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06-22-2011, 11:09 AM
Top rookies eligibility under close scrutiny

By Olmin Leyba (The Philippine Star) Updated June 22, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - Before the souped-up teams kick off another expected scramble for the 74th UAAP title, they will have to first settle the eligibility issue of high-profile recruits like Bobby Ray Parks of National U and Greg Slaughter of Ateneo and the rest of the field.

UAAP president Ricky Palou of Ateneo said the eight member schools have been given until June 24 to submit their respective lineups along with documentations. The eligibility committee headed by Dean Lailani Gonzalo of University of the Philippines will convene four days later to go over the rosters.

“From there, they will decide which players will be eligible in the 74th season. Now if there are contentions, they will have to elevate it to the board, which has set an eligibility meeting on July 5,” Palou said during yesterday’s PSA Forum at Shakey’s UN Avenue.

NU, the newly crowned Fr. Martin Cup titlist, intends to field in Parks, the celebrated son of seven-time PBA Bobby Parks, in the season that begins July 9.

The Bulldogs maintain that Parks has obtained a certification from the Department of Education that he has completed his high school requirements, and enrolled at NU as a freshman last year and should be given eligibility now.

But some quarters would likely stress the need to enforce the usual two-year residency period for Fil-foreigners.

NU athletic director Junel Baculi said they will present the documents to the board.

Questions may also be raised on the eligibility of Slaughter, Ateneo’s transferee from University of Visayas, purportedly for playing in the national team Smart Gilas while undergoing residency at Ateneo.

“There’s a rule that if you are under residency, you can’t play in other team or any other tournament but that does not hold true if you’re on the national team,” Palou said.

But sources said Slaughter is eligible to play because the UAAP Board reportedly gave him the approval to play for the national team.

“He (Slaughter) is in our lineup. If the eligibility committee says he can play, then he can play, just like Bobby Ray Parks,” Palou added.

If there’s one player that’s definitely not suiting up his season, it’s last year’s Finals MVP Ryan Buenafe.

“He’s not in the lineup this year because he’s basically overweight. Coach Norman (Black) feels that at 260 lbs, he can’t really contribute to the team,” Palou said. “He’s still with Ateneo, though, as he made the grade. But at 260 lbs, he can’t play; he really has to bring his weight down.”

Ateneo team manager Paolo Trillo said with an experienced player in Buenafe gone, “it will be a challenge for the other guys to step up and for the team to come together and play with a lot ot teamwork.”

He tagged Far Eastern U and Adamson as the toughest rival for Ateneo’s four-peat drive, parading a near intact lineup from last year, while NU and La Salle have both gone stronger. University of the East, University of Santo Tomas, and University of the Philippines could not be discounted either, said Trillo.

“Of course everybody will have their favorites in the UAAP. But the UAAP is a tough league - anybody can beat anybody,” Trillo said.

06-22-2011, 11:18 AM
Eagles dare to reach rare four-peat

(The Philippine Star) Updated June 22, 2011

Ateneo’s Ricky Palou, UAAP president, stresses a point as Emmanuel Fernandez, also of Ateneo, looks on during the PSA Forum. Bobby Ray Parks, left photo, hopes to suit up for the Bulldogs.- Ateneo lost two key men but beefed up its roster with blue-chip rookies in seven-foot Greg Slaughter and high school phenom Kiefer Ravena as the Eagles seek to extend their reign in the UAAP men’s basketball competition unfolding July 10 at the Araneta Coliseum.

An overweight Ryan Buenafe, who bagged the MVP honors in last year’s finale, was dropped from this year’s lineup while playmaker Eric Salamat has graduated. But the Eagles backcourt remains formidable with Ravena proving his worth early when he won the MVP plum in the pre-season Flying V tournament while helping steer the team to the championship.

The Blue Eagles, however, expect a rough road to their four-peat bid as the rest of the field boosted their respective rosters in the hope of toppling what has become an Ateneo dynasty in the country’s premiere college league.

From Season 74 president Ricky Palou, Ateneo Board representative Emmanuel Fernandez, to Blue Eagles team manager Paolo Trillo, the consensus is that Far Eastern University Tamaraws and Adamson Falcons are the two elite teams expected to crowd the Katipunan-based school for the coveted crown.

“It’s a tough league and any team can beat any team,” said Trillo, who comprised the Ateneo panel which appeared in Tuesday’s PSA Forum at Shakey’s UN Ave. “But if you’re asking which are the teams that pose as major threats, I would say they’re FEU and Adamson because of their intact lineup.”

Reigning league MVP RR Garcia and Smart Gilas-Pilipinas standout Aldrech Ramos are again at the forefront of the Tamaraws’ bid to reclaim the title they last won in 2006, while Alex Nuyles, Jan Colina and Eric Camson will be back for another tour of duty for the Falcons.

