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08-24-2008, 06:32 AM
All set for BBEAL season, UP Baguio is league host
by Jogin Tamayo*
It’s all systems go for this year’s Baguio-Benguet Educational Athletic League season starting on Aug. 23 with the University of the Philippines Baguio as host.
With UP’s centenary as background for the collegiate sports meet, host UP Baguio will lead the formal opening at the University of the Cordilleras this Saturday at 9 a.m.
Aside from UP Baguio, the BBEAL, Northern Luzon’s version of the prestigious UAAP and NCAA,* is also composed of the Cordillera’s top universities and colleges including UC, University of Baguio, St. Louis University, Baguio Central University, Philippine Military Academy, Pines City Colleges,* Benguet State University, and Cordillera Career Development College.
Basketball games will immediately precede the formal opening with the UP Maroons clashing against PCC in the opening game. Other inaugural games are UB men’s squad testing PCC, SLU battling UP, and the PMA
cadets facing the Jaguars.
The UB Cardinals will immediately get on track to regain its men’s title when it faces the UC Jaguars on Sunday, Aug. 24 while defending champion SLU squares off with the Lady Jaguars on the same day at the UB gymnasium.
Two basketball games will be held at 4 p.m. every afternoon with matches scheduled the whole day of Saturdays and Sundays.*
08-24-2008, 07:16 AM
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Baguio-Benguet college wars begin on Saturday
By Roderick Osis
THE region's premiere colleges and universities face off in various sports categories when the Baguio-Benguet Athletic Educational League (BBEAL) opens on Saturday at 9 a.m. at the University of the Cordilleras (UC) gym.
The University of the Philippines (UP) is hosting the event.
Seven events will be played during the first semester featuring basketball, volleyball, badminton, chess, sepak takraw, table tennis and archery.
Cordillera Career Development College Admirals will have its handful against eight other schools in defending its basketball men's crown, which they snatched last year in an epic three-game contest dethroning perennial champion, the University of Baguio (UB) Cardinals.
In women's basketball, the Saint Louis University (SLU) Lions will defend the crown it won last year after the UB lost in the third game via default.
Meanwhile, the UC Jaguars will defend its volleyball crown in both men's and women's categories.
"The women's volleyball team is intact despite the graduation of five players but my first six who saw action last year are intact," Jaguars athletic director and volleyball women coach Yul Banosa said.
However, Banosa said the men's volleyball team will have difficulty since only seven of his players will return in this year's edition of BBEAL including four of his six starters who recently graduated.
The Jaguar athletic director also said the badminton team poses a problem after his two players failed to enroll this semester leaving Winston Calugay and Gary Pagaduan at the helm.
UC is the team to beat in men's badminton while the Cardinals will try to retain the women's championship.
Banosa said he has high hopes for the table tennis team that bagged the men's championship in the same league and the archery team, which won in the men's division with SLU salvaging the women's crown.
08-24-2008, 07:18 AM
Sunday, August 24, 2008
UC, SLU, UB win in BBEAL opener
By Roderick Osis
THE city’s top three schools trounced their respective rivals to win in the men's basketball during the opening of the Baguio Benguet Educational Athletic League (BBEAL) at the jam-packed University of the Cordilleras Gym Saturday afternoon.
Haynes Acdong led the UC Jaguars in manhandling the PMA cadets to notch their first win in a lopsided 83–68 victory.
"I told the boys to play good in their defense and not to let their guards down because basketball is played in four quarters," Jaguars coach Florentino Luna in a post game interview.
Acdong and fellow Jaguars John Paul Jularbal and Jeremy Balagot lead a 16–0 spurt in the second quarter to put the cadets at bay with a 14-point lead at the end of the first half.
PMA proved to be a tough nut to crack when Karl Winston Cacanindin, Ronald Retulla, and Kendrich PIA scoring three triples to cut the deficit by 10 with 7:45 left in the third period.
But Acdong cannot be denied the win playing in his final year as a Jaguar scoring six consecutive points in the third quarter to put UC up by 12, 57–45 with 4:31 left in the third quarter.
PMA's Pia, with a hot hand in the three point arch, then unleashed a triple at the end of the quarter with UC up by 14 entering the final period.
PMA despite their high shooting percentage in the three point territory was unable to clamp down on Acdong inside the paint in the payoff period denying the cadets of their first win the 2008 edition of the BBEAL.
The jaguars put away the game against the cadets in the remaining four minutes of the ball game leading by 22 points, 74 -52.
In other games, powerhouse University of Baguio also pulled a win in the men's basketball against Pines City Colleges (PCC), 92-62.
Saint Louis University meanwhile nipped host UP Fighting Maroons, 76–41 to join UC and UB in the win column of the men's basketball.
In women's basketball, PCC notched their first win against UP, 57-23.
Meanwhile, early winners UC and UB will clash anew on Sunday, at 4 p.m., at the UB gym in the main game of the BBEAL basketball men.
UB will try to redeem itself to take an early 2–0 win-loss record after bowing to Cordillera Career Development College in an epic three game battle.
08-26-2008, 06:34 AM
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Jaguars nips Cardinals in overtime in Bbeal games
By Roderick Osis
THE University of the Cordillera (UC) Jaguars relied on the heroics of Carlo Domingo in overtime to steal a win against the University of Baguio (UB) Cardinals in the ongoing Baguio-Benguet Educational Athletic League (Bbeal), 94-92 Sunday evening to remain unscathed in the tournament.
Haynes Acdong bulldozed his way to a game-high 27 points to lead the Jaguars in regulation but failed to score a single point in the overtime.
Domingo filled the gap left by Acdong to score all eight of his 10 points to pull the Gov. Pack-based dribblers to score their second win against no defeat to join Saint Louis University and the Cordillera Career Development College.
The Cardinals now put themselves into fourth place suffering a heartbreaking loss in their home turf despite the heroics of Kenneth Ighalo, James Rodolfa and the sweet shooting of Miguel Elefante.
"I forced my game out because I had a hard time doing it for the team, so when overtime came, that's where I poured out my game," Domingo said after the game.
The Cardinals seemed to have perfected their mastery against the Jaguars with their timely three-point baskets but UC made a fourth quarter surge which put the game into overtime after being down by seven with 2:08 left in the fourth period.
Acdong then scored two successive lay-ups followed by a short stab in the paint by Domingo to put the Jaguars within one, 78 -79, 1:22 left in regulation.
The Jaguars then had a chance to win the ballgame in regulation period but UC's John Paul Juralbal was called for an offensive foul with ten seconds left.
UB was on its way to handling the Jaguars their first defeat after nailing only one shot in their two free throws to lead by two, 78-80, with 7.2 ticks left in clock.
Acdong then grabbed a rebound after the miss, setting up a streaking Domingo to put the game into overtime. Domingo then scored his last eight points on overtime to give the Jaguars their second win.
The Jaguars then rallied to a 12-5 run on overtime to put the Cardinals at bay, 92-85, with two minutes left.
In other games, the Saint Louis Lions walloped the Baguio Central University Eagles to a commanding 58-44 win to notch their 2-0 win-loss record.
The Lions limited the hapless Eagles to only two points in the first quarter to seal a lopsided victory during the Sunday games at the UB gymnasium.
Cordillera Career Development College (CCDC) Admirals meanwhile drubbed Benguet State University to also seal their second win in the tournament against no defeat last Sunday.
The Admirals are facing the University of the Philippines (UP) Baguio Fighting Maroons at the CCDC Gym as of press time Monday.
08-27-2008, 06:36 AM
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
UC Jaguars eyes third win against BSU
By Roderick Osis
FOUR teams will battle it out when play resumes in the ongoing Baguio-Benguet Educational Athletic League (BBEAL) basketball-men at the University of the Cordilleras (UC) on Wednesday.
The UC Jaguars will try to keep its winning ways as it guns for its third consecutive win when it faces Benguet State University (BSU) at 4:30 p.m.
The Jaguars will rely on its main man Haynes Acdong who is playing in his last year in the league together with James Carlos Domingo who led the team against rival school University of Baguio (UB) in overtime to secure their second win against no defeat.
UC relied on the heroics of Carlo Domingo in overtime to steal a win against UB, 94-92 Sunday evening.
Acdong bulldozed his way to a game-high 27 points to lead the Jaguars while Domingo scored 10 of his 14 points in overtime to lead UC.
The Trinidad-based BSU meanwhile will try to improve its record in men's basketball following a loss against neighboring Cordillera Career Development College in the opening game last Sunday.
In the three-curtain raiser, cellar dwellers Pines City Colleges (PCC) and University of the Philippines (UP)-Baguio will try to score a win in a battle of the underdogs also at the University of the Cordilleras.
PCC absorbed a 92-62 defeat against the University of Baguio during Bbeal's opening games while UP-Baguio proved to be no match against Saint Louis University, 76-41 also during the league's opening game.
08-29-2008, 06:15 AM
Friday, August 29, 2008
Jaguars rips BSU for 3rd win; UP notches 1st win vs PCC
THE University of the Cordilleras (UC) Jaguars extended their winning streak to three after downing Benguet State University (BSU), 91-63, in the men's basketball division of the Baguio Benguet Educational Athletic League (Bbeal) at the UC Gymnasium Wednesday afternoon.
After trailing by four early in the first quarter, the Jaguars turned the tables around to lead by one, 10-9 with 6:27 left in the first period.
Jaguar Jesse Tomlin led a 21-1-run late in the first quarter to wrest the lead at the end of the first quarter, 31-10, after Haynes Acdong was forced to sit it out having two personal fouls.
The win put the Jaguars on top with idle defending champion Cordillera Career Development College (CCDC) on having three games won with no defeat.
The Jaguars limited BSU to only 12 points in the second quarter with the sweet-shooting Daryl Poblete scoring nine points in the second period mostly beyond the three point arc which put the game away against the visiting BSU, 49-22, at the end of the first half.
Four Jaguars scored in double-digit led by Acdong with his game-high 26 points despite sitting the rest of the first period, with Tomlin chipping in 15 points. Jaguar point guard John Carlos Domingo, who is also playing in his last year as a Jaguar, and Poblete contributed 11 a piece to pace the winning team.
BSU was led by Aaron Calimlim's 19 points with Eric Diccion tallying 17 to suffer their second defeat against a win they stole from the Pines City Colleges (PCC).
In the other game, University of the Philippines (UP)-Baguio barged into the win column after defeating PCC, 87-70, handling them their third loss in the annual meet.
