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03-19-2009, 04:40 PM
Goldies Leading
August 1991

The University of Santo Tomas Glowing Goldies are turning out to be the big surprise of this year's UAAP varsity basketball tournament. Hardly given a chance after the sudden departure of 7-foot giant EJ Feihl, the Goldies have shamed the sages by winning their first four matches and in impressive fashion at that.
The Goldies dumped the FEU tamaraws, 114-84 in the inaguarals, clobbered the Ateneo Blue Eagles, 80-60 next, then expectively whipped the NU bulldogs, 87-64. Only the Adamson Falcons for whom Feihl will play next year, were able to test the Goldies to the hilt last Saturday. Powered by 6-9 Marlou Aquino, 6-5 Giovanni Pineda and 6-2 Apollo Lim, the Falcons soared to a 57-32 edge near the end of the first half. Just when the few hardy souls at the Loyola Center thought the game was over, however, the Goldies made their improbable climb.
They levelled at 101-all, before Vincent Favis tapped in a loose ball for the marginal basket with three seconds left. The incredible comeback was completed and suddenly, the Goldies were legitimate contenders. Especially with the surprise loss of back-to-back champion La Salle to resurgent FEU, 82-80, also Saturday. With La Salle's downfall, UST remained the only unbeaten squad. FEU, the early pick to battle La Salle for the title, is tied with its victim at 3-1.
UP and Ateneo, both hammered by low average ceiling, were at 2-2, while Adamson, also highly-rated was at 1-3 in company with UE, as usual, NU languishes at the cellar with a 0-4 card.

03-24-2009, 05:27 PM
UST on a roll
August 1992

Everything's coming up roses for host University of Santo Tomas.
Playing intensely throughout, UST demolished Ateneo, 77-55, last Sunday and joined three other teams for the lead in the 55th UAAP varsity basketball tournament at the Loyola Center.
The victory put UST in the company of defending champion Far Eastern University, De La Salle and Admason University with 4-1 records. FEU halted Admason's winning streak Saturday with a 66-62 victory while De La Salle routed University of the Philippines, 83-62. Ateneo is 2-3 followed by UP and National University with similar 1-4 slates. University of the East is winless after five outings.
UST got the big points from Rey Evangelista and Dennis Espino, who complimented each other in dominating the boards, while Generoso Tengco and Rudolf Belmonte took charge on outside shots. Evangelista lead the Tigers with 25 points on top of 13 rebounds. Tengco and Espino added 12 and 11, respectively.
From a comfortable 43-28 spread at the half, UST hiked its lead to 76-43 on the combined efforts of Patrick Fran, Tengco and Espino en route to its third straight win. While UST had an easy win, FEU had to struggle past Adamson, which played minus Marlou Aquino.
The 6-9 Aquino came in street clothes and watched his team succumb to its first defeat. He claimed thieves took his uniform while drying on the clothesline in his Makati residence.
But Aquino's loss was hardly felt by the Falcons, who gallantly fought the Tamaraws from the start before they lost steam in the final five minutes. Gerardo Hipolito, Jonathan De Guzman and the 7-0 Edward Joseph Feihl broke a 49-all deadlock for a 60-56 Adamson lead. But momentum shifted to FEU in the return play when Henrico Gascon scored a jumper that started the Tamaraws' assault. Johnny Abarrientos split charities off Segundo dela Cruz made it 65-60 but Adamson cut the lead, 62-65, on Arthur Dabao's jumper with 49 seconds remaining.
De La Salle, as expected, leaned on the game-long brilliance of Zandro Limpot, Jonas Mariano and Dwight Lago in handling UP its fourth loss. Limpot had 21 while Mariano and Lago added 12 each as the Green Archers smoothly coasted to victory.
In womens basketball, UST defeated Adamson, 72-62, to pace with four straight wins. The loss was Adamson's first after three consecutive triumphs to share second place with FEU, 51-44 winner over De La Salle. UP trounced UE, 60-49, for its second win in four games while UE fell to 0-4.

Raging Tamaraws
August 1992

"Raging" aptly describes the Far Eastern University Tamaraws. Coming off a 90-75 demolition of the UE Warriors last week, FEU will try to fortify its hold of the solo lead when hostilities of the 55th UAAP basketball tournament resume on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.
After eight games, the Tamaraws were on top at 7-1, De La Salle, Adamson and host UST were in a three-way tie for second place with six wins each.
De La Salle ran over UP, 86-76, Adamson outplayed Ateneo, 77-70, and UST clobbered NU, 107-64, over the weekend. Having won over the Blue Eagles, 70-64 in the first round eliminations, the Green Archers stand a good chance of moving up the standings. Ateneo and UP dropped into a tie for fifth spot with 3-5 followed by NU with 1-7. UE sank further in the cellar with no win to show in eight starts.
The Tamaraws banked on an awesome transition play in the second half to insure their victory over the slumping Red Warriors, a 15-2 FEU rally, punctuated by Johnny Abarrientos, sealed the contest.
Rommel Sanson and Ernesto Quidilla anchored UE's final rally as the red warriors managed to cut the lead to 67-78, 5:03 remaining, but Henrico Gascon and Abarrientos had a basket each for an 82-67 spread.
Abarrientos topscored for FEU with 18 points, Gascon made 17, Nestor Echano added 16, Arnold Padaong had 14 and Angelo David contributed 10.