Palou, who is also Ateneo athletic director, is likewise not discounting the threats of bitter rival La Salle and the rejuvenated National University squad, whose athletic director, Junel Baculi, was present too, in the same session presented by Smart, Pagcor, Shakey’s and Outlast Battery.

The Bulldogs, coming off a championship stint in the recent Fr. Martin’s Cup, will again be bannered by last year’s Mythical 5 member Emmanuel Mbe, although additional firepower is going to be provided by former national youth team stalwarts Kyle Drexler Neypes, Cedrick Labing-isa and the much-heralded Bobby Ray Parks.

Baculi considers NU and La Salle as possible dark horses, but likes the Bulldogs’ chances if and when Parks will be given the go-signal to play by the UAAP Board.

The son of legendary former PBA import Bobby Parks is still doubtful to play for the Bulldogs owing to eligibility issue, which the Board won’t address until July 5.

“We will present the documents to the Board,” said Baculi, pertaining to papers certifying that Parks attended secondary schooling at NU.

“So it is up to the Board to decide if he (Parks) can play this season or not.”

According to Palou, Ateneo is leaving nothing to chance to make the school’s hosting this season special.

Unlike before when basketball competition formally ushers the new season, this year will have Season 74 being unveiled behind an Olympic-style opening at the Marikina Sports Complex on July 9.

Palou said athletes representing all sports calendared in the UAAP will be in attendance during the fiesta-like gathering which has for its theme “All Out, All Heart.”

The following day, action in basketball begins, with FEU taking on La Salle in the 1 p.m. opener and Ateneo opening its title retention bid against Adamson at 3 p.m.

06-22-2011, 11:30 AM
Tamaraws seek redemption in upcoming UAAP season
Posted at 06/16/2011 4:32 PM

Last year's UAAP Senior's runner-up the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws are again among the title-favorites thanks to their near-intact lineup. The Tamaraws expressed confidence that they'll make it back to the Final 4.

06-22-2011, 11:39 AM
UAAP Season 74 host Ateneo to have Olympic-style opening06/21/2011 | 09:28 PM

The University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) opens on July 9 with a one-of-a-kind ceremony at the Marikina Sports Center.

Season 74 president Richard Palou said this year’s opening ceremonies will be similar to the Olympics, which will include a parade of athletes and a torch relay.

"We want something different and try something new. All athletes from various sports will participate in the opening ceremonies and show everybody that UAAP is not just basketball," said Palou in Tuesday’s Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum.

The opening ceremony of Season 74, with a theme ‘All Out, All Heart,’ will showcase a parade show and a group of Ateneo graduates will be singing the UAAP theme song.

The torch relay has already making rounds from the eight UAAP member schools, with the lighting of the torch serving as the highlight of the ceremony on opening day.

"We have already done the torch relay and the people can also witness the lighting of the torch run from Marikina going to the sports complex," said UAAP secretary treasurer Em Fernandez.

Fernandez added they have a back-up plan in case if it rains.

"It (torch relay and lighting) would not be cancelled. We are well-prepared for the rain," said Fernandez, who was also joined by Ateneo team manager Paolo Trillo and National University athletic director Junel Baculi.

Games in the men’s basketball tournament will be played the next day, July 10, with Far Eastern University facing La Salle at 1 p.m. followed by four-peat seeking Ateneo facing Adamson at 3 p.m.

Trillo said the Blue Eagles will be playing minus Ryan Buenafe, Art Dela Cruz and Mark Tallo.

Buenafe is reportedly overweight while Dela Cruz has already transferred to San Beda. Tallo, meanwhile, did not enroll this semester and decided to return to his hometown in Cebu. – Reuben Terrado/JVP, GMA News

06-22-2011, 11:46 AM
Tallo out, but is Buenafe in for the Blue Eagles?By BEA CUPIN, GMA News
06/14/2011 | 05:45 PM

Even before the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) basketball tourney begins, the Blue Eagles Men's Team are already brimming with intrigues.

Blue Eagle team manager Paolo Trillo confirmed in an interview with GMA News Online that Cebuano recruit Mark Tallo will no longer be suiting up for the Blue Eagles come July. "He left for his own reasons without consulting us," said Trillo.

Tallo was part of the Blue Eagle line-up in the recently concluded FilOil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup which the Eagles won.

Trillo admitted the team is "very disappointed" with the young point guard’s decision and for "leaving without a word." After their pre-Finals game against the Far Eastern University Tamaraws, however, Tallo went home to Cebu.

According to Tallo’s father, the rookie will be playing collegiate basketball in Cebu. However, Trillo confirmed that he has heard reports that other UAAP schools – De La Salle University and University of Santo Tomas – were keen on recruiting him.

As of this posting, both schools could not be reached for a comment.

