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AltarBoy^_^
06-18-2013, 09:53 PM
First game of the season pits the CSB Blazers versus the defending champions, SBC Red Lions! Thank goodness the ceremonies will happen in MOA Arena! :)

Best of luck to our team!

FAITH IN THE FLAME!!!
ANIMO BENILDE!!!

danny
06-23-2013, 04:21 AM
Kudos to St. Benilde.

This is how games are played. Inside the basketball court. Your future looks bright indeed.

Animo!

AltarBoy^_^
06-23-2013, 03:29 PM
Kudos to St. Benilde.

This is how games are played. Inside the basketball court. Your future looks bright indeed.

Animo!

Thank you sir! I expected domination eversince that incident in the FMC and in the Fil-Oil. Coach Gabby must be doing something right.

Permit me to interject further on your statement sir! It was always about winning it inside the basketball court! Condoning a mutating and controversial rulebook just makes everything complicated as it has been proven time and again to raise eyebrows. Our ranking through the years proves our purpose when rules are used and violations are as obvious as the precedents that borne such rules.

I say push to scrap that old rulebook or make a better one so we don't have to complain about outdated rules as it gives the impression of unfair use. As the last remaining founder of this league, I support for such changes coming from your side. Even that ruling against foreign players must be changed. Politics in sports is a sad saga that must be changed from within.

coachjake
06-25-2013, 03:16 PM
The Team did quite well and the well drawn play by the Red Lions won the game for San Beda. The Blazers have nothing to be ashamed about, they played their guts out, Coach Gabby MUST be doing something right.

On to the next game and the Blazers first W!!! Animo Benilde!!


First game of the season pits the CSB Blazers versus the defending champions, SBC Red Lions! Thank goodness the ceremonies will happen in MOA Arena! :)

Best of luck to our team!

FAITH IN THE FLAME!!!
ANIMO BENILDE!!!

AltarBoy^_^
06-29-2013, 10:19 AM
Their next game should be as tough as it can get. EAC Generals may come from a 0-2 loss and will be determined to vent their ire on the Blazers by July 4, Thursday! Best of luck to them! ;)

FAITH IN THE FLAME!!!
ANIMO BENILDE!!!

Sam Miguel
07-12-2013, 10:04 AM
Bombers extend Blazers’ woes with overtime win

By June Navarro

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:05 pm | Thursday, July 11th, 2013

JOSE Rizal University survived a late onslaught by College of St. Benilde to pull off a 73-71 overtime win last night in the NCAA basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Cris Jordan Dela Paz scored five of his team’s last six points capped by a free throw in the dying seconds of the extension as the Heavy Bombers picked up their second victory in four games.

The Blazers, who battled back from 14 points down in regulation to force the extension period at 61-all, still had a chance to win but Mark Romero threw an errant outlet pass in the final play.

It was another heart-breaker for coach Gabby Velasco and the Blazers, who lost their two previous games by a point to both the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals and the San Beda Red Lions.

Michael Mabulac missed a short jumper with the clock winding down but luckily tapped the leather to Dela Paz, who was fouled in a rebound scuffle.

With the game tied at 71, Dela Paz made his second free throw, giving the Bombers a one-point edge, 5.9 seconds left.

“It was a lucky break for us although we could have won it earlier,’’ said JRU coach Vergel Meneses.

Anthony Benavides gave the Bombers a 61-47 lead earlier but they went scoreless in the final seven minutes.

Juan Paolo Taha, Roberto Bartolo and Saavedra combined for the Blazers, who finally knotted the count on Bartolo’s three-point play, 61-all, with 39 seconds left in regulation time.

Arellano outlasted Mapua, 65-59, in the second game to tie Lyceum and idle San Sebastian in fourth spot at 2-2. Mapua fell to 1-3.

In juniors play, Alexis Barrera scored 20 points as La Salle Green Hills subdued Jose Rizal University, 74-63, for its second win in three games. The JRU Light Bombers absorbed their first defeat in four outings.

In the other juniors game, Mapua leaned on Justin Oliver Serrano and Ronnel Villaseñnor to pummel Arellano, 73-54, and move up the standings with a 2-2 record. The AU Braves fell to 1-3.

The seniors scores:

First Game

JRU 73—Pontejos 17, Paniamogan 17, Juanico 8, Mabulac 8, Dela Paz 7, Lasquety 6, Abanto 4, Benavidez 4, Salaveria 2, Balagtas 0, Grospe 0.

ST. BENILDE 71—Romero 17, Saavedra 15, Sinco 11, Bartolo 10, Taha 7, Grey 4, Argamino 2, Garcia 2, Deles 2, Ongteco 1, Jonson 0, Carlos 0.

Quarters: 17-17, 35-33, 55-47, 61-61(reg), 73-71 (OT)

Sam Miguel
07-19-2013, 08:15 AM
Altas trip Chiefs, tie Lions at 2nd

Resurgent SSC Stags extend Blazers’ misery

By June Navarro

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:48 pm | Thursday, July 18th, 2013

UNIVERSITY of Perpetual Help built a big cushion early and held its ground in the end to subdue Arellano University, 73-66, last night in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena.

