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Mhel_Garrido
06-04-2007, 12:04 PM
The NAASCU 7th Season will kick off this july. As of the moment we are still waiting for the availability of the Cuneta Astrodome on July 20 or 21. The 7th Season promises to be more exciting than the previous one as 6th Season Champion AMACU Titans opens its defense against the STI College Olympians. Both teams are all hyped up for the opening round encounter.

Other highlights of the NAASCU's 7th season will be posted in this thread.

AnthonyServinio
06-04-2007, 01:10 PM
* * *THE NAASCU is really hyping the "Computer Combat" or "Cyber Wars" between STI and AMACU!* *;D

* * *Why not make every NAASCU game venue a Wi-Fi hot spot!

anghusay
06-12-2007, 10:11 PM
i think i saw ryd baguio(from DLSU-D) and balneg(former letran knight) playing for STI. can anyone confirm this?

nastrans
06-13-2007, 02:54 PM
i think i saw ryd baguio(from DLSU-D) and balneg(former letran knight) playing for STI. can anyone confirm this?


Baguio will play for STI, pending the NAASCU's decision on the max age limit issue.

joelex
07-18-2007, 12:12 AM
when's the new season starting? any news?

anghusay
07-18-2007, 07:27 AM
sa saturday ata. Rizal Memorial.

gameface_one
07-18-2007, 07:00 PM
5 games kick off NAASCU loop



By JOHN NIKOLAI ALMELOR
mb.com.ph



THE SEVENTH season of the National Athletics Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities unfolds on Saturday with a heavy five-game schedule at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.


Reigning seniors champion AMA Computer tangles with last year’s runner-up STI College in the 8 a.m. opening game to usher in the 10-team league.

NAASCU President Jay Adalem, who graced yesterday’s PSA Forum with league vice president Dr. Reynaldo delos Santos, said that the league aims to become the breeding ground for future basketball stars, citing Toyota Balintawaks’ Eugene Tan and Dennis Daa started their careers in the league.

The AMA Computer University Titans claimed the title last year by beating the STI Olympians in a best-of-three finals.

MVP Chito Jaime and Robbie Zablan, the unlikely hero in the final series, will lead the Titans’ back-to-back title bid.

The University of Manila Hawks are also considered favorites owing to their winning tradition. They won a record 86 straight games to rule the first five editions of the league. They face Pamantasan Lungsod ng Pasay in the second game at 10 a.m.

Also posing a threat are Centro Escolar University and New Era University which made it to the Final Four last year.

In other games, St. Clare meets University of Makati in the third game, CEU tangles with San Sebastian College-Cavite in the fourth game while New Era clashes with Holy Angel University in the featured match.

The second semester activities will include competitions in volleyball, chess, table tennis, karate and marathon.

nastrans
07-19-2007, 07:47 AM
i think i saw ryd baguio(from DLSU-D) and balneg(former letran knight) playing for STI. can anyone confirm this?


Baguio will play for STI, pending the NAASCU's decision on the max age limit issue.


Hindi na tuloy ito, Baguio is staying with DLSU-D to finish his studies, di nga lang siya eligible sa UCAA at NCRAA.

joelex
07-20-2007, 06:19 PM
STI looks very formidable with the aquisition of several UAAP and NCAA stars like howard flor, balneg from letran, mendoza from perpetual..former warrior and PUP standout Luis palaganas was reportedly also in the lineup last time i checked. Of course there are old reliables Micutuan and Perez from Olivarez.

STI lost to UAAP defending champs UST by just 3 pts in a tune up. But AMA still has top gun chito jaime, which STI could not find clues to defend last season.

anghusay
07-21-2007, 04:35 AM
Luis Palaganas is not part of the lineup of STI. He is concentrating as an assistant coach of Ricky Alcantara for the ACSAT Lightnings.

full battle gear
07-21-2007, 05:21 AM
‘Computer war’ sizzles as Naascu opens

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

MANILA, Philippines—Defending champion AMA Computer and STI renew their “computer war” when the National Athletics Association of School, Colleges and Universities (Naascu) men’s basketball tournament unveils its 7th season today at the Rizal Coliseum in Manila.

The AMA Titans will try to assert their superiority over the STI Olympians in the 10 a.m. curtain-raiser. AMA swept STI, 2-0, in their title-showdown last year.

Six-time champion University of Manila will square off with Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pasay in the second game at 11:30 a.m., while dark horse St. Clare clashes with University of Makati at 1 p.m.

San Sebastian-Cavite, which forfeited all its elimination-round games last year due to a league rule infraction, will try to make a strong comeback against Centro Escolar at 2:30 p.m., before New Era battles Holy Angel at 4 p.m.

Senator Edgardo Angara heads the guests of honor in the 9 a.m. opening rites. Also invited to the affair are Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, Philippine Basketball Association chair Ricky Vargas and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Patrick Gregorio.

“Our league continues to grow in terms of membership and quality of play,” said Naascu president Dr. Ernest Jay Adalem of St. Clare. “Hopefully, on our seventh year, we’ll reach new heights and solidify our contribution to the country’s collegiate basketball development.”