The Blue Eagle manager explained that Tallo might not have adjusted to coach Norman Black’s system, where players start getting heavy playing time only in their second, third or fourth years of playing.

In an earlier interview with GMA News Online, Black said: “If you're a freshman coming in and you wanna play 25, 30 minutes for the Ateneo team, [then] you're probably playing for the wrong team."

Before Tallo suited up for the Eagles, Trillo said that team management explained to the rookie that “his time would come" after the UAAP Season 74 because a lot of guards – Kirk Long, Emman Monfort and Bacon Austria – would be graduating.

Should Tallo decide to play for another UAAP school, he will not need Ateneo’s consent. "He didn’t complete the requirements [for enrolment]. He’s free to go," said Trillo.

Players who transfer from one UAAP school to another are required to finish two years of residency in the new school unless a written clearance is issued by the other school.

"We wish him the best of luck but the thing is, he didn’t leave us on the right note," Trillo added.

Come-back for Buenafe?

Amid news of Tallo’s exit are whispers about Ryan Buenafe’s return to the team. During the pre-season, Buenafe was not part of the line-up nor did he join the Blue Eagles during their training in the United States.

Trillo declined to comment on Buenafe’s condition, saying that the team does not want to meddle with the player’s "personal matters."

"As of now, he’s still not with us and we’re giving him time to attend to his personal matters," he said.

He clarified however, that the team has yet to submit its final UAAP line-up and that from now until the deadline, anything can happen.

"But he hasn’t been practicing with us [and] it’s going to be hard for [Buenafe] to attend classes and play for the team while he’s attending to his case," said Trillo. -- OMG/RSJ, GMA News

06-22-2011, 12:09 PM
UAAP to review eligibility criteria of NU's Parks, Ateneo's Slaughter06/21/2011 | 05:12 PM

The University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) eligibility committee will meet next week to determine if Bobby Ray Parks of National University and Ateneo's Greg Slaughter can play for their respective schools in Season 74.

UAAP president Ricky Palou of Ateneo said that all teams are required to submit their respective rosters on or before June 24. The lineups will then be reviewed by the eligibility committee led by chairman Lailani Gonzales of University of the Philippines.

"For a period of two to three days, the eligibility committee will review the documents that the schools presented and they will decide which player is eligible," said Palou in Tuesday's Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum.

The team rosters will be finalized when the UAAP Board meets on July 5.

"If there are contentions about eligibility, it will be elevated to the board," added Palou, who is also Ateneo's athletic director.

National University athletic director Junel Baculi remained confident that Parks, son of many-time PBA import Bobby Parks, can play this season.

"It's for the UAAP Board to decide. We will present the documents. It will be up to the board if he is eligible. Hopefully, the board will approve it," Baculi, a multi-titled amateur basketball coach, said in the same forum.

Slaughter's status will also be discussed since there are questions on his eligibility after Ateneo's rookie center also played for Pilipinas-Smart Gilas when the team saw action in the PBA Commissioner's Cup.

Gilas played as a guest team in the 2010-2011 Commissioner's Cup in preparation for the FIBA Asia Championship in September, a 2012 London Olympics qualifier.

Some believe that Slaughter's participation in the PBA is a violation of a UAAP rule that disallows a player, who is still in residency, to play in a commercial league.

Palou said that there have been no formal inquiries about Slaughter's eligibility status.

"He is in (Ateneo's) line-up. All I know is that there are people who have an intention to question the eligibility of Greg. But there have been no formal letters," said Palou.

The UAAP men's basketball season will open on July 9 with games being played the following day.

Far Eastern University will face La Salle in the July 10 opening game, while four-peat seeking champion Ateneo will meet Adamson in the main match at the Araneta Coliseum. – Reuben Terrado/JVP, GMA News

06-23-2011, 04:32 PM
Slaughter 'violates' rule on eligibility?
By Joey Villar (The Philippine Star) Updated June 23, 2011

Greg Slaughter
MANILA, Philippines - Opposition to Big man Greg Slaughter’s much-anticipated UAAP stint mounts as some members of the eligibility committee are reportedly keen on pursuing the issue that the former University of Visayas standout “violated” a residency rule by playing for the national team.

The UAAP prohibits players serving their residency to suit up for other teams in other leagues.

Ateneo, through Season 74 UAAP president Ricky Palou, maintained that Slaughter’s stint with the Smart Gilas Phl squad in last year’s Asian Games should not affect his eligibility as the rule applies to those playing for another team, not the national squad.

But a source claimed that while the UAAP indeed passed a clause allowing a player to see action for the Phl five while undergoing residency, it would only take effect this year.

“The board approved a clause that players undergoing residency could not play in any league ‘except for the national team’ in its last board meeting. But it was also clarified in the same meeting that the clause will be proactive, not retroactive, which means it could not correct or rectify past violations,” said The STAR source.