Rookie Juneric Baloria again took charge with 21 points but it was Chrisper Elopre’s long-range firepower that helped propel the Altas to their second straight win following a disputed overtime loss last week to the San Sebastian Stags.

Elopre’s back-to-back threes in the closing minutes of the third period pushed the Altas ahead by 15 before the victors deflected a ferocious assault by the Chiefs to forge a tie for second spot at 4-1 with idle defending champion San Beda.

Idle Letran shows the way with four wins in as many outings. The Knights will try to make it five in a row when they battle Lyceum tomorrow.

Perpetual Help coach Aric Del Rosario was all praise for power forward Harold Arboleda, who threw his weight in the paint by grabbing 20 rebounds apart from scoring nine points.

“He’s my silent killer,” said Del Rosario in Filipino, referring to the 6-foot-3 Hotel and Restaurant Management major.

“Harold knows how to score and, at the same time, play tough defense. He’s also my stopper against the shooters of the opposing team.”

Steadier in the end

Later, San Sebastian proved steadier down the stretch and slipped past St. Benilde, 80-78, to gain a share of fourth spot with Jose Rizal University.

Leo de Vera nailed two free throws with 31 seconds remaining after teammate Jovit dela Cruz scored on a layup and a steal as the Stags completed a stirring comeback inside the final minute for its third win in five outings.

It was another heartbreaking loss for the Blazers who have now dropped their fifth game of the tournament by a combined margin of seven points.

The Blazers have never lost by more than two points.

Holding a three-point edge at halftime, the Altas outscored the Chiefs, 21-9, to surge to a 62-47 lead.

Levi Hernandez and Allen Enriquez then conspired with Nard John Pinto to pull the Chiefs within nine, time down to less than three minutes.

But the Altas countered behind Nicholas Omorogbe and Baloria, who scored successive baskets that pegged the final count.

Pinto had eight of his team-high 17 points in the fourth for the Chiefs, who absorbed their third setback in five games.

Staglets down Greenies

Earlier, Ryan Paule Costelo scored 12 points and Rhanzelle Yong added 10 as the San Sebastian Staglets downed the La Salle Green Hills Greenies, 62-52, for their fifth straight win and a tie with the unbeaten San Beda Red Cubs at the top of the junior standings.

The Greenies lost their first game in four outings.

The University of Perpetual Help Altalettes leaned on Sir Shaquille Imperial’s 30 points to edge the Arellano Braves, 75-73, for their third victory in five outings. The Braves dropped to 1-4.

The scores:

Seniors First Game

PERPETUAL 73—Baloria 21, Alano 15, Elopre 12, Arboleda 9, Omorogbe 7, Thompson 7, Oliveria 2, Dizon 0, Ylagan 0, Bantayan 0.

ARELLANO 66—Pinto 17, Hernandez 11, Agovida 9, Enriquez 8, Caperal 6, Forrester 6, Nicholls 3, Jalalon 2, Salcedo 2, Gumaru 2, Bangga 0, Margallo 0, Cadavis 0.

Quarters: 22-14, 41-38, 62-47, 73-66

Seniors Second Game

SAN SEBASTIAN 80—Ortuoste 23, Perez 17, Dela Cruz 12, De Vera 8, Tano 7, Guinto 6, Gusi 3, Rebollos 2, Vergara 2, Balucanag 0, Magno 0.

ST. BENILDE 78—Taha 21, Grey 17, Bartolo 12, Romero 10, Ongteco 7, Sinco 6, Garcia 3, Deles 2, Jonson 0, Saavedra 0, Argamino 0.

Quarters: 16-14, 36-35, 56-58, 80-78

Sam Miguel
07-19-2013, 08:20 AM
Bad luck seems to be hounding the Blazers. Jaymar Perez nailed a go-ahead three-pointer for the Stags from at least 30 feet away, in the same way Jamil Ortuoste nailed a 40-foot banking three-pointer to end the first half. Those were shots nobody has any business making, and yet they went in for San Sebastian.

And what is it with using George Saavedra? In this game the Stags took the ball away from him either off a lame pass from him or his own failure to meet a pass from a teammate. Two crucial steals that saw a four-point St Benilde lead erased came because he failed to meet a good pass first from Luis Sinco, then from Jonathan Grey. And yet he remained in the game.

In contrast to the Saavedra situation, Coach Ganny Velasco completely forgot about Mark Romero after pulling him out with about four minutes to go. While Saavedra was not getting it done, Romero was just stewing on the Blazers bench.

Sam Miguel
07-24-2013, 10:47 AM
Blazers' heartbreak much like being rejected by 10 women, rues Taha

By Karlo Sacamos

July 19, 2013, 02:08 pm

“During the last part ng game, dun kami sinisingil ng mga hindi namin na-e-execute na simple things. Pinagbabayaran namin sa dulo,” says College of St. Benilde mainstay Paolo Taha. Jerome Ascano “During the last part ng game, dun kami sinisingil ng mga hindi namin na-e-execute na simple things. Pinagbabayaran namin sa dulo,” says College of St. Benilde mainstay Paolo Taha.

