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06-22-2006, 04:20 AM
UAAP crown UE’s ‘ultimate goal’

By REX A. R. SAN DIEGO II, The Manila Times Correspondent

Fresh from their conquest of the 2006 Nike Summer League-Father Martin Cup championship, the University of the East Red Warriors have their sights trained on their bigger, "ultimate" target: the University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball crown.

With their masterful domination of the San Sebastian College-Cavite Hawks in the finals, the Recto-based squad is touted among the favorites to win UAAP Season 69’s centerpiece event.

And with De La Salle University’s one-year suspension from the league in effect, it seems the path to glory is wide open.

But UE coach Dindo Pumaren was quick to play down his team’s chances.

"On paper, we may be one of the stronger teams. But I still believe that Far Eastern University and the Ateneo remain as the teams to beat," noted Pumaren, himself a member of championship teams during his playing days with DLSU.

"[Both] Ateneo and FEU have solid game players. And as always, FEU has a steady six-player rotation year after year," observed Pumaren, on his third year as bench tactician for the Warriors.

Known as "The Bullet" during his Philippine Basketball Association days, the coach also gave credence to the defending champion Tamaraws’ consistency—even with the exodus of its key players.

"Even with [Arwind] Santos and [Mark] Isip gone, I’m sure FEU remains competitive. Their coaching staff has done a great job the past years on this," he pointed out.

The Warriors, now bannered by the youthful corps of Marcy Arellano, Bonbon Custodio, Jorel Canizares and Mark Borboran, see the twice-to-beat incentive as a key to their plans.

"Our initial target is to return to the Final Four. But we have raised our goals [for] this year to getting into the Top 2 so we can enjoy its benefits," shared Pumaren, whose squads have barged into the Final Four for consecutive years but came up short each time.

Last year they had the misfortune of running smack into—and losing to—eventual champions FEU in their semifinal duel.

"When we were ranked third and fourth the past two seasons, we had very little room for error, and we simply lacked the energy to win close games. We couldn’t get through," he lamented.

But a change in his players’ attitude has surfaced of late.

"The players themselves said that we will go all out for the Top 2 slots. I believe we have better chances to making it to the finals that way," he said.

It’s not surprising to see the Warriors exhibit a sense of urgency, and play the game at a frenetic pace these days.

Pumaren himself has brought along this philosophy to the team since his appointment as bench tactician.

"I tried to emphasize the value of the running game since I came here. So I look for players who are quick, athletic and possess good discipline, which to me are very important," he explained. "And now, even during regular practices, I see in my players the energy and the passion for the game and their commitment to our team goal."

Sure enough, the Warriors reflect their coach’s persona. They employ a game-long, court-to-court press, an effective strategy they used to the hilt in capturing the 2006 Nike Summer League and the Micaba titles, the latter against Mapua Institute of Technology.

"That’s our primary defensive strategy. That’s why I always have a small guy on the floor to harass the other team’s guards. That’s why I have many guards in my rotation," explained Pumaren.

"The Father Martin Cup gave my boys wonderful opportunities to improve our game. Our matchups against bigger teams and at times smaller, faster teams gave us great preparation. But all this will mean less if we don’t win the UAAP," he said.

06-22-2006, 05:52 PM
Mukhang llamado nga ang UE sa UAAP ngayong taon. Maganda pinakita nila sa HAIL at sa FMC. Gumaling sina Elmer Espiritu at Jorel Cainizares. May apat silang beterano-pero-rookie ngayon na pinamumunuhan nina Hans Thiele at Jun Bandaying. At siempre - kahit dinadaan sa protesta ng iba - nariyan pa din sina Mark Borboran at Bon Custodio, kasama ni Marcy Arellano.

Kumpleto at malalim ang koponan ng Red Warriors, at mukhang walang team na hindi nila kaya ngayong taon, lalo pa't wala ang Lasalle. Sana lang hindi maunang yabang ng UE, at garantisadong 'yan ang sisira sa kanila hindi pa man nagsisimula ang bakbakan. Baka akala nila porke maganda pinakita nila sa ibang liga ganun pa din ang mangyayari sa UAAP. Ibang-iba ang laban sa UAAP.

