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07-05-2006, 08:00 AM
UE plays Adamson in opener
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By EDDIE ALINEA

A TWO-GAME schedule featuring a team seeking to end a 42-year title drought ushers in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball tournament on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.



University of the East, the winningest team in the league with 18, battles Adamson University, which won its first and only championship in 1977, while National University, which last won in 1954, takes on Ateneo, the 2002 winner.

The Warriors, who last won in 1985, and the Falcons take the floor in the 2 p.m. game opening hostilities in the league’s 69th season while the Bulldogs and the Eagles clash at 4 o’clock.

An hour-long opening ceremony that will see former Sen. Robert Jaworski, an ex-Warrior, as guest of honor and keynote speaker, will precede the games.

The day will be highlighted by the colorful "Palabas" that has become a tradition each time UE plays host.

The show, an extravaganza of songs and dances choreographed by Gener Caringal, UE’s cultural department head, is centered on the theme "Excellence in Sports Through Unity, Harmony and Commitment."

Missing in this year’s league is De La Salle, which has been suspended for one year after fielding ineligible players in last year’s basketball tournament.

League president Luz Sta. Ana of UE, meanwhile, appealed to all concerned to forget the issue on La Salle’s suspension during the press conference held at the Elj Building inside the ABS-CBN compound in Quezon City.

"Let us leave La Salle’s case behind and let’s move on for the sake of all of our students and athletes," Sta. Ana told his audience that included the 13 other members of the UAAP Board of Trustees.

All succeeding men’s game will be played at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium inside the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, except the July 13 playing day which will be held at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

An intact lineup carried from last year’s fourth placer makes the Warriors, coached by Dindo Pumaren, the choice of majority of the rival coaches to rule the cage wars this year with coach Norman Black’s Blue Eagles and defending champion Far Eastern most likely to thwart UE’s title aspiration.

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07-05-2006, 08:04 AM
Warriors installed solid pick
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 07/05/2006

The 69th season of the UAAP basketball wars unfolds on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum with University of the East, not defending champion Far Eastern U, looming as the team to beat in a field without one of the league’s most glamorous squads and some of last year’s top players.

Three victories in pre-season tournaments have installed the Warriors the early pick among the competing teams and the Recto-based cagers hope to come out strong right in the opener when they play the Adamson Falcons at 2 p.m.

Ateneo, sans playmaker LA Tenorio and shot block artist Japeth Aguilar, takes on National U at 4 p.m.

Tenorio has played out his five years and is set to join the PBA rookie draft this August while the 6-foot-8 Aguilar has decided to leave the Eagles camp and try his luck in the United States.

The Tams, for their part, open defense of the crown they won over the La Salle Green Archers — suspended for the season — as they clash with the Warriors on Sunday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium. It will be followed by another seniors game pitting the Santo Tomas Tigers against the State U Maroons.

The Morayta-based cagers, also winners of the 2004 title, will be without Arwind Santos, Mark Isip, RJ Rizada, Emer Saldua and Alelu Flores, who have all graduated.

De La Salle will not be seeing action this year after it was suspended last April for fielding in two ineligible players during the 2004-2005 seasons.

The league, however, wants to put the issue to rest and concentrate on the task at hand.

"We don’t want to discuss issues concerning La Salle, we’ll just focus on this season," said UAAP president Luz Sta. Ana of this year’s host UE.

Given just a month to prepare, Sta. Ana said the opening ceremony, which will be highlighted by the attendance of some of its popular sports alumni, would still be something to watch out for.

Among the UE luminaries expected to grace Season 69’s inaugurals were basketball legend Robert Jaworski, Sr., Baby Dalupan, Jimmy Mariano and Filo Pumaren, father of coaches Derek, Franz and Dindo.

Elmer Yanga, who managed a team in the PBA for more than a decade, was named this year’s commissioner with Ato Badolato as his assistant.

"We’ll be just, fair and favor no one," said Yanga, referring to the officiating in the league.

Yanga said the league has tapped a pool of 36 referees from NABRO headed by Romy Omampo, the same group that officiated two years ago.

This season will also see the return of Joe Lipa, last year’s commissioner, to the Maroons’ fold and debuting coaches Pido Jarencio and Leo Austria.

Lipa was the same coach who steered UP to its one and only title exactly two decades ago while Jarencio, who played for the then Glowing Goldies in the 80s, and Austria will be the men at the helm for UST and Adamson, respectively.

The other coaches are Norman Black (Ateneo), Bert Flores (FEU), Dindo Pumaren (UE) and Manny Dandan (NU).

Except for Pumaren, all coaches agreed that UE, which topped three tournaments before this season, including the Fr. Martin’s Cup, is the team to beat this year.

"We don’t want to use it as gauge in how we would perform this year because actual UAAP games are far different from pre-season tournaments we won," said Pumaren.

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07-05-2006, 08:07 AM
UAAP wars ‘tough to call’ despite Archers’ absence


By Jasmine W. Payo
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 UAAP MEN’S BASKETBALL tournament remains a tough field even without one of the league’s most formidable squads.

As perennial finalist La Salle serves its one-year suspension, coaches are still expecting fierce competition among the remaining seven squads.

“If you’re not ready to play, you can be beaten by any team in the UAAP,” said Ateneo coach Norman Black during a press conference yesterday at ABS-CBN.

“La Salle is just one challenge,” added Black. “It wasn’t our decision to take them out of the league this year. We’ll just deal with the teams available to us. We still think it’s going to be tough for us to win even without La Salle.”

University of the East coach Dindo Pumaren agrees, even if his Warriors were picked as title-favorites due to a solid core bannered by Bonbon Custodio, Mark Borboran and Marcy Arellano.

“I think all the teams are competitive, especially Ateneo and FEU,” said Pumaren. “Despite the departure of LA Tenorio, Ateneo still has a team of veterans. FEU, it just reloads every year so it remains strong even without Arwind Santos.”

Seasoned big men JC Intal and Doug Kramer will be returning for Ateneo, while wingman Jeff Chan and playmaker Jonas Villanueva will be fueling FEU’s charge.

The UAAP board suspended the La Salle Archers for one season for fielding two ineligible basketball players in the seniors division in the last three years.

“Let’s put the issue of La Salle to rest,” appealed league president Luz Sta. Ana of host UE. “It’s just unfortunate that the incident happened, but it’s already the past.”

Sta. Ana also said that league officials implemented a tighter screening process this season, which fires off on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.

“We had to be more careful,” said Sta. Ana. “We had to require the registrars of each university to take a closer look and scrutinize all documents and have them authenticated before submitting them to the UAAP board.”

ABS-CBN vice president for sports Peter Musngi said they have come up with innovative marketing strategies in the absence of one of the league’s glamour squads.

“We’ll definitely come up with something new for the UAAP coverage,” he said. “We’re not just depending on the seniors basketball alone, but we’ll also have a full season (coverage) of volleyball.”

The UE Warriors will battle Adamson in the 2 p.m. curtain-raiser, while the Ateneo Eagles and the National University Bulldogs collide at 4 p.m.

Three new faces will be plotting strategies this season.

Calling the shots for the University of the Philippines is Joe Lipa, who steered the Maroons to their only title in 1986.

Former pro star Pido Jarencio will debut as coach with the University of Santo Tomas Tigers, while multititled Leo Austria has assumed the coaching chores for the Adamson Falcons.

Returning on the bench are coach Bert Flores for the defending champion FEU Tamaraws and Manny Dandan for the National University Bulldogs.

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07-05-2006, 08:33 AM
UAAP chief: Put eligibility issue to rest
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By GERALD PETER ARCE, The Manila Times Correspondent

University Athletic Association of the Philippines president Dr. Luz Santa Ana of University of the East on Tuesday pleaded to the media to put the league’s eligibility issue to rest and move on along with the brand new season and the excitement of its basketball competitions.

The controversial issue, which rocked the UAAP and forced it to suspend De La Salle University this season for using two academically ineligible players, made some league members call for a stricter screening process for the new batches of college athletes.

"Let us put the La Salle issue to rest," said Santa Ana at the league’s traditional season-opening press conference at the ELJ building in the ABS-CBN compound in Quezon City.

For its opening salvo, the 69th season of the country’s premier collegiate league will feature a big doubleheader, with host and perennial title contender UE against Adamson University in the first game, followed by 2002 champion Ateneo de Manila University pitted against National University.

The UAAP’s theme this year is "Achieving Excellence in Sport through Unity, Harmony and Commitment."

Santa Ana stressed that while she is chief of the UAAP, she wants to avoid eligibility scandals from happening again, after La Salle admitted it discovered the illegal documents used by two of its basketball players, Mark Benitez and Timoteo Gatchalian, to enroll for college and eventually play for the Green Archers in Seasons 67 and 68.

"Let us instead focus on what lies ahead, which is an exciting season. We at UE take great pride in hosting this coming season. We are very thankful and excited for having this opportunity, and we welcome it with open arms," said Santa Ana.

Just like last year, the UE Warriors are expected to contend for the title after ruling three preseason tournaments—the Home and Away Invitational League, Father Martin’s Cup and the Micaba.

"The expectations on this team are great because of our strong showing during the offseason," said UE coach Dindo Pumaren. "But we’re only taking it as part of our learning experience, and we still have a lot of hard work to do if we are to win the championship."

Defending champion Far Eastern U and 2005 semifinalist Ateneo are also tagged as the teams to beat this season despite the departure of key players.

The Tamaraws will miss the services of two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player Arwind Santos, Mark Isip and RJ Rizada, while ace playmaker LA Tenorio and Magnum Membrere exhausted their five playing years.

"All teams are affected by graduating players, but the good thing is there are other young players who are stepping up," said Ateneo coach Norman Black.

Two UAAP coaching newcomers, Pido Jarencio and Leo Austria, also expressed hope for their teams, University of Santo Tomas and Adamson, respectively.

Jarencio will try to bring to the Tigers the never-say-die attitude of his longtime pro team, Ginebra San Miguel, while Austria is gunning for a Final Four spot, a place where he has carried his past teams in the Philippine Basketball League.

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07-05-2006, 08:35 AM
Ateneo defends Eagles, says 2 cagers were clean
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Ateneo de Manila University’s varsity basketball players did not cheat on their eligibility to play for the Blue Eagles in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines, the school said Tuesday in a statement.

Ateneo was reacting to several reports, including in Sports Times, that Eagles Japeth Aguilar and Jobe Nkemakolam had dubious academic records.

The school said it would "like to assure the [UAAP] that the academic records of these two players as transmitted by the school from which they officially graduated, have been verified and authenticated by the Loyola Schools Registrar."

"Furthermore, the Office of Admission and Aid has ascertained that they have complied with all the requirements necessary for their entry into the Ateneo de Manila," the Katipunan-based university added.

The players first officially enrolled at the Ateneo in the first semester of school year 2004-05, the statement said. Their records were certified by the UAAP eligibility board, which declared them eligible to play in the league’s past two seasons.

Ateneo’s UAAP board representative, Jose Capistrano Jr., also denounced the reports during the league’s press conference on Tuesday at the ELJ building of the ABS-CBN compound in Quezon City.

Capistrano noted that neither player is on the Eagles’ roster for this season, the UAAP’s 69th and hosted by the University of the East.

Fulfilling his father’s wishes, Aguilar, a 6-foot-7 center, sought permission from Ateneo president Bienvenido F. Nebres, SJ and Eagles coach Norman Black to leave for the United States and try out for two Chicago-area schools playing in Division I of the US National Collegiate Athletics Association. He left on May 5, the statement said.

Nkemakolam, a former San Sebastian College juniors and RP Youth player, didn’t make it to Ateneo’s Team A this season, Capistrano said.

The allegations on the Ateneo players’ eligibility came on the heels of archrival De La Salle University’s one-year suspension by the UAAP for admitting it had fielded two players, Mark Benitez and Tim Gatchalian, who presented spurious academic papers in enrolling with the school and playing for the Green Archers in the past two seasons. Gerald Peter Arce

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07-08-2006, 10:31 AM
UAAP INAUGURAL
Favored Warriors open bid vs Falcons


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 00:24am (Mla time) 07/08/2006

Published on page A24 of the July 8, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

IN 2004, University of the East mentor Dindo Pumaren said his young charges were still a couple of years away from being a title contender.

Such a bold prediction from a rookie coach, but Pumaren knew exactly what he was talking about.

True enough, the Warriors set out as favorites when the 69th University Athletics Association of the Philippines basketball season fires off today at the Araneta Coliseum.

“From the start, our coaching staff thought that it would take three years for the team to be really competitive,” said Pumaren. “We’re happy that our program is on track.”

Favored for their solid lineup, the UE Warriors will kick off their campaign versus the Adamson Falcons at 2 p.m.

“We all know that this is UE’s season, they’re the barometer of the tournament,” said new Adamson coach Leo Austria. “But I still think that an upset is possible. Most of our players have also matured.”

The Ateneo Blue Eagles, still among the top picks after finishing third last season, will open their bid against the National University Bulldogs at 4 p.m.

“All the teams have been affected by graduating players,” said Ateneo coach Norman Black, who lost star point guard LA Tenorio. “But whenever players graduate, you expect others to step up and take over. I think we have enough in our backcourt to be successful this year.”

Opening ceremonies start at 1 p.m., with host UE parading its former cage heroes led by Robert Jaworski, Allan Caidic, Jerry Codiñera and James Yap, along with past coaches Baby Dalupan, Pilo Pumaren, Roehl Nadurata and Jimmy Mariano.

UE’s star-studded supporters may seem like added pressure, but Pumaren remains confident with Bonbon Custodio, Mark Borboran and Marcy Arellano at the forefront of the Warriors’ bid.

“The players have learned to deal with high expectations,” said Pumaren. “We had a good practice (yesterday) so hopefully, the team will sustain its aggressiveness and confidence. But Adamson is still solid, they have 10 returning players.”

Even with Tenorio gone, Black said Ateneo’s backcourt remains competitive with Macky Escalona, Chris Tiu and Jai Reyes. The Eagles, though, will depend on the leadership of fifth-year forward JC Intal.

The Falcons, who finished seventh with a dismal 3-11 record last season, will be turning to veteran center Ken Bono and shooter Patrick Cabahug.

“It’s a challenge for us to face UE in our first game, but I’ve also seen the hungriness of our players,” said Austria.

Although coming off another disheartening season, the Bulldogs will still rely on forward Edwin Asoro, last year’s leading scorer with 15.3 points and fourth-best rebounder at 8.7 boards per game.

Only seven teams will compete this season as La Salle serves its one-year suspension for fielding two ineligible basketball players in the last three years.

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07-08-2006, 10:37 AM
All eyes on Warriors as UAAP season begins
By Abac Cordero
The Philippine Star 07/08/2006

The UE Warriors aren’t just this year’s UAAP hosts. They’re also the favorites.

But don’t tell that to Dindo Pumaren, who’s on his third year as Warriors coach. He insists that his team is just as strong as the other contenders like Adamson, FEU and Ateneo.

"They always say that we’re one of the favorites," said the former PBA superstar who steered the Warriors to the Final Four in his first two years at the helm.

"Maybe one reason they’re saying that again is the fact that we won three tournaments during the off-season," he said yesterday, referring to the Micaba, HAIL and Fr. Martin Cup.

"But you cannot use it as a gauge. The UAAP is an entirely different ballgame. Some teams we beat in these recent tournaments did not field a full lineup," Pumaren explained.

Still, he couldn’t hide his satisfaction.

"I’ll be honest. I have a good lineup and it’s quite deep. My top three players last year, Marcy Arellano, Mark Borboran and Bon-bon Custodio, are still around — with added seasoning," Pumaren said.

The 69th UAAP season unfolds today at the Araneta Coliseum, with the traditional fanfare, a colorful parade of the athletes, a few speeches and a doubleheader.

The festivities start at 1 p.m. while the games begin at 2 p.m. with UE facing Adamson and National University going up against Ateneo, in search of a new rival in the absence of La Salle.

Three juniors matches are on tap tomorrow at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium where most, if not all of the elimination-round matches will be held.

Only one seniors match between Santo Tomas and UP will be played tomorrow. Defending champion FEU will make its debut on July 15 when it goes up against UE.

While focus today will be on the Warriors and the Blue Eagles under multi-titled coach Norman Black, the absence of La Salle will remain an issue.

The Green Archers, last year’s losing finalists, will not be around this year because of the one-year suspension slapped on the school by the UAAP board as a result of a recent ineligibility scandal.

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07-08-2006, 10:37 AM
UAAP Basketball Tournament on today

Is this the year of the Warriors?
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By NOLI CRUZ

IF THERE’S one team in UAAP basketball this year that could say it’s at par with the University of the East in terms of depth and experience, it should be Adamson University.



Coach Dindo Pumaren of the Warriors thinks so.

"They’ve got 10 holdovers and most of their core is intact," said Pumaren.

Still, the Warriors will be favored to win when they face in the opening game of the league’s 69th season today at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Warriors are actually tipped to win it all this year and end a title drought spanning two decades.

They’re installed as favorites after winning three titles in the off-season — the Home-and-Away, MICABA and Fr. Martin Cup.

Mark Borboran, Bonbon Custodio and Marcy Arellano, UE’s three leading scorers last season, are also back.

But the Falcons have enough talents to matchup with the Warriors.

Burly slotman Kenneth Bono can dominate the shaded lane with his size and extend the defense with his soft touch from the perimeter.

Streak-shooting Patrick Cabahug, meanwhile, can burn the oppositions with his outside shooting.

And with champion coach Leo Austria now calling the shots, the Falcons are expected to have more control in the endgame and in critical situations.

Control may be missing in Ateneo these days with ace point guard LA Tenorio gone.

The Eagles will be playing without the remaining star of their 2002 championship team for the first time as they face the National University Bulldogs in the backend of the opening double-header.

JC Intal, the slamdunking former high-school phenom, will be the new leader of the Eagles. He showed a lot of promise last year, although he still lacked consistency on his perimeter shooting.

The Bulldogs have their own version of high-flying forward in Edwin Asoro. He’s the only Bulldog with a mean bite last season, though. And this year may not be a lot different.

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07-08-2006, 10:44 AM
New coaches, players reshape teams
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 07/08/2006

The UE Warriors, who made it to the semis the last four years, finished fourth after losing to FEU in the Final Four. But with three victories in pre-season tournaments, including the Fr. Martin’s Cup, things are looking up indeed for this year’s hosts.

Players to watch for UE are Bon Bon Custodio, a prolific scorer who boasts of a razor sharp crossover and a touch from the outside, Mark Borboran, a wiry, agile big man who can shoot outside, former rookie of the year Marcy Arellano, a prolific scorer, and Elmer Espiritu, a high-leaper who is among the league’s top rebounds and shot block artists.

"We don’t want to use it as gauge in how we would perform this year because actual UAAP games are far different from the pre-season tournaments we won," said UE coach Dindo Pumaren, referring to the Red Lions’ pre-season tournament victories.

"FEU, Ateneo and Adamson are strong teams, UP too. NU and UST are also solid teams because of their intact rosters. But our strength is always our defense, we like to trap," added Pumaren.

The FEU Tams swept the La Salle Archers, 2-0, in last year’s finals to win the crown. But with Arwind Santos, Mark Isip, RJ Rizada, Eder Saldua and Alelu Flores now out of the roster due to graduation, the defending champions will have their hands full this year.

"We have lost important players, we will be hard-pressed in defending our title. But we will make do with what we have," said FEU coach Bert Flores, who is expected to lean on the triumvirate of Jeff Chan, Jonas Villanueva and Francis Barcellano this season.

Despite the departure of his key players, Flores remains unfazed by the opposition, saying "we will use the same philosophy, defend well, shoot and run ."

He, however, picked UE as the team to beat this year, although their target is to finish No. 2 and gain the twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four.

The Ateneo Blue Eagles finished third in the elims last year but lost to the La Salle Archers in the Final Four. But without starting guard LA Tenorio and leading shot block artist Japeth Aguilar, the Eagles will have to draw the best from JC Intal, Doug Kramer, Macky Escalona, Jai Reyes and returnee Chris Tiu to contend for this year’s title.

Tenorio has played his five years while Aguilar has opted to study and try his luck in the US. But with Zion Laterre, Martin Quimson, Ken Barracoso and Claiford Arao raring to show their stuff, the Eagles remain a force to reckon with this year.

"We just have to play straight up defense and cut on our opponents’ penetration because we have no Japeth Aguilar to correct our defensive flaws," said Black.

"LA is a big loss and my other guards (Escalona,

Reyes and Tiu) just have to step up."

After finishing in the lower half of field last year, there is no way but up for the UST Tigers, who hope to turn things around with new coach Pido Jarencio now at the helm and PBL veteran Jemal Vizcarra back in the UST roster.

Jarencio, the former Ginebra ace in the PBA who played for UST in the 80s, has taken over the reins from Nel Parado and hopes to inject Ginebra’s never-say-die-attitude into the team’s system. The streak-shooting Vizcarra, on the other hand, is fancied to redisplay his skills and talent and hopefully lead the Tigers to the Final Four.

The other players to watch for the España-based cagers are Dylan Ababou, Jojo Duncil and skipper Allan Evangelista, a tough 6-foot-3 banger who could also shoot from behind the arc.

"I have here a never-say-die team, just like Ginebra," said Jarencio. "I want the spirit of Ginebra in this team."

"Although I’m here for only three months, my players have adjusted to my system quickly. They’re an intelligent bunch," added Jarencio.

Leo Austria, a multi-titled coach in the PBL, hopes to bring his winning touch to the Adamson Falcons this year after a forgettable campaign last season.

Despite a talent-laden roster, the Falcons failed to reach the Final Four last year. But with Ken Bono expected to dominate and the likes of Leo Canuday, Patrick Cabahug, Roel Hugnatan, John Agustin and backcourt tandem Marvin Poloyapoy and Michael Yong raring to to do their part for the team, the Falcons are confident of making it to the semis and hopefully end a long title drought in the country’s most prestigious collegiate league.

"We’re solid and we hope we could make the Final Four this time," said Austria. "UE is the team to beat, they play full court press all the way and I think they’ll be hard to beat."

The UP Maroons welcome the return of coach Joe Lipa, who gave the school its first and only UAAP title in 1986.

He took over Lito Vergara, who missed steering the school to end an eight-year Final Four drought after finishing fifth last year.

But losing nine players to graduation and injury, Lipa will be will find it difficult to transform a rookie-laden team into a championship caliber squad although he hopes to draw the best all-season from the likes of Marvin Cruz and Nestor David.

To beef up his frontline rotation, Lipa has recruited Migs de Asis and Martin Reyes from the UAAP high school champion La Salle-Zobel and Woody Co from Xavier U.

Mark Jomalesa, one of Lipa’s assistants, said they have more shooters this year compared to last year’s squad although the team’s emphasis will still be on defense.

"Coach Joe Lipa is very strict. If the players do what they are told to do, we’ll have a chance to finish big this year," said Jomalesa. "All players have individual defensive responsibilities now. We will play tougher defense this season."

The NU Bulldogs aren’t promising an explosive showing this year but they vowed to give all teams a good fight and bite.

"Although our chance of making the Final Four doesn’t look good, we’ll be out there to give them a fight because we’re no pushovers," said NU coach Manny Dandan.

The Bulldogs won only one of their 14 games and finished last in a field of eight last year.

Jonathan Fernandez and Edwin Asoro are again expected to carry the cudgels for the Bulldogs, whose first and only UAAP cage title came in 1954.

"My players this year are going to be the foundation of NU in the next seasons," said Dandan. "The team is solid and have gained experience."

Dandan said their main goal is to improve their performance last year.

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07-08-2006, 10:45 AM
Warriors out to end 21-year title drought


BY JOEL ORELLANA, The Manila Times Reporter
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Games Saturday (Araneta Coliseum)

1 p.m. – Opening ceremonies

2 p.m. – UE vs. Adamson (Srs.)

4 p.m. – NU vs. Ateneo (Srs.)



University of the East begins its quest to end a 21-year title drought when it faces Adamson University in the opener, as the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament kicks off at the Araneta Coliseum Saturday.

The Red Warriors, this season’s hosts, and the Falcons square off at 2 p.m. right after the opening ceremonies prepared by UE.

Robert Jaworski, a UE alumnus and former king Red Warrior and senator, will be the guest speaker of the opening rites. Elmer Yanga, also a UE graduate, is the commissioner of the basketball tournament.

This season the league only has seven participating schools as De La Salle University—a perennial title favorite in the tournament—was suspended for a year owing to the eligibility issue the Green Archers themselves unearthed late last year.

That’s why most of the coaches feel the race for the Final Four berths will be wide open with UE, defending champion Far Eastern University and Ateneo de Manila University looming as favorites this year.

But the Red Warriors of coach Dindo Pumaren are being tagged as top favorites to win the UAAP crown after bagging three preseason tournaments during the summer.

"That only gave us the winning attitude, which is very hard to teach to the young players. But I don’t consider our team as the top team this year," said Pumaren, on his third year coaching the team.

The UE mentor noted he has six rookies in his line-up and lost three key veterans in Earl Saguin-del, Angelus Raymundo and Luis Palaganas.

Debuting in the league is Adamson coach Leo Austria. He replaces Mel Alas, who only managed to give last season’s host three wins in 14 outings.

Like UE, the Falcons lost three key players from last season in Jojo Hate, Patrick Tiongco and Jeffrey Tajonera. Austria is confident his other veterans will finally deliver for Adamson, which last won a UAAP title in 1977 with point guard Hector Calma at the helm.

"Our goal is to reach the Final Four. The players believe that it is achievable but we have to work hard for it," said Austria.

"Every year, we’ve been tagged as the tournament dark horse. We will prove that this year."

In the second game of the seniors division, the Blue Eagles, minus star point guard LA Tenorio, collide with National University of coach Manny Dandan at 4 p.m.

Besides Tenorio, Ateneo coach Norman Black will be missing the services of the promising center Japeth Aguilar, who tried his luck in the United States for a possible stint in a Division 1 US NCAA school.

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07-09-2006, 07:06 AM
Warriors wow old guards in UAAP opener
By Abac Cordero
The Philippine Star 07/09/2006

Probably the biggest problem UE coach Dindo Pumaren encountered yesterday was how to please some of the greatest Warriors who came to watch the game at the Big Dome.

"Somehow I was pressured because they were all there. It wouldn’t look good if I lost on opening day," said Pumaren after his Warriors whipped the Adamson Falcons, 72-57.

Pumaren was referring to former coaches Baby Dalupan and Jimmy Mariano, and former Warriors Robert Jaworski, Allan Caidic, Jerry Codiñera, Bong Ravena and James Yap who were at ringside.

Pumaren’s father, Pilo, also a former coach of the UE Warriors, was there, too.

"Coach Baby Dalupan (who had a string of seven straight titles for the Warriors in the ‘60s), shook my hands before the start of the game. Kinabahan ako," added Pumaren.

But the three-year coach passed the test as his Warriors led from start to finish, posting several 17-point margins before coasting to victory that ushered in the UAAP’s 69th season.

Dalupan, now 82, could only laugh when told of Pumaren’s post-game statements.

"Kinabahan ba? Dindo did well. He has a good team. May laban ‘yan," said Dalupan, who stayed on for the second game between National U and Ateneo, also his former team.

Getting a big scare on opening day was Ateneo, which barely escaped with a 75-70 win over National University.

It took a lot of hustle and some big plays from big men JC Intal and Rabeth Al-Hussaini in the dying minutes for the Blue Eagles to get the win.

"I’m not exactly happy with the way we played but I’m happy that we won," was how Ateneo coach Norman Black summed it up.

The Warriors last won the UAAP crown in 1985 with a team built around Caidic, Codiñera, Boyzie Zamar, Wilmer Banares and Alfred Bartolome.

Many believe that the Warriors have a good chance this year, considering that they’ve made it to the Final Four for the last two years.

Against the Falcons, the Warriors looked good indeed.

They shot better from the field and went almost perfect from the charity lane (15-of-16). Though outrebounded, 40-48, the Warriors had more assists, 20-5, more blocks, 6-3, and less turnovers, 11-18.

It was Adamson’s first game under new coach Leo Austria. And it was far from being memorable.

gameface_one
07-09-2006, 07:10 AM
Warriors give preview of what they have
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By NOLI CRUZ

CLASSES BEGIN in the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines basketball tournament. Time to learn the ABC, the University of the East’s way.


Marcy Arellano caught fire in the second half to spark a breakaway, Mark Borboran was solid all the way and Bonbon Custodio anchored UE’s first wave en route to a 72-57 victory over Adamson University yesterday in the opening of the country’s premiere collegiate league at the Araneta Coliseum.

"Everybody contributed in this victory. James (Martinez) was big off the bench and Elmer (Espiritu) held his own against the bigger and heftier frontline of Adamson," said winning coach Dindo Pumaren.

But he couldn’t agree less that his top three players known as the ABC put on a show.

"They did what they have to do out there," said Pumaren, referring to Arellano, Borboran and Custodio.

Arellano, a non-factor in the first half, scored 10 points in the third period where the Warriors outscored the Falcons by nine to take a 57-43 lead.

The 2004 Rookie of the Year led the Warriors with 15 points, capping his second half explosion with a three-pointer that gave the Warriors their biggest lead, 67-50, three minutes left.

Borboran earned the best player honor with 14 points and seven rebounds. He had seven points in each half.

The Falcons soared first, racing to an 8-4 lead in the first couple of minutes, but the Warriors quickly grounded them with one massive stroke of their spears.

A 25-6 exchange bridging the first two periods starring Borboran and Custodio put the Warriors ahead by 15 under six minutes before the turn, 29-14.

Then came a UE dryspell.

The Falcons pulled within 26-31 at halftime as they held the Warriors to only two points in the bottom half of the second.

Custodio had nine of his 13 points in the first half, mostly on pull-up jumpers.

Before getting rude, UE played gracious host in the opening ceremony. Former senator Robert Jaworski, perhaps the most prominent figure to don the Warriors jersey, was this year’s guest of honor.

The host also bring in coaching legend Baby Dalupan, who led UE to several championships with Jaworski on the team, and former Warriors Allan Caidic, Jerry Codiñera and Bong Ravena as if to remind everyone of the school’s great basketball tradition.

Also in the house to watch the host play in the opener were former PBA stars James Yap and Paul Artadi, the starting backcourt of UE early in the Millennium.

gameface_one
07-09-2006, 07:11 AM
UE crushes Adamson with legends in attendance
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BY JOEL ORELLANA, The Manila Times Reporter

Games Sunday (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)

2 p.m. – UST vs Adamson (Jrs.)

4 p.m. – UST vs UP (Srs.)



With more than five decades of storied University of the East basketball legends in attendance, the Red Warriors passed their initial assignment with flying colors in their bid to end a 21-year title drought.

UE used a blistering first quarter in containing Adamson University and posting a 72-57 victory at the start of the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Red Warriors head coach Dindo Pumaren drew solid games from veterans Marcy Arellano, Mark Borboran and Bonbon Custodio in silencing the pesky Falcons, who entered the game with a different attitude under new coach Leo Austria.

But UE showed more determination and intensity in pocketing the opening game, not disappointing the supporters of this season’s UAAP host—including the legendary coach Baby Dalupan, who was responsible for the majority of the school’s 18 league crowns, including an unprecedented seven straight.

"At first there I felt the pressure because they are all watching the team, but I told the players to just stay focused and win it because we do not want to fail them," said Pumaren.

Besides Dalupan, the 82-year-old grand slam coach, also in the crowd were Jimmy Mariano, who played for four years for Dalupan and coached UE during the ‘80s; Pilo Pumaren, father of Dindo who handled the Warriors in the ‘70s; and former King Red Warrior Robert Jaworski, who gave the inspirational message in the opening ceremonies.

Allan Caidic and Jerry Codiñera, members of the last UE squad to win the UAAP title in 1985, went to the Red Warriors’ dugout to give some pep talk along with Bong Ravena. Young pros James Yap and Paul Artadi also cheered for their alma mater.

With the UE alumni in full force, the present crop of Red Warriors were so focused and inspired that they were able to build an early 29-14 lead.

Adamson had only one legitimate run, a 14-2 attack that bridged into the third period and let them threaten at 31-28.

But the Recto-based team responded with a 12-0 bomb, capped by Borboran’s 3-pointer to regain the momentum, 43-28, 5:57 left in the third period.

The Red Warriors were never threatened since, as the Falcons could not stage another uprising with only Kenneth Bono and Roel Hugnatan leading the fight.

Bono and Hugnatan churned in double-double games, with the hefty 6-foot-5 center netting 20 points and 11 rebounds while the latter had 12 and 11.

The Scores:

UE 72—Arellano 15, Borboran 14, Custodio 13, Espiritu 8, Martinez 6, Thiele 4, Bandaying 4, Gregorio 4, Canizares 4, Linganay 0, Llagas 0, Labagala 0.

Adamson 57—Bono 20, Hugnatan 12, Pacheco 7, Cabahug 7, Canuday 6, Agustin 5, Santos 0, Yong 0, Polayapoy 0, Basilio 0.

Quarters: 22-12, 31-26, 57-43, 72-57.

gameface_one
07-09-2006, 07:13 AM
Ateneo defeats NU, 75-70
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JC Intal sank a crucial basket in the last 40 seconds in the fourth quarter as Ateneo escaped with a 75-70 win Saturday against National University in the second game of the 69th UAAP men's basketball at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Blue Eagles had a big scare when the Bulldogs led 65-64 on freethrows by Dave Cotamorra with 5:50 minutes left in the game.

Intal, Mark Escalona, Jai Reyes, however, combined to hold off the Bulldogs surge to lead 73-70 with 1:23 left before the final buzzer.

In the first game, Mark Borboran scored 14 points to lead the University of the East Warriors in demolishing Adamson University 72-57.

UE displayed class in the first half by leading Adamson 31-26.

Adamson tried to mount a late fourth-quarter rally but it was foiled by tight defense laid out by the Warriors who were leading 68-54 with 51 seconds left.

el_mestizo
07-10-2006, 09:14 AM
Cruz Comes Up Big For State U
by Reuben Ezra Terrado
ubelt.com


Marvin Cruz drained a game-winning field goal with 0.3 seconds remaining to pull off a pulsating 94-92 win over University of Santo Tomas in the lone seniors match of the 69th UAAP men’s basketball eliminations last July 9 at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

With the game tied, the 21-year-old Cruz took matters into his own hands as he drove to the basket, stopped, and fired a short fade-away in the paint over the big men of UST to take the upper hand and their first win of the season.

“Yun ang binigay na sitwasyon ng depensa. Kaya ginawa ko nalang ang lahat ng makakaya ko para makalamang kami,” said Cruz, who finished the game with 25 points, seven rebounds, and eight assists.

Rookies Miguel De Asis and Martin Reyes from De La Salle-Zobel contributed 20 and 12 respectively but it was their three-point baskets that made the difference with De Asis hitting 6-of-15, and Reyes drilling 4-of-13 shots, in their impressive debut.

“I know I can rely on them,” noted Maroons coach Joe Lipa on their rookies. “They are big winners and they are ably supported by our veterans.”

Grizzled veteran Nestor David also played well for the Maroons scoring 14 points and grabbed 15 rebounds.

Jervy Cruz, in his first UAAP game, was remarkable scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Tigers while the returning Jemal Viscara added 14 including three-for-eight from the three-point line. Jojo Duncil (12), Anthony Espiritu (12), John Cuan (11), and Dylan Ababou (11) were the other players in double figures for UST, who is now coached by former Ginebra cager Pido Jarencio.

Going into the final moments of the game, the Tigers took the lead with a 7-2 run that ended with an Ababou jumper, 90-89. But De Asis, with a little help from a fallen Viscara, got open and drilled a big corner three-ball with 17.5 seconds to go. Viscara fell down with an injury in his right hamstring which left De Asis unguarded for the shot.

Duncil tied the game with a jumper from the right side with 12 ticks left setting up the game winner by Cruz.

Santo Tomas never led in the game until the third juncture when Viscara hit a three-ball, 1:53 left, for a 64-63 advantage.

From thereon in, the lead took turns but Ira Buyco’s short stab, a three-ball by Reyes, and a Cruz fastbreak made it 78-71 after a 71-all stand-off, 5:56 to go in the game.

UP had erected a ten-point margin with fastbreak opportunities by the Fighting Maroons, 31-21. They kept a decent margin until an 8-0 blast highlighted by Ababou’s buzzer beater ended the second quarter to close the deficit to two, 45-43, in favor of UP.

full battle gear
07-10-2006, 09:19 AM
Cruz buzzer-beater lifts UP past UST
By EDDIE ALINEA
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MARVIN CRUZ sank a fadeaway jumper inside the paint with .03 second left to give University of the Philippines a hard-earned 94-92 win over University of Santo Tomas yesterday in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Cruz’s buzzer-beater capped a gamehigh 25-point performance while breaking a 92-92 stalemate forged by the Tigers’ Joselito Duncil nine ticks earlier and spoiling the debut of Pido Jarencio as the Growling Tigers taskmaster.

No less than five lead changes and two deadlocks marked the frenetic fourth quarter as the Maroons and the Tigers pounded each other in a bid to join opening day winners University of the East and Ateneo at the top of the standings.

Both teams showed they have what it takes to succeed defending champion but graduation-depleted Far Eastern U as the UAAP kingpin.

But it was Cruz who shone the brightest.

Cruz was later named the best player of the game by adding seven rebounds, eight assists and four steals in 31 minutes of action where he went 1-of-3 from downtown, 5-of-13 from the perimeter and 12-of-14 from the line.

Cruz’s eighth assist came with 17.5 seconds remained when he faked a drive that drew in the Tigers’ defenses then passing to rookie Miguel de Asis, who scored unmolested from the arc that gave UP a 92-90 edge.

It was a big victory for comebacking UP coach Joe Lipa, who saw his wards control the tempo of the game in the first half before the Tigers came charging back to turn the game into a roller-coaster ride for both teams.

De Asis contributed 20 points for UP while Nestor David and another first-timer, Martin Reyes, added 20 and 14 points, respectively.

Jervy Cruz topscored for UST with 16 points followed by five other Tigers who scored 14 points or better.

In juniors play held earlier, the FEU Baby Tamaraws overwhelmed the UE Pages, 99-61 on the strength of Dexter Rosales’ 18-point show while the Ateneo Blue Eaglets routed the National University Bullpups, 83-56 and the Adamson Baby Falcons nosed out the UST Cubs, 59-55.

full battle gear
07-10-2006, 09:21 AM
Last-gasp shot saves Lipa’s Maroons
By Abac Cordero
The Philippine Star 07/10/2006

The smallest player on the court delivered the biggest play yesterday.

Marvin Cruz, listed at 5-foot-9, buried a short jumper with only a fraction of a second left as the UP Maroons held off the UST Tigers, 94-92, at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

After a timeout called by returning UP coach Joe Lipa, Cruz received the inbounds and ran an isolation play for himself. He drove past three defenders for the winning basket.

"I just did what my coach taught me. I read their defense and responded to the situation," said Cruz after the victory that gave the Maroons a great start in the 69th UAAP season.

"We will prove the other teams that we can give them a good run," added the lefty who also had 25 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and four steals in only 25 minutes.

Nestor de Asis, another veteran, delivered 14 points and 15 rebounds.

"This is the UAAP. The level of competition is really high," he said inside the pressroom where Lipa, back as UP coach after a short stint as UAAP commissioner, was his usual self.

As Cruz and de Asis were fielding questions from reporters, Lipa was quietly puffing his cigarette. He hardly spoke, saying it should be the players being given the attention.

"The welcome (victory) is good, but I need cash," was Lipa’s catchy one-liner yesterday.

Aside from his two veterans, the fiery UP coach also drew big games from his rookies, particularly Miguel de Asis and Martin Reyes who combined for 10 triples and 32 points.

De Asis had six three-pointers in the game, the last one coming in the final minute and giving the Maroons a 92-90 lead while Reyes, a left-handed triggerman, had four triples.

These two players, part of the La Salle Zobel team that won the juniors crown last year, will definitely play a big role in UP’s campaign this year.

The Tigers, under new coach Pido Jarencio, trailed most of the way, and enjoyed their last taste of the lead at 92-90 on a nice jumper by Joselito Duncil.

Swingman Jemal Viscara, who struggled in the first half, poured in 14 points in the last two quarters. He had three triples until he was pulled out in the dying seconds because of a hamstring injury.

In junior play, Ateneo overpowered National U to fashion out an 83-56 rout while Far Eastern U beat University of the East, 99-61, Adamson held off Univ. of Santo Tomas, 59-55.

Kid Cubao
07-10-2006, 09:31 AM
who's nestor de asis, mr. abac cordero? that's nestor DAVID and miguel DE ASIS :D

full battle gear
07-10-2006, 11:52 AM
Cruz heroics marks Lipa return as Maroons coach
By JOEL ORELLANA
The Manila Times Reporter

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Games Thursday (Rizal Memorial Coliseum)

2 p.m. UP vs NU

4 p.m. Adamson vs UST

Marvin Cruz did not allow the return of Joe Lipa to the University of the Philippines as head coach to be ruined.

The 5-foot-9 southpaw guard shook off the defense of Jacques Cuan and buried the go-ahead basket that gave the Fighting Maroons a thrilling 94-92 win over the stubborn University of Santo Tomas in the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium Sunday.

The 20-year-old Cruz, one of the five veterans left in the young UP roster, drove hard into the shaded lane, eluded Cuan’s defense, his floater bouncing off the rim twice before going in that sent the Maroons gallery in frenzy.

Cruz’s winning basket capped an incredible performance with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists in 31 minutes of play.

"I am one of the veterans in this team and I told coach Joe I wanted the ball in the last play and I’m glad he gave me that opportunity," said Cruz, who had also 4 steals in the tight contest.

Lipa also drew a solid effort from rookie Miguel de Asis, a prized catch from De La Salle University-Zobel.

The 18-year-old freshman finished with 20 points, highlighted by six triples including a huge one that put his team back in the lead, 92-90 with 17.5 ticks left in the game.

"No pressure. Coach Joe gave me the go signal to hit my shots," said de Asis, member of the Junior Archers squad that captured their first title last year.

After de Asis sank the triple, Jojo Duncil tied the game for the last time with a short jumper, 92-all with 12 seconds remaining.

Lipa called for a timeout then let Cruz ran down the clock before the fourth-year veteran struck with the golden basket with 0.3 seconds left in the game clock.

"Marvin read the situation very well. He just wanted to prove that we can compete with the top teams in this league," said Lipa, who is responsible for the only UAAP crown of the Maroons in 1986.

Senior veteran Nestor David also dished out a huge game for UP with 14 rebounds and 15 rebounds.

Jervy Cruz paced the Growling Tigers with 16 points to go along with 15 boards, but failed to give debuting coach Pido Jarencio a victory in his first game in the tournament.

Scores:

UP 94—Cruz 25, de Asis 20, David 14, Reyes 12, Sorongon 9, Buyco 7, Epres 4, Serios 2, Co 1, Maniego 0, Cacha 0, Braganza 0.

UST 92—Cruz 16, Vizcara 14, Duncil 12, Espiritu 12, Cuan 11, Ababou 11, Cortes 8, Evangelista 3, Taylor 3, Dizon 2, Gile 0, Allera 0.

Quarters: 23-21, 45-43, 65-64, 94-92.

gameface_one
07-13-2006, 08:41 AM
Maroons target 2-0 lead vs Bulldogs; Tigers take on Falcons



Inquirer
Last updated 04:04am (Mla time) 07/13/2006

Published on page A24 of the July 13, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

GAMES TODAY (Rizal Memorial Coliseum)
2 p.m. -- UP vs NU (Srs)
4 p.m. -- Adamson vs UST (Srs)

MINUTES after winning his opening game in the University Athletics Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament, returning University of the Philippines coach Joe Lipa certainly looked proud.

Playing beyond expectations, Lipa’s UP Maroons hardly seemed like a team with nine new faces.

“(The rookies are) confident because I know they’re big winners and they’re ably supported by the veterans,” said Lipa as his young squad vies for a 2-0 lead at 2 p.m. today at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

The Maroons escaped with a 94-92 triumph over the University of Santo Tomas Tigers, who will gun for their first win versus the Adamson University Falcons at 4 p.m.

Veteran playmaker Marvin Cruz bailed out the Maroons by burying a short jumper with only three-tenths of a second remaining.

But not many expected the Maroons to get a quick boost from freshmen Migs de Asis and Martin Reyes, the two recruits from 2005 UAAP juniors champion De La Salle-Santiago Zobel School.

The 5-foot-11 De Asis fired 18 of his 20 points from beyond the arc, including two clutch triples in the final two minutes.

Reyes also proved to be a deadly shooter, as the 6-foot-1 swingman scored all of his 12 points from the three-point lane.

While the Maroons’ campaign looks promising, the UST Tigers just absorbed a big blow in their bid.

Veteran guard Jemal Vizcarra suffered a pulled hamstring and would be sidelined in the Tigers’ next few games.

But rookie coach Pido Jarencio said his deep bench could easily make up for the absence of one of his team’s top scorers.

“If someone comes in or someone leaves, we’re okay,” said Jarencio. “We’re not worried. We’re always thinking positive.”

Jarencio added that his Tigers failed to display their potential in their first loss versus the Maroons.

“That wasn’t our game,” said Jarencio. “We were out of focus. Maybe because this is a new team in terms of system. We still need to settle down.” Jasmine W. Payo

gameface_one
07-13-2006, 08:46 AM
UP’s new 1-2 punch shows big promise
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WHEN COACH Joe Lipa led University of the Philippines to its only UAAP basketball title two decades ago, he has an outstanding senior in Ronnie Magsanoc and a sensational young talent in Benjie Paras on the team.


Lipa’s first game back on the UP bench showcased another superb veteran and promising newcomer in Marvin Cruz and Migs De Asis.

The 5-foot-8 Cruz, playing his final season as a Maroon, delivered 25 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and the game-winning basket in their 94-92 win over University of Sto. Tomas last Sunday.

While such a big game is expected from the diminutive playmaker, a 20-point effort from De Asis is certainly a surprise.

The former De La Salle junior standout spiced up his impressive debut with six three-pointers.

The Maroons will try to sustain the momentum of their narrow victory when they face National University today at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

With high-scoring forward Edwin Asoro and streak-shooting guard Jonathan Fernandez leading the way, the Bulldogs are tipped to contend for a Final Four spot this year.

They pushed Ateneo to the limit in the opener despite losing Fernandez to injury early in the game.

In the other game, UST will try to forget its tough loss against UP when it battles Adamson University. The Tigers are hoping to give new coach Pido Jarencio his first win in the league.

The Falcons, themselves, are also hoping to score their first win under coach Leo Austria.

gameface_one
07-13-2006, 08:47 AM
Hot Maroons seek 2nd win vs Bulldogs

The Philippine Star 07/13/2006

University of the Philippines tries to come up with a follow-up to its thrilling opening game win over Santo Tomas as it tangles with National U today in the 69th UAAP basketball tournament at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

The Maroons buried 12 triples but needed the endgame heroics of Marvin Cruz to nip the Tigers, 94-92, last Sunday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium. Cruz, who finished with 25 points, came up with a jumper with less than a second to go to lift UP to the victory.

"We’ll prove to everyone that we can compete," said Cruz, one of the few holdovers of last year’s squad that nearly crashed into the Final Four for the first time in eight years, in Filipino.

Gametime is at 2 p.m.

UP also drew impressive games from rookies Miguel de Asis and Martin Reyes.

De Asis and Reyes, vital cogs in La Salle-Zobel’s UAAP high school title romp last year, accounted for 10 of their team’s 12 triples and finished with 25 and 12 points, respectively.

Nestor David, the other veteran in the team of coach Joe Lipa, also had 14 points while snaring a game-high 15 rebounds, including nine offensive boards. He also had five assists and two shot blocks.

Adamson and UST, meanwhile, collide at 4 p.m., both seeking to bounce back from their first game setbacks.

But while the Tigers dropped a close contest, the Falcons absorbed a lopsided 57-72 beating from host University of the East Warriors in Saturday’s inaugurals.

The Maroons, however, expect a tough challenge from the Bulldogs, who dragged Ateneo into a close contest before eventually bowing, 70-75.

"We’re not as strong as everybody else, but we always go out there to win," said NU mentor Manny Dandan, who steered the school to a Final Four stint six years ago.

But the Bulldogs might miss the services of the sweet-shooting Jonathan Fernandez, who sustained an ankle injury late in the first quarter, leaving much of the load to Edwin Asoro, who dished out a 17-point, 12-rebound effort against Ateneo.

gameface_one
07-13-2006, 08:51 AM
Maroons seek early lead vs Bulldogs
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University of the Philippines shoots for the early lead in the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament on Thursday against National University at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

The Fighting Maroons and the Bulldogs collide at 2 p.m., followed by the tussle between University of Santo Tomas and Adamson University at 4 p.m.

The Diliman-based team of coach Joe Lipa is coming off a 94-92 victory at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium on Sunday against UST in their first assignment on the last-gasp shot of Marvin Cruz.

Lipa, who returned to the Fighting Maroons’ bench after two decades, praised his veterans and rookies for not giving up in the game against the Growling Tigers.

"The players should be credited for our win last Sunday. They did not give up to the last minute," said Lipa, whose previous UAAP coaching stint was with Ateneo de Manila University in 2001.

Cruz, a four-year veteran, had 25 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals for UP, while senior forward Nestor David Jr. added with 14 markers, 15 boards and 5 feeds.

"The veterans really wanted to have a good showing this year. But they knew that they need some help from the rookies," Lipa added.

Miguel de Asis debuted with style in the UAAP, as he netted 20 points for the Maroons highlighted by 6 triples, while his erstwhile teammate at De La Salle-Zobel, Martin Reyes, also hit 4 three-pointers to finish with 12 points.

The Fighting Maroons, who last won a UAAP crown in 1986 under Lipa, will be facing the hard-fighting NU squad of coach Manny Dandan.

The Bullsdogs surrendered a 75-70 decision to the Ateneo Blue Eagles on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum, but Dandan’s wards gave the title favorites a scare and almost pulled off an upset.

Shooter Jonathan Fernandez is a doubtful starter for NU today, as he sprained an ankle in that game against Ateneo. Edwin Asoro, Dave Catamora and Howard Flor will carry the cudgels for the Bulldogs.

In the second game, the Falcons and the Growling Tigers hope to enter the win column and avoid a second straight setback.

Adamson, now under coach Leo Austria, bowed to season host University of the East, 57-72, in the opening game of the tournament.

UST, also campaigning with a new mentor in alumnus Pido Jarencio, lost to the Maroons and got a second black-eye after come-backing forward Jemal Vizcara injured his left hamstring and could be out for a couple of weeks.

Games Thursday (Rizal Memorial Coliseum)

2 p.m. – UP vs. NU (Srs.)

4 p.m. – Adamson vs. UST (Srs.)

BigBlue
07-13-2006, 09:12 AM
was watching ABS-CBN this morning. Julius Babao read an announcement from TJ Manotoc: No UAAP Games today. So can anyone confirm?

skopy
07-13-2006, 11:42 AM
Yup, confirmed. No UAAP games today :(

gameface_one
07-15-2006, 10:22 AM
NU’s lady pups have fangs
THE GAME OF MY LIFE By Bill Velasco
The Philippine Star 07/15/2006

National University has struggled in men’s basketball in the UAAP, but has always put up a good fight. This year, though, there is a new sight that will greet spectators. NU is now proud to say they have a women’s team, the Lady Bulldogs, the dream of the late Sonny Paguia, patron of NU basketball.

"They are all graduates of high school, they are all first-year college," says head coach Benjie Navarro. "This team put together by coach Sonny is run and gun. They will really run."

The original incarnation of the team was in its infancy when the affable Paguia died as the last UAAP season was about to get underway. So he never saw his dream come to complete fruition.

Most of the new batch’s players hail from Pampanga, and know that, in terms of size and experience, going in they are facing an uphill battle. Whoever will lead the team is still to emerge. The expectations range from winning at least one game, to making the post-season.

"Management just wants us to keep the scores close," Navarro admits. "As long as the opponents don’t get too far ahead. The last time we put together a team, we took players out right away, because they couldn’t score."

Having seen the other schools in action, the players want a piece of the pie. A big one.

"They expect us to beat maybe two teams or three teams, and that would be okay," says point guard Joice Ramos. "But for us, we expect to at least make the Final Four."

"Maybe we just have to show that we can do it, and not look like beginners," believes center Jelline Batnag. "We can’t look like we don’t know what we’re doing."

While they’re rapidly trying to build up team chemistry against squads that have been together for three or four years, the Lady Bulldogs are hoping to lean on their attacking offense to catch other teams off guard.

"We’re determined," says Batnag. "They won’t think that a new team is a doormat. We want to prove that a new team can be a winner."

"I want this team to be intact up to 2008, 2009," Navarro declares, looking to the future. "We will certainly keep this team together."

Shooting, running and attitude seems to be the Lady Bulldogs’ strength. Having young, raw players makes for a potentially devastating team either way. Their weakness, obviously, is their relative lack of experience. Other schools have played in the UAAP, other school leagues, and even the open Metro Basketball Tournament (MBT). Imagine fielding an entire rookie platoon into a field that is tall, hungry, talented and experienced. It’s akin to feeding newborn pups to a pack of wolves. Unless the pups bite back, and bounce back.

"Win or lose, the team stays strong. We’ve been through a lot of changes. This team doesn’t give up. The team really gets along," Ramos continues. "We really follow the system of the coach, and instructions from the team captain. We’re ready for the UAAP."

"They’ll see we’re a fighting team," adds point guard Christine Ramos. "They will learn not to underestimate us."

Here’s hoping the NU Lady Bulldogs live up the "bulldog" more than the "lady", and are more bite than bark. * * *
Catch highlights of the PBA finals and the UAAP opening on tomorrow’s episode of The Basketball Show over RPN 9 at 2 p.m.

gameface_one
07-15-2006, 10:29 AM
Warriors seek second win vs Tamaraws



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Last updated 02:10am (Mla time) 07/15/2006

Published on page A25 of the July 1, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

GAMES TODAY (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)

9 a.m. -- Ateneo vs Adamson (Jrs); 11 a.m. -- UP vs UST (Jrs); 2 p.m. -- NU vs UE (Jrs); 4 p.m. -- FEU vs UE (Srs)

NO ONE was more relieved than coach Dindo Pumaren after the University of the East Warriors claimed the season opener in the University Athletics Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament.

“For the last two years we’ve been losing our first game, so it’s good that we got off to a good start this season,” said the third-year mentor.

But the jitters are back as the UE Warriors shoot for the solo 2-0 lead versus defending champion Far Eastern U Tamaraws in the lone senior match at 4 p.m. today at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

“Our problem with FEU is we haven’t seen them play complete,” said Pumaren. “We played against them in the pre-season, but (main man) Jeff Chan wasn’t there. And they were able to watch our first game, so that’s another advantage for them.” Jasmine W. Payo

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07-15-2006, 10:35 AM
UAAP Basketball Tournament

Tams debut vs Warriors today

By NOLI CRUZ
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POWERHOUSE UNIVERSITY of the East and defending champion Far Eastern U will open another chapter in their enduring rivalry in the UAAP basketball tournament when they clash today at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.



The game, set at 4 p.m., will be a fitting match-up for the basketball-starved followers of the premiere collegiate league after a doubleheader was canceled last Thursday because of tropical storm Florita.

While the Warriors are the favorites to go all the way this year, the Tamaraws remain solid on all fronts.

The Tamaraws lost key players to graduation last summer, including Arwind Santos and Mark Isip, both potential first round picks in the next PBA Draft.

But they still have sweet-shooting PBL veteran Jeff Chan on their fold. Around Chan is a bunch of former relievers ready and able to start this campaign.

Warriors coach Dindo Pumaren himself ranks the Tamaraws among the contenders this year.

"You can’t underestimate them (Tamaraws). Alam naman natin na kahit Team B nila malakas pa rin," he said.

The Tamaraws will be seeing action for the first time in the tournament while the Warriors share early lead with the Ateneo Blue Eagles and the University of the Philippines Maroons at 1-0.

Gauging from their opening day performance against the Adamson Falcons, the Warriors are deserving of the pre-season hype.

Their top three players – Marcy Arellano, Mark Borboran and Bonbon Custodio – are all capable of taking over the game.

The trio, also known as the "ABC," combined for 42 points in their lopsided victory over the Falcons.

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07-15-2006, 10:40 AM
FEU opens title defense vs Warriors
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Games Saturday (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)

2 p.m. – NU vs UE (Jrs.)

4 p.m. – FEU vs UE (Srs.)

Far Eastern University begins its title retention bid against University of the East on Saturday in the lone seniors game of the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The Tamaraws and the Red Warriors, picked to contend for the crown this season, collide at 4 p.m.

FEU begins its post-Arwind Santos era with coach Bert Flores admitting the goal of defending the crown minus the 6-foot-4 forward with all-around skills will be difficult task for the Morayta-based squad.

"You really can’t replace what Arwind does for the team. That’s why the players need to work together to cover for it," said Flores, who also lost veterans Mark Isip, RJ Rizada, Eder Saldua and Paul Flores to graduation.

"That’s why we are working on our rebounds and de-fense, things that we lost along with Mark and Arwind," he added. Joel Orellana

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07-16-2006, 07:48 AM
Ailing Warriors wax hot, thump Tams
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 07/16/2006

University of the East overcame a sluggish start with a strong windup as it topped defending champion Far Eastern U, 92-84, in overtime yesterday to seize the solo lead in the 69th UAAP basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

With five players playing sick, the Warriors started out flat but gained their bearing in the second half and went on to beat the Tams in the extra period for their second straight victory.

Bon Bon Custodio endured intestinal problems and early foul-trouble situation, making 18 points including 11 in the third quarter when the Recto-based school turned the tide in its favor.

The Warriors failed to finish off the Tams in regulation play but won just the same with Mark Borboran taking his turn to shine in overtime.

"Five of my players had to endure minor sickness today, and that’s the reason why we started slow," said UE coach Dindo Pumaren pointing to Custodio, James Martinez, Marcy Arellano, Elmer Espiritu and Kelvin Gregorio as the Warriors who played sick.

"I was telling these players to rest but they really wanted to play. Luckily, we won," Pumaren also said.

Martinez, who metamorphosed from a shooting guard during his high school days at San Beda to point guard at UE, also took the limelight as he came through with 16 points — his best effort thus far in the UAAP.

"Nobody believed he can play the point, but I know he can," said Pumaren.

Jonas Villanueva matched Custodio’s output but lost steam in overtime, suffering cramps and had to be carried out by his teammates to the sideline with a minute left to play.

Working on a deliberate half-court game, the Tams dictated the tempo at the start as they led by as many as 14 points, 35-21, midway in the second period.

But Custodio and Martinez teamed up in a decisive attack as the Warriors surged ahead at 60-59 going into the final canto.

UE stretched its lead to seven, 66-59, but FEU inched its way back as Roser Mangahas, scoreless in the first three quarters, suddenly gained his touch.

Mangahas fired all his eight points in the fourth quarter, including two charities that sent the game into overtime.

The Tams had a chance to win it in regulation but Borboran blocked a three-point attempt by rookie Marnel Baracael at the buzzer.

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07-16-2006, 07:54 AM
Warriors soar to 2nd straight win
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By NOLI CRUZ

THE ABC worked wonders again for the University of the East in its 92-84 overtime win over old rival and defending champion Far Eastern University yesterday in the 69th UAAP basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.


Marcy Arellano, struggling all day, drained a three-pointer to stop an FEU run in the final minute of the extension and iced the game with two free throws.

Mark Borboran, who fouled out late in overtime, opened fire in the extra period with a three-point play and a short stab to give the Warriors an 84-79 lead. Bonbon Custodio, who scored all of his 18 points after halftime, added a three-pointer on their next possession to make it 87-79.

Marlon Adolfo scored four straight and Benedict Fernandez split a pair to pull the Tamaraws within 85-87 before Arellano hit the dagger.

Arellano, Borboran and Custodio, collectively known as ABC, combined to score all of UE’s 13 points in overtime.

Rookie JR Gerilla scored his seventh field goal and Benjamin Mangahas canned two free throws to forge a 79-all deadlock and send the game to overtime.

Jonas Villanueva, the 62 sophomore playmaker of the Tamaraws, was a match-up nightmare for the Warriors early in the game.

He had seven of his team-high 18 points in the first quarter as the Tamaraws raced to a 23-14 lead. It swelled to 35-21 on a basket by Jeff Chan midway in the second.

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07-16-2006, 07:57 AM
UE staves off FEU, win second in row
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BY JOEL ORELLANA, The Manila Times Reporter

Games Sunday (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)

2 p.m. – NU vs Adamson (Srs.)

4 p.m. – Ateneo vs UP (Srs.)

Marcy Arellano missed a potential game-winning triple in regulation, but delivered the crucial points in overtime to keep University of the East unscathed.

The Red Warriors rallied from an early 14-point deficit after the break and repulsed defending champion Far Eastern University, 92-84, to grab the solo lead of the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball Saturday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

It was the second win in as many games for UE, despite some of its key players playing sick.

"That’s my worry entering this game because five of my players were sick for the past few days," said Red Warriors head coach Dindo Pumaren, referring to Arellano, Bonbon Custodio, Elmer Espiritu, James Martinez and Kelvin Gregorio.

"But they really wanted to play, that’s why I’m proud of my boys. They were able to pull it through," Pumaren added.

After an awful first half, mainly because of foul trouble, Custodio exploded for 18 points, all after the break, while 19-year-old sophomore guard Martinez tallied a career-high 16 points.

Mark Borboran, who finished with 15 markers, played big in the extra period, as he scored the first five points in that stage for UE. Custodio added a triple to give the Red Warriors a comfortable 87-79 lead, 2:19 left.

The Tamaraws, however, kept coming back, capitalizing on UE’s turnovers and reeling off five straight points to cut the lead to 84-87 with 1:11 remaining.

Then came Arellano’s triple from the deep right corner—he missed a similar attempt in regulation—and after FEU forward Marlon Adolfo turned the ball over, Arellano sealed the game with two free throws.

The Tamaraws seized the momentum early, building a pair of 14-point leads in the second period on the exploits of rookie Alfred Gerilla before settling to a 40-32 lead at halftime.

In the juniors match, the UE Pages tamed the National University Bullpups, 97-73, behind a solid game from Erwin Duran, who collected 24 points and 22 rebounds.

The Scores:

UE 92—Custodio 18, Martinez 16, Borboran 15, Gregorio 13, Labagala 10, Arellano 9, Thiele 5, Espiritu 4, Canizares 2, Linganay 0, Llagas 0, Bandaying 0.