ONE could only imagine the agony College of St. Benilde is going through after suffering another heartbreaker in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament on Thursday at The San Juan Arena.

The 78-80 loss to San Sebastian on Thursday was the fifth straight for the Blazers in games that could've gone either way down the stretch as they remained the only winless team in the country’s oldest collegiate league.

The pain is greater for Paolo Taha, who committed a crucial turnover down the stretch and bungled two makeable close-range baskets against the Stags that could’ve forced overtime.

His pain, Taha said, is like being rejected by a woman – and not just once.

“Sobra pa, parang binasted ka ng sampung babae, parang wala talagang pumapansin na eh,” he said, unable to hide his disappointment while speaking to a handful of scribes after emerging from the Blazers’ dugout.

“Wala akong maikukumpara sa sakit na (nararamdaman ko). Ito na yata ang pinaka-down part ng career ko sa team,” Taha added.

The 22-year-old Filipino-Arabian swingman actually scored the breakaway layup that gave the Blazers a 78-74 lead with less than two minutes left to play.

Unfortunately, he also committed the error that led to the Stags’ Leo de Vera being sent to the foul line and scoring the game-winning charities.

Taha then missed two shots in their next offensive possession that could’ve sent the game into overtime.

“Usually nasu-shoot ko `yung mga scoop shots na ganun. Siguro hindi ko lang time kanina,” said Taha, who also rued his team’s missed free throws - 14 in all.

“Na-shoot lang sana namin tatlo dun, may possibility na manalo kami,” he said. “During the last part ng game, dun kami sinisingil ng mga hindi namin na-e-execute na simple things. Pinagbabayaran namin sa dulo.”

Now, the Blazers are mired in their worst start since 2004 when they lost their first 11 games.

“Syempre nado-down kami, pero hindi naman ibig sabihin na wala kaming gagawin. Siyempre kailangan naming mag-stick together kasi walang ibang paraan para umakyat kami. We need to work as a team. Walang ibang magtutulungan kundi kami.”

Taha has actually been in a similar situation before during last year's PBA D-League Foundation Cup, where he played for PC Gilmore team that lost its first five games before winning its next four and almost reaching the quarterfinals.

“Siguro `yung experience ko dun, `yung mga natutunan ko dun, kailangan ko i-reach out at i-share sa teammates ko … para makatulong sa team at mag-grow kami,” he said.

Sam Miguel
07-26-2013, 10:16 AM
From Inquirer online - - -

NCAA: ‘Like winning the lotto,’ says St. Benilde coach of first win

9:48 pm | Thursday, July 25th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines—It was like winning the jackpot in the lotto.

That was how coach Gabby Velasco described St. Benilde’s first victory, 75-69, after a string of heartbreaks, at the expense of Lyceum Thursday in the NCAA season 89 men’s basketball tournament.

“Finally, after so many heart-breaking losses,” Velasco also said after his squad halted a five-game losing skid, all of which by no more than two points.

The Blazers, who were ahead the entire game, were well in control, 70-49, with 5:15 to play and seemed headed their first victory.

But they were dealt another scare as the undeterred Pirates went storming back from 21-points down and just within five in the last two minutes.

“It was not easy for us. There was a scary moment there. Fortunately, we held our ground,” said Garcia.

But despite squandering its big lead anew, St. Benilde did not allow Lyceum closer than five points in the frantic final stretch.

Paolo Taha had a near perfect game, going 4-of-4 from the field, and 5-of-6 from the stripe, along with six boards and two blocks.

Jose Saavedra topscored for the Blazers with 14 points, Mark Romero added 12 and Jonathay Grey 10.

The Pirates, meanwhile, absorbed their fourth setback with two victories.

Sam Miguel
08-13-2013, 10:44 AM
NCAA: CSB holds on to beat struggling Arellano

By Mark Giongco

INQUIRER.net

8:06 pm | Monday, August 12th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — After a string of close losses, College of St. Benilde has finally built a winning streak.

The Blazers added misery to slumping Arellano Chiefs, 69-62, Monday as the NCAA Season 89 men’s basketball tournament resumed from a two-week break at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Swingman Mark Romero came through anew for CSB with 18 points to lead three other Blazer in double-digit scoring.

Sharp-shooting Fons Saavedra, burly two-guard Paolo Taha and flashy guard Jonathan Grey added 12 points apiece for the Blazers, who held on for their second straight win after losing five very close games in a row.

St. Benilde led by nine, 64-55, with only 2:33 left before Arellano trimmed it to three, 61-64, a minute later as the Blazers were back into a perilous situation where they blow a big lead and lose.

But not this time as CSB seemed to have learned through pain as it managed to cling on to its lead and win — dealing Arellano a similar 2-5 record.

The Chiefs, who came in as preseason favorites but have struggled, were led by Prince Caperal’s game-high 20 points. James Forrester chipped in 10 points.

The league went on a break to give way to the just concluded 27th FIBA Asia men’s Championship, where host Philippines broke through for a silver medal finish and a ticket to the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain.

