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09-24-2007, 12:58 PM
Nopsscea season unfolds
The Visayan Daily Star
Saturday, September 22, 2007

The 27th season of the Negros Occidental Private Schools, Cultural and Educational Association Meet unfolds today as hostilities in five events, including volleyball and basketball, take off in separate venues in Bacolod City.

Volleyball starts at the University of St. La Salle Covered Courts, while basketball tips off at the St. John's Institute Activity Center, a day before the opening ceremony at the USLS Coliseum.

The University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos Rams, last year's losing finalists, clashes with the USLS Stingers clash after the 3 p.m. opening.

The other venues for basketball are the Negros Occidental Multi-Purpose Activity Center and the West Negros College Gym. Also kicking off today are the taekwondo competitions at the Riverside College Gymnasium, chess at WNC and sepak takraw at the St. Benilde School gym.

Only events and division under the Palarong Pambansa will be staged by the NOPSSCEA from tomorrow until Oct. 6, NOPSSCEA sports task force chairman Roger Banzuela said.


Football tournament director Leo Dayot, meanwhile, announced that the kick off of the event, which was supposed to start today, has been moved to Sept. 26 at the Panaad Park and Stadium turf.

He said he was forced to re-schedule the opening because of the poor condition of one of the venues, the La Salle pitch, which has been flooded by rains brought by Typhoon "Goring".

The athletics competition has also been postponed to Sept. 29-30 at the Panaad oval, Banzuela said.

He added that the inclement weather pushed back the rehabilitation of the USLS oval, the original venue for the event.

Badminton starts tomorrow at the Riverside College courts, while table tennis gets going Monday at the SANLOU Table Tennis Gym. Swimming is set Sept. 27-28 at the Panaad Olympic Pool. The lawn tennis tournament is scheduled Sept. 29-30 at USLS.

Gov. Joseph Marañon, Bacolod Rep. Monico Puentevella and Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia have been invited to the kick off ceremony.

Adding fanfare to the ceremony are performances from the Visayan Maritime Academy Poseidon Dance Theater, the University of Negros Occidental Kasadyahan Dance Company, Critical Breakdown and the USLS Pep Squad.

NOPSSCEA president Fr. Noly Que will declare the NOPSSCEA Week open, after the raising of banners to be led by Banzuela, education task force chairperson Sr. Lucy Togle and cultural task force head Rudy Reveche.

Philippine Under-13 football team standout Jose Miguel Valmayor of USLS will lead the oath of sportsmanship.


La Salle will defend 11 collegiate titles, including an unprecedented streak in women's volleyball, nine high school crowns and six elementary diadems. La Salle's booters won five of the six football crowns at stake last year and also ruled five divisions in swimming.

WNC goes for a ninth straight crown in collegiate basketball and a fifth consecutive title in collegiate football. The Wesnecans are also defending champions in men's taekwondo and boys and girls' high school chess.

UNO-R hopes to retain its titles in men and women's chess, men and women's table tennis and women's beach volleyball. Riverside College tries to continue its domination of men and women's badminton.

Bacolod Tay Tung High School sets out as the favorite in elementary and high school athletics, after winning three of the four crowns last year. Tay Tung is also the defending champion in elementary boys' chess and high school boys' table tennis. Also hoping to retain its titles are St. Scholastica's Academy elem girls' table tennis and badminton, elem boys' taekwondo as well as high school girls' swimming, badminton, and table tennis. Queen of Peace School eyes another sweep of the elementary volleyball competitions.*CPT

09-24-2007, 12:59 PM
Stingers-Rams battle set after opening rites
The Visayan Daily Star
Saturday, September 22, 2007

It's not going to be easy.

Sophomore coach Dennis Tumayan expects an even tougher time as the West Negros College Mustangs shoot for their ninth straight NOPSSCEA collegiate basketball title starting tomorrow.

"The other teams have gotten stronger," Tumayan said, referring to last year's losing finalist University of Negros Occidental Recoletos and third placer University of St. La Salle.

Tumayan will keep an eye on the Rams and Stingers as they meet at the USLS Coliseum on Sunday.

But he is not looking past the Mustangs' first assignment, newcomer ABE International, which WNC will meet at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Negros Occidental Multi-Purpose Activity Center.

Despite the impending absence of crack guards Ely Olarte and Stanley Tizon, who is now playing in the National Basketball Conference, Tumayan likes the Mustangs' chances of extending their reign.

Tumayan singled out swingman Vengie Vergara who will provide leadership for the Mustangs, who took the national schools basketball crown in March last year.

Three of the key players of that champion squad, Sivirino Baclao, Sunny Abaring and Johnblargs Alisbo are now seeing action in the UAAP.

"Vergara will lead the team," Tumayan said of the sweet-shooting swingman, who is now on his final year of eligibility.

Meanwhile, La Salle coach Troy Sarabia has set a modest target for his rookie-laden squad.

"We're targeting the finals," Sarabia said, predicting that the lack of a legitimate post player may hurt his chances in the tournament.

Sarabia said he has made numerous adjustments to address his team's lack in ceiling. "I moved my players in the No. 3 spot to the No. 4," he added.

The Stingers are expected to bank on veterans Arrom Aledron, Edward Castellano and John Repique.

The Rams, in contrast, have an experienced big man in Arnold Gono, playmaker Jeff Aledron and ex-high school prospect Joemel Paderog to spearhead their charge.

The Colegio San Agustin Eagles battle Cadiz-based CEDAR at 2:30 p.m. at the NOMPAC on Sunday with former Doña Montserrat Lopez Memorial High School standout Michael Ledesma, Rocky Gomez and Kenneth Cusay leading their campaign. Hostilities in the elementary division tip off today at the St. John's Institute Activity Center, while games in the high school category begin tomorrow at the NOMPAC. *CPT

09-24-2007, 01:03 PM
Rams nip Stingers
The Visayan Daily Star
Monday, September 24, 2007

Swingman Alwin Elinon made sure he had the last say in an emotionally-charged showdown that almost overshadowed his brilliance.

Elinon drained four free throws in the final minute to lift University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos to a 72-68 victory over the University of St. La Salle, 72-68, last night at the start of NOPSSCEA collegiate basketball tournament at the USLS Coliseum in Bacolod City

Failing to sustain their momentum due to several delays, the Rams managed to hold off the Stingers, thanks to a stirring effort from Elinon, who poured 11 of his game-high 26 points in an extended final period.

"My players gave it their all in this game," said Morales, whose Rams placed second behind West Negros College last year.


The fourth quarter lasted for almost an hour as the electronic scoreboard malfunctioned and a near rumble delayed the game for close to 45 minutes.

Rams' forward Cedric Eslabon is facing a one-game suspension for punching La Salle forward Michael Dela Cruz on the head near the La Salle bench with 1:09 left and UNO-R ahead, 70-66.

Following a rebounding scuffle between Dela Cruz and UNO-R's Raffie Cañete, a leaner Eslabon made a darting run from the UNO-R bench and attacked the reed-thin Dela Cruz, who was knocked off his feet because of the blow. Eslabon will sit out the Rams' next game against the Colegio San Agustin Eagles at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the WNC Gym.

Coaches Ireneo Morales of UNO-R and Troy Sarabia of La Salle restrained their players to prevent the incident from getting out-of-hand.

La Salle was given four free throws, two from the loose ball foul and another pair for the technical on Eslabon.

The Stingers were unable to capitalize, though, going 2-for-4, before throwing away their extra possession.

After the Rams came up empty on their next offensive, La Salle had a golden chance to tie but Edward Castellano muffed two free throws with 46 seconds left and Elinon nailed two charities to ice the game.

Except for the final minute delay, the gaps seemed to have turned the tide for the Stingers, who climbed out of a 37-50 deficit to close in at, 49-51, on an Arrom Aledron triple shortly after a 15-minute stoppage due to the game clock malfunction.

But Elinon had other plans in mind, stealing off Frederick Rabacal, before completing a fastbreak and scoring two acrobatic lay-ups to keep the Rams afloat, 59-51.


Another major flashpoint happened shortly after as La Salle center Samuel Caro continued playing for more than a minute despite getting slapped with his fifth and last foul.

Game officials were able to notice of Caro's extended stint on court when the UNO-R bench complained. The incident needed the intervention of tournament chairman Malot Lozada, who asked both coaches to abide by the decision of the referees to give UNO-R a pair of technical free throws.


Almost lost in the din in the off-the-ball incidents was Elinon's dazzling performance.

Scoring heavily on fastbreak opportunities, he ignited the Rams to a 19-7 lead at the end of the first period, after the Stingers took a 5-2 advantage.

The Rams dominated the boards, getting several second-chance and third-chance opportunities but it was the Stingers' poor free throw shooting that did them in. La Salle missed a total of 23 foul shots.

"Our offense and defense was okay. But our free throw shooting was really bad," Sarabia said.

Both Sarabia and Morales said the officiating was fair as both teams benefited from the "judgment calls" made by referees.

Aledron, who rescued his error-prone game with a bunch of triples that kept La Salle within striking distance, paced the Stingers with 17 points. Teammate John Repique had 12 points, while Castellano finished with 8.


Over at the Negros Occidental Multi-Purpose Activity Center, the WNC Mustangs posted one of the most one-sided wins in NOPSSCEA history, scoring a 149-28 massacre of ABE International School.

Alfie Villariza led all West Negros scorers with 28 points, while skipper Vengie Vergara and Ryan Flores added 22 and 16 markers, respectively.

CSA-B also got their campaign going on a winning note, drawing 30 points from Rommel Tuyo in a surprisingly tight 83-72 win over CEDAR. *CPT

09-25-2007, 03:07 PM
Rams, Eagles clash
The Visayan Daily Star
Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Defending champion West Negros College and the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos try to stay on top of the heap as the NOPSSCEA collegiate basketball tournament resumes today at the WNC Gym in Bacolod City.

Fresh from a 121-point massacre of ABE International School Sunday, the Mustangs are expected to cruise past CEDAR in the 4 p.m. match. Skipper Vengie Vergara, Alfie Villariza and Ryan Flores spearhead the Mustangs, who are gunning for their ninth straight crown.

The Rams, meanwhile, will have their hands full against the Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod Eagles, who surprisingly were unconvincing in an 83-72 trouncing of CEDAR.

