baby Dolphins test each other’s mettle in the lone junior’s game at 6 p.m.

With similar 10-1 (win-loss) cards, Letran and San Beda—which have a long, heated rivalry—could avoid complications by claiming the incentives given to the top two teams at the end of the eliminations.

However, the Knights and the Red Lions are up against dangerous and determined teams aiming to boost their own campaigns.

The Dolphins, although three games behind the frontrunners with an 8-3 record, are not yet out in the race for the twice-to-beat edge, while the Cardinals hope to complete the Final Four, the tournament’s crossover stage.

Frank Calapre

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Games Wednesday (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)

Volleyball

8 a.m. – SSC vs. Perpetual Help (M/W)

Basketball

2 p.m. – Letran vs. Mapua (Jrs.)

4 p.m. – San Beda vs. PCU (Srs./Jrs.)