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08-20-2012, 05:44 PM
UAAP Season 75 Men's Basketball Standings after 1st Round

UST 6-1
ADMU 6-1
FEU 5-2
DLSU 4-3
NU 4-3
UP 1-6
UE 1-6
AdU 1-6

08-20-2012, 05:53 PM
Statistical Leaders after the 1st Round

Points Per Game
Bobby Ray Parks 20.71 PPG
Karim Abdul 17.57 PPG
Terrence Romeo 16.71 PPG
Jeron Teng 16.71 PPG
Roi Sumang 16.57 PPG

Rebounds Per Game
Karim Abdul 13.57 RPG
Emmanuel Mbe 10.57 RPG
Norbert Torres 9.86 RPG
Adrian Santos 9.71 RPG
Rodney Brondial 9.00 RPG

Assists Per Game
Jeric Fortuna 5.00 APG
Bobby Ray Parks 5.00 APG
Terrence Romeo 4.29 APG
RR Garcia 3.86 APG
LA Revilla 3.83 APG

Steals Per Game
Bobby Ray Parks 1.86 SPG
Roi Sumang 1.71 SPG
Terrence Romeo 1.71 SPG
Mark Lopez 1.71 SPG
Alvin Padilla 1.71 SPG

Blocks Per Game
Greg Slaughter 2.86 BPG
Rodney Brondial 2.29 BPG
Yutien Andrada 1.86 BPG
Anthony Hargrove 1.71 BPG
Norbert Torres 1.71 BPG

Minutes Per Game
Rodney Brondial 34.14 MPG
Karim Abdul 33.71 MPG
Terrence Romeo 33.71 MPG
Jeric Fortuna 33.43 MPG
Jeron Teng 33.00 MPG

08-20-2012, 06:12 PM
Second Round Schedule

23 August 2012, Thursday, MOA Arena
2:00pm NU vs AdU
4:00pm UST vs FEU

25 August 2012, Saturday, MOA Arena
2:00pm UE vs DLSU
4:00pm ADMU vs UP

26 August 2012, Sunday, Smart-Araneta Coliseum
2:00pm AdU vs FEU
4:00pm UST vs NU

29 August 2012, Wednesday, MOA Arena
12:00nn UST vs DLSU
4:00pm FEU vs ADMU

30 August 2012, Thursday, MOA Arena
2:00pm UE vs NU
4:00pm AdU vs UP

01 September 2012, Saturday, Smart-Araneta Coliseum
12:00nn AdU vs UST
4:00pm DLSU vs ADMU

02 September 2012, Sunday, MOA Arena
2:00pm UP vs UE
4:00pm FEU vs NU

06 September 2012, Thursday, MOA Arena
2:00pm ADMU vs UE
4:00pm DLSU vs UP

08 September 2012, Saturday, MOA Arena or PSC-Ultra
2:00pm UE vs FEU
4:00pm UP vs UST

09 September 2012, Sunday, MOA Arena
2:00pm ADMU vs AdU
4:00pm DLSU vs NU

13 September 2012, Thursday, PSC-Ultra
2:00pm AdU vs DLSU
4:00pm UST vs UE

15 September 2012, Saturday, MOA Arena
2:00pm UP vs FEU
4:00pm NU vs ADMU

19 September 2012, Wednesday, Araneta Coliseum
2:00pm UE vs AdU
4:00pm DLSU vs FEU

20 September 2012, Thursday, MOA Arena
2:00pm NU vs UP
4:00pm UST vs ADMU

08-20-2012, 06:41 PM
Super biased mid-season awards:

MVP: Karim Abdul
Runner-up: Greg Slaughter

Mythical 5:
Karim Abdul (C/PF)
Greg Slaughter (C/PF)
Bobby Ray Parks (SG/SF)
Jeron Teng (SG/SF)
Terrence Romeo (PG)

Newcomer of the Year: Jeron Teng
Runner-up: Anthony Hargrove

DPOY: Karim Abdul
Runner-up: Mark Lopez

Best sixth man: Tata Bautista
Runner-up: Ryan Buenafe

Comeback player: Aljon Mariano
Runner-up: Arvie Bringas

08-20-2012, 07:34 PM
Side notes to the awards:

Why not Bobby Parks: Stats padding
Why not Terrence Rome: Ball-hogging

Sixth Man consolation awardees: Tolomia, Henry Asilum

Other notable newcomers: Henry Asilum, Jercho Cruz (?), Troy Rosario

Other comeback players: Tata Bautista

08-20-2012, 08:02 PM
Unofficial MVP Race Tally after the 1st Round

1. Karim Abdul (UST) 81.7143 SP
2. Bobby Ray Parks (NU) 76.7143 SP
3. Greg Slaughter (ADMU) 68.1429 SP
4. Terrence Romeo (FEU) 66.1429 SP
5. Jeron Teng (DLSU) 58.2857 SP
6. Emmanuel Mbe (NU) 67.4286 SP
7. Jeric Teng (UST) 56.0000 SP
8. Nico Salva (ADMU) 55.0000 SP
9. Aljon Mariano (UST) 53.8571 SP
10. Kiefer Ravena (ADMU) 53.1429 SP

Mateen Cleaves
08-22-2012, 01:17 PM
Super biased mid-season awards:

Comeback player: Aljon Mariano
Runner-up: Arvie Bringas

Kung hindi rin kasama sa diskusyon ng Comeback Player si Mark Lopez, walang duda na biased nga ang awards na yan. :)

08-22-2012, 01:40 PM
Ipagpaumanhin. Halos di ako nakapanood last season kaya di nag register sa akin ang pagbabalik niya this season. Definitely a top candidate at pwede pa ngang siya ang numero uno given yung consistency niya.

Sam Miguel
08-22-2012, 03:25 PM
Speaking of players, it seems RR Garcia has disappeared, making a timely reappearance with a 21-point performance against the Ateneo to end the first round.

Bchoter, when is Jeric Teng scheduled to return to action?

08-22-2012, 03:43 PM
He'll suit up versus the Tamaraws is what I heard

08-23-2012, 05:54 AM
He'll suit up versus the Tamaraws is what I heard He's playing vs FEU. Siya na mismo nagsabi.

08-23-2012, 01:02 PM
Coaching change in UE: Codiñera out, Zamar in (http://ph.sports.yahoo.com/news/ncaab--coaching-change-in-ue--codinera-out--zamar-in.html)
By Monique Anne Tiongco | Yahoo! PH Sports

The last-place University of the East Red Warriors have decided to make a coaching change prior to the start of the second round of the UAAP men's basketball tournament.

In a text message to Yahoo! PH Sports, head coach Jerry Codiñera confirmed that he was being relieved of coaching duties and reassigned to another position.

"Good day! Yes, I am now appointed Sports Consultant for UE," Codiñera said in his text message to this writer.

The decision was made by UE management yesterday and started to make the social network rounds soon after as questions regarding Codiñera's replacement began to surface on Twitter.

UE's UAAP Board member and Assistant Physical Education Director Rodrigo Roque confirmed that former coach Boysie Zamar will replace Codiñera.

"Today is his Day 1," said Roque of Zamar, while adding that for now the former UE Warrior and head coach will handle the team only up to the end of the season.

Zamar called the shots for the Warriors from 2001 to 2003 and led the team to two Final Four appearances. He is the father of former Warrior Paul Zamar.

Zamar was teammates with Codiñera and Allan Caidic and helped lead UE to two UAAP championship titles in 1984 and 1985. He also mentored PBA players and former Warriors James Yap, Paul Artadi, Ronald Tubid, KG Canaleta, Paulo Hubalde, and Rob Labagala during his coaching career with his alma mater.

The Warriors lost their last game to the UP Fighting Maroons, 48-63, to finish the first round with a 1-6 record.

Codiñera was only in his second season as head coach. Last year, he guided his young team to seventh place with a 3-11 win-loss record.

08-27-2012, 03:38 PM

09-03-2012, 12:30 PM
NU places loss to FEU on Garcia buzzer-beater under protest (http://www.interaksyon.com/interaktv/nu-places-loss-to-feu-on-garcia-buzzer-beater-under-protest)
Rey Joble, InterAKTV

National University has put its 77-75 loss to Far Eastern University under protest on Sunday, contending that RR Garcia’s marginal basket for the Tamaraws should not have been counted.

NU athletic director Junel Baculi relayed the news to InterAKTV. The Bulldogs are contending that Garcia’s shot was still on the tips of his fingers when the buzzer sounded.

Baculi said that the Bulldogs will leave it up to UAAP commissioner Ato Badolato to decide on the matter.

Garcia’s shot capped a mad ending to the FEU-NU game. The former UAAP Most Valuable Player lost the ball on the final play, but NU’s Bobby Ray Parks also couldn’t gain a clear handle, allowing FEU’s Roger Pogoy to come up with the leather. Pogoy made a pass leading to Garcia’s final shot.

Sam Miguel
09-05-2012, 12:01 PM
By Alder Almo (philstar.com)

Updated September 05, 2012 10:57

MANILA, Philippines -- UAAP Commissioner Ato Badolato junked the protest of National University on Far Eastern University's RR Garcia's buzzer-beating layup on Wednesday.

Badolato upheld the 77-75 victory of the Tamaraws, saying that "the ball left the hand of RR (Garcia) in time upon the review of the game."

Badolato reviewed the game using league broadcaster ABS-CBN's camera angles to come up with the decision.

As it stands, the Tamaraws remained at 8-3 tied with the UST Tigers for the second spot while the Bulldogs is stuck at fifth with a 6-5 slate.

NU can still appeal to the Technical Committee with the UAAP Board having the final decision on the matter.

09-05-2012, 02:33 PM
Sige na nga pagbigyan na sila at let them play OT. Tapos tambakan sila ng FEU sa OT...

Pinili nila si Badolato pero ayaw naman nilang paniwalaan

Sam Miguel
09-06-2012, 09:45 AM
(The Philippine Star)

Updated September 06, 2012 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - UAAP Season 75 basketball commissioner Ato Badolato yesterday turned down National University’s protest on the controversial game last Sunday that saw the Bulldogs absorb a 75-77 setback to Far Eastern University on a last-second layup by Tamaraws’ RR Garcia.

After more review of the tape, Badolato ruled that Garcia did beat the buzzer when he made that shot, thereby upholding the result of the match.

NU athletic director Junel Baculi said they will pursue their protest with the league’s technical committee, and if still unsuccessful, possibly with the board of trustees as last resort.

“Our protest was turned down by the commissioner’s office so we’ll appeal to the UAAP technical committee first,” Baculi said.

The committee, which is chaired by Fr. Ermito de Sagun of UST and also composed of representatives from Adamson, Ateneo, La Salle, and NU, is set to sit down today at the Mall of Asia to decide on the Bulldogs’ appeal.

“We’ll see from there. I don’t want to pre-empt what the technical committee will recommend to the board,” said Baculi.

NU got a favorable decision in its other protest over at women’s beach volleyball. The school has protested Ateneo using player No. 3 Alyssa Valdez, in place of player No. 2 Bea Tan who was sick and absent from the venue.

“The commissioner upheld our protest and gave us the win. Unfortunately, we failed to qualify for the Final Four,” said Baculi, whose team of Dindin Santiago and Jen Reyes wound up fifth with 3-4 win-loss card.

Meanwhile, defending champion Ateneo (9-1) and La Salle (6-4) seek to boost their respective playoffs bids as they take on University of the East (1-8) and University of the Philippines (2-8), respectively, at the MOA Arena today.

The Blue Eagles, unbeaten in their last eight games and coming off a 77-67 victory over the Archers last Saturday, gun for win No. 10 that will give them a two-game cushion against pursuers FEU (8-3) and University of Santo Tomas (8-3) in the race for the Top 2 spots in the Final Four.

For their part, the Green Archers aim to distance themselves from NU (6-5), their fiercest rival for the fourth semis slot.

Sam Miguel
09-06-2012, 09:47 AM
^^^ Tokayo aren't Valdez and Santiago both from UST...?

09-06-2012, 10:20 AM
^ Yes tokayo. Valdez came from the HS ranks while Dindin was lured while she was already playing for the seniors. But they both are products of the juniors program that also includes Dindin's younger sister, Patnongon, a former Lady Eagle, Maru Banaticla of the UST Tigers, and another UST teammate of Alysa, whose name escapes, who moved to Ateneo with her.

A side note on the Santiago sisters, to make the sisters more willing to turn from cats to dogs, aside from the rumored "offers", NU also pirated their HS coach, thereby sealing the deal.

Sam Miguel
09-06-2012, 10:32 AM

By Joaquin Henson

The Philippine Star

Updated September 06, 2012 12:00 AM

FEU team owner Anton Montinola isn’t asking for more than just a fair shake as he shares serious misgivings about how some games involving the Tamaraws have been officiated in the UAAP men’s senior basketball tournament this season.

Not that he has anything against league commissioner Ato Badolato. Far from it. “Commissioner Badolato is doing his best but it’s a very tough job,” says Montinola who served as UAAP president when FEU hosted the league’s 72nd season in 2009. “Maybe, the UAAP should consider (hiring) foreign referees for the Final Four and the Finals.”

Montinola is appealing to all UAAP schools to abide by a league-wide commitment to sportsmanship and fair play. “During the coaches meeting, a representative of a school specifically pointed out that the commissioner has the final say on the suspension of players but he was the first to appeal the suspension of a player to the Technical Committee – unbelievable!” says Montinola whose call is simply for everyone to walk the talk. “In the aftermath of the tumultuous FEU-Ateneo game, we acted swiftly and suspended Arvie Bringas while Ateneo appealed to the UAAP to rescind the suspension of J. P. Erram. How can kicking or tripping be condoned? Tripping and spitting are both sneaky cowardly and disrespectful to the game. That’s why on our own, we suspended Bringas. It’s not a matter of winning at all costs. There are values we should uphold as an example to millions of students who follow the UAAP games.”

Montinola says all FEU wants is to be treated fairly, hinting that the Tamaraws were put under the gun particularly in their twin losses to Ateneo this season. “I honestly feel that we were shortchanged in our two games against Ateneo,” he adds. “An FEU-Ateneo game should not be a microcosm of what is wrong with our society. The elite should not abuse their power and status in life. Everyone should stop and reflect if in the UAAP, fair is fair. I only want to be truthful and accurate. I don’t mean to insult anyone or insinuate bad motives.”

Montinola says the Tamaraws’ game against NU last Sunday was an example of a “well-played and clean game.” He continues, “All our other games, including the one against La Salle (where FEU won, 48-46), were free from controversy. However, in our two games against Ateneo, the Bringas brothers were repeatedly elbowed in the face and the referees ignored the flagrant fouls. (Carl Bryan) Cruz was tripped and the foul wasn’t called. (Anthony) Hargrove took a hard foul that was potentially paralyzing but nobody was suspended. Arvie was attacked before the spitting incident and the referees ignored it. We suspended Bringas for an additional game. Should other teams also suspend their players for stepping out of line?”

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FEU lost a 77-64 decision to Ateneo last Aug. 29 and three players were ejected – Bringas and Rey Mark Belo of FEU and Ryan Buenafe of Ateneo. The Tamaraws also bowed to the Eagles, 74-71, in the first round. Those were two of FEU’s three setbacks so far this season. NU dealt the Tams another loss, 61-57, but FEU got back at the Bulldogs, 77-75, on R. R. Garcia’s buzzer-beating layup last Sunday. NU protested the decisive basket but Badolato denied it yesterday. Montinola says he’s not aware if Badolato’s decision will be appealed to the Technical Committee. A UAAP Board meeting is scheduled tomorrow.

Badolato’s ruling should assure Montinola that fair is fair in the UAAP as the decision went against the season’s host. “The red light went on while the clock showed 0.1 second,” he recalls. “The video slow-mos showed the ball spinning so it had already left R. R.’s fingertips because the ball couldn’t spin if still at the fingertips.”

FEU has an 8-3 record and is in hot contention for a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four. The Tams’ rivalry with Ateneo reached new heights in the last two UAAP seasons where FEU finished second to the Eagles. In Season 73, Ateneo dumped FEU twice, 72-49 and 65-62, in the best-of-three Finals. In Season 74, the Eagles repeated, 82-64 and 82-69, in the Finals.

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On another issue of sportsmanship, La Salle blogger Tony Atayde berated an Ateneo player – with La Salle Green Hills roots – for trying to dissuade three Eagles, also with La Salle roots, from raising their arms while the Archers’ Alma Mater hymn was played after their game last Saturday. Ateneo players Nico Elorde, Gwyne Capacio and Isaac Lim – who came from La Salle Zobel – raised their arms while the La Salle Alma Mater hymn was sung but a teammate attempted to intervene.

“It’s an expression of solidarity when players acknowledge where they came from in singing the Alma Mater hymns,” said Atayde, a La Salle alumnus. “It’s also a recognition of where they learned their skills. It diffuses tension and creates a spirit of unity. When La Salle played San Sebastian in the pre-season, the Archers who came from San Sebastian – Almond Vosotros and Yutien Andrada – joined in the San Sebastian hymn. Same thing with Ponso Gotladera and L. A. Revilla when we played San Beda because they came from San Beda. Arvie Bringas played a year for La Salle but after we played FEU, he joined in the Alma Mater hymn. Nothing wrong with that. I think it’s praise-worthy.”

Atayde said the Ateneo player who tried to bring down the arms of Elorde, Capacio and Lim should be given a seminar on sportsmanship, values and respect. “Isaac played only a year at Zobel and was in civvies for the La Salle game yet he raised his arm,” said Atayde. “Of course, they all sang the Ateneo Alma Mater hymn first because Ateneo won. But why prevent them from acknowledging where they came from? It’s not a sign of disloyalty to Ateneo. In fact, it’s a tribute to Ateneo that these former La Salle players crossed over to play for the other side.”

09-06-2012, 10:46 AM

By Joaquin Henson

The Philippine Star

Badolato’s ruling should assure Montinola that fair is fair in the UAAP as the decision went against the season’s host. “The red light went on while the clock showed 0.1 second,” he recalls. “The video slow-mos showed the ball spinning so it had already left R. R.’s fingertips because the ball couldn’t spin if still at the fingertips.”
Good job by Senor Badolato. This is really looking at the evidence. It's like the CSI working on it... "whooooo are you? (who who) I really wanna know"

Sam Miguel
09-06-2012, 10:57 AM
Montinola says all FEU wants is to be treated fairly, hinting that the Tamaraws were put under the gun particularly in their twin losses to Ateneo this season. “I honestly feel that we were shortchanged in our two games against Ateneo,” he adds. “An FEU-Ateneo game should not be a microcosm of what is wrong with our society. The elite should not abuse their power and status in life. Everyone should stop and reflect if in the UAAP, fair is fair. I only want to be truthful and accurate. I don’t mean to insult anyone or insinuate bad motives.”

This is truly one for the ages.

If Anton Montinola had any sense left in him then he would as soon realize that for the first time in many years the Ateneo gallery was openly booing and ragging on FEU as FEU sang their school song in the aftermath of that brutal win against the Tamaraws.

Now maybe it is just me, but I'm pretty sure even during the toughest and closest of games between the Tamaraws and the Blue Eagles since at least 2007, there was never a time that the Ateneo gallery ever did that to FEU.

Which begs the obvious question, "Why did the Ateneans do that?"

