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Sam Miguel
06-27-2013, 09:42 AM
Stags, Chiefs face off; Altas play Generals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sam Miguel
06-28-2013, 08:58 AM
Ortuoste lifts Stags past Chiefs

By Cedelf P. Tupas

Philippine Daily Inquirer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The senior scores:

First Game

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

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

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

Second Game

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

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

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

Sam Miguel
06-28-2013, 09:01 AM
^^^ Aric Del Rosario put on a brilliant defensive scheme against Noube Hapi of EAC, completely neutralizing the talented 6-foot-6 import by having his defenders apply the time-tested deny-the-entry pass defense by fronting Hapi up high and forcing him to operate away from the low blocks.

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

By Cedelf P. Tupas

Philippine Daily Inquirer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The scores:

Seniors First Game

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

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

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

Sam Miguel
07-16-2013, 09:57 AM
Heavy Bombers thwart Generals

By Cedelf P. Tupas

Philippine Daily Inquirer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The scores:

Seniors First Game

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

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

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

Sam Miguel
07-23-2013, 09:26 AM
Perpetual nips Mapua; SSC up

By Cedelf P. Tupas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sordan died on arrival at San Juan Medical Center.

The scores:

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

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

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

Sam Miguel
07-30-2013, 10:37 AM
Claim 7th win in row: Streakin’ Knights shuffle Cards

By Joey Villar

(The Philippine Star) | Updated July 30, 2013 - 12:00am

Games Aug. 12

4 p.m. – Arellano U vs St. Benilde

6 p.m. – San Beda vs San Sebastian

MANILA, Philippines - Mark Cruz put in another stellar performance, turning in a double-double job to power Letran past a listless Mapua side, 87-68, as the Knights kept their streak going in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan yesterday.

The diminutive Cruz stood tall as he erupted for 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds while issuing five assists and four steals for the Knights, who kept the charging San Beda Red Lions (6-1) at bay with their seventh straight victory.

It was Cruz’s second straight solid game after torching the Arellano U Chiefs with a season-high 25 points in a 67-57 romp last Thursday.

“He played huge for us again, he was just all over the court,” said Letran coach Caloy Garcia.

Raymond Almazan, who leads the MVP statistical race, also turned in another sterling effort with 13 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks while skipper Jonathan Belorio, slowly getting into shape coming off an injury, chipped in 12 markers.

Ranged against the lowly Cardinals, the Knights seized control early, pumping in 25 points while holding their rivals to just eight markers in the first quarter.

They were never threatened from there.

In the other game, Emilio Aguinaldo College fended off a late charge by an undermanned Lyceum side as it scrambled for an 83-76 win to tie its victim at 2-5.

Nigerian Noube Happi bounced back from a series of mediocre performances by coming through with season highs 25 points and 20 rebounds as he powered the Generals to the hard-earned victory.

Already playing without Dexter Zamora and skipper Andrei Mendoza, who were suspended for unsportsmanlike conduct in a 69-75 setback to the St. Benilde Blazers last Thursday, the Pirates also lost Shane Ko, Daniel Garcia and John Azores to fouls and Isso Mbomiko to cramps while Mark Francisco and Joseph Ambohot were ejected for disqualifying fouls.

Francisco was tossed out for punching EAC rookie Sidney Onwubere in the stomach in the fourth quarter while Ambohot was thrown out for hitting Onwubere on the head.

The Cardinals just had no answer to the Knights’ awesome shooting and full-court trapping, resulting in easy, fastbreak opportunities.

Mapua, down 30-47 at the turn, actually surprised Letran with an 11-4 run to start the third period but Belorio hit a triple, sparking another Knights’ counterattack that made it 68-53 heading to the final quarter.

Mapua, which was led by Kenneth Ighalo’s 17 points, fell to its fifth straight loss and sixth overall against a win.

Meanwhile, the league takes a two-week break to give way for the FIBA-Asia Championship slated from Aug. 1-11. Games will resume on Aug. 12 with Arellano U taking on St. Benilde and San Beda clashing with San Sebastian, also at The Arena.

