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Sam Miguel
06-24-2013, 08:58 AM
Alley-oop basket rescues Lions

By Cedelf P. Tupas

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:22 am | Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

SAN BEDA coach Boyet Fernandez ran the length of the court after the final buzzer like he was celebrating a championship.

Judging at the way the defending champion Lions won on opening day, the celebration was fitting and justified.

Art dela Cruz banked in a backdoor alley-oop play with 3.4 seconds remaining as San Beda survived St. Benilde, 71-70, last night to kickstart its quest for a fourth straight title before a roaring crowd at Mall of Asia Arena.

The Blazers gave the Lions all that they could handle in a wild finish with Pons Saavedra knocking in what many thought was the deciding three-pointer with 4.7 seconds left before Fernandez drew up the simple inbound play that set the stage for Dela Cruz’s heroics.

Later, Letran—tipped as one of the biggest threats to San Beda’s throne—leaned on the stellar play of Raymond Almazan on both ends as the Knights trounced the San Sebastian Stags, 74-69.

Almazan tallied 15 points, grabbed 20 boards and swatted away five shots for the Knights, who also unveiled a gem of a rookie in Rey Nambatac, whose 13-point output included three free throws down the stretch.

It wasn’t a vintage dominant performance by the Lions whose past seasons had been marked by opening-day routs.

“It was a lucky game for us because we were up by 15, we missed our free throws, we committed turnovers and we missed coverage, and we looked like we didn’t care in the fourth quarter,” said Fernandez.

The scores:

First Game

SAN BEDA 71—Dela Cruz 16, Adeogun 11, Dela Rosa 10, Amer 9, Koga 8, D. Semerad 4, Mendoza 4, Abarcar 3, Pascual 2, A. Semerad 2, Ludovice 2.

ST. BENILDE 70—Romero 19, Taha 15, Ongteco 10, Saavedra 10, Bartolo 9, Argamino 3, Sinco 2, Carlos 0, Grey 0, Garcia 0, Jonson 0.

Quarters: 22-12, 38-28, 57-48, 71-70

Second Game

LETRAN 74—Almazan 15, Nambatac 13, Cruz 12, Ruaya 11, Racal 7, Luib 6, Gabawan 6, Castro 2, Publico 2, Dysam 0.

SAN SEBASTIAN 69—Guinto 17, Ortuoste 16, Dela Cruz 9, Perez 9, Rebollos 7, De Vera 6, Gusi 3, Tano 2, Magno 0.

Quarters: 17-17, 36-35, 58-50, 74-69

Sam Miguel
06-27-2013, 09:45 AM
Stags, Chiefs face off; Altas play Generals

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

MANILA, Philippines - San Sebastian tries to bounce back from its opening game setback while three other teams make their debut as action in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament resumes today at The Arena in San Juan City.

Now without former aces Calvin Abueva and Ian Sangalang, the Stags struggled against the Letran Knights and dropped a 69-74 decision in last Saturday’s opener of the league’s 89th season.

But they are expected to encounter tough outing against the Arellano U Chiefs in their 4 p.m. match with the latter hoping to ride on their sterling pre-season performance.

The Chiefs finished ahead of the San Beda Lions after the group stages of the recent Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup.

“We’re happy that our hard work, patience and discipline is starting to bear fruits,” said Arellano U coach Koy Banal.

“But we can’t let these recent triumphs get into our heads, that’s the last thing we want to do,” he added.

The Chiefs, who will be missing Fil-Canadian Adam Jacob Serjue due to a torn MCL (medial collateral ligament) until early or middle of next month, are expected to lean again on the do-it-all pair of John Pinto and another Fil-Canadian James Forrester.

Perpetual Help and Emilio Aguinaldo College, two of the teams with intact rosters, clash in the other game at 6 p.m. with the winner joining Letran and Lyceum in the early lead.

The Pirates pulled off an early shocker by beating the fancied three-peat champions San Beda Lions, 70-66, last Monday.

“As I’ve said before, any team can beat any team this season so it will really depend on how we adjust and respond to every challenge we face during the game,” said Banal.

The Altas lost only Jett Vidal and George Allen to graduation but hope to get the most from 6-3 Kervin Lucente and 6-4 Nestor Bantayan Jr. from Adamson and Juneric Baloria from Angeles City, Pampanga and Nigerians Femi Babayemi and Nosa Omorogba and Earl Scotty Thompson, a talented guard from Davao.

“They’re not all 100-percent but at least everybody is all accounted for,” said Perpetual’s mentor Aric del Rosario, who steered the Altas to their first Final Four appearance last year, in Filipino.

Like Perpetual, EAC is another team tipped to make an impact this year with a solid roster headed by Fil-Nigerian Sydney Onwubere and Cameroonians Jean Jacques Hiola Manga and Noube Happi.

“We’re happy with our chances this season but we know it’s going to be tougher this year because all the team have improved really,” said EAC coach Gerry Esplana.

Sam Miguel
06-28-2013, 08:55 AM
Ortuoste lifts Stags past Chiefs

By Cedelf P. Tupas

Philippine Daily Inquirer

1:07 am | Friday, June 28th, 2013

Sidelined the past three years, Jamil Ortuoste is making up for lost time.

The 5-foot-9 guard tallied a season-best 28 points as San Sebastian slipped past Arellano, 78-76, last night for its first victory in the NCAA Season 89 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Scoring heavily on triples and floaters, Ortuoste helped carry the rookie-laden Stags in the last two periods after the Chiefs took control just before halftime.

“It’s been frustrating the past three years, that’s why I’m happy I’m getting my chance now,” said the crafty guard who hit 10 of 15 shots in 34 minutes on the floor.

After a solid high school career at San Sebastian, where he won two NCAA juniors titles, Ortuoste transferred to Far Eastern U although he was unable to crack the first team. He returned to the Stags’ fold on the prodding of assistant coach Raymund Valenzona.

“We outworked them (Chiefs),” said coach Topex Robinson, whose squad bounced back from a 69-74 loss to Letran last Saturday.

Perpetual Help underscored its status as a contender with a 69-49 rout of Emilio Aguinaldo College in the second game.

Earl Thompson and Nosa Omorogbe wound up with 14 points each as the Altas, who reached the Final Four last season, played with ferocity on both ends.

Stags forward Leo de Vera, a recruit from California, posted 15 points, six boards, two blocks and a steal, while Bradwyn Guinto posted another double-double with 10 points and 14 boards.

The Chiefs battled back from a slow start, relying on a strong second period to take a 61-60 lead after a Keith Agovida undergoal stab. But Ortuoste buried a triple and scored six of the next eight points of the Stags who zoomed ahead, 71-65, with 4:50 left.