League vice president Lawyer Ernesto delos Santos of UM will also speak in the 9 a.m. inaugurals, which will also feature the presentation and coronation of the Mr And Ms Naascu chosen from representatives of all member schools.

Many-time national head coach and PBA mentor Jimmy Mariano will take the helm of the St. Claire Saints, while former PBA hotshot Egay Macaraya will steer the SSC-Cavite Bay Cats.

full battle gear
07-22-2007, 10:25 AM
NAASCU hoops: STI rips AMA; Hawks prevail

By Marc Anthony Reyes
Inquirer
Last updated 05:56am (Mla time) 07/22/2007

MANILA, Philippines—Dexter Micutuan unloaded 13 of his 16 points in the second half as STI thrashed defending champion AMA Computer, 77-67, yesterday at the start of the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) basketball tournament at the Rizal Coliseum.

University of Manila, trying to get back into championship shape, unleashed an 11-0 spurt midway in the fourth quarter to turn back Pamantansan ng Lungsod ng Pasay, 85-76, in the second game.

It was a revenge of sorts for the Olympians who got swept by the Titans in last year’s title series.

The 6-foot-2 Micutuan was ably supported by new acquisitions Mark Balneg, Howard Flor, Arthur Dimas and Raymond Tiongco.

Balneg finished with nine points, while Flor, Dimas and Tiongco chipped in eight points each. Chito Jaime led the Titans with 27 points.

Rookie Christopher de Vera hit three three-pointers in the fourth quarter, including one in that decisive binge for the Hawks, who rallied from 66-70.

Bong David topscored for the Eagles with 20 points but proved helpless in the privotal period. David showed his frustration by elbowing Raymond Malinao, whose free throws with 4:45 left gave UM a 72-70 lead before De Vera knocked in the triple that mde it 75-70, 4:29 to go.

Sam Miguel
07-23-2007, 11:30 AM
Hmm... Flor, Balneg, Tiongco, no residency or age rules in the NAASCU...?

AnthonyServinio
07-23-2007, 03:07 PM
Hmm... Flor, Balneg, Tiongco, no residency or age rules in the NAASCU...?

THE NAASCU officials have to fine tune their eligibility rules. Right now, the rule is simple -- one can play as long as he or she is not 25 years of age and has not played in the PBL or similar commercial leagues prior to the NAASCU*stint.

With rules like that, it gives the impression that the NAASCU is a pseudo-commercial league for NCAA and UAAP graduates who cannot crack the PBL!

Mhel_Garrido
07-23-2007, 03:22 PM
The NAASCU has finally started fine tuning the eligibility rules. Just this summer it has already amended the following rules. Starting next school year, all athletes above 23 will not be allowed to play anymore. There is still no residency rule, but players coming from the UAAP and NCAA will have their years in that league counted which means if you played five years in that league then you wont be allowed to play anymore.

The NAASCU is now trying to improve and put emphasis on home grown talents. Expect a lot of changes in the next few years and hopefully these changes will help improve the league.

Mhel_Garrido
07-23-2007, 03:47 PM
Hmm... Flor, Balneg, Tiongco, no residency or age rules in the NAASCU...?

....With rules like that, it gives the impression that the NAASCU is a pseudo-commercial league for NCAA and UAAP graduates who cannot crack the PBL!


There is no secret that Flor and Tiongco are both 25, under league rules they are still eligible to play. In the NAASCU you are barred to play if you are already 26 years old, this is the last year that this rule will be in effect coz as i mentioned next year 23 na ang ceiling. Fyi, Balneg is only 23 years old.

The residency rule is in effect for schools who are league members. The rule is that no player can play for another NAASCU team anymore. So let's there is a player from NEU who wants to transfer to UMAK, he will not be eligible to play in the NAASCU anymore.
Please be patient with the NAASCU, its only in its 7th Season. Since we are trying to position it as the third league it is slowly gaining grown and with the new rules, it gives pressure for each team to produce home grown talent.

Dont forget that some of the other players of the UAAP also came from the member schools of the NAASCU before transferring to the UAAp. Leo Avenido, KG Canaleta, Edwin Asoro, Joseph Lingao-lingao to name a few. Nagkataon lang na mas maganda ang programa ng schools of these top universities so these players transferred.

I myself am excited with all these challenges. Abangan.......

joelex
07-23-2007, 10:49 PM
i know avenido came from UM, but from what schools did canaleta, asoro, and lingao lingao come from?

Joescoundrel
07-24-2007, 08:51 AM
OT: Mhel I just LOVE your new Chicken Joy commercials! ;D

gameface_one
07-24-2007, 09:29 AM
AMA bounces back, edges CEU in overtime


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


Chito Jaime came through with a layup to send the game into overtime then added 12 more points as AMA Computer turned back Centro Escolar, 84-76, yesterday in the National Athletics Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (Naascu) basketball tournament at the UM Gym.

The 6-foot-5 Jaime finished with 30 points to help defending champion AMA recover from its inaugural defeat to STI.

Jeric Magno shot 31 points for the Scorpions, who took a second straight loss.