The Eagles, though, have the numerical advantage as Rams center Cedric Eslabon will sit out the 2:30 p.m. duel.

Eslabon was meted a one-game ban for his role in the final-minute melee in UNO-R's 72-68 victory over the University of St. La Salle Stingers Sunday night.

With 1:09 left and UNO-R leading, 70-66, Eslabon rose from the UNO-R bench, rushed downcourt and punched Michael Dela Cruz in the head, nearly triggering a free-for-all.

One thing going for coach Ireneo Morales' Rams is the emergence of Alwin Elinon as the team's main offensive weapon.

Elinon delivered 26 points, mostly on drives to the basket and fast-breaks to spark UNO-R's triumph.

Rommel Tuyo, who burned CEDAR with 30 points, is expected to carry the fight for the Eagles, who finished fourth last year behind WNC, UNO-R and La Salle.*CPT

09-26-2007, 12:23 PM
Hot Eagles upset Rams
The Visayan Daily Star
Wednesday, September 26, 2007

With an oppressive defensive blanket and some fiery outside shooting, the Colegio San Agustin Bacolod Eagles proved their title credentials yesterday.

Hardly meriting a second look with a squad full of unheralded players, the Eagles pulled the rug from under the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos Rams, 84-77, yesterday to grab a piece of the lead in the NOPSSCEA collegiate basketball tournament.

Joining them on top with two wins are the West Negros College Mustangs, who appeared overeager early on, before settling down and cruising to an emphatic 97-64 win over CEDAR College in their home-court.

The Mustangs are gunning for their ninth straight crown this year.

The day belonged to the Eagles, though, as they signaled their title ambitions by bringing down the Rams, the 2006 first runners-up, who posted a scrambling 72-68 victory over the University of St. La Salle Stingers Sunday.

"This win was all about defense. We played good defense so we were able to get our rhythm on offense," Eagles' coach Eugene Yap said.

Rommel Tuyo played steady from the perimeter on his way to a game-high 23 points and Rogie Gelasin did the damage inside the paint, scoring 22 markers.

Gelasin produced the game-defining play, pulling down the rebound from a Ramil Layan missed free throw and putting it back on the basket, while drawing a foul. Gelasin also foiled Rams center Arnold Gono twice in the final minute to help quell UNO-R's comeback.

He drilled the foul shot as the Eagles threatened to ice the game at 79-68 with 1:40 left.

Fresh from a 30-point output in the win against CEDAR Sunday, Tuyo continued to make his presence felt with a terrific effort in the fourth quarter, where he poured 12 points.

Point guard Kevin Ferrer also created some big plays and nailed some timely two triples himself to give the Eagles some room to breath, 74-67.

The Eagles trailed 44-52 midway in the third quarter before throwing a wide array of defensive ploys that stymied the Rams' half-court and transition game.

Using variations of full-court and half-court press and a 2-3 zone, the Eagles turned the game around and finally got their noses in front again early in the final period on Eifter Gigje's undergoal stab that made it 59-56.

Alwin Elinon led the Rams anew with 28 points but he was checked by the Eagles' defense well late in the game.

Later, Ryan Flores registered 20 points to spearhead the Mustangs' win. Also posting double-digit numbers were Vengie Vergara with 18 points, Rundy Baydo 15, Jetric Sumido 14 and Alfie Villariza 11.

Over at the Negros Occidental Multi-Purpose Activity Center, the Stingers thumped ABE, 87-39, with La Salle's John Repique recording 15 points to lead all scorers.*CPT

09-27-2007, 01:56 PM
Mustangs rip La Salle five
The Visayan Daily Star
Thursday, September 27, 2007

Ferocious on both ends of the floor, the West Negros College Mustangs passed the first real test last night in their hunt for a ninth consecutive Nopsscea collegiate basketball crown.

The Mustangs stopped the University of St. La Salle Stingers, 65-51, before a capacity crowd at the Negros Occidental Multi-Purpose Activity Center to stay unbeaten in three games.

While the Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod Eagles cruised to their third straight win by crushing ABE, 105-54, the University of Negros Occidental Recoletos Rams absorbed a stunning setback at the hands of CEDAR College, 73-77.

The win was CEDAR's first against UNO-R, which is dug itself a deep hole after also bowing to the Eagles, 77-84 Tuesday.

The outcome left UNO-R, La Salle and CEDAR at 1-2, while ABE is still searching for its first victory in three games.

And things could not get any worse for the struggling Rams, who have an unenviable task of battling the streaking Mustangs in at the WNC Gym at 4 p.m. today.

San Agustin also stakes its unbeaten record against La Salle at 2:30, after the CEDAR-ABE clash.

Relying on its tenacious defense, the Mustangs ran the fast-break at every opportunity and employed an inside-outside game that the Stingers were unable to thwart for most of the game.

The Mustangs applied the full-court press to create some leverage and imposed their will on the Stingers with Alfie Villariza keying several decisive runs in the second and third quarters to keep La Salle at bay.

"My players were overeager. They wanted to finish the game early. But it's a good thing we were able to adjust," coach Dennis Tumayan said.

After falling behind by as much as 19 points, 29-48, the Stingers of coach Troy Sarabia bravely fought back, launching mini-spurts in the fourth period and came close at 60-49 on a Zaldy Cabarrubias lay-up.

But Vengie Vergara drained a trey from the left with 4:01 left to help sew up the victory, 63-49.

The WNC defense went to work from there as the Stingers were limited to two points the rest of the way, while the Mustangs utilized the clock to their advantage.

Vergara chalked up 15 points and Villariza added 13, mostly on fast-breaks. Virgilio Dapar, WNC's 6-3 center, patrolled the middle with authority, coming away with three blocks to go with his 8 markers.

Cabarubbias and Marlon Gonzales registered 10 points each to pace the Stingers.

Despite the victory, Tumayan said he expects more from Vergara and substitute point guard Rolly Jaca.

"Jaca needs to step up because Alfie (Villariza) cannot play for the entire 40 minutes," Tumayan said.

Earlier, CEDAR drew 25 points from Jessie Boy Moreño and 19 from Audie Locsin to pull off one of the biggest upsets in tournament history.

The Cadiz-based squad was behind, 11-24, at the end of the first quarter, before Moreño hit a clutch triple with 3:17 left to turn the tide for CEDAR.

The Rams, beefed up by the return of Carlo Eslabon (not Cedric Eslabon as earlier reported), who was suspended for one game for punching La Salle's Michael De La Cruz Sunday, were held to four points in the final four minutes.

Moreño and Michael Blanco showed nerves of steel by nailing important free throws late in the game to spell the difference for CEDAR. *CPT

09-28-2007, 12:18 PM
Cedar Upsets UNO-R Rams
By Cyrus M. Garde
Negros Daily Bulletin
Thursday, September 27, 2007

Cedar College of Computer Technology scored an upset win over highly favored University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos Rams, 77-73 to create a triple tie with the same team and University of St. La Salle in the men's basketball tournament of the 27th NOPSSCEA following a game last night at the NOMPAC Gym in Bacolod City.

It was so far a historic win for a Cadiz City-based computer college, considered a whipping team in its third year of participation in the league.

Coming off from a slow start, Cedar College lost the first quarter, 11-24, but came back in all three quarters, 24-16, 23-20, 19-13.

Turnovers derailed the Cadiz-based cagers in the first quarter, with point guard Michael Blanco made costly passing errors when the Rams opted to harrass and apply double teaming defense to pressure the ball handlers. The inexperienced Cedar players committed costly errors which were capitalized by the Rams for points.

The crowd started to root for Cedar College and booed Rams players whenever they are on the freethrow line. It all started in the first quarter when Carlo Christian Eslabon elbowed Blanco while taking a rebound and the latter was trying to grab the ball from behind.

From there, Cedar exchanged basket with the Rams. Jessie Boy Moreño got a clear pass from Blanco in the middle to convert his drive for a deadlock at 67-all, first time, time down to 3:37 seconds in the final quarter.

The Rams missed in the ensuing play, to pave way for Audie Locsin to grab the rebound and made an outlet pass to Moreño, which he converted for good, and had the taste of the lead, 69-67, with 3:17 second remaining. But Cadiz native Alwin Elinon responded with a twinner for another deadlock at 69-all.

Joebert Alib countered to take the upperhand, 71-69 for the Rams at 1:50 seconds. But Moreño found his mark to heave outside the rainbow area for a 74-71 score with 1:50 seconds remaining. Blanco split his charity off Arnold Gono, 77-71,

time down at .84 seconds. Alib made another basket for the final score at 77-73.

Moreño made 25 big points for Cedar, Audie Locsin 19, Arnold Locsin 11 and Jay Villegas 8.

Alib collected for 17 points for the Rams, Arnold Gono 15, and Jeff Roland Aledron, 11.

Coach Ireneo Morales of the Rams first refused to accept defeat, berated and threatened the referees with unprintable words before he got out of the court.

Meanwhile, defending champion West Negros College Mustangs scored another win against USLS Stingers, 65-51 in the main game, to stay unbeaten, along with Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod, who earlier scored a lopsided win against ABE International Business College, 105-54. Both had three straight wins.*

09-28-2007, 12:53 PM
Stingers triumph;
Mustangs unscathed
The Visayan Daily Star
Friday, September 28, 2007

The West Negros College Mustangs stayed unbeaten yesterday, while the University of St. La Salle Stingers snapped Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod's three-game winning streak in the Nopsscea collegiate basketball tournament at the WNC Gym in Bacolod City.

The Mustangs thumped the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos Rams, 82-70, to grab the solo lead, after La Salle came-from-behind to trounce Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod, 70-65.

John Repique sizzled with 25 points for the Stingers, who improved to 2-2.

Marone Gonzales and Arnulfo Corriente also combined for 17 points as they joined hands in erasing the Eagles' advantage in the second half.

La Salle coach Troy Sarabia attributed the win to his team's stifling half-court defense in the final two quarters, where the Stingers outscored the Eagles, 31-25.

Later, Vengie Vergara drained five triples on his way to 28 points as the Mustangs compounded the Rams' woes with another comfortable win, their fourth in as many games.

West Negros can seal the No. 1 seed in the semis with a victory against the CSA-B (3-1) today.

Coach Dennis Tumayan also drew impressive performances from Alfie Villariza and Briton Javelona, who finished with 19 and 11 points, respectively.

Alwin Elinon and Carlo Eslabon led the Rams with 14 points apiece.

