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

kryptonite
06-29-2006, 03:31 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.)

oca
06-29-2006, 08:39 AM
Paano na lang ang PCU kung wala si Castro...He was a workhorse at both ends of the court. He even registered a block on Menor. Hanep yon! More than Espinas, Castro is the key to the Dolphins campaign this season 82.

MonL
06-30-2006, 07:32 AM
Paano na lang ang PCU kung wala si Castro...He was a workhorse at both ends of the court. He even registered a block on Menor. Hanep yon! More than Espinas, Castro is the key to the Dolphins campaign this season 82.


Kaya lang.... he flubbed all his four(?)* free throws in the latter part of the fourth. A take-charge focal-point guy who hits from downtown ought to knock down uncontested free throws. That may tell later on.

oca
06-30-2006, 09:42 AM
Paano na lang ang PCU kung wala si Castro...He was a workhorse at both ends of the court. He even registered a block on Menor. Hanep yon! More than Espinas, Castro is the key to the Dolphins campaign this season 82.


Kaya lang.... he flubbed all his four(?)* free throws in the latter part of the fourth. A take-charge focal-point guy who hits from downtown ought to knock down uncontested free throws. That may tell later on.


Actually, I would give credit to San Beda for those missed FT by Castro.

San Beda did a good job of defending against him and for 3-qtrs-and-a-half they made Castro work harder on defense. Fatigue took its toll, IMO, the reason Castro missed those charities.

But even if Castro flubbed them, he did well on other aspects of the game for full 40 minutes. While his counterparts in red and white where nowhere seen or heard in the final 6 minutes - when it mattered most.

The opposition should very well take note, that beating PCU is about solving the problem that is Castro. Espinas has not been his assertive self these first 2 games, yet the 1st was a close defeat and the second was a close win.

In short, PCU remains competitive and could even win for as long as Castro performs his role at the backcourt, even if Espinas performs below expectation.

Now, think about it... What if Espinas starts showing true form?

LION
06-30-2006, 10:16 AM
"Of all the teams that stand in the way of SBC's championship aspirations in the 82nd season of the NCAA, it is the PCU Dolphins that I am really worried about.* PCU is strong because of Espinas and Castro. Add supporting players such as the vastly improved Belga and the unpredictable Solis and you have a team that will strongly contend for the championship.

Sam Ekwe, Chris Taupa, Aljamal and JR Taganas are solid defenders and they can neutralize Espinas.

Our guards however will find it hard to keep up with Castro who is really quick and strong for his position. He can beat any team with his outside shooting and penetration.*

I* hope that Koy is ready for Espinas and Castro."



I wrote that in the Worst to First thread on 2 May 2006.


Last Wednesday, our bigs neutralized Espinas but our guards could not catch up with Castro.

LION
06-30-2006, 10:17 AM
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kryptonite
07-01-2006, 02:50 AM
Dolphins turn back Stags for lead; Blazers score

By Marc Anthony Reyes
Inquirer
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

oca
07-15-2006, 04:42 PM
Paano na lang ang PCU kung wala si Castro...He was a workhorse at both ends of the court. He even registered a block on Menor. Hanep yon! More than Espinas, Castro is the key to the Dolphins campaign this season 82.


Castro was virtually absent against Letran. He may have "came in late". When he did, the Knights had built enough cushion.

Really, PCU making it to the title series is not about Espinas and Castro.

It is just Castro....