In late games Saturday, St. Clare banked on Mitch Lodia’s 30-point effort to crush University of Makati, 99-87. San Sebastian-Cavite, with Jerome Cenita scoring 32 points, beat CEU, 76-67, while New Era bested Holy Angel, 76-65. Glen Manlutac gave CEU a 68-65 lead with 48.3 seconds left but Jaime put in a free throw then finished a fast break to extend the match.

The scores:

AMA 84 -- Jaime 30, Abac 15, Manalang 12, Galang 11, Vergara 5, Zablan 4, Salvador 3, Mollena 2, Bernardo 0, Alfarao 0.

CEU 76 - -Magno 31, Macasaet 13, Salamat 10, Manlutac 7, Manajero 7, Villamayor 3, Ignabi 2, laota 2, Flores 2, Zapanta 0, Dy 0, Casas 0.

Quarters: 19-28, 32-39, 50-50, 68-68, 84-76

Wang-Bu
07-24-2007, 10:43 AM
Mukhang back-back MVP ang puntirya ni Chito Jaime ngayong taon sa NAASCU. Sayang talaga at hindi siya napunta ng UAAP o NCAA para mas maraming fans ang makamalas sa kanyang angking husay maglaro.

codiak
07-24-2007, 07:23 PM
i know avenido came from UM, but from what schools did canaleta, asoro, and lingao lingao come from?


I think asoro came from UM and KG Canaleta is from Holy Angel U.

correct me if im wrong

Mhel_Garrido
07-27-2007, 09:42 AM
According to one of our board members, both Asoro and Lingao2x came from University of Makati. Clear ko ulit.
Tama kayo, KG daw came from HAU.

Mhel_Garrido
07-27-2007, 09:45 AM
STI whips UM; New Era scores
Inquirer
Last updated 03:17am (Mla time) 07/26/2007

GAMES SATURDAY (San Andres Gym)
8 a.m. -- NEU vs UMAK (Srs)
9:30 a.m. -- STI vs PLP (Srs)
11 a.m. -- SSC-Cavite vs AMACU (Srs)
12:30 p.m. -- CEU vs UM (Srs)
(Casamilan Gym)
4:30 p.m. -- St. Clare vs HAU (Srs)

MANILA, Philippines -- STI and New Era crushed their respective rivals and rolled to the early lead with their second straight win in the National Athletics Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium Wednesday.

Dexter Micutuan scored 16 points as STI routed University of Manila, 86-73.

The 6-foot-2 forward got ample help from Mike Cabangon, Mark Balneg and Howard Flor, who added 12, 11 and 10 points respectively.

The Hawks, the 200-2005 champions, were bannered by veteran Onofre Napiza and Jason Mulawin. But their efforts failed to save UM from dropping to 1-1.

Jeffrey de Guzman scattered 23 points while Charmel Alastre contributed 14 as New Era thrashed Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pasay, 86-68, in the first game.

Fresh from their opening-day win over Holy Angel, the Hunters set the tone of the game after finishing the first quarter with a 21-13 lead.

Quirino Abalos Jr. and Mel Pepito dished out double-digit performances for the Hunters (2-0).

STI (86) - Micutuan 16, Cabangon 12, Balneg 11, Flor 10, Tiongco 9, Mabayo 7, Dimas 6, Legaspi 6, Porto 3, Juan 2, Reyes 2, Bartolo 2, Mendoza 0, Tolentino 0.

UM (73) - Napiza 18, Mulawin 14, Sadsad 13, Assuncion 10, Delos Trinos 6, Dela Cruz 4, Bonus 2, Malinao 2, Lacap 2, De Vera 2.

Quarter scores 21-17, 42-36, 63-50, 86-73

Joescoundrel
07-31-2007, 01:19 PM
Mhel are there NAASCU games scheduled for the weekend of August 4 and 5?

gameface_one
08-01-2007, 08:26 AM
Streaking STI rips UMak, gains solo lead


By Marc Anthony Reyes
Inquirer
Last updated 04:44am (Mla time) 08/01/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- Streaking STI College is blowing away the opposition in the men’s basketball tournament of the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) at the University of Manila gym.

Rugged in defense and smooth in offense, STI thrashed University of Makati, 100-57, Tuesday for its fourth straight win and the solo lead in the 10-team field.

Erstwhile co-leader New Era University suffered its first loss in four games at the hands of defending champion AMA Computer University, 78-73, in the opener.

Being at the top, however, doesn’t give STI coach Vic Ycasiano his comfort zone.

“It’s still too early to tell because there’s a couple more tough teams we are going to face,” said Ycasiano. “But I think we have a learned a lot from the last season.”

He was referring to STI’s 10-game winning run all the way to the finals last season, where it was unceremoniously swept by AMA.

The AMA Titans, stung by the Olympians in the inaugural, marched straight to their third successive victory.

Leonardo Abac starred with 24 points, mostly in the first half, for the Titans who had to quell the Hunters’ 28-point binge in the fourth quarter.

Mhel_Garrido
08-01-2007, 09:13 AM
Mhel are there NAASCU games scheduled for the weekend of August 4 and 5?



Yup, do watch our game against San Sebastian Cavite on saturday at 2:30 pm tapos tawid tayo
sa UAAP games after hehe. The other games will pit New Era and St. Clare at 1:00 pm then AMACU
against HAU after our game.