Sam Miguel
07-30-2013, 11:18 AM
Generals lean on Happi, Monteclaro heroics in win over shorthanded Pirates

By Karlo Sacamos

July 29, 2013, 08:36 pm

EMILIO Aguinaldo College proved steadier down the stretch and hack out an 83-76 victory over an undermanned Lyceum side in the NCAA men’s basketball competition at The Arena in San Juan Monday night.

Cedric Happi finally broke out of his current scoring slump, but it was Nikki Monteclaro who made the key plays in the endgame to lift the Generals to only their second win in seven games and tie their victims at seventh place.

Happi, the Generals’ Cameroonian center, had a monster game of 25 points and 20 boards, while Monteclaro buried a triple and converted two free throws that doused the late-game rally by the Pirates.

“Meron na kaming instances where we threatened to pull away, pero nakakabalik sila. I have to give it to LPU. Ganyan na talaga sila,” Generals coach Gerry Esplana said.

“At syempre (kay Happi) kami pupunta considering na may advantage kami. Kaya lang we should take care of the ball more tsaka dapat meron kaming killer’s instinct.”

In the off night of star playmaker Shane Ko and the absence of standout guard Dexter Zamora, who was suspended along with skipper Andrei Mendoza, back-up playmaker Tirso Lesmoras stood out for the Pirates, pumping in 28 points, seven boards, two assists, and two steals in a losing effort.

The 5-foot-6 Lesmoras fired 10 of his output in the fourth quarter, including two charities that made it a one-possession game at 78-76 with 40.5 seconds remaining, before Monteclaro’s heroics sealed the deal for the Generals.

Zamora was meted a three-game suspension for hitting RJ Argamino in the mid-section during Lyceum’s game against host St. Benilde last week.

Mendoza meanwhile, was suspended for a game after he was caught pushing Argamino just before Zamora punched the St. Benilde player.

The scores

EAC (83) – Happi 25, Arquero 12, Onwubere 9, Tayongtong 8, Monteclaro 8, Jamon 7, Paguia 6, Castro 2, King 2, Munsayac 2, Morada 2, Hiole Manga 0, Mejos 0, Hassan 0.

Lyceum (76) – Lesmoras 28, Lacastesantos 13, Francisco 7, Mbomiko 7, Ko 6, Alanes 5, Azores 4, Baltazar 2, Soliman 2, Garcia 2, Evangelista 0, Taladua 0, Ambohot 0.

Quarterscores: 25-22; 41-37; 59-55; 83-76.

Sam Miguel
08-30-2013, 09:48 AM
EAC defeats Mapua to score win no. 4

By Celest R. Flores

INQUIRER.net

9:25 pm | Thursday, August 29th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — Emilio Aguinaldo College defeated Mapua, 89-80, Thursday to wrap up its first round campaign in the NCAA season 89 men’s basketball tournament with three straight wins.

The Generals just kept its composure in the payoff period after building a 10-point, 80-70, lead as they managed to keep the determined Cardinals at bay the rest of the game.

Guard Igee King continued to be a revelation for EAC as he unleashed 17 points, while Noube Happi dominated with also 17 points, but 20 rebounds and two huge blocks.

The match was supposed to be played last week but was postponed to a later date due to heavy rains brought about by Typhoon “Maring.”

The Generals are now tied with San Sebastian with a 4-5 record as the league welcomes the second round of eliminations.

Mapua, after dropping their seventh straight, faces a tougher road ahead with league-leading Letran next on its assignment on Saturday.

Kenneth Ighalo had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Generals, but the Cardinals, who even took a 70-69 edge, couldn’t sustain the strength to grab an elusive win.

Darrel Magsigay also had 21 points for the cellar-dwelling Mapua, which even led by 10 points early in the match before losing Jessie Saitanan to an ejection.

In the juniors division, meanwhile, Mapua Red Robins routed EAC-ICA Brigadiers, 101-86.

Sam Miguel
08-30-2013, 09:49 AM
Robins carry torch for Mapua

By Cedelf P. Tupas

Philippine Daily Inquirer

2:21 am | Friday, August 30th, 2013

Mapua’s junior basketball team is making up for the dismal campaign so far of its senior counterparts in the NCAA basketball tournament.

