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gameface_one
09-19-2006, 08:03 AM
Collegiate Champion’s League starts Oct. 1



Inquirer
Last updated 05:19am (Mla time) 09/19/2006

Published on page A24 of the September 19, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

CAN THE University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) keep its supremacy in the Collegiate Champion’s League?

The answer will be known when 16 crack teams from different leagues in Metro Manila, Visayas and Mindanao dispute the title in this year’s CCL starting Oct. 1.

The top four teams from the UAAP are expected to dominate again, but their counterparts from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) have gotten stronger and are more than capable of snatching the title away from their league.

Teams from the UAAP won the first three editions of the event with the University of the East Warriors claiming the title in the inaugural season and the Far Eastern University Tamaraws taking the next two.

Also invited are the champions from the National Athletic Association of State Colleges and Universities (NAASCU), National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) and Universities and Colleges Athletic Association (UCAA).

There are two slots available for teams from the Visayas and Mindanao.

Battling for the slots are the top four teams from Cebu (CSAFI) and the champions in Negros (Nopscea) and Davao (DCAA).

Completing the cast are the three wild card entries to be determined by the sports media representatives on the basis of previous and current competitive performance.

The leading wild card candidates are defending champion FEU and Colleges and Universities Sports Association (CUSA) defending champion Philippine Maritime Institute.

Scholarship funding and sports equipment/facilities amounting to P850,000 are at stake in the two-week competition.

The champion school will receive P500,000 worth of scholarships and sports equipment, while the second, third and fourth placers will get P200,000, P100,000 and P50,000 worth of prizes, respectively.

gameface_one
09-19-2006, 08:31 AM
16 top collegiate teams join Champions League
mb.com.ph





SIXTEEN CRACK teams from different leagues in Metro Manila, Visayas and Mindanao will dispute the title in this year’s Collegiate Champions League starting Oct. 1.


The top four teams from the University Athletic Association of the Philippines are expected to dominate again, but their counterparts from the National Collegiate Athletic Association are more than capable of snatching the title away from their league.

Teams from the UAAP won the first three stagings of the national event with the University of the East Red Warriors claiming the title in the inaugural season and the Far Eastern U Tamaraws taking the next two.

Also invited are the champions from the National Athletic Association of State Colleges and Universities, National Capital Region Athletic Association and Universities and Colleges Athletic Association.

There are two slots available for the teams from the Visayas and Mindanao areas. Battling for the slots are the top four teams from Cebu and the champions in Negros and Davao.

Completing the cast are the three wild card entries to be determined by the sports media representatives on the basis of previous and current competitive performance.

The leading wild card candidates are defending champion FEU and Colleges and Universities Sports Association defending champion Philippine Maritime Institute.

Scholarship funding and sports equipment/facilities amounting to R850,000 are at stake in the two-week competition.

The champion school will receive R500,000 worth of scholarships and sports equipment, while the second, third and fourth placers will get R200,000, R100,000 and R50,000 worth of prizes, respectively.

chocoks77
09-19-2006, 09:45 AM
Ano kaya ang venue na gagamitin nito?

gameface_one
09-20-2006, 09:20 AM
FEU out of Champs League tilt
abs-cbnnews.com


Defending champion Far Eastern University wont’ be back to defend its Collegiate Champions League title.

After bombing out in the 69th season of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament, the Tamaraws reportedly disbanded their team, leaving them without a ready squad that is expected to be given a wild card entry for the October 4 to 14 tournament proper.

"From what we’ve told, FEU has disbanded its team, with coach Bert Flores as the only remnant from last season," said event chairman Rey Gamboa Tuesday at the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum.

Even if it manages to form a new core, Gamboa said FEU won’t qualify since under the Champions League rules, only the current official team of a school is allowed to see action.

The Tamaraws are the defending back-to-back champions of the tournament featuring powerhouse teams from the major collegiate leagues around the country.

The University of the East Warriors won the inaugural staging of the meet considered as brainchild of current University of the Philippines mentor Joe Lipa.

Even without FEU, Gamboa, the former Philippine Basketball Association chairman, still sees stiff competition among the 16 teams vying for honor as the best collegiate team in the Philippines.

"The tournament is actually patterned after the US NCAA’s Sweet 16, where the losers go home and the winners advance," said Gamboa during the formal launching of the meet at the PSA Forum at the Pantalan Restaurant in Manila.

The Champions League will be covered by Solar Sports, which is also the launching pad of the cable network’s newest channel, Basketball TV (Channel 35).

Jude Turcuato, vice-president for marketing, sports division of Solar, said Basketball TV takes over the channel slot of SportsPlus, whose major programs such as the National Football League, Nascar and World Poker Tour will be transferred to Solar Sports.

"All basketball programs in Solar Sports are now going to be seen in Basketball TV such as the NBA, FIBA and the EuroLeague," said Turcuato.

Rely San Agustin, marketing manager of Basketball TV and Eric Centeno, business development and special project manager of Solar Sports, accompanied Turcuato to the public sports program sponsored by Pagcor, Mayor Lito Atienza of Manila and Manila Sports Council chairman Ali Atienza.

Gamboa also announced that Philippine Basketball League head Chino Trinidad is the Champions League commissioner.

Schools seeing action are the top four teams in both the UAAP and National Collegiate Athletics Association, while slots are also reserved for champion teams from the National Capital Region Athletics Association (NCRAA), Universities and Colleges Athletics Association (UCAA) and the National Athletics Association of State Colleges and Universities (NAASCU).

The top four teams from Cebu and the champion squads from Davao and Bacolod will dispute two more berths at stake in a knockout series to be held at the Queen City of the South from October 1 to 2.

The remaining three slots are to be given as wild card entries, to be determined by the sports media representatives on the basis of previous and current competitive performances. The Manila Times

gameface_one
09-20-2006, 09:32 AM
Champs League still tough sans Tams

The Philippine Star 09/20/2006

Defending champion Far Eastern U wont’ be back to defend its Collegiate Champions League title.

After bombing out in the 69th season of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament, the Tamaraws disbanded their team, leaving them without a ready squad that is expected to be given a wild card entry for the Oct. 4-14 tournament proper.

"From what we’ve been told, FEU has disbanded its team, with coach Bert Flores as the only remnant from last season," said event chairman Rey Gamboa.

Even in the absence of FEU, Gamboa, the former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) chairman, still sees a stiff competition among the 16 teams vying for honor as the best collegiate team in the Philippines.

Gamboa also announced that Philippine Basketball League (PBL) head Chino Trinidad will be the Champions League commissioner.

"The tournament is actually patterned after the US NCAA’s Sweet 16, where the losers go home and the winners advance," said Gamboa during the formal launching of the meet at the PSA Forum yesterday at the Pantalan Restaurant in Manila

Even if it manages to form a new core, Gamboa said FEU won’t still qualify since under the Champions League rules, only the current official team of a school is allowed to see action.

The Tamaraws are the defending back-to-back champions of the tournament featuring powerhouse teams from the major collegiate leagues around the country.

The University of the East Warriors won the inaugural staging of the meet considered as brainchild of current State U mentor Joe Lipa.

The Champions League will be covered by Solar Sports, whose coverage is the launching pad of the network’s newest cable channel ‘Basketball TV’ (Channel 35).

Jude Turcuato, vice president for marketing, sports division of Solar, said Basketball TV takes over the channel slot of SportsPlus, whose major programs such as the National Football League(NFL), NASCAR and poker games will be transferred to Solar Sports.

Schools seeing action are the top four teams in both the UAAP and NCAA while slots are also reserved for champion teams from NCRAA, UCAA and NAASCU.

full battle gear
09-26-2006, 11:01 AM
Champs League ‘Sweet 16’ final cast up today


Inquirer
Last updated 06:12am (Mla time) 09/26/2006

Published on page A24 of the September 26, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE THREE WILD-CARD entries that will complete the “Sweet 16” of this year’s Collegiate Champion’s League will be known today as basketball reporters, columnists and sports editors of national papers rank the land’s leading varsity teams in a lunch hosted by Solar Sports at the National Sports Grill.

It will be the first time in the history of college basketball that teams will be ranked by media.

Among the candidates for the wild-card spots are the University of the Philippines and National University, Jose Rizal University, San Sebastian College, STI Colleges and Philippine Maritime Institute and Manuel L. Quezon University.

Already seeded in the Sweet 16 are UAAP teams Ateneo de Manila University, University of Santo Tomas, University of the East and Adamson University; NCAA teams San Beda College, Philippine Christian University, Letran College and Mapua Institute of Technology, NAASCU champion AMA Computer University, UCAA champion Emilio Aguinaldo College and NCRAA champion St. Francis of Assisi School.

There will be also two seeded teams from the Visayas-Mindanao region. The teams competing for the two slots are the top four teams of CESAFI -- University of Visayas, University of Cebu, University of San Carlos and San Jose Recoletos -- NOPSEA titlist West Negros Colleges and the champion of the DAA-Davao competition.

full battle gear
09-27-2006, 10:39 AM
Bulldogs, Bombers get Champs League slots

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 01:03am (Mla time) 09/27/2006

Published on Page A28 of the September 27, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

SO WHICH SCHOOL has the best varsity team in the land?

The search begins when the Philippine Collegiate Champions League pits the country’s top 16 squads in a knockout-style tournament from Oct. 3 to 14.

Among the heavy favorites for the top two slots are the San Beda Red College Lions and the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles.

Also seeded in the Sweet 16 are the Final Four contenders in the UAAP (University of Santo Tomas, University of the East and Adamson University) and in the NCAA (Philippine Christian University, Letran College and Mapua Institute of Technology).

Two schools will represent the Visayas and Mindanao after the regional qualifiers on Oct. 1.

Three other colleges earned outright berths after bagging the title in their respective leagues -- St. Francis of Assisi in the National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA), AMA Computer University in the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) and Emilio Aguinaldo College in the Universities and Colleges Athletic Association (UCAA).

Jose Rizal University, National University and Philippine Maritime Institute secured the three wildcard slots by topping the media votes.

full battle gear
09-27-2006, 10:47 AM
Top varsity teams slug it out
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 09/27/2006

The best and the brightest in collegiate basketball, led by newly crowned NCAA champion San Beda and UAAP title protagonists Ateneo and University of Santo Tomas, get the rare chance to test each other’s mettle as they compete in the Champions League slated Oct. 3-14 at four venues in Metro Manila.

A total of 16 squads will slug it out for pride, glory and bragging rights as the country’s top basketball school in the 12-day meet offering a total of P850,000 in scholarship grants, including the champion’s pot of P500,000.

"It’s definitely going to be exciting because the country’s top college teams are joining here," said Rey Gamboa, who chairs the organizing group.

Joining San Beda, Ateneo and UST in the Sweet 16 are NCAA runner-up Philippine Christian U, and other league champions St. Francis of Assisi, AMA and Emilio Aguinaldo College.

St. Francis topped the National Capital Region Athletic Association while AMA and EAC ruled the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities and Universities and Colleges Athletic Association, respectively.

Also gaining outright berths to the round-of-16 are University of the East, Adamson, Letran College and Mapua, all Final Four qualifiers in the UAAP and NCAA.

Jose Rizal, which will host next year’s NCAA, Philippine Maritime Institute and National U made it as wildcards in yesterday’s media voting held at the National Sports Grill.

The Heavy Bombers gathered 29 votes from the sports media who attended the lunch hosted by Solar Sports. The Admirals got 19 votes while the Bulldogs received 12.

Others considered for wildcard spots were San Sebastian College, University of Perpetual Help, College of St. Benilde and Manuel L. Quezon University.

Six teams from Cebu, Bacolod and Davao headed by perennial regional champion University of Visayas, are fighting it out for the last two slots set Oct. 1-2 in Cebu City.

Venues tapped in this event, which will use a knock-out system format patterned after the US NCAA, are the Ninoy Aquino Stadium, the San Beda Gym, the Blue Eagle Gym and the UST Gym.

Meanwhile, the Red Lions, still high from the euphoria of winning their first title in nearly three decades, will compete in two other tournaments after the Champions League — the Bantay Bata 163 All-Stars, which pits the best players of the NCAA and the UAAP, and the Homegrown Cup.

San Beda coach Koy Banal will coach the NCAA selection which is expected to be headed by Nigerian behemoth Samuel Ekwe, the league’s second rookie MVP.

There are also plans to field a San Beda team in the PBL, possibly in one of the corporations chaired by businessman-sportsman Manny V. Pangilinan, a known supporter of the school.

Ekwe, however, would need the approval of the PBL board before it could play in the country’s premier amateur league.

Meanwhile, the Lions will leave for Hong Kong on Friday for a well-deserved weekend vacation, courtesy of MVP, who also gave each Lion a brand-new Nokia N70.

full battle gear
09-27-2006, 11:01 AM
Champions League
www.mb.com.ph


JRU, PMI, NU get wildcard tickets



JOSE RIZAL University, a late-bloomer in this year’s NCAA basketball competition, topped the ranking among non-seeded teams in the 4th Collegiate Champions League.

The Heavy Bombers of coach Ariel Vanguardia gathered 29 votes from the sports media who attended the lunch hosted by Solar Sports yesterday at the National Sports Grill.

They ended their campaign in the 82nd season of the oldest collegiate league in the land with victories over heavyweights Philippine Christian University and Mapua.

Also getting wildcard tickets were defending CUSA champion Philippine Maritime Institute and UAAP’s National University. The Admirals got 19 votes while the Bulldogs received 12.

Also considered for wildcard spots were San Sebastian College, University of Perpetual Help, College of St. Benilde and Manuel L. Quezon University.

JRU, PMI and NU will join seeded teams Ateneo, University of Santo Tomas, University of the East and Adamson of the UAAP, San Beda College, PCU, Letran and Mapua of the NCAA, NAASCU champion AMACU, UCAA champion Emilio Aguinaldo College and NCRAA champion St. Francis College.

Completing the Sweet 16 are the two seeded teams from the Visayas-Mindanao regions.

The teams competing for the two slots in the Vis-Min area are the top four teams of CESAFI namely the University of Visayas, University of Cebu, University of San Carlos and San Jose Recoletos, NOPSEA champion West Negros Colleges and the champion of the ongoing DAA-Davao competition.

whiplash
09-28-2006, 12:53 PM
looks tough and yet very exciting...

im from a UAAP school that i dont think is able to join (not a wild card entry) and so im rooting for Emilio Aguinaldo College or St. Francis of Assisi...

I believe that it takes a tougher coaching staff and a better program to still come out as champions in the light of not being a UAAP or an NCAA school...

I cant wait to see everyone in action!

AnthonyServinio
09-29-2006, 01:37 PM
Nothing against the winners, but I think that STI College deserved a wild card berth. STI entered the NAASCU Finals as the top seed only to lose to AMACU-QC. In the summer, STI was also beating the likes of Jose Rizal and National in both tournament (Father Martin, etc.) and practice games. It does not sound right for the Champions League to have teams that placed last or almost last in their tournaments.

Also, I think the University of the Visayas and West Negros College should be given outright berths and not go through qualifying. Visayas by virtue of its winning its sixth straight CESAFI crown a few weeks ago and West Negros because they are the reigning BAP Inter-Collegiate Champion. These teams could beat a Jose Rizal, PMI or National on a good day.

They should also reduce the UAAP and NCAA representatives to three and give two slots to provincial teams. This is when the Vis-Min qualifiers come in where the likes of San Carlos, Cebu, San Jose-Recoletos and the University of Mindanao will slug it out.

oca
09-29-2006, 02:17 PM
There is no argument, the schools that will banner this CCL will be the seeded teams from the NCAA and UAAP. But anyone who has monitored both the NCAA and UAAP should be raising doubts about the success of this edition of the CCL.

Consider this -

1. Magsisimula na ang CCL next week, but the second game of the UAAP championship is still to be played this Saturday, Sept 30.

In what emotional state will Ateneo and UST be when they play their first game here? Kahit sino ang manalo o matalo, I wonder kung may focus ang mga yan sa pagsimula ng labanan.