Slaughter has completed his one-year residency required for transferees. But according to the source, Ateneo reportedly failed to ask the UAAP for permission to allow the former Lancer to play for Smart Gilas in the 2010 Guangzhou Asiad squad.

A clear violation of residency rules is equivalent to a penalty of another year, said the source. This would prevent Slaughter, who led UV to four straight championships, from joining the Eagles in their quest for a four-peat feat this year.

Palou explained in last Tuesday’s PSA Forum that Slaughter should be exempted because he played for flag and country.

The eligibility committee chaired by UP Dean Lailani Gonzalo will approve with finality all the players who would be allowed or disallowed to play in Season 74 in a meeting on June 28.

The said committee is also expected to tackle National U’s celebrated Fil-Am rookie Bobby “Ray Ray” Parks, Jr.’s status.

The board, incidentally, is also composed of representatives from UP, La Salle, Far Eastern U, Adamson and Ateneo. But Ateneo would have to inhibit itself should the Slaughter case be brought up.

The full board, composed of school heads and representatives, will then approve everything on July 5, four days before the UAAP cage wars unfurls at the Araneta Coliseum.

06-23-2011, 05:05 PM
FEU’s Noundou tears Achilles tendon, out for most of the season
by Sid Ventura
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 Views / 120 Comments The UAAP campaign of the Far Eastern University Tamaraws suffered a serious blow even before the season could begin after Pipo Noundou, the team’s rugged Cameroonian forward-center, was feared lost for most of the season due to a torn Achilles tendon.

Noundou suffered the injury late in the fourth period of FEU’s semifinal game against the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the Fil-Oil Flying V Hanes Preseason Tournament. The six-four slotman had just received a pass from Aldrech Ramos near the basket, but he missed a point-blank shot. He crumpled to the floor upon landing, clutching his right foot, was substituted and did not return.

“Torn Achilles, probably out for the season,” was the confirmation of FEU’s athletic director Mark Molina via text message earlier today.

Since Noundou will no longer be eligible to play next season, Molina said the team will still include him in their UAAP roster for this season with the hope that he can come back later and play even just a few games. No specific timetable has been set yet for his return, and it’s possible he won’t be able to come back at all.

Noundou’s absence is a big blow for coach Bert Flores’ frontline rotation, already weakened earlier this year by Reil Cervantes’ decision to forego his final playing season. His physical play and rock-solid physique made him an intimidating presence in the paint, and he was one of FEU’s top rebounders. He also had a nice shooting touch from within 15 feet, making him difficult to read on offense. Added pressure will now be on Ramos, Mark Bringas, Russell Escoto and the team’s other Cameroonian player, six-foot-nine rookie Christian Sentcheu, to man the frontline for the Tamaraws.

06-23-2011, 05:17 PM
Talaga naman ohh ahhs maaga bangas na naman ;D ;D , pde bang bumalik k muna Mr. reil Cervantes hehehehehe

06-24-2011, 01:30 PM
^ I thought Reil Cervantes is going to play in Season 74...?

06-24-2011, 09:44 PM
Nope reil cervantes will play no more this sy74..thats sad thou but Feu still have the materials to compete. ;D

06-28-2011, 03:54 PM
Early 1st round meeting between rivals Ateneo, La Salle , Feu 06/25/2011

The much-awaited first meeting between bitter rivals Ateneo and La Salle in the UAAP Season 74 will be on July 16 at the Araneta Coliseum.

The game between the three-time defending champion Blue Eagles against their archrival Green Archers is slated at 3 p.m. at the Big Dome. Adamson will play Far Eastern University in the 11 a.m. first game on the same day.

UAAP president Ricky Palou said the league will once again sell separate tickets for the Ateneo-La Salle match.

FEU opens the men's basketball season against La Salle on July 10 at 1 p.m. while Ateneo begins its quest for a fourth consecutive crown against Adamson at 3 p.m. Both games will be played at the Araneta Coliseum.

The finals rematch between Ateneo and FEU will be on August 7 at the Big Dome.

Aside from the Araneta Coliseum, the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City will also be a venue for the UAAP basketball games. The league adjusted the game time from 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

"We did this so that more people can watch (the games) and so that they can go home early," Palou said.

Another reason for the change is to avoid conflict with the schedule of airtime with the PBA especially during weekends. Both the UAAP and the PBA are aired over Studio 23.

Instead of playing two games on Sundays, the pro league has scheduled a Saturday and Sunday game on selected dates.

For example, during the Ateneo-De La Salle game, the PBA has scheduled a 7 p.m. match between crowd darlings Barangay Ginebra against Alaska. –

06-29-2011, 09:41 PM
tignan mu nga naman atenista (montinola) ang kumokontra na huwag maglaro si slaughter this year..hahaha. kaya pati kamalasan ng FEU mens basketball naten nakakarma dahil sa kanya..hahahaha

06-29-2011, 10:08 PM
tignan mu nga naman atenista (montinola) ang kumokontra na huwag maglaro si slaughter this year..hahaha. kaya pati kamalasan ng FEU mens basketball naten nakakarma dahil sa kanya..hahahaha

Ano naman ang kinalaman ng pagiging Atenista ni Montinola sa so-called karma na 'yan?

