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06-26-2013, 09:54 AM
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Wide-open UAAP gets going Saturday

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

9:58 pm | Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

It has been a while since Ateneo hasn’t been picked as the No. 1 team in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.

So preseason favorite National University and the emerging University of the East hope to take advantage of it when Season 76 unfolds this Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.

“We’re really humbled and grateful for getting tagged as the team to beat,” said NU coach Eric Altamirano. “I told the boys we have to embrace it. If there’s a year that we can do it, this is the year. With the graduation of Ateneo’s [star] players, the playing field has evened out.”

With two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player Ray Parks now backed by a more experienced cast, the Bulldogs have been the consensus favorite in the eight-team field.

The Warriors, too, have been tipped to land in the top four following their surprise preseason title romp behind the leadership of Roi Sumang and Sierra Leone-born center Charles Mammie.

“For us to be included as a contender, we’re flattered but we should not be contented,” UE coach Boycie Zamar said during the league’s press conference yesterday at MOA Arena.

New Ateneo coach Bo Perasol said, though, that pressure isn’t any less even if tougher teams stand in the way of their quest for a sixth straight championship.

“One thing I can bring to the table is make my team understand that despite the odds, they can still win,” said Perasol, who’s banking on star guard Kiefer Ravena.

The coaches agreed that unlike the past seasons, virtually each team has a shot at going all the way.

“I’m both excited and nervous,” said Adamson coach Leo Austria. “Excited because we have a chance to win the championship, but also nervous because any team can beat any team.”

“It’s a more balanced season,” added new Far Eastern University mentor Nash Racela. “On our end, I’m just happy with our development and that we’re taking the right steps in the right direction.”

La Salle will also sport a new coach, but unlike Racela, Juno Sauler didn’t have the luxury of time as he only took over Gee Abanilla three weeks ago.

“We just made the most out of it,” said Sauler.

“It’s harder for us because under their new coach, we haven’t seen [the Archers] play,” said Pido Jarencio as his veteran University of Santo Tomas crew, last season’s runner-up, clashes with La Salle on opening day at 4 p.m.

The Warriors and the Tamaraws battle at 2 p.m., right after the 12:30 p.m. opening ceremony presented by host Adamson.

“Half of my team is new,” said University of the Philippines coach Ricky Dandan. “We are the underdogs, but in UP, we have taken the attitude to play hard every game.”

Sam Miguel
06-26-2013, 01:33 PM
Commish Chito: Extra cams help monitor refs

By Olmin Leyba

(The Philippine Star) | Updated June 26, 2013 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - Commissioner Chito Loyzaga yesterday vowed to implement basketball rules “properly and strictly” in the coming UAAP Season 76 cage tournament and batted for “innovations” to get technical officials better equipped to monitor and assess officiating as well as players and coaches’ behavior.

“Nothing has been changed as far as the rules are concerned. It will be the same but what we’ll basically do is implement all the rules properly and strictly,” Loyzaga said during yesterday’s press launch.

The UAAP follows Fiba rules. Tapped to enforce them for the cage hostilities that begin on Saturday at the MOA Arena is the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas’ referees pool.

Loyzaga, the former PBA star who once served as commissioner of the defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA), said he has recommended the installation of extra cameras every game to monitor officiating and actions of the teams.

To be set up near the two baskets and center court, these cameras will be solely for the UAAP commissioner’s office and technical group’s use and separate from the cameras deployed by ABS-CBN for the games’ broadcast, said Loyzaga.

“What we’re trying to do now and recommending to the board is to have additional cameras for the use of the technical group, just for us perhaps to monitor more the unsportsmanlike behavior not just of players and coaching staff but perhaps even officials when they’re on the floor,” he explained.

“On top of this, it will also give us the opportunity to look and monitor the performance of referees, whether they’re in the right position to make a call, so we can make necessary adjustments and assessment when we review all the tapes we have,” he added.

Loyzaga said there’s a greater need to improve officiating this year especially considering the wide open race the eight teams are expecting.

“This year, all the teams are quite even so it will really be an ever bigger task for the commissioner and technical group. I’m sure nobody wants to lose and everybody wants to win and it will make things harder for us. So we have made slight innovations and request some technical support for ourselves,” he said, adding the PBA itself is making use of additional cameras for its technical group.

Sam Miguel
06-26-2013, 01:35 PM
UAAP cage wars Season 76 too close to call

By Olmin Leyba

(The Philippine Star) | Updated June 26, 2013 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - That distinction now falls primarily on National University, whose intact crew led by two-time MVP Bobby Ray Parks earned the nod of majority of the coaches when asked to name their top contenders.

University of the East is mentioned not long after, having made a strong case in their title conquest of the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup diadem at the expense of the fancied Bulldogs.

But coaches insist that actually, just about everyone – the Bulldogs, the Red Warriors, the Blue Eagles, La Salle, last year’s finalist Santo Tomas, host Adamson, Far Eastern U and yes, even University of the Philippines – can really contend for the coveted crown.

Bo Perasol, taking over from multi-titled Norman Black who went to the Philippine Basketball Association, said pre-tournament rankings aside, expectations on the Blue Eagles remain high.

“I’ll be the only person that’s happy with that (not being considered top contender) but I’m sure the Ateneo community is not happy with that so I’ll enjoy the moment. But I’m quite sure that regardless of our standing, the Ateneo people will expect otherwise so I don’t have a choice, anyway,” said Perasol during the press launch of UAAP’s Season 76 yesterday.

The Eagles have lost starters Greg Slaughter and Nico Salva to graduation, alongside back-ups Justin Chua, Tonino Gonzaga and Oping Sumalinog. Third year guard Kiefer Ravena and veterans Juami Tiongson and Ryan Buenafe and import Chris Newsome will anchor their six-peat bid.

“If we can be 100 percent healthy this season, I think we can defend the crown with so much strength. It still remains to be seen, though, as I think every team has a chance to contend for the championship this season,” said Perasol, tagging NU and UE as “the two strongest teams” with La Salle also there “lurking” and Adamson also a top contender.

Parks Jr. will return to give 2012 semifinalist NU another go, alongside Emmanuel Mbe, Joeff Javillonar, and Robin Rono plus new acquisitions Alfred Aroga and JJ Alejandro.

“We’re really humbled and grateful for getting the team-to-beat tag. Like what I told the team, I think we have to embrace it. I think if there’s a year to do it, it’s this year. With the graduation of key players of Ateneo, I think it’s a level field now and anybody can beat any team this season,” said NU coach Eric Altamirano.

For UE, being branded one of the favorites is welcome but the Warriors shouldn’t rest on that. “For us to be included as a contender here is flattering. But we should not be contended because of the level field and everybody can really do it,” said UE’s Boyzie Zamar, who now surrounded ace guard Roi Sumang with good players, led by big man Charles Mammie.

UST is bringing back Jeric Teng, Karim Abdul, Aljon Mariano, Clark Bautista and Kevin Ferrer after a bridesmaid finish in Season 75 while La Salle seeks another Final Four slot under new coach Juno Sauler and a roster led by Jeron Teng and Norbert Torres and new recruits Jason Perkins and Kib Montalbo.

Adamson beefed up its lineup with center Ingrid Sewa while FEU, handled now by Nash Racela, elevated junior stars Jeson Delfinado and Joshua Aguilon to join stars RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo. UP will parade seven rookies led by Andre Paras, son of PBA great Benjie.

“It’s going to be a very exciting year. All the teams are balanced. We have the two teams that played in the finals last year (Ateneo and UST) and the two teams in the Filoil finals (UE and NU) came from UAAP. It’s really hard to say who the strongest team will be,” said Sauler.

Hostilities begin on Saturday at the MOA Arena with FEU and UE tangling in the 2 p.m. first game and DLSU and UST meeting in the 4 p.m. matchup. A “spectacular” opening ceremony to be graced by top Adamson alumni Hector Calma and Kenneth Duremdes will precede the action at 12:30, according to UAAP Season 76 president Fr. Max Rendon and secretary-treasurer Malou Isip.

06-27-2013, 01:40 AM
Falcons and Tams look for return to Final Four, Eagles seek six-peat, Archers aim higher (http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/314594/sports/opinion/uaap-s76-preview-falcons-and-tams-look-for-return-to-final-four-eagles-seek-six-peat-archers-aim-higher)
Job B. De Leon June 26, 2013

The 76th season of the UAAP begins on Saturday, with teams reloading for another campaign in the collegiate wars. Part one of our two-part preview shines the spotlight on Adamson, FEU, Ateneo and La Salle.

Adamson University Soaring Falcons

Season 75 record: 3-11, sixth place

Key losses: Alex Nuyles (SG/SF), Eric Camson (PF), Allen Etrone (PG/SG)

Key additions: Ingrid Sewa (C), Maui Bernabe (PG), Axel Inigo (PG), Dawn Ochea (PF)

Gunner Jericho Cruz (blue) is expected to lead the flight of the Falcons. KC Cruz

Season 75 moment: Alex Nuyles, King Falcon and slasher extraordinaire, played just four games in his final UAAP season due to a dislocated shoulder. Though Nuyles’ presence wouldn’t have guaranteed a Final Four appearance, they went 2-9 without him, as the talents of EJ Camson, Jericho Cruz and Rodney Brondial couldn’t lift them to better than sixth in the league.

Season 76 situation: Without Nuyles and Camson, this squad looks nearly unrecognizable from the team that peaked in Season 74, before losing its twice-to-beat advantage to third-seeded FEU. Every year, fans know that Adamson’s defense is capable of throwing opponents into a torture chamber, and that’s never going to be a question while Leo Austria remains head coach. But Nuyles and Camson were dependable scorers for this team and their loss should concern this year’s crop. Budding young gun Jericho Cruz, Brondial and Sewa, the African behemoth, will be relied on to carry the load for this team.

Beyond that trio, however, the Falcons are largely question marks. Roider Cabrera and Jansen Rios lead a troop of athletic but largely unproven wingmen. Furthermore, it’s not clear how effective a threat Ryan Monteclaro can be as the team’s lead point guard either. Adamson has to lean on their defense, though less so than in past years, to give themselves a shot to win every game.

Ateneo De Manila University Blue Eagles

Season 75 record: 12-2, first place

Key losses: Greg Slaughter (C), Nico Salva (PF), Justin Chua (C), Tonino Gonzaga (SG), Oping Sumalinog (SG)

Key additions: Chris Newsome (F), Earl Murphy (SF), Anton Asistio (PG), Vince Tolentino (PF)

Kiefer Ravena (L) put up MVP-type numbers during the summer. KC Cruz

Season 75 moment: The Blue Eagles swept the UST Growling Tigers in the Finals to win their fifth straight title, after splitting their elimination round meetings against that foe. That allowed coach Norman Black to leave the team triumphantly, to pilot the TNT Tropang Texters in the PBA.

Season 76 situation: Never mind losing their five-peat core. The Blue Eagles have publicly expressed their desire to win a sixth straight championship, though this climb may turn out to be the toughest one yet. New head coach Bo Perasol is tasked with guiding an up-tempo, small ball squad against a taller league.

The public hasn’t seen the final incarnation of this year’s Eagles yet though, owing to injuries to JP Erram, Giboy Babilonia and Gwynne Capacio during the preseason. Season 73 Finals MVP Ryan Buenafe is also expected to see time at power forward, but the jury’s out on whether he can have the same impact he did from the wing. He will share that burden with Frank Golla, a decent center on offense and defense, as they literally face their biggest challenges this year.

It’ll be interesting to see how the newcomers, bannered by Vince Tolentino, Anton Asistio and Earl Murphy integrate themselves into the mix. Though they may not stand out individually, it’s clear from their FilOil run that they’ve bought into Ateneo’s “team first” concept. With two-thirds of last year’s scorers gone in Slaughter and Salva, Juami Tiongson is expected to take on a larger share of points. If the summer leagues are any indication of performance, third-year sniper Von Pessumal is poised to rain triples from beyond the arc at frightening accuracy. But more than ever, the Eagles will soar only as high as the gifts of Kiefer Ravena, the undisputed King Eagle of this roost, can take them.

De La Salle Green Archers

Season 75 record: 9-5, fourth place

Key losses: Jed Manguerra (SG), Joshua Webb (SF), Jovet Mendoza (PF), Yutien Andrada (PF)

Key additions: Jason Perkins (F), Kib Montalbo (PG), Robert Bolick (PG), Matt Salem (PF)

Jeron Teng (C) will need to avoid a sophomore slump if La Salle is hoping for a Finals berth. KC Cruz

Season 75 moment: Jeron Teng let the league know he is a force to be reckoned with when he matched two-time MVP Ray Ray Parks in a 35-point performance for the record books, delivering the W for the Archers in double-overtime during the first elimination round.

Season 76 situation: The Archers were thought to be Finals favorites before spiraling into uncertainty after the FilOil Cup. La Salle lost three of their last four games and were eliminated during the quarterfinals, prompting management to promote Juno Sauler to head coach in the place of Gee Abanilla. How the Archers will respond to higher expectations and a new voice in the locker room this year will be an adjustment worth watching.

La Salle isn't lacking for talent. Despite losing veteran Yutien Andrada to an ACL injury during the summer, the rest of its core, featuring Jeron Teng, LA Revilla, Almond Vosotros, Norbert Torres and Thomas Torres is still around. Perkins is an intriguing all-around big man, and Gabby Reyes is their answer to Ateneo’s Pessumal. Robert Bolick and Kib Montalbo also appear to be two sides of the same coin: the former more inclined on defense while the latter on offense. They have a lot of interesting pieces, and it's up to Sauler now to make sense of them in a limited amount of time.

Far Eastern University Tamaraws

Season 75 record: 9-5, fifth place

Key losses: Arvie Bringas (C), Mark Bringas (PF), Russel Escoto (PF)

Key additions: Joshua Aguilon (SG), Jeson Delfinado (SF), Jovannie Luz (PG), Joel Lee Yu (SG), Ron Dennison (SG)

In RR Garcia's final year, the Tams are hoping are return to the Final Four is in the books. KC Cruz

Season 75 moment: During their second-round elimination game versus National University, league officials negated a game-winning lay-up by RR Garcia and then called for a do-over of the entire match. The Bulldogs went on to win the replay, effectively snagging the fourth seed and leaving the Tamaraws out of the Final Four.

Season 76 situation: The Tams have been difficult to read during the preseason, but suffice to say, this is the weakest incarnation of the Tamaraws since their post-Arwind Santos rebuilding season. More concerning is that their new additions look less like backcourt rotation pieces (that’s set with RR Garcia, Terrence Romeo and Mike Tolomia) and more like a year-long tryout for the King Tamaraw Garcia's spot when he graduates after this season.

The Tamaraws are practically a doughnut team now, too. It’s up to Bryan Cruz and Anthony Hargrove to hold down the paint, and neither of them are known for any defensive skill. If Christian Sentcheu can avoid foul trouble, he could also be valuable on defense during short intervals, but that’s about it. Otherwise, it’s the same perimeter-oriented attack with Mac Belo and Roger Pogoy hustling for points and doing the little things that matter. Any team with either Romeo or Garcia makes it exciting. Whether it’s enough to win games in a more competitive league like this, it’s hard to say. - AMD, GMA News

06-27-2013, 01:45 AM
Bulldogs, Warriors aim for Finals berths, Tigers plot return, Maroons begin rebuild (http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/314622/sports/opinion/uaap-s76-preview-bulldogs-warriors-aim-for-finals-berths-tigers-plot-return-maroons-begin-rebuild)
Job B. De Leon June 26, 2013

National University Bulldogs

Season 75 record: 9-5, third place

Key losses: Ajeet Singh (SG), Jul-Ashri Ignacio (SF), Henri Betayene (C)

Key additions: Alfred Aroga (C), JJ Alejandro (PG)

Bobby Ray Parks shoots for a third straight MVP title, but a championship is his true goal. KC Cruz

Season 75 moment: NU made the Final Four for the first time since 2011. Despite tough losses, including a tough double-overtime defeat to La Salle and a crushing at the hands of Ateneo in the first round, the Bulldogs hung tough to show the rest of the league that they have indeed arrived.

Season 76 situation: The Bulldogs are touted as a contender after returning with a virtually-intact line-up, bolstered by quality addition in Aroga and Alejandro. Aroga is a 6’8” Cameroonian who plays fast and loose inside. He’s unpredictable, but has more offensive flair than starting center Emmanuel Mbe, and is even more of a handful to guard. Alejandro meanwhile is a three-point specialist from the RP Youth Team ranks, and should help spread the floor for Ray Ray Parks.

But with a more seasoned team comes greater expectations for Parks and the rest of the NU Bulldogs organization. Parks’ talents are beyond question, but what remains to be seen is whether his supporting cast can step up to the plate. During their FilOil Finals loss, their role players in Mbe, Aroga, Rosario, Alolino and Villamor couldn’t press on when Parks fouled out in the fourth quarter. Possibly for the first time in his career, those living in the two-time MVP’s shadow will be thrust into the harsh spotlight.

University of the East Red Warriors

Season 75 record: 3-11, seventh place

Key losses: Gene Belleza (SG)

Key additions: Gino Jumao-as (transferee, SG), Lord Casajeros (returnee, SG), JM Noble (returnee, SG)

Roi Sumang has helped make the UE Red Warriors a team to be reckoned with anew. KC Cruz

Season 75 moment: Coach Boysie Zamar took over the team right before the second round, ending Jerry Codinera’s one and a half year tenure with the team. Zamar gave senior Gene Belleza a chance at a meaningful last few games, and the Warriors played with a different energy, enough to force several close matches. The most memorable of course was Chris Javier’s three-pointer, to nick the defending champions at the buzzer, just days after he had done a similar feat against UP.

Season 76 situation: The UE Red Warriors hadn’t been in the UAAP Final Four since 2009, back when names like Paul Lee, Elmer Espiritu and Pari Llagas dominated the floor. The Warriors had been limping ever since, but that stretch looks like it’ll stop now. Credit is due to two things: Sierra Leonean Charles Mammie’s intimidating presence on defense, and Zamar’s ability to get his players to believe in defense, teamwork and themselves again.

Many people (myself included) are picking UE as darkhorse candidates to make the Final Four this year. But is UE a Finals contender? Their FilOil Cup run says maybe, although we have to remember that a lot of things (Parks and Mbe fouling out, successful trapping schemes and the statement games from role players) went right for them to dethrone the NU Bulldogs as preseason champs. Consistency is the name of the game for nearly everyone who isn’t an elite point guard named Roi Sumang, from Chris Javier to JR Sumido. But anything can happen on the floor, and as long as UE remembers what it’s capable of, there’s no knowing where they’re going to stop.

University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers

Season 75 record: 10-4, second place

Key losses: Jeric Fortuna (PG), Melo Afuang (PF)

Key additions: Jeepy Faundo (C), Jun Macasaet (C), Brian So (SF), Jamil Sherrif (returnee, PG), Edcor Marata (PG), Kent Lao (SF)

Karim Abdul (L) and the rest of the UST Growling Tigers plot their return to the Finals. KC Cruz

Season 75 moment: UST looked every bit a contender last year, bagging impressive victories against DLSU, NU and Ateneo. With the sizzling trio of Jeric Teng, Aljon Mariano and Karim Abdul, the Tigers were fighting until the very end, when they just came up short in the Finals, losing in two games against the defending champs.

Season 76 situation: Lost in the preseason fever is the fact that UST’s line-up remains largely the same. Like FEU’s coach Racela, Pido Jarencio might have treated the preseason the lightest among all the coaches, by allowing key rotation players like Kevin Ferrer and Clark Bautista to dabble in the PBA D-League, while tinkering with the rest of his bench. Add to that Karim Abdul was recovering from an injury, and it’s unsurprising that the Tigers finished fourth in the FilOil Cup after a 4-4 elimination record.

Kevin Ferrer, Paolo Pe and Clark Bautista round out the usual suspects for the Tigers, and that’s nothing to sneeze at. Sure, Fortuna’s departure is a loss, but the Tigers are gambling that the sum of his contributions can be replaced by Jamil Sherrif, Edcor Marata and Ed Daquioag. If those trio can play with better poise over the course of the season, then the league and its fans have another team to worry about.

University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons

Season 75 record: 1-13, eighth place

Key losses: Mark Lopez (SG), Alvin Padilla (SF), Jett Manuel (SG), Mike Silungan (SG), Jelo Montecastro (PG), Alinko Mbah (C)

Key additions: Sam Marata (transferee, SG), Kyles Lao (PG), Paul Desiderio (SG), Jason Ligad (PG/SG), Andrew Harris (C), Kyle Suarez (SG), Agustin Amar (SG), Andrei Paras (PF)

Sam Marata (L) leads a revamped and rebuilt UP squad. KC Cruz

Season 75 moment: There was nothing that stood out positively as UP's season was defined by a lack of late-game poise. There were several times the Maroons could’ve closed out foes like FEU (twice), Adamson and NU. But they had problems a) executing plays, b) keeping their opponents off the free throw line, and/or c) making their own free throws.

Season 76 situation: Every year, Ricky Dandan promises that the Maroons will keep on fighting until the end. If their last few summer games are any indication, that might be the case. Former Archer Sam Marata will join Mikee Reyes and their key second year holdovers in Chris Ball, Henry Asilum and Raul Soyud as the Maroons’ main men this year. But the deck is stacked against the Maroons. Dandan has to baptize six players uninitiated in the style of the UAAP while working out how to stay competitive now and how to build for the future.

Fans are hoping that UP’s management gives Dandan a longer run and a chance to cultivate something in Diliman out of Lao, Paras and Desiderio, who are all prize recruits. Since they’re in the middle of a rehabilitation project, watching UP this year means one eye looking at the future ahead. Dandan and the Maroons get a bye for now, and stricter judgment ought to be reserved for expectations of better days in 2014. - AMD, GMA News

Sam Miguel
07-01-2013, 01:58 PM
UAAP Season 76 opens, honors ‘greatness of athletes’

By Celest R. Flores


5:51 pm | Saturday, June 29th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — Let the games begin. And the UAAP Season 76 did Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena with an elaborate and colorful opening ceremony patterned after the hit book “The Hunger Games”.

Falcons’ legends Hector Calma and Kenneth Duremdes and Ateneo’s Olsen Racela graced the opening, passing on the torch to the next generation of UAAP athletes.

“I challenge you to continue our legacy. Never forget our history and the values that make a true UAAP student athlete,” said Calma, speaking to the athletes.

Star guard Jericho Cruz — the new face of Adamson — was garbed in black and gold costume warrior-like outfit as he led the athletes from all sports and participating universities in the parade.

Cruz accepted the torch from the UAAP legends.

“Today we are here to honor the [athletes] and to celebrate once more their greatness,” said Adamson president Gregg Bañaga.

“Greatness starts here at the UAAP. The names and faces may change, but the greatness stays,” he added in the speech.

Dancers representing the eight universities dressed up according to their school’s identity, but taking a page from the book from which the opening was themed.

The schools’ dancers wore hats, capes matching their university colors and giving off a tribal look, as they came out like the characters from the Districts.

The others were dressed in over-the-top outfits, looking like the people from the Capitol — as in the movie.

Adamson, this year’s host of the UAAP, had the most elaborate introduction in the opening as they showcased huge birds with feathers of white and blue.

Sam Miguel
07-02-2013, 08:40 AM
Blue Eagles face 0-2 hole vs Tamaraws

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:53 pm | Monday, July 1st, 2013

ATENEO’s quest for a sixth straight championship got off to a nightmarish start, while early favorite University of the East saw its preseason bubble burst at the start of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament over the weekend.

“It’s not just a wake-up call, it’s a warning,” said UE coach Boycie Zamar after his Warriors, the champions in a recent tough summer tournament, bowed to the Far Eastern University Tamaraws, 78-89.

While the Warriors collapsed and blew an early double-digit lead, the Blue Eagles showed no semblance of their old intimidating forms.

Sorely missing the firepower of injured star Kiefer Ravena, the Eagles looked flat against the National University Bulldogs, who roared to a 64-54 victory after pulling away from the reigning champions by a whopping 24 points at one point.

“The sense of urgency came late, but I know these guys are going to get better,” said new Ateneo coach Bo Perasol.

Ravena, who sprained his ankle days before the inaugurals, sat out the entire second half and finished with two points on a 1-of-6 shooting clip in just eight minutes of action.

But Perasol expects his star player to be in better shape when the Blue Eagles try to avoid falling to an early 0-2 hole against the Tamaraws on Wednesday.

“We’ll have a hard time without him,” admitted Perasol.

Zamar, too, sees his Warriors bringing back the grit they flashed all summer in their next game versus the Bulldogs on Saturday.

“We’ll bounce back,” said Zamar.

07-07-2013, 07:30 AM
Zobel Holds Off FEU FERN

Games today:

(Filoil Flying V Arena)

9 am- AdU vs UP (women)
10:30 a.m. - UST vs DLSU (women)
12 noon - NU vs FEU (women)
1:30 p.m. - ADMU vs UE (women)

ALJUN MELECIO exploded for nine of his 19 points in the final two minutes as La Salle-Zobel held off defending champion Far Eastern University-Diliman, 61-59, and seize the early lead in the UAAP juniors basketball tournament yesterday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Baby Tamaraws held a comfortable eight-point lead at the 1:49 mark of the fourth quarter before Melecio drilled three consecutive triples for the Junior Archers to grab a 59-58 lead.

David Completo then split his charities to force the game's last deadlock at 59-59 before La Salle-Zobel’s Karl Maldinger calmly buried two free throws in the last 7.3 seconds. The Baby Tamaraws tried to turn things around but failed to launch an attempt in the dying seconds.

Renzo Subido finished with 20 points while Melecio added 19 points, nine rebounds and five assists for the Junior Archers, who are unbeaten in two games.

Ateneo slipped past the University of the East (UE), 71-64, in the other game.

Michael Nieto had a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Thirdy Ravena chipped in 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists for the Eaglets.

Magic Marata paced the Junior Warriors with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Reymar Caduyac had 12 points.

FEU-Diliman and UE dropped to 0-2.

The scores:

First Game (Jrs)

ADMU (71) - Ravena 16, Mi. Nieto 13, Ma. Nieto 11, Escaler 11, Mendoza 8, Black 6, Magpoc 3, Calilung 3.

UE (64) - Marata 20, Caduyac 12, Guttierez 5, Briones 4, Mohamad 3, Antonio 6, Altamirano 6, Del Rosario 5, Celarde 3.

Quarterscores: 20-13, 37-30, 54-49, 71-64

Second Game (Jrs)

DLSZ (61) - Subido 20, Melecio 19, Sajulga 9, Banzon 7, Maldinger 2, Romero 2, Castro 2, Isaac 0.

FEU (59) - Domingo JJ 13, Comboy 13, Lee 12, Escoto 7, Domingo JS 7, Completo 7, Aquino 0.

Quarterscores: 13-9, 25-26, 42-46, 61-59

Sam Miguel
07-09-2013, 08:49 AM
Sparkplug Romeo anchors Tamaraws’ sizzling start

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

9:53 pm | Monday, July 8th, 2013

FAR EASTERN University coach Nash Racela said his Tamaraws only need to look back at last season to realize there’s no reason to celebrate their 3-0 start in this year’s UAAP men’s basketball tournament.

“At this point, we need to control our emotions,” said Racela. “We always remind them that last year, they were 4-0.”

After the sizzling start, the Tamaraws struggled late in the tournament and eventually missed out on the Final Four.

This time, Terrence Romeo has flourished under Racela’s new system, where the star guard now shares the limelight with former Most Valuable Player RR Garcia.

“It’s a work in progress,” admitted Racela. “There are moments when they both want the ball. But you can’t change it overnight.”

Romeo averaged 21.3 points, 10 rebounds, 5.3 assists and two steals in the Tamaraws’ unbeaten start to bag the season’s first Accel 3XVI UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week presented by Gatorade.

“I’m still not happy with the way I play,” said Romeo. “Sometimes I still go back to my old tendencies, but I’m really trying my best to chip in and help the team.”

As surprising as FEU’s surge to the top was the unexpected plunge of defending champion Ateneo into the bottom of the standings.

Sorely missing their injured go-to guy Kiefer Ravena, the Blue Eagles skidded to a third straight loss following an 73-82 setback against fierce rival La Salle last Sunday.

“It’s an alarming start as far as the standards of Ateneo is concerned,” said new coach Bo Perasol of his Eagles, who reigned in the last five seasons under Norman Black.

“But I told them (players) that they shouldn’t be ashamed of being 0-3. It’s going to be my accountability. When you go out there, just tell them, ‘Blame my coach.’”

Sam Miguel
07-09-2013, 08:50 AM
^^^ Awfully decent of you, Bo. But for godsakes you still need to notch a win.

Sam Miguel
07-09-2013, 08:51 AM
UAAP: Fearless Sumang takes winning into his own hands

By Celest R. Flores


10:46 pm | Sunday, July 7th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — Give him enough time, even just an inch of space, and the responsibility to carry his squad, trust University of the East’s Roi Sumang to take — and make — the biggest shot of the night.

He asked center Charles Mammie to set a pick at the three point line, then dribbled quickly to the left.

Sumang, being the sly guard that he is, has the guts to either drive furiously to the rim, or launch a shot right then and there with the game on the line.

Sumang opted to leave lasting impression: that he wasn’t scared of anyone — not even the league’s best player for the last two years.

He unleashed a triple from deep, leaving his defender — National University’s best player and two-time MVP Bobby Parks — scrambling to put his hand up for any form of distraction.

Swish. Plus the foul with 3.7 seconds left to play. Sumang calmy sank the freebie, completing the rare game-winning, four-point play. The Warriors clipped the Bulldogs, 71-67.

It played out exactly how Sumang wanted it to be — he taking the winning into his own hands.

Sumang knew how hard it was to stare at their final four hopes down from the cellar, and he wasn’t going to let his Warriors fall back into those bad habits, and a 0-2 hole.

“Hiningi ko talaga kay coach yung bola,” said Sumang after the Warriors’ 74-70 win over the Bulldogs. “Sinabi ko naman ayaw ko na talagang matalo eh. Sawang sawa na ako.”

And Parks’ body on him — bulkier and lankier — down the stretch proved to be just another challenge he couldn’t wait to hurdle.

“Ang laki niya eh. Ang hirap dahil ang bilis niya gumalaw. Buti nung second half maganda ginawa ko,” he said of having Parks as a defender.

That show capped Sumang’s game-long brilliance, and UE head coach Boyzie Zamar put it best, “feeling ko yung tira na yun is something like redemption for us.”

And as the Red Warriors seek a different outcome to their season, expect that to be just one of Sumang’s herioc acts.

Sam Miguel
07-09-2013, 08:58 AM
UAAP: La Salle’s Van Opstal relishes first career win over Ateneo

By Celest R. Flores


9:58 pm | Sunday, July 7th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — Arnold Van Opstal knew his team had the edge in height this time around, and he wasn’t about to waste the chance to get his first career win over Ateneo.

Van Opstal pounded hard on the inside, took advantage of the Blue Eagles’ bigs plagued by foul trouble, then delivered 18 points on 5-of-7 shooting in La Salle’s 82-73 win.

This was the first triumph of the Green Archers over their archrivals in seven tries spanning the last three years.

“This is the first time we beat Ateneo. This is our time, they’ve had their time. Let’s make this ours,” said Van Opstal in the post-game interview.

Only Luigi Dela Paz, who also came up big for La Salle, Almond Vosotros and Oda Tampus among the Green Archers have tasted victory over the Blue Eagles.

“We came in with a lot of intensity, and we were pretty focused. I really wanted it, and things happened to work my way,” said the six-foot-eight Fil-Dutch/German.

With no more Greg Slaughter for Ateneo, it left Van Opstal, who also added eight rebounds and two assists, bigger room to operate in the paint.

“I have always been motivated to play Ateneo. This time we were way bigger than them and we wanted to take advantage of that,” he also said.

The Green Archers came out torrid in the second half, overhauling a deficit as big as 14 and turning it into a 54-52 lead — a first — on an and-one by Van Opstal with 1:09 in the third.

Ateneo’s JP Erram and Frank Golla fouled out way before the game was settled and its supposed main guy in the absence of Kiefer Ravena, Ryan Buenafe, had limited production.

La Salle didn’t fail to pounce on that chance as they stretched the lead to the biggest of eight, 74-66, courtesy of a running hook and a freebie by Van Opstal.

“My teammates trusted me with the ball and I paid them back. Them trusting me gave me confidence,” Van Opstal said.

Sam Miguel
07-10-2013, 09:39 AM
Tigers on prowl for piece of lead

Seek 3rd win vs Bulldogs today

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:39 pm | Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

University of Santo Tomas doesn’t see National University any less of a contender even after the Bulldogs lost a key big man recently.

“NU is still strong, they’re the seeded team this year,” said UST coach Pido Jarencio. “Even without (Alfred) Aroga, they’re still strong with (Emmanuel) Mbe.”

The Tigers hope to join idle leader Far Eastern University at the top with a third win in as many games in their 4 p.m. match versus the Bulldogs today at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Coming off a thrilling win over the Bulldogs, the University of the East Warriors go for a second straight victory against Adamson in the first game at 2 p.m.

The Bulldogs will need to adjust minus Aroga, touted as one of the better African recruits this season, as league officials ruled that the 6-foot-6 Cameroonian failed to meet the two-year residency required for foreign players.

“We got used to having him in the preseason, so we have to tweak it a little now knowing that he won’t be here anymore,” said NU coach Eric Altamirano.

The Bulldogs absorbed a painful first loss to the Warriors in a game where Roi Sumang knocked in a deep triple with 3.7 seconds left and then capped it with a foul shot for a 71-67 UE victory.

“It was redemption for us,” said coach Boycie Zamar after his preseason favorite Warriors absorbed a shock loss to the Tamaraws, 78-89, on opening day.

“One of the important things in the UAAP is the first win. Once you start planting, it grows and hopefully, we’ll bring this against Adamson. We respect them (Falcons) and we have to work harder.”

Aside from Sumang’s latest heroics, African recruit Charles Mammie finally showed his worth as he buried 15 points and grabbed 20 rebounds versus the Bulldogs.

The Falcons bowed to the Tigers, 62-67, to share fourth spot with the Bulldogs and Warriors at 1-1.

07-11-2013, 11:32 AM
Apologetic NU bruiser Javillonar insists hit that led to Teng injury not intentional

By Reuben Terrado

July 11, 2013, 10:56 am

JEOFFREY Javillonar of National University has insisted he had no intention to hurt Jeric Teng during the play that left the University of Santo Tomas star with an injured shoulder and led him to miss half of the Tigers’ UAAP men’s basketball game against the Bulldogs on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Teng injured his right shoulder after being hit from behind by Javillonar while trying to go for an offensive rebound in the second quarter of the Bulldogs’ 71-67 win over the erstwhile unbeaten Tigers.

Asked about the incident, Javillonar admitted he was only going for the rebound when he collided with Teng.

“Going for an offensive rebound lang talaga ako,” Javillonar related to Spin.ph. “Hindi ko sadya ‘yun.”

Teng obviously wasn’t buying Javillonar’s contention as he had choice words for the NU role player after the game.

“Kayo na lang mag-judge kung sinadya ‘yun,” Teng said. “Pero ang message ko sa kanya, may araw rin siya. ‘Yun ang message ko sa kanya. Sa kanya rin babalik ‘yun.” (For full story click 'May araw rin sya:' Teng hits out at NU's Javillonar after suffering shoulder injury)

The UST gallery showed its dismay when the incident was replayed in the huge video monitor at the Big Dome, but Javillonar insisted the video failed to capture the whole story.

“’Yung pinakita kasi sa video, maliit lang. Pero kung nakita ‘yung full video, wala naman,” Javillonar reasoned out.

Javillonar, who was also jeered by the Ateneo crowd two weeks ago after he bloodied the nose of Nico Elorde following an intense battle for the loose ball, said he approached Teng after the game to apologize but the UST shooting guard didn’t respond.

“Pinuntahan ko siya pero hindi niya ako pinansin,” he added.

Javillonar finished the game with just three points as he played for only 11 minutes. He admitted his game was affected shortly after the incident.

“’Yung mind ko wala na sa game dahil sa crowd,” said Javillonar.

07-11-2013, 11:42 AM
Mag-ingat na lang siguro lahat ng makakalaban ng NU. First it was Nico Elorde, now its Jeric Teng. Jeff Javillonar always says hindi niya sinasadya, tapos apologize after naman siya.

Still, two incidents this season and counting, and it is not even midway through the first round. May ginawa pa dati 'yan kay Chris Camus. And of course last season's run-in with Nico Salva.

Ang hindi iniisip ng batang ito is that when you make a reputation like this, sa susunod kahit wala ka na talagang ginagawa pipitohan ka kagad ng mga referees, sure na sure 'yan. You will eventually cost your team a technical foul, get yourself thrown out, maybe even suspended, maybe even cost your team a game or the title itself.

Siguro up to 10 years ago pwede pa mga ganitong pasimpleng pananakit sa kapwa player, pero ngayon, sa dami ng cameras, ituloy mo lang 'yan Mr. Javillonar. Sabi nga ni Mr. Teng, "may araw rin 'yan."

07-11-2013, 01:40 PM
Can anybody expound on this, especially the part in bold...?

There have been memos from Commissioner Loyzaga that they are reviewing the tapes for unsportmanlike acts and warning players that they will be given one game suspension if these players are assessed unsportmanlike fouls next time. A player can therefore be suspended if he has been warned via a memo and commits an unsportmanlike foul that is called next time. Or even if not called again but upon review should have been called I suppose the player would also be suspended.

Does this mean even if the referees missed calling an unsportsmanlike foul on a player, if a video review shows there was indeed an unsportsmanlike foul, that gets the player / team a memo-warning?

07-11-2013, 07:03 PM
I think yes. Believe Mammie is the first casualty.

