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gameface_one
03-25-2007, 06:48 PM
NCAA saddened by loss of commissioner
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 03/25/2007

If he had not passed away, Jun Bernardino would have been commissioner of the NCAA basketball tournament for the second straight year.

"The reason our theme for this year is Soaring High at 83 is because we want to continue the success of last year and commissioner Jun Bernardino was a big part of that," said newly named NCAA Management Committee chairman Paul Supan.

"He would have anchored that continuity we’re planning if this hadn’t happened," added Supan.

Supan, who has taken over from Henry Atayde of last year’s host St. Benilde, said the league is saddened by Bernardino’s demise.

"The whole NCAA is saddened by the loss of a great leader, person and brother in basketball," said Supan.

Bernardino’s official appointment would have come right after the NCAA holds a planning session March 27-29 in Binangonan, Rizal.

gameface_one
03-26-2007, 09:45 AM
NC probers back with evidence
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 03/26/2007

The NCAA fact-finding committee has gathered enough evidence to prove that at least one high school player of Philippine Christian U is guilty of "identity switching."

St. Benilde’s Henry Atayde, who chairs both the committees recently tasked to investigate the case, said the personnel he sent to Cebu, Bukidnon and Pangasinan had evidence that could pin those responsible for the alleged infraction the body is looking into.

"They’re already here with the papers and documents we wanted," Atayde yesterday told The STAR.

He added he is set to meet with PCU board representative Alfredo Olano to present the documents.

"We’re working with PCU to clear things out and they’re cooperating," said Atayde. "What we want is for PCU to clean its house and give it the breathing room to act on this case."

The group is currently comparing the records it found in the provinces to the ones they have at PCU.

They are also asking Studio 23, a UHL channel of television giant ABS-CBN that aired both seniors and juniors basketball games in Season 82, to provide them videos to be used in the conduct of the inquiry.

They will later inform the Management Committee and Policy Board, which is set to hold a planning session March 27-29 in Binangonan, Rizal, for deliberation.

Five players have been mentioned for their involvement but Atayde said they only need one to prove that the "identity switching" happened.

Atayde, meanwhile, cleared 2006 rookie MVP Elvin Pascual and Ralph Lansang of any involvement in the case.

gameface_one
03-26-2007, 09:57 AM
PCU faces sanctions


By Marc Anthony Reyes
Inquirer
Last updated 02:06am (Mla time) 03/26/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- Philippine Christian University could forfeit all its games last season and lose the NCAA general championship trophy if found guilty of committing irregularities in the last season.

“Unless PCU is able to point to somebody who is responsible for the irregularities, there could be forfeitures and they could be stripped of the general championship,” NCAA former management committee chair Henry Atayde told the Philippine Daily Inquirer Sunday.

But Atayde, who is heading the investigation, said PCU would be informed first of the result of the Mancom probe before any action is taken.

He added that PCU has also to conclude its own probe and come up with corrective measures if any.

Atayde also clarified that suspension is a penalty not clearly defined in the league’s rules.

full battle gear
03-27-2007, 11:15 AM
PCU ban remote, says Atayde

By Marc Anthony Reyes
Inquirer
Last updated 02:32am (Mla time) 03/27/2007

MANILA, Philippines -- We don’t want Philippine Christian University suspended.

This was the sentiment of College of St. Benilde’s Henry Atayde, chief of the NCAA investigation bodies probing on alleged irregularities committed by the Dolphins during the past season.

But Atayde said the decision on what penalty to impose against PCU -- if proven guilty -- would depend on the NCAA management committee and policy board.

Sources, however, said suspension is farthest from the mind of the NCAA board considering the strength of the PCU athletes and the fact that rival UAAP will be opening to a complete field with the comeback of suspended De La Salle University.

PCU is the general champion in the seniors division and runner-up in the high school category. The Baby Dolphins, who have five players under question, finished second to San Sebastian College last season.

“We will give PCU due process,” said Atayde, adding that PCU will be asked to present the findings of its own investigation before the league will come up with its own conclusion.

lekiboy
03-30-2007, 10:21 AM
PCU cager faked papers, probe bares


The Philippine Star

The NCAA Thursday identified one member of the Philippine Christian U high school basketball team for his involvement in the "identity switching" scandal that recently rocked the country’s oldest collegiate league.

St. Benilde’s Henry Atayde, who chairs the two fact-finding committees formed last week to look into PCU’s alleged irregularities, said Jaypee Importante was the player they found to have reportedly switched birth certificates with a cousin in Cebu to be able to play for the school.

"It’s been confirmed, he’s not who he claims he is," Atayde said.

Atayde added he has already informed PCU board representative Alfredo Olano about their findings and they have given the school time to answer the charge.

"We’re giving PCU until April 10 to come up with a position paper," Atayde said. "It’s now up to them to make their move and maybe clean their own backyard."

Olano, for his part, said he is still awaiting the results of PCU’s separate inquiry on the case.

"We’ll wait until we have completed our own review," said Olano, who also took part in the Management Committee’s three-day planning session that concluded Thursday in Binangonan, Rizal.

Atayde said a possible forfeiture of their games could be slapped on the Baby Dolphins, who made it to the finals but lost to the San Sebastian Staglets in Season 82. Joey Villar

LION
03-30-2007, 11:44 AM
Atayde said that he only needs to prove one. But what about the other alleged violations? What now?

lekiboy
03-30-2007, 12:27 PM
Atayde said that he only needs to prove one.* But what about the other alleged violations?* What now?




ang bakya nito ni atayde...old school na padrino system. haaaay!

Jeep
04-02-2007, 03:41 PM
Atayde said that he only needs to prove one.* But what about the other alleged violations?* What now?




ang bakya nito ni atayde...old school na padrino system. haaaay!


any relation to the atayde who had a big hand in organizing the dream-turned-nightmare game between ateneo and lasall in december 2005 (a.k.a, the enrico-yeo smackdown)?

oca
04-03-2007, 09:02 AM
Atayde said that he only needs to prove one.* But what about the other alleged violations?* What now?




Got a chance to talk to someone who is on a first name basis with one of the Board rep. Apparently, the newspaper reports didn't give a proper picture of the scenario.

Season 82 host CSB of w/c Atayde was the representative was about to turn over the baton to next season's host JRU/Supan when all this came up. The former had wanted to clear things up before the turnover. So he picked one case with the strongest lead. With the llimited time available before the turnover, proving just one case was deemed enough to show there is a case vs PCU. From there, it was up to the Board and PCU to pursue the other leads.

Because Atayde's actions showed something tangible, the NCAA Board and PCU are now compelled to pursue the other leads.

In a way Atayde was right in his decision to pursue just one lead, considering the limited time he has.

Swerte nang JRU, as Season83 host they are no longer burdened by this issue, as the case is now a matter between the Board and PCU.

lekiboy
04-23-2007, 07:22 PM
http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/03142007/sports01.html

amdgc82
04-23-2007, 10:54 PM
http://www.gmanews.tv/story/39477/NCAA-metes-1-year-suspension-vs-PCU

NCAA metes 1-year suspension vs PCU
04/23/2007 | 07:15 PM

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Policy Board on Monday imposed a one-year suspension on Philippine Christian University (PCU), which was found guilty of utilizing four junior players with "switched identities."

The Policy Board, who met Monday at Jose Rizal University in Mandaluyong City and chaired by incoming president and Jose Rizal University head Vincent Fabella, approved the recommendation of the management committee who made the investigation on the allegation that several Baby Dolphins were "illegal."

Mancom head Henry Atayde of the College of St. Benilde first found out that Jaypee Importanta was using a different name but later discovered that Victor Miguel Oliveros and brothers James Degano and Cesar Degano likewise used different names while playing for the team.

Because of these, Mancom's first recommendation to reorganize the Baby Dolphins management team was replaced with the one-year suspension.

Due to the NCAA decision, the PCU Dolphins will not be able to defend their crown in the basketball tournament. But unlike in the juniors case, the league is not asking PCU to return the seniors' trophy.

The NCAA has suspended a member school with a one-year hiatus for the first time. But the Universities Athletic Association of the Philippines was the first to do so. La Salle was not able to play during the recent season in the NCAA because of using ineligible players.

Before the La Salle's case, Adamson was likewise suspended for one year a few years back. - GMANews.TV

gameface_one
04-27-2007, 08:47 AM
NCAA tightens rules after PCU suspension

The National Collegiate Athletic Association on Thursday said it is implementing new regulations regarding the recruitment of players after the "identity switching" incident that led to the suspension of Philippine Christian University.

Henry Atayde, NCAA Management Committee chairman, said the league will require players to submit pictures with their eligibility forms.

"We will require the schools that eligibility forms will now be signed by registrars," he said, adding that acting registrars often sign the forms.

He said the NCAA will give the schools ample time to complete eligibility forms of their players before the start of the season.

The NCAA Policy Board on Monday slapped a one-year suspension on PCU for fielding a junior basketball player who was overaged.

In a statement, the board said it voted unanimously for the suspension with hopes of giving PCU time to institute reforms on its recruitment program.

"In a special meeting held at [Jose Rizal University], the NCAA Policy Board unanimously decided to suspend Philippine Christian University for one year in all events of the 83rd Season of the NCAA effective immediately," said the board in a statement released Monday night.

An NCAA investigation revealed that PCU Baby Dolphin Vincent King Importante played under the name of Jaypee Importante, a cousin, who was 17 years old. King used his cousin’s identity in hopes of playing again the following year.

The board said it based its decision on two investigations conducted by the league, headed by Atayde of St. Benilde, and by PCU itself under its athletic director Alfredo Olano.

"The findings of both inquiries have proven that there was indeed identity switching. The policy board considered the findings as a grave violation of the core objectives of the NCAA," the board added.

With the suspension, all the games of the Baby Dolphins, who finished runner-up to the San Sebastian Staglets, in Season 82 will be forfeited.

"The policy board also upheld the recommendations of the management committee to forfeit all games of the Baby Dolphins, return their second place trophy together with individual awards and ban the player involved from future participation in the league," the statement added. With a report from The Philippine Star

gameface_one
04-27-2007, 08:50 AM
PCU faces expulsion as probe continues
mb.com.ph





THE PHILIPPINE Christian University faces possible expulsion if ongoing investigation proves that three other members of its junior basketball teams used fake documents to get admission.


This was disclosed the other day by Henry Atayde of the NCAA Management Committee who said that an extension of the current one-year suspension is also being considered.

The PCU was barred from competing in all sports in the NCAA for one season after one of its players admitted that he used another identity to be able to play for the PCU Baby Dolphins.

The team also surrendered its runner-up trophy, plus the MVP award won by one of its players last season.

Vincent King Importante came forward to admit that he used the name of his cousin, Jaypee Importante.

Aside from imposing the suspension, the NCAA directed the PCU to review its recruitment program and revamp its sports program.

"If they will not act within this year, it might (be extended)," said Atayde, referring to the suspension.

Atayde said they are not discounting the possibility that PCU would be expelled.

"It could even be an expulsion, hanap na lang kami ng ibang school," he added.

Meanwhile, Importante was reportedly trying out for the Arellano University high school team.

"The last I heard he’s in Arellano University hoping to land a spot with the junior’s team," said Atayde of St. Benilde who spearheaded the investigation.

Atayde said that the policy board, upon the request of the player’s parents, has advised Importante not to talk to anyone regarding the issue.

"They (parents) fear that by issuing statements, baka mapahamak lang ‘yung bata. Kasi ang sabi they have been receiving death threats," said Atayde.

gameface_one
05-04-2007, 11:33 AM
NCAA teams raiding PCU junior rank?


By ABAC CORDERO

The Philippine Star

After being suspended one year by the NCAA policy board, Philippine Christian University is also facing the grim prospects of losing some of its key players to other schools.

An official of PCU, who requested anonymity, on Thursday decried attempts by a couple of schools to lure their junior players into their fold. He did not identify the players being recruited.

"I’m not sure if it’s legal or not," he said.

Under NCAA rules, any school can recruit players from another school. But the new recruits will first have to establish a one-year residency before being allowed to play for their new school.

"But for delicadeza (pride), I don’t think this should happen. We are serving our suspension and they are taking advantage of it," said the PCU official.

Under the suspension, PCU cannot compete in any of the 10 sports disciplines for the 83rd NCAA season scheduled to begin next month.

Controversy broke out in the NCAA last month after PCU was charged of identity switching for some of its junior players in the 2006 season where it finished second to San Sebastian.

And after a thorough investigation by the NCAA policy board, it was proven that PCU did switch the identity of one of its players, Jaypee Importante or Vincent Ching Importante, for the sake of school records.

Three other junior players from PCU are under the microscope for the same infraction. They are Victor Oliveros and the Degano brothers – James and Cesar.

The same thing happened in the UAAP last year when La Salle was suspended for fielding ineligible players. But the Green Archers managed to keep their lineup intact, except for those who have graduated.

gameface_one
05-04-2007, 11:42 AM
NCAA schools prey on banned PCU cagers



By WAYLON GALVEZ
mb.com.ph

DEFENDING CHAMPION San Beda College is trying to recruit players from suspended Philippine Christian University, a PCU official claimed yesterday.


The Red Lions are one of several member schools from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) interested in the services of the key members of PCU junior squad which faces disbandment after the suspension.

The official, who asked not to be named, did not identify the other schools and the players being lured, but expressed dismay over the development.

"We accepted the suspension, no problem with that. They told us to clean our own backyard, and we will. Pero huwag naman na kukunin nila ‘yung players namin, nadapa na nga kami gusto pa yata ng ilan sa NCAA sipain kami," said the official.

The PCU is serving a one-year suspension from all sports in the NCAA after one of its junior basketball players was found to have used another identity to get admission.

Vincent King Importante has confessed that he used the name of his cousin Jaypee, including school and birth papers to be eligible in the NCAA.

Three more high school players — Vincent Oliveros and Hames and Cesar Degano — are being investigated for a similar offense.

There is no rule that bars the recruitment of players among NCAA member schools, but the official said some schools should have shown some decency in not taking advantage of the situation.

Incoming MANCOM chairman Paul Supan of host Jose Rizal University said that it’s not illegal to recruit players from opposing schools, although there are rules that should be followed.

"It’s not easy to get players from other member schools, because first we have a one-year residency rule. And then the player, in case of a transfer, must have passed his or her academics,’’ said Supan.

"But for as long as the player involved represented PCU in any tournaments even outside the NCAA season, he or she needs to fulfill the requirements," he added.

Fr. Paul de Vera, San Beda’s MANCOM representative, was not available for a reaction.

gameface_one
05-05-2007, 07:01 PM
Player raid confirmed; PCU cager joins SBC



By WAYLON GALVEZ
mb.com.ph

Philippine Christian University’s worst fears were confirmed yesterday when it got word that a member of its junior basketball team has agreed to play for San Beda College in next month’s 83rd National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).



PCU athletic director Alfredo Olano, who said the other day that he has received reports that several schools were after his best players, identified the player who transferred as Elvin Pascual, the league’s high school MVP last season.

Olano said Pascual failed to notify him or any member of the PCU coaching staff about his decision to transfer to San Beda.

Olano said Pascual informed him that no matter what happens, he would remain with PCU.

"He (Pascual) said that even with the one-year suspension imposed by the NCAA against PCU, he would stick with us. We don’t know what happened," said Olano.

Olano’s revelation confirmed reports that some NCAA member schools are raiding the PCU ranks after the Taft-based school was suspended for fielding an ineligible player last season.

Pascual helped the PCU Baby Dolphins to the finals last season where they were beaten by the San Sebastian Staglets.

In his first NCAA appearance, the 6-foot-5 Pascual displayed tremendous potential when he became the first junior player to win the coveted Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year honors.

Following his graduation in high school this summer, Pascual continued to stay with PCU and has been practicing with the Dolphins under head coach Joel Dualan.

PCU’s suspension, however, led to Pascual’s transfer to San Beda.

"Actually it’s okay if our high school players move to other schools. The problem is maglalaro s’ya sa amin. But we were suspended. Bigla na lang kinuha ng San Beda ng walang paalam. Hindi maganda tignan eh," said Olano.

Ralph Lansang, another member of the junior team, is being eyed by University of the East, according to Olano.

Dualan said the Management Committee (MANCOM) should look into the issue.

"Siyempre masakit sa amin ‘yung ganito na kukuhanan pa kami ng player," said Dualan. "Hindi mawawala ngayon para sa ibang players, lalo ‘yung fresh graduates (from high school) na lumipat."

Dualan said Pascual played three games for PCU in the Nike Summer League but did not show up in a game early this week.

PCU was suspended because Pascual’s teammate Vincent King Importante was found to have used the identity of his cousin to get admitted to the team.

Three more are still under investigation for the same offense, Vincent Oliveros, and Cesar and James Degano.

Asked for his reaction, San Beda’s MANCOM representative Fr. Paul de Vera said that he is unaware of Lions’ recruitment program.

"We’ll check SBC recruiting players from PCU. I am against it," he said in a text message.

gameface_one
05-31-2007, 09:15 AM
NCAA renews deal with ABS-CBN Sports
abs-cbnnews.com



The National Collegiate Athletic Association, the country’s oldest collegiate league, renewed its contract with ABS-CBN Sports on Wednesday for the airing of NCAA's basketball games for the 83rd Season.

The basketball tournament will be aired on Studio 23 when the season starts during the opening of school year 2007-2008.

The NCAA's 83rd Season will be starting without the league’s defending champion, Philippine Christian University, which was slapped a one-year suspension after four members of the school’s junior basketball team were found guilty of using bogus identities.

The NCAA policy board imposed its first year-long ban on a member for eligibility infraction after investigation indicated that junior players JP Importante, James, Cesar Degano and Victor Miguel Oliveros falsified school records to get into the Baby Dolphins lineup.

funchum
06-08-2007, 11:27 AM
Comment lang di ba San Beda ang defending Champion?

christian
06-08-2007, 12:10 PM
Correct me if i'm wrong, PCU yata ang overall champs.

lekiboy
06-08-2007, 12:35 PM
Correct me if i'm wrong, PCU yata ang overall champs.


I think the article was referring to PCU as the overall champs, not basketball. the writer just failed to place the correct substance or taga PCU siya.* ;D

funchum
06-08-2007, 02:16 PM
aaahhh... ok thanks for correcting me. Over-all championship pala.

gameface_one
06-09-2007, 02:24 PM
NCAA saddles up for 83rd season



By WAYLON GALVEZ
mb.com.ph

DESPITE THE suspension of Philippine Christian University, life must go on for the country’s oldest collegiate tournament, the NCAA.


The Dolphins, who won the senior’s basketball title in 2004 and last year’s losing finalists, will not be around when the NCAA opens its 83rd season on June 23 at the Araneta Coliseum.

PCU was suspended by the NCAA Policy board for one season for using an ineligible player guilty of "identity switching" in its high school team last year.

NCAA Management Committee (MANCOM) chairman Paul Supan of host school Jose Rizal University said that PCU will surely be missed.

"PCU will be missed since they are a very competitive school. But the NCAA has to go on. We promised to give our supporters and students a better and exciting 2007-08 season," said Supan in yesterday’s weekly SCOOP sa Kamayan in Padre Faura Manila.

The absence of PCU, however, made the competition tougher, particularly in basketball where San Beda College is the defending champion.

"Mas stiff ‘yung competition kasi kung andiyan ang PCU, almost sure na sila sa Final Four. Sa pagkawala nila, mas magkakaroon ng chance lahat ng mga teams especially ‘yung mga nasa lower bracket," said Letan coach Louie Alas.

Sharing the same opinion is Jose Rizal University second-year mentor Ariel Vanguardia.

"Yung San Beda halos seeded na sa finals. The other finals slot ang up for grabs. It’s going to be a wide-open race for the second championship berth," said Vanguardia, who is tasked to steer the team to its first championship in 35 years.

"This year’s theme is ‘Soaring High and Free at 83’, and according to Supan, JRU has prepared a colorful opening ceremony.

The Red Lions, with new head coach Frankie Lim and practically the same lineup that captured the title last year, open their title defense when they face the Bombers in the first game.

Clashing in the second game are Intramurosbased rivals – the Letran Knights and the Mapua Cardinals, while the San Sebastian Stags will tackle the University of Perpetual Help Altas in the main game. The Blazers of College of St. Benilde won’t be seeing on opening day.

gameface_one
06-23-2007, 10:28 AM
Odds heavy on roaring Lions

By JOEY VILLAR
The Philippine Star

San Beda College kicks off its title-retention bid against host Jose Rizal University Saturday at the start of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball tournament of the league’s 83rd season before an expected sellout crowd at the Araneta Coliseum.

Seven teams with varying styles but with the same mission and three new coaches plus a slew of players out to make good impression will be featured in the staging of the country’s oldest collegiate league.

But coaches agree that San Beda is the team to beat this season owing to its intact line-up led by the power duo of rookie MVP Sam Ekwe and Finals MVP Yousif Aljamal toughened by weeks of training in the United States.

But coach Frankie Lim, who took over the post of 2006 winning coach Koy Banal, opted to downplay his team’s strength.

“They say we’re the team to beat,” said Lim. “All I can say is it’s hard to be No. 1 but it’s harder to remain No. 1.”

The Lions collide with the Heavy Bombers in the first of a three-game bill at 2 p.m.

The Mendiola-based quintet are out to duplicate their victory last year when the Red Lions trounced the Philippine Christian University Blue Dolphins in a thrilling three-game finale to snap a long 28-year title drought.

With PCU out for the season following a one-year suspension, things could look up indeed for the Red Lions, who dropped just two games last year en route to the championship.

It was a remarkable season for the Lions, who posted a total of 16 victories in 18 games anchored on an amazing 14-game streak midway in the tournament and capped by a heart-stopping one-point win in Game 3 of the final.

“We’ll be giving it our best to match that feat,” said Lim.

San Beda, however, lost to La Salle in the finals of the Nike Summer League early this month.

Unfazed by the Lions’ sterling credentials, Jose Rizal coach Ariel Vanguardia said San Beda can be beaten.

A grand opening number starting at 1 p.m. to be graced by NCAA president Vince Fabella of host Jose Rizal and other heads and rectors of member schools will officially usher in the new season.

gameface_one
06-23-2007, 10:32 AM
NCAA BLASTOFF
Lions begin title defense today


By Marc Anthony Reyes
Inquirer
Last updated 05:51am (Mla time) 06/23/2007


MANILA, Philippines—Whether San Beda has what it takes to build a dynasty in men’s basketball in the NCAA will be known today when the Red Lions open defense of their title against the Jose Rizal Heavy Bombers at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Red Lions and the Bombers collide at 2 p.m. after the hour-long opening ceremony, with JRU coach Ariel Vanguardia entertaining only faint hopes of tripping the top favorites from Mendiola.

Vanguardia had already conceded a championship slot to the Lions early in the week during the traditional gathering of coaches from the country’s oldest collegiate cage league.

“Since PCU is not around, it is safe to say that San Beda is already a cinch for the finals,” Vanguardia predicted.

The Philippine Christian University Dolphins, runners-up last year, were slapped a year-long ban for fielding illegitimate players in last season’s high school tournament.

Mapua and Letran, both expected to figure prominently in the Final Four race, clash at 4 p.m. while Perpetual takes on San Sebastian in the nightcap at 6.

St. Benilde drew the opening-day bye.

With reigning Top Rookie-MVP Sam Ekwe, scoring leader Yousif Aljamal, sensational guard Pong Escobal and a host of role players, the Red Lions appear set for another title under new coach Frankie Lim.

Although Lim downplays his chances— “It’s much harder to stay on top than being on top,” he said—experts predict this year’s fight will only be for second place.

Also with new coaches are the Cardinals, who have tapped Leo Isaac, and the Stags, now under Harbour Centre mentor Jorge Gallent.

Letran coach Louie Alas also considers the Red Lions as the team to beat while picking the Bombers and the Cardinals as second and third favorites.

“Nobody really stands out except for San Beda,” concurred Perpetual’s Bai Cristobal.

The Cardinals have been described as the “dark horse” this time due to an intact lineup led by Fil-Canadian Kelvin dela Peña.

The Heavy Bombers, who last won the title in 1972, finished tied for 6th last season after dropping seven of their first eight games. This time, however, they are parading six players standing 6-4 and above.

Cristobal lost vital cogs Khiel Misa and Fritz Bauzon but takes pride in acquiring the services of two Indonesians, a 6-9 and a 6-6.

The Knights, last year’s third-placers, will be bannered by 10 rookies while the Blazers hope to improve on last year’s campaign where they went on a 10-game losing spell.

gameface_one
06-23-2007, 10:37 AM
After PCU scandal, SBC repeat seen



By WAYLON GALVEZ
mb.com.ph

SAM EKWE and the rest of the Red Lions of San Beda College start their bid for back-to-back titles as the 83rd National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) men’s basketball wars open today at the Araneta Coliseum.



This year’s host, the vastly-improved Jose Rizal University, takes the first crack against the Mendiola-based team at 2 p.m. right after the opening ceremony at 1 p.m.

Intramuros neighbors Letran College and Mapua renew their old rivalry at 4 p.m., before San Sebastian College-Recoletos and University of Perpetual Help System DALTA clash in the main game at 6 p.m.

The Lions, however, will start their title-retention bid sans the architect of last year’s champion team, Koy Banal.

That task now belongs to former PBA player Frankie Lim, who hopes to duplicate the feat achieved by Banal when he steered San Beda to the championship last year that ended a 28-year title drought.

As far as Lim is concerned though, winning back-to-back titles is tougher than ending the title drought.

"But that’s our goal," said Lim, who played for the 1978 Red Lions squad that won the 1978 NCAA title. "Of course, the pressure will always be there either you’re the defending champion or not."

Banal, who also played for the Lions in the 80s, reportedly left the team when he was asked to choose by the school officials between San Beda and Purefoods TJ Hotdogs where he is a member of the coaching staff.

But even without Banal, the Lions are favored to make return trip to the finals with an almost intact lineup led by the 6-foot-8 Ekwe of Nigeria, winner of last year’s MVP, as well as Rookie and Defensive Player awards.

"We all have to work together to accomplish our goal," added Lim, who will also rely on veteran forward Yousif Aljamal, sophomore guards Pong Escobal and Borgie Hermida, and third year forwards Ogie Menor and Riego Gamalinda.

One of the teams expected to challenge the Lions are the Heavy Bombers, who are out to end their 35-year championship drought.

With an impressive preseason build-up that saw Jose Rizal made the finals of the Champions League and the Fr. Martin’s Cup, as well as the Final Four of the Fil-Oil, the Mandaluyong dribblers are ready to explode this season.

With eight holdovers from last year’s roster, JRU coach Ariel Vanguardia is confident his team has what it takes to contend even against powerhouse San Beda.

"Last year I was named coach a week before the opening," said Vanguardia, as JRU finished sixth. "Now we had a good training during the off-season and I also have the kind of players that I want who worked hard to learn the system."

"I’m not promising anything, but with the way my players are performing, I can sense that they’re really hungry for the title," said Vanguardia.

This season, the oldest collegiate tournament in the country will be without one of its members, Philippine Christian University.

In a unanimous decision, the NCAA Policy Board chaired by Vincent Fabella of JRU suspended PCU for one year after one of its high school players was found guilty of committing ‘identity switching’ last season.

Despite the absence of the Dolphins, the 2004 champion and finalist the past two years, the race for Final Four berths remain stiff among the seven schools.

"It’s going to be an exciting season," said NCAA Management Committee chair and JRU athletic director Paul Supan, who hopes to continue the success the league has achieved the past couple of years with the theme "Soaring High and Free at 83".

Like San Beda, Mapua and San Sebastian also made a coaching change, with the Cardinals tapping former stalwart Leo Isaac while the Stags took George Gallent of PBL champion team Harbor Centre.

Their coaching prowess will be tested when their respective teams meet Letran of veteran tactician Louie Alas and Bai Cristobal’s Perpetual Help, which will unveil two Indonesian players – 6-foot-9 Thoyi Isman and 6-foot-6 Ryan Frebyan. College of St. Benilde takes a bye in the season opener and will make its debut next week.

gameface_one
06-24-2007, 08:44 AM
Lions off to roaring start; Knights win

By JOEY VILLAR
The Philippine Star

San Beda played true to form as it smashed host Jose Rizal, 91-69, Saturday and got its title-retention bid going in the 83rd NCAA basketball tournament before a sea of fans at the Araneta Coliseum.

All five starters for San Beda scored in double figures with Nigerian behemoth Sam Ekwe shining with his 14 points, 18 rebounds and two blocks that should put into gear the Lions’ title retention bid.

“It’s a good way to start the season with a win,” said San Beda coach Frankie Lim, who replaced last year’s winning coach Koy Banal.

“It’s good for the team, for the whole San Beda community,” added Lim, a member of the back-to-back San Beda champion teams in 1977 and 1978.

It was a dominating performance for the Benedictine school as it led from start to finish and even went ahead by many as 25 points.

The Bombers, who came into the season as a legitimate threat to San Beda, were obviously bothered by the Lions’ pesky defense anchored on the 6-foot-8 Ekwe, the 2006 rookie MVP.

Last year’s Finals MVP, Yousif Aljamal, Pong Escobal, Ogie Menor and sophomore Borgie Hermida were also instrumental as they fired 17, 17, 15 and 14 points, respectively.

“At the start of the game, I didn’t really know what to expect. All I’m sure of is that the players will come out strong,” said Lim, who steered the Mendiola-based quintet to a strong second place finish in the Nike Summer League early this month.

In the other game, Rafael Jazul sizzled with a game-high 23 points including nine in the fourth quarter as Letran College trounced Mapua, 84-80, in a highly physical game where fouls came aplenty.

Six players fouled out as the refs called 67 fouls, four on technicals, resulting in 67 free throws with the Cardinals going 30-of-39 and the Knights 13-of-28.

The third and fourth games were being played at press time.

The game was delayed for 20 minutes by the malfunctioning scoreboard that was repaired at halftime.

The new season was ushered in by the traditional parade of the participating schools. The late NCAA commissioner, Jun Bernardino, was given a brief tribute. Taking his place is Chito Narvasa.

Ranger
06-24-2007, 11:42 AM
Player raid confirmed; PCU cager joins SBC




In his first NCAA appearance, the 6-foot-5 Pascual displayed tremendous potential when he became the first junior player to win the coveted Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year honors.




In 2001, JR Reyes won both the Rookie of the year and most valuable player awards...

cub
06-24-2007, 11:56 AM
in 2003, Jay-R Taganas also won the Rookie of the Year and the MVP.

AnthonyServinio
06-24-2007, 01:16 PM
in 2003, Jay-R Taganas also won the Rookie of the Year and the MVP.


* * *. . . and in 2004, Jay-R Taganas took home the Most Improved Player Award (the 2004 MVP was teammate Ogie Menor). I still can't get it! :D

gameface_one
06-25-2007, 08:48 AM
Stags nip Altas in opener


By JOEY VILLAR
The Philippine Star

San Sebastian trounced Perpetual Help, 59-56, to kick off its campaign in the 83rd NCAA basketball tournament and give PBL grand slam coach Jorge Gallent a rousing welcome at the Araneta Coliseum Saturday.

The Stags went to their defense to hold off the Altas, whom they limited to 10 points in the fourth quarter while scoring 14 of their own to clinch the victory and gain an early share of the lead with the San Beda Red Lions and the Letran Knights.

San Beda walloped host Jose Rizal, 91-69, to set its title-retention bid in motion while Letran edged Mapua, 84-80, in the opener of the country’s oldest collegiate league.

PBL veteran Jason Ballesteros led San Sebastian with nine points, 10 rebounds and three shot blocks as Gallent scored his first victory as coach of the Mendiola-based quintet.

Gallent, who steered Harbour Centre to a rare three-peat in the PBL, took over from last year’s coach Raymond Valenzona with hopes of steering the school to its first title since winning it five years ago.

Meanwhile, high school action starts Monday with a three-game bill featuring three-peat seeking San Sebastian, which takes on Perpetual Help at 2 p.m. at The Arena in San Juan.

Other games pit Letran versus La Salle-Greenhills at 12 noon and San Beda against Jose Rizal at 4 p.m.

The power duo of Arvie Bringas and Ryan Buenafe are expected to lead San Sebastian’s campaign anew, having led the school to back-to-back title romps and two more victories in the 2007 Palarong Pambansa and the Fr. Martin Cup early this month.

In other developments, the league decided not to allow 6-foot-9 Indonesian Thoyib Isman to suit up for the Altas this season for playing in a commercial league back home.

gameface_one
06-25-2007, 08:51 AM
NCAA bars Perpetual ‘import’


By Marc Anthony Reyes
Inquirer
Last updated 01:24am (Mla time) 06/25/2007


GAMES MONDAY (The Arena)
12 nn -- Letran vs St. Benilde (jrs)
1:30 p.m. -- San Sebastian vs Perpetual (jrs)
3 p.m. -- Jose Rizal vs San Beda (jrs)

MANILA, Philippines -- The NCAA management committee Sunday decided not to allow University of Perpetual Help to employ 6-foot-9 Indonesian Thoyib Isman after he was found to have played in a commercial league back home.

Mancom chief Paul Supan of the Jose Rizal University said the Basketball Association of Indonesia has confirmed that Isman did play for the Indonesia Basketball League, a commercial league equivalent to that of the Philippine Basketball League.

NCAA rules disallow players who had previous stints in commercial leagues.

Perpetual coach Bai Cristobal said they might appeal the case, considering that Indonesia has no other league but the IBL which also takes the place of a collegiate loop.

“There is no malice on our part,” said Cristobal whose charges lost to San Sebastian College, 59-56, in Saturday’s opening day third game.

oca
06-25-2007, 02:10 PM
NCAA bars Perpetual ‘import’


By Marc Anthony Reyes
Inquirer
Last updated 01:24am (Mla time) 06/25/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- The NCAA management committee Sunday decided not to allow University of Perpetual Help to employ 6-foot-9 Indonesian Thoyib Isman after he was found to have played in a commercial league back home.

Mancom chief Paul Supan of the Jose Rizal University said the Basketball Association of Indonesia has confirmed that Isman did play for the Indonesia Basketball League, a commercial league equivalent to that of the Philippine Basketball League.

NCAA rules disallow players who had previous stints in commercial leagues.

Perpetual coach Bai Cristobal said they might appeal the case, considering that Indonesia has no other league but the IBL which also takes the place of a collegiate loop.

“There is no malice on our part,” said Cristobal whose charges lost to San Sebastian College, 59-56, in Saturday’s opening day third game.



Seems a non-issue to the "basketball public". Only because, imo, the NCAA handled the issue properly.

Regardless if a member "filed a case" or this was taken on the "initiative of another member" like the PCU case, the fact is it was FORMALLY and OFFICIALLY addressed and SWIFTLY resolved by the NCAA.

Bago pa man naging "blind item" ang issue, may desisyon na!

End result - An issue becoming a non-issue.

Kailan kaya magiging ganito ang UAAP?

gameface_one
06-26-2007, 10:08 AM
Staglets topple Altalettes; Greenies pound Squires


By JOEY VILLAR
The Philippine Star

San Sebastian, drawing big games from Ryan Buenafe and Arvie Bringas, smothered Perpetual Help, 106-67, Monday to set in motion its bid for a third straight championship in the 83rd NCAA high school basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

Buenafe, 17, scored 36 points, hauled down nine rebounds, dished off eight assists and had seven steals while Bringas, 16, bucked an early foul trouble to fire 23 points, and pull down seven rebounds to power the Staglets to the runaway victory over the Altalettes.

The 6-foot-2 Buenafe, a native of Cavite, uncorked 17 points in the first seven and a half minutes of play to key the Staglets’ early romp in the contest.

Earlier, La Salle-Greenhills rode on a blistering fourth quarter run as the Greenies ripped the Letran Squires, 81-64.

In the third game, Nicolas Salva exploded with 18 of his 21 points in the second and third quarters as San Beda outgunned Jose Rizal, 86-82, to likewise notch its first win.

gameface_one
06-26-2007, 10:15 AM
Staglets off to fiery start



By WAYLON GALVEZ
mb.com.ph

SAN SEBASTIAN College’s bid for a three-peat got off to an impressive start as it downed hapless University of Perpetual Help System DALTA, 106-67, in the 83rd NCAA junior’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.


The Staglets relied on their six holdovers from last year’s champion team, particularly on fourth year forward Ryan Buenafe, who scored 27 of his 36 points in the first half.

The 6-foot3 Buenafe shot 13-of-17 from the field, including 3of-5 from the three-point territory, and 7-of-8 from the free throw line, while adding nine rebounds, eight assists and seven steals.

Third year guard Arvie Bringas also contributed solid numbers as he added 23 points while Raffy Gusi added 19.

"It’s only the first game but with the way we won it, confident ako that we can retain the championship despite having 11 rookies. I still have my veteran players," said SSC coach Raymund Valenzona.

"Pero hindi magiging madali. The Red Cubs (San Beda College), the Greenies (CSB-La Salle Green Hills) and even the Lights Bombers (Jose Rizal) are also strong contenders," he added.

San Sebastian, which bagged the Palarong Pambansa championship last summer representing the National Capital Region (NCR), defeated the SBC Red Cubs two years back.

They successfully defended the title by beating the PCU Baby Dolphins last season. Ian Valentin led the Altalets with 18 points.

Also winning its season opener were La Salle Greenhills and San Beda.

The Greenies downed the Letran Squires, 81-64, in the first game while the Red Cubs tripped the Jose Rizal Light Bombers, 86-82.

The Greenies, who placed fifth last season, held the Squires to 1-of-13 shooting from the field in the payoff period, enough for them to turn a tight game after three quarters (62-60) to a blowout.

Miguel Reyes provided the spark for LSGH as he scored all of his eight points in the fourth period during a 15-0 run that gave his team a 77-60 lead, with 4:10 to go.

Marco Yulo led the Greenies with 20 points. Martin Reyes contributed 14, while Christian dela Paz and Jorge Nicolas had 13 and 11, respectively.

The Squires got 25 points from third year guard Kevin Alas, one of Knights coach Louie Alas’ sons in the team.

The scores

First Game

LSGH 81 – Yulo 20, Reyes 14, dela Paz 13, Nicolas 11, Reyes 8 Mi., Reyes Ma. 8, Malimban 4, Asuncion 2, Quebral 1, Seno 0, Dimaculangan 0.

Letran 64 – Alas Ke. 25, Noble 16, Khobuntin 7, Reforsado 5, San Jose 4, Castillo 3, Javier 0, Romeo 0, Roxas 0, Alas Kr. 0, Bagsit 0.

Quarters:

LSGH - 21 16 25 19 – 81

Letran - 16 21 23 4 – 64

Second Game

SSC 106 – Buenafe 36, Bringas 23, Gusi 19, Santos 5, Ortueste 4, Delgado Jo. 4, Andrada 3, Delgado F. 2, Cam 2, Bautista 2, Ramsey 2, mamaril 2, laconico 2, Delgado Je. 0, Estrada 0.

UPHSD 67 – Valentin 18, Jalongcob 13, Mancio 8, Dizon 7, Manzanero 7, Mojado 5, Biscocho 5, Pagkalinawan 4, Dejaresco 0, Pabillano 0, Francisco 0.

Quarters:

SSC - 27 30 19 30 – 106

uphsd - 16 28 11 12 – 67

Third Game

SBC 86 – Salva 21, Babilonia 12, Dela Cruz 10, Panaligan 10, Monteclaro 8, Bernas 8, Revilla 7, Lobaton 3, Ayala 2, Asinas 2, Del Rosario 2, Altamirano 1.

JRU 82 – Cipriano 37, Agovida 17, Regis 10, Madlangbayan 6, Camar 6, Vigil 4, Vital 4, Reyes 0, Matias 0, Cataluna 0.

Quarters:

SBC - 13 24 26 23 – 86

JRU - 17 13 25 27 – 82

peyups-La Salle
06-26-2007, 06:51 PM
Staglets off to fiery start



By WAYLON GALVEZ
mb.com.ph

SAN SEBASTIAN College’s bid for a three-peat got off to an impressive start as it downed hapless University of Perpetual Help System DALTA, 106-67, in the 83rd NCAA junior’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.


The Staglets relied on their six holdovers from last year’s champion team, particularly on fourth year forward Ryan Buenafe, who scored 27 of his 36 points in the first half.

The 6-foot3 Buenafe shot 13-of-17 from the field, including 3of-5 from the three-point territory, and 7-of-8 from the free throw line, while adding nine rebounds, eight assists and seven steals.

Third year guard Arvie Bringas also contributed solid numbers as he added 23 points while Raffy Gusi added 19.

"It’s only the first game but with the way we won it, confident ako that we can retain the championship despite having 11 rookies. I still have my veteran players," said SSC coach Raymund Valenzona.

"Pero hindi magiging madali. The Red Cubs (San Beda College), the Greenies (CSB-La Salle Green Hills) and even the Lights Bombers (Jose Rizal) are also strong contenders," he added.

San Sebastian, which bagged the Palarong Pambansa championship last summer representing the National Capital Region (NCR), defeated the SBC Red Cubs two years back.

They successfully defended the title by beating the PCU Baby Dolphins last season. Ian Valentin led the Altalets with 18 points.

Also winning its season opener were La Salle Greenhills and San Beda.

The Greenies downed the Letran Squires, 81-64, in the first game while the Red Cubs tripped the Jose Rizal Light Bombers, 86-82.

The Greenies, who placed fifth last season, held the Squires to 1-of-13 shooting from the field in the payoff period, enough for them to turn a tight game after three quarters (62-60) to a blowout.

Miguel Reyes provided the spark for LSGH as he scored all of his eight points in the fourth period during a 15-0 run that gave his team a 77-60 lead, with 4:10 to go.

Marco Yulo led the Greenies with 20 points. Martin Reyes contributed 14, while Christian dela Paz and Jorge Nicolas had 13 and 11, respectively.

The Squires got 25 points from third year guard Kevin Alas, one of Knights coach Louie Alas’ sons in the team.

The scores

First Game

LSGH 81 – Yulo 20, Reyes 14, dela Paz 13, Nicolas 11, Reyes 8 Mi., Reyes Ma. 8, Malimban 4, Asuncion 2, Quebral 1, Seno 0, Dimaculangan 0.

Letran 64 – Alas Ke. 25, Noble 16, Khobuntin 7, Reforsado 5, San Jose 4, Castillo 3, Javier 0, Romeo 0, Roxas 0, Alas Kr. 0, Bagsit 0.

Quarters:

LSGH - 21 16 25 19 – 81

Letran - 16 21 23 4 – 64

Second Game

SSC 106 – Buenafe 36, Bringas 23, Gusi 19, Santos 5, Ortueste 4, Delgado Jo. 4, Andrada 3, Delgado F. 2, Cam 2, Bautista 2, Ramsey 2, mamaril 2, laconico 2, Delgado Je. 0, Estrada 0.

UPHSD 67 – Valentin 18, Jalongcob 13, Mancio 8, Dizon 7, Manzanero 7, Mojado 5, Biscocho 5, Pagkalinawan 4, Dejaresco 0, Pabillano 0, Francisco 0.

Quarters:

SSC - 27 30 19 30 – 106

uphsd - 16 28 11 12 – 67

Third Game

SBC 86 – Salva 21, Babilonia 12, Dela Cruz 10, Panaligan 10, Monteclaro 8, Bernas 8, Revilla 7, Lobaton 3, Ayala 2, Asinas 2, Del Rosario 2, Altamirano 1.

JRU 82 – Cipriano 37, Agovida 17, Regis 10, Madlangbayan 6, Camar 6, Vigil 4, Vital 4, Reyes 0, Matias 0, Cataluna 0.

Quarters:

SBC - 13 24 26 23 – 86

JRU - 17 13 25 27 – 82




Sayang kung hindi sila umalis sa LSGH, ang lakas ng Greenies this year. Dagdag mo pa diyan si Vince Fran na hindi maglalaro for LSGH... I remember the time wherein Fran,Salva and the departed Matthew Sia formed a trio wherein they were an unstoppable team during their days in Grade School..Sayang talaga..

Howard the Duck
06-26-2007, 09:04 PM
so 2 lang ang tanggal sa playoffs sa juniors kasi 6 lang sila?

gameface_one
06-27-2007, 09:37 AM
Stags gun for solo lead against Bombers

The Philippine Star

San Sebastian shoots for the solo lead as it takes on host Jose Rizal even as St. Benilde debuts Wednesday against Mapua in the 83rd NCAA basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

Putting premium on defense this year, the Stags have gained initial success by shackling Perpetual Help, 59-56, Saturday in an auspicious start in their campaign.

Coach Jorge Gallent, the PBL Grand Slam coach of Harbour Centre who has taken over from Raymond Valenzona, hopes to steer the Recto-based school to its first title since dominating the league five seasons ago.

“That’s really our main focus this year, to play tough defense,” said Gallent.

They will be up against the Heavy Bombers, who bowed to defending champion San Beda Red Lions, 69-91, in the inaugurals, in a duel between teams picked in the pre-season as serious title contenders.

Meanwhile, the Blazers will play their first game of the season against the Cardinals at 2 p.m. expecting to get a big boost from the return of 6-foot-5 Christian Cabatu and a prolific Paolo Orbeta.

Cabatu and Orbeta are beefing up the St. Benilde roster with Kris Robles, Martin Urra, William Johnston and Gerald Layug.