FEU 84—Jo. Villanueva 18, Gerilla 14, Fernandez 14, Chan 10, Adolfo 9, Mangahas 8, Barcellano 6, Baracael 4, Reyes 1, Vinluan 0, Afable 0, de la Cruz 0, Je Villanueva 0.

Quarters: 14-23, 32-40, 60-59, 79-79, 92-84.

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07-16-2006, 08:04 AM
Warriors turn back Tamaraws


By Jasmine W. Payo
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Last updated 03:30am (Mla time) 07/16/2006

Published on page A24 of the July 16, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

AN illness-struck University of the East Warriors found enough heroes in the second half to get them by. By the time the final buzzer sounded, it was the Far Eastern U Tamaraws turn to feel sick.

Sparked by skipper Bonbon Custodio after the break, the Warriors outlasted the Tamaraws in overtime, 92-84, to achieve a two-fold task in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

UE not only took the early lead in the tournament with a 2-0 card, it also validated its status as favorite by handing FEU a bad start in its title-retention bid.

All that despite having five key players coming from sickbay with illnesses ranging from bum stomach to fever.

“I was worried,” said UE coach Dindo Pumaren. “In the first half, we were so tentative because in the last few days some of my players were unable to practice. And when FEU employed a trap (defense), the players panicked. ”

The five players included Custodio, sophomore James Martinez, Marcy Arellano, Elmer Espiritu and Kelvin Gregorio.

Martinez also played a clutch role in the Warriors’ comeback, knocking in 12 of his 16 points from beyond the arc to provide UE with much-needed outside threat.

Mark Borboran also came through for the Warriors, blocking a potential game-winning basket by FEU’s Marnel Baracael at the end of regulation and then preserving his heroics by knocking in five of his 15 points in the extra period.

But it was Custodio who took the lead in rallying the Warriors, hitting 11 of his 18 markers in the third period after coming off a scoreless first half where he watched his team trail, 19-33, and lose a lot of the swagger and confidence it showed in an opening-day win against the Adamson Falcons.

In the extra period, Borboran and Custodio keyed an 8-0 burst to put the Warriors on top for good, 87-79, with only 2:19 remaining.

Custodio pumped in eight of the Warriors’ first 13 points in the third period to whittle the deficit, 45-48, after trailing, 32-40, at halftime.

Triples by Martinez sustained that rally and the Warriors actually took the lead, 60-59, 33 seconds before the end of the third period.

But a spate of errors kept UE from finishing off FEU in regulation.

The Warriors had a four-point spread going into the final minute but the Tamaraws managed to knot the count with an Alfred Gerilla basket and a pair of free throws by RB Mangahas in the last 35 ticks that sandwiched a Custodio turnover.

Earlier, the Ateneo Blue Eaglets drubbed the Adamson Baby Falcons, 85-57, to take the solo 2-0 lead in junior play.

The UP Junior Maroons escaped with a 78-76 decision over the UST Tiger Cubs to claim their first victory.

In the the third game, the UE Pages recovered from an opening-day loss with a 97-73 triumph over the NU Bullpups.

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07-17-2006, 07:44 AM
Eagles recover in time to tame Maroons
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By NOLI CRUZ

THE ATENEO Blue Eagles squandered a double-digit lead but recovered in time to beat the University of the Philippines Maroons, 98-89, yesterday in the 69th UAAP basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.


Rookie Eric Salamat scored 17 points, making 11-of-12 free throws, and was at his best when the Eagles were feeling down and rattled.

Salamat, who only had two points in his debut, clustered six straight points to lead a 10-4 run towards the end of the third period and the Eagles rolled from there.

His heroics came after UP star point guard Marvin Cruz tied the count at 67-all.

The Eagles, who shared early lead with idle University of the East Warriors at 2-0, tightened up their defensive screws in the second period to lead 56-48 at halftime.

They led by 10 points twice before the break, the last at 56-46 after Chris Tiu hit three free throws.

Free throws made the difference in the first half for the Eagles, who went 23-of-29 from the line. The Maroons were only 5-of-9 from the stripe in the first two quarters.

Bullstrong forward Nestor David flexed his muscles early for the Maroons, accounting for seven in a 12-3 start. But the Eagles quickly erased the deficit and knotted the count at 30-all at the end of the first quarter.

The Maroons fell to 1-1, the same record of the Adamson Falcons.

The Falcons, grounded by tropical storm the last time, were finally cleared for take off, leading by as many as 30 points in an 8864 win over the winless National University Bulldogs in the first game.

With their game opposite the University of Santo Tomas Tigers canceled because of bad weather Thursday, the Falcons had to wait three more days before getting a chance to redeem themselves from an opening day loss.

The impatience showed early.

The Falcons scored the game’s first 10 points and never looked back.

They led, 24-8, after the first quarter with Bono pouring in 10 points and Patrick Cabahug adding seven.

The lead swelled to 21 points as the Falcons scored the first five points of the second period and to 28 points, 51-23, as Cabahug canned two free throws, under two minutes before halftime.

The Bulldogs scored four straight to open the third period, but the Falcons responded with a 10-2 run capped by Jerry Orera’s lay-up for a 62-32 count.

Cabahug led the Falcons with 22 points and 15 rebounds, way better than his seven-point production in their loss to the Warriors.

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07-17-2006, 07:45 AM
Eagles soar as rookie shines


By Jasmine W. Payo
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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

FRESHMAN GUARD Eric Salamat fueled the Ateneo Blue Eagles' second-half surge to forge a 98-89 victory over the University of the Philippines Maroons yesterday in the UAAP men's basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Salamat, a sought-after rookie from the 2005 NCAA juniors champion San Sebastian, poured in 11 of his 17 points in the final two quarters to propel Ateneo on top with the University of the East at 2-0.

"He played an exceptional game," said Ateneo coach Norman Black of the 5-foot-11 guard. "He took advantage of his playing time."

Fifth-year forward Doug Kramer led the Eagles with a 20-point, 10-rebound performance.

The Adamson Falcons had an easier time in the first game as they dominated early for an 88-64 rout of National University Bulldogs.

Ken Bono and Patrick Cabahug, who combined for 42 points and 30 rebounds, built a cushion big enough to let the Falcons coast to their first victory in two games.

Salamat, who played only four minutes in his debut game versus NU, single-handedly towed the Eagles to a 73-69 advantage after a deadlock at 67 in the third quarter.

The scores:

First Game
ADAMSON 88--Cabahug 22, Bono 20, Orera 14, Agustin 8, Canuday 6, Yong 5, Hugnatan 4, Pacheco 3, Gonzalgo 3, Poloyapoy 2, Santos 1, Yambot 0, Gorospe 0, Basillo 0.

NU 64--Asoro 18, Lingao-Lingao 12, Jahnke 12, Catamora 10, Malagueno 5, Flor 3, Luy 2, Salvado 2, Garcia 0, Cooper 0, Malcontento 0, Fernandez 0, Dela Cruz 0.
Quarters: 24-8, 52-26, 72-43, 88-64

Second Game
ATENEO 98--Kramer 20, Salamat 17, Intal 13, Escueta 8, Tiu 8, Escalona 8, Al-Hussaini 8, Laterre 7, Arao 4, Quimson 3, Reyes 2.

UP 89--Cruz 29, De Asis 14, David 10, Serios 9, Epres 9, Co 8, Buyco 4, Maniego 2, Reyes 2, Braganza 2, Salvador 0, Cacha 0.

Quarters: 30-30, 56-48, 77-71, 98-89

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07-17-2006, 07:45 AM
Eagles rip Maroons, soar into joint lead
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 07/17/2006

Ateneo de Manila overpowered University of the Philippines with its imposing inside game as it fashioned out a 98-89 victory yesterday to gain a share of the lead with University of the East in the 69th UAAP basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Doug Kramer fired 20 points, all coming inside the lane to underscore the Eagles superiority in the paint while rookie Eric Salamat scattered 17 points, including 11 from the line, for Ateneo which nailed its second straight victory.

The Maroons fell to 1-1.

"I told the boys to take it inside, challenge their defense, and they did that today (yesterday)," said Ateneo coach Norman Black.

Just like what they did in a 94-92 win over the Santo Tomas Tigers last week, the Maroons leaned on their outside shooting with Marvin Cruz leading the charge again with a game-high 29 points.

But UP skipper Nestor David fell to foul trouble and eventually fouled out early in the fourth quarter, slowing down the Maroons’ offense and enabling Kramer and the other big men of Ateneo to capitalize.

Free throws also proved crucial as the Eagles made 39 of their 49 attempts while the Maroons bungled 14 of their 29 tries.

After battling the Maroons in a first quarter shootout, the Eagles pulled ahead at the half, 56-48, behind the duo of Kramer and Escueta.

But the Cruz-led UP squad came fighting back at resumption of the contest and knotted the count at 69-all late in the third before Ateneo’s big men took over and set the pace.

Earlier, Kramer and UP’s Ira Buyco were slapped a technical foul apiece for misconduct late in the second period that almost led to a fistfight before cooler heads intervened.

Earlier, Adamson dominated National University from start to finish as it ran away with an 88-64 victory to even its card to 1-1.

Patrick Cabahug and Ken Bono paced the Falcons with 22 and 20 points, respectively, as the Falcons erased the stigma of their humiliating 57-72 opening-day loss to the Warriors.

"I told the boys to just forget what happened in our first game and keep on working harder," said Adamson mentor Leo Austria, who took over from Mel Alas this year, in Filipino.

Edwin Asoro had a solid 18-point, 13-rebound and four-shot block effort but the Bulldogs sorely missed shooter Jonathan Fernandez, who sat out for the second straight game after sustaining an ankle injury in their 70-75 setback to the Eagles also last week.

It was NU’s second straight loss.

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07-17-2006, 07:48 AM
Eagles roll back Maroons, tie Warriors atop
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By JOEL ORELLANA
The Manila Times Reporter

After a shaky first game, Ateneo de Manila University bounced back with a pretty impressive performance against the hard-fighting University of the Philippine squad Sunday.

The Blue Eagles survived the Fighting Maroons’ second-half comeback and made a killing in the shaded lane to post a 98-89 win in the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The win is in contrast to their 75-70 triumph over the lowly National University at the start of the tournament, although the Eagles managed to catch University of the East at the top of the standings with their second straight victory.

In the first game, Adamson University came out blazing and walloped National University, 88-64, to hand Leo Austria his first win as a collegiate coach.

After absorbing a 72-57 decision to host University of the East, the Falcons vented their ire on the Bulldogs and jumped the gun early to barge into the win column.

Senior forward Doug Kramer feasted on the weak frontline of UP as he finished with a team-high 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting to go along with his 10 boards, burying a mediocre stint against the Bulldogs.

"I don’t want to make excuses but Doug sprained his ankle against NU. Tonight, he played with more intensity," said Ateneo coach Norman Black, who also drew a solid effort from rookie Eric Salamat.

Salamat, a 18-year-old recruit from the San Sebastian High School team, chipped in 17 points, highlighted by 11-of-12 shooting from the free throw area.

"We really worked hard in the summer to recruit this player. It’s still early and this is just his second game but I knew he will be a special player here," Black added.

First Game:

Adamson 88—Cabahug 22, Bono 20, Orera 14, Agustin 8, Canuday 6, Yong 5, Hugnatan 4, Pacheco 3, Gonzalgo 3, Polayapoy 2, Santos 1, Yambot 0, Gorospe 0, Basilio 0.

NU 64—Asoro 18, Linga-lingao 12, Hanke 12, Catamora 10, Malagueno 5, Flor 3, Luy 2, Salvado 2, Garcia 0, Cooper 0, Malcontento 0, Fernandez 0, de la Cruz 0.

Quarters: 24-8, 52-26, 72-43, 88-6

Second Game:

Ateneo 98—Kramer 20, Salamat 17, Intal 13, Escueta 8, Tiu 8, Escalona 8, Al-Hussaini 8, Laterre 7, Arao 4, Quimson 3, Reyes 2.

UP 89—Cruz 29, de Asis 14, David 10, Serios 9, Epres 9, Co 8, Buyco 4, Maniego 2, Reyes 2, Braganza 2, Salvador 0, Cacha 0, Sorongon 0.

Quarters: 30-30, 56-48, 77-71, 98-89.

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07-18-2006, 08:01 AM
Lady Falcons rip newcomer National belles



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Last updated 04:56am (Mla time) 07/18/2006

Published on page A22 of the July 18, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE ADAMSON University Lady Falcons kept their reputation as a championship caliber team intact by whipping tournament-newcomer National University Lady Bulldogs, 97-28, at the start of women’s basketball hostilities in the University Athletics Association of the Philippines Season 69 Sunday at the University of the East Gym 5 in Manila.

Merenciana Arayi led the Lady Falcons, last year’s runners-up, with a game-high 27 points on top of 11 rebounds, five assists and two steals.

The Lady Falcons started the blowout by limiting the Lady Bulldogs to just two points in the second quarter.

University of the Philippines, last year’s third placer, made mincemeat of University of the East, last season’s cellar-dweller, 85-64, while No. 4 Far Eastern University nipped University of Santo Tomas, 64-62, in the other matches.

Katherine Sandel scattered 20 points, pulled down seven rebounds and issued four assists while Cherrylon Salvana and Ma. Leonora Ravago each had 10 markers for Adamson.

The Lady Bulldogs were paced by Jovelyn Mejia who had 10 points, eight rebounds and one steal. No other Lady Bulldog finished in double figures.

Danielle Bautista had 18 points, Sihaya Sadorra had 16 and Anna Corrine Martha Asistio 14 for the Lady Maroons.

The tournament resumes tomorrow at the Blue Eagle gym in Quezon City with Ateneo de Manila University taking the floor against UP at 8 a.m., NU facing FEU at 10 a.m. and UE battling UST at 12 noon

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07-19-2006, 07:42 AM
Lady Eagles open title defense today
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Ateneo de Manila University opens defense of its women’s basketball crown in Season 69 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines against University of the Philippines without its top scorer Lee Villanueva, who has already graduated.

The Lady Eagles, who won the crown over the Adamson Lady Falcons last year, take the floor against the Lady Maroons at 8 a.m. Wednesday in their home court at the Loyola Blue Eagle gym.

The Lady Maroons, who were third in Season 68, are coming off an 85-64 rout of the University of the East Amazons, the league’s perennial cellar-dwellers, on Sunday.

Far Eastern University, a 64-62 winner over University of Santo Tomas also on Sunday, take on National University at 10 a.m. UE tries to get into the win column against UST at noon.

Ateneo and UP were 1-1 in the double-round eliminations last season, but the Lady Falcons were hot in the semifinals, sweeping their rivals from Diliman to advance to the championship against the Lady Falcons.

Ateneo will have to watch out for UP’s top gunner Sihaya Sadorra and ace three-pointer Anna Corrine Asistio, who were impressive against UE with 16 points and 14 points, respectively.

Men’s basketball action, meanwhile, resumes Thursday with Adamson taking on Ateneo at 2 p.m. and UST facing FEU at 4 p.m. at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

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07-20-2006, 07:49 AM
UAAP feels pinch of La Salle’s absence


By Jasmine W. Payo, Francis Ochoa
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Last updated 05:32am (Mla time) 07/20/2006

Published on page A24 of the July 20, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

AT WHAT price does discipline come?

Whether the league admits it or not the University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP) is feeling the pinch of De La Salle University’s suspension, and most of it is coming from the cash registers.

Sponsors have backed out, venues have become smaller and live attendance is expected to shrink from last year.

According to an official from ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp., the television network that doubles as the UAAP’s marketing arm, approximately half of the league’s top advertisers have pulled out this season. The percentage as to how much La Salle’s absence has to do with it is even greater.

“Admittedly, there are less advertisers because the landscape is different,” Jojo Garcia, ABS-CBN’s customer development head for sports, told the Inquirer. “Some clients cited the absence of La Salle, but it’s also more than that.”

He did not elaborate on the La Salle factor, but Garcia said the game venues chosen this season -- Ninoy Aquino Stadium and Rizal Coliseum -- also had a hand in turning away some of the UAAP’s top advertisers.

“Both the venues are smaller,” noted Garcia. “For some clients, it’s different compared to Araneta (Coliseum) in terms of prestige and accessibility.”

Raised eyebrows

The timing of the switch to smaller venues also raised eyebrows. Last season, the UAAP played the bulk of its games at both the Blue Eagle gym of Ateneo de Manila University and the Araneta Coliseum. This year, with La Salle serving out its suspension for fielding ineligible players in its basketball team in the last three seasons, there will be less games at the Big Dome.

UAAP secretary general Bren Perez of host University of the East says the switch of venues was coincidental.

“The PSC (Philippine Sports Commission) offered us the venues, through chairman Butch Ramirez,” said Perez. “They invited both the UAAP and the NCAA to make it the home of both leagues. And we considered it because they gave us discounts.”

And the league needs discounts where it can take them.

Among the missing notable sponsors who usually plunk millions worth of advertising money to the league coffers are Globe Telecom, a heavy advertiser during the college basketball tournament, Nestlé Philippines and Samsung Electronics Philippines Corp.

“We lost our top three clients, but we’re still negotiating with others,” said Garcia. “It’s a work in progress. We have to move forward.”

Globe, whose president is La Salle product Gerry Ablaza, usually competes with Smart Communications for advertising spots during the basketball tournament.

Nestle’s ice cream product, meanwhile, institutionalized the cheer dance competition, a regular fare highly anticipated by college basketball followers.

Other top advertisers who have pulled out their spots are Mentos, Milo, Polo and Close-Up.

“We’re currently selling the cheer dance competition,” added Garcia. “Yes, it will be next month, but we’re in the process of negotiation.”

No figures were given as to how much both the UAAP and ABS-CBN stand to lose this season, but the price could be substantial.

Absent rivalry

Further hurting the league’s profits is the absence of the blockbuster games between arch rivals Ateneo and La Salle, who meet at least twice every season. For the television carrier and for the league, every game between both squads is an automatic cash cow, not just through ticket sales.

Last year, Ford launched a new car model at halftime during the first-round match between the two glamour squads.

“We get spot buys for Ateneo-La Salle games,” said Garcia. “There are also spot buys for games featuring other teams. But we can command better rates, the premium rates, for Ateneo-La Salle games.”

Although league observers see a decline in attendance rates with no Ateneo-La Salle rivalry to look forward to, host University of the East still noted the strong opening-day attendance, which nearly reached the 15,000 mark.

“As far as attendance and the crowd is concerned, we had no problems on opening day,” said Perez.

But numbers can sometimes be deceiving, especially if only the opening day weekend is concerned. Already, the league will be playing with a depleted schedule -- La Salle’s absence means 14 less games.

The fact that the Archers bring a full-house crowd and that the Blue-versus-Green rivalry never fails to pack playing venues means that a fat chunk of the attendance rates just got flushed down the drain this season.

But the UAAP is willing to weather the financial storm, if only to prove there’s no price too steep to pay for discipline.

“We have just renewed a five-year contract with ABS-CBN and there will be good years and not so good years,” said UAAP board representative Anton Montinola of Far Eastern University. “They’ve earned from the Ateneo-La Salle games in the past and this year may not be a good one. So it will just average out.”

Besides, as Perez puts it, “the league is still doing okay, we’re moving on. We’re doing our best as host, and so far, we’re having no problems.”

La Salle made the bed by fielding two ineligible players for three seasons, including during its championship year in 2004. Unfortunately, it’s the league that has to find ways to sleep through the night on it.

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07-20-2006, 07:53 AM
UAAP Basketball Tournament

Eagles face tall order vs Falcons
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THE ATENEO Blue Eagles have survived the rage of a productive wingman and a high-scoring point guard in winning their first two games.


This time, as they shoot for No. 3 opposite the Adamson Falcons, who are 1-1, at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium, they will have to go through the league’s premiere slotman.

Ken Bono, the 6-foot-5, 200-something-pound King Falcon, is as productive as Edwin Asoro of the National University Bulldogs and as prolific as Marvin Cruz of the University of the Philippines Maroons.

He is the only player averaging at least 20 points and 10 rebounds per game so far and is arguably the best player in the 69th UAAP basketball tournament.

His heft and size make him unstoppable inside and his soft touch from the perimeter and from the stripe makes him untouchable.

The opponents can’t foul him as often as they want because he can shoot free throws.

But the Eagles know how to deal with a one-man team.

They just have to play the way they did against Asoro’s Bulldogs and Cruz’s Maroons.

Let superman work. Fatigue will be his kryptonite in the endgame. Meanwhile, go for high percentage shots and spread the wealth on offense. So their plan goes.

In their last outing, all 11 players fielded in by coach Norman Black scored, eight of them chipped in at least seven points.

In the other game, defending champions Far Eastern U Tamaraws will try to break into the win column when they face the University of Santo Tomas Tigers. The Tamaraws dropped an overtime decision to neighboring rivals University of the East Warriors in their season opener.

The Tigers are also seeking their first win. They lost to the Maroons in their first outing on a last-second basket by Cruz.

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07-20-2006, 07:54 AM
Eagles clash with Falcons; Tams battle Tigers today



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Last updated 05:20am (Mla time) 07/20/2006

Published on page A23 of the July 20, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE ATENEO de Manila University’s Blue Eagles have learned that an overdose of confidence can be harmful.

The Eagles, who got a reality check in their first match, will gun for a third straight victory versus the Adamson University Falcons at 2 p.m. today at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

“Maybe we went into that first game thinking we’re better than what we really are, so we got a rude awakening from NU (National University),” said coach Norman Black, citing Ateneo’s unconvincing 75-70 win against the Bulldogs.

The awakening seemed to have helped. The Eagles hammered out a more stylish victory against the University of the Philippines Maroons in their next game.

Meanwhile, the defending champion Far Eastern University Tamaraws try to regroup after a 92-84 overtime defeat to pre-season favorite University of the East, their first in the post-Arwind Santos era.

The Tamaraws hope to use that loss as a wake-up call as they shoot for their first win against the University of Santo Tomas Tigers at 4 p.m.

The Tigers suffered a major blow early in their campaign when veteran guard Jemal Vizcarra went down with a hamstring injury in the Tigers’ 92-94 loss to UP.

Yet UST coach Pido Jarencio believes Jojo Duncil, Francis Allera and Dylan Ababou can easily fill in for the starting guard.

Freshman center Jervy Cruz also showed promise, debuting with a team-high 16 points, 15 rebounds and two blocks.

“We have a deep bench, we’re not worried,” said Jarencio.

After barely getting past the Bulldogs in the season opener, the Eagles looked more prepared in their 98-89 triumph over the Maroons last Sunday.

“We watched how UP played against UST and we knew that it’s not going to be an easy game,” said Black. “We wanted to establish in the game that we can win slow, we can win fast.”

Black expects another tough match from the Falcons, who are coming off an 88-64 rout versus NU.

Shooter Patrick Cabahug paced Adamson with 22 points and 15 rebounds, while center Ken Bono was equally impressive with 20 markers and 15 boards.

“They looked good against NU,” noted Black. “Bono got off to a good start so he’s going to be a handful in the middle. And their guards played quite well too; their shooters really connected from the outside.”

Ranged against the more seasoned Eagles, Adamson coach Leo Austria still thinks his team has a fair chance.

“I hope that my players continue to believe in themselves,” said Austria. “We’ve seen the games of the other teams. Not many of the teams are as strong as UE. The barometer this season is UE. I think the players realized that they have a chance, that’s why they’re very motivated.” Jasmine W. Payo

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07-20-2006, 07:58 AM
Eagles gun for solo lead versus Falcons

The Philippine Star 07/20/2006

Ateneo tries to break out of a tie with University of the East and seize the solo lead as it collides with Adamson today in a game that also features the clash of two of the league’s talented big men in the 69th UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Drawing a double-double performance from Doug Kramer, the Eagles overcame the State U Maroons, 98-89, last Sunday to gain a share of the lead with the UE Warriors with two wins apiece.

But the Falcons are also coming off an 88-64 rout of the National U Bulldogs to even their card at 1-1.

"Adamson is a dangerous team," said Ateneo coach Norman Black hours after watching the Falcons smother the Bulldogs, a team that pushed them to the limit before pulling off a 75-70 triumph.

Kramer, who had 20 points and 10 rebounds against UP, will be up against Ken Bono, who also had a 20-point effort in Adamson’s victory over NU, in a showdown between two of the league’s top big men.

"That would be an interesting match-up," said Adamson mentor Leo Austria, who is hoping to steer the Marcelino-based school to its first title in 29 years.

Meanwhhile, defending champion Far Eastern U tries to bounce back from a setback to UE last week as it plays Santo Tomas at 4 p.m.

The Tams, now without the core of their last year’s champion team who have all graduated, bowed to the Warriors, 82-94, in overtime while the Tigers lost to the Maroons, 92-94, on a buzzer beater by Marvin Cruz.

In women’s action, Ateneo walked the tightrope in kicking off its title-retention bid in UAAP Season 69 women’s basketball, nipping a stubborn University of the Philippines (UP) crew, 54-51, yesterday at the Blue Eagle gym.

In other matches, Far Eastern defeated National U, 70-28, and Santo Tomas outclassed University of the East, 64-34.

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07-20-2006, 07:59 AM
Ateneo eyes solo lead in clash with Adamson
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Ateneo de Manila University aims for solo leadership when it collides with Adamson University Thursday in the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament Thursday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The Blue Eagles and the Falcons meet at 2 p.m., followed by the tussle between University of Santo Tomas and defending champion Far Eastern University at 4 p.m.

Both UST and FEU are looking for their first win in the tournament.

Ateneo is currently tied with season host University of the East at the top of the standings with 2-0 records each, while Adamson and University of the Philippines are right behind them with 1-1 cards.

"Based on our scouts, Adamson is a pretty tough team. They have big men that can match up with us," said Blue Eagles head coach Norman Black, whose wards are coming off an inspiring 98-89 win over the Fighting Maroons.

Black drew solid performances from veteran forward Doug Kramer and rookie Eric Salamat in pounding UP.

Adamson barged into the win column with an 88-64 thumping of National University, but coach Leo Austria sees Ateneo as the real test for his Falcons.

"If we can beat Ateneo, then I think we have a legitimate chance to make it to the Final Four this year. We lost to UE, which is for me the barometer among the teams, but we played well despite the loss," Austria said.

"But we need a total team effort against them because they are tall and very quick. I think if we can pull it through, the boys will realize that we can reach the semis," he added.

Kenneth Bono and Roel Hugnatan will take on Kramer and sophomore center Rabe Al-Husaini in the shaded lane.

In the second game, the Tamaraws and the Growling Tigers try to avoid a second consecutive setback this season.

Champion in the last three years, FEU was silenced by the Red Warriors in its first game, 84-92. UST, under new coach Pido Jarencio, was edged by UP, 92-94, in its opening assignment.

The Tamaraws are favored to win the game, as the Tigers might miss the services of the forward Jemal Vizcara, who suffered a hamstring injury against the Maroons and is feared to be out for a couple of games.

Joel Orellana

***

Games Thursday (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)

2 p.m.–Ateneo vs Adamson (Srs.)

4 p.m.–UST vs FEU (Srs.)

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07-20-2006, 08:00 AM
Ateneo women slip past UP five
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Ateneo de Manila University nipped a stubborn University of the Philippines, 54-51, to kick off its title-retention bid in the University Athletics Association of the Philippines’ Season 69 women’s basketball event on Wednesday at the Blue Eagle gym.

Cherryl Ngo bailed the Lady Eagles out with eight of her 11 points in the fourth period, where Ateneo outscored its neighbor in Quezon City, 16-10.

Katrina Quimpo had a team-high 14 points and Treena Limgengco added 11 for the Lady Eagles. Anjelica Barracoso also made up for her measly six points with 19 rebounds for the Lady Eagles. She also had four blocks for Ateneo, which trailed three-fourths of the way.

Anna Asistio led the Lady Maroons with 16 points. Silvana Marasigan also stood her ground against Barracoso and hauled down 18 rebounds for UP.

In other matches, Far Eastern University had an easy time disposing of tournament newcomer National University, 70-28. University of Santo Tomas crushed University of the East as expected, 64-34.

Diana Jose had 11 points and 8 rebounds and Noyvie Molino finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Lady Tamaraws, who are now the early leaders with two straight wins.

No Lady Bulldog finished in double figures. Nowelliza Mañalac led NU with 8 points to go with her 4 rebounds.

Rem Buenacosa had an all-around game for UST, scoring a game-high 14 points. She also had 14 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 assists. The UE Amazons, who have not won since the first round of eliminations of the 2001 season, got 8 points and 4 rebounds from Abigail Cabral.

The games resume Sunday at the UE Gym 5 in Manila, with NU taking on UE at 8 a.m., Ateneo facing UST at 10 a.m. and Adamson, which drew a bye Wednesday, eyeing its second straight win against FEU at noon.

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07-21-2006, 07:45 AM
Ateneo posts 3rd straight victory
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By Noli Cruz

CHRIS TIU yesterday proved he’s more than just a pretty face on the Ateneo bench.


Tiu, a commercial model, drained a three-pointer from the left wing with 20.6 seconds left to lift the Blue Eagles past the Adamson Falcons, 73-72, in the 69th UAAP basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Sandwiching Tiu’s heroics were a couple of botched plays from Adamson star Ken Bono.

Bono first threw an airball, resulting to a shotclock violation and giving Tiu a chance to check back in. The burly slotman then sealed his team’s doom by losing possession on their last play.

"Adamson did a good job. But the important thing is we made the big play in the end and secured the win," said coach Norman Black after guiding the Eagles to a leagueleading 3-0 start.

The Falcons fell to 1-2.

In the other game, the University of Sto. Tomas Tigers squandered a 14point third quarter lead but kept their cool in the endgame to chalk up their first win under coach Pido Jarencio, an 90-87 upset of defending champions Far Eastern U Tamaraws. The Tigers improved to 1-1 while the Tamaraws dropped to 0-2.

Of course, Black also had kind words for Tiu.

"It’s nice to have him back (Tiu). He gave us more options offensively."

Tiu spent his sophomore year in Paris, France as part of his school’s exchange student program.

A huge third quarter gave the Eagles an eightpoint lead entering the payoff period, 61-53. They maintained the margin as Tiu hit a jumper for a 6557 count.

The Falcons rallied to tie it at 65-all on a basket by Bono, 3:56 left. Roel Escueta, who assisted Tiu’s bomb, hit a trey and Doug Kramer scored on a follow up for the Eagles while Bono had four and Michael Yong a three-point play for the Falcons in the succeeding sequences before the winning play.

It was tight in the first half with neither team leading by more than five points.

The Eagles scored the game’s first five points and were ahead, 23-18, after one quarter. But the Falcons seized control in the second period behind the hot hands of Patrick Cabahug and Leo Canuday, who combined for 23 points in the first half.

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07-21-2006, 07:50 AM
Eagles soar on Tiu’s trey; Tigers edge Tamaraws
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 07/21/2006

Ateneo banked on Chris Tiu’s triple and two crucial stops down the stretch as it edged Adamson, 73-72, yesterday to seize the solo lead in the 69th UAAP basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Tiu, who studied in Paris, France for a while before returning in January, scored seven of his nine points in the final period, including a triple from the left flank with 20.6 seconds remaining that gave Ateneo the go-ahead basket before the Eagles preserved the win with a tough defense.

"It’s nice to have him back, it gives us one more shooter in the team," said Ateneo coach Norman Black of the former Xavier School standout.

Ken Bono bungled two scoring opportunities in the Falcons’ last two possessions, including their last play when he posted against Ford Arao only to see the ball stolen by Yuri Escueta as time expired.

Doug Kramer fired 14 points and hauled down 11 rebounds for Ateneo, now in the lead with three straight wins.

Earlier, Bono, who ran roughshod over Arao all game long to finish with 19 points, overshot a jumper that would have sealed it for Adamson, which took a 72-70 lead before that Bono miss and Tiu’s booming trey.

Patrick Cabahug led all scorers with 22 points, highlighted by four triples, but Adamson coach Leo Austria gambled on Bono in the clutch in a move that backfired for the Falcons.

"It’s a good win for us because we know Adamson is going to be tough and they proved me right," said Black, who scored a Grand Slam in the PBA but still in search of a title victory in the collegiate league.

It was the Falcons’ second loss against a win.

In the other game, Dylan Ababou scored on a three-point play with 8.6 seconds to go as University of Santo Tomas stunned defending champion Far Eastern, 90-87, for its first win in two games.

Despite missing Jemal Vizcarra due to a left hamstring injury, the Tigers dictated the pace and led by as many as 14 points in the fourth quarter behind Jervy Cruz and Jojo Duncil, who had 25 points apiece.

But the Tams roared back to knot the count at 87-all before Duncil spotted an open Ababou who was fouled by Jonas Villanueva for the shot that mattered most in the day.

FEU fell to 0-2.

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07-21-2006, 07:52 AM
Eagles clip tough Falcons; Tigers stun Tams

Tiu to the rescue as Ateneo survives thriller

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 03:41am (Mla time) 07/21/2006

Published on page A25 of the July 21, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

A ONE-YEAR hiatus hardly affected his sweet-shooting form.

Returning guard Chris Tiu buried a three-pointer with 20.6 seconds remaining to lift the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles to a 73-72 decision over the Adamson University Falcons in the UAAP men's basketball tournament yesterday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Before Tiu’s clutch triple, the Falcons had looked poised to claim their first victory over the Eagles in nine years. But Ken Bono, a sensation until the closing seconds, turned the ball over on Adamson’s final play.

The crucial miscue paved the way for the Eagles to secure their third straight win for the solo lead.

“It's nice to have him back,” said Ateneo coach Norman Black of Tiu, who skipped last season to study for one year in Paris, France. “It gave us one more shooter since we lost Magnum (Membrere). He came through with a big shot.”

Doug Kramer, the Eagles' veteran big man, notched another double-double performance with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

It was the University of Santo Tomas Tigers who pulled off an upset victory in the second game.

Swingman Dylan Ababou completed a three-point play in the last 8.6 seconds as the Tigers shocked the defending champion Far Eastern University Tamaraws, 90-87.

The 6-foot-3 sophomore scored underneath from an assist by Jojo Duncil, who shot 25 points and shared top scoring honors with rookie Jervy Cruz.

Ababou drew a foul from FEU's Jonas Villanueva, then nailed his bonus free throw to seal the Tigers’ first win in two games.

Jeff Chan's game-tying triple rimmed out at the buzzer and the Tamaraws went down to their second straight loss.

“There were lapses in our defense that's why they were able to catch up, but the boys worked so hard in this game,” said new UST coach Pido Jarencio.

The varsity scores:

First Game

ATENEO 73 -- Kramer 14, Intal 13, Escalona 10, Tiu 9, Al-Hussaini 8, Escueta 7, Arao 6, Laterre 4, Reyes 2, Salamat 0, Quimson 0, Barracoso 0.

ADAMSON 72 -- Cabahug 22, Bono 19, Hugnatan 14, Canuday 11, Yong 6, Orera 0, Pacheco 0, Poloyapoy 0, Gonzalgo 0, Basillo 0, Agustin 0.

Quarters: 23-18, 37-40, 61-53, 73-72

Second Game

UST 90 -- Cruz 25, Duncil 25, Espiritu 8, Cuan 8, Cortez 7, Evangelista 6, Ababou 6, Canlas 3, Gile 2, Dizon 0, Taylor 0, Allera 0.

FEU 87 -- Chan 22, Jo. Villanueva 16, Adolfo 15, Fernandez 14, Baracael 13, Gerilla 6, Barcellano 1, Vinluan 0, Afable 0, Reyes 0, Je. Villanueva 0.

Quarters: 19-20, 47-44, 68-60, 90-87

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07-21-2006, 07:52 AM
Ateneo takes lead; UST nips FEU
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By JOEL ORELLANA, The Manila Times Reporter

A three-pointer by Chris Tiu kept the streaking Ateneo de Manila University unbeaten in the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament on Thursday.

Tiu, a highly-touted rookie in 2004 who sat out last year, drained a shot from the deep left corner that gave Blue Eagles a 73-72 victory over Adamson University at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

JC Intal preserved Tiu’s heroics when he swiped the ball from Falcons center Ken Bono in Adamson’s last possession, and Ateneo claimed solo leadership with a 3-0 card.

In the second game, University of Santo Tomas nearly squandered a 14-point lead in the fourth period but regrouped in the closing minute to shock defending champion Far Eastern University, 90-87.

Dylan Ababou completed a three-point play off Jonas Villanueva to shatter an 87-all deadlock with 8.6 ticks left. FEU’s Jeff Chan then muffed a three-pointer as the Growling Tigers barged into the win column and handed the Tamaraws their second straight loss.



The Scores:

First Game

ATENEO 73–Kramer 14, Intal 13, Escalona 10, Tiu 9, Al-Hussaini 8, Escueta 7, Arao 6, Laterre 4, Reyes 2, Salamat 0, Quimson 0, Barracoso 0.

ADAMSON 72–Cabahug 22, Bono 19, Hugnatan 14, Canuday 11, Yong 6, Orera 0, Pacheco 0, Polayapoy 0, Gonzalgo 0, Basillo 0, Agustin 0.

Quarters: 23-18, 37-40, 61-53, 73-72.

Second Game

UST 90 – Cruz 25, Duncil 25, Espiritu 8, Cuan 8, Cortez 7, Evangelista 6, Ababou 6, Canlas 3, Gile 2, Dizon 0, Taylor 0, Allera 0.

FEU 87 – Chan 22, Jo. Villanueva 16, Adolfo 15, Fernandez 14, Baracael 13, Gerilla 6, Barcellano 1, Vinluan 0, Afable 0, Je. Villanueva 0, Dela Cruz 0.

Quarters: 19-20, 47-44, 68-60, 90-87.

***

Games Saturday (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)

2 p.m.–Ateneo vs UE (Jrs.)

4 p.m.–FEU vs NU (Srs.)

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07-22-2006, 10:04 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, 10:05 AM
UAAP Basketball Tournament

Cellar-dwellers break tie today

By NOLI CRUZ
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DESPITE LOSING three key starters in the off-season, the Far Eastern U Tamaraws are tipped to do well in the 69th UAAP basketball tournament.


Another trip to the Final Four is expected to be a walk in the park. But after two games and two defeats, the defending champions found themselves in the parking lot instead.

The Tamaraws are currently sharing the cellar with the National University Bulldogs, whom they will face 4 p.m. today in the lone senior’s match at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

It is the worst start of the Tamaraws since the 1996 season.

They have the talent to mix it up with the heavyweights, but their new leaders in the team need to be more assertive down the stretch.

Jeff Chan and Jonas Villanueva can be as explosive as Arwind Santos and RJ Rizada and rookie Alfredo Gerilla can be as effective as Mark Isip, but they also need to have the end-game poise of their departed stars.

The Tamaraws could easily be 2-0 right now, but the absence of a go-to-guy in clutch situations proved costly in both their games.

They blew a big lead in an overtime loss to the University of the East Warriors and fell short in their rally from 14 points down against the University of Santo Tomas Tigers.

A go-to-guy is not a problem for the Bulldogs. They have Edwin Asoro to go to down the stretch. Problem is, they’re usually trailing big when the game nears its climax.

Their last outing is a classic example.

Asoro had a good game going, eventually finishing with 18 points and 13 rebounds, but the Bulldogs never had a chance, trailing by as many as 30 points in a 64-88 loss.

Not helping NU’s cause is the ankle injury suffered by three-point shooting ace Jonathan Fernandez.

Fernandez is averaging only three points per contest, far from his double-digit norm last season, and remains a doubtful starter for coach Manny Dandan.

Three juniors matches are on tap today pitting the University of the Philippines Integrated School against NU at 9 a.m., FEU against UST at 11 o’clock and Ateneo against UE at 2 p.m.

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07-22-2006, 11:05 AM
Tamaraws take on Bulldogs

by Jasmine Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 03:11am (Mla time) 07/22/2006

Published on page A25 of the July 22, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

WITH THEIR best player gone, Far Eastern University coach Bert Flores made it clear to the Tamaraws to expect a tough season in the University Athletics Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament.

And the challenges did come early for the defending champions.

Winless in two games, the Tamaraws will try to secure their first victory of the post-Arwind Santos era when they tackle the similarly struggling National University Bulldogs in the lone senior match at 4 p.m. today at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

“No need to press the panic button,” said Flores. “The boys have been fighting, we haven’t lost by big margins.”

Still, the cellar is an unfamiliar place for the Tamaraws. The last time FEU opened with a 0-2 record was in 1996, a year when their current players were still in elementary.

Flores believes the Tamaraws have already adjusted from the departure of Santos, the league’s Most Valuable Player in the last two seasons.

“So far I’m satisfied because the rookies have been performing well,” said Flores. “I won’t question the players’ desire to win. I know they’ll step up. We’ll peak soon.”

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07-22-2006, 11:13 AM
FEU, NU 5s seek end to losing runs

by: Joel Orellana
www.abs-cbnnews.com

Far Eastern University searches for a win that could put it back on track in the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament.

The Tamaraws meet fellow cellar dweller National University in the lone seniors game Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Both winless after two games, FEU and the Bulldogs hope to get out of the bottom of the seven-team group.

Seeing the defending champion Tams underneath the standings is a mild shock to the league, but coach Robert Flores insists it’s too early to panic.

"All we need is just one win to get our confidence back," said Flores, who had an impressive 7-0 start last season en route to the crown against De La Salle University in the finals.

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07-23-2006, 09:25 AM
Bulldogs compound Tams’ woes

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 02:45am (Mla time) 07/23/2006

Published on page A23 of the July 23, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer


IT looks like there’s a new whipping boy in this year’s UAAP basketball tournament.

National University took advantage of Far Eastern’s collapse in the fourth period yesterday to score a 73-64 shocker that left the defending champion Tamaraws as the only winless team in the young varsity season.

And the Bulldogs, cellar dwellers in the last five seasons, pulled off the stunner even with three key players—Edwin Asoro, Jonathan Fernandez and Howard Flor—suffering from sprains.

“We were positive coming into this game,” said Manny Dandan, the mentor who steered NU to its last Final Four stint in 2001. “But it was hard to convince them that they can still play hurt. I just told them to give all that they have.”

Asoro powered the Bulldogs to their first win in three games with a game-high 20 points and 14 rebounds.

Fernandez, who drained all of his 16 markers in the second half, teamed up with Asoro in a 17-2 blast that stretched NU’s lead to 67-52 midway in the fourth quarter.

The Tamaraws slumped to an unexpected third straight defeat.

The Bulldogs also got huge support in the final canto from center Joseph Lingao-Lingao, who finished with nine points and nine boards.

Everything looked quite good for the Tamaraws at the half until the Bulldogs rediscovered their range in the third quarter.

The Bulldogs, who last won over FEU on Aug. 23, 1998, outscored the Tamaraws 15-5 in the third period to move within a basket, 43-44, from a 28-39 deficit.

Another spurt had the Bulldogs scooting away for good, 69-58, with only three minutes remaining.

The Tamaraws’ shooting percentage dipped to 37.5 percent in the fourth quarter.

Jonathan Jahnke got off to a strong start, firing nine of his 11 points from beyond the arc to lift the Bulldogs to a 13-11 lead midway in the first period.

The Bulldogs continued their impressive showing before the Tamaraws surged ahead with an 11-0 tear behind Benedict Fernandez to wrest the lead at 20-29. Francis Barcellano sustained the Tamaraws’ charge as FEU led by as many as 11 points.

Earlier, the Ateneo Blue Eaglets and the FEU Baby Tamaraws grabbed a piece of top spot after routing their respective foes in junior play.

Mark Lopez and Socrates Rivera combined for 42 points to lead the Baby Tamaraws to a 106-80 romp against the UST Tiger Cubs for their third straight win.

Banking on Raymond Austria’s 23-point performance, the Eaglets kept their pristine slate after overwhelming the UE Pages, 87-64.

Similarly scoring a lopsided victory, the UP Junior Maroons cruised to their second win in three games with a a 90-79 victory versus the NU Bullpups.

The scores:

First Game (Jrs)

UP 90—Buenaventura 18, Tolentino 17, Bautista 14, Sanchez 11, Isip 9, Espiritu 9, Marata 6, Merioles 2, Jimenez 2, Gamad 2, Moreno 0, Lazo 0, Cruz 0.

NU 79—Berry 15, Jimenez 14, Terso 13, K. Batac 13, P. Batac 12, Mañalac 12, Guzman 0.

Quarters: 21-23, 42-44, 67-69, 90-79

Second Game (Jrs)

FEU 106—Lopez 22, Rivera 20, Banal 16, Rosales 15, Knuteel 11, Paulino 7, Maloles 4, Gadia 3, Paguia 3, Argamino 2, Edding 2, Rocha 1.

UST 80—Reyes 19, Cunanan 18, Sarsonas 14, Buendia 8, Banquicio 7, Ledesma 6, Aquino 4, Perez 2, Laconico 2.

Quarters: 25-19, 48-35, 75-61, 106-80

Third Game (Jrs)

ATENEO 87—Austria 23, Gamboa 14, Balmaceda 12, Gonzaga 10, Tiongson 9, Golla 5, Dumrique 3, Valera 2, Enriquez 2, Rivera 1, Aportadera 1, Gamboa 0, Esquievel 0.

UE 64—Villegas 21, Duran 13, Del Rosario 13, Borgonia 8, Nicolas 4, Monce 3, Crisostomo 2, Amanon 0, Santos 0, Runez 0, Caparas 0, Chua 0.

Quarters: 31-15, 56-33, 81-41, 87-64

Fourth Game (Srs)

NU 73—Asoro 20, Fernandez 16, Jahnke 11, Lingao-Lingao 9, Catamora 5, Salvado 4, Malcontento 4, Flor 4, Malagueno 0, Dela Cruz 0.

FEU 64—Chan 14, Fernandez 11, Jo. Villanueva 10, Gerilla 8, Barcellano 6, Baracael 5, Adolfo 5, Afable 4, Reyes 1, Vinluan 0, Gonzales 0, Je. Villanueva 0, Dela Cruz 0.

Quarters: 18-18, 26-37, 48-50, 73-64

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07-23-2006, 09:31 AM
Bulldogs maul Tams, 73-64
By Noli Cruz
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JONATHAN FERNANDEZ finally found his range and suddenly the National University Bulldogs looked like they’ve got a mean bite.

The third year hotshot, averaging only three points in their first two games, scored the bulk of his 16 points in the last two quarters to key his team’s 73-64 win over the defending champions Far Eastern University Tamaraws yesterday in the 69th UAAP basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Fernandez and Edwin Asoro combined for 17 points in a decisive 19-3 run in the fourth period that turned a two-point deficit into a 67-52 lead, 5:02 left.

It was the first win of the Bulldogs over the Tamaraws in eight years, a stretch of 14 games.

The Bulldogs improved to 1-2 while the Tamaraws remained at the cellar with three defeats in as many games.

Jonathan Jahnke, the punky-haired guard of the Bulldogs, started it all. He scored their first eight points and drained three triples in an 11-point first quarter.

The Tamaraws seized control in the second period and led 37-26 at halftime, but failed to sustain the momentum after the break.

Meanwhile, the Ateneo Blue Eaglets and the FEU Baby Tamaraws scored similar convincing victories to keep each other’s company on top of the juniors division.

The Eaglets rolled past the University of the East Pages, 86-64, while the Baby Tams downed the University of Sto. Tomas Tiger Cubs, 106-80.

University of the Philippines Integrated School beat NU, 90-79.

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07-23-2006, 09:42 AM
NU wins, hands Tamaraws 3rd loss in row
By JOEL ORELLANA, The Manila Times Reporter
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National University finally snapped a 14-game losing streak to Far Eastern University and posted a 73-64 shocker Saturday in the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The Bulldogs rallied from an 11-point deficit at halftime and banked on the tandem of Edwin Asoro and Jonathan Fernandez to deal the defending champions their third straight loss in as many games.

Asoro posted game highs of 20 points and 14 rebounds, while Fernandez backed him up with 16 markers, 5 rebounds and 3 steals.

"The boys are playing hurt, even in our Adamson game. I just told them to focus on this game and stay positive," said NU head coach Manny Dandan, whose wards salvaged the victory despite miserable 29 percent shooting (23-of-79).

"Our big men stepped up tonight especially Joseph [Linga-Lingao] and also our hurting players [Asoro, Fernandez and Howard Flor]," Dandan added.

Point guard Jonathan Jahnke also chipped in 11 points, all in the first quarter, for NU, which improved its record to 1-2.

The Bulldogs’ last win over the Tamaraws came on August 23, 1998, a 69-66 decision in the second round, with Lordy Tugade, now in the pro ranks, as one of their players.

FEU, which has not had a 0-3 start in years, appeared to keep that record intact as it took a 37-26 lead at the half.

But the Bulldogs outscored the Tamaraws in the third quarter, 22-13, to slice the lead to two, and used a 19-2 run at the start of the final quarter to seize a 67-52 lead, 5:03 remaining.

Jeff Chan paced FEU with 14 points while Benedict Fernandez contributed 11. Jonas Villanueva added 10 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists.

The Scores:

NU 73 – Asoro 20, Fernandez 16, Jahnke 11, Linga-Lingao 9, Catamora 5, Salvado 4, Malcontento 4, Flor 4, Malagueno 0, Dela Cruz 0.

FEU 64 – Chan 14, Fernandez 11, Jo. Villanueva 10, Gerilla 8, Barcellano 6, Baracael 5, Adolfo 5, Afable 4, Reyes 1, Vinluan 0, Gonzales 0, Je. Villanueva 0, Dela Cruz 0.

Quarters: 18-18, 26-37, 48-50, 73-64.

gameface_one
07-24-2006, 09:30 AM
Tigers trip Warriors; Falcons nip Maroons


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 05:10am (Mla time) 07/24/2006

Published on page A33 of the July 24, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS is proving to be a serious contender in the young UAAP men’s basketball season.

Three days after upsetting defending champion Far Eastern University Tamaraws, the UST Tigers stunned University of the East’s title-favorite Warriors, 91-77, yesterday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The Tigers pulled away with a dominating second quarter behind veteran guard Jojo Duncil and rookie center Jervy Cruz then easily rode out the Warriors’ repeated rallies in the second half.

“We weren’t in the forecast in the pre-season, we were just (ranked) sixth or seventh,” said UST coach Pido Jarencio. “We’re ready every time. We were more aggressive (than UE). We were more hungry for a win.”

The Warriors, who just couldn’t dig themselves out of the early huge deficit, joined the Tigers in second place at 2-1 behind solo leader Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles at 3-0.

Earlier, the Adamson University starters came through in the clutch to lead the Falcons past the University of the Philippines Maroons, 85-83.

The Falcons, fresh off a crushing 73-72 loss to Ateneo, seemed headed for another heartbreaker after rookie Woody Co buried a triple that pushed the Maroons on top, 77-78, with 36.8 ticks left.

But senior guard Patrick Cabahug responded with a clutch basket plus two more free throws in the closing seconds to clinch the second win in four games for Adamson.

Duncil led the Tigers with a career-matching 25 points on an impressive 69 percent shooting while Cruz shot 15 of his 22 markers in the first half on top of 10 rebounds.

The two teamed up for 20 points in the Tigers’ pivotal second-quarter charge that boosted the Tigers ahead by as much as 21 points, 47-26.

Despite early foul trouble, beefy Adamson center Ken Bono dominated the shaded area and shot a game-high 22 markers.

The Maroons, who dropped to 1-2, still had enough time to salvage the game after Hugnatan’s jumper, but they turned the ball over when veteran Marvin Cruz was called for a backing foul with only 20.8 seconds remaining.

The scores:

First Game (Srs)

ADAMSON 85 -- Bono 22, Cabahug 18, Yong 15, Hugnatan 12, Canuday 8, Poloyapoy 7, Santos 2, Orera 1, Pacheco 0, Gonzalgo 0, Basillo 0, Agustin 0.

UP 83 -- De Asis 19, Cruz 14, Co 12, Reyes 9, Serios 8, Epres 8, David 6, Buyco 5, Braganza 2, Cacha 0, Sorongon 0.

Quarters: 23-32, 45-49, 66-66, 85-83

Second Game

UST 91 -- Duncil 25, Cruz 22, Cuan 12, Espiritu 10, Evangelista 7, Cortez 6, Ababou 4, Allera 3, Canlas 2, Gile 0, Taylor 0.

UE 77 -- Arellano 21, Custodio 17, Espiritu 10, Labagala 8, Borboran 8, Thiele 6, Canizares 5, Gregorio 2, Linganay 0, Llagas 0, Bandaying 0, Martinez 0.

Quarters: 16-18, 47-28, 71-60, 91-77

gameface_one
07-24-2006, 09:31 AM
Tigers disarm Warriors
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 07/24/2006

Jojo Duncil dished out a career-best 25-point performance as University of Santo Tomas blew hot and cold then hot again to repulse University of the East, 91-77, yesterday and gain a share of second place in the 69th UAAP basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Stepping up in the absence of an injured Jemal Vizcarra, Duncil presided over the Tigers’ breakaway in the second quarter that had the España-based cagers turning a 16-18 deficit into a 47-28 lead at the turn.

Jervy Cruz actually provided the backup to that big UST 31-10 run as he matched Duncil’s 10-point splurge in that stretch and went on to finish with 22 points and 10 rebounds.

"He’s become a changed man after our first game loss," said UST coach Pido Jarencio of his 23-year-old guard in Filipino. "Before, he couldn’t hit his outside shots, now he’s making the crucial ones."

He was referring to Duncil’s timely baskets that doused cold water on the Warriors’ repeated rallies as the Tigers roared to their second straight win in three games to tie their victim at second behind the unbeaten Ateneo Eagles (3-0).

The Tigers also shone in defense as they answered the Warriors’ full-court trap defense with a press of their own.

"My team and UE play the same type of basketball, we run and we press," said Jarencio, a UST alumnus himself who played most of his PBA years with never-say-die Barangay Ginebra.

"But our trap is different from theirs because we do it with more heart," he added.

UST‘s defense forced UE to turn the ball over 25 times, which the Tigers translated into 24 points. UE scored 16 points off UST’s 19 turnovers.

Earlier, Adamson pounced on University of the Philippines’ pair of late game miscues to pound out an 85-83 victory and even its card to 2-2.

Ken Bono led the Falcons with 22 points while Patrick Cabahug added 18, including a basket with 21.9 seconds to go to give Adamson the lead for good.

Marvin Cruz, one of the leading UP scorers, was called for a backing violation and committed a foul away from the ball, resulting in two free throws plus possession for the Marcelino-based cagers in the closing seconds.

Marvin Poloyapoy and Cabahug, who was fouled by Ira Buyco in the ensuing play, nailed four foul shots in a row and sent the Maroons to their second straight setback against a win.

"The boys learned from our mistakes when we lost to Ateneo, my big men played smarter this time," said Adamson coach Leo Austria.

gameface_one
07-24-2006, 09:32 AM
Tigers rip Warriors
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By NOLI CRUZ

THE UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas Tigers combined brute force and hot shooting to dominate the University of the East Warriors, 91-77, yesterday in the 69th UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.


Rookie slotman Jervy Cruz was a monster inside, especially in the second quarter when the Tigers broke away from a tight contest, and Jojo Duncil hit booming three-pointers everytime the Warriors were gaining grounds en route to their second straight huge win.

It was a fitting follow-up to their stunning victory over defending champions Far Eastern U Tamaraws Thursday. The only blemish on their card was a two-point loss to the University of the Philippines Maroons in their opener.

The Tigers caught the Warriors napping in the second period, outscoring the redshirts, 31-10, to take a 47-28 lead at halftime.

Cruz had 15 of his 22 points in the first half while Duncil matched his career-high with 25 points.

Marcy Arellano sparked a UE rally early in the third, clustering eight points on one stretch to pull his team to within 43-52. But the Warriors couldn’t get closer than seven from there.

The Tigers and the Warriors now share second place at 2-1, behind the Ateneo Blue Eagles’ 3-0 card.

In the other game, the Adamson Falcons bucked a slow start to beat the Maroons, 85-83, and improve to 2-2.

The Maroons dropped their second straight after winning their opener.

Patrick Cabahug hit a jumper with 21 seconds left to give the Falcons the lead for good, 79-78, as UP’s Marvin Cruz made two bonehead plays in the succeeding plays.

Cruz was called for a backcourt violation after Cabahug’s basket and gave up a foul away from the ball, gifting Marvin Poloyapoy two free throws and the Falcons another possession.

Poloyapoy took care of the charities and Cabahug added a pair to give the Falcons an 83-78 lead, 15 seconds to go.

The Falcons didn’t lead until Poloyapoy’s driving lay-up made it 55-54, 7:03 in the third.They padded it to 64-58 before the Maroons regained their footing.

The Maroons jumped the gun on the unsuspecting Falcons, leading by as many as 10 points in the first quarter after rookie sharpshooter Migs de Asis drained a trey, 32-22.

But the Falcons refused to stay on the ground.

gameface_one
07-24-2006, 09:35 AM
UST rips UE; Adamson wins
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Two UP players try to beat Adamson’s Patrick Cabahug (right) to the rebound in their UAAP game Sunday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium. PHOTO BY ALBERT GARCIA

By JOEL ORELLANA
The Manila Times Reporter

University of Santo Tomas showed that its victory against defending champion Far Eastern University was no fluke.

The Growling Tigers caught another big fish in erstwhile-unbeaten University of the East, 91-77, for their second straight win in the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament Sunday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Rookie Jervy Cruz and vastly improved shooting guard Jojo Duncil once again carried the cudgels for the España-based Tigers, which suddenly became a team to reckon with after a pair of impressive wins.

"We were just more aggressive today. The players are just hungrier for the win, but I really did not expect to be this easy," new UST head coach Pido Jarencio said.

"We played almost a similar game with UE, but the boys were just more focused. We don’t want to go home as losers, especially in this kind of weather," he added of the strong rains outside the gym in Malate, Manila.

Duncil scored a career-high 25 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field. Cruz, a former RP Youth team member, posted another double-double with 22 markers and 10 rebounds for the Growling Tigers, who tied their victims at second spot with a 2-1 mark. Idle Ateneo de Manila University still leads with a 3-0 mark.

Arellano led the Warriors with 21 points. Bonbon Custodio added 17 but had 10 turnovers.

In the first game, Patrick Cabahug drilled a step-back jumper over Nestor David, and Marvin Cruz committed a pair of errors in the closing seconds that gave Adamson University a huge 85-83 win over University of the Philippines.

Cabahug’s basket erased the clutch three-pointer by Fighting Maroons rookie Woody Co for a 79-78 lead. Cruz committed an inbound error in the ensuing play, then committed an unsportsmanlike foul on Marvin Polayapoy, who sank two free throws to make it 81-78, 8 seconds remaining.

Kenneth Bono, who finished with 22 points and 8 rebounds, sealed the win with two more charities.

"This is a morale booster for us, because we believe UST and UP will be our rivals for the last Final Four spot," said Falcons coach Leo Austria, whose wards improved to 2-2.

In the women’s division, UST beat defending champion Ateneo de Manila University, 69-57, and FEU stopped last year’s losing finalist Adamson, 60-56, in a pair of upsets.

The UE Amazons also notched their first win in five years, a 72-50 rout of women’s tournament newcomer National University at the Far Eastern gym in Sampaloc, Manila.

The Scores:

First Game

ADAMSON 85 – Bono 22, Cabahug 18, Yong 15, Hugnatan 12, Canuday 8, Polayapoy 7, Santos 2, Orera 1, Pacheco 0, Gonzalgo 0, Basilio 0, Agustin 0.

UP 83 – De Asis 19, Cruz 14, Co 12, Reyes 9, Serios 8, Epres 8, David 6, Buyco 5, Braganza 2, Cacha 0, Sorongon 0.

Quarters: 23-32, 45-49, 66-66, 85-83.

Second Game

UST 91 – Duncil 25, Cruz 22, Cuan 12, Espiritu 10, Evangelista 7, Cortez 6, Ababou 4, Allera 3, Canlas 2, Gile 2, Taylor 2.

UE 77 – Arellano 21, Custodio 17, Espiritu 10, Labagala 8, Borboran 8, Thiele 6, Canizares 5, Gregorio 2, Linganay 0, Llagas 0, Bandaying 0, Martinez 0.

Quarters: 16-18, 47-28, 71-60, 91-77.

Games Thursday (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)
2 p.m. – NU vs UE (Srs.)
4 p.m. – Ateneo vs FEU (Srs.)

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07-26-2006, 01:08 PM
FEU exec rues Tams sloppy title defense
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 07/26/2006

Far Eastern U, a team which won a number of UAAP titles in the past, including last year’s crown, now just could not seem to win ballgames in the elims.

In fact, the defending champions have struggled in the early going of the 69th season that saw them drop their first three assignments, including a setback to the league’s perennial whipping team National U, to find themselves in the cellar.

Sure, the Tams, who beat the La Salle Archers in last year’s finale, were never the same again after the likes of PBA-bound Arwind Santos and Mark Isip have graduated and the team starts to rebuild behind a core of younger players.

But losing their top players shouldn’t be an excuse.

"Our team is playing like carabaos instead of tamaraws," said Anton Montinola, the Morayta-based school’s board representative. "We must defend our championship with honor, having a new team is not a valid excuse for lack of teamwork and fighting spirit."

Montinola also denied reports that Bert Flores, who steered the school to last year’s title on his first coaching job, is on the way out.

"No it’s not true, our coaching staff works hard. But there should be a change of attitude and work ethic," said Montinola.

Aside from Santos and Isip, the Tams have also lost RJ Rizada, Eder Saldua and Alelu Flores, who all helped them win the crown last season.

Jonas Villanueva and Jeff Chan have been dishing out steady games but the same could not be said on veterans Francis Barcellano, Benedict Fernandez, Roser Mangahas and Marlon Adolfo.

Barcellano should dominate with his size, heft and experience but has been given minimal minutes by Flores while Fernandez and Adolfo have been inconsistent.

Mangahas sustained an injury in an overtime loss to pre-season favorite University of the East and have since missed two straight games.

Despite a 0-3 mark, Flores remains hopeful of their title-retention bid.

"I keep telling the boys to remain positive and work harder," said Flores.

The Tams, however, would need more than positive thinking and hard work when they take on the Ateneo Eagles, currently atop the heap with a 3-0 (win-loss) slate, tomorrow.

5FootCarrot
07-26-2006, 04:49 PM
Montinola also denied reports that Bert Flores, who steered the school to last year’s title on his first coaching job, is on the way out.
This is good to hear. While the team cannot hide forever behind the departure of Santos, et. al., the fact remains that they are still adjusting to the major changes in the lineup. Coach Flores should be given the chance to show what he can do with the Tams once they get used to playing with each other and in the UAAP.

gameface_one
07-27-2006, 09:38 AM
Top meets bottom in UAAP caging

The Philippine Star 07/27/2006

One streak will be snapped when unbeaten Ateneo and winless Far Eastern U clash today at resumption of action in the 69th UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Though the Tams have lost their first three games in the tournament they won last year, the Eagles remain wary of the defending champions as they gun for win No. 4 in the keenly awaited encounter set at 4 p.m.