Sam Miguel
08-27-2013, 08:22 AM
Altas survive Blazers in OT

By Cedelf P. Tupas

Philippine Daily Inquirer

9:52 pm | Monday, August 26th, 2013

Perpetual Help had an answer to every shot that St. Benilde nailed in an overtime to remember, hacking out a thrilling 90-89 triumph last night to gain a share of second spot in the 89th NCAA basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Juneric Baloria and Nosa Omorogbe delivered 25 and 22 points, respectively, but it was Chris Elopre who fired the decisive basket with 15 seconds left in overtime that lifted the Altas to a 7-2 record, in a tie with idle San Beda.

The Blazers again fell short in another tight game, losing for the sixth time in nine outings, although Jonathan Grey and Mark Romero did their part in pushing the Altas to the limit with explosive performances with 29 and 25 points, respectively.

The Lyceum Pirates earlier survived a fourth-quarter slump to repulse the San Sebastian Stags, 60-55, and snap a five-game losing slide and end the first round with a 3-6 record.

The Pirates entered the final period with a 58-33 lead but were held to a season-low two points before pinning a fourth loss in nine games on the Stags.

“It felt like the other team was winning by the end of the game,” said Lyceum coach Bonnie Tan, whose team won for the first time since July 6, when it dumped Mapua, 74-59.

Almost lost in the din of the bizarre ending was the 19-point explosion of Wilson Baltazar, Lyceum’s struggling shooter, who found his range with a 5-of-11 clip from beyond the arc.

Baltazar did the damage in the middle quarters, helping the Pirates erect a 27-point buffer at 58-31 near the end of the third period.

The scores:

First Game

LYCEUM 60—Baltazar 19, Lacastesantos 12, Taladua 9, Mendoza 6, Mbomiko 4, Alanes 3, Evangelista 2, Ambohot 2, Ko 2, Garcia 1, Soliman 0, Lesmoras 0.

SAN SEBASTIAN 55—Perez 16, Ortuoste 9, Guinto 8, Dela Cruz 7, Tano 6, De Vera 5, Gusi 2, Trinidad 2, Rebollos 0, Vergara 0, Aquino 0, Magno 0.

Quarters: 18-4, 36-21, 58-33, 60-55

Second Game

PERPETUAL 90—Baloria 25, Omorogbe 22, Arboleda 19, Alano 19, Elopre 4, Oliveria 1, Dizon 0, Thompson 0, Bantayan 0, Paulino 0, Jolangcob 0, Bitoy 0.

ST. BENILDE 89—Grey 29, Romero 25, Taha 14, Saavedra 9, Bartolo 8, Jonson 3, Ongteco 1, Sinco 0, Argamino 0, Garcia 0, Deles 0.
Quarters: 24-13, 45-42, 60-62, 80-80, 90-89 (OT)

Sam Miguel
08-27-2013, 08:27 AM
Elopre layup lifts Altas over Blazers in OT

By Mark Giongco

Philippine Daily Inquirer

9:27 pm | Monday, August 26th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – Chris Elopre scored the game-winning layup as Perpetual Help became the latest team to deal College of St. Benilde another heartbreaking loss 90-89 in overtime Monday night in the NCAA Season 89 at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Elopre only had four points but all of it came in the extra session including a lay in with 14.7 ticks left as the Altas chalked up their seventh win in nine starts.

“Masarap yung feeling pero mabigat din sa dibdib kasi ang laki ng lamang namin tapos humabol. Buti na lang yung mga players ko matibay yung loob,” said Perpetual Help coach Aric del Rosario, whose team blew a 16-point lead, 39-23, late in the second quarter.

“Yung tira ko, hindi ako yon, si God yon,” said the graduating guard Elopre, who opened up the extra period with a basket, 82-80.

The Altas trailed by four in the final 1:16 of regulation after back-to-back triples by Mark Romero. They trailed again, 88-89, after an undergoal stab by Paolo Taha with 36.4 seconds remaining.

But on both times, Perpetual Help managed to respond.

Juneric Baloria had 25 points, including a basket to cut CSB’s lead down to two, 80-78. Justine Alano added 19, two of which tied the game at 80, with 44 ticks to go.

Nosa Omorogbe also gave St. Benilde problems with 22 points and 12 rebounds.

The Blazers started flat before getting their groove with Jonathan Grey exploding for 23 points in the first half, 21 in the second quarter alone to lead a 19-6 run to close the first half.

Grey, who finished with 29 points on 10-of-16 shooting from the field, cooled off in the second half but Mark Romero took over from there.

Romero scored all of his 25 points in the second half and overtime including his fourth triple that made it, 83-82, with 4:00 left in OT.

Romero though, missed an open trey from the left wing with 5.5 seconds left before Luis Cinco threw the ball away off the inbound pass as time ran out.

Harold Arboleda also produced quite a performance for Perpetual Help with 19 points and 16 rebounds.

The Blazers slid to 3-6 after winning three in a row with all of their losses just two points or less.

