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gameface_one
03-25-2007, 06:49 PM
Bono, Cruz leave UAAP, set sights on PBA
By Joey Villar
The Philippine Star 03/25/2007

Adamson’s Ken Bono and University of the Philippines’ Marvin Cruz, two of the best performers in college basketball last year, will not be returning to their respective schools for the coming UAAP season.

Bono, the 2006 UAAP MVP, and Cruz, a member of the UAAP First Mythical Team, have both decided to forgo the final year of their eligibility in the UAAP to make themselves available for the PBA rookie draft in August.

"Marvin (Cruz) will not be returning to UP this season because he will pursue his PBA dream this year," said Charlie Dy, Cruz’s manager.

"He’s applying for the PBA draft," said a source close to Bono.

Bono was reportedly disappointed with the Marcelino-based school’s decision to cut his monthly allowance just a few weeks after powering the Falcons to their first ever Final Four appearance since the format was introduced in the league in the 90s.

"I guess Adamson didn’t need Ken anymore because they cut his allowance after the last UAAP campaign," said the same source.

Cruz, who spearheaded UPIS’ first and only title in the UAAP juniors five years back, had earlier said he would complete his five-year tour of duty with the Maroons but had a change of heart.

His reported spat with UP coach Joe Lipa could be one of the reasons he’ll turn pro this year.

Cruz has been picked as among the backcourt players of the Harbour Centre-RP team bound for the SEABA Championships Cup in Jakarta April 9-14. Bono snubbed the tryout for the same team handled by coach Junel Baculi.

full battle gear
03-27-2007, 11:19 AM
UP, UST bets named UAAP athletes of year

www.mb.com.ph


UNIVERSITY OF the Philippines (UP) swimming marvel Luica Gaudes Dacanay won her second Athlete of the Year trophy to share honors with University of Santo Tomas (UST) which ruled the overall seniors and juniors divisions in the UAAP Season 69 which formally closed with its annual awards Sunday night.

Making it a triple celebration for UST was taekwondo jin Nicole Mapilisan, who bagged the juniors Athlete of the Year trophy in the awards held at the Recto-Manila campus of host University of the East (UE).

Again, UST emerged the biggest winner of the country’s most prestigious collegiate league and Fr. Ermito de Sagon and Felicitas Francisco, the Catholic school’s representatives to the UAAP board, were beaming as they received the two giant trophies.

"We would like to share this award to our athletes who showed hard work and determination to give glory to the school. We expect our athletes to do better in this coming 70th season," said De Sagon.

De Sagon and Francisco also received from UE’s Luz Sta. Ana and Rolando Perez, Season 69 president and secretary-treasurer, respectively, the league flag for UST which will host Season 70 beginning July 7 this year.

UE regaled the crowd through the UE Dance Troupe and Chorale during the awards night where the league also honored all the Most Valuable Players in the 13 sports in its calendar.

Also feted were the member schools’ student athlete scholars as well as those who donned the country’s colors in international competitions.

The awards night turned solemn for a few moments when a prayer was offered for the soul of Emilio "Jun" Bernardino Jr., a product of the University of the Philippines and former commissioner of the Philippine Basketball Association, who passed away Saturday.

UEP president Ester Garcia, in her welcome remarks, said UE was double blessed during its Season 69 hosting.

"We were doubly-blessed this year as we celebrated our anniversary and successfully hosted Season 69. The UAAP has continued to honor sports heroes that inculcate hard work, integrity, discipline and team work. We hope we would not forget these values as we put our best foot forward," said Garcia.

UST won the overall crown in the seniors division with 331 points, followed by UP with 254, FEU with 218, Ateneo with 209, UE with 177, Adamson with 95 points and NU seventh with 48 points.

UST had 105 points in nipping UE (103) for the overall juniors. Ateneo was third with 80 points, then UP with 77 points, Adamson with 32 points, FEU with 28 points and NU with 12 points.

paralusi
04-20-2007, 02:44 PM
Cager in UAAP scandal in PBL



By WAYLON GALVEZ

Mark Benitez, one of two La Salle players involved in the biggest scandal that rocked collegiate basketball, has made a quiet return to basketball after staying away from public view for nearly two years.


The six-foot-five Benitez debuted for San Miguel Beer-Magnolia in the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) last Tuesday, failing to score a basket in six minutes of action.

Benitez is clearly out of shape after years of inactivity, but Magnolia coach Koy Banal expects him to improve as the tournament wears on.

"The coaches are doing a good job in helping him to focus on the present and forget the past," said Banal.

Benitez played three seasons for the Green Archers and was part of the team that won the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) championship in 2004.

In 2005, however, Benitez and former teammate Tim Gatchalian were found to have submitted a falsified Philippine Educational Placement Test Certificate of Rating (PEPTCR) to get into La Salle.

The PEPTCR is equivalent to a high school diploma, which allows student to enroll to any universities and colleges.

No punitive action has been taken against Benitez and Gatchalian who have staunchly claimed innocence.

But La Salle, which has firmly denied any responsibility, was meted a one-year suspension from all UAAP sports.

Benitez, now 22 years old, does not want to dwell on the issue, saying he has already learned to accept his fate.

"I’m happy that I was given another chance to play again," Benitez told the Bulletin. "I’m okay now after what happened to me (in La Salle). I told myself that if I always think about it, nothing will happen to me. So I have to move on with my life."

Benitez and wife Margarett have a three-year-old daughter Xyza Alexa.

Apart from supporting his family, Benitez wants to return to school.

"I still want to finish high school and college," said Benitez. "Family and studies are really my priorities."

He is expected to enroll at the Lamar Academy in Angono, Rizal in June.

MVBA
04-21-2007, 04:34 PM
Benitez is clearly out of shape after years of inactivity, but Magnolia coach Koy Banal expects him to improve as the tournament wears on.
* * *Mark Lester Benitez saw action for Team Cagayan de Oro in the 2006 ML Kwarta Padala First Conference of the Mindanao Visayas Basketball Association held from February to June.* He averaged 7.7 points per game.

casual_observer
04-21-2007, 06:01 PM
it is really surprising to take note that in spite of the controversy that Benitez and Gatchalian caused, which resulted into the one-year suspension of La Salle in all UAAP sports, basketball teams are still interested in getting their services. :o ::)

PeterPaulMario
04-21-2007, 08:22 PM
it is really surprising to take note that in spite of the controversy that Benitez and Gatchalian caused, which resulted into the one-year suspension of La Salle in all UAAP sports, basketball teams are still interested in getting their services. :o ::)


They were victims. Not instigators.

gameface_one
06-09-2007, 02:35 PM
UAAP wars showcase ex-PBA stars at helm
By Joey Villar
Saturday, June 9, 2007
Philippine Star



The coming UAAP cage wars will feature not only teams seeking cage excellence but also coaches who were former PBA stars now making their mark as bench tacticians.

Franz Pumaren of La Salle and younger brother Dindo of University of the East, and Pido Jarencio of defending champion University of Santo Tomas have all proven their worth as coaches in past UAAP campaigns with Jarencio taking the spotlight by piloting the Tigers to an improbable title run last year.

That’s what Glen Capacio of Far Eastern U and Adamson’s William “Bogs” Adornado would try to emulate as they try to steer the Tams and the Falcons, respectively, into Final Four and hopefully vie for the crown in Season 70 of the UAAP firing off next month.

“I’m excited to make the jump,” said Capacio.

Interestingly, Norman Black, a former PBA import and multi-titled coach, is with Ateneo while Joe Lipa, an ex-PBA coach himself, is with University of the Philippines, which he steered to its only UAAP championship 11 seasons ago.

Only National U’s Manny Dandan has no previous involvement in the pro league although the Bulldogs have been tipped as one of the teams to watch in the coming season.

“It’s interesting to see the same people I played with or against in the PBA to coach in the UAAP,” said Franz Pumaren, whose Archers are back after serving a one-year league suspension.

“Basketball is in our blood, that’s the reason we’re still involved in the sport, this time as a coach,” Dindo Pumaren said.

Adornado, who took over from former PBA rookie of the year Leo Austria, is a three-time PBA MVP while Capacio is an eight-time member of the PBA All Defensive Team.

Two more former pros are coaching in the other league, Frankie Lim of reigning NCAA titlist San Beda and Leo Isaac of Mapua.

“I guess it’s part of the cycle,” said Dindo Pumaren.

gameface_one
06-15-2007, 07:47 AM
Cordero named UAAP commissioner
mb.com.ph





ED CORDERO, one of the finest products University of Santo Tomas has ever produced, has been named as Commissioner for the 70th University Athletic Association of the Philippines basketball tournament.


The 47-year-old recently accepted the appointment during a board meeting, expressing excitement as he helps the league which he starred in as one of its most prolific scoring centers in the late1970s.

"Definitely, this is an opportunity that you don’t pass up," Cordero said. "I did not think twice when the offer came along. It’s time that I give something back to the league and my school."

Cordero, who had stints with Manila Beer, Toyota, Tanduay, Shell and Alaska in a 10-year Philippine Basketball Association career that ended in 1991, was a UAAP superstar for four years from 1977.

His name was synonymous to the UST Glowing Goldies then, and it is being mentioned in the same breath as other UST superstars of the past like Danny Florencio, William "Bogs" Adornado and modern day hero and now coach Alfredo "Pido" Jarencio.

The mild-mannered 6-foot-5 was also the deputy of four-time PBA MVP Ramon Fernandez in the first two years of the defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA), which makes him an experienced man for the UAAP job.

Incidentally, Cordero will guest, along with UAAP president Fr. Ermito de Sagun, board member Felicitas Francisco and La Salle’s Joey Sta. Maria in the SCOOP sa Kamayan starting 10:30 a.m. today.

fujima04
06-15-2007, 09:32 PM
UAAP wars showcase ex-PBA stars at helm
By Joey Villar
Saturday, June 9, 2007
Philippine Star



...Interestingly, Norman Black, a former PBA import and multi-titled coach, is with Ateneo while Joe Lipa, an ex-PBA coach himself, is with University of the Philippines, which he steered to its only UAAP championship 11 seasons ago.

Some correction lang po, it should be 21 Seasons.

pachador
06-16-2007, 06:29 AM
Sprinkling of foreigners in UAAP wars


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 02:05am (Mla time) 06/16/2007


MANILA, Philippines—A flock of foreign-bred players is set to invade the 70th UAAP season which will be marked by the return of powerhouse La Salle.

The Green Archers will be back after a one-year suspension with a self-described “United Nations” squad.

“The UAAP tries to get better each year and we hope that it will do well this season now that we have the complete eight schools,” said league president Fr. Ermito de Sagon of host University Santo Tomas during the Scoop sa Kamayan Forum yesterday.

La Salle will be fielding two foreigners—Serbian Marko Batricevic and Indonesian Ferdinand—along with rookies Fil-Bahraini Bader Malabes and Fil-Briton Simon Atkins.

Ateneo will also be parading Kirk Long, a golden-haired American recruit from Faith Academy.

“We have a rule that limits each team to two foreigners, but only one can play at a time,” said De Sagon. “But there’s no limit to Filipinos [with foreign roots]. The heart of it is the citizenship.”

La Salle assistant coaches Tyrone Bautista and Joey Sta. Maria said the UAAP teams’ training also went global.

“We didn’t stop from training,” said Sta. Maria, who attended the forum with veteran Fil-Chinese point guard TY Tang and Cholo Villanueva. “We went to Bahrain, Korea and Hawaii.”

Defending champion UST Tigers also packed up for Malaysia over the summer, while Ateneo attended a training camp in the United States.

The league will fire off on July 7 with Ed Cordero—a former deputy of Ramon Fernandez in the defunct MBA—at the helm as commissioner.

La Salle will debut against the University of the Philippines at 2 p.m., followed by the Far Eastern and National University tussle at 4 p.m. at the Araneta Coliseum. On July 8, Ateneo takes on Adamson at 2 p.m., while UST and University of the East clash at 4 p.m. at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

gameface_one
06-16-2007, 06:42 PM
Archers rarin’ to return to UAAP

The Philippine Star

De La Salle University is aching to plunge back into action when the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball tournament unwraps its 70th season on July 7 at the Araneta Coliseum.

Both La Salle assistant coach Joey Santamaria and team captain TY Tang shared this sentiment in Friday’s SCOOP session at the Kamayan Restaurant-Padre Faura.

“We’re excited to play this season,” said Santamaria “We are really excited to play again in the UAAP.

“Sabik na sabik na kaming maglaro,” said the 22-year-old Tang. “This will be my last year. I want to have a grand exit.”

La Salle will be led by veterans Tang, Cholo Villanueva, Rico Maierhofer and JV Casio.

The Green Archers were suspended last season for fielding ineligible players in 2004 and 2005.

But they came back strong as they copped two summer league titles last week.

Meanwhile, University of Santo Tomas coach Pido Jarencio said in the forum sponsored by Accel and TeleTech that the Tigers are ready to defend their title this season.

Jarencio said that the team competed in a tournament in Malaysia where they placed second to the Malaysian national squad.

Last year’s Finals MVP Jojo Duncil will lead the charge for UST together with holdovers Jervy Cruz, Japs Cuan, Anthony Espiritu and Dylan Ababou.

UAAP president Ermito De Sagun of host school UST said that he hopes that the 70th season of the UAAP will be better than the last one.

“La Salle was not around last year but this year, we are complete again,” said De Sagun. “We hope that everything will be OK as the season progresses.”

The 70th season, with the theme “Recreating the Value of Honesty through Sports,” will start on July 7 at the Big Dome with a simple opening ceremony at 1 p.m.

Two games will kick off hostilities although the schedule has yet to be finalized.

UAAP basketball commissioner Ed Cordero said that the National Amateur Basketball Referees Organization (NABRO) will be handling the officiating chores for the seniors, juniors and women’s tournament.

Aside from basketball, swimming, chess, taekwondo, beach volleyball and judo will also be played during the first half of the league.

gameface_one
06-16-2007, 06:58 PM
UST Tigers love underdog status



By NICK GIONGCO
mb.com.ph

COACH PIDO Jarencio enjoys the underdog tag that is being given to his University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers.



"Last year, we were seeded fifth or sixth," said Jarencio yesterday at the weekly SCOOP sports forum. "And we all know what happened."

With La Salle making a comeback in the 70th edition of the UAAP basketball wars after a one-year suspension for fielding ineligible players in Season 68, the Tigers have once again been relegated to the background and Jarencio doesn’t mind being overlooked.

"All I can say is that my team is ready," said Jarencio, whose Tigers ran away with the UAAP crown in stunning fashion and are hard-pressed to retain the title since they’re the hosts.

"I don’t like to make promises," said Jarencio, who put an end to Santo Tomas’ 10-year title drought with his unforgettable debut last year.

The Green Archers parade not only a veteran lineup that includes holdovers from the 2005 champion team but a never-before-seen hunger in their dribblers that was evident when they reigned supreme in two recent hoopfests featuring top-notch teams from other collegiate leagues.

JV Casio and Tyrone Tang will join hands with offguard Cholo Villanueva, flashy forward Rico Maierhofer and a bunch of guys who the coaching staff label as others who form "the United Nations."

Making their appearances when hostilities begin on July 7 at the Araneta Coliseum are PJ Walsham, who is part Australian, Simon Atkins (part-British), Bader Malabes (part-Bahraini), Ferdinand (Indonesian) and Marko Batricevic (Serbian).

On that day, La Salle takes on University of the Philippines at 4 p.m. after the 2 p.m. opener featuring Far Eastern and National University. The next day in a venue to be determined soon, Santo Tomas meets University of the East, while Ateneo faces Adamson.

In anticipation of La Salle’s return and the other teams’ spirited bid to prevent the Tigers from scoring a repeat, Jarencio made sure his players would be ready for the tough task ahead.

"We took part in a tournament in Malaysia and I brought them along to the provinces to play in exhibition games and scrimmages as well," said the former professional player who also starred for the España-based team back in the 1980s.

Jarencio will miss banger Allan Evangelista and sniper Jemal Vizcarra as they have used all their playing years but still has the promising Jervy Cruz and last year’s surprise performer Jojo Duncil, making the Tigers a force to reckon with despite the absence of marquee names found on other squads.

casual_observer
06-27-2007, 05:40 PM
UAAP adopts new caging rule
GMANews.tv
06/27/2007 | 03:48 PM


A new rule will be adopted in the basketball tournament when the 70th season of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) starts on July 7 at the Araneta Coliseum.

A total of 15 players will now be allowed to play from the previous 14 cagers, giving each team depth and new recruits experience, the league said Wednesday in a statement.

Meanwhile, defending champion University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers take an opening day bye, leaving the La Salle Green Archers to debut against the University of the Philippines Maroons at 2 p.m.

National University, which has improved tremendously with its core seeing action in the commercial Philippine Basketball League, and traditional power Far Eastern University Tamaraws clash in the only other game scheduled at 4 p.m.

Most of the games will be played at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium in Manila, with the Growling Tigers to debut there on Sunday against the formidable University of the East Red Warriors at 6 p.m.

gameface_one
06-28-2007, 10:51 AM
70th UAAP season kicks off July 7



Inquirer
Last updated 05:13am (Mla time) 06/28/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- With a renewed rivalry and a traditional heavyweight hoping to extend its reign at the top, the University Athletic Association of the Philippines storms back to the scene on July 7 with the opening of the basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

A full field of eight teams will again see action, as De La Salle University, still rock-solid despite serving a year-long ban, makes its much-awaited return to the league.

The resumption of the fabled rivalry between the La Salle Green Archers and the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles will threaten to steal the spotlight away from the University of Santo Tomas’ bid to repeat as basketball kings.

Colorful opening ceremonies usher in hostilities as UST plays host using the theme: “Recreating the Values of Honesty Through Sports.”

UST’s multi-titled Salinggawi Dance Troupe will perform during the elaborate rites, set to start at 1 p.m.

The basketball tournament will adopt a new rule for the year, with a total of 15 players, from 14 the previous seasons, now allowed to play.

The defending champion Tigers take an opening day bye, leaving the Green Archers to debut against the University of the Philippines Maroons at 2 p.m.

National University and traditional power Far Eastern University clash in the other game scheduled at 4 p.m.

Most of the games will be played at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium along Vito Cruz Street in Manila, with the Tigers to debut there on Sunday against the formidable University of the East Red Warriors at 6 p.m.

gameface_one
06-29-2007, 10:20 AM
2 Fil-for Archers, Duncil under scrutiny

By JOEY VILLAR
The Philippine Star

Questions on the eligibility of two Fil-foreign players in the La Salle roster and a key figure of the 2006 UAAP champion team University of Santo Tomas have been raised two weeks before the 70th UAAP cage season unfolds at the Araneta Coliseum.

A source told The STAR Thursday that the league would ask the Archers, back in the fold after a one-year suspension, to submit next week the Bureau of Immigration certificate of recognition of Fil-foreign players Bader Malabes and PJ Walsham since the UAAP rules allow a participating school to enlist only two foreign players.

The Archers have two foreign cagers in the fold – Marko Batricevic, a Serbian, and Ferdinand, an Indonesian. Malabes is a Fil-Bahraini and Walsham, a Fil- Australian.

Although Malabes and Walsham are Fil-foreigners, they are still required to secure certificates from the BI to be able to play as Filipinos.

Actually Batricevic, who played high school basketball in the country, could be out of the first round after he reportedly sustained an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury in a pre-season game last summer.

As this developed, the board is expected to decide on Tuesday whether 2006 UAAP Finals MVP Jojo Duncil would be allowed to suit up for the Tigers due to age eligibility.

Some quarters have claimed that Duncil was born in 1982, meaning he would be 25 this year and thus ineligible to play.

The age limit for college players is 24.

Duncil’s camp, however, maintained that he was born in 1983.

In fact, UST coach Pido Jarencio told The STAR earlier that he had already listed Duncil in his 15-man line-up.

“Everything will be decided next week,” said a league source.

La Salle attended the regular meeting of the board for the first time since its suspension with new sports director Bernie Oca representing the Taft-based school.

gameface_one
06-29-2007, 10:23 AM
UAAP to settle eligibility cases next week

Ahead of 70th season opening

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 06:01am (Mla time) 06/29/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- Eligibility cases in all sports will be settled next week before the 70th UAAP season fires off on July 7.

The University Athletic Association of the Philippines has decided to wait for supporting documents required from several athletes, whose eligibility had been raised during Thursday’s regular board meeting.

A previous report from Inquirer Libre questioned the age of Jojo Duncil, the Finals Most Valuable Player during the 2006 men’s basketball championship run of the University of Santo Tomas.

League rules have set the age limit of 24 years old for athletes in all sports.

The UAAP board also decided to allow masteral students to see action again starting this season.

However, the athlete must have completed his undergraduate studies from the same university. The board banned all masteral students from competing last year.

The league also limited to two the number of foreign players for each team.

gameface_one
06-30-2007, 01:34 PM
Duncil turns pro; DLSU readies Fil-fors papers

Saturday, June 30, 2007
Philstar.com


One day after the UAAP board raised questions on his age eligibility, Jojo Duncil announced his decision to forego his final year as a Santo Tomas Tiger to chase a dream in the PBA.

“I think this is the right time for me to go up,” said Duncil, who was the Finals MVP in the Tigers’ improbable 2006 UAAP title conquest, in Filipino. “It’s really my dream to play in the PBA.”

The decision, which he said has the blessings of school officials and coach Pido Jarencio, came a day after the league board put his age eligibility under scrutiny along with two Fil- foreign players of La Salle during the board meeting late Thursday.

Some quarters have claimed that the six-foot guard from Apalit, Pampanga was born in 1982, which means Duncil will be turning 25 this year and thus ineligible to play in the UAAP. The age limit for college players is 24, which Duncil maintains is his age this year.

The board is to decide on Duncil’s case on Tuesday had the UST gunner, also a vital cog in Harbour Centre’s recent romp in the PBL, opted to play this year.

“It’s his (Duncil) family’s decision,” said Jarencio. “He already served the school well, and with that we’re grateful. It’s time for us, as his guardians at UST, to support him in his career move.”

Duncil thus became the third player to skip his final year of eligibility in the league after Ken Bono, who was last year’s UAAP MVP, and Marvin Cruz, a member of the First Mythical Team, left Adamson and University of the Philippines, respectively, to apply for the PBA draft in August.

Meanwhile, La Salle coach Franz Pumaren said they’ll come up with the necessary papers needed by Fil-foreign players Bader Malabes and PJ Walsham in time for Saturday’s inaugurals of the country’s top vaaarsity league.

“We don’t see any problem with that,” said Pumaren, who steered the Archers to titles in the Nike Summer League and Filoil tournament early this month.

New La Salle board members Bro. Bernie Oca and Chuck Buenaventura, who replaced Danny Jose and Lito Tanjuatco, are reportedly in the process of securing the Bureau of Immigration certificate of recognition required by the board.

The playing status of Malabes and Walsham were also discussed in Thursday’s board meeting presided over by league president Fr. Ermito de Sagon, OP, of UST.

The board asked the Archers, back in the roster after a one-year suspension, to come up with the BI documents of Malabes and Walsham next week since UAAP rules allow a participating school to enlist only two foreign players. – Joey Villar

gameface_one
06-30-2007, 01:50 PM
Duncil leaves UST for PBA


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 04:35am (Mla time) 06/30/2007


MANILA, Philippines—The champion team’s best player just bid goodbye to the UAAP.

Jojo Duncil, the key figure in the 2006 UAAP title run of the University of Santo Tomas, has decided to join the rookie draft of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) in August.

The Tigers had initially listed Duncil in their 15-man lineup this season, but UST coach Pido Jarencio said he “will not stand in the way of [Duncil’s] progress.”

Jarencio stressed that the move had nothing to do with suspicions on the eligibility status of the 2006 Finals Most Valuable Player.

“It is his and his family’s decision,” said Jarencio.

A previous report in the Inquirer Libre cited certain documents that showed Duncil had just turned 25 years old, making him ineligible to compete this season. Duncil maintained that he only turned 24 this year.

Last season, Duncil almost single-handedly carried the Tigers in the extra period of the do-or-die title showdown against the Ateneo Blue Eagles. The Tigers went on to stun the heavily favored Eagles, 2-1, in the championship series.

The PBA draft is set on the second week of August, a month after the UAAP men’s basketball competition kicks off on July 7.

Still, the coaches of the eight schools believe that this season remains a wide-open race.

“The competition is leveled; all teams are well balanced,” said La Salle coach Franz Pumaren.

University of the East coach Dindo Pumaren, rookie mentors Glenn Capacio of Far Eastern and Bogs Adornado of Adamson, assistants Sandy Arespacochaga of Ateneo and National U’s Jeff Napa shared similar assessments.

“It will depend on which team matures better during the tournament,” said Dindo Pumaren.

atenean_blooded
07-03-2007, 01:03 AM
Subplots Emerge In UAAP 70 Launch
View Full Article at http://www.ubelt.com/uaap/mbb/story.aspx?id=1295


by JP Abcede

Questions will finally be answered once the 2007 UAAP men`s basketball games kick off on July 7 at the Araneta Coliseum. Will the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers be able to defend their crown despite the last minute exclusion of 2006 men`s basketball finals MVP Jojo Duncil? Will Ateneo de Manila University avenge their defeat in the championship series last year?


Will University of the East finally get over the Final Four hump? Will De La Salle University have a grand comeback? Will Far Eastern University, National University, and even University of the Philippines surprise everyone and make heads turn their way?

These are some of the questions that are at the back of everybody’s mind as a simple season preview was presented by ABS-CBN during the UAAP media launch held on July 2 at the ELJ Bldg., in Quezon City. One thing the coaches agreed on that afternoon was that the league is so well-balanced that there is no clear winner so far.

“This year is going to be tight,” said UE coach Dindo Pumaren. “All [of the] teams are competitive.”

“The teams are well-balanced,” concurred elder brother and DLSU mentor Franz Pumaren, which was echoed by another champion coach, UST’s Pido Jarencio.

“Para sa akin, lahat team to beat,” stressed Blue Eagle guru Norman Black.

What better way to jumpstart a pretty even tournament than to feature two of the most controversy-laden squads as curtain raiser.

The Green Archers are back after sitting it out for a year.

“We are excited in coming back,” Pumaren mentioned.

Led by veterans TY Tang, Cholo Villanueva, Jvee Casio, and Rico Maierhofer, they created a buzz during the preseason by emerging on top of the FilOil Homegrown Cup in December of last year, and two summer tournaments this June.

“I do not think that is the real guage,” underplayed Pumaren his outside-of-the-UAAP achievements.

For their first task, the Taft-based crew would battle a young UP squad which was embroiled in a summer-long mess involving one of its rookies. It is all under the bridge now as former Baby Tamaraw Soc Rivera finally got the go-signal to suit up for the Maroons this season.

With a roster composed of eight rookies, some of who are UAAP 2006 juniors’ basketball mythical five members Mark Lopez and Mike Gamboa, and four sophomores which includes last year’s rookie of the year Woody Co, it is easy to see that the Diliman-based team is on rebuild mode.

“It is a young, young team,” emphasized assistant coach Ramil Cruz. “It is a learning stage this year.”

The 4pm tussle involves two teams out to make their own noise. FEU starts anew with a revamped lineup, while NU has an experienced team out to reach higher grounds.

“The boys are prepared this season 70,” said Far Eastern coach Glenn Capacio, one of two new head coaches this year. “Maganda pinakita ng mga bata noong offseason.”

The former Purefoods sharpshooter would be banking on Andy Mark Barroca, Ricardo Cawaling, and Reil Cervantes to send the Tams to the promised land.

National, on the other hand, have veterans Edwin Asoro, Jonathan Fernandez, and Joseph Lingao-Lingao to lean on.

“The offseason was very well for us,” said the deep-voiced Manny Dandan. “Given a chance this year, we are going to make the Final Four.”

The theme for this edition is “Winners all” with UAAP President Fr. Ermito de Sagon of host UST prophesizing that the date of the opening is a sign of a good season ahead.

The rest of the UAAP teams would hold court on July 8 at the Cuneta Astrodome. Santo Tomas would start its campaign against UE at 4pm, following the Ateneo versus Adamson skirmish at 2pm.

gameface_one
07-03-2007, 07:49 AM
Archers eye grand return in UAAP


By JOEY VILLAR
The Philippine Star

The UAAP men’s basketball tournament opens its Season 70 on Saturday with La Salle back in the fold and installed as the team to beat owing to its intact roster that produced two victories in the run-up to the new collegiate cage season.

"We’re excited to play again in the UAAP," said La Salle coach Franz Pumaren in Monday’s media launch of the UAAP at the ELJ Building in Quezon City.

University of the Philippines, a rookie-laden squad led by Soc Rivera faces the talented La Salle side in the 2 p.m. opener of a twinbill kicking off hostilities in the country’s premier varsity league.

Far Eastern U collides with National U in the other game at 4 p.m., both eager to start off strong and create an impression in a season where at least four other teams are tipped to crowd La Salle for this year’s title.

Host University of Santo Tomas, now without top gun Jojo Duncil, opens its title-retention bid on Sunday against University of the East at the Astrodome.

"We’ll make some adjustments with his (Duncil) departure, but we’re ready," said UST mentor Pido Jarencio, who steered the Tigers to an improbable title conquest on his rookie year last season.

Duncil, last year’s final MVP, decided to forego his last playing year with the Tigers to join the PBA draft next month after questions on his age eligibility were raised last week.

League president Fr. Ermito de Sagon, OP, himself admitted that Duncil presented two birth certificates, one claiming he’s born 1983 and the other in 1982.

If Duncil was born in 1982, he would have been 25 years old by now and thus ineligible to see action this season since the age limit for collegiate players is 24.

"He (Duncil) has two birth certificates," said De Sagon in the press conference. "We have no doubt about his person, he’s a good man. But we don’t want additional burden, an excess load this season so it would be better for everyone if he’ll just turn pro because we believe he’s ready for it," he added.

The Archers, who ruled two summer tournaments to gain the top billing, however, still have to submit the papers of Fil-foreigners Bader Malabes and PJ Walsham on Thursday for them to be allowed to play this year.

Bro. Bernie Oca, La Salle’s senior board representative, said the papers of Walsham, a Fil-Australian, are now in order while those of Malabes, a Fil-Bahraini, have yet to be completed in the Bureau of Immigration.

"We’ll ask the board to allow us to still enlist Bader Malabes in the line-up even if he doesn’t play until we could come up with all the requirements," Oca told The STAR.

Otherwise Oca said they would choose the two foreign players suiting up for the team among Malabes, Serbian Marko Batricevic and Indonesian Ferdinand.

gameface_one
07-03-2007, 07:57 AM
Eagles, Archers resume fierce UAAP duel July 26


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 04:39am (Mla time) 07/03/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- It was the match-up mostly missed last season.

Longtime collegiate rivals Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles and the returning De La Salle University Green Archers fight for the first time in over a year in the coming 70th UAAP men’s basketball competition.

Norman Black, who has yet to win against La Salle since taking over the Ateneo bench in 2005, expects another tight showdown on July 26, two weeks after this Saturday’s league opener at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

“La Salle has been practicing for a year, they’ve been together, so it’s going to be tough for us this year,” said Black. “We’re trying to get experience for some of our young guys. Hopefully by game five, we’ll be ready to play against the Green Archers.”

Ls Salle coach Franz Pumaren pointed out the Eagles’ advantage over the Archers, who served a one-year suspension last season for fielding two ineligible players in three consecutive seasons.

“Ateneo has been training hard and I think they’re the only school that went to the States for training,” he said.

While La Salle boasts a strong core led by Rico Maierhofer and TY Tang, Ateneo lost to graduation JC Intal, Doug Kramer and Macky Escalona, the trio who powered the Eagles to the Finals last season.

But Black assessed: “We have a combination of youth and experience. It’s just a matter of creating new stars, creating new players to contribute to the team.”

Hoping to imbibe the same philosophy are the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers, who took a heavy blow in their title-retention bid with the recent departure of team star Jojo Duncil.

“We have a week and it’s a big adjustment for us,” said coach Pido Jarencio, who steered the Tigers to their first championship in 10 years on his rookie season.

UAAP president Fr. Ermito de Sagon of host UST clarified the sudden decision of Duncil to join the PBA rookie draft.

“We have no doubt about his person,” said De Sagon of the 2006 Finals Most Valuable Player. “But he has two NSO-certified birth certificates, one will make him eligible, one will make him ineligible this year. [The issue is] an additional burden, an excess load for us. We don’t want to be distracted. We don’t want our games to be put in question.”

Together with La Salle, Ateneo and UST, the University of the East Warriors are favored to land in the top four.

“This year is going to be very tight,” UE coach Dindo Pumaren predicted. “All the teams are very competitive. We have a balanced field.”

Tabbed as this season’s dark horse are the National University Bulldogs. “Our bench is deeper, we have better depth at the frontline,” said NU mentor Manny Dandan.

First-year coaches Bogs Adornado of the Adamson University Falcons and Glenn Capacio of Far Eastern University Tamaraws hope to come out competitive despite a rookie-laden lineup, the same predicament of the University of the Philippines Maroons.

De Sagon, who graced Monday’s media launch with the UAAP board representatives, said the league will roll out 14 sports, including beach volleyball this season. High school football will be a demonstration sport.

bluewing
07-03-2007, 11:21 AM
aba.

bigla yatang nasama ang Ateneo sa top 4 predictions? bakit kaya?

paul_tamaraws
07-03-2007, 11:25 AM
i hope FEU too, would also make it to the final four because of their better performance in the off-season...

atenean_blooded
07-03-2007, 12:18 PM
aba.

bigla yatang nasama ang Ateneo sa top 4 predictions? bakit kaya?


Three words, pare.


EVIL AZURE EMPIRE.

bluewing
07-03-2007, 12:18 PM
aba.

bigla yatang nasama ang Ateneo sa top 4 predictions? bakit kaya?


Three words, pare.


EVIL AZURE EMPIRE.



TOUCHE!

gameface_one
07-07-2007, 09:16 AM
UAAP Season 70 takes off

By JOEY VILLAR
The Philippine Star

The UAAP (University Athletic Association of the Philippines) unwraps its Season 70 on Saturday with a complete eight-team roster with La Salle back in the fold after a one-year suspension and University of Santo Tomas going all out for a golden double.

The rest hope to make their mark in a season where around four to five teams have the chance to fight for or win the crown.

(For team profiles turn to STAR UAAP special section on Pages I-1 to I-4)

But for winning two pre-season tournaments, the Archers have been installed the favorites and they are expected to underscore their readiness to reclaim the throne when they play the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons in one of the two matches kicking off the 70th UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.

Season 70 officially starts at 1 p.m. with grand opening rites highlighted with the traditional parade of all eight participating teams and an entertaining production number by five-time league cheer dance champion UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe.

UST opens its title-retention bid against University of the East, another serious title contender with an intact roster, while Ateneo battles Adamson on Sunday at the Astrodome.

“We’re excited to play this season and it feels better coming in with a pair of pre-season victories,” said La Salle coach Franz Pumaren, referring to their wins in the Nike Summer League and the Filoil tournament. “But we don’t really consider it as a gauge since UST didn’t participate there and some other teams didn’t actually send their best teams.”

Whatever, the Archers’ hunger not only for the crown but also for recognition following the suspension should be enough motivation for the Taft-based cagers to come up with a performance worthy of a UAAP plum.

UP coach Joe Lipa, in fact, has described the Maroons’ 2 p.m. duel with the Archers as David and Goliath game.

“It’s like that,” Lipa, who gave the Diliman-based school its first and only title 11 years ago, told The STAR during the team’s final workout Friday.

“We’ll just come out there and play our best every time,” he added.

Far Eastern U, now handled by many-time PBA All-Defensive Team member Glen Capacio, and National U, tipped as the tournament dark horse, mix it up at 4 p.m.

The Maroons are actually parading six sophomores spearheaded by the prolific troika of 2006 Rookie of the Year Woody Co, Miguel de Asis and Martin Reyes and seven rookies led by Socrates Rivera, a UAAP juniors First Mythical Team member out of Far Eastern U, and Mike Gamboa of reigning league high school champion Ateneo.

“They’re starting to feel their way in the team,” said Lipa.

While UP is filled with youthful cagers, La Salle boasts of veteran campaigners, headed by Rico Maeirhofer, who bagged the MVP honors in the Nike and Filoil tilts, Cholo Villanueva, TY Tang and sweet-shooting PBL standout JV Casio.

La Salle, however, will also parade a number of rookies, including guard Simon Atkins, Serbian center Marko Batricevic, Indonesian Ferdinand and hopefully Fil-Bahraini Bader Malabes.

Batricevic and Ferdinand both played for the La Salle Greenies in the NCAA juniors, and Atkins for La Salle-Zobel in the UAAP.

Batricevic, however, is a doubtful starter after sustaining a minor tear in his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) while Malabes’ eligibility papers are currently being deliberated upon by the UAAP board at presstime.

gameface_one
07-08-2007, 08:52 AM
Archers rip hapless Maroons; NU scores


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 07:28am (Mla time) 07/08/2007


GAMES TODAY (Cuneta Astrodome)
2 p.m.—Ateneo vs Adamson (srs)
4 p.m.—UST vs UE (srs)

MANILA, Philippines—The energy that were forced to bottle up for a year didn’t take long to come out and overwhelm their opponents.

The De La Salle University Green Archers marked their collegiate comeback with an 82-61 rout of the University of the Philippines Maroons at the start of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Wearing green jackets printed with the words, “We’re back. We’re one,” the Archers wasted no time in establishing their dominance of the Maroons, with Cholo Villanueva getting to work early and winding up with a game-high 19 points for La Salle, which relied anew on its no-breathing-room defense to grab the victory.

“We played defense pretty well, pretty solid,” said La Salle coach Franz Pumaren, whose wards spent a year cooling their heels after the school was slapped a suspension due to an eligibility scandal.

The Archers choked the Maroons in the first four minutes of action to grease a 14-0 run that Villanueva, PJ Walsham and James Mangahas help put together.

Mangahas proved to be a revelation with 14 points and seven rebounds before spraining his knee and leaving the game in the fourth period.

“I’m not surprised with his performance,” said Pumaren of the 6-foot-3 sophomore forward. “He earned the starting spot.”

Loaded with veterans this season, the National University Bulldogs stunned the Far Eastern Tamaraws in overtime, 73-70, in the second game.

“We wanted this game badly,” said NU coach Manny Dandan. “We’re much more confident and solid this season.”

Everything went well for the Archers even hours before the game when the UAAP recognized the Filipino lineage of rookie Bader Malabes, thus making him eligible to suit up for the Archers.

The scores:

First Game

LA SALLE 82—Villanueva 19, Mangahas 14, Tang 12, Casio 12, Walsham 8, Maeirhofer 4, Co 4, Atkins 3, Ilad 2, Cua 2, Barua 2, Lee 0.

UP 61—Reyes 14, Co 12, Gamboa 8, Lopez 6, De Asis 6, Rivera 5, Serios 5, Sison 3, Agbayani 2, Marfori 0, Rosales 0, Hipolito 0, Epres 0.

Quarters: 23-11, 39-27, 58-42, 82-61

Second Game

NU 73—Lingao 17, Asoro 17, Malagueño 13, Fernandez 10, Aguilar 4, Luy 3, Catamora 3, Salvado 2, Galapon 0, Ponferrada 0, Terso 0, Garcia 0.

FEU 70—Adolfo 21, Fernandez 1, Baracael 9, Barroca 7, Ramos 6, Sanga 6, Abaring 3, Gerilla 3, Reyes 2, Alisbo 0, Cervantes 0, Cawaling 0, Knuttel 0, Cabagnot 0.

Quarters: 17-9, 30-24, 49-39, 64-64 (reg), 73-70 (OT)

gameface_one
07-09-2007, 08:15 AM
Warriors, Eagles scramble for win


By JOEY VILLAR
The Philippine Star

University of the East and Ateneo lived up to pre-season hype as they pulled off victories in varying fashions with the Warriors thumping the defending champion UST Tigers, 73-60, and the Eagles surviving the Adamson Falcons, 69-63, in overtime in the 70th UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Astrodome Sunday.

The Warriors rode on a fiery fourth quarter run to turn what had been a close contest into a rout as they tamed the Tigers for the victory that somehow eased the pain of a pair of their heartbreaking setbacks to the España-based quintet in the Final Four last year.

"Yes, that’s our motivation because we really prepared hard for this particular game," said UE coach Dindo Pumaren, whose wards have been installed one of the teams to beat this season.

On the other hand, the Eagles, last year’s losing finalists, struggled early in the absence of former starters JC Intal, Doug Kramer and Macky Escalona, who have all graduated, but recovered in time to eke out that scrambling win.

Ford Arao came off the bench to fire 20 points, including 10 in the extra period that anchored the Eagles’ victory.

"What’s important is that we recovered from a bad start," said Ateneo mentor Norman Black, hoping to steer the Katipunan-based squad to its first crown in six years.

Mark Borboran, one of the five UE players who skipped a PBL stint early this year to focus on their preparation for this season, led the Warriors with 13 points, highlighted by a triple and medium-ranged jumper that sparked the pivotal run in the fourth quarter.

The Tigers sorely missed the services of top gunner Jojo Duncil, who decided to apply for the PBA rookie draft next month.

The Warriors held Anthony Espiritu scoreless after the UST shooter made just five shots – four from behind the arc – in 22 minutes of action.

Jervy Cruz fired 10 points in the first half but was limited to just six in the second to finish with just 16 points.

Pumaren, however, said the Tigers remain a force to reckon with.

"They obviously missed Jojo Duncil," said Pumaren. "But don’t count them out yet, they also lost their first game last year (to UP) and yet they still went all the way."

The Falcons, now coached by former three-time MVP William "Bogs" Adornado, jumped the gun on the Eagles early as they roared to 12-0 and 18-4 leads behind Patrick Cabahug and Roel Hugnatan, both PBL veterans.

But the Eagles slowly clawed back and eventually seized control at 48-39 with less than eight minutes left in the final quarter.

Cabahug, who finished with 28 points, sparked a 12-0 binge with an eight unanswered points as the Falcons wrested a 51-48 lead with a little over a minute to go in the contest. But the Eagles fought back against and took a 53-51 lead on a three-point play by Rabeth Al-Hussaini and a basket by Chris Tiu, 12.9 seconds remaining.

After Hugnatan was neutralized by the three-man Ateneo defense put up by Arao, Al-Hussaini and Jobe Nkemakolam, Cabahug got the ball, faked a three-pointer and nailed a buzzer-beater to force overtime.

But the Falcons failed to contain Arao, who took over by knocking down eight straight points en route to the victory.

NOTES TO UAAP INAUGURALS: In Saturday’s opening, UAAP president Fr. Ermito de Sagon of UST encouraged the players, coaches, and all the UAAP fans to respect each other’s teams and the referees’ decisions regardless of the games’ results because the league is after the rekindling of school spirit and clean fun….Working on the theme "Recreating the Value of Honesty Thorough Sports," multi-titled Salinggawi Dance Troupe dished out another noteworthy performance, fusing modern and folk dances in a native fiesta setting with the UST Symphony Orchestra in the background…..The "Winners All" song was personified in Salinggawi’s final number with the presentation of the 14 other UAAP sports, the beach volleyball being the latest addition, together with the UAAP basketball teams’ respective gorgeous muses donned as Santacruzan ladies. …Former UAAP hotshots Joseph Yeo (La Salle), Danny Ildefonso (NU), and Lordy Tugade (NU) also took time to witness their former teams’ debut games. With reports from Llanesca Panti

peterstrauss
07-09-2007, 08:38 AM
UE defeats UST, 73-60


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 07:09pm (Mla time) 07/08/2007


UNIVERSITY of the East has overwhelmed defending champion University of Santo Tomas, 73-60, in the UAAP men's basketball competition on Sunday at the Cuneta Astrodome.

Mark Borboran delivered 13 points for the Warriors, who drew a balanced effort from their stars to their second unit.

Earlier, Ford Arao held his own in overtime as the Ateneo Blue Eagles survived a huge scare against the Adamson Falcon, 69-63, in the first game.

Playing his finest performance in five years, Arao shot 10 of Ateneo's 16 points in the extra period as the Eagles recovered from a poor shooting performance to climb out of an early double-digit hole.

UE and Ateneo joined opening-day winners La Salle and National University on top with 1-0 slates.

The scores:

First Game

ATENEO 69--Arao 20, Reyes 11, Tiu 9, Nkemakolam 8, Salamat 6, Monfort 5, Al-Hussaini 5, Laterre 3, Baclao 2, Baldos 0, Barracoso 0.

ADAMSON 63--Cabahug 28, Hugnatan 14, Canuday 8, Yambot 5, Gonzalgo 4, Colina 2, Alvarez 2, Olalia 0, Canada 0, Margallo 0, Santos 0, Gorospe 0.

Quarters: 11-22, 25-30, 43-37, 53-53 (reg), 69-63 (OT

gameface_one
07-10-2007, 08:32 AM
Eaglets open defense, edge Baby Falcons


The Philippine Star

Jayvee Dumrique scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds on Sunday to lead defending champion Ateneo to a 74-68 nipping of upset-conscious Adamson at the start of the UAAP juniors basketball tournament at the Blue Eagle gym.

Dumrique also had five assists and three steals in a brilliant display of all-around skills and rookie Al Bugarin backed him up with 13 points and six boards as the Eaglets got their title-retention bid going on a bright note.

Far Eastern, the runner-up last year, ripped UP Integrated School, 78-51, after getting a combined 30 points and 22 rebounds from stalwarts Jolas Guerrero and Anthony Paulino.

Women’s action, meanwhile, gets off the ground Wednesday with defending champion Santo Tomas colliding with Ateneo in the last of four games scheduled at the Far Eastern gym.

Ateneo, the 2005 champion, and the Tigresses slug it out in the 2 p.m. contest.

Other games will pit the Lady Warriors of UE against the La Salle Lady Archers at 8 in the morning, followed by the Adamson versus National tiff at 10 and the game pitting the Lady Tamaraws against UP at 12 noon.

La Salle-Zobel also returned to the league with aplomb, tearing the University of the East Pages to shreds, 78-44, even as the National Bullpups also joined the early lead with an upset 74-64 conquest of Santo Tomas in the other junior game.

Dark Knight
07-10-2007, 09:17 PM
Will Jolas guerrero and Anthony paulino of the Baby Tams do a Soc Rivera and mark Lopez? ;D

gameface_one
07-11-2007, 08:54 AM
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
2 UAAP big men underachievers no more


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 06:28am (Mla time) 07/11/2007


Two big men are amazingly shaking off the underachiever tag that had hung over them for several seasons in the UAAP men’s basketball competition.

Long consigned to the background, Ford Arao of the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles and Joseph Linga-Lingao of the National University Bulldogs came out of their shells over the weekend and took charge in their team’s first-day victories.

“He really wants to make a big impact this season,” NU coach Manny Dandan said after his starting center powered the Bulldogs to a 73-70 overtime victory against Far Eastern University in Saturday’s opener.

The next day, Arao scattered 10 of his 20 points in the extra period of the Eagles’ 69-63 come-from-behind triumph against the Adamson University Falcons.

“We lost our three main men (to graduation), so I plan to keep on playing hard,” the 6-foot-5 Arao said.

With their breakthrough performances, Arao and Lingao-Lingao shared the Player of the Week citation awarded by the UAAP Press Corps.

Lingao-Lingao, a wide-bodied 6-foot-5 Cebu native, unloaded 17 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and all of his team’s five blocks to put the former cellar-dwellers on top early with powerhouses La Salle, Ateneo and University of the East.

Arao, who normed 4.4 points last year, also exploded with a double-double effort of 20 points and 15 boards.

“I’ll give my best every game because this is my last playing year,” said Arao, a former San Beda Red Cub standout.

Other nominees for the weekly honor include NU leader Edwin Asoro (17 points and 16 rebounds), University of the East’s Mark Borboran (13 points, four boards, three assists) and De La Salle University’s Cholo Villanueva (19 points, six rebounds, four assists).

gameface_one
07-12-2007, 07:31 AM
UE tests NU mettle; UP vs Ateneo

The Philippine Star

Opening day winners University of the East and National U duel for the lead Thursday even as Ateneo seeks a share of it when it clashes with University of the Phils. at Thursday’s resumption of the 70th UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The Warriors overwhelmed the defending champion UST Tigers, 73-60, to kick off their campaign but the Recto-based cagers will need more firepower to hurdle a tough NU side in their 2 p.m. encounter.

“The win over UST was big, we just hope we could sustain if not improve our form,” said UE coach Dindo Pumaren, seeking to steer the school to its first title in 12 years after three failed tries.

The Bulldogs, spearheaded by Joseph Lingao-Lingao and Edwin Asoro, outgunned the FEU Tams in overtime to pull off a 73-70 victory in what could be a big start for the league’s perennial whipping squad.

Meanwhile, Angeli Gloriani hit all of her 24 points from beyond the three-point arc Wednesday and led La Salle to a 62-52 decision of University of the East as women’s basketball play in the UAAP got off in earnest at the Far Eastern gym.

The Lady Archers wiped out a 16-23 deficit by holding the Lady Warriors to just four points in the second period even as darkhorse University of the Philippines upset Far Eastern, 44-42.

Sihhaya Sadora and Anna Asistio combined for 19 points to lead the Lady Maroons, who were joined in the early lead by Adamson, a 74-59 winner over National in the other game.

Adamson needed a 22-11 tear in the third quarter to put the game away.

Tin Alon-Alon actually paced the Lady Warriors with 26 markers. Alon-Alon hit 10 of 18 attempts from the floor.

gameface_one
07-13-2007, 07:01 AM
Unbeaten Eagles, Warriors show way

By JOEY VILLAR
The Philippine Star

Ateneo used its height and heft advantage to the hilt as it smothered a hapless University of the Philippines side, 79-55, Thursday to gain a share of the lead with the University of the East in the 70th UAAP basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Rabeth Al-Hussaini, Ford Arao and Jobe Nkemakolam imposed their will against their smaller opponents and combined for 45 points and 31 rebounds, including 16 on the offensive end for the Eagles’ second straight victory.

“We know we have the size advantage against UP,” said Ateneo coach Norman Black, whose charges needed to go through an overtime before subduing a tough Adamson side, 69-63, last Sunday.

Earlier, the Warriors booked their second straight victory by edging a hard-fighting National U quintet, 82-75.

The Warriors, who blasted the defending champion University of Santo Tomas Tigers, 73-60, Sunday, raced to leads of as many as 22 points in the third quarter, the last at 66-44 on a pair of foul shots by Marcy Arellano.

But UE sophomore Fhadzmir Bandaying lost his cool and was slapped a technical foul late in the third period, giving the Bulldogs the chance to regroup and come up with a counterattack.

Down 50-70 at the start of the last quarter, the Bulldogs unloaded a fiery 22-3 run to close within at 72-73 with over two minutes to go in the contest. But the Bulldogs failed to sustain its rally while the Warriors made key free throws down the stretch, including three by Hans Thiele, to preserve the victory.

gameface_one
07-14-2007, 07:59 AM
Archers target share of lead



Inquirer
Last updated 04:33am (Mla time) 07/14/2007


MANILA, Philippines—More deadly, but a little less jittery.

This is what La Salle coach Franz Pumaren hopes his Green Archers will become in their second game since returning from a one-year suspension when they gun for a share of the lead in the UAAP men’s basketball competition at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

“I’ve been telling my players that if you feel jittery or tight, try to play good defense and you’ll get the rhythm,” said Pumaren. “There were still lapses (in our game versus the University of the Philippines). Even some of my veterans were kind of jittery.”

Despite the display of nerves, the Archers mustered enough potency to rout the Maroons, 82-61, on opening day. They will find a tougher test against the Adamson Falcons at 2 p.m. today as they seek a share of the lead with idle UE and Ateneo at 2-0.

Defending champion University of Santo Tomas and Far Eastern University will shoot for their first victory at 4 p.m.

The Archers used a strong start behind Cholo Villanueva, who had 19 points, PJ Walsham and James Mangahas to rip apart the Maroons.

Seasoned guards TY Tang and JV Casio also kept the La Salle in full control despite the absence of Serbian Marko Batricevic and Indonesian Ferdinand, La Salle’s two foreign recruits this season.

The 6-foot-6 Batricevic sat on the bench in the opener due to a sprained knee, while Ferdinand, according to Pumaren, is “still adjusting” to the Archers’ brand of play.

Bader Malabes, a highly touted Fil-Bahraini shooter, is expected to see action only in the Archers’ third game due to a pulled hamstring.

“We’re at 6 to 7 (out of a performance rating of 10),” noted Pumaren.

Although they are coming off a loss, the Falcons showed they can put up a fight behind rookie mentor Bogs Adornado.

The Falcons almost pulled off an upset versus the Ateneo Blue Eagles, before falling short in overtime, 69-63, last Sunday. Jasmine W. Payo

gameface_one
07-15-2007, 08:51 AM
Archers join early leaders

By JOEY VILLAR
The Philippine Star

La Salle demolished Adamson, 99-75, on Saturday and jumped into an early three-way tie for the lead with Ateneo and University of the East in the 70th UAAP basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

JV Casio came off the bench to fire 19 points while Rico Maierhofer had 17 points, 15 rebounds, three assists, two steals and the same number of shot blocks as the Archers roared to their second victory a week after blasting the UP Maroons, 82-61.

Casio and Maeirhofer, the MVP of two pre-season tournaments won by the Archers, shone the brightest in the second quarter when they combined for 21 points in setting the tone for the rout.

Maeirhofer’s performance, in particular, impressed La Salle coach Franz Pumaren.

“He showed he’s a better player than he was in his first game,” said Pumaren of his reed-thin but high-flying forward who only had 10 points against the Maroons.

The Archers also found a way to contain the Falcons’ heart and soul – PBL veterans Patrick Cabahug and Roel Hugnatan.

Cabahug spewed a season-high 31 points but was silent in the second quarter when La Salle launched the telling attack. Hugnatan was limited to only eight points and four boards after a 14-point, 11-board effort in a 63-69 overtime loss to Ateneo de Manila.

“We took away the game of Hugnatan. We also made it difficult for Cabahug,” said Pumaren.

In the other game, Far Eastern U barged into the win column with a smashing 81-66 win over defending champion Santo Tomas.

Marlon Adolfo and rookie Paul Sanga each scored 15 points to give Tams coach Glen Capacio his first win as a college coach. The Tigers fell to their second loss in a row.

gameface_one
07-16-2007, 06:41 AM
Warriors trap Eagles, stay unbeaten

By JOEY VILLAR
The Philippine Star

Elmer Espiritu came through with clutch baskets as University of the East survived Ateneo, 76-73, Sunday to seize the solo lead in the 70th UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

In a game that was close throughout with 13 lead changes and four deadlocks, the Warriors pulled through on Espiritu’s pair of baskets down the stretch, capping UE’s closing 6-2 run to complete the come-from-behind victory.

It was the third straight win for UE, which also drew superb games from rookie Paul Lee, Kelvin Gregorio and Hans Thiele.

Lee fired 13 points in an impressive performance while Gregorio and Thiele chipped in 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Warriors, who continued to live up to the pre-tournament hype as one of the strongest teams in the fold.

“Paul Lee had a big game, but it was Espiritu who made some really big shots,” said UE coach Dindo Pumaren.

Former UAAP high school MVP Jai Reyes actually had a chance to send the game into overtime but his desperation three-point shot from the baseline hit the side of the board as time expired.

The Eagles fell to 2-1.

The Warriors’ victory spoiled the 22nd birthday celebration of Chris Tiu, who scored 16 points but failed to come up with the shots in the clutch.

For a while, the Eagles appeared headed for the solo lead as Ken Barracoso buried a triple from deep left that gave them a 71-70 lead with a little less than two minutes to go.

But Espiritu scored two baskets in a row, including a fade-away jumper with 34.1 seconds left and the Warriors gained the upperhand for good

Earlier, National U banked on a big fourth quarter run to repulse University of the Philippines, 86-79, as the Bulldogs notched their second win in three games.

Jonathan Fernandez, one of the two PBL veterans in the team, fired 23 points but it was Raymond Aguilar, a rookie transferee out of San Sebastian, who took charge in the fourth quarter, scoring eight points to spark the team’s charge.

“He (Aguilar) played tight in the first two games but he showed his true self in this game,” said NU coach Manny Dandan.

After dropping their first two games via routs, the Maroons kept the game close against the Bulldogs only to crumble at crunch time.

Rookie Mike Gamboa, member of the Ateneo team that won the UAAP juniors crown last season, turned in a career 25-point effort but the rest failed to back him up, sending the Maroons to their third straight setback.

“UP is not afraid of us, that’s why they hung on for most part of the game,” said Dandan.

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07-17-2007, 09:30 AM
Blue Eaglets force 4-way tie at helm


The Philippine Star

Four teams, including defending champion Ateneo, were left unscathed after two playdates of the UAAP juniors basketball tournament over the weekend at the Far Eastern University gym.

Juami Tiongson scored 21 points and Ael Banal chipped in with 12 in leading the Blue Eaglets to their second straight win, a 79-64 demolition job of the Santo Tomas Cubs.

The Baby Tamaraws, the runners-up last year, La Salle-Zobel and the surprising National Bullpups are also at 2-0 after posting similar convincing victories.

Mashi Okubo and Bryan Manguera combined for 35 points in leading La Salle to a 93-52 victory over UP-IS, while Anthony Paulino had 14 points and 11 rebounds in pacing the Baby Tamaraws to a 75-64 decision of the University of the East.

Kevin Batac, meanwhile, was a one-man wrecking crew for National, leading the Bullpups with 30 points in a 79-69 nipping of Adamson.

In women’s play, Ateneo and University of the Philippines also improved to 2-0 after a 54-30 and a 46-36 win over National and La Salle, respectively, over at the Blue Eagle gym in Quezon City.

Rem Buenacosa had 19 points and 11 rebounds and Marichu Bcaro was brilliant with 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists in leading the defending champion Santo Tomas Tigresses to their first win in two games, a 69-56 edging of Adamson.

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07-18-2007, 07:44 AM
Rock-solid Warriors in fiery start


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Last updated 04:38am (Mla time) 07/18/2007

MANILA, Philippines -- They got the least luck in the UAAP draw.

Yet the University of the East Warriors, bolstered by another solid crew this season, managed to stay unbeaten early in the men’s basketball competition.

“I was worried because our opening assignments were tough,” said UE coach Dindo Pumaren.

“Any team wants to start the year right. The first few games are vital because it can give you the momentum for the rest of the season.”

The Warriors got rolling by whipping defending champion University of Santo Tomas Tigers, 73-60, in the opening weekend.

Dark horse National University Bulldogs turned up as the next casualty last Thursday as the Warriors triumphed, 82-75.

Four days later, the Recto-based squad dealt the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles their first loss, 76-73, to claim the solo lead at 3-0.

“I think the boys are showing maturity,” said Pumaren. “They play with better composure during tight matches.”

Pumaren cited veteran forward Kelvin Gregorio, who has set an example of consistency to the entire team.

“It’s his toughness that I like most, and he’s one of the reasons we’re having a good start,” he said.