"Despite what’s happening with FEU, they’re still a dangerous team," said Ateneo coach Norman Black after the Eagles edged the Adamson Falcons, 73-72, to stretch their win run to three last week.

But that would depend on how FEU would fight back from three successive setbacks that sent the Tams reeling to the bottom of the seven-team field, even behind the perennial cellar dweller National U Bulldogs, who beat them, 73-64, last week.

"I keep telling the team to remain positive, work harder and focus on our goal of ending our slump," said FEU coach Bert Flores in Filipino. "We’re the defending champions, we should always play with pride and heart."

The Tams, who have made it to the Final Four the last seven seasons, winning two titles, bowed to the University of the East Warriors, 84-92, in overtime, succumbed to University of Santo Tomas Tigers, 87-90, before getting stunned by the Bulldogs.

"I never lost a game to NU when I was still a player and an assistant coach so when we lost to the Bulldogs last week, it really hurt," said Flores, who saw action for FEU from 1988-1992, including with the back-to-back champion teams from 1991-1992 that included pros Johnny Abarrientos and Vic Pablo.

"We had a heart-to-heart talk with the players on what’s been happening to us and we all agreed to keep the faith," said Flores.

The Bulldogs, meanwhile, hope to ride the momentum of their king-sized upset win over the Tams as they take on the Warriors at 2 p.m.

The Wariors are also coming off a shock loss to the Tigers, 77-91, their first setback after back-to-back wins.

"This is just a victory, the tournament is still far from over," said NU mentor Manny Dandan, whose wards’ win over the Tams sparked hopes of a better campaign this season.

gameface_one
07-27-2006, 09:39 AM
Unbeaten Eagles battle Tams
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By Noli Cruz

THE 69TH UAAP basketball tournament enters a crossroad today as the undefeated Ateneo Blue Eagles go up against the struggling and winless defending champion Far Eastern University Tamaraws in the backend of a doubleheader at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.


The Eagles are sporting the league’s best record of 3-0 while the Tamaraws are still seeking their first win after three failed tries.

Needless to say, these teams are headed to different directions.

The Eagles have been winning close games, the latest was a one-point win over the Adamson Falcons. Trailing by two and the Falcons in possession in the final minute, the Eagles locked down on defense and forced a shotclock violation.

Chris Tiu then hit a three-pointer and the Eagles forced another turnover to secure the win.

It was the other way around for the Tamaraws.

They squandered a big lead in two of their three losses and had a chance in the end game at the other. Their most recent loss would stink for a long time, a 64-73 spanking from the National University Bulldogs.

It was their first loss to the perennial whipping boys in eight years, a stretch of 14 games.

The Bulldogs will try to prove that their win was no fluke when they face the University of the East Red Warriors in the first game.

It wouldn’t be easy.

The Warriors must be seeing red after absorbing their first loss in three games, a 77-91 beating at the hands of the University of Sto. Tomas Tigers.

Warriors coach Dindo Pumaren couldn’t wait to see how his boys would react after a loss.

"I think the players have realized their mistakes (against UST)," he said.

They have three potent weapons in their tribe collectively known as the "ABC" -- Marcy Arellano, Mark Borboran and Bonbon Custodio.

Arellano’s the only one who came to play in their loss, finishing with 21 points. Custodio did score 17, but he turned the ball over 10 times while Borboran had a personal season-low eight points.

If the Bulldogs can limit the efficiency of the "ABC," they may find themselves within barking distance of the Warriors. Maybe they can take a bite from there.

Meanwhile, Mike Gamboa scattered 16 points and Alec Rivera made 13 as Ateneo streaked to its third straight win via a 74-40 rout of University of the Philippines Integrated School (UPIS) in UAAP juniors basketball action yesterday at the Adamson University gym.

The Eaglets also drew 11 points and nine rebounds from Raymond Austria in routing the UP five, who hardly threatened the defending champions.

Far Eastern University, which returned to the juniors basketball scene last season, notched its second consecutive win at the expense of National University, 85-54, and Adamson improved to 2-1 record after edging University of the East, 75-72, in the other matches.

gameface_one
07-27-2006, 09:39 AM
Soaring Eagles take on skidding Tams



Inquirer
Last updated 04:16am (Mla time) 07/27/2006

Published on page A21 of the July 27, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

GAMES TODAY (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)
2 p.m. -- NU vs UE
4 p.m. -- Ateneo vs FEU

COACH Norman Black doesn’t mind if people attribute Ateneo de Manila University’s winning streak to luck.

All he’s thinking about now is to keep that streak alive when the Eagles face the skidding defending champion Far Eastern University Tamaraws in the University Athletics Association of the Philippines basketball tournament today at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The Eagles and the Tamaraws collide at 4 p.m. with the Tams seeking to end a three-game slump.

“We’re 3-0 and I’m very happy,” said Black after Ateneo pulled off a 73-72 squeaker against Adamson University. “I don’t know what the expectations are from other people, but my expectations are to try to win games. The idea is to win as many games as possible and peak at the right time.”

The University of the East Warriors and the National University Bulldogs, with contrasting fortunes the past week, will square off at 2 p.m.

Tail-enders in the last five seasons, the Bulldogs just scored the biggest upset in the tournament with a 73-64 triumph over the Tamaraws last Saturday.

But coach Manny Dandan is far from declaring his Bulldogs as title contenders.

“We have very realistic goals,” said Dandan, who steered NU to the Final Four in 2001. “We’re not trying to say that (the win against FEU) was a statement game. The boys are just working hard every game and [want] to earn that respect back.”

A loss to the University of Santo Tomas Tigers also didn’t change UE coach Dindo Pumaren’s perspective.

“The team’s confidence is intact,” said Pumaren. Jasmine W. Payo

gameface_one
07-27-2006, 09:40 AM
Unbeaten Eagles tackle winless Tamaraws


While Ateneo de Manila University hopes to continue its three-game roll, Far Eastern University hopes to end its own three-match misery when they clash Thursday in the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament.

The Blue Eagles and the defending champion Tamaraws square off at 4 p.m. at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

In the first game, season host University of the East hopes to get back on track after a losing its previous game when it collides with National University at 2 p.m.

Ateneo suddenly found itself at the top of the standings with a 3-0 mark after the Red Warriors succumbed to the University of Santo Tomas on Sunday, leaving the charges of coach Norman Black the only unbeaten squad in the league.

"I’m very happy that we’re 3-0 and we will try to get as many wins as possible," said Black, whose wards are coming off a 73-72 squeaker over A-damson University.

"This will be a big game for us. FEU likes the power game, similar to UP. They have big men that can post up and run," Black added.

Ateneo, which last won a UAAP crown in 2002 under coach Joel Banal, has been drawing consistent games from veterans JC Intal, Doug Kramer and Macky Escalona, plus solid contributions from role players Rabeth Al-Hussaini, Yuri Escueta and Zion Laterre.

In contrast, FEU coach Roger Flores has yet to get a total team effort from his players—the reason why the once proud Tamaraws are languishing in the cellar.

"We lack the defensive intensity. But I told the players to stay positive and forget the three losses and concentrate on each game," Flores said.

In the opening seniors match, the Bulldogs eye their second straight win against the Red Warriors to stay afloat for a Final Four slot.

NU pulled off the biggest upset in the season yet when it tamed FEU, 73-64, for its first win in three games.

"My players are playing hurt even up to now, but I told them not to think of the pain and give their best each game," Bulldogs mentor Manny Dandan said.

Joel Orellana



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Games Thursday (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)

2 p.m. – NU vs UE (Srs.)

4 p.m. – Ateneo vs FEU (Srs.)

5FootCarrot
07-27-2006, 10:18 AM
Top meets bottom in UAAP caging

The Philippine Star 07/27/2006

One streak will be snapped when unbeaten Ateneo and winless Far Eastern U clash today at resumption of action in the 69th UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.
Mali ito. Both streaks will either be snapped if FEU finally wins and Ateneo finally loses, or both will continue if Ateneo notches another win and FEU suffers another loss. One streak snapping will only be the case if both teams are on a winning or losing streak.

Pasensya na, ha. I read this article in the paper this morning and the error really niggled at me.

gameface_one
07-28-2006, 09:04 AM
Eagles stay in flight, repulse Tams
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 07/28/2006

Ateneo made key stops down the stretch as it scrambled past defending champion Far Eastern U, 76-74, yesterday to remain unscathed in the 69th UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Doug Kramer scored six points in a crucial 9-3 Ateneo run in the last three minutes of play as the Eagles translated a 67-68 deficit into a fourth straight victory that firmed up their hold of the lead.

"We went into this game with a lot of respect for FEU, we know they’re going to give us one big fight for that first win," said Ateneo coach Norman Black.

Kramer finished with 20 points and hauled down 10 rebounds for his third straight double-double performance while JC Intal and Macky Escalona tossed in 13 points apiece.

But it was defense that anchored the Eagles’ victory.

"Our defense blew hot and cold in our last few games so we really wanted to play good defense in this game," said Black.

Jeff Chan led the Tamaraws with 17 points but didn’t get the needed production from co-skipper Jonas Villanueva, who shot a horrendous 2-of-16 from the field to finish with just six points.

That sent the Morayta-based dribblers reeling to their four straight defeat.

Earlier, University of the East stayed within striking distance of Ateneo after it outlasted a stubborn National U, 96-90, for its third win in four outings.

Bon Bon Custodio made up for a lethargic game in a 77-91 loss to the Santo Tomas Tigers Sunday as he exploded with 24 points this time, including 14 in the fourth quarter.

NU absorbed its third loss against a win.

gameface_one
07-28-2006, 09:05 AM
Eagles remain unbeaten



By NOLI CRUZ
mb.com.ph



THE ATENEO Blue Eagles kept on winning close games. The Far Eastern U Tamaraws kept on losing them.


The Eagles extended their unbeaten start to four games with a 76-74 win over the struggling Tamaraws, sending the defending champions to their fourth loss in as many games yesterday in the 69th UAAP basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

An 8-3 run anchored by Doug Kramer put the Eagles ahead to stay, 73-68.

It was another heartbreaker for the Morayta dribblers, who rallied from seven points down to tie the count at 65-all.

The Tamaraws actually took the initiative, racing to an 8-0 lead.

But Chris Tiu, who made the game-winning trey in their one-point win over Adamson the last time, responded with a bomb from beyond the arc to spark his team’s offense.

In the first game, Bonbon Custodio proved to be a fast learner.

The sophomore wingman was a picture of patience in the University of the East’s 96-90 victory over the National University.

Custodio, who had 10 turnovers in a loss to the University of Santo Tomas, didn’t try to force the issue against the Bulldogs even when his teammates were struggling.

He waited for the right time to attack and made sure it was quick and decisive.

Custodio hit a three-pointer, scored on a drive, picked up a steal, grabbed an offensive rebound, and completed a three-point play to shatter the game’s last deadlock at 74-all and give the Warriors an 82-74 cushion, five minutes to go.

"He (Custodio) tried to do too much in our last game. Good thing is he did something to correct his mistakes," said Pumaren.

Custodio, scoreless in the second half before his explosion, also assisted Mark Borboran for a three-point play that doused an NU rally and pushed UE’s lead to 89-82, 1:29 left.

Jonathan Fernandez canned two free throws to pull the Bulldogs within 84-89, but Custodio drained another trey to virtually seal their third win in four games with 1:04 remaining.

Borboran also made up for lost grounds, pouring in a personal season-high 19 after being held to eight by UST.

The Bulldogs led, 65-63, after three quarters with Edwin Asoro notching 21. But the prolific Bulldog added only two in his game-high total in the fourth.

The Warriors’ role players also stepped up. Narciso Llagas and Kelvin Gregorio had four points each in an 8-0 blitz early in the second period to prevent the Bulldogs from posting a lead bigger than five.

Fernandez, the hero of NU’s rousing win over FEU, hit his first three shots from beyond the arc en route to a 13-point opening quarter.

With Asoro adding 10 points, the Bulldogs took a 27-24 lead after 10 minutes. It was 29-24 after Joseph Lingao-Lingao’s basket at the start of the second period

gameface_one
07-28-2006, 09:05 AM
Eagles scramble, pin 4th loss on Tamaraws


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 04:01am (Mla time) 07/28/2006

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

THE ATENEO de Manila University Blue Eagles survived yet another endgame thriller, clinching their fourth straight win with a 76-74 decision of the baffled Far Eastern University Tamaraws in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Doug Kramer effectively manned the shaded area and posted his third straight double-double with 20 points -- including six straight in the last two minutes -- and 14 rebounds.

“We’re just proud of our players,” said coach Norman Black of the unbeaten Eagles. “We were able to get to the paint, get to the foul line, which is what we want to do every game.

“Doug Kramer played another great game, a force inside, as well as some of our other big guys.”

The defending champion Tamaraws, clearly smarting from the departure of team star Arwind Santos, remained as the only winless team in four matches.

The Tamaraws looked close to notching their first victory when Jeff Chan and Alfred Gerilla teamed up in a 9-0 run to wrest the lead at 65-62 midway in the fourth quarter.

When Macky Escalona answered with a triple that knotted the game at 65, the Tamaraws’ offensive sputtered.

Powering his way in the shaded area, Kramer lifted the Eagles to a 75-71 advantage with only 26.6 seconds left.

Veteran Bonbon Custodio starred for University of the East, pumping in 14 of his 24 points in the final period to lead the Warriors past the National University Bulldogs, 96-90, in the first game.

The Warriors’ big men also responded with Mark Borboran firing 19 points, grabbing six rebounds and pulling off three steals.

Coach Dindo Pumaren, though, pointed out that the Warriors still struggled in securing their third win in four games.

“We weren’t playing solid half-court defense,” said Pumaren. “After our loss against UST (University of Santo Tomas) last Sunday, the players were so tight they wanted to win right away.”

The scores:

First Game

UE 96 -- Custodio 24, Borboran 19, Gregorio 10, Canizares 10, Llagas 9, Arellano 9, Labagala 4, Thiele 3, Martinez 3, Lingganay 2, Bandaying 0.

NU 90 -- Asoro 23, Fernandez 21, Malcontento 15, Malagueno 12, Catamora 5, Lingao-Lingao 4, Flor 4, Salamat 2, Salvado 2, Dela Cruz 2, Luy 0, Jahnke 0.

Quarters: 24-27, 46-43, 63-65, 96-90

Second Game

ATENEO 76 -- Kramer 20, Intal 13, Escalona 13, Tiu 9, Arao 7, Reyes 4, Al-Hussaini 4, Uichico 2, Salamat 2, Laterre 2, Escueta 0.

FEU 74 -- Chan 17, Gerilla 13, Mangahas 11, Baracael 8, Adolfo 7, Villanueva 6, Fernandez 6, Barcellano 6, Afable 0, Reyes 0.

Quarters: 22-20, 43-40, 56-54, 76-74

gameface_one
07-28-2006, 09:07 AM
Ateneo stays on top and keeps FEU winless
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By JOEL ORELLANA, The Manila Times Reporter

Ateneo de Manila University held off a late rally by Far Eastern University and posted an impressive 76-74 win to keep its record unblemished in the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament Thursday.

Doug Kramer again provided stability for the Blue Eagles, and hit a pair of clutch baskets that saved his team from an endgame collapse at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Ateneo remains at the top of the standings with a 4-0 slate.

Kramer, the 6-foot-4 senior forward, tallied his third straight double-double game with 20 points and 10 rebounds and was huge in the closing minute, hitting back-to-back baskets that gave Ateneo a 73-68 cushion with 1:04 left in the game.

"Entering this game, we have so much respect to FEU. Even though they are 0-3, we knew that it will be tough," said Blue Eagles head coach Norman Black. "Doug did a good job again for us."

Jeff Chan paced the Tamaraws with 17 points while Alfred Gerilla chipped in 13 and 15 boards. FEU is now 0-4 and the only team in the UAAP season without a victory.

In the first game, University of the East had to rely on a fourth-quarter explosion from Bonbon Custodio in repulsing National University, 96-90, and bouncing back from a disappointing loss in the previous game.

Custodio, who committed 10 turnovers against University of Santo Tomas, scattered 14 of his 24 points in the final quarter, putting UE back in the game and avoiding an upset against the Bulldogs.

"After our game against UST, Bonbon was very apologetic of his performance, and promised to bounce back in this game," said UE mentor Dindo Pumaren, who also drew 19 markers from Mark Borboran.

"We started tentative because we’re not having a solid half-court defense. In the second half, we were able to do that," added Pumaren as his wards improved to 3-1.

The Scores:

First Game

UE 96—Custodio 24, Borboran 19, Gregorio 10, Canizares 10, Llagas 9, Arellano 9, Labagala 4, Thiele 3, Espiritu 3, Linganay 2, Bandaying 0.

NU 90—Asoro 23, Fernandez 21, Malcontento 15, Malagueno 12, Catamora 5, Lingao-Lingao 4, Salamat 2, Salvado 2, de a Cruz 2, Luy 0, Jahnke 0.

Quarters: 24-27, 46-43, 63-65, 96-90

Second Game:

Ateneo 76—Kramer 20, Intal 13, Escalona 13, Tiu 9, Arao 7, Reyes 4, Al-Hussaini 4, Uichico 2, Salamat 2, Laterre 2, Escueta 0.

FEU 74—Chan 17, Gerilla 13, Mangahas 11, Baracael 8, Adolfo 7, Villanueva 6, Fernandez 6, Barcellano 6, Afable 0, Reyes 0.

Quarters: 22-20, 43-40, 56-54, 76-74.

***

Games Saturday (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)

2 p.m. – UST vs NU (Jrs.)

4 p.m. – UST vs NU (Srs.)

gameface_one
07-29-2006, 12:12 PM
Bulldogs test mettle of hot Tigers

The Philippine Star 07/29/2006

University of Santo Tomas, enjoying one of its finest starts in years, hopes to sustain its run in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament as it takes on National University, a lightly regarded team that seems to play its best when pitted against the España-based squad.

"Whether they field in a weak or a strong team, they always almost find ways to beat UST in the past," said UST mentor Pido Jarencio in Filipino, referring to the Bulldogs, long considered as the league’s whipping boys but who have beaten the Tigers four times in their last 10 encounters.

That included a sweep in the 2001 season, the year NU made it to the semifinals for the first time since the Final Four format was introduced.

"We always go out there fighting for a win, whether its UST or not," said NU mentor Manny Dandan.

"They have a solid team this year so we have to really watch out," said Jarencio.

UST is on a two-game roll with king-sized wins over defending champion Far Eastern U and pre-season favorite University of the East.

NU, for its part, has dropped three of its first four matches, although two of their setbacks were decided only down the stretch.

The Bulldogs, in fact, shocked the slumping Tams, 73-64, last week, a victory that gave the team some semblance of pride while sending the defending champions to the cellar.

A win for the Tigers (2-1) would put them in a tie with the Warriors at second place behind the Ateneo Eagles, who have swept their first four games.

The lone seniors encounter is set at 4 p.m.

"Both of us like to shoot but I believe defense will play a crucial role in this game," said Dandan.

Jemal Vizcarra remains a doubtful starter today due to a pulled hamstring but his absence seemed to have brought out the best in Jojo Duncil and Jervy Cruz. Duncil churned out a pair of 25-point effort in UST’s two victories.

"He’s a changed man after our first game loss," said Jarencio of his third-year guard. "Before he couldn’t hit his outside shots, now he’s making the crucial ones."

gameface_one
07-29-2006, 12:13 PM
UST eyes third straight win vs NU
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Games today (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)

2 p.m. – UST vs NU (Jrs.)

4 p.m. – UST vs NU (Srs.)



University of Santo Tomas eyes its third straight win against National University in the lone seniors’ match of the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball event Saturday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The Growling Tigers and the Bulldogs meet at 4 p.m., with the former hoping to extend their winning streak and catch University of the East at second spot.

Since absorbing a heartbreaking 92-94 loss to University of the Philippines in its opening assignment, UST has picked up its game.

"After our first game, I see the improvements on the attitude of my players," said new Growling Tigers head coach Pido Jarencio, whose last two wins were at the expense of the tournament’s title favorites.

UST shocked defending champion Far Eastern University in its first win, 90-87, then followed it up with a masterful 91-77 victory over the Red Warriors.

"After our loss against UP, we started to stick to the game plan, that’s the reason why we are winning. But I told them to focus just on one game. So, after our win against UE, our attention now is on NU," Jarencio added.

The former pro star, who played both guard spots, player drew solid games from rookie Jervy Cruz and shooting guard Jojo Duncil during that two-game winning streak.

The 6-foot-4 Cruz, who sat out last year due to academic deficiencies, averaged 23.5 points and 12 rebounds per game in those wins while Duncil normed 25 points and 10 rebounds.

"Jojo really has improved a lot after our first game, while I really expected Jervy to contribute this way because he really worked hard during our summer training," Jarencio explained.

After pulling off a 73-64 upset over the Tamaraws, the Bulldogs failed to sustain the momentum and yielded a 96-90 decision to UE last Thursday.

But the wards of coach Manny Dandan showed resiliency despite the loss and remain a dangerous team in the tournament.

Edwin Asoro, Jonathan Fernandez and Howard Flor will lead the Bulldogs in search of a second win to keep them on track for a possible slot in the Final Four, which they last reached back in 2001. Joel Orellana

gameface_one
07-29-2006, 12:13 PM
UST faces dangerous NU



By Noli Cruz
mb.com.ph

COACH PIDO Jarencio wants his boys to have three P’s – pride, “puso” and “palaban” attitude. The University of Sto. Tomas Tigers have shown two of those so far in the 69th UAAP basketball tournament.


After blowing a big lead against the Far Eastern University Tamaraws, the Tigers were facing the prospect of going down 0-2.

They showed a big fighting "puso" to escape with a 90-87 win over the defending champions.

Next came a battle with the undefeated and mighty University of the East Warriors. They displayed their being "palaban" to score a 91-77 upset.

After scoring the contrasting wins, the Tigers will face the perennial whipping boys National University Bulldogs in the lone senior’s match today at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Obviously, their "pride" is at stake here.

An NU win is a long shot, but it’s still a shot.

That’s why Jarencio is keeping the Tigers hungry for more victories.

"I always tell the boys na para maging successful kami we have to beat them all hindi lang ‘yong mga sinasabing malakas," said Jarencio. "Isa pa walang madaling kalaban dito."

Still, the Tigers will most likely notch their third straight win and move into a tie with the Warriors at second place, a game behind the unbeaten Ateneo Blue Eagles.

Jervy Cruz is a monster inside for the Tigers in their twin victories, norming almost 24 points and 13 rebounds in those contests. His presence is also giving their gunners more room to shoot and their slashers more room to operate.

Cruz can overpower his defender or lose him off the dribble. He also moves well without the ball and has a strong pair of hands to catch short entry passes.

Bulldogs big man Joseph Lingao-Lingao may have the body to keep Cruz outside the paint, but he doesn’t have the quickness to keep pace with the mobile rookie slotman.

And then there’s Jojo Duncil.

The veteran Tiger is having a breakout season. He’s at his best in their back-to-back wins, hitting and matching a career-high of 25 points in those games.

The Bulldogs can counter with a 1-2 punch of their own in Edwin Asoro and Jonathan Fernandez. But they don’t have much to offer after that combo.

gameface_one
07-29-2006, 12:14 PM
Tigers seek 3rd straight victory vs NU



Inquirer
Last updated 02:33am (Mla time) 07/29/2006

Published on page A22 of the July 29, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

ROOKIE coach Pido Jarencio has refused to be swayed by University of Sto. Tomas’ strong start in the University Athletics Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament.

“After every game, it’s over, it’s already the past,” said Jarencio after the Tigers followed up their 90-87 conquest of defending champion Far Eastern University with a 91-77 drubbing of title-favorite University of the East.

Jarencio expects the Tigers to go through another tough test against the National University Bulldogs this afternoon at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

“NU will be difficult,” he said. “Whatever happens, we just try to be ready every time.”

What Jarencio has obviously overlooked is the reason behind the excitement over the Tigers.

It has been six years since UST got off to a rousing start, and the Tigers will be gunning for a share of second place, their best possible record since opening at 4-1 in 2000.

Idle Ateneo de Manila University is still unbeaten in four games, while UE has claimed solo second at 3-1.

Veteran guard Jojo Duncil and rookie Jervy Cruz have been credited mainly for the Tigers’ strong showing.

Duncil shot a team-high 25 points in each of the Tigers’ two victories. Cruz, a burly 6-foot-4 center, averaged 21 markers and 13.3 rebounds in three games.

But Jarencio stressed that the Tigers aren’t relying solely on the dominating pair.

“It’s not just Duncil and Jervy, we’re also expecting more players to explode,” he said.

The Bulldogs have their own set of reliable scorers led by forwards Edwin Asoro and Jonathan Fernandez.

Striking back from a 96-90 loss to the UE Warriors, the Bulldogs pulled off a come-from-behind 73-64 shocker over the FEU Tamaraws last week.

Asoro delivered another sensational performance with 23 points, nine boards, five steals and three blocks against the Warriors. Fernandez also played to form, firing 15 of his 21 points from beyond the arc.

In junior play, the streaking Ateneo Blue Eaglets and the FEU Baby Tamaraws battle for the solo lead at 2 p.m. Both teams have remained unbeaten in four games.

The third-running Adamson Baby Falcons will vie for their fourth win against the UP Junior Maroons at 1 p.m., after the UST Tiger Cubs and NU Bullpups clash in the 9 a.m. curtain-raiser. Jasmine W. Payo

gameface_one
07-30-2006, 12:28 PM
Bulldogs devour UST Tigers
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 07/30/2006

National University outgunned Santo Tomas from behind the arc as it hammered out a 98-85 victory yesterday to keep its impressive run in the 69th UAAP basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Bucking a hurting ankle, Jonathan Fernandez buried six three-pointers to finish with 24 points while Edwin Asoro scattered 21 as the Bulldogs nailed their second win against three losses.

Fernandez’s trey helped NU nail a total of 13 conversions, its best as a team since nailing 11 against Adamson last year and eight three years back.

But more than the Bulldogs’ superb outside shooting, it was their inside game that sealed it.

"We know they’re slow inside, we capitalized on it," said NU coach Manny Dandan, who is gearing up against Joe Lipa, his coaching mentor, and the State U Maroons on Thursday.

The game, however, turned ugly when Jojo Duncil, who had a pair of 25-point efforts in their last two games, did a Zinadine Zidane on Dave Catamora with 52.9 seconds to go.

The head-butt on Duncil could affect his chance for an MVP award.

gameface_one
07-30-2006, 12:29 PM
NU tames UST, books third win
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Games Sunday (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)

2 p.m. – FEU vs UP (Srs)

4 p.m. – UE vs Ateneo (Srs.)

A pack of hungry Bulldogs has tamed the giant killers.

National University continued to generate disorder in the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament, this time shocking University of Santo Tomas, 98-85, Saturday for its second win at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

It was a surprising win for the Bulldogs, who were given a slight chance to beat the Growling Tigers despite coming off huge wins against title favorites Far Eastern University and University of the East.

"We just took advantage of the mismatches and our foot speed against their big men. We all know that UST is a very talented team," said NU head coach Manny Dandan.

Jonathan Fernandez led the Bulldogs’ onslaught with 24 points, 18 from beyond the arc, as NU hit a season-high 13 triples, the most since the 66th UAAP season.

Edwin Asoro also played big with 21 markers, seven rebounds, two steals and three blocks for the Bulldogs, who improved to 3-2 overall. Cyrus Malagueño chipped in 11 while Howard Flor had 10 points and 10 boards.

"My bench players also gave me quality minutes like Jess Garcia and Michael Luy. Everybody contributed for this win," Dandan added.

Jojo Duncil paced UST with 21 points, but 15 came from the free throw line as he struggled for his shots, converting only three of 16 attempts.

Worse, the Growling Tigers, who dropped to 2-2, could miss Duncil in their next game against Adamson University on Thursday. He was ejected late in the game for head-butting Dave Catamora.

gameface_one
07-30-2006, 12:30 PM
Hot outside fire lifts Bulldogs past Tigers


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 06:46am (Mla time) 07/30/2006

Published on page A24 of the July 30, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

EVER unpredictable, the National University Bulldogs jumped off to a hot start and coasted to a 98-85 victory over the favored University of Santo Tomas Tigers in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

NU buried 39 points from beyond the arc, the most number of three points made in the last three years, with swingman Jonathan Fernandez accounting for six of the Bulldogs’ 13 triples to finish with 24 points.

“We know UST is strong and very talented, but we looked at the mismatch in foot speed,” said coach Manny Dandan after his Bulldogs improved to 2-3. “Our bench also stepped up, they gave us quality minutes.”

The Bulldogs took control off the game from the tip-off behind Edwin Asoro, who shot 17 of his 21 points in the first half.

Also contributing in the Bulldogs’ early scoring tear were Joseph Lingao-Lingao, Cyrus Malagueño and Jonathan Jahnke for a 59-43 advantage at the break.

The Tigers, who joined the Adamson Falcons at 2-2, hardly showed the aggressiveness and sharp shooting form they displayed in upsetting reigning champion Far Eastern U Tamaraws and crown-favorite University of the East Warriors.

To compound their woes, top scorer Jojo Duncil, who finished with a team-high 21 points, will serve a one-game suspension against Adamson on Thursday after head-butting NU’s Dave Catamora. Duncil was thrown out with only 52.9 seconds left in the game.

The Bulldogs stormed ahead by as many as 27 points, 92-65, early in the fourth quarter. The Tigers finally orchestrated a 16-0 run but the deficit was too huge to overcome.

The loss was particularly galling for coach Pido Jarencio, who kept UST untouchable in all its meetings with NU during his five-year stint as a Glowing Goldie up to 1986.

Meanwhile, the league-leading Ateneo Blue Eagles will stake its record against the UE Warriors at 4 p.m. today.

“We expect them to press us the entire game as they normally do,” said coach Norman Black, whose Eagles have won four straight games by a slim average of 4.3 points.

“We welcome the opportunity to be able to get out there and be able to do a good job against their pressure defense.”

Coach Dindo Pumaren said the Warriors have regained their composure after a recent win over NU for a second-best 3-1 record.

“I’m very positive that we’ll get our game back,” noted Pumaren.


In yesterday’s junior play, the Ateneo Blue Eaglets streaked to their fifth straight win over the FEU Baby Tamaraws, 88-83, to grab the solo lead.

The Adamson Baby Falcons tied the Baby Tamaraws for second at 4-1 after posting a 63-60 triumph over the UP Junior Maroons.

Earlier, the UST Tiger Cubs overwhelmed the NU Bullpups, 108-71 for their second win in five games.

The scores:

First Game (Jrs)

UST 108—Laconico 20, Sarsonas 14, Reyes 13, Buendia 11, Aquino 10, Ledesma 10, Cunanan 5, Perez 5, Manuel 5, Castro 4, Impreial 3, Francisco 2, Banquicio 3, De Sagon 2.
NU 71—Batac 27, Terso 12, Discaya 7, Berry 7, Jimenez 6, Batac 6, Magat 2, Guzman 2, Manalac 2, Guzman 0.

Quarters: 30-19, 53-44, 84-60

Second Game (Jrs)

ADAMSON 63—Olalia 19, Ceguerra 15, Vitug 11, Acibar 10, Nudo 5,Albay 3, Valerio 0, Tedeo 0, Santos 0, Godito 0. Cano 0, Borja 0.
UP 60—Sanchez 16, Tolentino 8, Buenaventura 8, Lazo 7, Espiritu 7, Marata 6, Bautista 6, Cruz 2, Jimenez 0, Isip 0, Gamad 0.

Quarters: 23-14, 34-27, 49-43, 63-60

Third Game (Jrs)

ATENEO 88—Gamboa 17, Rivera 15, Austria 12, Gonzaga 11, Durique 11, Golla 10, Balmaceda 10, Tiongson 2, Katipunan 0, Enriquez 0.
FEU 83—Lopez 22, Knuteel 15, Rosales 14, Paguia 12, Banal 8, Rivera 5, Gadia 3, Rocha 3, A. Paulino 1, J. Paulino 0, Argamino 0.

Quarters: 30-21, 51-36, 73-59, 88-83

Fourth Game (Srs)

NU 98—Fernandez 24, Asoro 21, Malagueno 11, Flor 10, Lingao-Lingao 9, Jahnke 9, Catamora 8, Malcontento 6, Luy 0, Garcia 0, Salvado 0, Dela Cruz 0.
UST 85—Duncil 21, Cruz 13, Ababou 11, Cortez 10, Espiritu 8, Evangelista 5, Cuan 5, Canlas 5, Dizon 3, Taylor 2, Allera 2, Gile 0.

Quarters: 32-15, 59-43, 81-59, 98-85

gameface_one
07-30-2006, 12:35 PM
Bulldogs silence Growling Tigers



By NOLI CRUZ
mb.com.ph

THIS ONE will surely hurt the pride of the University of Santo Tomas Tigers.


The National University Bulldogs, the perennial whipping boys, snapped a two-game run by the Tigers with a wire-to-wire 98-85 victory yesterday in the 69th UAAP basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

With two wins in five games, the Bulldogs moved up to fifth based on winning percentage and within half a game of idle Adamson Falcons and the Tigers, who fell to 2-2.

The Bulldogs caught the Tigers napping at the onset, racing to a 32-15 lead in the first quarter.

Edwin Asoro had more points than the Tigers at one point late in the period, 12-11.

They padded gap to 38-15 after hitting back-to-back treys at the start of the second frame.

The Tigers pounded the lane and drew some fouls to stay in the game. But the Bulldogs were too sharp in the first half, hitting eight triples to take a 59-43 lead into the locker room.

Not helping the Tigers were their 10 misses from the free throw line in the first two quarters, making only 18-of-28.

The Bulldogs’ win came after the Ateneo Blue Eaglets survived a scare in the endgame to beat the Far Eastern University Baby Tamaraws, 88-83, in the battle of the leaders in the junior’s division.

It was the fifth win in as many games by the Blue Eaglets, who squandered a 20-point lead and allowed their opponents to come within one in the closing seconds, 81-82, on a three-point play by FEU’s Mark Anthony Lopez.

They sank six free throws, four in the last 15 seconds, to secure the win.

In the other contests, the Adamson University Baby Falcons nipped the UP Preps, 63-60, for their third win in five games while the Tiger Cubs of UST downed the Bullpups of NU, 108-81, for their second win against three losses.

The Preps absorbed their third loss in five games while the Bullpups remained winless in six matches.



First Game (Juniors)

UST 108 — Laconico 20, Sarsonas 14, Reyes 13, Buendia 11, Aquino 10, Ledesma 10, Cunanan 5, Perez 5, Manuel 5, Castro 4, Imperial 3, Francisco 3, Banquicio 3, De Sagon 2.

NU 71 — K. Batac 27, Terso 12, Discaya 7, Berry 7, Jimenez 6, P. Batac 6, Magat 2, P. Guzman 2, Manalac 2, C. Guzman 0.

Quarters: 30-19, 53-44, 84-60, 108-71.

Second Game (Juniors)

ADAMSON 63 — Olalia 19, Ceguerra 15, Vitug 11, Acibar 10, Nudo 5, Albay 3, Valerio 0, Tadeo 0, Santos 0, Godito 0, Cano 0, Borja 0.

UP 60 — Sanchez 16, Tolentino 8, Buenaventura 8, Lazo 7, Espiritu 7, Marata 6, Bautista 6, Cruz 2, Jimenez 0, Isip 0, Gamad 0.

Quarters: 23-14, 34-27, 49-43, 63-60.

Third Game (Juniors)

ATENEO 88 — Gamboa 17, Rivera 15, Austria 12, Gonzaga 11, Dumrique 11, Golla 10, Balmaceda 10, Tiongson 2, Katipunan 0, Enriquez 0.

FEU 83 — Lopez 22, Knuteel 15, Rosales 14, Paguia 12, Banal 8, Rivera 5, Gadia 3, Rocha 3, A. Paulino 1, J. Paulino 0, Argamino 0.

Quarters: 30-21, 51-36, 73-59, 88-83.

Fourth Game (Seniors)

NU 98 — Fernandez 24, Asoro 21, Malagueno 11, Flor 10, Linago-Lingao 9, Jahnke 9, Catamora 8, Malcontento 6, Dela Cruz 0.

UST 85 — Duncil 21, Cruz 13, Ababou 11, Cortez 10, Espiritu 8, Canlas 5, Dizon 3, Allera 2, Taylor 2.

Quarters: 32-15, 59-43, 81-59, 98-85.

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07-31-2006, 10:30 AM
Eagles put Warriors’ defense in disarray

The Philippine Star 07/31/2006

Ateneo stayed hot under the cold, rainy weather, beating University of the East, 82-75, yesterday and staying unbeaten after five games in the 69th UAAP season.

The Blue Eagles of coach Norman Black used a crippling 18-2 run in the second quarter to move one win away from sweeping the first round of the elimination. They will try to do that against Santo Tomas this week.

Despite the rains brought about by Typhoon Henry, a huge crowd representing both teams filled the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The Warriors, tipped as the biggest threats to the Blue Eagles’ campaign this year, led 22-20 early in the second. But in the wink of an eye, they trailed, 38-24, never to catch up again.

"The key to beating UE was in breaking their pressure defense. We knew that if we did that we’d have a better chance of winning," said Black, looking more at a sixth win than a sweep.

It was the second loss against three wins for UE, the only other setback dealt by Santo Tomas last week.

Earlier, Far Eastern University finally played like the defending champion, beating UP, 94-86, and barging into the win column after four consecutive defeats.

"Finally, we won. I’m starting to miss being interviewed," said coach Bert Flores before praising Jonas Villanueva and Jeff Chan, the remnants of last year’s champion team who combined for 48 points.

— Abac Cordero

"We really had a bad start this year at 0-4. But strong teams have been there before. It feels really different because we went 7-0 last year," added the FEU coach.

Nestor David and Marvin Cruz, the top players from UP, were benched by coach Joe Lipa in the fourth quarter, and could only watch time slip away as the Maroons fell to 1-3.

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07-31-2006, 10:31 AM
Eagles notch No. 5; Tamaraws stop skid



By NOLI CRUZ
mb.com.ph

THE ATENEO Blue Eagles created more space between them and the rest of the field with an 82-75 win over the University of the East Red Warriors yesterday in the 69th UAAP basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.


They extended their unbeaten start to five and moved them at least two games clear of the others, including the pre-tournament Warriors who dropped their second in three games and to 3-2 overall.

Defense sealed the win for the Eagles.

The Warriors, behind Bonbon Custodio’s 11 points in the fourth quarter, pulled to within 71-78 with 56 seconds left. A steal off an inbound pass gave the red shirts a chance to come even closer, but Zion Laterre rejected Custodio’s lay-up at the other end and rookie Eric Salamat iced the game with four free throws.

A telling 18-2 run sparked by eight straight points from Jose Antonio Reyes turned a two-point deficit into a 38-22 lead for the Eagles in the second period.

They padded this to as many as 16 on a basket by Roel Escueta, 46-30.

Earlier, the Far Eastern University Tamaraws chalked up their first win after four failed tries, beating the University of the Philippines, 94-86.

The Maroons absorbed their third straight loss after winning their opener.

Jonas Villanueva scattered a career-high 28 points after scoring only six in their last outing, leading the Tamaraws to a fast start and a strong finish.

The sophomore point guard combined with Jeff Chan and RB Mangahas in a 22-8 run that broke a 63-all tie and gave the Tamaraws an 85-71 lead.

He also hit a basket that stopped a 7-0 run by the Maroons late in the game.

"At least maganda na ang execution namin sa endgame," noted FEU coach Bert Flores. "Tatlo kasi sa talo namin sa huli kami nadale."

The scores:

First Game (Seniors)

FEU 94 — Villanueva 28, Chan 20, Barcellano 16, Baracael 8,Mangahas 6, Fernandez 5, Adolfo 5, Gerilla 4, Afable 1, Reyes 1.

UP 86 — Serios 16, De Asis 15, David 11, Reyes 10, Cruz 10,Buyco 6, Cacha 5, Co 4, Epres 3, Maniego 2, Braganza 2, Sorongon 2.

Quarters: 31-21, 57-48, 75-67, 94-86.

Second Game (Seniors)

ATENEO 82 — Intal 14, Escalona 14, Kramer 12, Reyes 10, Tiu 9, Salamat 6, Laterre 6, Al-Hussaini 6, Arao 5, Escueta 2.

UE 75 — Custodio 26, Borboran 17, Gregorio 13, Arellano 9, Martinez 3, Thiele 2, Labagala 2, Canizares 2, Llagas 1.

Quarters: 20-20, 46-34, 61-48, 82-75.

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07-31-2006, 10:32 AM
Eagles claw Warriors for 5th in a row


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 06:15am (Mla time) 07/31/2006

Published on page A28 of the July 31, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

FINALLY, the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles showed they can pull off a convincing win. And against title-favorite University of the East Warriors at that.

Building an early lead and never letting up the rest of the way, the Eagles streaked to their fifth straight win with an 82-75 victory over the Warriors in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at the jampacked Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The Eagles’ starting unit fueled their relentless offensives, with veteran guard Macky Escalona topscoring with 14 points

But Ateneo coach Norman Black said the Eagles also stepped up at the defensive end to frazzle the Warriors, who kept the second spot at 3-2.

“We came into this game wanting to concentrate on our defense,” said Black. “We knew UE wanted to run the basketball so we wanted to do a good defensive job. But more than that, the key to beat UE was to break their pressure (defense). We executed very well in breaking their press so we got quite some easy baskets.”

The Eagles, who posted slim victories in their first four triumphs, will gun for a first-round sweep against the University of Santo Tomas Tigers on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Earlier, the Far Eastern University Tamaraws recovered from a second-half scare to notch their first win with a 94-86 decision over the University of the Philippines Maroons.

Blowing a 17-point buffer, the defending champions turned to Jonas Villanueva and Jeff Chan in quelling the Maroons’ persistent rallies in the closing quarters.

Villanueva shot a career-high 28 points, while Chan poured in 20 markers in halting the Tamaraws’ surprising four-game skid.

Although it took the Tamaraws five matches to figure out the winning formula, it was more important for coach Bert Flores that his players regained their confidence.

The scores:

First Game (Srs)

FEU 94 -- Villanueva 28, Chan 20, Barcellano 16, Baracael 8, Mangahas 16, Fernandez 5, Adolfo 5, Gerilla 4, Afable 1, Reyes 1, Gonzales 0, Villanueva 0, Dela Cruz 0.

UP 86 -- Serios 16, De Asis 15, David 11, Reyes 10, Cruz 10, Buyco 6, Cacha 5, Co 4, Epres 3, Maniego 2, Braganza 2, Sorongon 2.

Quarters: 31-21, 57-48, 75-67, 94-86

Second Game (Srs)

ATENEO 82 -- Escalona 14, Kramer 12, Intal 12, Reyes 10, Tiu 9, Salamat 6, Laterre 6, Al-Hussaini 6, Arao 5, Escueta 2, Monfort 0, Quimson 0.

UE 75 -- Custodio 26, Borboran 17, Gregorio 13, Arellano 9, Martniez 3, Thiele 2, Labagala 2, Canizares 2, Llagas 1, Lingganay 0, Espiritu 0.

Quarters: 20-20, 46-34, 61-48, 82-75

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07-31-2006, 10:34 AM
Ateneo a win away from 1st round sweep


By JOEL ORELLANA
The Manila Times Reporter
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Ateneo de Manila University is now a win away of sweeping the first round of the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament.

Soliciting huge games from their big men anew, the streaking Blue Eagles thumped the University of the East, 82-75, Sunday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium to keep their unblemished record intact at 5-0.

Ateneo used a strong second quarter to break away from a tight contest and its defense made the Red Warriors’ offense miserable, dealing their victims their second loss in five games.

"Coming into this game, our plan really is to concentrate on our defense because UE likes to run the ball," said Blue Eagles head coach Norman Black whose next assignment is University of Santo Tomas on Sunday at the Big Dome.

"The key really here is we were able to break their press. Give the credit to the boys for executing the game plan and they stepped up big time," Black added.

Macky Escalano led Ateneo with 14 points while Dough Kramer and JC Intal each had 12 points. Jai Reyes netted 10 markers in first half while Black also drew an inspired game from Zion Laterre, who had 6 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks in just 15 minutes of play.

Scores:

First Game

FEU 94—Jo. Villanueva 28, Chan 20, Barcellano 16, Baracael 8, Mangahas 6, Fernandez 5, Adolfo 5, Gerilla 4, Afable 1, Reyes 1, Gonzales 0, Je. Villanueva 0, de la Cruz 0.

UP 86—Serios 16, de Asis 15, David 11, Cruz 10, Reyes 10, Buyco 6, Cacha 5, Co 4, Epres 3, Maniego 2, Braganza 2, Sorongon 2.

Quarters: 31-21, 57-48, 75-67, 94-86

Games Thursday (Loyola Gym)

2 p.m.–UE vs. NU (Srs.)

4 p.m.–UP vs. DLSU (Srs.)

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08-03-2006, 07:51 AM
Unpredictable UAAP resumes today

UST plays Adamson, NU tackles UP

By Noli Cruz
mb.com.ph




EVERY GAME is proving to be a mystery so far in the 69th UAAP basketball tournament.


After beating fancied teams, the University of Sto. Tomas Tigers fell to the unheralded National University Bulldogs in their last outing.

It wasn’t even close.

But the Adamson Falcons, who beat the Bulldogs by 24 points, have no reason to underestimate the Tigers when they meet today at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

After all, these are the same Tigers who defeated defending champion Far Eastern U Tamaraws and handed pre-tournament favorites University of the East Warriors their first loss.

The unpredictability of games had six of the seven participating teams separated by no more than two games midway in the first round of elimination.

The Falcons and the Tigers are in the middle of the pack with similar 2-2 cards, good enough to land a spot in the top four.

The winner of today’s double-header will share second spot with idle UE while the loser may find itself below the cutoff for the Final Four depending on the result of NU’s match against the skidding University of the Philippines Maroons.

At 2-3, the Bulldogs can break into the top four with their third win in the last four games.

The Maroons, on the other hand, are hoping to snap a three-game losing spell.

Jervy Cruz, the monster slotman of the Tigers, is also wanting to break out of a spell.

The Bulldogs exposed the super rookie’s kryptonite — a wide body to push him out of the lane.

Joseph Lingao-Lingao and Howard Flor took turns to keep Cruz out of his comfort zone in NU’s stunning victory, holding him to only 13 points, more than 10 below his average in UST’s twin victories. Ken Bono, the 200-plus pound Adamson superstar, is expected to take care of Cruz on the defensive end.

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08-03-2006, 07:52 AM
Falcons take on Tigers; UP faces NU five
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A well-rested Adamson University squad is favored to prevail over a scorer-less University of Santo Tomas when they meet in the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament Thursday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The Falcons and the Growling Tigers, both toting identical 2-2 slates, collide at 4 p.m. after the tussle between struggling University of the Philippines and National University at 2.

"This is another crucial game for us because we believe that UP and UST are our rivals for the last Final Four slot," said Adamson head coach Leo Austria.

"After we beat UP, the players now believe that they have a legitimate chance for the semis. They have now the confidence to do that," he added.

The Falcons defeated the Fighting Maroons 85-83 on July 23, and are looking for their first winning streak of the season.

That goal got a boost when the league suspended UST’s top scorer Jojo Duncil for one game for head-butting Dave Catamora in their 85-98 loss to the Bulldogs on Saturday.

The 6-foot-1 Duncil is averaging 20.8 points per game for the Growling Tigers, and coach Pido Jarencio will surely miss his presence, especially that Jemal Vizcara has yet to recover from a hamstring injury he suffered in the team’s opening game.

Jarencio now has to rely on rookie Jervy Cruz, Jacques Cuan, Anthony Espiritu, Allan Evangelista and Dylan Ababou to recover from the previous loss.

Adamson boasts a solid frontline in Kenneth Bono and Roel Hugnatan and one of the league’s deadlier shooters in Patrick Cabahug.

The winner in this match will join season’s host University of the East at the second spot behind Ateneo de Manila University, which has not lost in five games.

In the first game, NU tries to take advantage of the Fighting Maroons’ sliding performance as it aims for its third win in the tournament.

The Bulldogs are in solo fifth spot with a 2-3 win-loss slate, while UP is a just below them at 1-3. Since pulling off a 94-92 squeaker in their first game against UST, the Fighting Maroons lost their next three games. Joel Orellana

***

Games Thursday (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)

2 p.m.–NU vs. UP (Srs.)

4 p.m.–UST vs. Adamson (Srs.)

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08-03-2006, 07:53 AM
TOP MARKSMAN ABSENT
Tigers tackle Falcons today



Inquirer
Last updated 04:16am (Mla time) 08/03/2006

Published on page A25 of the August 3, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

LOSING veteran guard Jemal Vizcarra did not seem to weaken the University of Santo Tomas Tigers at all.

So coach Pido Jarencio hopes his team will again respond the same way when shooter Jojo Duncil serves his one-game suspension today in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.

“Players can come and go, we can’t do anything about it,” said Jarencio. “We’re making the most out of the situation. Ever since, we’re always saying that if someone leaves, we’re OK. Anyone can step up.”

The Tigers will have to do without Duncil, the league’s top scorer, when they dispute solo third against the Adamson University Falcons at 4 p.m. today at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

But Jarencio admits that his Tigers are still smarting from their loss to the National University Bulldogs, who will tackle the skidding University of the Philippines Maroons earlier at 2 p.m.

“We were frustrated because we were ready (against NU),” said Jarencio. “But I think that was the best game NU played ever. So now we have to double our efforts against Adamson. We have more big guys who are faster. But of course, our confidence level dropped after losing to NU. We’ve been trying to lift the team’s confidence.”

The league slapped Duncil, who averages 20.8 points a game, with a one-game suspension for head-butting NU’s Dave Catamora on Saturday.

Jarencio has named swingmen Dylan Ababou and Anthony Espiritu to take Duncil’s place.
The match-up between the Tigers’ rookie sensation Jervy Cruz and the Falcon’s hefty center Ken Bono is also anticipated.

Both big men have been regularly posting double-double performances, with Cruz averaging 19 points and 13.2 rebounds, and Bono 20.2 markers and 10 boards.

“They showed that they are mature enough to handle the pressure,” said Austria, citing Adamson’s slim 85-83 victory over UP. “They already know their respective roles. I hope we can continue to bring that kind of intensity and maturity.”

The Bulldogs, who at 2-3, have already surpassed their win total for each of the last two seasons, crushed the Tigers, 98-85, after scoring 39 points from the three-point area. Jasmine W. Payo

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08-04-2006, 08:02 AM
Falcons thrash Tigers; Maroons zap Bulldogs


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 03:56am (Mla time) 08/04/2006

Published on page A25 of the August 4, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

RANGED against an opponent missing key stars, the Adamson University Falcons wasted no time seizing the huge break.

Main man Ken Bono pumped in 19 points and collared 14 rebounds to lead the Falcons to a 74-62 triumph over the University of Santo Tomas Tigers and claim a share of second place in the UAAP men's basketball tournament yesterday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

“This is a rare opportunity for us and we hope to sustain it,” said coach Leo Austria after the Falcons joined the University of the East at 3-2, behind the unbeaten Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles.

The Tigers clearly missed league top scorer Jojo Duncil (20.8 points per game), who served a one-game suspension for headbutting NU's Dave Catamora.

Compounding the Tigers' unfortunate situation was the absence of starting point guard Japs Cuan, who was sidelined due to fever.

It was UST's lowest point production after averaging 89.5 points in the last four games playing without main man, Jemal Vizcarra, who was injured late in the Tigers’ first game of the season.

Earlier, the University of the Philippines Maroons halted their three-game slide with a 95-86 victory over the National University Bulldogs.

In junior play, the Far Eastern University Baby Tamaraws drubbed the Adamson University Baby Falcons, 81-55, to end their first-round stint with a second-best 5-1 card.

The UP Junior Maroons routed the UE Pages, 98-79, for a 3-3 record behind the Baby Falcons’ 4-2 slate.

The senior scores:

Third Game

UP 95 -- De Asis 18, Co 13, David 13, Cruz 13, Reyes 10, Buyco 10, Serios 8, Epres 5, Braganza 2, Sorongon 2, Maniego 1, Sison 0, Cacha 0.

NU 86 -- Garcia 15, Asoro 15, Fernandez 14, Lingao-Lingao 12, Jahnke 11, Catamora 11, Malcontento 6, Malagueno 1, Flor 1, Salamat 0, Lou 0, Cooper 0, Salvado 0, Dela Cruz 0.

Quarters: 16-25, 47-35, 70-62, 95-86

Fourth Game

ADAMSON 74 -- Bono 19, Cabahug 17, Canuday 13, Hugnatan 10, Orera 5, Poloyapoy 4, Pacheco 3, Gonzalgo 3, Santos 0, Gorospe 0, Basillo 0, Agustin 0.

UST 62 -- Ababou 19, Cruz 11, Evangelista 10, Espiritu 6, Canlas 6, Taylor 5, Allera 3, Cortez 2, Gile 0, Marquez 0, Dizon 0.

Quarters: 19-21, 38-28, 56-45, 74-62

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08-04-2006, 08:03 AM
Falcons outrun, outgun Tigers
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 08/04/2006

Adamson went on a scoring spree in the second quarter to take control then thwarted University of Santo Tomas’ repeated rallies in the stretch to fashion out a 74-62 victory yesterday and grab a share of second place in the 69th UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The Falcons, behind their run-and-gun game, outscored the Tigers in the second quarter, 19-7, to turn a 19-21 deficit into a 38-28 lead at the turn. They were never seriously threatened from there as Ken Bono, Roel Hugnatan, Patrick Cabahug and Leo Canuday combined for 59 points to ensure the victory for the San Marcelino-based cagers.

It was Adamson’s third win against two losses while dealing UST its third loss against two victories.

Bono scored 19 points and dominated the boards with 14 rebounds while Hugnatan backed him up with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Cabahug and Canuday tossed in 17 and 13 points, respectively.

"Our game plan was to really attack their defense from the start," said Adamson coach Leo Austria. "Fortunately, some of their players didn’t suit up in this game."

He was referring to Jojo Duncil and Japs Cuan, two of UST’s top gunners who didn’t see action for the Tigers.

Duncil, who leads the league in scoring with an average of 20.4 points, was suspended for a game for head-butting National U’s Dave Catamora last week while Cuan was on sick leave.

Jervy Cruz, the prolific rookie transferee from Nueva Ecija, was also held to just 11 points, a far cry from his average of 19 points.

Earlier, State U went to the foul line to defuse National U’s superb three-point shooting as it pulled off a 95-86 victory that snapped a three-game skid.

Rookie prized find Miguel de Asis fired a game-high 18 points, including seven of the Maroons’ 33 free throws that helped them clinch their second win in five outings.

The Bulldogs fell 2-4 despite draining in 15 triples, the best this year and the last three seasons since La Salle made 14 in Season 66.

"Coach (Joe Lipa) instructed us to just challenge every shot and we’ll come through," said UP team skipper Nestor David, who had 13 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two shot blocks.

With Edwin Asoro on the firing end, NU dictated the pace early on as it led, 25-16, at the end of the first quarter.

But the Maroons outscored the Bulldogs in the second period, 31-10, to seize control then hung tough in the second half to preserve the win.

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08-04-2006, 08:03 AM
Falcons outclass Tigers



By NOLI CRUZ
mb.com.ph



THE ABSENCE of leading scorer Jojo Duncil and top playmaker John Paul Cuan proved too much for the University of Santo Tomas Tigers.



With one less gunner and no creator to worry, the Adamson Falcons shut down the Tigers en route to a 74-62 win yesterday in the 69th UAAP basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

It was the lowest output of the Tigers so far. They averaged almost 90 points in their first four games.

Duncil, who served his one-game suspension for head-butting an NU player in their last outing, averaged almost 21 points in those games.

Ken Bono also outplayed UST’s sensational rookie Jervy Cruz, outscoring the latter 19-11.

Cuan’s leadership was sorely missed in the fourth as the Tigers failed to stage a serious rally.

Even Falcons Coach Leo Austria acknowledged the Tigers’ handicap.

"Parang pinartidahan kami. Ramdam nila sa laro na ‘to ‘yung pagkawala ni Duncil and Cuan," said Austria.

Their first back-to-back wins under Austria moved the Falcons into a share of second spot with idle University of the East Warriors at 3-2. The Tigers dropped to 2-3.

The Falcons created some separation in the closing minutes of the second period with a 12-1 run. The scoring blitz highlighted by three straight jumpers from Bono gave the Falcons a 38-28 lead at halftime.

An 11-point cluster spiced by three triples from Dylan Ababou brought the Tigers to within 39-42. But the Falcons gave them the dose of their own medicine to restore a double-digit spread.

Bono, Patrick Cabahug and Jerry Orera drained a triple each in a 14-6 counter-attack to give the Falcons a 56-45 cushion entering the payoff period.

In the other senior’s match, the University of the Philippines Maroons bucked a slow start to beat National University Bulldogs, 95-86, and snap a three-game skid.

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08-04-2006, 08:04 AM
Falcons rip Tigers, win 2nd straight
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Adamson University notched its first winning streak this season after walloping the undermanned University of Santo Tomas, 74-62, Thursday in the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Burly center Kenneth Bono had another huge game for the Falcons and got enough support from his team-mates as they coasted to their third win overall and joined University of the East at second spot with similar 3-2 slates.

Bono posted 19 points and 14 rebounds while Patrick Cabahug added 17 for Adamson, which boosted its drive for Final Four.

"We’re just lucky that [UST’s Jojo] Duncil and [Jacques] Cuan were not around. They really felt their absence in this game," said Falcons coach Leo Austria, who also got 13 points from Leo Canuday.

"It’s like they gave us a head start. And we did not play extraordinarily. We just ran our plays and my bench players also contributed," Austria added.

In the first game, the University of the Philippines snapped a three-game losing streak with a hard-earned 95-86 victory over National University. Joel Orellana

The scores:

First Game

UP 95—De Asis 18, Co 13, David 13, Cruz 13, Reyes 10, Buyco 10, Serios 8, Epres 5, Braganza 2, Sorongon 2, Maniego 1, Sison 0, Cacha 0.

NU 86—Garcia 15, Asoro 15, Fernandez 14, Lingao-Lingao 12, Jahnke 11, Catamora 11, Malcontento 6, Malagueno 1, Flor 1, Salamat 0, Luy 0, Cooper 0, Salvado 0, de la Cruz 0.

Quarters: 16-25, 47-35, 70-62, 95-86.

Second Game

Adamson 74—Bono 19, Cabahug 17, Canuday 13, Hugnatan 12, Orera 5, Polayapoy 4, Pacheco 3, Gonzalgo 3, Santos 0, Basillo 0, Agustin 0.

UST 62—Ababou 19, Cruz 11, Evangelista 10, Espiritu 6, Canlas 6, Taylor 5, Allera 3, Cortez 2, Gile 0, Marquez 0, Dizon 0.

Quarters: 19-21, 38-28, 56-45, 74-62.

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08-05-2006, 11:22 AM
Falcons eye 4th victory vs. hobbling Tamaraws
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Games Saturday (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)

2 p.m. – UST vs. Ateneo (Jrs.)

4 p.m. – FEU vs. Adamson (Srs.)

Adamson University has already matched its win total from last season, and the Falcons have the chance to surpass that in just their final game in the first round.

Adamson hopes to intensity its Final Four drive as it shoots for its fourth win against defending champion Far Eastern University in the lone seniors match of the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines on Saturday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The Falcons and the Tamaraws collide at 4 p.m. as both teams end their first-round campaign.

"If we win against FEU, I think it will strengthen our chances for the Final Four slot," said Adamson head coach Leo Austria, whose wards are coming off a 74-62 victory over University of Santo Tomas.

It also allowed them to equal their wins last year in a 3-11 campaign under Mel Alas last year, and, more important, put them in a tie with University of the East for the second spot at 3-2 mark.

"It’s a rare chance for us to be at this spot. And if we sustain this kind of game, I think we really have a good chance in the semis," Austria added

FEU snapped its four-game losing streak with a much-needed 94-86 win over University of the Philippines, though they remain at the cellar with 1-4 win-loss slate.

"We got our confidence back and hopefully it will be a start of something good for us," said Tamaraws head coach Bert Flores.

"We still have seven games left in the tournament, and I guess my players know we have to work harder to reach our goal," Flores added.

Austria admitted that FEU remains a Final Four contender despite a poor start in the tournament.

"Their first win could be a rallying point for them. FEU can still reach the Final Four," said Austria who has been drawing solid games from Kenneth Bono, Patrick Cabahug, Leo Canuday and Roel Hugnatan. Joel Orellana

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08-05-2006, 11:23 AM
Falcons inch closer to top, face Tams

The Philippine Star 08/05/2006

Adamson tries to close in on leader Ateneo as it takes on a resurgent Far Eastern U today in the lone seniors encounter in the 69th UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The Falcons are tied with the University of the East Warriors with 3-2 (win-loss) slates, gaining a share of second place following a 74-62 victory over the Santo Tomas Tigers Thursday.

Another win over the defending champion Tams in their 4 p.m. duel would move them closer to the Eagles, unbeaten in five games, at the close of the Falcons’ first round assignment.

But expect the Tams to play inspired ball from now on after finally snapping a four-game skid with a 94-86 win over the Univ. of the Philippines Maroons last week.

Although the Morayta-based cagers remain in the cellar of the seven-team field, that victory over the Maroons should give them the momentum and confidence the Tams need to get back into the thick of things.

"A first win is what we’ve been waiting for and we hope that it’s the start of something big for us," said FEU coach Bert Flores in Filipino.

Adamson coach Leo Austria knows only too well of the rivals’ ability to come back despite a bad start although he remains confident of his wards chances against the Tams.

"They’re a resurgent team and we can’t take them lightly," said Austria, who is again expected to pin hopes again on Ken Bono, who came up with a 19-point, 14-rebound performance the last time out.

Meanwhile, Ateneo and UST clash in the lone juniors match at 2 p.m.

gameface_one
08-05-2006, 11:24 AM
Falcons hope to keep magical run in UAAP



By NOLI CRUZ
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THE ADAMSON University Falcons needed 14 games to win three games last year. It took them five games to win as many in the 69th season of the UAAP basketball tournament.