Ahura Mazda
09-03-2013, 06:48 AM
CSB ‘slowly maturing’ after close win over JRU, says coach (http://sports.inquirer.net/117447/ncaa-csb-slowly-maturing-after-close-win-over-jru-says-coach)

MANILA, Philippines — Showing signs of maturity, College of St. Benilde kept its composure down the stretch to eke out a 57-55 win over Jose Rizal University in the NCAA Season 89 men’s basketball tournament Monday night at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

The Blazers have now won four out of their last five games after a series of sorry losses to move just a game behind fourth place still held by the Heavy Bombers, who slipped to 5-5.

“Siguro marami kaming babawian na games dito sa second round but I must say that I think that we’re learning from our mistakes,” said CSB head coach Gabby Velasco, whose squad avenged its two-point overtime loss to JRU in the first round.

Mark Romero led St. Benilde with 15 points while Jonathan Grey made big plays in the fourth quarter that also keyed in the Blazers win.

Grey side stepped his way for a basket before setting up Robert Bartolo seconds later to give the Blazers a 55-50 cushion with 2:11 remaining.

Philip Paniamogan nailed a triple to cut JRU’s deficit to one, 55-56, after RJ Argamino split his charities with 16.7 seconds left.

Romero also made one-of-two at the line to extend CSB’s edge to two before Michael Mabulac missed a well-contested baseline attempt as the buzzer sounded.

“Like I said, I tried to instill into their minds how to handle situations like that. Clear na sa mind nila. Slowly, we’re maturing and learning,” added Velasco.

The Blazers won despite missing the services of their reliable rookie Fons Saavedra, who sprained his ankle during practice Sunday.

Paniamogan paced JRU with 19 points on four triples as starting point guard Paolo Pontejos failed to score a single point in 13 minutes.

Sam Miguel
09-03-2013, 01:59 PM
Altas nose out Chiefs, tie Lions

By Cedelf P. Tupas

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:33 pm | Monday, September 2nd, 2013

It was Harold Arboleda’s turn to shine for Perpetual Help last night.

Arboleda knocked in two pressure-packed free throws with 6.8 seconds remaining as the Altas nipped the Arellano Chiefs, 82-80, and tied the idle defending champion San Beda Red Lions for second place in the 89th NCAA basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Arellano actually had a chance to forge overtime with 1.8 seconds left, but AJ Serjue missed the front end of his two foul shots. He intentionally missed his second free throw hoping to turn the rebound into a followup basket, but the ball went out of bounds.

Arboleda was fouled by Ralph Salcedo while going for an offensive rebound, then nailed both attempts as the Altas rose to 8-2 like San Beda.

Arellano lost for the sixth time in its last seven games and fell into a share of eighth spot with Lyceum with a 3-7 card.

St. Benilde also hacked out a close 57-55 decision over Jose Rizal in the second game and improved to 4-6. The Bombers took their fifth loss in 10 games.

Playing in the shadows of more explosive teammates like Nosa Omorogbe and Juneric Baloria, Arboleda proved his worth for the Altas by norming 12.4 rebounds an outing in the first round.

“I’m so happy for him (Arboleda) because he’s done almost everything for us and now he’s also helped us with his offense,” said Omorogbe, who topscored for the Altas with 26 points and also grabbed 12 boards.

The game was close throughout with no team leading by more than eight points and both teams battling to eight lead changes.

“We need these close games because we learn a lot from them,” said Altas coach Aric Del Rosario. “We know we’re going to need the experience when we go farther in the tournament.”

The Altas also got a lift from Scott Thompson who bucked a hurting back to tally 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting.

Keith Agovida poured 15 of his season-high 17 points in the second half to lead the Chiefs, who missed forward James Forrester.

The scores:

First Game

PERPETUAL HELP 82—Omorogbe 26, Baloria 14, Thompson 11, Arboleda 9, Alano 9, Jolangcob 6m Elopre 3, Dizon 2, Bitoy 2, Oliveria 0, Ylagan 0, Bantayan 0, Lucente 0.

ARELLANO 80—Agovida 17, Hernandez 16, Caperal 14, Pinto 12, Nicholls 5, Salcedo 4, Bangga 4, Serjue 4, Jalalon 3, Gumaru 1, Cadavis 0.

Quarters: 21-19, 40-39, 59-53, 82-80

Second Game

ST. BENILDE 57—Romero 15, Bartolo 8, Garcia 8, Grey 8, Taha 7, Argamino 6, Sinco 2, Deles 2, Ongteco 1.

JRU 55—Paniamogan 19, Mabulac 11, Balagtas 8, Lasquety 6, Grospe 5, Benavides 4, Sanchez 2, Pontejos 0, Juanico 0, Dela Paz 0, Diego 0.

Quarters: 8-13, 23-27, 41-41, 57-55

Sam Miguel
09-03-2013, 02:05 PM
CSB ‘slowly maturing’ after close win over JRU, says coach

By Mark Giongco

INQUIRER.net

9:20 pm | Monday, September 2nd, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — Showing signs of maturity, College of St. Benilde kept its composure down the stretch to eke out a 57-55 win over Jose Rizal University in the NCAA Season 89 men’s basketball tournament Monday night at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

The Blazers have now won four out of their last five games after a series of sorry losses to move just a game behind fourth place still held by the Heavy Bombers, who slipped to 5-5.