07-11-2013, 08:01 PM
Apologetic NU bruiser Javillonar insists hit that led to Teng injury not intentional

By Reuben Terrado

July 11, 2013, 10:56 am

“Pinuntahan ko siya pero hindi niya ako pinansin,” he added.
"Sorry tinira kita pero di sinasadyang magka injury ka"

Sam Miguel
07-12-2013, 10:13 AM
Loyzaga warns NU’s Javillonar, sacks Mammie

By Olmin Leyba

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

MANILA, Philippines - UAAP commissioner Chito Loyzaga slapped an unsportsmanlike foul on National U’s Joeff Javillonar for his hard push that led to a shoulder injury to Santo Tomas’ Jeric Teng during the Bulldogs’ 71-67 win last Wednesday and warned the NU veteran of suspension for future offense. Not as lucky in dodging the commissioner’s axe was University of the East’s Charles Mammie, who was suspended for one game for his action during UE’s losing 71-78 game to Adamson also last Wednesday.

Javillonar blindsided an unsuspecting Teng at the 1:20 mark of the second period, causing the UST captain to fall and grimace in pain holding his right shoulder. Teng, who averaged 19 points and six rebounds in 38 minutes prior to that game, was sidelined the rest of the match and was to undergo tests to determine the extent of the injury.

Aside from Javillonar, two other players received a memo from Loyzaga after a review of Wednesday’s games, namely, Mammie and Adamson’s Roider Cabrera.

Loyzaga found merit to suspend University of the East’s Charles Mammie for “confronting, pushing and kicking Cabrera from behind with the intention to hurt” in the endgame of AdU’s 78-71 win over UE. The Commissioner explained it was the second such infraction for Mammie, who was earlier issued a warning for “kicking and elbowing” NU’s Emmanuel Mbe during their July 7 faceoff. Mammie will thus sit out UE’s next game, against UST on Saturday.

Cabrera, meanwhile, got a warning for hitting UE’s Lord Casajeros.

“Please be assured that all game tapes shall be carefully reviewed in order to assure the conduct of fairplay and sportsmanship is observed at all times,” Loyzaga warned.

Javillonar is under heavy fire for his push on Teng during one NU offensive.

“The court is big. I was near the 3pt line and nowhere near the play. What happened didn’t come from screen, rebound or seal. Can’t believe it,” Teng said on his Twitter account. “And to clarify, I was hurt with the push. Not with the fall. I was pushed from behind that hit the back of my right shoulder.”

UST team physician Raul Palma said after the game that Teng “did not dislocate his right shoulder.” According to Teng, result of X-ray on his shoulder was “okay” but they would need further confirmation after last night’s MRI rest.

“I was just advised to put ice on it and rest. I’m doubtful for Saturday,” he said.

Javillonar insisted it was not his intention to hurt Teng.

“Going for an offensive rebound lang talaga ako. Hindi ko sadya ‘yun (I had no intention to hurt him; I was just going to the offensive rebound at that time,” Javillonar stressed.

Teng’s younger brother, La Salle ace Jeron Teng, joined in the Javillonar bashing and maintained there was deliberate intention to hurt on the part of the Bulldog, a former teammate with the national youth team.

“I know it’s no accident. I’ve known him since Phl youth days,” Jeron posted on Twitter.

07-15-2013, 01:37 PM
UPIS wins in 4 OTs in juniors hoops

UNIVERSITY of the Philippines Integrated School (UPIS) took its first win in UAAP Season 76 juniors basketball action but had to do it the long way.

The Junior Maroons needed four overtime periods to squeak past the Adamson University Baby Falcons, 89-87, on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena. The match is the longest memory in recent UAAP history.

Regulation ended 63-63, the first overtime at 74-74, the second extra period at 82-82 and the third at 89-87.

The epic win ended UPIS' two-game losing skid, overshadowing National University's 81-56 victory over University of Santo Tomas (UST) also on Sunday, the Bullpups’ third straight that tied them atop the standings with the La Salle-Zobel Greenies.

Jozhua General, who had 17 points for UPIS, buried a three-pointer with 2.1 seconds left to force the fourth overtime. General also sank another trey which put the Junior Maroons on top for good, 87-85, in the fourth overtime.

In women’s basketball action also on Sunday at the Arena in San Juan, reigning champion Far Eastern University (FEU) edged UST, 52-51; De La Salle routed UP, 59-39; NU outlasted Ateneo, 63-57; and Adamson University blasted University of the East (UE), 91-52.

The Lady Tamaraws stretched their streak to four—and to 22 games since last season.

The Lady Bulldogs now tote a 3-1 record to be in third place, while the Lady Falcons improved to 2-2, the same record the Tigresses carry. The Lady Maroons and Lady Warriors dropped to 1-3, while the Lady Eagles remained winless in four starts.

The Bullpups, led by Hubert Cani with 20 points and 13 rebounds, dominated the game right from the get go to keep their unbeaten slate.

Raymart Sablan finished with 29 points, 16 rebounds, three blocks, three assists and two steals, while Freddy Pajarillaga chipped in 19 points and 17 boards for the Junior Maroons.

Joseph Navarro tossed in 16 points and Reinier Quinga had 13 points and 23 rebounds in 53 minutes of play for the Baby Falcons.
UST Cubs dropped to 1-2 card to tie Ateneo. Adamson University, on the other hand, is still winless in three outings.

Camille Sambile posted a double-double performance with 18 points and 13 boards while Vangie Soriano contributed 10 markers for FEU. Ara Abaca and Alyanna Ong combined for 22 markers for De La Salle.

Sam Miguel
07-16-2013, 10:09 AM
UST skipper Teng out indefinitely with partially torn labrum

By Mark Giongco


1:06 am | Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas will have to make do without its star shooting guard Jeric Teng.

Teng is out indefinitely after an MRI revealed a partially torn anterior labrum in his right shoulder.

“There is no definite date when I can play again. I hope it’s sometime soon. I miss playing for all of you. It’s really sad. Very sad,” the six-foot-one Teng (@jericteng16) posted on his Twitter account Monday night.

“Very sad and disappointed to know that I have to miss a couple of games more. Mri result shows I have a slight anterior labrum tear,” UST skipper Teng, who is in his final year of eligibility, added.

Teng, who leads his team in scoring this UAAP Season 76 before hurting his shoulder against National University last Wednesday, sat out the Growling Tigers’ 88-77 win over the University of the East Red Warriors last Saturday.

Teng added: “But right now I am focused on helping the team in other ways that I can while getting better. I believe in our team. They will step up!”

“I hope all of you can continue to support the team. Long way to go but together we can do it. We are strong! #oneforust #Together”

Sans Teng, UST drew career-highs in scoring from three players in Aljon Mariano, Ed Daquioag and Cameroonian center Karim Abdul to beat UE and share second place with NU in the standings.

Teng also insisted that he sustained the injury after the Bulldogs’ Jeoff Javillionar pushed him during their game where the Tigers lost.

“Also sad to find out that my injury came from the push. Intentional or not, I forgive him. Who am I not to forgive.”

07-21-2013, 07:49 AM
Bullpups, Baby Tamaraws triumph in UAAP 76 juniors’ basketball

By Celest R. Flores


4:19 pm | Saturday, July 20th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — National University imposed its will on Adamson for a 67-43 victory Saturday in the UAAP season 76 juniors’ basketball competition at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Hubert Cani carried the Bullpups with 14 points, Manuel Mosquedo with 13 and Jonas Go with 11 as they remained on top with a 5-0 slate.

Far Eastern University-Diliman, meanwhile, leaned on J.J. Domingo to trip University of the Philippines-Integrated School, 63-55.

NU drew strength from its huge edge on rebounds, 62-37, as it pushed the Baby Falcons’ winless streak to four.

Only Reiner Quinga finished in double digit points for Adamson with 17.

Domingo had 18 points and seven rebounds in leading the the Baby Tamaraws, who foiled Diego Dario’s 20 point-performance for the Junior Maroons.

Sam Miguel
07-24-2013, 10:49 AM
Abdul gets warning and unsportsmanlike foul for elbow against Sentcheu

By Reuben Terrado

July 23, 2013, 04:47 pm

UST's Karim Abdul escaped getting a foul for apparently hitting Christian Sentcheu in the game but is given a warning by Commissioner Chito Loyzaga. Jerome Ascano UST's Karim Abdul escaped getting a foul for apparently hitting Christian Sentcheu in the game but is given a warning by Commissioner Chito Loyzaga.

UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas center Karim Abdul has been issued a warning by the UAAP Commissioner’s Office on Monday for an unsportsmanlike foul in the Tigers’ game against Far Eastern University.

Abdul wasn’t called for a foul after apparently elbowing FEU center and fellow Cameroonian Christian Sentcheu in the third quarter of Sunday's match, but UAAP commissioner Chito Loyzaga said in a memorandum that the UST big man should have been slapped with "an unsportsmanlike foul with an intention to hurt."

The Tamaraws won the match 77-67.

The incident also led to a scuffle at the end of the game after Abdul was seen exchanging words with former FEU Tamaraw Pipo Noundou, Sentcheu’s cousin. Cooler heads prevailed and prevented the scuffle from escalating into a free-for-all.

Loyzaga added that another foul of a similar nature will lead to an automatic one-game suspension for Abdul.

It was also in the game that FEU star Terrence Romeo was issued same warning from the UAAP Commissioner’s Office foul for tripping UST guard Ed Daquioag.

Another unsportsmanlike from Romeo will merit a one-game suspension and will disqualify him from a possible MVP bid.

Sam Miguel
07-24-2013, 10:52 AM
^^^ Looks like Commissioner Chito Loyzaga has been empowered for real by the UAAP for this season. One can only hope that when it comes to suspensions that the UAAP Board will not once again calendar such things on their agenda. If a guy got his warning memo already, surely it becomes incumbent on the coaches and team management to constantly make sure their guy doesn't get suspended for doing the same thing that earned him a warning memo in the first place.

Sam Miguel
07-25-2013, 08:52 AM
Ruffled feathers: Falcons slam refs as late unsportsmanlike foul aids Archers' escape

By Reuben Terrado

July 24, 2013, 07:16 pm

A CONTROVERSIAL unsportsmanlike call in the dying seconds had Adamson crying foul following the Falcons’ loss to De La Salle on Wednesday.

With 15.9 seconds left in the game and La Salle up by only two points 67-65, referees called an unsportsmanlike foul on Adamson’s Gian Abrigo while he was jockeying for position with La Salle big man Norbert Torres on an inbound play.

Torres' two free throws, which gave La Salle a four-point cushion, and the ensuing possession awarded to the Archers practically sealed the fate of a Falcons side that bravely fought back from a 15-point deficit to tie the score in the endgame.

Adamson coach Leo Austria was understandably infuriated, saying if there was a foul in that controversial play it should have been called not on Abrigo but on Torres.

“From start to finish, physical (ang laro) pero bakit sa last play na ‘yun kailangan pa ibigay ang foul,” Austria said. “Si Torres pa nga ang may foul kasi siya ang humawi sa kamay na nakadepensa.”

Austria later lambasted the officiating in the whole game, saying “on a scale of 1 to 10, I think six.”

He added: “I kept on complaining because there’s a lot of calls na hindi favorable sa amin. Maybe it’s the breaks of the game but imagine from first to fourth quarter, parang breaks of the game laging nasa kanila (Archers).

“And why was there a technical in that kind of play (inside the final) 30 seconds. We fought hard when we were down with five minutes left. We showed guts pero nauwi sa wala."

Austria was non-committal when asked if they plan to put the game under protest.

“I don’t know. We will see the tape if there is a technicality or if there is biased officiating. But if it’s a judgement call, I don’t think magpo-prosper ‘yung protest namin.”

Sam Miguel
07-25-2013, 08:53 AM
^^^ Judgement call indeed, Leo.

Fouls of whatever nature, whether called or let go, are all judgement calls.

Sam Miguel
07-25-2013, 08:55 AM
Gregorio cries foul as lone UPIS victory forfeited after player ruled ineligible

By Reuben Terrado

July 24, 2013, 05:02 pm

A HARD-EARNED quadruple-overtime victory of University of the Philippines Integrated School - which stood as the school's lone win in the two divisions of the UAAP this season - has been forfeited after the league board ruled one of the players Junior Maroons' roster ineligible.

The board determined on Tuesday that Joshua General is ineligible to play this UAAP season as he had already exceeded the five-season window for high school players starting from the year of grade-school graduation.

With the decision, the Junior Maroons’ lone victory in five games this season, an 89-87 victory over Adamson last July 14, clinched on the fourth extra period, has been overturned in favor of the Baby Falcons.

UP's senior team is winless in six games.

The board did not issue an official statement on the matter but an official who declined to go on record since he is not authorized to speak on behalf of the league bared that General finished Grade Six in Naga in 2008, making him ineligible this season based on the window period.

When pressed for comment, UPIS coach Allan Gregorio said that he is appealing the decision as General had actually graduated Grade Seven at Lourdes High School in 2010 after finishing his studies in Naga on 2008.

“It’s a sad, sad, power-tripping decision,” Gregorio told Spin.ph without elaborating. “DepEd (Department of Education) na ang nagsabi na kailangang respetuhin natin ang Grade Seven, which really helped him survive UP education.”

Gregorio also said that he couldn’t understand why the UAAP board suddenly made a ruling even though it had previously cleared General to play at the start of the season.

“This is a precedent. The eligibility clearance was given to me before the season,” said Gregorio.

The source said that General had already enrolled high school in San Beda after his graduation in Naga but Gregorio said that it failed to push through because he was too young for high school.

“He was 11 when he went to San Beda but all of a sudden, DepEd said that he was too young. So he looked for an opportunity kasi hanggang Grade Seven naman talaga dito sa Manila,” said Gregorio.

07-25-2013, 09:44 AM
Re AdU-DLSU game, it's automatic that if there's a foul it is unsportsmanlike if within the last 2 minutes in deadball situations. The question is was there a foul? As Jeep said they should have just been warned since it was a deadball situation and it wasn't that advantageous to either team and there was no very hard contact. Some people say it should have been double foul. Earlier Abrigo was pushed under the goal and there was no foul. DLSU could have nevertheless won the game without this controversial call but AdU should have been given the chance.

Sam Miguel
07-25-2013, 10:04 AM
^^^ GFY, I think what it all boils down to really is whether or not there was a foul in that play between Abrigo and Torres. From where was covering it looked like there was a foul, but Torres was covering with his thick body whatever Abrigo was up to, hence I was unable to see that bit of the action.

Again, whatever else we might think it was the referee on the spot at that moment and he already whistled the foul.

What I do not like is that the ref seemed unaware that by calling the foul, he would have no choice but to deem it unsportsmanlike per UAAP rule. You know he was unaware of that particular implication of his call because it took him three to four seconds to signal the unsportsmanlike foul.

You look at the total situation, Lasalle up by only two points, only four seconds left on their shotclock, only 15 seconds left on the game clock, an earlier (botched in my opinion) let-go of clear fouls by the Adamson pressure on Jeron Teng, the hesitation and tentativeness on the ref who whistled Abirgo for the foul, Lasalle escaping with the win after two end-game collapses previous, and suddenly you have a controversy.

I say that ref should be fired and never allowed to work a UAAP game ever again.

Sam Miguel
07-25-2013, 10:12 AM
Loyzaga cites old UAAP house rule to shed light on ref's controversial call

By Reuben Terrado

July 24, 2013, 08:45 pm

Adamson coach Leo Austria says the issue was not about whether the foul was unsportsmanlike in nature or not but on whether a foul should have been called on the Falcons Gian Abrigo in the first place.

COMMISSIONER Chito Loyzaga cited a UAAP house rule to shed light on the controversial unsportsmanlike foul slapped on an Adamson player that all but decided the Falcons' game against De La Salle on Wednesday.

Sought for comment on the unsportsmanlike foul called on Gian Abrigo in the final 15.9 seconds of the Falcons' 67-70 loss to the Archers, Loyzaga said there is a league rule that says all fouls away from the ball in the final two minutes are deemed ‘unsportsmanlike’ in nature.

Loyzaga showed to a handful of sportswriters the article on the league handbook pertaining to fouls on such cases, which read: “All fouls committed during deadball situations and/or the game clock is stopped will be assessed as unsportsmanlike foul only in the last two minutes.”

“Hindi ako gumawa ang patakaran na ‘yan. Hindi rin referees ang gumawa niyan,” Loyzaga said.

Abrigo was slapped with the foul as he jockeyed for position with La Salle center Norberto Torres while the Archers were inbounding the ball.

Loyzaga, however, didn’t give a clear answer on whether the call was indeed correct.

“Damned if you do, damned if you don’t,” Loyzaga said. “Kapag hindi tinawag, magagalit ang La Salle. Kapag tinawag, magagalit ang Adamson.”

The Falcons had slammed the officials for the call that helped the Archers escape in the endgame after blowing a 15-point lead. (For full story, see Ruffled feathers: Falcons slam refs as late unsportsmanlike foul aids Archers' escape)

Adamson coach Leo Austria said the issue was not about whether the foul was unsportsmanlike in nature or not but on whether a foul should have been called in the first place.

“From the start to finish, physical pero bakit sa last play na ‘yun, kailangang ibigay ang foul?” said a frustrated Austria.

“Kung talagang may foul ‘yung tawagan, pero as far as sa nakita ko, they are (jockeying) for position. In fact, hindi siya (Abrigo) ang nauna, si Torres eh,” said Austria.

When asked to comment on the officiating, De La Salle coach Juno Sauler said: “The officials are doing great.” Sauler, who had his share of complaints during the game, then paused before saying “No comment.”

Sauler, however, said that he was aware of the rule on fouls away from play being automatically called 'unsportsmanlike' inside the last two minutes.

“That’s (an) unsportsmanlike (foul). Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to see the action because I was looking for the ball,” Sauler said.

Referees from the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas are calling the league games this season.

Sam Miguel
07-29-2013, 01:51 PM
Banned Noundou denies hitting Abdul, claims UST star challenged him to a fight

By Reuben Terrado

July 28, 2013, 08:34 pm

FORMER Far Eastern University player Pipo Noundou has denied hitting a University of Santo Tomas player during a scuffle that led to the UAAP board’s decision to ban him from league venues this season.

Reacting to a Spin.ph story about his season ban, Noundou said that he never even touched a player, much less hit someone in the head, when he had an exchange of words with UST star Karim Abdul during the incident that nearly led to a melee after the Tamaraws’ 77-67 victory over UST on July 21.

“I’ll never hit someone's head,” said Noundou. “Even before as a player (I never did it), what more as a spectator? I’m an educated person and I was raised by good parents.”

The UAAP board made the decision to ban Noundou based on an incident report submitted by UST, which claimed that Noundou hit Abdul at the back of the head. (For full story on UAAP decision, see Former Tamaraw banned from UAAP cage venues for rest of season)

Noundou claimed otherwise, saying he was far away from Abdul when he confronted the latter for what he felt was a cheap shot by the UST player on FEU center Christian Sentcheu, who is Noundou's cousin.

He has vowed to appeal the ban.

Here's how the Cameroonian center recounted the incident: “I was 15 feet away from him when I said, ‘Hey Karim, I saw what you did to Christian. Don’t think you will get away that easy.'”

Noundou said that was the time Abdul challenged him to a fight.

“He started reacting like, ‘You want to fight? Come now, let’s fight,’” said Noundou. “I told him, ‘I’ll wait for you outside.’ All his coaches started overreacting. That’s it.”

Noundou said that Abdul has since apologized to him and Sentcheu. He, however, doesn’t understand why the UAAP banned him.

“I’m just a spectator and I didn’t enter the court,” he said.

Sam Miguel
07-29-2013, 01:52 PM
Van Opstal warned after 'closed fist' hit on Sewa

By Reuben Terrado

July 28, 2013, 04:06 pm

LA SALLE big man Arnold Van Opstal has been warned by the UAAP Commissioner’s Office for his inappropriate actions during the Green Archers’ game against the Adamson Falcons last week.

League commissioner Chito Loyzaga handed the warning after an incident involving Van Opstal and Adamson’s Ingrid Sewa late in the game.

He added that any similar incident will result into a one-game suspension for the promising La Salle center.

The warning stemmed from what appeared to be a ‘closed fist’ Van Opstal threw at Sewa late in La Salle’s 70-67 victory which wasn't called by the referees during the game but was seen by officials on video replays.

Earlier, La Salle star Jeron Teng was also given a warning by the UAAP Commissioner’s Office after the Green Archers’ match against rival Ateneo.

Sam Miguel
07-30-2013, 10:34 AM
Tamaraw sparkplug top MVP contender

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

9:37 pm | Monday, July 29th, 2013

He’s the most dominant player in the most dominant team.

Terrence Romeo has emerged as the top contender for the Most Valuable Player plum after powering Far Eastern University to a seven-game sweep of the first round of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament Sunday.

The senior guard, whose lowest production this season was still a remarkable 19 points, amassed 79.0 statistical points (SPs) to edge National University’s Ray Parks, the MVP in the last two seasons.

“I told my teammates that I’m not after any award, I just want us to keep on winning and get the championship,” said Romeo, the 2010 Rookie of the Year.

Romeo led the league both in points scored at 22.6 ppg and steals at 1.4 spg aside from ranking third in assists at 4.1 apg and averaging 6.3 rebounds.

Although Parks has a shot at a record-setting three straight MVPs, he said he’d rather focus on his team’s goal.

Parks ranked second with 76.14 SPs after finishing third in points (18.9 ppg), sixth in rebounds (9.4 rpg) and second both in assists (4.4 apg) and steals (1.3 spg).

University of the East’s Charles Mammie lies third with 74.83 SPs, but the African recruit won’t be eligible for an award after getting slapped with a suspension early in the season.

National U’s Emmanuel Mbe took fourth with 67.28 SPs (17.1 ppg, 11.9 rpg) followed by UE’s top guard Roi Sumang with 66.14 SPs (19 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 4 apg).

Rounding out the top 10 based on the numbers released yesterday by league statistician Imperium Technology and Smart Bro were University of Santo Tomas’ Karim Abdul (62.71 SPs), FEU’s RR Garcia (58.5), Ateneo’s Ryan Buenafe (56.57), Adamson’s Jericho Cruz (56.0) and La Salle’s Jeron Teng (55.71).

The second round of the eliminations starts on Aug. 14 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Sam Miguel
07-30-2013, 11:13 AM
DLSU not filing protest over Mbe jersey mix-up

By Reuben Terrado

July 29, 2013, 06:57 pm

DE La Salle will not put its game against National University under protest despite a mix-up that had the Bulldogs' Emmanuel Mbe wearing two different jerseys in their UAAP men’s basketball match on Sunday.

Photos spread online showing Mbe playing with a different set of jerseys during the first and second quarter, with netizens pointing out that the first kit he used had a different sponsor patch compared to the second.

Netizens also wondered if the mix-up could be enough grounds for a La Salle protest of the game which the Bulldogs won, 63-56.

However, Henry Atayde, La Salle’s representative to the league board, said a rule covering wrong uniforms instituted by the UAAP in 2009 makes a protest pointless.

Under the UAAP rule, it is the responsibility of the aggrieved team to point out the wrong uniform to game officials during the game, said Atayde.

“If the coaching staff had pointed it out during the game, it would be called a technical foul with two (free throw) shots,” Atayde explained. “The player will need to leave the court but can come back with the correct uniform.”

Teams cannot be penalized after the fact.

A longtime UAAP official said the rule was put in place to avoid incidents from being decided off court.

It marked the second consecutive year Mbe brought a wrong set of jersey during a game.

Last season, Mbe initially wore a jersey without a number at the front during the Bulldogs’ opening game against University of the East. The Cameroonian center had to wait for the correct set of uniforms before seeing action.

Cases of protest due to wrong uniform had occurred not only in the UAAP but also in the NCAA.

In 2008 or a year before the UAAP rule on uniforms was instituted, San Beda lost a game against College of Saint Benilde via forfeiture after Sam Ekwe wore an incorrect playing jersey.

In the UAAP, La Salle’s OJ Cua was also caught wearing the wrong uniform against University of the Philippines. The Fighting Maroons reportedly put the game under protest during the course of the match, which they won anyway.

In another UAAP game involving the Maroons against Ateneo in 2008, Blue Eagles Kirk Long and Vince Burke were caught wearing the wrong jerseys although UP didn’t file a protest on the incident.

Sam Miguel
07-30-2013, 11:26 AM
Romeo keen to avoid repeat of 2010 letdown

By Reuben Terrado

July 29, 2013, 06:29 pm

Terrence Romeo is hoping to help the Tamaraws avoid a repeat of Season 73.

FAR Eastern University is in the same position it was three years ago, on top of the UAAP leaderboard with an unblemished slate at the halfway point of the eliminations. This time, Terrence Romeo leads the MVP race, but the crafty guard is getting too far ahead of himself.

Lessons learned from 2010 has taught Romeo that there is much work to be done.

Romeo won the Rookie of the year award in Season 73 and his teammate RR Garcia was named MVP, but the Tamaraws wound up being swept by Ateneo in the title series.

Now the fourth-year guard insists he is focusing on helping the Tamaraws win as many games as they can.

“Salamat sa Diyos. Pero malayo pa,” Romeo told Spin.ph when asked about topping the MVP race midway through the season.

Romeo topped the MVP race at the end of the first round, compiling 79 statistical points after averaging 22.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 1.4 steals this season.

He helped the Tamaraws achieve a rare feat by winning all their games in the first round for a 7-0 slate but knows the tough grind still lies ahead. The Tamaraws lost two games in the second round in 2010 and then lost twice again in the finals to the Eagles.

“Wala pa rin kaming achievement. Parang rookie year ko, ganoon din. Pero mas focused kami sa next round dahil lahat ng teams, gusto na kaming talunin. Mas focused kami next round. Hindi namin iniisip na 7-0,” Romeo said.

FEU coach Nash Racela declined to credit their success to their individual strengths and instead noted his team has topped statistical categories like assists, where the Tamaraws are averaging 16.3 per outing.

“I read a lot of tweets … One thing I’ve noticed is people really magnify the individual stats ng mga players. But I think isang bagay na we always take for granted is the team stats. I’m happy that we are number one like in assists and those stuff.

“It’s a collective effort rather than focused on one individual. I rather focus on the team,” said Racela.

07-31-2013, 08:51 AM
Didn't it use to be that hitting someone with a closed fist merited an automatic suspension for the next game day, (even in cases where this was spotted only upon review)? So now the penalty has been downgraded to just an automatic warning?

08-01-2013, 11:34 PM
DLSU not filing protest over Mbe jersey mix-up

By Reuben Terrado

July 29, 2013, 06:57 pm

DE La Salle will not put its game against National University under protest despite a mix-up that had the Bulldogs' Emmanuel Mbe wearing two different jerseys in their UAAP men’s basketball match on Sunday.

Photos spread online showing Mbe playing with a different set of jerseys during the first and second quarter, with netizens pointing out that the first kit he used had a different sponsor patch compared to the second.

Netizens also wondered if the mix-up could be enough grounds for a La Salle protest of the game which the Bulldogs won, 63-56.

However, Henry Atayde, La Salle’s representative to the league board, said a rule covering wrong uniforms instituted by the UAAP in 2009 makes a protest pointless.

Under the UAAP rule, it is the responsibility of the aggrieved team to point out the wrong uniform to game officials during the game, said Atayde.

“If the coaching staff had pointed it out during the game, it would be called a technical foul with two (free throw) shots,” Atayde explained. “The player will need to leave the court but can come back with the correct uniform.”

Teams cannot be penalized after the fact.

A longtime UAAP official said the rule was put in place to avoid incidents from being decided off court.

It marked the second consecutive year Mbe brought a wrong set of jersey during a game.

Last season, Mbe initially wore a jersey without a number at the front during the Bulldogs’ opening game against University of the East. The Cameroonian center had to wait for the correct set of uniforms before seeing action.

Cases of protest due to wrong uniform had occurred not only in the UAAP but also in the NCAA.

In 2008 or a year before the UAAP rule on uniforms was instituted, San Beda lost a game against College of Saint Benilde via forfeiture after Sam Ekwe wore an incorrect playing jersey.

In the UAAP, La Salle’s OJ Cua was also caught wearing the wrong uniform against University of the Philippines. The Fighting Maroons reportedly put the game under protest during the course of the match, which they won anyway.

In another UAAP game involving the Maroons against Ateneo in 2008, Blue Eagles Kirk Long and Vince Burke were caught wearing the wrong jerseys although UP didn’t file a protest on the incident.

Hello Henry Atayde. Hahaha! Remember Ekwe's uniform?

08-05-2013, 08:41 AM
Lady Tams cap cage twin sweep for FEU

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:13 pm | Sunday, August 4th, 2013

FAR Eastern University completed a basketball double sweep as the Lady Tamaraws easily preserved their perfect record at the end of the first round of the UAAP women’s tournament yesterday at Filoil Flying V Arena.

The Lady Tamaraws overwhelmed La Salle, 70-49, to stay unbeaten in seven games just a week after the Tamaraws also swept the men’s basketball action for a 7-0 card.

Camille Sambile posted 19 points and nine rebounds to lead the Lady Tamaraws, the champions in the last two seasons who extended their amazing win streak to 25 games.

Marites Albano, Jack Tanaman and Vangie Soriano also finished with a combined 34 points in the lopsided match.

The feat replicated FEU’s double sweep of the first round in 2010, although both teams then fell short in the finals.

National University grabbed solo second at 6-1 following an 81-69 drubbing of University of Santo Tomas. La Salle fell to third at 5-2.

The Lady Bulldogs turned the tight game around with a fourth-quarter outburst where Kristine Abriam and Afril Bernardino combined for 20 of the team’s 30 points.

Abriam paced the Lady Bulldogs with 20 points. Bernardino added 15 points and 14 rebounds and Anne Gupilan contributed 14 points and 14 boards.

The Tigresses fell into a tie at 3-4 with Adamson and University of the Philippines.

Adamson routed winless Ateneo, 81-53, while UP bested University of the East, 67-55.

08-05-2013, 08:49 AM
UAAP board belies Gregorio 'power-tripping' claim in General eligibility brouhaha

By Reuben Terrado

August 03, 2013, 07:31 pm

UAAP secretary-treasurer Malou Isip says the board earlier declared Jozhua General eligible based on the 2010 elementary graduation records at Lourdes School submitted by UPIS. However, she said the league found out that General had a record of attending high school in San Beda College-Taytay, meaning he had already graduated from elementary previously.

THE UAAP board on Saturday said it declared University of the Philippines Integrated School player Jozhua General based solely on the merits of the case, denying claims made by Junior Maroons' coach Allan Gregorio that it was a “power-tripping” decision.

Responding to a Spin.ph report and a newspaper column about the UAAP board decision, secretary treasurer Malou Isip took exception to Gregorio’s statements insinuating that host Adamson, which Isip represents in the board, may have swayed the league's verdict.

The Junior Maroons’ lone victory this season, which they pulled off after four overtime periods last July 14, came against the Baby Falcons, with the winning basket scored by General himself. That 89-87 victory has since been overturned after General was declared ineligible.

“We are not power-tripping,” Isip told Spin.ph. “We just set our decision based on the record that they (Junior Maroons) presented.”

The UAAP ruled that General had already exhausted the number of years (five) allowed an athlete to complete his high school playing years in the UAAP. In the case of General, the UAAP board found out that he had already finished Grade Six in 2008 in a school in Naga City.

Gregorio, however, slammed the decision saying that General is eligible based on his 2010 Grade Seven graduation at Lourdes School, which was allowed by the Department of Education.

In protest of the league’s decision, Gregorio wore a black wrist band during the Junior Maroons’ loss to De La Salle-Zobel on Saturday at the end of the first round of the juniors competitions at The Arena in San Juan.

Isip confirmed that the board earlier declared General eligible based on his 2010 elementary graduation records at Lourdes School submitted by UPIS. However, she said the league found out that General had a record of attending high school in San Beda College-Taytay, meaning he had already graduated from elementary previously.

“The San Beda high school record was never declared,” said Isip.

After questions about General’s eligibility surfaced, Isip said the board asked UP’s board representatives Chancellor Caesar Saloma and Ronualdo Dizer to review his papers.

“It was my initiative to call UP to check his records kasi doble ang graduation. They (UP) themselves found out na may first-year record na siya ng high school,” said Isip.

The UAAP secretary treasurer also confirmed that the league doesn’t sanction a student-athlete from graduating twice. But UAAP rules state that the first graduation will be the basis of an athlete’s eligibility.

“Puwede namang gumraduate ng ilang beses. But the issue is kung ano ang iho-honor namin na graduation. Siyempre, ’yun iyong unang date of graduation and hindi ’yung pangalawa,” said Isip.

Sam Miguel
08-06-2013, 09:56 AM
Lady Tam Sambile, Eaglet Ravena pace MVP derby

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

9:44 pm | Monday, August 5th, 2013

FAR Eastern University’s Camille Sambile emerged as the runaway leader in the women’s MVP race, while Ateneo’s Thirdy Ravena topped the tight battle in the juniors side of the UAAP basketball tournament.

Sambile powered the Lady Tamaraws to a seven-game sweep of the first round to finish with 89.28 statistical points (SP), which was more than 20 ahead of her closest pursuer.

Ravena, the younger brother of Ateneo seniors star Kiefer Ravena, amassed 74.42 SP after leading the Blue Eaglets to a second-best record (5-2) behind the unbeaten National University (7-0).

Sambile paced the league both in points scored at 19.7 ppg and steals at 4.6 spg aside from averaging 11.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.4 blocks.

Just last week, FEU’s Terrence Romeo also came out on top of the men’s MVP contest as the Tamaraws similarly swept the first round.

A member of the national youth team, Thirdy proved to be another talented Ravena as he averaged 19 points, 9.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists.

His teammate Michael Nieto ranked second with 73.16 SP, but he can no longer qualify for the top award after getting slapped with a one-game suspension in the first round.

Completing the top five based on the official numbers released yesterday by league statistician Imperium Technology and Smart Bro were NU’s Mark Dyke with 68.57 SP (14.9 points, 11.7 rebounds), Adamson’s Reiner Quinga with 68.57 SP (17.1 points, 14.9 rebounds, 2.9 blocks) and De La Salle Zobel’s Henri Subido with 67.85 SP (league-best 23.1 points, 2.4 steals).

In the women’s side, NU’s Afril Bernardino finished second with 67 SP built on averages of 12.4 points, 11.6 rebounds and 1.9 blocks.

Rounding out the top five women’s players, who all posted double-double averages, were University of Santo Tomas’ Maica Cortes with 65.42 SP (13.7 points, 13.9 rebounds), La Salle’s Ara Abaca with 62.28 SP (13 points, 10.9 rebounds) and Ateneo’s Danica Jose with 60.71 SP (10.7 points, league-best both in rebounds at 14.3 rpg and blocks at 4.6 bpg).

08-16-2013, 09:19 AM
UP Maroons ordered to make changes to playing jerseys. Find out why

By Reuben Terrado

August 15, 2013, 05:59 pm

UNIVERSITY of the Philippines made a small but significant change to its playing jerseys when the Maroons showed up for the second round of the UAAP men’s basketball competitions.

During its game against Ateneo on Thursday, the Maroons wore uniforms that had the words 'Unibersidad ng' added to 'Pilipinas' to complete the school name at the front of the jersey.

Previously, UP jerseys only had the name 'Pilipinas.'

So what prompted the change?

UP coach Ricky Dandan admitted to Spin.ph that the change in the uniforms was made to comply with an order from the UAAP Board.

“Ayaw nila ng Pilipinas lang,” Dandan said.

A UAAP board member confirmed that they asked UP to make revisions to their uniform so it wouldn't appear that the Maroons are the Philippine national team.

“Hindi naman tama,” said the board member.

The UAAP board also said the order was in no way related to Gilas Pilipinas’ memorable campaign in the recent Fiba-Asia Championship, where the national team finished runner-up to Iran.

During the Asian championships hosted by the country, Gilas also wore a jersey with the word ‘Pilipinas’ at the front.

The bad news was, the change brought no good luck for the Maroons who went on to drop their eighth straight game of the season, losing 59-67 to Ateneo on Thursday afternoon.

08-16-2013, 09:21 AM
Troubling loss to NU, Romeo's struggles reveal cracks in FEU Tams' armor

By Reuben Terrado

August 15, 2013, 04:55 pm

FEU star Terrence Romeo admitted that he was FEU star Terrence Romeo admitted that he was "out of shape" because he "relaxed" during the Fiba-Asia break, bolstering rumors that coach Racela blew his top after learning that his players had "one too many night outs" during the lull while their coach was away on Gilas duty.

WHAT a difference two weeks make.

Just last month, Far Eastern University's Tamaraws were the toast of the UAAP after a sweep of their seven games in the first round while top star Terrence Romeo was its poster boy, hailed as a great individual talent who has finally figured out how it is to play within the team concept.

One loss at the resumption of hostilities following a self-imposed league break to give way to the hosting of the Fiba-Asia championships not only quashed FEU's chance of a two-round sweep of the eliminations but also revealed cracks in the Tamaraws' armor.

It was not so much the defeat but the way the Tamaraws lost the game that has riled FEU coach Nash Racela, who initially tried to take the flak for the defeat until he could no longer suppress the rage inside him.

“I would say that it was my fault because of my commitment with Gilas. So probably, I was sending a wrong message (to the players) by not being there,” said Racela, who was forced to miss some FEU practices owing to his role as an assistant coach at Gilas.

But when asked what he told his boys inside the dugout, Racela admitted, “Iba doon sa pinag-usapan natin.”

Pressed on what led to the 58-59 loss to National University, Racela said: “Siguro part of the culture change, more off the court,” without elaborating.

It was no surprise that Romeo took the heat from fans after the defeat where he finished with only eight points on 3-of-16 shooting and tried to go on his own in a late offensive play and ended up turning the ball over, setting the stage for Bobby Parks' game-winning free throws.

Worse, his relationship with fellow star RR Garcia once again showed cracks when he tried to waive off his backcourt partner, who until then had carried the fight for the Tamaraws, not just once during that fateful final play.