“The players are excited to play their first game. We just hope we can stay focused in executing our game plan,” said St. Benilde coach Caloy Garcia.

The Blazers are up against the Cardinals, who are aching to bounce back from a heart-breaking 80-84 defeat to the Knights Saturday.

anghusay
06-28-2007, 03:44 AM
Blazers defeat the Mapua Cardinals

Comebacking Paolo Orbeta led a resurgent St. Benilde squad by pouring 25 points to defeat the Mapua Cardinals in the 83rd NCAA Season. Orbeta was virtually unstoppable as he scored almost from anywhere which included three 3-point feild goals. He also got ample support from Kris Robles, Christian Cabatu, Martin Urra, William Johnston, Harvey Porras.

gameface_one
06-28-2007, 10:45 AM
‘Returnees’ lift Blazers past Cards

By JOEY VILLAR
The Philippine Star

College of St. Benilde drew inspiration from the return of four of its former top players as it subdued Mapua, 74-68, on Wednesday in the second playdate of the 83rd NCAA basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

After opting to sit it out last season, the prolific Paolo Orbeta fired a game-high 25 points in his return to college ball, including four of his team’s season-high 10 triples as the Blazers led from start to finish to beat the Cardinals.

“He (Orbeta) stepped up big for us,” said St. Benilde coach Caloy Garcia. “But the name of the game is consistency. Can he sustain it the whole season?”

Orbeta is actually one of the four players who didn’t see action for the team last season due to various reasons, including Harvey Porras and Christian Cabatu and Jeff Morial (ACL injury).

Porras, Cabatu and Morial combined for 21 points and 14 rebounds as the Blazers held off the Cardinals, tipped as one of the title contenders in the pre-season but have so far failed to live up to the hype by dropping their first two games.

“We’re definitely a better team than last year because of the return of these four players,” said Garcia.

After a sluggish start, the Blazers put their act together and posted their biggest lead at 41-25 lead with over three minutes remaining in the second quarter.

The Cardinals, however, regrouped in the third quarter as Jerby del Rosario keyed the team’s fightback to within, 50-51, only to reel back as the Blazers finished the period with a 8-1 run to keep a 60-51 lead into the fourth.

In the other game, host Jose Rizal made key stops down the stretch as it edged San Sebastian, 68-66, to bounce back from its 69-91 loss to defending champion San Beda in Saturday’s opener.

Marvin Hayes and Jayson Nocom shot 14 points apiece but it was Mark Pradas’ block on the 6-foot-6 Jason Ballesteros in the dying seconds that sealed the victory for the Bombers.

After trailing almost all game, the Stags, who scored a 59-56 win over the Perpetual Help Altas over the weekend, took a 66-65 lead on a triple by Jim Viray but they failed to from there before falling into a maze of errors at endgame.

John Raymundo fouled Nocom, who went to the line for two free throws, turned the ball over once and missed a wide-open lay-up that would have turned things around for SSC.

“I had sleepless nights when we were blown out by San Beda,” said Jose Rizal mentor Ariel Vanguardia. “But this win should level things up a bit.”

gameface_one
06-28-2007, 10:50 AM
JRU Bombers nip Stags; Blazers torch Cardinals


By Marc Anthony Reyes
Inquirer
Last updated 03:36am (Mla time) 06/28/2007


GAMES FRIDAY (The Arena)
2 p.m. -- San Beda vs Perpetual (srs)
4 p.m. -- Letran vs St. Benilde (srs)

MANILA, Philippines -- Jayson Nocom canned three free throws in the final two minutes while Mark Pradas swatted what could have been a game-tying layup as Jose Rizal University eked out a hard-earned 68-66 win over San Sebastian College Wednesday in the NCAA men’s basketball at The Arena in San Juan City.

Nocom made two free throws off San Sebastian guard Pamboy Raymundo to shove the Heavy Bombers ahead, 67-66, a hairline cushion he later padded with a split in the final 31.5 seconds that pegged the final count.

The Stags had a chance to change that outcome, but could not execute properly. Instead, 6-foot-6 Jason Ballesteros tried to put up a point-blank shot that was squarely blocked by a soaring Pradas as time ran out.

The Bombers improved to 1-1, pulling down the Stags to the same win-loss record.

In the first game, College of St. Benilde got a lot of help from its four returning veterans, led by guard Paolo Orbeta, in turning back Mapua Institute of Technology, 74-68, to post its first win of the season.

The Blazers also scored their first win in two years over the Cardinals, who slumped to 0-2.

Orbeta, who begged off last season because he couldn’t handle the pressure of leading a team with 10 rookies, scored 25 points, including four three-pointers to lead the Blazers.

“He felt there was too much pressure for him because we were mostly rookies last year,” said St. Benilde coach Caloy Garcia of Orbeta, who is on his last year of eligibility in the league.

Christian Cabatu, Harvey Porras and Jeffrey Morial also made their presence felt after absences last season. The 6-foot-5 Cabatu, son of ex-PBA player Sonny, contributed 10 points and seven rebounds, while Porras, another 6-foot-5 frontliner, added eight points and five rebounds.

Morial was sidelined by an ACL injury last year. Cabatu and Porras had problems with their grades last season.

The scores:

First game
ST. BENILDE 74 -- Orbeta 25, Cabatu 10, Sevilla 10, Porras 8, Robles 8, Johnston 6, Morial 3, Layug 2, Manlapaz 1, Urra 1, David 0, Montecastro 0, Cadiz 0.
MAPUA 68 -- Pascual 15, Dela Pena 11, Co 10, Del Rosario 8, Banal 8, Raneses 4, Guillermo 3, Sumalinog 3, Palomique 2, Mazo 2, Cornejo 2, Acosta 0.
Quarters: 21-17, 43-36, 60-51, 74-68

Second game
JRU 68 -- Hayes 14, Nocom 14, Sena 10, Agas 8, Pradas 5, Cagoco 5, Wilson 5, Bulangis 3, Se 2, Lituania 2, Cunanan 0, Ramos 0, Kabigting 0.
SAN SEBASTIAN 66 -- Bulawan 16, Raymundo 10, Viray 9, De Leon 8, Zulueta 8, Aquino 7, Ballesteros 5, Saquillo 3, Del Rio 0, Delgado 0, Quiamco 0, Dela Cruz 0.
Quarters: 15-14, 28-30, 57-47, 68-66

gameface_one
06-29-2007, 10:23 AM
Lions, Knights, Blazers shoot for win No. 2



Inquirer
Last updated 06:01am (Mla time) 06/29/2007


GAMES FRIDAY (The Arena)
2 p.m. -- San Beda vs Perpetual (srs)
4 p.m. -- Letran vs St. Benilde (srs)

MANILA, Philippines -- Three teams hope to sustain their impressive starts even as one squad attempts to recover from its initial shock in Friday’s doubleheader of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.

Defending champion San Beda College, Letran College and College of St. Benilde shoot for win No. 2, while University of Perpetual Help tries to bounce back after a defeat in the inaugurals last Saturday.

The San Beda Red Lions, whom many believe would reach the finals trouble-free, take on the UPH Altas at 2 p.m., while the Letran Knights battle the Blazers at 4.

“Teams out there are working very hard to beat us; that gives us a lot of pressure but it also keeps us on our toes,” said San Beda coach Frankie Lim.

Though the Altas are coming off a 59-56 loss to San Sebastian College last Saturday and won’t have 6-foot-9 Indonesian Thoyib Isman, Lim said the Lions are not taking any chances.

Last year, the Lions opened with a 1-1 card then won 13 straight games all the way to the championship.

San Beda has superior firepower with its lineup led by reigning Rookie-MVP winner Sam Ekwe, Yousif Aljamal, Pong Escobal, Ogie Menor and Borgie Hermida.

The Altas lost the core of their lineup last season and now won’t even get to use their surprise package from Jakarta after the league had declared him ineligible because of a previous stint in a commercial league in Indonesia.

“Now we just have to make do with what we have. Our backs are against the wall, but who knows, this game just might change the complexion of the season for us,” said Perpetual coach Bay Cristobal.

Letran, winner over Mapua Institute of Technology in the opener, is out to prove that, with a sound program, it can transform a team laden with rookies into a title contender. Marc Anthony Reyes

gameface_one
06-30-2007, 01:34 PM
Lions notch 2nd win despite Ekwe ouster
By Joey Villar
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Philstar.com


San Beda bucked the ejection of Nigerian Sam Ekwe and went on to smother Perpetual Help, 86-62, for its second straight victory in the 83rd NCAA basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan yesterday.

Rogemar Menor, a former high school MVP, fired a team-high 15 points, including seven in the first quarter, as the defending champion Red Lions coasted to easy victory, which came after they blasted the Jose Rizal Bombers, 91-69, last week.

Ekwe, last year’s MVP, was thrown out of the game after he lost his cool and kicked Korean Lee Sang Myeon, one of the two foreign cagers playing for the Altas, in the third quarter.

Ekwe, who went out with 10 points and 15 rebounds in another imposing performance, reacted to a dangerous foul by Lee, who shoved the San Beda behemoth in mid-air while he was about to complete an alley-hoop play.

But the outburst proved costly for the Nigerian giant who faces an automatic suspension and disqualification from any individual award this season, including a second crack at the MVP.

“Ekwe is automatically suspended based on our constitution and by-laws,” said Management Committee chair Paul Supan of Jose Rizal. “He’ll also be ineligible for any individual award for his behavior.”

“He (Ekwe) can’t lose his cool just like that,” said San Beda mentor Frankie Lim. “There’s a lot at stake here and we can’t afford to make mistakes like that.”

The Altas battled back from a 28-point deficit in the third quarter but could only come to within 15 in the final period before losing steam in the stretch.

Michael Kong fired 18 points, half of which coming from behind the arc, but the Altas failed to match the Lions’ awesome firepower and reeled to their second straight setback.

In the other game, Letran outgunned St. Benilde, 92-81, to tie San Beda at the helm.

Bryan Faundo dished out a double-double job of 22 points and 10 rebounds while Raffy Jazul scored 15 points for the Knights, who broke away from a tight contest in the first three quarters to win pulling away.

The Blazers dropped to 1-1.

gameface_one
07-02-2007, 09:26 AM
NC also suspends erring refs


By JOEY VILLAR
The Philippine Star

The NCAA Management Committee suspended not just Nigerian Sam Ekwe of defending champion San Beda but also two referees as part of the league’s continuing effort to improve the quality of the games in the league.

John Estrada and Ric Santos, who refereed the foul-riddled Letran-Mapua game topped by the Knights, 84-80, in last week’s opener, were sacked for two games and one game, respectively, upon the recommendation of league commissioner Chito Narvasa.

Estrada and Santos already served out their suspensions.

"They were suspended upon the recommendation of commissioner Narvasa," said Mancom chair Paul Supan of Jose Rizal. "It’s the league’s way of saying we’ll spare no one."

A source said the Mancom also based its decision on the officials’ questionable and below-par performances.

The suspensions actually came before the league sacked the 6-foot-8 Ekwe, last year’s rookie MVP, for kicking Korean Lee Sang Myeon of Perpetual Help in the third quarter of the game won by the Lions, 86-62, Friday.

Ekwe has already apologized for his outburst and will sit it out in the Lions’ next game against the winless Mapua Cardinals on Wednesday.

"I’m sorry," the Lagos, Nigeria native earlier told The STAR.

Meanwhile, three-peat-seeking San Sebastian shoots for its second straight win as it faces Letran Monday in the main game of the of the 83rd NCAA high school basketball action at The Arena.

Powered by Ryan Buenafe’s 36 points and Arvie Bringas’ 23, the Staglets, champions in the last two seasons, routed the Perpetual Help Altalettes, 106-67, to kick off their grand slam bid.

San Beda and La Salle-Greenhills likewise gun for a second win in a row as they tackle Perpetual Help at 1:30 p.m. and Jose Rizal at 12 noon, respectively.

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07-03-2007, 07:59 AM
Squires upset Staglets; Cubs, Bombers prevail


By Marc Anthony Reyes
Inquirer
Last updated 04:20am (Mla time) 07/03/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- With steady hands from the foul line and calm nerves at crunchtime, Darryl Reforsado of Letran College broke San Sebastian College’s myth of invincibility Monday night.

The 6-foot swingman hit two charities with eight seconds left to lift the Squires over the two-time defending champion Staglets, 75-74, in the NCAA junior basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.

Reforsado first fished a foul off Arvie Bringas underneath before making the free throws that secured Letran’s first win in two outings and pulled San Sebastian to the same record.

“This is a big win for us and gets us really motivated,” said Letran coach Elmer Latonio, whose Squires yielded to College of St. Benilde-La Salle Green Hills, 81-64, in the season opener. “We hope to sustain this momentum and improve further in our next game.”’

Earlier, San Beda College frolicked against token opposition while Jose Rizal University leaned on a second-quarter burst to register its first victory.

The San Beda Red Cubs pounded the hapless University of Perpetual Help Altalettes to score a 115-74 rout for their second straight victory in as many games while the JRU Light Bombers stopped the CSB-La Salle Greenies, 86-71.

The scores:

First Game
JOSE RIZAL 86 -- Cipriano 27, Agovida 20, Vigil 13, Madlangbayan 11, Regis 9, Vital 6, Villegas 0, Villasper 0, Reyes 0, Matias 0, Cataluna 0, Camar 0.
CSB-LSGH 71 -- De la Paz 21, Reyes Martin 18, Nicolas 12, Reyes Miguel 6, Reyes Marcus 6, Quebral Michael 4, Malimban 4, Yulo 0, Seno 0, Flores 0, Asuncion 0.
Quarters: 19-19, 47-32, 66-47, 86-71.

Second Game
SAN BEDA 115 -- Salva 27, Del Rosario 12, Ayala 11, Asinas 10, Panaligan 9, Lobaton 9, Altamirano 8, Revilla 7, Bernas 6, Dela Cruz 4, Palma 4, Figuracion 3, Monteclaro 3, Banal 2.
PERPETUAL 74 -- Jolangcob 18, Pagkalinawan 14, Eriobu 11, Mancio 11, Biscocho 101, Valentin 5, Manzareno 4, Mojado 1, Francisco 0, Dizon 0, Pabillano 0, Dejaresco 0.
Quarters: 22-20, 54-30, 87-47,115-74.

Third Game
LETRAN 75 -- Noble 17, Alas Kr. 15, Reforsado 11, Alas Ke. 9, San Jose 6, Khobuntin 5, Munsayac 4, Bagsit 2, Javier 0.
SAN SEBASTIAN 74 -- Buenafe 36, Gusi 6, Delgado Jo. 9, Bringas 8, Andrada 3, Ortuoste 2, Delgado Je. 0, Cam 0, Delgado F. 0, Estrada 0, Bautista 0.
Quarters: 15-24, 35-37, 56-61, 75-74.

gameface_one
07-03-2007, 07:59 AM
Letran stuns ‘Baste’ in junior NCAA tilt
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DARRYL REFORSADO made two pressure-packed free throws with eight seconds left as Letran stunned defending champion San Sebastian College, 75-74, in the 83rd NCAA junior’s basketball tournament yesterday at The Arena in San Juan.


Reforsado, who was fouled by Arvie Bringas under the basket, calmly made his only two foul shots of the game as he finished with 11 points.

The win enabled the Squires to forge a four-way tie at second their victims, the Jose Rizal University Light Bombers and the CSB-La Salle Green Hills Greenies.

"It was a good win. We hope to sustain this momentum and improve in our next game," said Letran coach Elmer Latonio, whose team dropped its opening day game against CSB-LSGH (81-64).

John Noble led Letran with 17 points with 10 rebounds, while bigman Kris Alas also finished in double-double with 15 and 12.

Ryan Buenafe, who led the Stagletes with 36 points, missed his jumper before the final buzzer sounded.

Also claiming its first win were the JRU Light Bombers as they beat CSB-LSGH, 86-71, in the first game.

Bon Jovi Cipriano had game-high 27 points while Keith Agovida added 20 points to help the Light Bombers tie the Greenies at 1-1.

gameface_one
07-04-2007, 09:36 AM
Ekwe-less Lions battle Cards Wednesday

The Philippine Star

San Beda guns for its third straight win without main man Sam Ekwe as it takes on winless Mapua at resumption of action in the 83rd NCAA basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan Wednesday.

Ekwe, the 6-foot-8 rookie MVP last year, was suspended for one game for kicking Korean Lee Sang Myeon of Perpetual Help in San Beda’s 86-62 victory last Friday.

But SBC coach Frankie Lim remains confident of his wards’ chances in their 4 p.m. encounter with Cardinals despite the absence of the power-playing Lagos, Nigerian native.

“It’s a big challenge for the players playing without Sam,” said Lim. “The key here is we need to be composed and tough because everyone wants to beat us.”

Expected to step up for the Lions are 2006 Finals MVP Yousif Aljamal, Rogemar Menor, Pong Escobal and Borgie Hermida.

Jay-R Taganas and rookie Dave Marcelo are also expected to play longer this time and provide muscle underneath.

The Lions are currently tied with the Letran Knights at the helm following a pair of lopsided victories.

including a 91-69 rout of the Jose Rizal Bombers in the opener.

In contrast, the Cardinals dropped their first two games to fall into a tie with the Altas at the bottom of the Field.

Lim, however, thinks the Cardinals remain one of the teams to beat despite their poor start.

“I don’t know what happened, but I still think they’re a dangerous team, I’ve seen them improve under coach Leo Isaac,” Lim said.

In the other game, St. Benilde, which split its first two matches, tackles Perpetual Help at 2 p.m.

gameface_one
07-05-2007, 12:58 PM
Lions storm to 3rd straight win

The Philippine Star

San Beda continued to dominate even without Sam Ekwe as the Red Lions streaked to their third straight victory with an 87-77 trouncing of the Mapua Cardinals in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament Wednesday at The Arena, San Juan.

Power forward Yousif Aljamal and rookie Dave Marcelo stepped up for the defending champions who rode on an explosive fourth quarter charge to get out of a tight contest and win pulling away.

The Cardinals actually wrested the lead, 66-64, at the start of the fourth courtesy of Jerby del Rosario but the Red Lions countered with a dizzying 14-4 run capped by five straight points by Riego Gamalinda for a 78-70 San Beda lead, 3:39 left in the contest.

Aljamal played true to form and fired 21 points and hauled down seven rebounds but it was Marcelo’s double-double performance that anchored the victory for the Red Lions.

The 6-foot-5 Marcelo tossed in 10 points, snared 13 rebounds and had seven shot blocks in 27 minutes of play.

“Our big guys delivered, Sam’s loss is equal to 14 points and 18 rebounds. I’m glad they responded, especially Dave (Marcelo) who played a huge game,” said Red Lions mentor Frankie Lim.

Mapua reeled to its third straight setback.

Earlier, University of Perpetual Help System DALTA trounced College of St. Benilde, 62-52, to notch its first win after back-to-back setbacks.

Cris Liaz scored 14 points while Mike Kong had 13 points, six rebounds and five assists while the rest backed them up with a gritty defense to power the Altas to the victory.

“No excuses in our two previous losses. We have to move forward, not backward and I’m glad Liaz and Kong stepped up,” said Perpetual coach Bai Cristobal.

The Altas played tough defense on the Blazers, who had a miserable 13-of-56 shooting for a 23 percent performance from the field, against Perpetual’s 21-of-61 or 34 percent.

Perpetual Help unloaded a 16-6 binge in the third quarter as the Altas padded a 33-27 halftime advantage to 49-33 bulge with 3:25 left.

The win put Perpetual in fifth place tied with St. Benilde with similar 1-2 win-loss cards.

gameface_one
07-06-2007, 11:41 AM
Knights seek top spot; Cardinals eye 1st win



Inquirer
Last updated 05:34am (Mla time) 07/06/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- Letran College tries to grab a share of the lead and take win No. 3 even as Mapua Institute of Technology merely hopes to score its first when they tackle separate rivals Friday in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.

Standing in Letran’s way in the 2 p.m. opener is San Sebastian College, which is coming from a loss. Mapua, on the other hand, attempts to step into the winning column against Jose Rizal University at 4 p.m.

The Letran Knights are happy with the way they started this season but coach Louie Alas is discontented with the way they posted the first two victories, allowing an average of 80.5 points per game.

If he will have his way, Alas wants to limit opponents to at least 60 points per game as the Knights are known to be a highly defensive team.

“We gave up too many points in the first two games,” said Alas. “This is not the Knights’ basketball style I’ve seen the past two years. I hope we can correct them as soon as possible.”

The Knights just might succeed against San Sebastian, which is not only nursing a 68-66 loss to JRU last June 27, but is also averaging just 62.5 points, counting its 59-56 win over University of Perpetual Help in the opener.

Letran will pin its hopes on Dino Daa and Bryan Faundo plus a bevy of capable rookies, while San Sebastian will rely on 6-foot-6 Jason Ballesteros and 6-foot-3 Jim Viray.

The Mapua Cardinals are still looking for a game that would turn things around after they fell to Sam Ekwe-less San Beda College last Wednesday, 87-77.

Their third straight victory in as many outings gave the defending champion San Beda Red Lions of coach Frankie Lim the solo top spot in the eight-team field.

But that would be a tall order considering that the JRU Heavy Bombers are riding on the crest of their victory over the SSC Stags.

“I think the boys finally recovered from that loss in the opener (against San Beda) and got their self-confidence back,” said Jose Rizal coach Ariel Vanguardia.

Manning the fort for Jose Rizal are former Philippine Youth player Maui Pradas, Jayson Nocom and James Sena.

Mapua, now being mentored by former pro Leo Isaac, will lean on Mark Acosta, rookie Jonathan Banal, shooter Sean Co and center Jerbey Del Rosario. Marc Anthony Reyes

gameface_one
07-07-2007, 09:16 AM
Knights pound Stags, share lead

The Philippine Star

Letran put on a stifling defensive job in the second quarter and went on to fashion out a 71-61 victory over San Sebastian on Friday for a share of the lead with defending champion San Beda in the 83rd NCAA basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

RJ Jazul fired 20 points, including nine in the fourth quarter, but it was the Knights’ defense that anchored the victory for the Muralla-based cagers, who held the Stags to just six points in the second quarter while scoring 18 of their own en route to their third win in a row.

“I guess we’re winning because we’re playing defense again,” said Letran coach Louie Alas.

The game also saw the ejection of San Sebastian mentor Jorge Gallent with 4.19 minutes remaining in the game for hurling invectives at the referees and for repeatedly complaining about officiating.

The suspension would mean an automatic one-game suspension for Gallent, who piloted Harbour Centre to a rare PBL grand slam recently.

It was the Stags’ second straight loss after edging the Perpetual Help Altas, 59-56, in the opener.

San Sebastian actually took a 15-14 lead in the first quarter but was held to just six free throws without a field goal in the second quarter as the Knights clamped down on key SSC shooters.

The Stags never recovered from that scoring slump as the Knights sustained their run in the second half after seizing a 32-21 lead at the turn.

In the other game, Mapua snapped out of a three-game skid as it outgunned host Jose Rizal in the final period to pull off a come-from-behind 86-80 triumph.

Kelvin dela Peña, who played high school ball in Alberta, Canada, finally played true to form as he poured 10 of his team-high 19 points in the fourth quarter to power the Cardinals to their first win. Joey Villar

gameface_one
07-08-2007, 01:41 AM
NC cracks whip on Gallent
By Joey Villar
Sunday, July 8, 2007
After suspending a former MVP, the league is now cracking the whip on a PBL grand slam coach.

The NCAA management committee chaired by Paul Supan of Jose Rizal yesterday suspended San Sebastian mentor Jorge Gallent for misconduct in their 61-71 loss to Letran College Friday in Season 83 of the NCAA at The Arena in San Juan City.

“League rule states that if you’re ejected from a game, you’ll be automatically suspended,” Supan told The STAR. “This means Jorge Gallent will not sit on the bench in their next game.”

Gallent, who steered Harbour Centre to a rare three-peat in the PBL, reportedly threw invectives at the referees and drew a pair of two quick technical fouls resulting in his ejection with 4.19 minutes remaining in the game.

Gallent will serve out the suspension on Friday against the Mapua Cardinals at the same venue.

The suspension came a week after the league barred Nigerian phenom Sam Ekwe of San Beda, last year’s rookie MVP, for a game for kicking Korean Lee Sang Myeon of Perpetual Help.

The Mancom had also suspended a pair of referees – John Estrada and Ric Santos – last week for poor and questionable officiating.

gameface_one
07-10-2007, 08:33 AM
Squires halt Cubs, force three-way tie


The Philippine Star

Letran outscored San Beda in the second quarter and went to fashion out a 106-92 victory Monday to force a three-way tie at the helm in the 83rd NCAA juniors’ basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.

Kevin Alas sizzled with 40 points, including six triples, to power the Squires to their second straight win in three outings that gave them a share of the lead with their victim and the San Sebastian Staglets.

SSC whipped La Salle-Greenhills, 105-83, to bounce back from a 74-75 setback to Letran.

"Our game plan worked, we limited their scorers and Kevin gave us a big lift early, he’s really a big-time scorer," Letran coach Elmer Latonio said.

Nicolas Salva and Luis Revilla turned in 17 points apiece but San Beda had no answer to Alas, who converted 14 of his 21 shots en route to eclipsing the previous high of 37 points set by Jose Rizal’s BJ Cipriano.

Ryan Buenafe, playing his last season for SSC, scored 36 points for the Staglets.

The Greenies absorbed their second loss in a row following its victory over Letran. Joey Villar

gameface_one
07-11-2007, 08:52 AM
Lions, Knights shoot for No. 4; Ekwe returns

The Philippine Star

Sam Ekwe returns from a one-game suspension as defending champion San Beda shoots for a fourth straight win against St. Benilde Wednesday in the 83rd NCAA basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

Ekwe, sacked for kicking Perpetual Help’s Lee Sang Myeon of Korea in SBC’s 86-62 romp last June 29, is expected to make up for his absence the last time out, further making the Red Lions the favorite in their 2 p.m encounter with the Blazers.

St. Benilde is locked in a four-way tie for third with San Sebastian, Perpetual Help and Jose Rizal with 1-2 slates.

Without Ekwe, San Beda still fashioned out a runaway 87-77 win over Mapua last week.

“He’s our main source of strength especially in defense,” said San Beda coach Frankie Lim of Ekwe, the 2006 rookie MVP who has norms of 12 points and 17 rebounds in his first two outings this season.

Letran likewise guns for a fourth victory in row as it clashes with Perpetual Help at 4 p.m., hoping to draw another superb performance from its the much-improved RJ Jazul, the NCAA Press Corps’ top player last week who averaged nearly 20 points in his first three games.

Letran mentor Louie Alas said in order to win and keep pace with the Lions, the Knights should control the boards.

“The key would be rebounding because both teams like to run,” said Alas. “Whoever controls the board will have a good chance of scoring in fastbreak and transition.”

Lim, meanwhile, warned his team not to be complacent against the Blazers, who started with a 74-68 win over the Mapua Cardinals only to drop their next two against the Knights and the Altas.

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07-12-2007, 07:30 AM
Ekwe-led Lions thump Blazers; Knights score

By JOEY VILLAR
The Philippine Star

San Beda, with Sam Ekwe back in harness, thumped St. Benilde, 87-65, to stretch its win run to four in the 83rd NCAA basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.

Ekwe, sacked for one game for kicking Korean Lee Sang Myeon of Perpetual Help two weeks ago, marked his return with 22 rebounds while scoring 15 points in helping power the Red Lions past the listless Blazers’ side.

“We’re happy he’s back in the team,” said San Beda coach Frankie Lim of his 6-foot-8 center from Lagos, Nigeria.

With Ekwe controlling the boards, Rogemar Menor and 2006 Finals MVP Yousif Aljamal provided the firepower as they combined for 43 points for the Mendiola-based squad, which broke away from a tight first half to win pulling away.

It was San Beda’s fourth win in row as the Red Lions continued to dominate while St. Benilde reeled to its third straight loss after an opening day victory.

Letran matched San Beda’s fine start as it demolished Perpetual Help, 68-52, in the second game.

Dino Daa upstaged Ekwe by grabbing a season-high 25 rebounds and scoring 15 points in a game the Knights dominated from the start.

Menor, a former MVP with the Red Cubs, churned out a season-high 23 points, including eight in the third quarter as the Lions turned a one-point lead into a 16-point advantage late in the quarter.

Aljamal then took over in the fourth quarter, pouring 12 of his 20 points as the Red Lions outplayed the Blazers en route to the victory.

Dave Marcelo, a rookie out of San Beda High, made a good account of himself for the second straight game, scoring eight points and snaring 10 rebounds. The 6-foot-5 Marcelo had 10 points and 13 rebounds in Ekwe’s absence.

Lim also drew a big performance from Garvo Lanete, another former Red Cub, who shackled Paolo Orbeta, the Blazers’ top scorer, all game.

Orbeta, who averaged 15 points in three games, muffed 10 of his 12 shots while trying to shake off the tough-defending Lanete, finishing with just four points.

“This game is all about making stops, and we made stops that made our offense look good,” said Lim. “I also have to credit Lanete for holding down Orbeta to just four points, it helped the team a lot.”

LION
07-13-2007, 06:34 PM
Unahan ko na amg mga diyaryo bukas.

Perpetual defeated JRU in 2 OTs, 79 - 72. ;D

danny
07-14-2007, 01:19 AM
Unahan ko na amg mga diyaryo bukas.

Perpetual defeated JRU in 2 OTs, 79 - 72.* * ;D



Ikaw naman. Masyado kang excited. ;)

gameface_one
07-14-2007, 07:56 AM
Stags hold off Cards, snap skid

By JOEY VILLAR
The Philippine Star

San Sebastian made key defensive stops down the stretch to hold off Mapua, 66-63, Friday and snap a two-game skid in the 83rd NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

The Stags, playing without head coach Jorge Gallent, held the Cardinals to just three points with less than three minutes left in the contest, including a crucial defensive gem by Gilbert Bulawan on a driving Sean Co that sealed the Stags’ second win against the same number of losses.

“We ran the same play patterns set by coach (Gallent), that was the key,” said Raymond Valenzona, who handled the Stags in the absence of Gallent.

In the other game, Perpetual Help needed two overtimes to turn back host Jose Rizal, 79-72, for its second win in five games.

After Co lost control of the leather while trying to attack the basket, Bulawan forced a jumpball, giving back possession to San Sebastian.

Jim Viray, fouled by Co, calmly sank two free throws with 3.7 seconds to clinch the win for SSC as Mapua failed to come up with a decent shot as time expired.

Viray finished with 17 points, including nine from the free throw line, while Bulawan added 14 aside from his defensive presence.

While Viray and Bulawan provided the firepower, 6-foot-6 Jason Ballesteros took care of shaded lane as he grabbed 13 rebounds and had four shot blocks to add up to his nine points.

The Cardinals fell to their fourth loss against a win.

gameface_one
07-15-2007, 11:25 PM
Aljamal named player of week
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THERE ARE many big reasons why San Beda College is unbeaten in four games. One of them is Yousif Aljamal.


Aljamal showed how much he is worth with the Red Lions as he fired 12 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter that helped the Red Lions hammer out an 87-65 win over the St. Benilde Blazers, their fourth straight in Season 83 of the NCAA.

That effort earned the 2006 Finals MVP the NCAA Press Corps ANTA Player of the Week award, a distinction given for the best achiever every week.

Aljamal edged Letran’s Dino Daa, San Sebastian’s Jayson Ballesteros and Jim Viray and teammates Sam Ekwe and Rogemar Menor for the plum.

Daa could have won it after posting a season-high 25 rebounds that eclipsed 2006 MVP Ekwe’s 22 in a 68-52 thrashing of Perpetual Help.

Or it could have easily been the 6’6" Ballesteros, still the league’s leading shotblocker with four swats he spiked with 13 boards and nine points in a 66-63 triumph over Mapua.

But more than statistics, Aljamal exhudes leadership.

"He is one of the many reasons why we are on top right now, he’s really a true leader in the team," said San Beda coach Frankie Lim.

gameface_one
07-17-2007, 09:29 AM
Buenafe heroics power Staglets


The Philippine Star

Wednesday’s games (The Arena, San Juan)

2 p.m. – San Sebastian vs St. Benilde (Srs)

4 p.m. – Perpetual Help vs Mapua (Srs)

Ryan Buenafe dished out a triple-double performance, including a season-high 44 points, as defending champion San Sebastian College waylaid Jose Rizal University, 109-96, Monday in the NCAA junior’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

The streak-shooting Buenafe frolicked all game and made mincemeat of JRU’s defense as he made 20 of his 34 attempts from the field. He also hauled down 11 rebounds and had 10 assists in 34 minutes of play.

The 6-foot-2 Buenafe thus shattered the previous high of 40 points set by Letran’s Kelvin Alas last week when the Squires tamed the Cubs, 106-92.

Arvie Bringas also had a double-double showing of 26 points and 12 rebounds for SSC, which won its last two assignments.

Jose Rizal, who drew 30 points from Bon Jovi Cipriano, reeled to its second defeat in four outings.

John Noble shot 29 points while brothers Kelvin and Kristoffer Alas combined for 40 points as Letran smothered Perpetual Help Dalta, 117-72, to tie SSC at the helm with a 3-1 (win-loss) mark.

With the Alas brothers and Noble leading the attack, the Squires dominated the Altalettes from the opening buzzer en route to the runaway victory.

In the main game, the CSB-La Salle Junior Blazers foiled the Cubs’ bid to join the leaders after scoring their second win in four games, 70-62.

The win thus forced a three-way tie for second between CSB-La Salle, its victim and JRU with 2-2 cards, while Perpetual remained winless after four games.

mighty_lion
07-17-2007, 11:34 AM
Wow! Tripple double with 44 points. This guy is a monster!

Paging UAAP Teams. Paging UAAP Teams. Recruit this guy. ;D ;D ;D

full battle gear
07-18-2007, 07:43 AM
Stags battle Blazers; Cards vs Altas


Inquirer
Last updated 05:31am (Mla time) 07/18/2007

MANILA, Philippines -- Catching up with the leaders and boosting their Final Four chances are the focus of four teams in the lower rungs when they clash Wednesday in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.

San Sebastian College, the team nearest to unbeaten pacesetters San Beda College and Letran College with an even 2-2 card, will try to stabilize its campaign when it goes up against faltering College of St. Benilde at 2 p.m.

University of Perpetual Help hopes to make it two in a row when it takes on Mapua Institute of Technology in the second game at 4 p.m.

The SSC Stags, excellently shuffled by interim coach Raymond Valenzona, seemed to have found the right combination against the Mapua Cardinals last Friday, banking on their towering frontline to score a 66-63 victory.

Jim Viray, Gilbert Bulawan and Jason Ballesteros -- all standing at least 6-foot-4 -- took charge for San Sebastian, which wisely exploited its edge in height against Mapua.

But the formula may not work against the CSB Blazers, who also boast tall players like 6-foot-5 veterans Christian Cabatu, Archie David and Martin Urra Jr.

The Blazers’ fortunes also rest on main man Paolo Orbeta, who was held to four points by Red Lion Garvo Lanete in St. Benilde’s 65-87 loss to San Beda last July 11. The Blazers are on a three-game tailspin and tote a 1-3 mark.

The Cardinals are still looking for a game that will turn things around. Last season, Mapua also had a rough ride in the elimination round but managed to nail a Final Four slot with a 7-7 record.

However, the Cardinals will be up against the Perpetual Help Altas whose morale is boosted by a 79-72 double overtime victory over the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers on Friday. Marc Anthony Reyes

full battle gear
07-18-2007, 07:44 AM
Perpetual, SSC seek 3rd wins

By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA
www.mb.com.ph


SAN SEBASTIAN and University of Perpetual Help Dalta System shoot for their third victories when they battle separate foes today in the NCAA basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.

After a one-game suspension, coach Jorge Gallent will lead the Stags against the College of St. Benilde Blazers, who are incidentally mentored by his buddy, Caloy Garcia.

Game time is set at 2 p.m. with the Recto-based squad looking confident and ready after scoring a thrilling 66-63 win over Mapua last week.

Gallent, who steered Harbour Centre to three straight championships, was suspended for his tirade against the referees.

Clashing in the other game at 4 p.m. are the Altas and Cardinals.

The Altas and Stags tote similar 2-2 cards with the Blazers and Cardinals carrying 1-3 and 1-4 records, respectively.

Defending champion San Beda and Letran are showing the way with similar 4-0 cards.

San Sebastian assistant coach Raymond Valenzona said the Stags are slowly improving, saying: "Untiunti ng nagji-jell ‘yung team."

Jim Viray and Jason Ballesteros, who both played for Burger King in the PBL, are again expected to lead the Stags after combining for 25 points and 16 rebounds the last time.

For the Blazers to snap a three-game losing run, Martin Urra and Christian Cabatu must produce huge numbers.

The Altas are coming off a morale-boosting 79-72 double overtime win over host Jose Rizal University.

Though the Altas are currently leading in the 3-point shooting – they normed eight triples a game – they can’t take the Cardinals lightly. Mapua is bannered by Kevin dela Pena, Jerby del Rosario, Sean Co and rookie Jonathan Banal.

With their three-point shooting prowess, Michael Kong and Lee Sang Myeon are the biggest threat for the Leo Isaac-mentored Cardinals.

full battle gear
07-19-2007, 02:58 AM
SSC Stags celebrate return of banned coach

By Waylon Galvez
www.mb.com.ph


SLOWLY BUT surely, San Sebastian College is getting used to the system of new coach George Gallent.

With Gallent joining the team after serving a one-game suspension, the Stags displayed tremendous endgame poise to beat the College of St. Benilde Blazers, 60-54, in the 83rd NCAA men’s basketball tournament yesterday at The Arena in San Juan.

Though veteran Jim Viray tallied a game-high 16 points, it was sophomore John Raymundo who delivered the telling blows for the Stags who scored their first back-to-back wins in the tournament.

The 5-foot-9 Raymundo nailed a big three-pointer that gave his team a 56-52 lead with 1:59 to play. After Martin Urra closed the gap at 54-56, the wily guard calmly sank two free throws off a foul by the former to make it 58-54 with 20.6 seconds to go.

Raymundo finished with seven points.

"We played good defense in the final quarter after a let down in the third," said Gallent, who was ejected in the third quarter of their game against Letran (61-71) and missed his team’s encounter with Mapua (66-63) last Friday.

"Our main problem was executing our plays. But in the fourth, the players were able to execute it properly So unti-unti, medyo nakukuha na nila ‘yung system," added Gallent.

The current coach of three-time PBL champion Harbour Centre also commended his players for playing tough defense.

After allowing the Blazers to score 20 points in the third period that cut their halftime lead from 30-20 to 43-40, the Stags tightened their defense and held their opponent to one field goal in the final two minutes.

"We showed that we can play defense. I hope we can sustain it," said Gallent, referring to his team’s showdown tomorrow against the defending champion Red Lions of San Beda College.

In the second game, rookie Jon Banal sank two free throws to force an overtime and then sank a huge triple in the last two minutes of the extra period to power Mapua to an 85-75 victory over Perpetual Help.

Fouled by Michael Kong as regulation play ended, Banal, son of former San Beda coach Koy Banal, calmly sank the charities to force an extra five minutes, 68-68. His three-pointer gave the Cardinals a 77-70 lead.

The Cardinals and the Altas finished the first round with similar 2-4 cards.

The scores:

First Game

SSC 60 – Viray 16, Aquino 11, Quiamco 10, Bulawan 8, Raymundo 7, Delgaco 4, Najorda 2, dela Cruz 2, Ballesteros 0, Saquillo 0.

CSB 54 – Orbeta 11, Urra M. 11, Layug 7, Porras 7, Johnston 5, Morial 4, Sevilla 3, Cabatu 2, Aldover 2, Cadiz 1, David 1, Robles 0, Manlapaz 0, Urra D. 0.

Quarters: 8-11, 30-20, 43-40, 60-54

SSC 8 22 13 17 – 60.

CSB 11 9 20 14 – 54.

Second Game

MIT 85 – Co 26, Dela Peña 23, Pascual 11, Del Rosario 11, Banal 7, Acosta 4, Sumalinog 3, Guillermo 0, Palomique 0, Cornejo 0, Mazo 0.

UPHDS 75 – Reyes 16, Lee 10, Ynion 10, Kong 10, Manuel 10, Galabin 9, Dysam 8, Liaz 2, Balboa 0, Joe 0, Salanga 0, Frebian 0.

Quarters: 20-15, 36-40, 55-51, 68-68 (Reg.), 85-75 (OT).

MIT 20 16 19 13 17 – 85

UPHDS 15 25 11 17 7 – 75

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07-19-2007, 05:02 AM
Stags nip Blazers; Cards score

Mapua finishes Perpetual off in extra period
By Marc Anthony Reyes
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Last updated 04:36am (Mla time) 07/19/2007

GAMES FRIDAY (The Arena)
2 p.m. -- Letran vs Jose Rizal (Srs)
4 p.m. -- San Sebastian vs San Beda (Srs)

MANILA, Philippines -- Clearly, he doesn’t want to be called Pamboy “The Fumble” Raymundo.

The 5-foot-10 pointguard -- always willing to put matters in his own hands at crunch time -- made a daring move to shed the nickname he has unfairly acquired by knocking in a three-pointer in the last two minutes to lift San Sebastian College over the College of St. Benilde, 60-54, Wednesday in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Blamed for his hasty endgame decisions in the past games, particularly in the Stags’ 68-66 loss to Jose Rizal University three weeks ago, Raymundo redeemed himself big time with that triple that gave the Stags a 56-52 breather from the rampaging Blazers at The Arena in San Juan City.

Retaliation

Martin Urra Jr. quickly retaliated with a close-range jumper but the sophomore playmaker answered back with two free throws off Urra’s foul to make it 58-54 with just 20.3 seconds left in the game.

St. Benilde then missed from the three-point zone and San Sebastian clinched a second consecutive victory that upped its record to 3-2 behind unbeaten leaders San Beda College and Letran College.

“We lost our bearing in the third quarter right after making big stops in the second quarter,” said San Sebastian coach Jorge Gallent. “But it’s a good thing we recovered it in the homestretch.”

Raymundo finished with seven points, five of them in the payoff period, on top of six assists, two rebounds and two steals.

The Blazers, who trailed at 52-53 with less than three minutes left on Paolo Orbeta’s five-point binge, suffered their third straight loss for a 1-4 slate.

Clamp down

The Stags, who followed up their 66-63 win over Mapua last July 13, were spearheaded by Jim Viray, who with 16 points, 10 in the second period where the Stags clamped down on the Blazers to take a 22-9 lead.

Jimbo Aquino and Juanio Quiamco chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively. Big man Gilbert Bulawan had eight points and five rebounds, while Jason Ballesteros came up with 14 rebounds and three blocks.

Mapua up

Jonathan Banal hit two free throws to forge overtime before nailing a three-pointer in the last two minutes to seal an 85-75 Mapua Institute of Technology victory over University of Perpetual Help in the second game.

Fouled by Michael Kong just as the regulation buzzer sounded, Banal calmly sank two charities to extend the game, 68-all.

And with just two minutes left, he fired a triple that made it 77-70 and launched the Cardinals to their second win in six games.

The Altas also finished at 2-4 after their first round stint with the CSB Blazers falling to 1-4.

The scores:

First Game
SAN SEBASTIAN 60 -- Viray 16, Aquino 11, Quiamco 10, Bulawan 8, Raymundo 7, Delgado 4, Najorda 2, Dela Cruz 2, Ballesteros 0, Saquillo 0.
ST. BENILDE 54 -- Orbeta 11, M. Urra Jr. 11, Layug 7, Porras 7, Johnston 5, Morial 4, Sevilla 3, Aldover 2, Cabatu 2, David 1, Cadiz 1, Manlapaz 0, D. Urra III 0, Robles 0.
Quarters: 8-11, 30-20, 43-40, 60-54

Second Game
MAPUA 85 -- Co 26, Dela Peña 23, Pascual 11, Del Rosario 11, Banal 7, Acosta 4, Sumalinog 3, Guillermo 0, Palomique 0, Cornejo 0, Mazo 0.
PERPETUAL 75 -- Reyes 16, Lee 10, Ynion 10, Kong 10, Manuel 10, Galabin 9, Dysam 8, Liaz 2, Balboa 0, Joe 0, Salanga 0, Febrian 0.
Quarters: 20-15, 36-40, 55-51, 68-68, 85-75 OT

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07-20-2007, 06:48 AM
SBC, Letran eye 5th straight win
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LEAGUE LEADERS San Beda College and Letran shoot for their fifth straight wins when they meet separate rivals in the NCAA Basketball Tournament at The Arena in San Juan.


The defending champion Red Lions clash against the San Sebastian Stags at 4 p.m. after the Knights battle the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers at 2 p.m.

Both San Beda and Letran are coming off a nine-day rest after beating their rivals last July 11 with the former beating College of St. Benilde, 87-65, and the latter downing University of Perpetual Help, 68-52.

However, they will be facing teams eager to bolster their own campaigns this season.

JRU, this year’s host school, is coming off a double-overtime defeat to Perpetual Help, 79-72, last Friday, which dropped the Bombers to sixth place with a 1-3 win-loss card.

Despite his team’s dismal start, JRU coach Ariel Vanguardia said they can bounce back from the losses.

"We have to start finding ways to win. Our losses were close games, and we had a chance against Perpetual but we blew it. We have to be mentally tough in the end game," Vanguardia said.