Earlier, San Beda scored its second straight victory in the juniors division following an 83-59 triumph over La Salle Green Hills, while Perpetual Help debuted with an 83-64 win over Emilio Aguinaldo College.

The senior scores:

First Game

SAN SEBASTIAN 78—Ortuoste 28, De Vera 15, Dela Cruz 10, Guinto 10, Perez 10, Gusi 3, Rebollos 1, Tano 1, Magno 0.

ARELLANO 76—Caperal 11, Hernandez 11, Agovida 10, Pinto 10, Jalalon 6, Salcedo 6, Enriquez 5, Margallo 4, Cadavis 4, Nicholls, Gumaru, Bangga 0.

Quarters: 20-14, 39-35, 60-54, 78-76

Second Game

PERPETUAL HELP 69—Thompson 14, Omorogbe 14, Baloria 12, Arboleda 10, Dizon 7, Alano 6, Bantayan 4, Elopre 2, Jolangcob 0, Lucente 0, Oliveria 0.

EAC 49—Paguia 12, Happi 8, King 7, Mejos 4, Arquero 4, Jamon 4, Munsayac 3, Monteclaro 2, Castro 2, Morada 1, Hiole 0.

Quarters: 11-8, 31-16, 46-32, 69-49

Sam Miguel
06-28-2013, 08:58 AM
^^^ Jamil Ortuoste, before rejoining his alma mater, spent a couple of years on the FEU B Team. He should have known better. He was there at about the same time as RR Garcia, Terrence Romeo, Mike Tolomia and (before at least) Jerie Pingoy.

His high school classmate Almond Vosotros is now in his fourth college year, third with Lasalle. Ortuoste is only now getting college ball action.

Joescoundrel
07-02-2013, 02:01 PM
Former LA working student de Vera keen to make most of his only season with Stags

By Karlo Sacamos

July 01, 2013, 06:34 pm

YEARS ago, Leodaniel de Vera was a two-sport athlete in a Los Angeles high school with loads of potential who was lured away from his career path by having to work early in life.

Now he's back to doing what he likes best in his mother's homeland.

Born and raised in Los Angeles by a single Filipina mom from Pangasinan, the 6-foot-4 de Vera excelled at Granada Hills Charter High School. Shortly after winning a basketball MVP in his junior year, he shifted to volleyball where he helped his school win back-to-back championships.

An only child who has yet to meet his Spanish father, de Vera learned to be independent at an early age and became a working student at 17. He worked at a sports retail store in a mall where was a salesman, cleaner, registrar and, in a year’s span, was promoted to assistant manager.

Juggling his responsibilities, however, soon took its toll on him, and the chance to earn more money forced him to drop out of school and give up playing sports altogether after only a semester in college.

He would hold four different jobs thereafter, working in a grocery store, a movie theater, a construction site, and dabbled in the network marketing business.

But just when he thought he would be stuck in a career away from basketball in the States, De Vera met San Sebastian coach Topex Robinson in April 2012 when the Stags went on a two-week US training camp.

It turned out Robinson knew one of De Vera’s coaches in LA.

De Vera eventually was given an opportunity to be part of the Stags. And after only a month, he was enrolled in a business management course at the Recto-based school.

“It was always a dream I had to play overseas, to play in college, but I was still young and ignorant,” de Vera shared to Spin.ph. “Finally I matured. I talked to my family a lot. They said if you want to do it, pursue it. ”

“It’s the direction I’ve been praying for,” added de Vera, who underwent residency at San Sebastian for a year before becoming eligible this season. “I guess a dream that He put me back in the same direction because after high school, I was put in the wrong direction.”

Now a rookie at 23, de Vera has found himself immediately thrust into a leadership role along with fellow outstanding freshman Jaymar 'CJ' Perez and veterans Jovit dela Cruz and Jon Rebollos in a team that has just lost three stars in Calvin Abueva, Ronald Pascual, and Ian Sangalang.

A long-range assassin who can play either forward spots, de Vera is now being counted upon to fill the gap left by the sharp-shooting Pascual.

“That’s big shoes to fill. I’m just going to do what I can as a role player to help this team get where we need to go,” said de Vera, who averaged 12.6 points - on a high 40-percent clip from beyond the arc - on top of 5.4 boards, 1.6 assists, and 1.6 steals in the last Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup.

“With my experience, I just want to have the leadership for my team.”

Only eligible to play for one season, de Vera is out to make the most of his NCAA stint that he hopes would be a springboard to bigger things in the future, possibly a stint in the PBA D-League and beyond.

Sam Miguel
07-09-2013, 08:38 AM
Lions trip Generals; SSC prevails

By Cedelf P. Tupas

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:05 pm | Monday, July 8th, 2013

San Beda, playing with more urgency in the second half, repulsed Emilio Aguinaldo College, 80-65, yesterday to notch back-to-back victories for the first time in the NCAA Season 89 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

The three-time defending champion Red Lions regained their lethal form just in time to wear down the Generals in the last two quarters to improve to 3-1 and gain solo third.

Unable to come out with the aggressiveness they showed in their 64-57 win over Arellano last week, the Lions played catch-up for the majority of the first half before taking control behind Art dela Cruz and Baser Amer and pinning a third loss on the Generals.

“It’s good that the bench is getting more and more comfortable because we are going to need everyone to step up this season,” said starting center Kyle Pascual, who finished with eight points.

Later, Jamil Ortuoste poured 11 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter and in overtime as the Stags outlasted erstwhile unbeaten Perpetual Help, 78-77, to even their card at 2-2.

Perpetual fell to 2-1 and tied idle Lyceum for third place.

But the Altas put the Stags’ victory under protest, citing an incident in the second period when Jessie Rebollos fouled Juneric Baloria, who, they claimed should have been given free throws. Altas team captain Harold Arboleda signed the scoresheet after the game to signify the protest.

Dela Cruz, the hero in San Beda’s first win of the season against St. Benilde, finished with 18 points and grabbed nine boards. Amer tallied 14 points and dished nine assists.

Earlier, San Beda and San Sebastian extended their unbeaten start to four games. The Cubs dumped the EAC Brigadiers, 108-59, while the Staglets cruised to a 110-79 win over the Junior Altas.

The scores:

Seniors First Game

SAN BEDA 80—Dela Cruz 18, Amer 14, Dela Rosa 9, K. Pascual 8, Adeogun 6, Sara 6, Abarcar 5, Koga 4, Ludovice 4, A Semerad 4, D. Semerad 2, Bonsubre 0, Villaruz 0, Abatayo 0.

EAC 65—King 18, Tayongtong 12, Jamon 10, Habbi 8, Arquero 7, Paguia 3, Monteclaro 3, Castro 2, Hiole Manga 2, Munsayac 0, Saludo 0, Morada 0.

