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Sam Miguel
06-25-2013, 08:23 AM
Lyceum Pirates stun Red Lions

By Cedelf P. Tupas

10:15 pm | Monday, June 24th, 2013

Lyceum couldn’t have picked a better way to send shock waves in the NCAA men’s basketball competition.

Aggressive throughout, the Pirates pulled off a shocking 70-66 victory over defending champion San Beda last night at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Shane Ko fired 23 points, grabbed six rebounds and three assists to carry the Pirates, who prevailed over the Lions for the first time since joining the league in 2011.

Ko iced the game with 6.7 seconds remaining by hitting two free throws to restore a four-point cushion after the Lions battled back from a 50-65 deficit in the last seven minutes.

The Lions showed signs of vulnerability in the 71-70 triumph over St. Benilde last Saturday and the Pirates came up with a relentless game right from the start for the wire-to-wire victory.

“It’s always nice to see the hard work of the players pay off with this victory,” said Lyceum coach Bonnie Tan.

Earlier, a Jose Rizal U squad known for producing deadly shooters in recent years unveiled a new one in Philip Paniamogan, who powered the Bombers to an 83-72 pummeling of Mapua.

Paniamogan, sophomore from Cagayan de Oro, knocked in 13 of his 24 points in the final period as the Bombers regained their form after watching their 20-point advantage vanish in the third quarter.

The loss was a rude welcome for PBA great and debuting Mapua coach Atoy Co, who found encouragement at the way his Cardinals rallied from the large deficit. “I’m happy with the effort but not with the execution,” said Co. “It’s a young team and I’m hoping they make better decisions next time.”

In the juniors division, San Beda kicked off its drive for a fifth straight title in style with a 119-38 demolition of Lyceum, while JRU barged into the win column with a 69-61 win over Mapua.

Senior scores

First Game

JRU 83—Paniamogan 24, Pontejos 18, Mabulac 10, Dela Paz 10, Abanto 8, Sanchez 4, Balagtas 4, Juanico 3, Lasquety, Grospe 0, Salaveria 0.

MAPUA 72—Ighalo 22, Brana 11, Eriobu 11, Saitanan 10, Estrella 9, Cantos 5, Isit 2, Magsigay 2, Gabo 0.

Quarters: 26-14, 43-33, 60-62, 83-72

LYCEUM 70—Ko 23, Zamora 9, Taladua 7, Azores 6, Mendoza 6, Baltazar 6, Mbomiko 6, Ambohot 4, Francisco 3, Evangelista 0, Alanes 0.

SAN BEDA 66—Amer 18, Adeogun 11, Abarcar 9, Koga 8, Dela Cruz 8, A. Semerad 5, D. Semerad 3, Villaruz 2, Dela Rosa 2, Mendoza 0, Bonsubre 0, K. Pascual 0, Ludovice 0.

Quarters: 22-18, 35-28, 56-48, 70-66

Sam Miguel
06-25-2013, 08:24 AM
^^^ Looks like Philip Paniamogan is the new superstar for JRU.

Sam Miguel
07-02-2013, 09:00 AM
Altas defuse Bombers, share ‘NC’ lead

(The Philippine Star) | Updated July 2, 2013 - 12:00am

Joey Villar

Games Thursday

4 p.m. – St. Benilde vs EAC

6 p.m. – San Beda vs Arellano U

MANILA, Philippines - Perpetual Help survived a furious Jose Rizal U rally at endgame and carved out a 78-70 decision to tie idle Letran in the lead in the 89th NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan last night.

Rookie Juneric Baloria fired 25 points while Nosa Omorogbe backed him up with 20 markers while providing the poise in the clutch when the rookie-laden Bombers pulled to within six, 68-74.

Jose Rizal then forced a couple of stops but failed to connect from the long range, enabling the Altas to post their second straight victory after thumping the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, 69-49, last week.

The Bombers fell to 1-1.

Earlier, sophomore Mark Braña stepped up in second overtime as Mapua fought back from 20 points down and wore down San Sebastian to pull off a come-from-behind 104-99 victory and gift coach Atoy Co his first win in the league.

Braña scattered eight of his 15 points in the second extra period that gave the Cardinals a big cushion to thwart the Stags for their first victory after dropping their opening day match to the Jose Rizal Heavy Bombers, 72-83, last week.