“Siguro marami kaming babawian na games dito sa second round but I must say that I think that we’re learning from our mistakes,” said CSB head coach Gabby Velasco, whose squad avenged its two-point overtime loss to JRU in the first round.

Mark Romero led St. Benilde with 15 points while Jonathan Grey made big plays in the fourth quarter that also keyed in the Blazers win.

Grey side stepped his way for a basket before setting up Robert Bartolo seconds later to give the Blazers a 55-50 cushion with 2:11 remaining.

Philip Paniamogan nailed a triple to cut JRU’s deficit to one, 55-56, after RJ Argamino split his charities with 16.7 seconds left.

Romero also made one-of-two at the line to extend CSB’s edge to two before Michael Mabulac missed a well-contested baseline attempt as the buzzer sounded.

“Like I said, I tried to instill into their minds how to handle situations like that. Clear na sa mind nila. Slowly, we’re maturing and learning,” added Velasco.

The Blazers won despite missing the services of their reliable rookie Fons Saavedra, who sprained his ankle during practice Sunday.

Paniamogan paced JRU with 19 points on four triples as starting point guard Paolo Pontejos failed to score a single point in 13 minutes.

Sam Miguel
09-13-2013, 09:17 AM
Altas turn back pesky Blazers

By Cedelf P. Tupas

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:39 pm | Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Perpetual Help survived St. Benilde’s late onslaught and escaped with a 68-64 triumph last night to stay within striking distance of the leaders in the 89th NCAA basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Rookie Juneric Baloria and Scott Thompson buried clutch free throws inside the last 35 seconds as the Altas nailed their ninth win in 12 games and firmed up their hold of third spot.

The Altas nearly wasted a nine-point lead as the Blazers mounted a searing rally capped by a Mark Romero triple that tied the game at 64 heading into the final 51 seconds.

The ending followed a familiar script for the Blazers, who again lost a game decided in the final seconds and dropped to seventh spot with a 5-7 card. St. Benilde has lost seven games by a combined 11 points.

In the first game, John Pinto knocked in a fadeaway jumper with 1.7 seconds left to lift Arellano to a thrilling 76-75 win over Lyceum.

Pinto’s shot over the outstretched arms of Jeremiah Taladua capped a sensational fightback by the Chiefs, who erased a seven-point deficit in the last 2:50 and notched only their fourth victory in 12 games.

Prince Caperal also came up with a monster performance for the Chiefs, finishing with 25 points and 16 rebounds.

Pinto shone in the final period where he fired 11 of his 15 points.

“It was a miracle shot,” Pinto said. “The play was for Prince, but they (Pirates) sagged on him, so I had to create my own shot.”

The scores:

First Game

ARELLANO 76—Caperal 25, Pinto 15, Agovida 11, Salcedo 8, Forrester 8, Hernandez 5, Margallo 4, Gumaru 0, Jalalon 0, Nicholls 0, Bangga 0, Serjue 0, Cadavis 0.

LYCEUM 75—Mbomiko 17, Zamora 15, Ko 15, Baltazar 6, Francisco 6, Ambohot 6, Lesmoras 4, Lacastesantos 3, Azores 2, Mendoza 1.

Quarters: 15-14, 31-31, 55-55, 76-75

Second Game

PERPETUAL 68—Baloria 18, Arboleda 15, Omorogbe 14, Alano 11, Thompson 6, Ylagan 2, Elopre 2, Oliveria 0, Dizon 0, Jolangcob 0.

ST. BENILDE 64—Taha 17, Romero 12, Bartolo 11, Garcia 7, Saavedra 5, Argamino 5, Grey 5, Ongteco 2.

Quarters: 21-12, 30-28, 52-50, 68-64

Joescoundrel
09-20-2013, 09:14 AM
Quick-fire San Beda Red Lions hammer Blazers to regain NCAA solo lead

From: Karlo Sacamos

September 19, 2013, 08:33 pm

San Beda wasted no time putting the outcome beyond doubt this time.

Taken to the limit in their first meeting, the Red Lions coasted to a 65-46 victory over College of St. Benilde on Thursday to claim the provisional lead in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

The three-time defending champion Lions underscored their status as the league’s best defensive team, limiting the listless Blazers to a measly two points in the first quarter where they zoomed to a 23-point lead that practically took the fight out of their opponents.

The Lions thus notched an 11th triumph in 13 games that put them a half-game ahead of archrival Letran.

“We had an aggressive start and it’s all a team effort,” said Lions coach Boyet Fernandez, whose wards had to lean on the buzzer-beating alley-oop finished by Art dela Cruz to escape with a 71-70 win over the Blazers in the first round.

Dela Cruz stood at the forefront of the Lions onslaught anew as he emerged as the lone double-digit scorer with 14 points, while four others scored at least seven points.

The Blazers dropped to a 5-8 win-loss card in seventh place.

In one of the worst scoring outputs in a quarter in recent memory, the Blazers failed to make any of their 14 field goal attempts in the first period, with all their two points coming from the charity stripe by Jonathan Grey.

Benilde, which shot just 29 percent from the field overall, tried to make a comeback, but came no closer than 19 points.