Anybody with even one working eye and a half-functioning brain surely would have figured it out right from the first quarter of that game. Montinola and FEU can make all the excuses and rationalize and even play the victim all they want but it was plain to see in that game: FEU was out to roughhouse and hurt the Ateneo side. They used dirty tactics as part of their overall game strategy to try and get a win. Of course having the legendary Danny Gavieres as a team consultant probably explian everything. Gavieres is an old-school tough guy who brought that same spirit into his job when he was coaching FEU. He and another current FEU assistant coach, Ronald Magtulis, won using these self-same tactics in a much less simpler UAAP era.

Unfortunately, since they probably don't get cable or probably don't read much, Gavieres and Magtulis most likely didn't know that those tactics are not something anybody can get away with now in the UAAP. ABS CBN Sports just has too damn many cameras, video editors and directors catching the action from far too many angles. How else could they have captured that priceless spit shot of His Right Honorable Lordship Arvie Bringas?

One image that clearly stood out in my mind as I watched the game was how vociferously FEU, especially Gavieres and Magtulis, protested every perceived "favor" thrown by the game officials Ateneo's way. And yet when it came to the clearly caught violations of their own guys, they were of course strangely silent. Bringas's spit bomb was only the most egregious example. There was also the gamut of cheap shots thrown by Mac Belo, mostly against Nico Salva; Roger Pogoy planting an elbow into Juami Tiongson right in front of the FEU bench even when it was clear Tiongson wasn't doing anything as shown by the ABS CBN cameras; and of course benchwarmer Jon Guerrero also planting one on Nico Elorde.

FEU instigated the roughhousing, all of which was clearly caught on camera. Nung pumalag ang Ateneo, FEU pa ang may ganang magalit.

Hindi ba ang tawag sa ganyang ugali ay KAKUPALAN...?

Sam Miguel
09-06-2012, 11:15 AM
FEU has an 8-3 record and is in hot contention for a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four. The Tams’ rivalry with Ateneo reached new heights in the last two UAAP seasons where FEU finished second to the Eagles. In Season 73, Ateneo dumped FEU twice, 72-49 and 65-62, in the best-of-three Finals. In Season 74, the Eagles repeated, 82-64 and 82-69, in the Finals.

The Ateneo has beaten your team, Anton, not because of any shenanigans on the part of the officiating. They have beaten your team because they are clearly a superior team. Team, being the operative word.

I don't know what it is about your team, but aren't you the guys who rather unceremoniously got rid of the likes of JR Gerilla and Mark Barroca for still unclear reasons? Wasn't one of your guys the one who got shot supposedly because of criminal dealings he did not want to be part of? Wasn't it one of your former stars who supposedly took repeated dives in the second round of the 2010 season?

You and Mark Molina are always signaling for a timeout to your coach. You are always giving "advice" and "pointers" to your players even in the Fr Martin Cup. You've shown over the years that you can't help but undermine your own coaches.

You like pointing fingers and making accusations and yet your own house is in clear disarray.

Your loss in the 2010 Finals to the Ateneo should have clued you in immediately. Ateneo has taken UAAP basketball to whole new levels, and you lost because you sinmply could not keep up. You had the better team on paper, unfortunately this isn't a fantasy league. Norman Black, Kirko Long, Eman Monfort, Justin Chua, Frank Golla, Nico Salva and Ryan Buenafe and the rest of the Blue Eagles handed you your Tamaraw arse in 2010 because they palyed a higher level of basketball.

They continue to do so to this day.


Sit the hell down and shut the hell up, you and Molina both, fire Gavieres and Magtulis, and let Bert Flores do his job. MAYBE you will finally beat the Ateneo.

Dark Knight
09-07-2012, 04:45 PM
Replay of NU vs FEU 2nd round on Sep. 23. The Board has overturn the Commissioner's decision.


09-10-2012, 10:42 AM
Ateneo Lady Shuttlers bag UAAP badminton crown
By Celest R. Flores
7:20 pm | Sunday, September 9th, 2012 Share on facebook_likeShare 2MANILA, Philippines—Rookie sensation Jana De Vera and Gelita Castilo steered Ateneo to a UAAP women’s badminton crown Sunday with a 3-2 win over Far Eastern University.

The Lady Eagles finished the season with a pristine record of 9-0 en route to bringing home the squad’s second title in the league’s history.

The power-hitting De Vera tripped Lady Tamaraws’ Dei Duquilla, 21-15, 21-16, in the third singles to clinch the victory.

Ateneo was a win away from the title, 2-1, on a victory by Dia Magno and Castilo but FEU forged a tie with a win in the second doubles to go to the deciding singles.

In game one Saturday, the Lady Eagles also outclassed the Lady Tamaraws with an identical score.

Earlier, National University, toting a “thrice-to-beat” edge, nipped defending champion Ateneo, 3-2, in the men’s tie to move to within a win of the title.

Joper Escueta capped the Bulldogs’ comeback from a 0-2 down with a 19-21, 21-16, 21-11 Patrick Natividad, in the deciding singles match.

Game three of the finals is set on Wednesday.

09-10-2012, 10:43 AM
Replay of NU vs FEU 2nd round on Sep. 23. The Board has overturn the Commissioner's decision.


Sayang ito. To my knowledge if the ball was no longer in the palm of a player's hand then that ball is deemed released for purposes of counting a shot. I'm pretty sure the ball was out of the palm of the hand of RR Garcia in this instance.

Dark Knight
09-13-2012, 10:08 AM
GAB chief slams intervention
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin Henson The Philippine Star Updated September 12, 2012 12:00 AM

Games and Amusements Board chairman Juan Ramon Guanzon phoned the other day to express disappointment on the UAAP Board of Trustees’ decision overruling commissioner Ato Badolato in ordering a replay of the FEU-NU senior men’s basketball game that ended with an “inconclusive” buzzer-beating basket by Tamaraw guard R. R. Garcia.

The game referees counted the basket, reviewed the video replay and reaffirmed their decision before the teams sang their alma mater hymns. NU protested the decision but Badolato upheld the outcome. NU then appealed to the Technical Committee which in turn, elevated the issue to the Board for adjudication.

“I am in total disagreement with the UAAP Board’s decision to reverse the on-court decisions of the referees as upheld by the Commissioner after carefully and lengthily reviewing the tape showing the last second shot of R.R. Garcia,” said Guanzon.

“As a former commissioner of the Negros Basketball Association (NBA) in its most popular year, I have experienced the shortcomings of having the NBA Board composed of member teams decide controversial outcomes of games. It is clearly impossible for the member representatives to vote without their own team’s interest at the back of their minds. As for me, it is a clear case of conflicting interest to decide impartially in controversial situations.

“As a condition for me to remain as commissioner of the NBA then, I insisted that I be the sole arbiter of all protests and avoid having to argue with member teams all of whom have their own interests to protect and advance. The NBA unanimously granted my demand.

“In that controversial game, the reason the Board used in justifying the decision to reverse the ruling on the court and overturn the commissioner’s decision is that the video evidence on the buzzer-beating layup of Garcia was inconclusive and unclear. I believe that because the evidence shown on video is inconclusive and unclear, the ruling on the court should stand. You only reverse decisions on the court if the evidence is conclusive and clear enough to be reversed. This principle is being followed by all major sports in the USA ever since instant video replays were utilized by these major sports to review the correctness of decisions and rulings on the court or field in the case of baseball and American football.”

Since the UAAP allows member schools to elevate appeals to the Board even in game-related issues, Smart Gilas national basketball team coach Chot Reyes said the commissioner should be renamed tournament director. Clearly, the commissioner has no full authority to decide on game-related issues because his decisions are appealable to the board.

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A reader Mario Uson sent his comments on the issue through facebook. Here’s what he said: “I just like to vent my disappointment regarding the UAAP Board’s ordering of a replay of the FEU-NU game. Firstly, my stand is if the call is ‘inconclusive and unclear’ then the original call on the court should stand. Secondly, the Board’s decision lacks logic. The score was tied. By ordering a replay, it’s like saying Garcia’s layup CLEARLY did not count. It would have been more logical if they said it clearly did not count and ordered a replay. For me, though, if that was the case, they should just play the overtime period. But I guess there’s more money if the whole game is played.

“Thirdly, though this is just theoretical, if NU was leading by one point, then Garcia’s layup was ‘inconclusive and unclear,’ that would be the only time it would be logical to order a replay. For me, though, inconclusive or unclear, a judgment call should be made.”

As the UAAP Board has ruled a replay, debating on it is useless. However, the issue of raising game-related cases for the UAAP Board to adjudicate must be thoroughly reviewed and discussed. My opinion is involving the UAAP Board in deciding game-related issues must be stopped if only to preserve the integrity of the game, the league, the commissioner and the Board itself.

Dark Knight
09-13-2012, 10:10 AM
Refereeing in the UAAP and sports traditions
SPORTS FOR ALL By Philip Ella Juico (The Philippine Star) Updated September 12, 2012 12:00

The reversal by the UAAP of the decision of its own Commissioner, Ato Badolato, to reject the protest of the National University (NU) that Far Eastern University’s (FEU) RR Garcia’s winning basket was made after regulation time and should therefore not be counted was, to say the least, odd. At worst, it was a total rejection of the proper role of Commissioner of a league like the UAAP. It also rejected the principle that, in sports, games are won and lost in the playing field and not in board rooms and conferences.

The Commissioner of a league is supposed to be the glue that binds the league together. The Commissioner is, in theory, the only person in the league that has no interest to promote, protect and defend except that of the league. The Commissioner is to be above all the competing interests of all league members who do their best to win. Badolato was given the Commissioner’s job precisely because he has the expertise and can be counted upon to use his best and independent judgment so that the Board does not micro manage the league.

Judgment is what the Commissioner is paid and hired for. To reverse him and to order a re-play is to say that the UAAP Board is substituting its judgment for the Commissioner’s. If that is the case, then what we have is an executive board and not a policy-making body.

The main reason for the replay was “because the pieces of evidence/statements/video used in the deliberation (by the Board) were inconclusive and unclear”. That Board statement is very revealing and is precisely the reason why you appoint a Commissioner who will use his judgment because evidence is “inconclusive and unclear”. In short, the Commissioner has been entrusted with the task of using his independent judgment to sort out all that ambiguity.

Ordering replays however is not new in the UAAP. It ordered a replay in 1991 when Tony Boy Espinosa of De La Salle University (DLSU) was allowed to play for a few seconds in a championship match by desk officials oblivious to the fact that Espinosa had incurred five fouls. DLSU won that game and did not show up for the rematch. In 2005, DLSU again figured in a similar protest. The University of the East (UE) protested Cholo Villanueva’s buzzer-beater which sent the game into overtime. The UAAP Board again ordered a replay and this time the Green Archers showed up for the rematch to win it.

Certainly, there are many odd things happening in the UAAP. Last Sunday, three referees, Messrs. Arguelles, Buaron and Olivar showed how a game ought not be refereed. In a pivotal encounter leading to the Final Four, the three awarded a total of 30 free throws to NU while DLSU had only seven opportunities at the foul line. DLSU’s defense must have been so rugged, lacking in skill and sophistication while NU’s was so superbly polished to create such a blatantly lop-sided situation.

Badolato should have these three so-called referees (who wore uniforms numbered one, six and 28) investigated and probably banned from future UAAP games lest UAAP Board members again reverse all their calls and order a replay which is the UAAP’s favorite formula. These guys are an embarrassment to basketball and the noble and sensitive job of refereeing.

Dark Knight
09-14-2012, 09:39 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.


09-16-2012, 05:11 PM
I am now watching live on TV the DLSU vs FEU game. I can’t believe the “bwakaw” mentality of the FEU players. Walang pasahan. Whoever has the ball will shoot it, walang pasahan. Especially that Romeo kid. I think they already attempted 13 3pointers in the first 14 minutes of the game. That’s one 3pt attempt every minute. Lahat sila tira ng tira sa tres. Wala talagang pasahan ng bola. Tsk……

Dark Knight
09-17-2012, 05:47 PM
UAAP commissioner Badolato denies UST protest against Ateneo
InterAKTV · Monday, September 17, 2012 · 5:25 pm

InterAKTV/Roy Afable
UAAP basketball commissioner Ato Badolato turned down the protest of University of Santo Tomas over its 68-66 loss to Ateneo last Saturday.

“The protest of UST was turned down because it involves judgment calls,” Badolato told InterAKTV on Monday.

“But like all the other protest, puwede nilang i-elevate sa board ang protest nila.”

This was the second time Badolato denied a protest. The first was National University’s protest on its 77-75 defeat to Far Eastern University on RR Garcia’s controversial last-second lay-up.

But the technical committee, headed by UST’s Fr. Emerito de Sagun, upheld the NU protest and ordered a replay of the match.

The Bulldogs-Tamaraws repeat performance is on September 23.

Pressed for comment, Growling Tigers coach Pido Jarencio said the decision was unfair and hit the referees for their failure to apply the rules.

UST’s two main arguments in the protest was the goal-tending violation of Karim Abdul on Ateneo’s Ryan Buenafe and the non-technical foul call on Blue Eagles head coach Norman Black for crossing the half-court line.

“Nasa rules ng UAAP ‘yun. Bakit hindi nila tinawagan? Ibig sabihin lahat ng coaches puwede nang mag-cross ng line,” said the furious Jarencio.

“Kami bihira kami mag-protesta. Ngayon lang talaga. Gusto namin ng fair play. Okay lang matalo kami basta fair play.”

UST has yet to elevate the protest to the technical committee but if Jarencio will have his way, he will support that move.

“Nasa school na ‘yan pero kung ako tatanungin, dapat lang,” he said.

09-17-2012, 06:02 PM
UAAP commissioner Badolato denies UST protest against Ateneo
InterAKTV · Monday, September 17, 2012 · 5:25 pm

InterAKTV/Roy Afable
UAAP basketball commissioner Ato Badolato turned down the protest of University of Santo Tomas over its 68-66 loss to Ateneo last Saturday.

“The protest of UST was turned down because it involves judgment calls,” Badolato told InterAKTV on Monday.

“But like all the other protest, puwede nilang i-elevate sa board ang protest nila.”

But the technical committee, headed by UST’s Fr. Emerito de Sagun, upheld the NU protest and ordered a replay of the match.Siguro naman mag iinhibit ang mga dapat mag inhibit

09-17-2012, 06:22 PM
On the non-call against coach Norman Black, UST should invoke the reason why Ato Badolato reviewed the actions of the suspended players which allowed gave him the reason for their suspension. If he could sanction players after the fact, then Coach Norman Black should also be assesed a post-game technical foul. And, like the player suspensions, it should apply... to the next game... which should be a non-UST game. Taragis iba pa ang makikinabang. Fail.

Teka pwede pa.

For the goal tending, to reinforce it's case, UST should get a forensic scientist. Speed, trajectory, spin, point of release, position of Buneafe's fingers... I'm sure the forensic team can come out with their findings... next year. Fail :(. WAIT! always invoke the Tembong Melencio factor. Which can be summed up in one word "BASTA!". That should clinch it. Replay na ito!

09-18-2012, 09:11 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?

09-18-2012, 10:46 AM
Member Elvis on another thread said that actually UST, FEU, NU and Lasalle may all still wind up with five losses each. Here is how that might happen:

- UST loses to the Ateneo if a re-play is ordered and they also lose to UE
- NU beat FEU in their re-play
- Lasalle wins its remaining game/s as well

So how will all this play out?

- UST swept their season series versus NU, advantage UST
- FEU swept their season series versus UST, advantage FEU
- Lasalle split their season series versus UST and FEU

I cannot recall if NU swept Lasalle this season.

In any event, knowing the playoff-everything UAAP, there will be a virtual Best-of-3 for the fourth and last Final 4 slot.

This will be followed by another virtual Best-of-3 for the second and third Final 4 slots.

All this time Norman Black and the Ateneo are scratching their Blue Eagle eggs. By the time this is all said and done whoever emerges from this gauntlet will face a well-rested, well-prepared Ateneo dying to give Black a going-away present for the ages.

Sam Miguel
09-21-2012, 11:15 AM
I would like to know what the hell the UAAP thinks it is doing banning Mando Salva from the Patron sections and player areas of the venues while only imposing a one-game suspension on Ronald Magtulis.

From what I've gathered there wasn't an investigation, or at least it was not as thorough and professional as it should have been. Because if it where, there were at least four eyewitnesses who could attest that Salva did not threaten much less harm Magtulis, and that it was in fact Magtulis who was itching to start an altercation WITH A PLAYER.

Coming from a coach, shouldn't the sanction agaisnt Magtulis be stiffer, like say a ban for the rest of the Season?

10-01-2012, 11:38 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.

Dark Knight
10-01-2012, 03:46 PM
UAAP BORED Decision..............................unbreakable! !!

10-03-2012, 10:46 AM
Dream Ateneo-UST title duel: Coaches urge refs be 'consistent, fair'

By Olmin Leyba

(The Philippine Star)

Updated October 03, 2012 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Ateneo and University of Santo Tomas brace for a highly charged war for the UAAP Season 75 men’s basketball crown and appealed that game officials will “let the players play” and settle the score on the hardcourt.

“I think this will be the most difficult championship series that we’ll play against UST,” said Ateneo team manager Paolo Trillo during yesterday’s PSA Forum at Shakey’s Malate, where he and UST mentor Pido Jarencio talked about the best-of-three finals.

“Guaranteed, it’s going to be very intense, in terms of fan base of both schools, I’m sure it will be jampacked. In terms of quality of play, I’m sure it will be topnotch. IT WILL BE a very exciting finals to watch,” he added.

Jarencio expects more or less the same but asketd that officiating be “consistent and fair.”

The finals protagonists’ last meeting in the eliminations, which the Blue Eagles won, 68-66, was marred by controversy. The Tigers placed that game under protest, citing the non-issuance of a technical foul on ADMU coach Norman Black despite entering the court to protest a non-call. But commissioner Ato Badolato and eventually the league’s technical committee junked the protest, citing the points raised were “judgment” in nature.

“Medyo may nakita lang na technicalities kaya nagprotesta tayo. Pero tapos na yun, nadesisyunan na ng commissioner. Yun nga, back to zero na tayo (We just saw some points of technicalities, that’s why we protested. But that’s all in the past now, the commissioner had ruled on it. We’re now back to zero),” he said.

“Ang sa akin lang is wala silang marininig sa akin regarding officiating, it’s all on commissioner’s office, kung ano ang desisyon niya. Dapat maging fair ang trato, sa decision, the judgment call, sa lahat. Tapos dapat bayaan ninyo ang players na maglaro, bayaang sila ang magdecide ng game kasi sila naman ang pinapanood dito. Let them decide the game, not the officials o kung sino man (My only appeal is for fair treatment in whatever decision, judgment call, everything. Let the players play, let them decide the game, not the officials or anybody else).” he added.

For Trillo, that controversial second-round game is all behind them now.

“Tapos na yun. Pagdating sa finals, it’s a different story. Back to zero na yung two teams (That’s a thing of the past. The finals is a different story all together for the two teams, which start from scratch),” he said.

Ateneo and UST go into the titular duel that begins Saturday at the MOA Arena with an even head-to-head record this year. The Tigers won the first in come-from-behind fashion, 71-70, then the Eagles got back with that protest-marred two-point win.

“If you look at the lineup of UST, they’re a complete team; in every position, they have some sort of a main man. And of course, there’s (Karim) Abdul, who, stats-wise, is one of the top players in the league. They also have scorers like (Jeric) Teng, (Kevin) Ferrer, who just exploded in their last game, and their point guard (Jeric) Fortuna, a very crafty player. Then there’s (Aljon) Mariano, who’s enjoying a very big season. Off the bench, they also have guys who can contribute,” said Trillo.