Buo ang loob ko na kaya namang rendahan ni Coach Dindo Pumaren ang mga bata niya, sa tulong na din ni Coach Gido Babilonia. Matitinik na manlalaro ang dalawang mama na ito nung panahon nila, ngayon masusubukan kung nadala nila sa pagiging coach ang kagalingan nilang iyon. Madali kasing unahan ng yabang ang player at koponan kapag hindi magandang hawak ng coach sa mga bata niya.

06-28-2006, 05:45 PM
Wang-bu, sino yung rookie nyo na galing Baste na si Llagas? Ano ang first name niya?

06-28-2006, 08:04 PM
UE's been playing pretty well.

Now, if only they can teach the dogs new tricks.

06-30-2006, 02:04 AM
Can anyone from UE share the Red Warrior's line-up for season 69?

06-30-2006, 02:10 AM
Rookie-laden Warriors favored to win it all
from: www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=43068 (http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=43068)

University of the East is tabbed as a heavy favorite to win the coming University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball crown after ruling three preseason tournaments.

Coach Dindo Pumaren, however, is not biting that idea, saying the race for the UAAP crown this year will be a wide-open one.

"How can we become favorites if we have six rookies in our lineup?" said Pumaren, on his third year as a coach of the Red Warriors, this year’s tournament hosts.

"Maybe the other coaches are saying that because we won the three preseason tournaments, but the other UAAP teams did not field their strong teams," he added.

UE, which lost to Far Eastern University in the Final Four last season, captured the titles in the Home and Away League, Father Martin’s Cup and the Micaba this summer, the reason why his Red Warriors are seen as a very dangerous team in the coming season.

Those leagues gave his junior players and incoming rookies the experience they needed to develop a winning attitude. Pumaren also likes his lineup this season because it gives him some tactical flexibility.

"I can play small, I can play big," stated Pumaren, who is working doubly hard to not disappoint UE, which besides being this year’s host is celebrating its silver anniversary this year.

Gone are point guard Earl Saguindel, Angelus Raymundo and trusted sixth man Luis Palaganas, but he brought in promising neophytes who got a taste of collegiate basketball before.

One of them is 6-foot-4 Hans Thiele from Aklan who played for the Philippine School of Business Administration along with the 6-foot-3 Lawrence Briones, who will also suit up for the Red Warriors this season.

Other newcomers are 5-foot-9 point guard Raffy Reyes and 6-foot-3 forward Barry Llagas from San Sebastian College and Zamboanga City finds Jun Bandhaying and Rudy Linganay.

They are expected to play backup to mainstays Marcy Arellano, Bonbon Custodio, Mark Borboran, Jorel Canizares, Elmer Espiritu and James Martinez.

"When I went here three years ago, my promise to the school that in three years time, I will form a team that can compete for the championship," said Pumaren. Joel Orellana

07-01-2006, 02:41 AM
Past UE Warriors invited to opening


University of the East will highlight the opening of the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) season with its traditional "Palabas" at the Araneta Coliseum.

A dazzling show of music and dance that is centered on the theme "Achieving Excellence in Sports Through Unity Harmony and Commitment," will be performed by some 150 physical education students of the host university, including members of the UE Dance Troupe.

The dance numbers will be choreographed by UE cultural department director Gener Caringal.

Former UE Warrior Robert Jaworski has been invited to be the keynote speaker but it’s not yet sure whether he will attend the ceremony. The former senator is reportedly in the United States.

Also invited are past UE basketball heroes from the 50s until the mid-80s headed by Virgilio "Baby" Dalupan, the architect of Warriors’ dynasty from 1955 to 1971.

Dalupan steered the Warriors to 12 UAAP championships, including a record seven straight from 1965 to 1971, and six national inter-collegiate titles.