Against the Knights – mentored by his good friend Louie Alas – Vanguardia said that they have to match the intensity of Letran to have a chance.

"Many thought that Letran, before the season started, is not as strong compared to last year. For me, they’re one of the top teams. But if we can match their intensity, we have a good chance of beating them," he added.

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07-21-2007, 05:20 AM
Lions post awesome fifth win; Bombers pip Knights

By Marc Anthony Reyes
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Last updated 04:36am (Mla time) 07/21/2007

MANILA, Philippines—After the barket hollered “last two minutes,” Sam Ekwe sprang and executed a jarring two-handed slam.

That blast of a feat pushed San Beda to 70-59 and aptly punctuated how the Red Lions have further tilted the balance of power in NCAA basketball to their side.

The only unbeaten team in the league thus far, the Red Lions marched to within a win of sweeping the eliminations after routing San Sebastian, 73-64, last night for its fifth straight win at The Arena in San Juan.

San Beda’s victory came after the Jose Rizal Heavy Bombers pulled off a rousing 79-75 upset of erstwhile unbeaten Letran Knights in the first game.

The 6-foot-8 Nigerian Ekwe finished with 15 points, 17 rebounds, seven blocks and two steals even as Pong Escobal topscored with 18 points and five rebounds.

Ogie Menor added 15 markers for the Lions who snapped the Stags’ two-game run.

The underdog Heavy Bombers dominated the match with fastbreaks and second-chance points. They even buried the Knights by as many as 21 points at the close of the third quarter.

But the Bombers soon squandered a 68-47 lead as the Knights frantically tried to catch up in the homestretch.

Letran, finding the defensive hustle they sorely lacked the first three quarters, limited Jose Rizal to just 11 points while unleashing 28 points in the final quarter.

The scores:

First Game

JOSE RIZAL 79—Wilson 23, Hayes 15, Sena 14, Nocom 10, Cagoco 8, Se 4, Cunanan 3, Bulangis 2, Pradas 0.
LETRAN 75—Jazul 19, Faundo 13, Melegrito 8, Guevarra 7, Daa 6, Reposar 6, Dangcal 6, Del Rosario 5, Quinday 3, Cabonce 2, Ranises 0.

Quarters: 16-9, 40-33, 68-47, 79-75

Second Game

SAN BEDA 73—Escobal 18, Menor 15, Ekwe 15, Hermida 7, Lanete 7, Aljamal 6, Gamalinda 4, Taganas 1, Marcelo 0, Tecson 0, Maggay 0.
SAN SEBASTIAN 64—Aquino 16, Bulawan 11, Ballesteros 8, Viray 8, Raymundo 6, Zulueta 5, Najorda 4, De Leon 4, Quiamco 2, Delgado 0.

Quarters: 21-10, 36-29, 52-43, 73-64

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07-21-2007, 05:25 AM
Bombers halt Knights run

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Jose Rizal University squandered a 21-point lead in the third quarter but recovered in time to carve out a 79-75 victory over Letran yesterday and snap the Knights’ four-game win run in the 83rd NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

The Bombers, who dropped their last two games on last quarter fold-ups, surprised the Knights with a strong first quarter performance, sustained their form in the next two quarters before losing their rhythm and composure in the face of the Knights’ pressure defense in the fourth.

But John Wilson and Marc Cagoco steeled themselves up down the stretch and combined for six of JRU’s eight attempts at the free throw line to preserve the lead and the win.

San Beda took the solo lead with a 73-64 rout of San Sebastian in the second game.

The Red Lions roared to a 21-10 first quarter lead and were never seriously threatened as they claimed their fifth straight win to move within a victory of sweeping the first round.

Pong Escobal topscored with 18 points while Sam Ekwe added 15 points and 17 rebounds for San Beda, which is set to play Letran Wednesday.

Jimbo Aquino had 16 points while Gilbert Bulawan chipped in 11 points for the Stags.

“We dropped the last two games after collapsing in the fourth quarter. We’re in the same situation although this time, the boys were able to hang tough,” said JRU mentor Ariel Vanguardia.

The win improved JRU’s win-loss record to 2-3 to take solo fourth while dealing Letran its first loss after streaking to four victories.

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07-21-2007, 05:31 AM
San Beda stays clean; Letran falls

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DEFENDING CHAMPION San Beda College roared past San Sebastian College, 73-64, to stay unbeaten while moving to within a win of sweeping the first round of the 83rd NCAA Basketball Tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.

The Red Lions needed just a big first quarter push — a 21-10 run — to stake themselves to their fifth straight win and the solo lead in the seven-team tournament.

Only Letran, which absorbed a 79-75 beating from host Jose Rizal University in the first game, stands in the way of a 6-0 first round sweep by the Red Lions who will meet the Knights at the end of the first round on Wednesday.

Pong Escobal led the Red Lions with 18 points while Sam Ekwe added 15 points and 17 rebounds.

Jimbo Aquino had 16 points while Gilbert Bulawan chipped in 11 points for the Stags.

In the first game, the Heavy Bombers boomed with their offensive in the third quarter to race to a 68-47 lead and used this as a cushion against the Knights’ uprising in the final 10 minutes.

It was the Bombers’ second win in five starts giving Jose Rizal solo fourth in the seven-team tournament.

The erstwhile unbeaten Knights slid down to 4-1.

From that 47-68 deficit, the Knights mounted a fierce rally, igniting a 23-5 explosion to come to within 70-73, with still 1:50 left.

JRU, however, went 6-of-8 from the foul line courtesy of guards John Wilson and Marc Cagoco to keep Letran at bay and preserve the win.

"We dropped the last two games after collapsing in the fourth quarter. In this game, we’re at the same situation," said JRU mentor Ariel Vanguardia. "Mabuti at naging matatag ang mga bata and we are due for a win at siguro, Letran is a due for a loss."

It was the Bombers’ first win against the Knights in three seasons.

Wilson scattered 23 points to lead the Bombers while forward Marvin Hayes added 15 points and nine rebounds. Jay Sena and Jason Nocom finished with 14 and 10 points, respectively.

Jazul led the Knights with 19 points, while bigman Bryan Faundo chipped in 13 points.

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07-24-2007, 09:28 AM
Squires up as Red Cubs stop Staglets


By Marc Anthony Reyes
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Last updated 05:13am (Mla time) 07/24/2007


John Noble scored nine of his 30 points in overtime as Letran outlasted Jose Rizal, 111-107, for the solo lead, even as San Beda stopped two-time defending champion San Sebastian, 83-73, Monday in the NCAA junior basketball competition at the Arena.

Later in the day, Perpetual notched its first win at the expense of St. Benilde-La Salle Green Hills, 78-73.

After scoring an undergoal stab to force extra time, Noble completed a three-point-play off Russel Matias to give the Squires the lead for good, 108-104, with just one minute and 16 seconds left.

Letran picked up a fourth consecutive victory while pinning a third loss in five games on the Light Bombers, who wasted a 41-point job from Bon Jovi Cipriano.

The Red Cubs relied heavily on Dennis Bermas, who topscored with 23 points, and some defensive gems thrown at league top scorer Ryan Buenafe to tie their victims at 3-2.

Buenafe, who set the season-high 44 points against Jose Rizal last week, still managed to produce 25 points, 15 of them on free throws. But he struggled from the field under the tight guarding of Leeward Lobaton, Juan Asinas and David Banal.

Jomar Pagkalinawan starred with 29 points for the Altalettes who remain at the cellar with a 1-4 record. The Junior Blazers slumped to 2-3 in a tie with the Lighties.

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07-25-2007, 07:40 AM
Fierce fight tipped as Red Lions take on Knights



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MANILA, Philippines -- Can the Knights’ battle-scarred armor stand the Red Lions?

The most anticipated game of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) season kicks off Wednesday when arch rivals Letran College and San Beda College face off to put a fitting end to the first elimination round at The Arena in San Juan.

The unbeaten Lions take on the Knights with almost everybody betting on the defending champions to close the first half of their elimination assignments on a sweep.

Everybody, including Letran coach Louie Alas.

“This is a very strong team even if it plays all-Filipino -- what more with an import in tow,” said Alas. “We are just going into the game with the mind-set that we have nothing to lose.”

Letran, nevertheless, held a three-hour practice Tuesday, sharpening the defense they will throw against San Beda’s Yousif Aljamal and Pong Escobal.

If there’s a missing name in the priority list, it’s because Alas has practically given up on trying to contain Nigerian Sam Ekwe.

“He is a given, we can’t stop him,” Alas said.

But San Beda coach Frankie Lim does not buy the whole David-vs-Goliath showdown.

“I’m pretty sure Letran will move heaven and earth to beat us,” said Lim. “We are the only unbeaten team, so all the teams we are playing will gang up on us. Nothing will come easy.”

The Lions are hoping to extend their five-game swirl for a first-round sweep, something that was denied them last season by Philippine Christian University.

Letran will enter the court nursing the sting of its 79-75 loss to Jose Rizal University last Friday, which JRU coach Ariel Vanguardia said could be enough motivation for the Knights to beat the Lions.

If the Knights (4-1), indeed, beat the Lions, they will take the top spot going into the second round by virtue of the winner-over-the-other rule.

The Heavy Bombers will try to close the eliminations by planting a firm foot in the upper half of the standings when they go up against the St. Benilde Blazers at 2 p.m. Marc Anthony Reyes

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07-25-2007, 06:30 PM
Guevarra scores Letran's last 6 points as they nipped San Beda 70-69.

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07-26-2007, 05:17 AM
Knights trip Lions in big ‘NC’ upset

By Marc Anthony Reyes
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Last updated 03:18am (Mla time) 07/26/2007

GAMES TOMORROW (The Arena)
2 p.m. -- Letran vs St. Benilde (srs)
4 p.m. -- San Beda vs Mapua (srs)

MANILA, Philippines -- When the smoke of battle cleared, the Knights stood over the fallen Red Lions.

Rey Guevarra scored six straight points in the final minute, including a perfect execution of an “emergency play,” as Letran pulled off a shocking 70-69 victory over defending champion San Beda Wednesday night in the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) men’s basketball tournament at the Arena.

The winning basket came with 3.2 seconds left as the 6-foot-3 high-leaper soared high to receive the inbound from Rafael Jazul under the goal and then scored to secure the Knights’ fifth win in six games that tied them with the Red Lions.

But the large Beda crowd, led by PLDT/Smart big boss Manny V. Pangilinan, refused to accept the loss at first with the Lions’ bench protesting what they perceived was a denied Pong Escobal three-pointer 20 earlier.

The league technical officials, led by commissioner Chito Narvasa, stood by the referees’ decision, however. TV replays later showed Escobal stepped on the three-point line when he scored.

“Even after beating them, they are still the team to reckon with in this tournament,” said Letran coach Louie Alas.

Earlier, Jose Rizal bested St. Benilde, 74-63, to score its first back-to-back victory in three years for a 3-3 record.

The Blazers slipped to a league-worst 1-5 card.

Ekwe, who hurt his left shin during practice last Tuesday and was the last player to suit up before the game, eventually gave the Red Lions a 65-64 lead on a show-stopping alley-hoop slam courtesy of Ogie Menor with 1:02 to go.

But Guevarra took over for Letran in the final minute, battling Ekwe and then Escobal, whose contested long jumper gave the Lions their last taste of the lead at 69-68 with 20 seconds left.

The scores:

First Game

JOSE RIZAL 74 -- Sena 19, Cagoco 13, Wilson 13, Hayes 10, Pradas 5, Cunanan 5, Agas 4, Se 2, Bulangis 2, Nocom 1.

ST. BENILDE 63 -- Johnston 10, Cabatu 9, Orbeta 8, Layug 8, Robles 7, David 5, Urra 5, Sevilla 5, Cadiz 5, Porras 2, Manlapaz 0.

Quarters: 19-15, 39-29, 53-50, 74-63

Second Game

LETRAN 70 -- Daa 14, Faundo 12, Jazul 9, Quinday 9, Guevarra 7, Reposar 7, Melegrito 6, Cabonce 6, Dangcal 0, Del Rosario 0, Latonio 0, Gutilban 0.

SAN BEDA 69 -- Escobal 17, Menor 12, Ekwe 10, Aljamal 9, Gamalinda 8, Maggay 8, Hermida 2, Lanete 2, Marcelo 0.

Quarters: 12-23, 27-34, 50-44, 70-69

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07-26-2007, 05:26 AM
Knights upend Red Lions in thrilla

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Rey Guevarra scored six unanswered points in the closing minute, including the go-ahead basket with 3.2 seconds left as Letran dealt San Beda College its first loss with a thrilling 70-69 win last night to force a two-way tie at the helm at the end of the first round of the 83rd NCAA men’s basketball tournament last night at The Arena in San Juan.

Guevarra finished with only seven points but all came when it mattered most for the Knights, including a pair of crucial baskets underneath off Nigerian slotman Sam Ekwe that lifted the Knights to the big victory, their fifth against a loss.

“It was 40 minutes of tremendous basketball and even if we had won, San Beda remains the team to beat. We were able to execute two plays down the stretch,” said Letran mentor Louie Alas.

Pong Escobal’s jumper in the last 19.5 seconds gave San Beda its last taste of the lead, 69-68.

That shot was later contested by Lions coach Frankie Lim, who insisted it was a trey. But after a review of the video tape, commissioner Chito Narvasa ruled the shot was only a two-pointer.

Dino Daa had 14 points and nine rebounds while Bryan Faundo added 12 markers for the Knights.

Escobal wound 17 points for the Red Lions, who struggled in the second half as Ekwe got into early foul trouble.

Earlier, James Sena scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds while John Wilson and Marvin Hayes registered double-double performances as Jose Rizal University downed College of St. Benilde, 74-63.

The win, the Bombers second straight, also put the host school in a two-way tie for third with the San Sebastian Stags with 3-3 cards.

The Blazers, meanwhile, dropped to 1-5 after absorbing their fifth straight defeat.

Wilson made 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Hayes chipped in 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Bombers.

“It’s nice to win back-to-back for the first time, it‘s a good sign going into the second round. We are aiming higher and we are peaking at the right time,” said JRU coach Ariel Vanguardia.

JRU thus moved closer to matching the four wins it posted last season.

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07-26-2007, 05:32 AM
Letran ends SBC’s streak

By waylon galvez
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Rey Guevarra proved to be the knight in shining armor Letran was looking for. In a thrilling game that ebbed and flowed, the 6-foot-2 Guevarra scored the decisive basket with 3.2 seconds to lift the Letran Knights to a 70-69 win over defending champion San Beda Red Lions yesterday.

The surprise win, coming as did after the Knights had lost to lowly Jose Rizal University earlier in the week, ended San Beda’s five game winning streak, deprived the Lions of a sweep of the first round, and propelled Letran to a share of the lead in the 83rd NCAA basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

Guavarra, who was almost pulled out by coach Louie Alas in the last three minutes, scored the Knights last six points, the final two points set up by a perfect assist from RJ Jazul.

"I almost pulled him out but I still gave him the chance, mabuti na lang he did not frustrate us," said Alas.

In all, Guevarra finished with only seven points and two rebounds in 16 minutes.

The Red Lions had one last chance to win the game and compile a 6-0 record, but Letran’s John Melegrito intercepted the inbound pass by Yousif Aljamal intended for Pong Escobal and ran the remaining time to seal the win.

At the final buzzer, The Arena shook from thousands of cheering Letran supporters.

The Knights thus dealt the Red Lions their first defeat after winning five straight games. Both teams are now tied at 5-1 at the end of the first round series.

"May plays kami na parang pang-emergency. But I have to give credit to RJ (Jazul), alam n’ya kung kanino ipapasa," said Alas, giving credit to his ballhandler.

"Everybody played well. Ang pinag-usapan namin is 40 minutes, not 20 minutes of relentless basketball. Kahit malaki ang lamang ng San Beda, hindi sila nag-give up," he added.

The Knights were indeed down by 15, 19-34, late in the second quarter. But a big run in the third enabled them to take control of the game as they grabbed a 52-46 lead on a follow up by Mico Quinday, eight minutes left.

Sam Ekwe, the long-limbed Nigerian student and the heart of the San Beda campaign, led his team back into the fray.

After an exchange of baskets, the Lions were back on top, 65-64, with only 62 ticks left. A long basket by Escobal gave the Red Lions a 69-68 with 19.5 ticks left.

San Beda’s last basket ignited a heated discussion.

Red Lions coach Frankie Lim insisted it should be counted as a 3-point shot. The game was stopped for about 15 minutes before NCAA Commissioner Chito Narvasa ruled the shot was only a two-pointer based on video replays.

"It’s their prerogative to question (the shot). It’s their privilege to seek an appeal," said Narvasa.

Dino Daa led the Knights with 14 points while Faundo added 12.

The Lions were led by Escobal’s 17 points, while Menor had 12 and Ekwe, who suffered a nasty gash on his left shin during practice the other day that needed three stitches, added 10 points and 13 boards.

Earlier, host school Jose Rizal University scored its first back-to-back wins in three years as it downed College of St. Benilde, 74-63.

James Sena, who missed the team’s pre-season NCAA buildup after having a hernia operation, powered the Heavy Bombers with 19 points and eight rebounds as they finished the first round with a 3-3 card.

JRU tied San Sebastian College for fourth while dealing St. Benilde its fifth straight defeat to drop deep at the cellar with a 1-5 win-loss record.

The second round starts tomorrow with another doubleheader pitting the Knights against the College of St. Benilde Blazers at 2 p.m. followed by the Red Lions versus Mapoua Cardinals tussle at 4 o’clock.

The scores:

First Game

JOSE RIZAL 74 — Sena 19, Wilson 13, Cagoco 13, Hayes 10, Cunanan 5, Pradas 5, Agas 4, Bulangis 2, Se 2, Nocom 1.

ST. BENILDE 63 — Johnston 10, Cabatu 9, Orbeta 8, layug 8, Robles 7, Urra 5, Sevilla 5, David 5, Cadiz 4, Porras 2, Manlapaz 0.

Quarters: 19-15, 39-29, 54-50, 74-63.

JOSE RIZAL 19 20 15 20 — 74

ST. BENILDE 15 14 21 13 — 63

Second Game

LETRAN 70 — Daa 14, Faundo 12, Jazul 9, Quinday 9, Guevara 7, Reposar 7, Melegrito 6, Cabonce 6, del Rosario 0, Gutilban 0, Dangcal 0, Latonio 0.

SAN BEDA 69 — Escobal 17, Menor 12, Ekwe 10, Aljamal 9, Maggay 8, Gamalinda 8, Hermida 2, Lanete 2, Marcelo 1.

Quarters: 15-23, 27-34, 50-44, 70-69.

LETRAN 12 15 23 20 — 70

SAN BEDA 23 11 10 25 — 69

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07-27-2007, 05:35 AM
Knights, Lions tackle lowly rivals


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Last updated 02:41am (Mla time) 07/27/2007

MANILA, Philippines -- A legion of Knights fresh from a victory and a pack of wounded -- and angry -- Red Lions.

That is what lowly teams College of St. Benilde and Mapua Institute of Technology expect to face Friday at the start of the second round of eliminations in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.

Co-leader Letran College buckles down to work against lowly St. Benilde at 2 p.m. with the Knights still inspired by their thrilling conquest of erstwhile unbeaten Red Lions last Wednesday.

The Red Lions will try to soothe their bruised ego when they take on the struggling Mapua Cardinals in the main game at 4 p.m.

With their 70-69 triumph over the Red Lions last Wednesday, the Knights are the clear favorites over the Blazers, who are in the cellar with five losses in six games.

“Today we executed our plays well, if we can do them the rest of the way, we have a good chance in the Final Four,” said Letran coach Louie Alas after his charges dealt the Red Lions their first loss of the season.

The Knights crushed the Blazers, 92-81, in their first meeting.

The Red Lions’ main man, Sam Ekwe, is a doubtful starter due to an injury, although he was not around when San Beda beat Mapua in their first-round clash, 87-77.

Ekwe, the 2006 Rookie-MVP awardee, hurt his foot in practice recently and played against the Knights still in pain. Marc Anthony Reyes

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07-27-2007, 05:40 AM
SBC, Letran resume drive

By WAYLON GALVEZ
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TWO DAYS after clashing in a nail-biting encounter, rivals Letran and San Beda College try to solidify their grip on the lead when they tackle separate opponents today at the start of second round elimination of the 83rd NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

The Knights meet the Blazers of St. Benilde (1-5) at 2 p.m. while the Red Lions face the Mapua Cardinals (2-4) at 4 o’clock.

Letran and San Beda share the top spot with similar 5-1 cards, but the Intramuros-based team is technically the No. 1 after beating the latter, 70-69, the other day.

That win also soothed the Knights who absorbed a 75-79 loss from Jose Rizal University last week and gave them the momentum going to the pivotal second round as teams try to solidify their Final Four bids.

"It’s definitely a big win. It’s not because we’re still on top but it feels good to start the second round fresh from a win," said Letran mentor Louie Alas, who will rely anew on veterans RJ Jazul, Dino Daa and Bryan Faundo.

"But there’s no reason for us to be complacent. We have to double our efforts to be able to sustain the momentum we gained from our previous games because this second round will be tougher," he added.

The Knights defeated the Blazers, 92-81, the first time they met last June 29, but Alas believes that CSB, which is at the cellar at 1-5, is one hungry team capable of turning things around this time.

St. Benilde’s only win so far this season was against Mapua, 74-68, a month ago. The Blazers dropped their next five games including a 74-63 setback to JRU last Wednesday.

"It’s still doable but we have to start playing together, focus on achieving that goal of going to the Final Four. We have to play harder because nothing will come easy at this stage," said CSB mentor Caloy Garcia.

On the other hand, the Lions hope to get back on the winning track after absorbing their first defeat in the tournament after five straight victories.

One thing going for the Sam Ekwe-led San Beda, however, is that it defeated Mapua in their July 4 meeting, 87-77.

Mapua downed University of Perpetual Help in overtime, 85-75 last July 18, to claim a share of fifth spot with the Altas on similar 2-4 cards JRU and San Sebastian College, currently tied for third with 3-3 records.

gameface_one
07-28-2007, 12:47 PM
Guevarra plays hero for Letran five anew

By JOEY VILLAR
The Philippine Star

Sean Guevarra came up with another clutch performance as Letran rallied to beat St. Benilde, 51-49, Friday and remain in the lead in the 83rd NCAA basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.

Guevarra, who scored six points down the stretch to lift the Knights past the San Beda Red Lions, 70-69, last Wednesday, came away with a game-high 14 points he capped with two pressure-packed charities with 10.7 seconds left as the Muralla-based cagers streaked to their sixth win in seven games.

“I know he’s capable of playing in the level he’s in right now, I hope he can sustain it,” said Letran coach Louie Alas of his sophomore forward.

San Beda later re-joined Letran at the helm as it downed Mapua, 89-75, in the second game.

Pong Escobal fired 23 points while Nigerian Sam Ekwe had 19 points and 22 rebounds, his sixth straight double-double performance, as the Red Lions used a big fourth quarter run to turn back the Cardinals, who fell to their fifth setback against two wins.

Ranged against a lowly squad coming off a five-game skid, Letran took St. Benilde lightly and trailed majority of the way.

The Blazers actually built a 45-34 lead on an inside stab by Harvey Porras midway in the final period but three triples – two by Dino Daa and one by Guevarra – sparked the Knights’ blazing windup.

Gerald Layug scored on a driving lay-up to end a two-minute scoring drought by both teams as St. Benilde wrested a 49-48 edge with 57 seconds to go.

But Daa’s split knotted the count at 49-all and Guevarra scored a pair of charities for the marginal baskets.

“It was a character win for us,” said Alas, eyeing to steer the Muralla-based school to its first title since going all the way two years ago.

Porras led St. Benilde with 12 points but faltered when the Blazers needed him most.

gameface_one
07-30-2007, 11:37 AM
Protest nation


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Philstar.com

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At any rate, the protests tend to reinforce the idea that either teams can’t take losses, or league officials still have loopholes in their performance, neither of which is fair. And it certainly isn’t fair to the fans if we keep on rewriting our sports history because of anybody’s incompetence.
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The specter of protests looms over the country’s two premier collegiate basketball leagues, threatening to rewrite the history of two great games that were played last week.

First, on Wednesday, the Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights upset the erstwhile undefeated San Beda Red Lions, 70-69, at the Arena in San Juan. Rey Guevarra drove in for six points in the last minute, and the Knights came back from 15 points down to escape becoming San Beda’s sixth and last victim in the first round.

However, before the last of those baskets, sophomore San Beda guard Pong Escobal hit a long shot that the Red Lions claim was a legitimate three-pointer, but was only counted as a two. They claim that counting the shot as a three would have changed the outcome of the game.

Some observers note that, with time winding down, San Beda’s Yousif Aljamal purposely fouled Letran’s Kojak Melegrito to stop the clock and give them a chance to get the ball back. However, the referees did not call the foul because officials say people were already streaming the court. The Arena was packed to the rafters for the big game. Those siding with San Beda say that the foul would not have been committed had the shot been counted as a three-pointer.

A review of the game tape by NCAA commissioner Chito Narvasa and his deputy, Alfrancis Chua, showed that the shot had been picked up from two angles, both from behind Escobal. The first showed his feet being covered by the back of head coach Frankie Lim upon take-off and landing, obscuring the view of whether or not his feet were on the line. The second, however, from a bit further to the right, showed that his feet were inside the blue "pro" three-point line. After consulting with the game officials, Narvasa ruled the shot a two-pointer. At the time, San Beda said it would protest the ruling.

After the game, this writer, who had covered the match for ABS-CBN Sports, went to the ABS-CBN outside broadcast (OB) van, where Narvasa, Chua and the game’s producers were making copies of the tape, and reconfirming their observations. Afterwards, I proceeded to the court, to the precise spot where the shot had been taken, and assumed the same position where Escobal had been when he took the shot. Following the proper right-handed form when shooting a jump shot (as I am left-handed), I found part of my lead foot – the right – touching the orange "amateur" three-point line. Considering that Escobal’s feet are bigger than mine, I would assume that – if I was faithfully following his form – more of his right foot would be on the line.

The following day, Thursday, was the biggest game of the UAAP season: the first meeting of De La Salle and Ateneo in two years.

The game itself was full of thrills, one of the most outstanding battles between the two in years. The Araneta Coliseum once again had to withstand a constant, deafening roar from the screaming fans of both schools. Ateneo prevailed, 80-77, in overtime.

Then De La Salle said that it would place the game under protest, that Ateneo had fielded its two foreign players, Australian forward Zion Laterre and American rookie guard Kirk Long, at the same time in the second quarter.

"We have our own set of videos. This is a different one. The ABS-CBN video does not clearly show the Ateneo infraction. This is our ace. It happened so fast so it was not noticeable even when their coaching staff realized that they made a mistake. At one point, they looked like they were trying to hide something," DLSU board representative Chuck Buenaventura was quoted as saying in yesterday’s edition of The STAR.

When contacted Friday night by the ABS-CBN News Channel program "Hardball", Ateneo team manager Paolo Trillo recounted the events differently.

According to Trillo, Long was sent into the game to replace Laterre, whose nickname is "Zi". The coliseum announcer supposedly misheard this, and called out a substitution for guard "Jai" Reyes. Reyes dutifully stepped out of the court. At this point, the Ateneo coaching staff supposedly held Long back, realizing the error. Reyes stepped back onto the floor, and, although (according to Ateneo’s account) had been erroneously replaced, was assessed a technical foul for not getting permission from the technical committee at the scorer’s table.

DLSU is claiming that Laterre and Long were on the court at the same time during a "live" situation, with the ball in play. Ateneo is saying it didn’t happen. The UAAP is saying it will resolve this case quickly.

In this writer’s humble opinion, since the UAAP technical committee is already aware of the rules on citizenship, they should also take responsibility for not allowing foreign players from one team onto the court at the same time. Why would they, in the first place? And, if it is true that the coliseum announcer made the error, then he should also be punished accordingly.

At any rate, the protests tend to reinforce the idea that either teams can’t take losses, or league officials still have loopholes in their performance, neither of which is fair. And it certainly isn’t fair to the fans if we keep on rewriting our sports history because of anybody’s incompetence.

gameface_one
07-30-2007, 11:40 AM
Squires seek 6th win as NCAA jrs resumes



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Last updated 03:45am (Mla time) 07/30/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- First round ruler Letran College tries to tighten its hold of the overall lead as it faces University of Perpetual Help Monday at the start of the second round eliminations of the NCAA junior’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.

The Squires and Altalettes, who are winless in five games, cross paths in the first game at noon.

In other games, San Beda College meets College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills at 1:30 p.m., while defending champion San Sebastian College battles Jose Rizal University at 3 p.m.

The Staglets and Red Cubs share second with similar 3-2 cards, while the Light Bombers are Junior Archers are at fourth with 2-3 marks.

After losing their season opener, Letran won its next five to top the first round.

The deadly trio of John Noble and Alas siblings Kevin and Kristoffer are expected to lead anew the Squires’ attack.

Kevin Alas and Noble are third and fourth-best scorers in the junior’s division with averages of 25.6 and 21.2 points per game, respectively. Ryan Buenafe of San Sebastian leads the scoring with 35.4 points per game.

gameface_one
07-31-2007, 07:40 AM
Alas brods lift Squires



By NICK GIONGCO
mb.com.ph

KEVIN ALAS scored 19 of his game-high 30 points in the pivotal third quarter to power Letran to a 98-80 win over the University of Perpetual Help yesterday in the 83rd NCAA junior’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.


Alas actually outscored all the Altalettes by two points during that decisive third period when the Squires used a 36-17 run, turning a slim 46-40 halftime lead to 82-57 going to the final quarter.

The 5-foot-11 Alas, who entered the game averaging 25.6 points per contest, shot 10-of-17 from the field, including 6-of-10 from the three-point territory while adding seven rebounds, two assists and two steals.

It was the Squires’ fifth straight win as they solidified their grip on the lead with a 5-1 win-loss card.

"We’re a bit lousy at the start. But I reminded my players that we can’t take Perpetual Help lightly. Good thing they responded well in the third period," said Letran coach Elmer Latonio.

"It was Kevin again who gave us a big lift, but it was a balanced team effort," added Latonio, whose team also downed Perpetual Help last July 16 (117-72).

Alas, one of Letran Knights’ mentor Louie Alas’ two sons playing for the Squires, recorded a personal high 40 points against defending champion San Sebastian early in the first round. His elder brother Kristoffer also dished out a solid performance, finishing with a double-double 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Big men John Noble and Glenn Khobuntin contributed 14 points each.

The Altalettes, who got 27 points and 10 assists from Joel Jolangcob, sank deeper at the cellar with a 1-6 record.

In the second game, Thomas Babilonia, son of the late PBA player Gido Babilonia, scattered 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as San Beda downed CSB-La Salle Greenhills, 91-73.

It was the Red Cubs’ fourth win in six assignments, while the Junior Blazers slipped to 2-4.

In the main game, defending champion San Sebastian repeated against host school Jose Rizal University, 79-71, to join the Red Cubs at second spot.

Forward Arvie Bringas led the Stags’ attack with 24 points and a season-high 25 rebounds while Ryan Buenafe was a rebound shy of a recording a triple-double as he added 21 markers with nine boards and 14 assists.

The Junior Blazers and the JRU Light Bombers, who were beaten by the Staglets (96-109) in their first meeting, fell to 2-4.

gameface_one
08-01-2007, 08:26 AM
Letran, JRU try to sustain victory run



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Last updated 04:44am (Mla time) 08/01/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- Two teams on a roll collide with two squads down in the pits as the NCAA men’s basketball tournament resumes Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan City.

Letran College is expected to continue its rampage when it meets slumping University of Perpetual Help at 4 p.m., while host Jose Rizal University tries to push its luck against Mapua Institute of Technology in the 2 p.m. opener.

But focus will be on the Letran Knights, who shook things up last week by stunning defending champion San Beda College, 70-69.

And chances are, the Knights won’t have difficulty over the Altas, whom they routed in the first round, 68-52. The Altas are also coming off a long layoff, having lost their previous game to the Mapua Cardinals, 85-75, in overtime on July 18.

“It won’t be that easy,” said Letran coach Louie Alas of the game against the Altas. “If we consider ourselves the toughest in trapping defense, we consider Perpetual one of the best in breaking the press.” Marc Anthony Reyes

gameface_one
08-02-2007, 09:49 AM
Knights close in on Final 4


By Marc Anthony Reyes
Inquirer
Last updated 04:58am (Mla time) 08/02/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- With relative ease, the Letran College Knights took a step closer to the Final Four Wednesday night.

Holding the University of Perpetual Help at bay for most of the game and handily nipping an endgame uprising, Letran scored a 63-56 triumph that assured the Knights of at least a playoff for a semifinal berth in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Arena in San Juan City.

It was the third straight win for the Knights who improved their leading record to 7-1 while handing the Altas their fifth loss in seven games.

Jose Rizal University bucked the absence of its two stars -- Jayson Nocom and Carlo Lituania -- to repulse Mapua Institute of Technology, 69-61, and climb to third place at 4-3 with its third straight win.

The Cardinals fell to a 2-6 win-loss record.

Nocom and Lituania, who share the same dorm, were admitted to the hospital because of food poisoning, according to Jose Rizal coach Ariel Vanguardia.

Letran survived a shoddy first quarter where it committed most of its 28 turnovers before taking control at halftime from a 9-13 count.

“That was a back-to-back ugly win for us,” said Letran coach Louie Alas, whose boys barely survived the College of St. Benilde, 51-49, recently.

The scores:

First Game
JOSE RIZAL 69 -- Sena 16, Cagoco 13, Hayes 13, Wilson 12, Agas 5, Pradas 4, Se 3, Bulangis 3, Montemayor 0, Cunanan 0, Ramos 0, Cruz 0.
MAPUA 61 -- Co 15, Raneses 12, Dela Pena 12, Pascual 6, Del Rosario 6, Acosta 6, Banal 4, Sumalinog 0, Palomique 0.
Quarters: 17-13, 33-26, 55-43, 69-61.

Second Game
LETRAN 63 -- Reposar 12, Jazul 11, Daa 11, Guevarra 8, Latonio 5, Faundo 4, Quinday 4, Melegrito 4, Cabonce 4, Dangcal 0, Del Rosario 0, Gutilban 0.
PERPETUAL 56 -- Kong 19, Reyes 15, Lee 7, Balboa 6, Manuel 5, Dysam 2, Salanga 2, Ynion 0, Liaz 0, Galabin 0, Febrian 0. Quarters: 9-13, 27-19, 46-36, 63-56.

Wang-Bu
08-02-2007, 05:53 PM
St. Benilde player arrested for alleged game-fixing in NCAA

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Last updated 04:56pm (Mla time) 08/02/2007

MANILA, Philippines -- St. Benilde shooting guard Paolo Orbeta has been arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation following allegations of game-fixing in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) men's basketball.

The league will conduct its own investigation against the 5-foot-11 player who could be facing lifetime ban from the league and expulsion from the school.

^^^ PALAKPAKAN NATIN ANG SAKSAKAN NG GARAPAL NA TAGA-BENILDE AT DAHIL LAMANG SA KANYANG NAMUMUKOD-TANGING KAGAGUHAN AY MULING NABAHIRAN ANG DANGAL AT GANDA NG PINAKAMAMAHAL NATING LARONG BUSLOAN.

SALAMAT PAOLO ORBETA AT T-ANGING INA MO NA LANG H-INDOT KA!

oca
08-02-2007, 06:27 PM
Biglang nagkaroon ng tugon yung tanong ng mga taga-NC' bakit nagkakaganito ang St.Benilde.

LION
08-02-2007, 06:30 PM
I don't know Paolo Orbeta but I would recommend that we reserve our judgment.

Knowing how some of the NBI agents work, sometimes they employ methods that are not fair and reasonable. Some of these people just want to please their superiors by *arresting someone, sensationalize the arrest and publicly humiliate the arrested person and gain recognition for their efforts, but in the end we discover that the case against the suspect *was dismissed because he is innocent after all.

Unfortunately, in such a case the person's reputation has been tarnished forever and his acquittal will not even be printed in the newspapers. *

If the report is true, I'll just say a prayer for Orbeta. *He's a young man and there may be compelling reasons as to why he "committed" the accusation against him.

This is a sad day for collegiate basketball.

gameface_one
08-03-2007, 09:15 AM
Lions to tackle Stags; Blazers ‘freeze’ Orbeta



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Last updated 04:28am (Mla time) 08/03/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- Defending champion San Beda College resumes its chase of Letran College as the men’s basketball tournament resumes on Friday with the NCAA still reeling from the shock caused by arrest on Thursday of College of St. Benilde guard Paolo Orbeta for game-fixing.

The rest of the St. Benilde Blazers will be under close scrutiny when they take on the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers in the second game at 4 p.m., although the Lions have the more important match against the San Sebastian Stags earlier at 2 o’clock.

San Beda will catch idle Letran for the lead at 7-1 with a victory Friday.

Like the Lions, the Bombers (4-3) are favored over the Blazers, who are in the cellar at 1-6.

St. Benilde athletic director Henry Atayde said Orbeta won’t see action as he is under investigation by the school and the league.

Although the Lions own a 73-64 win over the Stags in the first round, coach Frankie Lim is wary of San Sebastian’s big men.

“This is a team that can match up with our size,” said Lim. “We cannot take them lightly. We struggled the first time we played them. I hope we can come out strong this time.”

San Sebastian boasts 6-foot-6 Jason Ballesteros and 6-9 Francis de Leon, who will match up with San Beda’s resident slotmen, Nigerian Sam Ekwe and Dave Marcelo. Marc Anthony Reyes

gameface_one
08-03-2007, 05:27 PM
NCAA to monitor star players' performance
abs-cbnnews.com

The National Collegiate Athletic Association Board on Friday said it will start evaluating game performances of college basketball star players to monitor game-fixing, ABS-CBN News reported.

The board's move came after National Bureau of Investigation agents arrested Paolo Orbeto, one of College of St. Benilde's key players, for his involvement in game-fixing.

It said that each star player's game performance will be evaluated after each basketball game. The board said it will immediately place a player under investigation if his performance level becomes dubious.

The board said it is also monitoring performances of NCAA referees. At least three referees have been suspended for questionable officiating, the board added.

Meanwhile, the board said it will have to wait for the NBI to release Orbeta on bail before inviting him for an independent investigation.

Orbeta and three others, including a policeman, were presented by NBI during a press conference held Thursday.

The three other suspects arrested by NBI agents during an entrapment operation in Malate district in Manila were Inspector Aaron Elago of the PNP Philippine Public Safety College in Camp Crame, salesman Rajan Chandumal and James Mangaran, residents of Guadalupe Nuevo, Makati City.

The four were arrested after Orbeta's schoolmate Wilfred Uy lodged complaints against them. They were charged with illegal gambling and robbery with violence at the Manila City Prosecutor's Office.

A fifth suspect identified as Luigi Guingon is being hunted by bureau agents.

Uy told NBI that Orbeta and Guingon borrowed from him P300,000, which will be used to pay-off their lost bets in an NBA game. He said the two offered him a land title as collateral.

Orbeta also told Uy that he can fix a basketball game to be able to pay for the P300,000 loan.

Uy said he was convinced by Orbeta's explanation and placed a P300,000 bet in a game last month. He said the game's bet result was declared "quits" or a draw, which means no one won or lost.

Uy said Orbeta again convinced him to place a P1 million bet on a "player's odds" game. The NBI explained that the player's odds game is where a bettor places his bet on a player's score.

Uy promised to pay P1 million if Orbeta will score less than 11 points during St. Benilde's July 19 game. Orbeta scored 11 points in that game, which allowed him to collect the P1 million bet from Uy.

berdengobserver
08-03-2007, 06:06 PM
Any updates about the games today? Thanks! :)

christian
08-03-2007, 10:26 PM
SBC over SSC-R by a mile :)

gameface_one
08-04-2007, 07:45 PM
Point-shaving scam isolated case – NCAA

By JOEY VILLAR
The Philippine Star

The NCAA on Friday said the point-shaving scandal involving St. Benilde star player Paolo Orbeta was an isolated case and maintained that the league has been serious in its fight against any form of illegal gambling the last three years.

“The NCAA has been very vigilant in terms of monitoring any form of illegal gambling as evidenced by (our) working closely with the NBI since the 81st season,” said Management Committee chair Paul Supan of Jose Rizal in an emergency press conference at The Arena in San Juan City.

“This season has been very quiet and an incident like this is purely an isolated case allegedly involving an individual. Pending the outcome of the investigation, CSB has suspended Mr. Orbeta. Therefore, NCAA is suspending Mr. Orbeta from playing indefinitely,” he added.

“We’ve checked our records and we found out that out of the several suspects charged by the NBI, only Paolo Orbeta is a student of St. Benilde, which means the whole team is not involved,” said St. Benilde board representative Henry Atayde.

Even the complainant, Wilfredo Uy, is not a St. Benilde student, according to Atayde.

The St. Benilde official, however, said the Orbeta case should be an eye-opener for everyone.

“It’s not just a problem of the institution and the league, it’s a social problem as a whole,” he said. “It showed that the problem of illegal gambling is there, it’s an eye-opener for all of us.”

Supan said they will be more vigilant now in policing their ranks to prevent any illegal activity like “game fixing” and/or “point-shaving” from happening again in the league.

“We’ll not tolerate such act, we’ll not condone gambling in this league,” he said. “That means member schools must police their own ranks all the more.”

Although St. Benilde is willing to provide legal help, Atayde said Orbeta could be expelled if proven guilty.

“We’ll offer legal help if his (Orbeta) family wants to,” said Atayde. “But I doubt if the school will allow that because under our handbook, you’re not suppose to gamble. If a student is going to be expelled, it has to go through a process, through the review board,” he added.

Orbeta also faces the possibility of a lifetime ban.

“It’s a possibility, but first, you have to prove that the person is guilty,” said Supan.

Orbeta along with several others were caught by NBI agents in an entrapment Wednesday.

Atayde noted that the group was charged by the NBI with illegal gambling, coercion, robbery with threat and extortion, but not game-fixing.

“If you would notice, there is no law against game-fixing, only illegal gambling,” said Atayde.

Both the league and St. Benilde are conducting their own investigation on the matter.

“But we’ll still cooperate with the NBI, they’re welcome to assign operatives here just what we’ve allowed them to do the last three seasons,” said Atayde.

gameface_one
08-04-2007, 07:47 PM
Lions regain piece of lead, pound Stags

The Philippine Star

San Beda reasserted its mastery over San Sebastian and cruised to a 96-76 victory Friday to regain the lead with idle Letran in the 83rd NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

Yousif Aljamal sizzled with 23 points while Pong Escobal and last year’s MVP Sam Ekwe added 17 apiece to power the Red Lions to their seventh victory against a loss.

The Stags reeled to their fourth defeat against three victories but remained in fourth place, one game ahead of Perpetual Help (2-5) and two ahead of Mapua (2-6).

Jose Rizal pounced on Paolo Orbeta’s absence as it routed St. Benilde, 80-65, in the second game.

It was the Bombers’ fifth win against three losses as they kept their hold of the third spot.

Already struggling in their first seven games, the Blazers were further demoralized with the suspension of Orbeta, St. Benilde’s top player who was nabbed Wednesday for alleged point-shaving charges.

“It’s a sad thing but we have to move on,” said St. Benilde coach Caloy Garcia, whose wards bowed out of the Final Four race with their seventh defeat against a lone win. “The good thing about it though is that the other players are starting to step up.”

“I feel so sad for them,” Jose Rizal mentor Ariel Vanguardia, a St. Benilde alumnus, said.

gameface_one
08-05-2007, 08:56 AM
NCAA to ban cellphones for refs, cagers

By JOEY VILLAR
The Philippine Star

The NCAA will implement stricter measures in its continuing fight against possible gambling, game-fixing and point-shaving involving its players.

Henry Atayde, St. Benilde board representative, Saturday said the 83-year-old league would implement a “no cellular phone policy” not only for all the players but the referees as well.

“Before, we at St. Benilde were the only ones doing that. Now, all the teams would do it, including our referees,” Atayde told The STAR.

The policy means players and referees would be barred from using cellular phones one hour before the game and during the match to prevent any suspicion of illegal activities.

If they bring one, they have to surrender it to their coaches and, in the referees’ case, to the technical committee headed by commissioner Chito Narvasa.

“We’ll see to it that it’s religiously followed,” San Beda board representative Fr. Paul de Vera, OSB, said.

Aside from that, all eight participating schools would have to be more vigilant in policing their own ranks.

“Athletic directors would need to coordinate more with their coaches. They should know what the team’s problems are,” Atayde explained. “If there’s irregularity, they should keep it to themselves first and solve it right away, in their own backyard.

“Now if they can’t handle it, they can ask their board representatives for help,” he added.

Game-fixing scandal recently rocked the league following the arrest of St. Benilde star player Paolo Orbeta by NBI operatives in an entrapment operation Thursday.

Orbeta, who is already under indefinite suspension from the league and St. Benilde, and several other suspects were charged by the NBI with illegal gambling, coercion, robbery with threat and extortion.

De Vera said the recent controversy had some positive effects.

“Though these last three years the NCAA Management Committee has been very vigilant, the Orbeta case will make us more resolute that none of our coaches fall under the clutches of evil men,” the Benedictine priest said.