Joescoundrel
08-01-2007, 10:25 AM
Mhel are there NAASCU games scheduled for the weekend of August 4 and 5?



Yup, do watch our game against San Sebastian Cavite on saturday at 2:30 pm tapos tawid tayo
sa UAAP games after hehe. The other games will pit New Era and St. Clare at 1:00 pm then AMACU
against HAU after our game.


Pare saan ba laro ninyo, Rizal Memorial ulti?

gameface_one
08-03-2007, 09:11 AM
STI zaps St. Clare, takes command



Inquirer
Last updated 04:28am (Mla time) 08/03/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- STI College overwhelmed St. Clare College Thursday, 95-77, to claim the solo lead in the National Athletics Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) basketball tournament at the UM gym.

Veteran Ramon Mabayo shot 17 points to pace a balanced offensive by the Olympians who opened the game with a 22-6 spurt and charged to their fifth straight victory.

The Saints absorbed their first loss in five games and dropped into a tie for second place with defending champion AMA Computer University, which trounced Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pasay, 88-78.

“We have a lot of veterans and they happened to jell very well with our new acquisitions,” said STI coach Vic Ycasiano.

Centro Escolar University scored its second win in six games after beating New Era University, 70-67, behind Karlo Manajero, June Macasaet and Eddie Camacho. Marc Anthony Reyes

gameface_one
08-05-2007, 09:00 AM
Olympians down Bay Cats


By Marc Anthony Reyes
Inquirer
Last updated 04:16am (Mla time) 08/05/2007


MANILA, Philippines—One collegiate league’s loss is another’s gain.

That’s what Mark Balneg proved yesterday when the former Letran stalwart steered STI to its sixth straight win, a 75-68 decision of San Sebastian-Cavite in the National Athletics Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (Naascu) basketball tournament at the UM gym.

The 6-foot-2 guard Balneg shot a team-high 17 points and Raymond Tiongco and Ramon Mabayo chipped in 14 points each as the Olympians solidified their hold of the lead.

San Sebastian-Cavite dropped to 3-4 despite the inspired performances of mainstays Glen Bolocon and Jerome Cenita, who poured in 18 and 14 points, respectively.

Earlier, New Era, working behind a full-court press, crushed St. Clare, 102-89, and tied its victim at 4-2.

It was the second straight win for the Hunters after successive setbacks to defending champion AMA and STI.

Shuffled by veteran PBA mentor Adonis Tierra, New Era put premium on defense while letting loose high leaping scorer to cause harm in offense.

Dino Abalos scattered 24 points, hauled down 12 rebounds and had three for the Hunters. Jeff de Guzman also had 24 points and six assists.

Archie Cruz and Mitchell Lodia starred for St. Clare with 26 and 21 points, respectively.

The scores:

First game

NEW ERA 102—Abalos 24, J. De Guzman 24, R. De Guzman 16, Alastre 14, Lapid 11, Pepito 8, Domingo 4, Roncal 1, Castillo 0.

ST CLARE 89—Cruz 26, Lodia 21, Laurel 12, Geraldino 9, Opalia 7, Valenzona 4, Domingo 4, Manio 2, Percibigan 2, Buquid 2, Diswe 0, Labatos 0.

Quarters: 30-18, 54-42, 76-60, 102-89

Second game

STI 75—Balneg 17, Tiongco 14, Mabayo 14, Flor 9, Cabangon 6, Porto 6, bartolo 4, Tolentino 3, Juan 0, Mendoza 0, Dimas 0.

SSC-R-CAV 68—Bolocon 18, Cenita 14, Echavez 12, Villareal 11, Basa 5, Lucernas 3, Alcasabas 3, Gracilla 2, Filio 0, Antipuesto 0.

Quarters: 27-21, 43-40, 56-51, 75-68.

gameface_one
08-08-2007, 10:27 AM
STI Olympians register 7th straight victory


By Marc Anthony Reyes
Inquirer
Last updated 06:44am (Mla time) 08/08/2007


GAMES THURSDAY (UM Gym)
9 a.m. -- Centro Escolar vs STI (Srs)
10:30 a.m. -- AMA vs St. Clare (Srs)
12 nn -- PLP vs SSC Cavite (Srs)
1:30 p.m. -- UM vs UMAK (Srs)

MANILA, Philippines -- There’s no stopping the S.T.I. express.

New Era University tried to get in the way Tuesday but STI College rolled over it like a runaway train in a 71-56 rout for its seventh straight win in the NAASCU basketball tournament at the University of Manila gym.

Dexter Micutuan again took control, making 13 points aside from orchestrating the Olympians’ smooth-flowing fastbreak plays to preserve the only unbeaten slate in the league.

The 6-foot-2 point guard, remnant of last year’s runner-up team, also dished out 10 assists and inspired Manuel Juan and Mark Balneg to produce 12 and 10 points, respectively.

The win virtually gave STI a slot in the second round which will only have the top six of the 10 competing teams facing each other again, carrying their first-round records.

The Hunters, who won their first three games, dropped to 4-3 despite another big game from Jeff de Guzman, who had 18 points, and Ryan Lapid, who chipped in 12.

Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pasay finally broke into the winning column with an 84-76 victory over winless University of Makati.

Christian Untalasco scored 24 points to lead the Eagles, who hiked their record to 1-4.

Centro Escolar University later edged Holy Angel, 61-49, for a 3-4 slate. The Angels fell to 1-6.

gameface_one
08-12-2007, 08:01 AM
Naascu: Bay Cats duo lifts SSC-Cavite past New Era



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Last updated 05:48am (Mla time) 08/12/2007


MANILA, Philippines—San Sebastian-Cavite’s “fearsome twosome” did it again.

The Bay Cats’ top guns Jerome Cenita and Glen Bolocon delivered inspired performances to lift SSC-Cavite to a 70-62 triumph over New Era yesterday in the National Athletics Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (Naascu) men’s basketball tournament at the Cuneta Astrodome.

Cenita shot 25 points and Bolocon scattered 19 as the Bay Cats’ picked up their fourth win and tied their victims at 4-4.

“I guess we are just trying to give it our best every time we play,” said Bay Cats coach Egay Macaraya, a high-scoring guard back in his PBA days. “Given the players that we have after the graduation of seven regulars, we are happy with our campaign so far.”

The STI Olympians earlier raised their leading record to 8-0 without breaking a sweat after the Holy Angel University Angels defaulted in the first game.

Meanwhile, University of Manila moved up in the standings after pulling off a 67-66 upset of defending champion AMA last Thursday.

Rookie forward Lawrence Paguio nailed a clutch basket on an assist by guard Russen Assuncion with 31.2 seconds left as the Hawks improved to 5-1.

The Titans took their second loss in seven games.

Mhel_Garrido
08-21-2007, 05:59 PM
After beating the CEU Scorpions last Sunday 66-64, the same STI team suffered its first loss just this morning to the CEU Scorpions 65-66. STI is now 9-1.

Just shows that you can never take any team lightly in the NAASCU. Congrats CEU and Hope the Olympians
can bounce back from this debacle.

gameface_one
08-25-2007, 08:26 AM
STI bounces back; Hawks down Titans


By Marc Anthony Reyes
Inquirer
Last updated 11:20pm (Mla time) 08/24/2007


STI bounced back from a stinging loss with an 85-62 rout of St. Clare on Friday to fortify its hold of the lead in the National Athletics Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (Naascu) basketball tournament at the New Era gym.

Upset by Centro Escolar, 65-64, at the start of the second round, the Olympians (10-1) vented their ire on the Saints, settling the issue after only three quarters by taking a 69-49 lead.

Howard Flor and Ramon Mabayo paced STI's attack that drove the Saints deep down in the standings at 5-6.

In other games, San Sebastian-Cavite turned back defending champion AMA, 84-78, while University of Manila blasted CEU, 69-59.

The Bay Cats, who had a spectacular season last year only to forfeit many of their victories due to technicalities, rose to 7-4.

The Titans slumped to 8-3 behind the second-running 9-2 card of the Hawks, holders of the longest winning streak in collegiate caging history at 76 games.

The scores:

First Game
STI 85--Flor 13, Mabayo 13, Micutuan 11, Balneg 9, Cabangon 8, Juan 7, Tiongco 7, Dimas 6, Legaspi 6, Porto 2, Bartolo 2, Mendoza 1, Tolentino 0, Reyes 0.

ST. CLARE 62--Geraldino 13, Lodia Cruz 9, Manio 8, Opalia 7, Laurel 4, Diswe 3, Labatos 3, Valenzona 2, Percibigan 0.

Quarters: 22-23, 50-34, 69-49, 85-62

Second Game
SSC-C 84--Bolocon 23, Cenita 20, Gracilla 14, Alcasabas 9, Villareal 6, Lucernas 6, Basa 3, Echavez 3, Filio 0.

AMACU 78--Zablan 24, Vergara 21, Galang 8, Jaime 7, Abac 6, Bernardo 6, Mollena 2, Garcia 2, Masigan 2, Alfaro 0, Donasco 0.

Quarters: 21-15, 43-31, 59-50, 84-78

gameface_one
08-26-2007, 08:03 AM
STI, UM clinch Final 4 berths


By Marc Anthony Reyes
Inquirer
Last updated 05:40am (Mla time) 08/26/2007


STI MARCHED STRAIGHT TO THE Final Four and towed with it University of Manila as well.

The Olympians rolled to the next round with a masterful repeat over defending champion AMA, 86-75, yesterday in the National Athletics Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (Naascu) basketball tournament at the New Era gym.

Aside from solidifying their position on top, the Olympians (11-1) pushed the Titans (8-4) down the ladder to clear the way for the Hawks to also secure a Final Four berth.

UM improved its record to 10-2 after downing St. Clare, 77-72, in the first game.

“We are happy with the way we are playing and I can say that we are on track with our goal of making the finals for the second straight year,” said STI coach Vic Ycasiano.

Dexter Micutuan, the 6-foot-2 veteran guard, topscored for STI with 18 points, while Ramon Mabayo and Howard Flor accounted for 15 and 13 points, respectively.