“It’s not me who should be getting the credit, it’s the players. They didn’t give up and really wanted this win,” said Co, who intentionally skipped the pre-season tournaments to focus on strengthening the team’s offensive and defensive plays as well as improve team chemistry.

“But I’m so happy. Really so happy and it’s double overtime. Because the pressure is really on me,” said the former King Cardinal and PBA star.

Joseph Eriobu exploded with a career high 30 points and pulled down 11 rebounds while Kenneth Ighalo, Jessie Saitanan and Carlos Isit added 21, 15 and 10, respectively for the Cardinals, who scored 20 unanswered points to tie the Stags at 57 then unleashed a series of runs in the fourth quarter to force the first overtime.

With Braña hitting his mark, the Cardinals pulled away by eight with 49.7 seconds left in the contest, but the Stags rallied to within three again on a five-point binge by Raffy Gusi and aided by Mapua’s misses from the line.

Sam Miguel
07-02-2013, 09:02 AM
^^^ The Heavy Bombers could have used Jon Villarias in this game. Too bad he's done with varsity ball.

07-02-2013, 01:52 PM
Si Vergel naman. Huwag kang gagawa ng ganyan pagkagaling sa talo, walang kakampi sa iyo, aakalain lang ng lahat ng tao pikon ka dahil sa pagkatalo. Kung talagang tingin mong may straso sa iyo si Josel Angeles, abangan mong lumabas ng Arena at hamunin mo ng suntukan.

Meneses confronts UPHR deputy in offshoot of Heavy Bombers' loss

By Mei-Lin Lozada

July 01, 2013, 09:12 pm

JOSE Rizal University coach Vergel Meneses had a heated exchange of words with Perpetual Help deputy Josel Angeles shortly after the Bombers lost to the Altas, 70-78, in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament Monday night at The Arena.

The incident took place just as the coaching staff of the two teams were making their customary handshake at center court just after the match.

Cooler heads prevented the situation from getting out of control.

Witnesses to the incident said Meneses was already exchanging a handshake with Perpetual Help head coach Aric del Rosario and assistant Lester del Rosario when Angeles approached them and shortly after had some words with the JRU mentor.

“Based on what I saw, nagkakamayan na nga `yung mag-amang del Rosario at si coach Vergel, tapos ayun biglang dumating `yung isa pang coach,” recalled JRU Management Committee representative Paul Supan, referring to Angeles as the `other coach.’

But Angeles said it was Meneses who instigated the confrontation, bringing up a punching incident of which the Perpetual Help deputy said he has no knowledge of.

“Lumapit ako sa kanya (Meneses) para makipag-kamay. Eh, mainit ang ulo niya, ang dami niyang sinasabi na hindi ko maintindihan,” said Angeles, the former PBA player who had stints with San Miguel, Alaska, and Talk `N Text.

“Tungkol daw sumuntok, eh wala naman akong alam doon.”

Meneses, the one-time PBA MVP voted as one of the 25 Greatest Players of the league, kept mum about the incident when asked by Spin.ph shortly after emerging from the JRU dugout.

07-07-2013, 07:46 AM
Pirates rip Cardinals; Knights up

By June Navarro

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:45 am | Sunday, July 7th, 2013

SHOWING they’re for real, the Lyceum Pirates shot down the Mapua Cardinals, 74-59, last night in the NCAA men’s basketball at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Struggling the past two games, Dexter Zamora fired 22 points and Shane Albert Ko added 15 as the Pirates seized another victory that validated their status as a serious contender this season.

In the main game, Letran slipped past Jose Rizal U in overtime, 69-66, to gain the solo lead.

The Knights remain unbeaten in three games while the Heavy Bombers dropped their second match in a row after opening the season with a win over the Cardinals.

The Pirates started making a case for themselves last week when they ambushed defending champion San Beda College, 70-66, in a game nobody expected the Red Lions to squander.

They’re at it again opposite the Cardinals, who put up a decent fight but struggled in an uphill battle throughout.

Jeson Ray Cantos and Mark Jayson Brana provided the scoring punch for the Cardinals with 31 points combined but the Pirates forced them into costly turnovers aside from putting the cuffs on Kenneth Ighalo and Joseph Eriobu.