The Red Robins banked on a fiery start to repulse Emilio Aguinaldo College Brigadiers, 101-86, last night for their fourth straight victory in the juniors division at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Justin Serrano fired 26 points and grabbed six boards, joining forces with Ronne Villasenor and Dennel Aguirre to lead the Red Robins, who actually nailed their sixth victory in nine games.

While the Cardinals are languishing at the cellar in the seniors’ division, winning just one of their first eight games, the Robins are now in a three-way tie for third spot with St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills and Jose Rizal U.

Mapua’s woes continued in the seniors division as the Cardinals lost an 89-80 decision to Emilio Aguinaldo later in the game.

Noube Happi came out with a monster performance for the Generals, piling up 17 points and grabbing 20 rebounds.

While Mapua continued its tumble under new coach Atoy Co, EAC climbed to a tie for fifth with idle San Sebastian as the first round of action came to a close.

San Beda, seeking a fifth straight crown, leads the standings after pulling off a nine-game sweep of the first round with the San Sebastian Staglets in second with an 8-1 slate.

Looking to follow up victories over St. Benilde, Letran and Perpetual Help, the Robins came out firing on all cylinders, racing to a 23-13 advantage in the first 10 minutes of the match.

Staying relentless, the Robins, with Serrano, doing most of the damage inside the paint, stormed beyond recall heading into the final period with a 25-point buffer.

Villasenor wound up with 14 points and six boards, while Aguirre finished with 13 points and eight boards for the Robins, who held a 54-44 rebounding edge.

Ariel Aguilar and John Dutra had 15 points each for EAC which dropped to a 1-8 record.

The scores:

MAPUA 101—Serrano 26, Villasenor 14, Aguirre 13, Pascua 12, Cabural 8, Victoria 6, Lugo 6, Calderon 6, Velvez 4, Concepcion 4, Russel 2, Mumar 0, Magpayo 0, Rivera 0.

EAC 86—Aguilar 15, Dultra 15, A. Piopongco 14, J. Piopongco 12, Alafriz 8, Redido 8, Fandialan 7, Rafael 4, Bacarisa 3, Palileo 0, Escala 0.

Quarters: 28-13, 55-33, 79-54, 101-86

Joescoundrel
09-06-2013, 09:11 AM
Pirates slay another giant, trip Knights

By Cedelf P. Tupas

Philippine Daily Inquirer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The scores

First Game

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

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

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

Second Game

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

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

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

Joescoundrel
09-09-2013, 10:41 AM
Generals keep Final Four hopes burning with upset win over Altas

Karlo Sacamos

September 07, 2013, 08:25 pm

EMILIO Aguinaldo College went fishing and waited for something to fall for the bait. Its patience and perseverance were later rewarded Saturday night.

The Generals rallied from a sizeable deficit before coming through in the endgame and stunned complacent University of Perpetual Help, 70-68, to keep its Final Four hopes burning in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

Jan Jamon registered his best offensive game of the season, but it was Cedric Happi and John Tayongtong who delivered the key baskets down the stretch for the Generals, who won for the fourth time in five games and improved to a 5-6 win-loss card to move into a tie with the day’s earlier winner, College of St. Benilde in sixth place.

The Generals, now just a half-game behind Jose Rizal University and San Sebastian for the last Final Four spot, also dealt the Altas just their third loss in 11 games that dropped them to solo third spot instead of gaining a piece of the lead with Letran.

“(We caught a) very big fish,” Generals coach Gerry Esplana said. “We just kept the game close and gave us a chance to win. At yun ang nangyari, napunta sa amin ang momentum.”

“Simula na ng race kung sino gusto pumasok sa top four spots,” said Jamon, who tallied 22 points, most of them coming from mid-range.

The Altas protected a 10-point lead late in third quarter, before the Generals mounted a fightback that saw them slowly chew off the Altas lead.

Happi, the Cameroonian slotman who was still recovering from LBM (loose bowel movement) the past few days, tallied just 11 points on 5-of-13 shooting, but made up for it on the other end by shackling Altas’ counterpart in Nigerian Nicholas Omorogbe, who was limited to just nine points on 4-of-17 shooting.

“We were able to contain one of their top two scorers,” Esplana said as Altas rookie Juneric Baloria still emerged two points away from reaching the 30-point barrier anew before fouling out in the crucial stage of the game.