The 6-foot-4 Gregorio averaged 15 points and six rebounds in his last two outings to bag the UAAP Press Corps’ Anta Player of the Week plum.

“He may be shy, but once the game starts, he becomes very aggressive,” Pumaren said of the 22-year-old from Teresa, Rizal.

Gregorio narrowly beat out for the citation teammate Elmer Espiritu, who knocked in back-to-back clutch baskets to lift the Warriors past the Eagles.

De La Salle University’s Rico Maierhofer also earned a nomination for unloading 17 points and grabbing 15 rebounds in the Archers’ 99-75 rout of Adamson University.

Similarly unbeaten, La Salle thrashed the young University of the Philippines squad, 82-61, and Adamson, 99-75.

“I think we can put up a good fight,” said Pumaren. “Our boys have been working very hard during the past months.” Jasmine W. Payo

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07-18-2007, 07:45 AM
Warrior Gregorio named UAAP’s best for week

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WHEN Kelvin West Gregorio first arrived in the University of the East, coach Dindo Pumaren saw something in the 6-foot 2 player that excites him.

"The first time we saw Kelvin, we knew he has the talent and the potential to do better," said Pumaren. "He may be shy, but once the game starts, he becomes very aggressive."

That was evident in the Warriors’ last two games that enabled the sweetshooting Gregorio to win the UAAP Press Corps ANTA Player of the Week award.

"He’s one of the reasons we’re having a good start," said Pumaren of Gregorio. "He’s tough"

For providing firepower and stability to the team, the Warriors are now leading the eight-school tournament at 3-0.

In the week that past, the 22-year-old native of Teresa, Rizal averaged 15 points and six rebounds to help the Warriors overcome Ateneo (76-73) and National University (8275).

"Every year, Kelvin improves something in his game," said Pumaren. "His offense is there, but he continues to work on his dribbling and shooting. He can easily switch from 3 (small forward) to 4 (power forward). He works so hard."

Gregorio, who’s playing his final year, edged UE teammate Elmer Espiritu and La Salle’s Rico Maierhofer for the weekly plum.

Espiritu buried a pair of clutch baskets to lift the Warriors past the Eagles last Sunday. A day earlier, Maierhofer registered 17 points and15 rebounds in the Archers’ 99-75 rout of Adamson.

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07-19-2007, 02:56 AM
Archers seek lead share vs Tamaraws

Thursday, July 19, 2007

La Salle goes for win No. 3 and a share of the lead with University of the East as it tangles with Far Eastern U at resumption of action in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium today.

The Archers routed the UP Maroons, 82-61, and the Adamson Falcons, 99-75, to serve notice of their title bid following a one-year suspension.

But the Tams are unfazed of the Archers’ reputation and hot start, vowing to expose the Taft-based cagers’ weakness in their 4 p.m. encounter.

“We will try to look for that weakness as the game progresses. They’re beatable,” said FEU coach Glen Capacio after steering the Tams to an 81-66 victory over the UST Tigers over the weekend.

Capacio will pin his hopes on Alfred Gerilla, Marnel Baracael, Ric Cawaling and guards Mark Barroca and Marlon Adolfo against the Archers, expected to be led by TY Tang, JV Casio, Cholo Villanueva, Rico Maierhofer and center PJ Walsham.

Meanwhile, the defending champion Tigers try to break into the win column as they take on the Falcons in a duel of winless squads at 2 p.m.

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07-19-2007, 02:57 AM
Tams test Archers; Tigers vs Falcons

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FAR EASTERN University coach Glenn Capacio has a difficult job this afternoon when he calls the shots for the Tamaraws in the resumption of hostilities in the 70th UAAP basketball wars.

Meeting the Tamaraws head on at 4 p.m. are the La Salle Green Archers, who, this early have been regarded as shoo-ins for at least a top two finish in the eliminations.

"Nakakatakot ang La Salle," admitted Capacio over the weekend after steering the Tamaraws to a rousing 81-66 victory over defending champion Santo Tomas.

Still, Capacio believes that while La Salle does not only look exceptional on paper but is actually incomparable during its games, the Franz Pumaren-mentored Archers are not without weaknesses.

"We will try to look for that weakness as the game progresses. They’re beatable," said Capacio in response to a scribe’s question whether La Salle is invincible or not.

La Salle is so favored to rule this year’s edition that it showed with the way it took care of business in its first two games.

The University of the Philippines was unfortunate in testing La Salle’s mettle on opening day and lost badly, 82-61, while the Adamson Falcons also took a severe beating, 99-75.

But unlike in their first two games where La Salle’s big men frolicked as though the shaded lane were their playground, Far Eastern should pose a problem for Pumaren.

"Far Eastern is big in every position," said Pumaren. "My concern about tomorrow’s (today’s) game is their size."

In the opener, the University of Santo Tomas Tigers and the Adamson Falcons, both winless in two outings, try to cancel each other out at 2 p.m.

Despite losing their first two games, UST coach Pido Jarencio remains confident of their chances, saying they went through the same route before winning the title against the fancied Ateneo last year.

The Tiger should be wary of Patrick Cabahug who is averaging close to 30 points a game for the Falcons.

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07-20-2007, 06:44 AM
Archers survive ‘seasoned’ Tams

By ABAC CORDERO
The Philippine Star

The Green Archers almost cracked against the Tamaraws, a group of veterans disguised as rookies.

Still, it was La Salle’s poise that prevailed in the end Thursday as it escaped with a 64-61 win over FEU and remained unbeaten in the 70th UAAP basketball tournament.

“I told you, they’re no rookies. They’re veterans,”said La Salle coach Franz Pumaren of the Tamaraws who gave the Green Archers a very difficult time all throughout the 40-minute contest.

“But the upside of this game is that my players should now realize that the coming games won’t be a walk in the park like our first two games,” said Pumaren.

FEU has 10 rookies in its fold although eight of them are either school transferees or have been with the FEU training pool for quite some time. And it showed in the game.

The big La Salle crowd at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium shared some anxious moments as the Tamaraws took control of the game and was still ahead midway in the final quarter.

It was until Peejay Barua, Tyrone Tang and Rico Maierhofer rose to the occasion and helped turn the tables on the Tamaraws who tried to steal the game until the final buzzer.

Earlier, defending champion Santo Tomas found its way out of the cellar, beating Adamson, 96-84, after losing its first two games to title contenders UE and FEU.

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07-21-2007, 05:21 AM
Tigers take on Maroons after losing Duncil bid


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Last updated 04:36am (Mla time) 07/21/2007

MANILA, Philippines—Just a day after losing a boardroom battle, the University of Santo Tomas Tigers try to win one on the court as they take on The University of the Philippines Maroons in the UAAP men’s basketball competition at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The Tigers failed to bring back veteran star Jojo Duncil in their roster after the UAAP board turned down UST’s appeal in an emergency board meeting yesterday.

The Tigers will thus try to steady what has been a shaky start so far with new go-to guy Jervy Cruz when they tackle the Maroons at 4 p.m. today.

Ateneo and National University, holding similar 2-1 records, will clash for solo third at 2 p.m. at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The Tigers appealed for Duncil’s inclusion in the lineup after winning only one of their first three games on Thursday, but league officials saw no merit in UST’s request.

A week before the season fired off, UST dropped Duncil from its lineup after the key figure in its 2006 championship run announced his decision to turn professional

“We’re still adjusting,” admitted coach Pido Jarencio. “(Jojo) was a big factor. We have to adjust as soon as possible.”

Cruz came through with another double-double performance of 24 points and 23 rebounds as the Tigers notched their first win, 96-84, versus Adamson last Thursday.

The NU Bulldogs will also vie for their second straight win after disposing the UP Maroons, 86-79, behind rookie big man Raymond Aguilar and seasoned shooter Jonathan Fernandez. Jasmine W. Payo

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07-21-2007, 05:26 AM
Board denies UST appeal to tap Duncil

Saturday, July 21, 2007

The UAAP board yesterday denied defending champion University of Santo Tomas’ petition seeking to allow Jojo Duncil to suit up with the Tigers in the ongoing 70th UAAP senior basketball tournament.

University of the Phil. chancellor Sergio Cao presided over the meeting in lieu of chair and league president Fr. Ermito de Sagon, OP, who had to beg off from the deliberations since UST is the one involved in the case.

The board called for an emergency meeting after UST sent a petition letter, signed by UST rector Fr. Ernesto Arceo, OP, earlier this week. It unanimously voted against the petition.

“No merit, the decision made last time stood,” said one board member who requested anonymity.

“The board has decided, all is fine and everything has been settled,” another board representative said.

Duncil, last year’s Finals MVP, announced his decision to forego his final year with the Tigers to join next month’s PBA rookie draft two weeks before the start of the UAAP 70th season.

But de Sagon admitted a week later that it was the school’s decision to let him go because of the eligibility issue that cropped up days before the opening of the league.

De Sagon himself admitted that Duncil has two birth certificates from the National Statistics Office, one stating he was born in 1982 and another in 1983.

If he were born in 1982, Duncil would not have been eligible to play this season because the age limit for senior players is 24.

There were however reports that Duncil’s camp has filed a petition in the court seeking to reconcile his two birth certificates even as he maintained that he was indeed born in 1983, thus making him eligible to play for one last year.

The Tigers have sorely missed the services of Duncil as they struggled in the early going of the tournament, losing their first two games to the UE Warriors and the FEU Tams, before beating the Adamson Falcons, 96-84, last Thursday. – Joey Villar

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07-21-2007, 05:32 AM
UST battles UP today

By NICK GIONGCO
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DEFENDING CHAMPION University of Santo Tomas gets another opportunity to reestablish its reputation when the Tigers tangle with the lightweight University of the Philippines as action resumes in the 70th UAAP basketball tournament.

Energized by a 96-84 victory over Adamson, which now shares the bottom with the Fighting Maroons at 0-3, the Tigers are heavily favored to score back-to-back victories after their 4 p.m. encounter at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

UST Coach Pido Jarencio has made the assurance that the Tigers will improve in the coming games as the players have started to accept the reality that their main man, off-guard Jojo Duncil, is no longer be around to lend a hand.

Without Duncil, the scoring chores have been left to center Jervy Cruz, playmaker John Cuan and shooter Francis Allera, who joined hands in helping Santo Tomas nail its first win against the Falcons last Thursday.

The Maroons remain dangerous despite them being the only other winless squad in the eight-team cast but with the Tigers finally getting to know what winning is all about, UP mentor Joe Lipa’s dribblers will have to come up with something extraordinary to barge into the win column.

In the 2 p.m. first game, Ateneo tries to get back into its winning ways when the Blue Eagles meet the National University Bulldogs.

Following a heartbreaking defeat to University of the East, 76-73, last Sunday, Eagles tactician Norman Black said the key in their showdown with the Bulldogs will be on how to "contain their post game and execute good closeouts on their shooters to limit their 3-point shots."

While Ateneo has its fair share of big men in Claiford Arao, Rabah Al-Hussaini, Jobe Nkemakolam and Nonoy Baclao, National boasts of good post players in Joseph Lingao-Lingao and Edwin Asoro and streak-shooter Jonathan Fernandez.

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07-22-2007, 10:23 AM
Awakened Tigers rip Maroons

Eagles struggle past improved Bulldogs
By Jasmine W. Payo
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Last updated 05:56am (Mla time) 07/22/2007

GAMES TODAY (Cuneta Astrodome)
2 p.m.—FEU vs Adamson (Srs)
4 p.m.—UE vs La Salle (Srs)

MANILA, Philippines—With its wingmen providing the shots, defending champion University of Santo Tomas clobbered University of the Philippines, 76-68, for its second straight UAAP men’s basketball triumph after opening with back-to-back losses.

“We’ve improved a lot,” said UST coach Pido Jarencio yesterday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium. “Even if Jervy (Cruz) didn’t play well, there were others who helped the team.”

Francis Allera again came through with 15 points after a personal-best 26 in the Tiger’s first victory versus Adamson last Thursday.

Dylan Ababou added 13, while Anthony Espiritu started to find his groove with 10 markers.

Earlier, Ateneo, still in search of a leader, barely slipped past National University, 66-65.

The Eagles won despite missing three of four free throws in the last 12 seconds as the Bulldogs blew hurried plays in their last two possessions.

Chris Tiu sparked the Eagles’ comeback by firing 10 of 17 points in the third period, highlighted by a triple that gave Ateneo its first lead, 38-37.

“It’s obvious that NU is not the same NU team of the past,” said Ateneo coach Norman Black.

At 3-1, the Eagles trail unbeaten squads University of the East Warriors and the La Salle Green Archers, who will clash for the solo lead at 4 p.m. today at the Cuneta Astrodome.

“We’re still finding guys who can step up for us,” noted Black. “If you notice, we haven’t really settled on a rotation yet. There are still a lot of question marks.”

UST and NU wound up tied with 2-2 slates, while UP remained winless in four games.

With the Eagles ahead at 65-63, the Bulldogs saw a ray of hope after Ateneo rookie Nonoy Baclao missed two free throws with 12.4 seconds remaining, but veteran Jonathan Fernandez lost the ball as he tried to get into scoring position from beyond the arc.

Another opportunity came NU’s way when Ateneo center Rabeh Al-Hussaini split his charities for a 66-63 Ateneo lead with 5.1 seconds left. But a missed three-point attempt by Fernandez left the Bulldogs settling for a Michael Salvado layup at the buzzer.

Al-Hussaini and Baclao, though, did have their shining moments in the fourth period. Baclao, a 6-foot-4 Visayan recruit, shot six straight points that gave the Eagles a 53-49 advantage leading into the final five minutes.

The scores:

First Game

ATENEO 66—Tiu 17, Nkemakolam 8, Al-Hussaini 7, Baclao 6, Reyes 5, Barracoso 5, Arao 4, Long 3, Laterre 3, Monfort 2, Austria 0, Baldos 0, Escueta 0.

NU 65—Asoro 15, Fernandez 14, Jahnke 13, Salvado 7, Lingao-Lingao 7, Catamora 5, Aguilar 4, Galapon 0, Ponferrada 0, Luy 0, Garcia 0, Malagueño 0, Dela Cruz 0.

Quarters: 9-17, 25-28, 45-43, 66-65

Second Game

UST 76—Allera 15, Ababou 13, Espititu 10, Mirza 9, Cruz 8, Cuan 7, Dizon 2, Cortez 2, Gile 0, Taylor 0.

UP 68—Co 20, Serios 17, Lopez 10, Gamboa 9, De Asis 5, Epres 3, Agbayani 2, Rivera 1, Rosales 1, Wong 0, Reyes 0.

Quarters: 15-15, 43-35, 62-51, 76-68

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07-22-2007, 10:28 AM
Eagles soar over Bulldogs
By Abac Cordero
Sunday, July 22, 2007

Ateneo wore down National University, 66-65, yesterday as it geared up for its forthcoming showdown with bitter rival La Salle in the 70th UAAP basketball tournament.

The Eagles started slow but the Bulldogs, who stunned the FEU Tamaraws in the opener, just didn’t have enough bite to pull off another upset at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

“I expected this game to be tough. But I didn’t expect it to be this tough. We’re glad we made it,” said Ateneo coach Norman Black after his team posted its third win in four outings.

Ateneo flew by Adamson and University of the Philippines in its first two games before taking a hit against University of the East, one of the teams touted to do well this year.

A victory over the Bulldogs, therefore, brought order back on the Eagles’ nest. Up next for Ateneo on Thursday is unbeaten La Salle, which is celebrating its return from a one-year suspension.

Chris Tiu poured in 10 of his 17 points in the third. He was the only one who hit double figures for Ateneo, which escaped with the close win after NU fumbled twice in the closing seconds.

In the other game, defending champion Santo Tomas notched its second straight win by beating UP, 76-68. The win put the Tigers back in the hunt following two opening losses.

But while the Tigers found reason to smile, the Maroons found another reason to frown as they absorbed their fourth consecutive loss in the young UAAP season.

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07-22-2007, 10:38 AM
Eagles sneak past Bulldogs

By NICK GIONGCO
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THE GLOW in every Thomasian’s face is back.

Defending champion University of Santo Tomas kept its title-retention bid burning yesterday as the Tigers roared to a 76-68 win over University of the Philippines in the 70th UAAP basketball wars at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

THE GLOW in every Thomasian’s face is back.

"Gumaganda na ang pakiramdam ko kahit pakonti-konti," said Jarencio, who aims to keep the streak alive on Thursday when they collide with the National University Bulldogs, which absorbed a stinging 66-65 loss from the Ateneo Blue Eagles earlier in the day.

When it all appeared that the Tigers were just going to wait for the final buzzer to sound when it led at 70-56, the Maroons went on a 12-3 tear that compelled Jarencio to come up with something that would quell the uprising with 60 seconds to.go.

And big man Jervy Cruz responded to the occasion with a putback off a miss by Espiritu to settle the outcome.

The Maroons are now 0-4.

In the first game, the Blue Eagles had to stave off a spirited Bulldogs rally in the dying seconds to boost their win-loss card to 3-1, after losing to University of the East the last time.

eightyfiver
07-22-2007, 06:34 PM
FEU squeaks past Adamson. While La Salle was blown out of the building by the red-hot Red Warriors.

cl.blue.24
07-22-2007, 06:36 PM
I expected UE to win, but I didn't expect them to win this much! :o

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07-23-2007, 04:58 AM
Hot Warriors unmask Archers

By Jasmine W. Payo
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Last updated 02:54am (Mla time) 07/23/2007

GAMES THURSDAY (Araneta Coliseum)
2 p.m.--NU vs UST (Srs)
4 p.m.--La Salle vs Ateneo (Srs)

THE UNIVERSITY of the East Warriors showed who's the real team to fear this season.

Banking on a second-half scoring explosion, the Warriors crushed the La Salle Green Archers, 96-76, to remain as the only unbeaten team in the UAAP men's basketball competition Sunday at the Cuneta Astrodome.

Jorel Cañizares came off the bench with 15 points as the Warriors took advantage of almost every offensive opportunity and forced the pre-season favorite Archers to their worst game of the season.

"Everything that we wanted to happen, happened," said coach Dindo Pumaren after the Warriors cruised to their fourth straight victory. " One reason was our second unit. Every time I pull out my first five, the level of intensity of the second group was still the same."

The Warriors added the Archers to their formidable list of victims that include defending champion University of Santo Tomas, dangerous National University and powerhouse Ateneo.

Rookies Paul Lee and Mark Fampulme, James Martinez and Elmer Espiritu also got into the scoring mix that turned a slim 56-54 margin into a 21-point bubble, 84-63, by the fourth period.

Earlier, the Far Eastern Tamaraws found their shooting touch in the closing minutes for a 54-49 victory over the winless Adamson Falcons.

JR Cawaling and Marnel Baracael presided over the Tamaraws' late surge to outscore the Falcons, 16-7, in the final four minutes.

"We were okay in defense, but we couldn't execute our offense," said FEU coach Glenn Capacio after the game marked by both teams' poor shooting.

"It's a good thing Cawaling and Baracael were able to execute in the end. But the whole game we were struggling."

Cawaling, a 6-foot-3 rookie swingman, shot five points in a 7-0 FEU run to wrest the lead at 45-42 after trailing at 38-42.

A Baracael triple capped the charge for a 52-44 advantage with 18.7 seconds left to seal the victory that improved the Tamaraws' record to 2-2

The Tamaraws' scoring rush in the final four minutes equaled their 16-point total output in the first period, their highest quarter production in the first three periods.

Patrick Cabahug registered 20 points, but the league-leading scorer has yet to lead the Falcons to a single win in four games.

La Salle absorbed its first loss of the season to join rival Ateneo at second place with 3-1 slates.

The Warriors forced the Archers to 21 turnovers, while limiting their own errors to 14.

Led by Cañizares, the Warriors got off to a strong start with the bench scoring 16 of their 26 first-quarter points.

La Salle opened the second quarter with seven straight points capped by back-to-back triples from JV Casio and Rico Maierhofer to move within 26-25 after trailing at 26-17.

But the Warriors wiped out all the energy the Archers displayed in the first half with a Martinez triple that sparked a scoring barrage for a 72-60 advantage by the end of the third period.

The scores:

First Game
FEU 54--Cawaling 10, Baracael 10, Fernandez 8, Adolfo 7, Barroca 6, Cervantes 5, Abaring 2, Ramos 2, Knuttel 2, Reyes 2, Alisbo 0, Sanga 0, Cabagnot 0.

ADAMSON 49--Cabahug 20, Hugnatan 8, Santos 4, Gonzalgo 4, Canuday 4, Colina 3, Cañada 2, Alvarez 2, Yambot 2, Lozada 0, Margallo 0, Gorospe 0.
Quarters: 16-18, 27-24, 36-36, 54-49

Second Game
UE 96--Cañizares 15, Fampulme 11, Gregorio 10, Lee 9, Martinez 9, Espiritu 9, Arellano 9, Borboran 8, Thiele 7, Lingganay 6, Llagas 3, Etrone 0, Acuña 0, Bandaying 0, Reyes 0.

LA SALLE 76--Casio 17, Maierhofer 15, Tang 10, Mangahas 8, Villanueva 6, Cua 6, Walsham 5, Co 5, Malabes 4, Lee 0, Ilad 0, Barua 0.
Quarters: 26-17, 42-41, 72-60, 96-76

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07-23-2007, 04:59 AM
Red Warriors’ blazing guns pulverize Archers; Tams win
By Abac Cordero
Monday, July 23, 2007

University of the East looked like a champion team, and La Salle a fumbling, second-rate squad at the Astrodome.

With all guns blazing, the Warriors turned what was expected to be a close game into a 96-76 rout yesterday and remained as the only unbeaten team in the 70th UAAP season.

Chants of “Four-Ze-Ro! Four-Ze-Ro!” echoed inside the arena after the final buzzer sounded. As the Warriors whooped it up, the Archers looked dazed and went down to 3-1.

“We’re just lucky. La Salle played bad,” said UE coach Dindo Pumaren, who drew first blood over his elder brother and La Salle mentor Franz in this young season.

The Pumarens have only met four times in the UAAP, and split their first four matches. But neither team has lost this bad to the other. It just happened, the winning coach said.

“In our four matches, my two wins came in the first round. In the second round, it was all his,” said the UE coach, hoping that this time, the end-result would be different.

The game was close until the third quarter where La Salle last led at 50-49. A big burst of speed by the Warriors suddenly turned the game around entering the final quarter.

And in the wink of an eye, the Warriors, who sank almost every shot they threw up, were up by 21, then by 23, and then by 26 behind Mark Borboran’s triple, 42 ticks left.

At this point, the Archers can only think about the next time they’d meet the Warriors.

The La Salle dugout was still, silent 30 minutes after the game. Pumaren sat on his chair, facing his players, and while there was movement, no one hardly spoke a word as if they just lost in the finals.

In the other game, Far Eastern University continued its scary roller-coaster ride by beating Adamson in a low-scoring ballgame, 54-49 for an even 2-2 record.

The Tamaraws, loaded with rookies who play like veterans, held the Falcons to just six points in the second quarter but still needed a late push to score the win.

The loss was the fourth in as many outings for Adamson, which is seeking its first win under new coach Bogs Adornado. Giving the Falcons company at 0-4 are the UP Maroons.

“Our defense is okay but our offense is not. We can’t execute in the endgame. We just got lucky today,” said FEU’s Glen Capacio, another rookie coach in the UAAP.

“It’s about maturity. My players are young. But it’s always nice to win, no matter how difficult it is,” he added. FEU started its season with a loss to NU, a win over UST and another loss to La Salle.

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07-23-2007, 01:09 PM
UE Warriors are for real
Deal Archers embarrassing blowout defeat

By NICK GIONGCO
www.mb.com.ph


THE UNIVERSITY of the East (UE) Red Warriors delivered a strong message yesterday.

After toppling Ateneo de Manila last week, the Warriors put to shame La Salle with a mighty effort that installed them as a serious contender in the 70th UAAP basketball tournament.

The Archers walked back to their dugout, their heads bowed and ego buised after suffering what could be their worst defeat in memory, a 96-76 nightmare that stunned even their supporters at the Cuneta Astrodome.

UE coach Dindo Pumaren was the least surprised.

"Two days before during our practice, I already saw the high level of intensity of my players," said Pumaren who handed elder brother Franz an embarrassing defeat.

"Our gameplan was followed and everything that I told them to do they just did and I am so happy," said Pumaren.

The Warriors extended their winning run to four while dealing the Archers their first setback in four matches.

From a 42-41 lead after the first half, UE seized control of the game when it erected a 72-60 lead going into the final 10 minutes as Mark Fampulme, Jorel Canizares, Paul Lee, Rudy Linganay and James Martinez caught fire.

La Salle appeared out of sync and could not seem to display the traits that made them the league’s team to beat.

So hot were the Warriors that even players coming off the bench contributed.

"Everytime I pull out the first crew, the intensity level of the second group was the same. I think my second unit can start as well," said Pumaren, who is how on his fourth year at UE. "We were aggressive right from the start and La Salle wasn’t able to contain us."

Earlier, Far Eastern staved off Adamson, 54-49, behind Ric Cawaling and Marnel Baracael, who joined hands in the fourth frame to get back into the win column after a sorry defeat to La Salle last Thursday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The Falcons actually had the chance to break away when they erected a 42-38 lead behind a completed three-point play by Jan Colina on Baracael and Patrick Cabahug’s triple with a little over five minutes to go.

But FEU woke up and Cawaling teamed up with Baracael and Mark Barroca to give the Tamaraws a 52-44 spread, 18.7 second left before the buzzer.

"Nag-struggle kami the whole game mabuti na lang naka-recover nung patapos na," said winning mentor Glenn Capacio.

The scores:

First Game

FEU 54 — Cawaling 10, Baracael 10, Fernandez 8, Adolfo 7, Barroca 6, Cervantes 5, Abaring 2, Ramos 2, Knuttel 2, Reyes 2, Alisbo 0, Sanga 0, Cabagnot 0.

Adamson 49 — Cabahug 20, Hugnatan 8, Santos 4, Gonzalgo 4, Canuday 4, Colina 3, Canada 2, Alvarez 2, Yambot 2, Lozada 0, Margallo 0, Gorospe 0.

Quarters: 16-18, 27-24, 36-all, 54-49.

Second Game

UE 96 — Canizares 15, Fampulme 11, Gregorio 10, Lee 9, Martinez 9, Espiritu 9, Arellano 9, Borboran 8, Thiele 7, Linganay 6, Llagas 3, Etrone 0, Acuna 0, Bandaying 0, Reyes 0.

La Salle 76—Casio 17, Maierhofer 15, Tang 10, Mangahas 8, Vilanueva 6, Cua 6, Walsham 5, Co 5, Malabes 4, Lee 0, Ilad 0, Barua 0.

Quarters: 26-17, 42-4172-60, 96-76.

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07-24-2007, 09:26 AM
Pumaren in a quandary over Archers poor form


The Philippine Star

It was a bitter pill to swallow for La Salle coach Franz Pumaren.

"We played terrible today," Pumaren quipped on his way out of the Cuneta Astrodome last Sunday after his team took an embarrassing 96-76 loss against University of the East.

Pumaren just couldn’t believe what he saw out there.

"It was not the usual brand of La Salle play. We have to re-assess ourselves," he said after watching the Archers commit a total of 21 turnovers in just 40 minutes of play.

That’s almost one turnover for every two minutes.

"We really played terrible," Pumaren repeated. "I think the eagerness of some of the players got in the way. That’s why the turnout of the game was really bad."

It was the first loss in four games for La Salle in the 70th UAAP season while the victory was the fourth in as many outings for UE, the only unbeaten team so far.

During the game, where the Warriors broke loose in the third period and led by as many as 26 points in the fourth, Pumaren for a few times was seen howling at his players.

He had all the right to do so.

Normally composed even under difficult situations, the Archers were a pitiful sight, allowing easy baskets for the Warriors, and either fumbling or missing hurried shots on their side.

The Archers missed 18 times from the three-point area (10-of-28) and 27 times from closer range (17-of-44) for a horrific 27-of-72 shooting – just good for 37.5 percent.

On the other end, the Warriors of coach Dindo Pumaren committed less turnovers at 14 and threw up better shots, going 38-of-76 for 50 percent, including 7-of-19 from three-point area.

Pumaren can only hope that the Archers can leave this loss behind as they prepare for a big game against bitter rival Ateneo on Thursday at the Araneta Coliseum.

"Because if we play this way I wouldn’t be surprised if Ateneo beats us," he said.

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07-25-2007, 07:39 AM
UAAP: Allera puts Tigers back in the hunt



Inquirer
Last updated 11:55pm (Mla time) 07/24/2007


GAMES THURSDAY (Araneta Coliseum)
2 p.m. -- NU vs UST (Srs)
4 p.m. -- La Salle vs Ateneo (Srs)

MANILA, Philippines -- When University of Santo Tomas scored its first victory of the season, coach Pido Jarencio admitted relief from the growing pressure.

“At least we’re improving every game,” he said.

A dismal 0-2 start in the University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball competition almost had the defending champions pushing the panic button, looking for someone to spark an offense sorely feeling the crunch of Jojo Duncil’s decision to turn pro.

Good thing Francis Allera came to the rescue, hammering out a pair of notable performances to recharge the Tigers’ title-retention bid.

Allera, who actually plays off the bench, averaged 20.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and one block in the Tigers’ victories against the Adamson Falcons and the University of the Philippines Maroons.

“[When it comes to] Allera, wala na akong masabi (I can’t say anything more),” said Jarencio of the 6-foot-4 forward, who earned the UAAP Press Corps’ Anta Player of the Week citation.

Allera took the weight off the Tigers’ shoulders when he drilled in 18 of a career-high 26 points from beyond the arc as the Tigers’ notched their first victory with a 96-84 rout of the Falcons last Thursday.

Still in his element two days later, Allera finished a rebound shy of a double-double with 15 points and nine boards in the Tigers’ 76-68 triumph over the Maroons.

University of the East’s Jorel Cañizares and Ateneo’s Chris Tiu also came through in crucial wins to earn nominations for the weekly plum given by sportswriters covering the collegiate scene. Jasmine W. Payo

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07-26-2007, 05:17 AM
Hot ticket: Ateneo-La Salle rivalry up Thursday


Inquirer
Last updated 03:40am (Mla time) 07/26/2007

GAMES TODAY (Araneta Coliseum)
2 p.m.—NU vs UST (Srs)
4 p.m.—La Salle vs Ateneo (Srs)

MANILA, Philippines -- There may be less cutting remarks in their renewed feud.

But for the De La Salle Green Archers and the Ateneo Blue Eagles, the University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball rivalry sorely missed last year turns into an even tougher test.

The Archers and the Eagles, both humbled early in the first round, take center court as powerhouses with bruised egos aiming to fix their gameplans and restore damaged pride.

After serving a one-year suspension last year, the Archers resume their rivalry against the Eagles at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Araneta Coliseum.

“It’s going to be a tough contest,” said Ateneo coach Norman Black.

The Archers and the Eagles, tied at 3-1 behind undefeated University of the East, aim for solo second.

Before the blockbuster showdown, the University of Santo Tomas Tigers shoot for their third straight win against the National University Bulldogs at 2 p.m.

Tabbed as title favorites this season, the Archers seek redemption after an embarrassing wipeout against the UE Warriors, 96-76, last Sunday.

“I think everybody in the team is aware that we played terrible against UE,” said La Salle coach Franz Pumaren. “I’m not taking anything away from UE, but we helped them win. It was not our usual brand of play.”

Although unsure of what hit them against the Warriors, the Archers bannered by Rico Maierhofer, JV Casio, Cholo Villanueva and TY Tang feel ready versus the Eagles.

“The last two days we’ve been practicing really well,” noted Pumaren.

The Eagles also absorbed their first loss against the Warriors, then barely survived the Bulldogs, 66-65, last Saturday.

“Unlike last year when we’re very sure of what we wanted to do as far as rotation is concerned, we’re still finding guys who can step up for us,” said Black. “I think as we play more games, everything will become more clear for us. It’s still a work in progress.”

But with seasoned Eagles Chris Tiu and Ford Arao asserting themselves in recent games, Black may have a more solid crew after four outings.

“When you go up against La Salle, you have to break their press; that’s the number one thing,” said Black. “Don’t give them a lot of points on turnovers, like what we did against UE. So we have to fix that situation.”

Notably, the Archers have crushed the Eagles in six straight encounters since 2004 by an average of 16.7 points.

But Pumaren countered: “Ateneo is a tough team. They’re a different team this year. They trained in the US over the summer and they have a new system in place.” Jasmine W. Payo

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07-26-2007, 05:27 AM
Eagles, Archers reprise rivalry

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Ateneo and La Salle clash today for the first time in two years in what promises to be another thriller in their storied rivalry with the Eagles hoping to pounce on the Archers’ poor form for solo second spot in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Eagles’ highly anticipated showdown with their arch rivals couldn’t have come at a better time as the Archers are heading into the event reeling from a horrendous 76-96 setback to the pacesetting UE Warriors last Sunday.

It was the Archers’ worst loss since losing by 21 points to the National U Bulldogs in 2003 and it came at a time when the Taft-based squad had started to instill fear on its rivals after streaking to three straight wins in imposing fashion.

But the Warriors exposed the chinks in the Archers’ armor, breaking loose in the third quarter and turning what had appeared to be a close contest into a whitewash.

“We really played terrible,” said La Salle coach Franz Pumaren. “I think the eagerness of some of my players got in the way. That’s why the turnout of the game was really bad.”

That was actually a good sign for Ateneo, now more than ever convinced that La Salle can be beaten.

“We’ll definitely do the same things UE did right in beating La Salle last Sunday,” said Ateneo coach Norman Black.

Against the Warriors, the Archers missed 18 times from the three-point area and flubbed 27 times from the perimeter while making 20 turnovers.

In fact, Pumaren said with that kind of game his team dished out against UE, Ateneo could beat La Salle anytime.

The fight is also expected to spill into the stands as students, alumni, fans and supporters of both schools are expected to out-cheer each other with tickets to the game, set at 4 p.m., sold out as early as 8 a.m. yesterday.

For the Archers to score one against the Eagles and regain their winning ways, Pumaren said they have to limit the production of Ateneo’s big men, particularly center Claiford Arao.

“We have to try to make sure that we block out their big men and extend our defense on their shooters,” Pumaren said. “We have to dictate the tempo from the very start.”

Defending champion Santo Tomas meanwhile, guns for its third straight win after back-to-back setbacks as it faces dangerous National U in the opening game at 2 p.m.

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07-26-2007, 05:32 AM
Will Ateneo bear brunt of La Salle’s humiliation?

By NICK GIONGCO
ww.mb.com.ph


ATENEO MENTOR Norman Black already has the antidote for La Salle’s efficient run-and-gun game.

Black said the Blue Eagles "will have to control their guards — JV Casio and TY Tang — and limit Rico Maierhofer from getting offensive rebounds" as Ateneo aims to hand the Green Archers their second straight defeat when the two marquee squads collide at 4 p.m. in the 70th UAAP basketball wars at the Araneta Coliseum.

Black dismissed the hype that La Salle is out to make up for the misfortune it suffered at the hands of the University of the East over the weekend.

"It’s just a new ballgame," said Black, refusing to get into the drama that the Green Archers will vent their ire on the Eagles before an expected huge Big Dome crowd.

La Salle coach Franz Pumaren, meanwhile, expressed the belief that his players "have learned their mistakes."

"No," Pumaren answered when asked if the Archers were subjected to a tongue-lashing after the Red Warriors scored a 96-76 victory at the Cuneta Astrodome.

Pumaren also noted that the Archers played to please the crowd and it prevented them from executing their gameplan.

Apart from Casio, Tang and Maierhofer, also itching to come up with big games are Cholo Villanueva, James Mangahas and Kish Co.

Black will try to counter with Chris Tiu, Nonoy Baclao, Claiford Arao, Eaman Monfort, Rabeh Al-Hussaini and Zion Lattere as the two squads cancel each other out as they both parade 3-1 win-loss slates.

Despite losing badly against UE, La Salle remains the heavy favorite owing to their superior lineup.

But since strange things have happened lately in the league, the Eagles are capable of pulling off another shocker as they have the manpower and the burning desire to make that happen.

In the opener, defending champion University of Santo Tomas aims to make it three-in-a-row when the Tigers collide with the National University Bulldogs at 2 p.m.

After dropping their first two assignments against UE and Far Eastern, the Tigers growled their way to victories over Adamson and University of the Philippines.

While the Tigers frolicked against the Falcons and the Maroons, it will have to put up a tougher stance against the Bulldogs, who have been installed this early as one of the shoo-ins for a spot in the Final Four owing to their bench depth.

Banger Edwin Asoro and sniper Jonathan Fernandez will form the tip of the Bulldogs’ fangs and Santo Tomas strategist Pido Jarencio has got to find somebody who would stand their guard.

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07-27-2007, 05:34 AM
Eagles slip past Archers in OT

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 02:29am (Mla time) 07/27/2007

MANILA, Philippines -- The fierce rivalry missed for a season needed an extra period to settle.

And the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles showed that a lot has changed as they outlasted the De La Salle University Green Archers in overtime, 80-77, Thursday in the UAAP men’s basketball competition at the jampacked Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

“The guys really had a lot of desire and hunger,” said Ateneo coach Norman Black, who won his first game against La Salle since dropping three encounters in 2005.

“We did a good job in rebounding and in our inside game. Our perimeter guys also hit their shots.”

Jai Reyes, nephew of national coach Chot Reyes, provided several rapid-fire point production in the second half to finish with a career-high 18 points for Ateneo.

Also stepping up at crunch time was Chris Tiu, who nailed a triple with 21.1 seconds remaining to put the Eagles up at 78-74, after the Archers had moved within 75-74.

Tiu finished with 15 points, including two buffer free throws with 9.9 ticks left after a pair of Rico Maierhoffer charities kept the Archers within striking distance, 78-76.

Eagle Ford Arao buried a short stab with 13 seconds remaining to forge the extra period at 67-67 after a Cholo Villanueva layup put the Archers on top, 67-65, with 32.5 seconds left.

The Archers had a chance to claim the game in regulation, but Maierhofer missed a potential game-winning jumper at the buzzer.

Reyes and Kirk Log opened the extra period with back-to-back jumpers to push the Eagles up, 71-67, with 3:15 minutes left.

And Arao kept them steady as the Eagles held JV Casio to a bucket in overtime after the streaky veteran exploded with 15 points in the last six minutes of regulation, including a jumper that knotted the contest at 65, with 1:25 left.

It was the Eagles’ first victory in seven meetings with the Archers since 2004.

While the Eagles claimed solo second at 4-1 behind the undefeated University of the East, the Archers absorbed a second straight loss to settle at 3-2 in a tie with the University of Santo Tomas Tigers.

The defending champion Tigers earlier clinched a third straight victory with an 83-72 triumph over the National University Bulldogs.

Dylan Ababou fired eight of his 18 points in the final quarter to help the Tigers stave off a Bulldogs’ comeback from a double-digit deficit.

“Every game we’re improving,” said coach Pido Jarencio. “We’ve adjusted our game. We lost two straight, but there were lessons learned.”

The scores:

First Game
UST 83 -- Ababou 18, Cuan 12, Espiritu 10, Cortez 10, Mirza 9, Canlas 9, Taylor 9, Cruz 6, Allera 2, Gile 0, Dizon 0.
NU 72 -- Fernandez 27, Aguilar 10, Asoro 10, Lingao-Lingao 8, Ponferrada 7, Jahnke 4, Garcia 2, Salvado 2, Catamora 2, Terso 0, Baloran 0, Luy 0, Malagueño 0,
Quarters: 18-13, 34-31, 57-54, 83-72

Second Game
ATENEO 80 -- Reyes 18, Tiu 15, Arao 14, Nkemakolam8, Al-Hussaini 7, Long 6, Baclao 5, Salamat 4, Monfort 3, Escueta 0, Laterrre 0, Barracoso 0.
LA SALLE 77 -- Casio 21, Maierhofer 19, Villanueva 14, Walsham 6, Tang 6, Malabes 5, Ferdinand 2, Mangahas 2, Barua 2, Lee 0, Ilad 0, Co 0.
Quarters: 15-19, 30-30, 49-44, 67-67 (reg), 80-77 (OT)

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07-27-2007, 05:37 AM
Over time, Eagles overpower Archers
By Abac Cordero
Friday, July 27, 2007

Ateneo waited 22 long months to get back at La Salle.

Yesterday, before a huge, boisterous crowd at the Araneta Coliseum, the Blue Eagles didn’t lose that chance as they dealt the Green Archers a stinging 80-77 loss in overtime.

The last time the two teams met was in Sept. 25, 2005. It was the Final Four, and the Green Archers won, 74-57, to reach the finals. La Salle beat Ateneo in all three meetings that year.

For Ateneo coach Norman Black, it was his first win over La Salle and its coach Franz Pumaren, his former assistant in the PBA

“Yes, that’s right. This is my first win over La Salle as a coach. It feels good,” said Black, who never ran out of heroes in the 45-minute ballgame played as if the world was at stake.

“We dedicate this win to the school, to our supporters who stayed behind us even if we didn’t do well against La Salle in the last few games,” said Black.

The victory pushed Ateneo up in the standings at 4-1, just barely behind unbeaten University of the East at 4-0. The loss, meanwhile, was the second straight for La Salle, which took a bad loss to UE last Sunday.

Ateneo, from its big men to the little ones, was just more determined to win this one, holding their ground against JV Casio’s one-man show in the final quarter.

“We just showed a lot of desire, and a lot of hunger to win. We did a good job rebounding, too. We ran into a team that’s very difficult to beat,” added the Ateneo mentor.

Cliff Arao, Jobe Nkemakolam, Rabeth Al-Hussaini manned the paint for Ateneo while Kurt Long, Jai Reyes and Chris Tiu provided the spark, the latter sinking the clincher, a triple from left wing with just 9.9 ticks left.

But still, it was Reyes, nephew of former Blue Eagle and now RP team head coach Chot Reyes, who carried the fight for Ateneo. He had 18 points, two rebounds, six assists and a steal in just 26 minutes.

Casio, a member of the previous teams that won the title for La Salle, scored 15 points in the third period, all of them coming in a 21-16 run that tied the game at 65-all late in regulation.

Arao sent the game into overtime with a short stab.

Completely overshadowed was the 83-72 win posted by defending champion Santo Tomas over National U earlier. It was the third straight win after two straight losses for the champions.

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07-27-2007, 05:39 AM
Ateneo wins

Blue Eagles upset Archers, 80-77

By NICK GIONGCO
www.mb.com.ph


IN A game that had all the trappings of the classic "Thrilla in Manila" 32 years ago, Ateneo edged bitter rival La Salle, 80-77, in overtime yesterday in the 70th UAAP basketball tournament.

Playing before an overflow crowd at the Araneta Coliseum, site of the memorable title fight between boxing legends Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, the Eagles delivered the final blows that sent the Archers reeling to their second straight defeat.

Chris Tiu, the Eagles’ main man, buried a three-point shot from the left side that gave Ateneo a 78-74 lead with 21 seconds remaining. His twin charities off Tyrone Tang’s fifth and final foul iced the victory for the Eagles.

It was a sorry loss for the Archers who had the chance to win the game in regulation, but failed to put up a decent shot in the last 13 seconds.

A pint-sized playmaker cum scorer with deep basketball roots stood out among Ateneo’s stars scoring 18 points, most of them coming at the height of the struggle between the two squads.

Jai Reyes, a nephew of national team coach Chot and former pro Gilbert, ran rings around the La Salle defenders, making running jumpers with relative ease.

Ateneo coach Norman Black was ecstatic.

"It feels good and we just like to dedicate this one to the school, to all the supporters because they’ve really been behind us the last two times we played La Salle, we did not play very well," said Black.

"The guys today had a lot of hunger and desire to win and we did a good job rebounding and we had an inside game and our perimeter shooters hit their shots," added Black, who finally tasted a win over La Salle as coach.

The Eagles erected a 58-51 advantage with 4:11 left on a triple by the 19-year- old Reyes.

But JV Casio caught fire and single-handedly brought La Salle back into contention.

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07-28-2007, 12:49 PM
Soaring Eagles triumph on Jai note

By ABAC CORDERO
The Philippine Star

Jai Reyes still remembers the day Ateneo was beaten by La Salle black and blue in the Final Four of the 2005 UAAP season.

He was a rookie then, watching helplessly, glued on the bench.

“I remember it was LA Tenorio’s last game in the UAAP.

And we lost by almost 20 points (74-57) to La Salle,” said the 20-year-old Reyes over the phone Friday.

“This was my chance to get back at La Salle,” he said of his amazing performance that gave Ateneo an 80-77 overtime win over La Salle last Thursday at the Big Dome.

Reyes, at 5-foot-7, showed the heart of a seven-footer in the game played before a sea of fans. In just 26 minutes, he had 18 points, two rebounds, six assists, a steal and a single turnover.

“I was nervous at the start,” he admitted.

If he was nervous, it didn’t show.

Coming off the bench to replace starting guard Eric Salamat, Reyes hit his first shot of the game, a booming triple from left-center that gave Ateneo the early lead at 10-8.

It was enough to give him the confidence to carry on.

He scored on drives over taller defenders, hit another trey along the way, and scored the first basket in overtime.

“The pressure was there. But I had fun. I had a lot of fun. In crucial games, you just have to step up. And getting back at La Salle was one of the reasons I did,” he added.

Reyes’ father, Len, is the brother of former Eagle and now RP team head coach Chot Reyes, and two other ballplayers, Jun (of Ateneo and Alaska) and Billy (of Santo Tomas), and Mike.

“He was in the moment, I guess. He was exceptional. But I’m just happy he stepped up big time,” said Ateneo coach Norman Black, who tried to compare Reyes with Tenorio, a certified star.

“I think Jai is the better shooter but LA handles the ball well,” he said.

Still, Reyes refused to take all the credit as the other Eagles, Chris Tiu and the big men, came to fore.

“Playing as a team was the most important part. It’s never individually,” added Reyes, just too glad playing a big role in the big win.

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07-30-2007, 11:34 AM
Close shave for Archers


By ABAC CORDERO
The Philippine Star

The Green Archers found new life on a new hairdo.

"It’s our way of showing that we’re united," said La Salle coach Franz Pumaren, who brought the bald David Beckham look along with his staff and his players into the Big Dome Sunday.

La Salle, which bitterly lost its last two games to University of the East and Ateneo, escaped with a 90-86 overtime victory over defending champion Santo Tomas and is suddenly back in form with a 4-2 record.

Even team manager Terry Capistrano went bald as La Salle faced a boardroom battle after placing a painful overtime loss to Ateneo last Thursday under protest.

"This hairdo shows that we are one, and that we win together, we lose together. It shows that we’re in the same direction. We’re on the same page," added Pumaren.

A loss would have brought the Green Archers reeling to their third straight loss in the 70th UAAP season. It would have been their first three-game losing streak under Pumaren since 1998.

Far Eastern U rode on a big second quarter run then sustained its momentum in the second half to fashion out a 77-64 win over Ateneo in the second game.

The victory was the Tams’ third against two losses while dealing the Eagles their second loss in six games.

"We needed this kind of a win. We were in a mini-slump. We were struggling. And we looked different. I don’t know if it’s with the hairstyle. But we looked tough," the coach said.

Still, the Green Archers went through some anxious moments against the Tigers, who led by as many as 16 points in the second quarter, and looked poised in posting their first win over La Salle in eight years.

La Salle’s small men, TY Tang and JV Casio, delivered the big blows late in regulation and in overtime, which started with a very questionable call that awarded ball possession to the Green Archers.

It was just one of the calls that were questioned by Santo Tomas coach Pido Jarencio, who was fuming at the referees after the game. He almost went after one of them, and had to be restrained by an assistant.

Tang, who led all scorers with 23 points, buried his third triple for a 77-73 La Salle lead with 1:47 left in regulation, the Tigers suddenly roared back and even threatened to pull it off.

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08-01-2007, 08:28 AM
Press corps cites Casio’s heroics
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DURING HIS early years with La Salle, JV Casio was in the shadows of his more illustrious teammates like Mac Cardona and Joseph Yeo.


Now a seasoned guard, Casio has cast his own shadow in the UAAP seniors basketball tournament.

"He (Casio) does not want to run away from crucial situations. He wants to take the big shots," said La Salle coach Franz Pumaren of Casio, the UAAP Press Corps’ ANTA Player of the Week.

Casio averaged 17.5 points built on a 52% two-point shooting clip this week to lead the Green Archers to a 4-2 mark for a share of second place with Ateneo.

The 5-foot-10 Casio came out a hero in the Archers’ overtime win, 90-86, against defending champion University of Santo Tomas last Sunday to halt their two-game slide.

Casio contributed 14 points, including six in the extra period and the game-tying lay-up with 2.6 second left in regulation.

A streaky shooter, Casio also gave the Green Archers a fighting chance last Thursday by firing 15 of his 21 points in the fourth period, before bowing to rival Blue Eagles, 80-77, in overtime.

James Martinez of the undefeated University of the East also earned a nomination for the ANTA-backed citation given by sportswriters from the country’s leading broadsheets and tabloids.

Martinez propelled the Red Warriors to the solo lead with a 5-0 mark after scoring 23 points on a 6-of7 shooting clip from three-point range for a 97-66 trouncing of winless University of the Philippines.

UST’s Francis Allera won the honor last week, while UE’s Kelvin Gregorio, Ateneo’s Ford Arao and National University’s Joseph Lingao-Lingao were the previous weeks’ winners.

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08-02-2007, 09:46 AM
Warriors stake clean slate vs Tams



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Last updated 05:01am (Mla time) 08/02/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- University of the East coach Dindo Pumaren said the Warriors owe their perfect record to their “maturity” in the ongoing UAAP season.

“I think we no longer have that stigma of collapsing under pressure,” said Pumaren. “It’s all mental. After five games, I’ve seen the maturity and composure of the players.”

Although favored to clinch their sixth straight win, the Warriors expect to have their hands full against the Far Eastern University Tamaraws in the men’s basketball competition at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium in Manila.

“FEU has good rookie players and they’re gaining confidence every game,” noted Pumaren.

Winless squads Adamson University Falcons and University of the Philippines Maroons will try to end their misery in the second game at 4 p.m.

Behind the torrid shooting of James Martinez, the Warriors extended their winning run to five games with a 97-66 rout of the Maroons last Saturday.

Yet FEU mentor Glenn Capacio seemed hardly worried that the Warriors had posted their second straight blowout victory.

“We can match their speed,” noted Capacio.

The Tamaraws, running fourth with a 3-2 card, are the best defensive team, holding their opponents by an average of 63.2 points in five games.

And their defensive game plan will be put to a test as the Warriors lead the league in scoring at 84.8 points per game built on a league-best 42.8-percent shooting clip.

“I don’t think we’ll find it hard to adjust (versus UE),” said Capacio after the Tamaraws stunned Ateneo de Manila University, 77-64, last Sunday.

“We’ve played against them (in summer leagues). We just have to focus for 40 minutes. We can’t relax against UE.”

Meanwhile, JV Casio earned the UAAP Press Corps’ Anta Player of the Week citation after averaging 17.5 points for the De La Salle University Green Archers last week.

Casio buried clutch baskets as the Archers ended a two-game slide with a 90-86 overtime triumph against defending champion University of Santo Tomas last Sunday.

The 5-foot-10 Casio also gave fierce rival Ateneo a tough time by drilling in 15 of his 21 points in the fourth period, before the Archers bowed to the Eagles, 80-77, in overtime last Thursday.

Martinez also earned a nomination for the weekly plum after firing 23 points on 6-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc to lead the Warriors against the Maroons. Jasmine W. Payo

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08-03-2007, 09:05 AM
Warriors scalp Tams, near first round sweep

By ABAC CORDERO
The Philippine Star

The UE Warriors wasted no time to whip the FEU Tamaraws, 89-60, Thursday and move one win away from sweeping the first round of the 70th UAAP season.

The Warriors ignored the humidity inside the Ninoy Aquino Stadium due to a malfunctioning air-condition system as they race to an early lead and never looked back for an enviable 6-0 card.

Coach Dindo Pumaren’s charges went up, 24-12, after the first period, and took a 49-28 halftime lead. In the third, UE was way ahead, 65-39, and enjoyed its biggest lead at 76-44.

“I’m very happy,” said Pumaren, so close to UE’s first sweep of the first round since 1986 when a team led by Jerry Codiñera went 7-0 only to lose to the Benjie Paras-led UP Maroons.

“We haven’t talked about Adamson,” added Pumaren of Sunday’s game against the Falcons. “There’s still one more game. And who knows? We have yet to discuss the game against Adamson.

The Tamaraws came off a big win over the Ateneo Blue Eagles, but failed to carry the momentum against the Warriors who shot 50 percent from three-point area for the second straight game (12-of-24).

In another lopsided game, Adamson crushed UP, 95-76, for its first taste of victory this season. At 1-5, the Falcons can now look down at the Maroons, still winless in six games.

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08-04-2007, 07:46 PM
DLSU accepts verdict, wants review of rule

By ABAC CORDERO
The Philippine Star

After accepting the findings of the UAAP technical committee, La Salle on Friday called for an amendment of the rule that bars all teams from fielding their two foreign players at the same time.

La Salle board representatives Chuck Buenaventura and Bro. Bernard Oca, FSC, and coach Franz Pumaren considered the latest UAAP controversy a closed case.

“La Salle appreciates the findings of the technical committee that Ateneo committed a violation of Rule 7 when it fielded two foreign players during the game,” said Oca in a press conference.

“Our main purpose was for the truth to come out and since we’ve gotten that we’re all right about this,” he said.

La Salle lost a very close game to Ateneo last July 26, but placed the game under protest after the Blue Eagles had Kirk Long and Zion Laterre together on the court for six seconds in the second quarter.

Commissioner Ed Cordero and the technical committee denied the protest, confirming the presence of the two foreign players for Ateneo but saying it really had no effect on the final outcome.

La Salle said it is abiding by the decision and stressed that it never sought forfeiture of the Ateneo victory. La Salle’s acceptance almost renders the emergency board meeting on Sunday trivial.

“La Salle feels the crux of its protest has been met, and is satisfied with this finding. We leave it up to the board to decide whatever options it wishes to do hereon. La Salle is committed to abide with its decision,” said Oca.

“At the beginning, all we wanted was for the truth to come out. Standing up for the truth is our definition of winning. The technical committee just confirmed what we saw (on tape),” Oca added.

Buenaventura said under the UAAP guidelines, there is no specific penalty for violation of the rule regarding the fielding of foreign players. He said maybe it’s about time a penalty is drawn up.

“If you analyze this provision it’s really a gray area. If there’s a violation then there should be a penalty. It’s like saying ‘no littering’ but there’s no penalty so everybody will litter around,” added Pumaren.

“This should serve as an eye-opener,” the coach added.

“Let’s not only review that certain section but the whole section. They might need some amendments.

“Otherwise what’s a violation if there is no sanction?” Pumaren said.

Oca said the fact that there is no specific sanction for this particular rule made it difficult for the commissioner and the technical committee to act swiftly on the La Salle protest.

“Let’s look at our rules and regulations and find out what we can do about it. What made it difficult for the commissioner was finding out what the penalty should be,” he explained.

Oca sounded like a true sportsman when he said, “forfeiture may be too harsh a penalty because it was a hard-won game, and Ateneo was the better team that day.”

But he went a little too far when he said, “they’re (Blue Eagles) deserving of the championship.”

Pumaren said that Ateneo only deserved that “first-round victory.” This drew some laughter from those inside the La Salle boardroom.

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08-05-2007, 08:56 AM
Tigers on a roll, clip Eagles’ wings

By JOEY VILLAR
The Philippine Star

Defending champion Santo Tomas dealt Ateneo an 87-74 beating Saturday night and gave the Blue Eagles a big reason to feel down as they reeled to their second straight loss in the 70th UAAP season.

It was the first time in three years that Ateneo lost back-to-back games. Since beating La Salle in a controversial game last July 26, Ateneo has lost track of its game, losing to FEU and now Santo Tomas.

Santo Tomas pulled away at the start of the final quarter, using an 18-2 run for an 80-63 lead.

The Tigers lost their first two games this season, but have won four of their last five games. Suddenly, coach Pido Jarencio’s charges look ready for another shot at the title.

Santo Tomas and Ateneo closed out their first-round schedule tied at 4-3.

While Ateneo groped for form, La Salle showed that it’s truly back on the road by beating National University, 85-81, for a second-running 5-2 record, just behind the 6-0 of University of the East.

It was the second straight win for the Green Archers since they shaved their heads following the bitter loss to the Blue Eagles. La Salle placed that game under protest.

Meanwhile, the UAAP board will put a closure to the recent La Salle-Ateneo controversy that stemmed from the Blue Eagles’ violation of the rule concerning the fielding of foreign players.

La Salle officials the other day accepted the findings of commissioner Ed Cordero and the technical committee that Ateneo did violate the rule by fielding Kirk Long and Zion Laterre at the same time.

La Salle, however, urged the board to draw up a specific penalty for violation of the rule because presently, there’s none.

“If there’s (another) violation, both foreigners would be ejected from the game, and suspended for the next game. A second offense would mean a three-game suspension,” said a board member.

“It’s for immediate implementation,” he said.

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08-06-2007, 10:08 AM
Big win caps Warriors’ sweep


By ABAC CORDERO
The Philippine Star

As expected, University of the East drove past Adamson, 95-70, Sunday and completed a sweep of their first-round assignments in the 70th UAAP season.

Then coach Dindo Pumaren braced for the tougher days ahead.

"We’re very happy. But this is nothing. Nothing has been accomplished yet. Nothing has been proven," said Pumaren inside the Araneta Coliseum pressroom.

"A lot of things can happen. The other teams are improving," he added.

This is the fourth straight game the Warriors, hoping to end a 22-year title drought, won by more than 20 points.

After beating Ateneo by just three points last July 15, UE went on a killing spree, whipping La Salle by 20 points, then UP by 31, FEU by 29 and now Adamson by 25.

In short, the Warriors have won their last four games by an average of 26.5 points. Still, Pumaren insisted that the second round could be an entirely different scenario.

"Things will be tougher there," he said.

A team led by Jerry Codiñera gave UE a similar first-round sweep in 1986, but fell short in the end when the Warriors lost to the UP Maroons in the finals. UP then had Benjie Paras and Ronnie Magsanoc in its fold.

Adamson missed 15 free throws in the game (25-of-40) but even if they made them all still would have lost by 10 points. They fell to 1-6, their only victory coming at the expense of winless UP.

In the other game, Far Eastern U flirted with disaster before coming through with an 87-82 win over UP.

Meanwhile, UAAP president Fr. Ermito de Sagon of Santo Tomas Sunday announced the sanctions to be imposed for future violations of the rule regarding the fielding of foreign players.

De Sagon said teams that will erroneously field their two foreign players at the same time will now pay the price: a technical foul on the coach and two free throws plus ball possession for the opposing team.

A second infraction in the same game would lead to the ejection of the coach, two free throws and ball possession. De Sagon said the implementing rule takes effect immediately.