04-14-2009, 10:02 AM
By: Buddy Macaspac

The Blue Eagles have landed! After having their wings clipped and their flight grounded for nine long years, the once proud and confident Ateneo Blue Eagles finally snared their first-ever UAAP senior basketball crown with a gripping come-from-behind 94-92 win over multi-titled University of the East at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
It took the mutt and jeff combination of Eric and Gilbert Reyes to finally lead the Ateneans to their Promise land. The explosive duo combined to spark a fiery 22-2 assault that finally knotted the score at 85-all after Ateneo trailed three-fourths of the way. Earlier, the Warriors, lined up against the wall with the burden of having to win twice over the Blue Eagles to snatch an unprecedented 18th league championship, spewed fire and sent smoke signals to Ateneo's title drive by taking a huge 83-63 advantage.
It took the fired-up Ateneans only five minutes to overhaul the seemingly imposing spread and seize control of the match. But it was the Warriors' folly which finally did them in. Slotman Jerry Codinera, irked at his inability to get past Ateneo's triple towers; Reyes, Alejandro Araneta and Danny Francisco, lost his composure and was meted a deliberate foul which gave the opposing team the lead, 87-86, and another 30 seconds on the shot clock. Comebacking UE coach Roel Nadurata was slapped a technical foul for disputing a call made by referee Nic Penaloza. The shorter Reyes made good the gift shot to give the Blue Eagles a four-point cushion, 90-86, with a little over two and a half minutes left to play.
And when it ws finally over, approximately 6,000 wildly cheering Ateneo students and alumni, led by Senator Raul Manglapus, spilled the court like a huge wave and thanked the victorious cagers for the championship that took a long time coming, "Ibinigay namin ang lahat sa huli, hindi ko na inaasahang mananalo pa kami," beamed an ecstatic Ateneo rookie coach Cris Calilan, still unbelieving at their storybook comeback.
Ateneo, rich with a history of cage excellence, is no stranger to victory, the Blue Eagles captured a still unsurpassed 16 championships in the older and glamorous though less competitive NCAA since 1924 until their dramatic pullout in 1978 as a result of uncurbed student violence during the games.
This time, the names that make every Atenean heart swell with pride again are Eric Reyes, Gilbert Reyes, Joseph kenneth Nieto, Nonoy Chuatico, Jaime Gayoso, Joseph Canlas, Alejandro Araneta, Daniel Francisco, Basa, Racela and Jeongco. This batch gave the host school 13 straight wins after an opening day loss to dethroned champion University of the Philippines on the way to a first place finish at the end of the double round eliminations.
True, they dropped another game against University of Santo Tomas. But that has been erased after Glowing Goldie shooting forward Federico Oblina was found ineligible to play. The young and talented Oblina tampered with his WNCA result and was thus banned from playing in the league for the gross misconduct. The Goldies, therefore, forfeited their four won games, including that against the Blue Eagles.
This year, it just was not written that a maroon, red or golden yellow flag will fly high. It is the turn of the Blue hues to reign supreme. For the Blue Eagles and their legions of fans, the wait has certainly been long and anxious. But it was well worth it.

More Sideline Notes: The other article I had have a different view, it is said Nieto's basket gave Ateneo the lead for good, 88-86 (perhaps the technical slap on Codinera came earlier) The Warriors had one chance to turn the game but Modesto Hojilla missed a desperate three-pointer with 16.3 seconds left. Hojilla emerged the goat when he incurred an intentional foul on Chuatico, who split his shots that enabled Ateneo to disengage from a 92-all tie.
Eric Reyes then put the icing on Ateneo's win with another split off Codinera.

06-10-2009, 09:42 PM
Its UE's Robert Jaworski vs. UST's Danilo Florencio in the 1965 UAAP basketball finals. The two great basketball warriors later figured in many unforgettable cage wars in the amateur league (MICAA) and the professional league (PBA) in the 6os and 70s.

Source: Sunday Times Magazine, November 28, 1965




"Last minute errors, swift steals decide nerve-wracking contest"

The best of three games for the 1965 UAAP basketball diadem went to the University of the East, but the hero of the third and decisive match came from the losing team. He was Danilo Florencio, a 19-year old UST forward, whom nobody could stop that night--- except the referees. And when Coach Caloy Loyzaga’s prized rookie fouled out in the closing minute after a spectacular 40-point performance, UST’s retention bid for crown crumbled under the terrific pressure put on by the mighty UE warriors.


Although spotty officiating hurt the Goldies more than it did the Warriors--- only one of the UST first stringers survived the game--- UE could not be denied its hard-earned victory. But for Florencio’s superb showing, Chief Warrior Robert Jaworski was the outstanding star of the evening, grabbing those rebounds like nobody’s business and scattering 29 precious points, the last two of which came off Florencio’s fifth and costly foul and tied the score at 84-all, with 10 seconds to go. At this stage, UST was a badly crippled lot, and Loyzaga had to scrape the bottom of a shallow bench; the reserves he sent in to face a still intact UE first team fell apart with a series of boners which enabled the Warriors to pull two sensational steals and put in four points to clinch the thrill-chocked contest.


The ending reminded fans of UST’s triumph in the first of the three-game championship series last Oct. 31, when Florencio made two lightning interceptions in the last few seconds to give his team a hairline 69-67 victory. The Warriors evened matters in the second game, 72-65, by blanking George Lizares, one of UST’s chief gunners. And Florencio was not so hot that time, making only 17 points, most of which came rather too late to check a determined UE crew.


Ironically, that night Florencio was at his hottest--- the entire UE team practically ganged up on him, to no avail--- UST lost the title and made Florencio the most frustrated hero in the history of UAAP cage competitions.

06-11-2009, 12:53 PM

UE Grabs 6th Cage Crown
Sunday, October 11, 1970

University of the East remained the country's top varsity squad for the sixth straight year last night as the Warriors clobbered the National University Bulldogs, 106-95 for the UAAP basketball title at the Rizal Coliseum.

The temperamental Johnny Revilla pumped in 27 points and had 12 assists as he sparked a savage third quarter attacked that boosted UE to the throne unbeaten for the second straight year.

Revilla, who maintained his cool for once despite getting deliberately tripped twice, combined with Rudulf Kutch, Rodolfo Soriano and Reynaldo Franco for a 20-4 outburst that gave UE a 20 point bubble at 79-59 going into the last quarter.

The splurge left NU gagged for good and all that they could do was whittle the lead at gun-time.

"Hindi sya puedeng magwala basta nasa akin siya", (he has to control his temper when he plays for me), said Virgilo (Baby) Dalupan of Revilla after the match.

Indeed Revilla was a wonderful sight in his "keep cool" attitude. When he was not feeding or shooting, the RP youth player was hauling rebounds with authority.

UE's 46-28 edge in rebounds was enough factor for an early breakaway but its 26 errors stifled the spurt time and again.

The Bulldogs, fighting in their first championship in 16 years, took adavantage of these UE lapses to cling on to the Warriors' back at the half, 42-44.

Earlier, the NU Bullpups move to within a victory of claiming the high school title by nowing out the Adamson Baby Falcons 54-52, in their playoff tussle.

The undergoal stab by Bullpup eynaldo Gloria in the last 20 seconds of play insured the victory and gave NU right to shoot for the title against the University of Sto. Tomas Nuggets on Wednesday.

The UAAP officials beat the Scribes, 86-75 int he day's opener.

06-11-2009, 06:50 PM
Nice, hope there's more of the 70s Era, so its UE and NU who played for the UAAP Finals in 1970.

07-05-2009, 01:44 AM
1994 UAAP

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07-05-2009, 01:46 AM
1994 UAAP Juniors

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07-08-2009, 12:49 AM
1994 UAAP Juniors

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Defending champion La Salle Zobel?

Wasn't Adamson the defending champion during this season?