2. The NCAA champions Red Lions have been celebrating since the evening of Sept 22. Walang tigil na kainan, party at kung ano-ano pa. Malamang nga hindi pa uli tumapak sa gym nila yan since that evening of Sept 22. Off form at overweight ang mga iyan.

3. PCU and Letran will be playing without Espinas and Aban and Bautista who have all turned pro. If you know these teams, they are just not the same without these 3 players.

Of course, the schedule itself - that alone - is not conducive to making the event a success. October na, parating na ang finals. The players from all participating schools have to prepare for that.

I am not sure of the details, but this was never held in October before.

Talagang mali ang schedule.

oca
09-29-2006, 02:26 PM
* * *Nothing against the winners, but I think that STI College deserved a wild card berth.* STI entered the NAASCU Finals as the top seed only to lose to AMACU-QC.* In the summer, STI was also beating the likes of Jose Rizal and National in both tournament (Father Martin, etc.) and practice games.* It does not sound right for the Champions League to have teams that placed last or almost last in their tournaments.

* * *Also, I think the University of the Visayas and West Negros College should be given outright berths and not go through qualifying. Visayas by virtue of its winning its sixth straight CESAFI crown a few weeks ago and West Negros because they are the reigning BAP Inter-Collegiate Champion. These teams could beat a Jose Rizal, PMI or National on a good day.

* * *They should also reduce the UAAP and NCAA representatives to three and give two slots to provincial teams.* This is when the Vis-Min qualifiers come in where the likes of San Carlos, Cebu, San Jose-Recoletos and the University of Mindanao will slug it out.


The Cebu schools are not exactly alien to me. I know just how competitive they are. IMO, the finalist of the CESAFI should be given outright spots.

But as to the winner of the BAP organized Inter-Collegiate Championship, I dont think they deserve an automatic invite. Sorry, pero talagang walang credibility sa akin yung mga events ng BAP. In that same event, in the HS division, I do recall PCU-Union winning the title, but they actually placed third behind San Beda Red Cubs and SSC-R Staglets in a similar event held about 2 weeks earlier.

AnthonyServinio
09-29-2006, 02:39 PM
The Cebu schools are not exactly alien to me. I know just how competitive they are. IMO, the finalist of the CESAFI should be given outright spots.

But as to the winner of the BAP organized Inter-Collegiate Championship, I dont think they deserve an automatic invite. Sorry, pero talagang walang credibility sa akin yung mga events ng BAP. In that same event, in the HS division, I do recall PCU-Union winning the title, but they actually placed third behind San Beda Red Cubs and SSC-R Staglets in a similar event held about 2 weeks earlier.
I will agree with you on this, National was part of the Chinese-controlled BAP's Final Four that included Perpetual Help-Dalta and Angeles University Foundation. The tournament held in Bicol paled in comparison to the PBF's tilt in Manila that drew the real top guns of Pinoy college ball.

Maybe West Negros should be given an outright berth because it has dominated the NOPSCEA for the last three years or so.

By the way, there should be more reps from the provinces just like the first edition of the Champions League in 2002. That time, five provincial squads made the trip to Manila: University of Baguio, West Negros College, University of the Visayas, University of San Jose-Recoletos and University of Mindanao. It does not feel right that this year's joust will only see a maximum of two provincial teams.

joelex
10-03-2006, 01:47 AM
* * *Nothing against the winners, but I think that STI College deserved a wild card berth.* STI entered the NAASCU Finals as the top seed only to lose to AMACU-QC.* In the summer, STI was also beating the likes of Jose Rizal and National in both tournament (Father Martin, etc.) and practice games.* It does not sound right for the Champions League to have teams that placed last or almost last in their tournaments.

* * *Also, I think the University of the Visayas and West Negros College should be given outright berths and not go through qualifying.* Visayas by virtue of its winning its sixth straight CESAFI crown a few weeks ago and West Negros because they are the reigning BAP Inter-Collegiate Champion.* These teams could beat a Jose Rizal, PMI or National on a good day.

* * *They should also reduce the UAAP and NCAA representatives to three and give two slots to provincial teams.* This is when the Vis-Min qualifiers come in where the likes of San Carlos, Cebu, San Jose-Recoletos and the University of Mindanao will slug it out.


same here. STI i think has what it takes to beat NU and JRU. and besides, arent 4 reps from UAAP / NCAA too much already the wild cards come from them too?

AnthonyServinio
10-03-2006, 02:50 PM
October 1 (Sunday) -- New Cebu City Coliseum
Cebu d. West Negros, 84-76
Mindanao d. San Jose-Recoletos, 77-64

October 2 (Monday) -- New Cebu City Coliseum
Cebu d. San Carlos, 93-90
Visayas d. Mindanao, 83-68

The University of the Visayas Green Lancers and University of Cebu Webmasters earn trips to the Sweet 16 in Manila!

Howard the Duck
10-03-2006, 03:14 PM
This is dumb.
This like letting Sunderland play in the UEFA Champions League. heck even unheard of Swiss teams participate in the group stages.

gameface_one
10-05-2006, 09:00 AM
Collegiate Champions League

Warriors take on Generals; Cards play Doves today
mb.com.ph



UNIVERSITY OF the East coach Dindo Pumaren is expecting a tough time in their bid to reclaim the throne in the Collegiate Champions League.


"We’re all winners here and three days pa lang ulit kami nagpa-practice," Pumaren said on the eve of their Sweet 16 meeting with UCAA champions Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals at the latter’s gym.

The fifth-seeded Warriors will play without leading scorer Bonbon Custodio.

"He’s no longer joining our practice sessions," Pumaren said.

Custodio, who was suspended by the Warriors in their knockout game with the University of Santo Tomas Tigers in the Final Four, will not be eligible to play in the UAAP next season.

With the prolific wingman out, the Warriors will lean more on the inside-outside combo of Mark Borboran and Marcy Arellano.

"Even without Bonbon, we’re still a very competitive team," said Pumaren, who led the Warriors to a runner-up finish last year.

The Warriors won the title in 2003, making them the first champion of the tournament that gathered the 16 best college varsity teams in the land.

The Generals, seeded 12th, are expected to rely on Ronjay Buenafe, Alain Musni, John Valderama and their homecourt advantage in their bid to pull off an upset.

In the other game, the Mapua Cardinals of head coach Horacio Lim will test the mettle of many-time NCRAA champions Saint Francis De Assisi Doves of coach Gabby Velasco.

The eighth-seeded Cardinals will be bannered by Filipino-Canadian Kelvin De La Peña, Jerby Del Rosario, Jofferson Gonzales, Raymond Tiongco and Sean Co while the ninth-seeded Doves will parade Leomar Losentes, Martin Ilagan, Christopher Concepcion and Michael Rabor.

Scholarship funding and sports equipment/facilities amounting to R850,000 are at stake in the two-week competition. The champion school will receive R500,000 worth of scholarships and sports equipment, while the second, third and fourth placers will get R200,000, R100,000 and R50,000 worth of prizes, respectively.

The opening day doubleheader will be aired on Basketball TV starting 7 p.m.

oca
10-05-2006, 09:00 AM
Champs League opens today


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 03:33am (Mla time) 10/05/2006

Published on Page A26 of the October 5, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

TOP VARSITY action continues as the country’s leading teams display their wares in the “Sweet 16” of the Collegiate Champions League starting today at the Emilio Aguinaldo College gym.

The University of the East Warriors, seeded fifth in the tournament that pits 16 schools in a knockout-style contest, will take on the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals at 4 p.m.

“We took a 10-day break after the UAAP, so we expect a more prepared EAC team,” said UE coach Dindo Pumaren of the Generals, who were ranked 12th after bagging the Universities and Colleges Athletic Association (UCAA) title.

The eighth-seeded Mapua Institute of Technology Cardinals, who finished fourth in the NCAA, will battle the St. Francis of Assisi Doves at 2 p.m.

Ranked ninth, the Doves captured the title in the National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA).

Although the Warriors bowed to newly crowned UAAP champion University of Santo Tomas Tigers in the Final Four, Pumaren said his Warriors remain upbeat.

“Even if we practiced only for three days, we always try to do well in every competition that we join,” said Pumaren, who will be missing the services of top gunner Bonbon Custodio in the league.

School officials suspended Custodio in his final UAAP game as a “disciplinary measure.”

The Warriors, though, remain among the favorites with Marcy Arellano, Mark Borboran, Elmer Espiritu and Kelvin Gregorio.

The Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles, the UAAP runners-up, earned the No. 1 seed after topping the tournament criteria that included the team’s winning record and team composition.

NCAA champion San Beda College Lions claimed the second spot, while the Tigers secured the No. 3 seed. The Philippine Christian University Dolphins, who lost to the Lions in the NCAA Finals, were ranked fourth.

gameface_one
10-05-2006, 09:01 AM
Warriors launch bid minus Custodio

The Philippine Star 10/05/2006

University of the East Warriors coach Dindo Pumaren is expecting a tough time in their bid to reclaim the throne in the Collegiate Champions League.

"We’re all winners here and three days pa lang ulit kami nagpa-practice," Pumaren said on the eve of their Sweet 16 meeting with UCAA champions Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals at the latter’s gym.

The fifth seeded Warriors will play without leading scorer Bonbon Custodio.

"He’s no longer joining our practice sessions," Pumaren said.

Custodio, who was suspended by the Warriors in their knockout game with the University of Sto. Tomas Tigers in the Final Four, will not be eligible to play in the UAAP next season. With the prolific wingman out, the Warriors will lean more on the inside-outside combination of Mark Borboran and Marcy Arellano.

"Even without Bonbon, we’re still a very competitive team," said Pumaren, who led the Warriors to a runner-up finish last year.

The Warriors won the title in 2003, making them the first champion of the tournament that gathered the 16 best college varsity teams in the land.

The Generals, seeded 12th, are expected to rely on Ronjay Buenafe, Alain Musni, John Valderama and their homecourt advantage in their bid to pull off an upset.

In the other game, the Mapua Cardinals test the mettle of many-time NCRAA champions Saint Francis de Assisi Doves.

The eighth seeded Cardinals will be bannered by Filipino-Canadian Kelvin De La Peña, Jerby Del Rosario, Jofferson Gonzales, Raymond Tiongco and Sean Co while the ninth seeded Doves will parade Leomar Losentes, Martin Ilagan, Christopher Concepcion and Michael Rabor.

Scholarship funds and sports equipment/facilities amounting to P850,000 are at stake in the two-week competition. The champion school will receive P500,000 worth of scholarship grants and sports equipment, while the second, third and fourth placers will get P200,000, P100,000 and P50,000 worth of prizes, respectively.

The opening day double-header will be aired on Basketball TV starting 7 p.m.

gameface_one
10-05-2006, 09:16 AM
Webmasters off to Champions League
By Gabby G. Malagar
The Freeman 10/05/2006

In high spirits, the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters leave for Manila today to open their title campaign against last year's NCAA champion Letran Knights in the annual Collegiate Champions League.

Although the tournament officially starts today with two games scheduled at the Emilio Aguinaldo College gym, the Webmasters of coach Roel Gomez will face Letran tomorrow yet at 2 pm at the Ateneo Loyola gym in Quezon City.

The Webmasters made it into the so-called Sweet 16 the hard way, booting out Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) losing finalist University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors via a 93-90 thriller last October 2 at the Cebu Coliseum.

UC earlier knocked out Bacolod champion West Negros College (WNC) Mustangs, 84-76, set up a USC duel.

Still in the euphoria of their great escape over the Warriors, the Webmasters could only hope that their arsenals will be fully loaded especially their outside shooters to offset their inferior ceiling.

Allain Abellanosa has already sharpened his sword, thus, he is is expected to come up with a razor-sharp performance on both ends of the court.

Of course, Abellanosa needs the support of Jonathan Canceran, Jared Kane Abatayo, Janssen Abella and Marvin Ceniza for them to achieve their goal.

The odds somehow are in favor of UC as Letran will be playing without three of its key players in Boyet Bautista, Aaron Aban and Jonathan Aldave, who are already in the pro ranks.

Meanwhile, it will be the turn of the six-time CESAFI champion University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers to leave for Manila this Sunday. UV defeated the Philippine Christian University (PCU) Dolphins last year for its best finish in the league at third.

The Lancers will go up against the Adamson University Falcons led by UAAP MVP Ken Bono on Monday at the UST gym, home of the newly-crowned UAAP champions University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers.

For the past three years, the Lancers failed to reach the finals because they would always get hacked by Manila teams that include the University of the East (UE) Warriors, the led by reigning PBA MVP James Yap, the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws and San Sebastian College.

UV head coach Elmer "Boy" Cabahug is hoping that things would turn in their favor this time as they seek history in another dimension.

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10-06-2006, 08:07 AM
UE, Mapua rip Champs League foes

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 01:42am (Mla time) 10/06/2006

Published on Page A24 of the October 6, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE UNIVERSITY of the East Warriors showed no ill effects of their unceremonious exit in the UAAP recently.

Launching a 20-0 run late in the fourth period, the Warriors routed the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, 84-60, to advance to the quarterfinal round of the Champions League yesterday at the EAC gym.

“With what happened to us in the UAAP, I was worried they wouldn’t be focused, but they showed their game in the fourth quarter,” said UE coach Dindo Pumaren of the Warriors, who were ranked fifth in the knockout-style tournament that pits the country’s top 16 varsity teams.

The Warriors, who settled for third place in the UAAP, turned to Mark Borboran and James Martinez, who teamed up for 36 points.

Earlier, the Mapua Institute of Technology Cardinals also clinched a berth in the top eight after drubbing the St. Francis of Assisi Doves, 77-60.

Kelvin dela Peña fired 12 of his 14 points from beyond the arc to lead the eighth-ranked Cardinals’ strong second-half performance.

The NCAA fourth-placer also drew a 10-point, third-quarter job from Sean Co.

“It’s a privilege to beat a champion team,” said Mapua coach Horacio Lim after routing the Doves, who recently bagged the National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) crown.

The Generals, champion of the Universities and Colleges Athletic Association, sliced the Warriors' 59-47 edge to 61-55 early in the fourth.

The Cardinals will face the winner between top-ranked Ateneo Blue Eagles and the Philippine Maritime Institute.

The scores:

First Game

MAPUA 77 -- Dela Peña 14, Co 10, Gonzales 9, Tiongco 9, N. Pascual 8, Mazo 7, Del Rosario 7, Sumalinog 5, J. Pascual 3, Guillermo 2, Acosta 2, Palomique 2, Virata 0, Migraso 0, Cinco 0.

ST. FRANCIS 60 -- Losentes 19, Ilagan 16, Paez 10, Leynes 7, Concepcion 6, Rabor 0, Martin 0,Castanarez 0, Ticzon 0, Ollano 0, Donesa 0, Ticson 0.

Quarters: 14-13, 31-30, 59-43, 77-60

Second Game

UE 84 -- Borboran 19, Martinez 17, Gregorio 10, Canizares 15, Espiritu 8, Briones 5, Labagala 4, Arellano 4, Reyes 2, Bandaying 0, Lingganay 0, Llagas 0.

EAC 60 -- Buenafe 13, Melocoton 13, Ebuen 11, Castillo 8, Baybay 6, Musni 4, Valderama 4, Daculan 1, Anzures 0, Mendoza 0, Manansala 0, Hubalde 0, Lapuz 0.

Quarters: 16-11, 32-31, 55-47, 84-60

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10-06-2006, 08:09 AM
Warriors pull off coup vs Generals
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 10/06/2006

University of the East vented its UAAP frustration on Emilio Aguinaldo College, fashioning out an 84-60 rout yesterday in the Sweet 16 of the Collegiate Champions League at the packed Emilio Aguinaldo College gym.

Mark Borboran fired 19 points while James Martinez churned out 17 points, including 15 from behind the arc, as the Warriors advanced to the quarterfinal round of the annual event staking a total of P850,000 in scholarship grants and sports equipment.