Romeo ended up losing the ball on a crossover, fanning accusations that he had gone back to his old ways.

One of those who noticed and was bold enough to air his thoughts, former Ateneo star Nico Salva, said via Twitter, "Romeo is back to his old self. Why dont u just give the ball to RR?"

He ended up in an online spat with Romeo who obviously didn't appreciate the dig. (For full story, see Nico Salva's dig at 'ball hog' Terrence Romeo triggers war of words on Twitter)

Sought for comment later, Romeo admitted that he was "out of shape" because he "relaxed" during the Fiba-Asia break, bolstering rumors that Racela blew his top after learning that his players had "one too many night outs" during the lull while their coach was away on Gilas duty.

Romeo, at least, was man enough to admit that he underperformed.

“Disiplina namin, hindi ko nadala sa sarili ko. Medyo napabayaan ko ‘yung kundisyon ko,” the league's leading MVP contender acknowledged. “Medyo nakaapekto, hindi namin nagamit ‘yung long break na makapag-pahinga. Medyo nag-relax kami.”

Asked about Romeo’s struggles, Racela pointed to his Gilas commitment and said: “It’s all connected.”

All that showed was that the Tamaraws, for all their inspired play in the first round, remain a work in progress as they look to end years of frustration since winning the school's last championship in 2005 with a team bannered by Arwind Santos, Jeff Chan, and Dennis Miranda.

Racela, however, has embraced the challenge.

“Good thing despite us struggling the whole game, we could have won the game. We gave up a few free throws in the end,” said Racela.

“But it will depend on how quick we adjust and change. ‘Yun ang importante after this loss. It’s welcome for me. I welcome this (challenge) with open arms.”

08-16-2013, 09:22 AM
Jeric Teng still out as Tigers take on Warriors

By Reuben Terrado

August 14, 2013, 01:05 pm

UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas will still miss the services of Jeric Teng when they open their second round against University of the East on Thursday, but the Tigers skipper said he could make his comeback soon.

The two-week break during the Fiba-Asia Championship allowed Teng to rest his injured shoulder and he has actually started some training on his own although he said his status is still day-to-day.

“Sariling practice pa lang ako pero wala na ’yung (orthopedic arm) sling,” said Teng.

Teng suffered a partial tear in his right anterior labrum (shoulder joint) after he was hit by National University’s Jeff Javillonar in July.

“Hindi pa ako sure (kung kalian). Day-to-day pa rin pero sure na I’m not playing against UE,” Teng said.

The Tigers play the Red Warriors at the Araneta Coliseum on Thursday at 4 p.m. as they part ways after finishing the first round with a 4-3 win-loss slate.

It was actually in the first round encounter that UST started playing without Teng but the Tigers came out as winners in that game, grabbing an 88-77 victory over the Red Warriors last July 13.

Following that loss, however, the Red Warriors won three straight games to finish the first round in joint second place.

UE coach Boycie Zamar said that the break was an opportunity to prepare not just mentally but physically after an inconsistent first round.

“We have to inject the mental side of the game to the players,” Zamar said.

In the 2 p.m. game, Ateneo takes on University of the Philippines.

After a so-so first round that saw them finish with a 3-4 record, Ateneo coach Bo Perasol welcomed the break as it is their opportunity to rest some of the injuries of the players.

“We have to be sharp for the second round,” said Perasol.

The Maroons look to bounce back after they failed to notch a win in the first round.

08-16-2013, 09:23 AM
Mariano assures injury not serious enough to force him to miss out

By Mei-Lin Lozada

August 15, 2013, 11:21 pm

UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas star forward Aljon Mariano was quick to allay fears the foot injury he suffered in a game against University of the East on Thursday was serious enough to force him to miss games.

Mariano went down at the 5:04 mark of the third period when he stepped on center Charles Mammie and rolled his left foot, writhing in pain as he was carried out of the floor by UST staff led by coach Pido Jarencio.

He never returned, watching from the sidelines as the Red Warriors rallied for a 67-68 victory.

Video replays of the play raised fears the UST star may have badly injured the same ankle he hurt in the preseason, forcing him to miss the early part of the Tigers' campaign.

Mariano, however, said it won't keep him from suiting up in the school's next game.

"Medyo nanigas lang kasi noong na-twist pero noong na-relax na okay na," Mariano said. "Makakalaro (na ako) next game."

Mariano admitted that it was poor decision-making that cost the Tigers a victory in a game where they led by as many as 11 points, 58-47, in the second half.

"Medyo maling decisions lang noong last 20 seconds," he said, pointing to a late play when Ed Daquioag made a crosscourt inbound pass to Kevin Ferrer which led to a turnover and the game-winning layup from UE gunner Roi Sumang.

Mariano, who finished with four points, three rebounds and three assists, expects UST to stay in the title fight as the Tigers await the return of top scorer Jeric Teng.

"Ngayong second round magkakasama na kami sa UST, lahat kami, siguro kailangan pa namin mag regroup. Babalik na si Jeric siguro mas magiging okay na 'yung takbo ng team namin," he said.

08-18-2013, 09:10 PM
Dandan out as UP head coach—source

By Celest R. Flores


7:14 pm | Sunday, August 18th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — Ricky Dandan is out as the coach of the University of the Philippines’ men’s basketball team, a source who requested to remain anonymous, confirmed on Sunday.

It came after the Maroons absorbed their eighth setback in UAAP season 76 last Thursday in the hands of Ateneo, 59-67.

INQUIRER.net tried to reach Dandan through text messages and phone calls but received no response.

Dandan had a 3-33 record in his three-season stay with the Maroons.

08-18-2013, 10:19 PM
Trouble in Diliman as UP Maroons undergo coaching change
by Jane Bracher
Sunday, 18 August 2013 11 Comments

UAAP Season 74: NU Bulldogs vs. UP Fighting Maroons, July 17, 2011UP’s woes continue to hound them in Season 76 of the UAAP as the Fighting Maroons are on the verge of a makeover in the middle of the elimination rounds, starting with a coaching change.

A source revealed that Ricky Dandan is stepping down as head coach of the Maroons after three years with the team, effective immediately.

The source also added that the entire UP men’s basketball team is under review for the second round.

The Maroons have been the subject of critique all around the UAAP for quite some time due to their lackluster performances in Seniors Men’s Basketball in recent years. They currently stand at 0-8 this season after dropping their second round opening game to the Ateneo Blue Eagles last Thursday, 67-59.

In the years since Dandan took on the coaching reins, the Maroons have lucked out in the recruitment battle. This year, they are a young team laden with rookies including promising ones in Kyles Lao, Jason Ligad, and Andre Paras who they are banking on to change their fortunes.

Dandan has not made any plans yet on where he will go next.

“Will take a breather first and enjoy my family,” he told Inboundpass in a text message.

No official announcement has been made on who will replace Dandan but former coach and team manager Rey Madrid is said to be running practice as of posting time.

08-19-2013, 06:59 AM
Source: UP chancellor to step in, insist Ricky Dandan still Maroons coach

By Reuben Terrado

August 19, 2013, 12:26 am

UP coach Ricky Dandan and his staff were fired not by the College of Human Kinetics but by the school's alumni association, sources say.

DUE to a case of the alumni association bypassing officials of College of Human Kinetics (CHK), the chancellor of the University of the Philippines will step in and release a statement on Monday saying Ricky Dandan is still the head coach of the Maroons, a source said.

A source said UP chancellor Dr. Caesar Saloma will come out with an official announcement on Monday to clear up the issue surrounding Dandan, who was reported to have been replaced as Maroons coach by team manager Rey Madrid on Saturday morning. (For full story, see Sources: Dandan has stepped down as UP Maroons coach)

The chancellor's decision should put an end to the controversy since he has the final say on changes to the Maroons coaching staff, sources said.

According to multiple sources, Dandan and his entire coaching staff did not step down but were sacked by the alumni association which offered the job to Madrid, who in turn had planned to bring in former Maroons Ramil Cruz and Poch Juinio as his assistants.

(For full story, see Ramil Cruz, Juinio to join Madrid in UP coaching staff after Dandan exit)

However, the alumni association's move apparently did not have the blessings of CHK officials who will now stand by the decision of the chancellor on the issue.

Sources said it was Dandan who brought in Madrid when he took over the UP job in 2011, prompting him to post a tweet saying, "made the mistake trusting people" with the hashtag "#Engot."

This is not the first time that the alumni and CHK had a misunderstanding as to the hiring of a coach, having previously clashed when Aboy Castro was tapped to replace Joe Lipa in 2010.

08-19-2013, 07:16 AM
Defiant Gregorio ready for repercussions of General's reinstatement

By Reuben Terrado

August 17, 2013, 02:55 pm

“I do hope that it is cleared out kaysa ‘yung nagco-court battle tayo, imbis na sa basketball court tayo, merong board room, merong court room, pangit eh. I want this to end here,” says Allan Gregorio.

UNIVERSITY of the Philippines Integrated School coach Allan Gregorio said on Saturday the team is ready for the repercussions of the move to field Jozhua General in their second round opener against University of Santo Tomas.

Gregorio said he intends to continue fielding General after his parents obtained a 20-day Temporary Restraining Order from the Quezon City Regional Trial Court last Friday against the UAAP board's decision declaring the player ineligible for the league's junior division.

Gregorio said the least he could do was stand up for General after his parents fought for his reinstatement through the court order. He also hinted that the move to play General had the blessings of the school.

“Pinaglaban siya ng magulang niya tapos ako matatakot? I have to trust the system," Gregorio told Spin.ph after the Junior Maroons' 73-71 win over University of Santo Tomas on Saturday in a game where General finished with two points, 10 rebounds, and two assists.

"Kung sinabi ng UP na huwag ipaglaban, hindi naman namin ipaglalaban. I also have an obligation to the alumni and to the whole system,” Gregorio added.

General’s parents obtained the TRO after the board ruled last month that their son was ineligible since he had already exceeded the five-year window for junior players starting from the year of his graduation from grade school.

The UAAP based its decision on a document attesting that General graduated from Grade Six in a school in Naga City while UP claimed the player's graduation in 2010 from Lourdes School in Mandaluyong should be used as the basis instead.

The UAAP board has said that it will abide with the TRO.

The Quezon City sheriff had also issued a protection order against National University juniors assistant coach Leo Pujante, who General’s parents claim has harassed his son and was behind the protest that led to the UAAP decision.

Gregorio said that the team is ready if the final board decision will not be in their favor in the end.

“I know the repercussions … If we are going to keep winning and they (UAAP board) take it away, so be it. Ganoon talaga. But if we do (keep it), I’ll take my hats off to the board. We can all move on from this, we can all sit down, reach out, and just focus on basketball,” said Gregorio.

Gregorio said that he has reached out to the UAAP board led by secretary treasurer Malou Isip before the game.

“I do hope that it is cleared out kaysa ‘yung nagco-court battle tayo, imbis na sa basketball court tayo, merong board room, merong Quezon City court room, pangit eh. I want this to end here,” said Gregorio.

08-19-2013, 05:34 PM
Lost in the twitter war between Romeo and Salva is the fact that Parks wasn't fouled in that fastbreak play and was on his way to turning the ball over. And the non-call on the travelling infraction by Mbe was made worse when it was shown on the replay that the baseline referee was actually looking at that very play but didn't make a call.

But I ain;t complaining :D

08-19-2013, 06:11 PM
Lost in the twitter war between Romeo and Salva is the fact that Parks wasn't fouled in that fastbreak play and was on his way to turning the ball over. And the non-call on the travelling infraction by Mbe was made worse when it was shown on the replay that the baseline referee was actually looking at that very play but didn't make a call.

But I ain;t complaining :D

Very good observation sir!

Comm.Loyzaga should watch closely the referees body language lalo na pag may laro ang NU at La salle.......

Sam Miguel
08-22-2013, 09:17 AM
FEU guard RR Garcia slapped with one-game suspension

By Mark Giongco


8:46 pm | Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — Snapping out of a losing skid is one thing, doing so without a key player is another.

Far Eastern University, currently on a two-game slide, will have to double its efforts when it takes on University of the East sans its star guard RR Garcia, who was given a one-game suspension Tuesday after committing his second unsportsmanlike foul this UAAP Season 76.

The Tamaraws, coming off their first back-to-back losses of the year against the National University Bulldogs and De La Salle Green Archers after sweeping the first round, look to get back on the winning track against the Red Warriors Sunday.

FEU coach Nash Racela had said it’s going to be tough without Garcia, one of his team’s primary weapons along with Terrence Romeo, but “somebody has to step up.”

Garcia, the 2010 MVP, incurred his second unsportsmanlike foul after hitting the Green Archers guard Oda Tampus with an elbow in the third quarter of the Tamaraws’ 66-75 loss last Sunday.

Committing two unsportsmanlike fouls in a season merits an automatic one-game ban.

Sam Miguel
08-22-2013, 09:18 AM
UAAP beach volley, badminton up

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:43 pm | Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Action in UAAP Season 76 heats up as beach volleyball and badminton competitions begin this weekend in separate venues.

An early clash of favorites will usher in the beach volleyball tournament at University of the East Caloocan sand court with reigning two-time champion University of Santo Tomas taking on De La Salle on Saturday. The Tigresses and the Lady Spikers clash in the curtain raiser of a 10-game bill at 8 a.m.

With former Most Valuable Player Judy Caballejo having played out her eligibility with UST, Maru Banaticla will have a new partner in Pam Lastimosa, while Kim Fajardo will lead the way for De La Salle with either Cyd Demecillo or Cienne Cruz.

National University, meanwhile, opens its quest for a second straight men’s title against a rebuilding Adamson University side at 10 a.m. and University of the East at 1 p.m.

Other women’s matches are the Adamson-University of the Philippines tussle at 8:30 a.m., Ateneo-NU duel at 9 a.m. and Far Eastern University-UE clash at 9:30 a.m.

After the Bulldogs-Falcons duel, other men’s matches pit the Tamaraws against the Green Archers at 10:30 a.m., the Red Warriors against the Blue Eagles at 11 a.m. and the Fighting Maroons against the Growling Tigers at 11:30 a.m. FEU, the Season 75 runner-up, returns to take on UP at 1:30 p.m.

08-25-2013, 10:52 AM
UAAP: Teng rues missed chance to help UST as he injures his hamstring

By Celest R. Flores


12:03 am | Sunday, August 25th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines—Jeric Teng’s face was covered in frustration as he sat in pain on the floor of the hallway leading to the dugout at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Saturday—his return from a four-game layoff.

Teng, who is healing from a right shoulder injury, barely sweat when he injured his right hamstring with 4:30 left in the second quarter of the University of Santo Tomas’ match against National University.

What was feared to be a tear was initially ruled by Teng’s doctor as just muscle spasms. The senior guard manage to rejoin his team on the bench later on.

“Sabi ng doctor ko. Spasms lang. I-check parin tomorrow,” Teng told reporters. “Parang nahila or nag-snap. Pero pag tingin kanina sa ultrasound, parang wala naman daw tear. Baka talaga na-spasm lang.”

But even as UST’s top gun managed to heave a sigh of relief as the pain in his hamstring isn’t threatening, the frustation was a bit harder to shake off as the Tigers later absorbed a 65-71 loss to the Bulldogs.

“I’m very frustrated kasi di ako makatulong sa team. That’s the worst feeling. Tapos talo pa kami,” said Teng, who added his desire to contribute in his last five games with UST.

“I wanted to play, pero pinakiramdaman ko tapos feel ko magiging liability lang ako sa kanila. Mahirap naman ipilit. Di ako makagalaw ng maayos,” he also said.

Teng, who said that he might have overworked himself in his eagerness to be in game shape for his return, only clocked in 10 minutes with just two markers.

“Siguro I overworked myself. Last week lang ako na-clear, last Saturday. Siguro napadami extra ko. One of the reasons siguro.”

Without Teng of the floor, the Tigers had one less offensive option as they tried to weather the Bulldogs’ smooth flowing attack.

NU made sure all game that UST couldn’t catch its breath as it chalked up 25 points from fastbreaks, on top of its remarkable 20 assists.

“Ito siguro worst game namin for quiet sometime,” Teng admitted. “We were outhustled, outworked, lahat talaga. Walang aggresive [samin]. Frustrated yung mga players, walang nag-uusap, kaya ganun ka tambak.”

Teng said that head coach Pido Jarencio, who left shortly after the post-game huddle, urged the Tigers to battle on the court with more heart— which has been the team’s battlecry since the fiery coach took over.

“Frustated narin sya [coach Pido] eh. Throughout the week, okay naman ensayo pag dating ng game nag-iba. Sabi nya samin, di kami mananalo if we don’t play with our hearts. Kasi kanina wala talaga.”

With the danger of falling out of contention with only a few games left in the elimination round, Teng said that UST will just take it a game at a time.

“Wala na kami pwede i-talo. One game at a time lang. Di pa namin iniisp kung papasok kami, basta next game ang fcous namin.”

Sam Miguel
08-27-2013, 10:35 AM
UAAP Player Rankings: Who's on top at every position?

by Enzo Flojo

Posted on 08/24/2013 11:59 AM | Updated 08/24/2013 12:50 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- More than halfway through the 76th UAAP men's basketball tournament, let us look at the top players per position and the statistical leaders as action in the country's premier collegiate athletic league continue to sizzle.

Legend: ppg (points per game), rpg (rebounds per game), apg (assists per game), spg (steals per game), bpg (blocks per game), EFF (efficiency rating)


1. Charles Mammie UE 13.9ppg, 17.4rpg, 1.0spg 40.1 EFF
2. Emmanuel Mbe NU 16.8ppg, 11.6rpg, 1.2spg 39.5 EFF
3. Karim Abdul UST 14.8ppg, 11.5rpg, 1.5bpg, 1.3spg 38.1 EFF
4. Arnold Van Opstal DLSU 11.0ppg, 6.7rpg 29.5 EFF
5. Ingrid Sewa ADU 9.0ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.3bpg 28.6 EFF

Power Forwards

1. Chris Newsome ADMU 13.4ppg, 7.9rpg 32.7 EFF
2. Jason Perkins DLSU 11.0ppg, 8.4rpg 30.8 EFF
3. Rodney Brondial ADU 8.8ppg, 10.4rpg, 1.7bpg 30.4 EFF
4. Aljon Mariano UST 11.5ppg, 7.0rpg 30.1 EFF
5. Chris Ball UP 6.9ppg, 9.0rpg 24.7 EFF

Small Forwards

1. Jeron Teng DLSU 14.1ppg, 6.9rpg, 3.2apg 30.1 EFF
2. Ryan Buenafe ADMU 11.8ppg, 8.1rpg, 3.4apg, 1.1spg 29.8 EFF
3. Kevin Ferrer UST 13.3ppg, 7.0rpg 29.7 EFF
4. Mac Belo FEU 8.7ppg, 7.0rpg 26.4 EFF
5. Sam Marata UP 14.4ppg, 3.9rpg 25.6 EFF

Shooting Guards

1. Ray Parks NU 17.2ppg, 8.7rpg, 4.2apg, 1.0spg 38.5 EFF
2. Terrence Romeo FEU 19.8ppg, 5.8rpg, 3.8apg, 1.6spg 35.8 EFF
3. Almond Vosotros DLSU 15.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.1spg 29.8 EFF
4. Jericho Cruz ADU 15.9ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.4apg, 1.2spg 29.0 EFF
5. Mike Tolomia FEU 9.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.7apg 23.1 EFF

Point Guards

1. Roi Sumang UE 19.1ppg, 5.5rpg, 4.8apg, 1.1spg 37.6 EFF
2. RR Garcia FEU 13.9ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.2spg 29.0 EFF
3. Juami Tiongson ADMU 11.9ppg, 3.5rpg 25.3 EFF
4. Ed Daquioag UST 8.9ppg, 4.8rpg 23.2 EFF
5. Gelo Alolino NU 7.2ppg, 5.1rpg, 5.0apg 22.3 EFF


1. Charles Mammie UE 13.9ppg, 17.4rpg, 1.0spg 40.1 EFF
2. Chris Newsome AdMU 13.4ppg, 7.9rpg 32.7 EFF
3. Jason Perkins DLSU 11.0ppg, 8.4rpg 30.8 EFF
4. Ingrid Sewa AdU 9.0ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.3bpg 28.6 EFF
5. Kyles Lao UP 8.4ppg, 2.1rpg 21.0 EFF

*It is worth noting that Kyles Lao is the only “true rookie” on this list.



Terrence Romeo FEU 19.8
Roi Sumang UE 19.1
Ray Parks NU 17.2
Emmanuel Mbe NU 16.8
Jericho Cruz ADU 15.9


Charles Mammie UE 17.4
Emmanuel Mbe NU 11.6
Karim Abdul UST 11.5
Rodney Brondial ADU 10.4
Raul Soyud UP 10.0


Gelo Alolino NU 5.0
Roi Sumang UE 4.8
Bobby Ray Parks NU 4.2
Thomas Torres DLSU 3.9
Terrence Romeo FEU 3.8


Terrence Romeo FEU 1.6
Karim Abdul UST 1.3
Jericho Cruz ADU 1.2
Emmanuel Mbe NU 1.2
RR Garcia FEU 1.2


Rodney Brondial ADU 1.7
Karim Abdul UST 1.5
Christian Sentcheu FEU 1.4
Ingrid Sewa ADU 1.3
Raul Soyud UP 1.1

Field Goal Shooting (at least 15 FGM)

Ingrid Sewa ADU 61.2%
Glenn Khobuntin NU 58.6%
Arnold Van Opstal DLSU 56.7%
Emmanuel Mbe NU 53.3%
Jason Perkins DLSU 48.7%

3-Point Shooting (at least 7 3PTM)

Gryann Mendoza FEU 43.8%
Robin Roño NU 38.1%
Harry Petilos ADU 38.1%
Juami Tiongson ADMU 37.2%
Ralf Olivares UE 34.6%

Hat-tip to Imperium Technologies for the statistics. Numbers updated as of August 19. - Rappler.com

Sam Miguel
08-27-2013, 11:17 AM
Lost in glow of Romeo's career game are heroics of two players. Meet FEU's unsung heroes

By Reuben Terrado

August 26, 2013, 09:55 pm

LOST in the glow of Terrence Romeo's career game on Sunday night were the heroics of two players.

Romeo's 30-point performance understandably got most of the attention after Far Eastern University's double-overtime win over University of the East, but there was no way the Tamaraws could've won what is considered one of the most thrilling UAAP games in years without the clutch plays of Gryann Mendoza and Mike Tolomia.

The Tams were staring at a 77-84 deficit in the final 23 seconds of the first overtime when Mendoza and Tolomia - both having trouble shooting consistently - made their move.

After a Romeo basket, Mendoza took advantage of a major lapse by the Red Warriors, intercepting an inbound pass by Adi Santos and then burying a three-pointer from the deep left corner to cut down UE's lead to 82-84.

Then Tolomia took over.

With FEU down by just three after Roi Sumang split his charities, the younger brother of former PBA player Chester Tolomia faked a hand-off to Romeo then buried a three-pointer that tied the game at 85-all and forced the second overtime.

FEU coach Nash Racela said the two exemplified the attitude he wants the Tamaraws to develop.

“That’s something that we are learning, playing through adversity,' Racela said. "Ganun talaga. We are faced with problems kahit sa buhay, but ang importante is you find a way to play through it. That’s what the whole team did.”

Ironically, both Mendoza and Tolomia made lapses in judgment that almost cost the match.

In the waning seconds of regulation and with the score tied at 70-all, Tolomia threw a pass that was way too high for a teammate for one of his team-high seven turnovers in the game that gave UE an opportunity to go for a game-winner.

Mendoza, meanwhile, missed several crucial shots including two of three free throws that would have closed the gap for the Tamaraws in the first overtime.

He was more than glad to be given the opportunity to atone.

“Naiinis din ako na ‘yung breaks, hindi napupunta sa amin. Wala akong ma-shoot. Thankful ako sa mga teammates ko na they were still setting me up, and they were sacrificing to share the ball,” said the 22-year-old Mendoza, who finished the game with 15 points and 13 rebounds on 5-of-14 shooting from the field.

"It’s a collective effort. Hindi ko magagawa ‘yun kung hindi dahil sa kanila."

Despite the fourth quarter miscue, Tolomia said he was still confident about his game.

“Siguro talagang buo lang ang loob ko nung huli,” Tolomia said. “Anticipated ko na i-de-deny nila si Terrence. Kung malibre si Terrence, ibibigay ko sa kanya. Kung ma-libre ako, ititira ko.”

Tolomia, who shot 5-of-18 from the field and had 13 points, seven rebounds, and six assists in the game, noted the importance of FEU breaking its two-game slump following the win over the Tamaraws.

“Kung matalo kami, baka tuluy tuloy na ‘yung pagkatalo namin. Maganda ‘yung pag-stop sa talo namin,” said Tolomia.

Sam Miguel
08-27-2013, 11:18 AM
Warriors' meltdown in overtime shows lack of maturity, says Zamar

By Reuben Terrado

August 25, 2013, 11:49 pm

UNIVERSITY of the East coach Boycie Zamar said his team’s heartbreaking defeat to Far Eastern University was a “tragedy” that exposed the Red Warriors' lack of maturity.

“Kumbaga, tragedy sa akin. Kumbaga, malapit ka na sa pier, nabangga ka pa, lumubog ka pa,” said a dejected Zamar in the aftermath of the Warriors’ 98-94 double overtime loss to the Tamaraws on Sunday afternoon.

The Warriors appeared headed for their fifth straight victory after Ralf Olivares buried a deuce for an 84-77 lead with 23.5 seconds to play in the first overtime.

But the Tamaraws authored a huge fightback with Terrence Romeo hitting a lay-up followed by a Gryann Mendoza three-pointer off a UE boo-boo off an inbound to creep within 84-82.

UE had another shot at victory but Roi Sumang could only split his free throws, eventually opening the door for Mike Tolomia to bury a triple with 3.1 seconds left to force a second extension.

The Tamaraws eventually won the contest as Romeo finished with 30 points to make up for the absence of another star player in RR Garcia, who missed the match to serve a one-game suspension.

Zamar said the team’s lack of maturity and mental toughness showed in the first overtime.

“It’s all about maturity. You can’t celebrate early, you have to shoot your free throws. It’s all about mental toughness. You have to be matured and mentally tough,” said Zamar.

Zamar hopes the Warriors will recover in time as they face National University Bulldogs on Saturday. NU is currently on a four-game winning streak.

“Kailangan naming umahon, kailangan naming mag-survive, kailangan namin gumamit ng raft at bangka to survive this race to the Final Four,” said Zamar.

The loss spoiled Sumang’s 25-point effort as well as Charles Mammie’s 27-point rebound haul.

Sam Miguel
08-27-2013, 11:21 AM
UAAP faces another court fight over controversial 'Pingoy rule'

By Reuben Terrado

August 26, 2013, 04:09 pm

THE UAAP could find itself embroiled in another court battle over the controversial residency requirement that has come to be known as the 'Pingoy rule.'

Unimpeachable sources told Spin.ph a group led by Senator Pia Cayetano is set to contest in court the legality of the league's new rule that requires high school players transferring from one UAAP school to another to undergo two years of residency.

There were reports that Cayetano had filed the case this week, but sources from the senator's camp said she is set to file the case this coming week.

One thing for sure, the controversial new rule is set to be scrutinized in a court of law.

Cayetano had already conducted a Senate inquiry into the residency rule, which the league implemented shortly after former Far Eastern University high school star Jerie Pingoy decided to move to Ateneo for his college varsity years.

The senator also launched an online petition and threatened as early as April to haul the league to court if it does not repeal the contentious rule.

The league later inserted a clause that spares a transferee from the residency requirement if he gets a release from his school, but defied widespread calls for its repeal.

Just last week, the league was slapped with a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) over its decision to declare University of the Philippines Integrated School player Jozhua General ineligible to play for the Junior Maroons this season.

The 20-day TRO was issued on August 16 and paved the way for the return to action of General.

Sam Miguel
08-28-2013, 09:56 AM
UAAP: UE’s Mammie, Casajeros suspended for 2 games

By Mark Giongco


9:57 pm | Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — University of the East center Charles Mammie and swingman Lord Casajeros were given two-game suspensions each by the UAAP for their unsportsmanlike actions in the Red Warriors’ double overtime loss to Far Eastern University last Sunday.

The league also slapped a one-game ban on De La Salle’s Thomas Torres after the point guard committed his second unsportsmanlike foul for hitting University of the Philippines’ Sam Marata during the Green Archers 85-63 rout Saturday.

“Tanggalin niyo na lang kaya kami sa uaap,” UE star Roi Sumang (@shejSUMS) posted on Twitter.

Mammie, suspended for the second time this season, and Casajeros will miss the Red Warriors’ crucial games against second-running National University and La Salle.

Torres, on the other hand, won’t be available when the Archers clash with fierce rival Ateneo Blue Eagles on September 1.

08-28-2013, 10:59 AM
UE Red Warriors Mammie and Casajeros, DLSU Green Archer Thomas Torres, draw suspensions
August 27, 2013 7:22pm

The UAAP on Tuesday announced suspensions for a pair of University of the East Red Warriors, center Charles Mammie and guard Lord Casajeros, while De La Salle University Green Archer Thomas Torres was also met with a sanction.Mammie and Casajeros were each given two-game bans for their play against Far Eastern University Tamaraw Terrence Romeo, whose side defeated UE in double overtime, 98-94, last Sunday. Mammie had stuck his foot under Romeo, after the latter launched a jump shot, causing the guard to stumble upon landing. Casjaeros meanwhile was punished for a closed-fist punch.

This is the second suspension for the 6'8" Mammie. He previously was forced to sit his team's game against the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers back in round one. On the other hand, it is Casajeros' first suspension, but the defensive stopper was forced to sit out two games as well.

Mammie is his team's second-best scorer with 13.9 points per game, and is their best rebounder, with 17.4 boards an outing. Casajeros meanwhile puts up 6.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 0.9 assists a game, though his absence will be felt more on the defensive end.

Torres on the other hand drew a one-game suspension for accumulating his second unsportsmanlike foul, a punch directed at former Green Archer Joseph Marata, during DLSU's match versus the UP Fighting Maroons last Saturday, which his team won in a rout, 85-63.

Ironically, Torres had just returned from missing two games due to illness. The second-year floor general is averaging 7.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.1 steals versus 3.0 turnovers.

The two UE players will miss an August 31 game versus the NU Bulldogs and a September 4 battle with the DLSU Green Archers. Torres will be forced to sit out his team's rivalry match against the ADMU Blue Eagles, Sunday, September 1. - CLP/AMD, GMA News


Sam Miguel
08-29-2013, 10:07 AM
UE to appeal 2-game suspension of 2 Warriors

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:42 am | Thursday, August 29th, 2013

University of the East will file an appeal to the UAAP technical committee today after two Warriors were slapped with the stiffest penalty yet this season in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.

Rod Roque, UE’s representative to the UAAP Board, said last night that the infractions of African center Charles Mammie and key defensive stopper Lord Casajeros do not merit a two-game suspension since they were “not intentional.”

“We hope that they can lift or at least downgrade [the sanctions],” said Roque.

League commissioner Chito Loyzaga recently slapped a two-game ban on both Mammie and Casajeros and also a one-game suspension on La Salle’s Thomas Torres, all for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Mammie picked up his third unsportsmanlike foul of the season, which merits an automatic two-game suspension, during the Warriors’ double overtime loss to Far Eastern University, 94-98, last Sunday.

“He stuck out his foot on the landing area of the shooter (FEU’s Terrence Romeo),” said Loyzaga. “It was not called, but after a thorough review of the game, I believe that was an unsportsmanlike foul that should have been assessed on him.”

Casajeros incurred his second unsportsmanlike for elbowing Romeo in the face and for again punching the FEU star “on the blind side” in another sequence, which wasn’t seen by the referee.

“That kind of intention deserves a higher penalty,” said Loyzaga. “In my personal opinion, if that foul was seen by the referee, that should have been a disqualifying foul right then and there.”

Sam Miguel
08-29-2013, 10:09 AM
^^^ Mammie's knuckleheaded ways are catching up not just to him but to his team, which is the real pity.

Sam Miguel
08-29-2013, 11:09 AM
Mammie and Casajeros deserve two-game suspensions, insists Loyzaga

By Reuben Terrado

August 28, 2013, 04:25 pm

UAAP commissioner Chito Loyzaga says UE players Charles Mammie and Lord Casajeros did not play "within the spirit of the game" during the Warriors' match against the FEU Tamaraws on Saturday.

UAAP basketball commissioner Chito Loyzaga said he was merely implementing the league rules when he slapped two-game suspensions on University of the East players Charles Mammie and Lord Casajeros after last Saturday's double overtime thriller against Far Eastern University.

Loyzaga said league rules state that a third unsportsmanlike foul for the season merits an automatic two-game suspension as he explained the penalties that will have Mammie and Casajeros sitting out crucial UE games against National University on Saturday and De La Salle on September 4.

The former PBA cager said Mammie and Casajeros violated the “spirit of the game” following separate incidents involving FEU star Terrence Romeo in their classic 98-94 double overtime victory over UE.

“(They were) not playing within the spirit of the game. Hindi naman ganun ang laro ng basketball,” said Loyzaga. “Patakaraan ng UAAP ‘yun, hindi ko ginawa ‘yun. It’s another unsportsmanlike foul, sinundan ko lang (ang rules ng liga).

“If I don’t act on it, ‘yung kabila naman ang magsasabi na why I didn’t act on that,” he added.

Loyzaga also insisted Mammie deserved to be slapped with an unsportsmanlike foul when Romeo landed on the UE center's foot after throwing up a three-point shot early in the fourth quarter.

“Talagang unsportsmanlike dahil linagay niya ‘yung paa niya sa landing area nung ballplayer and hindi naman nakataas ang kamay niya or hindi nakatingin sa player,” said Loyzaga.

Reacting to claims that Romeo was merely ‘acting’ and feigning an injury after the clash with Mammie, Loyzaga said such never came into play in his decision to slap an unsportsmanlike foul on Mammie.

“Hindi ‘yun ang issue,” Loyzaga said.

In the case of Casajeros, Loyzaga said the UE forward actually had two unsportsmanlike fouls in the game against FEU. He was previously warned and given an unsportsmanlike foul for a similar infraction in a skirmish with Adamson’s Roider Cabrera in the first round.

Loyzaga said Casajeros was caught elbowing Romeo in the first overtime for his fifth personal foul, which was later upgraded to an unsportsmanlike foul after a video review.

Loyzaga added Casajeros was also caught in a punching or elbowing motion directed at Romeo in the second quarter, an incident which the referees failed to see but was clear during the video review.

“I don’t know kung binibigyan nang suntok or siko pero blind side … As far as I’m concerned, I believe that if that call was made, disqualifying foul ‘yun,” said Loyzaga.

Sam Miguel
08-29-2013, 11:10 AM
^^^ So, Mr Commissioner, seeing as how all of these were missed by your referees, is there any sanction forthcoming against the zebras?

Sam Miguel
08-29-2013, 11:11 AM
Bulldogs out to end UP cheerdance supremacy

By Snow Badua

August 28, 2013, 03:45 pm

The NU pep squad led by coach Ghicka Bernabe wants the title so much it has been training without fail for the last four months, not skipping a day even when the metropolis was hit by floods caused by Typhoon Maring.

THE National University pep squad is leaving no stone unturned in its bid to finally steal the UAAP cheerdance competitions title from perennial champion University of the Philippines.

The team led by coach Ghicka Bernabe wants the title so much it has been training without fail for the last four months, not skipping a day even when the metropolis was hit by floods caused by Typhoon Maring.

“Ganun po talaga. May misyon po kami eh. Sakripisyo talaga,” said NU pep squad team captain, Adrian Conrad, whose team placed third behind UP and Far Eastern University in the last UAAP cheerdance war.

“Kahit nga po lahat nagbakasyon nung bumabaha si bagyong Maring last week, kami po hindi nag-postpone ng ensayo,” added the fourth year BSC Management student.

The Bulldogs, bankrolled by Macro LPG, should be one of the favorites going to the September 15 competition at the Mall of Asia Arena after skyrocketing from sixth place in 2011 to second runner-up last year.

The group also snared the National Cheerdance championships crown last March, but the NU cheerdancers know what they would be up against in the finale.

UP is gunning for a fourth straight UAAP Cheerdance crown, having won it five times over the last six seasons.

“Magaling po sa choreography at creativity yung UP, kaya 'yun po ang challenge sa min ngayon - ang tapatan sila,” stressed Conrad.

Bernabe bared NU will never settle for anything less than a championship.

“Kaya po naming mag-champion. Naniniwala ako dun. At hindi po namin tinitignan ang first runner-up or another third place finish this time,” said Bernabe.

“Sinasabi po namin yan because that is our aim. I am not afraid na maging pressure ito for us,” she added. “UP at FEU po ang first at second… Aim lang kami to improve. So I believe the pressure should be on them.”

Bernabe also bared that her 25-man cheerdance team is preparing a whole new routine for this year's battle.

“Yung last year kasi namin, very sweet and Disney princess-like ang approach. Ngayon we will come up with something strong. 'Yung astig talaga,” said the stunning pep squad mentor.

“What’s good about this team now is maganda na ang flow ng training namin. Minor adjustment na lang at polishing ng routine,” added Bernabe.

08-29-2013, 02:17 PM
^ So Comm Chito, are you substituting your opinion for the ref's in-game judgement in this case? Kahit regular foul kasi hindi pinito nung mga referees. This is not like the RR Garcia second motion elbow to Oda Tampus na pinitohan mismo ng ref. Itong kay Mammie ni hindi nga pumito ang ref.

Aba'y kung ganyan ng ganyan parusahan na mga referee na hindi pumipito o ayaw pumito, baka naman bayad na mga 'yan.

