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Joescoundrel
07-13-2012, 11:49 AM
This year's UAAP press conference was held in the brand new and very posh SMOA Arena where Season 75 host school National University had the chance to show off its latest big time facility. While technically an entertainment venue for NU's parent company the SM Group, it will also serve as the home court for the Bulldogs, complete with their own exclusive team dugout. "No, there is no jacuzzi," responded head coach Eric Altamirano with a good chuckle when asked about the new "dog pound" as it were.

NU is looking to bounce bag big after a disappointing Season 74, which was the debut for both Altamirano and highly-touted super recruit Ray Parks. While Parks did make history becoming the league's first Rookie-MVP, the Bulldogs limped out of last season with only six wins. Since they won two Fr Martin Cup titles and the Uni Games title with Parks at the helm, more was expected of them comng into last season. "Winning the MVP was great, but of course my ultimate goal is still to win the championship," Parks declared when I had a chance to chat with him during the press con. "I know that means having to work harder, but I've always worked hard on my game and making my team better, and I'm ready for the season," he added.

This is a team that has grown a year older and hopefully a year wiser. They will be coming into the Diamond Season of the UAAP with equally great if not even greater expectations than last year. Being the host school kind of does that. Although there are protestations to the contrary, pressure is there and it is palpable. "We are ready for this year, both as host school and as a team, not just for basketball but for every event we are joining," exclaimed Junel Baculi, the athletics director. "Of course basketball being the centerpiece event, we want to come out stronger this year, but we have a very capable coach in Coach Eric, and a very good team, so I think it really will be a better year for us as well," he added.

They had a semi-deja vu sort of summer, beating the Ateneo in the semifinals and then La Salle in the Finals to annex the Fil Oil crown, but skipping the Fr Martin Cup where they were the reigning champion. Parks was named MVP of the Fil Oil, and was joined by 6-6 African import Emmanuel Mbe in the Fil Oil Mythical 5 along with Norbert Torres of La Salle and Ateneo stars Kiefer Ravena and Greg Slaughter. "I hope we can take this positive momentum into the UAAP tournament, both personally for Ray and of course for NU as a team," said Ray's father Bobby, a seven-time PBA Best Import in the frenzy of the Fil Oil awarding about a month ago.

Parks and Mbe will need plenty of help from their team though, if the Bulldogs are to make the Final 4 and challenge for the title. As with the last three years, the road to the UAAP title will go through Loyola Heights and the mighty Blue Eagles. With the Ateneo aiming for an unprecedented 5-Peat and their head coach Norman Black looking to leave the UAAP in style, the Blue Eagles will be a particularly focused, dangerous and mighty foe for everybody. NU got its arse handed to it twice by the Blue Eagles last season, one loss saw the Ateneo take a lead of over 30 points. If last summer portended good things for NU, the actual UAAP season was an eye-opener on so many levels. "I've never been down 30 points, that was really something," Parks said in one interview last season. "I want to use that as a motivation to work even harder and make sure that never happens again," he added.

Other schools are also going to be tough nuts to crack. La Salle has the size, depth and athletic ability to match up across rosters with NU. Parks had to pull out all the stops en route to 19 points against the Green Archers in the Fil Oil Finals, and even then the Bulldogs could not quite leave La Salle in the dust. Former RP Youth team mainstay Jed Manguera used his lateral strength and speed to limit Parks for close to three periods. Torres also played Mbe about as straight up as any Filipino player can. FEU is still FEU and they still have arguably the best guard combo in the league with RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo, two guys who can light it up in a hurry and in bunches. FEU as a team still has among the best defenses in the UAAP. UST won't be able to match NU size-wise, but the perimeter firepower of the Tigers is a truly great equalizer. Those are just the schools most likely to be fighting for Final 4 spots this year.

All told the hosting job this year will bring great expectations. NU last won the UAAP basketball title in 1954. Now in the league's diamond year, NU is hoping to bring back a diamond of a title.

Joescoundrel
07-16-2012, 01:02 PM
NU tore UE a new one right on opening day and right in the new SMOA Arena 90-55. After a shaky start that saw Roi Sumang keep a lead for UE, the Bulldogs bit into the Warriors and just never looked back. I think it was as much as a 42-point lead at one point.

bchoter
07-16-2012, 01:33 PM
They're still at it. Parks was sent back in with about 2 minutes left and NU leading by 30+ points. They say that one has to play hard for 40 minutes but this is just plain ridiculous. I hate teams winning in the board room but, just for this, it somehow lessens it...

Joescoundrel
07-17-2012, 11:06 AM
^ Gunning for a back-to-back MVP is certainly a noble goal, isn't it my friend? After all, I believe it was Jeff Javillonar who was actually named best player for this game with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

bchoter
07-17-2012, 11:41 AM
On a side note, it's open season for scalpers! FEU side patron seats went as low as 400 when game 1 started. going price for UST-side single ticket went for 500. 1.3K for 3 tickets. They prolly think they can get a better ROI the next game day with the AdU and UP crowd

Joescoundrel
07-23-2012, 07:46 AM
By Celest R. Flores

INQUIRER.net

7:33 pm | Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

MANILA, Philippines—Reigning titlist Ateneo bounced back big time and gave National University a jolt of reality with an 89-65 shellacking Sunday in the 75th UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Blue Eagles, after dropping a 70-71 stunner against University of Santo Tomas last Thursday, showed no signs of committing the same mistakes by breaking the game wide open early and never letting their guard down.

“We told the players that our offense may be up and down, but the defense must be consistent,” said head coach Norman Black, who learned a lot from his squad’s last loss.

Ateneo stretched its winning streak over NU, which is expected to give the Blue Eagles a run for their money this season after a great pre-season, to nine games dating back to 2007.

Nico Salva was simply on point in scoring 21 points, knocking down a long two, helping the Blue Eagles amass a massive 27-point edge as they were well on their way to their second victory.

Ateneo’s bigs Greg Slaughter and Justin Chua also did their work as they combined for 26 points while staying out of early foul trouble.

Kiefer Ravena led Ateneo’s offense in the open court, which has been his squad’s bread and butter, and got the better of Bulldogs’ star Ray Parks Jr. with 17 points and six boards.

Despite building an early double-digit lead, the Blue Eagles were wary of Parks’ explosiveness in the offense and NU’s capability to claw back—like what UST pulled off.

But Parks carried the bulk of the load for NU, which did not look like its dominant self, and fouled out of the game with a game-best 22 points while Emmanuel Mbe struggled with just 12.

The Bulldogs, who opened up the season with a rout of University of the East, reeled to their first loss, which makes FEU the lone undefeated squad thus far.

Joescoundrel
07-23-2012, 07:51 AM
After beating the Ateneo 84-70 in the Fil Oil semis en route to capturing their first ever title in that tournament, the NU Bulldogs were suddenly reminded yet again that the UAAP is a totally different proposition. It took a familiar nemesis, the Ateneo, to remind them. Up as much as 87-60 late in the payoff fourth period, the reigning champions looked every bit as unbreakable as this Diamond UAAP Season. At no point did the Bulldogs even come close to turning things around. Emmanuel Mba had a very good first half then all but disappeared in the second half. Ray Parks led all scorers with 22 points but was 6-12 from the field and 0-12 from trey range, and also fouled out with still some three and a half minutes to go. Head coach Eric Altamirano could not get Joff Javillonar going against a peskier and tougher Tonino Gonzaga, a surprise starter for Ateneo Boss Norman Black.

Sam Miguel
07-26-2012, 08:48 AM
The Philippine Star

Updated July 26, 2012 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - After grinding out two close victories, Far Eastern U found itself in an unlikely spot atop the leaderboard of the UAAP Season 75 men’s basketball tournament.