07-10-2009, 06:04 PM
UAAP Update
Falcons flying higher than Eagles
By: Jun Santos
August 1989

The Falcons are flying high while the Blue Eagles appear to be slowly getting zoomed into extinction in the UAAP. Adamson University upset pre-tournament favorite Far Eastern University in overtime last Sunday, 112-110, while University of the East demolished Ateneo de Manila University, 107-90.
The Falcons, this year's darkhorses, buckled down to work early with Julius Santos and Edelino Cabanilla heading the onslaught, Adamson went ahead by as much as 50-31 before settling for a 52-37 spread at halftime.
Rookie point guard Johnny Abarrientos orchestrated FEU's plays in the second half and with big guys like Victor Pablo and Edgardo Postanes scoring inside, the Tamaraws slowly chewed on the lead, with FEU down, 89-92, Alejandro De Guzman unloaded a three-point bomb that tied the count at 92-all with 27 seconds left. Adamson had a chance to take the ballgame in regulation time, but the Falcons muffed three tries at the basket to forge an extra period.
It was close throughout the overtime with neither team enjoying a lead of more than three points. Jethro Doromal played the hero's role for Adamson when he swished the cords from deep right with four seconds left on their shot clock, 10 left in the game clock. That proved to be the marginal shot.
"We played them man-zone in defense", said Adamson University coach Angel Ascue.
Defending Champion Ateneo, which lost 92-102 to FEU last time out, relied on its transition game to post an early 31-19 lead. But UE quickly got its bearings back and knotted the score at 36-36. From a slim 57-54 lead at the interval, the Warriors went full blast, they controlled both boards, ran the breaks perfectly and put up a stonewall defense to erect a big 89-68 lead and never look back.
"I told the boys not to treat Gilbert Reyes as a special player", said UE coach Roehl Nadurata. Without big men like (Alex) Araneta and (Danny) Francisco, Reyes is easy to stop.
De La Salle University crushed National University, 94-65, to remain on top of the eight-team field with an immaculate 4-0 record. Adamson, UE and FEU keep themselves company a game behind the Green Archers with identical 3-1 cards. Ateneo, meanwhile, dropped to 2-2.
University of the Philippines finally barged into the win column, demolishing University of Santo Tomas, 123-81, behind the 37-point performance of Jonas Jaime Mendoza, the highest output so far in the league. The Maroons now have a 1-3 card while UST and NU occupy the cellar with 0-4 slates.

08-03-2009, 10:08 AM
Not Quite La Salle's
By: Chino Trinidad
October 1991

De La Salle University's confirmation of its third straight crown will have to wait for another game. Yes basketball lovers, La Salle's post game victory celebration was a bit premature; but it was not the Green Archers' fault. They had every reason to be jubilant. After 40 minutes of non-stop collegiate basketball last Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum, the Green Archers came out on top registering an 80-77 victory over FEU.
You ask, why a replay? To put simply, let me just say there was a technical error committed by the officials working the game. Basketball by-laws dictate; errors in the technicality of the ballgame, committed in the crucial stages having a drastic effect on the result of a match is solid ground for a protest.
The error in question came in the last 2:26 of the game with La Salle on top. The table officials failed to notify the referees of the game that La Sallite Tony Espinosa had already his fifth final foul against the driving Johnny Abarrientos. Espinosa was still able to play for a few seconds more before FEU coach Turo Valenzona and team manager Anton Montinola were able to approach the table officials to point out the mistake. The game was delayed for about five minutes, when play resumed, UAAP commisssioner Boy Codinera and his officials failed to slap the necessary technical foul on De La Salle. The Green Archers went on to win the game, but when FEU team captain Victor Pablo signed the official scoreboard, he placed the game under protest.
All hell broke loose as confetti rained all over the jampacked Araneta Coliseum as the legion of La Salle supporters jumped for joy and players embraced one another. But little did they know that everything wasn't over yet. The UAAP deferred the traditional post-game award. They wanted to wait until the decision on FEU's protest could be reached.
The Order for the replay of the championship match is a bitter pill to swallow for the Green Archers. But who can blame Dr. Cynthia Abad Santos and the UAAP board who were just doing their job? Two days of apprehension, protest, and Tuesday's marathon hearings, UAAP officials ordered a replay of the championship match. Never in the 54 years of the league has there ever been a decision such as this.

*The Game won by La Salle was played on October 5, and the order of a replay of the championship game was set on October 12 at the Araneta Coliseum, The Green Archers didnt show up and the UAAP board declared the FEU Tamarraws 1991 UAAP Champions.

02-24-2010, 05:48 PM
Manila Standard, Friday July 17, 1987
UAAP Outlook
Standard sportswriters Manny Angeles and Raffy Japa size up the chances of the eight teams in the UAAP basketball tournament that starts tomorrow, in the following articles appearing in two packages.

ADAMSON - No end to Falcons' blues

After winning the title for the last time in 1977, the Falcons have never been much of a threat. Adamson has yet to assemble a potent running crew since then and coach Nemie Villegas could only wallow in dismay.

"Talagang mahirap humanap ng kombinasyong maaring mag-champion. Isa pa talagang malalakas ang mga kalaban lalo na nang pumasok ang La Salle at Ateneo," Villegas says.

This year's season finds Villegas in the same predicament saying that his Falcons don't stand much of a chance much less figure in the finals.

"Unang-una, dalawa lang sa mga bata ko ang nagkaroon ng exposure sa commercial league - si (Fernando) Garcia at si (Juancho) Estrada. Lahat hilaw pa."

With two of his last year's stalwarts no longer with them - Edgardo Valencia (now with Purefoods) and Louie Alas (now with Sta. Lucia), - Villegas is pinning his hopes on last year's veterans and four rookies whom he prays would blend with the team.

They are Joseph Valdez, a 6-foot-4 center; Johnny Tam, a 5-7 off guard; Joven Banez, a 5-8 point guard and Glen Francisco, 6-2 forward.

ATENEO - Missing pieces in title jigsaw

UP may have a Lipa bench clone in Ramon Bernabe, but Ateneo has a former Ron Jacobs prodigy in its new coach, Cris Calilan.

Having been an aide of Jacobs for three years (1983-1985), Calilan is expected to infuse the rigid discipline and court techniques of the American bench maestro to the already vaunted line up of the Loyola Heights Blue Eagles.

With a surplus of basketball material this year on all positions, Calilan may just provide the missing pieces in Ateneo's championship jigsaw which has eluded the Eagles since winning an NCAA title in 1977.

The height is there (6-6 Alejandro Araneta, 6-5 Daniel Francisco, 6-4 Eric Reyes). The frontline is impressive (Jaime Gayoso, Kenneth Nieto, Emilio Chuatico and Joseph Canlas) and the speed is not amiss (Gilbert Reyes, Roderick Racela and Miguel Habana).

"Malakas konti ang team namin ngayon kaysa last year dahil may tatlo na akong mapagpalit-palit sa gitna," said Calilan, referring to Araneta, Francisco and national youth mainstay Eric Reyes.

Although the US-trained Ramces Reynoso has been disqualified from playing this year due to NCEE requirements, the Blue Eagles have a reliable ball distributor in the diminutive Gilbert Reyes, who quarterbacked the Philippine boys team to a strong runner up finish to China last December.