UE, which blew a twice-to-beat edge in the Final Four to eventual UAAP champion University of Santo Tomas, thus arranged a quarterfinal showdown with the winner of the NCAA runner-up Philippine Christian U and UCAA titlist AMA U matchup.

"I was worried the disappointment of the UAAP will carry on in this game," said UE coach Dindo Pumaren. "If you noticed, the boys were tight in the first half but they came through in the fourth quarter."

The Generals, behind PBL veteran Ronjay Buenafe, kept the game close in the first half and were still in the game in the final quarter, trailing at 55-61 with seven minutes to go.

But Martinez unloaded an 8-0 binge to spark a decisive 20-0 run that took the fight out from the Nomar Isla-mentored EAC side.

Earlier, Mapua made a good impression on its first stint in the Champions League, beating St. Francis of Assisi, 77-60.

The Cardinals used a huge third quarter run to clip the Doves and advance to the quarterfinal round of the annual event against the winner of the Ateneo-PMI duel.

"It’s a privilege to play in the league of champions," said Mapua coach Horacio Lim. "It’s our first time to qualify and we’re happy to get a win in our debut here."

Seeded eighth, just a notch higher than the Doves, the Cardinals drilled in the majority of their nine three-pointers in the third period to turn a close contest into a runaway victory.

They outscored the NCRAA champions, 28-13, to turn a one-point halftime lead into a 59-43 bubble.

"I told the boys the third quarter would be critical because the game was close. Fortunately we hit some outside shots to take control," Lim said.

The Cardinals, fourth placers in the NCAA, led by as many as 23 points on a transition basket by Jofferson Gonzales, 63-45, 6:34 to play.

Filipino-Canadian Kelvin Dela Peña scored 14 points to lead the balanced attack of the Cardinals while forward Sean Co contributed 10.

High-scoring guard Leomar Losentes, a St. Francis basketball star from his junior days, led the Doves with 19 points.

But he was scoreless in the final frame as the Doves failed to gain grounds. Raymund Ilagan chipped in a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

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10-06-2006, 08:15 AM
Collegiate Champions League
www.mb.com.ph


UE, Mapua win openers

By NOLI CRUZ

JAMES MARTINEZ made the University of the East Warriors forget they’re missing Bonbon Custodio last night in their Sweet 16 duel opposite the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals.

The streaky shooter scored eight points, highlighted by two three-pointers, in a 12-3 run early in the fourth as the Warriors won pulling away over the Generals, 84-60, in the opening day of the Collegiate Champions League at the Emilio Aguinaldo College Gym.

His sudden explosion came after the Generals pulled to within 52-59, 7:56 left.

The Warriors usually turn to Custodio when the going gets tough, but the prolific guard is no longer around after playing out his last year of eligibility in the UAAP.

"We’re a little tentative sa simula dahil na rin sa kakulangan ng ensayo," said UE Coach Dindo Pumaren, adding that they only had three days of practice heading into the tournament.

"Nagpahinga kasi kami for 10 days pagkatapos ng Final Four sa UAAP."

After a tight first half, the Warriors built a 12-point lead midway in the third on a dunk by Mark Borboran, 47-35, 6:22 to go in the period.

The Warriors will meet the winner between the fourth-seeded Philippine Christian University Dolphins and AMACU Titans in the quarterfinals.

In the first game, the Mapua Cardinals used a huge third quarter run to turn back St. Francis De Assisi Doves, 77-60, and advance to the next round.

"It’s a privilege to play in the league of champions," said Mapua coach Horacio Lim. "It’s our first time to qualify and we’re happy to get a win in our debut here."

The Cardinals will next face the winner between the Ateneo Blue Eagles and the Philippine Maritime Institute Admirals.

Seeded eighth, just a notch higher than the Doves, the Cardinals drilled in the majority of their nine three-pointers in the third period to pull away. They outscored the NCRAA champions, 28-13, to turn a one-point halftime lead into a 59-43 bubble.

"I told the boys na critical ang third quarter dahil masyadong dikit ang laro. Fortunately we hit some outside shots to take control," Lim said.

The Cardinals, fourth placers in the NCAA, led by as many as 23 points on a transition basket by Jofferson Gonzales, 63-45, 6:34 to play.

Filipino-Canadian Kelvin dela Peña scored 14 points to lead the balanced attack of the Cardinals while forward Sean Co contributed 10.

High-scoring guard Leomar Losentes, a St. Francis basketball star from his junior days, led the Doves with 19 points. But he was scoreless in the final frame as the Doves failed to gain grounds. Raymund Ilagan chipped in a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

The Phanatic
10-06-2006, 09:35 AM
Is basketball TV covering all the games? On a delayed telecast basis?

cricohermoso
10-06-2006, 01:23 PM
delayed.

Ateneo-PMI game will be shown at 9pm on Basketball TV.
(i'll try to watch live, though).

gameface_one
10-07-2006, 11:52 AM
Collegiate Champions League



By NOLI CRUZ
mb.com.ph



PLAYING THEIR first game after a bitter finals defeat, the Ateneo Blue Eagles were anything but sweet hosts in the Sweet 16 last night at the Blue Eagle Gym.



The University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) runner-up overpowered the Philippine Maritime Institute Admirals, 87-73, to arrange a quarterfinal duel with the Mapua Cardinals in the Collegiate Champions League.

The Eagles showed early why they’re the top seeded team in the annual classic by doubling the Admirals’ output at one point, 44-22, after a 16-2 run capped by three-pointer from Eman Monfort.

"We’re still emotionally drained. Puso na lang ang nagdala sa amin sa laro," said coach Sandy Arespacochaga, pinch-hitting for Norman Black who is currently in Toronto, Canada.

The Admirals failed to come closer than 10 points the rest of the way.

Doug Kramer led the Eagles with 16 points and seven rebounds while Rabeh Al-Hussaini, a non-factor in the UAAP finals, added 15 and 11 rebounds.

Meanwhile, life after Boyet Bautista isn’t that bad for the Letran Knights after all.

With coach Louie Alas giving emphasis on their passing game, the Knights doused the repeated rallies of the persistent University of Cebu Webmasters en route to an 81-71 win in another Sweet 16 duel.

The Knights also got clutch hits from John Meledrito, a former back-up of Bautista, in the final minute to secure their slot in the quarterfinals.

They will next face the winner between UAAP champ University of Sto. Tomas Tigers and wildcard entry Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers.

Meledrito scored the last six points of the Knights, including a three-point play that stopped the run of the Webmasters and gave them a 78-69 lead, 1:01 left.

"Malaking kawalan sa amin si Boyet," said Alas. "He’s been the leader of this team for a long time kaya sa ensayo namin talagang nag-focus kami sa ball distribution."

Bautista is now playing for the Purefoods Chunkee Giants in the Philippine Basketball Association. The Knights hardly missed him, anyway.

They had 19 assists on 30 field goals made and didn’t panic even when the Webmasters came charging back in the fourth period.

"I just told the boys na kahit anong mangyari mag-i-stick kami sa game plan namin, which is to find the open man with our ball movement," Alas said.

After trailing by 14 points early in the third, 29-43, the Webmasters rallied behind the hot hands of Jonathan Canceran.

Back-to-back baskets from Canceran and an under-goal stab from Kelvin Julliane pulled them to within 57-61, 8:31 to go.

The Knights restored a double-digit spread with a 10-2 run, 71-59, but the Webmasters kept on coming back.

gameface_one
10-07-2006, 11:52 AM
Blue Eagles, Knights hurdle rivals

The Philippine Star 10/07/2006

Playing its first game after a bitter finals defeat in the UAAP, Ateneo dominated Philippine Maritime Institute, 87-73, to open its title campaign in the Collegiate Champions League at the Blue Eagle Gym yesterday.

The Eagles, who lost the UAAP crown to the UST Tigers in a classic finale, showed early why they’re the top seeded team in the annual classic, doubling the Admirals’ output at one point, 44-22, behind a 16-2 run capped by three-pointer from Eman Monfort before coasting to the victory.

"We’re still emotionally drained. Puso na lang ang nagdala sa amin sa laro," said coach Sandy Arespacochaga, pinch-hitting for Norman Black who is currently in Toronto, Canada.

The Admirals failed to come closer than 10 points the rest of the way.

Doug Kramer led the Eagles with 16 points and seven rebounds while Rabeh Al-Hussaini, a non-factor in the UAAP finals, added 15 and 11 rebounds for Ateneo, which faces Mapua in the quarterfinal round next week.

Meanwhile, Letran routed University of Cebu, 81-71, to likewise advance to the quarters against the winner between the Tigers and wildcard entry the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers on Monday.

The Knights got clutch hits from John Meledrito in the final minute to secure their slot in the next round.

Meledrito scored the last six points of the Knights, including a three-point play that stopped the run of the Webmasters and gave them a 78-69 lead, 1:01 left.

"Boyet is a big loss," said Alas, referring to Boyet Bautista, who is now with Purefoods in the PBA. "He’s been the leader of this team for a long time so we really worked hard on ball distribution in practice."

The Knights hardly missed him, anyway.

They had 19 assists on 30 field goals made and didn’t panic even when the Webmasters came charging back in the fourth period.

After trailing by 14 points early in the third, 29-43, the Webmasters rallied behind the hot hands of Jonathan Canceran.

gameface_one
10-07-2006, 11:54 AM
Ateneo tramples PMI


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 02:04am (Mla time) 10/07/2006

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

THE Ateneo Blue Eagles put out their heartbreaking UAAP campaign behind to swamp Philippine Maritime Institute Admirals, 87-73, and clinch a quarterfinal berth in the Collegiate Champions League yesterday at the Blue Eagle Gym. Doug Kramer finished with 16 points and seven rebounds to power the Eagles’ early charge against the Admirals, the wildcard entry that occupied the last 16th slot in the knockout contest.

The highly favored Eagles bowed to the Santo Tomas Tigers in the UAAP Finals series five days ago. But the tournament top seed remained sharp on court and easily erected a 22-point advantage, 44-22, in the second period. With head coach Norman Black in the United States, deputy Sandy Arespacochaga manned the Ateneo sidelines. “The team is okay, they’re strong men,” said Arespacochaga. “We only practiced for one day due to fatigue and academics.”

The Letran Knights also joined Ateneo and opening-day winners UE and Mapua in the top eight after nipping University of Cebu, 81-71, in the first game.

Miko Quinday topscored with 16 points for the sixth-seeded Knights, who scored their first win since bowing out in the NCAA with five straight losses.

“We introduced a passing game,” said Letran coach Louie Alas. “We made sure that, before we attack, we move the ball around.”

When the Webmasters moved within 61-57, the Knighs clustered six points for a 67-57 edge.

The scores:

Second Game

ATENEO 87—Kramer 16, Al Hussaini 15, Monfort 12, Intal 10, Tiu 7, Barracoso 6, Quimson 6, Reyes 5, Escueta 3, Escalona 2, Uichico 2, Arao 2, Laterre 1.

PMI 73—Rodriguez 24, Catimbang 21,Castro 8, Sta. Maria 6, Ressurection 6, Sta. Maria 3, De Guzman 2, Castillo 2, Dimagiba 1, Dela Cruz 0, Rance 0, Fuego 0 Luto 0.

Quarters: 27-18, 49-32, 68-53, 87-73

whiplash
10-08-2006, 03:53 PM
question:

why were the St Francis Doves ranked 9th when they lost to Emilio AGuinaldo in the Championship of the UCAA and the Generals were ranked 12th?

Shouldnt EAC go vs MApua and SFACS vs UE? well the games are over....

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10-09-2006, 09:56 AM
UST Tigers battle Bombers in Champs caging


Inquirer
Last updated 04:39am (Mla time) 10/09/2006

Published on page A26 of the October 9, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

NO AMOUNT of post-championship celebration -- or even a nasty rumor -- can distract the University of Santo Tomas Tigers from their quest for further glory.

As the Tigers continued to bask in their glorious UAAP title campaign, rumors spread wildly yesterday that Finals Most Valuable Player Jojo Duncil was shot dead in a Malate bar.

“I’ve been receiving calls early this morning (yesterday), it’s not true,” said UST team manager Clarence Aytona. “I called Jojo right away and I was able to talk to him. Yes, the team had an event in Malate (Saturday night). I don’t know where the rumors came from.”

In fact, the Tigers will be back on court, just a week after bagging the UAAP crown, to battle the Jose Rizal University Bombers in the Collegiate Champions League at 4 p.m. today at the UST gym.

Coach Pido Jarencio doesn’t mind either if the Tigers were only seeded third in the tournament that pits the Top 16 varsity teams in the country.

The Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles, who bowed to the Tigers in the UAAP Finals, are top seeds. NCAA champion San Beda College is ranked No. 2.

“It doesn’t matter, we’re always ready to play,” said Jarencio.

Ateneo, University of the East (No. 5), Letran College (No. 6) and Mapua Institute of Technology (No.8) had already advanced to the quarterfinals after prevailing in their knockout assignments last week.

The seventh-ranked Adamson University Falcons will also try to move to the next round when they tackle the University of the Visayas Lancers at 2 p.m.

A powerhouse in the Visayan varsity leagues, the Lancers are expected to put up a tough fight when the Falcons debut under new mentor Bogs Adornado. -- Jasmine W. Payo

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10-09-2006, 10:01 AM
Tigers test Bombers in Champs League

The Philippine Star 10/08/2006

University of Santo Tomas, riding the crest of its amazing title conquest in the UAAP, opens its bid for another crown as it plays wildcard Jose Rizal University at the resumption of the Collegiate Champions League at the UST gym today.

Gametime is 4 p.m. with the Tigers, led by Jervy Cruz and Jojo Duncil, heavily favored to prevail over the Bombers and advance in the knockout style format event among 16 top collegiate teams in the country.

"Just what I’ve been saying in the past, I’m not promising anything, we’ll just be going to work hard to win another title," UST coach Pido Jarencio said.

In another round-of-16 game, Adamson takes on perennial Visayan champion University of Visayas at 2 p.m.

Adamson will parade UAAP MVP Ken Bono and new coach William "Bogs" Adornado, a three-time MVP in the PBA who took over from now Welcoat Dragons mentor Leo Austria early this month.

UV, on the other hand, topped the Visayan-Mindanao leg last week. It is also the same school that produced the likes of San Miguel hotshot Dondon Hontiveros, pro sophomore Neil Raneses and PBL standout JR Quinahan.

Cruz hopes to flash the form he showed during the UAAP wars, so does Duncil, who won the MVP of both the UAAP finals and the just-concluded Bantay Bata 163 All-Stars.

Unfazed by the Tigers’ credentials, Jose Rizal mentor Ariel Vanguardia vowed to give the hosts a good fight.

"We know we’re the underdogs, we just hope they’re still feeling the hangover of their championship run," said Vanguardia.

University of the East, Ateneo de Manila, Mapua and Letran College barged into the quarterfinals by hurdling their respective assignments Thursday and Friday.

Wang-Bu
10-09-2006, 03:43 PM
Maganda pinakita ng mga bata ko sa Champion's League, homecourt pa ng EAC tapos tinalo namin, tambakan din nangyari 84-60. Si James Martinez maganda ng buslo, kaya nga lang halatang hindi pa siya masyadong komportable sa pagiging pointguard. Nagibayo na ang kanyang pagpasa pati na din sa pag-set pero medyo malayo pa sa katotohanan na sabihing pwede na siyang mag-pointguard ng fulltime. Pero talagang lalong nag-ibayo ang kanyang outside shooting, matindi ang kanyang pulso at mala-Renren Ritualo ang pukol at kilos ng walang bola. Lumalakas din ang kanyang pangangatawan, hindi na payatot na ewan.

Napuna ko lang na sadyang malaking kawalan si Bon Custodio. Kung hindi kay James wala ni katiting na outside game ang Warriors, masyadong kankarot ang mga tira nina Marcy Arellano at Rob Labagala. Bumubuslo din si Mark Borboran pero hindi siya dapat sa labas maglaro para sa UE. Wala nga din pala nung laro si Hans Thielle, naka-civilian lang siya nung laro.