“Both were close games. We could have easily been 0-2. We were just lucky,” Tamaraws mentor Bert Flores, whose wards rallied to beat University of Santo Tomas (73-72) then outlasted erstwhile leader La Salle in a low-scoring game (48-46) to start the season, said in Filipino.

Today, the Tams gun for their third straight triumph against Adamson (0-1) at 4 p.m. at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, hoping to somehow address the shortcomings that nearly led to their downfall in the first two outings.

“We still need to work on our rebounding; we were outrebounded by La Salle the last time (40-49). Arvie (Bringas) and (Russel) Escoto must step up in this department to help (Anthony) Hargrove, who was riddled with foul trouble in our second game,”said Flores, whose team stands half game ahead of defending champion Ateneo (2-1) and La Salle (2-1).

National University (1-1) hits the floor against University of the Philippines (0-1) at 2 p.m. intent on getting back on track in the tourney they were billed to be a contender in.

The Bulldogs kicked off their campaign with a masterful 90-55 trouncing of University of the East on opening day but got brought back down to earth by a numbing 65-89 beating at the hands of the Blue Eagles last Sunday.

Sam Miguel
07-26-2012, 08:56 AM
I can almost see NU chomping at the bit thinking this will be an "easy" game because it is "only" UP. But no less than head coach Eric Altamirano and assistant coach Joey Guanio should keep them well-grounded, being members of the one and only UP Title squad back in 1986. Altamirano in fact was the star of their championship run.

Buckle down on defense with their 2-3 zone, and dare the UP shooters to fire away. Unless UP can shoot as well as the Ateneo did last weekend taking outside shots should not be a primary option on offense. NU has a bigger and stronger center in Emmanuel Mbe, but may need Ray Parks to play more 4 than 3 in this game to assure control of the boards. UP does not have much depth at the power forward spot anyway, at least none that can match Parks. He can be a 4 on defense and a 3/2 on offense to take advantage of his strong dribble-drive.

If Mike Silungan, Alvin Padilla or even Jet Manuel, or any combination of the three, get hot, it will be a long afternoon for the Bulldogs.

Joescoundrel
07-27-2012, 10:41 AM
By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:41 pm | Thursday, July 26th, 2012

FAR EASTERN University’s luck still hasn’t run out.

Leaning on their vaunted backcourt trio, the Tamaraws survived another cardiac game in nosing out the Adamson Falcons, 65-62, to keep the solo lead in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Terrence Romeo, RR Garcia and Cris Tolomia combined for FEU’s last 13 points even as the Tamaraws held on to their slim lead after a crucial turnover in the dwindling seconds.

“Another heart-attack game,” said coach Bert Flores after the Tamaraws stayed unbeaten in three games after pulling out close victories over University of Santo Tomas and La Salle.

Romeo tied his career-high of 23 points, including the marginal three-point play, 65-60, with 2:18 minutes left. He also dished out six assists.

“It’s still not the kind of game we’re looking for,” Flores said of his Tamaraws, who won their first two games by just an average of 1.5 points.

Earlier, National University recovered from a lopsided loss to Ateneo with a 67-50 dumping of University of the Philippines.

Ray Parks unloaded 18 points on top of four rebounds, six assists and three steals to power the Bulldogs to their second triumph in three games.

Emmanuel Mbe also had a huge double-double outing of 17 points and 16 boards for the Bulldogs, who stretched the gap to as many as 28 points, 56-28, in the final quarter.

“The ability to bounce back from a loss, especially a big loss to Ateneo, that’s one reason why I want to commend the boys,” NU coach Eric Altamirano said of his Bulldogs, who were outclassed by the four-time champion, 89-65, in a showdown tipped to be tight.

“We worked on the stuff we struggled with,” said Parks, last season’s MVP. “They (Blue Eagles) showed our weakness, but at the same time, it was a test of character.”

The Maroons dropped to 0-2 along with the Falcons.

The scores:

First Game

NU 67—Parks 18, Mbe 17, Javillonar 9, Roño 7, Alolino 6, Villamor 4, Ignacio 4, De Guzman 2, Singh 0, Rosario 0, Neypes 0, Labing-isa 0. Betayene 0.

UP 50—Silungan 11, Manuel 11, Montecastro 10, Ball 4, Lopez 4, Hipolito 4, Asilum 4, Soyud 2, Mbah 0, Romero 0, Padilla 0, Gamboa 0

Quarters: 16-10, 42-18, 52-28, 67-50

Second Game

FEU 65—Romeo 23, Garcia 12, Belo 9, Tolomia 6, Escoto 5, Hargrove 4, A. Bringas 4, M. Bringas 2, Pogoy 0, Cruz 0.

ADAMSON 62—Etrone 13, Camson 11, Brondial 11, Cruz 8, Petilos 7, Cabrera 4, Abrigo 4, Trollano 2, Nuyles 2, Rios 0, Monteclaro 0, Julkipli 0, Agustin 0.

Quarters: 15-15, 35-28, 50-49, 65-62

bigf9779
07-27-2012, 12:04 PM
glad we won the game....next assignment...UST Tigers

another big test of character for the bulldogs this Saturday....

Sulong National-U! Bulldogs Bites! Beat UST!

Joescoundrel
07-30-2012, 10:37 AM
By Celest Flores

INQUIRER.net

3:04 pm | Saturday, July 28th, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – University of Santo Tomas has another big victory to show for its “team-to-beat” reputation.

UST, with its back against the wall for the second straight time, pulled the rug out from under favorite National University with a stunning 77-71 triumph Sunday in the 75th UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Staring at a double-digit deficit early in the fourth quarter, the Growling Tigers started blistering from downtown then seized the lead for the first time after playing catch up most of the game, en route to their second straight win.

UST unleashed three straight treys from Jeric Teng and Kevin Ferrer, then drew seven straight points Aljon Mariano, Tata Bautista and Jeric Fortuna to finally swing the game into the Tigers favor – for good.

“We had a bigger heart than them [despite them being bigger than us in height] in the second half,” said UST head coach Pido Jarencio, whose squad clawed back from 14 points down.

With Jarencio’s constant encouragement, the former rookie-of-the-year Teng finally had its break out performance this season with 21 points and 11 rebounds.

Teng knocked down his third triple to give the Tigers a 68-66 advantage with 3:11 in the fourth but was quickly neutralized by a trey from Bobby Ray Parks Jr. in the ensuing play.

Then the rest of the squad picked up where Teng left off, with Fortuna capping the run with a wild lay-in off a lucky rebound, plus the freebie for a 75-69 lead with 1:05 to go.

It was a struggle offensively, though, for most of the Tigers as Abdul only had 11 points on 5-of-14 shooting while Mariano had 10 points on 5-of-18, but they made the shots when they needed them most.

While UST improved to 2-1, the Bulldogs, who are perceived to be the top squad this season, absorbed their second loss in four games.

The reigning MVP Parks, after a first half explosion, came up short in the second half and only produced five out of his 25 total points.

NU came out firing, leading by as many as 14, 29-15, in the second quarter, but failed to complete the job.

And although every UST comeback attempt in the second half was matched by treys courtesy of NU’s Joeffrey Javillionar, Dennice Villamor and Joshua Alolino, the Bulldogs couldn’t match up with the Tigers’intensity that fuelled its final run.

Cameroonian center Emmanuel Mbe and Alolino chipped in 13 points apiece while combining for 12 rebounds while Javillonar added 11 points.

Joescoundrel
07-30-2012, 11:02 AM
Ray Parks remains statistically on track to win back-back MVP awards, something I think was last accomplished by Ateneo star Rich Alvarez.