Others invited are Pilo Pumaren, Constancio Ortiz Jr. and Roberto Flores of the 50s fame, Roehl Nadurata and Jimmy Mariano of the 60s, Rudolf Kutch, Rudy Soriano, Johnny Revilla and Virgilio Abarrientos of the 70s, Allan Caidic and Jerry Codiñera of the 80s and new heroes James Yap, Paul Artadi and Ronald Tubid.

07-02-2006, 01:30 PM
From ubelt.com:

University of the East Red Warriors

2005 win-loss record: 10-5 (4th)
Head coach: Ferdinand Pumaren
Additions: G Fhadamir Bandaying, C Lawrence Briones, G Rudy Lingganay, C Llagas, and C Hans Thiele
Subtractions: F Jonathan Babilonia, G Jerome Lapena, F Luis Palaganas, C Angelus Raymundo, and G Earn Saguindel

Marcellino Arellano 5’10”
Fhadamir Bandaying 5’11”
Mark Borboran 6’3”
Lawrence Briones 6’4”
Jorel Canizares 6’2”
Bonifacio Custodio 5’10”
Elmer Espiritu 6’3”
Kelvin Gregorio 6’4”
Robert Labagala 5’8”
Rudy Lingganay, Jr. 5’9”
Barry Llagas 6’4”
James Martinez 5’11”
Paulo Napo 6’6”
Hans Thiele 6’4”

Projected starting five: Robert Labagala, Bonifacio Custodio, Marcellino Arellano, Mark Borboran, and Hans Thiele

After knocking on the door of the UAAP finals but getting frustrated in the Final Four the past four years, the time certainly seems ripe for the UE Warriors to go all the way this time around. And coach Dindo Pumaren expects nothing less.

“Oh, for sure, for sure. I’ll be disappointed if we don’t make it to the Finals this year,” Pumaren told ubelt. “Our first goal, though, is to get the twice-to-beat advantage. Kasi, the past two years (under him), we were either third or fourth, so this year we need to finish in the top two. From there, we’ll aim to get into the Finals.”

The Warriors certainly have the tools to make a serious run, and many have tabbed them as among the top two teams this season along with Ateneo. Pumaren agrees. “Ateneo is solid and has the experience. They’ll be tough this year. But we’ll be right up there.”

UE should have enough tools and experience to get by the defending champions from FEU, at least when you talk about the Final Four seedings. If they can finish among the top two, it would be a major psychological boost to them, since it has been FEU that has eliminated them in the Final Four over the past three years. Each time, the Tamaraws held the twice-to-beat edge, and each, time, they disposed of the Warriors in one game.

UE is coming off an impressive off-season run, having bagged the inaugural Home-and-Away league last February as well as the recently concluded Fr. Martin Cup. But winning offseason tournaments is hardly a consolation, much less an indication of a team’s performance in the UAAP itself. And the Warriors themselves should know. Between 2002 and 2003, they won the inaugural Champion’s League and the Fr. Martin, among others, but still came up short in the Final Four.

Leading the charge will be the troika of offguard Bonbon Custodio, power forward Mark Borboran, and swingman Marcy Arellano. The three were UE’s top point-makers last season, combining for 32.9ppg, or nearly half the team’s output, with Custodio leading the way with 11.5.

Custodio is one of the league’s best when it comes to beating a defender off the dribble. He has a nice pull-up jumper and a good range from the outside. On defense, he was good enough to lead the league in steals last season, averaging 2.2 per game. Joining him the back court is third-year guard Rob Labagala, a serviceable but not spectacular court general who normed 4.5 points and 2.5 assists per game last season and whose best offensive move is a medium-range jump shot within 15 feet.

Borboran best represents UE’s slew of athletic big men. At six feet three inches, the forward from JRU can hit it from afar as effectively as he can maneuver in the post. His only drawback is his laziness on defense, where he has trouble guarding a chair. Swingman Arellano, perhaps the team’s best jump shooter, is expected to continue hitting those threes from the corner to stretch the defense.