Meanwhile, CEDAR College boosted its semifinal hopes with a 109-47 crushing of ABE. The Cadiz-based cagers can seal a semis spot with a win over the Stingers today.

But a CEDAR and CSA-B loss and a UNO-R victory could pave the way for a quadruple-team tie at second place. Tournament commissioner Jack Marañon said they may employ the quotient system to break the tie.*CPT

09-28-2007, 08:12 PM
Cedar Trounces ABE; WNC in 4 Straight Wins
By Cyrus M. Garde
Negros Daily Bulletin
Friday, September 28, 2007

After scoring an upset win against UNO-R, 77-73, the other day, Cadiz-based Cedar College of Computer Technology dumped ABE International Business College, 109-47, while defending champion West Negros College Mustangs registered its fourth straight wins against University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos Rams, 82-70 in the men's basketball tournament of the 27th NOPSSCEA at the WNC Gym.With the win, Cedar tied with University of St. La Salle Stingers at 2-2 win-loss card after scoring against Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod Eagles, 70-65 also in yesterday's match. The Eagles still remain behind the Mustangs with 3-1 win-loss record for second place.

Cedar and USLS separate ways when they meet in today's matchup a 2:30 p.m. at Negros Occidental Multi-Purpose Activity Center (NOMPAC) gym. UNO-R will try to break its losing streak against ABE at 4 p.m., while the Mustangs will meet the Eagles in the main game at 5:30 p.m. to end the single elimination round. The championship will be held Sunday at WNC gym.

Cedar absorbed its two straight loses at the hands of CSA-B, 83-72, and defending champion WNC, 99-64.

Audie Locsin topscored for Cedar with 19, Richard Ong added 19, Jessie Boy Moreño 14, Arnold Locsin 13 and Jay Villegas 12.

In the secondary level results; La Consolacion College-Main defeated Trinity Christian School, 84-36; Living Heritage Christian Academy beat MEGUMI, 85-51; WNC down Maranatha Christian College, 81-56; St. Benilde School won over Jack & Jill School- City Heights, 87-43; USLS nipped La Consolacion School-Gardenville, 109-77; and Mansilingan Christian Academy trounced St. Rose of Lima School, 95-62 over at NOMPAC gym.

At WNC gym; Silay Institute continue its winning streak by dumping St. John's Institute, 78-54; UNO-R (B) d. BCC-N, 98-64; and SJS-LS d. DBTI, 75-70.*

09-29-2007, 02:04 PM
Mustangs, Stingers get 1-2 slots
The Visayan Daily Star
Saturday, September 29, 2007

With Mark Celestial spewing fire from beyond the arc, the University of St. La Salle Stingers stopped upset-conscious CEDAR College, 80-64, yesterday to grab the No. 2 slot in the Nopsscea collegiate basketball semifinals in Bacolod City.

The Cadiz-based CEDAR cagers were looking forward to another stunning victory after shocking University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos Wednesday.

But there was no upset this time as Celestial delivered 24 points, including six triples, and joined forces with Marone Gonzales in sending CEDAR back to earth at the Negros Occidental Multi-Purpose Activity Center. Despite the loss and UNO-R's 156-51 win over ABE, CEDAR, at 2-wins and 3-losses, still advanced as the fourth-ranked team because of its 77-73 win over the Rams.

Coach Troy Sarabia's Stingers, thus, ended the elimination round with a 3-2 slate, the same record as the Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod Eagles. The La Sallians, though, clinched the No. 2 seed as they won their encounter with the Eagles, 70-65, Thursday.

The Eagles were also hoping for an upset but West Negros College gunner Vengie Vergara and Jason Mellarin shut the door on them as the Mustangs came away with a decisive 69-65 triumph.

The win completed a sweep for the Mustangs, who collide with the Stingers at 3:30 p.m. today at the WNC Gym for the first finals seat and a twice-to-beat edge in the championship round.

The loser in the match will clash with the winner of the 2 p.m. clash between CEDAR and San Agustin on Sunday.

Meanwhile, defending elementary champion USLS and St. John's Institute forged a title duel, after downing Bacolod Tay Tung High School and CSA-B, respectively.

The La Sallians trounced Tay Tung, 72-63, at the WNC Gym yesterday, before St. John's crushed San Agustin, 87-63. La Salle has the psychological edge, owing to its win over SJI in the eliminations.*CPT

10-01-2007, 08:35 AM
Cedar Loses Match, But Joins Top 4 Teams
By Cyrus M. Garde
Negros Daily Bulletin
Saturday, September 29, 2007

Cedar College of Computer Technology lost its match against University of St. La Salle,76-80, but instead joined the top four teams advancing to the crossover semifinals yesterday afternoon at the West Negros College gym in the 27th NOPSSCEA men's basketball tournament. University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos Rams scored a lopsided win against ABE International Business College, 156-51, and tied with Cedar at (2-3) win-loss card but Cedar prevailed in the win-over-the other rule, losing to the same team, 77-73 last Wednesday at NOMPAC gym.

Ricahrd Ong topscored again for Cedar with 20 points, Jessie Boy Moreño 17, Audie Locsin 13 and Arnold Locsin 9. Celestial led USLS Stingers attack with 24 points. USLS Stingers and CSA-B Eagles ended with 3-2 win-loss card, but the Stingers prevailed applying the same rule when they beat the Eagles in their own encounter, 70-65 Thursday.

The crossover semifinal's will start this afternoon, with 8-time NOPSSCEA champion West Negros College Mustangs facing USLS Stingers, while CSA-B against Cedar College at the WNC gym.

The winners in each group will advance to the championship, while the losers will face each other for third place on Saturday next week, October 6, 2007.

Elementary Caging Championship Today

The elementary basketball championship will start today, with University of St. La Salle and St. John Institute to dispute the crown. Bacolod Tay Tung High School Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod will vie for third place finish.

Secondary Crossover Quarterfinals Starts

The secondary basketball tournament crossover quarterfinals will start today at NOMPAC gym. Bracket A No. team, USLS will meet No. 2 in bracket D, St. John's Institute starting at 9 a.m. MCA (1B) will traded basket with LCC-M (2C); WNC (1C) vs. Tangub Christin Academy (2B), while Silay Institute (1B) vs. La Consolacion School-Gardenville at 3:30 p.m.

Other results in secondary (NOMPAC); USLS d. CSA-B, 93-52; LCS-G d. SBS, 67-60; DBTI d SRLS,100-63; and MCA d. TCA, 133-56.

Over at the WNC gym; Silay Institute d. UNO-R (B),69-65; UNO-R (T) d. BTTHS, 76-63.*

10-01-2007, 02:53 PM
Mustangs, Cedar forge finals duel
The Visayan Daily Star
Monday, October 01, 2007

Eight-time defending champion West Negros College will take on CEDAR College from Cadiz City for the NOPSSCEA men's collegiate basketball crown on Saturday at the WNC Gym in Bacolod City.

With three players in double figures and eight others scoring at least two, the Mustangs clinched the first championship slot and the twice-to-beat bonus by crushing the University of St. La Salle Stingers, 83-32, in Saturday's semifinals. While Vengie Vergara's outside shooting contributed to the Mustangs' breakaway, it was their stifling defense that left the Stingers dumbfounded especially in the fourth quarter, where USLS was held to just two points.

Vergara again topscored for the Mustangs with 16 points on four treys, while Rundy Baydo and Jetric Sumido added 12 apiece.

Not to be outdone, the Cadiz-based cagers continued their giant-killing ways over the weekend as they ousted Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod Eagles in the semifinals, before booting out the fancied La Salle five with a 71-67 decision yesterday.

It will mark the first time that Cedar will vie for the title since it joined the league three years ago. But they had to go through some anxious moments against La Salle.

After falling behind by as many as 15 points in the second quarter, the Stingers' hopes were resuscitated when Arrom Aledron connected on a triple with 15 seconds left that cut the lead to two, 67-69.

Aledron stole the ball in the next play but his triple went awry this time and Jessie Moreño drained two free throws for Cedar for the final nail on the Stingers' coffin.

Shrugging off a 70-64 defeat at the hands of the Stingers Friday, Cedar broke away from an 8-all tie in the first period to seize control as Jay Villegas and Reno Paulo Locsin stood at the forefront of the attack with 18 and 14 points, respectively.

Aside from a 70-57 win that eliminated San Agustin Saturday, Cedar was also responsible for the surprisingly early exit of perennial contender and last year's losing finalist, the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos, which it defeated, 77-73, in the elimination-round.

Moreño registered 12 points, while teammates Audie Locsin and Michael Blanco combined for 20 markers.

Aledron's 29-point effort went down the drain as the Stingers finished third for the second straight year. John Repique and Arnulfo Corriente added 10 and 8 points, respectively for the Stingers.

In the high school division, the multi-titled West Negros College Baby Mustangs and newcomer Silay Institute set up an intriguing championship showdown, after scraping past USLS and Mansilingan Christian Academy, respectively.

The Baby Mustangs came through with an impressive 74-66 win over La Salle, before SI dominated MCA from start to finish for a 92-75 victory.*CPT

10-02-2007, 06:08 AM
Cedar vs. WNC in Finals: " WNC Eyes the title in HS "
By Cyrus M. Garde
Negros Daily Bulletin
Monday, October 01, 2007

Cedar College of Computer Technology made history for the first time as the only school, outside of Bacolod City, that will challenge defending champion West Negros College in this year's 27th NOPSSCEA men's basketball finals on Saturday at the WNC Gym.

But Cedar has a big fight ahead of them by hurdling twice the defending champion, seeking its ninth title, in order to claim the title.

WNC has a clean sweep, 6-0 of its matches going to its title-retention, while Cedar rose from the grave to its first ever title campaign after four years of joining the NOPSSCEA.

Cedar beat USLS Stingers, 71-67 in their knockout game yesterday at WNC Gym, for the right to face defending champion in the finals. Cedar avenged its loss to the same team, 80-76, the first time last Friday at NOMPAC gym. But it's loss did not deter them to join the top four teams, even UNO-R Rams, whom they also beat in elimination, 77-73, defeated ABE International Business College, 156-51, also on Friday. Their entry to the top four was due to the win-over-the-other rule, with their conquest of UNO-R Rams. They also scored over ABE, 109-47 to have a 2-2 win-loss record to tie with the Rams and the Stingers. In the top four crossover Saturday, they scored another upset with their tormentor, Colegio San Agustin-B Eagles, 70-57, to forge a knockout match with the Stingers yesterday and won. They lost to the Eagles, 72-83 on their first meeting last Sunday, September 23.

