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LaKazTaMa
10-05-2011, 08:45 PM
Bert Flores: Taller frontline a must for FEU next year
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
10:21 pm | Monday, October 3rd, 2011
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MANILA, Philippines—Far Eastern University tries to shore up its frontcourt rotation as the Tamaraws start their buildup early for the next UAAP men’s basketball tournament.

Although his team boasted a formidable three-guard combo, FEU coach Bert Flores said the lack of a low-post threat did them in during the Finals series against Ateneo.

“We have to develop our big men,” said Flores. “We had Aldrech Ramos, but after him, we only had rookies. They’re still very raw.”

Ateneo swept the Tamaraws, 2-0, in the best-of-three series with Nico Salva, Kirk Long, Emman Monfort and rookie stars Greg Slaughter and Kiefer Ravena combining to give the Blue Eagles a fourth straight crown.

“They’re a very disciplined team, while we had problems with our ball movement,” said Flores, adding that the seven-foot Slaughter posed a real problem for the Tamaraws.

“We had all kinds of defense [on Slaughter]—double-team, single-coverage—but it was really hard. We needed at least one more post player.”

Flores said Pippo Noundou could have helped, but the Cameroonian big man got sidelined by a torn achilles tendon.

The Tamaraws will lose Ramos, Noundou, Chris Exciminiano, JR Cawaling and Jens Knuttel to graduation, but still boast a formidable backcourt next year with RR Garcia, Terrence Romeo and Chris Tolomia.

Flores said the Tamaraws are definitely beefing up their frontline with American Anthony Hargrove, former La Salle power forward Arvie Bringas and Mac Bello.

Sam Miguel
10-06-2011, 03:05 PM
Bert Flores: Taller frontline a must for FEU next year
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Far Eastern University tries to shore up its frontcourt rotation as the Tamaraws start their buildup early for the next UAAP men’s basketball tournament.

Although his team boasted a formidable three-guard combo, FEU coach Bert Flores said the lack of a low-post threat did them in during the Finals series against Ateneo.

“We have to develop our big men,” said Flores. “We had Aldrech Ramos, but after him, we only had rookies. They’re still very raw.”

Flores said the Tamaraws are definitely beefing up their frontline with American Anthony Hargrove, former La Salle power forward Arvie Bringas and Mac Bello.


Is that not something the team should have done as soon as Season 73 ended last year...?

Sam Miguel
10-06-2011, 03:13 PM
The real problem is maximizing the three star guards, not looking to get bigger. If Romeo would only be a more willing passer within the motion offense of Flores then even with a thin frontline FEU would still be strong. The problem is that Romeo only passes when he gets in trouble, kapag alangan na, and the other guys have to bail him out. Garcia showed what real high-level guard play is all about, bouncing back from a bad Game 1. Romeo thought he would continue with his lucky shooting streak from Game 1 and went something like 1-13 from the field over quarters 1 through 3. Minalas ang Tams nung binuenas si Romeo in Game 1. Ayon tuloy, akala tuloy-tuloy na ang buenas up to Game 2.

oca
10-06-2011, 03:19 PM
Bert Flores: Taller frontline a must for FEU next year
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Far Eastern University tries to shore up its frontcourt rotation as the Tamaraws start their buildup early for the next UAAP men’s basketball tournament.

Although his team boasted a formidable three-guard combo, FEU coach Bert Flores said the lack of a low-post threat did them in during the Finals series against Ateneo.

“We have to develop our big men,” said Flores. “We had Aldrech Ramos, but after him, we only had rookies. They’re still very raw.”

Flores said the Tamaraws are definitely beefing up their frontline with American Anthony Hargrove, former La Salle power forward Arvie Bringas and Mac Bello.


Is that not something the team should have done as soon as Season 73 ended last year...?


I think they were busy preparing their case against the eligibility of Slaughter and probably believed they had an iron clad argument and will succeed. ::)

LaKazTaMa
10-06-2011, 10:09 PM
I think they were Ready to face ADMu then with complete line-up but they got busted during Pre-season tornament with the lost of PF Papi Noundu to injury (ACL) and on Season 74 SF JR Cawaling knee injury and hardly non factor Christian Sentceuo (darius Miles) plus Reil Cervantes who opted to play Pro. the lost of Papi was crucial for tams because there is no another PF to play alongside with Aldrech Ramos to manned the paint. the Coaching Staff knows from the start that they might end up 50-50 chances getting to F4 but they overachieve themselves by beating twice no.2 seed Falcons F4 playoffs for the right to face the eventual Champions ADmu. the rest is history 4feat Blue eagels . ;D

tamarawz_14
10-07-2011, 11:07 PM
the core is still there for FEU sana lang natuto na si romeo, sa 5 players na nawala sa FEU ramos and exciminiano yung mga key players, in return nandyan na sila arvie bringas, hargrove, jumao-as and bello (unknown)..escoto, pogoy, cruz and mark bringas step up big time nung nawala sila nounduo and cawaling, FEU needs a natural pointguard yun lang, loaded sila ng talent next season sa pointguard spot lang ang problema...

Wang-Bu
10-10-2011, 11:33 AM
3rd year high pa lang pala si jerrie pingoy...?

LaKazTaMa
10-12-2011, 03:22 PM
Yup, magtatagal pa cya ;D

LaKazTaMa
10-12-2011, 03:23 PM
PBA Hall of Famer Billy Ray Bates owes a lot to his San Francisco-based Filipino friend and loyal Crispa fan Jimmy Fojas, the environment, health and safety and facilities manager of Zeachem, Inc., a biotechnology company that makes cellulosic ethanol from wood chips in Menlo Park. It was Fojas who brought Bates back to the consciousness of Filipino media by reconnecting the “Black Superman” with local journalists last year.

Eventually, Bates was contacted by PBA marketing and licensing officer Rhose Montreal through Fojas to inform him of his induction into the PBA Hall of Fame. Montreal arranged for Bates’ visit to Manila for the enshrinement ceremony at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last Oct. 2.

Bates was initially booked to leave Manila and return to the US on Oct. 5. But he pleaded for more time to work out a job contract. Bates didn’t relish going back to his graveyard shift job as a floor technician in New Jersey and wanted to follow in the footsteps of former colleagues Norman Black and Bobby Parks who are employed here as coaches. Bates moved out of Linden Suites, where he was billeted by the PBA, and checked in at another hotel in Mandaluyong. Player agent Sheryl Reyes, whose clients include Ren-Ren Ritualo and Alex Crisano, came to Bates’ rescue and negotiated a contract as a skills coach with the Philippine Patriots of the Asean Basketball League. Two other agents Matthew Manotoc and Marvin Espiritu are also helping out Bates.

“Some people I talked to said that all eyes will be on Billy in this new gig to see if he can perform the job well and if he does, maybe Billy will get a lot of attention from PBA teams,” wrote Fojas from San Francisco. “That remains to be seen. I’m just glad that he’s back in Manila and has a job. This will not have happened without the help of Philippine media.”

Fojas said Grosby, the brand that produced Bates’ signature “Black Superman” sneakers in the 1980s, is set to launch a retro version. “Grosby put him in a hotel for 10 days and they’re working on a contract related to

releasing his retro shoes and other sports gear,” continued Fojas. “Matt Manotoc e-mailed and told me he’s going to help Billy in any way for nothing in return and it’s because of Billy’s ties to his dad (Tommy). I spoke with Billy long-distance and advised him to write an apology to the PBA on why he missed his scheduled flight back and why he decided to stay and seek opportunities in Manila. I’m happy that his dream to be back and work in Manila has become a reality.”

LaKazTaMa
10-12-2011, 03:25 PM
UniGames features nation's best student athletes
(The Philippine Star) Updated October 12, 2011 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - This year’s Philippine University Games or UniGames set Oct. 22 to 29 in Roxas City, Capiz will be a showcase of the finest student athletes in the country.

It will also give the Philippine Sports Commission, the government’s funding arm in sports, a chance to discover and identify future members of the national pool.

“The PSC is playing a more active role in the UniGames as part of our grassroots development program,” said PSC commissioner Jolly Gomez during yesterday’s PSA Forum.

“It will allow us to see athletic talent among the youth, and act on their development during their formative years,” added the PSC commissioner.

He said this year’s edition promises to be bigger than the previous ones with at least 46 universities to be represented by more than 4,000 students on hand.

They will vie in 14 sports disciplines, including athletics, basketball, football, lawn tennis, swimming, badminton, table tennis, taekwondo, volleyball, beach volleyball, sepak takraw and billiards.

Gomez said billiards is the newest sport in the UniGames calendar.

Colegio dela Purisima Concepcion will host the games with venues almost walking distance to one another, according to Gomez.

“Roxas City is all out in hosting the event. They even put up new hotels,” said the PSC commissioner.

Among the competing universities include Ateneo, La Salle, University of the Philippines, Adamson, NU, Santo Tomas, UE, San Beda and FEU.

“It will also give those from the provinces a chance to gauge their programs against these elite schools from the UAAP or the NCAA,” Gomez added.

Also sending their best bets are Ateneo de Davao, Holy Angel University, Foundation U, Mindanao State U, Negros Occ. State U, University of San Carlos, University of St. La Salle, University of San Agustin and West Negros, among others.

LaKazTaMa
10-12-2011, 03:28 PM
Louie Alas out as Patriots sign up Billy Ray Bates
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
9:42 pm | Monday, October 10th, 2011
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MANILA, Philippines—The AirAsia Philippine Patriots have tapped PBA Hall of Famer Billy Ray Bates to join their coaching staff while starting their search for a replacement for head coach Louie Alas.

Bates, one of the PBA’s all-time best imports, will be the skills coach of the Patriots, who are among the favorites in Season 3 of the Asean Basketball League starting next January.

“He’s a legend in the PBA, so we believe he can share and teach whatever he knows to our players,” said Harbour Centre CEO Mikee Romero, who co-owns the team with businessman Tonyboy Cojuangco.

Alas begged off from an offer to remain as coach, saying he needs a “coaching break” after calling the shots year-round for Letran in the NCAA and the Patriots.

The Patriots will field a revamped roster led by Far Eastern U’s Aldrech Ramos and former University of the East ace Marcy Arellano.

Bates, who received his PBA Hall of Fame award last week, recently expressed his desire to work as a coach here just like former top imports Bobby Parks and Norman Black.

“Bates is a welcome addition to the team,” said Cojuangco. “His presence, I’m sure, will be a great source of inspiration to our players.”

Bates, now 55, holds the all-time best scoring norm for PBA imports at 46.2 points in four seasons.

Nicknamed as “Black Superman,” Bates won the Best Import plum twice when Crispa bagged its second Grand Slam in 1983.

“He was really happy to be part of the team and he’s now looking forward to the start of our training,” team manager Erick Arejola said of Bates, who worked in a recycling company in the United States.

Two of the names floated to replace Alas are San Sebastian coach Topex Robinson and former PBA guard Ronnie Magsanoc.

LaKazTaMa
10-29-2011, 02:45 PM
FEU sweeps athletics, two other events
By June Navarro
Philippine Daily Inquirer
10:43 pm | Friday, October 28th, 2011
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MANILA, Philippines – Far Eastern University sparkled in athletics, taekwondo and chess Friday in the Philippine Sports Commission-University Games at the Villareal Stadium in Roxas City, Capiz.

FEU unseated La Salle as men’s champion and frustrated nemesis University of Santo Tomas in the women’s side, cementing the dominance of the Morayta-based tracksters in athletics.

The Tamaraws finished with a gold-silver-bronze collection of 7-2-1 to the 3-4-3 of the Archers and the 3-3-3 of the Tigers.

In the women’s division, FEU wound up with a medal harvest of 9-5-5 to UST’s 5-6-7 and La Salle’s 2-0-0.

Jesson Ramil Cid capped FEU’s explosive performance with gold medals in the men’s 200 and 400 meters while teammate and national trackster Josie Malacad ruled the women’s 400m for her third gold in the week-long meet supported by Sandugo Sandals, Gatorade and Colegio dela Purisima Concepcion.

FEU amassed two gold, two silver and one bronze medals in women’s taekwondo in a tie for first with College of St. Benilde and UP Diliman, while CSB proved invincible in the men’s side by pocketing all seven golds.

Women’s chess also went to the FEU which compiled 20 points from 11 match points to nip La Salle (19.5). Central Philippines University wound up third.

CSB prevented an FEU double victory in chess by amassing 15.5 points over the Tams’ 13 after both finished with eight match points in the men’s division.

A day after extending its dominance in swimming, San Beda retained the table tennis crown by downing JB Lacson Maritime Foundation University in the men’s finals while UP Diliman grabbed the women’s plum at CSB’s expense.

Action in team sports shifted to high gear at presstime with UAAP champion Ateneo facing University of San Agustin and Western Negros University battling St. Francis of Assisi College in the men’s basketball semifinals.

The “four-peat” champion Blue Eagles had little trouble showing hometown favorite Hercor College the door, 88-71, while
WNU trounced Ateneo de Zamboanga, 77-51, and SFAC survived a gallant stand from University of St. La Salle with a 71-60 win.

Defending women’s basketball champion Adamson is the heavy favorite to a fifth title in its finals clash with CSB, which proved steadier during the crucial moments of its 59-49 victory over UP Diliman earlier.

Unbeaten in four games, Adamson drubbed St. Louis U, 88-46, in their quarterfinal match.

The stage is set for a Manila-Visayas championship showdown in women’s volleyball with USLS going up against CPU and UP Diliman meeting Adamson in the Final Four.

Three UAAP teams barged into the men’s volley semifinals with UST taking on National University and defending champion FEU facing USLS.

LaKazTaMa
12-03-2011, 02:27 PM
Altas hire Aric del Rosario; Koy Banal joins Arellano
by inboundpass
Monday, 28 November 2011 74 Comments Share6CHANGE is a constant in the basketball world, whether it’s a change in players, strategy or the coaching staff. That kind of change struck both the University of Perpetual Help System Dalta and Arellano University.

Legendary tactician Januario “Aric” del Rosario is back on the sidelines after agreeing to a deal to mentor the Altas, a program that has spent a huge bulk of the past half-decade in the cellar of the NCAA. The man credited for orchestrating the University of Santo Tomas’ historic four-peat from 1993-1996 takes over from Jimwell Gican, who led the depleted squad to a 5-13 record in Season 87.

11.11.11 marked the very first practice of the Altas with del Rosario and his son, Lester. According to him, he was supposed to take the coaching helm as early as Season 87 but turned down the offer as he was still serving as NCAA commissioner and wished to fulfill his duties. “Sabi ko na ‘kung sino yung nakaupo ngayon, patapusin niyo na,” referring to his conversation with current NCAA Chairman and UPHSD President Anthony M. Tamayo. “After the NCAA, kung hindi pa nagbabago yung isip na gusto niyo akong kukunin, tsaka nalang tayo mag-usap.”

Fully aware that he has adopted a team lacking of size, he is now in the process of scouting players initially from the upcoming leagues that will be held within Perpetual Help so as to avoid any eligibility problems.

“May potential talaga yung team na ito. Magaling ang point guard, magaling ang wingman, lugi lang talaga sa big man,” commented del Rosario.

The Altas will also be joining a one-day invitational on November 28 in Pampanga, their very first competitive sortie together as coach and team, and a two-week league in Sorsogon City starting December 1 to foster some chemistry and give del Rosario the opportunity to further assess how the Altas respond to his coaching philosophy.

“Siguro ‘pag nakakuha ng malaki, tapos magiging mas disiplinado mga ito at mababago ang mga ugali, then oo, may chance tayo sa NCAA. Ayoko namang babalik ako sa coaching tapos kulelat ako. Hindi ako sanay na ganoon eh,” del Rosario stressed.

Perpetual Help is in the midst of a series of transitions. Del Rosario, who also steered the Pampanga Dragons to the now-defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association’s inaugural championship in 1998, becomes the Las Piñas unit’s third coach in just under a whole calendar year. The Altas began 2011 with Boris Aldeguer calling the shots before stepping down just a week before the start of Season 87, citing perceived injustices that hounded the eligibility of two of his big men, Marlon Gomez and Paul Nuilan. Gican, one of his assistants, succeeded Aldeguer and instilled a sense of discipline to a team that arguably overachieved by evading the proverbial wooden spoon in the team standings.

Meanwhile, the Arellano Chiefs will also have a new boss bench in 2012 after tapping the services of Koy Banal. Banal, whose last season in collegiate hoops culminated with a title that ended San Beda College’s 28-year championship drought in 2006, replaces Leo Isaac, who posted a 12-22 win-loss record in two years as the Chiefs’ boss bench.

callboyako
12-07-2011, 11:21 PM
sayang talaga ang galing na coach pa naman ni koy banal.. i hoe magkaroon ulit tayo ng defensive-minded na coach gaya niya

LaKazTaMa
12-13-2011, 08:39 PM
NU, UE pull thru in Martin Cup
(The Philippine Star) Updated December 13, 2011 12:00 AM Comments (0) View comments
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MANILA, Philippines - National University and University of the East hurdled their respective rivals in the eighth Fr. Martin Collegiate Open Cup at the FEU gym over the weekend.

The Bulldogs bucked a poor start with a strong second quarter charge as they outplayed the Lyceum Pirates, 56-51.

The Warriors, on the other hand, relied on Von Chavez and Roi Sumang down the stretch as they held off the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, 71-64.

Reden Celda banged in 16 points for the Bulldogs, who picked up their fourth straight win in Group A, and moved ahead of the San Red Lions (3-0).

Chavez scored on a drive while Sumang hit two free throws in the last 19.7 seconds as the Warriors fended off the Generals, who threatened at 62-67.

It was UE’s third straight win as it stayed ahead of Letran (2-0) in Group B.

In other games, the Knights turned back the Our Lady of Fatima University Phoenix, 48-46, while Jackson Wong fired 21 points as Trinity University of Asia upset Mapua, 65-58.

Transferee Arvie Bringas shot 14 points for the FEU Tamaraws, who prevailed over the STI Olympians, 54-41.

LaKazTaMa
02-26-2012, 11:04 AM
FEU draws first blood vs UST in men's volley
ABS-CBNnews.com
Posted at 02/25/2012 7:57 PM | Updated as of 02/25/2012 7:57 PM
MANILA, Philippines – Far Eastern University (FEU) moved within a win of clinching its first crown in 5 seasons by shocking reigning 4-time titlist University of Santo Tomas (UST), 25-20, 25-21, 25-22, in Game 1 of the UAAP men’s volleyball finals.

JR Labrador unloaded 23 hits, including 5 blocks, while Arvin Avila added 15 points as the Tamaraws took the 1-0 advantage in the best-of-3 series.

“Ito na siguro ang turning point (Game 1 win), pero sana hindi kami maging overconfident dahil tiyak babawi sila (Growling Tigers),” said FEU mentor George Pascua.

“Malaking factor talaga 'yung nabatak kami ng La Salle sa Final Four,” he added.

The Tamaraws were dragged to a “rubber match” with the Green Archers before advancing to the championship round.

FEU will shoot for a 25th crown when it plays UST in Game 2 on Wednesday.

No UST player tallied in double figures, with Romnick Rico leading the way with 9 hits

LaKazTaMa
02-29-2012, 08:43 PM
74th UAAP: FEU, Labrador dethrone UST as men's volleyball champs
February 29, 2012 6:59pm
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University of Santo Tomas came prepared but Far Eastern U and JR Labrador were determined to regain the title and end the Tigers' four-year reign in the UAAP men’s volleyball tournament.

Labrador, playing in his final game for the Tamaraws, dropped 22 points in leading FEU to a 25-27, 25-15, 19-25, 25-21, 15-13 triumph over the defending champions Wednesday at The Arena in San Juan City.

The FEU skipper, the league's top scorer, tallied 17 hits, four blocks and a service ace.

The Morayta-based squad swept the best-of-three title series after beating the Tigers, 25-20, 25-21, 25-22, in Game One. — JVP, GMA News

LaKazTaMa
08-18-2012, 11:02 AM
PBA makes Sultan its newest member
By Musong R. Castillo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
2:05 am | Saturday, August 18th, 2012 Share on facebook_likeShare 1AS EXPECTED, Mikee Romero’s Sultan 900 Capital, Inc. was accepted yesterday by the PBA as its newest member, assuring the 38th Season of the pro league of the same 10-team field in the Philippine Cup starting Sept. 30.



“Finally, my dream has come true,” Romero told reporters in a press conference, moments after the board of governors voted unanimously to accept Sultan 900 which earlier bought the franchise of Coca-Cola.



“It’s a childhood dream,” Romero, garbed in an elegant all-black suit, added. “(Initially), I’ve dreamt of playing in the PBA, and now I end up owning a franchise.”

Romero will take over a squad backstopped by JV Casio and scoring champion Gary David.



The Batang Pier’s first official PBA activity will happen tomorrow during the Rookie Draft.



“It was smooth sailing. The board wholeheartedly accepted Sultan 900 Capital Inc.,” said Robert Non of Barangay Ginebra, the newly installed board chair.



But while the board members approved Romero’s application, it did not grant any of his wishes, as far as concessions are concerned.



Instead, the team will inherit the No. 10 pick, which naturally belonged to Powerade/Coca-Cola.



Glenn Capacio and Ricky Dandan will be acting as coaches on interim capacities.



Bo Perasol, who guided Powerade to a runner-up finish in the PH Cup last year, will not come back after accepting an offer to coach Ateneo when Norman Black leaves after the UAAP season.



Capacio and Dandan are in the short list of candidates and there are reports that Barako Bull’s Junel Baculi is also being eyed.



Former La Salle stalwart BJ Manalo has been named team manager while Romero’s friend Erick Arejola will be the chief of basketball operation.



“I’ll still put up a run-and-gun and physical team,” said Romero. “We’ll rebuild the team toward what the organization wants.



“I’m very happy,” added Romero, who met the Powerade players and coaches Thursday.

LaKazTaMa
08-18-2012, 11:04 AM
Energen PH U-18 clobbers Saudi five
Philippine Daily Inquirer
2:10 am | Saturday, August 18th, 2012 Share on facebook_likeShare 4THE ENERGEN Pilipinas under-18 team used a strong first half to coast to a 95-52 romp over Saudi Arabia at the start of the 22nd Fiba Asia Under-18 Championship Friday night in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.



Mario Bonleon set the tone by unloading all but two of his 13 points in the first two quarters of the Philippines’ opening campaign in Group D of the preliminary round at Buyant-Ukhaa Arena.



Bonleon, a standout forward from La Salle Green Hills, also had team-best seven rebounds to help the Nationals pull away by 20 points, 49-29, at the half.



Jerie Pingoy—the reigning UAAP juniors MVP from Far Eastern University-Diliman—also helped preserve the Philippines’ double-digit cushion along with Kyle Suarez, Jay Alejandro, Rey Nambatac and Kent Lao.



Suarez topscored with 15 points and had three steals, while Alejandro and Pingoy combined for 25 points.



Mentored by Olsen Racela, the Philippines takes on Kazakhstan at 12 noon Saturday.



The scores:
PHILIPPINES 95–Suarez 15, Alejandro 14, Bonleon 13, Pingoy 11, Nambatac 10, Lao 9, Cani 6, Olayon 6, Javelosa 5, Porter 4, Rivero 2, Babilonia 0.
SAUDI ARABIA 52–Faqihi 19, Abo Jalas 11, Bafarat 8, Ahmedkhalil 4, Alhosawe 4, Barnawi 4, Bakhashwain 2, Sufyani 0, Musallam 0, Altama 0r, Mahammed 0.
Quarters: 23-12, 49-29, 76-45, 95-52

LaKazTaMa
08-21-2012, 03:26 PM
Energen rebounds, smothers Indon five
By Joey Villar (The Philippine Star) Updated August 21, 2012 12:00 AM

Manila, Philippines - Energen Pilipinas came back from a blowout to Iran with an 88-62 rout of Indonesia yesterday to get back into the thick of things in the 22nd FIBA Asia Under-18 Championship at the Buyant Ukhaa Arena in Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

Jerie Pingoy, a Far Eastern U-FERN standout and the reigning UAAP high school MVP, led the Nationals with 16 points while La Salle-Greenhills’ Mario Bonleon and Letran’s Rey Nambatac backed him up with solid 15 and 11 points, respectively.

The Filipinos thus improved to 2-1 following a 72-93 defeat at the hands of Group D top seed Iran last Sunday.

Energen Pilipinas actually had three victories in four outings but its 83-69 win over eliminated Kazakhstan has been excluded based on league rules that teams booted out will not be counted to teams advancing to the second round.

The Phl’s other win came against Saudia Arabia, 95-52, in Friday’s opener.

Pingoy, Bonleon and Nambatac were actually held to a combined 18-point production by the Iranians but the troika bounced back with their 42-point total against the Indonesians.

Jay Javelosa, a standout from Reedley, also combined with Nambatac for 16 of the Nationals’ 42 rebounds against Indonesian’s 33.

The Indons, who were led by Jan Misael Panagan’s 12 points and Andrei Adrianno’s 11 points, dominated early before the Filipinos imposed their will late in the opening quarter to wrest control.

The Energen youth then tightened up on defense, forcing a series of turnovers which they converted to transition points to break the game wide open.

The Phl, which swept the Southeast Asian Basketball Association U-18 Championship in Singapore last month to make it here, will take on Chinese Taipei, which smothered Saudi Arabia, 82-41, starting at 10 a.m. today.

The Taiwanese now have a 3-0 card.

The Filipinos’ last second round assignment will be against Bahrain at 2 p.m. tomorrow.

Energen Pilipinas hopes to improve on its fifth place finish the last time in Sana’A, Yemen while aiming for one of the three berths in the 2013 FIBA World Under-19 Championship in Prague, Czech Republic.

LaKazTaMa
08-21-2012, 03:35 PM
Energen Pilipinas trips Taipei to book q'finals berth
By Joey Villar Home Updated August 21, 2012 03:06 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- Energen Pilipinas came back from the jaws of defeat by showing nerves of steel in the stretch and turned back a gritty Chinese Taipei side, 88-83, to advance to the quarterfinals of the 22nd FIBA Asia Under-18 Championship at the Buyant Ukhaa Arena in Ulan Bator, Mongolia today.

Jerie Pingoy, a Far Eastern U-FERN standout and the reigning UAAP high school MVP, sizzled with 25 points including a crucial three-point play while Jay Javelosa, a standout from Reedley, had key blocks and several crucial rebounds in an 11-3 run that saw the Filipinos rally back from three points down with three minutes to go.

The Filipinos, who routed Southeast Asian rival Indonesia, 88-62, Monday, thus jumped to a share of second spot in their group with their recent victims on 3-1 (win-loss) records while booking a spot in the playoff round.

Powerhouse Iran, which walloped Energen, 93-72, Sunday, remained undefeated at press time and is expected to sweep its way to the quarters.

It was the second straight game that Pingoy led the team after a 16-point performance in that triumph over the Indonesians while the 6-4 Javelosa, who finished with six points and eight rebounds, have been carrying the fight in the interior for Energen from the start and even twice had blood on his face fighting bigger, taller frontcourt players of the other teams.

Energen seeks another win against Bahrain at 2 p.m. tomorrow (Phl time) hoping to end up at least in the top two in the group that would give them a chance to avoid facing off with Asian powers China and South Korea and play weaker teams instead in the quarters.

"The players followed the game plan to the letter," said Energen coach Olsen Racela through a text message from team mom Ito Lopa. "They sustained the playing level all throughout the game.

"We were down with more than two minutes left but the boys never gave up and my hats off to my coaching staff for a very good game plan," he added referring to lieutenants Nash Racela, Eric Gonzales, Richie Ticzon and BJ Manalo.

Co-Captain Rodolfo Alejandro was also in a zone on this one as he finished with 22 points while Rey Nambatac, a Letran standout who is the reigning NCAA juniors MVP, chipped in 10 points to help in the cause.

Down 77-80 with less than three minutes to go, the Filipinos unloaded an 11-3 exchange fuelled by key shooting by Pinggoy and solid defense by Javelosa to complete a come-from-behind win.

Energen Pilipinas, which swept the Southeast Asian Basketball Association U-18 Championship in Singapore last month to make it here, hopes to improve on its fifth place finish the last time in Sana’A, Yemen while aiming for one of the three berths in the 2013 FIBA World Under-19 Championship in Prague, Czech Republic.

It also helped Javelosa that Gideon Babilonia, Kris Porter and Prince Rivero alternated to provide muscle down low that made life miserable for Taipei's big men.

The Scores:

ENERGEN PILIPINAS 88 - Pingoy 25, Alejandro 22, Nambatac 10, Javelosa 6, Suarez 6, Cani 5, Olayon 5, Rivero 5, Babilonia 2, Porter 2, Lao 0, Bonleon 0.

TAIWAN 83 - Lin 25, Li 16, Fan 16, H. Huang 9, Chiu 6, Lee 6, Wu 3, Lu 2, Chen 0, Cheng 0, T. Huang 0, Chin 0.

Quarters: 17-14, 43-34, 63-64, 88-83.

LaKazTaMa
08-23-2012, 02:13 PM
Energen raps Bahrain
By Joey Villar (The Philippine Star) Updated August 23, 2012 12:00


MANILA, Philippines - Energen Pilipinas fought back from 11 points down to blast Bahrain, 99-72, but faced an uphill battle in the quarterfinal round after Chinese-Taipei shocked fancied Iran, 78-77, in overtime in the 22nd FIBA Asia Under-18 Championship at the Buyant Ukhaa Arena in Ulan Bator, Mongolia yesterday.

The Filipino youths rode on a big second half run to wallop the Bahrainis but settled for the No. 3 spot in its group after the Taiwanese stunned the Iranians to snatch the No. 2 seat in the quarters.

Meanwhile, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas chief Manny V. Pangilinan said Energen’s victory over Bahrain has been dedicated to the late Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo.

Pangilinan also stressed that the Smart Gilas thrilling win over South Korea in the Jones Cup was offered by the Nationals to the memory of the late DILG secretary.

Iran, Taiwan and the Phl finished tied at 4-1 after the single round elims but the Iranians, who routed the Filipinos, 92-73, earlier, took the No. 1 spot with a superior quotient with the Taiwanese snatching second place while relegating the Energen boys, who beat the Taiwanese, 88-83, to No. 3.

Energen outscored Bahrain, 38-15, in the third period, turning an 11-point halftime deficit to a 12-point advantage going to the fourth.

The Nationals sustained their firepower in the last 10 minutes and went on to outscore the Bahrainis, 26-11, to post the runaway victory.

Energen will face the other group’s No. 2 team, South Korea, which blew double-digit leads and dropped a heartbreaking 102-107 overtime loss to defending champion China.

Co-skipper Rodolfo Alejandro led the Nationals with 23 points while Jerie Pingoy, Hubert Cani and Rey Nambatac added 19, 11 and 11 points, respectively.

Energen also outrebounded Bahrain, 42-25, with Mark Anthony Olayon and Jay Javelosa combining for 22 rebounds.

The Phl youth trailed by double digits in the first half after a cold start.

Ali Hassan Shukralla led Bahrain with 32 points, 12 boards, five steals and three blocks.

Energen Pilipinas, which swept the Southeast Asian Basketball Association U-18 Championship in Singapore last month, is out to improve on its fifth place finish the last time in Sana’A, Yemen while aiming for one of the three berths in the 2013 FIBA World Under-19 Championship in Prague, Czech Republic.

The scores:

Energen 99 – Alejandro 23, Pingoy 19, Cani 11, Nambatac 11, Suarez 8, Porter 7, Javelosa 6, Lao 5, Babilonia 4, Olayon 3, Rivero 2, Bonleon 0

Bahrain 72 – Shukralla 32, Buallay 16, Naser 7, Melad 7, Abul 6, Sayed 4, Abdulrasool 0, Abdulredha 0

Quarterscores: 13-22; 35-46; 73-61; 99-72

LaKazTaMa
08-26-2012, 01:12 PM
Energen Pilipinas vents ire on Lebanon
(The Philippine Star) Updated August 26, 2012 12:00 AM Comments (0) View comments
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MANILA, Philippines - Energen Pilipinas clawed back from its heartbreaking quarterfinal loss to South Korea the night and vented its ire on Lebanon, 80-69, in the consolation round of the 22nd FIBA Asia Under-18 Championship at the Buyant Ukhaa Arena in Ulan Bator, Mongolia yesterday.

With their semifinal hopes dashed by a stinging 77-90 setback to the Koreans, the Filipinos kept their composure as they dominated the Lebanese from start to finish to arrange a duel for fifth place with Chinese Taipei, the same team the former beat in the second round.

The Filipinos not only are looking to repeat over the Taiwanese, who lost to the Japanese in their quarters duel today, but also to match their predecessors’ fifth place in the last Asia U-18 tilt in Sana’A, Yemen.

Mario Bonleon, a La Salle-Greenhills standout, led Energen with 19 points on an impressive eight-of-16 shooting clip on his return since missing three straight games with a sprained ankle.

Rey Nambatac, the reigning NCAA high school MVP, scattered 12 points while co-skipper Rodolfo Alejandro chipped in 10 to help the Filipinos snare this win.

Their best big man in Jay Javelosa got injured in the first half of the Korea game and was a non-factor in succeeding games.

That loss zapped the hopes of the Nationals, who swept the SEABA U-18 in Singapore last month, in nailing one of the three berths in the 2013 FIBA World Under-19 Championship in Prague, Czech Republic.

Beating Chinese Taipei, which lost to Energen but wound up finishing second going into the playoffs, for fifth place will not be that bad considering the country has brought an undersized team.

LaKazTaMa
08-26-2012, 01:24 PM
FEU extends beach volleyball win streak to 17

By Dongil Carreon Posted Aug 25th 2012
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Far Eastern University continued its amazing winning streak at the opening of the UAAP men's beach volleyball competition.

It has been nearly three years since the two-time men’s beach volleyball titlist Far Eastern University last lost, and it was not ready to drop its streak at the opening game of Season 75.



FEU extended its winning-streak to 17 after it defeated Adamson University in the opening day match yesterday at the University of the East (UE) sand court.



Third-place Adamson put up a tough fight but still fell in straight sets to FEU, which has swept the two previous season's elimination rounds and last lost to the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) in the Season 72 finals on Sept. 20, 2009.



In the first set, reigning MVP Arvin Avila and Karl de la Calzada displayed their attacking prowess to fluster the Falcon pair of John Hendrix Competente and Gilbert Longavela. 21-15.



FEU drew from its championship experience to claim the second, 21-18,as it calmly turned back several comeback attempts by Adamson.



The Tamaraws had built a 13-7 lead, only to have the Falcons answer with three straight points. Avila and de la Calzada again built a 17-10 buffer with several spikes, but the Falcons again clawed back to within 17-16.



Avila and de la Calzada then took turns scoring on spikes, but a third attempt was stuffed by Competente for a 19-17 count. Adamson, however, wasted the opportunity to move closer to FEU as Comptente botched his serve. The Falcon captain would again score, but de la Calzada finally ended the match with a spike to preserve the streak for FEU.



In other matches, UST bounced back from an opening set defeat and outlasted the University of the Philippines, 17-21, 21-15 and 15-11. National University, meanwhile, lost to La Salle despite winning the first set, 21-15, after it dropped the next two, 20-22 and 14-16. Finally, Ateneo de Manila University succumbed to UE, 21-15, 20-22 and 9-15.

LaKazTaMa
08-27-2012, 03:19 PM
Energen PH U-18 five settles for sixth Place

THE ENERGEN Pilipinas Youth team rallied from a 14-point deficit in the final two minutes before bowing to Chinese Taipei, 89-85, and settling for sixth place in the 22nd Fiba Asia Under-18 Championship Sunday in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.



The Taiwanese saw their 77-63 lead reduced to 83-80 with 34 seconds left but they kept their poise to prevail behind Fan Shi-en (21 points and 11 rebounds) and Lin Kuan-chun (17 points).



Jay Alejandro pumped in 21 points, including 14 in the thrilling run that fell short as the Philippines ended its campaign at Buyant-Ukhaa Arena.



Jerie Pingoy and Mario Bonleon added 15 points each for the Philippines, which finished a rung lower than the fifth-place finish of the PH team in the tournament’s last edition in 2010 in Yemen.



The Philippines failed to duplicate its upset of Chinese Taipei in the second round, 88-83.



Although the young Filipinos had a strong run in the first two rounds, they bowed to powerhouse South Korea, 90-77, in the quarterfinals on Friday night.



Led by Bonleon, the Philippines drubbed Lebanon, 80-69, in the consolation round to stay in the hunt for fifth on Saturday



China and Korea, the finalists in the last edition, were battling for the crown at presstime last night.



The Chinese drubbed Japan, 103-80, in the semifinals. Jasmine W. Payo



The scores:

CHINESE TAIPEI 89—Fan 21, Lin 17, Wu 16, Lu 10, Huang 8, Li 6, Chin 6, Lee 3, Chiu 2, Chen 0Huang 0, Cheng 0,

PHILIPPINES 85—Alejandro 22, Pingoy 15, Bonleon 15, Nambatac 7, Babilonia 6, Suarez 6, Cani 5, Rivero 4, Olayon 3, Lao 2, Porter 0, Javelosa 0.

Quarters: 22-20, 35-34, 60-48, 89-85

LaKazTaMa
08-31-2012, 03:11 PM
The Rondo Routine - Boston Celtic holds hoops clinic in Manila
CARLO PAMINTUAN, GMA News August 29, 2012

Boston Celtic Rajon Rondo made the trip to the Ronac basketball court in San Juan, to show off, and then teach, some of the moves and skills of an NBA champion point guard, to a captive audience of some of the country's best high school and college players, Tuesday, in an event presented by Red Bull.

Some of the players involved in the clinic were brothers Kiefer (ADMU) and Thirdy Ravena (AHS), Kevin Alas of Letran, Baser Amer of San Beda, Nate Matute of JRU, and Jett Vidal of Perpetual Help.

Rondo came onto the court after the participants were done with their warm-up and stretching exercises. Rondo was assisted by Philippine National Team head coach Chot Reyes, who was fresh from leading Smart-Gilas II to the Jones Cup title, Ateneo head coach Norman Black, Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texter Jimmy Alapag, and Alaska Ace Tony dela Cruz.

The NBA All-Star and one-time NBA Champion showed the participants how to dribble, pass, and make baskets properly. Rondo wowed the crowd with his dribbling skills even if he was clearly performing way below his capacity. As the clinic was going on, Rondo pulled aside some of the players to share some pointers on how to improve their game.

The group was divided into two squads to compete against each other. Rondo’s group, which was mostly composed of high school players, lost four straight challenges to the other team bannered by the older Ravena, Amer, and Alas. As a consequence, Rondo’s team, including himself and coach Norman Black had to drop down for a total of 36 push-ups.

“I’m an LA Lakers fan but I have a lot of respect for Rondo,” said Alas. “I want to be as consistent as he is. Even though he isn’t scoring, he’ll be getting rebounds and dishing out assists.”

Reigning UAAP MVP Rayray Parks also attended the event although he didn’t join the clinic. “I hope I can get pointers on how to run the pick and roll the way Rondo does,” Parks said. “But I really hope I get the chance to play him one-on-one,” he added while letting out a quick laugh.

Other collegiate players who attended the event were Ateneo’s Nico Salva, Nico Elorde, and Juami Tiongson, and brothers Jeron (DLSU) and Jeric Teng (UST). A bunch of PBA players also attended the event such as Rain or Shine’s Gabe Norwood, Meralco’s Chris Ross and Sol Mercado, and Air21’s Rob Reyes.

Asked about the chances of seeing a Filipino in the NBA someday, Rondo answered that he thinks there is a definite possibility. “You have to believe it mentally before you achieve it,” Rondo said. “You may be small and you may come from another country but if you have talent, the NBA will find you.” - AMD, GMA News

LaKazTaMa
09-06-2012, 01:07 PM
Chot to tweak Gilas lineup for FIBA Asia
By Joaquin Henson The Philippine Star Updated September 05, 2012 12:00


MANILA, Philippines – When the Philippines plays in the FIBA Asia Championships in July next year, the Gilas roster may be different from the lineups for the recent Jones Cup and the coming FIBA Asia Cup in Tokyo. Nothing is set in stone and coach Chot Reyes said yesterday he wants to keep his options open.

There will be spots waiting for Talk ‘N’ Text mainstays Jayson Castro, Ryan Reyes and Kelly Williams who are all familiar with Reyes’ system. If San Mig Coffee’s Marc Pingris is available, Reyes said he’ll likely make room for the former FEU star. The choices will depend on who’s healthy, which players are able to adjust quickly to each other, who’s ready to sacrifice a lot of practice hours and who’s fit to endure the grueling grind of international play.

PBA players named in the national pool were asked to submit letters of commitment but Reyes said he could understand why some candidates hesitated because of injuries, rehab treatment, rest from an exhausting season and family obligations. Pingris, Alex Cabagnot, Arwind Santos, Marcio Lassiter and James Yap didn’t enlist but Reyes said he was informed that there was no policy from their PBA teams restricting them from signing up. Pingris personally spoke to Reyes and said he would be ready if called to play for Gilas.

San Miguel Corp. director of sports Noli Eala confirmed that the five players were not prohibited from joining Gilas. He pointed to Enrico Villanueva, then with Barangay Ginebra, as a San Miguel group player who saw action in the Jones Cup and is in the lineup for the FIBA Asia Cup. L.A. Tenorio, recently traded to Ginebra, will also play in the FIBA Asia Cup.

“We submitted the names for the national pool to the PBA Board,” said Reyes. “We left it up to the players to decide whether or not to submit letters of commitment. Of course, we’d like to open the pool to players who’re interested to join. We were told to write the players individually and we’re ready to do it. We’ll consult with commissioner (Chito) Salud on the next step to take. Participating in the FIBA Asia Cup is part of the build-up for the FIBA Asia Championships. We’re forming an all-inclusive team.”

Reyes said the ultimate goal is to qualify for the FIBA World Cup on Aug. 30-Sept. 14, 2014, in Spain. “We’re not totally dismissing the Olympic dream,” he explained. “But our focus right now is the World Cup. The top three finishers in the FIBA Asia Championships will earn tickets to the World Cup so that’s our objective. We can’t think too far ahead because we still don’t know what will happen in the 2016 Olympics, if they’ll put an age limit of 23 for basketball or increase the number of participating countries or add a 3-on-3 event with an age limit. All we know is the top three placers in the FIBA Asia Cup will automatically qualify for the FIBA Asia Championships, meaning if we make it, we won’t need to qualify via the SEABA Championships.”

The Philippines is bidding to host the FIBA Asia Championships next year and the FIBA Asia Congress will decide where to stage the World Cup qualifiers in Tokyo on Sept. 18. Japan is also bidding to host even if Tokushima was the 2007 site. China hosted the last two FIBA Asia Championships in Tianjin in 2009 and Wuhan last year. Manila hasn’t hosted the biennial competition since 1973. The Philippines won its last FIBA Asia title under coach Ron Jacobs in 1985. Last year, the Philippines took fourth place – its best finish since claiming the same spot in 1987.

Reyes said Marcus Douthit will remain at the forefront of Gilas’ charge even as talks are ongoing to enlist Denver Nuggets center JaVale McGee as a naturalized player for the future. “After JaVale signed a humongous deal with Denver, we’re now not sure how to proceed because if he plays for us, we’ll have to cover the insurance premium for his four-year $44 million contract and that’s a big amount,” said Reyes. “JaVale hasn’t changed his mind. He’s fine with the idea of playing for the Philippines. We’ll just have to figure out what it takes to suit him up.”

Reyes said the new FIBA rule requiring players with the birth right of dual citizenship to claim two nationalities before turning 16 has put the recruitment of Fil-Ams Chris Banchero and Stanley Pringle on hold. In last year’s FIBA Asia Championships, Lassiter and Chris Lutz were almost disqualified because of the new rule but were allowed to play anyway on condition it would not be considered a precedent. FIBA decreed that they would be subject to the new rule in the future. The rule has also kept Sol Mercado, Cliff Hodge and Chris Ellis on hold. Reyes said the SBP would appeal the rule at the FIBA Asia Congress, citing the law of the land should be upheld in recognizing who is eligible for citizenship.

Reyes said Fil-Am recruit Matt Ganuelas Rosser isn’t affected by the FIBA rule because he was born in the Philippines. Gabe Norwood and Sonny Thoss are also unaffected as they had previously played in a FIBA Asia competition and the rule is not retroactive. Reyes said it affects the case of two Fil-Ams who are presently playing for US NCAA Division I schools.

LaKazTaMa
09-07-2012, 05:49 PM
Can't Outshoot These Deputies
By Paolo Mariano Posted Sep 3rd 2012

Former PBA MVP and Adamson University great Kenneth Duremdes is back in the UAAP, but this time with an entirely different role.


Ronald Perada, Gene Afable, Juno Sauler, Michael Oliver, Vic Ycasiano, Billy Reyes, Joey Mendoza, and Cenen Dueñas.

No, they are not local politicians running in next year’s elections. They are some of the assistant coaches of the eight competing teams in the UAAP. Safe to say, almost none of them ring a bell.

The assistant coach is arguably the most undervalued member of a basketball team. They are unrecognized, unnoticed, and unappreciated. Most casual fans have this impression that deputies only serve as the shadow or the echo of the head coach, following him wherever he goes and repeating whatever he says. Like the token sidekick in all those old local action movies.

But this season, three assistants are far more popular than all of the rest. In fact, they’re even more renowned than majority of the head coaches. They are former pro superstars, who brought their expertise and star power to the collegiate ranks to help their respective alma maters.

Starry sidelines

He’s known as “The Flying A,” but for the players of Far Eastern University (FEU), he’s simply “Coach.” But oh yes, the boys know Coach’s exploits in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). Johnny Abarrientos, however, is not back in the UAAP to brag about his glowing accolades, he’s here to teach.

“I’m happy with my job, giving pointers to the future (of Philippine basketball). It’s really an honor,” said Abarrientos, who joined the Tamaraws last season after a brief coaching stint in the PBA.

Abarrientos’ former Alaska teammate also found his way back into the UAAP. Kenneth Duremdes, who has already served as head coach in the pros, is now with Adamson University after being invited by the school’s athletic department prior to the season.

Also a rookie tactician in college, Jun Limpot, on the other hand, was personally asked by new De La Salle University mentor Gee Abanilla to join his staff. He immediately grabbed the opportunity despite not having any experience in calling the shots.

“It’s a totally different ballgame for me. Before, I only had to focus on myself, now I have to focus on a lot of other people. But it’s exciting,” said Limpot.

Winning pedigree

These assistants are no strangers to winning, having earned countless championships and awards in the PBA. Abarrientos and Duremdes—both part of the PBA’s 25 Greatest Players—won as Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 1996 and 1998, respectively, while Limpot was a many-time All-Star and Mythical Team member.

That’s why it’s extra easier for them to make the players follow their instructions. They’ve been there, done that, and they have proof. Their wards can simply look it up on Google or Wikipedia.

“It’s a student-teacher atmosphere and you have to handle different characters,” said Duremdes. “Pero galing na tayo diyan (But I’ve already been to where they are now).

Nicknamed “Captain Marbel” as an allusion to his birth city in Koronadal, South Cotabato, Duremdes is in charge of developing the individual skills of the Soaring Falcons, having made a name for himself as one of the most athletic and most versatile players in PBA history.

Abarrientos and Limpot, meanwhile, focus on opposite positions—big men and guards—the former being one of the best playmakers the country has ever produced and the latter being a highly skilled pivot.

“La Salle has a lot of big men, they’re my priority. But as much as possible, I try to help the team any way I can,” said the 6-foot-7 Limpot.

It also helps a lot that Abarrientos, Duremdes, and Limpot already know the ins and outs of college hoops, having starred in the UAAP during the early 90s.

The 5-foot-7 Abarrientos brought back-to-back titles to Morayta in 1991 and 1992. He also won Rookie of the Year in 1989, Defensive Player of the Year in 1990 and 1991, and ultimately, Mythical Five member and MVP in 1991. For his accomplishments, FEU retired his no. 14 jersey last year.

Duremdes, on the other hand, is regarded as one of the best scorers in the history of the UAAP. He averaged over 35 points a game in his final year in 1993, highlighted by a 40-plus-point performance, and was named to the Mythical Five from 1990-1993.

Lastly, not many remember that Limpot is the only three-time MVP in the UAAP, taking it home in 1989, 1990, and 1992. He also led the Green Archers to three straight titles from 1989 to 1991, making a strong case for being the best player to come out of the league.

Giving back

But these famous assistant coaches aren’t looking to reclaim the spotlight. They returned to their alma maters to share their valuable knowledge and priceless wisdom to the young players. It’s their contribution to the communities that also molded their careers.

“I’m standing where I’m right now because of FEU. It’s (coaching) my way of giving respect to my former team,” said Abarrientos, who donned the Green and Gold from 1989 to 1992.

“It’s great to be back with Adamson. This is where I started. The school is a big reason why I got discovered. This is my way of giving back,” said Duremdes, who played from 1990-1993.

It’s very fulfilling, transferring to the kids what I know. It’s hard, but it’s a positive experience,” shared Limpot, who ruled Taft from 1989-1993.

They may serve as assistants for different schools, but they are surely in consensus about one thing: coaching is far more difficult than playing.

“What I learned from coaching is you have to deal with different attitudes of players. You have to build chemistry on and off the court,” said Abarrientos.

“In the pros, it’s just all about motivation and mind-setting, unlike here in college, it’s more of teaching. You have to develop everything. It’s very challenging,” admitted Duremdes.

Yes, lesser known deputies are just as valuable as the more recognizable ones. They may be even better or deserving of credit. But it’s hard to deny that having basketball legends on the team is a vital luxury, especially for the players, who are looking to follow their fabled footsteps.

LaKazTaMa
09-21-2012, 08:24 PM
MVP withdraws support for Ateneo after disagreements over mining and RH
September 21, 2012 5:52pm


"Time to call it a day."

After being one of the prime patrons of the Ateneo de Manila University for nearly a decade, business tycoon Manuel V. Pangilinan announced on Friday that he is cutting ties with the school following disagreements over mining and the RH Bill.

Pangilinan is also the main sponsor of Ateneo's champion basketball team, which is gunning for its fifth consecutive UAAP title this year.

In a letter to university president Fr. Jett Villarin, Pangilinan highlighted the difference between his and the school's stand on the RH Bill. After Ateneo professors came out in support of the bill, Villarin issued a statement saying that the university still supports the CBCP's stand against the proposed legislation.

Pangilinan, who is the Chairman and CEO of Philex Mining, was also reacting to a letter by Rev. Fr. Jose Magadia, Jesuit Provincial of the Philippines, in which he referred Jesuit communities to a document entitled "The Golden Mean in Mining: Talking Points."

"Failure to manage one’s affairs – such as weak institutions, failed regulatory agencies, corrupt enforcements – do not mean a particular business is per se evil, as suggested about mining in that Jesuit Paper. It is man’s frailty – Filipino frailty to be exact – that should be blamed, not the business," said Pangilinan.

"And in the context of two other gruesome incidents (i.e., plagiarism and the first mining blow-up) in the recent past, I believe we have come to the irretrievable point where it is best and appropriate to draw the line in the sand, to conclude that we have little or no common interest, and to say that I’d look like a fool helping an institution which opposes my conviction diametrically and unequivocally ('non-negotiable')."

By "plagiarism," Pangilinan was referring to his Ateneo commencement speech in 2010 which was found to contain passages lifted from speeches by US President Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey and others.

After explaining his disagreements with the Ateneo, Pangilinan ended his letter to Villarin with the following lines:

"The logical consequences of this are: (i) each of us can pursue our advocacies freely without having to be sensitive with regard each other’s feelings; (ii) my complete and total disengagement from the Ateneo – something which, after reflection, I must confess I welcome with some relief at this stage."