Mapua flubbed 12 of 22 freethrow attempts and committed 24 turnovers.

The Pirates now share second spot with the Lions at 2-1 while the Cardinals, out to prove their double-overtime win over the San Sebastian Stags was no stroke of luck, absorbed their second defeat in three games.

Lyceum tightened its defense around Ighalo and Eriobu, who led the Cardinals in their San Sebastian conquest, that forced Co to find other options in offense.

“Our game plan was to stop their top two scorers, Ighalo and Eriobu, and we were successful,” said Pirates’ coach Boni Tan.

The high-scoring duo of Ighalo and Eriobu finished with a combined output of nine points.

Earlier, the JRU Light Bombers outlasted the Letran Squires, 67-61, to remain unbeaten in three games along with the idle San Sebastian Staglets and the defending champion San Beda Red Cubs.

The Mapua Red Robins snatched their first victory of the season with a 91-58 thrashing of the Lyceum Junior Pirates. The Red Robins tied the Squires at 1-2 while the winless Junior Pirates fell for the third consecutive game.

The scores:

Seniors First Game

LYCEUM 74—Zamora 22, Ko 15, Baltazar 10, Francisco 8, Mbomiko 8, Azores 7, Ambohot 2, Mendoza 2, Soliman 0, Lacastesantos 0, Taladua 0, Alanes 0, Garcia 0, Lesmoras 0.

MAPUA 59—Cantos 16, Brana 15, Saitanan 9, Eriobu 6, Magsigay 4, Ighalo 3, Estrella 3, Isit 3, Gabo 0.

Quarters: 14-10, 32-28, 50-47, 74-59

Sam Miguel
07-12-2013, 10:03 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
07-16-2013, 09:55 AM
Heavy Bombers thwart Generals

By Cedelf P. Tupas

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:06 pm | Monday, July 15th, 2013

Jose Rizal U found an unlikely spark in Marco Balagtas as the Heavy Bombers repulsed the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, 85-79, last night for their second straight win in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Balagtas, a 6-foot-2 find from Malolos, Bulacan, delivered 14 points, built on 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc to help the Bombers hold off the Generals and climb to solo fourth spot with a 3-2 card.

Philip Paniamogan sustained his stellar play for the Bombers with a game-high 23 points, but it was Balagtas’ treys that sparked an early fourth quarter burst that gave JRU enough cushion to survive a late run by the Generals.

“We know he (Balagtas) can shoot, but I needed him more for rebounding,” said JRU coach Vergel Meneses.

“Personally, I’m happy he was able to deliver because I was the one who recruited him from our hometown.”

In the other seniors game, Baser Amer and Art Dela Cruz sustained their strong play as San Beda kept its cool and survived a bruising encounter with Mapua, 78-53, to seize solo second.

On attack-mode right from the start, Amer dished out a double-double with 17 points and 10 boards, while Dela Cruz pumped in 13 points and seven rebounds to carry the defending champion Lions to their third straight victory .

San Beda improved to 4-1, while Mapua lost for the third straight time and fell to 1-4.

The Generals got more production from the hurting Happi Noube this time as the Cameroonian center finished with 20 points and 15 boards.

But the Generals, struggling to cross the midcourt lane due to the Bombers’ pressure defense, faded early in the final quarter after a strong finish in the third period.

With Balagtas finding his range, the Bombers extended a four-point lead to 14 after outscoring the Generals, 20-10, in the first seven minutes of the final period.

The Generals made a last-ditch assault to close in at, 83-79, with 35 seconds remaining but the Bombers were beyond recall by then.

Center Michael Mabulac bucked a horrific fall in the third period to finish the game with 16 points and nine boards for the Bombers, who prevailed despite losing the rebounding battle, 38-48.

The Bombers seized control at 29-21 with Paolo Pontejas scoring eight of his 12 points in the first four minutes of the second quarter.

The scores:

Seniors First Game

JRU 85—Paniamogan 23, Mabulac 16. Balagtas 14, Pontejos 12, Juanico 6, Lasquety 5, Salaveria 4, Dela Paz 3, Abanto 2, Benavides 0.

EAC 79—Happi 20, Arquero 14, Paguia 12, Tayongtong 10, King 8, Jamon 6, Castro 4, MOrada 3, Munsayac 2, Monteclaro 0.