The elevation of Habana and Racela from the Blue Eagle ranks have also made the point guard spot three-man deep with plenty surprises expected to come from the rest of the Eagles bench.

Calilan, a former Jose Rizal Heavy Bomber turned Crispa Redmanizer, is also expected to mix up the right chemistry of bench wizardry from Jacobs, winningest PBA coach Baby Dalupan and his father-mentor Kiko Calilan.

It's just a question of motivation and bench sense by Calilan to wield the Eagles to a strong, fighting unit which could soar over the rest of the UAAP opposition.

UNIV. OF THE EAST - Most solid of favorites

Exhaustive research by rival teams has yet to provide a formula for beating perfection - which is to say 18-time champion, University of the East.

For the past many years, the Warriors have been the most dominant school in the league and this year could prove no different.

After getting derailed by the Maroons in their bid last year, the Warriors are just aching to get back - this time with comebacking coach Roehl Nadurata, a former amateur league standout who has returned from nearly 10 years of coaching in the United Arab Emirates.

With probably the most intact lineup carried over from last year's runner-up squad, the Warriors are considered the most solid title favorites with national player Jerry Codiñera spearheading the clutch of old reliables.

These include Conrado Barile, Alfredo Bartolome, Roberto Ella, Carlos Fermin, Modesto Hojilla, Verni Villarias and David Zamar.

The best attribute to UE's growing popularity as a spawning ground of talents is the way most of its players have been getting exposures in commercial teams.

Says one UAAP habitue "Ang UE yata ang may pinakamaraming players na naglalaro sa malalaking liga."

This is also the one big advantage Nadurata wants to exploit in bringing UE yet another title. "Sana manalo uli kami para maganda naman ang pagbalik ko." he said.

FAR EASTERN - Ready for long season

One of the luxuries Far Eastern enjoys is its possession of near-complete commercial league-seasoned starting combination.

Former national player Edgar Tanuan, Philippine Youth candidate Edgar Postanes, PABL Slamdunk participant Alejandro de Guzman, power forward Joseph Ronald Carodan.

All of them played for either Yco, Miescor or Philips Sardines in the commercial league.

It could have been a complete fearsome five had not ESQ Marketing sentinel Gerald Esplana been banned from the UAAP because of his stint in the commercial league even without satisfying a year of residency in his university.

And the absence of Esplana, a former San Beda Red Cub, may tell on the perennial favorite Tamaraws, who earlier lost the services of ace playmaker Ramonito Roa and Edwin Padilla who have both graduated from the league.

Out to shape up and inherit the point are Oscar Latoreno, Elias Burden, Robert Gajudo and Joey Roxas, although Roa, Padilla and Esplana may be irreplaceable in a short period of time.

The Tamaraws may just have to be compensated inside where they are considered at their fiercest with the intimidating presence of the 6-5 Tanuan, the 6-3 Carodan, the 6-2 De Guzman and the high leaping Postanes.

Out to provide the needed medium range baskets are Cruz, Postanes,Teofano Tiu and Gerardo Nicolas.

It's a long UAAP season. I hope my players peak in time and give their fightingest throughout," said FEU coach Fidel Que.

The Tamaraws are the league's second best winningest team with 13 titles since UAAP's inception in 1938. Their last taste of the varsity crown was in 1983 when the Roa-led Morayta dribblers routed the State University cagers in the finals.

02-25-2010, 06:24 AM
Manila Standard, Saturday July 18, 1987
UAAP Outlook
Standard sportswriters Manny Angeles and Raffy Japa assess the four other campaigners in the eight-team varsity field in the centerpiece basketball tournament of the UAAP's 50th season which begins today.

LA SALLE - 'Magandang labanan ito'

Notably the most hurt of player transitions, La Salle is banking on the veterans to carry its campaign this season.

Testifying for ball distribution is national player Ferdinand Pumaren, whom many believe has gained a lot in exposure. He could spell the one big difference especially in offense which will now definitely focus on the 6-foot-3 Jose Miguel Santa Maria, a mainstay of the Magnolia squad in the Philippine Amateur Basketball League.

Coach Derek Pumaren is not expecting much from his rookies. That's why Richard Bachmann, a member of last year's national youth team which bowed to China in the finals, will have to take up the cudgels if only to prove his worth to the team.

But wahat worries Pumaren most is the strength of the other teams especially last year's runner up, University of the East and arch rival Ateneo, who according to Pumaren has embarked on a year long physical conditioning program.

"Magandang labanan ito," Pumaren said.

With Pumaren expected to miss several of the Archers' games due to his commitments to the national team, the Taft cagers will have to go to veteran Enrique Afable and former San Beda Red Cub Teddy Monasterio to direct ball traffic with possible side coming from rookie Vincent Favis.

But what La Salle gravely needs at this point is a consistent marksman who will back up the trio of Pumaren, Bachmann and Santamaria in the Green Archers' quest to hit the dead-center of success.

NATIONAL - More bite than bark, hopefully

Winning may have been a stranger for the National U in the last five years, but this year, the Bulldogs have been so tired of losing that they have begun entertaining thoughts of tasting the joys of victory again.

"Hindi na kami kagaya ng dati na puedeng pagtulak-tulakan. Noon, pagtuntong pa lang ng court, talo na ang isip ng mga player. Tatawa-tawa lang kapag matalo. Ngayon, nagagalit na silang matalo. Hindi mo na puedeng biruin at makakadisgrasya ang NU ngayon," says long-time coach Sonny Paguia.

In the past, the Bulldogs usually slipped into complacency after the UAAP season. Last year, NU continued playing in the Metro Manila Basketball League and in the regional eliminations of the national collegiate where they broke a five-year winless skein with victories over Metro Manila Colleges and St. Joseph's College.

But NU's chronic problem in ceiling is still there, as two tall recruits - 6-6 Cris Bolado and 6-4 Mike Ballesteros still have to satisfy their residency and one 6-2 forward did not make the academic requirements.

"Maski maliliit ang players ko ngayon, lahat kayang maglambitin sa ring. Matataas silang tumalon at mabibilis. May shooting na rin," said Paguia who was still a student when NU won the varsity title in 1954.

Otherwise, NU may just have to be the "toothless Bulldogs" whose bark is more dangerous than its bite.

UNIV. OF THE PHILS - Maroons hate to lose

The legacy of national coach Joe Lipa on the University of the Philippines quintet are the experience of winning a title, a big fighting heart and a great deal of Maroon pride.

Once rated as a strong college team never to have won a title, the Maroons ended their 47-year title drought last year. Although the euphoria may not last into this season, Lipa's legacy will surely will.

We will always be the Fighting Maroons even without the the three national players (Benjie Paras, Ronnie Magsanoc and Joey Guanio). Maybe it's Maroon pride. We just hate to lose. "We've conditioned ourselves not to depend on the three because they will be preparing for international meets for most of the seasons," says rookie UP coach Ramon Bernabe, who is a Lipa understudy for several years now.

