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10-28-2008, 10:32 PM
Mga Arelyanistas!

Show up and be counted!

10-29-2008, 10:59 AM
It seems the Letran Squires and the Arellano Chiefs really have quite the lucky streak in the Fr Martin Cup.

The Squires routed the San Beda Red Cubs 73-63 while the Chiefs cruised past Far Eastern B 64-56 to capture their respective division championships at the TIP gymnasium in Manila.

Letran got going early on behind the hot shooting of 5'7" swingman Alex Inigo. Inigo got going early on and was on fire all throughout the game. His outside shooting helped open up the middle for 6'1" forward Ron Rios as the Squires went to various iterations of the high-low and the high pick and roll. Letran was doing so well they were up by as much as 63-43 at one point late in the fourth period.

For their part San Beda did not look to organized and seemed to play tentative basketball. The usually prolific trio of 5'7" guard Jon-Jon Amer, 5'8" swingman Ron Sara and 6'4" center John Lunas looked disorganized. In several plays Amer and Sara were trying to force the ball down low to Lunas which resulted in turnovers, take-aways and easy transition baskets for Letran. It didn't help that the San Beda D was slow coming down.

San Beda mounted a furious rally late in the third period behind Amer, Sara and Mac Chavez to cut the lead down to nine 45-36, but Letran responded with back to back three's to once again gain some separation. With Letran making long jumpers against the tentative 1-3-1 San Beda zone it looked like the outcome was sealed as early as the third period. A second Rios alley-oop from Inigo was the Letran highlight.

Inigo led all scorers with 28 points including four three-pointers while Amer led the Red Cubs with 18 markers and five steals.

In the senior division Arellano needed a 10-point burst late in the third period to beat the hard-fighting FEU B Tamaraws. FEU went up 7-0 to start the game but 5'9" RP Youth Team starting pointguard Ryan Roose Garcia put FEU on the board to get the Tamaraws started.

As much as Arellano tried to break away behind the efforts of 6'3" forward Orlando Daroya, 5'10" guard Jordan Melondo, 6'2" forward Noy Del Rosario and 6'5" center Don Rivera, the B Tamaraws just wouldn't be put down so easily. Daroya was finding the early goings a little tough against 6'5" forward-center Sonny Abaring even as Garcia was holding his own against the Arellano perimeter with a little help from 6'2" swingman Ron Mangahas.

Both teams slugged it out toe to toe throughout the first half although the Chieftains led all throughout the first half and indeed from start to finish. But FEU kept within no more than eight points in the first half against Arellano. Garcia, 6'5" Cameroonian forward-center Pipo Nuondoo and 6'6" center Vince Tinte kept the B Tamaraws in the fight with a crisp passing game and their speed in the early offense and the secondary breaks.

Midway through the third period however Del Rosario nailed back to back three-pointers to give the Chiefs their first double-digit lead at 45-35. Garcia was playing matador on defense at the perimeter and was unable to close out quickly enough against the long corner jumper. 5'7" guard Jen Reyes, younger brother of Ateneo's Jai, did a great job closing out on the perimeter but couldn't put up any points.

In the fourth period Arellano went up by as much as 14 points 56-42 as Daroya began to flex his considerable muscles down low. FEU was unable to come back although they kept plugging away behind Garcia, Abaring, Nuondoo and Mangahas.

Daroya led all scorers with 17 points and 14 rebounds to go with four blocks including two as he raced down in transition against Mangahas. Garcia had 14 points, six assists and four steals for FEU B while Nuondoo had 10 points and nine boards.

10-29-2008, 11:01 AM
Who is the guard of Arellano who wears the Number 12 jersey, skinhead, about 5'10", strongly built, more of a 2-guard than a pointguard?

And the swingman who wears the Number 8 jersey, about 6'2", great perimeter shooter, kind of reminds me of Mapua's Ian Mazo?

10-29-2008, 11:20 AM
^ I believe you are refering to the lanky Adrian Celeda who shoots well from the field. He is the reigning NCRAA Most Valuable Player and also suited up for Noosa in the PBL.

I was glad to see the two title-winning teams of the Chiefs in the NCRAA. Leo Isaac has bolstered the team with a well-balanced lineup led by the likes of center Orlando Daroya (who scored 36 in Game 1 of their controversial Finals series with EAC two years ago), Alfie Martinez, Celada, Nathaniel Estilo, etc.

I'm pretty sure they will contend once more in the coming NCRAA season and might give UST a run for their money in the PCCL Zonals.

10-29-2008, 10:51 PM
Leo Isaac coach dito sa Chiefs di ba?

10-29-2008, 11:20 PM
^Yup si Leo Isaac din ang coach. Assistant naman niya ay si Junjie Ablan, coach ng two-time NCRAA juniors champion Arellano Baby Chiefs, and also assistant ni coach Leo sa Mapua.

10-29-2008, 11:22 PM
^Yup si Leo Isaac din ang coach. Assistant naman niya ay si Junjie Ablan, coach ng two-time NCRAA juniors champion Arellano Baby Chiefs, and also assistant ni coach Leo sa Mapua.

Thanks po Sir Nastrans.. :)

10-30-2008, 10:08 AM
Thank you Nastrans. Whatever became of Lee More Boliver and Alfie Martinez anyway?

10-30-2008, 10:33 AM
^ I saw Lee Boliver in MyMVP but never got to follow his progress

10-30-2008, 01:57 PM
Thank you Nastrans. Whatever became of Lee More Boliver and Alfie Martinez anyway?

Boliver played for PCU in the 2007 NSL pero di rin siya natuloy sa Dolphins.

Martinez, probably graduate because he frequently watch Arellano games held at their campus during the NCRAA tilt.

11-01-2008, 05:43 PM
Arellano Chiefs seek NCAA inclusion

Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 02:22:00 11/01/2008

MANILA, Philippines—Arellano University, the back-to-back National Capital Region Athletic Association champion, is ready to join the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Val Cayco, Arellano’s vice president for marketing who personally handles the school’s athletic program, on Friday said the Chiefs are equipped in meeting all the requirements needed to become the 84-year-old NCAA’s eighth member for next year.

“We’re ready,” said Cayco, noting that the Chiefs have been ruling the field not only in the NCRAA, but also in the Fr. Martin Cup as the back-to-back Summer Cup and Division II Cup champions.

Mentored by Leo Isaac, the Legarda-based dribblers walloped UAAP powerhouse Far Eastern University, 64-56, in last week’s finale to clinch their third title in the Fr. Martin Cup.

And credit that to hardworking players like Orlando Daroya, Adrian Celada, Ice Ciriacruz, Jordan Melano, Leonard Anquillo, Jerome Agustin and Rommel del Rosario.

“All we want is respect; I’m sure they’ve started to notice us right now,” said Isaac, a former Ginebra star who coaches the Mapua Cardinals in the NCAA as well.

The NCAA has opened the door for an eighth spot that was vacated by Philippine Christian U, which took an indefinitely leave of absence for next season.

11-02-2008, 08:45 AM
With the way Arellano has played in the NCRAA and more so in the Fr Martin Cup it is high time they moved up to the stronger and better competition of the NCAA. They beat the shit out of Letran in the 14th Fr Martin Cup last summer, and that was the A Team of Letran with RJ Jazul, Dino Daa, Boyet Melegrito, Ray Guevarra and Alvin Cabonce. Arellano also has very good high school and women's basketball teams, men's and women's volleyball teams, tae kwon do jins, swimmers, cinder men and women, even sepak takraw I think.

One practical concern though: should the Chiefs become the new NCAA basketball team what becomes of head coach Leo Isaac? He did very well with Mapua and he's always done well with Arellano. Where would he go?

11-02-2008, 02:40 PM
Somebody at the Interbasket forums raised an interesting question: Will the current AU players be eligible if NCAA rules were used?

11-04-2008, 09:03 AM
Warriors, Chiefs, UL 5 in big starts

By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:40:00 11/04/2008

MANILA, Philippines—James Martinez fueled University of the East’s late-game surge and the Warriors turned back the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, 92-74, at the start Monday of the 2008 Philippine Collegiate Championship zonals at the Makati Coliseum.

Martinez buried back-to-back triples in a 14-2 UE binge with five minutes to go to seal the win that gave the Warriors the lead in Group D play.

Pari Llagas topscored with 23 points and nine rebounds, while Martinez finished with 17 markers for the Warriors, who bucked the absence of stars Marcy Arellano and Hans Thiele.

“We have at least seven players who haven’t been regularly practicing with us because they’re also practicing with their teams in the PBL [Philippine Basketball League],” said UE coach Dindo Pumaren.

Earlier, Orlando Daroya knocked in 22 points as the Arellano University Chiefs overwhelmed Region 1 champ St. Louis University, 82-36, in Group B action.

University of Luzon also gained headway in Group A after tripping Lyceum of Batangas, 79-62.

The top team in each group will earn a berth in the “Sweet 16” finals of the tournament that gathers the top varsity squads in the country.

Backstopped by the lanky Ruel Jabaybay, the Generals mounted repeated comebacks in the second half to wipe out the Warriors’ 15-point edge, 54-39, and move within four at 73-69.

Llagas and Elmer Espiritu, who chipped in 13 points, three steals and two blocks, kept the Warriors on top, before Martinez took over.

Raffy Reyes, son of ex-pro Elmer Reyes, added 10 markers, while Paul Lee delivered an all-around game of six points, 10 rebounds, six assists and two steals for the Warriors.

UAAP champion Ateneo de Manila University and runner-up De La Salle University and NCAA titlist San Beda College and second placer Jose Rizal University, along with four other varsity champions, clinched outright slots in the Sweet 16.

The winner of the national tournament will represent the country in the Universiade Games in Serbia and bag a P1-million total cash prize.

The scores:

First Game

ARELLANO 82—Daroya 22, Ciriacruz 9, Melaño 9, Del Rosario 8, Apostol 7, Rivera 6, Agustin 6, Virtuolazo 4, Miranda 4, Celada 3, Anquillo 2, Limboy 2.

ST. LOUIS 36—Rosales 8, Alimba 6, Garbonza 6, Jimenez 5, Depuña 5, Torio 4, Ang 2.

Quarters: 21-6, 41-20, 67-31, 82-36

Second Game

UNIV. OF LUZON 79—Ilao 21, Panunciar 18, Sabordo 12, Cubo 11, Santos 5, Cubo 4, Caiña 4, Clores 4.

LYCEUM-BATANGAS 62—Velarde 16, Reyes 14, Katigbac 10, Busamante 8, Bautista 4, Marasigan 4, Caranto 2, Ducay 2, Villanueva 2.