UP led by 18 at the end of the first half, 44-26, but PCC then pushed its limit in the second half but rather fell short as it bowed to the steadier play of the Fighting Maroons.
Meanwhile, the CCDC Admirals were facing the Baguio Central University (UC) while the University of Baguio (UB) Cardinals were battling the Philippine Military Academy (OMA) at the UC as of press time Thursday. (R.Osis)
09-02-2008, 09:35 PM
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Warriors bows down vs Admirals in Bbeal action
By Roderick Osis
DESPITE the absence of its leading scorer Harold Sabado, Cordillera Career Development College handed the Pines City Colleges (PCC) Warriors their fourth defeat in the ongoing men's basketball of the Baguio-Benguet Educational Athletic League (BBEAL) on Sunday, 78-56, at the University of the Cordilleras (UC) Gym.
Sabado was in civilian clothes cheering for the Admirals during the second half of the game but Coach Gerry Estrangero said he just let him change his clothes for some of his bench players to experience the game and give them time to mature as players.
"I just had to let him change after the second half because I wanted all players to have their playing time and mature as players and have the experience as we progress in the league," Estrangero said.
The PCC Warriors looked poised to steal a game and handed the defending champion their second consecutive defeat after leading by four, midway in the third period 41-37.
The Admirals, after a shocking loss against the Saint Louis University (SLU) Navigators last Saturday made sure the Warriors lead was a fluke after catapulting a 10-4 run at the end of the third quarter to lead by two, 47-45.
PCC pushed their game one notch higher in the fourth quarter after scoring five consecutive unanswered points to once again grab the lead by three, 50-47 with 7:43 left in the payoff period proving that they are not the league's whipping team.
"I told my players, no matter how weak the opponents may be, they shouldn't be complacent," returning coach Estrangero said after having a stint with the then BCF Shields (now UC Jaguars) in early 2000 and led the team to two final appearances in the men's basketball division of BBEAL.
The Admirals, having championship experience, slowly regained their composure and scored 11 unanswered points to finally put the game away 58-50 with 4:31 left in the fourth period.
"I think it is an eye-opener for us not to let our guards down because we almost collapsed in the third and fourth period because our team tried to relax," Estrangero said.
He added that they were surprised by the SLU team upsetting a supposed to be perfect season for the Admirals, which paraded the same lineup when it won the men's basketball championship against the University of Baguio (UB) last year.
As of this writing Monday, SLU was testing the waters against the UC Jaguars.
09-03-2008, 01:12 AM
This league can be a good source of future stars of the Baguio Victory!
09-03-2008, 07:08 AM
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Navigators hand Jaguars first loss in Bbeal
By Roderick Osis
COOLER heads prevailed when an almost free-for-all was about to ensue between both teams top scorer, as the Saint Louis University (SLU) Navigators remained unbeaten after four games handling the University of the Cordilleras (UC) Jaguars their first defeat in five outings 65-55 in the ongoing men's basketball of the Baguio-Benguet Educational Athletic League (Bbeal) at the jampacked UC gymnasium Monday afternoon.
Playing in their green and blue uniforms, it was a familiar sight for UAAP fans over Manila, having a touch of Baguio-based school as both universities cheered for their own schools, with the Jaguars donning their famous white and green uniform while the Navigators were wearing their famous blue and white jerseys.
Powered by their cheering squad, the Jaguars cruised to an early three-point lead at the opening buzzer courtesy of sweet shooting Jessie Tomlin.
But the Navigators, coming from a big win against the defending champion Cordillera Career Development College (CCDC) Admirals, found their rhythm to regain the lead and never looked back on the short stabs inside paint of Glen Torio and Carlo Orduña's to lead 12-6 with 6:42 left in the opening period.
And the Navigators made sure Jaguars' superstar Haynes Acdong and ace point guard John Carlos Domingo's numbers would be limited.
Acdong was limited to only 11 points, far from his 20-performance during their first four games where they ended up winners, including a win against the University of Baguio (UB) Cardinals, also a past champion in the annual meet.
Domingo, probably the most prolific point guard in the tournament, meanwhile was boxed in with only two points in the entire game on two free throws, with the SLU clamping him on defense.
The Navigators almost made the Jaguars look like varsity players whose basketball talent was left in their locker room, upending every run by UC as they dominated the end of the first half, 39-30.
SLU's Torio, Orduña, Joel Jimenez, and Alvin Simon Bustos then teamed up to erect a 13-point lead with 7:49 remaining in the third quarter while the Jaguars continued to miss their spot inside the hardwood with no answer from Acdong and Domingo.
Acdong almost carried the Jaguars on his shoulders to lead a late third-period surge trimming the lead by eight with 2:11 left in the third period after a Navigator foul earning him a three-point play in the action. Orduña then unleashed a three to regain a double-digit lead 52-42 with 1:35 left in the quarter.
With UC still down by eight in the payoff period, Jaguar Daryll Poblete then scored a three, cutting the lead to five erupting the interest of the Jaguars cheering squad, chanting UC Jaguars.
Domingo, who remained scoreless in the game took a rebound after a miss from the Navigators, pushed for the ball towards their court but was later fouled by Navigator John Ray Fernandez. Both teams were already in the penalty with 7:00 minutes remaining in the final period.
Domingo scored his first, and was his two points in the ballgame in the free throw area, to narrow the Navigator's lead to three, 52-49.
In the ensuing play, Poblete then stole the ball from SLU's Ramil Alimba who was later fouled. Poblete scored one of his two free throws and put the Jaguars within two, 52-50, 6:36 left in the ballgame.
SLU then called for a timeout, set up a play with Torio finishing an easy lay up to once again increase the lead to four, 54-50, 60 20 left in the clock.
Scores remained unchanged in almost two minutes of play when Poblete again scored an easy two from a Domino assist to put the Jaguars within two, 54-52, 4:30 left in the ballgame.
Orduña then answered a short stab inside the paint to once again increase the Navigator lead to four, 56-52, 3:51 left.
Acdong, whose team was almost at the losing end, took a loose ball after a miss from the arc by Tomlin, was fouled by Torio. Torio stretched his belly causing Acdong to be outbalanced causing a bad fall.
Acdong then threw a ball against Torio's face, which almost caused a melee inside the gymnasium, but cooler heads prevailed to stop an almost free for all with 2:01 left in the ballgame.
Both teams were given two technical fouls for the almost fracas with both Acdong and Torio missing one of their two free throws, with the Navigators enjoying a four-point lead, 58-54 in the fourth period.
Torio eventually fouled out with 1:25 left in the ballgame, but the game was already settled in favor of SLU by that time.
Orduña paced the Navigators with his game-high 18 points performance followed Torio's 17-point output. Jimenez and Bustos also chipped in 12 and 10 points, respectively.
The Jaguars was led by Tomlin's 12-point output, with Acdong contributing 11 points while John Paul Juralbal added seven points for the losing team.
09-17-2008, 06:39 AM
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Admirals, Jaguars rip rival in BBEAL games
By Roderick Osis
CORDILLERA Career Development College (CCDC) Admirals and University of the Cordilleras (UC) Jaguars scored one-sided games against separate foes in the ongoing Baguio-Benguet Educational Athletic League (BBEAL) late Monday afternoon.
The Jaguars, minus Haynes Acdong, proved too much for the winless Pines City Colleges Warriors, 96-49, to secure their seventh win in eight outings which could land them a twice-to-beat advantage going into the semifinals.
Jaguar head coach Florentino Luna said Acdong was mugged by still unknown assailants Friday afternoon along North Drive. Acdong got two stitches in the nape, but Luna assured the injury would be healed in time for the quarterfinals.
After trailing by two in the early going of the first quarter, the Jaguars relied on Jessie Tomlin scoring 11 in the opening period to pull UC to a 10-7 lead. They never looked back since then, ending the first period with a commanding 32-15 lead.
Sandy Perdido, fresh from his clutch three-point shooting in their last outing against the Admirals, led the Jaguars with 15 points. Three other Jaguars scored in double figure, with Tomlin and John Carlos Domingo chipping in 14 a piece and Napoleon's 13 points performance.
The Warriors were led by Adrianne Andres's 12 points production and slotman Edward Bulatao's 10.
In the second game, the Admirals ripped Philippine Military Academy (PMA), 92-65, to notch their fifth win against two defeats at the UC gymnasium.
The Admirals, coming off a defeat against the Jaguars, took control of the ball game after erecting a 10-point lead with 2:19 left in the opening bell.
CCDC then posted a 16-point lead to seal off a 47-31 advantage at the end of the first half and a 24 points lead at the end of the third period with most of CCDC's scorers sitting in the bench.
Harold Sabado led the Admirals en route to a 16-point output with Arthur Advincula and Michael Balgua's 14. Kirk Tamiray, the Admirals starting point guard, added 11.
The Cadets were paced by Karl Winston Cacanindin's 15 points, while Kendrich Pia added 11.
09-21-2008, 11:35 PM
it's good that there are already news from the Cordillera Region..good luck sa PCCL
09-26-2008, 06:31 AM
Friday, September 26, 2008
BBEAL braces for Final Four in men's basketball
By Roderick Osis
FAMILIAR names, unfamiliar ranks.
The present standing at the Baguio-Benguet Educational Athletic League (BBEAL) is Saint Louis University (SLU) 1st, University of the Cordilleras (UC) 2nd, Cordillera Career Development Center (CCDC) 3rd, and University of Baguio 4th.
It is an unfamiliar story in the BBEAL when the perennial best team is now ranked fourth and the defending champion at third.
Both teams were the best the league had to offer in last year's edition of the annual sports event.
The SLU Navigators will face many-time champion UB Cardinals with the Navigators having a twice-to- beat advantage after topping the elimination round in men's basketball.
And the Navigators have to work harder for them to get past the Cardinals.
"That is UB you're talking about and with a basketball tradition we all know so well," said SLU coach Robert Dacanay Wednesday during a press conference at the UC Training Center.
"Right now, all teams in the final four have an equal opportunity in bringing home the basketball crown but I think the hungrier team will win," Dacanay added.
The Cardinals meanwhile is plain lucky because they made it to the fourth spot after suffering a sorry loss against the UC Jaguars and the defending champion CCDC Admirals in the elimination.
"We're just lucky to be the fourth seed because we only have one veteran in Kevin Ighalo," Cardinals Asst. Coach Dionisio Tersero said.
UC amazingly is ranked second and has a twice to beat advantage over CCDC. UC comes off from a sixth place finish last year when it lost twice to the Philippine Military Academy (PMA).