“Malakas ang Ateneo because they work as a team, they play as a team offensively and defensively. Kaya hinahanapan namin ngayon ng solusyon para makakuha ng advantage sa kanila (Ateneo is strong because they play as a team both offensively and defensively. So we’re trying to find ways to beat them),” said Jarencio.

The Eagles are dedicating this “five-peat drive” to coach Norman Black, who’s leaving at the end of the season, and business tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan, their patron who severed ties with the school recently.

The Tigers, on the other hand, are gunning for a first crown in six years, determined to win it for the ever-supportive Thomasian community.

“We want to dedicate the championship to MVP and we’d also like to send off coach Norman with a championship,” said Trillo. “Of course, the five-peat is a rare feat, we may not have another chance like this again so we want to make the most out of it.”

“This is for the UST community. The players are inspired because of their tremendous support,” said Jarencio. “Six years na. Nagpa-Final Four pero walang finals appearance and then nung pre-season, hindi kami pinag-uusapan kaya nothing to lose kami. Yung hunger andyan, kasi sila Fortuna at (Carmelo) Afuang, ayaw um-exit nang hindi nakakatikim ng championship. Personally ako rin, matagal-tagal na ring di champion, para maganda rin ang exit, kung sakali (It’s been six years since we’ve been in the finals and won a championship. We didn’t rank high in the pre-season so we have nothing to lose here. The hunger is there, and Fortuna and Afuang, wouldn’t want to exit without a taste of the title. So do I personally).”

10-03-2012, 11:47 AM
Tigers reign in UAAP season 75 judo

By Celest R. Flores


5:28 pm | Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

MANILA, Philippines — University of Santo Tomas reigned in the 75th season of the Universities Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) judo competitions once again, bagging the men’s, women’s and junior’s titles.

The Growling Tigers chalked up 51 points off a 3-3-3 (gold-silver-bronze) medal haul, behind the efforts of MVP Al Rolan Llamas.

UST won its second straight title by banking on an onslaught in the last day of competitions Tuesday to defeat University of the Philippines and La Salle, which both finished with 27 points.

The Maroons finished second, while the Green Archers ended up in third place behind the Tigers, who remain the winningest squad in the men’s division.

The Tigresses, meanwhile, edged the 12-time champions Lady Maroons, by holding on to a 15 point-edge to win the women’s crown with 53 points.

MVP Jewel de Castro and top rookie Sueko Kinjho helped UST clinch its sixth overall title just as the Tiger Cubs ended Ateneo’s six-year reign in the junior’s tie.

10-03-2012, 11:49 AM
FEU, NU forge jr cage duel; Ateneo, UP tankers shine

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

9:50 pm | Monday, October 1st, 2012

FAR Eastern University and National University arranged a title showdown in juniors basketball while Ateneo and University of the Philippines reigned in swimming in UAAP action over the weekend.

Back-to-back MVP Jerie Pingoy and Joshua Aguilon fired 19 points each as the top-seeded Baby Tamaraws tripped Ateneo, 70-67, in the juniors Final Four at Filoil Flying V Arena.

The defending champion Bullpups also downed University of Santo Tomas, 78-66, in their own semifinal duel where NU standouts Hubert Cani posted 21 points and six rebounds and Raphael Atangan collected 18 markers, four assists and three blocks.

In swimming, Ateneo copped its first men’s crown even as UP bagged its fourth straight women’s championship at Trace Aquatics Center in Los Baños.

Whitney Dy, Tiara Tudio, Dennice Cordero and Tin Hipol set a new league record in the 400-meter medley relay (4:39.97) to lead the Lady Maroons, who extended their reign by amassing 568 points.

Ateneo, propped up by Rookie of the Year Axel Ngui’s six-gold and one-silver medal haul, topped the tightly contested men’s race with 365 points.

La Salle’s Johansen Aguilar, last season’s Athlete of the Year, copped his second men’s MVP plum but could only lead the Archers to a runner-up finish this time with 347 points.

Ateneo also ruled boys’ swimming as MVP Gerard Reyes powered the Blue Eaglets to their eighth straight title.

University of the East also emerged as back-to-back girls’ champion behind top rookie Carmenrose Matabuena.

In women’s basketball, Snow Peñaranda buried 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as No. 3 Adamson ousted fourth-ranked Ateneo, 68-61, in the stepladder semifinals.

The Lady Falcons advance against No. 2 La Salle, which owns a twice-to-beat edge.

FEU secured an outright Finals stint and a thrice-to-beat incentive after sweeping its 14 elimination games.

10-04-2012, 08:34 AM
La Salle gals forge hoop title showdown with FEU

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:40 pm | Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

La Salle arranged a title showdown with the unbeaten Far Eastern University in women’s basketball as University of Santo Tomas completed a rare sweep in judo in recent UAAP action.

Aracelie Abaca had an all-around game of 20 points, 18 rebounds, eight assists, two steals and a couple of blocks as the Lady Archers downed Adamson, 81-73, in the semifinals to advance to the championship for the first time in 10 years yesterday at Filoil Flying V Arena.

UST, meanwhile, captured the men’s, women’s and juniors judo crowns behind Most Valuable Players Al Rolan Llamas and Jewel de Castro over the weekend at Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The Tigers amassed 51 points to cop their second straight title, while the Tigresses extended their reign to three seasons after topping with 53 points. The Tiger Cubs also scored a breakthrough by snapping Ateneo’s six-year reign.

La Salle faces the formidable FEU squad, which holds a huge thrice-to-beat advantage, in the women’s cage Finals starting this Sunday.

The Lady Tamaraws earned the incentive along with an an outright title berth after sweeping the 14-game eliminations.

Trisha Piatos drilled in 17 points for the Lady Archers.

10-08-2012, 07:54 AM
TRANSCRIPT | Pido Jarencio’s post-game remarks: ‘Ang ninipis ng tawag, ang kakapal ng mukha’

Transcribed by Mikkel Bolante, InterAKTV · Saturday, October 6, 2012 · 7:09 pm

InterAKTV/Roy Afable

University of Santo Tomas coach Pido Jarencio has the reputation for making the most interesting remarks in his post-game interviews. But he was in especially fine form Saturday, after the Growling Tigers fell to the Ateneo Blue Eagles in Game One of the UAAP Season 75 finals.

Jarencio blasted the referees after the game. Following is a transcript of his post-game remarks:

“Ako diretsa ako makipag-usap. Hindi naman patas yung tawagan. Sobra naman yun.

“Umakyat pa nga ako sa kanila. Sabi ko maging fair tayo sa mga decision natin.

“I’m not against Ateneo. Pero bakit ganun? Unfair naman sa min, dahil UST lang kami ganun ang tawagan? Sana ayusin nila. Kundi baka magkaroon ng people power dito.

“Sa akin, basta kami nag-e-enjoy lang kami. We enjoy the game. Ako positive ako sa team namin. Binigyan namin ng magandang laban ang Ateneo. Pero wag naman ganun. Sa atin lang, parehas naman tayo lumaban. Sana kung tinuturuan ko yung mga player na saktan mo ito. Saktan mo iyan, duraan mo ito, duraan mo iyan. Tayo fair and square ang laban natin. Yung mga players, kaya mahal ako niyan at kaya mahal ko rin sila, kung ano yung tinuro ko, yun ang nilalabas nila. Walang kalokohan. Walang bahid na pagdududa sa mga tinuturo ko. Kaya yung mga players ang puso buong buo.

“Kaso ayan na naman tayo. Let the players decide.

“Andun na iyun eh. Tinawagan rin si Karim ng mga fouls dun eh. Eh tuloy ‘di na nakaporma yung mga bata. Basta ako vino-voice out ko lang sa inyo. Never in my seven years na nag-co-coach ako sa UAAP na nagvoice out ako against the referees. Kaya lang bakit ganyan.

“Second coming. Tapos na nung elimination, may pangalawa na naman. Ganito na naman. Nakakasawa rin.

“Ang sinasabi ko, ‘Ok, tapusin natin ang laro. Eh tumawag kayo ng foul kay Teng eh, ‘di tatlong free throw yun, pa-free-throw-in niyo, kahit walang oras. Tapusin natin ng maayos lahat. Eh ba’t guilty sila? Ayaw nila tapusin.

“‘Coach, technical ka.’ Bakit eh nagwala ka may free throw pa. Paano mo ko i-technical eh wala nang oras? Titira na lang yung bata, si Teng. ‘Di pa nila binigay yun. Ako, bahala sila kung ano desisyon na ibibigay nila sa akin. Ako sinasabi ko lang yung totoo.

“Kailangan ba mag-e-English ako para paburan ako? Ganun ba labanan dito? Hindi totoo. Nasa Pilipinas tayo dapat tayong mga Pilipino mahalin niyang mga iyan.

“No, walang complaint. Basta ako umakyat ako, bumunot ako ng referee as sinabi ko sa kanila. Physical game ito Let the players decide the game not the referees.

“Ba’t hindi, eh nagpapakamatay yung mga bata. ‘Di ba lumamang pa kami ng isa. Lamang sila 10, ‘di kami bumitaw?

“Ang ninipis ng tawag, ang kakapal ng mukha. Sana marinig lang din nila ako. Eh kasi naaawa ako sa mga estudyante babayad 250, pipila madaling araw. Ala una ng madaling araw nandyan na para mapanood lang kami. Mapanood Ateneo-UST game tapos gaganunin lang. De-deprive kami ng fair officiating. Bahala na sila. Ma-ko-konsensya din yang lintik na yun.”

10-08-2012, 11:32 AM
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

10-08-2012, 11:36 AM
Ateneo, UST title clash begins as past stars remember 2006

By Mark Giongco


10:45 am | Saturday, October 6th, 2012

MANILA, Philippines — JC Intal can still recall that scene six years ago like it happened just yesterday.

He drove to the basket, got a good look and missed what could have been Ateneo’s title-clinching basket.

“It (the series) went down to that shot,” remembered the six-foot-four Intal, who was in his final year in 2006. “That’s just basketball, sometimes the shots go in, sometimes it doesn’t. But for me, given a chance, I would take that shot again.”

“It’s payback time,” said Intal, after his team San Mig Coffee opened up its PBA Philippine Cup campaign on a bright note with a 103-83 rout of Alaska Friday night.

The Blue Eagles can get that shot again but now it’s in the hands of Greg Slaughter, Kiefer Ravena, Nico Salva and the rest of the 2012 squad, which Doug Kramer, also a vital cog in 2006, sees has that key component to beat University of Santo Tomas this time around.

“I think what we lacked in 2006, the championship experience, that was the first time under coach Norman (Black) to reach the finals and this time they have four straight championships under their belts so they have the experience, they have the depth,” Kramer, who made the game-winning short stab in Game 1, told INQUIRER.net.

“I think they can close this out whether in two or three games,” Kramer, who now plays significant minutes for the new-look Barako Bull.

But don’t tell that to former Growling Tigers big man Jervy Cruz, who followed up that UAAP Season 69 title with an MVP award the next year.

“Feeling ko sweep in favor of UST,” Cruz said with a smile. “They’re hungry for a title. Ateneo ang mas-pressured to win kasi nanalo na sila ng apat na sunod so expect ng tao makuha nila yung fifth.”

Dylan Ababou, Cruz’s rookie teammate back then, didn’t predict a sweep but cited that UST would have the edge in Karim Abdul because of the Cameroonian’s quickness over Slaughter.

Ababou, who had stints with the National team and is now with Barangay Ginebra, also pointed out the similarities of then and now.

“UST had Jervy then, Abdul today and so is a good point guard plus the UST community never fails to support the team.”

Both teams are evenly matched, roster-wise and given the fact that neither squad clearly won over the other.

The Tigers, the only team to really push Ateneo to its limit in the eliminations, came out on top in their first round encounter after clawing back from a 19-point hellhole en route to a 71-70 win.

The Eagles on the other hand, exacted revenge in the next round following a 68-66 victory.

Just a possession separating one team from the other and the best thing about it is that Ateneo and UST get to do it again.

“I think it’s very fitting for coach Norman to end his Ateneo career with a championship against the only team which beat him in the finals,” Kramer said.

Game 1 of their best-of-three championship series starts Saturday at the sold-out SM Mall-of-Asia Arena.

Sam Miguel
10-08-2012, 02:31 PM
By Dodo Catacutan

October 08, 2012, 01:11 pm

BREAKING his silence, Ateneo coach Norman Black on Monday hit back at University of Santo Tomas’ Pido Jarencio for what he felt were “mean” comments that turned the battle on the sidelines in the UAAP Finals into an issue about race and nationalities.

Furious after the Tigers lost the opener of the best-of-three series on Saturday night, Jarencio launched a fiery tirade against the referees and league officials for what he felt were miscalls and non-calls in the second half that favored the Blue Eagles.

In the course of the post-game rant, the UST coach also laid into the referees for supposedly favoring Black: “Kailangan ba mag-e-English ako para paburan ako? Ganoon ba labanan dito? Nasa Pilipinas tayo, dapat tayong mga Pilipino mahalin niyang mga iyan.”

That obviously did not sit well with Black, who found the comment as “racist.”

“I think he crossed the line on that one. He made it personal,” Black told Spin.ph. “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. I think it’s unprofessional and I think it’s below the belt. I found it mean.”

The soft-spoken coach continued: “Look, I’m a black American coach who was born in Baltimore on the south side of the United States in 1957, so I know what discrimination is all about. I grew up knowing how it is to be refused service in a restaurant.

“I grew up in discrimination, so I know how it’s like. That’s why I treat people the way I do. I’ve lived in the Philippines for 32 years and I’m a Filipino, and not once have I looked down on anybody. I can proudly say that I have no reputation of that at all.

“I think it has no place in basketball or in society.”

Black, who is eyeing a fifth successive title in his final season with the Eagles before returning to the PBA as coach of Talk 'N Text, also said Jarencio was "demeaning" the league and the game by saying the Tigers lost Game One because of the calls of the referees.

"We lost to them (in the 2006 Finals) and you never heard me say anything bad about the referees. As a coach, you demean the game and the league when you say that you lost because of the referees. I think he's just making excuses," said Black, who coached Jarencio during his time with pro club San Miguel.

"We want fair calls the same way they do. But don't demean the game when you lose. It's very unprofessional."

Sam Miguel
10-08-2012, 02:40 PM
By Reuben Terrado

October 07, 2012, 01:45 pm

PIDO Jarencio may escape sanctions for his rant against the referees in Game One of the UAAP Finals, but the fiery University of Santo Tomas coach may get into trouble for what one league board member said was "physical contact" with one of the officials on Saturday night.

Jarencio launched into a tirade against what he felt was "unfair" officiating in the wake of the 78-83 loss to Ateneo in the opener of the best-of-three championship series, saying "manipis ang mga tawagan, makakapal ang mukha," to drive home his opinion of the referees.

There are no clear-cut rules in the league on criticism of officials, however, and one league insider told Spin.ph that Commissioner Ato Badolato is leaning towards handing Jarencio no more than a warning for his attack on the referees.

But that is not the case with one particular incident in the fourth quarter where the UST coach allegedly got into "physical contact" with one of the referees while complaining about a call. League rules clearly prohibit contact with game officials during a game.

The incident was caught on video, an insider said.

UAAP secretary treasurer Junel Baculi confirmed to Spin.ph that possible sanctions against Jarencio may be discussed when the board holds its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday.

“It is possible. We will have a regular board meeting on October 10,” said Baculi in an SMS message.

Jarencio blasted the officiating in Game One, saying it was not 'unbiased.' He also blamed inconsistent calls for the foul troubles of UST center Karim Abdul and forward Kevin Ferrer.

“Let the players decide (the outcome). Consistency na naman (ang issue),” Jarencio said last Saturday night.

Jarencio was also seen doing a cut-throat gesture during the game. Asked to explain it later, he said: "Niyari kami."

The former UST star also furiously confronted officials after the game over the non-call on a Ryan Buenafe foul on Jeric Teng in the final play and maligned them during the postgame interview, saying, “Ang nipis ng tawag, ang kakapal ng mukha.”

Badolato, however, preferred to be silent on Jarencio’s criticisms about officiating.

“It’s better not to comment on that,” Badolato said.

Jarencio said on Saturday that pointing out what he perceived as errors on the part of the referees is part of his duties as UST coach.

"Ako ang representative ng school sa loob ng court. Kung hindi ako ang magko-complain, sino gagawa noon?" he asked.

Jarencio also blasted Badolato for what he said was the commissioner's failure to control the referees.

"Dapat, at some point, kakausapin n'ya yung mga referees at sasabihan kung may nakikitang mali sa mga tawag," he said. "Wala akong nakikitang ganoon."

Sam Miguel
10-09-2012, 10:02 AM
Jarencio-Black word war spices up UAAP showdown
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
10:05 pm | Monday, October 8th, 2012 Share on facebook_likeShare 4
UST coach Pido Jarencio (center) complains over a ref’s call. AUGUSTDELACRUZ

The UAAP Finals has heated up even more with University of Santo Tomas coach Pido Jarencio getting a “strong reprimand” for his Game 1 outburst and Ateneo mentor Norman Black calling the reaction of his rival mentor as “mean” and “uncalled for.”

League commissioner Ato Badolato strongly admonished Jarencio for confronting the referees and accusing them of being partial to the Eagles after Game 1 of the men’s basketball championship won by Ateneo, 83-78, Saturday.

For his part, Black resented Jarencio’s comments that the Tigers got most of the bum calls and insinuated that game officials were partial to the American mentor.

“Hindi na naman patas yung tawagan (The officiating wasn’t fair again),” Jarencio told reporters after the game. “Kailangan pa ba mag-English ako para paboran nila ako? (Do I have to speak English so they’ll favor me?)”

Refuting Jarencio’s claims, Black pointed out that Ateneo only had 12 free throw attempts compared to UST’s 26; that Ateneo stars Kiefer Ravena, Greg Slaughter and Ryan Buenafe were all in foul trouble with four fouls each in the final quarter; and the Eagles were already in penalty with still eight minutes to go.

“We won despite those numbers; the facts don’t back up what he’s saying right now,” said Black, adding that his team also reviewed the calls in the final minutes of the game.

“The part about speaking English and that I’m American, that’s why the referees are biased towards me, that’s uncalled for. It’s mean and totally unsportsmanlike.”

Despite the distractions, the Blue Eagles hope to complete a series sweep in Game 2 on Thursday.

“I’ve lived in the Philippines long enough to know that Filipinos love the underdog. So many don’t want to see us winning,” said Black. “But isn’t sports about excellence? It won’t change our attitude on winning. We’re still going to try to do what no team has done for a long time.”

A fifth straight championship will give the Blue Eagles a spot in league history as the second longest reigning team behind University of the East’s seven-year romp starting in 1965.

“Bahala na sila kung anong desisyon nila, pero ako, sinasabi ko lang ang totoo (I’ll let them decide, but I’m just telling the truth),” said Jarencio. “We want consistency in the officiating. Let the players decide the outcome of the game.”

10-09-2012, 02:06 PM

October 8, 2012, 7:13pm

MANILA, Philippines — Ateneo coach Norman Black labeled University of Santo Tomas coach Pido Jarencio’s post-game rant as “uncalled for” and said if the UST mentor wanted to criticize officiating, he should back it up with facts.

Black said he saw nothing unusual with the officiating and that his team won fair and square against the Tigers in the first game of the UAAP basketball best-of-three championship series at the Mall of Asia.

The second game will be played on Thursday with the Blue Eagles favored to score a sweep following their emotional 83-78 victory last Saturday.