Quarters: 16-18, 34-39, 58-52, 80-65

Sam Miguel
07-19-2013, 08:14 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
07-23-2013, 09:25 AM
Perpetual nips Mapua; SSC up

By Cedelf P. Tupas

2:46 am | Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

NOSA Omorogbe exploded for 25 points, including a flurry of triples down the stretch, as Perpetual Help nipped Mapua, 73-68, yesterday to forge a tie with San Beda for second place in the NCAA basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

The Nigerian forward knocked in three of the Altas’ five three-pointers in the final period as Perpetual Help held off repeated Mapua rallies to notch a third straight victory and improve to 5-1.

Earlier, San Sebastian rediscovered its lethal form in the fourth quarter as the Stags came from behind to trounce the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, 81-74, for their third straight victory.

CJ Perez, Jamil Ortuoste and Leo De Vera joined forces in a bristling finish that sent the Stags to their fourth win in six outings and solo fourth spot.

The Cardinals absorbed their third straight loss, joining the Generals in a tie at eighth spot with a 1-5 slate.

Perez, tipped as heir apparent to Calvin Abueva, lived up to the hype, finishing with 20 points, including five in the final period, while Ortuoste delivered six of his 16 points in the final 10 minutes.

De Vera, playing in his first and final year for the Stags, pumped in nine points, including a key triple that broke a four-minute dry spell boosted San Sebastian on top 72-70 with 2:04 remaining.

Ortuoste’s free throws pushed the lead to 74-71, before Perez, responding to Jam Jamon’s triple on the other end, buried the go-ahead three-pointer with 44.3 seconds remaining.

The Stags actually fashioned out their second straight win without coach Topex Robinson, who is still out of the country.

“Every player did his part especially on defense,” said assistant coach Raymond Valenzona.

Valenzona also steered the Staglets to their sixth straight win after a 77-67 triumph over the Brigadiers earlier.

Meanwhile, Letran guard Franz Dysam underwent surgery yesterday to remove four bullets in his body, two days after two motorcycle-riding men shot him and his girlfriend, Joan Sordan.

Sordan died on arrival at San Juan Medical Center.

The scores:

SAN SEBASTIAN 81—Perez 20, Ortuoste 16, Guinto 15, Dela Cruz 11, De Vera 9, Gusi 5, Balucanag 3, Rebollos 2, Vergara 0, Tano 0, Magno 0.

EAC 74—Jamon 25, Morada 13, Happi 11, Arquero 9, Paguia 6, Onwubere 3, King 2, Monteclaro 2, Hiole Manga 2, Tayongtong 1, Castro 0, Mejos 0, Munsayac 0.

Quarters: 17-12, 42-36, 57-64, 81-74

Sam Miguel
07-23-2013, 09:26 AM
Jaymar Perez and Jamil Ortuoste are proving to be as good as advertised. If Perez had remained in Lasalle the Archers surely would be guaranteed a Final 4 slot.

Joescoundrel
07-28-2013, 08:57 AM
Red Lions subdue Altas

San Beda keeps 2nd; JRU slips past San Sebastian

By June Navarro

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:29 am | Sunday, July 28th, 2013

DYNAMIC guard Baser Amer fired a game-high 23 points to power San Beda past University of Perpetual Help, 72-65, last night and keep second place alone in the NCAA basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

The sophomore point guard from Zamboanga City unloaded his last 10 points in the fourth quarter, eight of them coming in a row, as the Lions stayed behind idle leader Letran at 6-1 while sending the Altas to third at 5-2.

“Baser knows that he has to deliver for the team to beat Perpetual and he gladly responded to the challenge,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez.

Cameroonian Nosa Omorogbe finished with 21 points and rookie Juneric Baloria added 16 for the Altas, who rallied from a 16-point deficit late in the third period.

But Rome Dela Rosa, Arthur Dela Cruz and Ola Adeogun combined well with Baser, whose last triple atop the arc provided a five-point cushion for the defending champion Lions with three minutes remaining.

Jordan Dela Paz scored 21 points on top of nine rebounds and a pair of steals as Jose Rizal University survived San Sebastian College, 67-63, in the other game.

The Heavy Bombers foiled San Sebastian’s bid to stretch its win-streak to four games and tied the Stags at 4-2.

Up by seven early in the payoff period, the Heavy Bombers saw their lead vanish as forward Jaymar Perez, Jovit Dela Cruz and Raffy Gusi fired at will.

Perez found holes in JRU’s internal defense, Dela Cruz nailed his jumpers and Gusi drilled back-to-back threes inside three minutes that set up the cardiac finish.

Gusi’s three-pointer with 1:56 left gave them the upperhand, 63-62, before Philip Paniamogan, Cris Jordan Dela Paz and Juan Salaveria bailed out the Heavy Bombers from the stripe.

Down by just a basket, the Stags could have forced extra time but Perez misfired his runner from the corner. Salaveria was fouled during the rebound and finished off the Stags with a pair of freebies, 3.1 seconds remaining.

Omorogbe escaped with a drive and later converted one of two free throws to trim the gap, 62-68, inside two minutes.

But the Altas failed to collar the rebound after an Adeogun miss that led to an easy put-back by Dela Cruz that pushed the Lions comfortably ahead. A triple by Omorogbe with 12.3 seconds left and two free throws by Lion Yvan Ludovice closed out the scoring.

The scores:

First Game

SAN BEDA 72—Amer 23, Koga 14, Adeogun 9, Dela Cruz 8, Pascual 6, Ludovice 6, Dela Rosa 6, Abarcar 0, A. Semerad 0, Mendoza 0, Sara 0, D. Semerad 0.

PERPETUAL 65—Omorogbe 21, Baloria 16, Jolangcob 10, Arboleda 7, Alano 6, Bitoy 3, Thompson 2, Dizon 0, Ylagan 0, Elopre 0, Paulino 0.

Quarters: 20-10, 38-22, 52-39, 72-65

Second Game

JOSE RIZAL 67—Dela Paz 21, Pontejos 12, Mabulac 8, Salaveria 8, Abanto 4, Paniamogan 4, Balagtas 4, Lasquety 2, Juanico 2, Diego 2, Grospe 0, Benavides 0.

SAN SEBASTIAN 63—Perez 17, Gusi 11, Tano 10, Dela Cruz 8, Guinto 7, Ortuoste 4, De Vera 3, Rebollos 2, Balucanag 1, Vergara 0.

Quarters: 16-13, 30-34, 50-47, 67-63

Sam Miguel
07-29-2013, 01:55 PM
Jordan to the rescue in Bombers' win over Stags

By Karlo Sacamos

July 27, 2013, 08:24 pm

JORDAN dela Paz was named after the greatest basketball player of all-time.

On Saturday night, the 20-year-old junior forward tried his best not to tarnish the name bestowed upon him.