The Titans got 32 points from Chito Jaime, but failed to avert their fourth loss in 12 games.

gameface_one
08-31-2007, 07:32 AM
AMA, SSC-C complete cast



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Last updated 05:20am (Mla time) 08/31/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- Defending champion AMA University and San Sebastian College-Cavite downed their respective rivals yesterday to complete the Final Four cast of the National Athletics Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) basketball tournament at the New Era University gym in Quezon City.

The Scorpions, with Leonardo Abac and Chito combining for 44 points, slipped past the Centro Escolar University Titans (6-8), 89-83, while the San Sebastian-Cavite Bay Cats whipped the St. Clare Saints (6-8), 83-71.

STI College (13-1) later formalized its claim of top spot with a 73-68 win over University of Manila (11-3).

AMA finished third with a 9-5 record behind STI’s 13-1 card and UM’s 11-3 slate. SSC-Cavite wound up fourth at 8-6.

The STI Olympians will meet the Bay Cats while the UM Hawks will take on the Titans in the Final Four slated on Sunday.

gameface_one
09-02-2007, 08:46 AM
Naascu tilt Final Four under way


By Marc Anthony Reyes
Inquirer
Last updated 06:34am (Mla time) 09/02/2007


GAMES TODAY (Tanduay Gym, Quiapo)
11 a.m.—UM vs AMA (Srs)
12:30 p.m.—STI vs San Sebastian Cavite (Srs)

MANILA, Philippines -- STI and University of Manila, the top two qualifiers after the elimination round, try to arrange a title showdown when they clash with separate rivals today in the Final Four of the National Athletics Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (Naascu) basketball tournament at the Tanduay gym.

The STI Olympians tangle with the San Sebastian Cavite Bay Cats in the main game at 12:30 p.m. after the 11 a.m. clash between the UM Hawks and the defending champion AMA Titans.

STI and UM not only are heavily favored but both are also armed with a twice-to-beat advantage as the top two semifinalists.

But the Olympians are still wary of the Bay Cats, who are standing in their way to a third straight championship appearance.

“It’s hard to tell, because San Sebastian also has vast experience in other tournaments,” said STI coach Vic Ycasiano. “But while I believe we have the edge in depth we will be coming out focused on the game.”

Ycasiano said they will treat the game as if it’s their last and not think of the twice-to-beat incentive they enjoy.

Forward Ramon Mabayo from Bagong Barrio, Caloocan and Bukidon pride point guard Dexter Micutuan will banner a powerhouse lineup that finished the eliminations with a 13-1 record.

codiak
09-04-2007, 03:25 PM
NAASCU hoops: New ‘cyber war’ in offing


By Marc Anthony Reyes
Inquirer
Last updated 05:06am (Mla time) 09/04/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- As the cyber war again starts to take shape, STI College and defending champion AMA Computer University went high-speed while their respective rivals lagged and hanged.

STI hardly broke a sweat in disposing of San Sebastian College-Cavite, 92-61, to make its third straight championship appearance Saturday in the National Athletics Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) basketball tourney at the Tanduay gym in Quiapo, Manila.

“We were able to display our edge in depth and to execute our plays,” said STI coach Vic Ycasiano, whose team entered the game enjoying a twice-to-beat bonus.

Earlier, AMA routed University of Manila, 86-62, to force a deciding game for the second finals slot.

The Titans called the services of their three fearsome gunners -- Chito Jaime, Leonardo Abac and Arnold Galang -- to put away the Hawks and nullify UM’s twice-to-beat edge in their separate Final Four showdown.

The scores:

First Game

AMA 86 -- Jaime 24, Abac 21, Galang 20, Zablan 8, Vergara 5, Mollena 2, Bernardo 2, Garcia 2, Donasco 2, Manalang 0, Masigan 0.

UM 62 -- Bonus 26, Malinao 7, Mulawin 7, Paguio 6, Guimpatan 5, Napiza 4, Delostrinos 2, Assuncion 2, Sadsad 2, rabalo 1, Lacap 0, Facun 0.

Quarters: 27-19, 46-39, 70-55, 86-62

Second Game

STI 92 -- Balneg 20, Flor 11, Mabayo 8, Cabangon 8, Tiongco 8, Juan 7, Reyes 7, Porto 7, Bartolo 5, Dimas 4, Tolentino 2, Vasallo 2, Rufin 1, Legaspi 0, Mendoza 0.

SSCR-CAV -- 61 – Basa 11, Echavez 9, Alcasabas 8, Cenita 7, Bolocon 5, Filio 6, Villareal 5, Antipuesto 4, Callado 2, Reyes 0, Pasagui 0, Hatague 0.

Quarters: 26-12, 49-26, 57-31, 92-61

Mhel_Garrido
09-07-2007, 06:43 PM
UM returns to finals, shuts door on AMA
Inquirer
Last updated 05:46am (Mla time) 09/07/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- Frank Bonus just lived up to his auspicious name.

The 6-foot guard provided the endgame spark as University of Manila nipped defending champion AMA Computer University, 80-78, Thursday and returned to the finals of the National Athletics Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) basketball tournament at the San Juan gym.

Bonus, who hails from Tarlac, Tarlac, drilled in 15 of his 24 points, including four three-pointers in the fourth quarter as the Hawks earned the right to face STI College in the best-of-three championship series.