Black, usually soft-spoken and rarely reacting to fellow coaches’ comments, could not make heads or tails of Jarencio’s reaction.

“I don’t have any idea why is he doing it, maybe he’s trying to condition the referees for Game 2,” Black said in a phone interview yesterday. “I don’t know if he’s joking or being serious but some of the things he said were uncalled for.”

Jarencio went ballistic at the end of Game 1 when he berated one referee, then ripped the rest during the postgame press conference where he decried the fifth and final foul called on Karim Abdul with 30 seconds left and the failure of the officials to award Jeric Teng three free throws after a Ryan Buenafe foul which he said happened with still .5 seconds left.

Black disagrees with all the points raised by Jarencio and blamed the Tigers’ poor endgame strategy.

“I think it’s just a poor defensive effort by UST,” said Black, referring to the Abdul foul. “If you see the tape 100 times all over again, it was a clear foul.”

Regarding the Teng foul, Black said there was no time left.

“When Jeric Teng was fouled by Ryan Buenafe, there was no time on the clock,” he said. “And I don’t know if the fans know this but if there was a foul with 0.5 seconds left before the shot was released, UST would have to shoot two freethrows because they were in penalty.”

And to prove that Ateneo got the worst end of the officiating, Black said UST was awarded more than twice the free throws Ateneo was given.

He said “UST shot 26 freethrows, we had just 12 and we were in penalty with about eight minutes left in the fourth quarter. Greg Slaughter, Kiefer Ravena and Ryan Buenafe also had four fouls each.”

“The point is this, if you going to come out and use the referees as a scapegoat, you have to back it up with facts,” Black said. “We won the game.”

Black was also bothered by Jarencio’s rant of: “Kailangan ba mag-English ako para paburan ako?” a subtle dig at the American coach who, however, is also fluent in Pilipino, having learned the language over the years.

“Let’s just stick to the basketball court and be professional,” Black said. “I don’t know if he’s joking or serious but that’s uncalled for.”

The verbal war between the coaches has raised the attrition level heading into Game 2 of the title series on Thursday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“In the end, his team is fired up because I know they will support their coach but at the same time we are also motivated,” he said.

Black is hoping to have a glorious end to his stint as Ateneo coach. This will be his eighth and final year with the Blue Eagles after which he moves over to the PBA as coach of Talk ‘N Text.

His win last Saturday has put him on the threshold of a fifth straight UAAP championship.

Should Ateneo win, it will be the first team to win five straight in 41 years.

Universisty of the East holds the UAAP record with seven straight titles (1965-71), though one of which, the 1968 championship, was shared, significantly, with UST.

Standing in the way of Ateneo’s five-peat is Jarencio and his Growling Tigers.

“I don’t believe only one team should be winning all these championships,” he said. “I know we can beat them.”

Sam Miguel
10-10-2012, 09:18 AM
‘Ateneo vs UST was a fair officiated game’—UAAP commissioner Badolato

By Mark Giongco


3:33 pm | Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

MANILA, Philippines—No calls were made “that would have altered the game,” according to UAAP Commissioner Ato Badolato.

Badolato spoke up after the officiating over UAAP Season 75 men’s basketball Finals between Ateneo and University of Santo Tomas went under fire in the aftermath of last Saturday’s Game 1.

“As far as I’m concerned it was a fair officiated game…I have no complains about it,” insisted Badolato in the weekly PSA Forum Tuesday at Shakey’s Malate.

UST head coach Pido Jarencio questioned the officiating in the end game citing the personal foul called against center Karim Abdul and the instance where swingman Jeric Teng drew a shooting foul but wasn’t awarded with three free throws.

Jarencio exploded during his post-game interview before a pool of reporters which some parts of it Blue Eagles mentor Norman Black found as “mean” and “uncalled for” as both coaches somehow spice up an already heated series.

Badolato explained he didn’t let Teng hit the free throws because even before the referees could check the monitor to review the play, Jarencio was already “fuming and that people were already inside court.”

“That would’ve caused us more trouble,” he said.

And when they finally reviewed it, “three to four times” there was no time left.

“Abdul got all ball but his elbow hit Kiefer (Ravena) and you know Kiefer is a good actor, he was able to draw a foul, and it was a foul,” explained Badolato.

Fortunately for UST, Badolato opted not to give Jarencio a sanction for confronting the referees.

“It was in the heat of the moment, and I would not want to penalize the team to suspend the coach. I gave him a warning,” said Badolato. “I understand the pressures of the coach, he was given a strong reprimand for the physical contact and comments after the game. He was given a warning.”

Expect Game 2 to be a tighter one with Ateneo going for its fifth straight crown and UST fueled to forge a do-or-die.

“What I request to the coaches is to be patient, definitely the referees won’t side on any team, appealed Badolato. “Rest assured the refs will be on top of the situation, they will call it as they see it. We will not tolerate end-game lapses.”

Game 2 is set on Thursday 3pm at the Smart Araneta Coliseum with the awarding ceremonies starting at 2pm.

Sam Miguel
10-10-2012, 09:29 AM
Where have all the tickets gone?

By Olmin Leyba (The Philippine Star)

Updated October 10, 2012 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The UAAP Finals does not feature the celebrated blue-versus-green rivalry but the interest and demand for precious tickets have been as high.

Supporters of Ateneo and University of Santo Tomas are scampering for tickets for tomorrow’s Game 2 of the UAAP Season 75 men’s basketball finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, dying to witness either the making of a record five-peat of the Blue Eagles or the second coming of the Tigers.

A check on the online website of Ticketnet, the ticketing partner of the Big Dome, showed tickets for the 3:30 p.m. duel are already sold out as of yesterday. Students/alumni are also having difficulty getting their hands on upper box and general admission tickets being sold at Ateneo and UST.

With tickets selling as hot as any Ateneo-La Salle game, some “enterprising” entities offered Game 2 tickets at padded prices, ranging from P500 for general admission to P4,500 for lower box.

In the classified ads site Sulit.com.ph, one seller offered tickets for lower box (Ateneo side) for P4,500 each and for upper box A (Ateneo side) for P3,500 each, all of which were actually sold. The same seller has two more upper box B tickets on sale for P2,500 apiece.

Other sellers on the site offer upper box A tickets for P2,000 each, upper B tickets for P1,000 each and general admission tickets for P500 apiece.

Ticket prices are normally pegged at P350 for patron, P300 for Lower Box B, P220 for Upper Box A, P95 for Upper Box B, and P60 for general admission.

The title showdown between the defending champion Eagles and the Tigers has generated a lot of interest due to its competitive nature. The Eagles took the opener of the best-of-three series, 83-78, in a game that sparked a word war between UST’s Pido Jarencio and Ateneo’s Norman Black. The coaches’ off-court tirades against each other further stokes the fire for the two protagonists, with another SRO crowd expected in the second game.

In Game 1, a total of 20,686 fans witnessed the faceoff at the MOA Arena – a count that outnumbers the 18,461-strong crowd in the ADMU-DLSU Final Four meeting.

Sam Miguel
10-10-2012, 09:30 AM
Speedo-backed school teams dominate UAAP swim

(The Philippine Star)

Updated October 10, 2012 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Teams in Speedo dominated the UAAP swimming championships with Ateneo scoring back-to-back championships in the men’s and boys’ divisions at Trace Aquatics Sports Center in Laguna recently.

The Ateneo boys’ team has dominated its side of the event for eight straight years.

The University of the Philippines Varsity Swim Team (UPVST), meanwhile, posted its fourth straight victory in the women’s category while University of the East reigned in the girls’ category for the second straight year.

In the individual senior events, Ateneo freshman Axel Ngui racked up six gold medals and one silver medal while setting three new league records in 800m, 400m and 200m freestyle events. He went on to bag the rookie of the year honors.

Last year’s MVP Johansen Aguilar of De La Salle Green Tankers kept the crown by ruling all his races, highlighted with record-setting feats in the 200m and 100m backstroke. He also broke Enchong Dee’s three-year-old 400m individual medley’s record.

Delia Cordero of UP also stamped her class as she swept the rookie of the year and MVP honors. She capped her feat with two records in the 400m IM and 200m fly.

Dark Knight
10-10-2012, 11:13 AM
Ravena a 'good actor,' says UAAP commissioner
by pbaddict Yesterday at 8:10 pm

UAAP Commissioner Ato Badolato considers Kiefer Ravena a good actor, but his opinion has nothing to do with the Ateneo star's performance in the latest Nike ad campaign or a TV commercial for a muscle pain reliever.

Rather, Badolato was pertaining to Ravena's ability to 'sell' calls to the referees.

Short of branding one of college basketball's best players as a 'diver' or 'flopper' in football parlance, Badolato mentioned Ravena's good acting skills as he discussed the disqualifying fifth foul committed by University of Santo Tomas center Karim Abdul on, you guessed it, Ravena late in Game One on Saturday.

Badolato explained that the referees were right to call a foul on Abdul in the play but mentioned Ravena being a "very good actor" as another reason why the men in gray shirts blew their whistles on the play.

“We have reviewed the tape and the hand of Abdul got all ball but his elbow caught the body of Kiefer. And you know, Kiefer is a very good actor, he managed (to get) a foul (called),” said Badolato.

"There really was a foul so we can’t penalize the officials for that."

The late Abdul foul had been one of the main points contested by UST coach Pido Jarencio following the Tigers' 78-83 loss, and he, too, alleged that Ravena's antics influenced the referees to make the call.

"Alam mo naman si Ravena, di pa tinatamaan naggaga-ganyan na," said Jarencio as he proceeded to mimic the Ateneo guard's antics during games.

Even with the controversy, Badolato said that there won’t be any changes to how the series will be officiated.

“(Referees) will be watching the movements of everyone just like an ordinary game,” said Badolato.

10-10-2012, 02:09 PM
^ I remember a very good jump shooter from in the PBA who used to grunt and flail his arms after releasing a shot to try and get the referees' attention and thus draw a foul from the guy guarding him. He put this to very good and extensive use playing under the famed Sonny Jaworski. As a diehard Ginebra fan I just loved it whenever he got away with this. Served that idiot defender right, I always thought.

His name was Pido Jarencio. :)

10-10-2012, 02:41 PM
^Perhaps that's the reason why Coach Pido is very much aware of the antics.

Maybe the idiot defender and his coach were idiot enough not to make an issue out of it to make the zebras less dumb not to notice it.

10-11-2012, 10:02 AM
^ Or perhaps the really good players, like Pido Jarencio then and Kiefer Ravena now, really do sell fouls well as part of their overall skill set. Sabi nga ng mga kapwa ko matatanda na sa basketball, "wala naman superstar sa basketball na hindi magulang". :)

10-11-2012, 03:05 PM
Game Changing Player of the Season - Greg Slaughter

Jollibee Champ of the Season - Bobby Ray Parks Jr.

PS Bank Maasahan Player of the Season - Bobby Ray Parks Jr.

10-11-2012, 03:15 PM
Rookie of the Year (ROY) - Jeron Teng

Mythical Selection

G - Terrence Romeo
G - Bobby Ray Parks Jr.
F - Jeron Teng
F - Karim Abdul
C - Greg Slaughter

Most Valuable Player (MVP) - Bobby Ray Parks Jr.

10-12-2012, 08:48 AM
Kumusta na kaya ang other first sem sports...?

Sam Miguel
10-15-2012, 12:32 PM
Ateneo’s loss is UP’s gain

By Beth Celis

Philippine Daily Inquirer

2:09 am | Sunday, October 14th, 2012

PATRICK “Pato” Gregorio laughed out loud when I voiced my suspicion that it was he who had talked to his boss Manny V. Pangilinan to be the patron of the University of the Philippines’ Maroons.

Pato is a UP alumnus, a member of the Alpha Sigma fraternity, and a high ranking executive of Maynilad, a company owned by the ultra generous sports philanthropist.

I thought it could only be Pato who’d be in a position to implore MVP for much needed assistance to the UAAP team that is wallowing at the bottom of team standings.

Otherwise, why would MVP choose to help the Maroons, among other teams?

As the former Ateneo de Manila University patron himself said in his speech during the 50th anniversary celebration of the Alpha Sigma Fraternity, he has never studied at the State University and has not had much to do with the academe.

MVP admitted though, that he had always been intrigued by “that big school in Diliman, lying behind that naked man with outstretched arms.”

My task was to find out what or who had softened MVP’s heart to make him respond to the Maroons’ cause.


Pato corrected my misimpression. He said MVP’s ties with UP subconsciously started building up as vital posts in his many business concerns were filled up by UP alumni who coincidentally were also Alpha Sigmans or “Masigs”.

It was at the golden anniversary celebration of the Alpha Sigma Fraternity at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel last Oct. 10 that MVP made the unexpected announcement that he was supporting the University of the Philippines.

He never said outright that he was helping the UP Maroons, but everybody in the sporting community just took it to mean that he was making a commitment to the varsity team, in the same way that he had made a commitment to the Ateneo Blue Eagles for years and years.

He also initially pledged P5 million to the cause, to be coursed through the Alpha Sigma Fraternity.

Mike Defensor said the entire university will benefit from the donation.


MVP said he accepted the evening’s invitation to be guest-of-honor and keynote speaker because he could not say no to Doy Vea (Smart/Sun head honcho) and Mike Defensor.

“Our businesses depend on too many Alpha Sigmans,” he said. “I’m surrounded in my work by Alpha Sigmans, like Doy Vea, Dindo Manhit, Pato Gregorio, Lito Fider Roger Laraya, EQ Pablo.”

He admitted he has always regarded the university “with the typical outsider attitude—with much admiration but with some dread.

“I know it’s a good school but there’s the impression of militants and leftists, many of whom turn out to be Alpha Sigmans. Only much later did I find out that activists can make good capitalists.

“I don’t need to tell you how many of them joined Smart, Sun Cellular, PLDT, Meralco, Maynilad, even Philex Mining,” MVP said.


Last Wednesday night, MVP was bestowed the distinction of being the very first honorary member of the Alpha Sigma Fraternity.

He now has a big, new family with 1,200 sibs, as of last count, according to Pato.

MVP must have been touched. He will have as brothers the likes of UP professor and PDI columnist Randy David, Sen. Gringo Honasan, Marikina Rep. Nito Quimbo and NTC commissioner Jackie Cruz.

Now MVP will experience first hand in his own words “how a frat touches the heart and soul, and remain there for the rest of one’s life.”

10-15-2012, 01:01 PM
Kumusta na kaya ang other first sem sports...?

First of all, Congratulations muna Manong Joe for Eagles' Fifth Championship. They're the better team this season. We hope we could make a comeback next season.

As for the other first sem sports, below are the champions:

Beach Volleyball (M) - NU
Beach Volleyball (W) - UST

Swimming (M) - ADMU
Swimming (W) - UP

Badminton (M) - NU
Badminton (W) - ADMU

Judo (M) - UST
Judo (W) - UST

Taekwondo (M) - UST
Taekwondo (W) - DLSU

Table Tennis (M) - UST
Table Tennis (W) - DLSU

Unofficial Overall Championship Tally

1. DLSU Green Archers - 152 points
2. UST Growling Tigers - 144 points
3. UP Fighting Maroons - 108 points
4. ADMU Blue Eagles - 107 points
5. FEU Tamaraws - 88 points
6. NU Bulldogs - 70 points
7. UE Red Warriors - 64 points
8. AdU Soaring Falcons - 50 points

10-15-2012, 01:12 PM
Kumusta na kaya ang other first sem sports...?

First of all, Congratulations muna Manong Joe for Eagles' Fifth Championship. They're the better team this season. We hope we could make a comeback next season.

As for the other first sem sports, below are the champions:

Beach Volleyball (M) - NU
Beach Volleyball (W) - UST

Swimming (M) - ADMU
Swimming (W) - UP

Badminton (M) - NU
Badminton (W) - ADMU

Judo (M) - UST
Judo (W) - UST

Taekwondo (M) - UST
Taekwondo (W) - DLSU

Table Tennis (M) - UST
Table Tennis (W) - DLSU

Unofficial Overall Championship Tally

1. DLSU Green Archers - 152 points
2. UST Growling Tigers - 144 points
3. UP Fighting Maroons - 108 points
4. ADMU Blue Eagles - 107 points
5. FEU Tamaraws - 88 points
6. NU Bulldogs - 70 points
7. UE Red Warriors - 64 points
8. AdU Soaring Falcons - 50 points


Dark Knight
10-18-2012, 08:25 AM

Sam Miguel
10-18-2012, 08:53 AM
Archers pace UAAP overall race over UST

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:54 pm | Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

LA SALLE paced the race for the UAAP Season 75 overall championship after impressively barging into the Final Four of every event disputed in the first semester.

The Archers led with 152 points, seven ahead of the favored University of Santo Tomas Tigers, who are bidding for a phenomenal 15th straight seniors general championship.

Meanwhile, Bo Perasol, who was headed to the vacant head coach slot at Ateneo, will no longer mentor the Eagles after both parties agreed to end their partnership before it could start.

Perasol to UP?

Perasol was a recruit of tycoon/sportsman Manny V. Pangilinan, who recently ended his support of Ateneo due to a difference of opinion on mining and population issues.

Reports have it that Perasol may be headed to University of the Philippines in an attempt to revitalize the school’s basketball program. Perasol once played for the Maroons and even served as the team’s skipper.

La Salle prevailed in the women’s division of taekwondo and table tennis and clinched runner-up honors in men’s swimming, taekwondo and table tennis and women’s basketball.

UST, which owns a record 39 overall titles, swept the judo tournament and ruled men’s taekwondo and table tennis and women’s beach volleyball. The España-based crew placed second in men’s basketball and women’s taekwondo.

Teams are awarded points based on their final ranking in each event with 15 given to the champion team, 12 for the runner-up and 10 for the third placer.

La Salle wound up third in men and women’s badminton, men’s judo, women’s swimming and beach volleyball.

10-18-2012, 12:55 PM
^ Thanks Fujima. Your team will be better next season indeed. More than what can be said for my team I'm afraid.:-p

12-20-2012, 10:05 AM
FEU blasts NU, 7-0, in UAAP men’s football

By Celest R. Flores


10:23 pm | Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

MANILA, Philippines — Far Eastern University blew out National University 7-0 Wednesday to end the year on a high note in the 75th UAAP men’s football competition at the Ateneo campus.

The Tamaraw booters got into scoring early as Jess Melliza opened the floodgates with a goal in only the first three minute of action.

Melliza added another goal in the second half before FEU capped the domination over NU with its final goal in the 78th minute.

Meanwhile, University of the Philippines and La Salle also blanked their respective foes with an identical 2-0 triumph earlier.

UP edged University of Santo Tomas behind goals from Daniel Gadia and Gabriel Mendoza while La Salle kept University of the East winless in the tournament.

A goal from Charles Uy deep into injury time put the outcome beyond doubt as the La Salle booters notched its third win.

12-20-2012, 10:08 AM
La Salle makes quick work of NU in UAAP women’s volley

By Celest R. Flores


6:45 pm | Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – Reigning champion La Salle made short work of National University 25-12, 25-17, 25-19 Wednesday in the 75th UAAP women’s volleyball championship at the Arena in San Juan.

The Lady Spikers, who secured second place with the win, banked on their experience to ward off the Lady Bulldogs, who have vastly improved this season.

Michelle Gumabao and MVP Abigail Maraño combined for 19 hits for La Salle, which finished the game in just 68 minutes.

“Our experience won it for us,” said head coach Ramil de Jesus as La Salle notched its fourth win in five outings.