At 1-2 as of this writing though, Parks needs to be more concerned about what is happening with his Bulldogs. He cannot simply carry the entire team on his young back. With two losses this early in the season, there is less room to maneuver going into the playoffs. Coach eric Altamirano may wish to stop going to the Parks dribble-drive offense because it is becoming predictable. Any time NU is in trouble the Parks dribble drive becomes their only weapon. That puts an inordinate pressure on Parks and makes the rest of the team a sitting duck. UST simply went with tried and tested multiple weapons like Jeric Teng and Aljohn Mariano and it got them the W.

NU has yet to face FEU and Lasalle, and those two teams are on a hot streak and in equally dire straights, respectively. FEU will look to prove it is still an elite team, while Lasalle does not want to get saddled with a third loss in the first round themselves.

Joescoundrel
08-02-2012, 11:00 AM
(The Philippine Star) Updated August 02, 2012 12:00 AM

League-leading Far Eastern University goes all out to sustain its spotless run but expects a dogfight with a National University side determined to convince everyone it can hold its own against the big guns in an interesting UAAP Season 75 men’s basketball encounter at the Smart Araneta Coliseum today.

On a high after a masterful 92-66 rout of University of the East, the Tams gun for Win No. 5 at 4 p.m. against the struggling Bulldogs (2-2) whom FEU coach Bert Flores described as a team abundant in talent, led by last year’s MVP Bobby Ray Parks Jr. and Emmanuel Mbe.

“They have the materials; they even have a new good second import (Henri Betayene) and other new reinforcements,” Flores said of NU.

A pre-tournament favorite owing to their showing in the summer leagues, the Bulldogs got off to a blazing start, a 90-55 spanking of University of the East, but dropped two of their next three assignments, including a blowout to Ateneo and a blown game against University of Santo Tomas.

“I know we’re struggling now so we have to bounce back,” said NU coach Eric Altamirano.. “FEU is the team to watch out for so far and they’ve been playing very well. So we have to come out and be really prepared for that game.”

In the 2 p.m. curtain-raiser, five-peat-seeking Ateneo (3-1) shoots for its fourth victory against winless University of the Philippines (0-3).

One major asset of the Bulldogs that concerns Flores is the tenacious work of their frontliners, who are good for 46 rebounds a game (No. 3 in the UAAP) against the Tams’ 40 average (No. 7 overall).

“NU is among the top teams in rebounding so our big men need to step up in the battle inside,” said Flores.

Four of NU’s bigs norm five boards or more – Mbe (8.8), Javillonar (6.8), Denice Villamor (5.8) and Parks (5.3) – while backup center Betayene accounts for 3.2 caroms in 12 minutes on the floor.

In contrast, FEU relies heavily on its starting center, American Anthony Hargrove, who gives them 7.7 rebounds per outing. Guards and top scorers Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia are helping out in rebounding, averaging 6 and 4.8, respectively, while Arvie Bringas (4.5 rpg), Mark Belo (3.3), and Russel Escoto (3) put in less than expected numbers.

Parks, the league’s top gunner (20.3 ppg) will be a marked man for FEU defenders led by Roger Pogoy.

“We’ll just help one another out trying to contain Parks,” said Garcia.

Joescoundrel
08-02-2012, 11:04 AM
NU has to put together a total team effort and not let Ray Parks simply carry them. FEU has arguably the two best guards in the UAAP, and they have been able to play well together for the first time in their partnership. RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo may have finally gotten it: they have to provide the firepower together or there won't be enough offense for FEU to get wins in this tournament. Stopping them might be a moot undertaking. Moving the ball quickly and getting out on the early offense and the secondary break everytime they can would do wonders for the Bulldogs. It is only midway through Round 1, and a third loss would be crippling for a team looking to have a great season in its hosting year.

bchoter
08-02-2012, 12:07 PM
Problem with NU is they don't have a reliable back to the basket guy who can pull the defenses inside the paint. They have good slashers and outside shooters but their lack of inside presence makes them a little to predictable. A little adversity and Parks turns to hero ball. Before the UST come back NU shared the ball. But when UST made a run it was all Parks frome there making them easier to defend

bigf9779
08-02-2012, 12:37 PM
Problem with NU is they don't have a reliable back to the basket guy who can pull the defenses inside the paint. They have good slashers and outside shooters but their lack of inside presence makes them a little to predictable. A little adversity and Parks turns to hero ball. Before the UST come back NU shared the ball. But when UST made a run it was all Parks frome there making them easier to defend

I AGREE sir...masyadong nagiging predictable ang offense ng NU, nawala yung FOCUS, COMPOSURE nila sa game nung umabante na ng 1 pt ang UST...if im not mistaken, 3 errors ni BRP sa last 3 possesions ng NU, sayang at hindi nila na-maintain yung lead...biglang humigpit at gumanda ang defense ng UST...

Hoping a different NU team sa laban vs the deadly FEU Tamaraws!

Sulong National-U! Bulldogs Bites!

Sam Miguel
08-03-2012, 11:55 AM
By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:54 pm | Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

IT’S National University’s turn to get lucky this time.

Ray Parks pumped in six of NU’s last seven points as the Bulldogs ended Far Eastern University’s unbeaten run with a thrilling come-from-behind win, 61-57, in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Parks overcame a tough start to finish with 17 points, including two crucial free throws that gave the Bulldogs a 60-57 buffer with just 16.8 seconds left.

“The key was our composure, which was one thing lacking in the team,” said coach Eric Altamirano after his Bulldogs, who improved to 3-2, snapped the Tamaraws’ four-game win run.

Ateneo earlier overcame an early scare as the Blue Eagles rallied for a 76-70 victory over the winless University of the Philippines.

The Blue Eagles improved to 4-1 to claim a share of the lead with the Tamaraws, who saw their lucky run end after winning their first three games by just an average of two points.

Nico Salva dropped 11 of his 21 points in the third quarter where Ateneo grabbed the lead for the first time, 55-54, after trailing by as many as 10 points, 32-42.

“Every game that we play, we’re definitely going to get the other team’s best effort,” said Ateneo coach Norman Black, “Just because we’re Ateneo it doesn’t mean its going to be easy. We respect the other teams and what they bring to the game.”

Greg Slaughter buried all but two of his 13 points in the Blue Eagles’ second-half turnaround aside from hauling down nine boards and blocking three shots.

Ace FEU guard Terrence Romeo missed a potential game-tying triple in the dwindling seconds after Rey Mark Belo blew two free throws that could have given the Tamaraws the lead, 57-58, with 28.2 ticks left .

Parks, the reigning MVP, also grabbed six rebounds and dished out six assists, while Troy Rosario had 12 markers.

Emmanuel Mbe posted a double-double of 12 points and 12 boards for the Bulldogs, who rallied from a 16-29 deficit.

Kiefer Ravena added 11 markers, while Oping Sumalinog also stepped up for the Eagles by drilling half of his 10 points inside the last three minutes to help the four-time champions take a 74-64 advantage.

The Maroons, who skidded to their fourth straight loss, came out strong with Chris Ball, Raul Soyud and rookie Henry Asilum to take a 40-32 halftime edge.

But the Eagles started the second half with a 15-7 explosion to tie the game at 47, then later closed out the third period with six unanswered points to wrest control at 61-57.

“What’s important for us was just to settle at halftime and get back at what we do best which is playing defense,” said Black.

The Eagles had a notable 58 percent shooting clip in the second half.

The scores:

First Game

ATENEO 76—Salva 21, Slaughter 13, Ravena 11, Sumalinog 10, Chua 7, Gonzaga 5, Buenafe 5, Erram 2, Elorde 2, Pessumal 0, Capacio 0.

UP 70—Lopez 13, Ball 11, Padilla 11, Gamboa 10, Soyud 9, Montecastro 6, Asilum 6, Silungan 2, Romero 2, Mbah 0, Manuel 0, Hipolito 0, Gallarza 0.