Atayde said Orbeta’s parents promised to explain their side to St. Benilde officials tomorrow with hopes of clearing their name.

“We got in touch with the parents. They’ll come to the school to explain,” said Atayde. “They said they will file a counter-suit.”

gameface_one
08-06-2007, 10:09 AM
NCAA cleans house


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Philstar.com

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At the very least, Paolo Orbeta made a wrong move of being involved with people who do things like this. If proven guilty, at most he will become a pariah in local basketball, and may be relegated to playing in minor provincial leagues or commercial leagues in countries like Indonesia, which accepts Filipino imports regularly. At the end of the day, his actions did not do any good for his reputation, and hurt the NCAA, in and around which many honorable people live and work.


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The National Collegiate Athletic Association is going to ban cellular phones in light of the case against Paolo Orbeta. The new rule will not only cover players, but referees, as well. They will be prohibited from using mobile phones one hour before, and during games. Cellphones will have to be surrendered to team officials and, in the case of referees, to the NCAA technical committee.

There are quite a few complications in the case of Orbeta, who was apprehended by the NBI Thursday of last week, and supposedly given a lesser charge and was able to negotiate bail. First of all, the entrapment operation only caught the suspects (three of whom were not students of College of St. Benilde), attempting to complete the "transaction" with marked money. No other action was witnessed by any authorities.

Technically, the accusation may be construed as point-shaving, since the alleged wager involved his personal point production and therefore, indirectly, the score of the game. If, for example, a player was required to reach a certain output and hadn’t reached it late in the game, he would then take an unusually high number of attempts at the end of a game, therefore ruining the coach’s game plan. But if, for example, he had scored that number in the first quarter (Orbeta had 19 in the first half of CSB’s first game this season), then the bet would be won without hurting the outcome.

Three years ago, this writer received unverified reports of game-fixing in amateur basketball games, and was given a list of game outcomes and the supposed point spreads. However, the supposed source was not able to pinpoint who on any particular team or league was responsible, and eventually disappeared.

Why will it be difficult to prosecute the case of Orbeta? First of all, the allaged bet was not on the outcome of the game against San Sebastian College. It was on his personal score. And, for a player like Orbeta (who scored 25 points in his first game this season after coming back from injury), 11 points was not a real challenge.

Secondly, the conspirators supposedly lost their first bet on purpose, to bait their mark into gambling a larger amount, which he did not consent to. This is where the coercion and threats came in, which will be easier to prove that Orbeta was involved in, because it necessitated direct contact and specific verbal and non-verbal threats to the victim.

Third, Orbeta did not do anything obviously wrong in his games this year. To exacerbate matters, College of St. Benilde is at the bottom of the standings, although we all know underrated teams can also score big with bettors. However, in this case, the Blazers have really been struggling with their own personality clashes. Most of the time, players suspected of game-fixing play on contenders.

Fourth, it is extremely difficult to prove point-shaving or game-fixing to begin with. You would have to have corroborative testimony from someone inside the operation, and be able to establish a pattern. Since Orbeta did not play last season because of an injury, and his team is - quite frankly - bad this year, a pattern is difficult to discern. And there would be no physical evidence. A bad shot, bad game or bad decision-making on the court could happen to anybody.

Fifth, you will need other bettors or losers to step forward. But who would want to be branded a gambler, and who would want to get involved with an investigation of any kind? Furthermore, who would want to be publicly called a loser? And who would want to be messing with organized crime, to say the least?

At the very least, Paolo Orbeta made a wrong move of being involved with people who do things like this. If proven guilty, at most he will become a pariah in local basketball, and may be relegated to playing in minor provincial leagues or commercial leagues in countries like Indonesia, which accepts Filipino imports regularly. At the end of the day, his actions did not do any good for his reputation, and hurt the NCAA, in and around which many honorable people live and work.

gameface_one
08-07-2007, 02:09 PM
Game-fixing and point-shaving


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SPORTS FOR ALL By PHILIP ELLA JUICO
philstar.com

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The account is not meant to condone game-fixing or point-shaving. What it points out is that these activities have been going on for some time and that for point-shaving or game-fixing to succeed, several players and/or team officials have to be involved and conspire.


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College of St. Benilde (CSB) authorities are dead serious in getting into the bottom of a point-shaving scandal that allegedly involves one of its basketball squad mainstays in the National Collegiate Association (NCAA). CSB administration rued the fact that the scandal broke out in media Thursday evening and was helpless to do much about it the next day, Friday, which was declared a holiday to enable student-voters to register for the forthcoming Sangguniang Kabaaan (SK) elections.

Monday was therefore the first work day that allowed CSB authorities to summon parties who might have some information on the incident. Br. Victor Franco, FSC, President of CSB said over the weekend that the school is investigating the matter thoroughly and will take action on parties who are found guilty of wrongdoing after due process has been served.

As of now, apparently in reaction to media reports and the participation of the National Bureau of Investigation in the so-called entrapment operations that had been in turn triggered by the complaint of a non-CSB student, Paolo Orbeta, the player said to be involved, has been indefinitely suspended from playing by CSB.

Rumors of game-fixing, point-shaving and other forms of illegal gambling in sports have been doing the rounds for as long as anyone can remember. While one would think that such unwholesome practices are limited to professional or semi-professional basketball leagues, the collegiate leagues have not been spared.

But back to the most natural targets of gamblers and gambling syndicates. The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) itself was rocked in the past by well-publicized reports of point-shaving and game-fixing. High-profile wholesale revamps of teams in the 70’s and 80’s were triggered by the involvement of practically the entire team in game-fixing and point-shaving. Even the quiet non-renewal of star player’s contracts by certain teams had also been precipitated by reports of such practices.

In one trip I made to Los Angeles in the early ‘80’s, I remember being invited to after dinner drinks with Filipinos including a former PBA player who had migrated to the US. The former pro was very popular during his heyday, first in the now-defunct Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association (MICAA) in the late ‘60’s to the early ‘70’s, and later in the PBA, up to the late ‘70’s and early ’80’s.

The retired player had become some sort of a ladies man at the height of his popularity having been involved with actresses and, later on, in the United States, with a former singer who had chosen to relocate to America. At some point in his career, the ex-cager encountered weight problems that forced him to take medication that, according to him, later affected his heart.

After a few rounds of drinks, the former pro spoke of his and other teammates’ exploits in point-shaving and game-fixing and "still had fun." His narrative, made before four or five of us gathered around a table with pulutan and drinks, included what should have been a simple case of point-shaving but went out of control and deteriorated into game-fixing.

The retired player first got wind of the scheme accidentally, so he says, in the provincial hotel where the PBA teams were billeted. He claimed that he just happened to take the call of a teammate. The latter was then one of the country’s most outstanding forwards, having been a veteran of many international contests. The calling party was looking for his roommate who was then taking a shower. Immediately the LA based former pro sensed something wrong and warned his roommate not to try anything funny since "the boss is very nice to us, short of putting the vitamins into our mouths when we have meals in the quarters."

It seemed however that previous arrangements had been made by other team members. The team of the ex-pro, which was heavily favored to win the game, lost the contest by the proverbial mile.

The team owner, not to take the whole matter sitting down, did his own sleuthing and hired professional detectives and within days the whole plot was uncovered. The retired pro remembers that fateful night at the Araneta Coliseum minutes before the on-court pre-game warm up. The team owner asked every non-player to leave the dressing room and forthwith proceeded to castigate the team and say that he had the goods on the people involved in the game-fixing done in the provincial game.

During the game, the retired pro was fielded by the coach of the team. After making five successful attempts, he was called back to the bench by the coach. As he walked toward the bench, the coach squeezed his nape and indignantly told him, "I know you sold those games. You can play, if you want to play. I know what you did" and expletives followed.

The account is not meant to condone game-fixing or point-shaving. What it points out is that these activities have been going on for some time and that for point-shaving or game-fixing to succeed, several players and/or team officials have to be involved and conspire.

gameface_one
08-08-2007, 10:23 AM
Lack of formal charge stymies Orbeta probe

By JOEY VILLAR
The Philippine Star

The absence of the formal charge sheet from the National Bureau of Investigation has prevented College of St. Benilde’s from conducting an all-out probe on the point-shaving controversy involving its star player Paolo Orbeta

“We can’t go all out, we’re still in the process of accumulating statements. We’ll wait for the formal charge,” said St. Benilde board representative Henry Atayde after meeting with Orbeta’s parents Tuesday.

“The bottom line here is that we wouldn’t inquire on something we don’t know about,” he added.

Atayde, who was the Management Committee chair last season, said the parents of Orbeta have denied all the charges filed against their son.

There were reports that Orbeta, now under indefinite suspension from both St. Benilde and the NCAA pending the resolution of the case, is now charged with light threat. The rest of the charges, including illegal gambling, extortion and coercion, have reportedly been dropped.

“We heard of it but everything is sketchy right now. What we’ve done was naming committees to inquire on the allegations. Take note of the word inquire, not investigate,” stressed Atayde.

Orbeta was one of the four suspects arrested by NBI operatives in an entrapment operation last week after Wilfred Uy filed a complaint before their office.

The other one who was not arrested but implicated on the case was Luigi Guingon, a St. Benilde student like Orbeta who also denied involvement in the case.

“We’ve also been meeting with them (Guingon) because he’s also a St. Benilde student like Orbeta,” said Atayde.

The NCAA, which earlier said the Orbeta issue was an isolated case, is also conducting its own probe on the controversy.

The league, in fact, has started implementing the “no cellular phones” policy not only on all players but the referees as well.

gameface_one
08-08-2007, 10:30 AM
Letran hopes to keep win streak alive



By WAYLON GALVEZ
mb.com.ph

SINCE LOUIE Alas returned as Letran coach in 2003, the Knights have always made it to the Final Four the past four seasons of the National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament.


With that in mind, Alas and his wards try to extend that streak to five as the Knights shoot for win No. 8 when they face the Mapua Cardinals at 2 p.m. today at The Arena in San Juan City.

Host Jose Rizal University and University of Perpetual Help collide at 4 p.m. with both teams hoping to fortify their own semifinals bids.

Letran is actually assured of a playoff berth in the semifinals together with defending champion and co-leader San Beda College with their identical 7-1, win-loss cards.

But Alas, whose team won its last three games and has downed Mapua, 84-80, in the season opener, is wary against an opponent out to keep alive its hopes of earning a Final Four ticket.

"We have to make our outside shots against their zone defense and control the boards," said Alas.

Mapua, which occupies sixth spot at 2-6, is in a tight battle with San Sebastian College (3-4) and Perpetual Help (2-5) for the fourth semis berth.

The Knights will rely anew on sweet-shooting guard RJ Jazul and high-flying forward Rey Guevarra, who will be backed up by Bryan Faundo, Miko Quinday, Dennis Daa and John Melegrito.

The Cardinals, on the other hand, will have to play consistent basketball if they want to beat the Knights.

And rookie coach Leo Isaac hopes to get big games from guards Sean Co and Kelvin dela Peña.

JRU, in solo third with a 5-3 record, is coming off a four-game winning streak, the longest for the Heavy Bombers in six seasons after scoring an 80-75 win over College of St. Benilde last Friday.

The Bombers will also try to avenge their double-overtime 72-79 setback to the Altas in the first round.

"I’m happy with the performance of the boys right now, they are peaking at the right time," said Bombers mentor Ariel Vanguardia. "Hopefully maka-bawi kami sa Perpetual to solidify our semifinal bid."

gameface_one
08-09-2007, 10:04 PM
Cards halt Knights, stay alive


By JOEY VILLAR

The Philippine Star

Mapua held off a rallying Letran down the stretch to pull off an 89-82 victory on Wednesday to keep its flickering Final Four hopes alive in the 83rd NCAA basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.

Kelvin dela Peña missed one rebound from a triple-double performance but his 17-point, 11-assist and nine-rebound effort proved enough to help steer the struggling Cardinals past the Knights for what was only their third victory in nine games.

Still, the win lifted the Cards to fifth place, two games behind the fourth running San Sebastian Stags (3-4) heading into the crucial phase of the double-round elimination phase.

Mapua will need to sweep their last three games against San Sebastian, Perpetual Help and St. Benilde to gain a shot at the fourth semis seat.

"I told the players if we play as a team not only in offense but in defense as well, we’ll have a chance against Letran. And we did that in this game," said Mapua coach Leo Isaac.

Sean Co paced the Cardinals with 22 points and came through with a season-high 11 assists before fouling out with less than a minute to go. He owned the previous high 10 assists in a rare triple-double effort in an 85-75 win over Perpetual Help last July 18.

In the other game, Jose Rizal survived Perpetual Help’s late surge as it eked out a 65-62 win to clinch at least a playoff for a Final Four berth.

Mark Cagoco shot 17 points as the Bombers streaked to their fifth straight win and sixth overall in nine to remain in third.

gameface_one
08-10-2007, 07:58 AM
Lions eye Final 4; Cards clash with Stags



Inquirer
Last updated 04:12am (Mla time) 08/10/2007



San Beda 7 1 Letran 7 2 Jose Rizal 6 3 S Sebastian 3 4 Mapua 3 6 Perpetual 2 6 St. Benilde 1 7

GAMES FRIDAY (The Arena, San Juan)
2 p.m. -- San Sebastian vs Mapua (Srs)
4 p.m. -- San Beda vs St. Benilde (Srs)

MANILA, Philippines -- San Beda College will try to accomplish what Letran College failed to do when it goes up against troubled College of St. Benilde, even as Mapua Institute of Technology and San Sebastian College try to stay in Final Four contention in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.

The Red Lions, slowly but surely regaining their confidence and form, can secure a semifinal berth with a victory against the Blazers, who are out of the running with a 1-7 record.

But the Red Lions can’t take any chances in the 4 p.m. game lest they suffer the fate of the Letran Knights, who bowed to the Mapua Cardinals, 89-92, Wednesday.

The loss by the Knights, the only side the Red Lions have to beat so far, allowed San Beda to regain the top spot with a 7-1 record.

The Blazers won’t have much more to offer, though, with one of their stars, Paolo Orbeta, suspended indefinitely due to game-fixing charges.

St. Benilde, the 2000 season champion, also took an 87-65 beating from San Beda in the first round.

The Cardinals, their Final Four hopes revived with that big win over the Knights, must hurdle their 2 p.m. date with the Stags to boost their chances.

“I told the players that, individually, we can match up with any other team,” said Mapua coach Leo Isaac. “Hopefully, we can get into the next level, because I think six wins can still make it to the Final Four.”

San Sebastian is not having a great season, either but, at 3-4, it has brighter prospect than Mapua (3-6). Marc Anthony Reyes

gameface_one
08-11-2007, 07:12 AM
Red Lions roar to Final Four

By JOEY VILLAR
The Philippine Star

Defending champion San Beda scored an expected 81-61 romp over an undermanned St. Benilde side Friday to formalize its entry in the Final Four while Mapua tripped San Sebastian, 80-71, to boost its own semis bid in the 83rd NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

Yousif Aljamal fired 21 points, including 13 in the third quarter as the Red Lions broke away from a close game en route to their eighth victory against a loss that likewise firmed up their bid for a twice-to-beat incentive.

“It’s nice to be in the Final Four again,” said San Beda coach Frankie Lim. “But our ultimate goal is the championship.”

The Blazers, who played without three of their mainstays, including the controversial Paolo Orbeta, kept the game close in the first half but lost steam in the face of the Lions’ fiery run in the second half.

St Benilde bowed out of the semis race with a 1-8 card.

Earlier, Mapua leaned on another superb game by Kelvin dela Peña as it blasted San Sebastian to remain in the hunt for a Final Four seat.

Dela Peña, who made 17 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds in powering the Cardinals past the Letran Knights, 89-82, dished out a team-high 19 points this time, including seven in the final quarter as the Cardinals capped their fightback to nail their second straight win and fourth overall in 10 games.

Dela Peña, who played high school ball in Alberta, Canada, also had seven rebounds, six assists, one steal and a shot block.

gameface_one
08-15-2007, 12:18 PM
Streaking Cards shoot for third straight win

The Philippine Star

Resurgent Mapua guns for its third straight victory as it tangles with Perpetual Help Wednesday even as San Sebastian tries to stay in the hunt for the last semifinal berth against St. Benilde in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

After a poor 2-6 start, the Cardinals bounced back with back-to-back victories over Letran and San Sebastian and suddenly found themselves in fourth place heading into the final week of the two-round elims.

Ranged against the struggling Altas (2-6), the Cardinals are favored to win in their 4 p.m. encounter.

“We have to take care of Perpetual Help first before we think of the Final Four slot. We need to continue to play team basketball,” said Cardinals rookie mentor Leo Isaac.

Currently in fourth with a 4-6 (win-loss) record, Mapua is one game ahead of fifth-running San Sebastian (3-5) and Perpetual (2-6) in the race for the last semis ticket with San Beda, Letran and Jose Rizal Univ. virtually booking the first three spots.

The Stags, meanwhile, seek to stay in contention as they take on the also-ran Blazers in the 2 p.m. opener.

Jim Viray and Jason Ballesteros are expected to step up for San Sebastian, which is coming off a 9-point loss to Mapua last week but is heavily fancied to prevail over St. Benilde, which dropped eight straight games after an opening day victory.

gameface_one
08-16-2007, 09:30 AM
Cards enhance Final Four bid

The Philippine Star

Mapua used one big scoring spurt in the second quarter then sustained its run in the second half to score a lopsided 83-64 victory over University of Perpetual Help Dalta System to firm up its Final Four bid in the 83rd NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan Wednesday.

With five players scoring in double figures, the Cardinals dominated the action from the second period en route to posting their third straight victory and fifth overall against six losses.

That enabled Mapua to hold on to fourth spot, frustrating San Sebastian’s bid to dislodge the Cards following the Stags’ 75-58 victory over the St. Benilde Blazers earlier.

Another win by the Cardinals against the Blazers in their last elims assignment on Aug. 22 will assure themselves of at least a playoff berth for the last seat in the Final Four.

Hermes Sumalinog poured in all his eight points in the second quarter as the Cardinals broke away from a tight 20-18 game with a 20-13 run to close the first half on top, 40-31.

Kelvin dela Peña paced Mapua’s charge with 16 points, eight rebounds and nine assists in another sterling performance by the King Cardinal.

Jerby del Rosario had 14 points, while Jonathan Banal added 12 and Neil Pascual chipped in 10 points for Mapua.

The Altas dropped to 2-7.

Earlier, San Sebastian clobbered St. Benilde to remain in the hunt for the fourth and last spot in the semifinal round with a 4-5 (win-loss) mark.

With Jim Viray on the firing end, the Stags used a decisive 24-14 run in the fourth quarter to complete the rout of the Blazers, who dropped to 1-9.

Viray, who led San Sebastian with 23 points on a 6-of-13 shooting beyond the arc, gave the Stags their biggest lead at 69-53 with only 2:47 left in the contest.

“We only need to win two of our three remaining games to force a playoff,” said Stags mentor Jorge Gallent. “But I keep reminding my players to be more aggressive each game to be able to do it.”

The Blazers failed to sustain their fine start that saw them wrest a 15-13 lead after the first quarter. They trailed the Stags by one point at the half but reeled farther back as the Recoletos-based cagers started to pull away, 51-44, at the end of the third.

Gilbert Bulawan added 12 points and center Jason Ballesteros pulled down 16 rebounds for the Stags.

Kris Robles paced CSB with 19 points.

gameface_one
08-17-2007, 09:17 AM
Letran eyes Final 4



By WAYLON GALVEZ
mb.com.ph

LETRAN TRIES to formalize its entry into the Final Four of the NCAA basketball tournament today when the Knights tangle with the dangerous Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers at The Arena.


And Knights coach Louie Alas knows it won’t be easy when his wards face the hosts at 4 p.m.

"We expect a close game, it’s going to be tough," said Alas.

With a 7-2 card, Letran is actually assured of at least a playoff for one of the four semifinals berths but Alas said it would be better if they can join chief rival and defending champion San Beda College (8-1) outright.

Hoping to foil the Knights’ bid are the Bombers, who won their first round meeting, 79-75, and has won five consecutive games.

Both teams are coming off a long nine-day rest, although the last time they played, they achieved contrasting results with JRU beating Perpetual Help, 65-62, and Letran absorbing an 82-89 loss to Mapua.

JRU mentor Ariel Vanguardia, who served as assistant to Alas in the past, is wary if they can beat Letran again.

"It’s not because we beat them in the first round means that things will be easy for us. They’re one of the top contenders, one of the teams to beat, so we have to come prepared," said Vanguardia.

The Knights will rely anew on guard Rafael Faundo, forwards Bryan Faundo and Dino Daa. As for the Bombers, the team will have James Sena, John Wilson, Marvin Hayes and Mark Cagoco.

Clashing at 2 p.m. are San Sebastian and Perpetual Help.

With a 4-5 record, the Stags are in fifth spot, one game behind of the Mapua Cardinals (5-6) for the last semifinal ticket.

The 2-7 Altas must win their last three games and hope that the Cardinals lose all their remaining games to earn a playoff.

While San Sebastian is fresh from a 75-58 win over College St. Benilde, Perpetual Help will be coming off its fourth straight defeat, a 64-83 setback opposite Mapua.

gameface_one
08-18-2007, 09:21 AM
NCAA, UAAP tiffs postponed

The Philippine Star

Rains spawned by typhoon “Egay” forced the cancellation of the NCAA games Friday and the UAAP matches Saturday.

The UAAP board also said whether or not the scheduled games for Sunday will push through will be known Saturday.

Ateneo was supposed to play UP while NU was to meet Adamson.

“Due to the predicted heavy rains and the suspension of classes, the Aug. 17 games will be moved to a later play date,” said NCAA management committee chief Paul Supan of JRU.

The postponed games are tentatively set Sept. 7, also at The Arena.

With a 7-2 win-loss card, the Knights are gunning for the second semifinal seat with defending champion San Beda securing the first semis berth with an 8-1 card.

The Heavy Bombers, on the other hand, are coming off a five-game winning streak and are eager to repeat over the Knights to firm up their Final Four bid.

Meanwhile, the Stags (4-5) and the Altas (2-7) are hoping to stay in the hunt for the last semis berth.

gameface_one
08-18-2007, 09:24 AM
Knights-Bombers tiff washed out



Inquirer
Last updated 01:35am (Mla time) 08/18/2007


LETRAN'S march to the Final Four--or Jose Rizal's repeat of its first-round upset of the Knights--will have to wait until typhoon Egay (international code name: Sepot) has ended its onslaught.

The NCAA management committee on Friday cancelled the Knights-Bombers basketball game and the one pitting San Sebastian and Perpetual Help scheduled at The Arena in San Juan on the same day due to the inclement weather.

Mancom chief Paul Supan said the games will be moved, tentatively to Sept. 7 at the same venue.

"Due to heavy rains and the suspension of classes, the Aug. 17 games will be moved to a later play date," said Supan of JRU.

Marc Anthony Reyes

gameface_one
08-22-2007, 09:16 AM
Bombers, Cardinals seek crucial wins



By WAYLON GALVEZ
mb.com.ph



TWO OF the hottest teams — Jose Rizal University and Mapua — gun for crucial wins to solidify their respective Final Four bids today as they take on separate rivals at the resumption of the 83rd NCAA basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.


The Heavy Bombers clash with the defending champions San Beda Red Lions at 2 p.m. while the Cardinals meet the struggling St. Benilde Blazers at 4 o’clock. A lone juniors game, pitting the Light Bombers against the Red Cubs, will be played at 11:30 a.m.

So far, San Beda, with its 8-1 card, has formally claimed a Final 4 berth and the Red Lions are now in hot pursuit of the twice-to-beat incentive in the semifinals.

Idle Letran, at 7-2, is assured of at least a playoff for one of the four coveted seats in the next round

The Bombers are occupying the third spot with their 6-3 record followed by the 5-6 Cardinals. Still in the race for one of the remaining Final 4 berths are the San Sebastian College Stags who are carrying a 4-5 slate.

The Bombers are currently in a five-game winning streak, the longest so far for the Mandaluyong-based team since 2001 when it started with nine straight wins.

However, the Bombers will face a team that handed them a humiliating 91-69 rout on opening day.

"It was the first game of the season, and I admit we were a bit tight in that game," said JRU head coach Ariel Vanguardia. "But I still believe that we can beat this team (San Beda) if we double our effort."

Both teams are also coming off long layoffs.

The Bombers’ game against the Letran Knights last Friday was cancelled due to super typhoon "Egay," reason why their rest was extended to 14 days after a 65-62 win over University of Perpetual Help last Aug. 8.

The Red Lions played their last game on Aug. 10 when they defeated the Blazers, 81-61.

"It’s a crucial game. Though we’re assured of a playoff seat, we want to win as many games going to the Final Four," said San Beda rookie coach Frankie Lim.

On the other hand, the Cardinals, trying to sweep their last three assignments in the eliminations, will also try to avenge their 68-74 first round loss to the Blazers.

That win, where suspended guard Paolo Orbeta scored 25 points, was actually the first and only for St. Benilde before it dropped nine straight games.

The Cardinals have won their previous three games — against the Knights, 89-82; the Stags, 80-71; and the Altas, 83-64.

danny
08-23-2007, 07:14 AM
Red Lions feast on Bombers
SBC, JRU coaches nearly trade blows

By Marc Anthony Reyes
Inquirer
Last updated 01:39am (Mla time) 08/23/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- San Beda College, with its top star playing on the strength of a temporary restraining order, blasted Jose Rizal University, 82-74, Wednesday in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.

Yousif Aljamal fired a game-high 23 points as the defending champion Red Lions, already in the Final Four, boosted their pacesetting record to 9-1 at the end of a rugged match that later saw a near fistfight between the opposing coaches.

Before the game, Aljamal lashed out at a league decision to suspend him, which the TRO averted, for joining the recent rookie draft of the pro league Philippine Basketball Association.

Later, Lions coach Frankie Lim and Bombers counterpart Ariel Vanguardia nearly went at each other in the coliseum hallway.

The near fistfight was triggered by a hard foul committed by Jose Rizal’s Alvin Se on San Beda’s Ogie Menor.
“I was very sure he (Vanguardia) instructed it,” said Lim, who charged at the direction of Vanguardia after the foul before he was restrained.

Lim was still seething with anger when he showed up for the post-game interview. “It was the fifth flagrant foul against us, that’s why I flared up.”
“We played with a lot of heart and a lot of class,” Lim added. “They (the Bombers) didn’t show any class at all.”

Among the flagrant fouls was the one Jose Rizal’s Jayson Nocum committed on San Beda’s Sam Ekwe in the first quarter.

Lim later told sportswriters in Filipino that he and Vanguardia could mix it up if the Bombers mentor was up to it. And that’s exactly what nearly took place.

The two coaches bumped into each other -- witnesses said somebody had tipped Vanguardia off about Lim’s challenge -- in the hallway by the press room and nearly traded blows.

Cooler heads intervened and separated both coaches, who settled for an exchange of harsh words instead.

“He initiated the contact as if he really wanted a fight,” Vanguardia told reporters later. “Now who’s got no class?”

Aljamal told reporters in Filipino that the league “knew beforehand that I would enter the draft and they said nothing about it. If they had told me, I would have asked their permission.”

The Bombers saw their win run snap at five but stayed in contention for a Final 4 seat at 6-4.

Mapua Institute of Technology later scored an 84-71 win over the College of St. Benilde to stay in contention for the next round.

The Mapua Cardinals closed out the eliminations with a 6-6 slate, while handing the CSB Blazers their 10th loss in 11 games.

The scores:

First Game (Jrs)
JOSE RIZAL 109 -- Cipriano 42, Agovida 35, Madlangbayan 16, Vigil 10, Camar 4, Regis 2, Vital 0, Matias 0, Villegas 0, Villasper 0.
SAN BEDA 103 -- Salva 29, Revilla 18, Bernas 13, Lobaton 12, Dela Cruz 10, Babilonia 9, Panaligan 4, Monteclaro 3, Ayala 3, Asinas 2, Altamirano 0.
Quarters: 20-23, 44-53, 77-83, 109-103

Second Game (Srs)
SAN BEDA 82 -- Aljamal 23, Menor 16, Escobal 15, Ekwe 14, Hermida 5, Lanete 5, Gamalinda 2, Tirona 0, Taganas 0, Maggay 0.
JOSE RIZAL 74 -- Sena 18, Hayes 13, Wilson 13, Nocom 8, Pradas 7, Cagoco 5, Cunanan 3, Agas 3, Se 2, Bulangis 2, Lituania 0.
Quarters: 12-14, 28-36, 59-51, 82-74
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danny
08-23-2007, 07:23 AM
Lions roar, devour Bombers
By Joey Villar
Thursday, August 23, 2007
San Beda won the battle on and off the court.

Yousif Aljamal, barred earlier by the NCAA Mancom for a league rule violation, secured a TRO (temporary restraining order) and fired 23 points to power the Red Lions past the Jose Rizal U Bombers, 82-74, in a highly physical game yesterday for a twice-to-beat edge in the Final Four of the 83rd NCAA basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

Rogemar Menor also shone for San Beda, firing eight of his 16 points in the fourth quarter as the Lions roared to their ninth win in 10 outings to clinch one of the top two berths in the semis.

Earlier, San Beda secured a TRO, enabling Aljamal to see action after the San Beda star was barred by the league to play for violating a league rule disallowing players to play in a pro league without a consent from the NCAA.

The tournament in question was the three-day camp conducted by the PBA before the annual rookie draft last Sunday where Aljamal took part before he was eventually picked eighth overall by Air21. He was later traded to Talk n Text.

The 72-hour TRO came a few hours after the NCAA board reduced a season-long suspension by the Mancom chaired by Paul Supan of Jose Rizal to just the rest of the elimination round.

“We will abide by the court decision,” said Supan, who is expected to hold another emergency meeting today. “All our decisions are based on league rules, nothing else.”

A free-for-all nearly ensued late in the third quarter when San Beda coach Frankie Lim stormed into Jose Rizal’s bench after Bomber Alvin Se tackled Menor for Jose Rizal’s third flagrant foul of the game.

“They were hurting my players, I have to protect them,” said a furious Lim, who also had an altercation with Jose Rizal mentor Ariel Vanguardia in the dugout after the contest.

In the other game, Mapua kept its Final Four hopes alive with an 84-71 triumph over St. Benilde, its sixth win in as many losses.

The Blazers fell to their 10th setback against a win.
http://philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=49&type=2&sec=30&aid=20070822203

toti_mendiola
08-23-2007, 07:30 AM
they were also trained as mixed martial artists. ;D
It explains the armbars and the takedowns.

danny
08-23-2007, 07:41 AM
they were also trained as mixed martial artists. ;D
It explains the armbars and the takedowns.


I heard they were also trained to do Hip-Hop moves, Gangsta Rap style. ;D

toti_mendiola
08-23-2007, 07:54 AM
probably learned the moves from the ghetto.

christian
08-23-2007, 04:08 PM
I used to respect the Bombers and their coach, Vanguardia, because I see them along with Letran as the only legitimate threat to our back to back campaign. But after yesterday' hoopla, they just showed what kind of character their school has. Cheapshot. Win at all cost. Paul Supan, you're on our crosshairs.

irateluvmachine
08-23-2007, 05:19 PM
^perhaps their controversial strength trainer (PExer Bchemist) has something to do with this? ;)

he must be gloating his a** off on PEx as we speak...with his usual dose of ekwe-bashing...

...and i hope CSB gets their act together next season. seems like ages ago when sunday salvacion and jondan salvador were leading the way and the blazers were winning...

gameface_one
08-24-2007, 09:59 AM
Knights vs Stags today



By WAYLON GALVEZ
mb.com.ph

DESPITE A 15-day layoff, Letran mentor Louie Alas believes the Knights’ confidence remains high when they battle the San Sebastian Stags today in the NCAA basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.


Their bid to earn an outright semis berth was stalled last Aug. 8 when they lost to in-form Mapua. Last week, they also had a chance to go for it but typhoon "Egay" washed out their game against host Jose Rizal University.

With no typhoon in sight, the Knights are determined to clinch the second semis berth.

The Knights are sporting a second-best 7-2 record while the Stags have a 4-5 record.

"It’s a good relief for us, but we made sure that we’re still in sharp form. We had a couple of good tune-up games that kept us at the competitive level. We’re excited to play again," said Alas.

Game time is set 4 p.m. right after also-rans teams University of Perpetual Help Dalta System (2-7) and St. Benilde (1-10) clas at 2 p.m.

Junior’s division reigning titlist San Sebastian (6-2) tries to avenge its first round setback against leader Letran (7-1) when they face-off at 9:30 a.m. CSB-LSGH (2-6) and Perpetual Help (1-7) battle at 11:30 a.m.

The Squires, starring the Alas brothers –-Kelvin and Kristoffer – stunned the Ronjay Buenafe-led Staglets when they met for the first time, 75-74.

The Knights beat the Stags,71-61, in the elims and Alas is hoping they could get the same result again.

With three games left including this one, San Sebastian, which downed CSB last week (75-58), needs to beat Letran at all cost to keep its semis bid alive.

The Stags are just 1 ½ game behind the Cardinals for fourth spot.

Already assured of a semifinal seat and a twice-to-beat advantage is defending champion San Beda College as it downed host school Jose Rizal University, 82-74, two days back.

datu_pula
08-24-2007, 11:06 AM
^perhaps their controversial strength trainer (PExer Bchemist) has something to do with this?* ;)

he must be gloating his a** off on PEx as we speak...with his usual dose of ekwe-bashing...

...and i hope CSB gets their act together next season.* seems like ages ago when sunday salvacion and jondan salvador were leading the way and the blazers were winning...
Might he be feeding a few JRU bombers, with bulging biceps, triceps, and with steroids (???). Watch them react after they committed hard fouls, they still taunted the fouled player. They appeared to be so agitated during the SBC-JRU game, that during the 1st quarter, Nocom elbowed his team mate Pradas who appeared to be calming him down after being assessed a technical foul. It was clear to me that they were provoking, among others, Aljamal, Escobal, Ekwe to retaliate, be thrown out, and suspended. No awards, and perhaps no championship. But as cautioned by everyone, the SBC players were determined not to be provoked and retaliate, and go down to their brand of play.

Baka dapat na mag-mandatory drug test??? My personal take

gameface_one
08-25-2007, 08:21 AM
Knights hold off Stags, gain Final 4 berth

The Philippine Star

RJ Jazul and Bryan Faundo combined for 41 points as Letran thwarted San Sebastian, 67-63, on Friday to clinch the second Final Four berth in the 83rd NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

Jazul sizzled with 23 points while Faundo tossed in 18 points and hauled down 10 rebounds for the Knights, who booked their eighth win in 10 outings to join the defending champion San Beda Red Lions in the semis.

The Stags fell to 4-6 (win-loss) as they remained in fifth place behind Jose Rizal Univ. (6-4) and Mapua (6-6). They need to sweep their last two games against the Jose Rizal Bombers on Wednesday and the Perpetual Help Altas on Sept. 3 to stay in the hunt for the fourth and final semis seat.

Earlier, Perpetual Help downed St. Benilde, 66-52, in a non-bearing contest for its third win in 10 outings.

The Blazers closed out the season with 11 losses against a win.

In juniors’ action, Ryan Buenafe posted his third triple-double job of 22 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists as San Sebastian got back at Letran, 70-64, to seize a share of the lead with its victim on 7-2 slates. Joey Villar

mighty_lion
08-25-2007, 10:08 AM
Baka dapat na mag-mandatory drug test???* My personal take

I certainly agree with these. Amen sayo bro.

danny
08-26-2007, 01:49 AM
"Bring out the challenges and we'll win them all and FEAR NEITHER FIRE NOR BLOOD"
- Bedan Hymn by Raul Roco


REAL MEN WEAR RED!

http://www.tribune.net.ph/sports/20070826spo1.html
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Daily tribune online


SAN BEDA EXEC SAYS* ‘Bolting NCAA an option’ By Julius Manicad

08/26/2007

As if the troubles hounding the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) were not enough, a ranking San Beda College official yesterday bared the school’s possible withdrawal from the league if no solution is found to diffuse the ongoing case involving ace Red Lion Yousif Aljamal.

The official, however, said although “withdrawal is an option, San Beda will still pursue an amicable ending to the Aljamal case,” which started last week after the league’s Management Committee (Mancom) suspended Aljamal for the season for joining the Philippine Basketball Association’s rookie draft without seeking permission from the NCAA.

The NCAA Mancom decision, however, did not hold. First, it reconsidered the season-long suspension of Aljamal, shortening the sanction to three days which wasn’t served still as San Beda was able to secure a temporary restraining order (TRO) from a Manila court.

San Beda is now seeking a permanent injunction, an action which a ranking league official may drive the NCAA to scrap the ongoing basketball season. But ABS-CBN, the league’s television partner, warned against the cancellation of the season, saying the league may face a possible court case if it turns its back on its contractual obligations with the television firm and their sponsors.
While waiting for a permanent order, San Beda just received a 20-day extension of the TRO, allowing Aljamal to play for the Lions for at least three more weeks.

The league has been beset with numerous problems, including illegal gambling where the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) had arrested a player and several other personalities for running an illegal gambling ring within the league. On and off-court fights are also a common sight in the NCAA. A player was also found to have falsified his records to be able to play.

For these, a San Beda source revealed school officials are not closing their thoughts on the possibility of transferring to another league.

The Tribune source stressed San Beda is willing to leave the NCAA “only after we teach them a lesson that injustice does not pay.” The school’s administrators will meet soon to make a “crucial decision,” but everything still depends on the outcome of their legal tussle against the country’s oldest collegiate league, the source further said.

For the meantime, San Beda is leaving its fate at the hands of the civil court and the seven-man NCAA Mancom headed by Jose Rizal University’s Paul Supan.

“Isn’t it pretty obvious that they will use all means, fair or foul, just to get ahead?” the source, a San Beda hardliner who begged off to be identified, said. “Leaving the NCAA is always an option but not a priority for now. And it will become an option only after teaching them a lesson that injustice does not pay. If they need the courts to do that, so be it.”
Bannered by Nigerian Sam Ekwe and Aljamal, who averages a team-high 15.2 points per game, the Red Lions enjoy a 9-1 mark entering the final week of the two-round elimination. With the way things go, San Beda is heavily tipped to proceed all the way to its second crown in 29 years. The source, however, said even if the resolution of the case would take long, they are willing to wait, before deciding whether they will stay or go.”

“Don’t they know that we’re willing to go (and wait) all the way even after the championship if needed to be?”

A top basketball official also testified on the veracity of San Beda’s possible action, saying leaving the NCAA has been an open-secret in and around San Beda’s Mendiola campus since the controversy started.

“I always hear about the possibility of bolting out of the NCAA, but I do not know where it came from. Maybe it’s true. Your guess is as good as mine.”

Along with Letran, Ateneo, La Salle , Mapua and JRU, San Beda is an original member of the NCAA when the league opened shop 83 years ago.

danny
08-28-2007, 01:11 AM
WE will clean the league.* ;)


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End to NCAA standoff seen



By WAYLON GALVEZ

After a bitter standoff in which some quarters said the survival of the NCAA basketball season was on the line, the powerful NCAA Policy Board and San Beda College yesterday announced a joint press conference today that could signal the end of the bitter struggle between the league and its defiant member school.

No details were immediately available but sources within the league said the top officials of the NCAA and San Beda will announce an agreement in which San Beda will withdraw the temporary restraining order it filed against the NCAA while the NCAA will announce a shortened suspension for Red Lion star forward Yousif Aljamal.

Presiding in today’s 11 a.m. press con at the ABS-CBN headquarters in Quezon City are league Policy Board President Vincent K. Fabella of host Jose Rizal University and SBC Rector and President Fr. Mateo de Jesus.

Sources said Fabella and Mateo, together with Mapua board representative Dr. Rey Vea, met yesterday afternoon to discuss the issue during which a compromise was reportedly reached.

The NCAA was heading towards possible self-destruction following the defiance of San Beda to accept the disqualification of Aljamal for violating league rules.

Some sources had earlier hinted the league might even abort the league to show its displeasure over San Beda’s legal tactics. This was later denied by top officials who said aborting the league was never discussed.

Aljamal was banned after he joined the PBA Draft two weeks ago without seeking the permission of the league which the NCAA management committee said violated league rules.

San Beda, on the other hand, said no clear cut rule on this matter is stated in the rules and regulation of the NCAA.

To circumvent the ban, San Beda got a three-day temporary restraining order that allowed Aljamal to play against Jose Rizal last week.

After the TRO expired, San Beda got a 20-day extension which began last Friday.

With the 20-day extension expiring on Sept. 14, another round of court battle loomed since the best-of-three championship series could fall on Sept. 16 and the possibility that Aljamal could be out of the San Beda team serving his suspension.

San Beda, which is the defending champion and tournament leader, is hoping to avoid this scenario and probably the reason why a press conference will be held today.

http://www.mb.com.ph/SPRT20070828101456.html

danny
08-28-2007, 01:24 AM
The NCAA blinked. Is the possibility of financial ruin the biggest concern? ;D


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Aljamal case close to being resolved?

Tuesday, August 28, 2007
In a move that could pave the way for the resolution of the controversy that has hounded the NCAA the past week, officials of the league and San Beda have started to discuss the possibility of settling the Yousif Aljamal case amicably.

San Beda rector Fr. Matteo de Jesus, OSB, and league president Vince Fabella of Jose Rizal met yesterday amid the recent court decision granting San Beda a 20-day extension to the temporary restraining order it earlier secured that prevented the league from suspending Aljamal for an alleged league rule violation.

However, De Jesus has refused to discuss details of the meeting except that they agreed to start talks on an amicable settlement.

“We have initiated the process for an out-of-court settlement. But that’s all I can say for now,” De Jesus told The STAR yesterday.

Management Committee member Henry Atayde of St. Benilde, for his part, said the league is open to that possibility.

“The Policy Board is always open for talks,” said Atayde.

One option is for the league to reduce the three-game suspension on Aljamal, the 2006 Finals MVP, to just one game.

“That’s one possibility,” said a board insider who refused to be identified.

Aljamal was actually suspended by the Mancom chaired by Paul Supan for the duration of Season 83 after San Beda failed to officially notify the league of the Lions’ star forward’s intention of joining the PBA rookie draft.

It was then reduced by the Policy Board, composed of heads, presidents and rectors of member schools, to the rest of the elimination round before San Beda secured a TRO.

Meanwhile, the Manila Regional Trial Court is expected to render its decision on whether or not to grant the NCAA petition seeking to lift the TRO extension obtained by San Beda that would enable Aljamal to play until at least until Sept. 14. –Joey Villar

http://philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=49&type=2&sec=30&aid=20070827161

danny
08-28-2007, 04:12 AM
Can't touch this... Hammer time! ;D

The NCAA blinked on a possible two-pronged attack from ABS-CBN and San Beda. Learn. Ahhh.. PBA naman pala ang dapat nagpaalam para kay* Aljamal at hindi ang San Beda. ManCom, I-suspend ang lahat ng PBA games. :D

The Axis of Evil composed of Vanguardia, Supan and Atayde should be included in the NCAA Hall of Shame.* Ad Hominem? Tell that to G.W. Bush. :D

True to form, Henry Atayde remained clueless.
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NCAA, San Beda end squabble

By Julius Manicad

08/28/2007


Top officials of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) scrambled to meet with high-level executives of San Beda College over the weekend to offer an amicable solution to their disagreements over the suspension of ace Lion Yousif Aljamal.

The NCAA also appeared to have succumbed to pressures from league coverer ABS-CBN, which reminded host Jose Rizal University (JRU) of the repercussions planned NCAA actions would bring against the league and its officials.

It was earlier reported some members of the NCAA board were contemplating on scrapping the NCAA basketball season had the NCAA policy board failed to find an amicable solution to the Aljamal issue.

The NCAA had suspended Aljamal for the rest of the season after the player failed to inform the league of his participation in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) rookie draft two weeks ago.

San Beda management refused to recognize Aljamal’s suspension and managed to secure a three-day temporary restraining order (TRO) to compel the league to allow Aljamal to play with his team. The TRO was later extended to 20 more days and San Beda officials did not hide their intention to seek a permanent injunction should the policy board insist on Aljamal’s suspension.

ABS-CBN executives, however, stepped into the picture before the weekend as they reminded the league of their contractual obligations. ABS-CBN officials have also reportedly told NCAA officials of possible withdrawal by their television sponsors due to the negative publicities hounding the league all week.

A news blackout was also imposed in the last three days as ABS-CBN executives mediated between league officials and San Beda representatives. A joint press conference is set today at the ELJ Building at the ABS-CBN compound in Quezon City with JRU president and NCAA policy board chairman Vincent Fabella and San Beda rector Mateo de Jesus in attendance.

A top level source also revealed Fabella may announce a lighter sanction on Aljamal but San Beda wants its player cleared, claiming it was not his fault if he did not inform the league of his participation in the PBA rookie draft.

“A PBA official was in charge of informing the various leagues of their players’ participation in the draft. But problems that beset the PBA have overtaken events and Aljamal was an unwilling victim. It was not his fault and he should not be sanctioned,” the Tribune source said.

“We are observing a news blackout until the press conference. Sorry, but that is our agreed stance. I hope you understand. We’ll just see you tomorrow at ABS-CBN,” Mateo said in a short text message to Tribune yesterday.