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10-10-2006, 08:40 AM
Bombers stun Tigers; Lancers best Falcons

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 01:37am (Mla time) 10/10/2006

Published on page A22 of the October 10, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas Tigers lost their touch in the second period. Minutes later, the UAAP champions were gone.

The Jose Rizal Heavy Bombers overcame a double-digit deficit in the fourth period to shock the Tigers, 65-63, and clinch a quarterfinal berth in the Collegiate Champions League yesterday at the UST gym.

“We made UST as our inspiration,” said coach Ariel Vanguardia after the wild-card Bombers recovered from a 50-61 deficit in the final quarter.

“No one expected UST to become champions. I told the boys that we can do the same thing. We never took a vacation. We’ve been practicing since our last NCAA game.”

The Tigers scored only two points in the final period on Dylan Ababou’s free throws that tied the game at 63, 3:32 minutes left.

As the Tigers continued to struggle, Mark Cagoco nailed the game-clinching free throws with 1:56 minutes left.

UST’s rookie sensation Jervy Cruz, Melchor Gile and June Dizon were ejected in the second quarter due to separate scuffles.

It was a day of upsets as the 10th-ranked University of Visayas Lancers stunned the Adamson University Falcons, 70-67, in the first game.

Forward Morsie Akad towed the Lancers to the next round by pouring in six of his 13 markers in the final stretch.

“We’ve been preparing for this competition in Cebu,” said coach Boy Cabahug of the Lancers, champions in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Incorporated (Cesafi) for six straight years.

“It was fortunate that the breaks of the game went our way. Our game plan clicked and our outside shooting was also an advantage.”

With the Lancers holding a precarious 68-67 lead, Von Lanete iced the game with two free throws in the last 6.9 seconds.

The Falcons, the UAAP semifinalists, bowed out of the knockout-style tourney when NCAA Most Valuable Player Ken Bono missed a potential game-tying triple at the buzzer.

The scores:
First Game
UV 70 -- Akad 13, Rodriguez 11, Diputaso 9, Berame 9, Dennison 9, Manique 9, Lanete 8, Esperat 2, Arda 0, Canoy 0, Sendrijas 0.
ADAMSON 67 -- Cabahug 20, Bono 13, Hugnatan 12, Gonzalgo 9, Yong 5, Pacheco 2, Agustin 2, Poloyapoy 2, Basilio 2, Gorospe 0, Santos 0, Orera 0.
Quarters: 17-15, 38-36, 54-48, 70-67

Second Game
JRU 65 -- Cagoco 17, Wilson 15, Dedicatoria 12, Hayes 7, Nocom 4, Se 3, Sena 3, Fenequito 2, Pradas 2, Echane 0, Caspe 0.
UST 63 -- Taylor 17, Duncil 16, Cruz 10, Espiritu 4, Cortez 4, Evangelista 4, Gile 3, Allera 3, Ababou 2, Canlas 0, Dizon 0, Cuan 0,
Quarters: 18-24, 30-39, 50-61, 65-63

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10-10-2006, 08:44 AM
Tigers bomb bid in Champs League

The Philippine Star 10/10/2006

Mark Cagoco knocked in two pressure-packed charities in the last 1:56 then Jose Rizal University held on to score a stunning 65-63 upset win over newly-crowned UAAP champion University of Santo Tomas in the Collegiate Champions League at the UST gym.

The Heavy Bombers held the Tigers scoreless while scoring 13 points in the first 6:22 of the payoff period to seize control, 63-61, on a basket by JM Wilson with less than four minutes left en route to the biggest reversal posted in the knockout tournament among the top 16 schools in the land.

Dylan Ababou sank two free throws to tie the count at 63-all, 3:22 to go in the contest, before Cagoco came through with his endgame heroics at the stripe to the disappointment of a big UST crowd.

It was indeed a sorry setback for the Tigers, who only last week essayed one of most stirring victories in the UAAP by upending the fancied Ateneo Eagles, 2-1, in the best of three series.

"The boys’ big fighting heart carried us through," said JRU coach Ariel Vanguardia in Filipino. "Like what I’ve said before the game, we’re the underdogs here but we’ll be there fighting."

Save for a brief commotion in the second period, the Tigers were in control of the first half.

Tigers June Dizon and Mel Gile were thrown out for entering the court after Marvin Hayes of JRU committed an unsportsmanlike foul on Jojo Duncil, 7:34 before halftime. Duncil also got a technical foul for second motion.

But the Tigers quickly regained their composure and posted several double-digit leads, the biggest at 37-23 after back-to-back hits by Jervy Cruz.

The victory thus sent JRU, a wildcard entry from the NCAA, to a quarterfinal match with Letran.

Earlier, University of Visayas turned back seventh-seeded Adamson, 70-67, to advance to the quarters.

Von Lanete sank two free throws with 6.9 seconds left to help secure the victory for the Green Lancers, ranked 10 in a field of 16.

"We came here to win," said UV coach and ex-pro Elmer "Boy" Cabahug. "We studied their moves in the first half then we attacked them in the last two quarters."

The Green Lancers will next meet the winner between NCAA champions San Beda College Red Lions and the National University Bulldogs.

Akad, who also pushed their lead to 68-65 with 1:18 to play, led the many-time CESAFI champion with 13 points and nine rebounds.

"Magandang panalo sa amin ‘to dahil dapat ‘yung mga magagaling nila sa amin naglalaro," said UV assistant coach Al Solis, referring to Bono, Cabahug and Roel Hugnatan.

Jay Rodriguez and Dino Berame, the MVP contenders of the Green Lancers in their league, combined for 20 points and 17 rebounds.

Berame, a talented 6-foot-7 slotman, also had three shot blocks, including one against Bono in the final minute.

"Ang bentahe namin sa kanila (Falcons) is ‘yung bilis namin. Pati kasi sentro namin nakakatakbo," noted Solis.

The Green Lancers had four more fastbreak points than the Falcons, 8-4, and five more points off turnovers, 10-5. They also picked up four more steals, 7-3.

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10-10-2006, 08:47 AM
Bombers tame Tigers; Lancers cage Falcons
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THE JOSE Rizal University Heavy Bombers are no lightweights. The University of Santo Tomas Tigers accepted it with a heavy heart.

Mark Cagoco scored the marginal points from the charity lanes with 1:56 left and the Bombers held on to score a stunning 65-63 win over the newly-crowned UAAP champions in the Collegiate Champions League at the Tigers’ lair, the UST gym.

The Bombers held the Tigers scoreless while scoring 13 points in the first 6:22 of the payoff period to grab the lead, 63-61, on a basket by JM Wilson with less than four minutes left.

Dylan Ababou stopped the bleeding and knotted the count with two free throws, 3:22 to go, before Cagoco’s winning charities.

"Puso ang nagdala sa amin," said JRU coach Ariel Vanguardia. "Sabi ko naman before the game, dehado kami sa tao at sa crowd pero hindi sa puso."

Save for a brief commotion in the second period, the Tigers were in control of the first half.

Tigers June Dizon and Mel Gile were thrown out for entering the court after JRU’s Marvin Hayes committed an unsportsmanlike foul on their star forward Jojo Duncil, 7:34 before halftime. Duncil also got a technical foul for second motion.

The Tigers quickly regained their composure and posted several double-digit leads, the biggest at 37-23 after back-to-back hits by Jervy Cruz.

But they were anything but composed when it mattered the most.

The Heavy Bombers, wildcard entries from the NCAA, will face the sixth-seeded Letran Knights in the quarterfinals.

Earlier Von Lanete, youngest brother of PBL veteran Chico Lanete, canned two free throws with 6.9 seconds left to lift the University of Visayas Green Lancers past the Adamson Falcons, 70-67.

It was hardly a shocker although the Green Lancers were seeded three notches lower than the seventh ranked Falcons.

"We came here to win," said UV coach Elmer "Boy" Cabahug. "Pinag-aralan lang namin ang galaw nila (Falcons) nung first half bago kami umatake sa last two quarters."

The No. 1 team from the Vis-Min area led for the majority of the second half, posting the game’s biggest lead midway in the third, 47-40, after a three-pointer from Chris Diputado. The Green Lancers also matched that lead early in the fourth after a similar howitzer from Lanete, 5750.

Their defense also clicked down the stretch.

Morsie Akad forced a jump ball against Patrick Cabahug with the possession arrow pointing to the Green Lancers, 7.8 seconds remaining, setting up Lanete’s crucial charities.

They also limited Ken Bono to 13 points on 6-of17 shooting (35-percent). The UAAP MVP also missed a potential game-tying trey at the buzzer.

The Green Lancers, third place finishers last year, became the first lower ranked team to win in the Sweet 16. They will next meet the winner between NCAA champions San Beda College Red Lions and the National University Bulldogs.

Akad, who also pushed their lead to 68-65 with 1:18 to play, led the manytime CESAFI champion with 13 points and nine rebounds.

"Magandang panalo sa amin ‘to dahil dapat ‘yung mga magagaling nila sa amin naglalaro," said UV assistant coach Al Solis, referring to Bono, Cabahug and Roel Hugnatan.

Jay Rodriguez and Dino Berame, the MVP contenders of the Green Lancers in their league, combined for 20 points and 17 rebounds.

Berame, a mobile 6-foot-7 slotman, also blocked three shots, including one against Bono in the final minute.

"Ang bentahe namin sa kanila (Falcons) is ‘yung bilis namin. Pati kasi sentro namin nakakatakbo," noted Solis.

The Green Lancers had four more fastbreak points than the Falcons, 8-4, and five more points off turnovers, 10-5. They also picked up four more steals, 7-3.

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10-11-2006, 10:37 AM
SBC Red Lions tame Bulldogs

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 01:43am (Mla time) 10/11/2006

Published on Page A24 of the October 11, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

ANOTHER champion nearly fell as the San Beda Lions struggled to forge a 75-72 victory over wildcard bet National University Bulldogs in the Collegiate Champions League yesterday at the San Beda gym.

Yousif Aljamal topscored with 12 points, including the game-clinching lay-up that broke the game’s final deadlock and settled the final count with 50.7 seconds remaining.

With the victory, the NCAA champions completed the eight-team quarterfinal cast of the knockout-style tournament.

UAAP titlist University of Santo Tomas Tigers surprisingly bowed out of the competition after losing to the Jose Rizal University Bombers, 65-63, last Monday.

The Lions had to do without Sam Ekwe, the NCAA rookie Most Valuable Player who rode the bench due to a hyper-extended right knee.

But aside from the absence of the Nigerian import, coach Koy Banal admits that the Lions were off-form.

“Everybody’s still kind of rusty,” he said. “I hope we’ll get better everyday. What we have achieved in the NCAA, we have to set aside and just focus on the task at hand.”

Earlier, the Philippine Christian University Dolphins also clinched a quarterfinal berth after repulsing the AMA Computer University Titans, 95-88.

Despite having only a day of practice, the Dolphins got a sensational performance from Jason Castro, who scattered 21 points, seven rebounds, three steals and three blocks.

The scores:
Second Game
SAN BEDA 75 -- Aljamal 12, Evangelista 11, Angeles 10, Maggay 10, Gamalinda 8, Taganas 7, Menor 7, Escobal 6, Tecson 3, Antonio 0.
NU 72 -- Fernandez 18, Lingao-Lingao 14, Asoro 12, Garcia 7, Jahnke 6, Catamora 5, Salvado 5, Malagueño 3, Dela Cruz 2, Luy 0, Salamat 0
Quarters: 32-24, 42-41, 62-61, 75-72

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10-11-2006, 10:40 AM
Ekwe-less Lions book last QF seat
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 10/11/2006

NCAA champion San Beda overcame a sluggish game and bucked the absence of Nigerian behemoth Samuel Ekwe as it repulsed National University, 75-72, yesterday to clinch the last berth in the quarterfinal round of the Collegiate Champions League at the San Beda Gym.

Yousif Aljamal fired 12 points, including the go-ahead basket with 50.7 seconds to go, as the Red Lions arranged a quarterfinal clash with Viz-Min qualifier champion University of Visayas.

The 6-foot-8 Ekwe, who powered the Red Lions to their first NCAA victory in nearly three decades, actually suited up for the game but was not allowed to play because of a hyper-extended right knee he sustained during the NCAA Finals.

"We’re still sluggish because of the celebrations," said San Beda coach Koy Banal. "I was tempted to use him (Ekwe) but my trainer and the coaching staff told me not to."

Sweet shooting Jonathan Fernandez shot 18 points, including 12 from behind the arc, but the Bulldogs, one of the three wildcard entries here, wavered down the stretch.

Earlier, Philippine Christian U leaned on Jason Castro as it survived NAASCU champion AMA Computer U, 95-88, to set up a quarterfinal duel with University of the East on Friday at the Rizal Coliseum.

The prolific Castro came away with 21 points, including a pair of baskets in the stretch that sealed the victory for the Dolphins.

Beau Belga and Ian Garrido chipped in 16 and 12 points, respectively while combining for 22 rebounds.

"We were a bit sluggish because we practiced just yesterday (Monday)," said PCU coach Joel Dualan in Filipino. "But I told the players to just play defense and they did."

The Boni Garcia-mentored Titans battled back from nine-point deficits in the first half to seize a 45-41 lead at the break behind Chito Jaime’s explosion.

Belga, Garrido and Castro then connived in a series of runs in the third quarter to turn that deficit to a 71-61 advantage entering the final quarter.

Ateneo, Letran, Mapua, UE, Jose Rizal and University of Visayas already advanced to the next phase of this annual event staking P500,000 worth of scholarship grants and sports equipment to the champion.

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10-11-2006, 10:47 AM
Lions, Dolphins win

By Noli Cruz
www.mb.com.ph


WITH SAM Ekwe and at least a thousand others cheering and prodding them, the San Beda Red Lions survived the tough National University Bulldogs, 75-72, and completed the dominance of NCAA teams in the Sweet 16 of the Collegiate Champions League.

Yousef Aljamal shattered a 72-all deadlock and sent a highly-partisan crowd at the San Beda Gym into a frenzied celebration, 50 seconds to go. Pong Escobal split a pair from the free throw line with seven seconds left and the Red Lions tightened their defensive screws to secure the win and join four other NCAA teams in the quarterfinals.

The Bulldogs, who lost main man Edwin Asoro on fouls heading into the final minute, had several chances to tie but failed to cash in.

Ekwe, the Rookie of the Year, Best Defensive Player and Most Valuable Player of the NCAA, suited up but didn’t play because of a right knee injury he sustained in their title series against the Philippine Christian University Dolphins.

But the monster from Nigeria is expected to play against the University of Visayas Green Lancers in the quarterfinals on Friday.

The Bulldogs looked poised to score a stunner after taking a 56-51 lead midway in the third, but Aljamal and Co. refused to give in.

Aljamal had two baskets in an 11-5 exchange to give the Lions a 62-61 lead entering the fourth.

Earlier, the Dolphins leaned on the steady hands of Jason Castro to hold off the late charge of the AMACU Titans, 95-88.

Castro, who should have been the Finals MVP had the Dolphins completed their rally in the deciding game of their NCAA title series against the San Beda Red Lions, scored four in a closing 6-0 run of the Dolphins.

"Alam namin kung kanino kami pupunta nung nakalapit sila (Titans)," said PCU Coach Joel Dualan.

Obviously the portly mentor was referring to Castro, who tallied 21 points overall.

With double-double machine Gabby Espinas no longer around, the Dolphins had trouble in putting away their less-heralded foes. They squandered a 10-point first quarter lead and trailed by four at halftime, 41-45.

The Titans again erased a 10-point deficit at the start of the fourth to tie the game at 73-all after a basket by Chito Jaime, 6:49 remaining.

It looked like the Dolphins were already in safe waters after taking an 87-80 left with three minutes to play, but the Titans, starring Patrick Mercado and Jaime, pulled to within 88-89, 1:10 to go.