Quarters: 17-19, 32-40, 61-57, 76-70

Second Game

NU 61—Parks 17, Rosario 12, Mbe 12, Alolino 6, Villamor 4, Javillonar 4, Roño 3, Betayene 2, De Guzman 1, Singh 0.

FEU 57—Romeo 18, Belo 8, M. Bringas 8, Garcia 5, A. Bringas 5, Mendoza 4, Cruz 4, Hargrove 3, Escoto 2, Tolomia 0, Sentcheu 0, Pogoy 0.

Quarters: 12-15, 24-30, 46-47, 61-57

Sam Miguel
08-03-2012, 12:01 PM
By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:54 pm | Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

IT’S National University’s turn to get lucky this time.

Ray Parks pumped in six of NU’s last seven points as the Bulldogs ended Far Eastern University’s unbeaten run with a thrilling come-from-behind win, 61-57, in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Parks overcame a tough start to finish with 17 points, including two crucial free throws that gave the Bulldogs a 60-57 buffer with just 16.8 seconds left.

“The key was our composure, which was one thing lacking in the team,” said coach Eric Altamirano after his Bulldogs, who improved to 3-2, snapped the Tamaraws’ four-game win run.

Ateneo earlier overcame an early scare as the Blue Eagles rallied for a 76-70 victory over the winless University of the Philippines.

The Blue Eagles improved to 4-1 to claim a share of the lead with the Tamaraws, who saw their lucky run end after winning their first three games by just an average of two points.

Nico Salva dropped 11 of his 21 points in the third quarter where Ateneo grabbed the lead for the first time, 55-54, after trailing by as many as 10 points, 32-42.

“Every game that we play, we’re definitely going to get the other team’s best effort,” said Ateneo coach Norman Black, “Just because we’re Ateneo it doesn’t mean its going to be easy. We respect the other teams and what they bring to the game.”

Greg Slaughter buried all but two of his 13 points in the Blue Eagles’ second-half turnaround aside from hauling down nine boards and blocking three shots.

Ace FEU guard Terrence Romeo missed a potential game-tying triple in the dwindling seconds after Rey Mark Belo blew two free throws that could have given the Tamaraws the lead, 57-58, with 28.2 ticks left .

Parks, the reigning MVP, also grabbed six rebounds and dished out six assists, while Troy Rosario had 12 markers.

Emmanuel Mbe posted a double-double of 12 points and 12 boards for the Bulldogs, who rallied from a 16-29 deficit.

Kiefer Ravena added 11 markers, while Oping Sumalinog also stepped up for the Eagles by drilling half of his 10 points inside the last three minutes to help the four-time champions take a 74-64 advantage.

The Maroons, who skidded to their fourth straight loss, came out strong with Chris Ball, Raul Soyud and rookie Henry Asilum to take a 40-32 halftime edge.

But the Eagles started the second half with a 15-7 explosion to tie the game at 47, then later closed out the third period with six unanswered points to wrest control at 61-57.

“What’s important for us was just to settle at halftime and get back at what we do best which is playing defense,” said Black.

The Eagles had a notable 58 percent shooting clip in the second half.

The scores:

First Game

ATENEO 76—Salva 21, Slaughter 13, Ravena 11, Sumalinog 10, Chua 7, Gonzaga 5, Buenafe 5, Erram 2, Elorde 2, Pessumal 0, Capacio 0.

UP 70—Lopez 13, Ball 11, Padilla 11, Gamboa 10, Soyud 9, Montecastro 6, Asilum 6, Silungan 2, Romero 2, Mbah 0, Manuel 0, Hipolito 0, Gallarza 0.

Quarters: 17-19, 32-40, 61-57, 76-70

Second Game

NU 61—Parks 17, Rosario 12, Mbe 12, Alolino 6, Villamor 4, Javillonar 4, Roño 3, Betayene 2, De Guzman 1, Singh 0.

FEU 57—Romeo 18, Belo 8, M. Bringas 8, Garcia 5, A. Bringas 5, Mendoza 4, Cruz 4, Hargrove 3, Escoto 2, Tolomia 0, Sentcheu 0, Pogoy 0.

Quarters: 12-15, 24-30, 46-47, 61-57

Joescoundrel
08-06-2012, 09:54 AM
By Celest R. Flores

INQUIRER.net

7:20 pm | Sunday, August 5th, 2012

MANILA, Philippines—National University overwhelmed an undermanned Adamson University, 77-62, Sunday in the 75th UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Bulldogs, building momentum anew with their fourth victory, saw an opportunity to pound on the struggling Falcons with the loss of Alex Nuyles in the first quarter and never relented from there.

Even head coach Eric Altamirano admits that Nuyles’ departure gave his squad a leeway early.

“Nuyles’ injury helped us,” said Altamirano. “We started strong and we were able to sustain it.”

Emmanuel Mbe spearheaded the charge for the Bulldogs, who widened the gap by as far as 24 points twice in the game, with a double-double with 20 points and 15 boards.

Reigning MVP Bobby Ray Parks, who exited the game early due to injury, also cleaned up the glass pretty well with 11 rebounds while doling out 12 points.

Adamson, which only lost by double digits once last season, suffered another crushing setback, its third, along with its star Nuyles.

Nuyles, who opted against surgery and instead play through the injury, which has been nagging him since last year, reinjured his shoulder in the opening minutes.

Eric Camson stepped up for the Falcons with 13 points and eight boards, but his effort wasn’t enough to keep the game tight.

Roider Cabrera, who’s yet to have his breakout game this season, added 11 points and six boards while trusty center Rodney Brondial struggled with single digits.

Sam Miguel
08-22-2012, 03:41 PM
By Joey Villar (The Philippine Star)

Updated August 19, 2012 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Ateneo bucked a sloppy start with a blistering finish yesterday as it turned back Far Eastern U, 74-71, to seize the solo lead in the 75th UAAP basketball tournament at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Hotshot rookie Jeron Teng earlier outduelled Bobby Ray Parks in one of the league’s highest individual scoring battles as La Salle eked out a pulsating 87-86 double overtime victory over National U to finish its first round campaign in the middle of the pack.

Both Teng and Parks, the reigning league MVP, wound up with a league-best 35 points but it was the former who came out victorious as the Archers escaped with their fourth win against three losses for a share of fourth spot with the Bulldogs.

Seven-footer Greg Slaughter paced the Eagles with 17 points while adding eight rebounds, three assists and game-high five blocks to help the Eagles finish up there after the first round of eliminations.

“We’re right where we wanted, to be in the top two because I’ve always said that it will help a lot if we finish with the twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four,” said Ateneo coach Norman Black.

Juami Tiongson scattered three triples, including two in the third quarter where the Eagles turned things around, and wound up with 12 points.

Kiefer Ravena and Ryan Buenafe chipped in 12 and 10 points, respectively.

The Tams, who controlled the tempo and led by double digits in the first half, including 37-27 at the break, were led by RR Garcia’s 21 points.

But in the fourth quarter the Tams failed to suppress the Eagles’ late uprising and fell to No. 3 with a 5-2 record.

It marked the first time in recent history that two players scored at least 30 points in the same game, perhaps reminiscent of the scoring battle waged by then University of the East hotshot Allan “The Triggerman” Caidic and Santo Tomas gunner Pido Jarencio in the 1980s.

Teng’s output was the highest by a La Salle player since Joseph Yeo dropped 31 in a Final Four game with archrival Ateneo six seasons ago. It was also the best scoring effort by a neophyte since State U’s Mike Gamboa unloaded a 25 points five years back.

They also surpassed the identical 33 points score by Ateneo’s Rabeh Al-Hussaini’s and Adamson’s Ken Bono in a Final Four match six years ago.

However, both Teng and Parks fell short of the 43 points posted by NU’s Jeff Napa in a game against Adamson on Aug. 23, 2002. Napa hit 10 triples in that game.