Happi gave the Generals the lead for good at 64-63, before Jamon scored on a jumper, Tayongtong made crucial free throws and an assist to turn the game around.

The scores

Emilio Aguinaldo (70) -- Jamon 22, Happi 11, Paguia 9, King 8, Tayongtong 8, Onwubere 7, Hiole Manga 2, Munsayac 2, Arquero 1, Monteclaro 0, Castro 0, Morada 0.

Perpetual Help (68) -- Baloria 28, Arboleda 14, Alano 10, Omorogbe 9, Elopre 4, Jolangcob 3, Oliveria 0, Dizon 0, Thompson 0, Bantayan 0, Paulino 0, Bitoy 0.

Quarterscores: 16-14; 28-36; 47-51; 70-68.

Joescoundrel
09-15-2013, 10:19 AM
Lions grab solo lead; Stags rout Cardinals

By Cedelf P. Tupas

Philippine Daily Inquirer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The scores:

First Game

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

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

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

Second Game

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

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

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

Sam Miguel
09-27-2013, 08:57 AM
Generals keep semis bid alive

By Cedelf P. Tupas

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:42 am | Friday, September 27th, 2013

Brilliant in the first three periods, Emilio Aguinaldo College weathered a late uprising by Lyceum to hammer out a 71-63 triumph last night and sustain its Final Four push in the 89th NCAA basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

With Remy Morada catching fire early, the Generals built enough cushion to hold off the Pirates and move within a game and a half off the idle San Sebastian Stags, who currently hold the No. 4 spot.

Averaging just five points going into the game, Morada finished with 21 points on top of six rebounds and five steals, while Jolas Paguia wound up with 18, including nine in the final period.

The Generals watched their 16-point lead get whittled down to four at 64-60, before Paguia converted a three-point play with 59 seconds remaining.

Paguia then buried four free throws in the last 25 seconds to ice the Generals’ seventh victory in 14 games.

“We’re glad we had that cushion going into the fourth quarter,” said coach Gerry Esplana, whose squad moved within a win of its total from last season when it finished sixth.

The Generals have won six of their last eight games and Esplana said his team is peaking at the right time.
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The Pirates—the only team to have beaten San Beda and Letran this season—trimmed the deficit to four points after two free throws from John Azores and a three-pointer by Mark Francisco before Paguia responded, scoring the Generals’ last seven points.

“We couldn’t count out Lyceum because they are giant killers. But I’m happy because our fate is in our hands,” said Esplana. “We just have to take it one game at a time. The important thing is that they know they have a chance at the Final Four and they believe they can compete.”

Picking up from where they left off in the victory over Letran where they hit nine triples in the second half, the Generals got off to a blistering start with five triples in the first period with Morada knocking in four treys.

The two teams combined for 56 turnovers with the Generals committing 29. But the Pirates shot just 33 percent from the floor and made just one three-pointer, six less than the Generals.

The scores:

First Game

EAC 71—Morada 21, Paguia 18, Jamon 14, Noube 13, King 3, Hiole Manga 1, Tayongtong 1, Munsayac 0, Onwubere 0, Arquero 0.

LYCEUM 63—Mbomiko 15, Zamora 13, Ko 12, Azores 8, Francisco 7, Lacastesantos 4, Mendoza 2, Garcia 2, Baltazar 0, Taladua 0, Lesmoras 0.

Quarters: 21-17, 40-33, 52-39, 71-63

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

Bombers clobber Cardinals

By June Navarro

Philippine Daily Inquirer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

First Game

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

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

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

Second Game

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

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

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

Joescoundrel
10-27-2013, 11:20 AM
Lions clinch No. 1 seed

By Cedelf P. Tupas

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:11 am | Sunday, October 27th, 2013

SAN BEDA warmed up for more important battles ahead with a 78-62 drubbing of Arellano last night that made the Lions the top seed heading into the Final Four of the 89th NCAA basketball tournament.