Dela Paz pumped in a career-high 21 points, including 15 in the second half to propel Jose Rizal University to a 67-63 victory over San Sebastian in the NCAA men’s cage competition at The Arena in San Juan.

The Pasig native also missed a double-double by just a single rebound as he continued his progress from just a defensive stopper in his first two years with the team to one of the rising gunners in the league today.

“This will be the year of Jordan, as long as he stays aggressive attacking the basket and on defense,” Bombers coach Vergel Meneses said.

“Ginawa ko lang `yung part ko, kasi mahaba playing time ko at tiwala si coach sa akin,” Dela Paz replied. “As a veteran, I also tried to be a leader.”

Dela Paz’s efforts helped the Bombers notch their fourth victory in seven games, tying their victims at fourth place and spoiling Stags head coach Topex Robinson’s return to the bench.

After Dela Paz scored on a layup to give the Bombers a 60-55 lead midway through the fourth quarter, the Stags threatened and grabbed the lead for one last time at 63-62 after a Raffy Gusi triple with less than two minutes in the game.

The Bombers, however, proved steadier in the endgame by converting their charity shots to snap the Stags’ three-game winning streak.

“We made stops. That’s the bottom line,” Meneses said. “We weren’t trading baskets with them. The composure was there.”

The scores

JRU (67) -- Dela Paz 21, Pontejos 12, Salaveria 8, Mabulac 8, Paniamogan 4, Balagtas 4, Abanto 4, Lasquety 2, Juanico 2, Diego 2, Grospe 0, Benavides 0.

SSC (63) – Perez 17, Gusi 11, Tano 10, Dela Cruz 8, Guinto 7, Ortuoste 4, De Vera 3, Rebollos 2, Balucanag 1, Vergara 0.

Quarterscores: 16-13; 30-34; 50-47; 67-63.

Sam Miguel
08-13-2013, 10:43 AM
NCAA: San Beda shows no rust in 19-point romp of San Sebastian

By Mark Giongco

INQUIRER.net

9:16 pm | Monday, August 12th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — Not even a long break could slow down defending champion San Beda.

The Red Lions picked up where they left off with a masterful 83-64 win over the San Sebastian Stags in the resumption of the NCAA Season 89 men’s basketball tournament Monday night at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

The Lions, gunning for their fourth consecutive championship, roared to their sixth win in a row after a 1-1 start.

Forward Art dela Cruz starred with 17 points, nine rebounds, six assists and four steals while heady point guard Baser Amer had 15 points.

San Beda was hardly affected by a long break in lieu of the just concluded FIBA Asia Championship as it got off to a fast start before blowing the game open in the second quarter.

With Leo de Vera and CJ Perez in check and John Ortuoste out, the Stags failed to get into their rhythm.

The Red Lions’ lead swelled as the game went on and even reached 20, 73-53, late on a triple by dela Cruz with only 2:43 remaining.

De Vera and Perez combined for just 10 points as San Sebastian staggered to 4-4. San Beda’s graduating skipper Rome dela Rosa added 14 points.

Sam Miguel
08-27-2013, 08:21 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, 08:26 AM
Lyceum beats San Sebastian despite a two-point fourth quarter

By Mark Giongco

INQUIRER.net

7:08 pm | Monday, August 26th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – Lyceum held off San Sebastian 60-55 despite scoring just two points in the fourth quarter to snap a five-game losing skid Monday in the NCAA Season 89 at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Andrei Mendoza scored the Pirates’ only points in the final frame with only 15.1 ticks left that sealed the game.

“Nagsisisihan pa mga players kanina. Nakita yung immaturity ng mga players in the fourth quarter,” said LPU coach Bonnie Tan.

Lyceum, which controlled the game from the get-go, led by as much as 27, 58-31, on a left corner triple by Shaquille Alanes at the 1:03 mark of the third quarter.

That though, was the Pirates’ last basket in close to 11 minutes before Mendoza managed to end the drought in the waning seconds.

CJ Perez led the slumping Stags, who have now lost three straight games to fall to 4-5, with 16 points including nine in the fourth quarter.

San Sebastian, which never led, pulled to within three on a free throw by Leo de Vera with 23.4 ticks left.

Wilson Baltazar gave the Pirates, who led 58-33 after three quarters, a lift with 19 points built on five triples.

The Stags scored just four points in the opening quarter as they went two-of-16 from the field and missed all of their six free throw attempts.

Joescoundrel
09-06-2013, 09:10 AM
Pirates slay another giant, trip Knights

By Cedelf P. Tupas

Philippine Daily Inquirer

5:50 am | Friday, September 6th, 2013

Showing tremendous fighting spirit down the stretch, Lyceum completed another stunning upset, this time against league leader Letran, 80-76, last night in the 89th NCAA basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Aziz Mbomiko, Lyceum’s Cameroonian swingman, finished with a career-high 22 points, including 17 in the second half, and came away with seven rebounds, while Dexter Zamora chipped in 18 points for the Pirates, who became the first team to beat the two finalists last year after stunning San Beda in the first round.

Deployed more for defensive purposes, Jeremiah Taladua delivered the game’s biggest shot with a triple with 18.3 seconds that gave the Pirates a 78-76 advantage. Taladua sealed the win with a fastbreak lay-up with 3.8 seconds remaining.

The Pirates rallied from a 13-point deficit in the third period relying on an unforgiving full-court press anchored by Taladua and Mbomiko, who combined for seven of the team’s nine steals.

With the win, the Pirates grabbed solo eighth spot by improving to 4-7, while pinning a second loss on the Knights, who still lead the league with a 9-2 slate.

Earlier, Jovit Dela Cruz repaid the faith coach Topex Robinson had in him, firing a season-high 25 points as San Sebastian ended a three-game slide with an emphatic 90-69 victory over Emilio Aguinaldo College.

The Stags skipper knocked in 10 of 15 shots and took charge in a late breakaway that boosted San Sebastian to a share of fourth spot with Jose Rizal U with its fifth victory in 10 outings while ending the Generals’ three-game winning run.

“I know I’ve been struggling but coach kept encouraging me and told me to be aggressive,” said Dela Cruz, who also grabbed 11 rebounds, dished out five assists and swatted away two shots.

“A lot is expected from him being one of the veterans of the team,” said Robinson of Dela Cruz, who entered the game with a 10.4 points per game average. “I’m happy he delivered.”

The Generals, who fell into a tie for sixth spot with St. Benilde with a 4-6 card, got off to a strong 20-13 start with Igee King and Noube Happi leading the early charge before Jamil Ortuoste ignited a second-quarter run that allowed the Stags to seize control.