Another outspoken NCAA management committee member, Henry Atayde of College of Saint Benilde, also begged off from revealing information, saying only the NCAA policy board president has the authority to call for a news blackout. And as far as he is concerned, he is not aware about the existence of such mandate.

“I’m sorry, I cannot confirm something I am not aware of. I have no authority to call for a news blackout, only the NCAA policy board president can do it,” Atayde, who just succeeded former CSB representative Bernie Atienza this year, said.
http://www.tribune.net.ph/sports/20070828spo1.html

magnum_motoki
08-28-2007, 05:16 AM
Another outspoken NCAA management committee member, Henry Atayde of College of Saint Benilde, also begged off from revealing information, saying only the NCAA policy board president has the authority to call for a news blackout. And as far as he is concerned, he is not aware about the existence of such mandate.

“I’m sorry, I cannot confirm something I am not aware of. I have no authority to call for a news blackout, only the NCAA policy board president can do it,” Atayde, who just succeeded former CSB representative Bernie Atienza this year, said.
http://www.tribune.net.ph/sports/20070828spo1.html


I bet you were.... After talking live on-air in Hardball and making a fool out of yourself and the school you represent. Your expert analysis Sir about on what is considered as joining a basketball tournament "as any basketball game where you wear basketball shorts and shoes"... You will be immortalized, worthy of being included in the basketball hall of fame alongside Mr. Naismith. ;D ::) :P

magnum_motoki
08-28-2007, 05:22 AM
Top officials of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) scrambled to meet with high-level executives of San Beda College over the weekend to offer an amicable solution to their disagreements over the suspension of ace Lion Yousif Aljamal.

The NCAA also appeared to have succumbed to pressures from league coverer ABS-CBN, which reminded host Jose Rizal University (JRU) of the repercussions planned NCAA actions would bring against the league and its officials.


The end in sight?!? :)

Hopefully, rightfully....but not after serving notice to those would tried to make a mockery of the NCAA and the basketball game, we, Bedans love.

ANIMO SAN BEDA..

danny
08-28-2007, 05:29 AM
They forgot about how important August 21 is in the Bedan calendar, the day San Beda received* THE MEMO. The suspension letter was* dated August 8, several days prior to the actual PBA draft. August 21, 2007-NCAA day of infamy.

Conspiracy?

We know it too well.

Who is Ninoy Aquino? :P

magnum_motoki
08-28-2007, 05:40 AM
" The Filipino is worth dying for" ......Ninoy Aquino


" SANBEDA is worth dying for " ...... Bedista

LION
08-28-2007, 07:46 AM
Hahahaha. What a definition.

According to Henry Atayde, you are deemed to have joined a tournament if you wear your basketball shoes and uniform. ::)

toti_mendiola
08-28-2007, 07:49 AM
Naku. ibig sabihin bawal na ring mag pa pictorial mga bata natin na suot ang mga iniendorso nilang baskatball gears and apparels.

mighty_lion
08-28-2007, 07:56 AM
" The Filipino is worth dying for" ......Ninoy Aquino


" SANBEDA is worth dying for " ...... Bedista


Your cause is indeed very noble. Pero ayoko pang mamatay.* :P ;D

christian
08-28-2007, 11:17 AM
Same her mighty lion! Pabayaan na lang natin si magnum... pare good luck on your endeavor...

bedista_ako
08-28-2007, 02:27 PM
Same her mighty lion! Pabayaan na lang natin si magnum... pare good luck on your endeavor...


Onga naman magnum! Mauna ka!hehehe May bago ka na namang negosyo!Sama mo naman kami dyan ni jc!

magnum_motoki
08-28-2007, 02:38 PM
haha...ayaw nyo? ;D ;D

MonL
08-28-2007, 02:53 PM
" The Filipino is worth dying for" ......Ninoy Aquino


" SANBEDA is worth dying for " ...... Bedista


Your cause is indeed very noble. Pero ayoko pang mamatay. :P ;D


"No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country." ;D - Gen. George S. Patton

danny
08-28-2007, 02:55 PM
" The Filipino is worth dying for" ......Ninoy Aquino


" SANBEDA is worth dying for " ...... Bedista


Your cause is indeed very noble. Pero ayoko pang mamatay.* :P ;D


No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.* :D
* *-Gen. George S. Patton


You know what, MonL? I actually watched Patton last night.

"All Glory is Fleeting." - Gen. Patton
But , "May the Bedan fellowship never cease." - Raul Roco

Beautiful. :D

Animo San Beda!

MonL
08-28-2007, 03:08 PM
" The Filipino is worth dying for" ......Ninoy Aquino


" SANBEDA is worth dying for " ...... Bedista


Your cause is indeed very noble. Pero ayoko pang mamatay. :P ;D


No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country. :D
-Gen. George S. Patton


You know what, MonL? I actually watched Patton last night.

"All Glory is Fleeting." - Gen. Patton
But , "May the Bedan fellowship never cease." - Raul Roco

Beautiful. :D

Animo San Beda!



Pareng Danny,

Gusto ko yung portion na nagbubusa siya about his destiny (nung suspended siya): "An entire world at war and I'm not in it? God will not permit that to happen!! I will be ALLOWED.. to fulfill my destiny. HIS will be done."

Teka, sobrang OT na tayo, baka mabambo na tayo. ;D ;D ;D

So what else came out of that presscon? What did the NCAA have to say in return?

mighty_lion
08-28-2007, 03:14 PM
Sorry Mods huling hirit na ito. Edit ko ng konti:

"SAN BEDA is worth dying for " ...... by magnum_motoki

Imho, tutal willing naman si magnum mamatay para sa San Beda, sya na lang padala natin sa hamong suntukan ni Head Coach. We will always remember you as one of our bravest hero thereafter. * ;D ;D ;D

toti_mendiola
08-28-2007, 03:22 PM
"to die and kill for" naman ata ang cause ni magnum eh.

christian
08-28-2007, 03:25 PM
Same her mighty lion! Pabayaan na lang natin si magnum... pare good luck on your endeavor...


Onga naman magnum! Mauna ka!hehehe May bago ka na namang negosyo!Sama mo naman kami dyan ni jc!


Sino ka pare? ;D

magnum_motoki
08-28-2007, 07:05 PM
What now Sirs? Is that the closure we're all yearning for? Now that we decided not to play Aljamal for the next two games as a sign of goodwill. Will the NCAA issue an apology or clarification with regards to the suspension earlier handed out against Aljamal?

Based on what I heard from the presscon audio.....The presscon is basically about Father-Rector not to play Aljamal for the next 2 games and Mr Fabella just announcing that the so called "controversy" and "this drama" is over?

They haven't answered the crucial questions at all ....the timeline presented in various forums says it all.

ot.

Sirs, regarding sa suntukan.....I'm a lover, not a fighter. ;D ;D ;D

lekiboy
08-28-2007, 07:15 PM
'kabaklaan lang yang %$#%@*(@ mga yan!"

danny
08-29-2007, 12:54 AM
;D ;D

Magnanimity.
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NCAA, SBC end cage row
By Joey Villar
Wednesday, August 29, 2007

San Beda yesterday decided to withdraw its court case against the NCAA, including the 20-day extension of the temporary restraining order (TRO) it obtained from a regional trial court over the weekend, thus putting an end to the controversy that threatened to tarnish the image of the league.

The school also apologized for whatever troubles that may have occurred as a result of its legal action.

San Beda rector Fr. Mateo de Jesus, OSB, and league president Dr. Vince Fabella of Jose Rizal made the announcement of the Lions’ decision in a press conference at ABS-CBN yesterday after both parties reached a compromise agreement Monday.

“San Beda has decided to put an end to the ongoing controversy the NCAA is currently facing,” said de Jesus. “In the spirit of collegiality, San Beda shall withdraw the court case brought against NCAA.”

Also present in the meeting were San Sebastian head Rev. Fr. Dionisio Cachero, Perpetual Help Chancellor Dr. Ramon Cercado and some members of the Management Committee, headed by chair Paul Supan of Jose Rizal, vice-chair Ding Lozano of Mapua and member Henry Atayde of St. Benilde and Peter Musngi, top honcho of Studio 23.

Meantime, yesterday’s scheduled court hearing was reset to Friday to give both parties more time to settle the issue amicably.

The controversy was sparked by the league’s decision to suspend SBC star forward Yousif Aljamal for an alleged violation of a league rule.

The agreement was actually reached Monday when San Beda officials agreed to sit down and talk with Fabella.

“San Beda apologized for whatever difficulties and bad publicity that may have occurred as a result of the legal action it took and the NCAA has accepted the apology,” Fabella said.

San Beda also said that the Policy Board, consistent with its duty, has acted based on its interpretation of NCAA rules and regulations.

Under the agreement, San Beda will not field Aljamal, the 2006 Finals MVP, in its remaining elimination round games against Perpetual Help today and Letran on Friday.

“We have also agreed not to field our player Yousif Aljamal for the remaining two games of the elimination round. But this is not a suspension but rather an act of goodwill to the NCAA,” said De Jesus.

This means Aljamal will still be eligible for individual awards, including the MVP where last year’s rookie MVP Samuel Ekwe of Nigeria was disqualified after getting suspended for kicking Korean Lee Sang Myeon of Perpetual Help in their first round game.

“No, we don’t consider it as a suspension, and yes, he’s still eligible for any individual award, including the MVP,” said Fabella.

The league and San Beda also agreed to follow several resolutions, mainly on the move of member school not to seek court action to resolve NCAA disputes in the future.

Fabella also said the Policy Board, composed of heads and presidents of all member schools, has made its commitment to review the league’s by-laws, manual operations and existing rules “to ensure fairness to all member schools.”
http://philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=49&type=2&sec=30

gameface_one
08-29-2007, 07:26 AM
NCAA, SBC end cage row


By JOEY VILLAR

The Philippine Star



San Beda on Tuesday decided to withdraw its court case against the NCAA, including the 20-day extension of the temporary restraining order (TRO) it obtained from a regional trial court over the weekend, thus putting an end to the controversy that threatened to tarnish the image of the league.



The school also apologized for whatever troubles that may have occurred as a result of its legal action.



San Beda rector Fr. Mateo de Jesus, OSB, and league president Dr. Vince Fabella of Jose Rizal made the announcement of the Lions’ decision in a press conference at ABS-CBN Tuesday after both parties reached a compromise agreement Monday.



“San Beda has decided to put an end to the ongoing controversy the NCAA is currently facing,” said de Jesus. “In the spirit of collegiality, San Beda shall withdraw the court case brought against NCAA.”



Also present in the meeting were San Sebastian head Rev. Fr. Dionisio Cachero, Perpetual Help Chancellor Dr. Ramon Cercado and some members of the Management Committee, headed by chair Paul Supan of Jose Rizal, vice-chair Ding Lozano of Mapua and member Henry Atayde of St. Benilde and Peter Musngi, top honcho of Studio 23.



Meantime, Tuesday’s scheduled court hearing was reset to Friday to give both parties more time to settle the issue amicably.



The controversy was sparked by the league’s decision to suspend SBC star forward Yousif Aljamal for an alleged violation of a league rule.



The agreement was actually reached Monday when San Beda officials agreed to sit down and talk with Fabella.



“San Beda apologized for whatever difficulties and bad publicity that may have occurred as a result of the legal action it took and the NCAA has accepted the apology,” Fabella said.



San Beda also said that the Policy Board, consistent with its duty, has acted based on its interpretation of NCAA rules and regulations.



Under the agreement, San Beda will not field Aljamal, the 2006 Finals MVP, in its remaining elimination round games against Perpetual Help Wednesday and Letran on Friday.



“We have also agreed not to field our player Yousif Aljamal for the remaining two games of the elimination round. But this is not a suspension but rather an act of goodwill to the NCAA,” said De Jesus.



This means Aljamal will still be eligible for individual awards, including the MVP where last year’s rookie MVP Samuel Ekwe of Nigeria was disqualified after getting suspended for kicking Korean Lee Sang Myeon of Perpetual Help in their first round game.



“No, we don’t consider it as a suspension, and yes, he’s still eligible for any individual award, including the MVP,” said Fabella.



The league and San Beda also agreed to follow several resolutions, mainly on the move of member school not to seek court action to resolve NCAA disputes in the future.



Fabella also said the Policy Board, composed of heads and presidents of all member schools, has made its commitment to review the league’s by-laws, manual operations and existing rules “to ensure fairness to all member schools.”

gameface_one
08-29-2007, 07:28 AM
Crucial game for Bombers



By waylon galvez
mb.com.ph

JOSE RIZAL University and San Sebastian College — two teams with separate missions — clash in an all-important game today as the race for Final Four berth heats up in the 83rd NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.


JRU and San Sebastian collide at 4 p.m.after the 2 p.m. match between defending champion and leader San Beda College and University of Perpetual Help.

The Red Lions, minus star forward Yousif Aljamal, are eyeing win No. 10 but only to solidify their hold of the No. 1 position as they have clinched a twice-to-beat incentive in the Final 4.

And out to eclipse the first game will be the battle between the Heavy Bombers and the Stags, who are aiming to force playoffs.

A victory by Jose Rizal will not only complete the Final 4 cast but will also keep the Bombers’ bid for a twice-to-beat incentive alive. However, the Bombers must win their remaining game and hopes that Letran loses its last two games to force a playoff for the No. 2 spot.

At 6-4, JRU is two games behind Letran, which is currently in second with an 8-2 slate.

The Knights are billed to meet the Red Lions on Friday and the Bombers on Sept. 3

Meanwhile, a San Sebastian win will keep the Stags in the running for a Final 4 berth while giving Letran the second twice-to-beat incentive in the semifinals.

A win by the Knights either against the Red Lions on Friday or the Bombers on Sept. 3 will clinch them the said incentive.

The top two teams at the end of the eliminations will earn twice-to-beat against their respective opponents in the crossover Final Four.

"We must win first against San Sebastian," said JRU coach Ariel Vanguardia. "Thinking of the things we don’t have control can only add pressure to us. So we’ll focus first on this game."

The two teams are coming off heartbreaking defeats, with JRU losing to San Beda, 74-82, while San Sebastian was beaten by Letran, 67-63.

"We still have a chance. But we have to double our effort to accomplish our goal of entering the Final Four," said SSC mentor George Gallent, whose team will also face UPHR on Sept. 3.

LION
08-29-2007, 08:00 AM
SLAM DUNK FOR SAN BEDA



By DING MARCELO

SAN BEDA College may have sounded contrite and apologetic during yesterday’s press conference to end the standoff with the NCAA, but behind the backs of everyone, school officials are probably giving each other high fives and toasting one another with champagne.


Here are the major points in yesterday’s press con:

1) Yousif Aljamal will not be suspended by the NCAA.

2) San Beda will bench Aljamal in the team’s next two games as a sign of goodwill by the school.

3) San Beda has apologized for the problems the school caused as a result of the bad publicity and the temporary restraining order it obtained.

4) San Beda has told the court that it is withdrawing the TRO.

5) The NCAA is accepting the apology and says it’s time to move on.

And here’s what we think of this whole escapade:

1) That the NCAA has lost its self-respect and proved itself powerless to impose discipline on member schools.

2) That San Beda has set a precedent that any school can go to court and through intransigence and a TRO, can bring the NCAA and its policymaking bodies to their knees.

After days of stressing that San Beda’s top player had violated league rules and must be suspended, the NCAA policy board now says that the scandal was probably a result of a miscommunication. What a sad day for members of the management committee who had earlier decided to disqualify Aljamal only to be disowned by the policy board.

No question San Beda is the big winner in this row. It practically got everything it wanted in exchange for a worthless apology.

Its top player was not suspended and the school even managed to pull what appeared to be a public relations coup by deciding not to field Aljamal in the team’s next two games, as though this was an act of supreme sacrifice.

But here are the facts: At this stage of the eliminations, San Beda is already through to the Final Four and, in fact, enjoys a twice-to-beat advantage.

It can very well lose its next two games and it will have no effect at all on its title-retention bid.

But imagine if the situation had called for must-win games for San Beda, do you think it would still pull out Aljamal, the team’s best player and leader?

The NCAA wanted a swift and happy ending for the standoff, but it was only swift and happy for San Beda. Sadly, the NCAA is left with an empty bag, it’s disciplinary measures in tatters.

What the NCAA needs at this point are clear cut rules on issues such as those that arose from Aljamal’s applying in the PBA Draft.

The NCAA should pass a resolution automatically suspending a member school for a season or more, plus heavy fines, for bringing league matters to court. The NCAA members must also agree that all issues pertaining to the league must be resolved within the Policy Board, this way, San Beda’s legal action that nearly paralyzed the league will not happen again.

By the way, whatever happened to the point-saving case involving a College of St. Benilde player?

Maybe the guy has apologized and all is forgiven.

CPA_LLB
08-29-2007, 08:23 AM
^
This Ding Marcelo seems to be anti-San Beda and anti-NCAA at the same time. I thought i was reading an opinion piece rather than a news article.

Anyway, Aljamal for NCAA MVP! :)

CPA_LLB
08-29-2007, 10:12 AM
NCAA, San Beda reach compromise on Aljamal

Red Lions to freeze high-scorer until Final 4

By Marc Anthony Reyes
Inquirer
Last updated 03:32am (Mla time) 08/29/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- The San Beda College Red Lions and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) put the promise in compromise.

The school and the league finally came to terms Tuesday and quashed a lingering controversy in the most quirky of compromises: it included the non-mention of the word “suspension” when it came to Red Lions captain Yousif Aljamal.

The school also promised that they will no longer resort to the courts to resolve disagreements.

And after a storm that, among others, threatened to wipe out a season and sow the seeds of disunity among members of the country’s oldest varsity league, this is what will happen: Aljamal will miss San Beda’s last two games. But the NCAA will not refer to him as being suspended.

San Beda’s promise not to field Aljamal starts Wednesday, when the Lions face the University of Perpetual Help Altas at 2 p.m. at The Arena in San Juan City.

NCAA Policy Board president Vincent Fabella of Jose Rizal University and San Beda College rector and president Rev. Fr. Mateo de Jesus skirted the word “suspension” in Tuesday’s press conference at the ABS-CBN offices in Quezon City, referring instead to San Beda’s promise as an act of “wisdom.”

“San Beda sees the wisdom of not fielding Yousif Aljamal for the remaining games of the NCAA basketball eliminations,” said Fabella.

An act of goodwill

For his part, Fr. De Jesus stressed that “we have agreed not to play our player for the remaining two games. This is not a suspension but rather an act of goodwill to the NCAA.”

On top of this, San Beda apologized to the league “for whatever difficulties and bad publicity that may have arisen” from the temporary restraining order it obtained from the Manila Regional Trial Court.

“We have taken this painful but necessary step for the sake of the NCAA and our team; SBC is the only founding member of the NCAA [which] is still a member of the league,” said Fr. De Jesus. “If only for this historic tradition, SBC must demonstrate its commitment to the league.”

Aljamal’s absence will hardly hurt San Beda’s repeat bid. The Red Lions are already assured of a twice-to-beat edge in the Final Four.

The 6-foot-4 forward, who averages 16 points and nine rebounds a game, will return to action in the Final Four for the Red Lions.

The controversy stemmed from Aljamal’s decision to join the recent Philippine Basketball Association Draft without league permission. Though NCAA players sought written consent from the league in the past two seasons, there are no provisions requiring consent in the league by-laws.

Just the same, the NCAA management committee recommended that Aljamal -- picked 8th overall by Air 21 and then traded to Talk ‘N Text -- be suspended for the rest of the season.

The NCAA Policy Board was set to junk the recommendation in favor of a more lenient three-game penalty but San Beda obtained a 72-day TRO last Wednesday.

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/sports/view_article.php?article_id=85274

christian
08-29-2007, 10:32 AM
^^ Ok lang yan sir CPA_LLB, title pa lang ok na ok na ;)

gameface_one
08-30-2007, 09:17 AM
Bombers oust Stags, tow Cards to semis

By JOEY VILLAR
The Philippine Star

Jose Rizal battled back from 11 points down in the third quarter and made key stops in overtime to repulse San Sebastian, 80-73, Wednesday and barge into the Final Four for the first time in four years in the 83rd NCAA basketball tournament at the Arena in San Juan City.

James Sena scored four of his 18 points in the extra period as the Bombers completed the stirring come-from-behind win to clinch a semifinal berth with a 7-4 (win-loss) slate.

The victory also gave the idle Mapua Cardinals, who finished the elimination round with a 6-6 slate, a free ride to the next round.

“It’s a good feeling,” said Jose Rizal coach Ariel Vanguardia, also in his first Final Four stint since taking over from Cris Calilan last year.

Earlier, Nigerian Sam Ekwe posted his 10th straight double-double effort as the Yousif Aljamal-less San Beda whipped Perpetual Help, 96-79, to move closer to clinching the top spot with a 10-1 (win-loss) slate.

Ekwe scored a career-high 26 points, including 12 from the foul line, and hauled down 14 rebounds in a stint that more than made up for his forgettable performance against the Altas in the first round.

“He has practiced hard for this game, especially at the free throw line,” said San Beda coach Frankie Lim.

Aljamal, last year’s 2006 Finals MVP, didn’t see action in keeping with San Beda’s compromise agreement with the NCAA that it will sit out its top forward the rest of the elims.

San Sebastian took its seventh loss against four triumphs and missed the Final Four for the second straight season.

Gilbert Bulawan scattered eight points as the Stags, needing a victory to stay in the hunt, seized a 58-47 lead in the third period and appeared headed for the big victory.

But the Bombers uncorked an 8-0 run to close the quarter behind by just three points, 55-58.

Sena then pumped in six points late in regulation but Franz Delgado countered by scoring eight of his team-high 17 points to force the overtime.

magnum_motoki
08-31-2007, 05:11 AM
But here are the facts: At this stage of the eliminations, San Beda is already through to the Final Four and, in fact, enjoys a twice-to-beat advantage.

The NCAA wanted a swift and happy ending for the standoff, but it was only swift and happy for San Beda. Sadly, the NCAA is left with an empty bag, it’s disciplinary measures in tatters.

What the NCAA needs at this point are clear cut rules on issues such as those that arose from Aljamal’s applying in the PBA Draft.

Mr Ding, your "facts" seemed incomplete.... You forgot to mention among your facts that:

1. Based on the the suspension order handed by mancom against Aljamal is dated August 8, 2007, a lifetime away from the actual commission of his supposed crime of joining the draft.

2. There is a clear intention to deprive Aljamal and SBC to appeal the case since it was delivered to Aljamal a day before the team tussle against JRU, who incidentally also happens to be the host of this years NCAA and fighting at that time to secure a final four slot..

3. You shot yourself in foot, by after berating SBC for dragging the league to the courts, you turned around and admitted that the NCAA must issue clear-cut rules regarding joining similar drafts.....there you go....

The MANCOM erred by suspending Aljamal on shaky, loose grounds and the policy board opted to sing the same chorus by concurring the mancom's findings but shortening it after SBC secured a TRO.

That's why "Ding", it is unfair of you to berate us while sidestepping the very root cause of this mess.

Ok Ding?...... Ding! ;D

gameface_one
08-31-2007, 07:33 AM
Knights seek Final Four incentive vs Red Lions



Inquirer
Last updated 05:03am (Mla time) 08/31/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- Letran College shoots for the twice-to-beat incentive while San Beda College sans Yousif Aljamal seeks revenge.

Fired up by their respective missions, the Letran Knights and the San Beda Red Lions will be going all out on Friday when they clash in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

The 4 p.m. game is actually the first of two chances the second-running Knights (8-2) have to secure the twice-to-beat bonus earlier clinched by the Lions, who are on top of the heap at 10-l.

“This is a big game for us and, although we beat San Beda in the first round, we can never tell because San Beda is very tough ... even without Aljamal,” said Letran coach Louie Alas.

If they fail, the Knights get a last chance against the third-ranking Jose Rizal University (7-4) on Wednesday.

With San Beda promising not to field Aljamal in the wake of a recent controversy sparked by the Red Lion star joining the PBA draft without league permission, the Knights enjoy a strong chance of repeating their 70-69 triumph in their first meeting.

San Beda coach Frankie Lim admitted that it’s a tough assignment for the Red Lions.

Opting for speed, San Beda’s guards and small forwards started with Sam Ekwe against University of Perpetual Help in an effort to prepare against Letran’s vaunted open-court game.

Meanwhile, the league, bracing for a highly physical game on Friday, ordered NCAA commissioner Chito Narvasa to discipline erring players.

To avert trouble in or out of the court, the commissioner can eject any player slapped with a flagrant foul. Marc Anthony Reyes

CPA_LLB
08-31-2007, 08:11 AM
Meanwhile, the league, bracing for a highly physical game on Friday, ordered NCAA commissioner Chito Narvasa to discipline erring players.
To avert trouble in or out of the court, the commissioner can eject any player slapped with a flagrant foul.



Curiously, no such order was made by the league and no similar action taken by the NCAA Commissioner against the players of JRU for their flagrant fouls against SBC. No player was ejected for their the hard fouls against SBC. Wait, the coaches were warned about the press-con incident after the game!

Another pre-emptive strike against San Beda. It's a message to our players that they should watch out because the refs will be extra strict.

LION
08-31-2007, 09:46 AM
Mark Pradas and Gilbert Bulawan nearly traded blows in the JRU vs. SSC game last Wednesday ala kanto style. Pradas was about to throw a right haymaker against Bulawan but the referee was able to get hold of Pradas' right arm thus preventing him from hitting Bulawan and averting another Rudy Tomjanovich type of injury. After that, the protagonists taunted each other and continued their fighting stance.

I thought that these two thugs would be ejected from the game but to my horror, Chito Narvasa motioned the refs to let the 2 play after they were made to shake hands. Pradas and Bulawan were merely given technical fouls. ::) ::) ::)

Howard the Duck
08-31-2007, 11:13 PM
Letran, San Beda rumble in post- game

Violence ensued at the San Beda Red Lions-San Juan de Letran Knights game after both teams exchanged blows Friday after their match at the Araneta Coliseum, ABS-CBN News reported.

The fight happened after the Red Lions won over the Knights, 87-84. The report said that since the first half of the game, San Beda have been taunting players of Letran.

After the game, the coaching staff of Letran approached the bench of San Beda which caused the two sides to clash. The report said both sides were hurling objects and punches.

The National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) has yet to issue a statement on the matter.

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryID=90650

abcdboy
09-01-2007, 12:10 AM
http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=sports1_sept1_2007

Lions keep no. 1 spot

By Peter Atencio

SPORTING a mohawk haircut, Ogie Menor matched his fierce look with a mean game, leading defending champion San Beda College to an 87-84 victory over a gutsy Letran side as the Red Lions formally clinched the no. 1 spot in the Final Four yesterday in the 83rd National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.

Menor, who finished with a game-high 21 points, took over in the key stretches of the game after 6’8” Nigerian Sam Ekwe went into foul trouble, scoring the baskets that mattered most in the rugged game marred by a brawl involving supporters of both schools.

The free-for-all spilled from the gallery and into the Big Dome’s parking grounds. Three Letran cagers were later reported injured in the melee.

As the no. 1 team in the semis, the Red Lions, who finished the elimination round with an 11-1 mark, will clash against the Mapua Cardinals, who is ranked fourth, and need only to win once to advance to the finals by virtue of their twice-to-beat advantage.

“We’re back to no. 1. I`m so proud of the guys. They’ve exerted a lot of effort and they have overachieved because they know they’ll be playing without Yousif [Aljamal] in their last two games,” said Lim.

The brawl started when San Beda fans taunted Letran supporters after the Red Lions won the game, prompting the coliseum’s security people to arrest five fans. Letran assistant coaches Tino Pinat and Mel Alas were also seen rushing to the stands, apparently to retaliate against some San Beda supporters.

NCAA Mancom chief Paul Supan said they will investigate the incident and will impose sanctions against erring individuals.

In juniors’ play, Leeward Lobaton scored on a jumper in the dying seconds to lift the San Beda Red Cubs to a 98-96 win over the Letran Squires.

The Red Cubs thus arranged a semis match-up with the Squires’ as the no. 3 team on a 6-4 (won-lost) card, with the Squires keeping their no. 2 spot on a 7-3 card.

Earlier, Ken Agovida scored 30 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to

lead the JRU light Bombers past La Salle Greenhills, 86-70.

danny
09-01-2007, 01:37 AM
Finals na to!

gameface_one
09-01-2007, 09:14 AM
Lions secure Final Four top seeding

By JOEY VILLAR
The Philippine Star

San Beda leaned on former high school teammates Rogemar Menor, Borgie Hermida and Jay-R Taganas as it survived Letran in a fight-marred 87-84 victory Friday to clinch the top seeding in the Final Four of the 83rd NCAA basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.

Menor, Taganas and Hermida, who won a pair of NCAA junior titles during their Red Cubs days, combined for all but two of their team’s 19 fourth quarter points as the Lions roared to their 11th win against a loss to arrange an interesting Final Four duel with the Mapua Cardinals.

The Knights actually had a chance to force an overtime but Dino Daa’s three-point attempt at the buzzer bounced off the rim, triggering a wild celebration by the Lions on and off the court.

“I’m proud of my boys, they showed a lot of effort in getting this win,” said San Beda coach Frankie Lim, bidding to steer the school to its second straight title on his first year as coach.

But a post-game brawl marred the duel between the league’s top two teams as Letran assistant coaches Mel Alas and Tino Pinat slugged it out with some irate San Beda fans at the back of Letran’s bench before security personnel stepped in.

Management Committee chair Paul Supan of Jose Rizal said they will investigate the matter and will come up with a decision that could lead to possible suspension of Alas, brother of Letran mentor Louie, and Pinat.

“We will definitely act on it,” said Supan.

A former high school MVP, Menor exploded with 21 points, two points shy of his season best, while Hermida fired his season-high 17 he highlighted with a triple with 33.5 seconds to go that gave San Beda enough cushion to hold off the Knights’ repeated comebacks.

“He’s really one hell of a player, he’s a gem,” said Lim of Menor.

RJ Jazul led all scorers with 23 points, including six of the Knights’ 11 triples, but they proved not enough to avert Letran’s third loss in 11 outings.

gameface_one
09-01-2007, 09:15 AM
NCAA Impact Players
Bill Velasco
Philstar.com






The teams in the NCAA are wrapping up their regular season assignments, and the Final Four has already been determined, save for the final order. Already booked are San Beda College, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Jose Rizal University and Mapua Institute of Technology.

Who are the impact players of each team? Who has made a difference this season? Who would deserve to be named to an All-Star Game?

Sam Ekwe and Pong Escobal, San Beda Red Lions. Ekwe was already physically superior to his peers last season. This year, he has gradually worked on his game, and become one of only two players averaging a double-double in the league. Slowly, he has also become a better free throw shooter. His career-high 26 points against Perpetual Help was a warning shot. If he controls his temper, he will have one less major flaw in his game.

Escobal, meanwhile, has not had a bad game all season long. He was revelation last season. And, save for some shaky moments after being given a hard foul in the first quarter of the last JRU game, he has been steady, from the outside and from the line. Once his ballhandling becomes more consistent and he starts slashing more, he will be a prime commodity for the pros.

JR Sena and Marvin Hayes, Jose Rizal University. In varying degrees, these two front-liners have been the major difference between for the Heavy Bombers this year. Hayes, at a mere 6’1”, has averaged double figures in points and rebounds, and JRU runs no plays for him. All his stats come from his own hard work in following shots and boxing out much bigger players.

But the big difference for JRU this season has been Sena. When he plays well (and he has for most of the season), the Heavy Bombers win. At the start of the season, they struggled as the 6’5” center wasn’t a hundred percent because of a leg injury. Under Ariel Vanguardia’s tutelage, Sena has become adept in the pivot, with a tough fallaway and consistent jump hook. As an example, look at their last game, an overtime squeaker that ousted San Sebastian College. Sena was 3 for 19 from the floor until late in the fourth, and they almost lost. He scored two baskets and rebounded well in overtime, and they win. They have the guards to run, but without Sena, you don’t have the ball to run with.

Sean Co and Kelvin dela Peña, Mapua. Co has been a workhorse, and it has taken its toll on him at the end of games. Although there are some stretches when he coasts to save energy, Co is definitely a tough match-up for other guards with his size. He also consistently hits his three-pointer, and runs the floor well. But what makes Co such a threat is that he is able to drive to the basket against smaller defenders, creating problems for opposing centers, as well. If his endurance improves (because he knows he’ll get playing time), he will be an even bigger threat.

KC dela Peña is a changed man this season. Less hot-tempered and going along better with the flow of the game. He has also bulked up and transformed into an outstanding rebounder for a guard. At a shade over 6’1”, dela Peña started the season coming off the bench, then earned a starter’s spot late in the first round. He also hits big shots and starts rallies for his team. Most of all, he wears his heart on his sleeve, and brings a tremendous lift to the unit on the floor. Leadership has become a big plus.

Jason Ballesteros and Jim Viray, San Sebastian College. At 6’7” and with long arms, Ballesteros developed into a decent low-post threat and tremendous shot-blocker. Although his footwork needs improvement, and his upper body could stand to gain a few pounds of bulk, Ballesteros is now a threat to be contended with. Once he overcomes his propensity for committing early fouls, he will stay in the game longer, and his value will increase exponentially.

Viray was the key to the success of San Sebastian this season. He could ignite his team with high-flying left-handed dunks. Partly because of the inconsistent play of the guards (who gave up a league-leading ton of turnovers), Viray has been known to disappear during games. But make no mistake, given better support, he will be a college superstar soon.

There are big games left in the NCAA post-season, and many of the players here will still have a chance to leave their stamp on your memory. Don’t miss the chance.

danny
09-02-2007, 01:39 AM
Sports
Letran asst coaches reprimanded
By Joey Villar
Sunday, September 2, 2007
Letran assistant coaches Mel Alas and Kris Reyes were issued stern warning by the NCAA management committee for fighting it out with fans after their team, the Letran Knights, lost to the San Beda Red Lions, 84-87, Friday at the Araneta Coliseum.

“Actually I inhibited myself from the meeting last night (Friday) because we’re facing Letran on Monday,” said Mancom chairman Paul Supan of Jose Rizal who nonetheless revealed the warning given the erring Letran assistant coaches.

“Mancom vice chair Ding Lozano of Mapua presided over the meeting and based on what he told me, the assistant coaches who figured in the fight were sternly warned,” Supan added.

The league is also implementing tighter security measures following the Friday incident.

“We’ll look for added security from both our side and the venue,” said Supan.

Mancom member Henry Atayde of St. Benilde said they had identified some rowdy fans and have banned them from entering any NCAA-sanctioned events.

“We have the right to refuse them,” said Atayde.

A week ago, coaches Frankie Lim of San Beda and Ariel Vanguardia of Jose Rizal were also warned for nearly coming to blows right after their bruising match at The Arena in San Juan. Another infraction would mean automatic one-game suspension.

The fight started when Alas, brother of Letran mentor Louie Alas, and Reyes charged to the gallery to confront jeering San Beda fans.Irate fans from both camps joined the melee, engaging in a debris pelting incident that lasted for about 10 minutes.

“From now on, we will have watchers. Whoever will be caught throwing anything inside the court will be immediately taken out of the venue, we don’t want trouble makers in this league,” said Supan.

http://philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=49&type=2&sec=30&aid=20070901159

danny
09-02-2007, 01:47 AM
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NO SUSPENSION, THOUGH
NCAA warns coaches for taking part in riot



09/02/2007

Two assistant coaches from Colegio de San Juan de Letran yesterday received slaps on the wrist from the management committee (Mancom) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for their involvement in an endgame fight following the Knights’ 87-84 defeat at the hands of the San Beda Red Lions on Friday.

Paul Supan of host Jose Rizal University, the Mancom chairman, said Letran assistant coaches Mel Alas and Kris Reyes were given “stern warning” for their participation in the endgame fight with student-fans.
San Beda fans were said to have pelted the court with coins and debris soon after the match, resulting in fights between fans and some officials from both teams.

League officials have tried to intervene but to no avail.

According to brief statement from the NCAA, Chito Narvasa, found Reyes and Alas were involved in the fight after they were provoked by several fans. The two officials were seen participating in the fight at the gallery of the Araneta Coliseum.

Narvasa, however, did not issue suspensions. His decision was upheld by the Mancom.

The NCAA also banned the “troublemakers” who started the fight from watching future NCAA games.
The Mancom also vowed to implement tighter security measures in its next games, both at the Araneta Coliseum and The Arena in San Juan.

The incident added another blot to the league after one player from College of St. Benilde and several other personalities were arrested for alleged involvement in illegal gambling.

Then, just last week, San Beda officials threatened to withdraw form the league after the Mancom suspended ace Lion Yousif Aljamal for taking part in the recent Philippine Basketball Association draft without seeking permission from the NCAA.

The issue, however, was settled following the mediation by officials of television network ABS-CBN.

http://www.tribune.net.ph/sports/20070902spo1.html

danny
09-02-2007, 01:59 AM
Menor Lions major cog in NCAA

Sunday, September 2, 2007
When San Beda downed Letran, 87-84, the other day to formally clinch the No. 1 spot in the Final Four, one of the players who delivered solid numbers for the Red Lions was third year forward Ogie Menor.

Menor scored 21 points, including a layup that kept the Red Lions ahead, 82-77, while adding six rebounds and three assists.

For his heads-up plays last Friday, Menor earned recognition as the NCAA Press Corps-Anta Player of the Week.

San Beda coach Frankie Lim was all praises for his versatile forward, who also had 15 points and four boards in a 96-79 win opposite Perpetual Help last Wednesday.

“He really gave us a big lift. With Yousif (Aljamal) out, Ogie was one of the players who really stepped up. He’s really capable of leading this team,” said Lim.

The Red Lions’ win against their archrival Knights assured them the No.1 spot in the semifinals as they finished the elimination phase with an 11-1 win-loss record.

“Hopefully Ogie will again step up with solid numbers in the semifinals. We need him both on defense and offense,” added Lim. – Joey Villar

http://philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=49&type=2&sec=30&aid=20070901160

danny
09-02-2007, 02:00 AM
NCAA writers pick Menor for Anta honor



09/02/2007

When San Beda downed Letran, 87-84, the other day to fomally clinch the No. 1 spot in the Final Four, one of the players who delivered solid numbers for the Red Lions was third year forward Ogie Menor.

Menor scored 21 points, including a layup that kept the Red Lions ahead, 82-77, while adding six rebounds and three assists.

For his heads-up plays last Friday, Menor earned the recognition as the NCAA Press Corps-Anta Player of the Week.

San Beda coach Frankie Lim was all praises for his versatile forward, who also had 15 points and four boards in a 96-79 win opposite Perpetual Help last Wednesday.

“He really gave us a big lift. With Yousif (Aljamal) out, Ogie was one of the players who really stepped up. He’s really capable of leading this team,” Lim said.

The Red Lions’ win against their archrival Knights assured them the No.1 spot in the semifinals as they finished the elimination phase with an 11-1 win-loss record.

“Hopefully Ogie will again step up with solid numbers in the semifinals. We need him both on defense and offense,” Lim added.

http://www.tribune.net.ph/sports/20070902spo5.html

gameface_one
09-02-2007, 08:43 AM
Letran assistant coaches reprimanded

By JOEY VILLAR
The Philippine Star

Letran assistant coaches Mel Alas and Kris Reyes were issued stern warning by the NCAA management committee for fighting it out with fans after their team, the Letran Knights, lost to the San Beda Red Lions, 84-87, Friday at the Araneta Coliseum.

“Actually I inhibited myself from the meeting Friday because we’re facing Letran on Monday,” said Mancom chairman Paul Supan of Jose Rizal who nonetheless revealed the warning given the erring Letran assistant coaches.

“Mancom vice chair Ding Lozano of Mapua presided over the meeting and based on what he told me, the assistant coaches who figured in the fight were sternly warned,” Supan added.

The league is also implementing tighter security measures following the Friday incident.

“We’ll look for added security from both our side and the venue,” said Supan.

Mancom member Henry Atayde of St. Benilde said they had identified some rowdy fans and have banned them from entering any NCAA-sanctioned events.

“We have the right to refuse them,” said Atayde.

A week ago, coaches Frankie Lim of San Beda and Ariel Vanguardia of Jose Rizal were also warned for nearly coming to blows right after their bruising match at The Arena in San Juan. Another infraction would mean automatic one-game suspension.

The fight started when Alas, brother of Letran mentor Louie Alas, and Reyes charged to the gallery to confront jeering San Beda fans.

Irate fans from both camps joined the melee, engaging in a debris pelting incident that lasted for about 10 minutes.

“From now on, we will have watchers. Whoever will be caught throwing anything inside the court will be immediately taken out of the venue, we don’t want trouble makers in this league,” said Supan.

gameface_one
09-02-2007, 08:45 AM
Lions’ Menor collars Anta plum



Inquirer
Last updated 05:32am (Mla time) 09/02/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- When San Beda downed Letran, 87-84, the other day to formally clinch the No. 1 spot in the Final Four, one of the players who delivered solid numbers for the Red Lions was third-year forward Ogie Menor.

Menor scored 21 points, including a layup that kept the Red Lions ahead, 82-77, while adding six rebounds and three assists.

For his heads-up play last Friday, Menor earned recognition as the NCAA Press Corps-Anta Player of the Week.

San Beda coach Frankie Lim was all praises for his versatile forward, who also had 15 points and four boards in a 96-79 win opposite Perpetual Help last Wednesday.

“He really gave us a big lift. With Yousif (Aljamal) out, Ogie was one of the players who really stepped up. He’s really capable of leading this team,” said Lim.

The Red Lions’ win against the Knights assured them of the No. 1 spot in the semifinals as they finished the elimination phase with an 11-1 win-loss record.

gameface_one
09-03-2007, 07:32 AM
Knights eye bonus vs Bombers



Inquirer
Last updated 03:08am (Mla time) 09/03/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- Whatever happens, they will still clash for the right to be in the NCAA men’s basketball finals.

But Letran College hopes to exploit its better placing to the hilt in its bid for the second Final Four incentive against Jose Rizal University at 4 p.m. Monday at the Arena in San Juan City.

With a second-running 8-3 card behind top semifinalist and defending champion San Beda College (11-1), Letran automatically grabs the twice-to-beat bonus with a win over JRU (7-4).

If the JRU Bombers prevail, they end up tied with the Letran Knights at 8-4 and a playoff will be held this Friday to decide who gets the No. 2 slot and the semifinal incentive.

Letran, still smarting from an 87-84 loss to San Beda last Friday, will be shooting to avenge a 79-75 defeat to JRU in the first round.

“We will be motivated by our desire to clinch the No. 2 spot,” said Letran coach Louie Alas.

San Sebastian College and University of Perpetual Help play their last game of the season, disputing fifth place overall earlier at 2 p.m. Marc Anthony Reyes

gameface_one
09-04-2007, 07:43 AM
Knights go through wringer, nail No. 2 spot


By JOEY VILLAR

The Philippine Star



Letran survived Jose Rizal University’s trapping defense and went to RJ Jazul in the closing minutes to pull off a scrambling 74-71 victory Monday and clinch the No. 2 spot for the twice-to-beat advantage in their Final Four duel in the 83rd NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.



Reymar Gutilban, a transferee from San Beda, topscored for the Knights with 20 points but it was the 21-year-old Jazul who made the key baskets in the fourth quarter as the Knights closed out the two-round elims with a 9-3 (win-loss) card.



“RJ Jazul made the biggest baskets of the game and he was our leader out there,” said Letran coach Louie Alas, whose wards built leads of as many as 17 points midway in the fourth only to waver in the face of the Bombers’ full-court press.



The Knights and the Bombers, who wound up with a 7-5 slate, will face each other again in the Final Four on Sept. 12 at the Araneta Coliseum with the former needing only a win to clinch their third straight championship appearance.



Top seed San Beda faces No. 4 Mapua (6-6) in the other semis showdown.



Up by 17 points early in the last period, the Knights suddenly sputtered as the Bombers shackled their rivals’ ball carriers to force a series of turnovers while fueling a 15-2 run that cut the deficit to four, 55-59, with three minutes left in the contest.



But Jazul, left open by JRU’s double-teaming defense, came through with a booming trey from the right corner and then followed it up with a lay-up in a 30-second stretch of brilliance to give the Knights another nine-point cushion.



The Bombers actually struck back for one last time at 63-66 on a six-point blitz by Mark Cagoco but Jazul and Gutilban steadied on the foul line to preserve the win for the Knights.



“It was a scary win,” said Alas, who avenged his team’s 75-79 loss to Jose Rizal in the first round last July 20.



Earlier, Michael Kong and Virgilio Manuel took over in the fourth quarter as Perpetual Help completed a come-from-behind 89-78 victory over San Sebastian to tie its victim for fifth on 4-8 (win-loss) slates.

oca
09-04-2007, 04:13 PM
Merong 8-day lull.

The Juniors semis sched has been moved to the same day the Seniors. Next playday, first game of the semis, will be on September 12, this I was told. Yung exact time and order of games will be announced later.

UAAP muna... pero boring ang Juniors duon, eh! ;D

LION
09-05-2007, 09:32 AM
SIDELINE SLANTS
By Rene Saguisag

We may have a problem



I like to recall the rivalry of old between San Beda and Letran of yore but not in every way. I remember what a “double victory” gloriously meant in the old days but there is a dolorous downside to nostalgia which may come back to haunt us. The rowdy behavior of partisans eventually led to the league’s suspension and the departure of Ateneo and La Salle which eventually joined the UAAP.