The letter was originally posted on the Twitter account of Denis Lucindo, with the caption, "for the attention primarily of my Ateneo Alumni Friends, the full text of MVP's letter to Fr. Jett Villarin with the subject 'Jesuit Paper.'"

Lucindo is identified as the Vice President for Business Development of Philex Mining Corporation.

Ateneo president Villarin could not be reached for comment, but Sonia Araneta, Ateneo's public relations head, confirmed the Pangilinan letter and said that Villarin has sent him a reply, but declined to say whether Villarin accepted Pangilinan's "total disengagement."

"This matter is now best handled in quiet and private conversation," Araneta said.

An Ateneo official said they were surprised by the letter and were still "reeling."

The break-up with Ateneo was just the latest of Pangilinan's recent bitter experiences. He personally went to Japan in order to endorse the Philippines as host for the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship, only for the organization to award that role to Lebanon.

He was also dragged into a row on Wednesday involving Senators Enrile and Trillanes, regarding the latter's participation in backdoor deals with China.

Trillanes claimed that Pangilinan was helping orchestrate the Philippines' dispute with China in the West Philippine Sea to serve his business interests in the region, which Pangilinan has vehemently denied. - Renee Fopalan/Adrian Dy/HS, GMA News

LaKazTaMa
09-23-2012, 09:48 AM
MVP says no to politics, yes to backing another school
By Nelson Beltran (philstar.com) Updated September 22, 2012 06:42

TOKYO – Businessman-sportsman Manny V. Pangilinan said he’s not inclined to run for public office, much more for the presidency in 2016, in reaction to clamor by those impressed by his stand in a latest rift with Ateneo de Manila University.

“I’m not built to be a politician,” said Pangilinan, now here in the Japanese capital cheering for Smart Gilas Pilipinas in the FIBA Asia Cup as president of the national cage federation.

“The moment ipakita mo mukha mo, babarilin ka na. Di naman ako si Jose Rizal,” added Pangilinan, in the news back home after withdrawing his support to his alma mater because of differences over mining and the Reproductive Health (RH) bill.

Pangilinan is the chairman of Philex Mining Corp. and the Philippine Long Distance Company (PLDT) Group, and also has controlling shares in Meralco, Maynilad, Makati Medical Center, Cardinal Santos Hospital and North Luzon Express (NLEX), among others.

In a letter addressed to Ateneo president Fr. Jett Villarin, Pangilinan said he decided to sever ties with the institution because the university’s position on mining runs contrary to the corporate position of Philex.

He also disagreed with the university’s stand on the Reproductive Health Bill now pending in Congress.

Is there anyway he’ll reconsider his stand? “Pagod na ako. Una yung plagiarism case, tapos the First Mining blow-up. Siguro tama na, strike three na tayo,” said Pangilinan, a major backer of the institution in various academic and sports programs.

He neither had plan of showing up even in the Ateneo games in the UAAP.

“I don’t think so. Tapos na,” said Pangilinan, the chief benefactor of the Ateneo Blue Eagles now in pursuit of a “Five-Peat.”

For his love of basketball, Pangilinan said he’s open to supporting another varsity team.

He didn’t indicate plan to relocate his businesses abroad as feared by some quarters with his name being dragged in the spat in the Senate.

“Actually, the corporate headquarters of First Pacific is in Hong Kong. I still maintain office there and a flat. In fact tomorrow, balik ako Hong Kong for meetings this week,” he said.

“I am there once a month and stay a few days, kasi syempre may ibang negosyo kami sa Hong Kong,” he added.

House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II has appealed to Pangilinan to stick it out in the country with the business mogul reportedly threatening to pull out his corporate operations and return to Hong Kong.

His businesses were earlier dragged into the quarrel between Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.

“I am gravely concerned to hear of Mr. Pangilinan expressing his intention of reverting back his corporate operations to Hong Kong because of the recent spat in the Senate,” Gonzales has said.

In sports, Pangilinan, as SBP president, has declined offer to run under the ticket of re-electionist Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr. in the coming polls of the Philippine Olympic Committee.

“It’s a full-time job and I don’t have the time. I can help Philippine sport in a different capacity,” said Pangilinan

Asked whether he supports Cojuangco’s re-election bid, Pangilinan said: “We want to stay neutral.”

LaKazTaMa
09-23-2012, 09:50 AM
Naku cno kaya ang mapalad na susuportahan niya ..abangan..

LaKazTaMa
09-24-2012, 04:40 PM
Ex-PBA super import Bates in trouble for stone-throwing incident - report
September 24, 2012 1:17pm

Former super-import Billy Ray Bates found himself in hot water Monday, for allegedly throwing stones and damaging a limousine in Quezon City before dawn.

Bates, now 56, was accosted for damaging the vehicle of one Carlos Vicente at the Farmers Market area, radio dzBB's Allan Gatus reported.

The report said the former super-import, who earned the nickname "Black Superman" while playing in the Philippine Basketball Association in the 1980s, denied the charges but sought a settlement with the car's owner.

PO2 Alvin Quisumbing of the Quezon City Police District's Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit cited initial information indicating that Bates was seen throwing stones at the limo at about 12:20 a.m., while supposedly drunk.

Bates allegedly managed to escape but was seen again in the area at about 6 a.m., and was accosted by the police.

Bates claimed he was held up, and that his passport and money were taken, the dzBB report said.

The Kentucky State University product was a third round pick of the Houston Rockets back in the 1978 rookie draft, but he never played for that squad. He was later signed by the Portland Trail Blazers where he spent three seasons. After getting cut there, he had brief stints with the Washington Bullets (now the Wizards) and the LA Lakers, before coming over to the Philippines.

Here, Bates electrified crowds while playing for the grandslam Crispa team in 1983, and helped power Ginebra San Miguel to its first PBA championship in 1986. However, he was sent packing after a lackluster performance with Ginebra, then known as Añejo Rum, in 1988.

Bates was elevated to the PBA Hall of Fame and was hired as a skills coach of the AirAsia Philippine Patriots in the ASEAN Basketball League last October but was fired in March for supposed repeated misconduct and acts detrimental to the team and to the league.

“We’re sincere to help him but he’s misbehaving of late and we have no other option but to sever our ties with him,” a report on Journal Online quoted team manager Erick Arejola as saying.

Arejola added he already warned Bates before "but he missed several of our practices and made acts detrimental to the image of the team.”

Last February, an article by Seattle Times columnist Steve Kelley said Bates' superstar lifestyle in the Philippines may have "undermined his talent."

"Bates' career was reborn in the Philippines, where he played from 1983 to 1988, averaging 46 points and winning three championships. He became a star, nicknamed Black Superman, and he lived a star's life, drinking and womanizing like a Roman emperor. The lifestyle finally undermined his talent," Kelley wrote. - AMD, GMA News

LaKazTaMa
09-28-2012, 10:42 PM
San Miguel Beermen start buildup for next ABL season
By Celest R. Flores
INQUIRER.net
6:43 pm | Friday, September 28th, 2012
MANILA, Philippines — San Miguel is looking determined as ever to finally reign in the Asean Basketball League after missing the mark last season.

Starting with signing up two able and formidable reinforcements for the squad, the Beermen are definitely trying to stay away from another bridesmaid finish this 4th ABL season.

Brian Williams, last season’s import for Malaysia, will now do his tour of duty for the Beermen — the same team he nearly helped knock out of the semifinals.

“Brian (Williams) and Gabe (Freeman) bring power, poise, and explosiveness to the team,” said SMC executive Noli Eala on his Twitter account (@NoliEala).

“Both are proven winners and can play multiple roles for the Beermen,” he added.

San Miguel is also bringing the old coaching crew back, which managed to turn a newcomer into a serious contender in just one year — and only missing out on the title by a hairline.

Eala confirmed on Twitter that head coach Bobby Parks will once again lead the Beermen, but would have former Petron head coach Ato Agustin in tow as consultant.

Though San Miguel lost a gem of a big man in Junemar Fajardo, the tandem of season PBA centers Asi Taulava and Erik Menk, meanwhile, is expected to provide tough interior presence.

“What a boost! Can’t wait to finally see Major Pain and the Rock on the same team,” said Eala of the inclusion of Menk, who’s on the reserve list of Barangay Ginebra San Miguel.

Menk and Taulava will also help bring in an even more solid following for the Beermen as the two are sure to be crowd magnets.

Renewing his contract with the Beermen is star guard Chris Banchero, while new faces like FEU standout JR Cawaling is set to give the squad a boost.

San Miguel’s gruelling buildup for the upcoming season’s opening in January starts on Sunday (Sept. 30).

LaKazTaMa
09-28-2012, 10:43 PM
Chot wants shooting coach for Smart Gilas
By Musong R. Castillo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
11:33 pm | Thursday, September 27th, 2012
Philippine team coach Chot Reyes plans to tap Chip Engelland for another tour of duty in the national five—but in a different capacity.

Reyes is entertaining thoughts on hiring the former PH team gunslinger as a shooting coach to sharpen the outside firepower of the squad in its bid to make it to the World Championship event next year.

Instead of training certified gunners like Jeff Chan, Gary David or Larry Fonacier, however, Engelland will be teaching shooting rudiments to 7-foot behemoth Greg Slaughter of Ateneo.

“After (his playing stint with) Ateneo, I will have him shoot three-point shots for one hour every day until September (next year),” Reyes said of Slaughter.

“We are thinking of hiring a shooting coach just for that, and Chip Engelland is definitely a good candidate.”

Reyes said that getting a guy as big and tall as Slaughter to consistently make the outside shot would give the Philippines a huge edge in international competitions.

The teams that Smart Gilas-Pilipinas played against in the Jones Cup in Taipei and the Fiba Asia Cup in Japan all have big men able to nail the three-point shot at a consistent rate.

“The good thing about that is, we not only open up (the enemy’s) defense, but if Slaughter is able to make the three-point shot, then he and Marcus (Douthit) could play together and give us a big frontline,” Reyes explained.

Engelland dazzled international foes of the Philippines as a member of the Northern Cement program in the 1980s before going on to pursue a career as a shooting coach.

LaKazTaMa
09-29-2012, 10:04 PM
Surprise twist in Final Four
By Joaquin Henson The Philippine Star Updated September 29, 2012 12:00 AM 1 comment to this post

MANILA, Philippines - When NU faced FEU in the replay of their controversial second round game last Sunday, it was a heaven-or-hell situation for the UAAP host school. A loss would’ve tumbled the Bulldogs out of contention for good but a win would propel NU to No. 3 in the standings, safely into the Final Four.

As it turned out, NU nipped the Tamaraws, 84-81, in overtime and sent FEU into a knockout playoff with La Salle for the last ticket to the semifinals. Under ordinary circumstances, nine wins would be enough to guarantee a slot in the Final Four. But these are extraordinary times. NU, FEU and La Salle wound up the double-round eliminations with identical 9-5 records. The quotient system found NU at +16, La Salle at -4 and FEU at -12.

So it came to pass that last Wednesday, the Archers bowled over FEU, 69-66, in a dramatic come-from-behind upset at the MOA Arena. It didn’t seem probable that La Salle would find a way to break into the Final Four with a lineup carrying four rookies (Jeron Teng, Thomas Torres, Gabby Reyes, Mac-Mac Tallo), two graduating five-year termers (Joshua Webb, Jovet Mendoza), a point guard with a diabetic condition (L.A. Revilla) and a defensive specialist (Jed Manguera) coming off a two-year break. In the off-season, La Salle revamped its coaching lineup and brought in Gee Abanilla backed up by Juno Sauler, Jun Limpot, Mac Cuan and Tyrone Bautista – all former Archers. Chemistry was a question mark from the start. To get to where it is now was an incredible feat.

La Salle made it to the Final Four as the lowest seed and with a twice-to-beat disadvantage, battles No. 1 Ateneo whose record is 12-2. No. 2 UST (10-4) takes on NU in the other semis match-up. The Eagles are gunning for a five-peat, a rarity in the UAAP, and from every indication, it looks like coach Norman Black will get the job done before leaving the varsity ranks to return to the PBA as Talk ‘N’ Text head tactician. Ateneo’s only losses were to UST by one and UE by two. The setbacks exposed the Eagles’ vulnerability when overconfident and Black will make sure they’re all business in the Final Four where flukes aren’t likely to happen. Ateneo brought down La Salle twice, 71-61 and 77-67, in the eliminations so the Eagles aren’t expected to find rough sailing in the semis.

The surprise twist in the Final Four is La Salle’s emergence as a semifinalist at FEU’s expense. The Tamaraws started the season like a barn on fire, disposing of UST, 73-72, La Salle, 48-46, Adamson, 65-62, and UE, 92-66. But three straight losses to end the eliminations ended FEU’s bid for another Final Four ticket. Missing the playoff bus is unusual for the Tams who went to the Finals the last two seasons. They would’ve made it if only the UAAP Board didn’t intervene and overturn commissioner Ato Badolato’s ruling that upheld FEU’s buzzer-beating victory over NU in the second round. The Board decision was widely lambasted in media because it smacked of partiality and undermined Badolato’s authority as an independent commissioner. Before the playoff against La Salle, FEU team owner Anton Montinola shook his head in dismay, saying, “We shouldn’t even be here.” He was right. But in the UAAP where even game-related issues may be elevated to the Board for adjudication, things may be decided for the wrong reasons.

Still, there’s no question the four surviving contenders deserve to be where they are. There’s no question about Ateneo and UST earning the twice-to-beat advantage. All season long, they were a cut above the rest. UST’s only losses were to FEU, 73-72 and 87-60, La Salle, 53-51 and Ateneo, 68-66. NU, on the other hand, bowed to Ateneo, 89-65 and 70-56, La Salle, 87-86 and UST, 77-71 and 58-57.

Leading the charge for coach Pido Jarencio’s Growling Tigers are the much-improved tandem of Karim Abdul and Jeric Teng, averaging a combined 30.5 points. Abdul leads the league in rebounding while Teng is No. 2 behind FEU’s Terrence Romeo in average three-pointers converted a game. Then there’s Jeric Fortuna who keeps the UST engine humming with a league-high 5.5 assists an outing. NU has its work cut out with the challenge of upending UST not once but twice to barge into the Last Dance. The Bulldogs haven’t beaten the Tigers in two chances this season but both defeats were close. Bobby Ray Parks, the league’s top scorer with a 21.4 clip, is highly motivated to bring NU to the Finals and with help from 6-7 center Emmanuel Mbe, he could be the man of the hour in the playoffs. Parks is clearly destined for greatness and before evaluating whether he’ll be back in the UAAP next year or try his luck in the US NCAA Division I, he wants to leave an imprint as a championship player.

UST is No. 1 in the league in steals and turnover points, meaning the Tigers like to gamble on defense and exploit miscues. That mindset makes UST a dangerous squad because the Tigers are always on the prowl. NU, on the other hand, is No. 1 in assists and fastbreak points, indicating that despite Parks’ incredible individual skills, Altamirano knows the only way to win consistently is to play as a team.

The Ateneo-La Salle faceoff caught oddsmakers by surprise. The Archers won only five games and finished sixth last season. They’ve overachieved this season in dedicating the campaign to benefactor and alumnus Danding Cojuangco. What’s going for La Salle is the team is playing with no pressure. Anything beyond qualifying for the Final Four is a bonus. Abanilla, however, said the Archers aren’t content with just making it to the semifinals. Now that they’re in the ring, the Archers are in a fighting mode.

Over the last three games, La Salle has introduced a spiritual element in its march to the Final Four. Fr. Peter, the singing priest of Christ the King Church, has celebrated Holy Mass in the Archers dugout before their last three games and they’ve been unbeaten since. No team worked harder to get into the Final Four than La Salle and the Archers did it by playing unforgiving defense and rebounding ferociously. The stats prove how far they’ve gone. La Salle is No. 1 in defense, yielding only 64.6 points and 34.2 percent shooting a game, and No. 1 in rebounding with a 48.2 clip. Rookie-of-the-Year shoo-in Jeron Teng is averaging 16.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 32.5 minutes to emerge as the new King Archer. But obviously, La Salle wouldn’t be where it is without the key contributions of Almond Vosotros, Norbert Torres, L.A. Revilla, Yutien Andrada, Mendoza, Arnold Van Opstal, Thomas Torres, Manguera, Webb, Oda Tampus and Tallo.

If La Salle shines in defense, Ateneo is untouchable in offense. The Eagles lead the league with a 74.4 norm, 44.3 field goal percentage, 37 points in the paint and 74.6 percent free throw percentage. Black has transformed the Eagles into a highly efficient machine that thrives in creating opportunities to score with the least chances of misfiring – they’re No. 1 in high-percentage points in the paint. Ateneo is no slouch on defense either, topping the stats sheets in least rebounds and least bench points allowed. Anchoring the Eagles surge are Kiefer Ravena (averaging 14.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists), 6-11 Greg Slaughter (14.2 points, 9.6 rebounds) and Nico Salva (13.5 points, 5.2 rebounds). Black’s other reliables include the league’s No. 1 three-point bomber Juami Tiongson, Ryan Buenafe (who torched La Salle with 24 points in the second round), Justin Chua, Oping Sumalinog, Tonino Gonzaga, Nico Elorde and Frank Golla. Graduating at the end of the schoolyear are Slaughter, Salva, Gonzaga, Sumalinog and Chua so going all the way for a five-peat is even more special for Black in his swan song.

Four teams are left standing in the UAAP as the battle for the championship in the “unbreakable” season moves up to the next level in the playoffs.

LaKazTaMa
10-04-2012, 02:13 PM
Perasol in dilemma over Ateneo contract
By Joaquin Henson The Philippine Star Updated October 04, 2012 12:00 AM


MANILA, Philippines - Admitting he’s in a dilemma, former Powerade coach Bo Perasol said yesterday he hopes to resolve the issue of taking over the Ateneo reins from Norman Black within the next two weeks after meeting with university president Fr. Jett Villarin.

“I signed a contract with Fr. Jett to coach Ateneo and it’s up to the 2015 season,” said Perasol. “Ateneo has been good to me, the priests, alumni. But with the disengagement of Mr. MVP (Manny V. Pangilinan) from Ateneo, I really don’t know what to do. My initial inclination is to let go because it was the MVP Group that convinced me to sign with Ateneo in the first place. But unlike coach Norman, my contract is with Ateneo, not the MVP Group. I don’t want to go into legalities. I just want to be fair to both the MVP Group and Ateneo.”

Perasol said if and when he moves to Ateneo, his coaching staff will be carried over from Black’s term. “I won’t bring anyone along,” he said. “I’ll be honored to work with coach Norman’s staff – Sandy (Arrespacochaga), Gene (Afable), Jamike (Jarin). Right now, I’m in a tricky situation. I gave up options in the PBA to take on this job. I never expected to be collateral damage. It was the MVP Group that brought me to Ateneo after meeting with Mr. MVP himself, Mr. Ricky Vargas and Ms. Debbie Tan. But Ateneo welcomed me. That’s why I’m in a dilemma.”

Perasol said he will meet with Fr. Villarin to clear the air on the issue. “I did my due diligence before signing with Ateneo,” he said. “I consulted several close friends and individuals whom I respect highly. (PBA) Commissioner (Chito) Salud phoned the other day asking how I’m doing. He invited me to watch the PBA games and sit beside him. I told him about my dilemma.”

Last Saturday, Perasol was at the Smart Araneta Coliseum to witness the Ateneo-La Salle playoff game. “I’ve been watching the Ateneo games live to get a feel of what it’s like to be on the Ateneo side, to be in the bleachers with Ateneans,” he said. “It’s part of my learning process, to know what it’s all about, this rivalry with La Salle among other things. At the moment, I’m in a wait-and-see situation. After meeting with Fr. Jett, I’ll take some time to think things over. It remains to be seen how this will end. When I heard of Mr. MVP disengaging from Ateneo, I asked myself, should I leave, too? Where am I going? My mental set-up is without the MVP Group’s invitation, I wouldn’t have gotten this job with Ateneo. But I’ve signed a contract with Ateneo so in that sense, there is no choice. I must be fair to Ateneo and the MVP Group.”

Perasol said he will settle the issue within two weeks. “I’m buying some time,” he said. “I don’t want Ateneo to think that all of a sudden, I’m changing my mind. I just need to resolve some issues before coming to a conclusion.”

As for the PBA, Perasol said it’s a strange feeling being away after eight years in the league. “No more tension, now I’m just a fan,” he said. “Of course, I miss the PBA. I watched the opening day game on TV. You can’t judge Global by just one game. That’s a brand new team from what I coached last year. They’ve got four rookies and three veterans who joined in the offseason. It’ll take time to jell and develop chemistry. Besides, Gary (David) hardly practiced with the team because he played with Gilas abroad. There are no short-cuts to building a competitive team. They’re still adjusting to coach Glenn (Capacio). In time, they’ll be competitive.”

A broadcast communications degree holder from UP, Perasol was an assistant coach in the UAAP, PBL, MBA and PBA before taking over the Air 21 head coaching job in the 2005-06 Fiesta Conference. He never won a PBA title but piloted Air 21 to the 2007-08 Fiesta Conference finals that went the distance and Powerade to the Philippine Cup finals last season. Under Perasol’s watch, No. 8 Powerade upset No. 1 B-Meg despite a twice-to-beat disadvantage in the last Philippine Cup quarterfinals then downed Rain Or Shine, 4-3, in the semifinals before bowing to Talk ‘N’ Text in the finals. Before pursuing a coaching career, Perasol worked five years with FedEx in the Bert Lina Group and made his mark as South Luzon operations manager.

Perasol said he plans to earn a MBA degree at Ateneo. Off the court, he and wife Reina operate a nursery school, Haven of Learning Development Center, in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Reina is the school directress of the eight-year-old school.

LaKazTaMa
10-07-2012, 06:46 AM
Tamaraw multiply in the wild
By DJ Yap
Philippine Daily Inquirer

| Sunday, October 7th, 2012 Share The tamaraw, along with the Philippine eagle, is considered the country’s flagship species. Every October, the Philippines celebrates Tamaraw Month as part of a national policy to save the rare buffalo, which looks like a small, stocky carabao, except that it has a darker coat and shorter horns that form a “V” on the buffalo’s head.

Kalibasib, the only tamaraw ever bred in captivity, is 13 years old and alone.

He is strong and healthy but he has been “lonely” since his mother’s death last year. He idles away his days in a grassy enclosure in Rizal town, Occidental Mindoro.

Isolated from his kind, Kalibasib (short for kalikasang bagong sibol, Filipino for nature’s new growth) will never get the chance to build a harem, the basic unit of tamaraw society. He will live out the rest of his life in his pen as the solitary remnant of the government’s abandoned gene pool project for his species.

Kalibasib’s story may sound sad, but a happier story awaits his cousins now freely roaming the savannas of the mountainous Occidental Mindoro. For while the captive breeding project has failed, a parallel program to protect wild tamaraw is making gains, officials said.

Numbers of the critically endangered Bubalus mindorensis , a small buffalo species found only on Mindoro island, have been rising little by little since 2000, according to Rodel Boyles, project manager of the Tamaraw Conservation Program (TCP), and the superintendent of the Mts. Iglit-Baco National Park.

Population

From a low of 75 in the 1960s, the official count of tamaraw spotted in the 75,000-hectare park now stands at 327, Boyles said. He believes the actual population may easily be double or triple that since the tamaraw survey covers only about 20 percent, or 16,000 hectares, of the entire reserve.

On top of this, small extant populations have been observed in other parts of the province and neighboring Oriental Mindoro, especially the slopes of Aruyan, Bongabong, and Mts. Calavite and Halcon.

In 2000, only 154 buffaloes were sighted. That number has risen steadily over the past decade, thanks to a more aggressive conservation strategy involving increased watch for hunters, information drives and the cultivation of cultural pride in the tamaraw among the people of Mindoro.

“If I had to make a guess, I’d say there could already be 800 to 900 tamaraw in the wild as of now,” Boyles said in an interview with the Inquirer.

An indication of the recovery of the tamaraw is the frequent sighting of calves. “This shows that they’re breeding and multiplying in the wild,” Boyles said.

“The adult tamaraw stands 4-feet tall (1.2 meters) and average 300 kilograms—about half as much as a typical carabao,” according to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)-Philippines.

The tamaraw used to number 10,000, but the introduction of cattle and the outbreak of rinderpest disease in the 1930s drastically reduced the buffalo’s numbers. Other major problems were poaching, logging and land clearing.

WWF has formed a partnership with Far Eastern University (FEU), whose school mascot is the tamaraw, for an ambitious goal—to double wild tamaraw numbers from 300 to 600 by 2020.

The campaign “synthesizes satellite-tagging, DNA analysis and other [scientific] research initiatives with improved park management practices,” WWF said in a news release.

Critically endangered

If the population of wild tamaraw tops 500, it may be taken off the critically endangered list, the highest risk category on the International Union of Conservation for Nature’s Red List of threatened species.

“But it may no longer be possible to get it off the threatened list entirely,” said Mundita Lim, director of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

The reason is that the natural range of the tamaraw has been severely depleted by human settlement.

“What we need to do is to determine a viable population for the tamaraw that is sufficient to ensure there is enough genetic material to prevent inbreeding,” Lim said. “Perhaps 800 is already a good number.”

Strategies should also be developed to avoid “human-animal” conflicts in the conservation effort for the tamaraw, a territorial beast known to charge people when cornered or threatened, Lim said.

Tamaraw can be quite fierce, “chasing their foes for up to a kilometer,” WWF communications head Gregg Yan said.

“Hunters have long claimed to have emptied entire assault rifle clips into charging bulls, to no avail,” he said.

Tamaraw society

Boyles observed that the tamaraw, often thought to be solitary, are actually socially grouped into small harems consisting of a dominant bull and one or two cows and their calf.

The harems don’t mix but they may have adapted to a shrinking territory. In one area in the park, up to 14 harems have been monitored. “Before, it’s very rare to see tamaraw, but now, sighting is almost guaranteed,” Boyles said.

Old bulls are usually driven out of their harems by younger and stronger bulls, while young bulls reaching breeding age (4 years old) are chased out of the family. In some cases, violent goring occurs. Boyles estimates that three to four bulls die each year in these confrontations.

But more studies need to be done to fully understand tamaraw relationships. It is possible, he said, that instead of harems, where the females are “appropriated” from other harems, the grouping could be by “family” instead, meaning inbreeding.

PAWB’s Lim said the effort to save the tamaraw was now focused “in situ,” or on site, following the dismal results of the TCP’s “ex situ” gene pool project.

Failed program

In the 1990s, some 20 unrelated tamaraw were captured in the wild in the hope they would breed. But the experiment produced only one offspring, Kalibasib, who was born in June 1999. The others were stillborn or died young.

Lim said the government had abandoned indefinitely the captive breeding program, focusing its time and resources on the management of wild tamaraw population and habitat.

“Probably, in the future, we can apply what we learned from our mistakes in captive breeding. But this is not in our immediate plans,” she said.

Kalibasib now lives in a 1-hectare pen on the gene pool farm in Manoot village. It is no longer possible to release him to the wild, TCP’s Boyles said.

“He will just be driven out by dominant bulls. He will be ostracized,” he said.

Kalibasib has grown dependent on humans, fed daily by park workers and accustomed to visitors. He will not be able to survive on his own.

Tamaraw are believed to have a life span of up to 25 years.

Lonely

Describing a visit to Kalibasib’s pen last year, blogger Allan Lazaro said the bull “looked pretty sad to me not only because [he]’s alone now in the gene pool farm but also because [he] wasn’t able to live a normal life in the wild.”

“All [he] did was eat grass, cool [himself] in the mud pool, walk around in the holding pen and sleep,” Lazaro wrote on his blog.

Boyles observed that Kalibasib had seemed lonely and listless since his mother, Mimi, died in August last year.

Hunting

Lim said there were proposals to turn the farm into a wildlife research center. “It won’t exactly be a zoo, but maybe a sanctuary,” she said. Kalibasib will be the star attraction if the plan pushes through.

Tamaraw hunting still occurs, including by indigenous Mangyan villagers, whose traditional practices are protected by law.

But Gwendolyn Bambalan, technical director of the Protected Areas, Wildlife and Coastal Management Service in Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan), said illegal hunters of the tamaraw were not generally trophy hunters, although those remained a threat.

“The poachers are usually from the lowlands who kill for meat,” she said.

Boyles said poaching was no longer as widespread as before because of stronger laws and stiffer penalties. Earlier this year, a man caught hunting tamaraw was arrested and successfully prosecuted.

Penalty

Under the Wildlife Act of 2001, anyone who kills a tamaraw and other critically endangered species faces imprisonment of six to 12 years or a fine of P100,000 to P1 million or both unless the killing is part of a ritual by an indigenous group, among other exceptions.

Besides the law, the communities themselves have begun to embrace the tamaraw, Boyles said.

“If they find a dead tamaraw, the villagers will actually bury it instead of eating the flesh. It’s because they now respect the animal.”

LaKazTaMa
10-08-2012, 06:35 PM
Black says Jarencio's rant uncalled for
ABS-CBNnews.com
Posted at 10/08/2012 3:25 PM | Updated as of 10/08/2012 5:15 PM

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE) Adding even more drama to the UAAP Season 75 Finals, Ateneo head coach Norman Black responded to comments made by University of Sto. Tomas (UST) head coach Pido Jarencio at the end of Game 1 between the Blue Eagles and the Growling Tigers.

Black's Blue Eagles defeated Jarencio's Growling Tigers, 83-78, last Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series.

But after the game, Jarencio launched into a tirade against the officiating, saying the referees made "unfair" calls.

"Unfair naman sa amin. Dahil UST lang ba kami kaya ganoon ang tawagan?" he said. "Kailangan pa ba mag-English ako para paboran ako? Ganoon ba labanan dito?"

"Nasa Pilipinas tayo, dapat tayong mga Pilipino ang mahalin ng mga 'yan," Jarencio added.

In separate interviews with Dodo Catacutan of Spin.ph and Jasmine Payo of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Black said he found Jarencio's comments "uncalled for."


Jasmine W. Payo
@jwpayo Black answers UST's tirades, says some of Jarencio's comments were "mean" and "uncalled for"
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Jasmine W. Payo
@jwpayo Black: The part abt speaking English and that I'm American that's why the refs are biased towards me, that's uncalled for
8 Oct 12 ReplyRetweetFavorite"The part about speaking English and that I'm American that's why the refs are biased towards me, that's uncalled for," Black told Payo, who posted it on her Twitter account.

Meanwhile, Black told Catacutan that Jarencio "crossed the line" with that comment. "He made it personal."

"I can understand the frustration after the loss, but don't make it like it's a 'He's American and I'm Filipino' thing," he added. "I think it's unprofessional and I think it’s below the belt."

"I found it mean," he added.

Moreover, Black pointed out to Payo that "the facts don’t back up what he (Jarencio) is saying right now."

Jarencio complained about the fouls called on his center Karim Abdul and swingman Kevin Ferrer, which saw both players saddled with four fouls in the fourth period. But Black pointed out that he also had three players dealing with foul trouble: Greg Slaughter, Kiefer Ravena and Ryan Buenafe.

The Tigers also had more free throws and were called for less fouls than the Blue Eagles.

"If he only had 12 free throws and we had 26, if he was in penalty with eight minutes left, if he had three key players with four fouls in the fourth, I'd understand," Black told Payo.

"We won despite those numbers. The facts don’t back up what he’s saying right now," he added.


Jasmine W. Payo
@jwpayo Black: If he had only 12 FTs & we had 26, if he was in penalty w/8mins left, if he had 3 key players w/4 fouls in the 4th, I'd understand
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Jasmine W. Payo
@jwpayo Black: We won despite those numbers. The facts don't back up what he's saying right now.
8 Oct 12 ReplyRetweetFavoriteJarencio risked being sanctioned by the UAAP for his words and actions following Game 1. The fiery head coach had confronted a referee after the game, when one of his players, Jeric Teng, was not awarded free throws despite being fouled at the buzzer.

According to the Philippine Star, UAAP Commissioner Ato Badolato is still reviewing the tape of the game.

Badolato said Jarencio "may get a warning," though the decision still depends on the UAAP Board.

The Blue Eagles are gunning for their fifth straight championship in what is Black's final year as Ateneo head coach. Meanwhile, the Tigers are aiming for their first title since 2006, when they beat the Eagles in three games.

Game Two of the Finals will be on Thursday at the Araneta Coliseum

LaKazTaMa
10-08-2012, 06:36 PM
According to the Philippine Star, UAAP Commissioner Ato Badolato is still reviewing the tape of the game.

Badolato said Jarencio "may get a warning," though the decision still depends on the UAAP Board.

LaKazTaMa
10-08-2012, 06:38 PM
SHAME on Them UAAP SHIT COMMISH AND UAAP DOGS !

LaKazTaMa
10-08-2012, 07:27 PM
Joker talaga

LaKazTaMa
10-11-2012, 06:24 PM
UAAP: Parks becomes back-to-back MVP, Jeron Teng wins Rookie of the Year
October 11,2013

Bobby Ray Parks became the league's most recent back-to-back MVP, claiming the plume anew on Thursday, during the awards ceremony prior to the start of game two of the 2012 UAAP Finals.

The last player to pull off such a feat was FEU alum Arwind Santos, in 2004 and 2005.

In Season 75, Parks averaged 21.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks in the elimination round, up from his Season 74 figures of 20.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks.

Joining him in the Mythical Five were UST Growling Tiger Karim Abdul, ADMU Blue Eagle Greg Slaughter, FEU Tamaraw Terrence Romeo, and DLSU Green Archer Jeron Teng, who was also honored with the Rookie of the Year prize.

The younger brother of UST's Jeric Teng normed 16.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists during the elimination round of his first year.

The UAAP uses a formula to compute for statistical points, which in turn is the basis for the MVP, Mythical Five, and Rookie of the Year titles.



In other categories, Ateneo's Kiefer Ravena won the Enervon Todo Bigay Player of the Season award, via a fan vote, teammate Slaughter won the RCBC Game-Changing Player of the Season, and the MVP Parks added the titles Jollibee Champ of the Season and PSB Bank Maaasahan Player of the Season to his mantle.

Meanwhile in the juniors' division, FEU Baby Tam Jerie Pingoy repeated as MVP, forming part of the Mythical Five, along with Ferdinand Ravena of Ateneo High School, Henri Subido of De La Salle Zobel, UST Baby Tiger Alvin Ungria, and NU Bullpup Reginnal Morido, with the latter also being named Rookie of the Year.

Pingoy's Tams also won the Juniors title after a 113-109 triple overtime game versus NU.

For the women's division, Adamson University Lady Falcon Princess Cochico was named Rookie of the Year, while FEU's Allana Lim copped the MVP title after leading the Lady Tams to back-to-back titles. Along with her in the Mythical Five was her teammate Marilourd Borja, DLSU's Aracelie Abaca, UST's Maica Cortes and Adamson's Mary Snow Penaranda. - AMD, GMA News

LaKazTaMa
10-12-2012, 03:59 PM
Bo Perasol as Maroons consultant?
By Joey Villar, The Philippine Star
Posted at 10/11/2012 7:01 PM | Updated as of 10/11/2012 7:01 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Bo Perasol's next tour of duty may bounce him from being a successor to Norman Black at Ateneo to serving as a consultant at University of the Philippines (UP).

A highly placed source today told The STAR that Perasol is being eyed by the group close to sports patron and telecommunication magnate Manny V. Pangilinan to be transferred to the Maroons, where he will join head coach Ricky Dandan as a team consultant.

"Consultant actually but it is still being talked about and [there’s] no decision yet," the same source privy to Pangilinan's close circle told The STAR.

It has been an open secret in the past few months that Perasol will take over from Black, who will coach the Talk N' Text Tropang Texters after the UAAP, as Ateneo mentor and has reportedly signed a three-year deal with the Eagles.

But the waters got muddied after Pangilinan, who was instrumental in the hiring of the former Powerade Tigers mentor at Ateneo, severed his ties with the Katipunan-based, Jesuit-ran school.

The source, however, did not comment whether or not Perasol – who played and eventually served as team captain of UP where he suited up from 1990-1995 – will eventually take over from Dandan, who has been at the helm for two straight years now.

Under Dandan, the Maroons have compiled three wins in 28 games in seasons considered as developing years since most of their players are relatively young and UP's new recruitment program is just on an infant stage.

"We have to wait for the decision first," said the source.

Interestingly, Pangilinan has recently pledged P5 million to UP right after his decision to part ways with Ateneo, the school he helped with limitless funding resulting to several UAAP championships.

Some of the money pledged by Pangilinan is expected to be used in beefing up a team that has been a laughing stock in UAAP basketball, having finished dead last in the last four years and five of the last six seasons.

With Pangilinan around, and perhaps Perasol at the Maroons' bench, UP may be on its way to ending a long, alarming drought and winning its first senior basketball championship since going all the way in 1986

LaKazTaMa
10-16-2012, 09:35 PM
UAAP: Perasol parts ways with Ateneo 'amicably'
JOB B. DE LEON October 16, 2012 3:40pm
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It was over before it began.

Coach Bo Perasol, widely seen as the successor to Norman Black as the head coach of the reigning five-peat UAAP champions Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles, will not be patrolling the sidelines for the blue and white squad come Season 76 of the UAAP.

In an interview with GMA News Online, Perasol confirmed that he has been released from his three-year deal with Ateneo. The move was settled by both parties, following the withdrawal of support by businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan (MVP), a major supporter of Ateneo.

“It was an amicable settlement, and we knew na mutually releasing each other would be best,” said Perasol. “Although sinabi ko [kay university president Fr. Jett Villarin] I’m truly grateful for the trust he gave - ako talaga yung choice nila [for the job].”

“But in my mind there was no doubt as to who my patron and benefactor is, that is MVP,” he said.

Perasol added that from the moment MVP disengaged, his departure was going to be “a matter of time,” unless commitments beyond the recently concluded UAAP season were arranged.

At the moment, the former head coach of the PBA's Powerade Tigers has not decided on a future position. However, he said that he could possibly move to a consultant job for another university that Pangilinan might sponsor, join the staff of either of MVP's PBA teams, the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters or the Meralco Bolts, or even enter the ranks of the corporate world.

“A lot of options ang binibigay si MVP,” he said. “I haven’t really thought about them. Wala sa isip ko ‘yun because I’ve been thinking of Ateneo up until recently, but the options are there.”

After piloting Ateneo to five straight titles, Black moved on to the head coaching job of the PBA's Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters. - AMD, GMA News

LaKazTaMa
10-16-2012, 09:51 PM
Tams, Lions prevail in IPPCA football
(The Philippine Star) Updated October 16, 2012 12:00 AM Comments (0)

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MANILA, Philippines - Far Eastern U stunned UAAP champion University of the Philippines-Eastern Petroleum, 2-0, while NCAA titlist San Beda routed University of Makati, 3-0, in the opener of the IPPCA Football Pre-Season Cup at the Nuvali football field in Sta. Rosa, Laguna over the weekend.

The Tams seized control early as midfielder Paolo Bugas scored in the eighth minute before striker Jesus Milleza knocked in another seven minutes to give FEU a 2-0 lead.

The Tams held on that lead the rest of the match to notch the win in the first-ever collegiate pre-season football league bankrolled by IPPCA members Chemrez Technologies Inc., Eastern Petroleum Corp., Filpride/USA88, Seaoil Philippines Inc., Flying V, Oilink, Unioil, International Engineer Phils., Inc., Filoil Energy Co., City Oil, Metro Oil Subic, Liquified Petroleum Gas Marketers Association, Omni Petroleum Corp., Trans Overseas Industrial Corp. and CIIS.

De La Salle University-Filoil and Ateneo-Flying V fought to a scoreless draw in the other match of the event sponsored by Meralco, Nuvali, Nature’s Spring, Molten, N20 Gastropub, Boysen Paints, BDO, Topcoms/StarSports Korea, Bacchus, CDO San Marino Corned Tuna and Pingping Lechon.

“This is a good win for us. This team is comprised of our top juniors team for the past two years, that’s why they play together well. So far, they’re playing well, especially on short passes,” said FEU coach Vincent Santos.

The State U-Eastern booters actually played minus coach Crisanto Gonzales, who is currently in Bahrain serving as an assistant coach for the Philippine Azkals.

The Red Lions and the UMAK Herons slugged it out a tough defensive match in the first half before David Franz Torneo hit the back of the net in the 57th minute.

Christopher Tedimonte followed suit in the 74th minute before Neil Dorimon capped San Beda’s scoring spree in the 86th minute.

“This is a good start for us,” said SBC coach Jeff Limon, whose wards will next face the Arellano Chiefs on Saturday.

In other seniors results, National University and guest team Philippine Christian University played to a 2-2 draw, UST-Metroil drubbed Arellano University, 3-1, and last year’s NCAA runner-up College of St. Benilde tripped Perpetual, 2-1.

Individual awardees in the inaugurals were Patrick Deyto of La Salle as the Metroil best goalkeeper; Paolo Salenga of National U as the Seaoil best striker; Enzo Bonoan of Ateneo as the Flying V best defender, Mico Mabanag, also of Ateneo as Unioil best midfielder, and UMAK, as the Eastern fair play team.

tamarawz_14
10-18-2012, 10:06 PM
Racela eyed to replace Flores at FEU; Chot, other MVP people may follow suit
By Reuben Terrado
October 17, 2012, 10:20 pm


NASH Racela is being eyed to replace Bert Flores as Far Eastern University coach in a looming coaching switch that could signal a deeper involvement of Manny V. Pangilinan's people, or perhaps the tycoon himself, in the Morayta-based school's basketball program.

Racela, a longtime assistant coach who called the shots in Talk 'N Text's first PBA game this season while Norman Black wrapped up his commitment with Ateneo, will be appointed head coach once Flores formally announces his decision to step down from the FEU job, sources said.

A source close to Racela, brother of Petron coach Olsen, confirmed that the coach had met with Anton Montinola, FEU's representative to the UAAP board, to discuss the FEU coaching job.

Sought for comment after the Texters' victory over Air21 on Wednesday night, Racela declined to make any confirmation but said the Tamaraws have the material to contend for a championship next season.

Multiple sources in the team, who refused to be named as they are not officially authorized to speak on behalf of the school, confirmed the planned resignation of Flores on the heels of FEU’s failure to reach the Final Four this season following two straight trips to the Finals.

Another source revealed to Spin.ph that Flores' departure would be the start of a major revamp not only of the roster but of the basketball front office as well following the Tamaraws’ unceremonious exit from the UAAP's 75th season.

Another major move in the offing, sources said, is the entry of current national coach Chot Reyes as the school's program head for basketball. Sources said Reyes has ties with FEU athletic director Mark Molina.

The entry of Reyes, executive director of the MVP Sports Foundation and one of Pangillinan's trusted people in sports, is seen as a strong sign that the businessman may opt to provide support to the alma mater of his father, the late banker Dominador Reyes Pangilinan.

If it happens, it will not be the first time that Pangilinan would be backing the school. In 2010, he created an endowment fund named after his father that provided financial aid to underprivileged seniors in FEU's Accountancy and Business and Finance departments.

According to sources, former PBA MVP and FEU legend Johnny Abarrientos, who was previously rumored to be one of the candidates for the FEU coaching job, will instead be tasked to handle the school's juniors squad.

Sources also said there are plans to move the office of MVP's foundation from the Moro Lorenzo Sports Center inside the Ateneo campus to FEU in the wake of Pangilinan's falling-out with his alma mater.

tamarawz_14
10-18-2012, 10:07 PM
Chot backs Racela for FEU coaching job
By Reuben Terrado
October 18, 2012, 09:25 pm

NATIONAL coach Chot Reyes has backed Nash Racela in the ongoing search for a new coach of the Far Eastern University Tamaraws, saying he has no doubts that the longtime assistant coach will do well at the helm of a major basketball program.

Racela, brother of Petron head coach Olsen, is one of the coaches being considered to replace Bert Flores, who is set to step down after a late-season collapse saw the deeply talented Tamaraws miss out on a Final Four appearance in the just-concluded UAAP season.

FEU athletic director Mark Molina confirmed that the school has started negotiations with Racela, who he said is one of the candidates for the head-coaching position along with Tamaraws legend Johnny Abarrientos and another coach who he refused to identify at the moment.

"But nothing is final at this point," Molina told Spin.ph.

Racela, however, appears to have the inside track on the job, especially with Abarrientos unsure if he is prepared to take on a major head-coaching role or on whether he has the time to devote to the job considering he is an assistant at San Mig Coffee and active in the legends circuit.

Racela has served as Reyes' assistant since his days with Coca-Cola's defunct PBA franchise and has played the same role for various teams - including San Beda in the NCAA, Talk 'N Text in the pro league, and the Energen Philippine Youth team coached by his brother Olsen.

He is currently an assistant coach at Talk 'N Text, leading the Tropang Texters to two wins in the PBA Philippine Cup while current head coach Norman Black wrapped up his commitment with Ateneo in the UAAP.

"Nash deserves a break," Reyes said. "He deserves to handle a major basketball program and I'm sure he is ready for it."

Reyes, who has given up the Talk 'N Text coaching job to concentrate on his role with the Smart Gilas national team, also admitted that he has held talks with FEU officials, but not in a personal capacity but as executive director of the MVP Sports Foundation.

"There were no discussions with regards to the FEU varsity program," said Reyes. "Ang mga tao ko (Racela) ang kinakausap (ng FEU)."

FEU and the MVP Foundation are in talks on the creation of a sports institute at the school's high school campus in Diliman, Quezon City which could benefit the juniors squad of the Tamaraws, who have one of the best recruitment programs in the country.

tamarawz_14
10-18-2012, 10:09 PM
FEU-MVP tie-up eyed; Flores to stay on as Tams' chief scout
By Reuben Terrado
October 18, 2012, 09:39 pm

FAR EASTERN University hopes to hire a coach by November to begin its preparations for the next UAAP season.

Nash Racela is the leading candidate for the head coaching job although FEU athletic director Mark Molina said that nothing is final.

“Malayo pa, hindi pa namin masabi," said Molina. "We are targeting the first week of November to practice. Hopefully, meron ng head coach by then.”

Molina also denied that Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes will be involved in the FEU basketball program but Racela has indicated to FEU management that if he is hired as coach, he will take in Reyes’ son Josh - also an assistant with the Smart Gilas team - as an assistant. Molina and Reyes are first cousins.

The FEU athletic director said that the composition of the team will depend on the next coach.

“Sa ngayon, wait and see pa. Gusto naming bigyan ng prerogative ‘yung coach to choose his assistant. Halos intact naman kami, I don’t see na maraming matatangal,” Molina said.

Molina said that Bert Flores, who handled the Tamaraws last season, will stay on with the FEU system as one of the recruiters.

“Coach Bert will still be with FEU in another capacity. Kahit dati, nandito naman siya lagi sa FEU, lagi naman siyang nandiyan pagdating sa recruitment, siya ang magaling diyan. He will continue to be our guy in terms of recruitment,” Molina said.

Molina clarified that FEU and the MVP Sports Foundation, which is headed by Reyes, are in exploratory talks over the creation of a sports institute in its high school campus in Diliman that will also house athletes under the care of the foundation.

“We talk to each other because of the sports foundation. It happened that we have the same objective,” Molina said of the national coach. "Parang MVP (Foundation) wants to put up a sports institute. We are talking, FEU and MVP Sports Foundation, exploring a partnership."

Molina added that a gym and a football field with an artificial turf are currently being constructed at FEU's Diliman campus, making it a perfect base for a sports institute if the plans prosper.

"MVP (Foundation) is looking for a venue for its athletes. ‘Yun ang pinag-uusapan namin na ‘yung mga athletes ng sports foundation will train at FEU-Diliman and possibly kung matuloy, ‘yung mga national athletes who are part of the sports foundation can possibly study at FEU-Diliman," Molina said.

“Kami naman, the reason why we want to increase our presence in high school sports is pagdating sa college, parang it’s too late to train athletes for international competitions.

“MVP Sports Foundation naman, they are targeting to win an Olympic gold in 2016. Parang may common interest kami na gusto naming makatulong sa mga international-caliber athletes."

LaKazTaMa
10-19-2012, 05:00 PM
Heloo!! Mr Tamarawz_14 ... parang long time No post ka dito ahh but anyway sana makahanap na tayo ng bagong Coach , sayang yun batch na ito ..

LaKazTaMa
10-19-2012, 05:01 PM
materyales puwertes pa naman.

LaKazTaMa
10-19-2012, 05:25 PM
Racela eyed as FEU coach
By Olmin Leyba (The Philippine Star) Updated October 19, 2012 12:00 AM


MANILA, Philippines - Nash Racela, the man who pinch-hit for coach Norman Black in Talk n Text’s first game in the current PBA Philippine Cup while the latter was finishing his job for five-peat champs Ateneo in the UAAP, may yet handle a team that had been one of the Blue Eagles’ bitter rivals – Far Eastern U.

Tamaraws officials yesterday confirmed that negotiations with Racela are ongoing for what’s largely viewed as start of a “revamp” of the coaching staff in the wake of the squad’s disastrous campaign in the 75th season following runner-up finishes the last two years.

“Nash is a candidate for FEU coach,” FEU athletics director Mark Molina confirmed in a text message yesterday.

The name of Racela came as a big surprise since he has no known affiliation with the Tams previously.

Reports also have it that Johnny Abarrientos, one of coach Bert Flores’ assistants, is also being considered for the position although the Flying A may be tapped for the juniors team instead.

A revamp for the Tams’ basketball crew is imminent, according to another source.

“FEU will appoint a new head coach and coaching staff by end-October,” said the source.

LaKazTaMa
10-19-2012, 05:29 PM
Blue Eagles tap Paco; Tams eye Nash
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:55 am | Friday, October 19th, 2012
7Two Talk ’N Text assistant coaches are tipped to assume the posts vacated by new Talk ‘N Text coach Norman Black at Ateneo and Bert Flores at Far Eastern University.

Sandy “Paco” Arespacochaga and Nash Racela—now both serving as assistant mentors to Black in the PBA—have been offered the top coaching positions of the two perennial favorites in the UAAP men’s basketball.

Arespacochaga, also a long-time Ateneo deputy, has been tagged as the “priority” candidate in the Blue Eagles’ bid for a sixth straight title next season, while Racela is the top choice for the Tamaraws.

“We feel that Sandy will be the best choice,” Ricky Palou, Ateneo’s athletic director and representative to the UAAP Board, said yesterday.

“There are other names that have come up—Alex Compton and Jamike Jarin— these are some of the names that we’re looking at, but Sandy is still our priority.”

Racela, a long-time TNT assistant even under former coach Chot Reyes, had met with the FEU management as the Morayta-based school finalizes talks with tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan.

Pangilinan—who recently severed ties with Ateneo as its top sports patron over “irreconcilable” differences on various issues—has reportedly been discussing with FEU its sports program.

“Arrangements are still being finalized,” said Anton Montinola, FEU’s representative to the UAAP Board.

Pangilinan’s father is an alumnus of the university.

Flores hinted last month that he might quit after the Tamaraws missed out on the Final Four for the first time in five years.

LaKazTaMa
10-19-2012, 05:32 PM
Reflections on the UAAP
Heart, Soul, Sports
By Tommy Manotoc
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Friday, October 19th, 2012
The recently concluded UAAP season that saw the Ateneo Blue Eagles reign supreme for the fifth straight time after beating the UST Tigers has once again brought the varsity league to a higher level of competition and entertainment.

A few thoughts:

One of the interesting things that occurred this year was Manny V. Pangilinan’s sudden withdrawal of financial support for Ateneo.

The vacuum created by MVP’s withdrawal may be easily filled by the Ateneo alumni, but the challenge will be how Ateneo can continue the professionalism that MVP introduced and brings into any sport that he gets involved in.

The level of officiating in the UAAP has to be upgraded. The range of calls and non-calls on fouls was too wide. The referees should not determine the outcome of a game. This should be left to the players and their coaches.