Ortouste, in his second game back from an ankle injury, also stepped up for the Stags with 27 points—all coming in the last three quarters, while Leo De Vera wound up with 14 points, built on four-of-five shooting from beyond the arc.

The scores

First Game

SAN SEBASTIAN 90—Ortuoste 27, Dela Cruz 25, De Vera 14, Guinto 9, Tano 6, Trinidad 3, Padilla 2, Magno 2, Perez 1, Aquino 1, Rebollos 0, Balid 0.

EAC 69—Happi 16, Paguia 10, King 10, Arquero 10, Jamon 8, Onwubere 4, Hiole Manga 2, Mejos 2, Munsayac 2, Tayongtong 2, Morada 2, Monteclaro 1, Saludo 0.

Quarters: 13-20, 43-40, 61-55, 90-69

Second Game

LYCEUM 80—Mbomiko 22, Zamora 18, Ko 10, Azores 9, Baltazar 5, Taladua 5, Lesmoras 4, Ambohot 3, Lacastesantos 2, Mendoza 2, Francisco 0.

LETRAN 76—Almazan 21, Cruz 17, Racal 9, Gabawan 6, Ruaya 5, Publico 5, Belorio 4, Nambatac 3, Buenaflor 3, Castro 2, Po 0, Luib 0.

Quarters: 19-18, 31-36, 56-58, 80-76

Joescoundrel
09-11-2013, 11:04 AM
Super subs Tano and Trinidad rescue Stags

From: Karlo Sacamos

September 9, 2013, 08:21 pm

AS soon as the post-game press conference was through, Jamil Ortuoste didn’t bother going back immediately to San Sebastian’s dugout and instead, just grabbed the first cup he saw to drink water from the dispenser inside the press room of The Arena in San Juan.

The star rookie guard was obviously exhausted from the Golden Stags’ 54-49 victory over Arellano on Monday night that gained for them solo fourth spot in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

“Sobra,” Ortuoste said when asked by Spin.ph how exhausted he was after the gruelling, low-scoring encounter. “(Pero) ang gaan ng feeling kasi ang daming nag-step up.”

Ortuoste registered 11 points, but had plenty of help from his teammates, especially second-stringer Ranimark Tano, who shone in the absence of starting center Bradwyn Guinto.

The 6-foot-6 Tano registered a double-double of 11 points and 10 boards that went with three blocks in 31 minutes as he started in place of Guinto, who was confined in the hospital two days ago due to fever.

Fellow backup Mark Trinidad also delivered in the clutch, scoring all his three points on a trip to the free-throw line that gave the Stags the lead for good.

“I’m glad they stepped up and we made the breaks along the way,” Stags coach Topex Robinson said. “We’re gonna take this win no matter how ugly it is.”

The Stags thus notched a sixth victory in 11 games, while dealing the Chiefs their second straight loss and eighth overall against three wins.

Prince Caperal led the Chiefs with 15 points, 16 boards, and three blocks in a solid effort that all went for naught.

The Chiefs last held the lead at 44-43 after a short stab by Nico Bangga, before the Stags broke out of a see-saw affair, sparked by Trinidad’s three charities.

The scores:

San Sebastian (54) - Ortuoste 11, Tano 11, Perez 9, Dela Cruz 8, De Vera 6, Balucanag 4, Trinidad 3, Gusi 2, Rebollos 0, Aquino 0, Magno 0.

Arellano (49) - Caperal 15, Forrester 13, Agovida 6, Hernandez 6, Gumaru 3, Bangga 2, Pinto 2, Salcedo 1, Jalalon 1, Nicholls 0, Serjue 0, Cadavis 0.

Quarterscores: 15-9; 25-22; 38-38; 54-49.

Joescoundrel
09-15-2013, 10:21 AM
Lions grab solo lead; Stags rout Cardinals

By Cedelf P. Tupas

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:44 pm | Saturday, September 14th, 2013

SAN Beda blitzed Emilio Aguinaldo College in the third period and came away with a 71-64 triumph last night to seize the solo lead in the 89th NCAA basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

With Art Dela Cruz, Baser Amer and Ryusei Koga on the firing end, the Lions turned a two-point halftime deficit to a 12-point lead heading into the final period on their way to a 10th victory in 12 games, moving ahead of idle Letran.

Dela Cruz finished with 16 points, while Amer chipped in 15 as the Lions pinned a seventh loss on the Generals, who fell to a tie for sixth spot with St. Benilde.

Earlier, CJ Perez regained his lethal form to power San Sebastian to a 72-63 win over Mapua.

The rookie tallied 19 points on top of 11 rebounds and four assists as the Stags held off a late rally by the Cardinals and improved to 7-5, solidifying their hold of the fourth and last Final Four spot.

Perez capped his fine performance with a triple with nine seconds remaining, boosting the Stags to a third straight win and pinning a 10th straight loss on the Cardinals.

“I thank coach Topex (Robinson) for not giving up on me even though I was struggling,” the Pampanga-born rookie said in Filipino.

“We have to remember that he’s a rookie and he’s bound to make mistakes,” Robinson said of Perez. “He’s going to win games for us and he’s going to lose games for us but I told him that he’s always going to be on the court. That’s how much I trust him.”

Jovit Dela Cruz contributed 14 points and Jamil Ortuoste chipped in 11 for the Stags, who survived the ejection of starting forward Leo De Vera at the start of the final period.

The scores:

First Game

SAN SEBASTIAN 72—Perez 19, Dela Cruz 14, Ortuoste 11, De Vera 8, Tano 7, Magno 5, Rebollos 3, Trinidad 3, Balucanag 2, Aquino 0.

MAPUA 63—Estrella 14, Brana 13, Ighalo 9, Eriobu 7, Biteng 6, Isit 6, Saitanan 6, Magtoto 2, Gabo 0, Gonzalez 0, Cantos 0.

Quarters: 20-17, 43-31, 55-46, 72-63

Second Game

SAN BEDA 71—Dela Cruz 16, Amer 15, Koga 13, Adeogun 12, Dela Rosa 6, Mendoza 4, A. Semerad 2, D. Semerad 2, Abarcar 1, Villaruz 0, Pascual 0, Ludovice 0.

EAC 64—Happi 17, Morada 14, Jamon 13, Paguia 9, Tayongtong 9, Arquero 2, Monteclaro 0, Hiole Manga 0, King 0, Munsayac 0, Onwubere 0.

Quarters: 22-14, 31-33, 58-46, 71-64.

Joescoundrel
09-20-2013, 09:12 AM
Stags weather late Pirates rally to solidify hold of fourth spot

From: Karlo Sacamos

September 19, 2013, 06:22 pm

AN undermanned San Sebastian side weathered a late rally by Lyceum to hack out a 58-53 victory on Thursday in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

Without standout rookies Jamil Ortuoste, Brad Guinto, and Leo de Vera, the Golden Stags turned to CJ Perez and their role players in outlasting the gritty Pirates, who fell just short after rallying from a huge deficit.