Falcons coach Leo Austria believes they can win more as long as they enjoy playing with their teammates.

"My players are embracing the new system. They’re playing as a team and playing loose," he said.

"I think those are the reasons of our success so far."

They don’t have much of that the past dozen of years.

In fact, Adamson is the only team in the league that hasn’t reached the Final Four. Not even once since the format was introduced in 1994.

The Falcons will try to enhance their chances of finally getting there when they face the Far Eastern University Tamaraws at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium at 4 p.m. today.

They’re currently sharing second place with idle University of the East at 3-2, just behind Ateneo’s 5-0 card.

The Tamaraws are still very much in the hunt after finally scoring a win on their fifth try. A winning streak will surely give them momentum heading into the bottom half of the elimination.

The stars of both teams are expected to stand out in the today’s lone senior’s match.

Adamson’s Ken Bono is unstoppable within 10 feet and there may be no FEU defender strong enough to keep the 200-plus pounder outside of his comfort zone.

On the other hand, FEU playmaker Jonas Villanueva, with due respect to Leo Canuday and Marvin Poloyapoy, has no real challenge from the Adamson backcourt.

Villanueva, a 6-foot-1 point guard, finished with a career-high 28 points in their victory against the University of the Philippines Maroons.

Something close to that should be a gimme for the talented sophomore against the less heralded quarterbacks of the Falcons.

gameface_one
08-05-2006, 10:10 PM
Tamaraws stomp Falcons, 98-78
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Jeffrei Chan scored 18 points to lead the Far Eastern University in beating Adamson University, 98-78, in the main game of the 69th UAAP men’s basketball at the Ninoy Aquino stadium Saturday.

Chan piloted FEU to gain a double-digit lead at the end of the first half with 54-39.

The Falcons tried to put up a rally in the early minutes of the fourth canto to cut their rival’s lead but failed as the Tamaraws regained composure.

The Tamaraws displayed impeccable onslaught in the fourth canto by sinking a series of power shots down the ring. RB Mangahas burned the hoop with a couple of three-point shots.

Mangahas hauled down five rebounds and dished out two assists.

Chan was named best player of the game.

gameface_one
08-07-2006, 07:44 AM
Eagles rip Tigers to cap first round sweep


By JOEL ORELLANA
The Manila Times Reporter
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Beaten black and blue.

That is what Ateneo de Manila University did to University of Santo Tomas after a mind-boggling run in the second period propelled the Blue Eagles to a first-round sweep of the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament Sunday.

JC Intal anchored a mighty 33-6 surge to end the first half as the Blue Eagles handed Growling Tigers a 114-78 whipping and end their first round campaign with an immaculate 6-0 slate at the Araneta Coliseum.

Intal had 10 of his 24 points in the second period where Ateneo outscored the Growling Tigers, 35-9, and took a 63-36 halftime lead that rattled the morale of the wards of coach Pido Jarencio.

Chris Tiu also had a solid game with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists while Macky Escalona added 15 markers and 10 feeds. Doug Kramer and Rabeth Al-Hussaini also played pivotal roles in turning the game into a rout.

Kramer posted 19 points and 8 boards while Al-Hussaini had his first double-double game of the season with 12 points and 10 boards.

"This is just the carry over of our game against UE. We got our confidence after beating a tough team but I did not expect a blowout," Ateneo coach Norman Black said.

"We really wanted to push the ball because we knew we can do that with JC and Macky anchoring our fast break game." Black added.

The Blue Eagles also swept the first round of the 2004 season under coach Sandy Arespacochaga, but faltered in the second round and lost to archrival De La Salle University in the Final Four.

Jojo Duncil, who came from a one-game suspension, paced UST with 24 points as the Tigers were just in the thick of things in the first 12 minutes of the game, tying the match at 30-all before Intal sparked the uprising.

Ateneo unleashed its fury in the second quarter, both on offense and defense, as it held UST to 3-of-21 shooting while hitting 14-of-23 from the field.

The scoring rush continued in the second half as the Loyola-based team erected a 44-point cushion, 88-44, with 2:12 left in the third quarter. Ateneo sat on 90-47 after the first quarters and Black opted to rest his starters in the final quarter.

Scores:

First Game

UE 96—Custodio 20, Borboron 17, Arellano 16, Gregorio 14, Canizares 12, Martinez 10, Llagas 3, Labagala 2, Espiritu 2, Thiele 0, Briones 0, Bandaying 0.

UP 84—Cruz 17, David 16, Epres 15, Co 10, Buyco 7, de Asis 6, Serios 4, Cacha 4, Maniego 3, Braganza 1, Sorongon 1.

Quarters: 24-20, 51-42, 76-70, 96-84

Second Game

Ateneo 114—Intal 24, Tiu 19, Kramer 19, Escalona 15, Al-Hussaini 12, Reyes 6, Arao 6, Quimson 5, Escueta 3, Uichico 3, Monfort 2, Laterre 0, Barracoso 0.

UST 78—Duncil 24, Allera 15, Cortez 14, Cruz 9, Cuan 4, Ababou 4, Espiritu 3, Taylor 3, Canlas 2, Gile 0, Dizon 0, Evangelista 0.

Quarters: 28-27, 63-36, 90-47, 114-78.

gameface_one
08-07-2006, 07:45 AM
Ateneo scores sweep

Red Warriors subdue Maroons

By NOLI CRUZ
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A SWEEPING run in the middle period highlighted Ateneo’s sweep of the first round in the 69th UAAP basketball tournament.


The Blue Eagles outscored the University of Sto. Tomas Tigers, 62-20, in the second and third quarters en route to an overwhelming 114-78 victory yesterday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Chris Tiu sparked the breakaway by clustering eight straight points spiked by two triples that shattered a 30-all deadlock.

The Eagles held the Tigers without a field goal in a six-minute stretch somewhere in the second period to take a 56-32 lead and padded it to 63-36 at halftime.

Tiu, who finished with a career-high 19 points, also scored seven straight points early in the third quarter as the Eagles posted a lead as high as 44 points on a dunk by JC Intal, 88-44.

The Eagles improved to 6-0 while the Tigers dropped their third straight and to 2-4 overall.

Earlier, the University of the East Warriors solidified their hold of second spot with a wire-to-wire 96-84 win over the University of the Philippines Maroons.

The Warriors, who had six players in double figures, improved to 4-2 while the Maroons fell to 2-4.

gameface_one
08-07-2006, 07:46 AM
Eagles slam Tigers with blowout win


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 05:46am (Mla time) 08/07/2006

Published on page A30 of the August 7, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE ATENEO de Manila University Blue Eagles still could do nothing wrong.

Shocking their foes with an early scoring onslaught, the Eagles pulled off the season’s most lopsided win -- a 114-78 rout of the University of Santo Tomas Tigers -- to sweep the first round of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Led by veteran JC Intal, the Eagles zoomed to a comfortable 63-36 halftime cushion from a 30-30 deadlock. Ateneo’s 35 points in the second period was also the highest point production in a single quarter this season.

Intal shot 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead a solid performance by the Eagles’ starting five, who all finished in double figures.

The six-game sweep came a day after the Blue Eaglets swept the first round in junior play. A three-division Ateneo title sweep loomed as the Lady Eagles also tote a league-leading 5-1 mark.

“We picked up the confidence from our win against UE,” said coach Norman Black. “We went into this game telling ourselves that we will be in a track meet, knowing that UST is a running team. We just pushed the ball really hard, especially JC.”

Back in their explosive form, the University of the East Warriors secured second spot after cruising to a 96-84 triumph over the University of the Philippines Maroons.

The Warriors got huge games from their stars led by Bonbon Custodio, who pumped in a game-high 20 points on top of eight rebounds and seven assists.

Apart from improving their record to 4-2, coach Dindo Pumaren said the victory showed his Warriors have started to recover from their early struggles.

“In the last two years, we’ve been successful in playing pressure defense,” said Pumaren. “Our problem (in our two losses) was we competed in shooting contests.”

The Warriors clamped down on Migs de Asis, the Maroons’ rookie three-point specialist who finished with a personal season-low of six points.

The Maroons struggled from the field in the fourth period and joined the National University Bulldogs, Far Eastern University Tamaraws and the Tigers at 2-4.

The scores:

First Game (Srs)
UE 96 -- Custodio 20, Borboran 17, Arellano 16, Gregorio 14, Cañizares 12, Martinez 10, Llagas 3, Labagala 2, Espiritu 2, Thiele 0, Briones 0, Bandaying 0.
UP 84 -- Cruz 17, David 16, Epres 15, Co 10, Buyco 7, De Asis 6, Serios 4, Cacha 4, Maniego 3, Braganza 1, Sorongan 1.
Quarters: 24-20, 51-42, 76-70, 96-84

Second Game (Srs)
ATENEO 114 -- Intal 24, Tiu 19, Kramer 19, Escalona 15, Al-Hussaini 12, Reyes 6, Arao 6, Quimson 5, Escueta 3, Uichico 3, Monfort 2, Laterre 0, Barracoso 0.
UST 78 -- Duncil 24, Allera 14, Cortez 14, Cruz 9, Cuan 4, Ababou 4, Espiritu 3, Taylor 3, Canlas 2, Gile 0, Dizon 0.
Quarters: 28-27, 63-36, 90-47, 114-78

gameface_one
08-07-2006, 07:46 AM
Eagles have landed, skin Tigers alive
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 08/07/2006

Unable to shake off University of Santo Tomas in the early going, Ateneo used one big scoring spurt in the second period as the Eagles soared to their sixth straight victory with a 114-78 rout of the Tigers to complete a sweep of the first round elims in the 69th UAAP basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum yesterday.

JC Intal came through with a season-high 24 points, highlighted by rim-rattling slams that sent the Ateneo fans into a frenzy, as the Eagles matched their first round sweep in 2004 on a team built around Larry Fonacier.

Chris Tiu and Doug Kramer fired 19 points apiece while Macky Escalona and sophomore Rabeth Al-Hussaini tossed in 15 and 12 points, respectively, to underscore the Eagles’ balanced offensive sock, which the Tigers failed to neutralize.

"We went into this thinking it’s going to be a track meet because we know UST is a quick team," said Ateneo coach Norman Black.

But the Eagles, after barely taking a 28-27 lead in the first period, quickly left the Tigers behind with a torrid scoring run in the second quarter.

Ateneo unloaded 35 points in that stretch while holding UST to just nine points as the Eagles sat on a 63-36 cushion at the turn and never looked back at resumption of the contest.

The respite actually failed to cool down the Eagles as they sustained their pace and put in another 27-point splurge to put the outcome beyond doubt at 90-47, with still a full quarter left in the game.

Jojo Duncil, back from a one-game suspension for head-butting National U’s Dave Catamora, led the Tigers with 24 points but failed to get enough support from the rest as the Tigers took their fourth setback against two wins.

Duncil scored 13-point first quarter points to keep the Tigers in the game.

But when Intal teamed up with Kramer, Tiu and Escalona in that decisive second quarter run, Duncil failed to keep pace and got sidetracked along with the baffled Tigers.

Earlier, University of the East outgunned State U, 96-84, to move up to second place with a 4-2 (win-loss) slate.

Bonbon Custodio had 20 points to lead five teammates with double-digit scores.

UE held Miguel de Asis to a season-low six points as UP fell to a fourth loss against two wins.

The Maroons played without top rookie Martin Reyes, whose father passed away recently. UP team manager Bombet Silva was also ejected late in the second quarter for misconduct.

5FootCarrot
08-07-2006, 07:54 AM
Eagles rip Tigers to cap first round sweep

By JOEL ORELLANA
The Manila Times Reporter
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...Al-Hussaini had his first double-double game of the season with 12 points and 10 boards.
Actually, I believe this is Rab's second double-double of the season. He had 10 rebounds and at least 10 points against NU on opening day.

gameface_one
08-08-2006, 10:31 AM
Falcon Bono emerges UAAP stats frontrunner


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 06:39am (Mla time) 08/08/2006

Published on page A22 of the August 8, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

LABELED as an achiever in the past, Ken Bono of the Adamson University Falcons finally shook off the tag by topping the statistical race at the end of the first round of the University Athletics Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament Sunday.

Bono, the massive 6-foot-5 center who towed the Falcons to a surprising third-best 3-3 record, ranked second in the scoring department with a 20.3 points per game average and fourth in rebounds at 10.5 per game.

JC Intal of the unbeaten Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles finished second with averages of 15.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. The senior forward, displaying an all-around performance this year, also occupied third in assists at 5.2 a game and seventh in steals at 1.2 per outing.

Another versatile forward stood out as Edwin Asoro of the National University Bulldogs placed third. A Mythical Five member last season, Asoro continued to pour in huge numbers with 19 markers, 10.7 boards, 1.5 steals and a league-leading 2 blocks per contest.

The only guard to barge in the top five was Bonbon Custodio of the University of the East Warriors, who posted a third-best 19.7 points on top of 4.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals.

Jervy Cruz, the University of Santo Tomas Tigers’ sensational rookie center, claimed fifth spot after norming 16 points, a league-best 11.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks.

Ateneo’s Doug Kramer held sixth place (15.7 ppg and 8.8 rpg), while top scorer Jojo Duncil of UST (21.4 ppg and 6.4 rpg) finished seventh in the official rankings released yesterday by league statistician Soho Connect, Imperium Technology and PLDT Vibe.

Rounding up the top 10 were Marvin Cruz, the University of the Philippines Maroons’ point guard who ruled the steals department (18 ppg and 1.8 spg), UE’s Mark Borboran (15 ppg and 7.7 rpg), and Far Eastern University Tamaraws’ Jonas Villanueva (16.3 ppg, 1.7 spg).

gameface_one
08-08-2006, 10:34 AM
Bono, Intal pace UAAP MVP race
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ADAMSON SLOTMAN Ken Bono and Ateneo swingman JC Intal emerged as early frontrunners in the MVP race of the 69th UAAP basketball tournament.


Not surpisingly, their teams are making waves midway in the double-round elimination.

Bono’s hulking inside presence helped the Falcons match their total nunmber of victories last year after just five games. His 70.83SPs was a full point ahead of Intal’s 69.83SPs.

Bono was the second leading scorer in the league with an average of 20.3 and the fourth leading rebounder with 10.5 per game.

The Falcons lost their final assignment in the first round, but remained on track for a first Final Four appearance at 3-3.

Adamson is the only team that hasn’t reached the Final Four since the format’s introduction in 1994.

Intal, on the other hand, was the main man behind his team’s 6-0 start.

His unselfish plays gave him a third-best 5.2 assists per game.

Also figuring prominently in the statistical point standings were National University forward Edwin Asoro with 68.33SPs, University of the East guard Bonbon Custodio with 64.50SPs and University of Santo Tomas rookie center Jervy Cruz with 64.33 SPs.

Also in contention were Ateneo’s Doug Kramer (6th, 63.33), University of the Philippines guard Marvin Cruz (8th, 59.17), UE’s Mark Borboran (9th, 59) and Far Eastern U’s Jonas Villanueva (10th, 58.17). UST’s Jojo Duncil was seventh with 59.4, but no longer in the race because of his suspension early in the tournament.

gameface_one
08-08-2006, 10:39 AM
Falcons center leads MVP hopefuls


By JOEL ORELLANA
The Manila Times Reporter
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Kenneth Bono’s hard work is paying off, as he topped the points tally for the Most Valuable Player award after the first round of the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament.

The hefty 6-foot-5 center of Adamson University accumulated a total of 70.83 statistical points (SPs) based on the figures provided by Imperium Technology and Soho Connect with PLDT Vibe as official sponsor.

Bono is one of the three UAAP players to average a double-double after the first stage of the tournament, which Ateneo de Manila University leads with a clean 6-0 slate.

A big disappointment in the Falcons’ last campaign, Bono is enjoying his best season yet. He was second in scoring with 20.3 points per game behind University of Santo Tomas’ Jojo Duncil (21.4) and was fourth in rebounds (10.5) after the first round.

Ateneo dunk-master JC Intal is just behind Bono in the MVP race for the seniors’ division with 69.83 SPs, and could be the favorite to win the honor if he leads the Blue Eagles to the finals.

National University do-it-all forward Edwin Asoro is at third with 68.33 SPs, followed by flamboyant University of the East guard Bonbon Custodio (64.50) and Growling Tigers’ rookie Jervy Cruz (64.33).

Asoro and Cruz are the other players averaging in double figures in points and rebounds. Asoro is norming 19 points, fourth in the league, and 10.7 rebounds (No. 3) per game while Cruz has posted 11.8 boards (No. 1) and 16 markers (No. 9) each time out.

Intal’s teammate, Doug Kramer, is at No. 6 in the MVP derby with 63.33 SPs. The 6-foot-4 forward is also a top candidate to win this year’s Most Improved Player.

Duncil dropped to No. 7 with 59.40 SPs but was automatically ruled out of the MVP picture. He was suspended for a game in the first round for head-butting NU’s Dave Catamora, disqualifying him from being MVP under league rules.

Rounding up the top ten are flashy University of the Philippines point guard Marvin Cruz (59.17), Red Warriors hitman Mark Borboran (59.00) and Far Eastern University guard Jonas Villanueva (58.17).

VV3CBL
08-10-2006, 02:47 AM
http://yehey.com/sports/full_article.aspx?id=126709&categ=30

UAAP First Round-up
By: Coach Pat Desiderio | YEHEY! Contributor
9 August 2006 | 2:49 PM

With a shortened Elimination round schedule, all UAAP teams are under extreme pressure to win games >> 12 game eliminations. And after six games of the first round, all 7 teams are still in contention to make it to the next round. With the bottom 4 teams tied and possessing equal chances.

Ateneo De Manila University leads the standings with 6 wins and no losses. They ended the first round with a massacre of the University of Santo Tomas, 114-78 (a landmark victory for the eagles, clinching a first round sweep for the second time in 3 seasons); the Blue Eagles proved to the nation that they are the best College team at the moment.

Other landmark victories of the season so far are:

-National University's win over The Far Eastern University Tams, 73-64, ending a 14 game / 8 year losing streak. It was more than ending a slump for the Bulldogs but a confidence boost that would lead to another victory this time against UST, 98-85.

-After four close games, the FEU Tams finally won a game, at the expense of UP, 94-86. Then followed it up with 20 point thrashing of the Adamson Falcons.

-The Adamson Falcons tying its season 68 overall record with its third win of the current season over UP, 85-83

At the end of the first round, all seven teams still have a great chance of making it into the Final Four. Four teams are tied for the 4th seed, namely: FEU, UST, NU and UP (2-4). Ateneo and UE will most likely capture 1st and 2nd rank while the 4 tied teams will engage in close fight for the last two slots. Adamson (rank #3, 3-3), on the other hand, is a game behind UE, with a possibility of gaining a twice to beat advantage. But the way things are going, no one team is sure to get through, a lot of the previous games are no indication of 2nd round success. Even UE, with a 4-2 record must be consistent in the second round to assure them of a twice to beat incentive.

Adamson and UST with their new Coaches (see New Coaches chart below) , look promising; while, NU and UP are both dangerous teams who are upset conscious. FEU is a team of champions and should never be counted out.

UAAP New Coaches Grade Chart

Leo Austria, ADU = A- Leo Austria is slowly molding this team into a UNIT. He abolished intra-squad factions and commanded a winning attitude. Inspired Ken Bono to an MVP type season.

Pido Jarencio, UST = B+

Instilled a 'Ginebra' type attitude to the Tigers. After suffering the past few seasons, looks like the Tigers found a Coach who they will keep.

Joe Lipa, UP = B-

With a whole bunch of rookies, UP is obviously inconsistent. But its the performance of its seniors that will make or break this team.

Notes:

NAASCU Results:

(week 3) CEU 58, AMACU 55; SSC-C 68, STI 60; UMAK 82, PLP 75; UM 74, HAU 53; SSC-C 91, UMAK 70

(week 2) SSC-C 75, NEU 72; STI 80, NEU 60, CEU 69, HAU 63; SSC-C 76, UM 67.

PAYA High School Basketball Results and Standings:

(week 1) Antipolo Lady of Lourdes School 103, Lourdes-QC 74, Claret 71, Colegio San Agustin 65; La Salle Greenhills 100, ALLS 93.

(week 2) CSA 80, Benedictine International School 70; ALLS 109, Aquinas 55; Xavier 90, Southridge 47; Claret 78, LSQC 56, Xavier , LSQC

Standings: Claret 2-0, Xavier 2-0, ALLS 2-1, CSA 1-1, BIS 0-1, Aquinas 0-1, Southridge 0-1, LSQC 0-3.

For Questions and Comments, EMAIL me.

gameface_one
08-10-2006, 07:35 AM
Baby Tams try to sustain win run versus Bullpups



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Last updated 03:47am (Mla time) 08/10/2006

Published on page A22 of the August 10, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

GAMES TODAY (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)
12 nn -- NU vs FEU (Jrs)
2 p.m. -- UE vs Adamson (Jrs)
4 p.m. -- UST vs UP (Jrs)

HOPING to do better than their senior counterpart in the University Athletics Association of the Philippines cage wars, the Far Eastern University Baby Tamaraws will try to sustain their winning run at the start of the second round of junior play.

Led by Socrates Rivera, the Baby Tamaraws will tackle the winless National University Bullpups at noon today at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Rivera, the pacesetter in the statistical race, averaged 15 points, 12.8 rebounds and a league-best 4 blocks per game at the end of the first round.

Equally impressive was teammate Mark Lopez, who ranked third at 13.8 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists per outing.

The idle Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eaglets ruled the first round with a six-game sweep and dealt the Baby Tamaraws their only loss this season.

Kicking off the second-round action in the seniors division will be the defending champion Tamaraws, who will vie to recover from a poor 2-4 start against the Adamson University Falcons at 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

Adamson wrapped up its first-round campaign at third place both in the senior and junior divisions.

The Baby Falcons will battle the University of the East Pages at 2 p.m. today, followed by the 4 p.m. tussle between the University of Santo Tomas Tiger Cubs and the University of the Philippines Junior Maroons.

With Ken Acibar at the helm, the Baby Falcons will try to score a repeat of its 75-72 triumph over the Pages in the first round.

The fourth-running Junior Maroons, led by Jason Espiritu, will also gun for a double-round win after edging the Tiger Cubs, 78-76, in their first encounter. Jasmine W. Payo

gameface_one
08-11-2006, 09:52 AM
Baby Tams rip Bullpups, stay close to Eaglets

The Philippine Star 08/11/2006

Far Eastern University walloped National U, 120-71, yesterday to inch closer to pacesetter Ateneo de Manila in the 69th UAAP junior basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The victory was the Baby Tams’ sixth in seven outings as they remained behind the Eaglets, who, like their counterparts in the men’s play, swept the first round of action.

But while FEU cruised to the victory, Adamson and University of the Philippines Integrated School needed to go through some anxious moments before trouncing University of the East, 88-82, and Santo Tomas, 71-66, respectively.

The Baby Falcons improved to 5-2 (win-loss) for third while the Junior Maroons stood at fourth with a 4-3 card.

Meanwhile, defending champion Far Eastern U seeks to extend its streak to three as it faces Adamson tomorrow at the start of the second round of the seniors’ competition at the Philsports Arena. — Joey Villar

gameface_one
08-11-2006, 09:53 AM
Baby Tams collar Bullpups


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 03:49am (Mla time) 08/11/2006

Published on page A21 of the August 11, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE Far Eastern University Baby Tamaraws coasted to a 120-71 victory over the National University Bullpups to keep second spot in the University Athletics Association of the Philippines junior basketball tournament yesterday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The Baby Tamaraws relied on Jens Knuttel, Mark Lopez and Socrates Rivera to pull off the blowout win against the winless Bullpups.

FEU improved to 6-1, just behind the idle Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eaglets, who ruled the first round with a six-game sweep.

Knuttell topscored with 18 points. The Baby Tamaraws also outrebounded the Bullpups, 64-31.

Ken Acibar scattered 23 points as the third-running Adamson Baby Falcons downed the University of the East Pages in the second game, 88-82.

Arvin Vitug and Kim Ceguerra took over from Acibar in the final two minutes to lift the Falcons to their fifth win in seven games.

gameface_one
08-12-2006, 08:03 AM
Tamaraws begin climb vs Falcons
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Far Eastern University coach Bert Flores knows that in order to reach their goal, the Tamaraws must start piling up wins.

In unfamiliar territory after the first round, defending champion FEU meets Adamson University at the start of the second stage of the 69th University Athletic Association men’s basketball tournament Saturday at the Philsports Arena.

The Tamaraws are currently tied with three other teams at the bottom of the standings with similar 2-4 win-loss slate, but are coming off back-to-back wins.

"That 0-4 start really hurt us. But it’s already there and all we need to do is to focus our attention to the next games," said Flores whose top 2 spot goal in the Final 4 hit a snag after losing their first four games.

"Lucky for us, the other teams, outside from Ateneo, are also losing. At least we still have a good chance to be at the top two but we have to work extra harder," Flores added.

The Morayta-based team, the titlist in the last three seasons after De La Salle University surrendered its 2004 crown to the league, beat the Falcons in the first round, 98-78—its first win in the tournament.

The Tamaraws followed it up with a 94-86 victory over the University of the Philippines.

Adamson is one of the overachieving teams in the first round, splitting its first six games to take the solo third place behind host University of the East (4-2) and the Blue Eagles (6-0)

"We are very satisfied with what we achieved so far but the players realized that we have a legitimate chance in the Final Four," said Falcons coach Leo Austria.

Joel Orellana

***

Games Saturday (Philsports Arena)

2 p.m. UE vs. UST (Jrs)

4 p.m. Adamson vs. FEU (Srs)

gameface_one
08-12-2006, 08:03 AM
Tams try to fuel surge vs Falcons

The Philippine Star 08/12/2006

Far Eastern U hopes to sustain its surge from the cellar into the middle of the pack as it shoots for its third straight victory and a repeat over third-running Adamson in the lone seniors encounter in the 69th UAAP basketball tournament at the Philsports Arena.

After dropping their first four games, the Tams are back in the hunt for a Final Four berth, winning their last two over University of the Philippines (94-86) and Adamson (98-78) and looking for another in their 4 p.m. encounter with the Falcons.

"We’re really focused on getting that first win. And now that we’ve accomplished it, our goal now is to sustain it," said FEU coach Bert Flores.

The Tams are again expected to lean on the troika of Jonas Villanueva, Jeff Chan and Francis Barcellano, who have finally hit their strides after blowing hot and cold in their first four games.

Villanueva, for one, has been spectacular, averaging 24 points in the Tams’ two wins while Chan and Barcellano norm 19 and 14 points, respectively.

"The responsibility of carrying this team rests on their shoulders," said Flores, referring to his three stalwarts.

Adamson, however, is out to atone for its poor game against FEU in the first round as it tries to keep its place at third with a 3-3 card, behind the unbeaten Ateneo (6-0) and University of the East (4-2).

"We’ll be making some adjustments, particularly in defense," said Adamson mentor Leo Austria, whose wards were out-rebounded by the Tams, 33-41, despite their height and heft advantage.

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08-12-2006, 08:04 AM
UAAP Basketball Tournament: FEU vs Adamson



By NOLI CRUZ
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THE FAR Eastern University Tamaraws will try to extend their winning run to three and put themselves in the top four for the first time in the 69th UAAP basketball tournament.


A win over the Adamson Falcons in the lone senior’s match today at the PhilSports Arena will give the defending champions a share of fourth spot with the former, behind the undefeated Ateneo Blue Eagles and University of the East Warriors.

"At least humihinga pa kami," said Tamaraws coach Bert Flores. They’re actually breathing down the necks of the early frontrunners.

Flores never doubted that his team is capable of rebounding big time.

"Talagang ‘yung isang panalo lang ang hinihintay namin. Maganda naman kasi ang naging preparation namin during the off-season," he said.

Leading their surge is point guard Jonas Villanueva.

The sophomore averaged 24 points in their twin victories, including a career-high 28 in their breakthrough win.

The Falcons, 3-3, are currently third in the standings, not bad for a team that won a total of three in 14 games last season.

Ken Bono, the pacesetter in the MVP race, is the only player in the league averaging at least 20 points and 10 rebounds.

But he needs help.

The 6-foot-5 slotman had 22 points and nine rebounds against the Tamaraws in the first round, but the Falcons never had a chance, trailing by as many as 25 points in a 78-98 loss.

The Tamaraws, on the other hand, used a balanced attack to notch their second win with seven players chipping in at least eight points.

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08-12-2006, 08:05 AM
Pivotal game: Falcons take on Tams



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Last updated 01:43am (Mla time) 08/12/2006

Published on page A22 of the August 12, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE ADAMSON University Falcons have been lapping up several surprises midway in the University Athletics Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament.

The Falcons, boasting a third-best record and the statistical leader in their fold, will try to stay on track against the Far Eastern University Tamaraws at the start of the second round at 4 p.m. today at the PhilSports Arena.

“No one’s used to seeing us in the middle of the standings after the first round, we’re usually in the cellar,” said Adamson coach Leo Austria.

Austria feels “the players are starting to believe in the system.”

Riding on an unexpected strong start, the Falcons claimed solo third (3-3), behind the unbeaten Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles and the University of the East Warriors.

Main man Ken Bono also emerged the frontrunner in the statistical race by averaging 20.3 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.

But it seemed the Tamaraws have already conquered their early struggles after closing the first round with two straight wins.

“We still have a chance,” said FEU coach Bert Flores. “We still have a lot to work on, but somehow we’re able to pick up.”

Point guard Jonas Villanueva revived the Tamaraws’ campaign by norming 24 points in their two victories against the University of the Philippines Maroons and the Falcons.

“We’re winning because of our defense and aggressiveness,” said Flores. “I’m really pushing our players. We’re all trying to help each other.”

The defending champion Tamaraws are locked in a four-way tie at 2-4 with the Maroons, the National Unviersity Bulldogs and the University of Santo Tomas Tigers.

A win today would give them a share of third place with the Falcons.

Before the lone senior match, the Ateneo Blue Eaglets will try to extend their winning streak to seven against the Adamson Baby Falcons in junior play at 10 a.m. Jasmine W. Payo

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08-12-2006, 11:16 PM
Tamaraws beat Falcons, 79-64
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The Far Eastern University pulled off a 79-64 win over Adamson University in the second game of the 69th UAAP men’s basketball at the PhilSports Arena Saturday.

The two teams played a close-fight in the blistering first half of the game, with the Falcons posting a point lead 37-36 against the Tamaraws.

FEU’s Jeffrei Chan and Jonas Villanueva, however, drained several triples at the final canto, boosting the Tamaraws’ lead to 15 points.

Chan was named best player of the game.

The University of Santo Tomas, meanwhile, demolished the University of the East, 99-85, in the first game of the men’s junior basketball division at the same venue.

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08-13-2006, 10:42 AM
Rampaging Tams gore Falcons

By Jasmine W. Payo
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Last updated 06:13am (Mla time) 08/13/2006

Published on page A23 of the August 13, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

BARGING into the top three seemed like a tall order for the Far Eastern Tamaraws early in the tournament.

But the Tamaraws did just that with a convincing 79-64 triumph over the Adamson Falcons yesterday at the start of second-round action in the UAAP senior cage wars at the Philsports Arena.

The Tamaraws, who opened the season with four straight losses, anchored their steady climb on the veteran trio of Jeff Chan, Jonas Villanueva and RB Mangahas.

Chan finished with a game-high 24 points, while Villanueva and Mangahas logged in 15 points apiece.

With their third straight victory, the Tamaraws claimed a share of third place with the Falcons at 3-4.

Regrouping in the final canto, the Tamaraws buried six of their eight three-point shots after missing nine attempts from beyond the arc in the first three quarters.

“I instructed them to shoot outside,” said FEU coach Bert Flores. “(Adamson’s Ken) Bono was dominating the paint so we went outside.”

“The confidence is already there,” added Flores. “We’re playing good defense.”

Hurting the Falcons’ rotation was the absence of Patrick Cabahug, who finished scoreless after playing for only seven minutes due to a right knee injury. The sweet-shooting veteran averaged 16.5 points per outing in the first round.

Bono led the Falcons with 18 points.

UE-UST up

Meanwhile, the University of the East Warriors kick off their second-round campaign versus the Santo Tomas Tigers at 4 p.m. today.

Coach Dindo Pumaren expects the title-favorite Warriors to start playing to their potential after wrapping up the first round with a second-best record at 4-2.

“We’ve had very good practices lately, I think the players are starting to show their real game,” said Pumaren. “Everyone’s very aggressive in defense. The boys are moving differently, very far from our flat performance against UST.”

The Warriors, who also bowed to the unbeaten Ateneo Blue Eagles, surprisingly absorbed a 91-77 whipping against the Tigers in their first encounter.

But more than the Warriors, the Tigers need all the motivation they can get after absorbing the most lopsided loss this season—a 114-78 collapse against the Eagles last Sunday.

The University of the Philippines Maroons and the National Bulldogs, both toting 2-4 cards, will collide at 2 p.m.

In yesterday’s junior action, the Ateneo Blue Eaglets streaked to their seventh straight win with a 76-64 triumph over the the Adamson Baby Falcons.

The Baby Falcons shared third spot (5-3) with the UP Junior Maroons, who nipped the NU Bullpups, 82-78.

In the third game, the UST Tiger Cubs routed the UE Pages, 99-85, for a 3-5 slate.

The scores:

First Game (Jrs)

ATENEO 74-Dumrique 13, Katipunan 12, Gamboa 10, Tiongson 6, Gonzaga 6, Aportadera 6, Austria 6, Rivera 4, Enriquez 4, Balmaceda 3, Golla 2, Gamboa 2, Valera 0, Esquievel 0.
ADAMSON 64-Acibar 13, Vitug 12, Olalia 10, Borja 7, Albay 6, Nudo 5, Goito 4, Cano 4, Santos 2, Tadeo 1, Ceguerra 0, Alrero 0.

Quarters: 21-14, 41-23, 53-40, 76-64

Second Game (Jrs)

UP 82-Tolentino 15, Marata 15, Espiritu 13, Sanchez 9, Bautista 7, Isip 6, Buenaventura 6, Moreno 5, Lazo 4, Cruz 2, Merioles 0, Jimenez 0, Gamad 0.
NU 78-Batac 22, Berry 19, Terso 18, Jimenez 7, Guzman 7, Discaya 3, Batac 2, Guzman 0.

Quarters: 24-16, 47-37, 67-52, 82-78

Third Game (Jrs)

UST 99-Banquicio 24, Laconico 10, Reyes 14, Manuel 13, Sarsonas 10, Cunanan 9, Perez 5, Buendia 3, Imperial 2, Aquino 0, Francisco 0, Ledesma 0, De Sagon 0.
UE 85-Duran 26, Santos 12, Villegas 11, Amanon 10, Runez 10, Del Rosario 8, Borgonia 5, Monce 3, San Juan 0, Nicolas 0, Del Rosario 0, Crisostomo 0, Caparas 0, Chua 0.

Quarters: 29-16, 55-36, 81-63, 99-85

Fourth Game (Srs)

FEU 79-Chan 24, Villanueva 15, mangahas 15, Gerilla 8, Fernandez 7, Barcellano 6, Baracael 4, Reyes 0, Gonzales 0, Dela Cruz 0, Adolfo 0.
ADAMSON 64-Bono 18, Hugnatan 12, Gonzalgo 10, Agustin 7, Canuday 6, Poloyapoy 4, Pacheco 3, Santos 2, Orera 0, Gorospe 0, Cabahug 0, Basillo 0.

Quarters: 17-22, 36-37, 46-48, 79-64

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08-13-2006, 01:35 PM
Tams clip Falcons, stretch streak
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 08/13/2006

Defending champion Far Eastern University hit a flurry of triples in the fourth quarter as it repeated over Adamson, 79-64, yesterday and stretched its winning streak to three in the 69th UAAP basketball tournament at the Philsports Arena.

Jeff Chan, Jonas Villanueva and Roser Mangahas had two treys apiece in breaking the Falcons’ zone defense and sealing the Tams’ third win in seven games, good for a share of third place with their victims.

"We knew before this game they’ll play zone defense against us so I instructed my players to really shoot from the outside," said FEU coach Bert Flores, who steered the Morayta-based school to last year’s title.

"I’m just glad the boys found their range in the fourth quarter," he added.

The win came just a week after FEU pummeled Adamson, 98-78, in the first round at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

FEU, which started the season with four consecutive defeats, started out slow and had to dig its way out of a 0-10 hole at the start of the match.

The Tams slowly but surely clawed their way back with the defense that won them last year’s title but still couldn’t hit the mark from the outside as the Falcons controlled the tempo.

Ken Bono and Roel Hugnatan bullied FEU’s big men with constant post up moves as Adamson held on to a 48-46 lead at the end of the third quarter.

After going zero-of-nine from the three-point area, the Tams found their touch as they drained six of the eight attempts they took in the final period that zapped the fight out of coach Leo Austria’s charges.

Bono, the MVP statistical race leader in the first round, and Hugnatan led the Falcons with 18 and 12 points, respectively, but missed the services of their second leading scorer Patrick Cabahug, who injured his right knee three minutes to go in the opening canto.

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08-13-2006, 01:38 PM
Tams trample Falcons, back in Final 4 picture
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By JOEL ORELLANA, The Manila Times Reporter

Games Thursday (Philsports Arena)

2 p.m. – UP vs. NU (Srs.)

4 p.m. – UE vs. UST (Srs.)

Suddenly, Far Eastern University has vaulted back into the Final Four picture.

The Tamaraws used a searing fourth-quarter attack in silencing the pesky Adamson University squad, 79-64, and notching their third straight win in the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament Saturday at the Philsports Arena.

RB Mangahas, Jeff Chan and Jonas Villanueva took turns in punishing the Falcons with timely three-pointers that broke the tight contest wide open, as the Tamaraws tied their victims at third in the standings with a 3-4 win-loss slate.

"The confidence is now there, and they are now playing as a team and with intensity," said Tamaraws head coach Bert Flores, whose wards repeated their 98-78 win over Adamson in the first round.

"But we still need to improve our defense. Adamson had a great start and we cannot allow that to other teams," Flores added.

Chan had 11 of his 24 points in the final quarter, while Mangahas and Villanueva each had 15 for the defending champions, who had an anemic 0-4 start in the tournament that cast doubt on their ability to defend the crown.

It was also FEU’s ninth straight victory over Adamson, which last pocketed a win over the Tamaraws during the first round of the 2002 season.

It was a sorry loss for the Falcons, who started the game with an early 14-4 lead but faltered in the end.

They were even holding a 48-46 lead after the third period, thanks to the exploits of the seldom-used Paul Gonzalgo. He stepped up for Patrick Cabahug, who played just seven minutes and went scoreless.

Cabahug, coach Leo Austria’s No. 2 scorer on the team with 16.5 points per game, was sidelined by cramps, and watched his teammates crumble in the end.

Adamson’s Marc Agustin was also a casualty, hurting his right knee. He did not see action majority of the fourth period, but scored seven markers.

With star center Kenneth Bono in foul trouble, Adamson could not find other scoring options in the final period, while FEU had plenty to show in Chan, Villanueva and Mangahas drilling triple after triple.

The southpaw Chan banged a three-pointer to start the fourth period, sparking a 12-0 bomb that put the Tamaraws to a comfortable 58-48 lead with 7:43 left in the game.

Bono, who led Adamson with 18 points, and Roel Hugnatan tried to put their team back with a pair of jumpers each, making it 56-64.

But Villanueva, who was relatively quiet in the game, uncorked back-to-back triples that signaled the FEU breakaway, 70-56, 3:12 remaining.

The Scores:

FEU 79—Chan 24, Villanueva 15, Mangahas 15, Gerilla 8, Fernandez 7, Barcellano 6, Baracael 4, de la Cruz 0, Adolfo 0, Reyes 0, Gonzales 0.

Adamson 64—Bono 18, Hugnatan 12, Gonzalgo 10, Agustin 7, Canuday 6, Polayapoy 4, Pacheco 3, Santos 2, Yong 2, Cabahug 0, Gorospe 0, Orera 0, Basilio 0.

Quarters: 17-22, 36-37, 46-48, 79-64.

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08-13-2006, 07:14 PM
Maroons lose to Bulldogs, 107-104
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Failure to connect a three-pointer before the final buzzer led to a 107-104 loss for the University of the Philippines in their UAAP men's basketball match against the National University Sunday at Philsports Arena in Pasig.

The Maroons could have received extra time to repulse the Bulldogs if Nestor David's long-range shot sank before the clock ended. David was able to connect the shot but it was too late.

UP's fourth-quarter salvo followed three quarters of NU domination where the Bulldogs led by as much as double-digit margins.

The Maroons' Marvin Cruz, however, boosted the Diliman squad's defense in the early minutes of the final frame.

NU, however, dashed UP's comeback after a couple of charity shot before the final buzzer.

Jonathan Fernandez was named player of the game for leading the Bulldogs with 21 points.

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08-13-2006, 07:15 PM
Warriors beat Tigers, 74-63
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The University of the East Red Warriors conquered the University of Sto. Tomas Growling Tigers, 74-63, at the 69th University Athletics Association of the Philippines men’s basketball Sunday at the Philsports Arena.

James Martinez led the Warriors with 19 points, three rebounds and two assists, helping UE to avenge their loss to UST during the first round.

The Warriors struggled at the first quarter but found their groove at the second, leading against the Tigers 35-24 in the first half.

UST, led by rookie bigman Jayvee Cruz, rallied in the third quarter to cut down the lead to three.

UE, however, bounced back in the final quarter to seal the game in their favor.

The Warriors are now at second place in team standings with a 5-2 win-loss slate while the Tigers sank to the bottom with 2-5.

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08-14-2006, 07:45 AM
Bulldogs trump Maroons
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Bulldog Dave Catamora (left) and Maroon Miguel de Asis battle for the rebound in their UAAP match on Sunday at the Philsports Arena in Pasig. PHOTO BY RUY MARTINEZ

By JOEL ORELLANA
The Manila Times Reporter

National University was undersized in the last six minutes but displayed an immense fighting heart to overcome a potential debacle.

The Bulldogs bucked the loss of their three big men due to fouls and rode on the shoulders of their wingmen to hack out a thrilling 107-104 win over University of the Philippines Sunday in the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball at the Philsports Arena.

Jonathan Fernandez, Jessey Garcia and Michael Salvado came to the rescue for NU when the Fighting Maroons staged a fourth-quarter uprising and almost stole the game.

Unfortunately for UP, Marvin Cruz threw away a couple of precious possessions and Martin Reyes’ three-point basket that could have sent the game in overtime was nullified, as the time lapsed before he released the ball.

With the win, the Bulldogs joined Adamson University and Far Eastern University at the third spot with identical 3-4 win-loss cards each while shoving State U to the cellar with 2-5.

In the second game, University of the East strengthened its hold of the second spot as it walloped undermanned University of Santo Tomas, 74-63, and improved to 5-2 behind the league-leading 6-0 of Ateneo de Manila University.

"We played some good defense towards the end even though we’re struggling offensively. We were able to get some stops and that is UE basketball," said coach Dindo Pumaren, who drew 19 points from sophomore guard James Martinez.

The Growling Tigers, who missed the services of league’s top scorer Jojo Duncil (bum stomach) and Anthony Espiritu (fever), absorbed their fourth straight loss after a 2-1 start to join UP at bottom of the standings.

"Coach told us to stick together and follow the game plan," said Fernandez who led the team with 21 points including three free-throws that put the lead back to NU, 103-102 with 65 seconds left.

Garcia added another split for a 104-102 cushion and after Viirgil Serios tied the contest for the last time at 104-104, Savado tipped in his own miss and Fernandez virtually sealed the win with another free throw.

The Fighting Maroons had 8 seconds to look for a triple but Reyes’ three-pointer was a second late to force an extra inning.

Edwin Asoro, who was held to a season-low 7 points, Howard Flor and Joseph Lingao-Lingao marched one by one to the bench due to disqualifications that made the NU frontline vulnerable the rest of the way.

The Maroons, who have lost five of their last six games, unloaded a 17-4 bomb to start the final period to grab the lead at 89-84, and the Bulldogs’ woes were compounded when their big men fouled out.

Scores:

First Game

NU 107—Fernandez 21, Malagueno 19, Malcontento 18, Garcia 15, Flor 9, Catamora 9, Salvado 7, Asoro 7, Lingao-Linga 2, Dela Cruz 0.

UP 104—Serios 22, Cruz 20, David 19, Reyes 14, Cacha 7, Braganza 7, Buyco 5, de Asis 4, Co 4, Sorongon 2, Epres 0.

Quarters: 30-24, 59-54, 82-72, 107-104.

Second Game

UE 74—Martinez 19, Custodio 14, Arellano 13, Borboran 12, Bandaying 5, Gregorio 5, Espiritu 4, Canizares 2, Thiele 0, Llagas 0, Labagala 0.

UST 63—Cruz 17, Evangelista 12, Ababou 12, Cuan 11, Cortez 6, Taylor 3, Dizon 2, Marquez 0, Allera 0.

Quarters: 11-14, 35-24, 54-48, 74-63.

Games Thursday (Philsports Arena)

2 p.m. - FEU vs UP (Srs.)

4 p.m. - Adamson vs Ateneo (Srs.)

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08-14-2006, 07:46 AM
Bulldogs bark, bite, bludgeon Maroons
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 08/14/2006

Jonathan Fernandez fired 21 points, including three clutch free throws in the final minute, to power National U to a scary 107-104 victory over University of the Philippines yesterday to bolster its Final Four hopes in the 69th UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Philsports Arena.

The victory was the Bulldogs’ third against four setbacks as they tied the comebacking Far Eastern U Tams and the Adamson Falcons for third place behind the unbeaten Ateneo Eagles (6-0) and the second-running University of the East Red Warriors (4-2)

With Edwin Asoro, NU’s leading scorer, hobbled by early foul trouble, Fernandez took over, along with Cyrus Malagueno, Jason Malcontento and Jessie Garcia, as the Bulldogs held off the rallying Maroons to pull off the win.

"We didn’t lose hope, we just played as if we’re not in foul trouble," said Fernandez, who was slowed down by a sprain injury early in the season.

The Bulldogs blew an 82-72 lead at the onset of the fourth and trailed, 101-102, when Fernandez came through with a pair of pressure-packed charities and Garcia split his own trip to the line as NU wrested a 104-102 lead, entering the final minute.

University of the East whipped undermanned University of Santo Tomas, 74-63, in the second game to tighten its grip at No. 2 with a 5-2 slate.

"This is the UE basketball that I wanted to see," said UE coach Dindo Pumaren."We struggled in offense, but our defensive factor became evident and that’s how it should be in the second round."

Bonbon Custodio, Marcy Arellano and Mark Borboran combined for 39 points as the Warriors avenged their 77-91 loss to the Tigers in the first round.

Virgilio Serios, a transferee from Jose Rizal, knotted the count at 104-all which proved to be UP’s final basket as the Bulldogs clamped down on defense to deny the Maroons, who beat the Bulldogs, 95-86, in the first round.

Michael Salvado shattered the 104-all score while Fernandez sealed the victory with a free throw.

UP had one chance to force overtime but Marvin Cruz made an errant pass to Serios and the Maroons tumbled to their fifth loss against two wins.

Asoro finished with a season-low seven points.

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08-14-2006, 07:47 AM
Warriors, Bulldogs exact UAAP revenge



By kristel satumbaga
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UNIVERSITY OF the East exacted sweet revenge yesterday as the Red Warriors easily disposed an undermanned University of Santo Tomas, 74-63, and tightened their grip on second place in the UAAP basketball tournament at the Philsports Arena.


Unlike the first time, it was the Red Warriors who came out aggressive, baffling the Tigers with their full court press and well-orchestrated offense to avenge one of two setbacks in the first round.

It was the fifth win for the Red Warriors in seven starts while the loss was the fourth for the España-based cagers against two victories.

Aside from getting back at the Tigers, UE Coach Dindo Pumaren was satisfied with the performance of his players, especially their defensive effort.

"This is the UE basketball that I wanted to see," said Pumaren. "We struggled a little in the offense, but our defensive factor became evident and that’s how it should be in the second round."

The Red Warriors, who absorbed a 77-91 drubbing at the hands of the Tigers in the first round, was led by sophomore James Martinez who torched the Tigers with five 3-point shots for 19 points.

Martinez also had three rebounds and two steals.

The Tigers, who played without ailing Jojo Duncil and Anthony Espiritu, never recovered after falling behind 24-35 at the half.

UE’s three key players – Bonbon Custodio, Marcy Arellano and Mark Borboran – also delivered by finishing in double figures.

Custodio collected 14 points while Arellano and Borboran combined for 25 points.

The Warriors pulled away from a slim 59-54 edge midway the final canto after Borboran buried eight straight points for a 67-54 edge.

Jervy Cruz, however, had another monster game of 17 points and 15 rebounds, but it was not enough to stop the Warriors.

National University unleashed a whirlwind attack late in the game to stun University of the Philippines, 107-104 in the other varsity game.

The scores:

First game

NU 107 — Fernandez 21, Malagueno 19, Malcontento 18, Garcia 15, Flor 9, Catamora 9, Salvado 7, Asoro 7, Lingao-Lingao 2, Dela Cruz 0.

UP 104 — Serios 22, Cruz 20, David 19, Reyes 14, Cacha 7, Braganza 7, Buyco 5, De Asis 4, Co 4, Sorongon 2, Epres 0.

Quarters: 30-24, 59-54, 82-72, 107-104

Second Game

UE 74 — Martinez 19, Custodio 14, Arellano 13, Borboran 12, Bandaying 5, Gregorio 5, Espiritu 4, Canizares 2, Thiele 0, Llagas 0, Labagala 0.

UST 63 — Cruz 17, Evangelista 12, Ababou 12, Cuan 11, Cortez 6, Taylor 3, Dizon 2, Marquez 0, Allera 0.

Quarters: 11-14, 35-24, 54-48, 74-63.

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08-14-2006, 07:48 AM
Warriors avenge loss to Tigers

Bulldogs upend dour Maroons

By Jasmine W. Payo
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Last updated 02:56am (Mla time) 08/14/2006

Published on page A31 of the August 14, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

IT DIDN’T take long for the University of the East Warriors to figure out what went wrong the last time they played the University of Santo Tomas Tigers.

Plugging holes in their defense, the Warriors avenged a first-round defeat to the Tigers with a 74-63 victory yesterday that kept them firmly in second place in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

“We played good defensively,” said UE coach Dindo Pumaren. “Even when we were struggling offensively, we were able to get some stops.”

The stops came easier than they did in the first round, where the Tigers fashioned out a 91-77 shocker against the tournament favorites. UST played minus top guns Jojo Duncil and Anthony Espiritu, who were both nursing a fever.

UE’s defense held UST to 10 second-quarter points en route to a 35-24 halftime edge. All the Warriors needed to do the rest of the way was hold off several furious rallies by the Tigers to seal their fifth win in seven games.

Sophomore James Martinez supplied the big offensive for the Warriors by burying 15 of his 19 points from beyond the arc.

Bonbon Custodio, Marcy Arellano and Mark Borboran all finished in double figures, providing a lot of defensive problems for the Tigers, who managed to put up a rally in the third period.

Trailing by as many as 15 points there, the Tigers pounced on turnovers by the Warriors to cut the deficit to 49-45.

But Borboran waxed hot, knocking in 11 of his 12 points in the final canto to help UE erect a 67-54 buffer that took the wind out of the Tigers.

UST dropped to 2-5 along with University of the Philippines, which lost in the first game to National University, 107-104.

The NU Bulldogs climbed to 3-4 despite blowing a 10-point lead at the start of the fourth quarter. They rallied in the stretch behind Jonathan Fernandez, who paced the team with 21 markers.

Michael Salvado also played a crucial role for NU, knocking in all his seven points in the final three minutes, including a three-point play that tied the game at 100.

The Bulldogs also had to deal with manpower woes as big men Edwin Asoro, Joseph Lingao-Linga and Howard Flor fouled out in succession in the last quarter.

Marvin Cruz presided over the Maroons’ late comeback by shooting 15 of his 20 points in the fourth period. But Cruz provided the Bulldogs with an easy way out by turning the ball over in a crucial possession in the last 17.2 seconds.

Cruz also opted to pass instead of putting up a triple which rookie Martin Reyes released after the final buzzer.

The scores:

First Game (Srs)
NU 107 -- Fenandez 21, Malagueño 19, Malcontento 18, Garcia 15, Flor 9, Catamora 9, Salvado 7, Asoro 7, Lingao-Lingao 2, Dela Cruz 0.
UP 104 -- Serios 22, Cruz 20, David 19, Reyes 14, Cacha 7, Braganza 7, Buyco 5, De Asis 4, Co 4, Sorongon 2, Epres 0.
Quarters: 30-24, 59-54, 82-72, 107-104

Second Game (Srs)
UE 74 -- Martinez 19, Custodio 14, Arellano 13, Borboran 12, Bandaying 5, Gregorio 5, Espiritu 4, Cañizares 2, Thiele 0, Llagas 0, Labagala 0.
UST 63 -- Cruz 17, Evangelista 12, Ababou 12, Cuan 11, Cortez 6, Taylor 3, Dizon 2, Marquez 0, Allera 0.
Quarters: 11-14, 35-24, 54-48, 74-63

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08-15-2006, 08:47 AM
Still a race halfway thru UAAP season



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Last updated 05:23am (Mla time) 08/15/2006

Published on page A22 of the August 15, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

ATENEO de Manila University and University of the East may be running 1-2 but the University Athletics Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament front-runners hardly feel secure.

“It’s a little different from the past years when there were always a few teams at the bottom,” said Ateneo coach Norman Black, whose Eagles needed a lot of scrambling to pull off a six-game sweep of the first round.

“That does not seem to be the case this year. I don’t know if it’s because of the new coaches in the league, but it seems all the teams have their own personalities and they try to win a certain way.”

UE coach Dindo Pumaren said each team still has a fighting chance to get into the Final Four.

“It’s still a level playing field,” said Pumaren. “FEU (Far Eastern University) struggled early in the season, then several upsets also happened. And even if Ateneo swept the first round, most of their games were close. No one’s really sure which team will advance to the semis.”

While the title-favorite UE Warriors had already faced tough competition, no one flashed uncertain form than the defending champion FEU Tamaraws.

They surprisingly dropped four straight games before recovering with a decent 3-4 record.

“We’re now in a close fight with other teams,” said FEU mentor Bert Flores. “Nakahinga na kami (We were able to breathe). We’re picking up. The other teams also gave us a chance to catch up in the standings.”

Adamson University coach Leo Austria noted how a single slip could immediately affect a team’s Final Four hopes.

“Every game, there are changes in the standings and there are a lot of things that can still happen,” said Austria. “Before we were thinking that we might compete against UST (University of Santo Tomas) and UP (University of the Philippines) for the last (semifinal) slot. But now all the teams are fighting for slots.” By Jasmine W. Payo

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08-17-2006, 08:51 AM
Eagles seek 7th straight
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After sweeping six games in the first round, Ateneo de Manila University just needs to win three more to secure a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four round.

That part of the Blue Eagles’ mission starts Thursday, when they collide with the unpredictable Adamson University in the main game of the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament at the Philsports Arena.

With an unblemished 6-0 win-loss card, Ateneo is just three victories from taking a top-two seeding—and it is highly favored to prevail over the Falcons in their 4 p.m. encounter.

"That [top two] has been our goal ever since. We had a pretty good summer and we’re doing well right now," said Blue Eagles head coach Norman Black, who capped their first-round domination with a 114-78 rout of University of Santo Tomas.

JC Intal, Macky Escalona and Doug Kramer are providing leadership and stability for the Loyola-based team, which last won a UAAP crown in 2002 under coach Joel Banal.

The last time the Blue Eagles swept the first round was in 2004 with mentor Sandy Arespacochaga at the helm, but sputtered in the second round and lost to archrival De La Salle University in the semis.

"We are really aiming for that. I think we’re two to three games away from the incentive but it will be tough. Other teams now want to become the first team to beat us in this tournament," Black added. Joel Orellana

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Games Thursday (Philsports Arena)

2 p.m.–FEU vs UP (Srs)

4 p.m.–Adamson vs Ateneo (Srs.)

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08-17-2006, 08:52 AM
Eagles, seeking win No. 7, battle Falcons



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Last updated 04:35am (Mla time) 08/17/2006

Published on page A24 of the August 17, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

WELL-RESTED and definitely inspired, unbeaten Ateneo de Manila University resumes its second-round campaign against Adamson University today in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

The Eagles will be coming off a 10-day break when they tangle with the Falcons at 4 p.m. gunning for a seventh straight victory.

“Gradually, we’re starting to get back into our game, particularly our first five,” said coach Norman Black after Ateneo posted a recent 114-78 rout over the University of Santo Tomas Tigers to cap their first-round schedule with a 6-0 record.

“We had a good run over the summer, but we had not played that way in the UAAP,” noted Black. “The first five is really the core of this team and they’re starting to get back their momentum.”

Coach Bert Flores, too, believes the Far Eastern University Tamaraws have found their rhythm midway through the season.

“We’re peaking, maybe we’re already at 75 percent,” said Flores of the defending champion Tamaraws, who will tackle the University of the Philippines Maroons earlier at 2 p.m.

The Tamaraws seek their fourth consecutive victory after opening the season with four straight losses.

“It’s our defense (that keyed our wins), but we still have to improve our rebounding,” said Flores.

While the Eagles claim to have rediscovered their dominating form, they have to display it again versus the team they’ve beaten by the slimmest of margins.

In their first encounter, Chris Tiu buried a triple in the dying seconds to lift the Eagles to a 73-72 decision over the Falcons.

“I never go into the game expecting anything,” said Black. “I just coach the way it is. If it’s a close game, I coach a close game. If it’s a large margin, so be it.”

JC Intal delivered 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead a strong showing by the Eagles’ starting five, who all finished in double figures against the Tigers last week.

The Tamaraws, banking on veterans Jeff Chan, Jonas Villanueva and RB Mangahas, are coming off a 79-64 triumph over the Falcons last Saturday.

Although the Tamaraws ended their early slide with a 94-86 win over the Maroons, Flores remains concerned with UP’s talented freshmen.

Last Sunday, rookie VJ Serios exploded for 22 points and 10 rebounds against the National University Bulldogs. Jasmine W. Payo

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08-17-2006, 08:52 AM
Adamson tries again vs Ateneo; FEU plays UP



By NOLI CRUZ
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THE HIGH-FLYING Ateneo Blue Eagles will try to protect their perfect record today when they face the Adamson Falcons in the 69th UAAP basketball tournament at the Philsports Arena.


While they’re gliding on different altitude these days, the Eagles, who are 7-0, know very well that the Falcons aren’t afraid of the heights either.

In fact, the Falcons (3-4) came close to catching them in the first round.

The Falcons led by two and had ball possession against the Eagles with less than a minute to play. But they were called for a 24-second violation, sharpshooting Eagle Chris Tiu drained a go-ahead trey, and King Falcon Ken Bono lost the leather as the Eagles escaped with a one-point victory.

Bono, the leading MVP contender, will be try to atone for his endgame blunder as he faces the dreaded Ateneo frontline composed of MVP contenders JC Intal and Doug Kramer and vastly improved Rabeh Al-Hussaini.

One concern for the Falcons is the status of shooting guard Patrick Cabahug, who injured his right knee early in their last outing, a loss to the streaking Far Eastern U Tamaraws.

Cabahug only played seven minutes and went scoreless on that game.

The Tamaraws, meanwhile, will gun for their fourth straight win when they go up against the University of the Philippines Maroons in the other game.

Jonas Villanueva and Jeff Chan are coming up with big numbers in their ongoing surge with the former averaging 21 points in their three wins.

Villanueva’s particularly amazing in their victory over the Maroons in the first round, tallying a career-high 28 points and holding the usually productive Marvin Cruz to only 11 points.

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08-17-2006, 08:53 AM
Lady Eagles squeak past Lady Falcons
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Defending champion Ateneo drew double-double performances from its twin towers in scoring a come-from-behind 50-48 win over Adamson in the 69th Universities Athletic Association of the Philippines women’s basketball tournament Wednesday.

Cassy Tioseco poured in 15 points and grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds, while AJ Barracoso chipped in 11 markers and 13 boards at the Blue Eagle Gym in Quezon City.

The Lady Eagles notched their fifth consecutive victory and sixth in seven matches overall. They now share the top spot with idle Far Eastern University.

The Lady Falcons, the 2004 titlist and last year’s losing finalist, dropped to 5-3. Former Most Valuable Player Merenciana Arayi led them with 28 points.

In the other game, University of Santo Tomas pounded the hapless National University from start to finish for an 89-43 rout.

Kathleen Buyco erupted for 17 points and had 7 assists, while Marichu Bacaro and Sharon Briones added 13 and 11 markers, respectively. They powered the Tigresses to their fifth triumph against three defeats, tying Adamson at the third spot.

Jovelyn Mejia scored 11 points to pace the Lady Bulldogs, who remained winless in eight games.

The Lady Eagles outscored the Lady Falcons, 15-8, in the final period to steal the victory that also put Ateneo on the verge of another Final-Four appearance.

No other Adamson player finished in double figures, as the San Marcelino-based quintet saw its two-game winning streak snapped and its quest to regain the crown in peril.

The Tigresses, meanwhile, jumped the gun on the Lady Bulldogs right in the opening tip, taking a commanding 18-7 lead after the first 10 minutes, and never looked back.

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08-18-2006, 07:43 AM
Eagles, Tamaraws keep win runs alive


By JOEL ORELLANA, The Manila Times Reporter
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Ateneo de Manila University on Thursday needed one offensive burst from JC Intal and a clever play from Macky Mascalona on defense to preserve its unbeaten mark.

Intal barreled his way to the hoop for the go-ahead basket and Escalona foiled Marvin Polayapoy’s drive with a crucial tap that forced a jumpball, as the Blue Eagles survived a courageous stand by Adamson University, 66-65, in the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball event at the Philsports Arena.

The hard-earned win extended Ateneo’s winning streak to a league-leading seven, moving it to within two wins of securing the twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four round.

"Adamson has always been a tough match-up for us because they also have the size that we take advantage of against other teams, that’s why I knew this will be a tough one," Ateneo coach Norman Black said.

"We were a little rusty in the first half probably because of an 11-day break, but we just hung in there and JC and Macky came up with huge plays in the end," he added.

The Falcons, who dropped to 3-5, were holding a precarious 65-64 lead when Intal scored on a drive over Patrick Cabahug that prove to be the final basket of the game, 8.9 ticks left.