The Maroons will also miss the services of Eric Altamirano and Duane Salvaterra, but Bernabe, himself a former Fighting Maroon, says they have devised ways to compensate.

Left to man the point while Magsanoc is away are carryovers Primo Rodriguez and Jigs Mendoza with possible relief jobs by fresh cagers Alfie Manlulu and ex-UP Parrot Lito Vergara whom Bernabe tagged as a "smaller Magsanoc".

Six-foot-three rookie Warren Clemente will reinforce the middle with regulars Chris Somera, Ramil Cruz and Paras, while Bobby Noriega, Herbert Wenceslao and Henry Subido are expected to back up Guanio at the wings.

"Our systems will still be the same. But we have some defensive innovations. We've been limiting our tune game rivals to 40 points in the first half. But I think the team that will peak in the second round will have the biggest chance," said Bernabe.

SANTO TOMAS - Goldies' seasoned at last?

Santo Tomas has perennially been the envy of most teams. The past three years, they were bruted about as strong title contenders, what with three "towers" overseeing their campaign.

But just as intense as their ability to give Santo Tomas a longsought title is their opposition's desire to bust their campaign as what University of the East did the Goldies back to back in 1984 an 1985.

Last year was no different.

The Goldies were going strong in the early stages of the tournament only to sputter in the most crucial stages.

And coach Januario del Rosario just couldn't understand why.

"Maybe my team needs more seasoning," he says although recent developments would show that he's still got an ace in the slot in Vegildo Babilonia, a 6-foot-5 pivotman who has played the big leagues for about two years.

The departure of Silverio Palad and the gangling Julian Rabbi Tomacruz due to academic reasons notwithstanding. Del Rosario has another ace in the frontline in Roberto "Bobby" Jose, who acquitted himself well in last year's youth squad of Joe Lipa.

With no triple towers now hampering their running game, Del Rosario expects a more efficient transition game for his boys that could transform this year's team into a champion squad.

02-26-2010, 05:23 PM
Manila Standard, Tuesday, July 5, 1988
Ateneo - Slant on defense

Defense will be the key when defending champion Ateneo opens its title-retention bid in the 51st UAAP season which begins July 16 at the Araneta Coliseum.

The assessment was made by new Ateneo coach Fritz Gaston, who took over the position left by Cris Calilan last April.

"Basically, this team will be more conscious of defense this year," said Gaston, a former Ateneo player himself during the 1977 NCAA season. "Their game will be unlike last year when they played defense on their own."

The Blue Eagles - who have three titles to their credit - the Metro UAAP, national UAAP and Metro Manila Basketball League, have an impressive intact line-up despite the loss of Emilio Chuatico and Reiner Jeongco to graduation.

Clogging the shaded lane are twin towers 6-6 Alejandro Araneta and 6-5 Daniel Francisco as centers along with the 6-4 Eric Reyes.

Point guard Gilbert Reyes, who played for Magnolia in the Philippine Amateur Basketball League will be the chief ball distributor and will also provide the firepower together with Jaime Gayoso, Kenneth Nieto and skipper Joseph Canlas.

Gene Afable and Rico Santiago have been elevated from the Eagles ranks as replacements of Chuatico and Jeongco.

Jose Miguel Habana and Roderick Racela, who played with the national team that placed second in the Asian under 17 championship in Qatar last Christmas, will support Reyes in his point guarding chores.

There are other newcomers, six-foot-two William Yancey, a prized recruit from Wagner high in Clark Airbase, will be earning his residency and will eventually play as guard. Darren Javier is a former Ateneo junior.

The Eagles took the solo lead in the UAAP's second round last season after an eligibility scandal involving UST shattered a four-school race for the finals. Ateneo eventually gained a finals seat and won over the University of the East in the playoffs.

In the July 16 inaugurals, the Eagles will meet the Warriors, whom Gaston considers as Ateneo's foremost foe in its title-retention bid.

"The Warriors are still the team to watch," said Gaston. "Their game was centered on Jerry Codiñera before he went to the PBA. This year, with Codiñera out, the Warriors have improved in their individual plays. They have become a well balanced team.

The 31 year old Gaston notes that UST, with its height advantage and running game is another big threat. To him, UP and La Salle are the least of the threats.

"I heard La Salle is a good team this year," said Gaston, noting that the Archers have captured their first ever national students’ title last March. "We'll give them a run for their money. We have three titles behind our backs against only one by them. Besides La Salle has never beaten us."

"We won't let anybody just take our title away," he added.

Meanwhile, the Ateneo Lady Eagles, who debuted last year and captured the runner-up honors behind UST, will be aiming for their first ever title under new coach Bernie Atienza.

Atienza, who formerly handled the St. Scholastica high school team in the WNCAA, replaced Virgil Villavicencio, who will now pilot the Ateneo juniors.

Christian Cheng, the team's center, will be providing much of the team's strength and firepower with Michelle Lazaro and Frances Severino, who will also see action for the national ladies football team playing in Peking on Sept. 1-12.

03-18-2010, 07:51 AM
Vindication for La Salle & Pumaren
November 1990

Derek Pumaren could have kept the words to himself. After all, the La Salle Green Archers, whom he coaches, have already retained the UAAP crown.
But his emotions overtook him. It had got to be told. ""This one's for the UAAP board, we swept the eliminations and we needed one more to win the championship", said Pumaren moments after La Salle had beaten University of the East, 78-74, for the varsity title at the Araneta Coliseum.
Don't blame the guy, you would have echoed his sentiments. Consider that La Salle actually won 14 straight which should have been enough for a two-round sweep and the outright championship. The UAAP board, however, stalled the Archers' preordained date with destiny. It ruled that prize recruit Luis Locsin from Bacolod hasn't completed the one-year residency requirement yet, and was therefore ineligible to compete for La Salle. Hence, the three games in which Locsin played were forfeited by La Salle.
And the Green Archers, although they still emerge top qualifier with an 11-3 slate, were forced into a title series with the second-placed Warriors at 10-4. the only consolation the Archers got was that they needed only to win once to cop the title, while the Warriors must prevail twice.
The Warriors, twice beaten by the Archers in the eliminations, came souped-up for Game 1, however, and ambushed the Archers, 80-71, necessitating the winner-take-all affair.
In Game 2, the Archers were not denied of their second straight championship. Nursing their bruised ego behind close-door scrimmages the whole week, the Archers were ready come the big battle.
Their spirits further buoyed up by thousands of alumni and students who transformed the Araneta into a sea of green, the Archers, behind Zandro Limpot, who played with a protective mask over his broken nose, and rookie Dwight Lago led by as many as 15 points in the second half but had to weather a Modesto Hojilla-led rally by the Warriors in the final two minutes to annex their second title since bolting the NCAA and joining the league in 1986.
Limpot eventually bagged his second MVP award and was joined in the Mythical team by UE's Ferdinand Ravena and Jolly Escobar, FEU's Johnny Abarrientos and Ateneo's Richard Ticzon.
In other fronts, the University of Santo Tomas Goldbelles kept their supremacy in womens play while the Adamson Baby Falcons topped the high school division.