In 1978, San Beda beat Ateneo for the title in a closed-door championship which we only saw on national TV. The hooliganism had gone out of hand.

Last year, many games were held in nearby Ninoy Aquino Stadium, enabling me conveniently to see a good number of them. It was all pleasantness, bonhomie and goodwill. The venue shifted to Araneta in the run-up for the title and there was some ugliness in the deportment of a few Bedan fans—who were generally well-behaved—toward the badly outnumbered PCU partisans. The dissing was tolerable but the downright taunting of PCU star Gabby Espinas I found in doubtful taste. This is something we don’t look forward to. We hope there won’t be any recurrence of the post-fight incident following the game last Friday between San Beda and Letran when feelings ran high.

Yousif Aljamal was sought to be banned for the season for a harmless failure to seek permission to join the PBA draft. Yet, a violent attack by coaches was the subject of a mere reprimand. Players were also involved in the assault, I was told, and this should be probed further. We get more of what we don’t punish.

The resolution of the Yousif Aljamal brouhaha was probably the best way out of a mess where the fault was arguably on more than one side. San Beda apologized. Reports on how Letran voted were not helpful. It did not apologize for its attack, either.

San Juan with its narrow streets is a long, long way from Palanan, Makati, so I have had to watch the NCAA on TV. The game between the Cubs and the Squires astounded me because both teams scored nearly a hundred points each, 98-96, while it was only 87-84 in the seniors’ game. It was a shootout.

The Cubs’ winning play was a study in poise. A fake, lumipad, one dribble to the left, and the winner. This meant that there was awareness of the time—a slow 1001, 1002, 1003, etc.—which was down to .5 when the unhurried deciding shot was fired. What if time had expired without a getting a shot off? As it happened, it was pure poetry in motion.

That very night, I went to Bykes for some dancing. Someone I met for the first time, not a Bedan, discussed the Cubs, giving me details such as those about the kid from the South (Leeward Lobaton) who took the winning shot. This remains a basketball-crazy country and nothing beats school hoops for bonding and excitement. But, no one should want trouble. Still, like the old Romans would say, if you want peace, you prepare for war.

If other teams and fans start anything, we may want to follow the example of the University of North Alabama in Florence, whose two mascots are siblings Una and Leo. Maybe next time instead of the Little Indians, we can have two lions parading at halftime. The only thing is that Una and Leo cost $1.3 million and their annual upkeep is $35,000. Maybe Smart’s Manny V. Pangilinan can take care of the former while Globe’s Rudy Salalima deals with the latter.

If we bring out real lions in the Final Four, would that make everyone and his mom behave?

If the hooliganism and even the taunting go out of hand, the NCAA may again disappear. Violence, specially on the part of officials and players, is just reprimanded, when there is no apology even? Houston, we may have a problem.

CPA_LLB
09-05-2007, 01:12 PM
SIDELINE SLANTS
By Rene Saguisag

We may have a problem

Yousif Aljamal was sought to be banned for the season for a harmless failure to seek permission to join the PBA draft. Yet, a violent attack by coaches was the subject of a mere reprimand. Players were also involved in the assault, I was told, and this should be probed further. We get more of what we don’t punish.

The resolution of the Yousif Aljamal brouhaha was probably the best way out of a mess where the fault was arguably on more than one side. San Beda apologized. Reports on how Letran voted were not helpful. It did not apologize for its attack, either.

If the hooliganism and even the taunting go out of hand, the NCAA may again disappear. Violence, specially on the part of officials and players, is just reprimanded, when there is no apology even? Houston, we may have a problem.



Amen :)

danny
09-06-2007, 02:25 AM
Aye!

full battle gear
09-06-2007, 03:39 AM
Sports
Red Lions not taking Cardinals lightly in Final Four
www.philstar.com


Thursday, September 6, 2007

Despite its impressive performance in the elims, San Beda remains wary of Mapua as the Red Lions gear up for their keenly awaited showdown with the Cardinals at the start of the Final Four of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament next week.

“I remember saying in the press conference that Mapua is going to go far this season,” said San Beda coach Frankie Lim, who steered the Mendiola-based quintet to an 11-1 (win-loss) slate and three wins away from a back-to-back crown.

The Lions clinched the top seeding in the Final Four after holding off the Letran Knights, 87-84, paving the way for their match up with the Cardinals, who swept their last four games to snatch the fourth and last semis seat.

Although Mapua’s elimination round record of 6-6 paled in comparison to San Beda’s near-flawless card, the Cardinals proved they’re a force to reckon with as they fought back from the back of the pack to the No. 4 spot.

The Cardinals’ four-game romp included an 89-82 triumph over the Knights last Aug. 8.

Mapua coach Leo Isaac, however, downplayed the team’s chances and stressed that San Beda remains the team to beat this season.

“It’s nice to hear that he (Lim) thinks highly of us,” said Isaac, who won a championship with the Intramuros-based school in 1981.

“But I still think they’re heavily favored to beat us because we’re the underdogs here,” Isaac said.

Truly, with the likes of Nigerian behemoth Sam Ekwe and Yousif Aljamal plus the combination of Rogemar Menor, Pong Escobal and Borgie Hermida in the fold, the Lions looked awesome and fearsome. – Joey Villar

full battle gear
09-06-2007, 03:47 AM
In-form Cardinals hope to ride NC momentum

By Marc Anthony Reyes
Inquirer
Last updated 06:36am (Mla time) 09/05/2007

MANILA, Philippines -- The Mapua Institute of Technology Cardinals, the team that looked as if it would go down for the count, is up in the Final Four. Yes, the Final Four. And even coach Leo Isaac was surprised.

“I must admit that I wasn’t expecting to make it to the Final Four right away, considering that we only started our preparations mid February,” he said.

Isaac said he came on board for a three-year program with wingmen Neil Pascual, Sean Co and Kelvin dela Peña as the key holdovers. He inherited a team lacking in height but rich in experience.

“I was the only one new in the team,” said Isaac, who powered the Cardinals to the 1981 championship and was rewarded the MVP plum for it.

The Cardinals, who in the pre-season replaced Horacio Lim with Isaac at the helm, also didn’t get the best start of the season, losing three straight before hacking out their first win, an 86-80 decision over Jose Rizal University, last July 6.

At 2-6 though at the height of the second round, Mapua pulled a coup of sorts by downing Letran College (89-82) last Aug. 8. That upset win triggered the season’s hottest finish -- a four-game swirl that propelled them to the next round.

It was the second straight Final Four appearance for the Cardinals, who last won the championship via a back-to-back in 1990 and 1991 when the likes of Benny Cheng and Randy Alcantara formed the backbone of the squad.

But amid the streak, the boosted morale and the soaring confidence comes this reality check: Mapua will take on overwhelming favorite San Beda in the Final Four with the Red Lions even enjoying the twice-to-beat incentive.

“We will just give it our best,” said Isaac.

It will take the best that the Cardinals can give to forge an upset. Because the Lions have proven to be a tough not to crack for Mapua.

San Beda won both teams’ meetings in the elimination round, beating Mapua, 89-75, last July 27 and 87-77 last July 4 with Sam Ekwe frozen by a one-game suspension.

And it looks like the Cardinals will try to ride momentum in hopes of pulling off an upset.

“The boys’ morale is high because of our four-game winning run at the end of the eliminations,” said Isaac.

KingRedLion
09-10-2007, 03:21 PM
SIDELINE SLANTS
By Rene Saguisag

We may have a problem



I like to recall the rivalry of old between San Beda and Letran of yore but not in every way. I remember what a “double victory” gloriously meant in the old days but there is a dolorous downside to nostalgia which may come back to haunt us. The rowdy behavior of partisans eventually led to the league’s suspension and the departure of Ateneo and La Salle which eventually joined the UAAP.

In 1978, San Beda beat Ateneo for the title in a closed-door championship which we only saw on national TV. The hooliganism had gone out of hand.

Last year, many games were held in nearby Ninoy Aquino Stadium, enabling me conveniently to see a good number of them. It was all pleasantness, bonhomie and goodwill. The venue shifted to Araneta in the run-up for the title and there was some ugliness in the deportment of a few Bedan fans—who were generally well-behaved—toward the badly outnumbered PCU partisans. The dissing was tolerable but the downright taunting of PCU star Gabby Espinas I found in doubtful taste. This is something we don’t look forward to. We hope there won’t be any recurrence of the post-fight incident following the game last Friday between San Beda and Letran when feelings ran high.

Yousif Aljamal was sought to be banned for the season for a harmless failure to seek permission to join the PBA draft. Yet, a violent attack by coaches was the subject of a mere reprimand. Players were also involved in the assault, I was told, and this should be probed further. We get more of what we don’t punish.

The resolution of the Yousif Aljamal brouhaha was probably the best way out of a mess where the fault was arguably on more than one side. San Beda apologized. Reports on how Letran voted were not helpful. It did not apologize for its attack, either.

San Juan with its narrow streets is a long, long way from Palanan, Makati, so I have had to watch the NCAA on TV. The game between the Cubs and the Squires astounded me because both teams scored nearly a hundred points each, 98-96, while it was only 87-84 in the seniors’ game. It was a shootout.

The Cubs’ winning play was a study in poise. A fake, lumipad, one dribble to the left, and the winner. This meant that there was awareness of the time—a slow 1001, 1002, 1003, etc.—which was down to .5 when the unhurried deciding shot was fired. What if time had expired without a getting a shot off? As it happened, it was pure poetry in motion.

That very night, I went to Bykes for some dancing. Someone I met for the* first time, not a Bedan, discussed the Cubs, giving me details such as those about the kid from the South (Leeward Lobaton) who took the winning shot. This remains a basketball-crazy country and nothing beats school hoops for bonding and excitement. But, no one should want trouble. Still, like the old Romans would say, if you want peace, you prepare for war.

If other teams and fans start anything, we may want to follow the example of the University of North Alabama in Florence, whose two mascots are siblings Una and Leo. Maybe next time instead of the Little Indians, we can have two lions parading at halftime. The only thing is that Una and Leo cost $1.3 million and their annual upkeep is $35,000. Maybe Smart’s Manny V. Pangilinan can take care of the former while Globe’s Rudy Salalima deals with the latter.

If we bring out real lions in the Final Four, would that make everyone and his mom behave?

If the hooliganism and even the taunting go out of hand, the NCAA may again disappear. Violence, specially on the part of officials and players, is just reprimanded, when there is no apology even? Houston, we may have a problem.




right on the jugular! but of course, with class...

Animo San Beda!

gameface_one
09-11-2007, 07:35 AM
Final 4: Don’t count Cards, Bombers out


By JOEY VILLAR

The Philippine Star



Ranged against rivals enjoying twice-to-beat edge, Jose Rizal University and Mapua remain upbeat of their chances against fancied Letran and San Beda, respectively, when the Final Four of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is held Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.



“It’s no secret that Letran is the more experienced team and the best defensive squad in the last four seasons so it’s really going to be hard for us to beat them,” said Ariel Vanguardia in Monday’s press conference at the Kamayan Restaurant in Edsa.



“But if we can find a way to make our shots and stay focused throughout, we’ll have a shot at beating them,” he added.



Leo Isaac also expressed confidence of his wards’ chances to spring a surprise against the defending champions.



“It’s a fact that San Beda is heavily favored to repeat this year. But if luck sides with us, maybe we’ll have a chance to pull of a surprise,” Isaac said.



The Heavy Bombers finished third with a 7-5 (win-loss) slate while the Cardinals rallied from back of the pack to wind up fourth with a 6-6 record as they drew up a pair of duels with the No. 2 Letran Knights and the top seeded Lions, respectively.



The Bombers and the Cardinals need to beat their opponents twice to make the best-of-three finals starting on Sept. 19. Game 2 is on Sept. 26 while a winner-take-all match, if necessary will be played on Sept. 28.



“Although I’m not thinking that far because our hands are full against Letran, I can see Mapua pulling off a possible upset,” Vanguardia said.



Curiously, San Beda’s Frankie Lim and Letran’s Louie Alas failed to show up in Monday’s Final Four media meeting.



Lim, who steered the Lions to the top with an 11-1 record after the elimination round, was with the Talk n Text team playing a pre-season PBA game while Alas, who powered the Muralla-based quintet to titles in 1998, 2003 and 2005, was indisposed.



“We’re expecting the worst and hoping for the best,” said Lim’s assistant JV Sison.

gameface_one
09-11-2007, 07:43 AM
NCAA beefs up security
mb.com.ph





TO AVOID a repetition of an ugly incident that marred the recent San Beda-Letran game, the NCAA Management Committee will implement strict security measures at the start of the Final Four of the NCAA basketball tournament tomorrow at the Araneta Coliseum.


Aside from the Coliseum’s security personnel and several officers from adjacent police stations, Mancom will also hire a private security agency — the one that employs bodybuilders and martial arts experts — to guarantee a peaceful Final Four and championship series.

Upon the request of Mancom officials who are expecting more heated matches, Araneta Coliseum management has agreed to beef up its security force by adding 60 more personnel.

"The NCAA has vowed not to have the same occurrence of the previous game we had (at the Araneta)," said MANCOM chairman Paul Supan of host Jose Rizal University during the NCAA Final Four press conference at the Kamayan Restaurant in EDSA.

Supan was referring to an incident where members of the Letran coaching staff and several San Beda supporters figured in a fistfight right after their Aug. 31 game which saw the Red Lions win, 87-84.

The NCAA Final Four will have defending champion and No.1 seed San Beda facing No.4 seed Mapua at 4 p.m., while No. 2 seed Letran meets No.3 seed JRU at 2 p.m.

For finishing 1-2 after the elimination phase, both the Red Lions and the Knights will enjoy twice-to-beat incentives against their respective opponents.

The fans who participated in the fight are already barred from watching the games but the members of the Letran coaching staff escaped suspension from Mancom.

gameface_one
09-12-2007, 09:35 AM
NCAA Final 4 showdowns begin

Red Lions battle Cards; Knights take on Bombers

By Marc Anthony Reyes
Inquirer
Last updated 03:53am (Mla time) 09/12/2007


GAMES WEDNESDAY (Araneta Coliseum)
10 a.m. – Letran vs San Beda (Jrs)
12 noon -- San Sebastian vs Jose Rizal (Jrs)
2 p.m. -- Letran vs Jose Rizal (Srs)
4 p.m. -- San Beda vs Mapua (Srs)

MANILA, Philippines -- Having accomplished what he set out to do in the first place, Mapua Institute of Technology basketball coach Leo Isaac has little pretensions going into the NCAA Final Four.

“Let’s not fool ourselves,” said the former league MVP. “Back in our days in the 1980s, when we dominated the eliminations, we ended up winning the title.”

“That was our time,” added Isaac. “Now it’s their (San Beda’s) time.”

But the Cardinals, despite achieving their preseason goal of making the Final Four right on Isaac’s maiden year as head coach, are not saying they will simply march into the Araneta Coliseum Wednesday and willingly play the role of Lion fodder.

“We will fight and try to beat San Beda and then we’ll see what happens next,” said Mapua skipper Sean Co, who accompanied Isaac during Monday’s press conference among Final Four contenders.

Red Lions coach Frankie Lim didn’t attend the session but sent assistant JB Sison and team captain Yousif Aljamal on his behalf.

“We learned from what happened last year, we can’t take Mapua lightly,” said Aljamal, who will see action after sitting out the last two games of the eliminations.

The PBA-bound forward, who was front and center of a controversy that rocked the league this season, was referring to the 2006 season when the Lions struggled to beat the Cardinals in the first game of the Final Four.

At any rate, defending champion San Beda has a trump card -- a twice-to-beat advantage -- to flash against Mapua, having finished the eliminations on top of everyone else.

It’s the same edge second-ranked Letran College will carry against Jose Rizal University in the other semifinal match. Although for the Bombers, that twice-to-beat edge is the least of their woes.

“[Letran] coach Louie Alas has been there [Final Four] many times before, while the three of us [Isaac and Lim] are just first-timers,” said JRU coach Ariel Vanguardia.

“He knows what to do and is very familiar with the pressure,” added Vanguardia, who worked as Alas’ deputy for 10 years in the MBA, PBL and PBA.

But Alas has mutual respect for Vanguardia, whose team dealt the Knights’ first defeat this season, saying proper execution of plays will be the key in the series.

If San Beda and Letran prevail, Game 1 of the best-of-three finals starts next week, according to league officials.

gameface_one
09-12-2007, 09:44 AM
Lions, Knights try to forge NCAA title series

By JOEY VILLAR
The Philippine Star

Tipped to clash for this year’s NCAA men’s basketball crown, San Beda and Letran have refused to be drawn into a pre-final hype and would rather focus on the task at hand – beating Final Four rivals Mapua and Jose Rizal University.

“That’s interesting, facing San Beda in the finals. But our focus now is in the Final Four. We need to concentrate on Jose Rizal first before anything,” said Letran coach Louie Alas, whose Knights take on the Bombers at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.

“We have to beat Mapua first before we think of the finals,” said San Beda coach Frankie Lim, whose Red Lions are pitted against the Cardinals in the 4 p.m. main game. “We have to earn our ticket to the finals and we are totally focused on that.”

For clinching the top two spots at the end of the controversial, double-round elims, San Beda and Letran need only to win once over their rivals to set what could only be the second title playoff between two of the league’s oldest teams.

The only time San Beda and Letran clashed for the crown was in 1950 when Lauro “Bai” Mumar’s Knights beat the Lions of legendary Caloy Loyzaga.

Both Lim and Alas agreed that their semifinal rivals are tougher than they seem to be with Mapua and Jose Rizal boasting of players who can match up well against the Lions and the Knights.

The Cardinals, in fact, are coming into the Final Four riding on a four-game streak that lifted them from the back of the pack to the semis, thanks mainly to Kelvin dela Peña, the current MVP race leader.

Though the Lions are the heavy favorites in their series, Mapua coach Leo Isaac remained confident of their chances.

“They’re definitely the favorites,” said Isaac. “But I’ve been in basketball all my life and I know impossible things happen, I just hope luck sides with us.”

The Bombers, on the other hand, have also the materials to stop the Knights although they know that they have to polish their offense to get a crack at the final berth.

“It’s a fact that Letran is the best defensive team in the last four seasons,” said Jose Rizal mentor Ariel Vanguardia. “Now if we can find a way to shoot and score against them, we’ll have a good shot at beating them.”

In juniors’ action, top seed San Sebastian guns for a third straight finals appearance as it takes on No. 4 Jose Rizal at 12 noon while No. 2 Letran squares off with No. 3 San Beda at 10 a.m.

Ryan Buenafe, who owns four triple-double feats this season to lead the juniors MVP race, will banner the Staglets while MVP candidates John Noble and Kevin Alas will be the players to watch for the Squires.

gameface_one
09-13-2007, 09:23 AM
Blast from the past as NCAA's Lions, Knights meet again

By NELSON BELTRAN
The Philippine Star

Long-time rivals San Beda and Letran are figuring in a title duel again after 57 long years.

The Red Lions and the Knights, as expected, showed the Mapua Cardinals and the Jose Rizal Heavy Bombers the door Wednesday to arrange their best-of-three showdown for the 2007 NCAA basketball championship.

The Lions eased out the Cardinals, 74-64, while the Knights bundled out the Bombers, 70-61, in the Final Four at the Araneta Coliseum.

“We struggled in the first half but once we had our running game on, there was no stopping the team from making the final,” said San Beda coach Frankie Lim.

“It was a hard-fought game. It was a battle. We only gained the opening towards the end with RJ Jazul coming through with clutch plays,” said Letran coach Louie Alas.

Eliminating their respective Final Four rivals in one game, the Lions and the Knights will meet in the finals for the first time after the two teams slugged it out for the 1950 championship.

San Beda was then bannered by Caloy Loyzaga while Letran was spearheaded by Lauro Mumar and the members of the famous “Murder Inc.” The crown went to Letran.

Game One of the 2007 San Beda – Letran title duel is set Wednesday in the same venue.

“It’s going to be a huge game. In games like this, you throw the records out the window,” said Lim. “You can’t get the championship easily. They (the Knights) did a good job keeping their strengths.”

Yousif Aljamal, Pong Escobal, Sam Ekwe and Borgie Hermida delivered big numbers as they made it three in a row over the Cardinals this season.

The Knights, through the efforts of their heady guards, came through with a decisive 19-4 run in a seven-minute stretch bridging the last two quarters to overcome the Heavy Bombers’ tough challenge.

Reymar Gutilban and Jazul spearheaded the attack that had the Knights pulling away at 62-49 entering the last four minutes of play.

The two teams engaged in a fierce battle until JRU suddenly turned cold and Letran pounded the situation to book its third finals stint in the last five years.

The Heavy Bombers scored only four points in a 10-minute stretch after Jayson Nocom canned in two charities giving JRU a 45-43 edge with 2:02 left in the third period.

The Knights posted a commanding 13-point advantage but James Sena broke the spell with a short stab entering the last two minutes of play.

Jazul went 3-of-7 from beyond the arc and led all scorers with 17 points. Andro Quinday, Dino Daa, Bryan Faundo and Gutilban each added at least 10.

In the juniors division, two-time defending champion San Sebastian drubbed Jose Rizal, 85-74, to take the first final slot.

San Beda forced a rubbermatch with Letran with a 96-86 win in their own semis showdown.

trencher_k
09-13-2007, 09:29 AM
“Although I’m not thinking that far because our hands are full against Letran, I can see Mapua pulling off a possible upset,” Vanguardia said.

Say again Coach? ;D

gameface_one
09-13-2007, 09:32 AM
Oldies but goodies



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SPORTING CHANCE By JOAQUIN M. HENSON
Philstar.com



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The survivors of the 1947 NCAA senior men’s basketball season are getting together in a historic 60th anniversary reunion at Letran in Intramuros this Sunday.



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The Philippine Star

The survivors of the 1947 NCAA senior men’s basketball season are getting together in a historic 60th anniversary reunion at Letran in Intramuros this Sunday.

Former Philippine Olympic Committee president Col. Julian Malonso, as usual, is organizing the event for the oldies but goodies. The ageless Malonso played on the Knights varsity that year with skipper Crispin Aldiosa (later head of the PBA technical committee, now retired), Rosalito Gabriel, Justo Ortiz (whose daughter Ines is married to PBA legend Hector Calma), Juan Cabrera, Dr. Rodolfo Torella (now living in Spain) and Dr. Manuel Sison (now living in the US). Angel de Leon was the Knights’ coach and Fr. Gregorio Raymundo, the athletic moderator.

The year before, Malonso was on the University of Santo Tomas’ unbeaten UAAP champion varsity with surviving teammates Ramoncito Campos (a three-time Olympian), Pocholo Martinez (a two-time Olympian) and Dr. Jose Genato (who happens to be my father-in-law).

The Green Archers won the NCAA title in 1947 with the late Eddie Decena and Eddie Sharuff leading the charge. Expected to attend the reunion for La Salle are Carlos (Jun) Iñigo (whose son Bobby is a Northern Cement executive), Jose Mendieta, Horacio Nable and Lino Castillejo (whose daughter Dyan is a former national tennis player and now an ABS-CBN sportscaster). Jesus Pimentel is in the US and will not be able to join his Archer teammates. Pimentel’s brother Pepe popularized the landmark TV shows “Student Canteen” and “Kwarta O Kahon” as host.

La Salle’s coach was Chito Calvo. Malonso said during that era, coaches contributed only five percent of a team’s ability to win and the players, 95 percent. But with the cerebral Calvo, the sharing of the load was 50-50.

Ateneo will be represented by the “maestro,” Virgilio (Baby) Dalupan who coached several championship teams in the PBA. The PBA Press Corps’ Coach of the Year award is named in Dalupan’s honor. Some of Dalupan’s teammates were Alfredo del Rosario, justice Ricardo Francisco (whose 6-6 son Danny played for the Blue Eagles and was hailed as the next Ramon Fernandez until a heart ailment ended his budding career), Hall of Famer Luis (Moro) Lorenzo and the LaO brothers Luis and Simon.

There are no surviving players on the Jose Rizal varsity whose mainstays were former national coach Francisco (Kiko) Calilan and referee Fidencio Ylagan.

Beng Gaddi and Joe Lim of the fabled Black and White squad will be there for Mapua. Among the Cardinals stars in 1947 were Oscar Tanedo, Kurt Seeberger and Eustaquio Tanquintic.

Tony Genato, who played on the third place Philippine team at the 1954 World Championships, and philanthropist Vicente Navarro will lead San Beda College at the reunion. Olympian Pons Saldana was a teammate. Arturo (Luli) Rius was the Red Lions coach.

The affair will start with a 10 a.m. Mass celebrated by Fr. Boyd Sulpico, Letran vice rector. Malonso will then deliver a short message. Jose Mendoza, the only Letran lay athletic moderator ever, will introduce the surviving members of the 1947 NCAA teams.

Former Ateneo center Cristino (Tito) Panlilio, who played in the late 1960s, will end the program at the Letran Chapel with his remarks. Malonso said descendants of the 1947 cagers are invited to attend the anniversary rites.

gameface_one
09-14-2007, 08:41 AM
NCAA dream title series in the works

By NELSON BELTRAN
The Philippine Star

It’s a San Beda-Letran title rematch long in coming.

To the NCAA fanatics, it’s a showdown made in heaven, a seething rivalry that had fired up the league in recent years although it dated back more than half a century ago.

The two schools produced some of the nation’s baskeball greats like Caloy Loyzaga andLauro Mumar who figured in the title match in 1950 won by the Knights.

They have 28 NCAA crowns between them with the Red Lions out for a title repeat and the Knights looking to reclaim the title they last won in 2005.

But the question is whether the two teams would live up to the hype. They start their best-of-three showdown Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.

San Beda coach Frankie Lim has said they intend to sweep the short series while Letran mentor Louie Alas said they hope to spoil the Lions’ party.

Looking to repeat their back-to-back championships in 1977-78, the Lions are coming into the fight with practically the same lineup that reigned supreme last year.

The Knights, meanwhile, made their third final in five years with a rookie-laden team.

“There’s no question we’re the underdogs here. San Beda has a lineup that can compete in the PBL. They have the ceiling, the shooters, they can run. I have to improvise plays to beat them,” said Alas.

“But I’ve told the boys, we’re not up against an NBA team. Though we’re a young team, we’ll go out, fight and enjoy every minute of this championship experience,” Alas added.

For them to have a chance to win, Alas thought they have to make the Lions work hard in every possession.

“We’ll press them all the way. Otherwise, they would run or hurt us from the outside in a halfcourt offense,” said Alas. “We can only battle them through our defense.”

So dominant was San Beda that it made the finals losing only once in 15 games. But that loss came in the hands of Letran.

“What’s scary is that we beat them just by one point.

We lost by five in the second game where they enjoyed a lead as big as 17,” Alas pointed out. “Yung reserves nila, pwedeng starters sa ibang team.”

gameface_one
09-16-2007, 08:00 AM
Former protagonists relive NCAA rivalry



By WAYLON GALVEZ
mb.com.ph

ONE OF the spectators who was praying for a San Beda-Letran title showdown in the NCAA last Wednesday was Pablo Cuna.



And Cuna was thrilled to witness the reality of his dream when both teams hurdled their respective rivals to arrange a title rematch.

But who is Cuna?

Unknown to young generations, Cuna is no ordinary NCAA fan. He was a member of the San Beda squad that played in the 1950 NCAA Finals.

Though San Beda was bannered then by Caloy Loyzaga, acknowledged as the greatest player the country has ever produced, the Red Lions lost to the fabled Letran Knights – then known as "Murder Inc."

"They (Knights) have a good team back then. They’re strong," said Cuna, who played guard for the team.

Cuna, now 80, hopes that the Red Lions will finally emerge winners this time around, considering they have a complete ingredients – a mobile center in Sam Ekwe, a ferocious forward in Yousif Aljamal and versatile guards in Pong Escobal and Ogie Menor.

But don’t tell that to Jose Rubio Gutierrez.

Gutierrez, a member of the Murder Inc, said the Knights, despite their lack of ceiling, have a good chance of stopping the Red Lions.

"But they have to play with passion and heart," said Gutierrez, who at 5-foot-10 played the forward position for the Knights.

Their win over the Red Lions remains fresh in the mind of Gutierrez, saying: "It was an achievement that I still cherish. We’re very close to each other."

Gutierrez said it was the late Willie Fernandez (radio announcer) who gave them the moniker of "Murder Inc." because of the way they beat their opponents.

"Talagang bugbog," said Gutierrez. "But we lost to San Beda in the last elimination game, which denied us a sweep and outright title. We finished the eliminations with a 9-1 record."

Letran’s team also had Nilo Verona, Lauro Mumar, Luis Tabuena, Melquiades Manicsic, Juan Del Castillo, Herminio Astorga, Cristino Cui, Jose Iglesia, Recardo Panis, Antonio Vidal, Adriano Barata, Narciso Manalac and Leo Pilones.

As for San Beda, two other Cuna siblings played for the team, Antonio and Vicente. Other members were Crispolo Jocson, Ponce Saldana, Juanito Buenaflor, Alex Trajano, Erasto Caceres, Rafael Barretto, Eddie Lim, Dante Santos and Domingo Chua and Caloy Loyzaga.

Angel De Leon coached the Knights, while Fely Fajardo called the shots for the Red Lions.

Commenting on the kind of game these days, Gutierrez and Cuna both agreed that the game has changed a lot, particularly the physical part where players normally bang bodies with their rivals.

"Before it was more passing the ball, try to find an open man. But now it’s very intense, very physical," said Cuna, who now operates an insurance company.

Vicente Cuna, who still practices law, said that with the presence of Ekwe, there’s no doubt that the Red Lions has the edge man-for-man, although he expects a tough series.

"With Ekwe around, San Beda is really dangerous. But take him out, it’s equal. They (Red Lions) can never be sure (of retaining the title)," said Cuna, 79.

The best-of-three series between the Knights and the Red Lions starts Wednesday at the Big Dome.

gameface_one
09-18-2007, 09:13 AM
San Beda coach feels the pressure



By WAYLON GALVEZ
mb.com.ph

AS FAR as Frankie Lim is concerned, San Beda College has all the right ingredients to repeat as NCAA basketball champion. But this does not mean the Red Lions need only to show up and the title is already theirs.



"Letran is a tough opponent. They have an experienced coach (Louie Alas). But we intend to finish the series in two games. Any other coach would want that. The sooner the better," said Lim. "To do that, we have to double our effort."

San Beda, bidding to win its second straight championship after waiting 28 years to win last year’s title, meets arch rival Letran in Game 1 of the best-of-three finals series tomorrow at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Red Lions are hoping to become the first team to repeat as champions since the San Sebastian Stags won two in a row from 2001.

Lim admits there is pressure as he tries to steer the team to another championship on his very first try as a college head coach. He came in under a cloud of controversy to replace Koy Banal who was sacked following a disagreement with school officials regarding a question of priorities.

Banal, who was coaching another team and was asistant coach in another, had guided the Red Lions to the 2006 championship when they downed the Philippine Christian University Dolphins that ended a 28-year title drought.

"It’s automatic, the pressure was there the moment I accepted the San Beda coaching job. The pressure started there," said Lim. "But it’s also a motivation for me to win the title on my first year."

For Lim, the title quest is doubly significant because he was part of the Red Lions squad which won back-to-back titles in the NCAA during the 1977-78 seasons.

San Beda and Letran arranged what is considered a ‘Dream Finals’ finals after they defeated their respective opponents in last week’s Final Four, with the former beating Mapua and the latter disposing of host Jose Rizal University.

The championship encounter between the two schools will be only the second time in the history of the NCAA. The first was when Letran, whose team was then known as "Murder Inc.," defeated San Beda powered by Caloy Loyzaga, acknowledged as the best basketball player the country has ever produced, in the 1950s.

With a balanced lineup led by Nigerian center Sam Ekwe, versatile forward Yousif Aljamal, guards Pong Escobal and Ogie Menor, the Red Lions have solid chance to avenge that setback 57 years ago.

However, they will have to contend against a very dangerous Knights bannered by ace shooter Rafael Jazul, bigmen Bryan Faundo and Dennis Daa, as well as guards Rey Guevarra and Reymar Gutilban.

gameface_one
09-21-2007, 10:05 AM
Lions, Knights inspired by ’50 finals memory

By JOAQUIN HENSON
The Philippine Star

With San Beda College a win away from claiming a second straight NCAA men’s senior basketball title, Letran College faces the grim predicament of beating the Red Lions twice in a row in the best-of-3 finals.

But the Knights are unfazed. Coach Louie Alas led Letran to the championship in 1998, 2003 and 2005. If there’s anyone who can bail the Knights out of disaster, it’s Alas who has never lost in an NCAA finals.

Former Philippine Olympic Committee president Col. Julian Malonso said Thursday the memory of the ’50 finals will inspire the Knights to bounce back. Malonso, 83, played for Letran in 1947 and was a teacher in Intramuros for nearly 40 years. He even married a Letran elementary school teacher, Honorata, proving his loyalty to the school.

Coincidentally, the Red Lions also draw inspiration from the ’50 finals where Letran raced to nine straight wins, lost to San Beda in the final elimination round game and rebounded to whip the Mendiolans in the knockout duel for the championship. San Beda will never forget the defeat and used it as a battlecry to win the next two NCAA crowns.

This year, Letran and San Beda are facing off in the NCAA finals for the first time since 1950. Letran hopes to recover from the loss to San Beda like the Knights did in 1950. And the Red Lions are determined to pay back Letran for that bitter setback nearly 60 years ago.

San Beda was a pioneer NCAA school when the league was established in 1924 – 14 years before the US formed its own version. Letran joined in 1928 and won the first of its 16 senior titles in 1938. The Red Lions own 12 senior championships but including juniors titles, San Beda has more crowns than Letran, 28 to 26.

Letran’s cagers are called Knights in honor of the school founder, Spanish officer Don Juan Geronimo Guerrero who was a Knight of Malta. The Red Lions got their name from Benedictine St. Venerable Bede of England whose heraldic symbol was the Red Lion Rampant, symbol of courage.

Among Letran’s legendary stars were Samboy Lim (who led the Knights to three titles in 1982, 1983 and 1984), Kerby Raymundo, Chris Calaguio, Freddie Webb, Willie Miller, Terry Saldana, Boyet Bautista, Ronjay Enrile, Aaron Aban, Florentino Bautista, Clemente Bargas, Chris Cantonjos, the Fajardo brothers, the Pineda brothers, Itoy Esguerra, Rino Salazar, Mark Andaya, Alfrancis Chua, Justo Ortiz (whose son-in-law is PBA great Hector Calma), Allan Salangsang, Jing Ruiz, Dave Regullano, Alex Marquez, Rudy Hines, Gido Babilonia, Mike Mustre, Jonathan Aldave, Jay-R Reyes, J. C. Intal, Lauro Mumar, Louie Tabuena and Herminio Astorga.

The San Beda stalwarts were Caloy Loyzaga and his sons, Tony Genato, the Cuna brothers, Bonnie Carbonnel, Eddie Lim, Big Boy Reynoso, the Pumaren brothers, Benjie Paras, Ronnie Magsanoc, Abe King, J. B. Yango, Eddie Lim, Pons Saldana, Charlie Borck, Antonio Carillo, Jesus Marzan, Angel de la Paz, Pocholo Martinez, Edward Dee, Luli Rius, Tata Carrranceja, Dave Brodett, Eric Altamirano, RenRen Ritualo, the Guzman brothers, Frankie Lim, Ato Morano, Boybits Victoria, Raffy Alberto, Rensy Bajar, Mike Advani, Gerry Esplana, Ford Arao, Cholo Martin and Louie Brill.

In 1950, the Knights – dubbed by sportscaster Willie Hernandez as Murder, Inc. – were bannered by 6-1 skipper Mumar (nicknamed “El Presidente”), Tabuena, Astorga, Cesar Sequera, Jose Iglesias, Nilo Verona, Cristino Cui, Chicho Manalac, Leo Pilones, Tony Vidal, Mel Manicsic, Carding Panis and Jose Rubio Gutierrez. Coach was Angel de Leon who played on the 1938 Letran championship squad.

San Beda’s lineup included Pons Saldana, Pablo Cuna, Ramon Dee, Eddie Lim, Piling Barretto, Erasto Caceres, Juanito Buenaflor and Domingo Chua. Fely Fajardo, who was de Leon’s teammate in 1938, piloted the Red Lions. Caloy (The Big Difference) Loyzaga joined the varsity the next season and promptly led the Red Lions to two consecutive crowns.

There were six teams in the NCAA in 1950 – Letran, San Beda, La Salle, Mapua, Jose Rizal and Ateneo.

Letran swept its five first round assignments and raced to a 9-0 record, needing only to beat San Beda in its final elimination game to clinch the crown outright. But the Red Lions spoiled the Knights’ party and forced a knockout duel for the title.

The date was Oct. 28, 1950. Over 13,000 fans packed the Rizal Coliseum for the NCAA championship game. The Red Lions led at the half, 34-32, but Letran stormed back to knot the count, 49-all, and scored the last six points of the contest to win, 66-55.

Astorga, later Vice Mayor of Manila, led all scorers with 21 points. Iglesias, who would become a bank manager and die in a car accident four years later, hit 17. Mumar, a 1948 Olympian and future PBA coach (his son Larry played in the PBA), added eight. Sequera, the tallest Knight at 6-3, contributed seven. Tabuena, later GAB chairman and airport manager, chipped in six.

Saldana, a 1952 Olympian, paced the Red Lions with 15 points. Cuna shot 12 and Dee, 10. Lim, a two-time Olympian and later a prominent stock broker, added nine.

“If you ask me how I felt when our team won the championship in 1938, I thought it was the happiest moment of my life,” said a jubilant de Leon who went on to coach at the American School. “But now I’ve found out it was my second happiest moment.”

One of San Beda’s survivors of the ’50 finals, Cuna, has been a fixture in the Red Lions gallery for decades. Now that the Red Lions are a win away from retaining the NCAA crown, Cuna couldn’t be more excited. His dream of exacting revenge on Letran is close to becoming a reality – after 57 years of waiting.

gameface_one
09-21-2007, 10:16 AM
Red Lions, Knights welcome long break



Waylon Galvez
mb.com.ph

After a bruising Game One of the NCAA Finals, San Beda coach Frankie Lim and Letran mentor Louie Alas welcome the six-day break.



"It was a tough game. I guess both teams, not just us, are a bit exhausted," Lim said yesterday.

Both coaches gave their players a day to rest their bangedup bodies before going back to the drawing board to plot their next moves.

The Red Lions took the opener Wednesday to move a win away of retaining the title.

Game Two of the Finals is set Wednesday also at the Araneta Coliseum. Game Three, if necessary, is set next Friday (Sept. 28).

Ogie Menor, a 6-foot-3 wingman, was instrumental in San Beda’s win, coming through with clutch baskets for 23 points.

Menor shattered a 53-all deadlock with a lay-up and followed a Letran turnover with a three-point shot to push the Lions to a 58-53 lead with six minutes left in the game.

The former SBC Red Cub is confident that they can sustain their level of intensity through the break.

"Wala namang problema ‘yun, hindi naman kami magpapabaya. Gaya nung ginawa namin after the Final Four, one week din kami walang game, tuloy pa rin kami sa ensayo," said the 20-year-old Menor who won the 2004 Most Valuable Player award in the junior division.

When both squads resume training today, Lim and Alas have things to work on.

San Beda is putting emphasis on conditioning while Letran is going to polish its defense.

"That’s (conditioning) important. We have to stay sharp," said Lim, 47, a member of the San Beda squad that captured back-to-back titles in 1977-78.

Apart from menor, San Beda got solid numbers from four other starters as reigning Nigerian MVP Sam Ekwe posted double-double 14 points and 18 rebounds, while Pong Escobal and MVP contender Yousif Aljamal contributed 17 and 12 points, respectively.

Alas, who steered the Knights to three championships (‘98, ‘03 and ‘05), said they will focus on improving their defense, especially against the Red Lions’ pick-and-roll.

The play allowed Ekwe, Aljamal and Menor to score inside the paint.

"The good thing about the break is that we’ll have enough time to study and improve our defense," said Alas.

Letran will also have to find a way to challenge the Lions off the boards and shoot better from the field.

Led by the 6-foot-8 Ekwe, the Lions outrebounded the Knights, 35-22, and made 31 of 61 shots from the field for 51 percent.

In contrast, the Knights shot 36 percent on 26-of-72 shooting.

The Knights have come back from a 0-1 deficit to win the NCAA title against the Philippine Christian University in 2005.

That would be in Lim’s mind when the Lions shoot for the title on Wednesday.

gameface_one
09-24-2007, 08:24 AM
Lions won’t find Knights easy



By Waylon Galvez
mb.com.ph

FORMER SAN BEDA coach Koy Banal said that San Beda will have to work doubly hard if it wants to sweep past Letran in the NCAA Championship.


Winning Game 1, according to Banal, does not guarantee the Red Lions the championship.

Banal was in the same situation last year as coach of the Mendiola-based team, beating the hard-fighting Philippine Christian University (PCU) in the series opener but failed to score a sweep when the Dolphins took Game Two.

"I’m sure the players, as well as the coaching staff helping coach Frankie (Lim) have learned their lessons. Their experiences from last season, they can use it as motivation to end the series (in Game Two)," said Banal yesterday.

Banal and the Red Lions escaped with a nail-biting 68-67 win in the winner-take-all Game Three of last season’s Finals to end a 28-year title drought.

San Beda has a chance to sweep the best-of-three series, this time against bitter rival Letran after scoring a 76-68 win last Wednesday.

However, Banal cautioned that the Red Lions not to take the Knights lightly, saying the Intramuros-based squad has what it takes to level a series.

Letran, Banal said, has a veteran mentor in Louie Alas and has been in this kind of situation many times in the past.

Alas guided the Knights to three NCAA titles (’98, ’03 and ’05).

"Actually I never expected them (Knights) to play in the Finals," said Banal "But coach Louie have done a very good job guiding his team up to this stage. For me they are a rag-tag team, but because of his guidance, he transformed that team to a very dangerous unit."

"We cannot deny the fact that Letran is a tough team. Considering his (Alas) experiences, he will take that as an advantage. He’s been there and had done that before. His team was in this kind of situation," added Banal.

Letran was beaten by PCU in the first game of the 2005 Finals, but the Knights won two straight wins to claim the title.

Like last week, Banal is expected to miss Game Two between San Beda and Letran on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum because of his schedule with Magnolia Ice Cream, which is preparing for the upcoming PBL season.

But he knows that his former players like Sam Ekwe, Yousif Aljamal, Ogie Menor, Pong Escobal and Borgie Hermida will deliver the goods anew just like they did the last game.

"They have the opportunity to end the series, I hope they finish it," he said.

Banal said the week-long break will certainly revitalize both teams, thus ensuring another thrilling contest.

"It’s beneficial to both. Knowing coach Louie, he’ll find ways to even the series . As for coach Frankie, he can figure it out and anticipate what will be the adjustments of Letran."

bluegirl
09-24-2007, 01:17 PM
Basketball is in his genes

By Giovanni Paolo J. Yazon
Manila Standard

BASKETBALL is a very physical sport, but for Sean Christopher Co, one of the sought-after players of the Mapua Cardinals—the basketball team of Mapua Institute of Technology in the National Collegiate Athletic Association—it’s more than that.

“It [basketball] is also a mental game: It’s all in your head. It’s only you who can decide what level or intensity you want to play at, and no one can take this away from you,” he begins. This 6-feet tall guard who wears jersey no. 16 adds: “It’s mental toughness that separates great cagers from average players. Believe in yourself. Whenever you are shooting [that ball], trust that it will go in, and it will have a better chance—always have that confidence!”

In “Sean Co Dictionary,” basketball, by the way, is defined as “a blend of hard work, patience and willingness to learn.”

A family of basketeers

Basketball is actually in Sean’s genes: His father, Sunny Co, played for the Great Taste team of the Philippine Basketball Association in the late ‘70s, while his mother, the former Julieta Que, was part of the RP women’s team in the Asian Youth Basketball in 1972. His parents are undoubtedly great, but today’s not their time anymore—so he really had to work hard to develop his full potential.

“My love for this game all began when my father enrolled me in a Milo Basketball Best Center Clinic [when I was in grade two]. Daddy’s always there to guide me whenever I play on court… he gave me a lot of advices and instilled in me the value of discipline.”

The key to a “fruitful shooting” according to him is to make an effort to improve every single day. “Play against players whom you think do it best—that’s how you will progress, watch a lot basketball shows, and never stop learning.”

Cardinal in the making

Sean first dreamt of becoming a UAAP player, and so after graduating from high school, at the Chiang Kai Shek College in Tondo, he tried out at the varsity teams of Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University. “But I was turned down by Ateneo; La Salle, meanwhile didn’t want to give me a full scholarship,” he sighs.

Instead of losing hope, he took those rejections as a challenge. “Nag-try naman ako sa mga NCAA member-schools. Nang mag-walk in ako sa Mapua, everything went very smoothly [I was accepted]. I think I was destined to become a Cardinal,” he says with a smile. Ateneo and La Salle’s loss is currently Mapua’s prized possession: Sean Co’s one of the good reasons why watch the NCAA games, on TV or live!