Quarters: 19-15, 34-32, 53-52, 79-62

Third Game

UE 92—Llagas 23, Martinez 19, Espiritu 13, Reyes 10, Bandaying 6, Lee 6, Zamar 5, Acuña 4, Tagarda 2, Noble 2, Etrone 2.

EAC 74—Jabaybay 21, Mendoza 17, Pupos 15, Quiambao 8, Yaya 7, Santos 4, Fotue 2, Cubo 0, Chong 0, Liwag 0.

Quarters: 24-20, 45-34, 64-57, 92-74

11-04-2008, 03:57 PM
they are sending a strong message in the colligiate scene that they can beat a strong collegiate teams like FEU and Letran which they previously beat then in just concluded FMC.

11-05-2008, 01:38 AM
Who is the guard of Arellano who wears the Number 12 jersey, skinhead, about 5'10", strongly built, more of a 2-guard than a pointguard?

He's Jordan Melaño.. :)

11-05-2008, 10:59 PM
May mga initial talks na ba regarding the entry of AU?

11-07-2008, 11:46 AM
The NCAA will visit the school sometime next week for an ocular inspection.

11-08-2008, 10:18 AM

11-12-2008, 08:53 AM
The Big Chief Orlando Daroya scored all eight of his points in the payoff fourth period as Bacchus Energy Drink upended Hapee Toothpaste 88-84. Daroya may be a relative newcomer to the PBL but he nailed back to back treys that gave Bacchus a 75-70 lead coming off a 69-70 deficit at the beginning of the fourth period. He knocked down another long jumper in the next sequence as he gave the Energy Drinks their biggest lead at 77-70. UE stars Paul Lee and James Martinez then took over in the last minute and a half from the freethrow line to seal the first win for coach Lawrence Tiongson.

11-18-2008, 02:03 PM
Chiefs ready to meet 'NC' requirements
Updated November 18, 2008 12:00 AM

The National Collegiate Athletic Association board recently visited applicant Arellano University and found the Legarda-based school ready to meet some, if not all, the necessary requirements needed to be accepted as the league’s newest member.

Members of the NCAA Management Committee chaired by Ding Lozano of Mapua had a positive response on the Chiefs’ readiness to join the oldest, prestigious league in the land today.

“There are some things Arellano would need to improve but we also found many good and positive things about them,” said Lozano.

Val Cayco, Arellano’s marketing chief who is also personally overseeing the school’s athletic program, said they are ready to provide all the requirements needed to join the 84-year-old league.

“Two of the three basic requirements are the entrance fee amounting somewhere around P7 million and the applicants need to have a high school. We both have it,” said Cayco.

The third one, and probably the most important of the requirements, is for the applicant to participate in all 10 sporting events the first three seasons without fail.

“Of the 10 sports, we have existing programs in basketball, volleyball, taekwondo, judo, swimming and chess and we’re in the process of laying the foundation on other events including track and field,” said Cayco.

11-18-2008, 07:53 PM
Wow 7 million. :-X

11-28-2008, 10:19 AM
Arellano University needed all of the first period to get settled and then quickly pounded the Universal College of Nursing 76-61 in the ongoing Fil Oil Flying V Sweet 16 tournament at the Arena.

Coming out tight and a little listless from the opening jump ball, the Chiefs ran into a mess of turnovers, with players fielding hard to handle passes and other players out of position and bumping into each other. Exploiting the errors, the Dragons took the game right to the Chiefs as guards Mark Montilla and Alwin Manalang nailed a trey each to give UCN the 6-5 lead early on.

Orlando Daroya, the gifted power forward who gave Arellano the last two Fr Martin Cup titles, tried to hard to bring Arellano into some kind of rhythm as he was stymied on the low blocks and himself had a couple of unforced errors. Coach Leo Isaac's Chieftains were not moving the ball around very well, and their passes were very hard to handle. Forwards were running into each other on the switch and screen along the baseline, even as the guards were looking a little confused and tentative.

Meanwhile UCN was taking the fight to the hardy zonal qualifiers by running their transition attack and getting good production off their pick and roll and drive and draw plays. Manalang was running the halfcourt sets with aplomb against a visibly frustrated Jerome Agustin. Were it not for the last-line defense of Daroya, Arellano could have been down by double digits - Daroya had four first period rejections, two on opposing center Lester Reyes.

By the time the second period rolled around though it was the Arellano of old that finally showed up. Daroya got things going with back to back layups operating from his favorite spot on the high quarter courts. Shooting guard Jordan Melano, Agustin and forward Adrian Celada then got in on the act and all of a sudden the Arellano machine was in high gear with baskets coming from all over and the dreaded fullcourt trapping defense in full swing. By the lemon time break Melano finished the first half with a daredevil drive that gave his Chiefs the 43-31 lead.

In the second half it was practically an all-Arellano show as Daroya, Melano, Agustin and Celada kept up the display of firepower. Manalang tried to keep his Dragons in the fight, nailing back to back three-pointers late in the third period to trim the lead down to 52-43 but that was about as good as it would get for UCN. Leonard Anquilo and Adrian Ciriacruz came in and exploited mismatches on the floor to bring Arellano back to a 56-43 lead, and the Chiefs were never threatened from there. Melano was sat down by Coach Leo Isaac when UCN guard Mark Derder tried to roughhouse him. Melano looked set to give Derder a beating when Isaac pulled him from what was already a won game.

Daroya had a near triple-double with 31 points, 10 rebounds and nine blocks while Melano tossed in 14 markers.

Manalang had 20 points for UCN including going 4-7 from trey range.

11-28-2008, 10:09 PM
lakas sumaksak sa loob ni daroya, kaya kasi magshort jumper o kaya isubo sa loob yun bola. nakakapasa rin kapag maganda bantay sa kanya.

di ba nagkasabay sila ni boliver dati? parang nakita ko na silang dalawa sa metroball sponsored ng gilette a few years back. or was i dreaming?

Sam Miguel
11-29-2008, 12:11 PM
^^^ Orlando Daroya and Lee More Boliver were indeed teammates with Arellano up to about two years ago. They had another teammate, shooter Alfie Martinez. This was the trio responsible for making Arellano a true hardcore hoops powerhouse, and of course the sublime coaching of Leo Isaac.

12-04-2008, 12:24 PM
guys, any idea on how old orlando daroya is?

12-04-2008, 01:07 PM
24 na si Orlando Daroya, he is not anymore eligible to play after the NCRAA season mas lalo na kapag nakapasok Arellano sa NCAA.

12-04-2008, 06:51 PM
^ ayun naman pla, so magtatanong po ako kung meron po sa atin nakakaalam kung sino yun mga potential recruits nila? or kung may mga nagreresidecy sa kanila? maybe it's not yet quite clear if they will join NCAA pero kung sakali man sila ang mapipili cguro naman may plano na sila kung sino isasabak nila kasi nga hindi na eligible si daroya.

12-05-2008, 11:54 AM
We have a good basketball program to go hand in hand with a respectable sports program. Coach Leo Isaac knows that Daroya will not be able to suit up for the Chiefs next year. Im pretty sure meron na siyang mga pamalit kay Chief Daroya.

12-09-2008, 04:15 PM
i can wait to see both GIO ang ICE ciriacruz playing in college hoops mext year.. ciriacruz connection!:)

12-19-2008, 10:25 AM
Arellano dominates NCRAA cage tourney
December 19, 2008
Philippine Star

Arellano University is starting to bear the fruits of its grassroots development program.

Drawing strength from their bench depth, the Arellano Chiefs have dominated the National Capital Region Athletic Association basketball tournament with an unblemished 7-0 (win-loss) slate.

The Junior Chiefs were equally impressive by sweeping their first three games at the expense of Emilio Aguinaldo College, Rizal Technological University and Olivarez College to likewise lead the pack.

Arellano’s men’s and women’s volleyball teams are also legitimate title contenders running second in both divisions, thanks to wins by the former over PATTS, EAC and CCM and the latter over EAC, CCM and Technological Institute of the Philippines.

The school said all these recent successes could be credited to Arellano’s strong high school program.
“We have more than 5,000 high school students and we get our talents right now from that big pool,” said Arellano U board chair Francisco P.V. Cayco.

Indeed, the Chiefs have branches in Mandaluyong, Pasig City, Malabon City, two in Pasay City and in Legarda, Manila, where it houses over a thousand high school students.

And Arellano is banking on this strength to get the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s nod to become its newest member school come next year.

“We will comply with all the requirements but we feel its our high school system that we are really strong at,” said Arellano marketing chief Val Cayco, who is also overseeing the school’s athletic program along with Leo Isaac.

The Chiefs are one of the schools knocking on the doors of the NCAA, which stated the three most important factors that would be used in the selection of a new member are entrance fee worth around P5-7 million, the compulsory participation in all sports in the first three seasons and the high school.

“We have no problem with the three, we can meet the requirements in all three mentioned,” added Cayco.

01-05-2009, 09:55 PM
Are they in or out sa NCAA?

01-07-2009, 11:15 PM
When will be the decision out if they are in or not in the NCAA?

01-29-2009, 06:03 AM
paano na yan Arellano???? Leo Issac is now the coach of Red Bull. Pinagbabawal ng PBA na ang mga coaches nila ay mag-coach sa ibang liga. Sino na magiging Coach ng Chiefs if ever the NCAA accepts Arellano. Do hope this latest development does not affect Arellano's chances.

Would Arellano Alumni Koy Banal enter the picture, anu sa tingin nyo. Maganda ata ito kasi may hinanakit si Koy sa San Beda, kasi miske pina-champion nya sila, pinaltan parin cya.

Regular Grey
01-29-2009, 06:37 AM
paano na yan Arellano???? Leo Issac is now the coach of Red Bull.* Pinagbabawal ng PBA na ang mga coaches nila ay mag-coach sa ibang liga.* Sino na magiging Coach ng Chiefs if ever the NCAA accepts Arellano.* *Do hope this latest development does not affect Arellano's chances.

Would Arellano Alumni Koy Banal enter the picture, anu sa tingin nyo. Maganda ata ito kasi may hinanakit si Koy sa San Beda, kasi miske pina-champion nya sila, pinaltan parin cya.

Padre wag mag comment ng ganito kung di mo alam ang totoong istorya!

01-29-2009, 11:41 AM
He will remain with Arellano as its athletic director.

01-29-2009, 06:26 PM
dahil wla pa tayo balita kung mag NC ang Arellano... pakwento naman ng HS team nyo. may nabasa ako na nag30pts. sino yun? sino yun bigman ng HS nyo at sino yun mga gumagawa tlaga? share naman. ;D

01-30-2009, 03:35 PM
Universal College wins the 16th NCRAA men's basketball crown after shocking two-time defending champion Arellano University, 71-68, in overtime.