It will be good if the UAAP Board can seriously look into restructuring the way it runs the league. Establishing a longer term for the league commissioner will provide the continuity he will need to asses the effectivity of the strategies he implemented.

Also, rather than giving the UAAP Board the power to veto a commissioner’s decision, perhaps a committee of outsiders composed of basketball experts could be formed and tasked to review the fairness of the decisions handed down by the commissioner.

And lastly, the Board should look into the entry of non-Filipinos into the league. If not monitored closely, it could stunt the development of the Filipino Big Man that we need for the national team.

With the amount of enthusiasm the various alumni are pouring into their respective teams, one can be certain that the race for next year’s championship will be much tighter and more intense.

We are all looking forward to next year’s UAAP season. It wouldn’t surprise me if the horizon reflects a color other than blue.

tamarawz_14
10-19-2012, 10:25 PM
Heloo!! Mr Tamarawz_14 ... parang long time No post ka dito ahh but anyway sana makahanap na tayo ng bagong Coach , sayang yun batch na ito ..

its been a while na rin..hahaha. sana makahanap na tayo ng new coach na hindi lagi nakadepende sa guards,, i don't like nash racela mas gusto ko pa si george gallent as coach former FEU tam.. well mukhang naka-tie up na tayo kay MVP mukhang si coach nash na hahawak ng team...

LaKazTaMa
10-21-2012, 10:30 AM
Coach-less FEU Tamaraws beg off from PCCL qualifiers
By Reuben Terrado

October 19, 2012, 04:18 pm

Nash Racela is the leading candidate to replace Bert Flores as FEU coach. Jerome Ascano
FAR Eastern University begged off from seeing action in the qualifiers of the Philippine Collegiate Champions League in light of the Tamaraws’ continuing search for a new head coach.

FEU athletic director Mark Molina said it has already informed PCCL commissioner Joe Lipa that the Tamaraws are not ready to participate in the annual tournament despite having qualified following their fifth-place finish in the last UAAP men’s basketball meet.

“Wala pa kaming coach, mahirap mag-practice ng walang coach,” said Molina. “Hindi kami ready in the first week of November.”

“Bakasyon ang mga players, ‘yung iba nasa D-League. Wala kaming ginagawa as far as the team is concerned,” Molina added.

Nash Racela, assistant coach of Talk ‘N Text in the PBA, looms as the top candidate for the job with Bert Flores set to be relegated to the position as the Tamaraws’ chief scout.

FEU legend Johnny Abarrientos, also an assistant to coach Tim Cone at San Mig Coffee, is also a candidate for the coaching spot.

The Tamaraws missed the Final Four despite a 9-5 win-loss record in the 75th season of the league.

University of the East, which finished seventh in the recent UAAP season, will take the place of FEU in the PCCL National Capital Region qualifiers set November 6.

The Red Warriors will join Adamson and NCAA teams Mapua and Jose Rizal University in the NCR qualifiers as they compete against Philippine Merchant Marine School, Centro Escolar University, St. Francis of Assisi, and St. Claire for a chance to join the main tournament of the annual meet to determine the country’s collegiate national champion.

LaKazTaMa
10-21-2012, 10:43 AM
The P25-million question
By the staff

October 11, 2012, 03:05 pm

Manny V. Pangilinan on Wednesday pledged his “commitment to the future of UP” and made a P5 million donation to the state-run school. Jerome Ascano

RUMOR: After cutting ties with Ateneo and withdrawing support for the Eagles, Manny Pangilinan is shifting his support to University of the Philippines’ Maroons in the UAAP.



FACTS: We’ve been pursuing leads to this story since late September, or shortly after a falling-out with Ateneo officials led Pangilinan to cut his ties with the school as well as his support for the Blue Eagles’ basketball program. But we came up empty every time, only because the people close to the sports patron couldn’t give us enough confirmation for the story to stand on.

Ironically, it was a tip from a high-ranking official of the Ateneo sports program that led us down that path. Just two days after MVP announced that he was parting ways with Ateneo, the official told Spin.ph that he expects the telecommunications tycoon to shift his support, financial and otherwise, to UP’s long-suffering basketball program.

Why UP and not another school, he was asked. And why not just concentrate on San Beda, which is a lot easier to do for Pangilinan since he has been backing the school for a long time. “Because San Beda is in the NCAA, and I think MVP would still want to maintain a presence in the UAAP,” the official, who requested that he not be identified, said.

One of MVP’s own people later quashed the San Beda angle with one simple assertion: “The support (MVP) gives to San Beda right now is not that far off from the support he gives to Ateneo. So bakit kailangan pang ilipat ang suporta sa kabila?” the insider said.

That left UP as the most logical answer. But before the pursuit could get anywhere, it again reached a dead end after a talk with Smart Gilas coach Chot Reyes, who also happens to be the executive director of the MVP Sports Foundation.

“There is no plan to shift support to another team, much less a plan to shift support to a particular team like UP,” the former Talk ‘N Text coach emphatically told Spin.ph.

Then came the development on Wednesday that rekindled interest in the story. Pangilinan, in a talk before members of the Alpha Sigma fraternity at the Makati Shangri-la, pledged his “commitment to the future of UP” and made a P5 million donation to the state-run school, through the fraternity.

Although the donation was for various projects in the school to be picked by the fraternity, Pangilinan said the sports program should at least be one of the logical beneficiaries of the gift.

The news naturally got the UP community all excited, with one longtime supporter of the Maroons saying he has no inside information on any negotiations to that effect but expressing optimism that it “wouldn’t be far off” that such support to the team will follow.

The UP official confirmed MVP has no official connection whatsoever with the school. His only link to the state university are the Gregorio brothers – Pato, Allan, and Ryan, coach of the MVP-owned Meralco team in the PBA – who are all from UP and are a very much a part of MVP's sports circle. Pato, who is sec-gen of the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines, also happens to be a member of the Alpha Sigma fraternity.

It was also through the Gregorios that Pangilinan made his first significant aid to the UP sports program a few years ago – a bus for the exclusive use of the Maroons.

If Pangilinan decides to give the Maroons his full backing, he can even bring in Bo Perasol to help the team as a coach or in another capacity. Perasol, a former UP Maroon and coach of the defunct Powerade pro team, was initially tapped to take the place of Norman Black at Ateneo but has since been in limbo after the falling-out between Ateneo and Pangilinan.

But does the expression of support to UP on Wednesday lead to a deeper commitment to the Maroons and all-out support for the basketball team?

If it happens, Pangilinan’s support should instantly pump life into the Maroons, whose last UAAP title came in 1986. According to multiple sources, the telecommunications tycoon used to support the Eagles to the tune of P2 million a month or about P25 million annually, covering everything from the salaries of the coaches and support staff, allowance of players, and overseas training camps.

To give you an idea on how big that support is, the Eagles' P2 million monthly support from MVP is enough to fund the basketball programs of smaller schools for an entire year. The P25M is also just a few millions short of the P27M minimum salary cap for professional ball clubs in the PBA.

Asked to confirm the figure, Reyes said: “Sorry, but I can’t discuss that.”

But what Reyes would confirm was that there is no definite plan for Pangilinan or his sports foundation at this point to support the UP Maroons on a long-term basis, the same way he backed the Eagles until the falling-out last month.

“Nothing to that effect,” Reyes, who was present during Wednesday’s Alpha Sigma event, said. “Nalagyan lang ng slant sa mga storya, but there’s no plan to do that right now.”

On whether that would change in the future, only MVP knows.

LaKazTaMa
10-21-2012, 10:53 AM
thats true.. Tamarawz_14..parang listed ka as MIA d2 hahahahaha bc maxado ah.. oo ganyan talaga kapag may mag ispo sponsor para Team kailangan may Say din sila otherwise aayaw yan kaya malamang ay papayag na yan ..

LaKazTaMa
10-21-2012, 10:58 AM
And being said that talagang nakapa glaring na eh dapat mag -iba na talaga ng Coach , sayang eh malakas yun team ang Problema ay Out-Coach tayo pero sa Players ay hindi..Panahon na rin.

LaKazTaMa
10-21-2012, 10:59 AM
malaking pagbabago sa FEU yan. Dati puro mga dating mga FEU player ang nagkocoach dyan, mula kay Turo Valenzona hanggang kay Glen Capacio at Bert Flores. Ngayon taga Ateneo na at San Beda ang magpapatakbo sa team.

LaKazTaMa
10-21-2012, 11:00 AM
Nash Racela is the leading candidate for the FEU job, a position the school's athletic director Mark Molina hopes to fill by next month when the Tamaraws begin the buildup for next season.

LaKazTaMa
10-21-2012, 11:06 AM
'The Beast' untamed in PBA debut
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin Henson The Philippine Star Updated October 21, 2012 12:00

Calvin Abueva finally made his much-awaited PBA debut at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last Friday night as Alaska coach Luigi Trillo unleashed the Beast to stun Petron, 88-86, in an animal-like performance that silenced critics who questioned his ability to play under control.

Abueva, 24, vowed to pay back Trillo’s confidence in choosing him second overall in the last PBA draft and didn’t disappoint. He played the entire fourth period to finish with 12 points, 16 rebounds (six offensive), a steal, an assist, two turnovers and four fouls in 27 minutes. Abueva logged only six minutes in the first half, hobbled by three personals, but came on strong down the stretch. The do-it-all rookie collected four points and four rebounds in the last 12 minutes when the Aces bounced back from 12 down to pull it off.

Abueva, however, didn’t take Best Player honors. Teammate Dondon Hontiveros fired 15 of his 17 points in the last quarter to claim the award. Hontiveros was scoreless in the first half then buried 4-of-5 triples in the payoff period to tow Alaska to victory. After the game, Trillo faced the press flanked by Abueva and Hontiveros.

Abueva looked as good as advertised. In his first attempt on the floor, he rifled in a straight-up jumper off Arwind Santos on a difficult reverse pivot from near the top of the key. Abueva sank another jumper off Santos in his second try. Before the night was over, Abueva got his baptism of fire – he was blocked by Danny Ildefonso and took hard contact from Jay Washington – but walked away with head held high. Abueva was sensational in his first PBA appearance despite only two practices since ending his San Sebastian varsity career last Monday. Before the season began, Abueva also practiced twice with Alaska, dominating the scrimmages and visibly intimidating even the Aces veterans. He’s the first player in history to lead a major Philippine league in scoring, rebounding and assists – averaging 20.3 points, 16.5 rebounds and 6.2 assists with the Stags in the NCAA seniors this year.

Like Jayson Castro and Willie Miller, Abueva’s father is American. He took his mother Evelyn’s surname not his father Calvin Sweeney’s. Abueva was born in Pampanga and goes home to Manibaog, Porac. In his PBA bio-sheet, Abueva wrote down his height as 6-4. But he was measured by PBA officials to be 6-1 1/2.

To start the game, Trillo went with Hontiveros, another rookie Raffy Reyes, Sam Eman at center, Cyrus Baguio and Mac Baracael. It was Reyes’ first-ever start and he scored two points in 11 minutes. “Raffy plays with a lot of spunk,” said Trillo referring to the son of former PBA cager Elmer Reyes. “I know Elmer’s a very supportive father. Raffy came from the San Sebastian juniors with Paul Lee, Eric Salamat and Ryan Buenafe. Then he played with the UE seniors. He’s cut from the same mold as Joseph Yeo, very athletic. We picked him No. 19 in the draft but he was No. 11 in scoring in the D-League.”

Reyes, 24, polished his skills with Harbour Centre, Cobra, Cossack, FCA and Big Chill before turning pro. Although Reyes started against Petron, Trillo’s chief quarterback is offseason recruit Jvee Casio. Trillo said Casio has taken over as the Aces leader with L. A. Tenorio’s exit. “Jvee’s humble, soft-spoken but tough,” he said. “There’s a lot of Sonny Thoss in him in terms of attitude. He gives us leadership. Even if he’s not tall, you can’t post him up because he plays hard defense. He’s deceptively quick, too, like Mike Bilbao.”

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LaKazTaMa
10-21-2012, 11:07 AM
The league’s first overall draft pick JuneMar Fajardo of Petron will be out of commission for about a month recovering from a scrotum injury. He was hit below the belt in Petron’s 90-84 loss to San Mig Coffee last Sunday and limped off the court with a swollen scrotum, 16 points and 13 rebounds.

Fajardo, 22, is confined at the Cardinal Santos Hospital where urologist Dr. Benjamin Ramos performed a one-hour procedure to address the swelling. A tube was inserted to drain the blood that had clotted to develop the swelling. Fajardo will be as good as new when the wound heals and is expected back in the gym within four weeks.

Without Fajardo, Petron coach Olsen Racela rotated Dorian Peña, Danny Ildefonso and even Jay Washington at the center spot in the game against Alaska last Friday. Fajardo would’ve made a difference for sure – his showing against San Mig Coffee was an indication of a huge upside. But the 6-9 center still has a lot to learn particularly as he never got to play against quality opposition on a consistent basis until a stint in relief with San Miguel Beer in the ABL last season. Even the ABL exposure was far from adequate because Fajardo played behind imports. So Fajardo’s entry in the PBA is his first real taste of high-quality competition. In the Alaska game, fans were disappointed that the matchup between Fajardo and Sam Eman didn’t materialize.

LaKazTaMa
10-23-2012, 05:20 PM
Twinbill fires off PBA D-League
Cebuana, Boracay fives tangle in Aspirants’ Cup today
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
11:46 pm | Monday, October 22nd, 2012
CEBUANA Lhuillier hopes to sustain its winning ways even with a revamped roster as Season 3 of the PBA D-League unfolds today.

Despite losing several topnotch players, the Gems aim to start strong against Boracay Rum in their 4 p.m. duel at the start of the Aspirants’ Cup at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

“We’re still working on chemistry and teamwork,” said coach Beaujing Acot of the Gems, who lost former MVP Vic Manuel to the pro league and Letran ace Kevin Alas, to three-time champion NLEX.

“It will be very tough, but we will work hard and try to win our first game.”

Informatics, one of three teams debuting this season, takes on Cagayan in the 2 p.m. match, right after the 1 p.m. opening ceremony.

“Our goal is to be in the top four,” Informatics coach Buds Reyes said of his Icons, the Collegiate Athletics League champion bannered by Mark Montuano and Mark Doligon. “We want better exposure, that’s why we joined the league.”

Testing their readiness are the Rising Suns, who are powered by Far Eastern University’s Mark Bringas, La Salle’s Joshua Webb and former Arellano star Adrian Celada.

Boracay Rum coach Lawrence Chongson also expects his Waves to match up well with the Gems behind Ken Acibar, Toto Bandaying and Glenn Khobuntin.

“In the absence of a rookie drafting system, I have stuck to the principle of maintaining a core group of players to hopefully offset the lack of available marquee players in our team with personnel familiarity instead,” said Chongson.

NLEX, which kicks off its bid for a fourth straight crown next week, remains a favorite with new recruits Greg Slaughter and Nico Salva of Ateneo.

“For this coming conference, all teams are very competitive,” NLEX team manager Ronald Dulatre said during the league press conference yesterday at Gerry’s Grill in Ali Mall, Cubao.

“With the departure of nine of our players, definitely we’re a new team, so our concern right now is chemistry.”

Big Chill, which lost to NLEX in last conference’s finals, expects another solid run behind FEU standouts Terrence Romeo and Arvie Bringas, Adamson’s Alex Nuyles and 6-foot-9 Filipino-American rookie Isaac Holstein.

“We lost our first five but we’re satisfied that those who came in can fill the void,” said Big Chill coach Robert Sison.

Fruitas, another newcomer in the 11-team cast, tapped the San Beda core along with University of the Philippines’ Mike Silungan and St. Benilde’s Carlo Lastimosa.

“This is a group of young, energetic and competitive players,” said Fruitas coach Nash Racela.

LaKazTaMa
10-23-2012, 05:33 PM
Pido mulls UST resignation

SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin Henson The Philippine Star Updated October 23, 2012 12:00

UST coach Pido Jarencio said the other day he would’ve resigned outright if the Growling Tigers managed to capture the UAAP senior men’s basketball championship this season.

“It’s very draining,” said the 48-year-old former PBA cager, also a Petron assistant coach in the pro league. “Honestly, I was thinking of resigning if we won the title. I’m still thinking about it now. Maybe, I’ll think it over until January. Right after we lost the second game in the finals, Fr. Rector (Herminio Dagohoy) was in the dressing room and talked to me about staying on. He encouraged me to prepare a budget until 2016 when UST will be the host school.”

Since Jarencio took over the UST helm in 2006-07, the Tigers have made it to five of seven Final 4s, not a bad rate. They won a title and finished second during that stretch. “We work with a shoestring budget,” he said. “I’m not complaining. I just get very tired because I have to get sponsors aside from recruiting and coaching our team. After a game, we’re happy to eat at KFC. Players go out there only to bring honor to our school, nothing else. I’m proud of our team and what we’ve achieved.”

Jarencio said no matter the outcome of a game, he’ll always extend his hand in friendship to the opposing coach. “It’s just a game, it shouldn’t affect our relationship off the court,” he said. “During the UAAP season, I felt some schools got all the breaks. I’m not accusing anyone of taking sides. When we protested our game against Ateneo, it wasn’t about the goal-tending call, it was about coach Norman (Black) entering the court. That was a violation but it wasn’t called. Nothing against coach Norman, he’s a friend and I respect him a lot but the referees should’ve called a technical foul.”

Jarencio said he couldn’t ask more from his players particularly Karim Abdul. “That guy didn’t even know how to play before but he’s improved so much by playing outside, what we call larong-labas,” he said. “Some players like Aljun Mariano and Jeric Teng don’t want to play in the D-League unless I’m the coach. I believe in my players and I go all out for them. I think that’s why they also believe in me and why they go all out for me, too.”

LaKazTaMa
10-23-2012, 05:35 PM
FAR EASTERN UNIVERSITY

Teammates at FEU, RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo go separate ways this time. Garcia, the 2010 UAAP MVP, will be playing for NLEX, while Romeo finds himself suiting up for Big Chill. Both teams, incidentally, are the top favorites this conference - regardless of what their officials say.

Brothers Arvie and Mark Bringas will likewise not be playing under one team. Arvie is with Big Chill, while Mark will be with Cagayan Rising Suns.

Roger Pogoy on the other hand, sees action for Café France

Sam Miguel
10-25-2012, 09:24 AM
Arvie Bringas will be reunited with his former Staglets teammate Ryan Buenafe as Big Chill tangles with JRU-Air 21 later this afternoon at the Ynares Center in Kapitolyo Pasig. Game time is 2:00 PM.

LaKazTaMa
10-25-2012, 02:11 PM
Ten tough teams brace for PSSBC tiff

(The Philippine Star) Updated October 25, 2012 12:00 AM


MANILA, Philippines - With the 10 teams all geared up for the battle, the first Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championship (PSSBC) is going to be a sure-fire hit, according to Dioceldo Sy, one of the league’s board members.

“Judging from the preparations the teams have taken for the tournament, I’m very sure this is going to be successful,” said Sy of Blackwater Sports. “All the elements are there, the bragging rights and the rivalries among the country’s premier schools.”

The league, put up as training ground for top high school players in preparation for their collegiate stint, opens shop on Saturday with a quadruple bill at The Arena in San Juan.

“You can see there the future of Philippine basketball so I’m sure basketball fans will love to see them before strutting their wares either in the UAAP or NCAA,” said the vice chair of the league.

San Beda College, fresh from winning its fourth straight and a record 20th overall championship in the NCAA, has been installed as the team to beat along with UAAP titlist Far Eastern University and Tiong Lian champion Chiang Kai Shek College.

Also taking part in the weekend-only tournament are multi-titled Ateneo, University of Santo Tomas and National University from UAAP, San Sebastian College and Letran from NCAA and Hope Christian High School and Xavier School from Tiong Lian.

League chairman Dr. Cecilio Pedro of Hapee Toothpaste said he’s hoping to expand the league next year and invite the best teams from Visayas and Mindanao.

Aside from Hapee Toothpaste and Blackwater Sports, also supporting the event are Jumbo Plastic Linoleum, Wrangler, Dickies Underwear, MEC Networks, Ironcon Builders, and Welcoat House Paints.

Games during the opening and finals will be televised through the support of Davies Paints and Bon Chon Chicken.

LaKazTaMa
10-25-2012, 02:14 PM
Phl 5 stint in Beirut next year under study

By Nelson Beltran (The Philippine Star) Updated October 25, 2012 12:00 AM


MANILA, Philippines - If the situation in Lebanon doesn’t improve, the Philippine Basketball Association won’t allow its players to play in the FIBA Asia Championship slated in Beirut next year.

National coach Chot Reyes himself is not ready to put the team at risk in competing in a war-struck country.

“First, we have to listen to the advisory of FIBA Asia. But if there’s any lingering doubt to the safety of our players, why take the risk of sending them there,” PBA commissioner Chito Salud told The STAR.

“That’s (unrest in Beirut) the reason why only five teams participated (in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup) this year from 10 in Manila last year,” said Reyes.

FIBA Asia put off Monday night the final game of the 2012 FIBA Asia Champions Cup due to the prevailing situation in the Lebanese capital.

Iran’s Mahram team has left Lebanon without playing the finale against the hosts’ Al Riyadi Beirut.

“FIBA Asia will take a decision on holding the final game of the event very soon,” said FIBA Asia secretary general Hagop Khajirian on fibaasia.net.

“Hopefully, the situation there improves by next year. But if there’s any doubt to the safety of our players, we’ll not let our players to be there,” Salud stressed.

On Monday, seven people were killed and dozens were injured in clashes in Beirut stemming from conflict related to the civil war in neighboring Syria.

On Tuesday, Lebanese troops were deployed on the streets to calm tension amid mounting fears that last week’s deadly car bombing in Beirut could spill into Lebanon and drag the country into Syria’s bloody civil war.

At least 100 people, including 31 Syrians, were apprehended in raids in Beirut and the Lebanese port city of Tripoli, news outlet NNA has reported. Fifteen soldiers, including two officers, were slightly wounded during the operations, the NNA also said.

Lebanese tanks, armored personnel carriers and soldiers have patrolled the two cities in the wake of the car bombing that killed the nation’s top intelligence chief. On Monday, seven people were killed in unrest in Tripoli in clashes among rivaling groups of Sunnis and Alawites, an offshoot of Shiite Islam, NNA reported.

Friday’s bombing killed the nation’s intelligence chief, Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan, who had criticized the Syrian government for meddling in Lebanon’s affairs and blamed Damascus for political assassinations.

LaKazTaMa
10-25-2012, 02:44 PM
Bacolod lass bags gold in UniGames
By Joey Villar, The Philippine Star
Posted at 10/25/2012 12:08 PM | Updated as of 10/25/2012 12:08 PM

BACOLOD, Philippines – Far Eastern U took the early medals disputed in athletics as it ruled the men's and women's 4x200m relay events while local girl Maika de Oro reigned in discus throw in the Sandugo-University Games at the Pana-ad Park and Stadium here yesterday.

Gerwin Ebcas, John Rey Bardos, Maklan Dela Santos and Jeson Cid took the men's 4x200m gold in one minute, 27 seconds as the Tams, the UAAP champions, dominated the event the way they did in last year's edition in Roxas City, Capiz.

"We're a little slower by about a second than we did last year but we're still happy we won," said the 20-year-old Cid, a Fil-Australian whose pet event is decathlon where he is the reigning UAAP and Phl National Games champion.

Abigail Dizon, Daisyry Juanillo, Robinette Jade Penarubio and Josie Malacad made it a double celebration by copping the women’s 4x200m gold as FEU set in motion its title-retention bid in the event sponsored by Sandugo and backed by Smart.

"That's our goal, to win as many events as we can," said FEU coach Dario de Rosas.

The 17-year-old de Oro, who won eight throwing gold medals in the Palarong Pambansa, topped the discus throw with a dominating 37.65m throw.

De Oro, a second year Political Science student at University of St. La Salle-Bacolod, beat April Rose Guiang of University of Mindanao and Twinkle Masilong of La Salle-Taft, who threw 33.85m and 33.76m, respectively.

What made it doubly impressive was de Oro, who had to spurn offers from Big City schools Far Eastern U, La Salle and Santo Tomas, did the feat practically without a practice.

"I couldn't prepare well because I also have to split my time training and studying," said de Oro, who dreams of becoming a lawyer.

Over at the USLS Gym, reigning back-to-back UAAP MVP Bobby Ray Parks Jr. played for the first time here as National U to an 80-56 rout of Bacolod champion West Negros to barge into the finals with an unbeaten slate of three wins.

Parks actually saw action for 10-13 minutes and took just one shot which he made as he opted to direct the plays majority of the way.

The Bulldogs earlier beat University of Immaculate Conception and NSCA.

"He (Parks) wasn't supposed to see action here but he insisted to play so we let him," said Joey Guanio, who is handling the coaching chores.

Cameroonian 6-8 behemoth Alfred Aroga led the Bulldogs with 18 points with former Energen skipper JJ Alejandro debuting for the team as a point guard.

"I'm playing point guard now,"said the 19-year-old Parks.

In women's football, defending champion Santo Tomas got back on track after it was held to a draw by Ateneo the other day as it downed University of San Carlos, 2-0, on goals by Marice Magdolot on the 54th minute and Rhona Cabalan on the 72nd.

The Lady Eagles, however, stole some of the thunder from the Tigresses after the former overpowered a hapless Rizal Technological U side, 10-0, for most lopsided score in the weeklong meet.

Led by four goals scored by Camille Rodriguez, a 17-year-old rookie, a hat trick pulled off by Milka Romero and a rock-solid goal-keeping by Jasmine Matalam, Ateneo had a surprisingly easy time in finishing off RTU.

"I guess we have more drive and dedication this year compared to last year," said Rodriguez, whose team finished dead-last in last year's UAAP competition.

Ateneo's other goals came from Theona Faulkner, Leah Cruz and Julia Sucgang.

In men’s volleyball, Adamson turned back University of the East, 25-9, 26-24, 15-25, 25-23, and Holy Cross of Davao trampled University of San Jose de Recoletos, 25-23, 25-17, 25-17.

Sandugo-UniGames notes: UP men's soccer team coach Anto Gonzales had to leave his team after its upset scoreless draw with reigning titlist La Salle here in Bacolod City in the morning to play for the Loyola Meralco Sparks in the UFL where he scored a goal...Chris Cantonjos, part of the UST team that won a UAAP four-peat feat in the 90s, is coaching the women's basketball team with Japs Cuan, a member of UST miracle team in 2006, as his assistant...Some teams are breaking in their African imports here with UE playing JM Arafat and NU suiting up Alfred Aroga, who happens to be both 6-8 and from Cameroon...A possible re-match between UAAP finals protagonists Ateneo and UST is in the works as the two has the chance to meet in the finals in men's basketball.

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LaKazTaMa
10-25-2012, 02:47 PM
Beauty and the best
By Mei-Lin Lozada

October 24, 2012, 04:25 am

“Nadaan niya ako sa Summit (bottled water) at Strepsils,” Ruselle says as she recalls their courtship days. “Lagi siya may dala sa akin na ganoon, siguro dahil lagi sila may libreng tubig (sa team)." Jerome Ascano

THE basketball world first caught a glimpse of her pretty face when it was flashed on the giant screen at the Robinsons Midtown Mall in Manila during the 2011 PBA rookie draft, shortly after his beau Mark Barroca was picked in the first round by B-Meg.

A loud cheer rang out inside the mall, not so much for the rugged Far Eastern University sparkplug who made it to the pro ranks after a controversial end to his varsity career, but more for the comely lady who unabashedly shed tears of joy for her man. Almost immediately fans were both smitten and intrigued by their unique love story.

Years later, Ruselle and Mark share their fairy-tale story to Spin.ph, proud that after a two-year courtship, a controversy that almost ruined the player’s career, the curious stares they got and still get from strangers, ridicule on cyberspace, and the intrigues that cast doubt on the feelings of the girl, came the happily-ever-after part.

Now Mr. and Mrs. Barroca, and blessed with a baby aptly named Faith, here’s their story.

Love at first sight

It was naturally love at first sight for Mark. “Nung nakita ko siya, alam ko na, biglaan na lang narinig ko yung ting! ting! Noong narinig ko yung music, yun na. Doon ko na nalaman na siya na. She’s the one. Kaya niligawan ko na siya,” he said.

But it was not so for Ruselle, a homebody who knew very little about UAAP basketball and had no idea what the fuss was all about when friends had their pictures taken with members of FEU’s varsity team, Mark Barroca included.

“After ng isang game sa Cuneta Astrodome, game nila (Mark) ‘yun versus La Salle, nagpa-picture sila (friends ko) sa mga players. Eh di, nakidikit na din ako pero di ko kilala yung mga taong pinagpi-picture-an nila,” she recalled. “Tapos eh may ka-close si Mark dun na friend ko tapos naging friends na din kami ni Mark.”


"Noong narinig ko yung music, yun na. Doon ko na nalaman na siya na. She's the one," says Barroca, recounting his first encounter with wife Ruselle. Photo by Jerome Ascano

Besides, Ruselle then was deep into her relationship with his first boyfriend and had no plans of entertaining suitors.

“Noong time na tinanong niya ako kung pwede manligaw, sabi ko hindi ko talaga siya type. Parang gusto ko lang siyang kaibigan, tapos may boyfriend ako, ‘yun talaga ang nagustuhan ko kaya sinabi ko kay Mark na hindi pa ako ready,” said Ruselle.

The broken-hearted suitor initially retreated, but soon came back with renewed vigor. They remained friends over the next two years, giving them the opportunity to know each other better until the time came when Ruselle’s two-year relationship with his first boyfriend ended.

Still, it wasn’t easy for Mark to win her heart.

“Iniiyakan ko pa siya dati kasi wala pa ako feeling sa kanya kasi gusto ko lang kaibigan kami tapos kumportable lang ako sa kanya,” she said.

Barroca said: “Matagal ko siya niligawan. ‘Yung sa two years na before naging kami, sa first year wala pa gaano, unti-unti muna so nung nagtagal, the following year, sobrang seryoso na. May time na sinabi ko na sa kanya sagutin na niya ako kasi parang nainip na ako kasi two years na din.”

Reaching the Summit

Believe it or not, Barroca first earned ‘pogi points’ with the help of Strepsils lozenges and bottled Summit water likely taken from the FEU team’s supply, which he delivered without fail to an ill Ruselle by taking the stairs all the way to her ninth-floor classroom.

“Nadaan niya ako sa Summit at Strepsils,” Ruselle laughed. “Lagi siya may dala sa akin na ganoon, siguro dahil lagi sila may libreng tubig (sa team). Tapos nasabi ko sa kanya masakit lalamunan ko kaya lagi niya ako binibigyan nung gamot.

“Ang room ko nasa ninth floor. Palaging mahaba ang pila sa elevator kaya maghahagdan siya, aakyat siya hanggang makarating sa room ko para ibigay yung tubig at gamot.”

It also helped that the 5-7 playmaker soon won over Ruselle’s mom. “Ang una niyang binigyan ng bulaklak yung nanay ko, hindi ako. Yung mommy ko sobrang mahilig sa basketball kaya inuna niya niligawan. Botong-boto sa kanya mommy ko, wala naman siyang nakikitang masamang ugali ni Mark,” said Ruselle.





The former Ruselle Alinea says she will forever stand by the side of Mark through the ups and downs of his career as a pro player. Photo by Jerome Ascano

There were also the countless times when Barroca would fetch her after classes and take Ruselle to her home in Tandang Sora, Quezon City.
“Sabi ko, ang tiyaga naman nito ihahatid ako sa bahay kahit malayo, kahit di niya kabisado ang Maynila,” said Ruselle. “At feeling ko kasi pag kasama ko si Mark yung may magtatanggol sa akin. ‘Yung di ako iiyak, parang may Superman ako.”
After a long courtship, the point finally came, Ruselle said, when she saw Barroca not as the mischievous and playful varsity star but as a deeply religious young man, a caring big brother to his 10 nephews, and a loving son to his parents.
“Noong umuwi kami sa Zamboanga nakita ko kung paano niya asikasuhin yung pamilya niya. Kasi may sampu siyang pamangkin na maliliit na bata tapos noong sabay-sabay kami kumain, isa-isa niyang nilagyan ng kanin yung plato nung mga bata.”
When she was finally ready to say yes, Ruselle took Mark to the chapel inside FEU’s Morayta campus to seal their relationship.
“Noong sasagutin ko na sya, dinala ko sya sa simbahan para di n’ya ko lokohin,” she said.
Love withstands test
The sight of a beautiful girlfriend turning emotional at the sight of Barroca being picked fifth overall by B-Meg turned the couple into instant hits on cyberspace, with Ruselle’s picture becoming among the top searches in the weeks after the rookie draft. But what most people hardly realized was that their comments had already become hurtful.
“Nasaktan ako, affected ako pag nakikita ko sa Facebook at sa ibang sites (ang mga comments). May nagsabi kasi sakin na yung picture namin naka-post pinagkakatuwaan,” said Ruselle. “May time na sumagot ako kasi kung di ako sumagot iisipin nila na tama yung ginagawa nila, pero hindi naman tumigil.”
Ruselle said she was so affected she once stopped opening her social network accounts.
“Noong time na ‘yun tinigil ko na magbukas ng Facebook kasi pag binubuksan ko nasasaktan lang ako. Hindi na ako sumagot kasi below the belt na,” she said.
Doubts about her true feelings for Mark soon followed, not only from the people who don’t know them but, worse, from the people around them.
“Ang sabi kaya nakakuha ng ganyan si Mark kasi mayaman siya, marami siyang pera tapos yung babae, ako daw, mukhang pera,” she said. “Sinasabi ng tao pagdating daw ng araw na wala si Mark iiwanan ko daw.
“Ang dami nasasabi na di ko talaga mahal yung tao. Eh ako naman di pa player yung tao close ko na siya, di ako after dun sa kasikatan niya. Hindi naman sa pinapatunayan ko na mali ang sinasabi ng tao kasi mahal ko talaga si Mark. Kung di ko mahal to di ko tiisin sinasabi ng mga tao sa akin,” she added.
But their biggest test came way before that, when Barroca, then in his third year with the Tamaraws, was mysteriously dropped from the roster as rumors of game-fixing swirled around the team. Tears still welled in Ruselle’s eyes to this day as she recalled those dark days.
“Noong natanggal siya sa FEU, tinatanong ako dati ng prof ko, nagbenta yung kaibigan mo? Umiyak ako pagkatalikod ko. Tinatanong nila ako kung nasaan si Mark. Alam ko nasa chapel siya pero di ko yun pwede sabihin. After ng class ko hinihintay ko muna magdilim dun ako dadaan sa likod ng chapel para dalawin siya tapos nag-iyakan kami.”
The lowest point of Barroca’s playing career, however, only served to bring them closer than ever.
“Oo, yun (controversy) talaga nagpa-strengthen nung bond namin,” said Barroca. “Noong time na ‘yun pinakita niya sa akin yung support niya sa akin, as girlfriend ko. Di niya ako iniwan.”
Fairy-tale ending
That dark episode was the reason for the tears Ruselle shed on draft day.
“Umiyak siya sa (PBA) draft kasi instead na may nangyari sakin na di maganda after noong sa FEU, may blessing pa,” Mark said.
Ruselle continued: “Umiyak ako kasi nag-flash back sa akin lahat ng nangyari sa kanya. Wala naman kasi makakapigil sa isang tao na makamit yung mga pangarap niya. Kahit ano pa ang ibato laban sa kanya, naging successful pa rin siya.”
Now, Barroca’s star has started to shine for San Mig (formerly B-Meg) and there is bliss in his family life, their union blessed with a three-month-old daughter the couple had named Natalie Faith.
“Oo naman, blessing higit sa lahat ‘yung baby namin. Pinangalan namin sa Bible kasi gusto ko maging mabait siya, religious, may takot siya sa Diyos. Kaya ngayon pa lang pinagpe-pray na namin yung baby,” Barroca said.
More than ever, Ruselle is still by Mark’s side as he goes through the ups and downs of life as a pro player.
“Siguro ‘yung mga nangyari, hindi pa natatapos doon. Madami pa darating hanggat andito ka sa mundo ni Mark madami ibabato sa kanya,” said Ruselle. “Kaya ipagtatanggol ko siya, po-protektahan ko siya, gagawin ko ang lahat bilang asawa niya.”

LaKazTaMa
10-28-2012, 08:56 PM
Baby Tams, Red Cubs stretched to the limit by MMTLBA rivals
From The Wires

October 28, 2012, 04:02 pm

FEU's Joshua Aguilon gets a clear shot after getting past Chiang Kai Shek's Kimlee Bayquin. Jerome Ascano
UAAP champion Far Eastern University-Diliman and NCAA titlist San Beda needed clutch plays from their top guns in the stretch to dodge bullets at the start of the inaugual Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championship (PSSBC) at The Arena in San Juan over the weekend.

With little knowledge about their rivals’ strength, the Baby Tamaraws were forced to play extra five minutes before turning back the Chiang Kai Shek College Dragons, 81-77, behind the MVP-like performance of Jerie Pingoy.

The 5-foot-8 Pingoy, who is likely to suit up for the Tamaraws next season, struck hardest in overtime as he produced a couple of tough jumpers that took the fight out of the Metro Manila Tiong Lian Basketball Association (MMTLBA) champions.

Trumpeted as FEU's next Johnny Abarrientos, Pingoy sizzled for 22 points, aside from helping set up plays for Roger and JJ Domingo who chipped in 12 markers each.

The Dragons, led by Joshua Tan and Al Salim, blew two chances to steal the win in regulation sa FEU’s defense held firm.

Like the Baby Tamaraws, the Red Cubs also teetered on the brink of defeat but were rescued by former Philippine U-18 standout Arvie Tolentino who imposed his will inside to complete the team’s 95-91 come-from-behind win over MMTLBA power Hope Christian High School.

It was a bitter loss for Hope Christian which led 65-58 early in the payoff period but was undone by poor shot selection, allowing the Red Cubs to escape with the win in the tournament backed by Ironcon Builders, Jumbo Plastic Linoleum, Wrangler, Dickies Underwear, MEC Networks, Blackwater Sports, Hapee Toothpaste, and Welcoat.

University of Santo Tomas, on the other hand, created a mild stir by downing deposed UAAP champion National University, 72-63, while the San Sebastian Staglets capped a tense-filled day with a 108-98 overtime win over multi-titled MMTLBA team Xavier School.

Though CKSC, Hope Christian, and Xavier lost, league vice chairman Dioceldo Sy, who played for Uno High School during his Tiong Lian days, was happy with the three teams' performance, saying they succeeded in sending their message to both UAAP and NCAA teams.

“Tiong Lian teams are fast catching up with UAAP and NCAA teams, sooner baka tatalunin na sila,” said Sy.

LaKazTaMa
10-28-2012, 09:20 PM
Bulldogs take UniGames gold after UE no-show
By Reuben Terrado

October 28, 2012, 08:44 pm
NATIONAL University captured the 2012 University Games men’s basketball championship via walkover in Bacolod City on Sunday after University of the East failed to show up for the title game.

Reports reaching Games officials said the Warriors returned to Manila on Saturday night. The Unigames’ official Facebook page said: “As reported to us, UE team left Bacolod (on Saturday) night. They have to be back to Manila asap for a prior engagement.”

Games officials later denied the Warriors the second-place trophy as turned the consolation match between Ateneo and Adamson into a battle for runner-up honors.

The Blue Eagles, the reigning titlists who lost to the Warriors in Saturday's semifinals, salvaged a measure of pride as they beat Adamson, 58-56.

To make up for the absence of a title game, NU was asked to play in an exhibition game against University of Santo Tomas which the Bulldogs won, 54-52.

In women’s basketball, Far Eastern University beat NU, 57-54, in the gold medal match while Adamson defeated Lyceum, 69-54, in the battle for the bronze.

In football, FEU nipped University of Saint La Salle-Bacolod, 5-4, to capture the men’s crown. San Beda defeated De La Salle-Manila, 4-2, via penalty shootout to claim the bronze medal.

De La Salle-Manila won over USLS, 31-29, 25-19, 25-14, to grab the women’s volleyball title. Adamson beat UST in the battle for the bronze medal, 25-20, 12-25, 23-25, 25-17, 15-9.

USLS squeaked past FEU for the men’s volleyball gold, 19-25, 25-20, 25-16, 25-17, 23-21. UST beat Adamson for the bronze, 25-19, 25-17, 24-26, 25-18.

tamarawz_14
10-29-2012, 01:58 PM
Baby Tams knock in rare 43 goals in IPPCA pre-season football opener



STA. ROSA, Laguna, Philippines – FEU-Fern C scored what could remain long in the history of football – a 43-0 rout of Letran in Group C of the juniors division – while Emilio Aguinaldo College edged Mapua, 1-0, in seniors play in the IPPCA Football Pre-Season Cup at the Nuvali Field last weekend.

Mark Arranquez opened up scoring for the Baby Tamaraws in the 23rd minute while RJ Joyel knocked in five goals at the forefront of the Baby Tams’ scoring spree.

Michael Ebare struck from 20 meters on the 60th minute as the EAC Generals got past the Cardinals for the Group D lead.

Ebare, a 21-year old criminology student from Bukidnon, finally found his mark after five failed attempts by his teammates at Pitch No. 3.

The tournament is organized by Filoil Flying V Sports and bankrolled by IPPCA members Chemrez Technologies Inc., Eastern Petroleum Corp., Filpride/USA88, Seaoil Philippines Inc., Flying V, Oilink, Unioil, International Engineer Phils., Inc., Filoil Energy Company, City Oil, Metro Oil Subic, LPGMA, Omni Petroleum Corp, Trans Overseas Industrial Corp. and CIIS.

Other backers of the event, organized by Filoil Sports, are Meralco, Nuvali, Nature’s Spring, Molten, N20 Gastropub, Boysen Paints, BDO, Topcoms/StarSports Korea, Bacchus, CDO San Marino Corned Tuna and Pingping Lechon.

LaKazTaMa
10-29-2012, 03:02 PM
Graduation time - A look at who are moving on from the UAAP
ADRIAN DY, GMA News October 23, 2012 5:25pm

Nothing lasts forever, especially not collegiate careers.

Every end of a season in the UAAP is the end as well for several players who have proudly hit the hard court, wearing their school's colors. No matter how great a player you are, your time as a student-athlete is finite. Sooner or later, it's time to move on.

According to UAAP rules, players can log, at the most, five playing years. The other factor that might lead to a player hanging up his jersey is age - one cannot be more than 25 years old as of the July 31 of the relevant UAAP season/year. In the same vein, once you've gone seven years out of high school, your time as a college player is up.

Which teams will return intact, and which squads need to hit the recruitment trail hard to fill in their gaps? Find out below.


Adamson University Soaring Falcons
•Alex Nuyles (SG/SF) - 6.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists
•Eric Camson (PF/C) - 14.5 points, 40.4 percent 3PT 9.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists
•James Deans (PG) - 0.7 assists
•Jeff Olalia (SG/SF) - 0.9 points, 1.1 rebounds
•Allen Etrone (G) - 5.4 points, 1.6 rebounds, 0.8 steals

Adamson entered the season hoping to be competitive with their 'Big Three' of Nuyles, Camson and Rodney Brondial, but Nuyles figured in just four games before needing season-ending surgery, while Camson only heated up after the first round.

Come Season 76, both will be gone for good though, but luckily, swingman Jericho Cruz has shown that he's ready to take on the scoring chores, while big man Rodney Brondial could take another leap forward in terms of improvement. Brondial though may move down to the power forward spot, should 6'8" behemoth Ingrid Sewa get cleared to play, forming another powerful trio.


Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles
•Greg Slaughter (C) - 13.1 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.8 blocks
•Justin Chua (PF/C) - 5.2 points, 2.5 rebounds
•Nico Salva (F) - 14.1 points, 49.7 percent FG, 5.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists
•Oping Sumalinog (SG/SF) - 2.6 points, 2.6 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.6 blocks
•Tonino Gonzaga (SG/SF) - 3.1 points, 2.4 rebounds, 0.8 assists

Is a six-peat possible? On paper, the players exiting alone make it seem like a dicey proposition. Replacing a 7'0" center will always be difficult, but in addition, Chua could have started on other teams, while Salva's hyper-efficient mid-range game will definitely be missed. Then on defense, Sumalinog and Gonzaga were easily on Ateneo's list of top five perimeter players. Their hustle will definitely be missed.

That said, Ateneo does not lack for wing players to fill that particular void. Expect more minutes from Von Pessumal and Gwynne Capacio, while Fil-Am Chris Newsome is set to debut. Up front though is where all the questions lie. Will JP Erram come back from ACL surgery at 100 percent? Can Kris Porter and Gideon Babilonia make strides? If not, do the Eagles have another dominant back-to-the basket center hiding somewhere?

[FTW: Is a sixth straight title possible for Ateneo?]


De La Salle University Green Archers
•Jovet Mendoza (PF) - 5.1 points, 4.1 rebounds
•Joshua Webb (SG/SF) - 2.0 points, 2.1 rebounds

All the major players in La Salle's run to the Final Four return, making this a team to watch, and an easy pick for next season's Finals. They'll miss the hustle and scrappy play of Jovet Mendoza, but that opens the door for Papot Paredes and Ponso Gotladera to enter their rotation. Webb's production and minutes have gone down each year, and his 8.5 minutes a game could be given to Jarelan Tampus, or even high-flyer Gabby Reyes.

The Archers also have several Fil-foreigners brewing on their developmental team. While it's not quite clear who among them are eligible to play by next season, it's safe to say that this team will remain stacked. How they distribute touches with Rookie of the Year Jeron Teng, who will only get better, will likely be the main problem for the coaching staff to solve.

[FTW: The future is green for DLSU]


Far Eastern University Tamaraws
•Clarence Foronda (C) - 1.5 points, 1.5 rebounds
•Mark Bringas (PF) - 3.7 points, 2.4 rebounds

FEU was a team characterized by their guard play last season. Part of that is because it's inevitable when you have RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo dominating the ball. Moreover, when Anthony Hargrove did get the ball, he wasn't very effective (just 7.6 points per game). Meanwhile, his front court partner, Arvie Bringas, spent a good amount of time off the court serving suspensions, instead of being on the court.

Next year however, Hargrove and Bringas will need to up their level of play, as the Tams lose their safety nets up front. Foronda and the elder Bringas brother were never spectacular, but they were able to buy minutes of rest for the starters or spell their counterparts when they were forced to the bench because of foul trouble. And while no one knows whether or not RR Garcia will be back to play out his final year of eligibility, Far Eastern has yet another prolific point guard from their juniors team in Jerie Pingoy, ready to make the leap.

[FTW: The end of FEU's Final Four streak]


National University Bulldogs
•Emmanuel Mbe (C) - 12.9 points, 11.5 rebounds, 0.9 blocks

This season's hosts will lose the services of just one player, Emmanuel Mbe, but it's still a huge loss for the Bulldogs. Mbe was the only post-up presence the Bulldogs had on a team full of slashers and shooters. His back-up, Henri Betayene, is more than capable of filling in for him on defense, but his offense still has a long way to go.

NU also has some guys ready to make the leap on to their Team B. RP Youth Team captain JJ Alejandro might challenge Gelo Alolino for the starting job, while Alfred Aroga and AJ Henson are two more big men who can spread the floor. Again though, in the case of the latter two, neither have the post game Mbe has, which might be a problem come next season.

[FTW: Where will the NU Bulldogs go from here?]


University of the East Red Warriors
•Erwin Duran (F) - 1.7 points, 1.3 rebounds
•Gene Belleza (SG) - 7.3 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists
•Jai Flores (PF) - 1.9 points, 2.4 rebounds

There was a stretch in the second half of the season where Gene Belleza was the hottest shooter in the UAAP. His production eventually petered out though, which means guys like JR Sumido (19 points in their last game of the season) and Bong Galanza have to be able to hit shots when superstar point guard Sumang throws them a kick-out pass as the defense collapses on his drive.

One other guy who could be the go-to target of Sumang's nifty assists is transferee Gino Jumao-as, who could finally be making his collegiate debut, after the former San Sebastian Staglet standout bounced around from San Sebastian, to FEU, and now to UE. They also have a foreign big man or two on their Team B that will allow them to move Chris Javier to his more natural power forward spot.


University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons
•Mike Gamboa (PG) - 3.4 points, 1.5 rebounds 1.4 assists
•Robby Weirzba (G) - 0.4 points
•Alinko Mbah (C) - 1.6 points, 2.2 rebounds, 0.8 blocks
•Mark Lopez (SG/SF) - 8.4 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.2 steals
•Alvin Padilla (SG/SF) - 7.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.4 steals
•Jelo Montecastro (PG) - 5.4 points, 61.5 percent FG, 1.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists
•Mike Silungan (SG/SF) - 10.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.0 steals
•Diony Hipolito (SF) - 2.6 points, 2.6 rebounds

UP will see a whopping eight players graduate, with seven holdovers looking to improve on their dismal last-place finish. First on their minds will be replacing the production of Silungan, Lopez and Padilla. That troika represented UP's top three scorers, and each of them also normed at least one steal, which often kick-started their fast break attack.

Less worrisome will be the departures of point guards Mike Gamboa and Jelo Montecastro, and of center Alinko Mbah. Rookie Henry Asilum turned heads with his strong play, and Mikee Reyes, if he's finally healthy, could put on a Maroon uni once more. As for Mbah, he was essentially a non-factor after getting heavy minutes in Season 74, thanks to Chris Ball and Raul Soyud outplaying him. UP also has one more foreign center currently on their Team B.


University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers
•Melo Afuang (PF/C) - 1.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, 0.8 assists
•Jeric Fortuna (PG) - 8.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.2 steals

This season's runners-up also come back largely intact, losing just two players to graduation, but unlike DLSU, one player, Jeric Fortuna, was not just a starter, but the guy who ran the team, to the tune of five assists a game. Fortuna also tied center Karim Abdul for most minutes averaged on the squad, 34 per game, and when he was out, the team would often opt to go point guard-less, with Clark Bautista or Kevin Ferrer assuming ball-handling chores.

Because their nominal back-up point guard Robin Tan played just one game during the entire Season 75, it's likely UST will instead reach into their Team B to fill Fortuna's shoes, returning Jon Sheriff to their roster, from Season 74, or bringing up John Whitfield, or both. Melo Afuang was an athletic big man who could play both the 4 and 5, but with him gone, Robert Hainga could see more playing time as Abdul's reliever, after logging just five minutes all year. -- OMG, GMA News

LaKazTaMa
10-30-2012, 01:58 PM
the Sandugo-UniGames will return to Bacolod City for at least another year,” he said.

Far Eastern U and St. Benilde topped four events each while De La Salle U-Taft ruled three at the close of the week-long event last Sunday.

FEU dominated track and field, ruling the men’s and women’s divisions for the second straight year while emerging champions in men’s football and women’s basketball.

St. Benilde, meanwhile, lorded it over the field in men’s chess, men’s and women’s taekwondo and women’s volleyball.

La Salle topped women’s volleyball, men’s badminton and women’s tennis.

The host school, USLS, copped the men’s badminton gold while rallying from two sets down against FEU to eke out a classic, come-from-behind five-set victory in men’s volleyball.

LaKazTaMa
11-03-2012, 09:35 PM
Jordan's story retold in PSSBC
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin Henson The Philippine Star Updated November 01, 2012 12:00

The first Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championships (PSSBC) got underway with a four-game bill at the Filoil Arena in San Juan last Saturday and from early indications, the tournament is destined to be a big success.

Four crack UAAP junior teams (FEU, NU, UST and Ateneo) are joined by three NCAA squads (San Beda, San Sebastian, Letran) and three Tiong Lian schools (Chiang Kai Shek, Xavier and Hope Christian) to complete a cast that will play a split-group, single round classification series for five days. Knockout playoffs begin on Nov. 25 with the semifinals on Nov. 30 and the finals on Dec. 2.