"I am making adjustments for the team because Haynes (Acdong) is not yet 100 percent when we play the Admirals during the semifinals," Jaguars head coach Florentino Luna said.
All games will be played at the SLU gymnasium. Game time will be at 3:30 in the afternoon with the Navigators taking on the Cardinals followed by the Jaguars against the Admirals.
Games are already finished in the three allied sports which SLU won. SLU took the titles in chess and badminton and finally the second half of the table tennis when UB's top man was disqualified due to the lack of credentials. With the disqualification, SLU took its sixth title.
10-02-2008, 05:58 AM
Thursday, October 02, 2008
CCDC claims game one in BBEAL finals against SLU
By Roderick Osis
THE Cordillera Career Development College (CCDC) Admirals played experienced basketball in the extra period to strike first blood against the Saint Louis University (SLU) Navigators, 63 -56 in game one of their best-of-three Baguio-Benguet Educational Athletic League season 21 at the jam packed SLU Burgos Gym.
Harold Sabado was not his usual scoring machine during the game with Navigators defenders pulling him out of his comfort zone but scored 6 points from his total 16 points in overtime to give them the win.
The Admirals can wrap their second straight championship since joining the league in 2004, Thursday (October 2) at the CCDC Gymnasium.
"We must win it in game two," Admiral head coach Gerry Estraniero said with a coarse voice after the ball game who is poised to win his first collegiate championship coaching stint after failing to get one during his time at the Baguio Colleges Foundation (now UC Jaguars).
"But I'm not counting them out yet. We just need to work hard on Game 2," Estraniero added after the game.
There were at least six lead changes in the ball game with both teams leading by as high as six during regulation.
Both teams remained scoreless during the first four minutes of play until Navigator Mike Hipol scored the first basket in the ball game with 6:00 left in the first period and ended with a 13-7 SLU lead going into the second quarter.
The Navigators continue to impose their might against the Admirals to lead by five, 15-10 with 7:52 left in the period.
Kirk Tamiray and Micheal Balgua helped the CCDC cause to tie the ball game at 19 with 5:02 remaining in the second period.
"We were very fortunate our backups, our second stringers really stepped in and held the fort for us," added Estraniero.
The Admirals then took control of the remaining minutes of the first half to enjoy a four-point advantage at the end of the second period, 28-24.
SLU then rode on the back of Joel Jimenez, Alvin Simon Bustos, and Hipol to turn the table in the third period to lead by one, 33-34 with 5:18 left en route to a 40-43 lead at the end of the third canto.
When the final period began, the Navigators slowly worked on their offense and imposed a suffocating full court press but the Admirals just won't give in and even pulled a three-point, 46-43 lead with 5:38 remaining in the pay off period courtesy of Aquino's perimeter shooting.
Hipol then answered with a one-handed basket in the ensuing play to tie the ball game at 46, 5:12 remaining in the regulation then followed by another Ramil Alimba's two plus one in the free throw line committed by Admiral Michael Balgua.
The SLU crowd went gaga and cheered along after the Navigators posted a 48-53 lead with two minutes remaining but were later silenced by Sabado's trey to pull the Admirals within two, 51-53 with 1:35 remaining in the ball game.
Tamiray then pulled a quick two to tie the ball game with 1:08 remaining in regulation.
Both squads failed to convert in their possession sending the game into overtime.
The Admirals then pulled a 10-3 run in the extra period to seal their first victory in the series.
Only Admiral Sabado scored in double digit with his 16. Balgua, Tamiray, and Aquino contributed nine points a piece.
The Navigators on the other hand drew points from Jimenez, Bustos and Hipol contributing 9 points each.
Game 2 will be played at the CCDC gym Thursday at 3:30 in the afternoon.
10-05-2008, 08:51 AM
Sunday, October 05, 2008
CCDC takes BBEAL basketball crown
By Roderick Osis
IT WAS a championship made under pressure and no more tomorrow as the La Trinidad-based dribblers win their second championship since joining the Baguio-Benguet Educational Athletic League (BBEAL).
In a remarkable group effort by the band in orange, the Cordillera Career Development College Admirals pulled off a championship in their do or die match against the Saint Louis University, 79-65, and wrest the BBEAL Season 21 men's basketball crown Friday night at the jam-packed UC Gym.
The Admirals accomplished their return to glory by opting not to lean on one dominant performer and showing the same kind of heart that made them last year's top winner.
The CCDC had to work hard during the semis and defeated the UC Jaguars twice to advance in to the finals.
SLU, on the other hand, was waiting on the far end after disposing the UB Cardinals in their semi final series.
"We did not win this game in offense tonight, we won it at the defensive end," said CCDC coach Gerry Estraniero.
"We're a pretty intelligent team this year. We could actually execute defensive strategies that I've never been able to execute for other teams in CCDC. A lot of credit goes to the players for being dedicated to defense," he added.
"For a while there it did get a little bit scary at the end," said Estraniero. "But again, our defense held up as it has the entire year."
Harold Sabado fueled the Admirals comeback from a sluggish start by unloading 16 of his 36 points including four triples in the first period to lead CCDC by 13 at the end of the first period, 23-10.
At the end of the first half, the Admirals were riding high on as five point lead, 40-35.
"Coach Gerry only had one advice for us throughout the course of the series," Admirals shooting guard Sabado said. "Forget about everything, just play defense."
"Everybody just stepped up when they needed to and that's what got us here," he added.
And when his team needed a spark from their main man, Sabado gladly stepped into the limelight.
Sabado got support from the towering 6'1" Aaron Aquino who had a double-double performance for the Admirals with his 12 point production in the entire game including 11 rebounds.
"Coach just told us to work on our free throws and our defense," the beanpole Aquino said after the game.
Point guard Kirk Tamiray added seven points for the team but had seven big rebounds to go with his four assists.
Sabado contributed six rebounds including three steals and assist in the entire game. He was scoreless in the entire second period with the Navigator defenders pushing him out of his comfort zone.
05-16-2009, 07:11 AM
Two division cage tourney eyed in BBEAL
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
By Roderick Osis
HOST Cordillera Career Development College (CCDC) is eyeing a two-division basketball tournament in the upcoming Baguio-Benguet Educational Athletic League (BBEAL).
CCDC president James Malaya said a plan is being worked out for one division to feature the nine member schools, while the second is a tournament featuring the top four BBEAL teams against other teams from outside the BBEAL.
Malaya is optimistic it will be a good BBEAL season as his team is also working on possible sponsorships to bankroll the academic sports conclave. He said talks are now in the works with Manny V. Pangilinan, or MVP, who is one of the biggest sports benefactors in the country today.
"We are working on that, and I am considering other options for sponsors. However, with or without sponsor(s), I am optimistic of a better BBEAL season," he stressed.
This after the CCDC assumed leadership of the BBEAL Monday last week during the turnover ceremony at the University of the Philippines-Baguio where the latter passed on the mantle of hosting to the La Trinidad-based school.
"We will still wait for the outcome of out-of-town meeting of the technical committee on May 14 to put in outline our plans," said Malaya.
It will be the first time a Benguet school will host the BBEAL after the separation of CCDC and Benguet State University from the league's predecessor, the Baguio Benguet College Athletic Association in 1995. It will also be the sixth anniversary of the return of the Benguet schools to the league with CCDC again making the first move.
CCDC is the more proactive of the two Benguet schools having built up a strong basketball team, which saw it improve significantly in the five years it played in the league.
The Buyagan-based school was fourth during its maiden appearance, improved to third in the second, then played in the finals, but eventually lost to the University of Baguio.
The past two years saw the CCDC Admirals winning, first by beating longtime champion Cardinals of UB and repeated last year with a win over Saint Louis University despite placing third after the eliminations.
The UPB-hosted BBEAL saw also SLU winning the most golds followed by the first semester shutout of UB at second. The University of the Cordilleras took third spot followed by the Philippine Military Academy, Benguet State University, which came back three years ago, and CCDC.
The other school members of the league are Pines City College and Baguio Central University.
05-20-2009, 06:44 AM
BBEAL cage squads in thick preparation
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
WITH barely two months before the opening of the 23rd Baguio-Benguet Educational Athletic League (BBEAL), school members have started beefing up their line-ups, especially in their men's basketball teams.
Defending champion in the men's basketball tournament, Cordillera Career Development College (CCDC) athletic director Danny Soria said he is optimistic the CCDC Admirals will retain the basketball crown for the third year.
"It all boils down to preparation, and we are currently in [the] recruitment phase," Soria said over the weekend.
Soria added that any team in the BBEAL will have a fair chance in the basketball crown. "Any team can beat anybody," he said.
The defending champion will parade the same coaching staff including some of its veterans minus the prolific scorer on Harold Sabado who last donned his Admiral jersey during the 22nd season after finishing his five-year playing eligibility.
Saint Louis University and University of Baguio are also in their recruitment phase, with the University of the Cordilleras still looking for a replacement for Florentino Luna who was earlier sidelined.
It was learned UC is trying to woo back Luna, but it was not confirmed whether the latter will be back as the Jaguar tactician next season.
SLU, UB, UC, and CCDC comprise the big four in the men's basketball tournament, the centerpiece of the BBEAL.
But the University of the Philippines has another story to tell.
News broke out last week that the UP Maroons' men squad would take a rest from the centerpiece tournament of the league, but UP athletic director Epifania Claur laughed off the report, saying even her office does not know how the news cropped up.
Claur dismissed the issue, saying it was not true, and the UP maroons will go out in full force when the regional collegiate action resumes on August.
Sources from within UP on the other hand said the men's basketball would be suspended because the cost for the operation in the BBEAL is too high.
The UP Maroon squad is one of the cellar dwellers in the men's basketball placing seventh last season after posting a lone win against last placer Pines City Colleges. (With a report from Aryan Joy Busaing)
05-24-2009, 10:01 AM
BBEAL leadership eyes MVP sponsorship
Sunday, May 24, 2009
THE country’s number one sports benefactor is being tapped to sponsor the 23rd season of the Baguio Benguet Educational Athletic League (BBEAL) when it opens in August.
Host Cordillera Career Development College president James Malaya said he is optimistic it will be a good BBEAL season as his team is also working on possible sponsorships including that of Manny V. Pangilinan or MVP.
"We are working on that and I am considering other options for sponsors. However, with or without sponsor(s), I am optimistic of better BBEAL season," added Malaya.