The scores:

SBC (65) – Dela Cruz 14, Adeogun 8, Ludovice 8, Koga 7, Pascual 7, Dela Rosa 5, Mendoza 4, Sara 3, Abarcar 2, A. Semerad 2, Amer 2, Abatayo 2, D. Semerad 1, Bonsubre 0, Villaruz 0.

CSB (46) – Romero 12, Taha 10, Sinco 7, Grey 7, Bartolo 5, Ongteco 5, Jonson 0, Nayve 0, Saavedra 0, Argamino 0, Carlos 0, Garcia 0, Deles 0

Quarterscores: 25-2, 34-12, 48-29, 65-46

Sam Miguel
10-04-2013, 09:47 AM
Generals slip past Blazers

Bombers clobber Cardinals

By June Navarro

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:57 pm | Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

John Marco Tayongtong dropped a layup with 1.2 seconds remaining as Emilio Aguinaldo College nipped College of St. Benilde, 85-83, to boost its Final Four hopes in the 89th NCAA basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Tayongtong eluded Travis Jonson then banked in the winner off Mark Romero as the Generals raised their record to 8-7, just off the 8-6 mark of the idle fourth-running San Sebastian.

“They were attacking us inside the paint because our big men were in foul trouble. But again, John bailed us out,” said head coach Gerry Esplana as EAC won for the fourth time in five outings.

The Blazers absorbed a third straight defeat, their ninth overall in 14 games.

Defending champion San Beda (13-2) has already secured a semifinal slot with Letran (11-3) and Perpetual Help (11-5) assured of the other qualifying berths.

Tayongtong repeated his heroics in their first-round encounter with the Blazers, where he also single-handedly carried the Generals in the closing minutes.

The 5-foot-6 court general picked up where Cameroonian Cebric Happi Noube left off, scoring eight of his 17 points in the fourth quarter capped by a decisive layup.

Noube finished with 20 points but was saddled by fouls late in the third when the Blazers, led by Paolo Taha’s incursions, hit 13 free throws in the period.

Taha, who had nine free throws during that span, also had 20 points before cramps hit him near the end of the fourth.

In the second game, Jose Rizal University kept its semis bid alive after a 73-56 whipping of also-ran Mapua.

The Bombers rose to 6-8 while dealing the Cardinals their 14th loss in 15 outings.
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The scores:

First Game

EAC 85—Happi 20, Tayongtong 17, King 16, Arquero 12, Paguia 7, Jamon 6, Morada 5, Hiole Manga 2, Munsayac 0, Onwubere 0.

ST. BENILDE 83—Taha 20, Jonson 13, Romero 13, Grey 12, Bartolo 6, Ongteco 6, Garcia 6, Sinco 5, Saavedra 2, Argamino 0, Carlos 0.

Quarters: 12-18, 37-32, 61-59, 85-83

Second Game

JRU 73—Mabulac 19, Paniamogan 18, Benavides 10, Dela Paz 9, Abanto 8, Sanchez 5, Lasquety 2, Salaveria 2, Grospe 0.

MAPUA 56—Brana 13, Magsigay 11, Saitanan 9, Isit 6, Eriobu 6, Ighalo 4, Biteng 3, Gabo 2, Cantos 2, Magtoto 0.

Quarters: 26-16, 40-32, 56-42, 73-56

Ahura Mazda
10-05-2013, 09:57 PM
When will these guys ever learn?

Joescoundrel
10-18-2013, 10:07 AM
SEAG hopeful Prince Caperal helps Chiefs keep faint Final Four hopes

From: Karlo Sacamos

October 17, 2013, 06:48 pm

NATIONAL team hopeful Prince Caperal came up with 25 points to lead Arellano to a 76-70 victory over College of St. Benilde on Thursday in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

His selection to the national team still unsure with Greg Slaughter and Raymond Almazan ahead in the pecking order to back up Marcus Douthit, the 20-year-old slotman from San Mateo gave a glimpse of what he can do for the squad, helping the Chiefs score their third straight win to keep their faint Final Four hopes alive.

The Chiefs recorded their seventh win in 16 games and still have to win their last two assignments and pray that fourth-running San Sebastian (9-7 win-loss) and Emilio Aguinaldo College (8-8 ) lose theirs to force a playoff for a semifinal berth.

Caperal, one of only two stalwarts invited in the training pool, gained ample support from Davaoeño playmaker Nard Pinto, who churned in all-around numbers of 13 points, seven rebounds, and six assists.

The Chiefs bucked a slow start then kept the Blazers at bay. St. Benilde came to within two, 66-68, after two charities from Mark Romero with three minutes and 22 seconds left, before Caperal retaliated with two free throws of his own as the Blazers never came closer.

Paolo Taha registered a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort for the Blazers, who stayed in ninth place after suffering an 11th loss in 16 games.



The scores:

AU (76) – Caperal 25, Pinto 13, Hernandez 12, Agovida 12, Jalalon 6, Forrester 6, Gumaru 2, Salcedo 0, Serjue 0, Cadavis 0, Enriquez 0

CSB (70) – Taha 20, Grey 13, Romero 12, Saavedra 9, Jonson 5, Garcia 5, Deles 4, Sinco 2, Nayve 0, Bartolo 0, Argamino 0, Carlos 0, Ongteco 0, De Guzman 0

Quarterscores: 12-17, 36-35, 55-54, 76-70.