“Honestly, I didn’t come into this game to score but I have to step up because LA (Revilla) hasn’t been practicing for a week because of a sprained ankle,” said the 18-year-old Teng, who once scored 104 points in a high school game for Xavier.

Teng and the 19-year-old Parks are both sons of former star players in the PBA - Alvin Teng of San Miguel and seven-time PBA Best Import awardee Bobby Parks.

The scores:

First Game (Srs)

La Salle 87 – Teng 35, Vosotros 18, Andrada 8, Van Opstal 7, N. Torres 6, T. Torres 5, Mendoza 4, Revilla 3, Manguera 1, Gotladera 0, Tallo 0, Webb 0

NU 86 – Parks 35, Rosario 14, Mbe 12, Javillonar 6, Rono 5, Alolino 4, Villamor 3, Khobuntin 3, Singh 2, de Guzman 2, Labing-isa 0, Betayene 0

Quarterscores: 25-14; 42-37; 59-52; 69-69 (OT); 79-79 (2OT); 87-86

Sam Miguel
08-28-2012, 10:47 AM
By Mark Giongco

INQUIRER.net

8:00 pm | Sunday, August 26th, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – Aljon Mariano delivered anew to push University of Santo Tomas past National University, 58-57, in overtime Sunday night in the UAAP Season 75 men’s basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.

Mariano scored on a back-to-the-basket move with 4.4 seconds left before Ray Parks missed on his last-second drive as the buzzer sounded.

“Wala na din akong masabi. Alam ko kasing dumikit lang kami may mangyayari,” sighed UST head coach Pido Jarencio, whose team tied FEU in second place at 7-2. “Nung na-shoot ni Fortuna, sabi ko sa kanila di na kayo yan. Diyos na nagbigay niyan.”

“Sa ‘kin binigay ni coach. Nagtiwala siya sa ‘kin. I know I needed to deliver,” said Mariano, who finished with 22 points.

Jeric Fortuna drilled a contested three that forced extra session with both teams tied at 51.

“Yung mga bata, ayaw talaga bumigay,” Jarencio said. It’s all about our sixth man, grabe yung community. Nung natalo kami sa FEU, di ko akalain na may manonood pa ngayon. Dahil humiliating talaga yun.”

The Growling Tigers got a beatdown from the Bulldogs in the first half as they trailed by 17, 14-31, and appeared as if UST was bound for another whipping after it took a humiliating loss to FEU in its previous game.

And as if it needed to prove it’s never-say-die character it built throughout the first round with a handful of comeback wins, UST struck again.

“Maganda din talaga nilaro ng NU but it’s all about heart,” said Jarencio.

The Growling Tigers were able to chip away the Bulldogs lead but still stared at a 32-42 deficit entering the final period.

Back-to-back steals and conversion to start the fourth sparked UST’s surge.

A Mariano drive past Jeoffrey Javillionar pulled UST to within one, 46-47, but Robin Rono hit two free throws after a UST error put NU back on top, 49-46, with 36.4 seconds left in regulation.

Kevin Ferrer’s reverse putback off an airball by Jeric Teng trimmed NU’s before Parks made two free throws for a 51-48 edge with 11.1 ticks remaining in the fourth quarter.

Even in overtime, UST needed a rally. The Tigers trailed by three, 54-57, with two minutes left before Fortuna found a streaking Teng on the break made it, 56-57, that set up Mariano’s clutch basket.

Parks paced NU, which fell to 5-4, with 15 points but had to sweat his every point with Ferrer hounding him the entire game.

Karim Abdul had 10 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out with two minutes left in OT.

Joescoundrel
08-31-2012, 10:36 AM
By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

1:35 am | Friday, August 31st, 2012

Avoiding a repeat of its recent meltdown, National University quelled a late University of the East rally for an 83-74 victory in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.

Ray Parks fired 21 points, including eight in the final quarter that helped the Bulldogs stay afloat after the Warriors had trimmed their 15-point lead, 67-52, to just three, 70-67.

“We didn’t play well today. We struggled and the game came down to the last minutes,” said NU coach Eric Altamirano after the Bulldogs rebounded from a heartbreaking overtime loss to UST, 58-57, where they blew a 17-point advantage.

The fifth-running Bulldogs improved to 6-4 despite the absence of Cameroonian center Emmanuel Mbe, who sat out the game due to a hip injury.

In the second game, Adamson snapped a six-game losing streak with a 75-70 triumph over the University of the Philippines.

The trio of Eric Camson (19 points and 14 rebounds), Jericho Cruz (17 points) and Rodney Brondial (15 points and 17 rebounds) delivered for the also-ran Falcons, who won for only the second time in 10 games.

Meanwhile, the league slapped a one-game ban on Far Eastern University bruiser Arvie Bringas and Ateneo center JP Erram for separate unsportsmanlike acts during Wednesday’s game won by the Blue Eagles, 77-64.

Bringas was ejected midway in the fourth quarter for spitting at Ateneo’s Justin Chua, while Erram was caught kicking FEU’s Carl Cruz after a game review.

UAAP commissioner Ato Badolato said yesterday that warnings had also been issued to Ateneo’s Greg Slaughter and Ryan Buenafe and FEU’s Mark Belo, Carl Cruz and Roger Pogoy for various infractions in the game.

“Prior to the spitting incident, [Slaughter] elbowed Bringas. I saw it in action,” said Badolato. “After we reviewed the tape, we also saw Pogoy giving an elbow when (Ateneo’s Juami) Tiongson fell in front of the FEU bench.”

Joescoundrel
09-03-2012, 10:01 AM
By Celest R. Flores

INQUIRER.net

7:53 pm | Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

MANILA, Philippines — RR Garcia did everything in the final minute — including hitting the game-winner — to deliver the victory 77-75 to Far Eastern University over National University Sunday in the 75th UAAP men’s basketball at Mall of Asia Arena.

Garcia set up Terrence Romeo for a go-ahead a triple with 53 seconds left then hit the layin with barely a tenth of a second left in the clock which buried the Bulldogs and gave the Tamaraws an 8-3 card.

The victory puts FEU at a tie with UST at second place and in a prime position to get the twice-to-beat edge, while pushing NU down to solo fifth with 6-5.

The former MVP, who only had 10 markers, lost the ball as he drove to the hoop after an isolation on top as the clock winded down, but FEU recovered the possesion after Bobby Ray Parks Jr. also lost the leather.

Roger Pogoy secured the ball then threw an overhead pass to a streaking Garcia, who then rushed to make the final shot — which needed to be reviewed couple of times before it was ruled counted.

“Coach gave the the confidence and though the last shot should be mine because Parks was guarding Romeo, who’s way taller,” said the Zamboanga-city native in Filipino.

Garcia, who earlier spun, drew defenders then kicked out to a wide-open Romeo for a pivotal trey, didn’t do well offensively but still notched nine assists.

FEU was holding on to the lead at halftime, but was outscored by NU 16-29 in the third quarter that saw its lead become a seven-point deficit.

But the wiry Russel Escoto took the initiative and posted his career high 18 points, knocking down big baskets in the payoff period including a triple before Romeo knocked down his.

Parks, who knocked down two freethrows, missed a chance to give the Bulldogs a crucial victory especially with teams so close to each other in the race for the final four despite scoring 26 points.

NU zoomed to the seven-point towards the end of the third quarter through the efforts of Jelo Alolino, but was quickly erased by FEU.

Alolino also posted a career-best 18 points for NU, which still has to battle Ateneo, La Salle and UP in its remaining games.