Dindin Santiago was the lone Lady Bulldog who wound up with 12 hits, with scorers Myla Pablo and Aiko Urdas in the struggling end.

NU dropped to fifth place with its third consecutive loss in five matches.

Sam Miguel
01-10-2013, 10:24 AM
Falcons sweep first round of UAAP baseball tourney

(The Philippine Star) | Updated January 10, 2013 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - Adamson blanked UST, 3-0, to complete a six-game sweep of first round in the UAAP Season 75 softball tournament at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium yesterday.

Michelle Lentija hit a homerun over the centerfield in the second inning for the Lady Falcons, the second this season after reigning Athlete of the Year Rizza Bernardino.

Julie Ann Muyco struck out eight batters, while Lentija and Bernardino opened the game for Adamson by each scoring a run apiece.

Adamson has now won its last 26 matches dating back from 2010-11 season.

UST dropped to 3-2 to tie National University, a 10-4 winner over Ateneo in the first game.

The Lady Eagles stumbled to their fifth consecutive setback.

Meanwhile, baseball action resumes tomorrow at the Rizal ballpark starting at 7:30 a.m. with titleholder holder NU battling Adamson, UST facing UP, and Ateneo clashing with La Salle.

01-10-2013, 11:13 AM
This year might be the one where UST's stranglehold on the General Championship is broken. DLSU has stepped up its sports development accross the board and this only bodes well for Philippine sports. I hope they challenge FEU's dominance in athletics along the way

01-18-2013, 10:19 AM
Pinapasabi nga pala ni Boss Bo Perasol na may open tryouts bukas ang Blue Eagles sa Moro from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, magpakita na lang bukas ang mga interesado.

I can almost hear the thundering herd of covered courts guys making their way there tomorrow, God help us all.

Sam Miguel
01-22-2013, 09:38 AM
Changes to UAAP eligibility rules eyed following tug-of-war for Pingoy

By Reuben Terrado

January 19, 2013, 02:33 pm

Under UAAP eligibility rules, FEU juniors star Jerie Pingoy needs to redshirt for one year if he transfers to Ateneo in college but will be eligible to play next season if he stays with the Tamaraws.

THE UAAP is considering rule changes on residency rules for high school players switching to other schools in college in the wake of the recruitment 'tug-of-war' for Far Eastern University juniors star Jerie Pingoy.

UAAP president Nilo Ocampo said that Pingoy’s situation was touched ‘in passing’ during Wednesday’s regular board meeting, but added that nothing definite was decided on the issue.

However, Ocampo agreeed that they may be a need to implement changes on the eligibility rules for the protection of league members which nurture potential stars from the junior ranks.

“Nothing serious naman (about that) pero what we want to do is to protect the schools,” Ocampo said. “Gusto rin namin alagaan ‘yung integrity ng each school.”

Following his stellar juniors career with the Baby Tamaraws marked a UAAP championship and two MVP awards, Pingoy is reportedly set to transfer and play his college ball with Ateneo following his graduation from the Morayta-based school.

FEU officials have raised a howl over the impending move, insisting that the Cebuano guard has signed an an agreement to play for the Tamaraws in college.

Under current UAAP rules, a high school player must red-shirt for one year if he transfers to another school in college but head straight to the college varsity team if he stays with his mother school.

In his case, Pingoy will have to sit out next season if he chooses to play for the Blue Eagles. Meanwhile, he will eligible to play next year if he decides to stick with the Tamaraws.

Ocampo said that an extension of the residency period from one to two years could be among the rules changes considered by the league's amendments committee.

There may also be a need for a new rule that would discourage the practice of one school 'pirating' a player from another member school.

“’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 backdoor, ‘yung mga ganun,” Ocampo explained.

“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.

Sam Miguel
02-22-2013, 09:16 AM
Lions rule NCAA football; Eagles zero in on title

By Cedelf P. Tupas

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:03 pm | Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Flashing a fluid attack and a near-perfect defense, San Beda proved too classy for Arellano, coming away with a 2-0 triumph to wrest a third straight NCAA seniors football title yesterday at Ascom pitch in Taguig City.

Neil Dorimon and Miguel Caindec struck on either side of each half as the Red Lions produced a dominant display in frustrating the first-time finalists.

San Beda’s victory came on the same day Ateneo moved in the cusp of winning the UAAP men’s football crown after edging University of the Philippines, 5-4, in a heart-stopping penalty shootout at Moro Lorenzo Field.

Yu Murayama starred for the Blue booters, equalizing with a header in the 83rd minute, before burying the spot kick that sealed the win in the shootout.

Game 2 is set Sunday.

Dorimon found the back of the net at the stroke of halftime and Caindec sealed the win from close-range five minutes from time.

The Lions pulled off the feat even without head coach Aris Caslib, who had to attend to a prior commitment overseas. Eliezer Fabroada steered the Lions.

San Beda skipper Nhiboy Pedimonte was named tournament MVP and teammate Ali Baldo adjudged best midfielder.

It was San Beda’s 20th title overall, moving the Mendiola-based school to just one behind former NCAA member La Salle.

Sam Miguel
02-25-2013, 09:31 AM
NU wins UAAP men’s tennis championship

By Celest R. Flores


10:09 pm | Sunday, February 24th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines—National University capped its perfect UAAP men’s tennis season with a 3-1 drubbing of University of Santo Tomas Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Center.

The Bulldogs won their first-ever title via 11-0 sweep.

The triumph eased the pain of NU’s Finals setback to La Salle last season, which marked squad’s debut in the tennis competition.

“Ayaw nilang maramdaman yung nangyari sa amin last year. We can only get better from here,” said Bulldogs coach Karl Santamaria.

“I’m expecting more championship experience in the coming years. Sophomore team lang ito, this maybe the start of something for us.”

The Growling Tigers, who were seeking to force a decider, started the tie on the right track as RK Barte routed Al Khady Jainul, 6-0, 6-1, in the opening singles.

But things went downhill after there for UST, as NU took the next three matches to win the Season 75 championship.

Sam Miguel
02-25-2013, 09:32 AM
Ateneo beats Adamson, faces La Salle in UAAP women’s volleyball finals anew

By Mark Giongco


7:01 pm | Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – Ateneo watched as De La Salle clinched its fifth consecutive finals berth after making quick work of National University.

But it didn’t take long for the Lady Eagles to join their fierce rivals following a grueling 25-23, 25-23, 26-24, win over third seed Adamson Saturday night in the UAAP Season 75 women’s volleyball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“Siyempre gusto talaga namin na makapasok sa Finals, naghirap kami sa practice and inisip din namin yung mga graduating players sa team,” said spiker Alyssa Valdez, moments after the Lady Eagles’ thrilling third-set comeback sealed their second straight trip to the Finals.

The Lady Falcons appeared on their way to extending the match after they led, 23-19, and came to match point, 24-23, after Pau Soriano scored on a kill.

Soriano though, committed an error that gave life to Ateneo before Valdez completed her team’s rally with a cross court kill and a block.

“Prior to the game, I talked to the girls, magaling ang Adamson especially on defense. Siguro motivated din talaga ang mga bata na mag-finals,” said Ateneo coach Roger Gorayeb. “Malaking bagay din na twice-to-beat kami.”

Valdez finished with 22 points while oriano had 17 to cap off her impressive five-year run with Adamson.

The Ateneo-La alle best-of-three championship series rolls off on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the same venue.

Sam Miguel
02-25-2013, 09:34 AM
No three-peat for UP as Ateneo clinches UAAP men’s football title

By Celest R. Flores


8:40 pm | Sunday, February 24th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines—Apart from bringing the title back to Ateneo, thwarting University of Philippines’ three-peat bid was one of head coach JP Merida’s motivations.

On Sunday, the Blue Booters managed to do both as they dethroned the Maroons, 4-2, in penalties and clinched the UAAP season 75 men’s football title at the Moro Lorenzo Field in Ateneo Campus.

“Hinding hindi namin papayagan na manalo ang UP ng three-peat. Ateneo lang ang pwedeng mag three-peat,” said Merida, a part of that squad which last won three straight from 2004-2006.

It is the Blue Booters’ sixth overall title.

After a scoreless tie in regulation and extra time, Ateneo flourished in the pressure-packed penalty shooutout, taking 3-0 lead before finishing it off.

“Mga players ko ready lang talaga silang sumipa sa penalty. Yung puso at lakas ng loob na sumipa andun,” an ecstatic Merida told the reporters.

Yu Murayama, game one’s savior for Ateneo, coolly found the back of the net in his penalty kick attempt and settled the score.

The Blue Eagles also won 4-3 in penalties last Thursday, with Murayama scoring the equalizer in regulation and the clincher.

Eric Figueroa, Val Calvo, and Mico Mabanag all converted their penalty attempts that left Ateneo needing just one more goal to wrap the game up, while UP misfired on its first two shots.

Evanjames Mendoza sent an ugly weak shot to left of the post, then Reymark Fernandez had his strike deflected by Blue Eagle keeper Nick O’Donnell.

Only Jinggoy Valmayor and Fe Baya made their shots for the Maroons, who ended a two-year reign in men’s football.

Ateneo’s Carlo Liay was named the rookie-of-the-year, Mabanag got the Best Midfielder citation while O’ Donnell won the GoalKeeper of Year and MVP plum.

Jess Melliza of Far Eastern University, unsurprisingly, was the best striker while Grergory Yan of La Salle wound up as the best defender.

02-26-2013, 01:20 AM
The unbreakeable is finally broken. After 300 years of dominance, UST has officially relinquished the General Championship to DLSU after dropping out of the championship race for the Womens' Volleyball tournament.

Please, please make this result to a major major shakeup in the sports leadership. Giving it the "old college try" just don't cut it no more

Sam Miguel
02-26-2013, 08:49 AM
^^^ Tokayo, lambingin niyo si Ramon Ang, I was told he is looking for a UAAP school to throw money at, all he needs is for you to put the Ginebra marka dimonyo on your jerseys. Since it is the Holy Archangel of the Lord depicted there, I'm sure Fr Rector would not mind.

Sam Miguel
02-26-2013, 08:50 AM
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.

Sam Miguel
02-27-2013, 09:57 AM
Eagles also soar in baseball firmament

By Olmin Leyba

(The Philippine Star) | Updated February 27, 2013 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - The days of singing the blues are over for the Ateneo baseball team as it finally crowned itself the new UAAP champion via a 4-0 disposal of previous winner National U in yesterday’s rubber match for the Season 75 crown at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.

Rookie pitcher Miguel Salud and reliable hitter Matt Laurel churned out MVP performances as the Blue Eagles completed the 2-1 series win and captured the baseball diadem for the first time since joining the league in 1978.

“This is history for Ateneo. We’ve worked hard and long for this,” said Ateneo coach Emerson Barandoc. It was sweet redemption for the Blue Eagles, who erased the stigma of their heartbreaking 8-9 loss in Game Two. After winning Game One (6-2), AdMU appeared headed to their maiden title when they went up, 8-6, going to the bottom of the ninth only to surrender three runs and allow NU to tie the series.

Salud pitched a seven-hitter and fanned out six batters he faced in a no-relief job. With him spearheading defense, Ateneo quashed the uprising of NU batters, especially in the last four innings when the Bulldogs sent men on scoring position in a spirited bid to trim Ateneo’s 4-0 lead.

“We were able to defend well and our hitting clicked,” said Barandoc, who previously led University of the Philippines to four titles.

The Eagles tagged NU hurler Aries Oruga with nine hits, including three in the first inning that they converted into two runs for a 2-0 lead.

“It was a good game. Everybody was hitting well on both sides but it was just breaks of the game,” said NU team manager Wopsy Zamora, noting how the Bulldogs left 13 men on base throughout the match.

NU, which had previously showed its ability to fight back from deficits, failed to duplicate the back-to-back feats of its 1966 and 1967 teams.

“We have nothing to be ashamed of in losing. We showed the heart of champion and fought on until the last inning,” said Zamora.

Salud, who issued 144 total pitches, was named co-MVP with Laurel (2-of-3, two runs, one RBI), who started things off for Ateneo with a run off Bocboc Bernardo’s single.

The 18-year-old Salud also went home with Rookie of the Year and Best Pitcher honors while Laurel was feted for Most Home Runs and Most RBIs. UST’s John Conge (Best Slugger and Best Hitter) and James Legaspi (Most Stolen Bases) rounded out the winners’ circle.

02-27-2013, 12:00 PM
^^^ Tokayo, lambingin niyo si Ramon Ang, I was told he is looking for a UAAP school to throw money at, all he needs is for you to put the Ginebra marka dimonyo on your jerseys. Since it is the Holy Archangel of the Lord depicted there, I'm sure Fr Rector would not mind.Tokayo, being the oldest University also means having antiquated sports program. Having a sports patron is too new. Alangan namang si sports patron ang sikat

Sam Miguel
02-28-2013, 10:31 AM
Hands-off approach as UAAP leaving Hargrove's fate to FEU

By Reuben Terrado

February 27, 2013, 04:44 pm

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.

Sam Miguel
02-28-2013, 10:32 AM
^^^ I take it this means the UAAP does not have a no-drugs policy?

Sam Miguel
02-28-2013, 10:32 AM
FEU's Pingoy heads stellar cast of high school stars in Seaoil All-Star game

By Reuben Terrado

February 27, 2013, 05:31 pm

THIRTY of the best high school players in the country show off their skills when the Seaoil National Basketball Training Center holds its second All-Star Game on Sunday at the Ynares Sports Arena.

NBTC training director Alex Compton said that aside from presenting an exciting game to basketball fans, the event gives coaches of top college squads sort of a preview of the future of college ball as they feature 22 top high school players from Metro Manila and eight from the provinces.

“We want to give these young men exposure and be seen by top coaches in the UAAP and the NCAA,” said Compton in Wednesday’s press conference at Shakey’s Malate.

The players include reigning two-time UAAP MVP Jerie Pingoy, one-time NCAA MVP Rey Nambatac, along with Andre Paras, Robert Bolick, and Mario Bonleon of La Salle Greenhills, Raphael Atangan, Reggie Morido, Levi Dela Cruz, and Ralph Busa of National University, and Edralin Villanueva and Clint Doliguez of Hope Christian High School.

Also set to see action are Jeson Delfinado and Roger Domingo of FEU, Axel Inigo of San Beda, Bong Quinto of Letran, Kimlee Bayquin, Carlo Young, and Wilson Bartolome of Chiang Kai Shek, Alwin Margallo of Adamson, Jon Macasaet of San Sebastian, and Jeric Diego of Mapua.

The players from the provinces are Andres Desederio of University of Visayas, Arc Gabriel Araw-Araw of Sacred Heart-Ateneo de Cebu, Kraniel Villoria of West Negros University, Jefher John Egan of St. Mary’s School, Ricky Peromingan of Bukidnon Faith Christian School, Jeric Adorio of Sun Yat Sen-Iloilo, Yozi Manguilimotan of Emar Learning Center-Davao and Raymond Andico of Southern City College-Zamboanga.

The All-Star game is patterned after the annual McDonald’s All-American game which features the best high school players in the United States.

The 30 players will also have the opportunity to practice under the supervision of former national coach and Meralco Bolts consultant Jong Uichico on Saturday.

The weekend is a culmination of a basketball program that began six months ago and extended to the provinces.

“We are not only showcasing talent but also mabigyan ng opportunity ’yung mga taga-probinsya,” said NBTC program director Eric Altamirano. “We made sure na kung ano training sa Manila, ’yun din sa probinsya.”

“Lumalapit na ang skills ng mga taga-probinsya. And I think it’s good not only for college basketball but also the pros because eventually, they are the ones who will benefit,” said Altamirano.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Sonny Barrios said the NBTC is one of the recognized grassroots development programs of the national sports association.

03-06-2013, 09:18 AM
Will Ateneo find the heart? Lady Spikers eye 3-peat vs Eagles

By Olmin Leyba

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

MANILA, Philippines - Titlist La Salle goes for the kill against an Ateneo side determined to stay alive as the two schools renew their seething rivalry in Game Two of the UAAP Season 75 women’s volleyball finals in front of another expected heavy turnout today at MOA Arena.

The Lady Archers, who displayed tremendous resolve and heart in snatching victory from the jaws of defeat in the series opener, 20-25, 17-25, 25-22, 25-22, 15-6, hit the court at 4 p.m., their sights set on completing a three-peat at the expense of their arch rivals.

A win today will also bring the Lady Archers’ trophy collection to eight, zooming as the third winningest team in the league in a tie with University of the Philippines.

“Our team is having a positive aura right now. We are focused, our mindset is there and we make sure that we are in good condition to play,” said DLSU skipper Abi Maraño, who, on a personal note, likewise hopes to win her second straight MVP award.

Far from being satisfied in their last performance, La Salle coach Ramil de Jesus made his crew work on one facet of the game that was somehow missing in Game One – blocking.

“We need to concentrate more on blocking. We were really disorganized in blocking in the first two sets,” said de Jesus.

DLSU is known for its blocking prowess but in the series opener, the Lady Spikers only extracted 10 points in the said department against Ateneo’s four. In their straight-set win over AdMU in the second round, DLSU actually had 18 blocks.

Ateneo blamed its “lack of heart” for Game One meltdown and vowed to put up a fierce fighting stand.

“Hindi pa tapos ang laban (It’s not over yet). We have another opportunity to win the series. We just have to work harder as a team and show that we want it more than ever,” said AdMU veteran Dzi Gervacio.

“Siguro (Perhaps), it’s not just the skill, it’s the heart to win,” offered top scorer, Alyssa Valdez. “Yun lang siguro ang kulang. Maybe next game, ’yun ang ipapakita namin. (It’s what lacking in the first game and that’s what we’ll showcase in the next game).”

Ateneo coach Roger Gorayeb said they need to minimize their errors and improve on their reception – the main problems in their previous loss – as they search for a lifeline in their bid for a maiden title.

In the men’s division, National U seeks to hit the jackpot right in their first finals appearance when the Bulldogs battle holder Far Eastern at 2 p.m. in Game Two of their own series.

The Bulldogs emerged victorious in come-from-behind fashion in Saturday’s Game One, 16-25, 18-25, 25-13, 25-17, 15-8, to go on a verge of a first-ever volleyball diadem.

03-06-2013, 09:35 AM
Blow to Pingoy as transferees required to undergo two-year residency under new UAAP rule

By Reuben Terrado

March 05, 2013, 06:22 pm

If FEU high school star Jerie Pingoy decides to transfer to Ateneo for the coming school year, he will only be eligible to play for the Blue Eagles in 2015 under the league's new eligibility rules.

HIGH school players who will transfer to another UAAP school in college will now have to wait for two years before becoming eligible to play in the league.

The UAAP board on Tuesday approved the recommendation of its amendments committee to increase the residency requirements for transferring high school players from one year to two years.

The new rule, which got the vote of the board during its regular monthly, meeting will take effect immediately and will cover the current batch of graduating high school players in the UAAP.

That includes two-time UAAP juniors MVP Jerie Pingoy, who was recently the subject of a tug-of-war between his high school team, Far Eastern University, and reigning champion Ateneo.

UAAP secretary general Junel Baculi explained rule change was aimed at syncronizing the league's residency rules since college transferees are also made to go through a two-year residency.

“Sa college student, two years din eh. So we wanted it to be uniform,” Baculi, also a member of the amendments committee, told Spin.ph.

Baculi also said that the transferring high school player can still play a maximum of five years with his new team.

The new rule is expected to have a big impact on Pingoy, the two-time UAAP juniors MVP who, according to his father, is leaning toward moving to Ateneo when he finishes his high school studies at FEU.