05-18-2010, 04:29 PM
Tigers on track of UAAP title
July 1993

What was thought of to be a far-fetched dream is slowly turning into reality for UST in the UAAP.
At the rate they are winning games, the Tigers may just end their 23-year title drought.
Putting to good use their edge in height and experience, the Tigers crushed the National University Bulldogs, 107-76, last Tuesday to post victory No.3 and assumed solo leadership in the varsity division.
Starring their fearsome starting unti of Dennis Espino, Rey Evangelista, Edmund Reyes, Patrick Fran and Rudolf Belmonte, the Tigers had earlier mangled the Ateneo Blue Eagles, 94-76, and trounced the La Salle Green Archers, 80-70.
Thus far, only the defending champion Far Eastern University Tamaraws seem capable of halting the UST juggernut. the Tamaraws mauled the Bulldogs, 99-68, and then clobbered the University of the East Warriors, 72-49, to claim second place.
Thanks to its solid frontline rotation of 6-foot-5 Angelo David, 6-3 Sixto Mondarte, 6-3 Enrico Gascon and 6-2 Nestor Echano.
Adamson, touted earlier as another title contender, seems not strong enough as it got waylaid by Ateneo, 77-72, and barely squeaked past scrappy La Salle en route to a 2-1 record.
University of the Philippines, celebrating the return of 6-5 center Edward Juinio, beat NU and was at 1-1 in a tie with Ateneo. Promising La Salle is at 1-2, but could still turn into a contender if its rookies and sophomores mature in time. The Warriors, barely a shadow of the league's winningest squad they used to be, brought up the rear with the Bulldogs at 0-2. And judging from their games, both teams will be stuck there.

06-17-2010, 03:47 PM
Hot Start for Three
By Jean Malanum
July-August 1992

Dubbed as pre-tournament favorites, Far Eastern University, De La Salle and Adamson have kept their winning ways to share the lead in the UAAP varsity basketball competition.
The Tamaraws, the defending champions, carry a 2-0 slate along with the Green Archers, last year's runners-up, and the Falcons. This Saturday, though, De La Salle and Adamson will dispute the solo lead when they face separate rivals at the Loyola Center.
Adamson, 85-82 winner over host University of Santo Tomas last July 25, will most likely take the top spot with only National University to contend with, The NU Bulldogs lost to the UP Maroons, 57-97. The Green Archers, coming off a 70-64 win over the Ateneo Blue Eagles, will face the UST Tigers.
The Tamaraws, who demolished University of the East Red Warriors, 109-88, last July 26, will meet the UP Maroons this coming Sunday.
In their previous outing, the Falcons played steadier in the dying seconds to overcome the Tigers. Despite a 50-38 edge at halftime. Adamson's offense weakened and that allowed UST to move within 76-79 on a 10-0 blast behind Rey Evangelista and Dennis Espino.
UST even had a chance to forge a deadlock until the sudden twist of fate. Rudolf Belmonte's layup made it 82-84, 46 seconds remaining, but Edmund Reyes was slapped with a three-second violation in the next play.
Marlou Aquino led Adamson with 22 points, nine rebounds and three block shots followed by Segundo dela Cruz III with 21. Kenneth Duremdes, who split his charities for the final score, finished with 13 points. Only three Tigers had double-digit outputs. They were Evangelista 23, Belmonte 19 and Espino 19.
De La Salle, on the other hand, banked on key players Jun Limpot, Jonas Mariano and Antonio Espinosa to outclass archrival Ateneo. The Green Archers unleashed an 11-0 bomb to wrap up the game, 69-59, 28 seconds left after Ateneo had taken a 59-58 edge going into the final four minutes.
Limpot topscored for the Green Archers with 19 while Mariano and Espinosa chipped in 15 and 10 respectively. Richie Ticzon led the losers with 28 points, including four triples. Gabrielle Severino had 13 and Billy del Rosario added 12.
In the womens matches at the UST Gymnasium, UST defeated La Salle, 77-40, Adamson beat UE, 64-45, and FEU demolished UP, 61-44.
The high school division games saw NU trounced UP-Integrated School, 95-87, and UE trip FEU, 100-73.

08-12-2010, 09:42 PM
Blue Eagles outlast Tigers in close door match
September 1999

Displaying a big fighting heart going into the dying minutes of the match, the Blue Eagles uncorked a 13-2 blitz as they outlasted powerhouse University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers, 63-60, to win the close door match of the 62nd UAAP basketball tournament at the Lyceum gymnasium.
Ateneo finished the double-round eliminations with a 10-4 record to grab the third spot going into the much-awaited final four. On the other hand, UST slipped to 11-3, in a tie with defending champion De La Salle University. Both squads will play tomorrow at the Philsports Arena to determined which team will take the No.1 and No.2 spots. The winner of the knockout game faces fourth-seeded Far Eastern University (9-5).
Cyrus Baguio earlier, rattled eight straight points for the Growling Tigers to put them ahead, 58-49. However, overconfidence appeared to have creeped in the Santo Tomas squad. After rookie Alwyn Espiritu's inside stab, the Growling Tigers went silent the rest of the way. Worse, they allowed the Blue Eagles to soar in the final stretches of the match. "The game is very important to us because now we have beaten all the teams in the UAAP," said Ateneo coach Joe Lipa.
The game began at the 8:25 mark of the second half with UST in front, 50-46. Only league and technical officials were allowed to watch the match, together with the press. The game, of course, was stopped last September 4 when the partisan crowd littered the hardcourt with debris. The two referees, Genon Buenaventura and Raffy Marana failed to control the highly-physical match. UST and Ateneo forwards Jeff Valeriano and Richard Alvarez threw elbows at each other even as they also trash-talked a lot.
Ateneo playmaker Paul Tanchi led the Blue Eagles' assault with 11 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals. On the other hand, sophomore center Enrico Villanueva added 10 points and 11 boards as well as a shot block.
Last Saturday, La Salle had a chance to put one under UST, 78-69, even without the presence of its two top players- Don Allado and Dino Aldeguer. Florencio Ritualo fired 33 points as he scorched UST's defense with his booming triples and near-flawless perimeter shooting.