Sam Miguel
10-22-2013, 10:17 AM
Lyceum logs best finish after beating CSB

By Mark Giongco

INQUIRER.net

3:16 pm | Monday, October 21st, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – Lyceum picked up where it left off as it repulsed College of St. Benilde, 66-54, in the continuation of their game which was halted last week in the NCAA Season 89 men’s basketball tournament Monday at the Arena in San Juan.

The Pirates were leading, 32-31, at the 8:09 mark of the third quarter after the heavy rains caused leaks in the roof of the venue last October 10.

“We took it as a challenge and it came as a blessing that it was stopped because we were up by double-digits and Benilde got the momentum,” said Lyceum coach Bonnie Tan after steering his team to its best finish in the elimination round with an 8-10 record since joining the league in 2011.

“In a way it was really a blessing because we could’ve lost the game because we lost our energy,” Tan added.

While the Pirates, who fell short for a Final Four spot, appeared not to be affected by the postponement, the Blazers seemed as if they lost their rhythm.

After outscoring Lyceum, 26-12, to take a 49-44 lead after three quarters, St. Benilde struggled in the final frame with just five points as the Pirates capitalized en route to their fourth straight win.

Guard Dexter Zamora led Lyceum with 21 points while Aziz Mbomiko had a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds.

Center Robert Bartolo also finished with a double-digit points and rebounds with 13 and 15 for CSB, which dropped to 5-12.

red_engr1987
10-24-2013, 09:41 AM
Stags target Final 4 slot vs Blazers
By Cedelf P. Tupas
Philippine Daily Inquirer
11:52 pm | Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
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San Sebastian shoots for the remaining Final Four berth when it tangles with dangerous St. Benilde in the 89th NCAA basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Game time is at 4 p.m. with the Stags, running fourth with a 10-7 record, expected to go all-out to complete the semifinal cast and shut the door on Emilio Aguinaldo College’s bid to crash the Final Four for the first time.

But the Blazers are also determined to close out a season littered with heartbreak on a positive note.

St. Benilde, which could have easily reached the Final Four if not for a string of close losses in the first round, would love nothing more than to play spoiler to the Stags’ bid to reach the next round. The Blazers are also hoping to end a six-game slide.

“It’s going to be tough against St. Benilde, but the players understand that this is their chance and they want to make the most out of it,” said San Sebastian coach Topex Robinson.

A loss by the Stags and a victory by the Generals on Saturday against the Mapua Cardinals will set up a playoff for the last Final Four spot.


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Joescoundrel
10-25-2013, 01:18 PM
Stags outlast Blazers, complete Final 4 cast

By Joey Villar

(The Philippine Star) | Updated October 25, 2013 - 12:00am

Games tomorrow

4 p.m. – EAC vs Mapua

6 p.m. – San Beda vs Arellano U

MANILA, Philippines - San Sebastian College put its act together in the fourth and repulsed St. Benilde, 69-62, to clinch the fourth and last Final Four berth in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan yesterday.

CJ Perez unloaded 17 points while Fil-Am Leo De Vera and Jon Kervin Ortuoste added 10 points apiece as the Stags finally nailed the elusive win that formalized their stint in the next round.
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They did not only make it to the semifinals alongside San Beda (14-3), Letran (14-4) and Perpetual Help with an 11-7 but also earned a crack at the No. 3 spot after finishing tied for third with the Las Piñas-based squad.

The Stags and the Altas will dispute the No. 3 seeding on Oct. 29 starting at 4 p.m., also at the San Juan Arena.

The victory also eliminated Emilio Aguinaldo College, which had hoped for a San Sebastian loss to gain a shot at a playoff for the last semis seat.

It was a tough, rollercoaster campaign for the Stags, who had to buck the loss of their top three players – Calvin Abueva, Ian Sangalang and Ronald Pascual – to neutralize the other Final Four aspirants and stay in the semis hunt.

“Credit should go to my players, who believed in the system – teamwork, discipline and run, run and run,” said SSC coach Topex Robinson, who left the team midway of the last season but returned this year.

“We knew from the start that we will no longer have our Big Three in the fold,” said Robinson referring to Abueva and company. “So we made an extra effort to get into great shape because we’re really bent on running every chance we got to make up for our lack of star-power and size.”

Meanwhile, San Beda tries to clinch the top seeding as it takes on ousted Arellano U at the close of the double round elims tomorrow. A reversal, however, will force a tie for first with Letran, necessitating another playoff for the Final Four seeding.

Mark Romero turned in a game-high 23 points for the Blazers, who made quite an impression with a run of one-point losses in the first round but finished second to last with a 5-13 record.

The Stags, with Perez, De Vera and Ortuoste on the firing end, pressed their bid early and seized control in the first two quarters, 17-9, and 31-22.

In a non-bearing game, Arellano U downed Jose Rizal, 63-54, to improve to 8-9.