Joescoundrel
09-03-2012, 10:04 AM
If this was the Fr Martin Cup or any other non-glamour league without any cameras or instant replay that last-second shot by Garcia would have been signaled as counted by a referee without any hesitation. As it is that shot clearly was no longer in Garcia's hand by the time the frame around the backboard lit up. It wasn't in his palm, neither was it just rolling off his fingers, it was already out of his hand. Period. NU lost the ball after a good steal, and in the end they lost a close game.

bchoter
09-03-2012, 01:19 PM
The most ungracious host

Joescoundrel
09-03-2012, 01:52 PM
From where I was at the sideline near the FEU second half basket I saw that ball clearly out of Garcia's hand to beat the final buzzer. It was close indeed, but it was also clean, at least as far as I could tell, talagang umabot. Naman kasi ang NU, all they had to do was set up after Parks got the steal already, ewan ko bakit nagmadali. They had at least 18 seconds to set something up after that Parks steal. So why did they rush right into the FEU defense? Ganyan ang mga laro na sayang talaga.

bchoter
09-03-2012, 02:06 PM
From the correct angle, which was the one shown on TV, the ball was out of his finger tips. The other pic going around in FB is not conclusive because of the angle. Wala na dapat protesta pa pero prerogative nila yon hehehe. Gusto pa nilang pa distract instead of moving on to the next game

Sam Miguel
09-04-2012, 09:22 AM
By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:03 pm | Monday, September 3rd, 2012

THE UAAP aims to resolve this week two protests filed by National University, which cited the “questionable” decisions in its two losses in men’s basketball and women’s beach volleyball over the weekend.

Junel Baculi, NU’s representative to the league board, said yesterday the Bulldogs formally placed under protest their heartbreaking loss 77-75 loss from Far Eastern University, 77-75, where game officials ruled that RR Garcia’s game-winning layup beat the buzzer by just a tenth of a second.

The Lady Bulldogs also contested their three-set loss to Ateneo in women’s beach volleyball, where they questioned the fielding of a substitute player.

NU basketball coach Eric Altamirano said the video review of the crucial play provided by ABS-CBN Sports was inconclusive, noting that their own review showed Garcia’s fingertip was still touching the ball at the final buzzer.

“If it was really that questionable, if you had doubts and it wasn’t clear, why not let the game go into overtime,” said Altamirano. “We’ll just see how they’ll respond to the protest.”

The complaint had been submitted to basketball commissioner Ato Badoloato, who may uphold the result or order a replay of the game.

Baculi, meanwhile, said the Lady Bulldogs questioned tournament organizers for allowing Ateneo substitute player Alyssa Valdez to see action in their game.

The Lady Eagles had already forfeited two games after officials refused to let Valdez play, adding that starter Bea Tan must present a valid medical reason for her absence.

“The issue has been elevated to the UAAP Board,” said Baculi.

Joescoundrel
09-10-2012, 10:09 AM
Down Green Archers by 10; Eagles advance to Final 4

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

9:51 pm | Sunday, September 9th, 2012

Ateneo finally claimed the first Final Four berth even as National University, starring Bobby Ray Parks, downed La Salle, 72-62, yesterday to wrest solo fourth in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena.

The Blue Eagles made sure there would be no repeat of their endgame blunders this time as they rolled back the Adamson Falcons, 79-72, with Nico Salva unloading half of his 24 points in the last eight minutes of the fourth quarter where Ateneo shot a staggering 82 percent from the field.

“I’m just happy we didn’t make the same mistakes we did in the last game,” Ateneo coach Norman Black said after his four-time champions rebounded from a shock loss to also-ran University of the East, 77-79, last Thursday and boost their leading record to 10-2.

Parks scattered 32-points, 17 of them in the third period, where the Bulldogs led by as many as 16 points, 53-37, en route to their seventh win in 11 games. It was the sixth 30-point outing in two seasons for the son of six-time top PBA import Bobby Parks.

NU coach Eric Altamirano said his Bulldogs were motivated by the UAAP board’s decision to nullify their controversial loss to Far Eastern University, 75-77, and order a replay on Sept. 23

“We used that good favor to inspire us for this game,” said Altamirano. “We’re excited we were given a second lease of life.”

Gelo Alolino added 11 points for the Bulldogs, who pushed the Archers down to fifth at 7-5.

Salva fired a six-point cluster to give the Eagles a 72-71 lead before Kiefer Ravena drilled five of the team’s last seven points for the final tally.

“Every loss is a wake up call and it reminds us that we’re not there yet,” said Salva, who tied his career-high by posting an impressive 11-of-14 shooting clip.

Greg Slaughter had 16 points and 12 boards, while Ravena shot 15 for the Eagles.

In juniors play, FEU’s Jerie Pingoy outscored the entire University of the East side as the Baby Tamaraws forged a lopsided 93-39 victory.

Pingoy, the reigning juniors MVP, exploded for 43 points, including a remarkable 12-of-19 shooting from three-point range to lead the unbeaten Baby Tams to their ninth straight win.

The scores:

First Game

ATENEO 79—Salva 24, Slaughter 16, Ravena 15, Elorde 10, Chua 6, Tiongson 3, Buenafe 3, Sumalinog 1, Erram 1, Gonzaga 0, Golla 0.

ADAMSON 72—Camson 26, Cruz 14, Cabrera 10, Monteclaro 8, Brondial 8, Rios 4, Etrone 2, Trollano 0, Petilos 0, Agustin 0.

Quarters: 21-25, 38-38, 55-59, 79-72

Second Game

NU 72—Parks 32, Alolino 11, Rosario 6, Khobuntin 6, De Guzman 6, Mbe 4, Javillonar 4, Villamor 3, Singh 0, Roño 0, Betayene 0.

LA SALLE 62—Teng 20, Vosotros 13, Van Opstal 7, N. Torres 6, Mendoza 4, T. Torres 3, Manguera 3, Andrada 2, Tampus 2, Revilla 2, Webb 0.

Quarters: 15-15, 36-26, 56-45, 72-62

Dark Knight
09-14-2012, 09:41 AM
NU should protest the Mbe shot underneath the basket at 7:09 in the 4th quarter that the refs did not count. If the commish uphold the refs decision then they should elevate the matter to the UAAP Board.

NU should also protest the counting of Javillonar's trey at the end of the 3rd quarter? The refs counted the basket as time runs out. I think the ball is in Javillonar's hand as time expires. If the commish uphold the refs decision, then they should elevate their protest to the UAAP Board.

Then the Board will reverse the refs and Commish decision.

Christ!

Joescoundrel
09-18-2012, 09:10 AM
If FEU loses to NU in their re-play and NU and Lasalle hold fast that means all three teams will have five losses each right?

How will these ties be broken?

An NU win means they sweep their season series versus FEU. FEU and Lasalle have split their season series.

So the truly crucial question is who will play off for the fourth and last Final 4 spot in this scenario?

elvis
09-18-2012, 09:44 AM
Sir Joe, if UST losses to UE and to us (either in the court or in the boardroom), FEU losses to NU and La Salle wins over Adamson, then UST, FEU, NU and La Salle will all be 9-5.

Joescoundrel
09-18-2012, 09:52 AM
^ So sino nga ang maglalaban for the fourth and last spot sa Final 4, NU-Lasalle pa din ba?

bchoter
09-18-2012, 10:45 AM
Sir Joe, if UST losses to UE and to us (either in the court or in the boardroom), FEU losses to NU and La Salle wins over Adamson, then UST, FEU, NU and La Salle will all be 9-5.Wag naman po sana. Ang hirap mag schedule ng sick leave

Joescoundrel
09-24-2012, 01:19 PM
See what happens when you protest a lost game? You make it as the Number 3 seed in the Final 4! It'll be Tigers versus Bulldogs in the Final 4.

Joescoundrel
09-28-2012, 10:46 AM
By Olmin Leyba

(The Philippine Star)

Updated September 28, 2012 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Following a disastrous campaign in UAAP Season 75 where it failed to reach the Final Four after back-to-back runner-up finishes, Far Eastern U could only blame its setback to its failure to cash in on their three cracks at a semis berth.