Polayapoy was isolated at the top of the key but lost the ball to Escalona, who squeaked in to disrupt his dribble. Intal then forced the jumpball with the Adamson point guard, with the possession arrow pointing to the Loyola-based team with little time left.

In the first game, Far Eastern University took advantage of Marvin Cruz’s absence in the first half and coasted to an 89-76 win over University of the Philippines for its fourth straight win in eight games.

Jeff Chan led the Tamaraws’ balanced attack with 22 points while Jonas Villanueva submitted an all-around game with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists.

"Our plan really is to stop their shooters, but we were lucky that Marvin Cruz did not play in the first half," said FEU coach Bert Flores, who also drew 11 points each from Benedict Fernandez and Francis Barcellano.

Cruz, reportedly disciplined by coach Joe Lipa, was inserted in the second half, but still managed to topscore or the team with 15 points in just 16 minutes of action. The Fighting Maroons fell to the cellar with a 2-6 win-loss card.

The Scores:

First Game

FEU 89—Chan 22, Villanueva 19, Fernandez 11, Barcellano 11, Adolfo 9, Mangahas 5, Baracael 4, Gerilla 4, de la Cruz 4, Afable 0, Reyes 0.

UP 76—Cruz 15, David 14, Co 11, Serios 10, de Asis 8, Epres 6, Reyes 5, Buyco 3, Salvador 2, Maniego 2, Cacha 0, Braganza 0.

Quarters: 24-15, 51-40, 74-60, 89-76.

Second Game

ATENEO 66—Al-Hussaini 16, Tiu 14, Intal 14, Kramer 10, Barracoso 4, Escalona 3, Escueta 2, Arao 2, Salamat 1, Uichico 0, Quimson 0, Laterre 0.

ADAMSON 65—Bono 21, Hugnatan 14, Gonzalgo 11, Cabahug 8, Polayapoy 6, Canuday 3, Basilio 2, Santos 0, Pacheco 0, Yong 0.

Quarters: 16-15, 33-38, 49-48, 66-65.

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Games Saturday (Philsports Arena)

2 p.m. – Ateneo vs NU (Jrs.)

4 p.m. – UST vs NU (Srs.)

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08-18-2006, 07:43 AM
Eagles escape on Intal’s heroics
By Nelson Beltran
The Philippine Star 08/18/2006

Ateneo star forward JC Intal came through with crucial plays in the last nine seconds and the Eagles preserved their clean slate in the 2006 UAAP basketball tournament with a 66-65 squeaker over the Adamson Falcons yesterday at the Philsports Arena.

Intal scored on a short jumper off Patrick Cabahug then teamed up with Macky Escalona for a crucial defensive stop on Marvin Polayapoy on Adamson’s return play as the Eagles avoided what could have been a first defeat in seven starts in the season.

"Adamson will always be a tough match-up for us because they have the size. We also had difficulty shaking off rustiness coming off an 11-day break," said Ateneo coach Norman Black.

"Coach Leo Austria did a good job and only in the second half we did recognize what he’ s doing," Black added.

Adamson gave Ateneo a big scare but went short in its bid to snap a 17-game losing streak in its match-up with the Eagles dating back to 1997.

The Falcons fell to 3-5 this season despite another impressive performance from center Kenneth Bono who churned out 21 points and 11 rebounds.

Earlier, Far Eastern U seized control early with UP ace point guard Marvin Cruz riding the bench the entire first half, streaking to a fourth straight win by whipping the Maroons, 89-76.

"We challenged their shooters and stopped their transition game. We also had a big break with Cruz not playing in the first half," said FEU coach Bert Flores on their fourth consecutive victory following four successive losses.

"He played only 16 minutes in the second half and yet he still led UP with 15 points. Good for more than 20 points if he had played in the first half," Flores added.

Cruz sobbed as he hugged teammate Nestor David at midcourt after the final buzzer.

He committed eight turnovers, including two costly ones at endgame as the Maroons suffered a 104-107 defeat to the National U Bulldogs in their previous game Sunday.

Jonas Villanueva frolicked on the floor with Cruz still on the bench, rifling in 13 points, and the Tamaraws sat on a 51-40 cushion at halftime.

The Tamaraws went to work early, erecting a 24-15 lead in the first period and sustaining a solid job all the way to the finish.

"We have a good run which hopefully serves as in good stead as we play UE Sunday," said Flores.

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08-18-2006, 07:44 AM
Another escape act for Eagles


By Jasmine W. Payo
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Last updated 03:37am (Mla time) 08/18/2006

Published on page A23 of the August 18, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE ATENEO de Manila University Blue Eagles pulled off another escape act.

Shaking off a rusty start, JC Intal nailed a short jumper with only 8.9 seconds remaining to lift the Eagles past the Adamson University Falcons, 66-65, for their seventh straight win in the University Athletics Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament yesterday at the Philsports Arena.

“Adamson is always a tough match for us,” said Ateneo coach Norman Black. “Out of all the teams in the league, they have the size to match us so we have no advantage. But we hung in there. Every team has a go-to guy and for us it’s JC Intal. We executed the play exactly the way it is.”

The unbeaten Eagles also drew a huge game from sophomore center Rabeh Al-Hussaini, who collected 16 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks.

It was almost a replay of the Falcons’ heartbreaking 73-72 loss to the Eagles last month.

As in their first round encounter, the Falcons had a chance to pull off an upset. But this time, it was Marvin Poloyapoy who turned the ball over on the final play.

Earlier, the Far Eastern University Tamaraws stayed on the road to recovery with an 89-76 triumph over the University of the Philippines Maroons to claim solo third.

Led by veteran Jeff Chan, the defending champion Tamaraws cruised to their fourth straight win after opening the season at 0-4.

Chan fired 22 points, while Jonas Villanueva paced the Tamaraws strong start by shooting 13 of his 19 markers in the first half.

“We challenged all their shooters, stopped their transition and dictated the tempo,” said FEU coach Bert Flores. “It was also a big factor that (Marvin) Cruz wasn’t in the first half.”

UP’s top gunner Cruz was benched for the first two quarters for disciplinary reasons. The veteran point guard, who still scored a team-high 15 points, reportedly arrived late for the game’s required call time.

The Maroons skidded to their third straight loss for a 2-6 slate. The Falcons fell to fifth at 3-5.
Doug Kramer also contributed for the Eagles by burying two key baskets in the final two-minute stretch.

Before Intal’s game-winning shot, Kramer nailed a jumper that pushed the Eagles within 65-64 at the 1:18 mark.

Committing no turnovers in the first half, the Falcons led by as many as 10 points, 29-19, in the second quarter.

The Tamaraws went on a 22-9 start and comfortably stayed ahead until Cruz towed the Maroons within 60-54 from a 51-40 halftime deficit.

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08-18-2006, 07:45 AM
Great escape by the Eagles
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IT WAS another cliffhanger. Another money in the bank for the Ateneo Blue Eagles.



JC Intal, the leading MVP contender of the Eagles, hit the marginal basket with 8.9 seconds remaining to key his team’s 66-65 win over the Adamson Falcons yesterday in the 69th UAAP basketball tournament at the PhilSports Arena.

Intal forced a jump ball with Marvin Poloyapoy on the Falcons’ final play and, as luck would have it, the possession arrow was pointing to the Eagles.

Ateneo did not squander the opportunity as Intal scored from the Adamson miscue, sealing their seventh win in as many starts.

"Adamson is a tough team to beat. It’s hard to match-up with Ken Bono and (Roel) Hugnatan inside because they’re big and mobile," said winning coach Norman Black.

Bono and Hugnatan combined for 21 points in the first half as the Falcons took a 38-33 lead into the locker room.

It was the 18th straight win by the Eagles against the Falcons dating back to the 1997 season.But Black knew these Falcons were no longer caged.

"We’ll take this kind of win against them. They are a strong team and have a good coach (Leo Austria)," said Black.

The Eagles also beat the Falcons by one in the first round on a late-game trey by Chris Tiu.The Falcons soared higher on the initial fly. Leo Canuday’s trey gave them a double-digit lead, 30-20, 5:30 to play in the second period.

But Tiu responded with his own howitzer and a twinner to keep the Eagles in the game.

The Falcons had 12 more cracks at the basket in the first half, 43-31, as they grabbed four more offensive rebounds, 12-8 and committed no turnover against seven of the Eagles.

They also had an 11-4 edge on second chance points. The loss, their third straight, pulled the Falcons below the cutoff at 3-5, half-game behind the surging National University Bulldogs’ 3-4 card.

Earlier, the Far Eastern U Tamaraws rolled to their fourth straight win by beating the University of the Philippines Maroons, 89-76.

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08-19-2006, 09:21 AM
Bulldogs try to bolster semis bid

The Philippine Star 08/19/2006

National U tries to make it two in a row over University of Santo Tomas and bolster its Final Four bid as they clash in the lone varsity encounter in the 69th UAAP basketball tournament at the Philsports Arena.

The Bulldogs blasted the Tigers, 98-85, in their first round meeting last July 29 at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium with Jonathan Fernandez and Edwin Asoro dominating with 24 and 21 points, respectively.

They are again expected to carry the cudgels for the Bulldogs, the perennial whipping team now gunning for their first semis appearance since 2001.

NU is currently at fourth spot with a 3-4 (win-loss) slate with a victory in its 4 p.m. encounter with UST giving the Bulldogs a share of third place with defending champion Far Eastern U (4-4).

The Tigers are languishing in sixth place among seven teams with a 2-5 card,

Ateneo leads the field with a 7-0 slate, sustaining its romp with a thrilling 66-65 victory over Adamson last Thursday.

Host University of the East is at second with a 5-2 record.

"Honestly, our goal is to just keep on fighting and working harder every game," said NU coach Manny Dandan, who steered the school to its only Final Four appearance five years ago.

"Now if we could make it to the Final Four, that would be a big bonus and a tribute to the boys’ hard work," he added.

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08-19-2006, 09:22 AM
Bulldogs try to stay within top 4 vs Tigers
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National University tries to stay on track for a possible Final Four slot as it faces the sliding University of Santo Tomas in the lone seniors match of the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines Saturday at the Philsports Arena.

The Bulldogs and the Growling Tigers collide at 4 p.m., with the former eyeing a share of the third place with defending champion Far Eastern University.

NU is currently at solo fourth place with 3-4 win-loss card following the loss of Adamson University to league-leading Ateneo de Manila University last Thursday.

The Bulldogs of coach Manny Dandan are coming off a huge 107-104 victory over University of the Philippines last Sunday in a game where three NU big men fouled out in the final quarter. Joel Orellana

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Games Saturday (Philsports Arena)

2 p.m. – Ateneo vs NU (Jrs.)

4 p.m. – UST vs NU (Srs.)

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08-19-2006, 09:23 AM
NU aims to solidify semis bid



By NOLI CRUZ
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THE NATIONAL University tries to enhance its bid for a spot in the Final Four today when the Bulldogs take on the slumping University of Santo Tomas Tigers in the 69th UAAP basketball tournament.


The Bulldogs are also out to prove that their 98-89 win over the Tigers in the first round is no fluke. They’re in pretty good shape these days.

After dropping their first two games, including a 24-point beating at the hands of the Adamson University Falcons, the Bulldogs have won three of five and are now in solo fourth. Another victory will shove them into a share of third with the Far Eastern U Tamaraws at 4-4.

The Tigers, on the other hand, lost their last four after winning back-to-back against heavyweights Tamaraws and University of the East Warriors.

The reversal of fortunes all started in their first round meeting.

It opened a 2-1 stretch for the Bulldogs and a 0-4 spell for the Tigers.

With only seven teams in the field and the Ateneo Blue Eagles beating everyone else, the Tigers aren’t really out of the mix.

A win over the Bulldogs will actually give them a share of fourth place with the former and the Falcons at 3-5.

Jojo Duncil’s return will certainly boost their chances. The league’s most prolific scorer missed two games in their ongoing skid.

Duncil has already rejoined the team in practice after sitting out their last outing with flu. He also served a one-game suspension for head-butting an opponent in the first round.

But more than Duncil’s offense, the Tigers need to unveil their fangs on defense.

"Kung nagkukulang man kami sa opensa dapat mapunan namin ‘yun sa depensa," said UST Coach Pido Jarencio.

They obviously lacked defensive effort on their first meeting as seven Bulldogs scored at least eight points led by Jonathan Fernandez’s 24 and Edwin Asoro’s 21.

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08-20-2006, 12:15 PM
Tigers get back at Bulldogs



By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA
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UNIVERSITY OF Santo Tomas finally regained its roar yesterday as the Tigers thumped the National University Bulldogs, 75-67, to arrest a five-game skid in the UAAP basketball tournament at the PhilSports Arena.


Dylan Ababou and Chester Taylor came out growling like the hungry feline their team is named in the final period and the Tigers suddenly found themselves in the running for a Final 4 berth with their third win in eight outings.

The win shoved the Tigers into a three-way tie for fourth with the Bulldogs and idle Adamson University behind Ateneo, University of the East and Far Eastern University.

Ababou and Taylor combined for 12 of UST’s 24 points in the fourth period as the Tigers erased a 51-53 third quarter deficit to avenge their 85-98 loss to the same squad in the first round of eliminations.

With the return of the Tigers to winning form, no one is gladder than Coach Pido Jarencio.

"All I am very thankful about is that no player was sick in this game," said a relieved Jarencio. "Iyon lang ang pinagdadasal ko, na sana hindi na sila ulit magkasakit para makalaban na kami."

While it was Taylor and Ababou who spelled the difference in the crucial moment, the consistency of Jervy Cruz and Allan Evangelista kept the Tigers in the game in the early goings.

Cruz finished with a double-double effort of 18 points and 13 rebounds while Evangelista added 12 markers.

"Buti nag-step up din ang mga big man ko. Sabi ko sa kanila, kailangan nilang sumabay sa laro ng mga malalaking players at maging pisikal," Jarencio said.

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08-20-2006, 12:16 PM
Tigers revive bid; Eagles seek No. 8


By Jasmine W. Payo
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

THE University of Santo Tomas Tigers revived their sputtering campaign in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament with a vengeful 75-67 win over the National Bulldogs at the Philsports Arena.

Drawing a much-needed lift from their bench, the Tigers rediscovered their attacking flair in the second half with Chester Taylor pouring in six of his 10 points in the last five minutes to lift the Tigers to a 71-65 advantage from a 58-58 standoff.

“It’s a good thing he stepped up after eight games,” said UST coach Pido Jarencio of the lanky 6-foot-5 Taylor. “I told him that he just can’t be promising on paper.”

All told, the Tigers’ reserves outscored the Bulldogs’ bench, 41-10.

Also back in his element, rookie standout Jervy Cruz finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds.

After ending their four-game tumble, the Tigers joined the Adamson Falcons and the Bulldogs in a three-way deadlock for fourth place at 3-5.

“What we’re praying for right now is for everyone to stay healthy,” added Jarencio, who have been missing the services of several key players in recent games due to various illnesses.

The Tigers turned things around after the break. From a 32-42 deficit, the Tigers shot nine unanswered points to close in at 41-42.

Back-to-back baskets by Cruz gave the Tigers their first lead since the first period, 45-44, with 4:57 minutes left in the third quarter.

Ateneo Eagles

Meanwhile, the Ateneo Eagles will try to clinch the first Final Four berth against the sinking University of the Philippines Maroons at 2 p.m. today at the Araneta Coliseum.

Led by JC Intal, the undefeated Eagles will try to match the eight-game winning streak the 2002 team set during its championship run.

But the Eagles have to do without 2005 Rookie of the Year Jai Reyes, who will be sidelined for several weeks due to dengue.

Coach Norman Black admits that the Eagles, who just came off another 66-65 escape over the Adamson Falcons, are bent on keeping the top spot.

“In the beginning, we wanted to finish in the top two, but we reviewed our goals a bit after a good start,” said Black. “We want to finish number one. That’s the goal right now, not really to think about what streak we’re on. We can feel FEU coming up. A look into the future, we don’t want to be stuck with them or UE in a match up in the Final Four.”

Semifinal format

In the semifinal format, the top-ranked team will face the fourth seed enjoying a twice-to-beat advantage.

The University of the East Warriors and the Far Eastern U Tamaraws, the two teams Black pegged as likely threats, will collide at 4 p.m.

Occupying the second spot at 5-2, the Warriors will try to halt the four-game rampage of the defending champion Tamaraws.

UE coach Dindo Pumaren said his wards have settled back into their system.

“When our players competed in a shooting contest in the first round, we had discussions that for the last two years, it’s always our defense that keyed our wins,” noted Pumaren. .”

Mentor Bert Flores said the Tamaraws have already learned from their early 0-4 slump, which included a 92-84 overtime loss to the Warriors in the first round.

In junior action, the unbeaten Ateneo Eaglets and the second-running FEU Baby Tamaraws secured semifinal spots after repulsing their respective foes.

The Eaglets cruised to their ninth straight win with a lopsided 109-55 triumph over the winless National U Bullpups, while the Baby Tamaraws thwarted the UE Pages, 80-71, for an 8-1 card

Earlier, the UST Tiger Cubs nipped the Adamson Falcons with a 66-65 decision for their fourth win in 10 games.

The scores:
First Game (Jrs)
UST 66—Laconico 23, Reyes 14, Buendia 10, Sarsonas 6, Banquicio 6, Ledesma 3, Francisco 2, Manuel 2, Aquino 0, Cunanan 0, Perez 0.
ADAMSON 65—Acibar 25, Olalia 11, Valerio 9, Vitug 7, Borja 5, Albay 4, Nudo 2, Godito 2, Tadeo 0, Santos 0, Alrero 0.
Quarters: 18-19, 39-26, 55-46, 66-65
Second Game (Jrs)
FEU 80—Rivera 21, Banal 11, Argamino 9, Lopez 9, Rosales 7, Paguia 7, Knuttel 6, Gadia 4, Paulino 2, Edding 2,Rocha 2, Dela Peña 0, Paulino 0.
UE 71—Duran 33, Santos 11, Runez 10, Crisostomo 5, Nicolas 4, Del Rosario 4, Amanon 2, Borgonia 2, Monce 0, Caparas 0.
Quarters: 28-16, 47-31, 63-47, 80-71
Third Game (Jrs)
ATENEO 109—Gamboa 18, Rivera 15, Tiongson 11, Gonzaga 10, Dumrique 10, Katipunan 8, Golla 7, Austria 7, Gamboa 6, Aportadera 6, Enriquez 4, Esquievel 3, Valera 2, Balmaceda 2.
NU 55—Berry 17, Batac 12, Terso 10, Batac 7, P. Guzman 7, Jimenez 2, C. Guzman 0, Magat 0.
Quarters: 27-12, 55-26, 81-36, 109-55
Fourth Game (Srs)
UST 75—Cruz 18, Evangelista 12, Abaou 11, Taylor 10, Espiritu 7, Cortez 7, Duncil 5, Cuan 4, Giles 1, Canlas 0.
NU 67—Lingao-Lingao 15, Fernandez 15, Asoro 14, Malcontento 10, Flor 8, Catamora 3, Dela Cruz 2, Garcia 0, Salvado 0, Malagueño 0.
Quarters: 15-21, 32-40, 51-53, 75-67

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08-20-2006, 12:16 PM
Chasing Tigers overrun Bulldogs
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 08/20/2006

Santo Tomas outgunned National U in the second half as it pulled off a come-from-behind 75-67 victory yesterday to breathe life to its sagging bid in the 69th UAAP basketball tournament at the Philsports Arena.

Rookie Jervy Cruz posted 18 points and 13 rebounds for his seventh double-double performance as the Tigers clinched a third win in eight outings to seize a share of fourth spot with the Bulldogs and the Adamson Falcons.

Chester Taylor also had a notable performance as he chipped in 10 points including six in the homestretch, helping the España-based dribblers outscore the Bulldogs, 43-27, in the second half.

UST arrested a four-game skid as it avenged a humiliating 85-98 loss to NU last July 29.

"We struggled in our last few games because most of my players got sick," said UST coach Pido Jarencio. "I’m happy we’re starting to recover."

With NU’s big men dominating the paint, the Bulldogs controlled the tempo in the first half, even erecting a 34-23 lead midway in the second quarter.

But Cruz showed the way in the third quarter, teaming up with guard Japs Cuan as UST turned a 32-40 deficit at the break to a 47-44 advantage in the third canto.

gameface_one
08-20-2006, 12:17 PM
Tigers rip Bulldogs, stay alive for Final 4
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Games Sunday (Araneta Coliseum)

2 p.m.–Ateneo vs. UP (Srs.)

4 p.m.–UE vs. FEU (Srs.)



Don’t count University of Santo Tomas out just yet.

The Growling Tigers snapped a four-game losing streak with a much-needed 75-65 win over National University to stay in the hunt for the Final Four of the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament Saturday at the Philsports Arena.

Rookie Jervy Cruz covered for the erratic game of Jojo Duncil and got some help from the other Tigers, who finally put an end to their losses as they improved to 3-5.

They joined their victims and Adamson University in a three-way logjam for the fourth spot behind the league-leading Ateneo de Manila University (7-0), University of the East (5-2) and the resurgent Far Eastern University (4-4).

Cruz posted his seventh double-double game of the season with 18 points and 13 rebounds, while UST head coach Pido Jarencio got unusual help from Chester Lloyd Taylor, who contributed 10 markers off the bench.

"During our losing streak, my players were not healthy, most of them had injuries. This is just the time when we are complete," said Jarencio, who also drew double figures from Allan Evangelista and Dylan Ababou.

"This win is really huge for us because we’re still in it [semifinal race]. I just pray that we’ll be healthy in our next games," Jarencio added.

Santo Tomas managed to avenge its 85-98 first-round loss to the Bulldogs, and they did it with Duncil, who is averaging a league-best 21.4 points per game, not in rhythm, held down to just 5 points.

It was a painful loss for NU, as the wards of coach Manny Dandan had control of the game from the start. They even built a 10-point lead early in the third period, 42-32, but just could not sustain the momentum.

UST used a 15-2 run engineered by Cruz to grab the lead at 47-44, though NU came back and managed to hang on for a 53-51 cushion entering the final quarter.

Dave Catamora drilled his only field goal of the game, a three-pointer, to start the fourth period and expand the Bulldogs’ lead to 56-51 with 9:36 left in the game.

But the Growling Tigers, despite Cruz sitting on the bench with four fouls, unraveled a 16-4 exchange, with the last five points coming from Anthony Espiritu, to erect a 67-60 lead, 4:30 remaining.

Jonathan Fernandez fired a triple to put NU within four, 65-69, but costly turnovers by guards Jason Malcontento and Jonathan Jahnke resulted in two free throws by Ababou. A putback by Cruz kept the game out of NU’s reach, 75-67, 1:20 remaining. Joel Orellana

The Scores:

UST 75–Cruz 18, Evangelista 12, Ababou 11, Taylor 10, Espiritu 7, Cortez 7, Duncil 5, Cuan 4, Gile 1, Canlas 0.

NU 67–Linga-Lingao 15, Fernandez 15, Asoro 14, Malcontento 10, Flor 8, Catamora 3, Dela Cruz 2, Garcia 0, Salvado 0, Malagueno 0, Jahnke 0.

Quarters: 15-21, 32-40, 51-53, 75-67.

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08-21-2006, 11:13 AM
Eagles keep on soaring; Warriors up

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 03:36am (Mla time) 08/21/2006

Published on page A28 of the August 21, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

STILL IN FULL control, the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles’ composure down the wire continued to pull them through.

The Eagles pounded the University of the Philippines Maroons in the last six minutes to hack out a 98-88 triumph and claim the first Final Four berth in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at the Araneta Coliseum.

JC Intal, Doug Kramer and Macky Escalona powered the Eagles to their eighth straight victory, a record achieved by Ateneo’s 2002 team during its championship run.

With the University of the East Warriors thumping the Far Eastern University Tamaraws, 86-73, in the second game, the Eagles also claimed the first twice-to-beat advantage in the semifinals.

After Chris Tiu poured in a team-high 21 points, Intal, Kramer and Escalona combined to turn a slim 80-79 advantage into a 94-84 spread with only 2 minutes 7 seconds remaining.

“We know if we stumble, UE is just right on our heels,” said Ateneo coach Norman Black. “We’ll try to keep the streak going as long as we can. It was tough playing against UP. They showed a lot of energy. We know it was a big game for them and we struggled in the first half.”

And Black had every reason to be wary of the Warriors, who improved their second-running slate to 6-2 after dispatching the Tamaraws.

Bonbon Custodio, Marcy Arellano and Kelvin Gregorio gave UE a 21-10 lead and the Warriors went ahead by 18 at 60-42 in the third period.

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08-21-2006, 11:14 AM
Eagles devour Lipa, Maroons
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 08/21/2006

Ateneo survived a physical game against University of the Philippines yesterday, 98-88, and clinched the first Final Four berth in the 69th UAAP basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.

Chris Tiu spewed 21 points, including 15 from behind the arc, while Doug Kramer, JC Intal and Macky Escalona added 16, 15 and 14 points, respectively, to seal the Eagles’ eighth win in as many games.

Ateneo had a similar eight-game win streak on its way to the 2002 title.

"That’s really our goal, to stay at the top spot because if we stumbled, UE is just right on our heel," said Ateneo coach Norman Black.

The game, which saw 17 lead changes and nine deadlocks, was marred by a near walkout by the Maroons. It was triggered by the ejection of their fiery coach Joe Lipa.

In the other game, University of the East slammed defending champion Far Eastern U, 86-73, to remain at second place with a 6-2 (win-loss) slate.

The Tamaraws, who won their last four games, fell to 4-5.

Lipa, the former league commissioner, was thrown out of the game after he was assessed a second technical foul for continuous complaining.

He had reasons to complain though.

In the second quarter, Lipa complained of what he felt was an offensive foul by Ford Arao on UP rookie Miguel de Asis. Instead, the referees called it a block.

The UP bench was also called a technical foul.

Then a play later, Kramer bothered a shot by teammate Eric Salamat. It would have been an offensive goal-tending, and UP fans started throwing debris on the court.

A few plays later, the refs slapped another technical on Lipa, resulting in his ejection. The UP coach claimed he was just shouting at his players, and not at the referees.

As Lipa walked off the court, his players joined him and looked headed toward their dugout. But they returned to the court shortly after, and the game resumed.

Ira Buyco was called a flagrant foul when he hit Macky Escolana on the right eyebrow, causing a cut. At one point in the game, Escalona had blood rolling down his cheeks as he took two free throws.

The officials called a total of 33 fouls on the Maroons, resulting to 51 free throws for the Eagles who made 38. Ateneo was slapped 20 fouls, awarding UP 17 foul shots.

The Maroons fell to their seventh setback against two wins, despite the spectacular efforts of Marvin Cruz, who posted this season’s first triple-double with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

gameface_one
08-21-2006, 11:22 AM
Ateneo gains Final Four



By Kristel Satumbaga
mb.com.ph



Ateneo de Manila University claimed the first semifinal seat following a 98-88 win over the University of the Philippines yesterday in the 69th UAAP basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.


Games on Thursday

(Ninoy Aquino Stadium)

2 p.m. — UE vs NU (Srs)

4 p.m. — UST vs FEU (Srs)

The Eagles, leaning on the troika of Chris Tiu, Doug Kramer and JC Intal, picked up their eighth straight win while dealing the Maroons their seventh loss in nine matches.

Tiu was in his best offensive form with a season-high of 21 points, highlighted by connections from beyond the arc.

Kramer, on the other hand, posted a double-double effort of 19 rebounds and 16 markers. Intal chipped in 15 points and snared 13 boards.

"It was a tough game because UP showed a lot of energy," said winning coach Norman Black. "We just stuck with our goal of making it on top to hopefully avoid clashing with UE or FEU in the Final Four. Although other teams are also battling for the semis, we know that UE’s just right on our heels and we wanted to pull away from the rest of the field."

Fiery UP coach Joe Lipa was ejected from the court after getting slapped with two consecutive technical fouls.

Late in the first period, Lipa demanded that an offensive foul must be called on Claiford Arao. He got his second technical in the second quarter, nearly sparking a UP walkout.

The Maroons eventually went back to finish the game with assistant coach Ramil Cruz calling the shots.

A few minutes later, Ira Buyco followed suit with a flagrant foul for elbowing Macky Escalona on the right eyebrow, leaving the Maroons short of a big man.

UP grabbed the upperhand early in the fourth, 77-76, but saw could not sustain their game with main players Virgil Serios, Miguel De Asis and Nestor David falling into foul trouble.

A 16-4 run did the job for Ateneo which built a 92-81 lead, 2:33 to go.

The Eagles spoiled the first triple double performance in the league.

Marvin Cruz fired 22 points, collared 11 rebounds and issued 10 assists.

In the other game, University of the East ended Far Eastern University’s four-game run as the Red Warriors hammered the Tamaraws, 86-73.

The Red Warriors led by as many as 18 in the third period, 60-42, and never looked back to improve their record to 6-2 .

The Tamaraws took their fifth loss in nine matches.

Kelvin Custodio had a career-high of 16 points even as Bonbon Custodio and Marcy Arellano added 15 and 12 markers, respectively.

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08-21-2006, 11:23 AM
Ateneo 5 tips UP for eighth win in a row
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Pacesetting Ateneo de Manila University foiled upset-conscious University of the Philippines, 98-88, Sunday in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines seniors' basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Blue Eagles found an unlikely hero in Martin Quimson, who was hardly a factor in previous games, joining veterans Macky Escalona and JC Intal in coming up with big baskets in the final period en route to their powered the eighth straight win.

The eight-game roll is the longest-winning streak posted by a UAAP team in four years.

This also enabled the Blue Eagles to match their personal best, an 8-0 winning run which they completed after going 4-5 during the 65th season and kept them right on track for the first twice-to-beat edge in the Final Four.

The Blue Eagles, who struggled without sick point guard Jai Reyes, finally got the chance to rip the game apart after the Maroons’ big man Nestor David fell into foul trouble.

Compounding the Maroons’ woes was the ejection of coach Joe Lipa, who was thrown out in the second quarter.

Quimson, who only had six points, led one of Ateneo’s two final offensive runs in the last quarter, breaking a 75-all tie with his gift shot off David’s fourth foul.

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08-21-2006, 11:24 AM
Lady Eagles also nip UP Lady Maroons
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Defending champion Ateneo University banked on the heroic of Karizza Lana Javier in the dying seconds to fashion out a hard-earned 52-51 win over University of the Philippines Sunday in UAAP Season 69 women’s basketball action at the Far Eastern University gym in Manila.

Javier scattered six of her seven points in the fourth period, including a drive and the winning jumper, to help the Lady Eagles stretch their winning streak to six.

The Lady Eagles have now won seven of their eight games, including a morale-boosting 50-48 triumph against last year’s runner-up Adamson U last Wednesday, to gain the solo leadership. UP dropped to fifth place with a 4-5 win-loss record.

Cheryll Ngo was also instrumental for the Lady Eagles with her 13 points, while Treena Anne Lingeco contributed eight markers. Maria Ana Tolentino led the Lady Maroons with 13 points.

In the other games, University of Santo Tomas (UST) drew huge games from Remia Buenacosa and Marichu Bacaro in outlasting FEU, 78-62, while University of the East snapped out of a five-game losing streak by repeating over National University, 49-34.

Buencosa and Bacaro drilled in 19 and 18 points, respectively, for the Tigresses, who have won their last two games and are now 6-3 overall. FEU took its third loss in eight outings. Kathrina Nido topscored for the Lady Tamaraws with 24 points.

gameface_one
08-22-2006, 07:51 AM
Ateneo coach: Streak’s fine but a title is better



Inquirer
Last updated 04:03am (Mla time) 08/22/2006

Published on page A24 of the August 22, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

Ateneo 8 0
Univ of East 6 2
Far Eastern 4 5
National U 3 5
Adamson 3 5
Santo Tomas 3 5
Univ of Phils 2 6

GAMES THURSDAY (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)
2 p.m. -- UE vs NU (Srs)
4 p.m. -- UST vs FEU (Srs)

SO WHAT’S so special about the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles’ winning streak?

Nothing much, as far as coach Norman Black is concerned, although avid followers of the University Athletics Association of the Philippines just can’t ignore the fact that Ateneo’s current eight-game victory run was also achieved by the school’s 2002 team that went on to win the title.

“I don’t really get too hung-up with the streak, to be honest,” he said. “I'm more concerned with the end result, which is to make it to the Finals and try to win the championship. If we streak it to get there, that’s fine. If we don’t, that’s fine also.”

Just two games into the second round of the men’s basketball tournament, the Eagles have already claimed the twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four.

An elimination-round sweep gives the Eagles an automatic slot in the Finals, leaving the three other semifinalists to duke it out for the remaining seat in the championship round.

“Every game right now is crucial for us because we want to stay a step ahead of UE (University of the East),” said Black.

After the Eagles tripped the University of the Philippines Maroons with a 98-88 decision last Sunday, Black watched from the stands as the UE Warriors crushed the Far Eastern University Tamaraws at 86-73.

“Our concern right now is if we stumble along the way and then UE wins straight,” said Black. “We play them on the last (elimination) game of the UAAP, so we might play against them for the number one slot. So it's important for us not to stumble in the meantime.”

The Eagles still have to play the University of Santo Tomas Tigers, the National University Bulldogs, the Tamaraws and the Warriors (6-2). By Jasmine W. Payo

gameface_one
08-22-2006, 07:51 AM
No sanction on Maroons but Buyco suspended
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 08/22/2006

University of the Philippines was spared from any sanction after briefly walking out of the game following the ejection of coach Joe Lipa in their highly-emotional tiff against Ateneo Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.

UP starting center Ira Buyco, however, didn’t escape punishment as he was suspended for one game for hitting Ateneo guard Macky Escalona on the face in a rebound play late in the second quarter.

Buyco will serve his suspension Saturday when UP takes on Adamson at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The fiery UP slotman was the third player suspended this season after Santo Tomas’ Jojo Duncil and National U’s Jonathan Jahnke.

The near walkout was triggered by the ejection of Lipa, who was thrown out of the game early in the second quarter after being assessed a second technical foul for heatedly contesting referees’ calls.

He incurred the first infraction for disputing a blocking foul call on UP rookie Miguel de Asis against a driving Ford Arao.

The Maroons left their bench and headed to the dugout when Lipa was ejected of the game. The team, however, returned shortly with the Eagles later winning the contest, 98-88.

gameface_one
08-22-2006, 07:54 AM
UP player canned



By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA
mb.com.ph



THE UAAP yesterday suspended Iray Buyco of the University of the Philippines for one game for his unsportsmanlike conduct in Sunday’s game against the Ateneo de Manila University.


Buyco was ejected by the referees after elbowing Blue Eagles point-guard Macky Escalona on the right eyebrow. He will miss the Fighting Maroons’ duel against Adamson University on Saturday.

The league, however, spared UP Coach Joe Lipa and his team farther punishment for a near walkout after a heated confrontation with the referees.

Lipa, a former commissioner of the league, was also thrown out of the game after getting a second technical foul early in the second period.

The veteran mentor continuously complained that an offensive foul should have been called on Ateneo center Claiford Arao late in the first quarter. He was also enraged by what he believed was a goal-tending violation by the Blue Eagles early in the second canto.

After Lipa’s ejection, the Maroons walked out of the game but returned a few minutes later to finish the match under UP assistant coach Ramil Cruz.

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08-24-2006, 10:17 AM
Warriors tackle Bulldogs; Tams confront Tigers
by Jasmine Payo

Inquirer
Last updated 07:17am (Mla time) 08/24/2006

Published on page A22 of the August 24, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE University of the East Warriors hope to fortify their semifinal bid when they tackle the National Bulldogs today in the University Athletics Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The second-running Warriors (6-2) collide with the Bulldogs (3-5) at 2 p.m. and are expected to put up another relentless defensive game that had kept them on a roll.

“NU is a difficult opponent because it has a lot of long-range shooters,” said UE coach Pumaren. “We have to play above the three-point area because they insist on that.”

The Warriors secured their third straight win via an 86-73 decision over the Far Eastern University Tamaraws, who are expecting another tough match against the University of Santo Tomas Tigers in today’s other match at 4 p.m.

“We’re back (in the fight) because everyone is now healthy,” said coach Pido Jarencio after his Tigers snapped a four-game losing skid with a 75-67 triumph over the Bulldogs.

But Jarencio admits it will be difficult to score a repeat of the Tigers’ 90-87 upset win over the Tamaraws.

“Their confidence is back,” said Jarencio of the defending champion Tamaraws. “You can’t take that away from a champion team, they still won four straight.”

The Tamaraws’ four-game winning run, however, came to a halt against the Warriors last Sunday.

“The way we’re playing right now is very far from the way we played in the first round,” said Pumaren. “In our game against FEU, none of the players wanted to quit. Even when I told them to slow it down (when the lead grew to 18 points), they wanted to continue pressuring FEU.”

If UE rolls to its fourth straight win today, FEU faces a must-win situation to remain in contention for the remaining twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four.

The idle and unbeaten Ateneo Eagles have already claimed the first semifinal incentive after streaking to their eight straight win.

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08-24-2006, 10:20 AM
Warriors eye Final Four
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By NOLI CRUZ


COACH DINDO Pumaren likes the path the University of the East Warriors are taking in the 69th UAAP basketball tournament.

"Our team is just peaking at the right time," he said.

The time is also right for them to grab a seat in the Final Four.

They just have to beat the National University Bulldogs today at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium to make it official because, if it happens, only two among the teams behind them will be capable of winning seven games.

They are second in the standings heading into the game with a 6-2 card.

The Bulldogs need a victory more than the Warriors do. They are currently sharing fourth spot with the University of Santo Tomas Tigers and the Adamson University Falcons at 3-5.

A loss would pull them down into a tie for fifth or solo sixth depending on the result of the game pitting the Tigers against the Far Eastern U Tamaraws.

But there’s no way the Warriors would lose this one.

"The players have settled back into the system. The emphasis is again on defense," said Pumaren.

They’re getting the desired results lately, winning their last three games after a shaky 3-2 start.

"If we continue playing this way, we have a better chance of staying in the top two."

Finishing the doubleround elimination in the top two is the immediate goal of any team since it goes with a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four.

The Tigers and the Tamaraws are still in the hunt for a twice-to-beat spot. But they have to sweep their remaining games.

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08-24-2006, 10:38 AM
UE guns for 4th win in row against NU 5
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by JOEL ORELLANA


Season host University of the East tries to move closer to a top-two spot as it aims for its fourth straight win Thursday against dangerous National University in the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball games.

Fresh from a huge 86-73 win over defending champion Far Eastern University, the Red Warriors shoot for their seventh win in their 2 p.m. encounter at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium. They also seek to fortify their chances for the twice-to-beat incentive in the Final Four.

"We are really aiming for that incentive because it will really help us along the way," said UE coach Dindo Pumaren, whose wards stopped the streaking Tamaraws last Sunday at the Big Dome.

"And I think we’re peaking at the right time. In the first round, we did not play that good, but now the chemistry and the intensity of the players are already there," Pumaren added.

The former pro league guard knows that every game in the second round will be important for all the other teams, which are slugging out for the last three semis slots.

Ateneo de Manila University was the first team to barge into the Final Four after defeating University of the East, 98-88, for its eight straight win without a loss.

UE will be facing the upset-conscious Bulldogs, who are coming off a disappointing 67-75 loss to University of Santo Tomas last Saturday at the Philsports Arena.

The Manny Dandan-mentored NU is currently in a triple tie with Adamson University and the Growling Tigers for the fourth spot with a 3-5 win-loss mark behind FEU’s 4-5.

In the second game, UST hopes to follow up its victory over NU to stay in contention for the semis, as it goes for win No. 4 against the Tamaraws at 4 in the afternoon.

"As long as the team can stay healthy, I think we have a good chance. It’s really hard to play without your full roster," said Tigers mentor Pido Jarencio, who failed to use Jojo Duncil, Melchor Gile and Anthony Espiritu in their loss to UE owing to illnesses.

The Tamaraws, on the other hand, hope to bounce back from the defeat against the Red Warriors and avenge their 87-90 first round loss to the España-based squad.


Games Thursday (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)

2 p.m. – UE vs. NU (Srs.)

4 p.m. – UST vs. FEU (Srs.)

5FootCarrot
08-24-2006, 05:10 PM
Ateneo 5 tips UP for eighth win in a row
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Pacesetting Ateneo de Manila University foiled upset-conscious University of the Philippines, 98-88, Sunday in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines seniors' basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.


UE guns for 4th win in row against NU 5
www.abs-cbnnews.com
by JOEL ORELLANA

UE will be facing the upset-conscious Bulldogs, who are coming off a disappointing 67-75 loss to University of Santo Tomas last Saturday at the Philsports Arena.

What in the world does "upste-conscious" mean? That these teams are looking to upset their opponents and win?

Jump_Shooter
08-24-2006, 05:29 PM
^Yup, that's exactly what it means. ;)

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08-25-2006, 01:31 PM
Warriors roar past Bulldogs; Tigers prevail

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 04:16am (Mla time) 08/25/2006

Published on page A23 of the August 25, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE University of the East Warriors crushed the National University Bulldogs, 76-57, yesterday to secure the second Final Four slot in the University Athletics Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

“We played bad at the start, but we limited NU to 10 points in the third quarter,” said UE coach Dindo Pumaren. “We played good defense and that’s when we started to make a run.”

Bonbon Custodio and Mark Borboran logged in 13 points apiece to pace a balanced attack by the Warriors, who improved to 7-2.

A semifinal stint, though, wasn’t enough for Pumaren. “We’re still after the number one spot,” he said.

The Warriors also got some help from the University of Santo Tomas Tigers, who bucked the absence of key players to slip past the Far Eastern University Tamaraws, 77-75.

Although the defending champion Tamaraws remained in the running for a Final Four slot at 4-6, they dropped out of contention for the twice-to-beat advantage.

The unbeaten Ateneo de Manila University Eagles earlier claimed the first semifinal incentive after rolling to their eighth straight win.

With the Tigers jumping to third place at 4-5, coach Pido Jarencio said their semifinal hopes seemed within reach.

“Our target now is the Final Four,” he said.

For the fourth time this season, the Tigers missed the services of top gunner Jojo Duncil and Jun Cortez, who had typhoid fever.

The scores:

First Game (Srs)

UE 76 -- Custodio 13, Borboran 13, Arellano 10, Gregorio 9, Briones 7, Labagala 6, Bandaying 5, Thiele 4, Llagas 4, Reyes 2, Canizares 2, Espiritu 1, Lingganay 0, Martinez 0.

NU 57 -- Fernandez 17, Catamora 9, Asoro 8, Salvado 5, Jahnke 4, Flor 4, Malcontento 3, Lingao-Lingao 3, Malagueno 2, Dela Cruz 2, Luy 0, Garcia 0, Cooper 0.

Quarters: 20-18, 40-34, 57-44, 76-57

Second Game (Srs)

UST 77 -- Espiritu 31, Taylor 13, Cruz 11, Ababou 7, Evangelista 6, Canlas 4, Dizon 2, Cuan 2, Allera 1, Gile 0.

FEU 75 -- Chan 21, Villanueva 17, Gerilla 11, Fernandez 10, Baracael 7, Mangahas 6, Villanueva 2, Gonzales 1, Vinluan 0, Dela Cruz 0, Barcellano 0, Adolfo 0.

Quarters: 22-21, 42-39, 62-56, 77-75

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08-25-2006, 01:35 PM
Warriors book second seat in Final Four
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 08/25/2006

University of the East outgunned National U in the second half and fashioned out a 76-57 rout to gain the second berth in the UAAP Final Four at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium yesterday.

The Warriors pressed their running attack and tightened up on defense in the second half to wear down the Bulldogs for their fourth straight win and seventh in nine games.

They gained a seat in the Final Four, joining first qualifier Ateneo Blue Eagles with a clean 8-0 win-loss slate.

"We know we still have a chance to be No. 1 and we’re still going after it," said UE coach Dindo Pumaren.

In the other game, Santo Tomas leaned on the hot hands of Anthony Espiritu as it repeated over defending champion Far Eastern U, 77-75, to move to third place with a 4-5 slate.

Espiritu stepped up his game in the absence of Jojo Duncil and Jun Cortez, firing a career-high and tournament-best 31 points.

The Tams suffered their second straight loss and sixth in all against four wins.

Bonbon Custodio and Mark Borboran scored 13 points apiece as the two took turns in delivering the goods for the Warriors.

Custodio struck hard in the first half with 11 points while Borboran got his game going in the second, firing six points in the third canto that helped fuel UE’s decisive breakaway.

The Warriors also found a way to contain NU top gun Edwin Asoro, who started hot with eight points in the early goings.

"We forced him out of his comfort zone. That helped us a lot," said Pumaren in stopping Asoro and sending the Bulldogs reeling to their sixth loss against three wins.

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08-25-2006, 01:38 PM
Warriors put Bulldogs on a leash
UE advances to UAAP Final Four
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By NOLI CRUZ


THE UNIVERSITY of the East defeated the National University, 76-57, to clinch a spot in the Final Four of the 69th UAAP basketball tournament yesterday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

"We have the opportunity to get in (the Final Four) and I’m glad the boys grabbed it," said UE Coach Dindo Pumaren.

With their defense holding the Bulldogs to 10 points, the Warriors prepared the slaughterhouse in the third period.

They led 57-44 after three quarters and quickly padded it to 62-44 in the opening minute of the fourth. They led by as many as 23 points at 72-49, two minutes remaining.

"I like our mindset the past few games. Nasa depensa ulit ang focus namin," said Pumaren after leading the Warriors to their fourth straight win and second-best seventh in nine games.

In the other game, Anthony Espiritu lifted the spirits of undermanned University of Santo Tomas Tigers with a brilliant offensive game in a 77-75 victory over the Far Eastern U Tamaraws.

Espiritu tallied a season-high 31 points as the Tigers survived the endgame surge of the Tamaraws and notched their fourth win in nine games to occupy third place.

The defending champions dropped to 4-6 for fourth.

The Tigers played without leading scorer Jojo Duncil and Jun Cortez, both knocked down by typhoid fever. Jemal Vizcarra was also out, for the entire season actually, with a torn ACL.

"Second round na kaya talagang lumilitaw na ang tunay na laro ng mga bata," a confident UST coach Pido Jarencio said.

While UST’s victory was inspiring, UE’s was more convincing

The Warriors raced to a 14-7 lead in the first quarter after a six-point cluster by Bonbon Custodio and padded the gap to 32-22 midway in the second.

But the Bulldogs scored 12 of the next 16 points to pull within 34-36.

A three-point play from Custodio silenced the barking Bulldogs and the Warriors took a 40-34 advantage heading into the locker room.

"Naging lax ‘yung defense namin towards the end of the first half. Mabuti na lang na-check namin agad ‘yung mga lapses namin," noted Pumaren.

A dunk by Mark Borboran restored a 10-point spread for the Warriors early in the third, 46-36.

After trading miscues and misses, Borboran canned two free throws, pushing the lead to 48-36, under six minutes in the period.

The Bulldogs, who settled for three-point shots in the second half, fell to 3-6.

They had four triples, three from Dave Catamora, in the last two periods for 12 points, more than half of their 23-point total on that span.

The Warriors, on the other hand, were getting points from everywhere and almost everybody with 12 players contributing on offense.

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08-25-2006, 02:03 PM
UE bags semis slot; Warriors zap NU
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By JOEL ORELLANA, The Manila Times Reporter

University of the East became the second team to clinch a semifinal slot, easily disposing of an erratic National University squad, 76-57, Thursday in the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball event at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The Red Warriors pulled away in the third period using their stingy defense—made easy by the Bulldogs’ sloppy plays—and marched to their fourth straight win to keep a tight hold of the second spot with a 7-2 win-loss mark.

Bonbon Custodio and Mark Borboran each had 13 points while Marcy Arellano added 10 for UE, which is now a win away from securing the twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four.

"Our goal really is to be No. 1, and I think we still have a chance for that," said Red Warriors head coach Dindo Pumaren. He had the luxury of using his third stringers for majority of the final quarter, as the UE five built their biggest lead at 70-48.

"I told the players to have a mentality of being No. 1. If we slide to No. 2, that’s fine as long as we get the incentive," Pumaren added.

In the second game, University of Santo Tomas rode the career game of Anthony Espiritu but needed some breaks in the end to edge Far Eastern University, 77-75. UST climbed up the team standings to solo third place with a 4-5 mark.

Espiritu made up for the absence of the league’s leading scorer, Jojo Duncil, and Jun Cortez, who were both downed by typhoid fever. He netted a season-high 31 points to lead the Growling Tigers to the huge win.

"Everybody stepped up tonight. We lacked players today, but the heart of the Tigers came out to finish the job," said UST head coach Pido Jarencio, who now has a legitimate chance to enter the Final Four after the upset.

The Scores:

First Game

UE 76—Custodio 13, Borboran 13, Arellano 10, Gregorio 9, Briones 7, Labagala 6, Bandaying 5, Thiele 4, Llagas 4, Reyes 2, Canizares 2, Espiritu 1, Linganay 0, Martinez 0.

NU 57—Fernandez 17, Catamora 9, Asoro 8, Salvado 5, Jahnke 4, Flor 4, Malcontento 3, Linga-Lingao 3, Malagueno 2, de la Cruz 2, Luy 0, Garcia 0, Cooper 0.

Quarters: 20-18, 40-34, 57-44, 76-57.

Second Game

UST 77 – Espiritu 31, Taylor 13, Cruz 11, Ababou 7, Evangelista 6, Canlas 4, Dizon 2, Cuan 2, Allera 1, Gile 0.

FEU 75 – Chan 21, Jo. Villanueva 17, Gerilla 11, Fernandez 10, Baracael 7, Mangahas 6, Jo. Villanueva 2, Gonzales 1, Vinluan 0, Dela Cruz 0, Barcellano 0, Adolfo 0.

Quarters: 22-21, 42-39, 62-56, 77-75.



Games Saturday (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)

2 p.m. – FEU vs. Ateneo (Jrs.)

4 p.m. – Adamson vs. UP (Srs.)

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08-26-2006, 09:34 AM
Falcons, Maroons in must-win battle for UAAP semis Saturday
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Games Saturday (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)

2 p.m. – FEU vs. Ateneo (Jrs.)

4 p.m. – Adamson vs. UP (Srs.)

The race for the last two semifinal slots of the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball is expected to be a wild one.

To stay alive for the Final Four round is on the mind of Adamson University and University of the Philippines, as they clash in the lone seniors game Saturday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The Falcons and the Fighting Maroons collide in a critical game at 4 p.m. that would determine their fate in the tournament.

Adamson is currently at the solo fifth spot with a 3-5 win-loss mark. A win will vault the Falcons back to the top four, sharing the third position with University of Santo Tomas.

"All of the five teams have a shot at the last two semis berths. We have to do our job and the players believe we have a legitimate chance for the Final Four," said Falcons head coach Leo Austria.

Austria will be pinning his hopes on Kenneth Bono, Roel Hugnatan and Patrick Cabahug to repeat their 85-83 first-round win over the Maroons.

To secure a Final Four slot, Austria’s wards have to sweep their last four games, including this one. They have the second-running University of the East (7-2), the Growling Tigers (4-5) and National University (3-6) for their final assignments. Joel Orellana

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08-26-2006, 09:44 AM
Falcons, Maroons try to boost chances



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Last updated 01:31am (Mla time) 08/26/2006

Published on page A22 of the August 26, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE Adamson Falcons and the University of the Philippines Maroons will try to breathe life into their sagging UAAP bids when they clash in the lone senior basketball match at 4 p.m. today at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

“We have to strengthen our goal to get into the Final Four,” said Falcons coach Leo Austria. “Before we said it’s achievable, but we have a long way to go. A lot of things can still happen.”

Every game remains crucial for the Falcons and the Maroons, who are battling with three other teams for the last two semifinal slots.

The Ateneo Eagles cruised to their eighth straight win to claim the first twice-to-beat incentive in the Final Four.

Also on a roll, the University of the East Warriors secured the second semifinal slot last Thursday.

Unlike the front-runners, the Falcons and the Maroons need to work on their end-game composure to move up the team standings.

In recent losses, both the Falcons (3-5) and the Maroons (2-6) collapsed against the Eagles in the closing minutes.

The Falcons absorbed a heartbreaking 66-65 setback versus the league leader, while the Maroons dropped a 98-88 decision.

Still, both squads drew huge games from their veterans. Maroons point guard Marvin Cruz posted the season’s first triple-double with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

Ken Bono dominated the paint with 21 markers and 10 boards for the Falcons.

The Maroons, though, may have a tough time shackling Bono minus the hulking presence of Ira Buyco, who will be serving a one-game suspension for elbowing Ateneo’s Macky Escalona.

The Falcons will gun for a double-round sweep after slipping past the Maroons, 85-83, in their first encounter. Jasmine W. Payo

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08-26-2006, 09:52 AM
Falcons aim for a strong finish



By NOLI CRUZ
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THE DEMON of the past is showing its ugly head on the Adamson Falcons these days. They have lost three straight after matching their win total last season in just five games. At 3-5, they are below the cutoff for the playoffs percentage-wise.


It’s ominous for the only team in the league that hasn’t reached the Final Four since the format was introduced in 1994.

But Adamson coach Leo Austria knows some tricks to slay the ghost.

"Kailangan lang mawala ‘yung self-doubt," Austria said. "Lumalaban naman ang team namin. May games lang na talagang kinapos kami."

They can’t afford to fall short against the lowly University of the Philippines Maroons. The Maroons are bringing up the rear with only two wins in nine games.

One thing going for the Falcons is the closeness of the race for the last two Final Four seats.

Austria is taking note of that.

"Dikit-dikit naman kami sa gitna eh. Pero s’yempre we have to take care of our business," he said.

A win by the Falcons in the lone senior’s match today at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium will shove them into a share of third with the surging University of Sto. Tomas Tigers.

But a loss will pull them to a share of fifth and sixth places with the National University Bulldogs.

Ken Bono, the leading MVP contender, is expected to have a grand time against the smaller Maroons, who will miss the services of meaty centerforward Ira Buyco because of suspension.

Buyco planted an elbow on the right eyebrow of Ateneo playmaker Macky Escalona in their heated encounter Sunday.

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08-27-2006, 08:39 AM
Falcons arrest skid
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By NOLI CRUZ


KEN BONO made a piece of cake out of the University of the Philippines Maroons’ defense yesterday to lead the Adamson Falcons to a critical 76-68 win in the 69th UAAP basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The burly slotman iced his team’s fourth win in nine games with a seasonhigh 33 points, including a couple of baskets and two free throws in the endgame.

"Ken really stepped up for us. He knows that he has the advantage inside," said Adamson coach Leo Austria.

The victory shoved the Falcons into a tie for third with the University of Santo Tomas Tigers, half-game ahead of the Far Eastern U Tamaraws (4-6).

"Marami pang p’wedeng mangyari. We just have to keep on winning," Austria added.

The Maroons virtually kissed their Final Four bid goodbye after falling to 2-8.

With starting center Ira Buyco serving a onegame suspension, the Maroons had a hardtime pushing Bono out of his comfort zone.

Bono, who also had 12 rebounds, scattered nine points in the third quarter to reset his personal season-high and keep the Falcons floating in the air.

He already had 23 points after three quarters and added four quick points in the fourth to outscore the entire starting five of the Maroons that deep in the game, 27-26.

The Falcons, the league’s best defensive unit, dictated the tempo early.

They held the highest scoring team to 16 points in the first quarter and led by as many as nine points, 25-16.

But the Maroons rallied to tie the game at 34-all behind the eight markers of rookie Virgilio Serios. Mike Yong split a pair from the free throw line with no time left to give the Falcons a 35-34 advantage at the turn.

But the Maroons pulled within 34-35 before the break after trailing by seven points early on.

Meanwhile, the Ateneo Blue Eaglets used their big advantage in quickness to overwhelm the taller Far Eastern U Baby Tamaraws, 8764, clinch the top spot and move within two wins of sweeping the elimination in the junior’s division.

The Blue Eaglets turned the Ninoy Aquino Stadium into a racetrack early, sprinting to a 24-12 lead in the first quarter.

John Dumrique’s trey pushed the lead to 21 early in the second period, 3817.The rampage didn’t stop there.

The gap swelled to 31 points in the closing minute of the first half after a triple from slotman Frank Golla, 50-19.

There was no stopping the Blue Eaglets from chalking up their 10th straight win from that point.

The Baby Tamaraws remained at second with an 8-2 card. Both of their losses were inflicted by the Blue Eaglets.

Earlier, the University of the Philippines Integrated School and the Adamson Baby Falcons enhanced their chances of getting past the elimination with contrasting victories.

UPIS bucked a slow start to beat the University of the East Pages, 91-81, while the Baby Falcons crushed the National University Bullpups, 109-72.

They’re joint third at 64, two games better than idle University of Sto. Tomas Tiger Cubs.

The Pages fell to 2-9 while the Bullpups remained winless in 11 tries.

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08-27-2006, 08:41 AM
Falcons claw Maroons, lift fading hopes

By Jasmine W. Payo
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Last updated 05:56am (Mla time) 08/27/2006

Published on page A21 of the August 27, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

KEN Bono proved unstoppable as the Adamson Falcons rolled to a 76-68 victory over the University of the Philippines Maroons to claim a share of third place in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The massive 6-foot-5 Bono posted a season-best 33 points and 12 rebounds to keep the Falcons’ semifinal hopes alive.

The Falcons joined the Santo Tomas Tigers at 4-5, while the Maroons remained in the cellar at 2-7.

Bono pushed the Falcons ahead to stay at 72-65 after the Maroons, starring Marvin Cruz and Nestor David, moved within 63-66 at the 3:22 mark.

Meanwhile, the Ateneo Eagles will shoot for a team record nine straight wins against the UST Tigers at 4 p.m. today at the Philsports Arena.

Assured of a twice-to-beat advantage in the semifinals, the Eagles are still expecting tough games ahead.

“Teams are starting to spot our weaknesses,” said Ateneo coach Norman Black.

Ateneo’s 2002 team set an eight-game winning record during its title run.

Badly beaten in their first encounter, the Tigers vow to do better than their embarrassing 114-78 loss against the Eagles.

“Teams play differently in the second round and I’ve seen it in my players,” said UST coach Pido Jarencio. “The players have adjusted (from the absence of key players). The others are starting to deliver.”

Another upset

The Tigers are hoping for another upset after stunning the Far Eastern Tamaraws, 77-75, last Thursday.

“We’re not talking about the Final Four before,” noted Jarencio. “Now that’s our target, we’re 2-1 in the second round.”

The defending champion Tamaraws and the National Bulldogs will also try to boost their Final Four chances when they collide earlier at 2 p.m.

Hanging at fifth place with a 4-6 card, the Tamaraws dropped out of contention for the twice-to-beat bonus in the semifinals.

The University of the East Warriors have also secured the second Final Four seat with a 7-2 record.

In yesterday’s junior play, the Ateneo Eaglets cruised to an 87-64 decision over the FEU Baby Tamaraws for their 10th straight win.

The second-running Baby Tamaraws settled at 8-2, while the Junior Maroons and Baby Falcons shared third place at 6-4 after beating their respective foes.

UP downed the UE Pages, 91-81, while Adamson routed the NU Bullpups, 109-72.

The scores:

Third Game (Jrs)

ATENEO 87—M. Gamboa 19, Golla 15, Katipunan 13, Austria 13, Dumrique 9, Balmaceda 5, Valera 4, K. Gamboa 4, Rivera 3, Enriquez 2, Tiongson 0, Gonzaga 0, Esquievel 0, Aportadera 0.
FEU 64—Rosales 15, Rivera 11, Knuttel 11, Lopez 8, Argamino 4, Banal 4, Rocha 4, Gadia 3, J. Paulino 2, Paguia 2, Maloles 0, A. Paulino 0.
Quarters: 24-12, 50-21, 67-42, 87-64

Fourth Game (Srs)

ADAMSON 76—Bono 33, Canuday 10, Hugnatan 9, Cabahug 8, Basillo 5, Gonzalgo 4, Yong 3, Santos 2, Poloyapoy 2, Pacheco 0, Agustin 0.
UP 68—Serios 15, David 14, Cruz 12, De Asis 8, Sison 7, Reyes 6, Sorongon 4, Cacha 2, Co 0, Braganza 0, Epres 0.
Quarters: 21-16, 35-34, 54-50, 76-68

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08-27-2006, 08:45 AM
Big man Bono propels Falcons closer to semis
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By JOEL ORELLANA, The Manila Times Reporter

Games Sunday (Philsports Arena)

2 p.m. – NU vs FEU (Srs.)

4 p.m. – UST vs Ateneo (Srs.)

Adamson University enhanced its chances for a Final Four slot after whipping University of the Philippines, 76-68, Saturday in the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball event at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Kenneth Bono played like a man possessed and netted a career-high 33 points in leading the Falcons to an important win. They also tied University of Santo Tomas at third spot with a 4-5 win-loss mark.

Bono also grabbed 12 rebounds as a one-man wrecking crew for the Falcons. His output was also a UAAP season high, as it eclipsed Anthony Espiritu’s 31 points for the Growling Tigers on Thursday.

"At the start of the season, we knew that the Final Four is very achievable. And now, it’s within reach," said Adamson head coach Leo Austria, who also drew a solid game from back-up guard Leo Canuday.

"We’re lucky to win this game because my players did not play well except for Bono, who had a breakout game," Austria added.

The hefty 6-foot-5 center hit 12-of-22 from the field, mostly from the perimeter, as he ran around every defensive stance thrown at him by the Fighting Maroons. UP also missed the services of bruiser Ira Buyco, who was suspended for one game.

"Bono is really playing inspired basketball after learning that he’s No. 1 for the MVP. He’s playing consistently for us," Austria remarked.

Canuday was the only other Falcon in double figures with 10 points. He added 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.

The loss virtually eliminated UP for a possible semifinal slot, as it slipped deeper into the standings with a 2-8 card. The Fighting Maroons have two games left in the season.

Virgilio Serios paced State U with 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting, while Nestor David added 14. Marvin Cruz chipped in 12.

There was one bright spot for the Fighting Maroons—Magi Sison, the 18-year-old, 6-foot-6 rookie who had his best game yet with 7 points and 6 boards.

Bono, Roel Hugnatan and Canuday joined hands in giving the Falcons their biggest lead at 66-55 with 5:19 left before they got a scare from UP.

Cruz ignited an 8-0 blast for the Diliman-based squad that put them back in the game, 66-63, 3:22 remaining. But Bono hit a fall-away jumper and Hugnatan converted one of his own that gave Adamson some distance, 70-61, 1:47 left.