Jaime led the Titans with 30 points while Mercado finished with 21, 15 coming in the first half.

"Nami-miss namin si Gabby (Espinas). But life should go on," said Dualan, referring to the first rookie to win the MVP award in the NCAA.

The fourth-seeded Dolphins will face the fifth-seeded University of the East Warriors in the quarterfinals on Friday.

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10-11-2006, 02:39 PM
San Beda (75) -- Aljamal 12, Angeles 11, Evangelista 11, Maggay 10, Gamalinda 8, Taganas 7, Menor 7, Escobal 6, Tecson 3, Antonio 0, Taupa 0.

NU (72) -- Fernandez 18, Lingao-Lingao 14, Asoro 12, Garcia 7, Jahnke 6, Salvado 5, Catamora 5, Malagueno 3, Dela Cruz 2, Salamat 0, Luy 0.

Quarter scores: 32-24; 42-41; 62-61; 75-72.

PCU (95) -- Castro 21, Belga 16, Chien 12, Garrido 12, Navarro 8, Amparado 6, David 6, Vidal 6, Graham 5, Javelona 2, Hermosa 1, Santos 0, McCoy 0, Salem 0.

AMACU (88) -- Jaime 30, Mercado 21, Gabica 14, Dela Peña 7, Galang 6, Abac 5, Zablan 3, Vergara 2, Suarez 0, Franco 0.

Quarter scores: 26-16; 41-45; 71-61; 95-88.

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10-13-2006, 12:11 PM
Lions, Lancers collide for Final 4 berth


Inquirer
Last updated 02:19am (Mla time) 10/13/2006

Published on Page A30 of the October 13, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE SAN BEDA College Red Lions and the tough University of the Visayas Lancers clash for a Final Four berth in the Collegiate Champions League today at the Rizal Coliseum.

Coach Koy Banal is admittedly uncertain how the Lions, the newly crowned NCAA champions, will measure up against the Visayan powerhouse in their 4 p.m. duel.

“We have to focus on the task at hand,” said Banal. “They’re a formidable team, they have a good coach. We have to stay with the basics on both ends.”

The University of the East Warriors and the Philippine Christian University Dolphins dispute another semifinal slot earlier at 2 p.m.

The 10th-seeded Lancers pulled off the tournament’s first upset on Monday, stunning the Adamson University Falcons, 70-67, with Morsie Akad drilling in six of his 13 markers in the final stretch.

“Our outside shooting has been our advantage,” said coach Boy Cabahug of the Lancers, champions in the Cebu School Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) for six straight years.

The Lions struggled in their first assignment due to the absence of their rookie NCAA Most Valuable Player Sam Ekwe, who has been nursing a hyper-extended right knee.

Yousif Aljamal, however, came through in the final minute to lead the Lions to a 75-72 escape over wild-card entry National University.

The Warriors, meanwhile, are coming off a week-long break after blasting the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, 84-60, in the tournament opener.

“It’s always tough to play PCU,” said UE coach Dindo Pumaren. “They have several experienced players, especially (Jason) Castro.”

On Tuesday, Castro and Beau Belga teamed up PCU’s second-half charge for a 95-88 win over AMA Computer University. Jasmine W. Payo

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10-13-2006, 12:24 PM
Lions in full force in duel vs Lancers

The Philippine Star 10/13/2006

Sam Ekwe suits up today as San Beda College guns for the semifinal berth against an equally talented University of Visayas at resumption of action in the Collegiate Champions League at the Rizal Coliseum.

The 6-foot-8 Ekwe, the Rookie of the Year, Best Defensive Player and MVP of the NCAA, sat out San Beda’s game against National University with a hyper-extended right knee last Tuesday. The second seeded Red Lions won, 75-72.

Gametime is at 4 p.m. with the Green Lancers out to come up with a big follow-up win to their 70-67 decision over the Adamson Falcons last Monday.

The winner in the San Beda-UV duel will advance to the semis against the winner of the Letran-Jose Rizal University clash.

Meanwhile, University of the East tangles with Philippine Christian University at 2 p.m. with the Warriors hoping to stop the prolific Jason Castro in a bid to advance to the next round.

"We have to stop Jason Castro or at least limit his production for us to win," said UE coach Dindo Pumaren.

The veteran swingman powered the Dolphins past NAASCU champions AMACU Titans in the Sweet 16, scoring four straight in a closing 6-0 run that sealed a 95-88 win.

"Jason is our take-charge guy down the stretch," said coach Joel Dualan, who led the Dolphins to a runner-up finish in the NCAA.

Pumaren used to have his own version of a go-to-guy in Bonbon Custodio.

But the high-scoring guard has stopped joining team practice after his suspension in their knockout game with eventual champions University of Santo Tomas Tigers in the Final Four of the UAAP.

The Warriors hardly missed Custodio in their Sweet 16 duel against UCAA rulers Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals.

They bucked a slow start to win pulling away, 84-60. James Martinez, Custodio’s most likely replacement in the starting five next year, poured in 17 points, including eight in a telling run early in the fourth.

The Warriors will need more of that from the sophomore guard to go deeper in the tournament they’ve ruled three years ago.

His ability to hit from beyond the arc will force the Dolphins to extend their defense and give more room inside for Warriors big men Mark Borboran, Elmer Espiritu and Kelvin Gregorio.

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10-13-2006, 12:37 PM
Warriors, Dolphins clash; Lions test Lancers’ mettle

By NOLI CRUZ
www.mb.com.ph


UNIVERSITY OF the East coach Dindo Pumaren knows the key to beat the Philippine Christian University Dolphins.

"We have to stop Jason Castro or at least limit his production for us to win," Pumaren said.

But he still has to figure out how.

The veteran swingman powered the Dolphins past NAASCU champions AMACU Titans in the Sweet 16, scoring four straight in a closing 6-0 run that sealed a 95-88 win.

"Jason is our take charge guy down the stretch," said coach Joel Dualan, who led the Dolphins to a runner-up finish in the NCAA."S’ya (Castro) ang nagki-create ng situations for us sa crunchtime."

Pumaren used to have his own version of a go-to-guy in Bonbon Custodio. But the prolific guard has stopped joining team practice after his suspension in their knockout game with eventual champions University of Santo Tomas Tigers in the Final Four of the UAAP.

The Warriors hardly missed Custodio in their Sweet 16 duel against UCAA rulers Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals.

They bucked a slow start to win pulling away, 84-60. James Martinez, Custodio’s most likely replacement in the starting five next year, poured in 17 points, including eight in a telling run early in the fourth.

The Warriors will need more of that from the sophomore guard to go deeper in the tournament they’ve ruled three years ago.

His ability to hit from beyond the arc will force the Dolphins to extend their defense and give more room inside for Warriors big men Mark Borboran, Elmer Espiritu and Kelvin Gregorio.

In the other quarterfinal match, NCAA champions San Beda Red Lions test the mettle of multi-titled University of Visayas Green Lancers.

The second-seeded Lions edged the National University Bulldogs while the 10th-seeded Green Lancers toppled the higher rated Adamson Falcons in the first round.

Sam Ekwe, the Rookie of the Year, Best Defensive Player and MVP of the NCAA, is expected to play against the Green Lancers after sitting out their game opposite the Bulldogs.

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10-14-2006, 07:29 AM
Lions, Warriors overpower foes, gain Final Four

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 02:56am (Mla time) 10/14/2006
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Published on page A24 of the October 14, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE San Beda Red Lions got the job done early this time to clinch a Final Four slot in the Collegiate Champions League.

After barely winning their first outing, the Lions zoomed to an early double-digit lead and sent the University of Visayas Lancers packing with an 84-68 rout yesterday at the Rizal Coliseum.

Nigerian Sam Ekwe, the NCAA Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year awardee, showed no effects from a hyper-extended knee with a sensational performance. He had 12 points, 23 rebounds, four blocks and three steals.

“I’m glad we’re back,” said Lions coach Koy Banal. “But there are little things that we have to work on. We sometimes force the issue.”

The University of the East Warriors also cruised to the semifinals after blasting the Philippine Christian Dolphins, 74-55, in the first game.

“We started sluggish, we were out of focus because of the PBL, but we picked up in the second quarter,” said coach Dindo Pumaren.

The Warriors will face the winner of the quarterfinals battle between the Ateneo Blue Eagles and the Mapua Cardinals at 4 p.m. today.

The scores:

First Game

UE 74—Gregorio 14, Arellano 13, Bandaying 10, Canizares 8, Borboran 8, Espiritu 7, Briones 7, Labagala 6, Martinez 1, Lingganay 0, Thiele 0.

PCU 55—Castro 12, Belga 12, Navarro 10, Garrido 4, Amparado 4, Salem 4, Chien 3, Graham 3, Hermosa 2, Santos 1.

Quarters: 15-11, 36-23, 49-42, 74-55

Second Game

SAN BEDA 84—Escobal 16, Gamalinda 14, Ekwe 12, Aljamal 9, Menor 9, Angeles 7, Tecon 7, Antonio 4, Taganas 4, Maggay 2, Evangelista 0, Taupa 0.

UV 68—Lanete 22, Rodriguez 22, Berame 4, Sendrijas 4, Denison 4, Arda 2, Diputado 2, Canoy 0, Lasala 0, Omolon 0, Esperat 0, Manique 0, Pitogo 0.

Quarters: 23-10, 40-27, 66-44, 84-68

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10-14-2006, 01:01 PM
Lions, Warriors overpower foes, gain Final Four

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 02:56am (Mla time) 10/14/2006

Published on page A24 of the October 14, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE San Beda Red Lions got the job done early this time to clinch a Final Four slot in the Collegiate Champions League.

After barely winning their first outing, the Lions zoomed to an early double-digit lead and sent the University of Visayas Lancers packing with an 84-68 rout yesterday at the Rizal Coliseum.

Nigerian Sam Ekwe, the NCAA Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year awardee, showed no effects from a hyper-extended knee with a sensational performance. He had 12 points, 23 rebounds, four blocks and three steals.

“I’m glad we’re back,” said Lions coach Koy Banal. “But there are little things that we have to work on. We sometimes force the issue.”

The University of the East Warriors also cruised to the semifinals after blasting the Philippine Christian Dolphins, 74-55, in the first game.

“We started sluggish, we were out of focus because of the PBL, but we picked up in the second quarter,” said coach Dindo Pumaren.

The Warriors will face the winner of the quarterfinals battle between the Ateneo Blue Eagles and the Mapua Cardinals at 4 p.m. today.

The scores:

First Game

UE 74—Gregorio 14, Arellano 13, Bandaying 10, Canizares 8, Borboran 8, Espiritu 7, Briones 7, Labagala 6, Martinez 1, Lingganay 0, Thiele 0.

PCU 55—Castro 12, Belga 12, Navarro 10, Garrido 4, Amparado 4, Salem 4, Chien 3, Graham 3, Hermosa 2, Santos 1.

Quarters: 15-11, 36-23, 49-42, 74-55

Second Game

SAN BEDA 84—Escobal 16, Gamalinda 14, Ekwe 12, Aljamal 9, Menor 9, Angeles 7, Tecon 7, Antonio 4, Taganas 4, Maggay 2, Evangelista 0, Taupa 0.

UV 68—Lanete 22, Rodriguez 22, Berame 4, Sendrijas 4, Denison 4, Arda 2, Diputado 2, Canoy 0, Lasala 0, Omolon 0, Esperat 0, Manique 0, Pitogo 0.

Quarters: 23-10, 40-27, 66-44, 84-68

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10-14-2006, 01:02 PM
Lions, Warriors cruise to Final 4
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 10/14/2006

San Beda drew strength from the return of Sam Ekwe as it smothered Viz-Min champion University of Visayas, 84-68, yesterday to join University of the East in the semifinals of the Collegiate Champions League at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

Ekwe, this year’s NCAA rookie MVP, dominated the boards with 23 rebounds and had 12 points to power the Red Lions to the Final Four against winner of the Letran-Jose Rizal quarterfinal duel.

The Nigerian center also had four blocks, three steals and two assists to cap a superb all-around game.

"It’s a good thing we rested him the last time, he had a lot of energy in this game," said San Beda mentor Koy Banal. Ekwe sat out his team’s win over National U due to a knee injury.

UV’s Von Lanete and Claifford Rodriguez fired 22 points each but failed to get enough support from their teammates.

Earlier, University of the East leaned on its vaunted full-court press as it routed NCAA runner-up Philippine Christian U, 74-55, to barge into the next round.

Kelvin Gregorio led the Warriors with 14 points and nine rebounds but it was their unrelenting trap defense that led to the victory for the Recto-based dribblers.

UE forced PCU to turn the ball over 27 times resulting to 24 fastbreak points to seal the win. The Warriors will face the winner of the Ateneo-Mapua duel today.

"Our defense started to pick up in the second quarter, that was the key," said UE coach Dindo Pumaren.

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10-14-2006, 01:02 PM
Warriors, Lions prevail

By NOLI CRUZ
www.mb.com.ph


THE UNIVERSITY of the East Red Warriors poured it all in the fourth quarter to score a 74-55 victory over the Philippine Christian University Dolphins yesterday in the quarterfinals of the Collegiate Champions League at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

The victory shoved the Warriors to the semifinals and stopped the winning ways of teams from the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Joer Canizares scored four straight points and Mark Borboran added a basket to give the Warriors a 55-42 lead early in the fourth. They were never seriously threatened from there.

"Malaking kawalan talaga sa kanila si Gabby (Espinas). Naging magaan ang trabaho ng malalaki namin," said UE coach Dindo Pumaren.

Espinas, the former ROY/MVP of the NCAA, is now playing for the San Miguel Beermen in the Philippine Basketball Association.

Kelvin Gregorio was the first to pound the shaded lane for the Warriors. He collected 10 points in the first half as the Warriors took a 36-23 lead at the turn. Gregorio, a sophomore power forward, led the Warriors with 14 points and nine rebounds.

Not helping the Dolphins’ cause was the early foul trouble of main man Jason Castro. The productive swingman only managed two points in the first 20 minutes after picking up three quick fouls.

He made up for it early in the third, scoring eight points in a 14-4 run that pulled the Dolphins to within 37-40, 6:42 to go in the period.

But he and the Dolphins had no answer to the rampaging Warriors in the fourth. The lead swelled to 17 points on a Marcy Arellano lay-up, 61-44, 5:57 left, and reached its peak on a drive by Canizares, 74-53, 40 seconds to go.

In another quarterfinal match, the San Beda Red Lions celebrated the return of Sam Ekwe with an 84-68 thrashing of the University of Visayas Green Lancers.

With Ekwe manning the slot, the NCAA champs held the top team from the south without a basket in a five-minute stretch during a murderous third quarter where they led by as many as 27 points.

The 6-foot-8 from Nigeria rested his hurting knees in their tight Sweet 16 victory over the National University Bulldogs.

Ekwe, the ROY/MVP and Best Defensive Player in the NCAA, had seven points in the 14-0 run at the start of the third that practically broke the backs of the Green Lancers.

The Red Lions will next face the winner between the Letran Knights and the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers.

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10-15-2006, 07:07 PM
Cards, Bombers kick out Eagles, Knights
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 10/15/2006

Mapua Tech and Jose Rizal stunned favored rivals Ateneo and Letran, respectively, to crash into the Collegiate Champions League Final Four at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum yesterday.

The Cardinals clawed the Eagles, 70-66, while the Bombers bombed the Knights, 64-58, to join the University of the East Warriors and the San Beda Red Lions in the semifinals.

The Final Four is set Thursday in the same venue with the Cardinals and the Warriors clashing at 2 p.m. then the Bombers and the Red Lions slugging it out at 4 p.m.

Mapua, led by Raymond Tiongco with 24 points, erected a 21-point lead in the third quarter then fought off a late charge by an undermanned Ateneo side to arrange a semis showdown with UE.