The Lions leaned on a balanced offensive to notch the 15th victory that boosted them to the No. 1 spot at the end of the elimination round for the eighth straight season at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Baser Amer and Ola Adeogun tallied 11 points apiece, while Roldan Sara continued his stellar play, picking up 10 points for the Lions, who will face the loser of the Perpetual Help-San Sebastian playoff in the Final Four on Nov. 7.

“I’m happy for the players,” said Lions coach Boyet Fernandez, whose squad avoided a playoff against Letran. “It has been a rollercoaster ride for us in terms of performance but I’m glad that they came out strong for this game.”

The Chiefs saw their four-game winning run snapped and finished the season with an 8-10 record in a tie with Lyceum for sixth spot.

Earlier, Emilio Aguinaldo College shrugged off the heartbreak of missing out on the Final Four by coming from behind to repulse Mapua, 82-76, last night to cap its finest season.

Remy Morada caught fire in the final period as the Generals rallied from a double-digit deficit to end their campaign with an impressive 10-8 record.

The sophomore guard poured 18 of his 23 points in the final 10 minutes, where the Generals outscored the Cardinals, 27-15.

Their hopes of reaching the Final Four dashed by San Sebastian’s win over St. Benilde last Thursday, the Generals can take satisfaction at the fact that they posted their best record since joining the league in 2009.

The Cardinals finished with a 2-16 record in one of their worst seasons in the country’s oldest collegiate league.

“Even though we were eliminated, this is still a big achievement for the school,” said EAC assistant coach Andy de Guzman who called the shots in the place of Gerry Esplana who is in China due to a prior commitment.

EAC center Cedric Noube dished out another solid outing with 17 points and 14 rebounds while Jan Jamon tallied 13 points, including a triple early that sparked the comeback early in the fourth quarter.

In juniors play, the San Beda Cubs completed an 18-game sweep and clinched the first finals seat following a 96-56 demolition of the Arellano Braves.

With the sweep, the Lions will also have a 1-0 lead in a virtual best-of-five series in the finals.

The remaining final spot will be disputed by San Sebastian, La Salle Green Hills and Mapua in a stepladder format. LSGH, the No. 3 seed, will face No. 4 Mapua in a knockout game with the winner facing San Sebastian for the second finals spot.

The scores:

First Game

EAC 82—Morada 23, Happi 17, Jamon 13, Arquero 11, King 5, Munsayac 5, Tayongtong 4, Paguia 2, Hiole Manga 2, Castro 0, Mejos 0, Onwubere 0.

MAPUA 76—Cantos 24, Magsigay 15, Brana 13, Ighalo 11, Isit 9, Gonzalez 2, Estrella 2, Gabo 0, Guzman 0, Magtoto 0.

Quarters: 16-19, 28-39, 55-61, 82-76

Second Game

SAN BEDA 78—Amer 11, Adeogun 11. Sara 10, Pascual 10, Dela Rosa 10, Dela Cruz 9, A. Semerad 8, Abarcar 5, D. Semerad 2, Ludovice 2, Mendoza 0, Bonsubre 0, Villaruz 0, Abatayo 0.

ARELLANO 62—Caperal 23, Serjue 17, Jalalon 7, Pinto 6, Forrester 4, Hernandez 3, Bangga 2, Gumaru 0, Salcedo 0, Nicholls 0, Agovida 0.

Quarters: 20-7, 40-21, 61-35, 78-62

Joescoundrel
10-27-2013, 11:21 AM
Lions clinch No. 1 seed

By Cedelf P. Tupas

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:11 am | Sunday, October 27th, 2013

SAN BEDA warmed up for more important battles ahead with a 78-62 drubbing of Arellano last night that made the Lions the top seed heading into the Final Four of the 89th NCAA basketball tournament.

The Lions leaned on a balanced offensive to notch the 15th victory that boosted them to the No. 1 spot at the end of the elimination round for the eighth straight season at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Baser Amer and Ola Adeogun tallied 11 points apiece, while Roldan Sara continued his stellar play, picking up 10 points for the Lions, who will face the loser of the Perpetual Help-San Sebastian playoff in the Final Four on Nov. 7.

“I’m happy for the players,” said Lions coach Boyet Fernandez, whose squad avoided a playoff against Letran. “It has been a rollercoaster ride for us in terms of performance but I’m glad that they came out strong for this game.”