The Scores:

Adamson 76 – Bono 33, Canuday 10, Hugnatan 9, Cabahug 8, Basillio 5, Gonzalgo 4, Yong 3, Santos 2, Polayapoy 2, Pacheco 0, Agustin 0.

UP 68 – Serios 15, David 14, Cruz 12, De Asis 8, Sison 7, Reyes 6, Sorongon 4, Cacha 2, Co 0, Braganza 0, Epres 0.

Quarters: 21-16, 35-34, 54-50, 76-68.

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08-27-2006, 08:46 AM
Falcons rip Maroons apart
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 08/27/2006

Adamson drew strength from Ken Bono as it ripped University of the Philippines, 76-68, yesterday to close in on its first ever Final Four stint in the 69th UAAP basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Bono, the MVP statistical race leader, bulldozed his way to a career and season best 33 points as the Falcons moved up to a third place alongside the Santo Tomas Tigers with 4-5 (win-loss) slates.

Idle Ateneo de Manila and University of the East tow the field with 8-0 and 7-2 cards.

The Maroons had no answer to Bono inside, no thanks to the suspension of starting center Ira Buyco, who hit Ateneo’s Macky Escalona in the face in their previous game.

With Buyco out, the Maroons, who last won a title exactly a decade ago also under their present coach Joe Lipa, were outrebounded, 46-52, the bulk of it coming from the frontline duo of Bono and Roel Hugnatan.

The loss dealt a big blow to UP’s semifinal chances as it fell to its fifth straight defeat and eighth overall in 10 outings.

"It helped that Buyco was suspended," said Adamson coach Leo Austria, who is hoping to send the Marcelino-based school to its first appearance in the next phase since the Final Four format was introduced a decade ago.

With Bono almost unstoppable inside, the Falcons dictated the pace but couldn’t pull away.

Ahead by just four points, Adamson unleashed a 12-5 run to pad its lead to 11, 66-55, with less than six minutes to go.

Marvin Cruz, who is coming off the league’s first triple-double effort in his team’s loss to Ateneo, had six of UP’s next eight points to cut it down to 63-66 before Bono came through with a pair of baskets to seal it.

"He’s going for the MVP award but his priority is his team first before anything else," said Austria of his hefty, 6’5" center from Iloilo.

In juniors action, UPIS averted a shutout for the Diliman-based cagers when it brought down UE, 91-81; Adamson overpowered NU, 109-72; and Ateneo outplayed FEU, 87-64.

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08-28-2006, 09:37 AM
Tigers end Eagles’ streak; Tams rip Bulldogs
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Ateneo's Macky Escalona makes a drop pass to avoid the defense of UST's Melchor Gile during the first half of their UAAP basketball games at the Philsports Arena. PHOTO BY MIKE PEREZ

By JOEL ORELLANA, The Manila Times Reporter

Games Thursday (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)
2 p.m. – UP vs. UST (Srs.)
4 p.m. – UE vs. Adamson (Srs.)

University of Santo Tomas recorded its biggest win of the season, stunning the erstwhile unbeaten Ateneo de Manila University, 88-80, in overtime on Sunday in the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball event.

Allan Evangelista came up with a career game, Dylan Ababou was steady from the 15-foot line and Jervy Cruz was huge in the extra period for the Growling Tigers.

UST’s victory at the Philsports Arena snapped the Blue Eagles’ amazing eight-game winning streak and boosted its own bid for a Final Four slot.

The 6-foot-3 Evangelista netted a personal-best 30 points, including two pressure-packed free throws to send the game into overtime, as the Tigers extended their winning streak to three games and grabbed third with a 5-5 win-loss mark.

"We really just worked hard. The boys did what they wanted to do. We dictated the tempo because we couldn’t keep up with their running game," said Tigers head coach Pido Jarencio, who lost another key player in Anthony Espiritu owing to typhoid fever.

In the first game, defending champion Far Eastern University kept its Final Four bid alive after turning back National University, 72-60, to move up the standings at 5-6.

Veteran Jeff Chan and rookie Alfred Gerilla came up with huge plays for the Tamaraws in the fourth quarter that quashed the NU uprising.

The Bulldogs’ own semifinal bid suffered a big blow as they fell to 3-7.

"I think our defense was missing in our last two games. Today, we limited the attempts of NU and we were able to stop their shooters," said FEU head coach Bert Flores, who drew a game-high 16 points from Chan.

Espiritu, who just came from a 31-point breakout game in UST’s 77-75 win over Far Eastern University, added to the growling list of injured players for the España-based squad, which already included Jemal Vizcarra, Jojo Duncil and Jun Cortez.

"I’m really praying that we get our ailing boys back. Through good planning, we’re making do with what we have now," Jarencio added.

Ababou, a promising sophomore forward, added 20 points, highlighted by 14-of-16 shooting from the free throw line. He also grabbed 7 rebounds and issued 5 assists, including a nifty feed to Cruz that gave UST an 81-74 cushion with 1:16 left in the game.

Cruz dropped 10 of his 14 markers in the final five minutes, all inside the shaded lane, as foul trouble slowed down the Blue Eagles’ big men.

Ateneo center Rabeh Al-Hussaini was also ejected in the third period for committing two unsportsmanlike fouls. He is expected to get a one-game suspension.

The impressive victory also avenged the Growling Tigers’ humiliating 114-78 loss in the first round against the Eagles.

The Scores:

First Game

FEU 72—Chan 16, Gerilla 12, Fernandez 10, Mangahas 8, Baracael 7, Villanueva 7, Barcellano 7, de la Cruz 3, Adolfo 2, Afable 0, Gonzales 0.

NU 60—Fernandez 13, Asoro 13, Malcontento 11, Flor 9, Lingao-Lingao 6, Malagueno 5, Salamat 2, Jahnke 1, Luy 0, Garcia 0, de la Cruz 0, Catamora 0.

Quarters: 11-12, 28-30, 52-46, 72-60.

Second Game

UST 88—Evangelista 30, Ababou 20, Cruz 14, Allera 13, Canlas 4, Dizon 3, Taylor 2, Cuan 2, Gile 0.

Ateneo 80—Tiu 24, Intal 19, Kramer 11, Escalona 10, Arao 9, Escueta 4, Uichico 2, Quimson 1, Salamat 0, Reyes 0, Laterre 0, Barracoso 0, Al-Hussaini 0.

Quarters: 15-16, 38-34, 53-53, 69-69, 88-80.

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08-28-2006, 09:38 AM
Tigers break Eagles’ long streak
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 08/28/2006

University of Santo Tomas foiled Ateneo de Manila’s elimination round sweep bid as the Tigers clipped the Eagles in overtime to pull off a shocking 88-80 victory yesterday and firm up their Final Four bid in the 69th UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Philsports Arena.

Allan Evangelista came away with a career-high 30 points, stepping up for the injury-plagued UST squad and powering the Tigers to their third straight victory and fifth overall against the same number of losses for third place.

The España-based cagers also snapped the Eagles’ eight-game streak to pave the way for the Final Four. An Ateneo sweep of the double round elims would have sent the Eagles straight to the finals where they would just need a win to cop the crown.

But the Tigers had other things in mind.

Evangelista scored six points in the fourth quarter, including the last two from the stripe off an offensive rebound to force the overtime. He also drew solid support from Dylan Ababou, Jervy Cruz, Francis Allera and Japs Cuan.

Ababou scattered 20 points, including 14 from the foul line, while Cruz added 14, including 10 in OT that capped the Tigers’ strong finishing kick.

The Tigers, who also ended Ateneo’s seven-game run with a 77-73 win last year at the Blue Eagle gym, got the job done with their top players — Jemal Vizcarra, Jojo Duncil, Jun Cortez and Anthony Espiritu — out on various injuries.

"I’m lucky with the players I have, they’re stepping up for their sick teammates," said UST coach Pido Jarencio in Filipino.

Earlier, defending champion Far Eastern U clamped down on defense in the second half as it repulsed National U, 72-60, to bolster its own Final Four bid while dampening the Bulldogs’ semis chances.

Stepping up for Espiritu, who churned out a career-best 31 points in a 77-75 win over FEU last week, was Francis Allera, who had 13 including nine from behind the arc.

Chris Tiu led the Eagles with 24 points he highlighted with five triples, including one that gave them a 48-44 lead with over four minutes left in regulation. But he sustained cramps several plays later.

Jeff Chan fired 14 of his 16 points in the second half while rookie Alfred Gerilla scattered eight of his 12 points in the fourth quarter to power the Tams to their fifth win in 11 outings.

The Tams also held the Bulldogs to their second lowest output this season.

"We defended well, we succeeded in limiting their shots and containing their shooters," said FEU mentor Bert Flores.

NU took its seventh loss against three wins.

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08-29-2006, 12:47 PM
Lady Eagles also blow streak; Tams wrest chess lead


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Last updated 05:14am (Mla time) 08/29/2006

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

ATENEO de Manila University blew another winning streak in basketball yesterday when the Lady Eagles bowed to the Lady Tamaraws of Far Eastern University, 62-59, in the University Athletics Association of the Philippines tournament at the FEU gym in Manila.

Kathrina Nido exploded for 16 points for FEU, which tied the defending champion Lady Eagles at the top of the heap with eight wins and two losses.

The loss snapped the six-game run of the Lady Eagles, whose male counterparts, the Blue Eagles, bowed to the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers, 88-80, in overtime at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City, also on Sunday.

Diana Jose and Joey Pasitos contributed to the Tamaraws’ cause with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Trina Limgengco topscored for the Lady Eagles with 19 points.

Also Monday, UST rolled to its third straight win after ripping University of the East, 78-52, to grab solo third place with a 7-3 card.

Adamson University routed National University (1-11), 56-38, to keep fourth place at 6-4, a full game ahead of idle University of the Philippines (5-5).

In chess competitions at the UE Briefing Room in Manila, FEU outplayed Adamson University in Sunday’s eighth round to wrest the men’s lead even as University of the East stayed ahead in the junior division.

FEU moved out front with 19.0 points after a 3-1 win over Adamson, which dropped into a tie for second spot at 17.5 points with UE.

Adamson was also beaten by UST, 1.5-2.5, on Saturday.

UE bounced back from a 1.5-2.5 loss to FEU Saturday with a 3.5-0.5 whipping of Ateneo.

The UE juniors -- ahead with 22.0 points over second-running Adamson (18.5) -- shut out UST on Saturday and FEU on Sunday.

Saturday’s fifth-round was actually a day of shutouts with Adamson ripping National apart and Ateneo blasting FEU.

In Sunday’s sixth round, Ateneo also swept National, while Adamson won, 3.5-0.5, over UST to keep their 2-3 positions in the standings.

Standings: Men (after eight rounds) -- FEU 19.0, Adamson 17.5, UE 17.5, UST 16.0, UP 14.5, NU 8.0, Ateneo 3.5.

Juniors -- UE 22.0, Adamson 18.5, Ateneo 14.5, UST 10.5, NU 5.5, FEU 1.0.

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08-29-2006, 12:58 PM
Eagles shocker fuels Tigers fiery comeback

The Philippine Star 08/29/2006

University of Santo Tomas, a team crippled by injuries and various illnesses, should have been at the bottom of the 69th UAAP men’s basketball standing.

Instead, the Tigers found themselves in the thick of things, having bucked manpower shortage with grit and determination to string together three straight victories, including a shock 88-80 overtime win over the erstwhile unbeaten Ateneo Eagles Sunday.

Suddenly, the Tigers, who last won a UAAP crown exactly a decade ago, are back on the prowl.

The streak has firmed up UST’s Final Four bid as it grabbed solo third place with a 5-5 (win-loss) slate.

More importantly, the Tigers proved that they are a force to reckon with despite their depleted lineup.

"It’s still too early to tell," said UST manager Clarence Aytona. "But at least, we showed that we’re a team that can compete with anyone."

Credit that to coach Pido Jarencio, whose style of motivation and brand of play have turned things around for the Tigers, transforming a rag-tag crew into one fighting unit.

The Espana-based dribblers are playing sans their best men — Jemal Vizcarra, Jojo Duncil, Anthony Espiritu and Jun Cortez — who are either recovering from various injuries or ailments.

Vizcarra, UST’s main man this year, sustained a hamstring injury as early as their first game, while Duncil, the team’s leading scorer, already missed two games due to typhoid fever. — Joey Villar

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08-29-2006, 01:04 PM
UAAP Basketball Tournament
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UST’s late heroics send strong signal

By Kristel satumbaga

AFTER WINNING four straight titles in the 90s, nothing much had been heard from the University of Santo Tomas Tigers.

They beat long-time rival University of the East, one of the favorites, early in the first round, but that feat got little attention. It wasn’t earth-shaking, to say the least.

Well, that was until Sunday.

The Tigers snapped the eight-game winning streak of the Ateneo Blue Eagles by pulling off a masterful 88-80 overtime win, a feat that sent shockwaves in the UAAP community.

With their third straight win, the Tigers have improved their chances of advancing to the Final Four with an even 5-5 record.

Credit goes to coach Pido Jarencio, one of the greatest players of the España-based school.

Jarencio said he saw in his players the determination of a grizzled mountain climber that even the time they were down, suffering from various injuries and illness, they still have to get up once it’s time for practice.

"Nakikita ko na ngayon ang tunay na puso ng mga Tigers," said Jarencio. "Andiyan pa rin ‘yung mga problema sa health nila at sa injuires, pero alam na nila kung paano abutin ‘yung goals ng team at unti-unti na silang nagpi-peak up."

That was clearly evident last Sunday.

Their resiliency was there for everyone to see as they hung on despite the Eagles’ repeated rallies.

They came into the game raring to avenge their crushing 114-78 setback to Eagles in the first round.

And Jarencio and company achieved that without the services of several key players due to various injuries. The first blow came when veteran Jemal Vizcarra suffered a hamstring injury late in the first round.

Then during their game against the Eagles, Jarencio appeared dispirited before the game due to the absence of the ever-reliable Jojo Duncil, Anthony Espiritu and Jun Cortez.

But Allan Evangelista and rookie Jervy Cruz gave Jarencio enough reasons to smile with their gutsy performance.

"At first, medyo wary ako but during the game, nawala na dahil todo bigay sila sa laro lalo na si Allan at Cruz," said Jarencio.

True enough, his apprehension slowly faded after Evangelista came through with big baskets and Cruz held his own against the veterans of Ateneo in the middle.

All the need now is to repeat the same spirit and determination in the coming days.

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08-29-2006, 01:05 PM
Lady Tams snap Ateneans’ streak
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LIGHTNING STRUCK twice for Ateneo as the Lady Eagles also suffered a crushing setback to the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws, 62-59, in the UAAP basketball tournament at the FEU gym in Manila.

Kathrina Nido starred for the Tamaraws, tallying 16 points as the Morayta-based cagebelles tied the Lady Eagles for the lead with similar 8-2 records.

The loss snapped the six-game streak of Ateneo.

Earlier, University of Santo Tomas handed the Ateneo Blue Eagles their first loss in nine starts with an overtime 88-80 win at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

The loss derailed the Blue Eagles’ advance to the championship.

Diana Jose and Joey Pasitos also contributed to the Tamaraws’ cause with 11 and 10 markers, respectively. Trina Limgengco topscored for the Lady Eagles with 19 points.

In Monday’s other women’s game, UST rolled to its third straight win after ripping University of the East, 78-52, to grab solo third place with a 7-3 card while sending the Amazons down to a 2-9 record. Also, Adamson University routed National University, 56-38, to avoid its own skid.

In chess, FEU got Adamson’s number in Sunday’s eighth round to wrest the men’s chess first-phase lead as University of the East (UE) stayed at the forefront also after the first-half of the juniors’ action at the UE Briefing Room in Manila.

Adamson, the leader after seven rounds, fell, 1-3, to FEU in the eighth round Sunday, with only Ronnie Lord Guevarra scoring a 53-move Nimzovitz win on board four over Luffe Magdalaga to prevent a Tamaraws shutout.

FEU gored its way up front with 19.0 points and shoved the Falcons — which saw it coming when they lost, 1.5-2.5, to University of Santo Tomas (UST) in the seventh round Saturday — into a tie for second spot at 17.5 points with tournament host UE.

UE lost, 1.5-2.5, to FEU Saturday, but came back Sunday for a 3.5-.5 whipping of Ateneo, a rout anchored on the 46-move triumph of a Queen’s Gambit by Raymond Baon over Rex Carlo Espanol on board one and a 62-move win of the King’s Indian of Eugene Pimentel over Pierre Alberto Martinez on board two.

The UE juniors — ahead with 22.0 points over second-running Adamson (18.5) — again had a convenient leader in Nelson Mariano III in scoring 4-0 shutouts of UST Saturday and FEU Sunday. Saturday’s fifth-round was actually a day of shutouts with Adamson ripping National U apart and Ateneo blasting FEU.

In Sunday’s sixth round, Ateneo also had a shutout over NU, while Adamson went 3.5-.5 over UST to keep their 2-3 positions in the standings.

There were no women’s matches during the weekend. The women’s second round starts next weekend.

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08-30-2006, 11:34 AM
Ateneo center spared from suspension

The Philippine Star 08/30/2006

Ateneo center Rabeth Al-Hussaini was not suspended but given a stern warning by the UAAP for his misconduct in the Eagles’ shock 80-88 overtime loss to the Santo Tomas Tigers Sunday at the Philsports Arena.

Al-Hussaini, a sophomore out of Philippine Christian U High, was assessed a flagrant and a technical foul that led to his ejection in the third quarter of the hotly-contested UST-Ateneo duel.

"From our end, we just warned Rabeth Al-Hussaini of Ateneo," said commissioner Elmer Yanga.

The 6-foot-8 Al-Hussaini will thus suit up when the Eagles collide with the National U Bulldogs on Saturday at the Philsports Arena.

The decision came a week after the league has suspended State U center Ira Buyco for a flagrant foul in the Maroons’ 88-98 defeat to the Blue Eagles a week back.

But while Buyco hit and bloodied Ateneo guard Macky Escalona’s right eyebrow Al-Hussaini only drew flagrant foul and technical foul and simply delayed the resumption of the game.

The league last week also spared fiery coach Joe Lipa and the Maroons from sanctions following their aborted walkout early in the second quarter of the Ateneo-UP match. — Joey Villar

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08-31-2006, 09:22 AM
Tigers seek 4th win in row; UE battles Falcons
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University of Sto. Tomas tries to sustain its winning run against University of the Philippines as they collide in the opener of the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball event Thursday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Fresh from a humongous upset over Ateneo de Manila University, the Growling Tigers seek their fourth straight win over the skidding Fighting Maroons, who are already out of contention for the semifinals, at 2 p.m.

In the main game, University of the East guns for its eighth win against Final Four hopeful Adamson University at 4 p.m.

Five days after stunning the Blue Eagles in overtime, 88-80, UST has turned itself into a force to reckon with in the final stretch of the tournament. The wards of coach Pido Jarencio have strung up three straight wins to hold solo third with a 5-5 win-loss mark.

"This is a big game for us. UP will be playing with less pressure and that makes them a dangerous team," said Jarencio, whose own never-say-die attitude during his playing days has rubbed off on his team.

Down with key players owing to typhoid fever, the España-based squad pushed league-leader Ateneo to the limit and pulled off the shocker, the Loyola-based dribblers’ first loss of the season after eight straight wins.

"Going into that game against Ateneo, our motto really is [to reach the] Final Four, because I believe we really have a chance as long as we play this hard and stick to the system," Jarencio added.

Allan Evangelista, Dylan Ababou and Jervy Cruz played huge roles in that victory, and Jarencio will again lean on them to avenge their 92-94 overtime loss to State U in the first round.

The Fighting Maroons, sitting at the cellar with a 2-8 slate, is playing for pride and can act as a spoiler to Santo Tomas’ quest for a Final Four slot.

A win by UST would assure them a playoff for the last semis berth. A sweep of their last two games, the last one against the Adamson University Falcons, will also guarantee them a spot in the semis.

In the second game, host UE tries to narrow its gap with Ateneo (8-1) with a victory over Adamson (4-5), which is jockeying for a semifinal slot along with UST and Far Eastern University (5-6).

"We’re really aiming for the No. 1. We don’t know which team we will meet in the Final Four, but we are really shooting for the top spot," said Red Warriors head coach Dindo Pumaren, whose team is currently second at 7-2.

Adamson must sweep its last three games to assure itself of a semis berth. After UE, the Falcons have to prevail over UST and National University to accomplish the feat.

After the Falcons, UE still has the Fighting Maroons and the Blue Eagles as their final assignments in the elimination round. Ateneo has a tough grind ahead with the Bulldogs, FEU and UE as its remaining opponents.

Joel Orellana

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08-31-2006, 10:46 AM
Warriors seek Final 4 bonus versus Falcons
By Jasmine W. Payo


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Last updated 03:07am (Mla time) 08/31/2006

Published on page A25 of the August 31, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE University of the East Warriors try to secure the twice-to-beat semifinal bonus when they tangle with the Adamson University Falcons today in the University Athletics Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The Warriors will try to move closer to the league-leading Ateneo de Manila University Eagles at 4 p.m., right after the University of Santo Tomas Tigers attempt to strengthen their Final Four bid versus the University of the Philippines Maroons at 2 o’clock.

Although slightly favored, the Warriors are expected to pull out all stops as they pursue another lofty goal.

“If we can go all the way up to the No. 1 slot, it will be better,” said UE coach Dindo Pumaren. “We’re not going to settle just because we’re already at number two. We’re not going to relax.”

“Right now, our game has picked up compared to the first round,” said Pumaren. “We’ve been playing good defense, both half court and full court.”

Although the Warriors routed the Falcons in their initial encounter, 72-57, Pumaren cited the dominating performance of Falcons center Ken Bono in his last outing.

Bono exploded with 33 points and 12 rebounds against the Maroons last Saturday to keep the Falcons in the running for their first Final Four berth.

“They’re still around, they can still go up to number three,” said Pumaren of the Falcons, the only team that hasn’t reached the Final Four since the format was introduced in 1994.

Tigers coach Pido Jarencio has been just as confident as Pumaren after halting the Eagles’ eight-game winning streak, 88-80, in overtime last Sunday.

Bucking a crippled lineup, Jarencio drew big games from rookie slotman Jervy Cruz and Allan Evangelista.

“We lost our ace players, but this team has potential,” he said. “There will always be someone stepping up.”

The Tigers, who jumped to third place at 5-5, have been missing the services of main man Jemal Vizcarra, top scorer Jojo Duncil, and veterans Anthony Espiritu and Jun Cortez due to various illnesses and injuries.

“We were never complete, so we’re just working on what we have,” said Jarencio.

The Maroons, who nipped the Tigers, 94-92, in the first round, are out of the running in the Final Four after losing five straight games.

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08-31-2006, 10:55 AM
Will UST continue to buck odds?
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By NOLI CRUZ

IT WILL take more than injury and illness to tame these amazing University of Sto. Tomas Tigers.

With coach Pido Jarencio, one of the fiercest competitors in the game during his prime, prodding them, the Tigers bucked manpower failure and put themselves in a position to go deep in the 69th UAAP basketball tournament.

Veteran gunner Jemal Vizcarra tore an ACL on their very first game. Starters Jojo Duncil and Anthony Espiritu and key reserve Jun Cortez went down with symptoms of typhoid fever in the backstretch of the elimination.

But somehow they managed to pile up enough victories and move into third place with two games left in their schedule.

They will try to clinch a playoff berth for a trip to the Final Four today when they face the University of the Philippines Maroons at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

"I hope my players will continue to step up kahit na kulang kami at wala ‘yung mga leaders ng team," said UST coach Pido Jarencio.

His players have certainly stepped up in their last three games as they avenged a first round defeat to the National University Bulldogs, repeated over defending champions Far Eastern U Tamaraws, and halted the unbeaten run of the Ateneo Blue Eagles.

A fourth straight win will give them a 6-5 card, enough to secure a tie for fourth spot.

The Maroons have nothing to lose in this one.

They’re already out of the race with 2-8 mark. But they do want to prove that their two-point win over the Tigers in the first round was no fluke.

The University of the East Warriors will also try to repeat over the Adamson Falcons in the backend of the double-header.

And they have an extra motivation.

At 7-2, the Warriors need one more win to earn a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four, an incentive given to the top two teams after the elims. But there could be no team in the league more fired up than the Falcons these days.

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09-01-2006, 07:49 AM
Falcons stun Warriors; UP outlasts UST

By Jasmine W. Payo
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Last updated 03:31am (Mla time) 09/01/2006

Published on page A28 of the September 1, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

DRAWING inspiration from an injured teammate, the Adamson University Falcons forged an 89-84 overtime victory Thursday to foil the University of the East Warriors’ bid for a semifinal bonus in the University Athletics Association of the Philippines basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Ken Bono fueled the Falcons’ offense in the extra period to finish with a game-high 29 points and 15 boards.

The Falcons’ game turned around when Leo Canuday dislocated his elbow after a bad fall. The Adamson starting guard was rushed to Medical Center Manila with 1 minute 58 seconds remaining in regulation.

“When we lost Canuday, the team played like they were no longer afraid,” said coach Leo Austria. “We dedicated our final minutes to Canuday.”

Patrick Cabahug and Mike Yong also supplied key baskets for the Falcons, who ended an 18-game losing streak against the Warriors that dated back to 1999.

Only the Ateneo de Manila University Eagles have claimed the twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four.

Earlier, rookie Migs de Asis bailed out the University of the Philippines Maroons in the closing seconds for a 70-67 triumph over the University of Santo Tomas Tigers.

Japs Cuan’s two consecutive turnovers in the final minute proved costly. The first miscue allowed De Asis to score on a layup that shattered a 67-67 deadlock. On the second Cuan error, De Asis made a free throw with only 5.6 ticks left.

The Tigers’ loss turned out to be an anti-climactic follow-up to their stunning 88-80 overtime win over the Ateneo Eagles.

The scores:

First Game (Srs)

UP 70 -- Co 20, De Asis 12, Reyes 7, Serios 7, Cruz 7, Buyco 6, Sison 2, Cacha 2, Braganza 0, Sorongon 0.

UST 67 -- Cruz 18, Ababou 11, Evangelista 10, Cuan 6, Gile 5, Canlas 5, Taylor 3, Allera 3, Duncil 2,Dizon 2, Cortez 2.

Quarters: 26-15, 43-42, 52-53, 70-67

Second Game (Srs)

ADAMSON 89 -- Bono 29, Cabahug 22, Yong 8, Hugnatan 8, Poloyapoy 7, Canuday 6, Basillo 4, Agustin 3, Gonzalgo 2, Santos 0, Pacheco 0.

UE 84 -- Arellano 19, Borboran 14, Gregorio 13, Custodio 12, Espiritu 10, Lingganay 9, Canizares 4, Labagala 2, Thiele 1, Reyes 0, Llagas 0, Bandaying 0, Martinez 0.

Quarters: 15-11, 38-36, 56-57, 74-74, 89-84 (OT)

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09-01-2006, 07:49 AM
Falcons upend Warriors in OT
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 09/01/2006

Burly Ken Bono barreled his way to a double-double performance as Adamson surprised University of the East, 89-84, in overtime yesterday to boost its Final Four bid in the 69th UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Less than a week after churning out a career and season best 33 points in a 76-68 victory over University of the Phils., the 6-foot-5 Bono came through with a 29-point, 15-rebound effort to power the Falcons to the victory and solo third place with a 5-5 (win-loss) slate.

He scored seven points in the extra period.

"He’s showing he deserves to be MVP," said Adamson coach Leo Austria.

It was the San Marcelino-based cagers’ first win over UE in 18 games since the Falcons trounced the Warriors, 69-64, on Sept. 6 nine seasons ago.

UE dropped to 7-3, enabling Ateneo to post a two-game lead an 8-1 mark in their battle for the top spot in the Final Four.

A freak accident, however, marred Adamson’s win as Bono’s teammate Leo Canuday dislocated his left elbow after a hard fall following a fast break play with less than two minutes to go in the contest. The third year guard from Bacolod City was rushed to Medical Center Manila.

"It’s unfortunate that we won but one of my players got injured," said Austria. "I’d rather lose a game than see one my players injured."

Earlier, the Maroons played the spoiler’s role as they stopped the Santo Tomas Tigers, 70-67, for their third win against eight losses.

Woodward Co, a rookie out of Xavier School, posted a career-best 20 points he spiked with 10 rebounds to seal the win for the Maroons, already out of the Final Four race.

Another rookie Jervy Cruz had 18 points and a season high 20 boards but the Maroons clamped down on him in the fourth quarter as the Tigers, who shocked Ateneo, 88-80, last week, fell to their sixth setback against five wins.

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09-01-2006, 07:50 AM
Falcons slip past Warriors in OT
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By NOLI CRUZ

WITH A sea of white and blue serenading him with chants of M-V-P!, MV-P!, Kenneth Bono powered the Adamson Falcons past the University of the East Warriors in overtime, 89-84, yesterday in the 69th UAAP basketball tournament.

Bono scored seven of his 29 points in the extension play as the Falcons notched their fifth win in 10 games and enhanced their chances of landing a spot in the Final Four for the first time.

They’re now in solo third behind the Warriors, who dropped to 7-3, and the Ateneo Blue Eagles (81).

"Ken has always been big for us. But still it was a total team effort," said Adamson coach Leo Austria, adding that his wards got an added motivation when guard Leo Canuday went down with injury late in the game.

Patrick Cabahug, who chipped in 22 points, capped a brilliant offensive game with three free throws that gave the Falcons an 84-80 lead, 1:15 to go.

Those charities made up for his two misses from the stripe late in regulation that nearly cost them the game. His muffed tries came with the Falcons trailing, 72-74, exactly one minute to go in regulation.

Bono saved him and the Falcons by forging a 74-all deadlock and an extra period with a short stab, 29 seconds left.

Earlier, the University of the Philippines Maroons needed no cause to fight and win against the unpredictable University of Sto. Tomas Tigers, 70-67.

The Maroons, already out of the Final Four picture, squandered a 17point lead, but proved steadier down the stretch with Migs de Asis making a lay-up and splitting his free throws in the closing seconds for the marginal points.

They improved to 3-8 after snapping a four-game skid. The loss was a big blow on the Final Four bid of the Tigers, who beat the league-leading Eagles in their previous outing.

They could have clinched a playoff for the last spot in the next round with a victory. Instead, they dropped into a tie for fourth with idle Far Eastern U Tamaraws at 56.

Consecutiveturnovers from playmaker John Cuan did them in.

Marvin Cruz, the peppery point guard of the Maroons, first snatched the ball from Cuan and fed de Asis for 69-67 lead, 27 seconds left.

Tigers coach Pido Jarencio designed an isolation play for Cuan on their last time-out, but the latter again lost the handle. De Asis canned the backend of his charities with five seconds remaining to seal the win.

The loss also wasted the huge third quarter effort of the Tigers.

With Jervy Cruz dominating inside, the Tigers rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit to grab a 53-52 lead entering the fourth. Cruz, who had 18 points and 15 rebounds after three quarters, tied the game for the first time at 47 all with 3:35 to go in the third.

He finally put the Tigers on top with a hook shot, 5149, 1:51 left in the period. The Maroons came out racing with Migs de Asis draining two treys and Nestor David dunking twice in a 14-2 start.Woody Co clustered eight straight points to make it 22-6. The lead swelled to 36-19 early in the second period on a basket by Ira Buyco.

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09-01-2006, 07:51 AM
Maroons trip Tigers anew
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Games Saturday (Philsports Arena)

2 p.m. – Adamson vs. FEU (Jrs.)

4 p.m. – Ateneo vs. NU (Srs.)

By JOEL ORELLANA

University of the Philippines handed University of Santo Tomas a damaging loss Thursday, escaping with a thrilling 70-67 win in the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball event at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The Fighting Maroons took advantage of two successive errors from Growling Tigers’ point guard Jacques Cuan in the closing seconds for their third win in 11 games. It also snapped a five-game losing streak that put UP out of contention for the Final Four.

The game was almost a repeat of their first round meeting, when the Diliman-based squad escaped with a 94-92 decision in overtime on Marvin Cruz’s buzzer-beater.

This time, the Joe Lipa-coached Maroons had to bank on their defense in the crucial stretch of the match. Cruz and Nestor David anticipated the drop-passes of Cuan in two crucial possessions that resulted in three straight points by Migs de Asis for a 70-67 lead with 5.6 ticks left.

Allan Evangelista, one of the heroes in UST’s 88-80 overtime win over league leader Ateneo de Manila University, muffed a potential game-tying trey.

That allowed UP to deny the España-based squad at least a playoff for a semifinal berth and halt the Tigers’ three-game winning run.

Rookie Woody Co paced the Fighting Maroons with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while de Asis added 12 markers.

The loss denied the Growling Tigers a chance to secure a playoff for a Final Four slot as they dropped to 5-6, joining defending champion Far Eastern University at third spot in the team standings.

Jervy Cruz led UST with 18 points and a game-high 20 rebounds. Dylan Ababou and Evangelista chipped in 11 and 10 markers, respectively.

The trio was responsible for a second half comeback. The wards of coach Pido Jarencio trailed at halftime, 32-43, but erased it with a 21-9 run in the third period for a 53-52 lead.

The Tigers padded their advantage to 58-52 before Co and Cruz uncorked a 9-0 run to reclaim the lead at 61-58.

The Scores:

UP 70—Co 20, de Asis 12, Reyes 7, Serios 7, David 7, Cruz 7, Buyco 6, Sison 2, Braganza 0, Sorongon 0.

UST 67—Cruz 18, Ababou 11, Evangelista 10, Cuan 6, Gile 5, Canlas 5, Taylor 3, Allera 3, Duncil 2, Dizon 2, Cortez 2.

Quarters: 26-15, 43-32, 52-53, 70-67.

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09-02-2006, 12:02 PM
Eagles out to correct flaws vs Bulldogs
By: Jasmine W. Payo

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Last updated 10:52pm (Mla time) 09/01/2006

Published on page A24 of the September 2, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

ATENEO de Manila University coach Norman Black had always known his Eagles’ weak points.

Although the flaws only became apparent in the Eagles’ first loss this season, the league leaders will try to rectify them when they go up against the National University Bulldogs in the lone University Athletics Association of the Philippines senior match at 4 p.m. today at the PhilSports Arena.

The multititled Black zeroed in on two aspects which the Eagles must work on, apart from improving their accuracy from the three-point area.

“We gave up too many points off turnovers and there were times we didn’t rebound very well,” he said.

The Eagles, the only team to claim the twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four, absorbed an unlikely overtime loss against the crippled Santo Tomas University Tigers, 88-80, last Sunday.

Despite the absence of their key players due to illnesses and injuries, the Tigers outrebounded the Eagles, 52-39.

The Bulldogs, on the other hand, face a must-win situation to sustain their flickering chances in the Final Four.

Meanwhile, Adamson University’s Leo Canuday is reportedly out of danger but will miss the season after a bad fall dislocated his elbow in the Falcons’ victory over the University of the East Warriors.

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09-02-2006, 12:22 PM
Eagles out to lock up No. 1 slot

By Joel Orellana, The Manila Times Reporter
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Games Saturday (Philsports Arena)

2 p.m. – Adamson vs. FEU (Jrs.)

4 p.m. Ateneo vs. NU (Srs.)



With an ambitious sweep no longer in sight, Ateneo de Manila University now focuses its thoughts on the top seeding in the Final Four round.

The Blue Eagles hope to rebound from a demoralizing loss when they face National University in the lone seniors match of the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball event Saturday at the Phil-sports Arena.

Ateneo, still at the top spot with an 8-1 win-loss card, meets the Bulldogs at 4 in the afternoon, with NU trying to salvage a slim chance to forge a playoff for the last semifinal berth.

The Blue Eagles’ goal of an outright finals stint evaporated after an 80-88 defeat at the hands of University of Santo Tomas in overtime. Almost a week after absorbing their first loss of the season, they have to make do with a victory in the Final Four round.

"I really hate losing but one good thing of that loss is it gives us a chance to refocus and takes away the complacency that have gotten to my players," said Ateneo head coach Norman Black, whose wards are already assured of a twice-to-beat incentive in the semis.

"And it took off some pressure on us because everybody expected us to sweep it. That [loss] brought back the hungriness of the players for the title," Black added.

A sweep of the double-round eliminations could have given Ateneo automatic entry into the finals and though the Loyola-based team already secured the incentive in the semis, the top seed is still not a guarantee.

UAAP season host University of the East, toting a 7-3 slate, could challenge the Blue Eagles for the No. 1 slot and face a lighter opponent in the semis. Ateneo and UE meet on September 9 to end the elimination round.

The 2002 champions got a break when the league did not slap a one-game suspension on 6-foot-7 center Rabeh Al-Hussaini, who was ejected in the game against the Growling Tigers for committing two unsportsmanlike fouls.

"Our goal right now is to win the last three games and secure the No. 1 spot," said Black, whose wards also have Far Eastern University left to play against in the eliminations.

NU, which is on the brink of elimination, has a mathematical chance to reach the semis, but its fate no longer lies in its hands. Coach Manny Dandan has to guide his ward to a sweep of their last two games and hope that Adamson University, Far Eastern and UST won’t reach six wins.

The Bulldogs, who are coming off a 60-72 loss to the Tamaraws last Sunday, still have the Falcons in their calendar. A loss would mean goodbye for NU, which last tasted the Final Four slot back in 2001 also under Dandan.

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09-02-2006, 12:23 PM
Bulldogs in must-win situation
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By NOLI CRUZ

THE NATIONAL University Bulldogs will try to stay in the hunt for a Final Four spot when they face the Ateneo Blue Eagles today in the 69th UAAP basketball tournament at the PhilSports Arena.

With only three wins against seven losses, the Bulldogs need to sweep their last two games, the last against the Adamson Falcons, and hope that the Far Eastern U Tamaraws would lose to the Eagles in their last outing. That would put them in a three-way tie for fourth.

The Tamaraws, the University of Santo Tomas Tigers and the Adamson Falcons all have five wins already. If two of them notch a sixth win, the Bulldogs would be out of the Final Four picture.

One would surely reach the mark as the Tigers meet the Falcons late in the elimination.

In case of a three-way tie for fourth, the quotient system will be implemented. The two teams with inferior quotients will play in a playoff with the winner facing the team with superior quotient in another playoff for the right to claim the last Final Four slot.

But the Bulldogs have to take care of the Eagles first.

That is, by no means, going to be easy. Especially with the Eagles coming off a tough overtime loss to the UST Tigers.

As much as they love to complicate things among their potential Final Four rivals, the Eagles hate to have a losing streak at this stage of the tournament.

Coach Norman Black and his high-flying Eagles have made it clear from the onset that they won’t settle for anything less than a championship this year.

"I will not have a most memorable moment as coach here until we won the title," said Black, who led the Eagles to the Final Four on his first season as college varsity coach last year.

Securing the top spot would be the first big step in achieving that lofty goal. They can clinch the No. 1 position by winning two of their three remaining games or by beating the University of the East Warriors on their last meeting.

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09-03-2006, 09:32 AM
Eagles vent frustrations on Bulldogs

By Jasmine W. Payo
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Last updated 03:46am (Mla time) 09/03/2006

Published on page A22 of the September 3, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE Ateneo Eagles made recovering look easy.

The Eagles showed no ill effects of a recent painful loss by pouncing on the National Bulldogs with a 103-76 rout in the UAAP men's basketball tournament yesterday at the Philsports Arena.

JC Intal poured in 24 points on top of six rebounds and seven assists to lead a dominating performance by the Eagles' first five, who all finished in double figures.

“I was very happy with the performance of the players today because I was very curious how they would react to our first loss,” said Ateneo coach Norman Black. “I challenged them to take advantage of the fact that we had a bit of adversity and that the (eight-game) streak was broken.”

It didn’t take long for the Eagles to dispose of the Bulldogs. When they jumped to a 22-13 start, it was clear that the league leaders had exorcised the demons from their first loss, an 88-80 overtime stunner from the Santo Tomas Tigers last Sunday.

The Bulldogs momentarily found their range from beyond the arc to close in at 31-30, but the Eagles’ starters quickly brushed off the threat.

Building on their 48-39 halftime buffer, the Eagles pulled away by 20 points, 72-52, late in the third period.

The loss was the second most lopsided this season next to the Eagles’ first-round 114-78 drubbing of the Tigers.

After improving their record to 9-1, the Eagles will be wrapping up their elimination round campaign against FEU and UE.

“We’re still not guaranteed of the first slot,” Black reminded.

The Bulldogs, along with the Maroons, are already out of semifinal contention at 3-8.

Aside from shooting poorly on the floor at 36 percent, the Bulldogs also fared badly at the free throw line at only 53.6 percent .

Meanwhile, the University of the East Warriors will shoot for the second Final Four bonus anew against the University of the Philippines Maroons at 4 p.m. today at the Philsports Arena.

The Warriors blew their chance last Thursday when they dropped an 89-84 overtime decision to the Adamson Falcons, who will try to strengthen their semifinal bid against the UST Tigers at 2 p.m.

“We were worried against UE, but we were able to pass that hump,” said Adamson coach Leo Austria. “I hope the players will realize that this opportunity— getting in the semifinals — is very rare for us. But I think the players’ desire to win is there.”

Adamson is the only team that hasn't reached the Final Four since the format was introduced in 1994.

Quick adjustments, though, are in order for the Falcons after losing starting guard Leo Canuday for the rest of the season due to a dislocated elbow.

“He knew that this could have been his season to play well, he was looking forward to the Final Four so it was very unfortunate that it happened,” said Austria.

While Canuday's absence worried Austria, coach Dindo Pumaren was concerned with his Warriors' complacency.

“In our last game, the team lacked the fire and the willingness to win,” said Pumaren. “So I reminded the players that we shouldn't settle down because we're not even assured of the second spot.”

And the Warriors should be wary of the cellar-dwelling Maroons, who recently stunned the Santo Tomas Tigers.

Adamson, UST and defending champion Far Eastern are fighting for the last two semifinal slots.

In yesterday's junior action, the Ateneo Eaglets secured their 11th straight win by drubbing the UP Junior Maroons, 75-64, to move within a win of an outright Finals berth.

Earlier, the NU Bullpups claimed their first victory in overtime, 83-81, against the UST Tiger Cubs. Kevin Batac shot 35 points-- including the game-winning free throws in the last two seconds -and grabbed 14 rebounds.

The FEU Baby Tamaraws kept second spot after outlasting the Adamson Baby Falcons, 78-74.

The scores:

Fourth Game (Srs)

ATENEO 103 - Intal 24, Kramer 17, Tiu 12, Escalona 12, Al-Hussaini 10, Reyes 7, Escueta 5, Barracoso 5, Salamat 4, Arao 4, Quimson 2, Laterre 1, Uichico 0, Monfort 0.

NU 76 - Asoro 18, Garcia 15, Fernandez 15, Jahnke 12, Lingao-Lingao 6, Catamora 5, Flor 3, Salamat 2, Luy 0, Cooper 0, Malcontento 0, Malagueno 0, Dela Cruz 0.

Quarters: 27-24, 48-39, 72-54, 103-76

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09-03-2006, 09:45 AM
Eagles banish Bulldogs, close in on top seeding
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 09/03/2006

Ateneo whipped up a third quarter storm and demolished National U, 103-76, yesterday to firm up its hold of the lead in the 69th UAAP basketball tournament at the Philsports Arena.

JC Intal, who closely trails Adamson’s Ken Bono in the MVP statistical race, sizzled with 24 points seven assists, six rebounds and two steals in leading the Eagles to a ninth win in 10 outings.

Intal also got the needed help from Doug Kramer, Chris Tiu, Macky Escalona and Rabeth Al-Hussaini, who combined for 51 points, as the Eagles got back on track after being stopped by the UST Tigers the last time out.

"I was very curious to see how they would react from our first loss to UST," said Ateneo coach Norman Black. "They responded pretty well to the challenge."

With a 9-1 card, Ateneo can assure itself of Final Four top seeding with one more win or just one loss by University of the East.

The Eagles’ last two assignments are the FEU Tams on Thursday and the UE Warriors (7-2) next week.

NU crashed out of the semis race after suffering an eighth setback against three wins.

After a sluggish start, the Eagles pulled away in the second quarter, riding high on the exploits of Intal as they cut loose from a 27-all deadlock. Intal had 15 in that run.

Ateneo, which already sat on a 48-39 cushion at the half, worked even harder in the second half to win practically by a mile.

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09-03-2006, 09:46 AM
Intal tows Eagles past Bulldogs
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By NOLI CRUZ

JC INTAL must be thinking it would be hard to beat the National University Bulldogs in a dogfight.

The do-it-all forward sparked a breakaway by the Ateneo Blue Eagles late in the first half en route to a 103-76 win over the Bulldogs yesterday in the 69th UAAP basketball tournament at the PhilSports Arena.

With the Eagles having difficulty to take off, Intal buried a three-pointer, fed Doug Kramer for a twinner and canned two free throws to give his team a 48-39 cushion going to the locker room.

Another triple from Intal early in the third period pushed the lead to 54-41.

"JC is our most consistent player. He always comes up with great a play when we needed it," said Ateneo coach Norman Black.

The Eagles cruised to their ninth win in 10 games from there, moving them to within a win of claiming the top seeding in the Final Four.

Earlier, the Ateneo Blue Eaglets bucked a slow start to beat the University of the Philippines Integrated School, 75-64, in the juniors division.

It was their 11th win in as many games, moving them within a victory of sweeping the elimination and clinching an outright finals seat.

The Far Eastern U Baby Tamaraws, the biggest threat in the title drive of the Blue Eaglets, clinched a twice-to-beat spot in the next round with a 78-74 win over the Adamson Baby Falcons.

The Baby Tamaraws improved to 9-2 while the Baby Falcons fell into a share of third place with UPIS at 6-5.

The UPIS and Adamson completed the Final Four cast after the University of Santo Tomas Tiger Cubs lost to the National University Bullpups in overtime, 81-83, in the other junior’s match.

The loss, their seventh in 11 games, eliminated the Tigers Cubs from the playoff picture.

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09-03-2006, 09:47 AM
Eagles crush Bulldogs for 9th win
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With the win against NU, Ateneo now has a 9-1 win-loss slate.

Ateneo de Manila University used JC Intal and a strong third quarter to bring down National University, 103-76, Saturday and move closer to locking up the top spot in the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball event.

The Blue Eagles broke open a close game at the Philsports Arena in the third period behind Intal, who posted 24 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals to help them to their 9th win in 10 outings.

Doug Kramer, Chris Tiu, Macky Escalona and Rabeh Al-Hussaini all scored in double figures for Ateneo, which bounced back from an 80-88 overtime defeat to University of Santo Tomas last week that ended its unbeaten run at eight games.

Had they swept the 12-game eliminations, the Eagles would have made it to the finals outright. Still, they are almost sure of the first seat in the semifinals with just two games for them.

"I was very curious to see how they would react to our first loss," said Ateneo coach Norman Black. "They responded pretty well to the challenge."

Another win or a loss by second-ranked University of the East loss would clinch the top seed for Ateneo in the Final Four. It would also get a twice-to-beat edge over the No. 4 squad—which could be anyone among Adamson University (5-5), UST (5-6) or defending champion Far Eastern U (5-6).

The Eagles face the FEU Tamaraws on Thursday and the UE Warriors (7-2) next week.

NU fell to its 8th loss against three wins and formally bowed out of the semis race.

After a sluggish start, the Eagles started to pull away in the second quarter, They turned a 27-all deadlock to a 48-39 lead at halftime, thanks to Intal’s 15 points.

Ateneo couldn’t pull away for good, however, because the Bulldogs began hitting three-point shots from behind the arc. NU made six of them, including two apiece by Jonathan Fernandez and Floyd Garcia that kept the Eagles, who made only two triples, from pulling away.

Coach Manny Dandan’s boys, however, fell into a daze and had no answer to Ateneo’s third quarter onslaught, taking the fight out of an NU team that made its first and only semifinal entry in 2001 since the Final Four format was introduced.

The Eagles made six three-pointers in the second half to finish with eight, one more than the Bulldogs.

The scores:

ATENEO 103—Intal 24, Kramer 17, Tiu 12, Escalona 12, Al-Hussaini 10, Reyes 7, Escueta 5, Barracoso 5, Salamat 4, Arao 4, Quimson 2, Laterre 1, Uichico 0, Monfort 0.

NU 76—Asoro 18, Garcia 15, Fernandez 15, Jhanke 12, Lingao-Lingao 6, Catamora 5, Flor 3, Salamat 2, Luy 0, Cooper 0, Malcontento 0, Malagueno 0, de la Cruz 0.

Quarterscores: 27-24; 48-39; 72-54; 103-76.

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09-04-2006, 11:10 AM
Tigers carve out drama-filled win

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 03:24am (Mla time) 09/04/2006

Published on Page A29 of the September 4, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas honored a late teammate, forged a tie for a Final Four slot and gift-wrapped a twice-to-beat edge for another school, all in a 77-74 victory over Adamson University yesterday in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

The Tigers ended a roller-coaster elimination round with a 6-6 card, sealing at least a playoff for a semifinal ticket and knocking the Falcons out of the race for a twice-to-beat advantage.

That edge went to the University of the East, which lost practically nothing in a 90-85 defeat to University of the Philippines in the second game.

Adamson dropped into a tie, at 5-6, with idle Far Eastern University and both can forge a three-way tie for the last two semifinal spots if they win their final assignments. In that case, the team with the highest quotient advances outright, with the last two battling in a knockout match.

“We still don’t know [what will happen], we have to wait for the outcome [of the remaining games],” said UST coach Pido Jarencio, who dedicated the victory to late Santo Tomas cager John Lee Apil, who would have celebrated his 21st birthday yesterday.

Apil, who was to be part of this year’s team, died of electrocution after saving two kids in a swimming pool accident in Tuguegarao, Cagayan, last April.

The UP Maroons gained nothing more from the win than a grand farewell, ending their tournament with a 4-8 slate.

The UE Warriors settled for a 7-4 record and will finish the eliminations in second place no matter what happens in the remaining playdates.

Rookie Jervy Cruz shone with 21 points 10 rebounds for the Tigers.

The scores:

First Game (Srs)

UST 77 -- Cruz 21, Evangelista 14, Duncil 9, Taylor 8, Cuan 7, Cortez 7, Ababou 4, Dizon 3, Gile 2, Canlas 2.

ADAMSON 74 -- Bono 20, Gonzalgo 14, Hugnatan 11, Yong 9, Poloyapoy 7, Cabahug 6, Pacheco 3, Basillo 2, Agustin 2.

Quarters: 29-24, 46-44, 60-58, 77-74

Second Game (Srs)

UP 90 -- Cruz 18, Serios 14, Reyes 9, David 9, Co 8, Sison 8, De Asis 7, Epres 5, Buyco 4, Salvador 2, Cacha 2, Braganza 2, Sorongon 2, Maniego 0.

UE 85 -- Borboran 20, Arellano 18, Gregorio 13, Bandaying 9, Thiele 6, Martinez 6, Espiritu 4, Canizares 4, Reyes 2, Custodio 2, Lingganay 1.

Quarters: 30-19, 49-36, 67-60, 90-85

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09-04-2006, 11:11 AM
Tigers reduce Falcons to shreds, earn at least a playoff for Final 4

The Philippine Star 09/04/2006

Jervy Cruz outduelled Ken Bono in a clash of the big men, dishing out a double-double job and powering University of Santo Tomas to a 77-74 victory over Adamson yesterday and a playoff for a Final Four berth in the 69th UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Philsports Arena.

Cruz fired 21 points and hauled down 10 rebounds for his 11th double-double effort this season as the Tigers notched their sixth win against the same number of losses in a big improvement from their 3-11 (win-loss) performance last year.

More importantly, the victory assured the España-based squad of at least a playoff for one of the two remaining berths in the semifinals.

In the other game, State U upended University of the East, 90-85, to cap its campaign this year with a 4-8 (win-loss) card.

The Warriors, already assured of the No. 2 spot and the twice-to-beat incentive in the semis, fell to their fourth setback against seven wins.

Bono, the MVP statistical race leader who averaged 30-plus points in their last two games, was held to just 20 points and fouled out with 1.13 remaining that hastened the Falcons’ downfall.

"We played solid defense today," said UST coach Pido Jarencio.

UST would advance to its first stint in the semis in four years if either Adamson or defending champion FEU drop their last game against National U and leader Ateneo de Manila, respectively, on Thursday.

But if the Falcons and the Tams, currently tied at No. 4 on 5-6 slates, prevail, a three-way tie for third would ensue among UST, Adamson and FEU.

The team with the highest quotient will take the No. 3 spot with the last two disputing the last Final Four berth in a playoff.

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09-04-2006, 11:13 AM
Tigers strike anew; UP stuns Warriors
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By NOLI CRUZ


IN ONE riveting sequence late in the game, Dylan Ababou capped a fine defensive job by the University of Sto. Tomas Tigers with a monster two-handed dunk, giving his team a four-point lead and sending their fans into a frenzied celebration.

It turned out to be the winning play in their 77-74 win over the Adamson Falcons in a critical duel yesterday in the 69th UAAP Basketball tournament at the Philsports Arena.

"It was all heart for us mula sa start ng game. Must-win kami rito at talagang pinakita ng mga bata na gusto nilang manalo," said UST coach Pido Jarencio after his team clinched a playoff for a Final Four berth and wrapped up the elimination round with an even 6-6 card.

The sixth loss of the Falcons in 11 games gifted the University of the East Warriors a twice-to-beat incentive in the next round even though the Recto-based squad suffered a stunning 90-85 loss to the UP Maroons.

John Cuan, the goat in their recent loss, showed one of the bigger hearts down the stretch.

The diminutive Tiger, who had consecutive errors in their narrow loss to the University of the Philippines Maroons, completed a steal before losing his balance to ignite a fastbreak that ended with Ababou’s highlight play and gave them a 75-71 lead with 1:25 remaining.

Mike Yong pulled the Falcons closer at the buzzer with a meaningless trey.

It was the first back-to-back wins for the Maroons this season to finish their campaign with a 4-8 record while the loss was also the first back-to-back for the Warriors.

The Warriors (7-4) came into the game still reeling from a heart-breaking defeat to the Falcons.

"At least ngayon hawak na namin ang kapalaran namin. Kung kailangang dumaan sa playoff, walang problema," said Jarencio.

The Tigers could advance outright if either the Falcons or the Far Eastern University Tamaraws drop their final assignment. The Falcons have lighter opponents in the National University Bulldogs while the Tamaraws have to go through the merciless Ateneo Blue Eagles.

In case of a three-way tie, the Tamaraws will advance to the Final Four as the third seed because of a superior quotient while the Tigers and the Falcons will dispute the fourth spot in a playoff.

The Tigers are eyeing their first Final Four berth in four years while the Falcons are still seeking their first since the format was introduced in 1994.

After 13 deadlocks and eight lead changes, the Tigers built a 70-62 lead with five minutes to play on a basket by rookie Jervy Cruz.

But the Falcons stormed back with a 9-2 run, trimming the gap to one on a three-pointer by Marvin Poloyapoy, 71-72, 2:17 left.

Cruz, who had 21 points and 10 rebounds, split a pair of free throws to stop the bleeding and the Tigers tightened their defensive screws down the stretch.

The Falcons couldn’t find their way to the basket after Ken Bono, the leading MVP contender, fouled out with under a minute to play.

Bono was called for his last foul after planting an elbow on Cruz’s neck with the Falcons on the offensive.

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09-04-2006, 11:16 AM
Tigers nearer Final 4 berth
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By Joel Orellana, The Manila Times Reporter



Games Thursday (Philsports Arena)

2 p.m. NU vs Adamson (Srs)

4 p.m. Ateneo vs FEU (Srs)



The University of Santo Tomas is now a breath away of clinching a Final Four spot. The Growling Tigers assured themselves of at least a playoff for the semis berth when it outlasted Adamson University, 77-74, to end their elimination campaign with 6-6 slate Sunday in the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball at the Philsports Arena.

Jervy Cruz was in his usual form with 21 points and 10 boards for UST, his 11th double-double game, as the Falcons (5-6) faltered once more in the end game that jeopardized their entry in the semis.

Allan Evangelista added 14 points for the Tigers who cashed in to three successive turnovers by Adamson in the closing minute that spelled the doom for the wards of coach Leo Austria, who get another crack in the semis with a win against National University on Thursday.

"Right now, we don’t know what will happen as we wait for the results of the games of FEU and Adamson. But winning six games from a 3-11 campaign last season is not bad," UST coach Pido Jarencio said.

The Espana-based squad, which last tasted a Final Four trip in 2002 season, can automatically advance in the semis if Far Eastern University (5-6) losses to Ateneo de Manila University on Thursday.

"We’re now in the waiting game. Whatever will happen, we will just play," Jarencio added. The former PBA guard dedicated the win to his former player, John Apil, who died early this year after he was electrocuted. He turned 21 yesterday.

Kenneth Bono also had a double-double performance with 21 points and 11 rebound, but had 7 of the team’s 23 turnovers, including an offensive foul on Cruz in the closing seconds.

Trailing 62-70, Bono engineered a 9-2 attack capped by Marvin Polayapoy’s 3-pointer to close the gap to 71-72 with 2:18 left in the game.

After Cruz halved his free throws for UST, 73-71, Adamson fell to three successive turnovers, two by Polayapoy and the other one on Bono that resulted to five straight points by the Tigers high-lighted by the two-hand slam by Dylan Ababou to stretch the lead to 77-71, 41.7 seconds left.

The scores:

First Game

UST 77 – Cruz 21, Evangelista 14, Duncil 9, Taylor 8, Cuan 7, Cortez 7, Ababou 4, Dizon 3, Gile 2, Canlas 2, Allera 0.

Adamson 74 – Bono 20, Gonzalgo 14, Hugnatan 11, Yong 9, Polayapoy 7, Cabahug 6, Pacheco 3, Basillo 2, Agustin 2.

Quarters: 29-24, 46-44, 60-58, 77-74

Second Game

UP 90 – Cruz 18, Serios 14, Reyes 9, David 9, Co 8, Sison 8, De Asis 7, Epres 5, Buyco 4, Salvador 2, Cacha 2, Braganza 2, Sorongon 2, Maniego 0.

UE 85 – Borboran 20, Arellano 18, Gregorio 13, Bandaying 9, Thiele 6, Martinez 6, Espiritu 4, Canizares 4, Reyes 2, Custodio 2, Linganay 1, Llagas 0, Labagala 0.

Quarters: 30-19, 49-36, 67-60, 90-85

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09-05-2006, 10:46 AM
Jarencio proves his worth at the Tigers’ helm

By Jasmine W. Payo

Inquirer
Last updated 05:05am (Mla time) 09/05/2006

Published on page A22 of the September 5, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE FATE OF the University of Santo Tomas Tigers may no longer be in his hands, but coach Pido Jarencio still feels satisfied with his maiden run in the University Athletics Association of the Philippines basketball tournament.

“Six wins is good, double from the 3-11 (record) last year,” said Jarencio, after the Tigers secured at least a playoff for the fourth and last semifinal spot with a hard-earned 77-74 decision of the Adamson University Falcons, 77-74, on Sunday.

The win evened the Tigers’ slate at 6-6.

“We’re just waiting,” said Jarencio, the former Ginebra guard in the PBA and one of UST’s finest basketball alumni. “If there’s a playoff, it’s okay. If we enter the Final Four right away, then thank you.”

Toting similar 5-6 cards, the Falcons and the Far Eastern University Tamaraws remain in contention for the last two semifinal slots.

But the defending champion Tamaraws are in for a tough assignment against the top-ranked Ateneo de Manila University Eagles on Thursday while the Falcons face an easier job against the National University Bulldogs.

“It’s good that we got a 10-day break -- we’re able to prepare longer,” said FEU coach Bert Flores. “But what we’ve been looking for in this team is the desire to win.”

While the Tamaraws struggle to remain on track in their title-defense, the Eagles and the University of the East Warriors have already claimed the twice-to-beat incentives in the Final Four.

A three-way tie at 6-6 remains a possibility if the Tamaraws and the Falcons prevail in their last games.

In such an event, the team with the highest quotient will automatically claim the third spot. The remaining two teams will try to knock each other out for the last semifinal berth on Sept. 14.

Adamson is vying for its first Final Four appearance since the format was introduced in 1994.

UST, meanwhile, is trying to reclaim lost glory; its last semifinal stint came in 2002.

Although tagged as the most inconsistent among the three jostling squads, the Tigers aren’t worried.

“We’ve never been overconfident, it was just the breaks of the game,” said Jarencio, alluding to the Tigers’ heartbreaking 70-67 loss to the cellar-dwelling University of the Philippines, two days after stunning Ateneo in overtime, 88-80.

The victory snapped Ateneo’s eight-game winning streak.

The Maroons went on to finish their schedule with an ego-boosting 90-85 victory over the Warriors on Sunday.

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09-05-2006, 10:51 AM
Tigresses clip Lady Eagles; Tams prevail

The Philippine Star 09/05/2006

University of Santo Tomas (UST) outclassed Ateneo, 60-51, Sunday in the UAAP Season 69 women’s basketball that took a new twist in the elims with Far Eastern also pulling off a crucial win.

The Lady Tams repeated over another heavyweight in former champion Adamson U, 46-38, at the Blue Eagle gym, thus keeping FEU on top of the heap with nine wins and two losses.

Marichu Bacaro exploded with 26 points in 36 minutes of play for UST which earned a seat in the semifinals with their eighth win in 11 games. That card of the Tigresses imperiled the season of the Lady Falcons, who at 6-5 face the possibility of being booted out of the final four picture by University of the Philippines (UP).

The Lady Maroons also tote a 5-6 record, their fifth win coming from a 101-51 rout of the National U Lady Bulldogs also Sunday.

The Lady Eagles, 59-62 losers to the Lady Tamaraws a week ago, were limited to only 14 points in the second quarter. They trailed the Tigresses who beat them, 69-57, in the first round at 31-27 at halftime.

The win, the Tigresses fourth straight in 12 games enabled them to gain a share of second place with the Lady Eagles who absorbed their back-to-back losses with identical 8-3 win-loss card.

Ellaine Orillano and Camille Vinas combined for 16 points for the Tigresses. CassandraTioseco topscored for the Lady Eagles with 15 points.

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09-05-2006, 10:51 AM
Tams try to avert ouster; Falcons seek breakthru

The Philippine Star 09/05/2006

Adamson eyes a breakthrough in the UAAP while Far Eastern U tries to avoid humiliation as aspirants for the Final Four hope to get a clearer picture on Thursday at the Philsports arena.

The Falcons and the Tams are tied for fourth with 5-6 (win-loss) slates, just half-a-game behind the third running UST Tigers, who closed out their double-round elims with an even 6-6 mark.