Quarters: 21-21, 37-34, 63-59, 85-79

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, 01:56 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.

08-16-2013, 09:14 AM
Altas send Knights tumbling to first loss

Bombers wake up just in time, repulse Pirates

By Cedelf P. Tupas

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:57 pm | Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Juneric Baloria formed a lethal combination with Nosa Omorogbe as Perpetual Help dealt Letran its first defeat of the 89th NCAA basketball tournament with a masterful 80-66 triumph last night at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Baloria, a rookie playing like a wily veteran, pumped in 28 points, while the bull-strong Omorogbe added 25 to fuel a bristling Perpetual attack that powered the Altas to their sixth win in eight games.

Stung by a 65-72 loss to San Beda in its last outing, the Altas were on attack mode right from the get-go, taking the fight out of the sluggish Knights as early as the first period with their outside shooting and transition game.

With the loss, the Knights dropped to 7-1, although they still shared top spot with San Beda, which Letran will face on Aug. 24 at Mall of Asia Arena in the last game of the first round.

The Altas improved to 6-2, tightening their grip on the No. 3 spot with a game remaining in their first round schedule.

Later, Jose Rizal U relied on its suffocating defense when its offense sputtered to hack out a 61-49 victory over Lyceum.

The Bombers, who scored their fifth win in eight games, held the Pirates to just 22 points in the first half and survived despite making just one basket in the final period.

Omorogbe, who also grabbed 14 rebounds, got off to a sizzling start by firing 12 of his output in the first period, before Baloria virtually finished off the Knights with 16 points in the second half, where he helped douse repeated Letran uprisings.

So dominant were the Altas that the closest the Knights could get was at 59-71 midway in the fourth quarter when Reneford Ruaya scored on a layup. Baloria quickly answered with a trey and a lay-up for, 78-59, with 4:38 left.

“We wanted to come out fighting early,” said coach Aric Del Rosario. “We didn’t want to play catchup, just like what happened against San Beda.”

Explosive in the Knights’ last two victories, where he averaged 23.5 points, Mark Cruz struggled this time, finishing with just six points and two assists. Raymond Almazan had 15 points, but made just five of his 16 shots.

The Altas proved fluid offensively, dishing out 23 assists with Omorogbe accounting for seven.

“We treated the game like it’s the last game of the season,” said Omorogbe. “We knew Letran was comfortable with the halfcourt game, so we had to push the ball all the time.”

The scores:

First Game

PERPETUAL HELP 80—Baloria 28, Omorogbe 25, Alano 12, Elopre 5, Bantayan 4, Dizon 3, Jolangcob 3, Oliveria 0, Thompson 0, Arboleda 0, Paulino 0, Bitoy 0.

LETRAN 66—Almazan 15, Racal 10, Ruaya 9, Tambeling 7, Castro 6, Cruz 6, Nambatac 5, Gabawan 3, Luib 2, Buenaflor 2, Belorio 1.

Quarters: 31-9, 49-28, 69-49, 80-66

Second Game

JRU 61—Pontejos 16, Mabulac 14, dela Paz 11, Balagtas 6, Lasquety 5, Juanco 4, Salaveria 2, Grospe 2, Sanchez 1, Paniamogan 0.

LYCEUM 49—Mbomiko 13, Taladua 12, Lacastesantos 9, Lesmoras 6, Mendoza 4, Evangelista 3, Alanes 2, Azores 0, Baltazar 0, Soliman 0, Garcia 0, Ko 0.

Quarters: 18-13, 31-22, 15-12, 61-49

08-16-2013, 09:18 AM
Bombers' defense turns screws on woeful Pirates

By Karlo Sacamos

August 15, 2013, 08:23 pm

YOU'LL know when a team really lives and dies with its defense when the first thing the coach looks at in the stats sheet is the turnovers department.

Vergel Meneses liked what he saw in the stats sheet as he appeared in the post-game press conference of Jose Rizal University’s 61-49 victory over a depleted Lyceum side on Thursday night in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

Meneses found out the Heavy Bombers had just forced the Pirates to 29 turnovers that led to the comfortable win, their fifth in eight games that strengthened their hold of fourth spot.