Jessie Boy Moreño tied with Audie Locsin with 17 points each, capped with his three 3 points, with Locsin 1 to lead Cedar attack against the Eagles. Jay Villegas added 13, Arnold Locsin 11 and Richard Ong 9, who made it all in the rainbow area.

Michael Ledesma has 14 points, Rocky Gomez 13, Rogie Gelasan 8 and Rommel Tuyo 7 for the Eagles.

Against the Stingers, Jay Villegas topscored with 18, Arnold Locsin 14, Jessie Boy Moreño 12, Audie Locsin 11 and Michael Blanco 8. it was Arom Aledro who led the Stingers with 29 points, five above the arc. John Repique 10, Marlon Gonzales 8, and Arnolfo Corriente 8.

The title showdown will start at 3 p.m. Saturday and in case a playoff, will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the same venue.

Meanwhile, West Negros College Baby Mustangs will also dispute the secondary basketball title against Silay Institute also on Saturday, after the match between USLS and Mansilingan Christian Academy.

WNC dethrone USLS in the crossover, 74-66, while SI prevail over MCA, 92-75, in the other game.*

10-07-2007, 01:08 PM
Nopsscea cage finals on
The Visayan Daily Star
Saturday, October 06, 2007

One victory.

That's what separates the West Negros College Mustangs from snaring their ninth straight NOPSSCEA crown.

Standing in their way is surprise finalist CEDAR College, which the Mustangs will face at 3 p.m. today at the WNC Gym.

Still unbeaten in six games, the Mustangs will be armed with a twice-to-beat incentive against Cadiz-based CEDAR, which has earned a reputation of a giant-killer in this year's tournament.

A CEDAR win will pave the way for a playoff at 3 p.m. Sunday.

WNC is actually gunning for two titles today with its high school team battling Silay Institute in the finals at 10:30 a.m., after the third place showdown between University of St. La Salle Integrated School and Mansilingan Christian Academy.

Written off from the title picture because of its lack of firepower in previous campaigns, CEDAR, only in its third year in the league, relied on a sleek run-and-gun game and torrid outside shooting to scalp University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos, 77-73, in the eliminations.

Entering the page system semifinals as the fourth-ranked squad, CEDAR stunned Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod, before taking out second-seed University of St. La Salle Sunday.

And although his team handily disposed CEDAR early in the tournament, the Cadiz-based quintet's recent resounding victories are enough reasons for the Mustangs' sophomore coach Dennis Tumayan to be wary.

"Of course, we are not taking them lightly. We know that their morale is high after their recent wins," said Tumayan, whose team drubbed CEDAR, 97-64, in their Sept. 25 duel.

Interestingly, it was CEDAR's cue to score one upset after another.

"We want to stop their momentum even if it means that we have to employ our press from start to finish," Tumayan said.

He said his players are confident of finishing off CEDAR today.

Skipper Vengie Vergara, WNC's leading scorer, will stand at the forefront of the Mustangs' attack with Ryan Flores, Virgilio Dapar, Alfie Villariza and Jason Mellarin expected to play important supporting roles.

CEDAR will counter with Jessie Boy Moreño and Jay Villegas and brothers Audie and Reno Paulo Locsin.*CPT

10-08-2007, 03:43 PM
Mustangs seize 9th straight title
The Visayan Daily Star
Monday, October 08, 2007

West Negros College summoned its vast championship experience in the face of a relentless challenge from CEDAR College to record an 85-80 win Saturday for its ninth straight NOPSSCEA collegiate basketball crown before a capacity crowd at the WNC Gym.

Reserve swingman Rundy Baydo, center Virgilio Dapar and power forward Jason Mellarin bailed out the Mustangs with timely baskets in the final quarter. The Cadiz-based cagers kept it close with three-point shooting and scrappy offensive rebounding, key factors in shocking victories over perennial contenders University of St. La Salle, University of Negros Occidental Recoletos and Colegio San Agustin Bacolod in the run-up to the championship match.

But the Mustangs simply had a deeper bench and the size advantage, and the win, which completed a seven-game sweep of this year's tournament, merely validated their dominating presence in the league.

Baydo finished with a team-high 17 points, including 9 in the fourth quarter. His output more than made up for the performance of ailing Vengie Vergara, who was limited to 8 points.

Vergara, though, made his presence felt on the defensive end, blocking a potential momentum-shifting triple from hot-shooting Richard Ong with 49.3 seconds left that could have trimmed the advantage to three points.

"It's a good thing the players in the bench stepped up," coach Dennis Tumayan, referring to Baydo and Jetric Sumido, who posted 10 points.

Tumayan offered the win to the WNC management for its support to the squad.

Baydo's triple near the four-minute mark of the final quarter provided the breathing room the Mustangs needed to finally put away the Cadiz-based squad.

Dapar and Mellarin imposed their will inside the paint with four points each inside the final three minutes.

Still, CEDAR managed to give the Mustangs a scare.

Trailing 73-80 after a Dapar undergoal stab, Ong stroked home the last of his six treys from the right corner to cut the lead to four. But Mellarin scored on a tip-in with 1:24 left and point guard Alfie Villariza made two free throws with 14.5 ticks remaining to preserve the victory.

The Mustangs threatened to break the game open in the first half, going ahead 40-28 with four minutes left in the second quarter. But CEDAR unleashed a 14-1 spurt, highlighted by three triples from Ong to take the first half, 42-41.

WNC, though, came out ferocious in the third quarter utilizing its size advantage and also relied on Villariza's free-scoring ways to reclaim the advantage.

Dapar pumped in 15 points, while Mellarin and Villariza added 13 and 12, respectively.

The fouling out of Audie Locsin and Jessie Boy Moreño hastened CEDAR's downfall as the Cadiz-based squad ran out of steam in the end.

Locsin contributed 16 points, while Moreño picked up 13.

"We achieved our goal of reaching the championship this year," CEDAR coach Rommel Balandra told the DAILY STAR.

"We just stayed positive, even with this loss. We know we are in the land of the giants," he added. *CPT

10-13-2007, 06:23 AM
WNC Mustangs pocket 9th NOPSSCEA crown
By Henry C. Villalva
Sunstar Bacolod
Monday, October 08, 2007

NOPSSCEA cage fans got the surprise they never expected last Saturday when obscure CEDAR Computer College of Cadiz City, the surprise finalist, challenged perennial champion West Negros College Mustangs for the collegiate basketball title of the Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports Cultural and Educational Association (NOPSSCEA) at a packed WNC Gym.

The Mustangs, as expected, played cohesive team basketball, never allowing the never-say-die CEDAR cagers to dictate the tempo of the game. And when the gutsy challengers from North Negros were poised to take over midway in the third, coach Jack Tumayan turned to underrated two-guard Rundy Baydo and promising small forward Jetric Sumido who, together engineered several crucial runs that took the sting off CEDAR's pulsating offensive rhythm.

Tumayan later told Sun.Star Bacolod he was thankful his gamble of sending in Baydo and Sumido paid off. Baydo's timely jumpers and Sumido's incursions inside the lane sent the message midway in the third that the Mustangs had enough firepower in their bench to stave off whatever effects the Cedar bench expected from their strategy of platoon substitutions obviously intended to confuse the WNC defense.

Baydo, who elsewhere during the series was content on resting three-point specialist Vengie Vergara, topscored for the Mustangs with 17 points and five rebounds and got scoring support from slotmen Vergelio Dapar and Jason Millarin who chipped in with 15 and 13 points.

Point guard Alfie Villariza added 11 of his own while Sumido finished with 10 even as Vergara was held to just 8 points, his lowest output of the series.

The sweet-shooting Richard Ong sizzled with a game-high 21 points for CEDAR while Audie Locsin chipped in with 16 and Jessie Moreño with 15 in a losing effort.

Meanwhile, an upset rocked the championship of the high school division as Silay Institute defeated West Negros College, 84-76, in overtime after the Baby Mustangs, mentored by Joebert Pastias, lost their key men to personal fouls in regulation period.

In the battle for third place, Mansilingan Christian Academy drubbed University of St. La Salle-Integrated School, 80-67, also at the WNC Gym.

09-18-2008, 08:53 PM
September 18, 2008
UNO-R Beats ABE-IBC in NOPSSCEA Cagefest
By Cyrus M. Garde

University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R) defeated ABE International Business College, 146-33 at the start of the collegiate basketball hostilities in this year’s Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports, Cultural and Educational Association (NOPSSCEA) last Sunday at the Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School.

On Sunday, September 22, UNO-R will face Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod 3:00 p.m. at the same venue, followed by defending champion West Negros University Mustangs against University of St. La Salle Stingers at 4:30 p.m. in the collegiate level at USLS Coliseum. The Mustangs and Stingers match will precede after the opening ceremony which starts at 3 p.m. with former Congressman now National Chess Federation President and Basketball Association of the Philippines President Prospero Pichay as guest of honor. Actually, the secondary and elementary boy’s basketball competition already opened last Saturday at the Negros Occidental Multi-Purpose Activity Center pitting Silay Institute against La Consolacion College-Main where the former won, 84-57. West Negros University Baby Mustangs also defeated Tangub Christian Academy, 68-48.

Last Sunday, USLS beat Christian Academy of Bacolod, 77-29; Jack & Jill-City Heights lost to sister school Jack & Jill-PHHC, 38-64 and Don Bosco Technical Insititute-Victorias won over Tangub Christian Academy, 66-23 all in elementary level. The secondary matches will resume this Saturday at NOMPAC. USLS meets Maranatha Christian College at 1:30 p.m.; St. John’s Insititue against St. Joseph School-La Salle at 2:45 p.m. and Mansilingan Christian Academy and Bacolod Christian College at 4:00 p.m. The schedule matches will be played daily after the opening on Sunday until October 5. The matches will continue upon availability of the venues after October 5, according to tournament director Henry Doble.

Meanwhile, the collegiate level will have their second round also in specified dates. Last year’s 1st runner-up, Cedar Computer College of Cadiz City will not see action this year for yet unknown reason, but initially it was due to financial aspect.*

09-18-2008, 08:55 PM
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Nopsscea opening rites set Sept. 21 in USLS
It’s all systems go for the opening of this year’s edition of the Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports, Cultural, and Educational Association at the University of St. La Salle in Bacolod City this Sunday.