“It’s a huge opportunity for the others,” said Stags coach Topex Robinson, who had enough trust to field seldom-used players Gio Vergara, Raffy Gusi, and Jon Rebollos alongside usual finishers Perez and Ranimark Tano in the endgame.

San Sebastian thus solidified its hold of the fourth and final playoff spot with an eighth victory in 13 games, while dealing Lyceum its ninth loss in 13 outings and dimming the Pirates’ chances of making it to the Final Four.

San Beda and Letran share the top spot with 10-2 records, with Perpetual in third at 10-3.

The 19-year-old Perez, the prized rookie who has drawn comparisons to former King Stag Calvin Abueva, lived up to his stature as the “New Beast,” tallying a career-high 28 points, along with 11 rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and one steal.

The freshman spearheaded the Stags in establishing an early 20-point cushion, which the Pirates almost erased.

“It’s not just about CJ. It’s the players around him,” Robinson said. “They make him look good.”

Tano had 12 rebounds, five blocks, and four points as the starting center in place of Guinto, who missed his third game due to typhoid fever.

Vergara, Gusi, and Rebollos’ statistics were hardly noteworthy, but they showed poise down the stretch.

The Stags built a 36-16 second-quarter lead, before the Pirates slowly clawed back and nudged to within two points, 53-55, after Shane Ko hit two charities with 25 seconds to go.

“It was the same scenario when we played them,” Robinson said, referring to the Stags’ 55-60 loss to Lyceum in the first round where it was the Pirates who survived the Stags without three suspended players.

Ortuoste missed the game due to fever, while De Vera was suspended for getting ejected in their 72-63 win over Mapua in their previous game.

The scores:

SSC (58 ) – Perez 28, De la Cruz 6, Rebollos 5, Gusi 4, Tano 4, Trinidad 3, Vergara 3, Balucanag 2, Aquino 2, Magno 1.

LPU (53) – Zamora 12, Ko 11, Mbomiko 10, Lesmoras 6, Francisco 4, Ambohot 4, Azores 2, Lacastesantos 2, Taladua 2, Mendoza 0, Baltazar 0, Evangelista 0, Alanes 0.

Quarterscores: 23-12; 36-20; 45-37; 58-53.

Joescoundrel
09-20-2013, 09:13 AM
Stags weather late Pirates rally to solidify hold of fourth spot

From: Karlo Sacamos

September 19, 2013, 06:22 pm

AN undermanned San Sebastian side weathered a late rally by Lyceum to hack out a 58-53 victory on Thursday in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

Without standout rookies Jamil Ortuoste, Brad Guinto, and Leo de Vera, the Golden Stags turned to CJ Perez and their role players in outlasting the gritty Pirates, who fell just short after rallying from a huge deficit.

“It’s a huge opportunity for the others,” said Stags coach Topex Robinson, who had enough trust to field seldom-used players Gio Vergara, Raffy Gusi, and Jon Rebollos alongside usual finishers Perez and Ranimark Tano in the endgame.

San Sebastian thus solidified its hold of the fourth and final playoff spot with an eighth victory in 13 games, while dealing Lyceum its ninth loss in 13 outings and dimming the Pirates’ chances of making it to the Final Four.

San Beda and Letran share the top spot with 10-2 records, with Perpetual in third at 10-3.

The 19-year-old Perez, the prized rookie who has drawn comparisons to former King Stag Calvin Abueva, lived up to his stature as the “New Beast,” tallying a career-high 28 points, along with 11 rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and one steal.

The freshman spearheaded the Stags in establishing an early 20-point cushion, which the Pirates almost erased.

“It’s not just about CJ. It’s the players around him,” Robinson said. “They make him look good.”

Tano had 12 rebounds, five blocks, and four points as the starting center in place of Guinto, who missed his third game due to typhoid fever.

Vergara, Gusi, and Rebollos’ statistics were hardly noteworthy, but they showed poise down the stretch.

The Stags built a 36-16 second-quarter lead, before the Pirates slowly clawed back and nudged to within two points, 53-55, after Shane Ko hit two charities with 25 seconds to go.

“It was the same scenario when we played them,” Robinson said, referring to the Stags’ 55-60 loss to Lyceum in the first round where it was the Pirates who survived the Stags without three suspended players.

Ortuoste missed the game due to fever, while De Vera was suspended for getting ejected in their 72-63 win over Mapua in their previous game.

The scores:

SSC (58 ) – Perez 28, De la Cruz 6, Rebollos 5, Gusi 4, Tano 4, Trinidad 3, Vergara 3, Balucanag 2, Aquino 2, Magno 1.

LPU (53) – Zamora 12, Ko 11, Mbomiko 10, Lesmoras 6, Francisco 4, Ambohot 4, Azores 2, Lacastesantos 2, Taladua 2, Mendoza 0, Baltazar 0, Evangelista 0, Alanes 0.

Quarterscores: 23-12; 36-20; 45-37; 58-53.

Joescoundrel
10-01-2013, 09:46 AM
Pirates ambush Altas; Lions in final four

by Christian Jacinto

September 30, 2013 (updated)

For the second straight game, San Beda showed great resolve down the stretch and pulled off a 72-68 victory over San Sebastian even as Lyceum claimed another big fish in the NCAA Season 89 last night at The Arena in San Juan.

Down by 15 points heading into the fourth and last quarter, the Red Lions stormed back into the contest – big thanks to the stellar plays from veterans Ola Adeogon and Rome dela Rosa – that saw the defending champions cut the deficit down to two, 63-61, with 4:28 left in the game.

The Red Lions then took the lead for good, 69-68 following a Dela Rosa basket off an Art dela Cruz assist.

San Sebastian had one big chance to turn the game around but blew it away with a costly turnover paving the way for San Beda’s Baser Amer and Adeogon to nail key free throws that completed their remarkable comeback.

“I just told them if you can make stops we can win this. We made stops, the effort of the players was there, I’m just thankful to them,” coach Boyet Fernandez said.

Adeogon led the Red Lions with 26 points and 17 rebounds while dela Rosa added 18 points for his squad which claimed the first Final Four berth after improving to a league best 13-2.

The win likewise extended their win streak to six. The Stags fell to 8-6.

The day, however, belonged to Lyceum.

With their upset axe swinging again, the Pirates brought down third running University of Perpetual Help, 84-61, and revived their faltering Final Four bid.

The win enabled Lyceum to become the only team in the tournament to beat all the heavyweights, having beaten defending champion San Beda in the first round then second running Letran two weeks ago.

Significantly, Lyceum avoided early elimination as it improved to 5-10.