This after CCDC assumed leadership of the BBEAL last month during a simple turnover ceremony at the University of the Philippines-Baguio where the latter passed on the hosting to the La Trinidad based school.
The UP hosted BBEAL also saw SLU winning the most golds, followed by the first semester shut out UB at second. The University of the Cordilleras took third spot, followed by the Philippine Military Academy, Benguet State University, which came back three years ago and CCDC.
The other school members of the league are Pines City College and Baguio Central University.
Malaya earlier said he is eyeing a two phase basketball season, with the first semester featuring the nine member schools disputing the BBEAL cage crown, the premiere event in the league.
By the second semester, he is projecting a tournament like event featuring the league's top four versus four teams from the outside the league.
It will be the second time a Benguet school will be host to the BBEAL after the separation of CCDC and Benguet State University from the league's predecessor, the Baguio Benguet College Athletic Association in 1995.
Likewise, it will be the sixth year anniversary of the return of the Benguet schools in the league with CCDC again making the first move. (Roderick Osis)
05-26-2009, 05:03 AM
BBEAL revises 22-year-old rule book
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
By Roderick Osis
SCHOOLS and universities, which intend to be members of the Baguio Benguet Educational Athletic League (BBEAL) may have to cough up P250,000 in order to join the 23-year-old collegiate league.
Cordillera Career Development College athletic director and BBEAL league commissioner Danny Soria said interested schools have to pay the amount before they can be admitted as member.
Soria added that a one year provisionary period will be given to new members before they will be fully accepted as legitimate members of the BBEAL.
“The technical committee decided to increase the membership fee because for the past 22 years a new member will have to pay only P50,000 for its registration,” Soria told Sun.Star.
Baguio College of Technology (BCT) has been itching to be the 10th member of the BBEAL but it has been sidelined for the past two years because of late application.
BCT may opt to join, according to Soria, if they can afford to pay the amount and agree to be on a probationary status before they will be welcomed into the league.
But this time, their membership remains in limbo after the technical committee composed of the nine athletic directors of the member schools including the board of directors composed of school and universities executives had decided to delay BCT’s membership again.
One issue raised by the board was the curriculum of BCT where more technical courses are being offered than baccalaureate courses compared to the nine member schools.
Baguio Central University, Benguet State University, CCDC, Philippine Military Academy, Pines City Colleges, Saint Louis University, University of Baguio, University of the Cordilleras, and the University of Baguio composed the nine BBEAL schools members.
Soria said the age limit for a participating athlete in all the sporting events was likewise lowered to 25 years old and below from the original limit of 26 years old.
“We followed this rule based on the rules of Prisaa games and Ched (Commission on Higher Education) Palaro on age restriction,” the CCDC athletic director said.
06-18-2009, 09:09 AM
BBEAL to finalize August opening
Sunday, June 14, 2009
THE technical committee of the Baguio Benguet Educational Athletic League (BBEAL) will meet anew to iron out minor troubles before the opening of the annual collegiate in August.
BBEAL league Commissioner and Cordillera Career Development College Athletic director Danny Soria told Sun.Star that the nine-member technical committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, June 16, to finalize the schedules and appointment of tournament director for the BBEAL.
Soria said they are expecting to finish the appointment of tournament directors and at the same time work out on the budget proposal of every game during the staging of the BBEAL.
“The meeting will also tackle the possible scheduling of games for the first phase and the second phase of the tournament,” Soria said.
Twenty sports disciplines are being lined up for this year after the inclusion of arnis as a regular sport in the tournament where it debuted as a demonstrative sport in 2008 where Philippine Military Academy bagging the overall crown.
Meanwhile, Soria said the membership of Baguio College of Technology (BCT) still hangs in air after the latter has not been following up their application as the tenth member of the BBEAL.
BCT has been applying for a seat in the BBEAL, but it was turned down last year because of its late application.
However, this year, the BBEAL leadership has decided to set aside the application of the school because of its academic program where most of the board questioned BCT's curriculum.
“I have not yet heard a word from BCT whether they are still interested in joining the league,” Soria said during the CCDC–UST exhibition match Thursday afternoon.
Soria said there have been no follow-up from BCT administrators if they are still joining the 23-year-old collegiate league, saying the school will always be welcome to join the premiere collegiate league in northern Luzon.
Baguio Central University, Benguet State University, CCDC, Philippine Military Academy, Pines City Colleges, Saint Louis University, University of Baguio, University of the Cordilleras, and the University of Baguio composed the nine BBEAL schools members. (Roderick Osis)
06-18-2009, 09:13 AM
BBEAL to enforce strict officiating
Thursday, June 18, 2009
By Roderick Osis
OFFICIATING will be very strict in the 23rd season of the Baguio Benguet Educational Athletic League basketball competition.
Commissioner Danny Soria has instructed the referees to be doubly strict on hard fouls which could endanger the lives and safety of players.
“We will not tolerate dirty players in this league, they would be immediately be ejected if we find them intentionally doing it," said Soria.
The Cordillera Career Development College athletic director explained that intentional fouls intended to hurt the opposing player takes the beauty away from the game and must be punished severely.
"There’s nothing wrong with being physical, but playing dirty is a different thing," said Soria, who added he will tap referees from the National Amateur Basketball Referees Organization (Nabro) to officiate the game.
Soria said they are still undertaking talks with the members of the Nabro-Baguio Chapter to officiate the BBEAL basketball games.
He added that referees will strictly enforce hand-checking to encourage honest defense and let them decide on blocking.
“The referees will call it as they see it, it’s up to them," said Soria.
The new league commissioner added two coaches from each team will now be allowed to stand up during matches.
“Before, only the head coach can stand up during the game. This year, we will allow two, the head coach and his head assistant," said Soria. “If we see a third person standing up, we will warn him. If we see another one committing that same offense, we will slap a technical foul on the team."
07-17-2009, 08:22 PM
No BCT for 23rd BBEAL
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
NINE schools will see action when the 23rd season of the Baguio Benguet Educational Athletic League (BBEAL) formally opens with host Cordillera Career Development College taking charge.
This came after Baguio College of Technology (BCT) failed to follow up its application in the region’s premiere collegiate league.
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“Their intent of joining the league may have waned because they have been following it up since the technical committee started to meet,” a member of the BBEAL’s technical committee said.
BCT should have been the 10th member of the 23-year-old league. It has been applying for a seat in the BBEAL, but was turned down last year because of its late application.
But this year, the BBEAL leadership has decided to set aside the application of the school because of its academic program where most of the board questioned BCT's curriculum.
Baguio Central University, Benguet State University, CCDC, Philippine Military Academy, Pines City Colleges, Saint Louis University, University of Baguio, University of the Cordilleras, and the University of the Philippines composed the nine BBEAL schools members.
The source said BCT may have a hard time coughing out with the P250,000 registration fee after the board has decided to increase the membership fee for the BBEAL.
The technical committee added that BCT might not be interested in being a member if they will be on a one year probationary period.
A provisionary member of the league is allowed to participate in all the sporting events but as guest team only with no effect on the over-standings.
BCT’s membership remained in limbo earlier after the technical committee composed of the nine athletic directors of the member schools including the board of directors composed of school and universities executives had decided to delay BCT’s membership again.
One issue raised by the board was the curriculum of BCT where more technical courses are being offered than baccalaureate courses compared to the nine member-schools. (Roderick Osis)
08-18-2009, 06:58 AM
BBEAL opening in full swing
Friday, August 14, 2009
By Roderick Osis
CLOSE to 200 athletes from the various universities and colleges in Baguio and Benguet are set to see action for the opening of the 23rd season of the Baguio–Benguet Educational Athletic League (BBEAL) at the Cordillera Career Development College.
CCDC president James Malaya said a lavish opening program for the 23rd season is all set. Tournament directors will open the annual games with a traditional butchering of pigs including indigenous performances on the 19th.
“We’re all ready and raring to go for the opening,” Malaya said during the weekly Kapihan forum.
Malaya will declare the game opening come Aug. 19 during the program which will also have a simple awarding of last year’s champion in the various sports disciplines.
At the same time a Kabayan Bendian Dance will also highlight the opening program showcasing the province’s rich heritage and culture.
In recognition to Baguio City as an educational center in northern Luzon, Malaya noted “we, in the private education sector, were inspired to do more for the total development of our youth not only mentally and morally but also physically."
Basketball action opens after the opening program with defending champion CCDC gunning for its third title against Benguet State University after the opening rights.
Volleyball games on the other hand will open its games on August 21 with defending champion University of the Cordilleras' men's and women's team set to start their title retention campaign.
Archery and sepak takraw will be played simultaneously on September 19 to 20 at the University of the Cordillera's gymnasium.
Badminton, will also be played on September 12-13 also at the UC covered courts while table tennis will be held at UP on September 26 and 27.
Chess will close the first half of the league which will be played on September 19, 20, and 27 at the University of Baguio.
Nineteen sports disciplines are currently lined up for this year after the inclusion of arnis as a regular sport in the tournament where it debuted as a demonstrative sport in 2008 where Philippine Military Academy bagged the overall crown.
Other members of the BBEAL are Baguio Central University, Pines City Colleges, Saint Louis University, University of Baguio, and University of the Philippines Baguio.
08-18-2009, 07:01 AM
BBEAL assures no game rigging in basketball tilt
Saturday, August 15, 2009
By Roderick Osis
WHILE the University Athletic Association of the Philippines and the National Collegiate Athletic Association has yet to deal with the issue on basketball game fixing, the local sporting colligate association is taking steps to avoid it in its centerpiece tournament.
The Baguio–Benguet Educational Athletic League (BBEAL) Thursday morning said they will take a strong action against game fixing and to remain “vigilant against any form of cheating” in varsity sports.
Cordillera Career Development College (CCDC) athletic director Danny Soria, whose school is hosting this year’s 23rd BBEAL season said the league had consistently been against game fixing or any other form of cheating in holding basketball competitions and all the other sporting events.
“We will not tolerate nor condone game fixing. We police our ranks and we will deal with any such incident with a firm hand,” Soria said.
This year’s edition of the BBEAL kicks off with the men’s basketball competition on August 19 after a lavish opening at the CCDC Gymnasium.
Game fixing, which includes such machinations as point shaving, has caught up in the UAAP and the NCAA; the money involved reaches hundreds of millions; and both collegiate athletic organizations are helpless in their bid to stop the illegal activities.
“As far as the BBEAL is concern, we have never experienced or have learned any suspicion about game fixing among our ranks,” Soria added.