06-30-2011, 08:16 PM
Eh cya kc ang pinagmumulan ng intiriga kung bakit natalo yun ating tamaraws nung 2009 at 2010 seasons na yan kaya nag champyon yun kanyang Alma mater ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

06-30-2011, 08:39 PM
Slaughter earns recommendation from UAAP committee06/28/2011 | 07:40 PM

The University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) eligibility committee has recommended that Ateneo center Greg Slaughter be allowed to play in the coming men's basketball wars, which opens on July 10 at the Araneta Coliseum.

Slaughter, who played for the Pilipinas-Smart Gilas prior to the 74th UAAP, got the nod of the five-member UAAP eligibility committee, chaired by University of the Philippines' Lailani Gonzales after a Tuesday meeting.

Technically, Slaughter's eligibility and the rest of the players in the UAAP have yet to be finalized as the recommendations will still be elevated to the UAAP Board. The board will decide with finality on July 5 whether to uphold or deny the recommendations made by the eligibility committee.

"The recommendations of the eligibility committee will be elevated to the UAAP Board where we will decide with finality on who is eligible or not," said UAAP board member Junel Baculi of National University.

"In the board meeting, anything can still happen," Baculi said.

Slaughter's status was questioned after he played in the PBA when Gilas joined as a guest team in the pro league's second conference, the Commissioners Cup.

There were contentions that Slaughter's PBA stint is a violation of UAAP rules because he had played in a commercial league while still undergoing residency with Ateneo after being recruited from the University of Visayas Green Lancers. -

06-30-2011, 11:52 PM
Eh cya kc ang pinagmumulan ng intiriga kung bakit natalo yun ating tamaraws nung 2009 at 2010 seasons na yan kaya nag champyon yun kanyang Alma mater ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Huwag mo ako isama sa kampo ninyo.

Hindi ka pa rin ba over sa Finals last year? Parang minamaliit mo ang effort ng mga manlalaro at coach namin sa sinasabi mo. This is a new season and anything can happen. Wala sa karma 'yan.

07-02-2011, 12:46 PM
nabili ka rin b?

07-04-2011, 09:08 AM
For the record, hindi ako taga-FEU.

Walang patutunguhan ang pag-uusap nating ito. Good luck na lang sa Tamaraws at sa FEU. :)

07-04-2011, 01:02 PM
Mabuti pa nga ;D Peace cyo dude! sports lng.

07-04-2011, 01:05 PM
NU to push for Park's eligibility
By Olmin Leyba (The Philippine Star) Updated July 04, 2011 12:00 AM Comments (5)

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Bobby Ray Parks Jr.
| Zoom MANILA, Philippines - National University (NU) officials yesterday maintained that prized rookie Bobby Ray Parks Jr. has met all the eligibility requirements for players who studied abroad and should be allowed to play for the Bulldogs in the coming UAAP Season 74.

Some quarters are questioning Parks Jr.’s eligibility for the season, citing rules that require a two-year residency period for students who studied abroad. The Manila-born Parks Jr., 18, went to US schools for three years before enrolling at NU last year.

But NU athletic director Junel Baculi explained that there’s an exemption to the two-year sit-out in the eligibility rules, given to children of parents assigned abroad due to the nature of their jobs and children whose parents are OFWs.

“We firmly believe he can play because his mother went to the US to work and thus qualifies under the exemption for children with parents working abroad,” Baculi told The STAR.

Parks Jr. was born in the Philippines to seven-time PBA Best Import Bobby Parks Sr. and Marifer Barbosa. In 2003, his mom went to the US to work while his dad followed suit in 2005 to “take a better paying job” there. In 2006, the elder Parks brought the young Parks and his sister Celine back to the States.

Parks Jr., who finished grade seven at the International Christian Academy in Paranaque, spent his eighth grade at Redway Elementary School and 9th to 11th grades at St. George’s in the US.

After the 2009 US recession in the US, Parks Sr. got a job as NU assistant athletic director and brought his son back to Manila in 2010. He returned to Manila for his 12th grade at NU but according to Parks Sr., the Department of Education declared he had enough credits to be accelerated to college so he enrolled as an IT freshman at NU last year.

“Ray’s case is different from others who left the country to study then went back just to play. He was born at the Makati Med, he grew up here but had to leave because of our work,” Parks Sr. said.

“He’s fluent in Tagalog and rendered himself available anytime the country needs him to play in international meets,” he added. “He has offers in the US but decided to stay here and try to help bring the glory back to Phl basketball.”