"While it is true that a violation has been made (by Ateneo), the board has adopted and affirmed the findings and recommendation of commissioner Ed Cordero," de Sagon said.

"And as such, the La Salle protest is denied," said de Sagon after a special board meeting tackled the issue that stemmed from Ateneo’s fielding of its two foreign players at the same time against La Salle.

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08-08-2007, 10:26 AM
Lady Maroons nail win No. 6


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 04:11am (Mla time) 08/08/2007


GAMES THURSDAY (Cuneta Astrodome)
2 p.m. -- Adamson vs Ateneo (Srs)
4 p.m. -- UE vs FEU (Srs)

MANILA, Philippines -- The men remain second fiddle to the women in the UAAP basketball tournament, as far as the University of the Philippines is concerned.

The State University’s Lady Maroons leaned on a balanced charge to roll to their sixth straight win, a 68-22 whitewash of the National U Lady Bulldogs over the weekend at the Adamson University gym.

And it is against this backdrop that the men’s failures are highlighted.

The Maroons remain the doormat in the centerpiece men’s division, going winless in their first seven outings thus far.

Anna Asistio fired 13 points, while Flora Molina added 12 as the Lady Maroons became the tournament’s last unbeaten team. The Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles bowed to the University of the East Amazons in a 53-46 upset earlier.

The Amazons halted the five-game run of the Lady Eagles, who missed the services of 2006 MVP Cassy Tioseco due to injury.

As the Lady Eagles slipped to second at 5-1, the University of Santo Tomas Tigresses outclassed the De La Salle University Lady Archers, 72-65, to be at 4-2.

La Salle, UE and Adamson wound up tied at 2-4, while National University remained winless in six outings.

In men’s basketball action, rookie Khasim Mirza played a crucial role for the defending champion Tigers to earn the UAAP Press Corps’ Anta Player of the Week citation.

Mirza, a 6-foot-4 forward, knocked in 18 of his 25 points from beyond the arc as the Tigers whipped the Blue Eagles, 87-74, last Saturday.

In chess, UE collected five points to lead the men’s tournament at the UE Briefing Room.

Far Eastern University paced the distaff side with five points, while Adamson scored 6.5 to lead junior play.

Nelson Mariano led the Warriors to a 3-1 victory over Ateneo in the opening round on Saturday, before posting a 2-2 draw with UST the following day. Jasmine W. Payo

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08-09-2007, 10:10 PM
Storm cools Warriors’ UAAP run

League postpones games Thursday

By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 04:28am (Mla time) 08/09/2007



UE 7 0 La Salle 5 2 FEU 4 3 UST 4 3 Ateneo 4 3 NU 3 4 Adamson 1 6 UP 0 7


MANILA, Philippines -- University of the East coach Dindo Pumaren refused to single out a player responsible for the Warriors’ amazing run in the UAAP men’s basketball competition.

“Every game someone steps up,” said Pumaren. “Anyone can take charge, and that’s what I like about our team. The level of confidence of our players is very high.”

And it’s a problem opposing teams have to contend with in the second round which was supposed to resume Wednesday.

The unbeaten Warriors, however, will have to wait another day to test their mettle against the Far Eastern University Tamaraws as the UAAP board, taking note of the inclement weather, decided to postpone the scheduled games on Thursday at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City. The games will be moved to a later date.

The Warriors will thus vie for their eighth straight triumph -- after bullying teams in the first round by an average winning margin of 18.3 points -- on a different playdate.

“We know all the teams want to beat us, so we’re expecting a harder time in the second round,” said Pumaren. “I’ve been telling the players we have to be sharp, we have to be aggressive.”

Also reset was the 4 p.m. game pitting the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles against the Adamson University Falcons.

Slipping to a share of third at 4-3 after closing the first round with back-to-back losses, the Eagles are trying to fix their error-prone plays.

The Warriors -- who count Mark Borboran, Kelvin Gregorio, Marcy Arellano and James Martinez as among their numerous options -- maintain they still have a lot of work to do despite sweeping the first round.

“We want to keep the distance,” said Pumaren. “Right now we’re two games ahead (of second-running De La Salle University), that’s important for us.”

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08-10-2007, 07:58 AM
Archers take on Tigers as UAAP returns Saturday



Inquirer
Last updated 05:12am (Mla time) 08/10/2007



UE 7 0 La Salle 5 2 FEU 4 3 UST 4 3 Ateneo 4 3 NU 3 4 Adamson 1 6 UP 0 7

GAMES SATURDAY (Araneta Coliseum)
2 p.m. -- UP vs NU (Srs)
4 p.m. -- La Salle vs UST (Srs)

MANILA, Philippines -- The UAAP men’s basketball competition will resume Saturday with the defending champion University of Santo Tomas Tigers and the De La Salle University Green Archers clashing in the 4 p.m. main game at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

The winless University of the Philippines Maroons and the National University Bulldogs will usher in the second round at 2 p.m.

Officials called off the games Thursday due to inclement weather.

The cancellation pushed back the University of the East Warriors’ bid for an eighth straight win when it battles the Far Eastern University Tamaraws.

The preceding game between the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles and the Adamson University Falcons will also be moved to a later date.

Jervy Cruz will be the focal point of the Archers’ defense after the Tigers’ top center emerged as the league’s best player with averages of 16.3 points, a league-best 16.7 rebounds and one block per game in the first round.

The league’s official statistician and SmartBro also ranked Jovet Mendoza of the National U Bullpups as the top player in the juniors division after norming 17.7 points and a league-best 14 boards in seven games.

Other top contenders in the race for the seniors MVP plum include scoring leader Patrick Cabahug of Adamson (26 ppg and 8.9 rpg), NU’s Edwin Asoro (13.3 ppg, 10 rpg and league-best 1.7 steals), La Salle’s Rico Maierhofer (10.9 ppg and 9 rpg) and JV Casio (14.1 ppg and 3 assists) and UE’s Kelvin Gregorio (11.9 ppg).

De La Salle Zobel’s Marco Fortuna, who was tops in assists and steals in junior play, stood second with 13.1 ppg, 10.6 apg and 3.6 spg. Top scorer Joseph Marata of the UP Junior Maroons (22.1 ppg and 7.7 rpg), the Junior Archers’ David Webb (17.6 ppg and 8.3 rpg) and the UE Pages’ Adrian Santos (17.1 ppg and 12.7 rpg) rounded up the top five.

The Eaglets completed a seven-game sweep with rookie Ael Banal firing 15 of his 17 points from beyond the arc to lift the defending champions past the FEU Baby Tamaraws, 65-50, recently at the FEU gym. Jasmine W. Payo

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08-10-2007, 08:22 AM
Tigers expected to roar in second round



By NICK GIONGCO
mb.com.ph

SOMETIME AGO, a scribe who’s been covering the college basketball beat for almost the past two decades was asked about his assessment of defending champion University of Santo Tomas.



"Dethroned," was how the fellow evaluated the Tigers who were a dismal failure in their first two outings in the 70th UAAP basketball wars.

Five games followed and Santo Tomas has suddenly appeared as a team to keep an eye on in the second round of eliminations next to the league-leading University of the East.

Tigers tactician Pido Jarencio has the answer behind the squad’s resurgence.

"I assured all of you that we will continue to work hard and there’ll be positive results," said Jarencio as he reminisce one sunny afternoon at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium that the defending champions are not handing the crown on a silver platter.

"This team has a lot of leaders and these are the guys who don’t think of personal gain but the team’s success and if you have players who are like them, it would be hard to beat them."

Jarencio, who played for the school in the 1980s when it was then known as the Glowing Goldies, is so upbeat about his chances of making a return trip to the championships that he believes "we haven’t seen the full potential of this team."

Even Ateneo Coach Norman Black, whose Blue Eagles the Tigers mangled at the end of the first round of hostilities, is the least surprised with the Tigers’ sudden surge.

"UST still has the same team as last year except for (Jojo) Duncil and (Allan) Evangelista," said Black, who is optimistic that despite UE’s immaculate 7-0, win-loss slate and some other surprises that have been pulled off lately, "there’ll be lots of things that are going to happen."

Even Dindo Pumaren, the man being credited for the Red Warriors’ unbeaten mark, readily admits what UST has been showcasing as of late.

"Most of the teams are improving but the most improvement was made by UST and their other players are gaining confidence," said Pumaren, who is wary of what the next round will bring.

"It’s going to be tougher in the second round but we will try our best to be ready all the time," Pumaren said.

"It’s still too early," said Black, who has obviously gotten over the back-to-back defeats suffered by the Eagles to Far Eastern and UST.

"Some people say that UE is peaking too early and those teams which are 4-3 are struggling, but it’s still a long way to go.

"We just have to work hard and hope that everything falls into place," added Black, whose best outing so far was the controversial 87-84 overtime win over La Salle late last month.

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08-11-2007, 07:12 AM
Archers, Tigers clash in vital UAAP match

The Philippine Star

De La Salle and defending champion University of Santo Tomas try to catch up with unbeaten University of the East on top as two collide Saturday in the return clash of the titans in the 70th UAAP basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Archers edged the Tigers in their first round duel last July 29, 90-86, in overtime that gave the Taft-based dribblers the solo hold of second place with a 5-2 (win-loss) slate, or two games behind the Warriors (7-0).

The Tigers, for their part, are not that far behind as they stay at third place with a 4-3 record along with the idle Ateneo de Manila Eagles and Far Eastern U Tams.

Unlike in its earlier matches, UST looks formidable now after racking up four wins in its last five games with its only loss coming at the hands of La Salle.

“It’s always tough playing UST, they’re not the defending champions for nothing,” said La Salle coach Franz Pumaren.

UST has been drawing strength from different sources lately, the most recent was rookie Khasim Mirza’s 25-point explosion in an 87-74 rout of Ateneo a week ago that earned him the Player of the Week citation from the UAAP Press Corps.

Meanwhile, National U tries to stay in the hunt for a Final Four berth as it faces a winless State U in the first of a two-game bill at 2 p.m.

And UST mentor Pido Jarencio hopes he has another player waiting to explode.

“We’re expecting more players to step up, hopefully there’s someone who can do that against La Salle,” said Jarencio in Filipino.

While the Tigers have Mirza stepping up in their last match, the Archers have an ace of their own-Fil-Bahraini rookie Bader Malabes.

Malabes, the first Muslim to suit up for La Salle, was instrumental in an 85-81 triumph over National U last week at the Cuneta Astrodome where he sizzled with his career-high 18 points that impressed Pumaren.

“I was waiting for him (Malabes) to arrive, I hope he’ll sustain his form,” said Pumaren of his streak shooting six-foot guard.

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08-13-2007, 08:32 AM
Warriors spill Eagles; Tams edge Falcons


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 06:46am (Mla time) 08/13/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- The University of the East Warriors looked more mortal yet still walked away with a 73-68 triumph over the Ateneo Blue Eagles Sunday in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

Mark Borboran keyed the momentum shift in the fourth period while Marcy Arellano nailed a key jumper as the unbeaten Warriors streaked to their eighth straight victory.

“We had a bad start, our game plan wasn’t followed,” said UE coach Dindo Pumaren.

Borboran unloaded eight of his 16 points in the final canto as the Warriors wrested the lead, 65-61, after trailing at 55-59 at the end of the third quarter. Arellano then gave UE a 71-66 lead at the 1:06 mark after the Eagles had moved within 69-66 behind Ford Arao.

“At least we experienced this kind of game, there were lessons learned,” said Pumaren of the Warriors, who routed opponents by an average of 26 points in the last four games.

The Warriors clinched at least a playoff for the Final Four even as the Eagles absorbed three straight losses for the first time under Norman Black and dropped to a share of fifth at 4-4 with the National University Bulldogs.

In the first game, the Far Eastern University Tamaraws survived a late meltdown and escaped with a 72-69 win over the Adamson Falcons.

The Tamaraws failed to connect in the last two minutes, scoring their last three points from the free throw line, including Marnel Baracael’s decisive split with 4.3 seconds left.

The rookie-laden Tamaraws lost steam after Aldrech Ramos towed them to a 69-61 advantage with just over two minutes remaining.

“This is a young team, some get nervous at crunchtime,” said coach Glenn Capacio after the Tamaraws remained tied for second at 5-3 with La Salle and defending champion University of Santo Tomas.

The scores:

First Game
FEU 72 -- Sanga 15, Fernandez 12, Ramos 9, Barroca 8, Baracael 8, Cervantes 7, Adolfo 6, Cawaling 5, Abaring 2, Knuttel 0.
ADAMSON 69 -- Hugnatan 24, Cabahug 16, Canuday 7, Yambot 6, Colina 4, Margallo 4, Gonzalgo 4, Cañada 2, Alvarez 2, Lozada 0, Olalia 0, Santos 0, Gorospe 0.
Quarters: 18-22, 38-38, 61-53, 72-69

Second Game
UE 73 -- Borboran 16, Espiritu 15, Lee 12, Arellano 10, Gregorio 9, Cañizares 4, Martinez 3, Fampulme 2, Thiele 2, Lingganay 0, Llagas 0.
ATENEO 68 -- Arao 14, Tiu 11, Baclao 9, Salamat 8, Al-Hussaini 7, Barracoso 6, Reyes 5, Nkemakolam 4, Long 2, Laterre 2, Monfort 0.
Quarters: 18-14, 35-38, 55-59, 73-68

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08-16-2007, 09:38 AM
UAAP games postponed due to ‘Egay’



By NICK GIONGCO
mb.com.ph

ALL THAT champion University of Santo Tomas needs to do to notch victory No. 6 is show up when the Tigers face the winless University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons.


But this encounter will have to wait a while after UAAP basketball officials yesterday postponed today’s game at the Araneta Coliseum on the expectation of foul weather giving the Maroons days of reprieve before sinking deeper in the cellar.

No date has set been for the postponed games.

UST coach Pido Jarencio’s dribblers are almost certain of dealing the Maroons their ninth straight loss in the eight-school cagefest had the game been held today.

With UST playing more like league champions the past few playing days, the Tigers should be able to take care of the Maroons with ease unless coach Joe Lipa’s crew comes up with a super-human effort.

"I still believe that this team has a lot to show," said Jarencio who is not taking any chances with the Maroons. "I expect more players to explode just like what Kasim Mirza did in our last two games."

Mirza, an unfancied shooter from a little-known school, delivered the goods for Jarencio when the Tigers met and beat the Blue Eagles and the Green Archers.

Expected to team up with Mirza are Jervy Cruz, Japs Cuan, Dylan Ababou, Francis Allera and a support crew beefed up by Jun Cortez, Mel Dizon and Alwyn Espiritu.

UP will have its hands full but Woody Co and Michael Gamboa will be there for Lipa to finally make things happen for the Diliman-based squad that had its last taste of the championship in 1986 when Benjie Paras and Ronnie Magsanoc were still around.

Also postponed was is the scheduled game between La Salle and National University.

Still aching from the 81-73 overtime setback to the Tigers over the weekend, the Archers will rely heavily on TY Tang, Rico Maierhofer and even JV Casio, who only suffered a bruised thigh and not a serious knee problem the last time out.

Edwin Asoro, Jonathan Fernandez and Jospeh Lingao-Lingao will pursue the job of frustrating their favored foes.

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08-18-2007, 09:23 AM
UAAP Saturday basketball games postponed
abs-cbnnews.com


The junior and senior basketball games of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) scheduled on Saturday have been postponed anew due to typhoon Egay (international codename Sepat), ABS-CBN News learned Friday.

A rerun of the match between Ateneo de Manila University and University of the East will be aired on ABS-CBN News Channel instead at 2 p.m. For the second game, meanwhile, a replay of the clash between De La Salle University and Far Eastern University will be shown on the same channel.

Both games will be aired again on SkyCable at 8 p.m. Saturday.

According to www.ubelt.com, a basketball game between Ateneo and University of the Philippines was set at 2 p.m. Saturday while the match between National University and Adamson University was originally scheduled at 4 p.m.

As of posting time, no announcement yet as to when these games will be aired.

On Thursday, organizers canceled UAAP basketball games due to bad weather. The announcement was made by UAAP President Father Ermito De Sagun.

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08-19-2007, 08:00 AM
UE stakes win run vs UST, DLSU takes on FEU


By Musong R. Castillo
Inquirer
Last updated 03:40am (Mla time) 08/19/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- A lot has changed since University of the East and defending champion University of Santo Tomas last tangled in the 70th UAAP Men’s basketball championship.

The Red Warriors have since developed that seeming myth of invincibility since crushing Santo Tomas last July 8, that victory touching off a string of eight straight triumphs -- most of them in very lopsided ways.

After flaunting sorry form in that debacle, the Tigers have worked double time to win a few games here and there and have developed an aura of their own as the team with a realistic chance of snapping that UE run.

“We’re just gathering steam,” Santo Tomas coach Pido Jarencio had said in jest after nipping La Salle in a classic overtime thriller last week. “We’re at the point where we feel that we can beat anyone.”

The Tigers will be taking a two-game winning streak on the line in their 2 p.m. collision at the Cuneta Astrodome Sunday even as the Green Archers try to bounce back from that sorry loss against the Far Eastern Tamaraws in the 4 p.m. setto.

UE closed out the first round by beating foes black-and-blue, but found some measure of competition when the Warriors opened up the second against the Tamaraws.

And it was a victory that gave coach Dindo Pumaren even more confidence for the tough grinds that lay ahead, since it tested his Warriors’ character in a way it has never been tested in the tournament.

“This was a good win considering that we came off a layoff,” Pumaren said. “And it showed the character of the boys, who had to come back from a deficit.”

The UE team has never made a run this solid since Allan Caidic and Jerry Codinera bannered the squad in 1985, the last time the Warriors won a title.

But UE should remember that last year, UST halted the eight-game winning run of Ateneo, which the Tigers eventually buried in the finals.

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08-20-2007, 07:58 AM
Warriors keep amazing romp


By ABAC CORDERO
The Philippine Star

Five more wins and they’re in the finals.

The UE Warriors Sunday used a 9-0 start to beat the UST Tigers, 99-82, and move closer to a sweep of the elimination round in the 70th UAAP season at the Astrodome.

With its perfect 9-0 record, UE can clinch the first finals slot if it wins its last five games. This will leave the three other top teams fighting it out for the second finals berth.

The Warriors matched a similar start by the 1986 UE team led by Jerry Codiñera. That team, however, lost to the Benjie Paras-led UP squad in the finals.

Again, coach Dindo Pumaren said they’re taking it one game at a time, stressing that pulling off a rare 14-game sweep of the eliminations is easier said than done.

"This is the scary part – that it’s down to five games," he said after the victory which the Warriors dedicated to Gido Babilonia, a former UE assistant coach who passed away early this year.

"We dedicate this game to Gido. And the players knew it that it’s Gido’s birthday Monday. This one’s for coach Gido," said Pumaren of his former assistant who actually played for UST in the UAAP.

In the other game, La Salle held off FEU’s repeated rallies on its way to a 74-66 victory, and its sixth win in nine games. The Tamaraws, who lost a close game to the Archers in the first round, dropped to 5-4.

The Warriors took a 9-0 lead in the first two minutes of play, and never trailed the rest of the way. They posted their biggest lead at 20 points as the final seconds ticked away.

The Tigers, who got off to a 0-2 start this year, revived their title-retention hopes by winning five of their next six games. But against the Warriors, they just couldn’t get going.

The Tigers had a big rally going midway in the final quarter where they trimmed a 15-point deficit to within 72-79. A 7-0 spurt by the Warriors, however, took the sting out of the champions.

gameface_one
08-23-2007, 10:31 AM
Warriors eye win No. 10 vs Bulldogs

The Philippine Star

University of the East hopes to repeat over National University and stretch its unbeaten run to 10 as it tries to move closer to a dream sweep of the two-round elims in the 70th UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Warriors have been dishing out one big game after the other to find themselves owner of the most impressive record thus far in the eight-team field with a 9-0 mark.

Their 99-82 romp over the defending champion UST Tigers last Sunday made the Warriors more formidable, thus installing them the favorites over the Bulldogs in their 4 p.m. encounter.

UE coach Dindo Pumaren, however, opts to downplay the team’s growing invincibility.

“Nothing has been proven (by this streak). It’s not an accomplishment. A lot of things can happen. But this is a good cushion,” said Pumaren.

The Warriors tamed the Bulldogs the first time they met last July 12, posting an 82-75 victory despite getting outscored in the final quarter.

UE actually sat on a 20-point cushion at the onset of the fourth and looked headed for a runaway win but the Warriors relaxed towards the end of the contest, enabling the Bulldogs to outscore them, 25-12.

However, expect the Warriors to come out and finish strong this time behind the likes of Mark Arellano, Kelvin Gregorio, Hans Thiele, James Martinez, Jorel Canizares and Paul Lee.

A sweep by UE will net the Warriors the first championship slot.

La Salle, meanwhile, seeks to solidify its hold of second spot as it takes on lowly Adamson in the 2 p.m. opener.

The Archers ripped the Falcons, 99-75, in the first round and remain the overwhelming favorite to clinch their seventh win in 10 games.

The Falcons are just a shade better than winless University of the Philippines (0-8) with a 1-7 slate.

gameface_one
08-24-2007, 09:42 AM
Warriors escape scrappy Bulldogs

By ABAC CORDERO
The Philippine Star

For University of the East, win No. 10 is the toughest so far in the 70th UAAP season.

“So far, yes. Everybody struggled,” said coach Dindo Pumaren after UE flirted with defeat then escaped with a narrow 70-66 win over National University at the Araneta Coliseum Thursday.

It could have, would have and should have been UE’s first loss this season. Now at 10-0, the Warriors are just four wins away from a rare sweep, and an automatic finals slot.

“They (Bulldogs) played well. We played lousy. The concentration was not there. We committed a lot of turnovers at 27, our biggest in a game,” said Pumaren.

Lousy, for Pumaren, meant a miserable 4-of-22 shooting from three-point area, 18-of-52 from the two-point zone, a lot of them coming from close range, and 22-of-34 from the stripe.

Still, he said he did not lose hope.

“To be honest, I was confident that in the end we’d get it because we were playing so bad and yet we were in the game. If it were a team that’s right behind us in the standings we would have lost big.”

The Bulldogs dragged the Warriors in a tight game that witnessed four deadlocks and eight lead changes.

Michael Salvado gave NU its last taste of the lead at 66-65, only 30.3 seconds left, and its bench started to celebrate.

But UE regained the lead on the next play courtesy of Narciso Llagas, and held NU scoreless the rest of the way. Marcy Arellano capped the win with three free throws in the final six seconds.

Earlier, La Salle picked up an easy 75-55 win over Adamson and the Green Archers boosted their own hopes for the Final Four.

gameface_one
08-25-2007, 08:27 AM
8th win seen as almost a cinch for Archers



Inquirer
Last updated 10:51pm (Mla time) 08/24/2007


AFTER a three-game skid comes redemption three times over.

La Salle is expected on Saturday to notch its third straight win--and eighth overall--and solidly ensconce itself in second place when it takes on winless University of the Philippines in the 70th UAAP men's basketball competition at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Far Eastern University targets solo third place against Ateneo at 4 p.m.

After absorbing a third consecutive loss at the hands of the defending champion University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers on Aug. 11, the Green Archers went on to beat the Tamaraws, 74-66, and the Adamson Falcons, 75-55, just two days ago.

A win over the Maroons would hand the Archers an 8-3 slate, and even if the Tamaraws get past the Eagles for a 6-4 card, coach Franz Pumaren's boys would still enjoy a one-and-a half-game advantage.

Joe Lipa's squad were blown off the court by the Archers, 82-61, in the first round.

"I think each game will be a test on our part," Pumaren said. "We can say that at this stage, our destiny to make it to the Final Four is in our hands."

Romina S. Austria

gameface_one
08-26-2007, 07:56 AM
Eagles back on track; Archers fuel run

By ABAC CORDERO
The Philippine Star

Ateneo snapped a horrible three-game losing streak that lasted nearly a month, beating Far Eastern University, 83-75, Saturday and reviving its hopes in the 70th UAAP season.

“It’s been a month. It’s been a while,” said coach Norman Black without having to explain that Ateneo’s last win came on July 26, a controversial overtime decision over La Salle.

The Eagles smiled as they were cheered off the Ninoy Aquino hardcourt with a 5-4 record and probably the confidence heading into a heavy five-game schedule in the next two weeks.

“We’re happy we can play again. We’ve been off the floor for too long. So we’re looking forward to it,” said Black of his Eagles who last played on Aug. 12 and lost to University of the East.

Three game days where the Eagles would have played twice were rained out over the last two weeks, keeping Black’s charges idle and itching to get out of the slump.

Ateneo plays defending champion UST on Aug. 30, then Adamson on the first, UP on the 6th, La Salle on the 9th and National University on the 13th of September.

Ford Arao and Chris Tiu saved the day for Ateneo which fell behind midway in the final quarter. Arao had six of his 22 points down the way while Tiu hit back-to-back triples.

Earlier, La Salle stretched its win streak to three, crushing winless UP, 89-61, for an 8-3 record and a very good chance of landing in the top two after the elims.

“I like where we are right now,” said coach Franz Pumaren.

Now it’s time for La Salle to take a rest after playing four games in just 13 days, and losing only once to UST. Pumaren said his players will rest for two days, and will resume practice on Tuesday.

La Salle’s next game is set Saturday against NU, then Ateneo and UE on Sept. 15.

gameface_one
08-27-2007, 12:27 PM
Warriors 3 wins shy of title berth


By Romina Austria
Inquirer
Last updated 02:29am (Mla time) 08/27/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- Only three teams stand in the way of University of the East’s first title appearance in 17 years.

Playing aggressively throughout the lopsided match, UE routed Adamson University, 73-56, Sunday for its 11th straight win, three short of an automatic championship berth in the UAAP basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

UE allowed the Falcons a brief taste of the lead, 6-3, before ending the first period on top by 11 points, 24-13.

Coach Dindo Pumaren said a sweep is something the Warriors would rather not think about.

“Our main goal remains one game at a time,” said Pumaren. “Right now, we’re only thinking of win No. 12. We don’t want to think of the sweep. It may put pressure on the team.”

The Warriors’ last three games will pit them against the Far Eastern University Tamaraws on Sept. 1, the University of the Philippines Maroons on Sept. 8 and the De La Salle University Green Archers on Sept 15.

The last team to achieve a 14-game sweep and was declared automatic champion was University of Santo Tomas in 1993, the first of the Tigers’ four straight crowns in the decade. UST and UE share the most number of men’s basketball crowns with 18 each.

The following season, the Final Four format was introduced.

UE’s last UAAP title came in 1985 with a team spearheaded by Allan Caidic and Jerry Codiñera while their last finals stint was in 1990, when it lost to La Salle.

The 11-0 record is the league’s longest streak since the Archers won 13 straight in 2002.

In the second game, defending champion University of Santo Tomas stopped repeated comebacks by National University to prevail, 84-72, and take solo third place at 6-4.

The scores:

First Game
UE 73 -- Cañizares 10, Martinez 9, Espiritu 9, Thiele 7, Llagas 7, Lee 6, Arellano 5, Lingganay 4, Gregorio 4, Acuña 3, Bandaying 2, Etrone 1, Pampulme 1.
ADAMSON 56 -- Hugnatan 24, Margallo 9, Cabahug 8, Colina 4, Cañada 4, Gorospe 3, Gonzalgo 2, Canuday 2, Alvarez 0, Yambot 0, Santos 0.
Quarters: 24-13; 43-27; 60-40; 73-56

Second Game
UST 84 -- Mirza 19, Ababou 16, Cruz 12, Cuan 12, Gile 6, Cortez 6, Dizon 5, Basa 2, Soriano 2, Espiritu 2, Taylor 2, Scott 0, Badua 0, Canlas 0.
NU 72 -- Fernandez 18, Asoro 13, Aguilar 12, Jahnke 8, Salvado 7, Lingao-Lingao 5, Baloran 4, Terso 3, Galapon 2, Ponferrada 0, Luy 0.
Quarters: 25-17; 44-39; 59-54; 84-72

gameface_one
08-28-2007, 07:27 AM
Tigers growling back in thick of Final Four race


By ABAC CORDERO
The Philippine Star

Slowly but surely, the UST Tigers are looking like, playing like the defending champions.

After a 0-2 start that raised questions on their bid to retain the title, the Tigers are back growling as the race for the Final Four in the 70th UAAP season heats up.

By winning six of their last eight games, the Tigers are now in the upper half of the standings. At 6-4, they’re running behind unbeaten UE and second-running La Salle.

Pido Jarencio, who won last year as a rookie coach, said their last four games in the eliminations will be very crucial in their bid for a second straight finals appearance.

"I don’t care about the standings," he said.

"What’s important is for us to win our remaining games. Let’s see what happens next. But we have to win these games," said Jarencio, a shooting star in his PBA days.

The reigning champions kicked off their second-round campaign with an 81-73 win over the Green Archers, who led by 12 points in the last two minutes only to lose in overtime.

The Tigers won the 2006 crown in dramatic fashion, beating the favored UE Warriors twice in the Final Four before beating the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the last two games of the finals.

Up next for UST is Ateneo on Thursday, then winless University of the Philippines on Sept. 2, Adamson on Sept. 9 and Far Eastern University on Sept. 15.

A sweep of these four games will give the Tigers a 10-4 record at the close of the elims. So far, they’ve lost twice to UE, and once each to FEU and La Salle in the first round.

The Tigers stunned the Blue Eagles on Aug. 4, and Jarencio is hoping for the same result on Thursday at the Araneta Coliseum.

"Let’s see. We might just do it again," said Jarencio last Sunday after his team pulled off an 84-72 win over the NU Bulldogs.

If they win their next game against the Blue Eagles, it may be easier for the Tigers to the next ones.

gameface_one
08-29-2007, 07:28 AM
UST’s Mirza gets 2nd citation
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UNIVERSITY OF Santo Tomas rookie Khasim Mirza became the first player to be named the ANTA-UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week twice after leading the Growling Tigers in snatching solo third place in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.


A native of Antipolo City, Mirza shot 15 of his 19 points beyond the arc as defending champion UST clobbered National University, 84-72, for a 6-4 mark.

"Hindi namin tinitignan yung standing namin ngayon. Basta ang kailangan namin eh manalo kami sa last five games namin, bahala na kung saan kami lulugar," said Growling Tigers coach Pido Jarencio.

The first time Mirza won the ANTA-backed citation was three weeks ago when he led UST to an 87-74 triumph over Ateneo at the end of the first round.

The 6-foot-4 Mirza led the Growling Tigers breakaway in the fourth quarter, where he hit a critical three-pointer midway in the final five minutes which put the Bulldogs at bay.

Mirza beat Blue Eagles guard Chris Tiu in the weekly citation given out by the scribes covering the UAAP beat.

Tiu scored 19 markers in Ateneo’s 83-75 victory over Far Eastern University to arrest the Eagles’ three-game losing skid.

The former Xavier standout spearheaded the Blue Eagles’ 15-4 which erased Tamaraws’ one-point lead to pull away, 79-68, with 2:17 remaining in the game.

gameface_one
08-30-2007, 09:20 AM
Tigers, Eagles collide in crucial match Thursday

The Philippine Star

University of Santo Tomas and Ateneo clash again Thursday in vital contest between two teams chasing one of the remaining three berths in the Final Four of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament which resumes at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Tigers have actually dominated the Eagles in their last three faceoffs, including a convincing 87-74 rout in the first round of elims where they outscored the Loyola-based cagers, 25-13, in the final quarter to post the victory.

With a 6-4 (win-loss) mark, UST is in third place behind unbeaten UE (11-0) and La Salle (8-3) while Ateneo is hanging on to fourth place at 5-4.

Two teams – FEU and National U – are still in the thick of the race with 5-5 and 4-6 marks, respectively, making the UST-Ateneo encounter at 4 p.m. a must-win for both teams.

UST coach Pido Jarencio, however, said he’d rather not think what place his Tigers would land in the semis but focus on winning as many games as possible.

“I told the boys that we need to win our last five games and it doesn’t matter what place will we end up in the semis,” said Jarencio.

The Tigers are coming off an 84-72 rout of the National U Bulldogs last Sunday.

Like UST, Ateneo is also fresh from a win, having beaten Far Eastern U in its last game, 83-75.

that cut off a three-game losing streak for the team stretching to a month.

Ateneo and UST tangle at 4 p.m. just after the encounter pitting FEU against winless University of the Philippines.

The Tamaraws fell to fifth place at an even 5-5 slate following their loss to the Eagles, but are looking forward to bounce back against the lowly Maroons (0-9) in their bid to remain in the hunt for a semifinals stint.

gameface_one
08-31-2007, 07:27 AM
Long shot at buzzer lifts Eagles

By ABAC CORDERO
The Philippine Star

Kirk Long hit a long shot at the buzzer as Ateneo escaped with a pulsating 72-71 victory over Santo Tomas Thursday and boosted its Final Four hopes in the 70th UAAP season.

Long, who turns 19 tomorrow, took a pass from Ford Arao as time ran out. He dribbled once as he stepped closer to the basket then threw up a 17-footer over the taller Jervy Cruz.

The final buzzer sounded as the ball went in, triggering a wild celebration by the Blue Eagles – both from among the Ateneo fans and the players who piled up on their new-found hero.

“It ended up in my hands so I had to throw it up and wish for the best,” said Long as he marched toward the dugout. “First thing on my mind was to give it to Chris Tiu who is our man.”

Long is one of two foreign players in the Ateneo side.

He’s been in the country since he was two years old, growing up in Antipolo and studying at Faith Academy.

He calls the Philippines “home.”

His parents, who are both missionaries, were at the Big Dome yesterday, proudly cheering on their son who found himself in the middle of the Ateneo-La Salle controversy that broke out in the first round.

“He was challenged but he was able to make it. It was a huge shot. It was a big shot. It wasn’t actually the play we drew up on the board,” said Ateneo coach Norman Black.

“Kirk Long just stepped up and made a big shot that was a huge shot for us it really gives us a shot in the arm going into the remainder of the elimination. It was a big game for us,” he added.

The Tigers, the reigning champions, looked victorious after Khasim Mirza gave them a 71-70 lead, 19.3 ticks left. But it wasn’t meant to be. Coach Pido Jarencio could only scratch his head as he entered the dugout.

Earlier, Far Eastern University wasted no time picking up an important victory, an 83-61 decision over winless University of the Philippines.

Howard the Duck
09-01-2007, 08:54 AM
UST’s Mirza gets 2nd citation
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OT: Can anyone a list of the players of the week? Thanks.

gameface_one
09-01-2007, 11:49 AM
Unbeaten Warriors gun for No. 12 versus Tams


The Philippine Star

Unbeaten University of the East shoots for win No. 12 Saturday when it faces an FEU team that is practically fighting for survival in the 70th UAAP season.

The Warriors are just three wins away from a 14-game sweep of the elimination round, an automatic finals berth and a chance to win their first crown since 1985.

In the first round, UE blew FEU off the court, 89-60. But Tamaraws coach Glenn Capacio is hoping for a different result when the game is played at 4 p.m. at the Astrodome.

“It’s going to be hard because in the first round, we got mauled. We hope to put up a fight this time,” said Capacio after FEU drove past winless UP the other day.

Capacio knows the importance of Saturday’s game, and the succeeding ones, too, as the elimination round heavily dominated by the Warriors draws to a close. “Every game counts because teams are bunched together behind UE and La Salle. There’s UST, Ateneo, NU and us. You can’t afford to make a mistake or you’re out of the Final Four,” he said.

At 6-5, FEU is tied with defending champion Santo Tomas, and is just closely behind Ateneo, which pulled off a magical 72-71 win over the Tigers the other day.

The Blue Eagles have recovered from a three-game skid by winning their last two. They get a good crack at a third straight win when it meets an out-of-it-all Adamson at 2 p.m.

Still, coach Norman Black said they shouldn’t take the Falcons lightly.

“We have to come to play against Adamson,” said Black who’s looking forward to a big finish by Ateneo in the elims.

gameface_one
09-02-2007, 08:41 AM
Warriors rally to beat Tams

By ABAC CORDERO
The Philippine Star

Cracks started to show in the UE armor Saturday but the Warriors went on to beat FEU, 79-72, and move two wins away from sweeping the elimination round of the 70th UAAP season.

For the first time in 12 games, most of which they’ve won in runaway fashion, the Warriors trailed by 10 points, and only for the second time this season they trailed at the half.

But the Warriors had more poise in the end, holding off the Tamaraws, whom they defeated by 29 points in the first round, and inching closer toward a rare 14-game sweep of the elims.

“But even if we lost, I’m happy for my players. It’s a cycle. This UE team was so young three years ago while the FEU team then was so strong,” said FEU coach Glenn Capacio

The Warriors play winless UP on Sept. 8 and La Salle on Sept. 13. As it is, only La Salle stands a decent chance of denying UE a sweep and an outright slot in the finals.

Capacio noticed the cracks in UE’s game, now that the tournament is entering its crucial stage, and said there’s a good chance that La Salle will beat UE the next time.

“I think UE will not complete the sweep. I don’t think La Salle will allow that,” said Capacio, a former teammate of UE coach Dindo Pumaren with Purefoods in the PBA.

“The other teams are beginning to read UE’s game. And their press, sometimes it’s effective, and sometimes it’s not. I think the other teams have solved this problem,” said Capacio.

Pumaren continued to ignore thoughts of a possible sweep.

“We were not able to follow our game plan. We did not start aggressively and we missed a lot of free throws,” he said after the win that assures UE of the No. 1 slot in the Final Four – if there is one.

Earlier, Ateneo remained in the hunt by beating Adamson, 81-69. It was Ateneo’s third straight win which came off a buzzer-beating victory over defending champion Santo Tomas two days ago.

At 7-4, the Blue Eagles have three more games against UP, La Salle and NU. Coach Norman Black said a sweep of these remaining games can give them the No. 2 spot at the close of the elims.

“If UE goes on to sweep the elimination, that second position is probably the best position to be in. Right now we have a chance for the No. 2 spot but we have to win out to get it,” he said.

“We don’t want to end tied with UST and FEU because they beat us by big margins (in the first round),” added the Ateneo mentor, eyeing a second straight finals stint in three years with the team

gameface_one
09-03-2007, 07:29 AM
Win sends Archers to Final Four


By ABAC CORDERO
The Philippine Star

The battle for the No. 2 spot continued as La Salle and Santo Tomas, the defending champion, picked up easy, lopsided wins Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Green Archers made it to the Final Four with a 78-64 win over National University while the Tigers remained in the hunt with an 77-61victory over winless UP.

"I guess we’re already in the Final Four with two games to go. I like where we are right now," said La Salle coach Franz Pumaren, looking forward to two big games against Ateneo and UE.

"We beat Ateneo (on Sept. 9) and it’s automatic we’re ranked No. 2 for the twice-to-beat advantage," added Pumaren after his team notched its ninth win in 12 games.

Tigers coach Pido Jarencio, for his part, said winning their last two games against Adamson and FEU is a must if they are to advance to the Final Four or kiss their title-retention bid goodbye.

"Whatever comes up, we’ll just play our game. But we need to win our last two games before we even start thinking of the next ones. We’re ready for anything," he said.

University of the East is unreachable with its perfect 12-0 record, and a sweep of the elims will earn the Warriors the first finals slot in the 70th UAAP season.

If the Warriors fail by losing any or both of their last two games, they will still be assured of the top spot and the lofty twice-to-beat edge in the Final Four.

A sweep will negate the Final Four format. The No. 2 team, with a twice-to-beat edge, will then wait for the winner of a knockout match between Nos. 3 and 4.

Only La Salle, Ateneo and Santo Tomas are in the race for the No. 2 spot, meaning these teams will have to win their remaining games in the elims for a clear shot at it.

La Salle and Santo Tomas just moved in that direction.

gameface_one
09-04-2007, 07:49 AM
SIBLING RIVALRY



By NICK GIONGCO
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FRANZ PUMAREN of La Salle knows the reason behind the recent “slump” in the level of play of pace-setting University of the East.



"The pressure is building up on them," said the Green Archers taskmaster over the weekend as the elimination round enters a critical phase in the 70th UAAP basketball wars.

"At the back of their minds, they’re thinking about it," Franz said.

The Red Warriors, coached by Franz’s youngest brother Dindo, remain unbeaten in 12 games and they automatically gain an outright finals berth should they win their last two games. The Warriors have recently showed signs that they are beatable as they struggled to beat their last two opponents.

"It’s not how you start a season but how you end it," Franz said.

To sweep the two-round eliminations, the Warriors only have to beat the University of the Philippines on Saturday and La Salle on Sept. 13.

Franz said the league is talking about a sweep and regardless of UE’s "one-game-at-a-time" approach, the pressure is starting to take its toll and in anticipation of a UE win over the winless Fighting Maroons this weekend, "they (Warriors) would still have to contend with us."

"I am giving my bench players time and we are working hard to prepare for the Final Four. I like where we are right now," Franz said, whose other remaining assignment will be against Ateneo.

The much-awaited rematch between La Salle and Ateneo takes place on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Eagles won their first encounter in overtime, 80-77, on July 26.

Like the Archers, the Eagles are also soaring high following a lackluster showing early in the second round of action.

Since a two-week hiatus brought about by the rain and floods, coach Norman Black’s players have clawed back into contention with three wins, counting defending champion Santo Tomas and Far Eastern as victims.

It is assumed that Ateneo will get past UP and that would set it up for that all-important Sunday Big Dome showdown that would decide which team would take the No. 2 spot should UE go on to score a rare 14-0 sweep.

full battle gear
09-06-2007, 03:37 AM
Eagles close in on Final 4; Bulldogs get last chance

Thursday, September 6, 2007
www.philstar.com


Ateneo tries to close in on a Final Four berth while National University hopes to remain in the hunt as they take on separate ousted rivals today at resumption of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.



The Eagles, in third spot with a 7-4 (win-loss) slate, are tipped to repeat over the winless University of the Philippines Maroons, whom they trampled, 79-55, in the first round.

Gametime is at 2 p.m.

The Bulldogs, on the other hand, battle the Adamson Falcons at 4 p.m., fancied to duplicate their 91-76 romp last July 28.

NU is actually in sixth place with a 4-7 mark but remains in the semis race although it must sweep its last three games and hope that either Ateneo or UST drops its remaining matches.

The defending champion Tigers are in fourth spot with a 7-5 card while Far Eastern U, the other team in the thick of the Final Four race, totes an even 6-6 slate for fifth.

Ateneo is riding on the crest of a three-game run, including huge wins over Sto. Tomas and the Tams, with another victory pushing it closer to unbeaten University of the East (12-0) and No. 2 La Salle (9-3), which clinched the first two berths in the semis.

After Adamson, NU will have its hands full as it takes on FEU on Saturday and Ateneo next week in a bid to force a playoff for the fourth and last Final Four slot and advance to the semis for the first time since 2001.

“I keep telling my boys to consider all our games important,” said NU coach Manny Dandan as he warned his wards not to take the Falcons lightly.

The Eagles’ last win came last Saturday, an 81-68 rout of the Falcons with rookie transferee Severino Baclao shining all game.

Baclao, a wiry 6-foot-3 forward out of Bacolod City, dished out a season-high 14 points he spiked with seven rebounds as he surpassed his norm of 5.5 points and 6.5 boards.

full battle gear
09-06-2007, 03:43 AM
Eagles battle Maroons


Inquirer
Last updated 02:58am (Mla time) 09/06/2007

MANILA, Philippines -- The Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles will be keeping this in mind when they take on the languishing University of the Philippines Maroons Thursday in the UAAP men’s basketball competition at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium in Manila.

And Ateneo coach Norman Black maintains that the 2 p.m. match will be no scrimmage for the Eagles’ eagerly awaited showdown against rival De La Salle University Green Archers on Sunday.

“It’s a game,” said Black. “[Like Adamson University], they have nothing to lose and they gave us a difficult time. UP will be the same thing if we don’t come and play. It’s important that we establish a certain level of play.”

A victory will assure the Eagles at least a playoff for a Final Four berth.

Running third at 7-4, the Eagles are jockeying for position against La Salle (9-3), defending champion University of Santo Tomas Tigers (7-5) and the Far Eastern University Tamaraws (6-6).

“We don’t want to end up in a tie with UST and FEU because they beat us by a bigger margin, than we beat them,” said Black. “The quotient system doesn’t really save us right now so we really have to win.”

In the second game, the National University Bulldogs will try to keep their slim Final Four chances alive versus the Adamson Falcons at 4 p.m.

If the Eagles secure their fourth straight victory, the Katipunan-based crew will also remain in the running for the twice-to-beat semifinal bonus.

“All the teams are a lot tougher,” said Black. “You really have to be on top of your game. Otherwise, other teams may take advantage of you.”

It’s the reason the Eagles have been guarded in predicting a repeat of their 79-55 rout of the Maroons in the first round.

“I think we have to start concentrating on the fact that if we want to get to the Final Four, we have to keep a certain level of play,” said Black.

Last Saturday, forward Nonoy Baclao delivered his finest performance in his debut season with 14 points, seven rebounds and three blocks to pace the Eagles to an 81-68 triumph versus Adamson.

Just like the Maroons, the Falcons are out of semifinal contention with a woeful 1-10 card. The Bulldogs’ chances also started to fade after three straight losses that pushed them down to sixth place at 4-7. Jasmine W. Payo

gameface_one
09-10-2007, 08:14 AM
Eagles soar mightily over Green Archers


By ABAC CORDERO
The Philippine Star

It was an arrow right through the heart of the Green Archers. "Probably at this point it’s the biggest shot of my career," said Chris Tiu, who hit an open triple with 17.8 seconds left Sunday night to give Ateneo a heart-pounding 89-87 win over La Salle.

The Green Archers had a golden chance to send the game into overtime but game officials, after a couple of super-slo-mo replays, nullified a short stab by Rico Maierhofer at the buzzer.

The beautiful crowd estimated at close to 20,000 held their breath as they awaited the final decision. And when it came, a thunderous, deafening roar from the Ateneo fans followed.

It was clear that Maierhofer still had the ball in his hands when the red light went on and the buzzer sounded. There was no sign of protest from the Green Archers.

After the game, in the true spirit of sportsmanship, players from both sides shook hands in full view of the jampacked crowd.

"It was one hell of a fight but we were able to pull it through," added the 22-year-old Tiu, a campus idol who’s so used to hitting big shots and similar game-winners for Ateneo.

Heroes came in abundance for Ateneo. Aside from Tiu, there were Ford Arao, who was steady inside the paint, Yuri Escueta and Erik Salamat, who hit targets from near and far, and Jobe Nkemakolam.

With the victory, Ateneo got a clear shot at the No. 2 spot, only needing to win its final game against lowly National University on Saturday.

The Green Archers, on the other hand, fell into a must-win situation against the unbeaten UE Warriors on Thursday to force a playoff with the Blue Eagles for the second spot.

If the Warriors prevail, they take the first finals slot with a sweep of the elims. This leads La Salle into a knockout game with either UST or FEU for the right to face the twice-to-beat Ateneo.

"Coming into the game I felt that we could beat them again. A lot of people thought we might get blown out in this game. My players showed a lot of character," said Ateneo’s Norman Black.

"All the credit goes to the players," he added as he looked forward to a couple more games with La Salle in the 70th UAAP season.

"Looks that way. But I’m not gonna say something to sell newspapers. We’re going to play this team again and I don’t want to say anything that would motivate them. It was a tough game," he said.

Completely overshadowed was the first game featuring defending champion Santo Tomas which came out a 74-62 winner over Adamson, and stayed in the race for the semis berths.

gameface_one
09-10-2007, 08:15 AM
Nobody’s to blame – Franz


The Philippine Star

For exactly 42 minutes, La Salle silently pondered how it lost to bitter rival Ateneo de Manila.

When La Salle coach Franz Pumaren emerged from the dugout, he didn’t dwell on it and instead focused on their much-awaited showdown with younger brother Dindo and the University of the East Warriors on Thursday.

"The good thing about our situation is that our destiny is still in our hands, we still have a chance to become No. 2," said Pumaren, who is seeking to deal the Warriors their first loss of the season and forge a Final Four.

Pumaren also didn’t blame anyone after he was asked what happened to JV Casio, their top scorer going into this game who went 1-of-15 from the field to finish with his season-low five points.

"There’s no one to blame, it’s just one of those games," said Pumaren.

Casio, a 21-year-old former San Beda Red Cub, almost had his first scoreless game since getting blanked in a 57-67 Game 2 Finals loss to Far Eastern U three seasons ago if he didn’t knock in a pair of free throws and a three-point play that gave La Salle the lead, 87-86.

It’s a classic case of playing hero too late. Joey Villar

gameface_one
09-11-2007, 07:39 AM
UAAP upholds Ateneo victory


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 02:54am (Mla time) 09/11/2007



W L UE 13 0 Ateneo 9 4 La Salle 9 4 Santo Tomas 8 5 Far Eastern 7 6 National U 5 8 Adamson 1 12 UP 0 13

GAMES THURSDAY (Araneta Coliseum)
2 p.m. -- UST vs FEU
4 p.m. -- La Salle vs UE

MANILA, Philippines -- The UAAP technical committee Monday lost no time nipping in the bud another potential controversy between fierce rivals Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University.

And La Salle officials denied that they would file a protest anew in the wake of its numbing defeat to Ateneo on Sunday, even as reports circulated that they would seek clarification on a call at the final buzzer that should have given the Archers two foul shots.

The Eagles got away with a slim 89-87 triumph over the Archers after the technical committee ruled that the potential game-tying putback by Rico Maierhofer did not beat the game clock.

In the same sequence, Maierhofer also drew a foul that could have given the Archers two free throws.

“Both the call and the shot did not make it in regulation time,” UAAP commissioner Ed Cordero told the Philippine Daily Inquirer Monday.

“We reviewed the tape on the court. And we also reviewed the digital tape last night (Sunday night) in the ABS-CBN van. At 00:00, the ball was still in the hands of [Maierhofer] and the referee’s hand was in a downward position. The referee raised his hand to signal a foul after the buzzer.”

Chris Tiu’s triple with 17.8 seconds left decided the win for the Eagles, who completed an elimination-round sweep of the Archers.

With the victory, the Eagles also tied the Archers in second spot at 9-4.

“We made the stop when we had to, even if it’s at the last second, at the last split second,” said Ateneo coach Norman Black. “A win is a win is a win. We move on.”

The animosity between the two powerhouse squads gained more color this season after the Archers placed under protest its first-round loss, 80-77 in overtime, against the Eagles.

But league officials junked La Salle’s complaint after a week, saying that Ateneo did not violate a league rule on the fielding of foreign players.

The Eagles and the Archers will dispute second spot against separate rivals next week.

The Archers have to contend with the unbeaten University of the East Warriors on Thursday, while the Eagles will tackle the eliminated National University Bulldogs on Saturday.

gameface_one
09-13-2007, 09:24 AM
La Salle out to foil UE sweep in UAAP

The Philippine Star

Blood is no thicker than water for the Pumarens when it comes to the UAAP wars.

“Right now we’re enemies. Galit-galit kami,” said UE coach Dindo Pumaren who faces his elder brother, La Salle coach Franz Pumaren, in a very critical match Thursday at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Warriors have won their first 13 games this season and are gunning for a rare sweep of the eliminations, and an automatic slot in the finals when they meet the Green Archers at 4 p.m.

Despite a 20-point victory over La Salle in the first round, UE cannot take La Salle for granted because for the Taft-based charges, this game could mean whether they’re in or out of this year’s finals.

La Salle is tied with fierce rival Ateneo at 9-4. Both teams are desperately seeking the No. 2 spot at the close of the elims, and a playoff for that privilege comes if they both win their last games.

Being No. 2 means carrying a twice-to-beat advantage in the semis.

La Salle, which absorbed a very bitter loss to Ateneo last Sunday, will die trying to beat UE, keep alive its hopes for the No. 2 spot and at the same time deny UE a place in history.

“I don’t believe in giving any game to anybody – whether it’s my brother, my wife or my son,” said the La Salle coach, winner of five UAAP crowns since 1998.

And if UE beats La Salle anew, this hefty advantage goes to Ateneo, assuming that it handily beats National University, out with a 5-8 win-loss record, on Saturday.

La Salle then will fall into another playoff with either defending champion Santo Tomas or Far Eastern University for the right to face Ateneo.

While these playoffs take place, UE can prepare harder for the finals.

Santo Tomas and FEU square off at 2 p.m. A victory by the Tamaraws, a team loaded with rookies who play like veterans, will create a tie for No. 4 between the two teams at 8-6. Abac Cordero

gameface_one
09-14-2007, 08:41 AM
UAAP: Warriors cap historic sweep over Archers

By ABAC CORDERO
The Philippine Star

A punch that was thrown late in the opening period Thursday did not stop the UE Warriors from sweeping the UAAP elims.

Instead, the Warriors used it as the driving force that carried them past the La Salle Green Archers in overtime, 92-84, and into a special place in the league’s colorful history.

“I don’t want to say this but maybe they (La Salle) thought it would change the momentum,” said coach Dindo Pumaren inside the victorious Warriors dugout.

“But my players showed their true character. They cannot be cowed,” he added after securing their 14th win of the season and advancing straight into the best-of-three finals.

It was Santo Tomas which scored the last sweep in the UAAP, doing the rare feat in 1993. The victory gave the Tigers the title outright, and the following year the UAAP put into the place the Final Four format.

The last time UE made it to the finals was in 1990 when it lost to La Salle. The last time UE won the crown was in 1986.

“It’s better for us to get there to the finals first than go through the Final Four,” said Pumaren who had a harrowing experience last year when they lost a twice-to-beat advantage to UST in the semis.

“But this is nothing if we don’t achieve our ultimate goal. I told them there’s nothing to celebrate. Yes, we’re in the finals but this is not what the school is dreaming of. We want the title,” he said.

After the final buzzer, and before a huge crowd, the Warriors celebrated on centercourt as their coach approached his elder brother, La Salle coach Franz Pumaren.

“The finals. That’s what we got for this sweep. Now we have to prepare for the finals. This is just half of the job. No need to celebrate. The ultimate goal has yet to be achieved,” he added.

Trouble erupted with only 56.6 seconds left in the opening quarter and the game tied at 16, sending players from the opposing teams charging and on the brink of a free-for-all.

A hard foul by Rico Maierhofer on Mark Borboran led to some taunting, pushing and shoving in front of the La Salle bench until Archer Bryan Ilad turned puncher, hitting Mark Fampulme from behind.

Maierhofer was slapped an unsportsmanlike foul, Fampulme a technical for taunting, and Ilad was thrown out for punching, and faces suspension. Both benches were slapped technical fouls.

Earlier, FEU continued to defy the odds, beating defending champion UST for the second time this year, 84-73, and forcing a playoff on Monday for the fourth and last slot in the semis.

john_paul_manahan
09-14-2007, 01:24 PM
but isnt the final four format instituted in 1993? kaya lang hindi nagamit kasi ust swept?

Howard the Duck
09-14-2007, 05:54 PM
but isnt the final four format instituted in 1993? kaya lang hindi nagamit kasi ust swept?

you're right.

the following year yung tinanggal yung sweep = automatic champs rule yata

RockLobster
09-14-2007, 06:46 PM
And wasn't it UP that won the crown in 1986 (against UE)?

gameface_one
09-15-2007, 10:20 AM
Eagles hunt down No. 2 berth vs Bulldogs today



Inquirer
Last updated 04:01am (Mla time) 09/15/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- Not that Ateneo de Manila University is one to run away from a fight, but the Ateneo Blue Eagles obviously would not want to play De La Salle University again -- unless it’s for the highest stakes.

The Eagles slug it out with National University at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium in Manila this Saturday for the all-important No. 2 spot in the stepladder semifinals of the 70th UAAP men’s basketball championship.

A loss will pull the Eagles down to a playoff with their blood rivals, the La Salle Green Archers, a confrontation Ateneo obviously does not want to happen until the semis, in which it will have a twice-to-beat edge if it wins at 4 p.m. this Saturday.

Ateneo, powered by two elimination-round wins over the Archers, is at 9-4 and a win this Saturday night will seal the No. 2 ranking behind the immaculate 14-0 slate of University of the East, the automatic first finalist.

As things stand, No. 2 will enjoy a lot of perks, as the team will play the winner of the No. 3 and No. 4 teams, needing to win just once to advance opposite the Red Warriors.

A win by Ateneo will automatically make La Salle the No. 3 seed.

The final slot in the Final Four will be decided on Monday when defending champion University of Santo Tomas (UST) and Far Eastern University (FEU) clash at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City.

The UST Growling Tigers missed making the rankings complicated -- and advancing to the semifinals outright after bowing to the FEU Tamaraws, 84-73 Thursday afternoon.

Adamson University and winless University of the Philippines (UP) try to close out their disappointing seasons earlier on a bright note when they clash in the 2 p.m. contest.

The Adamson Falcons’ only win in 13 gave came at the expense of the UP Maroons, who have lost all 13 of their games, sparking rumors of a shakeup in the coaching staff headed by Joe Lipa.

Chris Tiu, Eric Salamat, Ford Arao and leading Rookie of the Year candidate Kirk Long will spearhead the Eagles, the losing finalists last year who will go into the game seeking to extend a five-game winning streak.

National University bowed out of the race last week. Musong R. Castillo

gameface_one
09-16-2007, 07:55 AM
Bulldogs give ’em one big bite

By ABAC CORDERO
The Philippine Star

The unexpected happened Saturday night in the UAAP.

An out-of-it-all National University dealt Ateneo a loss that could haunt them for a long, long time, winning in overtime, 96-88, and putting the race for the second finals slot in total disarray.

The Bulldogs carried a woeful 1-12 record into the game, but played like champions against the Blue Eagles, who only had to win the game to take the No. 2 spot and the twice-to-beat edge in the semis.

But it wasn’t meant to be.

The Eagles, whose motto in every game is “One Big Fight” instead got one big bite from the erstwhile harmless Bulldogs.

Chris Tiu, who’s won ballgames for Ateneo countless times, failed to give his team an outright win when he missed a jumper in the final two seconds of regulation.

Then the Jonathans of NU – Fernandez and Jahnke – took charge with 19 points in overtime, breaking the backs of the Blue Eagles and the hearts of their true-blue supporters.

Ateneo’s biggest patron, businessman Manny V. Pangilinan, sat almost motionless, speechless at ringside, a cup of Starbucks coffee on hand, after the final buzzer. He looked good in hiding his emotion.

“There were a lot of talks going into this game. That La Salle would benefit if we win. But we didn’t care about that. All we wanted was to beat Ateneo,” said NU coach Manny Dandan.

The NU players chanted “Inuman Na! Inuman Na!” (It’s time to drink) entering their dugout. Later inside, almost all of them were asking where they could get a tape of the game.

“I also want one. Let’s have it copied,” Dandan told them. It was the last game of the season for NU, and for a couple of players like Fernandez, their last in the UAAP.

For five minutes, Ateneo coach Norman Black stood outside their muted dugout, staring at the stats sheet, trying to seek an answer to the big question: “What went wrong?”