Jai Reyes fired 20 points for the Eagles, who missed the services of coach Norman Black, assistant coach Jamike Jarin and players Rabbeth Al-Hussaini, Eric Salamat, Ford Arao and Johan Uichico. Black and Jarin are on vacation in the United States while Al-Hussaini, Salamat, Arao and Uichico did not play due to academic reasons.

"We played good defense. It also helped that they’re not complete," said Mapua coach Horacio Lim.

With their defense holding and their outside shots sinking, the Cardinals led by as many as 21, 49-28, but the Eagles waged a fight back in the final quarter.

A triple by Reyes capped a searing run that had Ateneo threatening at 65-66 with 42.6 seconds to go. Mapua overcame the scare though on baskets by Jason Pascual and Sean Co.

Earlier, Jose Rizal leaned on its steady foul shooting as it walloped 2004 NCAA champion Letran to continue to its improbable run, setting up a Final Four encounter with current NCAA titlist San Beda.

The Bombers made a killing on the free throw line, making 25 charities as against the Knights’ 13, as they scored another reversal following a 65-63 shocker over UAAP champs Santo Tomas Tigers Monday.

"Nobody expected us to be here because we’re just a wildcard bet, and we used that to our advantage," said Jose Rizal coach Ariel Vanguardia.

The Knights sorely missed the services of Boyet Bautista and Aaron Aban, who have graduated to the pros.

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10-17-2006, 10:49 AM
NCAA hopes to make history (First of two parts)

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THE SAN Beda Red Lions and the Jose Rizal University will try to become only the second team from the National Collegiate Athletic Association to play for the title in the Collegiate Champions League.

The San Sebastian Stags made it to the last dance in 2004, losing only to the Far Eastern University Tamaraws. They made it to the main draw in contrasting fashions. The Red Lions won the title in their mother league and got the second seeding while the Heavy Bombers won only four in 14 games and needed the wildcard to make it.

San Beda College

With the early exit of the top seeded Ateneo Blue Eagles and the UAAP champions University of Santo Tomas Tigers, the Red Lions are the top favorites to win it all in the Collegiate Champions League this year.

In fact, they are the only team among the top four seeds to enter the Final Four.

Sam Ekwe is proving to be the biggest difference for the Lions. Without him, they struggled to beat a wildcard team in National University Bulldogs. With him, they led by as many as 27 points to eliminate last year’s third placers and many-time CESAFI rulers University of Visayas Green Lancers.

It’s not the addition he brings to their offense that makes Ekwe valuable. It’s the subtraction he causes to their opponents.

The Rookie of the Year, Best Defensive Player and Most Valuable Player of the NCAA grabbed 23 rebounds and blocked four shots against the Green Lancers.Pong Escobal, Alex Angeles and Finals MVP Yousif Aljamal, meanwhile, take care of the offense for coach Koy Banal.

Jose Rizal University

These Heavy Bombers are living up to their name.

They worked in shadows of their more illustrious and fancied stablemates and caught everybody by surprise by reaching the Final Four.

One heavy bomb had been unloaded early when they rallied from several double-figure deficits to beat the UAAP champions University of Santo Tomas in the Sweet 16.

"It was our biggest win so far this season," said JRU coach Ariel Vanguardia.

They followed it up with a masterful conquest of fellow NCAA team Letran Knights in the quarterfinals.

The Heavy Bombers are the first unseeded team to enter the Final Four of the annual tournament.

"Walang pressure sa amin dahil wildcard team kami," Vanguardia said. "We’re proud of what we’ve achieved whatever happens in the Final Four."

They’ve been winning with their defense.

Against the Tigers, the Heavy Bombers locked down in the fourth and held the former to two points and 0-for-18 shooting to score the stunning win.

They went to work early opposite the Knights, holding them to only eight points in the first quarter to set the tone of the match. Floyd Dedicatoria and Mark Gagoco are the pillars of their offense.

Gagoco sank the marginal free throws against the Tigers and sealed their win against the Knights with another pair from the line. —Noli CRUZ

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10-18-2006, 11:08 AM
NCAA teams shine in Champs League

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 01:41am (Mla time) 10/18/2006

Published on Page A26 of the October 18, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

GAMES TOMORROW (Rizal Memorial Coliseum)
1 p.m. -- UE vs Mapua
3 p.m. -- San Beda vs JRU

THE NCAA is making a case for itself as the better varsity league, as three of its teams survived a series of knockout matches to reach the semifinals of the Champions League.

Newly crowned NCAA champion San Beda College Lions, the Mapua Institute of Technology Cardinals and the Jose Rizal University Bombers will vie for a championship slot tomorrow.

The UAAP on the other hand, has seen its top two teams this season bow out of contention from the national championship. Left to carry the UAAP flag in the Final Four are the University of the East Warriors.

The eighth-ranked Cardinals ousted the top-seeded Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles, 70-66, last Saturday to become one of the surprise semifinalists in the knockout-style tournament that pits the top 16 varsity squads in the country.

A wildcard entry, the Bombers also stunned UAAP champion University of Santo Tomas Tigers, before disposing NCAA heavyweight Letran College Knights.

“We’re used to the physical game in the NCAA,” said coach Ariel Vanguardia after the Bombers humbled the Tigers, 65-63, in the first round. “I think they weren’t able to adjust. Our team really wanted to win. We’ve been practicing. We haven’t taken a vacation.”

UE coach Dindo Pumaren, though, said the early exit of UAAP teams hardly indicates that the league has lesser talent.

The tournament, he noted, started just days after the UAAP wrapped up its basketball season.

“The timing was a factor,” said Pumaren. “Most of the teams are still drained. Like UST, they’re still overwhelmed after winning the championship.”

UE will battle Mapua at 1 p.m., while San Beda will take on JRU at 3 p.m. in the semifinal duels tomorrow at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

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10-18-2006, 11:19 AM
UE, Mapua collide in Champs League semis
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(Last of 2 parts)


THE UNIVERSITY of the East Red Warriors and the Mapua Cardinals lost in the Final Four of their respective leagues.

One of them will move a step closer to the title this time as they go up against each other in the semifinals of the Collegiate Champions League.

The winner will face either the San Beda Red Lions or the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers. The semifinals will be aired live starting 1 p.m. at NBN-4 and on a delayed basis at Basketball TV.

University of the East

The Warriors are eyeing their second title in the annual gathering of the top 16 college basketball teams in the land.

After taking the measure of the Emilio Aguilado College Generals in the Sweet 16, the Warriors demolished a higher seeded team in the Philippine Christian University Dolphins in the quarterfinals.

Warriors coach Dindo Pumaren knows the Final Four will be a lot tougher.

"It’s entirely different compared to our first two games. Bawal magkamali rito," he said.

The Warriors will again bank on Marcy Arellano and Mark Borboran. They are expected to play bigger roles after leading scorer Bonbon Custodio stopped attending practices.

"We’re looking forward to get back in the finals and claim the title. It’s hard but if we play better basketball, I think it is possible," said Pumaren.

To do that, Pumaren should also get quality efforts from James Martinez, Joer Canizares and Kelvin Gregorio.

Mapua Institute of Technology

Living up to his promise following their victory over St. Francis of Assisi Doves, Cardinals coach Horacio Lim took his team deep in the tournament.

"It’s our first time here that’s why we’re determined to make the most out of it," Lim said.

The Cardinals stunned the top seeded Ateneo Blue Eagles in the quarterfinals behind a hot start anchored on Raymond Tiongco.

Kelvin Dela Peña, who missed their game against the Eagles, will be back to lead the Cardinals.

Dela Peña, a Filipino-Canadian guard, scored 14 points to pace the Cardinals in a 77-60 win over the Doves.

Aside Tiongco and Dela Pena, the Cardinals will also lean on Ian Mazo, Jerby Del Rosario, Neil Pascual, Sean Co and Jason Pascual to sustain their winning ways.

Wang-Bu
10-18-2006, 01:59 PM
Sana naman matuloy ang all-Red Finals sa Champion's League. Sa totoo lang magandang matchup ang San Beda at UE, parehong mga matatangkad at athletic ang mga lineups nila, parehong mga tigasin ang player, at siempre magkapitbahay pa sa U-Belt! Yaman rin lang sablay ang Warriors ko nitong huli sa UAAP, sana naman makabawi dito sa CCL. Maghahanda na ako ng Ginebra San Miguel para sa inuman, kahit anong mangyari.

ESCALERA JR.
10-18-2006, 04:33 PM
Makikitoma ;D hula ko mananalo pula ;D

mighty_lion
10-18-2006, 08:06 PM
Red Lions has unfinished business with the UE Red Warriors after HAIL finals early this year. This will be a good match-up. How the guards of Red Lions play against the full court press of UE will dictate who will win the game. Red Lions has more solid line-up and bench rotation in terms of scoring players while UE relies heavily on forcing turnovers to gain momentum for up-tempo offense. UAAP's king of full-court press D versus NCAA's top rated half-court D. A more rounded Ekwe to defend the painted area, Angeles to break the full-court press, Escobal who is more able to play more minutes doing assists than direct scoring, Aljamal signature jumpers and bowen-sticky Menor at the middle, not to mention, the missing Custodio on UE's offense/defense. I say our Lions are at the upperhand, but UE still has the capabilities to mess it down. Finally, battle of college basketball guru's, in Banal versus Pumaren.

Nothing else to say. This will be an interesting Final's match-up. But then, have to warn UE at this point in time, dont take your NCAA counterpart lightly tomorrow.

lekiboy
10-18-2006, 08:12 PM
pasensya na mga tol - hula ko - San Beda vs MIT... wag nyo na tanungin kung bakit....hula nga e... :P

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10-19-2006, 10:37 AM
Lions, Warriors seek title clash

The Philippine Star 10/19/2006

San Beda and University of the East try to arrange a showdown for the Collegiate Champions League crown as they take on separate rivals today in the Final Four at the Rizal Coliseum.

The Red Lions, seeking to add the Champions League title to the NCAA crown they won recently, battle the unseeded Jose Rizal Bombers at 3 p.m. following the meeting between the Warriors and the Mapua Cardinals at 1 p.m.

The pair of Final Four matches will be aired live on NBN-4 and on a delayed basis on Basketball TV.

With Nigerian Sam Ekwe dominating, the Lions rammed the University of Visayas Green Lancers in the quarterfinals, leading by as many as 27 points before coasting to an 84-68 victory.

The 6-foot-8 Ekwe, who didn’t play against the unseeded National University Bulldogs in the Sweet 16, hauled down 23 rebounds and had four shot blocks against the Green Lancers.

Ekwe also got himself involved in offense, scoring 12 points, including seven in a 14-0 run at the start of the third period that set the tone for the rout.

"My players are confident that we can win the title here especially with Sam Ekwe back," said San Beda coach Koy Banal. "But we still need to get more from other players like Yousef (Aljamal) and John Paul (Escobal)."

But the Heavy Bombers are no strangers in humbling even the champion teams.

They ousted UAAP champions University of Santo Tomas Tigers and last year’s NCAA winners Letran Knights.

"There’s no pressure on our part," said JRU coach Ariel Vanguardia. "All we have to do is play hard and show our true character."

Meanwhile, UE coach Dindo Pumaren reminded his players not to underestimate the Cardinals.

"We’re facing a hungry team," he said. "We have to double our effort if we want to stay alive."

The Cardinals shot down the top seeded Ateneo Blue Eagles in the quarterfinals despite playing without ace guard Kelvin Dela Peña. He will be back to anchor their offense in the Final Four.

The Fil-Canadian is expected to have a tough time on both ends of the floor with pesky defenders and explosive shooters Marcy Arellano and James Martinez taking turns on him.

"It’s a big honor to play in the league of champions. We definitely want to make the most of our stint here," said Mapua coach Horacio Lim.

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10-19-2006, 10:42 AM
San Beda, UE picked in semis
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BARRING ANOTHER major upset, the traditional powers of the acknowledged top two leagues in the country will meet in the finals of the Collegiate Champions League.

The San Beda Red Lions, champions in the NCAA, will face the unseeded Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers at 3 p.m. following the meeting between the University of the East Red Warriors, one of the most successful teams in the UAAP, and the Mapua Cardinals at 1 p.m. at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

The pair of Final Four matches will be aired live on NBN-4 and on a delayed basis at Basketball TV.

With Sam Ekwe around, the Lions are untouchables in the quarterfinals, leading by as many as 27 points in an 84-68 victory over the University of Visayas Green Lancers.

The 6-foot-8 monster of a defensive player from Nigeria, who didn’t play opposite the unseeded National University Bulldogs in the Sweet 16, grabbed 23 rebounds and blocked four shots against the Green Lancers.

Ekwe also got himself involved offensively in the quarters with 12 points, including seven in a 14-0 run at the start of the third period that broke the game apart.

"My players are confident that we can win the title here especially with Sam Ekwe back," said San Beda coach Koy Banal. "But we still need to get more from other players like Yousef (Aljamal) and John Paul (Escobal)."

But the Heavy Bombers are no strangers in bombing out champions.

They ousted UAAP champions University of Santo Tomas Tigers in the Sweet 16 and last year’s NCAA rulers Letran Knights.

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10-19-2006, 12:40 PM
Lions battle Bombers; UE faces Mapua

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 05:40am (Mla time) 10/19/2006

Published on Page A30 of the October 19, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

NCAA champion San Beda College Red Lions have reasons to worry this time.

The Lions are expecting a hard-fighting Jose Rizal University Bombers when they cross paths in a battle for a championship berth in their semifinal duel at 3 p.m. today at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

“They’re familiar opponents, but we can’t be too confident,” said Lions coach Koy Banal.

The Bombers, the team the Lions blasted by an average of 22 points in the NCAA, have stunned UAAP champion University of Santo Tomas Tigers and NCAA powerhouse Letran College Knights in the early rounds of the Collegiate Champions League.

An upset also remains a possibility in the other Final Four battle between the University of the East Warriors and surprise semifinalist Mapua Institute of Technology Cardinals at 1 p.m.

Seeded eighth, the Cardinals toppled top-ranked Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles, 70-66, in the quarterfinals.

Coach Ariel Vanguardia said the Bombers, a wildcard entry, are taking the tournament quite seriously.

“Nobody expected us to win, but we’ve been preparing well,” he said. “I think the players are starting to understand our system.”

Banal thinks there have been minor lapses in the Lions’ game plan despite their back-to-back victories over the National University Bulldogs and the University of Visayas Lancers.

“Every day we have to improve, that should be our mindset,” he said. “There are little things we have to work on. We have to pay attention to the details.”

Coach Horacio Lim, meanwhile believes the Cardinals can measure up against the favored Warriors.

“The UE players are good and they’re tall, but they’re not big-bodied,” said Lim. “Maybe we’ll capitalize on th

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10-20-2006, 08:39 AM
CHAMPS LEAGUE
Red Lions, Warriors dispute title

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 01:41am (Mla time) 10/20/2006

Published on Page A28 of the October 20, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

NCAA CHAMPIONS San Beda College Red Lions coolly took care of things when the Jose Rizal University Bombers turned hot in the closing seconds.

Turning to their veterans, the Lions thwarted the Bombers’ late surge to forge a 61-58 win and clinch a Finals berth in the Collegiate Champions League yesterday at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

San Beda found many heroes in the final canto, needing little help from Nigerian exchange student Samuel Ekwe, to beat JRU.

After Yousif Aljamal pumped in nine of his 17 points in the fourth period, Pong Escobal and Ogie Menor came through in the dying seconds for the Lions who will be gunning for their second title in two months.

Sparingly used, the 6-foot-8 Ekwe, the NCAA rookie Most Valuable Player, settled for two points.

“It’s been our principle to put the team first above ourselves, they took that to heart,” said Lions coach Koy Banal.

The University of the East Warriors, starring rookie Toto Bandaying, bested the Mapua Institute of Technology Cardinals, 83-74, and forged a title showdown with the Lions.

Bandaying, a recruit from Zamboanga, topscored with 17 points, while team stars Mark Borboran and Marcy Arellano tallied 14 points apiece for the Warriors, who will be shooting for their second title in the four-year-old tournament.