Congratulations to the Universal College Golden Dragons!

01-31-2009, 02:14 AM
paano na yan Arellano???? Leo Issac is now the coach of Red Bull.* Pinagbabawal ng PBA na ang mga coaches nila ay mag-coach sa ibang liga.* Sino na magiging Coach ng Chiefs if ever the NCAA accepts Arellano.* *Do hope this latest development does not affect Arellano's chances.

Would Arellano Alumni Koy Banal enter the picture, anu sa tingin nyo.* Maganda ata ito kasi may hinanakit si Koy sa San Beda, kasi miske pina-champion nya sila, pinaltan parin cya.

Padre wag mag comment ng ganito kung di mo alam ang totoong istorya!

ok am sorry .... now what is the true story?* can you please share it to us.* *There's no argument Koy was the Coach who brought back the Championship to San Beda in 1982 after 28 years.* Tell us the reason why was he no longer the Coach the following year.* *What are the reasons for him leaving or for him not returning?* Did he make a very grave mistake which the San Beda officials could not tolerate? *Were there a difference in principles? Kindly enlighten us.

01-31-2009, 05:42 AM
I may be wrong but the way I remember it, Koy was being asked to give full time attention to SBC in preparation for SBC's "dynasty" run. But Koy was also an assistant coach for one of the SMC teams. It came down to divided loyalty, loyalty to Boss Danding or Boss MVP.

01-31-2009, 03:06 PM
last seconds celada made a 3 point shot binaril nya ang crowd ng arellano then the referee called a technical foul! :o

02-02-2009, 06:30 PM
Sana nga lang hindi tinawag yun dahil mahirap madecide ang laro sa ganun. Baka akala nung ref na yung kalabang yung binabaril niya kaya technical agad, pisikal kasi ang laro nun.

Kaso hindi rin nagdeliver Arellano dahil kahit tabla yung laro naubusan din sila sa huli.

03-24-2009, 09:50 AM
a poster in another forum just said that to players from Ghana is now with AU. has anyone seen them in practice atleast?

Sam Miguel
03-29-2009, 03:54 PM
Mighty Orlando Daroya is now officially gone from Arellano. I'd like to know who else is gone for the Chiefs. Isaiah Ciriacruz, Adrian Celada, Ed Rivera, Jordan Melano, Len Anquilo are all good players who could still form a good core for the Chiefs, but are all of them still returning next school year?

Sam Miguel
04-20-2009, 06:43 PM
I finally saw the Chiefs in action versus Informatics in the FMC summer tournament over the weekend. Apparently their two best players - Orlando Daroya and Jordan Melanio - have used up their eligibility and are no longer with the team.

Len Anquilo, Isaiah Ciriacruz, Adrian Celada and Ed Rivera are all still with the team.

Their two new Africans saw action as well. John Corneh looks like a legit 6-foot-2 and plays like a very poor man's Gabe Norwood. He loves to drive and slash and take jumpers and is very athletic and lithe.

Chris Okpe looks 6-foot-4 in his sneakers and is a thinner version of FEU's Pipo Nuondoo. This guy is even worse than Sam Ekwe when Ekwe first set foot on an FMC basketball court, no form at all, still gets a little criss-crossed in the halfcourt, has bad hands in general.

Of course being Africans they are both very athletic, able to jump high and run fast and change directions easily. But they've got quite a ways to go to be serious basketball players.

04-21-2009, 11:01 AM
Arellano, 2 others invited as Season 85 guest teams
Business Mirror Sports
Written by Reuben Terrado / Reporter
Monday, 20 April 2009 21:29

ARELLANO University, Emilio Aguinaldo College and Angeles University Foundation have been invited by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to become guest teams in the league’s 85th season.

Fr. Mat de Jesus, OSB, season president of host San Beda College, however, stressed the invited schools will have to follow the conditions set by the league.

The teams must pay a P1.5-million entrance fee and a P500,000 bond. They must also participate in mandatory sports such as athletics and swimming.

NCAA Management Committee (Mancom) chairman Jose Mari Lacson said the league has given the three schools until Friday to send their replies.

The league opens with the basketball competitions on June 27 at the Araneta Coliseum.

De Jesus clarified that inviting a team does not mean it will be automatically admitted as a regular in the next season.

“It’s a different thing. They still need to apply,” said de Jesus.

If the three schools agree to join the season as guest teams, the number of squads—at least in basketball—will jump to 10. The regular members are San Beda College, Jose Rizal University, Letran, San Sebastian College-Recoletos, University of Perpetual Help, College of Saint Benilde and Mapua. Philippine Christian University has filed an indefinite leave starting this season.

06-29-2009, 07:29 PM
Blazers prevails over Great Danes, Generals bowed to Chiefs
NCAA Press Release 2009-06-30

Games tomorrow (The Arena, San Juan)
10:00 a.m.- San Sebastian vs San Beda (Jrs.)
11:45 a.m.- Letran vs Arellano (Jrs.)
2:00 p.m.- San Sebastian vs San Beda (Srs.)
4:00 p.m.- Letran vs Arellano (Srs.)

College of St. Benilde survived an atrocious free throw shooting day as it turned back a stubborn Angeles University Foundation, 87-76, yesterday to jumpstart its bid in the 85th NCAA basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.

Angelo Montecastro fired 20 points while Chuck Dalanon, William Johnston and Jeff Morial added 18, 12 and 10 points, respectively, to hand new coach Richard del Rosario, who replaced Gie Abanilla last year, his first NCAA win.

"It's a good feeling winning my first game here in the NCAA," said del Rosario, who lasted long in the pros with his solid defense and excellent work ethic.

Amel Fuentes drained 18 points and Limmuel Manarang, Matt Carney and Aaron Santos had 16, 11 and 11 points, respectively, for the Great Danes, who put up a gallant stand but just didn't have energy left in the stretch.

Although the Blazers, whose one and only title to date came nine years back, were a bit taller than the Great Danes, the former was surprisingly out-rebounded, 52-62.

St. Benilde, which finished sixth last season with a 4-10 (win-less) record, was also nightmarish from the foul line as it bungled 23 of its 42 trips there.

"We really need to strengthen inside," said del Rosario, who is hoping to instill the same physical strength he has during his prime in the pros.

Earlier, St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills downed AUF, 117-41, and Arellano slammed EAC, 83-61, to jumpstart their own bids in the juniors' division.

The Blazers dictated the pace at the start but couldn't really break loose no thanks to some miscues and tons of misses from the free throw line.

In the first half alone, the Blazers missed 14 of the 26 shots they took from the penalty line and then went on to miss nine of the 16 they attempted in the final period.

"Shooting free throws is another thing we really had to work on because we missed a lot in this game," said del Rosario.

In the second game, Arellano University bared its true fangs as it smothered fellow guest team Emilio Aguinaldo College, 80-62, to grab a share of the early lead.

The Chiefs, champions in the Fr. Martin Cup and the NCRAA, drew strength from Adrian Celada, who sizzled with 19 points including three from behind the arc.

The scores:
First Game (Jrs.)
CSB 117 - Flores 21, Pate 19, Pumaren 12, Tanjuenco 12, Trajano 9, Sy 9, Trajano 7, Sta. Maria 6, Lee 6, Calaquian 5, Carlos 4, Sollano 3, Diaz 2, Miguel 2, Sayson 0
AUF 41 - Gando 20, Lakandula 6, Maniti 5, Olalia 4, Cayanan 3, Castillejos 3, Dizon 0, Tamayo 0, Laxamana 0 QS: 35-9; 65-11; 91-27; 117-41

Second Game (Jrs.)
Arellano 83 - Pagayunan 27, Cruz 17, Tolentino 15, de Leon 8, Caperal 7, Guzman 4, Perucho 3, Gurrobat 2, Abejar 0, Regalado 0, Kiyoumarsi 0
EAC 61 - Alanes 20, Canaynay 17, Booc 13, Cuello 5, Guinita 4, de Nora 2, Mayone 0, Onwubere 0, Ocampo 0, Padrones 0, Julian 0 QS: 24-11; 44-26; 61-43; 83-61

Third Game (Srs.)
CSB 87 - Montecastro 20, Dalanon 18, Johnston 12, Morial 10, Manalac 8, de Guzman 4, Abolucion 4, Manlapaz 4, Tajonera 3, dela Paz 2, Urra 2, Tan 0, Agramino 0
AUF 76 - Fuertez 18, Manarang 16, Santos 11, Carney 11, Maniago 9, Dumlao 4, Gigante 3, Musni 2, Gomez 2, Henson 0, Cayanan 0 QS: 23-13; 40-33; 65-55; 87-76

Fourth Game (Srs.)
Arellano 80 - Celada 19, G. Ciriacruz 13, I. Ciriacruz 11, Tayongtong 9, Apostol 8, Miranda 7, Reducto 6, Agustin 3, Virtudazo 2, Rivera 2, Dimla 0, Catapang 0
EAC 62 - Santos 13, Mendoza 10, Cubo 10, R. Yaya 9, Jabaybay 9, del Rosario 6, L. Yaya 5, Sablan 0, Ong 0, Chiong 0 QS: 11-16; 38-29; 64-38; 80-62

07-01-2009, 06:14 PM
2-0 ;D

07-02-2009, 09:21 AM
Arellano shocks Letran in emphatic fashion
by Danna Katrina Lim
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ARELLANO University is proving to be an unruly guest in their debut stint in NCAA Season 85.

The Chiefs took home their second straight win after upsetting favored Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 81-73. Versatile big man Gio Ciriacruz carried the fight for the Legarda unit with 17 points and six rebounds as the Chiefs erected leads as large as 20 with three minutes left in the first half.

It was all Arellano from the get-go as its suffocating pressure defense put the clamps on Letran sniper RJ Jazul. The RP Developmental Team stalwart managed to score a measly eight points on 2-of-13 shooting from the field. Making matters worse for Louie Alas’ wards was the stellar play of Andrian Celada and Rod Apostol, who scored 14 and 12, respectively.

The Knights tried to inch closer in the fourth quarter and even brought the lead down to three, 76-73. However, Rey Guevarra missed an easy layup with 30 seconds left in the game, which led the Knights to foul and send Arellano to the charity stripe. Guevarra led the Knights with 17 points and eight boards.

A usually potent outside shooting quintet, the Muralla squad shot a dismal 6-for-34 from three-point range. In contrast, Junjie Ablan’s wards made 10-of-23 from rainbow territory, and scored 17 turnover points off Letran’s 16 errors.

Arellano now finds itself atop the league with a 2-0, win-loss slate, while Letran suffered its second consecutive loss after falling short against Jose Rizal University on opening day.