Before stepping inside, he asked team manager Paolo Trillo to make some calls and cancel their planned one-night team bonding in breezy Tagaytay.

“Since the next game was on Sunday, had we won this game, we had planned for an overnight stay in Tagaytay tonight (Saturday). All that is off,” said Ateneo’s Ricky Palou.

La Salle is the biggest benefactor of the NU win as it climbed into a tie with Ateneo at 9-5, and gained a playoff on Thursday for the coveted No. 2 spot.

Defending champion UST and FEU dispute the No. 4 position on Monday. The winner will face the loser between Ateneo and La Salle. And again, the winner will face the twice-to-beat No. 2 for the second finals slot.

University of the East is already in the finals after sweeping the elims.

“This is a good win by NU,” said La Salle coach Franz Pumaren who didn’t get to watch the game. “Now we have a shot at No. 2. But it’s not easy. It just got a little easier.”

In the other game, Adamson punched the final nail on the UP coffin this year, scoring a 93-75 win that stretched the Maroons’ winless spell, and further raised questions on coach Joe Lipa’s status.

gameface_one
09-17-2007, 08:21 AM
One must go in Tams-Tigers KO duel

By ABAC CORDERO
The Philippine Star

The wild, wooly chase for the second finals slot in the 70th UAAP season begins Monday when defending champion Santo Tomas and Far Eastern University collide at the Araneta Coliseum.

The two teams with great winning traditions closed out the eliminations with identical 8-6 slates for a tie for No. 4. They try to knock each other out in Monday’s lone game at 3 p.m.

Ateneo and La Salle ended tied for No. 2 at 9-5 behind unbeaten finalist University of the East. They break their own tie Tuesday, with the winner earning the twice-to-beat advantage.

The winner between UST and FEU will meet the loser of the Ateneo-La Salle match for the right to face the No. 2 team. All these playoffs will take place while the UE Maroons are on leave.

Ateneo lost its grip on the lofty No. 2 spot when it lost to NU the other day. It was the biggest upset of the season, one that could haunt the Blue Eagles forever – if they fail to reach the finals.

But tomorrow, La Salle will be one man short as 6-foot-5 Brian Ilad will serve his suspension for punching UE’s Mark Fampulme from behind in their game last Thursday.

Commissioner Ed Cordero called for a two-game suspension on Ilad “provided” that he issues a “sincere, written and public apology (to be made on television)” to Fampulme and the UAAP as well.

As of Sunday night, members of the technical committee couldn’t agree on the length of the suspension although Ilad could be banned the rest of the season if he “opts not to apologize.”

Cordero said the issue will be elevated to the board, which meets Tuesday.

Ilad’s punch was magnified by the facts that he was not in the game at the time, that there was no direct provocation from Fampulme, and that it was thrown from behind, rendering the UE player totally defenseless.

“We also encourage La Salle officials to address the demeanor of their fans,” said technical committee head Kiko Diaz of UP. “They were even clapping for Ilad when he was ejected.”

Santo Tomas and FEU have met twice this year, and the Tamaraws, a rookie team under a rookie coach, have won twice. This should give them the mental edge Monday.

“At the start of the season all we wanted was to get to the Final Four. Now we’re in the playoff and we feel like we’ve won the title – no matter what happens,” said FEU coach Glenn Capacio.

The UP Pep Squad gave its school something to cheer about Sunday when it won the cheer-dance competition over UST and FEU. The Maroons lost all their 14 matches but still were winners in the end.

Howard the Duck
09-17-2007, 02:04 PM
One must go in Tams-Tigers KO duel
By ABAC CORDERO
The Philippine Star
...All these playoffs will take place while the UE Maroons are on leave....

galing ng UP Warriors ah ;D

gameface_one
09-18-2007, 09:08 AM
Wounded Tigers stay in the hunt


By ABAC CORDERO

The Philippine Star



After Santo Tomas slammed the door on Far Eastern Monday, coach Pido Jarencio issued a stern warning to the others who will try to take the UAAP title away from the Tigers.



“Let’s see how tough you are because we’re tough,” declared Jarencio just moments after the Tigers dealt the Tamaraws an 80-69 loss at the Araneta Coliseum.



The victory kept the Tigers in the hunt for the right to join the unbeaten UE Warriors in the best-of-three finals.



But it’s not going to be easy.



Santo Tomas will face the winner of Tuesday’s Ateneo-La Salle encounter for a shot at the No. 2 team armed with a twice-to-beat advantage.



“Ateneo and La Salle better watch out. This UST team may even make it to the finals,” said FEU big boss Anton Montinola after emerging from the dugout, more than 30 minutes after the game.



Montinola, smiling despite the defeat, said there’s nothing to be ashamed of because all he wanted for his young Tamaraws is for them to reach the Final Four.



“Technically we did that because this is a playoff for No. 4. We just need a couple of pieces and we’ll be back next year. My players felt bad inside (the dugout) and that shows that they meant business,” Montinola added.



But for the moment, the Tigers and their horde of supporters have found reason to celebrate – that their title-retention bid is alive and kicking.



It was the first time in three meetings this year that the Tigers beat the Tamaraws. For Jarencio, it’s all that matters.



“It feels nicer to win when the stakes are higher. You know me. We played like there’s no tomorrow. And we’re not ready to take a vacation,” said the former UAAP and PBA shooting star.



“The eliminations are just a race to the top of the standings. This is a different ballgame. We’re in the playoffs — where the Tigers are fiercer. We’re ready,” he added.



It was a party up in the UST side the moment they raced to a 24-point lead in the third quarter. The surge actually started in the second where FEU was held to a season-low six points.

gameface_one
09-18-2007, 09:09 AM
La Salle-Ateneo rivalry goes a long, long way


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SPORTS FOR ALL By PHILIP ELLA JUICO
Philstar.com

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The key to victory is, as one observer pointed out, maintaining consistency. Games between the Green Archers and Blue Eagles often have been played in spurts or are “streaky.” The victor will be the team that can maintain the same game-long steadiness, poise and brilliance that the UE Red Warriors have so far shown throughout the season.


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All roads lead to the Araneta Coliseum Tuesday as the De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers and the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Blue Eagles meet for the third time in the 70th season of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) basketball tournament to perpetuate the fiercest rivalry in Philippine sports.



Tuesday’s winner grabs second spot. The second placer needs to beat, just once, the winner of the duel between No. 3 and the UST Tigers who took the fourth berth by beating the FEU Tams in their own playoff. The victor plays the UE Warriors in a best-of-three title series.



The rivalry between DLSU and ADMU goes back to pre-World War II days when the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) was established in 1924.



The website NCAA Philippines Basketball Championship states that in its first basketball season, Ateneo won the midgets title, De La Salle (then College) won the junior’s championship and the University of the Philippines (UP) copped the senior’s crown.



In 1939, a pair of Ateneo-La Salle final games was held at the Rizal Memorial coliseum. La Salle’s junior team defeated Ateneo while, later in the day, the senior Archers upended their counterparts from Ateneo to win the championship. It was the first NCAA senior’s title for La Salle.



No one really knows when the La Salle-Ateneo rivalry began and the circumstances behind it. One version is that in 1931, La Salle defeated Ateneo in a game that the latter was highly favored to win. Right after the game, a group of Lasallites (that’s how La Salle students were then called) lobbed barbecued chicken (supposed to be the equivalent of an eagle) at some Ateneans to add insult to injury.



Ateneo was with the NCAA until 1978. The year before that, Ateneo had figured in a closed door championship rematch against San Beda after an earlier encounter was stopped because of violence. San Beda won the championship after Pons Valdez’s last shot was disallowed. At the time Ateneo bolted the NCAA, it had the most number of titles in men’s basketball. The record was to be surpassed by Letran in 2003.



La Salle, for its part, was a member of the NCAA up to 1980. The school left after a raucous game against Letran at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum that left the historic arena in total disarray as fans skirmished, at times using chairs of the coliseum and other objects as weapons.



Ateneo was already a member of the UAAP when DLSU applied for membership in the league. Ateneo’s initial application was denied and it was only on its second try that it was admitted. Reports state that the Archers entry into the UAAP was also denied the first time around via a vote of five for and two against (Ateneo and UST).



It was said that Ateneo objected to La Salle’s entry anxious that the violence in the NCAA between La Salle and Ateneo supporters might find its way to the UAAP. UST’s objection emanated from the fact the Dominicans (who run both Letran and UST) did not look too kindly on admitting to the UAAP, a university that had a run-in with a sister school, Letran. Undaunted, DLSU reapplied and, with the support of FEU (specifically, Josephine Cojuangco Reyes, widow of Nicanor Reyes Jr., scion of the Reyes family that co-founded FEU), was accepted in 1986.



By all objective standards, Ateneo has to be the slight favorite in this third encounter for the simple reason that they have beaten the Archers twice this season. Accuracy from the three-point area will be a big factor and Ateneo’s Chris Tiu, Jai Reyes, Eric Salamat, Yuri Escueta and Eman Monfort have a slight edge over La Salle’s TY Tang, Javee Casio, Bader Malabes and Rico Maierhoffer, who can unload treys occasionally.



Ateneo also has the edge in the middle with its big men like Ford Arao and Zion Laterre and Jobe Nkemakolam. The fact that Maierhoffer gets into foul trouble early adds to the Archers’ woes.



But the Archers, known for their never-say-die spirit, have the capacity to pull this one out of the fire, for after all, they have gone this far and their record is the same as the Blue Eagles.



The key to victory is, as one observer pointed out, maintaining consistency. Games between the Green Archers and Blue Eagles often have been played in spurts or are “streaky.” The victor will be the team that can maintain the same game-long steadiness, poise and brilliance that the UE Red Warriors have so far shown throughout the season.

gameface_one
09-18-2007, 09:10 AM
Can Eagles make it three in row over Archers?


The Philippine Star



Will the law of averages finally catch up with the Blue Eagles?



Coach Norman Black will certainly hope not when Ateneo, still reeling from a shocking loss to National University last Saturday, faces fierce rival La Salle Tuesday in a very, very crucial match in the 70th UAAP season.



“Beating La Salle three consecutive games is very difficult,” Black admitted after his team threw away a golden chance to clinch the No. 2 spot and the twice-to-beat edge in the semis.



“I don’t want to dwell on the negative, but on the positive, which is we still have a chance. Given this opportunity, it’s either you take advantage of it or you don’t,” he said.



All the Blue Eagles needed to come closer to the finals was beat NU last Saturday. Instead, the Blue Eagles will have to do it the hard way, starting with this 3 p.m. match with the Green Archers.



Whoever wins Tuesday will earn a good chance of advancing to the best-of-three finals with unbeaten University of the East.



“The thing is we have to win on Tuesday and see what happens next,” added Black. A couple more playoffs are on tap to determine who gets to face UE in the finals.



Ateneo held a very light practice last Sunday and spent a longer time at the Moro Lorenzo Gym Monday, mapping out ways on how to beat La Salle for the third straight time this year.



La Salle will come off back-to-back losses to Ateneo and UE, but had its adrenalin pumping after NU scored the shocking win, and gave the Green Archers another shot at the No. 2 slot.



“It was a very good win by NU. Now we have another chance to land at second spot,” said coach Franz Pumaren, hoping that his team can finally beat Ateneo in the game that matters.



The game was originally scheduled for Thursday at the Astrodome. But it was moved Tuesday at the bigger Big Dome, which could house as many as 20,000 fans.



Black welcomed the change.



“That’s fine. For me I’d rather play right away than sit around for one week thinking about what just happened in the NU game. At least this way we can get back to the mix immediately,” he said.



But against the well-rested Green Archers, the Blue Eagles may be in for yet another surprise. Abac Cordero

gameface_one
09-18-2007, 09:12 AM
Best friends square off in UAAP rivalry


By JOAQUIN HENSON

The Philippine Star



Ateneo off-guard Chris Tiu and La Salle quarterback T. Y. Tang grew up playing basketball together. For eight years, they were inseparable on the court, leading their Xavier elementary and high school teams to at least 16 championships.



But their partnership came to an end when they parted ways after graduating from high school. Tang went to La Salle and took up Business Management while Tiu enrolled in Management Engineering at Ateneo. They also became rival basketball stars in the UAAP.



Despite their divided loyalties, Tiu and Tang remain best friends. They play hard and tough, just like they did during their Xavier years. They never lose respect for each other—it’s the way they were brought up.



Tuesday, Tang and Tiu will play the game of their lives in a playoff to determine No. 2 in the standings. Now team captains, they’re squaring off in their third meeting this season.



Tang, 23, is in his last year of varsity eligibility while Tiu, 22, has one left because he sat out his third season as an exchange student in France. Both earned their undergraduate degrees early this year and are studying for a second major—Tiu in Mathematical Finance and Tang in Sports Management.



“I try to treat every game the same way but it’s different when we play La Salle,” said Tiu. “The coliseum is jampacked—half in green and the other half, in blue. You get goosebumps. I don’t think about the pressure of winning. I just try to play my best.”



Tang said playing against Ateneo is a challenge. “The expectations are higher when we play Ateneo,” he continued. “We’ve got to play our A-game. We lost two close games to Ateneo this year and I’m hoping our bad luck has run out. We’re happy that God gave us another chance to play Ateneo.”



Tiu said he’d rather be playing with Tang than against him but it’s a reality he has to live with.



“T.Y.’s a great point guard and a great leader,” said Tiu. “I look up to him for his work ethic. His priority is to create for his teammates. When things get hot during a game, he’s the first to try to pacify the guys. I try to do the same. I just find it immature for guys to get emotional, lose their cool and fight because of a game. It’s okay to play with intensity but it’s not right to go overboard and hit somebody.”



Tang said he’ll never forget playing with Tiu on the Philippine 12-and-under selection that won the Las Vegas Easter Classic title in 1997.



“We won all our games, six in all, and we beat teams where the players were all Americans,” said Tang. “Chris was the MVP and I made it to the mythical five. I encouraged Chris to enroll at La Salle but he chose Ateneo. I’m happy for him because things worked out really well for Chris. I was brought up by Jesuits at Xavier and I matured with the Christian Brothers at La Salle. What I learned from the Jesuits and Christian Brothers, I bring to the court—my Christian values and my commitment to excellence.”



Tang’s father Reynaldo was a former secretary-general of the Philippine Amateur Swimming Association. That’s why he swam competitively from three to nine years old until he switched to basketball. An older brother Terrence, 27, played basketball at Xavier but younger brother Thompson, 18, isn’t into the game—he studies at Ateneo.



Tiu’s younger brother Charles, 18, played at Xavier and is now in Team B at Ateneo.



“I think the Ateneo-La Salle rivalry is good in that it brings the students, faculty, administration and alumni together,” said Tiu. “It’s a good way to foster the university spirit. What’s bad about it is it sometimes gets personal, leading to a lot of taunting and things getting out of hand.”



Tang said the competition brings out the best in the players. “Trying to beat Ateneo is a big motivation for us,” added Tang. “But it’s still just a game. I try to focus, listen to my coach, listen to my teammates and play as hard as I can. Before every game, I wish Chris the best of luck and after the game, whatever happens, we shake hands.”



Tiu said he doesn’t think about the two daggers he stuck into La Salle’s heart this season.



“I try to do my best in every game,” said Tiu. “It’s the Ateneo way. It’s a test of one’s character, a test of which team wants it more. I play with all my heart. I’m grateful to coach Norman (Black) who is a tremendous motivator for us, on and off the court. He has changed the culture of our team. He makes us work harder and think as one. There are no stars in our team.”



Tang said coach Franz Pumaren sets lofty goals and challenges the players to live up to the highest standards. “He’s a perfectionist,” said Tang. “We’re out to prove ourselves after being suspended. We were victims of circumstance last year. We felt really bad. But now, we have a chance for vindication.”

gameface_one
09-19-2007, 07:44 AM
Archers nail cliffhanger this time for No. 2

By ABAC CORDERO
The Philippine Star

La Salle beat Ateneo in a 40-minute battle of nerves Tuesday, 70-69, and placed a foot into the best-of-three finals of this blockbuster UAAP season.

The game played at the packed Araneta Coliseum saw 10 deadlocks and 13 lead changes, and until the final second could have gone into overtime.

After Cholo Villanueva gave La Salle a 70-67 lead with only 9.3 seconds remaining, Ateneo, with no timeout left, scrambled from downcourt eyeing the equalizer.

Jai Reyes went for a triple but, covered, was forced to pass off to Zion Laterre who took a 15-footer, and made it, instead of going for the three-pointer.

There was only a fraction of a second left when the Australian hit the game’s final basket. By this time, the La Salle crowd had already started to celebrate.

With the victory, La Salle’s first in three meetings with Ateneo this year, the Green Archers gained the No. 2 spot and the twice-to-beat advantage.

“I don’t know if this is destiny on our part. But we’ve been given a second chance. Now, we’re here. We got the No. 2 spot. We hope to make it to the finals,” said La Salle’s Franz Pumaren.

He described the game as “the most crucial game of the season.”

Ateneo faces defending champion Santo Tomas on Sunday in a playoff for the right to face La Salle. Already in the finals waiting for an opponent is University of the East.

Ateneo now has to win three straight games, one against Santo Tomas and two against La Salle, just to get to the finals, and actually five, to win this year’s crown.

Last Saturday, Ateneo only needed to beat ousted National University to get the lofty No. 2 spot, but failed. That NU win gave La Salle the rare second chance at the twice-to-beat edge.

“Can we do it another time, please?” Ateneo coach Norman Black, in a low voice, told mediamen who sought an interview inside the Blue Eagles nest.

The players had already left the dugout, and Black stayed behind with members of the coaching staff. He normally grants interviews even after a loss – but not one as painful as this.

After a slow start, Ateneo took its first lead at 9-8 after Kirk Long completed a spinning three-point play off Rico Maierhofer. The first quarter ended at 13-12 in favor of the Blue Eagles.

La Salle fans were held breathless when Maierhofer twisted his right ankle after scoring a basket. He spent the final minute of the first period on the bench and had his foot retaped.

In the second quarter, the Blue Eagles gained the momentum and raced to a 32-24 lead, But the Green Archers held on and score the last four points of the first half.

james_ty
09-20-2007, 02:22 PM
Coach Joe should stay to continue UP program
By Bill Velasco
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Despite the embarrassing 0-14 record posted by the University of the Philippines in this UAAP season, a group of UP students, alumni and professors believe that the blame should not be laid upon the shoulders of head coach Joe Lipa.

Some, in fact, have gone on to say that he should stay on, since he has started a long-term plan that few are aware of.

“Two years ago, nobody wanted to take the job. It was a recipe for disaster,” said Ronnie Dizer, a professor of the College of Human Kinetics and Lipa assistant for the past few years. “There was no long-term plan, and the coaches recruited players who had already finished their playing years with other schools. It was a dead-end.”

Dizer said that Lipa took the job despite better-paying offers from government and private institutions, and even had to contend with fund-raising himself.

“How could we recruit, when the college was not giving anything? We had nothing to offer players, so we could not build up,” Dizer added.

“There was no money for the basketball team. Some of the coaching staff were even working as volunteers.”

This was clearly illustrated with a cursory look at the UP bench during the season. The Maroons had a sparse brain trust compared to half a dozen assistants for some other schools, who even had scouts walking around with laptops. For UP, they were more concerned with the basics.

“It’s unfair to blame everything on coach Joe,” explained Dizer, who had been with UP for years before joining Lipa’s coaching staff. “We didn’t even have allowances for the players, not even money for their shoes and tape for their feet. His time was divided between practice and fund-raising.”

Although Lipa has always been known as a firebrand and tough trainor, he is still the only one to have brought UP its only UAAP title.

The Maroons coaching staff say that players now have a decent hostel to live in – albeit five to a room – and eat three square meals a day, thanks to the efforts of Lipa, who they claim raised more than P1 million for this season through his connections with alumni, fraternities, and other donors. He has also managed to find funding to pay his assistants and utility men a meager salary, and is still looking for ways to help the team get better.

An examination of the “Oblation Nation” forum on gameface.ph shows little blame being placed on Lipa by concerned and disappointed UP bloggers. In fact, some have already posted advice to look ahead, play more games, and build the team’s chemistry. Others have even suggested pulling out of the UAAP due to financial limitations. There is hardly any mention of Lipa failing as a coach.

As for the Maroons, things are looking ahead to 2008, the university’s centennial. They have reportedly recruited Vinnie Burke, the 6’5” teammate of Ateneo rookie Kirk Long at Faith Academy. Burke will be unable to play for the Blue Eagles, since Long will likely get the bulk of the playing time allocated to the team’s foreign player.

There are also other name high school players who are looking forward to playing for UP, but only if Lipa stays.

Other concerned alumni, who requested anonymity, decry the highly-politicized situation in the university, adding that other factions who have had their chance to run the basketball program are trying to bring Lipa down to give themselves another chance at running the Maroons.

“Coach Joe has created a long-term program. The players have played hard, but there were things beyond their control,” one of them told The STAR. “Despite the limited resources, the coaches have already sacrificed a lot to put together a program that will bear fruit soon.

“We are only three or four recruits away from being a Finals team. And those recruits will join the team, because they want to play for coach Joe,” Dizer said.

Lipa himself has privately said he would accept whatever the university decides, although he still has a live contract. But for the people around him, it’s a matter of letting him bear the fruits from the seeds he has planted.

The Philippine Star

gameface_one
09-21-2007, 10:13 AM
The warmest embrace



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SPORTING CHANCE By JOAQUIN M. HENSON
Philstar.com



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It was a touching scene when after La Salle beat Ateneo by a point in a UAAP men’s senior basketball game at the Big Dome last Tuesday, best friends Chris Tiu and TY Tang embraced each other. That’s what sportsmanship is all about.



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The Philippine Star

It was a touching scene when after La Salle beat Ateneo by a point in a UAAP men’s senior basketball game at the Big Dome last Tuesday, best friends Chris Tiu and TY Tang embraced each other. That’s what sportsmanship is all about.

The former Xavier School teammates now play for rival schools. After high school graduation, Tang chose to enroll at La Salle and Tiu, at Ateneo. Nothing personal. They still wanted to play together but there were other factors in the equation. Tang preferred La Salle’s basketball program under coach Franz Pumaren and liked the school’s Business Management course. Tiu was inspired by the Ateneo system and took up Management Engineering.

As a backcourt tandem, Tiu and Tang played on at least 16 title squads up to high school. Included in the harvest was a pair of Tiong Lian championships. They learned the tricks of the court from elementary coach Ronnie Mutuc and high school coach Mon Amador.

Tang, 23, said he’ll try his luck in the PBA draft next year. He’s winding up his varsity eligibility this season. “I’ve played in the PBL and now, I’d like to find out if I can play in the pros,” said Tang. “But if I’m not drafted, I guess that will be the end of my basketball career. I’ll go into business and start a new life.”

As for Tiu, he’s considering to play one more year for Ateneo. Although he earned his undergraduate degree last March, Tiu, 22, re-enrolled to take up Mathematical Finance as a second major.

Tang was in Grade 4 and Tiu, in Grade 3 when they started playing for Xavier in the Small Basketeers League. In all, they were teammates for about eight years before parting ways.

* * *

La Salle’s Fil-Bahrainian rookie cager Bader Abdulla Perez Malabes has rejected an offer to play for a professional Kuwait club and will stay with the Green Archers until he graduates.

Patrick Salomon of the Gulf Daily News reported a few days ago Malabes confirmed his decision in a telephone interview.

“It’s a really attractive offer from Kuwait but education is my top priority,” said the 6-1 Malabes, quoted by Salomon. “I have been studying for three years and am close to finishing my course so it would be a waste if I leave now. I’m also really enjoying myself playing basketball. The game is at a much higher level in the Philippines than back home since basketball is the No. 1 sport in the country. In Bahrain, there’s a maximum of four teams that are good. Here, all are good whether the team is from a big or small school. It’s a great challenge.”

Malabes, 20, is taking up Sports Management at La Salle. His father Abdulla Jassim is considered a basketball legend in Bahrain and was a former MVP with the Kuwait club Manama where he starred for 20 years. His mother Consuelo Perez is a Filipina.

Another UAAP cager with Filipino and Middle East roots is Ateneo’s Rabah Al Hussaini who is half-Kuwaiti.

Manama offered Malabes the equivalent of a P52,000 monthly package with a signing bonus of P180,000. The package included a car, an apartment and education in a Kuwait university of his choice.

According to Salomon, the offer will remain on the table until Malabes is ready to sign on the dotted line.


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Regarding Thursday’s column about La Salle’s Brian Ilad, a reader clarified that the 6-5 center played only two years, not four, at Philippine College of Criminology. But Ilad qualified for only a season in the UAAP because he finished high school in 2001, a limitation in his eligibility. A UAAP senior athlete is allowed to play five seasons in a span of seven years from when he graduated in high school.

gameface_one
09-23-2007, 06:49 AM
Matter of life, death for Eagles, Tigers

The Philippine Star

Ateneo and Santo Tomas, last year’s finalists, will try to knock each other out Sunday in the 70th UAAP season.

At 3 p.m., before an expected banner crowd at the Araneta Coliseum, the Blue Eagles and the Tigers square off with the winner moving on and the loser going home.

The right to face twice-to-beat La Salle for the second finals slot is at stake in the game between the two teams that figured in the 2006 finals won by never-say-die UST.

The Tigers dropped the opening game of the best-of-three behind the last-second shot by Ateneo’s Doug Kramer. But they never gave up, winning the next two games and the crown.

Coach Pido Jarencio is once again counting on that same, old spirit.

“I’ve trained these players to become tough. That’s how I was trained. We don’t care whom we face in each game because we know among ourselves that we’re ready,” he said.

After his Tigers knocked out the FEU Tamaraws last week, the former UAAP and PBA star warned all the teams still in the title hunt, including UE, of their will to keep the title.

“Let’s see how tough they are because we are tough,” he said.

University of the East scored an incredible 14-game sweep of the elimination round and has been seeded to the best-of-three final, which begins either on Sept. 30 or Oct. 4.

Ateneo and UST split their two matches in the elimination round, the Tigers winning the first one, 87-74, and the Blue Eagles taking the second by the slimmest of margins, 72-71.

American Kirk Long, one of two foreign players of Ateneo, hit a buzzer-beater in that Ateneo squeaker, and won’t hesitate to take similar shots if needed.

While the heads-on showdown between the two teams are even, the question that will ring in the Ateneo stands is whether the Blue Eagles can recover from two painful losses days ago.

First, they blew a golden opportunity to grab the No. 2 spot and the twice-to-beat advantage by losing to an ousted National University, 88-96.

Then just a few days later, they lost to the Green Archers, again by a hairline, leaving them with the difficult task of winning three straight games to reach the finals.

“There’s no sense dwelling in the past. As a player, as a coach, you get upset by losing. But as long as there’s a chance, that’s what’s important,” said coach Norman Black.

That chance comes Sunday against the defending champions.

“That’s the motivation, to beat UST and get a shot at La Salle again,” said Black.

yungha
09-24-2007, 07:34 AM
from the NEW YORK TIMES -

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/23/sports/23rivalry.html?ex=1191211200&en=920cb822f267ea0b&ei=5070&emc=eta1

gameface_one
09-24-2007, 07:35 AM
Eagles have landed – almost


By ABAC CORDERO
The Philippine Star

Ateneo on Sunday got what it wanted: Another shot at La Salle.

Playing like there was no tomorrow, Ateneo defeated University of Santo Tomas, 69-64, at the Araneta Coliseum Sunday and sent the defending champions packing after a brave, fearless stand in the 70th UAAP season.

The Blue Eagles had a slow start but picked it up midway in the second quarter, holding the Tigers scoreless in the final three minutes and into the first four minutes of the third quarter.

In this long stretch, Ateneo outscored UST, 19-4, and turned a 30-26 deficit into a 45-34 lead they never relinquished the rest of the way. UST never got closer than four points in the fourth.

With the win, the Ateneo-La Salle showdown this conference continues.

"Here we go again — for the fourth time. When was the last time we played four times in one season?" said coach Norman Black of the Ateneo-La Salle saga, which comes alive on Thursday.

La Salle, the No. 2 team, will enjoy a twice-to-beat advantage against Ateneo, which should have been the one enjoying the privilege if not for painful losses to NU and La Salle.

The winner of the series takes on unbeaten University of the East in the best-of-three finals.

"We’ve proven we can beat them before so we’ll be out to beat them again. La Salle will be well rested. But we have three days off. We really have to rest our guys, and get them back ready to play."

Back to the game, Black praised his key players, Ford Arao, Chris Tiu and Nonoy Baclao who combined for 42 points and 20 rebounds. Then he took his hat off to the Tigers.

"My hat goes off to UST. They really played well tonight. They played tough but we had a lot of desire to move on," said Black, who looked so happy that Ateneo lived to fight another day.

Coach Pido Jarencio of UST broke into tears after the buzzer, bending low, covering his face with his hand. But he faced the huge UST crowd at the packed Big Dome as the school hymn was played one last time this season.

Inside the press room, where losing coaches are rarely seen, Jarencio had tears welling in his eyes. He took the responsibility for losing, and said he’s not sure if he’d be back next year.

"It’s all my fault. I was not able to prepare my players to be tougher in the end-game. What I taught them showed out there, and I did not teach them enough," he said.

"It’s embarrassing to the Thomasian community, to our supporters, the management, the clergy and the alumni. I don’t even know if I’d be back to coach next year," he said, almost sobbing.

"Again, it’s all my fault. The players are not to blame. We’re a never-say-die team. But we just died," he added.

Arao broke the ice with a basket from underneath, but the Blue Eagles fell into an early trance, and watched the Tigers run up and down the court unleashing a 9-0 blast.

After trailing, 18-10, at the end of the opening quarter, Ateneo put up a fight, answering back with a 7-2 spurt to narrow the gap at 20-17. It got even closer at 24-26 later on.

Jai Reyes forged the game’s second deadlock at 30 with a breakaway layup, and the Tigers failed to score in the final three minutes of the first half to trail, 32-30.

gameface_one
09-25-2007, 06:44 AM
Archers never yield twice-to-beat edge


By ABAC CORDERO

The Philippine Star



La Salle has never squandered a twice-to-beat advantage in the UAAP. And the Archers are not about to throw that privilege, particularly against the Ateneo Blue Eagles.



“Yes, so far it has never happened,” said coach Franz Pumaren Monday, knocking on wood as his team prepared for Thursday’s big game against Ateneo at the Araneta Coliseum.



Once again, the Green Archers will carry that advantage when they face the Blue Eagles in a showdown that promises to be nothing but another classic duel for the right to face UE in the best-of-three finals.



“Each time we were awarded the twice-to-beat advantage, we got to the finals,” said Pumaren, who added that his Green Archers intend to keep that record intact this year.



“We all worked hard for this. I don’t think my players will allow that advantage to be taken away,” he said before presiding over the team practice on a dark, rainy afternoon.



This is the eighth time in nine seasons that the Green Archers earned the twice-to-beat advantage. Since Pumaren became head coach in 1998 La Salle has won five titles.



The only time they failed to secure the twice-to-beat privilege was in 2003.



“That was the year when almost 80 percent of my players were rookies. That was the rookie year of JV Casio, Ryan Arana and PJ Walsham. And we did not get to the finals,” he said.



La Salle won four straight titles starting in 1998, and added another one in 2004, only to be stripped of the crown due to a highly-publicized player eligibility scandal.



La Salle and Ateneo have met thrice this season with the Blue Eagles winning the first two and losing the last, the one that really mattered as the twice-to-beat edge was staked.



“It’s still 2-1 this year in Ateneo’s favor. We plan to get even on Thursday and at the same time advance to the finals,” said Pumaren, elder brother of UE mentor Dindo Pumaren.



Ateneo coach Norman Black may not be aware of La Salle’s perfect “twice-to-beat” record but is confident that beating the Green Archers twice is not an impossible task.



“We’ve proven we can beat them before (twice in the elimination round) so we’ll be out to beat them again. It’s going to be tough. All our games against La Salle are tough,” he said.

gameface_one
09-25-2007, 06:49 AM
UAAP warns: Avoid hooliganism



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Close this MANILA, Philippines -- Cheer in good conduct.

This was the reminder to fans issued by UAAP host University of Santo Tomas Monday following separate off-court incidents, including one involving commissioner Ed Cordero, during the heated Ateneo-UST semifinal battle last Sunday.

“Let these games be an avenue for further camaraderie... not for hooliganism,” said league secretary-treasurer Felicitas Francisco.

Cordero and an Ateneo de Manila University alumnus nearly came to blows at courtside but were separated by venue security after the Blue Eagles knocked out the defending champions, 69-64, last Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City. Jasmine W. P

gameface_one
09-25-2007, 06:54 AM
There’s something about Ateneo – Pumaren



By nick giongco
mb.com.ph

HE didn’t catch the entire game live at ringside but La Salle head coach Franz Pumaren said Ateneo “came up with something new” in its pulsating knockout game win over defending champion University of Santo Tomas last Sunday.



Pumaren did not say what it was but said his coaching staff has been reviewing the video of the Blue Eagles’ 69-64 victory that shoved them into a kill-or-be-killed encounter with the Green Archers on Thursday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Pumaren dismissed the fact that La Salle has to win just once to gain a best-of-three finals slot against University of the East.

"A lot of people are saying that we have the edge, we have the momentum, but in this scenario, there’s no more momentum," said Pumaren as he was on his way to the La Salle workout scheduled at 5:30 p.m.

Told about the prospects of playing Ateneo for the fourth time, and possibly a fifth, in the event the Eagles emerge triumphant, Pumaren took a different spin regarding the long-time rivalry.

"The league will benefit from this because there’s going to be a sellout again," said Pumaren. "This is good for the league."

Everytime Ateneo and La Salle troop to the court, tickets are hard to come by with the regular priced R600 ringside seats fetching as much as R3,000 in the black market.

Ateneo has a daunting task ahead although it has proven in the eliminations that La Salle can be beaten twice.

In their last meeting, La Salle exacted payback.

"We’ve beaten them in the past," said Ateneo mentor Norman Black, the sound of his voice downplaying fears that the Eagles won’t be able to do it again.

Meantime, host University of Santo Tomas is reminding the last three member schools in the tournament to ask their supporters to conduct themselves in the proper manner.

Secretary-treasurer Felicitas Francisco, alarmed by what has happened of late, is calling on all leaders of the University of the East, Ateneo and La Salle for "good behaviour in the last two weeks of the tournament."

Commissioner Ed Cordero and an Ateneo fan had to be extricated at the end of the Ateneo vs Santo Tomas KO game on Sunday after the Ateneo alumnus taunted Cordero while he and his crew were exiting the playing court.

"There are some alumni who really don’t behave the way they have been educated," Francisco said. "Let these (basketball) games be an avenue for further camaraderie among schools, their alumni and students, not for hooliganism."

Cordero had identified the heckler and will write the UAAP board this week to ask that the person be banned from sitting near courtside. Francisco believes that Cordero has a case.

eightyfiver
09-27-2007, 07:47 AM
"There are some alumni who really don’t behave the way they have been educated," Francisco said. "Let these (basketball) games be an avenue for further camaraderie among schools, their alumni and students, not for hooliganism."

Cordero had identified the heckler and will write the UAAP board this week to ask that the person be banned from sitting near courtside. Francisco believes that Cordero has a case.




Napuno rin si Commish. I don't know if it was the same guy since I wasn't able to witness it. But during the 1st Ateneo-UST game at Cuneta, an alumnus was accosting Com. Cordero while the game was in progress. One UAAP board member(I think from NU) had to shield Cordero from this guy. I was surprised at his patience, when he could have easily asked the security to throw out this fan outside the venue.

The person maybe high in stature, but he should be reminded to respect persons of authority in the UAAP.

gameface_one
09-27-2007, 09:37 AM
Eagles, Archers duel for life, final berth

The Philippine Star

La Salle and Ateneo clash for the fourth time this season in what promises to be another thrilling duel between bitter rivals chasing a shot at the UAAP crown with the Archers out to finish off the Eagles and the latter hoping to force a fifth and deciding game.

After being swept by Ateneo in the elims, La Salle got back with a pulsating, 70-69, win last Sept. 18 in the first of a series of playoffs among three teams disputing the second finals berth after University of the East clinched the No. 1 ticket with a sweep of the double-round elims.

That victory over Ateneo gave La Salle a twice-to-beat edge for the No. 2 spot, relegating the Eagles to another knockout duel with the UST Tigers, whom they defeated, 69-64, last Monday.

But ranged against a team, which thrives on twice-to-beat advantage, Ateneo will need to outdo itself to force a sudden death for the No. 2 berth.

“We’ve proven we can beat them before (twice in the elimination round) so we’ll be out to beat them again. It’s going to be tough, said Ateneo coach Norman Black.

But the Archers have also shown they could win ballgames that mattered most, making them the slight favorites in the 3 p.m. encounter at the Araneta Coliseum.

One thing going for La Salle is that it has never lost when awarded a twice-to-beat edge, winning all eight in nine seasons that netted the Taft-based squad five titles since Franz Pumaren became head coach in 1998.

“Yes, so far it has never happened. Each time we were awarded the twice-to-beat advantage, we got to the finals,” said Pumaren, confident the Archers would keep that record intact this year.

But records have no bearing in La Salle-Ateneo duels with both teams dishing out their best in each encounter, particularly in this game serving as a do-or-die match for the Eagles.

However, the Archers are hell-bent on ending the Eagles’ title aspirations while keeping their bid alive on their return stint to the league after a yearlong suspension.

“We all worked hard for this. I don’t think my players will allow that advantage to be taken away,” said Pumaren, who is expected to bank on the likes of JV Casio, TY Tang, Cholo Villanueva and Rico Maeirhofer.

The Eagles, hoping to flaunt the fiery form they showed against the UST Tigers, are expected to be led by Chris Tiu, Kirk Long, Yuri Escueta, Claiford Arao, Jobe Nkemakolam and Zion Laterre.

gameface_one
09-28-2007, 01:23 PM
Ateneo forces sudden death vs La Salle

By JOEY VILLAR
The Philippine Star

Chris Tiu, who has won key ballgames for Ateneo in the past, lifted the Eagles again in a game they could not afford to lose, scoring five of the team’s last seven points for a heart-stopping, come-from-behind 65-64 victory over the La Salle Archers in the 70th UAAP men’s basketball tournament.

Practically half of the close to 20,000 fans at the Araneta Coliseum rose as one and pumped the air in glee after Tiu squeezed through a phalanx of La Salle defenders with the clock ticking to its last seven seconds and the game – and Ateneo’s season – on the line.

He made it with the twinner capping a spectacular 7-0 Ateneo windup and proving to be the marginal basket as Fil-Bahraini Bader Malabes overshot a triple from the left side as time expired, forcing a sudden death for the second final berth.

“La Salle played extremely well, they forced us to commit turnovers,” said Ateneo coach Norman Black. “But our defense came through for us and Chris Tiu hit some really big shots.”

Tiu, limited to just a point and had five turnovers in the first half, uncorked 13 points in the last two quarters, including a booming triple in the closing minute of the fourth that brought the Eagles back into the contest and a driving lay-up that could go down as one of the most courageous shots ever taken in a knockout game.

The thrilling win thus sent the Ateneo-La Salle rivalry this season to a climactic fifth and deciding game on Sunday with the winner facing a well-rested University of the East, which swept its way to the finals with 14 straight wins, in a best-of-three series. Gametime is at 3 p.m.

It also marked the third time that the Eagles and Archers are facing each other five times in one season after the two played that far when the latter won in 2001 and the former ruled the 2002 season.

Ateneo won their first two encounters this season, an 80-77 overtime win last July 26, and an 89-87 triumph last Sept. 9 before La Salle snared a 70-69 win last Sept. 18 to clinch the No. 2 spot and the twice-to-beat advantage.

“We definitely did something wrong in this game, I have to see the tapes first. But the most important thing here is that the players showed the will to win because we really wanted to fight and play one more game on Sunday,” said Black.

Ty Tang had a 23-point effort, including a jumper with two and a half minutes to go that gave the Archers a 63-58 advantage. But Tiu’s endgame exploits relegated the brilliant Archers’ guard to the background.

La Salle sat on a 64-58 cushion on a JV Casio split, which turned out to be the Archers’ last point in the highly charged contest as Tiu drained the trey and delivered that gem of a basket after Ford Arao’s came away with an equally crucial, shot-clock beating side jumper.

The Archers actually had 7.3 seconds to steal the win but Malabes, who hit a triple in the first quarter, missed on a desperation try.

Arao, a strong candidate for the Most Improved Player award, led the Eagles with 19 points and two shot blocks, including 10 of his team’s first 11 points. More importantly, he kept the Eagles in the game when Tiu couldn’t find his rhythm in the early going.

And when Tiu did, the Eagles began to soar.

Hanging on at 64-63, La Salle’s PJ Walsham bungled a three-point shot from the right corner, giving Tiu, the Eagles’ go-to guy following JC Intal’s departure, one last play to seal it for Ateneo.

Heavily guarded, Tiu faked a three-point shot, dribbled and drove past a couple of defenders and then hit the biggest shot of the game.

gameface_one
09-28-2007, 01:24 PM
UAAP denies Ilad appeal, bans Ateneo fan

The Philippine Star

The UAAP Thursday denied La Salle forward Brian Ilad’s appeal to reduce the six-game suspension slapped on him for punching UE center Mark Fampulme.

“In accordance with the league’s rules, the UAAP board unanimously voted to deny the appeal of Brian Ilad seeking to shorten the six-game suspension slapped on him to three for lack of merit,” said league president Fr. Ermito de Sagon, OP, of Santo Tomas in a statement.

The decision, relayed by technical committee chair Kiko Diaz of State U, came after an emergency meeting before the Ateneo-La Salle showdown at the Big Dome.

The decision thus ended Ilad’s UAAP career where he averaged 4.2 points and 4.6 rebounds in 13 games.

Ilad was suspended for punching Fampulme on the nape during the first quarter of their Sept. 13 match, which the Warriors won, 92-84, in overtime.

The league also banned Ateneo fan Raffy Dayrit from attending any UAAP-sanctioned basketball game for physically and verbally abusing commissioner Ed Cordero in the Eagles’ Final Four win over the dethroned University of Santo Tomas Tigers Sunday.

“The UAAP also unanimously voted to ban Raffy Dayrit of Ateneo for his grossly abusive conduct and behavior against commissioner Ed Cordero,” said de Sagon also in a statement. Joey Villar

gameface_one
09-30-2007, 07:07 AM
La Salle, Ateneo split UAAP juniors, women trophies


By Jasmine W. Payo
Inquirer
Last updated 02:26am (Mla time) 09/30/2007


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Close this LA SALLE ZOBEL COMPLETED its UAAP comeback with a championship as the Junior Archers dethroned rival Ateneo Blue Eaglets with a 98-92 overtime decision yesterday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Back in action following La Salle’s one-year suspension, the Junior Archers refused to wilt in regulation with Jed Manguera burying a triple with two seconds left to forge extra period, 82-82.

“It was all heart that brought us here,” said coach Boris Aldeguer after the Junior Archers swept the best-of-three title series. “That was a lost ballgame for us, and when Manguera took that shot, I said that this is ours.”

With the Eaglets visibly demoralized, the Junior Archers surged ahead with Manguera drilling in four of the Junior Archers’ first eight points in overtime for a 90-86 advantage, 2:11 remaining.

“This game was a vindication because we were never given a chance to defend our title,” said Aldeguer. “First was our suspension. Second was our two losses against Ateneo (in the elimination) and third everyone thought we couldn’t win (the championship) again.”

Marco Fortuna topscored with 23 markers, including a key triple that gave the Junior Archers an 88-86 lead in the extra period.

Joshua Webb, the grandson of former senator and pro cager Freddie Webb, delivered another huge performance with 21 points, 21 rebounds, two steals and two blocks.

The Junior Archers also overcame the career-high games of Juami Tiongson and rookie sensation Kiefer Ravena, who combined for 46 points.

Ateneo, though, found something to cheer about as the Lady Eagles swept the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons, 62-58, to capture the women’s crown.

Treena Lingenco fired a game-high 16 points, including the decisive jumper that gave the Lady Eagles a 59-58 lead.

Game 1 heroine Kat Quimpo nailed two free throws with 6.2 seconds remaining to cushion their slim edge, 61-58.

gameface_one
09-30-2007, 07:08 AM
Green, Blue mix it up for glory, final slot
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Philstar.com


Archrivals Ateneo de Manila and De La Salle clash today for the fifth and final time in the 70th UAAP basketball tournament, disputing the right to meet University of the East in the finale.

Ateneo and La Salle students, alumni and supporters are expected to fill the Araneta Coliseum with the Blue Eagles and the Green Archers knocking each other out for the last seat in the best-of-three final.

The winner gets a crack at the crown while the loser hits the end of the road, joining UP, Adamson, NU, FEU and UST on the sidelines.

The Eagles will be riding the crest of Thursday’s 76-75 squeaker that forced the 3 p.m. Sunday blockbuster.

The Archers, meanwhile, draw hopes and inspiration from their previous Final Four stints where they have never ever squandered a twice-to-beat advantage.

“In a game like this, you wouldn’t think of momentum or anything else anymore. It’s all about who plays hard and who wants it,” said Ateneo coach Norman Black, who has won 10 titles in the PBA but never in the collegiate league.

“We remain confident despite the loss (Thursday). I have confidence in my players,” said La Salle mentor Franz Pumaren.

Ateneo’s Chris Tiu, 22, is a marked man after scoring 14 points including a booming triple and a gutsy lay-up with 7.3 seconds left to seal one of the most dramatic wins in league history.

Black said La Salle showed a lot of energy in the first game.

“They gave us much problem Thursday that we need to find solution if we’re to reach the final,” said Black.

La Salle, for its part, must get solid games from main men JV Casio and Rico Maeirhofer, who averaged 27 points together in 17 games this season but were held to just 18 Thursday.

Maeirhofer, who was named MVP in the Nike Summer League and Fil-Oil tournament last summer, was hobbled by an injury while Casio was a bit under the weather then.

“I expect them to play more aggressively tomorrow (Sunday),” said Pumaren.

The seemingly never-ending Ateneo-La Salle saga will be marked by a fifth game this season, matching their number of games five years ago when both reached the finals and the Eagles beat the Archers in three games.

The other time Ateneo and La Salle played each other five times was in 2001 when the Archers reigned supreme.

“Our focus right now is to win this one game, nothing else,” he said.

Black’s main concern is La Salle’s vaunted full court trapping defense.

“They played with a lot of energy. We hope they’ll have little left on Sunday,” he said.

gameface_one
10-01-2007, 06:46 AM
Archers make Eagles extinct, reach final
By Joey Villar
Monday, October 1, 2007
Philstar.com



In the end, no big shots came from Chris Tiu of Ateneo. Cholo Villanueva delivered them for La Salle with a Big D to boot.

Villanueva came through with clutch baskets in the fourth quarter and shackled Tiu all game as the Archers finally put away the Eagles, 65-60, yesterday in their sudden death for the second final berth in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the packed Araneta Coliseum.

Playing his last season as an Archer, Villanueva pumped in nine of his 13 points in the final period while neutralizing Tiu in the other end as the Taft-based squad took a step closer to making a successful return from a one-year suspension.

“It’s nice to be back in the finals,” said La Salle coach Franz Pumaren moments after steering the Archers to the final for the first time since losing the crown to the Far Eastern U Tams three seasons ago.

The Archers face a well-rested University of the East side on Thursday at the start of the best-of-three showdown for this year’s crown.

The Dindo Pumaren-mentored Warriors swept the two-round elims to clinch the first championship berth.

The final will also mark the first time that the Pumarens will clash in a championship game.

“It has been long overdue, we’re finally facing each other in the finals,” said Franz, who will be appearing in the finals for the eighth time since taking over the coaching reins from Jong Uichico a decade ago.

Rico Maeirhofer sealed the emotional win with a foul shot that sent half of over 23,000 fans into frenzied celebration and the other half into tears.

Tiu, who scored a couple of crucial shots in a 76-75 Ateneo squeaker Thursday to force the rubber match for the No. 2 spot, failed to come up with even one this time as he was held to just two points in the last quarter.

Credit that to La Salle’s no-nonsense defense.

The Archers, in fact, held the Eagles to just two field goals in the final period and a season-low total output.

“This is the only game in the season that we responded to the challenge by playing good defense,” said Pumaren.

Their failure to control the defensive board, particularly in the closing minute, proved costly for the Eagles, last year’s losing finalist to the UST Tigers but out of this year’s championship despite beating the Archers thrice in a record-tying five games this year.

Ateneo swept elimination round meetings, an 80-77 win in overtime in the first round an 89-87 triumph in the second, lost to La Salle, 70-69, in a playoff for the twice-to-beat advantage before forcing a fifth and final duel with a 76-75 triumph on Tiu’s endgame brilliance.

It turned out to be the last.

“I told Cholo and even TY (t@ng) before the game that this will be their last game against Ateneo because they’ll be graduating, and they rose to the challenge,” said Pumaren.

The Archers dictated the pace early under deafening roars from both sides as they led by as many as nine points in the first quarter, 15-6.

A 14-1 blast bridging the first and second quarters turned things around for the Eagles, who wrested the lead at 20-16 as Eric Salamat took over.

Simon Atkins, a rookie out of reigning UAAP high school champion La Salle-Zobel, fired a jumper and a triple to spark a closing run that gave the Taft-based school a 29-26 upper hand at the break.

Maeirhofer, the MVP in both the Nike and Fil-Oil tournaments last summer, led the Archers’ attack early with seven first half points while t@ng, who turned 23 Thursday, fired six points.

The scores:

La Salle 65 – Villanueva 13, t@ng 12, Maeirhofer 12, Casio 10, Malabes 5, Atkins 5, Walsham 4, Ferdinand 2, Cua 2, Mangahas 0, Co 0, Barua 0.

Ateneo 60 – Arao 14, Tiu 10, Salamat 10, Baclao 7, Al-Hussaini 6, Reyes 5, Long 4, Baldos 2, Escueta 2, Monfort 0, Laterre 0.

Quarterscores: 16-14; 29-26; 48-43; 65-60

gameface_one
10-04-2007, 10:07 AM
Unacceptable behavior



Inquirer
Last updated 00:45am (Mla time) 10/04/2007



Close this This is in connection with the Inquirer sports news that the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) board has banned from the game venue Raffy Dayrit, “who nearly came to blows with league commissioner Ed Cordero” (Inquirer, 9/28/07), for two years.

I would like to put on record that during the second round of the Ateneo de Manila University-University of Santo Tomas game, I and several Ateneo fans witnessed a UAAP official and league commissioner Ed Cordero himself challenge Dayrit to a fist fight inside the coliseum while the game was still ongoing. We were seated a few rows behind the UAAP technical committee table.

During that game, the Nabro (National Amateur Basketball Referees Organization) referees again began their dubious calls and non-calls, to the point that Ricky Palou stood up, banged the table of Cordero and walked out in disgust. In our frustration, we, including Dayrit, were shouting at the referees to straighten up. (For evidence of the dubious calls, please refer to the photo on the Sports page of the Sept. 28 Inquirer issue, showing Rico Maierhofer, clearly with both his feet off the floor. Thousands of fans saw the traveling infraction but not one of the three referees saw it.)

Dayrit, I believe, also included Cordero in his passionate verbal tirade, in essence asking him to do something about the officiating. It was at this point that a UAAP official, an assistant of Cordero, stood up, turned toward us, and challenged Dayrit to a fist fight. Cordero soon followed suit and also challenged Dayrit to a fist fight. Dayrit, to his credit, did not respond to their challenge.

Without justifying Dayrit’s verbal offense, I and the other Ateneo fans find it unacceptable behavior that a UAAP official, much less a commissioner himself, would challenge a fan to a fist fight in the game venue while the game is going on, no matter the verbal abuse. There is no justification for this. If Dayrit is to be sanctioned, so should Cordero and that other UAAP official.

Nabro continues to make shoddy and dubious calls and non-calls that seem to control the point spread of the games -- with seeming impunity. It is the impression of most fans that, despite what measures they have undertaken, Cordero, the UAAP Technical Committee and the UAAP board are powerless to do anything about the officiating.

To the UAAP board: Do not ban angry and frustrated fans. Do something about Nabro’s questionable officiating, which is the root of the anger and frustration. If the UAAP board cannot do anything about it, it might as well just cancel the remaining games, ban all the fans, spare us the charade and just let the Nabro referees decide the outcome of the tournament.

Make “Honesty through Sports” including officiating a reality.

RAMON P. PATERNO, Ateneo HS ’65 (via email)

gameface_one
10-04-2007, 10:18 AM
Sports
Final a done thing for elder Pumaren

Thursday, October 4, 2007
Philstar.com

For the Pumaren patriarch, the 2007 UAAP crown has been won when Franz Pumaren’s La Salle squad arranged a championship showdown with Dindo Pumaren’s UE team.

“For me, this season is over since my two sons are the ones who will battle for the championship. Whatever happens, a Pumaren will end up winner,” said Filomeno Pumaren Jr., father of Franz and Dindo who figure in a coaching duel in the UAAP best-of-three final beginning today at the Araneta Coliseum.

Known as “Mang Pilo” in the RP basketball circle, the old Pumaren said he’ll sit on the La Salle gallery but stressed he’ll cheer for his two sons.

“I’ll just be on the La Salle side since my wife Marietta will be on the UE side. We’ll take separate seats to show to our children we’re supporting both of them,” said Mang Pilo, considered a red- and green-blooded fellow since he played for UE and had called the shots for both the Warriors and the Archers.

Mang Pilo and his spouse won’t deny, though, that they’re more loyal to UE where both attended their college studies.

Franz himself has a direct UE affiliation as he played high school ball for the Pages before moving over to La Salle in college. Dindo, meanwhile, suited up with the San Beda Red Cubs in high school before joining the Archers in college.

Talk n Text coach Derrick, the second of the four Pumaren siblings, donned the UE Pages and Warriors jerseys before joining his father in moving over to La Salle. He’s a coaching consultant at UE but may miss the UAAP final opener since the TnT team is playing a series of games in Korea.

Mang Pilo thinks La Salle is the more experienced team but UE has the more talented lineup.

“I believe UE has the edge. Even in case both play up to their potentials, I believe UE will win,” said Mang Pilo who won UAAP titles as a player and as a coach for both UE and La Salle.

Mang Pilo said the Warriors have kept their competitive form despite their long break by holding tune-up games with the Spring Cooking Oil team of coach Boyzie Zamar, another former UE player.

“Their training was non-stop and gained valuable help from Boyzie and his team,” said Mang Pilo, a key member of the 1957 Warriors squad that gave UE its very first UAAP crown.

But the old Pumaren doesn’t rule out a La Salle victory. – Nelson Beltran

mighty_lion
11-11-2007, 02:53 PM
Black stays as Eagles coach
Philstar.net
By Abac Cordero
Sunday, November 11, 2007

With a simple handshake, the partnership between the Ateneo Blue Eagles and coach Norman Black continues.

According to Ricky Palou, who represents Ateneo in the UAAP board, the Blue Eagles have decided to stick it out with the multi-titled PBA coach for the next season.

“Of course, he’s still our coach,” said Palou, finally putting to rest rumors that the Blue Eagles, after failing to get to the finals of the previous season, and Black are parting ways.

Palou refused to give any details on the new pact between Ateneo and Black, who will enter his fourth year as head coach of the very popular collegiate ballclub.

“Norman doesn’t have a written contract – just a handshake,” said Palou.

Black could not be contacted yesterday.

While there was no signing of the dotted lines, Black’s partnership with Ateneo, a team funded mostly by businessman Manny V. Pangilinan, is believed to be quite lucrative.

For the last three years, Black has tried hard bringing back the title to Ateneo. But he has fallen short each time, losing to Santo Tomas in the 2006 finals and missing the bus twice.

But nothing could be more painful than the manner they took an exit this year. Almost in the finals, Ateneo lost to lowly National University at the close of the eliminations.

A victory over the Bulldogs could have given the Blue Eagles a twice-to-beat edge in the semis. Instead, they faced off with La Salle, lost twice, and missed the final.

La Salle went on to sweep University of the East, which went undefeated in the eliminations, in the best-of-three finals.

Black and his Blue Eagles will have vengeance in their eyes next year.

gameface_one
12-26-2007, 09:30 AM
La Salle gets to the heart of the matter in comeback


By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:11am (Mla time) 12/26/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- It was understandable that rust would creep into the La Salle sports machine, especially after a one-year suspension kept them out of the competitive arena.

But there was one place that rust could not reach. And all the turmoil in the world could not stop a juggernaut anchored on a rock-solid basketball program because of one reason: The Archers, both seniors and juniors, knew that in the heart of the matter, heart really matters.

Fueled by a throbbing pride that refused to be reined in and a heart that wouldn't give up despite the odds, La Salle capped its comeback year with not just one, but two basketball titles at the close of the UAAP hoop wars.

"Individually, I think my players are really not that great," said Green Archers coach Franz Pumaren. "But we worked as a team."

Rust? It sure looked as if the suspension wrought by a harrowing eligibility scandal lasted just for a day as the collegiate powerhouse picked up right where it last left off.

As the only squad to consistently enter the Final Four, the Archers' return stint this season turned out no different with TY Tang, Cholo Villanueva, JV Casio and Rico Maierhofer leading the charge.

"It only showed how we really prepared for the season," said Pumaren.

The La Salle Zobel Junior Archers--the 2005 champion turned unwitting casualty of the punishment meted on the seniors team--also made positive use of the forced break.

"We were never given a chance to defend our championship last year, but the good part was we started early with our preparation for this season," said Zobel coach Boris Aldeguer.

Although early losses pointed to the damaging effects of the suspension, the UAAP Finals erased any doubts as the La Salle seniors and juniors squads pulled off upset sweeps.

The Green Archers spoiled the perfect 14-0 elimination run of the University of the East Red Warriors during the best-of-three championship showdown to capture their seventh crown.

"Experience was glaringly in our favor," said Pumaren. "My players are veterans of many wars."

But Pumaren, too, pointed to the Archers' trademark strategy: "Our defense was really fantastic in the series. We could not outscore them, they're too talented, so we tried to hold them [down]."

In a similarly unexpected feat, the Junior Archers toppled defending champion and fierce rival Ateneo Blue Eaglets in two straight games with Joshua Webb, Marco Fortuna and Jed Manguera starring in their second title run.

"We played Ateneo in the elimination and we were beaten badly; and I thought this won't be our year, but the boys refused to give up," said Aldeguer.

razor
12-26-2007, 10:44 PM
BAP-SBP pushes NCAA-UAAP merger

By Julius Manicad

12/27/2007

From the country’s best leagues to the country’s best league.

If plans push through, two of the country’s most prestigious collegiate leagues would soon operate under one roof as BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive director Patrick Gregorio yesterday revealed the possibility of a merger between the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

He said exploratory talks between top officials of both leagues have yielded positive results.

Gregorio, a University of the Philippines (UP) alumnus, said both UP chancellor Sergio Cao and Mapua Institute of Technology president Dr. Reynaldo Vea overwhelmingly agreed to his proposal of putting the UAAP and the NCAA under the umbrella of a “super league.” He, however, still has to present an official concept paper to UP president Erlinda Roman next month.