Comprising Group A are FEU, San Sebastian, Ateneo, Xavier and Chiang Kai Shek. Group B consists of San Beda, NU, UST, Letran and Hope Christian. The third and next playing day is set on Nov. 11 at the Chiang Kai Shek gym with FEU taking on Ateneo at 9 a.m., San Beda facing Letran at 10:30 a.m., Chiang Kai Shek battling San Sebastian at 12 noon and Hope Christian meeting NU at 1:30 p.m.

At the inaugurals last Saturday, FEU downed Chiang Kai Shek, 81-77, in overtime, San Beda came from behind to eke out a 95-91 decision over Hope Christian, UST defeated NU, 72-63 and San Sebastian outlasted Xavier, 108-98, in overtime. On the second playing day, San Beda trounced NU, 71-66, San Sebastian upset FEU, 66-58, Xavier surprised Ateneo, 87-80 and UST nipped Letran, 69-68.

It would’ve been a 12-way tournament but St. Jude of Tiong Lian and La Salle Greenhills of the NCAA begged off. PSSBC commissioner Ato Badolato said La Salle Greenhills president Br. Felipe Belleza sent a letter explaining that the players had some catching up to do with their studies after the conclusion of the NCAA season and wouldn’t be able to focus on competing at a high level.

PSSBC chairman Dr. Cecilio Pedro of Hapee Toothpaste and vice chairman Dioceldo Sy of Blackwater Sports were all smiles as the teams paraded – with muses – at the opening program. It was a dream come true. Edward Tio of Freego and Wrangler conceived the idea of a high school tournament similar in format to the PCCL and before long, Pedro and Sy connected to make it happen.

* * * *

Tio used to play for Chiang Kai Shek and he’s now the varsity’s team manager. When the Dragons raced to a 9-0 lead over FEU with three triples in a row in the inaugural PSSBC game last Saturday, Tio couldn’t be more proud of his boys. Chiang Kai Shek could’ve won in regulation but bungled two chances that allowed FEU to escape. In extension, star guard Koko Pingoy delivered four crucial points on jumpers to seal the deal. Pingoy was held to only four points on 2-of-12 field goals in the first half but recovered to finish with 22.

The Dragons coaching staff is top-quality with head coach Goldwin Monteverde and assistants John Sia, Fredino Atienza, former PBA cager Chris Luanzon, former La Salle sharpshooter and Jun Papa’s son Addy, Tom Chua and Jun Tiongco. Tio is also Adamson University’s team manager.

SBP executive director Sonny Barrios and I were guest speakers at the opening ceremony. When it came to my part, I spoke about Michael Jordan’s high school odyssey. I related how in 1978, Jordan was a 15-year-old, 5-10 guard in Team B of Laney High School in North Carolina and 6-5 Leroy Smith was chosen ahead of him to join Team A. Jordan was disappointed that he wasn’t picked by coach Fred Lynch but instead of sulking, decided to rededicate himself to get better. He woke up at 5 every morning to be in the gym at 6 for shooting, ballhandling and jumping drills before attending class. In the afternoon, he practiced with Team B from 5:30 to 7 then with Team A from 7 to 9.

* * * *

A year later, Jordan’s hard work paid off – he was elevated to Team A. And when his basketball career came to an end in 2003, he had played on an NCAA championship team and six NBA title squads plus collected two Olympic gold medals. Jordan was inducted twice into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in 2009 and as a member of the 1992 Olympic Dream Team in 2010. I asked the high school boys in front of me whom they thought was the greatest basketball player ever and the resounding reply was Michael Jordan.

So with my story about Jordan not making it to Team A as a prep sophomore, I congratulated the PSSBC players for being picked to represent their schools. They’re all winners, I said, even before the start of the tournament because they’re the chosen ones. I also used an acronym SPORTS to deliver a message to the players – S is for sportsmanship in playing fair and building camaraderie, P is for pride in wearing the school colors, O is for obedience in following the instructions of the coaching staff and advice of guidance counselors, R is for responsibility in playing to the best of their ability, T is for teamwork in trusting teammates when it comes to execution on the court and S is for studies which must be given priority as education is the preparation for a life ahead.

The PSSBC features a full complement of table officials from the highly competent statistics crew headed by Pong Ducanes to stadium barker Rolly Manlapaz. The management committee is made up of Sunny Co, Bernard Yang, Junel Baculi, Fr. Vic Calvo and Edster Sy while the technical committee is composed of Badolato, deputy commissioner Jun Cordero and supervisor of officials Levy Valenzuela. The PSSBC Board of Governors lists Pedro, Sy, Tio, Jimmy de la Cruz, Jimmy Lim, Leoncio Chua, Rudy Yu and Terry Que.

LaKazTaMa
11-07-2012, 06:21 PM
Arvie Bringas scratched from Tamaraws roster
By Reuben Terrado

November 06, 2012, 10:56 pm

Arvie Bringas hopes to still make it back to the Tamaraws roster for next season. Jerome Ascano
ARVIE BRINGAS, one of the most controversial figures in the recently-concluded UAAP men’s basketball season, found himself dropped from the roster of Far Eastern University after the team underwent a major revamp following its failure to make the Final Four.

While still enrolled at the Morayta-based school, the tough-playing forward was among the casualties of FEU’s decision to undertake an overhaul of its varsity team that saw Nash Racela immediately assuming the head coaching job of the Tamaraws in lieu of Robert Flores.

Still, Bringas remains hopeful he’ll be able to make the team roster by next year.

Currently suiting up for Big Chill in the PBA D-League, Bringas said he’s using his current stint in the the Aspirants Cup to prove that he is still worthy of a spot with the Tamaraws.

He added he intends to try out with the team next summer.

"Kailangan ko patunayan ngayon sa school ko kasi tinanggal ako doon," Bringas said when Spin.ph. caught up with him.

When asked to elaborate on the current scenario at FEU, Bringas said: "Nag-revamp ‘yung school kaya heto ‘yung way para pakita ko sa kanila na different ‘yung laro ko noong UAAP dito."

"Masakit pero wala tayong magagawa, desisyon ng management 'yun," added Bringas, who averaged 6.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in 11 games during Season 75 of the UAAP.

It was not clear however, if the controversies he got embroiled in last season had something to do with the decision to cut him.

Bringas gained notoriety when he spat on the face of Ateneo’s Justine Chua in the Tamaraws’ 64-77 loss to the Blue Eagles during a highly-physical encounter in the second round of the eliminations.

His action resulted in a one-game suspension slapped on him by the UAAP, and another one-game ban from FEU.

Later on, he was again suspended for a game after elbowing a University of the Philippines Fighting Maroon shortly upon his return from suspension.

Prior to his stint with FEU, Bringas saw action for the De La Salle Green Archers in 2009 before sitting out the next two seasons when he opted to transfer with the Tamaraws.

Despite posting a winning record at 9-5, the Tamaraws were eliminated by the Green Archers in the playoff for the last Final Four slot.

LaKazTaMa
11-07-2012, 06:24 PM
Bringas and Chua kiss and make up after infamous spitting incident
By Reuben Terrado

November 06, 2012, 06:14 pm

Arvie Bringas, left, and Justin Chua have bumped into each other a couple of times after the spitting incident in the UAAP. Jerome Ascano
ARVIE Bringas and Justin Chua have let bygones be bygones after the infamous spitting incident that made headlines during the last UAAP season.

The two players once again crossed paths on Tuesday, weeks after Far Eastern University mainstay Bringas gained notoriety as well as a one-game suspension for spitting on Chua's face during a highly charged match against Ateneo - an act caught by television cameras.

However, there was no sign of animosity when Bringas, now playing for Big Chill, faced Chua and the rest of the Blackwater Sports team in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup. They even guarded one another during the lopsided match won by Bringas’ Superchargers, 74-63.

“Okay na kami (ni Justin), wala namang personalan sa nangyari,” said Bringas afterwards.

Chua seconded Bringas’ statement, saying he and Bringas had bumped into each other a couple of times before since Blackwater holds its practices in the same facility as Big Chill.

“Same practice venue kami, nagbabatian kami,” said Chua.

Bringas and Chua had contrasting fortunes in the collegiate league after the incident, with Bringas’ Tamaraws missing the Final Four and Chua’s Blue Eagles winning their fifth consecutive crown.

The two said they have put the incident behind them. Chua even has UST mainstays for teammates at Blackwater.

“Hindi ko iniiisip ‘yung sa UAAP dahil tapos na ‘yun. Iniisip ko lang na magiging competitive … First game lang namin, sana next game maayos na kami,” said Chua.

LaKazTaMa
11-07-2012, 06:51 PM
RR Garcia rediscovers the joy of basketball with NLEX

CARLO PAMINTUAN, GMA News November 6, 2012 9:15am


RR Garcia (left) has picked himself up from the disappointment of the UAAP by finding a new role on the NLEX Road Warriros. KC Cruz
The last time I saw RR Garcia, he was walking out of the SM MOA Arena with his future uncertain. His FEU Tamaraws had been defeated by the DLSU Green Archers in a playoff for the last slot of the UAAP Final Four.

I repeatedly asked him if he was returning for one more tour of duty with the Tamaraws. All he could answer was, “Di ko pa alam.”

He was blanketed in uncertainty brought about by a horrible ending to the season. Doubt clouded his mind. Should he return and try to make things work with a team that didn’t trust him with the game’s final shot? Should he try to retake his role as the primary playmaker on the team? Should he just accept the fact that Terrence Romeo will dominate the ball and embrace the role of second fiddle? Or should he just close his collegiate career with that bitter loss?

Nothing was clear for Garcia. He was hurting. Physically. Mentally. As he walked out of the arena, he talked about having an operation done on his foot. “May bone spurs kasi ako,” Garcia admitted. “Buong season ko tiniis, ngayon siguro puwede na pa-operahan.” The pain on his foot was substantial but it wasn’t what was bothering him the most. His pride took a hit throughout that year. Failing to make it to the Final Four for the first time in his career only compounded the pain.

After the UAAP season, Garcia picked himself up by re-signing with the reigning PBA D-League champions. He opted to return to the NLEX Road Warriors, whose third-stringers could literally start for other teams.

In their first game of the D-League season, the Road Warriors started the game with the former UAAP MVP coming off the bench.

Garcia entered the game with 4:20 left in the first quarter, checking in alongside Ateneo’s stopper Oping Sumalinog and two-time UAAP Finals MVP Nico Salva. On the very first time he touched the ball, Garcia crossed his man over and watched as the defense collapsed around him. He then rifled a pass to a wide open Ronald Pascual for a three.

With time running out in the first quarter, Garcia threw a perfect inbound pass to a streaking Ian Sangalang. More of the same happened the rest of the game. He found Salva for an easy shot. Then he got a rebound off his own miss and passed it to Garvo Lanete for another wide open three.

Garcia’s numbers were not mind-blowing. He only scored a single point in the game, while dishing out five assists. His performance, on paper, was nothing special. But the way Garcia played the game was so different from the last time I saw him on the court. He was actually having fun out there, something I haven’t seen since maybe his MVP year.

“Point guard naman kasi talaga ang laro ko,” Garcia explained. “Di naman ako naghahanap ng bola kung hindi talaga kailangan.” He shot the ball only three times in a paltry 16 minutes but he helped establish the tone for the Road Warriors. On a team filled with collegiate stars, someone has to assume the role of giving up their numbers for the sake of the other.

He was all smiles after exiting their dugout. He was happy about the win. Happier about the situation he was in. The last time I saw him, he didn’t know if he would ever wear FEU’s green and yellow again. But because of the fresh air that his first game as a Road Warrior blew in, it seems that the FEU faithful may just get their boy back.

“Nag-iba na yung situwayson e. Si Coach Nash [Racela] na yung sa FEU,” Garcia explained. “Dribble drive yung opensa namin dito sa NLEX, ganun din naman yung sistema ni Coach Nash kaya ngayon masasabi ko na malaki yung posibilidad na bumalik ako sa FEU.”

Losing brought in question after question for RR Garcia. Now that he’s back in his element, now that he’s back to winning again, those questions are slowly being answered. - AMD, GMA News

LaKazTaMa
11-07-2012, 06:52 PM
Babalik naman pala eh..medyo pakikot pa.

LaKazTaMa
11-11-2012, 06:55 AM
FEU, Ateneo out to preserve top posts
(The Philippine Star) | Updated November 11, 2012 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - Far Eastern University and Ateneo de Manila-Flying V try to keep their grip of the lead in their respective groups against separate opponents, even as Group C co-leaders San Beda College and University of Santo Tomas-Metro Oil clash for the lead in a heavy 11-game schedule today in the 2012 IPPCA Football Pre-Season Cup at the Nuvali Field in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

The Tamaraws, still unbeaten in three games in Group A with a 3-0-0 card, take on a lightweight opponent in Lyceum of the Philippines University (0-1-1) over at Pitch No. 1 while the Blue Eagles, who are currently tied with the lead in Group B with De La Salle Archers-Filoil on similar 1-0-1 slates, battle the College of St. Benilde Blazers (1-1-0) at 3 p.m.

The tournament is organized by Filoil Flying V Sports and sponsored by Meralco, Nuvali, Nature’s Spring, Molten, N20 Gastropub, Boysen Paints, BDO, Topcoms/StarSports Korea, Bacchus, CDO San Marino Corned Tuna and Pingping Lechon and IPPCA members Chemrez Technologies Inc., Eastern Petroleum Corp., Filpride/USA88, Seaoil Philippines Inc., Flying V, Oilink, Unioil, International Engineer Phils., Filoil Energy Company, City Oil, Metro Oil Subic, LPGMA, Omni Petroleum, Trans Overseas Industrial and CIIS.

LaKazTaMa
11-11-2012, 06:56 AM
San Beda, SSC seek PSSBC quarters
(The Philippine Star) | Updated November 11, 2012 - 12:00am
Games today (CKSC gym, Manila)

9 a.m. – FEU-Diliman vs Ateneo

10:30 a.m. – San Beda vs Letran

12 noon – CKSC vs San Sebastian

1:30 p.m. – Hope Christian vs NU



MANILA, Philippines - Unbeaten teams San Beda and San Sebastian shoot for quarterfinal berths against separate rivals today at resumption of the Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championship (PSSBC) at the Chiang Kai Shek College gym in Manila.

The NCAA champion Red Cubs collide with Letran at 10:30 a.m. before the Staglets meet Metro Manila Tiong Lian Basketball Tournament titlist Chiang Kai Shek at 12 noon.

Led by former Philippine U-16 team member Arvie Tolentino, NCAA Finals MVP Javee Mocon and Alejandro Iñigo, San Beda defeated Hope Christian School, 95-91, and National University, 81-77, in their first two games for the Group B lead.

Also expected to back up Tolentino are Joseph Caracut, Rev Diputado and Radge Tongco, all former National youth players, as the Cubs try to repeat over the Squires, whom they beat, 61-57, in the recent NCAA Final Four on their way to nailing San Beda’s 20th championship.

Meanwhile, the Staglets blasted Xavier School, 108-98, before pulling off a stunning 66-58 victory over UAAP champion FEU-Diliman.

Alfren Gayosa, Michael Calisaan, Jon Macasaet and Onyok Velasco Jr. are again expected to lead the charge for San Sebastian, which matched SBC’s 2-0 card in Group A.

In other games, FEU hopes to bounce back as it plays Ateneo at 9 a.m. while NU seeks its first victory as it squares off with Hope Christian at 1:30 p.m.

Backing the event are Blackwater Sports, Wrangler, Welcoat House Paints, Ironcon Builders, Jumbo Plastic Linoleum, Dickies Underwear, MEC Networks, and Hapee Toothpaste.



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LaKazTaMa
11-12-2012, 02:32 PM
Cubs trounce Squires, gain PSSBC quarterfinal

Philippine Daily Inquirer
10:00 pm | Sunday, November 11th, 2012

NCAA champion San Beda College zoomed to its third straight win by clobbering Letran, 77-57, to formalize its quarterfinal entry in the 1st Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championship (PSSBC) yesterday at Chiang Kai Shek gym in Manila.

Drawing another stellar performance from former PH U-18 standout Arvie Tolentino, the Red Cubs leaned on a fiery first quarter to take the sting out of the Squires and stay unbeaten in Group B.

Tolentino also had 12 boards for the Red Cubs, who posted their biggest lead at 62-34, 10 minutes left in the game.

Unlike in their first two games where they needed the late game heroics of Tolentino and Alejandro Iñigo to beat Hope Christian High School, 95-91, and National University, 71-66, the Red Cubs hardly encountered any problems after a roaring start that saw them take a 22-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.

NCAA Finals MVP Jayvee Mocon and Iñigo ably supported Tolentino by combining for 23 points.

In other games, UAAP champion Far Eastern U rebounded from a 58-66 loss to San Sebastian by downing Ateneo, 73-70; reigning Metro Manila Tiong Lian Basketball Association champion Chiang Kai Shek College shocked the SSC Staglets, 81-75, in overtime; and Hope Christian High School outlasted NU, 61-50.

The Baby Tams thus improved to 2-1 while the Blue Dragons and Hope Christian cagers evened their marks to 1-1.

Without MVP Jerie Pingoy, the Baby Tamaraws went to JJ Domingo for most of the crucial plays to steal the win from the Eaglets who controlled the tempo of the game in the event supported by Wrangler, Welcoat House Paints, Ironcon Builders, Jumbo Plastic Linoleum, Dickies Underwear, MEC Networks, Blackwater Sports and Hapee Toothpaste.

Domingo topscored for the Baby Tams with 22 points, including back-to-back baskets that gave them a 70-67 lead.

LaKazTaMa
11-16-2012, 07:00 PM
Four schools in the hunt as Letran high school star Nambatac weighs options
By Karlo Sacamos

November 15, 2012, 02:40 pm

Letran Squires star Rey Nambatac was Rookie of the Year in the NCAA juniors division in 2010 before winning the MVP the following season.

AFTER the tug-of-war over reigning UAAP juniors MVP Jerie Pingoy, it’s the turn of NCAA high school star Rey Nambatac to be heavily recruited by college basketball powers in the country.

The former NCAA juniors Rookie of the Year and MVP said he remains undecided on where to play college ball until now as a number of schools belonging to the UAAP are reportedly trying to lure him away from Letran.

The native of Cagayan de Oro, however, admitted the Intramuros-based school remains a top priority for him after steering the Squires to a Final Four finish last season.

“My first choice is Letran sa ngayon,” Nambatac admitted to Spin.ph, unmindful of the expected transition the Knights are expected to go through next year following the resignation of longtime mentor Louie Alas.

“Kasi nasanay na ako sa surroundings ng Letran, tsaka hindi ko na kailangan mag-adjust.”

But the 6-foot guard isn’t denying that he’s also considering offers from UAAP schools such as Adamson, University of the Philippines, and Far Eastern University.

“Aside from Letran, those three schools are nice and nakikita ko na may slot ako, and ma-e-expose ako kasi bawat coach may tiwala sa akin.”

FEU incidentally is currently in the middle of a dispute with Ateneo for the right to land the services of Pingoy, the two-time UAAP juniors MVP who led the Baby Tamaraws to their first UAAP title in 25 years last season.

That the 18-year-old Nambatac might find himself under the same predicament soon may be understandable. Afterall, Nambatac won Rookie of the Year honors in 2010, and then bagged the MVP title a year later.

The recent season saw him yield the spotlight to talented teammate, Rookie-MVP John Quinto, and instead, concentrated on improving his game, submitting an all-around average of 16.2 points, 8.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 3.5 steals as the Squires made it to the Final Four.

Nambatac said he’s trying to balance things out before making a decision as he continues to seek advice from both his parents and coaches.

“Until now hindi pa ako naka-decide kung san ako maglalaro. Naguguluhan ako kasi hindi ko alam kung tama ba yung (magiging) decision ko pag pumasok ako sa school na pinili ko,” said the former member of the PH Youth team.

“Gusto ko kasi dahan-dahan lang at hindi ko pagsisisihan ang school na pipiliin ko.”

But wherever school – or league for that matter – Nambatac ends up, he said it’s going to be his performance on the court that will matter most.

“It’s not (that) important that I should go to the UAAP because mas exposed dun. It’s all about talent. Nasa akin na yun kung papano ko ia-angat yung pangalan ko kung nasa NCAA ako,” Nambatac said, who hopes to come up with a final decision by December.

LaKazTaMa
11-19-2012, 06:45 PM
Letran rides on Nambatac's shoulders for berth in PSSBC q'finals
From The Wires

November 19, 2012, 04:34 pm

The Chiang Kai Shek College Blue Dragons score their third straight victory to top Group A.

LETRAN clinched the eighth and last quarterfinal berth by downing National University, 81-65, in the 1st Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championship Sunday at the Chiang Kai Shek College gym in Manila.

Rey Nambatac, one of the most-sought after college prospects, put on another solid all-around performance as the Squires snapped a three-game losing run to secure the last ticket to the knockout quarterfinal stage set on Sunday.

It was a disappointing show for the Bullpups, who were favored to win but crumbled in the face of Nambatac’s red-hot shooting in their Group B showdown.

In a showdown between fierce Metro Manila Tiong Lian Basketball Association rivals, Chiang Kai Shek College outlasted Xavier School, 68-57.

With their third straight win, the Blue Dragons topped Group A with a 3-1 card followed by San Sebastian (2-2) and Xavier (2-2). FEU also finished with a 2-2 card but had inferior quotient.

Meantime, also-ran Ateneo ended its campaign with a 65-62 win over San Sebastian, its first win in four games in the 10-team tournament sponsored by Dickies Underwear, MEC Networks, Jumbo Plastic Linoleum, Blackwater Sports, Wrangler, Welcoat House Paints, Ironcon Builders and Hapee Toothpaste.

San Beda College, the reigning and 20-time NCAA champion, swept the Group B eliminations and will face No. 4 Far Eastern University in the quarterfinals showdown.

In other pairings, Chiang Kai Shek College takes on Letran, Hope Christian battles Xavier and SSC takes on UST. The one-game finals will be aired on Basketball TV through the sponsorship of BonChon Chicken and Davies Paints.

LaKazTaMa
11-20-2012, 06:19 PM
La Salle XI, FEU edge rivals, set title clash
(The Philippine Star) | Updated November 20, 2012 - 12:00am

La Salle’s Fedricco Rabaya (left) disputes ball possession with a UST-Metroil player during the two teams’ semis duel in the IPPCA Football Pre-Season Cup.

MANILA, Philippines - La Salle-Flying V nipped last year’s UAAP runner-up University of Santo Tomas-Metroil, 1-0, at the Nuvali Field in Sta. Rosa, Laguna last Sunday to advance to the finals of the 2012 IPPCA Football Pre-Season Cup against Far Eastern U.

The Tams and the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals fought to a scoreless draw in the other semifinal duel but the former prevailed in the penalty shootout to gain a crack at the crown in the tournament sponsored by Meralco, Nuvali, Nature’s Spring, Molten, N20 Gastropub, Boysen Paints, BDO, Topcoms/StarSports Korea, Bacchus, CDO San Marino Corned Tuna and Pingping Lechon.

The Green Archers, who snatched the last Final Four berth with an almost improbable 8-0 victory over the Perpetual Altas last Wednesday, and the Tamaraws dispute the title on Sunday, also at the Nuvali Field.

The two-month long tournament is bankrolled by IPPCA members Chemrez Technologies Inc., Eastern Petroleum Corp., Filpride/USA88, Seaoil Philippines Inc., Flying V, Oilink, Unioil, International Engineer Phils., Inc., Filoil Energy Co., City Oil, Metro Oil Subic, LPGMA, Omni Petroleum Corp., Trans Overseas Industrial Corp. and CIIS.

Gio Diamante delivered the winning goal for La Salle-Flying V on the 77th minute with UST failing to score in several tries in the final 13 minutes.

FEU and EAC went into penalty play after a scoreless draw in 120 minutes of regulation.

Eric Giganto finally broke a 3-3 standoff after six penalty goals, while goalkeeper Patrick Rallos made the winning save for FEU.

The individual awardees for the day were Dexter Jae Chio of FEU (Flying V Best Defender); Jesus Melliza, also of FEU (Seaoil Best Striker), Bob Suclatan of EAC( Unioil Best Midfielder), Florencio Balderic of EAC (Metroil Best Goalkeeper) and DLSU (Eastern Petroleum Fair Play Team).



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LaKazTaMa
11-22-2012, 09:20 PM
FEU blanks Ateneo, nails IPPCA football finals slot

10:58 pm | Wednesday, November 21st, 2012 36 29Far Eastern University-FERN swept past Ateneo, 5-0, while De La Salle-Zobel slipped past San Beda, 3-1, to reach the finals of the 2012 IPPCA Football Pre-Season Cup over the weekend at Nuvali Field in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

Resty Monterona broke the ice for the Baby Tams in the 23rd minute as FEU dominated the match and didn’t allow the Baby Eagles to mount a comeback.

Lance Montenegro scored the opening goal in the 34th minute for the Junior Archers, but San Beda’s Nicolas Landrito tied the score at 1-1 four minutes later.

In the second half, Marco Aguilar and Mikel Manique struck in the 88th and 90th minute to seal the victory for La Salle-Zobel.

The Baby Tams and the Junior Archers clash in the juniors finals at 1 p.m., to be immediately followed by the championship match on Sunday between the FEU Tamaraws and the De La Salle-Flying V Green Archers for the seniors title at 3 p.m. in the tournament sponsored by sponsored by Meralco, Nuvali, Nature’s Spring, Molten, N20 Gastropub, Boysen Paints, BDO, Topcoms/StarSports Korea, Bacchus, CDO San Marino Corned Tuna and Pingping Lechon and bankrolled by IPPCA members.

LaKazTaMa
11-22-2012, 09:22 PM
Aguilar’s NBA bid stalled, fails to make D-League
By Mark Giongco
INQUIRER.net
2:07 pm | Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – Japeth Aguilar’s bid to become the first Filipino to play in the NBA hit a roadblock Thursday after the forward failed to make the final lineup of the Santa Cruz Warriors in the NBA D-League, according to nba.com/dleague.

Aguilar was drafted in the 7th round (109th overall) by the Santa Cruz Warriors, the D-League affiliate of the Golden State Warriors, but unfortunately, was the last player to get waived, according to the website.

The 25-year-old Aguilar’s first step towards his NBA journey came when he transferred from Ateneo to Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers to play college basketball.

Aguilar, whose father Peter was a former PBA player, became the first Philippine-born player to play in the US NCAA Division I league.

LaKazTaMa
11-24-2012, 02:24 PM
Perasol back in contention as next Ateneo coach
By Reuben Terrado

November 23, 2012, 08:01 pm

LOOK who is back as top candidate for the high-profiled Ateneo coaching job?

It’s Bo Perasol.

The man who once took himself out as contender for the coveted post again resurfaced as the heavy bet to take on the position vacated just last month by Norman Black, according to multiple sources within the school.

Spin.ph learned Perasol had been contacted anew for the job pending the official announcement by Ateneo officials.

The breakthrough development came at a time when the names of Alex Compton, and Ateneo assistant coaches Sandy Arespacochaga and Jamike Jarin had been mentioned as among those included in the list of possible replacements for Black, who ended his seven-year partnership with the school after steering the Blue Eagles to a fifth straight UAAP men’s basketball championship.

Perasol actually was the first choice as Black’s replacement, but later on begged off from the job after top backer Manny V. Pangilinan withdrew his ties with the school owing to differences in position regarding issues on mining and the reproductive bill.

In a statement he released following his withdrawal, Perasol mentioned about his loyalty to Pangilinan.

“While I am truly grateful for the trust of Ateneo in me, there was really no doubt in my mind as to who my Patron and Benefactor is – and that is MVP,” said Perasol.

After Pangilinan severed his ties with the school Ateneo decided to create a Basketball Endowment Fund to raise financial support for the institution’s basketball program.

It remains unclear however, whether the possible appointment of Perasol may yet signal the return of Pangilinan as Ateneo’s chief sports backer.

Perasol, who played for the University of the Philippines in the UAAP, had his last coaching stint with the Powerade team in the PBA that saw him steered the Tigers to a surprising runner-up finish to Talk `N Text in the 2011 Philippine Cup.

His coaching service however, was not retained when Globalport of businessman-sportsman Mikee Romero brought the Powerade franchise during the off-season.

LaKazTaMa
11-24-2012, 02:28 PM
PSSBC: San Beda battles FEU

Philippine Daily Inquirer
2:16 am | Saturday, November 24th, 2012

UNBEATEN NCAA champion San Beda finds itself in a quarterfinal showdown with UAAP king Far Eastern University-Diliman tomorrow in the 1st Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championship (PSSBC) at Chiang Kai Shek College gym.

The Red Cubs completed a four-game sweep of Group B, while the Baby Tamaraws struggled to a 2-2 record in Group A, thus setting the early clash of favorites at 1:30 p.m.

Metro Manila Tiong Lian Basketball Association (MMTLBA) rivals Hope Christian and Xavier clash at 12 noon.

Chiang Kai Shek College takes on Letran Squires at 9 a.m. while NCAA runner-up San Sebastian College-Recoleton battles University of Santo Tomas at 10:30 a.m.

LaKazTaMa
11-27-2012, 08:45 PM
Cubs nip Baby Tams on Diputado clutch hit
(The Philippine Star) | Updated November 27, 2012 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines -

Adven Diputado hit a buzzer-beater as four-time defending NCAA champion San Beda College edged UAAP reigning titlist Far Eastern University, 80-79, to advance to the semifinals of the first Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championship (PSSBC) at the Chiang Kai Shek College gym in Manila last Sunday.

The Red Cubs proved steadier than the Baby Tamaraws down the stretch as they battled back from a nine-point deficit early in the fourth period to frustrate the Diliman-based squad, which appeared to have gained the momentum at endgame.

After burying a triple, back-to-back UAAP MVP Jerie Pingoy calmly made two pressure-packed charities, shoving FEU to a 79-78 edge with three seconds left in the contest.

But Diputado spoiled FEU’s celebrations as he eluded his defender to launch the game-winning jumper.

With the win, the Red Cubs, winners of 20 NCAA titles, arranged a Final Four showdown with the San Sebastian Staglets, a team they have beaten in the last two NCAA championships.

The Staglets completed the domination of the NCAA teams over UAAP counterparts as they downed the University of Santo Tomas, 82-61.
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Letran also came through with a stunning 67-61 victory over reigning Metro Manila Tiong Lian Basketball Association (MMTLBA) champion Chiang Kai Shek College.

The Squires, who drew 27 points and a tournament-high 23 rebounds from John Quinto, will face Tiong Lian runner-up Hope Christian High School in the other semis match.

The Hope Christians posted a 79-62 rout over Xavier School behind the 26-point performance of Clint Doliquez.

The semis matches of the event sponsored by Ironcon Builders, MEC Networks, Jumbo Plastic Linoleum, Blackwater Sports, Wrangler, Welcoat House Paints, and Hapee Toothpaste and Dickies Underwear will be held Friday while the finals is set Monday at The Arena in San Juan.

Mocon led the Red Cubs with 22 points and 14 boards while Joshua Caracut and Diputado combined for 24 points. Pingoy paced the Baby Tams with 20 markers.



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LaKazTaMa
12-09-2012, 07:49 AM
Pacquiao seeks decisive win vs Marquez
by Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBNnews.com
Posted at 12/08/2012 11:52 PM | Updated as of 12/09/2012 1:01 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao will have perhaps the most important fight of his storied career when he faces archrival Juan Manuel Marquez on Saturday (Sunday in Manila).

It will be the fourth bout between the Filipino superstar and the Mexican counterpuncher and both fighters seek to end their long rivalry before thousands of fight fans at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The pride of General Santos City plans to unveil the Pacquiao of old against Marquez to come up with a decisive and uncontested victory.

Pacquiao said his plan is simple: turn the fight into a war.

“I'll change my style and be more aggressive,” the 33-year-old Filipino said in ESPN. “I'll do my best and get back the aggressiveness I had when I was 25 or 26 years old.”

Pacquiao and Marquez have already figured in 3 tight battles in a rivalry that has spanned 8 years.

The Filipino dropped Marquez thrice in the 1st round of their 2004 encounter but settled for a controversial draw.

They fought again in 2008 and 2011 with Pacquiao carving out victories via close decisions.

But Marquez claims he won at least 2 of those 3 fights.

“It’s the most important,” the Mexican said in RingTV on their 4th clash. “I want to show the people who the best man is.”

Pacquiao weighed in at exactly 147 pounds for the fight, while Marquez came in at a very tight 143 pounds.

According to RingTV, the 4-pound difference is their biggest weight disparity since the 2 first fought in 2004.

“They both weighed 125 for their first fight in 2004, which ended in a draw. Marquez outweighed Pacquiao 130-129 in 2008, a fight Pacquiao won by a split decision. And Pacquiao outweighed Marquez 143-142 in 2011, which Pacquiao won by a majority decision,” said the report.

Sell-out fight

Boxing promoter Bob Arum said that despite the controversial endings of the first three fights, he expects the fourth bout to become another sell-out.

The Top Rank executive said the ticket sales alone will generate a live gate of more than $10.5 million.

“Manny and Juan Manuel may have unfinished business in the ring, but as far as the live box office, it’s business as usual -- another sellout,” Arum told ESPN.

If the fight breaches the 1.3 million buys generated by Pacquiao-Marquez III, the Filipino boxer’s earnings are expected to reach $30 million.

Roach: I want Manny to be Manny

Pacquiao's boxing trainer Freddie Roach said his fighter was most successful in knocking down Marquez when he was aggressive and in perpetual motion.

"That's where we have the biggest advantage, and that's what I want this time. I want Manny to be Manny. I just want Manny to make this fight into a war, to make it a fight," the trainer said in another report.

He said aggression is Pacquiao’s key to knock out the crafty Mexican. It is something they need after the Filipino's loss to Timothy Bradley last June.

Roach firmly believes that he has the more talented boxer.

"We want to make it clear that we're the better fighter. And the only way to do that is by knocking him (Marquez) out," he said.

Nacho: No toe-to-toe

Nacho Beristain, Marquez coach, expects his fighter to to go war against Pacquiao but pointed out that fight fans won’t see a toe-to-toe battle between the two ring warriors.

“There is no way that Pacquiao and Marquez can do a toe-to-toe fight. There is simply no way. There is no such things with these guys. They can't and will not fight toe-to-toe, because that's not their styles,” he said in RingTV.

Beristain said Pacquiao uses an in-and-out movement and rarely stands in front of his opponent.

“Pacquiao has the most success when he jumps on the guy and tries, lands punches, and tries to go back. And then, the opponent thinks that he's relaxing, and then Pacquiao will come right back and hurt you again,” he said.

On the other hand, he said Marquez is a ring technician.

And just like Pacquiao, said Beristain, Marquez is unlikely to stay in his opponent’s face.

“So I have a fighter who is a finesse fighter, a technician, and an elite boxer. So he's not going to get caught up into any of that toe-to-toe. They're not going to do that. It's impossible that you're going to see these guys go toe-to-toe.”

LaKazTaMa
12-19-2012, 04:26 PM
Pacquiao-Marquez 4 earns $70M in PPV
By Roy Luarca
Philippine Daily Inquirer
9:36 pm | Sunday, December 16th, 2012 11 1659 186



HOUSTON, Texas—People don’t get tired watching a good fight—even if it’s on its fourth run like last Saturday’s Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez clash in Las Vegas.

Initially dismissed as another boring exercise, the bout turned out to be a sizzler with Marquez sneaking in a right that knocked out Pacquiao cold one second before the end of the sixth round.

After a slow start in pay-per-view (PPV) sales, Pacquiao-Marquez 4, held at MGM Grand, finished strong and Top Rank again had a blockbuster with about 1.15 million PPV buys on HBO.

Top Rank chief Bob Arum bared the early results to Filipino sportswriters covering Nonito Donaire Jr.’s defense of his WBO super bantamweight title against Jorge Arce of Mexico Saturday night at Toyota Center here.

“We’re not done yet (with final sales report,” said Arum. “That’s ($1.15 million) a good figure.”

At $59.95 per buy, Pacquiao-Marquez 4 generated at least $70 million in revenues, matching the PPV sales of the third edition, which chalked up sales of $1.3 million but cost $5 less.

In easily topping the sales of his controversial losing fight against Timothy Bradley in June, Pacquiao thus became the only fighter in history to break one million PPV hits for five straight years.

Mike Tyson achieved the feat four years in a row.

Pacquiao-Bradley posted between 800,000 and 900,000 buys, reason why Pacquiao’s camp did not pursue a rematch.

Proving his drawing power, Pacquiao also hit home runs against Oscar De La Hoya (1.25 million) in 2008, Miguel Cotto (1.25 million) in 2009, Antonio Margarito (1.15 million) in 2010, and Shane Mosley (1.3 million) and Marquez last year.

Pacquiao also lured the fans to the venue with a fullhouse 16,328 crowd, resulting in gate revenues of $10.9 million from 15,403 tickets sold. There were 908 complimentary tickets.

Pacquiao-Marquez 3 drew 16,389 fans, just a shade lower than Pacquiao-Mosley which lured 16,412. In addition, 11,504 closed-circuit seats were sold for an additional $575,000.

In comparison, Floyd Mayweather’s comeback fight against Marquez in 2009 drew 13,116 fans for gate sales of $6.8 million.

LaKazTaMa
12-19-2012, 04:28 PM
Asean University Games: Philippines wins 2 medals in athletics
By Mark Giongco
Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:38 pm | Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 2 37 2MANILA, Philippines—Team UAAP-Philippines seized medals in athletics Monday in the 16th Asean University Games in Vientiane, Laos.

Far Eastern University’s Josie Malacad finished second in the women’s 400-meter hurdles after clocking 1:03.48, more than two seconds behind first-place Nguyen Huyen of Vietnam as posted on the event’s official website.

Malacad also won the bronze in the 400-meter individual event last Saturday.

Dalyn Carmen, also of nine-time UAAP women’s athletics champion Lady Tamaraws, placed third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 12:10.73. Vietnamese Nguyen Thi Phuong bagged the gold.

De La Salle’s Patrick Unso, who broke the Philippine record in the 110-meter hurdles last Sunday, settled for fourth in the men’s 400-meter hurdles at 54.45 seconds.

University of Santo Tomas Janry Ubas also came up short in the long jump despite equaling his personal best of 7.01 meters to finish sixth.

Swimmers Nikita Decera of the University of the Philippines and La Salle’s Johansen Aguilar failed to bag any medal.

Ateneo’s Jasmine Ong wound up fourth in the women’s 800-meter freestyle while teammate Kim Uy placed seventh in the same event.

The Philippines remain in sixth place with a 2-8-10 gold-silver-bronze medal haul.

LaKazTaMa
12-19-2012, 04:44 PM
Lady Tams clinch 9th straight athletics title
By Anthony Divinagracia Posted Dec 16th 2012



The ten-time UAAP champion Lady Tamaraws logged in a whopping 543 points after four days of competition to virtually emerge unchallenged.



Walking on Cloud Nine.

Far Eastern University (FEU) reaffirmed its supremacy on Friday as the Lady Tamaraws marched to their ninth straight title in the final day of the 75th UAAP women’s athletics championship at the Philsports complex in Pasig.

The ten-time UAAP champion Lady Tamaraws logged in a whopping 543 points after four days of competition to virtually emerge unchallenged despite the remarkable showing of perennial title-contenders University of the East (UE) and University of Santo Tomas (UST).

UE, which topped Day 3 with a hundred points, finished second after collecting 311 markers while UST registered a third-best 254 points.

Last year’s MVP Dalyn Carmen again bannered the Lady Tamaraws’ campaign, winning 2 golds plus a silver and a bronze. Carmen aced the 10,000-meter event in 40:58.62 but did more when she broke her own 3000-meter steeplechase record by clocking 11:43.04.

Carmen’s showing though paled in comparison to Season 75 MVP Jennyrose Rosales, who bagged three golds, all in record-breaking fashion.

Rosales reset the mark in the 100-meter (12.22), 200-meter (24.73), and 400-meter (56.03) events in the first three days of competition.

Evalyn Palabrica of FEU took Rookie of the Year honors to cap a gold-medal performance in javelin throw where she cleared a distance of 44.73 meters.

FEU completed a twin kill after ruling the men’s side with a tournament-best 390 points.

Men’s MVP Jesson Ramil Cid typified the Tamaraws’ dominance, plucking four golds and a bronze. He ruled the 100, 200, 400-meter runs, and long jump events while placing third in the 110-meter hurdles.

UST wound up second with 264 points while La Salle had 249 for third.

Ateneo de Manila University’s Ernest John Obiena was named Rookie of the Year highlighted by a record-smashing 4.50-meter clearance in pole vault.

In the junior’s division, University of the Philippines Integrated School unseated perennial titlist UE with 372 points behind the exploits of MVP Jaime Mejia. UE came in second with 290 points, just seven rungs better than eventual third placer Ateneo, which tallied 283 markers.

LaKazTaMa
01-21-2013, 07:56 AM
Toroman picks PH as Fiba-Asia champ
By Beth Celis

1:21 am | Sunday, January 20th, 2013 1 14 4Rajko Toroman must have been wondering why this woman sipping hot Americano coffee with player agent Charlie Dy was asking too many questions.

It was Game 4 of the Talk ‘N Text-Rain or Shine Philippine Cup championship series at the Araneta Coliseum and Charlie and I had taken a break at Starbuck’s when the newly appointed head coach of Barako Bull walked in.

“How do you size up the opposition in the 27th Fiba-Asia Men’s Championship?” I asked the former Smart-Gilas coach, cutting in on his intimate tete-a-tete with Charlie, who didn’t bother to introduce us since he must have presumed that we already knew each other.

* * *

Toroman’s reply was spontaneous. He didn’t have to think hard and long.

“Let’s see. First, there’s China. China only plays well when it has the homecourt advantage. Then there’s Iran, whose players are getting old. Jordan? The team has a new coach and he’s not so good.”

“South Korea…”, either Toroman didn’t say anything or he could have muttered something unintelligible, the place being a bit too noisy.

“Are you trying to tell me that we have a good chance to win the Fiba-Asia title this August?” I needed a clear answer before I set my hopes high.

“Yes, the Philippines has a good chance to win,” he said without batting an eyelash.

“Do we?” I immediately threw the question at a fellow scribe who regularly covers international competitions as I echoed the forecast of the Serbian coach who steered the Philippines to a fourth place finish in Wuhan, China two years ago.

* * *

“My experience with coach Toroman is that he always predicts the opposite. The last two Fiba-Asia competitions were staged in China. China won the last one in Wuhan, while the one before that in Tianjin was won by Iran. The Philippines finished seventh under coach Yeng Guiao.”

“For the longest time we have not won against South Korea. Our losses, in fact, were heartbreaking, like that one in Busan in 2002 under coach Jong Uichico. So if I were you, I would not set my hopes too high for this year’s championship which will serve as the qualifier for the 2014 World Cup in Spain.”

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LaKazTaMa
01-22-2013, 09:31 PM
Three-year term for UAAP commissioner eyed
By Reuben Terrado

January 21, 2013, 05:02 pm

Aside from discussing a longer term for its basketball commissioner, UAAP president Nilo Ocampo says the board may also seek a younger man for the job. Jerome Ascano
THE UAAP board is set to discuss plans for a three-year term for the next basketball commissioner during its regular board meeting in February.

UAAP president Nilo Ocampo said the league is looking at a three-year term to replace the old practice of letting the league host choose the man that will run the league every season.

“We will discuss it in our next board meeting. Doon we will discuss kung three years or we will stick to one year,” said Ocampo.

Controversies which marred last year's UAAP campaign has triggered calls for a permanent commissioner - a big step which the league apparently is not prepared to take.

Ocampo bared the league is also considering hiring a “younger” commissioner for next season, although even if the changes are made next year’s host Adamson will still have the final say on the choice.

“Wala namang rules about age limit pero balak namin to get somebody younger … We'll let the host recommend, ganoon pa rin. We won’t take that from them,” said Ocampo.

San Beda coach Ato Badolato was the commissioner last season as well as in 2010. Andy Jao, Rain or Shine’s team manager and former commissioner of the defunct Philippine Basketball League, served the UAAP in 2011.

The recent UAAP basketball tournament was beset by various controversies, including a decision by the board to overturn a Badolato ruling and order a rematch of a crucial game between Far Eastern University and National University.

LaKazTaMa
01-22-2013, 09:33 PM
Dpat lng Pag aralan mabuti talaga yan kc nakakahiya yun nangyari akalain mo Palamuti ng pala yun Commish natin Bahag ang Buntot.

Dark Knight
01-23-2013, 10:29 AM
Toroman picks PH as Fiba-Asia champ
By Beth Celis


“Let’s see. First, there’s China. China only plays well when it has the homecourt advantage. Then there’s Iran, whose players are getting old. Jordan? The team has a new coach and he’s not so good.”

“South Korea…”, either Toroman didn’t say anything or he could have muttered something unintelligible, the place being a bit too noisy.

“Are you trying to tell me that we have a good chance to win the Fiba-Asia title this August?” I needed a clear answer before I set my hopes high.

“Yes, the Philippines has a good chance to win,” he said without batting an eyelash.

“Do we?” I immediately threw the question at a fellow scribe who regularly covers international competitions as I echoed the forecast of the Serbian coach who steered the Philippines to a fourth place finish in Wuhan, China two years ago.



* * *

Huh? Is Toroman on drugs or somethin'?

LaKazTaMa
01-23-2013, 02:35 PM
Nope. he learned the tricks( Mambola) while he was assisting Coach racela ( he overheard someone saying kaya pa yan kahit tambak pa tayo eh Bilog ang bola ) lol

LaKazTaMa
01-23-2013, 02:35 PM
Baracael wish for more playing time prompted trade, says Trillo
By Richard Dy

January 22, 2013, 07:47 pm

"We (parted) in good terms. I hugged him and thanked for his contribution to our team. But at the end of the day, I can’t make him happy,” Alaska coach Luigi Trillo says of Mac Baracael, inset. Jerome Ascano
PARTING with forward Mac Baracael may be difficult, but Alaska coach Luigi Trillo said he had to do it for the good of the team and the player who had been unhappy with his playing time with the Aces.

Baracael, Alaska’s first-round rookie draftee and sixth overall pick in 2011, has not been entirely happy with his exposure in the PBA Philippine Cup despite averaging more than 24 minutes a game, Trillo said.

Trillo said it would be even harder to grant Baracael's wish for more playing time in the import-laden Commissioner’s Cup since the undersized forward is more comfortable playing in and around the paint.

“He’s still not happy with the minutes he got," Trillo told Spin.ph after the five-team, 10-player trade that sent the sophomore Baracael to Barangay Ginebra.

"But we (parted) in good terms. I hugged him and thanked for his contribution to our team. But at the end of the day, I can’t make him happy,” Trillo added.

The deal, which was officially approved by commissioner Chito Salud late Tuesday, saw the Aces acquire Aldrech Ramos, San Mig Coffee’s seldom-used shooting forward, in return.

Baracael averaged nine points and 3.45 rebounds in 24.14 minutes in the season-opening all-Filipino conference where he was overshadowed by sensational rookie forward Calvin Abueva, who averaged more than 14 points and 10 boards in his debut conference.

“We’re happy with how Mac developed with us. But now he can have a chance to get the minutes over there (Barangay Ginebra). It’s a winning team out there for Mac, but at the same time, now we’ve got a chance to develop our core,” said Trillo.

In Ramos, Trillo believes the Aces will have an additional 6-5 big man who can help starting center Sonny Thoss inside the paint.

While Trillo said he doesn’t expect much from Ramos in the Commissioner’s Cup, he believes the former FEU Tamaraw will blossom in Alaska’ system.

“Aldrech may not do so well for now, but he’s got a good chance with the team. He’s long and can make those jump shots. I believe in him,” said the Alaska mentor.

LaKazTaMa
02-01-2013, 05:49 PM
Romeo faces long layoff due to broken hand
By Reuben Terrado

January 29, 2013, 10:57 pm

FEU star Terrence Romeo has his right hand on a sling after suffering a hairline fracture during Big Chill's loss to Informatics in the D-League last week. Jerome Ascano
TERRENCE Romeo is facing a two-month layoff after the Far Eastern University star suffered a hairline fracture in his right hand.

Romeo injured his shooting hand when Big Chill lost to Informatics last week in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup. He sat out in the Superchargers’ victory over Café France last Thursday.

Romeo said his layoff will depend on how his wrist will heal as he remains hopeful that he will play for the Superchargers in their upcoming playoff run.

“Sabi ng doctor, hairline fracture, medyo may crack ‘yung buto,” Romeo said. “Tapos two months pa bago ako makasabak sa liga talaga. Pero after one month and one week, pwede na raw ako mag-jogging jogging.”

Big Chill head coach Robert Sison said Romeo’s injury could heal in two weeks.

“Doctors said he can recover in two to three weeks. We hope that he can make it on time,” said Sison.

Romeo said: “’Yun yung pinakapalaisipan kasi nagpapa-X-ray ako, depende pa sa healing process.”

The former UAAP Rookie of the Year is averaging a team-high 14.4 points for Big Chill this conference to go with 5.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists per outing.

Romeo hopes that the injury will not in any way affect his play when he returns to the Tamaraws in preparation for the UAAP.

“Sana hindi naman (maka-apekto). Pinagdadasal ko na hindi maapektuhan ‘yung FEU. Sana pagbalik ko, hindi rin maapektuhan (‘yung laro ko),” said Romeo, who will be entering his fourth season with the Tamaraws.

LaKazTaMa
02-05-2013, 09:26 PM
RR's return, Racela hiring give Romeo good vibes on Tams' title bid
By Reuben Terrado

February 04, 2013, 12:46 pm

FEU star Terrence Romeo is facing a long layoff after injuring his shooting hand while playing for Big Chill in the PBA D-League. Jerome Ascano
FAR Eastern University guard Terrence Romeo is looking forward to Season 76 of the UAAP with a lot optimism with the imminent return of fellow star RR Garcia and a new coach in Nash Racela calling the shots for the Tamaraws.

Romeo had a landmark 75th season after being included in the league’s Mythical Five selection. Unfortunately, the feat didn’t translate to team success as the Morayta-based squad missed out on the Final Four after a late-season collapse.

In the wake of the disappointing finish, the Tamaraws decided to retool by revamping its coaching staff and tapping the services of Racela to replace Bert Flores at the helm.

This developed as all signs lead to Garcia, a member of the Gilas Pilipinas cadet training pool, returning to play his fifth and final year with the team.

Romeo said the comeback of his deadly backcourt partner raises hopes for another shot at the title next season.

“Babalik daw siya sa FEU,” said Romeo, referring to Garcia. “Sana mag-champion na kami. Magtutulungan kami para sa team namin.”

Romeo also has good words for the Tamaraws’ new coach.

“Sobrang professional na coach. As in lahat, kahit on and off the court, sobrang professional. Mabait at maganda makisama,” he said.

The incoming fourth year guard said he had only attended a few practices of FEU due to his commitment with Big Chill in the PBA D-League.

“Hindi ako gaano nakaka-practice. Hindi rin nakaka-practice (si RR) dahil sa Gilas pero andoon naman ang coaching staff,” said Romeo.

The prolific combo guard, however, is facing a long layoff after he injured his shooting hand (right) while playing for the Superchargers.

According to him, he can be out for as long as two months.

LaKazTaMa
02-05-2013, 09:27 PM
UAAP eyes 'letter of intent' rule in bid to discourage player poaching
By Reuben Terrado

February 04, 2013, 04:30 pm

Two-time UAAP juniors MVP Jerie Pingoy is the subject of a tug-of-war between FEU and Ateneo. Jerome Ascano
UAAP member schools hope to protect their investments in scouting, recruitment, and training, by tightening the rules against player poaching.