The Tams, one-time leader and among the top three majority of the double-round elims, dropped their last three games to miss the Final Four.

They lost a sure victory when the UAAP board of trustees nullified their 77-75 conquest of National U last Sept. 2 and ordered a replay, which they eventually lost, 84-81 in overtime, sending them to a do-or-die match with La Salle.

Two setbacks to DLSU in between the NU replay, 56-63 in the second round and 66-69 in the playoff for the last berth, sealed FEU’s doom.

“Ganon talaga. Una yung replay, tapos yung two games na kailangang kailangan namin (That’s the way it goes. First the replay, then the two important games we failed to win),” a dejected coach Bert Flores said.

The board-ordered replay, he pointed out, was the turning point for the Tams’ “bad season.”

“Parang masama ang loob nila. Kumbaga andun na kami, bakit uulitin pa at bibigyan ng chance? Kahit sino naman, kahit asawa ko na walang alam sa basketball sinasabi ‘bakit ganun?’ Pero wala na rin tayong magagawa (Players were demoralized. We’re already there in the Final Four and then they ordered a replay and gave NU a chance. Even my wife, a non-basketball expert, was asking ‘why play it again?’ But we couldn’t do anything about it anymore),” Flores said.

One of the pre-tournament favorites, the Tams settled for fifth place overall, missing the semis for the first time since 2007.

“Bad season talaga kasi coming from finals, tapos ganito. Ito ang chance sana na mag-champion (Bad season, considering we came from the finals last year. We had a chance to even win a championship),” he said.

Looking forward, Flores said he still sees a solid group, with only Mark Bringas and Clarence Foronda graduating, although it’s still not sure whether RR Garcia will play his fifth year next season. But Flores also admitted his status as coach is uncertain at this point.

“Matibay pa rin naman, tapos may recruitment pa (It’s still pretty solid plus we’ll have some recruits),” he said. “Ako naman, bahala na ang management. Mahirap sa isang banda pero nasa kanila yun (As for me, it’s up to management if they want to retain me as head coach).”

Joescoundrel
10-01-2012, 11:36 AM
By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

AS ATENEO and University of Santo Tomas gear up for the UAAP championship round, the two teams they dispatched in the semifinals have quickly turned their attention to next season.

National University and La Salle—the two squads that defied the odds in the thrilling race to the Final Four—expect to turn into solid contenders as both return with virtually intact lineups in next year’s men’s basketball tourney.

“Our preparation for Season 76 starts tomorrow,” said coach Gee Abanilla after the Green Archers nearly pulled off an upset over four-time champion and fierce rival Ateneo in the semifinals, 66-63, last Saturday.

“I just feel we’ll have a better season next year. We have an intact lineup, but of course, we still have to see the other talents in the market. We have some players already in our radar.”

The Bulldogs, who reached the Final Four for the first time in 11 years, also gave a tough fight before the Tigers held on to a 63-57 win in their own semifinal duel.

“I told the team to always remember that before you succeed, you have to fail first,” said NU coach Eric Altamirano. “We want to use this loss as motivation to move forward and prepare for next year. I believe that next year we’ll be able to handle it better.”

Both the Bulldogs and the Archers cite “immaturity” and “lack of experience” as reasons for their end game meltdown in the semifinals even if both squads were powered by two of the league’s best players.

NU leaned on Ray Parks, who bagged his second straight MVP in just as many years in the league, while La Salle had Rookie of the Year Jeron Teng bringing life back to the team that missed last year’s Final Four.

“Even if we got to the Final Four, we had to strive and aim for something higher,” said Abanilla. “Then again, nothing to be ashamed of. We gave Ateneo a good fight and we almost had that game.”

NU clinched the No. 3 spot due to a superior quotient after finishing tied with La Salle and Far Eastern University at the end of the eliminations at 9-5. La Salle nailed the last semifinal berth after upsetting FEU in the playoffs.

“We made it to the Final Four and I’m proud of my teammates definitely,” said Parks. “Hopefully next year we’ll be better.”

The Blue Eagles, who are vying for a fifth straight crown, and the Tigers kick off their best-of-three title clash at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.

Unlike in the 2006 Finals, where the underdog Tigers won over the then No. 1 Eagles, odds are almost even for the two teams that split their elimination tussles by an average of 1.5 points.

UST center Karim Abdul will suit up in Game 1 as his second unsportsmanlike foul in the semis was deemed “not meant to hurt” by league officials.

Meanwhile, UST and La Salle secured the first two Final Four slots yesterday in the table tennis tournament at Blue Eagle Gym.

UST trounced Adamson and UE via 3-0 scores while La Salle also posted a 3-0 triumph over Ateneo and Adamson.

Joescoundrel
10-01-2012, 03:42 PM
I watched the NU-UST Final 4 game live, part of the job of course.

Something I didn't like at all: After the game, Pido Jarencio shook hands with the entire NU side, players, coaches, managers.

Then he came to Emmanuel Mbe. Mbe wouldn't shake his hand, turning his back on Jarencio and pulling his hand away. Even when a lady (looked familiar, might have been Mrs Altamirano) urged him to shake hands with Jarencio, Mbe still pulled his hand away.

THIS is the school spirit that NU is trying hard to push?

Ray Parks was totally the opposite. He even hugged Jarencio and yes, even Kevin Ferrer, his former RP Youth teammate and game-long defensive tormentor.

Way to go, Mbe.

Joescoundrel
10-08-2012, 11:33 AM
Far Eastern closes in on cage title double

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:22 pm | Sunday, October 7th, 2012

FAR Eastern University inched closer to a double UAAP basketball title romp yesterday.

The Lady Tamaraws moved within a win of a perfect season while the Baby Tams survived a thriller to take a 1-0 lead in the juniors championship series yesterday at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Allana Lim fired all her 17 points in the second half as the Lady Tamaraws downed the La Salle Lady Archers, 64-56, and stretched their unbeaten run to a record 15 games in the women’s caging.

Roger Domingo was the hero in juniors action, nailing the game-winning triple with 11.8 seconds left to lift the Baby Tams past the defending champion National University Bullpups, 78-77, in the series opener.

The Baby Tams pulled it off minus Jerie Pingoy in the crucial stretch as the back-to-back MVP fouled out in the final minute after a team-high 16 points, four assists and five steals.

“It was a blessing in disguise because they (Bullpups) didn’t know who will take the shot,” said FEU coach Michael Oliver.

Joshua Aguilon fueled the Baby Tams’ rally from eight points down, 63-71, in the last three minutes by firing all but two of his 11 points in the final period.

The Bullpups fumbled their last play after Reggie Morido gave NU its final taste of the lead, 77-75.

Lim shot 10 of the Lady Tamaraws’ 21 points in the final quarter where they pulled away, 62-53.

Aside from setting the longest win run in league history, the Lady Tams moved a win from becoming the first team to complete a season sweep since the Final Four format was implemented in 1994.

“We’re so pressured because there are a lot of things that go into your head after the 14-0 [elimination sweep],” said FEU coach Allan Albano.

The Lady Tamaraws and the Baby Tams hope to lift FEU’s basketball campaign after its favored men’s team surprisingly missed out on the Final Four for the first time in five years.

Meanwhile, University of Santo Tomas coach Pido Jarencio may just get away with a warning following his outburst against the referees in Game 1 of the men’s basketball championship won by Ateneo, 83-78, last Saturday.

League commissioner Ato Badoloato is set to decide early this week if Jarencio’s cut-throat gestures and furious confrontation with the referees after the game will merit a sanction.

“He may get a warning but it will still depend on the board,” said Badolato. “There’s no decision yet.”

The Lady Tamaraws earned an outright title berth and a thrice-to-beat bonus as incentives for sweeping the eliminations.