Baculi said NU will present all the documents to prove Parks’ eligibility, including authenticated papers from the Phl Consul in LA and employment contracts of his mother, to the UAAP board on its meeting on July 5.

“He should no longer be subject to the two-year residency,” said Baculi of the 6-4 Parks. “Technically, he already spent one year in residency with us, which in the first place shouldn’t actually be the case.”

Parks Sr. said his son is really looking forward for play in the UAAP, as well as join the Phl five that will play in the Southeast East Asian Games.

“He’s hopeful they’re gonna let him play, because he’s qualified to play, and show his skills for the entertainment of basketball fans in the country,” said Parks Sr.

07-04-2011, 09:13 PM
Eh cya kc ang pinagmumulan ng intiriga kung bakit natalo yun ating tamaraws nung 2009 at 2010 seasons na yan kaya nag champyon yun kanyang Alma mater ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

tama!!! paki-alamero yang si montinola pati diskarte ng coach pinapakialaman... ask koy banal and glenn capacio... =)

07-04-2011, 09:20 PM
peace tayo dito... palitan na si montinola.hahahahaha

07-05-2011, 04:56 PM
Parks pleads eligibility case in fluent Filipino
By Olmin Leyba (The Philippine Star) Updated July 05, 2011 12:00 AM Comments (8)

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Bobby Ray Parks Jr.
| Zoom MANILA, Philippines - Celebrated rookie Bobby Ray Parks Jr. hopes to be given the chance to strut his stuff as a National University Bulldog in UAAP Season 74 unfolding Saturday, expressing his intense desire to mix it up with the country’s top collegiate stars.

“Sana po makapaglaro ako at i-bless ako ni God pati na ‘yung mga nagre-review ng papeles ko. Excited ako mag-UAAP kasi ang daming magagaling na players dito (I hope I would be blessed to play and those tasked to review my papers. I’m so excited to play in the UAAP since there are many good players here),” Parks Jr. said in Filipino while attending yesterday’s UAAP presscon at the Gateway Suites.

“Competitive po talaga ang UAAP at gusto ko lang makalaro at makalaban yung magagaling (The UAAP is indeed competitive and I want to play against the best),” he added.

The eligibility of Parks, 18, is under question because he studied for three years in the US, which under UAAP rules requires him to undergo two years of residency.

But NU officials claimed the 6-4 Parks should be given the green light based on the exemption clause provided to children of parents assigned abroad due to the nature of their job and children whose parents are OFWs. Parks’ parents Bobby Sr. and Marifer Barbosa Parks worked in the States and brought along the siblings from 2006-09.

The young Parks said he’s as Filipino as can be and should be treated differently from Fil-Ams who were born, raised and educated abroad and only returned to the Philippines to seek a place in the UAAP.

Ray Parks said he was born in Batangas and finished his elementary schooling in Manila. He spent two years at St. George’s Independent School and his third year at Melrose in the US. He returned to Phl last year to take his senior high school year at NU, where his father is assistant athletic director, but was accelerated to college by the Department of Education so he enrolled as IT freshman.

He suited up for the Bulldogs in the summer leagues, leading NU to the Fr. Martin Cup diadem, and hopeful to bring his act to the UAAP, the national team, and possibly the PBA.

“Yung dream ko naman talaga is dito ako maglaro in front of my hometown crowd at makalaro ako sa NU, sa school ko. Sana lang po naman maintindihan nila na gusto ko lang i-represent ko yung country ko kasi tunay na Pilipino po ako (It has been my dream to play before the home crowd and to play for NU. I hope they would understand that I really wanted to represent the country because I am a true Filipino),” said Parks, adding that he could have tried his luck with the US NCAA but opted to return here.

NU athletic director and UAAP board member Junel Baculi said they are collating the documents to prove Parks’ eligibility, including the parents’ employment contracts and certifications from the Phl consul, during the board meeting today.

“For me, he should play. But it’s still the collective and en banc decision of the UAAP board that will decide the matter,” he said.

NU coach Eric Altamirano said Parks is supposed to play a vital role in the young Bulldogs’ campaign.

“Right now, that’s beyond our control already. Bobby Ray is irreplaceable as far as NU is concerned but if that (Parks being declared ineligible for the season) will be the case, we just have to make do with what we have and I’m confident the team will come together,” he said.

07-05-2011, 04:58 PM
Coaches see repeat of Final Four cast
By Olmin Leyba (The Philippine Star) Updated July 05, 2011 12:00 AM Comments (6)

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UAAP head coaches (from left) Bert Flores (FEU), Leo Austria (Adamson), Dindo Pumaren (La Salle), Pido Jarencio (UST), Jerry Cordiñera (UE), Norman Black (Ateneo) Ricky Dandan (UP) and Erick Altamirano (NU) expect a tight race for the semifinals of the country’s premier varsity league. JUN MENDOZA
| Zoom MANILA, Philippines - With nearly intact rosters and fresh reinforcements, the previous year’s semifinalists, headed by three-peat champion Ateneo, loom as the teams likely to dominate the coming UAAP Season 74 men’s basketball wars again.