What sets him apart from the rest of the pack? “I’m resilient and energetic. Hyperactive ako kapag naglalaro sa court. I’m also good in motivating my teammates.” Speed dribbling in the open court and offensive rebounding are among his strong points. But he lists jumping as his Achilles’ heel. “Medyo mahina ang legs ko kaya hirap ako tumalon, so I do a lot of plyometrics to develop muscular power and generate a large amount of force quickly.” His basketball idols are Michael Jordan and Alvin Patrimonio, PBA’s four-time MVP and most notable Mapua Cardinal.

Off-court

Born on Dec. 30, 1985 in Manila, this one-fourth Chinese describes himself as someone disciplined, patient, and above all very down to earth—so he doesn’t deal with the idea being a celebrity in campus. “I’m just like the other [ordinary] students here [at Mapua]. Maybe the only difference is that I play basketball on the side.”

Sean usually wakes up at 6:30 a.m. “I attend the training from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Then I lift weights. Sa hapon nagsisimula ang pasok ko,” this industrial engineering junior says.

In his free time, Sean goes to a nearby mall to watch a movie, listens to the albums of his favorite performers like Usher, Nelly and Jay-Z, surfs the Internet or plays videogames. His favorite actors are Will Smith, Brad Pitt and Mark Wahlberg.

He doesn’t follow a strict diet, but watches what he eats. “I crave plates for steaks and seafoods often,” he smiles.

He envisions himself as a full-fledged PBA player 10 years from now. “Kahit sang team ako makuha, basta maka-penetrate. I think the little things I do will help my team—and it will already make a difference—every successful inbound pass, every rebound, every dive for a loose ball… will determine the outcome.”

His message to cager wannabes: “Always listen to the advices of older players and coaches—absorb everything they teach you. Lastly, bear in mind that the game isn’t over until you hear the buzzer!”

gameface_one
09-25-2007, 06:46 AM
Murder, Inc. ‘plays big role for Letran’


By Manolo Iñigo
Inquirer
Last updated 02:25am (Mla time) 09/25/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- Defending champion San Beda College is the prohibitive favorite over Colegio San Juan de Letran in Wednesday’s Game 2 of the NCAA senior basketball best-of-three title series at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

But the memory of Letran’s fabulous Murder, Inc. team of 1950 is expected to work wonders for the Knights to square the count.

It is the first time that San Beda and Letran are meeting for the NCAA crown since 1950. The Knights won that epic encounter on Oct. 28, 1950 before a sellout crowd of 13,000 at the Rizal Coliseum.

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According to the 83-year-old Julian Malonso, a former Spanish professor and PE director at Letran for 40 years, the Knights will be inspired by the memory of that 1950 finals.

Said the former Philippine Olympic Committee president: “Letran, after posting nine straight victories, could have won the NCAA title outright by a sweep that year, but it was beaten by underdog San Beda in Game 10. Letran’s key player, Lauro “The Fox” Mumar, was even suspected of throwing that game, but he eventually emerged unscathed as there was no single complaint against him in any court of law to prove that he was guilty of any wrongdoing.”

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The legendary sportscaster Willie Hernandez called the team Murder, Inc. because of its consistency in beating its rivals by a wide margin.

The members of the fabled team were team captain Mumar, Herminio Astorga, Louie Tabuena, the original exponent of the two-hand jumpshot; Cesar de Seguera, Jose “Rubio” Gutierrez, Jose Maria Iglesias, Ricardo Panis, Adriano Barata, who (like Astorga) were all products of Letran’s junior competitions; Nilo Verona, Cristino Cui from Cebu, who could shoot accurately beyond the three-point area at a time when there was no three-point rule yet; Leodegario Pilones; Narciso Mañalac, Melquiades Manicsic, Senen Obiadas and Antonio Vidal.

The coach was Angel de Leon, star forward of Letran’s 1938 NCAA champion team while the team manager was Prof. Nicanor Limjoco, younger brother of former Securities and Exchange Commission chair Angel Limjoco.

* * *

In winning the 1950 NCAA championship, Astorga topscored for Letran with 21 points. Other scorers were Iglesias, 17; Mumar, a 1948 London Olympian, eight; Seguera, who was called “sitao” by his teammates because he was tall and thin like a beanpole at 6-foot-3, seven; and Tabuena, who would become Games and Amusements Board chair and later airport general manager, six.

The 5-foot-10 1/2 Astorga likewise set a historical precedent in the NCAA: although he was still a junior high school student, he was allowed by the NCAA board to play in the varsity or senior (collegiate) level.

Born to poor parents, Astorga grew up on Leveriza Street, Malate. He developed a well-built physique by working as a stevedore. Simeon Toribio, the famous Olympic high jumper, encouraged him to take up sports. From Letran, he transferred to Far Eastern University where he donned the Tamaraws’ green-and-gold colors for two years. He was also an outstanding student leader.

* * *

On his chances to tie the series Wednesday, Letran coach Louie Alas said: “I think we need to play a good 40 minutes instead of a good 36 minutes like we did last Wednesday.”

Alas, who won for Letran the NCAA titles in 1998, 2003 and 2005, is aiming to score a repeat and become only the third coach in Letran’s storied history since 1928 to win the NCAA crown as a non-alumnus, after the fabled Jacinto Ciria Cruz and Gabriel Fajardo. (More next week)

danny
09-25-2007, 07:44 AM
A psychological advantage for the Red School. They are indeed scared. Wala pang Argentinian diyan.

If I were the other schools, start recruiting and stop complaining. We do expect a new rule come next season anyway. Right?
;D
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Lenient NCAA rules giving SBC advantage

By Julius Manicad

09/24/2007


The establishment of a basketball dynasty by San Beda College (SBC) might be put under serious scrutiny as some quarters in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) are now questioning the wisdom of its recruitment process.

A long-time mentor, who refused to be identified, yesterday stressed it appears the Red Lions are already toying with the existing rules of the league by “hiring” another Nigerian, 6-foot-7 Kevin Emeka Udo, to further shore up their frontline already made formidable by the presence of Nigerian behemoth, 6-foot-9 Samuel Ekwe.

But unlike Ekwe, who flew in supposedly as an exchange student from Lagos, Nigeria, wanting to become a missionary, Udo was delivered by a scout straight to the Lions’ den after a brief tour of duty in Singapore. The 19-year-old forward is described as a mobile big man with a pair of sweet-shooting hands.

Actually, Ateneo de Manila wanted his services, but the Blue Eagles already have American gunslinger Kirk Long and another foreigner, Australian Zion Laterre, on their fold. Ateneo is playing in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) where a team is allowed only two foreigners on its line-up and cannot be fielded simultaneously.

And, surprisingly, there’s no solid guideline regarding foreign athletes in the NCAA, making San Beda free from any violation when it formally parades its fearsome duo, Udo and Ekwe, next year.

NCAA management committee member Henry Atayde of College of Saint Benilde, however, claimed they have an existing “60-40 rule” where a team is barred from including a number of foreigners more than half the total number of players on its roster. The rule also applies in the playing court where a maximum of only two foreigners can see action simultaneously.

“With its recruitment process, it is very obvious that San Beda is trying to build a dynasty that will match that of San Sebastian (College),” the source said in comparison to the Stags’ legendary five-peat accomplishment from 1993 to 1997. “Hindi na maganda ang sitwasyon ng NCAA dahil nawawalan na ng pwesto ang ibang players dahil sa pagi-import (ng mga players).”
After wallowing in the doldrums for 28 long years, San Beda finally regained the crown last year, thanks to Ekwe who took the league by storm by winning the Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player that year. The rebirth in the Red Lions’ basketball program could also be credited to their generous battery of patrons, led by businessman Manny Pangilinan, who reportedly financed their summer training in the United States.

“Nakakalimutan na siguro ng bawat eskwelahan na kailangan nilang mag-develop ng mga athletes at hindi mag-import. Baka dumating ang oras na mawalan na tayo ng mga atletang talagang walang dugong Pilipino,” the source said. “Iyan ang dapat tingnan ng liga.”

Another proved mentor, Letran College’s Louie Alas, also agrees, saying the playing field is not balance with Ekwe around, and probably, with Udo next year. He also said they could have also hired an import from “any continent” if they want to since the school’s Dominican priests are spread all over the world. But that possibility will be “quite unfair.”
Interestingly, Alas’ Knights are currently behind the Red Lions in their best-of-three finals showdown.“The playing field is obviously not balanced this year with Ekwe around, how come next year when another Nigerian will be playing? We all know it’s quite unfair,” Alas said early last week. “But try to remove Ekwe and I’m sure it will be a more exciting finals showdown.”

http://www.tribune.net.ph/sports/20070924spo1.html

datu_pula
09-25-2007, 08:58 AM
A psychological advantage for the Red School. They are indeed scared. Wala pang Argentinian diyan.

If I were the other schools, start recruiting and stop complaining. We do expect a new rule come next season anyway. Right?
;D
____________________________________

Lenient NCAA rules giving SBC advantage

By Julius Manicad

09/24/2007


The establishment of a basketball dynasty by San Beda College (SBC) might be put under serious scrutiny as some quarters in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) are now questioning the wisdom of its recruitment process.

A long-time mentor, who refused to be identified, yesterday stressed it appears the Red Lions are already toying with the existing rules of the league by “hiring” another Nigerian, 6-foot-7 Kevin Emeka Udo, to further shore up their frontline already made formidable by the presence of Nigerian behemoth, 6-foot-9 Samuel Ekwe.

But unlike Ekwe, who flew in supposedly as an exchange student from Lagos, Nigeria, wanting to become a missionary, Udo was delivered by a scout straight to the Lions’ den after a brief tour of duty in Singapore. The 19-year-old forward is described as a mobile big man with a pair of sweet-shooting hands.

Actually, Ateneo de Manila wanted his services, but the Blue Eagles already have American gunslinger Kirk Long and another foreigner, Australian Zion Laterre, on their fold. Ateneo is playing in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) where a team is allowed only two foreigners on its line-up and cannot be fielded simultaneously.

And, surprisingly, there’s no solid guideline regarding foreign athletes in the NCAA, making San Beda free from any violation when it formally parades its fearsome duo, Udo and Ekwe, next year.

NCAA management committee member Henry Atayde of College of Saint Benilde, however, claimed they have an existing “60-40 rule” where a team is barred from including a number of foreigners more than half the total number of players on its roster. The rule also applies in the playing court where a maximum of only two foreigners can see action simultaneously.

“With its recruitment process, it is very obvious that San Beda is trying to build a dynasty that will match that of San Sebastian (College),” the source said in comparison to the Stags’ legendary five-peat accomplishment from 1993 to 1997. “Hindi na maganda ang sitwasyon ng NCAA dahil nawawalan na ng pwesto ang ibang players dahil sa pagi-import (ng mga players).”
After wallowing in the doldrums for 28 long years, San Beda finally regained the crown last year, thanks to Ekwe who took the league by storm by winning the Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player that year. The rebirth in the Red Lions’ basketball program could also be credited to their generous battery of patrons, led by businessman Manny Pangilinan, who reportedly financed their summer training in the United States.

“Nakakalimutan na siguro ng bawat eskwelahan na kailangan nilang mag-develop ng mga athletes at hindi mag-import. Baka dumating ang oras na mawalan na tayo ng mga atletang talagang walang dugong Pilipino,” the source said. “Iyan ang dapat tingnan ng liga.”

Another proved mentor, Letran College’s Louie Alas, also agrees, saying the playing field is not balance with Ekwe around, and probably, with Udo next year. He also said they could have also hired an import from “any continent” if they want to since the school’s Dominican priests are spread all over the world. But that possibility will be “quite unfair.”
Interestingly, Alas’ Knights are currently behind the Red Lions in their best-of-three finals showdown.“The playing field is obviously not balanced this year with Ekwe around, how come next year when another Nigerian will be playing? We all know it’s quite unfair,” Alas said early last week. “But try to remove Ekwe and I’m sure it will be a more exciting finals showdown.”

http://www.tribune.net.ph/sports/20070924spo1.html


Has anyone noticed the media blitz featuring Murder, Inc. and how Alas has won titles on the last odd-numbered years and one coming frorm a 0-1 deficit? I wonder how public opinion can win games or are these made to alter odds in Binondo or are these meant for the 3 refs who will be drawn from the pool to officiate the game. Pa-devil's advocate lang...

oca
09-25-2007, 09:31 AM
Has anyone noticed the media blitz featuring Murder, Inc. and how Alas has won titles on the last odd-numbered years and one coming frorm a 0-1 deficit?* I wonder how public opinion can win games or are these made to alter odds in Binondo or are these meant for the 3 refs who will be drawn from the pool to officiate the game.* Pa-devil's advocate lang...*


I don't think there is anything sinister (if I may use the word) about it. IMO, it is a reflection of the Red Lion's strength.

The marketing team of ABS CBN must project a series that is far from over. Otherwise, babagsak na ang tv ratings nyan. Walang manonood sa TV kundi yung mga Bedista.

Kung yung first game nga sa Big Dome, maluwag ang daanan sa side ng Letran. Kung palalabasin nilang walang pag-asa ang mga bata ni Alas sa game 2, baka makakuha na ako nyan ng Courtside seat sa side ng Letran! (Lintek, Lower A nga lang hirap ako!)

Besides, kahit last year, these people have been trying hard to put a historical perspective to this matchup. They are trying to spellout a rivalry that never existed.

Kung sabihin pa nilang schools with traditions and do the spin offs from there, pwede pa. Sa ngayon talagang pilit na pilit ang pagkakasulat.

oca
09-25-2007, 10:16 AM
Kung may 60-40 rule na, as mentioned by Atayde, walang dahilan para magkaroon ng further "restrictions in the fielding of foreign student-athletes".

At yung sinabi ng "source" na dapat daw magdevelop ng players instead na mag-import. I wonder kung anong "mag-develop" ang tinutukoy niya?

As it is the Red Lions have 8 players from its OWN Juniors ranks. Is there a team in the NCAA, isama na natin ang UAAP, who has 8 players from its OWN Junior ranks?

When the league starts amending or promulgating new rules to address the strength of one school, that is wrong! It only increases the winning chances of mediocre teams.

Dapat, palakasin rin ng ibang schools ang programa nila--- player recruitment and development-- within the same boundaries in which one school became dominant.

Perpetual nga, sa pasimula ng S83 may listed na 2 Korean, 1 Indonesian, 1 Malaysian.... o, cige ineligible yung Indonesian. Pero TATLO yan! Bakit hindi pinag-uusapan?

Malinaw, current rules did not make SBC dominant. It's the kind of players you have and how you develop them. Lint3k, hanggang ngayon nga bobo pa rin sa free throw si Ekwe. Pilipit pa rin mag-pivot.* Yung hook shot sasamahan mo ng dasal para pumasok. Yung rebounding lang ni Ekwe ang di maitatanggi na hayop talaga.

But, PCU and until now Letran, were never dominated by SBC with an Ekwe. Why?* Two things- 1) Magagaling ang coaches, 2) They have coachable players. PCU was a hairline short of beating San Beda last year. Last week, Alas himself said they forgot to play in the last 4 minutes.

Takot sila makita yung dalawang Nigerian magsabay on court next season? Bakit hindi sila natakot nuong magsabay sa court yung dalawang Korean ng Perpetual this S83?

Kung sakali, anong ang dahilan para baguhin ang rules?

To give the mediocre teams better chances of winning?

Kumuha kayo ng magagaling ng coaches. Coaches ma marunong pumili at magturo nang players.

mighty_lion
09-25-2007, 10:48 AM
Kung JRU kaya ang nasa tuktok ngayon, maiisip kaya nilang gumawa ng rule na limited lang ang pagbubuhat ng barbel ng basketball players? Eh ang pagsaksak ng steroids din kaya? Sus ginoo!

christian
09-25-2007, 11:52 AM
Oh well, another crap. Expected na yan, nagkataon lang na magaling ang na-recruit natin, yung recruit nila ewan! Hahaha

MonL
09-25-2007, 12:57 PM
On his chances to tie the series Wednesday, Letran coach Louie Alas said: “I think we need to play a good 40 minutes instead of a good 36 minutes like we did last Wednesday.”




OT: IIRC, when 6'11" man-child Darryl Dawkins was playing for the New Jersey Nets, he played so soft that then Nets owner Joe Taub publicly said that he'd rather see Dawkins play a hard 24 minutes than a soft 48. Dawkins responded by playing a soft 24 minutes. :D

Back to regular programming. ;D

LION
09-25-2007, 02:42 PM
Has anyone noticed the media blitz featuring Murder, Inc. and how Alas has won titles on the last odd-numbered years and one coming frorm a 0-1 deficit?* I wonder how public opinion can win games or are these made to alter odds in Binondo or are these meant for the 3 refs who will be drawn from the pool to officiate the game.* Pa-devil's advocate lang...*


I don't think there is anything sinister (if I may use the word) about it. IMO, it is a reflection of the Red Lion's strength.

The marketing team of ABS CBN must project a series that is far from over. Otherwise, babagsak na ang tv ratings nyan. Walang manonood sa TV kundi yung mga Bedista.

Kung yung first game nga sa Big Dome, maluwag ang daanan sa side ng Letran. Kung palalabasin nilang walang pag-asa ang mga bata ni Alas sa game 2, baka makakuha na ako nyan ng Courtside seat sa side ng Letran! (Lintek, Lower A nga lang hirap ako!)

Besides, kahit last year, these people have been trying hard to put a historical perspective to this matchup. They are trying to spellout a rivalry that never existed.

Kung sabihin pa nilang schools with traditions and do the spin offs from there, pwede pa. Sa ngayon talagang pilit na pilit ang pagkakasulat.


I don't think the media blitz is related to the activities in Binondo.

However, I heard that malaki na raw ang pustahan para sa game 2. Malaki na daw ang perang nakataya at di malayong gagawa ng paraan ang mga taong sangkot dito para maapektuhan ang score o outcome ng second game.

Obserbahan ninyong mabuti ang mga referee sa Game 2. Sangkot daw dito ang isang opisyal ng NCAA na hindi parte ng MANCOM.

Sana naman tsismis lang ito.

mighty_lion
09-25-2007, 10:22 PM
Has anyone noticed the media blitz featuring Murder, Inc. and how Alas has won titles on the last odd-numbered years and one coming frorm a 0-1 deficit?* I wonder how public opinion can win games or are these made to alter odds in Binondo or are these meant for the 3 refs who will be drawn from the pool to officiate the game.* Pa-devil's advocate lang...*


I don't think there is anything sinister (if I may use the word) about it. IMO, it is a reflection of the Red Lion's strength.

The marketing team of ABS CBN must project a series that is far from over. Otherwise, babagsak na ang tv ratings nyan. Walang manonood sa TV kundi yung mga Bedista.

Kung yung first game nga sa Big Dome, maluwag ang daanan sa side ng Letran. Kung palalabasin nilang walang pag-asa ang mga bata ni Alas sa game 2, baka makakuha na ako nyan ng Courtside seat sa side ng Letran! (Lintek, Lower A nga lang hirap ako!)

Besides, kahit last year, these people have been trying hard to put a historical perspective to this matchup. They are trying to spellout a rivalry that never existed.

Kung sabihin pa nilang schools with traditions and do the spin offs from there, pwede pa. Sa ngayon talagang pilit na pilit ang pagkakasulat.


I don't think the media blitz is related to the activities in Binondo.

However, I heard that malaki na raw ang pustahan para sa game 2. Malaki na daw ang perang nakataya at di malayong gagawa ng paraan ang mga taong sangkot dito para maapektuhan ang score o outcome ng second game.

Obserbahan ninyong mabuti ang mga referee sa Game 2.* Sangkot daw dito ang isang opisyal ng NCAA na hindi parte ng MANCOM.*

Sana naman tsismis lang ito.*



What I would hate much on this is kung babanatan nila ng fouls si Ekwe early in the game.

danny
09-26-2007, 01:13 AM
Babanatan si Ekwe? E di ipasok si Benjie Paras este Dave Marcelo. :D

Supremacy Now!

oca
09-26-2007, 08:41 AM
Babanatan si Ekwe? E di ipasok si Benjie Paras este Dave Marcelo.* :D

Supremacy Now!



Honestly, I do believe Dave can handle his counterparts. Si Frankie lang ang hindi panatag ang kalooban sa bench ninyo.

But after a whole game of sitting on the bench last Sep19, psychologically, no one is sure if your bench is still "in this series".

I hope Frankie has clear and definite intentions of using them in game 2. Dahil kung "last resort ang bench" and the starters are psyched up to play 30 minutes plus, and the 9th to 15th man psyched up to sit for 40minutes, kapag nagkagipitan sa fouls tagilid ang Red Lions.

Alas knows he cannot beat your first 5. He will force upon Frankie to bring the Red Lion bench into the game. Yes, there will be lots of contact. Letran will initiate them and expect the refs to blow their whistles.

Those kids who sat idly in game one can play. It's up to Frankie to motivate and field them.

gameface_one
09-26-2007, 09:08 AM
NCAA: Lions going for the jugular

By NELSON BELTRAN
The Philippine Star

For the San Beda Red Lions, it’s all about execution after working hard the past six days in preparation for their bid to retain the men’s NCAA crown Wednesday.

“The coaching staff believe we have prepared the team enough to get it done,” said coach Frankie Lim, confident of another victory over the Letran Knights in Game Two of their best-of-three title showdown.

In fact, the Bedan community is already bracing for a big bash after the 4 p.m. main match at the Araneta Coliseum.

“I think we’re ready to face Letran in Game Two,” said San Beda top player Yousif Aljamal, who is expected to join Talk n Text in the coming PBA season.

But Letran coach Louie Alas believes they have a good chance of extending the series, saying they have also done their assignments during the weeklong break.

“If we could make it one-game all, it’s anybody’s game in the sudden death,” said Alas, whose rookie-laden team remains the underdog in the series.

The Knights used a great defensive effort to put up a fighting stand in Game One, forcing the Lions to scramble in the fourth quarter before eventually winning the contest.

During the break, San Beda tried to find ways to counter Letran’s pressing defense, double-team on Pong Escobal and physical play on Sam Ekwe at the paint.

“We’ll see if we have done our homework,” said Lim.

Meanwhile, San Sebastian goes for a three-peat in junior play as it takes on Letran at 2 p.m.

Individual awards will be announced in between the two championship games with SSC’s Ryan Buenafe poised to run away with the juniors’ MVP and Mapua’s Kelvin dela Pena winning the coveted plum in the seniors division.

“We practiced very well this past week. The team is in great shape, the team is sharp,” said Lim.

The Lions worked out for six straight days from Tuesday to avoid getting rusty or losing their momentum after taking Game One, 76-68, last Sunday.

The team is out to score back-to-back NCAA championships, which it last achieved in 1977-78 with Lim among the key players along with Jayvee Yango, Chito Loyzaga and Chuck Barreiro.

San Beda, the only remaining league pioneer member with 12 NCAA crowns to its credit, has other successive championships in 1934-36 and 1951-52.

mighty_lion
09-26-2007, 10:26 AM
Babanatan si Ekwe? E di ipasok si Benjie Paras este Dave Marcelo.* :D

Supremacy Now!



Honestly, I do believe Dave can handle his counterparts. Si Frankie lang ang hindi panatag ang kalooban sa bench ninyo.

But after a whole game of sitting on the bench last Sep19, psychologically, no one is sure if your bench is still "in this series".

I hope Frankie has clear and definite intentions of using them in game 2. Dahil kung "last resort ang bench" and the starters are psyched up to play 30 minutes plus, and the 9th to 15th man psyched up to sit for 40minutes, kapag nagkagipitan sa fouls tagilid ang Red Lions.

Alas knows he cannot beat your first 5. He will force upon Frankie to bring the Red Lion bench into the game. Yes, there will be lots of contact. Letran will initiate them and expect the refs to blow their whistles.

Those kids who sat idly in game one can play. It's up to Frankie to motivate and field them.


Sana si Marcelo yong maging best player of the Game. ;D Dave-a-lizer! :P

BedanRoar
09-26-2007, 11:52 AM
SBC confirms new Nigerian in roster



09/26/2007

A San Beda College’s official yesterday confirmed the Red Lions have brought in a second Nigerian player to backstop star center Samuel Ekwe as they look forward to establishing a new dynasty in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

That aim, however, could be firmed up today with only Ekwe around as the Red Lions try to shoot for a second straight crown against Letran College in Game Two of their best-of-three in the 83rd NCAA men’s basketball championship at the Araneta Coliseum.

Hostilities start at 4 p.m. while San Sebastian College tries to claim the crown against Letran in the juniors division at 2 p.m.

Albert Almendralejo, San Beda representative to the management committee, confirmed the presence of Kevin Emeka Udo, the 6-foot-7 Nigerian swingman inside the Lions’ den. But before they receive criticisms for exploiting the loopholes in league rules on hiring foreign players, he strongly claimed Udo is a product of a “sound basketball program,” not by the commercialization of college hoops.

Udo, he said, is a full-time student taking up Marketing, and not an import as what some quarters within the NCAA community are thinking. San Beda has not violated any existing rules since there is no solid guideline regarding the inclusion of foreigners in its line-up.

“The problem with other teams is that they don’t want to recruit. They don’t upgrade their line-up. They should better do something in their basketball program if they also want to be competitive,” Almendralejo said during a telephone conversation with the Tribune. ”He is here because we (in San Beda) are in a serious pursuit for excellence. It’s not our fault if we have a sound basketball program. All we want is to play competitively.” Julius Manicad

NCAA, according to mancom member Henry Atayde of College of Saint Benilde, is set to review some gray areas in its rules and regulations after the ongoing season. But Almendralejo said it cannot hinder them from fielding Udo next year alongside reigning Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player Ekwe, another 6-foot-9 Nigerian behemoth.

And like any regular rookie, Udo’s inclusion in the lineup is still subject to the decision of the coaching staff led by their head coach, Frankie Lim.

“Of course it still depends on how he will perform (in the training camp) over summer,” Almendralejo said. “But the league cannot stop us from fielding him in next year if we want to. The implementation of the rules should be retrospective, and not prospective.”

But while the Lions are all set to wrap up the series tonight, the Knights of Louie Alas have another thing in mind.

“We have to play tough if we want to extend the series. The good thing that happened in Game One (despite the loss) is that we realized that we can compete against them pound for pound. We already did everything right (in Game One), but we have to play tougher this time, both mentally and physically,” said the veteran Alas, who is capable of leading his charges back from a 0-1 hole just like he did in 2005 against Philippine Christian University (PCU).

http://www.tribune.net.ph/sports/20070926spo8.html

BedanRoar
09-26-2007, 12:32 PM
Red Lions go for jugular
By Peter Atencio

THE Letran Knights are not expected to easily give in to the San Beda Red Lions’ title retention bid in the 83rd National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s basketball tournament.

Coach Louie Alas vowed that the Knights will bounce back in Game 2 of their best-of-three finals with the Red Lions at 4 p.m. today at the Araneta Coliseum.

Earlier, the San Sebastian Staglets will shoot for the title in their championship series with the Letran Squires in the junior division wars at 2 p.m. The Staglets prevailed over the Squires in Game 1 with a 90-72 triumph.

Forty minutes of good basketball is what the Knights will need to play as they try to prevent the Red Lions from sweeping the series and keeping the crown they won last year under coach Koy Banal.

“Kung hindi kami nagkaroon ng lapses noong last five minutes, siguro ay puwede naming ma-overcome ang advantage nila. We just have to win on Wednesday [today], so it will be anybody’s ballgame in Game 3,” said Alas after Letran took a 68-76 setback to San Beda in Game 1.

The Red Lions will be ready when the Knights try to recover from their struggles in the first game.

Lim feels that the seven-day layoff before Game 2 will give Letran an opportunity to rest and prepare better.

“I am expecting a tougher second game,” said Red Lions coach Frankie Lim, who added that San Beda will not miss the chance to go for the crown again in the second finals encounter.

In the last four minutes of the fourth quarter last Sept. 19, the Knights struggled with their free throws for four minutes, while the Red Lions unleashed a decisive 10-4 run.

Nigerian Sam Ekwe’s follow-up shot off Ogie Menor’s missed layup enabled the Red Lions to take charge by nine, 72-61, with 50 ticks still left in the game.

It was the biggest edge San Beda had over Letran during the game, which featured 11 deadlocks and eight lead changes.

“It was not easy,” said Lim after the Red Lions struggled offensively in the first three quarters.

Menor led the Red Lions with 23 points during the 31 minutes he was on the floor.

http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=sports4_sept26_2007

danny
09-27-2007, 05:23 AM
Back-to-back champs

San Beda waylays Letran to win NCAA title By waylon galvez

LAST SEASON was all about the hunger, about ending a 28-year title drought. This time, it’s all about getting certified as a true champion.


With the confidence of a reigning champion, San Beda College proved too strong against chief rival Letran, scoring a 76-64 win in Game Two to complete a sweep of the best-of-three Finals and capture the 83rd NCAA men’s basketball championship at the Araneta Coliseum.

It was the first back-to-back championship for the Red Lions since winning two in a row during the 1977 and 1978 seasons.

The win was doubly sweet as it somehow avenged the 1950 loss to the Knights during the two teams’ first and only meeting in this storied league.

The victory meant so much for each member, but more so for several Red Lions, including rookie mentor Frankie Lim and forward Yousif Aljamal.

"It feels great, very rewarding," said Lim, 47, who played for the ‘77-‘78 SBC team. "Winning it (as coach) on my first season… this is much sweeter."

"These (SBC) players are intelligent, may puso and they know that have the talent. It’s all about executing the plays. We’re up against a tough team, but I told them during our huddle not to doubt their capabilities."

The 6-foot-4 Aljamal, on the other hand, went through an emotional season following a controversial off-the-court clash with NCAA officials after he failed to ask permission from the league when he joined the PBA Rookie Draft last month.

He missed the final two games of the eliminations, a decision by team management, but rejoined the team in the Final Four.

"Of course, it was very fulfilling, after what I went through. Pero tapos na sa akin ‘yun, it’s time to celebrate," said Aljamal, who will play for Talk ’N Text in the PBA after he was traded by Air21.

It was the Red Lions’ 13th title overall, ranking third behind the Knights who have 15 and the Ateneo Blue Eagles’ 14.

San Beda, which had the best record in the eliminations with 11-1, again got solid numbers from the mohawk hair styled third year guard Ogie Menor with 25 points on 11-for-16 shooting from the field.

A three-pointer by Menor, who had 23 points in a 76-68 win during Game One of the series a week ago, gave his team a 13-point lead, 64-51, with 6:47 to play.

Menor was later named the Finals Most Valuable Player.

The Red Lions dictated the first half, leading by 17 points, 41-24 with 1:33 left in the second period on split free throws by Aljamal.

That lead was matched again early in the third frame when a triple by Pong Escobal, but the Knights used a 12-0 run to close the gap at 47-52.

Despite the setback, Letran coach Louie Alas, who steered the Knights to three NCAA championships (1997, 2003 and 2005) said that there’s no reason for them to feel sorry and sad.

"Hindi namin kailangan malungkot, kung titignan ang bigger picture, walang nag-isip na makakarating kami sa Finals," Alas said.

"I told my players to remember this day, this might be the start of bigger things for us."

Bryan Faundo led Letran with 17 points.

Ryan Buenafe fired 37 points to power the San Sebastian Staglets to their third straight title in the junior’s division, sweeping the Letran Squires in their best-of-three series with an 88-83 win in Game Two. The 6-foot-2 Buenafe, who will graduate from high school this summer, scored 14 of his points in the final frame, knocking down key baskets down the stretch for the Recto-based dribblers. He also collected eight rebounds, seven assists, three steals and three blocked shots.

"Pinaka-masarap so far ito kasi third straight championship na namin. Ang sabi ko sa mga players h’wag na namin palagpasin ‘yung pagkakataon itong chance to win it," said SSC coach Raymund Valenzona. The victory was a fitting present for the son of former SSC Stags head coach Arturo Valenzona, as Raymund will celebrate his 33rd birthday today.

The Staglets, who became the first three-peat champion in the junior’s since the San Beda Red Cubs won titles from 2002-04, also got solid numbers from third-year center Arvie Bringas with 24 points and 24 rebounds.

http://www.mb.com.ph/SPRT20070927104144.html

danny
09-27-2007, 05:29 AM
Brazen? ;D


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http://www.tribune.net.ph/sports/20070927spo1.html

START OF A NEW DYNASTY?
Red Lions NCAA kings a second time

By Julius Manicad

09/27/2007



Yesterday was a perfect time to celebrate for San Beda College.

Red-clad fans came in droves, classes at the Mendiola campus were suspended, championship banners were prepared and the immortal We are the champions hymn by Queen was readied to play in anticipation of the huge celebration ahead.

And what was expected happened as the Red Lions trampled the gutsy Letran College, 76-64, to capture another crown — their second straight — that could be the start of their brazen bid to establish a new dynasty in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

The back-to-back title, their 13th overall in the men’s basketball tournament of the country’s oldest collegiate league, may be sweet for the Red Lions, but it is definitely much sweeter for its architect, Frankie Lim.

It is the first title for Lim after playing a vital part in the legendary 1978 and 1979 San Beda squad that last won the back-to-back crown in the NCAA. Lim, a team manager for Talk ‘N Text in the PBA, was a mere spectator in the Lions’ celebration last year when Koy Banal was still calling the shots.

“It was very rewarding,” Lim said, catching his breath in ecstasy. “I told them not to doubt themselves. Show a lot of class, have pride. Kung gusto niyong tumira, show some pride, wag kayong matatakot magkamali.”

“This is my first head coaching job. I have no experience as a coach before so I guess, for me, this is much sweeter.”

But the night belongs to Yousif Aljamal and Ogie Menor, the leader and his successor who conspired for the very last time in the amateur ranks to bring the glory back to the school.

Aljamal, the self-proclaimed leader, drilled in 24 point and had 10 rebounds in his final appearance in San Beda’s red jersey amid the constant chant of “MVP” (Most Valuable Player) by fans, while Menor started to show that he is a worthy successor by pouring in 12 of his game-high 25 points in regulation.

“I’m ready to become next year’s leader,” the 20-year-old Isabela native Menor said. “I’ll still do what he wants me to do and continue to provide the leadership for my much younger teammates. This game is not just for me or Aljamal, but for everybody in the community.”

Next year’s squad is expected to be more formidable as this year as a handful of rookies and a Nigerian import are expected to be elevated into the senior ranks, converting San Beda’s plan of establishing a mighty dynasty into reality.

Sloppy all game long, the closest the Knights ever got was just within five points, 47-52, late in the third quarter. But Aljamal knocked down a three-point basket that hurt not only the Knights, but also throngs of their fans who trooped to the Big Dome hoping for a series extension.

“They’re beatable, but we failed to sustain whatever momentum we had in the third period,” Alas said.

Earlier, San Sebastian College-Recoletos claimed its third straight title via an emphatic 88-83 victory over the Letran Squires in Game Two of their best-of-three titular showdown in the juniors division.

MVP awardee Ryan Buenafe clinched 37 points while junior sensation Arvie Bringas drilled 24 points and 23 rebounds to power the Staglets to the crown that matched the three-peat achievement of the San Beda Red Cubs in 2004 to 2007.

danny
09-27-2007, 06:12 AM
Lions feast on Knights, match historic feat
http://philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=49&type=2&sec=30

By Joey Villar
Thursday, September 27, 2007
San Beda took the best dished out by Letran and proved again it’s better, cruising to a 76-64 victory last night and sealing a second straight NCAA men’s basketball crown for the first time in almost three decades at the Araneta Coliseum.

Reasserting their supremacy in almost all departments, the Red Lions seized control early behind Rogemar Menor and Yousif Aljamal then spent the last quarter breaking the Knights’ pressure-defense with swift passing and clutch baskets to pound out the victory before roaring fans.

Menor, an MVP during his high school days with the Cubs, sizzled with 25 points while Aljamal, last year’s finals MVP, came away with 24 points as the prolific duo combined for more than half of the team’s output for the victory that practically duplicated the Red Lions’ romp last year when they swept the PCU Dolphins in the best of three showdown.

“I got to give to the boys. They showed a lot of class, they weren’t afraid to shoot like what Menor and Aljamal did,” said San Beda coach Frankie Lim, basking in glory in the din of celebration at the jampacked Big Dome.

The back-to-back title romp thus matched the feat by the 1977-78 squad when Lim was still a player along with Chito Loyzaga and JB Yango and under now team consultant Bonnie Carbonel.

“It’s my first time coaching, it’s a lot sweeter than when I was still a player. I feel like I just got married,” said Lim.

It also put a good ending to what had been a tumultuous, controversy-marred season.

“This one’s for everybody, for the San Beda community,” Lim said.

Letran coach Louie Alas said they lost to a better team but the Knights, who wept for their failed bid, vowed to come back strong next year.

“We lost to a very strong team, you have to play perfect to beat them,” said Alas, who was responsible for three of the Muralla-based school’s league best 15 titles. “We’ll be back next year.”

So does San Beda.

With the win, San Beda thus pocketed its 13th seniors crown next only to Letran’s 15 and former member Ateneo’s 14.

Menor later bagged the Finals MVP following an equally spectacular 23-point performance in a 76-68 Game 1 triumph last week.

“I’m so glad I stayed with San Beda,” said the 21-year-old Menor, who nearly opted for another school three years ago.

The Lions dominated the game and led by as many as 17 points, 41-24, in the second quarter before the Knights clawed their way back to trim it down to five, 52-47, late in the third period.

Aljamal and Menor then took over a big fourth quarter charge to finally take the fight out of the Knights, whose pressure defense backfired as the Lions simply scored on quick passing anchored on Menor.

Earlier, Kelvin dela Pena of Mapua bagged the MVP plum, edging fellow Mythical First Team members Aljamal, Marvin Hayes of Jose Rizal, Bryan Faundo and Dino Daa of Letran.

Other individual awardees were San Sebastian’s Jason Ballesteros (Defensive Player), Hayes (Most Improved) and San Beda’s David Marcelo (Rookie of the Year).

danny
09-27-2007, 06:15 AM
Red Lions champs anew

BY CHRISTINE MONCADA
http://www.malaya.com.ph/sep27/spor1.htm

SAN Beda College turned what was expected to be a close match into a decisive 76-64 win yesterday to complete a two-game sweep of Letran in their best-of-three title showdown and retain the NCAA men’s basketball crown before a sellout crowd at the Araneta Coliseum.

With pro-bound Yousif Aljamal showing the way along with Ogie Menor and Nigerian center Sam Ekwe dominating the shaded lane, the Red Lions never gave the determined but outplayed Knights any breathing room en route to their second straight crown and 13th overall in the country’s oldest collegiate league.

"We worked hard for this. It’s no joke preparing for this championship. We practiced hard almost every day and I am glad my players learned fast. I’m really proud of them. Sa wakas, makakahinga na ako ng maluwag," said rookie coach Frankie Lim, who inherited the core of last year’s champion team from coach Koy Banal.

The last time San Beda clinched the crown for two straight years was in 1977-78 with a team that included Lim and Chito Loyzaga.

With their alumni cheering every step of the way, the Red Lions broke the game wide open by taking a 26-12 first quarter lead and were never headed the rest of the way.

Letran coach Louie Alas raised the white flag of surrender late in the fourth quarter and recalled his stars—RJ Razul, Andro Quinday, and Bryan Faundo—to the bench.

"We don’t need to feel sorry. Kung titingnan ang bigger picture we have already over-achieved because nobody expected us to reach this far. This is a very young team. This could be the start of something bigger for us," he said.

Lim celebrated the Red Lions’ victory with team patron Manny V. Pangilinan of PLDT-Smart, the president of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, at courtside where they embraced each other after the final buzzer.

San Beda is now the league’s third winningest team behind Letran (16) and Ateneo (14), now campaigning in the UAAP.

In the battle for the juniors’ crown, San Sebastian’s Staglets bagged their third-straight title with an 88-83 win over the Squires. The Staglets also swept the best-of-three series.

Season MVP Ryan Buenafe scattered a game-high 37 points to go with eight rebounds, three steals and three blocks to lead the Staglets to their fourth overall championship crown.

Arvie Bringas also made his presence felt by finishing with his fifth double-double of 24 points and 23 rebounds.

"Winning championships is a great feeling but this is much better kasi grand slam ito para sa amin. Sabi ko nga sa mga bata huwag na nilang bitawan ito," said San Sebastian coach Raymond Valenzona, who will turn 33 today.

For the second straight game, Menor led the Red Lions with 25 points, 12 of them coming in the fourth quarter, along with three rebounds, two assists and two steals. He was named the Finals Most Valuable Player.

"Dati naisip kong umalis sa San Beda but I decided to stay kasi mahal ko ang school, dito na ako lumaki. Worth it naman," said the sophomore guard, who came from the San Beda high school team.

Aljamal had 24 points and 10 rebounds to go with three assists, two steals and two blocks while Ekwe was held to just four points but had a game-high 13 boards.

"We’re really happy to be part of history and we really feel blessed that we were given the opportunity to keep the crown for the second straight year," said Aljamal.

The Knights came within five points 52-47 with 1:38 left in the third period behind a searing 12-0 run but Aljamal and Menor, coming to the Lions’ rescue, mounted a 12-4 counter-attack, giving their team a 64-51 lead with 6:47 left.

danny
09-27-2007, 06:24 AM
Lions make it back to back
By Peter Atencio
http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=sports1_sept27_2007

THE San Beda Red Lions let out a mighty roar yesterday at the Big Dome.

They sustained a strong start until the finish, demolishing the foul-troubled Letran Knights, 76-64, to claim their second straight crown in the 83rd National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s basketball tournament.

It was the Red Lions’ 13th collegiate crown since they first won the title 82 years ago. This was also their first back-to-back championship since the 1978 and 1979 seasons.

Ogie Menor was hailed the finals’ Most Valuable Player. He scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Mendiola-based dribblers to a 2-0 sweep of their best-of-three final series with the Knights.

Yousif Aljamal tallied 24 points and had 10 rebounds for San Beda while Nigerian slotman Sam Ekwe made up for his measly four points with 13 rebounds and six blocks.

“It feels great and it was very rewarding. I have to give it to the boys. These kids are intelligent players, may puso at mataas ang kumpiyansa. It’s all about executing our plays, and I didn’t have any problem with that because they know they are skilled,” said Red Lions coach Frankie Lim, who won his first-ever collegiate title right on his first year of coaching.

Knights coach Louie Alas said they never expected to be in finals in the first place and being in the championship was already an achievement for his boys.

“We lost to a better team. They are beatable. But you have to play a perfect game,” said Alas after the Knights tried to bounce back from a 68-76 setback they absorbed in Game 1.

The Red Lions unleashed a pivotal 15-1 spurt toward the end of the first period to take charge with a 26-12 edge.

Ekwe’s inside plays with 5:19 to go in the third canto allowed the Red Lions to maintain their control of the game at 34-20.

Menor, who also saw action for the San Beda Cubs, who won three straight junior crowns from 2003 to 2005, handed the Red Lions a 16-point spread at 40-24 with one of his two treys with 2:15 to go in the third quarter, before Aljamal handed the Red Lions their biggest lead, 49-33, following a drive off Dino Daa.

The Knights came close to within six at 49-55 after they launched a 15-2 rally off RJ Jazul’s penetration and two treys from John Melegrito with 52 seconds left before the payoff period.

But the rally was shortlived.

Pong Escobal sanked two freebies with 4:16 left, handing San Beda a 71-55 spread in the final period.

The absence of Daa after he fouled out with 3:36 to go prevented the Knights from cutting down San Beda’s advantage, compounded further by the exit of Reymar Gutilban later on fouls.

Meanwhile, Ryan Buenafe scored a game-high 37 points while Arvie Bringas fired 24 points to lead the San Sebastian Staglets to their third straight junior division crown with an 88-83 stopping of the Letran Squires in Game 2.

danny
09-27-2007, 06:56 AM
Red Lions retain NCAA title
By Emil Noguera Correspondent
http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2007/sept/27/yehey/sports/20070927spo1.html

SAN BEDA COLLEGE banked on the explosive performances of pro-bound Yousif Aljamal and Ogie Menor in the fourth quarter to sweep the National Collegiate Athletic Association seniors basketball best-of-three title series via a 76-64 win over Letran College Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Aljamal had 24 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks while Menor topscored with 26 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter, as the Red Lions scored their second back-to-back titles since 1977 and 1978.

“Sobrang special ang championship na ito para sa akin kasi last year ko na sa team,” said Aljamal, who will make his debut in the Philippine Basketball Association next month.

Aljamal was earlier named to the mythical team together with Most Valuable Player Kelvin de la Pena (Mapua), Marvin Hayes (JRU), Byran Faundo (CSJL) and Dino Daa (Letran).

Menor, who played for the Red Cubs before joining the Lions, said he was happy to have stayed in San Beda. “Blessing itong title para sa akin.”

Frankie Lim also expressed his joy after winning his first title as coach.

“I’m very happy for the boys, they deserved to win. They practiced hard everyday and they are very intelligent,” said Lim, a member of San Beda’s first back-to-back champion team.

In junior’s division, San Sebastian outplayed Letran, 88-83, to sweep their own best-of-three championship series.

Ryan Buenafe, named league and finals MVP, scored 37 points while Arvie Bringas chipped in 24 points on top of 23 rebounds as the Staglets captured their third straight title.