The center spot is rather intriguing. You have Hans Thiele, a six-four reed-thin transferee from PSBA, and six-six cardboard cut-out Paulo Napo as the team’s only true centers. Thiele gave a good account of himself in the FMC, and he should get the nod to start, particularly since Napo isn’t expected to improve on his 1.2ppg average last season.

More often than not, though, expect Pumaren to play Borboran at center, with last year’s rookie sensation Elmer Espiritu and fellow sophomore Kelvin Gregorio alternating at the four spot. Quality minutes off the bench at the four and five positions are also expected of six-four enforcer Barry Llagas, yet another transferee, this time from San Sebastian Cavite, and Lawrence Briones, still another transferee from PSBA. Swingman Jorel Canizares is another athletic scorer who can also help off the boards, where he averaged 4.3 rpg last season despite only 15 minutes’ playing time.

The back court rotation, meanwhile, consists of James Martinez, who is poised to be a major scorer off the bench this season after seeing limited action last year, plus rookies Fhadamir Bandaying and Rudy Lingganay.

Overall, this team is nine-deep in its rotation. My only comment is perhaps the number of transferees on its roster. Yes, conventional wisdom will tell you that a 19-year-old rookie with some experience will contribute more than a 17-year-old fresh out of high school. But how many of these guys will stick around for more than three years, if that long? I’m just not sure if you can instill school spirit in a bunch of players who keep on transferring schools. You get the impression that the transferees only think of the UAAP as just another place to play for a couple of years before they move on. How many of them were really there for all those heart-breaking seasons that UE had to endure, experiences that strengthen a player’s resolve to win it all? Take a look at their roster and you’ll see that not a single player played alongside James Yap, who hasn’t been gone four years yet. But still, they should make good on Pumaren’s wish of getting the twice-to-beat advantage. They have too much talent not to, never mind school spirit.

07-04-2006, 08:40 AM
Solid UAAP caging crown a shot for UE Warriors
Posted: 3:35 AM | Jul. 04, 2006
Jasmine W. Payo

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Published on page A22 of the July 4, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

BY NOW, the University of the East Warriors have become accustomed to the pre-season hype as the title favorites this season.

There's no question that the Warriors have the talent, depth and experience to win it all in the UAAP men's basketball tournament, which begins July 8.

And the anxiety of meeting all high expectations isn't lost on UE coach Dindo Pumaren.

"Compared to past seasons, the expectations on UE have never been higher and the players are aware of that," said the third-year mentor. "But we try not to be distracted. We know our team is competitive this year, but we still have to get past strong teams like Ateneo and FEU (Far Eastern University)."

While Pumaren would like to tone down the early plaudits, the Warriors remain the experts' choice following their unbelievable run this summer.

In the last four months, UE bagged the championship crowns in the Home and Away League, the Micaba and the Fr. Martin's Cup -- three tough pre-season tournaments that featured the top collegiate squads in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Leading the Warriors are returnees Bonbon Custodio, last season's top scorer at 11.5 points per game, forward Mark Borboran and wingman Marcy Arellano. Also boosting the Warriors' solid core are sophomore big men Elmer Espiritu and Jorel Cañizares, shooter James Martinez and senior point guard Robert Labagala.

"UE is not a one-man squad," said Pumaren. "But of course, the skills and leadership of Bonbon, Mark and Marcy will be crucial in this team."

Hans Thiele, a 6-foot-4 walk-in recruit from Aklan province, is the best among the Warriors' talented bunch of rookies.

"They're thriving in our system," said Pumaren of his six freshmen. "Of course, they have to earn their minutes, but they're all working hard."

Pumaren added that the Warriors, who lost to champion FEU in the Final Four last season, will continue to hit the floor running.

"Our advantage will still be our speed, our quickness," said Pumaren. "But we have to be consistent. I've been telling my players that even if we sweep the pre-season tournaments, it doesn't stop there.

"They should continue to show the aggressiveness they displayed over the summer."