11-03-2010, 11:27 PM
UP Fighting Maroons' Amazing Surge to the Finals!
September 1982

University of the Philippines sustained its awesome form in its amazing march to the finals, as they chalked up one victory after the other, to finally nail down the first championship slot in the UAAP basketball tournament at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
The Figthing Maroons turned back defending champion Far Eastern University, 97-90, behind the efforts of hardworking rookie Edgardo Roque, Jr. who came through with timely hits in the final canto. It was a nip-and-tuck battle all the way between the Maroons and the Tamaraws, with the former taking the half at 48-45. But the Maroons settled down to work in the second half, with UP skipper Vincent Albino, Joel Javier and Roque orchestrating a 10-5 blast after the Tamaraws had come to within threatening distance. This explosion by the Maroons in the last few minutes all but settled the issue with still 2:26 left in the game.
FEU's offensive thrust had suffered tremendously when skipper Joel Valle, who was playing so well the entire game, got into foul trouble in the last minutes. the former RP Youth standout led the Tams' scoring parade with 30 points. Topscoring for the Maroons, were Javier, who pumped in 30 points, Roque with 24 points, and Albino with 19 points.
In the games played by UP the past week, the Maroons flashed a brilliant invincible form, as they make their strongest bid for their first ever UAAP championship crown. After finishing the first round with a 4-2 win-loss record, where their only actual loss was to Ateneo, the Maroons came rampaging in the second round by scoring a repeat over erstwhile league-leader UE, 92-89; an easy conquest of the UST Glowing Goldies; 78-52; an impressive win over the Adamson Falcons, 96-90; and finally, a hard-fought clincher of the game against FEU. The Maroons are now on top of the standings with 9 wins out of 12 games, sending them in the finals.
In the earlier games, the University of the East Warriors ousted the Adamson Falcons, 104-100? to put them in solo second behind the Maroons with an 8-3 win-loss slate. Prolific scorer Allan Caidic teamed up with Mariquit to power the Warriors' offensive in the final minutes, as the Falcons kept on clawing back at them, behind the hardworking pair of skipper Victor Azurin and rookie Elmo Ledesma. The Warriors refused to collapse under the searing pressure, as top center Godofredo Lim Uy controlled the boards, while Caidic, who was waxing hot that game, and Reywell Entona took care of the scoring chores. Caidic again struck hardest for the Warriors, as he scattered 38 points. Entona and Mariquit scored 16 and 14 points, respectively. For the Falcons' side, Ledesma scored 17 points, while Azurin and Platon had 16 apiece.
The Warriors' conquest of the Falcons strengthened the former's bid to the other finals slot. After suffering back-to-back setbacks from the hands of the UP Maroons and FEU Tamaraws, 94-93, the win against Adamson is a must for the Warriors, who only had the Ateneo Blue Eagles as the remaining stumbling block to earn the right to take a crack at the crown against two-time tormentor, the UP Maroons.
Earlier that day, the University of the East Pages kept their junior title via 12-game sweep, as they whipped the Adamson Baby Falcons, 94-88. Ateneo Blue Eagles clobbered the NU Bulldogs to the tune of 129-89, in the other varsity match.

01-05-2011, 03:26 PM
Archers soar
By Jef Mikael Eroa
August 1995

Rampaging La Salle Green Archers stay in command with five straight wins. Rivals UE Red Warriors are in second with 4-1 win-loss slate, while FEU Tamaraws and three-peat seeking UST Golden Tigers remain within striking distance.
But look who's making heads turn in the ongoing UAAP men's basketball championships at the far-flung Loyola Center in Quezon City.
Yes, perennial tailenders NU Bulldogs are currently the darling of the fans with their gutsy showings. Considered laughing stock of the league for many years now, the Bulldogs are out of the cellar with a 2-3 win-loss record.
"You can no longer take NU for granted. It is a completely different team now," said temperamental UE coach Francis Rodriguez after the Warriors repulsed the Bulldogs, 63-59, last week.
UE thus snapped NU's winning streak to two. The Bulldogs gained respect by beating Ateneo and UP, respectively, and long-time mentor Sonny Paguia expressed joy on the Bulldogs' resurgence. NU's lineup has been strengthened by the inclusion of Asian Youth veteran Danny Ildefonso, a legitimate slotman.
La Salle scored its fifth straight win at the expense of comebacking Adamson, 99-70. Mark Clemence Telan and Tyrone Bautista topscored with 19 points apiece. "Im glad that we're on a roll but this is not the time to jubilate. Malayo pa ang labanan," said La Salle coach Virgil Villavicencio.
Far Eastern University needs to improve its teammanship in order to keep up with the pacesetters. Still missing the services of ace playmaker Anastacio Mendoza, FEU dumped host Ateneo, 70-43, and improved to 3-2 win-loss, same record of UST.
In spite of exciting games, fans are shying away from the ongoing matches. Main reason is the location of the venue. While the league can host games at either the Rizal Memorial Coliseum or at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium, both accessible, the league decided to make Loyola Center the main venue.
This is a blunder, Of course, Ateneo is this year's host but the UAAP board should have known that the bulk of UAAP fans come from middle to lower-class families. Travelling by jeepneys or buses to the Loyola Center is a nightmare because of the city's massive traffic jams. "Nagtitipid nga sila pero kawawa naman lalo ang mga fans. Nakakatamad pumunta dahil sa ang layo ng venue. kokonti na lang tuloy ang nanonood," said a dejected fan.
In contrast, the NCAA is hosting games at the Rizal Coliseum. With the shortsightedness of the UAAP board, the league has been hit with low turnout of fans. This means, the UAAP's standing as the premier collegiate league in the country, is in jeopardy.

01-11-2013, 04:54 PM
Tams score
July 21, 1982

Far Eastern University turned back a fierce rally by Santo Tomas to score a 72-66 victory even as Adamson took National University in a breeze last night in the UAAP senior's basketball tournament at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
Scoring in clusters almost at will, the Falcons recorded the most lopsided triumph so far this season with a 121-72 trashing of the Bulldogs and gained solo lead with two straight victories. Adamson broke out of a tie with University of the East and Ateneo.
Veteran Joel Valle scored five of FEU's final seven points, three of those from charities as the Tamaraws bounced back from an opening day loss to UE, 103-105, UST took its second loss.
Ferdinand Platon led Adamson with 18 points, all in the opening half as the Falcons all but decided the issue by coasting to a 63-29 lead.