The scores:

Arellano 81 – G. Ciriacruz 17, Celada 14, Apostol 12, Miranda 11, I. Ciriacruz 9, Reducto 5, Tayontong 5, Dimla 5, Agustin 3.

Letran 73 – Guevarra 17, Belencion 15, J. Alas 8, Jazul 8, Cortes 7, del Rosario 7, Foronda 7, K. Alas 2, Taplah 2.

Quarter scores: 18-15, 47-32, 62-50, 81-73.

07-03-2009, 02:14 PM
Many are assuming that Arellano and the other 2 guests teams will eventually be admitted as regular members, even as early as next year. Or, it is also possible they can remain as guests teams for another season or more.

If eventually admitted or reamining as guests teams, I was told the NCAA made it clear to these teams the years a student-athlete had played at other leagues, eg NCRAA, will be counted against their NCAA elgibility.

Setting aside age cut-offs, if for example G.Ciriacruz has played 2 seasons at the NCRAA, then he only has 3 seasons to play at the NCAA.

With these it would be interesting to know how many years are available for each player in this line-up to play in the NCAA.

Can Pyke do us a favor of providing us with that information? :)

07-03-2009, 02:48 PM
Many are assuming that Arellano and the other 2 guests teams will eventually be admitted as regular members, even as early as next year. Or, it is also possible they can remain as guests teams for another season or more.

If eventually admitted or reamining as guests teams, I was told the NCAA made it clear to these teams the years a student-athlete had played at other leagues, eg NCRAA, will be counted against their NCAA elgibility.

Setting aside age cut-offs, if for example G.Ciriacruz has played 2 seasons at the NCRAA, then he only has 3 seasons to play at the NCAA.

With these it would be interesting to know how many years are available for each player in this line-up to play in the NCAA.

Can Pyke do us a favor of providing us with that information? :)

I would try.

Medyo busy din lang ako sa bar review at sideline ko lang mag watch ng games.

But I will do my best to get the information.

07-04-2009, 08:31 PM
Many are assuming that Arellano and the other 2 guests teams will eventually be admitted as regular members, even as early as next year. Or, it is also possible they can remain as guests teams for another season or more.

If eventually admitted or reamining as guests teams, I was told the NCAA made it clear to these teams the years a student-athlete had played at other leagues, eg NCRAA, will be counted against their NCAA elgibility.

Setting aside age cut-offs, if for example G.Ciriacruz has played 2 seasons at the NCRAA, then he only has 3 seasons to play at the NCAA.

With these it would be interesting to know how many years are available for each player in this line-up to play in the NCAA.

Can Pyke do us a favor of providing us with that information? :)

I would try.

Medyo busy din lang ako sa bar review at sideline ko lang mag watch ng games.

But I will do my best to get the information.


Actually, I am hoping na mahaba pa ang remaining years na pwede pa maglaro ang core ng team na ito. That way, kabahan ng tuluyan ang mga datihang miembro ng NCAA. ;D

Magandang labanan naman talaga ang hanap ng katulad ko. ;)

07-04-2009, 10:21 PM
Gio Ciriacuz was in the first Arellano seniors team in 2004-2005 NCRAA. This will be his last year playing for the Arellano Chiefs and he will be graduating this October 2009.

Sam Miguel
07-05-2009, 11:36 AM
How I wish Orlando Daroya and Jordan Melano were still on this team. They would have guaranteed at least a Final 4 stint for the Chiefs in Season 85.

07-06-2009, 06:38 PM
Akala ko pa naman ay pinanood ninyo yung mga panalo ng MIT last season over SBC in preparation for this first round meeting.

Di ako makapaniwalang nag-akala kayong kayo niyong talunin ang SBC sa mabilisang laro.

Di bale, may second round meeting pa para makabawi.

Regular Grey
07-07-2009, 09:05 PM
Si G. Ciriacruz di na ibinalik after the first half. Bakit kaya?

07-08-2009, 06:23 PM
more photos at gider.multiply.com

09-01-2009, 01:01 AM
AU will be more competitive in two years given the African connection especially Cris and mami(?). As for this year, two power forwards were considered ineligible by the NCAA board and they were relegated to team B which is currently participating in Fr. Martin and so Gio Ciriacruz really has his work cut out for him. Gio was discovered only during AU's intramurals. Sobrang payat pa daw siya noon. He already has undergone knee surgery to repair his ACL.

The other big man, Rivera is I believe also in his last year. Incidentally, Rivera had a bout with a case of polio when he was still a child. kaya pala mas maliit yung isang leg.. ???

09-03-2009, 11:40 AM

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09-03-2009, 11:42 AM

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09-03-2009, 11:46 AM

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09-03-2009, 11:47 AM

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09-03-2009, 11:48 AM

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09-03-2009, 11:50 AM

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09-03-2009, 11:51 AM

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09-03-2009, 11:53 AM

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09-03-2009, 11:54 AM

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10-22-2009, 10:59 AM
Arellano B survived a searing end-game rallye by FEU B to take the FMC Division II championship 62 - 57, their theirs straight FMC Title this year, at the La Consolacion Gym in Manila.

With 6'7" African import Chuck Mammi working hard on both ends of the floor, the Chiefs built as much as a 48-32 lead late in the third period.

FEU however came storming back on the turned-up plays of former NCAA players Ramil Ortuoste, Tonton Bringas, Anjoe Latonio and Clarence Foronda. Bringas and Foronda manned up on Mammi and drew the ire of several Arellano frontliners for his rugged and tough play. Ortuoste fired away form outside. Bringas knotted the count at 49-all midway through the fourth period.

Mammi however had a one-man 9-0 run to give the Chiefs the 59-50 separation with time under three minutes. Ortuoste and Bringas again tried to bring FEU back into it along with Ian Macaso but fell short.

Ortuoste led all scorers with 22 points including five treys, while Mammi had 20 points to go with 13 boards and four blocks.

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11-19-2009, 07:22 PM

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11-19-2009, 07:24 PM
Arellano owns FEU in the Fr Martin Cup, but will the same story hold true in the PCCL? How will the Chiefs hold up against the Tamaraws?

12-13-2009, 09:44 AM
Fr Martin Action was typically hot on a warm December day yesterday at the La Consolacion gym in Manila. Unfortunately it was a very bad day for NAASCU teams.

NCAA newcomer Arellano came back from a listless first half to down NAASCU power STI College 75-61 for their third straight victory. STI played very solid on-ball defense in the first half only to succumb to the dreaded press of Arellano in the second half.

Miggy Maniego and Mike Silungan led a balanced attack for State University as the Fighting Maroons beat up Informatics 77-57. It was no contest right from the get-go as UP moved the ball way to good for the sluggish Informatics halfcourt defense. A few more transition baskets put the game away for the Maroons. Maniego had 13 points to lead all scorers while Silungan added 11.

NCAA champion San Sebastian leaned on their two super rookies - Calvin Abueva and Ian Sangalang - to rip Centro Escolar 90-69. It was the second straight blowout victory for the mighty Golden Stags. CEU was never really in this game as the veteran Stags didn't let the Pink Scorpions put up a fight. Abueva had 23 points and nine boards while Sangalang added 22 with 10 rebounds and three blocks.

Adamson took home their first victory of this tournament as they out-steadied Fatima University 77-66. 6'6" African import Austin Manara pretty much had his way with the much smaller Phoenix frontline to lead the Falcons with 23 points and 11 rebounds.

Gameface is Philippine Basketball

01-13-2010, 01:55 PM
Saturday January 16 at Lyceum Gym, Intramuros Manila

9:00 AM - STI versus FEU
10:30 AM - AMA versus Informatics
12:00 NN - Perpetual versus Fatima (Battle of the Mama Mary Schools!)
1:30 PM - Lyceum versus CEU
3:00 PM - Arellano A versus Adamson

Sunday January 17 at FEU Gym, R Papa Manila

10:30 AM - FEU versus JRU
12:00 NN - San Sebastian versus Mapua A
1:30 PM - Arellano B versus UP
3:00 PM - St Benilde versus San Beda

Saturday January 23 at Arellano Gym, Legarda Manila

9:00 AM - Informatics versus Arellano B
10:30 AM - Letran versus EAC
12:00 NN - Mapua B versus Fatima
1:30 PM - Lyceum versus San Sebastian
3:00 PM - Adamson versus FEU

Sunday January 24 at FEU Gym

9:00 AM - Mapua A versus UP
10:30 AM - Mapua B versus San Beda
12:00 NN - Perpetual versus St Benilde
1:30 PM - JRU versus Arellano A
3:00 PM - CEU versus AMA

Saturday January 30 at Arellano Gym

9:00 AM - Adamson versus STI
10:30 AM - Mapua A versus Letran
12:00 NN - St Benilde versus JRU
4:00 PM San Beda versus FEU (to be played at San Beda Gym as part of San Beda College FROLICS DAY)

Sunday January 31 at FEU Gym

9:00 AM - AMA versus UP
10:30 AM - Arellano A versus Mapua B
12:00 NN - Fatima versus St Benilde

All schedules may be subject to change without prior notice

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05-28-2010, 10:43 PM
is pagayunan still in HS?

06-20-2010, 02:15 PM
6'10 charles mammie
6'5 chris ophke
totoo bang nasa AU na ang dalawang higanteng to? i hope mag click ang pagbabalik ni coach leo sa CHIEFS!!

06-22-2010, 12:24 AM
Arellano: Returning for More
by Joe Buduan

Winding up in the top half of the standings and actually having a chance to crack the Final 4 in the Season 85 campaign, Arellano University showed the entire NCAA that newcomers don’t necessarily make for easy fodder. These Chiefs, formerly the Flaming Arrows, were after all an NCRAA powerhouse who won a couple of titles not too long ago. Behind the wondrously talented trio of swingman Alfie Martinez, forward Lee More Boliver, guard Jordan Melanio and forward-center Orlando Daroya, Arellano was the epitome of hardcore hoop greatness. That they were also beating better-known college teams in the various offseason tournaments only added to their legend. When they came to the NCAA last year everybody expected great things from the program and they did not disappoint.

Forward-center Giorgio Ciriacruz was selected to the Season 85 Mythical 5 after leading the Chiefs with a near double-double average. He showed one and all that not all the good players were in the big programs. He got plenty of help from a solid support crew that played fast-attack basketball and busted out on the early offense at every opportunity. They played strong on-ball defense from the three-quarter court and dogged the handler and jammed passing lanes to maximize their quick hands and fleet feet. It was always a challenge trying to get one against Arellano. Ciriacruz is no longer with the Chiefs, as is slam-dunking swingman Jerry Miranda. Both were vital cogs last season and will be missed.