Representatives from the 36 NOPSSCEA member schools will troop to the St. La Salle Coliseum at 3 p.m. for the opening ceremonies with former Basketball Association of the Philippines and Chess Federation of the Philippines president Prospero Pichay Jr. as guest speaker.

Also invited to give messages at the opening rites are Gov. Isidro Zayco, Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia, Rep. Monico Puentevella, and Schools Division Superintendent Rizalino Tortosa.

NOPSSCEA president Fr. Noly Que, task force chairpersons Rosario Gusman (educational), Roger Banzuela (sports), Rudy Reveche (cultural) and Angelina Guinanao (outreach) will hoist the banners during the event.

After the ceremonies, West Negros University Mustangs will begin their title-defending campaign in college basketball against host USLS Stingers.

Although basketball rivalries among the participating schools started the previous weekend, all eyes are trained at the WNU vs. Stingers as both squads are expected to field new members of their varsity teams.

Earlier, WNU coach Jack Tumayan said the Mustangs will be playing without their previous years’ standouts Ely Olarte and Alfie Villariza as both are no longer eligible to play in the games this year.

Tumayan said he will have at least three new players to help the team defend their NOPSSCEA title.

Meanwhile, in last week’s basketball games, University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos’ Rams opened their bid to wrestle the crown from WNU as it blasted off ABE International Business College, 146-33, in the game played at the Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School.

Before the opening rites at the USLS, the Rams’ will face the Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod Eagles on Sunday in their 3 p.m. match-up at the Po Hang gym.

Also registering their first wins in this year’s edition of the NOPSSCEA basketball games are Silay Institute and WNU high school boys who beat LCC-Main and Tangub Christian Academy last week.

SI prevailed over LCC-Main, 84-57 while the junior Mustangs brushed off TCA, 68-48, in separate games at the Negros Occidental Multi-Purpose Activity Center.

In grade school category, USLS-IS young dribblers stamped their class against their counterparts from Christian Academy of Bacolod, 77-29, while Jack & Jill-PHHC turned back sister school Castleson High (JJS-City Heights), 64-38. Don Bosco grade school cagers also scored a lopsided win against Tangub Christian Academy, 66-23.*NAB

09-22-2008, 02:51 PM
Monday, September 22, 2008
Pichay lauds Nopsscea leaders, athletes
Basketball Association of the Philippines and Chess Federation of the Philippines chief Prospero Pichay Jr. yesterday urged athletes to cultivate the value of self-discipline, sportsmanship, and dedication to their training as they aspire for greater heights in their respective events.

During the opening ceremonies of the 28th edition of the NOPSSCEA competitions at the St. La Salle Coliseum yesterday, where he was the guest speaker, Pichay lauded the officials of the association for integrating sports, education and culture in developing competitive spirit among students.

This is the kind of exposure our athletes need and it molds today’s youth not only to be better athletes but future leaders in the country as well, Pichay said.

He said NOPSSCEA is on the right track and he urged the athletes who are competing in different events to train harder and aim high.

“Western Visayas has always been a powerhouse in sports and we hope to see from the ranks of NOPSSCEA emerge an Olympic gold medalist for the country,” Pichay said.

Meanwhile, as head of the BAP-SBP, he stressed the need for all stakeholders in basketball to unite and start working together for the sake of the sports.

He added that the Manila Trial Court decision favoring his group for the leadership of the BAP-SBP is final and executory and he is set to inform the Phillipine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee about it to settle the issue once and for all.

“I’ve been always consistent with my stand for unity in basketball and I am even willing to step down from my BAP post if that is what is needed to resolve the conflict,” Pichay said.

As head of the national chess federation, he said his thrust is to strengthen the organization in every region and to establish tournaments that will tap new and young talents.

Pichay said the country is teeming with chess wizards and he hopes to see a NOPSSCEA athlete making it to the chess’ national youth team someday.

On the other hand, NOPSSCEA basketball games will be played this week at the La Salle Coliseum, West Negros University, and St. John’s Institute.

Starting today until Sept. 26, Eastside Badminton Club in Bacolod City will host the badminton games while football matches will be played in Panaad, USLS, and UNO-R fields.

USLS also hosts the Karatadeo competition on Sept. 25, lawn tennis, Sept. 25-27, Taekwondo, Sept. 26-28, and volleyball until Oct. 14.*NAB

09-22-2008, 02:53 PM
September 22, 2008
Pichay Donates P100,000 to NOPSSCEA

Former Surigao congressman Prospero Pichay, Jr. has committed P100,000 for the proposed construction of Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports, Cultural and Educational Association Multi-Purpose building during the opening yesterday of the 28th NOPSSCEA season at University of St. La Salle (USLS) Coliseum.

Pichay, incumbent president of the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) and the National Chess Federation of the Philipppines (NCFP), was guest of honor at the opening rites. He handed the check to NOPS-SCEA president Fr. Noli A. Que after his speech.

Pichay urged every athlete to be a dreamer, whether it is a small or a bigger one as he emphazised that in sports it is physical fitness and education that go hand in hand. The bigger dream is to aim for that Olympic gold that will come from NOPSSCEA because it is not impossible to win in the Olympic.

“Let’s forget other NSA’s (National Sports Associations) and let’s concetrate on NOPSSCEA,” he told the athletes.

“ To make bigger dreams, let’s educate our athletes and the discipline will follow, because sports is a discipline. We should be the best sportsman, although winning is important, but it should be winning with dignity,” Pichay added.

This year’s theme is “NOPSSCEA at 28th: Reaching Out”.

Fifty two (52) active member schools compose this year’s NOPSSCEA that will compete in the month-long sports hostilities, including cultural competitions.

Fr. Noly A. Que, welcomed participants followed by messages of Dr. Rizalino Tortosa, Schools Division Superintendent of Negros Occidental; Bacolod City Mayor Evelio R. Leonardia; Governor Isidro P. Zayco and Congressman Monico O. Puentevella, who sent their respective repre-sentives.

Hadasa Camporazo, the 2008 WVPRISAA Vocal Solo OPM champion rendered a musical number followed by hoisting of NOPSSCEA banner by Que, Dr. Rosario Guzman, Chairman-Education Task force; Roger A. Banzuela, Chairman-Sports Task Force; Rodolfo Reveche, Chairman-Cultural Task Force and Angelina Guinanao, Chairman-Outreach Task Force.

Banzuela, who is also Western Visayas BAP Regional Director introduced Pichay.

Que led the awarding of recognition to 2007-2008 Sports Achiever Schools and officially declared the opening of the 2008 NOPSSCEA Week, after the Oath of Sports-manhip by Ruby Ann Long-no, the 2006-2007 National PRISAA MVP; Champion Singles in 2006 National PRISAA, Champion Team Play in 2007 National PRISAA and Champion Mix in 2008 National PRISAA.

The entertainment numbers were given by Bacolod Tay Tung Wu Shu Team; Jack & Jill School karate Kids and USLS PEP Squad.

USLS Stingers and eight-time defending champion West Negros University Mustangs match-up followed with Pichay and Que doing the ceremonial toss.

Twelve sports diciplines will be contested with events under the Palarong Pambansa will be played on September 20-28, according to Banzuela.

Basketball matches already started last September 13, with Henry Doble and Ramon Maquiling as tournament directors.

Athletic events will be on September 26-28 at USLS under supervision of tournament director Manuel de Oro; badminton (Sept 22-26) at Eastside under Tournament Director Cris Bancal; Chess (Sept. 20, 21, 28 and October 4) at WNU under Kim Dumdum; football (Sept. 20-28) at Panaad, USLS and UNO-R under Leo Dayot; Karatedo (Sept. 25) at USLS under Rexie Diocares; lawn tennis (Sept. 25-27) at USLS under Eddie Rodriguez; sepak takraw (Sept. 20-21/ 27-28) at St. Benilde School under Emmanuel Sellado; swimming (Sept. 27-28) at Panaad under Tessie Ongkee; table tennis (Sept. 24-28) at BCCN under Glen Dacula; taekwondo (Sept. 26-28) at USLS-IS under Harny Tabuada and volleyball (Sept. 13-14/ 20-28/ Oct. 4-5/ 13-14) at USLS under Efren Timtiman.*

09-25-2008, 06:18 AM
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
WNU eyes 10th Nopsscea basketball title
Eyeing its 10th straight collegiate basketball title, West Negros University Mustangs thrashed University of St. La Salle, 93-59, and routed ABE-International Business College, 125-60, to post a 2-0 win-loss record in the ongoing NOPSSCEA games.

But the Mustangs have to share the top spot at the moment with Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod which has a similar 2-0 card after outplaying University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos on the opening day, 68-59, and dealing USLS its second loss via an 86-72 decision Monday.

The Mustangs and the Eagles will part ways on Oct. 4 as they face each other in the 3 p.m. match-up at the Po Hang gym of Tay Tung High School in Bacolod City.

The UNO-R Rams, which opened its campaign this year with an overwhelming 146-33 win against ABE-IBC fizzled out in their game against the CSA-B Eagles despite a 17-14 first quarter lead.

Mentored by Ireneo Morales, the Rams will face the Mustangs of coach Jack Tumayan on Sept. 28 in the 3 p.m. game at the Po Hang gym before winding up the first round against USLS on Oct. 5.

Meanwhile, the junior Stingers gave the La Salle basketball team something to celebrate in the secondary department as it drubbed Maranatha Christian College, 84-38, while St. John’s Institute remains on course of its bid to capture the title this year with a dominating 64-55 taming of St. Joseph School-La Salle.

Competition in secondary basketball continues to heat up as Mansilingan Christian Academy and Bacolod Christian Center face a possible sanction from the tournament officials after engaging in a free-for-all in its Sept. 20 game at the Negros Occidental Multi-Purpose Activity Center.

Young cagers from St. Sebastian International School, on the other hand, nipped St. Rose of Lima, 56-55, while Silay Institute downed Christian Academy of Bacolod 80-28, and UNO-R dumped St. Benilde School, 74-33.

In Monday’s games, SJI was simply too powerful for MCC as the Johnians cruised to an easy 83-24 win while USLS junior Stingers route La Consolacion School Gardenville, 92-50 and Don Bosco Technical Institute beat CSA-B, 68-49, in other high school encounter.