UM, winner of five straight titles from 2001 with a historic 81-game winning streak, and STI begin their title playoffs at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium in Manila.

The Hawks will gun for their sixth title in the league just like their junior counterparts who will take on St. Clare in a sudden-death finals also Saturday at 3 p.m.

“I hope this is a resurgence for UM,” said UM president Ernesto Delos Santos. “You have seen how much the players wanted to win.”

Trailing by seven, 68-75, midway in the fourth, Bonus fired a hail of baskets to fuel a 10-0 blast that gave the Hawks a 78-75 lead.

The scores:
UM 80 -- Bonus 24, Malinao 12, Assuncion 11, Napiza 9, Delostrinos 9, Paguio 8, Guimpatan 7, Lacap 0, Facun 0.
AMA 78 -- Galang 29, Abac 21, Zablan 13, Jaime 9, Vergara 4, Mollena 2, Manalang 0, Garcia 0.
Quarters: 17-17, 36-42, 53-61, 80-78 — Marc Reyes

Mhel_Garrido
09-07-2007, 06:50 PM
So its a rematch of the 2005 Finals between the STI College Olympians and the University of Manila Hawks.
The Hawks came from behind to thwart a rematch of last year's finals as Frank Bonus carried the hawks on his shoulder and lived to fight another day.

STI is favored to beat the Hawks since they beat them twice, the first one in the eliminations and the other in the second round. But then again basketball experts know that its the team that wants it more who usually comes out on top. Last year, STI was in a familiar situation and were aching to be only the second team to become NAASCU champions. Unfortunately they exploded in the finals and watched the Titans regroup to claim the title.

Will this year be a different one? Find out, game time is 4:30 pm at Ninoy Aquino Stadium. 9-8-07.
See You there.

Howard the Duck
09-08-2007, 06:13 PM
is bonus related to another player? back then there was a player surnamed "bonus"

gameface_one
09-10-2007, 08:21 AM
Porto stars as STI crushes UM, nears NAASCU crown


By Marc Anthony Reyes
Inquirer
Last updated 03:10am (Mla time) 09/10/2007


GAMES WEDNESDAY (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)
2 p.m. -- UM vs STI (Game 2)

MANILA, Philippines -- STI College fashioned out an 86-72 demolition of University of Manila Saturday night to move to within a victory of clinching the National Athletics Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) men’s basketball championship at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Haddi Porto, a starting guard last season whose playing time dwindled with the arrival of new recruits, picked a fitting moment to shine when he unloaded 21 points to key the Scorpions’ victory at the start of the best-of-three title series.

The win put STI on the threshold of its first ever title after finishing second to fallen defending champion AMA University last year.

“We are closer to the goal but we can’t just count UM out,” said STI coach Vic Ycasiano. “We need to remain focused all the more.”

Porto scored most of his points in the second quarter where the Scorpions buckled down to work after the Hawks had dictated the pace to take a 20-15 lead at the end of the first period.

While UM concentrated on gunners Dexter Micutuan, Raymond Tiongco, Mark Balneg and Howard Flor, Porto caught fire with his jumpers and fastbreak plays.

Tiongco, one of the three big acquisitions from other leagues, still managed to score 16 points, while Micutuan finished with nine markers. Balneg and Flor played decoy most of the time and ended up scoring seven and six points, respectively.

The Hawks, back in the finals after a year’s absence, tried to fight back through Frank Bonus, Onofre Napiza and Russen Assuncion but there was no stopping the Scorpions, who sealed the win with a 24-point scoring rampage in the fourth quarter.

Joy Tolentino poured in 26 points on top of 16 rebounds as Centro Escolar University outclassed AMA, 76-62, to clinch the women’s title in the second game. Tolentino bagged the MVP award.

St. Clare banked on Roy Urbano, Aries Parinas and Nico Rallos to turn back five-time defending champion UM, 88-76, and capture the junior championship.

Mhel_Garrido
09-10-2007, 09:25 AM
is bonus related to another player? back then there was a player surnamed "bonus"


Not sure, but it is a rare surname so malamang.
Congrats to the Olympians who are on the verge of their first NAASCU title.
Game 2 is wednesday 2 PM at the NInoy Aquino Stadium

Mhel_Garrido
09-12-2007, 09:04 AM
Game 2 of the NAASCU Finals today. Good luck to STI and UM. Antay na lang sa update

gameface_one
09-12-2007, 09:44 AM
Olympians set out for NAASCU title clincher vs Hawks



Inquirer
Last updated 05:03am (Mla time) 09/12/2007


GAMES WEDNESDAY (Ninoy Aquino Stadium)
2 p.m. -- UM vs STI (Game 2)

MANILA, Philippines -- STI College goes for the championship clincher Wednesday when it goes up again against University of Manila in the National Athletics Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) men’s basketball title series at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium in Manila.

The Olympians trampled the Hawks, 86-72, last Saturday to zero in on their maiden title in their third consecutive finals appearance in the seven-year-old league.

With its old reliables shackled by UM defenses, guard Haddi Porto exploded with 21 points to tilt the balance in favor of STI.

Still, STI coach Vic Ycasiano said they will not let their guard down against the Hawks, who are totally capable of squaring the best-of-three series.