“It means that we’re playing defense,” said Meneses, known for his scoring and aerial assaults during his playing days who puts a lot of emphasis on defense as a coach. “Our defense dictates everything, that’s why we got easy baskets.”

Paolo Pontejos, Michael Mabulac, and Jordan dela Paz were usually the ones who finished those easy baskets as they scored in double-figures for the Bombers, who pushed the Pirates further down the standings in ninth place with a sixth loss against two wins.

Pontejos fired 16 points built on three triples, while Mabulac registered 14 points and seven boards.

Dela Paz, coming off a career-high 21 points, chipped in 11 points and missed a double-double effort by a rebound.

However, Philip Paniamogan, who started the season strong with his torrid shooting, failed to contribute a single point and played just five minutes for the Bombers, who still led throughout the game.

Shane Ko once again failed to live up to his status as the Pirates’ go-to guy as he went scoreless and commited six turnovers in 25 minutes of play for the his squad, which was already without backcourt partner Dexter Zamora, who was suspended along with Mark Francisco, and Joseph Ambohot.

The scores:

JRU (61) – Pontejos 16, Mabulac 14, Dela Paz 11, Balagtas 6, Lasquety 5, Juanico 4, Salaveria 2, Grospe 2, Sanchez 1, Paniamogan 0

LPU (49) – Mbomiko 13, Taladua 12, Lacastesantos 9, Lesmoras 6, Mendoza 4, Evangelista 3, Alanes 2, Azores 0, Baltazar 0, Soliman 0, Garcia 0, Ko 0

Quarterscores: 18-13, 31-22, 46-34, 61-49

08-25-2013, 10:39 AM
Letran trips SBC, rules first round

By Marc Anthony Reyes

Philippine Daily Inquirer

1:59 am | Sunday, August 25th, 2013

SAN Beda played as if the title was on the line, but it was Letran which looked every inch like a champion last night.

Letran pulled off a rousing 74-67 victory over defending champion San Beda to regain the solo lead after the first round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament before a huge crowd at MOA Arena.

Raymond Almazan and Reneford Ruaya scored most of the Knights’ fourth-quarter points as Letran nailed its eighth win in nine games.

“There was a challenge, and I think the boys wanted to prove something,” said Letran coach Caloy Garcia.

The Lions fell to 7-2.

Earlier, Arellano scored its third win with a hard-earned 67-64 victory over Jose Rizal University.

The Chiefs relied on a strong finish and solid scoring from Prince Caperal, Keith Agovida and John Pinto who each came up with 12 points to push their team to a 3-6 record.

Despite 18 markers from shifty guard John Pontejos, the Heavy Bombers absorbed their fourth loss in nine games but stayed in fourth place behind Perpetual Help (6-2).

Meanwhile, James Forrester of AU was slapped a two-game suspension for a “glaring show of intent to fight” and a one-game ban on Sydney Onwubere of Emilio Aguinaldo College for “provocative and obscene gesture meant to ignite a fight,” during their Aug. 17 game.

Commissioner Joe Lipa made the recommendation to the league management committee led by chair Dax Castellano.

The scores:


ARELLANO 67—Pinto 12, Agovida 12, Caperal 12. Serjue 10, Hernandez 9, Jalalon 6, Gumaru 3, Enriquez 1, Salcedo 0, Cadavis 0.

JOSE RIZAL 64—Pontejos 18, Paniamogan 13, Dela Paz 9, Mabulac 7, Lsquety 4, Benavides 3, Abanto 2, Grospe 2, Salaveria 2, Juanico 0.

Quarters: 12-14, 24-30, 46-45, 67-64.


LETRAN 74—Almazan 22, Ruaya 15, Racal 14, Cruz 13, Nambatac 8, Luib 2, Castro 0, Tambeling 0, Buenaflor 0, Gabawan 0, Publico 0.

SAN BEDA 67—Adeogun 27, Amer 15, Semerad A. 8,Dela Rosa 6, Koga 5, Semerad D. 2, Pascual 2, Dela Cruz 2, Abarcar 0, Mendoza 0, Ludovice 0.

Quarters: 27-11, 40-34, 59-58, 74-67.

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


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.