Basketball results from the elementary games showed Trinity Christian School stopping St. Theresa Academy of Silay, 67-29; DBTI blasting CSA-B, 53-44; and UNO-R outclassing BCC, 62-30.

Jack and Jill-PHHC captured the attention of basketball followers with a convincing 62-38 win against MCA while SBS young cagers overwhelmed Jack and Jill-City Heights, 47-27.

A five-point triumph of BCC against JJS-CH, 52-47, gave the squad its first win in the grade school department while SBS stopped MCA, 61-40. UNO-R encountered little problems in taming CAB, 61-44 while SJI destroyed Tangub Christian Academy, 115-38.

Secondary and elementary basketball games will be played everyday until Sept. 28 at the NOMPAC at the Capitol grounds.*NAB

09-25-2008, 06:21 AM
September 24, 2008
Mustangs, Eagles Share NOPSSCEA Basketball Lead
By Cyrus Garde

West Negros University and Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod, with similar 2-0 record, are looking forward to part ways when they collide on October 4 at 3 p.m. at Po Hang gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School.

The Mustangs trampled on University of St. La Salle 93-59 in opening day at the Stingers’ homecourt and toyed with ABE-International Business College, 125-60 last Monday.

The Eagles, meanwhile, have an impressive debut with an emphatic win over University of Negros Occidental Recoletos, 68-59 on Sunday. The Augustinians continued to shine as it frustrated the Stingers, 86-72 Monday sending Coach Troy Arabia’s charges down 0-2.

UNO-R, which opened the season with a bang downing ABE-IBC, 146-33 failed to stop the high-flying Eagles putting its quest in question if it can beat the big ones in college basketball. The Rams led 17-14 in the first quarter and managed to tie at 30-all at half.

Then Rogie Gelasan soared and scored 17 of his 19 points in the final half and the UNORians played catch up ball. Coach Ireneo Morales boys will face Jack Tumayan’s race horses on September 28 at 3p.m. at Po Hang before winding up the first round against USLS on October 5.

Other results in basketball saw USLS beating Maranatha Christian College, 84-38, St John’s Institute drubbing St. Joseph School-La Salle, 55-64 in secondary basketball.

Mansilingan Christian Academy and Bacolod Christian Center are scheduled for sanction after engaging in a free-for-all. St. Sebastian International School nipped St. Rose of Lima, 56-55; Silay Institute downed Christian Academy of Bacolod 80-28; UNO-R clipped St. Benilde School, 74-33.

SJI beat MCC 83-24, USLS stung La Consolacion School Gardenville, 92-50 and Don Bosco Technical Institute walloped CSA-B, 68-49 in other high school encounter.

In the elementary division, Trinity Christian School stopped St. Theresa Academy of Silay, 67-29; Don Bosco blasted CSA-B, 53-44; UNO-R was too much for BCC, 62-30. Jack and Jill-PHHC took notice with a convincing victory over MCA, 62-38 while SBS tamed Jack and Jill-City Heights, 47-27.

BCC broke into the win column with a close 52-47 triumph over JJ-CH, SBS burned MCA 61-40; UNO-R had little resistance against CAB, 61-44 and SJI demolished Tangub Christian Academy 115-38.

Games everyday until September 28 among elementary and high school boys are played at the Negros Occidental Multi-Purpose Activity Center at the Capitol Grounds.

Referees from BAP and BAREG are covering this year’s basketball competitions.*

09-30-2008, 05:47 AM
September 29, 2008
Mustangs, Eagles to Part Ways Saturday

With both carrying three straight wins, defending champion West Negros University Mustangs and Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod are going to part ways in the NOPSSCEA collegiate basketball tournament when they meet on October 4, 2008 , Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School.

Although they meet for the first time in this single round-robin elimination, still it will not affect their chances for a showdown in the championship in this 5-team collegiate basketball competition in this year’s NOPSSCEA.

Both team won their respective assignment yesterday. The Eagles demolished ABE International Business College , 158-68, while the Mustangs escaped with a hairline against University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos Rams, 90-88.

The Rams only win was against ABE-IBC, 146-33 on September 14, but lost to the Eagles on September 21 and the Mustangs yesterday.

University of St. La Salle Stingers remain winless, losing both to the Eagles and the Mustangs. It is expected to get past ABE-IBC when they meet on Saturday also.

The Mustangs is seeking their 10th NOPSSCEA title this year.

Hostilities in the elementary and secondary levels still continue with the last known schedule matches will be on Sunday, October 5, according to tournament director Henry Doble.

He said, the next scheduled matches are already scheduled but availability of the venues is still to be decided.

Competition of other sports events are already finished while others still ongoing. Events that were already finish are athletics, badminton, football, karatedo, lawn tennis, sepak takraw, swimming, table tennis and taek-wondo.*

10-04-2008, 09:10 AM
Friday, October 3, 2008
WNU, CSA-B eye
4th basketball victory
Alfie Villariza scored 40 points, 33 from the three-point area as West Negros University Mustangs nipped University of Negros Occidental Recoletos, 90-88, to register its third win as the Mustangs prepare for its encounter tomorrow against Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod in the ongoing NOPSSCEA basketball competition.

The Eagles area challenging the Mustangs long reign in NOPSSCEA and will report into tomorrow’s duel toting an equally impressive 3-0 win-loss card.

The Mustangs and Eagles will dispute the leadership at 3 p.m. at the Po Hang gym following the USLS - ABE-IBC match at 1:30 p.m. The Stingers, who are heavily favored to win the game, will face UNO-R on Sunday as the first round in collegiate rivalry ends.

In the game against UNO-R, the Mustangs led all throughout, 27-26, 58-44, 75-66 until the Rams picked up the tempo for a 22-15 windup – its best endgame so far in the tournament.

Second round basketball action among the college teams starts Oct. 6 with UNO-R expecting another easy win over ABE-IBC at 1:30 p.m. followed by the USLS vs. CSA-B match-up at 3 p.m.

Tournament format is double round robin elimination with the team landing at No. 4 in the standings taking on No. 3 with the winner challenging the No. 2 team. Whoever prevails will dispute the championship against No. 1 team which enjoys a twice-to-beat advantage.*NAB

10-07-2008, 06:10 AM
Monday, October 6, 2008
WNU cagers beat
CSA-B in Nopsscea
The West Negros University Mustangs are well on their way to clinching their 10th NOPSSCEA collegiate basketball after Jack Tumayan and his wards beat Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod, 73-57, Saturday at the Po Hang Gym in Bacolod City for their 4-0 win-loss card after the first round.

Playing minus last year’s key men Vengie Vergara and Ely Olarte, who are trying their luck in the PBL this year, the Mustangs remain resolute in their resolve to keep the NOPSSCEA crown as they continue to crash every contender thrown their way.

While they managed to convincingly foil CSA-B’s bid to wrestle the lead, WNU five had a little scare last week in its 90-88 win against University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos.

Meanwhile, University of St. La Salle Stingers seemed to have found their winning ways as they silenced the UNO-R Rams, 80-77, via a buzzer-beater three-point shot from Boy Caro yesterday at the Po Hang gym.

Trailing behind UNO-R all throughout the game, USLS suddenly applied the full court press in the final minutes of the play to rattle the Rams’ offense.

Caro made his miracle three-pointer with 0.7 left in the game clock.

With the win, USLS placed third in the team standings with 2-2 win-loss card while UNO-R slipped to fourth with 1-3 record while ABE-IBC remained winless.*NAB

10-09-2008, 08:07 PM
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
WNU Mustangs too
strong for rivals

Another game, another win. Seeing West Negros University Mustangs demolishing their opponents in the NOPPSCEA collegiate basketball has become so monotonous that even tournament officials are resigned to the idea that WNU is on its way to claiming its 10th crown in the annual games.

The Mustangs were at it again yesterday, toying with ABE-International Business College, 133-50, to notch its fifth victory and keep is unblemished record.

But while WNU dribblers had another win tucked away, Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod Eagles have to rely on the high-level performance of Rogie Gelasan and Rommel Tuyo to subdue University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos, 85-72, in their match-up yesterday.

Gelasan scored 25 points while Tuyo made 23 marks as Ram Alvarez led UNO-R with 24 points, 15 of which from the arc.

Despite the loss, UNO-R will try to improve its 2-4 win-loss card today when it goes up against WNU in the 3 p.m. game. La Salle Stingers also hope to share the second spot with the Eagles when they face ABE-IBC in the first game.

Meanwhile, former NOPPSCEA standout and Mustang player Nonoy Baclao of the Ateneo Blue Eagles will not be playing for any team in the Philippine Basketball League this season.

WNU committee on sports management and development chairman Anthony Carlo Agustin said Baclao was advised by his doctors to rest his knees and to concentrate on his studies.

Baclao, who was named Finals MVP in the recent UAAP 71st season, was among the Ateneo players handpicked by Hapee Toothpaste for its PBL title-campaign this year.

Before he joined the Blue Eagles, Baclao played for West Negros College high school team in the NOPSSCEA 2003-2004 where the Junior Mustangs took the crown. The same year, Baclao graduated from WNC high school with above 90 average grades.

He joined the WNC collegiate team in 2006 and steered the team to victories in the UNIGAMES and the BAP National Student Basketball championship held in Bicol.

Also trying to carve their names in big leagues in Manila are former Mustangs Vengie Vergara and Ely Olarte.

Both players were also drafted by the Hapee nd Olarte is close to signing a contract with the team, a report from Manila said yesterday.*NAB

10-10-2008, 06:40 AM
Friday, October 10, 2008
WNU Mustangs firm up Champions League stint
By Henry C. Villalva

REIGNING collegiate NOPSSCEA champions West Negros University Mustangs posted their sixth straight victory in the ongoing 2008 NOPSSCEA men's basketball competition.

With a 99-81 victory over the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos Rams last Wednesday at the Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School, the win served to firm up the Mustangs' lofty billing as the No. 1 Bacolod team.

The team is going into the 2008 Philippine Collegiate Champions League Western Visayas regional eliminations that reel off on October 18 and 19 at the WNU Gym hosted by the LNA7 Sports Foundation Inc. chaired by Anthony Carlo Agustin.

Also last Wednesday, the University of St. La Salle Stingers demolished ABE-IBC, 111-63.