Should Roman and the management committee of both leagues agree, an ad hoc committee will be immediately formed to oversee the affairs and interests of the merger.

UP, which will be celebrating its centennial anniversary, will be the host of UAAP Season 72 while the Mapua will inherit next year’s hosting reins from Jose Rizal University (JRU).

“We want something exciting, dramatic and uniquely radical for the UP centennial celebration,” Gregorio said, hinting that the so-called “super league” will be known as the UAAP-NCAA Centennial Cup. “This is a mega event that has never happened before and it will be surely beneficial for both leagues.”

Gregorio, however, did not clarify if the merger will only last for a year to benefit UP’s centennial celebrations.

Gregorio also said he already approached Rickie Santos, technical operations chief of the Philippine Basketball Association, to draw several league formats from where officials of both the UAAP and the NCAA could choose from.

He said the format should be beneficial to all the participating schools and should not affect their academic calendars.

“Imagine how exciting it can be if all those schools will be fighting out for one prestigious trophy. As long as the intention is sincere, I know it can be done,” Gregorio said, claiming that he has the full backing of BAP-SBP president Manny Pangilinan, chief patron of UAAP’s Ateneo de Manila University and NCAA’s San Beda College.

Aside from UP and Ateneo, De La Salle University, University of Santo Tomas, University of the East, National University, Adamson University and Far Eastern University comprise the UAAP while the NCAA has Mapua, JRU, San Beda, San Sebastian College, Letran College, Perpetual Help Dalta System, College of Saint Benilde and Philippine Christian University under its roof.

batangueño
01-29-2008, 09:48 AM
UAAP ‘Peeping Tom’ ref charged
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer (http://sports.inquirer.net/breakingnews/breakingnews/view/20080129-115411/UAAP-Peeping-Tom-ref-charged)
First Posted 02:45:00 01/29/2008


MANILA, Philippines -- Several UAAP women’s volleyball players on Monday filed charges of child abuse and undue vexation against a football referee, accusing him of video voyeurism.

The suspect, UAAP football referee Dennis Balore, was caught taking videos of players in the women’s showers of the Blue Eagle Gym at the Ateneo de Manila University on Sunday afternoon using his mobile phone.

Among those who filed the charges were players of University of the East, Far Eastern University, De La Salle University and University of Santo Tomas.

“Nine players, including two minors from UE already filed complaints; we’re expecting the other schools to formally log their complaint (in the coming days),” Major Cherry Lou Donato, chief administrator of the Quezon City Police District Criminal Investigation Unit, said Monday.

Balore, an accredited referee of the Philippine Football Federation, remains detained at Camp Karingal in Quezon City. The 30-year-old game official is married and resides in Tondo, Manila.

“Sabi niya napag-tripan lang (He said it was just for kicks),” said Donato.

Unjust vexation is a bailable offense, but because some of the players were aged below 18, Balore also faces child abuse charges, which carry a 12-year maximum imprisonment penalty and an P80,000 bail.

Aside from the individual players’ complaints, the UAAP board will also discuss if a separate case will be filed against Balore.

“The incident caused a commotion,” said athletic director Edwin Barber of the University of the Philippines, host of the volleyball competitions.

Ricky Palou, Ateneo’s representative to the UAAP board, said the school will enforce tighter security measures during the games.

“We’re now assigning a guard to make sure that only players can use the area,” said Palou.

The police report said that Balore was caught perched on the wall dividing the men and women’s shower rooms. His confiscated mobile phone showed videos of the players in various forms of undress.

The Philippine Football Federation said it will wait for the official report of the National Capital Region Football Association before acting on Balore’s case.

amdgc82
02-05-2008, 06:33 AM
http://www.mb.com.ph/SPRT20080205116266.html

Ateneo aims to end UAAP title drought
By WAYLON GALVEZ

Determined to end a series of misfortunes, Ateneo has lined up several pre-season tournaments this summer, including the possibility of joining a training camp in the United States.

This was bared by team manager Paolo Trillo yesterday as the Blue Eagles lay down the groundwork for an honest-to-goodness preparation for the coming 71st UAAP season.

According to Trillo, the Katipunan-based team, which finished third in the last UAAP season, will be joining the Nike Basketball Tournament as well as the FIL-OIL Champions Cup this summer.

"We’re definitely joining these two tournaments, it is part of our training and preparation for the UAAP," Trillo said.

As for their training abroad, Trillo said school officials, with the help of alumni like telecommunications mogul Manny V. Pangilinan, are still finalizing the details of the US trip.

"We haven’t finalized anything yet," Trilllo added.

Last year, the Eagles attended the Joe Abunassar training camp in Carson City near Los Angeles.

Trillo also said that guard Chris Tiu has expressed intentions to focus with Ateneo’s training instead of joining the PBL second conference set to open on Feb. 23.

Noosa Shoes, a new team in the PBL, is reportedly interested in tapping the services of Tiu, the 5-foot-11 guard who is considered as one of the best shooters in the amateur ranks today.

Tiu, who is in Hong Kong right now, said he’s still undecided whether to play in the PBL or not.

In his text message, Tiu said: "I still haven’t decided. I want to play (in the PBL) to gain exposure before the UAAP but I also need to give time to the Ateneo team, especially the rookies."

Tiu helped Ateneo forced a rubber-match with archrival De La Salle University after scoring the game-winner in a 65-64 win in last year’s Final Four. But the Eagles came short of barging to the UAAP Finals when the Green Archers scored a 65-60 win in their do-or-die game.

LightningMan
02-13-2008, 08:26 AM
4 blue-chip rookies joining Blue Eagles

Philippine Star
By Joey Villar
Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Ateneo is laying the groundwork for a formidable unit in the coming UAAP cage wars and is eyeing to enlist four of the finest players to have come out of the high school ranks – Ryan Buenafe, Nicolas Salva, Justin Chua and Vince Burke.

The four, the most sought after players in the off-season, have all taken the compulsory college entrance examination, hoping to hurdle the last block that would enable them to join the Blue Eagles in the 2008-09 UAAP season.

“They’ve all taken the entrance examination and we would know the results next week,” Ateneo board representative Ricky Palou told The STAR yesterday.

Ateneo thus beat rival schools, including reigning UAAP champion De La Salle, back-to-back NCAA titlist San Beda and San Sebastian, in acquiring the services of Buenafe, Salva, Chua and Burke.

Buenafe played high school ball for San Sebastian, which he steered to three straight NCAA titles, including last year where he ran away with the MVP honors following at least four triple-double efforts.

Salva was the main man for the Red Cubs that made it to the NCAA Final Four.

The 6-5 Chua, for his part, was a former Chiang Kai Shek star while Burke, another 6-5 cager, is an American out of Faith Academy, the same school where Ateneo sophomore Kirk Long came from.

If they make it to the team, Buenafe, Salva, Chua and Burke will be joining a talented roster that includes Chris Tiu, Nonoy Baclao, Rabeh Al Hussaini, Jai Reyes, Yuri Escueta, Ken Barracoso and Eric Salamat.

“These are talented rookies, I’m sure they would create a big impact for Ateneo this season,” said Palou.

The arrival of the four blue-chip recruits should make the Eagles, who last won six years ago, a major title contender in the coming season.

batangueño
02-20-2008, 10:55 PM
Lady Tams kick Tigresses out of UAAP volleyball semis
GMANews.tv (http://www.gmanews.tv/story/81468/Lady-Tams-kick-Tigresses-out-of-UAAP-volleyball-semis)
02/20/2008 | 09:51 PM


Games Sunday
24 February 2008
The Arena

2 p.m. – FEU vs AdU (Women's Finals)
4 p.m. – FEU vs UST (Men's Finals)


Far Eastern University defeated and eliminated University of Santo Tomas, 25-19, 25-19, 15-25, 21-25, 15-9, in the UAAP women's volleyball semifinals on Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan.

According to a UAAP statement, Shaira Gonzalez led the Lady Tams in ousting the defending tilists UST Tigresses and arranging a finals duel with the Adamson University Lady Falcons which triumphed over Atendeo de Manila University Lady Blue Eagles, 25-19, 26-24, 25-16, in the other semifinals match.

"Hindi ko na sila binigyan ng instruction sa fifth set, diskarte na lang ang nagpanalo sa amin," Lady Tams coach Nes Pamilar said. "Sinabi ko na lang sa kanila na magtiwala na lamang sa sarili nila at ginawa nila."

FEU will try to bag their 29th women's title starting Sunday against Adamson.

The pumped up Michelle Segodine posted 16 hits while teammate Sang Laguilles had 13 for the Lady Falcons, who are targeting their first ever league championship.

stonecold316
02-21-2008, 12:36 AM
Congrats to FEU. You deserved the win!

UST gave their best and that is all that matters. "We win a LOT and we lose one." Ganun talaga ang buhay. Si coach August nag sorry pa through text message at natalo nga ang team but I told him na manalo, matalo the UST alumni, students and supporters will be behind them all the way.

May Season 71 pa naman and I'm confident with the return of Bernal (baka mag masters), Aiza Maizo and Vida Gutierrez, malakas pa rin ang USTe. Aside from that, may mga new recruits pa rin ang coaching staff so there is still eniugh reason for us UST supporters to remain hopeful and have a smile on our faces despite the loss of our women's volleyball team.

VIVA STO. TOMAS
VIVA LA LIGA EL TOMASINO!

stonecold316

myktristan
02-22-2008, 04:41 PM
The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) will formally bid to host next year’s Diamond Ball when the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Central Board meets in Chicago, United States on Dec. 7 to 9.


This was bared by SBP President, telecommunications mogul Manny V. Pangilinan, during the association’s opening of its main office Saturday night at the Philsports Complex in Pasig City.

"We’ll send one or two of our people to lobby to the FIBA board so we can host the Diamond Ball," said Pangilinan.

FIBA actually set the Diamond Ball from July 29 to Aug. 1 2008, or eight days before the Beijing Olympics.

It’s an invitational tournament composed of national teams of Argentina, Angola, Russia, Australia, Iran, and the Philippines.

The Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) also presented its bid to host the said tournament, which started in 2000 in Hong Kong.

"The Philippines is really an ideal venue (for the Diamond Ball)," said SBP Executive Director Patrick Gregorio, adding that the association and television company Solar Sports will underwrite the P30 million project.

Gregorio said that the SBP already submitted its proposal to host the event two weeks ago and he expressed confidence that the country has a strong chance to win the bid, saying: "the Olympics is already in China."

"Our focus right now is the Diamond Ball. It’s a very big project," said Gregorio. "We’ll be sending a PBA-caliber team to play in that event."

Meanwhile, TAO Corporation, a pharmaceutical and distribution company, pledged P76.5 million to develop the youth 18-and-under program (men’s/women’s) of the SBP.

"It’s an exciting program. We didn’t forget the youth," said Gregorio. "Aside from P76.5 million, the youth pool will be given scholarships and board and lodging."

The men’s youth, handled by many-time national player and champion mentor Franz Pumaren, will play in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) in May 2008 in Malaysia.

"The formation of the team will start next week," said Gregorio.

http://www.mb.com.ph/SPRT20071126109763.html

batangueño
03-02-2008, 04:45 PM
BREAKING NEWS: The FEU Lady Tamaraws won their 30th UAAP women's volleyball championship title this afternoon by defeating the Adamson Lady Falcons, 3-2, earlier at The Arena in San Juan.

The Most Valuable Player award in women's volleyball was awarded to FEU Lady Tamaraw Wendy Anne Semana.

Congratulations to Wendy and the rest of the FEU WVT!

Dark Knight
03-02-2008, 04:53 PM
Yeah, parang UE vs DLSU. UE is Adamson. FEU failed to defeat the Falcons in the elims and playoff. FEU is DLSU who is the underdog but upsets Adamson.

Set 1 ADU
Set2 FEU
Set 3 ADU (FEU almost won this set. They led 22 - 17)
Set 4 FEU
Set 5 FEU

Morada was given 3 warnings and was almost ejected. Segodine who taunts very effectively also gaven a warning. Kudos to graduating players Semana of FEU and Jackie So of Adamson.

Cute pa rin si Laguilles. Chubby. I like her than Daquis. ;D

batangueño
03-02-2008, 05:08 PM
Dark Knight: Ako naman, I liked Shaira Gonzalez. Magandang bata. Sayang at wala na ang UST WVT at UP WVT kasi nandoon ang crushes ko na sina Rhea Dimaculangan (UST) at Jolina Hernandez (UP). ;D

UAAP volleyball has entered a new generation as far as popularity is concerned. Next season, expect UAAP volleyball games to be more popular than ever and venues such as The Arena in San Juan packed to the rafters during big volleyball games (e.g. FEU vs UST, Season 70 rematch). :)

batangueño
03-02-2008, 07:32 PM
BREAKING NEWS: the UST Growling Tigers won the UAAP Season 71 men's volleyball championship title by defeating the FEU Tamaraws, 3-2, in the game held earlier at The Arena in San Juan.

Reno Roque of the UST Growling Tigers was most valuable player for UAAP men's volleyball this season.

Congratulations to the FEU Lady Tamaraws and the UST Growling Tigers for winning their respective UAAP volleyball championship titles this season. :)

stonecold316
03-04-2008, 07:10 PM
UST, FEU bag men’s, women’s volleyball titles at UAAP
03/03/2008 | 10:48 PM

The University of Santo Tomas (UST) Tiger Spikers bucked the odds to defeat champions Far Eastern University (FEU) in five-sets to bag the 70th UAAP men’s volleyball title Sunday night before a big crowd at The Arena in San Juan.

Open spiker Rene Roque, who bagged the Most Valuable Player (MVP) trophy award, had a slow start but scored six crucial points down the stretch to help his team pull off the hard-earned victory.

The victory was sweet for the España-based spikers as they dethroned an FEU-squad that has won three-straight UAAP men’s volleyball crown since 2005.

The Morayta-based spikers were looking for a four-peat of sorts in Sunday's game but were stopped in their tracks by a UST squad determined to bring back lost glory in the sport.

UST last won a men’s volleyball crown in 2003.

The Tiger Spikers were led by the 22 points of Henry James Pecana, followed by John Paul Torres’ 13 and Rene John Balse who also contributed 13 markers.

UST head coach Emil Lontoc said his boy’s composure proved to be the key to their five-set thriller victory.

"When we lost the fourth set, I told the boys na sundin lang ang plays namin at i-contain si (Edjet) Mabbayad (FEU player)," Lontoc told GMANews.TV in a phone interview. "It was a good thing sumunod sila at nakuha namin ang korona.”

Lontoc said that the boisterous FEU crowd did not rattle the morale of his players, who are mostly rookies and sophomores.

"Prior to the start of the championship series, I told them (players) not to be affected by the crowd," he said. "Laruin lang nila ang mga plays at makukuha namin ang titolo."

The victory was also sweet for graduating players Jerome Say and second setter Glenn Artajos as this was the first time they won a championship.

FEU defeats Adamson

In the women's division, FEU defeated the Adamson in five setsto the bag the title.

FEU’s Wendyanne Semana was named MVP in the women’s division. The Lady Tamaraws last won the crown in the 2002-03 season.

Felicitas Francisco, UAAP board becretary, and Fr. Ermito De Sagon, UAAP president, led the awarding ceremonies.

Scores

First Game (Women’s)

FEU def. ADU (3-2): 14-25 , 25-19 , 23-25 , 25-21 , 15-9

Shakey's Best Player of the Game: Anna Camille Abanto Season 70 Most Valuable Player: Wendyanne Semana

Second Game (Men’s)

UST def. FEU (3-2): 25-20 , 23-25 , 25-19 , 20-25 , 15-11

Season 70 Most Valuable Player: Rene Roque

gameface_one
06-05-2008, 08:32 AM
UAAP Preview

La Salle likes underdog image

By NICK GIONGCO
mb.com.ph

Decimated by the departure of five veterans, including two dribblers who played key roles in last year’s campaign, La Salle declines to paint a rosy picture of what’s in store for the defending champion Green Archers in the fast-approaching 71st season of the UAAP basketball wars.


"It’s going to be hard when you lose your top players," said head coach Franz Pumaren, referring to star guards TY Tang and Cholo Villanueva, who will be joined in the stands cheering for the Archers by fellow ‘graduates’ Brian Ilad, Kish Co and OJ Cua when hostilities kick off July 5.

With Tang and Villanueva’s exit, La Salle’s offensive pattern will revolve around JV Casio, Rico Maierhofer and Bader Malabes, who all made waves in last year’s incredible comeback.

Of course, there’ll be somebody who will be tasked to fill the void and Pumaren is upbeat that Maui Villanueva, Joshua Webb and LA Revilla will rise to the occasion and help Pumaren win his fifth UAAP crown since calling the shots for the Taft-based squad in 1998.

Making Pumaren sound concerned in his title-retention bid is the fact that while his team is aching with the departure of key players, chief rival Ateneo and perennial title contenders University of Santo Tomas, Far Eastern University and last year’s runner-up University of the East are shoring up their rosters.

Pumaren singles out Norman Black’s Blue Eagles, who went on another training stint in the US.

"Ateneo is not only US-trained but it is US-coached as well," said Pumaren, who had to walk the tight-rope against the Eagles on their way to last year’s best-of-three finals that the Archers swept at the expense of UE.

"Ateneo, UST, FEU and UE are teams to watch out for this season," Pumaren said. "They would all be very competitive."

Apart from Ateneo, Pumaren points to Glenn Capacio’s Tamaraws as livewire foes.

"That (FEU) team is intact and loaded with players who are listed as sophomores but are actually veterans in terms of playing skills," said Pumaren, whose team is making the on-going Nike Summer League hoopfest as an avenue to flex its muscles and scrape off rust.

"Right now, my team is 60 percent (ready)," Pumaren said.

In the Summer League, La Salle will play Feati on Thursday at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum in the hopes of advancing to the semifinals.

Also in contention are San Beda, UE, FEU, Ateneo, Mapua and Lyceum.

gameface_one
06-06-2008, 11:58 AM
UAAP Preview

FEU coach plans to give rivals a scare

By Nick Giongco
mb.com.ph

Glenn Capacio, head coach of the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws, is no longer content with giving the opposition a scare.


In the 71st season of the UAAP basketball wars which gets off the ground on July 5, Capacio wants the Tamaraws to give their foes a taste of hell.

"Last year, my team gave the other teams – even the top squads – a run for their money," said Capacio yesterday.

"But this season, that won’t be enough," said the second-year coach of the multi-titled Morayta-based team.

"What I want to achieve is to win as many games as possible and not simply giving our opponents a big scare because I think we already have gone past that stage. While it was nice to hear that we gave them fits, in the end, we still didn’t make it."

"I believe this team has maturity right now and I hope this will help us achieve bigger things," said Capacio.

Gone are Sanny Abaring and Alfred Gerilla, but Capacio has worthy replacements led by 6-4 Robert Kave, a wiry forward from Papua New Guinea.

Forming the tip of the Tamaraws’ horns are Ric Cawaling, Marnel Baracael and Paul Sanga.

Still, the road to the finals would still be rough and rocky.

"It’s going to be hard not only for us but for the remaining teams because UE (University of the East) is going to be the team to watch out for," said Capacio.

Save for a one or two teams, all the other five schools have either spruced up their lineups or gained lots of experience.

"UE’s lineup is solid," said Capacio, obviously in awe of last year’s second-placer.

"This season, every win is going to count and every mistake is going to cost a team a lot," added Capacio, whose first game will be against Adamson on opening day on July 5.

The_Big_Cat
06-17-2008, 04:12 PM
Eagles putting accent on defense – Black
By Joey Villar
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Tuesday, June 17, 2008

For all its offensive threats, Ateneo said it would need to polish its defense to get a crack at the championship in the coming UAAP cage wars.

“Defense is going to be our battle cry this UAAP season,” said Ateneo coach Norman Black moments after steering the Loyola-based squad to the Nike Summer League crown with a thrilling 65-64 victory over University of the East at the Philsports Arena last Sunday.

It was Chris Tiu’s offensive skills that clinched the Eagles’ come-from-behind victory over the Warriors. But Black maintained it was their defense that carried them through in the tough pre-season tournament among the country’s top collegiate teams.

“La Salle and UE are known for their defense. We can’t beat teams like them if we don’t play defense like they do,” said Black, still searching for a big win in the collegiate league after bagging 10 titles in the PBA, including a Grand Slam with San Miguel.

However, Black has opted to downplay the Eagles‘ recent success, saying it shouldn’t be considered as a gauge of their strength since the real battle will come a few weeks from now.

“Our win didn’t prove anything yet. We still have more work to do, we haven’t really practiced and trained that much,” said Black, who has in his arsenal a crack roster of shooters in Tiu, Eric Salamat and talented rookie Ryan Buenafe.

But in the Nike league where he defended the wing superbly, the streak-shooting Tiu showed he could also play tough defense.

“He’s our main man, the heart and soul of the team. The young guys look up to him,” said Black of Tiu, who hit the game-winner against the Warriors the way he does in the UAAP.

Aside from Tiu, Black is expected to pin his hopes on Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Noy Baclao, Salamat and Buenafe, the 2007 NCAA high school MVP out of San Sebastian, when the Eagles open their campaign in the 71st season of the UAAP.

Others tipped to make the UAAP team are Jai Reyes, Yuri Escueta, Jobe Nkemakolam, Kirk Long, Bacon Austria and rookies Justin Chua, Nico Salva and Vince Burke.

The_Big_Cat
06-17-2008, 04:14 PM
Ateneo still a work in progress
Manila Bulletin
Kristel Satumbaga
June 17, 2008

Despite a strong performance in the pre-season tournaments, coach Norman Black believes Ateneo is still far from the team he envisioned it to be.

"We still have more work to do. We haven’t really practiced and trained together that much," said Black after steering the Eagles to the Nike Summer League championship at the expense of University of the East last Sunday.

Before beating the Warriors in the finals, the Eagles downed La Salle in the semis, a victory that augurs well in their preparation for the UAAP wars starting July 5.

In capturing the Nike event, Ateneo prevented UE from winning back-to-back pre-season tournaments. The Warriors had earlier won the FilOil Invitational at the expense of NCAA defending champion San Beda College a few days earlier.

Black said conditioning is one of the aspects they need to improve further.

"We have a long way to go, there’s our conditioning to think of," Black said. "I think so far, we are 70 percent fit."

"If we are in top shape, then everything follows – offense and defense," said Black.

Black, however, is more concerned with their defensive strategy.

"For us to beat strong teams and make it to the top, we have to really work on that," Black said.

"Our performances in summer leagues still didn’t prove us anything yet. The real battle has yet to begin," he added.

The exit of Zion Laterre and Claiford Arao, who played vital roles in the past campaigns, created a big vacuum but Black is convinced his other players are ready to take the challenge.

And the player Black’s hopes to lead his team is Chris Tiu.

According to Black, the 5-foot-11 Tiu has already matured and can now be depended on both ends of the court.

"The guys look up to him. He’s the heart and soul of the team," Black said.

He said that Tiu along Nike Summer League’s Most Valuable Player Eric Salamat, center Rabeh Al-Hussaini, and Noy Baclao will make up the backbone of the team.

Also worth watching is former NCAA MVP and rookie Ryan Buenafe who is likely to provide the needed firepower with his wide array of moves.

Black can also count on Jai Reyes, Jobe Nkemakolam and Yuri Escueta.

Ateneo won its last UAAP title in 2002 when the team was still then backstopped by Rich Alvarez, Larry Fonacier, LA Tenorio, Wesley Gonzales and Enrico Villanueva – all are now playing in the pro ranks.

Last year, the Eagles only made it to the semis which is considered by many die-hard Ateneo fans as a disappointment considering that bitter-rival La Salle won the championship.

nicksy
06-25-2008, 02:12 AM
UAAP to amend ‘Warriors rule’?
By Joey Villar
Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The UAAP (University Athletic Association of the Philippines) is mulling over giving more privileges to a team that could pull off a 14-game sweep in the eliminations starting this season.

Herc Callanta of the University of the Phils., this year’s host, said the board chaired by UP chancellor Sergio Cao is seriously considering to give the team that would sweep the double-round elims with a twice-to-beat advantage in the finals. The current UAAP rule gives only the team an outright berth in the best-of-three championship.

“The feeling of some is that the present rule has taken away the advantage that is given to a team that sweeps the eliminations,” said Callanta in yesterday’s PSA Forum at the Shakey’s UN Ave.

Callanta, who was accompanied by UP athletic director Edwin Barber and Ateneo board representative Ricky Palou, said the issue is one of the topics that will be discussed in the UAAP board meeting on Friday at the College of Human Kinetics in UP Diliman.

Callanta was referring to University of the East’s feat last season where the Warriors swept the 14 games in the elims only to be swept by La Salle in the best-of-three finale.

Observers noted the Warriors groped for form in the final since they had to wait for over a month for the semis to be completed.

For his part, Barber said that all teams seeing action in the 71st UAAP basketball tournament firing off July 5 will be allowed to field in 16 players this year.

There are also suggestions to implement new rules like giving a team a chance to challenge a three-point field goal at any point of the game and suspending the possession arrow rule only in the last two minutes of the game.

“The two new rules are going to be voted upon in the board meeting,” said Barber. “Since these are not stated in the FIBA rules, these are going to be considered more or less as ground rules.”

The rule in allowing each team to enlist a maximum of two foreign players with only one to play at a time will also be tackled. The league will also make it official the prohibition of the use of pro-grip, an adhesive used to prevent the ball from slipping from one’s hands.

http://www.philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=49&type=2&sec=30&aid=20080624168

full battle gear
06-25-2008, 09:49 AM
UAAP new rules proposed

By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 23:29:00 06/24/2008


MANILA, Philippines -- New basketball rules may change the complexion of the games when the 71st University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) season kicks off on July 5.

The "Challenge Rule" and the "Suspension of the Possession Arrow" were among the changes agreed upon by league coaches and lined up for approval by the UAAP board on Friday.

"We expect a better season with teams like UE and FEU as major contenders. Definitely La Salle will have a hard time defending their championship," said Ricky Palou, Ateneo's representative to the UAAP board, during the PSA Forum Tuesday.

The "Challenge Rule" allows teams to contest a three-point shot only once the entire game, as oppose to the NCAA's similarly new “Challenge Rule” that allows teams to contest buzzer-beating shots at the end of the quarters.

Coaches have also opted to suspend the use of the possession arrow in the last two minutes of the game and revert to the jump ball.

"We found out there were games when some teams have taken advantage of the possession arrow," said UAAP basketball tournament coordinator Edwin Barber.

The league has been employing the possession arrow, which determines ball possession the rest of the game following the jump ball in the opening tip. The arrow alternates direction after every held-ball situation.

Also up for review is the rule on the elimination round sweep after the University of the East pulled off the feat last season by sweeping all 14 games and clinching an outright Finals berth.

But the Archers ended up capturing the crown over the Warriors, who got sidelined for almost a month as three other teams dispute the remaining Finals slot.

Over a decade ago, a team completing a sweep automatically earns the championship. But the league altered the rule after the University of Santo Tomas automatically bagged the title following a 14-0 sweep in 1993.

"It has been discussed; a sweep is a rare occasion," said UAAP secretary-treasurer Herc Callanta of host University of the Philippines.

Before the UAAP board meets on Friday, the eligibility committee will screen the eight teams' rosters Wednesday.

Sepak takraw as a demonstration sport this season and other sports bidding for inclusion such as dancesport will also be deliberated.

"We have to see the viability and the impact of the event," said Callanta.

The league, unveiling the theme "Filipino leadership through sports excellence," will fire off on July 5 at the Araneta Coliseum with FEU and Adamson clashing at 2 p.m., followed by the 4 p.m. main game between UE and UST.

Rivals Ateneo and La Salle clash in a 4 p.m. blockbuster game on July 6, right after the 2 p.m. match between National University and UP.

full battle gear
06-25-2008, 09:54 AM
UAAP ponders ‘challenge’ rule

By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA
www.mb.com.ph


Wide-ranging changes that could alter the complexion of the coming UAAP basketball tournament will be discussed during the league's board meeting on Friday.

Topics include plans to give an unbeaten team a well-deserved incentive, using the so-called challenge rule recently adopted by the NCAA and the possible inclusion of an indigenous sport in the calendar.

UAAP secretary-treasurer and board member Hercules Callanta of host University of the Philippines said the UAAP may use the "challenge" rule which the NCAA has adopted beginning this season.

Under this setup, a team may challenge a referee's decision whether a shot was taken from the three-point area or not.

In the incentive plan to be proposed to the board, Callanta said a team that sweeps the 14-game two-round elimination not only gets the first finals seat but also a twice-to-beat advantage.

"It was one of the issues brought up some time ago. Some of the members felt the present rule has taken away the advantage that is given to a team that sweeps the eliminations," Callanta said.

Last year, University of the East won all 14 games in the elims but had to battle elimination round second placer La Salle in a best-of-three title series which it eventually lost.

The board took credence to the reports that the Warriors lost their competitive fire while waiting for the other finalist. The Warriors waited for almost three weeks before their title series with the Archer started.

League officials also would like to suspend the use of the possession arrow in the last two minutes of the game to make the game interesting.

They also are looking at prohibiting the use of ‘pro grip’ saying it gives undue advantage to players using it.

Callanta is confident these innovations will be approved by league members since all are aimed at improving competition and avoiding controversies.

Apart from reviewing the rules, the board is also considering the addition of sepak takraw, a sport popular in the region and an event played in the Southeast Asian Games.

The Philippine Amateur Sepak Takraw Association has already submitted a proposal asking the league to introduce the sport as a demonstration event in the coming UAAP.

The inclusion of the event in the UAAP calendar, according to the sepak takraw association, would boost the popularity of the sport.

"We’re trying to analyze that proposal, " Callanta said. "We wanted to support their program of showcasing the sports’ heritage because it has an audience in the Southeast Asian Games."

Callanta added the proposal’s approval will depend on the impact of the sport not only among member schools, but also in the country.

To be accepted, the sport must gain the participation of at least four school members.

Apart from sepak takraw, the sports association of dance sports is also knocking on the UAAP’s door although it has yet to submit its formal proposal.

Meantime, the UAAP Board has already approved the inclusion of junior fencing as a demo sport.

nicksy
06-28-2008, 12:31 AM
UAAP OKs bonus rule for sweep

Saturday, June 28, 2008

The UAAP yesterday drew up a new incentive rule for the coming basketball competitions, giving more privileges to a team that could post a sweep of the double-round elims.

Under the scheme, the team scoring the rare feat will gain an outright final berth where it will need two wins to clinch the crown. The challenger, to emerge from the stepladder semis, will need three wins to pull off the reversal.

“The board decided to give value to the team that could sweep the elimination round because it felt that a sweep is rare and the team that could accomplish such feat should be rewarded,” said Herc Callanta of Season 71 host University of the Phils.

Far Eastern U’s board representative Anton Montinola said the new rule will also help negate the “rust factor,” similar to what happened to University of the East last season when, after a sweep of 14 games, it had to wait for nearly a month to determine its rival for the championship.

Observers noted the long wait proved costly for the Dindo Pumaren-mentored Warriors, who came into the finals a bit rusty and were subsequently swept by the La Salle Archers in a best-of-three series.

The new format marks the first time that the league will institute a change in its rules since adopting the Final Four format.

In the early 90s, the school which swept the elims claimed the outright crown like what University of Santo Tomas did in 1993 on its way to a celebrated four-peat feat.

“It’s in this premise that the board decided to approve this rule because we want to encourage this rare accomplishment,” said Montinola.

The board also approved a pair of new rules, one suspending the possession arrow in favor of a jump ball in the last two minutes of the game and the other the “instant replay” where the commissioner would rely on videos to check if a shot is a two-pointer or a three-pointer without stopping the play.

The league earlier allowed all teams to field in a maximum of 16 players.

The UAAP also gave more powers to the commissioner (Chito Narvasa) with regard to the conduct of players, officials and coaches on the court. – Joey Villar

http://www.philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=49&type=2&sec=30&aid=20080627148

full battle gear
06-28-2008, 08:55 AM
Additional incentive for UAAP sweep

By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:01:00 06/28/2008


MANILA, Philippines--Here's one more incentive for a UAAP sweep.

Aside from clinching an outright Finals berth, a squad that wins all 14 assignments in the elimination round will only need to win twice in the championship round. Its opponent, however, must win three times.

"A sweep is a rare occasion," said UAAP secretary-treasurer Herc Callanta yesterday after approving the league amendment in yesterday's board meeting at host school University of the Philippines.

"We want to give due recognition to the team that sweeps the elimination round; it's really hard to do," said Anton Montinola, Far Eastern University's representative to the board.

The University of the East, mentored by Dindo Pumaren, pulled off the feat last season with a 14-0 sweep to clinch an outright Finals berth.

But La Salle ended up capturing the crown in its best-of-three title series against the Warriors, who were inactive for almost a month as three other teams disputed the remaining Finals slot.

Over a decade ago, teams completing a sweep earned the championship outright. But the league altered the rule after the University of Santo Tomas automatically captured the title after winning 14 games in 1993.

"It's okay," Pumaren said of the new rule. "We're still proud of our 14-0 sweep last year. We just have to keep on trying to win the championship."

The UAAP board also decided to suspend the use of the possession arrow in the last two minutes of the game and revert to the jump ball.

The 7st UAAP season will fire off on July 5 at the Araneta Coliseum.

Howard the Duck
06-28-2008, 07:48 PM
so parang best of 5 series?


pinahaba pa nila ang playoffs? sembreak na may laro pa rin :o

gameface_one
07-03-2008, 08:49 AM
From bottom, Maroons have nowhere else to go but up



By JONAS TERRADO
mb.com.ph

Having lost all its 14 games last season, the 71st UAAP season host University of the Philippines has turned into a former UP graduate in the hope of turning the team’s fortunes around in the next few years.


The Fighting Maroons has tapped many-time assistant Aboy Castro, a chemical engineering graduate, to be Joe Lipa’s successor in the year where State U celebrates in centennial anniversary.

Castro, a many-time assistant in the amateur and the pro ranks, as well as with the RP national team, will bring his credentials and coaching system to a rebuilding Maroons squad that lost by an average of 20.1 points a contest.

"Last season, we lost games by as many as 20 points or more," Castro said. "Our goal for this year is to be able to be a competitive team, especially during the fourth quarter," Castro said.

UP hasn’t been to the final four since 1997 and to dig deeper into that, it has been 22 years ago since Lipa and center Benjie Paras hoisted the UAAP crown.

While Castro wants to see a winning team in due time, he has to go through the tough stretches of fixing the team from scratch.

"It’s going to be a long process," Castro said. "It’s not going to be done overnight so we’re in it for the long haul."

UP enters the season with its core intact, led by last year’s leading scorer Mike Gamboa, along with fellow third-year standouts Migs de Asis, Martin Reyes, and 2006 rookie of the year Woody Co.

Gamboa, one of the exciting guards in the league, was a top contender for the Rookie of the Year honor but lost it after they failed to win a single game.

He hopes to reprise his stellar role again.

The loss of VJ Serios and Soc Rivera in the frontline will make room for former RP Youth member Kevin Astorga, and lanky southpaw Magi Sison, who had a stint with San Mig Coffee in the PBL.

Prized addition Mike Silungan, who put up nearly 20 points a game during the Nike Summer League, could have helped the team this year. However, Silungan carries a dual citizenship which would require him to serve a two-year residency.

Despite that, Castro hopes to have him fully developed once he is eligible to play.

For now, sa Team B muna siya and let him play in the Father Martin tournaments," he said.

State U will not bolster any rookies for the coming wars but several players from Team B have been elevated such as guard Paul Sorongon and Mark Anthony Reyes. Both came in high-profile exposures during the preseason as Sorongon joined Sison in the PBL’s Coffee Kings for limited minutes, while Reyes spent some time in the national youth team.

"It’s good to see both of them get some exposure in a high-profile level," Castro mentioned on his two players. "Nakakadagdag din ng kumpinsiya ang makasali sa PBL and sa RP Youth and madadala mo yung experience na nakuha nila going into the UAAP."

Aside from a new coach, the team also added some new faces in the coaching staff in PBA legend Jerry Codinera and former Far Eastern University Baby Tamaraws head coach Potit de Vera.

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07-04-2008, 06:55 AM
Despite injuries, UST coach confident

By JONAS TERRADO
www.mb.com.ph


University of Santo Tomas head coach Pido Jarencio is not worried about which team will come out as a threat to their hopes of a second title in three years. He’s more concerned how his players will cope up with their respective injuries.

"Hanggang ngayon ‘di pa kami makumpleto sa praktis," Jarencio said. "Ang dami kong players na injured sa ngayon, kahit wala na silang commitments sa PBL di pa rin kami makumpleto."

The Growling Tigers has been dealt with injuries to key players such as sophomore sniper Khasim Mirza and PBL standouts Dylan Ababou and Jervy Cruz.

Ababou, who won another title as a member of the Harbour Centre, was sidelined for the remainder of the last Lipovitan Amino Sports Cup with an arm injury while the biggest blow came from Cruz, the reigning UAAP men’s basketball MVP.

Cruz suffered a freak accident during a PBL semifinal game, when as a member of Hapee Toothpaste he slipped on a wet surface during halftime warm-ups that resulted to a left hamstring injury.

While the 6-foot-4 big man played limited minutes during one game of the finals last May, Jarencio doesn’t expect him to play in full force come their opening game against University of the East.

"Tingin ko hindi pa siya ready sa opening day," said Jarencio, whose team meets heavily-favored University of the East in Saturday’s curtain-raiser at 2 p.m. "At least 70 percent na siguro siya sa ngayon."

If healthy, Cruz and Ababou are hard to stop, what with their experience and talents.

Allen Maliksi is also doubtful if he can play in their opening game.

Despite being invited to participate in the Nike Summer League and the Fil-Oil Flying V Invitational tournaments, UST shunned both tournaments. The Tigers instead played some scrimmage games against NCAA teams and other schools such as STI, while spending some time in the provinces such as Pampanga, La Union, and Legaspi City, Albay to train and play against local teams.

Although walking wounded, the rest of the UAAP coaches have put UST as one of the top favorites to win it all, having their key players from their title-winning squad from two seasons ago on the squad.

Jarencio dismissed such notion.

"Eight veterans kami at eight rookies at nawala pa sa amin si Anthony Espiritu, Jun Cortez, at si June Dizon," he commented.

Filling up for those losses are former De La Salle Zobel guard Jeric Fortuna and Jackson Wong, who Jarencio, a former UST Golden Glowie, believes will be the team’s surprise package. He will give starter Japs Cuan a much-needed help in running the plays for the team.

Jarencio hopes the Tigers would be fully recovered by the middle portion of the tournament in order to contend against the top teams such as UE, Far Eastern University, Ateneo de Manila, and defending champion De La Salle.

"Kapag nabuo na kami sana maganda ang mapakita namin," said Jarencio. "Basta sa court na lang namin papakita kung ano ang itatakbo team."

And he gave reminder: "Tandaan ninyo, maraming surprise ang team na ito."

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07-05-2008, 08:39 AM
UAAP 71st season under way
By Joey Villar
Saturday, July 5, 2008
www.philstar.com


University of the East and University of Santo Tomas face off in an early clash of favorites while Adamson hopes to flaunt its form against Far Eastern U as the men’s basketball tournament gets under way at the Araneta Coliseum today.

The Warriors, out to atone for their shattering foldup last year, and the Tigers slug it out at 4 p.m., each hoping to start out strong for the momentum in a season billed to be tougher than the previous one.

The Falcons, who made quite an impression with solid performances in the pre-season tournaments, take on the Tams in the 2 p.m. opener of a twinbill kicking off the 71st season of the country’s most prestigious varsity league.

“We hope to do well this year,” said UE coach Dindo Pumaren, whose wards posted a rare 14-game sweep in the elims last year only to lose twice and the title to the La Salle Archers in the finals.

The Warriors are up against a team still reeling from the injuries of six players, including reigning league MVP Jervy Cruz (pulled hamstring) and Dylan Ababou (elbow).

“We couldn’t practice as a team because six of my players are still recovering from injuries,” said UST mentor Pido Jarencio.

That should boost the Warriors’ bid to start off with a win although a repeat of their feat last year remains unlikely what with a practically level playing field.

La Salle, for one, is out to defend the crown while Ateneo looks formidable with a tall lineup. The two teams collide early in the season tomorrow, also at the Big Dome.

The FEU-Adamson encounter also promises to be a match to watch.

“We lost to them in one pre-season tournament, so I guess this is our second game against each other,” said FEU coach Glen Capacio.

Meanwhile, elaborate opening rites will be held at 1 p.m. with the traditional parade of the eight participating teams to be graced by heads of schools including league president and State U chancellor Sergio Cao.

Marcy Arellano, Elmer Espiritu, Hans Thiele, Pari Llagas, James Martinez and Paul Lee are expected to lead the charge for a UE team seeking to end a long 23-year drought.

“We’re smaller this year because we lost some of our big players,” said Pumaren referring to Mark Borboran and Kelvin Gregorio.

“But we’re quicker and more aggressive now, that’s our main advantage,” he added.

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07-05-2008, 08:43 AM
Graduation-hit Archers still deadly


Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 22:25:00 07/04/2008


MANILA, Philippines--It's always easy to pick the defending champion as the season's top seed.

But that isn't the case for the De La Salle Green Archers, who have been surprisingly rated as low as fourth by a couple of opposing teams.

Coach Franz Pumaren, though, knows exactly the reason behind the mercurial pre-season rankings.

"If you lose your top point guard in TY Tang and if you lose your clutch shooter in Cholo Villanueva, it's probably debatable," said Pumaren of his Archers' back-to-back title chances.

"We lost key personnel and also quality big men. I've seen a lot of areas we still need to work on. We're working on it, and hopefully, we'll be ready."

Yet even other squads agree that few teams can rebound from adversity like the Archers. Just last season, no one expected them to capture the crown a year after serving a one-year suspension from the league.

And the Archers pulled off the impressive feat by mowing down the erstwhile unbeaten University of the East in the best-of-three championship series.

"The competition will be tougher since we have well-balanced teams," said Pumaren.

There's no question that the Archers still remain loaded with the return of streaky shooter JV Casio along with lanky big man Rico Maierhofer and the recruitment of a bumper crop of rookies.

But Pumaren opted to be cautious with Casio and several other support cast coming off various injuries sustained during the summer.

"Injured players are limited to certain activities, so hopefully, everyone will recover in time this season," said Pumaren, who will also welcome back PJ Walsham, James Mangahas, Peejay Barua, Simon Atkins and Bader Malabes.

Former La Salle Zobel standout Joshua Webb, grandson of former pro Freddie Webb, leads the freshman class that includes Manoj Kumar Chandumal, the reigning MVP in the Filipino Indian Basketball League; Jovet Mendoza of the National U Bullpups and LA Revilla of the San Beda Cubs, former Team B player Hyram Bagatsing and Japan-trained Maui Villanueva.

-- Jasmine W. Payo

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07-05-2008, 08:44 AM
Tigers have familiar battle cry


Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 23:03:00 07/04/2008

MANILA, Philippines--It has the makings of that magical run of 2006. There's a rash of injuries and a coach optimistic that his squad can overcome adversity and come out on top once again.

"The team is capable of pulling surprises," said University of Sto. Tomas coach Pido Jarencio, who rued his squad's inability to maximize the pre-season for preparations because of the injuries to key players.

The Tigers were also hit by injuries in the middle of the 2006 season, but roared back to life in the second round, before eventually nipping Ateneo in the best-of-three finals, a victory that ended a 10-year title drought.

Last season's Most Valuable Player Jervy Cruz has yet to fully recover from a hamstring injury he suffered while playing for Hapee in the PBL, while Dylan Ababou, who saw action for Harbour Centre, remains out because of a hand injury. Khasim Mirza, Francis Allera, Mark Canlas and Allein Maliksi are also nursing minor injuries.

"Our problem is that we are not always complete in practice," he said. "We don't have any advantage because our players in the PBL got injured. Plus we have eight rookies."

That's why Jarencio was quick to quash talk of UST being among the favorites.

"We are not that strong," he said. "We just finished fourth last year." The Tigers spent the pre-season traveling and playing tune-up games in Legazpi, Baguio and La Union.

Injuries and all, Jarencio still issued a familiar warning to the rest of the field.

"You know UST, we pick up in the second round," said Jarencio, who stressed that the three Ps: "Pride, Puso, Palaban" will remain their battle cry this season.

--Cedelf P. Tupas

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07-05-2008, 08:45 AM
Old mentor fires up Falcons


Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 22:50:00 07/04/2008

MANILA, Philippines--There are many reasons Adamson University is full of hope this season.

Topping the list is the return of Leo Austria, the mentor who steered the Falcons to the Final Four for the first time in 2006.

And immediately, the players have responded to the change as the Falcons pulled off several upsets in their pre-season run.

"There's an impression that we're strong this year," admitted Austria.

"We made an impact because we beat some of the top teams. But on paper, there's little change from our lineup this year. So it's a challenge for us to prove that we're a contender. "

Austria, who replaced coach Bogs Adornado, signed up with the Falcons anew after a one-year stint with Welcoat in the PBA.

And his top concern is the confidence of the squad that registered only two triumphs last year.

"We have to develop a winning attitude because for a long time, that's the problem of Adamson," said Austria.

Jerick Cañada, a much improved second-year point guard, is expected to lead the team along with the veteran pair of Paul Gonzalgo and Marc Agustin and rookie guard Alexander Nuyles. Manning the frontline are junior forward Rey Gorospe and new 6-foot-5 recruit Micahel Galinato.

Jasmine W. Payo

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07-05-2008, 08:45 AM
Maroons start rebuilding


Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 22:47:00 07/04/2008

MANILA, Philippines--It's an intimidating task for new mentor Aboy Castro to turn the fortunes around of a team that lost all 14 games last season by an average of 20.8 points.

So for Castro, the best approach is to clearly define the University of the Philippines Maroons' long and short-term goals. The immediate target, of course, is to halt the demoralizing winless run behind team top scorer Mike Gamboa, forward Woody Co and wingmen Migs de Asis and Martin Reyes.

"This season, we just want to compete and stay there towards the end of the game," said Castro, who took over from fiery Joe Lipa. "Who knows, we might keep the game close or snatch a win."

More than half of the team will suit up anew, including forwards Jay Agbayani and Mark Lopez and senior Magi Sison.

"Obviously, there are no real rookies in the team this year," said Castro. "We have players who played in the PBL. The team will rely on their experience."

But no matter the results, Castro seems more keen on the rebuilding program he hopes to accomplish with assistant and all-time PBA great Jerry Codiñera.

Jasmine W. Payo

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07-05-2008, 08:46 AM
FEU Tamaraws now snorting with power


Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 22:33:00 07/04/2008


MANILA, Philippines--A practically intact lineup has propelled Far Eastern University to a position it hasn't held in recent seasons.

With the return of key cogs Benedict Fernandez, Mac Baracel and last season's top rookie JR Cawaling, the Tamaraws are back as title contenders after missing out in the Final Four for two straight years.

"I think the maturity is there now," said Tamaraws coach Glenn Capacio. "Last year, we had no one leading us in the end-game. This time, I see several leaders in the team."

Capacio also cited the camaraderie now binding the Tamaraws--who last won a championship in 2005 under mentor Bert Flores--as another reason other teams rated them in the top three.

"What's working for us is our chemistry," he said. "Given that we've been together for two years, maganda na ang samahan ng team (the team has already bonded)."

The Tamaraws also tapped a promising rookie in Robert Kave, a versatile 6-foot-5 recruit from Papua New Guinea.

"He can play the 3-4-5 (small forward-power forward-center) positions," noted Capacio. "He has a very good attitude and work ethics. We're not expecting him to score, we want him to defend and rebound more. But he can also shoot three-pointers, so that's a plus."

Also returning for the Tamaraws are big men Reil Cervantes and Aldrech Ramos and dependable guards Andy Mark Barroca, Jon Alisbo, Paul Sanga and Marlon Adolfo.

"In our rotation, anyone can step up," said Capacio.

"Almost all the teams have a strong chance of making it to the Final Four. It will boil down to which team will be more consistent and more disciplined."
Jasmine W. Payo

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07-05-2008, 08:46 AM
Bulldogs: Final 4 hopefuls


Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 22:32:00 07/04/2008


MANILA, Philippines--For Coach Manny Dandan, it's no longer enough for the National University Bulldogs to be playing the role of spoilers by the time the UAAP season reaches the homestretch.

"I have a fighting team," said Dandan, whose team wound up in sixth place last season with a 6-8 record. "Our target is the Final Four."

The Bulldogs, who denied the Ateneo Blue Eagles the twice-to-beat incentive in the semifinals with a victory in the last elimination playdate last year, remain formidable, even with the departure of streak shooter Jonathan Fernandez, Cyrus Malagueño, Michael Salvado and big man Joseph Lingao-Lingao.

Resident banger Edwin Asoro, toughened by his experience with five-time PBL champions Harbour Centre, will be back to skipper the team.

The Bulldogs' rookie class, led by Tacloban native Elmer Fabula, has also kept Dandan excited.
Cedelf P. Tupas

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07-05-2008, 08:47 AM
Warriors hope to bounce back


Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 22:30:00 07/04/2008

MANILA, Philippines--A brilliant run that came to a heart-gutting end last season hasn't discouraged the University of the East Warriors from shooting for the top.

But this time, the Warriors have kept their expectations modest.

"The UAAP is really unpredictable," said UE coach Dindo Pumaren. "We had a good run last year, but we fell short in the Finals. It was a learning experience. So this year, we just have to move on and keep on trying."

Pumaren's cautious stance stemmed from a tragic campaign that saw his Warriors racing to a remarkable 14-0 elimination sweep before collapsing against La Salle in the best-of-three championship series.

The Warriors hope to rebound despite the departure of four veterans, including leading scorers Mark Borboran and Kelvin Gregorio.

"They were our top two players last season, so right away we lost two players averaging in double figures," said Pumaren.

"We now have a smaller lineup so I think we'll have a harder time this year. But we're quicker. Some of our senior players have also improved."

The Warriors will parade seasoned guards led by team captain Marcy Arellano, James Martinez, Toto Bandaying, Rudy Lingganay and Paul Lee.

And despite a depleted frontline, the Warriors can still rely on the high-leaping Elmer Espiritu, Hans Thiele and the much-improved Pari Llagas.

The Warriors will also field six rookies including Negros Occidental standout forward Jairold Flores and former Letran Squires JM Noble and Lucas Tagarda.

"I think we're still okay," said Pumaren. "But it's hard to predict because almost everyone has a good chance of making it to the Final Four this year. We'll try to get as many wins as possible and hope for the best."
Jasmine W. Payo

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07-05-2008, 08:47 AM
Sky's the limit for Eagles


Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 22:29:00 07/04/2008


MANILA, Philippines--With a pair of pre-season crowns and a blue-chip rookie class, Ateneo coach Norman Black believes he has all the tools to go all the way in this year's UAAP basketball tournament.

"Our goal is to win the championship," Black said. "We have a better team. I don't want to say it to be mayabang but I'm saying it because that is our goal. We have more depth and more talent."

Ateneo, which last won the title in 2002 with a team led by Enrico Villanueva and Rich Alvarez, finished third last year, after losing to eventual champion De La Salle in a do-or-die duel in the stepladder semifinals.

And even that third place-finish surprised Black because "we didn't have the talent level that we had the year before."

But the multi-titled coach is ultra-confident this time around, mainly because he will have four of his starters--Chris Tiu, Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Eric Salamat and Nonoy Baclao--back.

Ateneo has also been beefed up by highly touted rookies Ryan Buenafe from San Sebastian, Nico Salva from San Beda, Justin Chua from Chiang Kai Shek and American Vince Burke from Faith Academy.

"They'll play support roles because we are pretty set as far as our veterans are concerned," Black said of his rookies. "But they are good players and once they learn the system, especially on the defensive end they're really gonna help us."

The Eagles, reigned supreme in the Collegiate Champions League late last year and ruled the tough Nike Summer League in June by beating University of the East in the final and De La Salle in the semifinals.

And even though Black thinks the victories boosted their confidence, they are still nowhere near their goal.

"It doesn't matter how our team fares in the pre-season. What matters is how strong we will be come September, which is the most critical part of the season," said Black, who still has veterans Jobe Nkemakolam, Mike Baldos, Kirk Long, Bacon Austria and Jai Reyes.

Cedelf P. Tupas

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07-05-2008, 08:48 AM
Wide open UAAP season opens at Big Dome Saturday

By Jasmine W. Payo, Cedelf P. Tupas
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 22:31:00 07/04/2008

GAMES SATURDAY (Araneta Coliseum)
1 p.m.--Opening ceremony
2 p.m.--FEU vs Adamson
4 p.m.--UE vs UST

MANILA, Philippines--If there's one thing that makes the 71st UAAP season doubly exciting, it is the fact that the title chase in the men's basketball competition is wide open this time.

Making for a tough prediction is the emergence of several darkhorse teams expected to put up a tough challenge against the perennial favorites.

"The beauty of collegiate basketball is that anything can happen," said De La Salle coach Franz Pumaren before his Green Archers roll off their title defense against fierce rival Ateneo Blue Eagles Sunday.

But for Saturday, the focus will be on powerhouse University of the East as last year's runner-up opens its bid for redemption against an intact University of Santo Tomas squad at 4 p.m. at the Araneta Coliseum.

Far Eastern University, also tipped among the top contenders, kicks off the action earlier against revitalized Adamson in the 2 p.m. opener.

University of the Philippines, its hosting duties coinciding with the state university's centennial celebration, will officially unveil the league with a festive opening ceremony at 1 p.m.

"UST is still a solid team; our problem is we didn't really see UST play during the pre-season, so we just prepared well," said coach Dindo Pumaren, whose Warriors pulled off a 14-game sweep in the eliminations last year before crumbling in the title series against the Archers.

Skipping most of the summer games, the Tigers will still be bannered by reigning Most Valuable Player Jervy Cruz.

"We just want to keep up with UE, huwag lang kaming tambakan (we don't want to get routed)," said coach Pido Jarencio. "Through the years, UE is always a contender. We'll just be ready."

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07-05-2008, 08:50 AM
UE vs UST as UAAP opens

By JONAS TERRADO
www.mb.com.ph


University of the East tries to bounce back from a disappointing season last year when it tangles with University of Santo Tomas in the opening of the 71st UAAP basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Red Warriors completed a perfect 14-0 sweep of the preliminaries only to be swept by eventual champion De La Salle University in the finals.

Despite the departure of Mark Borboran and Kelvin Gregorio, the Warriors remained upbeat about their chances.

"We are not that tall but I think our strength this year lies on our quickness and speed," said UE mentor Dindo Pumaren.

Out to lead UE’s cause are Marcy Arellano, James Martinez, Paul Lee, forwards Pari Llagas and Hans Thiele, and slam dunking Elmer Espiritu.

UE figured in the finals of two pre-season events it joined last summer.

The Warriors placed second behind Ateneo in the Nike Summer League and won the Fil-Oil Flying V Invitational tournament at the expense of NCAA champion San Beda.

The Warriors, still looking for their first UAAP title since 1985, take on the Growling Tigers at 4 p.m.

UST head coach Pido Jarencio said his team is battling through injuries, especially to key players such as reigning MVP Jervy Cruz, Dylan Ababou, Khasim Mirza, and Allen Maliksi.
But Jarencio believes they can rise against adversity.

"Basta sa court na lang magkakaalaman," quirked Jarencio. "Kapag nakumpleto lang kami tignan natin kung anu ang mangyayari."

UST can still rely on point guard Japs Cuan, outside gunner Francis Allera, and Mark Canlas, along with rookies Clark Bautista, Jeric Fortuna, and Jackson Wong.

The Tigers did not join any pre-season tournament, opting to play against non-UAAP teams while training in various provinces.

Meanwhile, Far Eastern University and Adamson University clash in the curtain raise at 2 p.m.

The Tamaraws, who missed the Final Four last year, boast an almost intact lineup led by team captain Benedict Fernandez, last season’s rookie of the year JR Cawaling, and veterans Mac Baracael, Mark Barroca, and Paul Sanga.

"Last year medyo madami kaming rookies pero siguro ang key sa amin ngayon ay maganda ang chemistry at samahan ng team," said FEU head coach Glenn Capacio.
FEU wound up third in the Nike Summer League.

The Falcons loom as the tournament’s darkhorse following their impressive showing in the FilOil and Nike tournaments.

The San Marcelino-based cagers, who last made it to the final four in 2006, finished fourth in the Fil-Oil tournament, beating La Salle and Ateneo in the process.

"Well, base sa performance namin sa mga preseason tournaments, parang napakita ng team na kaya nilang lumaban against sa mga top teams sa UAAP," said returning Adamson coach Leo Austria.

Although saddled by the departures of Patrick Cabahug and Roel Hugnatan, Adamson will be led by improving point guard Jerick Canada, Paul Gonzalgo, Marc Agustin, big men Allan Santos and rookie Mike Galinato.

Prior to the opening tipoff, a colorful opening ceremonies will kick off the new season hosted by University of the Philippines dubbed as "Filipino Leadership Through Sports Excellence" with the parade of athletes from various sports as one of the main highlights of the hour-long festivities.

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07-05-2008, 08:51 AM
UAAP Players to watch in ’08

By JONAS TERRADO
www.mb.com.ph


The University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) gets going this weekend, promising another exciting season. Home to many of the country’s top players, the UAAP unveils a mix of old and new talents ready to make an impact in the league’s 71st season. Here are some of the players to watch:

Jervy Cruz (UST) — The main concern of last year’s Most Valuable Player is if he would again win the said plum or will he lead the Growling Tigers to the title once more. If he could be healthy for the rest of the season after an injury he suffered in the recent PBL tournament. But once in top form, Cruz will certainly have another strong season.

Noy Baclao (Ateneo) — Late last season, Baclao showed impressive performances during the Blue Eagles’ derailed run to the UAAP title. The former West Negros College (now West Negros University) standout expects to contribute more this season, with the focus more on defense as will be the main fronts in a tall Ateneo squad.

Mike Gamboa (UP) — Gamboa led the Fighting Maroons in scoring during their winless campaign a year ago and is expected, along with Woody Co, Migs de Asis, and Martin Reyes, to lead UP. Now on his sophomore year, the former Ateneo junior standout is expected to fully show his wares. But to lead the Maroons to greater heights, Gamboa must be consistent.

Peejay Barua (La Salle) — This could probably be Barua’s breakout season. With Cholo Villanueva’s departure, he now takes the role left by the now-Green Archers assistant coach. His play on both ends of the court in the pre-season tournaments has earned him raves from both sides, a sign of things to come in the coming wars.

Pari Llagas (UE) — With Mark Borboran and Kelvin Gregorio leaving the Red Warriors, it leaves Llagas as the main frontcourt player in UE’s hope for another crack at the finals. While he may be small in forward standards, Llagas has made some bully work during the summer, even making some strong efforts against the likes of San Beda’s Sam Ekwe and Ateneo’s Rabah Al-Hussaini.