Ateneo and Univ. of the East have secured the top two spots, and the twice-to-beat advantages, in the semis with 9-1 and 7-4 records, respectively.

Adamson will take on ousted National U at 2 p.m. in the penultimate elims playdate on Thursday while titleholder FEU battles Ateneo in the main game at 4 p.m.

The Falcons, who swamped the Bulldogs, 88-64, in the first round, will be shooting for their first ever post-season appearance since the Final Four format was introduced 13 years ago.

"Our goal is to make the Final Four," said Adamson coach Leo Austria. "It would really be emotional for the school if we would make it there."

The Tams, on the other hand, are going flat out to avoid the possibility of becoming the first team in 13 years to have dropped out of the semis after winning the crown the previous year.

Standing on FEU’s way is Ateneo, which clinched the top seeding in the Final Four after smothering NU, 103-76, Saturday. — Joey Villar

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09-07-2006, 07:20 AM
Falcons, Tamaraws seek crucial victories today

By Jasmine W. Payo
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Last updated 04:54am (Mla time) 09/07/2006

Published on Page A22 of the September 7, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

WITH THEIR semifinal chances still uncertain, it’s all business for the Far Eastern University Tamaraws and the Adamson University Falcons on the penultimate day of the elimination round of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.

“Everything that we worked for in the last six months will all boil down to our last game,” said Adamson coach Leo Austria.

The Falcons will face the unpredictable National University Bulldogs at 2 p.m., while the Tamaraws will battle the top-ranked Ateneo de Manila University Eagles at 4 p.m. today at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

Victories by Adamson and FEU will forge a three-way tie with the University of Santo Tomas Tigers at 6-6. In this scenario, the team with the highest quotient will automatically claim the third spot. The bottom two teams will fight for the last Final Four berth in a knockout match.

FEU currently leads the tie-break computations.

If the Falcons and the Tamaraws lose, the Tigers will automatically secure third place, leaving the other two to dispute the last spot in a winner-take-all game.

“This is very important for us,” said FEU mentor Bert Flores. “Our defensive game is already there, but our players must show the heart, the desire to win.”

If Adamson wins in the first game, FEU cannot afford to drop its match versus Ateneo. Otherwise, the Tamaraws will become the first defending champion to miss the Final Four since the format was introduced in 1994.

But the Eagles -- who have secured the twice-to-beat bonus along with the second-ranked University of the East Warriors -- have no plans of taking it easy.

“FEU needs the game very badly, so we’re expecting tough competition,” said Ateneo coach Norman Black. “But even if we qualified for the top two slots and we’re already in, we think it’s very important to have momentum going into the Final Four. So we’ll definitely come out and play hard.”

The Tamaraws, though, showed that they can match up with the Eagles well.

Paced by Jeff Chan, the Tamaraws only lost by a slim 76-74 decision against the league leaders in the first round.

The Falcons will try to keep their semifinal chances alive behind Ken Bono after a 77-74 setback against the Tigers last Sunday.

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09-07-2006, 07:20 AM
Crucial games for Tams, Falcons
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By noli cruz

THE FAR Eastern University Tamaraws know they have to go through the claws of the Ateneo Blue Eagles in their drive for a second straight title.

But not this early.

"Pinapakita ng Ateneo na sila ang team-to-beat this year. We have to beat them kung gusto naming mag-champion ulit," said FEU coach Bert Flores.

They should or else, they may find themselves out of the Final Four picture in the 69th UAAP basketball tournament.

If the Adamson Falcons hurdle the National University Bulldogs in the first game of today’s doubleheader at the PhilSports Arena, the Tamaraws will need a win just to survive the elimination round.

The long-suffering Falcons, the only team in the league without a Final Four appearance, routed the Bulldogs by 24 points in the first round.

They will get at least an extra shot at their elusive goal with one more win.

The Tamaraws and the Falcons are tied at fourth with similar 5-6 cards before their respective elimination cappers. If both teams lose, they’ll dispute the fourth and last slot in the Final Four.

The winner in the playoff will face No. 1 Ateneo (9-1) while No. 2 the University of the East Warriors collide with the University of Santo Tomas Tigers.

A victory, however, would be more rewarding for the Tamaraws.

They will not only hand the elimination topnotcher a second loss, they will also get an outright Final Four spot and avoid an early meeting with the Eagles there.

It’s because a victory by both the Tamaraws and the Falcons will give them a share of third spot with the University of Sto. Tomas Tigers at 6-6.

In case of a three-way tie, the Tamaraws will be seeded third because of superior quotient, thanks largely to their +35 advantage against the Falcons.

The Falcons and the Tigers will then dispute the last Final Four spot in a playoff.

Of course, MVP contender JC Intal and the rest of the Eagles are aware that somebody should knock off the reigning king to crown a new one.

Why not them? Why not now?

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09-07-2006, 07:22 AM
Tamaraws, Falcons in must-win matches

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One mistake and Far Eastern University can kiss its "four-peat" bid goodbye.

The defending champion tries to salvage a crucial win against league-leading Ateneo de Manila University to stay afloat for a Final Four slot in the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball event Thursday at the Philsports Arena.

The Tamaraws and the Blue Eagles collide in the main game at 4 in the afternoon, with the latter already assured of a top seeding and the twice-to-beat advantage in the semifinals with a 9-1 win-loss mark.

In the first game, Adamson University also must win against the ousted National University at 2 p.m.

FEU and the Falcons are both carrying 5-6 slates behind University of Santo Tomas (6-6), and a win over their respective rivals Thursday will create a three-way logjam for third and fourth place.

In this case, the team with the best quotient takes the third spot, while the last two squads square off in a playoff for the last Final Four berth.

"The good thing about it is our fate is in our hands, and we don’t have to depend on the result of the other game [Adamson-NU]," said FEU head coach Bert Flores.

Joel Orellana

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Games Thursday (Philsports Arena)

2 p.m. – NU vs. Adamson (Srs.)

4 p.m. – FEU vs. Ateneo (Srs.)

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09-07-2006, 07:29 AM
Tams, Falcons seek tie with Tigers at 3rd

The Philippine Star 09/07/2006

Defending champion Far Eastern U and Adamson take on separate rivals today, each hoping to score a victory and force a tie for the No. 3 spot with idle UST in the penultimate play date in the eliminations of the 69th UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Philsports Arena.

But while the Falcons are fancied to get past the NU Bulldogs in the 2 p.m. opener, the Tams are expected to encounter stiff resistance from the Ateneo Eagles (9-1) in the 4 p.m. main game.

Adamson and FEU tote identical 5-6 marks and would catch the Tigers (6-6) at third place with victories over the Bulldogs and the Eagles, respectively.

It’s a must win for FEU coach Bert Flores, whose Tams will try to avoid becoming the first team since the Final Four format was introduced to fail to advance to the semis after winning the crown the previous year.

Adamson, on the other hand, said it could not afford to be overconfident against NU.

In case of a triple tie, the team with the highest quotient will clinch No. 3 with the two others to dispute the last spot in a playoff.

Ateneo and UE (7-4) enjoy twice-to-beat incentives in the semis by taking the top two spots.

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09-08-2006, 11:37 AM
Eagles oust Tamaraws; Tigers gain

By Jasmine W. Payo
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Last updated 02:10am (Mla time) 09/08/2006

Published on Page A22 of the September 8, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

ADAMSON University and defending champion Far Eastern University needed to overcome frazzled nerves to have a shot at the UAAP Final Four.

Only the Falcons came through.

Turning to their unheralded players in the clutch, the Falcons repulsed the National University Bulldogs, 93-88, to secure their first Final Four stint in the men’s basketball tournament yesterday at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

Then the Tamaraws became the first reigning champion to miss the semifinals since the Final Four was introduced, when the league-leading Ateneo de Manila University Eagles sent them packing with a thrilling 70-68 victory.

Ateneo’s win allowed idle University of Santo Tomas to complete the Final Four cast.

The Falcons and the Tigers, who wound up with similar 6-6 records dispute the No. 3 slot in a playoff Thursday.

The Tamaraws took a three-point advantage in the last 56.9 seconds but the Eagles came up with their never-say-die burst down the wire.

Chris Tiu buried a triple that knotted the contest at 68 before JC Intal scored the game-clinching lay-up off two defenders with only 1.2 ticks left.

The Eagles will battle the fourth-ranked team armed with the twice-to-beat incentive in the Final Four.

The University of the East Warriors, also toting the semifinal bonus, will face the third-seeded squad.

The scores:

First Game (Srs)
ADAMSON 93 -- Cabahug 23, Bono 19, Pacheco 15, Poloyapoy 10, Yong 9, Hugnatan 7, Agustin 5, Gonzalgo 3, Basillo 2, Santos 0, Orera 0.

NU 88 -- Fernandez 18, Lingao-Lingao 16, Asoro 13, Malcontento 12, Flor 11, Catamora 9, Garcia 5, Malagueno 2, Jahnke 2, Salamat 0.

Quarters: 23-20, 46-46, 69-74, 93-88

Second Game (Srs)
ATENEO 70 -- Intal 22, Salamat 12, Escalona 10, Tiu 8, Al-Hussaini 6, Laterre 4, Kramer 4, Arao 4, Reyes 0, Quimson 0.

FEU 68 -- Chan 24, Baracael 14, Gerilla 9, Mangahas 8, Fernandez 7, Villanueva 6, Afable 0, Villanueva 0, Dela Cruz 0, Barcellano 0.

Quarters: 29-26, 46-41, 55-57, 70-68

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09-08-2006, 11:41 AM
Tams doomed; Eagles give UST, AdU free lift
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 09/08/2006

JC Intal dished out an MVP performance last night, taking charge for Ateneo with a driving lay-up with a second to go to lift the Eagles to a heart-stopping 70-68 victory over a dejected Far Eastern U side and give University of Santo Tomas and Adamson a free ride to the Final Four in the 69th UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Philsports Arena.

Intal, who trails Adamson’s Ken Bono in the MVP race this season, fired 22 points, firing the game-winner that gave the Eagles their 10th win in 11 games and made the Tams the first team to miss the Final Four after winning the crown the previous year.

"Coach (Norman Black) told me to take charge and I did not have second thoughts of taking that shot," said the 22-year-old Intal, who is hoping to end his UAAP career with a title before turning pro next year.

The Tams appeared headed for a victory and a triple tie with UST and Adamson for the third spot after surging ahead, 68-65, 59.6 seconds left in the contest. But Chris Tiu came through with a triple after an Ateneo timeout then Intal shattered the last deadlock with that layup that broke the hearts of the Tams and their supporters.

The last time the Morayta-based school failed to make the semis was four years ago.

"I just got to give it to the guys, they really wanted this win," said Black.

Earlier, Adamson leaned on the late heroics of Marvin Poloyapoy to turn back National U side, 93-88, and clinch its sixth win against the same number of losses.

Ateneo’s win thus handed the last two semis slots to UST and Adamson, which wound up with identical 6-6 cards. They will clash next week at the same venue for Final Four seeding.

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09-08-2006, 11:49 AM
Eagles eliminate Tamaraws


By Joel Orellana, The Manila Times Reporter
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Games Saturday (Philsports Arena)

2 p.m. – UP vs. Adamson (Srs.)

4 p.m. – UE vs. Ateneo (Srs.)

The Final Four cast is now complete, thanks to Ateneo de Manila University, which scraped defending champion Far Eastern University out of the picture.

JC Intal played the hero’s role once more for the Blue Eagles, as he banged in the game-winner with 1.2 ticks left for a pulsating 70-68 win over the Tamaraws Thursday in the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball event at the Philsports Arena.

The 6-foot-4 Intal drove hard to the hoop and flipped in a left-handed lay-up that shattered the 68-all deadlock and proved to be the dagger for FEU, which will miss the semifinals for the first time since 2002.

"I’m very proud of my guys. They really came out to win and it showed a lot of the character of the Ateneo team," said head coach Norman Black, as the victory cemented their top ranking in the next round with a 10-1 win-loss mark.

"And thanks to JC Intal. He came in big time. He’s our best player in the team, that’s why went to him on the last play," Black added.

The 22-year Intal, playing in his final year for Ateneo, scored 22 points, grabbed seven rebounds and six assists to make a strong case for the Most Valuable Player award.

"We really wanted to beat FEU because they are the defending champions," said Intal, who had a similar game-winner against Adamson University in the second round.

Ateneo’s win clarified the Final Four picture, as it gave University of Santo Tomas and Adamson University, both toting 6-6 records, a free ride into the semis. But they will meet in a playoff to determine their rankings—and their respective semifinal opponent—on Thursday.

It was a sorry defeat for the Tamaraws, who finished their campaign with a 5-7 slate and became the first defending champion not to figure in the semis in the following season since the Final Four format was introduced in 1993.

In the first game, Adamson had to rely on the outside shooting of Patrick Cabahug, Mar-vin Polayapoy and seldom-used Miguel Pacheco in silencing the stubborn National University, 93-86, and clinching its semifinal spot.

Cabahug fired 23 points highlighted by a season-high seven triples. The last came with 27.6 ticks left, capping a blistering 9-0 run for a commanding 91-83 cushion that put the game out of the Bulldogs’ reach.

The Scores:

First Game

ADAMSON 93—Cabahug 23, Bono 19, Pacheco 15, Polayapoy 10, Yong 9, Hugnatan 7, Agustin 5, Gonzalgo 3, Basilio 2, Santos 0, Orera 0.

NU 88—Fernandez 18, Lingao-Linga 16, Asoro 13, MAlcontento 12, Flor 11, Catamora 9, Garcia 5, Malagueno 2, Jahnke 2, Salamat 0, de la Cruz 0.

Quarters: 23-20, 46-46, 69-74, 93-88.

Second Game

ATENEO 70—Intal 22, Salamat 12, Escalona 10, Tiu 8, Al-Hussaini 6, Laterre 4, Kramer 4, Arao 4, Reyes 0, Quimson 0.

FEU 68—Chan 24, Baracael 14, Gerilla 9, Mangahas 8, Fernandez 7, Jo. Villanueva 6, Afable 0, Je. Villanueva 0, de la Cruz 0, Barcellano 0, Adolfo 0.

Quarters: 29-26, 46-41, 55-57, 70-68.

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09-08-2006, 11:50 AM
Eagles oust Tamaraws
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By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA

FIRST, THERE was no La Salle. Now, even last year’s champion Far Eastern University is gone.

JC Intal came through with the game’s biggest play of the day to lift Ateneo to a pulsating 70-68 win over the FEU Tamaraws in the UAAP basketball tournament yesterday at the PhilSports Arena.

In beating the Tamaraws, the Eagles towed University of Santos Tomas and Adamson to the Final Four. The other semifinalist is University of the East.

Had the Tamaraws prevailed, the Falcons and Tigers will have to dispute the fourth and last semis berth since the Morayta-based squad would emerge with the superior quotient.

The Falcons finished the elims tied with the Tigers at 6-6 after pulling off a 93-88 win over the National University Bulldogs.

The Tamaraws, who were gunning for their fourth straight title, wound up with a 5-7 card, thus missing the Final Four for the first time in four years.

For the Falcons, it will be their first appearance since the Final Four format was instituted in 1994. The Tigers, for their part, ended a four-year wait to advance into the next phase.

Just when many thought the game was headed for overtime, Intal suddenly drove to the basket and scored the marginal goal 3:29 seconds left.

The 22-year-old Intal finished with impressive numbers – 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists as he overshadowed FEU’s top gunner Jeff Chan.

Chan and Marnel Baracael gave the Tamaraws a 66-63 lead after combining for three triples. But the Eagles refused to wilt. A 5-2 run highlighted by Chris Tiu’s own booming triple tied the game then came Intal’s heroics.

"I’m proud of my guys because they showed a lot of character in this game, knowing how tough FEU can be in crucial situations," said Ateneo coach Norman Black.

The Falcons banked on the torrid outside shooting of Patrick Cabahug and Miguel Pacheco to dispatch the Bulldogs. Cabahug buried seven triples on the way to a game-high 23 points.

while beefy center Kenneth Bono added 19 points.

Pacheco was 4-of-11 shooting from way behind the arc as Adamson tallied 16 – the highest so far this season.

"We were nervous on this game because we know that NU has nothing to lose. I’m just relieved na nag-click ‘yung outside shooting namin," said Adamson mentor Leo Austria.

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09-09-2006, 01:40 PM
Eagles, Warriors fight for pride in preview of possible Season 69 finale


BY JOEL ORELLANA, The Manila Times Reporter
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The final game of the elimination round is being tipped as the finals preview of the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament.

Ateneo de Manila University and University of the East square off at 4 p.m. with only the school’s pride at stake, as both teams have secured the top two slots in the Final Four.

The Blue Eagles have gained the No. 1 seed with an impressive 10-1 mark, while the Red Warriors clinched the No. 2 rank at 7-4. Regardless of the results today, both teams have the twice-to-beat incentive in the semifinal stage.

"We’re still aiming to win our last game because we want to have momentum going into the Final Four," said Ateneo head coach Norman Black, who is trying to give the Katipunan-based school its first UAAP title since 2002.

"I hope the guys will come out with the same effort and go all the way to the championship," Black added.

The Blue Eagles are coming off a thrilling 70-68 win over Far Eastern University on Thursday, which gave Adamson University and University of Santo Tomas a free ride into the semis.

The Tamaraws finished fifth in the seven-team group at 5-7 and became the first defending champion to crash out of the semifinals the following year since the Final Four format was introduced in 1993.

Both the Falcons and the Growling Tigers ended their elimination-round campaign with 6-6 slates and will figure in a playoff on Thursday to determine their ranking.

The No. 1 team meets the No. 4 while the No. 2 squad battles the No. 3 seed. The top two teams need only to win once to advance to the best-of-three championship series that will start on September 17 at the Araneta Coliseum.

For UE coach Dindo Pumaren, his team is also looking for a victory that could be the team’s springboard in the semis.

"We want to enter the Final Four on a good note. It is very important to have that confidence back come the semifinal round," said Pumaren, whose wards dropped their last two assignments that ruined their goal of unseating Ateneo at the top spot.

UE bowed to Final Four-bound Adamson, 84-89, then surrendered to the ousted University of the Philippines via the same score.

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09-09-2006, 01:42 PM
Blue Eagles, Warriors seek ‘springboard’ victory today



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Last updated 02:32am (Mla time) 09/09/2006

Published on page A23 of the September 9, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

GAME results will hardly matter, but securing a victory has remained a priority for the UAAP frontrunners.

League leader Ateneo Blue Eagles and the University of the East Warriors—already armed with the twice-to-beat incentives in the Final Four—will battle for more than just pride at 4 p.m. today, the final day of the elimination round at the PhilSports Arena.

“We’re looking to win, we want to have momentum going into the semifinals,” said Ateneo mentor Norman Black.

Coach Dindo Pumaren is similarly preparing the second-seeded Warriors for the Final Four.

“Even if it’s a no-bearing game, we want to use it as a springboard going to the semifinals,” said Pumaren. “We’re coming off two straight losses, so we want to regain our confidence.”

The Eagles will be vying for the best elimination-round record since La Salle had wrapped up the 2002 season with a 13-1 slate.

Black commended his wards for sustaining their aggressiveness despite having secured the semifinal bonus almost three weeks ago.

“Even in a situation where we didn’t have to win the game, we came out with a victory,” said Black after the Eagles ousted defending champion Far Eastern Tamaraws from semifinal contention with a 70-68 triumph last Thursday. “It showed a lot of character in the Ateneo team.”

The Eagles and the Warriors are just waiting for the final seedings between Santo Tomas Tigers and Adamson Falcons, who will dispute third spot in a knockout match on Thursday.

The Eagles will battle the fourth-ranked team, while the Warriors will face the third-seeded squad in the Final Four pairings. Jasmine W. Payo

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09-09-2006, 01:44 PM
Ateneo, UE game ends UAAP elims



By NOLI CRUZ
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A NO-BEARING game closes out the elimination round of the 69th UAAP basketball tournament today at the Philsports Arena.


But don’t expect the Ateneo Blue Eagles and the University of the East Warriors to treat it like one.

"We always play to win no matter what’s at stake for us or the other team," said Ateneo coach Norman Black after his team eliminated defending champs Far Eastern U Tamaraws Thursday.

The Warriors, on the other hand, will try to stop a two-game skid.

"It’s important for us to win. We want to get our game and confidence back before the Final Four," said UE coach Dindo Pumaren.

For leading MVP contender JC Intal of the Eagles, action speaks louder than words.

With time ticking away in their previous outing, the high-flying forward smoked three FEU defenders to hit the winning lay-up with 1.3 seconds left.

The Eagles have nothing to lose on that game.

Intal’s second game-winner this season dethroned the Tamaraws and gifted the Adamson Falcons and the University of Santo Tomas Tigers an outright Final Four entry.

An FEU win would have forged a playoff between Adamson and UST for the last slot in the next round.

Ironically, Intal’s main rivals in the MVP balloting are playing with the Falcons (Ken Bono) and the Tigers (Jervy Cruz).

In effect, Intal made the race for the coveted individual award much tighter.

Intal, the only player averaging more than 15 points, six rebounds and five assists in the premier collegiate league, knows his priority.

"I’m just trying to help my team win," said the former High School phenom from Letran. "Magsa-suffer ang team kapag inuna ko ang sarili ko."

His unselfish plays carried the Eagles to a 10-1 mark, three games better than the 7-4 card of the second-running Warriors.

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09-10-2006, 10:17 AM
Warriors nip Eagles, gain momentum

By Jasmine W. Payo
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Last updated 02:31am (Mla time) 09/10/2006

Published on page A22 of the September 10, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

BONBON Custudio nailed two free throws with nine seconds left as University of the East escaped with a 78-75 decision over Ateneo yesterday in what could be a preview of the UAAP men’s basketball championship this season.

Only prestige was at stake in the match closing the eliminations at the Philsports Arena with the Eagles and the Warriors already assured of the top two slots and the twice-to-beat incentive against their respective rivals in the Final Four, which will decide the two championship berths.

Despite the loss, the Eagles finished No. 1 with a 10-2 win-loss record. UE ended up at 8-4.

Custodio redeemed himself from a crucial turnover that allowed Ateneo main man JC Intal to score on a jam and cut the lead to 76-75, with only 10.2 ticks left.

Known for coming up with miracle shots when they counted most this season, the Eagles tried to extend through Chris Tiu, but the potential tying basket rimmed out this time at the buzzer.

Coach Dindo Pumaren said the victory was a good send-off to the semifinals for the Warriors, who had absorbed back-to-back losses against Adamson and the University of the Philippines.

“We relaxed (against Adamson and UP), so we needed this game to bounce back and gain momentum going into the Final Four,” said Pumaren.

The Santo Tomas Tigers and the Adamson Falcons, who finished tied at 6-6, will dispute third spot in a knockout match on Thursday at the Philsports Arena.

In the Final Four starting on Sept. 17 at the Araneta Coliseum, the Eagles will battle the fourth-seeded squad, while the Warriors will face the third-ranked team.

The Warriors seemed headed for a lopsided victory after forging to an early 45-28 lead behind Custodio, who shot 23 points, and Marcy Arellano. The Warriors went ahead by as much as 54-31 early in the third period.

Earlier, the Ateneo Eaglets secured an outright Finals berth after completing a 12-game sweep with an 85-63 rout over the UE Pages at the end of the elimination round in junior play.

The Far Eastern Baby Tamaraws drubbed the UST Tiger Cubs, 83-63, to wrap up their campaign with a second-best 10-2 slate.

Armed with the twice-to-beat semifinal advantage, the Baby Tamaraws will face the winner of the do-or-die tiff between the Adamson Baby Falcons and the UP Junior Maroons.

The Junior Maroons secured the third spot at 7-5 with a 73-69 triumph over the Baby Falcons, who settled for fourth at 6-6.

Meanwhile, the UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe will be gunning for their fifth straight title in the cheerdance competition at 2 p.m. today at the Araneta Coliseum.


The scores:

Fourth Game

UE 78—Custodio 23, Arellano 15, Martinez 8, Labagala 8, Borboran 7, Gregorio 6, Espiritu 5, Llagas 3, Canizares 3, Thiele 1, Lingganay 0, Briones 0, Bandaying 0.

ATENEO 75—Intal 29, Kramer 11, Escalona 11, Tiu 6, Salamat 5, Laterre 4, Monfort 3, Reyes 3, Al-Hussaini 3, Escuetta 0, Uichico 0, Quimson 0, Arao 0.

Quarters: 20-14, 47-31, 62-50, 78-75

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09-10-2006, 10:33 AM
Eaglets complete sweep
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By NOLI CRUZ

THE ATENEO Blue Eaglets achieved what their seniors failed to acomplish as they completed a sweep of the elimination round with an easy 85-63 victory over the University of the East Pages yesterday in the 69th UAAP junior basketball tournament at the PhilSports Arena.

Bacon Austria, the chubby son of former PBA player and current Adamson coach Leo Austria, overpowered the lean frontline of the Pages to lead the Eaglets with 16 points and five rebounds in limited minutes.

With Austria imposing his will, the Eaglets raced to 48-28 lead at the turn. They cruised to their 12th straight win from there.

The Eaglets also got big support from Mike Gamboa who masterfully plotted the team’s offense that enabled Austria and other key players to score almost at will. Gamboa chipped in seven points.

The sweep gave the Eaglets an outright slot in the finals where they will meet the survivor in the stepladder playoffs. The championship will be a best-of-three affair.

Meanwhile, the Far Eastern University Baby Tamaraws warmed up for the playoffs with an 83-63 rout of the University of Sto. Tomas Tiger Cubs.

The twice-to-beat Baby Tamaraws will face the winner in a knockout match between the Adamson Baby Falcons and the University of the Philippines Integrated School to determine the other finalist.

In a preview of the knockout match, UPIS proved steadier down the stretch in a 73-69 win over Adamson.

And in a no-bearing seniors game, No. 2 seed University of the East tripped top seed Ateneo 78-75.

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09-10-2006, 10:36 AM
Warriors halt Eagles’ flight
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 09/10/2006

University of the East survived another grandstand play by JC Intal as the Red Warriors edged the Ateneo Blue Eagles, 78-75, in a non-bearing game between the top two title contenders in the 69th UAAP basketball tournament at the Philsports Arena yesterday.

Bon Bon Custodio, who is vying for the MVP plum himself, scored eight of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, including six charities in the homestretch as the Warriors overcame a fierce fightback by the Eagles to close out their elimination-round stint with an 8-4 win-loss card.

"We relaxed in the fourth quarter," rued UE coach Dindo Pumaren after the close win in the game where they led by as many as 23 points.

Ateneo even had a chance to force an overtime but Chris Tiu missed a three-point try at the buzzer.

Intal’s career-high 29 points went down the drain on their second loss against 10 wins.

Despite the loss, Ateneo ended up the top team after the double-round eliminations and will face the loser in the Adamson-UST playoff Thursday in the semifinal round. The Tigers and the Falcons dispute No. 3 seeding in the next round.

The wiry, high-leaping Intal made a stellar show in the fourth quarter, unloading 13 points, including a breakaway slam that trimmed their deficit to one at 75-76 with 10.2 seconds left to play.

Quickly fouled by his defender, Custodio coolly sank the charities to give the Warriors the 78-75 lead which they preserved at the buzzer.

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09-10-2006, 10:50 AM
Red Warriors ground Blue Eagles

BY JOEL ORELLANA, The Manila Times Reporter
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Games Thursday (Philsports Arena)

4 p.m. Adamson vs. UST (playoff)


No more end-game escape for Ateneo de Manila University.

University of the East saw its 23-point lead evaporated as the intensity-filled game reached its climax, but barely hung on for a 78-75 squeaker over the Blue Eagles Saturday in the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball at the PhilSports Arena.

Bonbon Custodio made up for crucial turnovers in the end as he canned in two pressure-packed free throws with 9 ticks left that proved to be the final basket of the game. Ateneo’s Chris Tiu muffed a wide-open triple that could have sent the game in overtime.

Though the game had no bearing for both teams, the Red Warriors achieved their goal to enter the Final 4 round with the needed confidence as they dealt the Eagles their only second loss in the eliminations against 10 wins.

Scores:

UE 78—Custodio 23, Arellano 15, Martinez 8, Labagala 8, Borboran 7, Gregorio 6, Espiritu 5, Llagas 3, Canizares 2, Thiele 1, Briones 0, Lingganay 0, Reyes 0, Bandaying 0.

Ateneo 75—Intal 29, Kramer 11, Escalona 11, Tiu 6, Salamat 5, Laterre 4, Monfort 3, Reyes 3, Al-Hussaini 3, Uichico 0, Quimson 0, Escueta 0, Arao 0.

Quarters: 20-14, 47-31, 62-50, 78-75.

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09-10-2006, 07:33 PM
FEU stuns Ateneo at women's basketball
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The Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws defeated the defending champion Ateneo de Manila Lady Eagles, 49-48, at the 69th University Athletics Association of the Philippines women’s basketball tournament in the Araneta Coliseum Sunday.

Chovi Borja poured in 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Tamaraws.

Ateneo dominated FEU at the first half, 29-17, draining 20 points at the second quarter against FEU's 11. The Lady Tamaraws, however, rallied at the third canto with 13 points while holding Ateneo with just nine.

Ateneo held FEU close at the final quarter but the Lady Tamaraws prevailed during crunch time, notching a one-point lead in the final seconds to seal the victory.

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09-11-2006, 10:46 AM
UST extends cheerdance reign to five

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 01:22am (Mla time) 09/11/2006

Published on page A30 of the September 11, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

GAMES THURSDAY (PhilSports Arena)
10 a.m. -- UST vs UP (Women)
12 noon -- Ateneo vs FEU (Women)
2 p.m. -- UP vs Adamson (Jrs)
4 p.m. -- UST vs Adamson (Srs)

BANKING ON SOLID execution and unique choreography, the University of Santo Tomas Salinggawi Dance Troupe bagged its fifth straight crown in the UAAP cheerdance competition yesterday at the jam-packed Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

The multi-titled dance group performed a near-flawless routine to score 94.96 percent and claim the P150,000 grand prize.

“We adjusted our choreography, we had faster pacing and transition,” said Salinggawi coach and choreographer Ryan Silva, citing the “Spiderman walk” and the “Superman lifting” as the number’s highlights.

Silva and team leader Ezequiel Tanjutco said the squad had been practicing the six-minute performance in the last two months.

“We didn’t think whether we’ll win again, we just wanted to do our best,” said Silva. “I told them ‘no mistakes and we’ll get it (the title).’”

The Far Eastern University Cheering Squad grabbed second place at 93.2 percent to win P90,000.

The University of the Philippines Pep Squad, bridesmaid to the Salinggawi Dance Troupe for the last four years, slipped to third place at 91.7 percent for P60,000.

Adamson University placed fourth, followed by Ateneo de Manila University, University of the East and National University.

The five-man judging panel based the scores on choreography (50 percent), synchronization (30 percent), audibility and audience participation (10 percent) and costume and props (10 percent).

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09-11-2006, 10:50 AM
UST makes it five in row in cheer-dance
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 09/11/2006

University of Sto. Tomas’ Salinggawi Dance Troupe is unbeaten in the UAAP cheer-dance competition for five seasons running now.

As amazing as they were the last four years, the UST cheer-dancers simply outperformed the opposition, once again wowing the huge crowd at the Araneta Coliseum.

With their near-flawless execution of their wondrous number highlighted by acrobatic moves and heart-stopping tosses of dancers in the air, the Thomasians earned 95.96 points to easily win the event.

The FEU Pep Squad finished second with 93.2 points then came University of the Philippines at third with 91.7 points.

UST took home the trophy, the top prize of P150,000 and the bragging rights as the country’s top cheer-dancing school.

"We did expect to win again this year," said a jubilant UST senior board representative Felicitas Francisco.

"We’re happy we won it again," said choreographer Ryan Silva, who’s also responsible for UST’s victories the previous years.

Silva later expressed gratitude to all who supported them, most especially the UST’s Dominican fathers.

Adamson, which had always been in the lower half of the cheer-dance totem pole, was a big surprise this year as it finished a strong fourth.

Ateneo placed fifth, followed by University of the East then National U.

La Salle was also suspended in the cheer-dance competition.

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09-11-2006, 10:56 AM
Falcon fights top Eagle for MVP award

By JOEL ORELLANA
The Manila Times Reporter
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Who will soar higher to grab the Most Valuable Player plum of the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament—a Falcon or an Eagle?

In what could be the closest race in recent years, Kenneth Bono of Adamson University and JC Intal of Ateneo de Manila University are in a tight battle for the league’s highest individual honor.

Bono and Intal finished 1-2 in the statistical points category after the eliminations based on the data provided by Soho Connect, official statistics group of the UAAP, powered by Imperium Technology and sponsored by Smart Broadband.

The hulking 6-foot-5 Bono and the high-flying 6-foot-4 Intal are separated by a single point in that category, 74.17-73.17, and the votes from the media covering the league could determine the winner.

But for the two promising players, making to the finals and eventually winning the UAAP crown is the most important right now.

"I’m not thinking about it. We still need to work hard to get to the finals," said the 22-year old Bono, undoubtedly the main reason why the Falcons are in their first Final Four since the format was introduced in 1993.

"We’re here now. We have a chance to enter the finals. If the MVP comes, that’s a bonus," added Bono, a native of Iloilo City taking up BS Management.

Adamson, which last won a UAAP title way back in 1977, will meet University of Santo Tomas in a playoff match on Thursday to determine their ranking in the semis. Ateneo is the top seed while University of the East is No. 2.

The 22-year-old Intal, meanwhile, is determined to bring the title back to the Loyola campus, as he and Doug Kramer are in their final year with the blue and white.

"That’s my goal right now. Doug and I want to win another title because this is our last year with Ateneo," said the Interdisciplinary Studies student regarded as the new King Eagle.

Intal was a rookie when the Blue Eagles last won the crown in 2002 against chief rival De La Salle University. Enrico Villanueva, Wesley Gonzales, Richard Alvarez, LA Tenorio and Larry Fonacier were the stars of that squad.

Meanwhile, the Growling Tigers’ first-year player Jervy Cruz is at No. 3 in the MVP race with 68.92 SPs followed by University of the Philippines playmaker Marvin Cruz (62.00) and Kramer (60.17).

Unfortunately for the 20-year-old Cruz, he is not on the list of contenders for the Rookie of the Year honor, based on the new definition of the UAAP Board of a neophyte.

Cruz sat out last year for UST owing to academic problems, the reason why he was relegated to Team B of the España-based team. Fighting out for the ROY honor are UP teammates Migs de Asis and Woody Co.

Streak-shooting Far Eastern University off-guard Jeff Chan is at sixth in the MVP derby with 58.50 SPs, followed by UE’s flamboyant guard Bonbon Custodio (57.83), National University do-it-all forward Edwin Asoro (57.17) and the Tamaraws’ Jonas Villanueva (55.58).

The awarding ceremonies will be held during Game 2 of the Finals at the Araneta Coliseum. The Final Four starts on September 17 also at the Big Dome.

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09-13-2006, 11:04 AM
Jarencio most confident among Final 4 coaches

By Musong R. Castillo
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Last updated 00:53am (Mla time) 09/13/2006

Published on Page A27 of the September 13, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

OF ALL THE COACHES in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines’ Final Four, University of Santo Tomas’ Pido Jarencio, a rookie mentor whose mostly neophyte Tigers made the semifinals via a free ride, talked with the most confidence.

“I have no concerns, for as long as my team is 100 percent, we have a great chance,” Jarencio said yesterday while in the company of Ateneo de Manila University’s Norman Black, Adamson University’s Leo Austria and University of the East assistant coach Gido Babilonia.

While the three others talked with caution, the statement that Jarencio rattled off was typical Jarencio “full of spunk and fight, despite tremendous odds.”

UST, after all, has even 1-1 records against the pre-tournament favorite Eagles and the Warriors, an achievement only the Tigers own in the current season.

“It’s a matter of who wants it more,” Jarencio, one of the most lethal scorers Santo Tomas have produced but never a winner in five seasons in the UAAP, added in Filipino during the PSA Forum at the Pantalan restaurant in Manila.

“As long as we play with a complete lineup, I think we’ll be OK.”

Jarencio, an undersized shooting guard who still earned superstar status in the PBA with Ginebra during its golden years, talked with a lot of optimism even if his Tigers could wind up in the bottom half of the Final Four after their rankings match with the Falcons tomorrow.

And no matter what the result of the 4 p.m. game brings, the Tigers can only make the title series with two straight wins against either the Blue Eagles or the Warriors, starting with the first game of the semis on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.

“I’ve always told my players to respect our opponents,” Black said. “My main concern right now is to keep my players healthy and fresh, because I know it would be easy to push my players to play their best.”

Black is in the Final Four for the first time, and would want to better a fourth place finish last year. His Ateneo squad is listed as the most complete in the tournament, and topping the eliminations came as no surprise.

Austria is calling the shots for the Falcons for the first and only time. Before assuming the head coaching chores of PBA rookie squad Welcoat on Oct. 1, the former Shell guard wants to leave an indelible UAAP mark.

“Our initial goal was only to make the Final Four),” Austria said. “But now that we are here, I told my players to take advantage of this and aim higher, because a chance like this does not come very often.”

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09-13-2006, 11:09 AM
Final Four too close to call

The Philippine Star 09/13/2006

Regardless of the pairings, the Final Four of this year’s UAAP, scheduled to start on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum, is definitely anybody’s ballgame.

Not even the twice-to-beat advantage that goes to the top two teams after the eliminations is enough assurance that they would make it to the best-of-three finals.

In the Final Four are Ateneo, University of the East, Santo Tomas and Adamson. Ateneo and UE have clinched the top two spots while UST and Adamson will dispute the third spot in a playoff on Thursday.

In the Final Four, it will be No. 1 vs No. 4 and No. 2 vs No. 3.

Coach Norman Black of Ateneo, arguably the hottest team in the UAAP this year, said in yesterday’s PSA Forum that being No. 1 in the eliminations is just the first step toward winning the title.

"At the start of the year we set goals. The first is to land in the top two after the elims, and the second is to take advantage of the twice-to-beat advantage," he said.

"We have to take advantage of that because if you become complacent and lose the first game, then the advantage goes out of the window," he said.

Asked which team he’d prefer to meet in the Final Four, Black said it’s not for him to choose. What’s really on his mind is how to steer the Blue Eagles to victory whoever the opponent is.

"We’ve played all these teams in the elims and they’re all tough. You should always be careful of what you wish for," said the champion coach in the PBA who’s stayed in the Philippines since 1981.

Joining Black in the forum are fellow PBA veterans Pido Jarencio, now head coach of UST, Leo Austria, now calling the shots for Adamson, and Gido Babilonia, assistant coach to Dindo Pumaren at UE.

The other coaches took their turn airing their expectations for the crucial stages of the 2006 season.

"Pare-parehong malakas. And we have nothing to lose now because in the previous years, we’ve placed sixth, seventh or eighth," said Jarencio.

For his part, Austria said he’d try to make the most of what could be his first and last year as Adamson coach.

"I’m happy with what’s happening to Adamson right now, considering that it’s the first time that it has reached the Final Four," said Austria, the 1986 top rookie in the PBA who might move on as Welcoat coach.

Pumaren begged off due to a previous commitment, but Babilonia took the cudgels, saying it’s better to be in the top two than in the lower half of the semis.

"The last two years UE was at the bottom of the Final Four , now we’re looking good at No. 2 So, even if we lose the first match, we still have a chance," Babilonia said.

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09-13-2006, 11:21 AM
Anybody’s ballgame in UAAP Final 4
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REGARDLESS OF the pairings, the Final Four of this year’s UAAP, scheduled to start on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum, is definitely anybody’s ballgame.

Not even the twice-to-beat advantage that were secured by the top two teams after the eliminations is enough assurance that you’d make it to the best-of-three finals.

In the Final Four are Ateneo, University of the East, Santo Tomas and Adamson. Ateneo and UE have clinched the top two spots while UST and Adamson will dispute the third spot in a playoff on Thursday.

The semis will see No. 1 going up against No. 4 and No. 2 vs No. 3.

Coach Norman Black of Ateneo, arguably the hottest team in the UAAP this year, said in yesterday’s PSA Forum that being No. 1 in the elims is just the first step toward winning the title.

"At the start of the year we set goals. The first is to land in the top two after the elims, and the second is to take advantage of the twice-to-beat advantage," he said.

"We have to take advantage of that because if you become complacent and lose the first game, then the advantage goes out of the window," he said.

Asked which team he’d prefer to meet in the Final Four, Black said it’s not for him to choose. What’s really on his mind is how to steer the Blue Eagles to victory whoever the opponent is.

"We’ve played all these teams in the elims and they’re all tough. You should always be careful of what you wish for," said the champion coach in the PBA who’s stayed in the Philippines since 1981.

Joinning Black in the forum sponsored by PAGCOR, Manila Mayor Lito Atienza and Manila Sports Council (MASCO) chairman Ali Atienza are fellow PBA veterans Pido Jarencio, now head coach of UST, Leo Austria, now calling the shots for Adamson, and Gido Babilonia, assistant coach to Dindo Pumaren at UE.

The other coaches took their turn airing their expectations for the crucial stages of the 2006 season.

"Kami kahit sino. Wala naman kaming ibang pupuntahan eh. Pare-parehong malakas. And we have nothing to lose now because in the previous years, we’ve placed sixth, seventh or eighth," said Jarencio.

For his part, Austria said he’d try to make the most of what could be his first and last year as Adamson coach.

"I’m happy with what’s happening to Adamson right now, considering that it’s the first time that it has reached the Final Four," said Austria, the 1985 top rookie in the PBA who might move on as Welcoat coach.

Pumaren begged off due to a previous commitment, but Babilonia took the cudgels, saying it’s better to be in the top two than in the lower half of the semis.

"The last two years kasi nasa baba nga ng Final Four ang UE. So maganda na sa amin na top two kami ngayon. So, even if we lose the first match, may chance pa kami. Yung nasa baba, do-or-die na agad," he said.

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09-13-2006, 11:25 AM
Ateneo, UE still wary despite ‘twice-to-beat’

By JOEL ORELLANA, The Manila Times Reporter
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A twice-to-beat incentive is no guarantee. That’s why both coaches of the top two seeds in the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball Final Four said Tuesday they know their teams can’t be complacent in the semifinals.

"We have to take advantage of that, because if you become complacent and lose the first game, then the advantage goes out of the window," said Norman Black, whose Ateneo de Manila University team is the top seed.

"We’ve played all these teams in the eliminations and they’re all tough. You should always be careful of what you wish for," the nine-time Philippine Basketball Association champion coach added.

The Blue Eagles are the No. 1 team in the semis, which start Sunday at the Big Dome, while season host University of the East gained the No. 2 seed.

Black appeared in yesterday’s Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum at the Pantalan Restaurant along with Pido Jarencio of University of Santo Tomas, Adamson University’s Leo Austria and Red Warriors assistant Gido Babilonia, who subbed for Dindo Pumaren.

In a separate interview, Pumaren echoed Black’s sentiments, saying the Final Four stage is a different battle.

"The twice-to-beat advantage is no guarantee. It will still be tough in the Final Four, whether we’re facing UST or Adamson," Pumaren told Sports Times.

"But it [second place] is an improvement from our third and fourth-place rankings in the last two seasons," he added.

Pumaren was speaking based on experience, as the Recto-based dribblers bungled the same opportunity way back in 2002 when the James Yap-led UE bowed twice to Ateneo in the Final Four despite the incentive.

The semis will see No. 1 going up against No. 4 and No. 2 facing No. 3. The Growling Tigers and the Falcons will meet Thursday to determine who gets the third seed.

"At the start of the year we set goals. The first is to land in the top two after the elims, and the second is to take advantage of the twice-to-beat advantage," said Black, whose wards ended their elimination campaign on a sour note after yielding a 75-78 decision to UE.

Jarencio and Austria, two former pro guards, admitted that beating the top two seeds is a tough task to accomplish, but battling for the UAAP finals slots is already a big achievement for them.

"We can take on anyone. We’re not going anywhere except through this. They [Ateneo and UE] are both strong. And we have nothing to lose now because in previous years, we’ve placed sixth, seventh or eighth," said Jarencio.

Austria said he’d try to make the most of what could be his first and last year as Adamson coach, owing to his similar duties with Welcoat in the Philippine Basketball Association.

"I’m happy with what’s happening to Adamson right now, considering that it’s the first time that it has reached the Final Four," said Austria, who earned the honor of being the first coach to lead the Falcons to a Final Four since the format was introduced in 1993.

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09-14-2006, 11:07 AM
No pressure for Falcons, Tigers in tiff for 3rd spot


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Last updated 01:02am (Mla time) 09/14/2006

Published on Page A24 of the September 14, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

GAMES TODAY (PhilSports Arena)
10 a.m. -- UST vs UP (Women)
12 noon -- Ateneo vs FEU (Women)
2 p.m. -- UP vs Adamson (Jrs)
4 p.m. -- UST vs Adamson (Srs)

THE UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas Tigers and the Adamson University Falcons hardly feel the pressure when they dispute the third spot in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at 4 p.m. today at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

As the league’s darkhorses, the Tigers and Falcons wrapped up the elimination round tied at 6-6 to crash into the Final Four.

The winner of the match will battle the second-ranked University of the East Warriors, while the losing squad will face the top-ranked Ateneo de Manila University Eagles.

“We want to relax and see it as an ordinary game,” said Tigers coach Pido Jarencio.

The Eagles and the Warriors, both heavy favorites from the start of the season, will be armed with the twice-to-beat bonus in the semifinals starting Sunday.

Achievement

For Adamson coach Leo Austria, it’s already an achievement for the Falcons to end 12 years of mediocre performances and earn their first Final Four berth since the league adapted the format.

“From the start, I told them the Final Four is achievable,” said Austria. “We were able to make it to the semifinals, so whatever happens, we’re happy. But I’m sure the players will give their best because it’s an achievement for the school if we finish at No. 3.”

Clinching a semifinal berth was also a huge accomplishment for the Tigers, who played with a depleted lineup most of the season due to various illnesses and injuries.

“We entered the Final Four through hard work,” said Jarencio. “We’re still playing to win, we want to stay focused.”

As the Tigers finally enter a game with a healthy roster, the Falcons are anticipating the probable absence of point guard Marvin Poloyapoy, who recently suffered from food poisoning.

It’s another blow after the Falcons lost the services of starting point guard Leo Canuday late in the elimination round due to a dislocated elbow.

But the focus will be on the match-up between the league’s top two centers. Adamson’s Ken Bono ruled the statistical race after averaging a league-leading 21.8 points and a second-best 11.1 rebounds per game.

Also delivering impressive numbers, Tigers rookie Jervy Cruz normed 16.3 points, a league-best 12.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per contest.

The Tigers and the Falcons split their elimination battles. Adamson posted a 74-62 win in their first encounter, but UST avenged the loss with a 77-74 victory in the second round.

In junior play, the Adamson Baby Falcons and the University of the Philippines Junior Maroons will clash in a 2 p.m. knockout tiff.

The winner will face second-seeded FEU Baby Tamaraws in the semifinals. The Ateneo Eaglets already claimed the first Finals berth after sweeping the elimination round. -- Jasmine W. Payo

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09-14-2006, 11:12 AM
Tigers, Falcons duel for No. 3 spot
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By NOLI CRUZ

DON’T BE surprised if the Adamson Falcons and the University of Sto. Tomas Tigers treat their playoff duel today in the 69th UAAP basketball tournament like an All-Star game.

Whatever happens they will face a twice-to-beat opponent in the Final Four. They better save their energy for a bigger battle ahead.

"Meron kaming chance to experiment and merong pagkakataon na makapaglaro lahat," said Adamson coach Leo Austria.

On second thought, it could be the perfect time for both teams to accustom themselves with the playoff atmosphere.

"Pero syempre play to win kami palagi. Kailangan din ma-familiarize ang mga bata sa klase ng laro sa Final Four," Austria said. "Mas mataas syempre dapat ang level of intensity namin."

The Falcons are headed to the Final Four for the first time ever and the Tigers for the first time in five years.

The winner in the lone senior’s match at the Philsports Arena will meet second seed University of the East Red Warriors in the next round while the loser will face the Ateneo Blue Eagles.

Time to pick your poison, Falcons and Tigers.

The Falcons lost twice against the Eagles in the elimination, but only by a combined two points. They’re actually leading in the dying seconds of both games only to allow the Eagles to claw back. They split their season series with the Warriors.

"I believe we can match up well against any team in the league," said Austria.

The Tigers, on the other hand, absorbed a 30-plus beating from the Eagles in the first round. But they pulled off perhaps the biggest upset this season with an overtime win against the previously undefeated league-leaders at the backstretch of the tournament.

"Makikita mo naman ang tunay na lakas ng mga teams kapag malapit na ang Final Four eh. Palaban kami kahit kanino," UST coach Pido Jarencio said after beating the Eagles and splitting their season series.

They’re also even with the Warriors this year.

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09-14-2006, 11:16 AM
Falcons, Tigers face off for No. 3

The Philippine Star 09/14/2006

Santo Tomas and Adamson collide today in a playoff for Final Four seeding in the 69th UAAP basketball tournament at the Philsports Arena.

Finishing tied at No. 3 on 6-6 (win-loss) slates after the elimination round, the Tigers and the Falcons collide at 4 p.m. with the winner clinching No. 3 and the loser No. 4.

Ateneo de Manila, which topped the elims with a 10-2 record, takes on No. 3 while University of the East, which clinched No. 2 with an 8-4 card, tackles No. 4 in the semifinals set Sunday at the Big Dome.

UST made the semifinals for the first time since achieving the feat four years ago while Adamson is making its first ever semis appearance since the Final Four format was introduced 13 seasons back.

That’s why both teams are itching to play in the next phase regardless of their opponent.

"Our focus is to win this game because we don’t want to enter the Final Four coming from a loss," said UST coach Pido Jarencio in Filipino.

"If it’s UE it’s UE, if Ateneo, it’s Ateneo. What’s important is that we’re in the Final Four," Adamson mentor Leo Austria, for his part, said.

In the two teams’ two meetings this year, the Falcons took the first, 74-62, on Aug. 3 while the Tigers won the other, 77-74, on Sept. 2.

UST boasts of a balanced line-up headed by Jervy Cruz and Japs Cuan, who led the league in rebounds and assists, respectively.

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09-14-2006, 11:20 AM
Falcons, Tigers vie for No. 3 in Final 4

By JOEL ORELLANA, The Manila Times Reporter
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Which team will be willing to meet the top seed Ateneo de Manila University in the Final Four round of the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament?

The answer will be known Thursday as semifinalists Adamson University and University of Santo Tomas clash in a playoff match that will determine the pairings in the Final Four.

The Falcons and the Growling Tigers, which both finished their elimination campaign with 6-6 slates, collide at 4 p.m.

The winner will face the No. 2 seed University of the East, while the loser will pay the price of meeting the top-ranked Blue Eagles in the Final Four starting Sunday at the Big Dome.

Both Ateneo and the Red Warriors only have to win once to arrange a best-of-three championship showdown.

"We will use this game as our preparation for the semis. Right now, we’re happy to be in the Final Four, but we must not be contented," said Adamson head coach Leo Austria.

"Prior to the season, our goal was to reach the semis. Now we are here, the players are really motivated to move further, regardless of who will be our opponent in the Final Four," Austria added.

Kenneth Bono, the leading Most Valuable Player candidate, will lead the Falcons, who will be appearing to their first Final Four stint since the format was introduced in 1993.

Austria will be also leaning on Roel Hugnatan, Leo Canuday, Patric Cabahug, Marvin Polayapoy and Paul Gonzalgo to secure at least a third-place finish, which could be the school’s best since the heyday of Kenneth Duremdes in 1994.

For Growling Tigers head coach Pido Jarencio, reaching the semis is already a big achievement for his España-based squad, which last won a UAAP crown in 1996.

"I really have confidence in my team. As long as we’re complete, I think our chances will be good," said Jarencio, who like Austria gained fame as a gutsy guard in the Philippine Basketball Association.

Jervy Cruz, No. 3 in the MVP race, plus Dylan Ababou, Jacques Cuan and Allan Evangelista will lead the Tigers. Anthony Espiritu will also be back from a two-game rest owing to typhoid fever.

The two teams split their elimination-round meetings, with Adamson winning the first encounter, 74-62. But UST leveled the series with a 77-74 squeaker in the second round.

Game Thursday (Philsports Arena)

4 p.m.–UST vs. Adamson (Srs.)

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09-15-2006, 10:36 AM
UAAP Final Four: Eagles-Falcons, Warriors-Tigers

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 01:40am (Mla time) 09/15/2006

Published on Page A30 of the September 15, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

SHOWING UP with a near-complete roster, the University of Santo Tomas Tigers drubbed the Adamson University Falcons, 85-71, yesterday to clinch third spot in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

Rookie center Jervy Cruz came off the bench for the first time, but still topscored with 20 points aside from grabbing 14 rebounds.

Allan Evangelista and Anthony Espiritu ably supported Cruz in a dominating third-quarter run that kept the Tigers comfortably ahead for the rest of the game.

“If we’re complete, we play well,” said first-year coach Pido Jarencio, who impressively steered a crippled UST to the Final Four.

Adamson dropped to fourth place and will battle the top-seeded Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles, while the Tigers will clash with the No. 2 University of the East Warriors in the Final Four this Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

Armed with the twice-to-beat bonus, the Eagles and the Warriors only need to win once to advance to the championship series.

After the Tigers wrapped up the elimination round tied with the Falcons at 6-6, Jarencio said he challenged his wards to sustain their winning form in the knockout tiff.

In junior play, the Adamson Baby Falcons disposed of the fourth-ranked University of the Philippines Junior Maroons, 84-78, to advance in the step-ladder semifinal format.

The Ateneo Eaglets secured the first finals berth after sweeping the elimination round.

The FEU Baby Tamaraws, toting a twice-to-beat incentive, and the Baby Falcons will dispute the remaining Finals slot starting Sunday.

Earlier, the Ateneo Lady Eagles and the UP Lady Maroons forged do-or-die contests in the women’s Final Four.

UP stunned the league-leading UST Tigresses, 72-64, while Ateneo nipped the second-ranked FEU Lady Tamaraws, 63-53.

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09-15-2006, 10:39 AM
Tigers clip Falcons for No. 3 in Final 4
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 09/15/2006

University of Santo Tomas used one big scoring spurt in the third quarter to seize the initiative for good en route to an 85-71 win over Adamson and the No. 3 seeding in the Final Four of the 69th UAAP basketball tournament at the Philsports Arena.

Jervy Cruz, a contender for the Most Valuable Player award, came off the bench to fire 20 points and haul down 16 rebounds, completing his 12th double-double performance in the season as the Tigers arranged a semifinal duel with the University of the East Warriors.

UST, however, would need to beat UE, which finished second to Ateneo after the elimination round with an 8-4 (win-loss) slate, twice to barge into the best-of-three finals.

The Falcons, on the other hand, settled for No. 4 and will take on the Blue Eagles, who topped the elims with a 10-2 record for the twice-to-beat edge, also on Sunday at the Big Dome.

"The players really wanted this win. They wanted to go into the Final Four coming off a win," said UST coach Pido Jarencio, who is tasked to give the Tigers their first title since 1996.

Allan Evanglista, Jojo Duncil, Anthony Espiritu and Chester Taylor also came through with double digit outputs for the Tigers with 14, 13, 13 and 11 points, respectively.

Battling through a see-sawing contest in the first half, the Tigers shifted to high gear and played aggressively in the third period that saw them break away from a 41-40 count into a 67-55 lead.

The Tigers went on to outscore the Falcons, 44-31, in the second half.

Adamson, which will play without Leo Canuday the rest of the season after he suffered an elbow injury, hastened their doom in the second half as the Falcons committed 13 of their 20 errors in that stretch. The Tigers, who turned the ball over 10 times, scored 20 points off those Adamson errors.

Ken Bono, barely ahead of Ateneo’s JC Intal in the statistical points for the MVP derby, had 19 points after averaging 25-plus points in his last few games in the elims.

Earlier, Adamson edged UPIS, 84-78, to set up a duel with Far Eastern U in juniors’ action. The Baby Falcons would need to beat the Baby Tams twice to advance to the finals against Ateneo, which made it straight to the championship via 12-game sweep of the elims.

full battle gear
09-15-2006, 10:40 AM
Lady Eagles, Maroons force sudden death

The Philippine Star 09/15/2006

Ateneo thumped Far Eastern U, 63-53, yesterday to force a sudden death for one of the championship slots in the UAAP women’s basketball tournament at the Philsports Arena.

Rookie Treena Limgengco fired 20 points, including five in the fourth quarter, as the Lady Eagles survived outright elimination in the Final Four and kept their title-retention bid alive.

University of the Philippines earlier stunned elims topnotcher University of Santo Tomas, 72-64, in the other semis encounter and likewise force a knockout duel for the other finals berth.

"I have to give it to the players, they want to extend the series," said Ateneo coach John Flores, who steered the school to its first women’s crown last season.

The two knockout matches will be played Sunday.

Cassy Tioseco chipped in 16 points and plucked 19 rebounds for Ateneo as she boosted her bid in the MVP race, paced by last year’s MVP Merenciana Arayi of Adamson.

Diana Jose led the Lady Tams with 30 points, including a season best nine triples but failed to get enough support from her teammates. — Joey Villar

full battle gear
09-15-2006, 10:43 AM
Tigers wrest No. 3 spot
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By NOLI CRUZ

A SWEEPING third quarter run keyed the University of Santo Tomas Tigers’ 85-71 win over the Adamson Falcons yesterday in the 69th UAAP basketball tournament at the PhilSports Arena.

The win shoved the Tigers into third place and sealed a Final Four date with old rivals University of the East Red Warriors.

The Falcons dropped to fourth. They will face the league-leading and twice-to-beat Ateneo Blue Eagles in the next round.

After trading jabs in the first half, the Tigers delivered a 1-2-3 combination in the third with Allan Evangelista, Anthony Espiritu and Jojo Duncil outscoring the Falcons in the period, 26-15.

"We just played our normal game. Ayaw naming mamili ng kalaban sa Final Four," said UST coach Pido Jarencio.

But he had his share of experiments in the game.

Jarencio didn’t start ace slotman Jervy Cruz and inserted Chester Taylor in his first five. The ploy worked as Taylor scored 11 points on 4-for-4 shooting.

Cruz was still a monster and posted gamehighs of 20 points and 14 rebounds.

In the distaff side, defending champions Ateneo Lady Eagles and fourth seed University of the Philippines Lady Maroons forged a deciding game with their higher rated foes.

The Lady Eagles bucked a 30-point effort by Diana Jose to score a 63-53 win over the Far Eastern U Lady Tamaraws.

The Lady Maroons, on the other hand, went to work in the fourth quarter to shock the top seed University of Sto. Tomas Tigresses, 72-64.

Meanwhile, the Adamson Baby Falcons banked on the fourth quarter explosion of rookie Jeff Olalia to beat the University of the Philippines Integrated School, 84-78.

Olalia scored all of his 11 points in the final period as the Baby Falcons advanced in the stepladder playoff and set a meeting with twice-to-beat Far Eastern U Baby Tamaraws.

The winner will face the waiting and undefeated finalists Ateneo Blue Eaglets in a best-of-three.

full battle gear
09-15-2006, 10:45 AM
UST drops Adamson 5 into battle with Ateneo

By JOEL ORELLANA, The Manila Times Reporter
www.abs-cbnnews.com


University of Sto. Tomas seemed like it wanted it more, and showed a little urgency in the second half to secure the No. 3 spot.

The Growling Tigers got their running game going after the break to repulse Adamson University, 85-71, in a playoff match Thursday in the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball event at the Philsports Arena.

UST’s win set up a Final Four encounter with season host University of the East, the second seed, while the Falcons will meet the top-ranked Ateneo de Manila University in the other pairing starting Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Both the Blue Eagles and the Red Warriors enjoy a twice-to-beat advantage in the semifinals after finishing 1-2 in the eliminations.

Jervy Cruz, despite not starting for UST for the first time this season, still led the España-based team with 20 points and 14 rebounds, while Allan Evangelista added 14 markers.

"This is college basketball, and though we’re already in the Final Four, we still wanted to win because we wanted to instill the winning attitude to the players," said Growling Tigers head coach Pido Jarencio.

The Falcons were actually in the game at 55-53 before the Tigers unleashed a 12-2 run in closing out the third period and leading 67-55. Since then, UST was never threatened.

Compounding Adamson’s loss was the injury of forward Allan Santos, who was grimacing in pain on the bench from an apparent broken rib. His status for the Final Four game is uncertain.

Adamson guard Paul Gonzalgo, son of former pro Dante Gonzalgo, also had a bleeding nose on the bench, but is expected to suit up against Ateneo.

Kenneth Bono, the leading candidate for the Most Valuable Player award, paced the Falcons with 19 points and 7 rebounds, while Patrick Cabahug added 13 markers.

The Scores:

UST 85—Cruz 20, Evangelista 14, Duncil 13, Espiritu 13, Taylor 11, Cuan 7, Dizon 5, Canlas 2, Cortez 0, Allera 0, Ababou 0.

ADAMSON 71—Bono 19, Cabahug 13, Agustin 9, Hugnatan 8, Yong 7, Basillo 5, Santos 2, Orera 2, Gorospe 2, Pacheco 2, Gonzalgo 2, Yambot 0, Polayapoy 0.

Quarters: 16-16, 41-40, 67-55, 85-71.



Games Sunday

(Araneta Coliseum)

2 p.m. – Ateneo vs Adamson (Srs.)

4 p.m. – UE vs UST (Srs.)

BigBlue
09-15-2006, 10:57 AM
twice to beat ba talaga ang Baby Tams? I always thought the twice to beat advantage would be nullified if a team sweeps the standings. Parang unfair naman sa winner ng 3 vs 4, they have to win 3 games straight if they want to get into the finals.

gameface_one
09-16-2006, 11:39 AM
Ateneo, UE have edge in experience in Final 4


BY JOEL ORELLANA, The Manila Times Reporter
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The Final Four showdown of the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines seniors’ basketball tournament features a mix of old-timers and relative newcomers.

Interestingly, the top two seeds—Ateneo de Manila University and University of the East—have been in the semifinals the last five years.

Actually, the Blue Eagles are in their eighth straight Final Four appearance—the third most among the competing squads, behind suspended arch rival De La Salle University’s 12 and the 9 of University of Santo Tomas.

The charges of Norman Black are just four years removed from Ateneo’s last successful run in 2002, when Black’s predecessor, Joel Banal, steered them to victory over the Green Archers in the finals.