There are still a few solid veterans left to carry the fight for Arellano though. Chief among these veterans are a pair of multi-skilled swingmen who should become the new leaders of the team: Andrian Celada, a 6-foot-4 swingman who can also see some time at both forward spots and Giorgio’s younger brother Isaiah Ciriacruz, a 6-foot-2 swingman, who also plays some 1 in a tall lineup will spearhead the Chiefs. Celada is probably the most underrated player in college basketball today. He is highly skilled, long, lean and athletic and could have easily wound up in a bigger program. The younger Ciriacruz is literally an image model for Arellano, as he is also on the various billboards advertising the hotel and restaurant program of the school. He is a slightly shorter version of Celada but is also a better passer and handler who helps advance the ball against pressure and can break down defenses with his dribble-drive. 5-foot-9 combo-guard Jon Virtudazo and the highly popular Bimbot Anquilo, all of 4-foot-11 in his sneakers, also return to shore up the perimeter.

Up front the Chiefs must certainly wish that African import Chris Mammi could already play this season, as the highly athletic 6-foot-7 African can rule both boards. As things stand, most of the frontline chores will fall on the shoulders of 6-foot-5 center-forward Ed Rivera. Rivera is yet another underrated player. He plays the 4 and 5 spots and can fill the lanes in transition unlike other more conventional big men. He should get some help from chunky 6-foot-3 center-forward Noy Zulueta, undersized vertically but more than making up for it with his 220-pound mass. Coming in from their own high school team, Prince Caperal should also see a few minutes at the 4 and 5 spots. Caperal is legitimately 6-foot-6 with good shoulders but is raw and tentative.

As for the Baby Chiefs, it promises to be a tough season for them with Caperal now moving up to the senior division. Two young lads with dynamic games should help them through, 5-foot-7 guard Jon Gamaru and 5-foot-9 swingman Toy Bustamante.

Sam Miguel
07-05-2010, 08:09 AM
Arellano faces a new-look St Benilde later and it promises to be a contest of two teams that might be described as kontrapelo. Returning coach Leo Isaac is emphasizing an up-tempo game to take advantage of his fleet-footed athletes. With his two best big men, Gio Ciriacruz and Ed Rivera, already gone, they need to go with speed instead of strength. That should make things interesting since St Benilde has become a more methodical and deliberate team under Coach Richard Del Rosario, taking advantage of their frontline players and the slashing ability of guards like Mac Abolucion and Jon Argamino.

Sam Miguel
04-13-2011, 09:27 AM
It should be interesting to see if Charles Mamie and Chris Okpe will be able to hold their own against the talented duo of Sudan Daniel and Olaida Adeogun of San Beda. Both teams will slug it out later at the Fil Oil at 2:00 PM.

Mamie is big and strong, and seems to have gotten bulkier from a year and a half ago, so he should prove to be a good match for reigning NCAA Most Valuable Player Sudan Daniel.

Adeogun should easily win against Okpe, who has shown some improvement but is far from automatic as a basketball player. Okpe has also added some much-needed muscle, but still moves awkwardly on the court.

07-27-2011, 02:50 PM
May nabasa ako na chismis na si Keith Agovida eh andito? Kailan maglalaro?

07-28-2011, 09:22 AM
^ Maglalaro saan? Juniors team ng Arellano?

07-28-2011, 12:33 PM
^ Boss Kieth Agovida is now about 21 years old, and is a mainstay in the Taytay-Cainta-Antipolo semi-commercial leagues, playing against guys like Braulio Lim and Jeff Sanders, don't think he'd be eligible for NCAA action whether high school or college.

Raging Blue
07-28-2011, 12:41 PM
^ Boss Kieth Agovida is now about 21 years old, and is a mainstay in the Taytay-Cainta-Antipolo semi-commercial leagues, playing against guys like Braulio Lim and Jeff Sanders, don't think he'd be eligible for NCAA action whether high school or college.

What a waste of talent. I just hope and pray Keith gets his act together and work his way into the PBA D-league or Liga Filipinas.

07-28-2011, 12:49 PM
^ Pare ko, Kieth Agovida is now breadwinner of what is now a brood of nine, which used to be just six when he was in JRU high school, so go ask his mom and dad what the f--- (literally) they're thinking...

08-01-2011, 07:33 PM
^ Di na ako maniniwala sa mga chismis unless it came here in gameface.ph (and from a credible source). To Keith Agovida, sana makapasok ka pa rin sa pro league whether PBDL or PBA man.

Back to the team:

The team lost to Mapua 73-70. Great bank three point shot by "The Snake" Mangahas. Tingin ko kaya pa rin nila mag Final Four pero they need also some big upsets to do that.


Mangahas buzzer beater saves Mapúa from Arellano

The scores:
Mapúa 73 – Taha 17, Nimes 16, Banal 8, Sarangay 7, Parala 7, Mangahas 7, Chien 6, Ighalo 4, Stevens 1, Ranises 0, Cantos 0
Arellano 70 – Celada 17, Caperal 17, Acidre 15, Zulueta 15, Lapuz 4, Palma 2, Pagayunan 0, Doligon 0
Quarter scoring: 20-22, 33-34, 52-57, 73-70

10-08-2011, 12:06 AM
I heard that Arellano has some really good North American Pinoy recruits for next year!!

Sam Miguel
11-15-2011, 09:32 AM
2011 Fr Martin Cup Open opening weekend schedules already posted in the new Fr Martin Cup Open thread, please visit the Fr Martin Cup Forum for details

11-15-2011, 09:36 PM
May new coach na ba ang chiefs???

11-16-2011, 10:14 AM

11-17-2011, 10:13 AM
From Inquirer Sports - - -

Koy Banal new Arellano Chiefs coach

Koy Banal, one of the few coaches who has won titles in both the UAAP and NCAA, has been appointed coach of NCAA squad Arellano University, replacing Leo Isaac.

Banal will take over a squad that has never made the Final Four since they joined the league in 2009.

“I’m excited to be back in college basketball,” said Banal, whose last head coaching stint was in 2006 when he steered San Beda to the NCAA title.

Determined to boost the Chiefs’ status in the country’s oldest collegiate league, Banal, who actually played college ball for Arellano in the 1980s, said he will put emphasis on recruitment as he attempts to rebuild the squad that won just six games last season.

“We will be keeping a keen eye on talent both locally and internationally,” said Banal.

Banal won two titles with Far Eastern U, including in 2004 after La Salle was stripped off the crown for fielding ineligible players in their title run. Banal steered FEU three times in five years during his tenure.

02-09-2012, 09:34 AM
Men's Quarterfinals ___

Saturday February 11 at Trinity - - -

10:00 - Lyceum v Letran
11:30 - NU v Fatima
1:00 - San Beda v FEU

Thursday February 16 at San Beda - - -

2:00 - Arellano v UE

03-03-2012, 03:37 PM
here you go james forrester one of the fil-am recruits...I tried to bring him to San Beda a couple years ago but he said he will try his luck muna sa states...


Sam Miguel
03-07-2012, 09:14 AM
^ Boss Kieth Agovida is now about 21 years old, and is a mainstay in the Taytay-Cainta-Antipolo semi-commercial leagues, playing against guys like Braulio Lim and Jeff Sanders, don't think he'd be eligible for NCAA action whether high school or college.

So Kieth Agovida really is with the Chiefs now, and according to their MANCOM Rep Mr Cayco completing high school at the Legarda Campus.

But as mentioned by Joe, he played in the semi-commercial leagues already, so how does this (if at all) affect his NCAA eligibility?

03-13-2012, 02:04 AM
here you go james forrester one of the fil-am recruits...I tried to bring him to San Beda a couple years ago but he said he will try his luck muna sa states...


He is not fil-am. He is Fil-Can.

05-29-2012, 10:56 PM
so..... is agovida eligible to play this coming season?

Sam Miguel
08-08-2012, 08:52 AM

7:37 pm | Monday, August 6th, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – Arellano overcame a listless start to stun Perpetual Help, 63-54, Monday and end a two-game slide in the NCAA Season 88 men’s basketball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Head coach Koy Banal commended his team’s defense which limited the Altas to just 10 points in the fourth quarter.

“We played a very horrible game against San Sebastian but these guys stepped up and we were able to bounce back,” said Banal, whose squad notched only its third win in eight games.

The Chiefs, who started the game trailing, 0-12, went on an 8-0 run capped by a Prince Caperal basket that stretched their lead to nine, 61-52, with 1:25 left.

Perpetual Help got cold after a back-and-forth battle up to the midway mark of the fourth period.

Vergel Zulueta and John Pinto carried Arellano down the stretch.

John Pinto, Arellano’s crafty guard, had game-highs of 15 points, 13 rebounds and six assists while Zulueta scored half of his eight points during the game’s crucial stretch.

Jett Vidal and Babayemi had 13 points apiece.

Vidal though hardly made his presence felt in the second half and went scoreless in the fourth period as Arellano tightened up on defense.

Prince Caperal also had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

The Altas ended the first round of eliminations with 6-3.

Sam Miguel
08-22-2012, 03:47 PM
By Joey Villar (The Philippine Star)

Updated August 21, 2012 12:00 AM

Manila, Philippines - Rocky Acidre fired all but two of his 22 points in the second half, including two charities that secured Arellano U’s surprise 85-82 victory over fancied Jose Rizal U in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan yesterday.

Held to just two points in the first half, Acidre, a 20-year-old junior from San Jose, Leyte, waxed hot with 13 points in the fourth quarter to help power the Chiefs to what was only their fourth win against six defeats.

“What can I say, Rocky (Acidre) is one of our veterans and can be relied upon in the clutch,” said Arellano U coach Koy Banal.

Arellano’s victory also foiled Jose Rizal’s bid to re-join San Beda on top as the Bombers fell to 7-3.

Acidre highlighted his endgame heroics with a triple that shattered the 75-all and then set up Fil-Canadian James Forrester for a lay-up in the next play to give Arellano a five-point cushion with less than three minutes to go.

“I wasn’t instructed by my coach (Banal) to shoot in the fourth quarter, it just so happened that I got the opportunities and converted it,” said Acidre.

The Chiefs thus bounced back from a forgettable performance Thursday when they scored just three fourth quarter points and ended up getting drubbed by the Mapua Cardinals, 49-68.

“It was my fault that we lost in the last game, not the players. After that, I kept telling the team to stay positive,” said Banal.

The Bombers actually pulled to within one, 82-83, as Byron Villarias completed a rare four-point play with 15 seconds to go.

But the Bombers fouled Acidre to stop the clock and latter rose to the challenge by canning a pair of pressure-packed charities to preserve the win.

The Bombers still had one last chance to send the game into overtime but Nate Matute, who finished with 21 points, including three triples, hit nothing but air as time expired.