JR Cawaling (FEU) — Will the reigning Rookie of the Year be in a so-called sophomore jinx? If that won’t be the case, Cawaling is primed to have a much bigger role with the Tamaraws. His versatility at the forward spot will certainly help -- thanks to his outside shooting while slowly developing his play at the post.

Jonathan Jahnke (NU) — With the departures of Jonathan Fernandez and Cyrus Malagueno, Jahnke now becomes the main man for the Bulldogs at the guard spot. Although there are some inconsistencies with his game, Jahnke has made solid efforts during the preseason and looks to put stability for NU.

Jerick Canada (Adamson) — Canada was honored in the Mythical Five of the Fil-Oil tournament and the sophomore point guard has benefited well from returning head coach Leo Austria’s system. Aside from his ball handling chores, he could also create some offense for himself. Canada would get even bigger minutes if he plays a consistent year for the rebuilding Falcons.

LA Revilla (La Salle) — With TY Tang’s departure, the point guard duties has been left to Simon Atkins and to Revilla. But this former San Beda Red Cub made decent strides in the preseason tournaments but will have to settle as Atkins’ backup for the meantime. Like a rookie, the southpaw Revilla will experience some inconsitencies but will also get some watchful eye from head coach Franz Pumaren.

Paul Lee (UE) — Lee is another Red Warrior who could stand out for head coach Dindo Pumaren in season 71. The second-year guard put up a shooting display in the offseason tilts, most notably in the Fil-Oil Flying V tournament, when he buried six triples against the Red Lions to help UE snare the championship. Consistency, though, is an issue as well, as seen in their tune-up matches.

Ryan Buenafe (Ateneo) — The most-sought after juniors’ standout from San Sebastian picked the Loyola-based school as his way to ply his trade into the collegiate ranks. But based on Buenafe’s performance, he is good as advertised with his offensive production. However, like a freshman, he has to work on getting his teammates involved and also on playing defense.

Jeric Fortuna (UST) — After leading De La Salle Zobel to the UAAP juniors’ title, Fortuna now moves on with the Espana-based dribblers. Although he is expected to battle for Japs Cuan’s backup with Jackson Wong, Fortuna will be slowly be developed as a project for the meantime.

John Alisbo (FEU) — Alisbo put up decent efforts during the summer tilts with his steady play. However, he is still expected to play backup to starter Mark Barroca and third stringer Ron Cabagnot. Still, if Barroca suddently puts up on-and-off games, Alisbo could suddenly rose up to the starting spot.

Kevin Batac (NU) — Another considered project this year, Batac will play as backup for Jahnke at the point but the 16-year old former Bullpup came into the collegiate ranks having led NU to a surprising final four run and even put runner-up Ateneo to the limit. Batac, who was named into the juniors’ Mythical Five last year, will be slowly developed in Manny Dandan’s rotation.

Mike Galinato (Adamson) — Aside from Canada, Austria also has high hopes for Galinato, who after made stops with San Beda and De La Salle, will finally play his first UAAP game this time for the Falcons. He is expected to play well for the Falcons although the pressure will be on him and Allan Santos to take over for the departed Roel Hugnatan.

Magi Sison (UP) — It was a double-duty for Sison during the summer as not only he suited up for the Fighting Maroons in the Nike and Fil-Oil tournaments, but also with San Mig Coffee in the PBL. While playing limited minutes for the Coffee Kings, Sison will benefit from his experience while being the main pivot man for State U. He also made stellar efforts during the pre-season.

gameface_one
07-05-2008, 04:39 PM
Feu over Adamson: 74-71.

stat
07-05-2008, 04:43 PM
Feu over Adamson: 74-71.


nice game. swerte lang ng feu at napasok ni knuttel

Dark Knight
07-05-2008, 04:44 PM
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Dark Knight
07-06-2008, 08:15 AM
FEU, UE win openers

By JONAS TERRADO
www.mb.com.ph


Far Eastern University and University of the East came through with big windups yesterday to win the openers of the 71st UAAP basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.


Jens Knuttel buried an open three-point shot late in the game to lift the Tamaraws past the Adamson University Falcons, 74-71, while the Warriors tamed the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers, 78-73.

Elmer Espiritu led the led the Warriors with 15 points and nine rebounds while Hans Thiele had 13 points and seven boards. Marcy Arellano and James Martinez scored 11 and 10, respectively.

Jervy Cruz had a monster game for UST with 26 points on 8-for-14 shooting plus 22 rebounds but the only support came from Dylan Ababou, who had 15 points and five rebounds.

In the first game, Knuttel received a kick-out pass from Mark Barroca at the right wing and buried the trey over the extended arms of the Falcons’ Alex Nuyles to give the Tamaraws a 73-71 lead, less than a minute left.

Adamson’s Jan Colina missed a three-point attempt from the top of the key before FEU’s Benedict Fernandez was fouled and hit one of two free throws, 6.2 seconds to go.

The Falcons had a final gasp but Lester Alvarez’s triple was off at the buzzer.

"Medyo sluggish pa rin kami. Siguro, balik muna kami sa training," said Tamaraws coach Glenn Capacio.

Riel Cervantes led FEU with 15 points and six rebounds while Barroca and JR Cawaling added 12 and 11 each.

Adamson’s defeat spoiled a 22-point, 11-rebound output by rookie Mike Galinato. Jan Colina and Paul Gonzalgo added 11 points apiece for Adamson.

A 19-7 start gave FEU the early advantage as Cawaling drained a triple while Cervantes made a driving lay-up at the 4:25 mark. Adamson answered with nine straight points to pull within three before the Tamaraws responded with a 6-2 run in the last two minutes for a 25-18 first quarter edge.

The Tamaraws then took a 47-41 lead at halftime as Cervantes paced them with 13 points in the first half, while Jon Alisbo and Cawaling each had 10.

Adamson came charging back behind a 14-8 run in the third to tie the game, 55-all, entering the final canto on baskets by Gonzalgo, Galinato, and Allan Santos.

A festive and colorful hour-long opening ceremony kicked off the season with UAAP president Dr. Sergio Cao of host University of the Philippines declaring the games open.

Meanwhile, defending champion De La Salle tangles with bitter rival Ateneo de Manila at 4 p.m. today at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Green Archers and the Blue Eagles met five times last season, with La Salle getting the better of the encounters en route to winning the title.

In the curtain-raiser at 2 p.m., UP battles National University, with visiting NBA star Gilbert Arenas of the Washington Wizards reportedly in attendance.

The scores:

First Game

FEU 74 — Cervantes 15, Barroca 12 Cawaling 11, Alisbo 10, Fernandez 9, Ramos 6, Knuttel 5, Baracael 4, Sanga 2, Kave 0, Adolfo 0.

ADAMSON 71 — Galinato 22, Colina 11, Gonzalgo 11, Nuyles 5, Agustin 5, Canada 4, Santos 4, Olalia 3, Lozada 2, Margallo 2, Alvarez 0, Yambot 0, Gorospe 0.

Quarters: 25-18, 47-41, 55-55, 74-71.

Second Game

UE 78 — Espiritu 15, Thiele 13, Arellano 11, Martinez 10, Noble 6, Lee 6, Llagas 5, Etrone 4, Lingganay 4, Bandaying 3, Zamar 1, Tagarda 0.

UST 73 — Cruz 26, Ababou 15, Taylor 10, Allera 8, Cuan 7, Canlas 3, Fenequito 2, Mirza 2, Vargas 0, Fortuna 0, Camus 0, Bautista 0.

Quarters: 24-26, 50-39, 64-58, 78-73.

full battle gear
07-06-2008, 09:44 AM
Warriors armed to the teeth, rip Tigers
By Joey Villar
Sunday, July 6, 2008
www.philstar.com


University of the East started its campaign the way it did last year – with a bang.

Banking on their athleticism and quickness, the Red Warriors turned back the taller, bigger Santo Tomas Tigers, 78-73, yesterday to fuel their bid of duplicating last year’s historic elimination round sweep in the 71st UAAP basketball tournament at the Big Dome.

Elmer Espiritu fired 15 points, including two foul shots and a baseline jumper, with 25.3 seconds to go to seal the Warriors’ first win in what could be a repeat of last season when they swept the elims in 14 games only to be swept themselves by La Salle in the finale.

“We made up for our lack of size with quickness and athleticism,” said UE coach Dindo Pumaren.

Reigning MVP Jervy Cruz bulldozed his way to a 26-point and 22-rebound output despite a hamstring injury that slowed him down most of the way but the Tigers couldn’t cash in on it.

But the Warriors nearly blew it.

After James Martinez’ triple gave UE its biggest lead of the game, 63-49, in the third quarter, Cruz cut the deficit down at 66-68, four minutes left in the game.

But the Warriors managed to hang tough with key stops and clutch baskets including Espiritu’s dagger-in-the-heart jumper that did the Tigers in.

Earlier, Far Eastern U leaned on a Jens Knuttel triple with 16.1 seconds to go as it repulsed a hard fighting Adamson, 74-71.

With the Tams trailing 70-71, Mark Barroca drove, faked a shot and passed out to a wide-open Knuttel, an 18-year-old Fil-German guard from Zamboanga, for the triple.

PBL veteran Benedict Fernandez

“His main responsibility is to quarterback this team, be a leader. His offense is just a bonus,” said FEU coach Glen Capacio.

The Falcons, whose coach Leo Austria is back after a one-year absence, appeared headed to pulling the rug from under the Tams when Michael Galinato, a rookie transferee from La Salle, sank two free throws and Jan Colina scored a basket to give them a 71-68 lead.

It turned out Adamson’s last as it couldn’t score from there.

full battle gear
07-06-2008, 09:45 AM
Seasoned Archers face talented, big Eagles today

Sunday, July 6, 2008
www.philstar.com


Basketball experts are one in saying that the highly anticipated duel between archrivals De La Salle and Ateneo de Manila is going to be a pretty even match-up.

The Archers have the experience being the defending champions while the Eagles have the height, heft, depth and talented rookie recruits to go with the one named Chris Tiu.

The two have also split their four games in the pre-season including one won by De La Salle in the Fil-Oil tournament and one by Ateneo in the semifinals on its way to topping the Nike Summer League.

But when the bitterest of rivals clash today at 4 p.m. before a sea of green and blue at the Big Dome for the first of many anticipated showdowns in Season 71 of the UAAP senior basketball tournament, all bets are expected to go off.

“Let’s find out on Sunday how even we are,” said Ateneo coach Norman Black, who is hoping to cash in on his first collegiate crown as coach following 10 titles in the pros including a rare grand slam.

“I beg to disagree that we’re pretty even against Ateneo because, one, they have a very good recruiting class and, two, they’re the only collegiate team that trained in the US. I still think they have the advantage,” La Salle mentor Franz Pumaren said.

The Archers lost starting guards TY Tang and Cholo Villanueva to graduation and they would be hard-pressed to find someone to fill the gaping holes they left.

“It’s going to be hard because we lost some key personnel,” said Pumaren, who would miss 4-5 games this year because of his commitment with the RP Youth team as coach.

“But if the other players can be well-versed of the system and the things we want to accomplish, we’ll have a chance,” he added.

For Black, he knows they improved a lot in terms of talent.

“We’re probably a little bit more talented, more depth and bigger this year,” he said.

The rookies gave us size and wing position that we didn’t have last year and we’re more experienced since four of our starters are come back,” he added.

Indeed, the Eagles acquired the most talented rookie group in years that included NCAA high school MVP Ryan Buenafe and the tall frontline troika of 6’5” Justin Chua, 6’5” Vince Burke and 6’3” Nicolas Salva.

Buenafe, for one, has drawn the most rave.

“Ryan is doing well. Offensively, he’s very talented. We’re trying to get him more abreast as far our individual and team defense are concerned. He’s one of the rookies that would probably help us immediately,” said Black.

But more than anything, the Eagles would probably rely heavily on Chris Tiu, who on his last season as a King Eagle is hoping to ride the sunset with his best performance in his five years with the league.

“He’s going to be the heart and soul of this team,” said Black of his hotshot guard.

UAAP Notes: The UAAP will have a pair of superstar guests today—boxing champion Manny Pacquiao and the Washington Wizards’ Gilbert Arenas. Pacquiao will do the ceremonial toss at 4 p.m. while Agent Zero, who was invited by Araneta Center, will visit the locker rooms of players before 4 p.m…Tickets for today’s Ateneo-La Salle duel were sold out as early as last week, faster than how the tickets went out for yesterday’s opener…The UAAP ushered in Season 71 with a nationalistic and environment-inclined production number in concurrence with this year’s theme “Filipino Leadership Through Sports Excellence”… Commissioner Chito Narvasa said he has tapped Red Bull coach Joseller “Yeng” Guiao and Alfrancis Chua as his consultants. – Joey Villar

full battle gear
07-06-2008, 09:52 AM
Warriors, Tams roll back foes

By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 00:59:00 07/06/2008

GAMES TODAY (Araneta Coliseum)
2 p.m. -- UP vs NU
4 p.m. -- Ateneo vs La Salle

UNIVERSITY OF THE EAST flashed its familiar dominance early then relied on Elmer Espiritu in the final stretch to turn back a rallying University of Santo Tomas for a 78-73 triumph at the start of the 71st UAAP men’s basketball season Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Espiritu knocked down seven straight points capped by a right baseline jumper in the last 25.3 seconds that pushed the Warriors ahead, 76-69, after the Tigers had threatened at 68-66.

“We had a hard time because every time they missed a basket, (Jervy) Cruz was there for an offensive rebound,” said Warriors coach Dindo Pumaren.

Visibly a step slower, Cruz found his rhythm late in the game to finish with a game-high 26 points and 22 rebounds.

Cruz, last season’s Most Valuable Player, came off the bench as he nursed injuries on his hamstring and ankle.

Favored Far Eastern University also lived up to its pre-season billing as sophomore Jens Knuttel buried a triple with 16.1 seconds left to lift the Tamaraws past the Adamson Falcons, 74-71, in the first game.

Knuttel’s basket on an assist by Mark Barroca capped a rally that turned a 60-65 deficit to a 73-71 advantage.

“We’re lucky that we were able to execute in the last minute,” said FEU coach Glenn Capacio.

Espiritu, a high-leaping big man on his last year with UE, finished a rebound-shy of a double-double with 15 markers and nine boards.

Hans Thiele also added 13, while Marcy Arellano collected 11 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Warriors, who are aiming to rebound from last season’s tragic campaign that saw them losing to the La Salle Green Archers in the championship series after a remarkable 14-game elimination sweep.

Reil Cervantes topscored with 15 points and six rebounds, while Barroca added 12 for the Tamaraws.

Knuttel, who scored all of his five points in the last 38 seconds, also nailed two free throws that earlier pushed the Tamaraws within a point, 70-71.

“He’s really quarterbacking for us, his offense is secondary,” said Capacio of the 18-year-old Filipino-German. “What’s impressive is at a young age, he’s already showing his leadership.”

The Tigers shot eight points, six coming from Cruz, in a run that trimmed the margin to 68-66 from a 64-58 with 4:14 minutes left in the final canto.

Thiele took charge in an early scoring UE surge, hitting 12 of the Warriors’ last 18 points in the second quarter to extend a slim 32-30 margin to 50-39 at halftime.

With Arellano on the firing end, the Warriors raced to their biggest lead, 63-49, late in the third quarter.

“We’re smaller, but we played good defense,” said Pumaren.

Benedict Fernandez sank the second of his two free throws off a Jerick Cañada foul to give the Tamaraws a four-point buffer, 74-71, in the last 6.2 seconds.

The much-improved Falcons, playing under returning mentor Leo Austria, pulled ahead at 65-60 from a 55-55 standoff behind Michael Galinato and Jan Colina.

The Falcons had a chance to boost their slim 71-70 edge, but Colina bungled two free throws with only 20.5 seconds remaining.

The scores:
First Game
FEU 74—Cervantes 15, Barroca 12, Cawaling 11, Alisbo 10, Fernandez 9, Ramos 6, Knuttel 5, Baracael 4, Sanga 2, Kave 0, Adolfo 0.
ADAMSON 71—Galinato 22, Colina 11, Gonzalgo 11, Nuyles 5, Agustin 5, Cañada 4, Santos 4, Olalia 3, Lozada 2, Margallo 2, Alvarez 2, Yambot 0, Gorospe 0.
Quarters: 25-18, 47-41, 55-55, 74-71
Second Game
UE 78—Espiritu 15, Thiele 13, Arellano 11, Martinez 10, Noble 6, Lee 6, Llagas 5, Etrone 4, Lingganay 4, Bandaying 3, Zamar 1, Tagarda 0.
UST 73—Cruz 26, Ababou 15, Taylor 10, Allera 8, Cuan 7, Canlas 3, Fenequito 2, Mirza 2, Vargas 0, Fortuna 0, Camus 0, Bautista 0.
Quarters: 24-26, 50-39, 64-58, 78-73

full battle gear
07-06-2008, 09:53 AM
Now showing: No. 1 hoop rivalry

By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:02:00 07/06/2008


THIS ONE SIMPLY NEVER fades. Reigning UAAP champion La Salle and preseason favorite Ateneo debut in the UAAP cage wars today anticipating another epic encounter.

“It’s always going to be tough,” said Blue Eagles coach Norman Black.

“Before I started coaching Ateneo, I used to watch the Ateneo-La Salle games. And one thing I noticed was it never really mattered who had the most talent or who’s favored to win. The only thing that mattered was what happened in that particular game.”

“I think it will be the usual Ateneo-La Salle classic game; it’s going to be fun to watch,” said La Salle’s 10-year mentor Franz Pumaren.

The Green Archers kick off their title defense against the Blue Eagles at 4 p.m. at the Araneta Coliseum, right after host UP and NU tangle at 2 p.m.

Expected to grace the typically star-studded gallery are newly crowned lightweight champion Manny Pacquiao and NBA star Gilbert Arenas, who arrived in the country Saturday for his four-day Philippine Agent Zero Tour.

“Our rotation right now is not what you will call a battle-scarred rotation,” said Pumaren as the Archers deal with the departure of key cogs TY Tang and Cholo Villanueva.

Sweet-shooting guard JV Casio, who’s coming off a hand injury, and veteran Rico Maierhofer will lead the Archers, who halted the University of the East Warriors’ unbeaten run to capture the 2007 men’s basketball crown.

The Eagles, who settled for third place last year, will be powered by senior shooter Chris Tiu and big man Nonoy Baclao. Former NCAA junior MVP Ryan Buenafe leads their elite freshman class.

“I think we have a better team this year,” said Black.

Last season, the two powerhouse squads clashed in a rare five-game duel that saw an average winning margin of just 2.4 points.

Despite winning only twice, the Archers triumphed when it counted the most to clinch the twice-to-beat advantage and the last championship berth.

MonL
07-06-2008, 10:19 AM
Warriors, Tams roll back foes

The much-improved Falcons, playing under returning mentor Leo Austria, pulled ahead at 65-60 from a 55-55 standoff behind Michael Galinato and Jan Colina.

The Falcons had a chance to boost their slim 71-70 edge, but Colina bungled two free throws with only 20.5 seconds remaining.

The scores:
First Game
FEU 74—Cervantes 15, Barroca 12, Cawaling 11, Alisbo 10, Fernandez 9, Ramos 6, Knuttel 5, Baracael 4, Sanga 2, Kave 0, Adolfo 0.
ADAMSON 71—Galinato 22, Colina 11, Gonzalgo 11, Nuyles 5, Agustin 5, Cañada 4, Santos 4, Olalia 3, Lozada 2, Margallo 2, Alvarez 2, Yambot 0, Gorospe 0.
Quarters: 25-18, 47-41, 55-55, 74-71
Second Game
UE 78—Espiritu 15, Thiele 13, Arellano 11, Martinez 10, Noble 6, Lee 6, Llagas 5, Etrone 4, Lingganay 4, Bandaying 3, Zamar 1, Tagarda 0.
UST 73—Cruz 26, Ababou 15, Taylor 10, Allera 8, Cuan 7, Canlas 3, Fenequito 2, Mirza 2, Vargas 0, Fortuna 0, Camus 0, Bautista 0.
Quarters: 24-26, 50-39, 64-58, 78-73


The Falcons also had a chance to be in the recent Fil-Oil final, when all they needed was for Gorospe to sink both his charities and the Falcons would have upset UE and faced San Beda in the finals. He muffed his first and sank the second to send the game to overtime. Unfortunately UE shifted to overdrive in the extension and blew away the Falcons to win, and later on win the Pre-Season Tournament against SBC.

Sayang.* A little more mental toughness in those pressure situations, and they'll be okay.

-insane-
07-07-2008, 06:05 PM
la pa ba ung sa dlsu-ateneo game

full battle gear
07-07-2008, 11:08 PM
Giant Eagles swoop down on Archers
By Joey Villar
Monday, July 7, 2008
www.philstar.com


Ateneo went to Chris Tiu yesterday and got what it wanted – a big win over archrival and defending champion La Salle so early in the 71st UAAP season.

Doing what he does best, Tiu delivered the goods as Ateneo scored a 79-73 win that jump-started its title campaign before a roaring, star-studded crowd at the Big Dome.

In his fifth and final season for Ateneo, Tiu was hacked and fouled by his La Salle defenders. But he didn’t mind at all, hitting 17 of 19 free throws given him to finish with 26 points.

His biggest foul shots came in the final three minutes where he went 6-of-7, including those that broke a 71-71 deadlock, and the hearts of the green-and-white La Salle fans.

“Well, that’s what Chris Tiu does for us. I’ve said it over and over again he’s our best player and normally when it’s clutch time we go to him,” said Ateneo coach Norman Black.

“And he delivered for us again so he’s just living up to his role. Anytime you beat De La Salle it’s always a big win for us. We wanted to get off to a good start,” he added.

As advertised, the Eagles paraded their huge frontline, a nice sprinkling of talented rookies and of course the ever-reliable Tiu.

Those who packed the Araneta Coliseum couldn’t have asked for more as the match turned out to be a classic, the trademark of every Ateneo-La Salle contest in the UAAP.

Among the crowd of 22,000 were boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, NBA star Gilbert Arenas, US Ambassador Kristie Kenney and business tycoons Henry Sy and Manny Pangilinan.

Pacquiao was feted before the start of the game, and was presented with a jacket and cap by this year’s host University of the Philippines. He faced the crowd and wished both teams good luck.

There were 12 lead changes and 15 deadlocks during the game, the last at 71 late in the game on a Rico Maeirhofer shot.

Then Tiu came to the rescue.

He faked a shot and fished a foul on JV Casio for a pair of free throws, then drew another one from neophyte Hyram Bagatsing from behind the arc and nailed two of the three foul shots awarded him.

Another pair of free throws from Tiu put the game away.

Earlier, UP drew a career-high performance from Martin Reyes as it stunned National U, 86-72, in its first game following a 0-14 campaign last year.

Reyes, a sophomore out of La Salle-Zobel, fired 21 points, including 12 from behind the arc, as the Maroons gave their supporters something to look forward to this season.

“It felt great, really, really great,” said UP coach Aboy Castro, who replaced Joe Lipa late last year.

full battle gear
07-07-2008, 11:10 PM
Tiu powers Blue Eagles vs Archers; Away from the spotlight, Maroons upset Bulldogs

By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 02:16:00 07/07/2008


GAMES THURSDAY (Philsports Arena)
2 p.m.—NU vs UE
4 p.m.—Ateneo vs Adamson

MANILA, Philippines—The start was hardly befitting the stature of the rivalry. A bizarre technical foul was called before the opening tip and the two teams traded turnovers right in their first possessions.

But the end, like all Ateneo-La Salle matches, was another classic.

Chris Tiu played the hero’s role to the hilt and the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles tripped defending champion De La Salle University, 79-73, in the 71st UAAP men’s basketball competition Sunday in front of a 22,008-strong crowd at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

The Eagles turned to the foul line to score their last eight points, with Tiu accounting for six in the final 2:56 minutes of the blockbuster showdown.

“Every time we beat La Salle, it’s always a big win for us,” said Ateneo coach Norman Black. “It’s a good win for us. We wanted to get off to a good start. The earlier you get that first victory, the better it’s going to be for your confidence.”

Tiu finished with a game-high 26 points on top of seven rebounds and two assists.

“That’s what Chris Tiu does for us,” said Black. “I said it over and over again that he’s our best player and normally when it’s clutch time we go to him. And he delivered for us again. He’s just living up to his role.”

The drama between the country’s fiercest varsity rivals started early as officials slapped a technical foul on the Archers even before the jumpball for violating a league rule.

La Salle’s coaching staff failed to wear their official IDs on court—a mandatory rule this season—earning that strange technical foul.

Tiu nailed both charity shots to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead.

“I just couldn’t understand all the fuss about the IDs,” said La Salle coach Franz Pumaren.

“The reason I wasn’t wearing an ID was because I was watching the NU and UP game and the NU coaching staff wasn’t wearing their IDs. I also watched the game between UST and UE, UST didn’t wear their IDs.”

A Black outburst before the start of the fourth quarter also got him a technical “for disobeying the commissioner’s order.”

“A referee warned me that if I said another word I’ll get a technical, and I couldn’t understand it because in the second half I didn’t say a word,” said Black.

Ahead, 74-73, Ateneo watched Tiu pick up a foul from Hyram Bagatsing, shake off a bad fall and make two of three free throws to virtually seal the outcome.

University of the Philippines earlier scored a breakthrough win with debuting coach Aboy Castro as the Maroons pulled off an 86-72 surprise victory over the National University in the first game.

Martin Reyes shot a game-high 21 points as the Maroons, who lost all 14 elimination games last season, scooted to a 48-38 advantage built on a 51.5 percent shooting clip in the first half.

The scores:

First Game

UP 86—Reyes 21, Marfori 11, Agbayani 11, Sison 9, Gamboa 8, Sorongon 8, Braganza 7, Co 5, Hipolito 4, Lopez 2, Astorga 0, De Asis 0.
NU 72—Jahnke 17, Aguilar 13, Garcia 13, Ponferrada 9, Baloran 7, Asoro 4, Tungkul 3, Fabula 3, Dela Cruz 2, Berry 1, Galapon 0,Luy 0, Catamora 0.
Quarters: 17-28, 48-38, 68-56, 86-72

Second Game

ATENEO 79—Tiu 26, Salamat 10, Al-Hussaini 10, Buenafe 8, Nkemakolam 7, Baclao 7, Burke 4, Austria 3, Long 2, Salva 1, Escueta 1, Baldos 0, Reyes 0.
LA SALLE 73—Casio 19, Maierhofer 16, Mangahas 13, Webb 7, Villanueva 4, Bagatsing 4, Revilla 3, Walsham 2, Atkins 2, Barua 2, Ferdinand 1, Malabes 0.
Quarters: 17-16, 35-40, 56-54, 79-73

full battle gear
07-07-2008, 11:11 PM
Eagles have Archers’ number

Jonas Terrado
www.mb.com.ph


Ateneo de Manila University made a late charge in the fourth quarter to defeat rival De La Salle University, 79-73, last night in the 71st UAAP men’s basketball tournament before a crowd of 22,008 at the Araneta Coliseum.

In a see-saw battle, Chris Tiu took over down the stretch to lead the Blue Eagles with 26 points and seven rebounds as they continued their mastery of the Archers whom they beat thrice in five meetings last season.

"It’s a good win for us, you always want to start off the season with a victory," said head coach Norman Black. "Every time you beat La Salle it’s always a good feeling."

Tiu also went 17-for-19 from the foul line to offset his 4-of-11 shooting from the field.

The fifth-year standout broke a 71-71 tie with two foul shots with 2:56 left. He later sank two of three charities off Hyram Bagatsing with 38.5 ticks to go for a 74-71 mark.

Ateneo stopped La Salle on several occasions, including a missed shot by Peejay Barua with 20.1 seconds that could have tied the game.

"Like I said before, he’s always our go-to-guy in crucial situations and he stepped up big for us," Black said of Tiu.

Eric Salamat and Rabah Al-Hussaini made 10 points each while freshman Ryan Buenafe and Jobe Nkemakolam added eight and seven points, respectively.

Ateneo shot better from the line, hitting 34-for-42 as against La Salle’s 13-for-29, spelling the difference in the game.

Ateneo actually trailed 67-61 with 7:26 left following a triple by James Mangahas, but Al-Hussaini hit two hook shots to fuel a 10-0 run that gave the Eagles a 71-67 margin with 5:11 left.

But JV Casio scored on a layup and Rico Maierhofer completed a Mangahas assist to tie the game for the 13th and final time, 71-71, with 4:24 left in the game.

Casio led DLSU with 19 points on 7-for-13 shooting while Maierhofer chipped in 16 points and eight rebounds. Mangahas added 13 while rookie Joshua Webb came off the bench to score seven in 11 minutes of action.

Tiu made two technical free throws right before tipoff after head coach Franz Pumaren failed to wear the prescribed ID, a requirement for UAAP coaches, prompting La Salle officials to talk directly with commissioner Chito Narvasa.

Meanwhile, newly-crowned WBC lightweight king Manny Pacquiao was given a Sports Excellence award by the UAAP board prior to the start of the second game. UP president Dr. Emerlinda Roman also gave Pacquiao a UP centennial jacket and cap during the short festivities.

Lost in the Ateneo-La Salle match was University of the Philippines’ win over National University, 86-72, in the first game.

The Fighting Maroons, who lost all their 14 games last season, went on a tear in the second half on baskets by third-year standout Martin Reyes, Andrew Marfoni, and Jay Agbayani to score their first game since beating University of the East in the last game of the 2006 season.

full battle gear
07-08-2008, 07:13 AM
Pumaren hits UAAP for ID issue

Tuesday, July 8, 2008
www.philstar.com


La Salle’s Franz Pumaren yesterday blasted the UAAP for what he claimed as “selective implementation of rules on use of IDs” after the Archers were assessed a technical foul even before their game against the Ateneo Eagles could start last Sunday.

The league, in its effort to implement the mandatory use of identification cards during UAAP games, slapped the Archers a technical after one of the members of the coaching staff failed to wear an ID.

That led to a pair of free throws awarded the Blue Eagles with the match yet to start.

Pumaren said he had no problems with the new rule but expressed surprised when he found out that University of Santo Tomas made the same offense in its game against UE last Saturday but escaped punishment.

“I have no problems with the policy but why are they being selective? I saw some from UST not wearing their IDs, why didn’t they give them a technical foul,” said Pumaren after the Archers absorbed a 73-79 loss to their archrivals.

Ateneo mentor Norman Black also complained on technical foul slapped on him before the fourth quarter started.

“I’m going to see the commissioner after this to find out exactly why I got a technical, I’m not really sure,” said Black, referring to league commissioner Chito Narvasa. “First half I had a few complaints but second half I didn’t say a word.

“The referee warned me if I said another word I would get a technical and I couldn’t really understand it because the second half I didn’t say a word to the referees. I didn’t like it so I showed it,” he said.

It was Black’s first technical since he took over the coaching reins three seasons ago. – Joey Villar

full battle gear
07-08-2008, 07:19 AM
La Salle gets a tech, officials spare UST

By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:42:00 07/08/2008


MANILA, Philippines—As in seasons past, the drama in an Ateneo-La Salle game continued off court.

De La Salle University coach Franz Pumaren had stressed that the mandatory UAAP rule that coaches must wear their IDs during the game must be “applied to all” even as commissioner Chito Narvasa said the incident did not affect the outcome of the Eagles-Archers game Sunday.

“I can follow a rule if they apply it to all,” an irate Pumaren said minutes after the Archers bowed to the Eagles, 79-73, in another tense-filled competition between the two fierce varsity rivals on the second day of the men’s basketball competition.

Before the opening game jumpball, the Eagles were awarded two free throws as league officials slapped a technical foul on the La Salle coaching staff for failing to wear their official IDs on court.

“It was a simple rule that was violated,” said Narvasa. “It’s over. There wasn’t any effect on the game.”

“It’s actually an existing rule and the board wanted it implemented. We do not craft the laws. Last year they were lenient, but the board wants to be strict this time. There was a meeting of coaches before the season started. La Salle didn’t send a representative. But the information was disseminated. It’s the responsibility of the team.”

Pumaren said the University of Santo Tomas coaching staff similarly did not wear their official IDs, but were not slapped with a technical foul in its game against the University of the East last Saturday.

Although the Green Archers opted not to file a game protest, team officials sent the Philippine Daily Inquirer a photo of UST coach Pido Jarencio not wearing an ID in the game that saw the Tigers losing to the Warriors, 78-73, last Saturday.

Coach Norman Black had his own share of complaints after officials meted the Ateneo de Manila University mentor with a technical foul “for disobeying the commissioner’s order” before the fourth quarter.

Black questioned the call, noting that he never said a word to the referees after he was told not to address them again.

“It was his physical gesture and not what he said,” explained Narvasa. “I talked to him after the game and he already apologized.”

Narvasa added that there was an agreement before the season started that coaches can only talk to the commissioner before the game, at halftime and after the game.

“During the game, you have to course everything to the referees,” he said.

full battle gear
07-09-2008, 09:21 AM
Archers elevate controversial ‘T’ to UAAP board

By Cedelf P. Tupas
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 02:15:00 07/09/2008

MANILA, Philippines—It could turn out to be the most fussed-about technical foul of the UAAP in years.

De La Salle University is set to elevate the technical foul slapped on its coaching staff for their failure to wear their IDs to the UAAP Board, but it refuses to say exactly what it wants from the board.

Bro. Bernie Oca, the DLSU representative to the UAAP Board, Tuesday night told the Philippine Daily Inquirer they will submit a letter to the Board on Wednesday but did not reveal what action the school is seeking.

Pressed for details, all Oca told the Inquirer was: “It’s not a protest letter.”

The clearest statement from the La Salle camp regarding the technical foul came from coach Franz Pumaren, who decried the technical foul after the match and said “I just want to know why the rule is selective.”

A source in the La Salle camp said the school will go as far as backing its letter with a video showing University of Santo Tomas’ coaching staff go unpunished despite committing the same infraction in their match versus University of the East at the Araneta Coliseum Saturday.

But Oca did not confirm the presence of such a documentary evidence.

Oca did stress that their letter will not question the outcome of Sunday’s game, which started with Eagles’ star Chris Tiu hitting a pair of free throws on that controversial technical foul and ended with Ateneo de Manila University on top, 77-71.

As far as Chito Narvasa, this year’s UAAP basketball tournament commissioner, is concerned, though, “the case is already closed” since it did not affect the outcome of the game.

But Pumaren asked: “How can it be closed when he has not addressed the issue?”

Narvasa said UAAP teams were informed about the strict implementation of the ID rule during the June 21 workshop at the Blue Eagle Gym, which he said La Salle was unable to attend.

Pumaren however said La Salle attended all UAAP meetings.

Narvasa also questioned why La Salle did not give him a copy of the photo showing UST coach Pido Jarencio without his ID during Saturday’s game. La Salle sent the photo to media outlets, including the Inquirer, last Monday.

Asked what the basis of the technical foul was, Narvasa did not make a categorical answer but said that “Anyone who understands basketball knows that you don’t get a technical foul because of that (not wearing IDs).”

He, however, refused to further comment on the matter.

“As much as possible, I want to discuss the case with the parties involved,” he added

atenean_blooded
07-10-2008, 02:41 AM
From inboundpass.com


A memo, suspensions and tons of UAAP controversy
by Tony L. Atayde
Wednesday, 9 July 2008

The UAAP has just started and so much off court drama has already come to fore.

The Commissioner of the UAAP revoked the one game suspension of UE player Paul Lee. In a memo dated July 7, Commissioner Andres “Chito” Narvasa, states that upon a review of the rule, the offense of trash talking and taunting that was slapped on Lee was not suppose to have resulted in a technical foul. In Section 11 of the UAAP Ground Rules, such infractions should have drawn a warning instead of a technical foul.

Paul Lee was hit with 2 technical fouls in UE’s first game of the season. Section 9 of the UAAP Ground Rules, state that “any player who gets 2 technical fouls in a game is automatically ejected.”

The memo further states that Section 10 of the same Ground Rules state: “A player ejected from the game shall serve an automatic one (1) game suspension on his/her next game. However the Tournament Commissioner may impose a more severe penalty depending on the gravity of the offense committed. Repetition of the same offense will mean the automatic disqualification from further participation in the tournament.”

Though it is clear that the Commissioner can impose a stiffer penalty, as of this writing, there a stipulation in the UAAP Ground Rules has not yet found that state that the Commissioner can overturn the ruling of the referee or lower the penalty of an infraction.

The memo further states that “Paul Lee’s trash talking and taunting shall remain in the Commissioner’s records of penalties against him for this year”. In addition, Referee Ferdinand Mañalac, who assessed the 2nd technical foul against Paul Lee was reprimanded for his erroneous call and has been warned that a similar mistake in the future will be dealt with more severity.

Though Mañalac was warned about a repetition of the offense, Paul Lee was not given any such warning in the memo.

In another memo from the UAAP Commissioner, the 3 referees of the La Salle – Ateneo game played on July 6, 2008, were suspended for one game for the following reasons:

1. Poor off-the-ball situations coverage resulting in unnecessary rough physical contact.
2. Poor control management of the game.
3. Poor communications services between the Commissioner and the coaches.

The 3 referees, Gerry Jimenez, Juner Bayais and Edwin Cañosa, will be excluded from the rotation selection for period July 7 to 13, 2008. The memo further states that all 3 will be subjected to a review and re-orientation.

Still hanging over the Commissioner’s office is the issue of the technical foul called on La Salle before the opening tip-off.
La Salle is going to send a letterto the UAAP Board of Directors regarding the matter. Br. Bernie Oca FSC, one of DLSU’s representatives to the board, has said that it is not a letter to protest the game.

For a while, it was unclear as to why the technical foul was called on La Salle because the game barker did not announce the reason on the public address system. However, it was learned that a member of the La Salle coaching staff was not wearing an ID and this led to the 2 shot penalty plus ball possession for the Blue Eagles.

La Salle is set to show a picture from inboundpass.com taken in the game of July 5, 2008 between UE and UST, where UST Coach Pido Jarencio is seen with no ID but was not assessed a penalty.

An irate Franz Pumaren has said “I can follow a rule if they apply it to all”. The Commissioner on the other hand said “it was a simple rule that was violated. It’s over. There wasn’t any effect on the game.”

Last season, when two foreign-born Ateneo players were on the court at the same time for a split second, La Salle’s protest was also turned down because of the “it did not affect the outcome of the game” reason.

Coach Norman Black also had his complaints after he was also given a technical foul in the same game for “disobeying the Commissioner’s orders.”

No ID and disobeying the Commissioner orders equal technical fouls. Trash talking and taunting the opposing player gets a warning. One referee given a warning and 3 others suspended. One weekend, four games and already so much controversy in the UAAP.

coreytaylor
07-10-2008, 09:58 AM
Eagles, Warriors eye No. 2
By Jasmine W. Payo, Philippine Daily Inquirer
http://sports.inquirer.net/inquirersports/

MANILA, Philippines—In nearly every way, the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles seem like a tougher contender than the Adamson University Falcons in the 71st UAAP men’s basketball competition.

Yet coach Norman Black sees the opposite even after Ateneo’s ego-boosting triumph over chief rival De La Salle University in the opening weekend.

“Adamson is a very big team, a very confident team,” said Black of the Eagles’ 4 p.m. game against the Falcons at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

“They’re well coached. We lost to them over the summer, so we’re expecting a very tough game.”

University of the East, last year’s runner-up, will also vie for a share of the early lead against National University at 2 p.m.

“We wanted to get off to a good start,” said Black of his Eagles, who subdued the defending champion Archers, 79-73, last Sunday.

“The earlier you get that first victory, the better off you’re going to be as far as confidence is concerned. The sad thing, though, is we’re happy [Sunday] but we have to worry about Adamson because it played very well against FEU (Far Eastern University).”

Behind Michael Galinato’s 22-point performance, the Falcons put up a tough fight before bowing to the FEU Tamaraws via a slim 74-71 decision last Saturday.

“We have no go-to guy, but everybody is working very hard as a team,” said Falcons coach Leo Austria. “I want them to understand the system we should run, and I think we’re getting there. We’re also developing their individual skills so it’s just a matter of time before we’ll be fluid.”

The Eagles will again turn to fifth-year guard Chris Tiu, who drew support from Eric Salamat and Rabeh Al-Hussaini in the end game against the Archers.

Elmer Espiritu stepped up for the Warriors by unloading seven straight points in a crucial stretch for a 78-73 victory over the University of Santo Tomas Tigers and is expected to lead UE anew.

coreytaylor
07-10-2008, 10:00 AM
La Salle: We were unjustly penalized
By Jasmine W. Payo, Philippine Daily Inquirer
http://sports.inquirer.net/inquirersports/

MANILA, Philippines—The much-disputed technical foul during the Ateneo-La Salle game “unjustly penalized” the Green Archers, thus prompting the defending champion to turn to the UAAP board to “rectify the wrong that was perpetrated.”

De La Salle University made these assertions in a letter and a game video sent to UAAP president Dr. Sergio Cao late Wednesday. The board had yet to receive the correspondence at press time.

La Salle, however, continued to be vague as to what rectification it is seeking.

“We’ll leave it to the board to decide,” said La Salle’s Bro. Bernie Oca. “We’re just saying that these are the facts.”

Game officials, headed by commissioner Chito Narvasa, slapped a technical foul on the Archers even before the opening tip due to their coaching staff’s failure to wear their official IDs.

In the same letter, Oca brought to the UAAP board’s attention that Narvasa “denied” that the University of Santo Tomas violated the new mandatory rule that coaches must wear their IDs during the game.

A photo published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer last Monday showed coach Pido Jarencio not wearing an ID when the UST Tigers bowed to University of the East, 78-73.

La Salle reiterated that it “respects the game’s outcome” and demanded that Narvasa “be more consistent in the implementation of the league’s rules.”

coreytaylor
07-10-2008, 10:01 AM
UST coach admits fault in ID issue
By Musong R. Castillo, Philippine Daily Inquirer
http://sports.inquirer.net/inquirersports/

MANILA, Philippines—Admitting his fault, University of Santo Tomas coach Pido Jarencio Wednesday said that he is willing to accept sanctions for not wearing his UAAP team ID as shown by a photo released by La Salle team officials which came out in the newspapers Tuesday.

“We admit neglect of that certain rule and will abide to whatever sanction the commissioner (Chito Narvasa) would impose,” the former PBA guard told the Philippine Daily Inquirer (parent company of INQUIRER.net).

Jarencio added that if it would put the issue to rest, UST would gladly yield two technical free throws before the start of the Tigers’ game against the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons on Saturday at the ULTRA gym in Pasig City.

“It would be like serving your suspension for incurring a flagrant foul in your previous game,” Jarencio explained.

The 47-year-old former King Goldie in the 1980s gave his side after seeing the photo showing that he was not wearing the UAAP ID required of all team personnel during games.

The photo was sent by a La Salle supporter and forwarded by team officials to media outlets on Monday. The university has denied sending the photo to newspapers.

“We don’t want the public to feel that we (UST) are being favored by the commissioner, because we are not,” Jarencio, who gave the Tigers the championship in his maiden year in 2006, said. “We were just excited during the opening and forgot all about it (wearing the ID).

“We preach discipline at UST and we believe that no bad deed should go unpunished.”

jembengzon
07-10-2008, 01:32 PM
kudos to pido jarencio. i think that he has always acted with dignity and class (and humor :D), but most especially in times of controversy. i remember that after the season ending loss last year, he wore his heart on his sleeve, and accepted all the blame for the loss, deflecting any pointed towards his players. here again, simply no excuses, facing the issue straight up like a man.

(then again, for the cynics, baka sabihin ok lang, kasi UP naman ang kalaban ;D, but it's the act and the offer which are important)

Coolmanny
07-10-2008, 06:42 PM
kudos to pido jarencio.* i think that he has always acted with dignity and class (and humor* :D), but most especially in times of controversy.* i remember that after the season ending loss last year, he wore his heart on his sleeve, and accepted all the blame for the loss, deflecting any pointed towards his players.* here again, simply no excuses, facing the issue straight up like a man.

(then again, for the cynics, baka sabihin ok lang, kasi UP naman ang kalaban* ;D, but it's the act and the offer which are important)



eh kung yung technical freethrows sa next game na lang versus lasalle? next week na yun? ;D

full battle gear
07-11-2008, 08:59 AM
Eagles, Warriors turn back rivals
By Abac Cordero
Friday, July 11, 2008
www.philstar.com


For Chris Tiu, the heart and soul of Ateneo in the UAAP, a 2-0 start means nothing.

“It’s a confidence booster for us but it still means nothing,” said the campus idol after leading his team past Adamson, 72-45, yesterday at the Philsports Arena.

Tiu scored a dozen points, flexing just enough muscles. He was the only one who scored in double figures for Ateneo, but they were just enough to give the team a 2-0 start.

Now they can look forward to the big game against University of the East on Sunday.

“We just have to play hard, stay away from injuries and stay fresh because we’re playing UE on Sunday,” said Tiu.

Norman Black said that in his four years as Ateneo coach he has never enjoyed a win this big against Adamson, then looked at the Ateneo defense as the early key.

“Our defense is starting to kick in. That’s what we wanted to do. We wanted to be a better defensive team,” said Black, a former import and grand slam coach in the PBA.

“We’ve never win this big of a margin against Adamson,” he said inside the pressroom, referring to their 27-point winning margin, the biggest so far this season.

“It’s three games in one week. We play UE on Sunday. And they also had a big win today so it should be an interesting game,” said Black of Ateneo, a 79-73 winner over archrival La Salle last Sunday.

Earlier, the UE Warriors took an 82-69 win over National U, and joined Ateneo on top of the early standings.

The Warriors swept last year’s elims only to get swept by La Salle in the finals. Once again, they’re taking one game at a time, and try to worry about the crucial stages later on.

“This is an unpredictable season. All teams are almost equal. What happened last season is very hard to even think of this year. We just want to pick as many wins as we can,” said UE mentor Dindo Pumaren.

His Warriors broke loose only in the third quarter where the licensed-to-shoot James Martinez hit three triples from three different angles, the last one making it 63-47.

Ateneo’s defense made the Falcons miss 19 of their 24 three-point attempts and 38 of their 50 shots from closer range. NU was also forced to commit 16 turnovers.

The Falcons took their second straight loss following a three-point defeat against Far Eastern U in last Saturday’s opener, and now they’re in the company of the NU Buldogs.

full battle gear
07-11-2008, 09:00 AM
‘This case is closed’

Friday, July 11, 2008
www.philstar.com


Commissioner Chito Narvasa said last Sunday’s incident where La Salle coach Franz Pumaren was slapped a technical foul for not wearing the proper ID on the court is a closed case.

“Well, I don’t even want to talk about it anymore because to me that case is closed,” said Narvasa, definitely out to make his presence felt as the man in charge of this UAAP season.

The former PBA coach who once served as commissioner of the NCAA said La Salle officials were wrong in going to the media to state their case when they should have gone to him instead.

“If they thought there was something wrong they should have talked to me or they should have written me. But they did not,” said Narvasa during a break in yesterday’s games.

“They could have talked to me right after the game and they could have gotten the answers. But instead they went to the media. They went to everybody except me,” added Narvasa.

“They (La Salle) did not go to the proper forum. And doing this leaves me with no obligation to answer them. I have no obligation at all to answer them,” added Narvasa.

Pumaren was slapped a technical foul even before the big game against Ateneo started. Two charities were given and converted by Ateneo’s Chris Tiu before the tip-off.

Ateneo went on to win the close game, 79-73.

La Salle officials went up in arms, feeling they were singled out because coach Pido Jarencio of Santo Tomas escaped penalty despite the fact that he didn’t wear his ID on the court.

Jarencio said the Tigers are willing to face the penalty of two free throws in their next game against UP tomorrow if only to prove that they’re no sacred cows. – Abac Cordero

full battle gear
07-11-2008, 09:03 AM
Eagles, Warriors overwhelm rivals

By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 05:12:00 07/11/2008


MANILA, Philippines—Ateneo de Manila University held Adamson University to only eight points in the last quarter and the Eagles roared to their second straight win with a 72-45 rout of the Falcons Thursday in the 71st UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

Chris Tiu led a balanced Ateneo charge with 12 points, including six straight in a pivotal 8-0 tear that pushed the Eagles ahead, 40-29, midway in the third quarter after a tightly contested first half, 30-27.

Back-to-back baskets by Tiu kept the Eagles on top, 50-41, early in the fourth before the rookies took over, starting with two foul shots from Ryan Buenafe and a three-point play by Nico Salva.

The highly touted Buenafe, the NCAA juniors MVP last season, added eight points.

The Eagles held the Falcons, who dropped to a 0-2 record like the Bulldogs, to a single basket in the last six minutes.

“This is my fourth year coaching Ateneo and we’ve never won this big of a margin against Adamson,” said Black. “Our defense is starting to kick in now.”

“We lived by the saying that even if the offense is not clicking, if we play good defense we’ll still be in the game,” said Ateneo coach Norman Black. “We really have to cover for one another in every opportunity.”

A sizzling third period also propelled University of the East to an 82-69 romp over the National University for its second straight victory in the first game.

The UE Warriors knocked in 15 of their 30 third-quarter points from beyond the arc to turn a 35-36 halftime deficit into a 16-point lead at 65-49.

James Martinez shot 12 of his team-high 16 markers from three-point range, while skipper Marcy Arellano compiled 14 points, five assists and two steals.

Coach Dindo Pumaren said his Warriors needed a halftime pep talk after blowing a 15-6 start.

“I told them we have to be aggressive and we have to control the boards, that’s why we had that run,” said Pumaren.

The Warriors outscored the Bulldogs, 30-13, in the third canto.

Martinez and Pari Llagas combined for 10 points as the Warriors pulled away from a 43-43 deadlock for a 53-43 advantage.

Hans Thiele and Toto Bandaying also nailed key buckets in the final quarter to foil the Bulldogs who tried to claw back behind Edwin Asoro, Melvin Baloran and Raymond Aguilar.

The Warriors wore black bands for the second straight game in memory of UE chair Panfilo O. Domingo, who died recently due to a lingering illness.

The scores:

First Game

UE 82—Martinez 16, Arellano 14, Thiele 11, Espiritu 11, Llagas 8, Bandaying 7, Lee 6, Zamar 5, Lingganay 4, Tagarda 0, Noble 0, Etrone 0, Reyes 0.
NU 69—Asoro 19, Baloran 17, Aguilar 12, Ponferrada 4, Luy 4, Tungkul 3, Fabula 3, Galapon 3, Batac 2, Jahnke 2, Dela Cruz 0, Catamora 0.
Quarters: 19-14, 35-36, 65-49, 82-69

Second Game

ATENEO 72—Tiu 12, Buenafe 8, Baclao 8, Salamat 8, Salva 7, Reyes 7, Nkemakolam 6, Austria 5, Sumalinog 3, Chua 2, Baldos 2, Escueta 2, Al-Hussaini 2, Burke 0, Long 0.
ADAMSON 45—Gonzalgo 11, Santos 7, Olalia 5, Yambot 5, Galinato 4, Colina 4, Alvarez 3, Nuyles 2, Agustin 2, Gorospe 2, Lozada 0, Cañada 0, Margallo 0,
Quarters: 14-12, 30-27, 44-37, 72-45

full battle gear
07-11-2008, 09:04 AM
Narvasa mum on tech, flays Ateneo-La Salle referees

By Inquirer Sports Staff
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 05:13:00 07/11/2008


MANILA, Philippines—Instead of admitting he goofed, UAAP commissioner Chito Narvasa Thursday took to task and suspended the three referees who officiated the Ateneo-La Salle game last Sunday for “poor control and management” of the most anticipated clash in the league.

“They have to learn more how to control and understand the game,” Narvasa said of Gerry Jimenez, Juner Bayais and Edwin Cañosa, who will all serve a one-game suspension.

Narvasa also cited the referees’ inadequate form that resulted in “poor communication between the commissioner and the coaches” and “unnecessary rough physical contact” among players.

But critics said Narvasa was also guilty of poor control and management after he penalized De La Salle University over the same infraction that University of Santo Tomas got away with on the league’s opening day.

Ruling that La Salle coach Franz Pumaren broke a new league rule for failing to wear his UAAP identification card, Narvasa slapped a technical foul on the Archers, resulting in two Ateneo de Manila University free throws even before the first jumpball.

Narvasa has yet to admit his faux pas even after newspapers came out last Tuesday with a photo of UST coach Pido Jarencio—who was shown not wearing his ID—during the Tigers’ game against the University of the East Warriors.

No less than Jarencio admitted his lapse the following day.

La Salle’s Rico Maierhofer and Ateneo’s Jobe Nkemakolam have also been summoned for their rough play in the game where the Eagles beat the defending champion Archers, 79-73, last Sunday.

“It’s a warning,” said Narvasa. “Next time we catch them, they’ll be ejected and given a suspension.”

The development came a day after La Salle asserted in a letter to the UAAP board that the Archers were “unjustly penalized” for their coaching staff’s failure to wear IDs.

“We welcome [Narvasa’s] decision, but the sanction is for poor officiating; it has nothing to do with the technical foul called,” said La Salle’s league representative Bro. Bernie Oca, FSC.

full battle gear
07-11-2008, 09:06 AM
Warriors, Eagles prevail

By JONAS TERRADO
www.mb.com.ph


University of the East and Ateneo de Manila put on big shows yesterday to claim their second straight wins in the UAAP basketball tournament at the PhilSports Arena.

The Warriors tamed the National University Bulldogs, 82-69, while the Blue Eagles soared past the Adamson University Falcons, 72-45.

The Warriors started strong but got snagged in the second quarter before regaining their focus in the third to thrash National University, 82-69.

James Martinez fired 16 points, nine of them in a third quarter UE splurge that transformed a 35-36 halftime deficit to a 65-49 bubble going into the final 10 minutes.

The 21-year-old management student was joined in the spree by Pari Llagas and Toto Bandaying, who had eight and seven points, respectively, in the second half.

The UE domination of the board, 48-39, as well as its defensive stop that forced 13 NU turnovers in the second half lifted the Warriors helped the Warriors to notch their second straight win.

"I think the turning point of the game was our aggressiveness in the third quarter," UE head coach Dindo Pumaren said. "We had a good start in the first quarter, but we relaxed in the middle part of the second quarter so I told them to be aggressive and get the control of the boards."

Marcy Arellano also shone for the Warriors with 14 points on 6-for-9 shooting while Hans Thiele made 11 points and eight rebounds and Elmer Espiritu contributed 11 points and 12 boards.

"James and Toto hit some big shots," Pumaren said. "James has always been consistent while Toto recovered from a bad game last time, kaya binigyan ko siya ng opportunity para tumaas ang kumpiyansa niya."

Edwin Asoro led the Bulldogs with 19 points while Melvin Baloran had 17 points and seven rebounds and Raymund Aguilar contributed 12 points and 10 boards.

In the second game, the Blue Eagles never allowed the Falcons to fly side by side with them as after a slim 30-27 halftime lead, they exploded a 42-18 bomb for the runaway victory.

Chris Tiu scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half to emerge as the only Eagle with a double digit production in a balanced Ateneo scoring that saw rookie Ryan Buenafe, Nonoy Baclao and Eric Salamat contribute eight points apiece.

Our defense is starting to kick in," Ateneo head coach Norman Black gushed. "We wanted to become a good defensive team as the season goes along."

Paul Gonzalgo led the Falcons with 11 points not underscoring Adamson’s measly 17-for-74 production from the field. Allan Santos had seven points and 11 rebounds while big man Mike Galinato was held to four points and three rebounds.

The scores:

First Game

UE 82 — Martinez 16, Arellano 14, Thiele 11, Espiritu 11, Llagas 8, Bandaying 7, Lee 6, Zamar 5, Lingganay 4, Tagarda 0, Noble 0, Etrone 0, Reyes 0.

NU 69 — Asoro 19, Baloran 17, Aguilar 12, Ponferrada 4, Luy 4, Tungcul 3, Fabula 3, Galapon 3, Batac 2, Jahnke 2, Dela Cruz 0, Garcia 0, Catamora 0.

Quarters: 19-14, 35-36, 65-49, 82-69.

Second Game

ATENEO 72 — Tiu 12, Buenafe 8, Baclao 8, Salamat 8, Salva 7, Reyes 7, Nkemakolam 6, Austria 5, Sumalinog 3, Chua 2, Baldos 2, Escueta 2, Al-Hussaini 2, Burke 0, Long 0.

Adamson 45 — Gonzalgo 11, Santos 7, Olalia 5, Yambot 5, Galinato 4, Colina 3, Alvarez 3, Nuyles 2, Agustin 2, Gorospe 2, Lozada 0, Canada 0, Margallo 0.

Quarters: 14-12, 30-27, 44-37, 72-45.

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07-11-2008, 09:06 AM
3 UAAP referees banned 1 game

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UAAP Commissioner Chito Narvasa yesterday suspended three referees for one game for below-par performance during the game between Ateneo de Manila and De La Salle last Sunday.

Referees Gerry Jimenez, Juner Bayais, and Edwin Cañosa were slapped a one-game ban for the period of July 7-13.

"They didn’t do a proper job during that game, especially in the second half," said Narvasa after reviewing a tape of the game.

Their poor handling of ball situation resulted "in unnecessary physical contact."

The Eagles and the Archers combined for 61 fouls on Sunday, which resulted in 71 free-throw attempts by both squads.

The game was also marred by DLSU getting called for a technical foul even before the start of the game after Franz Pumaren failed to wear his official UAAP identification card, while Ateneo coach Norman Black was assessed a technical for "disobeying the commissioner" prior to the start of the fourth quarter.

Pumaren and DLSU has since claimed that other teams such as University of Santo Tomas also failed to wear an ID during the opening ceremonies and the school has even brought up the issue to the UAAP board for clarification.

Meanwhile, Narvasa reversed the decision of suspending University of the East Paul Lee in the Red Warriors’ 82-69 victory over the Bulldogs after he was thrown out in their win last Saturday against the UST for trash talking.

According to Narvasa, Lee should have been warned first since it was his first offense. But referee Ferdinand Manalac called otherwise, calling it a technical a foul.

"The rules stated that a player must be called a warning for his first offense instead of a technical foul," Narvasa mentioned. — Jonas TERRADO

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07-12-2008, 08:15 AM
Archers out to vent ire on Tams
By Abac Cordero
Saturday, July 12, 2008
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A bitter loss to Ateneo and an early dispute with the commissioner marked the start of La Salle’s title-retention drive in the 71st UAAP season.

But today the Green Archers will try to leave those worries behind when they take on the FEU Tamaraws in the featured match at Philsports.

La Salle took a 79-73 loss to Ateneo last Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum. It doesn’t come often that La Salle loses its opening match in the UAAP.

Worse, the Green Archers fell into a controversy so early in the season.

Coach Franz Pumaren was slapped a technical foul even before the game had started as he failed to put on his coaches’ ID entering the court.

The Green Archers resented the early penalty slapped on them, arguing that team officials in the game prior to theirs also didn’t wear their IDs.

But commissioner Chito Narvasa stood firm in his decision, and sounded like he won’t hesitate penalizing those who will break the rule.