Among the steps the eight-member association is looking to take is the introduction of the 'letter of intent' rule for high school players wishing to play in the league in college, according to a high-ranking league official who asked that he not be be named.

The change is being eyed to clear up rules with regards to high school players wishing to move to another school in college, which has become a source of friction among member schools in recent years.

Signing of a letter of intent is part of the rules of the US NCAA Division I and II schools on the recruitment of high school players. The ‘letter of intent’ is defined by the US NCAA as a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and school.

Once a player signs a letter of intent, he is committed to attend the school for one academic year and other schools will no longer be allowed to contact the prospective recruit.

Changes in eligibility rules have been mulled in light of a tug-of-war for Far Eastern University-Diliman star Jerie Pingoy, who is set to join reigning league champion Ateneo next season.

The Tamaraws had insisted that Pingoy had committed to their seniors team after signing an agreement, although the league currently does not have an official and binding document for such agreements.

FEU and Pingoy differed in their interpretation of the signed document. The school said it was a commitment to play for the Tamaraws in college while the Cebuano guard said that what he signed was a pledge from FEU that it will help in the education of Pingoy's siblings should he decide to stay put.

According to UAAP president Nilo Ocampo in a previous interview with Spin.ph, the league is also mulling changes to its eligibility rules such as an extension of the residency period from one to two years of high school players who transfer from one UAAP school to another.

“’Yung usual, residency ng college and pati high school, ‘yung one year, baka gawin two years and … lay your cards on the table (in terms of recruitment) para wala na ‘yung through the back door, ‘yung mga ganun,” Ocampo said.

“We have an amendments committee that is studying our rules. Maybe it’s about time to check our rules, baka mag-recommend sila for the future,” he added.

abcdef
02-06-2013, 10:23 AM
UAAP eyes 'letter of intent' rule in bid to discourage player poaching
By Reuben Terrado

February 04, 2013, 04:30 pm

Two-time UAAP juniors MVP Jerie Pingoy is the subject of a tug-of-war between FEU and Ateneo. Jerome Ascano
UAAP member schools hope to protect their investments in scouting, recruitment, and training, by tightening the rules against player poaching.

Among the steps the eight-member association is looking to take is the introduction of the 'letter of intent' rule for high school players wishing to play in the league in college, according to a high-ranking league official who asked that he not be be named.

The change is being eyed to clear up rules with regards to high school players wishing to move to another school in college, which has become a source of friction among member schools in recent years.

Signing of a letter of intent is part of the rules of the US NCAA Division I and II schools on the recruitment of high school players. The ‘letter of intent’ is defined by the US NCAA as a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and school.

Once a player signs a letter of intent, he is committed to attend the school for one academic year and other schools will no longer be allowed to contact the prospective recruit.

Changes in eligibility rules have been mulled in light of a tug-of-war for Far Eastern University-Diliman star Jerie Pingoy, who is set to join reigning league champion Ateneo next season.

The Tamaraws had insisted that Pingoy had committed to their seniors team after signing an agreement, although the league currently does not have an official and binding document for such agreements.

FEU and Pingoy differed in their interpretation of the signed document. The school said it was a commitment to play for the Tamaraws in college while the Cebuano guard said that what he signed was a pledge from FEU that it will help in the education of Pingoy's siblings should he decide to stay put.

According to UAAP president Nilo Ocampo in a previous interview with Spin.ph, the league is also mulling changes to its eligibility rules such as an extension of the residency period from one to two years of high school players who transfer from one UAAP school to another.

“’Yung usual, residency ng college and pati high school, ‘yung one year, baka gawin two years and … lay your cards on the table (in terms of recruitment) para wala na ‘yung through the back door, ‘yung mga ganun,” Ocampo said.

“We have an amendments committee that is studying our rules. Maybe it’s about time to check our rules, baka mag-recommend sila for the future,” he added.

Looks like NCAA may be able to snare some prospective UAAP HS Blue chips on merit of residency.

LaKazTaMa
02-07-2013, 10:51 PM
Haha

LaKazTaMa
02-14-2013, 08:01 PM
UAAP board puts on hold proposed changes to eligibility rules

By Reuben Terrado

February 14, 2013,

Rule changes were proposed to prevent player poaching but UAAP president Nilo Ocampo says the board was not unanimous on certain recommendations. AP


THE UAAP board has decided not to impose much-needed rules changes related to recruitment this season, saying the league needs more time to study the recommendations of its amendments committee.

UAAP president Nilo Ocampo said the board failed to get a unanimous nod on the committee's recommendations on rules changes that are aimed at discouraging player poaching in the country's premier collegiate league.

Among the proposals tackled during Wednesday's board meeting were changes to the rules on the residency period for high school and college transferees, as well as the imposition of recruiting and transferring policies for high school players.

“Wala kaming decision on the recommendations,” said Ocampo. “’Yung ibang board members thinks that we still have to study (the proposals) further.”

Asked when the proposed changes can be adopted, Ocampo said: "Definitely, not this year.”

The rules changes were aimed at lessening conflict among schools over transferees, which came to a head last season with the news of Far Eastern University juniors star Jerie Pingoy's imminent transfer to Ateneo.

FEU, however, insisted the the two-time UAAP juniors MVP had already made a commitment to play for the Tamaraws through a signed document.

However, there are currently no rules about documents that would bind a player to a team or school.

A few members of the board had mulled on imposing a ‘letter of intent’ rule similar to the US NCAA to make such agreements binding.

Under such a rule, a recruit is asked to sign a ‘contract’ to formalize his commitment to play for a school.

According to US NCAA rules, no school is allowed to contact a prospective recruit once he signs a letter of intent with another school. It also binds the student-athlete to a school for at least one academic year

LaKazTaMa
02-26-2013, 10:02 PM
FEU Baby Tams rule UAAP for third time
By Cedelf P. Tupas

Philippine Daily Inquirer 9:56 pm | Monday, February 25th, 2013

FAR EASTERN University collected its second football title of the UAAP season by ruling the juniors tournament at the expense of Ateneo, 2-1, yesterday at Ateneo’s Moro Lorenzo field.

Audie Menzi struck what turned out to be the game-winner in the 74th minute as the Baby Tamaraws completed a comeback from a goal down to nail their third straight title.

The victory comes a day after the FEU women’s side bested La Salle, 2-0, to complete a sweep of the finals series.

Ateneo also took the men’s title Sunday with a sweep of University of the Philippines, ending a seven-year drought, and the Eaglets seemed poised to make it a double when Julian Vincent Roxas scored from the penalty spot in the 63rd minute.

But the response was immediate from FEU as Dave Doloso fired home three minutes later, setting the stage for Menzi’s heroics.

A beautifully struck free kick from Menzi, a defender, put the Baby Tamaraws in front for good. He was later named Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

“We were strong defensively and we were more relaxed,” said FEU’s Korean coach Kim Chul-Su, who was given a victory ride by his players after the match.

Harold Alcoresa was named the Best Striker after scoring a season-best six goals while his teammate Dave Parac took the Best Goalkeeper plum, while Ateneo’s Jarvey Gayoso was named Rookie of the Year.

Dark Knight
02-28-2013, 10:31 AM
Racela Hopeful His Boys Are Innocent
by inboundpass
Thursday, 28 February 2013 2 Comments


Far Eastern University (FEU) authorities remain silent over the drug-related incident that surfaced involving American Anthony Hargrove and Canadian friend and teammate, Adam Mohammed, for alleged possession of marijuana.

FEU representative to the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) board Anton Montinola expressed his disbelief and didn’t make any comment since the investigation is still ongoing.

“He (Montinola) doesn’t want to react yet,” said an official of FEU close to Montinola, who requested anonymity since there is no final judgment yet. “Of course, that’s not okay but let’s see.”
Both Hargrove and Mohammad, were caught by operatives of the Manila Police District (MPD) Sampaloc Station located along G. Tuazon at the vicinity of Nicanor Reyes street near FEU Morayta, Manila. Both are still detained in the precinct.
SPO1 Oliver Olarte of Station 4 MPD said they confiscated a burned cigarette stick and one heat-sealed transparent small plastic containing dried leaves, which they suspect as marijuana.

A former athlete from the university, who refused not to be named, said Hargrove has no drug related issues in the past.
Inboundpass tried to contact newly-appointed head coach Nash Racela for comment, but responded only in a text message that said: “Wala pa naman details. Baka naman inosente”.

By Josef Ramos

LaKazTaMa
02-28-2013, 11:52 AM
Hands-off approach as UAAP leaving Hargrove's fate to FEU

By Reuben Terrado

February 27, 2013, 04:44 pm


Tamaraws center Anthony Hargrove and a companion were arrested just outside the FEU campus on Wednesday for alleged possession of marijuana. Jerome Ascano


THE UAAP has no specific rules on drug-related cases and leaves it up to member schools on whether or not to reprimand or sanction athletes involved in such incidents.

This was explained by UAAP secretary-treasurer Junel Baculi on Wednesday, in light of the arrest of Far Eastern University big man Anthony Hargrove for alleged possession of marijuana.

Hargrove and a Canadian companion, identified as Adam Mohammed who reports said is serving residency with the Tamaraws, were arrested just outside the FEU campus on Wednesday.

Police said they found a cigarette stick and a sachet in the players' possession which they suspect is marijuana.

As of posting time, police have yet to announce if they are filing charges against the pair. FEU also has yet to issue a statement regarding the case.

Baculi said the league has no rules covering Hargrove’s case, adding they are leaving it to the schools on possible sanctions if and when charges are filed against the players.

“Wala kaming rules sa ganoon because it’s purely an internal matter,” said Baculi, who is also a coach of the Globalport Batang Pier in the PBA. “University na ang bahala diyan.”

Baculi said the league will take a "hands-off" approach on the issue.

“Besides, he has not been convicted yet,” said Baculi.

LaKazTaMa
02-28-2013, 11:53 AM
FEU big man Hargrove nabbed for alleged marijuana possession





By Reuben Terrado

February 27, 2013, 03:48 pm

FAR EASTERN University big man Anthony Hargrove is in hot water after he was allegedly caught in possession of marijuana on Wednesday.

According to a report by Radyo Singko 92.3 News FM, American Hargrove was caught by policemen just outside the FEU campus along with a Canadian companion.

New FEU coach Nash Racela said that he had heard the news but has no concrete information as he is in Talk ‘N Text’s practice at the Moro Lorenzo Gym as of posting time.

His companion has been identified by abs-cbnnews.com as Adam Mohammed, a Canadian national who the website said is also part of the Tamaraws team.

According to reports, the 22-year-old Hargrove, who started at the center position for the Tamaraws in the last UAAP season, and Mohammed were spotted "acting suspiciously" while smoking along Nicanor Reyes Street corner Recto Avenue in Manila's University Belt area.

Police told reporters they found marijuana in the two's possession during a check. They suspect Hargrove and Mohammed were smoking marijuana prior to the arrest, police added.

The two are detained at the Sampaloc station of the Manila Police District at posting time and are facing charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.

LaKazTaMa
03-01-2013, 07:33 PM
FEU center Hargrove spends another day in jail while awaiting inquest proceedings
By Reuben Terrado

February 28, 2013, 06:38 pm

Anthony Hargrove is still detained at the Manila Police District Station 4 in Sampaloc, Manila. Jerome Ascano
FAR Eastern University center Anthony Hargrove remained in jail on Thursday, two days after being arrested just outside the school campus for alleged drug possession.

Officers at the Manila Police District Station 4 in Sampaloc, Manila confirmed that Hargrove is still detained with Adam Mohammed, a member of the FEU Tamaraws Team B, when Spin.ph visited the precinct on Thursday.

The officers added that the two Tamaraws were set to undergo inquest proceedings on Thursday.

FEU has yet to issue a statement on the matter, but a source said it might take time for Hargrove and Mohammed to be released as the bail will be in the six-figure range each.

American Hargrove, the starting center of the Tamaraws in the last UAAP season, and Mohammed were stopped late Tuesday by police who said they were "acting suspiciously" near the FEU campus.

Mohammed, a Canadian, was serving residency in the school.

When searched, the pair yielded a cigarette stick and a sachet which police said they suspect contained marijuana.

Police officials denied Spin.ph’s request to interview Hargrove.

LaKazTaMa
03-01-2013, 07:35 PM
Drug tests on UAAP players mandatory prior to start of season, says league chief
By Reuben Terrado

February 28, 2013, 12:38 pm

Aside from the league-imposed drug-testing procedure, UAAP president Nilo Ocampo says all schools have their own policies to crack down on drug use among their student athletes. Jerome Ascano
DRUG-TESTING is mandatory for all basketball players in the UAAP, but it is a one-time procedure done at the start of every season.

UAAP president Nilo Ocampo bared that the country's premier collegiate league has introduced the mandatory testing procedure in an effort to crack down on drug use among players.

The UAAP head, however, said the one-off procedure is only done prior to the start of the campaign and does not cover athletes from other sports outside the centerpiece event of basketball.

Calls for a more stringent testing policy have grown in the wake of the arrest on Tuesday of Far Eastern University starting center Anthony Hargrove and reserve Adam Mohammed for alleged marijuana possession.

The arrests happened four months before the start of the next UAAP season.

“May mandatory (drug testing) but only for basketball players and is done before the season,” Ocampo admitted.

Aside from the league-imposed drug-testing procedure, the UAAP chief said all schools have their own policies to crack down on drug use among their student athletes.

“Meron kaming mandatory drug testing sa league, and then all schools have them also,” Ocampo said.

Ocampo preferred not to comment on the Hargrove case in his capacity as league chief, saying the FEU slotman has yet to be charged or much less convicted of any crime.

“Of course, nakakagulat. Pero until proven guilty naman ‘yan. It’s hard to comment until we see the official police report,” Ocampo said.

FEU officials have yet to make an official statement regarding the incident but Ocampo believes the school will take proper action upon further investigation.

“I’m sure FEU will take care of it na hindi na dadaan sa board,” said Ocampo.

LaKazTaMa
03-03-2013, 10:05 PM
Hargrove, pal released from jail without charge but face FEU probe
By Reuben Terrado

March 02, 2013, 03:55 pm

FEU starting center Anthony Hargrove and reserve Adam Mohammed spent three days in jail after being arrested for alleged drug possession. Jerome Ascano
FAR EASTERN University center Anthony Hargrove and reserve Adam Mohammed have been released from prison without charges but faces expulsion from the Tamaraws roster, four days after being arrested for alleged possession of marijuana.

FEU coach Nash Racela said police didn’t file charges against Hargrove and Mohammed, who were released on Friday night after being detained for three days at the Manila Police District Station 4 in Sampaloc, Manila.

Despite the release, Racela said that FEU will still investigate the issue.

“FEU will conduct its own investigation on the matter,” said Racela in an SMS message.

Racela hinted that the status of Hargrove and Mohammed remains a question mark.

When asked by Spin.ph if Hargrove and Mohammed will remain with the team, Racela said: “Investigate muna.”

The American Hargrove and Mohammed, a Canadian serving residency in the Tams' Team B squad, were nabbed by police authorities while smoking along Nicanor Reyes St. corner CM Recto, just a stone throw away from the FEU campus.

When they checked on the two, police found a cigarette and sachet which they suspected contained marijuana.

Hargrove suited up for the Tamaraws last season and was part of the starting five for the most part of the campaign that saw them barely miss out on a Final Four berth.

LaKazTaMa
03-06-2013, 02:09 PM
2 Tamaraws in dope bust dodge boot
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
9:27 pm | Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

THE TWO Far Eastern University basketball players recently arrested for possession of marijuana no longer face expulsion after testing negative in a drug test the school conducted on all its student-athletes.

But an FEU official said Anthony Hargrove, the Tamaraws’ American import, and Adam Mohammed, a Canadian who is part of the school’s Team B, still need to undergo a school investigation.

The Manila police arrested Hargrove and Mohammed around midnight Tuesday last week after marijuana was found in their pockets.

Both players were detained for three days at the Manila Police District Station 4 in Sampaloc, but were later released due to “insufficient evidence.”

“The results were negative, but they still face disciplinary action,” Anton Montinola, FEU’s representative to the UAAP board, told the Inquirer yesterday. “We’ve also required all our athletes to go through a drug test.”

Meanwhile, the UAAP is set to implement a two-year residency rule for high school players transferring to another member-school in college.

The development came following the recruitment tug-of-war between FEU and Ateneo which both sought the services of FEU high school star Jerie Pingoy.

“It’s up to him if he wants to stay in Ateneo or come back to FEU,” Montinola said of Pingoy, the back-to-back UAAP juniors MVP.

Last October, Pingoy’s father Jerry told the Inquirer that “one million percent” his son will transfer to Ateneo for college.

Sam Miguel
03-07-2013, 10:02 AM
New UAAP rule affects 2 prized rookies

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:53 pm | Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Two prized recruits may need to wait for two years before showcasing their wares in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.

The league board recently amended a residency rule requiring foreigners and UAAP high school players transferring to a member-school for college to sit out for two years, thus delaying the debut of prospective transferees Jerie Pingoy and Ben Mbala.

“Most of the universities want to protect their high school programs,” Em Fernandez, the head of the league’s amendments committee, said yesterday. “It also covers foreigners.”

But the new rule amending the one-year residency requirement allows the transferees to play a maximum of five years in the league in all sports.

Pingoy has been the subject of a recruitment tug-of-war between Far Eastern University and Ateneo, which both sought the services of the FEU high school star.

Mbala, the Cameroonian center of Cebu champion Southwestern University, has also been tapped by La Salle.

“The UAAP wants to discourage mercenary behavior,” said Anton Montinola, FEU’s representative to the UAAP board. “Choosing your university is your right. Playing for your school in the UAAP is a privilege, not a right.”

Dark Knight
03-07-2013, 11:02 AM
Fair enough.....Ateneo and UP will eventually benefit from this rule. Just think about it.

Dark Knight
03-08-2013, 12:14 PM
Eto analogy ko dyan.

Kung meron kang girlfriend na mahirap. Pinag aral mo, pinakain mo, ibinili mo ng magagandang damit at binibigyan mo ng allowance. Tapos nung nakatapos na sya ng pag aaral, biglang iiwan ka na nya para sa ibang lalaki.

Masakit..............pero kelangang tanggapin na ginamit ka lang nya. Kaya dapat maging matalino sa susunod na liligawan, gumawa ng paraan para mapatunayan na hindi ka na maloloko.

Tama ba Mr. Anton Montinola?

Joescoundrel
03-08-2013, 04:14 PM
^ Boss Dark, actually patay football program ng UP, marami kasi silang nakukuhang magaling sa Ateneo High School, like Carlos Monfort.

Ang malabo pa dito is what will happen to schools like the Ateneo that do not have girls in their high school?

Or what if may player na hindi naman star sa ibang UAAP school, at gusto lang sumubok sa ibang UAAP school, at hindi naman siya kukunin ng kanyang mother school sa Seniors nila, kung kunin man siya nung ibang UAAP school he will still have to automatically sit out two years.

Hindi kaya you discourage kids from getting into varsity sports sa ganitong diskarte? Samantalang maliwanag sa regulations ng CHEd that participating in a varsity tournament is a requirement before a school can attain full university status. So sa CHEd mismo they recognize the importance of varsity athletics as part and parcel of being a university. Bakit sa UAAP parang gusto pa natin pahirapin? In effect para na din sinuway ng UAAP ang mismong regulatory agency ng lahat ng member-schools.

bchoter
03-08-2013, 04:27 PM
In other words, pag pinagsama ang post ni boss Dark at papa Joe, Hell hath no fury like an AD scorned...

Joescoundrel
03-09-2013, 11:24 AM
^ Brod, mag-aayos ako ng summit drinking, este summit meeting next week, huwag kang mawawala ha.

LaKazTaMa
03-10-2013, 06:22 PM
Mga Boss , ang Target lng yata ay yun Blue chip Players hindi ksama yun hindi popular.. maaapektuhan dito yun ADMU at DLSU madalas cla ang mahilig kimiha ng star players.

LaKazTaMa
03-10-2013, 06:23 PM
Paktay negosyo ko nito..L0l

LaKazTaMa
03-10-2013, 06:55 PM
NadaLE MO RIN UAAP Board ... Piracy is Crime. Long overdue na ito..wala kaming Henry S. ng NU , wala kaming MVP ng ADMU at wala kaming Danding C. ng DLSU ..ang Meron lng kami ay si Don Anton na handang Manggulo ng Liga... LOl

LaKazTaMa
03-10-2013, 07:07 PM
It seems some schools are laying claim to the skills of their players. And while it may be true that game experience can only be given by schools, players usually already possess the skills and natural abilities before capturing the school's attention. Most primary and secondary school basketball programs assume players will continue to improve skills on their own time - with parents paying for outside training. Varsity practices are confined to team plays and conditioning. So who has greater claim on a player's skill? The school who gave him playing time and reaped the glory of his hard work? Or the player and his parents who invested and worked on his skills? As you said, poaching will now start earlier - and the richer programs will start prevailing not only in the collegiate level but in the high school level as well.

LaKazTaMa
03-10-2013, 07:11 PM
just curious, it seems those who voted against the eligIbility rule are both teams being supported by MVP...

LaKazTaMa
03-10-2013, 07:16 PM
UAAP secretary-general and former national coach Junel Baculi clarified aspects of the rule. Baculi erroneously said that the vote was unanimous. Ateneo de Manila and the University of the Philippines voted against it. Adamson University, De La Salle University, Far Eastern University, University of the East, and University of Santo Tomas voted for immediate implementation.

Baculi, the athletic director of National University (the UAAP host which abstained from voting on the issue) admitted that the rule was primarily designed to protect the schools from poaching players from each other. He said that high school players who will transfer from the high school of one UAAP school to the college of another “can study first” for two years, then play even up to the maximum five years. An ironic statement coming from a school athletic director.

bchoter
03-10-2013, 10:55 PM
^ Brod, mag-aayos ako ng summit drinking, este summit meeting next week, huwag kang mawawala ha.Di ako pwede sa summit brod. April pwede?

Shiznit
03-11-2013, 10:21 AM
Mga Boss , ang Target lng yata ay yun Blue chip Players hindi ksama yun hindi popular.. maaapektuhan dito yun ADMU at DLSU madalas cla ang mahilig kimiha ng star players.

I agree with this new rule because of what happened to some of UST's HS blue chip recruits. But how will the uaap qualify "blue chip" players?

Joescoundrel
03-11-2013, 11:38 AM
^ They did not. That is why it is a blanket rule covering all players coming out of UAAP high schools. Still, this is going to affect every sport and every UAAP high school athlete, even those in non-flagship sports.

@Bchoter, sige April tayo brod.

pio_valenz
03-12-2013, 10:57 AM
just curious, it seems those who voted against the eligIbility rule are both teams being supported by MVP...

For the record, UP is not supported by MVP. Also, hindi lang blue-chip players ang apektado dito, kung hindi lahat ng players, pati mga bangko na hindi naman irerecruit ng mga mother team nila. Domingo of FEU juniors has very little chance to make it to the FEU seniors, that's why, with FEU's blessing, he tried out with UP. But thanks to this ingenious rule, he won't be able to play for UP until 2015. Kung manatili naman siya sa FEU, eh malamang hindi siya makakalaro kahit kailan sa sobrang lakas ng line-up ng Tamaraws. Pirating pa rin ba ang tawag doon?

BLUE HORSE
03-12-2013, 07:23 PM
FEU is now getting the same shabby treatment in the D league. Fruitas and FEU have forged a relationship in the D league where in Fruitas uses the players of FEU as the mainstay of the team. Big problem. The two biggest stars of FEU, Garcia and Romeo, have live contracts with opposing teams. NLEX and Big Chill according to the coach of Big Chill are working in tandem in dealing with the problem. NLEX and Big Chill allows the players to play for FEU in the Fil-Oil and FMC summer tournament but will not release the players to play against them in the D league.

I guess what is good for the goose is also good for the gander. In other words, karma can be a bitch when it bites you in the ass.

LaKazTaMa
03-12-2013, 09:55 PM
Assistant coach Eric Gonzales, who took the helm for head coach Nash Racela while the latter was away on an appointment today, said, "Sumunod lahat, nag-execute lang kami," said Gonzales. "Wala kaming ginawang special. I told them, we're built to last."

"We want to build something here. It's not about Fruitas or FEU [the collegiate affiliate of the squad], it's about the team," he added.

Gonzales also explained that FEU mainstay Terrence Romeo would be joining the team soon and is still recovering from his hand injury last conference. He said though that Romeo, who played for the Big Chill Superchargers in the last conference, has been allowed to participate in practices at FEU everyday.

In response to rumors that Romeo's UAAP backcourt mate RR Garcia would also join the squad, Gonzales said only upper management knew the details of that situation. Currently, the NLEX Road Warriors hold Garcia's rights.

LaKazTaMa
03-12-2013, 09:57 PM
PBA-DL: Fruitas Shakes spoil Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Giants' league debut
Job B. de LeonMarch 12, 2013 3:39pm

"Welcome to the PBA D-League."

The Fruitas Shakers gave the Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Giants a rude welcome to the league, blowing them out 81-56, Tuesday, in the second game of a triple-header on the opening day of the 2013 Foundation Cup, at the FilOil Flying V Arena.

The Shakers outclassed their newcomer opponents on both ends of the floor, relying on crisp ball movement and ballhandler pressure to lead by as much as 27 points, in the third quarter.

Anjo Caram led all scorers with 18 points and four assists. Carlo Lastimosa added 16 points and five assists, while former NLEX Road Warrior Russel Escoto finished with 11 points and nine rebounds.

Assistant coach Eric Gonzales, who took the helm for head coach Nash Racela while the latter was away on an appointment today, said, "Sumunod lahat, nag-execute lang kami," said Gonzales. "Wala kaming ginawang special. I told them, we're built to last."

"We want to build something here. It's not about Fruitas or FEU [the collegiate affiliate of the squad], it's about the team," he added.

Gonzales also explained that FEU mainstay Terrence Romeo would be joining the team soon and is still recovering from his hand injury last conference. He said though that Romeo, who played for the Big Chill Superchargers in the last conference, has been allowed to participate in practices at FEU everyday.

In response to rumors that Romeo's UAAP backcourt mate RR Garcia would also join the squad, Gonzales said only upper management knew the details of that situation. Currently, the NLEX Road Warriors hold Garcia's rights.

The Shakers were playing unselfish basketball in the first quarter, neatly finding the open man against a flat-footed Jumbo Plastic squad. After a fast break bucket by Jan Colina, all Fruitas starters had chipped in for a 25-7 lead with under four minutes remaining.

The Giants broke into double-digit scoring on a drive by Macky Acosta with three minutes left, as the Fruitas reserves couldn't match the starters' intensity but they managed to trade baskets as the quarter closed, 27-12.

Fruitas made 12-of-22 field goals in the first quarter (54.5 percent), all of them scored off assists. In contrast, Jumbo Plastic made only 4-of-15 (26.5 percent) on three assists. Russel Escoto, Carlo Lastimosa already tallied seven points apiece, while Anjo Caram had six points and four assists.

In the second period, triples by Acosta and Marvin Hayes gave the Giants some momentum, while the Shakers struggled to score from the floor. UST standout Aljon Mariano converted one on the break, capping a 10-3 run for Jumbo Plastic, to make it 34-22.

However, the Giants' offense dissipated, as Fruitas ended the quarter on a 9-3 run. The Shakers went back to their strengths by forcing turnovers and scoring in transition. Ed Daquioag ended a five-minute dry spell for Jumbo Plastic with 19.4 seconds remaining, but his team trailed 43-25, going into the halftime break.

By halftime, the Shakers had a 16-1 advantage in points off turnovers. They also made 7-of-11 free throws (63.6 percent) in contrast to the Giants' 3-of-5 record at the line thus far (60 percent).

Mariano registered back-to-back hits at the onset of the third quarter, but the Giants missed easy shots on their next few possessions. The mistakes were costly, as Fruitas handed them eight unanswered points, 51-29, capped by a corner trey by Caram. The San Beda College Red Lions point guard added another bucket, and two more by Mike Tolomia gave Fruitas their biggest lead up to that point, 55-29, with under three minutes to play.

Kirk Del Rosario replied with an and-one on the break, and gave the Giants their first field goal in six minutes. It would be their last, however, as Nard Pinto knocked down a triple to help keep a 61-34 lead for Fruitas heading into the final period.

Hayes scored six of Jumbo Plastic's first twelve points of the fourth quarter, but Fruitas showed no signs of letting up and matched them nearly to the bucket, and maintained at least a 22-point margin until the final buzzer.

Fruitas capitalized on their 9-21 margin on turnovers to produce a 20-1 margin in turnover points.

Aljon Mariano led Jumbo Plastic with 15 points and nine rebounds. Marvin Hayes added 11 points and also had nine boards. - AMD, GMA News

LaKazTaMa
03-12-2013, 09:59 PM
TERRENCE Romeo is still nursing an injury and isn’t expected to be back in action soon, but Big Chill and Fruitas are already in a tug-of-war for the services of Far Eastern University star.

Fruitas assistant coach Eric Gonzales said Big Chill management has already released Romeo and that the UAAP Mythical Five awardee has been showing up for the team's practice.

“Good thing, Big Chill already released him,” Gonzales said after Fruitas’ 81-56 victory over Jumbo Plastic on Tuesday. “Ang problema kay Terrence, may injury lang.”

LaKazTaMa
03-13-2013, 10:10 PM
Tug-of-war for Romeo between Fruitas and Big
Chill
By Celest R. Flores
INQUIRER.net
2:19 pm | Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 0 2 0

TERRENCE Romeo of FEU is forced to pass off under pressure from Kyle Neypes of NU. AUGUST DELA CRUZ FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Far Eastern University guard Terrence Romeo, recuperating from a hand injury, could not be found in any of the rosters at the start of the 2013 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.

But whether he’ll suit up for his old club Big Chill or for his Alma mater’s team Fruitas when he’s back in shape is still a biq question.

The Tamaraws teamed up with Fruitas, both under head coach Nash Racela, this conference as part of their build up for the upcoming UAAP season.

The Shakers assistant coach Eric Gonzales said they’re just waiting for Romeo to recover fully.

“Si Terrence, good thing Big Chill released him already,” said Gonzales in Fruitas’ 81-56 thrashing of Jumbo Plastic on Tuesday. “Ang problema lang, may injury sya.”

Romeo has been attending the Shakers’ practice nightly at FEU gym, even joining the scrimmages since they started practice in February.

Six Tamaraws (Russel Escoto, Gryan Mendoza, Bryan Cruz, Mike Tolomia, Roger Pogoy and Christian Sentcheu) are also in Fruitas’ line-up, along with some holdovers from last conference.

The Superchargers’ coach Robert Sison, though, insists the prolific scoring guard is staying with Big Chill, which stunned NLEX, 86-77, also on Tuesday.

“Hindi pa naman sya nirerelease,” said Sison.

Meanwhile, the Shakers are also making a bid to acquire another FEU guard RR Garcia, who suited up for NLEX in its opening game.

But Gonzales said nothing was definite when it comes to Garcia’s case at the moment.

“Depende sa management ng FEU, hindi sa Fruitas. Wala pa yung mayari ng FEU eh, di ko pa alam kung anong mangyayari. I don’t know how they’re going to meet halfway.”

LaKazTaMa
03-13-2013, 10:14 PM
Fruitas not dropping pursuit of RR Garcia
By Reuben Terrado

March 13, 2013, 04:17 pm

The Road Warriors are eyeing a fifth title in five conferences and losing RR Garcia would dent their chances.

RR Garcia has started the PBA DLeague Foundation Cup with NLEX but Fruitas is not dropping the pursuit, with Far Eastern University officials set to meet with NLEX management to discuss the release of the star guard.

Fruitas assistant coach Eric Gonzales said FEU’s representative to the UAAP board Anton Montinola is set to meet with NLEX officials.

“Ang sitwasyon po ngayon, hinihintay lang po si Boss Anton Montinola,” said Gonzales. “The management of FEU and NLEX will talk about it.”

Before the start of the conference, Fruitas and FEU forged a tie-up and expected the top Tamaraws to suit up for the Shakers but the DLeague teams have refused to budge.

Garcia scored 12 points for NLEX in a 77-86 loss to Big Chill on opening day.

“He (Garcia) has a contract with NLEX pero wala pa ’yung mga officials ng FEU. It’s not Fruitas, it’s the management of FEU. So desisyon ng FEU management ‘yan. I don’t know if how they’ll meet halfway,” said Gonzales.

Aside from Garcia, the Shakers are also hoping to get FEU guard Terrence Romeo, who is still under contract with Big Chill.

LaKazTaMa
03-14-2013, 02:58 PM
Former FEU 'bad boy' Bringas turns from villain to hero
By Reuben Terrado

March 13, 2013, 01:33 pm

Big Chill's Arvie Bringas scored 12 of his team's final 13 points including a crucial four-point play. Jerome Ascano
FOR a change, Arvie Bringas emerged the hero this time.

The controversial big man who earned a bad boy reputation during his playing years with Far Eastern University in the UAAP, was the unlikely star in Big Chill’s stunning victory over multi-titled NLEX in their PBA D-League Foundation Cup showdown on Tuesday.

The wide-bodied bruiser, suspended both by the UAAP and the Tamaraws for a game last season for spitting on an opponent among other transgressions, broke the Road Warriors' backs by pouring in 19 big points including a late, game-changing four-point play.

“Wala, tsamba lang,” Bringas as he played down the crucial shot that made the difference in Big Chill's 86-77 win over the four-time champions.

Though more of an inside operator, Bringas said he was confident when he took the game-clinching three-point shot as he admitted working on his outside shots in practice.

“Shot clock na rin, wala na talaga, kailangan ko na itira,” said Bringas, who was cut by the Tamaraws at the end of last season. “Eh ginagawa ko naman ‘yun sa practice.”

Bringas ended up scoring 12 of the team’s final 13 points as he left a host of the league's star players, including members of his own team, in the shade.

“Siyempre, parang napakalaking (bagay) sa akin ‘yun. Hindi ko rin ini-expect na masu-shoot ‘yun,” said Bringas.

The former junior standout from San Sebastian said he is more determined more than ever to play a key role for Big Chill this conference.

“Gusto ko rin bumawi kasi hindi nakapasok ang Big Chill sa Finals last conference,” said Bringas.

LaKazTaMa
03-14-2013, 09:02 PM
FEU not closing door on controversial Bringas' return
By Reuben Terrado

March 14, 2013, 07:26 pm

“Gusto ko rin ipakita sa FEU na gusto kong bumalik kasi ang pangit ng season ko sa UAAP. Gusto ko talagang ipakita na eto talaga ako,” said the oft-troubled Arvie Bringas.

FAR EASTERN University has not closed the door on bringing controversial bruiser Arvie Bringas back to the team for the next UAAP season.

Coach Nash Racela said it will be management’s decision on whether it will bring back Bringas, who ran into a lot of trouble during his stint with the Tamaraws last season that easily earned him a ‘bad boy’ reputation.

“Ang alam ko, (management) has not totally closed the door on Arvie,” said Racela. “It’s between him and FEU management.”

Bringas was cut from FEU’s roster after the team missed the Final Four last season, although it was not made clear whether his on-court behavior had something to do with the decision.

The former San Sebastian Staglet was slapped a one-game suspension by both the UAAP and FEU for spitting on the face of Ateneo’s Justin Chua at the height of a highly physical encounter between the reigning champions and the Tamaraws.

The infamous incident was caught by television cameras.

Bringas confirmed FEU had talked to him about the possibility of returning to the team.

“Sabi sa akin ng management, kakausapin na lang nila ako after siguro ng D-League,” said Bringas, who plays for Big Chill.

“Sabi naman, okay naman daw,” added Bringas, when asked about his chances of coming back. “Walang kasiguraduhan. Pero umaasa pa rin ako na makakabalik ako.”

Bringas, who kicked off his D-League Foundation Cup campaign by scoring 19 points in an 86-77 win over four-time defending champion NLEX, said he is determined to show that he deserves to get back his spot at FEU.

“Gusto ko rin ipakita sa FEU na gusto kong bumalik kasi ang pangit ng season ko sa UAAP. Gusto ko talagang ipakita na eto talaga ako,” said Bringas, who still has a year of eligibility left in the UAAP.

Racela said the decision to bring back Bringas will depend on whether he can show he is a changed man and has learned his lesson from the previous year.

“If he can prove he can represent the school better, then maybe, they’ll reconsider,” said Racela

LaKazTaMa
03-17-2013, 08:10 PM
Signing bonuses the root of all evil in recruitment, says UP head coach
By Celest R. Flores
INQUIRER.net
1:01 pm | Saturday, March 16th, 2013

MANILA Philippines — “Fat” signing bonuses are being thrown around and the deep-pocketed universities end up with the blue-chip recruits—a harsh reality check in college basketball recruitment today as far as University of the Philippines head coach Ricky Dandan is concerned.

And for UP, which is familiar with the view from the cellar in the UAAP, it’s just a matter of swallowing that reality.

“We make do of what we have. At least the guys we have genuinely wants to go to UP, and not because they’re being paid to go to UP,” Dandan said in an interview with INQUIRER.net.

These realities have altered college basketball, one way or another — and the amended UAAP residency rule, which caused uproar online and among athletes themselves, is just one of the offshoots.

“Definitely, off shoot lahat ng yan,” he said.

From just serving a year of residency, a high school student who graduated from a UAAP school enrolling to a university of another member now has to sit out two years. And while, according to the UAAP, it protects one school’s juniors program– it limits choices of the players, who are also students first.

“There were reasons for that, for the most part, lahat nangyari because of player poaching. You can’t blame the other schools who are, well, “victims” of being poached payers from,” said Dandan.

“But like the others say, I actually agree that playing for any school is a privilege and a high school kid who graduates has the right to choose which school he wants to go to. But then if there are rules, rules should be followed,” he added.

Dandan said UP doesn’t exactly take a direct hit from the amended residency rule, saying “We don’t actually recruit from the other UAAP schools.”

“Most of those who come to UP are mostly walk-ins. But then, not to mention any school, in UP we actually can’t afford what the others give,” he said.

But he believes there are far bigger concerns in college basketball here — where an alarming amount of signing bonuses and monthly incentives are dangled to the athletes, starts evil.

“I think the root of all the evil here is the signing bonuses, which all the moneyed schools will give to the recruits. That’s probably the realities of recruitment now,” Dandan said.

Stricter rules for recruitment, like in the US-NCAA, would be a good place to start.

“In my mind, I’d like for, specifically the college leagues, stricter rules regarding signing bonuses and fat monthly allowances — or salaries if you will — parang pang-pro na eh yung mga bibinigay sa iba eh,” Dandan added. “Of course, if there will be a rule against it I don’t think it would be a deterrent, but then if there’s a rule that’s better than not having one.”

But with whatever rule the UAAP has right now, “Wala naman ibang pwedeng gawin. Let’s just comply.”

It’s a big question, though, on how the Fighting Maroons – who Dandan says can’t afford to dole out tempting incentives to the recruits — plan on acquiring big-time players and become more competitive again.

“We actually don’t think about that anymore. We just to have move on and make the best [of what we have]. Like we say in UP, we may not have everything but we have enough. Those are the realities,” Dandan added.

LaKazTaMa
03-19-2013, 10:01 PM
UAAP tackles ‘residency’ kink
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer 10:03 pm | Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

THE UAAP Board is set to “explain the wisdom” of a new league rule when the Senate holds a hearing tomorrow on the controversial two-year residency requirement that Sen. Pia Cayetano described as a “cruel and unjust punishment” for athletes.

Cayetano, chair of the Senate youth committee, called the hearing after the board ruled early this month that foreigners and UAAP high school players transferring to a member-school for college must sit out for two years.

The rule, an amendment of the one-year residency requirement, covers all league sports.

“We’re going to explain the wisdom behind the rule,” said UAAP president Nilo Ocampo of host National University. “We know that she (Cayetano) means well and she’s just making sure to protect the rights of the … students.”

Ocampo also clarified that the new rule, set to be implemented next season starting in June, remains open to amendments.

Among those to be likely covered by the new residency period are Jerie Pingoy, the back-to-back UAAP juniors MVP from Far Eastern U, and Ben Mbala, the Cameroonian center of Cebu champ Southwestern University.

Pingoy is set to play for Ateneo in college, while Mbala will transfer to La Salle.

Dark Knight
03-20-2013, 10:48 AM
wow, now this rule is worth the good senator's precious time......

LaKazTaMa
03-20-2013, 03:17 PM
True. alumni.

LaKazTaMa
03-21-2013, 07:13 PM
Cayetano online petition seeks repeal of UAAP residency rule as Senate hearing reset
By Reuben Terrado

March 21, 2013, 12:51 pm


SENATOR Pia Cayetano has started an online petition against the implementation of the new two-year residency rule for high school transferees in the UAAP as a Senate hearing on the issue was reset.

A hearing by Senate Committee on Youth, Women, and Family Relations scheduled for Thursday was moved to April 1 since several members of the UAAP board have said they were not available.

Several college athletes were also invited to the hearing of the committee headed by Cayetano.

Nevertheless, Cayetano, a triathlete who once played for the University of the Philippines volleyball team, has launched an online petition that can be accessed through http://www.change.org/NoToNewUAAPRuleBySenPia condemning the contentious new rule on high school transferees.

The two-year residency requirement for high school transferees has since become known as the 'Jerie Pingoy rule,' having been passed by the UAAP board amid controversy over the former FEU juniors star's attempt to move to Ateneo in college.

Cayetano said the two-year residency is unfair to graduating high school athletes who want to transfer to another college school.

The Cayetano petition reads:

"The two-year residency rule CURTAILS THE FREEDOM OF YOUNG STUDENT ATHLETES to choose which college he or she wants to study in and play for. It DENIES THEM OF THEIR RIGHTS TO DEVELOP THEIR FULL POTENTIAL, and goes against the Constitutional mandate to promote sports, especially among our youth.

“The new UAAP rule is an UNREASONABLE LIMIT ON AN ATHLETE’S FREEDOM OF CHOICE AND ACADEMIC FREEDOM to decide which college to enter into.

“Please join me and call on the UAAP Board to REVERSE THIS UNJUST RULE, and SUPPORT OUR STUDENT ATHLETES, instead of holding them back,” the senator added.

Cayetano said that even the current two-year residency on college transferees is also unfair.

“Even the UAAP’s existing residency requirement of two years for transferring college athletes is an unfair policy for students. A year-in-residency is meant to help the athlete acclimatize to his or her new school and adjust academic-wise.”

Cayetano said a one-year residency on college transferees is enough but not to be applied to high school athletes.

“As such, a one-year residency should suffice. Further, any residency rule should not apply to high school students who choose to go to a different college,” said Cayetano.

LaKazTaMa
03-21-2013, 07:17 PM
Boycott ang nangyari. nakialam na naman po sa online petitions naman ang banat . kawawa talaga ang bayan .Alam naman natin lahat kapag hindi nila makuha ang gusto nila ay ikaw ay Gigipitan..Nag Umpisa na.

LaKazTaMa
03-25-2013, 09:28 PM
UAAP board denies Senate boycott, welcomes inquiry into controversial residency rules
By Reuben Terrado

March 25, 2013, 01:54 pm

Former UAAP juniors MVP Jerie Pingoy of Ateneo and La Salle target Ben Mbala are among those most affected by the league's new residency rules on transferees

THE UAAP board has welcomed the Senate inquiry into the league’s controversial new residency rules among high school transferees.

Henry Atayde, La Salle’s representative to the UAAP board, said member schools are ready to face the Committee on Youth, Women, and Family Relations headed by Senator Pia Cayetano.

“We welcome it and we are ready,” said Atayde, also a member of the amendments committee that recommended the rules change.

The Senate inquiry was originally set last Thursday, but was rescheduled on April 1 due to the unavailability of the members of the UAAP board.

Atayde, however, clarified that the league didn’t boycott the Senate hearing.

“Everybody is saying na binoycott namin. Hindi namin binoycott,” Atayde explained.

“Pinadalhan kami ng sulat ng Tuesday pero nagme-meeting pa kami ng Wednesday for the (UAAP) closing ceremonies. We told the Senate that we are going to go but not on Thursday,” Atayde added.

One of the recommendations of the committee is an increase in the residency period for high school transferees from one to two years, a move that had already been approved in principle by the UAAP board.

The rule, initiated following the controversial tug-of-war between Far Eastern University and Ateneo for two-time juniors basketball MVP Jerie Pingoy, has been met by criticism from fans and athletes alike.

Cayetano, a former varsity volleyball player of the University of the Philippines, has even started an online petition against the new rule.

Atayde said the UAAP board is looking forward to explain the implementing rules and guidelines of the new residency rules, details of which, according to him, have not been discussed in public yet.

He hinted the implementing guidelines will clear up a lot of the questions regarding the new rules.

“We’ve been very quiet. How I would love to tell you the implementing guidelines but I can’t tell it. Professionalism ang habol namin,” Atayde said.

tamarawz_14
04-01-2013, 11:11 AM
off topic: FEU recruited 3 players from central luzon, 2 6"5 and 6'3. . . .

LaKazTaMa
04-02-2013, 02:51 PM
Mr.Tamarawz_14 -- long time ah sobrang bc ka ..Anyway tnx for the info.. Pang Hs b o pang Team B?

LaKazTaMa
04-02-2013, 02:52 PM
No promises from UAAP board despite Pia pleas

By Reuben Terrado

April 01, 2013, 08:59 pm

“The board will always think of our students and athletes as a whole … Right now, hindi ko tinitignan ‘yun (clamor). We should look at it if it will benefit the athletes or not,” says UAAP president Nilo Ocampo. Jerome Ascano

THE UAAP board has given no assurance that it will amend or repeal the controversial two-year residency period for high school transferees at the end of the Senate inquiry into the contentious new rule.

UAAP president Nilo Ocampo of National University said the league will discuss all the points that were raised during the Senate hearing called and presided by Senator Pia Cayetano, when the board convenes for its regular monthly on April 16.

“We will discuss, debate, and see if it will change the mind of the board members,” said Ocampo, who was among those who attended the Senate inquiry on Monday.

Ocampo said the league recognizes the concerns raised during the hearing and assured it will be relayed to the other board members.

“What I’ll do, being the president, is to relate what transpired (to the board) … The board will have to decide and act as a collegial body. I can’t dictate,” said Ocampo.

Curiously, not all board members attended the session with only secretary-treasurer Junel Baculi, incoming UAAP president Fr. Max Rendon of Adamson, Ateneo representatives Ricky Palou and Em Fernandez, and University of the Philippines' Ronualdo Dizer the ones present.

The UAAP voted 5-2, for changing the residency period of high school transferees from one year to two years. NU abstained during the voting.

Cayetano has asked the board to review or remove the two-year residency period and refused to rule out the possibility of legal action against the UAAP for curtailing the rights of high school athletes who want to transfer to another UAAP school for various reasons.

But Ocampo assured whatever decision the board comes up with will be for the benefit of all the athletes.

“The board will always think of our students and athletes as a whole … Right now, hindi ko tinitignan ‘yun (clamor). We should look at it if it will benefit the athletes or not,” said Ocampo.

LaKazTaMa
04-02-2013, 02:53 PM
Supalpal!

LaKazTaMa
04-02-2013, 03:01 PM
8 Comments

Harlan April 02, 2013 @ 12:50 pm

I agree on an earlier comment na if this transfer issue involved perhaps Adamson or UE it won't even make the news rounds. Apparently, it involves ADMU and it is no secret that this new UAAP residency rule will make noise since it is affecting a "big" school... The UAAP boards have already voted on this issue. Hindi na dapat makialam ang Senate. Parang sinisindak niyo lang ang mga members niyan. Kung talagang ang mga transferee athletes want to go to other universities outside their alma mater, they should accept this consequence. This is the trade-off. 2 year residency isn't that short nor long pero they are supported by financial allowances naman so I don't think this should not be an issue na mag-sa-suffer sila both financially and scholastically. Come on. Move on. Pumapayag na nga si Mr. Pinggoy Sr. na tanggapin ang 2 yr. residency basta gusto lang nila lumipat sa ADMU. Case close. Baka hype or overrated lang ang anak nito.

Donnatello April 02, 2013 @ 09:01 am

Senator Cayetano, the UAAP is a private institution that the government much less the Senate should intrude. If the UAAP Board will be prevented from enforcing this rule, then universities should be curtailed from increasing tuition every school year. If the student-athlete doesn't want to abide by the rules, then he can stay with his/her current university or transfer to NCAA schools. It is all BS when you say that it will curtail their right to play because first and foremost their student-athletes must realize the value of loyalty and gratitude. And besides, education should always be the primordial reason why these athletes are studying in these universities.

Learjape April 01, 2013 @ 11:21 pm

Sen. Pia Cayetano is Chairman for the committee on Youth. This involves a bigger and larger scale when they compete in the international scene. Kailangan din ng Pilipinas ng magagaling na atleta para ipadala sa Olympics and SEA games. And UAAP is one of the avenues where the youth are being trained. I believe that the Senate inquiry is important to make these issues known to the nation because these athletes will be the future and may be the source of our first Olympic gold medal.

gwapong_gwapong_snow April 01, 2013 @ 10:26 pm
Zero walang basagan ng trip
zero22 April 01, 2013 @ 10:15 pm

Ms Cayetano the country has more problems than this issue please attend to matters of the country rather than this issue , rather investigate the rule on residency, why not compel UAAP school to divulge the perks and benefits they're giving to the players? like to what extent that MVP donates to Ateneo basketball program goes to the players

LaKazTaMa
04-03-2013, 01:06 PM
Uncontrolled allowances' from big schools to blame for one-sided recruitment war, Senate told

By Reuben Terrado

April 02, 2013, 05:47 pm

“Unfortunately, after graduating from high school, some of them are recruited by other schools including UAAP member schools and the reason why they transfer is they are offered bigger allowances, more than what Adamson could offer,” says incoming UAAP president Fr. Max Rendon of Adamson.

A TOP UAAP official said the new two-year residency rule will help curb player poaching while recruitment practices remain uncontrolled due to disparities in school funding.

Incoming UAAP president Fr. Max Rendon of Adamson defended the league’s decision to implement the new rule increasing the residency period for high school transferees from one to two years, saying several schools simply couldn’t match what bigger schools are offering to top prospects in terms of allowances.

“Unfortunately, after graduating from high school, some of them are recruited by other schools including UAAP member schools and the reason why they transfer is they are offered bigger allowances, more than what Adamson could offer,” Rendon said during the Senate inquiry called by Senator Pia Cayetano on Monday.

Rendon, the only board member present in the hearing from among those who voted for the implementation of the controversial residency rule, will be the league’s chief when Adamson hosts Season 76 of the country's premier college league.

Adamson voted for the implementation of the new rule along with four other UAAP schools, while Ateneo and University of the Philippines voted against it. Last season's host, National University, abstained.

Rendon said the new rule will help Adamson keep high school players, several of whom were recruited from the provinces, when they move up to the college game.

“This will prevent our players from transferring and it will enhance the sports development program of the university,” Rendon said without going into details.

“Part of our sports program is to recruit some of our players from the provinces. And in high school, we train them so that they can easily integrate themselves with the senior varsity team,” said Rendon.

With the revelations made by Rendon, Cayetano said more Senate hearings may be necessary to dig deeper into the problems that prompted the UAAP to impose the new residency rules.

"Nanganganak yung mga problema … di ba yung mga... may cap ba yang allowances nila? ... So there may be a need for future hearings on that," the lady senator said.

Cayetano, however, stressed that imposing a two-year residency period was not the answer to the problem.

“Look at the issue of allowances. I don’t believe two-year (residency) should be the solution if that (allowance) is the concern. Is that the sole reason for transferring?” she said.