08-30-2013, 01:14 PM
With Senator Pia Cayetano's support, UP swimmer files residency complaint vs UST, UAAP board

By JOB B. DE LEON, GMA NewsAugust 30, 2013 1:17pm

Former high school swimming MVP Mikee Bartolome and her father Vic filed a legal complaint against the University of Santo Tomas and the UAAP board of directors on Wednesday, with regard to the collegiate athletics league's residency rules. The complaint was received by the Quezon City courts, and the hearings will begin on Monday, 2 pm, at RTC branch 226.

The complaint asks for three things. First, for a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the UAAP's two-year residency rule for graduates of UAAP high schools enrolling in a different college. Second, Bartolome's release from UST. And lastly, that the courts file a permanent injunction against the rule and declare its nullity, which would extend to all athletes currently subjected to this rule in the UAAP.

Senator Pia Cayetano, who organized a gathering to present the Bartolomes to the media, said she supported their efforts to challenge the rule. "It's her right as a student and as a child," Cayetano said. "I'm committed to supporting the right of this child to study and where she wants to live her dream."

Cayetano pledged earlier in April that she would offer assistance to any athletes affected by the new residency rule. However, she clarified that she herself had nothing to do with this particular complaint.

"I have nothing to do with the petition, I'm not the petitioner. I have nothing, it's just na tinulungan ko sila with their lawyers and the legal aspect because familiar ako [dito]," she said.

Bartolome, a sports science major in UP Diliman, faces very tight schedule. The league requires the swimming contingents to submit their final line-ups by September 4, and the competitions begin on September 22. But Cayetano is confident that at the very least, the TRO versus the rule can be issued soon.

"There's a good chance that a decision [regarding the TRO] will be made right away [on Monday]," she said.

According to the elder Bartolome, they pursued all possible internal means before filing this complaint, but up to last week, the UST board representatives refused to sign the release papers. Since they were hopeful that the matter would be resolved internally, co-filing a suit with other athletes hamstrung by the new rule, including Ateneo's men's basketball recruit, Jerie Pingoy, formerly of FEU high school, was not part of Vic's considerations.

"Last April, we tried [to secure a release]. Kung bibigyan ka ng release, pwede ka nang maglaro. But unfortunately, hindi inapprove-han," said Vic. "Honestly, we respect UST, so ayaw namin pangunahan. Hinabol lang talaga 'to."

As a father, Vic said he only wanted to support his daughter's dreams. "Ang hiling lang namin is makapaglaro ang anak ko," he said. "Wala naman akong ibang gustong mangyari kung hindi ma-fulfill ang dream ng anak ko, not only in terms of education but pati yung mga hilig niya, swimming."

"We don't think na may masama kaming magagawa dito kung mamimili kami ng school," he added.

He also reiterated that their family had invested also in his daughter as much as UST had, including paying for a private coach and access to a private pool for his daughter during high school. "Sa akin, meron din namang ininvest ang UST. Ang scholarship, ang tuition, but after that, wala na."

Bartolome, who holds the record for the 50-meter women's backstroke, was hotly recruited after her senior year. But she chose to prioritize her studies at UP over other universities.

"Noong binigyan ako ng offers noong high school, first things first. Dream school ko ang UP. Kung i-offer ka naman ng UP, kahit walang kapalit, okay na," she said.

This year, the women's team is gunning for their fifth consecutive championship, and understandably, Bartolome hopes to be part of the team that makes history.

"Kung makalangoy ako ngayon, iba rin yung feeling na makakasama ako, if ever, ng five-peat championship namin," she said. - [I]AMD, GMA News

08-30-2013, 05:06 PM
UAAP committee downgrades Casajeros ban, upholds Mammie penalty on appeal

By Reuben Terrado

August 30, 2013, 04:05 pm

The UAAP technical committee ruled the alleged elbowing or punching act by Lord Casajeros on Terrence Romeo in the second quarter was not clear on the video and was in fact not called by the referees. Jerome Ascano The UAAP technical committee ruled the alleged elbowing or punching act by Lord Casajeros on Terrence Romeo in the second quarter was not clear on the video and was in fact not called by the referees. Jerome Ascano

THE UAAP technical committee has upheld the decision of UAAP commissioner Chito Loyzaga to suspend University of the East center Charles Mammie for two games, but downgraded the suspension of Lord Casajeros to one game.

The technical committee chaired by Fr. Ermito de Sagun of University of Santo Tomas handed out the decision after reviewing the incident on Friday following an appeal made by UE to lift Mammie's ban and downgrade Casajeros’ suspension.

The Red Warriors got their wish on the Casajeros aspect of their appeal but not on Mammie's as the technical committee, following its own video review, maintained that he had an intention to hurt Terrence Romeo by encroaching on the FEU guard’s landing spot.

With the decision, Mammie will still miss the next two crucial games of the Red Warriors against National University on Saturday and De La Salle on September 4.

Casajeros, on the other hand, will now be able see action in the La Salle game after the technical committee’s decision.

In explaining its decision to downgrade Casajeros' ban, the technical committee said the UE guard's record is relatively clean with only a warning given during the first round of the eliminations following an altercation with Adamson’s Roider Cabrera.

The technical committee also said the alleged elbowing or punching act by Casajeros on Romeo in the second quarter was not clear on the video and was in fact not called by the referees.

It was also clear on the video, the technical committee said, that Mammie “double-stepped” on the landing spot of Romeo to merit a suspension.

09-02-2013, 02:49 AM
Very good observation sir!

Comm.Loyzaga should watch closely the referees body language lalo na pag may laro ang NU at La salle.......

Parang garapalan na!

With way the referees are officiating the games,it seems that they are making sure NU and La salle would get a twice to beat advantage

1.The offensive foul called on Mike Tolomia=obvious naman na flop yung kay Ferrer.

2.The non call ng foul sa shot ni Ryan Buenafe=ito masyado nang obvious.

NU now is in solo lead,La salle half a game behind for a tie for second place.Konti na lang mga Refs!

09-02-2013, 03:04 AM
^ So Comm Chito, are you substituting your opinion for the ref's in-game judgement in this case? Kahit regular foul kasi hindi pinito nung mga referees. This is not like the RR Garcia second motion elbow to Oda Tampus na pinitohan mismo ng ref. Itong kay Mammie ni hindi nga pumito ang ref.

Aba'y kung ganyan ng ganyan parusahan na mga referee na hindi pumipito o ayaw pumito, baka naman bayad na mga 'yan.

Boss,I second the motion!

And apparently na suspend pa mga key players ng UE sa mga susunod nila laban against the ''Referees choices'' nu,la salle!!!

09-02-2013, 08:42 AM
Boss wala ng kinalaman ang refs sa talangka sa ulo

Sam Miguel
09-02-2013, 10:39 AM
UAAP: Ateneo coach Perasol confronts heckler

By Celest R. Flores


8:37 pm | Sunday, September 1st, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — Tempers flared even after the final buzzer on Sunday as Ateneo head coach Bo Perasol confronted a reported La Salle fan.

After the Blue Eagles’ 64-66 setback to rival Green Archers, Perasol had to be restrained by his staff and the venue’s security on his way to the dugout at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Perasol furiously reacted to alleged snide comments by a heckler, who was seated at the patron section of the Green Archers’ side at the Big Dome.

“I just gave him a piece of his mind. He doesn’t have to be there and tell me those kinds of things,” Perasol told INQUIRER.net in a phone call.

Perasol, who was called for a technical with a minute left in the game, said the supporter was “saying bad things” and singled him out.

“He was yelling things that I didn’t like. Then I heard him say Perasol,” the Ateneo mentor also said in Filipino.

“I don’t think that’s the real character of the La Sallians. Pero kung mahusay siya, magsabi siya sa harap ko. Hindi yung sa likod tapos hindi may rehas.”

Ateneo dropped to 6-5 after the setback, while La Salle claimed solo third with a 7-4 mark.

Sam Miguel
09-02-2013, 10:40 AM
Loyzaga slaps 2-game ban on another Warrior

Philippine Daily Inquirer

9:42 pm | Sunday, September 1st, 2013

UNIVERSITY of the East absorbed another huge blow as UAAP commissioner Chito Loyzaga yesterday slapped a two-game suspension on a third Warrior in less than a week in the men’s basketball tournament.

Ralf Olivares, who played a key role in UE’s early surge in the tournament, was banned for two games “for multiple instances of unsportsmanlike behavior” in the Warriors’ loss to National University, 81-73, last Saturday.

The penalty came just days after African center Charles Mammie and Lord Casajeros were suspended for two-games each also for unsportsmanlike conduct.

UE had appealed the previous decision, but only Casajeros’ suspension was reduced to one game.

Loyzaga said Olivares was penalized for “planting a foot on the stomach” of NU’s Nico Javelona in the second quarter; for an unsportsmanlike foul where he used an “elbow to deliver a blow in the face” of NU’s Robin Roño; and for “banging” his body against NU’s Joeff Javillonar while on the bench.

The Warriors, who are trying to fan their Final Four bid after falling to sixth at 5-5, will have to do without Mammie and Olivares when they tackle the surging La Salle Archers on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Loyzaga also issued a warning on NU’s Emmanuel Mbe for elbowing UE’s Chris Javier in the same Saturday game. Jasmine W. Payo

Sam Miguel
09-02-2013, 10:44 AM
^^^ I really thought Ralf Olivares had finally grown up when he became a UAAP player. It looks like he hasn't grown up at all. All of the instances highlighted above were all action's easily caught on video. Olivares is still a 24-karat a--hole and knucklehead. He has failed once more to be a good teammate, because his suspension has effectively sunk the season for UE. UE needs its full roster to compete for a Final 4 slot. Dahil hindi nag-iisip si Olivares kulang na kulang na ang lineup ng UE. He should take lessons from UE great Sonny Jaworski, who mastered the fine art of getting away with the skunk works.

Sam Miguel
09-02-2013, 10:46 AM
Dangerous precedents

By Tommy Manotoc

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:40 am | Sunday, September 1st, 2013

I THOUGHT I had seen it all but this seems to have taken the cake…

I was looking forward to watching this season’s UAAP games because I felt that it’s still the best collegiate league around, producing quality games at a high standard.

However, as early as last year I already told some people at the executive board my feelings on the quality and inconsistency of the officiating.

I suggested that there should be a better management team to run the league. This can only be achieved if there is a continuity in the commissioner’s office for longer than one year. The system of changing the commissioner every year will prevent this from ever happening.

Furthermore, I was taken aback when I learned that some players were being suspended without proper due process.

What we see here happening is a first in Philippine basketball, wherein the commissioner’s office has the power to suspend players after the game without having the referee call the incident during the game. They should learn from the PBA, where players are given due process before they are suspended.

If this continues, it would be encouraging players to overreact on physical contact so that the other player will be suspended. This is called “flopping.” In the NBA there are penalties called for flopping.

Also, with the quality of officiating that we now have, it will be more difficult for referees to determine the truth of what really happened.

It’s a pity because the league is now coming into the finals with these precedents being allowed to take place.

If this issue is not addressed, it may be tantamount to giving the commissioner’s office disproportionate power in determining the league’s champion for the year.

Sam Miguel
09-02-2013, 10:49 AM
What all these suspensions mean to the UAAP

by Jane Bracher

Posted on 08/28/2013 9:47 AM | Updated 08/29/2013 10:31 AM

CAUGHT IN THE ACT. Casajeros was suspended for a closed-fist attack on Romeo.

MANILA, Philippines -- The UAAP has always been known not only for its highly competitive brand of college hoops, but also for all the debates, disagreements and controversies that it spews each and every season.

There’s always something to talk—even bicker—about when it comes to the UAAP. And when you’re in the heat of the race to the Final Four, player suspensions aren’t nearly all that surprising.

What is surprising, however, is the strict discipline the league is displaying this season in implementing the rules and, subsequently, the consequences.

On Tuesday night, August 27, UAAP Commissioner Chito Loyzaga slapped suspensions on 3 cagers. A one-game suspension was meted on De La Salle University’s Thomas Torres while University of the East’s Charles Mammie and Lord Casajeros face two-game suspensions each. For Mammie, the suspension means that he would be missing his 3rd game of the season after receiving a similar sanction for one game in the first round.

Commissioner Loyzaga has been keeping a watchful eye on the games, ensuring that fair play and sportsmanship are never compromised despite tight competition. Monitoring games live and reviewing game videos to assess any questionable calls or non-calls have been the norm for the commissioner this season. As a result, teams were jolted by an onslaught of memos and awakened to the reality that everything would be under scrutiny from then on.

However, just how good or bad are these suspensions for the teams? Does it take away anything from the game or the brand of play? Does it hurt teams more than it helps them?

The Bad

Some would say that the suspensions are handed out rather hastily, considering the number of memos given since the first round.

Early in the season, Jeron Teng, Charles Mammie and Joeffrey Javillonar all received warnings for committing unsportsmanlike fouls with “intention to hurt.” All were given after Commissioner Loyzaga reviewed recorded videos of the games. And the UAAP rule states that committing two unsportsmanlike fouls in a season merits an automatic one-game suspension.

This first wave proved the commissioner meant business and nobody was exempted from the rules.

Mammie became the first to taste the bitter pill of discipline when he was suspended for “confronting, pushing and kicking” Roider Cabrera of Adamson University.

Far Eastern University star guard RR Garcia also had to endure missing a classic match against the Warriors due to a one-game ban he incurred for committing his second unsportsmanlike foul against La Salle’s Tampus.

In that classic FEU-UE game, Casajeros and Mammie—after losing a heartbreaker against FEU—now have to lick more wounds with the two-game ban spanning crucial play dates against National University and De La Salle University.

With a team’s entire season possibly on the line, backlash against the announcement was imminent. And it was understandable.

UE’s Roi Sumang couldn’t help but air his sentiment via Twitter, “Tanggalin niyo na lang kaya kami sa uaap.”

Casajeros, though, tried to accept the decision. The foul he committed was considered as a disqualifying foul, which, along with an unsportsmanlike foul, merits a two-game suspension. “Accept na natin ang hatol ng ng magaling na comm.. Wala tayong magagawa! guys im okay! Thankyou sa lahat ng ue supporters! ‪#labanUE.”

Looking at it from the sanctioned team’s standpoint, the suspensions are no doubt a handicap and a deterrent to a team’s chances of winning games. Vital players suddenly become unavailable to a team and so it easily comes off as illogical and unfair. Some might also argue that the suspensions might cause players to be a little too wary of physical play, effectively diminishing an important aspect of the game.

But perhaps the worst result of these suspensions is the undeniable fact that competition will no longer be as balanced between teams missing key players. The playing field will be different and teams probably won’t be able to showcase their full potential. In effect, suspensions can directly influence a team’s fate in the win-loss column and even their season.

The Good

On the other hand, the best result of the strict implementation of the rule is the fact that sportsmanship and fair play will no longer be compromised for a victory. UAAP student-athletes will learn early on to value discipline, right conduct and honesty in every game.

Players will learn to respect one another on the court despite their differences and learn that winning doesn’t have to come from unnecessary actions.

And from the UAAP’s perspective, the careful and meticulous attention given to each of the games along with fair judgment for sanctions fully upholds the league’s integrity. Its commitment to being objective, promoting healthy competition for athletic and personal growth, and teaching important values through sports is also preserved.

More than anything, it solidifies the role of the commissioner in standardizing the league and raising its standards to become much more reliable and concretized. In a way, it is a step toward fully eliminating misjudgments, errors or lapses in officiating too.

As a matter of fact, players aren’t the only ones receiving sanctions. Even referees such as referee Francisco Olivar were put under the microscope to eradicate sloppy officiating. He was given a six-game suspension after a controversial end-game call in the first round.

Depending on which perspective you choose, the suspensions can admittedly be beneficial yet it can also be a liability. Much like anything else, there are always two sides to a story. And it is up to you to decide which side you’re on.

Regardless, the UAAP seems to be determined to stand its ground in the matter of these suspensions no matter what. - Rappler.com

09-02-2013, 01:19 PM
UE's Olivares suspended for two games
Posted at 09/02/2013 12:19 PM | Updated as of 09/02/2013 12:19 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The problems of the University (UE) of the East Red Warriors continue as guard Ralf Olivares has been suspended for two games due to his “unsportsmanlike” behavior in their game against National University last week.

In a memorandum, the UAAP Technical Committee noted three instances when Olivares committed unsportsmanlike behavior.

“You (Olivares) were seen planting your foot on the stomach of NU player Nico Javelona after an offensive foul was called against you with 6:43 remaining in the second quarter. An additional unsportsmanlike foul against the opposing player should have been assessed against you,” according to the memo.

Olivares was then called for an unsportsmanlike with 1:53 to go in the third quarter when he swung his elbow at the face of NU’s Robin Rono. It was Olivares’ fifth foul of the game.

Midway through the final quarter, Olivares was seen bumping NU’s Joeffrey Javillonar near the UE bench. A technical foul was called against the Red Warriors bench as Olivares had already fouled out of the game at that point.

“In light of the multiple instances of unsportsmanlike behavior you displayed during the game, you are therefore suspended for two official games effective immediately,” according to the memo.

UE will play De La Salle and Ateneo in their next two games, with both contests having major implications on the Final Four race.

Olivares’ suspension is another blow to UE’s already sputtering campaign, as they will play the Green Archers without center Charles Mammie, who will serve the second of a two-game ban as well.

They will welcome back defensive-minded guard Lord Casajeros in the La Salle game, but will miss the outside sniping of Olivares and the imposing inside presence of Mammie.

UE currently has a 5-5 record at sixth place in the league standings.

Meanwhile, NU center Emmanuel Mbe was given a warning by the UAAP Technical Committee after a review of their game against UE showed that he “elbowed UE player Christopher Javier on his face.”

It was Mbe’s first warning for unsportsmanlike behavior in the season. A second warning will merit an automatic one-game suspension.

09-02-2013, 03:26 PM
Boss wala ng kinalaman ang refs sa talangka sa ulo

Boss sensya na nakalimutan kong magpasintabi sayo.....

UST really deserves to win yesterday,hats off to their resiliency and puso but what could have been kung hindi itinawag yung kay Tolomia.What i'm trying to point out eh yung tawagan ng mga referees,lagi yata napapaboran ang NU at La salle.You're right behind the actions alam kong pansin mo din yan,last game nyo La salle watch closely yung 3 may surbato and i'm sure you'll understand where i'm coming from.......

09-02-2013, 03:35 PM
^ Not offended sir ;). I was actually refering to the disqualified players from UE who are doing themselves in...

09-03-2013, 09:29 AM
^ Brod, gusto na daw sakalin nina Wang-bu at Gener si Olivares, pinapatay daw season namin.

09-03-2013, 09:36 AM
^ Ganda pa naman ng press release ko kay Olivarez dito lol

09-03-2013, 11:26 AM
^ Another tropa of ours was just livid that Olivares got a two-game suspension on top of Mamie's own two games away, once again seeing sinister plots and evil schemes to foil UE's title chances.

He said "Let's just play basketball."

How I wish Ralf Olivares had taken our tropa's advice...

09-03-2013, 01:32 PM
Good soldier' Zamar will no longer elevate case of Mammie to board

By Reuben Terrado

August 30, 2013, 07:16 pm

“The UE management has instructed me not to elevate the appeal to the UAAP board. As a good soldier, I will follow instructions, as much as I wanted to fight what I think was a non-call,” says Boycie Zamar. Jerome Ascano “The UE management has instructed me not to elevate the appeal to the UAAP board. As a good soldier, I will follow instructions, as much as I wanted to fight what I think was a non-call,” says Boycie Zamar. Jerome Ascano

UNIVERSITY of the East will no longer appeal the decision of the UAAP technical committee upholding the two-game suspension of big man Charles Mammie.

Warriors coach Boycie Zamar said he has been instructed by school officials not to elevate the issue to the league’s Board of Trustees.

“The UE management has instructed me not to elevate the appeal to the UAAP board. As a good soldier, I will follow instructions, as much as I wanted to fight what I think was a non-call,” said Zamar.

The UE mentor said he disagrees with the committee’s decision to uphold the two-game suspension handed out by commissioner Chito Loyzaga on Mammie for incurring a third unsportsmanlike foul following a video review of the Red Warriors’ defeat to Far Eastern University.

Zamar believes the referees weren’t able to call a foul on the incident where Mammie entered Terrence Romeo’s landing spot that led to the two-game suspension.

“’Yung akin, it was a non-call. It’s debatable. Hindi naman mismo tinawag ng referee ‘yung nangyari. Mismong ‘yung referee sa harap, hindi nila tinawag,” said Zamar.

The former national coach also said the league doesn’t have guidelines on specific acts of infractions like entering a player’s landing spot.

“Ano ba ang guidelines of suspension sa landing spot?” Zamar asked.

Sam Miguel
09-03-2013, 02:03 PM
UE appeals ban on Warrior; Bo case probed

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:29 pm | Monday, September 2nd, 2013

UNIVERSITY of the East will appeal today the two-game suspension slapped on a third Warrior even as the UAAP Board plans to look into the heated postgame altercation between Ateneo coach Bo Perasol and a La Salle fan.

UE coach Boycie Zamar said he hopes the UAAP technical committee would reconsider the stiff sanction on Ralf Olivares, which came just days after tournament commissioner Chito Loyzaga also suspended UE starters Charles Mammie and Lord Casajeros for two games.

“There will always be contacts and lots of emotions; that’s college basketball,” said Zamar.

Olivares, one of UE’s hot-shooting guards, was penalized “for multiple instances of unsportsmanlike behavior” in the Warriors’ loss to National University, 73-81, last Saturday.

UE had appealed the previous sanctions, but only Casajeros’ suspension was cut to one game.

“All the remaining games are crucial, so we hope they’ll also look at the spirit of competition,” said Zamar, whose Warriors still have four games left in the race to the Final Four.

Meanwhile, league secretary Ma. Luisa Isip said the UAAP will review the run-in between Perasol and the La Salle fan which occurred right after the Green Archers’ 66-64 win over rival Blue Eagles last Sunday.

“The board will investigate the matter and decide if there will be sanctions to be given,” Isip said yesterday.

Perasol nearly stormed the stands after the La Salle fan heckled the coach who was headed for the dugout. Security personnel and team members prevented matters from escalating.

“I’m sure he just acted on instinct as I did,” said Perasol later, noting he doesn’t see the need to file a complaint against the unruly fan.

“Both of us did not really think well of the consequences of our actions,” he added. “He must have his own agenda and I just didn’t want anybody to disrespect me or my team right in front of my face. Everything happened in the heat of the moment. I don’t think both our actions reflect the character of the institutions we represent.”

Sam Miguel
09-04-2013, 10:09 AM
UAAP eyes own set of referees

by Myke Miravite

Posted on 09/03/2013 7:43 PM | Updated 09/03/2013 7:43 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- After earning flak in recent weeks due to questionable officiating, the University Athletics Association of the Philippines is eyeing to get its own set of referees for its men’s basketball tournament, an official revealed.

UAAP secretary-treasurer Malou Isip bared that plans of reviving previous attempts of the league having an own set of game officials is in the works.

“Siguro after the season we can start planning and discussing again,” Isip, who is from Season 76 hosts Adamson University, told reporters in the PSA Forum Tuesday, September 3. “Last year pa ito napag-uusapan, where each school will give their referees’ representatives who will be trained by the UAAP.”

Foreign referees

But Adamson team manager Gilbert Cruz believes that its time to bring in foreigners to officiate UAAP games.

“As team manager of Adamson, I raised the opinion that perhaps the UAAP can afford to hire foreign referees. I’m not in a liberty to name some names of people who are in the board who’s supportive of it. It has always been my suggestion that for every game, one of the three referees will be a foreigner.”

Controversial calls

The league has been flooded with criticisms this season as a number of players were slapped by Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas-employed referees with unsportsmanlike fouls.

Isip, however, cannot draw a timeframe of the proposed changes yet.

“Now I don’t know when that can happen.”

She clarified, though, that the league has been fulfilling its obligations of conducting training courses on referees before the season began.

“Every year naman `yung complaint hindi nawawala. Pag natatalo may complaint, pag nananalo may complaint pa rin,” Isip said. “And most of the time, we always complain about the referees." - Rappler.com

Sam Miguel
09-04-2013, 10:11 AM
Bartolome to swim for UP as court grants TRO

by Josiah Israel Albelda

Posted on 09/03/2013 7:11 PM | Updated 09/03/2013 7:23 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- All Mikee Bartolome wanted was to swim for the University of the Philippines.

For now, she gets her wish.

The Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 226 has issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) stopping the implementation of the two-year residency rule and allowing Bartolome to suit up for the UP tankers in the UAAP swimming competitions.

In a 4-page order issued on Tuesday, September 3, Judge Manuel Sta. Cruz, Jr. order the UAAP to "cease and desist from imposing the two-year residency rule" and "allow the plaintiff to be eligible in the UP swimming line-up."

With the decision good for 20 days, Bartolome will now be able to represent the Maroons in the UAAP swimming competitions slated September 19 to 22 at the Trace Aquatics Center in Laguna.

Urgent issue

Sta. Cruz cited the urgency of handing the TRO, noting that inclusion in the roster is only up to Wednesday, September 4, and that Bartolome won't be eligible to join because of the two-year residency rule.

"In order not to render the issues in the case moot and academic, the court grants the temporary restraining order as prayed for, for a period of 20 days from receipt of this order," the document read.

"Wherefore, all persons acting for and in behalf of defendant UAAP are hereby ordered to cease and desist from imposing the two-year residency rule and allow the plaintiff Anna Dominique A. Bartolome "Mikee" to be eligible in the UP swimming line-up so that she can participate in the UAAP swimming competition senior division this coming Sept. 19, 2013."

Sweet victory

Bartolome, represented by her father Vic, sought a TRO from the court last Wednesday, August 28, citing that the UAAP's new residency rule and University of Santo Tomas' refusal to release her violated her rights.

In its memorandum sent to the court, the UAAP countered that "playing in the league is not a right, but a mere privilege" and that the new residency rule doesn't violate the Constitution and doesn't prohibit, restrict or curtail freedom of choice.

Meanwhile, Senator Pia Cayetano, who is supporting Bartolome's quest, tweeted her elation at the development.

Sweet victory! QC RTC has issued a TRO v UAAP's 2yr residency rule. Mikee Bartolome will swim for UP!
— pia cayetano (@piacayetano) September 3, 2013

The court has scheduled a hearing on September 11 to take on Bartolome's request for the issuance of a preliminary injunction against the new UAAP rule. - Rappler.com

Sam Miguel
09-04-2013, 10:18 AM
UAAP dealt another court setback as swimmer obtains TRO against 'Pingoy rule'

By Reuben Terrado

September 03, 2013, 08:57 pm

THE UAAP was dealt another court setback on Tuesday when the Quezon City Regional Trial Court issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) on the league rule requiring a two-year residency for high school graduates transferring from one member school to another.

Judge Manuel Sta. Cruz of the Quezon City RTC Branch 226 issued the 20-day TRO on the motion filed by University of the Philippines' Anna Bartolome, a former University of Santo Tomas swimmer who wants to compete for the Maroons in the league’s swimming competition that starts September 19.

Sta. Cruz said he made the decision due to the “extreme urgency that grave injustice and irreparable injury" will be done to Bartolome if the swimmer is barred from joining the UP team since the submission of lineups for the swimming competition will be on September 4.

Vic Bartolome, Anna’s father who filed the case on her behalf since the swimmer is a minor, expressed happiness that she’ll be able to compete in the UAAP this season.

“Siyempre, as a father, masaya,” said the elder Bartolome. “Wala akong hinangad kung hindi makalaro ang aking anak.”

“Since four years old, nag-ko-compete na siya. I have to see her compete because she grew up that way and right niya ‘yun,” added the former PBA referee.

Reacting to the TRO, UAAP secretary treasurer Malou Isip said the league board will gather on Thursday in an emergency meeting to decide whether or not the younger Bartolome will be allowed to compete for the UP women's swimming team.

"The eligibility committee will meet on Thursday for the screening, we don't know yet kung naka-lineup siya sa UP," said Isip.

It is still unclear how the TRO will impact on other student-athletes in the league affected by the so-called 'Pingoy rule,' which the league implemented this season after former FEU juniors star Jerie Pingoy's decision to play college ball for Ateneo.

But Bartolome said his daughter will definitely be part of this year's ;ineup as the UP tankers bid for their fifth straight women's crown.

"Yes, definitely ila-lineup na siya kaya namin hinabol 'yung deadline. Nagpapasalamat din kami sa judge na naihabol ito," said Bartolome.

The Bartolomes took their case to the courts after failing to get a release from UST. The release clause is a requirement for a transferring high school graduate who wants to compete immeidately and not go through the two-year residency period.

However, Bartolome still faces the prospect of sitting out this year's competition since the old UAAP eligibility rule also calls for a one-year residency rule for transferring student-athletes.

Sam Miguel
09-04-2013, 10:20 AM
^^^ About that last paragraph, if a student has just graduated from a UAAP high school and is matriculating into a different UAAP school as a college freshman, there is no need to sit out a year of residency for purposes of varsity competition right?

Sam Miguel
09-04-2013, 10:22 AM
UE alumni group cries foul, hits Loyzaga for 'unfair treatment' of banned duo

By Reuben Terrado

September 03, 2013, 04:47 pm

THE University of the East Alumni Association Incorporated (UEAAI) has cried foul over what it believes is the “unfair treatment” the school's players have been getting in the UAAP Season 76 men’s basketball tournament.

In a three-page letter addressed to the UAAP Board of Trustees and commissioner Chito Loyzaga, the UEAAI expressed concern over the successive suspensions slapped on UE players as it called for "justice, fairness, and due process" for the duration of the tournament.

“We wish to draw attention to what appears to be instances of unfair treatment towards the members of the UE Red Warriors men’s basketball team across the ongoing UAAP 76 men’s basketball tournament,” said the UEAAI in the letter.

The UEAAI cited instances of “inequitable treatment” of its players particularly the two-game suspensions slapped by Loyzaga on UE players Charles Mammie and Ralf Olivares.

The alumni association believed Mammie and Olivares were both denied due process when the commissioner handed down the penalties.

Loyzaga slapped Mammie with a two-game suspension for his third unsportsmanlike foul when he entered the landing spot of Far Eastern University’s Terrence Romeo, the decision coming after a video review done by the UAAP Commissioner’s Office.

“And just like that, without giving the parties involved the benefit of due process and, apparently, without consulting the UAAP board’s own technical committee, the commissioner went ahead and meted a two-game suspension upon Mr. Mammie,” said the UEAAI.

Olivares, the UEAAI said, was also denied due process when he was called for unsportsmanlike fouls for stepping on the stomach of National University’s Nico Javelona and elbowing Robin Rono in the face last Saturday.

“While his actions are not inarguable, we respectfully deem it unjust that the young man was dealt by the commissioner with his own two-game suspension sans the benefit of due process,” said the UEAAI.

The UEAAI also believed that other teams had similar offenses but had lighter penalties, and that the penalties on UE players have been a subject of debate by the public.

The UE’s alumni association also believed that the suspensions not only affect the players but also the entire UE community.

“By extension, those suspensions also impact on the athletes’ own fellow UE students and, even further, to UE’s workforce — officialdom, faculty members and other personnel — and, much further, to the university’s numerous alumni,” said the UEAAI.

09-04-2013, 10:49 AM
^^^ About that last paragraph, if a student has just graduated from a UAAP high school and is matriculating into a different UAAP school as a college freshman, there is no need to sit out a year of residency for purposes of varsity competition right?

The 2-year residency rule for HS graduates, I think, superseded the 1-year rule (I forgot the name of that guy who went to UP from FEU). What I find abhorring is that they said it is a privilege, not a right just like driving a vehicle. HAhaha. So no human rights? No discrimination issues? WTF. The UAAP is now like a country club? How would that affect UP, a public university? At least in getting a driving license everybody is given the opportunity to pass a test.

09-04-2013, 01:28 PM

G, that's be Soc Rivera.

09-04-2013, 02:02 PM
Si Rudy Duterte na lang kaya kuning Commish ng UAAP at NCAA for the same season? Magkaiba naman ang araw ng mga laro pwera 'yung Sabado.

09-04-2013, 02:24 PM
Bo Perasol suspended for Ateneo match against UE after confrontation with La Salle heckler

InterAKTV · Wednesday, September 4, 2013 · 2:05 pm

Ateneo coach Bo Perasol has been suspended one match following his actions in their loss last Sunday against La Salle.

Perasol will miss the Blue Eagles’ match on Sunday against University of the East after the UAAP Board of Trustees decided to ban him one game.

After the Ateneo-La Salle match, Perasol was involved in a verbal confrontation with a fan from the Green Archers side who heckled him.

Both Perasol and the La Salle fan, later identified as JJ Atayde, have apologized to their respective schools for the incident.

Dark Knight
09-04-2013, 03:24 PM
wow, UAAP Season 76..............suspensions never end.

09-04-2013, 06:36 PM
DLSU Green Archers show poise in OT, dominate UE Red Warriors late

The De La Salle University Green Archers survived a late gaffe in regulation that could have resulted in a University of the East Red Warriors win, besting their foes, 75-65 in overtime, Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, in Season 76 of the UAAP.

With the win, the Archers tied the FEU Tamaraws for second place, thanks to their 8-4 record, while UE's postseason chances took a major hit, 5-6. It was also the fifth straight win of DLSU.

On the last play of regulation, La Salle center Norbert Torres thought his side had a foul to give, but it resulted in a trip to the foul line by Roi Sumang. However, the UE star point guard could only manage a split, enough to force an extra period, 56-all.

In overtime, triples from Almond Vosotros and Jason Perkins resulted in a five-point DLSU lead, 64-59, two minutes gone by. But UE's long scoring drought eventually did them in, as Jeron Teng hit enough charities down the stretch to put this one away. - AMD, GMA News

Dark Knight
09-05-2013, 11:40 AM
Dont ask me but i was cheering for UE.

09-06-2013, 08:57 AM
UAAP residency rule vs right to sports
By Oscar Franklin Tan 10:05 pm | Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 31 603 538

When swimmer Mikee Bartolome sued over the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) residency rule, the UAAP opined to Judge Manuel Sta. Cruz Jr. that “playing in the UAAP is not a right, but a mere privilege.” Bartolome correctly argues this is not only callous and arbitrary, it is unconstitutional and un-Filipino.

As a University of Sto. Tomas high school swimmer, Bartolome dominated the UAAP juniors division with 19 medals (10 of them golds) and a Rookie of the Year award. Bartolome’s dream, however, was to enter the University of the Philippines. Not only was she accepted, UP even offered her a sports scholarship. Her family rejoiced; she could compete alongside her sister, already part of the UP swimming team, and her father Vic, a UP Maroons basketball coach. Her parents, humble government employees, sacrificed much for their Mikee, paying for a private coach and pool.

Only the residency rule barred her dream. A student from a UAAP university’s high school, who attends another UAAP university for college, is prohibited from competing for two years without a release from the first university. UST refused to release Bartolome. Two years is an eternity in that glorious but fleeting last stage of childhood that is college.

Supported by UP alumna Sen. Pia Cayetano, Bartolome sued. Her court filing outright accuses UST of “bitterness” and the UAAP of treating high school athletes as “investments” who should be discouraged from transferring. More poignantly, Bartolome invoked her constitutional right to choose how she is to be educated. The power of this claim must not be cheapened by the UAAP’s ridiculous stand that a student athlete’s right to compete is merely a privilege.

In the 1925 Meyer case, Nebraska passed a law forbidding the teaching of languages other than English to children, to push immigrants to assimilate. The US Supreme Court ruled that a democracy cannot restrict something as fundamental as education. Philippine law has embraced Meyer’s words: “[Liberty] denotes not merely freedom from bodily restraint but also the right of the individual to contract, to engage in any of the common occupations of life, to acquire useful knowledge, to marry, establish a home and bring up children, to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience and generally to enjoy those privileges long recognized at common law as essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men.”

Is sports “essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness”? Recall the UP aphorism that studies should not get in the way of one’s education. The right to education goes beyond the classroom. It is made whole by participation in a broader, vibrant campus life.

To a student athlete, this means sports. This means the discipline of jumping into a pool at sunrise, the rapture of victory and the gallantry of sportsmanship. This means the honor of vying to don school colors and be cheered on by one’s community. This means not a commercial, professional league but that special, irreplaceable, once-in-a-lifetime experience that deserves as much protection as the right to sit in a classroom. And Bartolome correctly cited how our Constitution is replete with references to youth, education and sports, enshrining student athletics as part of our national values alongside our renunciation of dictatorship and the primacy of civilian authority.

The residency rule was intended to discourage the aggressive recruiting of star basketball players, yet here is Bartolome begging entry into a much less glamorous arena. Ironically, UP is hardly in a position to woo athletes with condominiums and cars. UST’s refusal to release her underscores that she is being punished for her choice of university in a way that offends our society’s most deeply held values.

The residency rule fails the basic constitutional test of equality. Why is Bartolome treated differently from a student who attended a non-UAAP high school? Why is she treated differently from a student granted a release? Why is she captive to the “bitterness” she decries? As Senator Cayetano argues: “What did Mikee do wrong? She has so much talent but she cannot play and carry the color of the school that she goes to.”

It is sad how our students’ rights are sometimes still trivialized. Recall how St. Therese’s College in Cebu punished high school students over bikini photos (taken at a private activity with parents present) posted on Facebook, then brazenly defied a court order to allow the girls to attend their graduation. In one jurist’s words, students do not “shed their constitutional rights… at the schoolhouse gate.”

Fortunately for Bartolome, Judge Sta. Cruz issued a 20-day restraining order, allowing her to swim for UP in the September UAAP matches. He documented how Bartolome has been unable to focus on both studies and swimming and stands to lose her sports scholarship. He decried “rules that would defeat the purpose of athletic competition” and ordered that “talents and gifts like hers should be given the best of opportunity to develop and grow.”