“There have been no reports or hints of game-fixing in the past 22 years,” he continued.
Even University of the Cordillera’s athletic director Yul Benosa agreed with Soria’s premise saying game fixing involves huge amounts of money and BBEAL schools have no money rig games.
“Game fixing involves huge amounts of money and the BBEAL in particular does not have this amount of money for them to be in a status where they can fix the games,” Benosa said.
He added that although gambling happens among bettors, alumni of the big universities also participate in betting for their alma matter which accounts for the circulation of huge amounts of money.
“But we need to be vigilant. It's said this is just college basketball and we hope our league comes clean of this,” he said.
Soria meanwhile said in their effort to make the basketball tournament free from any controversies, the National Amateur Basketball Referees organization was tapped to oversee the officiating.
The BBEAL technical committee earlier appointed Antonio del Monte as commissioner of the men's and women's basketball tournament in an effort to enforce strict officiating in the league's center piece tournament.
The local Nabro will call the shots during the elimination phase of the tournament and will have reinforcement from the national pool during the semifinals and championship match.
It can be recalled that referees from the Basketball Association of the Philippines drew the ire of several BBEAL member schools because of alleged call inconsistencies.
The move is aimed to enforce strict officiating in the 23rd season of the BBEAL basketball competition.
08-18-2009, 07:04 AM
Management group eyed in BBEAL
Monday, August 17, 2009
By Roderick Osis
IN ITS effort to maximize the exposure of the Baguio–Benguet Educational Athletic League (BBEAL), host Cordillera Career Development College president James Malaya is eyeing a management group to market the 23-year-old collegiate league.
Malaya said in terms of marketability, BBEAL has a lot of catching up to do with regards to its counterpart in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines and the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
“We need to market BBEAL because right now, sponsors shun away from our event despite being one of the largest collegiate association north of Manila,” Malaya said.
In sustaining the BBEAL which has a great potential, Malaya expressed the need for more financial support from local officials. He admitted that to date, the group depends on contributions and donations from those who have passion for sports.
Seeing the need for a more efficient handling of sports events, he conveyed the idea of coming up with a sports management group which would handle marketing, organization of sports events not only limited to BBEAL.
Malaya expressed optimism that once the sports management group is in place; BBEAL would finally reap what it aims to achieve in reaching out to sports supporters in the region.
“Right now, the BBEAL is hard pressed in asking for sponsorships from multi-national companies because of the lack of the exposure they can get in return when they sponsor one of our events, like the basketball tournament,” Malaya continued.
Malaya said the objective of the sports management group is to provide the advice needed to achieve their sporting and financial goals. This will recognize BBEAL's needs and develops its strategies to maximize its potential as a sporting event.
The sports management group will also provide access to additional associates who will include financial advisors, who can offer help and advice on how to maximize income and plan for the future, and also to solicitors who provide specialist legal advice.
Malaya said during a weekly forum that the sports management group came about because of the growing need for a BBEAL management group that will be the marketing arm of the collegiate league.
08-21-2009, 05:40 AM
SLU scores first win in BBEAL opening
Thursday, August 20, 2009
By Roderick Osis
SAINT Louis University (SLU) opened the Baguio–Benguet Educational Athletic (BBEAL) league with a big bang dismantling their rivals in the men’s and women’s basketball tournament, which opened at the CCDC gymnasium Wednesday afternoon.
The SLU Navigators, last year’s runner up in the men’s basketball, scored a big win against Bonifacio neighbor Baguio Central University (BCU) Eagles, 73-64, as it sets its motion for their first ever title in the 23-year-old league.
After a 0-2 deficit, the Navigators blasted the Eagles with a 25–6 run at the end of the first period as it wrested the lead for good and was never threatened except in the goings of the fourth quarter.
“So far yung gelling ng team is starting to work kasi karamihan ng mga players ko eh bago sa team,” said Coach Robert Dacanay after the ball game.
Dacanay meanwhile said he’s hoping this will be the year for the Navigators to win a title in the centerpiece tournament of the region’s largest collegiate league. The SLU squad still has to hold the championship trophy.
“Right now I’m still hoping kasi if you’re no longer hoping it only mean’s that you’re also losing hope,” Dacanay added.
The Navigator mentor added only two players in his roster are in their third year while three are sophomores with most of his wards are seeing action in their freshman year.
Dacanay’s ward then came up with a 14–6 run with 2:27 remaining in the first half of the ball game before closing the second period with a commanding 40-22 advantage.
SLU then limited BCU to only 17 points in the third period while the Navigators had a field day of scoring the basket for a 61–39 lead at the end of the third canto.
But the Eagles slowly narrowed the Navigator lead with a 23 – 11 blast for a 72–62 count with barely 1:14 left in the ball game after Dacanay rested most of his starters in the game.
The Eagles then failed to convert two successive fast break points which could have narrowed the lead to six and then time expired.
“I told my boys na kung gusto kung dikdidkin yung laro, I could have used my usual 8-9 man rotation but I just wanted all the players to feel the game. Luckily for us medyo malayo na yung lamang naming,” he added.
The Lady Navigators also registered their first win after easily disposing the Pines City Colleges lady Warriors with an 84–32 win.
Also winning in the women’s contest is host Cordillera Career Development College Lady Admirals against University of the Philippines Lady Maroons, 53–35. But the Fighting Maroons bounced backed from their counterpart in the distaff after disposing the Warriors with a 64–59 win.
As of this writing, defending champion CCDC Admirals are playing neighbor Benguet State University Wildcats at the former’s gymnasium.
08-22-2009, 06:58 AM
Four games in BBEAL Saturday
Friday, August 21, 2009
By Roderick Osis
UNIVERSITY of Baguio and the University of the Cordilleras debut Saturday when action resumes in the 23rd season of the Baguio-Benguet Educational Athletic League (BBEAL) in the men’s and women’s basketball action.
The UB Cardinals will open the four games scheduled at the SLU gymnasium, which starts at 11 a.m. as it battles Benguet State University Wildcats in men’s action.
Also in the four game bill is the UC Jaguars facing the Baguio Central University Eagles in the 4 p.m. encounter.
The Jaguars, last year’s third runner–up, will be joined in the bench by John Carlo Domingo and Haynes Acdong, but this time the two will call the shots for the team as head coach and assistant coach respectively.
Domingo and Acdong were last year’s core of the team where the former was the court general while the latter was among their top scorer during the 22nd season.
It was earlier reported UC took in the services of former PBA player Boy Samson, but he was taken on a day-to-day basis. However, UC instead took the services of Domingo and Acdong as part of their rebuilding program.
Another opening day winner, Saint Louis University Lady Navigators will try to gun for their second win in the tournament when they face the BSU Lady Wildcats at 1 p.m.
Defending champion UB Lady Jaguars meanwhile open their title retention bid in the women’s side when they face opening day winner Cordillera Career Development College Lady Admirals at 2:30 p.m.
Nineteen sports disciplines are currently lined up for this year after the inclusion of arnis as a regular sport in the tournament where it debuted as a demonstrative sport in 2008.
08-24-2009, 09:29 AM
Jaguars claw hapless Eagles
Saturday, August 22, 2009
By Roderick Osis
UNIVERSITY of the Cordilleras (UC) Jaguars bucked poor free throw shooting to repulse a hapless Baguio Central University (BCU) Eagles, 92–61, in the ongoing Baguio–Benguet Educational Athletic League (BBEAL) men’s basketball at the Saint Louis University (SLU) gymnasium Friday afternoon.
The win also saw the debut of John Carlo Domingo as head coach for the Jaguars who was assigned only last month as bench tactician.
“I'm still nervous because I'm still making big adjustments, as I am a player and I have a lot to do,” Domingo said after the ball game.
The Eagles took an early flight in the ball game battling tooth and nail against the Gov. Pack based squad ending the opening period with a three point deficit, 18–15.
Powered by Rogelio Caya’s 15 points in the ball game, the Jaguars zoomed ahead in the second quarter and posted a 37-27 lead at the turn and a 47-27 advantage at the start of the third quarter where the Gov. Pack-based university put up a gallant stand.
“Our freethrow shooting was just bad," added Domingo. “But the positive thing here is we can show we can beat our opponent if we work together."
At the start of the fourth period, the Jaguars practically nailed the win against the Eagles who suffered their second setback in two games after being flushed by SLU Navigators in Wednesday’s opening game.
UC enjoyed a 30 point advantage with a 75–45 count, 7:31 left in the ball game with their hot shooting from the three-point line.
Seven Jaguars answered the call for the debuting Domingo who scored in double digit led by Caya who took the point guard position from the former.
Veteran Sandy Perdido and newcomer Jesus La Pena chipped in 14 points apiece with Victor Aaron Meram contributing 13 points while Jeremy Balagot, John Paul Jularbal, and Gerald Austria chipping ten points apiece.
“Most of the team members are rookies so I told them to do what we do during practice,” Domingo said, with eight in his rooster newcomers with most of them are 18 years old and below while only five are hold-overs from last year’s tournament.
BCU was lead by Karl Balingdan’s game high 22 points with Alloy De Fiesta and Christian Datic scoring 14 and 10 points apiece.
08-25-2009, 12:27 PM
Rookie Jordan topbills Navigators’ second win
Monday, August 24, 2009
By Roderick Osis
SAINT Louis University (SLU) used a stifling defense to score a 116-54 rout of University of the Philippines (UP) in the ongoing 23rd Baguio–Benguet Educational Athletic League (BBEAL) at the UC gymnasium Saturday afternoon.
Defense helped the Navigators post their second triumph in two matches and pushed them on top of the team standings tied with Cordillera Career Development College (CCDC).
Sixteen-year-old rookie Jayson Jordan fired a game high 22 points in the ball game to lead the Navigators in burying the helpless Fighting Maroons.
Four Navigators answered the call for coach Robert Dacanay who scored in double digits while 11 in its roster contributed for the blowout against the Fighting Maroons who were unable to solve SLU’s midcourt trapping defense.
After a 6-3 advantage at the start of the first quarter, the Navigators unleashed a 9-1 run to take control of the ball game before closing the period with a 29-7 lead.
“I didn't expect the game to turn out this way. They played bad and we didn't," said Dacanay who limited UP to only 22 points in the first half while the Navigators piled up 52 points.
SLU, enjoying a 30 point advantage at the close of the first half, limited UP to only 18 points in the third quarter while the Navigator’s quintuplet fired 35 points for a 40–87 lead at the turn of the fourth period.