09-11-2013, 11:03 AM
Lions gain piece of lead with win over Bombers

From: Karlo Sacamos

September 9, 2013, 06:06 pm

IN a battle between the league’s top defensive teams, it was offense that proved crucial and sparked the breakaway.

San Beda leaned on a strong offensive start to roll past Jose Rizal University, 68-54, and gain a piece of the lead in NCAA men’s basketball tournament on Monday at The Arena in San Juan.

A 14-2 blast to start the game practically did the job for the three-time defending champion Red Lions, who maintained a double-digit cushion en route to their ninth victory in 11 games, tying archrival Letran at the top.

“It was not as dominant as you see it,” said Lions coach Boyet Fernandez, whose wards still committed 21 turnovers that translated to 16 turnover points for the Bombers.

Nigerian slotman Ola Adeogun anchored the Lions on both ends, tallying a second straight double-double of 20 points and 10 boards, along with two blocks.

“I just want to play defense and get rebounds. But the scoring keeps coming, so I’m taking it,” Adeogun said. “I just give credit to coach, who believes in me and all of us.”

The Lions limited the Bombers to a paltry 29-percent shooting from the field and built a lead as many as 18 points late in the third quarter after two charities by Jaypee Mendoza that made it 54-36.

The Heavy Bombers mounted a late 9-2 run, capped by a Marco Balagtas three-point play, that pulled them to within 51-60 with over one minute remaining in the game. But it proved too little too late as they dropped below .500 with a 5-6 win-loss card.

Balagtas finished with a team-high 16 points with six boards, but former Red Lion Paolo Pontejos could only muster five points on four attempts.

The scores:

SBC (68) – Adeogun 20, Amer 15, Dela Rosa 11, A. Semerad 5, Dela Cruz 5, Koga 4, Mendoza 2, D. Semerad 2, Pascual 2, Ludovice 2, Abarcar 0, Sara 0.

JRU (54) – Balagtas 16, Paniamogan 14, Mabulac 6, Pontejos 5, Dela Paz 5, Abanto 4, Lasquety 2, Juanico 2, Salaveria 0, Gozum 0, Grospe 0, Benavides 0, Sanchez 0.

Quarterscores: 18-11; 35-21; 54-36; 68-54.

Sam Miguel
09-17-2013, 02:36 PM
Arboleda, Baloria shine anew as Altas stay within striking distance of leaders

From: Karlo Sacamos

September 16, 2013, 08:17 pm

HAROLD Arboleda overshadowed Juneric Baloria with his clutch plays to lift University of Perpetual Help to a 64-61 victory over gritty Jose Rizal University on Monday at The Arena in San Juan to keep in step with the leaders of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Baloria, the league’s top Rookie of the Year candidate, displayed another sizzling offensive show by topscoring for 32 points, but it was Arboleda who delivered the key baskets down the stretch for the Altas, who notched a 10th victory in 13 games, just a half-game behind San Beda and Letran.

Arboleda, the team’s skipper, scored six points in the payoff period, where the Altas regained a cushion and proved steadier against the Bombers, who reeled to a fourth straight loss and seventh overall against five wins.

“Siya talaga ang leader ng team,” Altas coach Aric del Rosario said of Arboleda, the unassuming fourth-year forward who has emerged as a surprise MVP candidate in the first part of the season.

Arboleda finished with a double-double of 11 boards that went with three steals, two blocks, and two assists.

The Bombers dug out of a huge 16-point hole and took the lead, the last at 55-53 on a Philip Paniamogan triple, before Baloria completed a three-point play -- where all his points in the fourth quarter came -- and Arboleda took over.

“Ito talaga ang pinapangarap kong team, yung hanggang sa huli, hindi bumibitiw,” Del Rosario said.

Baloria did most of his damage in the first three quarters, where the pride of Lanao del Norte exploded for 29 points.

His monster effort spoiled a similar showing by Michael Mabulac, who pumped in a career-high 28 points and missed a 20-20 output with a single rebound, while leading the Bombers’ huge fightback.

The scores

Perpetual Help (64) -- Baloria 32, Arboleda 13, Omorogbe 10, Alano 5, Dizon 2, Oliveria 0, Thompson 0, Ylagan 0, Bantayan 0, Elopre 0, Jolangcob 0.