If they can sweep their remaining three games and San Sebastian (8-5) and Emilio Aguinaldo College (7-7) lose all their remaining matches, they can earn a shot for a playoff for the fourth and final slot in the semis.

Sam Miguel
10-08-2013, 08:05 AM
Cardinals spoil Lions’ twice-to-beat

By Joey Villar

(The Philippine Star) | Updated October 8, 2013 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - It took Mapua more than three months to nail the elusive second win as the Cardinals stunned the heavily favored San Beda Lions, 81-76, in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan yesterday.

Although the victory hardly mattered for the Cardinals, ousted as early as last week with a woeful campaign, it did turn the battle for the top two seeds into a three-team affair among the Lions, the Letran Knights and the Perpetual Help Altas.

Jessie Saitanan, a 19-year-old sophomore from Cavite, fired 18 points on an impressive nine of 12 shooting, including a barrage of medium-ranged jumpers in a key run in the fourth quarter that helped carry the Cardinals to what was only their second victory against 14 defeats.

But for Mapua coach and former PBA star Atoy Co, it was more than just a win.

“Winning against San Beda is a triple bonus,” said Co, one of the pro league’s greatest players, in Filipino. “We fought and we lost is already a bonus. Winning makes us doubly happy. Beating San Beda makes us triple happy.”

The Lions fell to their third defeat against 13 wins, missing clinching the first twice-to-beat edge in the semis and narrowing the race for the top spots with the Knights just behind at 12-3 and the Altas at 11-5.

San Beda tries again against Arellano U next week before taking on Letran in the final elims playdate in two weeks.

Meantime, the Cardinals celebrated and savored what was only their first win since beating the Sebastian Stags, 104-99, last July 1.

In the nightcap, rookie CJ Perez exploded with 23 points as San Sebastian downed Jose Rizal University, 71-62, to remain in fourth with a 9-6 mark.

Perez produced a decent eight-of-17 shooting for the Stags, who led from start to finish to move one victory away from assuring themselves of at least a playoff for the fourth and last Final Four spot.

Sam Miguel
10-14-2013, 09:59 AM
Almazan, Knights keep true to word as they edge out Stags

From: Karlo Sacamos

October 12, 2013, 08:19 pm

AS he put the exclamation point to yet another Letran victory, Raymond Almazan gestured with his hands a championship belt on his midsection, signifying the Knights ultimate goal in this NCAA season.

The Letran big man once again stood out with his height and consistent play in leading his team to a 75-68 victory over San Sebastian in the Saturday’s game at The Arena in San Juan.

The 6-foot-7 Almazan, the league’s frontrunner in the MVP race, tallied 20 points, 15 rebounds, and three block shots, and capped his solid performance with a left-handed slam off a Kevin Racal pass as the Knights notched their 14th win in 17 games.

Letran also regained the solo lead in the standings with a half-game lead over San Beda and kept true to its word of never letting-up despite having already secured one of the top two spots and a twice-to-beat edge that comes with it in the Final Four.

“Kahit no-bearing na, gusto pa rin talaga namin manalo all the way,” Almazan said.

The match had more importance to the fourth-running Golden Stags, who slid to a 9-7 win-loss card overall.

Instead of solidifying their precarious position, the Stags kept the door open for fifth-running Emilio Aguinaldo College (8-8 ) for a shot at a semifinal berth.

Brad Guinto converted a three-point play to nudge the Stags to within 68-71 with 56 seconds left, but the Knights retaliated in the next possession behind Almazan’s dunk, before Mark Cruz buried two charities to ice the game.

Cruz, the Knights’ top playmaker, finished with 16 points, four boards, and three assists as he had the better of his matchup with Stags counterpart Jamil Ortuoste, who wound up with just nine points (4-of-11 shooting), two boards, and two assists.

“The difference today was the players were more relaxed, but we still have to find ways to improve,” said Letran coach Caloy Garcia, whose Knights rode the momentum of a 74-61 win over University of Perpetual Help the last time.

The scores:

Letran (75) -- Almazan 20, Cruz 16, Racal 14, Ruaya 9, Belorio 6, Buenaflor 4, Tambeling 3, Nambatac 2, Gabawan 1, Castro 0, Po 0, Luib 0.

San Sebastian (68 ) -- Dela Cruz 21, Perez 16, Guinto 10, Ortuoste 9, Tano 6, Trinidad 4, Balucanag 2, Rebollos 0, Vergara 0, De Vera 0, Gusi 0, Aquino 0.

Quarterscores: 20-13; 31-30; 55-52; 75-68.

Sam Miguel
10-22-2013, 09:34 AM
Ortuoste once again gets better of Baloria in battle of top NCAA rookies

From: Karlo Sacamos

October 20, 2013, 04:01 pm

AS the final buzzer sounded, Jamil Ortuoste shook hands with the first opponent he found — and it turned out to be fellow rookie sensation Juneric Baloria.

It signaled the end of another matchup between two of the top freshmen in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament that once again lived up to expectations on Saturday night.

Again, it was San Sebastian’s Ortuoste who got the better of Rookie of the Year award frontrunner Baloria and University of Perpetual Help, not only statistically, but also as a team as the Golden Stags emerged the victor with a 71-65 decision at The Arena in San Juan.

The 21-year-old Ortuoste almost singlehandedly rallied the Stags from a late deficit, scoring his team’s last eight points in the final two minutes, including a contested three-pointer from way beyond rainbow territory that sent the San Sebastian gallery into a frenzy.

The Stags thus swept their elimination-round head-to-head matchup with the Altas, having also eked out a thrilling 78-77 overtime win in the first round.

Ortuoste, who finished with 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting, four rebounds, and one assist in 30 minutes, played down his own matchup with Baloria, who wound up 16 points but missed 14 of 19 shots from the field in 37 minutes of play. He did have seven rebounds and two blocks.

“Hindi namin iniisip yung (individual) matchup namin. Ang preparation namin is for the team, kung paano kami mananalo as a team, hindi sa isa o dalawang player lang,” he said.

The pride of Antipolo still believes the Rookie of the Year award is for the 23-year-old Baloria to lose.

“Magaling si Juneric. Pareho lang namin ginagawa yung role namin sa team,” Ortuoste said. “Hindi ko iniisip makakuha ng individual na award. Hindi ko din alam na may chance pala ako dun.”

Unlike in the UAAP, where only greenhorns straight from high school are eligible to win the ROY award, the NCAA hands out the top individual rookie plum to any league newcomer.

“Ma-achieve lang namin yung Final Four, yun na ang greatest achievement ko this year,” said Ortuoste, whose team (10-7) can clinch the last semifinal berth outright with a win in their last game. “Kung ano man dumating sa akin, blessing yun from God.”

red_engr1987
10-24-2013, 09:37 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, 01:17 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.