Arellano outscored JRU in the third quarter, 28-17, to break a 34-all count and post a 62-51 bulge entering the fourth quarter.

Then Acidre took over.

Meanwhile, Perpetual Help drew strength from Jett Vidal as it fended off St. Benilde’s furious fightback to escape with a 78-74 victory yesterday and jump into a three-way tie at second place with San Sebastian and Jose Rizal in the second game.

In juniors’ action, Robert Bolick stepped up in the absence of Mario Bonleon as he came through with a triple-double effort to power La Salle-Greenhills to a 95-76 victory over Perpetual.

Bolick had a season high 41 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists and topped his all-around effort with a game-high six steals plus two blocks for La Salle-GH, which improved to 7-3.

Bonleon is with the Energen Pilipinas right now competing in the FIBA-Asia Under-18 Championship in Mongolia.

In other high school result, Jose Rizal edged Arellano U, 53-48, to stay in the Final Four hunt.

08-31-2012, 10:58 AM
By Cedelf P. Tupas

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:26 am | Friday, August 31st, 2012

Ian Sangalang asserted his might inside the paint, while Ronald Pascual broke out of his slump as San Sebastian dumped Arellano, 79-71, last night to vault into solo second in the 88th NCAA basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

The 6-foot-6 Sangalang played the entire game and finished with 22 points and 14 boards to help the Stags survive the absence of the suspended Calvin Abueva.

Pascual, who just recovered from flu, shot 18 points that went with nine rebounds.

The Stags looked in control until early in the final period when the Chiefs went on a 10-0 blast to tie the game at 63.

But the Stags figured out a way to solve the Chiefs’ fullcourt press and Pascual fired two triples sandwiched by short jumpers from Sangalang as the Stags, pulled away at 73-63.

In the second game, St. Benilde arrested a four-game slide with an 87-73 trouncing of Lyceum.

The scores:

SAN SEBASTIAN 79—Sangalang 22, Pascual 18, Juico 9, Miranda 9, Maiquez 8, Dela Cruz 7, Gusi 6, Binuya 0, Balucanag 0, Antipuesto 0.

ARELLANO 71—Hernandez 21, Forrester 13, Pinto 10, Zulueta 8, Caperal 8, Cadavis 4, Acidre 4, Salcedo 2, Bangga 1.

Quarters: 24-25, 41-35, 63-57, 79-71

09-28-2012, 11:06 AM
By Joey Villar

(The Philippine Star)

Updated September 28, 2012 12:00 AM

Games tomorrow

12 p.m. – EAC vs Letran (Jrs)

2 p.m. – Perpetual vs San Beda (Jrs)

4 p.m. – EAC vs Letran (Srs)

6 p.m. – Perpetual vs San Beda (Srs)

MANILA, Philippines - Jose Rizal fed on an explosive first half offensive and bucked repeated rallies by San Sebastian for an 82-74 victory that kept the Bombers Final Four hopes afloat in the 88th NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City yesterday.

Byron Villarias unleashed a game-high 28 points he spiked with a season-high tying eight triples as the Bombers snared their 10th win against seven losses to move just half-a-game behind joint third running Perpetual Help Altas and Letran Knights (10-6).

Jose Rizal survived a second half explosion by Calvin Abueva, who struggled in the early going but finished strong and wound up with 26 points, 20 rebounds, four assists and three blocks.

But the Bombers, who nearly squandered a 20-point bulge at the turn, made the right plays at the right time on both ends down the stretch to preserve the victory while dealing Stags their fifth defeat againt 11 triumphs.

“I’m just happy the players showed character in the end,” said Jose Rizal coach Vergel Meneses.

JRU’s win likewise gave reigning champion San Beda the top seeding with a 14-2 card.

Earlier, Fil-Canadian James Forrester fired 24 points as Arellano U trounced an undermanned Lyceum side, 58-49, in a non-bearing game.

Forrester highlighted his scoring binge with five triples as the Chiefs took control in the second quarter and went on to dominate the Pirates to hike their record to 6-10.

Although out of the Final Four race, Arellano U coach Koy Banal still told his players to play their best.

“Whether it’s a championship game or just a practice match, I always tell players to give it all,” said Banal, who hopes to figure well in the semis race next year with an intact roster.

The Pirates, who have played without Chris Cayabyab, Vence Laude, Mark Francisco and Floricel Guevarra for the third straight game due to academic deficiencies, fell to 3-14.

In juniors’ play, San Sebastian fought off a furious challenge by Jose Rizal as it carved out a 79-70 victory to seize the solo lead and clinch the first twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four with a 15-1 record.

Arellano U routed Lyceum, 125-36, in another non-bearing contest to improve to 7-9.

Jose Rizal fell to 6-11 while Lyceum took its 16th straight loss.

10-22-2012, 11:15 AM
UE's B Warriors starring Charles Mamie and JM Arafat will be playing against Arellano's B Chiefs led by Fil-Am Dioncee Holt in the semifinals of the Fr Martin Cup Division II.

They will square off this Friday 26 October 9:00 AM at the Trinity University gym along E Rodriguez in Quezon City.

The other semifinal match pits JRU B against San Sebastian B.

10-24-2012, 10:47 AM
From Peter Atencio of the Fr Martin media center ___

Games Friday

(Semifinal matches at the Trinity University of Asia)

9 a.m. Hope vs Xavier (jrs)
10:30 a.m. Chiang Kai Shek vs San Beda(jrs)
12 nn UE vs Arellano University (srs)
1:30 p.m. JRU vs San Sebastian (srs)

The Arellano University Chiefs struck hard in the second quarter to upset the defending champion San Beda Red Lions, 89-60, last Sunday to clinch one of the last two semifinal berths in the 10th Fr. Martin Division 2 Cup basketball tournament.

Giovanni Jalalon banged in a gamehigh 17 points for the Chiefs, who joined the San Sebastian College-A Stags in the semis when action ended at the Arellano University gymnasium in Legarda, Manila.

The Allan Trinidad-coached Stags, led by Jason Pusiquit and Jaymar Perez with 20 and 13 points, put away Informatics, 63-56, in this cagefest which is supported by Gerry’s Grill.

In the junior division, Hope Christian School drew 13 from from John Apacible and blasted the University of Santo Tomas Tiger Cubs, 105-56, while Kim Lee Bayquin shot 19 points for Chiang Kai Shek-A, which turned back the Jose Rizal University Light Bombers, 72-65.

Hope and CKSC thus earned the top semis slots in Group A and B, and after both swept their seven-game assignments.

Jalalon led a 16-4 uprising for the Eric Gonzales-mentored Chiefs in the start of the second period with his three-point play.

With Austin Allan Fabian and Kinsman Redeemer following up with a triple and a drive, the Chiefs shattered an 18-all first quarter deadlock and went on to grab a 45-25 halftime advantage.

The Chiefs will face the University of the East Warriors in a 12 nn semis showdown on Friday at the Trinity University of Asia gymnasium, while the Chiefs will meet the JRU Heavy Bombers at 1:30 p.m.

Hope and Xavier School will meet in the junior semis earlier at 9 a.m. while Chiang Kai Shek tangles with the San Beda Red Cubs at 10:30 a.m.

The UE Warriors reached the semis after they needed two overtimes to repulse the Technological Institute of the Philippines Engineers, 83-73, Saturday.

The Heavy Bombers, led by Mar Balagtas with 12 points, waylaid the National University Bulldogs, 76-59, for the right to meet the Stags for the other finals seat.

Sam Miguel
02-20-2013, 10:07 AM
NLEX, Cagayan fives clinch title berths

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:28 am | Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

NLEX survived a Jose Rizal University squad that kept battling back to book a ticket to the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup finals.

Kevin Alas and Ian Sangalang carried the scoring load and Kirk Long made a key block in the dying seconds as the Road Warriors escaped the Bombers, 87-85, in the thrilling winner-take-all Game 3 of the semifinals yesterday at Filoil Flying V Arena.

“It’s a relief to be able to get past JRU,” NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez said after his three-time champions nearly saw their reign come to an end against the hot-shooting Bombers.

The Road Warriors face an unlikely finalist in Cagayan Valley, which completed its upset of No. 2 Blackwater Sports with an 80-68 victory in the other knockout semifinal duel.

Eliud Poligrates, Joshua Webb and Mark Bringas fueled a strong second half where the Rising Suns led by as many as 15 points, 76-61.

“I’m very happy since this is our first time in the finals,” said Cagayan coach Alvin Pua.

Game 1 of the title series is set at 3 p.m. tomorrow at Blue Eagle Gym in Ateneo.

Alas fired all but two of his 19 points in the second half and Sangalang shot eight of his 14 in the last four minutes to keep NLEX afloat against JRU.

John Byron Villarias and Anthony Del Rio towed JRU to within 84-85, but Ronald Pascual nailed two free throws with 9.8 ticks left to keep the Road Warriors ahead, 87-84.

After a Khasim Mirza free throw made it 87-85, Villarias—who shot 21 of his 25 points from three-point range—tried to seal the major upset but Long foiled his potential game-winning triple in the dying seconds.

The scores:

First Game

CAGAYAN 80—Poligrates 17, Webb 11, Bringas 11, Celada 10, Lao 9, Almazan 8, Exciminiano 7, Melano 5, Cruz 2, Pasculado 0, Forrester 0, Montemayor 0.

BLACKWATER 68—Ferrer 18, Celiz 12, Llagas 11, Mangahas 10, Chua 8, Bagatsing 2, Abdul 2, Vigil 2, Fortuna 2, Ciriacruz G. 1,Pe 0, Ciriacruz I. 0.

Quarters: 21-15, 35-40, 57-54, 80-68

Second Game

NLEX 87—Alas 19, Sangalang 14, Pascual J. 13, Pascual R. 11, Camson 9, Salva 7, Sumalinog 4, Lanete 4, Long 3, Hermida 3, Amer 0, Garcia 0.

JRU-AIR 21 85—Villarias 25, Pinto 15, Maiquez 15, Del Rio 13, Mirza 10, Mabulac 6, Paniamogan 1, Lopez 0, Almario 0, Ighalo 0, Miranda 0, Apinan 0.

Quarters: 19-15, 40-32, 64-57, 87-85

Sam Miguel
02-25-2013, 10:43 AM
Beda, Arellano, Letran, Benilde in Fr Martin Semis

Games Saturday

(Semifinals at the Trinity University of Asia gym)
9 a.m. San Beda vs Arellano
10:30 a.m. Letran vs CSB-A

The defending champion San Beda Red Lions banked on a big third quarter run to subdue the University of the Philippines Maroons, 66-56, last Saturday in the second stage of the quarterfinals playoffs of the 9th Fr. Martin Cup Collegiate Open basketball tournament.