If Pingoy transfers to Ateneo for the coming school year, he will only be eligible to play for the Blue Eagles in 2015. But if he chooses to stay put at FEU, he can suit up in the league next season.

FEU had insisted that the younger Pingoy had already made a commitment to play for the Tamaraws in the form of a “signed document.”

However, there are no rules in the league that covers such agreements.

Ateneo and FEU both have officials who are members of the amendments committee in UAAP board members Em Fernandez and Anton Montinola.

Sam Miguel
03-07-2013, 10:00 AM
La Salle uses broom on Ateneo, completes volley 3-peat

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:15 pm | Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

A forceful and fabulous finish propelled La Salle back on top.

Making it quick as promised, La Salle downed rival Ateneo in straight sets, 25-23, 25-20, 25-16, to bag their third straight UAAP women’s volleyball championship yesterday in front of a passionate crowd of over 18,000 at Mall of Asia.

Mika Reyes typified La Salle’s main strength as the sophomore star scored seven off blocks to finish with a team-high 16 points.

“There was no doubt in our minds that we could win this,” said Finals MVP Michelle Gumabao. “At the start of the season, coach (Ramil de Jesus) told us we can win this. So we conditioned our minds and really believed.”

Ara Galang and Abigail Maraño shared the season Most Valuable Player honor, underscoring perhaps the remarkable teamwork that carried the Lady Archers throughout the season.

In another dominant windup, Galang wrapped up the match with a service ace and a block in the third set where the Lady Archers rose from a 9-13 deficit.

Galang dropped 12 points, 10 off kills, and Maraño, also named as the league’s Best Blocker, had 12 markers in Game 2 where the Lady Archers foiled the Lady Eagles’ strong start in every set.

“This is sweet because it is the fruit of all our labor,” said De Jesus.

The volleyball crown capped a strong sports season for La Salle, which captured its first league overall championship after snapping University of Santo Tomas’ 14-year reign.

Earlier, Far Eastern University kept its back-to-back title bid alive after turning back National University, 25-23, 17-25, 25-20, 25-20, 25-23, in Game 2 of the men’s title round.

The winner-take-all men’s Game 3 is set at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Gumabao pumped in six points and Cyd Demecillo, a revelation in the series, also chipped in six markers.

The Lady Eagles looked capable of forging a fourth set behind Alyssa Valdez, 13-9, before the Lady Archers’ poise again came in full display with a 12-2 surge to pull away at 21-15 in the final frame.

“Everything that we worked hard for really came to this,” said Reyes.

The Lady Archers closed out the season with an impressive 16-game winning streak and will receive as incentive a trip to Hong Kong courtesy of port magnate Mikee Romero, the team’s backer.

La Salle’s Red Christensen and UST’s Mark Gil Alfafara shared the men’s MVP plum. Other winners in the women’s division were Ateneo’s Alyssa Valdez (Best Scorer) and Jem Ferrer (Best Setter), NU’s Myla Pablo (Best Attacker), Jennylyn Reyes (Best Digger and Best Receiver) and Aiko Urdas (Rookie of the Year) and Adamson’s Shiela Pineda (Best Server).

Sam Miguel
03-07-2013, 10:01 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.”

Sam Miguel
03-07-2013, 10:34 AM
New residency rule won't stop Pingoy's switch to Ateneo, insists dad

By Reuben Terrado

March 06, 2013, 06:19 pm

TWO-TIME UAAP juniors MVP Jerie Pingoy will push through with his plan to transfer from Far Eastern University to Ateneo next school year despite a new residency rule that will make him eligible to play for the Blue Eagles only in 2015.

Jerry Pingoy, father of the FEU juniors star, insisted his son is bent on moving to Ateneo after he graduates from FEU this month and not even the controversial change that requires a two-year residency for high school transferees will change his mind.

“Walang residency o meron, Ateneo talaga anak ko,” the former PBA cager insisted when contacted by Spin.ph on Wednesday. “Kasi ang priority talaga ng anak ko, mag-aral at magtapos.”

The tug-of-war between Ateneo and FEU for Pingoy has triggered the rules rethink that, in turn, led to the contentious UAAP board decision to increase the residency period for high school transferees from one to two years.

Under the new residency rule which will take effect next season, the Cebu hotshot will only be eligible to play for the Blue Eagles in 2015 but can suit up for the FEU Tamaraws next season if he opts to stay put.

The elder Pingoy only had praises for FEU's sports program but insisted that his son has already made up his mind to go to Ateneo and get a good college education.

“Maganda naman ‘yung palakad (ng FEU), ‘yung basketball program nila. Pero ‘yung anak ko, gusto talaga sa Ateneo. Gustong mag-aral at magtapos. Sino ba ang hindi may gusto ng Ateneo?” said Jerry.

There were fears that the two-year residency period may end up ruining the basketball career of the country's most heavily recruited high school player, but his father was undaunted.

“Siguro naman, hindi siguro maaapektuhan dahil ipapakita niya na hindi lang basketball ang hinahanap niya. ‘Yung career naman siguro, hindi lang naman sa UAAP," said the elder Pingoy.

"Kung Ateneo naman ang anak ko, marami naman pwede paglaruan pa,” he added.

Sam Miguel
03-07-2013, 10:38 AM
New UAAP rule meant to protect schools' juniors program, says official

By Reuben Terrado

March 06, 2013, 08:10 pm

THE move to increase the residency requirements of high school transferees from one to two years was meant to protect the high school programs of the UAAP's eight member schools.

This was bared by UAAP amendments committee head Em Fernandez of Ateneo as he defended the controversial rule change that has sparked a backlash from both players and fans.

The UAAP board voted 5-2 to pass the rule change on Tuesday, with Fernandez' Ateneo and the University of the Philippines the only dissenting vote.

“Basically, it’s the consensus of the other schools because Ateneo and UP voted against it,” said Fernandez. “But (the other schools) want to protect their high school program, which is technically geared for their college program.”

Once the rule takes effect next season, two-time UAAP juniors MVP Jerie Pingoy of Far Eastern University will have to decide on whether to push through with a plan to move to Ateneo or stay with the Tamaraws.

Pingoy will have to go through a two-year residency if he chooses the Blue Eagles and will only be eligible to play in the league by 2015. However, he will be eligible for next season if the stays with the Tamaraws.

The new rule drew mostly adverse reactions from players and fans on social networking sites, but Fernandez admitted that such debates are normal.

“Even naman ‘yung old rule, before it was implemented, there was a lot of negative reaction,” Fernandez said. "I think it should be further reviewed because there were certain scenarios which were brought about.

“For example, what about schools without a girls division? What about UAAP high school since not all UAAP sports have a high school counterpart? How do you deal with that? There are certain things that need to be addressed,” Fernandez added.

Fernandez also clarified that the new rule isn’t technically in effect.

“I can’t say it’s really final because the year isn’t over and any rule change that will be amended in Season 75 will take effect in Season 76. Season 75 isn’t over yet,” said Fernandez.

03-07-2013, 11:11 AM
^ Majo sablay yata ang assumption that this rule protects the juniors program of a school kasi, with this rule, a blue chip will bolt earlier to circumvent the rule. So where does that rule leave them? That's especially easier to do now with K12 because the additional school year makes taking in a prospect before his senior year makes it less of a gamble.

03-07-2013, 01:00 PM
^ Brod, mukhang 'yung tropa nating taga-UE lang ang walang pakialam sa development na ito. He was ecstatic that UE voted for it, the motherf---er...

03-07-2013, 01:06 PM
New UAAP rule is 'final'; Ateneo, UP voted against it

By Chris Lagunzad | Yahoo! PH Sports – 20 hours ago

It’s all about reaping what you sow.

The UAAP Board approved Monday the amendments on eligibility rules concerning UAAP high school players who will transfer to another member school to play in the seniors’ ranks.

Under the revised eligibility rule, high school players who will transfer and bring their act to another UAAP-affiliated school will have to undergo a two-year residency. Currently, there is a one-year residency which can be waived if the student's original school releases him unconditionally. The new rule no longer allows waiving of the residency period.

Sought by Yahoo! Philippines Wednesday afternoon, National University’s Junel Baculi, a member of the league’s amendments committee, shared the reasons behind the intriguing development.

“Pinarehas na namin ‘yung residency ng mga high school players transferring to another UAAP school sa mga college players na lumilipat rin sa ibang member schools. Bale, tag two-year residency na ang ganyang case,” he said.

Baculi, who also serves as NU’s athletic director, disclosed that the Board approved the recommendation by virtue of a 5-2 count.

Among those who voted ‘Yes’ were Far Eastern University, University of Santo Tomas, Adamson University, University of the East and La Salle while Ateneo and University of the Philippines were against.

NU, as this season’s host, abstained from voting, according to Baculi.

Baculi stated that the rule “will be effective immediately for next season and it’s already final.”

Blue Eagles up in arms

Ateneo’s athletic director Ricky Palou, meanwhile, sounded regretful with the new policy, saying: “Ateneo and UP went against the rule but, unfortunately, we were outvoted.”

Armed with one of the most aggressive recruitment programs in the country owing to their wealthy benefactors, Ateneo has no other choice but to respect the decision, with a heavy heart.

“Kawawa ang mga bata (na gustong maglaro sa Ateneo). But what can I do? We just have to respect the decision of the Board and move on,” said Palou.

Palou added the Blue Eagles’ programs will not endure most of the impact, saying: “Hindi naman lahat ng (high school) recruits namin galing sa UAAP. Most of them are coming from the provinces and other leagues. But occasionally, there are some players (from co-UAAP school) who want to play for us. Overall, I don’t think it will have a big impact on our recruitment program,” he related.

Among those expected to be hit hardest with the modified rule is heady playmaker Jerie Pingoy, a two-time UAAP juniors MVP who helped the FEU Baby Tamaraws snap a 25-year title drought this season. FEU and Ateneo are reportedly in a tug-of-war for the services of Pingoy.

“He has to abide with the rule. If he decides to play with us, he’ll be playing on 2015,” shared Palou.

‘It’s not a rule, but a punishment’

As far as Ronnie Dizer, the dean of the UP College of Human Kinetics and also a member of the UAAP Board is concerned, the modified rule is more of a penalty imposed on the league’s high school players.

“It’s not a rule, it’s more of punishing them,” Dizer stated to Yahoo! Philippines in a phone interview. “Personally, I opposed the amendments because that will affect majority of the sports not only basketball.

“I believe it estranges the right of the students from transferring to a school that offers better quality of education. Ang argument kasi namin ng Ateneo, UAAP takes pride to maintain high quality education of the student- athletes. The basic principles why the league was founded were education, amateurism, and to develop a league that will be a source of national players. ‘Yung new policy, it goes against the very foundation kaya nagkaro’n ng UAAP. Nagde-deviate sa philosophy and mission ng liga,” he pointed out.

Dizer also added high school players are not indebted to their mother schools since they have “donned their colors and gamely represented them in different tournaments.”

“‘Yung mga high school players, bayad na sila sa inyo by representing your school. Since they’re looking for a better quality of education, sana ibigay ‘yun ng kanilang school. That’s one of their human rights. They’re students first before athletes. Ibigay natin ‘yung karapatan sa anak at sa kanilang magulang. Kaso ang mangyayari, parang mapaparusahan pa sila kahit nakapag-serve na sila sa school,” Dizer added.

And what repercussions this modified rule may bring?

“We’ll be pushing athletes away. Dahil sa bagong policy, pupunta na lang sila sa ibang liga like NCAA. As a whole, the rule is more of a disadvantage for the league. Nawawala ‘yung competitive balance and democratic atmosphere,” noted Dizer.

03-07-2013, 01:10 PM
^ And yet there are reports that Ricky Palou pushed like hell to have the rule affect Ben Mbala as well.

Hmm... Quid pro quo...

Dark Knight
03-08-2013, 12:15 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. Sa bagay, napakinabangan mo rin naman sya.

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?

Dark Knight
03-08-2013, 12:16 PM
Sa totoo lang, ang sasalungat sa bagong rule na ito, ay iyong mga hindi makukuha ang kanilang nais, o matatagaln pa.

Aking dalawang sentimo lamang.

Dark Knight
03-08-2013, 12:20 PM
Sang yaon ako na dapat bigyan ng laya ang bawat sinoman na mamili ng kanyang hinaharap. Pero sana tumanaw ka ng utang na loob. Wala namang problema sa paglipat. Pwede ka na namng mag aral sa nais mong paaralan kahit di ka pa pwedeng maglaro. Yun nga lang, may sakripisyo kang dapat gawin.

Kaya nga lagi ko namang sinasabi na pakawalan na ng FEU si Pinggoy. Kung saan sya masaya. Malas nga lang, miyembro ng UAAP ang FEU.

03-08-2013, 12:50 PM
^Pingoy gave FEU its first HS basketball championship. Without him, I don't think FEU could have done it. He has paid his dues. Besides I don't like the idea that the school "owns" Pingoy. Did FEU give him millions of pesos in HS? Or just plain scholarship and little allowance which was given to all the players...

Dark Knight
03-08-2013, 12:59 PM
^Pingoy gave FEU its first HS basketball championship. Without him, I don't think FEU could have done it. He has paid his dues. Besides I don't like the idea that the school "owns" Pingoy. Did FEU give him millions of pesos in HS? Or just plain scholarship and little allowance which was given to all the players...

may nauna yata kay Pinggoy


03-08-2013, 01:40 PM
^Hahaha. 60 years ago...

03-09-2013, 05:06 AM

About 41 or 42 years ago, FEU also won the UAAP juniors. One of their players was Luarca who is currently a sports writer just like his dad for one of the Manila dailies.

03-09-2013, 10:40 AM
Cayetano calls new UAAP residency rule ‘cruel and unjust’

By Celest R. Flores


10:34 am | Saturday, March 9th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Pia Cayetano, in an open letter, called out to the UAAP board on its amendment of the existing residency rule, saying it goes against the “constitutional mandate to promote sports.”

Earlier this week, the UAAP board changed the residency rule, requiring foreign players and UAAP high school players transferring to another member school in college to sit out two years instead of one.

Cayetano, a former volleyball varsity for the University of the Philippines, thinks the new rule “is cruel and unjust punishment” for athletes.

“…The 2-year residency that is currently applied to transferring college students, as well as any residency rule for high school students, deny athletes of their rights to develop their full potential,” said Cayetano in a statement posted on mydailyrace.com.

“It goes against the constitutional mandate to promote sports especially among our youth, and is an unreasonable limit on an athlete’s freedom of choice as well as academic freedom to choose which college to enter into,” she added.

Cayetano cited Section 19, Article 14, of the 1987 Constitution, which states that:

“(1) The State shall promote physical education and encourage sports programs, league competitions, and amateur sports, including training for international competitions, to foster self-discipline, teamwork, and excellence for the development of a healthy and alert citizenry.”

In an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Em Fernandez, the head of the league’s amendements committee, said the reason for such change: “Most of the universities want to protect their high school programs.”

Cayetano, meanwhile, is against “any kind of residency rule for graduating high school students.”

“For transferring college students, the 1 year residency rule will suffice. Anything more than that is injustice to an athlete.”

“In the USA, transferring college athletes have a 1-year residency rest before they can play for their new school – only 1 year, and it doesn’t apply to high school students who choose to go to a different college,” Cayetano explained, also saying the one-year rule of the US-NCAA is aimed at helping students acclimatize to new school and academics.

“A student-athlete’s choice of university is influenced not only by athletics, but also by academics, campus life, and personal situation , and the 2-year residency encumbers their freedom of choice,” Cayetano added.

In the open letter, Cayetano also retold her experience playing for the women’s national volleyball team at the age of 17.

03-11-2013, 02:37 AM
Hey it's the Philippines. If it is unconstitutional, it must be LEGAL. What are they UAAP board of retards in power for?

admiral thrawn
03-11-2013, 08:12 AM
The constitutional provision used the word STATE...meaning the government...babalik sa kanya yung sinasabi nya....antagal na nila sa Senado wala pa rin batas na mag re-regulate sa amateur collegiate sports..their inactiont created monsters in the collegiate leagues be it in the UAAP or the NCAA.

03-11-2013, 11:35 AM
It should be interesting to see what asinine implementing rules and regulations they come up with for this new rule.

03-15-2013, 02:12 PM
Big East fracturing emblematic of cracked college sports priorities

By Sally Jenkins, Mar 15, 2013 12:19 AM EDT

The Washington Post Friday, March 15, 8:19 AM

NEW YORK — I’m enough of a conspiracy theorist to suspect that the Vatican Bank had something to do with the dissolution of the Big East. This isn’t collegiate competition we’re watching any more. It’s thinly veiled money laundering, and it’s ruining the NCAA’s chief commodity, which is our affection.

To sit in a seat at the last Big East basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden is to feel a creeping suspicion that the craven executives who call themselves athletic directors and college presidents may have gone too far, overreached. In attempting to protect their access to lobster buffets, they’ve set in motion a fundamental destruction, the kind of sand slipping away from a foundation that creates a house-swallowing sinkhole. What fools, you wonder, thought it was a smart business move to breed this disenchantment?

The elemental love in Madison Square Garden during the annual Big East tournament is irreplaceable. The ring of nightclub lighting that makes the floor flare, the foot-long hot dogs at 11 a.m., the crowds wild with energy, the drab preppy grays and blues dueling with the oranges and scarlets, the drums keeping time with your pulse and the deep-throated swells of noise from the stands that rise and fall with the ball — these will be gone. In its place: liquidation, the selling off of assets.

The whole idea of conferences, back when schools first formed them, was simple geography: They were loose alliances meant to facilitate competition based on proximity, and to foster deep local fan interest. Now they’ve become cable-television deals.

It’s the scrabbling that’s so repulsive, the reek of desperation, first from the schools that succumbed to corporate raiding by the Atlantic Coast Conference, and then the shoulder-curling conduct of the Catholic Seven — DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John’s and Villanova — who have the nerve to call their abandonment of the Big East after 30 years a “philosophical” move. No, it’s a struggle over “brand.”

This is the scourge that is realignment: The constant shifting of alliances in quest of ever bigger paydays to offset budget shortfalls. And it overshadowed all the fun in the quarterfinals Thursday, made each tick of the clock regretful.

These are the sorts of things we won’t get to watch anymore: classic Big East pendulum swings, such as the one Georgetown suffered after it built a 25-8 lead over Cincinnati, only to surrender it and lead just 29-24 at halftime. The building of Garden roars, such as the one during the Syracuse-Pitt thriller, a steady ambient wave that sounded more machine-like than human. The fascinating effect of tension on individuals — Pitt Coach Jamie Dixon smiling radiantly even as a vein throbbed in his neck, when his Panthers cut the Orange’s lead to 58-57 with 30.1 seconds to go to set up a classic one-possession Big East finish, that ended with an “Oooooooooohhhhhh,” as a missed free throw doomed the Panthers. The whipsawing of emotions, such as those of Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim, waxing nostalgic over 31 straight years of coaching teams in this tournament.

“The heartbreaks are what makes the good ones so great,” he said. “You have to have them both. I can’t really describe it accurately. It’s just — my whole life.”

All of that will be replaced by . . . what? Market cannibalization. And what comes next? A trans-continental conference with the Big East fiscal refugees forming a frantic alliance with remnants of the Mountain West? U-Conn. commuting to UNLV and Colorado State?

The prospect of it, coupled with the loss to Georgetown, made Cincinnati Coach Mark Cronin so mad he couldn’t contain himself.