04-24-2013, 08:28 PM
UAAP Update: Ateneo is new contender

Coach Jimmy Mariano of the University of the East Warriors had wanted badly to win against giant-killer Ateneo. A loss by UE could give the first round flag to the Eagles but more so cast doubts on the ability of the Warriors to make it two straight in the UAAP cage championships.
"A win is a morale-booster for the team," said coach Jimmy Mariano after the Warriors mangled NU, 95-60, at the Ateneo gym for their fourth win in five outings. The previous week, the Warriors took a stinging 87-89 setback from UST as coach Januario del Rosario's charges shackled UE's sweet-shooting forward Allan Caidic.
Not only was Caidic limited to 18 points by UST's Silverio Palad and Raymond Rodriguez, Caidic himself played the goat when he issued a hurried passin the homestretch which resulted in a crippling error. however, UST, playing minus ace gunner Alfredo Jarencio, went down against Ateneo, 85-87, that paved the way to UE-Ateneo tiff for the first round flag.
As it turned out, Caidic survived the Eagles' swarming defense and topscored with 28 points in UE's triumph over Ateneo for a 5-1 slate. Still, the limelight belongs to the Eagles who have installed themselves as title-contenders with stunning wins over Adamson, UP and UST.
University of the Philippines also appeared to have recover after a lethargic start, with three straight victories after three consecutive losses to join FEU in fourth spot with identical 3-3 records, the biggest letdown was Adamson which could only a show a 2-4 slate, NU, as expected was still winless after six outings.

08-22-2013, 12:45 PM
1985 UAAP Senior's basketball tournament: Players' All-around value (PAV) after the first round of eliminations.

Allan Caidic of UE amassed a total of 28.37 points, had a six-game shooting average of 28.83 percent or 173 points, ahead of teammate and fellow national cager Jerry Codinera.

UST's Alfredo Jarencio owned the best individual record in the first round by scoring 43 points against the Warriors.

Ateneo's Emil Chuatico had the highest percentage in free throws with 81.75 in six games, he was also fifth in the PAV.

UE cager David Zamar outshone his teammate, Allan Caidic, in the two-point area with 58.33 percent average. FEU's Romanito Roa, fourth in the PAV, came in second with 54.41 percent.

UP pointmaker Raymond Celis was third in the PAV list but teammate Eric Altamirano topped the assists department with 51 in six games or 8.50 percent.

Jerry Codinera of UE fired a total of 74 points in six games, was second in blocked shots with 12 behind the 17 registered by Julian Rabbi Tomacruz of UST, was second in interceptions to NU's Jonathan Calderon.

11-27-2013, 05:46 PM
UE unbeaten
August 1986

After handing perennial tailender National University Bulldogs their eight straight setback, coach Johnny Revilla of the defending champion University of the East Red Warriors emerged from the ULTRA grinning from ear-to-ear. of course, Revilla was not grinning simply because the Red Warriors made mincemeat of the Bulldogs, 117-71, before a sparse crowd.
In fact, UE was already assured of its eight straight win against the Bulldogs even before the jumpball. What the crowd waited for was the University of the Philippines-La Salle tussle right after the Warriors-Bulldogs match. Compared to UE's past games, the Bulldogs were the perfect victims for Revilla's experiment. He benched stalwarts Jerry Codinera, Verne Villarias, David Zamar, Carlos Fermin and Vilmer Banares to give ample playing time to his second stringers. Revilla was elated to know that his second stringers could also deliver, Alfred Bartolome, Modesto Hojilla, Roberto Recio, and even Lauro Eugenio devastated the Bulldogs enroute to a one-sided result.
UP, paced by Ronald Magsanoc, Eric Altamirano and Benjie Paras, stopped La Salle, 72-66, for its seventh win in eight starts, FEU followed suit with a 94-81 win over UST for a 6-2 win-loss slate. Unlike the NCAA, UAAP rules state the top finisher after the eliminations must fight the second placer needing only a win in two games to cop the title. The second placer must prevail twice to win the crown.
In case UE and UP end up with similar records after the eliminations, they will figure in a best-of-three title affair.

05-23-2014, 05:17 PM
UAAP Update

Beating the buzzer seemed to have become the habit for UE's Vilmer Banares, 6-3 back-up for Jerry Codinera in the UAAP cage tournament. Banares first did the trick in the Invitational Division II championships where the Red Warriors beat the Letran Knights, 3-1, for the crown.
In the fourth game where Letran ahead, 96-95, .8 seconds remaining , Letran's Cayetano Salazar blocked UE's Alfredo Bartolome before Banares picked up the loose ball for the game-winning shot.
Banares' heroics did not end there. The defending champion Warriors are currently on top of the team standings with three straight victories, two of which were made possible by Banares with help from Jerry Codinera.
Against UP, Banares took a nice pass from Codinera and converted with an undergoal stab, giving UE a hairline, 76-75 win. Banares, a native of Iloilo, repeated the feat against Adamson Falcons last week with a short jumper in the last 39 seconds giving UE a marginal 101-100 victory.
The Maroons rebounded with a 92-80 win over Ateneo for their second win in three starts, the same card of FEU, which outclassed UST, 82-76, and La Salle 97-57 winner over tailender National University.
Ateneo, Adamson and UST have 1-3 win-loss marks while NU is still winless in three outings.

12-30-2016, 09:28 AM
Ex-UST cager remembers
By Joaquin Henson
October 1993

The Contrast was like night and day.
Back in the 1940s, there were only four teams in the UAAP. University of the East, Far Eastern University, National University and the University of the Philippines were the combatants.
The games were played in school gyms until an accident forced the league to switch to the Rizal Coliseum in 1946-47 season. The tragedy that prompted the transfer saw a UP cheerleader die after a balcony railing collapsed at the UST gym.
Hardly any hype was evident in a UAAP title game. No confetti fell from the rafters. The stadium wasn't packed with rabid fans. There was no bonfires, no grand victory parties.
Today, winning the UAAP crown is a big news. When UST claimed its first solo title in 28 years last Saturday, the story made Page One in the Manila Bulletin. The championship game was held at the Araneta Coliseum which was jammed and bursting at the seams. Millions watched the proceedings on TV. Dr. Jose Genato played on two UST title squads that took solo UAAP crowns in 1947 and 1949. He watched the Growling Tigers bag the title at Adamson's expense on TV. Dr. Genato didn't regret playing the game then than now. He never considered making a career in sports.
During Dr. Genato's stint as a four-year varsity player, the privileges were few. The players were given free socks , uniforms, bags and of course, academic scholarships which was the most important. For each practice and game, a player got P5 in transportation allowance, a big amount considering the fare from the Espana campus to Mandaluyong was then only 20 centavos.
Among Dr. Genato's UST teammates were former Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Julian Malonso, lawyer Francisco Vestil, Gabby and Fely Fajardo, engineer Ramon Hechanova, architect Tony Dimayuga and Edward Dee, Ramoncito Campos, Pocholo Martinez, Pepe Esteva, Tito Eduque, Francisco Nepomuceno and Demostenes Nagtalon.
Standouts from other UAAP squads during the era included Dr. Cesar Millar of UP and Manolet Araneta of FEU.
Dr. Genato played four years on the UST basketball and football squads plus another two in track and field. He remembers a cebu recruit Bay Fernandez, another ex-UST star, as introducing the one-handed jumpshot in the 1950s. Luis Tabuena, Eddie Sharruf and Jacinto Ciria Cruz popularized the two-handed jumper but it was Fernandez who first shot with a single hand.