For the second straight game, the Cardinals missed the services of top gunner Kelvin dela Peña due to a personal commitment.

The scores:

First Game
UE 83 -- Bandaying 17, Borboran 14, Arellano 14, Martinez 10, Gregorio 9, Canizares 9, Labagala 8, Espiritu 2, Lingganay 0, Thiele 0, Briones 0.
MAPUA 74 -- Del Rosario 18, Co 15, Tiongco 11, N. Pascual 9, Gonzales 8, Sumalinog 8, Acosta 3, Mazo 2, Palomique 0, Pascual 0, Guillermo 0.
Quarters: 31-19, 50-39, 68-57, 83-74

Second Game
SAN BEDA 61 -- Aljamal 17, Escobal 14, Gamalinda 9, Maggay 5, Angeles 4, Tecson 4, Evangelista 3, Menor 3, Ekwe 2, Taganas 0.
JRU 58 -- Sena 18, Dedicatoria 13, Nocom 8, Cagoco 5, Wilson 4, Pradas 4, Caspe 3, Hayes 2,Se 1, Echane 0, Fenequito 0.
Quarters: 20-11, 32-34, 45-40, 61-58

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10-20-2006, 08:43 AM
Lions, Warriors dispute CL crown
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 10/20/2006

San Beda College and University of the East fashioned out contrasting victories over Jose Rizal University and Mapua, respectively, yesterday to seal an NCAA-UAAP showdown for the 2006 Collegiate Champions League crown at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

Led by Yousif Aljamal and power-slamming Nigerian Sam Ekwe, the reigning NCAA champion Red Lions stopped the Heavy Bombers giant-slaying ways with a 61-58 victory to join the Warriors in the finals set Sunday at the same venue.

UE advanced to the championship earlier as it scored an emphatic 83-74 win over Mapua to avert an all-NCAA finale and save the day for the UAAP, which saw finalists Ateneo and reigning champion Santo Tomas fall one after the other in the knockout format event featuring the country’s top collegiate teams.

Aljamal, the 2006 NCAA finals MVP, carried the scoring load for San Beda as he fired 17 points while Ekwe, this year’s rookie MVP, hauled down 12 rebounds and made four shot blocks.

"We know Jose Rizal has something to prove so we expected the Bombers to come out strong, and they did in this game," said San Beda coach Koy Banal.

The Warriors, on the other hand, drew strength from a sweet-shooting Fhadzmir Bandaying, who scattered 17 points, including nine from behind the arc.

Bandaying, a rookie from Zamboanga, also drew support from Mark Borboran and Marcy Arellano.

Borboran had 14 points and 11 rebounds while Arellano had a near triple-double with 14 points, eight assists and seven boards he spiked with three steals.

"We pressured their guards because we know they will have trouble without (Kelvin) dela Peña," said UE mentor Dindon Pumaren.

Dela Peña didn’t see action for the Cardinals, who eliminated the Eagles in the quarterfinals, for the second straight game.

The Ariel Vanguardia-mentored Bombers, who booted out the Tigers in the round-of-16 two weeks ago, kept the game close throughout but failed to unleash a strong finishing kick.

Jose Rizal and Mapua dispute third place honors, also on Sunday.

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10-20-2006, 08:47 AM
Warriors, Lions forge Champs League duel
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By NOLI CRUZ

THE UNIVERSITY of the East Red Warriors and the San Beda Red Lions forged a much-anticipated title showdown in the Collegiate Champions League after posting contrasting victories yesterday at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

The Warriors were on target with their spears early, scoring 31 points in the first quarter and building an early double-digit cushion en route to an 83-74 win over the Mapua Cardinals.

"We didn’t think about the finals and concentrated solely on beating the Cardinals," said Warriors coach Dindo Pumaren after clinching the team’s third finals appearance in the tournament.

They only failed to reach the title match in 2004 when the Far Eastern University Tamaraws beat the San Sebastian Stags for the crown.

Unheralded Toto Bandaying anchored the early waves of the Warriors and topped their scoring chart with 17 points.

The Red Lions, on the other hand, had to labor and endure anxious moments in a 61-58 victory over the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers.

Holding on to a precarious 59-58 lead, John Paul Escobal missed the backend of his free throws with eight seconds left, but Ogie Menor grabbed the offensive rebound, got fouled and split another pair to seal the final count.

Maui Pradas missed a potential game-tying trey just before the buzzer for the unseeded Heavy Bombers.

With Sam Ekwe patrolling the middle, the NCAA champions held the Heavy Bombers to only six points in the third quarter to seize control after a tentative start.

But the Heavy Bombers, conquerors of UAAP champs University of Santo Tomas Tigers and Letran Knights, looked stronger down the stretch.

Floyd Dedicatoria scored four in a 7-0 run that pulled the Heavy Bombers to within 58-59 after trailing by eight at the backstretch of the payoff period

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10-21-2006, 12:14 PM
Lions hungry for more success; Warriors ready


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 02:47am (Mla time) 10/21/2006

Published on page A26 of the October 21, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

A MONTH after bagging the NCAA crown, the San Beda Red Lions are on the hunt for another collegiate title.

“This will be good for our school,” said coach Koy Banal after the Lions secured a Finals berth in the Collegiate Champions League.

But this time, it’s a chance for the Lions to test their mettle against an unfamiliar enemy as they battle the University of the East Warriors in the title showdown tomorrow.

The Lions are favored to claim their second varsity title in two months. But Banal admits that, even if the Warriors settled only for third place in the UAAP, it hardly eases the pressure.

Especially since this is the Warriors’ last chance for basketball glory in a year they were denied in the UAAP.

“UE has a good basketball program,” said Banal. “And it’s hard to go up against any team with a good program.”

Banal points out that the Lions twice bowed to the Warriors in another developmental league early this year before lording over the NCAA.

“They’ve beaten us, so we’re definitely practicing in the next two days,” said Banal.

UE coach Dindo Pumaren, though, believes their previous encounters shouldn’t be an indicator.

“Both our lineups weren’t complete then, so it’s hard to gauge it in our past games,” said Pumaren. “We’ll be facing a tougher San Beda. All the other favorites in this league have dropped out and San Beda is the only champion team left.”

The Lions have been banking on a good combination of veterans and rookies led by Yousif Aljamal, Pong Escobal and Nigerian Sam Ekwe.

In the early rounds, the Lions ditched Cebu titlist University of Visayas and wildcard bets National Bulldogs and Jose Rizal Bombers.

The Warriors, fueled by team stars Mark Borboran and Marcy Arellano, UCAA champion Emilio Aguinaldo Generals, NCAA runner-up Philippine Christian Dolphins and semifinalist Mapua Cardinals.

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10-22-2006, 07:28 AM
San Beda, UE clash for title

Champs League final up

Inquirer
Last updated 03:02am (Mla time) 10/22/2006

Published on page A26 of the October 22, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

A HEALTH Sam Ekwe is expected to be the key when the San Beda Red Lions shoot for the Collegiate Champions League crown against the University of the East Warriors today at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

Ekwe, feeling occasional pain despite claims of full recovery from a hyper-extended right knee, will still be the Lions’ main man in the winner-take-all title match at 4 p.m.

Coach Koy Banal thinks the Lions’ biggest problem will be the Warriors’ formidable system.

“We have Sam, but they have the quickness,” said Banal. “Their system really puts their opponent in a situation where they get very pressured.”

Ekwe, the NCAA’s Most Valuable Player-Rookie of the Year awardee, finished with only two points but still collected 12 rebounds and four blocks in his last outing.

With the 6-foot-8 center sidelined in the closing minutes, Yousif Aljamal, Pong Escobal and Ogie Menor kept the Lions together for a 61-58 semifinal escape against wildcard bet Jose Rizal Bombers.

The Bombers and the Mapua Cadinals will dispute third spot earlier at 2 p.m.

Fresh from their NCAA championship run, the Lions will be vying for their second varsity title in two months.

“When we went into the (NCAA) Finals, there was so much pressure,” said Banal. “I think that will help us. We can bring that experience in our game this Sunday.”

Coach Dindo Pumaren admits the momentum is on the Lions side after his highly touted Warriors settled only for third place in the UAAP.

“San Beda still looks very confident,” said Pumaren. “But some of our players like (Toto) Bandaying are just showing their real game. (James) Martinez also set the tempo for us.”

Bandaying, a rookie from Zamboanga, shot a team-high 17 points in the Warriors’ semifinal triumph, 83-74, against the Cardinals.

Martinez also finished with 10 markers, ably supporting top gunners Marcy Arellano and Mark Borboran.

A scholarship and other prizes worth P500,000 will be awarded to the league champion.

The tournament began with the top 16 collegiate teams in the country competing in a knockout format. Among the early casualties were UAAP champion Santo Tomas Tigers, top-seeded Ateneo Blue Eagles and southern powerhouse University of Visayas. -- Jasmine W. Payo

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10-22-2006, 07:35 AM
Lions shoot for crown vs Warriors

The Philippine Star 10/22/2006

San Beda tries to add the 2006 Collegiate Champions League crown to its recent NCAA title conquest as it battles UAAP’s University of the East today in the championship that for many will also decide which is the better league between the NCAA and the UAAP.

Gametime is at 4 p.m. at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

"It’s a big challenge for us but I know we have the heart to respond to it," said San Beda coach Koy Banal, who steered the Lions to their first title in 28 years by beating the Philippine Christian U Dolphins in the final last month.

The Lions are actually favored to wrest the crown, the top purse of P500,000 worth of scholarship grants and sports equipment and the bragging rights as the country’s best collegiate school.

With Nigerian behemoth Samuel Ekwe and PBL veteran Yousif Aljamal, the NCAA rookie MVP and NCAA finals MVP, respectively, the Red Lions should indeed be installed as the favorites.

But the Warriors, who took up the cudgels for the UAAP after champion University of Santo Tomas and runner up Ateneo fell short of expectations, are all fired up to win this one.

"It’s hard to play against a team with a good system and UE has it," said Banal.

The Tigers bowed out early after losing to the Jose Rizal Bombers while the Blue Eagles fell to the Mapua Cardinals in the quarterfinals.

Both Jose Rizal and Mapua made it as far as the Final Four but lost to San Beda and UE, respectively. They dispute third place at 2 p.m.

Though they are the clear underdogs, the Warriors have beaten the Lions twice in different tournaments early this year and are looking forward to make it three in a row.

But UE mentor Dindo Pumaren opted to downplay the Warriors’ chances.

"That was before, they’re (Lions) a lot stronger now," said Pumaren.

UE actually has been playing without top gun Bon Bon Custodio, who has stopped practicing for over a month now after he was suspended by school officials in a crucial Final Four game against eventual champion UST for violation of team rules.

The Lions, however, have been doing well with Marcy Arellano, Mark Borboran, James Martinez, Kelvin Gregorio and Fradzhmir Bandaying stepping up to help power San Beda into the final and hopefully, the championship.

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10-22-2006, 07:37 AM
UE, SBC duel for crown
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Games Today (Rizal Memorial Coliseum) 2 p.m. – JRU vs Mapua 4 p.m. – UE vs San Beda


THE UNIVERSITY of the East Red Warriors and the San Beda Red Lions, two of the most successful teams in college basketball history, will dispute the title in the Collegiate Champions League today at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

The Warriors have won 18 titles in the UAAP while the Red Lions have also collected more than a dozen championships in the NCAA, including one this year.

Both teams are smelling blood and seeing red heading into the one-game title match.

"It felt good to be in the finals again," said UE coach Dindo Pumaren.

He will definitely feel better if the Warriors go on to claim their second championship in the national tournament.

"Kahit na medyo nahirapan kami na makapagpractice ng kumpleto, nakikita ko na determinado talaga ang mga bata na makuha ang championship dito," Pumaren added.

The Warriors ruled the field in 2003 with James Yap and Paul Artadi, now with Purefoods Chunkee in the PBA, running the show.

This time, Mark Borboran and Marcy Arellano will try to lead the Warriors all the way.

Pumaren will also look for James Martinez and Rob Labagala to provide stability at the backcourt and Kelvin Gregorio and Elmer Espiritu to add points and rebounds inside.

They reached the finals last year, but lost to the Far Eastern U Tamaraws.

The Lions, on the other hand, will try to end the dominance of UAAP teams in the league.

They are only the second team from the NCAA to go this deep in the annual tournament featuring the top 16 college basketball teams in the country.

The San Sebastian Stags made it to the last dance in 2004, but failed to keep in step with the Tamaraws. The Lions, in no way, are eyeing a similar finish.

"We have a very competitive team," said San Beda coach Koy Banal. "As long as we stay committed to our system especially on the defensive end, we’re going to win."

Incidentally, Banal has something to do with the NCAA’s failure to rule the CCL. He’s the coach of the Tamaraws that denied the Stags of the title two years ago.

"It’s not easy to enter the finals. We worked hard for it," said Banal. They are struggling in the early rounds with two of their three victories decided by three points or less.

"Kung ayaw naming masayang ang pinaghirapan namin, we have to work harder sa finals."

—Noli CRUZ

greenarcher
10-22-2006, 04:03 PM
JRU wins 76-72

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10-24-2006, 10:59 AM
Warriors rise from ruins of UAAP campaign

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 05:35am (Mla time) 10/24/2006

Published on page A24 of the October 24, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

IT DIDN’T take long for the University of the East Red Warriors to get their focus back.

Just a month after their UAAP debacle, the Warriors claimed the Collegiate Champions League crown, ruling a tournament that featured the country’s top 16 varsity teams.

“It’s hard to motivate any team that’s hurting, but the boys showed they can bounce back,” said UE coach Dindo Pumaren. “I’m glad they remained tough even if we didn’t make it to the UAAP Finals. I think the win showed that the boys can overcome challenges.”

Indeed, the Warriors have every reason to be proud. Seeded fifth in the tournament, the Warriors humbled a formidable varsity squad still basking from its championship glory.

The San Beda Red Lions, boosted by 6-foot-8 Nigerian Sam Ekwe, were favored to clinch their second title in two months.

But Lions coach Koy Banal commended the solid basketball program of the Warriors, who also won three pre-season titles early this year.

In the winner-take-all Finals, the Warriors found salvation from beyond the arc as Most Valuable Player James Martinez buried triples in crucial stretches in the second half for a 66-59 triumph last Sunday.

“Winning the title boosted the team’s confidence,” said Pumaren. “The fact that the tournament had all the best collegiate teams in the country today made the win very special.”

The Warriors, who finished third in the UAAP won by the Santo Tomas Tigers, also ousted Universities and Colleges Athletic Association titlist Emilio Aguinaldo Generals, NCAA runner-up Philippine Christian Dolphins and semifinalist Mapua Cardinals.

“We didn’t reach our goal in the UAAP, but the boys felt that people still believe in their talent,” said Pumaren.

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10-24-2006, 11:04 AM
Red Warriors champs of collegiate champs
By Joey Villar
Publication Date: [Monday, October 23, 2006]

University of the East found vindication in a bigger stage, stunning a taller San Beda, 66-59, to rule the 2006 Collegiate Champions League before a sizeable Sunday crowd at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

James Martinez, who happened to play college ball for San Beda, spewed 16 points including two triples in the fourth quarter that sealed it for the Warriors.

It was sweet for Martinez, who won championships for the Red Cubs, and sweeter for UE, which finally found exoneration following a disappointing performance in the UAAP’s Season 69.

"Maybe the boys poured all their emotions in this game," said UE coach Dindo Pumaren. "It was redemption in a way since we not only fought for the UAAP but we also won on a bigger stage."

More than redemption, UE took home the beautifully-crafted trophy, the top prize amounting to P500,000 worth of scholarship grants and sports equipment and the bragging rights as the country’s best collegiate school.

San Beda went home with P200,000.

UE also dedicated the win to its graduating players Rob Labagala, who was one of an elite group feted by a Special Seniors Award by the UAAP Press Corps, and Lawrence Briones.