The Chiefs saw their four-game winning run snapped and finished the season with an 8-10 record in a tie with Lyceum for sixth spot.

Earlier, Emilio Aguinaldo College shrugged off the heartbreak of missing out on the Final Four by coming from behind to repulse Mapua, 82-76, last night to cap its finest season.

Remy Morada caught fire in the final period as the Generals rallied from a double-digit deficit to end their campaign with an impressive 10-8 record.

The sophomore guard poured 18 of his 23 points in the final 10 minutes, where the Generals outscored the Cardinals, 27-15.

Their hopes of reaching the Final Four dashed by San Sebastian’s win over St. Benilde last Thursday, the Generals can take satisfaction at the fact that they posted their best record since joining the league in 2009.

The Cardinals finished with a 2-16 record in one of their worst seasons in the country’s oldest collegiate league.

“Even though we were eliminated, this is still a big achievement for the school,” said EAC assistant coach Andy de Guzman who called the shots in the place of Gerry Esplana who is in China due to a prior commitment.

EAC center Cedric Noube dished out another solid outing with 17 points and 14 rebounds while Jan Jamon tallied 13 points, including a triple early that sparked the comeback early in the fourth quarter.

In juniors play, the San Beda Cubs completed an 18-game sweep and clinched the first finals seat following a 96-56 demolition of the Arellano Braves.

With the sweep, the Lions will also have a 1-0 lead in a virtual best-of-five series in the finals.

The remaining final spot will be disputed by San Sebastian, La Salle Green Hills and Mapua in a stepladder format. LSGH, the No. 3 seed, will face No. 4 Mapua in a knockout game with the winner facing San Sebastian for the second finals spot.

The scores:

First Game

EAC 82—Morada 23, Happi 17, Jamon 13, Arquero 11, King 5, Munsayac 5, Tayongtong 4, Paguia 2, Hiole Manga 2, Castro 0, Mejos 0, Onwubere 0.

MAPUA 76—Cantos 24, Magsigay 15, Brana 13, Ighalo 11, Isit 9, Gonzalez 2, Estrella 2, Gabo 0, Guzman 0, Magtoto 0.

Quarters: 16-19, 28-39, 55-61, 82-76

Second Game

SAN BEDA 78—Amer 11, Adeogun 11. Sara 10, Pascual 10, Dela Rosa 10, Dela Cruz 9, A. Semerad 8, Abarcar 5, D. Semerad 2, Ludovice 2, Mendoza 0, Bonsubre 0, Villaruz 0, Abatayo 0.

ARELLANO 62—Caperal 23, Serjue 17, Jalalon 7, Pinto 6, Forrester 4, Hernandez 3, Bangga 2, Gumaru 0, Salcedo 0, Nicholls 0, Agovida 0.

Quarters: 20-7, 40-21, 61-35, 78-62

Joescoundrel
10-27-2013, 11:22 AM
‘Big achievement’ for EAC despite missing NCAA Final Four

By Mark Giongco

INQUIRER.net

8:43 pm | Saturday, October 26th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines—Remy Morada exploded in the fourth quarter to lead Emilio Aguinaldo College past Mapua, 82-76, in the penultimate game of the elimination round of the NCAA Season 89 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at the Arena in San Juan.

Morada, third-year guard, unleashed 18 of his team-high 23 points in the final frame where the Generals rode on his hot shooting to keep the Cardinals at bay.

“It’s a big achievement. The players, coaching staff and management are happy of what the team was able to accomplish,” said EAC assistant coach Andy de Guzman, who filled in for head coach Gerry Esplana.

“He is a hard worker. He is a streak shooter and sometimes you just need to build his confidence,” de Guzman said of Morada, who pumped in 13 points in the final three minutes.

Esplana is in China to attend to a personal commitment but de Guzman said that had the Generals were still in contention for a Final Four spot.

The Generals went just a game shy of possibly nailing a semifinals slot but falling short won’t take away the fact that they had quite a run.

EAC posted its first winning record since joining the league in 2009 at 10-8.

Mapua, which ended its campaign with the worst record at 2-16, actually led by as much as 13 before EAC battled back – putting Jeson Cantos’ career-high 24 points to waste.