When UP students clamor for budgetary priority to education, they articulate that education is a constitutional right, not a privilege. When Senator Cayetano defended the Reproductive Health Act before the Supreme Court, she asserted women’s constitutional right to informed choice, an argument traced all the way to the Meyer case. In the same vein, Bartolome now asserts her constitutional right to compete.

UP Fight!

Source: http://opinion.inquirer.net/60345/uaap-residency-rule-vs-right-to-sports

Sam Miguel
09-06-2013, 02:18 PM

Begging the pardon of my Tokayo, I really cannot get over this.

In Mikee Bartolome's case, what seems to be Fr Desagon's real issue, simply that he does not want the young Bartolome to go to UP?

As far as this case has gone, the Bartolome family has said Mikee wants to study in UP, but that is contingent on her getting a sports scholarship in order to be able to afford a UP education.

Does it really matter to Fr Deasgon whether or not UST offers the same course that the girl wants to pursue? The girl was offered a scholarship to swim for UST, which she did. Like any varsity athlete she got training and coaching, precisely so she could better perform in her sport and thus win for her school. That's how these things are supposed to work out right? So in that sense UST already got what it wanted in athletic glory, the Bartolomes got what they wanted in a free quality education for their daughter.

Now she wants to do the same thing in college, except in a different college. And Fr Desagon is keeping her from doing this because...? Spite? Pettiness? Pure unadulterated evil?

I find this very un-Catholic for a man who helps run the Royal, Pontifical and Catholic University.

Sam Miguel
09-06-2013, 02:31 PM
Fixing the real problem

By Tommy Manotoc

Philippine Daily Inquirer

5:43 am | Friday, September 6th, 2013

Controversies continue to hound the UAAP as the games get more and more intense. As the Final Four nears, every game now counts, except those of Adamson and University of the Philippines.

It is in these highly emotional games where we see each team step up, and it is very crucial that officiating keeps up with the level of play.

But instead of improving, we find that the officiating continues to take a downward spiral. Maybe we are expecting too much from the present batch of referees, who are grossly underpaid and, perhaps, not yet ready to officiate games that have so much at stake.

On top of that, these referees are at risk of getting suspended if they officiate poorly.

Refereeing is a tough and thankless job. The referees are under so much pressure to make the right calls in the quickest way they could. It may also be well worth the time of the UAAP board to determine if the league’s referees are being fairly compensated.

* * *

During my time in the PBA in the late 1970s, the late great commissioner Leo Prieto made a bold move when the stakes got higher in the PBA Finals.

He did the unthinkable.

Prieto hired NBA referees to come to town to officiate the games. In doing so, he tried to leave no room for doubt as to the integrity and intention of the calls.

Perhaps the UAAP can take a cue from what Prieto pulled off way back. Now that the race for the Final Four is as tight as ever—with six teams slugging it out and no clear leader in sight—why not consider this as an option?

If they go for this option, it’s best to invest money in the off-season to give their regular referees better training. If there are camps for players and coaches abroad to improve their skills, the Fiba (international basketball federation) has the same thing for officials.

Fiba.com lists the numerous countries where Fiba holds clinics for referees. Maybe this is something the SBP can invest in as well after doing an excellent job in hosting the Fiba Asia Championship.

09-06-2013, 02:58 PM
^ I really don't know Fr. Desagon's reason for denying Bartolome's release while other athletes, including the former baseball team captain was granted his a couple of months back. In fact, said team captain is now enrolled in UP. He, too, was offered a scholarship by UST but he really was bent on going to UP.

I don't know if it has something to do with Fr. Desagon's decision to withhold Bartolome's release papers but I heard that she and the dad have a history of being difficult. Somebody who follows the juniors competition remarked "May attitude talaga, nde (sic) nga nagpalaro yan nitong nakaraan e. Last minute nag back out".

09-08-2013, 06:29 PM
Warriors end final four chase as Eagles shut down Sumang late

The Ateneo Blue Eagles rallied from a double-digit deficit to knock the University of the East Red Warriors out of the final four race, 77-72, strengthening their postseason chances in the UAAP Season 76 men's basketball tournament, Sunday, at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Eagles (7-5) rebounded from a 66-64 loss against the DLSU Green Archers last week and have now won six of their last seven games. The Red Warriors (6-7), however, lost their fourth straight game and will miss the postseason for the fourth straight year since 2009.

Assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga said that his players might've been shaky in the first half owing to "gigil" coming into the game. However, he credited their second half adjustments for the win.

"We gave up too many points in the first half, so we played better defense on Roi Sumang, specifically. The players stepped up on defense and we were able to follow the defensive game plan that coach Bo [Perasol] wanted us to do," he said.

Arespacochaga took over head coaching duties from Bo Perasol today as the latter was hit with a one-game ban. According to him, the suspension though didn't have any adverse effects on the team's performance today. "We have a veteran group of guys who know what this home stretch is about," said Arespacochaga.

Deep into the fourth quarter and facing a 10-point deficit, Gino Jumao-as' penetration, combined with pressure defense from the Warriors, netted UE seven straight points, 72-69. The Eagles gave up the ball for the third straight time and Roi Sumang went for a layup. Instead, he missed and remained on the ground, clutching his right knee. The Eagles played on, and after a controversial non-call on a possible backcourt violation, they found Kiefer Ravena for a baseline cut, 74-69.

With a minute left, JR Sumido drove to make it a three-point game. But Ateneo was able to milk the clock before UE were forced to foul Chris Newsome. The rookie forward made both tries with 26 ticks left, sealing the win for the Ateneo.

The Eagles (7-5) rebounded from a 66-64 loss against the DLSU Green Archers last week and have now won six of their last seven games. The Red Warriors lost their fourth straight game.

In the first quarter, Roi Sumang scored off nifty drives and was fouled from long range, putting up seven of UE's first nine points. Meanwhile, the Eagles couldn't buy a bucket from anywhere on the floor, 9-2.

With five minutes to play, Ateneo began to score off forced turnovers. Coupled with fouls that put UE over the penalty, the Eagles went on an 11-4 run and evened the game at 13-13 on a Von Pessumal trey. However, the Warriors went 3-of-5 from the free throw line in the last 2:33, ensuring a 17-14 lead after the first period.

Sumang was hot from the perimeter in the second quarter, complementing Dan Alberto as the pair scattered shots from the outside. While the Eagles had trouble finishing in the lane, UE went on an 8-0 run to take a 29-20 lead.

Ateneo continued eking out points from the line until a Poy Erram cut at 3:33 gave them their first field goal in the last five minutes, 31-25. But UE had other plans as they denied the Eagles any more field goals for the rest of the period, instead sending Kiefer Ravena to the charity stripe. Meanwhile, Sumang and Mammie tag-teamed for the Warriors' last 13 points, ending the half with a 44-34 lead.

At halftime, Sumang racked up 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field, leading the Warriors' 17-of-37 (45.9 percent) clip. In contrast, Ateneo made just three field goals in the second period for a 8-of-30 (26.7 percent) outing thus far. They were kept alive by a 17-of-22 free throw shooting mark (77.3 percent), led by Ravena's 7-of-8 makes.

Ravena bounced back hard in the third quarter, making difficult shots during a 14-3 run fueled by pushing the ball off defensive stops. Four minutes into the frame, a basket by Juami Tiongson gave Ateneo their first lead of the game, 48-47.

At that point UE pushed back, as Gino Jumao-as stopped the bleeding with a baseline drive with 5:12 on the clock. Both teams then traded blows at the rim, as the Eagles kept a 56-55 edge after the third period.

The Eagles let loose a 11-5 volley to start the fourth quarter, as Nico Elorde and Chris Newsome capitalized in the open court for Ateneo, and established a 67-60 lead. UE looked to rally after Sumang found Mammie for a two-handed touchdown, but Ryan Buenafe took it back by hitting a three-pointer on the next possession. Another Warriors turnover led to a Ravena fast break, opening up the Eagle's first double-digit lead, 72-62, with four and a half minutes left.

Ateneo finished the game shooting 25-of-64 (39.1 percent), while UE went 25-of-69 (36.2 percent). The free throw battle was close as well, with the Eagles making 25-of-33 (75.8 percent) against the Warriors' 18-of-30 (60 percent).

Ateneo imposed an 22-7 margin on fast break points.

Sumang scored 27 points, all coming in the first three quarters of the game, on 10-of-22 shooting. The point guard also issued five assists. Charles Mammie registered 11 points and 17 rebounds. Gino Jumao-as and Dan Alberto notched 10 points each.

UE's Ralf Olivares also sat out today's match as he carried out the second of his two-game suspension. - RAF, GMA News

The scores:

ADMU 77: Ravena 22, Newsome 19, Buenafe 9, Elorde 7, Tiongson 6, Pessumal 5, Erram 5, Golla 4, Tolentino 0, Enriquez 0

UE 72: Sumang 27, Mammie 11, Jumao-as 10, Alberto 10, Noble 5, Santos 4, Sumido 2, Hernandez 2, Javier 1, Olayon 0, Pujante 0, Flores 0, Casajeros 0

Quarters: 14-17, 34-44, 56-55, 77-72

09-09-2013, 10:29 AM
Bullpups whip Junior Maroons to move closer to elims sweep at UAAP 76 juniors basketball

By Celest R. Flores

Philippine Daily Inquirer

7:51 pm | Saturday, September 7th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — National University moved closer to an outright finals berth, while Ateneo secured a semifinals spot after separate victories Saturday in the UAAP season 76 juniors basketball competition at the Blue Eagle gym.

NU leaned on a huge 28-point third quarter to whip University of the Philippines Integrated school, 83-58, for a perfect 13-0 record so far in the elimination round.

One more victory separates the Bullpups from a trip to the finals with a precious three-to-beat edge.

Hubert Cani sizzled for 27 points, along with five rebounds and seven assists while John Cauilan had a double-double play of 22 points and 16 boards for NU.

MVP front-runner Thirdy Ravena, meanwhile, had another all-around effort with 12 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists as the Blue Eaglets blasted past University of the East, 68-49.

Ateneo improved to 11-2, which also earned the Bullpups a twice-to-beat edge in the semifinals — regardless of the format.

The Blue Eaglets have a shot at spoiling the Bullpups’ bid as they tangle on September 13 at the same venue.

Meanwhile, reigning titlist Far Eastern University-Diliman and De La Salle-Zobel also formalized their entry to the semis after dispatching cellar dwellers Adamson and University of Santo Tomas, respectively.

The Baby Tamaraws clobbered the Baby Falcons, 67-42 behind Richard Escoto’s 20 points, while the Junior Archers survived the Tiger Cubs with a hard-fought 49-46 victory.

09-09-2013, 10:31 AM
^ I really don't know Fr. Desagon's reason for denying Bartolome's release while other athletes, including the former baseball team captain was granted his a couple of months back. In fact, said team captain is now enrolled in UP. He, too, was offered a scholarship by UST but he really was bent on going to UP.

I don't know if it has something to do with Fr. Desagon's decision to withhold Bartolome's release papers but I heard that she and the dad have a history of being difficult. Somebody who follows the juniors competition remarked "May attitude talaga, nde (sic) nga nagpalaro yan nitong nakaraan e. Last minute nag back out".

Brod kumbidahin mo si Fr Desagon at si Nic Bart ng toma, ako na bahala sa Matador.

09-09-2013, 10:35 AM
Adamson, NU beach volleyball pacesetters

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:08 pm | Sunday, September 8th, 2013

NATIONAL University and Adamson stayed perfect yesterday to move within a win of an outright finals stint in their respective divisions of the UAAP beach volleyball tournament at UE Caloocan sand court.

The Bulldogs, bannered by last season’s MVP Edwin Tolentino and Josephenry Tipay, downed University of the Santo Tomas’ Mark Alpapara and Kris de Guzman, 21-16, 21-14, to streak to their sixth victory in men’s play.

Led by Sheila Pineda and Amanda Villanueva, the Lady Falcons bested Lady Bulldogs Dindin Santiago and Mina Aganon, 21-8, 21-15, for a 6-0 card.

A team that sweeps the eliminations will jump straight to the finals with a thrice-to-beat advantage, leaving the next three teams to fight for the last title berth in a stepladder semifinals.

Defending women’s champion UST (5-1) and Ateneo (4-1) earned semifinal slots after drubbing separate foes.

Jasmine W. Payo

OTHER RESULTS: Men—UE d. FEU, 21-17, 21-17; Ateneo d. La Salle, 21-12, 19-21, 16-14; Adamson d. UP, 21-16, 21-17. Women—UST d. UE, 21-13, 21-19; Ateneo d. UP, 21-11, 21-10; La Salle d. FEU, 23-21, 21-9.

09-09-2013, 10:44 AM
Wishing you a speedy, full, complete and permanent recovery Roi.

Kudos to Ateneo team doctor George Canlas MD who was the first responder when Sumang went down.

Roi Sumang's injury adds to pain of Red Warriors

By Reuben Terrado

September 08, 2013, 08:03 pm

UNIVERSITY of the East top gunner Roi Sumang faces the possibility of an extended break after suffering an injury late in the Red Warriors’ game against five-time champion Ateneo in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament Sunday.

Sumang was seen wincing in pain after landing awkwardly entering the final minute of the match which the Warriors lost, 77-72, dashing their hopes of making it to the Final Four this season.

After the game, Sumang was transported out of the Mall of Asia Arena on a stretcher.

The Warriors, owner of a 5-7 (win-loss) record, face the prospect of missing their top scorer in the final two games of the season opposite Adamson on September 14 and University of the Philippines on September 18.

UE coach Boycie Zamar said there is still no prognosis on Sumang’s injury, but he has had problems on the knee which he was seen clutching after an awkward landing on a drive.

“He has to undergo an MRI,” Zamar said.

The UE coach said the possible absence of Sumang will definitely have a great effect on the team in its bid to end the season on a winning note.

“’Yung naiwan na sapatos, malaki,” Zamar pointed out.

09-09-2013, 10:48 AM
La Salle Lady Jins closer to UAAP taekwondo crown; UP still unscathed in men’s

By Celest R. Flores


8:10 pm | Friday, September 14th, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – La Salle moved closer to clinching a title in the UAAP women’s taekwondo tournament in more than a decade after a going unscathed in five matches Friday.

The Lady Archers scored on a 4-3 decision over reigning titlist Far Eastern University as the taekwondo matches continued at the Arena in San Juan.

La Salle’s Ynah Langit was impressive in the 16-4 victory over Marivic Garcia in their middle-heavy weight division.

La Salle, which last won the women’s title in 1998, got a huge boost off 7-0 shutout of Ateneo in the morning session.

Another win on Tuesday in the final day of eliminations over University of the Philippines will seal the victory for the Lady Archers.

In the men’s division, titleholder University of Santo Tomas overwhelmed tournament newcomer National University, 6-1, to bolster its bid for a repeat.

But a 2-5 defeat in the hands of La Salle dealt the Tigers Jins their first setback in four outings.

UP, meanwhile, stayed perfect toting a 4-0 card after tripping NU, 4-3, in the afternoon session while Ateneo barged into the win column with an identical score over FEU.

The Green Archers, before scoring a huge win over UST, edged University of the East, 4-3.

09-09-2013, 05:01 PM
Ateneo faces forfeiture of UE win after banned Perasol allegedly seen at game
By Reuben Terrado
September 09, 2013, 04:32 pm

Ateneo coach Bo Perasol was allegedly spotted at the MOA Arena in violation of league rules. Jerome Ascano

ATENEO is facing forfeiture of Sunday’s victory over University of the East after suspended coach Bo Perasol was allegedly spotted at the Mall of Asia Arena during their UAAP men's basketball game.

A league official said UE has asked the UAAP board to look into the alleged presence of Perasol somewhere inside the MOA Arena on Sunday while the game was ongoing.

The official also said UE had photo evidence that Perasol was at the arena and was even seen singing Ateneo’s alma mater song at the end of the game.

Another photo, supposedly in the possession of UE, showed league deputy commissioner Ato Badolato telling Perasol to leave the venue during the game, the source added.

The Red Warriors lost the game, 72-77, and were eliminated from the Final Four race following their defeat to the Blue Eagles.

Another source confirmed that UAAP rules prohibit suspended team personnel from showing up during games, and that a forfeiture of won matches is the likely sanction for such infractions.

The issue is expected to be taken up during the next regular UAAP board meeting which was moved from Monday to Thursday.

Perasol was not on the bench during Sunday’s match after being slapped with a one-game suspension for a run-in with a fan at the end of the La Salle-Ateneo encounter last September 1.

The decision could have a bearing on both the Final Four hopes of Ateneo and UE, which could have its Final Four hopes revived if the Blue Eagles' win is overturned.

On the other hand, the Blue Eagles are still in a precarious situation as they are in a tie for fourth place with University of Santo Tomas on 7-5 win-loss slates.

Ateneo, however, is still in the hunt for a twice-to-beat advantage.

Dark Knight
09-09-2013, 05:38 PM
dont forget the non call of a supposed line violation of Ateneo in the last 2 minutes.

09-10-2013, 09:31 AM
Ateneo’s win over UE may go for naught

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

9:34 pm | Monday, September 9th, 2013

ATENEO faces possible forfeiture of its recent win over University of the East as the Warriors filed a letter of clarification to the UAAP Board yesterday, citing a violation of a league rule on suspended team officials.

The Blue Eagles triumphed, 77-72, last Sunday minus suspended coach Bo Perasol and eliminated the Warriors from Final Four contention in the men’s basketball tournament.

Rod Roque, UE’s representative to the UAAP Board, said yesterday that Perasol was spotted on the premises of Mall of Asia Arena, which is a violation of a rule that bars suspended team officials to stay on “the bench or the venue.”

A violation of the rule merits a game forfeiture.

“It’s not a protest, but we’re seeking a clarification of the rule,” said Roque, adding that there was a photo evidence of Perasol’s presence. “We were informed by people who saw him in the venue.”

A league rule also states that suspended players are not allowed on “the bench and its immediate vicinity.”

Curiously, several suspended players have also been spotted behind the bench this season.

UAAP secretary Malou Isip said the Board will tackle the issue in a meeting on Thursday.

A game forfeiture will be a big blow to the Blue Eagles’ semifinal campaign as the defending champions are fighting for the last Final Four slot against University of Santo Tomas. Both teams hold a 7-5 record.

National University, La Salle and Far Eastern University, all toting 9-4 records, already claimed the first three semifinal berths.

Perasol served a one-game suspension last Sunday for nearly storming the stands during a postgame altercation with a La Salle fan last week.

Assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga called the shots during the Blue Eagles’ crucial victory that ended the Warriors’ semifinal hopes.

09-10-2013, 09:33 AM
Ateneo to file own clarification letter to UAAP over suspension rule

By Mark Giongco


11:53 pm | Monday, September 9th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — Ateneo de Manila University is set to file its own letter asking the UAAP to probe into violations made by suspended players.

University of the East earlier had submitted a letter “seeking clarification of the rule” claiming that Blue Eagles head coach Bo Perasol, who was serving his one-game suspension last Sunday, violated the rule on suspended team officials after he was spotted at the premises of the Mall of Asia Arena during the Eagles 77-72 win that ended the Red Warriors’ Final Four bid.

In a letter by Ricky Palou, Ateneo’s representative to the UAAP Board, UE also violated the rule as its suspended player Ralf Olivares “was seen seated behind the UE bench” also on Sunday.

Palou said in a text message to INQUIRER.net that he will submit the letter addressed to UAAP president Fr. Maximo D. Rendon of host Adamson, Tuesday morning.

Under league rules, “a suspended athlete shall not be allowed to sit in the bench and its immediate vicinity during the period of suspension.” Violation of the rule merits a game forfeiture.

Ateneo also wants to “seek clarification” as well on several more instances where a suspended player “was seen in the immediate vicinity at times when they should have been serving a suspension.”

“In view of this, the Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) respectfully requests that the UAAP 76 Board conduct an investigation of this matter and that the appropriate sanctions be imposed in accordance with the UAAP 76 Rules and Regulations.”

09-10-2013, 11:44 AM
Ateneo to ask UAAP to look into "violations" of suspended players

9 September 2013

Fr Maximino D. Rendon, CM
President, UAAP Season 76

Dear Fr. Rendon:

It has been brought to our attention that University of the East (UE) player Ralf Olivares was seen seated behind the UE bench at the Mall of Asia Arena yesterday, 8th September 2013, during the men’s basketball game between the Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles and the UE Red Warriors.

Given that Ralf Olivares had been issued a one-game suspension by the UAAP 76 Commissioner Chito Loyzaga, a suspension that he was supposed to serve yesterday, his presence behind the UE bench during yesterday’s game time is a violation of UAAP 76 Rules and Regulations, which under “Sanctions” says:

“a suspended athlete shall not be allowed to sit in the bench and its immediate vicinity during the period of suspension. A violation of the condition of the suspension shall result in the forfeiture of the game where such suspended athlete was found present”.

In view of this, the Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) respectfully requests that the UAAP 76 Board conduct an investigation of this matter and that the appropriate sanctions be imposed in accordance with the UAAP 76 Rules and Regulations.

In addition to the foregoing incident, we would like to seek clarification as well on the following games, among others, where suspended players were likewise seen in the immediate vicinity at times when they should have been serving a suspension:

· 25th August 2013, UAAP 76, Match #40 between UE and Far Eastern University (FEU) where RR Garcia was seen in the immediate vicinity of the FEU bench;

· 31st August 2013, UAAP 76, Match #44 between UE and National University (NU) where Charles Mammie and Lord Casajeros were seen in the immediate vicinity of the UE bench;

· 1st September 2013, UAAP Season 76, Match #46 between AdMU and De La Salle University where Thomas Torres was seen sitting on the DLSU bench and the immediate vicinity of the bench

· 4th September 2013, UAAP Season 76, Match #48 between UE and DLSU where Lord Casajeros was seen in the immediate vicinity of the UE bench.

Please also look into similar violations in games of the Juniors’ and Women’s Basketball Divisions.

We thank you for this opportunity to be heard and are hopeful for an outcome that would ultimately be favorable to the UAAP and its ideals.

Very truly yours,

UAAP Board Member (AdMU)

Dark Knight
09-10-2013, 12:07 PM
how childish can you get?

09-10-2013, 12:11 PM
I think there is a difference with being childish and pushing for fairness and equality.

09-10-2013, 12:42 PM
The difference between a suspended player and a suspended coach is that a coach can still do his job, which is to coach, thru intermediaries and during halftime break while a player is limited to offering moral support. But with today's technology, this has become moot.

09-10-2013, 04:48 PM
The difference between a suspended player and a suspended coach is that a coach can still do his job, which is to coach, thru intermediaries and during halftime break while a player is limited to offering moral support. But with today's technology, this has become moot.

Boss,you're absolutely right!naunahan mo lang ako,eto rin sana ang tutumbukin ko........

Anyway,wala naman patutunguhan ang lahat ng kaguluhang ito basta lang ipanalo ng UST ang natitirang dalawang laro and based from what i saw in your last game mukhang bumabalik na ang bangis ng tigre.

One unsolicited advice though kay boss Pido,play Sheriff more.....

09-10-2013, 04:48 PM
If only they had bothered to define all their terms then none of this would even be at issue.

When I was an admin at a school we defined "campus" to not only mean the physical property of the school proper but also the sidewalk right outside the school and the two parking lots adjacent to it just for purposes of ensuring that students in those areas don't smoke, fight, drink or do any of the other things normally prohibited in schools, in other words to make sure that the rules and regulations of the school are clearly applied. Kung may nahuling nagyoyosi sa bangketa namin sanction kagad.

All the goddam UAAP had to do was say "Vicinity" means any of the areas where paying patrons normally watch the games, e di sana wala na din problema sina RR, Ralf, Charlie, Coach Vic, et al. At least maliwanag. Kung hindi pwede sa stands / gallery ang suspended e di hindi pwede. Sigurado naman ako hindi magpupumilit pang manood ang mga suspendido kung maliwanag na maliwanag lang sana ang reglamento.

09-12-2013, 10:43 AM
NU repulses Ateneo, nails s’final bonus
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
11:29 pm | Wednesday, September 11th, 2013
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NU BULLDOGS star Bobby Ray Parks (middle) splits the Ateneo double team and soars for a layup during yesterday’s game. AUGUST DELA CRUZ

National University showed once again how it has long shaken off the tag of league doormat.

Ray Parks provided an early lift as the Bulldogs claimed the twice-to-beat semifinal bonus for the first time in school history with a 70-65 tripping of defending champion Ateneo in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at Mall of Asia Arena.

“We’re very humbled with this victory, this is the first time we’re in this position,” NU coach Eric Altamirano said after his Bulldogs ended their best elimination run yet with a 10-4 record. “We have to take advantage of this opportunity, make full use of the twice-to-beat.”

Parks unloaded 24 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out a crucial assist to Dennice Villamor, who knocked in a left-corner triple with 22.2 seconds left that gave the Bulldogs a 68-63 lead after the Blue Eagles had closed in at 63-65.

Far Eastern University earlier wrapped up its elimination campaign with a similar 10-4 record, but the Bulldogs were assured of a semifinal bonus due to a higher quotient.

Idle La Salle still has a shot at forging a playoff for the remaining twice-to-beat edge with FEU if the Archers win over University of Santo Tomas on Saturday.

If La Salle loses its next game against UST, FEU will grab the last semifinal bonus and the No. 1 spot due to a higher head-to-head quotient with NU.

Meanwhile, Ateneo’s loss put its bid for a sixth straight championship in peril as the Blue Eagles slipped to fifth place at 7-6. The Eagles must win their last game against the Tigers when the two squads dispute the last Final Four berth next week.

Terrence Romeo eclipsed the season-high he set just four days ago by banging in 33 points as the Tamaraws rolled past winless University of the Philippines, 87-69, in the first game.

“The experience that we had in the second round helped us a lot,” coach Nash Racela said of his Tamaraws, who only won over the three eliminated teams in the second round after a 7-0 first-round sweep.

“But the good thing about it is we’re going to bring that [to the Final Four]. We learned our lessons as a team and as individuals.”

Emmanuel Mbe finished with a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds while Villamor also delivered for the Bulldogs by scoring seven of his nine points in the fourth period.

The Bulldogs will finish no lower than the second spot when the elimination round ends next week.

Ateneo star Kiefer Ravena struggled for most of the game and finished with only three points on a 1-of-9 shooting.

The scores:

First Game

FEU 87—Romeo 33, Tolomia 15, Pogoy 9, Garcia 8, Hargrove 7, Cruz 4, Belo 4, Aguilon 3, Sentcheu 2, Delfinado 2, Iñigo 0, Mendoza 0, Luz 0, Lee Yu 0, Jose 0, Dennison 0.

UP 69—Marata 23, Soyud 14, Lao 6, Gallarza 6, Suarez 5, Wong 4, Ligad 3, Gingerich 3, Harris 2, Ball 2, Desiderio 1, Asilum 0, Amar 0.

Quarters: 20-8, 46-28, 67-49, 87-69

Second Game

NU 70—Parks 24, Mbe 17, Villamor 9, Alejandro 5, Khobuntin 4, Alolino 4, Porter 3, Javelona 3, Roño 1, Rosario 0, Javillonar 0.

ATENEO 65—Newsome 17, Erram 11, Tiongson 8, Elorde 8, Pesumal 7, Buenafe 7, Golla 4, Ravena 3, Tolentino 0, Capacio 0.

Quarters: 21-18, 33-29, 49-45, 70-65

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09-12-2013, 01:37 PM
NU endangers Ateneo’s title retention bid
September 11, 2013
Martin San Diego | FCF

Martin San Diego | FCF

sidebar-uaap76National University banked on pivotal outside shots from shooter Dennice Villamor and excellent wing perimeter defense from Gelo Alolino and Maurice Porter to repulse defending champions Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles, 70-65, in UAAP men’s basketball action on Thursday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The win, their last for the elimination round, assures the Bulldogs for at least a twice-to-beat advantage currently being shared with Far Eastern University, who routed the still winless University of the Philippines, 87-69, in the first game.

“We’re very humbled with this victory,” said NU head coach Eric Altamirano after the game. “Bihira ang ganitong opportunity na magkaroon ng shot sa twice-to-beat.”

The Bulldogs had never experienced a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four era, with the Sampaloc-based squad last tasting the title in 1954.

Being on top of the game by as much as nine points in the first three quarters with a breakout offensive game from Bobby Ray Parks, the Blue Eagles gradually crept back off a 6-0 run starting with a JP Erram jumper in the 7:19 mark of the fourth quarter, and capped off by another Erram jumper at the 5:57 mark to lead, 53-52.

Villamor then converted two 18-foot jumpers midway in the quarter while Jean Mbe swished four free throws to regain the lead at 62-57 for the NU.

Ateneo forward Chris Newsome then scored on an and-one drive and sank five free throws to cut the Bulldogs’ lead to two, 63-65, in the last 37 seconds.

In the ensuing play, Parks posed for an isolation attack against Newsome and caught Ateneo’s wing defense napping, as he passed the ball for a wide open Villamor, who sank a three-pointer from the left side for a 68-63 lead.

“It was an isolation (play), it was strange. Dennice was open and I trusted him to get the shot in because he’s one of our best shooters,” Parks commented on said play.

“It’s about trusting your teammates, put all egos aside and make them feel that I trust them,” he remarked.

Ateneo could have tied the game at the buzzer with a jumpball error from Alolino, but he bounced back from his error by playing tight defense on Juami Tiongson, who missed a three-pointer from the top of the arc.

RELATED: NU vs ADMU game photos | FEU vs UP game photos

The Bulldogs (10-4) were led by Parks with 24 points and seven rebounds while Villamor had nine points, seven of which came in the last five minutes. Jean Mbe had a huge second half as he finished the game with 17 points and 12 rebounds.

The Blue Eagles (7-6), who were stripped of a twice-to-beat advantage, were led by Newsome with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Erstwhile leading scorer Kiefer Ravena, was limited Alolino and Porter to only three points.

To save themselves from elimination, they have to win against the UST in their final elimination game.
Martin San Diego | FCF

Martin San Diego | FCF

In the first game, Terrence Romeo scored his second 30-point game in a row with a season-high 33 as the Tamaraws (10-4) dealt the Fighting Maroons its 13th defeat for the season.

FEU is currently tied with the Bulldogs for number one while the Maroons, led by Raul Soyud with 14 points and 18 rebounds, are on the brink of another winless season.

09-12-2013, 08:58 PM
Ateneo wants La Salle reps out of UAAP Board

By Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBNnews.com
Posted at 09/12/2013 7:41 PM | Updated as of 09/12/2013 8:09 PM

Ateneo board representative Ricky Palou
MANILA, Philippines – Ateneo board representative Ricky Palou asked for the removal of La Salle representatives Henry Atayde and Edwin Reyes from the UAAP Board during their meeting on Thursday, claiming that they are not qualified for the position.

In an interview with ABS-CBNnews.com, Palou confirmed that he pushed for the removal of Atayde and Reyes from the UAAP Board.

“If you look at the rules, they are not qualified to be UAAP Board members,” Palou said. “The rules say that each university will be entitled to two board members. One must be an athletic director or a PE director, and the second board member must be a professor or a member of the administration.”

“Atayde and Reyes are consultants,” he said.

But Atayde, in an exclusive interview with ABS-CBNnews.com, stressed that both he and Reyes were qualified for the position and have been approved by the Board at the start of the season.

“I am a sports marketing director for the Office of Sports Development, and I am also the president of the World Union of Former La Sallian Students. I am a sports consultant for La Salle Green Hills,” Atayde told ABS-CBNnews.com.

According to Atayde, Reyes “goes to the office three times a week and plans out fundraising activities for DLSU.”

Atayde pointed out that they are following the rules, since he comes from the sports office, while Reyes is a member of the administration.

When told that Atayde insisted that he and Reyes were qualified to be board members, Palou said: “That’s a lie. That’s a big lie.”

“I asked them before I brought this topic up, and they said that they’re consultants,” he said.

The UAAP Board did not act on Palou’s motion. Instead, UAAP president Fr. Max Rendon of Adamson University will convene the presidents of the other member schools in a meeting next Sunday to discuss the matter, as well as the other issues that have plagued the league in Season 76.

When asked if he plans to continue to push for the La Salle representatives' removal from the league board, Palou answered: "Of course."

09-13-2013, 05:04 PM
UAAP Board: No forfeiture, but Perasol suspended again
By Chris Lagunzad | Yahoo PH Sports – Thu, Sep 12, 2013 5:08 PM PHT


tMANILA, Philippines - Ateneo head coach Bo Perasol during the matchup between the Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU) Blue Eagles and the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons for the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 76 held at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, south of Manila on 21 July 2013. (George Calvelo/NPPA Images)

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(UPDATED) Ateneo gets off the hook, but Coach Bo Perasol still won't be around.

In a meeting to discuss University of the East's request for a clarification of the rules regarding team members serving suspensions, the UAAP Board decided against forfeiting the Blue Eagles' 77-72 win over UE last September 8.

Perasol was seen at the Mall of Asia before and after the match, in violation of a league rule prohibiting suspended coaches from being at the venue while they serving their suspicion. The penalty for violating this rule, according the rulebook, is forfeiture.

The following day, UE wrote a letter to the Board seeking clarification of the rule while pointing out Perasol's presence at the game.

However, the Board decided that since Perasol was at the venue, then his suspension did not take effect, and thus he will have to sit out Ateneo's next game.

“Coach Bo was in the game venue [MOA Arena] when he was supposed to be serving his suspension, that is why the board decided that he should be serving the penalty,” said Season 76 secretary treasurer Malou Isip of host Adamson University.

Thus, the Blue Eagles, who are currently in fifth place, will keep their 7-6 record entering their final game of the elimination round against UST on September 18. The Tigers (7-5) play third-running La Salle (9-4) on Saturday.

But like a good soldier, Perasol said he is ready to follow the order from the UAAP Board.

Several hours after the Board ordered him to re-serve a one-game suspension that will force him to miss the Blue Eagles’ crucial match next week, Perasol said he is accepting his fate.

“I am not in a position to defend myself or whether I think the decision is right or wrong. However, whatever it is, I will abide by it,” he stated in a text message to Yahoo! Philippines.

The Blue Eagles defeated the Growling Tigers 61-57 in their initial meeting last July 27 and Perasol sounded confident his charges can repeat the trick.

“My team will fight for that Final Four spot, with or without me at the helm,” he stated.

Meanwhile, the Board was not as forgiving with the FEU Lady Tamaraws, who had to forfeit five won games after one of their players, Vangie Soriano, was found to have played in a commercial league during the season.

The Lady Tamaraws, who had been tied for first with National University with identical 12-2 records, thus fell to 7-7 and are not yet assured of a Final Four slot with fifth-running University of the Philippines (6-7) lurking just half-a-game behind.

09-15-2013, 05:12 PM
Mammie's sterling game carries UE over Adamson

Olmin Leyba | Updated Saturday September 14, 2013 - 6:03pm

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MANILA, Philippines – Charles Mammie dished out a monster performance while seldom-used Bong Galanza filled in for injured Roi Sumang as University of the East tripped Adamson, 77-60, Saturday in the UAAP Season 76 men's basketball tourney at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Mammie banged in 24 points and hauled down 24 rebounds while Galanza stepped up with 17 markers, spiked by three triples, as the duo led the Warriors' break-away in the fourth canto of the game featuring two ousted squads just battling for pride.

The Warriors snapped a four-game slide and picked up their sixth win in 13 games while the Falcons absorbed their second straight loss for 4-10 overall in what's likely to be the coach Leo Austria's farewell game with AdU.

"It's been a month of struggle for us. This win is important because it not only put us back on track but also enabled us to get back at Adamson, which beat us in the first round," said UE coach Boycie Zamar in Filipino.

The Warriors suffered a spate of misfortunes in the last 30 days, missing Mammie, Ralf Olivares, and Lord Casajeros on suspensions in crucial matches that stymied their bid for a Final Four.

UE finally kissed its semis aspirations goodbye when it lost to Ateneo last Sunday, 72-77, a game that later led to some boardroom debates due to the presence of suspended Ateneo coach Bo Perasol and banned UE player Olivares in the venue.

Warriors ace Sumang suffered a strained right calf muscle in that game. He came in uniform Sunday but Zamar decided to give him a rest.

"He can play but we don't want to risk aggravation. Somebody has to fill his shoes and fortunately Galanza was there, as well as Ralf (Olivares), (Lord) Casajeros, it was really a collective effort," said Zamar.

Olivares, back after a two-game suspension, added 11 markers while Casajeros chipped in eight.

Celedonio Trollano shot 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for AdU, which sent off graduating players Michael Agustin, Eric Cabigas, Rodney Brondial, Harry Petilos, Roider Cabrera, and Gian Abrigo.

Austria is possibly in this list as he had already expressed his intention to leave after this season. Austria had piled a record of 40-61 in seven seasons as AdU coach and steered the Falcons to three Final Four appearances.

"Right now I'm really sure (about not returning) and I think I deserve to take a break," said Austria, whose contract with ADU expires next month. "And there's no indication that they want me back; nobody's talking to me regarding my stint with Adamson. Maybe it's an indication that they want change."

The Scores:

UE 77 - Mammie 24, Galanza 17, Olivares 11, Casajeros 8, Alberto 7, Jumao-as 6, Santos 2, Noble 2, Pujante 0, Javier 0, Hernandez 0, Flores 0.

AdU 60 - Trollano 15, Monteclaro 10, Inigo 6, Cabrera 6, Brondial 6, Agustin 6, Cruz 5, Sewa 3, Petilos 2, Abrigo 1, Garcia 0, Cabigas 0.

QuarterscoresL 11-13, 43-38, 62-55, 77-60.

Sam Miguel
09-16-2013, 10:13 AM
NU cheerdance champs at last

Bulldogs Pep Squad dethrones UP; La Salle 3rd

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:34 pm | Sunday, September 15th, 2013

National University continued its phenomenal rise to the top in the varsity league.