“The whole thing is tragic,” Cronin said. “Nobody cares about student-athletes. All anybody cares about is money. Everybody in the NCAA, everybody in college administration, they talk about academics and student-athletes. If people cared about student-athletes, West Virginia wouldn’t be in the Big 12 with 10 teams flying 800 miles to their closest home game. That’s really conducive to studying. The whole thing is a hypocrisy . . .

“The economy has trickled down . . . so everybody’s just, ‘Well, let’s change leagues because we can solve our money problems.’ And people that suffer are the student-athletes. They’re the ones that suffer. And the fans, because, obviously, what made college sports so special is really tradition. The fact that we’re sitting here, and this is the last Big East tournament is beyond ridiculous. . . . It’s only gone for one reason: money.”

One thing is sure: The system as it’s currently operating can’t sustain itself. Something will break — probably the audience, who faithfully bought tickets and tuned in to watch regional rivalries, not Doomsday scenarios. And with which the bonds steadily loosen each time a regional conference fractures.

The dissolution of the old Southwest Conference and the ACC’s raiding of the Big East — the original conflicts that set all this in motion — were based not on geography or on the best thing for athletes, but on plundering for revenue, and therefore inevitably led to even more predatory behavior. The ACC ate the Big East alive, and now in order to survive, the Catholic Seven will turn around and plunder the Atlantic 10 for members, and pretty soon everyone will be eating their own tails.

All of it is an anathema to the supposed goal of the NCAA, which is tenuously defined by the IRS as not-for-profit, because its revenue was never meant to be hoarded by colleges. It’s meant to be a profit-shared, the richer schools supporting the weakest, in the name of competitive balance and to provide opportunities for as many athletes as possible.

A few years back I mentioned this point to former Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese, during a news conference in which he defended cash grabbing by the football conferences in the BCS. He flippantly said, “This isn’t communism.”

No, it’s supposed to be education. But you live by the sword, you die by the sword.

Sam Miguel
03-18-2013, 10:07 AM
So how much is too much?

Tokayo, allow Ky-rics to answer that one, hehehe...

Signing bonuses the root of all evil in recruitment, says UP head coach

By Celest R. Flores


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.

03-18-2013, 04:27 PM
UAAP: Searching for Soc Rivera

Carlo Pamintuan, GMA NewsMarch 16, 2013 4:23pm

Once upon a time, Soc Rivera was slated to become the next Arwind Santos. The next Benjie Paras. The next Jervy Cruz. After what should be a successful collegiate career, his supposed next step was to take the PBA by storm and play regularly under bright lights.

Instead, despite being just 23, Soc Rivera is playing on a concrete court, after waiting for an hour for farmers to clear their harvest from it. He’s dominating, but only because the guys he’s playing against stand no taller than 5’9”. Once a star in the making, Soc Rivera became a footnote because of the rule he spawned.

It was because of that footnote that I sought him out. "The Soc Rivera rule," created allegedly in response to Rivera's actions, made it such that a student-athlete going from a UAAP high school to a different UAAP university, needed to secure clearance from the former, in order to play immediately for the latter, or be forced to sit out a year.

Since then, the rule has found its way back into conversations, after it had been modified to a solid two year sit-out period, with no option for the residency to be waived.

Soc Rivera was once seen as a future UAAP star. With a stellar two-year stint with the FEU-FERN Baby Tamaraws, Soc was supposed to move up to the seniors division and be a part of a championship team in the future for FEU.

But things did not quite pan out the way most expected it to. Soc opted to go to UP for college, and the UAAP board responded by creating the rule that bares his namesake, although he himself was not affected by it.

The 6'5" center-forward played a single season for the UP, and then fell off the face of the earth.

Soc lives in a country where basketball is a religion. It just didn’t make sense for a high-profile prospect like him to disappear, with very few people knowing what actually happened to him. For years, the Soc Rivera rule kept his name alive, but now, like the player’s career, the rule has become obsolete.

Most basketball writers didn't have a clue where he was. Some told me he might still be with UST. Another said he might be with Adamson. Finally, I was able to get in touch with former FEU Tamaraw Jens Knuttel, who still had Soc’s number.

Talking to Soc for the first time felt like I was talking to the Loch Ness monster.

The meeting

Soc Rivera is looking into jobs overseas. It won’t be as an import in foreign leagues, not even as a reinforcement for an Asean Basketball League squad like Jai Reyes and Marvin Cruz. Instead, Soc was applying for a hotel job. However, two days before we were supposed to meet, he told me the interview was canceled, which meant that if I were to talk to him, I would have to travel to Barangay Concepcion in Lubao, Pampanga.

Pampanga is a province rich with basketball talent. Legends like Ato Agustin and Dennis Espino came from this Central Luzon province. Current PBA stars Arwind Santos, Jayson Castro, Japeth Aguilar, and Calvin Abueva are all proud to call themselves Kapampangans. Amateurs like Ian Sangalang and Ronald Pascual are primed to continue the rich tradition of Kapampangans in the PBA.

Soc Rivera was supposed to be one of those guys.

It was a confused Thursday morning. The sky was a weird color, unsure if it was to give rain or a healthy dose of sunshine. But as I traveled through the North Luzon Expressway, the sky made up its mind and decided that it would be scorching hot.

After I reached Barangay Concepcion a couple of hours I left Manila, I sent Soc a message. He replied and said he would meet me where I parked.

A few minutes later, a man in a bright yellow and green Brazil shirt riding a motorcycle waved at me. At first glance, I refused to believe that I was looking at THE Soc Rivera. I was expecting to see this beanpole of a man with a cleanly shaved head. My last memory of Soc was back when he was still wearing a UP uniform and I expected him to look at least similar to that guy.

What approached me was not a kid. His hair was grown out and colored with a light shade of brown. He had gained a bit of weight since his playing days. He seemed darker and he looked older, much older. Scars surrounded his right eye, which drew my attention for a good five seconds, before he finally motioned for me to follow him.

The regular sized motorcycle looked more like a kid’s toy underneath the 6’5" player. He turned right from the highway and I followed, trying to keep up with his pace. We passed rice fields and houses, moved past bikes and tricycles.

Soc finally stopped in a house in front of a vast rice field. The house had bamboo fences and roosters roamed the den. We walked past a group of people playing cards, into a house where we sat in wooden chairs.

Up until that time, it was hard for me to comprehend that this guy was actually Soc Rivera because he looked nothing like his version from six years ago. I scanned the room and saw on the top shelf of their TV rack a familiar sight. Gathering dust was a plaque that read UAAP Mythical Five. Basketball. Junior’s Division.

The transfer

“Masyadong marami yung players ng FEU noon lalo na sa posisyon ko,” Soc said. “Naisip ko, kung lilipat ako sa UP, may playing time agad. Bata kami lahat at magagaling naman kami kaya akala ko kami yung magbabago sa basketball ng UP.” He was named as the next Arwind Santos, the long and lanky forward with good touch, but he decided being the next Benjie Paras was more appealing.

Even if they lost their first couple of games, things looked promising for the UP Maroons. Their early struggles were charged to the fact that they were composed of mostly rookies. But when the losses mounted, the painful reality dawned on Soc.

“Ang sipag kong magtrabaho noon. Hindi mo ako kayang pagurin,” Soc said. “Pero nasiraan talaga ako ng loob nung nag 0-14 kami. Nawalan ako ng gana.”

The UP basketball program needed an overhaul, and a part of that was replacing their head coach. “Nagdalawang isip ako nung umalis si coach Joe Lipa kasi siya talaga yung nag-recruit sa akin,” he said. “Tapos nung nabalitaan ko na bumubuo ng team sa San Sebastian na maraming Kapampangan, naisip kong lumipat.”

He only spent a semester in San Sebastian as he quickly figured out there was no place for him in the line-up.

Soc packed up his bags and moved to España. After establishing residency, he was supposed to play for the UST Growling Tigers in 2010. It was the perfect situation for him. Back then, the Tigers only had Chris Camus as their big man, which meant Soc will get a lot of time on the floor. In the preseason, Soc started alongside Camus, Jeric Fortuna, Jeric Teng, and Clark Bautista to form a dangerous five because they could all shoot.

“Gusto ko talaga bumalik yung dating kundisyon ko kaya nag extra work ako sa UST,” Soc said. “Ang mga ka-dorm ko kasi sa track and field kaya pag gumigising sila ng maaga, ginigising na rin nila ako. Shot-put yung training ko noon kaya pag-basketball na, parang ang gaan ng bola.”

After redshirting a year with UST, Soc was finally ready to play. During the summer break, he was invited to a 21-and-under league in Aklan. He helped his team win the championship, but tragedy struck after their celebration. Soc headed home riding a motorcycle when a kid suddenly crossed the street. He steered right to avoid hitting the kid which caused him to crash. It was a bloody accident with his right eye taking most of the damage.

The back-to-back operations he had in Aklan and in Pampanga saved his sight but left scars all over his eye. The silver lining was that he did not break any bones, which allowed him to head back onto the court after the wounds healed.

03-18-2013, 04:27 PM
^ Continued

The letdown

Soc looked genuinely happy when he talked about his experience with UST. He was enjoying basketball again and he was out to cash in on this second opportunity. He stood up and opened a cabinet. Under a box containing various basketball awards, he showed me a newspaper cutout that had a picture of the Growling Tigers. He wore a blue jersey and stood right beside UST coach Pido Jarencio.

“Gusto ko sa UST kasi magaling si coach Pido. Di ka lang talaga puwedeng matakot pag sinigawan ka niya,” Soc said. “Kahit mukhang inaatake na siya sa kakasigaw at kahit lumalabas na yung ugat niya sa leeg, dapat di mo papakitang natatakot ka. Kahit pangit yung laro mo, basta pakita mo yung tapang, ikaw pa yung a-apiran niya.”

He thought he was in the perfect situation, but just when he expected to restart his career, Rivera was floored by some bad news. “Kulang daw yung papers na sinubmit ko,” Soc said. “Masyado nang malapit sa season kaya wala na akong oras para makumpleto.”

Instead of being patient, completing his papers, and sitting out another year, Soc decided to move on yet again. This time, he joined the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals. As if on cue, another incident prevented Soc from playing. One of his friends on the team had a scuffle with their Malaysian import. Even if he wasn’t a part of the fight, Soc was kicked out of the school because he was in the room when it happened.

Frustrated, confused, and near his breaking point, Soc reunited with his FEU-FERN coach at the Technological Institute of the Philippines. One last try. One last push. Soc knew that he was far from being in game shape, so he challenged himself and rededicated his life to basketball.

“Bago mag-start practice naming sa TIP, nagsh-shooting na ako,” Soc recalled. “Pagkatapos nun, three hours na practice at scrimmage.” After practice, Soc would work with one of the assistant coaches to push himself to game shape, which usually meant an hour of running and another hour of various exercises.

While we were talking about his last stop in his five-college tour, Soc’s mother walked in with two glasses of halo-halo. The ice was already partially melting because of the extreme heat outside. On a day such as this one about a year ago, Soc met the unlikely end of his collegiate career.

“Sobrang init sa gym namin tapos naubusan na kami ng tubig,” he shared. “Nung malapit nang matapos training namin, sumakit bigla yung ulo ko. Di ko rin maramdaman yung kamay ko, parang manhid na.” After asking to be excused, Soc ran to the comfort room where he threw up. It got so bad that he was rushed to the hospital.

“Bago daw ako makapaglaro ulit, kailangan kong magpa-MRI,” he said. An MRI would cost 22,000 pesos, an amount that Soc and his family didn’t have. They asked for help from the school, they told him they couldn’t do anything because he wasn’t officially enrolled yet, so he wasn’t technically their athlete, even if he was already representing the school in different leagues.

“Sinabi ko na lang sa kanila na kung wala silang budget para tulungan ako, maiintindihan ko, uuwi na lang ako,” Soc lamented. “Wala naman akong magagawa e.”

After trips to UP, San Sebastian, UST, EAC, and TIP, and after taking courses in Physical Education, Management, and Education, Soc Rivera went back home defeated. Now, most of his waking hours are spent at home taking care of roosters, looking for jobs, or daydreaming of what could have been.

The regret

Soc would sometimes find his way back into his old high school while playing for different commercial leagues. “Pag bumibisita ako dun, sinasabi sa mga current players na dati akong player kaya nirerespeto naman nila ako,” Soc said. “Yung isa nga sa kanila binigyan pa ako ng sapatos, yung pinanglalaro ko ngayon.”

Those trips to FEU-FERN must have been cruel for Soc. This place witnessed the apex of Soc’s career. Now, it’ll have to witness Soc while he’s at rock bottom. Those trips remind him of what he had, and also taunt him with glimpses of what could have been.

“Mas napaganda siguro yung career ko kung di na ako umalis sa FEU,” Soc admitted. “Magaling talaga sila mag-develop ng players. Nagkamali siguro ako na playing time agad sa UP ang inisip ko.”

Soc Rivera took the last spoonful of his halo-halo and stared blankly at the wall. “Baka ako yung nasa lugar ni Aldrech Ramos ngayon.”

He knows it is too late for him. He can’t go back and patch things up with FEU anymore. But at this moment, he wants one person in particular to learn from his mistakes.

The next

“Isipin mong mabuti,” is Soc’s advice for Jerie Pingoy, FEU's bluechip rookie who is expected to transfer to Ateneo. “Sa two years na yun, di mo alam kung anong mangyayari sayo. Puwedeng mainjure ka o magkakasakit ka o di magdedevelop yung laro mo.”

Soc knows this because he’s speaking from experience. His career went nowhere by moving away from FEU. He didn’t even sit out a year. Now all athletes switching schools, starting with Pingoy, will need to sit out two.

“Bakit di mo pa i-grab yung opportunity sa FEU di ba?” Soc said. “Maganda naman yung record nila sa pag-develop ng players kaya siguradong gagaling ka naman dun.”

At about 4 pm, Soc walked out of their house to play ball. Because their house is on the innermost part of the street, it was his duty, every single day, to call out his neighbors on his way to the court and invite anyone who’d want to play ball.

As Soc and two of his friends walked to the court, they were disappointed at the sight of palay scattered on the concrete floor. In what seems to be ages ago, Soc only played under the bright lights of high-stakes basketball. Now, he can only play pick-up games, and he needs to wait for the farmers to bag their harvest and take it out of the court before he does.

Move on. He has no other choice. Pretend it was all just a dream, a good dream, but a finished dream. There’s no other course but to wake up, as life will not treat him differently because he could have been a really good basketball player.

A bunch of kids walked to the court just as the last sacks of palay were carted out. Most of them were below 5’6". The 6’5" player called them bulilits, but right now they will have to do as opponents. Here, on Barangay Concepcion’s basketball court, Soc is still a star. He’s still 6’5" and still a threat, specially for those pustahan games against visiting players from other barangays. This was not the glory that he imagined, but like his bulilit opponents, this will have to do.

As the day drew to a close, Soc stayed on the court playing pick-up game after pick-up game. When the other guys would stop for a breather, he’ll ask them to make it quick so they can play on.

“Bilisan yu. Sayang ing aldo,” he’d tell them, meaning “be quick, the sun’s starting to set.” Soc tried to milk every second of that afternoon even as the sky turned red. He held on to the dwindling sunlight, trying to delay it by playing faster.

Soc knows that after the sun sets, it’s time to go back to being just plain old Soc Rivera. The security basketball blanketed him with would be gone as soon as the sun went down. He’ll be back to being a regular guy again, not the dominant basketball player whom no one can match up with. Not the future PBA player or the next big thing from Pampanga, he’ll be back to being Soc Rivera, son and brother, to Soc Rivera, the job hunter.

It’s a difficult task, this giving up of a dream. Playing basketball professionally was all Soc ever wanted to do, but because of the situation he is in right now, he’ll have to do the more responsible thing. Accept defeat and move on.

Soc Rivera’s career was built on his choices. Move from FEU-FERN to UP. Leave UP for San Sebastian. Pass up on a golden opportunity with UST. Now, at what sadly is the twilight of his basketball career at the very young age of 23, he needs to make another big decision yet again.

“E ke pa sa buring aryan,” Soc said just before we parted. “I don’t want to end it yet.” - RAF/AMD, GMA News

Dark Knight
03-18-2013, 05:11 PM
Bawat player iba ang sitwasyon. Iba ang kay Soc, iba ang kay Pingoy. Si Pingoy, mas sought after. Soc is not that good IMO but i hope Jerie read this and learn from Soc's regret.

03-18-2013, 06:22 PM
^From what I know, there were some issues re Soc Rivera. Academics is one of them. Discipline and attitude are another. It doesn't necessarily follow that Pingoy could be another Soc Rivera. Some players don't have a lot up there but they try hard to study and cope. Ateneo has expelled several players, even Fil-foreigners from the US and Canada (one reason is the minimun QPI or GPA; it's not enough that they just pass or don't flunk the subject).

03-22-2013, 03:36 AM
The Senate will now intervene. The UAAP will be subjected to so much scrutiny especially with the recruitment policies of big budget schools. Pia is going to open Pandora's box with all the unintended consequences.

Can the member schools take the heat?

Look back on the reasons why the original UAAP members bolted the NCAA. Why was it created? To prevent the seeming "commercialization" of amateur sports was one of them. Look at it now. What do you see? Hypocrites. No better than the bastards in the NCAA Mancom.

Sam Miguel
03-22-2013, 12:56 PM
Sangalang free to join patron Pineda's team after getting unconditional NLEX release

By Snow Badua

March 20, 2013, 06:28 pm

SUDDENLY, the road to a fifth straight PBA D-League is no longer well-paved for NLEX.

Just days after seven-footer Greg Slaughter took a leave of absence from the team to attend to his studies at Ateneo, the Road Warriors lost another crucial piece when they released big man Ian Sangalang to EA Regenerative Medicine-Pampanga squad.

NLEX team manager Ronald Dulatre explained the move was a sacrifice made by the team to maintain a good relationship with the group of Sangalang’s manager, Dennis Pineda, who manages several marquee players suiting up for the different teams owned by Manny V. Pangilinan.

“Ni-release na lang namin, kasi we want to foster good relationship with Mayor Pineda,” said Dulatre, who admitted the team is letting Sangalang go with a heavy heart.

“Mabigat talaga sa loob namin, kasi siya na lang ang big man eh. Dati 6-7 ang average height namin, ngayon 6-1 na lang,” admitted Dulatre, who added NLEX tried to negotiate for a direct trade with EA ReGEN team‘s other big man Raymond Almazan.

“Kinukuha nga namin si Almazan, para naman magkaroon kami ng malaki. Kaso hindi sila pumayag. Hindi na namin pinilit,” Dulatre bared. “But even sa last minute, we are still hoping na we can resolve with Pampanga bosses the Sangalang-Almazan swap.”

Meanwhile, Pineda was surprised by the sudden turn of events, especially since NLEX initially refused to released Sangalang, whom the Road Warriors said is still under contract with the team until July.

“Magandang balita yun, kung talagang ni-release na nga nila si Ian. Pero hindi muna ako magsasaya at magbibigay ng comment hangga’t di ko nakikitang lumaro siya sa amin,” said Pineda, whose team makes its debut against fellow newcomer Hog’s Breath Café at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Ynares Arena in Pasig.

Prior to the start of the 2013 Foundation Cup, NLEX already allowed its other big man Gregory Slaughter to take a leave to focus on his studies at Ateneo, where he is enrolled in summer classes.

Dulatre, meanwhile, revealed that Slaughter has already agreed to suit up for the team come the playoffs.