The Green Archers will have to keep their minds in the game when they face the Tamaraws in the exciting 4 p.m. encounter.

The Tams, a team that should be taken seriously this season, hurdled Adamson, 74-71, in the season opener last Saturday.

A victory by FEU will push the Morayta-based school on top of the standings along with Ateneo and UE.

In the other game set at 2 p.m. host University of the Philippines goes up against 2006 champion Santo Tomas.

The Maroons went winless in 14 games last year but made a complete turnaround when they defeated the NU Bulldogs last Sunday, 86-72.

But they will be in for a major test against the Tigers, one of this year’s title favorites, despite a 78-73 loss to UE in their opening game.

Coach Pido Jarencio of UST, who was photographed not wearing his ID in their first game, said he’s willing to face the penalty of two free throws to be awarded UP before the start of the game.

Narvasa yesterday said there’s no need for this.

“I appreciate their gesture and honesty. But people have already been reprimanded,” he said.

Sources, however, said the UAAP board will sit down at noon today to tackle the ID issue. League commissioner Chito Narvasa is expected to face the board.

“He has not answered our queries why we were penalized the others were not,” said La Salle coach Franz Pumaren yesterday.

“We wanted to know the rationale behind the wearing of these IDs. And again, why we were penalized and the others were not,” he added.

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07-12-2008, 08:28 AM
After losses, DLSU, UST try to rebound

By JONAS TERRADO
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Defending champion De La Salle and University of Santo Tomas try to recover from disappointing losses last weekend when they go up against similar dangerous rivals today in the 71st UAAP basketball tournament at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

The Green Archers tackle Far Eastern University at 4 p.m. while the Growling Tigers collide with the University of the Philippines Maroons in the first game at 2 p.m.

To avoid getting into a 0-2 hole, the Archers have to play tough and smart from start to finish to ward off the expected strong challenge from the Tamaraws.

And to do that, veterans JV Casio, Rico Maierhofer, and James Mangahas and rookies Joshua Webb and LA Revilla have to double their efforts to deny the Morayta-based cagers a second straight win.

Casio finished with 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting while Maierhofer had 16 points and grabbed eight boards in their 79-73 loss to Ateneo.

One thing going for Glen Capacio’s wards is that they are coming off a razor-thin 74-71 victory over Adamson University last Saturday.

In that game, FEU overcame a three-point deficit with one minute remaining through the heroics of Jens Knuttel whose huge triple capped the team’s brilliant come-from-behind win.

Last year’s top rookie JR Cawaling is expected to have another strong performance while Riel Cervantes, Mark Barroca, John Alisbo, and team captain Benedict Fernandez will try to help FEU’s cause as well.

Meanwhile, coach Pido Jarencio hopes for another monster efforts from reigning Most Valuable Player Jervy Cruz and Dylan Ababou – both toughened by their stint in the recent PBL tournament.

The two had a strong game in its 78-73 loss to University of the East as Cruz scored 26 points and 22 rebounds while Ababou finished with 15. Big man Chester Taylor will try to equal his 10-point, five-rebound effort he tallied during that game.

Veterans Francis Allera and Japs Cuan are also capable of delivering the goods for the España-based squad.

The Maroons are coming off a morale-boosting 86-72 thrashing of National University that ended a long losing streak. The Fighting Maroons, whose school is celebrating its centennial anniversary, is coming off a winless campaign last season.

Martin Reyes will lead the Diliman-based squad once more after pouring 21 points over the Bulldogs last Sunday. Helping his cause are Mike Gamboa, Andrew Marfori, Jay Agbayani, Magi Sison, and Paul Sorongon.

Both DLSU and UST will play their first game since being involved in the new identification card ruling imposed this season.

The Green Archers were slapped a technical foul even before the start of the game against Ateneo after the coaching staff failed to wear the prescribed ID. The Taft-based school claimed that Jarencioalso failed to wear an ID last Saturday but was not assessed a technical.

Meanwhile, juniors’ basketball action also resumes today at the Blue Eagle gym with Ateneo High School going up against Adamson in the curtain raiser at 9 a.m.

In other games, UST takes on NU, defending champion De La Salle-Zobel battles UE, and UPIS takes on FEU-FERN.

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07-13-2008, 07:28 AM
Casio show marks Archers’ win
By Abac Cordero
Sunday, July 13, 2008
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Never under coach Franz Pumaren’s watch has La Salle lost its first two games of the season.

The Green Archers made sure that won’t happen when they pulled off a 73-62 victory over the older and taller FEU Tamaraws in the 71st UAAP season at Philsports Arena yesterday.

“Never. It has never happened,” said Pumaren when asked if there was a time, in his 10 years as La Salle coach, where the team had gone off to a 0-2 start.

He has JV Casio, his veteran, to thank for.

“Well, it was a JV Casio show,” said Pumaren inside the Philsports pressroom which he said was “even bigger” than their locker room.

Casio, who played a very big role in La Salle’s amazing comeback to win the title last year, exploded with a career-high 29 points, 10 of them coming in the fourth quarter.

“We just wanted to show that this La Salle team won’t change. That it won’t stop until the final second,” said Casio, who nearly cramped out after 28 minutes on the floor.

La Salle lost to Ateneo last week in its first game – actually its first big game – of the season, and another loss to FEU, the slight favorite heading into the game, would have been awful.

The Tamaraws seemed in control of the match until Simon Atkins, Peejay Barua, Bade Malabes and Casio hit big triples in the second half, each one helping break the Tamaraws’ backs.

The UAAP board met yesterday and came to an agreement that wearing of IDs by team officials during a game will continue to be implemented.

“Along with it the other rules of the UAAP will be implemented fairly and consistently,” said Herc Callanta of host UP in his capacity as secretary of the board.

The board said the technical foul on La Salle before the start of the game against Ateneo was for delay of the game after Pumaren entered the court not wearing his ID.

Earlier, Santo Tomas picked up the pieces following a five-point loss to UE, beating State University, 94-75, in preparation for a big game against La Salle on Thursday.

Dylan Ababou, coming off a hand injury sustained during his PBL stint, scored a dozen points in only 11 minutes of action, then said he’s just getting started.

“We wanted to win the title last year but La Salle took it away from us. This year is a good chance for us to prove that we can be champions again,” said Ababou.

The Tigers, the 2006 champions, are not in tip-top shape two games into the season. A couple more players standing close to 6’4” are recovering from injuries as well.

Coach Pido Jarencio said 2007 MVP Jervy Cruz is still feeling his game after a hamstring injury while Khasim Mirza and Allein Maliksi are just on the road to recovery.

The Tigers trailed in the early going, 17-9, but when they got going they never looked back. They took a 28-21 lead and it went up to 61-43 en route to a 1-1 slate.

The Maroons, now assured of a better finish than last year, came off an 86-72 win over National U last week and dropped to 1-1. They went winless in 14 games last year.

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07-13-2008, 07:33 AM
Casio hot as Archers rip Tams; Tigers strike, turn back Maroons
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 21:42:00 07/12/2008


GAMES SUNDAY (PhilSports Arena)
2 p.m.--NU vs Adamson
4 p.m.--UE vs Ateneo

MANILA, Philippines--For Coach Franz Pumaren, it only made sense to turn to his best man on the court.

JV Casio took charge in key moments of the second half and powered the La Salle Archers to a 73-62 triumph over the Far Eastern Tamaraws in the 71st UAAP men's basketball tournament Saturday at the PhilSports Arena.

Casio knocked down a career-high 29 points on top of eight rebounds and three steals as the Archers notched their first win in two games.

"Today's game was a JV Casio show," said Pumaren. "One classic move was the last layup that he made. FEU just froze, they just stood and thought he'll just dribble the ball. And suddenly there's that burst of speed. I'm happy with the veterans. They performed really well. They carried the team not only scoring-wise, but in all the other aspects."

Rico Maierhofer collected 11 markers, 17 rebounds and three blocks to help the Archers recover from a 79-73 loss to arch rival Ateneo last Sunday.

A group of La Salle supporters wore over-sized IDs during the game in a mocking reference to the technical foul slapped on the Archers before their game against the Eagles for their coaching staff's failure to wear official league identification cards.

Earlier, University of Santo Tomas reminded University of the Philippines it still has a lot of growing up to do in the league as the Tigers walloped the host Maroons, 94-75.

Dylan Ababou, who just recovered from a right hand fracture, took command in the first half and finished with a game-high 20 points.

La Salle, UST, UP and FEU all wound up tied at 1-1 behind early leaders Ateneo and University of the East.

Rookie point guard Jeric Fortuna helped spark the early UST run by scoring 10 of his 11 markers in the opening quarter, while reigning Most Valuable Player Jervy Cruz sustained the onslaught to finish with 15 points despite nursing injuries in his hamstring and ankle.

"Jervy is just 80 percent," said coach Pido Jarencio after the Tigers recovered from a 78-73 opening-day setback versus the University of the East.

"But Fortuna, he's really good, he'll be the future star point guard of UST. As I've said, we'll always come up with a surprise."

The Maroons had looked capable of pulling off another upset win with a surprising 17-9 start against the 2006 champion Tigers.

But the Maroons--who surprisingly crushed National University, 86-72, last Sunday--turned cold as the Tigers wrapped up the first period with a 15-3 rally to wrest the lead at 26-21.

The Tigers pulled away to a 61-43 advantage at halftime after a notable 56.8-percent shooting clip.

The Maroons, who lost all 14 assignments last season by an average of 20.8 points, trailed by as many as 27 points, 75-48, in the third quarter.

The Archers rose from 36-43 down in the last four minutes of the third quarter by mounting a 14-4 run, including 12 points from three-point range to claim the edge at 50-47.

Back-to-back treys by Casio and Bader Malabes kept the Archers up at 60-54 in the final period, before Benedict Fernandez towed the Tamaraws within 60-59.

But Maierhofer and Casio sparked a 7-0 spurt to stretch the Archers' lead again to 67-59 heading into the final two minutes.

"We didn't want to stop fighting, because that's what happened when we lost lost to Ateneo," said Casio. "We needed to show that we can keep our intensity until the final quarter."

The Archers nailed only 9-of-31 attempts in the first half, but trailed the Tamaraws only by three, 32-29, at the break.

The Eagles and the Warriors, meanwhile, will dispute the solo lead at 4 p.m. Sunday also at the PhilSport Arena. Adamson and National U shoot for their first win earlier at 2 p.m.

The scores:
First Game
UST 94--Ababou 20, Cruz 15, Fortuna 11, Canlas 11, Allera 11, Cuan 9, Fenequito 6, Camus 6, Bautista 3, Taylor 2, Wong 0, Vargas 0, Afuang 0, Gile 0.

UP 74--Sison 20, Pajela 9, Fortu 8, Agbayani 8, Sorongon 6, Marfori 5, Gamboa 5, De Asis 5, Reyes 4, Co 3, Astorga 2, Lopez 0, Dela Victoria 0, Maniego 0, Hipolito 0, Braganza 0.

Quarters: 26-21, 61-43, 81-58, 94-75


Second Game
LA SALLE 73--Casio 29, Maierhofer 11, Barua 9,Malabes 7, Atkins 5, Walsham 4, Mangahas 4, Webb 2, Villanueva 2, Revlla 0, Bagatsing 0, Ferdinand 0.

FEU 62--Baracael 14, Cawaling 9, Barroca 9, Cervantes 7, Ramos 7, Fernandez 7, Adolfo 3, Kave 2, Alisbo 2, Knuttel 2, Sanga 0.

Quarters: 18-17, 29-32, 50-47, 73-62

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07-13-2008, 07:33 AM
UAAP vows consistent application of rules

By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 21:43:00 07/12/2008


MANILA, Philippines--The UAAP Board decided to put a lid on the "ID controversy" that led to a disputed technical foul called on La Salle by vowing to implement all league rules "consistently and fairly."

"There was recognition of the need to make sure that all rules of the UAAP be applied consistently and fairly, and this will be in partnership with the commissioner and all officials," said league secretary-treasurer Herc Callanta of host University of the Philippines.

School representatives convened Saturday to tackle a La Salle letter sent to the UAAP board Wednesday, which noted that the Green Archers had been "unjustly penalized" with a technical foul over coach Franz Pumaren's failure to wear an official ID during the Ateneo-La Salle match.

As a result, the Archers gave up two free throws even before the opening tip of the game the Blue Eagles won, 78-73, last Sunday.

In the same letter, La Salle representative to the board Bro. Bernie Oca wrote that the school wanted the board to "rectify" the penalty slapped on the team.

The school, however, did not state what action it wanted the UAAP board to undertake. La Salle representative Bro. Bernie Oca no longer commented on the issue.

La Salle felt targeted by the technical foul because, as it noted, UST's Pido Jarencio also failed to wear his ID on opening day but was not sanctioned.

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07-13-2008, 07:38 AM
DLSU, UST bounce back

By JONAS TERRADO
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De La SalleUniversity and University of Santo Tomas methodically cut down separate rivals yesterday to bounce back mightily in the UAAP basketball tournament at the PhilSports Arena.

The Archers, still smarting from a 73-79 loss to archrival Ateneo last weekend, vented their irse on the Far Eastern University Tamaraws, 73-62, while the undermanned Growling Tigers made mincemeat of the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons, 94-75.

The Archers and the Tigers improved to 1-1, the same record now held by the Tamaraws and the Fighting Maroons.

The Green Archers trailed, 29-37, early in the third third quarter but finally gained their shooting touch, hitting six triples from there to prevent the Tamaraws from scoring a second straight win.

"We really executed well," La Salle coach Franz Pumaren said. "But there is still process of knowing each since most of the players were injured during the preseason."

JV Casio went 7-of-10 from the field, three of them caming from the three-point arch. The fifth year standout also had eight rebounds and three steals in 28 minutes of play.

Rico Maierhofer tallied a double-double of 11 points and 17 rebounds on top of three blocks.

A triple by Casio and James Mangahas erased a 54-54 deadlock to grab the lead for good, 60-54, with 5:12 to go.

After the Tamaraws rallied to within a point, 59-60, the Archers responded with a quick 8-0 blast to pull away anew before Casio made five straight points to complete a 13-3 La Salle windup.

"It was a JV Casio show," Pumaren said. "FEU just froze, he had the burst of speed despite being double and triple teamed."

Mac Baracael led FEU with 14 points while JR Cawaling and Mark Barroca added nine points each.

In the first game, reigning Most Valuable Player (MV) Jervy Cruz, Dylan Ababou, and Francis Allera led the UST onslaught but it was rookie Jeric Fortuna who sparked the Growling Tigers’ charge in the first half to help put the game away early.

Fortuna, a recruit from De La Salle-Zobel, fired a perfect 3-for-3 from the three-point area to score 10 points in the first quarter where UST erased a 9-17 deficit to take a 26-21 first quarter lead. He finished with 11 points.

Ababou led UST with 20 points on 7-for-11 shooting while Cruz added 15 points and five rebounds. Mark Canlas and Allera added 11 apiece.

Although Pido Jarencio was pleased with the win, he voiced concern on several of his injured players – Cruz, Khasim Mirza, who appeared in school uniform because of a flu, and Allen Maliksi.

"May mga 2-3 players kaming injured," Jarencio said. "Si Jervy hindi pa 100 percent pero kahit papaano nakapag-contribute pa din siya sa team."

Ababou exploded for 12 points in the first 20 minutes while Allera and Cruz chipped in nine and eight, respectively, to grab a commanding 61-43 halftime mark.

UST took its biggest lead at 27 points, 75-48, in the third quarter as Cruz and Ababou starred in a 14-5 splurge.

The scores:

First Game

UST 94 — Ababou 20, Cruz 15, Fortuna 11, Canlas 11, Allera 11, Cuan 9, Fenequito 6, Camus 6, Bautista 3, Taylor 2, Wong 0, Vargas 0, Afuang 0, Gile 0

UP 75 — Sison 20, Pajela 9,Fortu 8, Agbayani 8, Sorongon 6, Marfori 5, Gamboa 5, De Asis 5, Reyes 4, Co 3, Astorga 2, Lopez 0, Dela Victoria 0, Maniego 0, Hipolito 0, Braganza 0

Quarters: 26-21, 61-43, 81-58, 94-75.

Second Game

DLSU 73 — Casio 29, Maierhofer 11, Barua 9, Malabes 7, Atkins 5, Walsham 4, Mangahas 4, Webb 2, Villanueva 2, Revilla 0, Bagatsing 0, Ferdinand 0.

FEU 62 — Baracael 14, Cawaling 9, Barroca 9, Cervantes 7, Ramos 7, Fernandez 7, Adolfo 3, Kave 2, Alisbo 2, Knuttel 2, Sanga 0.

Quarters: 18-17, 29-32, 50-47, 73-62.

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07-14-2008, 09:33 AM
Mighty Eagles disarm Warriors
By Abac Cordero
Monday, July 14, 2008
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Ateneo defeated University of the East yesterday in a battle between two of the title favorites, 64-58, and remained as the only unbeaten team in the 71st UAAP season.

A huge crowd came to watch the interesting match-up good enough for the finals, but in the end those in the Ateneo blue-and-white left the Philports Arena smiling.

Rabeth Al-Hussaini, the biggest man on the Ateneo lineup at 6-foot-6, provided the highlight plays of the game. He had 18 points and 17 huge rebounds in 31 minutes.

Al-Hussaini, 19, half-brother of the PBA’s Carlo Sharma, had eight points each in the third and fourth quarters, and plucked a very crucial rebound inside the final minute.

“I just tried to push myself,” said Al-Hussaini who made his coach, Norman Black, and their ringside supporters, led by businessman Manny Pangilinan and the President’s son, Dato Arroyo, happy.

“I’m very happy. A little relieved I guess. But I’m very happy with the win. The big man stepped up. He’s the biggest guy on the floor so we want him to use his size as much as possible,” said Black.

The win was Ateneo’s third in seven days, following a six-point win over La Salle last Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum and a 27-point demolition of Adamson last Thursday.

“This is a good start (3-0). We’re still on track for our goal, which is to make the Final Four,” Black added.

The Warriors took their first defeat in three games, and will have to set new goals this year after winning all their 14 matches in the elimination round last year, and finishing second in the end.

In the appetizer, Adamson barged into the win column after two defeats, scoring a 73-65 win over National U, which remained as the only team that has yet to win this season.

Adamson engaged NU in a tight contest and had to lean on Mark Agustin to pull off the victory that came off a three-point loss to FEU and a 27-point defeat to Ateneo.

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07-14-2008, 09:36 AM
Hot Eagles out front; Falcons rip Bulldogs

By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 02:28:00 07/14/2008


MANILA, Philippines—This time, it’s the Ateneo Blue Eagles who are making winning a routine.

Rabeh Al-Hussaini led a dominant performance by Ateneo de Manila University’s big men as the Eagles subdued the University of the East Warriors, 64-58, Sunday to remain as the only unbeaten team in the 71st UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

“We utilized our size and it’s not just our size at the front, but also the size of our guards,” said coach Norman Black after the Eagles wrapped up an impressive first week that included wins over rival De La Salle University and Adamson University.

“It’s a good start. We’re on track with our goal, which is to make it to the Final Four. I know that normally during the UAAP season, it’s a bumpy road. So it’s good to get off to a good start and have a few wins behind us.”

Al-Hussaini, the 6-foot-6 half brother of Red Bull’s Carlo Sharma, buried a game-high 18 points aside from hauling down 17 rebounds and dishing out three assists.

“The big men stepped up for us, they really got in the boards,” said Black. “Al-Hussaini had a big game for us and we facilitated our offense to (rookie) Ryan Buenafe in the end, it really helped a great deal.”

From a 51-51 standoff, the Eagles pulled away by drilling eight unanswered points with four minutes left. As the Warriors’ scoring drought continued, the Eagles coasted to their first double-digit lead at 63-52 at the 2:46 mark.

Chris Tiu added 11 points and four assists for Ateneo while Buenafe and Nonoy Baclao contributed 10 apiece.

It’s the first loss in three games for the Warriors, who swept all 14 elimination games last season before bowing to La Salle in the Finals.

The Warriors played without top backup guard Paul Lee, who recently contracted dengue.

Earlier, Marc Agustin celebrated his return to Adamson by powering the Falcons to their first victory in three matches, 73-65, over the National University Bulldogs.

The 6-foot-4 Agustin, sidelined last season due to an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, shot 25 points built on an impressive 7-of-11 clip from the field.

“I’m really surprised with Marc,” said Adamson coach Leo Austria of his fifth-year forward, the eldest son of 1992 PBA Most Valuable Player Ato Agustin.

“This is my second year with him and this is the first time he played this well. He’s important to us because he’s one of only two veterans left in the team.”

The Bulldogs, who skidded to their third straight loss, came back from 22-31 to tie it at 39 with 3:44 minutes left in the third behind Edwin Asoro, who finished with 22 points.

But Alex Nuyles helped restore the Falcons’ lead by shooting seven of their next 12 points for a 51-47 advantage.

Agustin kept the Falcons ahead for the rest of the fourth quarter, leading them to a 72-61 edge with only 47 seconds remaining.

“There’s pressure,” said Austria, who returned to Adamson after a year-long stint as Welcoat coach in the PBA. “People expect a lot from us because of our pre-season run. But on paper, we’re really just [ranked] No. 7. I guess it’s our system that’s making us a contender.”

The scores:

First Game
ADAMSON 73—Agustin 25, Colina 11, Galinato 9, Nuyles 7, Olalia 7, Cañada 7, Alvarez 4, Gonzalgo 2, Yambot 1, Lozada 0, Santos 0, Gorospe 0.
NU 65—Asoro 22, Jahnke 8, Dela Cruz 7, Ponferrada 7, Aguilar 5, Baloran 5, Garcia 5, Fabula 4, Tungkul 2, Batac 0, Galapon 0, Luy 0, Catamora 0.
Quarters: 16-13, 31-22, 51-47, 73-65

Second Game
ATENEO 64—Al-Hussaini 18, Tiu 11, Buenafe 10, Baclao 10, Salamat 6, Salva 4, Escueta 3, Nkemakolam 2, Austria 0, Baldos 0, Long 0, Reyes 0.
UE 58—Espiritu 11, Llagas 10, Zamar 9, Lingganay 9, Martinez 7, Bandaying 6, Thiele 4, Arellano 2, Noble 0, Etrone 0, Acuña 0, Reyes 0.
Quarters: 12-10, 26-27, 47-47, 64-58

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07-14-2008, 09:40 AM
Eagles outmuscle Warriors

By JONAS TERRADO
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Six-foot-six Rabeh Al-Hussaini asserted himself down low as Ateneo subdued a fighting University of the East crew, 64-58, yesterday for its third straight victory in the 71st UAAP basketball tournament at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

Al-Hussaini had 18 points and seven rebounds as he dominated the smaller UE frontline. He played for 31 minutes, shooting 9-of-20 from the field.

In the other game, Adamson University rode on the superb performance of Mark Agustin to whip winless National University, 73-65.

Despite a smaller lineup, the Warriors battled the Eagles ferociously off the boards, 41-43.

But the Eagles played better in the endgame to post the hard-earned victory.

"I’m very happy with the win," said Ateneo head coach Norman Black. "The big men stepped up, had a good game for us. We really got on the boards well, particularly on the offensive rebounds."

Al-Hussaini, a recruit from Philippine Christian University, got plenty of help.

Chris Tiu chipped in 11 points while rookie Ryan Buenafe and Noy Baclao each had 10 points.

Al-Hussaini poured eight points in the final quarter, that included a tip-in and a hook shot, sparking an 8-0 blast that gave the Blue Eagles a 59-51 margin with 4:16 left in the contest.

"Today, he was able to get into the offensive boards today," Black said of the 19-year-old Al-Hussaini. "He missed few easy shots in the end, I probably had a much bigger game but he really came up big for us."

Espiritu led the Red Warriors, who fell to a 2-1 win-loss, with 11 points and nine rebounds while Pari Llagas tallied 10 points and five boards.

Ateneo led early 21-14 as Tiu made seven points while Baclao had six.

However, a 13-6 run, highlighted by a booming trey by Paul Zamar, gave the Recto-based squad a 27-26 lead at halftime.

The Blue Eagles stormed to a 41-34 advantage midway in the third as Al-Hussaini hit two putbacks but UE tied the count at 45-45 at the end of the quarter on an 11-4 spurt fueled by Zamar’s two triples and Rudy Lingganay’s gutsy drive.

Zamar, the son of former Red Warrior coach Boyzie, went 3-for-6 from the three-point area to finish with nine points off the bench.

Earlier, Agustin scored 16 of his career-best 25 points in the first half as the Falcons barged into the win column following two losses.

"I’m happy na nanalo kami," said Adamson mentor Leo Austria. "Nakakanerbyos itong tournament na ito dahil everybody expects a lot from us dahil sa performance namin nung preseason at well balanced ang season na ito."

Jan Colina had 11 points and five rebounds while Mike Galinato chipped in with nine points and five boards.

The scores:

First Game

Adamson 73 — Agustin 25, Colina 11, Galinato 9, Nuyles 7, Canada 7, Alvarez 4, Gonzalgo 2, Yambot 1, Lozada 0, Santos 0, Gorospe 0

NU 65 — Asoro 22, Jahnke 8, Dela Cruz 7, Ponferrada 7, Aguilar 5, Baloran 5, Garcia 5, Fabula 4, Tungcul 2. Batac 0, Galapon 0, Luy 0, Catamora 0

Quarters: 16-13, 31-22, 51-47, 73-65

Second Game

Ateneo 64 — Al-Hussaini 18, Tiu 11, Buenafe 10, Baclao 10, Salamat 6, Salva 4, Escueta 3, Nkemakolam 3, Austria 2, Baldos 0, Long 0, Reyes 0

UE 58 — Espiritu 11, Llagas 10, Zamar 9, Lingganay 9, Martinez 7, Bandaying 6, Thiele 4, Arellano 2, Noble 0, Etrone 0, Acuna 0, Reyes 0

Quarters: 12-10, 26-27, 45-45, 64-58

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07-17-2008, 09:10 AM
Archers wary vs Tigers; UP takes on FEU; Pido: Wait for our surprise

By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 02:31:00 07/17/2008


MANILA, Philippines—Putting a first win behind him, De La Salle University coach Franz Pumaren opted to provide an honest—rather than optimistic—assessment on his Archers’ next assignment: The University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers.

“They’re going to be very tough,” said Pumaren of the Tigers, who are mentored by Pido Jarencio, the former UST gunslinger who steered the school to an improbable and dramatic 2006 title run.

“UST has very experienced players. If you look at their lineup, they have several senior guys. If you look at my team right now, it’s only JV (Casio) and Rico (Maierhofer) who played a lot of minutes last season. All my other veterans were role players last season.”

The Archers and the Tigers—the two UAAP champions in the last two seasons—will fight for a share of second place in the men’s basketball tournament at 4 p.m. Thursday at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City, right after the Far Eastern University Tamaraws and the University of the Philippines Maroons aim for the same goal at 2 p.m.

La Salle, UST, FEU and UP all have 1-1 records, behind unbeaten Ateneo de Manila University (3-0) and second-running University of the East (2-1).

As glowing as Pumaren’s description of the Tigers is, Jarencio isn’t one to be flattered.

“We’ll just be ready,” said Jarencio. “We’re not promising anything in any of our games. We just come up with a surprise. Against UP, (rookie Jeric) Fortuna stepped up. Just wait for our surprise in our next game.”

Already, Jarencio has stirred up a neat surprise of his own, peddling a story of a beat-up, injured UST squad to anyone willing to listen only to draw strong performances from his supposedly hurting stars.

The Archers and the Tigers are coming off big wins following their opening-day setbacks.

Casio triggered the Archers’ spirited end-game charge for a career-high 29 points in their 73-62 triumph over the Tamaraws last Saturday.

“Hopefully we can defend well against UST,” said Pumaren. “They really play well and they’re big.”

Jarencio continues to spin the injury yarn, citing reigning Most Valuable Player Jervy Cruz’s injured hamstring and ankle. Cruz hurt his hamstring while playing for Hapee in the recent PBL finals.

Yet, the 6-foot-4 banger continued to dominate the paint, averaging 20.5 points and 13 rebounds in two outings thus far.

Dylan Ababou, whose hand was in a cast just weeks before the start of the season, also came out strong for the Tigers by firing 20 points in their 94-75 crushing of the Maroons over the weekend.

The Tamaraws, meanwhile, will try to recover from their first loss behind Mac Baracael and Mark Barroca.

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07-17-2008, 09:12 AM
La Salle, UST test each other

By JONAS TERRADO
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Five days after barging into the win-column, defending champion La Salle and 2006 champion University of Santo Tomas test each other’s mettle when they clash today in the UAAP basketball tournament at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

The Green Archers and the Growling Tigers tangle at 4 p.m. with the winner gaining a share of second place with idle University of the East and the winner of the first game between Far Eastern University and University of the Philippines at 2 o’clock.

Ateneo de Manila is on top of the standings at 3-0 after beating the UE Warriors last Sunday.

Following their loss to the Blue Eagles in their first outing, the Archers bounced back with a 73-62 victory over the Tamaraws while UST recovered from its opening day setback to UE by trouncing UP, 94-75.

Despite their impressive showing against FEU, La Salle coach Franz Pumaren admits they have to play real smart on both ends to survive the expected challenge of the Tigers, who were unforgiving in their win over the Maroons the last time.

"UST really played well (last Saturday) and they’re big, so it’s going to be a tough game for us," said Pumaren.

On the other hand, UST mentor Pido Jarencio made his usual straightforward comment about his team’s preparation against the Taft-based dribblers.

"Kami naman walang pinapangako basta ready lang ang team sa kanila," remarked Jarencio.

With his brilliant 29-point output against the Tamaraws, JV Casio is likely to be a marked man by the Tigers. And so is 6-foot-6 Rico Maierhofer, who churned out 11 points and 17 rebounds.

With the Tigers likely to plot a strategy to limit the production of the two veterans, Pumaren needs more offensive from their role players such as Peejay Barua, James Mangahas, Bader Malabes, and rookies Joshua Webb and Hyram Bagatsing.

Expected to go down deep this time after their failure to retain their title last year, Jarencio will rely on PBL veterans Dylan Ababou, Francis Allera and reigning MVP Jervy Cruz. Ababou led the Tigers’ furious assault against the Maroons with 20 points.

In that match, the Tigers also got a big lift from rookie Jeric Fortuna. The former La Salle-Zobel standout fired 10 of his 11 points in the first quarter that helped UST rally from an early 8-point deficit en route to the runaway win. Japs Cuan, and Mark Canlas are also capable of providing the needed firepower for UST.

In the other match, FEU tactician Glen Capacio will rely on Mac Baracael and sophomore forward JR Cawaling and support from Mark Barroca, team captain Benedict Fernandez and Riel Cervantes.

Baracael had 14 points against DLSU while Cawaling and Barroca chipped in nine points apiece. But the Tams faltered down the stretch despite posting a nine-point lead in the third quarter.

The Fighting Maroons, meanwhile, needs to see more production from Martin Reyes, who was held to just four points after making 21 points in their opening day win over National University last July 6.

Center Magi Sison has shown some promise in the early parts of the season but he needs the support of Paul Sorongon, Mike Gamboa, and Andrew Marfori to pull off another surprise. The Maroons, who lost all their 14 games last season, beat NU last July 6.

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07-17-2008, 09:15 AM
3 UAAP referees banned 1 game

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According to Narvasa, Lee should have been warned first since it was his first offense. But referee Ferdinand Manalac called otherwise, calling it a technical a foul.



So Ferdinand is his first name... hmmmmmm..............

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07-18-2008, 08:01 AM
Malabes saves Archers from Tigers’ claws
By Abac Cordero
Friday, July 18, 2008
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La Salle faced a very tall order against Santo Tomas yesterday but managed to get away with an 85-84 win that pushed its title-retention drive back in the groove at the Philsports Arena.

The battle between the two champions was tight all throughout and the Green Archers had to lean on the breaks of the game to pull off their second win in three games in this UAAP season.

“We’re lucky to survive that game,” coach Franz Pumaren admitted during the post-game interview where he talked about Bader Malabes hitting the basket which he felt mattered most.

The game was tied for the sixth and last time at 77 inside the last two minutes when Malabes buried a three-pointer, his fourth in the game, from deep, deep left.

And although the Tigers still managed to grab the lead in the final 59 seconds, it was the shot that proved to be the biggest in the game that featured 13 lead changes.

“I was waiting for him to hit the big shot. We knew he can shoot,” said Pumaren of Malabes who was hospitalized for eight days, because of high fever, just weeks before the season opener.

“I think he lost 15 pounds in the hospital. But now he’s not gaunt-looking anymore as Manny Pacquiao before a fight.”

“Probably I’m really lucky or it’s just that I have so much trust in my boys,” added Pumaren, who didn’t call a timeout after Dylan Ababou made it 81-80 in favor of the Tigers.

In the ensuing play, James Mangahas capped his game-long brilliance with a short stab, time down to 47.7 ticks. After two misses and two offensive rebounds, Santo Tomas called a timeout with 26.9 ticks left.

But Jeric Fortuna had other things in mind when he took a three-pointer the moment he received the inbound pass, and La Salle went on to secure the win with three charities.

Santo Tomas coach Pido Jarencio was baffled why Fortuna, who was playing a very good game, took the harried shot. Not even their big men, JV Cruz, Mark Canlas or Ababou could salvage the rebound.

“That was not the play. We had a different play. And we had a fresh shot clock,” said Jarencio on his way to the dugout after blowing away a chance to beat the reigning champions.

In the other game, Far Eastern U took a walk in the park, beating host University of the Philippines, 88-66, for a 2-1 record, in a tie with La Salle and UE.

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07-18-2008, 08:03 AM
Referee’s suspension NABRO’s decision

Friday, July 18, 2008
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The recommendation to suspend referee Bryan Tabañag for his lapses during the La Salle-FEU game last July 12 came from within the National Amateur Basketball Referees Organization.

Rolando Omampo, a former referee himself and now NABRO president, called for Tabañag’s indefinite suspension that was carried out by UAAP commissioner Chito Narvasa.

“In view of the review and evaluation (of the game), the undersigned has concluded that Mr. Tabañag erred in his judgment,” said Omampo in his July 14 letter to Narvasa.

Tabañag’s errant calls inside the last three minutes of the close game won by La Salle (73-62), Omampo added, “deprived FEU a fair chance to determine who the better team was.”

Omampo added that NABRO, which has a pool of 24 referees working the 71st UAAP season, is “committed to uphold the integrity of the game/s as well as fair officiating.”

The STAR was trying to get in touch with Tabañag, the vice president of NABRO, as of presstime. He is a certified architect who loves officiating, and has been with NABRO for 12 years now.

It was the first time Tabañag was suspended, according to his peers who requested anonymity. – Abac Cordero

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07-18-2008, 08:08 AM
Archers thwart Tigers; Tamaraws up

By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:30:00 07/18/2008


MANILA, Philippines—De La Salle University rode the clutch shooting of James Mangahas and Badel Malabes to escape with an 85-84 squeaker over University of Santo Tomas Thursday and grab a share of second place in the 71st UAAP men's basketball competition at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

Mangahas shot 14 of his 18 points in the second half while Malabes added 16 as they played superb backup roles for top star JV Casio, whose two free throws gave La Salle an 84-81 lead with 16.4 ticks remaining.

“My role players really stepped up in this particular game,” said La Salle coach Franz Pumaren, after his Archers won the battle between champions of the last two seasons and joined a three-way tie for second at 2-1.

Earlier, Benedict Fernandez unloaded 12 of his 16 points in the first half to set the tone for Far Eastern University’s 88-66 rout of University of the Philippines.

The Tamaraws, who also improved to 2-1 like the idle University of the East Warriors, fired a sizzling 58.1 percent from the field in the first half to coast to a 21-point lead, 52-31, at the break.

The Maroons, who absorbed their second straight lopsided loss, and the Tigers dropped to 1-2.

Mangahas hit a key double-pump shot with 47.7 ticks left for an 82-81 La Salle lead after Malabes had shattered a 77-77 tie with a triple with 1:42 remaining.

Dylan Ababou nailed an inconsequential trey for UST at the buzzer for the final tally after Maui Villanueva’s free throw off a foul by UST’s Carlos Fenequito that extended the Archers’ lead to four, 85-81 with 5.5 seconds left.

Rookie point guard Jeric Fortuna earlier missed two attempts from beyond the arc that doomed the Tigers in the last 26 seconds.

“We did a good job in defending Jervy (Cruz),” said Pumaren. “He got only five offensive rebounds. My big guys played well.”

Ababou paced the Tigers with 23 points, while Cruz posted a double-double of 20 markers and 11 boards.

Casio, who paced the Archers with 19 points, had 12 in the first half built on a perfect 4-of-4 shooting from the field as La Salle took a 38-34 halftime advantage.

The Archers sustained the momentum in the third period with Mangahas scoring six of their first eight points to stay ahead, 46-38.

Malabes also got his offensive game going by firing eight straight points, including back-to-back triples, to put the Archers up at 56-48 late in the third quarter.

The scores:

First Game
FEU 88—Fernandez 16, Ramos 14, Adolfo 12, Baracael 9, Barroca 8, Kave 7, Cawaling 5, Alisbo 4, Cervantes 4, Knuttel 4, Tanuan 2, Sanga 2, Macazo 1, Romero 0, Cabagnot 0.
UP 66—Agbayani 12, Reyes 11, Co 8, Sison 7, Pajela 6, Sorongon 5, Fortu 4, Gamboa 3, Marfori 2, Lopez 2, De Asis 0, Hipolito 0.
Quarters: 23-14, 52-31, 67-50, 88-66

Second Game
LA SALLE 85—Casio 19, Mangahas 18, Malabes 16, Maierhofer 8, Barua 7, Revilla 6, Walsham 4, Villanueva 3, Webb 2, Atkins 2, Mendoza 0, Bagatsing 0, Ferdinand 0.
UST 84—Ababou 23, Cruz 20, Canlas 18, Allera 12, Fortuna 5, Cuan 4, Taylor 2, Fenequito 0, Camus 0, Bautista 0, Mirza 0.
Quarters: 18-14, 38-34, 63-58, 85-84

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07-18-2008, 08:11 AM
No FEU-La Salle replay despite ref’s ban

By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:32:00 07/18/2008


MANILA, Philippines—There will be no replay of the UAAP game between Far Eastern University and De La Salle University even as league officials slammed the erring referee for depriving the Tamaraws of “a fair chance” to win the game.

“The results of the game will not change; whatever happened in the game will stay as is,” basketball coordinator Edwin Barber of host University of the Philippines said Thursday.

But Anton Montinola, FEU’s representative to the league board, described the decision to indefinitely suspend referee Bryan Tabañag as “partial justice.”

“The FEU community has been victimized by this brazen act to manipulate the outcome of the game,” said Montinola.

“Pardon the expression, but definitely we were screwed. I’m glad the commissioner had the [courage] to act accordingly. There is no room in the UAAP for behavior of this sort. We should leave it to the conscience of La Salle. I think their win has an asterisk attached to it.”

Commissioner Chito Narvasa penalized Tabañag last Wednesday for two errant calls and one non-call in the final three minutes of the game won by the defending champion Archers, 73-62, last Saturday.

As a result, National Amateur Basketball Referees Organization (NABRO) head Rolando Omampo recommended Monday that the Tamaraws “lost the opportunity to narrow the margin of the score.”

“I don’t know whether suspending him indefinitely is justice, but [Narvasa’s decision] is partial justice,” said Montinola.

Barber clarified, however, that Tabañag was sanctioned for his inadequate performance and not for game-fixing.

“We don’t know where it came from, we’re really surprised,” said Barber. “His reputation has been put in question ... Bryan admitted that he made a mistake.”

Tabañag was the fourth referee to be suspended. Narvasa slapped a one-game suspension on Gerry Jimenez, Juner Bayais and Edwin Cañosa for their poor form in the match between rivals Ateneo de Manila University and La Salle in the opening weekend.

In an emergency board meeting Thursday night, the UAAP condemned any form of misconduct by players and officials alike, said secretary-treasurer Herc Callanta.

“Right now, we’re taking it as an isolated case, which means that NABRO and the commissioner’s office dealt with it decisively,” said Callanta.

NABRO noted that Tabañag erred in slapping FEU guard Mark Barroca with an unsportsmanlike foul and coach Glenn Capacio with a technical foul.

It said the veteran referee failed to penalize JV Casio with a foul against Benedict Fernandez.

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07-18-2008, 08:12 AM
DLSU nips UST; FEU rips UP

By JONAS TERRADO
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De La Salle and Far Eastern University scored contrasting victories at the PhilSports Arena yesterday to claim a share of second spot in the UAAP basketball tournament.

The Green Archers banked on a big windup to nip University of Santo Tomas, 85-84, while the Tamaraws led from the start to wallop University of the Philippines, 88-66.

The wins were the second for both teams in three games and they joined idle University of the East in second. The Tigers and the Fighting Maroons slid to similar 1-2 cards.

Bader Malabes and James Mangahas provided the heroics for the Green Archers who engaged the Tigers in a roller-coaster game that saw 13 lead changes and six ties, the last at 77-77.

Malabes broke that deadlock with a three-pointer from the left-corner at the 1:42 mark for an 80-77 lead only to see the Tigers regain the upperhand on two charities by Jeric Fortuna and a putback by Dylan Ababou, 81-80, with only 56 ticks to go.

After Ababou missed a bonus free throw from that last play, Mangahas fiercely drove Jervy Cruz to give the Archers the lead for good, 82-81, and ignite a 5-3 La Salle windup in the last 47 seconds.

"Big test on our part but at least we passed this particular test," said DLSU head coach Franz Pumaren. "I think it will help us down the stretch, give credit to my boys, they didn’t succumb to the pressure."

JV Casio led La Salle with 19 points but it was the duo of Mangahas and Malabes that made the difference for the Green Archers.

Malabes, a third-year Fil-Bahraini, shot 5-for-9 from the field, including four treys, en route to an 18-point production while Mangahas drilled in 16 .

"I’ve been waiting for him to have a big game, we know it’s a fact that he can shoot but he was still finding his groove after being hospitalized," Pumaren said of Malabes, who suffered tonsillitis with high fever prior to the start of the season. "He lost about 15 pounds and didn’t practice for about a week, at least now he’s not gaunt looking like Manny Pacquiao during a fight."

Ababou led UST with 23 points, seven rebounds, and three assists while Cruz added 20 points and 11 rebounds with Mark Canlas scoring 18 points, five rebounds, and three assists.

In the first game, the Tamaraws led from start and took their biggest lead of 22 points at 43-21 in the second quarter before settling for a 52-31 lead at the turn.

The best the Fighting Maroons could do from there was to narrow the gap to nine points, 55-46, with 4:47 left in the third quarter.

A 12-4 blast, however, finally broke the Fighting Maroons’ backs as the Tamaraws stampeded to a 67-50 lead going into the final 10 minutes.

"Siguro nakita ko sa kanila yung ball movement at defense," said winning head coach Glen Capacio. "Kaya siguro hindi kami nanalo last game, sa team na ito kailangan umikot ang bola."

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07-18-2008, 08:13 AM
Ref banned for bad call —Narvasa

By JONAS TERRADO
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UAAP Commissioner Chito Narvasa yesterday said it was the incompetence of the referee that drove him to suspend the official for the rest of the season and not game-fixing as alleged by some quarters.

Narvasa said that referee Ryan Tabanag of the National Amateur Basketball Referees Organization (NABRO) was banned because of two calls he made during La Salle’s 73-62 victory over Far Eastern University last Saturday.

"There is no evidence whatsoever of game-fixing," Narvasa said in a text message. ‘He (Tabanag) was suspended for not following the guidelines and instructions laid down to protect the integrity of the game."

Narvasa cited the unsportsmanlike foul called against FEU guard Mark Barroca after grabbing JV Casio’s jersey in the third quarter.

The said call led to the latter hitting two foul shots plus ball possession for FEU.

The second infraction, he said, was during the last minute of the contest when FEU coach Glen Capacio was assessed a technical foul after FEU missed an outside shot and led to a loose ball situation.

DLSU, leading 68-62 at that point, pulled away after Casio hit one of two technical shots, followed by two layups to seal the Archers’ victory.

This is the second time in as many weeks that Narvasa, who was the commissioner of the NCAA last season, handed out a suspension on game officials.

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07-19-2008, 08:42 AM
Narvasa tells refs: No calls that will alter game results

By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 22:15:00 07/18/2008


MANILA, Philippines--UAAP Commissioner Chito Narvasa has issued instructions to game officials following a fourth suspension slapped on a referee just two weeks into the men's basketball tournament.

In a memo, Narvasa reminded the referees to avoid influencing the game "in any way by making calls that would give undue advantage to any team."

"It's a good thing because if ever there's a need to address something that might hurt the league, we can address it immediately," said league secretary-treasurer Herc Callanta.

The UAAP board convened Thursday night following the suspension slapped on referee Bryan Tabañag for his calls in the game won by La Salle over FEU, 73-62, last Saturday.

Narvasa also told referees to ensure that the game outcome will be decided by "the effort of the winning team and not from any other source."

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07-19-2008, 08:43 AM
Eagles try win formula vs Maroons

By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 22:09:00 07/18/2008


W L
Ateneo 3 0
UE 2 1
La Salle 2 1
FEU 2 1
UST 1 2
Adamson 1 2
UP 1 2
NU 0 3



GAMES SATURDAY (PhilSports Arena)
2 p.m.--UP vs Ateneo
4 p.m.--La Salle vs NU

MANILA, Philippines--This season's Ateneo Blue Eagles may not be the most athletic squad coach Norman Black has mentored.

But knowing this limitation is precisely among the reasons the Blue Eagles have remained as the only unbeaten squad in the UAAP men's basketball competition.

"We're not as quick, we realized that already," said Black as his Eagles shoot for a fourth straight victory against the skidding University of the Philippines at 2 p.m. Saturday at the PhilSports Arena.

La Salle will also try to sustain its winning roll to claim solo second versus the winless National University at 4 p.m.

"We're not the most athletic team in the league, so we cannot hold the ball and hold it and try to go one-on-one in every play," said Black. "We don't have that type of talent. What we need to do is have good ball movement, good player movement."

The Eagles, powered by fifth-year guard Chris Tiu and 6-foot-6 center Rabeh Al-Hussaini, downed two favored foes--defending champion La Salle in the opener (79-73) and runner-up University of the East (64-58) last week.

Sandwiched in the 3-0 streak was a 27-point crushing of Adamson at 72-45.

The defending champion Archers, tied at 2-1 with University of the East and Far Eastern, have also figured out what works for them.

"We're not a dominant team," said La Salle mentor Franz Pumaren. "When we play well, it means we're playing as a team."

In another development, National University is eyeing Harbour-Philippine team coach Junel Baculi to join the Bulldogs' basketball program.

The agreement remains "under negotiation" but no specific position has been named just yet.

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07-19-2008, 08:45 AM
Ateneo plays lowly UP today

By JONAS TERRADO
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If the trend continues, Ateneo will have an easy time picking up its fourth win when it tangles with University of the Philippines today in the 71st UAAP basketball tournament at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

The Blue Eagles are off to a strong start following three consecutive wins, capped off by a 64-58 win over University of the East last Sunday.

In their much-awaited encounter with bitter rival La Salle last July 6, the Eagles struggled early before eking out a 79-73 win. But against the Adamson Falcons, they coasted to a breezy 72-45 win what with their balanced attack.

They are again tipped as heavy favorites against the Maroons from the Diliman when they clash at 2 p.m.

In the second game, De La Salle hopes to secure solo second place when it meets National University at 4 p.m.

Ateneo has been led by Chris Tiu while getting support from role players such as Nonoy Baclao and UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week Rabeh Al-Hussaini, who posted 18 points and 17 rebounds in their win over the Red Warriors.

Norman Black’s team has also seen a solid production from rookie Ryan Buenafe, the prized recruit out of San Sebastian College. The former NCAA juniors Most Valuable Player is averaging 8.7 points and is hitting almost 50 percent from the field through three games.

Other players who are expected to spark for the Eagles are Eric Salamat, Jobe Nkemakolam, rookie Nico Salva, and Yuri Escueta.

"It’s a good start for us, still on track to our goal which is to get to the final four," Black said. "Last game we really utilize our size against UE, but it’s not going to be against them but it’s against all teams this year."

On the other hand, the Fighting Maroons have lost their last two games to University of Santo Tomas and Far Eastern University by an average of 21.5 points after beating NU in the opener last July 5.

But UP head coach Aboy Castro will rely heavily on Martin Reyes, Magi Sison, Paul Sorongon, Jay Agbayani, and Andrew Marfori.

Reyes, the sweet-shooting lefty, has led UP in scoring with a 12 points per game clip while Agbayani has posted a decent 10.3-point, 4.3-rebound numbers. Sison, meantime, is almost posting a double-double with numbers of 12.0 points and 9.0 boards.

Veterans Woody Co and Mike Gamboa are also out to provide some help for the young players of State U.

Meanwhile, the Green Archers hope to ride on their slim 85-84 win over UST on Thursday against the winless Bulldogs squad.

DLSU got a major boost from stars JV Casio and Rico Maierhofer but role players Bader Malabes and James Mangahas shone brightest at crunch time.

Malabes got 18 points and four three-pointers while Mangahas got 16 markers, including the go-ahead basket in the last minute to give La Salle a victory.

But head coach Franz Pumaren doesn’t see the Bulldogs lightly.

"We cannot be complacent on NU, they played pretty well against Adamson down the stretch they faltered," Pumaren said. "We just have to play the best of our abilities."

The Bulldogs are coming off another loss, this time to Adamson University, 73-65, last Sunday as they played catch up for the whole duration of the game.

NU mentor Manny Dandan is looking for another strong game from Edwin Asoro along with veterans Jonathan Jahnke and Raymund Aguilar.

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07-20-2008, 08:41 AM
Eagles prey on Maroons
By Abac Cordero
Sunday, July 20, 2008
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Ateneo, as expected, remained unbeaten yesterday and continued to look down the opposition in the 71st UAAP season.

A great start anchored on a running game gave Ateneo the cushion it needed the rest of the way as it turned back host University of the Philippines, 83-66, at the Philsports Arena.

Ryan Buenafe, a rookie with the heart of a veteran, and Rabeth Al-Hussaini, a center who has shown tremendous improvement, did most of the damage as the Blue Eagles went 4-0.

Eric Salamat, always there to score, and Chris Tiu, always hard to defend, flexed just enough muscles for Ateneo, which scored 22 fastbreak points against only two from UP, which fell to 1-3.

The Blue Eagles led by 20 points a couple of times, the last at 80-60.

“I’m just happy that we took care of our business today. We didn’t want to stumble today. We got the win and that’s the most important thing,” said Norman Black, still eyeing a title in four years as Ateneo coach.

Ateneo went on a similar 4-0 start in 2006 but fell short of the crown, losing to Santo Tomas in the finals.

After playing three games in the season’s opening week, and another one this week, the Blue Eagles now take a seven-day rest before going for a fifth straight win against NU next Sunday.

“It’s a good start but we’re taking it one game at a time. Right now we look forward to NU and our game next Sunday. We will focus and concentrate on them now,” said Black.

The Blue Eagles lost to the Bulldogs in what was supposed to be a non-bearing contest at the close of last year’s elims. It was a very bitter loss that eventually kicked Ateneo out of the finals.

Black said it’s no longer on his mind.

“Well, this is 2008. I can’t live in the past or what happened in the past. Our goal is to make it to the Final Four then make it to the top two. Every win counts and NU is a new challenge to us.

“We play them (Bulldogs) on Sunday and we take that challenge when we get to it. I can’t live in the past. I’m a basketball coach so what’s ahead of me is what I look forward to,” he said.

In the other game, La Salle had a walk in the park, crushing National University, 93-69, for its third straight win after an opening-game loss to Ateneo. The Bulldogs remained the only winless team at 0-4.

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07-20-2008, 08:48 AM
Ateneo, La Salle destroy UAAP foes

By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 02:02:00 07/20/2008


W L
Ateneo 4 0
La Salle 3 1
UE 2 1
FEU 2 1
UST 1 2
Adamson 1 2
UP 1 3
NU 0 4

GAMES SUNDAY (PhilSports Arena)
2 p.m.—Adamson vs UE
4 p.m.—UST vs FEU

WHATEVER PLANS OF AN upset the Maroons of University of the Philippines had yesterday were crushed with impunity early by a flock of soaring Ateneo Blue Eagles.

Ateneo stamped its dominance right in the opening quarter, ripping the game wide open there on the way to dealing the Season 71 hosts an 83-66 beating in the 71st UAAP men’s basketball competition at the PhilSports Arena.

Just like in the their previous wins, the Eagles turned to their strong inside game to build an early advantage. This time, though, it was much-hyped rookie Ryan Buenafe who took charge by pumping in 17 points to power the Eagles to their fourth straight triumph in as many matches.

“We’re quite happy that we took care of business today,” said Ateneo coach Norman Black. “We came in with a business-like attitude. We really didn’t want to stumble today, so we came in and played good defense.”

In the second game, La Salle overcame an early scare for a 93-69 triumph over winless National University to claim solo second at 3-1.

Peejay Barua came to the Archers’ rescue by knocking down 17 points in the first half—15 coming from beyond the arc—to turn an unexpected 12-21 deficit into a 46-36 advantage at the break.

“We had a flat start especially coming from a hard game against UST; aside from that, there’s the mid-term exams this particular week, so probably that’s why we were just sleepwalking in the first quarter,” said coach Franz Pumaren after the defending champions streaked to their third straight win.

“It’s a good thing Barua gave us a shooting clinic,” Pumaren added.

Barua, a veteran 6-foot-2 swingman, finished with a career-high 26 points built around a scorching 75 percent shooting clip from the field.

Biggest margin
Rico Maierhofer also came out big with 16 points on top of 13 rebounds, two steals and two blocks in just 16 minutes of action.

An 8-0 start in the third quarter gave the Archers a 54-36 margin that stretched to as many as 30 points, 87-57, late in the fourth period.

Rabeh Al-Hussaini contributed 13 markers and seven boards for the Eagles, while Eric Salamat added 12 points.

“Going into this game, there were a couple of things we wanted to do,” said Black. “We wanted to play them even on the boards, we know that’s really their strength.

“They’re a very good offensive rebounding team,” he explained. “We also wanted to control their perimeter shooting. That was really our focus. Offensively, we wanted to run as much as we could, get as many fastbreak points as we could.”

The 6-foot-2 Buenafe, a cousin of Coca-Cola rookie Ronjay Buenafe, unloaded 11 points in the third quarter to put the Eagles ahead by 18 points, 70-52.

“His performance has been speaking for itself,” said Black of last season’s NCAA junior MVP. “He’s a rookie but he doesn’t really play like a rookie. He plays with a lot of maturity. He’s a high-percentage player.”

Sizzling percentage
Hitting a sizzling 57.7 percent from the field in the first half, the Eagles took an early big lead at 43-29.

Buenafe, Al-Hussaini, and Jai Reyes combined for 13 markers in the opening minutes, 13-11, before Chris Tiu fired eight straight markers to give the Eagles their first double-digit advantage, 21-11, with two minutes left in the first period.

Salamat, who also contributed three assists and two steals, capped the decisive 10-0 run Tiu started to extend the Eagles’ edge to 23-11.

By the second half, the margin grew to 20 points at 74-54 as the Ateneo reserves took over the scoring chores.

The Maroons absorbed their third straight blowout loss after a surprise opening-day triumph over the Bulldogs, who remained winless in four outings after failing to sustain a strong start against the Archers.

Meanwhile, action resumes today with Far Eastern University and University of the East eyeing a share of second place when they face separate foes at the PhilSports Arena.

The Tams have the dangerous assignment as they take on the Santo Tomas Tigers at 4 p.m., while the Warriors battle the Adamson Falcons at 2 p.m.

The scores:

First Game
ATENEO 83—Buenafe 17, Al-Hussaini 13, Salamat 12, Tiu 11, Salva 6, Baclao 6, Austria 4, Nkemakolam 4, Long 4, Reyes 4, Baldos 2, Gonzaga 0, Chua 0, Burke 0, Sumalinog 0.
UP 66—Reyes 12, Braganza 12, Lopez 8, Co 8, Sison 7, Agbayani 7, Sorongon 6, Astorga 4, Marfori 2, Fortu 0, Gamboa 0, Hipolito 0.
Quarters: 25-15, 43-33, 70-52, 83-66

Second Game
LA SALLE 93—Barua 26, Maierhofer 16, Villanueva 8, Mendoza 8, Mangahas 8, Batricevic 5, Webb 4, Casio 4, Walsham 3, Chandumal 3, Bagatsing 3, Lee 3, Ferdinand 2, Revilla 0, Malabes 0, Atkins 0.
NU 69—Asoro 14, Jahnke 13, Berry 8, Baloran 8, Aguilar 6, Catamora 6, Batac 5, Garcia 4, Galapon 3, Ponferrada 2, Tungkul 0, Magat 0, Fabula 0, Dela Cruz 0, Luy 0.
Quarters: 22-24, 46-36, 70-48, 93-69

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07-20-2008, 08:55 AM
Ateneo rolls to 4th straight win

By JONAS TERRADO
www.mb.com.ph


Ateneo de Manila trounced University of the Philippines, 83-66, at the PhilSports Arena yesterday to roll to its fourth straight win in the UAAP basketball tournament.

The Blue Eagles utilized the combined forces of rookie Ryan Buenafe, Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Eric Salamat, and Chris Tiu to easily tame the Fighting Maroons and stay as the only unbeaten squad in the eight-school league.

The 18-year old, 6-foot-3 Buenafe shone the brightest for the Blue Eagles as he scattered 11 of his game-high 17 points in the second half.

"His performance can speak for itself. He’s a rookie but plays with a lot of maturity, that is why he’s on the court a lot, he’s a high percentage player," said Ateneo head coach Norman Black, referring to Buenafe, a former player of the San Sebastian College Staglet who won three straight NCAA titles.

Al-Hussaini had 13 points and seven rebounds, Salamat sizzled with 13 markers, four boards and three assists while Tiu scored eight of his 11 points in the first two quarters along with five rebounds.

Buenafe went 4-of-7 from the field in 24 minutes of action as starting forward.

"Medyo sanay na ako sa laro sa UAAP, lalo na’t may tiwala sa akin si coach," said Buenafe, whose previous high this season was 10 points during Sunday’s 64-58 win over University of the East.

Leading 15-11, Ateneo slowly pulled away as Tiu hit six straight points that sparked a 10-4 blitz in the final two minutes of the opening quarter for a 25-15 edge.

The Blue Eagles stretched this to 17 points, 35-18, as Bacon Austria scored on a fastbreak with 6:26 left before halftime.

The Loyola-based squad went on top post their biggest lead of 20 points in four different occasions.

"I’m quite happy that we took care of our business today," said Black. "We came in with a business-like attitude and we really didn’t want to stumble today so we came in with great defense, was able to have some spurts offensively."

The Fighting Maroons failed to threaten the Eagles the whole game and the best they could do was to cut Ateneo’s lead to 43-33 at the turn on baskets by Woody Co and Jay Agbayani.