After claiming the No. 1 spot in all basketball divisions, the NU Bulldogs Pep Squad stunned the traditional favorites with a flawless routine to capture its first championship in the UAAP cheerdance competition yesterday at the jampacked Mall of Asia Arena.

The Bulldogs, who crashed into the top three for the first time last season, spoiled University of the Philippines’ bid for a fourth straight crown with a perfectly executed Arabian-themed number that garnered 696.5 points.

“We don’t want to be left behind,” NU coach Ghicka Bernabe said after the Bulldogs emerged as the first school to cop the title outside of the cheerdance triumvirate of UP, Far Eastern University and University of Santo Tomas.

“Our team wanted to show that we can keep up with everyone because all our sports teams are improving. There was pressure. But it’s that pressure that motivated us.”

The surprise feat came just days after NU topped the basketball divisions in the men (10-4 record), women (12-2) and juniors (14-0) at the end of the eliminations, proving once again that the Bulldogs have shaken off the tag of league doormat.

Garbed in glitzy gold and blue costumes, the Bulldogs wowed the massive boisterous crowd of over 20,000 with their stunts, tosses, pyramids and dance number.

“We were very successful with our concept,” said Bernabe after her Bulldogs bagged the P340,000 cash prize. “We wanted our performance to be fast-paced, where no one will blink. We wanted it to be very precise, unique and strong.”

The National University pep squad wows the jam-packed Mall of Asia Arena crowd with its flawless routines en route to its first ever UAAP Cheerdance Championship. It foiled the University of the Philippines’ bid for a fourth straight crown with an Arabian-themed number. UP settled for second place while De La Salle University wound up third. AUGUST DELA CRUZ

The UP Pep Squad, which had hoped to clinch a record nine overall titles in the league’s annual blockbuster event, settled for a runner-up finish with 620.50 points and a P200,000 prize.

Flashing a pumped-up party routine, the Maroons performed difficult stunts but stumbled in some parts of their number, which merited an 18-point deduction compared to NU’s one-point penalty.

La Salle showcased a solid military-themed routine to garner 596.5 points and a P140,000 prize as one of its dancers, Anna de Leon, also received the Samsung Stunner special award.

The Bulldogs, whose boys sported shaved heads and the girls tightly braided ’dos, swept the competition by also ruling the Group Stunt. FEU finished second followed by UST.

“Everyone just trusted each other,” said NU team captain Adrian Alban.

The FEU Cheering Squad, runner-up last season, slipped to fourth with 589.5 points, followed by Adamson (559.5) and University of the East (559).

UST’s Salinggawi Dance Troupe, tied with UP for the most number of crowns at eight, absorbed their worst finish at seventh (546), while Ateneo wound up last (514).

NU pulled off the convincing win after earning the highest score in every category: tumbling (85 points), stunts (74), tosses (90), pyramids (88.5) and dance (360).

“We wanted it to be authentic, something fresh in the audience’s eyes,” said Bernabe. “We came out with a strong fighting spirit. This team is very united. No one hesitated to do whatever we wanted them to do. We really maximized our time for training,”

The event drew a crowd of 20,830, the biggest crowd the arena has drawn since it opened last year.

Sam Miguel
09-17-2013, 02:32 PM
Presidents of UAAP schools meet to 'revisit' league buffeted by controversy

From: Reuben Terrado

September 16, 2013, 07:41 pm

The country's premier collegiate league has been marred by several controversies over the last few seasons but continues to enjoy huge support from fans.

THE presidents of the eight member schools of the UAAP are set to gather this week to discuss issues besetting the league in what has so far been a controversy-filled season.

A league official who requested not be named as the person is not authorized to speak for the league said the meeting has already been scheduled to give the heads of the eight schools themselves to "revisit" a league that has been been buffeted by controversy and strife.

[FAST FACT: A Spin.ph poll on the board decision on the Bo Perasol issue showed 83.69 percent of 1,509 respondents as of September 16 felt Ateneo's win should have been forfeited. Only 16.31 percent agreed with the board decision.]

League old hands believe this is the first time in long while that such meeting involving the school presidents will be held to discuss purely league issues.

In contrast, the NCAA has its policy board composed of presidents of each member school which regularly held meetings aside from a management committee, considered as the counterpart of the UAAP board which handles the day-to-day affairs of the league.

The meeting could not have come at a better time.

The UAAP has found itself mired in several controversies this season and has in fact been hit by two Temporary Restraining Orders (TRO), one over its controversial decision to impose a two-year residency on high school athletes transfering from one member school to another.

The other TRO was on the board's decision to declare UP high school player Jozhua General ineligible to play in this season's juniors competition.

Most recently, the league found itself under fire over the board's decision not to forfeit Ateneo's win over University of the East despite Eagles coach Bo Perasol violating a long-standing league rule barring suspended team officials from showing up at the venue during games.

The board meeting over the Perasol issue also descended into chaos when Ateneo representative Ricky Palou lashed out at De La Salle counterparts Henry Atayde and Edwin Reyes, claiming the two are not qualified to be part of the board based on UAAP rules.

09-18-2013, 10:30 AM
UAAP juniors: FEU knocks off La Salle, faces Ateneo next

By Mark Giongco


5:37 pm | Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — Defending champion Far Eastern University outfought De La Salle-Zobel, 65-55, in their knockout semifinal match in the UAAP Season 76 juniors basketball action Tuesday at the Blue Eagle Gym.

The Baby Tams rode on JJ Domingo, who came through with 18 points — highlighted by a clutch triple — that held off the Junior Archers’ rally from 17 points down.

Domingo’s dagger of a trey came at the 1:48 mark that stretched FEU’s advantage back to eight, 61-53.

Marvin Lee registered 12 points while David Completo added nine to backup Domingo, who also grabbed eight rebounds.

FEU tries to keep its title-retention bid going when it tangles with second seed Ateneo on Saturday with the Blue Eaglets owning a twice-to-beat edge.

Graduating Renzo Subido scored 17 points, while Aljun Melecio and Karl Maldinger had 11 each for La Salle.

NU, the 2011 champion, earned an outright trip to the Finals after sweeping the elimination round.

09-18-2013, 10:31 AM
National U on course for 3-hoop c’ship feat

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:26 am | Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

National University stayed on track for a rare feat after emerging as the surprise No. 1 team in all three UAAP basketball divisions.

After languishing in the cellar for decades, NU climbed to the top with a 10-4 record in the men’s division, 12-2 in women’s play and 14-0 in the juniors to put itself in a position to become the first school in 20 seasons to sweep the sport.

“It’s a blessing that we’re not in the bottom anymore,” said King Bulldog Ray Parks. “It’s all about the hard work and dedication the entire team put in. Everybody played a key role.”

The Bulldogs claimed the twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four for the first time in school history after wrapping up their elimination run with a league-best 10-4 record.

But the Bulldogs will only know their opponent tomorrow when Ateneo and University of Santo Tomas, the two finalists last season, battle for the last Final Four berth at 4 p.m. at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Far Eastern University and La Salle are pitted in the other semifinal duel, but both will still dispute the last twice-to-beat bonus at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.

“We’re satisfied with how we have transformed and evolved from the first round to the second round,” said NU coach Eric Altamirano. “But then again, the Final Four is different. It’s important that we stay focused and tough.”

In juniors action, the Bullpups earned an outright championship berth after an incredible 14-0 sweep of the elimination round.

The Bullpups, bannered by John Cauilan, Hubert Cani and Mark Dyke, secured a thrice-to-beat bonus in the finals as the next three teams slug it out in the stepladder semifinals.

The Lady Bulldogs also need to win just once in the Final Four after ruling the women’s eliminations with a 12-2 card.

NU aims to be the first school to sweep the basketball event since 1994, when University of Santo Tomas pulled off the three-title feat.

Meanwhile, Parks bagged the Accel 3XVI UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week award after leading the Bulldogs to a 70-65 tripping of defending champion Ateneo at the end of their elimination run last Wednesday.

09-18-2013, 10:58 AM
Eagles, Tigers clash for No.4
Loser misses semifinal stage
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
11:52 pm | Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
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ED Daquioag of UST sneaks in a shot off the outstretched arms of Ateneo’s JP Erram and Nico Elorde in the first round of eliminations. AUGUST DELA CRUZ

Ateneo and University of Santo Tomas fought tooth and nail for the UAAP men’s basketball crown last season. This time, though, they’re just fighting for survival.

The Blue Eagles and the Tigers, both hoping to rescue faltering campaigns, dispute the last semifinal berth on the final day of eliminations at 4 p.m. today at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“I think you can’t say the team who wants it more will win, because we both want it,” said Ateneo coach Bo Perasol, who will miss the crucial match to serve a one-game suspension.

“It’s for all the marbles. But I have no doubts about my team. They’ll fight for that Final Four slot with or without me at the helm.”

Eliminated teams University of the East and University of the Philippines try to bow out of the season with a victory in the 2 p.m. opener.

The winner between the Eagles and the Tigers, who are tied at 7-6, will advance to the Final Four versus the National U Bulldogs, who claimed the first twice-to-beat incentive.

Ateneo bested UST, 61-57, in the first round.

Far Eastern University and La Salle will battle in the other semifinal duel after a playoff this Saturday, where they will dispute the No. 2 spot and the second twice-to-beat bonus.

UST had a shot at gaining an edge over Ateneo, but the Tigers absorbed a stinging 64-69 setback against the Archers last Saturday.

“We have to give a better effort against Ateneo,” said UST’s top gunner Jeric Teng. “I think we’re now more composed. We have learned from our mistakes.”

Teng said the five-straight champion Eagles won’t be any less dangerous despite the absence of Perasol, who got slapped with a one-game ban anew for staying on the venue premises during his Sept. 8 suspension.

Assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga then called the shots in the Eagles’ 77-72 triumph over the Warriors.

In juniors action, the fourth-ranked Baby Tamaraws stunned the No. 3 Junior Archers, 65-55, yesterday at Blue Eagle Gym in Loyola Heights to advance to the stepladder semifinals.

JJ Domingo topscored for 18 points for the Baby Tams, who now need to beat the No. 2 Eaglets twice to return to the Finals.

The Bullpups earned an outright title berth and a thrice-to-beat bonus after sweeping the elimination round.

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09-18-2013, 11:16 AM
UAAP juniors: FEU knocks off La Salle, faces Ateneo next
By Mark Giongco
5:37 pm | Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
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MANILA, Philippines — Defending champion Far Eastern University outfought De La Salle-Zobel, 65-55, in their knockout semifinal match in the UAAP Season 76 juniors basketball action Tuesday at the Blue Eagle Gym.

The Baby Tams rode on JJ Domingo, who came through with 18 points — highlighted by a clutch triple — that held off the Junior Archers’ rally from 17 points down.

Domingo’s dagger of a trey came at the 1:48 mark that stretched FEU’s advantage back to eight, 61-53.

Marvin Lee registered 12 points while David Completo added nine to backup Domingo, who also grabbed eight rebounds.

FEU tries to keep its title-retention bid going when it tangles with second seed Ateneo on Saturday with the Blue Eaglets owning a twice-to-beat edge.

Graduating Renzo Subido scored 17 points, while Aljun Melecio and Karl Maldinger had 11 each for La Salle.

NU, the 2011 champion, earned an outright trip to the Finals after sweeping the elimination round.

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09-18-2013, 11:36 PM
Tigers oust Eagles to claim last semis slot
By Aldo Avinante (philstar.com) | Updated September 18, 2013 - 7:10pm
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MANILA, Philippines – UST banked on Karim Abdul’s sterling game as it knocked out six-peat seeking Ateneo in a thrilling affair, 82-74, to book the last ticket to the semifinals in the 76th UAAP men's basketball tourney at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Wednesday night.

Abdul led the Tigers with 25 points while Jeric Teng, Eduardo Daquioag and Kevin Ferrer chipped in 17, 13 and 10 markers, respectively, to exact revenge against their finals tormentor last year.

"I give credit talaga sa mga bata. Tinanong ko sa kanila’ bakasyon na ba tayo bukas o last game na ba ni Jeric?’ Sabi nila hindi pa, at yun lumabas yung puso at pride nila," said UST coach Pido Jarencio.

"Yung sixth man namin yung UST community, yung alumni at fans. Para sa kanila ito, malaking bagay ang suporta nila sa amin," he added.

Facing a 62-75 deficit with less than three minutes remaining in the game, the Eagles unleashed a 9-0 blast, six coming from Chris Newsome, to get them back to the game, 71-75, with 52.8 seconds left.

UST team captain and Jeric Teng's cool hands in the free throw line took over in the clutch as he sank five crucial freebies at the height of Ateneo's rally to preserve the win.
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"Knowing it could be my last game, ayoko pa mangyari yun before the game. I told myself and prayed to God na sana hindi ko pa last game," said Teng.

"Sobrang saya ko kasi I've been through a lot. Talagang nag-sipag ako this season. Unfortunately nagka-injury ako pero masaya kami at nasa Final Four," he added.

UST came out strong in the payoff period with a 13-2 run buoyed by three triples, two from Tata Bautista and one from Teng, to take a 65-53 advantage with 7:02 remaining.

Both teams figured in a game of runs the rest of the way with Ateneo uncorking a 9-2 zip while UST countering with an 8-0 binge to take a 75-62 lead with 2:34 left.

Ateneo opened the second half with 10-0 run to threaten within 36-39 at the 7:02 mark.

Teng stopped the bleeding with a triple to restore order for the Tigers. Ateneo then went into a nip and tuck affair with UST, taking a 52-51 lead at the onset of the final canto.

Behind Abdul's 19 first half points, UST took a 39-26 upperhand at the break.

The Tigers also clamped down on the Eagles, holding their foes to a measly 24 percent shooting in the first half compared to their 45 percent clip.

Kiefer Ravena led Eagles with 20 points while Newsome and Nico Elorde added 13 and 12 markers in that order.

UST will face top-seeded NU while La Salle and FEU will figure in the other semis match-up.

A playoff for the second spot is scheduled on Saturday between the Archers and the Tamaraws.

Dark Knight
09-19-2013, 09:53 AM
Ateneo now joins FEU as the defending champions that got eliminated.

FEU, champs in 2005, bowed out in 2006. And now, the Blue Eagles.

09-19-2013, 11:05 AM
The last time it happened, the UST Growling Tigers won the crown. Will they duplicate that success this year?

09-19-2013, 02:15 PM
UAAP: UE ends season sans Final Four spot; UP still winless
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DESPITE missing the Final Four, University of the East (UE) salvaged enough pride in its last game by scoring a 76-73 win over University of the Philippines (UP) on Wednesday in the second round of UAAP Season 76 men’s basketball at the Araneta Coliseum.

Although the Fighting Maroons managed to make it a close game in the last period, the Red Warriors stood tall in crunch time to finish the elimination round with a 7-7 win-loss slate which was not enough for a quarterfinal slot.

“Although we didn’t qualify in the final four, the players remain aggressive in playing basketball today. They wanted to end the season on high note and they did,” said UE head coach Boyzie Zamar, whose team was tagged as a dark horse before the 76 season started.

“It was very painful for us but we’ll be back.”

The Red Warriors, who didn’t field in the injured playmaker Shej Roi Sumang, avoided a huge collapse in the payoff period when the UP Fighting Maroons used a blistering 18-10 run capped by graduating big man Raul Soyud’s 10 fourth quarter points.

Graduating swingman Lord Casajeros, who scored 11 of his 17 points in the second half, also delivered two big shots late in the fourth quarter to save the Red Warriors from the jaws of defeat.

Along with Casajeros, it was also the last UAAP game for team captain Adi Santos, Ralf Olivares, JM Noble, JR Sumido and Jai Flores.

6’8 hulking center Charles Mammie scattered 21 points and collected 18 rebounds to lead UE, while Ralf Olivares had 12 points along with four rebounds and three steals and Gino Jumao-as chipped in nine points.

Samuel Marata posted 22 points to lead the Fighting Maroons, who ended Season 76 winless in 14 games, a lowly feat that they have amassed every 3 years (Season 70, Season 73 and this season).

UP will lose the trio of Marata, Soyud and Moriah Gingerich to graduation.

Individual Scores:

UE (76) – Mammie 21, Casajeros 17, Olivares 12, Jumao-as 9, Alberto 7, Santos 6, Javier 4, Sumido 0, Pujante 0, Noble 0, Hernandez 0, Guion 0, Gallanza 0

UP (73) – Marata 22, Soyud 15, Lao 10, Suarez 6, Ligad 5, Gallarza 4, Asilum 3, Wong 2, Harris 2, Ball 2, Gingerich 1, Amar 1, Paras 0, Desiderio 0

Quarter Scores:

20-19, 44-34, 66-55, 76-73

09-19-2013, 05:05 PM
From the title alone it seems Romeo had it in the bag... so is he or is this just part of a campaign?


Flamboyant Romeo nips Parks for MVP award behind late-season explosionFrom: Reuben Terrado
•September 12, 2013, 08:50 am

BARRING any phenomenal statistical explosion from other players in the final few games of the season, Far Eastern University's flamboyant star Terrence Romeo will capture his first-ever Most Valuable Player award in Season 76 of the UAAP basketball tournament.

Based on an unofficial computation done by Spin.ph, Romeo clinched the honor via slim margin over National University star and two-time MVP Bobby Ray Parks after a big all-around game in the Tamaraws' final game of the eliminations against University of the Philippines on Wednesday.

UAAP officials won't confirm or deny Romeo’s victory since the elimination round is still ongoing. They will hand out the award during the playoffs.

Once it becomes official, the award will cement Romeo's status as a top star as he becomes the latest FEU Tamaraw to win the league's highest individual honor, following in the footsteps of teammate RR Garcia (2010) and Arwind Santos (2004, 2005).

Romeo on Wednesday scored a personal season-high of 33 points to go with nine rebounds, five assists, and two steals in the Tamaraws’ 87-69 victory over UP just four days after scoring 32 in another win over Adamson, enough to dislodge Parks from the top spot.

Based on the unofficial computation, Romeo amassed 75.286 statistical points to leapfrog Parks, who finished with 73.857 SPs after tallying 24 points, seven rebounds, one assist, and two steals in NU’s final game of the elims - a 70-65 victory over defending champion Ateneo.

Statistics is the lone basis for individual awards.

Romeo, who won the Rookie of the Year award in 2010 and a place in the Mythical Five last season, also did not incur a ban during the season to disqualify him from the MVP derby.

Both the Tamaraws and the Bulldogs are assured of places in the Final Four.

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09-19-2013, 08:24 PM
Romeo oh romeo!

Romeo to be officially named UAAP MVP

MANILA - The top Tamaraw will finally cement his status as the King Tamaraw of his era.

All hail for Terrence Bill Romeo of the Far Eastern University, who is set to receive royal honors as the Most Valuable Player of the UAAP Season 76 men's basketball tournament after ammassing 75.29 statistical points(SPs).

Romeo unseated two-time reigning MVP Bobby Ray Parks of National University, who lagged behind with 73.86 SPs.

Joining them in the elite five are University of Santo Tomas slotman Karim Abdul (70.93 SPs), University of the East guard Roi Sumang (64.0 SPs), and National University's Emmanuel Mbe (63.57 SPs).

Meanwhile, Ateneo Eaglets' Thirdy Ravena, younger brother of Kiefer, will receive the highest individual accolade in the junior's division.

The offensive-minded Romeo strutted his brilliant repertoire as he normed 22.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 1.6 steals after the elimination round.

Romeo needed just three 30-point games to throw down the gauntlet and silence his critics once and for all, while towing the Tamaraws back to the Final Four.

His FEU will face De La Salle University on Saturday, 4PM, at the Mall of Asia Arena as they dispute the last twice-to-beat bonus.

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09-20-2013, 02:14 PM
^ Brod, binoykot niyo daw 'yung UAAP swimming?

09-20-2013, 03:46 PM
^ Nag walkout with DLSU, UE at AdU

Sad day for sports :(

09-20-2013, 03:49 PM
In other news, NU takes the women's beach volley crown, detroning UST in the process, 2 sets to 1. In the men's side, UST beat NU, who enjoys a thrice-to-beat advantage, in game 1.

The Tigers also brought home the poomsae crown

09-21-2013, 10:18 AM
AdU bro. not NU.

09-21-2013, 12:02 PM
^ Ooops, you're right. There's just too much NU nowadays

09-21-2013, 10:49 PM
Ateneo downs FEU to reach UAAP juniors final

From: Reuben Terrado
September 21, 2013, 03:32 pm

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MVP Thirdy Ravena and the Eagles set up a title showdown with National University. Jerome Ascano

ATENEO advanced to the finals of the UAAP Season 76 juniors basketball tournament after dethroning Far Eastern University-Diliman, 69-64, on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Blue Eaglets overcame a slow start in the first quarter to move into the finals where they will face undefeated National University.

The Bullpups hold a thrice-to-beat advantage in the finals, only needing to win twice to capture the crown.

Game One of the finals series is set September 28 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Michael Nieto had 14 points and 12 rebounds, Jose Escaler added 14 markers, and season Most Valuable Player Thirdy Ravena had 11 points for the Bullpups.

The Baby Tamaraws bowed out of the title picture after winning last season’s crown on a team led by now-Ateneo cager Jerie Pingoy.

The Blue Eaglets trailed, 9-17, at the end of the first period but recovered in the second to tie the game, 32-32, at the half.

The scores:

Ateneo (69) – Nieto 14, Escaler 14, Ravena 11, Black 10, Nieto 9, Mendoza 7, Ramos 2, Magpoc 2, Salandanan 0, Joson 0, Calilung 0.

FEU (64) – Lee 19, Domingo 15, Bienes 9, Completo 5, Aquino 5, Tabudlo 4, Lumba 4, Comboy 3, Rumbaoa 0, Paglinawan 0, Domingo 0.

Quarterscores: 9-17; 32-32; 47-46; 69-64.

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09-21-2013, 10:53 PM
National U eyes first finals appearance in over four decades as it takes on UST

From: Reuben Terrado
September 21, 2013, 04:18 pm

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National U eyes first finals appearance in over four decades as it takes on UST
Coach Eric Altamirano and the twice-to-beat Bulldogs try to score a quick win in their semifinal encounter with coach Pido Jarencio and the Tigers. Jerome Ascano

NATIONAL University looks to book its first UAAP finals appearance in more than four decades when it faces University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP Season 76 men’s basketball tournament on Sunday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

The top-ranked Bulldogs begin their Final Four series with the fourth-seed Tigers in their 4 p.m. match. NU holds a twice-to-beat incentive against UST.

A win by the Bulldogs will move the former cellar-dwellers into the finals for the first time since losing to University of the East in the 1970 championship.

NU has also not won a UAAP crown since a team led by Lauro Mumar won the 1954 title.

Bulldogs coach Eric Altamirano remained cautious despite being the No. 1 team at the end of the eliminations, noting that this will be the first time that the Bulldogs will be in this kind of situation.

The Bulldogs never had a twice-to-beat advantage and came nowhere near the top-seed since the Final Four began in 1994.

“Iba na ’yung Final Four,” said Altamirano. “This is the first time we are here. Everybody will be feeling their way. Ang importante dito is to stay focused and stay together dahil ibang level ang Final Four.”

The Bulldogs had a blistering run to the top spot, winning seven of their final eight games to finish with a 10-4 win-loss slate.

“We are satisfied with how we played, how we transformed, and how we have evolved from the first round to the second round,” Altamirano said.

Meanwhile, the Tigers are coming off an emotional 82-74 victory over Ateneo to drop the Blue Eagles’ bid for a sixth consecutive UAAP crown.

Despite holding the fourth spot — no team at No. 4 has managed to rise and win a crown in the history of the Final Four — UST coach Pido Jarencio still believes that the odds are even.

“Iba na kapag Final Four. Pare-parehas lang ’yan. It’s all about heart and desire kung sino ang gustong manalo,” said Jarencio.

The Tigers definitely showed their desire to enter the Final Four, winning four of their last five outings to end the regular season with an 8-6 win-loss slate.

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09-21-2013, 11:28 PM
Tangina. What has become of the UAAP? What kind of school officials do we have in our country? Daming mga balasubas.

Para bang may ketong yung UP swimmer kaya ayaw nila sumawsaw sa iisang swiming pool? Sino ang nag-utos? Pagsalitain yang mga nagboycot.

Sam Miguel
09-23-2013, 08:52 AM
UAAP board: Swimmer Mikee Bartolome needs one year of residency

By Celest R. Flores


6:20 pm | Friday, September 20th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — The UAAP board on Friday said that swimmer Mikee Bartolome still needs to serve a year of residency even after she has secured a court injuction against the two-year residency rule.

The league insisted that it remains respectful of the court’s granting of the temporary restraining order, but has no recourse “but to heed and revert to the previous rule which has been imposed for decades.”

“The court order was specific on the “two-year” rule which was imposed only this Season 76, and not on the previously accepted “one-year” rule,” the board also said.

The old rule requires a freshman student-athlete who transfers from one UAAP school to another to complete one year of residency.

Bartolome, though, was able to suit up for the Maroons in the first day of the ongoing UAAP season 76 swimming competitions at Trace College in Los Baños, Laguna.

But the father of the 17-year-old tanker said that only the swimming director and commissioner gave the green light for fear of contempt amid the instruction of the UAAP board not to let Mikee compete.

“Ayaw syang payagan, pero syempre natatakot yung director ng swimming at commissioner kasi nag-consult sila sa laywer. Ang sabi sa kanila, pag di nyo pinayagan, kasama kayo mako-contempt (They won’t let her compete, but the swimming director and commissioner got scared after consulting a lawyer who told them they might face contempt),” Vic Bartolome said in a phone call.

The league, meanwhile, said that Mikee, “like all other freshman transferees before her, must undergo the one-year residency before she could swim for UP.”

This confusion even sparked an alleged boycott among other schools as they refused to swim in the selected events in the women’s joust that Bartolome is competing in.

In the women’s 4×50 medley relay, only UP and Ateneo were left to dispute the medals with the Maroons eventually bagging gold with Bartolome’s help.

The UAAP board, though, said that it did not order such boycott and deemed the moved as the “schools’ decision, perhaps as a sign of personal indignation or protest.”

Senator Pia Cayetano, a staunch critic of the two-year residency rule and supporter of the Bartolomes in their legal battle, slammed the reported boycott.

“I condemn the boycott instigated by certain school officials at the UAAP swimming competitions in support of the UAAP Board’s brazen refusal to abide by the court rulings affirming Mikee Bartolome’s right to swim in the school of her choice,” she said a statement.

09-23-2013, 11:00 AM
is it the SOC RIVERA RULE that requires 1 yr residency ??? Bartolome got a TRO on the 2 yrs residency. Therefore SOC RIVERA RULE must prevail in lieu of the 2yrs residency

09-23-2013, 11:06 AM
NU's Parks likens Ferrer to Detroit Bad Boys
By Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBNnews.com
Posted at 09/23/2013 9:31 AM | Updated as of 09/23/2013 9:36 AM
NU's Ray Parks (15) goes for a lay-up against UST defenders in their Final Four game Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com

MANILA, Philippines -- National University forward Ray Parks chose a legendary NBA team when discussing his match-up against Kevin Ferrer, the lanky swingman of the University of Santo Tomas.

"Michael Jordan had Detroit," Parks said, referring to the Pistons teams of the 1980s that were known as the "Bad Boys." "This is my Detroit. That's just the easiest way to say it. This is my Detroit right here."

Jordan and the Chicago Bulls repeatedly came up short against the Pistons in the 1980s, with the "Bad Boys" often frustrating Jordan with their highly physical brand of defense. It wasn't until 1991 when Jordan and the Bulls finally had their breakthrough against the Detroit Bad Boys.

Parks and his Bulldogs, however, have yet to experience a similar breakthrough against Ferrer and the Growling Tigers. Just this Sunday, the fourth-seeded UST stunned the top-seeded NU, 71-62, in their Final Four match-up at the Araneta Coliseum.

Parks scored 12 points, but was clearly bothered by Ferrer throughout the game.In the fourth quarter, with NU trying to make a run, Parks hurt his left wrist - his shooting wrist - while trying to cushion a fall. He went to the bench for a while, but eventually returned. That's when Ferrer did something that obviously rankled the two-time UAAP MVP.

"I landed on it when I got hit in the air, and I think I sprained my pinky at the same time. I was just in pain," said Parks, whose left wrist and ring and little fingers were heavily taped. "What's actually worse is, coming back into the game, Kevin Ferrer grabbed my wrists and my fingers, so I really don't know what to say about that."

It is not the first time that Ferrer has bothered Parks; in their Final Four showdown last season, the UST swingman also out-played the MVP on both ends of the floor as the Tigers eliminated the Bulldogs.

When asked who among the "Bad Boys" he could compare Ferrer to, Parks answered: "He's everybody and more."

"Playing in RP (Philippine youth team) with him, I never really just thought that he would come out like this, you know," Parks said. "I thought he was better than that. Sorry, but to come in the game and just grab my wrist and my finger, come on, that's just a little too low, you know? But I guess they were just thirsting for a win."

Parks added that Ferrer "had that little smirk on his face, throwing elbows."

"He was really just trying to cage me," he added.

Parks is determined to overcome the challenge presented by Ferrer and the Growling Tigers, however.

"My dad (seven-time PBA Best Import Bobby Parks) has been through a lot of players like that. However way it has to get done, however Jordan did it, however my Dad did it, I'm gonna have to look into that. I have to really pray about it and see what God has in store for me and what I need to do," said Parks.

"All of the greatest went through it, I have to go through it, too," he said.

The key for NU is to come out with a sense of urgency and aggressiveness in their do-or-die game on Saturday, said Parks.

"I guess we gotta come out with the same intention. Not to intentionally hurt anybody, because that's not how we play, but... we just gotta bounce back the next game, and just be aggressive. Play clean, and be aggressive," Parks said.

As for Ferrer and the physical UST defense, Parks says he will simply have to adjust.

"I have to study how UST really plays me. They'll play me dirty, but you have to play through it. It's Philippine basketball, it comes with it," Parks said.

Ferrer, for his part, relishes the chance to match-up against one of the best players in the UAAP.

"Si Parks, ako naman, hindi ako magpapatalo," said Ferrer, who stresses that he has nothing personal against Parks. "Kasi kapag sinasabing magaling ka, gusto kitang depensahan. Ayun 'yung naging challenge sa akin."

09-23-2013, 11:44 AM
^ What utter humility, what self-effacing modesty, comparing himself to Michael Jordan, "all the greatest went through it" did they Ray?

What is that they keep saying about the tree and the fruit...?

09-24-2013, 10:21 AM
is it the SOC RIVERA RULE that requires 1 yr residency ??? Bartolome got a TRO on the 2 yrs residency. Therefore SOC RIVERA RULE must prevail in lieu of the 2yrs residency

I think the problem is with the way the new Pingoy Rule was worded by the UAAP.

Ang pagkakaunawa ko kasi when they explained this to the media before Season 76 began was WALA NA ANG SOC RIVERA RULE, at ang pinalit ay ito nang Pingoy Rule.

Kumbaga pinahirap nga nila ng todo ang paglipat ng isang high school athlete to a different college. Kaya nga ang una kong tinanong during that media conference was if a high school athlete could still go to a different college kung mabigyan ng clearance nung high school niya. Sagot sa amin wala na daw clearance-clearance, LAHAT TWO YEARS NA UUPO coming out of high school kung pupunta sa ibang college.

Ang pagkakaalala ko pa this was justified as simply aligning the college residency rule with the high school residency rule, ayon sa paliwanag ni Junel Baculi, i.e. basta UAAP to UAAP dalawang taon dapat umupo bago makalaro.

Nung sandamakmak na umangal at nag-Senate hearing pa, dun na nag-"Soften" ang stand ni UAAP, i.e. kung bibigyan ng clearance one year na lang uupo. So hindi na ito 'yun sinasabing Soc Rivera Rule.

Kasi sa Soc Rivera Rule talagang one year dapat umupo ang high school athlete in going to a different university for college unless bigyan ng clearance, so kung bigyan ng clearance under the old Soc Rivera Rule hindi na uupo, play right away.

Sa Pingoy Rule kung bigyan ng clearance one year pa din uupo.

09-24-2013, 10:39 AM
^ Just to add:

Dun naman sa court order, ang pagkakaunawa ko naman dun, the order was to let Mikee Bartolome compete in the UAAP swim meet, which happened already. So dito sa order na ito complied na ang UAAP. Nakalangoy si Bartolome.

Ang naging problema was that six schools apparently staged a boycott of the specific events where Bartolome was competing. Unfortunately I doubt any court can curtail the right of people to freely express themselves, i.e. with a boycott for instance. This was clearly and undoubtedly a cruel, heartless move, but also a clearly and undoubtedly legal move as well.

Looking at the bigger picture though, if the court eventually strikes down the Pingoy Rule as illegal (the only thing the court really can decide upon) automatic patay na two-year residency na 'yan at leas for high school athletes.

I would however suggest to the judge to word the dispositive portion of that decision carefully, i.e. The defendant UAAP is hereby ordered to cease and desist implementation of the current two-year residency rule for high school athletes (the Pingoy Rule) and is further ordered to no longer implement any residency requirement for any UAAP high school athlete who transfers to a different UAAP school for college. These orders are to take effect immediately, without prejudice to defendant UAAP exhausting all other legal remedies in the meantime.

This order rescinds and supersedes all previous rules / regulations by the defendant UAAP on this matter.

Or something like this.

09-24-2013, 03:56 PM
^ What utter humility, what self-effacing modesty, comparing himself to Michael Jordan, "all the greatest went through it" did they Ray?

What is that they keep saying about the tree and the fruit...?

Perhaps a guava tree bore an avocado fruit......

With all the perks coming his way,courtesy of course of ''we've got it all for you'' Bobby Ray thinks he's in the PBA already.
Nasa UAAP ka pa lang bata,your dad,a 7-time best import awardee did not even compare himself even to a Bily Ray Bates.

09-24-2013, 03:59 PM
^ And has been said at the time of his passing, took much much more physical abuse during games.

09-25-2013, 10:05 AM
Jarencio on Parks' complaint: 'Dapat alam mo kung ano laro dito sa Pilipinas'

From: Reuben Terrado

September 24, 2013, 01:06 pm

“Kasi ako nung araw, softdrinks lang, nakikipagpatayan na ako … ‘Yun ang laro ng mga Pilipino kaya nga tayo kinakatakutan sa Asia. May shooting, speed, at ‘yung puso natin buo," says UST coach Pido Jarencio in response to claims by Bobby Ray Parks that the Tigers were "way too physical" on Saturday.

UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas coach Pido Jarencio had choice words for National University star Bobby Ray Parks, who on Saturday complained that the Tigers, specifically Kevin Ferrer, played him way too physical in their Final Four match-up in the UAAP men's basketball tournament.

During an appearance at Tuesday’s Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum at Shakey’s Malate, Jarencio said Parks should have been ready for everything in the do-or-die game, adding the two-time league MVP should already know by now the “Filipino style of basketball,” having been raised in the Philippines.

“Dapat alam mo kung ano laro dito sa Pilipinas,” Jarencio told sportswriters during Tuesday’s forum.

Incidentally, Jarencio’s statements were heard by Parks, who was also present at the forum together with his head coach at NU, Eric Altamirano.

Jarencio’s comment came after Parks expressed frustration at Ferrer's physical defense which he said got "just a little low," adding the Bulldogs came at the receiving end of some dirty tactics.

Although he didn't particularly answer Parks' accusations, Jarencio said the Tigers' merely played the way Filipinos are known for - with a big fighting heart.

“Kasi ako nung araw, softdrinks lang, nakikipagpatayan na ako … ‘Yun ang laro ng mga Pilipino kaya nga tayo kinakatakutan sa Asia. May shooting, speed, at ‘yung puso natin buo," the outspoken UST coach said.

“Matapang ang mga players kaya tayo nag-number one sa Asia hanggang sa dumating na ‘yung impluwensiya ng mga Amerikano, nag-iba ang laro, ilag-ilag nalang tayo, medyo nawala.

“Kita niyo naman ‘yung Gilas. Ang sipag, patayan, ganun ang laro ng mga Pilipino. ‘Yun lang. Opinyon ko ‘yun. Pilay kung pilay,” said Jarencio.

When pressed for comment after the PSA Forum, Parks only said, “See you on Saturday.”

Parks also said he learned basketball in the Philippines and was taught how to play the Filipino way by his father, the late great PBA import Bobby Parks.

Jarencio’s statements are expected to add color to the already interesting Final Four encounter against the top-seed Bulldogs, which goes down to a sudden-death match on Saturday.

UST won its first encounter over NU, 71-62, last Sunday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

09-25-2013, 10:06 AM
NU denies Franz Pumaren being considered for Bulldogs coaching job

From: Snow Badua

September 24, 2013, 05:20 pm

NATIONAL University has denied that it is considering Franz Pumaren as a replacement for Bulldogs head coach Eric Altamirano.

NU athletic director Junel Baculi issued the denial on Tuesday, saying he did so on the instructions of the school's owner and top team patron Hans Sy just hours after Spin.ph came out with the report.

"There is no truth to the Pumaren angle," said Baculi. "Hans Sy told me to categorically deny yung kay Pumaren."

Baculi also questioned the timing of the report, saying it could affect the team's morale four days before the Bulldogs play Far Eastern University in a rubber match for a place in the UAAP men's basketball finals.

"It was maliciously delivered, and at the wrong opportune time," said Baculi. "It tends to down the morale of the team.

"As athletic director, I was instructed to address the issue."

Spin.ph has reported on Tuesday that the result of the Bulldogs' playoff run this season at the end of Altramirano's three-year program for the school will dictate the future direction of the team under an ambitious leadership - and the fate of its coach.

Sources have also told Spin.ph that NU is already weighing its options, among them current Air21 Express coach Pumaren who led La Salle to several championships in the collegiate league.

Despite the NU denial, sources insisted that Pumaren has been sent feelers on the Bulldogs job.