Also at the Po Hang Gym, Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod Eagles won by default over ABE-IBC while the WNU Mustangs scored their seventh straight win in the series via a 94-60 demolition of the USLS Stingers.

The collegiate team standings now have WNU on top at 7-0, CSA-B 5-2, USLS 4-3, UNO-R 2-5 and ABE-IBC 0-8.

Games on Friday at the University of St. La Salle Coliseum pit the USLS Stingers against the UNO-R Rams at 1PM followed by the game between WNU and CSA-B at 3 o'clock, marking the last day of the double elimination round, said tournament manager Henry Doble.

On Saturday, Oct. 11, high school division quarterfinal games reel off at 8AM with Bracket A No. 1 and defending champion Silay Institute taking on Bracket d No. 2 St. Joseph's School-La Salle. At 10 o'clock, it will be the collegiate division No. 4 team against the No. 3 team at the University of St. La Salle Coliseum.

In the afternoon at the Neg. Occ. Multi-Purpose Activity Center (NOMPAC), it will be MCA versus WNU at 2:30PM and USLS versus LCC-Main at 4 o'clock while at the USLS-IS covered court, it will be Tangub Christian Academy against UNO-R at 6PM.

In the afternoon, it will be the elementary division semi-finals starting at 1:30PM with University of St. La Salle-Integrated School against St. John's Institute while at 3 o'clock, Bacolod Tay Tung High School will go up against University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos.

It will thus be the WNU Mustangs against the No. 2 Iloilo team which is John B. Lacson Maritime University on the first day of the Collegiate Champions League regional elims at the WNU Gym while the No. 2 Bacolod team, most likely the CSA-B Eagles, tangles against Iloilo's No. 1 University of Iloilo on the same day with the first day winners clashing against each other and the losers also taking on each other on the second day to determine the final placement of teams.

10-10-2008, 09:42 PM
October 10, 2008
Secondary, Elementary Set Q’terfinals and Semis in NOPSSCEA

The secondary and elementary basketball tournaments in the Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports, Cultural and Educational Association (NOPSSCEA) are set to end this week with scheduled quarterfinals and semifinals for the two divisions respectively.

On Saturday, October 11, six pairs of contending, schools will face separate opponents in order to advance to the next level and the championship.

In the secondary quarterfinals; defending champion Silay Institute battles t. Joseph School-La Salle at 8 a.m., University of St. La Salle coliseum; Mansilingan Christian Academy versus West Negros University at NOMPAC at 2:30 pm; University of St. La Salle against La Consolacion College-Main, 4pm at USLS-Integrated School Covered Court and Tangub Christian Academy and University of Negros Occidental - Recoletos at 6 p.m., same venue.

In the elementary semifinals, the matches are University of St. La Salle versus St. John’s Institute at Po Hang gym and Bacolod Tay Tung High School against UNO-R at 3pm in the same venues.

Tournament director is Henry Doble.*

10-14-2008, 06:04 AM
Monday, October 13, 2008
Mustangs claim 10th
straight basketball title

The reign of West Negros University in NOPSSCEA college basketball continues as the Mustangs clinched their 10th straight title yesterday after a heart-stopping last two minutes in the championship game against Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod at the Po Hang Gym in Bacolod City.

With their unbeaten record in the double-round elimination where the Mustangs beat the CSA-B Eagles twice, the NOPSSCEA basketball crowd was expecting another lopsided match but the Agustinians came out fighting hard.

“They (CSA-B) put in a very high level of performance in the last minute and we missed some of our shots. Still, I am satisfied with the overall outcome of our play,” WNU champion coach Jack Tumayan said after the game.

He added that the Mustangs will continue to train hard to keep the winning streak and they will double their effort next year to capture the team’s 11th crown.

With the other teams in the NOPSSCEA building up their own lineup, Tumayan said the Mustangs can not afford to be complacent.

The winning-coach was referring the missed shots his wards made in the final half that allowed the Eagles to grab the lead.

Trailing the Mustangs in the early goings of the game, the Eagles got hot at the start of the third quarter and traded shots with the defending champs.

With less than a minute left in the quarter, CSA-B posted a three-point lead, 55-52, to momentarily throw off course the Mustangs. But Ryan Flores hit a trey to equalize with 21.6 seconds left in the clock.

Flexing their muscles in the final chapter, WNU managed to get the game under control and was slowly building up their lead but CSA-B’s Rojie Gelasan’s three-point play with 2:59 left tied the game at 64-all to send the whole Eagle’s bench on their feet cheering for their five men on court.

Capitalizing on a miss from WNU’s side in the ensuing play, the Eagles found themselves on top at 71-70 to send a chill down the spine of the defending champions.

But Mustang Alfie Villariza remained level-headed and took matters into his own hands.

Known for his winning three-pointers, the diminutive Villariza unleashed one of his rainbow shot that found its mark to make it 73-71 and carry WNU to a safe distance by converting two gift shots in their next possession for a 75-71 lead.

A three-pointer from CSA-B’s Javelona, however, cut WNU’s lead to one point but the Mustangs immediately answered back with a shot to keep a three-point lead at 77-74. Still, the Eagles refused to surrender and a two-pointer from one of their hitmen made it 77-76 with 3.8 seconds left in the clock.

Keeping their cool after a referee’s call that awarded the last ball possession to WNU was contested by CSA-B, the defending champions went to Villariza for their final play. The ploy worked as the Eagles fouled Villariza who intentionally missed his second free throw for the final 78-76 tally.

“It was hardwork that gave the team its 10th title and we expressed our gratitude for the school administration for its all-out support,” WNU’s sports moderator Jake Azucena said.

He added that the whole community of West Negros University is very proud of their basketball varsity squad.*NAB

10-14-2008, 04:16 PM
Ibig bang sabihin nito ang Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports Cultural and Educational Association (NOPSSCEA) pro-BAP or nabili na rin ni Pichay at ng sindikato nya?

10-15-2008, 06:45 AM
October 14, 2008
WNU Mustangs Wins 11th NOPSSCEA Title

The West Negros University (WNU) Mustangs won the Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports, Cultural and Educational Association (NOPSSCEA) basketball title over Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod (CSA-B) Eagles, 78-76 Sunday at the Po Hang gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School.

Point guard Alfie Villariza took the cudgel in repulsing the last minute onslaught of the Eagles with his three points, the last 73-71 in the dying minutes. He topscored with 20 points from the rest of his team mates.

The Mustangs defended its title by sweeping all its games and the third for the Eagles this year to capture the crown.

Villariza, a former MVP of Monico Cup Inter- Barangay Basketball Tournament like his teammates, Ely Olarte, Vengie Vergara and Briton Javelona was supported in scoring by Jetric Sumido with 14, Ryan Floes 13, Rolly Jaca 11,Virgilio Dapar 5, Winrich Pusoc and Jeff Jacinto with 4 apiece and Javelona with 3.

The Eagles was lead by Ledesma with 18, Rodjie Gelasan 17 and Rommel Tuyo with 16.

By winning the NOPSSCEA and become the No. 1 team in Bacolod City, the Mustangs formalize its entry in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League Western Visayas elimination along with the Eagles.

They will play against the best teams in Iloilo City with University of Iloilo and John B Lacson University at WNU Gym on October 18 and 19. The winners will advance to the national against the best in the other regional eliminations in Manila.*

10-19-2008, 07:17 AM
October 18, 2008
NOPSSCEA’s HS Semis Starts Today

The semifinals games in the secondary division of Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports, Cultural and Educational Association (NOPS-SCEA) basketball tournament will start today at Po Hang gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School.

Henry G. Doble, tournament director disclosed that the pairings will be University of St. La Salle versus Mansili-ngan Christian Academy at 3pm . the winner in this match will play for the championship against St. Joseph School-La Salle at 3pm on Sunday at the same venue.

The loser will meet University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos at 1:30 pm. also on Sunday.

This is the last of the matches in basketball that will be played under NOPSSCEA at the close of its calendar of activities this year.

West Negros University Mustangs captured its 10th NOPSSCEA collegiate basketball title over Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod Eagles, 78-76 Sunday. In the collegiate, NOPSSCEA’s collegiate top two teams will vie for the Philippine Collegiate Champion League starting Saturday at West Negros University gym against University of Iloilo and John B. Lacson Maritime University.

The winners in secondary and elementary will compete in the upcoming Provincial Meet this December for the WV Regional Athletic Association Meet.*

11-12-2008, 06:56 AM
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
MCA cagers Nopsscea champs at last

MANSILINGAN Christian Academy (MCA) finally bagged the high school boy's basketball championship of the Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports Cultural and Educational Association (Nopsscea) as the Eagles clawed St. Joseph's School-La Salle, 95-85, Sunday.

The event was held at the Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School.

Calma brothers Jade Paul and Janus dominated the boards as MCA pulled away 65-54 in the third canto after a close 43-41-halftime lead. But just when MCA coach Elmo Quiatchon thought his boys already had it all wrapped up, the Knights of coach Friday Solinap worked their way back and threatened at 67-71, mainly through the hardworking Boy Agana.

SJS was just two points short with three minutes left, 77-75, and 81-79 at the 1:30 mark but could not sustain the recovery. The Knights proved, however, to be a tougher customer than their brothers from University of St. La Salle who lost to MCA the day before, 68-83 in a semi-final game played at the Lopue's South Square Gym.

Lack of ceiling for the Junior Stingers proved to be their waterloo as University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos grabbed third place honors with a 93-83 victory earlier. Coach Eugene Opuan had to make do with a small, pressing three-point shooting squad as their taller players have gone to De La Salle Greenhills and La Salle Zobel.

With the championship cup, MCA will spearhead the Nopsscea boys basketball team in the forthcoming Negros Occidental Palarong Panlalawigan or provincial meet.

Among the notable faces for his selection to the Nopsscea squad are Agana and Salvacion of SJS-LS, Bernales and Palermo of UNO-R, and Sibug and Sayson of USLS, among others. (HGD)

09-29-2009, 09:17 AM
Mustangs stampede, Eagles soar
Monday, September 28, 2009

WEST Negros University and Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod will repeat as finalists in men’s basketball of the Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports Cultural Educational Association (NOPSSCEA).

The defending champion Mustangs trampled University of St. La Salle, 96-74, and the Eagles devoured University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos, 70-61, in two lopsided semifinal games played before a sparse crowd last Saturday at the LNA Memorial Sports Center (formerly the West Negros University Gym).