"I told the players to dedicate this game to our seniors (Labagala and Briones) as a parting gift,"said Pumaren.

The Lions drew strength from 2006 rookie MVP Sam Ekwe and Finals MVP Yousif Aljamal but the Lions had no answer to the Warriors’ quickness and sleek running game.

Ekwe, the Nigerian phenom who packs his slams with power, had a monster 23-rebound effort that drew praises even from Pumaren.

"Ekwe is really an intimidating inside presence, he really changed our game," said Pumaren, who is now 3-0 against the Lions this year.

Earlier, wild card Jose Rizal capped its impressive finish by downing Mapua, 76-72, to clinch third place. The Bombers, who eliminated the UAAP champion Santo Tomas Tigers in the round-of-16, built leads as big as 23 points to have enough cushion to overcome a furious fight back by the Cardinals in the stretch.

Jose Rizal, one of the three teams who made it here through the backdoor, took home a consolation prize amounting to P100,000 worth of scholarship grants while Mapua P50,000.

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10-24-2006, 11:08 AM
Warriors cage Lions to win Champions League
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By noli cruz

THE UNIVERSITY of the East Red Warriors gave the San Beda Red Lions a dose of their own medicine on their way to a 66-59 victory and a second Collegiate Champions League crown last night at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

The Warriors held the Lions to only four points in the last 5:25 and James Martinez hit a clutch three-pointer down the stretch to secure the win.

"It’s a tremendous accomplishment for the team especially after what we had been through," said UE coach Dindo Pumaren.

The Warriors, who won the league’s inaugural title in 2003 at the expense of the Far Eastern U Tamaraws, played without leading scorer Bonbon Custodio throughout the tournament.

Martinez, most likely Custodio’s replacement in the starting lineup next season, led the Warriors with 16 points. His triple with four minutes left gave the Warriors a 63-57.

"Crucial ‘yung naunahan namin sila sa third quarter. Puhunan na namin ‘yun dahil alam naming magkakagitgitan sa huli," Pumaren said.

They led by as many as 10 in the third period, 44-34, 4:30 left in the third after scoring seven straight points.

The Lions pulled within five heading into the fourth and to within 55-56, 5:25 to go on a lay-up by John Paul Escobal.

In a first half laden with spurts, the Warriors took a slim 27-25 edge after an 11-5 run highlighted by Mark Borboran’s three-pointer and back-to-back baskets by Martinez.

The Warriors set the tone early with their vaunted pressing defense, holding the Lions in more than seven minutes in the first quarter to take a 14-6 lead.

Alex Angeles actually broke the ice for the Lions, but the Warriors scored the next nine and 14 of 16.

But a monster two-handed jam by Ekwe with 18 seconds to go in the first got the Lions going.

A 14-2 run capped by an Aljamal triple in the second pushed them back in front, 20-16, 5:29 in the period.

Earlier, the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers held off the late charge of the Mapua Cardinals to score a 76-72 win and claim third place.

The unseeded Heavy Bombers caught the more fancied Cardinals offguard and raced to a 29-10 lead in the first quarter.

They padded the gap to as many as 23 points after a trey from Mark Gagoco, 57-34, 5:42 left in the third period.

The scores:

First Game

JRU 76 — Wilson 15, Nocom 12, Gagoco 11, Dedicatoria 10, Hayes 9, Sena 6, Se 2, Caspe 0.

MAPUA 72 — Tiongco 18, Gonzales 15, Pascual 12, Mazo 7, Guillermo 6, Del Rosario 6, Co 3, Sumalinog 3, Migraso 2, Acosta 0.

Quarters: 29-10; 47-30; 66-47; 76-72.

Second Game

UE 66 — Martinez 16, Borboran 13, Gregorio 12, Espiritu 10, Labagala 5, Bandaying 3, Arellano 3, Canizares 2, Thiele 2, Briones 0.

SBC 59 — Aljamal 14, Ekwe 11, Menor 7, Escobal 7, Tecson 6, Maggay 6, Angeles 4, Gamalinda 2, Taganas 2.

Quarters: 14-6; 27-25; 45-40; 66-59.

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11-10-2007, 07:31 AM
FEU vs MLQU opens Champions Cup today
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REIGNING UNIVERSITY Games champion Far Eastern University is not taking Manuel L. Quezon University lightly when both teams clash in the opener of the Fil-Oil Flying-V National Collegiate Champions Cup today at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.


Fresh from beating the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the University Games final in Bacolod City, the Tamaraws are favored to dispose of the Stallions in their high noon encounter.

But FEU coach Glenn Capacio said they are not going to keep their guards down, citing MLQU’s great basketball tradition.

"I haven’t seen them play, but I know the Stallions are made up of veteran players who can pose big problems," said Capacio.

The Stallions, who won the Colleges and Universities Sports Association (CUSA) title for the sixth time, will be making their debut in the 16-team knockout tournament.

MLQU team owner Victoria Chan said they are happy to play against champion teams and are eager to show their brand of play.

"If we play well tomorrow, we have a big chance of beating the Tamaraws," said Chan who also acts as team manager.

Capacio said the Tamaraws barely had rest since being eliminated by the University of Santo Tomas Tigers in the playoff for the Final 4 berth in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP).

"We rested for only three games before we resumed training. So my boys are still in peak form," said Capacio.

The Tamaraws, led by Arwind Santos, won this event in 2005, beating University of the East.

"The Champions Cup is no less prestigious than the UAAP. We want to win again," Capacio said.

The winner of today’s match will face either defending champion UE or STI in the quarterfinals.

UAAP champion La Salle and NCAA titlist San Beda have been seeded first and second, respectively while the Eagles and the Warriors take the next two spots.

The winner of the annual event, now on its fifth year, will receive R500,000 in the form of sports scholarships. The next three finishers will get R200,000, R100,000 and R50,000 in that order.

Smart has also put up special prizes for the Most Valuable Player (M.V. Pangilinan Cup awardee), members of two Mythical teams, best defensive team, coach of the series

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11-14-2007, 07:48 AM
Bombers storm into Final Eight


By NELSON BELTRAN

The Philippine Star

Jose Rizal became the second NCAA squad to make the quarterfinals and West Negros College the next provincial team to be booted out in the opening round of the 2007 Fil-Oil/Flying-V National Collegiate Champions League.

The Heavy Bombers played well even in the absence of three key players, bundling out the WNC Mustangs, 83-61, in a lone game at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium Tuesday.

The Bombers bucked the absence of injured players John Wilson, John Eric Agas and Rene Cunanan as they surged past the Mustangs to earn a quarterfinal spot either against the Ateneo Eagles or the San Sebastian Stags.

The Eagles and the Stags clash at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Loyola Gym, preceding the 2 p.m. showdown between the University of the East Warriors and the NAASCU champion team STI.

Other quarterfinalists are NCAA champion San Beda and UAAP teams Santo Tomas and Far Eastern U. JRU easily joined NCAA Final Four conqueror San Beda in the Final Eight, detonating big bombs against West Negros right in the first half.

Big men James Sena and Jason Nocom led the searing JRU assault as they combined for 40 points and 19 rebounds.

JRU hardly missed the services of Wilson, Agas and Cunanan as Mark Pradas, Mark Cagoco and Marvis Hayes stepped up for the team.

Pradas had 13 points with six rebounds, Mark Cagoco added 10, five rebounds and five assists, and Marvis Hayes collected eight and 14 rebounds.

Vanguardia bared he got valuable tips from Emilio Aguinaldo College coach Nomar Isla how to beat the Bacolod-based WNC team. The EAC Generals played the WNC Mustangs in the recent University Games.

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11-21-2007, 10:18 AM
Champs League semifinal race heats up



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Last updated 03:36am (Mla time) 11/21/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- Four teams seeking the last two semifinal berths expect a down-the-wire fight in the Fil-Oil/Flying V National Collegiate Champions League Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan City.

The Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles and the Jose Rizal University Bombers battle at 4 p.m., right after the 2 p.m. quarterfinal bout between the Far Eastern University Tamaraws and the STI College Olympians.

The winner between the Ateneo-JRU tiff will advance to the Final Four versus the University of Santo Tomas Tigers, who ousted back-to-back NCAA champion San Beda College, 88-84, last Monday.

FEU and STI are looking to advance to the Final Four versus the University of the Visayas Green Lancers, who secured the first semifinal slot by routing University of Mindanao, 78-58.

The Olympians earned an outright quarterfinal slot following the withdrawal of University of the East. Jasmine W. Payo

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11-26-2007, 09:42 AM
Ateneo, UST clash for final slot

Monday, November 26, 2007
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Ateneo de Manila and University of Santo Tomas renew their rivalry when the two clash today in the semi-finals of the Fil-Oil/Flying V Collegiate Champions League at the Arena in San Juan.

NAASCU titleholder STI and perennial Cebu champion University of Visayas collide in the other semis match at 2 p.m. with the winner arranging a title-showdown with the winner of the 4 p.m. Ateneo-UST duel.

All eyes, however, are on the Eagles and the Tigers, who have started to create a rivalry of their own after the two met in a pair of classic matchups the last two years.

UST, which stunned back-to-back NCAA titlist San Beda, 88-64, last week, rallied to beat Ateneo to clinch the 2006 UAAP title. Ateneo evened things up by eliminating UST in last October’s UAAP Final Four.

But for coaches Norman Black of Ateneo and Pido Jarencio of UST, it’s just one of those games.

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03-25-2008, 09:13 AM
Search for first PCCL champ starts this month


By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:40:00 03/25/2008


MANILA, Philippines—Regional and zonal competitions kick off the search for the first national collegiate basketball champion this month.

The nine-month search for the top 16 varsity teams in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) will culminate in the FilOil Flying V “Sweet 16” Final Challenge, a knockout-style tournament that will award the champion a ticket to the 2009 Universiade Games in Serbia.

The Universiade is a biennial, multi-sport event that gathers elite student-athletes all over the world.

“This is a big boost to basketball in our country,” said PCCL chair Rey Gamboa, who recently launched the tourney with BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manny V. Pangilinan and executive director Patrick Gregorio.

“Hundreds of undiscovered players, teams and leagues will be featured under this program,” he added.

The search begins as invitational leagues, including the Fr. Martin Cup and the FilOil Pre-Season tournament, kick off this summer with the champions also earning slots in the zonal competitions.

Among the seeded teams in the top 16 are the champions and runners-up of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines and the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Gamboa said over 250 teams from nine regions in the country will compete in over 40 venues.

“With this format, we are encouraging teams and players from the provinces to play their best and win grants,” he said.

The regional, zonal and national championships will offer over P2 million worth of scholarships.

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03-26-2008, 11:11 AM
National college championship lures 250 teams
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The Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) has grown bigger and nationwide in scope following the participation of more than 250 teams from all over the country.


Now known as the Philippine Collegiate Championship, the event will run for nine months, culminating in the FilOil Flying V "Sweet 16" Final Challenge, a knockout-style event featuring the country’s top 16 teams.

The country’s first truly national collegiate league was launched recently by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas in a simple signing ceremony at the PLDT headquarters.

SBP president Manuel V. Pangilinan and PCCL chairman Rey Gamboa formalized the partnership that they will hope will usher in a new era for college basketball in the country.

Also present at the signing were SBP executive director Patrick Gregorio, former PBA chairman Ricky Vargas, Jude Turcuato of Solar’s Basketball TV and SBP’s Fritz Gaston.

"This is a big boost to basketball in our country. Hundreds of undiscovered players, teams and leagues will be featured under this program," Gamboa declared. "We want the teams and players to look beyond their mother leagues and see the Philippine Collegiate Championship (PCC) as the one, true national championship," he added.

Aside from over P2 million worth of scholarships and other prizes at stake in the regional, zonal and national championships, the champion will also get a chance to represent the country in the 2009 Universiade Games in Serbia.

The Universiade brings together the top school teams and athletes from around the world in a competition similar to the Olympics.

Gamboa announced that over 250 teams from nine regional areas nationwide will compete in over 40 venues, including the two leading Metro Manila leagues, the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

There will be a couple of levels of competition including regional and zonal championships to determine which teams will go on to the national level championships.

Even champions of invitational leagues such as the FilOil Flying V Pre-Season tournament and Fr. Martin Cup could be considered for slots in the zonal competitions.

After the regional and zonal competitions, the top 16 collegiate teams will compete in the national championship.

BTV provide television coverage of selected games of all competing schools.

"We are looking to provide as much exposure and coverage to all the teams, especially the provincial teams," said Turcuatro,.

"With this format, we are encouraging teams and players from the provinces to play their best and win grants to support their respective school’s sports program," said Gamboa.

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07-30-2008, 09:03 AM
9 leagues begin quest for college tilt berths

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Nine basketball leagues open shop this month as the journey to the Philippine Collegiate Championship continues.

The Cebu Schools Athletic Federation Inc (CESAFI), a major collegiate league in Cebu, starts its 2008 season on Aug. 2 with nine teams participating.

The Zamboanga del Norte League kicks off on Aug. 8 with seven teams participating. The next day, the Zamboanga City-wide Interschool League begins drawing a cast of 12 teams.

The Bohol Collegiate League gets going on Aug. 16 with four teams participating, Baguio Benguet Collegiate League reels off on Aug. 23 with nine teams, and the Ormoc City League gets under way on Aug. 30 with nine teams.

In Metro Manila, the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) begins on Aug. 8 with 13 teams in the field followed by Colleges and Universities Sports Association (CUSA) with 13 teams and NCAA South with nine teams.

The CESAFI, NAASCU and CUSA champions are seeded outright to the finals, dubbed as the "Sweet Sixteen."

Also getting automatic spots are the finalists in the ongoing Universities Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) and the winners of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA)/Universities and Colleges Athletic Association (UCAA).

Millions of pesos worth of grants for scholarship and athletic facilities are at stake in this annual search for the national collegiate champion being conducted by the Collegiate Champions League (PCCL).

Rey Gamboa, chairman of the Collegiate Champions League (PCCL), announced that over 200 collegiate teams nationwide are qualified to join the search for the best collegiate team in the country.

The first phase in the nationwide multi-level tournament is the competition among schools in their respective "mother leagues." This is followed by the regional championships then the zonal championships and the final phase, the FilOil Flying V "Sweet 16" Final Challenge.

The various collegiate leagues are grouped into the following the regional areas: Regional area 1- Ilocos, Pangasinan, Mountain Province; Regional area 2 Tarlac, Zambales, Pampanga and Bulacan, Regional area 3 Batangas, Quezon and Bicol provinces; Regional area 4- Iloilo & Negros provinces; Regional area 5 Dumaguete and Bohol, Regional area 6 Leyte, Ormoc and Samar, Regional area 7 Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, Mis. Oriental and Caraga, Regional 8 Davao, Socsargen & Maguindanao and Regional area 9 Zamboanga (cities and provinces) & Mis. Occidental.

For more details about the biggest collegiate basketball event for the year, visit www.collegiatechampionshipsleague.net.

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07-30-2008, 09:04 AM
Leagues start Collegiate Championship wars


Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 05:33:00 07/30/2008

MANILA, Philippines—The search for the country’s best collegiate basketball teams begins this weekend with nine leagues featuring more than 200 schools kicking off hostilities that will take the winners to the Philippine Collegiate Championship.

The nine-team Cebu Schools Athletic Federation Inc. (Cesafi) opens on Aug. 2.

The Zamboanga del Norte League fires off on Aug. 8 with seven teams seeing action while the Zamboanga City-wide Interschool League opens with 12 teams the next day.

Also opening on Aug. 8 are the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (Naascu) and the Colleges and Universities Sports Association (Cusa), both with 13 teams, and NCAA South with nine teams.

The Bohol Collegiate League gets going on Aug. 16, the Baguio Benguet Collegiate League reels off on Aug. 23 and the Ormoc City League unfolds on Aug. 30.

Millions of pesos worth of scholarship and athletic grants are at stake in this annual tournament being conducted by the Collegiate Champions League chaired by Rey Gamboa. Romina S. Austria