“Ateneo remains formidable, FEU is still a force to reckon with, and from what I heard they include us, Adamson, as third and we consider this both a compliment and morale-booster, while La Salle is still tough,” AdU coach coach Leo Austria said during yesterday’s press launch at Gateway Suites.

“But this will be an exciting season. Everybody wants to be in the Final Four and the top four (teams) last season, they can’t expect to simply run over the 5, 6, 7, 8 seeds. There will be upsets here and there,” he added.

The four-peat seeking Blue Eagles lost veteran Eric Salamat (graduation) and Ryan Buenafe (weight problems) but added blue-chip rookies in 6-11 Greg Slaughter and Kiefer Ravena for this year’s campaign.

Slaughter, a transferee from University of Visayas, is still seeking final clearance from the UAAP board that meets today to settle the eligibility questions.

“We’re going ahead with our preparations with Greg as part of the team. But let’s wait and see,” said Ateneo coach Norman Black, who will also bank on seasoned players Kirk Long, Bacon Austria, Nico Salva and Emman Monfort.

“We have 11 of 16 players coming back so we have lots of veterans and we brought in pretty good rookies to support them. We’re competitive but we expect a tough season as other teams built up, too,” added Black, whose wards will kick off their campaign on Sunday at 3 p.m. against an intact AdU crew led by Lester Alvarez, Jan Colina, Eric Camson and Alex Nuyles.

Bert Flores, the architect of FEU’s last championship in 2005, said he expects veteran Aldrech Ramos, bruiser Mark Bringas and Carl Bryan Cruz to work double time in the absence of injured Pipo Noundou who tore his Achilles tendon in a summer league, and guards RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo to step up for the team.

La Salle’s Dindo Pumaren said the 2010 core led by Simon Atkins and complemented by freshmen Norbert Torres, Arnold Van Opstal, Roldan Sara and Alfonso Gotladera seeks to make it to the Final Four again.

National University, University of Santo Tomas and University of the Philippines all want to parade a key rookie who could help their cause but encounters eligibility problems. NU’s Bobby Ray Parks, UST’s Cameroonian Karim Abdul and UP’s Alink Mbah are all trying to get clearance from the UAAP to play this season.

Over at University of the East, debuting coach Jerry Codinera looks to make gains despite a roster badly depleted by the exits of top gunner Paul Lee, Ken Acibar and six other veterans.

07-05-2011, 05:05 PM
This morning as Per UAAP board of Trustees meeting allows ateneo blue eagles center Greg Slaughter and Nationals university bulldogs Combo guard RAy Parks to play this coming uaap wars s74. mabuhay! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

07-05-2011, 05:08 PM
Tuloy ang ligaya mga kapatid!!!!

07-06-2011, 12:05 PM
Verdict paves way for toughest UAAP
By Olmin Leyba (The Philippine Star) Updated July 06, 2011 12:00 AM Comments (11)

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| Zoom MANILA, Philippines - Blue-chip recruits Bobby Ray Parks Jr. of National University and Greg Slaughter of Ateneo hurdled the final obstacle to their much-awaited debuts in the UAAP Season 74 after the board declared them eligible yesterday.

“The board allowed Bobby Ray Parks and Greg Slaughter to play,” UAAP president Ricky Palou announced after the board meeting held to resolve eligibility issues before basketball action starts on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.

The decision made this year’s edition as the strongest in years with NU installed as serious contender along with Far Eastern U, Adamson and La Salle with Ateneo on track for a rare four-peat bid.

Also cleared were two foreign players, Cameroonian Karim Abdul of University of Santo Tomas, and Nigerian Alinko Mba of University of the East, but on condition they submit certificate of birth authenticated by Phl embassy/consular office from their country of origins by Aug. 11.

“They have until end of first round (Aug. 11) to complete their documents, otherwise, the games they played in will be forfeited,” Palou said.

NU submitted documents proving Parks is exempted from the two-year residency required for students who studied abroad for being a child of an OFW. The board scrutinized and accepted the papers, including a Phl consulate document certifying his mother Shane’s OFW status, and unanimously gave its thumbs-up.

The case of Slaughter, a transferee from University of Visayas, took a long time to settle and according to a source, went to a close 4-3 voting. Slaughter’s status is being questioned under the rule barring players in residence from playing for any other team and competing in another tournament, having played for Smart Gilas Phl squad in the PBA.

“The board had a long and lengthy discussion regarding the various issues and consequences relative to Slaughter’s case. However, in the end, the board accepted in good faith his participation in the national team,” said The STAR source.