UM president Ernesto Delos Santos’ bench remains confident of coach Ato Tolentino’s capacity to turn the series around.

“He is a pressure coach, he is capable of getting the best out of every player,” Delos Santos said of the five-time Coach of the Year.

“We will play very hard and give it our best shot,” said Tolentino, who steered Philippine Christian University to the NCAA title and UM to its fifth straight NAASCU crown, capped by a historic 82-game winning streak. Marc Anthony Reyes

gameface_one
09-13-2007, 09:27 AM
Olympians shoot down Hawks, bag NAASCU crown


By Marc Anthony Reyes
Inquirer
Last updated 03:17am (Mla time) 09/13/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- Season after season, title after title blew past STI College in a blur. Wednesday, against the most storied varsity franchise in its playground, the Olympians finally forced the parade of trophies to stop right in their campus.

STI ended five title-less years, beating five-time champion University of Manila, 81-75, in Game Two of the best-of-three finals Wednesday to capture the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

“This is a memorable year for us (Olympians),” said STI coach Vic Ycasiano. “Winning the title is really a big achievement for the team.”

Prior to finally winning the title, STI’s best finishes came as runners-up to UM and archrival AMA University.

Ycasiano and team manager Arnel de Leon beefed up the team by adding three prized recruits this year but in the end, fittingly, STI went to veteran Dexter Micutuan to dispose of the Hawks.

Micutuan poured nine of his game-high 22 points in the final two minutes as the Olympians finished off the Hawks with a furious 11-2 windup.

His performance gave STI two trophies to celebrate. Aside from the championship trophy, Micutuan was voted Most Valuable Player of the season.

Micutuan’s nine-point explosion came after Russel Assuncion nailed a twinner to give UM a 72-70 lead with still 2:13 remaining.

“He (Micutuan) stepped up big when we needed him most,” said Ycasiano. “Wala na akong mahihiling pa (There’s nothing more I can ask of him).”

Micutuan and Frank Bonus led the Mythical Team, along with Ramon Mabayo of STI, Onofre Napiza of UM and Jerome Ceita of San Sebastian College-Cavite.

It was the first time that UM lost a best-of-three title series since the league’s inception in 2001.

The scores:
STI 81 -- Micutuan 22, Cabangon 12, Mabayo 11, Flor 11, Porto 8, Uan 8, Mendoza 3, Tiongco 2, Tolentino 2, Balneg 0.
UM 75 -- Bonus 21, Delos trinos 16, Malinao 10, Assuncion 10, Napiza 7, Paguio 6, Guimpatan 4, Facun 0, Sadsad 0, Mulawin 0, Lacap 0.
Quarters: 23-18, 39-29, 58-47, 81-75

MVBA
09-13-2007, 02:16 PM
* * *CONGRATULATIONS to the STI Olympians on their latest triumph!

* * *Now that the NAASCU season is over, we would like to invite all graduating players especially those of Visayas-Mindanao origin to further their playing careers here at the Mindanao Visayas Basketball Association.* Tournament MVP Dexter Micutuan of STI is from Mindanao and we believe that there are a lot of talented players like him in the NAASCU.

Mhel_Garrido
09-13-2007, 08:02 PM
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z155/mhelpogi/IMG_0567.jpg

The STI College Olympians - 7th NAASCU Seniors Basketball Champion
Thanks for all your support!

joelex
09-15-2007, 02:00 AM
Among NAASCU players, who are UAAP/NCAA material ? Are the UM guys BONUS and NAPIZA for real? How about MICUTUAN of STI? de Guzman of new era? If im not mistaken, former UM Hawk Malixi is serving his 1 year residency in UST. Any other who might follow in his footsteps?

Mhel_Garrido
09-17-2007, 06:19 PM
My thoughts
UAAP/NCAA ready Material
STI- Micutuan & Mabayo (But then again Micutuan just finished his last year this year)
UM - Bonus and Malinao
AMA - Jaime
SSC-R - Jerome Cenita and Glen Bolocon

I think de Guzman (NEU) will have a hard time with the other UAAP/NCAA guards
But then again that's just me.

LightningMan
09-17-2007, 08:12 PM
Congratulations to STI Olympians for capturing the 7th NAASCU Title!!!!

izon
04-10-2008, 09:36 AM
The NAASCU has finally started fine tuning the eligibility rules. Just this summer it has already amended the following rules.* Starting next school year, all athletes above 23 will not be allowed to play anymore.* There is still no residency rule, but players coming from the UAAP and NCAA will have their years in that league counted which means if you played five years in that league then you wont be allowed to play anymore.

The NAASCU is now trying to improve and put emphasis on home grown talents. Expect a lot of changes in the next few years and hopefully these changes will help improve the league.


GOOD ! This should be done to avoid making this league a school bukol league.

McCoy
04-28-2009, 10:10 AM
Among NAASCU players, who are UAAP/NCAA material ? Are the UM guys BONUS and NAPIZA for real? How about MICUTUAN of STI? de Guzman of new era? If im not mistaken, former UM Hawk Malixi is serving his 1 year residency in UST. Any other who might follow in his footsteps?


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