“Yes, yun naman ang good news namin ngayon. Greg agreed to again play for us,” beamed Dulatre. “Aayusin lang daw niya `yung schedule niya sa school tapos lalaro siya ulit.”

The NLEX boss also told Spin.ph that the Road Warriors are now in search of a free agent big man who can fill the void temporarily left by Slaughter and Sangalang.

03-24-2013, 01:43 AM
Start opening the can of worms. Sampulan ang UAAP para mangatog din ang NCAA.

Sam Miguel
03-25-2013, 10:05 AM
UAAP residency rule ‘good’ for UST, says university exec

But UST has no plans of dangling money in recruitment

By Celest R. Flores

7:12 pm | Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — As early as second year in high school, the junior athletes of University of Santo Tomas are getting recruitment letters and being courted by other schools.

This is why, Fr. Ermito De Sagon O.P., Institute of Physical Education and Athletics (IPEA) director member, said UST would actually benefit from the amended residency rule.

From one year, a high school student now needs to sit out two years when enrolling in another UAAP member school in college.

“The new rule is good for us. They have been taking our athletes away,” De Sagon told the reporters after the closing ceremonies on Saturday.

“Actually yung iba nasa second year palang sinisulatan na sila eh. Like our girls now in [UST] volleyball,” De Sagon shared.

UAAP said this rule aims to protect one school’s juniors program.

UST has always had a stellar athletic program in high school, and it has a fourth straight UAAP juniors overall championship to show for it.

But not all of these noted athletes go on to play for UST in the seniors’ division. De Sagon, though, knows though that there is only so much they can do.

“We’re trying to keep them. But as usual, we cannot force them to stay with us,” said De Sagon.


The first step in building a good athletic program starts with recruitment, which is getting real competitive these days in the league.

But De Sagon says UST has no plans of dangling money or signing bonuses to athletes to sway them to enroll in UST.

“We pursue our policy of amateurism. Ayaw nating magbayad ng mga athletes para maglaro sa’tin [We don’t like to pay athletes to play for us],” said De Sagon.

“Hindi tayo makikipagsabay [We are not going to compete that way]. Importante ang value formation [Value formation is important]. We’re not going to destroy our value systems even if we want to be champions.”

“It’s not winning at all cost. We want to win, we want to win the championship honestly and focusing on our core values,” De Sagon added.

This year, UST lost its longtime hold of the UAAP seniors division general championship to La Salle after an unprecedented 14 straight seasons.

A lot of UST teams, especially in the second conference, had a significant dip in their placing, and De Sagon admits, “hindi nakafocus ng maayos [they weren’t focused properly].”

03-31-2013, 03:10 PM
Senate tackles new UAAP rule

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:54 am | Sunday, March 31st, 2013

THE NEW UAAP residency requirement will be tackled during a Senate hearing tomorrow where Sen. Pia Cayetano will try to convince the league board to reverse the controversial rule she described as a “cruel and unjust punishment” for varsity athletes.

Cayetano, chair of the Senate youth committee, set the hearing and launched an online petition against the new rule requiring foreigners and UAAP high school players transferring to a member-school for college to sit out for two years.

“The new UAAP rule is an unreasonable limit on an athlete’s freedom of choice and academic freedom to decide which college to enter,” Cayetano wrote in her petition.

The UAAP Board voted to extend its one-year residency requirement to two years in a meeting early this month, which prompted Cayetano to schedule a Senate inquiry on March 21.

But the hearing had been moved for tomorrow upon the request of the UAAP Board.

Several UAAP officials said revisions may still be adopted on the contentious rule.

Sam Miguel
04-02-2013, 08:33 AM
New UAAP residency rule favoring universities, not students—Pia Cayetano

By Matikas Santos


6:53 pm | Monday, April 1st, 2013

MANILA, Philippines—The new residency rule of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) is favoring the universities instead of the students, Senator Pia Cayetano said Monday during a Senate hearing.

“The rule is meant more to protect the institution, than the students,” Cayetano said at the end of the more than two-hour hearing that was attended by members of the UAAP board, a few parents of affected students, and sports psychologists.

The UAAP rule requires students graduating from a UAAP high school to sit out two years in the UAAP league when entering a different UAAP college.

“Of course it is the ambition of a college to became champion, that’s the pride of any school and I am not belittling their right to do that, but let us not forget the right of every individual child, student, and athlete [to compete]” Cayetano said in an interview after the hearing.

Cayetano, who said that the issue was personal to her being a former volleyball player during her college years, also pointed out during the hearing that the student-athlete’s peak performance in sports could pass because of being made to sit out of competition.

She also said that this rule was primarily made because universities kept fighting over the best talents in basketball so they can become champions but it was also affecting other sports in the UAAP such as swimming.

She said that she would make a formal recommendation to the UAAP board for the residency rule to be repealed to bring it back to just one year.

Cayetano said that many students already have a lot of struggles to cope with such as family and financial problems.

The UAAP board will be meeting again on April 16. Cayetano expressed hope that the rule would be repealed in that meeting.

Sam Miguel
04-02-2013, 08:35 AM
Disputed residency rule ‘gives athletes limited choices’

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

9:47 pm | Monday, April 1st, 2013

SEN. Pia Cayetano intends to “explore legal options” if the UAAP continues to adopt the controversial new rule that requires high school players transferring to a member school for college to serve a two-year residency.

But UAAP president Nilo Ocampo vowed to review the rule with the league board following the opposition raised by Cayetano, parents of the athletes and several resource persons during a three-hour Senate hearing yesterday.

“I don’t want to make it sound as a threat, but I will not hesitate to explore legal options with those who are affected,” said Cayetano, who called for the hearing as chair of the committee on youth, women and family relations.

“This rule is just a repercussion of the situation of a few basketball players. But they came up with a solution that affects all these athletes who have nothing to do with this issue.”

The new residency rule, which is set to be implemented in Season 76 starting this June, was approved by the UAAP board last month in what many believe was a result of the recruitment tug-of-war between Far Eastern University and Ateneo over FEU junior basketball star Jerie Pingoy.

Ocampo said league officials will tackle all the concerns raised in the next UAAP board meeting on April 16.

“We’re not looking at the legal component, we should look at it if it would benefit our athletes or not,” said Ocampo. “We will discuss and debate. We act as a collegial body and we cannot dictate on the other members.”

“You’re giving the athletes limited choices,” Cayetano told league officials. “Do we hold them back because we feel we’ve given them so much [during high school]? If allowances are the issue, then I don’t think the new rule is the solution to that.”

Pingoy’s father Jerry attended the hearing and said the new rule is unfair to his son, a back-to-back UAAP junior MVP.

“The two-year residency isn’t right because my son worked hard on his career,” said Pingoy’s father, adding his son wants to move to Ateneo.

“The issue is basketball, but why do other sports have to suffer?” asked Vic Bartolome, father of junior swimmer Mikee, who wants to transfer from the University of Santo Tomas to the University of the Philippines.

04-02-2013, 10:18 AM
I think the UAAP Board is in a quandary. They don't want to be known as selective and vindictive concerning just a few prized athletes (basketball, volleyball, swimming etc) if they decide to retain the 2-year rule WITH waivers. My objection is simple. The HS athletes already did their job for their HS and have NO obligation at all to them to continue their studies and playing for them in college (they were given scholarships and some allowance which is standard). But more importantly, they should have the freedom to choose the college they want to go to. In the US, college transferees are required to undergo one year residency only while HS graduates can go anywhere (the only requirement is letter of intent). If the problem is undue financial advantage of certain schools in recruiting, there are other solutions that the Board may consider and adopt.

04-02-2013, 10:28 AM
One thing that I think needs to be cleared up, does the "Mbala Rule" now mean that ALL transferees must sit out two whole years for residency purposes?

Parang ganun kasi ang explanation ni Junel Baculi, i.e. ALL college transfers now sit out two years.

Because if this is the case, the Mbala Rule just gave an undue advantage EVEN MORE to the moneyed schools.

Papano kung ang isang UAAP school malakas kumuha ng hugot pero walang pang-allowance sa mga nasa Team B nila? Effectively uupo ng dalawang taon ngayon ang isang transferee, dalawang taon na gutom at nganga lang kung walang pang-allowance sa Team B ang napuntahan nilang school.

Tarages, kesa ganun e di dun na ko sa school na may pangtustos sa akin ng dalawang taon, i.e. the ones who HAVE LOTS OF MONEY.

So how did this level the recruitment playing field?

04-02-2013, 11:59 AM
Moneyed schools will always have ways around socialistic dreams of levelling the playing field. The schools with no money should not rely on rules to make them more competitive.

If tnis becomes an issue of haves and have-nots, then the whole collegiate sports should be divided along economic lines. Remember theGlamour League and the Blue Collar league eons ago? Everybody happy.

If you do not want to compete with the whole arsenal, then make a new league of like-minded schools. Just saying. Hahaha!

04-10-2013, 04:28 PM
Can the good senator also look into practices of HS school officials who deliberately withhold a student-athlete's school papers to prevent him/her from leaving for another school? At least those who are affected by the Pinggoy rule are not directly prevented from moving to another school. In the past, students resort to taking the PEPTEST but has, since, shied away as an aftermath of DLSU's suspension, leaving them only two choices: go back to the school or repeat their senior year in another school.

04-11-2013, 11:00 AM
^ Speaking of repeating, how about the practice of some schools of making recruits repeat a year level in high school in order to get more playing years out of said recruit? Ang typical na magulang normally gusto makatapos ng high school in the soonest time possible ang mga anak nila hindi ba?

04-11-2013, 11:10 AM
^ And then make them go to the next level even if the only reason they passed is they completed the minummum attendance record. Kaya pagdating ng college mapipilitang umupo ng isa o multipl times dahil sa academics. Worse, kicked out sila. Di ba mas kalunus-lunos yon? Hindi lang choice ng school ang na limit. Choice mismo sa future.

At ang lintek na mga eskuwelahang mga yan may gana pang sabihing binuro ng nilipatang university yung mga HS "stars" nila

04-20-2013, 03:20 AM
What now Senator?

04-20-2013, 08:54 AM
I think the senator should give it a rest. Senator PIa or the affected individuals should just file a case in court if they truly believe that the UAAP committed an abuse and violated individual rights.

The UAAP is a private institution and can formulate its own internal rules, so long as said rules do not violate our laws. If one, especially an outsider, believes that a rule is violative of our laws or the rights of affected individuals, then the solution is judicial relief, not legislative. The senator cannot bully a private institution to scrap an internal rule just because the senator believes it is unjust. Only the courts can officially declare that said rule is indeed unjust.

04-20-2013, 11:55 AM
I don't want her to give it up. If the UAAP will be able to screw some student-athletes with a self-serving rule, then the NCAA ManCom will be emboldened to add crazy rules themselves.Then again, there is no San Beda in the UAAP who had the guts to seek a TRO against the crazies. hehehe.

04-20-2013, 03:45 PM
I don't want her to give it up. If the UAAP will be able to screw some student-athletes with a self-serving rule, then the NCAA ManCom will be emboldened to add crazy rules themselves.Then again, there is no San Beda in the UAAP who had the guts to seek a TRO against the crazies. hehehe.

The senator can’t really do anything except to investigate in aid of legislation. She can invite the UAAP board to testify as resource persons but that’s the most she can do. If the UAAP board refuses to capitulate, she can file a bill or a proposed law to outlaw such practice based on what she learned from the investigation. But that would be prospective in application. And if the resource persons refuse or fail to appear in the investigation, then she can cite them in contempt. But for as long as the summoned personalities appear in the Senate without fail, the good senator has no power to repeal the said UAAP policy. She can only persuade the UAAP to abandon it. But she already failed in her attempt to persuade. Hence, the best move for her is to file a case in behalf of the affected persons if they so authorize her.

04-20-2013, 11:21 PM
She will have to file a case if authorized. But will the affected parties stand for what they believe is right? I say stand and deliver. Talk is cheap.

04-25-2013, 04:03 AM
The schools that voted in favor of the 2-year residency rule for internal UAAP transfers are still recruiting High School students from the NCAA. Asan and homegrown ng mga kabuteng paaralan na yan? Asan ang mga na recruit niyo at mga investments niyo sa high school?

Anak ng teteng naman, para kayong Amerika. Double-standard. Bawal mangulibat sa UAAP, pero all out mangulimbat sa iba. Kaya mga mandarambong ang mga namumuno sa bayan ko, e mga "UNIVERSITIES" mismo, baluktot mag-isip.

To correct the UAAP double standard, I suggest a 2-year residency rule for everyone. Isagad na ang kalokohan! What say you, UAAP Board?

04-25-2013, 11:17 AM
^ Totally agree. UST, at the very least, will have 1 rookie from a NCAA HS (highly likely to be 2) in its UAAP line up, while its own HS basketball products are long shots. Although the Tigercubs have no intentions of moving to another school (for now), if they decide to move to another UAAP school they have to sit for two years, just like the referee's daughter, while the the 2 "transferees" can play right away. Asan ang hustisya?

The case of one of the kids is very similar with Pinggoy's: the school wants to badly keep him but his parents are determined to move him to a specific school. While Montinola went the board route, the kid's school was more blunt and held on to the kid's HS documents. But the his parents were not detered. They elevated the case to one of the school's officials (a priest, btw) who immediately granted their request. The school admin and colelge coach, actually, has no idea of their HS's underhanded ways.

Just to clarify (and not to justify in any way), the 2 NCAA HS alums were not recruited but went through intermidiaries to signifiy their intentions. For one of the kids, Mrs. Franco, the mother of the ex-Goldie, who ocntacted coach Pido.

On a side note, the Tigercubs will stay in UST even without athletic scholarship as long as they get qualify to the major of their choice which is BS Math

04-25-2013, 02:06 PM
Agree with Danny and Bchoter. Ateneo seems to be the culprit when in fact it has not recruited a lot from other UAAP schools. Pingoy, Alyssa Valdez and the Zobel pitcher (for the Champion baseball team) are the ones I could remember. One disadvantage is the minimum QPI or GPA the student-athlete has to maintain and whether he/she could survive in Ateneo. So although it may want to recruit more talented athletes from other UAAP schools, it has to be very selective.

04-25-2013, 11:13 PM
I think Patnongon also came from UST but she ran into academic problems while doing residency. She is back and will play this coming season. A Fern football player from the provinces was recruited by ADMU and wanted to transfer. FEU blocked the transfer last year and boy stayed at FEU. I guess Jerie was the only FEU recruit to stand up to Anton and Mark Molina.

04-26-2013, 04:02 AM
Denden Lazaro, too. Kevin was recruited but stayed (the reason he stayed depends on who you talk to)

04-26-2013, 07:23 AM
^Didn't Denden come from CSA?

04-26-2013, 08:44 AM
When one says he or she passed the ACET, it simply means that he is among the a little over 2000 freshmen accepted every year into the University. Other schools accept more. It doesn't mean that he is bobo. It just means he didn't make the cut. Now those with skills in athletics, the arts etc. are accepted on a probation basis (assuming they didn't make the cut) but have to obtain a certain QPI (I think a little higher than the 1.8 minimum). Otherwise, it is automatic that they leave the University after the first year. If they get that QPI in their freshman year, the probation status is removed. Then they can go on probation again hehe. Other schools don't have QPI or GPA requirement.

04-29-2013, 11:56 AM
The UAAP's indentured athletes


April 23, 2013 4:52 PM


The online news portal of TV5

Bad day for athletes who transfer from one University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) member school to another. They will have to sit through the two-year residency requirement that the UAAP board of trustees imposed on them. Note that it is the UAAP board and not the receiving school that imposes residency on a transferee. That makes all the difference, as you will see.

One school representative to the UAAP board said, “This is to protect the school that made efforts in recruitment… to protect the time spent on the athlete and to keep them in their alma mater.” Another reasoned similarly, “The new residency rule is to protect the league because we can’t allow other schools to pirate the best available homegrown players…We took everything into consideration and we’re not depriving anyone of their rights.”

Say what?

There are no guaranteed investments on this planet. An investment is always a gamble. There is no certainty that the recruited athlete will become a star even with all the coaching, training, financial and moral support from the school’s sports department; there is no assurance that the athlete will not suffer a career-ending injury in the course of playing for the school; there is no telling whether or not the athlete will lose interest in sports. Recruiting, training, and coaching an athlete is a gamble. No one pointed a gun at the school to force it to recruit a particular athlete. And so it must live with the risk of losing an athlete for one reason or another, especially to a more attractive team or school.

A UAAP-imposed residency requirement is a penalty on the athlete who chooses to transfer to another school. A school-imposed residency requirement is not a penalty, it provides a necessary period of adjustment to the transferee. I can still recall basketball games where some transferees were subjected to merciless booing and cries of traidor from their old alma mater every time they held the ball.

If a school wants to keep an athlete then it better make itself so attractive that its best athletes will never want to play for another school. Debt bondage is not the way to do it. Indenture is a practice that is totally unacceptable in a free and competitive society.

Why do I call the residency rule imposed by the UAAP a form of debt bondage?

The Princeton University website defines debt bondage as “an arrangement whereby a person is forced to pay off a loan with direct labor in place of currency, over an agreed or obscure period of time. When a debtor is tricked or trapped into working for very little or no pay, or when the value of their work is significantly greater than the original sum of money borrowed, some consider the arrangement to be a form of unfree labor or debt slavery.”

The “investment” the school made is the “loan” the athlete must pay off through direct labor i.e. playing for the school team. The period of time for working off the “debt” is open-ended because it is the school alone, through the UAAP, that decides when the debt is fully paid. The athlete may not have been tricked into signing on but with the new UAAP ruling he is now trapped by the school that originally recruited him. And look at what a Keifer Ravena may have “borrowed” from his school compared to the payback that the school got from him.

Let’s say the athlete was recruited to play for the high school team. Why does the athlete’s obligation extend to playing for the school’s varsity team? Why does the debt extend even beyond the school year that the athlete played, was the year’s debt not paid with direct labor? Do schools have the right to tell their athletes you will keep playing for us until we decide that our investment in you is fully paid? Read again the arguments of the UAAP board, tell me that their residency rule is not just another form of indenture, and I’ll lend you some money in exchange for your labor.

The UAAP’s new rule is meant to protect the investment of its member schools. Period. It has no interest in the welfare of the student athlete, in fact it punishes the exercise of the right to choose where to pursue higher education.

The UAAP would be wise to withdraw its residency rule before government steps in and does it for them. As Sen Pia Cayetano told the UAAP, “Sorry, but when rights are affected, [government] can step in to protect its citizens.” As it should.

The UAAP also claims the new rule is meant to maintain competitiveness. How can the practice of having indentured athletes maintain competitiveness? More importantly, why is the UAAP placing the burden of keeping the league competitive only on the players? Is it the athlete’s fault if one school is more attractive than another? The burden of keeping the league competitive is on the UAAP board of trustees, they shouldn’t earn their keep on the backs of student athletes.

The UAAP may have forgotten that the U in UAAP stands for universities. Likewise some universities may have forgotten that they are educational institutions to begin with and excellence in sports is only a part of their mission. Yes, trophies bring money that can be used for the improvement of the school in terms of teachers and facilities but sports departments are not ends in themselves. Education is the end that trophies serve and not the other way around. The sports department of schools, through the UAAP, cannot be allowed to dictate where student athletes go for their education.

Buencamino is a fellow of Action for Economic Reforms. (www.aer.ph).

04-29-2013, 11:59 AM
Denden Lazaro, too. Kevin was recruited but stayed (the reason he stayed depends on who you talk to)

Brod huwag mo idamay si Denden ko, away na 'yan.