Ateneo and NU communities expressed satisfaction with the decision.

“We’re happy Greg will be given the chance to play because he deserves to play, having sacrificed one year in residence and serving the national team,” AdMU team manager Paolo Trillo said.

For his part, NU athletic director Junel Baculi said: “Now we can compete with the other universities.”

With the eligibility issues resolved, the league can now focus on the hardcourt battle ahead.

“The board has spoken,” said Far Eastern University’s Anton Montinola. “Slaughter and Parks will raise the level of competition this year. NU will definitely be a contender with Parks and Ateneo will be a clear favorite to go for their four-peat with Slaughter.”

07-07-2011, 07:20 PM
A Postscript on Eligibility
by Michael Gohu Yu
Wednesday, 6 July 2011 Views / 24 Comments The drama that never should have been has finally ended and the drama everybody has been waiting for can finally take place – on the hardcourt, where it rightfully should.

First-time UAAP players Greg Slaughter of the Ateneo de Manila University and Bobby Ray Parks of National University have been cleared to play by the league board. The news of the decision was all over the Internet minutes after it was made bringing much relief to the Blue Eagles’ and Bulldogs’ faithful.

The issue over the two rookies’ eligibility has polarized UAAP fans. There are those who are furious over the fact that Ateneo and NU have been allowed to include Slaughter and Parks on the teams’ official rosters. Rules are rules, they explained, and they need to be enforced. Why the special favors for these two schools? And then there are those who welcomed the development. Let them play, they reasoned. They’ve played for our country, for crying out loud. They will raise the level of competition and improve the quality of play.

I am not here to argue for one or the other. I do believe, however, that some questions have been left unanswered.

Was the eligibility issue tackled too close to the season opener? Ateneo and NU have been preparing for months with Slaughter and Parks in their line-ups. If they (and others whose eligibility were discussed like UST’s Karim Abdul and UP’s Alinko Mbah) had not been allowed to play, teamwork and fluidity would have been compromised, leading to games of lesser quality. If the issue was discussed much sooner, the teams could have adjusted their game plans accordingly. Just like the San Antonio Spurs in the last NBA lockout’s abridged season, this year’s eventual winner could have had an asterisk beside its name, its championship forever questioned and debated.

If this were a question of adhering to existing rules, was there a need to put Slaughter’s case to a vote? Shouldn’t it have been a clear cut case of yes or no?

In the case of Parks, was it an eligibility question to begin with? I don’t think NU would even try to skirt an eligibility requirement for such a high profile recruit. If they had attempted to break any rules, the organization would have been hammered by the UAAP and by the public, their grand plans of basketball glory abruptly sidelined. It just wouldn’t be the smart thing to do. But if they did, shame on them.

Which brings us to one final question: Was the eligibility of these players put to the test for the good of the league or for certain teams to gain an advantage over the others? The manner by which the issue was handled, I can’t help but wonder.

I cannot imagine life without college basketball and the knowledge that thousands of fans share my sentiment inspires me and the rest of the Rebound team to work really hard to bring you the best college hoops coverage we possibly can. June to October would be empty without the fierce competition, the raw emotion, the uninhibited passion. It saddens me, then, to see the game that I love threatened by what seem to be misguided intentions that stray from the spirit of unity and fair play.

Here’s a friendly reminder to everyone who shares the same zeal for the game that I do. See that UAAP logo? It’s made up of eight circles, each one keeping the others in place. If just one of them is removed, the whole thing falls apart, destroying nearly 75 years of sporting history. Take note, that’s sporting history, not boardroom history.

For the good of the league, the schools and most especially the fans: let’s keep the war on the court where it belongs, shall we?

07-10-2011, 12:52 PM
Overcoming the pressure

It seemed FEU succumbed to pressure in last year’s finals as they failed to match Ateneo’s championship poise. The Tamaraws were the top-seeded team after finishing the elimination round with a 12-2 record but got swept in the finals by eventual champions Ateneo.

Having an almost intact roster from the last season, with only Pipo Noundou out, makes coach Bert Flores optimistic about FEU’s chances this time around. “I’ve been with FEU for quite some time. We have an intact line-up and have a good composition of the team."

Noundou will be out for the entire season after suffering a torn Achilles tendon but Flores said he still has enough big men to fill the void. “We are prepared even without Pipo, we have enough personnel who can man the paint for us."

Last year’s MVP RR Garcia remains at the forefront of the FEU offense with JR Cawaling, Aldrech Ramos, Terrence Romeo and Jens Knuttel providing ample support.

Cawaling, Ramos and Knuttel are playing their final year for the Morayta-based squad and many Tamaraw fans are hoping the two will end FEU’s six-year title drought. FEU last won the title in 2005

07-19-2011, 05:22 PM
umpisa na dude ;D ;D ;D ;D