Mike Hipol contributed 11 for the Navigators with Adriane Pineda and Edison Ang chipping in 10 points each. Mainstays Alvin Simon Bustos and Albert Carbonel added 9 points each while Carlo Orduña closed the ball game with 8 points.
Gerard Ursabia led the Fighting Maroons’ cause with 20 points while JP Padilla contributed 16.
Earlier, defending champion CCDC Admirals pulled a lopsided victory against winless Pines City Colleges Warriors, 96–46, to join the Navigators with a clean 2-0 slate.
09-06-2009, 08:36 AM
Cardinals, Jaguars in crucial square off
Saturday, September 5, 2009
A VERY dangerous title-seeking University of Baguio (UB) Cardinals will target the solo leadership Saturday when they face University of the Cordilleras (UC) Jaguars in the 27th Baguio–Benguet Educational Athletic League (BBEAL) men’s basketball tournament at the UB gymnasium.
If successful in their 4 p.m. match, the Cardinals will gain their fifth straight win and hand the Jaguars their first loss after four games in the race for the final four before the quarter finals.
Cardinal Klyarhil Elefante will be a marked man when they face the Gov. Pack-base squad which has been consistently shooting from the outside giving head coach Joel Flores’ big men a heave of relief in the inside paint.
Aside from Elefante, Billy Boado, Kevin Orduña, Richard Bilibli, and Alvin Alindoza is also expected to draw big numbers for the Cardinals.
But newcomer Jaguar coach Carlo Domingo will have to make big adjustments on defense when they face the Assumption-based squad.
“We will try to check their shooting and be more aggressive on both sides of the court,” Domingo said earlier.
The former point guard turned tactician for the Jaguars will rely on the steady plays of John Paul Juralbal and Victor Aaron Meram with the help of team captain Sandy Perdido, sophomore Randy Caya and Jeremy Balagot.
Both teams are fresh from lopsided wins their last outings against separate rivals with the Cardinals winning against the Baguio Central University (BCU) Eagles while the Jaguars easily disposed the Benguet State University Mustangs.
Meanwhile, defending champion Cordillera Career Development College Admirals face lowly BCU Eagles at 5:30 pm also at the UB gymnasium.
Winless Pines City Colleges Warriors and BSU Musangs collide at 1 p.m. also in men’s basketball action while the UC Lady Jaguars guns for their fifth win when they face the Lady Musangs at 2:30 p.m. in the distaff side. (Roderick Osis)
09-08-2009, 09:13 AM
Cardinals down toothless Jaguars
Monday, September 7, 2009
By Roderick Osis
UNIVERSITY of Baguio (UB) rolled to its fifth straight win with a 99–84 romp over University of the Cordilleras (UC) to stay unbeaten in the men’s basketball of the Baguio–Benguet Educational Athletic League (BBEAL) at the former’s turf.
Billy Boado powered his way to 19 points to lead the Cardinals charges including a 20–0 spurt late in the third quarter to solidify their number one position in the eight team tournament.
“Our game plan is to be aggressive on the defensive end to eventually exhaust their point guards, luckily we were able to execute what we planned in our defense,” Cardinal head coach Joel Flores told Sun.Star.
From a 58–49 advantage with 6:36 remaining in the third period, the Assumption based squad unleashed a 20-3 run to end the third period with a whooping 78–52 advantage going into the fourth period.
“We want to continue getting better, continue to play as a team because this is already the homestretch,” added Flores whose team is off to a good start after disposing defending champion Cordillera Career Development College two weeks ago.
From a 19-18 advantage at the end of the first period, the Cardinals piled up on points courtesy of Boado, Darwin Balmores, Kevin Orduña, Klayhril Elefante, and Alvin Alindoza to enjoy a 48–37 advantage.
With the start of the third period, the Cardinals finally buried the Jaguars with no answer on the latter’s offensive end.
“The boys played sharp and we're getting to the level where we want the team to be," added Flores.
The Cardinals also used sharp perimeter shooting and vaunted inside game to book their 5th straight triumph in as many games where they led the entire ball game.
UB also dominated the Jaguars in all departments especially in rebounds grabbing 52 boards compared to UC’s 21.
Balmores had a monstrous game from the inside chipping in 16 points for the Cardinals while Elefante was his usual self firing 15 points including four triples while Alindoza and Richard Bilibli contributing 14 points apiece.
Orduña also added 10 points including seven assists in the ball game.
Victor Meram led the Jaguars with his 17 points getting help from John Paul Juralbal adding 15 points who was fouled out with 3:39 left in the ball game.
Sandy Perdido added 13 for the Jaguars including 4 blocks while Rogelio Caya came in with 12 points. Jopson Dail and Gerald Austria added 10 points each.
Earlier, the UC Lady Jaguars pulled the rug against Benguet State University Musang, 74–48, to win their fifth consecutive win in the women’s basketball.
After being down by three at the end of the second period, 26 – 29, the Lady Jaguars went to work on their defense then smoothly had their offense on the other end gaining them the solo leadership in the tournament.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 8, 2009.
09-10-2009, 05:56 AM
Admirals, Jaguars hope to improve semis bids
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
By Roderick Osis
CORDILLERA Career Development College (CDCC) and the University of the Cordilleras clash Wednesday with the winner earning a slight edge for a possible twice to beat advantage as the race for the semis gets tighter in the men’s basketball of the 23rd Baguio-Benguet Educational Athletic League (BBEAL).
Currently tied and bunched at a 4-1 win loss record with Saint Louis University (SLU), the Admirals and the Jaguars are expected to go all out in order to gain at least a slight edge over each other heading into the final stretch of the elimination round.
Both teams square off at 4 in the afternoon at the Admirals home court with seeking to avenge their loss in last year’s men’s tournament.
“We beat them last year but things are different now so we have to be ready on how they will adjust," Jaguars head coach Carlo Domingo said.
Jaguars won in last years’ elimination round with the latter having a twice to beat advantage in the semis.
The Admirals then won twice in the semi-final round led by last year’s Most Valuable Player Harold Sabado to retain their crown in men’s basketball against SLU in their best of three series.
But things look different for both squads now with the departure of Sabado after finishing his playing years in the collegiate league while Domingo is back with the Jaguars this time as a head coach.
Admiral head coach Jerry Estraniero earlier admitted the team is young but he is liking his chances now even without the prolific scoring machine in Sabado.
“We have a young team except for Aaron Aquino, Kirk Tamiray, and Micheal Balgu, but so far, the other rookies give out a good performance,” Estraniero said in an earlier interview.
CCDC athletic director Danny Soria remains upbeat of their chances in retaining the championship in the centerpiece tournament of the league.
"It all boils down to preparation. Any school can win; but I think we like our chances," said Soria earlier.
Meanwhile, Baguio Central University Eagles square off with University of the Philippines – Baguio Fighting Maroons in the second game scheduled at 5:30 in the afternoon.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 10, 2009.
09-11-2009, 04:41 AM
Jaguars escape Admirals
Thursday, September 10, 2009
By Roderick Osis
UNIVERSITY of the Cordilleras Jaguars marched to its fifth win against a depleted Cordillera Career Development College Admirals, 75-66, in season 23 of the BBEAL men’s basketball at the Admirals home turf.
The Jaguars leaned on John Paul Juralbal in the second period to rally the Gov. Pack-based squad after a one point deficit at the end of the first period, 15–16, unleashing three treys to secure a ten point advantage at the close of the first half.
From then on, the Jaguars never looked backed, sealing the number two spot in the men’s basketball standing.
“I just told them to step up their guard because they will be the one to set up their big guys and luckily my defenders were able to respond,” a jubilant coach John Carlo Domingo said in a post game interview.
But after enjoying a ten point deficit, the Jaguar’s shooting from the outside went sour with Juralbal being silenced from the three point arc on a five off shooting from the outside.
With big man Aaron Aquino sidelined after incurring an injury during a pre–game warm up against the Jaguars, Admiral Kirk Tamiray practically carried the home team to narrow down the lead by three, 47-44, with 4:25 remaining in the third period. He also drew support from Jun Mark Mendoza, Michael Balgua, and Ian Lumba.
“Our lineup is already depleted that’s why we were not able to cope with the Jaguars’ defense,” said Admiral head coach Gerry Estraniero who will miss the service of two Aquinos in Aaron and Aries after the former suffered an accident during their warm–up, while the younger Aries will be sidelined for the entire season after injuring his right foot in their game against the UB Cardinals.
The Jaguars practically held the Admirals at bay ending the third period with a 52–49 advantage, with UC’s Victor Meram and Gerard Austria answering the call for the Gov. pack-based squad.
UC then doused cold water on the Admirals’ offense in the fourth quarter preventing any run and keeping the lead by four. The spread was upped by ten at 72–62 with 2:59 remaining.
Meram led the Jaguars with a game high of 23 points while Austria chipped in 18 points. Juralbal and Sandy Perdido chipped in 13 points each.
Mendoza paced the defending champions with 17 points while Tamiray added 13.
Meanwhile, the University of Baguio Cardinals will put their unblemished 5-0 record at stake when they face neighbor Saint Louis University Navigators in a crucial game at the latter’s home court.
With game time scheduled at 5:30 pm today, expect both squads to go all out with the Cardinals aiming for win number 6 while the Navigators try to shake off rust coming from a four day rest.
The Navigators will eye an upset against the number one Cardinals. The former’s win will dislodge the latter from the number 1 spot while a loss by SLU would place them at third place behind the Jaguars.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 11, 2009.
09-12-2009, 08:43 AM
Navigators escape Cardinals’ rally
Friday, September 11, 2009
By Roderick Osis
SAINT Louis University shot (SLU) the lights against the University of Baguio (UB) Cardinals, 73-68 keeping its hope alive for a possible twice to beat advantage for the semifinals in the ongoing men’s basketball of Baguio–Benguet Educational Athletic League (BBEAL) season 23.
The Navigators almost bamboozled a 63–46 advantage at the turn of the fourth period, as the Cardinals slowly regroup to start an 11-0 blitz narrowing down the Navigators lead to 11, 68-57, with 4:11 remaining in the fourth period.
The Bonifacio squad had to make do with the early departure of its court general in John Carlo Orduña with 6:41 minutes remaining in the pay-off period, enjoying a 68-55.
UB then had another 10-2 run as it finally caught up with the Navigators lead to three, 70-67 with 1:30 remaining in the clock.
With the Navigators failing to convert in the ensuing plays, the Cardinals earned another point in the free throw lane courtesy of Rogelio Basto but was unable to convert its second free throw for a 70-68 count.