“Ito na siguro ‘yung pina-kamasarap na panalo namin. Three straight years na kaming namamayagpag and we are hoping to extend it next season. Sana makaapat,” said coach Raymond Valenzona after the Staglets duplicated the Red Cubs’ three consecutive titles from 2002 to 2004 under coach Ato Badolato.

danny
09-27-2007, 07:00 AM
Lions repeat as NCAA champs
Menor keys rout of Knights

By June Navarro
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/sports/view_article.php?article_id=90976
Inquirer
Last updated 03:57am (Mla time) 09/27/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- Ogie Menor was his usual stoic self, focusing on the task at hand throughout the one-sided encounter.

But after looking at the clock one last time, the San Beda College enforcer liked what he saw and finally managed to smile.

Menor can now relax after powering the Red Lions to the 83rd NCAA men’s basketball crown with a 76-64 win over the Letran Knights Wednesday night before an overflow crowd at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

Feeling the pressure early on, Menor loosened up in the second half and drilled in 18 of his game-high 25 points as the Red Lions duplicated their championship run last season.

“I got my confidence back when my shots started to go in,” said the 6-foot-2 Menor, who was adjudged Finals MVP.

“I don’t think anybody in the league could stop him,” said San Beda coach Frankie Lim of his chief gunner.

It was the 13th NCAA seniors’ crown for the Red Lions, moving the Mendiola-based dribblers to third overall in the championship title race behind Ateneo de Manila University’s 14 and Letran’s 15.

Interestingly, Lim was part of the 1977-1978 San Beda squad, which won back-to-back NCAA titles prior to their accomplishment Wednesday night.

“I’m lucky to have intelligent players,” said Lim. “I feel very rewarded.”

The Red Lion’s sound strategy was tested in the third quarter.

Behind the sniping of RJ Jazul and Bryan Faundo’s timely baskets, the Knights stormed back from 17 points down and advanced within 49-55.

But Pong Escobal, Borgie Hermida and Menor patiently waited for the right time to unleash another attack.

The cue came from Menor, who completed a three-point play, then followed it with a triple from the top of the key before finishing off another fastbreak play that finally ripped the game apart.

Yousif Aljamal outscored the entire Letran crew in the first quarter, tossing in 13 points in a wild 26-12 outburst that hinted of things to come for the Red Lions.

Meanwhile, Kelvin Dela Peña of Mapua Institute of Technology edged Aljamal to bag the NCAA seniors’ MVP award. Dela Peña compiled a player all-around value of 51.4 points to beat Aljamal, who amassed 50.7 points.

Marcelo David of San Beda snagged the Rookie of the Year plum and Hayes is the season’s most improved player.

In juniors’ action, Ryan Buenafe and Arvie Bringas powered the San Sebastian Staglets to their third straight crown with an 88-83 win over the Letran Squires.

Buenafe, the runaway NCAA juniors’ MVP, erupted for 37 points while the 6-foot-5 Bringas contributed 24 points and 23 rebounds as the Staglets also swept the best-of-three series.

danny
09-27-2007, 07:02 AM
San Beda defends NCAA crown, 76-64
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryID=94033

The San Beda Red Lions swept the Letran Knights, 76-64, to conclude the best-of-three championship at Game 2 and retain the 2007 NCAA crown in front of the sellout crowd at the Araneta Coliseum Wednesday.

The Knights put up a brave defense but the Lions were just overwhelming and dictated the tempo throughout the game.

Yousif Aljamal bannered the Lions with 24 points, 10 rebounds and three assists as he bade farewell to college hoops. Aljamal was drafted by Air21 Express during the recent Philippine Basketball Association Rookie Draft.

Wednesday's match saw San Beda immediately buckling down to business in the first quarter, piling 20 points against Letran’s 12.

The Knights upped the intensity at the second canto by matching the Mendiola dribblers' quarter points with 17.

Letran, however, was still down by two points in the third quarter despite rallying with 30 against San Beda’s 14.

The Knights collapsed in the fourth and eventually surrendered the series to the Lions.

The win gave the Lions their first back-to-back championship since 1978, when the team was bannered by Jayvee Yango, Chito Loyzaga, Chuck Barreiro and current San Beda coach Frankie Lim.

San Beda, the only remaining league pioneer member with 13 NCAA crowns to its credit, also had successive back-to-back championships in 1934-36 and 1951-52.

BedanRoar
09-27-2007, 07:33 AM
Mr. Danny, mukhang wala kang pinakawalan na dyaryo regarding our championship ah. Hindi ko na kailangan lumipatlipat pa nandito na lahat hehehe Great Job! Animo San Beda!!!

danny
09-27-2007, 07:53 AM
Mr. Danny, mukhang wala kang pinakawalan na dyaryo regarding our championship ah. Hindi ko na kailangan lumipatlipat pa nandito na lahat hehehe Great Job! Animo San Beda!!!


We are building a dynasty. Asserting our supremacy. Well, I'm just recording the path to glory. ;)


Animo! Have Courage!

gameface_one
09-27-2007, 09:34 AM
Lions feast on Knights, match historic NCAA feat

By JOEY VILLAR
The Philippine Star

San Beda took the best dished out by Letran and proved again it’s better, cruising to a 76-64 victory Wednesday night and sealing a second straight NCAA men’s basketball crown for the first time in almost three decades at the Araneta Coliseum.

Reasserting their supremacy in almost all departments, the Red Lions seized control early behind Rogemar Menor and Yousif Aljamal then spent the last quarter breaking the Knights’ pressure-defense with swift passing and clutch baskets to pound out the victory before roaring fans.

Menor, an MVP during his high school days with the Cubs, sizzled with 25 points while Aljamal, last year’s finals MVP, came away with 24 points as the prolific duo combined for more than half of the team’s output for the victory that practically duplicated the Red Lions’ romp last year when they swept the PCU Dolphins in the best of three showdown.

“I got to give to the boys. They showed a lot of class, they weren’t afraid to shoot like what Menor and Aljamal did,” said San Beda coach Frankie Lim, basking in glory in the din of celebration at the jampacked Big Dome.

The back-to-back title romp thus matched the feat by the 1977-78 squad when Lim was still a player along with Chito Loyzaga and JB Yango and under now team consultant Bonnie Carbonel.

“It’s my first time coaching, it’s a lot sweeter than when I was still a player. I feel like I just got married,” said Lim.

It also put a good ending to what had been a tumultuous, controversy-marred season.

“This one’s for everybody, for the San Beda community,” Lim said.

Letran coach Louie Alas said they lost to a better team but the Knights, who wept for their failed bid, vowed to come back strong next year.

“We lost to a very strong team, you have to play perfect to beat them,” said Alas, who was responsible for three of the Muralla-based school’s league best 15 titles. “We’ll be back next year.”

So does San Beda.

With the win, San Beda thus pocketed its 13th seniors crown next only to Letran’s 15 and former member Ateneo’s 14.

Menor later bagged the Finals MVP following an equally spectacular 23-point performance in a 76-68 Game 1 triumph last week.

“I’m so glad I stayed with San Beda,” said the 21-year-old Menor, who nearly opted for another school three years ago.

The Lions dominated the game and led by as many as 17 points, 41-24, in the second quarter before the Knights clawed their way back to trim it down to five, 52-47, late in the third period.

Aljamal and Menor then took over a big fourth quarter charge to finally take the fight out of the Knights, whose pressure defense backfired as the Lions simply scored on quick passing anchored on Menor.

Earlier, Kelvin dela Pena of Mapua bagged the MVP plum, edging fellow Mythical First Team members Aljamal, Marvin Hayes of Jose Rizal, Bryan Faundo and Dino Daa of Letran.

Other individual awardees were San Sebastian’s Jason Ballesteros (Defensive Player), Hayes (Most Improved) and San Beda’s David Marcelo (Rookie of the Year).

mighty_lion
09-27-2007, 09:42 AM
Aljamal, the self-proclaimed leader, drilled in 24 point and had 10 rebounds in his final appearance in San Beda’s red jersey amid the constant chant of “MVP” (Most Valuable Player) by fans, while Menor started to show that he is a worthy successor by pouring in 12 of his game-high 25 points in regulation.


I think the crowd were chanting that MVP thing because Manny Pangilinan joined the RL in the middle of the court. I wasnt paying that much attention kasi palabas ako ng court mismo nun.

nash_bedista
09-27-2007, 10:35 AM
hindi yta, i think si Menor yung chinachant ng crowd. Hindi nila mahintay yung awarding. hahah

2 more Championship Ogie!!! hahha

toti_mendiola
09-27-2007, 11:11 AM
there were 2 MVP chants. First was the red army in appreciation to yousiff and ogie then the chant of mvp by the team in appreciation to San Beda's no. 1 benefactor.

danny
09-28-2007, 12:51 AM
there were 2 MVP chants. First was the red army in appreciation to yousiff and ogie then the chant of mvp by the team in appreciation to San Beda's no. 1 benefactor.


Ayos!

Sabi ni Frankie, pahinga muna. No way. Trabaho na! :D

trencher_k
09-28-2007, 10:55 AM
Red Lions roaring for more

By June Navarro
Inquirer
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/sports/view_article.php?article_id=91216
Last updated 03:42am (Mla time) 09/28/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- There seems no dispelling talk of a developing San Beda College dynasty after the Red Lions easily captured their second straight NCAA basketball crown on Wednesday night.

Except for the departure of pro-bound Yousif Almajal and the graduation of Raymond Maggay, the Red Lions’ championship core is still intact.

What’s ominous for the opposition, led by the Letran College Knights whom the Red Lions swept in the Finals, is the fact that San Beda has a pair of battle-ready replacements who could make them even more frightening.

Another Nigerian, aside from the 6-foot-7 Sam Ekwe, and a prolific scorer from the junior ranks will most likely suit up for the Mendiola-based hoopsters next season.

The 6-foot-5 Kevin Udo is another Ekwe in the making, and 2006 NCAA juniors Top Rookie-MVP Elvin Pascual has all the tools of a potential San Beda star.

“There are rules to follow and I think we’re following those rules to the letter,” said San Beda coach Frankie Lim after rewarding his alma mater with its 13th NCAA seniors crown overall.

Lim was referring to Udo’s inclusion in the San Beda roster next season.

With Udo and Ekwe together and the 6-4 Pascual giving more depth to Lim’s rotation that already has Ogie Menor, Pong Escobal, Borgie Hermida and Jay-R Taganas, the Red Lions look even more formidable.

trencher_k
09-28-2007, 11:04 AM
Philippine Star 28 September 2007
http://www.philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=49&type=2&sec=30&aid=20070927179

Lions dynasty in the works
By Joey Villar
Friday, September 28, 2007

With Sam Ekwe in the fold, San Beda proved peerless in the NCAA the last two years. With another Nigerian joining the squad next season, the Red Lions are on their way to building a dynasty in the country’s oldest collegiate league.

“We have a good chance to do it, we should have good recruits next year to fill the spots left by (Yousif) Aljamal and (Raymond) Maggay,” said San Beda coach Frankie Lim, moments after steering the Lions to back-to-back title romp following a two-game sweep of the Letran Knights Wednesday night.

Lim, who played for the San Beda team that last won back-to-back in 1977-78, has reasons to be optimistic of the Lions’ three-peat bid.

For one, another Nigerian – Emeka Udo – in the mold of Ekwe, is taking his residency and should be eligible for Season 84.

Like the 2006 rookie MVP, Udo is agile for his 6-foot-9 frame and is said to be a power player who can also intimidate the opponents’ shots with his high-leaping ability.

Three more big men – 2006 NCAA juniors MVP Elvin Pascual, Martin Antonio and Erwin Castillo – are also coming in from the Mendiola-based school’s second team with the last two expected to fill the void left by Aljamal and Maggay, who already played their last seasons with the squad.

The Lions are also eyeing the versatile Nicholas Salva from the Red Cubs although they would have to beat the Ateneo Eagles from the other league in an expected tug-o-war for the talented forward.

“We’re excited of the future because we know there are several talents coming in,” Lim said.

Lim is also looking forward to a back-to-back title both as a player and as a coach after winning his first on his first try. The 2006 San Beda squad that went all the way was coached by Koy Banal.

“It was a good feeling to win titles as a player, but it’s sweeter winning one as a coach. I hope we’ll win another one next year,” Lim said.

With the enormous talents at his disposal, including reigning Finals MVP Rogemar Menor, Pong Escobal, Borgie Hermida, Bam Bam Gamalinda, 2007 Rookie of the Year Dave Marcelo, Jay-Ar Taganas and Ekwe, Lim said the Lions are in for a historic stint next year.

Only five teams had won three straight crowns – former members University of the Philippines (1924-26) and Ateneo (1931-33), San Beda (1934-36), Letran (1982-1984) and San Sebastian’s unmatched five-peat from (1993-1997).

The Lions have won 13 titles overall and are aiming to join the Eagles at second place with most number of crowns with 14. Letran tops the list with 15 championships, the last in 2005.

mighty_lion
09-28-2007, 11:15 AM
Three more big men – 2006 NCAA juniors MVP Elvin Pascual, Martin Antonio and Erwin Castillo – are also coming in from the Mendiola-based school’s second team with the last two expected to fill the void left by Aljamal and Maggay, who already played their last seasons with the squad.


Martin Antonio.* Im not sure if Antonio is still eligible to play for SBC Team A pero sayang din tong batang ito. Couple of years back, starter pa yan ng Red Lions.* The catch on his game is that maganda yong pinapakita nya pag sa practice and non-crucial games. Pero pag mabigatang laban na, parang magdududa ka kung basketball player sya. :-[

gameface_one
09-28-2007, 01:37 PM
San Beda dismisses dynasty talks



WAYLON GALVEZ
mb.com.ph

With the triumphant campaign of San Beda College in the 83rd NCAA men’s basketball tournament, will it be the start of a ‘dynasty’ in the country’s oldest collegiate league?




San Beda College players, officials and supporters


The Red Lions completed their back-to-back title bid, sweeping the Letran Knights in their best-of-three championship showdown with a convincing 76-64 win in Game Two Wednesday night at the jampacked Araneta Coliseum.

It was the Mendiola-based team’s 13th overall NCAA championship, marking the first time in 19 years it won two straight titles, or since bagging two-in-a-row during the 1977 and 1978 seasons.

One-time Red Lion Frankie Lim, who steered SBC to the title in his first year, said that it’s too early to tell if they can sustain it.

"We’re not really thinking about that. Mahirap naman magsalita ngayon, masyadong premature," said the 47-year-old Lim, a member of the ’77-’78 SBC champion team.

"But of course, we will try our best to win as many titles as we could."

Two players will no longer be around when the Red Lions shoot for a three-peat next season, pro-bound Yousif Aljamal and reserve forward Raymund Maggay.

Aljamal, the Finals MVP last year, of course will be the one missed. The 6-foot-4 forward averaged 16 points, 9.4 assists and 2.7 assists per game in the double-round eliminations and shot 24 points in Game Two. He’s set to debut as a PBA player when he plays for Talk ’N Text next month.

However, even without them, the Red Lions will still be formidable.

Sam Ekwe, the 6-foot-8 Nigerian who combined 31 rebounds in the Finals, will be at the heart of the Red Lions’ defense, which according to Lim was overlooked by teams this season because of their firepower.

On the other hand, Ogie Menor, who was named as the Finals MVP after dropping 23 and 25 points in Games One and two, respectively, will be the sparkplug on offense.

"He’s a hell of a player. Nobody in Letran, I think, can stop Menor," said Lim of his prized forward who won three championships (2002-04), a regular season MVP and two Finals MVPs with the SBC Red Cubs.

Others expected to return next season are playmakers Pong Escobal, Borgie Hermida and Chico Tirona, guards Garvo Lanete and Ed Tecson, forwards Bam-Bam Gamalinda, Jay-R Taganas and Rookie of the Year Dave Marcelo.

Of course, talks are already out that another Nigerian — 6-foot-5 Kevin Udo — will join San Beda to reinforce the team’s frontline. Udo played for SBC’s Team B in the Fr. Martin’s Cup.

Lim refused to provide details about his much talked about player, but said that if Perpetual Help got away with two imports playing in their lineup in the just concluded season, there’s no reason for San Beda not to do the same.

"We have rules, and if the NCAA allows it, then we will let him play," said Lim. "If they can allow Perpetual Help to have two imports, why can’t we?"

Lim was referring to the Altas’ Korean Lee Sang-myun and Indonesian Ryan Febrian. Their inclusion, however, hardly created a stir since Perpetual finished second to last in the elimination round.

The last team to have posted a dynasty in the NCAA was San Sebastian College.

That team was powered by an all-star cast led by Romel Adducul, Rodney Santos, Brixter Encarnacion, Banjo Calpito and Jasper Ocampo as the Stags captured five straight titles from 1993 to 1997.

"Kaya siguro (dynasty)," said coach Leo Isaac, whose Mapua Cardinals lost to San Beda in the Final Four. "Pero mag-champion muna sila."

mighty_lion
09-29-2007, 10:05 PM
San Beda giving a closer look on Udo

09/29/2007

As far as San Beda College is concerned, Kevin Emeka Udo is still a work in progress.

Red Lions’ team manager Mukesh Advani yesterday said contrary to earlier reports, Udo, their prized Nigerian acquisition, still has so many rough moves in his game and that prompts the entire coaching staff to give him a closer look when their training camp formally opens on summer.

He also said Udo’s perimeter shooting and footwork is still questionable right now, making him a liability on the offensive end.

“Malayo pa,” Advani said when asked to compare Udo to Sam Ekwe, their resident Nigerian star. “He’s still very raw. He maybe good on rebounding and has the athleticism, but we still have to develop his skills offensively and defensively as well.”

“He’s not a super import as what people are thinking he is. He is still a work in progress. Very limited pa ang skills niya.”

With scouting reports identifying him as a “mobile big man with a pair of sweet-shooting hands,” the 6-foot-7 Udo was instantly regarded as San Beda’s pillar of strength underneath next to the 6-foot-9 Ekwe next year.

Actually, he was supposed to see action in a commercial league in Singapore, but a San Beda supporter scouted him and delivered him straight to the Lions’ den, raising furor from some quarters of the NCAA that San Beda is gaining an “unfair advantage” in the recruitment process.

Advani, however, said the coaching staff, led by Frankie Lim, is still having second thoughts whether to field Udo next year. And with the influx of outstanding rookies and the steady performance of Ekwe and newly crowned Rookie of the Year Dave Marcelo, it’s still too early to tell whether Udo will be paraded next year.

“Well, everything is still hanging. We’re not yet really sure if he will make (it to) the team.”

“The height is there, but the skills offensively and defensively is the question. We have yet to see whether he can play in an organized basketball,” Advani, a former Ginebra enforcer, said, rejecting the idea that the Red Lions are just downplaying the real ability of their import to avoid further controversies. Julius Manicad

trencher_k
10-02-2007, 08:57 AM
San Beda relives Caloy Loyzaga’s golden era
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/sports/view_article.php?article_id=91963

By Manolo Iñigo
Inquirer
Last updated 07:01am (Mla time) 10/02/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- While it is too early to talk about it, I say prospects look good for San Beda College, the back-to-back National Collegiate Athletic Association champion, to score a “three-peat” and relive the good old days in the 1950s when the legendary Carlos “Caloy” Loyzaga led the Red Lions to three NCAA titles.

San Beda did it in 1951, 1952 and 1955 to retire the then much-coveted Zamora Trophy.

But unlike in the past, when the forbidding presence of the 6-foot-3 Loyzaga (a rarity among local players at that time) turned impending defeat into victory, hence the apt moniker “The Big Difference,” this year’s champion San Beda team banked heavily on a trio of cagers to nail its 13th NCAA title behind Letran College (15), the losing finalist this year and former member Ateneo de Manila University (14).

* * *

Playing big roles for the winners were mohawk-haired Ogie Menor, a well-built, 20-year-old 6-foot-3 prized forward who was named the Finals MVP; pro-bound Yousif Aljamal, a sweet-shooting 6-4 player who is set to join Talk ‘N Text in the PBA this season; and tall and beefy Sam Ekwe, the 6-foot-8 Nigerian rebounder, who won last year’s MVP award.

Although two players will be missed next season -- Aljamal and reserve forward Raymund Maggay, who is graduating -- the team is close to intact.

Thus, it is safe to say that San Beda coach Frankie Lim is extremely lucky since two talented players from the team’s junior ranks are slated to beef up his team, namely, the 6-foot-5 Kevin Udo, another Nigerian who has the makings of a future Ekwe; and last year’s juniors Top Rookie-MVP 6-foot-4 Elvin Pascual.

Lim is also counting on his other impact-performers like Borgie Hermida, Pong Escobal, Chico Tirona, top rookie Dave Marcelo, Bam-Bam Gamalinda, Jay-R Taganas, Ed Tecson and Garvo Lanete.

* * *

A dynasty in the making?

“We are not really talking about that,” said the 47-year-old Lim, who played for the champion San Beda team in 1977 and 1978. “Masyadong maaga (It’s premature).”

But he said that it felt great winning the title on his maiden stint as coach. “It’s very rewarding.”

Praising his players, Lim said they are all intelligent, may puso (with a fighting heart). “We’re up against a tough team (Letran) but I told them not to doubt their capabilities.”

“I got my confidence when my shots started to go in,” stressed Menor, who topscored for San Beda with 25 points in Game 2 after hitting 23 in Game 1, two games the Red Lions won to sweep the best-of-three title series.

Aljamal said it was time to celebrate. He missed two games of the final eliminations after he was barred by NCAA officials for failing to ask the permission of the league when he joined the PBA Rookie Draft a few weeks ago. But he was able to rejoin the team in the Final Four.

* * *

danny
10-04-2007, 04:21 AM
Philippine Star 28 September 2007
http://www.philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=49&type=2&sec=30&aid=20070927179

Lions dynasty in the works
By Joey Villar
Friday, September 28, 2007

...

Only five teams had won three straight crowns – former members University of the Philippines (1924-26) and Ateneo (1931-33), San Beda (1934-36), Letran (1982-1984) and San Sebastian’s unmatched five-peat from (1993-1997).

The Lions have won 13 titles overall and are aiming to join the Eagles at second place with most number of crowns with 14. Letran tops the list with 15 championships, the last in 2005.


Aba! Double Triple kapag nagkataon ang Red Lions.

Trabaho na!

BedanRoar
10-10-2007, 10:28 AM
http://www.philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=49&type=2&sec=30&aid=20071009199

San Beda pulls out Menor, Escobal from SEAG five
By Joey Villar
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Reigning NCAA back-to-back champion San Beda yesterday pulled out Rogemar Menor and Pong Escobal from the national team competing in the Southeast Asian Games slated Dec. 6-16 in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

Albert Almendralejo, San Beda’s NCAA board representative, announced that Menor and Escobal would no longer be joining the RP team, citing their studies as the reason for the school’s decision to recall the two talented cagers.

“It is part of the basketball program of San Beda that academics should go hand in hand with basketball, in cases there is a conflict it is readily resolved in favor of the academic standing of the player,” said Almendralejo in a statement.

Almendralejo explained that the Lions, who will be leaving late this month for a weeklong vacation in San Francisco, California as part of their bonus for topping Season 83, are also committed to play in the Champions League, a tournament where the best of the country’s school teams are competing.

“Participating in the RP team mean they will be out four days a week and that will imperil their academics. We want all our players to graduate and be productive members of the society,” Almendralejo added.

Patrick Gregorio, executive director of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, said they are doing their best to tap players with one goal in mind – win the SEA Games gold medal.

“We are analyzing all factors affecting these players like health, education and personal concerns to make sure we get the best focused 12 national players,” Gregorio told The STAR.

The withdrawal of Menor, the 2007 NCAA Finals MVP, and Escobal would leave a big hole for Team RP with Fil-Am Gabe Norwood uncertain of playing for the squad.

RP team coach Junel Baculi had refused to comment on the two cagers’ pullout although there were reports that the coaching staff are saddened by San Beda’s decision to recall its players.


Sorry, I could not find a tread to put this article at the General Discussion Area. Kindly move this article in a more appropriate thread if it is not suited here.Thanks

razor
10-10-2007, 09:11 PM
We may not agree with the decision 100%, but its best to put things in its proper perspective and know the reason behind the decision.

School Admin (not the Red Lions Coaches) decided to pull out Pong and Ogie from the NT because the NT is also scheduled to participate in the PBL as part of their training along with other activities.

This fact was not mentioned in the papers and we all know that playing in the PBL will take so much out of our players in terms of time and energy leaving little or no time for study. I think last year's sad experience in the PBL, i.e., missed classes, injuries, etc. created this negative impression about a PBL stint.

It seems that SBC has no issue with Pong and Ogie playing for flag and country per se. But the training regimen and most specially the PBL stint got into the picture hence the decision.

mighty_lion
10-10-2007, 09:16 PM
^ Thanks for that info sir.

danny
10-13-2007, 02:07 AM
Pati si Atty. Saguisag nasa "reclaiming history" mode. An assault against historical revisionism? :D

The S jeer may have lessened, but there is still a great need to completely eliminate haughtiness from our ranks.

Bedista tayo. Saksi sa lahat ng kaganapan sa Mendiola.

---------------------------------------

SIDELINE SLANTS
By Rene Saguisag
Once more, with feeling
http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2007/oct/04/yehey/sports/20071004spo7.html



THE Philippine Star carried this on Sunday: “I remember that game when the mother of Kurt Bachmann was watching, and she became so angry that she literally went into the court ready to hit with an umbrella one of the Ateneo players who apparently elbowed her son. I’m not sure which one of the Ateneo players it was—either it was Cris Arroyo or the late Ed Ocampo.”

I think if this had happened, I would have remembered it. What I recall was that Mrs. Bachmann chased Mapua’s Charlie Badion, also called Bad Boy or Boom-Boom, because of his reputation. The culprit was in fact Carlos Mandilag. But, Badion was like Bobby Jaworski, the usual suspect, as Cris was.

No way Ed could have done it. He was sportsmanship personified. I can entertain though that Cris was behind the Ninoy Aquino assassination and the abduction of Jonas Burgos. This assassin once provoked San Beda’s Big Boy Reynoso to chase him in Araneta which helped lead to the suspension of the league and the eventual departure of La Salle and Ateneo.

Decades later, Cris, Jojo Binay, Ed Araullo and I formed the nucleus of a team playing thrice a week in St. Scho’s gym. We were winning at a 95% clip because of Cris but, much mellower, he was no longer salvaje but still pillo.

The real rivalry then was between San Beda and Ateneo. There is a genuine one now between Ateneo and La Salle and there is enough in it with no need to be inventive about the past.

On Wednesday, I stopped by Mendiola briefly, towards midnight, and saw the street roped off. The party animals were still coming. It was again Christmas and Mardi Gras for the bonding Bedans. Pure fun. Best was nothing untoward hap-pened in the playoffs. In 1950, a gun fired in the Letran stands.

A surprise for me was the presence in Araneta of Ed Ruiz, my AB classmate, who I might not have met since our graduation. He had come all the way from Connecticut, on vacation.

I was sorry to hear from Nonong Contreras that elder brother Raul is again in a bad way. The title of this column, Sideline Slants, I stole from Raul in the Bedan, our school paper. He is a wordsmith who can turn a phrase as well as anyone.

Sonia Roco was there. Again memories cascaded. Raul and I were more than brothers in college. The Bedans sang the college song with fervor and Araneta fairly shook and just about exploded with the last phrase. The lyrics Raul put together, teaming up later with Fr. Benildus Maramba. Raul composed it while honey-mooning, and spoke of herald the Bedans coming.

Hmmm.

How hard was it to get tickets? Tough, man. I knew it when Freddie Villamor called to ask for help. I could not help this time, unlike last year. In the end, he got ducats from another source; here was a guy who can buy the Coliseum. It was SRO. I could not get tickets for love, but for money, the scalpers had a good day. Are some ducats courtesy of Recto and Cubao? Hmmm.

One area we can improve is in courtesy. I am upset every time our side would taunt the Letranites as “squatters!” We should not have to be so haughty. We have a good number of them where we live. I have helped those so described all my life. I know first hand that they laugh, they cry, they dream, they fear, like you and I. The most important lesson in life is to be kind. I trust the last season is the last we heard this unchristian taunt.

Too bad the NCAA did not allow our famous Indian Yell at halftime, which in itself was worth the price of admission. It took long previously? But, the NCAA is still about entertainment, not punish-ment. Well, another title is the best revenge.

Not all dynasties are necessarily bad.

gelaibabydoll
10-13-2007, 02:44 AM
One area we can improve is in courtesy. I am upset every time our side would taunt the Letranites as “squatters!” We should not have to be so haughty. We have a good number of them where we live. I have helped those so described all my life. I know first hand that they laugh, they cry, they dream, they fear, like you and I. The most important lesson in life is to be kind. I trust the last season is the last we heard this unchristian taunt.



I was very near the letran side in Game 2 of the finals, it was actually part of the Letran side, complimentary tickets eh... who was I to complain??!!? (but thank God puro Bedans ang katabi ko kungdi malamang di ako makakasigaw ng maayos... i can get pretty emotional ;D) I could clearly see where Atty. Saguisag was seated... Whenever the S-jeers were chanted, everyone in our area would wave our hands signaling "stop it!" On my part, I really don't like hearing that... It could just as easily been shouted at us and we will get offended if that happens, right? I remember when I was in highschool (SBC-Alabang) & a girl from an unknown school in the south gave my classmate a once-over and said "yuck... taga Bene... Skwater!" in Alabang Town Center. I ran towards the girl and almost punched her for saying that... inawat lang ako nung mga ibang batchmate naming lalaki... hahaha malakas ang loob ko nun kasi di an ko nakauniform & babae rin naman ang kalaban ko & to think, hindi ko naman kasundo yung classmate ko... hehehe... the point is... masakit talaga ang matawag ng ganun... I just hope that our younger brothers and sisters stop doing that... kahit inis na inis na tayo sa kalaban at fired up lahat ng emotions natin... We must think before we react...

... That's all, thank you... *beauty queen wave a la Sandara*

danny
10-13-2007, 03:26 AM
Basta tayo, tuloy lang ang pagpigil sa kabaliwan na yan. Ok out of topic na tayo. (Sira kasi B.com) :D

Regular Grey
10-13-2007, 08:59 AM
Ha ha ha, dahil sira B.com, dito naman tayo magkitakita

BedanRoar
10-14-2007, 10:38 AM
I myself felt so bad during the finals of San Beda vs PCU. During several times when SBC crowd was taunting PCU "Iskwater" (PCU population was less than 20% and mostly kids). Due to the difficulty of securing tickets in the final Game (Game3), my wife tried to buy tickets at PCU campus and she was strictly screened! sabi ng nagbebenta ng tickets duon " Pasensya na, kailangan namin maghigpit dahil masyado na kami inapi ng San Beda" pinauutang na nila ang tickets nila sa mga students kahit buy now pay later wag lang mapunta sa San Beda fans ang ticket.

Nakaka awa rin diba?

razor
10-14-2007, 11:17 AM
SIDELINE SLANTS
By Rene Saguisag
Once more, with feeling
http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2007/oct/04/yehey/sports/20071004spo7.html

xxx

Sonia Roco was there. Again memories cascaded. Raul and I were more than brothers in college. The Bedans sang the college song with fervor and Araneta fairly shook and just about exploded with the last phrase. The lyrics Raul put together, teaming up later with Fr. Benildus Maramba. Raul composed it while honey-mooning, and spoke of herald the Bedans coming.

Hmmm.

xxx



;D ;D ;D

The late senator must be laughing so hard wherever he is. ;)

toti_mendiola
10-14-2007, 01:52 PM
SIDELINE SLANTS
By Rene Saguisag
Once more, with feeling
http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2007/oct/04/yehey/sports/20071004spo7.html

xxx

Sonia Roco was there. Again memories cascaded. Raul and I were more than brothers in college. The Bedans sang the college song with fervor and Araneta fairly shook and just about exploded with the last phrase. The lyrics Raul put together, teaming up later with Fr. Benildus Maramba. Raul composed it while honey-mooning, and spoke of herald the Bedans coming.

Hmmm.

xxx



;D ;D ;D

The late senator must be laughing so hard wherever he is. ;)


I wonder how many Bedans were honeymooning at that time. Pero malamang hindi clenched fist ang mga nakataas.

mighty_lion
10-14-2007, 03:31 PM
^ I pity all Bedans who will be pumping thier hands sabay Bedan Hym come thier honeymoon. ;D

gameface_one
10-14-2007, 03:43 PM
NCAA hoopsters trip UAAP squad

The Philippine Star

The NCAA All Stars defeated their UAAP counterparts, 83-78, Saturday in the Samsung-Bantay Bata 163 All Stars at The Arena in San Juan.

With NCAA trailing by 14 points in the first half, RJ Jazul of Letran fueled a searing final-half charge to carry their team to victory.

Jazul drained clutch three-pointers and finished with a game-high 22 points to win the MVP award.

Nigerian behemoth Sam Ekwe added 19 points including five in the stretch to finish off the UAAP side.

Earlier, Rey Guevarra of Letran exhibited two dazzling jams that earned perfect points, besting Ekwe and Fil-Nigerian Hans Thiele of the University of the East in the slam dunk competition.

La Salle’s JV Casio won the three-point shooting contest and the University of the Philippines’ Vicmel Epres and Martin Reyes reigned supreme in the two-ball event.

Casio walloped San Beda’s JR Tecson, 23-6, in the finals of the three-point shootout while Epres and Reyes edged the UE tandem of Paul Lee and Jorel Canizares, 45-42, for the two-ball crown.

trencher_k
10-18-2007, 09:03 AM
Franz Pumaren named year’s top mentor
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/sports/view_article.php?article_id=95161

Inquirer
Last updated 06:19am (Mla time) 10/18/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- The De La Salle University Green Archers and the San Beda College Red Lions topped their respective collegiate leagues this season.

So it’s just apt that when the UAAP and NCAA Press Corps hold the 2007 Collegiate Basketball Awards presented by Anta on Oct. 25 at the Manila Pavilion, the bulk of the awardees will come from the two schools.

La Salle’s Franz Pumaren was named the Coach of the Year in Season 70 after steering the Taft-based school to an improbable sweep of University of the East Warriors.

Rogemar Menor and Yousif Aljamal, on the other hand, spearheaded the Lions’ Season 83 title conquest and earned their share of awards.

Menor, the reigning Finals Most Valuable Player, was the hands down choice as San Miguel Scoring Champion. Aljamal, who is now with Talk N’ Text, was voted to the elite Anta Mythical Five of the UAAP and NCAA combined, along with NCAA MVP Kelvin dela Peña, UAAP MVP Jervy Cruz, UE’s Mark Borboran and Ateneo de Manila University’s Chris Tiu.

JV Casio was Menor’s counterpart in the UAAP while teammate Cholo Villanueva bagged the Mr. Clutch plum, an award given to a player who has a penchant for taking and making the biggest shots for his team the whole season.

Villanueva coincidentally shared the UAAP Finals MVP honor with Casio.

Rico Maeirhofer, for his part, was the recipient of the Energy Player award, graduating TY Tang the Super Senior plum while San Beda’s Nigerian behemoth Sam Ekwe, the 2006 rookie MVP, is the San Miguel Defensive Player of the Year after he led the league in rebounds and blocks.

toti_mendiola
11-18-2007, 06:15 PM
The Big Leap
JASON CASTRO TO PLAY IN AUSTRALIA PRO LEAGUE?
http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/1116&172007/sports03.html


THE offer was there, but vaguely. The pay could be good, but nothing’s for sure until something has been written in stone.

But there lies the value of Jason Castro, who was approached recently by a Singapore basketball team playing under a pro league in Australia. If everything falls into place, Castro could play for pay outside the Philippines.

“May lumapit sa akin from the [Singapore] Slingers and he informed me na they’re looking for Filipinos to play for the team,” Castro, visibly gushing over the invite, revealed.

The five-foot-10 guard, who is with the Harbour Centre-backed RP Nationals playing a series of tune-up games in Singapore in preparation for the 24th Southeast Asian Games, caught the fancy of one of the Slingers officials after Castro helped the Philippines beat the taller, heftier Slingers, 100-93.

In that game, Castro, the Filipinos’ lead playmaker and rallying point of a team that is hell-bent at winning the gold in Thailand, awed his defenders and dazzled the crowd with his explosive moves that enabled him to produce 16 points, five assists and three steals in 31 minutes.

“Kung maganda ang offer, baka subukan ko pero sana may kasama ako para di malungkot,” added Castro, a projected No. 1 draft pick if he decides to enter the 2008 draft of the Philippine Basketball Association.

Businessman Paul Monozca, one of the leaders in the Filipino community in Singapore, said the Slingers management is working tirelessly to make the organization more attractive to some 120,000 Filipino migrants.

“But I told them, that if they want to gain the attention of basketball-loving Filipinos here, I told them that they need to get at least three Filipinos,” said Monozca.

The Slingers are one of only two non-Australian teams playing in the National Basketball League Hummer Championship.

Mikee Romero, who owns Harbour Centre, Castro’s team in the Philippine Basketball League, said he won’t stand in the way if Castro is given a chance to play in the Australian league.

“I’ll be happy if one of my boys would be given the chance to play in the Australian league. Malay natin, baka ’yan ang maging tulay niya na makalaro sa NBA,” said Romero.

The Singapore Slingers are into their second season in the NBL, making huge inroads in the island nation with increased sponsorships. They are also committed to building the organization into one of the country’s premier sporting properties.



Bonding time needed

TO ensure that members of the Philippine men’s basketball team are fully focused on their mission in the SEA Games, they will be quartered together for at least 10 days before going to Thailand.

This was announced Thursday by Romero following the Nationals’ breezy 115-55 win over the Singapore selection at the Singapore Basketball Centre.

While he was elated with their performance, Romero believes the Nationals have to build a special kind of bond before they go to battle, and that can be done by keeping them under one roof in the days leading to the competition proper.

They will also have team-building exercises at the cool and scenic Tagaytay City.

“You have to believe in us, you have to believe in your coaches and you have to believe in yourselves. If you can do that, positive things will happen,” Romero told the members of the team during a pool-side dinner hosted by Monozca.

Romero also called on the players’ families to be more patient while the team is still undergoing training.

“I just hope you and your families will understand our mission. We can’t take this war lightly,” he added. Erick Arejola, Romero’s special assistant, said they hope to find a suitable place for their players next week. The team flies back to Manila today.

The Nationals, out to retain their crown in the regional sportsfest, highlighted their four-game stint here with a 100-93 come-from-behind win over the Singapore Slingers Tuesday.

The Nationals are set to leave for Thailand on December 3.

Meantime, assistant coaches Louie Alas and Beaujing Acot arrived Thursday from Johor Baru where they scouted the Malaysian national team.

Though the Malaysians have been playing together for at least four years, they remain beatable, Alas said.

“They [Malaysians] can shoot well and their big men can play small. Still, I am optimistic we can beat them especially with the way we played against the Slingers,” Alas said. “They have a nine-man rotation.”

Head coach Junel Baculi, however, is wary of the Indonesians since he received information that they are currently training in Taiwan.

Castro was the starting point guard in the Philippine Christian U seniors’ team that played in three straight championship series in college. He helped the Dolphins to its only title in 2003.

He took his winning ways to the PBL, playing for Harbour Centre. Castro guided the Batang Pier to a third straight trophy in the second conference in the 2006-’07 season.

amdgc82
01-21-2008, 06:30 AM
http://www.tribune.net.ph/sports/20080121spo7.html

Abanilla St. Benilde’s new coach
01/21/2008

Last season’s National Collegiate Athletic Association tail ender, College of Saint Benilde, yesterday designated Gelacio “Gee” Abanilla as its new mentor in the 84th season of the country’s oldest collegiate league.

Abanilla, a former La Sallian himself, succeeded Carlos “Caloy” Garcia, who failed to bring the Blazers back to their lofty status after three forgettable seasons. He will also inherit a rag-tag squad deeply hounded by injuries and controversies spawned by the arrest of its star player, Paolo Orbeta, last year.

The Blazers won their only title in 2001 with a team bannered by Sunday Salvacion, Jondan Salvador, Ron Capati and Al Magpayo. Last year, however, they finished Season 83 in the cellar with only a win to show in 12 outings.

But he sees it more as a challenge.

“It will be a big challenge for me because the team had a disappointing performance last year,” said Abanilla, the chief lieutenant of Franz Pumaren in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines and Yeng Guiao in the Philippine Basketball Association. “I am really honored for this opportunity because I’m happy to serve La Salle again.”

Although his one-season contract is already a done deal, according to Henry Atayde, the only hitch so far is his existing contract with Red Bull. Julius Manicad

Nike Air
01-21-2008, 10:43 AM
The challenge now for Gee is to how to make this team competitive again and issue free coming off the Orbeta scandal that CSB experienced this season. Malaking challenge ito for him but I have one question though, pumayag na ba Red Bull in this arrangement? As far as I know, strict ang Red Bull management pagdating sa ganitong concerns with their coaches.

Scout
01-21-2008, 12:42 PM
Red Bull approved the arrangementl. Hapee PBL was also pursuing Gee....

GHRanger
01-21-2008, 02:26 PM
Good news for CSB.
But it will be a challenge for Gee to coach the team coming from last year's debacle. Pero may talent naman players ng CSB so we'll see what happens. Also interesting is what type of game Gee will be putting in place...

glock23
01-22-2008, 12:19 AM
^ayos na! LSGH nalang ang problema! but from the looks of it gee will pick mon jose as one of his assistants and mon could very well be coaching greenhills....if the admin agrees ;) the dream of LSGH 84 to make the juniors team a contender or even a champion on the 50th anniv of LSGH could very well happen soon :)

bigfreeze_bibby
01-22-2008, 09:15 AM
^ayos na! LSGH nalang ang problema! but from the looks of it gee will pick mon jose as one of his assistants and mon could very well be coaching greenhills....if the admin agrees ;) the dream of LSGH 84 to make the juniors team a contender or even a champion on the 50th anniv of LSGH could very well happen soon :)


If this is true then this is one good news. We all know Mon's capabilities on court and he has been an assistant coach in Purefoods so coaching experience is not new to him. Magandang tandem ito pag nagkataon. I'm pretty much excited on how CSB will look like for season 84. Maybe not a strong contender for now but siguro in the next 2-3 seasons from season 84 papalag na yan. It will only make NCAA an even more interesting league to watch right now with San Sebastian and Mapua improving with their game play and now comes this news for CSB.

mighty_lion
01-22-2008, 09:52 AM
^ I tried to get a scoop on CSB's players age and eligibility in ubelt.com and found out that more than half of them are already 24 by the start of the season. I havent seen the current CSB line-up in offseason games but I think they are better off infusing new young bloods in the team. Mas maganda mag-rebuild na sila this year (in terms of players) than start rebuilding next year with a new coach in place.

bigfreeze_bibby
01-22-2008, 12:52 PM
I agree mighty_lion with your suggestion that they rebuild now habang bago pa si coach Gee rather than wait for season 85 saka lang sila mag-rebuild. I'm sure coach Gee already has an idea how to go through this kaya lang ang kailangan malaman dyan is his free hand and extent of doing recruitment for the team. Baka magkaroon ng limits and mas strict this time around due to the Orbeta scandal.

danny
01-24-2008, 07:55 AM
I agree mighty_lion with your suggestion that they rebuild now habang bago pa si coach Gee rather than wait for season 85 saka lang sila mag-rebuild.* I'm sure coach Gee already has an idea how to go through this kaya lang ang kailangan malaman dyan is his free hand and extent of doing recruitment for the team.* Baka magkaroon ng limits and mas strict this time around due to the Orbeta scandal.

That is to be expected. I am also hoping that CSB can rebuild as fast as they can. We need more competitive teams to challenge the Red Lion supremacy in the NCAA. ;D

bigfreeze_bibby
01-24-2008, 09:13 AM
That is to be expected. I am also hoping that CSB can rebuild as fast as they can. We need more competitive teams to challenge the Red Lion supremacy in the NCAA. ;D


Depende na lang siguro sa sistemang ilalagay ni coach Gee at kung makakakuha siya ng sapat na materyales. Aaminin ko hehe na sana magkaroon ng katapat ang San Beda because I feel that they are just too strong in the league right now. Kaya nga last season, San Beda-Letran yung naging patok sa akin since alam ko na kapalaran nung ibang schools e. Inaalam ko na lang kung ilan tambak.

GHRanger
01-24-2008, 02:35 PM
Well, one things for sure, we can expect a different CSB playing next year.
Maiba lang po ng kaunti sa discussion.

May balita na ba sa PCU next year?

toti_mendiola
01-24-2008, 05:29 PM
Well, one things for sure, we can expect a different CSB playing next year.
Maiba lang po ng kaunti sa discussion.

May balita na ba sa PCU next year?


May team pa ba sla? pagkakaalam ko eh unti unti ng nawawala mga players nila.

danny
01-25-2008, 01:55 AM
Well, one things for sure, we can expect a different CSB playing next year.
Maiba lang po ng kaunti sa discussion.

May balita na ba sa PCU next year?


Wala pa din. Pero mukhang binigyan na ng pagkakataon for a "graceful exit". We will see.

bigfreeze_bibby
01-25-2008, 09:13 AM
Oh if this happens, will the NCAA pave way for new application to replace PCU?

GHRanger
01-25-2008, 09:36 AM
We hope so, based on the other league games, there are a lot of schools who have vastly improved their basketball programs... alam ko dati CEU gusto pumasok ng UAAP... baka makapasok na yung scorpions with this opportunity.