Baser Amer and Rome de la Rosa fired 12 points each for the Red Lions, who led three other squads in reaching the semifinals when action ended at the Trinity University of Asia gymnasium in Quezon City.

The Letran Knights, with Mark Cruz showing the way with 24 points, bumped off the College of St. Benilde-B Blazers, 68-64, to join the Red Lions in the semis with the Arellano University Chiefs and the CSB-A Blazers.

Luis Sinco sank two crucial free throws in the dying seconds for the CSB-A Blazers, who eased out the Adamson Falcons, 50-46, and moved into a semis clash with the Knights on Saturday.

Brian Nichols hit 14 points for the Arellano University Chiefs, who outplayed the Informatics Icons, 70-63, and this put the Chiefs in semis tiff with the Red Lions, according to commissioner Robert de la Rosa.

A three-point play from Arthur de la Cruz in the last 8:41 of the third period allowed the Red Lions to break free from a 35-all.

Later, a three point play from de la Rosa and a dunk from Olaide Adeogun allowed the Red Lions to stage a 14-4 run which handed them a 49-39 spread in the remaining 4:23.

With the foul-troubled Falcons getting close, 46-48, Sinco sent in two gift shots in the last 27.6 seconds, enabling CSB-A to stay out of harm’s way at endgame.

Cruz kept the Knights afloat in the final period with his five free throws, including two crucial freebies in the final 23 seconds.

Sam Miguel
03-04-2013, 09:32 AM
Beda-Benilde A in Fr Martin Cup Open Finals

Veteran pointguard Luis Sinco scored crucial baskets in the final minute and led the College of St. Benilde-A Blazers to a 63-61 upset of the Letran Knights last Saturday in the semifinal round of the 9th Fr. Martin Cup Collegiate Open basketball tournament.

He made 17 points, including six points in the remaining 53.5 seconds, allowing the Blazers to barge into a winner-take-all finals with the defending champion San Beda Red Lions this weekend.

The Red Lions, behind Rome de la Rosa and Olaide Adeogun, breezed past the Arellano University Chiefs, 75-65, and this earned them the right to go for their second consecutive crown since last year.

Newcomer Jon Jalalon and veteran Toto Pinto tried to keep the Chiefs in the fight, bringing Arellano within 48-54 late in the game, but they just could not get enough support from the rest of their team. It did not help that the expatriate triumvirate of Dioncee Holts, James Forrester and Adam Serjue probably broke more of a sweat walking to the venue than from seeing any real action.

Serjue is expected to be out another month with his ACL injury still in the recovery stage. Holts has a slight left knee sprain. Forrester also is still feeling the effects of a left knee sprain he sustained during the PBA D League.

The Blazers triumph came three weeks after Gabby Velasco came aboard as their new coach. This was only the third game for Velasco with St Benilde; he is also head coach of the St Francis of Assisi Doves in the UCLAA.

Commissioner Robert de la Rosa said the final will be on 9 March, Saturday morning at the Trinity University of Asia gymnasium, with the time to be announced at a later date.

St Benilde fought back from as much as five points down in the last quarter, with Mark Romero forcing a 56-all deadlock with his driving layup in the last 1:53.

Romero showed the way with 24 points for the Blazers, who went on to grab the upperhand with a pair of drives from Sinco, 61-56.

But the Knights still managed to stay close by one off McJour Luib’s triple, Sinco kept the Blazers ahead with a charity, 62-61, in the last 4.8 seconds.

Sinco, a former one-season star for the Ateneo High School, then sank another charity off Rey Nambatac’s foul a second later to finalize the count. Nambatac had gotten himself trapped along the sideline after a bad inbound pass by the Knights. He lost the possession and was whistled for a foul trying to recover the ball.

The Knights could have won it as time expired, but Nambatac’s triple missed its mark as the buzzer sounded. Kevin Racal led the knights with 14 points.

“Nahirapan kami. Buti na lang, hindi sila sumuko,” said Velasco. "Credit goes to the players for not giving up."

New Letran head coach Caloy Garcia meanwhile was livid with the table officials. The man in charge of the scoreboard belatedly credited two points for St Benilde during a Letran rally nearing the end of second quarter putting the Blazers ahead 30-21.

"Nakita mo na? Ayan 'yung bibingay mong two points kanina!" he angrily declared after the final buzzer sounded, pointing at the scoreboard.

Sam Miguel
05-23-2013, 08:51 AM
Chiefs shock Lions on Pinto clutch hits

By Joey Villar

(The Philippine Star) | Updated May 23, 2013 - 12:00am

Games tomorrow

12:45 p.m. – UST vs Lyceum

2:30 p.m. – Adamson vs UP

4:15 p.m. – FEU vs St. Benilde

MANILA, Philippines - Nard Pinto fired nine of his 17 points in the fourth quarter as Arellano U pulled off a shock 67-66 victory over fancied NCAA champion San Beda to close in on a quarterfinal berth in the Filoil Flying V Hanes Cup Premier Cup at The Arena in San Juan yesterday.

Pinto, a sophomore out of Zamboanga City, took charge for the Chiefs’ fiery windup, hitting clutch baskets as the Legarda-based squad finally beat San Beda after losing all their eight face-offs in the last four NCAA seasons.

“The players made it happen and Nard (Pinto) is our go-to guy and the leader of this team and his effort today opened the door for us to get this win,” said Arellano U coach Koy Banal, who steered San Beda to the 2006 NCAA title before Frankie Lim took over.

The victory was the Chiefs’ fifth against two losses as they moved within a win from clinching the second of four quarterfinal berths in Group A paced by National U with an 8-0 mark.

The Lions fell to joint third with the idle Adamson Falcons at 3-2.

Rome dela Rosa and Baser Amer paced San Beda with 14 and 13 points, respectively, but the Mendiola-based school failed to draw a strong effort from Nigerian Ola Adeogun, who groped for form and finish with only eight points and six rebounds in only 15 minutes of action.

University of the East likewise inched closer to the quarters as it foiled Lyceum, 82-72, for a 5-2 slate.

The Warriors actually struggled from the line and fell by as many as 12 points in the third quarter but made a strong charge in the fourth quarter to fashion out the win.

“It’s all mental, missing free throws. I just really hate it seeing my players missing free throws,” said UE coach Boycie Zamar.

Lyceum fell to its fifth straight loss.

Sam Miguel
06-04-2013, 08:06 AM
Warriors, Tigers gain Final 4, forge KO duel

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:32 pm | Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Sustaining its surprise run, University of the East rolled past Adamson, 66-58, yesterday to clinch a Final Four berth in the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup at Filoil Flying V Arena.

Roi Sumang pumped in 18 points, including six in a 14-4 windup, to lead UE to the next round where the Warriors will face the University of Santo Tomas Tigers.

The Tigers nailed the first semifinal berth after toppling higher-seeded Arellano, 83-73, in the other knockout quarterfinal match.

“We have everything to gain,” UE coach Boycie Zamar said of his Warriors, who finished near bottom in last season’s UAAP yet clinched the No. 1 spot in Group B with a 6-2 record.

“We don’t have the advantage here, because remember, we were seventh in the UAAP. So this win is a good motivation for us.”

Chris Javier added 11 points for the Warriors, who had a fiery 13-0 start before fending off the Falcons’ persistent rallies.

Jeric Teng unloaded 23 points and Karim Abdul had a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Tigers, who finished third in Group B with a 5-3 record.

“The players refused to lose,” said UST coach Pido Jarencio. “It was a matter of pride. The experience of the players also showed.”

UST guard Ed Daquioag also stepped up in the absence of injured starting guard Clark Bautista by posting a double-double of 11 points and 10 boards.

Ranked second at 6-2 in Group A, the Chiefs struggled minus top gunner James Forrester, who sat it out due to a knee injury.

Zamar said he is impressed with the endurance of his Warriors, who also competed in a recent provincial tournament.

“We’re very tired,” said Zamar. “But we don’t want to use that as an excuse. I told them we still have to play as a team. And considering that Adamson has been together for several years already, it’s an achievement for us that we were there fighting.”

The Falcons, led by Rodney Brondial, opened the final period with an 11-0 blast for a 54-52 lead. But the Warriors responded with an 8-0 tear anchored on Sumang to regain the advantage, 60-54, then held the Falcons to just a couple of baskets in the last five minutes.

The scores:

First Game

UST 83—Teng 23, Abdul 18, Ferrer 14, Daquioag 11, Pe 6, Mariano 5, Lo 3, So 2, Hainga 1, Marata 0, Tan 0, Lao 0, Macasaet 0.

ARELLANO 73—Pinto 13, Bangga 10, Hernandez 8, Nicholls 8, Jalalom 7, Salcedo 5, Enriquez 4, Margallo 3, Gumaru 3, Caperal 2, Cadavis 2.

Quarters: 26-17, 40-37, 62-53, 83-73

Second Game

UE 66—Sumang 18, Javier 11, Sumido 9, Noble 6, Mammie 6, Flores 5, Olivarez 4, Jumao-as 4, Santos 3, Casajeros 0, Bonleon 0, Guion 0, Olayon 0.

ADAMSON 58—Brondial 19, Sewa 12, Cabrera 9, Cruz 6, Petilos 6, Iñigo 3, Rios 2, Agustin 1, Monteclaro 0, Bernabe 0, Abrigo 0, Mendoza 0, Ochea 0.

Quarters: 22-12, 32-32, 52-43, 66-58

10-08-2014, 11:15 AM
Chiefs eye top semis seeding vs Pirates

By Joey Villar (philstar.com) |

Updated October 7, 2014 - 3:57pm

Games Wednesday

(The Arena, San Juan)

12 p.m. – Letran vs St. Benilde (jrs/srs)

4 p.m. – Arellano U vs Lyceum (srs/jrs)

MANILA, Philippines – Arellano University seeks to continue its fairy tale run as it takes on an already-ran Lyceum for the top seeding in the 90th NCAA basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City Wednesday.

The Chiefs shocked the heavily favored San Beda Lions last Saturday to clinch their first ever trip to the Final Four since joining the league five years ago and booked with a twice-to-beat advantage along the way.

Another win over Lyceum, already out of it all with a 6-11 (win-loss) mark, in their 2 p.m. showdown will seal Arellano, which currently owns a 13-4 record, the top seeding in the Final Four where it will take the No. 4 team needing just a win to make a breakthrough finals stint.

But first things first, Arellano U coach Jerry Codinera wants his players to concentrate on beating the Pirates, a team the Chiefs routed, 93-80, in the first round on June 30.

"Although we're happy we hit two birds in one stone by making the Final Four and getting that important twice-to-beat advantage, we can't think ahead of ourselves and just focus on our the Lyceum game first," said Codinera.