UB’s Richard Bilibli then went for the rebound of a Basto miss but babied his shot for a possible game tying point with only 58 seconds left in the ball game.
SLU’s Albert Carbonell then missed his two free throws in the ensuing play allowing the Cardinals to secure the ball but Basto was unable to secure of the ball.
Alvin Simon Bustos then took charge scoring one out of two in his free throw for a 71–68 count.
Mike Hipol then secured the rebound from a Bustos’ miss to seal SLU’s fifth win in six tries dealing the Cardinals their first loss in six outings.
SLU’s Carbonell paced his team with his 17 points while John Carlo Orduña and Bustos added 15 points each.
Boado and Bilibli chipped in 14 points apiece for the Cardinals while Kevin Orduña added 11. Sweet shooting guard Klayrhil Elefante was limited to only 7 points making only one from the three point arc on a 1 of 10 shooting clip from beyond the arc.
With the win, the Navigators dislodged the University of the Cordilleras Jaguars at second place. Incidentally, the three teams have identical 5-1 win loss slate.
But SLU’s place remains uncertain when they face the depleted Cordillera Career Development College Admirals at the latter’s homecourt on Saturday at 3 p.m.
UB has automatically clinched the number one spot for a twice to beat advantage in the semis.
A win by the defending champion Admirals would relegate the Navigators to fourth place in the over-all ranking but a win by SLU would pull them safe for the second spot and enjoy a twice to beat advantage going into the semifinals.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 12, 2009.
09-13-2009, 06:22 AM
Jaguars claims sixth vs fightless Maroons
Saturday, September 12, 2009
By Roderick Osis
UNIVERSITY of the Cordilleras claimed its sixth victory with ease, 121-33, against the University of the Philippines Baguio as it kept its hope alive for a twice to beat advantage in the semifinals of the ongoing Baguio-Benguet Educational Athletic League (BBEAL) men's basketball.
The Jaguars fended off the Fighting Maroons right at the start of the ball game carving out a 35-4 advantage at the close of the first period practically sealing their sixth win in seven games and solidifying their number three spot in the team standings.
The Fighting Maroons first basket in the ball game came with less than two minutes of the opening quarter courtesy of JP Padilla who led UP with his 11 points in the ball game.
Jaguars John Paul Juralbal and Jesus La Peña teamed up for their 17 points apiece including four triples for the rookie La Peña.
Sandy Perdido chipped in 15 points with Victor Meram adding 11 points for the home team while Rogelio Caya and seldom used Jopson Dail contributed 10 points apiece.
But all is not loss for the Jaguars with Saint Louis University and Cordillera Career Development College battling it out for position when they face each other at the CCDC gymnasium.
The Navigators are currently occupying the number two spot after defeating the Cardinals Thursday, 73-68.
A loss by the Navigators to the Admirals in their 3 pm tip off would push UC to number two after beating both teams with CCDC claiming the number three position while SLU would be pushed down to number four.
A win by SLU however, would make way for a UB-SLU in the 1-2 position of the team standings with UC at number three while men's basketball defending champion Admirals at number four.
The depleted Admirals had to work double time after losing two Aquino's in their line up in Aaron and Aries. The younger Aries broke his ankle while Aaron is said to dislocate his shoulder.
"Right now, it's still not within our hands. It could have been better if everything fell into place but right now, we are still depending on other teams," said Jaguars tactician Carlo Domingo.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 13, 2009.
09-13-2009, 04:01 PM
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09-15-2009, 06:50 AM
Navigators sneak past Admirals in OT
Monday, September 14, 2009
SAINT Louis University (SLU) did not mind the five extra minutes to repulse a fighting Cordillera Career Development College, 80–78, clinching the second spot for a twice to beat advantage going into the semis of the 23rd Baguio-Benguet Educational Athletics League (BBEAL) men’s basketball.
Joel Jimenez unleashed a monstrous performance in the ball game to lead the Navigators with his game high 30 points, 18 in the second half including six triples.
“I really challenge Joel to step up in his game because I know his capability as a player,” Navigator head coach Robert Dacanay said after conquering the Admirals, their tormentor in last year’s men’s basketball championship.
The visiting Navigators could have won the game in regulation but Alvin Simon Bustos missed the game winning shot after a 72 all count with barely 2 seconds left in the ball game.
“Defense was the key. I told them to be aggressive on the defensive end because we can never win against the Admirals if we don’t work on our defense,” added Dacanay.
SLU scored a 19-12 advantage at the end of the first period but the home team leaned on veteran play maker Kirk Tamiray and Jun Mark Mendoza to regain the lead by a point at the end of the second period for a 37-38 count.
The defending champion paced the third quarter leading all the way down the last three minute mark with Arthur Advincula and Giron Lumba doing most of the damage for the Admirals posting a single point edge, 46-47 advantage.
But Jimenez was a loaded gunner for the Navigators who carried SLU back to lead with a 50–49 count then padded the lead at the end of the third quarter, 56–49.
SLU continued its defensive prowess against the home team but Admiral Lumba proved unstoppable in the inside slowly bringing the CCDC team to life.
Mendoza and Lumba then fired series of runs to narrow down SLU’s lead 68–63 with 4:09 remaining in the game.
The Navigators went scoreless for a time as the Admirals kept stalking the visiting squad for a 70–67 count with less than two minutes left in regulation before Lumba unleashed a triple for a 72–70 count 1:32 remaining.
SLU failed to convert in the ensuing play allowing the Admirals to set up their offense.
Mendoza missed an isolation play with less than 30 seconds left but Lumba grabbed the rebound and was eventually fouled.
Lumba then coolly sank both charities for a 62 all count with 20:16 left in the ball game with Bustos missing the game winning basket.
Jimenez drew help from Carlo Orduña contributing 10 points while Albert Carbonel chipped in 13 points.
Mendoza and Lumba paced the Admirals with their 22 and 20 points respectively while Advincula and Tamiray chipped in 15 and 10 points each.
Earlier, the University of Baguio Cardinals closed their elimination game with a 93–57 rout of winless Pines City College Warriors.
Billy Boado led the Cardinals with his 16 points while Richard Bilibli and Kevin Orduña added 11 and ten points apiece. (Roderick Osis)
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 15, 2009.
09-25-2009, 11:46 AM
Big three braces for BBEAL final four
Thursday, September 24, 2009
By Roderick Osis
THE city’s big three universities start their final four quest at the resumption of the 23rd Baguio–Benguet Educational Athletic League (BBEAL) in women's basketball.
University of the Cordilleras, Saint Louis University, and University of Baguio are the three contenders in the final four slots in that order while Benguet State University earned a ticket to the semifinal round escaping neighbor Cordillera Career Development College’s attempt to grab a slot.
UC Lady Jaguars and the SLU Navigatresses enjoy a twice to beat advantage in the semifinal round which starts today at the UC gymnasium while UB Cardinals and the BSU Lady Wildcats needing to win twice for an assured final slot.
The Lady Jaguars after posting a perfect 7-0 win loss record will face BSU in their 3:30 match while the Navigatresses and the Lady Cardinals face off at 5 in the afternoon.
Despite being the number one team in the BBEAL women's basketball, coach Alvin Santos sees slight chances of winning the championship.
“Right now we're taking it one game at a time, we need to win every game and when the championship comes and we win it, that's when we can say that we are a strong team,” said the first time Lady Jaguars coach.
Santos despite blowing away the Lady Wildcats the last time out, is not discounting the possibility of an upset considering BSU was able to pull the rug against the CCDC during the step ladder quarterfinals series.
CCDC Lady Admirals enjoyed a twice to beat advantage over the Lady Musangs after placing fourth in the standings but was unlucky in the two games bowing out of contention in the final four.
SLU and UB will also renew their rivalry on the hardcourt with defending champion Lady Cardinals in a two game must win situation to defend their crown after dethroning the former in last year's three game finale.
The Lady Navigators took the number two spot in the standing after defeating the Lady Cardinal in last week’s elimination games at the latter's home turf.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 25, 2009.
09-26-2009, 11:33 AM
UB, SLU in twice to beat advantage
Friday, September 25, 2009
SAME name but unfamiliar territories.
University of Baguio (UB) Cardinals will enjoy a twice to beat advantage when they face tormentor Cordillera Career Development College Admirals when action resumes in the 23rd Baguio-Benguet Educational Athletic League (BBEAL) men’s basketball.
The Cardinals will try to exact revenge against the Admirals after the La Trinidad based squad dethroned the many time champion from Assumption Road in the 2007 edition of the collegiate meet.
The Final Four matchup between top seed UB and lower-ranked defending champion CCDC will somehow bring back memories of their final showdown in 2007.
Back then, the Cardinals finished first at the end of eliminations and the Admirals, third. They eventually met in the finals and the underdog squad from La Trinidad stunned the favored UB, 2-0, after dropping the series opener.
To some, history could repeat itself, the “Ghost of 2007" could haunt the Assumption-based team yet again.
“We could not really live in the past anymore and it is irrelevant. They are completely different teams from 2007. Players present at that time are no longer in the team and have moved on with their careers," said UB head coach Joel Flores who was at the helm when they lost to the Admirals.
UB had even a dismal third place in last year’s season, but the Cardinals bounced back from that sorry performance as they now reclaim the number one basketball team on this side of the country they held almost 19 years ago since the league started.
“Our preparation against the Admirals will be the same as our last games," said Flores, whose wards enjoy the twice to beat advantage in this semis pairing.
“We are just going to make sure we are prepared for whatever defense they employ and how we are going to attack it."
As the No. 1 team, the Cardinals enjoy the twice-to-beat incentive in the final four, meaning they can afford to drop the first game today and still make it to the best-of-three finals by winning the second game on September 27.
But knowing Flores and Co., the Cardinals will definitely prefer to take the short route to the finals.
Unless the upset-conscious Admirals, coming off a two-game slump in the eliminations, spoil their plans the way they did in 2007.
In the 5 p.m. game, second seeded Saint Louis University Navigators face-off the University of the Cordilleras Jaguars in the other semifinal series with SLU enjoying a twice to beat advantage. (Roderick Osis)
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 26, 2009.
09-27-2009, 07:17 AM
UB secures first finals slot; SLU,UC face off today
Saturday, September 26, 2009
By Visha Calventas
REVENGE is sweet.
The University of Baguio (UB) Cardinals finally exacted revenge after they defeated defending champion Cordillera Career Development College (CCDC) in their semifinals match at the UB gymnasium.