The Augustinians led 37-30 at the half and enjoyed its biggest leads at 55-42 with 7:30 left and 68-55 with 43 seconds left. The Rams of coach Ireneo Morales outscored coach Jerome Solinap’s boys 12-11 in the third quarter for their only bright moment in a rather dull contest.

Coach Daniel Chiu gave fellow USLS alumnus Troy Sarabia some uneasy moments at the WNU bench as the Stingers managed to tie the score twice and made 4 lead changes in the opening canto.

Lanky center Raul “Ichabod” Suyod gave the Mustangs a 23-20 advantage on a putback off Jeff Jacinto’s miss. Jacinto had nine and Alfie Villariza seven points for the quarter after drawing first blood with a 3-pointer. Former Mustang-now-Stinger Rundy Baydo countered with his own triple for the first equalizer.

Suyod continued to dominate the backboards and had the last say as he drilled in the last basket for a 45-31 spread with 7 minutes left in the third quarter.

With a commanding 73-50 score at the start of the fourth, the Mustangs coasted away and reached the 30-point advantage at 88-58 with 3:24 left. Scott Salvacion hit back-to-back triples at garbage time to help lessen the final count.

The Mustangs will be gunning for its 11th straight title while the Eagles a chance to end the winning streak of the defending champions. Coaches Sarabia and Solinap will be gunning for their first collegiate championship and a chance to pit talents against the best collegiate teams in the region in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) Visayas elimination on October 13-15 here in Bacolod City at the LNA Memorial Sports Center. (Henry G. Doble)

http://Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 28, 2009.

10-07-2009, 09:19 AM
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
WNU Mustangs claim 11th straight title

West Negros University stretched its NOPSSCEA collegiate basketball championship run to 11 seasons last night after completing a two-game sweep of its title series against Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod at the CSA-B Gym in Bacolod City .

The Mustangs came away with a 96-81 triumph over the Eagles in Game 2, ensuring their title streak got another extension, a press release from the school said.

The Mustangs, drawing solid performances from their reserve players, pulled away late in Game 1 for an 89-75 at the WNU Gym.

WNU, which ruled the 2005 University Games title and the 2006 National Students Basketball Championship, finished the season unbeaten in 11 games.

“We thank God for this victory,” said WNU sports director Tony Agustin. “Hard-work, discipline and staying hungry even if we're still winning keyed our success this year.”

Agustin also commended the coaching staff, including first-year mentor Troy Sarabia for steering the Mustangs, who will now focus their efforts on making an impact in the upcoming Philippine Collegiate Champions League, the press release said.

“The victory is the testament to the support of the university to its basketball program,” said Sarabia, who also expressed gratitude to school officials, including university president Suzette Agustin.

The backcourt once again delivered for the Mustangs in Game 2 with Rolly Jaca, Jeff Jacinto and skipper Alfie Villariza teaming up to strike the telling blows.

Jaca sparkled as he finished with 16 points, while Villariza and Jacinto added 13 each for the Mustangs, who pulled away in the second quarter, 50-35.

“We knew we couldn't take them (Eagles) lightly so we came into the game with the mindset that we have to win,” Villariza, who won his fourth title as a WNU player, said in Ilonggo.

“We didn't want to be overconfident because we knew it will be difficult for us if it gets to Game 3,” he added.

In Game 1 last Saturday, the Mustangs squeezed the best out of role players Rushmore Catalino and 6-foot-4 Raul Suyod, who combined for 29 points. Jacinto also made a solid contribution with 15 points, while Villariza and Jaca came through with 13 and 10, respectively.*

11-17-2009, 10:16 AM
UNO-R Baby Rams Nopsscea junior champs
Tuesday, November 17, 2009

UNIVERSITY of Negros Occidental-Recoletos finally bagged the junior division title of the Nopsscea (Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports Cultural & Educational Association) basketball competition against West Negros University.

The competition ended up with a convincing 76-69 win last Sunday at the Po hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School.

Offguard Fred Jay Parreño set the tone for the Baby Rams as he drilled in two 3-pointers for an 8-2 lead before going out with 2 fouls. WNU's Jojo Pastias tied the count at 10-all with two free throws but UNO-R took the first quarter, 20-14.

Parreño made another triple for a 29-19 lead but committed his third foul. With Parreño in the bench, Baby Mustang Roy Vincent Villarias went to work inside and made it 33-all from the penalty line.

The son of former PBA pro Vernie Villarias added another two for the lead but center Carl Steven Antiporda scored on a putback to put the UNO-Rians ahead at half, 36-35.

An 18-3 run by UNO-R gave them enough breathing room at 53-39 in the third until a triple by Villarias closed the quarter at 58-47. The 3rd year slasher from Silay City fought singlehandedly cutting loose with 8 points to close the gap at 61-57 with 8 minutes left in the game.

A spate of errors by the Baby Mustangs saved UNO-R at 65-57 and both squads traded baskets and misses. As WNU closed in, Paolo Juesna hit a triple for a 71-66 cushion. Center Dave Gabriel Chuatico made it 75-66 with one of two free throws as Villarias missed three of his own from the line.

Reliever John Buenaflor missed two free throws with 41 ticks but teammate Veejay Brodit scored on a free throw for the final count, 76-69, as the Baby Mustangs bungled their chances under the boards and foul line.

The victory is the first for the Junior Rams now mentored by Gerome Aledron after so many years in the NOPSSCEA with the win coming in 2 hours before Manny Pacquiao put makeup on Miguel Cotto's face.

The members of the UNO-R Juniors Basketball Champion Team are: Carl Steven Antiporda, Dave Gabriel Chuatico, John Buenaflor, Prince Ariz Soriano, Jeff Brandee Vargas, Fredjay Parreño, Paulo Juesna, Roger Bajillo II, Jessie Marie Barrios, Paulo Baylon, John Hubert Bayotas, Veejay Brodit, Christian Derramas, Anthony Philip Ma-asin and Stephen Ryan Sedel.

St. John's Institute finished third while Bacolod Tay Tung High School settled for fourth place in the high school division.

Meanwhile, St. John's Institute took the elementary division title followed by Don Bosco Technical Institute of Victorias City, Bacolod Tay Tung High School in third place and Trinity Christian School in fourth. (HGD)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on November 17, 2009.

11-17-2009, 10:25 AM
UNO-R, SJI Win NOPSSCEA HS, Elem Caging Title
November 17, 2009

University of Negros Occidental Recoletos (UNO-R) and St. John’s Institute (SJI) capture the Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports, Cultural and Educational Association (NOPSSCEA) secondary and elementary divisions basketball titles against separate opponents Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School Sunday.

The Baby Rams finally won the title with a convincing 76-69 win over favored West Negros University, while SJI beat Don Bosco Technical Insititute, 101-84 for the 12-Under title.

Offguard Fred Jay Parreño set the tone for the Baby Rams as he drilled in two 3-pointers for an 8-2 lead before going out with 2 fouls. WNU’s "Jojo" Pastias tied the count at 10-all with two freethrows but UNO-R took the first quarter, 20-14.

Parreño made another triple for a 29-19 lead but committed his third foul. With Parreño in the bench, Baby Mustang Roy Vincent Villarias went to work inside and made it 33-all from the penalty line.

The son of former pro Vernie Villarias added another two for the lead but center Carl Steven Antiporda scored on a putback to put the UNO-Rians ahead at half, 36-35.

An 18-3 run by UNO-R gave them enough breathing room at 53-39 in the third until a triple by Villarias closed the quarter at 58-47. The 3rd year slasher from Silay City fought singlehandedly cutting loose with 8 points to close the gap at 61-57 with 8 minutes left in the game.

A spate of errors by the Baby Mustangs saved UNO-R at 65-57 and both squads traded baskets and misses. As WNU closed in, Paolo Juesna hit a triple for a 71-66 cushion. Center Dave Gabriel Chuatico made it 75-66 with one of two freethrows as Villarias missed three of his from the line.

Reliever John Buenaflor missed two freethrows with 41 ticks but teammate Veejay Brodit scored on a freethrow for the final count, 76-69 as the Baby Mustangs bungled their chances under the boards and the foul line.

The victory is the first for the Junior Rams after so many years in NOPSSCEA.

In the elementary division, Juan Diego Montoya was unstoppable with his 41 points with Ralph Penuel added 17 and Eduardo Ducay 14 for SJI squad of coach Arvin Gustilo.

DBTI was spearheaded by Pineda with 40 points, Diadio added 26 and Pansinsay with 11.

The Baby Falcon enjoyed a 25-20 advantage in the first quarter and managed to pad the lead to 52-46 at half and upped its lead to 74-65 at the end of the third.*

11-19-2009, 04:28 PM
SJI boys capture crown in NOPSSCEA 12-Under
Thursday, November 19, 2009

St. John's Institute boys plucked another title after dismissing Don Bosco Technical Institute, 74-65, in the NOPSSCEA 12-Under basketball competition played at the Bacolod Tay Tung High School Po Hang Gym.

Juan Diego Montoya led the Johnians to victory with 41 big points, 18 of them in the fourth quarter.

The promising young dribbler from SJI opened fire in the first quarter with eight points while teammate Axo Yao added 4 markers to take an early 25-20 lead while DBTI's Pineda almost single-handedly tried to plug the holes with 16 points.

In the second quarter, Montoya kept the shots coming in as he delivered 12 points while Edgar Ducay backed him up with 4 points for a halftime lead of 52-46 in favor of SJI despite Pineda and Pansinsay's combined effort of 15 points for DBTI to keep the game close.

Sticking to the game plan mapped out by coaches Arvin Gustilo, Rey Pandoro, and Jake Azucena, the young Johnians did not allow the Bosconians to grab the lead in the second half as Ducay and Raul Montinola scored 8 and 4 points, respectively in the third quarter while Montoya had a scoring spree in the final chapter to secure the win.

Other members of the SJI champion team are: Timothy Montinola, Christian Palic, Miguel Jison, Juan Miguel Montoya, Axo Yao, Armand Guevarra, Reynaldo Vasquez, Jerrick Tajonera, Rafa Puentevella, Manuel Juson, Ralph Penuela and Kip Hermosura.

Meanwhile, Tay Tung High School beat Trinity Christian School for the third place honors. *NAB