07-07-2006, 11:46 AM
UE eyes title on school’s 60th year

As the University Athletic Association of the Philippines enters its 69th season this year, the University of the East hosts the country’s premier collegiate league for the eighth time overall—and has prepared elaborate opening rites to kick off the event beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.

UE’s latest UAAP hosting stint comes at a momentous period in the university’s history, with 2006 marking its 60th Foundation Anniversary—its Diamond Jubilee, which is also being commemorated through a variety of grand activities.

UE’s sports teams have scored several victories prior to the start of the new UAAP season. These include the individual victories of UE athletes in the 23rd Southeast Asian Games, which in turn contributed to the country’s first overall championship in the event last December.

UE athletes earned several medals, including eight gold bagged by seven athletes.

Leading UE’s achievements in the 68th UAAP season’s seniors division were the respective championships of its men and women’s fencing teams—the fifth league championship for the men’s team, the first for the women’s team.

In the last UAAP season, UE for the first time earned the overall championship in the juniors division, sealed in part by the respective first-place finishes of its chess team, boys’ and girls’ volleyball teams, table tennis team and girls’ swimming team.

UE high-school student and chess prodigy Nelson Mariano III even won the juniors division’s Athlete of the Year, his second consecutive award.

Besides anticipating the Season 69 exploits of these athletes—plus those of UE’s other players in badminton, basketball, football, gymnastics, judo, lawn tennis, softball, swimming, table tennis, tae kwon do, track and field, and volleyball—all eyes will be on the UE Red Warriors.

The men’s basketball team is hoping to replicate its recent trio of tournament victories: in last March’s Home and Away Invitational League and in the Nike Summer League-Father Martin’s Cup and the Manila Inter-Club Amateur Basketball Association tournaments, which both concluded last month.

The opening rites of UAAP Season 69 will feature grand performances by the UE Dance Troupe and special guests such as Robert Jaworski, the former senator and Philippine basketball’s living legend—a distinguished UE graduate and a famous Red Warrior.

07-09-2006, 11:56 PM
sana wag naman maging overconfident ang warriors. sana they won't underestimate every opponent. sana yung pinakita nilang galing nung mga nakaraang championship games na pinanalo nila sa FMC, HAIL and MICABA ganun parin o mas higitan pa nila. sana walang maging mayabang at sobrang tiwala sa sarili. sana maging champion narin tayo this season, since 60th year na ng UE and UERMMMC. God bless you guys! kahit na mga medicine, PT and nursing students from UERMMMC suportado namin kayo. pray hard and have faith! i'll catch your games if im not so busy with school works and clinical duties! ;)

Sam Miguel
07-10-2006, 01:46 PM
UE certainly got off to a rousing start by clobbering the always-indifferent Adamson Falcons on opening day. But UE tends to coast too much, not unexpected of course given their depth and talent. However it would be good to see them finishing off opponents with everything they've got. They could have easily taken a 30-point win over Adamson the way the Falcons were (not) playing that day.

07-10-2006, 05:47 PM
pari llgas pero his real name is narciso llgas... he's the former teamate of my friends from bste cavite. According to them he's pretty good raw.

07-11-2006, 06:11 AM
Every team that played last Saturday had opening jitters. Even if it wasn't the performance everybody expected from UE, the important thing is that they scored a win. I really like the way Labagala and Arellano play. Labagala defends well and runs the offense much better than Martinez, who seems too preoccupied with maintaining his hairdo so that he looks good on video when he finally makes that basket he's constantly looking for. Arellano executes plays run for him excellently and rarely forces the issue like Custodio who seems too enamored with himself. Labagala and Arellano make their teammates look good by getting the job done efficiently. Martinez and Custodio are more concerned with focusing the attention on themselves and getting pogi points.

09-04-2006, 06:35 PM
Mukhang may tulog mga bata ko a... lintek na pagkatalo sa UP nung huli. Ano kayang nangyari dun...? Sa kasalukuyan tila yata pahirapan ang aming pag-angat lampas Final 4. Mabigat pa manding kaaway ang Ateneo sa Finals.