Jose Rizal (61) -- Mabulac 28, Paniamogan 11, Dela Paz 7, Juanico 5, Lasquety 4, Salaveria 4, Balagtas 2, Pontejos 0, Gozum 0, Sanchez 0.

Quarterscores: 19-12; 37-28; 46-48; 64-61.

Sam Miguel
10-04-2013, 09:46 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.

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

Sam Miguel
10-08-2013, 08:04 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, 10:02 AM
Zamora hits game winner to lift Pirates over Bombers

From: Karlo Sacamos

October 12, 2013, 06:26 pm

LYCEUM bucked a late collapse before turning to Dexter Zamora to eke out a 73-72 victory over Jose Rizal University on Saturday at the Arena in San Juan and give the school something to cheer about after recently getting eliminated from playoff contention in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Zamora, a third-year combo guard from Bukidnon, fired all his 10 points in the fourth quarter, the last two turning out to be the go-ahead basket that rewarded the Pirates only their sixth win in 16 games this season.

With less than six ticks left and the Pirates down by two, Zamora took the inbounds pass, ran the length of the court, and then scored the floater that beat the buzzer and sent the Lyceum gallery into delirium.

“Sabi ko kailangan ko ’tong i-finish strong kasi wala na,” Zamora said. “Pero si God talaga and director ng shot na yun, kaya to God be the glory.”

The Pirates, who squandered a 13-point third quarter lead, tied their victims in the standings in seventh place and eliminated them from playoff contention.

Lyceum are also just a win away from matching its win total two years ago when it finished with a 7-11 win-loss slate, its best record since joining the league.

“That’s our modest goal kahit hindi kami nakapasok ng Final Four,” Pirates coach Bonnie Tan said.

The Bombers erased a 39-52 deficit midway through the third quarter and turned the game around behind Michael Mabulac, Philip Paniamogan, and Nick Abanto, who combined for all but four of their 24 points in the payoff period.

JRU last tasted the lead at 72-71 after two free throws from Jordan Dela Paz with 5.8 seconds left in a play that set the stage for Zamora’s clutch play.

The scores:

LPU (73) – Ko 13, Mbomiko 12, Zamora 10, Mendoza 8, Baltazar 8, Ambohot 8, Taladua 7, Francisco 5, Lesmoras 2, Azores 0, Soliman 0, Evangelista 0.

JRU (72) – Mabulac 17, Benavides 16, Paniamogan 14, Abanto 10, Juanico 5, Lasquety 4, Dela Paz 4, Salaveria 2, Pontejos 0, Balagtas 0, Sanchez 0.

Quarterscores: 20-12; 39-31; 56-48; 73-72.

10-21-2013, 10:29 AM
Pontejos a no-show for JRU Bombers after 'falling-out' with coach Meneses

From: Mei-Lin Lozada

October 19, 2013, 08:33 pm

PAOLO Pontejos may have played his final season with Jose Rizal University.

A reliable source confirmed to Spin.ph that Pontejos had not been attending the practices of the Heavy Bombers and will likely not play anymore in the remaining games of the team in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

A reported fallout with coach Vergel Meneses had something to do with his non-appearance in team practices.

Meneses confirmed the 22-year old point guard did not show up for practice starting Tuesday until Friday this week.

“Hindi na nagpakita mula Tuesday hanggang kahapon (Friday),” said Meneses after the Bombers lost to Emilio Aguinaldo College Saturday, 78-69.

A team insider who refused to be named said Pontejos decided not to go back to the team.

“Hindi na raw (siya babalik) eh,” said the source.

Pontejos apparently, felt he was no longer needed by Meneses in the team after struggling in the second round.

“Feeling daw niya ayaw na sa kanya ni coach (Vergel). Nag-struggle siya kasi sa second round tapos na-injured pa siya sa paa,” said the source.

“Hindi na siya masyadong ano, 'yung parang nasa mindset ni Pao nag-iba na ('yung treatment sa kanya ni coach) compared nung dati.”

“Pero binibigyan pa rin naman siya ng kumpyansa ni coach.”

The former San Beda back-up guard, who played the entire first round, averaged 14.7 points, 2.3 assists, and 3.0 rebounds in 25.1 minutes of play.

10-21-2013, 11:01 AM
Good. More minutes for Lasquety who tried out for UST a couple of years back

10-25-2013, 01:19 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.