Thus, the Lady Tamaraws only need to win twice while the Lady Archers must win three times to clinch the title.

The scores:

First Game (Women)

FEU 64—Lim 17, Borja 13, Columna 12, Sambile 11, Gesalan 5, Soriano 2, Siat 2, Tanaman 2, Supnet 0.

LA SALLE 56—Piatos 15, Abaca 10, Viterbo 9, Wilson 7, Melendres 5, Santos 4, Garcia 4, Ong 2, Corcuera 0.

Quarters: 9-8, 18-21, 43-41, 64-56

Second Game (Jrs)

FEU 78—Pingoy 16, Lee Yu 12, Delfinado 11, R. Domingo 11, Aguilon 11, J. Domingo 8, Escoto 4, Completo 2, Belgica 2, Lumba 1, You 0, Palacio 0.

NU 77—Atangan 23, Morido 16, Cani 16, Busa 10, Battad 6, Lapiz 4, Canaynay 2, Mosqueda 0, Dela Cruz 0, Claveria 0, Cauilan 0, Castillo 0, Biteng 0, Banawan 0.

Quarters: 15-21, 40-31, 50-55, 78-77

Sam Miguel
02-18-2013, 08:53 AM
NU advances on two fronts

Bulldogs in tennis, softball finals

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:45 pm | Sunday, February 17th, 2013

NATIONAL University earned championship berths in men’s tennis and softball while University of the Philippines also advanced to the men’s football title round in separate UAAP action yesterday.

In women’s volleyball, Ateneo claimed the twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four with a win that pushed University of Santo Tomas into a knockout match against NU for the last semifinal slot.

The Bulldogs completed a 10-game sweep of tennis following a 5-0 shutout of the Tigers (8-2) on the final day of elimination at Rizal Memorial Tennis Center.

The Bulldogs now stand as favorite as they head into the finals with a twice-to-beat advantage over the Tigers this Friday.

NU also secured the last title berth in softball after downing UST, 5-3, behind Clarifer Singh, Arianne Vallestero and pitcher Rutche Tañola in the stepladder semifinals at Rizal Memorial ballpark.

But the Lady Bulldogs face a virtual all-star crew in the unbeaten Adamson Lady Falcons, who are seeking a third straight title in their title duel at 9 a.m. tomorrow.

In men’s football, UP advanced to the finals after tripping Far Eastern University, 2-1, in their winner-take-all semifinal match at Erenchun field in Ateneo.

The Maroons will vie for a third straight title against Ateneo, which claimed the first title slot after ousting rival La Salle.

Ateneo also secured the No. 2 spot in women’s volleyball as the Lady Eagles drubbed the Tigresses, 28-26, 25-15, 25-22, at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Alyssa Valdez fired 23 points and Fille Cainglet scored nine on top of eight digs to lead the Lady Eagles (10-4) who finished behind defending champion La Salle (13-1).

The loss pushed the Tigresses (8-6) into a do-or-die match against the Lady Bulldogs (8-6) for the last semifinal berth.

Adamson (9-5) settled for No. 3 after besting UP, 25-20, 25-9, 25-17.

Sam Miguel
02-18-2013, 08:53 AM
PSA fetes cagers Caguioa, Parks

Two hardcourt stars among major recipients in Annual Awards Night

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:42 pm | Sunday, February 17th, 2013 A 12-YEAR pro who bagged his first Most Valuable Player plum and an amateur star who copped his second straight MVP award share the spotlight as basketball awardees when the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) honors the top Filipino athletes of 2012 next month.

Mark Caguioa of Barangay Ginebra and National University star Bobby Ray Parks will be honored as “Mr Basketball” in the professional and amateur ranks, respectively, during the PSA-Milo Annual Awards Night on March 16 at Manila Hotel.

Caguioa—who has only played for crowd-darling Ginebra since getting drafted in the PBA in 2001—finally picked up the only missing prize in his illustrious career when the ace guard won the PBA Season 37 MVP last year.

Parks, the son of seven-time PBA Best Import Bobby Parks, also had a phenomenal run as he bagged back-to-back MVPs while powering the Bulldogs to the UAAP Final Four for the first time in 11 years.

Both cagers will join the four co-winners of the Athlete of the Year award—WBO super bantamweight king Nonito Donaire Jr., world boxing gold medalist Josie Gabuco, softball World Series champion Team Manila and five-time UAAP basketball titlist Ateneo—in the awards night hosted by the country’s oldest media organization.

Also receiving major awards are horse Hagdang Bato and champion jockey Jonathan Hernandez in the event presented by the Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Basketball Association, Rain or Shine, LBC, ICTSI, Philippine Golf Tour, Harbour Centre, Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero and Smart.

Caguioa, nicknamed “The Spark,” earned his second PSA award in six years since winning the top pro player citation in 2007.

Parks received his first best amateur player plum last year which he shared with San Sebastian’s Calvin Abueva.

Joescoundrel
03-06-2013, 08:55 AM
Praying for Parks

SPORTING CHANCE

By Joaquin M. Henson

(The Philippine Star) | Updated March 6, 2013 - 12:00am

Seven-time PBA Best Import awardee Bobby Parks has lost at least 50 pounds in his fierce battle against lung cancer but isn’t giving up hope of recovering. He’s been confined at the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Global City since Jan. 31. Parks is now in a private room after a long stay in the Intensive Care Unit.

Parks’ wife Jasmine has been at his side throughout the ordeal. There are plans to move Parks out of St. Luke’s and into his home as soon as his family is able to procure a hospital bed. A philanthropic taipan has offered to pay for Parks’ medical bills while a sports official from a large conglomerate said he will try to get a bed from the hospital which his family owns. The outpouring of support for Parks is heartwarming. A big businessman offered to fly Parks to Singapore for specialized cancer treatment only at the moment, the former Memphis State star is unable to travel.

Parks, 51, was initially diagnosed to be afflicted with laryngeal cancer a few years back but won that battle. The cancer, however, recurred in the lungs and now, Parks is in for a tougher fight.

In his hospital bed, Parks is fed through a tube in his nose and still unable to speak. But there are positive signs of recovery. Now, he is able to sit up for about an hour in a chair. He is conscious and recognizes his visitors. His legs and feet are swollen in an edema condition. Last Sunday night, Parks watched the PBA contest between Rain Or Shine and Barangay Ginebra from his bed and appeared to be fully aware of what went on in the game. I visited Parks at that time and drew a smile when I promised to bring over his picture in an Atlanta Hawks uniform I stumbled on in a book entitled “Inside Basketball: From the Playgrounds to the NBA” by Mike Decourcy.

Parks never got to play in the NBA regular season but suited up for Atlanta in the 1984-85 preseason. He was the Hawks’ third round pick in the 1984 draft. In one picture, Parks is shown defending New York Knicks’ star Bernard King with Hawks teammates Glenn (Doc) Rivers and Stewart Granger. Parks played as an import in France before landing in the PBA with San Miguel Beer in 1987. He wound up seeing action in 13 PBA seasons, compiling 8,955 points in 221 games for a 40.5 clip. Parks is one of only five imports to average at least 40 a game in the PBA. The others are Billy Ray Bates, Lew Massey, Larry McNeill and Norman Black.

After his playing career, Parks coached Spring Cooking Oil in the NBL and in Brunei. He later became an assistant coach with San Miguel Beer in the PBA and head coach of the San Miguel team in the ABL. Last year, Parks piloted the Beermen to the ABL finals. This year, San Miguel is out to win its first ABL title for Parks who has relinquished the head coaching job to Leo Austria.

Parks has four children – Quincy, 31, Ray-Ray, 20, Celine Ira, 17 and Montell, 12. His son Ray-Ray is a National University stalwart and tipped to eventually become a star in the PBA.

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