Kid Cubao
09-04-2006, 07:41 PM
wag kang mag-alala. halata namang nag-relax ang UE matapos talunin ng UST ang adamson--dahil dun, ligtas ang kanilang twice-to-beat advantage. they tried winning without bon-bon, but it failed. congrats to UE, for bagging 2nd seed in the playoffs, and UP, for winning its season ender.

09-04-2006, 08:19 PM
Oks lang yan Wang-Bu halatang medyo tinamaan ng psychological complacency mga bataan mo dahil twice-to-beat na. Gusto din manalo talaga kaso medyo nabawasan yung mental edge. Anyway, ito naman inaasahan natin di ba our teams at the one and two positions (di lang alam number #1). Yung mga papasok sa 3rd and 4th mukhang mahihirapan teams natin pero tingin ko mas ok tsansa niyo kung FEU makakalaban kasi medyo kuha na ninyo numero nila. Yun nga lang may tamang defending champions yan eh so baka di pa din ganun ka dali.

09-05-2006, 10:00 AM
Mukhang may tulog mga bata ko a... lintek na pagkatalo sa UP nung huli. Ano kayang nangyari dun...? Sa kasalukuyan tila yata pahirapan ang aming pag-angat lampas Final 4. Mabigat pa manding kaaway ang Ateneo sa Finals.

Sang-ayon ako, may tulog sa F4 ang UE. Kahit sino pa ang makatapat nila.

Their defense is "one- dimensional". Yun na lang lagi. Sa dalas ng paggamit nila ng press, nakasanayan na yan ng mga kalaban. Sa offense naman, except for Custodio, no other player can create opportunities for himself and the rest.

Kaya, kung ako yung kalaban, if I am able to handle UEs press, I prevent them from scoring off turnovers and in transition, then I solve half of UEs offensive game.

Unless they do something different, I wouldn't be surprised if they don't make it to the finals.

Buti na lang at may twice-to-beat advantage ang Warriors. Kahit kabisado sila ng kalaban, hirap pa rin makadalawa sa kanila.

09-05-2006, 02:01 PM
Sa mga huling laro medyo atrasado nga ang UE...
...kaya siguro paghahandaan nila ang laro nila sa Sabado kontra Ateneo.
Statement game kumbaga. "Heto na kami!"

09-09-2006, 07:09 PM
a nice statement game from the warriors.. sana pagpatuloy nila yung ganun na laro nila pero wag sila papahabol.. :)

09-13-2006, 10:56 AM
no bearing game n nga niluluto pa

09-13-2006, 11:08 AM
"Nice statement game from the warriors." Hahaha!

09-15-2006, 08:39 PM
UE better not be fooling itself into thinking they've got free entry into the Finals. UST seems to be peaking at just the right time and they've got a bench to match UE's man for man. I can't imagine the Tigers all of a sudden just rolling over. At the start of the season everyone pretty much wrote in stone that it would be an Ateneo-UE Finals. Ateneo is focused and already primed for the Finals. UE however seems to have lost some steam and is now going to face a team that has everything they do: depth, talent, athleticism and size across the board. And unlike the Warriors, UST has no pressure to go all the way, having been written off as just another probable contender. UE has to prove their offseason championships weren't flukes by getting it done now in the UAAP.

All told they cannot rely solely on the Bon Custodio show. Mark Borboran has disappeared in key games. Marcy Arellano doesn't seem himself. Newcomer Hans Thiele is really just a runner-jumper at this stage. Jorel Canizares has inexplicably gotten little playing time in spite of a strong showing in the offseason tournaments. If the Warriors want to bring a Crown back to Recto they'd all better get on the same page, or UST will show them the door and they'll be left wondering what hit them.

09-17-2006, 06:57 PM
Nagdilang angel ka na naman Joe.

09-19-2006, 09:55 AM
Never underestimate the Pumarens.
Ma-pride ang mga yan.
Nood na lang tayo sa Huwebes.

09-22-2006, 10:43 AM
Anybody has the inside story on why bonbon custodio was not in the UE lineup yesterday?