LaKazTaMa
04-03-2013, 01:10 PM
Uncontrolled allowances' from big schools to blame for one-sided recruitment war, Senate told

By Reuben Terrado

April 02, 2013, 05:47 pm

“Unfortunately, after graduating from high school, some of them are recruited by other schools including UAAP member schools and the reason why they transfer is they are offered bigger allowances, more than what Adamson could offer,” says incoming UAAP president Fr. Max Rendon of Adamson.

A TOP UAAP official said the new two-year residency rule will help curb player poaching while recruitment practices remain uncontrolled due to disparities in school funding.

Incoming UAAP president Fr. Max Rendon of Adamson defended the league’s decision to implement the new rule increasing the residency period for high school transferees from one to two years, saying several schools simply couldn’t match what bigger schools are offering to top prospects in terms of allowances.

“Unfortunately, after graduating from high school, some of them are recruited by other schools including UAAP member schools and the reason why they transfer is they are offered bigger allowances, more than what Adamson could offer,” Rendon said during the Senate inquiry called by Senator Pia Cayetano on Monday.

Rendon, the only board member present in the hearing from among those who voted for the implementation of the controversial residency rule, will be the league’s chief when Adamson hosts Season 76 of the country's premier college league.

Adamson voted for the implementation of the new rule along with four other UAAP schools, while Ateneo and University of the Philippines voted against it. Last season's host, National University, abstained.

Rendon said the new rule will help Adamson keep high school players, several of whom were recruited from the provinces, when they move up to the college game.

“This will prevent our players from transferring and it will enhance the sports development program of the university,” Rendon said without going into details.

“Part of our sports program is to recruit some of our players from the provinces. And in high school, we train them so that they can easily integrate themselves with the senior varsity team,” said Rendon.

With the revelations made by Rendon, Cayetano said more Senate hearings may be necessary to dig deeper into the problems that prompted the UAAP to impose the new residency rules.

"Nanganganak yung mga problema … di ba yung mga... may cap ba yang allowances nila? ... So there may be a need for future hearings on that," the lady senator said.

Cayetano, however, stressed that imposing a two-year residency period was not the answer to the problem.

“Look at the issue of allowances. I don’t believe two-year (residency) should be the solution if that (allowance) is the concern. Is that the sole reason for transferring?” she said.

Dark Knight
04-05-2013, 12:09 PM
Right Ms. Cayetano. 2 year residency period is not the solution. It should be 3 YEAR RESIDENCY.

LaKazTaMa
04-06-2013, 10:29 AM
With the revelations made by Rendon, Cayetano said more Senate hearings may be necessary to dig deeper into the problems that prompted the UAAP to impose the new residency rules.

"Nanganganak yung mga problema … di ba yung mga... may cap ba yang allowances nila? ... So there may be a need for future hearings on that," the lady senator said.

LaKazTaMa
04-06-2013, 10:34 AM
Kung Pde Po sana Ms.Cayetano paki una po yun sa Senate hearings yun student ahtletes na school nag- Attend ng hearing nyo kc po mukhang sila po ay may Problema. Lol

mrjumbo03
04-06-2013, 02:41 PM
There is no school that directly involves itself with the giving of these so-called perks. These are coursed through 3rd party backers/patrons, and more importantly, done without paper trail. So ngayon paano mo ireregulate yun? Furthermore, kahit pa iregulate yan, hahanap at hahanap ng butas ang schools, so baka next time pwedeng through a trust fund na after UAAP playing years na makukuha ng player.

LaKazTaMa
04-07-2013, 09:38 PM
Hargrove back in FEU Tamaraws' lineup for Filoil Cup after drug saga
By Reuben Terrado

April 07, 2013, 04:57 pm

Anthony Hargrove is set to see action for the Tamaraws in the Filoil preseason tournament, but coach Nash Racela says he is not assured of a spot in the UAAP side. Jerome Ascano
ANTHONY Hargrove is staying with the Far Eastern University Tamaraws despite his arrest and incarceration for alleged drug possession in late February.

FEU coach Nash Racela has confirmed to Spin.ph that Hargrove is in the Tamaraws’ lineup for the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup preseason tournament starting on April 13 at The Arena in San Juan.

“He should start practicing this week,” Racela said.

Racela said police failed to file charges against Hargrove and teammate Adam Mohammed after they were jailed for three days following their arrest for alleged possession of marijuana just outside the FEU campus last February 27.

The American also tested negative for drugs after the arrest, Racela added.

However, Racela, who replaced Bert Flores shortly after the Tamaraws failed to make the Final Four last season, said Hargrove is not assured of a place in the Tamaraws' lineup for the coming UAAP season.

“It will still depend on how quick he catches up with the team,” said the young coach.

Racela refused to speculate on why the two cagers were released without charges by police - or on why they were arrested in the first place.

“What is definite is that walang charges filed and negative sila sa drug test,” said Racela.

Hargrove was one of the key players of the Tamaraws last season, averaging 7.6 points and a team-high 7.7 rebounds per contest.

LaKazTaMa
04-14-2013, 10:33 AM
Fiery Baby Tams show there's life after Pingoy
From the wires

April 12, 2013, 09:37 pm

UAAP champion Far Eastern University got the better of its torrid shootout with University of the East to hack out a 71-67 win and jumpstart its title-retention bid in the 6th FCBL-Freego Cup on Thursday at the Philippine Buddhacare gym in Quezon City.

Following the graduation of star guard Jerie Pingoy, the Baby Tamaraws leaned on Carlo John Lumba and JJ Domingo in turning back the spirited challenge of the Junior Warriors in the Freego-presented annual pre-season tournament for high schoolers.

Domingo led the Diliman-based squad with 15 points, including 10 in the third quarter which saw the Baby Tams erase a 32-37 halftime deficit and take a 59-56 lead going into the final quarter.

Lumba then took over the show, scattering seven points in the deciding period highlighted by a clutch three-point shot to help FEU register its first win in the tournament also sponsored Smart, Fresh Gear, Colt Commercial, Powerbest Mrkg. Inc., Jumbo Plastic Linoleum, Hapee Toothpaste and Insular Square of Cebu.

It was actually a big day for UAAP teams as Ateneo and National University bested their respective rivals, even as Mapua rolled over fellow NCAA campaigner University of Perpetual Help Dalta System.

Thirdy Ravena exploded for 25 points as the Eagles rallied to beat Chiang Kai Shek College, 75-73, while Mark Anthony Dyke posted 17 points and 19 boards to beat Jose Rizal University, 85-72.

The Red Robins, on the other hand, went to Carlo Convento to whip the Baby Altas, 91-59, despite playing with just only eight players.

LaKazTaMa
04-22-2013, 05:07 PM
Baby Tams, two others stay top in Freego Cup
From the wires

April 22, 2013, 04:03 pm

DEFENDING champion Far Eastern University, Mapua, and Ateneo won in contrasting fashions to keep a share of the lead in the 6th FCBL-Freego Cup at the Philippine Buddhacare gym in Quezon City.

With Richard Escoto and Wendelino Comboy presiding over FEU’s bristling assault, the Baby Tamaraws overpowered the University of Santo Tomas Tiger Cubs, 80-62, to remain on top of the nine-team tournament.

Escoto led the Baby Tamaraws with 21 points, but it was the scrappy Comboy who struck hardest as he scored all his 10 points in a decisive second-quarter run that saw the reigning UAAP champion zoom to a commanding 56-23 lead at halftime.

On the other hand, the Blue Eaglets went through the wringer before pulling off a 78-74 come-from-behind win over National University in the featured match of the event also sponsored by Smart, Fresh Gear, Colt Commercial, Powerbest Mrkg. Inc., Jumbo Plastic Linoleum, Hapee Toothpaste and Insular Square of Cebu.

In notching their second straight win, the Blue Eaglets went to Thirdy Ravena, Mike Nieto, and Jime Escaler at crunch time to complete their impressive comeback from several double-digit deficit in the first half.

Nieto was extra hot in the fourth quarter, scattering 12 points to finish with 20, while Ravena, who starred in the team’s opening win over Chiang Kai Shek College, added 19.

Mapua was equally impressive as the Red Robins, starring Noah Lugo and Daniel Aguirre, demolished many-time Tiong Lian champions CKSC Blue Dragons, 76-54.

Meantime, Jose Rizal University rebounded from its opening game defeat at the hands of NU by drubbing University of the East, 63-53.

LaKazTaMa
04-26-2013, 07:16 PM
Baby Tams, Blue Eaglets stay unbeaten in FCBL
From the wires

April 25, 2013, 07:12 pm

DEFENDING champion Far Eastern University and Ateneo blasted their respective rivals even as University of Santo Tomas finally barged into the win column of the 6th FCBL-Freego Cup at the Philippine Buddhacare gym in Quezon City.

With Carl Lumba and JJ Domingo at the helm, the Baby Tamaraws crushed the hapless University of Perpetual Help Altalettes, 72-37, thanks to a dominating third quarter run to notch their third straight win in as many outings.

Lumba and Domingo proved too hot to handle as they scored all but one of the team’s 22 points in the game-changing quarter.

Lumba scattered 11 points, including a beautiful three-point play, during the stretch, while Domingo highlighted his own rampage with two booming triples.

Not to be left out, Ateneo drew another inspired game from Mike Nieto and Thirdy Ravena to dump Jose Rizal University, 88-71, and stay unbeaten in the event presented by Freego and backed by , Fresh Gear, Colt Commercial, Powerbest Mrkg. Inc., Jumbo Plastic Linoleum, Hapee Toothpaste and Insular Square of Cebu.

UST, meanwhile, rebounded from an 80-62 defeat to FEU by outlasting University of the East in the day’s most thrilling game, 81-73, thanks to the 18-point performance of Francis Luna II.

National University, meantime, improved to a 2-1 record overall after downing injury-riddled Chiang Kai Shek College, 75-65, through the brilliant all-around performance of Anthony Dyke.

The energetic Dyke finished with 24 markers, including 16 in the first half.

LaKazTaMa
04-29-2013, 03:36 PM
Baby Tams too good for rivals in Freego Cup
From the wires

April 28, 2013, 07:20 pm

REIGNING UAAP juniors champion Far Eastern University outclassed Jose Rizal University, 65-49, to grab the solo lead while Chiang Kai Shek finally barged into the win column of the 6th FCBL-Freego Cup on Saturday at the Philippine Buddhacare gym in Quezon City.

With Bradley Bienes and Marvin Lee presiding over the team’s torrid third-quarter onslaught, the Baby Tamaraws pulled away for good from a slim 30-23 halftime lead on the way to clinching their fourth straight win.

Bienes led three other FEU players in double figures with 13 points to emerge as Freego Player of the Game.

Lee and JS Domingo also posted significant numbers with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

But the day’s worthiest win was engineered by Mapua which trounced University of Santo Tomas, 95-75, for its third straight win in the tournament also sponsored by Smart, Fresh Gear, Colt Commercial, Powerbest Mrkg. Inc., Jumbo Plastic Linoleum, Hapee Toothpaste, and Insular Square of Cebu.

Drawing another inspired plays from Noah Lugu, the Red Robins leaned on a hot first-quarter performance where they outscored the Tiger Cubs, 33-17, to stay unbeaten.

The CKSC Dragons, on the other hand, trounced the hapless University of the East Junior Warriors, 81-41, while the National University Bullpups clobbered the University of Perpetual Help Altalettes, 73-53.

Mosayed Ascano and Mohamad Salim starred in CKSC’s mighty attack to finally arrest a three-game skid.

LaKazTaMa
04-29-2013, 03:38 PM
FEU won't stand in way of Romeo's stint with PH team to Fiba-Asia 3-on-3
By Reuben Terrado

April 28, 2013, 04:28 pm

Terrence Romeo and Big Chill teammates Mac Montilla, Mar Villahermosa and Mark Canlas earned the right to represent the Philippines in the Fiba-Asia 3-on-3 tournament slated May 15-16.

THERE appears to be no hindrance to Terrence Romeo's trip with the Philippine team to the Fiba-Asia 3-on-3 next month in Doha, Qatar.

Far Eastern University coach Nash Racela said that the team will most likely allow Romeo to play for the national team after Big Chill captured the PBA D-League 3-on-3 title against Blackwater Sports on Friday.

With Big Chill taking the inaugural edition of the PBA D-League 3-on-3, Romeo as well as his teammates Mac Montilla, Mar Villahermosa and Mark Canlas earned the right to represent the Philippines in the Fiba-Asia 3-on-3 tournament slated May 15-16.

“I don’t know the details of their trip yet. But most likely, we will (allow Terrence),” Racela said in an SMS message to Spin.ph.

Romeo recently violated FEU team rules when he joined Big Chill for the Foundation Cup even though his school had an agreement with its players not to join any D-League team while the Tamarawa prepare for the UAAP season.

Romeo was given a second chance on the condition that he will not play for Big Chill in games against Fruitas, the D-League team with which FEU has a school tie-up.

Racela, however, has a different stance when it comes to playing for the national team for the 3-on-3 event, even if it will lead to Romeo missing a few days in their UAAP buildup.

“We want to teach our players the right things. And prioritizing the national team is one of them,” Racela said.

In an interview right after clinching the PBA D-League 3-on-3 crown, Romeo expressed readiness to play for the national team.

“Proud kami na ma-represent ang Pilipinas,” Romeo said. “Ibibigay namin ang best kapag andoon na kami para sa mga Pilipino. Sana suportahan nila kami.”

LaKazTaMa
05-05-2013, 09:50 PM
Baby Tams make it five in row in Freego Cup
From the wires

May 05, 2013, 05:36 pm

REIGNING UAAP champion Far Eastern University rolled to its fifth straight win, while Ateneo rebounded from a stunning defeat to University of the East by crushing University of Santo Tomas in the 6th FCBL-Freego Cup over the weekend at the Philippine Buddhacare gym in Quezon City.

JJ Domingo turned in a double-double performance, drilling in 19 points and grabbing 11 boards to help power the Junior Tamaraws past multi-titled Chiang Kai Shek College, 69-61, in the event presented by Freego.

Domingo was ably supported by Bradley Bienes and Richard Escoto who combined for 19 points as the defending champions remained unbeaten in the tournament also sponsored by Smart, Fresh Gear, Colt Commercial, Powerbest Mrkg. Inc., Jumbo Plastic Linoleum, Hapee Toothpaste and Insular Square of Cebu.

Stung by UE, 81-79, last Tuesday, the Eaglets vented their ire on the Tiger Cubs, 104-81, behind the troika of Matt and Mike Nieto and Third Ravena to tie idle National University and Mapua for second to fourth places at 4-1.

Mapua also bounced back from a crushing defeat to NU by downing Jose Rizal University, 72-62, thanks to Daniel Aguirre who topscored again with 21 points aside from grabbing eight rebounds.

In the other game, the UE Junior Warriors kept their semis bid alive by downing University of Perpetual Help, 61-55, behind the 19-point performance of Kent Kantorno.

LaKazTaMa
05-13-2013, 03:17 PM
UAAP release clause a hope for transferees
By Reuben Terrado

May 12, 2013, 03:45 pm


The new condition will allow two-time UAAP juniors MVP Jerie Pingoy to play for Ateneo for the coming season if he obtains a release from his previous school Far Eastern University. Jerome Ascano
THE UAAP has softened its stance on the two-year residency requirement for high school graduates transferring to another member school by adding a release clause to the controversial rule.

The league formally approved a clause in its rule which allows a transferee from one UAAP school to another to play immediately for his new team once he secures a release from his old team.

The rule was approved during its recent board meeting on April 24.

"An incoming collegiate athlete who is a high school graduate from a UAAP member university and enrolled in another member university shall take a mandatory two-year residency, except when a prior release is issued by the member university for the athletes concerned,” said the league in a statement.

“The two-year residency from high school to college shall cover incoming student athletes effective UAAP Season 76 (School Year 2013-2014). The release form shall be duly signed by any UAAP board member of the member university concerned,” the statement added.

The new condition will allow two-time UAAP juniors MVP Jerie Pingoy to play for Ateneo for the coming season if he obtains a release from Far Eastern University.

If not, Pingoy, who had already suited up for Ateneo in the preseason tournaments, will only get to play for the Blue Eagles in 2015.

LaKazTaMa
05-13-2013, 07:34 PM
Robins stun FEU to stay top in Freego Cup
From the wires

May 12, 2013, 11:43 pm


EARLY semifinalist Mapua drew another inspired performance from Noah Lugo to pull off a 72-53 win over reigning UAAP champion Far Eastern University and keep its share of the lead in the 6th FCBL-Freego Cup held over the weekend at the Philippine Buddhacare gym in Quezon City.

In a fitting follow-up to his brilliant showing against the University of the East Junior Warriors last Tuesday, Lugo scored eight of his 14 points in the payoff period to power the Red Robins to their sixth win in seven starts in the event presented by Freego.

With the win, the Red Robins, who got 10 markers from David Velvez, remained tied for the lead with Ateneo and National University in the event sponsored by Smart Sports, Fresh Gear, Colt Commercial, Powerbest Mrkg. Inc., Jumbo Plastic Linoleum, Hapee Toothpaste and Insular Square of Cebu.

Mapua and Ateneo clash On Monday to dispute the No. 1 spot in the semis.

As expected, the Eaglets banked heavily on their own version of the 'Big Three' – Thirdy Ravena and Mike and Matt Nieto – in dispatching University of Perpetual Help, 72-56, in the annual pre-season tournament for high school teams.

Not to be outdone, the NU Bullpups rode on the 23-point performance of Hubert Cani to repulse the Junior Warriors.

Cani was ably supported by Jonas Go and John Calinan who combined for 40 points.

In the other game, Chiang Kai Shek College outlasted University of Santo Tomas, 70-63, to improve to a 3-4 record.

LaKazTaMa
05-25-2013, 02:46 PM
FEU's Romeo hit with ban as Escoto suffers ACL injury
By Reuben Terrado

May 24, 2013, 08:37 pm


Terrence Romeo has been suspended indefinitely by FEU, according to coach Nash Racela.

TERRENCE Romeo is under suspension. Russel Escoto is out for the coming UAAP season.

The Far Eastern University Tamaraws' preseason buildup has turned from bad to worse with news that Romeo, a prolific scorer who has had a testy relationship with the team, has been suspended indefinitely for arriving late in the team's recent preseason game, among a number of violations.

As if that was not enough, an MRI examination showed that Escoto has suffered an ACL injury on his left knee while playing for Fruitas in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday that could sideline him for up to six months.

FEU coach Nash Racela admitted that Escoto’s injury is a big blow to a team that is left with only four players in its frontline rotation in foreigners Anthony Hargrove and Christian Sentcheu, Mark Belo, and Carl Bryan Cruz after Arvie Bringas, Mark Bringas and Clarence Foronda were dropped from the roster.

Racela also pointed out that the Tams can only field Hargrove and Sentcheu one at a time due to the league's rule on foreign players.

With regards to Romeo, Racela said one of the reasons for his suspension was when he came late for their Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup game against San Beda.

Racela, however, hinted that the suspension won’t be for a long period of time.

“With the way things developed in the past two to three days, tingin ko maikli lang. Again, we do (these) things to teach the players. We are all after their good. The way I see it, mukhang may effort to change,” Racela said.

Racela said that Romeo’s suspension has nothing to do with his star guard's stint with Big Chill in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup quarterfinals against Fruitas, which has a school tie-up with FEU.

The Shakers were eliminated by the Superchargers despite holding a twice-to-beat advantage. In the series, Romeo erupted for at least 20 points in both games.

The Tamaraws were holed up for almost an hour after a preseason loss to the College of St. Benilde on Friday as they took the opportunity to thresh out their differences.

“Maganda ‘yung nangyari. We opened up because I hear a lot of things sa kanila when it comes to their personal relationships. And now, it’s out in the open. We took advantage of the opportunity,” said Racela.

“Para kaming nag-forced team building. We are very positive. It’s a good introduction,” he added

LaKazTaMa
05-27-2013, 04:45 PM
FEU door still closed for 'bad boy' Bringas despite Escoto's season-ending injury
Reuben Terrado

May 26, 2013, 06:18 pm


Bringas had said that he wants to prove himself in the offseason to show that he is deserving of a return to the FEU roster, and had in fact been playing his best basketball in the PBA D-League.

HAS the injury to Far Eastern University back-up center Russel Escoto opened the way for the return of 'bad boy' Arvie Bringas to the Tamaraws' lineup?

The answer, apparently, is still a no.

An FEU official told Spin.ph on Sunday that Bringas’ return is still a “longshot” despite a need to plug a gaping hole in the Tamaraws' frontline following the loss of Escoto, who suffered an ACL injury in a recent PBA D-League game and is likely out for the coming UAAP campaign.

Bringas has been scratched by the team following the Tamaraws' failure to reach the Final Four last season. There was no official stand on the matter but Bringas figured in a number of controversies in the course of the campaign, including spitting on then-Ateneo center Justin Chua that led to a ban.

Bringas had said that he wants to prove himself in the offseason to show that he is deserving of a return to the FEU roster, and had in fact been playing his best basketball in the PBA D-League.

Bringas' fine play, however, has not changed FEU's mind.

FEU’s frontline has suddenly become thin after Escoto tore the ACL on his left knee in a PBA D-League Foundation Cup quarterfinal game while playing for Fruitas last week. The injury is expected to sideline him for at least six months, ruling him out for the coming UAAP season.

FEU coach Nash Racela said that they will ask for a second opinion on Escoto's injury but he is not optimistic that the result will be downgraded.

“Mabigat (Escoto injury) because we already lost three guys from last year, now we are down to the last four big guys. Now we are forced to play small,” said Racela.

Escoto averaged just 4.0 points and 4.1 rebounds in 2012 but was expected to play a major role in the Tamaraws’ campaign this season.

LaKazTaMa
06-08-2013, 10:14 PM
Abanilla out as Sauler set to call shots for La Salle

Reuben Terrado

June 08, 2013, 02:32 pm

DE La Salle finds itself undergoing a drastic major coaching change exactly three weeks before the 76th season of the UAAP gets underway.

Juno Sauler has been elevated as head coach of the Green Archers in lieu of Gee Abanilla, who guided the school to a Final Four stint in his first season with La Salle last year.

A high-ranking La Salle official confirmed the report to Spin.ph but refused to be named pending an official announcement to be made by the school on Monday.

Abanilla had a 10-6 record in his lone season for La Salle with Sauler and Jun Limpot a part of his coaching staff.

His sudden departure comes just after the Archers suffered successive losses to end their campaign in the preseason Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup on a disappointing note, including a quarterfinal setback at the hands of San Beda.

One of those losses was to rival Ateneo at the end of the eliminations.

But there are also speculations Abanilla's departure has something to do with an impending re-organization within Petron, where he serves as one of Olsen Racela's deputies.

Sauler, a former Green Archer who suited up for the Taft-based school during the nineties, is not that known in basketball circles but has gained respect within the San Miguel Corp. basketball organization for his excellent work as one of Alfrancis Chua's assistants at Barangay Ginebra.

The soft-spoken Sauler once served as head coach of La Salle's women's team.

LaKazTaMa
06-08-2013, 10:20 PM
San Miguel basketball chief denies Abanilla being tapped to replace Racela

By Richard Dy

June 08, 2013, 04:25 pm

“He’s (Abanilla) part of Petron. He’s still the assistant coach. Di naman kami nagpalit,” says SMC head of basketball operations Robert Non. Jerome Ascano

SAN Miguel Corp. basketball operations head Robert Non on Saturday denied rumors that outgoing La Salle coach Gee Abanilla will be elevated to the head coaching role to replace Olsen Racela in Petron Blaze.

“No, that’s not true,” Non told Spin.ph, in response to rumors that Abanilla’s coaching exit from La Salle is connected to the plan of moving him up as the Boosters’ new head coach.

The soft-spoken Non, who currently serves as the PBA’s board chairman, reiterated that Abanilla remains as one of Racela’s assistant coaches.

“He’s (Abanilla) part of Petron. He’s still the assistant coach. Di naman kami nagpalit,” he added.

But Non, did mention that San Miguel group, which owns PBA teams Petron, San Mig Coffee and Barangay Ginebra, is constantly evaluating everything as part of its commitment to excel and improve.

“Kami naman kung titingnan mo, every month or every two months, nagre-review kami ng lahat ng ginagawa namin. Even the players kasama dun sa review,” Non added.

Spin.ph earlier reported that Abanilla is on the way out of La Salle after spending just one season with De La Salle. In his one-year coaching stint, Abanilla guided the Green Archers to a 10-6 record.

Abanilla exit ends his ties with the Archers, with whom he has served as an assistant to Franz Pumaren, who steered the team to five UAAP championships in 12 seasons starting in 1998.

LaKazTaMa
06-16-2013, 05:48 AM
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Cobras, Tamaraws off to winning start in Cebu tilt
By Jonas Panerio

June 15, 2013, 03:30 pm

SOUTHWESTERN University defeated Mapua, 75-68, while Far Eastern University downed University of the Visayas, 90-83, at the start of the Mayor Mike Rama Invitational Cup on Friday at the Cebu Coliseum.

After a close first half, the reigning Cesafi champions broke the game wide open with a 14-4 run at the end of the third that put them ahead, 66-50.

Fil-Canadian Adam Mohammed paced the winners with 19 points, while African reinforcement Landry Sanjo added 14.

Mark Jayven Tallo, back in Cebu after a short stint with the La Salle Green Archers in the UAAP, scored 11 points for the home team.

Kenneth Ighalo led Mapua with 14.

The FEU Tamaraws established the pace in the first period where they led 27-14.

Although the Lancers managed to close in several times, the Tamaraws kept them at bay with a balanced scoring attack led by Mike Tolomia's 20.

Star guard Terrence Romeo scored 16, including four three-point bombs, while Cebuanos Roger Pogoy and Raymar Jose combined for 25.

UV was paced by the 19 of Partner's Cup MVP John Abad.

Franz Arong tallied 13 while Mike Harry and Chris Perolino each added 11. The Lancers missed the services of reinforcement Steve Akomo and Cesafi's Rookie-MVP Wowie Escosio.

LaKazTaMa
06-16-2013, 05:50 AM
FEU, Mapua round out preseason buildup with stint in Cebu tournament
By Reuben Terrado

June 14, 2013, 07:04 pm


Head coach Nash Racela says FEU's campaign in the Cebu pocket tournament will give the team another opportunity to bond and build cohesion in time for Season 76 of the UAAP.

FAR EASTERN University and Mapua cap their respective preseason preparations for the UAAP season by competing in a pocket tournament in Cebu.

The Tamaraws and the Cardinals will play against top Cebu-based teams Southwestern University and University of Visayas in a mini-competition organized by SWU coach Yayoy Alcoseba starting on Friday.

The Tamaraws failed to make the playoffs of the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup, but head coach Nash Racela said FEU's campaign in the Queen City of the South will give the team another opportunity to bond and build cohesion in time for Season 76 of the UAAP.

FEU also took the opportunity to make a trip to Medellin, a municipality located in Northern Cebu, where it held it team building.

“We also took advantage of the trip to hold our team building,” said Racela.

RR Garcia has also joined the Tamaraws just in time for the pocket meet after suiting up for NLEX in the D-League Foundation Cup Finals.

The Cardinals’ stint in the meet, meanwhile, will be one of the few for the team after a relatively quiet preseason that saw them shy away from joining any major summer tournaments.

Newly-appointed coach and cage great Atoy Co said the decision was made since the team wasn’t ready to play in any preseason competitions following his hiring last February.

LaKazTaMa
06-16-2013, 01:10 PM
FEU downs Southwestern in Cebu mini tourney
By Jonas Panerio

June 16, 2013, 07:15 am

Terrence Romeo comes up with 18 points to lead FEU to its second win in as many games.

TERRENCE Romeo sank a three-pointer with a second remaining in overtime to lift Far Eastern University past Cesafi champion Southwestern University, 79-78, in the Mayor Mike Rama Collegiate Invitational Cup Saturday night at the Cebu Coliseum.

Romeo finished with a team-high 18 points for FEU, which recorded its second win in as many games. SWU fell to 1-1.

Romeo earlier connected on a three-pointer for a 70-all count from the top of the key with 52.2 seconds left. The two squads had several chances but Romeo and Tallo missed on their potential game-winners.

The Tamaraws were down four, 74-78, with 39.9 seconds remaining but took advantage of several miscues by SWU in the endgame.

After Mark Belo narrowed the gap to two with two free-throws, SWU’s African import Landry Sanjo was fouled and sent to the line but missed both shots. Still, SWU gained possession as the ensuing looseball scramble ended up in a jumpball.

However, SWU bungled the inbounds play and gave possession back to FEU with nine seconds remaining. Romeo sprinted upcourt, stepped back and swished a three-pointer over the outstretched arms of SWU’s Adam Mohammed.

SWU guard Mark Jayven Tallo missed at the buzzer.

Mike Tolomia had 16 while Belo and Gryann Mendoza had 15 apiece for FEU.

SWU got 26 from Sanjo and Tallo, who is back in Cebu after a short stint with the La Salle Green Archers, scored 18.

Earlier, University of the Visayas defeated Mapua, 74-69.

Mapua was ahead 69-68 with under a minute left but UV guard John Abad connected on a three-point bomb with 29.4 seconds left to give the Lancers a 71-69 lead.

The Cardinals committed a backcourt violation on their next possession and Chris Perolino hit another three-pointer for UV.

Import Mike Harry led the Green Lancers with 22, while Abad had 19.

Joseph Eriobu had 19 points and Kenneth Ighalo had 15 for Mapua.

LaKazTaMa
06-17-2013, 05:18 PM
'Individualistic' FEU Tamaraws try to embrace team concept under Racela
By Jonas Panerio

June 17, 2013, 05:11 pm


New FEU coach Nash Racela says his working relationship with the team’s two star guards RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo is a work in progress, but said he made sure to show both players that there would be no special treatment in the team.

FAR Eastern University men’s basketball coach Nash Racela admits the Tamaraws are a lot weaker personnel-wise this season, but are headed in the right direction shortly after a team-building session and a successful stint in a pocket tournament in Cebu.

“We’re a step closer to where we want to be, basketball-wise,” said Racela moments after his team completed a three-game sweep of the Mayor Mike Rama Collegiate Invitational Cup with an 85-79 win over Mapua.

The Tams missed out on the UAAP Final Four last season, prompting the younger brother of Petron head coach Olsen Racela to revamp the team and get a team that traditionally always had great individual players to embrace the team concept.

The emphasis, Racela said, is on `building relationships’ between teammates.

“Historically, we’ve always been good individually, but sometimes at the risk of team chemistry. That’s why we’re trying to teach them to play the right way and imbibe in them that they can’t just rely on yourself,” said Racela.

The FEU coach added his working relationship with the team’s two star guards in one-time league MVP RR Garcia and former Rookie of the Year Terrence Romeo is a work in progress, but said he made sure to show both players that there would be no special treatment in the team.

FEU turned back University of the Visayas, 90-83, and then escaped past Southwestern University, 79-78 in back-to-back victories that obviously impressed Racela.

However, he got a bit disappointed with the Tamaraws’ win over the Cardinals that saw them wast away a double-digit lead and scramble in the endgame to survive.

“I liked how the team played in its first two games. But the third one, even though we won, was a failure,” he said. “They have to play hard on every play.”

LaKazTaMa
06-17-2013, 05:23 PM
Punches thrown as match between Cebu rivals SWU Cobras, UV Lancers get ugly
By Jonas Panerio

June 17, 2013, 03:05 pm


African reinforcement Landry Sanjo scored 18 points for the Cobras against the archrivals Lancers.

FOR longtime Cebu rivals Southwestern University and University of Visayas, it didn't matter that it was merely a preseason game. Or that nothing much was at stake.

Every game will be as fiercely fought as a championship match.

The SWU Cobras beat the UV Lancers, 69-60, on the final day of the Mayor Mike Rama Collegiate Invitational tournament on Sunday in a match that was so heated it was marked by two ejections and four unsportsmanlike fouls, the last one nearly triggering a melee at the Cebu Coliseum.

Interestingly, the two rivals were only fighting for the second-place trophy as the championship had already been won by Far Eastern University, which completed a three-game sweep of the pocket tournament with an 85-79 win over Mapua earlier on Sunday.

UV’s Chris Perolino was the first to be ejected for throwing a punch at SWU’s Melvin Goloran just four minutes after tip-off. Two minutes later, Goloran was sent to the showers after he was assessed a disqualifying foul for punching Ralf Octobre.

SWU gained headway in the final period behind the energetic play of African import Landry Sanjo, who anchored a brief rally for a 55-48 lead.

UV remained within striking distance, 57-62, but former La Salle Green Archer Mark Jayven Tallo found a cutting Melvin Holper along the baseline for a lay-up. Tallo later found an open Monbert Arong, who hit a three-pointer for a 67-58 lead with 1:32 remaining.

But the fireworks did not end there as UV’s Franz Arong hit his SWU namesake in the head with 27.4 seconds left, nearly triggering a melee.

Sanjo scored 18 points, Fil-Canadian guard Adam Mohammed added 15, and Arong finished with 11.

UV got 25 from reinforcement Mike Harry and 14 from Partner’s Cup MVP John Abad.

Meanwhile, FEU weathered a furious comeback by the Cardinals to complete a sweep of the tournament.

The game was tied for the last time at 68-all behind a huge Mapua fightback led by Kenneth Ighalo and Mark Brana. But FEU did not flinch and finished the Cardinals off with a 17-6 blast.

Mike Tolomia led FEU with 17 while RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo had 15 and 12 points, respectively.

Ighalo had 19 points, while Brana added 17 for Mapua, which finished the tournament winless.

LaKazTaMa
06-26-2013, 08:41 PM
'Good soldier' Olsen reluctant to accept Petron job from the start, says brother Nash
By Snow Badua

June 26, 2013, 01:56 pm
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“Nakakaawa lang talaga sa kanya, hindi naman niya talaga ginusto mag-coach (sa Petron) from the very beginning," says Nash Racela of older brother Olsen. Jerome Ascano

NASH Racela said his brother Olsen was reluctant to take on the head-coaching job at Petron because he felt he wasn't ready, but accepted the challenge like "a good soldier."

Olsen was replaced on Tuesday by Gee Abanilla, just two conferences after grudgingly accepting an offer by management to take on the Petron top job with former national coach Rajko Toroman as an 'active' consultant.

When the set-up with Toroman didn't work, Racela took on the job on his own in a PBA Commissioner's Cup campaign that was marred by the meltdown by import Renaldo Balkman that subsequently led to a lifetime ban.

On Tuesday, Racela was deep in preparations for the Governors Cup when San Miguel Corp. management announced another round of changes that saw him moving to San Mig Coffee as one of Tim Cone's deputies.

“He has been a good soldier," said Nash of his older brother. "From the start, he felt he wasn’t ready. Pero yun ang gusto ng management, ginampanan naman niya.

“Nakakaawa lang talaga sa kanya, hindi naman niya talaga ginusto mag-coach (sa Petron) from the very beginning."

Nash, an assistant to Norman Black at Talk 'N Text and head coach of Far Eastern University in the UAAP and Fruitas in the PBA D-League, said he will stand by his brother in these trying times.

“Siyempre (nasasaktan ako for him) kaya lang, all I can do is support him, kausapin siya at alamin kung ano ang maitutulong ko sa kanya,” said the younger Racela.

Asked what went wrong with Olsen's Petron stint, Nash said his brother never had the staff he really wanted as he stepped into the first head-coaching job of his career.

“For one head coach to be successful, dapat yung coaching staff niya, kailangan yun ang pinagtitibay,” said Nash. “Sa kaso ni Olsen, hindi.”

Racela cited the case of Cone who brought along with him former players Johnny Abarrientos and Jeffrey Cariaso to help him teach the triangle offense to the San Mig Coffee Mixers after his transfer from Alaska.

“Sa Alaska, naipasok ni Luigi Trillo yung mga taong gusto niya - Louie Alas, Alex Compton at iba pa,” added Nash. “Si Olsen ba? Hindi siya man lang nakapagbitbit ng tao kahit isa. Siya pa nga ang pinaka-rookie sa lahat eh.”

Asked if there was a time during Olsen's tumultuous reign at Petron when he invited his brother to join him at the rival Manny V. Pangilinan group, Nash said they didn't talk about it beyond the usual family jokes.

“Oo madalas ko siyang biruin. Pero seriously, kami naman mga coaches we just have to be ready. Kung saan ka kailangan, doon ka mapupunta,” he said.

“ Kung kailangan ka sa iba eh di yun. If the opportunity calls for it di ba?” Nash added. “Sa akin lang, kung kaya ko ba siyang dalin dito, bakit hindi?”

As for the chance of him jumping ship to join Olsen, Nash was fortright in his response: “Hindi, ayoko. Okay na ako dito, masaya na ako dito kung nasaan ako.”

LaKazTaMa
06-28-2013, 08:17 PM
Barroca hopes Racela experience rubs off on him
By Richard Dy

June 28, 2013, 06:13 pm
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San Mig Coffee point guard Mark Barroca hopes to learn as much as he can from new Mixers assitant Olsen Racela, who had a successful 18-year PBA career that included winning eight championships. Jerome Ascano

SAN Mig Coffee sophomore playmaker Andy Mark Barroca knows the recent addition of Olsen Racela to the Mixers’ coaching staff augurs well for a team whose young backcourt is still trying to gain the needed experience in the PBA.

“Magaling kasi si coach Olsen makipag-communicate sa teammates niya nung naglalaro pa siya. At tingin ko, yun din ang strength niya ngayon as a coach. Kaya niya i-communicate ng maayos ang isang bagay sa mga players,” Barroca told Spin.ph on Friday.

On Tuesday, San Miguel Corp. management plucked Racela out of his two-conference old head coaching position at Petron, moving him instead to San Mig Coffee to become one of Tim Cone’s assistants in a stunning coaching rigodon within the SMC-owned teams.

Long-time Petron deputy Gee Abanilla took over the head coaching post of the Boosters, while former San Mig assistant Koy Banal and newly-minted ABL champion mentor Leo Austria were named part of Petron’s coaching staff.

With Racela around, Barroca hopes to learn more from the 41-year-old rookie coach, whose 18-year pro career included eight league championships with Purefoods and San Miguel/Petron combined.

“Noon pa kasi, leadership niya na ang nakikita ko. Kaya niyang dalhin ang team niya since team captain siya before,” noted the 27-year-old former Smart Gilas backup guard.

Since Josh Urbiztondo and Jonas Villanueva were dealt away by San Mig Coffee, the burden to man the backcourt has been left on the shoulders of Barroca and Fil-Am rookie Alex Mallari.

Barroca saw his minutes improve from 17.4 during his rookie year to 29.1 in the first two conferences this season, eventually resulting to career-highs in scoring (9.0 ppg), rebounds (3.5), assists (3.5), and steals (1.4).

LaKazTaMa
07-30-2013, 04:07 PM
Manila all set for FIBA Asia Championship
ABS-CBNnews.com
Posted at 07/30/2013 3:53 PM | Updated as of 07/30/2013 3:53 PM

Members and delegates of participating teams in the FIBA-Asia Men's Championship pose for a picture during the press conference held at the SM MOA Arena on July 30, 2013. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com

MANILA -- The FIBA Asia Men's Championship is back in Philippine shores after 40 long years as 15 of the top basketball teams in the region gather in Manila for the next 11 days.

Three berths to the 2014 FIBA World Basketball Championship in Spain are at stake in the tournament that tips off on August 1 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

This is the first time that the Philippines will host the FIBA Asia Tournament since 1973, when it was still known as the Asian Basketball Confederation (ABC) Championship.

A lot has changed since the Philippines won the championship in 1973, as China has developed into the most dominant team in the region, winning 15 titles so far.

Middle East countries such as Iran, Lebanon, Jordan and Qatar have also emerged as major powers in Asian basketball.

Defending champions China and Iran -- the only two teams to win the title in the past 14 years -- are the tournament favorites anew.

The Chinese have the tallest line-ups among the 15 teams and will be bannered by the former NBA player Yi Jianlian along with veteran Wang Zhizhi.

Meanwhile, Iran's campaign will be spearheaded by another ex NBA player, Hamed Haddadi, along with Samad Bahrami, Hamed Afagh, Mahdi Kamrani and Rouzbeh Arghavan.

But the Philippines' own Gilas Pilipinas are driven to regain the country's status as a force to be reckoned with in the region.

China and Iran were bracketed in Group C, touted as the "Group of Death," along with Malaysia and South Korea.

The Philippines, meanwhile, is in Group A along with Jordan, Chinese-Taipei and Saudi Arabia, while Group B has Japan, Hong Kong, and Qatar.

Group D is bannered by Kazakhstan, along with Thailand, India and Bahrain.

LaKazTaMa
08-11-2013, 05:11 PM
As nation celebrates, Gilas prepares to take care of one final business
By Reuben Terrado

August 11, 2013, 01:39 pm


Gilas coach Chot Reyes was a bundle of emotions shortly after the victory over Korea, but he was quick to gather his players and put things in their proper perspective ahead of the Iran game. Jerome Ascano

WHILE Filipinos celebrated until the wee hours of the morning following a landmark victory over Korea in the Fiba-Asia Championships, the Gilas Pilipinas coaching staff was busy preparing for one final order of businss — the title match against Asian powerhouse in Iran.

The magnitude of an 86-79 semifinal win over Korea has yet to really sink in early Sunday morning, yet Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes and his coaching staff were already holed up in their hotel room watching tapes ahead of the match against Iran later in the day.

Reyes was a bundle of emotions shortly after the victory that ended the Philippines' run of heartbreaking losses to Korea, but he was quick to gather his players and put things in their proper perspective.

Gilas has indeed achieved its goal of booking a return to next year's world championships in Spain, Reyes reminded his players, but a shot at becoming Asian champions doesn't come often.

“We have achieved our objective. The dream is at hand," the multi-titled coach said. "I said the objective was to win a medal but our dream is to win it all. The dream is in our hands.”

The Philippines will be aiming for a repeat of the 1973 Asian Basketball Confederation (former name of Fiba-Asia) Championship where an all-Filipino team led by Mon Fernandez, Robert Jaworski, and Bogs Adornado won the title before its adoring countrymen.

The country's last Asian championship came in 1985 courtesy of Ron Jacobs' team that included Allan Caidic, Hector Calma, and Samboy Lim as well as naturalized players Jeff Moore and Dennis Still.

But to pull off a similar feat, Gilas will have to get past a formidable Iran team that has yet to drop a game in the tournament and looks poised to add to the two Asian crowns it won in 2007 and 2009.

One major problem for Reyes would be on how to stop Iran's giant Hamed Hadadi, more so after Gilas' naturalized player Marcus Douthit aggravated his calf injury in the Korea game and only has a "40 percent" chance of suiting up against Iran, according to the team therapist.

Hadadi should be a handful for Gilas, especially with the hosts' remaining big men either too small or too lean to match up against the hulking 7-foot-2 NBA veteran.

The one player who has the bulk and the height to go up against Hadadi, June Mar Fajardo, is far too inexperienced and has seen the least action among the Gilas players in the tournament.

LaKazTaMa
08-11-2013, 05:56 PM
Years after parting ways with SBP, Toroman feels part of Gilas success @
By Richard Dy

August 11, 2013, 04:30 pm


The Smart Gilas batch under coach Rajko Toroman fell short two years ago in Wuhan, but the Serbian mentor is pleased to see the current batch make it through to the worlds. Jerome Ascano

FORMER Smart Gilas coach Rajko Toroman said he felt very much part of the Gilas Pilipinas success, after the Philippine team whipped South Korea, 86-79, to advance to the Fiba-Asia men’s basketball finals before a delirious crowd at the Mall of Asia Arena.

“It’s really a big win for Filipino basketball,” beamed the 55-year-old coach after the semifinal victory by the national squad.

“They (Filipinos) need this kind of result. It’s a big win. Now, the Philippines is in the world (championship) again and I feel very much part of that because I started with Gilas and they continued with the Gilas program. Everybody is happy here,” he added.

Toroman, who currently handles Barako Bull in the PBA, helped coach Chot Reyes during the national team’s build up for the Fiba-Asia showpiece.

The Serbian, along with Tab Baldwin of the US, another veteran international basketball coach, provided vital scouting tips and additional insight to the Gilas Pilipinas squad that had set its sight in grabbing one of the three available slots for the 2014 Fiba World Cup in Spain.

“That’s really what Filipino basketball is. They have a good professional league and that’s something because they made the 90 million Filipinos proud,” he said.

“Now, they are going to the world championship to compete with the best teams in the world. That’s great for the Filipinos and they deserve it.”

The soft-spoken mentor helped assemble the present Iran national squad the past decade, before eventually steering the Iranians to the 2007 Fiba-Asia basketball title, demolishing China in the gold medal round in Tokushima, Japan.

Less than two years after, Toroman was tapped to jumpstart the Smart Gilas national basketball program with the goal of earning a berth for the 2012 London Olympics.

The Smart Gilas batch under Toroman though fell short two years ago in Wuhan, China. The Toroman-mentored national squad bowed to South Korea, 68-70 during the bronze medal game in the 2011 edition, a defeat that continued the national team’s string of misfortune against the Koreans.

LaKazTaMa
08-27-2013, 05:16 PM
UAAP faces another court fight over controversial 'Pingoy rule'
By Reuben Terrado

August 26, 2013, 04:09 pm

THE UAAP could find itself embroiled in another court battle over the controversial residency requirement that has come to be known as the 'Pingoy rule.'

Unimpeachable sources told Spin.ph a group led by Senator Pia Cayetano is set to contest in court the legality of the league's new rule that requires high school players transferring from one UAAP school to another to undergo two years of residency.

There were reports that Cayetano had filed the case this week, but sources from the senator's camp said she is set to file the case this coming week.

One thing for sure, the controversial new rule is set to be scrutinized in a court of law.

Cayetano had already conducted a Senate inquiry into the residency rule, which the league implemented shortly after former Far Eastern University high school star Jerie Pingoy decided to move to Ateneo for his college varsity years.

The senator also launched an online petition and threatened as early as April to haul the league to court if it does not repeal the contentious rule. (For full story, see Cayetano blasts UAAP board over 'grave abuse of authority')

The league later inserted a clause that spares a transferee from the residency requirement if he gets a release from his school, but defied widespread calls for its repeal. (For full story, see No promises from UAAP board despite Pia pleas)

Just last week, the league was slapped with a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) over its decision to declare University of the Philippines Integrated School player Jozhua General ineligible to play for the Junior Maroons this season.

The 20-day TRO was issued on August 16 and paved the way for the return to action of General. (For full story, see Court issues TRO on UAAP decision ruling Junior Maroon General ineligible)

10 Comments
Gillroy August 27, 2013 @ 03:46 pm

No one is penalizing the student. It's the athletes that are being controlled...ditto frenchkicks...


Mon.S.Laughter August 27, 2013 @ 07:23 am

What all these anti-court of last resort commenters are failing to grasp is the detrimental effect this rule has on student-athletes. Sen Pia was an athlete herself and she knows the implication of 'redshirts' on the athletes. One year is enough for academic adjustments. Two years too long for athletic dormancy. She isn't contesting the Soc Rivera rule in effect. She's contesting as a lot of others do too (except the board and FEU) the 'knee jerk' amendment of the existing rule into something harsher, hence now the Pinggoy Rule. There's no need for it except to punish the blue chips transferees. Any random rule or amendment thereof that's punitive and not commensurate to any infraction (what could Pinggoy have done wrong? Except to choose a better school in his own assessment and to ply his trade and skills at, granted, again speculative, he's gonna receive more in perks?) You don't force loyalty and pride on the athletes. A school earns it. Probably seeing as there are already tons of guards in FEU and that it couldn't beat Ateneo in 2 years (one of which was a year they were definitely most seeded over Ateneo) he decided to go to a winning school with good program and coach too. Which FEU and Montinola didn't take too well. And thus, that emergency amendment. Now tell me, who has more hidden agenda in this whole sordid mess? And because of that, a punitive rule is never a good rule. Apparently, you guys have never been athletes so 1 year won't make a difference in your, if any, athletic plan. Pia knows what she tried to investigate and found out. And her concern for UP volleyball is inconsequential.


Nostradamus August 26, 2013 @ 06:34 pm

no one can have their cake and eat it too, investigate the practices employed by Ateneo, San Beda, La Salle and NU in recruiting players. these schools are commercializing the recruitment of college players. what the UAAP did while controversial was prudent, the rule does not prevent anyone from transferring, so if your main driver to transfer was to end up at a better school this should not be an issue, this becomes as issue for students who want to transfer because of the money. I say let the CHED enforce stricter rules on college athletes, disallow the use of so called "tutors" used by other schools - in all likelihood these are just paid hacks tasked to ensure players meet the minimum academic requirement - , limit allowances to P10,000 a month and disallow contact to recruits while the athletic season is still ongoing. ang kakapal ng muha ng ibang schools diyan, finals ng ibang liga naka school short na sa likod pa ng bench nung team ng recruit umuupo


Nostradamus August 26, 2013 @ 06:24 pm

as a private organization the UAAP can come up with any rule it wants, Senator Cayetano is better off helping the flood victims rather than pushing her own agenda - to get the volleyball players she recruited from Zobel to play this year in UP and skip the 2 year residency requirement. FYI, a month or two before the new ruling Sen. Cayetano agreed to be the UP WVT's main benefactor, that is why this move of her is suspect.

LaKazTaMa
09-23-2013, 05:40 PM
What is on Isip's mind? Petron new boy thrilled to get shot at first championship
From: Snow Badua
•September 12, 2013, 05:41 pm

What is on Isip's mind? Petron new boy thrilled to get shot at first championship

VETERAN forward Mark Isip may be the happiest person over the trade that sent him to Petron in a direct swap for Joseph Yeo which was approved by the PBA on Thursday.

His reason?

"Masaya talaga ako kasi ang laki-laki ng chance ko ngayon na mag-champion. 'Yun na lang kasi ang kulang ko," said the Pampanga-born player who has won championships with Far Eastern University in the UAAP and a couple of commercial teams in the old PBL.

In the PBA Governors' Cup alone, the former Tamaraw will be jumping from the bottom all the way to the top: Air21 has a 1-5 (win-loss) record compared to Petron's league-leading mark.

So thrilled is Isip with the move that he doesn't mind the diminished playing time at Petron or the fact that he was the second choice of Petron for the Yeo trade after Nerbert Omolon. (For full story, see Air21, Petron, Ginebra agree in principle on tweaked trade)

"Kahit wala akong playing time, hindi ako magrereklamo. Pagpupursigihan ko na lang laro para makakuha ako ng oras," he vowed.

Petron coach Gee Abanilla said he has already briefed Isip on his role in the team.

"Sinabi ko sa kanya na kailangan magamay n'ya ng husto ang sistema. Hindi madali 'yon pero nakikita ko na madali namin s'yang pumick up," said the Petron mentor.

"Ni-remind ko lang sya nung sinasabi din namin sa ibang players namin to be ready ... be always ready."

Abanilla said Isip will play chief back-up to former FEU teammate and now Petron star Arwind Santos - a role the 6-5 banger readily accepts.

"Okay ako dun. Dati naman na kami magkasama ni Arwind. Kabisado na namin ang isa't isa. Kung ano ang pagagawa sa akin, susundin ko," he said.

"Ang sarap dito sa team ko ngayon

LaKazTaMa
09-25-2013, 05:58 PM
Football

FEU lashes back at football federation, explains Under-16 no-show of Tams trio
From: Reuben Terrado
•September 24, 2013, 09:37 pm

FAR EASTERN University fired back at the Philippine Football Federation, denying accusations that they refused to cooperate and release players to the national team.

“I think we are the most cooperative in terms of the national team,” said FEU athletic director Mark Molina, pointing out that the school had always been willing to lend players to the national team under the condition that their stint won’t affect their academics.