Reyes and Braganza topscored for UP with 12 points each while former RP Youth member Mark Lopez and Co scored eight, apiece.

The Fighting Maroons stumbled to their third straight defeat for a 1-3 record.

The scores:

First Game

ATENEO 83 — Buenafe 17, Al-Hussaini 13, Salamat 12, Tiu 11, Salva 6, Baclao 6, Austria 4, Nkemakolam 4, Long 4 Reyes 4, Baldos 2, Gonzaga 0, Chua 0, Burke 0, Sumalinog 0.

UP 66 — Reyes 12, Braganza 12, Lopez 8, Co 8, Sison 7, Sorongon 6, Astorga 4, Marfori 2, Fortu 0, Gamboa 0, Hipolito 0.

Quarters: 25-15, 43-33, 70-52, 83-66.

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UAAP: FEU holds on to beat UST, 70-65
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MANILA, Philippines - The FEU Tamaraws held off the UST Tigers' repeated comebacks to pull off a 70-65 win in the UAAP men's basketball tournament Sunday at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

Defense became the key factor for the Tamaraws as they put on crucial stops in the final two minutes of the game when the Tigers threatened to grab the lead.

The win put FEU in a tie with defending champion La Salle Green Archers for second place with similar 3-1 slates behind the 4-0 mark of the league-leading Ateneo Blue Eagles.

The Tigers suffered their second straight loss to drop to a 1-3 card.

Benedict Fernandez had a breakout game scoring 24 points behind a 5-for-6 shooting at the three-point range. He also had six rebounds and three assists. - GMANews.TV

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07-21-2008, 10:01 AM
Falcons give Warriors shock of their lives
By Abac Cordero
Monday, July 21, 2008
www.philstar.com


Adamson yesterday showed what it can do, and University of the East what it can’t do in the 71st UAAP season.

The underdogs, coach Leo Austria’s Falcons scored the biggest shocker so far this year when they turned back the Warriors, 66-64, before their cheering fans at the Philsports Arena.

Paul Gonzalgo, son of former PBA star Dante Gonzalgo of Ginebra, delivered the game-winning basket, a triple over the UE’s Marcy Arellano with only 1.6 seconds remaining.

Elmer Espiritu had just given the Warriors a 64-63 lead after they trailed most of the way, and just found the urgency to win in the dying minutes of the game.

After Gonzalgo dropped the bomb, the Warriors sued for time, but failed to turn things around when Arellano missed a triple that went with the final buzzer.

Then the Falcons celebrated like champions.

“I consider this as an upset because we all know that UE is one of the contenders,” said Austria, a former PBA star himself, and winner of the top rookie honors in 1986.

“Maybe this is the beginning of us believing in ourselves. I keep on telling my players to believe in themselves and they will win games. I hope this is the start of us being contenders,” he added.

The Warriors, who swept last year’s elims, played like the underdogs, and paid the price, a second straight loss following big wins over Santo Tomas and National University.

In the other game, Far Eastern U survived a late surge by Santo Tomas, and the Tamaraws won, 70-65, to move up in a tie for second with La Salle at 3-1.

The Tigers, the 2006 champions, dropped to 1-3 tied with UP.

Austria stayed out of the Adamson bench last year as Bogs Adornado, a former PBA superstar, took over. But there’s another change this year, hopefully for the better.

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07-21-2008, 10:15 AM
Falcons trip Warriors; Tams gore Tigers

By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:32:00 07/21/2008


MANILA, Philippines—Adamson University pulled off the first reversal of the 71st UAAP men’s basketball tournament with a 66-64 squeaker over University of the East Sunday at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

Paul Gonzalgo knocked in a triple with 1.6 seconds left to salvage the game after the Falcons had blown a 15-point lead, 48-33, over last season’s runner-up.

Gonzalgo, the 5-foot-11 son of former pro Dante Gonzalgo, and Jan Colina both came up big in the Falcons’ second straight victory in four outings.

Colina buried a team-high 15 points, including six straight that kept the Falcons in the match during the Warriors’ fourth-quarter comeback. The 6-foot-3 forward also grabbed 10 rebounds and posted three blocks.

The Warriors still had a chance to claim victory, but skipper Marcy Arellano’s potential game-winning triple rimmed out at the buzzer.

“Our offense and the execution of our plays were good,” said Adamson coach Leo Austria. “The players really wanted to win.”

Far Eastern University earlier survived a late University of Santo Tomas rally for a 70-65 win that gave the Tamaraws a share of second place at 3-1.

Benedict Fernandez, who presided over a key run that put the Tamaraws up at 60-53, posted a career-high 24 points, nailing five of six attempts from beyond the arc.

Mac Baracael added 16 markers, including three free throws in the last 26 seconds after rookies Clark Bautista and Jeric Fortuna had moved the Tigers within a basket, 67-65.

Jervy Cruz finished with 11 markers and a career-low three rebounds. The Tigers also played without starting point guard Japs Cuan, who suffered a meniscus tear on his left knee.

“We won that game because of our defense,” said FEU mentor Glenn Capacio. “We shot 33 percent from the field, but we still won. We also controlled Jervy (Cruz) at the boards, so credit goes to our big men.”

Before Gonzalgo’s game-winning shot, Elmer Espiritu sank two free throws off a Colina foul with 23.9 ticks left to give the Warriors their first lead, 64-63, since early in the second period.

“We knew that UE is capable of a comeback and that’s exactly what happened,” said Austria. “Without our big men, it would have been hard for us to win. They don’t have a legitimate center and the presence of (Michael) Galinato intimidated their big men.”

The Warriors skidded to their second straight loss to join the Falcons at 2-2.

It was the second straight time that a former pro’s son starred for the Falcons after Marc Agustin, son of former PBA MVP Ato Agustin, led Adamson to a 73-65 win over National University last week.

With Colina and Junard Yambot waxing hot, the Falcons outscored the Warriors, 22-12, in the second quarter for a 32-27 halftime lead.

The lead ballooned to 42-29 after Galinato, who contributed nine points, eight rebounds and three blocks, sparked a 10-2 Adamson spurt early in the third period.

The Warriors, who lost to Ateneo de Manila University, 64-58, last week, again played without top backup guard Paul Lee, who was recovering from dengue.

The scores:

First Game
ADAMSON 66—Colina 15, Gonzalgo 12, Galinato 9, Olalia 7, Yambot 7, Cañada 6, Santos 4, Nuyles 2, Agustin 2, Alvarez 2.
UE 64—Espiritu 14, Arellano 10, Llagas 8, Lingganay 7, Martinez 6, Noble 5, Thiele 5, Zamar 3, Bandsaying 3, Reyes 2, Duran 1.
Quarters: 10-15, 32-27, 52-43, 66-64

Second Game
FEU 70—Fernandez 24, Baracael 16, Barroca 8, Knuttel 6, Cervantes 5, Ramos 5, Adolfo 4, Cawaling 2, Kave 0, Alisbo 0, Sanga 0, Cabagnot 0.
UST 65—Allera 20, Cruz 11, Ababou 9, Fortuna 8, Canas 6, Camus 5, Bautista 5, Mirza 1, Fenequito 0, Gile 0, Taylor 0.
Quarters: 10-16, 31-30, 47-49, 70-65

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07-21-2008, 10:16 AM
Falcons shock UE

By Jonas Terrado
www.mb.com.ph


Paul Gonzalgo hit a huge triple with 1.6 seconds left to lift Adamson University to a pulsating 66-64 win over the fancied University of the East squad yesterday in the 71st UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

Gonzalgo, son of former Ginebra stalwart Dante, made the crucial shot after UE’s Elmer Espiritu hit two free throws with still 23.9 ticks left.

The Red Warriors had a chance to steal the win but Marcy Arellano missed a last-gasp attempt from rainbow territory.

"I’m happy that we got the upset win because UE is one of the contenders," said coach Leo Austria. "With this win, it adds morale to the team, maybe it’s a beginning for them to believe in themselves."

In the second game, Far Eastern University survived a late comeback by University of Santo Tomas for a 70-65 victory and took share of second place with idle De La Salle at 3-1.

Team captain Benedict Fernandez led the Tamaraws by scoring nine of his game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter, turning a 49-47 deficit into a 62-53 advantage with 5:46 remaining.

Also stepping up big for the Falcons was Jan Colina, who scored15 points and hauled down 10 rebounds, seven off the offensive glass.

The Falcon thus tied UE for fourth place with identical 2-2 win-loss records.

Gonzalgo, who had 12 points and five rebounds off the bench, took the shot after the Falcons failed to execute their first option.

"It was supposed to be a pick-and-roll play for Canada, pero option din si Paul sa opensa, may nakita siyang opportunity so he took the shot," Austria said.

After a 32-27 lead at halftime, Gonzalgo, Mike Galinato, and Jeff Olalia erupted in the third canto that saw Adamson build a commanding 48-33 advantage.

But UE fought back in the fourth quarter highlighted by a triple of James Martinez that shoved the Warriors within 60-59, with 2:38 remaining.

But Olilia hit a basket 14 seconds later to put it back to three, 62-59, at the 2:24 mark.

Following a split each from Espiritu and Gonzalgo, Hans Thiele made both charities with 1:06 left.

Colina was called for an offensive foul on the ensuing play with 43.2 seconds left as the Warriors regained possession.

Colina then sent Espiritu to the foul line for UE’s last two points.

The Red Warriors led early, 15-10, in the first quarter advantage before Colina scored seven points in the second quarter to lift Adamson to a five-point halftime advantage.

The Tigers nearly stole the game from the Tamaraws, chopping the margin to only two, 67-65, off UST rookie Clark Bautista’s trey and Jeric Fortuna’s jumper with 1:50 remaining.

UST, however, was held scoreless the rest of the way.

"We won the game because of our defense pero hindi ako makapaniwala na kahit 33 percent lang kami sa shooting, nanalo kami," said FEU mentor Glen Capacio.

Aside from Fernandez, Baracael recorded 16 points and four rebounds for the Tamaraws with point guard Mark Barroca adding eight points, six rebounds, four steals, and three assists.

Francis Allera led UST with 20 points and eight rebounds before being sidelined for the rest of the game because of cramps.

In women’s basketball held at the Ateneo Blue Eagle gym, Adamson dumped defending champion Ateneo, 70-45, while University of the Philippines scored a razor-thin 53-52 victory over University of Santo Tomas.

In other games, Far Eastern University trounced National University, 50-31, while De La Salle mauling UE, 62-45.

The scores:

First Game

Adamson 66 — Colina 15, Gonzalgo 12, Galinato 9, Olalia 7, Yambot 7, Canada 6, Santos 4, Nuyles 2, Agustin 2, Alvarez 2

UE 64 — Espiritu 14, Arellano 10, Llagas 8, Lingganay 7, Martinez 6, Noble 5, Thiele 5, Zamar 3, Bandaying 3, Reyes 2, Duran 1

Quarters: 10-15, 32-27, 52-43, 66-64

Second Game

FEU 70 — Fernandez 24, Baracael 16, Barroca 8, Knuttel 6, Cervantes 5, Ramos 5, Adolfo 4, Cawaling 2, Kave 0, Alisbo 0, Sanga 0, Cabagnot 0

UST 65 — Allera 20, Cruz 11, Ababou 9, Fortuna 8, Canlas 6, Camus 5, Bautista 5, Mirza 1, Fenequito 0, Gile 0, Taylor 0

Quarters: 10-16, 31-30, 47-49, 70-65

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07-22-2008, 08:15 AM
UAAP juniors: Young Capacio, Ravena emulate ex-pro dads

By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 04:05:00 07/22/2008


MANILA, Philippines—Sons of former pro cagers continued to shine in UAAP high school basketball as De La Salle Zobel, Ateneo de Manila University and University of Santo Tomas remained unbeaten over the weekend at the Blue Eagle Gym in Quezon City.

The Junior Archers coasted to their third straight triumph as Matthew Capacio—son of Far Eastern University varsity coach and former PBA player Glenn Capacio—collected 18 points, 10 rebounds and four steals to power the defending champions to an 84-47 blowout win over the National University Bullpups.

Kiefer Ravena, the clutch-shooting son of 1992 PBA top rookie Bong Ravena, starred for the Blue Eaglets by firing 12 of his 21 points from beyond the arc to lead last season’s runner-up to a 70-56 rout of the FEU Baby Tamaraws.

The UST Tiger Cubs also improved to 3-0 as Eduard Aytona drilled 22 points in a 62-57 win over the University of the East Pages.

In women’s play, University of the Philippines and FEU continued to set pace with 3-0 slates with the Lady Maroons nipping the UST Tigresses, 53-52, and the Lady Tamaraws routing the NU Lady Bulldogs, 50-31.

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07-22-2008, 08:15 AM
Suspended ref: ‘I based my calls on what I saw’

By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 04:05:00 07/22/2008


MANILA, Philippines—Suspended UAAP referee Bryan Tabañag has denied allegations of involvement in game fixing and stressed that “even the most keen-eyed [game officials] commit lapses at the most crucial times.”

“There was never any mention of game fixing in my suspension order,” said Tabañag, vice president of the National Amateur Basketball Referees Organization (NABRO), in a letter to the Philippine Daily Inquirer (parent company of INQUIRER.net).

“Although I am reiterating my stand that I based my calls on what I saw during the game, I also accepted the NABRO decision.”

League officials already clarified in previous interviews that Tabañag had been indefinitely suspended for his inadequate form during the match between De La Salle University and Far Eastern University, not for game fixing.

“[The accusation] has also caused me anxieties, affecting my job ... to be labeled as such,” said Tabañag, a veteran referee and husband of national archer Joan Chan-Tabañag.

Commissioner Chito Narvasa penalized Tabañag last week for two errant calls and one non-call late in the game won by the defending champion Archers, 73-62, last July 12.

“While it is true that the indefinite suspension could last even longer than the UAAP basketball season ... it is also true that it could be lifted any time based on the judgment of NABRO and the UAAP Commissioner’s Office,” said Tabañag.

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07-23-2008, 08:16 AM
UAAP officiating has improved *— Narvasa

By JONAS TERRADO
www.mb.com.ph


UAAP Commissioner Chito Narvasa has expressed his full trust on the National Amateur Basketball Referees Organization (NABRO) saying he noted improvement on officiating since handing out a series of penalties against officials for sloppy calls.

Narvasa said that officiating in the UAAP by NABRO members has improved after the first sanction was issued following the University of the East-University of Santo Tomas game last July 5.

"They are doing OK," Narvasa said. "Their performance has been better since."

Three referees were then suspended following the game between Ateneo and De La Salle on July 6.

After that, game official Bryan Tabanag suspended indefinitely for making two crucial calls in the last two minutes of the La Salle - Far Eastern University game last July 12 that may have affected the outcome.

La Salle won that game, 73-62.

Another referee was not suspended, but was reprimanded, after he called a technical foul on UE’s Paul Lee for trash talking during the Warriors’ match against UST.

As regards allegations of game-fixing, Narvasa dismissed it as rumors and said he had met with members of the UAAP board and told them he found no evidence to suggest they were true.

Narvasa said NABRO must look at the penalties as a challenge for its members to improve their profession and not as an indictment of the whole organization.

"How will one man’s mistake affect the whole organization?" Narvasa said. "It’s an opportunity for them to show their capability, that’s their challenge."

Narvasa said that aside from the UAAP sanctions, NABRO has also been handing down separate penalties for erring referees under its fold although he did not say what these sanctions were.

"NABRO has its own rules and has different clients," Narvasa said. "In the UAAP, they fall under my office so they obey UAAP rules."

"With regards to their performance, we give them guidelines," Narvasa bared. "The role of the referees is to be on the right spot at the right time. I told them that ‘manghuli kayo hindi manghula’."

NABRO has been the officiating arm of the UAAP for the last few years. Last season, the NCAA, in which Narvasa was then commissioner, NABRO also officiated the games.

This season, the NCAA opted not to tap NABRO and instead hired referees from the Philippine Basketball League.

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07-24-2008, 10:09 AM
UAAP: Archers take aim at soaring Falcons

By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 04:39:00 07/24/2008

MANILA, Philippines—A superior record hardly means anything for De La Salle University after Adamson University pulled off an unexpected victory in the 71st UAAP men’s basketball competition.

“They’re slowly picking up the pieces,” said Archers coach Franz Pumaren of the Falcons, who stunned last season’s runner-up University of the East with a 66-64 decision last Sunday.

“I think they showed the real Adamson, what they’re capable of doing. It’s pretty scary.”

For Pumaren, his defending champion Archers must stick to what they do best when they take on the upset-minded Falcons at 2 p.m. Thursday at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

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07-24-2008, 05:11 PM
Archers win fourth straight, trip Falcons
07/24/2008 | 04:10 PM

Email this | Email the Editor | Print | Digg this | Add to del.icio.us MANILA, Philippines – The La Salle Green Archers took sole possession of second place thrashing an upset conscious Adamson Falcons, 76-61, in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament Thursday at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

The Archers improved to 4-1 behind the clean 4-0 slate of archrival Ateneo Blue Eagles while the loss was the third in five games for the Falcons, who were coming off a morale-boosting 66-64 win over the UE Red Warriors on Sunday.

JV Casio scattered 18 points behind an 8-of-11 shooting from the field to pace the Archers’ scoring. He also had four rebounds, five assists and two steals.

Bader Malabes added 10 points, an assist and two steals also for the Archers. – GMANews.TV

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07-25-2008, 08:09 AM
Archers, Warriors cruise to easy wins
By Abac Cordero
Friday, July 25, 2008
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The Pumaren brothers, coach Franz of La Salle and coach Dindo of University of the East, picked up lopsided wins yesterday in the 71st UAAP season at the Philsports Arena.

La Salle was first to score, handling Adamson with ease, 76-61, before UE caught University of the Philippines in its worst form this year and ran away with an 87-58 win.

It was the fourth straight victory for La Salle since losing its opening game against arch-rival Ateneo. With its steady climb, La Salle is at 4-1, just behind Ateneo’s 4-0 slate.

“We just made sure that our mindset was to really play hard because we know they are capable of beating any other school here,” said Franz after the victory.

Just a few days ago, Adamson scored the biggest shocker so far this year when it brought down the favored UE squad, 66-64, behind Paul Gonzalgo’s three-pointer.

“After their game against UE, we came prepared for whatever they might throw against us. We’re getting our rhythm. The players are now accepting their respective roles now,” said Franz.

JV Casio once again led La Salle to victory with 19 points.

“He should start calling himself ‘Steady JV.’ He’s the glue of this team. He keeps us together,” said Franz of the defending champions’ main man.

Later on, the Warriors stepped into the court hoping to put their losing game against the Falcons behind. They did, and the result was a huge 29-point victory.

“In our last four games we didn’t have the aggressiveness. Now we showed what UE basketball is. So, we had to start strong and we caught UP by surprise,” said Dindo.

The Warriors worked on their noted press in posting an early 27-12 lead that ballooned to 36-13, 44-13 and 46-20.

Early in the fourth, UE more than doubled UP’s output at 71-33. And shortly after, the Warriors enjoyed their biggest lead of the game at 81-41.

full battle gear
07-25-2008, 08:14 AM
La Salle, UE thump rivals

By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 04:03:00 07/25/2008


MANILA, Philippines—De La Salle University gave Adamson University no room to entertain another upset bid as the Archers coasted past the Falcons, 76-61, Thursday in the 71st UAAP men’s basketball competition at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

Led by JV Casio, the Archers opened the game with a strong first half then easily quashed the Falcons’ third-quarter comeback to streak to their fourth straight win and claim solo second at 4-1.

“They gave us a problem, they gave us different looks; I’m just happy that my players were really prepared for any scenario,” said La Salle coach Franz Pumaren.

The Falcons, who were looking for a big follow-up to their stunning win over the University of the East Warriors, dropped to 2-3.

Casio presided in key stretches for the Archers to finish with 19 points, five assists and two steals, while Rico Maierhofer added 13 markers and seven rebounds.

Maui Villanueva, a Japan-trained freshman, contributed 12 points on a 6-of-7 shooting clip.

Regaining its dominating form in the second game, UE roared to an 87-58 rout of University of the Philippines that halted a two-game skid and gave the Warriors a 3-2 slate. The Maroons fell to 1-4 with their fourth straight loss.

Hans Thiele rebounded from a listless performances with 15 points as the Warriors jumped to a 27-12 start and stretched this to a 40-point gap at 81-41.

The scores:

LA SALLE 76—Casio 19, Maierhofer 13, Villanueva 12, Malabes 10, Barua 10, Atkins 4, Mangahas 4, Webb 2, Walsham 2, Revilla 0, Bagatsing 0, Lee 0, Batricevic 0.

ADAMSON 61—Agustin 12, Colina 12, Galinato 9, Gonzalgo 9, Cañada 6, Alvarez 6, Santos 3, Nuyles 2, Yambot 2, Lozada 0, Olalia 0, Margallo 0, Gorospe 0.

Quarters: 18-11, 35-22, 52-41, 76-61

full battle gear
07-25-2008, 08:18 AM
Archers bag fourth straight; Warriors snap 2-game skid

By JONAS TERRADO
www.mb.com.ph


Defending champion De La Salle continued its quest for the top spot yesterday even as University of the East snapped out of a two-game losing skein in the UAAP basketball tournament at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

The Archers thumped an overmatched Adamson University Falcons, 76-61, to stretch their winning run to four after which the Warriors scalped the Fighting Maroons of the University of the Philippines, 87-58, for their third win in five starts.

The Warriors put on an offensive show right from the start and led by as much as 40 points, 81-41, in the last quarter to erase the memory of their 64-66 loss to the Falcons last Sunday.

Hans Thiele led UE with 15 points and five rebounds while James Martinez and Raffy Reyes made 11 and 10 points, respectively.

"Game plan namin was to be aggressive because the last four games we didn’t have that," UE coach Dindo Pumaren said. "Today we showed what UE basketball is all about."

The loss was the fourth in five games for the Fighting Maroons.

But while the Warriors were fiery right from the start, the Archers allowed the Falcons to take an early 8-4 lead before exploding a 14-3 bomb to take the driver’s seat for good, 18-11, after the first 10 minutes. This was extended to 35-22 at the turn.

The Falcons managed to rally to within 35-39 in the third period but JV Casio, Rico Maierhofer and Maui Villanueva rose to the occasion and towed the Archers to a 52-41 advantage going into the final period where the Taft-based dribblers finally broke the Falcons’ backs by taking a 15-point lead which they nurtured until the final buzzer.

Casio poured in 19 points and grabbed four rebounds to lead the Archers to their fourth straight victory and an overall 4-1 card. Maierhofer had 13 points and seven rebounds while Villanueva chipped in 12 markers and four rebounds.

"Coming into this game, we made sure our mindset was to really play hard, we know they (Falcons) are capable of beating any other school after they beat UE, so we really came prepared for whatever things they will throw against us," DLSU head coach Franz Pumaren said.

"They (Falcons) gave us problems, but I’m just happy that my players were ready for any such scenario," Pumaren said while citing Villanueva’s performance.

"That’s why other schools were after him (Villanueva) because they saw his potential but he’s a very smart player despite being undersized," Pumaren said.

Marc Agustin and Jan Colina led the way for the Falcons, who dropped to a 2-3 card, with 12 points each.

The scores:

First Game

DLSU 76 — Casio 19, Maierhofer 13, Villanueva 12, Malabes 10, Barua 10, Atkins 4, Mangahas 4, Webb 2, Walsham 2, Revilla 0, Bagatsing 0, Lee 0, Batricevic 0

ADAMSON 61 — Agustin 12, Colina 12, Galinato 9, Canada 6, Alvarez 6, Santos 3, Nuyles 2, Yambot 2, Lozada 0, Olalia 0, Margallo 0, Gorospe 0

Quarters: 18-11, 35-22, 52-41, 76-61.

Second Game

UE 87 — Thiele 15, Martinez 12, Reyes 11, Llagas 10, Arellano 9, Lee 7, Acuna 5, Lingganay 5, Bandaying 4, Espiritu 4, Zamar 3, Noble 1, Flores 1, Duran 0

UP 58 — Co 11, Agbayani 10, Reyes 9, Gamboa 8, Lopez 6, Sison 4, Sorongon 4, de Asis 3, Braganza 2, Hipolito 1, Pajela 0, Astorga 0, Marfori 0, dela Victoria 0, Maniego 0

Quarters: 27-12, 46-20, 71-33, 87-58.

full battle gear
07-26-2008, 07:43 AM
Distracted Tamaraws, sans star, collide with UE Warriors

By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 05:32:00 07/26/2008


MANILA, Philippines—The Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws collide with the University of the East (UE) Warriors this Saturday in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament despite the tragedy that befell its star forward Marnel Baracael.

Game time is 4 p.m. at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City with the Tamaraws seeking to keep solo third behind the idle Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles and the De La Salle University Green Archers.

FEU coach Glenn Capacio, however, said the shooting of Baracael on Thursday night hurt the team’s focus.

“The team is no longer thinking about the results in the UAAP; we’re no longer thinking about the championship,” said Capacio. “It’s no longer a priority. We’re only hoping that Mac will be alive and well.

“We cut practice [Friday]. The entire team is down. No one can concentrate.”

Defending champion La Salle vies for its fifth straight triumph against University of the Philippines earlier at 2 p.m.

Baracael was transferred to Capitol Medical Center in Quezon City from Mary Chiles in Manila’s Sampaloc district late Thursday.

“He is stable and conscious and doctors are putting him through tests,” said FEU athletic director Mark Molina.

The parents of Baracael have arrived in Manila from Quezon province.

Baracael suffered a gunshot wound on the left side of his back. The bullet exited through the lower part of his nipple.

Two teammates brought Baracael in a pedicab at the nearby Mary Chiles hospital where a closed tube thoracostomy (CTT) and debridement of gunshot wounds were performed.

A hospital staff member said the CTT was “a life saving procedure” where a tube was inserted in Baracael’s left chest to drain blood around the lungs. He was “conscious all throughout the procedure.”

Police investigators admitted they, too, remained clueless on why the player was shot.

Police Superintendent Ricardo Layug said investigators already have the statements of Baracael and witnesses to the crime and that ballistics tests will be conducted on the shells and slugs recovered by police.

Initial reports from the Manila Police District Station 4 said Baracael was walking toward the FEU gym with teammates Ron Cabagnot and Robert Kave when the suspect shot the 23-year-old player twice at the back with a .45-caliber pistol.

The suspect then “casually walked away” toward España, the police report said.

A staff member at Mary Chiles quoted Baracael as saying he saw the suspect standing one to two meters behind him when he turned.

The initial police report said that “a vendor who witnessed the incident heard two gun shots and saw the suspect removing the gun’s silencer and putting it in his backpack.”

Two empty bullet shells were recovered at the crime scene.

But Layug said in a phone interview with Inquirer.net that, contrary to reports, the 6-foot-3 Baracael had not been shot at close range.

Noting that the gunman was only around 5-foot-2, Layug said “medyo imposible na malapit ang gunman” [“it would have been impossible that the gunman was near the much taller Baracael”].

full battle gear
07-26-2008, 07:46 AM
FEU soldiers on after shooting

By JONAS TERRANO
www.mb.com.ph


Far Eastern University collides with University of the East today, seeking a fourth victory in five games in the 71st University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) basketball tournament at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

With key player Mac Baracael still recovering from a gunshot wound in a Quezon City hospital, the Tamaraws take the floor at 4 p.m. against the Warriors.

FEU coach Glen Capacio said the team is still in a state of shock over what befell Baracael who was shot Thursday night by an unknown assailant after team practice.

"Although tulala pa din kami sa nangyari basta kami maglalaro kami para kay Mac," Capacio said.

Without Baracael, the Tamaraws will lean on team captain Benedict Fernandez who scored 26 points during their 70-65 win over University of Santo Tomas.

Also providing help will be sophomore JR Cawaling, Mark Barroca, and big men Aldrich Ramos and Riel Cervantes.

The Warriors are coming off a big 87-58 victory over University of the Philippines and are expected to ride on the momentum to post their third win against two defeats.

What it lacks in ceiling, UE makes it up with quickness and aggressiveness.

"Actually, sanay kaming maglaro ng maliit but last few games kulang kami sa aggressiveness," said Pumaren. "Hopefully we show the same aggressiveness we played last game against FEU."

Against the Maroons, UE got an all-around effort from Hans Thiele who scored 15 points to lead four players in double figures.

Aside from Thiele, James Martinez, Elmer Espiritu, Pari Llagas and Marcy Arellano are expected to contribute for the Recto-based dribblers.

In the opening game, De La Salle eyes for a fifth consecutive victory when it faces lowly University of the Philippines at 2 p.m.

La Salle coach Franz Pumaren is careful not to underestimate the Maroons.

"We cannot relax, I think UP has matured enough, if you look at them they don’t have any rookies so nakakatakot din," Pumaren said.

JV Casio and Rico Maierhofer are expected to play another strong game alongside role players Bader Malabes, James Mangahas, and Peejay Barua.

UP, which dropped four straight matches after an opening day triumph over National University, will rely on old hands Martin Reyes, Magi Sison, and Jay Agbayani.

Howard the Duck
07-26-2008, 12:08 PM
does anyone think mas ok kung sinuspend muna ang laro at least for a day?

kasi kung may mga grave events madalas sinususpend ang games...

stonecold316
07-26-2008, 01:37 PM
TEMPO

Cops probe FEU cager’s shooting


The Manila Police District (MPD) is digging deeper into the shooting and wounding in Sampaloc, Manila, on Thursday night of Marcel Baracel, 23, bachelor, basketball player of the Far Eastern University Tamaraws.

Baracel was first taken to Mary Chiles Hospital in Sampaloc before he was transferred to Capitol Medical Center in Quezon City for treatment. He was shot at the back of the body and the bullet exited through the chest.

The gunman was described as about 5’1" tall, clad in red T-shirt, short pants. He was wearing a pair of slippers and carrying backpack.

Police Officer 1 Sherwin Yumul, of the MPD-Station 4 (Sampaloc), said the shooting incident occurred at 8:20 p.m. at the corner of R. Papa and Nicanor Reyes Streets.

Police said the victim, along with his teammates Ryan Cabagnot and Robert Kabe, was walking when unidentified man approached and shot him.

The three had come from the FEU gym and were on their way home when the incident occurred.

Arnie Minique, 38, vendor, told police that the gunman fled towards España Boulevard after the shooting. elated angle behind the shooting. (Jeamma E. Sabate)

coreytaylor
07-26-2008, 10:31 PM
DLSU tramples UP, 82-60
By Jasmine W. Payo, Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines -- La Salle overwhelmed University of the Philippines in an 82-60 decision as the defending champions rolled to their fifth straight triumph in the 71st UAAP men's basketball competition Saturday at the PhilSports Arena.

The Archers pulled away with a strong second half anchored on Rico Maierhofer, who buried 10 of his 14 points in the third period and hauled down nine rebounds.

Woody Co, who shot a game-high 22 points, kept the Maroons in competitive form in the first half to trim the lead at 37-29.

"They gave us a good fight during the first few minutes," said La Salle coach Franz Pumaren. "I guess my players were running away from what we're supposed to do that's why we struggled a bit. We gave them a little confidence."

The Archers responded after the break by opening with a 19-10 spurt for a 56-39 spread, then coasted to a 23-point advantage, 75-52, in the final period.

James Mangahas topscored with 16 points, while rookie Hyram Bagatsing added 10 for the Archers, who remained solo second at 5-1.

The Maroons skidded to their fifth straight lopsided loss for a 1-5 slate.

The scores:

LA SALLE 82 -- Mangahas 16, Maierhofer 14, Bagatsing 10, Barua 8, Casio 7, Webb 6, Malabes 6, Lee 4, Walsham 2, Villanueva 2, Chandumal 2, Atkins 2, Mendoza 1, Ferdinand 1, Batricevic 1.

UP 60 -- Co 22, De Assis 9, Agbayani 8, Braganza 6, Gamboa 5, Reyes 4, Astorga 2, Maniego 2, Sorongon 2, Fortu 0, Sison 0, Marfori 0, Dela Victoria 0, Hipolito 0.

Quarters: 17-10, 37-29, 65-45, 82-60

coreytaylor
07-26-2008, 10:33 PM
FEU slips past UE, 71-69
By Jasmine W. Payo, Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines -- Pouring their emotions on court, the Far Eastern Tamaraws turned to their veterans at the clutch and slipped past the University of the East Warriors with a 71-69 squeaker in the 71st UAAP men's basketball competition Saturday at the PhilSports Arena.

Andy Barroca scored on a go-ahead basket to shatter a 66-66 deadlock and lift the Tamaraws to 68-66 with 36 seconds left, before Aldrech Ramos sank two buffer free throws off an Elmer Espiritu foul for a 70-66 lead with nine ticks remaining.

The win proved too emotional for the Tamaraws after star forward Mac Baracael got shot two days earlier by an unknown assailant just outside the FEU gym.

The Tamaraws remained at third place with a 4-1 record, while the Warriors dropped to 3-3.

From the get-go, however the Tamaraws played with much fire as if no team tragedy hung on their heads.

Baracael, still confined in a hospital, had been declared "out of danger." But the 23-year-old cager is still being monitored after a single gunshot punctured his lungs and fractured two ribs.

"Anyone could have won that game; it was our desire and heart that helped us win," said FEU coach Glenn Capacio. "Going into this game, we had no concentration in practice. We cut it because we weren't focused. It was a team effort, both in offense and defense."

The Tamaraws clearly made the unfortunate incident their rallying point with the No. 12, Baracael's jersey number, patched on their jerseys and taped on their shoes. Benedict Fernandez also had a rosary visibly tucked in his shorts.

"They gave their best for Macmac," said Capacio. "I'm touched by what the players did. Instead of me motivating them, they motivated me. The boys gave such a huge effort."

With the Tamaraws up at 70-66, Hans Thiele nailed a triple left to push the Warriors within a point, 70-69, with 2.8 seconds.

Forced to stop the game clock, the Warriors fouled Barroca, who grabbed key rebound in the dwindling seconds after missing the second of his two free throws.

Fernandez, finishing with a game-high 19 points, carried the Tamaraws early in the third quarter by drilling 10 straight points that tied the game at 43.

The Warriors had posted a double-digit edge for the first time, 43-33, following a fiery run after the break that started with two Rudy Lingganay treys.

Back-to-back triples by Paul Lee and Paul Zamar again put the Warriors ahead at 49-43, before the Tamaraws answered with a 10-2 rally punctuated by a JR Cawaling three-pointer to wrest the lead at 53-51.

The scores:

FEU 71 -- Fernandez 19, Cawaling 12, Adolfo 9, Ramos 7, Barroca 7, Cervantes 6, Sanga 5, Knuttel 4, Kave 2, Alisbo 0, Cabagnot 0.

UE 69 -- Llagas 14, Lingganay 12, Espiritu 10, Arellano 10, Zamar 7, Thiele 7, Lee 5, Noble 2, Reyes 2, Bandaying 0, Martinez 0.

Quarters: 16-15, 31-33, 53-55, 71-69

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07-27-2008, 11:30 AM
Tams decimate Warriors
By Nelson Beltran
Sunday, July 27, 2008
www.philstar.com


The Far Eastern U Tamaraws rallied behind a fallen teammate and squeezed out a pulsating 71-69 win over the University of the East Warriors in the 71st UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Philsports Arena yesterday.

Earlier, reigning titlist La Salle braced for its keenly awaited game against University of the East on Saturday with an 82-60 demolition of University of the Philippines.

The Archers and the Tamaraws kept their second and third positions in the team standings behind the front-running Ateneo Blue Eagles.

The Tams played with great resolve as they got tremendous emotional lift from the absence of ace forward Mac Baracael, who was shot Thursday, overcoming the Warriors in a gripping battle for their fourth win against a lone defeat.

“It’s all about desire. I don’t know how we do it considering everybody’s down in practice yesterday (Friday),” said FEU coach Glen Capacio.

“It’s a good result but we still face a big problem with Robert Kave traumatized by the incident and wanting to go home (to Papua New Guinea). He’s afraid just to go out of the gym. It’s good Ron Cabagnot has overcome the experience,” Capacio also said, sharing what his two players, who were with Baracael during the shooting incident, went through.

FEU and UE fought through 11 deadlocks with the last at 66-all shattered by a Barroca layup followed by two free throws by Aldrech Ramos with time down to 9.4 seconds.

La Salle coach Franz Pumaren fielded in all the players at his disposal, and they all had their contributions as the Archers sustained their charge after their first-game loss to arch rival Ateneo.

“This is a game where I had the luxury of experimenting some plays. Hopefully, this benefits us down the road,” said Pumaren.

“We face UE next. And hopefully, too, the momentum helps us. They’re slowly picking up the pieces as evident in their recent games,” Pumaren also said, expecting a battle with the Warriors in their first meeting since their title collision last year.

While the Archers raced to a fifth straight win, the Maroons reeled with their fifth consecutive loss after a winning debut in the season versus the NU Bulldogs.

UP forward Woodward Co put in 22 points and 10 rebounds — game-high numbers easily negated by the well-balanced game of the Archers.

The Archers sized up the Maroons early on before imposing their will, enjoying several leads of over 20 points in the final quarter.

James Mangahas paced the Archers with 16 points with veteran Rico Maierhofer contributing 14 points and nine rebounds in an off-the-bench role.

nextgen
07-27-2008, 09:47 PM
UE protests FEU win

By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 19:53:00 07/27/2008


MANILA, Philippines--A technical error in the closing minutes of the game will be the main contention of University of the East in its formal game protest to the UAAP.

Brenn Perez, UE's representative to the UAAP board, submitted an official protest letter to commissioner Chito Narvasa Sunday night to contest the game the Warriors narrowly lost to the Far Eastern Tamaraws, 71-69, last Saturday.

"We're basing the protest on a technical error," said coach Dindo Pumaren.

In the letter, the Warriors cited the Marlon Adolfo jumper that was counted as a scored basket in the final three minutes even after the 24-second shot clock expired.

The Warriors filed the protest along with spliced videos of the alleged technical lapse that determined the outcome of the game.

A P100,000 bond will also be posted by UE on Monday, a new league rule for teams that put a game under protest.

Narvasa has until Monday night to decide on the complaint. If the protest gets turned down, UE may still appeal to the UAAP board.

Unless the protest is upheld, the Tamaraws remain at third place with a 4-1 record, while the Warriors dropped to fourth at 3-3.

"If their protest is granted, that means the P100,000 will be returned," said Narvasa. "If they lose the protest, the P100,000 is forfeited in favor of the UAAP."

The game proved too emotional for the Tamaraws as they rallied behind wounded teammate Mac Baracael, the star forward shot by an unknown assailant Thursday night near the FEU gym.

Adolfo's basket pushed the Tamaraws within a point, 62-61, late in the game.

With the contest deadlocked at 66, Andy Barroca scored on a go-ahead basket to lift the Tamaraws to 68-66 with 36 seconds left. Aldrech Ramos later sank two buffer free throws off an Elmer Espiritu foul for a 70-66 lead with nine ticks remaining.

The Warriors again threatened within a point at 2.8 seconds, 70-69, following a Hans Thiele triple.

Forced to stop the game clock, the Warriors fouled Barroca, who grabbed a key rebound after missing the second of his two free throws to preserve the Tamaraws' two-point lead in the dwindling seconds.

"All the games should be won on the hardcourt," said Narvasa. "If it's a technical matter, it's part of the game. Unless of course that technical matter really affected the game. If it's a technical call, a judgment call or a referee's call, it's very very hard to reverse the outcome. The offense must be really serious."

stonecold316
07-28-2008, 01:53 AM
UST 5 needs OT before dispatching Adamson
07/27/2008 | 06:42 PM
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MANILA, Philippines – Dylan Ababou scored 26 points including a go-ahead three-point play with less than a minute left in the game and the University of Santo Tomas Tigers defeated the Adamson Falcons 86-80 in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Ababou completed a three-point play off an Alex Nuyles foul and the Tigers broke an 80-all count to go up 83-80 with 53.1 seconds left in overtime.

Adamson never scored after and UST went three-of-four from the foul line to snap a two-game skid.

Ababou also had 13 rebounds and former MVP Jervy Cruz chipped in 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers who upped their card to 2-3.

With UST leading 70-66, Paul Gonzalgo scored on a lay-up and a three-pointer and Jerick Cañada went two-of-two from the foul line to give the Falcons a 73-70 lead with 13.7 seconds in the regulation.

But rookie Clark Bautista of UST drilled a trey with 7.5 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game into extra session.

The Falcons dropped to 2-4. – GMANews.TV

amdgc82
07-28-2008, 06:59 AM
July 28, 2008 05:51 PM Monday
UAAP Board ready to look into Baracael case *
By: Theodore P. Jurado*
www.journal.com.ph

THE UAAP Board convenes today in a regular meeting at the University of the Philippines where the recent shooting incident involving Far Eastern U star player Mac Baracael may be likely tackled.
* *
Although not originally included in the Board’s agenda, school officials can’t easily ignore the matter especially in the wake of recommendations suggested by league commissioner Chito Narvasa protecting the security of cage players belonging to UAAP member schools.
* *
Baracael was shot by a still unknown assailant Thursday night in Sampaloc, Manila while walking with teammates Ron Cabagnot and Robert Kave just within distance of the FEU gym.
* *
Authorities still have to come up with a major finding as to the motive of the shooting, although investigators are trying to pursue reports that the shooting may have something to do with personal grudge involving game fixing.
* *
Baracael also kept mum about the incident. He is already out for the rest of the season.
* *
“It’s up to FEU if it wants to bring the case of Baracael before the UAAP Board. Ang school na ang bahala,” said Narvasa.
* *
The league commissioner did admit that the jurisdiction of the case is not within the control of the UAAP.
* *
In the light of the misfortune, FEU has already tightened up its security among its players as what the school did during its game with the University of the East Saturday.
* *
Ricky Palou, Ateneo representative to the UAAP Board, confirmed that the Baracael incident is not in the Board’s agenda since to be tackled today is the eligibility of players for other schools.
* *
Meanwhile, Narvasa said he’s awaiting the formal protest letter the UE Warriors are intending to file following their close 69-71 loss to the Tamaraws over the weekend.
* *
UE Board representative Bren Perez however, said they already forwarded the letter to Narvasa.
* *
The Warriors are questioning several crucial calls game officials made during the final moments of the hard-fought game.
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UE guard Marcy Arellano signed the scoresheet after the game to put its outcome under protest.
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“I’m still waiting for the letter coming from UE, pero at least inilalagay nila ang lahat ng bagay under process, which is kailangan in filing a protest,” said Narvasa.
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Among the calls the Warriors are questioning include the basket by FEU forward Marlon Adolfo, which the referees counted even after the Tamaraws’ shot clock had expired with 3:03 remaining.
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The scores
Ateneo (74) �" Tiu 17, Baclao 16, Salamat 12, Al-Hussaini 9, Long 5, Reyes 5, Salva 5, Buenafe 3, Nkemakolam 2, Austria 0, Burke 0, Sumalinog 0.
NU (62) �" Garcia 24, Asoro 14, Aguilar 8, Fabula 5, Catamora 4, Tungcul 2, Ponferrada 2, Luy 2, Dela Cruz 1, Berry 0, Batac 0, Galapon 0, Jahnke 0.
Quarterscores: 21-15; 44-35; 59-51; 74-62

full battle gear
07-28-2008, 08:21 AM
Blue Eagles tame Bulldogs for No. 5
By Abac Cordero
Monday, July 28, 2008
www.philstar.com


Ateneo came off an eight-day rest and zoomed to its fifth straight win, beating National U yesterday, 74-62, as it geared up for two tough assignments this week.

The Blue Eagles hardly encountered any difficulty during the game, leading by as many as 15 points and holding back the Bulldogs late but desperate comeback.

It was win No. 5 for Ateneo, which remained the only unbeaten team in the 71st UAAP season. But it will be tested this week against tall teams Santo Tomas and FEU.

“We were pretty much on a roll and all of a sudden we get eight days off. But I knew we were in pretty good shape,” said coach Norman Black inside the Philsports press room.

In the other game, Santo Tomas got off a two-game skid by stopping Adamson in overtime, 86-80. It was the Tigers’ second win in five games, while the loss was Adamson’s fourth in six games.

Ateneo is just two wins away from sweeping the first round, but Black said it’s not what they’re thinking of right now.

“We play FEU on Thursday and UST on Sunday. We shouldn’t really worry about the winning streak right now because we got two tough games coming up,” he said after dealing NU its fifth straight loss.

“Sweep? You guys really think a lot farther than I do. I’m just worried about FEU. I’m not worried about sweeping anything,” added Black, a grandslam coach in the PBA.

Meanwhile, the UAAP board will meet today to tackle issues like the UE protest of its game against FEU and the shooting incident involving Tamaraw Mac Baracael.

The board is expected to get the latest from FEU, still at a loss in search for the reasons behind the near-fatal shooting of the 6-foot-3 Baracael last Thursday.

full battle gear
07-28-2008, 08:21 AM
Leave case with the police, FEU appeals
By Joaquin Henson
Monday, July 28, 2008
www.philstar.com


Fearing a second attack “to finish the job,” FEU team owner Anton Montinola yesterday appealed for sobriety from media to end speculation on why power forward Marnel (Mac) Baracael was shot by a lone gunman Thursday night and said the case should be left strictly with the police to avoid telegraphing moves that could tip off the assailant.

“Silence is golden at this point,” said Montinola. “We refrain from making comments because the gunman could make another attempt at Mac’s life. It’s a scary situation and right now, our focus is to secure our team.”

Montinola said Baracael, 23, is lucky to be alive after a bullet from a .45 caliber pistol pierced his lung but went through his body.

“The trajectory of the bullet was horizontal,” he said. “If the bullet went a little upward, it would’ve hit his heart. If it went a little downward, it would’ve damaged his stomach, kidney or spleen. He could’ve died.”

Baracael was with teammates Robert Kave and Ron Cabagnot in front of the Philtrust Bank at the corner of Morayta and Papa when a gunman came from behind to fire using a silencer. After the first shot, the gunman removed the silencer and pulled the trigger once more, this time hitting the ground to create panic in the busy street.

“It was between 8 and 9 at night after practice,” said FEU athletic director Mark Molina. “There were people all over. Vendors were out in the streets. Nobody saw the gunman clearly although some witnesses were able to describe what he wore, how tall he was, that he had a cap on. The gunman was apparently waiting for a while before Mac came along.”

Baracael and his teammates ran to the FEU gate after the shooting. His teammates entered the campus to get a car while Baracael, who was bleeding, sat on the sidewalk to wait. A pedicab driver took Baracael to the Mary Chiles Hospital, which is a five to 10-minute ride away. His teammates later followed to the hospital where a Dr. Certenia did an emergency procedure to remove the blood accumulated in the body after inserting a tube in the chest.

Because the hospital is not equipped to determine the extent of the damage, Dr. Certenia referred Baracael to Capitol Medical Center where he is affiliated.

Baracael’s blood pressure was stable when he was rushed to the hospital, indicating no damage to the heart, which was a relief, said Molina. Later dye tests at Capitol Medical Center showed no widespread damage.

The bullet’s exit saved Baracael’s life. The shot was from point blank range so the impact propelled the bullet clear through his body.

“Our priority is to give Mac the medical care and attention for him to recover completely,” said Montinola. “There are no leads so far on who did it and why it was done. The police are now investigating. Authorities aren’t disclosing what’s being done for obvious reasons.”

Montinola said the shooting has rallied the Tamaraws around Baracael. “We played a very emotional game against UE last Saturday,” he added. “We’ve got to be up for our game against Ateneo on Thursday.”

A player who has been traumatized by the incident is Kave.

“Robert is asking to go back to Papua New Guinea,” said Montinola. “There’s no basketball where he comes from. They play soccer but not basketball. It’s all mountains and mines in his country. He’s only 19. He joined us in high school and established his two-year residence to gain eligibility as a freshman this season.”

Molina said the shooting had nothing to do with FEU’s roster revamp after the 2006 season where the Tamaraws didn’t qualify for the Final Four despite La Salle’s suspension.

Molina dismissed speculation the attempt on Baracael’s life was linked to a game-fixing syndicate.

“Mac was conscious throughout the procedure at Mary Chiles,” said Molina. “But he’s not in a position to discuss things at the moment. He was never involved in any investigation. We don’t know why he was shot.”

Last year, FEU player Alfredo Gerilla was removed from the team. Sources said he was suspected of game-fixing but no hard evidence ever surfaced. Another former Tamaraw Jeff Chan, who played on the Philippine team that won the gold at the Southeast Asian Games last year, was allegedly suspected of involvement with a gambling syndicate. However, Gerilla and Chan were never implicated formally because of lack of proof.

Montinola and Molina declined to give credence to speculation that Baracael, a third-year player, squealed on the syndicate.

“There was no squealing from Mac,” said Molina. “It’s unfortunate all this gossip is coming out in the wake of the shooting. Let’s just leave the case in police hands.”

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07-28-2008, 08:25 AM
Eagles repulse Bulldogs; OT win for Tigers

Narvasa sets decision on UE protest
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 02:28:00 07/28/2008


MANILA, Philippines—Ateneo de Manila University leaned on the sustained brilliance of Chris Tiu and Nonoy Baclao to roll back National University, 74-62, Sunday and preserve its unbeaten run to five in the 71st UAAP men’s basketball competition at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

The winless Bulldogs stayed within five points or less of the Eagles in the fourth quarter before Tiu ignited and capped a 10-2 run with a jumper and a triple in the final three minutes to turn a slim 64-60 Ateneo lead to 74-62.

Tiu finished a rebound-shy of a double-double with 17 points and nine boards. Baclao backed him up with 16 markers, 11 rebounds, three assists and three blocks.

In the second game, Dylan Ababou completed a three-point play, while Mark Canlas sank two buffer free throws in the last 53 seconds to lift University of Santo Tomas past Adamson University, 86-80, in overtime.

Rookie Clark Bautista bailed out the Tigers in regulation with a triple with 7.5 ticks left to forge the extra period, 73-73.

Meanwhile, a technical error will be the main contention of University of the East in its formal game protest to the UAAP.

UE representative Brenn Perez submitted an official protest letter to commissioner Chito Narvasa Sunday night to contest the game the Warriors lost to the Far Eastern University Tamaraws, 71-69, last Saturday.

UE will also post a required P100,00 cash bond on Monday.

In the letter, the Warriors said the Marlon Adolfo basket in the game’s last three minutes should not be counted because the 24-second shot clock had expired.

The scores:

First Game
ATENEO 74—Tiu 17, Baclao 16, Salamat 12, Al-Hussaini 9, Salva 5, Long 5, Reyes 5, Buenafe 3, Nkemakolam 2, Burke 0, Austria 0, Sumalinog 0.
NU 62—Garcia 24, Asoro 14, Aguilar 8, Fabula 5, Catamora 4, Tungkul 2, Ponferrada 2, Luy 2, Dela Cruz 1.
Quarters: 21-15, 44-35, 59-51, 74-62

Second Game
UST 86—Ababou 26, Cruz 19, Bautista 12, Canlas 10, Fenequito 8, Allera 5, Taylor 4, Fortuna 2, Maliksi 0.
ADAMSON 80—Galinato 17, Nuyles 15, Gonzalgo 15, Agustin 12, Yambot 6, Gorospe 6, Cañada 5, Colina 4, Penalosa 0, Lapitan 0, Lozada 0, Olalia 0, Santos 0.
Quarters: 15-20, 36-37, 54-49, 73-73 (reg), 86-80 (extra time)

chocoks77
07-28-2008, 08:50 AM
Parang La Salle at Benilde, sa protest dinadaan. COurting fire here :P

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07-29-2008, 09:24 AM
Narvasa decides on Warriors protest today
By Abac Cordero
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
www.philstar.com


Commissioner Chito Narvasa of the UAAP will hand down a decision on or before noon today - either to uphold or deny the protest filed by the University of the East.

Narvasa said the Warriors placed last Saturday’s game against Far Eastern University under protest due to an error on the shot clock. UE felt the error denied them a chance to win.

The Tamaraws went on to score an emotional 71-69 win that came just a day after their star forward, Mac Baracael, was shot and wounded by an unidentified assailant.

In its protest, formally received by Narvasa at 12 p.m. yesterday, UE claimed that the 24-second shot clock should have expired before FEU’s Marlon Adolfo scored underneath.

It proved to be a crucial basket that came in the final three minutes.

When the ball went into play, the shot clock read 3:29, and by the time Adolfo made the basket it was already at 3:03, meaning more than 24 seconds had lapsed.

Officials from UE said the basket should have been nullified, and the protest letter addressed to Narvasa asked they be given “merit for what is judiciously due them.”

It was not clear whether UE is seeking a replay of the entire game, its last three minutes or a forfeiture of the FEU victory.

“We’re just waiting for the recommendation (decision) of commissioner Narvasa,” said UE board representative Bren Perez.

“There may have been a technical error but not an error by any of the referees. They (Warriors) said they were denied of the chance to win,” said Narvasa.

“Right now I cannot decide. I have to look at recent UAAP history, and I have to look at the rules of the league and the FIBA (International Basketball Federation),” he said.

Narvasa, who has PBA coaches Yeng Guiao and Alfrancis Chua as consultants, as well as his brother Ogie Narvasa and Tanny Gonzales, said his decision will come out today.

“Then UE has 24 hours to decide whether they want to contest it or not. If they do, the matter will be elevated to the UAAP board which will then have seven days or less to decide,” Narvasa said.

In placing the game under protest, UE had to pay a cash bond of P100,000. If their protest is upheld, they get the money back. Otherwise, the UAAP keeps the money.

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07-29-2008, 09:27 AM
Mayor Lim eyed to probe attack on FEU’s Baracael

By Inquirer Sports Staff
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:46:00 07/29/2008


MANILA, Philippines—No less than Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim will be requested by the UAAP board to spearhead the investigation of the shooting which nearly claimed the life of Far Eastern University cager Marnel “Mac” Baracael.

A ranking official of a member university in the UAAP told the Philippine Daily Inquirer Monday that the move to seek Lim’s help “is supported by majority of the member schools.”

“The UAAP wants to get to the root of the problem,” said the source who asked not be named. “Remember also that the crime happened in Manila.”

Lim, a no-nonsense police general and National Bureau of Investigation chief before becoming a senator and then mayor of Manila, is an alumnus of the University of the East.

This developed as the UAAP board called on the “urgent investigation by the police and all those concerned to prevent (such) incident from happening again.”

Baracael, a 6-foot-3 power forward, was shot twice from behind by a still unidentified assailant last week while walking with teammates Robert Kave and Ron Cabagnot in front of Philtrust Bank near the FEU gym in Morayta Street.

“While we are glad (Baracael) survived the blatant assault, the UAAP board remains in shock,” the board said.

“We condemn the attack. We enjoin everyone to assist in the search for the truth.”

Police Officer 1 Sherwin Yumul, the lead investigator in the case, told the Inquirer Monday night that the motive for the attack on Baracael remained unknown.

Yumul said they have interviewed Baracael, Kave and Cabagnot.

“The victim has no idea who shot him or what the motive of the attack might have been,” said Yumul.

Four Inquirer sources, including an FEU official, who all spoke on condition of anonymity, have claimed that the incident may be related to basketball games.

But Yumul said there is “no solid evidence yet” to link the incident to such a motive.

Police did not declare an actual time frame for the investigation, saying it would depend on the cooperation of the victim and the people with knowledge of the incident.

“It’s hard to say when we can solve the crime because right now, we still have no leads,” Yumul said.

The police officer also said he is planning to request for a copy of the security video of Philtrust Bank, which may have recorded the shooting.

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07-29-2008, 09:28 AM
UAAP may settle Warriors’ protest Tuesday

By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:47:00 07/29/2008


MANILA, Philippines—The UAAP is hoping for a swift resolution of the University of the East protest regarding “major technical errors committed” in the final three minutes of its recent senior basketball match against Far Eastern University.

Commissioner Chito Narvasa is expected to issue a decision on Tuesday on what UE claimed was a “clear violation of the FIBA regulation on the 24-second shot clock rule” in the game the Warriors lost to the Tamaraws, 71-69, last Saturday.

“I’ll study it,” said Narvasa after UE formalized the protest Sunday. “I met with the officials concerned.”

The violation, UE claimed, allowed FEU to score a basket through Marlon Adolfo, even “with the game clock already at 3:04, the shot clock flashed at zero and the buzzer sounded.”

Adolfo, according to the protest, even “did an extra spin move to be able to make the shot” and when “the ball entered the ring, the time flashed on the game clock was 3:03 or two seconds behind the 24-second shot clock rule.”

The lapses denied UE a chance “to gain momentum” and “altered the result of the game,” the UE letter noted.

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07-29-2008, 09:30 AM
UE pays P.1-M bond to save game vs FEU

By JONAS TERRADO
www.mb.com.ph


University of the East yesterday put its money where its mouth is and paid a cash bond of P100,000 to the UAAP technical committee to formalize its protest following its defeat to Far Eastern University last Saturday which it said was caused by poor officiating.

UE claimed that a referee’s decision to count the basket made by FEU’s Marlon Adolfo in the last few minutes of the game may have affected the outcome.

According to UE, the shot was made after the 24-second shot clock had already lapsed. UE based its protest on TV replays which it said showed the ball still in Adolfo’s hands as the shot clock expired.

Adolfo’s basket with 3:31 remaining cut UE’s lead to 62-61. The Tamaraws eventually won the match, 71-69 for its fourth victory in five starts.

UE’s protest, however, appeared doomed after UAAP commissioner Chito Narvasa commented yesterday that he saw nothing wrong with the referee’s decision.

"As far as I’m concerned, I don’t see anything that could merit a protest," said Narvasa.

Narvasa has until noon today to make a formal decision.

UE stands to lose the P100,000 bond if Narvasa junks the protest. But it will be returned should Narvasa decide that the case has merit.

The issue before Narvasa, observers believe, is to decide whether a referee’s error or bad judgment in the last 3 minutes and 31 seconds of a game can affect its outcome.

"We’ve presented the facts, there were major technical errors committed in the last three minutes," UE mentor Dindo Pumaren said. "We’ll just wait for the decision."

The UAAP instituted the P100,000 cash bond this year to discourage the filing of protests that may have no merit at all. UE is the first school to file a protest and pay the bond.

"The cash bond is a way to discourage teams from protesting," said Narvasa. "Sometimes, teams file a protest and the reasons didn’t even affect the outcome of the game."

In the event Narvasa rejects UE’s protest, the Warriors can pursue the case to the UAAP board. Once received, the board will have one week to decide.

Meanwhile, UAAP secretary-treasurer Herc Callanta said that UAAP is still waiting for reports from the police before they could issue any statement regarding the shooting incident involving FEU’s Mac Baracael.

"There’s nothing to report because we’re depending on their investigation," Callanta noted. "So far there’s no report from the police."

The Manila police are still facing a blank wall as to the motive behind the shooting. Police also don’t have any suspect yet.

Baracael was shot Thursday night after team practice near the school’s gymnasium by an unidentified gunman. Baracael has been declared out of danger but remains in the hospital under heavy guard by school security.