Baculi said the coaching situation is something the school leadership doesn't want to think about at this time as the Bulldogs gun for their first finals appearance in 43 years.

"We don’t want to say anything yet about that," the NU athletic director said. “We are in the thick of our Final Four battle with UST so hoping kami na umabot sa finals."

09-25-2013, 10:07 AM
^ I never thought the UAAP would ever become this much of a drama.

Ang UST Coach atatapang a-tao.

Ang NU Coach mukha namang anganganib a-trabaho.

09-25-2013, 10:09 AM
La Salle capable of succeeding Ateneo as dominant UAAP team, says Racela

From: Reuben Terrado

September 24, 2013, 04:31 pm

“I’m not saying that they are not beatable. It depends on the other coaches. But they have a potential to do that (dominate the league),” FEU coach Nash Racela says of Juno Sauler's Archers.

FAR Eastern University coach Nash Racela sees De La Salle as the next dominant team in the UAAP, capable of following in the footsteps of longtime rival and five-time champion Ateneo.

“La Salle is the new Ateneo,” said Racela, comparing the Green Archers to the Blue Eagles team that reigned in the league from 2008 to 2012 under coach Norman Black and powered by such stalwarts as seven-footer Greg Slaughter, Nico Salva, and former MVP Rabeh Al-Hussaini, among others.

“Hindi ko alam kung paano i-explain, but they can really dominate,” Racela said during Tuesday’s Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum at Shakey’s Malate. "They have the potential to do that (win championships).”

La Salle coach Juno Sauler was at a loss for words when asked about Racela's opinion on his young team.

“I don’t know what to say,” said the soft-spoken Green Archers mentor who sat next to Racela at the presidential table.

Racela’s description of this batch of Archers came on the heels of his Tamaraws’ 69-74 loss to the same team on Saturday night in their playoff for the No. 2 seeding and twice-to-beat advantage in the men’s Final Four.

The setback moved FEU on the brink of elimination as it faces a must-win situation against the streaking Archers in their Final Four match-up on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

But Racela made it clear the Tamaraws won’t go down without a fight in their 4 p.m. encounter.

“I’m not saying that they are not beatable. It depends on the other coaches. But they have a potential to do that,” Racela said.

“But as a coach, I can’t accept lang na ganun,” he added.

Racela said FEU will have to overcome La Salle’s height advantage behind Jason Perkins, Arnold Van Opstal, and Norbert Torres in order to force a decider that has been slated – if necessary - on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

“I think if you base it on the first three games, binu-bully kami ng La Salle inside. They have the advantage, man for man. But we just have to play above it,” said the FEU coach.

09-25-2013, 10:11 AM
Diyata't ayusin muna ang pagkuha ng players? Kahit si Phil Jackson o si Mike Krzyzewski italaga diyan ano naman ang ipangpapanalo nila?

Mendoza, Gregorio, Capacio in the frame as Maroons begin search for next coach

From: Reuben Terrado

September 24, 2013, 03:42 pm

UNIVERSITY of the Philippines has this early started the process of looking for a permanent coach, just months after making an unexpected coaching change in a UAAP season that saw the Maroons go winless in 14 games.

Highly-placed sources said UP officials have already drawn up a list of candidates that includes former Maroons star Paolo Mendoza, current UP high school coach Allan Gregorio, interim coach Rey Madrid, and even former Far Eastern University head coach Glenn Capacio.

The move came after the long-suffering Maroons went winless in a season for the third time since 2007.

Madrid, who took over the job in an interim capacity to replace Ricky Dandan midway through Season 76, is still in the reckoning but has at the same time expressed openness to slide down and return to his role as one of the team managers of the Maroons.

"I'm open to any actions," Madrid said. “It’s still up for the UP administration especially the College of Human Kinetics which will be the one to decide if I will continue or not, which is open to me."

“If I’m promoted or demoted, I’ll still be part of the UP basketball program. That is my life-long commitment. I am what I am because of UP,” Madrid said.

Mendoza, according to a source, is interested in the position especially now that he has started a coaching career at the helm of PBA D-League newcomer UR Value, which has a school tie-up with the Maroons that will have Raul Soyud and Henri Asilum seeing action for the ballclub.

Mendoza was a star for the Maroons in the mid-nineties and is best remembered for scoring 60 points in one high school game for UPIS.

Gregorio, who like Mendoza is an alumni of the school, has been part of the UP basketball program for two seasons as coach of the Junior Maroons. He also has strong ties with telecommunications magnate Manny V. Pangilinan, being a team manager of the NLEX Road Warriors in the PBA D-League.

Although considered a longshot, Capacio, a source said, has also been approached about the possibility of taking on the job. Capacio's son is now part of the Team B roster of the Maroons.

Capacio, currently an assistant coach of the Globalport Batang Pier in the PBA, was a former head coach of the Tamaraws and led his alma mater to a finals appearance in 2011.

09-25-2013, 10:27 AM
Banggitin ko lang Ray ha, bakit nung ang kakampi mong si Jeff Javillonar pinabagsak si Jeric Teng, na kina-ospital pa ni Teng, wala kang kibo?

Parks blasts UST’s Ferrer for playing 'dirty'

By Aldo Avinante (philstar.com) | Updated September 23, 2013 - 5:38pm

MANILA, Philippines - Two-time UAAP MVP Ray Parks of NU took his time before exiting the dugout after a tough 62-71 loss to fourth-seeded UST in their Final Four match-up the 76th UAAP men's basketball tourney.

Parks suffered a scary fall in the payoff period and injured his finger and wrist but successfully came back, although to no avail as the Bulldogs lost their twice-to-beat advantage against last year's finalist.

"I landed on it when I got hit in the air and I think I sprained my pinkie and at the same time my wrist. And really from there I was really in pain and actually worse coming back to the game. Kevin Ferrer grabbed my hand and pinched my fingers," said Parks, who was clearly upset with the UST swingman.

The third-year forward shared with the media his unpleasant feelings towards his former RP youth teammate, going as far as branding Ferrer and UST as the Detroit Pistons to his Michael Jordan.

"My dad has been through players like that. Even Michael Jordan had Detroit. This is my Detroit so whatever, that is just the easiest way to say it," said Parks.

"Just playing with him (Ferrer) in the RP team before, I never thought he would become like this. I thought he was better than that, sorry, but to come in the game and grab my fingers, I think that's a little low," he added.

Despite losing their twice-to-beat advantage, the son of seven-time Best PBA import Bobby Parks is confident that they can bounce back in the knockout game on Wednesday.

"We just came out passive. More than anything, the team came out relaxed coming from a long break. Our heads wasn't really in the game. We just came back in the second half," said Parks. “We just need to play aggressive but clean.”

Probed on his preparation for the physical defense employed by UST, Parks believed it was more about him adjusting to it.

"I will watch a lot of film, really just study how UST plays me. They played me dirty but you have to play through it. That's Philippine basketball, but I have to adjust. It’s more about me than just them. It’s more about what we need to do," he ended.

09-26-2013, 10:35 AM
Two crucial calls by refs changed game's complexion, says FEU coach Racela

From: Reuben Terrado

September 25, 2013, 07:55 pm

FAR EASTERN University coach Nash Racela said the crucial fouls slapped on Gryann Mendoza and Mike Tolomia turned the tide against the Tamaraws, whose season ended with a 68-71 semifinal defeat to De La Salle on Wednesday at MOA Arena.

Racela said the technical foul called on Mendoza late in the third quarter for complaining to the referees changed the complexion of the game, with Jeron Teng hitting free throws that closed the gap for La Salle entering the fourth.

Making matters worse for Racela’s wards was an unsportsmanlike foul called on Tolomia during a rebound play in the final two minutes of the game at the MOA Arena.

Racela said that he openly told the referees that their calls were crucial to FEU’s cause.

“Could be the turning point,” said Racela, when asked about the technical foul on Mendoza. “The refs could have not called the technical. The refs could have not called the unsportsmanlike foul. But they did.

“That was the game-changer. That’s what I told the refs. It really did,” Racela said.

Racela, however, expressed satisfaction with how the Tamaraws fought against their nemesis Archers as they took control in the first three quarters before fading in the end.

“All the games, we got La Salle’s number finally. I think they were struggling against our defense almost the whole time. There were times that the players executed poorly, there were lapses. But all in all, we were happy with the way we performed,” said Racela.

“It is really hard to play those schools. If you are not Ateneo or not La Salle, it’s really hard to win. You need to bring your A-game. That’s a given,” said Racela, an Ateneo and La Salle alumnus in high school and college, respectively.

Sam Miguel
09-27-2013, 10:10 AM
Abdul, Perkins benefit from Mammie ban, odd league rule to earn Mythical Five spots

From: Reuben Terrado

September 26, 2013, 06:10 pm

KARIM Abdul of University of Santo Tomas and De La Salle rookie Jason Perkins benefited from the disqualification of Charles Mammie and an odd league rule to earn places in the Mythical Five of the UAAP Season 76 seniors basketball tournament.

Abdul and Perkins joined season Most Valuable Player Terrence Romeo of Far Eastern University, Bobby Ray Parks of National University, and Roi Sumang of University of the East in the elite list, according to a UAAP official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Abdul, UST's Cameroonian center, actually placed fourth in the MVP race based on statistical points (SPs) with 70.9286, but would not have made the list if Mammie was eligible for the award since league rules put a cap of only one foreign player in the Mythical Team.

Mammie, second in the MVP race, was slapped with one-game suspensions on two separate occasions that disqualified the Sierra Leonean center from any individual award this season.

On the other hand, rookie Perkins placed seventh in the MVP race with 58.5 SPs but was able to secure his place ahead of NU’s Emmanuel Mbe, who was in sixth place with 63.5714 SPs, by virtue of the same rule limiting the foreign players' places in the elite team.

Abdul paced the Tigers in the statistical departments, averaging 16.4 points, 12.1 rebounds, and two shot blocks per game for the Espana-based squad.

Meanwhile, Perkins, whose mother is Filipino, had a debut season to remember when he posted averages of 12.7 points and 9.6 rebounds for the Green Archers.

Sumang won his first-ever Mythical Five award after placing fifth in the MVP race with 64 SPs. He topped UE in scoring with 19.3 points a game aside from contributing 5.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.2 steals.

Romeo captured the MVP award over Parks, who had won the plum the two previous times.

09-30-2013, 09:56 AM
There were no jokes this time as tearful Jarencio, UST make history in UAAP

By Celest R. Flores


9:47 pm | Saturday, September 28th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – University of Sto. Tomas Coach Pido Jarencio’s jokes were replaced with tears as he faced the media at the Mall of Asia Arena Saturday night.

He just answered one question and left in the middle of a TV interview — a stark contrast from the press room usually filled with laughs when Jarencio is present.

The wise cracking UST mentor couldn’t find the words to describe how his Tigers, who spent the majority of the season riddled with injuries, made it to the finals.

“Di ko talaga akalain na aabot pa kami [I really didn’t think that we would get this far],” said Jarencio in between sobs. “Maraming taong nagdududa sa kakayanan ko [A lot of people doubted my ability].”

There were no more doubts after UST’s masterful 76-69 win that foiled the bid of National University to make it to the finals after 43 years.

The Tigers, meanwhile, made history of their own, being the first fourth seeded team to oust a top-ranked team, which had a win-once edge, in the final four.

“We feel blessed and grateful,” said Jeric Teng, who had 19 points to lead UST. “When we won game one, sabi ko talaga sa kanila na tayo makakagawa ng history [When we won game one, I told them that we would make history].”

Teng, along with Kevin Ferrer delivered the blows for UST, which held the Bulldogs spellbound for nearly four minutes in the payoff period while churning out a pivotal 11-0 run.

“Grabe puro injuries kami this season. Kahit ako, I never imagined na makakabalik pa ako, I’m just blessed to play [It was bad because of the injuries we had this season. Even I, I never imagined that I could come back. I’m just blessed to play],” said Teng.

The senior guard, who injured his shoulder then his hamstring midway this season, has been under Jarencio’s tutelage since 2009.

“When our players were injured, and we were losing, the coaches were being blamed. When we won, he was just glad because he proved that we could win,” said Teng in Filipino.

09-30-2013, 10:00 AM
Future’s uncertain for King Bulldog Parks

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:24 pm | Sunday, September 29th, 2013

NATIONAL University’s shock exit has left disappointed team star Ray Parks with several options.

He is now toying with the idea of jumping to the pros, returning to the United States, or going for another shot at the varsity crown after the Bulldogs’ UAAP campaign came to a painful end in the Final Four of the men’s basketball tournament.

“There are lots of things going on in my mind right now,” said Parks the other day.

The son of former seven-time PBA Best Import Bobby Parks had reasons to feel uncertain of his future after the Bulldogs, the No. 1 seed after the eliminations and expected to go all the way to the Finals, failed to get the job done.

The Bulldogs had two chances to reach the championship series for the first time in 43 years, but the gung-ho Growling Tigers of University of Santo Tomas squad blocked their way.

“They showed up, they played tough and they played their type of basketball,” Parks said after the fourth-ranked Tigers overcame the Bulldogs’ twice-to-beat semifinal advantage last Saturday.

“It could have been our lack of experience. They (Tigers) are veterans, they’ve been there, done that.”

The Tigers, the losing finalists last year to the Ateneo Eagles, became the first No. 4 team to advance to the Finals after stunning the Bulldogs, 76-69, in their do-or-die contest for the right to face the La Salle Green Archers.

Kevin Ferrer powered the Tigers just as he did in their first semifinal clash a week earlier where they won in a 71-62 decision that forged the winner-take-all duel.

Ferrer also hounded Parks in the series as the two-time MVP wound up scoreless in the fourth quarter of the decider. He eventually went down with cramps in the final minute.

“I’ve got some thinking to do,” said Parks. “I’m not sure yet if I’m leaving because I really want to get that championship.”

The Bulldogs’ ouster also derailed NU’s bid for a rare three-division title romp as both its juniors and women’s teams had already advanced to the Finals.

“I just want to take time off, probably train in the States,” said Parks. “[The PBA Draft], of course, it’s still an option.”

Indeed, Parks and the Bulldogs have a lot to think about after a remarkable run came to a nightmarish end.

Even coach Eric Altamirano’s future with the Bulldogs remains uncertain as the season marks the end of his three-year contract.

“We’ll see where it goes from here,” Parks said as he walked out of the arena, leaving everyone guessing if the league star just played his final collegiate game.

Dark Knight
09-30-2013, 11:16 AM
sino suni ba mawawala sa NU? Si Rono. Si Parks pwede pa next year. Si Mbe ba di pa last year?

09-30-2013, 12:04 PM
Last year na ni Mbe. Si Villamor din ata mawawala na.

09-30-2013, 01:52 PM
Kevin Ferrer nga hindi kinaya, mag-NBA pa daw ba? Serious...?

10-01-2013, 10:28 AM
baka naman NBA D League ???

10-01-2013, 10:36 AM
^ Boss sa PBA D League nga duda na ako kung maka-dominate siya ng ganun-ganun lang, sa US ball pa? Dalawin mo thread ni Ironcoach, makita mo advice niya dun para kay Ray.


Coaches poll: La Salle can bank on tall frontline, but UST has edge in experience

From: Reuben Terrado

September 30, 2013, 05:16 pm

LA SALLE’s big men will make a big difference but University of Santo Tomas is expected to even things with heart and experience, according to UAAP coaches polled by Spin.ph ahead of the Season 76 men’s basketball final.

The best-of-three series starts on Wednesday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

The prevailing sentiment among coaches is that La Salle has the advantage in terms of frontline behind its tall trio of Mythical Five member Jason Perkins, the well-built Arnold Van Opstal, and senior Norbert Torres.

“Base sa lineup, mas loaded ang La Salle,” said University of the East coach Boycie Zamar. “Mas malalim ang rotation nila at mas steady sila.”

Both teams are coming off winning streaks going into the final series but for former Adamson coach Leo Austria, the nine-game winning run by the Green Archers stands out.

“Mas may advantage sila sa height,” said Austria, who recently decided to step down as Adamson coach to take time out from basketball. “Malaking bagay rin ’yung nine straight wins nila. Well-motivated sila.”

Austria also believes La Salle is the hungrier team, with Jeron Teng blossoming into a leader for the Green Archers.

“Na-define na ’yung role nila. Even Jeron Teng, he is a leader now. Mas kita mo talaga na gutom na gutom sila,” said Austria, adding that the Archers have embraced coach Juno Sauler’s system just in time for the playoffs.

“After nung first round, naniwala na sila sa system nila,” he added.

Far Eastern University coach Nash Racela, however, said the title series will be tough to call.

“It will be a tough series between a dominating team and a team that plays with all heart,” said Racela.

Racela, whose team lost to the Green Archers in the Final Four, believes La Salle’s big men can be contained by the Tigers’ frontliners led by Karim Abdul - so long as the Cameroonian center stays out of foul trouble.

“La Salle has the size advantage which I think can be neutralized if Abdul finds a way to stay on the court,” said Racela.

Zamar said UST remains dangerous mainly because of its experience, which showed during the Final Four when it handed top-ranked National University two straight defeats to become the first No. 4 seed to enter the championship round.

“Mas may experience ang UST sa finals. Ilang players may experience,” said Zamar.

Austria said UST has the advantage in head coach Pido Jarencio, who has twice steered the school to a finals slot as the lower seed — the Tigers won the 2006 crown as the third-ranked squad in the Final Four.

“Magaling si coach Pido dahil alam niya kung ano gagawin sa ganung sitwasyon,” Austria said, referring to UST’s Final Four romp. “’Yung experience nila, malaking factor dahil alam nila kung ano ang gagawin nila.”

10-01-2013, 10:46 AM
UAAP Finals Preview: A perfect match
By Jude Roque | College Hoops Experts' Blog – 23 hours ago


Who wants it more? DLSU vs. UST promises to be an epic finals. (Czeasar Dancel/NPPA Images)

From the very start, we knew this season was going to be special. It was believed to be the most competitive in recent years, with six teams having almost equal chances of coveting the basketball title. In fact, there was no team that was considered as the hands down heavy favorite. The so called experts debated on who was going to rule this season, and most were not even sure about their choices.

Who would have thought defending five-peat champions Ateneo Blue Eagles would not make it to the semis, and UE too, after bagging the Fil-Oil Cup plum? The last four standing – NU, La Salle, FEU and UST – deserved the crack at the title, and any two of them could have made a dream finale.

But in the end, the two teams that survived were also the toughest this year, having gone through the fire earlier in the tournament. The Green Archers were criticized in several games during the first round for their inability to close out games that they’ve dominated in the first three quarters. The Growling Tigers groped for form in several games due to the absence of the injured Jeric Teng.

La Salle entered the second round with a renewed spirit and has not lost a single game since. UST, the No. 4 squad in the semis defied the odds and defeated the No. 1 team NU Bulldogs twice to return to the UAAP finals.

When the smoke cleared, the two hungriest teams were left to slug it out for the top prize. This makes a perfect match.

So here we go.

The Teng Rivalry. Brothers Jeric and Jeron Teng got what they wished for as both their teams entered the finals, giving an added flavor to end a sensational season. Both are the clear go-to-guys of their respective teams. Jeron leads DLSU in scoring with an average of 15.4 ppg, on top of 7.6 rpg and 3.4 apg. Many times this season, he has emerged as the hero for the Green and White, converting on crucial baskets to tow the Archers to victory. Only in his second year, Jeron has gamely accepted the leader’s role in a team oozing with talent. But Jeric, the more experienced of the two, is more valuable to UST than Jeron to DLSU. Despite being just the fourth top scorer in the Tigers’ roster (12.2 ppg), after Karim Abdul (15.1 ppg), Aljon Mariano (12.7 ppg) and Kevin Ferrer (12.4 ppg), he gets to take the big shots for UST in many occasions, just like in both semis games versus NU. The Tigers struggled when Jeric was sidelined by a shoulder injury. But now he is back in top shape and is raring to lead his team against the Archers and his brother. Advantage: UST

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Jeric vs. Jeron will provide an interesting finals sidelight. (Czeasar Dancel/NPPA Images)

Size Advantage. This clearly goes the Archers’ way. Coach Juno Sauler has the luxury of alternating three dominant post players that can impose their will inside the paint at any given time – Arnold Van Opstal, Jason Perkins and Norbert Torres. This trio combines for 30.3 points per game or close to 40% of the team’s offense. All three can post up well. Perkins and Torres have respectable outside touches. AVO, as Van Opstal is fondly called, is a specialist in getting the offensive boards and scoring on put backs. But UST has the bull-strong Abdul, who can score, rebound, pass and defend. The Cameroonian center has been instrumental for the Tigers this year, leading them in both scoring and rebounding. But UST does not have a stable back up to Abdul, as the team is teeming with undersized post players. Advantage: La Salle.

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Offense. The Green Archers are the second best squad in scoring this season, averaging 77.3 ppg. The Tigers are fifth, with 70.7 ppg. DLSU is probably the most balanced team in the league in terms of offense having threats both inside and outside. Aside from their agile and skilled post players, the Archers also have several gunners – Almond Vosotros, Luigi Dela Paz, Gab Reyes, Matt Salem, Oda Tampus, and even chief playmaker LA Revilla. This is why it’s tough to play La Salle defensively because it attacks you with a two-edged sword. FEU had a good defensive game plan versus La Salle in their playoff match, as it was able to shut down Vosotros and the other usual gunners. But it was Revilla who waxed hot from the outside, dropping 20 points on the Tamaraws. The Tigers however also have their share of deadly snipers in Ferrer, Mariano, Teng and Clark Bautista. The outside offense is pretty even between the two squads. DLSU is second in the league with most assists, 14.6 apg as opposed to UST’s 12.9, and also has more turnover points. Advantage: La Salle

Jason Perkins and Aljon Mariano are both power forwards who can hit it from the outside. (Czeasar Dancel/NPPA …

Defense. UST is No.2 in the league in defense, allowing opponents an average of 67.3 ppg. La Salle is fifth, with 73 ppg. Abdul is such a huge defensive presence for the Tigers as he offers excellent help defense and he can also defend the post well. In the knock out encounter versus NU last Saturday, the Tigers kept the Bulldogs at bay in the payoff period with their relentless defense. They also have good-sized wing players that can shackle the opponents’ main gunners. Advantage: UST

Bench Depth. La Salle has probably the deepest bench in the league. Former high school stars like Reyes, Tampus, Robert Bollick and Kib Montalbo are seeing limited minutes on the floor because of such a deep rotation. This is one reason why the Archers have outlasted the other teams that fared better in the first round. On the other hand, UST does not enjoy a very deep bench. Only six players are averaging over 20 minutes per game – Abdul, Mariano, Teng, Ferrer, Bautista and Eduardo Daquiaog. A bright spot for the Tigers is the emergence of rookie point guard Sheak Sheriff, who had six points, five assists and two steals versus the Bulldogs last Saturday. DLSU is also fourth in the league in bench scoring, with 23.8 ppg, while UST is eighth, with 18.3 ppg. Advantage: La Salle.

Experience. The Tigers figured in the finals last year versus the Blue Eagles and gave the defending champs a run for their money. Coach Pido Jarencio has been to the UAAP finals twice before, including a successful 2006 campaign during his rookie year. His boys are just as experienced in tough games, and getting the chance to redeem themselves from last season is something they look forward too. On the other hand, the Green Archers have certainly overachieved this year after a luck-luster start. Having a young roster, the Taft-based squad was built to dominate starting next year. But it seems the Archers are ahead of schedule and are seeking to regain the UAAP title they last held in 2007. First year coach Sauler will once again be tested in the finals, and so are rest of the team who will be playing in the championship for the very first time. Advantage: UST.

Heart. Obviously, both La Salle and UST displayed their huge hearts this season, having survived the other tough teams in the league. Both camps are hungry for the title and are prepared to spill their guts out to win it. And so are both the La Sallian and Thomasian communities, who are expected to go all out to support their respective teams. Advantage: Even.

These two schools were the last to hold the UAAP men’s basketball crown before the five-year reign of Ateneo. Now they will engage in an exciting battle to get back what they lost to the Eagles.

It’s hard to predict the winner because of the very balanced match-up. But I think this series will go the full route.

10-03-2013, 09:08 AM
UST’s Teng thanks experience from last year’s finals for game 1 win

By Celest R. Flores


12:55 am | Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – With a second finals trip in a row, University of Santo Tomas has gotten used to the pressure that comes along with it.

And Jeric Teng is confident that the experience from last year’s finals defeat went a long way as they scraped past La Salle, 73-72, on Wednesday in game one of the UAAP season 76 finale.

“There’s no substitute for experience, yung naranasan namin last year against Ateneo,” Teng told reporters after the game at Smart Araneta.

With Green Archers matching up UST’s firepower with strength down low after neutralizing 17 points, the Tigers just kept on pushing until it hurt.

Teng and versatile forward Kevin Ferrer delivered the long bombs to kick off the fourth and in crunch time which gave the Tigers cushion for a wild windup.

“Thankfully breaks of the game went our way,” said Teng as La Salle botched several chances for a game winner as time wind out.

Teng finished with 17 points while Ferrer starred with 20, including five triples.

“Iniisip ko na lang, we really need to win. Iniisip ko two wins away kami sa championship na last year pa namin dapat nakuha,” the senior guard added.

Teng kept coming back to the memory of last year when the Tigers came back into the finals arena for the first time since 2006, and battled a tested Ateneo side.

What was a heartbreak then is a motivation now.

“We’ve been here before. Malaki yung experience na yun. Coming into this game, we’re relaxed. Alam na namin gagawin pag dikitan laban. Sabi talaga ni coach samin, pag dikitan ang laban dapat samin pumunta,” he said.

Head coach Pido Jarencio also lauded Teng, not only for the buckets he delivered but for also being an effective leader on the floor.

“Kinakausap niya mga players. Dapat may tagapagsalita sa team, na hindi lang ako. Sa loob si Jeric yun. Se series gusto niya talaga maprove sa sarili niya na winner siya, na leader siya,” Jarencio said.

10-03-2013, 09:11 AM
Sauler left to rue flat start but refuses to blame Archers' inexperience for letdown

From: Reuben Terrado

October 2, 2013, 09:24 pm

De La Salle coach Juno Sauler hints there won't be any drastic changes to the Archers' game plan despite the Game One defeat.

DE La Salle coach Juno Sauler was left to rue the flat start of his big men after the Archers dropped a 73-72 heartbreaker to University of Santo Tomas in Game One of the UAAP men’s basketball finals on Wednesday.

Center Arnold Van Opstal and power-forward Jason Perkins struggled early in the game, allowing the Tigers to seize the momentum on the way to dealing La Salle its first loss over the school's last 10 games.

Although La Salle still ended up outscoring UST inside the paint, 44-14, Sauler admitted the Archers’ inside game didn’t click right away following the early foul trouble of both Van Opstal and Perkins.

“We couldn’t get ourselves going because Arnold and Jason were called for two early fouls,” said Sauler, whose team had to mount a huge second quarter comeback after trailing by as many as 2-18 in the opening period.

While Van Opstal and Perkins finally got their game going in the second half, the UST triumvirate of Kevin Ferrer, Karim Abdul, and Jeric Teng took control in the deciding period to claim the opener of the best-of-three series.

“Arnold and Jason, we wanted them to get touches. Hopefully, we can get more touches because that is where we generate our offense,” said Sauler.

The soft-spoken La Salle coach said the Archers will continue to rely on their inside game during the series after Van Opstal finished with 13 points while Perkins had a double-double effort of 11 points and 11 rebounds.

“If UST feels it can defend us in the post, then that’s fine with us. We will keep milking the post. If they collapse, then we just have to tell our guards to be open and ready to shoot the shots that they are taking,” said Sauler.

The Archers likewise hope to improve their shooting after finishing with a paltry 37.5 percent clip from the field compared to the 43.3 percent shooting of the Tigers.

“We just have to shoot better in all departments. It’s going to be hard to win if the opponent shoots better,” said Sauler.

The La Salle coach also refused to blame his team’s inexperience for the loss. He said breaks just didn’t come their way after Kevin Ferrer banged in a three-pointer with 41.6 seconds left in the fourth for a 73-69 UST edge.

“Ferrer hit a tough shot, they were up by one. It was a broken play, a three-pointer at the top of the key,” said Sauler.

“It’s not really the championship experience. They really played very well in the last few games. We have to do better,” he stressed.

Sauler also said he was satisfied with the Archers’ final play went after Almond Vosotros missed a wide-open shot in the waning seconds.

“We got a good shot. Almond was wide open. He had a good look. But that’s the ballgame, you make it, you miss it,” said the La Salle coach.

10-04-2013, 10:14 PM
Archers strategize to tighten Game 2 perimeter defense
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
11:01 pm | Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

University of Santo Tomas shoots for a UAAP men’s championship sweep tomorrow expecting La Salle to put up a tighter perimeter defense.

And it’s Kevin Ferrer that La Salle will concentrate on marking after the lanky UST forward drained 20 points, 15 coming from a notable 5-of-8 clip from three-point range, during the Tigers’ heart-stopping 73-72 decision over the Green Archers in Game 1 last Wednesday.

“We have to get up a little bit on them (the outside shooters), make sure we get to challenge every shot they take from the perimeter,” said La Salle coach Juno Sauler.

The Tigers outscored the Archers, 45-14, from the outside, the last a Ferrer triple that gave UST breathing room, 73-69, going into the last 41 seconds and turned out to be the winning basket.

“I think it’s Ferrer who killed us,” said Sauler. “Jeric (Teng) shot 36 percent from the two-point area, it’s something I can live with. But the 62 percent from the three of Ferrer was the one that killed us.”

Game 2 of the best-of-three title series is set at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Ferrer has been on a roll since the Tigers’ huge semifinal upset of the top-seeded National University Bulldogs, where he averaged 16 points in two games aside from helping hold down NU star Ray Parks.

“He struggled with his shooting [early in the season],” said UST coach Pido Jarencio. “I told him to be consistent with what he’s doing now.”

Jarencio also credited the leadership of Teng in the Tigers’ late surge this year that moved UST within a win of becoming the first No. 4 team to capture the men’s basketball title.

Teng, who sat out almost half of the Tigers’ eliminations games due to a shoulder injury, gradually regained his shooting form on the way to a sterling Game 1 output of 17 points, seven rebounds and three assists.

“This group of players, they constantly talk,” said Jarencio. “Jeric holds the team together. He talks to them about their goals and what they want to achieve. He’s our leader.”

The Archers, though, aim to drag the series to a do-or-die contest by getting big man Arnold Van Opstal and Fil-Am rookie Jason Perkins back in the scoring mix, said Sauler.

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Sam Miguel
10-07-2013, 09:32 AM
UST big man Abdul hits out at officiating, says referees 'played' in Game Two

From: Mei-Lin Lozada

October 6, 2013, 07:54 pm

Karim Abdul, left, says the referees allowed De La Salle big man Arnold Van Opstal to get away with a lot of things but kept him from defending properly during Game Two.

UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas big man Karim Abdul vented his frustration over the officiating after a foul-plagued Game Two performance, saying the referees "played a role" in the result.

Speaking after the Tigers' 70-77 loss to De La Salle in the UAAP Season 76 best-of-three finals on Saturday, the Cameroonian center said the referees made the task of battling Archers big men Arnold Van Opstal and Norbert Torres a lot harder that it already was.

"Okay, first and second quarters I wasn't focused. I don't know what has got into me but I believe the referees played a role in the game," said Abdul, who was saddled with three fouls before the first half could end. "So I've never said this before but today, the referees, they really played."

Abdul said the referees wouldn't allow him to defend La Salle's big men properly while letting the Archers get away with a lot of things.

"Because I received warnings (from the referees) like, 'Don't put your hand there and I'm gonna call a foul' and, 'Don't put your hands like this cause I'm gonna call a foul,' that's why I was letting him (Van Opstal) in the third and fourth quarters because I'm already foul troubled, three fouls. So the referees will say, 'If you put this hand this way I'm gonna call a foul' so I coudn't defend properly," he added.

Abdul finished with 13 points, grabbed nine rebounds, dished out one assist, got one steal and blocked three attempts of the Green Archers but proved no match for De La Salle's frontline, especially while playing with three fouls from the second half on.

"What was frustrating is the referees weren't calling the pushing, the hondling even when Van Opstal was blocking his arm on me and the referees would tell me not to put my arm on him. Is that, right?" he lamented. "He's covering my arm when I'm trying to reach for the ball."

When asked if the officiating was unfair, the 6-foot-6 center minced no words.

"Yeah (it's unfair)," he said. "I mean he (Van Opstal) can back down with his shoulder or bump but he's really putting his arm on me and the referees were not calling it, seriously."

Coming Game Three, however, Abdul promised a different ending.

"Game Three I'm gonna be on kill mode, I'm not gonna relax in the first and second quarters and I'm gonna see how I'm going to deal with that (referees)," he said.

Abdul is part of this year's Mythical Five, but he said his ultimate goal is a championship.

"I do wanted to win today. I don't want to practice anymore after three months of training for the championship, pagod na ako," he said in jest.

"I don't care about the individual awards I just want the championship. For me that's the best," he added. "My coaches will give me the best individual awards I need if we win the championship."

Sam Miguel
10-07-2013, 09:46 AM
^^^ Again begging the pardon of my Tokayo, I think it has been pointed out before how Abdul has always had these little bad habits he can't seem to break when he is on defense. He loves to grab and hold, whether uniforms or arms and hands of opposing players, loves to plant that hand on the lower back or the lower sides of opposing players, loves to arm bar, also does that little shove out with the knee check and hip check.

All of this came back to haunt him in last year's Finals when suddenly the referees were warning him constantly about the grabbing, holding, arm bars and hand checks on Slaughter. Abdul could not get going then either, because suddenly he had to adjust to the referees' warnings and whistles.

I think what happened to Abdul in this Game 2 is the exact same thing that happened to him versus Slaughter in last year's Finals. It is simply his bad habits catching up with him yet again.

In fairness though, there was one sequence when Arnold Van Opstal clearly shoved Abdul to the floor, caught the entry pass, pivoted strong, kept Aljon Mariano away with another extended arm, then rose for a two-hand power dunk. That shove to Abdul should have been an offensive foul against Van Opstal.

10-07-2013, 11:06 AM
^ I agree. Also Torres falling down on Ferrer's body instead of going for the ball. That should have been a foul which I think made Ferrer angry and he kicked the ball. But Ferrer should have been called for travelling...

10-07-2013, 11:35 AM
^ Tokayo, I don't think Karim was complaining about the fouls called against him, altough he has a case on a couple of those. What he thinks is highly unusual is the constant warning he gets from the referees while they're jockeying for position. If you look at how they battle for position at the post, it's Van Opstal who pushes and shoves and hooks his arm on Karim. Typically, a defender will try to counter it by hooking the his man's arm back. But the refs wouldn't allow that. As soon as he "counter hooks" the refs are at him. Puwestuhan palang sasabihan ka ng bawal dumepensa. They do the same with Kevin on Jeron, the guards against Revilla, and Aljon on Perkins. I think the most absurd warning are the ones given against Aljon. Look closely at what Perkins does... he goes straight at Aljon, as in literally at Aljon. Of course Aljon wil stand his ground. Lo and behold, he gets warned by the refs and allow Perkins his space. Aljo wasn't even going after Perkin's "space". It was Perkins who always goes at Aljon. What do the refs expect from Aljon? To wait for Perkins to post up and then get to an "allowed" position? You can also look at the way Jeron grabs and shoves and pull shirts. It is so obvious I can't understand why he doesn't get a warning. It's not even a subtle forearm but a clear shove using his hands.

The non-calls, we can probably set them aside as breaks of the game and we should give credit to La Salle for successfully milking their advantages. But the CONSTANT warnings are definitely unnecessary most especially coz it's one sided

10-07-2013, 11:49 AM
I thought the fourth foul of Aljon Mariano was a phantom foul. Jason Perkins shoved him then he ran into Jeron Teng (or was it Almond Vosotros, I forgot all of a sudden...) and the refs whistled him for his fourth foul.

Jeric Teng's fourth foul - swiping at the ball in hopes of getting the steal or the tap-away from Norbert Torres - was a balahibo foul that should have been a let-go at this level and at this stage of the tournament.

Kevin Ferrer's technical (also counted as his fourth foul) was legit though, as he did swing his elbows. Whatever the circumstances that was a clear no-no. While a case could be made that Torres diving for the ball and landing on him could itself constitute a foul on Torres, Ferrer still had no business swinging that elbow around. Again, those swinging elbows are yet another bad habit of his from as far back as his second year in UST high school. Charles Mamie and Anthony Hargrove got into trouble with their elbow swings, so this for me was a legit call on Ferrer. Also, Ferrer got away with a clear travel there as this was not the slide exception to the new FIBA travel rule when players dive for a loose ball on the floor.

On the Lasalle side, Jeron Teng got away with at least two travels on early offense attacks to the basket when he caught an outlet pass but took one-half to one too many steps on his way to a transition attack.

And speaking of swinging elbows, I'd say Arnold Van Opstal did get away with at least two clear elbows planted into Karim Abdul's chest and collar bone areas on two separate pivot attacks from the low post. At least one of those was a clear travel also, as he had taken a step into his pivot already before his first dribble hit the floor. He scored on one of those but missed on the other.

Perkins may have gotten plenty of rope on the grabs and holds as Brod Bchoter says but he also got called for what I felt were two ticky-tack fouls, one was a help on Jeric Teng where Teng actually ran into him as he slid into the lane and helped. The other was when he challenged a shooter on the switch and his momentum caused him to nick the shooter, his side nicking the shooter's side (forgot if that was Jeric or Tata Bautista taking that shot). Both were ticky-tack at this level and at this stage and should have been let-go.

10-07-2013, 12:05 PM
^ That's the edgy part of Kevin's game that can go either way. He has slowly learned to chanel it positively although, in this instance, it went against him.