Molina made the remark in reaction to a Spin.ph story posted Monday of Philippine Football Federation general secretary Atty. Edwin Gastanes expressing dismay that the school didn’t lend its players for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-16 championships that will start on Wednesday in Malaysia.

“Kung walang problema sa academics, walang problema. But if they are on probation, they can’t join. Kasi kapag bumagsak ’yung bata, kawawa yung bata at kasalanan ko,” Molina added.

The PFF said FEU's Chester Gio Pabualan, Renz Saldivar, and Orlan Togores failed to show up for the last practice of the team before leaving for Kuala Lumpur. The three were then dropped, leaving the Under-16 Azkals with only 19 players for the Asian joust.

Under-16 Azkals coach Anto Gonzales said FEU's coach Kim Chul Su had kept the Tamaraws trio from joining the national squad due to “various reasons, a number of issues against the federation and the coaches.”

Molina admitted that, at the moment, FEU will not be lending its players to the national team until a similar case in the Under-19 team involving the school's Arnel Amita is resolved.

Molina said national coach Marlon Maro and team manager Alvin Carranza had asked for the services of Amita for the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Under-19 Championships in Indonesia on September 7 to 23.

FEU initially refused to release Amita since he was under academic probation, but later agreed to let him join the team from September 8 to 15 after being cleared to play by his professors.

But the school later found out that Amita was booked to leave for Indonesia on September 18, in violation of the dates agreed upon.

“I already requested our football coaches not to allow anyone to join the national team because of what happened to Amita,” said Molina.

Generally, however, MOlina pointed out FEU has been generous in lending players to the national team, so long as there are no scheduling conflicts with the UAAP tournament.

“I can only speak for FEU but Richard Escoto is part of the youth basketball team that just left yesterday. One of our players, Paolo Bugas, he is only second year college but we allowed him to join the Azkals. Gilas, nagpahiram din kami ng player in RR Garcia, as well as in track and field.

“Ayaw lang namin i-disregard yung academics kasi papaano kung bumagsak ’yung bata,” said Molina.

FEU had already written the PFF about its stand and what had transpired in the Amita case.

“Until we hear a response from them, we will not allow any players. Pwede namang pag-usapan ’yun,” Molina said.

LaKazTaMa
10-01-2013, 06:51 PM
Parks, Ravena, Romeo head 19-man pool for PH team bound for SEA Games
From: From the wires
•October 1, 2013, 07:00 pm


A TOTAL of 19 players have been invited by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) to comprise the pool from which members of the national team will be culled for the coming 27th Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar.

SBP executive director Sonny Barrios said head coach Jong Uichico along with deputies Nash Racela and Josh Reyes came up with the names of the players likely to comprise the squad out to defend the basketball title in the December 11-22 biennial meet.

Barrios said the country’s governing body for the sport will be submitting the names of all 19 players to the SEA Games Task Force either on October 8 or 9. The deadline for the submission of entry by names is October 10.

The SBP official said naturalized player Marcus Douthit and members of the Gilas cadet pool namely, Jake Pascual, Ronald Pascual, Garbo Lanete, Kevin Louie Alas, RR Garcia, and Matt Granuelas are shoo-ins for the squad, while given invitations through their respective coaches were Kiefer Ravena, reigning UAAP MVP Terrence Romeo, Chris Newsome, Mark Belo, Roy Sumang, Arnold Van Opstal, Prince Caperal, Kevin Ferrer, and Jericho Cruz.

Also invited by the SBP are players who have plans to join the coming PBA rookie draft such as Raymund Almazan, Chris Banchero, and two-time UAAP MVP Bobby Ray Parks.

Barrios, a guest in the weekly Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum at Shakey’s Malate on Tuesday, said the SBP is likely to ask the PBA to allow rookie draftees who will be named to the Philippine team to see action in the SEA Games.

“Ang plano namin ay makiusap sa PBA kung puwede `yung mga rookie draftees ay maipahiram sa SEA Games kung puwede,” he said in the session presented by Shakey’s and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation where he was joined by former cage great Benjie Paras and son Kobe, who won the dunk contest in the Fiba 3x3 U-18 World Championship in Jakarta, Indonesia.

“Ewan ko kung pinangungunahan ko ang PBA, pero we still have to forward our request to them.”

Barrios believes from the pool, Uichico can form a strong and competitive team capable of retaining the title, which the country has won nine straight times since the 1991 SEA Games.

Basketball was not held in both the 2005 and 2009 editions of the meet.

“Kapag SEA Games ang usapan, walang yardstick sa men’s team kung hindi championship,” said the SBP executive director. “Is there pressure? Obviously. So we’re not taking it lightly. There’s definitely no excuse if they (national team) come back here without winning the championship.”

Meanwhile, the women’s team according to Barrios, no longer have a problem as far as its formal entry to the SEA Games is concerned.

He said the matter is now more internal in terms of evaluating whether the team coached by Heidi Ong, should proceed to Myanmar this December, with their performance in this month’s Fiba-Asia Women’s Championship factoring in the decision.

“Dapat creditable `yung performance nila. And what I mean by creditable? Dapat huwag naman `yung natatalo ng 50 puntos. Di naman kailangang mag-champion. Wala rin kaming pinag-usapan kung top three or top four finish,” said the former PBA commissioner.

“So, sa isang banda, nasa kamay na rin nila, depende na sa kanilang performance."

LaKazTaMa
10-01-2013, 06:57 PM
Jeron Teng on 'wet scene' with FEU star Romeo: 'It was really disgusting'
From: Snow Badua
•September 26, 2013, 07:48 pm

“Nakita ko nga yun. Siyempre napangiwi rin ako. Kaso hindi naman ako totally nandiri, sanayan na 'yan. Lagi namang ginagawa ni Terrence yun,” says La Salle star Jeron Teng.

DE La Salle superstar Jeron Teng admitted it was disgusting seeing the video replay of the prank FEU Tamaraw star guard Terrence Romeo pulled off on Wednesday afternoon.

A video now making the rounds of social networking sites showed Romeo sneaking up from behind Teng, wetting his hand with sweat from his neck and jersey, then rubbing it into Teng's hands as the Archers sophomore prepared to take free throws late in a 71-68 victory over the Tamaraws.

Teng later said he felt it was not just sweat but saliva that the FEU star put in his hand.

“Nakita ko nga yun. Siyempre napangiwi rin ako. Kaso hindi naman ako totally nandiri, sanayan na 'yan. Lagi namang ginagawa ni Terrence yun,” said Teng.

“Hindi ko nga alam kung pawis 'yun, parang dura pa nga eh,” said Teng. “Pero hindi na rin ako nagalit or what, sinumbong ko na lang siya sa referees kasi pa-finals na kami eh!”

Asked to comment on angry reactions from fans who shared his view that Romeo's action was disgusting, Teng could only shake his head.

“No comment na lang ako dyan. May kanya-kanya kasing style ang mga naglalaro. Kung yun siya, wala akong magagawa,” Teng said.

“Pero dapat masanay na tayo kay Terrence. Ginagawa na niya 'yan ever since sa eliminations,” the second generation cager added.

But will he resort to same tactic when his team is down in the game, Teng was quick to say no.

“Hindi. Hindi. Hindi ko gawain yung ganun eh. Ako kasi depensa lang, laro lang. Ayoko ng ganun,” he said while breaking into a laugh.

Teng said it was clear Romeo's intention was to make him lose his focus, but the Archers star he made sure not to lose his cool.

“Syempre. Magpi-freethrow ka tapos babasain niya kamay mo. Pero hindi na rin ako nagalit. Panalo na rin kami eh. Baka kung natalo kami, pwedeng magalit ako sa kanya,” he said.

“Pero si Terrence, mabait naman 'yan off the court. Siguro gusto lang niya akong pikunin o sirain ang laro. Kaso hindi ako papayag ng ganun. Focused ako.”

LaKazTaMa
10-07-2013, 05:54 PM
'Superman' has landed as Houston Rockets arrive for historic Manila preseason game
From: Jerome Ascano
•October 7, 2013, 10:30 am

DWIGHT Howard, James Harden, Jeremy Lin and the rest of the Houston Rockets are ready to rock in Manila after planing in Monday for this week’s NBA Global Games.

The Houston trio and the rest of the Rockets will face the Indiana Pacers, who arrived in Manila just a few hours earlier, in a preseason games on Thursday at the MOA Arena.

The Rockets arrived via a chartered Atlas Air at Ninoy Aquino International Airport around 10 a.m. and, according to the schedule released by NBA Asia, will head to practice at the MOA after checking in.

In the afternoon, former NBA stars Ron Harper and Jalen Rose are scheduled to make an appearance at the San Andres Gym in Manila as part of the league's outreach program.

Howard is the latest acquisition by Houston, making the Rockets among the top contenders in the West.

LaKazTaMa
10-07-2013, 06:27 PM
Pacers, Rockets in Philippines for NBA preseason games
October 7, 2013 12:31pm

MANILA — The Houston Rockets and the Indiana Pacers are in the Philippines to treat overseas fans to the first NBA game in this basketball-crazy Southeast Asian nation.

Both teams flew in early Monday ahead of the NBA's preseason Global Games in the Philippines on Thursday evening.

Basketball is the country's most popular sport and the NBA game has created a buzz on social media and radio and TV, with tickets going on sale months in advance.

"We're just excited to come over to play the game and give Filipinos a great show," Houston Rockets guard James Harden said.

The Rockets squad for the games in the Philippines and Taiwan includes Jeremy Lin, the league's first American-born player of Taiwanese descent. The Indiana Pacers roster features Danny Granger and NBA All-Stars Paul George, Roy Hibbert, and David West.

Organizers said the game is part of the NBA's comprehensive global schedule that will have eight teams play in eight cities in six countries this October. After Manila, the Rockets and Pacers play in Taipei on Sunday.

In the Global Games series, there'll be 12 teams playing outside the U.S. and Canada, the most ever, and the league will play regular-season games in two countries beyond those for the first time.

There are stops in old standbys and first-time trips to cities in Brazil and Spain that will be hosting major international competitions in the next few years.

The Philippines tops the list of countries following the NBA on Facebook and Twitter outside the United States, the organizers said. Additionally, the NBA conducts each year local events in the Philippines, including the Jr. NBA program, which has reached more than 60,000 students, parents and coaches over the past five years, and NBA 3X, the league's global fan event.

A total of 16,000 tickets went on sale for Thursday's game at the seaside Mall of Asia Arena, with premium seats going for 32,300 pesos ($751) and the cheapest 550 pesos ($12), in a country where wrenching poverty affects a third of the population of 96 million. - AP

LaKazTaMa
10-10-2013, 09:45 PM
Rockets, Pacers collide tonight

NBA preseason game at MOA Arena
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
12:15 am | Thursday, October 10th, 2013

More basketball history unfolds tonight.

In what has already been a banner year for Philippine basketball, the Houston Rockets and the Indiana Pacers battle in the first NBA preseason game in Southeast Asia at 7 p.m. at Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

“It’s the beginning of the journey. We understand that we’re just trying to get to the point that we’re clicking on the same page,” said Houston’s “Linsanity,” Taiwanese-American sensation Jeremy Lin.

“We have a lot to figure out. But it’s going to be a fun game. We’ll just go out there and play as hard as we can and enjoy the experience.”

As historic as the event may be—it also drew a stellar cast of the sport’s past and present superstars—both the Rockets and the Pacers know that real work lies ahead of them.

“We got to take it step by step,” said the 23-year-old Paul George, who banded with a cast of other young stars to power the Pacers to the Eastern Conference Finals last conference.

“We’re still in the preseason, so I’m not going to put expectations as far as where we’re going to be at. But we got a great team going this season.”

The Pacers, though, expect the Rockets to come out a lot stronger with the acquisition of superstar center Dwight Howard

“I’m looking forward to having a great year,” said Howard, who spurned the Los Angeles Lakers in favor of the Rockets last July.

“Not everything is going to be perfect right now, but we got to weather the storm and we got to learn how to play together. I think we’re going to have an unbelievable year. We’re definitely going to have a great year. With the injury I had, it takes some time, not just physically but mentally. I’m just happy to be out there.”

Both squads lost their first preseason match, with the Pacers bowing to the Chicago Bulls, 76-82, at home before leaving for Manila, and the Rockets narrowly losing to the New Orleans Pelicans, 115-116, in Houston.

“We’re going to be playing with physicality and toughness,” said Pacers coach Frank Vogel. “But we’re also a proven offensive team, so you’ll definitely see a lot of passes.”

The blockbuster showdown rolls off just when the Philippines is having a remarkable basketball year after the Gilas Pilipinas squad recently clinched a silver medal in the Fiba Asia championship to reach the 2014 World Cup in Spain next year.

Two national youth teams also pulled off historic feats with the 3×3 Under-18 team advancing to the Worlds after surprisingly bagging the Fiba Asia U18 3×3 gold and the U16 squad also clinching a Worlds berth after winning a silver in the Fiba Asia U16.

“We play against a good team and we’re also a good team,” said the Pacers’ Argentinian big man Luis Scola. “It’s going to be a lot of fun because we’re in a place where people really, really love basketball. It’s great that we’re giving one of the biggest basketball countries a treat

LaKazTaMa
10-10-2013, 09:47 PM
NBA Commissioner Stern: ‘We’re looking forward to coming back’

By Mark Giongco
INQUIRER.net
8:22 pm | Thursday, October 10th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — NBA Commissioner David Stern on Thursday said he was looking forward to bringing the games back to Manila as the Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers faced off in the first ever pre-season match here.

“On behalf of these two great teams it is my great honor to say to you that we’re delighted to be here and we’re looking forward to coming back. Enjoy the game,” NBA Commissioner David Stern, who just arrived earlier, addressed the crowd.

The game between the Rockets and the Pacers, two teams expected to make a lot of noise in the coming season, tipped off at 7:30 pm at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Gates opened at 5 p.m. with fans sporting jerseys and tees of their favorite players whether it be Rockets frontman Dwight Howard, his star teammates James Harden and Jeremy Lin or Pacers star trio of Paul George, Roy Hibbert and David West along with the returning Danny Granger.

The game is part of the league’s comprehensive NBA Global Games schedule which features 12 teams in 10 cities in seven countries

LaKazTaMa
10-10-2013, 10:01 PM
NBALin-led Rockets cruise from start to finish versus Pacers in Manila

October 10, 2013 10:04pm

In charge of the second unit, at least for this game, Jeremy Lin ran the show with aplomb, helping the Houston Rockets to a 116-96 win over the Indiana Pacers, Thursday at the MOA Arena, in the Philippine leg of the 2013 NBA Global Games.

A starter for most of last season, Patrick Beverly got the start at point guard for Houston, with Lin coming off the bench. There were times when the Taiwanese-American shared the floor with Beverly, and another point guard, Aaron Brooks, but coming the fourth period, it was Linsanity all over again, as the former New York Knick created the decisive separation between the two sides.



The Houston Rockets began with a massive 12-0 run, with half coming from Patrick Beverly and James Harden canning triples, barely three minutes in. The Pacers finally got on board though, scoring the next six, but the Rockets continued to get shots at the rim, 27-14.

A pair of Paul George triples sandwiched a Chandler Parsons layup, and then CJ Watson nailed another trey, and it was enough to make the score at the end of the first period more respectable, 31-24.

The Pacers' second unit kept things competitive, as a Luis Scola layup off a Danny Granger assist got their side within two points, 39-37, 7:46 left in the first half. Aaron Brooks and Donatas Motiejunas provided enough separation, though the latter injured his wrist after taking a hard fall, following a dunk, 46-39.

Lance Stephenson charities and a David West jumper made it just a four-point affair, but the reinsertion of some of the Houston starters allowed them to maintain their separation, 61-55 at the break.

The second period saw some delays due to a shot clock malfunction.

After the break, Houston seemed determined to take charge of the game anew, scoring five quick points for a 66-55 advantage. Three David West scores in a row kept Indiana in the thick of things though, and Houston was required to adjust after Dwight Howard was whistled for his fifth foul of the game with 3:59 remaining.



James Harden then took charge, making it a double-digit lead with a trey, 84-73, 48.5 seconds to go, but Paul George ate slightly into their deficit, for an 84-75 tally at the end of the third.

Back-to-back early hits by Orlando Johnson looked to give the Pacers some momentum, 84-79. However, a 13-4 run led by Jeremy Lin had the Rockets looking like the superior team, 97-83, 6:14 left. Between the shot and the free throw on an Omri Casspi and-one, Lin sat down to applause from the crowd, with the score at 107-90 and the game essentially decided.

The Pacers never led but still managed to help give the announced crowd of 12,885 patrons a good show.

Houston Rocket James Harden had 18 points to lead all - AMD, GMA News

LaKazTaMa
10-10-2013, 10:06 PM
In his last months as Commissioner, David Stern has the NBA still thinking global

By ADRIAN DY, GMA NewsOctober 10, 2013 6:35pm

Calling the Philippines "a very important part of our Southeast Asia strategy," NBA Commissioner David Stern described the country as "a pole in our Southeast Asian tent," due to the "knowledgeable and robust fan base," Thursday at the MOA Arena, in a press conference prior to the preseason game between the Indiana Pacers and the Houston Rockets.

However, Stern also cautioned local fans not to expect a regular season game in the Philippines any time soon, saying, "I wouldn't be that hopeful.




Is the NBA thinking of expansion?


While NBA Commissioner David Stern conceded that it was "conceivable at the margins that we might someday be as many as 32 [teams]," Stern added that "for now, [30] is exactly the right number. I'm very sanguine about 30 teams."

With markets like Seattle and Las Vegas looking to host NBA franchises, Stern said tongue-in-cheek that "I think we have some owners who think the right number is 28." He did add that he's never been in favor of deducting teams or contraction, something that has not occurred under his tenure as Commissioner. Still, while he didn't touch on a franchise moving to a new location, Stern was content to say, "I'm very sanguine about 30 teams."
"Regular season games [abroad] are hard. They're much more expensive to mount. I think that friendlies [preseason games] work fine for us."

But while a regular season game is still far off, Stern did say that an NBA division in Europe was a possibility. He also said that an NBA-branded league in Asia was "something that we're studying more carefully than you might think."

He also said, "I'm sure there are Filipino athletes that are competent [enough] to play in the NBA. It's about how committed they are to taking the next step," citing all the extra offseason work most NBA players subject themselves to in order to keep in shape.

With regards to a Filipino investing in an NBA team, Stern said that while there was nothing formal yet, "I'm always selling. We're always looking for investors in the NBA."

Stern, who has been commissioner for 30 years, and is set to step down next year and hand over the reins to deputy commissioner Adam Silver, said that he learned on the job, and that his main strategy was to "be opportunistic when opportunities arrive," citing their tie-up with FIBA that formed the 1992 Dream Team as one example.

"Southeast Asia is very much an opportunity that's on the front-burner for us," he added.

In his quest to expand the NBA's reach abroad, Stern felt that the current incarnation of the league's Global Games, which includes this, the first NBA preseason game of the Philippines, was a step in the right direction. "Now that we've designated these as the Global Games, there seems to be a kind of momentum that has developed in a possible way that our fans around the world appreciate the effort we're making."

Still, he didn't see basketball overtaking football anytime soon in popularity around the world. No, I think that football has a grip on the world that should be both admired and respected. But it's okay to be number two," he said to laughter. - AMD, GMA News

LaKazTaMa
10-16-2013, 08:33 PM
RR Garcia cuts short commitment with Gilas cadets to join PBA rookie draft
From: Snow Badua
•October 15, 2013, 08:01 pm

RR Garcia is aware that he if decides to forego his jump to the PBA another year, he may end up in a guard-heavy class with fellow Gilas cadets Kevin Louie Alas, Garvo Lanete, and Terrence Romeo as well as ABL Finals MVP Chris Banchero. Jerome Ascano



THE coming PBA rookie draft just got more interesting.

This after former Far Eastern University star and UAAP Most Valuable Player RR Garcia decided to forego his last year with the Gilas cadet pool to join a draft pool where he is expected to be the top guard prospect.

Garcia said he has already secured a release from Gilas head coach Chot Reyes as well as the permission of his D-League team NLEX through manager Ronald Dulatre.

Accompanied by FEU coach Nash Racela, Garcia asked for his release which Reyes did not hesitate to grant.

“Okay na kay coach Chot. Sa kanya ako una nagpaalam. Wala daw problema sa Gilas, sa NLEX lang daw,” Garcia said. “Kaya nagpaalam na rin ako agad kay boss Ronald (Dulatre) … pumayag naman.”

Dulatre bared that he has already given Garcia’s release as it is the policy of the MVP group of companies not to stand in the way of players or employees seeking better opportunities.

“Kung pinayagan na siya ng higher ups, bakit naman namin siya pipigilan. I thank RR for the good playing days he spent with us,” said the amiable NLEX boss.

Garcia is set to submit his PBA application on Wednesday morning.

The heady guard from Zamboanga should be the top guard prospect in a draft pool dominated by big men Greg Slaughter, Ian Sangalang, and Raymond Almazan.

Garcia is also aware that he if decides to wait another year, he may end up in a guard-heavy class with fellow Gilas cadets Kevin Louie Alas, Garvo Lanete, and Terrence Romeo as well as ABL Finals MVP Chris Banchero.

“Gusto ko na mag PBA. Kapag next year pa ko maraming papasok. Marami akong kaagaw sa pwesto. Atleast ngayon halos lahat malalaki,” he said.

Asked if his decision to leave Gilas has something to do with the arrival at Gilas of Romeo, Garcia said no. The two stars have not had the smoothest relationships during their time together with the Tamaraws.

“Hindi kami magkaaway nun. Okay na kami 'nun. 'Yung slot ko eh di sa kanya na,” said the former UAAP MVP.

Garcia, meanwhile, bared that he will also meet with former Gilas team manager Butch Antonio to finalize his resignation from the team.

“Para ayos na po. Cleared. Sayang nga hindi na ako makakalaro sa (Southeast Asian) Games. Pero okay na rin, parang give chance to others,” he said.

Meanwhile, Globaport Batang Pier team owner Mikee Romero was the happiest upon learning of Garcia’s draft application, saying he will pick the former FEU star if given the chance.

“Wow. Good news yan. Maganda yan. Pag libre pa sa akin yan … kukunin ko yan,” Romero told Spin.ph as he hopes to land Garcia with his No. 6, seventh and 11th picks overall.

“RR at Sol (Mercado). Pag napagsama ko patok yan,” he added.

LaKazTaMa
10-16-2013, 08:52 PM
UAAP may ban foreign players by 2016

ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at 10/16/2013 5:12 PM | Updated as of 10/16/2013 5:29 PM

MANILA – The UAAP is now considering a ban on foreign players, which has become one of the more contentious issues hounding the collegiate league.

A source from the UAAP confirmed to ABS-CBNnews.com on Wednesday that the subject of banning foreign players was “informally” discussed during last month’s meeting between the presidents of the UAAP member schools.

That September meeting was called to address issues that have plagued the league in Season 76.

The source explained that if ever the move is agreed upon by the member schools, this would be formalized in 2015.

“This means 2015 will be the last year they can recruit foreign players,” the source said, adding that this issue has yet to be “tabled” by the UAAP board, which could happen at the end of the year.

A report on the sports website Spin.ph on Wednesday quoted University of the Philippine president Alfredo Pascual as saying the state university “fully supports” the ban on foreign players.

“The NCAA has already laid down the policy setting 2015, I think, as the start of the no recruitment of foreign players ... I think it is but appropriate if we follow suit in the UAAP," Pascual told the website.

Spin.ph also sought a comment from National University board representative Nilo Ocampo, who gave his thoughts on the issue.

“There are some legit foreigners who are really studying - pero how do you differentiate yung nag-aaral talaga at sa ni-recruit as athletes. 'Yun ang mahirap,” Ocampo told the website.

Dark Knight
10-18-2013, 02:55 PM
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FEU, Big Chill officials confirm giving Terrence Romeo the blessing to join PBA draft

by Reuben Terrado. October 18, 2013


TOP officials of Far Eastern University and PBA D-League ballclub Big Chill have confirmed that controversial college star Terrence Romeo has been given the green light to turn pro after a sudden change of heart.

FEU athletic director Mark Molina said Romeo left the school in good terms, adding the Tamaraws organization gave their high-scoring guard the blessing to join the PBA rookie draft set on November 3.

“Kahit ano naman ang desisyon nila, pumapayag kami,” Molina said.

Molina said the school understood where Romeo is coming from, pointing out that if the player doesn't come out for the draft, the earliest he can turn pro would be in 2015.

Next year's draft is slated in August when the UAAP season is still in progress.

“Ang draft pa ng PBA, August pa so kung hindi siya lalabas ngayon, after two years pa siya mada-draft, 2015 pa,” Molina said.

Big Chill team owner James Tiu also expressed support for Romeo’s decision.

“Desisyon nila ng family nila ‘yan and definitely with careful planning and their financial status right now, it will be advantageous na magpa-draft na siya ngayon,” said Tiu.

Now it's down to Romeo if he decides to turn pro or not. At posting time, he or his representatives have yet to file his application at the PBA with the 5 p.m. deadline fast approaching.
Calls and SMS messages by Spin.ph to the player have yet to be returned.

A source said Globalport has expressed strong interest in the Cavite-born guard, who also won a Rookie of the Year award in 2010 prior to capturing the MVP trophy this season.

“Eh may mga PBA teams na nagsabi na interesado sila. Para sa pamilya din naman niya ‘yun,” Molina added.

Romeo had expressed his intention to stay with the Tamaraws for his fifth and final season in 2014 even with an option to already join the draft this year.

Once his draft application is filed on the final day on Friday, Romeo will join FEU teammate RR Garcia and Jeric Teng as UAAP cagers fresh from their Season 76 stints to join the PBA draft.

Romeo averaged 22.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 1.6 steals for the Tamaraws this season in leading FEU to a Final Four appearance after a 7-0 start to the eliminations.

The Tamaraws lost to De La Salle in the Final Four.

Dark Knight
10-18-2013, 03:56 PM
Goodbye to Terrence Romeo and good luck to your career in the Pba.


TERRENCE ROMEO joins PBA DRAFT

MANILA, Philippines — Next destination: PBA.

UAAP MVP Terrence Romeo declared for the 2013 PBA Draft on Friday, October 18, making even deeper what is already a stellar crew of pro hopefuls in the draft slated on November 3.

Romeo, who will forego his final year of eligibility for Far Eastern University, joins teammate and former MVP Ryan Roose Garcia, University of Santo Tomas gunner Jeric Teng and 4-time champion Ryan Buenafe of Ateneo de Manila University in the list of applicants in the annual spectacle.

Big men dominated the list for probable top picks just a week ago, with Greg Slaughter, Ian Sangalang, Raymund Almazan and Nico Salva declaring early.

But the entry of star guards like Garcia, Teng and Romeo, teams would have to think even more with this batch proving to be one of the deepest in years.

Barangay Ginebra holds the first overall pick while San Mig Coffee, who is still battling Petron Blaze in the Governor's Cup finals, will select second overall.

Barako Bull will pick 4th and 5th, arousing the possibility that Romeo and Garcia might team up once more for a team in dire need of backcourt firepower.

Just after getting named MVP less than a month ago, Romeo vowed to return to play his final year with the Tams, promising to settle an unfinished business and bring the championship back to Morayta.

Things have changed, however, and the controversial guard will now bring his high-scoring act to the professional ranks, possibly with running mate Garcia anew. - Rappler.com

LaKazTaMa
10-18-2013, 09:42 PM
Wow! too soon? bit surprised thou anyways GOOD Luck to Two MVP's RR Garcia and Terrence bill Romeo..GO Tamz!

LaKazTaMa
10-18-2013, 09:51 PM
PBATerrence Romeo adds name to 2013 draft pool

October 18, 2013 5:22pm

Reigning UAAP MVP Terrence Romeo has decided to add his name to the 2013 PBA draft pool, his FEU Tamaraws head coach Nash Racela confirmed, Friday, just a few hours before the deadline.


"To d FEU family> Let's all support both RR & TR in their decision to join the draft. This might be the best time for both of them. Let's wish them the best in the pros!" Racela tweeted.

Romeo averaged 21.7 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.6 steals this past UAAP season, earning regular season MVP honors in the process, but his squad was ousted in the Final Four by eventual champions DLSU Green Archers, after also losing to them in a playoff for the second-seed and the twice-to-beat advantage that came with it.

As a result of his decision to join the draft, Romeo forgoes his fifth and final season of eligibility with the FEU Tamaraws, who will most likely feature Mike Tolomia, Roger Pogoy, Mac Belo and the returning from injury Russell Escoto come Season 77.

The former Rookie of the Year joins his teammate RR Garcia in the draft. Garcia, who has exhausted his eligibility years in the UAAP, normed 12.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.0 steals this past season.

Other UAAP players who have just used up their eligibility and have submitted their names in the draft include Ryan Buenafe and JP Erram of Ateneo, and UST's Jeric Teng. - AMD, GMA News

LaKazTaMa
10-18-2013, 10:12 PM
FEU’s Romeo joins deep PBA Draft pool

By Nelson Beltran (philstar.com) | Updated October 18, 2013 - 4:13pm

MANILA, Philippines – Terrence Romeo, the Most Valuable Player in the just concluded UAAP season, made a surprise decision Friday, renouncing one more year of collegiate eligibility as he beat the deadline for submission of application for the 2013 PBA Rookie Draft.

Romeo personally entered his name in the draft pool in the PBA Commissioner’s Office two hours before the 5 p.m. deadline, thus, providing added depth in the roster of players joining the draft exercise on Nov. 3 at Robinson’s Place Ermita.

A total of 79 players applied for the draft where Barangay Ginebra and San Mig Coffee are to pick first and second.

Romeo is another crack guard added in the pool earlier dominated by big men led by Greg Slaughter, Ian Sangalang and Raymond Almazan.

Two days earlier, fellow UAAP standouts Jeric Teng and RR Garcia made themselves available for the draft, providing presence of talented backcourt players in the pool.

Curiously, Romeo, Garcia and Almazan are among those being considered for the Gilas cadet team to be fielded in the coming Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar.

The question is whether the three would still pursue participation in the biennial games.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, through executive director Sonny Barrios, has a pending request with the PBA board to allow Gilas cadet players drafted in the PBA to still join the Phl team in the SEA Games.

Before applying for the draft, the 5-foot-10 guard from Far Eastern U was eligible to play for one more season in varsity ball.

He had a smooth transition from Baby Tam to Tamaraw in 2010, winning the UAAP Rookie of the Year award after being the UAAP Juniors MVP the previous year.

The complete draft order in the first round is Ginebra, San Mig Coffee, Rain or Shine, Barako Bull, Barako Bull, Barako Bull, Globalport, Alaska Milk, Rain or Shine and San Mig Coffee.

Apparently, at least two teams expressed interest on Romeo.

Other crack players in the list are RJ Cawaling, Carlo Lastimosa, Joshua Webb, Tata Marata, Justin Chua, Jeric Fortuna, Jett Vidal, Mike Silungan, Mark Bringas, James Camson, Dave Najorda, Nate Matute, Jester Apinan, and James Forrester.

LaKazTaMa
10-18-2013, 10:24 PM
FEU wants UAAP juniors basketball tournament moved to second semester
From: Reuben Terrado
•October 17, 2013, 05:15 pm



FEU wants UAAP juniors basketball tournament moved to second semester
FEU athletic director Mark Molina says the proposal is now up for discussion in the UAAP Amendments Committee. Jaime Campos



FAR Eastern University (FEU) has proposed before the UAAP board that the league's juniors basketball competition be moved to the second semester.

FEU athletic director Mark Molina wrote anout the proposal through his Twitter account ahead of Wednesday’s board meeting, saying such a move will allow the juniors league to stand separately from the men's competition while avoiding a clash with junior tournaments overseas.

When reached by Spin.ph, Molina confirmed the move, adding the proposal is now up for discussion in the UAAP Amendments Committee.

The juniors basketball meet is currently being held during the first semester, simultaneously with the men’s tilt.

At the same time, Molina said holding the juniors competition during the second semester will allow the league to have a permanent set of officials since the basketball tournament now runs for the entire season.

“Creating a permanent UAAP pool of refs and technical team will be more practical since there will be basketball tournament from july to feb instead of just july to oct,” wrote Molina in his account @marqmolina.

Since the basketball tournament runs for a season, the proposal will also lead to having a permanent commissioner, he added.

The UAAP usually hires the service of a commissioner on a per-season basis.

“Hopefully, this will eventually lead to having a commissioner with a longer period, say three to five years,” said Molina.

The FEU official also said moving the juniors tournament will pave the way for the league to allow its players to see action in international competitions.

Just a few months ago, junior players from the UAAP competed in two events major international meets -- the Fiba-Asia Under-16 Championship in Tehran and the Fiba 3x3 U-18 World Championship in Jakarta – which run simultaneously with the league.

Owing to both tournaments, the UAAP was forced to move its juniors Finals between National University and Ateneo more than a week after the Final Four.

Molina said the juniors competition being moved to the second semester will allow the league to attract more audience.

“Greater interest from students, alumni etc, since it will not be overshadowed by the men's tournament,” Molina added.

Follow the writer on Twitter: @reubensports

LaKazTaMa
10-19-2013, 05:41 PM
Tams move on sans Romeo

By Olmin Leyba, The Philippine Star

Posted at 10/19/2013 12:51 PM | Updated as of 10/19/2013 12:51 PM


MANILA, Philippines - The Far Eastern U Tamaraws expect to remain competitive in 2014 despite the decision of Season 76 MVP Terrence Romeo to forego his fifth playing year and join the PBA rookie draft next month.

But it will take a concerted effort from the holdovers and new recruits to fill in the huge void left by Romeo, according to coach Nash Racela and FEU athletic director Mark Molina.

“That’s college basketball. Can’t hold them back. He’s a big loss but somebody has to step forward and be ready for the challenge. We will address it collectively,” Racela said.

“You don’t replace an MVP but I’m sure coach Nash will mold a competitive team that FEU will be proud of,” said Molina.

Romeo’s departure leaves FEU wanting in firepower as the Tams had already lost 2010 MVP and fellow PBA aspirant RR Garcia and Gryann Mendoza to graduation at the end of the season, which saw the squad finish third.

Romeo was the UAAP’s top player in scoring (21.7 points) and field goal percentage (64.4 percent) this season and accounted for 5.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.6 steal in 16 games for FEU while Garcia was good for averages of 12.8 markers, 3.9 boards and one steal.

With the two gone, the third member of their fearsome backcourt trio – Mike Tolomia – is expected to carry the brunt with help from the likes of Mac Belo, Roger Pogoy, Carl Bryan Cruz and ACL-hit Russel Escoto.

LaKazTaMa
10-19-2013, 06:21 PM
FEU wants UAAP juniors basketball tournament moved to second semester
From: Reuben Terrado
•October 17, 2013, 05:15 pm

FEU athletic director Mark Molina says the proposal is now up for discussion in the UAAP Amendments Committee. Jaime Campos

FAR Eastern University (FEU) has proposed before the UAAP board that the league's juniors basketball competition be moved to the second semester.

FEU athletic director Mark Molina wrote anout the proposal through his Twitter account ahead of Wednesday’s board meeting, saying such a move will allow the juniors league to stand separately from the men's competition while avoiding a clash with junior tournaments overseas.

When reached by Spin.ph, Molina confirmed the move, adding the proposal is now up for discussion in the UAAP Amendments Committee.

The juniors basketball meet is currently being held during the first semester, simultaneously with the men’s tilt.

At the same time, Molina said holding the juniors competition during the second semester will allow the league to have a permanent set of officials since the basketball tournament now runs for the entire season.

“Creating a permanent UAAP pool of refs and technical team will be more practical since there will be basketball tournament from july to feb instead of just july to oct,” wrote Molina in his account @marqmolina.

Since the basketball tournament runs for a season, the proposal will also lead to having a permanent commissioner, he added.

The UAAP usually hires the service of a commissioner on a per-season basis.

“Hopefully, this will eventually lead to having a commissioner with a longer period, say three to five years,” said Molina.

The FEU official also said moving the juniors tournament will pave the way for the league to allow its players to see action in international competitions.

Just a few months ago, junior players from the UAAP competed in two events major international meets -- the Fiba-Asia Under-16 Championship in Tehran and the Fiba 3x3 U-18 World Championship in Jakarta – which run simultaneously with the league.

Owing to both tournaments, the UAAP was forced to move its juniors Finals between National University and Ateneo more than a week after the Final Four.

Molina said the juniors competition being moved to the second semester will allow the league to attract more audience.

“Greater interest from students, alumni etc, since it will not be overshadowed by the men's tournament,” Molina added.

Follow the writer on Twitter: @reubensports

red_engr1987
10-19-2013, 10:07 PM
FEU star Romeo joins PBA draft
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
1:11 am | Saturday, October 19th, 2013
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FAR EASTERN University’s Terrence Romeo pulled off a surprise yesterday as the reigning UAAP Most Valuable Player joined the PBA Rookie Draft and automatically gave up his final eligibility year in the collegiate league.

Romeo beat the deadline by a couple of hours to join fellow FEU star guard RR Garcia in one of the most talent-filled Draft pool led by NCAA MVP Ian Sangalang of San Sebastian and Ateneo’s seven-foot center Greg Slaughter.

A total of 84 pro hopefuls signed up for the Draft set on Nov. 3 at Robinsons Place Manila.

Romeo’s decision turned out to be the most unexpected as he had vowed to play his fifth and final year with the Tamaraws just last week.

The 5-foot-11 Romeo led the league both in points scored at 22.2 ppg and steals at 1.6 spg aside from averaging a third-best 3.9 assists and 6.3 rebounds.

Barangay Ginebra owns the No. 1 pick and has reportedly narrowed its choice between big men Sangalang and Slaughter.

Romeo and Garcia, the 1-2 punch of the Tamaraws, may even wind up as teammates anew if they get drafted in the middle of the first round where Barako Bull owns three consecutive picks starting at fourth.

University of Santo Tomas’ top gunner Jeric Teng also recently made himself available for the pros after a stellar performance in the UAAP Finals where his Tigers narrowly fell short against new champion La Salle.

“I’m nervous because you never know what will happen there,” said Teng, the son of former PBA player Alvin Teng. “It’s a different level, so I have to be quicker, stronger and more efficient in everything. I just hope I’ll end up with a team that really needs me.”

Ateneo standout Ryan Buenafe, another last-minute applicant, joined the pool with fellow Blue Eagles Nico Salva, the two-time Finals MVP who figured in five UAAP title romps, and big men Justin Chua and JP Erram.

Letran center Raymond Almazan is also expected to go high in the draft.

Read more: http://sports.inquirer.net/125171/feu-star-romeo-joins-pba-draft#ixzz2iB4d9sjZ
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Joescoundrel
10-21-2013, 09:50 AM
FEU coach Racela in search for new take-charge guys after Romeo's shock exit

From: Reuben Terrado

October 20, 2013, 08:08 pm

TERRENCE Romeo’s last-minute decision to enter the PBA rookie draft has left a gaping hole in Far Eastern University’s lineup in the next UAAP season, Tamaraws coach Nash Racela admitted.

Romeo's sudden departure came at a time when the Tamaraws were already reeling from the exit of star guard RR Garcia and Gryann Mendoza who had both finished their college eligibility with the team.

Garcia has also joined the November 3 rookie draft.

“Big loss talaga, especially sabay pa with RR (Garcia) and Gryann (Mendoza),” FEU coach Nash Racela admitted.

Romeo filed his draft application just two hours before the deadline on Friday in a sudden change of heart after initially saying he will be staying for his fifth and final year with the school in 2014.

FEU officials, however, said they understood Romeo’s decision since the high-scoring guard can only join the draft in 2015 if he had stayed with the Tamaraws for the next UAAP season.

With Garcia and Romeo now gone, many believe the Tamaraws will now be Mike Tolomia’s team as the shooting guard is expected to get more touches after settling for being the third option on offense behind Romeo and Garcia last season with a 9.4-point average.

But Racela refuses to ponder on Romeo’s absence this early, saying only time will tell how the Tamaraws' lineup will shape up next season.

“Time will tell kung anong impact ‘yung absence ni Terrence. But from our end, we will do our best to prepare the others,” Racela said

The FEU coach is also hoping big men Mark Belo, Carl Bryan Cruz, and Anthony Hargrove can blossom into take-charge guys for the team in the absence of the two former UAAP MVPs.

“Hopefully, by next season, they’ll be ready to step forward and take the challenge,” said Racela.

Dark Knight
10-21-2013, 11:59 AM
Jesus, Nash.........what are you searching for?

We have Lee Yu and Inigo right? aside from Tolomia of course.

LaKazTaMa
10-21-2013, 04:19 PM
may tinatago pa yan na alas , antayin si Coach Flores may surpresa dw.

LaKazTaMa
10-21-2013, 04:22 PM
Uichico hoping Romeo, Almazan, Garcia can be loaned to SEAG team after PBA draft
From: Richard Dy
•October 20, 2013, 03:05 pm

GILAS cadet coach Jong Uichico remains hopeful that collegiate standouts RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo of Far Eastern University as well as Letran’s Raymund Almazan would still be made available to his Southeast Asian Games-bound national team after being drafted in the PBA.

Uichico feels the 6-foot-7 Almazan’s height and shot-blocking prowess can be a key asset to the national squad, which at the moment only has naturalized center Marcus Douthit and Gilas cadet mainstay Jake Pascual in the frontline with De La Salle standout Arnold Van Opstal still to commit to the team.

On the other hand, Garcia and Romeo, the reigning UAAP Most Valuable Player, will give the Philippine team the depth in the guard spot, Uichico added.

“Of course, we’d like to play with a complete lineup with the three around. However, everything will depend on their mother teams once they all get drafted,” Uichico told Spin.ph on Sunday.

After the PBA draft, Uichico said the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas will officially request for the three incoming rookies’ availability for the national team bound for the Maynmar Games.

However, the three will have to sit out the first two months of the next PBA season if they commit to the SEA Games mission.

“Should they be allowed, that means they will not play in the PBA kasi iba yung ipahiram sa iyo at iba rin yung di na muna sila lalaro sa PBA so they can practice with us. But the SBP will make the necessary negotiations for that,” explained the former national player-turned national coach.

Uichico, also a multi-titled PBA coach, said he already gathered the members of the national pool on Friday evening at the San Juan Fil-Oil Flying V Arena to get their commitment as well as come up with an ideal practice schedule.

The national team’s schedule for the time being is Tuesdays and Thursday at 6-8 p.m., while their Monday-Wednesday-Friday practices are not yet final pending an available venue.

Ateneo star guard Kiefer Ravena along with Gilas cadet members Kevin Alas, Garvo Lanete, Matt Ganuelas, Jake Pascual and Ronald Pascual, all showed up for the team’s first meeting while Almazan arrived late after coming in straight from Letran's practice.

Absent were National University standout and two-time UAAP MVP Bobby Ray Parks, Adamson’s Jericho Cruz, University of Santo Tomas’ Kevin Ferrer, Van Opstal and University of the East’s Roi Sumang.

LaKazTaMa
10-23-2013, 07:16 PM
Romeo, Garcia forego chance for farewell games with D-League clubs
From: Gerry Ramos
•October 23, 2013, 06:11 pm
THEY’RE both included in the team line-up and still eligible to play for a few games, but college stars Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia are both foregoing their final season in the PBA Developmental League.

The two UAAP Most Valuable Players made themselves available in this year’s PBA Draft set Nov. 3 yet, giving them at least two more weeks to still play in the D-League Aspirants Cup that kicks off Thursday at the Ynares Arena in Pasig.

But management of both NLEX and Big Chill announced both Far Eastern University stalwarts will no longer be suiting up for their respective teams in the season-opening conference.

“Actually hindi na applicable si Terrence na maglaro sa amin dahil Nov, 4 ang first game namin, which by that time tapos na ang Draft. May idea na kami kung saan team siya maglalaro sa PBA,” said Big Chill coach Robert Sison.

The same is the case with Garcia as the NLEX Road Warriors are scheduled to play their first game in Nov. 18, a day after the season-opening Philippine Cup formally unfurls.

“Si RR hindi na talaga maglalaro sa amin, nag-paalam na rin naman siya ng maayos sa management,” said NLEX assistant coach Adonis Tierra.

LaKazTaMa
10-23-2013, 07:19 PM
Agent's wish for pro-bound Romeo after parting of ways: 'Hope he matures'
From: Snow Badua
•October 23, 2013, 10:41 am

FORMER Far Eastern University star Terrence Romeo should mature if he wants his prosper as a pro.

This was the advice of Romeo's former adviser and well-known player agent Ed Ponceja, who passed the job of managing the reigning UAAP MVP's career to the cager’s dad weeks before the PBA rookie draft.

“Mabait na bata 'yang si Terrence. Talagang 'yung ugali lang niya sa laro ang minsan nakakasira sa kanyang imahe,” said Ponceja of the prospective first-rounder.

Ponceja, who also represents Marc Pingris, Marc Barroca, and KG Canaleta as well as incoming rookie RR Garcia, among others, said Romeo's attitude on the court should also improve.

“Ang kailangan talagang kontrolin ni Terrence yung pagiging gigil niya na tumira … Hindi pwede sa PBA 'yan. He should know the role he will play based on the advice of the coaching staff,” he said.

Ponceja pointed to how the Tamaraws star behaved in his last season in the UAAP, which was marred by the infamous ‘wet scene’ with De La Salle star Jeron Teng.

[For full story, see Jeron Teng on 'wet scene' with Romeo: It was really disgusting]

“Kaya ang tanong ko lagi, ‘Is he already mature enough to be in the PBA?’ Yan ang sana ipakita ni Terrence kapag andun na siya,” said Ponceja, pointing out that basketball is more than just about skills.

The outspoken player agent, however, believes Romeo has what it takes to become a certified PBA superstar, so long as he succeeds in putting his act together.

Romeo's biggest enemy, he said, is himself.

“May talent si Terrence," said Ponceja. "Sarili lang niya talaga ang kalaban niya.”

LaKazTaMa
10-26-2013, 09:50 PM
Tolomia plays down talk he's the next King Tamaraw after Romeo, Garcia exit
From: Reuben Terrado
•October 25, 2013, 09:44 pm

Tolomia was the team’s third leading scorer last season with averages of 9.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 3.6 assists but mostly stayed in the shadows as Romeo and Garcia took turns leading the Tamaraws.

He also hit a couple of big shots for the Tamaraws including a game-tying three-pointer that completed FEU’s comeback from eight points down against University of the East in regulation to force overtime. The Morayta-based school eventually won the classic contest in double overtime.

The 20-year-old Tolomia admitted he will be a key player for the team next year, but stressed it will still be a collective effort on the part of the Tamaraws under head coach Nash Racela.

“Siguro isa ako sa mga mag-lead pero hindi ko masasabi na ako lang talaga. Sabi nga ni coach Nash (Racela), team pa rin kami next season,” said the brother of former PBA player Chester Tolomia.

The high-flying guard admitted the team was shocked when Romeo, last season’s UAAP Most Valuable Player, signed up as a last-minute entry in the November 3 rookie draft even though he is still eligible to play a final year with the Tamaraws.

“Siyempre, ‘yung kay RR, given na ‘yun dahil wala na siyang playing year at expected na namin ‘yun na wala na siya. Kay Terrence naman, nagulat din kaming lahat na nagpa-draft siya agad pero tingin naman namin, para sa future niya rin ‘yun kaya naiintindihan namin siya,” Tolomia said.

Nevertheless, Tolomia admitted learning a lot playing behind Garcia and Romeo at the backcourt.

“Marami na akong natutunan kila RR at Terrence na kahit ako ‘yung pangatlo sa kanila, doon pa lang sa experience ko na ‘yun sa kanila, marami na akong natutunan for next season,” he said.

Tolomia admitted that he will have to get used to leading from the front, which is why his stint with the Zambales M-Builders in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup will be a big boost for him next season.

And Tolomia readily showed a glimpse of what he is capable of after finishing with 20 points in the M-Builders' victory over Derulo Accelero in Thursday's conference opener.

“Isa rin ako sa inaasahan dito, parang na-pa-practice ko na rin kung paano mag-lead,” Tolomia said.

LaKazTaMa
11-02-2013, 02:25 PM
Romeo wants to cap amateur career with SEA Games stint with national team
From: Richard Dy
•November 1, 2013, 05:06 pm

AS reigning UAAP Most Valuable Player Terrence Romeo looks forward to a fruitful career in the PBA beginning with Sunday’s rookie draft, the Far Eastern University stalwart has also made known his desire to play for the national team in the Southeast Asian Games.

The 5-foot-9 Romeo is tipped to be a potential first-round pick, and that’s the reason why he expressed hopes that his future mother ballclub would allow him to suit up for the Sinag Pilipinas team bound for the SEA Games in Myanmar this December.

“Iyun nga gusto ko sana mag-ensayo para sa SEA Games. Eh di pa lang ako nagpa-pa-draft, so after draft, gusto ko mag-tryout,” Romeo said.

“Di pa ako nagpapasabi pero subukan ko magpasabi. Dream ko rin maglaro sa SEA Games.”

The high-scoring guard, who averaged 21.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 4.1 assists the recent Season 76 of the UAAP, is actually included in the 19-man national pool tasked to extend the country’s basketball reign in the SEA Games.

Jong Uichico has been appointed by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) to handle the national squad to be reinforced by naturalized player Marcus Douthit and backstopped by Gilas cadet members led by Kevin Alas, Jake Pascual, Ronald Pascual, Matt Ganuelas, and Garvo Lanete.

Others invited to join the national pool include Arnold Van Opstal, Raymond Almazan, Mark Belo, Bobby Ray Parks, Jericho Cruz, Prince Caperal, Roi Sumang, and Kevin Ferrer.

Coached by Norman Black, the Sinag Pilipinas team retained the basketball gold during the 2011 SEA Games in Jakarta, Indoneisa, routing Thailand in the Finals, 85-57.

LaKazTaMa
11-04-2013, 01:17 PM
Twitter enemies Romeo, Salva only have kind words for each other after ending up on same team
From: Mei-Lin Lozada
•November 3, 2013, 07:18 pm

BITTER rivals in college and enemies on Twitter, Terrence Romeo and Nico Salva said they are ready to put their feud behind them after ending up on the same team at the end of the PBA rookie draft.

Just months after an angry exchange on Twitter after Salva criticized Romeo for his "individualistic play" in a game with Far Eastern University, the two only have kind words for each other after both were selected by Globalport in a surprise-filled draft at Robinsons Place in Manila.

Romeo, taken with the No. 5 pick overall which Globalport got from Barako Bull in a three-step trade also involving Petron, was quick to play down the feud with Salva which he said was nothing more than a burst of emotion.

"Wala naman kasi 'yun. Walang galit or something, biglaang init ng ulo lang," said the flamboyant Romeo. "It's nothing personal."

Salva was also more than willing to put the past behind him, saying he had the chance to play with Romeo in the pre-draft tryouts and found the former FEU star a good teammate.

"Wala naman na 'yun. Kasi nag-scrimmage na rin naman kami last week together, magkakampi kami and maganda naman yung flow ng game," said the former Ateneo star, who was taken by Globalport with the first pick of the second round at No. 11 overall.

"So more than anything, excited ako to be teammates with RR (Garcia) and Terrence and the rest of the team."

Romeo praised Salva, saying it was a joy to be on the same team with the multi-titled Blue Eagle.

"Sobrang sarap makasama ni Salva. Ang talino maglaro, sobrang approachable siya lalo pag nasa court kami. Madali kami nakakapag-usap, nakapag-practice na kami one time," said Romeo.

For Salva, the college rivalry will have to be set aside as the three of them mark a new beginning in their careers.

"With RR and Terrence this is not FEU and Ateneo anymore. This is the PBA now, we're teammates and we have to work together," he said.

"Syempre, we have to know each other's strengths and weaknesses and I look forward to playing with them. They are good shooters, they are good passers and they will make basketball easier for anyone."