Sam Miguel
10-30-2013, 08:07 AM
Stags clinch third seeding

Scuttle pesky Altas in playoff

By Cedelf P. Tupas

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:50 pm | Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

SAN SEBASTIAN found an unlikely spark in seldom-used guard Gio Vergara in the final period as the Stags overcame the Perpetual Help Altas, 81-71, last night to claim the No. 3 seed in the Final Four of the 89th NCAA basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

CJ Perez pumped in 20 points, but it was Vergara who hit the biggest shots in the last four minutes as the Stags forged a Final Four duel with No. 2 Letran on Nov. 7.

The 5-foot-7 Vergara, one of 11 rookies in San Sebastian’s lineup, knocked in two triples in the fourth quarter, the last beating the shotclock to shove the Stags ahead, 70-68, with 2:34 remaining.

Harold Arboleda responded with a trey for 71-70, but that proved to be the Altas’ last stand, as Jovit dela Cruz and Perez finished off Perpetual Help with key free throws.

It was the fifth straight loss for the Altas, who will now face defending champion San Beda in a rematch of last year’s Final Four meeting. Both San Beda and Letran will have a twice-to-beat edge in the Final Four.

“It was all about getting that winning mentality,” said Vergara. “We didn’t really care who were going to play in the Final Four.”

“As much as we want to celebrate, we need to improve more because we will be up against elite teams in the league now,” said San Sebastian coach Topex Robinson, who has been instilling an underdog mentality in his squad.

The Stags led by as many as 13 points at 45-32 in the third quarter as the Altas, who were not able to practice together over the weekend as some of the players went home to their provinces to vote in the barangay elections, looked out of sorts offensively.

Perpetual Help shot a total of 32 triples and made just six.

But the Altas came alive in the fourth quarter with Joel Jolangcob and Early Thompson sparking the turnaround.

Perpetual Help gunner Juneric Baloria missed all his 11 shots in 18 minutes on the floor. Harold Arboleda, an MVP candidate, also struggled with three points on 1-of-6 shooting.

The scores:

SAN SEBASTIAN 81—Perez 20, Guinto 15, Dela Cruz 14, Ortuoste 11, Vergara 10, De Vera 4, Aquino 3, Balucanag 2, Tano 2, Rebollos 0, Gusi 0, Trinidad 0.

PERPETUAL HELP 71—Omorogbe 21, Alano 14, Thompson 13, Jolangcob 8, Oliveria 4, Ylagan 4, Arboleda 3, Elopre 2, Baloria 2, Dizon 0, Bantayan 0, Lucente 0.

Quarters: 14-14, 36-32, 55-46, 81-71

Sam Miguel
11-08-2013, 08:10 AM
Lions, Knights forge rematch in NCAA finals

By Marc Anthony Reyes

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:43 pm | Thursday, November 7th, 2013

The season is getting way too long and San Beda and Letran decided to rush things up a little bit.

The long-time rivals disposed of their respective Final Four opponents yesterday and forged a title showdown for the 89th NCAA basketball championship for the second straight year.

The four-peat seeking Red Lions struck hardest in the fourth quarter to oust the Perpetual Help Altas, 70-51, while the Knights swept past the San Sebastian Stags, 85-58, at Mall of Asia Arena.

The league had already scheduled a possible rubber match tomorrow but the Lions, the top semifinalist, and the Knights, the No. 2 qualifier, were bent on cutting short a season that several postponements have extended for at least four weeks.

Game 1 of the best-of-three championship series is on Monday.

The Lions benched Ryusei Koga, who was accused of breaking rules by playing in another league during the season, but the absence of the 5-foot-7 guard, who averaged six points per game, hardly mattered as San Beda pulled away in the fourth to seal another crack at a league-best 18th title.

Earlier, Letran booked its second straight finals appearance by dominating San Sebastian behind yet another MVP-like performance of PBA-bound Raymond Almazan, who fell just one block short of a triple double feat.

The 6-foot-7 Almazan, drafted third overall by Rain or Shine, posted 19 points, 23 rebounds and nine blocks.

“I’m not thinking of winning any award. If we don’t win the title, everything will be useless,” said Almazan, 24, in Filipino.

The scores:

First Game

LETRAN 85—Cruz 19, Almazan 19, Racal 16, Nambatac 13, Tambeling 7, Olotu 3, Castro 2, Po 2, Ruaya 2, Luib 2, Belorio 0, Gabawan 10, Publico 0.

SAN SEBASTIAN 58—Perez 11, Dela Cruz 10, De Vera 10, Ortuoste 10, Huinto 8, Aquino 4, Rebollos 3, Vergara 2, Balucanag 0, Gusi 0, Padilla 0, Trinidad 0, Balid 0, Tano 0, Magno 0.

Quarters: 17-10, 32-27, 57-44, 85-58

Second Game

SAN BEDA 70—Adeogun 11, Dela Cruz 11, Sara 9, Dela Rosa 9, Amer 8, D. Semerad 7, Pascual 6, Ludovice 4, Abarcar 3, A. Semerad 2, Mendoza 0, Bonsubre 0.

PERPETUAL 51—Alano 12, Omorogbe 7, Jolangcob 7, Arboleda 6, Paulino 6, Baloria 6, Oliveria 4, Elopre 3, Thomson 0, Ylagan 0, Bantayan 0, Bitoy 0.

Quarters: 11-9, 21-25, 38-37, 70-51

Sam Miguel
11-11-2013, 09:45 AM
LSGH knocks off no.2 San Sebastian, returns to finals in NCAA juniors

By Mark Giongco

INQUIRER.net

6:04 pm | Saturday, November 9th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – De La Salle-College of St. Benilde ousted San Sebastian, 76-72, in the stepladder semifinal round to barge into the finals of the NCAA Season 89 juniors basketball tournament Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Juniors MVP Prince Rivero showed the way with 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Greenies, who arranged a championship meeting with defending champion San Beda Red Cubs.

“No one expected us to be here,” said LSGH head coach John Flores. “But we’re here so we’re just going to make the most out of it.”

Game 1 of the Finals starts on Monday with the Red Cubs, who are eyeing their fifth championship in a row, owning a “thrice-to-beat edge” after sweeping the double round eliminations.

The Greenies, who made the finals for the second time in three years, worked their way back from 10 points down early behind the efforts of Rivero, Alex Barrera, Michael dela Cruz and Kobe Paras.

Barrera also had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds while dela Cruz and Paras added 18 and 17 points, respectively.

Despite having just little time to prepare against the formidable San Beda squad, Flores thinks his team’s new found confidence will help them along the way.

“I’m counting that the renewed confidence that we have and the high spirits we’re enjoying will carry over against San Beda.”