A loss though by Arellano U will forge a playoff for the No. 1 spot against San Beda (13-5) either on Friday or Saturday.

Codinera attributed his team's successes to steady efforts by American Dioncee Holts, Jiovani Jalalon, John Pinto and Keith Agovida and the re-emergence of pro-bound Prince Caperal.

"There are so many heroes but we can't ignore the other parts and members of the team who played their roles in helping us where we are right now," said Codinera.

Meanwhile, College of St. Benilde guns for a playoff for a Final Four berth as it tackles an ousted but dangerous Letran side at 4 p.m.

The Blazers survived the undermanned Mapua Cardinals, 87-76, to improve to 11-6 and a win over the Knights, currently with an 8-9 slate which it hopes to improve by ending its campaign with a win, will send them in a three-way tie for the last two Final Four seats.

If it happens, St. Benilde will play Perpetual Help (12-6) in a knock-out duel tomorrow for the last Final Four spot where the winner will take on Jose Rizal (12-6), which automatically advanced to the Final Four due with the highest quotient among the three, in another playoff for the No. 3 seeding on Saturday.

St. Benilde coach Gabby Velasco, however, stressed the need for his team to play with urgency.

"We played bad even though we won against Mapua. We can't afford to play like this against Letran," said Velasco.

10-16-2014, 09:53 AM
Lions, Chiefs seal ‘NC’ title showdown

By Cedelf P. Tupas |

Philippine Daily Inquirer 4:58 am |

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

San Beda returned to familiar territory, while Arellano broke new ground.

Proving equal to the challenge at crunchtime, the Red Lions and Chiefs forged a championship duel last night with gutsy victories in the Final Four of the 90th NCAA basketball tournament at SM Mall of Asia Arena.

The Red Lions built enough cushion to hold off a late Perpetual Help rally with an 81-75 triumph that rewarded San Beda with a ninth straight finals appearance while the Chiefs turned back the Jose Rizal U Bombers, 72-65, to reach the finals for the first time since joining the league in 2009.

As the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, the Red Lions and Chiefs were armed with a twice-to-beat edge. It turned out they didn’t need it as both teams came out strong in the final quarter to preserve their early advantage.

“It’s a dream come true for all of us in the entire Arellano community,” said Arellano coach Jerry Codiñera, in only his first season at the helm.

“It’s nice to be back in the finals,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez, whose team is seeking a fifth straight title.

Game 1 of the best-of-three finals is at 4 p.m. on Monday at Mall of Asia Arena.

American Dioncee Holts notched 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, but it was Jiovani Jalalon who delivered the telling blows, scoring the last five points of the Chiefs, while putting the clamps on a red-hot Jaycee Asuncion down the stretch.

The Lions nearly squandered a 26-point lead in the first half as the Altas came within five points, 75-80, in the last 20 seconds, before Baser Amer iced the game with a split from the free throw line.

The scores:

First Game

SAN BEDA 81—A. Semerad 18, Amer 17, Adeogun 13, Mendoza 12, Dela Cruz 11, Pascual 6, Koga 2, Tongco 2, Sara 0, Abude 0, D. Semerad 0.

PERPETUAL HELP 75—Thompson 20, Baloria 20, Arboleda 14, ALano 11, Dagangon 7, Oliveria 2, Jolangcob 1, Dizon 0, Ylagan 0, Gallardo 0, Bantayan 0.

Quarters: 22-7, 44-18, 55-44, 81-75

Second Game

ARELLANO 72—Holts 22, Hernandez 12, Jalalon 8, Caperal 8, Pinto 7, Agovida 7, Ciriacruz 4, Salceda 2, Enriquez 2, Gumaru 0, Bangga 0, Cadavis 0.

JRU 65—Teodoro 19, Asuncion 13, Mabulac 13, Abdulwahab 6, Benavides 5, Sanchez 4, Paniamogan 3, Lasquety 2, Salaveria 0, Grospe 0.

Quarters: 21-18, 36-31, 54-53, 72-65

10-21-2014, 08:21 AM
Lions shackle Chiefs, edge closer to 5-peat

By Joey Villar (The Philippine Star) |

Updated October 21, 2014 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - San Beda fought off Arellano U’s trapping defense and pounced on the Chiefs’ lack of championship poise at endgame to hammer out a 74-66 victory and move in the threshold of a five-peat in the NCAA men’s basketball finals at the MOA Arena in Pasay City yesterday.

Facing a first-timer in the finals, the Red Lions seized control early, slowed down in the face of the tough-defending Chiefs in the middle quarters before unloading another killer run in the fourth to pound out the victory for a 1-0 lead in their best-of-three series.

San Beda guns for the clincher in Game Two tomorrow, also at the MOA arena. Another win will not only seal the Red Lions’ fifth straight championship but also their eighth in the last nine for a league-best 19th title.

A decider, if necessary, will be played Saturday.

“We’re happy we won the game but it’s just one game,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez.

Ace guard Baser Amer dished out a superb all around game for San Beda, drilling in 17 points, making seven assists and grabbing five rebounds.

He also starred in the Lions’ big start of 11 unanswered points with Anthony Semerad providing the solid backup.

“It’s a matter of playing with confidence,” said the 22-year-old Amer.

Nigerian Ola Adeogun turned in a game expected of him – 14 points and 14 rebounds with four blocks and three assists to boot.

“I don’t mind about my stats. I’m thinking more of helping the team win,” said Adeogun.

For Arellano coach Jerry Codinera, they just succumbed to championship pressure.

“We didn’t level up, we felt the jitters,” said Codinera, who steered the Chiefs to their first ever finals appearance since joining the league five years ago.

But the Legarda-based squad hopes to settle down in Game Two and make the necessary adjustment to force a decider, spoil San Beda’s crack at five-peat and complete its remarkable campaign.

Earlier, the Mapua Red Robins shut down the San Beda Cubs in the fourth quarter and came away with an 84-75 victory to likewise move one win away from clinching the juniors plum, their first since going all the way 14 years ago.

Mapua is currently tied with San Beda with 20 high school titles.

“It’s been a while since the school won a high school championship,” said Mapua mentor Randy Alcantara, who started coaching six years ago when they went from zero to five, nine, 10, 11, 12 wins before wracking up 16 victories this year.

Warren Bonifacio led the Robins with 18 points but it was David Velvez who stepped up at crunchtime, hitting nine of his 14 points in the fourth quarter that shattered the 63-all count en route to victory.

11-26-2014, 10:46 AM
San Beda arranges duel with La Salle in PCCL finals with rout of Arellano

By Rivals PH

on November 25, 2014

MANILA – For one more time, San Beda will have the chance to extinguish its longtime demons.

The Red Lions will get one more shot at their long time tormentors in the De La Salle Green Archers after punching the final ticket to the 2014 Philippine Collegiate Champions League Semifinals with a resounding 87-68 rout of NCAA rival Arellano, Tuesday afternoon at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

Baser Amer woke up from his slumber in the second half as he scored all of his 16 points in the final 20 minutes to lead the second half onslaught for the five-peat champions.

Amer also spiked his scoring output with six assists and five boards.

“I just told them to do what we always do and play the San Beda way, and they responded, ” said interim coach Adonis Tierra.

After trailing for most of the first half, the Red Lions torched the Chiefs for 53 points in the second half to pull away for good.

Amer conspired with Art dela Cruz and Ola Adeogun as the three took turns in blasting the Arellano defense in the final 20 minutes.

JP Mendoza and Amiel Soberano even joined the fray in the final quarter to ultimately slam the door on an Arellano comeback.

Dela Cruz led the Red Lions with 20 points and 10 boards while Adeogun chipped in 11.

Mendoza and Soberano combined for 19 markers.

Jiovanni Jalalon had another splendid game as he finished with 24 points, nine assists and four steals but San Beda’s experience and depth proved to be too much for the 5’9 spitfire guard to conquer.

03-05-2015, 09:57 AM
FYI Fr Martin Cup ___

Game schedule for Saturday 7 March at FEU, games start at 8:00 AM:

Arellano vs UE
Perpetual vs San Beda

Semifinals na po ito, knockout only, winners advance into the Finals, don't know if there is a game for third place.

03-09-2015, 10:02 AM
Arellano, Perpetual Arrange FMC Open Title Showdown

By www.gameface.ph

7 March 2015, FEU Gym, Manila - Arellano University and Perpetual Help University will dispute the Fr Martin Cup Open Division championship as they disposed of separate foes at the sweltering Far Eastern gym in downtown Manila.

Arellano outlasted University of the East 73-64, while Perpetual mauled San Beda College 93-66 in the knockout semifinals.

UE actually jumped the gun on Arellano, racing to a 0-7 start and built as much as a 4-15 lead midway through the first period.

But the Chiefs regrouped behind pointguard Jio Jalalon and shooting guard Zach Nicholls to turn things around 21-19 early in the second period. Coach Jerry Codinera's boys never looked back from there.

The Warriors of Coach Derrick Pumaren hung around behind 6'8" import Bernard Awana's strong inside game, and the all-around hustle of brothers Paul and Jason Varilla, but just could not regain the upper hand.

Burly big men John Bangga and Mac Tano tool turns controlling the boards and the lane to frustrate the inside game of UE, staving off the repeated Warrior rallies. Nichols then nailed back-to-back three-pointers to make it 61-71 for his Chiefs with some two minutes and change left in the game.

"I'm happy we were able to play better defense in the second half, and the boys really earned it," said Codinera after the game.

Nichols led Arellano with 19 points including four treys. Jalalon added 12 points.

Awana had 20 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks for the Warriors but got little help from the rest of his guys.

In the second game, the Altas established control early on against the Red Lions and practically cruised to the win.

Reigning NCAA MVP Scottie Thompson controlled the game early for his Altas as they went zoomed to the 11-4 lead to start the game.

San Beda put on a mini-run to come within 13-11 behind Jeramer Cabanag but that would be as close as the Red Lions would get.

Newcomer Mac Ylagan conspired with Crispin Elopre, Gerald Dizon, Ric Gallardo and imports John Eze and Akhoutei Bright to establish a 50-39 halftime lead and simply never looked back.

Playing without his top NCAA veterans, Coach Jamike Jarin just could not match up against the veteran Altas of father and son Coaches Aric and Lester Del Rosario.

The 6-foot-7 Eze punctuated the dominance of the Altas with back-to-back alley-hoop slams to build the largest lead at 93-63 with only 1:40 left in the game.

Ylagan led all scorers with 21 points with four treys, while Elopre added 16 markers on three treys of his own. Cabanag had 13 points for San Beda.

The one-game championship is set for the morning of Saturday 14 March, tentatively at the San Beda St Placid Gym.