LaKazTaMa
11-28-2013, 02:11 PM
FEU out to prove there's life after Romeo, Garcia as Tams vie for honors in PCCL
From: Reuben Terrado
•November 27, 2013, 05:00 pm

FAR Eastern University tries to prove there’s life after Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia as the Tamaraws play San Sebastian in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League Luzon-Metro Manila qualifiers.

The Tamaraws automatically gained a spot in the PCCL qualifiers for placing third in Season 76 of the UAAP, leb by current Most Valuable Player awardee Romeo and former MVP Garcia.

The two have moved on to the pros, both signing with Globalport in the PBA, but the Tamaraws are eager to show they can still come up with wins.

The two explosive guards will also be seeing action on Thursday with the Batang Pier as they take on crowd favorite Barangay Ginebra in a PBA game at the Mall of Asia Arena.

FEU coach Nash Racela said the PCCL is an opportunity for players like Mike Tolomia and Mark Belo to prove their worth as new leaders of the squad.

Tolomia and Belo are the two of the Tamaraws’ consistent contributors in scoring and other statistical departments in the recently-concluded UAAP season.

“New beginning for us. New opportunities for the other players,” said Racela.

The young coach also said it is still premature to gauge how the team has been adjusting since Thursday’s game will be the first time Romeo and Garcia will not be playing for the Tamaraws.

“I can’t really say much regarding adjustment because we started training this week,” said Racela.

FEU will take on its counterpart in the NCAA in the Stags, who also finished third after bowing to Letran in the Final Four.

Gametime is at 4 p.m.

The winner of the FEU-San Sebastian encounter will face either University of the East or National University in the next phase of the stepladder playoff after the Warriors and Bulldogs won on Tuesday in Tanauan City.

The Red Warriors beat University of Batangas, 81-60, while the Bulldogs defeated University of Perpetual Help, 70-67.

The UE-NU game is at 2 p.m.

LaKazTaMa
11-28-2013, 08:04 PM
Belo takes charge as FEU wins first game without Romeo, Garcia
From: Reuben Terrado
•November 28, 2013, 06:50 pm

MARK BELO had 19 points and 14 rebounds as Far Eastern University won its first official game without Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia, beating San Sebastian, 83-73, on Thursday in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League Luzon-Metro Manila at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

Achie Inigo had 14 points, while Anthony Hargrove added 14 points, 15 rebounds for the Tamaraws, who started on a positive note after Romeo and Garcia moved on to the pros at Globalport in the PBA.

“It’s a different feeling but we look at it on a positive side,” said FEU coach Nash Racela. “I know it’s going to be hard moving forward without them but that’s college basketball. You have to do what you have.”

Mike Tolomia added 11 points, six rebounds, and eight assists for the Tamaraws, who will next face National University in the Luzon-Metro Manila stepladder playoff on Monday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

NU beat University of the East, 73-63.

CJ Perez had 20 points for the Stags, who were without head coach Topex Robinson due to his duties as assistant coach of Alaska in the PBA.

The game was delayed in the first quarter after the scoreboard clock malfunctioned.

The scores:

FEU (83) – Belo 19, Inigo 14, Hargrove 14, Tolomia 11, Cruz 9, Mendoza 8, Pogoy 4, Sentcheu 4, Luz 0, Lee Yu 0, Dennison 0, Delfinado 0, Aguilon 0, Jose 0.

San Sebastian (73) – Perez 20, De Vera 13, Guinto 13, Dela Cruz 12, Ortouste 10, Rebellos 3, Vergara 2, Magno 0, Tano 0, Aquino 0, Trinidad 0,Gusi 0, Balucanag 0.

Quarterscores: 23-16; 46-35; 63-52; 83-73.

LaKazTaMa
11-30-2013, 09:07 PM
Racela proud of former FEU boys Garcia, Romeo
ABS-CBNnews.com
Posted at 11/29/2013 7:49 PM | Updated as of 11/29/2013 10:20 PM

MANILA – Far Eastern University (FEU) coach Nash Racela couldn't hide being proud of his former players, Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia, who are now making waves in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

Despite losing to powerhouse Ginebra San Miguel on Thursday, former FEU tandem of Romeo and Garcia tallied 27 and 20, respectively, for GlobalPort.

Racela said this means they have what it takes to play against their more established colleagues in Asia’s first play-for-pay league.

“Proud of our FEU boys @tbvromeo and @GarciaRR8 They're really made for the pros,” said Racela through his twitter account.

Romeo and Garcia, who both won MVP awards during their stint in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP), were taken by GlobalPort during the 2013 PBA Draft.

They were able to gain the respect of veteran PBA players because of their court presence.

“I told Terrence to keep it up. He’s a good kid, but at the same time, he’s ready for the challenge. He’s got a bright future ahead of him,” said Ginebra superstar Mark Caguioa in Spin.ph.

LaKazTaMa
12-02-2013, 07:58 PM
PCCLFEU second-half surge carries Tams past NU Bulldogs


December 2, 2013 3:45pm

Anthony Hargrove exploited an NU Bulldogs frontline sans experienced big men as his team advanced to the next round. KC Cruz

The Far Eastern University Tamaraws are showing that there’s life after Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia.

Despite playing without two UAAP MVPs who have since been drafted in the PBA, the Tamaraws dispatched the Bobby Ray Parks-led NU Bulldogs, 88-70, on Monday, in the stepladder portion of the Luzon-Metro Manila PCCL bracket at the Ynares Arena in Pasig.

Previously in the tourney, NU eliminated the NCAA’s University of Perpetual Help Altas, and the UE Red Warriors, while FEU toppled the San Sebastian Stags, also from the NCAA.

NU took an early 4-0 lead, but by the 7:15 mark, Gelo Alolino finally had NU on the board, and the Bulldogs knotted up the game at 10-all, with 4:32 left in the first.

From there, it was all National U., as they unleashed a 15-6 run to end the initial period, putting them on top, 21-16.

The Bulldogs continued to stay ahead in the second period, but seven straight by FEU brought them to within three, 34-31. Moments later, a Gryann Mendoza make made it a two-point affair, 38-36, but Jeoffrey Javillonar had the last say in the first half, finishing an and-one play for a 41-36 lead at the break.

A halftime pep talk from head coach Nash Racela seemed to do wonders for FEU as they exploded out of the gates with a 16-2 bomb, powered by Mac Belo and Anthony Hargrove, giving them the lead, 52-43. That formed the body of a 29-11 period, as Bobby Ray Parks tried to put his team on his shoulders, but the Bulldogs still trailed, 65-52, with a quarter left.

Gryann Mendoza opened the final canto with a triple, making it a 68-52 advantage for his team, but six straight by NU made things interesting, 68-58.

In response, FEU got seven unanswered from Hargrove and Mike Tolomia, 77-58. The Tams then rode out the rest of the game, with a trey by Ron Dennison putting this one away, 88-69, 1:17 remaining.


Anthony Hargrove finished with 28 big points on 13-of-15 shooting, along with 13 rebounds and two blocks. Mike Tolomia added 24 markers, four rebounds and two dimes, while Gryann Mendoza stuffed the stats sheet with 11 points, five rebounds and five assists.

Hargrove and Tolomia alone out-scored NU 34-28 in the second half of the game.

Bobby Ray Parks finished with 21 points, five rebounds and five assists, but was just 6-of-14 from the field, though he made up for it via a 9-of-10 clip at the foul line. Gelo Alolino compiled 11 points and three dimes, while Tristan Perez had 10 markers and six boards.

The Tamaraws finished shooting 50 percent from the field, compared to just 36.7 percent by the Bulldogs. NU though went 21-of-32 from the foul line, versus a tame 7-of-10 stint by FEU.

FEU also dominated the glass, 44-28, 13-7 on the offensive end.

It was the final game for several NU players finishing up their eligibility, namely Mark De Guzman, Troy Rosario, Robin Rono and Dennice Villamor.

FEU will face the winner of UST versus Letran, for the right to advance to the tournament's Final Four. - AMD, GMA News


The scores:

FEU (88) - Hargrove 28, Tolomia 24, Mendoza 11, Belo 9, Dennison 5, Cruz 4, Inigo 3, Pogoy 2, Sentcheu 2, Luiz 0, Lee Yu 0, Delfinado 0, Aguilon 0, Jose 0

NU (70) - Parks 21, Alolino 11, Perez 10, Javillonar 10, Neypes 7, Rono 3, Alejandro 3, Rosario 2, Khobuntin 2, Labing-isa 1, Villamor 0, Javelona 0

Quarter scoring: 16-21, 36-42, 65-53, 88-70

Dark Knight
12-04-2013, 09:45 PM
A scary win against UST for that last F4 slot in the ongoing 11th edition of the PCCL. I thought we will breeze all the way but a huge 4th quarter run by UST suddenly gave them the lead. But we posed poise under pressure. Belo, Tolomia and Cruz will be our take charge guys.

I love Inigo! Better than Romeo. A pass first point guard that could balance our offense.

Tough game ahead against San Beda though.

LaKazTaMa
12-04-2013, 10:01 PM
PCCL
FEU books last Final Four berth

December 3, 2013 5:41pm

(Updated 6:44pm) The Far Eastern University Tamaraws shocked the defending champions University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers, 71-68, on Tuesday at the Ynares Arena in Pasig, booking the last Final Four berth in the 2013 Philippine Collegiate Champions League.

Despite not having gunners Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia, both of whom are now in the PBA, FEU had more depth than their opponents, as UST played sans Jeric Teng, also in the PBA now, and Aljon Mariano, who is recovering from ankle surgery.

FEU will now play in the round-robin Final Four beginning next week against UAAP champs DLSU Green Archers, NCAA titlists San Beda College Red Lions, and the Southern Islands representatives, Southwestern University Cobras.

The Tamaraws seemed primed to run away with this one, as they held UST to just one field goal in the first period, en route to a 15-3 lead after the initial 10 minutes.

UST adjusted in the second canto by attacking the rim, which got them free throws. However, they didn't make their second field goal until the 5:16 mark, when Kevin Ferrer got the hoop and the harm, though he missed the bonus charity, 22-9.

Both teams then began running, which was to UST's advantage as they managed to get within nine points, 27-18, on a Ferrer triple. Two hits by Karim Abdul sandwiched a charity by Ed Daquioag, to keep them within that range, 33-24, but Christian Sentcheu scored with a second left in the first half, for a 35-24 lead for Far Eastern at the break.

FEU extended their run to start the third, making it a 12-0 blitz counting Sentcheu's score prior, 45-24, a little over three minutes gone by. However, their offense caught a snag, as they managed just four markers over a span of five minutes, allowing UST to close to within 11, 49-38. Five unanswered by Mac Belo helped the Tams regain their ground though, for a 57-38 advantage with one quarter left.

UST's defense strangled their opponents in the final canto anew, with Karim Abdul taking on the offensive chores. 10 from the big man in a 21-3 blast made it a one-point affair, 60-59, before Achie Inigo ended Far Eastern's silence on offense.

John Sheriff scored his first two points of the game shortly after, and they couldn't have come at a better time as they put UST ahead, 67-65, just two minutes remaining. However, an unsportsmanlike foul whistled on Kevin Ferrer gave FEU a much-needed break, and Belo and Carl Cruz capitalized, 69-67, 50 seconds left. A split at the line by Abdul kept UST alive, but offensive rebounds from Inigo and Mendoza led to Mac Belo closing this one out with two free throws, as Ferrer couldn't force OT on the last possession.

Belo led FEU with 19 points in 19 minutes, along with five rebounds and two assists. He was the sole Tamaraw in double-figures, but Mike Tolomia and Carl Cruz chimed in with nine apiece, Cruz also collaring 10 boards.

Karim Abdul posted a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds, Kevin Ferrer poured in 15 points, though he made just 1-of-8 three pointers, and the duo of Paolo Pe and Clark Bautista scored nine each.

UST made a killing at the foul line, going 24-of-34 compared to FEU's 11-of-19 clip, but the Tamaraws had more assists (16-12) and shot better from the field (40 percent versus 35 percent).

The Tamaraws though will lack the services of Belo next week, as the forward will be part of the team representing the Philippines at the 2013 SEA Games. - AMD, GMA News

LaKazTaMa
12-05-2013, 07:13 PM
Belo again carries load as FEU Tamaraws beat Tigers for place in PCCL Final Four
From: Reuben Terrado
•December 3, 2013, 07:38 pm

FAR Eastern University built a big first-quarter lead that proved enough to overcome a furious University of Santo Tomas fightback, 71-68, to claim the last semifinal berth of the Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) Tuesday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

After opening a 15-3 edge in the opening period, the Tamaraws stretched their lead to as much as 21 points, a cushion big enough to hold off the Tigers’ fourth-quarter rally to claim the Luzon-Metro Manila slot in the Final Four.

The semifinals kick off on Monday at the Blue Eagle gym.

The Tamaraws join UAAP and NCAA champions De La Salle and San Beda, along with Southern Islands champion Southwestern University in the Final Four.

The absence of Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia, was obviously felt by the Tamaraws when the Tigers clawed their way back to grab the lead, 67-65, behind a 29-8 run.

But FEU made its free throws down the stretch behind Mark Belo and Carl Bryan Cruz to clinch the win.

“Na-expose talaga ‘yung weakness namin because we lost two guards,” FEU coach Nash Racela said. “Siguro hinahanap namin ‘yun. Tama lang ‘yun, kahit ako ‘yung coach (ng kabilang team), gagawin ko ‘yun.”

“It was about what they didn’t do,” said Racela, referring to UST’s 1-of-14 shooting from the field in the first period.

Belo topscored with 19 points, including two free throws following an offensive rebound that settled the final count in the last 4.6 seconds.

Kevin Ferrer missed the potential game-tying triple at the buzzer.

Earlier, Jan Sheriff hit a lay-up to give UST a 67-65 lead with 1:54 to play.

But Belo countered by scoring two free throws following an unsportsmanlike foul by Ferrer to tie the count for the last time, before Cruz hit the go-ahead basket for the Tamaraws.

Karim Abdul split his two free throws as UST threatened for the last time, 69-68.

Racela won’t be with the Tamaraws during the Final Four, being one of the deputies of coach Jong Uichico with Sinag Pilipinas team in the 2013 Southeast Asian Games.

“Nasa Myanmar na ako. Nagawa ko na ‘yung part ko,” Racela said.

The scores:

FEU (71) - Belo 19, Tolomia 9, Cruz 9, Inigo 8, Hargrove 8, Pogoy 6, Mendoza 5, Aguilon 3, Dennison 2, Sentcheu 2, Luz 0, Lee Yu 0, Delfinado 0, Jose 0.

UST (68) - Abdul 20, Ferrer 15, Pe 9, Bautista 9, Daquioag 7, Lo 4, Sheriff 2, Faundo 2.

Quarterscores: 15-3; 35-24; 57-38; 71-68.

Dark Knight
12-06-2013, 10:23 AM
Later we have a game against UE in Football. If im not mistaken, we are undefeated in 3 games (Mens Division) beating NU, ADMU and i forgot.

LaKazTaMa
12-06-2013, 09:52 PM
UAAPFEU stays unbeaten, pushes UE off men's football top spot

By ROEHL NIÑO BAUTISTA,GMA NewsDecember 6, 2013 4:58pm

Far Eastern University flexed its football muscles against University of the East, beating the early league leaders 1-0 at the FEU Diliman field on Friday.
Angelo Jurao's free kick found the net after the ball grazed the UE players' wall's left side, with the keeper diving late to a defender's failed sweep in the 68th minute.
FEU's Jesus Mellizza earned the free kick for the Morayta squad, after colliding head-to-head with UE's Tulio.
UE played the second half without striker Fitch Arboleda, who previously scored five goals in four matches, due to injury
The Morayta XI now leads the standings with 12 points in four wins in four games, with UE dropping to second with 10 points with three wins, one draw and one loss. -AMD, GMA News


Tags: Far Eastern University , UAAP Season , University of the East

LaKazTaMa
12-06-2013, 10:05 PM
Racela admits transition not easy for Tamaraws after losing stars Romeo, Garcia
From: Reuben Terrado
•December 6, 2013, 07:49 pm


Racela admits transition not easy for Tamaraws after losing stars Romeo, Garcia
RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo have been FEU's leaders for several years.

EVEN if Far Eastern University has reached the Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) Final Four, coach Nash Racela is under no illusion that the Tamaraws will be fine without former stars Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia.

The Tamaraws clinched a berth in the round-robin Final Four of the PCCL after beating last year’s champion University of Santo Tomas last Tuesday, but there was one stretch in the endgame when Racela felt they sorely missed their erstwhile go-to guys.

During that stretch, the Tamaraws blew a 21-point lead and looked on their way to defeat until the Tigers started missing free throws - and FEU started making theirs to escape with a 71-68 victory.

“Na-expose talaga ‘yung weakness namin because we lost two guards,” Racela said afterward. “Siguro hinahanap namin ‘yun. Tama lang ‘yun, kahit ako ‘yung coach (ng kabilang team), gagawin ko ‘yun.”

The FEU coach said the time from the PCCL to the next UAAP season will be devoted to finding and developing guards who can fill the gap left by reigning league MVP Romeo and playmaker Garcia.

Some encouraging signs were seen during the game against UST as back-up guard Achie Inigo rose to the occasion and delivered eight points for the Tamaraws.

But Racela knows it will not be an easy transition for the Tamaraws.

“I think between now and the UAAP, that’s our objective, to develop the other guards. We had to use seldom-used players and maganda ang linaro nila,” said Racela.

The Tamaraws also face an uphill fight in the Final Four of the PCCL, where they will be up against reigning UAAP champion De La Salle, NCAA titlist San Beda, and Southern Islands titlist Southwestern University of Cebu.

Already without Romeo and Garcia, the Tamaraws will also be without Racela and Mark Belo, who have both left for Mynmar with the Gilas Pilipinas team competing in the 2013 Southeast Asian Games.

The Tamaraws begin the Final Four against San Beda on Monday.

“Strong team, champion team, dominating team,” said Racela, referring to the Red Lions

LaKazTaMa
12-09-2013, 07:00 PM
Tolomia steps out of Romeo, Garcia shadow to lead Tamaraws past Red Lions
From: Karlo Sacamos
•December 9, 2013, 06:40 pm

Mike Tolomia, now the Tamaraws' acknowledged backcourt star following the departure of Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia, registered 23 points, four boards, and four assists against the reigning NCAA champions.

A SHORTHANDED Far Eastern University leaned on the clutch play of Mike Tolomia to hold off San Beda, 62-56, on Monday to begin its Final Four campaign off to a flyer in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League at the Blue Eagle Gym in Quezon City.

Without head coach Nash Racela and stalwart Mark Belo, who are both in Myanmar with the national team for the ongoing Southeast Asian Games, the Tamaraws turned to Tolomia, who delivered the key baskets and assists down the stretch to carry them to victory.

Tolomia, now the Tamaraws' acknowledged backcourt star following the departure of Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia, registered 23 points, four boards, and four assists against the reigning NCAA champions.

“Hindi na kami ganun ka-talented individually, so we had to rely on our team defense,” assistant coach Eric Gonzales said.

The Tamaraws next face another heavyweight in UAAP champion La Salle on Tuesday, while the Lions face Southwestern University.

LaKazTaMa
12-09-2013, 07:03 PM
PCCL: Tolomia takes over as FEU beats San Beda in Final Four

By Mark Giongco
INQUIRER.net
7:02 pm | Monday, December 9th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — Mike Tolomia took over in the second half as Far Eastern University turned back defending NCAA champion San Beda, 62-56, at the start of the single round robin Final Four of the PCCL Monday at the Blue Eagle Gym.

Tolomia pumped in 21 of his 23 points in the last two quarters including a 15-point third quarter where the Tamaraws stemmed the tide to their favor.

“We’re not as talented as before so we had to rely on our team defense,” said FEU assistant coach Eric Gonzales, who filled in for Nash Racela.

Racela is currently with the Sinag Pilipinas National team in Myanmar for the 27th SEA Games as one of the squad’s assistant coaches.

Carl Cruz added 11 points and four rebounds while stepping in place of starting forward Mark Belo, who is also part of the Sinag squad.

Tolomia, the third year guard, single-handedly carried FEU back from a sizeable lead early in the third quarter. He actually outscored the Red Lions in the pivotal period, 15-10, as the Tams took a 46-40 edge entering the final frame.

FEU faces De La Salle, which took a stunning 68-58 loss to Southwestern U in OT earlier, Tuesday at the Arena in San Juan.

Dark Knight
12-10-2013, 10:27 AM
unbelievable. but swu is a different animal.

Dark Knight
12-10-2013, 10:29 AM
Meanwhile we are the champs in Track And Field. Its our 10th straight for the Womens team and 4th straight for the Mens?

LaKazTaMa
12-10-2013, 06:06 PM
goodjob guys!

LaKazTaMa
12-10-2013, 06:07 PM
Teng, Salem show way as Archers return to winning ways with romp over Tams
From: Karlo Sacamos
•December 10, 2013, 06:17 pm

DE La Salle regained the form that gave it the championship in the UAAP as it scuttled Far Eastern University, 80-60, to revive its campaign in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League on Tuesday at The Arena in San Juan.

A day after being stunned by Cebu's Southwestern University, 68-58, in overtime, the Green Archers returned to their winning ways as they banked on a balanced attack that had four players scoring in double digits in the all-UAAP affair.

“The rotation was better today,” said Archers coach June Sauler, who scattered playing time evenly with only two players registering more than 20 minutes unlike in the game against the Cobras where five players suited up for at least 26 minutes.

Matt Salem, who could only muster seven points and five boards on Monday, shone brightest with 17 points, nine boards, and one block in just 18 minutes, while Jeron Teng churned in 13 points, seven boards, and four assists.

The victory thus put the four semifinalists in a logjam with similar 1-1 win-loss cards, leaving them in a must-win situation in their final assignment on Thursday also in the same venue.

The Archers face NCAA counterpart San Beda, while SWU takes on FEU.

LaKazTaMa
12-10-2013, 06:12 PM
SEA Games: Belo leads Philippines’ 52-point rout of Cambodia

By Mark Giongco
INQUIRER.net
4:06 pm | Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines—After a slow start in a win over Singapore, the Philippines broke the game wide open in the second quarter to rip Cambodia, 107-55, in the men’s basketball tournament of the 27th Southeast Asian Games Tuesday at the Zeya-thiri Stadium in Myanmar.

Far Eastern University forward Mark Belo led Sinag Pilipinas’ beatdown with 17 points on seven-of-nine shooting from the field in just 16 minutes off-the-bench.

The Nationals, who had a relatively hard time in an 88-75 win over Singapore, took control in the pivotal second period as they built a double-digit advantage, 33-19, on back-to-back triples by Kevin Ferrer with 7:53 remaining.

Showing no signs of letup, the Philippines continued its torrid play in the second half as it padded onto its already imposing lead.

Ronald Pascual added 16 points on four-of-five shooting from deep with his final trey making it, 107-53, with 1:13 left.

The overmatched Cambodians relied heavily on Anthony Dar, who produced 27 points but needed 31 attempts and missed 21 of it.

Two-time UAAP MVP Ray Parks had 10 points, 11 rebounds and five assists while Naturalized center Marcus Douthit chipped in six points and six rebounds.

Douthit, who pledged P500 for every point and rebound he would log throughout his SEA Games stint, had 14 points and 10 rebounds against Singapore and now has a total of P18,000 pledge to the victims of Typhoon “Yolanda.”

Belo has been Sinag’s most consistent player so far after notching 16 points and 10 boards against the Singapore.

The Philippines made 12 out of its 25 attempts from long range while Cambodia went just nine-of-41 from that distance.

The Cambodians committed only 11 miscues, six fewer than the Filipinos, but the Philippines was still able to pounce on Cambodia’s errors with 23 turnover points.

Dark Knight
12-13-2013, 01:01 PM
FEU ended their 3rd PCCL title campaign on a frustrating loss against SWU

Dark Knight
01-13-2014, 10:26 AM
FEU Booters absorbed their first loss against UP 3-0 to start their 2nd round of campaign.

LaKazTaMa
03-07-2014, 09:45 PM
Mike Tolomia relishes playing under older brother Chester in PBA D-League

From: Reuben Terrado
January 3, 2014, 03:48 pm


Zambales M-Builders star Mike Tolomia says he is not used to being in the same team as brother Chester, a former PBA player and now an assistant in the D-League team. Dante Peralta

BROTHERS usually play against each other or play together in a basketball game. Seldom do you see one coach the other.

Count Chester and Mike Tolomia among those rare cases.

Chester, the one-time PBA player, now serves as one of the assistant coaches of the Zambales M-Builders in the D-League Aspirants Cup where younger brother Mike is one of the team’s key players.

They Said It!

“Hindi ako sanay na magkasama kami sa isang team. First time namin magkasama." - Zambales M-Builders player Mike Tolomia

When Chester joined the staff of coach Junel Mendiola, it marked one rare time that he and the 20-year-old Mike have found themselves together in one team.

“Hindi ako sanay na magkasama kami sa isang team. First time namin magkasama,” admitted Mike, the youngest in a brood of four.

The case of the Tolomias recalled a similar situation Derrick and Dindo Pumaren had with Purefoods, and before that with Derrick and Franz Pumaren at San Miguel, although both cases happened in the PBA.

Mike admitted Chester, the second oldest among the Tolomia siblings, was not necessarily the one who taught him the game, although the high-flying guard out of University of Perpetual Help who had stints with Ginebra, Sta. Lucia, Coca-Cola, and Magnolia in the PBA, was a source of inspiration for him.

“Hindi naman talaga niya ako tinuruan. Simula nung matuto ako maglaro, siya lang ‘yung nag-motivate sa akin,” Mike said of Chester, who at 33-years-old, still looks fit enough to play.

His brother's inspiration is proving to be a big help for Mike, who’s having a solid basketball career in college playing for Far Eastern University where he is being primed as the school’s next star after Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia made the jump to the PBA.

In the D-League, however, Mike is careful not to relax playing for Zambales M-Builders.

“Kapag sa practice, hindi ako puwedeng mag-relax,” Mike stressed.

LaKazTaMa
03-07-2014, 09:47 PM
Unable to compete in recruitment war for blue-chip high school prospects, FEU turns sights to college transferees

From: Reuben Terrado
March 6, 2014, 02:20 pm

Coach Nash Racela is hoping to find diamonds in the rough from college transferees from Manila and the provinces. Jerome Ascano

SAYING it can no longer compete with well-funded college programs in the recruitment war for high school standouts, Far Eastern University is now eyeing college transferees to beef up its roster for future UAAP seasons.

FEU coach Nash Racela bared the Tamaraws' change of tactics to Spin.ph, saying they are already targeting several players from smaller colleges in Manila and other provinces who could play for the Tamaraws in the UAAP.

“We are targeting six to eight players who will be available for 2015,” Racela said. “These are college players. Kasi hindi kami makalaban sa high school (recruitment) so ibang direction kami.”

“”Yung iba sa Manila, ’yung iba sa provinces na hindi ina-eye ng mga college,” he added.

Aside from the lesser competition, Racela said one advantage of getting players from the college ranks is that most of them have games and bodies that are ready for the UAAP game.

The development and maturing process is therefore a lot shorter, he added.

“Now, we are looking at college players who are right away ready sa game nila physically at hindi na namin hihintayin,” Racela said.

But the second-year FEU coach admitted that the change in direction was primarily prompted by the realization that the school can no longer compete in gthe recruitment of high-profile players coming out of high school.

Only last year, FEU failed to keep two-time juniors MVP Jerie Pingoy, who was supposed to be an integral piece in the Tamaraws' future. Instead the Baby Tamaraw star moved to Ateneo where he is now spending residency.

From this year's graduating batch alone, blue-chip prospects have either opted to go to Ateneo (Arvin Tolentino, Thirdy Ravena) or De La Salle (Prince Rivero) or the Sy-owned National University.

Racela is glad to see Philippine youth team member Richard Escoto opt to stay with FEU after playing high school ball ith the Baby Tamaraws. FEU high school players JJ Domingo, Roger Domingo, and David Completo are also attending Tamaraws practices.

Another tactic of FEU is to get young, tall players before they attract the attention of college recruiters and train them at the school's sprawling campus in Diliman, in the hope of getting a diamond in the rough.

“Kasi dalawa ’yung direction namin. It’s either we get players who are ready sa college or we get really, really young guys na hindi kinuha. Marami kaming ganun,” said Racela.

"I think we have 16 to 18 year old players na 6-foot-3 to 6-6. We are hoping that in two to three years time, they will be ready," he added.

LaKazTaMa
03-07-2014, 09:54 PM
FEU seeking UAAP schedule adjustment as coach Racela joins Gilas in World Cup

From: Reuben Terrado
February 5, 2014, 04:08 pm


FEU is hoping to return to the UAAP semifinals after Nash Racela steered the Tamaraws to the round of four last season. Jerome Ascano

FAR Eastern University will ask the UAAP for possible adjustments in the men’s basketball team’s Season 77 schedule with coach Nash Racela set to join Gilas Pilipinas in its Fiba World Cup campaign later this year.

While he is already resigned to the fact that Racela will not be around for the team during the duration of the World Cup, FEU athletic director Mark Molina is hoping that FEU will be without its head coach for only a few games.

“He will probably miss games. We will request the UAAP to fix the schedule to minimize games he will miss,” said Molina.

The Fiba World Cup is scheduled from August 30 to September 14 with the Philippines bracketed in Group B and will play in Seville, Spain. That would coincide with the middle stages of the second round of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.

During the Fiba-Asia Championship, Racela didn’t miss a game for the Tamaraws after the UAAP decided to begin the season earlier than usual in late June and stop play during the country’s hosting of the tournament.

So far, the UAAP has no decision on whether they will once again take a respite during the World Cup hostilities this year. A league official told Spin.ph that Season 77 will most probably start in July.

Aside from Racela, also part of the Gilas Pilipinas coaching staff is FEU assistant coach and national head coach Chot Reyes’ son Josh.

Racela said FEU has been supportive as far as his duties as one of the assistant coaches of not just of Gilas but also of Talk ’N Text in the PBA is concerned.

“Aware naman ang FEU about the situation,” Racela said in an SMS message. “Hopefully, maayos nila ang schedule para I won’t miss games.”

Racela also said that he will still try to do his task as FEU coach while in Spain.

“I’ll do both. Hindi ko lang alam pa kung paano gagawin,” said Racela in jest.

LaKazTaMa
03-07-2014, 09:56 PM
Montinola denies FEU willing to give Pingoy a release: 'No one has asked'

From: Reuben Terrado
February 11, 2014, 08:39 pm

Ateneo guard Jerie Pingoy joins former teammates in the FEU side that won the 2012 UAAP juniors title during the unveiling of the school's new sports facilities in Diliman. Reuben Terrado

A TOP Eastern University official has denied that the school is set to give Jerie Pingoy his release to allow the two-time UAAP juniors MVP to play for the Ateneo Blue Eagles next season.

Anton Montinola, FEU’s representative to the UAAP board, said there is no truth to the report of Spin.ph on Tuesday about Pingoy's impending release, adding the player's camp has not even asked for one.

“He never asked for a release. Nobody asked for a release,” Montinola told reporters during the unveiling of the brand-new FEU-Diliman Sports Center on Tuesday.

When asked whether the school will grant a release to Pingoy if asked, Montinola said: "That's hypothetical. Nobody asked.”

Montinola even expressed the school’s intention to welcome the Cebuano guard back to their fold if he wants to enjoy FEU’s new sports facilities.

“It’s up to him. He is welcome. He can be the one to take the first shot when we open the gym … We will see. Abangan ang susunod na kabanata,” said Montinola.

After a successful high school career, Pingoy decided not to play for the FEU seniors team and instead joined Ateneo - a move that triggered sweeping changes to the league's residency rules.

Under the new rules, high school graduates moving from one UAAP member school to another will have to undergo a two-year residency unless a release will be granted by his former school.

Pingoy is currently serving the first of his two-year residency with Ateneo.

Incidentally, Pingoy was present during the launch of the new FEU sports facility in its high school campus as the school honored the 2012 championship team that won the UAAP title.

Montinola said he is hopeful about the possibility of Pingoy changing his mind and returning to FEU, citing the example of former juniors player and teammate Roger Domingo.

“Roger Domingo left to play for UP and now, he is back. Who knows? Maybe we can have the two MVPs here. He is welcome here. His teammates are talking to him,” said Montinola.

Montinola expressed support for their former player on his decision to move to Ateneo, although he didn’t categorically state whether the school will release Pingoy if he chooses not to stay.

“That is his choice. We have no say on that. We can’t force him. It will be his choice. If he decides to come back and play, we will gladly have him,” said Montinola.

LaKazTaMa
03-07-2014, 09:58 PM
Jerie Pingoy can only hope and pray as he awaits chance to play for Blue Eagles

From: Reuben Terrado
February 12, 2014, 03:46 pm


Jerie Pingoy, whose transfer from FEU to Ateneo led to sweeping and controversial changes to the league's residency rules, said that while he wants to play in the UAAP as soon as possible, he is keeping his expectations in check as he waits for his turn to play for the Blue Eagles. Jerome Ascano

JERIE Pingoy can only hope for the best amid talk that the former Far Eastern University high school star will soon get a release that would enable him to play with Ateneo in the UAAP this coming season.

Pingoy, whose transfer from FEU to Ateneo led to sweeping and controversial changes to the league's residency rules, said that while he wants to play in the UAAP as soon as possible, he is keeping his expectations in check as he waits for his turn to play for the Blue Eagles.

Pingoy even compares his situation to someone who is expecting a date on Valentine's Day.

“Ayokong mag-expect dahil baka lalo akong masaktan,” Pingoy said on Tuesday. “Parang Valentine's lang ‘yan. Kapag nag-eexpect ka, wala ka palang gift na matatanggap.”

Spin.ph reported on Tuesday that Pingoy could soon get his release that will pave the way for the Cebuano guard to play for Ateneo in Season 77, a story that was denied by no less than FEU’s representative to the UAAP board Anton Montinola.

After his much-talked about move from FEU to Ateneo, the UAAP board mandated high school graduates moving to a different member school to spend two years of residency instead of one.

A release clause was later inserted to the rule that will allow an incoming freshman athlete to immediately suit up if he gets permission from his mother school - a release which FEU has yet to grant Pingoy.

Pingoy admitted that he too has heard rumors that he might get his release soon, but all he can do right now is hope, pray, and wait for official word.

“Rinig-rinig lang. Kuwento-kuwento lang. Verbal. Siyempre natuwa ako. Kahit sino naman, kung ma-rerelease, matutuwa naman. I’m still hoping na ma-rerelease ako. Sana,” said Pingoy.

On Tuesday, the Ateneo guard returned to his former school where he won two juniors MVP awards during the unveiling of the new FEU-Diliman Sports Center. Pingoy as well as his former teammates were honored for giving the school its second juniors title in 2012.

Pingoy said he was happy to return to his roots.

“Pumunta ako dahil ininvite ako ni Dr. Miriam Garcia (FEU-Diliman principal). Siya ‘yung parang second mom ko out of respect sa school ko. Masaya rin ako na nakabalik ako sa FEU,” said Pingoy.

In a talk to reporters, Montinola denied that FEU is willing to grant a release to Pingoy as no one has asked for it from the player's camp. He even expressed interest in bringing back Pingoy to FEU.

But Pingoy doused that possibility, saying he remains committed to Ateneo.

“Ateneo ako… sa ngayon, naglalaro muna ako sa Fr. Martin,” said Pingoy.

Pingoy said he doesn’t have any regret moving from FEU to Ateneo that forced him to undergo a lengthy residency period.

“Hindi ako nag-reregret. Time will come. Nasa tamang oras lahat. Ngayon, nag-eenjoy muna ako,” said Pingoy.

LaKazTaMa
03-07-2014, 09:59 PM
Basketball
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FEU locks up Nash Racela to three-year extension through to 2016 season

From: Reuben Terrado
February 12, 2014, 08:02 pm


Nash Racela had an impressive first year with the Tamaraws, leading the team to a Final Four finish after going 7-0 in the first round of Season 76. The Morayta-based squad lost to eventual champion La Salle in the Final Four. Jerome Ascano

NASH Racela has agreed to a contract extension making him head coach of Far Eastern University until 2016.

FEU athletic director Mark Molina said it was the directive of no less than the FEU owners - the Montinola family - to sign Racela to a longer contract with the Tamaraws.

“We have an agreement in place, a contract extension until the end of 2016. That’s December 31. Gagawin na namin ‘yung kontrata,” Molina said.

Racela had an impressive first year with the Tamaraws, leading the team to a Final Four finish after going 7-0 in the first round of Season 76. The Morayta-based squad lost to eventual champion La Salle in the semifinals.

Racela's three-year contract extension is unprecedented for the school as it hopes to begin life without star players Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia on the right track.

“Usually, the longest is two years,” Molina said, referring to the usual contract given by the school to its coach.

Molina said the two parties have only agreed on a new contract just recently due to Racela’s busy schedule in the Southeast Asian Games and in the PBA.

“Actually, after the season pa dapat ito. Last week lang kami nakapag-usap talaga dahil umalis si Nash sa SEA Games. Pirmahan na lang,” said Molina.

Aside from FEU, Racela is also an assistant coach of Gilas Pilipinas that is bound for Spain to see action in the Fiba-World Cup. He was recently moved to Meralco from Talk ‘N Text to be one of the deputies in Ryan Gregorio’s coaching staff.

LaKazTaMa
03-07-2014, 10:00 PM
Boost for depleted Tamaraws as PH youth mainstay Escoto opts to stay at FEU

From: Reuben Terrado
February 16, 2014, 06:10 pm


FEU coach Nash Racela has confirmed national youth mainstay Richard Escoto's decision to play for the Tamaraws in college. Jerome Ascano

RICHARD Escoto will stay with Far Eastern University for college but his availability for the senior team for Season 77 of the UAAP remains uncertain due to his stint with the national team in the Fiba Under-17 Championship for Men this year.

FEU coach Nash Racela said the Baby Tamaraws big man has committed to remain with FEU for college, boosting a badly depleted seniors squad that has lost top stars Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia to the professional ranks.

Escoto, listed at 6-foot-6, is the brother of FEU big man Russell and averaged 8.9 points and a team-best 9.8 rebounds for the Baby Tamaraws last year.

“He made a decision to stay with FEU,” said Racela.

Racela, however, isn’t promising the FEU-Diliman slotman a spot in the lineup next season, more so since he is part of the national team that will fly the flag in the world under-17 championships in Dubai from August 8 to 16.

The 16-year-old Escoto could skip Season 77 altogether due to the possibility that he can also be tapped for the Fiba-Asia Under-18 championship set days after the world championship, both tournaments coinciding with the UAAP season.

The Asian Under-18 tilt will be on August 19-29 in Doha.

“As to him making it to the lineup, hindi pa rin namin masasabi kasi may commitment din siya sa youth team,” Racela said. “Kailangan pa namin pag-usapan, pero may slot siya sa seniors (team).”

Escoto, whose Baby Tams finished fourth last season, suited up for the national team when the then Under-16 squad finished second in the Asian championship last year to book a spot in the Under-17 world title.

The youth squad was recently bracketed with powerhouse United States, Angola, and Greece in the world championship.

Racela said that Escoto will definitely have a spot for him in FEU even after he plays for the national youth squad this year.

“Pinag-aaralan din namin what’s good for him,” Racela said.

Even if he skips the coming season, Richard will still get a chance to play together with Russell at FEU since his older brother still has two seasons left with the team. Russell missed Season 76 due to an ACL tear.

LaKazTaMa
03-07-2014, 10:02 PM
Cameroonian Sentcheu scratched from FEU lineup for 'lack of commitment'

From: Reuben Terrado
February 20, 2014, 04:15 pm


Six-foot-10 slotman Christian Sentcheu has not been seen at the FEU campus in over a month, according to officials. Jerome Ascano

CHRISTIAN Sentcheu is no longer with the Far Eastern University men’s basketball team.

FEU athletic director Mark Molina said that the Cameroonian center has been scratched from the Tamaraws lineup for his ‘lack of commitment’ as he has not showed up in school or in practices.

“He is no longer with the team,” said Molina. “He was gone and we didn’t hear from him for a month.”

"So the school removed him for lack of commitment,” Molina added.

Sentcheu was said to have left for Cameroon but is now back in the Philippines.

The 6-foot-10 Sentcheu averaged a paltry 1.1 points and 3.9 rebounds for the Tamaraws in Season 76 although the team will lose a backup center from last year’s squad.

FEU bigman Russell Escoto, however, is expected to come back for FEU in 2014 after suffering a season-ending ACL injury during the offseason last year.

Anthony Hargrove will also return for the next season, while last year’s leading rebounder Mark Belo has shown marked improvement during his stint in the Southeast Asian Games and in the PBA D-League.

Dark Knight
03-11-2014, 09:11 AM
Sentcheu is not a big loss.

However watch out for the A...ean leeches eyeing Escoto.

tamarawz_14
03-13-2014, 03:10 PM
Arnie Padilla joins Cebuano exodus to FEU as he commits to Tamaraws

From: Jonas Panerio March 13, 2014, 02:24 pm. via SPIN.PH

ADD Arnie Christian Padilla to the stockpile of Cebuano basketball talent that is building up over at the Far Eastern University Tamaraws.

The versatile 6-foot-2 forward from Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu has committed to join the Tamaraws after his stellar showing in the recently-concluded Seaoil-NBTC National High School Championship.

“Yes, it’s final. I’ve decided to join the FEU Tamaraws,” said the son of former San Miguel center Onie Padilla. Padilla said FEU head coach Nash Racela approached him and his dad after the tournament and broached the idea of becoming a Tamaraw.

Padilla has attended an FEU practice session and the current RP under-17 team member should have no problem feeling right at home with the green and yellow, with several Cebuanos already in the FEU pool.

This includes former University of Cebu forward Roger Pogoy, University of San Carlos guard Joel Christian Lee Yu, Cebu Eastern College center Raymar Jose and University of the Visayas guard Ron Dennison.

The coaching staff also has Cebuanos Bert Flores and Ryan Betia.

“It was great and fun. I’m still adjusting especially with the new team, the new system and the new community,” the 6-2 Padilla told Spin.ph.

It remains to be seen, though, if Padilla can immediately make FEU's Team A especially with his upcoming stint in the 2014 Fiba Under-17 World Championship which will be held in Dubai this June.

The elder Padilla gave his stamp of approval with his son’s choice of school for his collegiate career.

“The coaching staff likes him a lot. He fits their system very well,” said Onie Padilla.

LaKazTaMa
03-13-2014, 06:36 PM
Cebuano's connection... we got two national players RP under-17 Richard Escoto and Arnie Padilla.

tamarawz_14
03-13-2014, 09:13 PM
yeah right... may mga big men recruits sila most of them transferees from provinces and from manila schools, hindi ko lang alam kung eligible sila this season o baka 2015 pa according to my insider... hehe

Dark Knight
03-14-2014, 10:24 AM
Unable to compete in recruitment war for blue-chip high school prospects, FEU turns sights to college transferees

From: Reuben Terrado

SAYING it can no longer compete with well-funded college programs in the recruitment war for high school standouts, Far Eastern University is now eyeing college transferees to beef up its roster for future UAAP seasons.

FEU coach Nash Racela bared the Tamaraws' change of tactics to Spin.ph, saying they are already targeting several players from smaller colleges in Manila and other provinces who could play for the Tamaraws in the UAAP.

“We are targeting six to eight players who will be available for 2015,” Racela said. “These are college players. Kasi hindi kami makalaban sa high school (recruitment) so ibang direction kami.”

“”Yung iba sa Manila, ’yung iba sa provinces na hindi ina-eye ng mga college,” he added.

Aside from the lesser competition, Racela said one advantage of getting players from the college ranks is that most of them have games and bodies that are ready for the UAAP game.

The development and maturing process is therefore a lot shorter, he added.

“Now, we are looking at college players who are right away ready sa game nila physically at hindi na namin hihintayin,” Racela said.

But the second-year FEU coach admitted that the change in direction was primarily prompted by the realization that the school can no longer compete in gthe recruitment of high-profile players coming out of high school.

Only last year, FEU failed to keep two-time juniors MVP Jerie Pingoy, who was supposed to be an integral piece in the Tamaraws' future. Instead the Baby Tamaraw star moved to Ateneo where he is now spending residency.

From this year's graduating batch alone, blue-chip prospects have either opted to go to Ateneo (Arvin Tolentino, Thirdy Ravena) or De La Salle (Prince Rivero) or the Sy-owned National University.

Racela is glad to see Philippine youth team member Richard Escoto opt to stay with FEU after playing high school ball ith the Baby Tamaraws. FEU high school players JJ Domingo, Roger Domingo, and David Completo are also attending Tamaraws practices.

Another tactic of FEU is to get young, tall players before they attract the attention of college recruiters and train them at the school's sprawling campus in Diliman, in the hope of getting a diamond in the rough.

“Kasi dalawa ’yung direction namin. It’s either we get players who are ready sa college or we get really, really young guys na hindi kinuha. Marami kaming ganun,” said Racela.

"I think we have 16 to 18 year old players na 6-foot-3 to 6-6. We are hoping that in two to three years time, they will be ready," he added.

Dark Knight
03-14-2014, 10:26 AM
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Arnie Padilla joins Cebuano exodus to FEU as he commits to Tamaraws

By Jonas Panerio March 13, 2014

ADD Arnie Christian Padilla to the stockpile of Cebuano basketball talent that is building up over at the Far Eastern University Tamaraws.

The versatile 6-foot-2 forward from Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu has committed to join the Tamaraws after his stellar showing in the recently-concluded Seaoil-NBTC National High School Championship.

“Yes, it’s final. I’ve decided to join the FEU Tamaraws,” said the son of former San Miguel center Onie Padilla. Padilla said FEU head coach Nash Racela approached him and his dad after the tournament and broached the idea of becoming a Tamaraw.

Padilla has attended an FEU practice session and the current RP under-17 team member should have no problem feeling right at home with the green and yellow, with several Cebuanos already in the FEU pool.

This includes former University of Cebu forward Roger Pogoy, University of San Carlos guard Joel Christian Lee Yu, Cebu Eastern College center Raymar Jose and University of the Visayas guard Ron Dennison.

The coaching staff also has Cebuanos Bert Flores and Ryan Betia.

“It was great and fun. I’m still adjusting especially with the new team, the new system and the new community,” the 6-2 Padilla told Spin.ph.

It remains to be seen, though, if Padilla can immediately make FEU's Team A especially with his upcoming stint in the 2014 Fiba Under-17 World Championship which will be held in Dubai this June.

The elder Padilla gave his stamp of approval with his son’s choice of school for his collegiate career.

“The coaching staff likes him a lot. He fits their system very well,” said Onie Padilla.

Dark Knight
03-17-2014, 09:08 AM
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The younger brother of Russel Escoto had committed to play for FEU in college last month, though is yet doubtful to suit up for the Tamaraws this season 77 to play for our National Team bound for the FIBA-Asia Under-18 which will be held from August 19-29 in Doha, Qatar.

LaKazTaMa
03-28-2014, 09:38 PM
Former coach Richie Ticzon feels bad for Globalport over struggling start in Commissioner's Cup
From: Snow Badua
•March 23, 2014, 12:05 pm

FROM the outside looking in, former GlobalPort interim coach Richie Ticzon said he can’t help but feel bad for his former team after it slipped to a fifth successive defeat in the PBA Commissioner's Cup at the hands of Ginebra on Friday night.

Ticzon specifically mentioned rookies RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo, whom he said became close to him in the one conference that he handled the team in an interim capacity during the Philippine Cup.

“I feel bad for the players especially those who are close to me like RR (Garcia) and Terrence (Romeo),” said the former star guard out of Ateneo. “Alex (Cabaganot) is a good friend of mine. Sad for them na 0-5 sila.

“I don’t know (else to say). I just feel bad for them.”

Ticzon tried not to compare the current team roster with the lineup he had that reached as far as the quarterfinals of the all-Filipino conference after finishing as the seventh-seeded team with a 5-9 (win-loss) slate.

“Hindi ko masabi kung lumakas o humina. Pero si Sol (Mercado) lang naman ang nawala, di ba? Tapos si Alex (Cabagnot) naman ang pumalit,” said Ticzon, whose short coaching stint with the team was his first and only in the PBA.

Ticzon likewise evaded answering questions comparing him with Globalport successor Pido Jarencio.

“Hindi ko alam. I really don’t know. Hindi ko alam nangyayari sa kanila sa practice at sa game. Wala akong idea, wala na akong dun.”

And neither does Ticzon feel bitter over his abbreviated stint with the Sultan 900 Incorporated franchise.

“Wala akong sama ng loob. Happy pa rin ako at nabigyan tayo ng chance to coach,” said the good-looking player who once suited up for Purefoods and Shell.

Ticzon is currently not coaching a team, but he is coming back to Far Eastern University to act as assistant to team manager Mark Molina, a fellow Atenean.

“Wala muna (akong coaching ngayon), kanya-kanya muna. Babalik akong FEU parang assistant,” he said.

Ticzon, though, is not closing the door on a coaching return in the PBA.

“Of course, of course naman, by all means.”

LaKazTaMa
03-28-2014, 09:39 PM
Former coach Richie Ticzon feels bad for Globalport over struggling start in Commissioner's Cup
From: Snow Badua
•March 23, 2014, 12:05 pm

FROM the outside looking in, former GlobalPort interim coach Richie Ticzon said he can’t help but feel bad for his former team after it slipped to a fifth successive defeat in the PBA Commissioner's Cup at the hands of Ginebra on Friday night.

Ticzon specifically mentioned rookies RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo, whom he said became close to him in the one conference that he handled the team in an interim capacity during the Philippine Cup.

“I feel bad for the players especially those who are close to me like RR (Garcia) and Terrence (Romeo),” said the former star guard out of Ateneo. “Alex (Cabaganot) is a good friend of mine. Sad for them na 0-5 sila.

“I don’t know (else to say). I just feel bad for them.”

Ticzon tried not to compare the current team roster with the lineup he had that reached as far as the quarterfinals of the all-Filipino conference after finishing as the seventh-seeded team with a 5-9 (win-loss) slate.

“Hindi ko masabi kung lumakas o humina. Pero si Sol (Mercado) lang naman ang nawala, di ba? Tapos si Alex (Cabagnot) naman ang pumalit,” said Ticzon, whose short coaching stint with the team was his first and only in the PBA.

Ticzon likewise evaded answering questions comparing him with Globalport successor Pido Jarencio.

“Hindi ko alam. I really don’t know. Hindi ko alam nangyayari sa kanila sa practice at sa game. Wala akong idea, wala na akong dun.”

And neither does Ticzon feel bitter over his abbreviated stint with the Sultan 900 Incorporated franchise.

“Wala akong sama ng loob. Happy pa rin ako at nabigyan tayo ng chance to coach,” said the good-looking player who once suited up for Purefoods and Shell.

Ticzon is currently not coaching a team, but he is coming back to Far Eastern University to act as assistant to team manager Mark Molina, a fellow Atenean.

“Wala muna (akong coaching ngayon), kanya-kanya muna. Babalik akong FEU parang assistant,” he said.

Ticzon, though, is not closing the door on a coaching return in the PBA.

“Of course, of course naman, by all means.”

callboyako
03-28-2014, 10:45 PM
apparently our FilAm recruit Ed Naron (son of a Former PBA player) already packed his things and transferred to Univ. of San Jose R in Cebu when he found out that we won't be able to guarantee him a Team A slot in July.

tamarawz_14
03-30-2014, 06:20 PM
Very raw pa daw si ed naron...

kidmogumogu
03-31-2014, 06:25 AM
I'm curious with this Francis Tamsi from Bohol. They say that this kid is a sharp shooter.. anyone seen him play?