On a side note, his younger brother, 6'2" 14-yar old Tigercub, is his opposite. While Kevin is all emotions, the young un is unflappable. Guluhin mo na ang buhay ko wag lang ang buhok ko type hehehe

10-07-2013, 12:20 PM
^ Sir bchoter, I saw that last grab of Jeron on Tata's arm where Tata was called for a foul. But I think Kirk Long used to do that a lot too, also on Tata IIRC, hehe.

10-07-2013, 01:21 PM
^ Kirk had subtlenes to his moves. He'd fake moving to his righ and, when Tata tries to cut him off, Kirk moves close to Tata and subtly grab his arm, pulls it towards his right in one quick motion while going to his left. If Tata grabs back he'd be called for a foul. If he doesn't, he'll be left behind. Utakan talaga. With Jeron it's just downright pulling ang grabbing to gain advantage. He gets away with it and that's fine. What is not ok is the refs giving the UST players warning for the possibility of doing what Jeron, et al, has been doing. This leaves the defenders second-guessing themselves.

10-07-2013, 01:52 PM
^ Tokayo, I don't think Karim was complaining about the fouls called against him, altough he has a case on a couple of those. What he thinks is highly unusual is the constant warning he gets from the referees while they're jockeying for position. If you look at how they battle for position at the post, it's Van Opstal who pushes and shoves and hooks his arm on Karim. Typically, a defender will try to counter it by hooking the his man's arm back. But the refs wouldn't allow that. As soon as he "counter hooks" the refs are at him. Puwestuhan palang sasabihan ka ng bawal dumepensa. They do the same with Kevin on Jeron, the guards against Revilla, and Aljon on Perkins. I think the most absurd warning are the ones given against Aljon. Look closely at what Perkins does... he goes straight at Aljon, as in literally at Aljon. Of course Aljon wil stand his ground. Lo and behold, he gets warned by the refs and allow Perkins his space. Aljo wasn't even going after Perkin's "space". It was Perkins who always goes at Aljon. What do the refs expect from Aljon? To wait for Perkins to post up and then get to an "allowed" position? You can also look at the way Jeron grabs and shoves and pull shirts. It is so obvious I can't understand why he doesn't get a warning. It's not even a subtle forearm but a clear shove using his hands.

The non-calls, we can probably set them aside as breaks of the game and we should give credit to La Salle for successfully milking their advantages. But the CONSTANT warnings are definitely unnecessary most especially coz it's one sided

Manong, pwde ba natin i-suplong ang harap harapan pandaraya na ginagawa ng mga refs kay Comm? Ok yun mga observations nyo Manong. Garapalan na talaga, dapat champions na sana kayo ngayon.

10-07-2013, 02:12 PM
Manong, pwde ba natin i-suplong ang harap harapan pandaraya na ginagawa ng mga refs kay Comm? Ok yun mga observations nyo Manong. Garapalan na talaga, dapat champions na sana kayo ngayon.I'd like to think this is what everybody is refering to with "our physical brand of play coming back to haunt us". The refs must have been anticipating the same brand of play although, based on the 1st game, it's unwarranted.

10-08-2013, 01:44 PM
UAAP: NU escapes Ateneo in opener of juniors finals
By Mark Giongco
1:08 pm | Monday, October 7th, 2013
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MANILA, Philippines – National University came back late to fend off Ateneo, 101-93, in overtime in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 76 juniors basketball championship Monday at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Hubert Cani scored 24 points, including a free throw that forged extra session, 86-all, with 32.2 seconds left and complete the Bullpups’ rally from 75-85 down with 3:00 left in regulation.

Cani also collected six rebounds, eight assists and three steals as NU, now unbeaten in 15 games after sweeping the elimination round to secure an outright Finals berth, moved a win away from its second title in three years.

The Bullpups, which capitalized on the Blue Eaglets’ 17 miscues with 19 turnover points, also got inspired efforts from Mark Dyke and Manuel Mosqueda. Dyke notched a double-double with 16 points and 20 rebounds while Mosqueda had 22 points.

Aaron Black’s game-high 30 points and season MVP Thirdy Ravena’s triple-double of 14 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists paced Ateneo attack. Ravena though, also committed seven errors.

Game 2 is on Wednesday at 1pm also at the San Juan Arena.

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Sam Miguel
10-10-2013, 09:15 AM
Bullpups end NU’s UAAP woes

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:10 am | Thursday, October 10th, 2013

They more than made up for National University’s heartbreaks.

The Bullpups completed a perfect season after downing the Ateneo Blue Eaglets, 81-74, to capture the UAAP juniors basketball championship yesterday at Filoil Flying V Arena.

Finals MVP Hubert Cani, a former national youth team standout, pumped in 25 points to power the Bullpups to an incredible 16-game sweep of the season that somehow eased the pain of NU’s collapse in the Final Four of the men’s tournament and the loss of the Lady Bulldogs in the women’s championship.

“Of course, it feels great to be a champion. We even made history,” said Cani in Filipino.

The remarkable feat came weeks after a pair of painful exits by two top-ranked NU squads. The Bulldogs got stunned by the No. 4 University of Santo Tomas Tigers in the semifinals, while the Lady Bulldogs bowed to No. 2 La Salle in the women’s title round.

John Cauilan posted 18 points and 15 rebounds and combined with Carlos Lopena to fuel the Bullpups’ strong start.

Unlike in Game 1 where the Bullpups rallied from 11 down before shocking the Eaglets in overtime, 101-93, NU led most of the way.

Aaron Black, who shot 30 points in Game 1, pushed the Eaglets within a basket, 64-66, but Cani responded by scoring four of the Bullpups’ next six points for 72-64.

The scores:

NU 81—Cani 25, Cauilan 18, Lopena 10, Battad 9, Dyke 8, Mosqueda 6, Go 5, Manalang 0, Lapiz 0, Grealy 0, Claveria 0, Castillo 0.

ATENEO 74—Ravena 27, Mendoza 15, Black 12, Mi. Nieto 10, Ma. Nieto 6, Magpoc 2, Calilung 2, Salandanan 0, Ramos 0, Joson 0, Escaler 0.

Quarters: 27-20, 40-38, 63-58, 81-74

10-10-2013, 09:30 AM
National U caps perfect season with UAAP juniors basketball title

From: Reuben Terrado
October 9, 2013, 04:39 pm

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The National University Bullpups regain the title they won in 2011. Photo from the NU Bullpups facebook page

NATIONAL University bagged its second title in three years with an 81-74 victory over Ateneo on Wednesday, completing a 16-game sweep in the UAAP Season 76 juniors basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

Hubert Cani pumped in 25 points to win the Finals Most Valuable Player plum and help the Bullpups regain the UAAP crown. The Bullpups won the title in 2011 before falling short last year against a Jerie Pingoy-led Far Eastern University-Diliman squad.

John Cauilan added 18 points and 15 rebounds, while Carlos Lopena chipped in 10 points for NU, which held a thrice to beat advantage in the finals after going undefeated in the elimination round.

Season MVP Thirdy Ravena had 27 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists but couldn’t lift the Blue Eaglets to the crown before moving to the college ranks.

The Blue Eaglets last won the UAAP juniors crown in 2010.

NU closed the game with a 7-2 run after Ateneo came to within two points, 74-72, with two and a half minutes to play in the game. Enzo Battad drilled a triple for NU to start the run.

Ateneo was forced to play catch up all game after NU scored seven successive points in the first period for a 22-14 edge.

The scores:

NU (81) – Cani 25, Cauilan 18, Lopena 10, Battad 9, Dyke 8, Mosqueda 6, Go 5, Manalang 0, Lapiz 0, Grealy 0, Claveria 0, Castillo 0.

Ateneo (74) – Ravena 27, Mendoza 15, Black 12, Mi. Nieto 10, Ma. Nieto 6, Magpoc 2, Calilung 2, Salandanan 0, Ramos 0, Joson 0, Escaler 0.

10-10-2013, 01:57 PM
^ I agree. Also Torres falling down on Ferrer's body instead of going for the ball. That should have been a foul which I think made Ferrer angry and he kicked the ball. But Ferrer should have been called for travelling...
FIBA has amended the rule. It's no longer travelling if a player lies on the floor even if both his feet are not planted. But if he moves to a prone or supine position (tumihaya/dumapa), he would be called for a travelling.

Dapat iyong pagkakadapa pa lang ni Jeron kay Ferrer tinawagan na iyon ng foul. Di naman siya madadapa kundi dahil kay Jeron.

10-10-2013, 02:06 PM
At ganon din yung subsequent na pag patong (taragis ang sagwa pakingan) sa kanya ng the Bear, na sa bigat niya, natural na maiinis ka. Lalo pang nakakainis dahil gabalahibong contact sa ma Archers eh may pito na

10-11-2013, 08:28 AM
Tommy Manotoc in today's Inquirer wrote that the inflow of big money for prized recruits has corrupted the UAAP which is supposed to be collegiate and amateur. He predicts that only 2 schools (DLSU and NU?) would dominate the league if this goes unchecked. He's also in favor of limiting imports.

Sam Miguel
10-11-2013, 08:58 AM
^^^ Tommy Manotoc should stop pretending to care about the UAAP while his boy Matt Manotoc is a player agent bringing guys in for the highest bidder. One of his guys is on UE's B Team already.

Sam Miguel
10-11-2013, 09:01 AM
From the dirty mind of Pol Medina Junior...

10-11-2013, 03:58 PM
Jarencio pins hopes on Mariano explosion
By Olmin Leyba (philstar.com) | Updated October 11, 2013 - 12:26pm
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MANILA, Philippines – University of Santo Tomas Tigers coach Pido Jarencio is hoping veteran forward Aljon Mariano will break out of his slump in Saturday's deciding Game Three of the UAAP Season 76 men's basketball wars against La Salle.

Mariano, the Tigers' second-best scorer and rebounder during the elims, has been virtually "missing" in the championship series, where he logged two points and five rebounds in their 73-72 Game One win and a slightly-improved nine markers and eight boards in their 70-77 Game Two loss.

"Hindi naman nag-disappear si Aljon. Andyan lang yan, hintayin lang natin. Malay mo sa baka pumutok na sa Sabado (Aljon is still there. Let's be patient with him. Who knows, he might explode this Saturday)," said UST coach Pido Jarencio.

Mariano's strong presence is direly needed by UST against La Salle's triple tower – Norbert Torres, Arnold van Opstal and Jason Perkins. The Archers have been making a killing inside the paint, averaging 43 points there versus only 20 for UST, and holding the edge in total rebounding, 50.5 to 41, and offensive boards, 22.5 to 8.5.

The Archers's frontliners will also get a big boost with the expected return of Matt Salem from illness (mumps). The 6-foot-3 Fil-Am is a deadly three-point shooter, which could make UST defenders think twice about collapsing on the DLSU's post up players.

"He was out in the first two games but he'll be ready for Saturday," said DLSU coach Juno Sauler of the rookie, who accounted for eight triples in the elims.
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"It's a big factor also because he's one of our bigs who can spread the floor. We all know he can shoot the three-point shots in case the bigs can't maneuver inside because of the defense thrown. Matt Salem is there to provide for better floor spacing," Sauler added.

10-11-2013, 04:08 PM
SM Tickets tightens process in buying UAAP Finals Game 3 tickets
By AJ Bolando (philstar.com) | Updated October 8, 2013 - 6:29pm
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MANILA, Philippines – In an effort to curb scalping, SM Tickets announced on Tuesday that they will only sell tickets on the day of the much-anticipated UAAP Finals Game 3 between University of Santo Tomas and De La Salle University.

In statement posted on its official Facebook account, SM Tickets said tickets won’t be available in their branches and online. The tickets will instead be released on Saturday at the Marina ticket booth of Mall of Asia Arena.

Only one ticket will be sold per person, the company said.

The management of the arena added that fans who already purchased ticket will be directed to the entrance and won’t be allowed to leave the venue.

“1 ticket per physically present person inline only,” SM tickets said. “Those inline will be directed straight to the venue entrance. Customer will not be allowed to leave the line after purchase.”

Tickets are priced from P75 (General Admission) to P400 (Patron).
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SM Tickets said it will release a total of 1,800 tickets, including Lower Box SRO 1000 pieces, Upper Box SRO 300 pieces, and Gen Ad 500 pieces).

Related article: UST, DLSU fans search for 'other' UAAP Finals tickets

This comes amid reports of rampant scalping during the past two games of the finals. Recently, a UST student claimed that a staff of the Smart Araneta Coliseum gave other tickets to a scalper who sold it at a higher price.

Tickets were offered in the classified ads website Sulit.com.ph for P4,000 to as high as P45,000. Last Friday, the management of Araneta Coliseum and Tickenet said in a statement that the staff captured in the photo posted by UST Medicine student Chrizeus Delton Batara was suspended while the investigation is ongoing.

Related article: Big Dome suspends staff over 'scalping' incident

“The staff in question has already been placed under preventive suspension pending investigation of this incident,” the statement read.

10-12-2013, 11:32 AM
DLSU will win UAAP 76!


10-12-2013, 06:20 PM
Archers survive Tigers for UAAP crown
(philstar.com) | Updated October 12, 2013 - 6:01pm
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MANILA, Philippines – The De La Salle Archers survived a nip-and-tuck fourth quarter, then turned to Almond Vosotros in the clutch as they escaped with a thrilling 71-69 win over the UST Tigers in overtime to clinch the 76th UAAP men’s basketball title before a sellout crowd at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on Saturday.

Vosotros hit the pivotal jumper near the end of the extension period, and LA Revilla split his charities to give the Archers the lead.

Karim Abdul had the chance to steal the win for the Tigers but his triple was way off, resulting in the heartbreaking loss for the Espana-based squad.

Jeron Teng finished with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the Archers while Vosotros chipped in 16 markers.

This marks the first UAAP title for rookie coach Juno Sauler, duplicating the feat achieved by his UST counterpart Pido Jarencio, who nailed a title for UST in 2006 – also his maiden season.

10-14-2013, 08:17 AM
From Inquirer.net Sports ___

Mariano: It would’ve been a different story had the shot gone in

12:07 am | Sunday, October 13th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – With the championship on the line, the ball went into the hands of University of Santo Tomas forward Aljon Mariano.

Six seconds left, Mariano took the ball at the top of the key off the inbound pass by Jeric Teng.

The clock ticked, Mariano, heavily criticized for his poor performance in this year’s Finals, had the opportunity to silence his naysayers with the game winning shot.

As Mariano was about to put the move on La Salle big man, Norbert Torres, Teng, probably the one everyone from the Growling Tigers wanted to shoot the last shot, had asked for the ball back from the right wing.

Mariano, determined to go for the win, refused before creating separation from his defender for a missed jumper as the game went into overtime where the Archers eventually won, 71-69.

“I decide on the things that I do. The shot almost went in. If it did, then it would have been a different story,” said Mariano in Filipino as he was being blamed in social media for his team’s loss. “My shot was okay,” he added.

“The play was really for Karim (Abdul). The last six seconds was really for Karim. No matter what happened, win or lose, it was his ball. What happened was that Karim was denied so Aljon had to move out but what Aljon should have done was he should have attacked the basket,” said UST assistant coach Estong Ballesteros, who filled in for head coach Pido Jarencio during the postgame interview moments after the Growling Tigers let the game and history slip by their fingertips Saturday night.

Mariano missed all of his eight shots from the field and committed a turnover with under 30 seconds in extra session that eventually led to the game-winning basket by Almond Vosotros.

He did, however, have 10 rebounds and part of his three points was two crucial free throws that tied the game at 65 with 53.8 seconds left.

“It was only a wrong decision, it was a mistake,” said Mariano, considered to have been one of UST’s most reliable scorers since last season.

10-14-2013, 08:18 AM
La Salle’s Jeron Teng named UAAP finals MVP

By Celest R. Flores


6:47 pm | Saturday, October 12th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – After a phenomenal performance throughout the UAAP men’s basketball finals, sophomore Jeron Teng was adjudged the MVP following La Salle’s victory over University of Santo Tomas, 71-69, in overtime for the title Saturday.

Teng, who led the Archers in foiling the Tigers’ bid to become the first fourth ranked team to win the championship and bested his older brother Jeric, had 25 points — 12 in the pivotal fourth quarter—along with eight rebounds and six assists.

He had 15 points in La Salle’s 72-73 game one defeat, then bounced back with 19 points in their second game’s win.

The star forward, known for his impeccable upper body strength, admitted, though, that fatigue took its toll late in the fourth quarter as he cramped up and even committed a near costly bad pass with six seconds left.

“It was a mental lapse. I was tired and I was cramping up. It was an early attack for me, I should’ve waited,” said Teng whose Archers clawed back from a 15-point deficit.

But Teng shrugged off the cramps and came back to finish the game.

“UST had a good game. They were up early. We just didn’t give up,” Teng said.

Sam Miguel
10-14-2013, 09:57 AM
Alvin Teng on late UST breakdown: 'Malas mo buong laro, bakit ikaw ang titira?'

From: Snow Badua

October 14, 2013, 09:32 am

ALVIN Teng is no doubt proud and happy to see son Jeron win a UAAP men’s basketball title with La Salle in just his sophomore season.

But his heart really bleeds for his other child Jeric, who fell short in his own bid to win a championship for University of Santo Tomas and, worse, will never have another chance again.

“Masakit para sa akin kasi panganay ko pa si Jeric. Tapos graduate na siya. Kahit gustuhin niya, hindi na siya pupuwedeng bumawi,” said the older Teng after La Salle beat UST, 71-69, in overtime to win the UAAP men’s basketball championship of Season 76.

The former San Miguel mainstay in the pro league rued several crucial mistakes the Tigers committed in the stretch, particularly in the final seconds of regulation.

While he did not name names, Teng was obviously referring to Aljon Mariano who took matters into his own hands by ignoring an open Jeric Teng and instead going for the game-winning shot at the buzzer.

“Malas mo buong laro, bakit ikaw ang titira? Dapat kung sino ang swerte dun mo ibigay ang bola” said Teng.

“Crucial yun. Sayang talaga yun, hindi naibigay `yung bola kay Jeric. Kayang-kaya ni Jeric atakihin yun eh,” he added. “Mas may chance sana!”

Still, the former PBA player said he was proud of the way Jeric battled back from two injuries to lead the Tigers in the playoffs.

“Masaya na rin kami kasi nakabalik si Jeric at maganda nilaro niya coming from an injury. Ang tagal niyang nawala kaya 'nung bumalik siya nakatulong rin talaga siya sa UST.”

At the same time, Teng is happy to see his younger son Jeron blossom into a force to reckon with in the country’s premier collegiate league.

“Masaya na rin kami kasi nakita natin ang lakas ni Jeron. Kaya pala ng bata na makipag-sabayan na sa UAAP,” he said.

Teng also heaved a sigh of relief that with the finals over, family life is back to normal.

The elder Teng admitted that the finals series took its toll on the family since both Jeron and Jeric wanted to win the championship for their respective schools so badly.

“Ang hirap kasi hindi kami masyadong makapag-cheer sa anak mo,” said Teng. “Dalawang anak mo, naglalaban tapos both teams, kaibigan ko. Ang hirap. Naging neutral muna kami.”

Alvin said they dreaded the thought of Game Three being postponed due to typhoon ‘Santi' on Saturday, which would have prolonged the family's agony.

“Sabi di ba baka ma-postponed pa ‘yung game kasi may bagyo. Eh ‘yung misis ko nagkakasakit na dahi sa stress at pressure. Pati na rin ako,” said Teng.

Sam Miguel
10-14-2013, 09:58 AM
Wonder why Daquioag sat out Game Three? Ballesteros sheds light on UST super-sub's benching

From: Reuben Terrado

October 14, 2013, 01:12 am

WONDER where University of Santo Tomas super-sub Ed Daquioag was in Game Three?

The Tigers two-guard, a fomer Team B player who stepped up to play a key role for UST in its run to the UAAP Finals, spent the entire title decider on the bench as he watched his team drop a 69-71 setback to De La Salle.

Daquioag averaged 8.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in the regular season, where he became an integral part of coach Pido Jarencio's backcourt rotation with his slashing plays and timely sniping.

However, the 21-year-old from Ilocos Norte struggled in the first two games of the finals series against the Green Archers as he only saw a combined 10 minutes of action and never scored a point.

But UST assistant coach Estong Ballesteros said that was not the reason Jarencio benched the player in Game Two, blaming a back injury suffered by the super sub.

“May tama siya sa likod,” said Ballesteros after the loss. “Injured talaga siya, desisyon na rin ni coach ‘yun (na hindi palaruin)."

Sam Miguel
10-16-2013, 10:04 AM
Never let it be said that Pol Medina Jr does not know how to laugh at himself.

Although I believe UST's last UAAP title was 2006, not 2007, 2007 would be Lasalle's last UAAP title.





10-16-2013, 02:45 PM
Racism, intolerance and ignorance never end ___

UAAP ban on foreign players eyed as league reaches consensus, says top official

From: Snow Badua

October 16, 2013, 02:14 pm

A UAAP ban on foreign players is imminent as top university officials have reached a consensus on the issue, the president of the University of the Philippines said.

UP president Alfredo Pascual told Spin.ph the ongoing review of the league’s by-laws has tackled a move to close the door on foreign players, which in turn would be discussed within the UAAP board soon.

“Pinag-usapan na yan in the last board meeting. I think there is consensus with respect to that issue,” said Pascual in a chance interview with Spin.ph.

“It came out like a consensus.”

Such a ban will have the UAAP following in the footsteps of rival league NCAA, which has stopped the recruitment of foreign players for its league teams beginning in 2015.

[For full story, see Foreign players a vanishing breed in NCAA as new rule set to take effect]

"The NCAA has already laid down the policy setting 2015, I think, as the start of the no recruitment of foreign players ... I think it is but appropriate if we follow suit in the UAAP," said Pascual.

Pascual said UP fully supports a ban on foreign players and added representatives of the seven other member universities are amenable to the proposal.

National University's board representative Nilo Ocampo admitted a ban on foreign players has been tackled once by the league board, but insisted there has been no concrete push from other members to impose such a policy.

“Napapag-usapan na 'yan. Pero madalas informal pa lang,” Ocampo said.

Asked about his take on the issue, Ocampo said: “There are some legit foreigners who are really studying - pero how do you differentiate yung nag-aaral talaga at sa ni-recruit as athletes. 'Yun ang mahirap.”

UP College of Human Kinetics dean Ronwaldo Dizer, meanwhile, is all out in supporting the move.

“Let’s face it. Tumataas ang level ng kumpetisyon (because of the arrival of foreign players), pero may ill effect ito sa ating mga homegrown athletes,” Dizer said.

“For every foreign athlete, one Pinoy is deprived of a spot in the varsity team. Sa bandang huli, may mga Pilipino na hindi nabibigyan ng pagkakataon sa isang liga tulad ng UAAP,” he added.

But Pascual is certain a ban on foreign players will be implemented soon.

“When? I can say very soon. Sometime around that area - 2015, 2016,” added the state university’s 20th president.

Ocampo assured that if ever such a ban will be put in place, it will not be implemented immediately to give all the member schools enough time to adjust their respective sports programs.

“If we ever do that, we will give a time frame for the execution of the rules. Alam namin na halos lahat have already prepared their programs,” Ocampo said.

10-16-2013, 03:01 PM
^ This is bullshit!

Marami diyan na legit student-athletes who just happened to be foreigners. Ateneo is said to have an incoming Korean player in the team who is already a student and happened to just tryout for the team. And even if I'm from the blue side, I'm happy that Ben Mbala is taking up DLSU's flagship Accounting course. That degree will benefit him greatly, especially if ever he decides to go back to his home country. And the board will deny such opportunities to foreigners??? Anak ng *&($^#!

10-17-2013, 10:11 AM
Gustong-gustong maituring na world class universities, takot na takot naman sa foreigner.

Dark Knight
10-17-2013, 11:30 AM
The only people who will oppose this proposal are those who will be greatly affected by it.

Dark Knight
10-17-2013, 11:31 AM
Makita na kung sino talaga ang magaling ng walang tulong ng mga banyaga.

10-18-2013, 10:05 AM
FEU wants UAAP juniors basketball tournament moved to second semester

From: Reuben Terrado

October 17, 2013, 05:15 pm

FAR Eastern University (FEU) has proposed before the UAAP board that the league's juniors basketball competition be moved to the second semester.

FEU athletic director Mark Molina wrote anout the proposal through his Twitter account ahead of Wednesday’s board meeting, saying such a move will allow the juniors league to stand separately from the men's competition while avoiding a clash with junior tournaments overseas.

When reached by Spin.ph, Molina confirmed the move, adding the proposal is now up for discussion in the UAAP Amendments Committee.

The juniors basketball meet is currently being held during the first semester, simultaneously with the men’s tilt.

At the same time, Molina said holding the juniors competition during the second semester will allow the league to have a permanent set of officials since the basketball tournament now runs for the entire season.

“Creating a permanent UAAP pool of refs and technical team will be more practical since there will be basketball tournament from july to feb instead of just july to oct,” wrote Molina in his account @marqmolina.

Since the basketball tournament runs for a season, the proposal will also lead to having a permanent commissioner, he added.

The UAAP usually hires the service of a commissioner on a per-season basis.

“Hopefully, this will eventually lead to having a commissioner with a longer period, say three to five years,” said Molina.

The FEU official also said moving the juniors tournament will pave the way for the league to allow its players to see action in international competitions.

Just a few months ago, junior players from the UAAP competed in two events major international meets -- the Fiba-Asia Under-16 Championship in Tehran and the Fiba 3x3 U-18 World Championship in Jakarta – which run simultaneously with the league.

Owing to both tournaments, the UAAP was forced to move its juniors Finals between National University and Ateneo more than a week after the Final Four.

Molina said the juniors competition being moved to the second semester will allow the league to attract more audience.

“Greater interest from students, alumni etc, since it will not be overshadowed by the men's tournament,” Molina added.

10-21-2013, 10:27 AM
Well... what the heck else did you expect the guy to say...?

Despite controversies, Rendon declares first half of UAAP season a success

From: From the wires

October 20, 2013, 09:43 pm

FR. Maximino Rendon of host Adamson declared the first-semester of competitions in the UAAP a success despite several problems such as player suspensions and game forfeitures, plus battles that dragged the league out of the playing arenas and into the legal courts.

“Season 76 was very successful despite the problems we encountered along the way,” said Rendon. “This we credit to the enormous support of students, alumni and fans to their respective schools.”

Suspensions marked Season 76, especially in the men’s basketball competitions, with University of the East bearing the brunt.

Far Eastern University’s games in women’s basketball were also forfeited after it was learned that one of the key Lady Tamaraws played in a club tournament while the season was ongoing, thus foiling the team’s bid to repeat as champions via a sweep. The La Salle Lady Archers went on to win the title.

Basketball and swimming were was not spared of controversies after the league decided to impose a two-year residency rule on high school graduates who transfer from one UAAP school to another.

But all’s well that ends well, according to Rendon, who pointed to the record attendance in both the Cheerdance Competition won for the first time by a resurgent National University, and the men’s basketball finals where De La Salle topped UST.

The Cheerdance Competition recorded an unprecedented attendance of 20,830 fans last September 14 at the Mall of Asia Arena, figures that exceeded the 20,686 last season.

In men’s basketball, Game One and Game Two of the Finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum were witnessed by 20,525 and 23,037 live audience, respectively.

Game Three drew a record 23,696 spectators at the MOA Arena. The demands for tickets were such that scalpers got their share of the publicity.

“Despite all intrigues and controversies, the UAAP board [of trustees] was able to provide effective solutions to manage it well, and we think that's what “Greatness Never Ends” means,” said Rendon.

Dark Knight
10-21-2013, 11:56 AM
Successful in stirring up controversies...

10-24-2013, 02:16 PM
Di ba may import din naman ang football team ng UP?

11-09-2013, 03:45 PM
UAAP wants participation of schools in all sports
By Celest R. Flores
5:00 pm | Friday, November 8th, 2013
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MANILA, Philippines — Before adding more sporting events, the UAAP first wants the member schools to participate in all of the league’s 15 throughout the season.

The eight-member schools have complete participation in only five events — men’s and women’s basketball, indoor volleyball, beach volley, badminton and chess — in the seniors’ division.

So the league is making its goal to have all schools join in all of the events being offered by the UAAP while deferring action on proposals to include golf and gymnastics.

“It’s the UAAP’s objective to see all of its member-schools fielding teams in the men’s and women’s and juniors’ divisions of the 15 sports on the program,” said UAAP Season 76 President Fr. Max Rendon in a statement.

Only University of Santo Tomas, La Salle, Ateneo and University of the Philippines have teams in all events and therefore, have a better chance for the general championship honors.

The Green Archers are leading the race after the end of the first semester in season 76.

Far Eastern University doesn’t have a team in the men’s and women’s swimming, judo, poomsae, men’s and women’s fencing, women’s football, lawn tennis, softball, and baseball.

Adamson, meanwhile, hasn’t formed a squad for the men’s swim team, men’s and women’s taekwondo, football, and lawn tennis.

NU has yet to take part in swimming (men’s and women’s) judo (men and women), football (women), fencing (women) and athletics (men and women).

University of the East doesn’t have teams in poomsae, women’s football and lawn tennis.

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11-09-2013, 03:49 PM
La Salle leads UAAP season 76 general championship race
By Celest R. Flores
4:21 pm | Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
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MANILA, Philippines — Getting a huge boost from the success of its men’s and women’s basketball teams, La Salle got a head start in the general championship race of the UAAP season 76 at the close of the first semester of events.

The Green Archers, who last year snapped University of Santo Tomas’ long time reign as overall champions, has garnered 162 points so far — still ahead of the Tigers, who has tallied 146 points.

Apart from its dominance in the hoops division, La Salle also collected championships in the men’s table tennis, taekwondo, and women’s judo for a strong repeat bid.

The Taft-based squad also finished second in women’s badminton, table tennis and men’s swimming while landing third in women’s taekwondo, swimming and men’s judo.

“We are happy and pleased with the performances of our student-athletes in the men’s and women’s divisions,” said La Salle representative to the UAAP board Henry Atayde in a statement.

A championship is worth 15 points; second place, 12 points; third, 10 points; fourth, 8 points; fifth, 6 points; sixth, 4 points; seventh, 2 points; and eighth, 1 point.

Aside from the runner-up finish of the Tigers in basketball, UST also reigned in women’s taekwondo and poomsae and bagged second in men’s and women’s beach volleyball and men’s taekwondo.

The Tigers, who once held the overall trophy for 14 straight years, bagged third place in women’s basketball and table tennis and men’s badminton.

In third, meanwhile, was University of the Philippines with 133, bolstered by its sweep of the men’s and women’s swimming meets, a title in women’s table tennis, second place in women’s taekwondo, poomsae and men’s judo and third in women’s badminton and men’s taekwondo.

Ateneo took the fourth spot with 125 points, followed by Far Eastern University (78), National University (74), University of the East (68) and season host Adamson University (51).

Some sports in the second semester resume earlier than others like the anticipated volleyball and football tournaments, while others kick off in January like baseball.

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Sam Miguel
11-27-2013, 10:04 AM
UAAP men’s football: UE upsets UP; UST, FEU bag wins

by Myke Miravite

Posted on 11/26/2013 4:13 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The University of the East Red Booters scored an opening day upset against last year’s finalist University of the Philippines, 2-0, Saturday, November 23 in FEU-Diliman.

After finishing winless last season, the Red Booters held off UP’s mighty frontline led by former U23 forward Jinggoy Valmayor and pounced on counterattacks to formally kick start their campaign. The goal is to improve from their lackluster Season 75 performance.

Fitch Arboleda opened up the scoring for UE as he caught the opposing defenders shell-shocked, easily getting past keeper Ace Villanueva in the 18thminute.

UP then committed a crucial foul inside the box less than 10 minutes before halftime as Edgardo Aguirre doubled UE’s lead after he swooped in a missed penalty in the 37th minute.

The Red Booters then stretched their luck in the second half as they looked the more aggressive side but UP held on to prevent their two-goal loss from becoming a rout.

FEU, UST register wins

Far Eastern University and University of Santo Tomas also posted wins in the first day of competitions of the 76th UAAP men’s football tournament. - Rappler.com

Sam Miguel
12-05-2013, 09:05 AM
Parks done with UAAP, targets NBA

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:33 pm | Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

THE UAAP has seen the last of sensational guard Ray Parks.

Parks, the National University star who won the UAAP men’s basketball MVP twice, said yesterday that he has decided to forgo his final two years of eligibility in the league.

The son of the late seven-time PBA Best Import Bobby Parks said he plans to try out in NBA camps in the United States next year.

But Parks added in media interviews yesterday he would still honor his commitment with the national team, which will leave tomorrow for the Southeast Asian Games, and with NU-Banco de Oro in the D-League.

The 20-year-old Parks said he plans to join the next PBA Draft if “it doesn’t work out” in the US.

Parks averaged 17.8 points and 8.1 rebounds this season.

Sam Miguel
12-12-2013, 11:08 AM
UAAP Volleyball: La Salle too tough for NU; FEU drubs UP

by Myke Miravite

Posted on 12/11/2013 8:45 PM | Updated 12/11/2013 9:35 PM

MANILA, Philippines – This early in the season, the De La Salle University Lady Archers are already looking poised to contend for this year’s Women’s Volleyball title.

The Lady Bulldogs found out firsthand on Wednesday, December 11, just how tough the in-form 3-time defending champions are.

The 4-peat seeking La Salle turned a mouth-watering matchup into a spanking as they crushed National University in straight sets, 25-8, 25-22, 25-19 to keep their record immaculate in the 76th UAAP Women’s Volleyball tournament before an electric crowd at The Arena in San Juan City.

After a walk-in-the-park first set where La Salle took off to a rousing start and never looked back, the Lady Bulldogs came out of nowhere and erected an 8-3 lead early in the second frame but the Lady Archers proved to be too hot for them to handle as Abi Marano and Cyd Demecillo combined to steal the show and the second set by 3, 25-22.

National U, however, did not let the fans leave the arena disappointed as sisters Dindin and Jaja Santiago bravely took on the menacing La Salle frontline and finished with 12 and 10 markers respectively.

But the La Salle squad has their eyes trained on another UAAP championship.

Although the Lady Bulldogs battled the reigning champions into a relatively tight third set, it was La Salle who had the last laugh as they connected on 35 spikes and 7 aces which ultimately spelled NU’s first defeat of the season via straight sets.

Demecillo starred for the Taft crew anew as she wrapped up the game with an all-around performance of 13 points – coming from 6 hits, 4 aces and 3 blocks – while Mika Reyes and Marano pitched in 11 and 10.

La Salle, coming off back-to-back wins over fellow contenders Ateneo de Manila and University of Santo Tomas in their first 2 assignments, now occupies solo first place in the standings at 3-0 while the Lady Bulldogs drops to second at 2-1.

FEU drubs UP in straight sets

Meanwhile, The Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws silenced the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons in straight sets, 25-19, 25-18, 25-17, to get back to its winning ways.

After absorbing their first loss of the season against Ateneo de Manila University on weekend, the Lady Tamaraws vented their ire on the hapless Maroons as they crushed the Diliman-based team on both ends of the floor, scoring 37 hits, 10 blocks, and 9 service aces.

Mary Remy Palma was the night’s biggest hitter for FEU as she topscored in the game with 15 markers while Palarong Pambansa find Bernadette Pons contributed 14 to help lift the Lady Tamaraws to shared second place in the standings with National University.

It was a rough day at the office for UP as they had trouble breaching the Lady Tamaraw’s defense, only converting 20 hits while committing too many lapses all-game long.

Angeli Araneta continued her fine form as she led UP’s losing cause with 10 points while Kathy Bersola finished with 8.

With the win, FEU goes up to 2-1 while the Maroons remain winless so far in 3 games. – Rappler.com

Sam Miguel
02-11-2014, 09:27 AM
UAAP volleyball: NU scrapes past Adamson, readies for La Salle

By Mark Giongco


7:53 pm | Sunday, February 9th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — National University watched as semifinals contender Far Eastern University fell at the hands of lowly University of the Philippines Sunday.

And it appeared like a day of upsets when the Lady Bulldogs got quite a scare before eluding Adamson, 15-25, 25-23, 25-20, 34-32, to keep its pursuit of the top spot going in the UAAP Season 76 women’s volleyball tournament at the Arena in San Juan.

“The players just don’t want to let a close game slip away,” NU coach Edjet Mabbayad told reporters in Filipino after his squad moved half a game behind pacesetting De La Salle in the standings anew with a 12-1 card.

Dindin Santiago pumped in 21 points while Myla Pablo and Carmin Aganon added 14 apiece for NU, which needed four cracks at match point to seal the win.

The Lady Falcons, on the other hand, muffed six chances to extend the game, before an unforced error by Faye Guevarra sent them into a tie with Far Eastern University anew in fourth place with identical 6-7 records.

Adamson, which drew a game-high 25 points from Sheila Pineda, blew an opportunity to move into solo fourth after FEU took a stunning fourth-set defeat at the hands of UP earlier.

Both teams went back-and-forth in the fourth set. A Marleen Cortel hit in between two blockers put the Lady Falcons at set point for the sixth and final time, 30-29.

Mylene Paat knotted the count at 32 but he followed up her block point with a costly service error before a four touches violation was called against Adamson to give NU the hard-earned victory.

Mae Zapanta chipped in 15 points, including two piercing hits that put the Lady Falcons at set point twice.

NU remains as the only team capable of dealing three-time defending champion La Salle its first loss that would prevent the Lady Spikers from nailing an outright championship berth.

But Mabbayad knows his team wouldn’t stand a chance if it will perform the way it did Sunday.

“We won’t win against La Salle if we play like this. The players need to focus more,” he said.

La Salle, which has dropped a set only once in its 12-0 start so far, dominated NU in their first round meeting. The Lady Bulldogs get to redeem themselves on Saturday when the two best teams in the league meet again at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“Every team has its weakness and let’s just see what happens,” said Mabbayad.