“The boys played good defense but there were still lapses in our game,” Cardinals coach Joel Flores said.
The UB Cardinals won over CCDC Admirals 85-72 in a lopsided match.
The Cardinals dominated the semifinals game and didn’t give the Admirals a chance to even catch up.
They were poised to avenge their 2007 championship loss to CCDC and posted an early lead of 10, ending the first quarter 25-15. They continued to control the game and ended the first half with a 56-29 edge.
The Admirals, the 2007 and 2008 champions, failed to find an answer to the Cardinals mastery of the three point arc and ending the third quarter with a 72-46 deficit.
They attempted to stage a comeback at the start of the fourth quarter and silenced the Cardinals for two minutes. “We relaxed in the fourth quarter so they caught up,” Flores said.
The Admirals forced the Cardinals to successive turn-overs and sliced the lead to 13 with only two minutes left in the ball game.
But the Cardinals finally woke up from their slumber and retaliated with their three-point shooting prowess and added pressing defense on the Admiral ball handlers to give them the first finals slot in the 23rd season of the Baguio-Benguet Educational Athletic Association.
Noriel Navarette led the charge for the Cardinals with four treys for a 20-point production. Billy Boado chipped in 18 for the Cardinals.
Bon Jovi Palma fueled the Admirals with his 12 points, Geron Lumba and Aaron Aquino contributed 10 points each.
In the second game, University of the Cordilleras (UC) Jaguars proved their might against the Saint Louis University (SLU) Navigators forcing a rubber match today at the University of Baguio Gymnasium at 10 a.m.
The Jaguars defeated the Navigators for the second time in the season.
Jaguars head coach Carlo Domingo said the Jaguars just enjoyed the game.
“The boys just enjoyed the game, they listened to us and followed the game plan,” Domingo said.
Coming into the game the Navigators enjoyed a twice to beat advantage over the Jaguars.
But the Jaguars' win forced the do-or-die match with the SLU squad for the last final slot.
The Navigators bowed to a 87-61 trouncing.
The Jaguars led throughout the ballgame and started with a 29-8 lead at the end of first quarter. They continued to control the game and ended the first half with a 16-point lead, 46-30.
The Governor Pack-based squad then ended the third quarter with a score of 86-57.
The Jaguars relied on the rebounds, defense and offensive games of Sandy Perdido who posted a score of 20 points. Aaron Meram chipped in 15 points, Gerald Austria 11 points; John Paul Juralbal contributed 10 points to secure the victory for the Jaguars.
The Navigators lacked the firepower to catch up and relied largely on Albert Carbonell who converted 16 points. Alvin Bustos and Joel Jimenez contributed 8 points and five points, respectively.
Domingo and the Jaguars hope to defeat the Navigators for the third time and secure a slot in the finals against the UB Cardinals.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 27, 2009.
09-29-2009, 09:13 AM
SLU, UB battles for finals slot
Monday, September 28, 2009
AFTER two overtime periods, the Saint Louis University (SLU) Navigators mastered their do-or-die match against the University of the Cordilleras (UC) Jaguars Saturday at the University of Baguio (UB) Gymnasium to force a third encounter.
The Navigators managed to escape with the victory posting a 83-80 squeaker after the overtime periods.
“Defense is our only weapon,” Navigators head coach Robert Dacanay said.
The Navigators got off on a good start posting a 15-0 score at the middle of the first quarter. But the Jaguars just didn’t want to surrender without a fight and attempted to catch up ending the first canto trailing by 9, 19-10.
The Jaguars retaliated in the second quarter and relied on their three point shooting to end the first half in their favor, 31-29.
The Navigators and Jaguars traded baskets throughout the third quarter in a seesaw battle. The Jaguars added another two points to their lead at the end of the third quarter, 51-47.
The Jaguars had a good start in the fourth, leaving the Navigators trailing by as much as 7 points.
The tide turned in favor of the Navigators when Jaguar Aaron Meram was ejected from the game.
Meram was allegedly under the influence of alcohol while playing.
“We lack players that's why we lost,” Jaguars head coach Carlo Domingo stressed.
The Jaguars led by 6 points with 53.4 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, but Navigator Joel Jimenez turned Jaguars' gold to stone by shooting two consecutive three points, tying the game at 70 all with only 11.9 seconds remaining.
The Jaguars failed to convert in the dying 11 seconds of the game forcing overtime. Overtime was a Navigators show as they left the Jaguars trailing by 6 points at the 2 minute mark.
The Jaguars were able to cut the lead to 3 but was unable to convert within the dying seconds to force another overtime period.
Joel Jimenez posted a big 22 points for the Navigators. Albert Carbonell contributed 18 points and John Carlo Orduna chipped in 16 points.
Aaron Meram led the Jaguars with his 16 points, John Paul Juralbal, 14 points. Sandy Perdido couldn’t bring his first semifinals game points in the do or die match and settled for 9 points. (Visha Calventas)
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 29, 2009.
10-01-2009, 09:11 AM
Navigators force rubber match
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
By Roderick Osis
SAINT Louis University (SLU) Navigators fought for dear life to extend the finals of the 23rd Baguio-Benguet Educational Athletic League (BBEAL) basketball competition.
The Navigators relied on the trio of Alvin Simon Bustos, Joel Jiminez, and Carlo Orduña to thwart a fighting University of Baguio (UB) Cardinals, 88-82, extending their best of three series in a no more tomorrow, winner take all match in the men’s basketball Wednesday at the University of the Cordilleras (UC) gym.
Bustos fired 18 points while Jimenez and Orduña added 16 and 14 points, respectively to keep their hopes alive of a first basketball crown in the 23 year old collegiate league.
The Bonifacio-based squad started with a 6-2 advantage with 7:59 in the first period before closing the opening canto with a 26-17 advantage.
The Navigators then enjoyed their biggest lead in the ball game after posting a 32-22 lead in the second period with 7:51 remaining ending the first half with a 48-45 edge.
The Cardinals finally made a decent offensive run to steal the lead against the Navigators after posting a four to nothing run, 48-49 with 8:21 remaining in the third period.
UB enjoyed the upper hand of the ball game in the third canto leading by as high as five, 52-57, with 2:38 left in the third period but the Navigators just wouldn’t let the game slip from their fingers as they regained the lead at the close of the quarter, 60–58.
The Assumption dribblers then made their final run in the fourth period after being down by four to regain the lead anew, 62-63 with 8:58 left in the payoff period but the Navigators then answered another bucket courtesy of Bustos to reclaim the lead at 64-63 with 8:28 remaining.
In the ensuing play, the Cardinals then broke a 70 all count with 5:58 remaining with Kevin Orduña leading the charges for the Assumption squad then romped to another five to nothing count to enjoy a 70-75 advantage with 4:12 left in the ball game.
From a three point deficit with less than three minute left, the Navigators then made their final run to reclaim the lead, 80–79 with 2:02 left in the ball game.
From then on, the Navigators never looked back to seal the win in the second game of the championship series.
Mike Hipol and John Oliva added 12 points each for the Navigators.
Richard Bilibli topped the Cardinals with his 16 point output while Billy Boado and Kevin Orduña chipped in 14 points apiece with Darwin Balmores adding 12 points.
In the women’s basketball action, the Lady Navigators surprised the UC Lady Jaguars in the opening quarter with their suffocating defense, to carve a 79-55 lead and force a rubber match in their best of three series.
The Lady Navigators opened the ball game with a 24-0 blitz, allowing the Lady Cardinals to earn their first point of the ball with less than four minutes left in the opening canto.
The Bonifacio-based squad allowed only six points for the number one women’s basketball team in the league, one of the lowest points scored in a quarter in BBEAL history.
SLU was never challenged in the entire ball game after their two point sorry loss in the first game of their best of three match.
Catherine Camilo and Odessa Gacayan led the Lady Navigators with their 13 point production apiece with Ma. Fe Dela Cruz and Glenda Mananquil adding 12 points each while Nikkita Gonzalez came in with 10 points.
Mary Jane Estipular led the Lady Jaguars with her 12 points on a 3 out of 3 shooting beyond the arc while Olive Alcantara added 11 points.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 1, 2009.
10-02-2009, 09:07 AM
King Cardinals reclaim crown
Thursday, October 1, 2009
By Roderick Osis
UNIVERSITY of Baguio survived a determined Saint Louis University team to clinch the coveted men’s basketball championship, 75-68, of the Baguio- Benguet Educational Athletic League (BBEAL) at the jam-packed UC gymnasium.
The Cardinals looked like it would breeze through game three after taking a 41-26 halftime lead before the Navigators, behind the hot sniping of guard Alvin Bustos, made it 53-45 going into the final quarter of game three of their best of three series finale.
“Super happy because we waited for this for two years even if many people did not believe us," said teary-eyed coach Joel Flores after the ballgame amidst the celebration of red shirts inside the gymnasium.
It was UB's 20th BBEAL championship, the first after a three year drought in 2006 and first under four-year coach Dacanay.
Bustos, SLU’s own veteran two-guard, buried two of his three-pointers in the third quarter to spark the Navigators 17-8 counterattack and cut down the Cardinals lead at the end of the period.
The Navigators slowly inched their way against the Cardinals’ lead with Albert Carbonel leading the way for the Bonifacio-based squad after a 14-8 blitz to stare at a three point deficit, 64-61 with 3:27 left in the third quarter.
Any semblance of a fight, however, was snuffed out of Saint Louis after the Cardinals started to pull away with less than one minute from the buzzer with the score pegged at 69-61 in favor of the Cardinals.
Stingy defense in the fourth, the trademark of this UB team which lost only once in seven games this season, helped the Cardinals retake the basketball crown
“Coach Joel only told us one thing this season," Cardinal main man Billy Boado said. “Just defend properly."
Boado led the way for UB with his 14 points.
The Cardinals soared early at the start of the ball game erecting a 16-8 advantage with 2:39 left in the first quarter before closing the period with a 21-12 count.
“They were a tough opponent because most of them are veterans that's why I thought the boys were going to give up again in the fourth quarter, just like in game two," Dacanay said.
Aside from Boado, four other Cardinals scored in double digits. Richard Bilibli and Klayrhil Elefante chipped in 13 points apiece. Kevin Orduña and Darwin Balmores added 11 and 10 points each.
Bustos topped Saint Louis with his game high 13 points while Carbonel added 14 with Mike Hipol chipping in 13 markers.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 2, 2009.
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