The Red Warriors’ streak of Final Four stints started in 2002 under Boyzie Zamar. They had their best chance to barge in the finals the following year when they earned the twice-to-beat advantage against Ateneo in the semis.

But UE, despite having future pros James Yap, Paul Artadi and Ronald Tubid, bungled that opportunity, and the Recto-based dribblers were beaten twice—prolonging its search for the crown it last won in 1986.

"We haven’t won the title for 21 years. I think my players are all motivated to go all the way. But we hurdle first our Final Four opponent," UE coach Dindo Pumaren said.

The Growling Tigers under former coach Aric del Rosario were frequent visitors of the Final Four stage since it was introduced in 1993, when they swept all the games of that season en route to the championship.

It was actually a start of a string of four titles for the España-based squad, as it also copped the UAAP crown in 1994, 1995 and 1996—all at the expense of La Salle.

However, ’96 proved to be the last year UST would win the title.

But the Tigers, under new coach Pido Jarencio and budding stars Jervy Cruz and Dylan Ababou, might just see that drought end soon.

The Falcons are the "babies" of the Final Four, and Adamson must give credit to coach Leo Austria and Most Valuable Player award aspirant Kenneth Bono for leading them this far.

Although they need to beat the Blue Eagles twice, the San Marcelino-based team is out to prove that it deserves to be in the semifinals.

"We’re here and this is a once in a lifetime chance. We have to grab this opportunity," said Austria, who almost played for the Falcons during his collegiate career—if not for a self-confessed mistake years ago.

"I played in a commercial league then. I didn’t know that it wasn’t allowed," Austria said.

gameface_one
09-16-2006, 12:03 PM
Top two UAAP coaches laugh off pressure


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 02:56am (Mla time) 09/16/2006

Published on page A23 of the September 16, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

WITH their vast their vast experience in the pro league, jitters no longer come into play for the coaches of the two top squads in the UAAP.

“The key for any coach to handle the pressure is to be prepared,” said Ateneo mentor Norman Black. “If you can prepare your team well, if you can sell your system, if you keep them in good health and fresh for the game, you can go out and win basketball games. There’s no rocket science there.”

After occupying the top spot in the entire elimination round, expectations are high on the Eagles when they battle the Adamson Falcons at the start of the Final Four tomorrow at the Araneta Coliseum.

University of the East coach Dindo Pumaren faces a similar situation when his title-favorite Warriors take on the Santo Tomas Tigers in the other semifinal pairing.

“From the start of the season, we know that we’re expected to do very well,” said Pumaren. “But we’re no longer bothered by outside pressure. We trust our system and we’re preparing the best we can.”

The Eagles and the Warriors, who need only a win to advance, earned the twice-to-beat semifinal incentive that comes with the top two slots.

“It’s my 20th year of coaching, so I’ve been dealing with pressure for quite a while now,” said Black, one of the all-time best coaches in the PBA with 10 championships, including a Grand Slam with San Miguel in 1989.

Such situation is neither new to Pumaren, the former top point guard of Purefoods in the PBA.

“I know how it’s like to play when there’s a lot at stake,” said Pumaren, the PBA’s third all-time assist leader.

Both coaches are confident that lessons from their hardcourt experiences would rub off on their young wards going into the Final Four.

“I’ve been telling my players that nothing can replace hard work,” said Pumaren. “We can’t be complacent even if we have the twice-to-beat advantage. I kept reminding them that we have to stick to our system.”

“For now, the focus is to keep them healthy, to keep them focused and to make sure they have fresh legs,” said Black. “It’s important that we stay sharp, but we don’t tire the players out.”

gameface_one
09-17-2006, 09:38 AM
Eagles, Warriors seek short cut to final today
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 09/17/2006

Ateneo de Manila and University of the East, the pre-season tournament favorites which went on to dominate the regular season, set out for the UAAP Final Four today looking for the lone win that will line them up for a projected slam-bang final showdown.

Ateneo battles Adamson at 2 p.m. while UE tangles with Santo Tomas at 4 p.m. with the Blue Eagles and the Warriors favored to surge past the Falcons and the Tigers in their Final Four match-ups that could well draw a huge crowd at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Falcons and the Tigers need to win tonight to force a sudden-death in their respective semis duels.

Ateneo topped the double-round elimination with a 10-2 (win-loss) slate while UE finished second with an 8-4 record, giving the Eagles and the Warriors the twice-to-beat incentives in the semis.

UST and Adamson finished tied for third with identical 6-6 cards but the former walloped the latter, 85-71, in Thursday’s playoff to clinch No. 3 seeding and the right to challenge UE.

Despite their much better performances in the elims, the Eagles and the Warriors are wary of the Falcons and the Tigers.

"Although we beat them twice, both were decided by just a point. That shows what they’re capable of doing and how strong they are," said Ateneo coach Norman Black of the Falcons.

Making the Ateneo-Adamson duel more interesting is the side battle of Eagle JC Intal and Falcon Ken Bono for the MVP award.

The long-limbed and flamboyant Intal played a key role in the Eagles’ dominating performance in the elims. Bono, meanwhile, was instrumental as the Falcons reached the Final Four for the first time since 13 years ago.

"We wouldn’t be here if not for him. He deserves to be MVP," said coach Leo Austria of Bono.

UE, tipped in the pre-season as the team to beat, has been struggling as of late but still managed to finish second behind Bon Bon Custodio’s steady performances.

UST, however, may find ways to stop Custodio and the rest of the Warriors with its desire to win.

"We don’t have superstars in my team but I know we can rise to the challenge and beat all odds," said UST mentor Pido Jarencio in Filipino.

Jarencio has been getting big numbers from Jervy Cruz, another MVP candidate who dished out a double-double performance in 12 of their 13 games.

gameface_one
09-17-2006, 09:39 AM
Odds stacked in favor of Ateneo, UE in Final 4

The Philippine Star 09/17/2006

If the outcome of the UAAP Final Four will be based on statistics, Ateneo de Manila and University of the East would win it.

The Eagles and the Warriors led in almost all departments against the Adamson Falcons and the Santo Tomas Tigers, their semifinal opponents after the elimination round that could serve as portents of things to come in the next phase.

Ateneo, which finished atop the field with a 10-2 (win-loss) slate, averaged 84.2 points, 43 rebounds, 17.3 assists, three blocks, and just 14.6 turnovers against Adamson’s 76.2 points, 41.7 boards, 13.6 assists, 1.9 blocks and 15.8 steals.

The Falcons went ahead only in steals with a norm of 5.8 as against the Eagles’ five.

UE, for its part, tops UST in points (82.6), rebounds (43), assists (16.3), blocks (5) and steals (5.2)

The Tigers, who averaged 78.8 points, 40.9 boards, 15 assists, 2.8 blocks, and 3.4 steals, however, turned the ball over less, norming just 18.2 against the Warriors’ 26.8.

Although beaten in the scoring department, Adamson shot more precisely than Ateneo, averaging 15-of-21 from the field for 70 percent against the latter’s 21-of-31 clip for 69 percent.

The Falcons were better from behind the arc with five conversions a game against the Eagles’ four.

Ateneo, however, had more scoring opportunities inside and on the foul line, as it averaged 25 conversions from the field and 29 from the line compared to the Falcons’ 23 inside points and 28 free throws despite Bono’s imposing inside presence.

UE was far better than UST from the field, leading in two-point, overall fieldgoal and free throw conversions and percentages. — Joey Villar

gameface_one
09-17-2006, 09:40 AM
Eagles, Warriors shoot for UAAP finals berths



By NOLI CRUZ
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THIS IS the moment the Ateneo Blue Eagles are looking for since the opening of the 2006 season.



This is the moment the Adamson Falcons are longing for since the 1994 season.

Realization will set in today when the Eagles and the Falcons collide in the Final Four of the 69th UAAP basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.

The University of the East Red Warriors and the University of Santo Tomas Tigers will clash in the other Final Four pair.

Pido Jarencio, the UST coach, is facing a familiar foe.

"Hindi kami nag-champion ng time ko as player dahil sa UE," he said.

He has to slay the ghost of the past twice to get a crack at the title again, this time as head coach.

The Blue Eagles know they’re headed to the Final Four.

"We always go out there to win and get a chance to play for the title," said Ateneo coach Norman Black.

Only a victory over the Falcons separates them from their fourth finals appearance in six years.

For sure, the Falcons are not going to let a single game end their first ever appearance in the Final Four since its introduction 12 years ago.

"The students, the faculty and of course the players and the coaching staff are all excited," said Adamson coach Leo Austria."Na-achieve na namin ang goal ng team this year. Now, we have a chance to exceed even our own expectations."

The Eagles ran away with the top seeding and the twice-to-beat advantage by winning their first eight games while the Falcons blew hot and cold in the elimination.

The Falcons actually needed a lift from the Eagles to advance outright to the Final Four.

The Eagles beat the Far Eastern U Tamaraws late in the second round to eliminate them from the playoffs and give the Falcons and the Tigers the last two tickets in the next round.

But their standings could be deceiving.

They could easily be toting similar 8-4 cards right now if not for a three-pointer by Chris Tiu with 20 seconds left in their first round meeting and JC Intal’s twinner with eight seconds remaining in their second round match.

Both baskets by the Ateneo stars shoved their team to a one-point win.

Leading MVP contender Ken Bono of the Falcons should leave something on his tank in the endgame. His error sealed their first loss to the Eagles and he’s nowhere to be found in the dying seconds the second time.

gameface_one
09-17-2006, 09:41 AM
Eagles, Warriors go for title spots today



Inquirer
Last updated 06:25am (Mla time) 09/17/2006

Published on page A22 of the September 17, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

TOP seeds Ateneo and University of the East aim for a quick finish in the UAAP basketball semifinals today.

Although picked as favorites, the Blue Eagles and the Warriors know their twice-to-beat incentives hardly intimidate their Final Four opponents who are equally determined to reach the championship series.

The Eagles will take on the Adamson Falcons at 2 p.m., while the Warriors will battle the Santo Tomas Tigers at 4 p.m. at the Araneta Coliseum.

“If you are complacent in the first game, your advantage is out the window already,” said Ateneo coach Norman Black.

The Eagles will be facing an eager Adamson crew, who advanced to the Final Four for the first time since the format was implemented in 1994.

A confident UST squad is also standing in the way of the pre-season favorite Warriors.

“The players worked hard, trained well and we have a system,” said Tigers coach Pido Jarencio. “If we’re given a chance to enter the Finals, the players deserve it. They wanted it and worked hard for it.”

The Warriors and the Tigers split their elimination games this season. UST ruled their first encounter with a 91-77 stunner, but UE got even with a 74-63 decision in the second round.

Black also had a few reminders for his wards before battling the Falcons, who bowed to the Eagles by the slimmest of margins in the elimination round.

“As of last game, we are the leading rebounder in the league,” noted Black. “But in the games where we struggled, we did not rebound the ball very well. It’s a matter of focus and concentration.”

The Eagles slipped past the Falcons, 73-72, in their first meeting, then followed it up with another 66-65 heart-stopper in the second round.

Expected to lead the Eagles are Chris Tiu and JC Intal, who’s also tightly contesting the Most Valuable Player award against Adamson center Ken Bono. Jasmine W. Payo

Coolmanny
09-17-2006, 02:50 PM
Battle lines drawn in UAAP, NCAA
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
The Philippine Star 09/17/2006

The campus wars begin to escalate today with the start of the Final Four playoffs in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) and will heat up some more with the kick-off of the best-of-3 Finals in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tomorrow.

Top favorite Ateneo has a twice-to-beat advantage over Adamson in a 1 vs. 4 pairing while second-placer University of the East (UE) enjoys a similar edge over No. 3 University of Sto. Tomas (UST) in the UAAP faceoffs.

In the NCAA, it’s San Beda looking to end a 28-year title drought at the expense of dangerous Philippine Christian University (PCU).

Far Eastern University team owner Anton Montinola is cast in an unfamiliar role as an outsider looking into the UAAP Final Four. The Tamaraws, feeling the absence of graduated stars Arwind Santos and Mark Isip, failed to barge into the playoffs.

I caught up with Anton just as he was about to leave home to catch a Fr. Martin Team B game yesterday. Anton is scouting for fresh talent and has a revamp in mind for the Tams.

"We lacked depth this year," sighed Anton. "We had no inside game and no reliable ball carrier. Two years ago, we were strong in every position with Arwind, Mark, R. J. Rizada, Jeff Chan and Jonas Villanueva. So we’re due for a major overhaul."

I asked Anton about his thoughts on the Final Four. As usual, he had juicy insights on what to expect.

Anton said Ateneo should breeze past Adamson.

"I don’t think Adamson is deep enough," said Anton. "I pick Ateneo over Adamson to finish it in a game. Adamson got clobbered by UST in their playoff and gave up about 30 offensive rebounds. If Adamson can’t control the boards, they won’t have a chance against Ateneo because coach Norman (Black) is very effective with his big men, which is his specialty. Intal is like an Arwind to Ateneo and I predict he’ll be the PBA’s No. 1 overall pick next year. Then there are Kramer, Arao and Hussaini. Tiu is back after going abroad for a year and Escalona is very consistent and effective."

If Ateneo battles UE in the Finals, Anton said he figures the odds will be 60-40 for the Blue Eagles. But if Ateneo meets UST instead, it’ll be 50-50.

Anton said UE will be hard pressed to repulse UST despite the twice-to-beat edge if the Growling Tigers are healthy and complete.

"Give credit to coach Pido (Jarencio)," said Anton who pointed out that UST is the only team in the league with elimination round wins over both Ateneo and UE. "The team has size and patience. If they don’t win it all this year, they’ll be favored to do it next year. They play with confidence and don’t take hurried shots. Two years ago, I saw UST play at the Fr. Martin Cup and found their players raw but very tall and athletic and they could shoot. I knew they would be a contender sooner or later."

Anton said Ateneo’s massacre of UST in the first round of eliminations was a fluke and the Tigers proved it by reversing the tables in the rematch.

"UST beat UE convincingly when they played," said Anton. "Jervy Cruz is a double double player and he’s just a rookie. Then, they’ve got Evangelista, Espiritu, Ababou, Cuan and so on."

But Anton said he’s not ruling out a Warriors advance.

"UE thrives when opponents panic because of their press," noted Anton. "They’ve got a twice to beat advantage and that’s big. Their chances hinge on being able to press and disrupt UST’s offense. If UST breaks the press, UE will be at a disadvantage because they’re a little undersized. They’ll do well against a team that has no steady ball carrier. Against Ateneo, they’ll have a hard time because of Macky. UE is well-coached but they’ve got to play their A game to beat UST."

Anton singled out UE’s Bonbon Custodio as the Warriors firestarter.

"I think Custodio will be great for the PBA later on," said Anton. "But he’s error and foul prone. If his offense is on track, UE will be fine. Arellano and Borboran also have to click."

In the NCAA, Anton said PCU is the only team in the league with a chance to beat San Beda so the Finals features a dream matchup.

Nigerian center Sam Ekwe is a dominant factor for the Red Lions while the Dolphins will lean on Gabby Espinas and Jason Castro.

At the SCOOP Sa Kamayan last Friday, PCU rookie coach Joel Dualan said he’s not putting any pressure on the Dolphins in the Finals. He’s even shortened practice hours to give the players a chance to relax and enjoy the feeling of making it to the Last Dance.

Lions coach Koy Banal, known for his defensive orientation, said he leaves San Beda’s fate to the Lord. After an unceremonious exit from FEU, Banal found his way to a winning situation at San Beda and said he has always placed his trust in God’s infinite wisdom.

What a double victory it will be for PLDT chairman Manny Pangilinan if Ateneo and San Beda win. MVP is a graduate of both schools and supports their varsity teams with a passion.

gameface_one
09-18-2006, 07:39 AM
Blue Eagles in finals; Tigers stay in hunt


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 01:30am (Mla time) 09/18/2006

Published on page A33 of the September 18, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE ATENEO de Manila University Blue Eagles flashed steady nerves; the Tigers of University of Santo Tomas had desire, heart and pride.

The Eagles, with their veterans in their element, disposed of the Adamson University Falcons, 76-73, to claim the first UAAP championship slot in their Final Four battle yesterday at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Eagles will be enjoying a week-long break after the Tigers stunned the second-ranked University of the East Warriors, 79-75, to forge a knockout match for the remaining Finals berth on Thursday.

JC Intal delivered 17 points and 11 rebounds to power the Eagles’ return trip to the Finals after three years.

“Our concentration was really on defense and not on offense,” said Ateneo coach Norman Black. “We played the best defensive team in the league, and obviously, you have to play good defense if you want to beat them.”

The Eagles last won the title in 2002, then followed it up with a runner-up finish to the Far Eastern Tamaraws in 2003.

Aside from Intal, the Eagles also anchored their offense in the closing minutes on Doug Kramer and Chris Tiu, who nailed two buffer free throws with 1.9 ticks remaining.

June Cortez came through for the Tigers, contributing six of his seven markers in the last 21.1 seconds to clinch the win.

“It’s no longer about talent or skills, it’s about desire, heart and pride,” said UST coach Pido Jarencio. “The boys worked hard because they want this.”

When the Warriors closed in at 73-71, Cortez provided enough breathing room for the Tigers by completing a three-point play and sinking three of four charities.

The Tigers found another revelation in sophomore Mark Canlas who poured in a team-high 16 points.

Just like in their two close encounters in the elimination round, the Falcons fought hard until the dying seconds.

Ken Bono, who had 33 points, including 14 in the final canto, on top of nine rebounds and three blocks, got the Falcons back in the game after completing a three-point play that cut the lead to 74-73 with 18.3 seconds left.

The Falcons again saw a ray of hope when Tiu turned the ball over with an errant inbound pass in the next play.

But Patrick Cabahug, who had a huge game with 25 markers, missed a jumper on the right wing with 1.9 seconds remaining.

Forced to stop the clock, Paul Gonzalgo fouled Tiu, who made up for his error by nailing two free throws that cushioned the Eagles lead, 76-73.

“Ken was so amazing, he hit those crucial threes,” noted Black. “Good thing that we were able to answer his baskets and we didn't give up.”

In junior action, the FEU Baby Tamaraws claimed the remaining Finals slot after edging the Adamson Baby Falcons, 76-66, in the semifinals.

The Tamaraws will clash against the Ateneo Eaglets, who earned an outright championship berth after sweeping the elimination round.

Save for the seniors division, FEU will also advance in the title round of women’s play.

The Lady Tamaraws unseated last year's champion Ateneo Lady Eagles, 46-44, in the Final Four to arrange a title showdown against the UST Tigresses.

UST nipped the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons, 72-68, in the other semifinal match earlier.

The varsity scores:

First Game

ATENEO 76 -- Intal 17, Escalona 15, Tiu 11, Kramer 10, Arao 8, Al-Hussaini 8, Salamat 5, Laterre 2, Escueta 0, Reyes 0, Quimson 0.

ADAMSON 73 -- Bono 33, Cabahug 25, Poloyapoy 7, Orera 4, Pacheco 2, Yong 1, Gonzalgo 1, Santos 0, Basillo 0, Agustin 0.

Quarters: 11-14, 32-34, 53-54, 76-73

Second Game

UST 79 -- Canlas 16, Duncil 13, Espiritu 12, Cruz 11, Evangelista 10, Cortez 7, Cuan 4, Dizon 2, Taylor 2, Ababou 2.

UE 76 -- Custodio 17, Borboran 15, Arellano 11, Gregorio 10, Espiritu 9, Canizares 6, Martinez 3, Bandayng 2, Thiele 1, Labagala 1, Briones 0.

Quarters: 18-14, 38-32, 52-49, 79-75

gameface_one
09-18-2006, 07:40 AM
Eagles have landed; Warriors stalled
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 09/18/2006

The Ateneo Blue Eagles soared mightily over the Ken Bono-led Adamson Falcons and scored a close 76-73 victory to barge into the UAAP men’s basketball finals for the first time in three years even as University of Santo Tomas foiled University of the East’s own bid with a 79-75 victory at the packed Araneta Coliseum yesterday.

JC Intal churned out a 17-point production and hauled down 11 rebounds then drew solid support from Macky Escalona, Chris Tiu and Doug Kramer, who combined for 34 points, as the Eagles bucked Bono’s career-tying 33-point splurge to return to the finals since losing to the Far Eastern U Tams three years ago.

Bono unloaded 14 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter, including three triples but the leading MVP statistical race leader failed to carry the Falcons to what could be their first championship appearance since reaching the finals in 1992.

"For him (Bono) to step up and hit three triples in the fourth quarter is really amazing, I couldn’t blame my players for that," said Ateno coach Norman Black.

"It feels good being in the finals, especially so for my seniors (Intal, Escalona and Kramer)," said Black.

That could not be said of the Warriors, who had hoped to join the Eagles in the best-of-three title series with a victory over the Tigers in the other Final Four contest.

But the España-based cagers had other things in mind.

Jun Cortez stepped up in the last 21.1 seconds, scoring six of his seven points to lift the Tigers to the victory and force a rubber match with the Warriors for the other final berth on Thursday.

Sophomore Mark Canlas came through with career-best 16 points for the Tigers, now eyeing a first championship stint in seven years.

"What can I say, the players really wanted to win this game," said UST coach Pido Jarencio.

Earlier, Jonathan Banal, son of San Beda coach Koy Banal, fired seven of his 20 points in the fourth quarter as the Baby Tams downed the Adamson Baby Falcons, 76-66, to clinch the other finals berth in the juniors division.

The Ateneo Eaglets made it straight to the best-of-three finals after sweeping the elimination round in 12 games.

In women’s action, FEU and Santo Tomas arranged their own best-of-three title showdown after hurdling Ateneo and State U, respectively.

The Lady Tams leaned on Aurora Adriano in defeating the Lady Eagles, 46-44, while the Tigresses came back from 14-points down in the final period to turn back the Lady Maroons, 72-68.

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09-18-2006, 07:40 AM
Eagles advance as Tigers remain alive


By JOEL ORELLANA
The Manila Times Reporter
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Ateneo de Manila University had to go through the eye of the needle before pocketing the first finals slot of the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Blue Eagles flirted with disaster in the end game but Patrick Cabahug’s fall-away jumper hit nothing but net to salvage a very intense 76-73 win in the first semis match that ended the Cinderella campaign of Adamson University.

But Ateneo will have to wait for which team to meet in the best-of-three finals after University of Santo Tomas shocked the No. 2 seed University of the East, 79-75, in the second game.

Jun Cortez converted a three-point play off Rob Labagala with 21.1 seconds left, 76-71, that cut short the uprising by the Red Warriors and forced a winner-take-all match on Thursday for the last finals berth.

"The boys really wanted this game. It’s no longer the talent or skills. It’s the desire and heart of the players," said Growling Tigers mentor Pido Jarencio, who drew a career game from Mark Canlas with 16 points.

Bono fired a season and personal-high 33 points while Cabahug solidly supported him with 25 markers, but the Falcons fell short of forcing a rubber match on the way to winding up a decent fourth-place finish in the tournament.

JC Intal led the Blue Eagles’ balanced attack with 17 points to go along with his 11 rebounds, fortifying his bid for the Most Valuable Player trophy following the exit of Bono.

"Our goal tonight is to close it out and not take this to another game," said Ateneo coach Norman Black, who had one of the five technical fouls whistled in the emotion-filled encounter.

Scores

First Game

Ateneo 76 – Intal 17, Escalona 15, Tiu 11, Kramer 10, Arao 8, Al-Hussaini 8, Salamat 5, Laterre 2, Escueta 0, Reyes 0, Quimson 0.

Adamson 73 – Bono 33, Cabahug 25, Polayapoy 7, Orera 4, Pacheco 2, Yong 1, Gonzalgo 1, Santos 0, Gorospe 0, Hugnatan 0, Basilio 0, Agustin 0.

Quarters: 11-14, 32-34, 53-54, 76-73

Second Game

UST 79 – Canlas 16, Duncil 13, Espiritu 12, Cruz 11, Evangelista 10, Cortez 7, Cuan 4, Dizon 2, Taylor 2, Ababou 2.

UE 75 – Custodio 17, Borboran 15, Arellano 11, Gregorio 10, Espiritu 9, Canizares 6, Martinez 3, Bandaying 2, Thiele 1, Labagala 1, Briones 0.

Quarters: 18-14, 38-32, 52-49, 79-75

Games on Thursday (Araneta Coliseum)

2 p.m. Ateneo vs FEU (jrs.)

4 p.m. UST vs UE (srs.)

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09-18-2006, 07:41 AM
Eagles in finals

Tigers force knockout match with Warriors

By Noli Cruz
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KEN BONO was awesome as usual yesterday. But the Ateneo Blaue Eagles were never awed of the leading MVP contender.



The Blue Eagles answered every Bono hit in the payoff period to score a 76-73 win over the Adamson Falcons and barge into the finals for the fourth time in the UAAP basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.

They will next face the winner between the University of Santo Tomas Tigers and the University of the East Warriors in the other Final Four pair.

The third-seeded Tigers forced a rubber match with the twice-to-beat Warriors with a 79-75 victory in the nightcap.

Jun Cortez completed a three-point play off Rob Labagala to douse cold water on the UE rally and give UST a 76-71 lead, 21 seconds left. The Tigers were out of the woods after that.

The Eagles also encountered some anxious moments in the endgame.

"It was a total team effort. We made some mistakes but we kept our composure when it mattered," said Ateneo coach Norman Black.

The most critical error came from veteran guard Macky Escalona, who threw away an inbound pass with 9.9 seconds left and the Eagles holding a precarious 74-73 lead.

But Patrick Cabahug, who had a great offensive game, misfired from the right baseline and Chris Tiu sealed the outcome with two free throws, 1.9 seconds to go.

"They’re very aggressive in this game and Bono has really stepped up for them," noted Black. "It’s nice to beat them now and move on."

The Eagles last made it to the title series in 2003, ending a streak of three straight finals appearances.

Bono scored the first 11 points of the Falcons in the fourth period, spiked by two three-pointers. But his singular offensive outburst failed to ruffle the Eagles.

On that same stretch, the elimination topnotcher seized control with four different players combining for 15 points. Escalona’s basket capped the exchange and gave the Eagles a 68-65 edge.

A jumper by Doug Kramer pushed the lead to 72-67, 1:17 to play.

Cabahug’s triple and Bono’s three-point play sandwiched a Kramer basket to pull the Falcons within 73-74, 18 seconds remaining.

JC Intal, second to Bono in the MVP race, led the balanced attack of the Eagles with 17 points. Five other Eagles finished with at least eight points.

Bono matched his career-high set earlier in the tournament with 33 points and Cabahug added 25 to lead the Falcons.

The starting forward of the Falcons, Roel Hugnatan, played sparingly because of above-normal blood pressure.

Earlier, twice-to-beat Far Eastern U Baby Tamaraws bucked a slow start to beat the Adamson Baby Falcons, 76-66, and forge a title showdown with the undefeated Ateneo Blue Eaglets in the junior’s division.

In the distaff side, the top two seeds — the UST Tigresses and the Far Eastern U Lady Tamaraws — posted similar narrow victories to advance into the finals.

The Tigresses went to work in the fourth quarter, rallying from seven points down to beat the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons, 72-68, while the Lady Tamaraws held off a late charge by the Ateneo Lady Eagles to win, 46-44.

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09-19-2006, 08:01 AM
Jarencio’s Tigers defying tall odds


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 02:23am (Mla time) 09/19/2006

Published on page A24 of the September 19, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

PERHAPS MORE than just game tactics, it’s his gung-ho style of play that rubbed off on the University of Santo Tomas Tigers.

Rookie coach Pido Jarencio used to defy the odds first with the old Glowing Goldies and later with San Miguel and Ginebra as a spunky shooting guard in the Philippine Basketball Association. He’s at it again although this time, it’s from the UST bench in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.

The overachieving Tigers have a shot at the Finals, a thought that occurred only recently to Jarencio.

“At the start of the season, we were not even ranked,” said Jarencio. “But it’s different when the players want to win.”

Last Sunday, the Tigers forged a knockout match for the remaining championship slot against the favored University of the East Warriors.

The Tigers’ Final Four stint was a feat in itself as UST competed most of the season with a depleted lineup due to various illnesses and injuries.

“We just go for the win every game,” said Jarencio. “Even if you make a lot of plans, but if the players don’t have the desire, it won’t mean anything.”

Jarencio believes the Tigers are ready to face the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles, who advanced to the Finals right away after disposing of the Adamson University Falcons in their semifinal match last Sunday.

“We already taught everything to the players, they know what we want,” said Jarencio. “It just depends on the heart of the players if they want to win.”

Meanwhile, it was Macky Escalona, not Chris Tiu, who committed the errant inbound pass for the Eagles with 9.9 seconds left against the Falcons. Ateneo won, 76-73.

In a related development, Far Eastern University’s failure to defend their UAAP men’s basketball title prompted a team overhaul.

The Tamaraws, the first defending champion to miss the Final Four, disbanded their current roster, but retained the coaching staff headed by Bert Flores.

According to team manager Anton Montinola, the Tamaraws are eyeing new recruits from the Team B roster and the graduating players from FEU’s junior squad.

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09-20-2006, 09:21 AM
Pumaren: UE must match UST’s intensity, desire


By JOEL ORELLANA, The Manila Times Reporter
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Dindo Pumaren offered no excuses why his University of the East team lost its Final Four match against University of Santo Tomas last Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Now that their twice-to-beat advantage is gone, all the Red Warriors can do is to give their all in the winner-take-all encounter on Thursday also at Big Dome to gain the right to meet Ateneo de Manila University in the finals of the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball event.

"We just failed to match the intensity of UST in that game. They wanted it more," Pumaren told Sports Times as his wards yielded a 79-75 decision to the overachieving Growling Tigers of coach Pido Jarencio.

This is not the first time the Recto-based squad dropped the first game of a Final Four encounter while holding a twice-to-beat advantage.

Back in 2002, the Red Warriors, then handled by coach Boyzie Zamar and touting future pro stars James Yap, Paul Artadi and Ronald Tubid, suffered probably the biggest collapse in the league’s Final Four history.

UE was also seeded No. 2 and just needed one win to enter the finals, but its rival, Ateneo, swept the two games, 84-78 and 72-70 and eventually took home the crown.

Now the Red Warriors, who last made the finals in 1990, are in danger of repeating that debacle, as the momentum is clearly on the side of the España-based team.

"For sure, UE will be back. They will make some adjustments but we will be ready," said Jarencio, who is eyeing to end a 7-year finals drought for his alma mater with another win.

But Pumaren isn’t losing hope for the Red Warriors, telling them they still have a legitimate chance for the finals and that both UE and UST have a 50-50 chance of making it through to the next stage.

"It’s a knockout game, so the pressure is on both teams," said Pumaren. "I told the players to level up with UST’s intensity and desire. That’s what we lacked in Game 1."

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09-21-2006, 11:39 AM
Red Warriors, Tigers duel for title slot today


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Last updated 01:00am (Mla time) 09/21/2006

Published on Page A24 of the September 21, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

COMPOSURE WILL play a big part when the University of Santo Tomas Tigers and the University of the East Warriors dispute the remaining UAAP championship berth today.

The Tigers and the Red Warriors, both waging unpredictable campaigns this season, have equal chances in their do-or-die semifinal match at 4 p.m. at the Araneta Coliseum.

The winner will face the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles in a best-of-three title series starting Sunday.

“The players really want to win, but we must show composure,” said UST coach Pido Jarencio.

Frustrating the second-seeded Warriors, the Tigers extended the semifinal series with a 79-75 triumph last Thursday.

“The boys are still motivated, they don’t want to blow our twice-to-beat advantage,” said UE mentor Dindo Pumaren. “I think there’s pressure on both teams, so it just depends on which team handles it better.”

The Eagles wrapped up their semifinal assignment with a 76-73 victory over the Adamson University Falcons earlier Thursday.

For Jarencio, unpredictability has worked in the Tigers’ favor. “As I’ve said from the start, anyone in this team can step up,” said Jarencio.

Sophomore Mark Canlas, who shot a team-high 16 points against the Warriors, turned out to be the surprise performer for the team that battled injuries and illnesses most of the season.

The underrated Tigers will try to become the fifth third-ranked team to overcome the twice-to-beat advantage. In 2002, the Eagles pulled off the semifinal feat against UE and went on to win the championship.

Jarencio expects an all-out war.

“They’ll be back, they’re a strong team,” said Jarencio of the Warriors, the pre-season favorites. “But we’re always ready. We go for the win every game. I’m just thankful that everyone in the team is now healthy.”

Pumaren acknowledged the Tigers’ desire proved the key in Game 1 last Thursday.

“Our advantage is our system, but I reminded the boys that we should also have the will to win,” he said. “UST played with a lot of intensity and we have to match that.” -- Jasmine W. Payo

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09-21-2006, 11:44 AM
UE, UST dispute 2nd finals berth
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By NOLI CRUZ

UNIVERSITY OF Santo Tomas coach Pido Jarencio wants to beat the University of the East badly.

Not to avenge the championship debacles he suffered during his playing days, but for a nobler cause.

"Gusto ko na maibalik ‘yung dating init ng suporta at tiwala ng mga alumni sa team. I think mangyayari ‘yun kung mababalik sa amin ang championship," Jarencio said.

"Kaya ko tinanggap ang challenge na mag-coach dahil gusto kong patunayan na kayang maibalik ang glory days ng UST sa basketball."

The Tigers will try to become the fifth third seed to overcome the twice-to-beat edge of the second seed in the Final Four when they face the Warriors today in the 69th UAAP basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.

The winner in the knockout match will face the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the best-of-three finals.

"Hindi na talent and skills ang pinag-uusapan dito. Kung sino ang mas ‘yung desire to win, ‘yun ang mananalo," Jarencio said.

The Tigers are looking for their first finals appearance since 1999. They last tasted the championship in 1996 under coach Aric del Rosario.

Jarencio has the tools to lead the Tigers all the way.

Rookie Jervy Cruz, third in the MVP race, is one hell of an inside force for the Tigers. His presence allows his teammates to extend their defense.

"Jervy can take care of the rebounding department by himself. He also intimidates ‘yung mga slashers ng UE," noted Jarencio.

Offense is not a problem for the Tigers. They have plenty of shooters in the team led by veterans Jojo Duncil and Anthony Espiritu. Allan Evangelista, on the other hand, is a strong finisher inside the paint.

The Warriors are the hungrier of the two. They’ve gone 20 seasons without a title. The last actually came at the expense of Jarencio and the Tigers in 1985.

Warriors coach Dindo Pumaren is hoping that Marcy Arellano, Mark Borboran and Bonbon Custodio — collectively known as ABC — would spell the difference this time.

"Marcy, Mark and Bonbon are the leaders of the team. I believe they can will the team to victory," Pumaren said."We blew our chances to close it early so we have to do it the right way now."

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09-21-2006, 11:49 AM
UST has edge in facing UE for finals slot

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This one’s for all the marbles.

University of the East and University of Santo Tomas square off anew for the last finals berth of the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament Thursday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Game time is set at 4 p.m., with the winner getting the right to face Ateneo de Manila University in the best-of-three championship series set to start on Sunday also at the Big Dome.

There’s no doubt the momentum is now on the side of the Growling Tigers, who neutralized the twice-to-beat advantage of the Red Warriors with a 79-75 win in their Final Four match last week.

But UST coach Pido Jarencio knows that momentum is just one aspect his wards need to prevail in the do-or-die contest.

"We still have to work hard. For sure, UE will make the necessary adjustments, but it will just be minimal because in a game like this, it’s a question of desire and heart," said the rookie mentor.

UST sophomore Mark Canlas shone in that game, as he collected a career-best 16 points in a starting role. In his rookie year, the 6-foot-4 forward had a total of 6 points in 14 games. Joel Orellana, The Manila Times

Games Thursday (Araneta Coliseum)

2 p.m.–FEU vs Ateneo (jrs.)

4 p.m.–UST vs UE (srs.)

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09-21-2006, 11:54 AM
Final or bust for Tigers, Warriors
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 09/21/2006

It’s do or die for University of the East and Santo Tomas as they clash for the last finals berth today in the 69th UAAP basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.

Drawing superb efforts from second stringers Mark Canlas and Jun Cortez, the Tigers downed the Warriors, 79-75, in Saturday’s Final Four to force the 4 p.m. knockout duel.

Ateneo de Manila, which topped the elimination round with a 10-2 (win-loss) slate, edged Adamson, 76-73, to clinch the first seat in the best-of-three finale slated on Sunday on the same venue.

The Warriors last advanced to the finals 16 years ago while the Tigers booked their last championship slot seven seasons ago. Both teams lost to eventual champion La Salle.

"It’s a matter of believing in our abilities and knowing that anything is possible if we play with pride and heart," said UST coach Pido Jarencio.

"We remained optimistic despite the loss," said UE mentor Dindo Pumaren.

Canlas, who averaged 10 playing minutes or less, got more minutes and delivered a career best 16 points while Cortez scored six of his seven points in the final 21 seconds to power the Tigers to the win.

But focus will be on MVP candidate Jervy Cruz, who struggled with just 11 points and nine rebounds in his last game and the Warriors top gun Bon Bon Custodio, who fired 17 points in the last game but committed seven turnovers mostly coming from crucial plays in the second half.

And Pumaren is confident Custodio will maintain a hig level of competitiveness in the match although he stressed he would still put premium on teamwork and defense to scuttle the Tigers and barge into the championship.

"Custodio works hard in practice. But what we’re focusing on is team effort because we always try to balance our production," Pumaren said.

Meanwhile, the Blue Eaglets seek to ride on a 12-game elimination round sweep as they take on the Far Eastern U Baby Tams in the best-of-three junior finals starting at 2 p.m. today.

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09-22-2006, 11:38 AM
Tigers oust Warriors, seal duel with Eagles

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 01:16am (Mla time) 09/22/2006

Published on Page A23 of the September 22, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

CALL IT WHAT you want -- luck, divine intervention, heart.

It doesn’t matter.

The University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers are where nobody ever expected them to be. They’re in the finals.

Throwing away a double-digit lead and staring at a five-point deficit at endgame, the Tigers willed themselves to an 82-81 thriller over the favored University of the East Red Warriors in their knockout semifinal game at the Araneta Coliseum yesterday.

The scrambling victory set up an interesting finale in a season robbed of its favorite rivalry: the powerful Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles against the Tigers, the season’s longshot.

Defying the odds once again, the Tigers overcame the Warriors’ twice-to-beat advantage, exploiting the absence of a key Warrior to forge a best-of-three title showdown against the Eagles starting Sunday.

Rookie sensation Jervy Cruz delivered another monstrous performance with 27 points and 18 rebounds.

But it was Jojo Duncil who sealed the win for the Tigers when he completed a game-clinching three-point play in the last 53.8 seconds

“I didn’t promise anything, but I had big expectations for this team,” said UST’s rookie coach Pido Jarencio. “I just told them to give everything they have in this game.”

The Tigers, who extended the semifinal series with a 79-75 victory in Game One, will march into the Finals for the first time in seven years. The Warriors risked their title-bid just to get a point across. Team officials suspended Bonbon Custodio, the Warriors’ topnotch guard who averages a team-high 16.5 points per game for disciplinary reasons.

Carmelita Mateo, team manager and school executive vice president, said the decision was a “disciplinary measure based on infraction on certain team rules.” No further explanation was given.

The Tigers seized a 14-point lead early in the first half as the Warriors struggled to find a way to plug the offensive void left by Custodio’s absence. But UE struck hard in the endgame, taking a five-point lead in the stretch.

Earlier, the Far Eastern University Baby Tamaraws moved within a win away from claiming the junior crown with a 67-55 victory over the Ateneo Eaglets in Game 1 of their best-of-three series.

The women’s title is also within reach for the UST Tigresses after Neri Noscal buried a buzzer-beating triple for a Game 1 triumph, 52-49, against the FEU Lady Tamaraws.

The scores:

Third Game (Srs)

UST 82 -- Cruz 27, Duncil 16, Espiritu 12, Evangelista 9, Cortez 7, Cuan 6, Taylor 4, Ababou 1, Canlas 0.

UE 81 -- Llagas 14, Arellano 14, Gregorio 13, Bandaying 8, Labagala 8, Thiele 4, Martinez 4, Espiritu 2, Canizares 1, Lingganay 0, Briones 0.

Quarters: 23-17, 43-38, 67-64, 82-81

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09-22-2006, 11:46 AM
Amazing Tigers roar to title series
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 09/22/2006

University of Santo Tomas rode on the shoulders of Jervy Cruz as it nipped a Bon Bon Custodio-less University of the East in a thrilling, scrambling finish, 82-81, yesterday to complete an improbable run to the finals of the 69th UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.

Cruz, a 20-year-old rookie transferee from Nampicuan, Nueva Ecija, powered his way to a career-high 27 points and came away with 18 rebounds, including a season best 11 on the offensive end to help lift the Tigers to their first finals appearance since 1999.

Jun Cortez, whose endgame heroics keyed UST’s 79-75 win last Sunday that forced the sudden death for the No. 2 berth, fired a triple to spark a crucial 10-2 run that gave UST an 82-79 lead, an advantage the Warriors cut to just one on Rob Labagala’s driving lay-up with 38 seconds to go in the contest.

UST blew its last attempt but two misses by Jonel Canizares — the last a tip-in of his own miss — at the buzzer foiled UE’s bid to clinch the win and barge into the finals for the first time in 16 years.

"What can I say, we’re here in the finals," said UST coach Pido Jarencio, whose wards’ amazing run to the finals underscored the team’s never-say-die spirit and big fighting heart.

UST guns for its first crown in exactly a decade on Sunday’s start of its best-of-three title showdown with Ateneo, the first to advance to the championship following a 76-73 win over Adamson, also last Sunday.

The Warriors did miss the services of the prolific Custodio, who was suspended by team officials.

Carmelita Mateo, team manager and UE executive vice president, said the suspension slapped on Custodio was for "disciplinary measures based on infraction on certain team rules."

Mateo, however, didn’t clarify.

There were reports, however, that team officials questioned Custodio’s performance in the first game Sunday.

Although Custodio, who transferred from Polytechnic University of the Philippines last year, fired 17 points in the contest, he turned the ball over seven times, particularly in crucial plays in the second half.

Custodio and the UE coaching staff under Dindo Pumaren were reportedly informed of the decision early yesterday. Custodio left the venue as soon as he learned of the verdict.

After trailing most of the way, the Warriors slowly inched their way back and then seized a 77-72 lead with over three minutes remaining in the game thanks to the troika of Labagala and second stringers Narciso Llagas and Fradzmir Bandaying.

Led by Cruz, the Tigers posted leads of as many as 14 points in the second quarter, the last at 33-19.

But the Warriors clawed back behind the duo of Marcy Arellano and Kelvin Gregorio to go into the break with just a 38-43 deficit.

Anthony Espiritu set the pace for the Tigers early by churning out eight points in the first quarter including six from behind the arc.

Earlier, Far Eastern U shocked Ateneo de Manila, 67-55, to inch closer to clinching its first-ever UAAP juniors crown.

In women’s play, University of Santo Tomas leaned on a late triple by Neri Noscal as it edged FEU, 52-49, to likewise gain a 1-0 edge in their own best-of-three showdown.

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09-22-2006, 11:54 AM
Tigers set showdown with Eagles
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By NOLI CRUZ

JERVY CRUZ came up with big numbers and Jojo Duncil delivered the big plays to lift University of Santo Tomas past University of the East, 82-81, and into the finals of the 69th UAAP basketball tournament.

Duncil scored the last four points of the Tigers, including the three-point play that gave them an 82-79 lead with 53.8 seconds left.

"It’s our destiny to make it to the finals," said UST rookie coach Pido Jarencio. "Mataas ang expectations ko sa team dahil sa off-season pa lang nakita ko na ang potensiyal sa mga bata."

With the win, the Tigers arranged a best-of-three title series with No. 1 seed Ateneo beginning Sunday also at the same venue.

Cruz, playing his first season in the premiere collegiate league, had his best performance on the biggest game of his young career.

The MVP bet of the Tigers scattered a career-high 27 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for his league-leading 13th double-double.

Rob Labagala, the UE skipper playing his last season in the league, pulled his team to within 81-82, 38 seconds to go, and had a chance to steal the win in the dying seconds.

But Joer Canizares missed two shots from close range after getting a feed from Labagala and the latter broke down in tears as the buzzer sounded and the Tigers celebrated their first trip to the finals in seven years.

Earlier, the Far Eastern U Baby Tamaraws scored a stunning 67-55 victory over the previously unbeaten Ateneo Blue Eaglets in Game 1 of their best-of-three title series in the juniors division.

In the distaff side, elimination topnotchers UST Tigresses held off the endgame run of the FEU Lady Tamaraws to draw first blood in their best-of-three title showdown, 52-49.

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09-22-2006, 12:04 PM
Tigers stun UE 5, enter UAAP finals

By JOEL ORELLANA, The Manila Times Reporter
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Play your hearts out and fight with pride, University of Santo Tomas coach Pido Jarencio kept telling his charges all season long.

The Growling Tigers did just that and more on Thursday, continuing their Cinderella run in the 69th University Athletic Association of the Philippines

men’s basketball tournament with a nerve-wracking 82-81 win over University of the East at the Araneta Coliseum.

With the well-earned triumph, UST surprisingly advanced to the finals for the first time since 1999 against Ateneo de Manila University. The best-of-three title series starts on Sunday.

On the other hand, the Red Warriors were left ruing what went wrong again as they squandered a twice-to-beat advantage. They suffered the same fate as their predecessors in 2002, when a powerhouse squad starring James Yap, Paul Artadi and Ronald Tubid fell to the Blue Eagles in the semis.

Yap, Artadi and Tubid, now stars in the Philippine Basketball Association, were in the gallery and witnessed UE self-destruct.

The Growling Tigers clawed back from the jaws of defeat, giving their all in the last four minutes to complete the upset of the UAAP season hosts.

"It’s really the destiny of UST to be in the finals. And now we’re here, we will really fight for the title," said Jarencio, who became the first rookie mentor since Joel Banal to lead his team to the finals.

Jervy Cruz’s best game came at the right time for the España-based team. He tallied a career-high 27 points to go along with his 18 rebounds to pilot his team to its first finals appearance in 7 years.

"Jervy is a godsend to UST. This player is really strong, a cross-breed of Benjie Paras and Alvin Patrimonio," added Jarencio of his 20-year-old forward, who put three UE players—Mark Borboran, Kelvin Gregorio and Elmer Espiritu—in foul trouble with his inside attacks.

The wards of Norman Black are aware they cannot take the Tigers lightly. UST beat them two weeks ago to snap the Blue Eagles’ eight-game winning streak.

The Scores:

UST 82—Cruz 27, Duncil 16, Espiritu 12, Evangelista 9, Cortez 7, Cuan 6, Taylor 4, Ababou 1, Canlas 0.

UE 81—Llagas 14, Arellano 14, Gregorio 13, Borboran 13, Bandaying 8, Labagala 8, Thiele 4, Martinez 4, Espiritu 2, Canizares 1, Linganay 0, Briones.

Quarters: 23-17, 43-38, 67-64, 82-81.

Games Sunday (Araneta Coliseum)

2 p.m. – Ateneo vs FEU (jrs.)

4 p.m. – Ateneo vs UST (srs.)

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09-23-2006, 12:17 PM
Jarencio battles former mentor in UAAP Finals

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 03:28am (Mla time) 09/23/2006

Published on page A24 of the September 23, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

TWENTY years ago, Ateneo coach Norman Black and Santo Tomas mentor Pido Jarencio were already stationed at the sidelines.

Black as San Miguel’s head tactician in the pro league, Jarencio as his rookie bench warmer.

“Hindi ako nagamit ni coach Norman (Coach Norman didn’t field me),” laughed Jarencio.

Not that Black was unimpressed.

“Coach Pido was quite young then,” he explained. “And we had guys like Hector Calma, Samboy Lim, Elmer Reyes, to name a few, who were playing ahead of him at that time.”

Tomorrow, Black and Jarencio will be back at the sidelines. This time, they’ll be steering two opposing teams—the well-oiled Blue Eagles and the overachieving Tigers—in the UAAP Finals.

Jarencio, still showing the spunk he used to flash as a shooting guard, has refused to be intimidated by his former mentor in the best-of-three title showdown.

“I’m not nervous, I’m used to it,” he said. “It’s just like an ordinary game. What’s important is that we’re ready.”

Black, the multi-titled mentor who won a Grand Slam with San Miguel Beer in 1989, is also proud to see the transformation of his backup guard into a methodical coach.

“I’m happy for Pido; I watched his team the entire conference,” he said. “Right in the middle of the year—particularly after we beat them in the first round—he started changing his philosophy towards the team.

“From being a running team, they slowed it down a little bit and started concentrating on defense. Once they did that, they started to rise.”

Thus, the Eagles are expecting a tough fight despite having ruled throughout the season.

“At this point, whatever advantage you may think you have doesn’t really mean much if you can’t do it on the basketball court,” said Black.

Of course, no one knows it better than Black and Jarencio. They did it together on the court by winning the 1987 PBA Reinforced championship with San Miguel Beer.

By next week, though, only one of them will take home the crown.

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09-23-2006, 12:20 PM
Eagles, Tigers match up well in size, speed

The Philippine Star 09/23/2006

It may not be the dream match up everybody was expecting, but coaches of both Ateneo and University of Santo Tomas promised one hell of a war when the Eagles and Tigers clash for the 69th UAAP men’s basketball title beginning tomorrow.

Ateneo mentor Norman Black and UST counterpart Pido Jarencio agreed that the two teams are evenly matched up, both having a roster replete with size and speed.

Combined that with the fact that the Eagles and Tigers are meeting in the Finals for the very first time, make the best-of-three title series at the Araneta Coliseum a truly interesting one.

"It won’t be a walk in the park, definitely," said Black in yesterday’s session of the SCOOP sa Kamayan in Padre Faura, Manila. "I expect a tough, competitive series. UST matched up well with us, size-wise. It may come down to which team wants more, which team is more prepared and which team makes the right plays."

The No. 3 Tigers sealed the titular showdown with the top seeded Eagles after beating fancied University of the East Warriors twice in a row, including a nail-biting 82-81 Finals-clinching win Thursday night.

The Warriors, seeded No. 2 at the end of the eliminations, and Eagles were the top two ranked teams many predicted would meet in the championship during the pre-season.

But Jarencio and his bunch of gritty Tigers had other things in their mind. "Before the start of the season nobody took us seriously, we’re not even ranked (as a contender) but we have overachieved. We thought we would just improve on our finish last year but now we’re in the finals," said Jarencio in Filipino.

The Eagles made it to the best-of-three series a week earlier after eliminating No. 4 team Adamson Falcons, 76-73.

Black said hopefully the one-week rest won’t have a bad effect on his team.

"That was the challenge I gave to my players. The past few days, I tried to balance our practice so that we’ll have our legs back in time for Sunday," said the American coach, hoping to give the Loyola-based school its first UAAP championship since 2002.

Ateneo and UST split their head-to-head match up in the eliminations.

"I’ve seen how his (Pido) team improved during the course of the season and they’re definitely on a roll right now. But we’ve beaten them before and we just want to win this championship badly," added Black in the ACCEL sponsored session.

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09-23-2006, 12:26 PM
UST’s secret weapon is a 6-ft-4 rookie
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By NOLI CRUZ

IT TOOK him four years before earning a spot on the University of Santo Tomas Tigers. But Jervy Cruz wasted no time to prove he belongs there.

The 6-foot-4 slotman from Guimba, Nueva Ecija powered the Growling Tigers into the finals on his first season in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines.

"Parang hindi pa rin ako makapaniwala," said Cruz, who had a career-high 27 points and season-high 18 rebounds in their 82-81 win over the University of the East Red Warriors Thursday.

The victory shoved the Tigers into their first finals appearance since 1999 and made them the fifth third seed to eliminate the twice-to-beat second seed in the Final Four.

"Sulit ang paghihintay ko na makapaglaro sa team. Hindi ko in-expect na makakapaglaro agad ako sa finals sa unang taon ko."

The third leading contender in the MVP race still recalls his humble beginning.

He was a chubby fresh graduate from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Academy in his hometown when he joined the UST Team B in the summer of 2002.

"Napadaan lang kami ng kuya ko dahil nalaman namin nagpa-praktis ‘yung varsity," said Cruz. "Nilapitan namin si coach Aric (del Rosario) tapos ‘yun, dun na nagsimula."

Unknown to everyone, UST’s gain was somebody else’s loss.

"Dapat talaga papunta kami sa FEU noon para mag-apply sa entrance exam."

Cruz, who turned 20 last Sept. 9, had problems with his weight before.

"Medyo overweight ako at masyado pang bata nung magsimula kaya nahirapan din talaga akong makapasok sa varsity," he related.

While Cruz was losing weight on the gym, the Tigers were losing games.

They failed to make the Final Four for three straight years and extended their title drought to nine seasons.

A fourth year commerce student, Cruz couldn’t wait to end the spell.

"Ito na ‘yung pagkakataon namin. Hindi na namin pakakawalan ‘to."

The Tigers will open their best-of-three title match opposite elimination topnotchers Ateneo Blue Eagles tomorrow at the Araneta Coliseum.

Cruz is expected to play a key role in the Tigers’ drive for their 19th title in the league.

He scored 10 of his 14 points in overtime when the Tigers handed the Eagles their first loss in the elimination.

The rookie is averaging 17 points and a league-best 13 rebounds heading into the finals.

It’s just unfortunate that the league doesn’t allow a former Team B player to win the Rookie of the Year award.
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09-23-2006, 12:27 PM
Coaches predict tight UAAP series
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IT MAY not be the dream match everybody was expecting, but coaches of both Ateneo and University of Santo Tomas promised one hell of a series when the Eagles and Tigers clash for the 69th UAAP men’s basketball title beginning tomorrow.

Ateneo mentor Norman Black and UST counterpart Pido Jarencio agreed that the two teams are evenly matched, both having a roster blessed with size and speed.

Combined that with the fact that the Eagles and Tigers are meeting in the Finals for the very first time, make the best-of-three title series at the Araneta Coliseum a truly interesting one.

"It won’t be a walk in the park, definitely," said Black in yesterday’s session of the SCOOP sa Kamayan in Padre Faura, Manila. "I expect a tough, competitive series. UST matched up well with us, size-wise. It may come down to which team wants more, which team is more prepared and which team makes the right plays."

The No. 3 Tigers sealed the titular showdown with the top-seeded Eagles after beating fancied University of the East twice in a row, including a nail-biting 82-81 clinching win Thursday night.

The Warriors, seeded No. 2 at the end of the eliminations, and Eagles were the top two ranked teams many predicted would meet in the championship during the pre-season.

But Jarencio and his bunch of gritty Tigers had other plans.

"Before the start, walang pumapansin sa UST. Ni wala nga kami sa rankings," said Jarencio, a one-time UST hotshot himself. "Pero ngayon, sobra-sobrang achievement na ito sa amin. Mag-improve nga lang from last year ang target namin, tapos isipin mo, ngayon nasa Finals pa kami."

The Eagles made it to the best-of-three series a week earlier after eliminating No. 4 team Adamson Falcons, 76-73.

Black said hopefully the one-week rest won’t have a bad effect on his team.

"That was the challenge I gave to my players. The past few days, I tried to balance our practice so that we’ll have our legs back in time for Sunday," said the American coach, hoping to give the Loyola-based school its first UAAP championship since 2002.

Ateneo and UST split their head-to-head match up in the eliminations.

"I’ve seen how his team improved during the course of the season and they’re definitely on a roll right now. But we’ve beaten them before and we just want to win this championship badly," said Black.

Jarencio played for Black with San Miguel during his early years in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), winning a championship together along the way.

Now, they have to do the winning separately and against each other.

"Sabi ko sa mga bata nandito na tayo, tsaka pa ba natin pakakawalan ito," said the UST mentor, eyeing to win a title for the Tigers a decade after the school won its last championship.

"We’ll, I’m happy to see Pido succeeding as a coach. But we’re on the opposite side now and we just have to fight this one out," Black said.

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09-23-2006, 12:30 PM
Eagles vs Tigers in 1st Ateneo-UST final

BY JOEL ORELLANA, The Manila Times Reporter
www.abs-cbnnews.com


New scenery, but the same atmosphere.

For the first time in the league’s finals history, Ateneo de Manila University and University of Santo Tomas will slug it out for the title in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament.

Both schools had memorable encounters in the past, including a closed-door match to continue an interrupted game at the Astrodome in the late ‘90s owing to a fracas involving the players and supporters of both teams.

That incident created a rivalry between Ateneo’s Blue Eagles and UST’s Growling Tigers, and their titular showdown could revive that chaotic but competitive setting as they go all out for the title.

Game 1 is on Sunday at the Big Dome, with the Eagles emerging as clear favorites in the best-of-three championship after dominating performances in the eliminations and semifinal.

“This is a different battle for us. UST is a very deep team and very athletic. I think it will be a very interesting series,” said Ateneo head coach Norman Black, who is eyeing his first collegiate crown after winning 10 titles in the Philippine Basketball Association.

The odds are in favor of the Loyola-based team, as it topped the eliminations with a 10-2 card and took an easier route to the finals after subduing 4th-ranked Adamson University.

Santo Tomas experienced its most arduous way of reaching the finals for the first time since 1999, as it had to beat the Adamson Falcons in a playoff to gain the No. 3 seed and then won two in a row in the semis against the 2nd-seeded University of the East.

That unbelievable feat silenced the critics of the Tigers, who were never considered to figure for the champion before the 69th season started.

“Before the season began, nobody ranked us in the top four. We were just good for 5th or 6th, they said, but at least now we’re No. 2 and could become No. 1,” said an ecstatic UST coach Pido Jarencio.

“I’m only going to brag now. I’m not surprised that we’re in the finals, because I have high expectations for this team. We had routed all our opponents in the offseason even if we hid our team’s aces,” Jarencio added.

Ateneo and UST split their elimination round meetings in contrasting fashions. The Eagles bludgeoned the Tigers, 114-78, but the latter retaliated with a morale-boosting 88-80 win that snapped their foes’ 8-game winning streak.

One sidelight of the series is Jarencio facing his former mentor in the PBA.

“I played for him in 1987, but he didn’t use me much. I wonder why?” jokingly said Jarencio, who never won a UAAP title while playing for the Glowing Goldies, UST’s old moniker, in the ‘80s.

Black, meanwhile, is trying to bring back the UAAP crown to the Loyola campus since last winning it in 2002 under coach Joel Banal.

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09-24-2006, 09:48 AM
Ateneo-UST title tiff on


Inquirer
Last updated 05:07am (Mla time) 09/24/2006

Published on page A21 of the September 24, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

THEIR contrasting campaigns hardly matter.

FOR the Ateneo Blue Eagles and the Santo Tomas Tigers, the UAAP Finals will likely be an even encounter.

“Our biggest advantage this season has been our size, but that has been pretty much negated by the size of the UST team,” said Ateneo coach Norman Black. “They may not have the size of (6-foot-6 Rabeh) Al Hussaini, but overall their guards are very big.”

The Eagles and the Tigers will square off in Game 1 of the best-of-three series at 4 p.m. today at the Araneta Coliseum.

The series marks the first time Ateneo and UST will meet in the UAAP championship round. The two schools last battled for the title in the NCAA Finals in 1931. UST then moved out of the NCAA when the UAAP was formed in 1938 with Ateneo joining the university league in the ’80s.

While the top-ranked Eagles cruised to the Finals, the Tigers battled adversities throughout the season.

“To get into the Finals is more than what we expected,” said UST coach Pido Jarencio. “I did not even promise that we’ll get in the Final Four. I just wanted the team to improve.”

In the semifinal series, the Tigers toppled the second-seeded University of the East Warriors to become the fifth squad in league history to overcome the twice-to-beat advantage.

Perseverance has also marked the Tigers’ run in the elimination round when they climbed to third place despite a rash of illness and injuries to their key players.

“In every game, we’re always ready,” noted Jarencio. “There’s no pressure for us in the Finals, we have nothing to lose.”

Indeed, the pressure may weigh more on the Eagles, who ruled the eliminations and easily disposed of the Adamson Falcons in the Final Four.

For Black, Ateneo’s first victory over UST—a lopsided 114-78 decision—is already irrelevant.

In the second round, the rejuvenated Tigers halted the Eagles’ eight-game winning streak with an 88-80 overtime win.

“I think what we need to improve from the last time we played UST is our rebounding,” said Black. “We like to run, we like to go out and make it an up tempo game, so we must control our defensive boards to be able to win in this series.”

JC Intal, playing his best season for the Eagles and a favorite for the MVP award, leads a veteran cast including Macky Escalona, Doug Kramer and clutch-shooter Chris Tiu. -- Jasmine W. Payo

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09-24-2006, 09:54 AM
Eagles, Tigers start championship duel



By NOLI CRUZ
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AFTER GOING under the radar for most of the season, the University of Santo Tomas Tigers couldn’t wait to share the spotlight with the Ateneo Blue Eagles. “We’re not afraid of them. Ready to fight kami palagi,” said Tigers coach Pido Jarencio on the eve of their title series opener against the Eagles in the 69th UAAP basketball tournament.


The Tigers, easily the biggest surprise of the season, and the Eagles will start their series at 4 p.m. today at the Araneta Coliseum.

With a rookie monster inside in Jervy Cruz and a gang of shooters led by veterans Jojo Duncil and Anthony Espiritu, the Tigers aren’t exactly the weaker of the two finalists.

But the Eagles certainly have the edge in terms of experience.

The Eagles will be making their fourth trip to the finals in six years while the Tigers will be making their first appearance in a title series since 1999.

"We will not be satisfied unless the championship is already on the bag," said Eagles coach Norman Black. "We always expect to win everytime we go out there."

Can’t blame him for expecting much.

The Eagles have arguably the deepest line-up in the league led by MVP candidates JC Intal and Doug Kramer. They also have one of the deadliest clutch shooters in the league in Chris Tiu.

But the Tigers, who are eyeing their 19th title, have shown that they can beat a more experienced squad by eliminating the fancied and twice-to-beat University of the East Red Warriors in the Final Four.

The finalists split their elimination meetings.

The Eagles drew first blood with a 30-plus win, but the Tigers pulled off an overtime shocker in the second round.

"They (Tigers) have shown tremendous improvement in the second round and credit goes to coach Pido for making the right adjustments," said Black. "But we have beaten them before and I see no reason why we can’t do that again in the finals."

Meanwhile, the UST Tigresses and the Far Eastern U Baby Tamaraws will try to clinch the championship in their respective divisions.

The Tigresses face the FEU Lady Tamaraws at 12 p.m. in the women’s division while the Baby Tamaraws meet the Ateneo Blue Eaglets at 2 p.m. in the juniors.